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So here we are, with the start of our very own Developer Blog – how cool is that! This is the first post of many where we will inform you...

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VSC DB #1 – IT setup, Server and Dev machines.

February 23, 2016

(Retrospective May 2015)

So, here we are with our official Dev Blog number 1.

 

I have decided that a good place to start is to show what hardware we have started with. There are no fancy machines here. The Dell Precision was bought second hand in 2010, the Asus at some time similar but as new, and our trusty server was bought last year in 2015 - second hand also.

 

 

Being somewhat old-school in our ways, we like making the best use of what we have, and we think we have done so with the hardware we have so far. Even if we had more money, the fact that we are developing on older machines appeals to us in that we feel we have a more solid appreciation of how well VSC is optimised, the idea being that if it runs well on a 5 year old PC, then it should also run at least equally well on a new one.

 

We have our server up and running. It is a humble machine, but serves its purpose well.

 

Obtained: May 13th 2015

Server: Dell Vostro 420

OS: Windows 7 Professional (SP 1) 64bit

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) Quad CPU Q9650 @ 3.00GHz 3.00GHz

Memory: 6 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

OpenGL: 4.4

Storage: 2 TB

Sound card: NVIDIA HD Audio Driver 1.3.34.3

Additional note: DirectX 9.0 required for the VSC audio system. Microsoft DirectX SDK (June 2010)

 

Our developer PCs are simply laptops at this stage.

 

Obtained: 2010

Laptop: ASUS G73JW

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate (SP 1) 64bit

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Quad CPU Q740 1.73GHz

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 440M 1.5GB

OpenGL: 4.5

Storage: 1 TB

Sound card: Realtek High Definition Audio

Additional note: DirectX 9.0 required for the VSC audio system. Microsoft DirectX SDK (June 2010)

 

Obtained: 2010

Dell precision M6500

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate (SP 1) 64bit

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Quad CPU X920 @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz

Memory: 12 GB RAM

Graphics: ATI FirePro M7820 (FireGL) 1GB

OpenGL: 4.4

Storage: 600 GB

Sound card: Bose Companion 5, 2.1 system, USB connection

Additional note: DirectX 9.0 required for the VSC audio system. Microsoft DirectX SDK (June 2010)

 

Having previously had a NVIDIA FX 2800 graphics card, which died, the upgrade to the ATI was a welcome relief, offering far superior FPS, and a 3DMark Vantage score that doubled. With an ATI and NVIDIA video card we have witnessed the added advantage of testing on multiple video card platforms, resulting in immediate bug fixes due to graphical inconsistencies with VSC.

 

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