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News Comments > DirectX 12 to Allow Multi-Vendor GPU Mixing?
25. Re: DirectX 12 to Allow Multi-Vendor GPU Mixing? Feb 25, 2015, 14:33 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 25, 2015, 12:33:
Creston wrote on Feb 25, 2015, 11:15:
I'll believe it when I see it, but it would be pretty awesome.

I think few devs would ever bother with putting in the work required, though, (even if it's not difficult) since it'd be a pretty rare occurrence where people are using a hybrid system like that.


I think a lot of people have extra vid cards hanging around they'd throw in their system if they thought they could get extra performance from it.

I don't think you really would gain anything. If you SLI or Crossfire a fast card with a slow card (if the drivers even allow it, I don't think they even do), you'd only run at the speed of the slowest card because otherwise one card would already be rendering the end credits while the other one is still working on the intermission cutscene.

Maybe DX12 will have some amazing magic in place that would just allow you to parallel boost performance like that, but this bit does not seem to indicate so: Lots of the optimization work for the spreading of workloads is left to the developers.

I really don't think this will wind up having much, if any, effect at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2015, 11:19 Creston
 
That power rangers short is awesome. I've never watched a second of power rangers but it wasn't that hard to pick up what was going on.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Feb 25, 2015, 11:18 Creston
 
Oh, joy...
 
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News Comments > DirectX 12 to Allow Multi-Vendor GPU Mixing?
12. Re: DirectX 12 to Allow Multi-Vendor GPU Mixing? Feb 25, 2015, 11:15 Creston
 
I'll believe it when I see it, but it would be pretty awesome.

I think few devs would ever bother with putting in the work required, though, (even if it's not difficult) since it'd be a pretty rare occurrence where people are using a hybrid system like that.

 
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News Comments > Homeworld Remastered Collection Trailer & Mod Details
9. Re: Homeworld Remastered Collection Trailer & Mod Details Feb 24, 2015, 22:26 Creston
 
Krovven wrote on Feb 24, 2015, 19:23:
Creston wrote on Feb 24, 2015, 18:35:
I didn't realize this was gonna get full mod support. I wasn't super interested before, but that kinda changes things.

~ 3 months before a full Battlestar Galactica TC?

Yep. Was talked about in the PAX East video. Whether it was Gearbox or Blackbird, one of them have hired on a few of the longtime Homeworld modders to help with the Remastered release as well as improving mod support.


That's awesome. A game like this could/should/will(?) have some amazing mods for it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 24, 2015, 18:38 Creston
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 24, 2015, 18:03:
When I get home I'll take a pic. It isn't like I can prove it's been on for that long to anyone but my family and perhaps some friends I've shown. I could put it on a 24/7 cam and stream it and then watch the next 5 years as no one tampers with it.

But at least you'll see the miraculous everlasting light, divine it is. I'm a believer!


www.seethelight.com is probably still available!
 
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News Comments > Homeworld Remastered Collection Trailer & Mod Details
2. Re: Homeworld Remastered Collection Trailer & Mod Details Feb 24, 2015, 18:35 Creston
 
I didn't realize this was gonna get full mod support. I wasn't super interested before, but that kinda changes things.

~ 3 months before a full Battlestar Galactica TC?
 
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News Comments > $386K Dying Light My Apocalypse Edition
2. Re: $386K Dying Light My Apocalypse Edition Feb 24, 2015, 18:34 Creston
 
Will it come with a day one patch, though?
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC Released
11. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC Released Feb 24, 2015, 15:53 Creston
 
harlock wrote on Feb 24, 2015, 14:43:
Creston wrote on Feb 24, 2015, 13:24:
I'm definitely going to wait for an All-In-One edition, but it's good to see them supporting it with story DLC rather than the usual "Here's anew skin lolz!" shit we get.

the main game was so short, this seems like the epitome of the pre-planned DLC bloat phenomena.. like they planned on making the full game only available through DLC..

so thats disappointing

i mean... the main game is ridiculously short dude

Now I'm going to wait twice as hard for the All-In-One version.

 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC Released
5. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC Released Feb 24, 2015, 13:24 Creston
 
I'm definitely going to wait for an All-In-One edition, but it's good to see them supporting it with story DLC rather than the usual "Here's anew skin lolz!" shit we get.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 24, 2015, 10:52 Creston
 
So they delay it for 3 more weeks, supposedly because a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC.

And then in the same announcement: "As always, we ask for the GTA PC community’s understanding and assistance in helping to report any concerns during the early days of launch when those inevitable initial teething issues arise on the new platform."


So which is it, Rockstar? Do you need 3 more weeks because you need to polish, or are you not polishing and expecting it to run like crap anyway?

