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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 28, 2016, 18:50 NewMaxx
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 17:51:
The funny thing is, if you are a gamer, the cpu is not nearly as important as the graphics card. Used to have my system over clocked until I realized that there was no difference when running games. Anyways the overclocked cpu only lasted a year and a half. My current cpu is 4 years+ and going strong.

The newer Intel cpus really don't offer enough performance difference to buy a new one, especially since it will include a new motherboard and memory. While I have upgraded the graphics card 3 times during that period.

Depends on the GPU and the game. With a GTX 1080 I've seen gains for minimum and average FPS of up to 50% going from a 2500K to 6700K - both overclocked to 4.5 GHz. The IPC gains are only in the ~20% range between those two, but the HT actually helps a lot in games like Battlefield 1.

For a more modern example, how about a 4690 vs. a 6700 (both still at 4.5 GHz) in Watch Dogs 2 with a GTX 1080? You go from 45/56.2 (min/avg) FPS to 65/73.4. If a gain of 30.6% on average FPS is "no difference" to you - and keep in mind going from a 2500K would add a bunch more - then I don't know what to tell you.

My 2500K was definitely holding me back in modern games - The Witcher 3, GTA V, BF1, WD2, etc. Now, a highly overclocked 2600K is still viable especially with a lesser GPU and DX12 will eek out more performance from weak CPUs, but any serious gamer (like myself) can definitely benefit even from just the 20% IPC gains. Every frame matters in an era of VR and G-Sync/FreeSync.

Games can currently utilize up to 6 threads and 4 cores, although more than that brings little to no benefit (using the same test in WD2 I mention above, going 4/8 to 8/16 only brings ~10% more avg FPS). So I don't anticipate great gaming gains from, say, the 8/16 Zen, but anybody on an old chip shouldn't assume they're okay with modern games.

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 25, 2016, 23:08 NewMaxx
VaranDragon wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 15:21:
Warhammer End Times Vermintide is still at -66%. I'm really digging the game, probably the best buy I've made on Steam so far. Im enjoying this more than L4D, even though it lacks a Versus mode. Best part, you don't need to buy any of the DLC maps to play on them the DLC is only required if you want to host the games on those maps.

I had a key for both RB6 and Vermintide and couldn't move it for $12.50 (I just gave it away), too many scamsters out there to reliably resell, I guess.
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News Comments > NVIDIA Hotfix Drivers
7. Re: NVIDIA Hotfix Drivers Dec 24, 2016, 00:37 NewMaxx
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 24, 2016, 00:33:
Redmask wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 14:57:
375MB, jesus game driver packages are getting pretty huge.

Not to mention that if you update regularly you have a few GB of unused old nvidia unpacked setups, on your system drive no less, each weighting a lofty 1gb... talk about wasting precious SSD space. And yes, 375 and 376 weigh unpacked 1gb! And the stupid setup does not delete the old driver folders. Meaning you will have quite a few of em here

Also check for installer2.

Hint: use the program Everything
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
23. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 22, 2016, 19:09 NewMaxx
Marx predicted a future where the average person would no longer have to labor and instead would spend his or her time in politics and working for the interests of mankind. In that, perhaps, he was correct, but the concept of a UBI is a pipedream and dangerous to boot. While it's true people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are pushing for UBI (why anybody would assume a barely-functioning physics theorist would know anything about economics is beyond me), I feel they are reaching beyond their fields. Musk certainly is known for "out there" ideas while pushing the boundaries of engineering, but he's being short-sighted on economics.

Consider out-sourcing and especially cloud computing today. For pennies the average person can lease some time on supercomputers and do a startling array of calculations. The amount of power at our fingertips is astonishing. Now, imagine everybody is capable of making fluid designs on their phones with the ability to 3D print great numbers of these, also for pennies. Conceive of everyone being an entrepreneur, a la the artisan revolution that is happening in many industries. Picture it along Marx's lines as mentioned above - everybody can use their unique talents and viewpoints to provide superior products and ideas for all of mankind.

