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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: 1311

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: 3970

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: 2959

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: 57
Views: 7140

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: 1530

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: 1960

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: 1024

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: 2088

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: 1729

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: 2372

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: 4315

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: 3131

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: 1317

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: 5479

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: 3303

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: 3230

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: 2107

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: 5318

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: 3497

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: 11717

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: 4078

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: 35313

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: 3961

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: 2296

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: 11012

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: 7180

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: 1383

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: 1318

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: 4031

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: 1882

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 ...
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