Whatever, I've long since lost interest. I'll pick it up for 5 bucks at the Christmas sale.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
26. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 24, 2015, 10:22 Creston
 
PropheT wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 20:34:
Cronyism in tech is fucking rampant.

Absolutely. I'm sure there are sexist workplaces out there, but that's not specifically a tech issue. Tech / IT's problem is absolutely that it's all just cliques and good luck going anywhere if you aren't one of their suck-up buddies.

It's been that way at basically every IT department I've worked for, and that's been about 15 or so over the past 25 years.

It's not just women that aren't advancing in these places.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 24, 2015, 10:12 Creston
 
Harrison Ford speaks TRUTH.
 
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News Comments > SteamVR Hardware Reveal Next Week
19. Re: SteamVR Hardware Reveal Next Week Feb 23, 2015, 22:42 Creston
 
I thought they'd said they weren't going to do a VR headset anymore, and instead were just going to focus on like an API?

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 22:34 Creston
 
vacs wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 18:08:
What's all this talk about improving boot times? Are you guys booting like 30 times a day that it matters at all?

I boot my computer once a day and I really couldn't care less whether it takes 20 or 30 seconds to see my desktop because I need 60 seconds to get my coffee ready before I start to work on my PC... Seriously guys, first world problems

In the office, of course, who cares, but at home, THAT MEANS FIVE EXTRA SECONDS OF GAMING TIME!!!

In any case, I did an actual shutdown and boot just to see if it made much difference, and after a full shutdown (by command prompt) it takes windows 8.1 ~6 seconds after UEFI to get to the CTRL ALT DEL prompt versus the 4 it takes from the hybrid shutdown.

Still noticeably faster than Win7. (Yes, I know, who cares, it's just for the sake of the argument.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 17:59 Creston
 
Fantaz wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 16:51:
I might get a job at AMD (graphics)... so excited!!


Sweet! Good luck!
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit
45. Re: NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit Feb 23, 2015, 16:17 Creston
 
Shineyguy wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 15:58:
Creston wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 13:33:
NegaDeath wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 13:29:
I'm all for holding companies accountable but there's zero evidence of intentional false advertising here.

I don't think whether it was intentional has anything to do with it, it's still false advertising. And while everyone and sundry keeps going "Who the hell buys a card based on # of ROP?" that's beside the point. If you say your card has 64 ROP, it needs to have 64 ROP, not 56. If you say your card has 2MB of L2 cache, it needs to have 2MB of L2 cache, not 1.75.

Here's the thing though, it wasn't actually ADVERTISED as having those specs. That's just what nVidia was telling the review partners that those were the specs. On the acutal retail packaging none of that is mentioned, only the 4GB of VRAM, which it indeed has.

That's a fair point, but advertised doesn't just refer to actual advertisements, it also refers to stuff on the box. I'll have to check the box when I'm home to see what it says.

Edit: My box actually makes no mention of ROP or L2 cache, so that's a very fair point regarding the fact that they didn't advertise it. I guess it'd come to a judge ruling on whether numbers revealed to reviewers is considered to be advertising (I would say it is, but who knows what a judge will say.)

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 14:53 Creston
 
NegaDeath wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 14:07:
Creston wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 11:21:
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I'm pretty sure the shut down is just that, a shut down. I've shut 8.1 down and pulled the power to open the case and mess around a bit inside, then when it comes back on, it boots at the same speed?

Windows 8+ uses a new mode called hybrid shutdown. It's like a partial powerless hibernate. When you force a classic cold start it takes longer to start, though it is still faster than 7 thanks to the more modern UEFI support.

Any day in which you learn something is a good one. Thanks
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit
36. Re: NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit Feb 23, 2015, 13:33 Creston
 
NegaDeath wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 13:29:
I'm all for holding companies accountable but there's zero evidence of intentional false advertising here.

I don't think whether it was intentional has anything to do with it, it's still false advertising. And while everyone and sundry keeps going "Who the hell buys a card based on # of ROP?" that's beside the point. If you say your card has 64 ROP, it needs to have 64 ROP, not 56. If you say your card has 2MB of L2 cache, it needs to have 2MB of L2 cache, not 1.75.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 13:11 Creston
 
DG wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 12:45:
Not sure what happens in Win8 but it is possible to suspend and unplug the power because some methods (basically) dump ram onto HDD and all it does on "boot" is put it back into RAM. Obviously your BIOS routines still run but the o/s doesn't load fresh.

That's possible. I'll try it by booting into safe mode, which shouldn't be possible from hibernate, afaik.

Speculating, but the keyboard thing might be a deliberate by MS to prevent USB payloads executing before the OS is fully loaded. a USB stick firmware can pretend to be a keyboard in order to bypass security restrictions. I'm guessing this because my kb started being delayed like yours around the time MS released updates targeting USB autorun exploits.

Hmmm, interesting. I didn't think about that. Makes sense.
 
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