The problem with UBI is that it's the lowest common denominator of solutions. It requires absolutely no thought while being ridiculously prone to abuse. We've seen this throughout the entire history of social welfare dating back to Victorian times. The whole concept is applying a centuries-old paradigm to a very modern problem. Yes, Marx and industrialists predicted this over a hundred years ago, but they conceived of it as factories and laboring robots; they didn't anticipate computing or social media and their conception of globalism was limited, particularly with regard to cultural clashes.

UBI has become a huge concept all of a sudden for a variety of reasons that may go unnoticed. One, it's being pushed because Democrats lost the working vote and they hope it offers them a way forward. Two, migrations created by post-colonial states are putting stress on Europe's economies. Three, China's middle class is burgeoning and cheap labor along with the need for clean manufacturing implies a move away from human labor. Lastly, the move towards renewable energies will impact the raw materials industry massively. In short - UBI is coming from the elites and is certainly not designed to benefit the working class; the real solution must be bottom-up, not top-down.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 21, 2016, 13:49 NewMaxx
Good god, if this is what passes as the "world's #1 twitch streamer" I think Trump is the least of our worries.  
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News Comments > Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface?
23. Re: Crytek Closes Five Studios; Sells Warface? Dec 20, 2016, 23:43 NewMaxx
swaaye wrote on Dec 20, 2016, 17:00:
I don't know what Crytek was thinking with Warframe.

Warface, not Warframe.

I actually played a bit of it. Very strange game. The monetization was over the top, IMHO.
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News Comments > The Division Free Weekend
4. Re: The Division Free Weekend Dec 14, 2016, 21:56 NewMaxx
Great game that's worth putting in the time if you want to get 100% in everything (lore) and hit the max level (30) and then some. After that it becomes a grind even with the fixes and the PVP, which was amazing in concept, just doesn't work. Of course I haven't played in months but I put in 260 hrs originally and felt I got my money's worth. For certain people it might fill a niche.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 14, 2016, 18:27 NewMaxx
Russia has influenced every modern U.S. election. Technology is besides the point. To the contrary, spycraft was borne of social engineering. The U.S. and especially the CIA has meddled in numerous political battlegrounds in other states and the latter has often acted as counter-intelligence, as well. The fact it's all of a sudden hashtag-worthy where you have people talking about "rogue elements" of the FBI only speaks to the reality that everything is hunky-dory until the candidate all the money was behind loses. Then you pull a "Plan B" and the true elements come out of the woodwork. If you're willing to consider a conspiracy of that magnitude to get Trump elected then I fail to see how you can ignore Hillary's security mis-steps, Pizzagate, or any other "ridiculous" theory. Then again, hypocrisy is a dish best served hot.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Patch Tomorrow
5. Re: Battlefield 1 Patch Tomorrow Dec 13, 2016, 00:35 NewMaxx
Yep, the effective range was the issue, at least for me. Definitely cheaters, rest is just the gun-play mechanics, reminds me of people mastering recoil patterns on bursts in CS:GO...which is fine but, just not suitable for a WWI FPS IMHO.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Patch Tomorrow
3. Re: Battlefield 1 Patch Tomorrow Dec 12, 2016, 22:55 NewMaxx
The shotguns definitely needed patched. It was getting ridiculous and completely ruining certain maps like Argonne Forest. The 10-A Hunter was really the worst culprit because of its concentrated fire; getting one-hit killed at up to 20m with a shotgun is completely insane.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
30. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 11, 2016, 08:59 NewMaxx
NKD wrote on Dec 11, 2016, 01:06:
[I don't think "What about Hillary" is a logically sound excuse for anything now that the election is over.

It's known as whataboutism and is indeed a logical fallacy. China and Russia still rely heavily on it when dealing with the West, especially the U.S. I followed the U.S. presidential election very carefully and I saw it utilized on both sides, but actually far more often in the pro-Clinton camp. "She erased emails? What about the Bush administration doing the same!"

The defense that she has a much more storied history than Trump in the political realm is justifiable. Your later comment about being okay with waiting until Trump is in office is reasonable but people need to realize that after seeing the amount of collusion in the election - verified with the DNC and media, unverified with Trump and Russia - that even then you can't judge the man based on what you read or hear.

