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    Sims Discover or Medal of Honour?



    Let's hope the dedicated graphics card gets dropped from the spec.

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    According to the Software Seminar, things are very unclear at the moment. Some old machines without dedicated cards work, some new with dedicated card didn't.

    Hopefully this will be rectified by Spring.

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    That is interesting given the spec of current integrated offerings from the intel core iWhatever line and the general ones that they tack on to modern AMD boards. In the past onboard GPUs were junk but now with Windows Vista and 7 floating about they are actually fully competent Directx 10 capible units that will even play most low end games alright. I can see the need to have a aero capible GPU to be able to run Vista or 7 nicely but above that it is redundant for a basic workstation.

    The only thing that I could think of that would truely benifit from a full on discrete GPU is DirectX 11 DirectCompute or Nvidia CUDA support if the program was doing GPU accelerated sorting or processing of data. Given the size of the dataset and the fact that most of the data handling is probably done by a backend SQL server anyway makes this very unlikely.

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    I would imagine the problem is the Venn diagrams. They look pretty good. I'm sure some users will be dazzled by the look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    I would imagine the problem is the Venn diagrams. They look pretty good. I'm sure some users will be dazzled by the look.
    DirectX 11 accellerated fully 3D tripple AA rendered venn diagrams modeled in an environment subject to physicly accurate physics? My eyes bleed from the mear thought of it

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    4GB?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scholarpack View Post
    4GB?!?!?!
    Well they don't spec a hard drive, maybe a ramdrive

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    Capita need to learn to write code that doesn't use such stupidly high resources, they probably would if schools/LA's took into account the TCO if buying their crap.

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    So if the requirements are to be believed, there's no point attempting to use this on most laptops or most office desktops?

    We haven't bought machines with dedicated cards for years - there's no point, it's overkill for the usage model. Only a handful of machines in Art (heavy Photoshop work) and Tech (complex 3d modelling) have add-in graphics cards.

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    I'm sure I won't having a machine capable of running Battlefield 3.

    I think what they're trying to say is, don't get the cheapest graphic card out there, the Intel HD 4000 series would prob work which is on most good laptops \ desktops

    Did they say about the extra database?

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    Is Discover aimed at everyone? Or just a few key users?
    Obviously it would be nice for everyone to have fancy graphical analyses and interaction a la Minority Report, but i thought this was initially a tool for senior managers, data managers, spreading out to Heads of Dept. So it wouldn't be an upgrade for every class teacher if it really is required.
    I figured the teachers would use the static output and reports after someone has done something fancy with the data.

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    Discover is on a field trial and the requirements may well come down as we have an optimisation phase before release. It has a massive amount of processing to perform both datawise and graphically.
    Tests on kit are inconclusive at present we can't see what is causing one pc to run slowly when another lower spec one runs fine.

    It is designed to excite SLT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal View Post
    ....It is designed to excite SLT.
    I wish you big companies would stop doing that, us lowly techs can spend months / years dealing with the fallout! ;p

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    So that's why we get so much stick on EduGeek!

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    Phil, I think the key is in the website title!



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