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by ptsant
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

Vega56 is a logical next step for you. It's a shame that monitors are vendor-locked, as a fire-sale 1070 or 1080 would be a fantastic upgrade from an RX 480. It's also unfortunate that with TV sizes exploding and prices plummeting, PC monitors have stayed relatively stable. I would even switch to G...
by ptsant
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

I wonder if the reports on Navi not being in time or not a high end card are due to intel poaching talent... I read somewhere that Navi was planned for the PS5 (or Xbox, don't remember) and is therefore by design not going to be competitive in the high-end. Some people claimed that AMD will use MCM...
by ptsant
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

4) Games are either going to look amazing at medium-high to high settings or they aren't. Going to Ultra doesn't change the artwork and level design of a game. This is the key thing about modern games. The visual experience from Ultra to Medium changes so little that you wonder if the higher settin...
by ptsant
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

I have your exact setup: RX480, 1440p 144Hz FreeSync monitor (Samsung C27HG90). I bought my RX480 a year before I bought my monitor, which is why I'm not running a Vega56 (which is what I would've chose if I bought my monitor and GPU together) 1) Yes, the RX480 requires some settings tuning to hit ...
by ptsant
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

So, to sum it up, I see the following options: 1. Buy 1080[Ti] or 2080 and brute force 120+ fps. Expensive, but should last a while. 2. Hope that Vega 56/64 goes down in price. Rumors seem to indicate that Navi is not going after the high-end, so may or may not be a decent upgrade. Things will becom...
by ptsant
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

Hello all Thanks for your helpful answers. A few details: 1. I live in Europe. I cannot yet find a Vega 56 at anything below 550. I hope price drops after the 20x0 launch. 2. I recently finished Witcher 3 and Skyrim with a bunch of extras textures. Performance was good in both. Next game I intend to...
by ptsant
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Upgrade from RX480 to nVidia?

Hello, I have an RX480 and a decent Freesync monitor (27" 1440p/144Hz). Upgrading the monitor is out of the question. If I get a shiny new nVidia GPU, at which point do I get sufficient performance to completely offset the lack of adaptive sync? I was thinking of a 1070Ti if prices drop after 2...
by ptsant
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: High or low fps?
Replies: 23
Views: 1174

Re: High or low fps?

Depends on the game. For fast action games consistent (not just high!) fps is necessary. For strategy, rpg etc this is less of a problem. I would suggest 60fps is perfectly sufficient if you don't get frequent dips below 30-40fps. Optimal for me is around 80-90fps, without any dips below 50-60fps. I...
by ptsant
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen BIOS update --> much better
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Ryzen BIOS update --> much better

Hello, I recently upgraded my Crosshair VI / Ryzen 1700X from a relatively ancient BIOS to the latest version and was shocked by the improvement. - RAM used to run at 2800/CAS16/CMD2T now can even run 3000/CAS16/CMD1T. This is the worst possible RAM for Ryzen: double rank, non-Samsung B. Left it at ...
by ptsant
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1524

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

I'd be curious to know how you turn off interpolation. I've used dozens of GPUs and screens and never found a way to disable interpolation. I even started at whinge thread about it on here at some point.... The only time I've seen the option to do pure pixel doubling without interpolation blurring ...
by ptsant
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1524

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

Playing games with a 5-year lag . :wink: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/cutting_edge.png Aside from a handful that really have to be played online which have old engines anyway (Diablo III, SC2 and some fighting games), I'm mostly in it for the single player. Playing games with a 5-year lag not only ...
by ptsant
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1524

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

Turn settings down and breathe easy. Honestly, the obsession with "MAX ULTRA KILLAH SETTINGS" is somewhat pointless and a great way to spend a lot of money. :) Yeah that's fair. I think it seems harder than it used to be to work out what you can turn down without massive visual impact. Ba...
by ptsant
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kampman wants 32 Core benchies? Here are a few!
Replies: 44
Views: 1937

Re: Kampman wants 32 Core benchies? Here are a few!

You have a good point about time requirement tradeoffs. You probably want a benchmark that doesn't just run in a few seconds like Cinebench does these days, but you don't want a single run to last 3 hours either if you are trying to publish on a deadline (although something like that might be nice ...
by ptsant
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kampman wants 32 Core benchies? Here are a few!
Replies: 44
Views: 1937

Re: Kampman wants 32 Core benchies? Here are a few!

De novo genome assembly is ridiculously power hungry. Maybe even too much for a benchmarking session. Time for a real application can be in the hundreds of hours and peak mem use at 300+ GB. You could try the introduction from the following page (only steps 1-3) which uses toy data. Can't say how mu...
by ptsant
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I bottlenecked?
Replies: 36
Views: 1934

Re: Am I bottlenecked?

