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by Kretschmer
Mon May 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Econo box with less gaming focus
Replies: 42
Views: 5685

Re: Econo box with less gaming focus

I'm glad that the original poster's build is coming along well! For other readers, I would strongly suggest a refurb business line desktop from Dell, HP, or Lenovo. They're build to last and can generally be found with a SSD. Toss in a power-sipping GPU and you'll get quite a system for your budget....
by Kretschmer
Mon May 21, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Child Proofing the digital world
Replies: 32
Views: 3435

Re: Child Proofing the digital world

As an additional side effect, if you are limiting what kids/teens can see/experience, it will make them disdainful of your rules. Disagree and have adequate experience to do so. Partly it depends on the child's personality, but even more so it depends on whether the parent has taught their children...
by Kretschmer
Mon May 21, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Child Proofing the digital world
Replies: 32
Views: 3435

Re: Child Proofing the digital world

Netflix minorly updated their parental settings https://media.netflix.com/en/company-blog/introducing-pin-protection-and-other-enhancements-for-informed-viewing I just wish they would add an opt-in feature to the kids profiles so they could only see things that were specifically added. Instead this...
by Kretschmer
Mon May 21, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/39.htm#panels_samsung http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/39.htm#panels_lgdisplay http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/39.htm#panels_auo There are faster 1440P displays on the way with HDR. Some are even IPS! We will also see if the new VA panels dif...
by Kretschmer
Thu May 17, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New DP 1.4 Monitors Inbound...4K@120Hz
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: New DP 1.4 Monitors Inbound...4K@120Hz

Existing GPUs can't drive these to their full potential, but given that a monitor of this capability is probably going to still be in active duty 10 years from now, that shouldn't be the be all and end all in the decision. 10 years is quite unlikely, given how quickly display technology has been ad...
by Kretschmer
Thu May 17, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New DP 1.4 Monitors Inbound...4K@120Hz
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: New DP 1.4 Monitors Inbound...4K@120Hz

The 200Hz 1440p option in the table clearly says VA type. Yes, I missed that line viewing on mobile. We'll have to wait to see if response times really support operation at 200Hz, or if these 35" panels will be similar to their VA predecessors, where certain jarring slow transitions mar perfor...
by Kretschmer
Thu May 17, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New DP 1.4 Monitors Inbound...4K@120Hz
Replies: 4
Views: 261

New DP 1.4 Monitors Inbound...4K@120Hz

https://www.anandtech.com/show/12721/nvidia-updates-on-gsync-hdr-acer-and-asus-27in-monitors-on-sale-may-30-35in-and-bfgd-available-later-this-year I'm really excited about the 200Hz 1440P option, though my poor 1080Ti might not be able to use all of that headroom. I'm curious if that is a VA panel ...
by Kretschmer
Fri May 11, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need Advice Adobe Laptop
Replies: 5
Views: 486

Re: Need Advice Adobe Laptop

From what I've read many i7-8XXXU laptops don't sustain those high boost clocks with all cores, so an i7-7700K might be a better option on a budget. My laptop (Ideapad 720S 15) is of reasonable build and can be found south of a grand on sale. https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12...
by Kretschmer
Thu May 10, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit
Replies: 17
Views: 3258

Re: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit

My bottom line on the Lenovo 720S 15 is that it is a great all-around laptop that allows you to attend a class or visit a client during the day and play a few games at night. If you can snag a deal on it (BJs was selling them for $700 at one point), it's still quite a nice laptop. The only downside...
by Kretschmer
Mon May 07, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 13068

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

I had great luck undervolting my 1050Ti MaxQ GPU. It's running at a steady 0.9V and maintains 1700+ Mhz at that voltage. Of course, my laptop is more thermally limited and I may reduce clocks to lower temps and fan speeds.
by Kretschmer
Fri May 04, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 7151

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

Thanks everyone. You've ruined it for me, and now I'll have no idea which GPU vendor I'm buying. Here's hoping that my "ROG UBER-1030-3GB-DDR3" is a Vega 64. I guess I'll find out when I open it at home....
by Kretschmer
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5463

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

Apologies if I missed this, but is there any way to tell if an application is forcing use of the HPET timer? I use MSI Afterburner to regulate fan speeds on my desktop and MSI Afterburner/Intel XTU to undervolt my laptop.
by Kretschmer
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit
Replies: 17
Views: 3258

Re: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit

Undervolting is like overclocking; you're testing to see if your CPU and GPU fall within the "lucky" or "unlucky" areas of a bell curve. Some individual CPUs/GPUs undervolt to extreme values smoothly; many undervolt moderately without issues; some cannot undervolt at all. Based o...
by Kretschmer
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: iTunes is now available in the Microsoft Store!
Replies: 6
Views: 3347

Re: iTunes is now available in the Microsoft Store!

