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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization May 19, 2016, 20:18 CJ_Parker
But according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Fire Phone is a "tiny little blip" compared to some of the larger experiments his company is working on now.

"If you think that's a big failure, we're working on much bigger failures right now. And I am not kidding. And some of them are going to make the Fire Phone look like a tiny little blip," Bezos said in an interview with The Washington Post's executive editor, Martin Baron, on Wednesday.

Bezos is famous for his knack of taking experiments and accepting failure as a learning experience. He reiterated his thinking during the interview.

"The size of your mistakes needs to grow along with" the company, Bezos said. "If it doesn't, you're not going to be inventing at scale that can actually move the needle."

And to do so, you need to make "big, noticeable" mistakes.

"Yeah we fucked up but you ain't seen nothing yet, bitches!"

BWWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA that guy is my kind of clown. I think I'm in love!
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News Comments > Evening Patches
8. Re: Evening Patches May 19, 2016, 13:29 CJ_Parker
sauron wrote on May 19, 2016, 09:55:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 19, 2016, 09:19:
NetHead wrote on May 19, 2016, 08:51:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 19, 2016, 06:43:
Drayth wrote on May 18, 2016, 23:29:
Big Throne of Bhaal spoiler with no warning in the patch notes.

Isn't a spoiler if you beat the game a few times...

So a spoiler isn't a spoiler if you already know, never would have guessed...

Yeah, but that spoiler isn't really a spoiler which you'd know if you had read it. The loot transition issue between SoA and ToB is a bug that was not in the original game to begin with. And aside that, all it tells you is that there is an end-fight..

Edit: Or they had already changed it by the time I read it.

This is all fine, but the 800lb Cave Troll in the room is why after remaking BG1 and BG2, these developers made Siege of Dragonspear (which sucks), in preference to remaking Planescape Torment, which would have been awesomecake with awesomesauce and frosting. It would have sold a bucketload of copies and earned them a ton of goodwill from RPG fans. Just doesn't make sense.

Dude, they haven't "remade" the BGs and Icewind Dale 1. These are just enhanced editions. Still the same shitty engine with a bit of modding and some new content thrown in for good measure.

And the reasons they have not (yet) looked into EEs of Icewind Dale 2 and PST are technical. The Infinity engine of those games has been heavily modified compared to the BGs and Icewind Dale 1.

BG is definitely the much more popular franchise so it actually made fucktons of sense to focus on EEs of BG and Icewind Dale.
But who knows? Maybe we'll get EEs of PST and IwD 2 after they are done fully patching up the BGs, SoD and IwD 1 but they have a pretty long term plan to keep enhancing these games so I would not bet on it happening anytime soon.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 19, 2016, 13:14 CJ_Parker
Dude who wrote that Win 10 article is retarded...

Windows 10 has been with us for a little over eight months now, which means there are only about four months remaining to get a free upgrade from an older Windows operating system

Ummm... whaddafuq? It has long been confirmed by Mickeysoft that July 29th is the cutoff date. That's a little over two months, not four. Goddammit. What a math-impaired shitcock!
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Far Harbor Released
10. Re: Fallout 4 Far Harbor Released May 19, 2016, 13:10 CJ_Parker
The only real bargain is buying the GOTY for $4.99 on Steam one day. It's a single player game. The content ain't going nowhere. No need to rush shit.  
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News Comments > Take-Two Financials
1. removed May 18, 2016, 20:16 CJ_Parker
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: EA chief creative director and gaming guru Richard Hilleman leaves company… May 18, 2016, 20:01 CJ_Parker
Aaaaawwwwwww crap....  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 18, 2016, 19:19 CJ_Parker
BIGtrouble77 wrote on May 18, 2016, 15:54:
Anyone know if the AMD Polaris 10 is intended to compete with the 1080? I'm really confused about this generation's cards... I want to go AMD, but I don't want to wait for next year's Vega cards. I also don't want to pay $700 for a card just out of the gate.

Nope. AMD is aiming at the $299 target with Polaris on the desktop and laptops for the back to school season.

