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by Ifalna
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different... (new)

Well that's a hideous design.

Low data density fatfinger compatible with excessive scrolling and all that white hurts my eyes. >.<
by Ifalna
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1849

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

Why wouldn't you redeem a code? I get not using it, opting to use the disk for regular viewing, but it's never a bad idea another option, especially when that option means I don't have to carry around my movie collection to show things to family and friends. Dunno, I'm not exactly a movie buff. It ...
by Ifalna
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1849

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

So my question: Do any of you redeem those? It has always seemed like a hassle to me so I never did it. But now I'm wondering if I should reconsider. I never could be arsed to do that. Why would I redeem a code for an inferior streaming version? I am still attached to the disc, simply because a) be...
by Ifalna
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 51
Views: 8873

Re: Post Your Old Games!

Oldest games I have:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioForge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_(video_game)

Man, those were the days. Esp the latter one was played to death by me and my friend, at the end we managed suicide complete runs at the highest speed in 45mins or so, :D
by Ifalna
Fri May 31, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Best windows video player
Replies: 20
Views: 1945

Re: Best windows video player

When it comes to 4K BluRay I didn't even attempt a PC based solution since I'd need a post Kaby Lake CPU anyway. Instead I got a DV compatible BD player. Lo and behold, even the standard BluRays look a lot better when played by the dedicated hardware player compared to cyber link and my computer. Me...
by Ifalna
Thu May 30, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 4237

Re: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)

Isn't that game a few years away still?
Way too soon to talk specifics about system requirements.
by Ifalna
Thu May 23, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Using TV's with computers
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: Using TV's with computers

Hi! Are there TV's that have a computer display mode that would bypass their image processing circuitry? In essence making them huge computer monitors? Something in the 50-65 inch size. Yup, running a Sony XF90 55" 4K screen since last November. Suffice it to say, that it is very unlikely that...
by Ifalna
Wed May 15, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Custom cables for headphones
Replies: 26
Views: 2278

Re: Custom cables for headphones

cphite wrote:
Well, sure if you wanna go for that cheap AudioQuest garbage... real audiophiles use the good stuff:
https://sightandsoundgallery.com/products/nordost-odin-2-supreme-reference-speaker-cable?

Sexy!

I want a dozen. Should make for pretty laundry lines!
by Ifalna
Tue May 07, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Custom cables for headphones
Replies: 26
Views: 2278

Re: Custom cables for headphones

Or go the DIY route. Depending on the cable you want DIY isn't much cheaper, esp if you want cotton sleeving etc. When I was looking for a longer cable for my Clear professional, DIY would cost me around 70€ + the soldering equipment necessary. Custom made cables were around 200€. Ultimately I went...
by Ifalna
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17728

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

Back when I was playing WOW I was listening through Grado SR60's and later SR80's. It kept the noise down for the rest of the house and made the whole experience much better. I thought Blizzard did a fine job of making sound cues and ambient sounds very useful. I know some people liked to play with...
by Ifalna
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133973

Re: What are you playing right now?

Having had quite a bit of fun with Satisfactory early access the last two weeks. :D
by Ifalna
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17728

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

Since the ground return in the headphone cord has non-zero resistance, a common return allows the signal for one channel to affect the ground reference for the other channel, which causes crosstalk. 4-wire connection with separate ground returns fixes this... I wonder if crosstalk is an actual prob...
by Ifalna
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17728

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

I can see where slew rate and dynamics could be better with quad amps, but two slightly larger amps in dual mono are easier to calibrate (and less likely to have a DC bias in one direction or the other). I seriously doubt that modern opamps would be slew rate constrained on sth. like a 22KHz audio ...
by Ifalna
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17728

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

I'm using an XLR adapter that takes the left and right XLR outputs into one 4-pin XLR connector direct to my headphones. Ah, so you are using the XLRs on the back. Interesting. Does it sound better/different compared to the single ended front output? I've read that going balanced for cans is rather...
by Ifalna
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17728

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

I did take the plunge with the RME ADI-2 DAC and it is impressive with the amount of options it has. Bit of a learning curve to it but it has a good manual. With headphones I like to use the balanced line-outs on Sennheiser HD-58X Jubilees and on Hifiman HE-4XX Planar Magnetics. So you plug them in...
by Ifalna
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17728

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

I did take the plunge with the RME ADI-2 DAC and it is impressive with the amount of options it has. Bit of a learning curve to it but it has a good manual. With headphones I like to use the balanced line-outs on Sennheiser HD-58X Jubilees and on Hifiman HE-4XX Planar Magnetics. So you plug them in...
by Ifalna
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17728

