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Comment: Re:history (Score 1) 87

by plonk420 (#42927621) Attached to: Unigine's Newest Benchmark Features Huge, Open-Space Expanses
from Pixar-sponsored, check out (2011) Numb Res by Fairlight (yes, that one) and CNCD; requires DX10 (or check out 2010's Agenda Circling Forth without the GPU-crushing endbit)... Epsilon (2011, 64k) for tasty ray tracying (or google "pouet photon race 2") ... (2010, best effects) FR-063 also has GPU physics. and (2009, 4k) Elevated has an insane amount of content for 4k.

off-scene/pouet, there's Separable Subsurface Scattering (Real Time). semi-raytracingish, there's Rigid Gems

Comment: What issues? (Score 1) 213

other than Rage, i haven't come across any game-interrupting issues. and i was even running old-ass drivers most of the time (6-9 months old usually).

i always bring up launch day/early access games i haven't had issues with: the Crysis 2 demo, Starcraft 2, BF3, NFS: Shift, Alan Wake, Supcom 2. sadly, i was a bit late with Skyrim, getting in at v1.2.

Comment: Re:"blind ABx tests" ? (Score 1) 382

i second this. were they your own encodes? Lame 3.98 is pretty much the best MP3 encoder out there. there are some compiles of it that you just drag a WAV (not sure about FLAC) onto it (lamedropXPd). make sure you're using V2 quality, if not V0.

if you can hear the difference, well, i tip my hat.

Comment: Re:torrents (Score 2) 470

by plonk420 (#39192981) Attached to: Remastered Star Trek: the Next Generation Blu-ray a Huge Leap Forward
most are h.264; second most common vc-1; least common is mpeg-2. bitrate (see: ) usually doesn't matter too much if the source is good, as even the vc-1 encoded Domino still ranks at the top of the Blu-ray PQ thread. i can't wait for x264 to start hitting discs...

Comment: Re:vaporware (Score 1) 286

by plonk420 (#39181537) Attached to: AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh
i run AMD on my desktop (Phenom II X3 705e (65 watt)) and i'm quite sure any bottlenecks i encounter are HDD-related. even my ghetto LVM raid server is AMD.

gaming, however, i'm quite taken with Intel. Bulldozer isn't too bad, tho, depending on the game. it "keeps up with" Intel @ 1080p and beyond on most games ...except--amusingly--some huge AAA titles like Civ 5, Starcraft II, and Skyrim. (tho it's 99.9% identical in performance to Intel on the utterly gorgeous Battlefield 3, and very very close in WoW and Crysis 2)

There is hardly a thing in the world that some man can not make a little worse and sell a little cheaper.