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by EndlessWaves
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1039

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

And here I was foolishly expecting them to start supporting mainstream GPUs from Intel now that they're pretty graphically capable. Instead they drop mainstream CPU support instead.

Why am I still being surprised by anything the gaming industry does?
by EndlessWaves
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: New to Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 853

Re: New to Windows

Viruses, malware, adware etc oh and I still can't forget Windows ME ;-) Windows is one of the most secure systems these days, better than your average android device and far better than any smart gadget. There's certainly nothing to worry about there. Adware is still around of course, but there are...
by EndlessWaves
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: In search of a replacement for a specific type of card.
Replies: 8
Views: 653

Re: In search of a replacement for a specific type of card.

Unfortunately market segmentation has banned the lower end cards from featuring decent video outputs, so you have to shell out for the pro versions at triple the price. The nVidia range is particularly bad, the outputs on a GT1030 are terrible, despite the GPU being capable of handling four high res...
by EndlessWaves
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What replacement Graphics Card?
Replies: 21
Views: 1784

Re: What replacement Graphics Card?

With a 2011 monitor I'd lean towards the AMD cards, the lack of variable refresh rate support other than G-sync is a big argument against nVidia's mid-range cards if you're likely to buy a new screen within it's lifetime.
by EndlessWaves
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 2141

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

You're probably thinking of the platform update or maybe one of the service packs. Your memory is right that those updates made some graphics changes, but they did not fix the limits of heterogenous multi-adapter in the Vista kernel. I could have sworn I remembered a thread about someone trying thi...
by EndlessWaves
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 2141

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

Ryu Connor wrote:
Vista couldn't even handle dual WDDM drivers from different manufacturers, that didn't arrive until 7.


I believe it was later added to Vista.
by EndlessWaves
Tue May 15, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1915

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

I still personally don’t see the value in scaling. I’ll admit I haven’t seen one work. 27” at 1440p or 23” at 1080 seems to be about right for me. This is for work stuff. For gaming it is all about GPU resources. Turn off font smoothing and cleartype and you'll get some idea of how sharp text can b...
by EndlessWaves
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?
Replies: 23
Views: 8351

Re: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?

And bear in mind most peoples experience of native vs. dithering would have been done on ~96dpi monitors. If you're going for a HiDPI screen like 3840x2160@32" then the pixels are even tinier and dithering using them is even less noticeable. As others have said it's a non-issue unless you need ...
by EndlessWaves
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Website Font on Mac and Windows
Replies: 6
Views: 3108

Re: Website Font on Mac and Windows

Windows and Mac OS also use different font smoothing algorithms which can affect smaller text, particularly fonts that rely on blurred edges to look correct.
by EndlessWaves
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 15082

Re: Formula One 2018

It's a rare event these days not to have a British or German flag on the podium.
by EndlessWaves
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1440p is full screen but 3200x1800 is not.
Replies: 5
Views: 2434

Re: 1440p is full screen but 3200x1800 is not.

Probably Windows 7 quirks. If you swap the 290 to the Windows 10 system does it work? EDIT: And yeah, using the scaling setting is a better choice than outputting a non-native resolution. Programs using standard GUI APIs will look the same, but those that are HiDPI aware will be able to take advanta...
by EndlessWaves
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 2619

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

Domes with mechanisms to actuate them when they collapse rather than at the bottom of their travel are still available. Often under the name semi-mechanical or similar these days. Topre's is widely considered the best (also used in Fujitsu's Happy Hacking Pro keyboards) but they're rather expensive.
by EndlessWaves
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Alternate software of Tuneup Utilities
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Re: Alternate software of Tuneup Utilities

Those sorts of apps tend to be misguided at best and scams at worst. There's very little in a modern OS that you can tune to any measurable benefit, unless you're doing something really unusual with it (which they don't cover anyway).
by EndlessWaves
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Output conversion...Check your plug!
Replies: 2
Views: 2824

Re: Output conversion...Check your plug!

The HDMI 1.3 spec that brought HDMI up to Dual-link bandwidth was finalised in 2006 while the 4870 was released in 2008 so we're talking pretty cutting edge tech here. Dual link DVI to HDMI is not just a simple pin adapter* so it's possible the converter circuitry was unavailable or unduly expensive...
by EndlessWaves
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Video Card for Linux, AMD or Nvidia?
Replies: 13
Views: 2371

Re: Video Card for Linux, AMD or Nvidia?

