Dec 17

Gigabyte Motherboard Graphics and Processor OC

Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L S-series board Overclock of Geforce 7900gs and Pentium 4 3.0ghz HT

These are incredible performance gains, if you have a gigabyte board, Easytune 5 Pro is a free piece of software and it allows serious OCers to get even more out of it, im just using the simple easy mode and you don’t have to worry about damaging your processor, all you do is kee ramping it up till it hangs. this WONT ruin your processor, goigabyte have a whole write up in their board manuals, All there recent or decent boards have lots of fail-safe features.

Expertool works with all Gainward Graphics cards, alot of other graphics cards have a lot of Overclocking potential, but if you buy a “golden Sample” version, only a little bit more expensive than normal. the card has been designed with overclocking in mind, with aa good lord huge coolers plate, you will see it in the photos of the board wired in.

Rebirth of my computer
Gigabyte GA-p31-ds3l Board
Gigabyte Mother board features
Gigabyte Motherboard appearance and performance
Gigabyte Motherboard Graphics and processor OC
Gigabyte board finished, plugged in and running :)

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Dec 17

Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L- appearance and performance

I intitially thought i bought the same board as i already had, i was just going by features and looks, it looks more or less the same as my old Gigabyte motherboard and has mostly the same features, it even fits into the same mounts on my case.

It over clocks like crazy!!, On my old “superior” more expensive gigabyte GA-81945p-g, i could only over clock to about 3.2ghz, 3.3 at a push, though very unstable and quite high CPU temps, and i couldn’t really Over clock my Gainward 7900gs either, i was stuck 500mhz core clock and 700mhz memory clock.

Compare that now to my new gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L with the CPU at 3.7 ghz, with my 7900 at 550mhz and 1.6ghz memory clock, it seems like a two-fold improvement, much better fps in games like Test drive Unlimited, playable Crysis, and things like Macromedia studio and 3d studio max. It’s a truly unvelieveable board. i almost stretched to £140 to get one of those nForce SLI motherboards. now im glad i didnt. I can’t stresst how great this board is and at £80, i’d say its not to be missed, especially if you want a high performance budget build.

 

Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L

Gigabyte GA-819450-g


My spec now:
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Pentium 4 3.0 ghz with HT Overclock to 3.7ghz
1GB DDR2 @ 768 mhz
Gainward 7900gs Golden Sample @ 550mhz core clock and 1.6ghz memory clock
700w PSU and a couple of old 80gb IDE hard drives @ 7200rpm- i think


Rebirth of my computer
Gigabyte GA-p31-ds3l Board
Gigabyte Mother board features
Gigabyte Motherboard appearance and performance
Gigabyte Motherboard Graphics and processor OC
Gigabyte board finished, plugged in and running :)

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Dec 17

Gigabyte Motherboard-Features

I bought my Motherboard from Maplins so heres what they have to say about it
• Gigabyte™ performance board
(on there website board comparison, it says standard board)

 

• Support for an LGA 775 Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme/ Core™ 2 Quad/ Core™ 2 Duo/ Pentium Extreme Edition/ Pentium D/ Pentium 4/ Celeron processors
• The Intel® P31 Express chipsets support the latest multi-core processors up to FSB 1333MHz

 

• Dual channel DDR2 1066 featuring faster speeds and higher data bandwidth

 

• PCI Express x 16 graphics port

 

• 6 x SATA 3Gbps with RAID function for fast reliable secure storage

 

• 8-channel Intel® High Definition Audio with premium home theatre digital sound

 

• High speed Gigabit LAN connection for broadband and fast networking

 

• 1 x PCI X 16 3 x PCI, 3 x PCI X 1 slots
• 4 x USB 2.0 ports
• RoHS compliant motherboard for green computing

 

• Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Premium Certified
Sounds all top notch doesn’t it, what they FAILED to mention is it has one IDE socket, but 6 sata sockets is pretty col to have, thats potentially 6 500gb SATA hard drives which is 3 TERABYTES! ( i think its 3 terabyes anyway, correct me if im wrong) or 3000gb

 










































Rebirth of my computer

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Dec 17

Gigabyte Motherboard

GIGABYTE S-SERIES MOTHERBOARD

After much trouble building it back up, it’s returned. I had to buy a completely new board. It was properly sketchy though, i had to take the processor out of my old board and transfer it all across, There was a few heartstopping moments when i couldn’t get the fan back on the board. I didn’t actually realise how much force was needed to clip it in, after that it was plain sailing.
I have to say the board is a stunning performer for the price, This is what i do know about the board, reading off the box. 