Is Wintunes any good these days? It started off excellent and became pretty awful at some point.
by Kretschmer
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 95890

Re: What are you playing right now?

Guild Wars II is good for scratching that solo or play-with-friends MMO itch without fast forwarding a month to realize that it's 3PM on Sunday and you're still in your boxers due to deprioritization of anything that doesn't increment numbers. It's also the best leveling experience I've seen in any ...
by Kretschmer
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 95890

Re: What are you playing right now?

There have been twelve seasons of Diablo 3 RoS. For the second time ever, I completed enough of the season journey to get the extra stash tab, and for the first time ever I completely cleared the season journey. I got my HoTA/IK Barbarian to GR level 82 and amassed a total of 568 paragon levels. Pl...
by Kretschmer
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 95890

Re: What are you playing right now?

I'm playing good old new Doom. It's really fun. This is my best game of 2010-2020 so far. It's just pure, unadulterated fun. No levels, no gear, no unlocks...just FPS goodness. A lot of games these days try and trap you in their reward systems ("Okay, I need to level up 5 more times to unlock ...
by Kretschmer
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 95890

Re: What are you playing right now?

gmskking wrote:
FFXV: Royal Edition and Borderlands Pre-sequel on Xbox One X.

BL:TPS is mediocre with the vanilla content and good with the Claptrap DLC missions.
by Kretschmer
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 95890

Re: What are you playing right now?

I saw so many good reviews that I bough Darkest Dungeon. It's a very unique game. Enjoying so far. Kickstarter is having some pretty good results from time to time. One wonders if these games would ever have seen the light of day without it. I enjoyed Darkest Dungeon and it kept me busy for a few w...
by Kretschmer
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 13
Views: 1540

Re: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
I was trying to stay within the constraints of the resolution his motherboard outputs (1920x1200).

For $30-40 you can get a simple PCIe card that will support up to 4K resolution, which is a reasonable stopgap measure (e.g. GT710). Used on ebay or a forum you can probably snag one even cheaper. :)
by Kretschmer
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 13
Views: 1540

Re: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275

Honestly, your best bet would be to pick up 2 monitors. You can get a 22" 1080p monitor for under $100 these days. You can only game on one at a time, but your GPU can probably handle it fine. 2 of those is still cheaper than $275 for something your computer can handle now without scaling. Exa...
by Kretschmer
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 13
Views: 1540

Re: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275

4K really seems like a waste at 27". You're inviting scaling issues in legacy apps and making gaming dependent on a $800 GPU investment.

Try out a 2560x1440 display and be blown away!
by Kretschmer
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 2949

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

No self-respecting TR reader would buy before the benchmarks are out. Fanboys, on the other hand...
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 3151

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

FFS NVidia, either start working with your partners to release a similar scope of GSync displays or throw in the towel and let me use my 1080Ti with the latest tech. The main problem with Freesync vs GSync is that Freesync as a check-box feature means that it is added to all sorts of crappy display...
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 3151

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

FFS NVidia, either start working with your partners to release a similar scope of GSync displays or throw in the towel and let me use my 1080Ti with the latest tech.
by Kretschmer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7691

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Where I stand for those that are confused: Apple's SoC designs kick ass. It makes sense for them to push them out to all of their products ASAP. Intel's desktop designs kick ass. It makes sense for them to storm the smartphone market and take it over with low-power variants of hex-core Coffee Lake....
by Kretschmer
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7691

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

The most likely outcome from this is that Apple kills off its "pro" and "prosumer" Mac Hardware and sells everyone who is left "good enough" arm SKUs. Apple has demonstrated little interest in their demanding users or keeping their tech up-to-date outside of phones.
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit
Replies: 17
Views: 3258

Re: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit

Intel XTU for undervolt of CPU; MSI Afterburning for GPU undervolt; Prime95/IBT/Doom2016/Overwatch for stress testing (not simultaneously). The more I use this laptop the more I like it. The 15.6" display feels generous after being on an XPS13 for two years, and 8-9+ hours of battery is more th...
by Kretschmer
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit
Replies: 17
Views: 3258

Re: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit

So, how was yours in terms of materials and stiffness? You showed the panel gaps but I think I missed what the main chassis is actually made of. I believe that the surfaces are aluminum. Stiffness and feel are better than most but not exemplary like my former XPS 13. The XPS 13 really felt like a t...
by Kretschmer
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit
Replies: 17
Views: 3258

Re: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit

What's that? Lisa Frank stickers on every surface? As you command!
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