HD DVD on sale at Wal-Mart

Apollo 13 HD DVD

I saw this on sale at Wal-Mart last night.
Actually, there were several others on sale as well.
I couldn’t resist buying one.
One day I expect to have a combo HD/Blu-Ray player.
But until then I won’t be able to play this disc.

I thought that this would be one of the one-side-HD-the-other-side-DVD discs, but no luck there.

I’ve
posted pictures on Flickr
of the case, the disc, etc, so enjoy.

AMD releases “me too” dual core mobile CPUs

Turon X2

AMD released their Turlon X2 CPUs, and their spin on this catch-up offering was that they are the “first to market” with a 64-bit mobile CPU.

Ya, like we can really cram in more than 4 GB of RAM on a laptop.

Core 2 Duo

Intel seems to be the one coming out with signifigantly upgraded products this year.
To be fair, they are really playing catch-up with AMD.
However, in many instances, they are playing catch-up-and-pass.

Meanwhile it seems like AMD is treading water.
The whole AM2 chipset thing doesn’t seem to be getting any markket buzz at all.
I give kudos to AMD for a relatively stable chipset history though.
Intel’s chipsets have required motherboard upgrades a lot more frequently over the last 3 years or so.

At this point, AMD is still the power CPU de jour, but for anything else, the Core Duo brand is taking it all.

And with the Core 2 Duo
around the corner, it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon.

BFG PhysX card on sale in Canada

PhysX

You **can** get them in Canada!

Iain pointed me to
this BFG page
when he told me I could buy a PhysX card for my PC.
He said it didn’t seem to be available in Canada.

However, if you scroll down the page you will see that they are promoting the following Canadian places to get the BFG PhysX card:

TigerDirect’s price is
$380,
which is a bit steep considering it only costs $300 in the US.

Maybe I should get one before I go.
$CDN/$US is currently at 0.9085, so if I buy it here (ignoring costs of converting currency),
it would “only” cost $330 or so.

Physics Engines

I was somewhat taken aback last night when Iain told me that physics chips for games were no good.
He expanded on this by saying that because the data flows over the PCI bus, it slows everything down.

Now, wouldn’t they be PCI-express cards? Hm.

Today I ran across a Slashdot story titled
Comparing PC Game Physics,
which details how the companies behind the two big physics engines are depating each other’s merits on public forums.

Apparently it started when Havok, the company behind Half-Life 2’s physics engine (I guess it’s a 3rd party library that the Half-Life guys licensed?)
commented on
Ageia’s PhysX card being used in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, which also a Havok game.

Ageia has now
shot back a response.

Interesting goings-on..