I came to a sudden realization one day on my way to work. My Athlon 64 computer just isn't enough to do the Graphics Card History Project justice, particularly for some of my PCI Express cards from 2005-2006.
The idea behind PixelPipes is to pair a processor that's a lot faster than what was available when these retro cards were new, and together with newer drivers maybe learn something we didn't know about their true performance that wasn't apparent in old reviews, because either CPUs at the time were too slow and/or drivers at launch weren't mature. (This has already shown results in my testing so far. For example, a Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition has turned out to be faster in retrospect than a 6800 Ultra in Doom 3! That was never the case in reviews from 2004!)
My Athlon 64 X2 is a 2005 processor, albeit overclocked, and doesn't deliver on one of the guiding principles of my channel, as I've come to realize.
So I need something much faster, but it basically requires a new computer. I've settled on getting the fastest Core 2 Duo available, and overclocking it even further (hopefully to 4GHz). I chose this platform for a few reasons.
I don't need more than two cores, and this CPU keeps up with early Core i3 processors without OCing. Overall price, as a high quality LGA775 motherboard is cheaper than say a decent LGA1156 board for overclocking. Compatibility with Windows XP, and feature parity with my Athlon 64, as I don't want my platforms too far apart in terms of SATA generation and so on (I'll still be using my A64 for AGP cards). Scalability. This is a 2007-2008 platform that can be used with early DirectX10 cards as well.
I don't have the space for an open test platform, so I'd really like a case. I purged many of my spare parts a few years ago, so I don't even have a spare optical drive.
Parts: (price approximate)
Core 2 Duo E8600 3.3GHz $15
High quality motherboard $50
2GB RAM $15
Power Supply (has to be new) $50
Optical drive + Hyper 212 + case fans if necessary ~$60
If you'd like to help me raise money for my project, you can send contributions via PayPal to [email protected] Post in the thread how much you're contributing so we can keep track, or I'll post updates here. I can put your name in an end credits screen at the end of the project, and any videos involving this platform if you'd like!
Thank you guys so much for being so supportive this year, and I really hope to live up to your expectations!
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