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by moriz
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 62
Views: 1259

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

I still have fond memories of the game but I quit after the Ascendend gear patch which turned the endgame into a WoW-esque gear grind that I despised and got tired of in as a former WoW addict. this is not even remotely true. 1st, ascended gear is very marginally better than exotic, the second high...
by moriz
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 62
Views: 1259

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

is your video card getting a full PCI-e 16x 3.0 connection when the game is running? GW2 is strangely sensitive to PCI-e bandwidth. if you aren't getting a full 16x connection, the game would often start stuttering. there's been quite a few people who solved performance issues by simply reseating th...
by moriz
Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: External Soundcards
Replies: 58
Views: 4910

Re: External Soundcards

So I'm a bit confused, Where does your mic plug in to? I would love to try a USB DAC to move away from my ancient Asus Xonar. But I use Teamspeak/mumble a lot for gaming purposes so I am unsure how to connect the mic. Does a Schiit product also offer mic control? NINJA EDIT: If anyone understands t...
by moriz
Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: External Soundcards
Replies: 58
Views: 4910

Re: External Soundcards

i have an ODAC, as well as a behringer UCA222. both work flawlessly for me. i have two DACs, because i often record game footage. game/desktop sounds go through my ODAC, and teamspeak audio goes through my UCA222. recording programs like OBS Studio and DXTory allows me to record multiple audio strea...
by moriz
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Come test game performance in the Radeon Technologies Group
Replies: 12
Views: 1129

Re: Come test game performance in the Radeon Technologies Gr

I've applied... though my background isn't an exact fit (software engineering/game development). done plenty of computer building/retail/repair in the past, as well as IT work in a medium security prison. That linked page also has info about a career fair in Markham, ON next week. I'm thinking of g...
by moriz
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Come test game performance in the Radeon Technologies Group
Replies: 12
Views: 1129

Re: Come test game performance in the Radeon Technologies Gr

I've applied... though my background isn't an exact fit (software engineering/game development). done plenty of computer building/retail/repair in the past, as well as IT work in a medium security prison. That linked page also has info about a career fair in Markham, ON next week. I'm thinking of go...
by moriz
Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SteamVR Performance Test Released – No VR Headset Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 3773

Re: SteamVR Performance Test Released – No VR Headset Needed

Windows 10 x64
Intel Core i7 3930K @ 4.4GHz
AMD R9 390X
32 GB RAM

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by moriz
Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: It's almost 2016, do we still like the xonar line?
Replies: 42
Views: 6147

Re: It's almost 2016, do we still like the xonar line?

i think sound cards that are actually worth spending the time and money would automatically be in the $150-$200 range, due to integrated audio being roughly comparable to anything cheaper. in those price categories, i'd much rather go with an ODAC and O2 amp than a high end Xonar. ODAC being USB is ...
by moriz
Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Buying a Mac tonight
Replies: 289
Views: 17198

Re: Buying a Mac tonight

if Steve Jobs were still alive we would have slit the throats of some of the design team with a boxcutter for designing such a horrible mouse. i'm pretty sure the Magical Mouse of Carpal Tunnel Summoning was around when Jobs was alive. Who knows? Maybe he had already sliced those throats and harves...
by moriz
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 4 and graphics cards
Replies: 89
Views: 7921

Re: Fallout 4 and graphics cards

I've been running the game on a mid 2014 rMBP with GT 750M at 1280x800. The game runs quite well tbh. The OP shouldn't have too much trouble running the game with his current setup.
by moriz
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:09 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Anyone else getting Windows 10 upgrade prompts?
Replies: 144
Views: 15717

Re: Anyone else getting Windows 10 upgrade prompts?

I got the prompt on my laptop, but didn't get it on my desktop. Hopefully I'll be able to get this update regardless.
by moriz
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 5-player games?
Replies: 29
Views: 3270

Re: 5-player games?

Guild Wars 2 is 50% off until December 7th. It's a refreshing change from your run of the mill MMO, so if you're into RPGs, it's worth a shot.
by moriz
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless and FPS gaming
Replies: 41
Views: 37252

Re: Wireless and FPS gaming

You're talking about bandwidth, which has very little to do with latency. Yes, I can get around (real-world) 140MBit/s over my wireless and basic powerline stuff is more like 45-80Mbit, but when you're on 20MBit internet, does it make any difference to gaming? when the powerline adapter turns my 40...
by moriz
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless and FPS gaming
Replies: 41
Views: 37252

Re: Wireless and FPS gaming

the valve link refers to game streaming, not gaming over wifi. i personally game over wifi almost exclusively, and i've had no issues at all. i tried powerline adapters, and unless something changed drastically over the last year or so, i wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole. terrible performanc...
by moriz
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?
Replies: 36
Views: 3526

Re: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?

okay, can you tell me what you do when shooting at a moving enemy soldier on foot? Here is the scenario, you're prone, laying on your belly, you have the target in your scope, you hold your breath...and...when to shoot? Meaning to get a headshot, do you look at the ticks on the crosshair of the sco...
by moriz
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?
Replies: 36
Views: 3526

Re: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?

