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by Chrispy_
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 23
Views: 396

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

All this talk of $100 headphones?, I'd bet a pair of Koss Portapro would knock the socks of the Flips, given those pretty damning reviews. $30-35 if you look around, though I'm not a fan of the aesthetics. Hell, the Monoprice 8323 are still on sale and they're damn good for $16. I'd rate them above ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What's causing this odd behavior?
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: What's causing this odd behavior?

Mr Bill wrote:
I occasionally get something like this when I first turn on my monitor in display port mode. The scale will be all wack such as 640x480. I turn off the display and turn it on again and then it comes out right.


I see that a lot with damaged cables.
by Chrispy_
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Is Flips Audio going out of business?
Replies: 23
Views: 396

Re: Is Flips Audio going out of business?

Wow, what a dumb idea and clearly cheap junk product. Headphones and speakers require different drivers. What makes for a good headphone makes for a terrible speaker and vice-versa. I suspect these are mediocre headphones with poor HF response and lousy speakers with no LF reproduction to speak of. ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What's causing this odd behavior?
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: What's causing this odd behavior?

Defintely looks like an out-of-range error. Assuming you were using the same adapter as with your Radeon, it's possible that the Nvidia is not recognising the display properly. Try a different refresh rate (59Hz if that's shown) or create a custom resolution with manual timing and use lower values f...
by Chrispy_
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 534

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

If you take the keycaps off an MX switch, you can see that the keycap is 100% supported by the MX switch itself. The only effect the manufacturer can have on the feel of the MX switch is how robust the baseplate is, and I've found the Rapid-i's baseplate very robust. It's possible you just got some ...
by Chrispy_
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1301

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

if however you can get a good price on a i7-8700 and board, GO FOR IT!!! That's probably not going to happen until Q2 2018. The vanilla 8700 has been perpetually out of stock everywhere and the 8700K has been hovering just under $500 since launch. Add a cooler, add a board, hope for a discount and ...
by Chrispy_
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 534

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

The whole point of mechanical keyboards is the tactile feedback. If you're not going to bother with that you might as well get a cheap membrane keyboard every few years instead. Excuse the self-quote, but I want to clarify this point. For gaming, when I say membrane I mean short-travel scissor swit...
by Chrispy_
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 534

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

Reds are like blacks but easier to press, so he may not mash them as hard. Personally I prefer the browns, both for typing and gaming because the tactile bump happens at much shorter travel than the feedback you get from bottomming out a red/black switch, yet they're much quieter and lighter to pres...
by Chrispy_
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade or build?
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: Upgrade or build?

Don't bother upgrading the RAM, if it's gaming performance you're after, 8GB is fine, just as long as you don't have a zillion browser tabs open in the background. Upgrading to 16GB will not actually improve your framerates, it'll simply let you multitask better and it'll speed up alt-tabbing in and...
by Chrispy_
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 29
Views: 4732

Re: It's worked like that for years...

That's exactly what I did, immediately after talking to McNeel. Thanks to licensing changes, spinning up additional VMs costs us nothing - the first 16 VMs on any single piece of hardware all come at a fixed license cost, so there's no point in trying to get conflicting software to coexist anymore. ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1102

Re: Displayport cable

Actually, mine came with a DP cable in the box, it's just not long enough for my needs. I'm only using HDMI because I was already using it with my previous monitor. LOL, yeah - I just edited the above after checking that Asus actually do, albeit an embarassingly short one. I bought an Acer and LG m...
by Chrispy_
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1102

Re: Displayport cable

The crime is that only a 1.8m cable was included in the box. Seriously, I have my PC under my desk and the only way to run Freesync with the included cable was to have the cable making an ugly straight line to the graphics card. I bought a 3M cable so that I could use the cable management clips in m...
by Chrispy_
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 27
Views: 1056

Re: Nvidia Titan V

9x the performance of a Titan Xp. :o (..yeah, yeah, it's teraflops and not gaming frame rate improvements - but it's got to be at least double (for a LOT more money). Only 9x when you utilise the Tensor Cores- which are seriously limited in what they can do. They're basically fixed function deep le...
by Chrispy_
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 29
Views: 4732

Re: It's worked like that for years...

