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by Kretschmer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 62
Views: 1822

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

I also disagree with you on the "Samsung has courage" part. If they had courage they would've stood behind the product. If they leave customers like you twisting in the wind when their gamble doesn't work out, that's not courage, that's just greedy/sleazy. At least they seem to have done ...
by Kretschmer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD: We didn't cut RyZen's Price Guize!
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: AMD: We didn't cut RyZen's Price Guize!

Cool story, bro!

I don't know why people read so much into the pricing change. NVidia soaks early adopters for a premium, too, and AMD clearly needs the margins.
by Kretschmer
Wed May 31, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Consumer Vega launches at the end of July
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Consumer Vega launches at the end of July

southrncomfortjm wrote:
Well there's the reveal I missed. Highly impressive considering how expensive HBM2 is.

It's only impressive if the damn thing ships, and right now HBM2 is preventing that!
by Kretschmer
Wed May 31, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Consumer Vega launches at the end of July
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Consumer Vega launches at the end of July

The real question will be how far they had to push thermals to compete with nvidia... Otherwise we'll end up with another 290x with silicon forced out of its power:perf sweet spot. https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=109936&p=1249449 I had the 290X and it was really quite a so...
by Kretschmer
Thu May 25, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview
Replies: 31
Views: 1276

Re: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview

I've got a Windows App that she needs (it only runs in Win95) installed in Parallels, and she barely knows how to use the iMac, despite the books and video courses I bought her, so I doubt she'll enjoy learning Boot Camp. She doesn't even like Windows 10, she was one of the folks where Win10 "...
by Kretschmer
Wed May 24, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview
Replies: 31
Views: 1276

Re: Core i9 vs. The Threadripper Preview

The A10-7850 can't handle those tasks? Yeah, no kidding! If that system feels sluggish for web/e-mail/office tasks, something is seriously messed up (or it is still using a mechanical HDD as the system drive). Nah, I gave her a Samsung 850 Pro for her SSD. She *does* tend to have a bajillion browse...
by Kretschmer
Fri May 19, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 2077

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Fractal Design Node 304 Case: +Tons of hardware for the ITX footprint (i7 7700K, 1080Ti, etc.) +Real ITX footprint, not a tall skinny tower or tiny mobo in huge case +Less challenging that some of the more exotic ITX options +Inexpensive +Integrated fan controller +No case window, RBG tomfoolery, et...
by Kretschmer
Tue May 16, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 1700 Benchmark Requests Anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 914

Re: 1700 Benchmark Requests Anyone?

southrncomfortjm wrote:
Crysis IMO.

"Johnson! Are you playing video games in the office?"

"No sir, I'm benchmarking an older video game to fulfill a meme for a technology forum that I'm part of."
by Kretschmer
Mon May 15, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card
Replies: 7
Views: 471

Re: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card

If you're determined to do this, please update us on the outcome.
by Kretschmer
Mon May 15, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card
Replies: 7
Views: 471

Re: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card

Won't work, sorry. Transplant the mobo to a new case/PSU.
by Kretschmer
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti roundups
Replies: 18
Views: 1532

Re: 1080Ti roundups

My 1080Ti FE is insane at 3440x1440. So far everything is pegged at 97-100 FPS (some games hover at 97 or 98 FPS instead of being a constant 100FPS; not sure why).
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1954

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

No one is buying a Shield as a Switch substitute; Switch buyers (or oglers) want Nintendo software. I can only speak for me, but I've been eyeing several gaming tablets to get while I wait for the Switch software market to improve. So 'no one' is definitely inaccurate. (Though technically, I'm eyei...
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1954

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

LostCat wrote:
I think the Switch being hard to find is making people buy alternatives.

It's a weird time for mobile gaming hardware.

No one is buying a Shield as a Switch substitute; Switch buyers (or oglers) want Nintendo software.
by Kretschmer
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2180

Re: 1440 monitors?

LostCat wrote:
Kretschmer wrote:
Wait, people game on non-PC platforms? :)

I know plenty of people who would ask the same question about PC platforms.

Yes, and we all feel terribly sorry for them!
by Kretschmer
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2180

Re: 1440 monitors?

LostCat wrote:
Kretschmer wrote:
4K is meh for gaming for the foreseeable future. I'd see about getting a 27" 1440P 144Hz unit.

It depends. I'm definitely planning on going 4K for Scorpio but I still haven't seen a good reason to go above 1440P for PC gaming.

Wait, people game on non-PC platforms? :)
by Kretschmer
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2180

Re: 1440 monitors?

