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    Default MSTS loves it...

    My new system

    (2) Intel® XEON 3.06GHz Processors
    512K Cache / Hyperthread / 533MHz FSB
    TYAN Tiger i7505 2668-ANR Dual Xeon Board
    2GB (2048MB) PC2100 Memory Dual Channel DDR266
    (2) 200GB SATA150 7200RPM RAID HDDs (8MB Cache)
    Onboard Serial ATA150 RAID Controller Card - Raid 1
    Gigabyte GV-N595U-GT with nVidia FX5950Ultra AGP 8x 256MB DDR Video
    Overclocked GPU and Memory
    Intel 82540 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet NIC
    Realtek 3D Sound (6 Channel Audio) on mobo
    Tower chassis w/ 500-Watt power supply - 3 chassis fans - 2 power supply fans
    in addition to the 2 CPU fans and GPU fan

    FPS 50-60 Marias pass at 1280x1024 32bit color... all boxes checked and all sliders maxed out for quality. 4x antialiasing 4x anistropic. Meet with two long trains ~30FPS.

    bwfer

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    Default RE: MSTS loves it...

    SWEET! :D

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    Default RE: All that processing power going to waste in MSTS

    Killer system! Big bucks too. The neighbor just bought one to use in his video editing business.

    Unfortunely, you are only using one of the processors in MSTS. To make full use of your system, software has to specially written to take advantage of hyper threading and dual Xeon processors.

    One item you do have that helps is the RAID dual hard drives. That greatly reduces the loading lag. Unfortunely, if one drive fails, you lose all data and you can't do a mirror image backup of such a drive.

    The graphic card is tops, but, the current MSTS won't take advantage of its special features.

    Now, if you are going to do broadcast quality digital video editing using the Video Toaster, you have the computer needed for the job. Otherwise, you should be able to host some fablous games of FarCry, Unreal Tourment 2004, and Battlefield Vietnam in multiplayer mode.

    SRV Ron


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    Default RE: All that processing power going to waste in MSTS

    Ron,

    He is running raid 1??

    Cheers
    Derek

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    Default RE: All that processing power going to waste in MSTS

    Ron, Please correct me if I am wrong. I have a Raid 1 configuration which is redundency (mirroring)... if one drive fails, you should be able boot off the good drive, when the bad drive is replaced the new one will be brought up to date.

    Raid 0 is the configuration for speed where the data is striped between the two disks. It is faster than Raid 1 for random writes and essentially the same for random reads. There is no redundency in Raid 0 ... you lose a drive... you lose it all.


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    Default RE: MSTS loves it...

    That's pretty cool Brian! :D

    I'm curious though, why you decided to skimp on the video card?

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    Default RE: MSTS loves it...

    I thought it was one of the best out there... it seemed to right up there with the ATI Radeon 9800 XT in bench and head to head tests... But I am a NVIDIA guy and this board came with a utility where I can overclock both the GPU clock and the memory clock... not that I will. It came in the system and was highly recommended

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    Default RE: MSTS loves it...

    It was the top of the heap until very recently.

    Now, the ATI x800, and the nVidia 6800 Ultra are roughly twice as fast. :)

    Still quite the setup you've got there!

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    >It was the top of the heap until very recently.
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    >Now, the ATI x800, and the nVidia 6800 Ultra are roughly
    >twice as fast. :)
    >
    >Still quite the setup you've got there!

    The best is the Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition. And suggested retail price for it is only $499. ;-)

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    Default RE: MSTS loves it...

    Thanks Jeff... This system will have to do me for a while. It seems that they are coming out new and better graphics cards about every 6 months... enough to keep a person in the poor house trying to keep up. I don't mind staying a generation or so behind if it keeps a little more money in my jeans.

    Cheers

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