The RX 550 would be the equivalent AMD card (i.e. cheapest model that has the latest encode/decode hardware), although it is a little more powerful. I can't help with the Linux side of things though.
by EndlessWaves
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best gaming system that is very low power for a campervan
Replies: 11
Views: 3095

Re: best gaming system that is very low power for a campervan

Mobile and mobile-like setups are hard to beat, the Switch uses 12W to run Skyrim on it's own display. Any sort of RX560-level computer or console setup is going to be a hefty 100W with screen. Consoles, Laptops, MiniPCs and Desktops are all pretty similar. The new single package Core i7 Radeons mig...
by EndlessWaves
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use
Replies: 33
Views: 5499

Re: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use

For video playback it's Intel GPUs all the way. They're just better supported.

But while it does have a decent amount of power, it's going to struggle to push even 2010 at 8 million pixels.
by EndlessWaves
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: En-EL15 Battery draining fast with brand new nikon D500 DSLR
Replies: 13
Views: 4783

Re: En-EL15 Battery draining fast with brand new nikon D500 DSLR

This might help: https://nikonrumors.com/2016/06/02/nikon-offers-free-exchange-of-older-en-el15-batteries-for-d500-owners.aspx/ He said in the first post he had the new -20 model. Going by the shape, dimensions, voltage and capacity of the battery pack it appears to be a pair of standard lithium-io...
by EndlessWaves
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 1506

Re: Hexacore Build Case

I'm wondering still.. something like the 1600x, inside the N200 or the 100R, is that an acceptable pairing if using the stock HSF? It sure would be nice to have an idea of some form of TDP or total parts rating for thermal design for cases. Easily. You'd have to further increase the thermal output ...
by EndlessWaves
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 7195

Re: Average fuel consumption

We'll all be getting used to those sorts of figures in the near future, The Tesla Model S averages 20.6 kWh/100km for example.

Although I guess the Americans on here are already used to cars returning mid-twenties fuel economy.
by EndlessWaves
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 3584

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

Hopefully she'll last until OLED actually has decent lifespan. OLED is dead . Yeah, a 73" FHD or 36" HD TV is going to sell really well today. With the way 4K has been so over-hyped that's not a commercially viable product. Still, it is good to see that 0.8mm pitch LED Display Technology ...
by EndlessWaves
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 4227

Re: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs

Searching for the version number in the folder name suggests Phantom Dust
by EndlessWaves
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 2995

Re: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade

Don't buy anything. It's definitely not normal for the latest Intel graphics to use 8GB of RAM when running a 3840x2160 monitor. You need to track down and identify the problem or you risk spending money for no benefit. Do you still have the old screen? It's worth reconnecting it to make sure the ne...
by EndlessWaves
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 6600

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Renault had a much better attempt at convincing Williams to make the greatest car ever back in 1995: https://www.autocar.co.uk/sites/autocar.co.uk/files/styles/gallery_slide/public/images/car-reviews/first-drives/legacy/3_27.jpg?itok=TMisI_za https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/anything-goes-throwbac...
by EndlessWaves
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question for new build
Replies: 14
Views: 4414

Re: Power supply question for new build

I presume TechReport's power consumption figures are at the wall, so it'll be 230W being pulled from the power supply. That's a good 30% margin, and those figures are with a much more power hungry CPU. An 8700k pulls around 55-60W more at stock speeds than a 8350k. The adapter is much more dodgy tho...
by EndlessWaves
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 14671

Re: What is your sound set up?

A pair of Audio Technica AD700 headphones that used to be connected to a X-fi titanium but are now suffering slightly from a Gigabyte Phoenix motherboard's integrated sound. If I was to upgrade I'd go for an external sound card (or maybe DAC) and a pair of headphones with a removable cable so a boom...
by EndlessWaves
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?
Replies: 10
Views: 5406

Re: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?

AltGr is ubiquitous on European keyboards, even the UK has it although it's generally only used for the €.

SharpKeys isn't a background utility by the way, it's purely a convenience tool for setting registry values. It's well worth a go.
by EndlessWaves
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 239
Views: 38398

Re: Formula One 2017

I shudder to think what Max Verstappen could do with a Mercedes. Drive of the season so far. Just lost concentration though. All 4 wheels off the track, 5 s penalty and back 1 place. Yet despite half a dozen other people doing so none of them got a penalty. Did any of them gain enough time to come ...
by EndlessWaves
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?
Replies: 12
Views: 5032

Re: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?

Matrox do a C900 model that provides 9 HDMI outputs, although they only support up to 1920x1200 each.

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/produ ... ries/c900/
by EndlessWaves
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Monitor help! Please help.
Replies: 5
Views: 2419

Re: Monitor help! Please help.

Low quality videos like youtube are always going to look better on a TV. Partly because the image is simply smaller - it fills less of your field of vision - and partly because TVs are designed to flatter the image. Nobody's going to be using a TV for video editing so it can try and hide compression...
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