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by Kretschmer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Best laptops for photo editing
Replies: 19
Views: 3841

Re: Best laptops for photo editing

-Ports! Cameras have conservative connectivity, while ultraportable designs are trending towards a few USB-C ports and lots of dongles. My current laptop has 2 USB-C and 1 USB A, and it makes traveling a bit of a pain when I'm trying to connect two photo drives and two cameras at once. If I could d...
by Kretschmer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Best laptops for photo editing
Replies: 19
Views: 3841

Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Other things to think about: -Photo editing can take a lot of horsepower, so I would steer clear of ultra-low-voltage designs. -A lot of cheapo consumer laptops may struggle to sustain a large workload without throttling, especially if any of your computing is done on the GPU. Cooling designed for Y...
by Kretschmer
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: New (for me) Apple iMac
Replies: 30
Views: 7430

Re: New (for me) Apple iMac

If you're trying to be frugal, things like "large" (for 2008) RAM sticks and external FW drives are really throwing good money after bad. If you just want to tinker with OSX, a used or refurbished Mac Mini would probably be more affordable than pulling a decade-plus machine into usability.
by Kretschmer
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTings Tests Close to 60 Monitors for GSync Compatible VRR
Replies: 11
Views: 4205

Re: RTings Tests Close to 60 Monitors for GSync Compatible VRR

I've always read that you should cap your refresh rate a few Hz below a FreeSync monitor's maximum FreeSync Hz. This is a known issue.
by Kretschmer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: CPU vs GPU Bottlenecks
Replies: 47
Views: 8155

Re: CPU vs GPU Bottlenecks

You still want to make balanced recommendations, with the caveat that builds should be planned with any upgrade cycles in mind. Upgrading a CPU or GPU later is cheaper than replacing both, and generally the GPU tech moves more quickly than processors.
by Kretschmer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: CPU vs GPU Bottlenecks
Replies: 47
Views: 8155

Re: CPU vs GPU Bottlenecks

This trend has only become more apparent as games have started utilizing 8+ threads. This can easily be observed in benchmarks that seem to love the new AMD chips even though they are 20% slower in clock speed. Which benchmarks are these? As far as I can see, my 7700K with DDR4 3200 is faster than ...
by Kretschmer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ryzen/Radeon 3000
Replies: 22
Views: 4589

Re: Ryzen/Radeon 3000

I heard that they're bundling a pony with every card sold.

...don't feed the clickbait fake rumors.
by Kretschmer
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Titan RTX
Replies: 11
Views: 2066

Re: Titan RTX

Oh, I'm not defending the RTX pricing. My 1080Ti is chuckling at the poor value of these successor cards. I doubt that Nvidia is charging this much just to be evil, so there may be yield bottlenecks for this cutting-edge tech.
by Kretschmer
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Titan RTX
Replies: 11
Views: 2066

Re: Titan RTX

The sad thing is we're not getting more value, the jumps from generation to generation are pretty much what they've always been. Well you'd buy a 480 in 2010 to play a game at 720p or 1080p at 60FPS or below. Now we buy big cards to run at 1440P or above at 100+ FPS with other goodies like HDR or s...
by Kretschmer
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: My monitor issue acceptable?
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

Re: My monitor issue acceptable?

Robotics wrote:
Hi! guys

Is this blacklight bleed acceptable for this monitor Msi MAG27CQ curved ?

Brighteness %42

https://postimg.cc/qh7qrF6L

Thank you!

What is your brightness setting there? It looks way better than most IPS gaming screens.
by Kretschmer
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti
Replies: 66
Views: 7868

Re: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti

Creating/being the being the butt of that niche-meme will always make whatever poor timing I have worth it. Hey, I bought a 7700K like four months before Coffee Lake launched. And then a 7700HQ laptop like a month before mobile Coffee Lake launched. Zero regrets (except design flaws with said lapto...
by Kretschmer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti
Replies: 66
Views: 7868

Re: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti

Creating/being the being the butt of that niche-meme will always make whatever poor timing I have worth it. Hey, I bought a 7700K like four months before Coffee Lake launched. And then a 7700HQ laptop like a month before mobile Coffee Lake launched. Zero regrets (except design flaws with said lapto...
by Kretschmer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti
Replies: 66
Views: 7868

Re: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti

4K is still an idiot trap if you're an ultra-settings junkie. Fixed that for you. I game at 4K without many complaints on my original Titan X(Maxwell). Sure, I can't crank everything in every game, but it's still far more enjoyable than [email protected]. Agreed. My ageing GTX970 runs 4K beautifully. It ...
by Kretschmer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti
Replies: 66
Views: 7868

Re: *plunge 3.0* Bought a $999 2080 Ti

4K is still an idiot trap. I'd wait for the next wave of 1440P IPS monitors with higher native refresh rates, HDR, and various bells and whistles. Or the current wave, if you can snag something like the 120hz 3440x1440 Alienware or 165Hz 2560x1440 Asus/Acer at Black Friday prices.
by Kretschmer
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Misses Revenue and Earnings, Share Price Drops
Replies: 1
Views: 1561

Nvidia Misses Revenue and Earnings, Share Price Drops

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nvidia-q3-slumps-shares-tank-212641665.html Nvidia (NVDA) reported a big miss on both the top and bottom lines for Q3 after market close on Thursday. The chipmaker earned $1.84 per share which was weaker than the $1.92 per share that was anticipated, according to analysts p...
by Kretschmer
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2120

Re: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.

