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Sunday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-May-2004  16:16:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

E3 is in full swing at the moment. General coverage on HWHell and GamingIllustrated. BF2 preview thanks SoreGums, hand-held gaming on HWHell, Alienware Video Array thanks Benjamin. PDA gaming info here and here. Of course, everyone has an eye for the booth babes, with pics from days one, two and three from TheTechZone, babe pics here on PimpRig and general E3 pics here from Bowan.

HardOCP post some thoughts about the power requirements of NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 Ultra - does it really need two onboard 12V connectors? A few weeks ago I went to an ATI technology briefing for their X800 product. I asked Daniel Taranovsky, who was presenting the technical info, about the X800's power requirements - it only has a single molex 12V connector. Apparently the card will run fine without the extra power connected, unlike the R9700/R9800 which will refuse to boot. Only when you really stress the card does it need the connector. Obviously you're going to leave it plugged in all the time, but it's an indicator of the efficiency of the new GPU.

One other thing I mentioned to Daniel was the possibility of using the GPU's power to supplement the CPU. I remember a couple of years ago there was some talk of a Linux driver for this - I don't know what stage of development it's up to now - but I explained how it seems silly to have a powerful GPU sitting idle on the graphics card while, for example, the CPU is working to the limit in an excel spreadsheet or similar. Having worked in financial IT for a few years, I've seen certain financial models that took literally hours to calculate. Imagine if you could hand some of the work over to your video card processor. You could see the benefits for Folding@HOME or even shorter-timeframe tasks like compression or encryption. Daniel was very interested in this idea and didn't think it would be particularly hard to implement. Should we be keeping an eye out for this feature in a future Windows driver?

Ambush notes nVidia Forceware 4.24 WHQL drivers available.

Want to hide a drive letter from My Computer? IANAG show you how.

From Quilb: For those of you who are interested in buying and selling shares but do not want to spend money doing it you might like to know that The ASX Sharemarket Game registration opens today for those 18 and over. With a total prize pool of $20,000, If you are interested you might want to hurry as it is only open to 20,000 Australian Residents aged 18 years and over not to mention you get to invest a fake A$50,000. :P

Dan's posted some thoughts about PC Audio quality.

PCStats have an article about overclocking and cooling. LegionHW also have a basic intro to overclocking guide.

Sjobeck sent in this WRX driving flash timewaster. Don meanwhile says Survival Project is a fun and free online fighting game.



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