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by K-L-Waster
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why are game consoles so efficient??
Replies: 27
Views: 3780

Re: Why are game consoles so efficient??

Think about how close-to-metal APIs like Vulkan and DX12 can perform better than more abstracted APIs like previous OpenGL versions and DX11, DX10, etc. Consoles are the same idea. The emphasis on "can" is because it all depends on how optimized the game is with the close-to-metal API. Thi...
by K-L-Waster
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 4765

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

The reason I won't buy anything from Epic is stuff like this: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/03/19/epic-in-hot-water-over-steam-scraping-code/ Logging activity for games run though their own launcher is understandable (if a little creepy). But logging activity for games that have nothing to d...
by K-L-Waster
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 4765

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

If you expect a company craven enough to bribe publishers into exclusivity on its inferior platform to have your best interests at heart in the long term, you deserve what's coming to you. When I hear "Epic exclusive," I hear "company that isn't getting my money." Another one bi...
by K-L-Waster
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 23041

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

One model TR could try is having some core volunteer staff to run the backend and be EiC, but have all content produced by established community members, i.e. those of us who have been around for a while and clearly aren’t shills. But who decides who isn't a shill? For example, if you asked Chuckul...
by K-L-Waster
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 4765

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

Oh, for the... here I was excited for Outer Worlds. So much for that.
by K-L-Waster
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Johnny Crackhead does it again
Replies: 23
Views: 7573

Re: Johnny Crackhead does it again

Maybe at this point he's going for the record of "Player cut and banned from the most separate football leagues"?
by K-L-Waster
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Do I need a good motherboard for gaming?
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Re: Do I need a good motherboard for gaming?

The two most important things for gaming are: 1) a graphics card powerful enough for the game + resolution you want to play 2) avoiding bottlenecking the graphics card with any of the other components in the system My take is the B450 won't be a problem for you -- as others have mentioned, the thing...
by K-L-Waster
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG
Replies: 56
Views: 4638

Re: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG

Regarding the original point of the post, frankly this is why I don't contribute to kick starters of any kind. "Buy something now, and maybe one day we'll finish it and maybe it will be what you thought it would be. Maybe. Possibly. Ok, almost definitely not, but giving us money gives you the r...
by K-L-Waster
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG
Replies: 56
Views: 4638

Re: Phoenix Point goes Epic-exclusive after Fig crowdfunding based on Steam/GOG

I wish they would have been a bit more of a good guy about it though, and cleaned up their storefront and added some basic functionality BEFORE all the shenanigans. That would have gone a long way for PR. That being said, people have always been salty about using another platform, and it's understa...
by K-L-Waster
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses
Replies: 46
Views: 6456

Re: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses

Chrispy_ wrote:
Software would be my first assumption, but I've had storage hardware problems that exhibited this behaviour before. Loose cable, failing SSD, Intel P67 chipset bug etc.


Good point. Reseating the SATA cables would be a good step as well, in case one of them isn't quite on well enough.
by K-L-Waster
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses
Replies: 46
Views: 6456

Re: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses

If it proceeds to work fine after the pauses, I don't think it's hardware related. That sounds like some piece of software is trying to do something and won't let the system do anything else until it either completes or times out. Possibly some app is trying to phone home? The event viewer would be ...
by K-L-Waster
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia GT520. Worth upgrading?
Replies: 15
Views: 2808

Re: Nvidia GT520. Worth upgrading?

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
I would get a 2200g or 2400g instead of a discreet.


This. For web browsing the extra 2 cores in the 2600 are irrelevant, and going with integrated GPU eliminates the question of what to do about the GT250.
by K-L-Waster
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release
Replies: 34
Views: 4601

Re: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release

20 FPS SVGA and better value than anything in Wirt's store. Classic.
by K-L-Waster
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2273

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

For me, at least, it's kinda like performance tuning on my old 70s cars. Or hot rodding. To follow that analogy, my approach is to try to make a "sleeper" -- something that looks completely unremarkable / understated from the outside, but with serious performance capabilities hidden inside.
by K-L-Waster
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2273

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

Hardware is WAY too sexy to be hidden in a closed case. :< If you're looking at anything other than the monitor, you're doing it wrong. You do realize that there are times where the computer is like .... you know... OFF or doing sth that does not need me to look at the screen? Difficult to imagine,...
by K-L-Waster
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 10473

