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by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Calling all Gerbil's for System Suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 223

Re: Calling all Gerbil's for System Suggestions

What's your budget? If money is tight, keep going with the i5 for a while longer. I'm in a similar position to you with a Haswell quad-core CPU on DDR3 and simply doubling cores/RAM and adding an NVMe SSD is going to cost $750. In a world dominated by applications that prefer single-threaded perform...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

2) The lack of intros from the new owners, and that horrificly tone-deaf piece from Renee. TR up until now has been run by geeks for geeks. Given what I've Googled of the new owners and their lack of intros, I'm worried that TR is now owned by some marketing slimeballs who are viewing us as cattle ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII Goes to an ELO Concert!
Replies: 19
Views: 465

Re: Radeon VII Goes to an ELO Concert!

It's just Vega64 with 16GB. It never held the performance crown, it's hot, noisy, power-hungry, and was dated/doomed before it even launched. The reason it sells is because 16GB HBM2 undercuts all the Quadros and RadeonPros that heavy compute users need. AMD had it on sale solely to serve as a Halo ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

What's worse than the minimalist lack of functionality of the frontpage is that the hardware drop down menu is still completely fubar. Honestly, I knocked up my first Wordpress intranet site about two years ago in a morning and it's better than TR is right now. I had no experience with wordpress and...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel

Yeah, eyestrain is usually caused by relative brightness being too high, and to a lesser extent by the text being too small. If you care about the fastest response times, TN has an advantage that IPS and VA can't match. If you care about viewing angles, IPS is the least bad from extreme angles and m...
by Chrispy_
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel

Even a good TN panel has gamma shift, and many of the good ones actually still use a 6-bit panel for response time reasons. Where IPS panels have corner glow due to raised black levels and crushed contrast in the corners, the lower half of any TN monitor (even good ones) is higher gamma than the upp...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

How come there's no GDPR cookie nag yet? :) (Never got the point. Mandating by law that people would be required to dismiss, repeatedly, a meaningless popup that no one reads.) I don't care about cookies , the browser extension for Chrome, Opera, and Firefox. If you live in the EU and browse the we...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

I know some (most) people are upset about this process, but hoooooo boy, the comments on the front page are pretty awful. I'm even seeing long-time readers just bash with zero open-mindedness. I sure hope they just take a minute or two to calm down. That being said, there are definitely some helpfu...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

Ooh, that's a new one! Permanently banned from this board by IP address! I'll assume that's a Wordpress screwup but I'll check my original IP in the morning, just in case I need to post details. I do find it amusing that Wordpress thinks IP bans are relevant in this decade though. That made me chuck...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New gaming build - RAM questions
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: New gaming build - RAM questions

The 1080 is going to be the bottleneck in this system, so I'm not sure why you'd want to spend $750 on a processor that is largely wasted on its first GPU. I'll be getting a 3700X simply because that's a whole bunch of saved money for negligibly less performance. My gaming rig has a lowly 2060 in it...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

I'll reserve judgement until it's finished, because it's clearly not all active yet. I like the modern look, info density looks more suited to a smartphone than a PC - if the intention is to unify the experience between mobile and desktop variants of the site, then it has worked with the obvious dow...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got married
Replies: 30
Views: 584

Re: I got married

\o/
by Chrispy_
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3894

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

1080p60 is the popular resolution - you can get away with a $150 RX570 for that. 1440p60 is just fine on a $250 Vega56 or $280 1660Ti. Yeah, you can spend more but accept that you're already well into the above-average category at this point so you'll rapidly hit diminishing returns in terms of perf...
by Chrispy_
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3894

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

where I live the #1 selling CPU in the biggest e-shop is the 9900K and the #1 selling GPU is the Asus 2080 Ti. So there's also that. Christ, there's one born every minute. You can't seriously believe what the e-shop tells you is 'trending' or 'best-selling'. It's quite the opposite of impartial adv...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need Advice On An Overdue System Upgrade.
Replies: 8
Views: 385

Re: Need Advice On An Overdue System Upgrade.

