Cevat Yerli (Crytek) talks about future of gaming graphics
Crytek co-founder Cevat Yerli talked about the future of gaming graphics in his keynote at GDC Europe, you can read about it over here.
Talking trends, Yerli observed that GPUs and CPUs are "on a collision course", as CPUs get more parallel and GPUs -- already highly parallel -- are moving towards more general-purpose computing. He recommended OpenCL as a good base for addressing the issue.
In general, Crytek is trying to make all of its engines very scalable, due to the uncertainty about when the next-gen consoles might arrive. Yerli suggested that Crytek is estimating 2012 to 2013 for the next generation of home console hardware. But thanks to the success of the relatively horsepower-light Wii, "there's a big debate about whether there will be a next generation at all", he admitted.
The Crytek co-founder also discussed the dangers of the Uncanny Valley in work that companies -- even Crytek -- are doing. So he suggested most games use artistic styles, physics and AI to differentiate themselves, at least up to 2012 when the next generations may arrive.
Early visual style development is key, even now, he said. Procedural content development is also a heavy research area for Crytek, with Yerli saying that his dream is to create a game made by just a few people that looks like it was created by many more.
He then focused on the actual technical innovations that he feels will make a difference in graphics. For example, tech like point-based rendering is potentially faster than triangle-based rendering at certain higher qualities, and works well with levels of detail.
On the other hand point-based rendering might define a certain super-high polygon look for game, Yerli said. However: "There's a lot of games today in the Top 10 which don't need that", he conceded, and content creation tools are almost exclusively based around triangles right now.
He also noted ray-tracing as a possible rendering method to move towards, and particularly recommended rasterization and sparse voxel octrees for rendering. Such principles will form "the core" of future technology for Crytek's next engine, Yerli said, and the goal is to "render the entire world" with the voxel data structure.
Concluding, Yerli suggested that, after 2013, there are opportunities with new APIs and hardware platforms to "mix and match" between multiple rendering models, with "a Renaissance of graphics programming", and visual fidelity on a par with movies such as Shrek and Ice Age rendered in real time.
Rivatuner 2.24B (MSI MOA 2009 edition)
We are releasing a small intermediate update to Rivatuner today. Initially we did not plan on releasing it, but why not.
The version we
OCZ Vertex TURBO SSD review
As if their top of the line high-end SSD storage units are not fast enough OCZ decided to upgrade their fastest Vertex series SSD disks .. with an even faster model. What OCZ did with the Vertex TURBO is what can be considered tweaking the product to squeeze some extra performance out of it. The Vertex Turbo Series has an increased host clock-speed and the SDR DRAM Cache clock frequency are now running steady and gentle at at 180MHz.
We are closing in very fast at the limitations of the SATA2 port. Yes, the end results is a Solid State Disk that now reaches ultra-fast 270/200 MBps read and write speed (!).
Check out the full fetched review right here.
ATI demonstrates DX11 class technology
Over at Quakecon AMD is showing a little private preview to some members of the press in a hotel. They are building some momentum for DirectX 11 class graphics cards under their family codename evergreen.
It seems that on the 10th of September some sort of announcement is to be made. Anyway, inside that hotel room AMD/ ATI team has a blinded (side panel covered) PC showing off some DX11 goodness and next to that technologies like Parallax Occlusion Mapping (nothing new), hardware tessellation (part of DX11) and High-Definition Ambient Occlusion mapping. Check out some of the photo's courtesy of Legitreview.
Check out the thumbnails.
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Logitech Wireless Desktop MK700 with integrated LCD dashboard
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BenQ intros V-series Eco LED displays
Electronics afficionado BenQ has recently introduced two new LED-backlit monitors, the 24-inch V2400 Eco and 21.5-inch V2200 Eco. The V2200 Eco is said to be the world's first widescreen LED monitor of its size. Either has a 1080p resolution, and BenQ claims zero light leakage for both, helping them to achieve a very high 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The Eco in the name comes from an eco mode that reduces power consumption by 30 percent by managing brightness, power and contrast settings as well as totally mercury-free LED-lit panels.
BenQ also stresses that their thinner and lighter design saves on packaging, which itself has been revised to include recycled paper rather than styrofoam. Soy ink is used on the carton, with a set-up guide printed right on the shipping carton rather than a separate page. The user's manual, meantime, can only be found online.
The two new displays will begin shipping in China in mid-August, though pricing has not been revealed.
Operation Flashpoint 2 Vehicles Trailer
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Each vehicle is authentically recreated, complete with accurate weapon systems, and the extensive range of hardware demonstrates the diversity and devastating fire-power that contemporary fighting forces deploy into a combat zone. Developed and published by Codemasters, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is scheduled for an October 6 release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
MSI launches N275GTX Lightning
MSI introduced the new N275GTX Lightning, this GeForce GTX 275 based graphics card features the very best components, 700 MHz core frequency, 1792MB GDDR3 at 2300MHz, 10-phase PWM, Twin Frozr II cooling solution and several overclocking enhancements. The reality is that this card will be faster than a standard GeForce GTX 285 cards (!) .. and than has room for more tweakage.
MSI N275GTX Lightning Product Highlights:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
- GPU Clock: 700MHz
- Memory Clock: 2300MHz
- Memory Size: 1792MB GDDR3 (0.8ns)
- Military Class (Hi-c CAP/SSC/Solid CAP) for the highest quality components
- 10 Phase PWM for stable power supply under overclocking
- APS dynamic phase adjustment for 93% power efficiency
- Twin Frozr II thermal design is 23
ATI releases ATI Catalyst 9.8 for Windows 7 | XP | Vista
Though these drivers are not yet available on the official download page, Over at Quakecon Ian
Order of War Game Demo
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QuakeCon 2009 Rage Trailer
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As such in this article we will check out the current Windows 7 drivers, look at performance in-between Windows Vista and Windows 7 and look at it's stability.
You can check out this article right here at this link.
Corsair preps Dual-Channel Kits Core i5 Processors
Intel's upcoming processor range will also make use of low-voltage DIMM memory, similar towards Core i7.
As such memory manufacturers are now creating specific SKUs to match the best DIMMs for Core i5. Corsair for example is working on specific DDR3 dual-channel memory to cater the new platform. Info on their XMS3 series memory leaked and as it seems they will release four DIMM kits in speeds of DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600
Interesting is that there also will be a kit utilizing 4GB of memory (2x 4GB and 2x 2GB.
- CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 - 2x 4GB, DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24
- CMX8GX3M4A1333C9 - 2x 4GB, DDR3-1333, 9-9-9-24
- CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 - 2x 2GB, DDR3-1600, 8-8-8-24
- CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - 2x 2GB, DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24
Though 4 GB seems enough really, I expect that slowly we will now move onwards to 8GB in our systems, of course remember .. you need a 64-bit operating system to unleash and make available all 4 or 8 GB (!).
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The SSD utilizes a SATA interface and lists maximum sequential read rates of 220MB/s and write rates up to 200MB/s. Mean time before failure (MTBF) is rated at 1,000,000 hours, while the drive can handle operating shock up to 1,500G. Pricing information for the 256GB SSD has yet to be announced.
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