As of today Lotus Films (the hardware portion) has a new home!
I did a minor trade-up this week, from a core2duo 6600 to... THIS...
This is a seriously *insane* little, err, big machine:
-Intel QX9650 Penryn 45nm processor (3.0 ghz stock)
-Swiftech high flow water cooling system with two 120mm fans.
-Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Motherboard
-1.4 Terabytes of sata-2 storage goodness
-Big arse case ;)
The bits I'm keeping from the system that's carried me through 11 FSX films...
-Nvidia 8800 Ultra 768mb
-2 Gigs 1066mhz DDR2 Corsair Dominator ram
I'd forgotten how much I hate reinstalling windows and all my software, but so far everything's going well. My totally unoptimized copy of FSX is running a little faster and considerably smoother than it was on my highly stressed out core2duo. That old system was running at 3.4ghz, 54 degrees C, and was about as tweaked as a raver on his 5th pill. This thing is humming along at an amazingly cool 27 degrees. That's 4 degrees above ambient folks... not bad!
I'll post some performance comparisons once she's at 100% and I've had a chance to learn how to overclock her properly.
I just need to come up with a name for her. I think she deserves one. Suggestions are welcome!