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by Airmantharp
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 42
Views: 914

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: 42
Views: 914

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: 42
Views: 914

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: 42
Views: 914

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: 8
Views: 486

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: 748

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: 37
Views: 2183

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: 1425

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: 1425

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: 2262

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: 1425

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: 4218

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: 4218

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: 2262

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: 9933

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: 3807

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...
by Airmantharp
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 3807

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

It's impressive until you realize that almost no games use this engine...

...so it's pretty, and that's about it.
by Airmantharp
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 1282

Re: Headphones on a Plane

The Audio-Technica ANC-9's are nice enough, I picked them up in Singapore for a flight back to DFW, but I'll note that the ear cups are very small and can be uncomfortable. For comfort, Bose all the way. The AT's might have better sound (and they do sound good), but that's not what I'd be concerned ...
by Airmantharp
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 78
Views: 6418

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

Posting to subscribe, as autosubscribe sends emails :/
by Airmantharp
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 136
Views: 9933

Re: Andromeda

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Airmantharp wrote:
Looking good, but seriously who needs more decryption keys?
People who really can't handle Remnant Sudoku?


I mean, I've never really done real Sudoku- and I only used two keys throughout the game. I actually had to leave them in containers/on bodies when I found them on occasion...
by Airmantharp
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 136
Views: 9933

Re: Andromeda

Looking good, but seriously who needs more decryption keys?
by Airmantharp
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts
Replies: 34
Views: 1870

Re: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts

Of note: given that Ryzen is particularly sensitive to RAM speeds and is particularly difficult to stabilize at higher RAM speeds, 16GB in a 2x8GB configuration with fast DIMMs appears to be the 'optimum' high-performance configuration, and thus represents a limitation for those trying to squeeze pe...
by Airmantharp
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung C34F791 for $850
Replies: 15
Views: 1100

Re: Samsung C34F791 for $850

Gotta be hoping that AMD will release a GPU capable of powering this display if one wants to take advantage of the higher refresh rate for gaming.
by Airmantharp
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 136
Views: 9933

Re: Andromeda

At the very least, they upgraded the cursing! I was floored when my FemRyder said "$#1t". So 75 hours, what percentage of completion? Oh, that ain't nothing. They go all out. Also, this was at 95% completion, with a stack of unfinished quests under 'Additional Tasks', mostly ones that you...
by Airmantharp
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 136
Views: 9933

Re: Andromeda

Alright, I beat it. Origin is reporting 75 hours, could probably shave quite a few off not running around stupidly during the preview as well as exploring systems with no landable planets. Overall, it felt like Mass Effect. I'll say that the ending didn't leave me begging for more like the first gam...
by Airmantharp
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 3067

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

So what, ~US$700 for sixteen cores, thirty-two threads, and quad-channel RAM with ECC?

I think they'll sell a few.
by Airmantharp
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-2500K Overclocking Paraphernalia
Replies: 15
Views: 2417

Re: i5-2500K Overclocking Paraphernalia

For my 2500k: I thought it was the CPU, because it started with BSDs under overclocking at boot, then would BSD under load when running at stock. I ran Prime95, and identified a core that would always fail. However, I shipped my motherboard to someone to try out, and they said that it was broke- so ...
by Airmantharp
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 136
Views: 9933

Re: Andromeda

Oh, if that were only it. I'm seeing reports of save-game bugs, where dying after a manual save locks the game in a loop and necessitates a game reload. And I ran into a great one- after a locked sequence (a story sequence where you cannot manually save, ever) I was sent back to the ship, where my b...
by Airmantharp
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-2500K Overclocking Paraphernalia
Replies: 15
Views: 2417

Re: i5-2500K Overclocking Paraphernalia

Be glad it works at all- depending on initial quality and level of abuse, 2500k CPUs seem to be dropping rapidly.

Lost mine last year- and have no complaints with the 6700k. Run the 2500k at whatever it will run until it dies.
by Airmantharp
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 136
Views: 9933

Re: Andromeda

The real issue is that there doesn't appear to be much (any?) story branching, which is a deal-killer for me because that's really what ME is all about.. At first I wasn't sure what you were talking about. There's the main quest, then loyalty quests, then planetary quests, ark quests, and finally f...