I decided to do some more searching online about bottlenecks. And the results seem confusing but pretty much finding the same information everywhere. And that being my CPU is going to cause a bottleneck. How much will vary on resolution and such. But likely about 5% up to 25% in some games. The hig...
by ptsant
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I bottlenecked?
Replies: 36
Views: 1934

Re: Am I bottlenecked?

You can always try to optimize the balance by tweaking settings. Some settings will push the CPU, others the GPU. At low res, low textures, no AA you are certainly more likely to be CPU-bound. Inversely, at 1440p, ultra textures, AA and lots of shadows you are more likely to be GPU-bound. If you don...
by ptsant
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.
Replies: 36
Views: 1615

Re: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.

I dunno, a loss of FPS by moving the mouse tells me that we might be looking in all the wrong places. This caught my attention as well, as I had an issue with a wireless device that may be worth mentioning. A few months back, I tried switching to a wireless keyboard with my primary computer, but I ...
by ptsant
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.
Replies: 36
Views: 1615

Re: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.

If you have a small hard drive lying around you should do a fresh win install plus the 1-2 games and see if that persists. You did carry over the previous install, I suppose? I have tried this very experiment before to no avail. :( It's a great suggestion normally thought! Try disconnecting almost ...
by ptsant
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.
Replies: 36
Views: 1615

Re: The Guild Wars 2 performance mystery deepens.

If you have a small hard drive lying around you should do a fresh win install plus the 1-2 games and see if that persists. You did carry over the previous install, I suppose?
by ptsant
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 16866

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

So, I managed to brick my venerated Ducky Zero 2108, with my preferred Cherry MX Black switches, by flashing the wrong firmware. In my defense, it was on the Ducky firmware page, MARKED AS A FIRMWARE UPDATE TO MY KEYBOARD THAT FIXED THE PROBLEM I WAS HAVING. I'm not a little annoyed. Wouldn't it be...
by ptsant
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME
Replies: 39
Views: 2122

Re: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME

But even this doesn't make sense, because if I have an ideally-scaling n-way memory-bound job -- the only scenario where your gedankenexperiment matters -- then if I run it on the top i9 I can get it running 18-way and being fed at 4.7 GB/s per core, but this is not better than on TR2 because when ...
by ptsant
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME
Replies: 39
Views: 2122

Re: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME

So since I'm a trendsetter and not a mere follower, I'm already way way past that 32 core Threadripper 2. TIME FOR THREADRIPPER 3 BABY! 7nm? CHECK 64 cores on four dies of JUSTICE? CHECK The EXACT SAME PLATFORM as Threadripper? DOUBLE CHECK THANK YOU AMD! The logical thing to do for TR3 would be hi...
by ptsant
Wed May 30, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3530

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

I predict the opposite. Apple ARM will beat x86 senseless on general purpose code. Not through tight optimisation of some software stack but straight out plain bashing of x86 on general purpose mixed integer/FP code like what I might write and use. General purpose data structures and algorithms use...
by ptsant
Wed May 30, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3530

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

-Apple will push their products to a high speed ARM implementation over the next few years, mostly because of the absolute-power thing. It will have a bunch of fast-ish cores, but still lose out to Intel on real world IPC. -Apple will deal with the performance gap by optimizing their OS and in-hous...
by ptsant
Wed May 30, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3530

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

there'd be a non-trivial portion of basically crazy people who would buy the darn thing just -BECAUSE- it was ARM. That's me. The only Mac I'm interested in is an ARM one. I see no reason to buy a real Mac when I can hackintosh a cheap PC. The ARM Mac can be both price and performance competitive w...
by ptsant
Fri May 11, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen stable now?
Replies: 6
Views: 1631

Re: Ryzen stable now?

It's a new chipset (and I don't trust Asmedia for anything), so if you really want to be sure, wait 6 months. In any case, coming from a 7700k hardly seems like an upgrade. You'll be losing a some performance in gaming and lightly threaded workloads. You'd have to really need those additional cores...
by ptsant
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5976

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

Oh I read the article. Ryzen Master is not the only piece of software that requires HPET to be forced in order to do what it needs to do. For any of our readers that have used overclocking software and tools before, or even monitoring tools such as fan speed adjusters – if those tools have requeste...
by ptsant
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 3864

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

I'm not sure that you can credit clock headroom on the new process; They've simply bumped the voltage in the case of the 2700X and that's resulted in the extra power draw. I have an R7 1800X running at 4.1GHz with an overvolt to 1.375V and that's without XFR, so it's directly comparable to the 3.7G...
by ptsant
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 3864

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

The 2700X looks great but I can't justify $329 for ~10% upgrade (vs my current 1700X).

I couldn't find a clear summary of the advantages of X470 vs X370? Anyone know?
by ptsant
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 10131

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Apple's SoC designs kick ass. It makes sense for them to push them out to all of their products ASAP. ...because one size fits all, so making a good smartphone SoC automatically means they can make laptop/desktop SoCs? Umm... no. They might be able to do well in that space with their own CPU design...
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