Monday, December 21, 2009

Playing Mass Effect

Semester is over, enjoying Mass Effect. I had to deal with the Normandy bug. It's fun, i give it a 9.0. Reviewed it

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Here is the no DVD exe so I can play it with the 1.02 update. Mass Effect PC from 2009 photo masseffecta_zpse1b5e1a5.jpg Mass Effect PC from 2009 photo masseffectd_zpsd0fc4be9.jpg

Friday, December 04, 2009

DirectX 11 takes a lot of memory.

DirectX 11

DirectX 9

I'm officially braced the DirectX 11 future with a version of Windows 7 Ultimate and a GPU. The reviews said the card was fast, yet only first gen of DirectX 11 cards. My card does 4.64 Teraflops, more than quadruple the Geforce GTX 280. At the moment, the only DirectX 11 benchmark is Battleforge, a real-time strategy game. The directX 9 games all run past 150 fps at 2650x1600 resolution. DirectX 10 games have an average frame rate of 150 fps at 1920x1080.

This is really fast for me, I usually stay with the old school thought where 60 fps was fluid and anything more was faster than the human eye could process. This old school thought came from 2D fighting games like Marvel vs. Capcom 2 for Sega Dreamcast. That's a 2000 era thought.

DirectX 11 API (Battleforge, EA 2009)

Yeah, I asked for a XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition for Christmas along with a TB hard drive to get rid of the RAID5. I didn't wait for the Geforce GTX 380 this time around, because it had 1.5 GB GDDR5 memory. From what I hear the Catalyst drivers are very buggy, so I should see a 12-15 fps increase in 6-7 months in the future with better drivers. My card also supports OpenGL 3.2 so that API beats DirectX 11 graphics a little.


December 27 2009 update

Card intelligently underclocks chips and RAM when not doing 3D graphics.