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What it Takes to Beat the Speed of an 8-Core Mac Pro

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327w ago - You may not have heard about this small manufacturer of VFX workstations, but there is a good chance that you saw a movie or a TV show with special effects done on one of these machines.

BoxxX is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and in order to celebrate the occasion, the company assembled an ultimate visual effects machine based on Intel's Skulltrail platform and Core 2 Extreme processors.

To create a Special Edition of its 3DBOXX machine (8400se), the Boxx guys turned to Asetek for a new cooling system and posted a new world record score on SPEC.org for a dual-processor workstation as a result. No doubts, this overclocked workstation is a dream for any enthusiast with really, really deep pockets.

The $7700 base configuration includes 4 GB of memory, a Quadro FX1700 graphics card, an 80 GB hard drive and a DVD burner. Add 12 GB of memory, three 1 TB hard drives and a high-end Nvidia graphics card and you end up with about twice that (display not included).

This machine is 49.4% faster than latest Mac Pro system in Cinebench 10 and 37.7% faster in After Effects.

Boxx will be giving away one these machines Siggraph 2008. So, if you want to get your chance and win this system head over to the conference and participate in Boxx' "Back In Time" contest.
 

Rumor: Killzone 2 Levels are to Take 50 Minutes

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327w ago - According to a member of the GameTrailers Forum, someone over at NEOGAF learned that Killzone 2 will take about 45/50 minutes to complete each level. To quote:

"I saw Playr this morning too. It's basically the new version of Gamer TV. Made by the same people with the same format but with a different, less nasally, presenter. Airs in the UK on Bravo at the weekend (a satellite/cable channel).

They had a Sony rep demoing KZ2. He spoke about AI advancements although it wasn't abundantly clear that the clips tallied with what he was saying.

Couple of other things though. The dude said there were some new weapons that people would be impressed with. He then cryptically added that we'd see them in the next couple of months. Magazine exclusive reveal or more likely E3?

He also said every level would take about 45/50 minutes to complete"
 

Europe PS3 sales overtake X-Box 360

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328w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 games console has outsold Microsoft's Xbox 360 in Europe, according to figures released by Sony. More than five million PS3s have been sold across the continent, Sony's David Reeves confirmed.

Speaking at a European PlayStation event in London, he said: "The numbers are a testament to the strength of the PlayStation brand."

He said PlayStation 3 had been outselling the Xbox 360 since October last year.

"We have sold more PlayStation 3's throughout Europe than Xbox 360 even though they launched 16 months before us."

Mr Reeves, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, also said 12 million PSP handheld consoles and 48 million PlayStation 2s had been sold in Europe.
 

Activision boss concerned over Take-Two/EA merge

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329w ago - Activision boss Bobby Kotick has expressed concerns about the possibility of a merge between EA and Take-Two.

"That's concerning, sure," he told Reuters. "When you think about one company in control of the sports category, with no competition from anybody else, that could be a challenge."

That the deal would also knock the Activision-Vivendi deal out of the Guinness Book of Records is also playing on his mind, we'd wager.

The $18 billion deal currently stands as biggest in the history of video games, but it's expected that an EA / Take-Two merge would be worth significantly more. Now that GTA IV is out, talks between the two companies are expected to start soon.
 

SCEA Launches Patapon Sweepstakes

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332w ago - The folks over at Sony Computer Entertainment America have launched an all-new Patapon sweepstakes promotion.

Prizes up for grabs include a collectible Be@rbrick figure, Patapon t-shirt and Patapon magnets. Twenty randomly selected individuals will take home all three items.

To enter, simply visit the official PlayStation Web site and sign-in to your PS Underground account, then click the start button at the bottom and answer eight Patapon-related trivia questions.

Note that the sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents only.
 
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