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The Rick Allen experience.

I wanted to make this a separate news post because the other news post was long enough. 

The first day of PAX I made my way to Nvidia's booth as soon as the exhibition hall. That is where I introduced myself to Mr. Rick Allen and his fellow Nvidia employee (strangely, I never saw this other guy again). I told him that I worked for GPUreview and I asked them if they ever heard about it. They said they had not. :( After I actually described the site to them (including the green and white colors) they thought it sounded familar. I attempted to connect to a unsecured WiFi signal using my PSP so that I could show them the site. I failed. :( Ubisoft was supposed to be sponsoring free WiFi for PAX (and they did) but it was early on the first day and I could not locate it. Rick gave me one of his coveted business cards and I made some graphics card small talk.

I asked them about what water blocks they use in their testing systems because I was thinking about watercooling my system once I add my second 8800 GTX. They told me that they either get Danger Den waterblocks or BFG waterblocks (which are made by Danger Den and then branded by BFG). We talked about Bioshock and how great it is, they had the Bioshock demo on several of the machines at their booth along with Lost Planet. I thanked them for releasing the 163.44 Beta drivers for Bioshock and before moving on to the rest of the booths, I told them that they would see me again.

The next day was Saturday and I had so many panels and such to go to, I never made it into the exhibition hall. I did however get 9th place in the Half life 2 Deathmatch tournament in which over 100 people participated. Yeah for me!  I did however go to the Hardware Panel at 9PM that night. It was hosted by Adam Dalke (I know him as ElectricTurtle) and the guests were Mike Balm?? (Intel), Rick Allen (Nvidia), Josh Latendresse (Astro Gaming). I have a recording of that panel and I will share it with you once I can find a place to upload a 54MB MP3. Most of the questions were directed to Rick or Mike so if you want to hear what those guys have to say on some important topics make sure to check it out.

After the panel was over I asked Rick a question that I thought up during the panel and that I was unable to ask him during the panel (the microphone line was long). I asked if he knew the guys that are responsible for dreaming up the cards in the 8500 and 8600 series. He said that he did. I then asked him how those guys feel when Nvidia's partners strap cheap ass DDR2 or DDR on a card that is supposed to have DDR3 on them. Does it make them sad? His answer was not so simple, but the gist of his answer was, yes it makes them sad. Rick (and I) both know the reason why it is done, but there are some people that wish that they did not do it.

PAX 2007 Hardware Panel
Right Click to Download it and make sure to have your volume turned up all the way.

I then asked Rick if he was doing anything after the panel because I wanted to take him to the PC Freeplay Area so I could show him GPUReview. He said that would be great. :) I let the rest of the panel attendees ask Risk their questions (in fact I helped Rick answer them) and then we went up 2 floors to the PC Freeplay Area.

(There is more to tell, but I really want to play some Bioshock right now.)

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