Penryn is out, Reviews show promise

Intel released it new (and expensive) Core 2 Extreme CPU yesterday, the QX9650. The stock clock speed comes in to just 3ghz, but as reviews have already shown, this chip has more power hiding under the hood than first meets the eye.

TomsHardware (UK) writes:

Finally, we attempted to reach the magical clock speed of 4 GHz. This time, we reverted to the 333 MHz FSB and used a 12x multiplier, giving us a clock speed of exactly 4 GHz. In our first attempt, we were just barely able to glimpse the BIOS POST before the motherboard froze.

Since the board wouldn’t even boot with these settings, we knew that we would have to increase the voltage further – a lot further. With a heavy heart we set the voltage to 1.4375 V in the BIOS, which amounts to an increase of 0.1875 V. At this high voltage, we were not only able to get the QX9650 to boot, but also to complete the Prim95 stability test.

4ghz, 4000mhz, on a Quad core, on air cooling. This is simply amazing! To put that into perspective for you non-geeks, the current Conroe “Core 2 Quad” Q6600 runs at about 65C on all four cores under full load at 3.6ghz – with water cooling. In TomsHardware.co.uk’s review, the full load temperatures at 4ghz were merely 60C – with air cooling!

These exciting times really bring out the geek in me, but at $1000 a chip, I’m waiting for the “mainstream” Penryn release in Q1 of 2008.

How to Waste $400. . .

I just spent $400 on an 8800GTS 320MB video card and a water cooling block for it. . Now Nvidia is releasing this monster mid-range card, the 8800GT tomorrow and it’s KILLING the video card I just bought and it cost less. I’m not a happy person, but I know where my next $400 computer upgrade is going. . . two 8800GTs and some water blocks anyone? 😀

 

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ET: QW Is Not Battlefield

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars has been out for a while now, and not a lot of people are happy with it, myself included. It’s a good game and all, but there are just a few things that don’t make me want to play it for 8 hours non-stop. I’ll write about that later though.

What I want to write about it why I am increasingly frustrated with bad reviews of ET:QW by people who seem to miss the history behind the game. THIS GAME IS NOT BATTLEFIELD! It was never supposed to be, and the fact that the developers of the game put so many little Battlefield-like features in the game should be bad enough, but now the game is getting slammed by reviews and users because they wanted Battlefield 2 with a little dash of Quake.

There is a history behind the game, something that both the developers and the battlefield players seem to miss. The game title itself holds reference to that history; “Enemy Territory: Quake Wars”. The game was built with the game play style of Wolfenstien: Enemy Territory inside the Quake story line. There’s all kinds of whining about how it just doesn’t stack up to Battlefield 2, how it won’t replace that game, and I agree, it wasn’t supposed to in the first place.