They won't have anything on nVidia Pascal GP104 for a very long time most likely. AMD's big chip, Vega with HBM2, was always supposed to be out in early 2017. Then rumors surfaced recently (after the GTX 1080 reveal) that AMD might do an early release in October to counter Pascal. Whether that is true or AMD fanboy dreams remains to be seen.
I doubt that AMD can get their paws on enough HBM2 for a hard launch of Vega that early so the more likely scenario is that AMD will in fact have nothing (shippable) to pit against Pascal until well into 2017.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
67. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 18, 2016, 07:40 CJ_Parker
Lord Tea wrote on May 18, 2016, 02:41:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 17, 2016, 17:25:
Well you are right of course, 4k is a total niche yet, but I had hoped this might be a "buy it now and it lasts 5 to 10 years" card...

Still.. the 1070 benchmarks are the real interesting meat, since this card is 700$... that's about 300 orks more than I would ever pay for a GPU

Problem is: according to the posted (by NV) specs the 1070 is going to be significantly slower than the 1080 with approximately 2/3 of its performance (lower clocks, 1920 shaders vs 2560, only GDDR5 and presumably a crippled memory bus - NV kept alarmingly quiet about this). Price: $379.
So the 1070 will be slightly faster than a GTX980 but definitely slower than a 980Ti.

If the number of purported shaders is true then I don't think it will have a "crippled" memory interface (note that a more narrow memory interface does not make it crippled by default as long as all lanes are properly connected... the GTX 970 was a very unique specimen in that regard and there were many GPUs before it with a narrower memory interface than other chips of the same kind that did not have the same limitations).

Anyway, if 1920 shaders is in fact true then the GTX 1070 probably just has one entire GPC disabled and that's it. It would most likely still have a 256-bit bus in that case and the other three GPCs would each be fully connected to the memory bus sans any sort of "crippling".
That's the most likely scenario if 1920 is true. Anything else that includes "crippling" would actually be very (unnecessarily) complicated to implement.
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News Comments > Homefront: The Revolution Released
11. Re: Homefront: The Revolution Released May 18, 2016, 07:29 CJ_Parker
Wesp5 wrote on May 18, 2016, 03:13:
I still can't get over the stupid setting. I mean North Korea occuping the USA? How could this even be remotely possible?

And I can't get over the very tight limitations of the yank brain which appears to be incapable of understanding the artistic liberties of a FICTIONAL setting. As a non-yank it is extremely amusing to observe how y'all react to such a hypothetical invasion of your country as if some chick just gave you a handjob, slipped and ended up fisting yer asshole.

Hilarious. It really is a fascinating glimpse into the abyss of the American psyche which seems to be so self-absorbed in its patriotic nationalism that even a totally fictional crisis seems like an impossible thought. Then again y'all are about to make Donald Duck a presidential candidate. Or was it Trump? Or Duck? Who cares? Same comedic act basically...

Yeah. Fascinating. Consider moi stunned and amazed.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
57. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 19:46 CJ_Parker
Slick wrote on May 17, 2016, 19:07:
Async compute stuff

Well, and PC Perspective has this to say which supports the full support on "graphics units" level (= hardware). They explain it rather well, too (link to the review up in this news post). Here's the relevant snip with some highlights:

Overlapping workloads are used when a GPU does not fill its processing capability with a single workload alone, leaving gaps or bubbles in the compute pipeline that degrade efficiency and slow down the combined performance of the system. This could be PhysX processing for GeForce GPUs or it might be a post-processing step that a game engine uses to filter the image as a final step. In Maxwell, this load balancing had to work with a fixed partitioning model. Essentially, the software had to say upfront how much time of the GPU it wanted divided between the workloads in contention. If the balance of the workloads stays in balance, this can be an efficient model, but any shift in the workloads would mean either unwanted idle time or jobs not completing in the desired time frame. Pascal addresses this by enabling dynamic load balancing that monitors the GPU for when work being added, allowing the secondary workload to take the bubbles in the system to be used for compute.

Time critical workloads create a different problem – they need prioritization and need to be inserted ASAP. An example of this is the late time warp used by the Oculus Rift to morph the image at the last possible instant with the most recent motion input data. With Maxwell, there was no way to have granular preemption the system had to set a fixed time to ask for the asynchronous time warp (ATW) to start, meaning that the system would often leave GPU compute performance on the table, under-utilizing the hardware.

