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by Airmantharp
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 1070 Pricing?
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: GTX 1070 Pricing?

Yeah, I'd just skip to a 1080 or 1080 Ti, if I weren't to just wait. Which is what I'm actually doing, because despite having a 1440p 165Hz monitor, I don't have any games that I'm just dying to play better than my single 970 can play right now. For me, the upgrade would come with a jump to an HDR 3...
by Airmantharp
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 1486

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

What I can tell you is that the game was once slower with SLI disabled; most recently I jumped in while monitoring GPU usage, and it was about 50-60% on each card.

I can certainly try disabling SLI, but I don't think that will be a positive long-term solution.
by Airmantharp
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 12743

Re: NOOOOOOOB

Python takes that 'not knowing what's going on behind the scenes when things go wacky' to a whole new level...
by Airmantharp
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 1486

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

I'll keep my eye on this- running a 6700k, 2x16GB DDR4-3000, and a pair of GTX970's with G-Sync. I've only just updated and popped in with my main, near the bank and the forge/fountain thing with a lot of other characters and the game runs between 25-60FPS per my FRAPS overlay. Seems pretty crappy f...
by Airmantharp
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?
Replies: 10
Views: 902

Re: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?

That Ryzen at >4C8T is competitive in gaming at all is a testament to the usefulness of more than six hardware cores, given the lower IPC and clock ceilings of AMD's new architecture. However, we're at the point where few games can run optimally on 2C4T, many at 4C8T, and enough at 6C12T that moving...
by Airmantharp
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?
Replies: 10
Views: 902

Re: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?

You're hitting on the idea in your OP that both microarchitecture and configuration, that is, clockspeeds, cores, and cache, affect game performance. Right now it's a tossup, and really depends on clockspeeds, between the top-end Intel CPUs; once the 8700k ships, it'll probably take the overall crow...
by Airmantharp
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please

I broke my own rule when I bought my GTX970's because 4k at decent refresh rates, VRR, and HDR is taking so long, and having to reduce details a little too much in a few games has been annoying. Cut scenes and running around the Tempest are spots where, despite the game running particularly well oth...
by Airmantharp
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 622
Views: 72488

Re: What are you playing right now?

They have the Tempest already crewed and supplied; even if they don't have the pathfinder, it should have already been hitting other systems and seeing what's around. Bear in mind, as far as any of them know, the only thing special about the pathfinder is his designation; they don't know the truth ...
by Airmantharp
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please

Wait for holidays. There is no good reason to shop now, coming off coin mining craze raising prices of everything, artificial shortage of flash and ram capacity still in effect. Unless you see a very good deal to jump on... Basically buying at a peak right now. If you can't do this, which is a fine...
by Airmantharp
Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with workstation build
Replies: 17
Views: 764

Re: Need help with workstation build

I don't see any real issues- may double check RAM compatibility against QVL- but the PSUs you have listed are actually overkill. Just make sure that they support any ancillary connections on the motherboard.
by Airmantharp
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Photo Management
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: Photo Management

Wow, thanks. That's some serious cash per year, though :( she did just download GIMP, so the photo shop would work out better. I don't suppose the is a cheaper option? It's US$10/month for Lightroom and Photoshop. Doesn't make as much sense just for Lightroom, but if you use Photoshop at all, it be...
by Airmantharp
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Photo Management
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: Photo Management

Adobe's Lightroom does all of these; the size of the 'catalog' file that must be local depends mostly on the size of render previews.
by Airmantharp
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15739

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

Gigabyte's GA-AB350N Gaming WIFI is up, poster on another forum claiming availability in Taiwan. They do emphasize the lighting controls quite a bit and don't put much emphasis on the power stages- something the B350 boards have apparently been skimping on (as I've read elsewhere). I hope that's not...
by Airmantharp
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kaspersky Nyet for Pent.
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Kaspersky Nyet for Pent.