In the era of "fake news" and bias we have a moment where Wikileaks is the most reputable source - and already the media has tried its hardest to discredit it as being timed, censored, and Russian-backed. I think Trump will provide plenty of fodder for criticism in his own right but consider that we already have a lot against Hillary and she generally had the media and establishment on her side!

I'm a moderate and I watched in horror as CTR invaded Reddit, Facebook, and my other social media haunts. Pro-Trump rhetoric was vilified and in some cases censored. I had no horse in the race but the bottom line is, any campaign that shady (also true during the primaries against Sanders) deserves to be questioned. Does that give Trump carte blanche? Not at all - I'm just indicating he will never get a "fair trial" on anything he does.
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 14:48 NewMaxx
Beamer wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 11:32:
I remember playing Fighter Ace on Microsoft Zone back in, I dunno, maybe 1997? That game would give you a message every time there was a bullet impact. If a bullet hit you, it was red text saying something like "You were shot in the fuselage by FighterAce1977," and it would be the reverse in green text if you made the hit. Given that you were firing dozens of bullets at once, getting a good volley in a ship meant a sudden scroll of green text in the corner of your screen. It was immediate, satisfying feedback. It's how I first noticed how important things like that were - you just kept playing for more instant feedback like that, just one more hit.

Look at the Modern Warfare games. Two things they did was change the target reticle when you land a shot, and then give a +100 pop up every time you kill someone. Initially complained about as arcady, but every time you see that pop up you hunger for the next one.

Contrast that with some of the earlier games in the series, or even occasional modern games in other series, and there's very little feedback for you doing something good like hitting someone, and I lose interest in those shooters quicker.

Another modern example would be Battlefield 1. The satisfaction of hearing that "kill" sound is just so sweet. Constant points for doing anything pop up for you; suppression, defense, assisting, flares, spotting, healing, ammo resupply, everything. If you disable those the game feels completely different...
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Dec 9, 2016, 12:13 NewMaxx
Really good game in the Commandos style, slow and methodical. It proved to be pretty frustrating in some situations and I think I'm going to move past it but when it works, it works well. I guess I'm getting too old to get stressed out by tactical minutiae. It's a game that requires planning and patience and is satisfying in that stealthy attrition kind of way. More than one way to crack a nut in many of the levels and plenty of challenges for replayability. No real complaints on the game-play, interface, etc., and the team is pushing out big updates on a regular basis already. Definitely a solid developer behind this one. I do suggest rebinding of keys and the timing required makes playing this on non-desktop machines pretty difficult. If you liked the aforementioned Commandos games, The Legend of Sherwood, and other games in that vein, this is pretty much as good as it gets in recent times.  
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News Comments > Steep Released
11. Re: Steep Released Dec 3, 2016, 05:30 NewMaxx
Played the beta with some friends. Not a $60 game in this or any other universe. It's fun and might be addictive for those who liked snow games of old but it keeps giving me the feeling of "The Crew on a ski slope," if that makes any sense. Just felt like it was geared to a certain type of gamer.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2016, 17:12 NewMaxx
That driving article is pretty horrible.

I also disagree with its assertions. I've been all along the East Coast and Florida has atrocious driving. Variety of reasons for that, of course, but it's the worst I've ever seen, even worse than some of my New Jersey experiences (although around D.C. in Virginia IS really bad, #3 on the graph). The graph in the article having FL as 2nd best (49 out of 50) is completely wrong. Their methodology might be useful for insurance but in terms of actually measuring "bad driving" it's way off the mark.
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News Comments > Overwatch PTR Launches
15. Re: Overwatch PTR Launches Jun 22, 2016, 23:32 NewMaxx
VaranDragon wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 10:39:
Great! Prepare for Toxicwatch, taking toxic player behavior to limits never imagined even in such a venerated title as Heroes of the Shitstorm.

Blah blah blah, tick rate. Blah blah blah, freesync/g-sync! Blah blah blah, input lag. Blah blah blah, blah!

I was one of the first people to get a GTX 1080 (6/6) and I've maintained a presence on some forums and the NVIDIA sub-reddit. All you hear is how you need a 144 Hz+ monitor to compete in Overwatch, but then that it's shitty since the tick-rate is 20 Hz, but then the competitive mode (PTR) is 64! V-sync and even fastsync lags! Gotta have g-sync!

