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by Kretschmer
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 12
Views: 776

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: 12
Views: 776

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: 12
Views: 776

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: 1769

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: 1944

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: 1944

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: 4591

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: 4591

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: 12
Views: 949

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: 12
Views: 949

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: 12
Views: 949

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

What's that? Lisa Frank stickers on every surface? As you command!
by Kretschmer
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit
Replies: 12
Views: 949

Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit

Today I’m writing a mini-review of Lenovo’s new(ish) Ideapad 720S 15. This laptop has flown almost entirely under the radar – no Lenovo Yoga-esque marketing campaign, no plethora of tech site reviews, et cetera – but could be a worthy contender for your next notebook purchase. My selection criteria ...
by Kretschmer
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 4425

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

And yeah, a decent beer alone will set you back more than $2.50 at a bar/restaurant, unless you hit them on a night with drink specials. I'm always flabbergasted when I can order craft beer for <$8 at a bar when traveling. New York can be a harsh mistress for beer snobs. That reminds me, I have a D...
by Kretschmer
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 39
Views: 1994

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

Oooooh boy. PLEASE keep us all updated at every step. This gon be gud. I have the link saved. Somehow I'm guessing it'll either sell out immediately OR you'll be shipped just the box and no monitor. Worst case is getting some hunk of junk monitor that has none of the features in the ad, and then a ...
by Kretschmer
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 4425

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

And yeah, a decent beer alone will set you back more than $2.50 at a bar/restaurant, unless you hit them on a night with drink specials. I'm always flabbergasted when I can order craft beer for <$8 at a bar when traveling. New York can be a harsh mistress for beer snobs. That reminds me, I have a D...
by Kretschmer
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 39
Views: 1994

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

I'm SOOOO tempted to click buy and just see what happens. I don't even need that monitor. Just did it. Guess I'll find out! Oooooh boy. PLEASE keep us all updated at every step. This gon be gud. I have the link saved. Somehow I'm guessing it'll either sell out immediately OR you'll be shipped just ...
by Kretschmer
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 4425

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

$100 a month seems foolhardy, as you're probably going to end up with a ton of cheap carbs and few fresh veggies or fruits. Extra discretionary income isn't worth mortgaging your health.
by Kretschmer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4
Replies: 13
Views: 395

Re: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4

NYC was missed, yet again. The promised land!
by Kretschmer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 30
Views: 2717

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

It's tough to imagine a travel situation where a giant DTR is acceptable but two USB-powered 4TB external HDDs are an imposition.
by Kretschmer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 4172

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

As a recent Pixel 2 buyer, I feel your pain. Bluetooth never sounds as good as a modest set of 3.5mm earbuds, and having to keep two devices charged is a royal pain.

I would have bought a OP5T in a heartbeat if they were compatible with Verizon's network.
by Kretschmer
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Help me with Amds models please
Replies: 15
Views: 1305

Re: Help me with Amds models please

You'd probably be better off returning that 3440x1440 monitor for a 27" 1440P FreeSync gaming monitor and 27" 1440P office monitor. Better gaming features, more productivity space, and fewer pixels to drive. I've tried a 3440x1440 screen with a 580-class card, and it's a pretty miserable e...
by Kretschmer
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23232

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

And still, THIS IS A CAPITAL SHIP. From a struggling force. Under ANY other circumstances, this would be a complete wast of resources. I see this repeated over and over, and yet it's wrong every time. Sacrificing one capital ship of 3,400M * 700M * 450M = 1.1B M^3 to disable or destroy: ~6 Resurgen...
by Kretschmer
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 450
Views: 23232

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I enjoyed Episode VIII immensely more than Episode VII, even though the latter was flawed. I didn't find the direction Luke was taken in as satisfying as the possibility of him flexing his Jedi muscles, but it was a logical extension of a story line where he hid instead of opposing the First Order. ...
by Kretschmer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 17719

Re: Video card prices

I'm tempted to stick my 1080Ti FE on eBay, if the profit is worth it after they take their cut.
by Kretschmer
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 30
Views: 2717

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

* GeForce 1080 GPU That's your key search. https://www.ultrabookreview.com/10939-laptops-nvidia-1070-1080/ There is also the potential of a Thunderbolt 3 laptop with a break-out VGA and a 1080. (..and this would be useful in the context of a better accompanying monitor w/ G-Sync.) Just note that eG...
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: 14660

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: 14660

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: 5884

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: 5884

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.
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