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  1. Not all of the games for the Wii are going to use the new controller. The new super smash brothers, for instance, is designed to use gamecube contollers (so don't toss your wavebirds). Im speculating that the n64 games will use the gamecube controller. Since the Wii has 4 GC controller ports, as well as support for 4 bluetooth remote connections, you will see games that rely on a regular controllers. The GC controller is my 2nd favorite (I use a 360 contoller on my PC when I need a gamepad).
  2. No, I installed windows fine. Not an issue at all.
  3. I use the PX-716SA, and only had a slight hiccup with drivers at first. I had to reinstalled the nforce chipset drivers in order to burn CDs. It has been working perfect since. The PX-755SA is just a slightly faster version of the same drive, so it would probably work the as well.
  4. There shouldn't be much difference. The only change is the on-chip memory controller and the RAM. It uses the same chipsets/drivers/etc as current socket 939 boards, and will probably share 95% of the motherboard layout. The performance difference between DDR2 and DDR1 is negligable currently (as was DDR1 and SDR when it first came to the socket A boards). In a few years when DDR2 speeds get up around 800 to 1066, there will be a larger performance gap.
  5. He means that you may not have intalled the standoffs between the case and the motherboard. If so, then the motherboard is touching the metal of the case and shorting out.
  6. Most games are written using a monolithic design approach with a single main loops that does all the rendering, AI, and physics each time through. It uses the system clock to determine how long its been since the last time through (dt if you are into math), and the runs the "physics" to calculate where the actors and objects have moved to, if at all, based on their current velocity, forces acting upon them, etc. Once it knows where everything is in the current cycle, it renders them, calculates sounds etc, and moves on to the next cycle. Obviously its much more complex than that, but you get the idea Trying to make a design like that multithreaded is tough. Certain aspects can be drawn out, but those are usually very small parts which won't make a huge difference. To be truly SMP (which most current x86 platforms are), you would need to split things like physics into multiple threads. The hard part about doing that is keeping all the data intact and correct. You can't have two processes writing to the same data structures at the same time, since they usually base their computations off that same data, and any processing done currentently between two interacting objects will be lost on the other. Its very hard to do that efficiently, but it can be done. Most game programmers aren't used to doing things with mutual exclusion in highly threaded environments, so it will take time for games to actually make efficient use of the new architectures. Once the switch does happen, the new paradigm should allow for any number of cores. However, you will always have diminishing returns by adding new cores. So don't expect an 8-way system to be 4 times faster than a 2 way. A good hardware and software implimentation (IE: very good cache coherencey algorythms or no cache at all like the CELL) will ultimately affect your milage with additional cores.
  7. One of these might be easier. I bought one for school, and I use it in a lot of my projects. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.js...rentPage=search
  8. A guy walks into the local welfare office, marches straight up to the counter and says, "Hi...You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I'd really rather have a job." The social worker behind the counter says, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his nymphomaniac daughter. You'll have to drive around in his Mercedes, but he'll supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll be expected to escort her on her overseas holiday trips. You will have to satisfy all of her “urges”. You'll have a two-bedroom apartment above the garage. The starting salary is $200,000 a year". The guy says, "You're bull craptin' me!" The social worker says, "Yeah, well... you started it!"
  9. Social bookmarking sites: useful, useless, good, bad, or fad?
  10. I don't see how dual cpu can be better than dual core, at least in AMDs case. For dual cores the memory controller is on die, but not attached to a single core. So, each core has the same low latnecy access to the memory. However, with dual cpus you need to request the data from the other cpu, then wait for it to come across the bus. There is a a HUGE increase in latenecy, which negates any bandwidth increase in real world performance. Besides the fact that the memory has to be registered (lower bandwidth, and you pay ALOT for memory faster than pc2700). http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/11/07/single/index.html That is a direct comparison between the a dual core 275 and 2 x 248s (all running at 2.2 ghz). There is very little difference in most tests, with the dual core setup usually taking the slight lead. Also, if you read around this forum, you will see that on an AMD system, CPU speed is MUCH MUCH MUCH more import for performance than memory speed. See AG's huge thread about the subject. In the conclusion they say that it is cheap to build a dual cpu system. However, that was the price of an opteron 275 (which has dropped in price recently). It can't compare to the prices of a single Athlon X2 based system at the same cpu speed.
  11. He would be better off going dual core as opposed to dual CPU. 1) You have a huge selection of 939 boards to choose from, instead of the handful of 940 dual boards. Advantage dual core. 2) 242s are about $160 and a X2 3800 is about $320. So, 2x 242s are the same price as a single 3800. However, there is a large cost difference of the dual 940 board compared to a single 939 board. Also, the 3800 is retail and comes with a heatsink, the opterons are OEM at that price. Retail ones are close to $180 ea. Advantage dual core. 3) The 242s are 1.6 ghz with an older core, while the 3800 runs at 2.0 ghz and has one of the newest cores with a better memory controller and sse3. Advantage dual core. 4) The dual core Athlon 64s are going to make alot less heat than a 2x 242s. Less fans, less noise, less things to go wrong. Advantage dual core. Also, not sure about ram support for the 940 boards. They may require registered RAM, but no 100% on that. If thats true, just one more reason to go dual core. (It's more expensive on average)
  12. According to other hardware sites with the story, they are 7800 GTX's with 512mb of RAM for each CPU. That is 1gig per "card", 2 gig total. Though, I wouldnt really call it per card, as the each video card is 2 pcbs and takes up a full 2 slots. http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=195
  13. No, you are wrong. I'm sorry. All regular SLI boards (not the SLI 16x) run in either a 16/2 (some run 16/1) or a 8/8 config. The boards for other manufacturers are not capable of running 16 in the slot of your choice, only in the slot designed to run 16 in normal mode. ABIT: AN8 series manual page 19. MSI: On the product page for the K8N Neo4 SLI page "2nd PCI Express X16 is compatible with PCI Express x 1" Im currently downloading the ASUS A8N SLI deluxe manual, but I'm 99.99% sure its the same way.
  14. A woman stopped by unannounced at her son's house. She knocked on the door then immediately walked in. She was shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch, totally naked. Soft music was playing, and the aroma of perfume filled the room. "What are you doing?" she asked. "I'm waiting for John to come home from work." The daughter-in-law answered. "But you're naked!" the mother-in-law exclaimed. 'This is my love dress," the daughter-in-law explained. "Love dress? But you're naked!" "John loves me to wear this dress," she explained. "It excites him to no end. Every time he sees me in this dress, he instantly becomes romantic and ravages me for hours. He can't get enough of me". The mother-in-law left. When she got home she undressed, showered, put on her best perfume, dimmed the lights, put on a romantic CD, and laid on the couch waiting for her husband to arrive. Finally, her husband came home. He walked in and saw her lying there so provocatively. "What are you doing?" he asked. "This is my love dress," she whispered, sensually. "Needs ironing, "he said, "What's for dinner?"
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