Buy my used MG279Q. :P
by Kretschmer
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel SMT falls victim to exploit
Replies: 11
Views: 2284

Re: Intel SMT falls victim to exploit

i7-9700K is looking mighty fine right now. Mmmhmm.
by Kretschmer
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion
Replies: 95
Views: 20146

Re: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion

Even movie content is usually 16:9 from streaming services...unless I specifically buy widescreen content from amazon.
by Kretschmer
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion
Replies: 95
Views: 20146

Re: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion

I think a fast 27" 2560x1440 IPS + a cheap TV is your best bet right now. 4K is still an idiot trap for gaming, and 1080p is no way to be productive. I have a 21:9 3440x1440 screen and sort of regret that choice, as most media is 16:9 and you pay a lot (in $$s and features) for the measly extra...
by Kretschmer
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion
Replies: 95
Views: 20146

Re: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion

4.5 feet from a 55" screen will keep you from ever seeing the entire UI. If I HAD to buy a new monitor right now I'd probably buy a generic 144Hz+ IPS and wait for the next wave of GSync monitors that are coming. http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/high_refresh_rate.htm <--Read that and rejoice
by Kretschmer
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which hair dryer do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 6809

Re: Which hair dryer do you use?

Geforce 5900.
by Kretschmer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: System Guide for GPU and Monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 3339

Re: System Guide for GPU and Monitor

The best way to blow your mind would be strobing a first person shooter at 1440P. I would personally recommend: 144+Hz 1440P IPS (not MVA) with ULMB 1080 or 1080Ti Doom 2016 Turn on [email protected], enter the Foundry level, and BLOW YOUR MIND. Some people will tell you that 4K is king, but those people h...
by Kretschmer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Pixel 3 and 3XL
Replies: 35
Views: 8082

Re: Pixel 3 and 3XL

Right now I have a Pixel 2 (excellent phone camera, mediocre camera camera). If I had to get a new phone right now I would opt for a cheaper Nokia (average phone camera; junk camera camera) and supplement it with my RX100M3 (pretty good camera camera) or A6000 (good camera camera*) for important ev...
by Kretschmer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Pixel 3 and 3XL
Replies: 35
Views: 8082

Re: Pixel 3 and 3XL

I'm not really sure how you'd quality the Pixel 2/XL camera as crappy, but okie dokie! re: this part of your post, he says he has a Nokia and that's the crappy camera. I think. I didn't read it like that, but I may have been mistaken. I thought he has a P2 and is thinking about a Nokia for his next...
by Kretschmer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Pixel 3 and 3XL
Replies: 35
Views: 8082

Re: Pixel 3 and 3XL

I've been highly unimpressed with my Pixel 2 and preferred the Galaxy S8 hardware-wise. In a perfect world, Google and Samsung would work together to deliver a stock-Android Samsung phone. But the Nokia phones seem to be close enough and a hell of a lot cheaper to boot. Short of calamity I won't be ...
by Kretschmer
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 / Ti similar to iPhone X launch?
Replies: 62
Views: 7765

Re: RTX 2080 / Ti similar to iPhone X launch?

AMD's strategy was to wait until 7nm and release Navi on it. But at the same time, AMD seems like they're targeting the mid-range: 580 price range or so. I don't see any evidence that AMD is actually trying to build a new halo-product or super-halo product like the 2080 Ti. Whatever AMD is up to I ...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX -- er RTX -- 2080 & 2080Ti launching at once
Replies: 9
Views: 2621

Re: GTX -- er RTX -- 2080 & 2080Ti launching at once

I feel like the new AA replacement will be the true killer feature. Better IQ and a speedup would be huge.
by Kretschmer
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!
Replies: 29
Views: 2180

Re: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!

I can be a petty man, and I look forward to all the wailing and gnashing of teeth when TSMC "7nm" large-scale production is delayed. Intel and AMD are "dead," folks; I hope you retained your fondness for Via!
by Kretschmer
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!
Replies: 29
Views: 2180

Re: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!

I'm just saying that when you've got a convenient performance improvement crutch that outside parties (fabs) provide, it can hamper creativity. Hopefully this "pause" allows engineers to truly focus on architectural advancements instead of "get ___ architecture adapted to n-1 node&qu...
by Kretschmer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Nikon Z 7 (Full Frame mirrorless)
Replies: 5
Views: 2911

Re: Nikon Z 7 (Full Frame mirrorless)

I'm still learning my A6000 and RX100M3...maybe someday! :)
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