It’s a Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L with an Intel P31 Chipset controlling it all

—-interesting point here—–altgough it’s classed as there mainstream board, it outperforms there Gigabyte boards with intel 945p chipsets——confusing i know, but the 945p chipsets are apparently only in a high performance line of boards, and, granted, they have a few more features, but nothing that makes them different or unique, they’re also alot more expensive!

The biggest problem i had was theres only one IDE on the GA-P31-DS3l, and i’m still using IDE drives, alot of new computers now have SATA so there wouldn’t be a problem for most people.

Rebirth of my computer
Gigabyte GA-p31-ds3l Board
Gigabyte Mother board features
Gigabyte Motherboard appearance and performance
Gigabyte Motherboard Graphics and processor OC
Gigabyte board finished, plugged in and running :)

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Dec 14

Today i’m building back up my old computer

so can’t post to much today, probably will this evening, i’ve also just got need for speed pro street, so i’m playing around with that alot, i will give you my initial thoughts on pro street later to

Rebirth of my computer
Gigabyte GA-p31-ds3l Board
Gigabyte Mother board features
Gigabyte Motherboard appearance and performance
Gigabyte Motherboard Graphics and processor OC
Gigabyte board finished, plugged in and running :)

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Dec 14

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Pictures

ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE RS
Another interior shot form the passenger seat, looks nice 

Those Bonnet vents are very suggestive of what lies beneath 

 

Same colour too!, hmmmm 

Do you see the resemblance to the XKR? 

 

Despite the fact this isn’t a leather interioer, it’s alcantara, it still looks incredibly luxurious 

I think you’ll agree, the real one looks far prettier 

 

Good view of the engine- 6.0l V12, simply staggering
I think it was on Top Gear they said that the guy who designed the V8, DB9 and Vantage also designed the Jaguar XKR. If you lnow about this, don’t hesitate to tell me! i forgot his name, i would love to see some of his other work. 

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Part 1

 

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Part 2

You really have to read the full article and see all the pictures

 

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Dec 13

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS

ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE RS

What a truly unique amazing car! i just logged on to MSN and this came up!, i was like WOOOOOOOOW

 

 

 

I’m sure when you see it you will think the same too, This is a real Dream car, Now look at some of the specs

-V12 from a DB9-450bhp

-Even more powerful tahn the recent DBS at 510bhp

-Adapted V12 from the DBRS9 racing car

-Featuring dry sump lubrication, tuned length exhaust manifolds, forged pistons, steel con-rods, revised camshafts and modified cylinder heads

-The result of this is 600bhp @6,250rpm and 510lb/ft of torque @ 5,000rpm

Isnt’t this a truly magical dream car…

It’s lighter than the V8 to, the bonnet and bootlid are Cabon Fibre, brakes are cabon ceramic under extremely light wheels- aparently the seats are lightened by a few kilos. inside this weight saving is carried on to! carbon fibre centre console, slim line door furniture.

Front splitter and rear spoiler that raises out of the bootlid at speed, these must presumably work very well together to aid cornering at speed

-Kerb weight around about 1500kgs compared to 1630kgs in standard V8 Vantage

-power-weight ratio of 375bhp per tonne

0-62 in 4 seconds

-0-100 in 8.5 seconds

-top speed of 200 mph

It is such a beautiful machine

Don’t you think ther side window looks like the one on an Jaguar XKR?

See the full article on MSN here, alot more pictures and info there

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Part 1

 

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Part 2

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Dec 13

So what do i think overall?

