Category Archives: Interesting Reads

Cancelled 3dfx Interactive Rampage GPU in the Wild, Put Through its Paces with Max Payne, Unreal Tournament & 3DMark 2001

EDITORIAL

3dfx Interactive is a name that will forever go down in the history books for the advances they brought to 3D gaming. If you’re unfamiliar with the legacy of 3dfx, have a look at this Technology Explained article we did a while ago. In some of the most exciting retro news in a long time, Martín Gamero Prieto has shown images of a working sample of the unreleased Rampage which he put through its paces in several games and 3DMark.

Real Time Ray Tracing in Quake 2 in 2017, or How Far We’ve Actually Come in a Year

EDITORIAL

NVIDIA’s real time ray tracing hype has been taking a beating for its low performance when compared to traditional render methods – namely rasterization, which is what is used in current games. To fully appreciate just how amazing the technology really is, let’s take a look at real time ray tracing from last year. The game is 20 years old and the card was the prime of its time – Quake 2 on a Titan Xp.

The Changing Definition of the Enthusiast

EDITORIAL

I fully understand the irony of this editorial as I sit here and type this from a Corsair K95 Platinum RGB keyboard, but I can’t help but come to the realisation: We deserve nothing more than RGB these days. To be honest, though, I didn’t get this keyboard for its lighting effects but rather for its comfort when typing. There was a time not too long ago (OK, it was a good while back – more than a decade for sure) where engineering was appreciated no matter the appearance, while today we have the exact opposite scenario.

October Budget Buys

EDITORIAL

It’s that time again and although a bit belated there are still deals to be bought and money to be spent…errr we hope. I could close off this article here and now by simply stating that my sound advice for this month is: save your cash for Black Friday, but where’s the fun in that. Oh, and while I’m at it make sure that you have a TV license on hand for Black Friday as rumor has it you won’t be able to buy a TV without one. Here are the deals, warn the missus and lock your door as we go down another CUD attack.

Nein, Intel

EDITORIAL

It’s the dawning of a new era. Intel’s new core 9th generation processors are set to be released and with it the beginning of true computing power… for some. I mean c’mon, 8 cores and 16 threads, a sure way to kick AMD in the nuts at the start line with clock speeds that could make Barry Allen jealous, what more could an Intel fanboy want? Well here are my thoughts on the release of Intel’s 9th generation chips. WARNING: Kids cover your ears because it’s about to get dirty.

September Budget Computers

EDITORIAL

No matter the circumstances, no matter the weather, no matter what the wife might say or whether the notes in your wallet are getting dangerously few, there will always be a need for a computer upgrade or a just a whole new build. And then there was monthly budget computers.

In this article I will be highlighting some current deals in major stores such as Evetech, Rebeltech and Wootware for those of you who are looking out for that shiny new PC part but want to avoid the shiner from the missus at home. Every month I will post an article to highlight some genuine deals as well as some advice on what to look for on Carbonite in order to afford the two-minute noodles you will be buying the rest of the month. So here we go…

To RGB or Not To RGB? DeepCool RGB 350 Kit Overview

OPINION

While pondering what to write in my first article I remembered that I promised proof of my discovery that RGB does in fact improve gaming performance. Now, while I can almost imagine many of you calling us back to reality: “don’t go towards the light, Joe” others will have sworn their undying loyalty to over-zealous luminous lighting that may potentially blind them, I ask that all bear with me for a moment as I state my case to both the nays and the yays.

Homebrew Cray-1 Supercomputer Built In 1:10 Scale

ARTICLE

In 1976, Cray Research installed one of the most successful supercomputers of all time; the Cray-1. Capable of 160 million FLOPS (only matched by desktops 20 years later) the first of these 80 MHz giants sold for $8.8M. Utilising a staggering 32 MB of SRAM and performing 3 floating point operations per a cycle, this was the ultimate computer. The Cray-1 was designed to be fast and, as such, was heavily pipelined. As a result instruction execution time needed to be known in advance which lead to a RISC style architecture as opposed to x86′s CISC approach.