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by wingless
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?
Replies: 66
Views: 6541

Re: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?

I currently have a GTX 980 and a G-sync monitor. With that being said, I'd go with a Vega 64 and Freesync monitor given the cost of G-sync. In 2018, you have to have adaptive sync and Freesync makes the most sense economically.
by wingless
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 172
Views: 17884

Re: Battletech game coming out

I've backed myself into a corner in a system with missions too strong for my force. I need to reload saves from a few missions earlier unfortunately. So much progress will be lost, but I love this game.

Also head shots on my pilots seems to occur much more often.
by wingless
Mon May 14, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 172
Views: 17884

Re: Battletech game coming out

I had a dropship fall on my 75 ton Black Knight... Had to redo an entire mission. *sigh* I don't think I was even on the red marks but maybe I was on the edge. It's fun to acquire the new and bigger 'Mechs. I'm wondering if 4 Assault is the "best" lance or they would just be too slow. Som...
by wingless
Wed May 02, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 172
Views: 17884

Re: Battletech game coming out

This is a solid Battletech game. Yes, it is difficult so you have to constantly look at stats like evasion, use of the terrain, etc. This is potentially more fun to me than MechCommander from back in the day.
by wingless
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 25
Views: 9646

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

If you're a real pro, find a copy of Power DoLLs 1 in English for DOS or get the English translated ROM of Front Mission for the SNES. Old school RTS games were challenging as heck!
by wingless
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 8065

Re: Nvidia Titan V

True. But I'm betting at least double the performance or better for enthusiasts. (..and I'm also betting that there will be plenty of enthusiasts that will purchase this.) Not even close. Gaming 99% uses FP32, and Titan V has 13.8 TFlops, not far ahead of Titan Xp's 12.1 TFlops. There are improveme...
by wingless
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k
Replies: 33
Views: 41538

Re: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k

Even if you don't manually overclock the chip, the K variant has benefits with Z370 motherboards. It can turbo higher and the MCE (multi-core enchancement) feature on the motherboard will bump all core clockspeeds for you (to safe levels). With that being said, let me offer an alternative setup. Go ...
by wingless
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 29963

Re: NOOOOOOOB

Alright -- I'm a noob here, bring it on. I've been a long time lurker (not all that long 2-3 years) just reading articles and random threads around here and I finally felt it appropriate to join in on things. There's this dorky guy around here...Waco? lol Yea -- well he and I are getting married ne...
by wingless
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 12997

Re: GIS Desktop

Save on the CPU and motherboard and get a Ryzen 7 1700 for $299 and with an AM4 ITX motherboard. You'll get twice the core and threads for less. This isn't a gaming build so Ryzen will perform well for you and add that extra layer of multi-threaded future-proofing.
by wingless
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.
Replies: 24
Views: 2523

Re: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.

I, for one, can't wait to build my LGA2066 X299 Core i5 system! WHO'S WITH ME?! :P :P :P As a retro computer collector, years form now I hope to be able to buy the stock of these chips really cheap off of eBay to make a retro time machine. I bet they'll cost $8 like a P4 goes for today :lol:
by wingless
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen
Replies: 28
Views: 4642

Re: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen

I doubt AMD will have the resources or incentive to burden their new product with obsolete 16-bit legacy software support. But it's officially part of x86. My guess is that they'll fix it in a future core stepping. I run a Pentim 200MMX on Win98SE for 16-bit software. Real DOS on real hardware is b...
by wingless
Fri May 12, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen
Replies: 28
Views: 4642

Re: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen

I run a Pentim 200MMX on Win98SE for 16-bit software. Real DOS on real hardware is better.
by wingless
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5 with SMT inbound?
Replies: 33
Views: 6881

Re: i5 with SMT inbound?

Pfftt... I'd believe Intel putting Radeon Graphics in their chips before I'd believe they'd add hyperthreading to an i5! I got the joke hahaha. Donald Trump is the POTUS, Intel CPUs will have AMD graphics, Core i5s will have hyperthreading.....what other improbable event can we think of?....OH NO! ...
by wingless
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Music on a very old computer
Replies: 38
Views: 5318

Re: Music on a very old computer

Not that I ever owned one, but I've been led to believe that Roland had the best MIDI sound back in the day. My Roland SC-55 works flawlessly with DOSBox in Windows 10 with my USB-MIDI cable (it's a Roland UM-ONE mk2). In fact, it now resides next to my main Win10 gaming rig. Pick one up if you're ...
by wingless
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 22561

