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by DPete27
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I miss my TiVo!
Replies: 11
Views: 243

Re: I miss my TiVo!

HA. I switched from ATT Uverse to Charter when I moved because Uverse wasn't available in my neighborhood yet. Charter's TV guide is stuck in 4:3 aspect mode. Even on the brand new box I just got 3 weeks ago. You can only see 1.5 hours of programming on the screen at a time. Charter's TV guide shows...
by DPete27
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 39
Views: 1929

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

Quick update:
Yesterday my return order was completed for the SpyTec "Acer Predator XB271HU" I tried to buy. SpyTec did provide a prepaid shipping label, and the $179.33 was credited back to my account.
by DPete27
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

My thoughts: 1) 140mm fans are good, especially in the front panel, but 140mm in secondary fan locations isn't a necessity. There are plenty of silent 120mm fans out there. 2) Having a bottom panel fan is great for GPU cooling. Bottom panel fans may not be quite as effective as side panel fans, but ...
by DPete27
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Simple KeyBoard

I found a couple reviews that posed the possibility of replacing the included batteries. Sounds like maybe they're just standard rechargeable AA NiMH batteries.
Best Buy stocks these. If so, I'd definitely recommend going there to try before you buy.
by DPete27
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Simple KeyBoard

The Logitech K800 for $62 is a wireless keyboard with backlighting that comes with a detachable cable. It seems the keyboard always works wirelessly, and plugging in the cable simply recharges the batteries. I have no experience with this keyboard, so I can't comment on typing feel or any of that (m...
by DPete27
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Upgrade

Is your computer a laptop or desktop?
What is the current CPU model? (right-click My Computer -> Properties)
by DPete27
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 1507

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

Besides the ads for promoted apps in the lock screen and Start tiles plus the freemium apps installed automatically <image snipped> there are ads in Windows Explorer, pop-up taskbar, and action center notification ads for Edge <image snipped> and this really odd popup ad for Microsoft's shopping as...
by DPete27
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Simple KeyBoard

Agreed, pretty vague.
Mechanical or membrane switches?
Number pad, or no?
Any specific color of backlight? RGB?
Budget?
Gaming or typing?
n key rollover?
You want it to be wireless with an optional chord?

Here's a Cooler Master keyboard and mouse for $15 after MIR.
by DPete27
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

In the case of FreeSync over HDMI, it seems allowing custom extensions is preferable because it allows vendors (AMD in this case) to implement features (ie VRR over HDMI) without having to wait until they get adopted into the standard. In this case, it took 2 years from the time AMD implemented Free...
by DPete27
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

@Redocbew - watched the video you linked. Still not sure it answers my question though. I have a Samsung C27HG70 monitor that is FreeSync 2 compatible (more on that later). Are there any licensing hurdles standing in the way of Nvidia pushing VRR on that same monitor (would Nvidia have to pay AMD to...
by DPete27
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

@Ryu - Per your comments, I went looking for more info. Turns out it's right here on TR. Since I'm not as knowledgeable in tech as you are, when I read that article back in Dec 2015 (and still today), the whole bit about HDMI vendor-specific extensions went right over my head. Reading it again now, ...
by DPete27
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

The HDMI standard allows for vendor-specific extensions to the specifications. AMD used that to create HDMI FreeSync. HDMI FreeSync is 100% an AMD creation. NVIDIA can obviously do the same thing, but that will create yet another standard. Do you really want another standard? A standard that will r...
by DPete27
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

I'd be surprised if Sony doesn't. Even if there aren't any/many TVs with FreeSync in the wild, that's a marketing advantage that Sony can't afford to give MS.
by DPete27
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

You're saying nobody else can run VESA Adaptive Sync over HDMI? I thought that was part of the HDMI 2.0 spec sheet.
The FreeSync 2 HDR stuff seems more driver-based, to which I'd imagine Nvidia could implement similar features.
by DPete27
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM
Replies: 14
Views: 650

Re: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM

Just seems like an odd feature to disable, especially considering the Intel IGP supports RPM also. I can't imagine that disabling RPM saved any die space or power consumption..

