PAX East - Gamers and Geeks Gather 'Round The Tech

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Last weekend gamers from all walks of life converged on Boston to strap in, lock-n-load, boot-up and get their frag on at the PAX East 2010 gamers conference.  On hand were a number of large, big name hardware OEMs and game publishers, showing their wares to the game-crazed masses and members of the press that attended the show.  From consoles to hand-helds and PC gaming, this show had just about something for everybody.  Hailing from the northeast latitude ourselves, of course we decided to trot on down to Beantown to catch the buzz and see the sights. Sensory overload would have been an understatement, and though we didn't stick around for the all-night frag fests taking place at Boston's Hynes Convention Center (we had killer seats at the afternoon Bruins game, sorry...), we did get a chance to grab some footage of some of the more interesting tech demos on display at PAX.

Rather than rattle our gums to much on the subject, we'll let pictures and video tell the story for the most part, though we'll butt in as required of course...







Be sure to catch the Easter Egg from AMD right around the 5 minute mark in this video...

To be honest we were sort of stumped that Mark from AMD was so forthcoming with details as he demo'ed the new 6-core, yes six-core, Phenom II X6 processor.  After all, we're on NDA as you're reading this, so hopefully this isn't one of those, "if I told ya, I'd have to kill ya" moments.  If it is, unfortunately, you're all dead and so are we... and maybe Mark too.


AMD ATI Eyefinity 6 and The Forthcoming 6-Core Phenom II?



EVGA's GeForce GTX 480, Graphics Tuning Software and Dual Socket Xeon 5600 Goodness

EVGA had a few nice surprises up their collective sleeves as well.  Here you can see a nicely pimped-out Maingear SHIFT PC with its vertically mounted motherboard orientation and dual EVGA GeForce GTX 480 cards running in SLI.  Water-cooled and wired tight, this EVGA-equipped killer gaming rig, also was infused with EVGA's Graphics Tuning software for pushing the boundaries (or your luck?) with the GeForce GTX 480.  Of course, if you're running the water-cooled EVGA GeForce GTX 480 FTW card (bottom row), you wouldn't have to worry nearly as much.  Our buddy Joe from EVGA tells us their water-cooled GTX 480 runs around 50ºC under load; a far cry from the 95ºC temps we've seen in live action with stock cards.  Finally, if you simply just need more cores, Scotty, there's the upcoming James T. Kirk enterprise-class EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard to consider.  Yep, that's dual-sockets with Xeon 5600s--12 cores, 24 threads--it's a spaceship of a motherboard indeed.


Mobile Gaming with Origin's EON and The Alienware M11x

And of course, mostly-mobile to ultra-portable gaming notebooks of various and sundry flavors were on hand. We're specifically fond of the tasty morsel now known as the Alienware M11x (right) and we're lining up our evaluation of that little bad boy in the next few days actually. Finally, Origin PC has been bending our ear so much lately about their new line of gamer-targeted notebooks, that we had to get up close an personal with their new EON.  This is the bodacious EON18 but there's an EON15 on tap too and we plan to put that through its paces as well at some point.


Patriot's 256GB Sandforce-based Inferno and Zotac's Z-Box

Finally, we wound things down with our buds from Patriot memory and Zotac.  Patriot was of course pimping their new line of Disco Inferno SSDs (ok, we made the Disco part up), that are weighing in at a stout 256GB capacity and driven by the ever-snappy line of Sandforce SSD controllers.  We'll see what we can do about lining that up in the days ahead as well.  And last but not least Zotac was showing the kind of gaming capability that can be had in their svelte, NVIDIA-Ion enabled Z-Box.  Home theater PC?  Sure, drop in a USB DVD drive and you're there; or better yet, just stream it.

That's it for our nickle tour of PAX East!  Thanks to the fellas over at Penny Arcade for letting us in and allowing us to cut the line waiting at the entrance on Saturday.  We didn't have enough eight-sided dice on hand to muster that kind of queue for very long, though we're glad we took the time to grab our press credentials and check out this very well organized gaming geek extravaganza. 
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3vi1 replied on Fri, Apr 2 2010 6:17 PM

In the video, I take it that the game was still rendering 3D when he was looking through the sniper scope? LoL... who would have thought 3D could make games less realistic.

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LOL maybe it wasn't 3D but most likely by the looks of it, it was. Hope everyone had so good fun there!

Also a bullet could be flying out of the scope :P lol

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I would love to attend one of these some day. This or CES.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Apr 2 2010 9:03 PM

Man, I wish PAX Expo could come around to California.

 

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sp12 replied on Fri, Apr 2 2010 9:31 PM

I'm stumped with the portal shot in the first pic.

What new tech/features/storyline could possibly be showcased in a 3 year old game....?

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Apr 2 2010 10:22 PM

Sorry about the crazy bad audio in spots. It's just wasn't our day with the technical difficulties... :(

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I never understood the whole PAX thing...They should call it CAX, to show the change in economy with a C-Note :P

Man You guys must love your Job! Always getting to go to these things and play around! :)

I always wondered who all the other people were, at things like E3! They couldn't just be only other game development employees :)

Also with that ATI demo, that would have been the perfect place to run six projectors to show the power of that card, by having a huge display over their booth.

I didn't understand the little components at the beginning when he turned it around? Was he just trying to show the viability of porting game laptop to the big screen? Or were they trying to develop a new type of console?

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A bunch of the guys from my TF2 clan meet up at PAX. Looked like a fun time.

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Were they the ones dressed i the TF2 costumes? :D

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Everything's looking great guys!

I'm excited for the EyeFinity installment. Not necessarily for the fact that one GPU can support up to 6 monitors, but the fact that this will drive companies to make monitors have smaller borders. 

One I can throw six monitors together, with hairline borders, I will totally go all out with EyeFinity. 

I also see Skate 3 and the new Portal game. 

Good times. Good coverage. 

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Apr 3 2010 6:34 PM

sp12:

I'm stumped with the portal shot in the first pic.

What new tech/features/storyline could possibly be showcased in a 3 year old game....?

Yeah, if only there were a way to make sequels to old games that had new features and storylines.

Oh, wait...

 

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RyuGTX replied on Sun, Apr 4 2010 1:00 AM

Interesting. So EVGA claims to get 50C with their water cooled FTW edition of the GTX 480. Wonder what their loop consisted of (size of the radiator, which pump or pumps, and if that loop included the cpu)?

 

ATI's Eyefinity marketing made my grin. "Eyefinity. Think of it as Surround-Sight." The choice of words made me think they were kind of playing off of Nvidia's 3D Surround Vision Technology.

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Inspector:

Were they the ones dressed i the TF2 costumes? :D

Ha Ha no, but they did take pictures of those people.

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Kiristo replied on Mon, Apr 5 2010 3:31 AM

Might have to hit up PAX when I finally get back to the states.

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RyuGTX replied on Wed, Apr 7 2010 12:15 AM

Did anyone catch all those Super Street Fighter IV videos uploaded on YouTube from PAX?

Makoto looks horrible, Ibuki actually looks mid-top tier
Hakan's character doesn't make sense... His power comes from being oiled but he's a grappler and his moves involve him losing a grapple on his opponents because he's so slippery... WTF?

Didn't see too much of Dudley, but I'm really excited for Cody and Ibuki

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Still, those things look like alot of Pennies!

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