Crossfire, Eyefinity and You.


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Recently, I upgraded my computers video card from a GTX275 to dual 5870’s to, hopefully, increase the framerate and overall enjoyment of having 3 monitors.

Prior, I was using SoftTH for 3×1 gaming.  While the software was extremely flexible and, personally, a more preferred method of Mult-monitor gaming as it allowed far more customization.  The 5xxx cards are MADE for multi-monitor gaming thru Eyefinity.  Sure, it sounds like just a gimmick, given that SoftTH proved just about anything could do it.  But, the Radeon 5xxx line was designed with this in mind, with the ability to hook up 3 displays to one card, and a hefty amount of streaming units to help keep those higher resolutions running smooth.  Going from SoftTH to the built in Eyefinity setup, I gained anywhere from 20fps to 50fps.  Some of the negatives of Eyefinity are few, but substantial.

First, in order to use bezel compensation, the ability to “increase the screen size past the bezel around the viewing screen.” so you get a more seamless, window like view is only allowed when you have 3 of the same monitor.  Second, all monitors must be pointing the same direction when using 3 in a portrait fashion.  May not sound like a problem, but not all monitors are symmetrical.  some have larger bezels at the bottom, or even curved, non-uniform bezel bottoms near the base, making it impossible to get a clean, gapless look between the monitors unless you swivel one of the end screens the opposite direction.  but this isn’t something you can do with Eyefinity, you could with SoftTH.

And the single biggest issue I am having right now with Eyefinity actually has to do with Crossfiring 2 cards together.  Not too long ago, Crossfire simply didn’t work at all with Eyefinity.  When Eyefinity was enabled, Crossfire was ignored.  Until the 5970 was released (2 5870’s on one board.) with that, ATI released the 9.12hotfix drivers that allowed for Crossfire+Eyefinity (Cross-finity)  But this had issues, and to this day, it is still far from spectacular… lets face it, it’s just about useless.

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Gentlemen, We can rebuild him[it]…Pt.1

2012-03-01 08.24.11

 

 

Cue the *whoawhoawhoawhoa* jumping sound of the Six-Million Dollar Man!.

In case you can’t tell what that is over there to the left.  That is the Motherboard of my 1st generation CECHA model 60GB Playstation 3.  It’s a beautiful and gut wrenching sight, isn’t it?  You may be asking yourself: “Why, for all that is holy or unholy, would you rip apart such a beast, such a monument to modern gaming, you monster.”  And I will respond with: “That’s hurtful… *sad face*”  But I digress; the reason I took apart my PS3 was to bring it back from the brink of death.

I’m going to go through some of the things I did and how I took it apart to hopefully help others with the older model PS3’s in keeping their systems from uncertain death.  While the PS3 didn’t have the same failure rate as the launch day Xbox360 models, it was still a hot running system that had it’s share of deaths.  While Microsoft kind of manned up and handed out a 3-year warranty, The PS3 kept it’s 1yr warranty.  What muddies the situation for PS3 owners is the fact that Sony will not repair these older consoles.  If you are outside of the warranty, and frankly, if it’s a “fat” model, you are.  You will be forced to pay a $150 fee to get a replacement or full price at a store.  That replacement will be a slim model, no if’s and’s or but’s.

Saving these majestic creatures is our only hope for a rich and fulfilling future for our children and our children’s children.

 

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Top 5 movies that SHOULD have a game.

So, I get this link in my email with a ringtone from Hangover from my girlfriend where one of the characters is singing about there lost friend and if he’s been murdered by meth addicts that they would be “shit out of luck” and I instantly thought how cool this movie would be as a game.  and I laughed to myself and started wondering what other movies would make awesome games.  Not just the obvious “cool movie=cool game” theory…that never works, well..up until this year it seems.  But, I decided to make a list of some of the more tilted, obscure, underground good movies that should get a cool game to go with it.

Another note, these are movies that will I believe are best suited for a game.  Sure, there are other movies that would probably make very interesting games, but may have to be shoehorned, I think these are easy-ish fits into a game genre without much lose to the integrity of the story. Also, I’m trying to stay away from movies that are already like a game.. I thought of other movies, but also was able to quickly think of a game that was much like the film.   So, here we go!…
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E3 2012: Day one thoughts.

Although I wasn’t able to partake in the events first hand this year because of college, which is also to blame for my complete lack of keeping the page updated, I was able to watch the press conferences today and I wanted to give you guys my thoughts on the everything that was revealed.

 

 

This E3 seems to be doing alright.  Nothing extraordinary has been shown, but a few stellar titles have been revealed and a couple, specifically, seemed to have come out of nowhere to steal the show.  I have been hearing and reading a lot about how disappointing this E3 has been so far, and while I can agree that it doesn’t seem to be packing the same punch as E3’s of past, I think the biggest part of that was all the rumors that Microsoft or Sony was going to reveal their next systems, no matter how much they denied that was going to happen, it didn’t matter, because they deny everything whether it’s true or not.  So, I feel that lingering hope caused some deflation in the events when it comes to the big 3 (Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony.)  But again, there were a few titles that shined.

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The TRON Story

 

We start our story how all good stories should start; with deception, greed, lies and the underlining sense that the person on the other end of a phone call has no clue what they are in for. Before I started college, I worked as Technical Support for the Xbox3601. Maybe you’ve heard of it? I was the guy you would call if you had issues with online connectivity, billing, hardware malfunction, etc. I would fix it as best I could over the phone. There was something else that I got on the phones sometimes, “Phishers”2. A Phisher, as defined by FreeDictionary.com, is someone who requests confidential information over the Internet under false pretenses in order to fraudulently obtain credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal data. These people who call in trying to get me to slip up and tell them the smallest amount of information they could use to later call back and get access to the account with. This is a story of one of those incidences my friends and I have labeled “The TRON story”.

In case some people don’t know, TRON3 is a cult classic from 1982 featuring some of the first instances of computer-generated imagery, also known as “CGI”4. The movie, about a computer programmer/hacker accidently gets himself stuck in a computer world called “The Grid” and he’s forced to play gladiator like games in order to continue living, was critically panned and a box office failure, but like other stinky cheeses, aged well and picked up a strong cult following that allowed it a sequel called Tron: Legacy set for release in late 2010, which is where this story officially begins.

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PS Vita System Review

 

2012-02-22 03.21.16

 

 

 

PS Vita.  Aren’t you a sexy little thing in your little black dress.  Your glossy black glass, curves, and giant, brilliantly bright screen.  Those sticks, look at those sticks.  There are 2 of those things! Oh, and what’s this in the back? is that a giant touch panel?  Oh my goodness.  Oh I know, I know…it’s not all about the looks.  I know you’re smart too, with your quad core chip and mind numbing amount of transistors and gig and megs of who knows what!  Truly, you are one of the most advanced pieces of beautiful tech I have had the privilege of owning so far.  But, just like all beautiful things.  That sexy black exterior hides some of the exact same grating issues that still, to this day, plague the PS3.  Is the PS Vita’s advanced tech enough to outshine it’s flaws?

 

 

 

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