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by Kretschmer
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10613

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

And final thought. If you simply expand your definition to what is a 'sport' then it will fit in perfectly here on Tech Report. This is a link to a program at a school one of my in-laws teaches at: http://www.kwu.edu/about-kwu/kansas-wesleyan-university-esports There. Nerds, geeks, sports. DONE Whi...
by Kretschmer
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10613

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

At the very least, it needs this: http://uchima.net/trstuff/nerd-venn.jpg It really seems like it is more of an overt sports hatred than a secret phobia. You beat me to it! whm, if you channel all this posting time into any sort of competitive endeavor (sports, Bonsai, whatever), you'll soar. Good ...
by Kretschmer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4586

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

I ordered two brands of coffee that are decaffeinated through the "Swiss Water" method. Worst comes to worst they will be on par with what I'm already drinking.
by Kretschmer
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4586

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

I'm going to hijack this travesty of this thread to ask if there is any decaffeinated brand that can compare to bold dark caffeinated coffee. I try and manage caffeine intake but miss that intoxicating taste.
by Kretschmer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1440 Monitor Upgrade
Replies: 15
Views: 786

Re: 1440 Monitor Upgrade

Well, that's why I'm checking :) Seems like G-Sync is only real con, if at all. But my last card was an ATI variant, and I suspect Nvidia will remain relevant for quite a few years yet. I've used GSync an FreeSync in the past year, and FreeSync was definitely more problematic. Haven't had any issue...
by Kretschmer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1440 Monitor Upgrade
Replies: 15
Views: 786

Re: 1440 Monitor Upgrade

There are actually several G-Sync IPS 144+Hz 1440P vendors: 27" 1440P is absolutely the sweet spot for gaming. Well, that's why I'm checking :) Seems like G-Sync is only real con, if at all. But my last card was an ATI variant, and I suspect Nvidia will remain relevant for quite a few years ye...
by Kretschmer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1440 Monitor Upgrade
Replies: 15
Views: 786

Re: 1440 Monitor Upgrade

There are actually several G-Sync IPS 144+Hz 1440P vendors: https://www.amazon.com/PG279Q-2560x1440-G-SYNC-Gaming-Monitor/dp/B017EVR2VM https://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-XG2703-GS-G-Sync-Monitor-DisplayPort/dp/B01LWJMM1S/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1511363255&sr=1-3&keywords=...
by Kretschmer
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1803

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Funny how basically nobody stayed on topic. Must have been boring af. I can't read the sites and generally trust few benchmarkers outside of TR and a few established peers. So this is non-news for me. It's like going on the Kelly Blue Book forums and posting 4 eBay listings from Uruguay to tell us ...
by Kretschmer
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 3123

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

For gaming, the 4K@100+Hz monitors are yet to be released (and will be way too expensive when they land), and GPU tech can't support that resolution at healthy framerate. I've found 3440x1440 to be a good compromise for productivity and gaming (allows for 3 windows side-by-side, but 2560x1440@144+Hz...
by Kretschmer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Other folks falling asleep when talking computers.
Replies: 31
Views: 1084

Re: Other folks falling asleep when talking computers.

You probably mentioned Linux. Never mention Linux.
by Kretschmer
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Newegg was letting the watercooled MSI 1080Ti go for US$709 (of US$799) out the door yesterday; it's a lot of money, but given the sustained performance and my output set to 1440p165, I went ahead and splurged. Hopefully the Vegas will start seeing similar sales, if not downward price adjustments! ...
by Kretschmer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 2513

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

Pville_Piper wrote:
Doom at 1440p with a 1060? I'd think you'd have to lower the eye candy quite a bit...

Doom is unique in that it runs well on everything. My former 290X smashed Doom at 2560x1440.
by Kretschmer
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 2161

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

I would wait until the Covfefelake refreshes. You'll either get a lot more in your laptop or can buy an older SKU on the cheap.
by Kretschmer
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 2161

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

Disappointing to hear about those issues. I haven't experienced them with my XPS 13 (1080p, i5-6200U), but your experience certainly makes me wary about buying another down the road. I had a similar SKU (i5 Skylake 1080P) and had to RMA for a power charging issue. Still the best damn laptop that I'...
by Kretschmer
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

