S.T.A.L.K.E.R. DirectX compare-o

[singlepic id=220 w=250 h=203 float=left]The ExpReview crew have run the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark on a rig in both DirectX modes to point out that differences do indeed exist.  The shadows look a bit more realistic, and the tessellation in DX11 brings a bit more details to some of the textures.  There’s a slight performance hit for the increase in eye candy, but that’s to be expected.  Check out their results, including nice, big 2560×1600 screenshots.

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It’s HD5970 day

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AMD’s newest top-of-the-line huge honkin’ dual-GPU beast of a graphics card has been officially released today, & the reviews are hitting the interwebs.  The verdict?  AMD’s made an enthusiast card that enthusiasts will appreciate not only for eye-bleeding speed, but overall build quality as well.  That is… if they can find one to spend their hard-earned money on…  On to the reviews:

Moto Droid Day – Google Nav demo

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TechCrunch has a full run-down on the Google Nav application that will ship with Android 2.0 (Eclair), along with a demo video.  If you couldn’t tell by the screenshot alone, this is one killer navigation app.  It includes plain English search, as you can see in the video below.  Oh yeah, & did I mention that it’s a free application to boot?  When, o’ when, will AT&T pick up some Android phones….?

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Image by nDevilTV via Flickr

Since Nintendo’s traditionally been an ATi customer, this would be a major win for nVidia if true.  Personally, I can’t wait for more smart phones that are based on Tegra…

Currently, we have no information what exact chip is being used [just that nVidia won the contract], but with the debut set for February 2010, the second generation of Tegra chips could make an excellent base [to be launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona].

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ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Reviews

ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 reviews have hit all the usual places today.

ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Reviews

Although these cards may not blow your socks off, all the reviews seem to indicate that they’re not at all shabby.  These two new video cards are part of ATI’s value line starting at $109 and $159, respectively.

Check out the full reviews here:

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The Infinite Book Media Reader Concept

This concept by Ewald Neuhofer really does get my blood pumping a bit… A flexible e-reader with a “Living Hinge” to emulate real page flipping and super low power consumption by using a single impulse to create the screen image on a paper-like surface.  Could this be the future of e-media?

Infinite Book Digital Media Reader

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It’s Radeon 5870 day

ATi RadeonGet your review on, boys & girls:

Many of thee reviews delve deeply into the architecture end of the “Cypress” GPU, so there are plenty of details for the curious.  As you can see above, there certainly aren’t very many retail cards available to review sites just yet; the Sapphire card being the lone departure from the reference card from a slew of reviews.  The bottom line from the reviews, though, is that the 5870 is the new “king” in town.  We’ll have to see if nVidia can best it when it releases its GT300; supposedly next month (assuming, of course, that it solves the yield issues).

Oh, & you may have to wait a bit  to get your DX11 groove goin’.  Newegg has three cards listed, from Sapphire, HIS, & ASUS for the low-low price of $379; but they’re all listed as “auto-notify,” meaning they’re not currently in stock.  The same goes for ZipZoomFly, who list cards from MSI, Diamond, Gigabyte, & XFX.

Powered by six HD projectors & running at 5500 X 2000 resolution.  Wow.  Via Engadget.

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