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

Several years ago I bought a GTX 760 2GB. I should have bought the 4GB because I later went with SLI. 760s in SLI have more than enough power to use the full 4GB frame buffer. I suffered when I played through Shadow of Mordor. I suppose it all worked out because it was my impetus for buying a GTX 98...
by wingless
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion
Replies: 11
Views: 3831

Re: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion

Check out these two sources for the highest quality SCART cables. Retro Gaming Cables UK Retro Console Accessories All my cables are from one of those two except my Sega Saturn cable. The Saturn cable is from Amazon and is so cheaply shielded, I get a huge amount of electrical buzz in the audio. I'm...
by wingless
Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Music on a very old computer
Replies: 38
Views: 5318

Re: Music on a very old computer

My Retro brothers! I must ask that you all join the 'RETRO Machines' Facebook group which has most of the well known retro YouTubers as members. I have every generation of CPU from the 286 to Core 2 series. I also have a, a bunch of Sound Blasters, a Roland SC-55 MIDI synth, and even a brand new Dre...
by wingless
Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion
Replies: 11
Views: 3831

Re: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion

Wingless, thank you for posting those videos.  Though I will never personally undertake such a project, it was rewarding to see all of those old games' composite signals converted and scaled.  Some of the differences in quality before/after are jaw dropping!  I will probably pick up one of the new ...
by wingless
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 894
Views: 122140

Re: What are you playing right now?

No Man's Sky - Survival Mode

It's craziness!
by wingless
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.
Replies: 161
Views: 8585

Re: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.

Apple has chosen Zen for their upcoming products. I doubt Zen will suck as bad as some of you seem to want it to. It'll be acceptable in our eyes; maybe not the fastest, but acceptable overall.
by wingless
Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion
Replies: 11
Views: 3831

Re: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion

Check out the My Life In Gaming series on retro consoles/analog video formats and HDMI conversion. The info is pure gold!




by wingless
Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion
Replies: 11
Views: 3831

Re: Old Analog video sources to HDMI upconversion

For older game systems, it's recommended you get European SCART cables for them and convert the pure RGB signal coming out it. With the exception of the original NES, all NTSC and PAL consoles up to the Dreamcast (which was VGA capable) could output RGB with the right cable. To get the best analog t...
by wingless
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Today, I say goodbye... (but not how you think)
Replies: 26
Views: 1998

Re: Today, I say goodbye... (but not how you think)

Keep it! Build a retro computer. I have a nice Super Socket 7 I'm putting together tonight, but I'm all out of spare IDE DVD drives. They come in handy every now and then.
by wingless
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Next-gen storage form factors are messy
Replies: 22
Views: 3012

Re: Next-gen storage form factors are messy

Whatever form factor and interface standard the Samsung 950 Pro is is the only one you need to pay attention to. Simplify this for yourself.

Look for motherboards that support PCIe M.2 SSDs.
by wingless
Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: is an x4 slot fast enough for a PhysX-only card?
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: is an x4 slot fast enough for a PhysX-only card?

Honestly, it will likely bottleneck the system. The 1070 is strong enough to handle the PhysX and Graphics workloads alone. Having another card take up extra PCIe lanes isn't the best thing to do unless you're certain you have available lanes to the CPU. A slot that only supports 4x speed is questio...
by wingless
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Radeon RX 480= 980 GTX in 3D Mark 11
Replies: 314
Views: 37336

Re: AMD Radeon RX 480= 980 GTX in 3D Mark 11

I have a 4GB GTX 980. The 480 is 8GB for $200. If this GPU doesn't help AMD's bottom line then it is a failure of their marketing department and an oversight of reasonable consumers. If I built a computer today for a friend or family, it would have an RX480 planned for it.
by wingless
Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: System Build $2k. What Would You Build?
Replies: 71
Views: 11803

Re: System Build $2k. What Would You Build?

Whatever you choose to do, build it with an NVMe SSD as a boot drive and 1TB highend Samsung or Intel SSD for game storage. It'll be sex!
by wingless
Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: INTERNET IN MALAWI
Replies: 8
Views: 1309

Re: INTERNET IN MALAWI

Glorious wrote:
Starting a new sweatshop?

Sorry, SWEATSHOP?


OMFG...It all makes sense now. Sweatshopking is a MONSTER!
by wingless
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: INTERNET IN MALAWI
Replies: 8
Views: 1309

Re: INTERNET IN MALAWI

There's some beautiful scenery in that country.
by wingless
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 22561

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

I bought 2 IBM PS/2 Model 70 386DX-20 computers from Goodwill for $5 each. Goodwill removes hard drives. PS/2 ESDI hard drives are expensive as fooook on eBay!!! They're both in great condition, have 15MB or RAM and even 387 math co-processors. I can't justify spending $50 to $100 on a hard drive be...
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