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Resident Evil 5 Stereo 3D Benchmark Utility: Zombies Crawling Out of Your Screen

In Computer Hardware, Electronics, FPS, Gaming, Survival Horror on July 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm

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Anyone who’s been following the development of NVidia’s Geforce 3D Vision technology closely probably knows all about Left 4 Dead and the effect of 3D Zombies. Left 4 Dead happens to be one of those games that is perfect for 3D vision. Horror, twitch-action, lots of thrills, and the 3D works really well with zombies literally clawing their way out of the screen as they come for your… brainsss.

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

With Resident Evil 5 on the horizon Capcom has given assurances that the game will fully support NVidia’s stereo 3D effects allowing for the ultimate level of immersion in their survival horror shooter. They’ve even released a 580MB demo which allows users to test the stereo 3D effects in the upcoming game.

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Building a Custom Cutting Edge PC System for Under £900 or $1250

In Computer Hardware, Electronics, Gaming, Overclocking & Tweaking on July 20, 2009 at 2:14 am

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I’ve been asked by a few friends to lay out the specification for a high-end future-proof PC on a reasonable budget. So let’s kick this article off by broadly specifying our goals. To sum it up: We want a PC that does everything, does it well, and doesn’t cost crazy amounts of money!

These goals can only be met by a very high-end rig:

1.) Play HD movies in Blu-ray format on a HDTV or HD LCD Monitor at ‘Full HD’ (1920×1080 resolution)

2.) Handle all the latest games at high resolutions (1680×1050, 1920×1200 and 2048×1152)

3.) Handle video editing, encoding, decoding tasks efficiently

4.) 2D Graphics/Art/texturing – Adobe Photoshop CS4 and related tools should run ‘fast’

5.) Support for 3D modelling using software such as Maya, 3D studio max, and real-time rendering in games development work

6.) Science Simulation/Engineering CAD: should run Solidworks, Matlab, AutoCAD, and other engineering software efficiently

7.) Stanford Research Institute – Folding@Home. Lots of people are getting into the craze, potentially helping fight disease by ‘lending’ computer-time on their systems. The designed system should have these capabilities

8.) Future-proofing/Upgradability- There is really no such thing as future-proofing when it comes to technology. The evolution of technology is not a straight-line deal. Instead, the industry loves to keep taking right-angle turns every year or two just so they can throw customers off trail. But let’s see what we can do. NVidia’s Geforce GT300 and ATi’s Radeon HD 5000 series of 40nm and 32nm graphics cards are coming out soon. We’d like the system to be able to handle these. The system should have options for dual or triple GPU support in the form of SLI or Crossfire. Use of newer, rather than an older platform is recommended.

9.) Overclocking and tweaking – the system should provide headroom for enthusiasts

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