Monthly Archives: September 2006

I Hate Dances

I’m not sure why, but I don’t like skool dances. I just don’t. I know I pissed off my girl tonight. I’m sorry about not being there, but, I couln’t help it.

Dances to me are a waste of time, I can’t dance, and I never have fun…Sorry Erin.

Hardware Review: Microsoft Xbox 360

Today’s piece of hardware up for review will be Microsift’s Xbox 360!

It is an amazing console, released on November 22, 2005 AD. It was the first console of the 7th generation of videogames. It comes in 2 packages, the Fully Loaded Xbox 360 (White Box) with the HD-AV Component Video Cables, 20 GB Removable Hard Disk Drive (For Xbox 360), The Xbox 360 Console (With Chrome Finish), a brand new Xbox Live Headset (For use exclusively with the Xbox 360 Wireless/Wired Controllers), a Free Xbox Live Silver Account, and a free month of Xbox Live Gold Service.

Hardware Specs. (Courtesy Of Wikipedia.org)

Xbox360PremiumBox.JPGXbox 360 System Xbox360Core.JPGXbox 360 Core System
Detachable 20 GB hard drive Yes No
Ethernet cable Yes No
Premium chrome finish Yes No
Xbox Live headset Yes (Most regions) No
Xbox Live Silver membership Yes Yes
One month trial of Xbox Live Gold Yes Yes
Gamepad 2.4 GHz wireless Wired, with 3 m breakaway cord
AV Cables Component HD-AV cable Composite AV cable

Hardware

Xbox 360 GPU; note the smaller eDRAM die to the left of the main Xenos die

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Xbox 360 GPU; note the smaller eDRAM die to the left of the main Xenos die

The Xbox 360 is similar in form factor to its predecessor. It is slightly slimmer in every dimension, and the industrial design helps reinforce this impression; the Xbox 360 is white and slightly concave, whereas the original Xbox was black and noticeably convex. The Xbox 360 is also about 350 grams lighter than the original Xbox. Much of this savings in size and weight was achieved by moving the power supply out of the console proper; the power supply by itself displaces 1300 cubic centimeters.

CPU

The Xbox 360 hardware features brand new approaches to its design, including an entirely different multi-core central processing unit (CPU) named Xenon and the Xenos GPU with Unified Shader Architecture. Xenon is a custom triple-core PowerPC-based design by IBM as opposed to the Xbox’s Intel Coppermine-128 microprocessor. Each core of the CPU is simultaneous multithreading capable and clocked at 3.2 gigahertz.

GPU

In addition, while the first Xbox’s graphics processing unit (GPU) was produced by NVidia, the Xbox 360 uses a chip designed by ATI called “Xenos” (Developed under the name “C1”, sometimes “R500”).[33] Xenos contains 48 unified shader units, which are capable both Vertex and Pixel shading operations in contrast of separate pipelines of current GPU design. The GPU package contains two separate silicon dies: the GPU proper and a eDRAM die for FSAA and post-processing. Heatsinks protect both the GPU and CPU of the console and the CPU heatsink uses heat pipes.[34] The heatsinks are actively cooled by a pair of 60 mm exhaust fans that push the air out of the case.

Xbox 360 Bandwidth Diagram

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Xbox 360 Bandwidth Diagram

Memory

The console features 512 mebibytes of 700 megahertz GDDR3 RAM, which is shared by the CPU and the GPU via the unified memory architecture. A 21.6 GB/s front side bus (aggregated 10.8 GB/s upstream and downstream) is also featured by the console. For network and peripheral device connectivity, the console has a built-in 100BASE-TX RJ45 ethernet port, suitable for connecting to Xbox Live, and three USB ports.[35]

Connectivity

All games made for the Xbox 360 are required to support at least six channel Dolby Digital surround sound. Additionally, a wide array of standard and HDTV resolutions, up to 1920×1080 in interlaced mode, are supported by the console hardware.[36] The Xbox 360’s optical drive supports a wide variety of DVD-ROM formats in addition to DVD Video, as well as most common CD-based formats.[35] The option to apply a regional lockout to games is available to publishers. DVD region codes are always enforced. A 20 gigabyte detachable hard drive is available for game saves and downloads (included in the non-Core version of the console), as are small, portable memory cards.

