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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
38. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 2, 2017, 14:47 NewMaxx
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 14:17:
if thats the most current and up to date competition, thats surprising because they are usually in that range of price

im talking about comparable products - newest AMD vs newest Intel.. thats the point im trying to make

will there be any value to AMD or will intel drop their price to compete and edge them out

thats the real question

The 7600K is the newest i5 and traditionally Intel's i5s have been in the $209-239 range. They have never been $300 chips. The 2500K, the most famous of all, launched at $216. The 4670K, $227. Etc. I'm not trying to be a dick and I'm not trying to single you out, I'm just stating the facts. If you're talking i7, which have been $300+ chips, then the direct competition is the Ryzen 1700 with the 1700X/1800X being up against Intel's 6-cores, which IMHO is a different comparison all-together.

Intel has dropped their new chips in price a bit but I wouldn't jump to conclusions because Kaby Lake is basically Skylake with higher clocks and we saw the same sale prices for the latter over Black Friday and 2016 holidays as we're seeing now. Microcenter has always undercut standard online prices a bit (to get you into their stores) but quite frankly something like a 7600K + MSI M5 combo for $335 (current) is more than a good value versus the current Ryzen stock, at least for a budget gaming machine.
 
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News Comments > Game Developers Choice Awards
10. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 2, 2017, 14:38 NewMaxx
 
Firewatch was good. A lot of people were pissed because it seemed like it was going to offer more freedom - both in choice and in exploration. Others thought it cost too much for what it offered (and I may have leaned a bit into that camp). That being said, I thought it was a pretty good example of what a tight narrative should be like for a budget/indie game.  
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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
25. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 2, 2017, 12:52 NewMaxx
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 10:55:
the real question for gamers is how the $259 6-core will compare to the $300 i5 model

The 7600K is $199 at Microcenter right now, was $219 at Fry's, and has been relegated to $239 status at Amazon (going down during sales). Not sure where you get the $300 figure.

That being said, in gaming the 7600K fares okay against Ryzen in the 1080p and VR space. Moving forward it's ideal to have 6+ cores or threads so 4/4 might become limiting (making the Ryzen 6/12 an interesting choice), although much can be made up with IPC and raw clock speed. Still, in most games and with overclocking considerations the i5 will be hard to beat. For a pure budget gaming machine it will likely still be the best bet.
 
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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
22. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 2, 2017, 12:47 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 11:47:
In theory the R5s should have higher boost speeds, because they don't need as much cooling. IN practice, it depends on how the binning works

The 6/12 chips are cut-down 8/16 since they share the same cache layout (which means they can't bin them down hard at all), however the 1600X also has the same TDP as the 1700X. That latter point doesn't really mean much in practice beyond the fact you won't have the same headroom you'd expect on many of those "budget" Intel overclockers. They should still overclock better and may be a better value on the whole depending on your needs.
 
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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
21. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 2, 2017, 12:42 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 11:07:
Someone explain to me what is going on here please. That memory latency is not making sense to me, and if that is a true measurement then AMD has released a TOTALLY broken memory controller.

The memory controller has been long-known to be terrible (check my earlier posts on here about Ryzen's IMC) but that is something they can fix moving forward. It's why you don't see ECC support, quad-channel support, 8xDIMM support, or even fast dual-channel DDR4 support. No doubt a cost-saving feature as well as some tech incompetence (although their GPU division tends to make excellent memory controllers) and it will hurt in many places - mostly gaming (1080p) and a bit on VR latencies. Plus, of course, in many other areans.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Video
15. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Video Mar 1, 2017, 16:52 NewMaxx
 
*edit*

PeeBee is annoying
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Mass Effect: Andromeda
34. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect: Andromeda Feb 27, 2017, 00:28 NewMaxx
 
Bundy wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 00:02:
I better be the damn Messiah. If I wanted to be a random nobody, I'd put the controller down and spend time with my family, go to work, watch TV.

LOL! Well, even Mario was an exceptional plumber. If you know what I mean.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda System Specs
9. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda System Specs Feb 25, 2017, 21:01 NewMaxx
 
Rhett wrote on Feb 25, 2017, 19:34:
Also, these min/rec specs seem silly now... It's not like 1080p is the "staple" anymore, but it's still the majority, so are these recommended requirements for 1440p or 1080p? I'm guessing somewhere in the middle, since Frostbite is quite stable and optimized, but makes me wonder why they don't specify ideal settings for these specs.

