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I had a 6800GS unlocked and clocked to Ultra speeds, but it was bottle necked by my P4 @3.8ghz. So no, i didnt max HL2 or doom 3 out But i still had great frame rates on mostly high settings.
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I used to watch the trailer for doom 3 over and over.

I remember it was my birthday that day my brother bought it. Me and my friends crowded around my brothers computer as he first played it. The graphics had me in awe.

I remember being amazed at the shadows that were created by the light, and how when the light source was disturbed (such as moving a ceiling lamp) light and darkness swirled around the room.

I also remember how amazing it was that when my brother jumped behind a crate to get away from a zombie, the zombie simply picked up the crate and threw it at him! How trivial and common place such things are in games today...

My brother was running some sort of athlon processor i believe, and a radeon 9800 pro.

I feel as if the release of those two games broke through many barriers and brought the genre of pc gaming to an all new level, a level that all of the FPS games we have today are descended from... Of course this is what id software and valve were known for, with the releases of quake and quake 2 as well as Half Life 1 astounding everyone, even me though I was so damn young at that time! second grade when half life came out...
Edited by Laurifer - 4/5/11 at 9:24pm
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Wasn't Doom 3 launched with the first 512mb video cards as well?
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ROFL NOOBS. (jk) I had an athlon xp 1800+ and a Geforce 5200 when SWG came out. Then I bought a 5700 for WoW which came out in '04 a little after source and doom3 dropped, and i ran those game at basically whatever the hell they told me to lol and then got an x700pro for call of duty 2.

That Athlon carried me through it all. And i've loved AMD ever since
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I believe in 2004, I had a Pentium III 800MHz, 384MB SDRAM, GeForce 4 Ti4200 w/AGP8x 64MB, and Windows XP (all in a Dell Dimension 4100), so no, I couldn't. That may have met lower tier requirements for Half-life 2 on the older Source engine, but I didn't have/try it. Doom 3 wasn't a go, however.

I first played Doom 3 proper on a Pentium 4 Northwood 2.8GHz w/Hyper-threading, 1GB of DDR 400MHz in dual channel (remember when we still added that "it's in dual channel"?), and a GeForce 6800 GS AGP (unlocked/overclocked into an Ultra, essentially), of which it ran fantastically on, as did Far Cry (to a lesser extent though). That was in a Dell OptiPlex GX270, no less.

Admittedly, I didn't try Half-life 2 until early to the middle of 2008, when I first got Steam and bought the Valve Complete pack 2007 edition (because I wanted Portal). That was on a Core 2 Duo E8400 (just came out), 4GB of DDR2 800MHz, and a GeForce 8800GT OC, of which it ran superbly on, of course.
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I had a 6800GS unlocked and clocked to Ultra speeds, but it was bottle necked by my P4 @3.8ghz. So no, i didnt max HL2 or doom 3 out But i still had great frame rates on mostly high settings.
Wait, what? I had a Pentium 4 at 1GHz less the speed with the same GPU (unlocked/clocked the same and all, coincidentally enough), and I recall that Doom 3 ran flawlessly for me at "High" settings at 1280x960.

Edit: Oh, technically that wasn't "maximum", but "Ultra" needed 512MB VRAM, and the difference was very minute.
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Wasn't Doom 3 launched with the first 512mb video cards as well?
There may have been a few (read as, next to none) out, but in whole, no, it was made ahead of time, for the future. The "Ultra" setting wanted 512MB VRAM. It was mostly 128MB and 256MB GPUs that sill dominated around then.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/5/11 at 9:36pm
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2004 I had a A64 3000+ Winchester at 2.4GHz and a 6800GT @ 6800 Ultra clocks. I could run both games maxed if I remember right. Doom3 was some awesome graphics back then. Check out the game icons on this screenie lolz:



Far Cry is what brought everyone's hardware to its knees.
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Far Cry is what brought everyone's hardware to its knees.
Yes, I remember the later levels, one in particular (the level where you get thrown out of the helicopter, and near the end, fight through the field near the lava). My frame rate took a dive there, probably due to the CPU/all the AI. The rest of the game was "mostly" fine.
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Back then I had a Dell. All I know is that every game I ever tried to play on it looked like a slideshow. I finally upgraded to a graphics card (forget which one) just to play Doom 3, which I loved and played until all the servers started shutting down from the lack of players.

OT: My old clan still runs a few Doom 3 servers. I popped in there a few months ago and owned some serious ass for the day. There was even a few people I recognized and who recognized me. It was actually a lot of fun. There was a time when I was known as one the top Doom 3 players anywhere.
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There was a time when I was known as one the top Doom 3 players anywhere.
How many were there, 4?

J/K man, couldn't resist...
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How many were there, 4?

J/K man, couldn't resist...
Yeah, it went downhill fast with the server populations. Everybody jumped ship and went to Far Cry and Counter-Strike eventually, but we still used to LAN it up at a place just north of Philly every other month or so for a long time. I remember one LAN where I went undefeated, as in not a single second place finish all night. I won dozens of rounds in a row against guys who had been playing longer than me.

Lots o' good memories.
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