It's edging into the territory where the Vega markup offsets the G-Sync tax... It depends. Maybe for the lower range. But when you get into 4k or 3440x1440p panels, G-sync models are generally considerably more than the delta in price between a 1080 and Vega 64. This is because G-sync selection is ...
by Kretschmer
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

http://i.imgur.com/MHk7e3s.png http://i.imgur.com/VBB9aRa.png Couldn't resist thread. Is this a big deal? That bottom graph is completely misleading for our discussion: 1) Intel integrated graphics not used for 3D gaming is not relevant to 3D gaming developer support/optimization/etc. E.g. all thos...
by Kretschmer
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 3921

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

The T430 is over five years old, so looking for current add-in cards for an interface that were niche at the time is quite a fishing expedition. That said, a cursory search on Amazon and Newegg would answer your question without yet another thread.
by Kretschmer
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

As Jerry Maquire said SHOW ME THE NUMBER Is that really too much to ask? Explain to me what exactly Nvidia's 82% of market share really is. You've quoted the Steam survey likes it's a gamers GPU bible so please explain to me how they work out the percentages. Am I speaking in a foreign language? Se...
by Kretschmer
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 2114

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

I've owned both 34" flat and 34" curved monitors and prefer the flat. At 27-32", the curve is pretty pointless. But my use case is a bit unique (monitor doubles as television).
by Kretschmer
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 8336

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

Because it is the fastest Freesync-capable GPU on the market right now that happens to be a very powerful customer-tier GPGPU. Vega 64 easily matches fully enabled Titan XP at most GPGPU stuff (most recent drivers for Titan) for less $$$$. Not everything revolves around silly games. The tech does s...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 8336

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

Vega line-up has very strong demand for it as much you would expect from a high-end performance GPU. It is about same demand as 1080 and 1080Ti. If demand was practically non-existent as you claim, then there should be Vega 64 and 56 boxes collecting dust on etailer/retailer shelves. Actually, the ...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 8336

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

The Samsung C34F791, for one, is a 100Hz 3440x1440 Freesync monitor. This was the monitor in the Vega bundles... Yeah, and AMD FINALLY fixed FreeSync on the CF791 recently (after almost a year). Be careful to do your research before buying a FreeSync 1 monitor, because a lot of them are dogs (adapt...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 8336

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

Another way to put it is that stock Vega 56 is a bit faster than stock 1070. Making them similar in performance (either by powersaving on the 56 or overclocking the 1070) probably narrows the power difference even further. If you're going to hand tweak your cards, though, it would seem to make sens...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 8336

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

Why Vega is a Failure with a capital F: 1) You won't be able to buy one anywhere near MSRP for months. Unless you've spent tons of dough on a FreeSync display, it makes sense to just grab Pascal. 2) Power consumption is stupid for the performance. (Lesser) Enthusiasts sites are recommending that buy...
by Kretschmer
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Vega 56 isn't even available in Canada. And seeing as Vega 64 is the same price as a 1080 Ti in Canada, I decided to go with one of the latter. With the lack of value and options in G-Sync monitors at the moment, I guess variable refresh will have to wait a bit. Hopefully AMD has their supply issue...
by Kretschmer
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?
Replies: 16
Views: 4663

Re: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?

My friend just upgraded his system to a new I7-7700K which meant a new motherboard and memory as well. He offered me most of his old parts for $300. Its basically identical to my primary system and the parts will be used for my wife, son, daughter as a secondary system. So for $300 I get: I7-4770K ...
by Kretschmer
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I think AMD's market share will continue to increase. Not everyone min/maxes or reads every review, or cares that the Vega cards run a bit hot and heavy. They'll see the newest cards on the market, and then see the price of a new monitor, and realize that it may just be a better deal than a compara...
by Kretschmer
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Newegg bought out
Replies: 41
Views: 4174

Re: Newegg bought out

Search/compare on Newegg and purchase on Amazon.
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Maybe I'm just easier to please than some folks. Thanks for the jibe. Factual issues I had with my 290X: -Getting FreeSync to work with two monitors (one fullscreen game, one extra) was extremely hit-or-miss and require both voodoo rituals and trial-and-error -On top of that, FreeSync would respond...
by Kretschmer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 12776

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I am totally not regretting my 1080Ti purchase at launch right now. I think AMD is digging themselves into a huge hole. Their Vega GPUs were late, they misrepresented performance, and they misrepresented price. With all these cards being bought for mining, their share of the high-end GPU market (and...
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