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

Since my Apartment is not very well isolated, I stick to headphones. Currently using a Titanium HD for my stereo needs and my trusty Yamaha RX-V377 for multichannel movies. These as my workhorse cans: Beyerdynamic DT-880 These are used for pure music enjoyment: Focal Clear Professional Since the X-F...
by Ifalna
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2206

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

You do realize that there are times where the computer is like .... you know... OFF or doing sth that does not need me to look at the screen? Difficult to imagine, I know. If it's off and it's glowing... :o Unfortunately yes, the 1070 has a small white LED that is always on. :D To be fair: nowadays...
by Ifalna
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2206

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

(TBH I agree with you 100%. I do not - and have never - owned a windowed case, and plan to keep it that way.) Hardware is WAY too sexy to be hidden in a closed case. :< If you're looking at anything other than the monitor, you're doing it wrong. You do realize that there are times where the compute...
by Ifalna
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2206

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

just brew it! wrote:
(TBH I agree with you 100%. I do not - and have never - owned a windowed case, and plan to keep it that way.)

Hardware is WAY too sexy to be hidden in a closed case. :<
by Ifalna
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42777

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Works like a charm on our school computers, I only update them once a year from USB stick, because Internet security isn't mission critical, since these devices never get to see any sensitive data, only kid learning programs. Unless they are on their own subnet firewalled off from any systems used ...
by Ifalna
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42777

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Would I as a "Prong 1" user wish more control? Without a doubt. Then get the pro version, enable the group policy regarding automatic updates and only click the button when you want to update. Works like a charm on our school computers, I only update them once a year from USB stick, becau...
by Ifalna
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42777

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Updates that complete faster aren't the real solution, updates that don't interrupt other stuff in the first place are the real solution. They're doing pretty well at the former now, but if the latter doesn't work even on 100 Mbit they've still got a problem. There are a lot of people out there who...
by Ifalna
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42777

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Or, get proper internet. I hardly even notice when Win10 updates itself. How fast is proper (for Windows) internet, in your opinion? 25 Mbit still isn't there in my experience, but I haven't spent much time lately on connections faster than that. A lot of people in the US still can't even get 25 Mb...
by Ifalna
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42777

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I hate the way Windows 10 resumes update during my online game play session. I hardly get 2 hours in a week to play games and somehow it decides to update itself during that time only upping the ping to more than 200ms. :cry: Sad part is there is no way to stop it from updating itself when it decid...
by Ifalna
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Rollin' in my [PCIe] 5.0
Replies: 26
Views: 2895

Re: Rollin' in my [PCIe] 5.0

PCIe 2.0 is still good enough for me at home. Or maybe I'm on 3.0, I can neither remember nor care what PCIe version Z77 has. Should be 3.0, it's the same chipset I use (Ivy Bridge era). I'd be very interested in a standard consumer CPU that implements effectively the same or slightly more bandwidt...
by Ifalna
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Rollin' in my [PCIe] 5.0
Replies: 26
Views: 2895

Re: Rollin' in my [PCIe] 5.0

Cool, another number to charge more money for.

Are we even in a situation in which PCIe 3.0 isn't enough for typical consumer systems & workloads?
Bet PCIe 5.0 will be like 3.0 back in the day, neat number that does close to nothing in reality.
by Ifalna
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: why monitors have better picture than tvs?
Replies: 25
Views: 5578

Re: why monitors have better picture than tvs?

Text display is really the only department in which I notice a slight quality degradation compared to a monitor. TV is running @4:4:4 chroma with full HDMI range. Everything else looks way better, esp HDR content and having a 55" 4K display (basically 4x 27" 1080p monitors w/o bezels) is j...
by Ifalna
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How do I choose a motherboard?
Replies: 3
Views: 1852

Re: How do I choose a motherboard?

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING That tag alone warrants an increase in price of around 50%. :D Funsies aside, I think you are mainly paying for overclocking features / ports and extras. Looking up the two boards you linked: MSI Z370-A PRO Only USB 3.1 Gen 1 support No SLI support No WiFi Generic Realte...
by Ifalna
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: CPU vs GPU Bottlenecks
Replies: 47
Views: 5235

Re: CPU vs GPU Bottlenecks

Well it is true for MMOs. Boh Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft gobble up CPU power w/o any problem, esp when there are many people around. Not sure about that, WoW uses only 15-26% of my CPU and 50-60% of my GPU according to Task Manager, but only gets 50-70 FPS, at max settings. (Total load...
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