Pascal is the first GPU architecture to implement a pixel level preemption capability for graphics. The graphics units will keep track of their intermediate progress on the current rendering workload so that they can stop, save their state and move off the hardware to allow for the preempted workload to be addressed quickly. NVIDIA tells us the entire process of context switching can occur in less than 100 microseconds after the last pixel shading work is finished. Similarly for compute tasks, Pascal integrates thread level preemption. If you happen to be running CUDA code, Pascal can support preemption down the instruction level!

The combination of dynamic scheduling and pixel/thread level preemption in hardware improve NVIDIA’s performance on asynchronous compute and workloads pretty dramatically. In the asynchronous time warp example above, Pascal will be able to give more time to the GPU for rendering tasks than Maxwell, waiting until the last moment to request the time warp via preemption. This capability is already built into and support by Oculus.

Seriously, sounds to me like the dude at Ars, which you quoted, doesn't even quite understand what AC is. The reason that AMD benefits more from AC is simple. AC, as we just learned from the PCPer blurb, is a technology that reduces GPU idle time and puts the resources to other use. nVidia cards in the past (DX11) have already distributed the load very well, i.e. little idle time so they benefit little from a tech that attempts to utilize idle time for other tasks.

AMD, on the other hand, has fairly shitty utilization (i.e. if AMD were capable of writing a proper DX11 driver, they could have probably beaten nVidia in more cases) so AMD benefits a lot from a technology that uses these idle capacities (that would/should not be idle in the first place if AMD had proper DX11 drivers).

That's all there is to it, really... AMD *benefits* more since they are actually underperforming w/o AC while nVidia is already performing well and therefore gains little.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
42. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 16:16 CJ_Parker
Slick wrote on May 17, 2016, 15:58:
All I can think of is how the dropped the ball with the "full" DX 12_1 revision which was bullshit, and now they STILL don't support async compute, which showed in the Ashes benchmark giving the 1080 only a 16% performance boost over the Fury X.

Au contraire, mon ami. They fully support async now (AotS benches are ass because they are so heavily tailored towards AMD it's not even funny) and in addition to that they also support a feature that no AMD card on the market is supporting yet and that is also not even in DirectX 12 yet. Pascal supports async on the compute level (like AMD) but also in the graphics pipeline. The latter is all new and it's called pixel level preemption and is coming to DirectX 12 in July.

It is correct, however, that Pascal does not *benefit* as much from async compute as AMD but it more than fully supports it. And it remains to be seen how many DirectX 12 games will really make use of async compute at all.
Most likely not many since it requires extra work for the developer and we all know that publishers are barely willing to fund a *working* game, let alone a game with a fancy feature that only the "evil PC pirates" would most benefit from.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
41. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 16:01 CJ_Parker
eRe4s3r wrote on May 17, 2016, 15:34:
We need some games with DX12 and Vulkan (Doom uses OpenGL 4.5 , not Vulkan) to actually benchmark with. DX11 benchmarks do not tell the full story, and Ashes of Singularity isn't the best benchmark for DX12...

All things considered, seems to be a card that still does NOT allow for 4k VR rendering at 95 fps.. that is a huge blow imo as that is no doubt gonna be GEN 2 of VR

Also what is with the lack of any real VR benchmarks? Or did I just not find them?

I'm sure the reviewers just didn't have the time yet. Many of them got their cards at that editor's day live event on May 6th so they only had 10 days to write up this first batch of reviews. Not enough time for extensive testing past the default crap.

As for 4K I'm not surprised that we are still years away from true viability. I feel sorry for any early adopters who fell for the 4K marketing hype and got a 4K screen already. Games are getting more demanding, GPUs are getting faster but it will still take years before the gap closes and (most) everything runs at 60fps+.
What makes a helluva lot more sense for the next two/three years is to get a 1080p/1440p screen with 120/144/165Hz instead of 4K.
You will get much better 4K screens in a couple of years anyway. Maybe even affordable OLED screens (finally).

