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GlimmerMan

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  1. Got my lian-li here.. best case I have ever owned. Well worth the extra cost.
  2. Up to you, there will always be something new. Fermi will be out in ~april or so, I would just go out and buy one now.
  3. Lol, that isn't price gouging that supply and demand. The same thing happened a while back with the 8800 ultra. There were almost no cards so the market price of the cards was through the roof.
  4. That is huge fanboy talk. Yes I know there is an ATI logo in my avatar, but i'm still unbiased towards which card I buy. That out of the way, can you please provide the relevent sources to back up what you are saying? Yes some nvidia cards have more transistors, and yes that makes them more expensive. What it does not do is make them "higher quality" like you are implying. If an ATI card can perform as well/slightly slower than an equivalent nvidia card with less transistors and a significantly lower price would you not call that efficiency rather then "lesser quality". The myth that nvidia make "better quality, longer lasting" products is typical from the uninformed or fanboys. Does anyone remember the failing nvidia graphics chips not too long ago? It also won't be long until someone starts talking up how bad drivers from company X are compared to company Y. In reality, lots of people have problems with drivers from both camps, and even more people have no issues from either company at all. View them as equal. As above, the question is not "who makes the best video card at the moment" because neither do. There is the "fastest" video card, but that is completely irrelivant for cards not in the same league Sorry to ramble on, but it crap me tears the amount of people making their decision to buy a certain card "because my mate who is an IT expert said company X is better".
  5. *sigh* It's ALWAYS like this though... I think the more relevant question would be "which video card is best for my budget". It is irrelevant who has the "fastest" card at the moment. Just worry about your price segment. Come back with a budget and then maybe you will get a proper answer.
  6. It did have a pretty big following, i think the stats were like 2 million downloads, over a billion player minutes, and 300,000 unique players. Which for a HL mod is pretty good... If you read some of the user commnets 99.99% are all "OMG OMG OMG" etc.
  7. Release: Fall (Spring for us) 2009! NS2 Promotional Website Pre-Order Standard pre-order: US$19.95 NS2 when it is released Access to the Beta Special Edition Pre-Order: US$39.95 NS2 when it is released First access to Alpha and Beta Black marine armour in-game What we Know To get an idea of what has changed in the game, check out the AusNS2 "What we Know" article It's coming!!! muhahahah!
  8. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    Release date has been brought forward 1 week to June 19th for the EU!
  9. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    Actually, OFP: Dragon Rising (aka OFP2) has been delayed until fall i think. So.. not till the end of the year unfortunately
  10. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    Just to update you all, EU release date is June 26th, but I'm not sure about the US (you can download the EU version anyway, it's exactly the same). Yes there is a coop campaign!! A few recent water pics (massive improvement since arma 1): BTW, they said that a lot of the foilage in the lakes are not final and will be redone to look a bit more natural.
  11. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    It's basically as close as possible to a civilian military simulator. The other version of this game (called VBS) costs about $1500 and is used to train various militaries throughout the world (U.S., Australia etc). If you like realistic military games and are a bit over the whole "run 'n' gun" type games then this is for you. It's the kind of game where a single mission can take many hours and you could play for half an hour without firing a single shot and then suddenly your hit out of no where and the mission ends. It's a lot slower paced than your averafe CoD4, CS:S.
  12. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    Misc Screens These are not official screens nor are they on the highest settings, they were taken by a beta tester with a Q9450, GTX285, 4GB RAM and XP
  13. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    Inhabited areas The biggest city and the administrative center of the Chernarussian Northern Province is Chernogorsk. What was originally a small fisherman's village quickly grew into a city thanks to the intensive industrialization of the Chernarussian Autonomic Republic, which began in the 50's of the previous century. Chernogorsk has always been a harbor town, once connected to northern trade routes, now a place through which the raw materials flow to Elektrozavodsk. By the decision of the Soviet Union's government, not only Chernogorsk, but also other fairly undeveloped cities of the Northern Province were supposed to change to the symbol of industrial advancement. The price for urbanization and industrialization was the environmental damage of the coastal areas. The local village population was rooted out and forced to live an urban life, or moved to the northern Kolkhozs. This fact reflects not only in the fast-engineered infrastructure and generic apartment block style housing developments, but also in the architectural spirit of socialistic realism. The dominants of the cities then aren't the historical centers, but industrial zones, lime-kiln and the buildings of long abandoned factories.
  14. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    Nature Despite the industrialization and the devastation of the coast, the Northern Province is proud of its untouched wild nature and idyllic agriculture countryside. Mostly because of the highland character of the North East part of the country, this was unsuitable for either industrial production or for collective agriculture. A large part of the northern area is covered by coniferous or mixed forests, known as the Black forests because of their depth and inviolateness. The unique moors on the table-side Dičina on the south of the Vybor is also worth mentioning. In the scientific view the area around the Blunt rocks is very precious: rock formations with the remains of a glacial lake from ice age times. The southern part of the Northern Province suffered through thoughtless construction, so that the original coastal fauna and flora can only be found sporadically, mostly aside the mainland. The best known such place is the Skalist
