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by Voldenuit
Thu May 30, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?
Replies: 11
Views: 1761

Re: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?

I don't have much experience with Afterburner or other 3rd party apps for tweaking Nvidia GPUs, but I do like AMD's built-in WattMan utility that runs within the driver already. I know the default Afterburner is simply a voltage/frequency offset [from max speed assumedly], whereas WattMan directly ...
by Voldenuit
Tue May 14, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU
Replies: 42
Views: 5658

Re: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU

My suspicion is that you'll want at least as many cores. Plus, thanks to the Ryzen revolution, cores are cheap. Look at a cheap 4 core Ryzen. A Pentium G5400 is $80 on Newegg. A quad core Ryzen 3 2200G is $95. Plus you get Integrated Vega graphics with that. The architectural and instruction set im...
by Voldenuit
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Build For $1500?
Replies: 25
Views: 2848

Re: Build For $1500?

Given a budget of $1500 +/- $100, what would you build these days for a gamer/coder? (Just CPU, mobo, RAM, SSDs and video card) And, is there anything in the next 3 months that would definitely postpone this build? Late to the party, but I have some thoughts: 1. Wait for Ryzen 3000 CPUs. 2. Ultrawi...
by Voldenuit
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 131980

Re: What are you playing right now?

Risk of Rain 2 . It's in early access but already much more fun and polished than the majority of AAA cashgrabs out these days. Third person 3D roguelike co-op shooter, with lots of items and character classes to unlock. I haven't had a chance to play it in multiplayer yet, but reports for MP have ...
by Voldenuit
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why are game consoles so efficient??
Replies: 27
Views: 3603

Re: Why are game consoles so efficient??

Efficient? The PS4 was drawing 264W at launch, and even then it was upscaling from 900p a lot of the time. Since improved with die shrinks, but I don't think they are especially electrical power, GPU power, or CPU power efficient. I do think a very small minority of first party developers can and to...
by Voldenuit
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 131980

Re: What are you playing right now?

Risk of Rain 2 . It's in early access but already much more fun and polished than the majority of AAA cashgrabs out these days. Third person 3D roguelike co-op shooter, with lots of items and character classes to unlock. I haven't had a chance to play it in multiplayer yet, but reports for MP have ...
by Voldenuit
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 3558

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

But it forces adoption of their product, getting their foot in the door. I guess I'm one of the few who don't see it that way. I know it won't amount to much, but I'm not giving any money to developers that pull this crap (switching after promising something else). I have no ill will for games that...
by Voldenuit
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 3558

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

If you expect a company craven enough to bribe publishers into exclusivity on its inferior platform to have your best interests at heart in the long term, you deserve what's coming to you. When I hear "Epic exclusive," I hear "company that isn't getting my money." Another one bi...
by Voldenuit
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Best laptops for photo editing
Replies: 19
Views: 2088

Re: Best laptops for photo editing

-Ports! Cameras have conservative connectivity, while ultraportable designs are trending towards a few USB-C ports and lots of dongles. My current laptop has 2 USB-C and 1 USB A, and it makes traveling a bit of a pain when I'm trying to connect two photo drives and two cameras at once. If I could d...
by Voldenuit
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Best laptops for photo editing
Replies: 19
Views: 2088

Re: Best laptops for photo editing

My understanding is that Surface products have the most accurate screens, even better than a MacBook Pro. Not quite sure where you got that understanding. https://www.color-management-guide.com/macbook-pro-13-apple-2017-2018-display-review.html https://www.anandtech.com/show/13471/the-microsoft-sur...
by Voldenuit
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG
Replies: 56
Views: 3628

Re: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG

So, recent findings indicate that Epic is datamining user's Steam account data and friends lists . Some points to consider: 1. Steam has an API for users and apps to share account data. Epic is bypassing the API and directly datamining the information from files in your steam folder. 2. Steam will n...
by Voldenuit
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 131980

Re: What are you playing right now?

After a long games drought (Steam says 21 days between logins), picked up Baba Is You last night.

Great game, but you gotta brain for it.
by Voldenuit
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG
Replies: 56
Views: 3628

Re: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG

My objection to EGS is that they are buying up exclusivity deals to build up marketshare. By giving devs a better cut of the sale? I'm not seeing how that equates to buying up exclusivity deals. Steam and whoever could do the exact same thing if they wanted to. Heck, Discord does. If Epic was simpl...
by Voldenuit
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Best laptops for photo editing
Replies: 19
Views: 2088

Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Gigabyte Aero 15X models are available with Pantone-calibrated screens.
by Voldenuit
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG
Replies: 56
Views: 3628

Re: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG

So I preordered Phoenix Point, but I'm not familiar with the Epic game store. Can someone please explain to me what this means? I mean, I know that the Epic game store is similar to Steam and GoG. But I don't know anything else about it. So can someone please explain to me why this is so bad? Thank...
by Voldenuit
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 97
Views: 9226