My guess would be roughly 1080p60 on different settings (low-medium/max), given the engine, the VRAM (2GB/3GB for min/rec), and the cards listed.
 
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News Comments > Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta
40. Re: Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Feb 25, 2017, 16:53 NewMaxx
 
I posted another video of Wildlands and also put together a quick spreadsheet with weapon stats linked in the description. Good hunting!  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Trailers
1. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Trailers Feb 24, 2017, 03:28 NewMaxx
 
What about Natalie DDormer?  
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News Comments > Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta
25. Re: Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Feb 24, 2017, 03:26 NewMaxx
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 24, 2017, 01:49:
I didn't play this, but from the videos it looked like Just Cause: Ghost Recon.

I prefer to call it...Ghosta Rican!

On that note - performance is still poop. NVIDIA, get the game-ready driver out!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 22, 2017, 13:40 NewMaxx
 
Single-core IPC is about 15% lower and I expect multi-thread IPC to be about 35% lower. This is estimated based on some of the benchmark leaks I've seen. The 1700 is marketed at the 7700K price point so there's a 3/3.7 v 4.2/4.5 clock difference as well, with the 7700K at +40% clock. So, Ryzen has double the cores, but when factoring in IPC and clock rates with workloads with 4/8 or less cores/threads, Intel should still do very well. In areas where turbo is sustainable the Ryzen catches up, relatively speaking, but not as much as you would expect. Ryzen can close the gap to 7% and 15% IPC differential in some benchmarks but the analysis is mostly the same.

More concerning is the very weak IMC on Ryzen - I suspect this will be fixed in the refresh. That's troublesome because they're clearly going for a more cores/threads strategy which relies more heavily on memory bandwidth. It also makes it harder for them to compete versus the quad channel Intel boards. Also, the Ryzen motherboard leaks so far have been pretty underwhelming, many having slower RAM and the older Realtek embedded designs, while the better boards are getting to the $299 range you see for Intel's superior platforms. They're toeing a very fine line.

The cache design will help a lot (especially with HBM2-capable GPUs for gaming) but it also means the 6/12 chips will be cut-down 8/16. Those will be the very best bargains, especially for overclockers and gamers. Whether or not they are delayed remains to be seen. These Ryzen chips will fill a lot of gaps and offer nice alternatives for many buyers but I suspect as I've said before it's more of a "soup or salad?" situation - and honestly it's looking VERY much like the Ryzen refresh will be the chips to get (AMD even says "better to come" in their leaked slide), especially with memory price history. Otherwise I'd advocate the 6/12 chip with water cooling for now if you're in the market.

For the record - and I've posted about this here before - I have found some modern games benefit from more than i5's 4/4 configuration, but generally 4/6 is where you hit serious diminishing returns. Certainly Ryzen might benefit from future GPUs and GPU technology but there are still a lot of question marks for me. Here's a good video going into detail though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plXoBXFodHI
 
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News Comments > Total War: WARHAMMER Free Expansion Next Week
8. Re: Total War: WARHAMMER Free Expansion Next Week Feb 22, 2017, 10:00 NewMaxx
 
Slashman wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 09:19:
I care not one whit about PVP so that means jack squat to me. I picked this up for $12 by subscribing to the Humble Bundle Monthly thing. I'm supposed to get a bunch more games by the 6th of March in the same deal as well. If they aren't worth it, I'll cancel and still have TW:W.

I'll pick up the DLC bit by bit as I play the different factions. Not really in a rush to have all in one go. So hopefully as sales come and go, I'll still get it all on the cheap side.

I don't care a lot about PVP but many people do. I mentioned it's "in the game" because I believe the AI can use the DLC units and races against you (without you having purchased it). So, much of the DLC is for flavor when you want to engage in the new storylines/quests with unique units. Gamesplanet UK is a good place to pick them up (be sure to get the 3% Steam group discount) and while I do think they're generally overpriced, they are nice additions and none are too crazy expensive (minus maybe the Wood Elves).

The rest of the bundle games will be revealed March 3rd I believe and they do go month-to-month so there's no risk...and this game alone is worth $12 (or $10.80 if you have the discount and are a new subscriber). Very good deal - you can use the cash you save towards the DLC you want.
 