F this noise. Overwatch isn't competitive. It's for posers who want to pretend they're competitive. The entire thing is a mockery of skill. What WoW did for the MMORPG industry (and I mean that in a bad way), Overwatch is doing to the "competitive" FPS genre. Whole new level of toxic, indeed; it will make the WoW forums look downright civil.

Overwatch is the iOS to TF2's Android. Choose wisely.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2016, 04:33 NewMaxx
So, how do you guys pronounce Linux? Just curious. I mean, it's named after the kernel's creator, Linus Torvalds, right? So shouldn't it be line-ex and not lin-ex? I've also heard the argument that acronyms (of which GIF is one) needs to have the same sound as the principal words. It's not true, in fact there are plenty of cases to the contrary (e.g., scuba isn't "scuh-bah"). So any argument for "giff" over "jiff" is inherently flawed.

It's simple. When the creator prefers one pronunciation over the other - lin-ex and jiff, as it happens - that's pretty much the tie-breaker.

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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
74. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 20, 2016, 23:08 NewMaxx
The Pascal architecture has moved a bit closer to what AMD has done with GCN but the type of hardware asynchronous compute you see in Ashes of the Singularity will not be supported any better than Maxwell. I do believe you will have such support in Volta, but people expecting it out of Pascal clearly do not understand how this technology gets taped out. Pascal has been in the works for years and it was based off of Maxwell which was even older than that; you could therefore say there was no intention of such support five years in advance.

The two questions are then: what does NVIDIA mean when it says Pascal (and Maxwell) has asynchronous compute support and does the difference matter? It's actually a bit complicated, akin to branch prediction in CPUs, which is why preemption is even mentioned and where NVIDIA is fine, and hyper-threading, which is the area NVIDIA stumbles. Needless to say Pascal and Maxwell lack the ability to do graphics and compute simultaneously without a performance drop.

As for the second question: in my honest opinion, no, it doesn't much matter. AMD has innovated a lot of technologies in the graphics arena, often years in advance (cards in 2012 had full async. compute support!), but by the time it's relevant you'll have NVIDIA's "Core 2 Duo." I just don't see async. compute as all that important right now. NVIDIA bet on VR and I think that was a good choice.

Also, as someone in this thread stated, NVIDIA's architecture natively is more efficient than AMD's so it doesn't have to rely on such methods to operate at peak performance most of the time. Polaris won't be competing against the 1080 anyway. I'm reminded of when I purchased a X800 card over a decade ago that lacked full 9.0c support; that actually DID become a problem. This is NOT the same situation but people keep suggesting it is. Whether or not this divergence of architectural approach is good or bad for the industry is simply academic at the moment.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 18, 2016, 19:52 NewMaxx
CJ's right. Rumors have put the Polaris 10 anywhere from 390/390X to 980 Ti performance at the $299 price point. However, given what we know about the chip, it will fall below the 1070. It will probably offer superior $/performance and its VR capabilities will likely make it a fantastic entry-level card for that. We'll know in 2 weeks. The Polaris 11 is an amazing chip in its own right but it's not even in the same league. The 1060 will likely fall between the two. What we have here is two companies filling in different segments between each other.

Keep in mind the heavy hitters - the HBM2 cards, Vega and "Big Pascal" - are a completely different story.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 18, 2016, 18:45 NewMaxx
eRe4s3r wrote on May 18, 2016, 12:42:
Nvidia themselves place it ABOVE 980TI and Titan X in performance in their graph... barely, but enough to make this card an absolute beast if that is true.

It should come pretty close to a 980 Ti, yes.

A 1080 averages +31.99% over a 980 Ti in DX11, both stock, averaged over a dozen reviews. The 1070 has 1920 cores versus the 1080's 2560, and a boost of 1683 MHz vs. 1733 MHz. That's +37.29%. Memory is 256-bit but it's 8 GHz vs. 10 GHz on the 1080, a difference of +25%. This averages out to about +31.15%. So basically <1% faster than 980 Ti by raw hardware specs alone.

Of course there has been much speculation about # of cores and ROPs so the performance may adjust upward but it's at least comparable to a 980 Ti.

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