Re: Phone dilemma

The GPS is a good example... It doesn't allow me to say NO to toll roads. That sounds like a problem with the app you're using. What are you using - Google Maps? Anyway, I don't think that's a problem with the phone. Nokia Here Maps lets you set 'No Toll Roads' under 'route preferences'. Google Map...
by Voldenuit
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 97
Views: 9226

Re: Phone dilemma - Solved

Did you already see Dr. Fish's front-page article on making the same leap, and customizing Android using a Windows-replacement launcher? https://techreport.com/review/34459/the-death-of-windows-phone-and-the-five-stages-of-mobile-grief I did, I already run my work phone (Galaxy 7) with the Windows ...
by Voldenuit
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Advice Needed: The Latest 2019 Crop of Gaming Laptops
Replies: 24
Views: 3268

Re: Advice Needed: The Latest 2019 Crop of Gaming Laptops

So after a week and several good conversation threads here and elsewhere, I'm still not feeling a strong preference from folks in one direction or another. People tend to say "it's too expensive" for some feature or another, rather than "if you want to do this, buy that". I'm ge...
by Voldenuit
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Advice Needed: The Latest 2019 Crop of Gaming Laptops
Replies: 24
Views: 3268

Re: Advice Needed: The Latest 2019 Crop of Gaming Laptops

I would love to get a gaming laptop or something as I travel a lot. My company issued me a Dell Precision M4800 but I don't game with it as we aren't allowed to put games on them and the Quadro K1100m is a pretty lame gamer. I get pretty bored most nights as I don't watch TV and I thought about get...
by Voldenuit
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Advice Needed: The Latest 2019 Crop of Gaming Laptops
Replies: 24
Views: 3268

Re: Advice Needed: The Latest 2019 Crop of Gaming Laptops

The idea of possibly getting a 17" panel in a 15" laptop form-factor is rather intriguing The best "17 in laptop in a 15 in chassis" is probably the Asus Zephyrus S GX701 . Available with up to RTX 2080 Max Q, but that SKU will cost a pretty penny. Also, it's still using "o...
by Voldenuit
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 3902

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

I'll buck the trend and recommend 8GB (conditionally). Also, get a motherboard with 4 slots. How much would you save by going 2-slots? $10? $20? It is absolutely not worth doing so unless ITX is a requirement. 100 BRL. It's not THAT expensive. But it's half of the amount of going for the 16GB, for ...
by Voldenuit
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 3902

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

I'll buck the trend and recommend 8GB (conditionally). This. Very few games will be bottlenecked by 8 GB vs 16 GB of RAM. 99% of 3D games will be bottlenecked by a 570 vs a 580. Especially now that 580 8 GB prices are dropping to as low as $150-170, it's really not worth the savings from going with...
by Voldenuit
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTings Tests Close to 60 Monitors for GSync Compatible VRR
Replies: 11
Views: 2422

RTings Tests Close to 60 Monitors for GSync Compatible VRR

https://www.rtings.com/monitor/tests/motion/g-sync-compatible For your reading pleasure. Useful resource to check if a monitor works well in GSync Compatible mode. Interestingly, they had issues with screen tearing on all their monitors, even when testing Freesync with Radeon cards. On all monitors...
by Voldenuit
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lots of Minor Issues after Graphics Card Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 4521

Re: Lots of Minor Issues after Graphics Card Upgrade

Maybe 3 years back, the liquid cooling liquid, started leaking onto the motherboard and graphics card. I replaced the cooler and was impressed at the time that it didn't damage anything. Looking back, maybe that caused some of these problems now. I suppose that's possible, though I kind of doubt it...
by Voldenuit
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Get your salt shaker handy -- Radeon 7 too expensive to sell?
Replies: 63
Views: 7305

Re: Get your salt shaker handy -- Radeon 7 too expensive to sell?

just brew it! wrote:
"But we'll make up for it in volume!"


Checks out. They just have to sell negative units.
by Voldenuit
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lots of Minor Issues after Graphics Card Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 4521

Re: Lots of Minor Issues after Graphics Card Upgrade

What's the reason for suspecting the PSU? I would assume that most of the hardware has circuitry that checks for undervolting or overvolting and responds accordingly. I saw something on the motherboard box (I still have it after all this time) that says the capacitors are rated for 30,000 hours or ...
by Voldenuit
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD: Remember When we said we'd kill Nvidia last? WE LIED!
Replies: 53
Views: 4719

Re: AMD: Remember When we said we'd kill Nvidia last? WE LIED!

Disappointment. It is just Vega 20 rejects that didn't make the FirePro/Frontier cut. It'll be merely contesting the 2070 at best and be undercut by it while making 2060 a good buy by comparison. I suppose it is better than nothing and Navi isn't ready yet. According to the graphs it looks to be eq...
by Voldenuit
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which processor would you choose?
Replies: 10
Views: 1779

Re: Which processor would you choose?

No gaming, and primarily video editing and RAW processing?

That's a tailor-made use-case for Ryzen/Threadripper.
by Voldenuit
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Time to finally take the Ryzen plunge?
Replies: 69
Views: 5892

Re: Time to finally take the Ryzen plunge?

What Starfalcon said. Wait for Zen 2 cores on 7 nm.
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