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by Airmantharp
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: laptop suggestions?
Replies: 13
Views: 513

Re: laptop suggestions?

Recommend buying something cheap for mobile computing/media consumption, and building a desktop for gaming.

There's no such thing as a good gaming laptop. Even the nice ones are a crap-show from a Q/C standpoint.
by Airmantharp
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Massdrop JBL LSR30z powered monitors and done. US$179 shipped for the pair, you won't find better sound for that price. Also, this is a revolving drop, so you get it within a few days, unlike most Massdrop sales that can take weeks or months. [I've participated in quite a few drops, every experienc...
by Airmantharp
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 18
Views: 794

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

-it should also be noted that there are going to be some designs out there than accept another sodimm. So perhaps an 8gb unit upgraded with a 16gb? (..the video I posted to actually mentions this.) In the Ultrabook class, mostly not. They're mostly soldered units with the drive (M.2 NVMe or M.2 SAT...
by Airmantharp
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 18
Views: 794

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

1. You have to test the panel yourself. That's the only way to know. 2. Nope. They can be better or worse. 3. TFTCentral is one, but they're not big on laptops. You'll have to search for reviews of the specific models that you're interested in (or the series of models) to see how they test in terms ...
by Airmantharp
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 18
Views: 794

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

Two observations: -You want the i7 8550U or better, which is the quad core, and you want 16GB of RAM- the RAM would be the one thing that I wouldn't compromise on, ever, 16GB minimum, and for the 13" consumer class, that's also the max -You don't want the high-res panel, scaling still more or l...
by Airmantharp
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?
Replies: 16
Views: 1205

Re: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?

I don't think AMD can match an i7-8700 for gaming. Even the Ryzen+ refresh due to arrive soon is unlikely to allow the 1800X successor to match an i7-8700 unless AMD release a 5GHz chip, which I don't think is likely. Ryzen is amazing at muti-threaded workloads. It's faster than similarly-priced In...
by Airmantharp
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Video Card for Linux, AMD or Nvidia?
Replies: 13
Views: 730

Re: Video Card for Linux, AMD or Nvidia?

If you had wanted to game on Linux, Nvidia would be the current immediate choice to just get stuff working well.

AMD is making progress but hasn't quite caught up.

If you're not wanting to game- figure out how to get the Intel stuff working. There's no reason that it shouldn't!
by Airmantharp
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PUBG
Replies: 10
Views: 861

Re: PUBG

Those insertion-point boxing matches are a blast until someone picks up a pistol :D
by Airmantharp
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 2564

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Yeah, I'll be holding off on Bluetooth a bit longer. Choppy audio playback due to wireless issues aren't something I'm really interested in, and sacrificing quality in the audio chain for the sake of convenience that I don't really need, yet. Stuff that would make me care: well, probably just a VR h...
by Airmantharp
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 2564

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

My thought was that your audio would have to run through the system bus specifically because it was USB, which is why I made a note of possible added noise. Are you refering to the better USB headsets that actually have their own "Sound Card" built into them or am I misunderstanding how t...
by Airmantharp
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 2564

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

In theory it should actually be easier to suppress electrical noise with a USB headset, since all the sensitive analog stuff is physically outside the PC, away from all the noisy system buses. That said, I'm sure USB headphone designers get it wrong sometimes. I'd be more worried about the quality ...
by Airmantharp
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 2488

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Core count and memory usage aren't necessarily correlated. Unless you're running a lot of VMs 32GB should still be enough. And even then... Really depends on how much and what kind of work being done, something I'm sure we're all aware of. If it ain't much, then, even a stack of Windows VMs (who wo...
by Airmantharp
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: En-EL15 Battery draining fast with brand new nikon D500 DSLR
Replies: 13
Views: 1117

Re: En-EL15 Battery draining fast with brand new nikon D500 DSLR

Recommend doing a full 'as you use it' test, including (especially!) turning on VR, with a full battery, until dead.

You should still be able to get 1000 shots easily.


[I've gotten over 2000 with my 6D on a single charge, a full-frame camera, shooting bursts...]
by Airmantharp
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 68
Views: 2624

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

Only real complaint about these that I see, if there is a legitimate one, is that they are limited to quad-core Ryzen CPUs- If AMD had been willing to tack Radeon graphics, even an extremely cut-down version, on to their six- and eight-core R7s, they'd likely get more (lower-end) workstation interes...
by Airmantharp
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: En-EL15 Battery draining fast with brand new nikon D500 DSLR
Replies: 13
Views: 1117

Re: En-EL15 Battery draining fast with brand new nikon D500 DSLR

Standard tests are mixed use, with flash thrown in- and you should easily be able to get 1000+ shots out of the battery, and significantly more than 1000, not less, if bursting and not using the LCD. This is a DSLR and not a mirrorless camera, after all! My recommendation: since you need a backup re...
by Airmantharp
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 37
Views: 5004

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

With the latest firmware (version 1016.2), performance is noticeably improved. FreeSync range has been extended to 48-144 Hz. LFC is automatically enabled for monitors with 2.5X or greater FreeSync range. I did have to try several USB drives before I found a very old (and small) drive that the moni...
by Airmantharp
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 2706

Re: Nvidia Titan V

Waco wrote:
I really want/need the consumer version of this. :D


I'd take a GV102; I don't have any interest in GV100.

