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by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56455

Re: Something's different...

My email pinged because someone quoted a post of mine (from March, heh) so I thought I'd check to see what TR was looking like after close to 6 months since the oof . After navigating around the steaming poo pile that used to be the frontpage, which only seems to be getting worse despite the continu...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56455

Re: Something's different...

I see that the frontpage comment system has changed since I last checked in. Baby steps in the right direction. I see brave efforts to keep the frontpage changing on a regular basis, press releases, peripheral reviews, opinion pieces. Sadly without the industry providing review samples to test it's ...
by Chrispy_
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56455

Re: Something's different...

Hate to break it to you, truly, but Zak is done. His last review was his last review. <snip> Furthermore, I don't know of any efforts to work with vendors to secure SSDs, cases, headsets, peripherals, etc. I think all of those kind of reviews may be done as well. That's pretty much the last rites b...
by Chrispy_
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56455

Re: Something's different...

I still can't login to the frontpage. I can still upvote/downvote without logging in. I can still post comments without verification of my account. That means anyone can shill/troll until a human (like Fish or DerFunk moderate it manually) intervenes. Nested comments (reply chains) on the frontpage ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

Uh, Arstechnica's redesign was heavily criticised - but okay, if TR's Wordpress implementation was tweaked to be more like Arstechnica's, it would be a huge improvement. If I click on one image of eight I don't expect to get dumped in a dead-end with no next/previous buttons or gesture recognition. ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

Anything would be better than current system. It's hard to disagree with this. 6+ weeks and the main site, despite a few minor fixes, is largely still a disaster zone of broken interface and missing features. The missing features and broken functionality mean that I just gave up on Zak's latest rev...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56455

Re: Something's different...

Whilst the front page and forum index are scrubbed from my bookmarks, this thread still gets checked because it hasn't rolled off my recent list and I'm still occasionally checking it in the hope that things might start moving in a positive direction. Knocking back a glass of red and poking my table...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56455

Re: Something's different...

meerkt wrote:
Though the Web Archive snapshots might be partial, and I'm guessing especially in the forums.
Might need a directed effort, something like Archiveteam.


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by Chrispy_
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

The forums are intact for now , but Fish already stated that the faceless overlords are going to bastardize these forums too. As if that wasn't bad enough, the forums are funded by the frontpage, which is dead . If you're still in denial about that, please re-read Renee's horrendous excrement explos...
by Chrispy_
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

Is there any point whatsoever to this thread? It has been over three weeks and so far: ⋅ None of the absolutely critical, highest-priority fixes for the front page have been made. It's still an unwelcoming, nonfunctional mess on both desktop and mobile. ⋅ The faceless corporate d...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Which MB for Ryzen 3900?
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Re: Which MB for Ryzen 3900?

I don't see why you'd want anything more than a good B450 for the 3900 anyway. It does pretty much everything you'd want from the X470 at half the price and most of the overclocking/undervolting tests run on Zen2 show that the XFR+ auto-clocking is more effective than typical overclocks anyway. It's...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Computer Specs for photo and video editing
Replies: 5
Views: 1147

Re: Computer Specs for photo and video editing

I suspect OP was a spam account;
User doesn't exist and post count is n-1
by Chrispy_
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Computer Specs for photo and video editing
Replies: 5
Views: 1147

Re: Computer Specs for photo and video editing

Photo editing require nothing special, though more than 8GB RAM will help significantly. Video editing usually requires a decent speed drive and a beefy processor, since even if you're just dealing with 1080p video you'll be moving dozens of GB of data around on scratch disk, possibly hundreds of GB...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Calling all Gerbil's for System Suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

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: 1461
Views: 56455

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: 1491

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: 1461
Views: 56455

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: 1138

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: 1138

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: 1461
Views: 56455

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: 1461
Views: 56455

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: 1461
Views: 56455

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: 1072

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: 1461
Views: 56455

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: 2045

Re: I got married

\o/
by Chrispy_
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 8876

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: 107
Views: 8876

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: 73
Views: 4024

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: 3278

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: 3278

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.
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