The DX12 vs DX12.1 seems strange also....
by DPete27
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

Why would Nvidia care? They don't make monitors. Their name is still tied to GSync, which at this point is pretty much a guarantee of a good experience, versus freesync which can be hit or miss due to some of the low-end monitors. The reason for that is because Nvidia needed GSync to be in premium ...
by DPete27
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

Why would Nvidia care? They don't make monitors. IIRC, GSync modules are still FPGAs and they haven't moved to ASICs yet. Nvidia probably cut all R&D of GSync modules a long time ago and are just milking the exclusivity to recoup R&D costs and get as much profit as possible until GSync sales...
by DPete27
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

Kretschmer wrote:
FFS NVidia, either start working with your partners to release a similar scope of GSync displays

They actually announced BFGDs back in January. So technically Nvidia was first. However, with all consoles being AMD, I don't see BFGDs taking off en masse.
by DPete27
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Something Odd I Just Noticed
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: Something Odd I Just Noticed

Wait until the next driver version is released and try again.
by DPete27
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

The Egg wrote:
As a bit of a sidenote, I'm curious as to why the original Xbox hardware couldn't implement Freesync.

The XB1 had HDMI 1.4a, whereas the XB1S has HDMI2.0. Hence why they'll be able to do FreeSync over HDMI on the XB1S.
by DPete27
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

link here
Samsung will be releasing 120Hz FreeSync TVs this year.
Microsoft will bring FreeSync to the XB1S and XB1X
by DPete27
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

2 thoughts: 1) Can they plug in an external keyboard to do their 120wpm typing? That eliminates the keyboard requirement and allows you to focus on other things like specs, screen, battery life, durability, etc. 2) Gaming laptops come to mind since they oftentimes brag about mechanical keyboards. Th...
by DPete27
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 1600x-----Please Help
Replies: 14
Views: 1298

Re: Ryzen 1600x-----Please Help

You do have the x version with XFR, so the frequency change is because of that.
by DPete27
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Strix B350-i
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: Asus Strix B350-i

The Wi-Fi driver version on the Asus website is V2023.66.1104.2017. A quick Google search reveals that's a Realtek driver version +1 to you for going the extra mile! I stopped after I had looked up pictures on newegg to see the WiFi "box", not seeing the model # on newegg, wen't to Asus' ...
by DPete27
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Strix B350-i
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: Asus Strix B350-i

Says the included card is 802.11ac 2x2 with MU-MIMO (can't find the actual model # though). What's in the Intel 9260 that's significantly better than that?
by DPete27
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Iimit voltage and keep "Cool and Quiet" ? 1950X
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: Iimit voltage and keep "Cool and Quiet" ? 1950X

Oh... those dynamic Vcore options were "grayed out", not functional. Probably because you had already removed the Vcore "Auto" setting and inserted a fixed global core voltage (applies to all P-states, hence no voltage reduction at idle). There's no point in a voltage offset if ...
by DPete27
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 783

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

Interesting. According to Acer's website, the Aspire 5 lineup have IPS screens. A little digging at notebookcheck.net confirms, and looking up the panel on panelook.com says its AHVA. Looking like a damn good machine. Notebookcheck's review has some disassembly views. Looks like there's an M.2 port ...
by DPete27
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 783

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

derFunkenstein wrote:
cjcerny wrote:
This laptop is likely a good fit for your needs:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075K ... agazine-20
Currently on sale, so move fast.

I agree, this looks great. Better than what I linked, even.

Oh nice! That's the same as my newegg link but $50 cheaper.
by DPete27
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 783

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

This Acer Aspire 5 for $600 is the kind of machine I'd recommend. i5-8250U = 4 cores, 8 threads, up to 3.4GHz, current generation CPU 256GB SSD installed. Should be plenty of room for the games you play and your other data. NVidia MX150 is a good GPU for your needs. Here's some TR review benchmarks...
by DPete27
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Iimit voltage and keep "Cool and Quiet" ? 1950X
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: Iimit voltage and keep "Cool and Quiet" ? 1950X

Looking at page 46 of the manual. M.I.T => Advanced Voltage Settings. It looks like dynamic Vcore would have the right format for an offset.