|07-03-2011, 06:56 PM||#16|
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I stick by my last post but I'll be a little more blunt this time around. A round up of dated hardware is pointless except to those who want to know just how bad their gear sucks.
I think a comparison of current generation processors would be valid to help people decide between a lower-end model compared to a high-end one if they plan on doing specific tasks like gaming...Oh wait...
Look at what I found!
Old tech is not article worthy unless someone turns it into something or uses it for a purpose other than what it was intended for. Testing something like this would take a huge amount of time and resources.
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|07-03-2011, 07:27 PM||#17|
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Lets not and say we did!
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|07-03-2011, 08:53 PM||#18|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
What a thread to show up late in!
First and foremost, thanks for all the comments in this thread. When I first looked at the idea, I had groaned at the sheer thought of the undertaking it would require, and apparently I am not alone for once!
12inchsubwoofer: this isn't a bad idea... at all. In fact, I've juggled the idea of doing something similar before. But after taking all of the work it would require into consideration, and the general lack of noticeable interest in such an article (it'd be a niche one, to say the least), I ended up dropping it. There's a point where the ROI is seemingly non-existent, and trust me, it's depressing to put a lot of heart and soul into a piece of content and then it gain literally no traction.
An article like this, to me (and others it would seem) would be more for interest's sake than of actual use for someone. If you're running truly outdated hardware, I don't really think you can expect any of today's games to run that well. It doesn't always simply boil down to the CPU, but also the GPU. If you're running an outdated platform, current GPUs are not an option, and that's a major bottleneck.
That said, even if a game today is only single-threaded, that doesn't mean that an older single-core processor would be able to handle it that well. Major improvements have been made to our processors in the past five or more years, and clock-for-clock, today's processors are orders of magnitude more efficient than Prescott or Barton. That's not even talking about physics which many games take advantage of nowadays (and rarely on the GPU).
I can honestly say that if anyone truly cares about PC gaming, even just a little bit, trying to play it on outdated hardware is just not the way to go. That does lead me to another article idea, however. How cost-effective could we be while building a new PC that can play all of today's games just fine? Can we do it for $500? Can we do it on an Atom or Brazos with a discreet card?
To give ourselves a benchmark to work towards, we could refer to the Steam survey:
Seeing that 1920x1080 is the most popular resolution, we could aim to build the cheapest PC possible that would be able to play games at that resolution. Or instead, or in addition, we could tackle 1680x1050, since that's the next most popular resolution. Interestingly, 1280x1024 and other like resolutions are decreasing in popularity on a month to month basis, which I guess can back up the fact that most people are not too concerned about reading a comparison similar to what you proposed.
Thoughts on doing something like this instead?
Thanks for the suggestion Due to the time and effort some content would require, we can't tackle everything we're asked to do, but we love hearing suggestions nonetheless. There might be some kick-ass and feasible ideas out there we haven't thought of.
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|07-03-2011, 11:05 PM||#19|
Join Date: Apr 2010
I have about $450 worth of parts here doing nothing and they are all good parts. That said, a good 1080p PC can be done fairly cheap. A 5750 can max most games. A quad core of any kind pretty much decimates the CPU requirements and a $50 set of ram owns the ram recommendations. I am fairly sure a pretty nice PC using quality parts wouldn't be much more than $500 possibly cheaper depending on parts and prices.
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