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  1. STORM OF WAR:angel: release sept 08 (that really means mar '09) http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/storm-of-war-battle-of-britain/ Praised be the Lord (of combat flight sims) Allejullah.
  2. What is your mission? To get yourself and your passengers luggage safely out of Heathrow terminal 5?
  3. Flight sim X is way too "SIM" for me. If I was trainging to fly some . into a building I might get excited about it, but taking off the ground in an A380 is not my idea of fun! I want to go on bombing missions in Afganistan and Iraq, taking out strategic targets, like bunkers, tanks, schools, hospitals, houses full of women and children - you know the stuff the US military likes to bomb. In the good old days I had falcon F16 for my atari ST. recently (last 4 yerars there was falocn 4 allied force but it is WAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY dated.You could run it on a 1960's valve computer i think. (Or maybe not but you get the idea). I have an 8800GTS with kick butt capability and want to stare at a bit more than a grey cube huirtling underneath me at 650MPH! Marco.
  4. What the hell is going on in the flight sim world? As far as I can tell there have been no decent (combat) flight sims released in the last 3-4 years. Anyone know of any gamehouses planning such? has this genre died? is there NO demand for this sort of game anymore? Did us combat flight sim fans just disappear and start spotting trains instead? Any fellow flight sim fans out there? It seems some of the new hardware out would make a suberb job of the physics/graphics. Please game makers, if you are reading this, pull your fingers out!! Marco.
  5. It depends on what size monitor / res you are at. If you are on a 19in 1280x1024 you are going to be CPU bottle-necked with no OC on your OPTY 170. If you can push your Opty up to 2.8 or 3.0 (perfectly feasable) then this will be relatively balanced. However you will have to run your RAM at 2T to get your RAM OC correct as your 4 sticks will have problems and remember OPTYies don't like dividers below 150. If you are running a 20+in widescreen (say 1600*1000) then you will not be CPU limited as the cards will be using all their power to keep your graphics engine flowing as the CPU dumps to the GPU. If you like AA then you are less likely to be CPU limited. Bottom line is - 1280 res, stick with a single 8800GT (overclocked version) 1600+ res go SLI 9600GT. Marco
  6. Killa, that has got to the the funniest game link i've ever been sent to. I am still . myself. Marco.
  7. Opps did I say far cry - I meant Crysis. Easy mistake to make! Use the shotgun for best effect. Go into strength mode, pick up a crate and hurl it quite high. Whilst the crate is in mid air you can take shots at it, like skeet shooting! I'm going to try it with the chickens. Marco.
  8. i don't mean to hijack this thread, but what are the power requirements of the new G92's. I remember when I was buying my 8800 I was boderline with the GTX in terms of power requirement so i decided to save the cash, not buy another PSU and just go for the GTS 320. Do the new cards avoid this problem?(i can''t find specs on 12v current requirement) Marco.
  9. I'm on 1280*1024 high detail no AA fraps shopw 25-50FPS, usually above 30 though, runs smooth as butter. Mine is 320MB GTS BUT... at 700/2000 with HR03 cooler! (3dmark 06 becomes unstable at 725/2100 so I backed off) I think this is a great game! Optimization? Who gives a .! I'll play the game again in 18mths time maxed out on my 9800 GTX!! Marco.
  10. If someone wants to stay a 'fanboy' they will have to strap some H20 to this chip, BIOS mod OC to hell and stop complaining about their electricity bills! - even then they will only be breaking even with intels offerings in terms of raw performance. It saddens me a bit as AMD had the guts and know how to take the technology hotspot 3 years ago - but what is ailing them now? Had their top engineers left shortly after K8 was done with a big pat on the back? Mysteries. Marco.
  11. We'll, bye bye AMD. it was nice knowing you. Now watch the share price plummet even though Abu Dabai just prchased 8.91% of their company! Marco.
  12. Now that i've had a few hours playing the game I can comment a bit more. If you were a Far Cry fan though - start the game on HARD. The Nanosuit functions are great. I discovered you can mame people/objects in the most creative ways. Run out of ammo - no problem. Stick your suit in strength mode, pick up a chicken and hurl it at the said opponent. punch down a tree and bludgeon stuff. If you hide behind trees whilst taking flak - i've seen the enemy twice shoot a tree down on themselves and die. I had to collect my gut muscles before carrying on. The weapon mods are good too. There is a lot of humour in the game. I kept my settings (8800 GTS OC'd) at 1280*1024, NO AA, detail HIGH. Frames are good, smooth action and only very occasional stutter when stuff gets very clutterd. Yes it is just Far Cry 2 but is is great fun too! Well worth £30. Marco.
  13. I bought the game this morning and played around with it a while (40mins)tonight so here aare my initial impressions: Gameplay: 8/10 Basically it is Far Cry redux - excellent if you loved the original which I did. More jungle fun. No points for originality. It will take time to explore the new features which may push my rating up to a 9/10! Graphics: 6-9/10: God only knows what this is going to run on peoples various systems like! On my 8800 GTS 320 (700/1000 aftermarket cooler): Sound: Yes. AI: I don't think so! 1280*1024: using fraps, detail level set to high (not very high) No AA 25-50 FPS very playable 2*AA 15-30 FPS Hmmmm - I wouldn't. 4*AA - get a GTX(s) and OC / SLI them!! I would be surprised if anyone was happy 4*AA high/very high on even a GT/X. I tried it 2,4*AA on medium detail and didn't like it. Far better high detail and no AA. Good news is though on high detail level the action is so fast you have to stop and specifically look for straight lines to tell which AA you are at!! Now to really explore the game (throw chickens at people). If it moves, shoot it. Marco.
  14. reading all of the comments here about the new card it is obvious many of you have missed the point about this card. many people are running 19in/17in 1280x1024 screens which is why the GTX version of the 8800 was pretty much pointless. benchies in most games showed little if no improvement at this res between the GTX/GTS. The GTX version is only really needed if you want to max out games at 1600x1000 Wide or higher than 1280x1024. The same goes for this new card. i looked at many website tests of this cards and the card shows an improvement generally in the 1600x1200 and above range. frames in most games are basically the same at 1280x1024. Very few sites reviewed it at 1280 - probably cause it showed the same bench results as the GTS! I see many people on this thread getting pissed cause NVIDIA brought out a card slightly more powerful and slightly cheaper but the point is if you run at 1280 x 1024 it MAKES NO DIFFERENCE!. The resolution poll on this site i notice was done Dec 06' and 1280x1024 was by far the most used. maybe time for a new poll! Marco.
  15. I always thought I would be upgrading from an AMD system to another AMD system, but as it stands Intel looks like it may have the lead for the next 2 years. Our trusty old NF4 boards hooked up with a nice OC'd dual core opty and a 8800GTS seem to be fine for the lastest games maxed out - and should still be alright for 12-18mths!!! But what then?? Will the new AMD chips be competing? Or will I be upgrading to a Core 2 Octo chip? Hmmmmmmmm. Marco.
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