Wound up getting a good deal on a Dell Ultrasharp 25" 1440 from a local shop going out of business (I am a vulture!). OMG. This is the best monitor I've ever used and I'm mad I didn't buy one sooner. NOW, to save up and buy a 27" 4k next year and turn this one vertical as a secondary moni...
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Dead PCIe Slot *or* Did Kretschmer Wreck a Cap?
Replies: 1
Views: 584

Dead PCIe Slot *or* Did Kretschmer Wreck a Cap?

Edit: I'm a noob; cleared BIOS and everything is working fine. I recently built a i7 7700K/GTX 1070 build in a Node 304 ITX case. Motherboard is a ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/xXdFf7/asrock-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-itxac-mini-itx-lga1151-motherboard-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-itxac)....
by Kretschmer
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hold Out for Ryzen 5?
Replies: 26
Views: 3811

Re: Hold Out for Ryzen 5?

My money is on higher IPC as the limiter for gaming, as there will always be that one thread that everything else is waiting on. 4C/8T or 6C/12T becomes more appealing when you're doing other things concurrently (like streaming). You're also avoiding platform growing pains.
by Kretschmer
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?
Replies: 15
Views: 1374

Re: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?

Sent out my 1070 for a 1080Ti and will be on integrated graphics for at least a week. Intel IGPs don't seem to do well with 3440x1440, but Diablo 3 is smooth at 1366x768.
by Kretschmer
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2180

Re: 1440 monitors?

"Crossover" sells a 27" IPS 100hz monitor for $340, but I can't speak to the response times or quality: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2RY3MK9378 There are a bunch of TN monitors between $300-400 with similar specs. Note that 100+Hz doesn't necessarily mean that ...
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2180

Re: 1440 monitors?

If you want to game, I would prioritize 144Hz over 1440P. Greater resolution is nice. Greater fluidity is HUGE.
by Kretschmer
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung C34F791 for $850
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Samsung C34F791 for $850

1500R is amazing, but just eyeballing the curve it's still less than 3" of depth from the center to corner. If you're worried about depth I'd be more concerned with the enormous stand than the curve. 1900R isn't going to be much different. I personally dislike curved monitors. If you're not ga...
by Kretschmer
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 57
Views: 3993

Re: Need a new office chair.

I just ordered this to replace my grungy 10-year-old chair. Thanks for the tip! Yay! Hope you like it. This chair is my daily driver and I like it--it's even stood up to moderate cat clawing. The best part is if it doesn't work out, any Staples accepts online returns. I finally assembled this a few...
by Kretschmer
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 57
Views: 3993

Re: Need a new office chair.

I just ordered this to replace my grungy 10-year-old chair. Thanks for the tip! Yay! Hope you like it. This chair is my daily driver and I like it--it's even stood up to moderate cat clawing. The best part is if it doesn't work out, any Staples accepts online returns. I finally assembled this a few...
by Kretschmer
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung C34F791 for $850
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Samsung C34F791 for $850

I'm a little uncomfortable with the 1500R curve. I was planning to put a 1200p 24" monitor in portrait and put it on the side. Seems too much curve to put another monitor on the side? I would think a 1900R is better for that? Also it is deeper and eat into the depth of my desk. 1500R is amazin...
by Kretschmer
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AotS Ryzen patch
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

Re: AotS Ryzen patch

This game always makes me chuckle when it pops up in these discussions, as I feel like more reviewers and benchmarkers own it than actual players.

This patch tells us little about how Ryzen will perform across a wider population of games; AotS could just be poorly-optimized.
by Kretschmer
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung C34F791 for $850
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Samsung C34F791 for $850

Note that FreeSync isn't officially supported below 80 FPS and causes flickering in some titles/FPS ranges.
by Kretschmer
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Final decisions for new build

Of course, it's great if you can buy an item that you want during a sale. Comparing the discounted price of one item to the list price of another is disingenuous. Between the Viewsonic and AOC models, there's always a 27" GSync at or near $600. I'm just saying that the "$200 GSync premium...
by Kretschmer
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Final decisions for new build

NVidia's proprietary G-Sync system maintains its price premium. G-Sync monitors cost about $200 more than otherwise-identical monitors without variable refresh rate. VESA standard adaptive sync ("FreeSync") is nearly free. FreeSync monitors cost $0 to $20 more than otherwise-identical mon...
by Kretschmer
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1476

Re: New Build!!

I agree for large cases, but AIO is a much easier build for ITX and small MATX. My last build was relatively smooth with a 140mm AIO but would have been hell with a tower cooler. That's why things like this and this exist for! The Thermalright in the particular is likely to do a better job than a 1...
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