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by JustAnEngineer
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 2464

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

The solution there is to mount the large monitor to an arm so that it floats above the desk, leaving the whole surface free for relatively-short stuff.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 28
Views: 1092

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Do you live somewhere that FedEx can't find? Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 have both been available from our favorite e-tailers for MSRP (or even a smidgen below) in the past couple of weeks. If there's not a similar deal running today, there's certain to be another one in the next two weeks.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 52
Views: 4074

Re: Form factor trends

just brew it! wrote:
The lack of exhaust ports larger than 80 mm means...
...that those obsolete cases are long past having any usefulness.

I still have 3-5/8" hole saw in my tool chest that I used for cutting blow holes in those cases for 92 mm fans.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question for new build
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: Power supply question for new build

This SFX-L unit is £5 cheaper and might run a bit quieter in your case:
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/500w-si ... 2v-1x120mm
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 226
Views: 21980

Re: Formula One 2017

Mega Hyper Extreme Softness:
http://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2017/1 ... lect-name/

"Extreme" is the obvious choice because it doesn't start with a letter that matches any of the existing compounds.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2713

Re: College Football 2017

Derek Mason and Bret Bielema, watch out. If you lose to Missouri in the SEC, the coach gets fired.

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footb ... tch-jones/
https://sports.yahoo.com/florida-tennes ... 16330.html
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 47
Views: 2944

Re: NFL 2017

I'm going to give the 49ers a chance to pick up their first win of the season against the Giants this week. San Francisco 31-21 over N.Y. Giants Giants: F If you lose to an 0-9 team you get an 'F.' Ironically enough, "fired" starts with an F, which is what the Giants should do to Ben McAd...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2713

Re: College Football 2017

Week 12 rankings: 1 Alabama(57) 10-0 2 Miami(4) 9-0 3 Oklahoma 9-1 4 Clemson 9-1 5 Wisconsin 10-0 6 Auburn 8-2 7 Georgia 9-1 8 Ohio State 8-2 9 Notre Dame 8-2 10 Oklahoma State 8-2 11 Texas Christian 8-2 12 Southern California 9-2 13 Penn State 8-2 14 Central Florida 9-0 15 Washington State 9-2 16 ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 226
Views: 21980

Re: Formula One 2017

Results from Interlagos: https://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/eventtiming-information-37 1 Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari - 72.5s, 316 kph 2 Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes - 72.5s, 325 kph 3 Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari - 72.5s, 321 kph 4 Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 71.8s, 3...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 226
Views: 21980

Re: Formula One 2017

Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying and practice lap times (Q3/Q2/Q1/P3/P2/P1): https://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/eventtiming-information-37 68.3 / 68.6 / 69.5 / 69.3 / 69.6 / 69.3 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 331 kph 68.4 / 68.5 / 69.6 / 69.3 / 69.9 / 70.0 Sebasti...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1026

Re: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?

Using a good gel wrist wrest on both keyboard and mouse has pretty much eliminated any wrist pain for me. The advice to ensure that your chair height is correct so that your wrists are straight is also helpful. If you're into retro gaming, the Wico bat-handle was the best of the digital 8-way sticks...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1026

Re: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?

If you ever played for a few hours with the original Atari 2600 joystick, you'd be a believer in repetitive stress injuries.
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

Today's $400 for the Nixeus is a good deal. It's got IPS, 30-144 Hz FreeSync and 27" 1440p resolution.

If you're taking the long view, you might put the Vega56 in the HTPC with the idea that you'll eventually be able to bump it down to your other system. :wink:
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Other folks falling asleep when talking computers.
Replies: 31
Views: 958

Re: Other folks falling asleep when talking computers.

I don't talk about tech stuff with non-techie people. There's plenty of other stuff to talk about and you can always find something in common with someone else. Years ago, one of my mentors asked: "What does it mean to be a chemical engineer? It means that when you're around other engineers, y...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

The 1440P monitors that I linked above have very high refresh rates (120+ Hz) and they use IPS LCD panels. That makes them more expensive than monitors with lower refresh rates and inferior TN LCD panels.
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 267
Views: 4972

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Your coding looks fine, but "a number" describes a set that cannot be stored in an int. Shouldn't that be a float or a double?
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Other folks falling asleep when talking computers.
Replies: 31
Views: 958

Re: Other folks falling asleep when talking computers.

