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by EndlessWaves
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1759

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: 422

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: 103
Views: 3287

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: 951

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: 226
Views: 22274

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: 1102

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: 1443

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...
by EndlessWaves
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: fixing outdoor furinture aluminum bent chair leg?
Replies: 19
Views: 6486

Re: fixing outdoor furinture aluminum bent chair leg?

If all four corners are firmly anchored and you're only worried about a single leg rather than a bent frame I'm guessing this is a slot together type rather than a screwed together folding model. If that's the case then instead of fixing it you might want to give some consideration to redesigning it...
by EndlessWaves
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2319

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

Are they're any major gains from a hardware decode by upgrading? In HEVC and VP9 yes, in H.264 no. The big thing missing on nVidia's cards at the moment is Displayport Adaptive Sync (aka Freesync) so if you're likely to replace your monitor in the life of the card then I'd definitely stick to the A...
by EndlessWaves
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: QLED
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: QLED

The TL;DR outcome is that Samsung's QLED panels ought to be capable of performing as if they had dedicated RGBLED backlights instead of standard white-LED backlights. I don't think they're anywhere near as wide as RGB backlights yet, but they do seem to be just an alternate way of achieving a wide ...
by EndlessWaves
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone interested in watching me stream?
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Anyone interested in watching me stream?

I played the series for the first time a couple of years ago and Tesla Effect felt like it carried on directly. If it wasn't for the modern graphics and control you'd easily mistake it for something released a year or two after overlord rather than fifteen years later.
by EndlessWaves
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Looking For Smallest ATX Case
Replies: 1
Views: 1937

Re: Looking For Smallest ATX Case

Streacom FC5 or FC10 maybe, although you'd have to use an external power brick with an ATX motherboard.
by EndlessWaves
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming
Replies: 17
Views: 1005

Re: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming

OLEDs have an unusual pixel structure with four subpixels instead of the usual three so you'd likely see some oddities even at full resolution (so be sure to turn off cleartype), although only if you're close enough of course. If you don't like the TV's scaling you can always get your graphics card ...
by EndlessWaves
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 4157

Re: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card

I just didn't know if I needed X amount of VRAM to push a 2K WQHD monitor. You do, but it's 50-60MB or something equally trivial. Do the older cards you mention have HDMI or DP outputs? I don't recall if I saw one of the more reasonably priced monitors having a DVI input. The GPUs support DP 1.2 bu...
by EndlessWaves
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 4157

Re: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card

You only need to splash out on an gaming/workstation card like a 560 or 1050 for 3440x1440 and above, all the cheaper cards will happily do 2560x1600 and below. A GT710 is often a good combination of cheap, only a bit ancient and not too much slower than integrated graphics, but even the 5450/R5 230...
by EndlessWaves
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 6167

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

Have you tried game mode (WinKey + G)? Particularly if you're still on the default balanced power profile.
by EndlessWaves
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 3096

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

- I have the brightness down to 30% There's no standardised brightness scale, so 30% is meaningless. If you don't have a calibrator to measure it then it's just something you have to experiment with to find a comfortable level and if you're using it in a room lit by natural light you may well need ...
by EndlessWaves
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 2415

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

Are there some clutter items that Windows creates? Sure. Savegames, scans, my scans, etc etc but I have sub-folders in places like My Documents, My Images, My Movies etc to further organize them. The trouble is, it's not just some clutter, it's huge amounts of it. I've been using a new computer sid...
by EndlessWaves
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 1314

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

If looks matter in a top-down setup than the classic Zalman flower coolers are hard to beat, I believe the CNPS8900 is the copper one, but they also do aluminium models if you'd rather have silver. Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of sculptural coolers around these days. Nofan's passive coo...
by EndlessWaves
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 1234

Re: Air filtered through water

A free sodastream sounds like a great offer, I'd take him up on it.
by EndlessWaves
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 4680

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

whether the build quality is good is irrelevant Imo, since the hardware is SO many years behind. I wouldn't spend $300 on an Xbox 360 today, even if it had a small screen, and that's roughly the same power as a switch. The Xbox 360 is a 170W console, not a 9W tablet. Compared with cutting edge hard...
by EndlessWaves
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 15
Views: 1741

Re: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Lenovo saw fit to not offer than on anything but DTR's. I'd go for even the i5-7440HQ, but alas.


Lenovo do the T470p which is a sub-2kg, 35W processor machine.
by EndlessWaves
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 3043

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

I'm just trying to figure out if building a Ryzen 4 core system can be done with basic graphics equivalent or better than buying an i7 with a 630 IGP for instance. Zen isn't Kaby Lake, the 1500X is comparable to a similarly priced i5 in most of the non-gaming benchmarks I've seen despite the SMT. T...
by EndlessWaves
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 3043

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

I thought only the R5 230 version was supported and the HD 5450 version wasn't (same chip I know). On second look, the $70 1030's are all REALLY crappy small single fans. Those are going to be prone to death by dust and loud noise. I think you're rather overestimating it's power consumption there, i...
by EndlessWaves
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Raven Ridge APU Size Estimate
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: AMD Raven Ridge APU Size Estimate

To put that into perspective, a quad-core Kaby Lake is about 121 mm^2 Is that the Kaby Lake-S die size? That may not be a fair comparison. If this is AMD's largest Raven Ridge then it would be competing with Intel's GT4 dies. The standard Kaby Lake quad-core die size (e.g. any chip that you've seen...
by EndlessWaves
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Raven Ridge APU Size Estimate
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: AMD Raven Ridge APU Size Estimate

chuckula wrote:
To put that into perspective, a quad-core Kaby Lake is about 121 mm^2


Is that the Kaby Lake-S die size? That may not be a fair comparison. If this is AMD's largest Raven Ridge then it would be competing with Intel's GT4 dies.
by EndlessWaves
Tue May 30, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Upgrade itch
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Re: Upgrade itch

Try it and see.

There's no point in speculating when you don't lose anything by simply trying it. Buy the monitor and if you're happy, great. If not, upgrading won't cost you any more buying them afterwards then it will buying them together.
by EndlessWaves
Tue May 30, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX480 Remorse for not buying?
Replies: 28
Views: 1853

Re: RX480 Remorse for not buying?

Even so, it's not the cost of the power that usually is why I and other care about power usage, it's the heat and overclocking headroom. It seems silly to pay someone more money to get the same product that has just been overclocked if I can do the same. In this case it is more expensive (albeit, a...
by EndlessWaves
Mon May 29, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Otter Webbrowser
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Otter Webbrowser

Judging from the website and version numbers it hasn't got to Vivaldi's level of polish yet but it'll be worth trying when it gets to 1.0. It's always nice to have another take on Classic's Opera given that the mainstream browser world is so enamoured of minimalism in interfaces these days (yet also...
by EndlessWaves
Fri May 26, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low testosterone?
Replies: 25
Views: 4054

Re: Low testosterone?

Gandolf wrote:
Duct Tape Dude wrote:
As far as sleep per night it varys but normally around 7-8. I will say I do not sleep solid through the night, I do turn back and forth a lot.


How old is your mattress? If you're feeling tired and not sleeping well then it may be worn out and need replacing.
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