I'll take flags with that kit. I'll shoot people from the hip (no-scoping) on the run; hell, I'll just stick the barrel in them and fire, if they're close. and you'll get much better results with a carbine. there's a reason why bolt actions aren't used in competitive play. the only times you'll see...
by moriz
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?
Replies: 36
Views: 3526

Re: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?

why would you use a bolt action in medium range? carbines and DMRs are infinitely better in that range. a silenced carbine is probably the best gun for playing a recon role.

i personally like it when somebody snipes me. it just means that there's a useless player on the opposing team.
by moriz
Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?
Replies: 36
Views: 3526

Re: Battlefiled 4: Hardcore and Snipers?

all BF4 weapons are balanced around players having 100% health. hardcore mode breaks it, which leads to certain weapons and playstyles becoming hilariously powerful. from a game balance perspective, hardcore is fail. there's a reason why all competitive BF4 games are played with 100% health, even if...
by moriz
Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: DAC question
Replies: 49
Views: 5395

Re: DAC question

Thanks for the great ideas. I guess a key difference among these is the types of inputs accepted - here the ODAC is USB only, the Schitt takes optical, etc as well. The ODAC with RCAs may be my starting choice. Anyone have one? Or tried one and decided against? i have one. the ODAC is probably the ...
by moriz
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New Headphones ~100$
Replies: 74
Views: 12041

Re: New Headphones ~100$

sony's MDR-V6 and MDR-7506 are very good closed headphones at ~$100. they've been the industry standard for decades now (well, for the MDR-V6 at least. the 7506 was introduced much later).
by moriz
Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD's new proprietary API
Replies: 115
Views: 13417

Re: AMD's new proprietary API

substitute lazy for more efficient and inexpensive and they'd do it because they already did. trying to pass off a better optimized more efficiently written software application as lazy just because the low level API is shared with console is flawed..... Mantle is supposed to make any of the best D...
by moriz
Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: What's your current home audio system?
Replies: 59
Views: 12764

Re: What's your current home audio system?

mine's pretty simple. xonar essence stx (line out) -> passive mixer -> O2 headphone amp -> AKG K240 sextett behringer UCA222 (line out) -> i have two sound cards because i do a lot of game footage recording, and i want a way to separate game audio, microphone, and teamspeak into different audio stre...
by moriz
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 27" vs 30" Displays
Replies: 91
Views: 25142

Re: 27" vs 30" Displays

i recently went from an apple LED cinema 27" (2560x1440) to a crossover 30q5 pro (2560x1600). and yes, the size difference is very noticeable. in gaming, i've noticed an improvement. at least for BF3 (i play competitively), the drop in PPI resulted in me being able to shoot more accurately. BF3...
by moriz
Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:25 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: crossfireX in windowed mode?
Replies: 1
Views: 1098

crossfireX in windowed mode?

i have a triple monitor setup: a 1440p display and two 1080p displays in portrait mode on both sides. unfortunately, eyefinity isn't an option for me. what i can do, however, is run my games in windowed mode, and then manually stretch them across all three screens. i even have a little program that ...
by moriz
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 7970 or 680?
Replies: 23
Views: 5408

Re: 7970 or 680?

i've been running my 7970 lightning with windows 8 on a 2560x1600 resolution monitor. so far, there's been no issues.
by moriz
Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8- Sell me on it
Replies: 155
Views: 19307

Re: Windows 8- Sell me on it

and to add to the list of expected features: metro snap should work on every monitor, not just the primary.
by moriz
Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8- Sell me on it
Replies: 155
Views: 19307

Re: Windows 8- Sell me on it

running windows 8 pro on my desktop now. surprisingly enough, i think it works BETTER on a multi-screen system than windows 7. reason is that each screen now has their own task bar, and you can set the metro/modern interface to appear on any screen you want; just click the bottom left corner of the ...
by moriz
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: 128gb hd enough for an ultrabook?
Replies: 11
Views: 16869

Re: 128gb hd enough for an ultrabook?

128GB is enough, assuming that's the only operating system on the laptop, and that your wife does not keep too much video on it.

on my old laptop, 120GB was plenty. however i found with my current macbook pro that 256 GB is just barely enough, since i have to run bootcamp as well.
by moriz
Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: BF3 HD7970 screen flickers when spawning in and dying
Replies: 2
Views: 1024

BF3 HD7970 screen flickers when spawning in and dying

i'm getting a really weird issue with my 7970. it runs the game just fine, but whenever i spawn in, or die, or get ressurrected, all three of my screens flicker and the game stutters for a split second. it's almost like the card is changing power states or something. i'm running three individual mon...
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