And 4K VR is simply going to have to compromise with reduced detail settings. Shouldn't be that bad in VR compared to a regular screen because you are getting more blur and "noise" on a screen that close to your eyes anyway. GTX 1080Tis in SLI should get very close to being able to handle it at very high settings though.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
35. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 15:43 CJ_Parker
theglaze wrote on May 17, 2016, 14:50:
Fast Sync

Any word yet on which generations are capable of this new mode?

One of the reviews said that Maxwell is supposed to receive it via a driver update "later". I wouldn't bet on it trickling down much further than that.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
23. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 13:01 CJ_Parker
Well, EVGA definitely got pretty mediocre reviews across the board last generation. Seriously. Their heatsinks were meh and the fan control was out of whack, too noisy, poor cooling, you name it.

The strongest selling point in favor of EVGA is still their warranty policy. Most people buy EVGA cards to dismount the default cooling without losing warranty and to replace it with a cooling solution of their choice (most enthusiasts integrate it into their water cooling setup).

But the default factory cards of the last gen were near "garbage", yeah. The GTX 980/970 cards leading the pack at the top were MSI Gaming 4G, Palit SuperJetStream, ASUS Strix and Gigabyte WindForce. Then Inno3D, Gainward and Zotac. And then PNY and EVGA and the rest of the world.
There were simply MUCH better choices than EVGA last gen. The only reason to buy EVGA would have been their warranty but not the product quality per se.
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity II Revealed
6. Re: Pillars of Eternity II Revealed May 17, 2016, 12:05 CJ_Parker
Cutter wrote on May 17, 2016, 10:45:
Yeah, I'll be skipping this one thanks.

Same here. Definitely skipping the Kickstarter after the way they treated backers last time and how they kept the game in development for all eternity before it was properly fixed.
PoE 2 is a $9.99 or $4.99 Steam sale for the GOTY when the game and expansions are as finished as the releases from regular developers who know what the fuck they are doing.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
17. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 11:59 CJ_Parker
Qbex . wrote on May 17, 2016, 10:58:
I knew that "twice faster then titan x" was just a sleazy pr talk.

The "twice faster than TitanX" was always just in reference to VR where the 1080 does some of the computing (simultaneous multiprojection) about twice as fast.

They showed two slides at the event on May 6th. One with general non-VR gaming performance where the GTX 1080 was 20% ahead of the TitanX and one with VR gaming performance where the GTX 1080 was nearly twice as fast.

I'm not sure if there are VR benchmarks yet to illustrate the massive performance gains but it was not just PR talk. If you read up on the tech, you will find out that they can simply render more pixels per eye with the tech on the GTX 1080 (2.1 MPixel/eye vs. 1.4 MPixel/eye on previous crap).
Then add to this Lens Matched Shading and Single Pass Stereo and you arrive at nearly twice the performance of a TitanX under ideal conditions (i.e. where a developer has made ideal use of the available features).
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
13. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 11:42 CJ_Parker
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News Comments > System Shock Remastered Kickstarter Next Month
26. Re: System Shock Remastered Kickstarter Next Month May 16, 2016, 21:57 CJ_Parker
Fantaz wrote on May 16, 2016, 20:40:
why should it be PS4 only and ignore Xbox One?

It should ideally be PC-exclusive (Windows, Mac, Linux/SteamOS). But IF it has to go to console then yes PS4 would be much better than Shitbox. Sony is at least leaving PC gamers alone and not constantly shitting all over PC gaming like Microsoft does (GFWL, UWP, shady shabby backroom deals to actively sabotage and withhold games from PC gamers etc.).
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News Comments > System Shock Remastered Kickstarter Next Month
24. Re: System Shock Remastered Kickstarter Next Month May 16, 2016, 19:12 CJ_Parker
Bumpy wrote on May 16, 2016, 17:28:
'Being made for Xbox One and PC'

That's all I needed to read. I'll pass.

Seconded. This is $4.99 Steam sale material at best. I'm not gonna fund Shitbox development via KS. LOL. The thought alone makes me want to puke.
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News Comments > Acer Partners for StarVR
31. Re: Acer Partners for StarVR May 16, 2016, 16:02 CJ_Parker
Quboid wrote on May 16, 2016, 15:58:
Your tone looks more like CJ_Parker's than Parallax Abstraction's.

Aaaannnddd? Nothing wrong with that now is there??
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