GeForce GTX 470 & 480 Are A Tad Disappointing

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I’m a bit late on this, but it looks like both AnandTech and Tech Report reviews are essentially saying the same thing: the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 are better buys.

While these new NVIDIA video cards are “10 and 15% faster”, they do cost more, consume more power, run hotter and run louder than their AMD/ATI counterparts. So why bother with these new cards? There doesn’t seem to be a reason to.

I hope a price war between these two video card giants starts up. That’s when I can make a real purchasing decision because, quite frankly, they’re both a bit too expensive for my tastes.

$250 or less please. $200 would be better!

Halo 3: ODST & Uncharted 2 Statistics

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Some interesting statistics were revealed today involving both Halo 3: ODST and the Uncharted 2. Both sets of numbers were quite fascinating.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Stats from the multiplayer demo:

  • Total Number of games played – 1,217,424
  • Total Number of Kills – 92,110,787
  • Total Number of Treasures Captured – 1,860,645
  • Total Amount of Money Earned – $38,841,367,350
  • Total Time Played – 9,905 days (or 27+ years!)

A single review stat:

  • 17/34 reviews are scored 100 and currently sits at 97/100 average on MetaCritic

Halo 3: ODST

Sales:

  • Sold 2.5 million units within the first two weeks of release
  • Generated $125 million in sales
  • Total franchise sales exceeds 27 million units

Trade-in Value

  • $40 CAD at EB Games (I just traded it in towards Forza Motorsport 3)

    I’m surprised by ODST’s numbers. I didn’t think it would do that well seeing how it’s primarily single player focused. I wonder what the trade-ins are with that title. Regardless, I still recommend you all play it. It’s pretty good!

    As for Uncharted 2’s stats, it’s shocking to see how many hours were logged with the multiplayer. 27+ years! And that’s just the demo. I hope this translates to excellent sales; Naughty Dog deserves it. But I do wonder how much of it was spent waiting on the matchmaking though. Hey ohh!

    Intel Core i7 870 & i5 750 Reviews Out Now

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    intel_logo.pngAnandTech and TechReport reviews for the new Intel Core i5 and Core i7 are out now!

    I was kinda bummed by the lack of HyperThreading for Core i5, but after reading these reviews, it’s not enough of a deterrent to warrant the price difference. What would I do with 8 threads?

    Take a look at this:

    ProcessorClock SpeedCores / ThreadsSingle Core Max Turbo BoostSocketTDPAssociated ChipsetPrice (USD)
    Core i7-8602.80 GHz4 / 83.46 GHzLGA-115695WIntel P55$284
    Core i5-7502.66 GHz4 / 43.2 GHzLGA-115695WIntel P55$196

    That $88 price difference enables 4 virtual threads, additional overclocking headroom and higher stock clockspeed. Do I want it? I wouldn’t mind it, but I like the idea of on-die PCI-E controller on the Core i5 and the attractive price tag of just under $200 USD.

    These new processors are making my wait for a new computer a little tougher. However, I think I can hold out until the new video cards are unveiled in the coming months. That way it could be a completely new PC from top to bottom.

    Checkpoint: Shortening Reviews Edition

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    Who reads reviews from beginning to end anymore? 1UP’s reviews were (are?) solid reads and the same goes with Edge’s, but the rest? Far too long. For those I ,admittedly, do flip to the final page for the verdict and skip the rest of the bulk. And why not? With the likes of Meta Critic and strong peer recommendation, what’s the point of sifting through hundreds and even thousands of word reviews?

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