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by cynan
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4438

Re: Video card prices

just brew it! wrote:
Almost makes you wonder if investing in GPUs is more lucrative than investing in cryptocurrencies. :wink:


Don't know about higher potential returns, but it's probably the more secure investment.
by cynan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: LotR TV show on Amazon
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: LotR TV show on Amazon

Yeah I was confused by that also. The whole point of adapting any book into a movie is that you've got good source material to work from, no? Maybe they thought the Silmarillion wasn't "mainstream" enough, even though there are characters like Elrond and Galadriel which carry over. The on...
by cynan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt
Replies: 30
Views: 2613

Re: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt

I am saddened. When I first started getting into computers NCIX was my go-to store for everything when I was on the East coast. But then I moved to Ontario and I am surrounded by Canada Computer retail stores so I'll just hop over there. Whenever I go to NCIX webpage now though I find the search to...
by cynan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt
Replies: 30
Views: 2613

Re: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt

Kougar wrote:
Even Best Buy eventually admitted the big-box model was no longer profitable nor sustainable and has been focusing on smaller stores in recent years. Which ironically is exactly what Linus proposed before BB's bubble popped.



NCIX B&M locations were "smaller stores"
by cynan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...
Replies: 14
Views: 725

Re: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...

Get the cheapest 1080 Ti you can find from a company that you feel comfortable with that has a decent cooler. Don't overthink it. You don't need over the top power delivery circuitry if you are running it at stock.
by cynan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ordering from Lenovo: Do you feel lucky, Punk?
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Ordering from Lenovo: Do you feel lucky, Punk?

Placed an order for a laptop during Lenovo's Black Friday sale on Nov 24th. Order was cancelled without notification. I found out by calling in 2 weeks later. Long story short, there was nothing anyone could do because the item (specific configuration) was not in the system any longer. Dissapointed ...
by cynan
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 11350

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

"Sport Section" is the geek version. Regular folks call it a "Sports Section"
by cynan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5029

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

You guys DO UNDERSTAND that you don't have to brew a WHOLE POT every single time you use a drip coffee machine, right? I have seen a few comments saying something about "a 10 cup pot" or "a 12 cup pot" or "a whole pot" and honestly I couldn't tell if you people don't u...
by cynan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5029

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

And low-cal sweeteners might bring along a host of other problems. An example from a high-tier journal persons who drank 4+ cans of diet soda/day were 30% more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Scary stuff. Yeah. There was literally no discussion of biologically plausible mechanism of how art...
by cynan
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5029

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

The stuff that I roast. Not that I'm an expert coffee roaster or anything, but freshness(generally time since roast) is, by far, the most single important factor in coffee quality (unless there is something seriously deficient with your beans..). Freshness starts to drop off precipitously after a 2 ...
by cynan
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops

I kinda subscribe to buy once cry once camp, the 920 is worth the extra dough if you want a really nice ultrabook. There were a couple good but not really advertised sales over the holiday week, gone now though ofc. The 920 is a nice premium design , with a definitively nicer, sleeker chassis. But ...
by cynan
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops

Yup. But the specs are pretty good for the price. It also has Thunderbolt 3 (I believe the Acer Swift 3 does not) and the IPS screen is apparently better (brighter, anyway) on the Lenovo vs the Acer. The Lenovo is also 3/4" narrower due to slim bezels, and overall, it looks a tad nicer than the...
by cynan
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops
Replies: 11
Views: 599

The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops

What sort of performance hit can I expect from an identically specced laptop (with something like a core i5/5 15W chip or Ryzen Raven Ridge) with only one (vs two) memory channels? I recently ordered a Lenovo Ideapad 720s and discovered that, to my horror and disbelief, there is only a single DIMM s...
by cynan
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New laptop for Black Friday
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: New laptop for Black Friday

Decided to go for the 720s. FYI, that review linked above is for the 720, not 720s. The 720s is a newer, thinner model. The 720 is a 2-in-1, while I don't think the 720s is (kind of strange that is in the Yoga line [ Edit: That's because it's not a Yoga. It's the Ideapad 720s]) as it doesn't seem to...
by cynan
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Marketing Fails Again
Replies: 7
Views: 811

AMD Marketing Fails Again

Just got this email ad from AMD about AMD Black Friday deals. The main hook of the ad was the slogan "It's OK, But it's not Ryzen" [Comparing any other holiday gift with something containing Ryzen in it..] Then every single one of the 11 computer products advertised from retailers in the &...
by cynan
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 21
Views: 1778

