Sunday, 30 July 2006

SLI anyone?

Haha, long time no post, was getting lazy these few weeks. But back to the matter at hand. When you get something good, you will treasure it. You will probably hold it in reverence and love, as the pleasure that you get from it is just what you were looking for. But then, you feel there is some hidden potential in the treasure that you hold, and so you polish it, nurture it, so that it can realise its full potential.



After reaching its full potential, you still have the urge to push your treasure to a higher level, but the strain that shows on your treasure makes you apprehensive, for you know that if you push your treasure over the edge, you will never see it again. So how do you solve this dilemma? Why, give it a mate, of course!



Now what the h3ll was all that about?!!! OK, I was talking about my graphic card, if you haven't already guessed from the title of the post. I finally got a second card to pair with my NVIDIA GeForce 6800GS. The original card that I have came from Galaxy, but this second card which I bought from a forum member in Lowyat.net is made by MSI (Thanks ryugan!).



From the oxidation on the card, I know this is a well used card. From the outside, I would have to say it looks exactly like the card I first bought, but of course the picture on the heatsink is different. The forum member let go of his card for RM560, including postage, since he was looking for a better card, I guess. The only heartbreaking thing is that for around RM450-RM500, you can get a brand new card which can more or less be on par with the 6800GS. Oh well, what to do? It's either get a matching 6800GS or upgrade to something else faster, but then I'll still have an extra PCI-E slot collecting dust.



OK, here's some benchmarks:

CPU: AMD64 3500+ OC to 2.4 GHz (moderate overclock)

GFX in SLI mode: 498/1250 MHz

3DMark 2006 score: 4479 (3547)

3DMark 2005 score: 9378 (7960)

3DMark 2003 score: 21239 (18843)

* Numbers in brackets show graphic card at stock speeds, but CPU still OC to 2.4GHz



As a comparison, the scores for 3DMark for single card, stock speeds on everything are as follows:

3DMark 2006 score: NA

3DMark 2005 score: 5030

3DMark 2003 score: 11164




Anyway, Now gaming at 1280x1024 should be a breeze, with most of the eye-candy switched on. Screenshots will be added later...

Saturday, 22 July 2006

Job Interview

Just attended an interview today. Heh heh, maybe I put my price a little too high for their tastes. It seems the company was looking to hire a computer technician / general worker, a post that one of my friends vacated a few months ago. My friend's compalint was that the pay was very low and he had to do lots of things that were out of his job scope. Well, some companies dotend to drive their workers to do extra work... But still, I have an uneasy feeling about this company, as if there are some bad vibes coming from the atmosphere around the company.

Friday, 14 July 2006

Fourteenth day of the Seventh month

Today, in the Gregorian calendar, (the one everyone's using now) it is July the 14th. Not a very significant day for anyone here, but if you change it to the Chinese calendar, the 14th day of the 7th month is the Hungry Ghost Festival. OK, just to clear things up, the Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the Chinese 14th day of the 7th month, so July 14 this year is only the 19th day of the 6th month.





The thing I want to highlight here is that this year has two (yes, 2) 7th month in the Chinese calendar. So theoretically this year there will be TWO Hungry Ghost Festivals. That means "they" can come out to eat, drink and be merry twice this year. I don't know if there will be two celebrations or not, but this like partytime x 2. Just a thought...

Wednesday, 5 July 2006

Canon Seminar PhotoShoot

I had the opportunity to attend a seminar organised by Canon last Sunday at the Magellan, Sutera Harbour Resort. I think it was to introduce the EOS system to newbies, but you need some camera knowledge to understand quite a lot of the things that the 2 speakers were talking about. Anyways, the seminar was from 9 to 5, and we were provided free lunch too! Food was quite nice, especially the chocolate cake (yummy!!!).


The speakers introduced two of Canon's latest camera models: the EOS 5D and 30D, both of which costs a lot of money (which good camera doesn't?). In conjunction with this event, a photo contest was also organised, and the subjects of the photo contest were the models that were available after lunch. The photo shoot was done around the poolside area, facing the beach. Some of the models also got down to the rocks to pose. When the models made their appearance, the place started to heat up! Here's a sample:

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More photos coming later...

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There were many photographers who came for the event:
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and they had lots of nice equipment :D
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Yes, some of them were wearing coloured contacts:
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Don't you guys wish you were that water bottle?
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