  15. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    UPDATE RUSH!!! (pretty amazing) Weaponry Vehicles Chernarus North-Eastern Chernarus is a hilly area with rocky coastlines; the biggest hilltops reach over 700 m above sea level, covered by temperate forests. The environment is still relatively untouched from logging and mining. The biggest cities and industry are concentrated on the southern coast. There are mostly smaller villages inland, situated in deep valleys, hidden in forested ridges or on elevated plateaus with lush meadows. First settlements date back to 5th Century B.C. When the valleys of the Burnaja and Svetlaya rivers were inhabited by Skyth tribes and nomads, who later formed the Takmyr and Karzeg nations. The center of modern Chernarus had been founded in the delta of the Burnaya River and on the coast, divided from the Zagorie region which was under the supremacy of a Moscow Principate by the Black Mountains ridge. The local Slavic population constantly had to fight off the raiders from the southwest so it was traditionally bound with Russia, but always kept its independence. In the 12th Century it was controlled by dukes, in the 13th century it was united by Taras Kozub. The Kozub dynasty ruled until 1631, when Chernarus joined the Russian empire. After the revolution in 1917 Chernarus became an autonomic federal republic, after the demise of the USSR in 1991 it gained independence. Features: * 225 km2 of real world data * 1 million 3D objects * 350 kilometers of roads * 50 towns and villages * 2 dams and numerous small lakes and ponds * Certain hilltops reach an altitude of over 700m * Almost 100km2 of forests * Urban areas contain ports, factories * Military installations including large airfield * Direction and distance signs accompanying road network * Civilian population and wildlife Old sights Chernarus has lots of old castle ruins, keeps and fortresses, which were built at the turn of the 11th and 12th century by Duke Kozlov, for the means of protecting important roads and grounds, which were often attacked from the sea and by northern neighbors. The Pik Kozlova above the Chernogorsk city is named after this duke, who is considered a founder of the first Chernarussian state. On the peak above the city there used to stand a warning post which protected the local provinces from pirate raids. This rocky peak is a favorite lookout point nowadays. The majority of the structures of that time were made of wood, only the ruins of Rog keep and the famous Devil's Castle are preserved to this day. The Devil's Castle received its name many years later, perhaps sometime during the end of the 13th century. After the fall of Kozlov's Principate at the beginning of the 13th century, the fortress system fell apart; fortresses that weren't burned down were taken apart stone by stone, as needed for the structure of surrounding estates, or for different purposes. The former Kozlovo Castle, now called the Devil's Castle, was supposedly inhabited by the yeoman Jakub Čert (Devil) from Gorka. His bandit campaigns started here at the castle. He enlarged the keep of the castle, using the loot from these raids and the castle holds his name to this day. According to legend, the Devil's Castle was burned down during the zagorian Karzeg's rebellion, Jakub Čert burned in the castle's main tower after he refused to surrender to Ataman Simurg. Only burned walls remain of the castle, haunted to this day by the spirit of Ivan Kozlov. Whatever the truth is, Devil's Castle is one of the most remarkable architectural sights in Chernarus and it became a rewarding destination for tourists. Military Zones Shortly after WWII, the small Red Army airport in the Northern province, designated for parachute training, expanded and gradually evolved into an air base with large military surroundings. In the border mountains there are a few former bases. After the regaining of independence, the Chernarussian Army took over these military bases. At present, there is a lack of funds needed for security and maintenance; the condition of these bases has become even worse because of fighting between the regular army and rebel units who were using a number of these bases as their foot-holds. Visiting the former military areas isn't forbidden, but due to large numbers of unexploded ordnance as well as the decayed conditions of the buildings it is not recommended.
  16. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    This is from a blog update a little while ago and gives an idea of the vegetation in the game: http://www.bistudio.com/developers-blog/ar...gress-2_en.html And a couple more screenies
  17. GlimmerMan

    ARMA II

    Hey all, since the release is relatively soon I'd create a didicated Arma2 thread. Website: http://www.arma2.com I'll try and update it as more come. There are a heap HD videos on it. USMC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pobLy-Wh5nc Citizens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpc-FPMdA00 ChDKZ Faction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvhsu6W_d0k CDF Faction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3FIm7nIBts Here are some nice screenies for now: some new screenies were released today:
  18. You really need to add the system specs (or at least CPU/RAM) or the review is pretty much a void (no offense to your hard work testing that many video cards).
  19. Again, fair enough. Thos are expensive CPU's Yeah, I just think this point should be made a little bit clearer when you test high end cards. That's all
  20. Ok fair enough, but you can't start going on about how dissapointing the card is when you are running it on a 2.6GHz chip. At least mention this a lot of times in the review so people realise that there is a severe bottleneck in the system. It just doesn't seem fair really. Oh, and I am not an ATI fanboy at all (contrary to my avatar) - I go for the best at the time.
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