Re: Investing in Hardware

It's probably easier just to buy stock in a DRAM company (like Micron) when demand is low, and hold it for a year or two than it is to buy actual DIMMs to sell on ebay.
by cynan
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New laptop for Black Friday
Replies: 2
Views: 583

New laptop for Black Friday

Thinking of taking advantage of this year's BF sales and pulling the trigger on a new laptop. I'm in Canada, and some of the better deals I've seen are at Lenovo. There are 2 models I'm considering that come in at about the same price (about $770 in USD) 1) Yoga 720s: 14" IPS, 256GB NVMe, 8GB r...
by cynan
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1948

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. {I know no...
by cynan
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1948

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS! Alles touristen und non-technischen looken peepers! Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken s...
by cynan
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 4026

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

Here's a 40" 4K monitor with a Samsung VA panel going for $400. At that price, I wouldn't bother messing with a 4K TV as a monitor.
by cynan
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upcoming monitors
Replies: 12
Views: 1877

Re: Upcoming monitors

the most talked about 1440p HDR gsync panel is probably the 35" widescreen MVA in the announced Acer, Asus and AOC upcoming monitors. It's said to be a 200Hz panel, the most affordable version probably surfacing in the AG353UGC . But who knows when that will be available. It's at least 6+ month...
by cynan
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k
Replies: 33
Views: 11502

Re: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k

If you're priority is gaming, and will be playing at high refresh rates, then the i7-8700 is what you want. However, I think, since you don't need integrated video, it is very tempting to save $50-$100 on the CPU/motherboard combo and go with an AMD r7 1700. It will most likely be (depending on what...
by cynan
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 5881

Re: Which cpu to get?

8700k! I think it's time to put my Q9450 to bed and get a new machine. I've been waiting for some sort of thread bump :) Then you really missed your chance all these years since the 3930k :P Speaking off, what sort of gaming performance increase would you get with an 8700k over something like an ol...
by cynan
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: HDR gaming
Replies: 23
Views: 3920

Re: HDR gaming

Given the state of HDR monitors and how 4K HDR TVs are maturing, I'm seriously considering going to a 4K HDR TV as my next monitor for my PC. I don't think I'll be needing an extremely high refresh rate for any purposes (though I suppose TVs that have a 1080p120 mode are a nice bonus). Last I check...
by cynan
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 4702

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

When AMD was mapping out Vega, they probably had at least 20% of the non-pro discrete GPU market. 34-41% from 2010 to 2014, fluctuating, of the dGPU market according to Jon Peddie Research, and given NVIDIA's greater dominance in the workstation GPU market I'd say you're out by a factor of 2. Guess...
by cynan
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 4702

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

AMD already concided being a leader in the gaming market since Maxwell. Their shareholders would never allow product to sold at a loss to retain a trivial mindshare. It would be fiscal suicide. It appears you quickly forgotten how high-end gaming GPUs used to have MSRP around $399-$499 when there w...
by cynan
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 4702

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

If Vega had such thing margins then why bother with making gaming SKUs at all? It would just make more fiscal sense to sell them as Froniter/FireGL SKUs. Vegas are making ~$50-$100 of profit per unit sold, while Nvidia is enjoying 2x to 3x times that much on their gaming SKUs. Nvidia's recent fisca...
by cynan
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless
Replies: 59
Views: 4905

Re: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless

My 2 cents for APSC-sized mirrorless. If you want the best IQ and lens quality/selection at any sort of reasonable price point, the Fuji XT2 is hard to beat. However, the Sony a6300/6500 is a great option if you are willing to be a bit more flexible on lenses by using adapters or 3rd party lenses. F...
by cynan
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 4702

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Probably another one of those multiple contributing factor situations, not just an HBM2 shortage. Especially when there are two different versions of the Vega 64 product as mentioned before . By AMD's own slide deck the Z-height is different between versions. The HBM2 stacks are not flush with the ...
by cynan
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 4702

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

You do understand the relationship between supply and demand, right? :P Vega's HBM2 supply issue has been rehashed repeatedly since (and even before) Vega's launch. The vast majority of the issues with Vega (delays, pricing fiasco, even lackluster performance due to lower-than-expected memory speed/...
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