[and this *is* the consumer version of GV100 AFAICT...]
by Airmantharp
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: AIO Liquid Cooling Fans Question
Replies: 14
Views: 1291

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. Yup; I wasn't too impressed with the H60 and H80i I...
by Airmantharp
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 5218

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

The big seller for me on adaptive sync and it's worth was a reviewer (WFCCTech surprisingly) who got another Nixeus higher refresh monitor. He noted that it was such a huge difference in even day to day tasks or OS functions that if given the option to only choose between giving up his high refresh...
by Airmantharp
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Any thoughts on this build?
Replies: 22
Views: 1761

Re: Any thoughts on this build?

I sent this list to Santa: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kB8rzM That is damn close to what I'm running now- decisions that I made differently, for non-critical discussion: I went with the H115i. I can't say that it's better or worse, really, but if the enclosure supports a 280mm radiator, why not, ...
by Airmantharp
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3449

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

So just venting a bit... since my doorstep is highly visible, I chose to have Amazon deliver my new CPU to their locker service. After a 'missed delivery' and a few more days' waiting, I received a refund notice from Amazon with no explanation. Perhaps the locker was full and they didn't want to ho...
by Airmantharp
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 144hz, Display Port Cable Requirements
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Re: 144hz, Display Port Cable Requirements

You can't go wrong with Accell Display port cables. I've tried other brands and Accell is the one that consistently gives me perfect results with 4K@60 hz 4:4:4 and 2560x1440@165 hz. Their 10 footer works perfect for my system - even when I used a Startech 3 foot DP 1.2 extension cable with 4K@60hz...
by Airmantharp
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3449

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

The optimal time to splurge on RAM was a year and a half ago... :(
by Airmantharp
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3449

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

My new 8700k is currently happy at 4.6GHz (which isn't pushing it) on an ASRock Killer SLI/ac. It was US$129 at the 'Egg, hard to beat, very good reviews, and my only real complaint is that there's one less fan header than I'd like. I'm also using an H115i which is a 280mm radiator and it has been s...
by Airmantharp
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Now that Zen has saturated market... Is it safe to say AMD has returned to form?
Replies: 21
Views: 6516

Re: Now that Zen has saturated market... Is it safe to say AMD has returned to form?

Honestly, if they can just properly execute round two, they're gonna get sustainable marketshare. That is if round two fixes the initial issues, like high-speed RAM compatibility, clockspeeds, efficiency at higher clockspeeds, and internal latency. That last one is killer for the server market and t...
by Airmantharp
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 10bit color on Dell P2715q
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: 10bit color on Dell P2715q

@airmantharp I have a Nikon D800 and viewing 14bit/Adobe RGB raw files in Lightroom or Photoshop in 10bit colour looks more 'lush' than 8bit colour. If you were standing at my desk and I toggled between 8bpc/10bpc I believe you'd agree. With a good camera it's an obvious upgrade. Let me preface by ...
by Airmantharp
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 7457

Re: What is your sound set up?

Oh, you can get closed cans for isolation- and you can spend on them too, but a set of Beyerdynamic DT770 32Ω cans at the top end would seriously upgrade your experience without annoying surrounding occupants, and they can be driven by just about anything, including onboard.
by Airmantharp
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 10bit color on Dell P2715q
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: 10bit color on Dell P2715q

Plazmodeus wrote:
I got 10bpc working on the U2711 and it looks gorgeous.


Can you detail what you mean? In theory, there should be no difference with the same content :D.
by Airmantharp
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 7457

Re: What is your sound set up?

Speakers: Audioengine A2+ Headphones: Schiit Jotunheim with Balanced DAC powering Sennheiser HD650 headphones with balanced cable I'm a big fan of the Jotun. I think it's one of the best desktop amplifiers for the money right now. Man, I've been meaning to get my Schiit on, and that Jotun would hav...
by Airmantharp
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

Noted, I already have it inside a Spiggen case and the tempered glass screen protector arrives early next week. My wife and I also both use pop-sockets as our PokemonGo addiction results in lots of handheld time, and my wife in particular has butterfingers. Yup, Spiggen is what I got- same coming f...