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News Comments > Total War: WARHAMMER Free Expansion Next Week
6. Re: Total War: WARHAMMER Free Expansion Next Week Feb 22, 2017, 09:04 NewMaxx
 
This game is a good deal at $10.80 on the Monthly Humble Bundle if you previously grabbed a bundle and never subscribed. The DLC is pretty annoying because most of it is in the game, just not accessible to you unless you pay...which would be fine except the cost of DLC at this point exceeds the base game on sale and it's a bit P2W if you want to maximize your PVP potential.  
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News Comments > Next Overwatch Hero Greek?
12. Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek? Feb 20, 2017, 23:11 NewMaxx
 
Rilcon wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 17:04:
I didn't realize the BN community had this many assholes in it. I mean, going by these comments, y'all voted for Trump and wear MAGA caps indoors.

I wouldn't go that far but let's just say the media's shenanigans over the last year+ have made Trump not only acceptable but nearly desirable. The fact that some people have doubled-down behind that bullshit only widens the divide. I had to watch as my favorite social media spots got swarmed with shill locusts and ruined the few places I could go without PR nonsense because people were "#withher" and I'll be damned if I'm going to live in a world where any remnant of the Soros-backed sac-suckers still draw breath.

If that makes me an asshole then - guilty as charged.
 
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News Comments > Rainbow Six Siege Patch Tomorrow
1. Re: Rainbow Six Siege Patch Tomorrow Feb 20, 2017, 23:06 NewMaxx
 
"sometimes spawns as immobile drone, which carries over to the action phase."

Sounds like Blue's sex life, am I right? *rimshot* ...thank you, thank you, I'm here all week.

 
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News Comments > Hearts of Iron IV Sells 500K Copies
6. Re: Hearts of Iron IV Sells 500K Copies Feb 20, 2017, 17:17 NewMaxx
 
Great game. A lot easier to get into than HOI3 and a lot less time-consuming to reach a point of passable competence...

Easiest way to learn is probably Brazil with a pathway towards joining the Allies. Got tons of manpower and civilian factories to do most anything, albeit with weakpoints in technology and some resources. Of course these can be overcome by going with the Allies...
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Re: Sunday Consolidation Feb 19, 2017, 17:58 NewMaxx
 
Reminds me of No Man's Sky  
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News Comments > Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Next Week
15. Re: Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Next Week Feb 17, 2017, 07:13 NewMaxx
 
Nice, I'm excited! I did some preliminary videos during the closed beta and should be doing more (better) ones during the open beta. (namely, fixing my new mic)

Had a lot of fun with the game but it certainly has a lot of bugs and the performance was lackluster no matter how you slice it. A lot of people weren't too happy with some of the mechanics - vehicle control probably being the worst - but I actually kind of like the looser feel for an open world co-op game. I don't think it'll be as solid for a solo experience and PVP will be at some point further down the line. Still, I'll be getting this game over For Honor for my gaming crew.
 
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News Comments > Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio
12. Re: Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio Feb 15, 2017, 23:46 NewMaxx
 
I just find it funny because I was just telling my friend about how everybody is making their own game studio these days (Humble Bundle, Adult Swim, etc) and I was talking like Amazon had already done it. Then I turn around and read this today and laugh...

"ambitious new project that taps into the power of the AWS Cloud and Twitch to connect players around the globe in a thrilling new game world"

I'm reading that as F2P with microtransactions, with of course bonuses!1!1 if you have Amazon Prime. Bezos can suck it, I'm done with his shitty ass company and all their shenanigans. I'm still using a ($50) Nook Simple Touch for e-reading and this guy has the balls to bring out Kindle Voyage...has their own credit card, treats their employees like shit, wants to fly drones around and put Echo Dots in everybody's homes, all while he pushes his politics via the Washington Post. On second thought maybe Smedley was the right hire after all! Sony had to learn from quite a few mistakes...

Oh and yes, Amazon owns Twitch, but I left it in the dust far before that when they had their hacks and shitty policies and poor latency etc, not a bad fit.

(disclaimer: I invested in AMZN four years ago but have since moved my money to other tech companies, they continue to spend spend spend with relatively low revenues)
 
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