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!
This is something that won't be relevant to most people in practical terms, but may be interesting from a curiosity standpoint. I like the subject of modern PCI cards myself, and plan to do more on it later on, showing the performance degradation of PCI and a broader comparison of PCI cards.
@Emblazon This is the official debut of my new intro!
After nearly a year of working on this project, I decided there was a lot more about the history of graphics cards that I wanted to cover. So it's sort of grown into its own YouTube channel!
I'm giving DayOnePatch exclusive access to the first three videos on the channel! This is a show of my appreciation for all the encouragement so many of you have given me since the start of this project.
My intent was to release a video a week, but after over a month just working on three videos, it's pretty clear to me this will not be possible with a full time job, and the level of quality I'm shooting for. That being said, please excuse the poor mic quality and crude camera work. I'm on a very tight budget.
Because you're getting the first three videos, it will be a long time before you see another one, so please bear that in mind.
Thanks again to everyone! I hope you all find something to enjoy on my new channel!
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