If I'm not mistaken, isn't Kaspersky Labs one of the best(or were) anti-virus vendors out there? That's the rub. They are rated very well, and work very hard- but their potential associations, which are vehemently denied by their founder (CEO?) who shares the company name, aren't positively separab...
by Airmantharp
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1395

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

And that makes sense, as much as it annoys. I understand protecting proprietary functionality as GPUs are necessarily dependent on their drivers, and thus driver code can tell you a lot about the specific inner workings of GPUs. Of course it's also a bit silly from the aspect that they really only c...
by Airmantharp
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1395

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

If I had more time this morning, I would link to three or four previous whm1974 threads where we've covered this topic before. Four decades ago, a friend of mine was delighted to show me an IBM PC/XT software emulator running on his Amiga 1000. It ran rather slowly, but it played the X86 MSDOS vers...
by Airmantharp
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1395

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

But what really gets me are the Linux gaming evangelists. Square peg, round hole, and 'building their identity around it' is just getting started. You can play games just fine with Linux depending on which games you want to play. Plus if you are willing to use Wine that ups the amount of games quit...
by Airmantharp
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1395

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

This is worst for people like myself that are learning about Linux. I get servers- today, and twenty years ago when I ran hlds for an in-house Counter-Strike server. I get attempting to use it as a sole desktop OS, so long as there's nothing that you *require* Windows for, or you can run a dual-boot...
by Airmantharp
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 10
Views: 1160

Re: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell

It's going to be a downgrade in terms of raw processing power- but it'll likely be an upgrade in terms of battery life, heat, and noise. And for what it's worth, while I used to insist on having a num pad, I just picked up an ultrabook (XPS 13, outgoing model) that doesn't have one, and I've been pr...
by Airmantharp
Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Volta TI Edition Musings
Replies: 5
Views: 1230

Re: Volta TI Edition Musings

What USAFTW said, mostly, but I'll add: Pay attention to potential GV100 versus GV102. GV100 has your compute resources and 'Tensor cores', but GV102 should be a similarly-sized part that's as lean as the mainstream GV104 parts are expected to be. It'll basically be a double-wide GV104, just like GP...
by Airmantharp
Wed May 17, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 47
Views: 3562

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

What onboard graphics?
by Airmantharp
Mon May 08, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bose Q35 - Better Options
Replies: 24
Views: 2158

Re: Bose Q35 - Better Options

Picked up these ATH-ANC9's about five years back on the premise that they're audiophile-grade noise-cancelling cans, and while they excel on both points, they're just a bit too small to be comfortable. Small around the ears or small across the head? I got some ATH-M50x cans in a Massdrop deal a few...
by Airmantharp
Sat May 06, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bose Q35 - Better Options
Replies: 24
Views: 2158

Re: Bose Q35 - Better Options

I'll put it another way- the QuietComforts are the only Bose product that I'd recommend for their specific purpose. They don't have the best sound quality, not especially for the price- no Bose audio product does- but comfort is king here, and Bose has proven to get this right. (the Sony's look clos...
by Airmantharp
Sat May 06, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 3770K, when to upgrade?
Replies: 23
Views: 3349

Re: 3770K, when to upgrade?

For cpu, I wouldn't upgrade until cannonlake comes out. I'm in this situation with my 4930k and have decided I'm going to buy a new monitor. I almost binged and purchased http://www.microcenter.com/product/472722/C34F791_34_Curved_Computer_Gaming_Monitor. While my Ivy-e @ 4.4 might cause some frame...
by Airmantharp
Fri May 05, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bose Q35 - Better Options
Replies: 24
Views: 2158

Re: Bose Q35 - Better Options

Picked up these ATH-ANC9's about five years back on the premise that they're audiophile-grade noise-cancelling cans, and while they excel on both points, they're just a bit too small to be comfortable.

I'd have paid more for the Bose, comfort matters more for travel.
by Airmantharp
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 5176

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

I can easily see OEMs push these for content creation, where a dGPU is a given and more cores can contribute to the bottom line (Lord knows I'd already be packing Ryzen if I were into videography), but that's still a very thin market overall.
by Airmantharp
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 5176

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

Outside of conspiracy-theory shenanigans, I'd expect volume commitments to be an issue at Dell (and HP). Further, while AMD's Ryzen is a darling among enthusiasts, Dell sees it missing two important things next to a similarly priced i5/i7: it lacks integrated video, and it lacks ECC support so it ca...
by Airmantharp
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 3770K, when to upgrade?
Replies: 23
Views: 3349

Re: 3770K, when to upgrade?

Best answer?

Whenever it breaks.
by Airmantharp
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 136
Views: 11221

Re: Andromeda

Once you get past level 50, what are you supposed to be spending skill points on? My character has achieved rank 6 Lethal Infiltrator. My companions have all of their skills maxed out. What now? A total sum of nothing, for now. I'm on my second playthrough using NG+ (carry over levels and stuff), j...
by Airmantharp
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 4988

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

That's the challenge- I'd accept it if it was an engine that was actually used, but at this point I'd prefer a benchmark such as this to come clothed in Unity, Unreal, or CryEngine, which do wind up in modern games. The main reason for this is that it is not especially difficult to build an engine t...