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

Benches went out in the 90s. Let me know when they release Cine-Bucket-Seat.
by K-L-Waster
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2657

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

In case you missed it, today's Deals article may be of interest:

https://techreport.com/news/34501/barga ... 0-and-more
by K-L-Waster
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC Issue - turning off after startup
Replies: 13
Views: 3651

Re: PC Issue - turning off after startup

Are there any errors in the Event Viewer?
by K-L-Waster
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2657

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

As much as I hate telling people to spend money, if the PSU really is marginal it might be a good idea to budget replacing it. You'd hate for your friend to buy all this new gear then have some of it get damaged by a PSU failure.
by K-L-Waster
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2657

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

There's no point buying a K-series i3 if you're not going to buy a Z-series motherboard to go with it... To expand on this point, is your friend planning to overclock? If yes, then as Chrispy_ says you need a Z series motherboard. If not, then a K series chip is extra expense with little benefit as...
by K-L-Waster
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2273

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

Ifalna wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
(TBH I agree with you 100%. I do not - and have never - owned a windowed case, and plan to keep it that way.)

Hardware is WAY too sexy to be hidden in a closed case. :<


If you're looking at anything other than the monitor, you're doing it wrong.
by K-L-Waster
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2273

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

Chrispy_ wrote:
There's another missing option:

"I'm an unwilling participant"


I'm getting a Kodos & Kang vibe on this: "we're the only vendors left, you have to buy from one of us... and all we sell is RGB!!!!"
by K-L-Waster
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2273

Re: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

chuckula wrote:
Needs this option: I only use CMYK!


Pantone LEDs FTW.
by K-L-Waster
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?
Replies: 38
Views: 2273

Front Page Poll Proposal: Do you even RGB bro?

⋅ If the FAA isn't getting reports from pilots about being blinded when they fly over my house, add more RGB! ⋅ I leave the room lights off in my man-cave: the RGB LEDs do it all ⋅ I have some tasteful accent lighting, but nothing too extreme ⋅ Why would I pu...
by K-L-Waster
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 8181

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

Folks who need a gaming CPU slower than the Intel Core i7-8700K should probably save some money and get an AMD Ryzen CPU instead of a lesser Intel CPU. This. The 2600 and 2700 (and their X variants) may not be the world's fastest gaming CPUs, but they're certainly not slouches either. They make mor...
by K-L-Waster
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 5129

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

The majority here seems to favor 16GB; but I see it's not an unanimous opinion. Most people like to play it safe, but is this a cognitive bias related to loss aversion? It's hard to put a price on risk, specially when it's unknown. Also, there is some proof that more ram is beneficial. But is that ...
by K-L-Waster
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path suggestions please
Replies: 12
Views: 2587

Re: Upgrade path suggestions please

In the meantime, I believe 1080p divides evenly into 4k, so no weird scaling issues, and it might actually look........okay. Well, as good as 1080p is going to look on a 40" screen at least. You would think, but having tried it, it's really not that great. A 4K monitor running at 1080 looks fu...
by K-L-Waster
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path suggestions please
Replies: 12
Views: 2587

Re: Upgrade path suggestions please

Normally I would recommend to get a CPU + Mobo + RAM in one purchase so that you don't get into any gotchas. For example, RyZen 3 is supposed to work in existing AM4 motherboards, but that doesn't mean there won't be reasons to prefer putting it in the anticipated chipset refresh that should come at...
by K-L-Waster
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path suggestions please
Replies: 12
Views: 2587

Re: Upgrade path suggestions please

If you intend to play at native res with 45+ FPS and all the eye candy turned on, you're likely looking at a GTX 1080 TI (assuming you can still find one), an RTX 2070, 2080, or 2080TI, or a Radeon VII.

Sadly, none of those are cheap.
by K-L-Waster
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GPU not working
Replies: 4
Views: 1645

Re: GPU not working

jayyrik wrote:
No error beeps but the indicator light is white (so graphics).

I do have a spare GPU, I'll have to try that in the morning.


Another option would be to try the onboard IGP.

Just to cover the bases, do you have another monitor and/or cable you could try?
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