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by DeadOfKnight
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Kaspersky Free
Replies: 11
Views: 861

Re: Kaspersky Free

Try Bitdefender Free, it's just as good as an antivirus (that's all it is is an antivirus, none of the other features are included) and it's not trialware that will expire on you and force you to upgrade.
by DeadOfKnight
Wed May 24, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 2116

Re: Upgrade frustrations

I have a 1080; I'd be happy to test it for you if you send me a steam key for JC3. :)
by DeadOfKnight
Tue May 23, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 19676

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
by DeadOfKnight
Mon May 01, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 87
Views: 6213

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

Interesting strategy, this is. Looks like they are bringing more cores to the mainstream and lower cores to the enthusiast platforms. I'm guessing that Coffee Lake will be a drop in clock speed and advertised as the value option for professionals and kaby lake-x will be clocked higher and advertised...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 85
Views: 8749

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

I have Bitdefender Free 2017 and Windows Defender periodic scanning turned on. I use chrome with extensions uBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere. Windows firewall is adequate these days, it blocks all incoming requests unless you give them permission. I also have some free standalone scanners includin...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?
Replies: 15
Views: 1688

Re: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?

If yow want to do any overclocking I'd say wait. Pascal cards are mostly power limited, and all major vendors will come out with 2 x 8-pin powered cards.
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Translating Performance Between Resolutions
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: Translating Performance Between Resolutions

Your logic isn't bad, but part of the time spent rendering each frame is for things that don't get much faster when the pixel count goes down. Therefore, you should expect slightly lower framerates than what the simple pixel ratio suggests. Is there an average % of time spent on such things that ca...
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Translating Performance Between Resolutions
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Translating Performance Between Resolutions

I have recently become the owner of a sweet 3440x1440 100Hz display. Reading reviews, I find that I can really only estimate what kind of performance to expect for my display. Ideally, I would get 100 FPS+ to fully utilize the refresh rate of the monitor. I think what I'm looking for as a baseline i...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM not working at advertised speeds
Replies: 34
Views: 7883

Re: RAM not working at advertised speeds

Usually I can get close, but ultimately I normally have to fiddle with something. I only really buy from Gskill or Crucial. Thread derailment - As for 2400@10 is that at 1t? I've been purchasing my memory from Crucial or Corsair mostly - But keep in mind that my experiences are all DDR3-based. I've...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

Uh... that chart is comparing a Intel CPU with an iGPU to a AMD CPU without one, right? In that case, Zen does not have the size advantage. It's just the cores that are smaller, nothing else on die is smaller. Density is not higher either, they just took out some resources that are barely used. Cac...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

No doubt you'll be able to create "125W" CPUs by overclocking. And who outside of AMD yet knows what XFR does to the TDP if there's sufficient cooling, so maybe I'm jumping the gun. Problem is most leaks thus far show Zen to (at best) overclock as well as Broadwell, which itself is a terr...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

I doubt Intel will ever see again the kind of performance gap it held in the high-end of x86 for most of the last decade over AMD. What happened to AMD post the Athlon/A64 is a sad story of poor managers, one after the other. Rather than keep the R&D pedal to the metal at AMD post A64, AMD mana...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

AMD's architecture is just so efficient that 95 watts of RyZen is more than enough to destroy 140 Watts of BroadFail! Intel is finished. They have no response for RyZen and will be out of business before they can copy the Zenicity of the RyZen! Go back to your cave, troll. Somebody needs to have a ...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

I'm really confused by AMD's strategy in some ways. If they want to go toe-to-toe with Intel, why don't they have a 125W CPU on the eight-core high end? Why stop at 95W? I guess that's waiting for Coffee Lake. AMD's architecture is just so efficient that 95 watts of RyZen is more than enough to des...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

I'm more inclined to believe a majority of performance improvements by design have been wrung out of x86 CPU's. AMD/Intel will be on fairly equal footing going forward with Intel having the edge due to their engineering and fabrication prowess. No, Intel is admittedly sitting on some ideas for impr...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

No, Intel is admittedly sitting on some ideas for improving raw core performance. The reason why they're sitting on them is that it disproportionately increases power consumption thus lowering performance/watt. With Intel further diverging their server and consumer line up a bit, we might see more ...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

It's pretty clear that AMD doesn't have the ability to beat Intel to the top of the food chain. They may be able to double their own market share, which is enough to keep them from doing more layoffs and vanish into insignificance, which is good news. Even better news is they are finally forcing Int...
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

I'm convinced that Intel has been holding out on us this whole time in anticipation that this day would come. I mean, just look at how much overclocking headroom there is. Pretty much every chip is capable of a turbo frequency 1 GHz over base clock. As far as thermal headroom, they have been artific...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games
Replies: 49
Views: 8343

Re: High-End Graphics Card for Video Games

Just get a 1080 and a new monitor. You know you want to.
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 8C/16T at $320?
Replies: 36
Views: 6291

Re: Ryzen 8C/16T at $320?

How about a 4c/4t variant that can do 5 GHz on a single core for $200? If they can do that, I'm sold.
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.
Replies: 161
Views: 7397

Re: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.

I think the biggest change in the market this will make is the elimination of anything below 4c/4t on the low end, possibly bringing hyperthreading down to Core i5 price range, and putting pressure on Intel to bring 6-8 cores to more mainstream chips sooner (6 core is already planned for 2018 with &...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.
Replies: 161
Views: 7397

Re: I'm Bored: Let's Predict Zen's Performance.

I'd bet on at least a 30% performance improvement, but I would love to see the full 40%+ they are claiming.
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Half-Life 3 Coming In 2018?
Replies: 38
Views: 3760

Re: Half-Life 3 Coming In 2018?

HL2 was one of the most overrated titles ever published. It was just a Directx 9 and Havox techdemo with a somewhat forgettable story-line (OH NOES! an Orwellian dystopia with a post-alien invasion spin). The only thing three items that most people remember from HL2 is the gravity gun, G-Man being ...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: TSMC A9's apparently superior to Samsung A9's
Replies: 30
Views: 6117

Re: TSMC A9's apparently superior to Samsung A9's

I don't see how this really matters for consumers since we'll likely have no control over which version we get unless there are tests done to determine the supply of each is concentrated in different regions. It really isn't going to make much of a difference though and it's not like anyone is getti...
by DeadOfKnight
Sun May 17, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: The secret to a "Smooth" 60fps?
Replies: 14
Views: 2003

Re: The secret to a "Smooth" 60fps?

Nvidia's adaptive vsync doesn't remove input lag. It's normal vsync until you drop below 60fps, then it shuts off.
by DeadOfKnight
Sun May 17, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: The secret to a "Smooth" 60fps?
Replies: 14
Views: 2003

Re: The secret to a "Smooth" 60fps?

Well you can get a gsync monitor and see if that helps.
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 980 - Need help with G-sync.
Replies: 19
Views: 5757

Re: GTX 980 - Need help with G-sync.

In order for G-Sync to work, you gotta burn in your monitor. Put it in the oven at 450 degrees for 90 minutes and it should work for you.
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Haiku contest entry thread
Replies: 365
Views: 16809

Re: Haiku contest entry thread

You forgot to RAID
And all your precious data
Must now be remade
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Oculus Rift 4K VR headset
Replies: 7
Views: 1560

Re: Oculus Rift 4K VR headset

Yes, that is typically that amount of time for something like the new generation of VR headsets to catch on if they ever do. IMO, their biggest problem is trying to appeal to the mainstream market. At this stage, they are nothing more than a fancy novelty toy for geeks and hardcore hobbyists. Look ...
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