Components and accessories

Main article: Xbox 360 components and accessories

An Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

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An Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

Up to four controllers are supported by the Xbox 360, in either wired or wireless forms, and there is an optional wireless force feedback racing wheel for racing games that can be purchased separately as well. The Xbox 360 connects to Xbox Live through a optional wireless network adapter on a home network through a wireless router, and the Universal Media Remote can be used to control several functions of the console including the Windows Media Center functions if connected to the network. Various other components for the console exist such as decorative faceplates to change the physical appears of the console, wired or wireless headsets for communication over Xbox Live, and a Xbox 360 branded webcam called Xbox Live Vision Camera. An add-on external HD DVD drive will be released holiday season 2006.

Thats the general knowledge. It was courtesy of Wikipedia.com and is subject to change. As of right now, my review is a 8/10!

Plenty of strong points, including Games, Xbox Live Arcade, HD Graphics, and some pretty good processing power. However, not perfect yet, as the HD-DVD drive which could have been used for games is on sale soon as an optional add-on to play HD-DVDs. It’s getting there, but it is pretty good. Seamless intergration of Xbox Live and Arcade as well as realtime Chat and up to 100 friends ViA live. WiFi is not out-of-the-box. It’s improving but not quite perfect.

8/10 Stars for the Xbox 360, By MICROSOFT

It’s Just One Big Xbox Love Fest Here!?

This is a short overview of my Personal blog…

My blog is basically a place for people to read about Xbox/Microsoft biased reviews however still get honest reviews where hardware and software is reviewed for performance. I will of course be putting some of my life in here, using it as an actual blog where I can post updates about work, school, halo, and anything else I feel like.

It’s a place for me to rant. Some of you like reading this stuff. Some of you hate it. I want you to know occasionally I’ll have news and more up. It’s not always about me, but most of the time…yes it will be.

It’s just one bog HEAD SMASHING XBOX PARTY hosted by the one and only, PHANTOM GETT

Lickwid Gold and Halo 2

I have some updates for the readers of my official blog…

First of all, Lickwid Gold Musicast’s First Episode is being converted as I type and will be up soon. It should be done soon. As soon as it’s done converting, I’ll post it up online! I hope you enjoy it, Professional class audio editing, and the voice talents of me! It was pretty good. You get plenty of music and of course some of the best upcoming talents of Lickwid Gold Records of Upstate NY!

Secondly, the Podtacular ’06 Fall Season is starting soon, and I’m waiting for a team invite. I don’t want to miss out. I might even be able to place with my team as well. I am definiatly going to train up and sharpen my skills before we start. The last thing we need however is to go up against GLewis in round 1! We’d get slagged. I want to start out with something reminiscient to a win. At this time, or as I am typing, I have not Specific Team affiliation! I need a team, I’ve pitched names, as well, however, if I don’t get a team in Time, I’ll just have to be another spectator. I would freakin’ love to be in this season! I hope I am. If anything I hope I get at least one good match outta the tourney!

Well, thats the update. AND all I got. Time for homework…Lata

-Phantom G.

Some People Don’t Have a Clue

I’m not a hater, I just think some people don’t actually know what their talking about sometimes.

Have you seen some of these goths, and emos. They say they want to die by Disembowling!? They say they want to feel all the pain and watch themselves die. I just don’t believe they understand. Do they actually have any IDEA how EXSCRUTIATING the pain of that is?!

They cut themselves because the pain releases endorphins in the brain inducing the illusion of enjoyment, at least as far as I know. Like I said, I’m not anti goth, I’m just not sure why someone would intentionally hurt themselves to feel good. It’s like smoking crack, it may feel good, but it’s bad for you.

I AM NOT ANTI-EMO/GOTH

I guess I’m just not that smart. I’m conflicted between getting back together with my girlfriend and risking what my friends think of me, or just satying…”friends” if what we had could even be called that, She won’t even look at me. I’m sorry. I’m not sure anymore