Well i think it’s fantastic and opens the door to alot of possibilities, Like GTA revolutionized a open world game, i feel test drive does this again, though purely for driving games. I think it still has one of the largest enviroments of any game to date, It’s got a great online community and is just the funnest racing game to play online at the moment.
I hope like GTA many developer will copy the concept, and develop it further in other areas. This really is something fresh in a pretty polluted genre. That said being a wildly ambitious concept-it shows in some places, theres numerous glitches and small niggling problems here and there, but when the game runs well, few things feel as solid as it does

 

 

i guess the best way to rate this is out of 10 sooooo;
Graphics 8/10
The car models are beutiful, so is the reflections and some lighting effects, especially sunsets. But the brutal truth is they aren’t really next-gen, the game uses Pixel shader 2.00 for a lot of its effects and thats last gen. Overall though, some truly beutiful landscapes, scenery and country side
Sound 7/10
There are some gorgeous sounding cars here, but with cars like the Saleen S7, the Nobles and Skyline its a huge disapointment. Theres a few other cars, but i dont remeber them all. Ambient effects are nice. The tire squeel gives a good indication as to whereabouts you are on the grip side of things. Theres the odd good music track, but they dont add or take away anything. You can add your own MP3s which is a nice feature

 

Gameplay 7/10
I’m a heavy sim racer, cant really stand arcade racing games. but this strikes a really nice line between sim and arcade, until you get past the point of no return in a drift. can feel a bit to “rubbery spring” like at times. The hardcore mode is a great attempt at simulation, but it all seems a bit to lunar, the apparent lack of down force and low-gravity is no good when cruising at speed, forget racing in hardcore mode. overall though it is a very enjoyable and joyous expierience

 

Longevity 9/10
If you have a short attention span and arent all that into cars, this probably won’t last you long, if your a kind of casual gamer the novelty of cruising anywhere with anyone online will never really wear off. I find i keep on coming back to it just for a “Drive”-weird as it sounds, whenever im down or bored a cruise round a beutiful island with a bunch of mates, really brightens my day, the fact you can go anywhere is great

 

I’d say overall 8/10, its a landmark game and has some trully great features.

 

Please everyone, let me know your thoughts on this. do you think its good? what do you like best about it? see areas for improvement? how was my opinion? and views?

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Dec 13

Test Drive Unlimited part 5 Hardcore mode

 

Now for one of the worst and best parts of the game, Hardcore mode, It’s basicallly supposed to be like a full on simulation-which it kind of is and isnt.

 

What they seem to of done is lower the effect gravity has on the car, seem to of made downforce, near non-existent-this is obvious because you can go faster in hardcore mode than you can in normal-assuming you don’t crash, then when you slip stream a car it’s like a sudden turbo boost or shot of nitrous, before you pass you will crash because they have also lowered the tire-grip.
Another thing is when you go over a jump at any considerable speed, the car sort of flys through the air. You have to see this.

That said it’s quite real and nice when low-speed driving, and if you love drifting, you will love how well you can drift in this, it’s fun to go to the racetrack and be drifting with everyone there. The racetrack is the only place you can reallyuse and enjoy hardcore mode.

thats the thing the downforce and gravity was just right in normal mode, but the tires seemed way to rubbery and springy, like when you pitch the car sideways at speed, you feel it load the two outer tires, then it throws you off on a tangeant basically.

If they kept the downforce and gravity to more earthlike levels it would of been very spot-on. It is overall quite accurate. They include a diagram call a G-meter on the right hand side of the screen, and it’s great the way it gives you a live readout of what your chasis is doing. it gives you side-g accelerating and braking-G suspension readings-not a series of numbers, actually springs so its understandable. It’s got a picture of tires, shows how much of the tire is contacting the road, vertical grip limits and horizontal grip limits. It’s very good, accurate and interesting to look at. given time it would teach a five-year old the characteristics of a car

Heres a picture explaining it-ok its not in an english language but it was the best image i can find to show you, it’s englishy-(dont think thats a word) enough. Putting some of these issues aside, i promise you it’s provided me and alot of other people with some of the funniest moments in gaming. and it’s great to be drifting down a mountain with a group of friends. There reallly is few things as fun as it.

