Nvidia 8800 GT, a humble review.

I’ve got to admit I have been very pleased with my new 8800. I have not encountered anything that this card could not handle. I run COD4 on max settings with anti-aliasing 4x and still get around 60 fps. Unreal 3 with max settings and fps remains the same, about 60. Even Crysis runs smoothly with settings maxed out. For only $300, this card is absolutely amazing, and for any serious gamer, I wouldn’t recommend anything less.

Putting performance aside there is one thing that anyone purchasing this card should be aware of. This card is a beast, but with all that power comes heat, so you need to make sure your case has adequate airflow. I have an Antec Sonata III case, and the video card itself is so large (extending almost the entire length of the motherboard) that I can’t get adequate airflow around it. The card heats up and eventually shuts down running Unreal 3 and Crysis on max settings, but surprisingly I can run COD4 indefinitely. So my immediate solution is to open my case and put a little desktop fan near the case blowing onto the video card just to make sure the heat is blown out and the card works fine.

The Sonata III that I bought only came with a single 120mm fan in the back, to suck heat out. It’s simply not enough cooling for the 8800 when its running Unreal 3 or Crysis maxed out. I don’t have the time to test out a number of different cases or fan layouts for this specific case to tell which is best but I do recommend having as much cooling and airflow as possible. Don’t let it deter you though; the problem is with my case not nvidia’s card. Buy one of these bad boys and watch all your gaming buddies get green with envy. *Pats Hunter on his green back*

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Call Of Duty 4

If you guys want the scoop come and get it. Call of Duty 4 otherwise known as CoD4 has taken on a more modern roll when compared to it’s predisesors. biased in modern time Call of Duty 4 story is biased on 2 different teams, the U.S. Marine Core(USMC) and the British special air service (S.A.S.). But I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys so lets get down to the real review.

Call of Duty 4

Graphics – With the new graphics engin out the door CoD4 is looking more beautifull then ever. every model, every tank, every weapon, building has been maticulously detailed down to the tiny cracks in the wall. I cant imagine how many man hours they put into the details of their models. 10 out of 10

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Sound – As with the whole series of CoD games all the typical sounds of the guns, bombs, voices, units, sound great this edition is no different. These sounds just add to the realism and builds upon what they already have. noticeable throughout the game there is a soundtrack tht starts to play, the music is a type of hype music that seems to do its job rather well propelling your emotions into a frenzy that will eventually end with alot of dead hostiles. 9 out of 10

Gameplay – Gameplay with typical FPS single player story lines are usually 1 of two things, you follow your team around and complete tasks and objectives to eventually complete your ultimate goal or your a solo killing machine and you take on the entire world. This game doesn’t break any originality records in this field but then it doesn’t need to. The implementation of the typical squad style gameplay of CoD4 has been done to perfection. Constant communication between your squad, yourself and the mission analyst makes the whole squad experience seem a bit fuller and more lifelike. With the addition of shooting through walls and some specialized sniping missions this game has a very high replay value and if thats not enough for you the leveling system in multipayer is sure to keep you playing for hours on in. 9.5 out of 10

Overview – With the current CoD standards that are out there im not sure how anyone could come up with a better or more well played game, but Infinity Ward’s Cod team has pulled it off again. Blazing new graphics, realistic high definition audio, and deep storyline will make this game a best seller, and one of my personal favorites for years to come. it is my recommendation that anyone who has skipped out on this game check out the demo that can be found here or go out and get yourself a copy!!9.5 out of 10!

The Call of Duty4 website can be found at www.callofduty.com

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