If you can wait a couple of weeks the AMD Ryzen 3000-series reviews should appear. At a guess, the Ryzen 5 3600 and a B450 motherboard are going to be the sweet spot for most people, and that's a $200 CPU in a $100 motherboard. Leaked reviews and sales listings have meant that very little informatio...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Retro Build
Replies: 31
Views: 1817

Re: Retro Build

Still using a ThermalRight TRUE Black 120 to cool an i9-9900K, rather nicely, I might add. I will probably compare it to a Noctua NH-D15S shortly, but I really don't know which will win; the Ultra Extreme is amazing considering it's 11 years old. It was way ahead of its time. I heap praise on Noctu...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Retro Build
Replies: 31
Views: 1817

Re: Retro Build

Thermaltake is junk.
There, I said it.

Citation: 50+ various products over the years. The ones that work are usually of poor quality.
by Chrispy_
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Need new tires
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Need new tires

I'm not saying there's no difference between braking differences and brands because clearly there is, but those differences are negligible compared to the hardness of the rubber compound, which itself is negligible to having having the right tread pattern for the season/terrain and the correct press...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Algae in our drinking water filter
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: Algae in our drinking water filter

IMO scrub the filters as best you can and then add some pond treatment (chemical algaecide) instead of bleach; They're not quite as effective as bleach but it'll probably linger in the filter for a while and it's going to be less dangerous to you than drinking bleach if the filter is difficult to ef...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much VRAM for a casual gamer?
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: How much VRAM for a casual gamer?

With the 480 and 580 line, the 4GB versions also run lower-clocked, cheaper Hynix 7GB/s memory chips whilst the 8GB versions use 8GB/s Samsung chips. so you're not just getting more VRAM with the 8GB versions, you're getting a performance advantage too. Beyond that, my experience with both leads me ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order
Replies: 10
Views: 1194

Re: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order

Why do people pre-order? There's rarely any incentive at all, and if there *is* an incentive it's usually freemium/mtx rubbish that only serves to make the whole thing worse overall anyway.

They're not going to run out of stock! There is no need to reserve your copy!
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 2170

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

Don't preorder games. Ever. You don't get a discount, at best it's the same price but typically the game is on discount by the time the first major bugfix patch is out. CDPR are an excellent studio but they're not perfect; Don't let your first playthrough be ruined by bugs. Witcher 3 was great but e...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 31, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Cool and quiet: Undervolting a 1060 or 580?

Undervolting an AMD card is easier than undervolting an Nvidia card, from a software perspective. IMO, an undervolted RX580 will not be any cooler and quieter than an undervolted 1060. The 580 will end up at around 110W once you drop voltages to 975mv and clocks to 1250MHz. The 1060 is harder to pre...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 31, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 2170

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

They Ryzen 5 2600 is likely going to be fine. I would wait to see what the CD Projekt Red official recommended graphics card is and then buy that. They likely won't release those specs until the beta - probably a couple of months before official launch. In the meantime, you could buy yourself an SSD...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 30, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 2170

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

Wait until Cyberpunk 2077 is almost out. Whatever your budget is, you'll get more performance if you spend it in the future than you will today. AMD, Intel, and Nvidia continually compete to provide a faster product than their rivals at the same price, so whatever you can afford now will cost less i...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 29, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3894

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

The Computex RDNA announcement debunks a few rumours but the main one is that Navi is a major architectural change, when linux drivers popped up indicating that Navi would be GCN5. AMD are citing a 25% IPC improvement which removes the 7nm clock improvements from the equation. The 25% has to be arch...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 27, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 101
Views: 4644

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

I'm surprised there's no 16 core announcement for the consumer 3000-series. I guess there are two potential reasons AMD might be holding back on that model: ⋅ At $499 the Ryzen 9 beats every Coffee Lake model Intel makes, using just 12 cores by the looks of it? ⋅ Why waste the mo...
by Chrispy_
Sun May 26, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 1778

Re: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?

One half of me wants to say "welcome to Tech Report" The other half of me is cynically wondering why your first post is about SEAGATE BAD, WD GOOD - especially when the best evidence of reliablilty this decade proves the exact opposite, with huge sample size. I want to give you the benefit...
by Chrispy_
Sun May 26, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Ordering Processing
Replies: 21
Views: 1131

Re: Amazon Ordering Processing

I'm rapidly finding what I want on other online stores now. I don't know what's happened to Amazon but they've turned into the worst parts of ebay, alibaba, and Steam, combined. They have far too many listings for the identical thing from the same factory line with different prices/reviews/descripti...
by Chrispy_
Sat May 25, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 1442

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

I am fine with 2.0 audio for gaming but Krogoth said he has grown attached to 5.1 output for gaming.

What's the cheapest, non-garbage, HDMI receiver with 5.1 decode these days?
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