I think this video demonstrates it well. you can get some beautiful slides going

 

 

This Game is currently £14.98 on amazon. deal of the year i say! check it out here

 

Test Drive Unlimited Review 1
Test Drive Unlimited Review Part 2
Test Drive Unlimited Part 3 Road Maps
Test Drive Unlimited Part 4 How Do The Cars Drive?…
Test Drive Unlimited Part 5 Hardcore Mode
Test Drive Unlimited Part 6 Overall Verdict
Test Drive Unlimited Car Pack Pc

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Dec 13

Test Drive Unlimited Part 4- How Do the Cars Drive?

For this I’m using a Logitech G25 with clutch and H-gate transmission being used. I remember watching some very early footage of the G25 in the Eden production offices, on several computers.

They REALLY did a great job optimizing this wheel for the game. It makes driving the cars such a wonderful experience when they are not out of control. you can feel the gradual weight shift to the front under braking, when your steering you can feel the tires scrubbing on the edge of tire adhesion, You can feel the rear corner wheel almost come off the ground or go very light(obviously depending on which way your turning).

For the most part the cars drive fantastically, It’s a bit of a mix between Simulation and Arcade-while its good, you could say this is it’s slight short coming. You can feel and drive the cars right to the edge of their grip limit-very confidently, that what I like about them, because each car has very unique handling it’s great to learn each car’s characteristics. Once the cars slip past the grip limit, that’s usually it, you spin and crash. You go to counteract it one way and just as your about to straighten the wheel out towards the end of the slide, it flicks back the other way, very much like a violent pendulum.

In very light weight cars such as the TVR and Lotus’. This Can be quite annoying. You feel the effect most in all the small cars. With some of the heavier cars such as the Aston Martin Vanquish, this can still be a problem. While less pronounced, once the car is sideways that violent grab of the grip can still throw you off into a dramatic spin.

 

 

 

You can really feather the throttle round a long corner nicely, again being able to feel the weight shift is brilliant. I love the way its so dependent on how you accelerate, i can’t really explain with out an example, but i’ll try anyway, Hopefully upload a video regarding it soon. ie. you turn the steering wheel 90 degrees accelerate very slightly, watch as it trys to straighten out a bit, release the accelerater it calms down, Flatout you’ll end up witnessing the steering wheel go to opposite lock quite quickly as the car begins to donut. It sounds complicated but its great to feel EVERYTHING the cars doing.

Also its great to be able feel all the minor gradients and changes in the road. It gives you a MASSIVE advantage. you don’t really notice this until you sit back and think about it. It really becomes Intuitive. This can be a massive advantage over say gamepad, or keyboard users, while they slow down to take a corner, you can bounce it off the bumps and ruts to carry a nice high-speed low-angle drift through the corner, they can’t do this beacause they dont feel or know that those bumps even exist, Assuming you keep it low-angle, otherwise you’ll spin and be like-crap. Overall the car control becomes very instinctive and intuitive. It’s like trying to explain how to drift to someone, you can tell them all the techniques methods and ways to intiate and control a drift, but until they really practice it. it’s pointless. ask a kid whos fanatical about drifting, “how would you drift around this corner?”, they’ll tell you what they think, maybe dirt-drop or something like that, then tell them go and do it, they’ll spin because they think to hard about it, in this respect it’s similar to Test Drive, you get really confident and you begin to “feel” your car, but unfortunatly because of the slightly wonky physics, when you pitch that car sideways round a corner to carry the speed- your gonna crash.

The Clutch is very well implemented, You can slip it very nicely, and change gear faster than you could if it was just a normal setup-gear up A Gear Down Z- well thats my keyboard setup for gear up gear down in some driveing games anyway, It acts like a real clutch. You need to hold it in if your in a gear at a stand still-if you let go the car will jolt and stall, if you don’t hold it in while you change gear, well you don’t change gear. It’s weird, alot of people will be like a clutch seems a waste of time, but the truth is, you can get faster changes, you can go from something like 5th-2nd while slipping the clutch so as to not over rev and thus brake for a sharp corner faster, later and quicker. Also it just adds a level of immersion to the gameplay. makes it seem all that more real
I will go into Hardcore mode in the next post, It’s a simulation mode, quite interesting…

 

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