@Chrispy_ - Sounds like it could be a race condition. Maybe the license manager defaults to port 80, but switches to port 81 if port 80 is already in use. If the new license manager starts up a little faster, it could be grabbing port 80 before the web server does. Can you delay the startup of the ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: AIO Liquid Cooling Fans Question
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: AIO Liquid Cooling Fans Question

I've yet to see a small AIO do any better than an equivalent sized tower cooler. The only reason I'd touch an AIO these days is if it were 240mm or larger, since that's a surface area improvement over anything I'm willing to hang off a CPU socket. If you're adamant on keeping the H50, and not willin...
by Chrispy_
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 29
Views: 4732

Re: It's worked like that for years...

Not particularly exciting but we've run an intranet site (on port 80) at one branch for about a decade and it's snapshotted every day just in case the people that update it screw something over. It just so happens that the same machine has also run a McNeel license manager for about a decade. After ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 134
Views: 10234

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

Ha, this thread has fully degenerated into nerd pedantry, I approve :)

It was mspaint, took around 45 seconds to make and I clipboarded it to imgur in another 15.

The real question is this; Do you see it as black and blue or gold and white?
by Chrispy_
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 134
Views: 10234

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

meerkt wrote:
True nerds don't use JPEG for line art.

Didn't you see the image? There's no such thing as a true nerd!
by Chrispy_
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 74
Views: 6922

Re: Xbox One X

I'm curious how many "4K" games will run at native 4K. I was playing H:ZD on the PS4Pro last week and it's definitely a step up from 1080p but nowhere near the graphical improvement I was expecting compared to 4K on PC. After some investigative searching, my suspicions were confirmed; It's...
by Chrispy_
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 3539

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

1080p. Argh. Please use the full resolution. 1080p mean nothing anymore. Most people don't refer to Ultrawide 2560x1080 as 1080p, so I don't see there being much of a confusion here. Yeah, I thought 720p, 1080p etc were 16:9 HDTV standards. It's not an HDTV if it's not capable of displaying a 16:9 ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 126
Views: 4398

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

In Italy, Nescafé is popular, but the barista nation knows it's not even close to what coffee should be, so they just call Nescafé a "coffee-flavoured drink" in the same way that some cheese products are of such awful quality cheese-and-chemical mixes that they cannot be legally labelled a...
by Chrispy_
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 81
Views: 1744

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

K-L-Waster wrote:
But I thought Macs were immune to security issues?!1?

</Sarc>


If you're a Mac user, don't you just close your eyes, put your fingers in your ears and shout "I love Apple" repeatedly to drown out any other noises? Nothing gets in so the user is secure.
by Chrispy_
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 126
Views: 4398

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Wot, a Brit that drinks coffee on the reg? Send me some tea Chrispy. When I go to the US, most hotels have what I drink anyway: https://www.twinings.co.uk/app_/responsive/TwiningsUKI/media/product/SEBLC0614-100/1-SEBLC0614-100-F09005.png?w=240 https://www.twinings.co.uk/app_/responsive/TwiningsUKI/...
by Chrispy_
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 126
Views: 4398

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

What are your favorite brand and types of coffee? Which ones to avoid, as I had the cheap no name brands before and they tasted horrible. I'm not in the US, so I'm not sure any brands I say are going to be available to you. I'm pretty sure if it comes in a jar you should avoid it though. I get mine...
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: I need recommendation on vpn
Replies: 10
Views: 647

Re: I need recommendation on vpn

Can't you just use Opera?

Built in no-brainer VPN for bypassing those pointlessly useless ISP blocks.
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops

Just buy the fastest RAM you can for that slot.

Given the TDP constraints of the form factor, and the fact that the laptop doesn't need the bandwidth for its IGP, I doubt that memory bandwidth is going to be the bottleneck in the majority of your use.
by Chrispy_
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 90
Views: 9783

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

Yeah, I specifically said IE not Edge. IE has been officially retired for two years now, and although the core browser is being given security patches, it is nearly useless without it's extremely vulnerable activex, java and flash plugins. You simply can't use IE11 as a daily driver these days witho...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 90
Views: 9783

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

I don't use AntiVirus program actually, I found most of them don't help much when it come to real virus issues. QFT. The best antivirus is to be smart and learn to recognise scams, redirects and obviously dubious files, whilst avoiding Internet Explorer, ActiveX, Java and Flash as much as humanly p...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 21
Views: 996

Re: Investing in Hardware

The only hardware that has gained in value for me in the last decade is a trio of RX480 cards that I bought for €249 each and sold for ~€550 each a few months later (after the Etherium mining craze dried up all the existing stocks).