Kretschmer wrote:
You probably mentioned Linux. Never mention Linux.
whm1974 wrote:
Yes, I'm using this as an annoying way to promote Linux. as well :D
https://plenteousveg.com/how-to-tell-pe ... are-vegan/
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 47
Views: 2944

Re: NFL 2017

Thursday Night Football, 11/9 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Take the Seahawks, without question. Drew Stanton is going to have another bad outing. Sunday, 11/12 Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Da Bears. Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars The Jaguars' defense will win this game....
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3127

Re: What is your sound set up?

My previous gaming PC (micro-ATX) included a Sound Blaster Zx . My current gaming PC (mini-ITX) has no available PCIe slot, so I'm using the Realtek ALC1150 integrated into the GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 to drive my old Logitech Z-640 5.1-channel speakers. I plug in my ancient Sennheiser HD430 headphones for...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 47
Views: 2944

Re: NFL 2017

I'm going to give the 49ers a chance to pick up their first win of the season against the Giants this week. The G-men got pounded by the Rams last week. The Browns could get a win against the Packers, Ravens or Bears later in the season.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 47
Views: 2944

Re: NFL 2017

We're more than halfway through the NFL season and two teams still have perfect records.
https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-power-rank ... 40090.html
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

The Nixeus NX-EDG27 includes LFC. The very wide range of FreeSync frequency is a telltale, if you didn't go to the AMD web page that I linked.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Time to replace the PSU?
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Time to replace the PSU?

Earthwatts is an Antec brand. Here's a review . What makes you believe that there's anything wrong with it? If I needed to purchase a new power supply today, I would take a very hard look at the SeaSonic Focus Plus series. Here's a review . The compact design leaves room for other things in your cas...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2713

Re: College Football 2017

Week 11 rankings: 1 Alabama(56) 9-0 2 Georgia(5) 9-0 3 Notre Dame 8-1 4 Clemson 8-1 5 Oklahoma 8-1 6 Wisconsin 9-0 7 Miami 8-0 8 Texas Christian 8-1 9 Washington 8-1 10 Auburn 7-2 11 Ohio State 7-2 12 Oklahoma State 7-2 13 Michigan State 7-2 14 Central Florida 8-0 15 Southern California 8-2 16 Penn...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

You're not going to find a 27" 2560x1440 IPS LCD display with a high refresh rate for a lower price than the Nixeus monitor that I linked above. FreeSync really is free in this case. There are a few slightly cheaper monitors, but that's because they use TN LCD panels instead of IPS. https://pcp...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

I am certain that we will see 3840x2160 (8.3 MP) gaming monitors in the future. A handful of 3440x1440 ultra-wide (5.0 MP) gaming monitors have recently arrived, but I believe that today's gaming sweet spot is still at 2560x1440 (3.7 MP). For the living room TV, the question is whether you are sitti...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?
Replies: 53
Views: 9281

Re: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?

At 2560x1440 = 3.7 MP, the $600 AOC Agon AG271QG could be worth your consideration for G-Sync gaming. It seems to have similar specifications to the $745 Asus ROG Swift PG279Q. On the FreeSync side, the $470 Nixeus NX-EDG27 is similar.
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?
Replies: 53
Views: 9281

Re: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?

Would you consider the 120 Hz AW3418DW for a cool grand?
One drawback that I see is that many G-Sync monitors are still on the old DisplayPort 1.2a specification instead of the newer DisplayPort 1.4.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 226
Views: 21980

Re: Formula One 2017

Hey Max, keep your eyes peeled for the new curbs in Mexico: https://blackflag.jalopnik.com/f1-installs-car-breaking-curbs-in-mexico-to-keep-driver-1819911542?utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_twitter&utm_source=jalopnik_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow These are the most talented drivers on the...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3127

Re: What is your sound set up?

Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCIe (EMU20K2) arrived at a reasonable price more than nine years ago. There's not much reason to have purchased a PCI card since then.