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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Jul 3, 2016, 13:07 Wallshadows
 
What about a MOBA inside of a MOBA?

Someone fund me.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
2. Re: Hardware Reviews Jul 3, 2016, 12:52 Wallshadows
 
This is why I've been debating whether or not to build a Z97 machine over a Z170 for half the price. The perks of a Z170 such as DDR4 really has little to no impact in gaming and generally tapers off beyond 2133 save for rendering video.

Zen is the wild card. I heave heard that, on paper, the 40% improved IPC over Bulldozer puts it in to Haswell territory which is next door to Skylake as far as game performance is concerned but AMD may have more tricks up their sleeve to really put something great in to an otherwise stale market since Intel has been sitting on their hands since Sandy Bridge. Shame we have to wait till the fall/winter to find out if it's any good though and whether or not it's more affordable than a Skylake setup.
 
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News Comments > Josh Mosqueira Leaves Blizzard
5. Re: Josh Mosqueira Leaves Blizzard Jul 3, 2016, 12:26 Wallshadows
 
Kajetan wrote on Jul 3, 2016, 12:16:
The Half Elf wrote on Jul 3, 2016, 11:45:
Not boding well for Blizzard/Diablo when everyone is jumping ship.
So, one man is "everyone"?

I'd dare say that when the man who tried to unjaywilson the game in to what it is now is sort of a big deal even if I'm not really interested in Diablo 3 in general. On top of that, there have been a few other high-profile employees who have either left or been poached by the Warcraft team like John Yang, Don Vu, and Leonard Boyarsky.

They've likely shitcanned any new expansion at this point and will burn the entire Diablo 3 formula to the ground if they shift their aim towards a fourth entry or to re-invigorate Diablo 2 with an HD version then call it quits. Let the seasons push this dying horse to a river then put it out of its misery.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 1, 2016, 17:22 Wallshadows
 
Chipp0r wrote on Jul 1, 2016, 17:13:
Regarding GFX cards, for 2k plus gaming, a 1070 is the new standard. The 1060 will be a good upgrade card for the 750TI users to game at 1080p, hense 3GB. It is more of a budget card so it does fit.

The thing is is that if nVidia has another production issue with the 1060 or it doesn't fall in line with the budget of those who game at 1080p60hz, AMD will throw their RX 470 in to the ring which is a slightly cut down version of the 480 for $150/179 to snag the rest as it is aimed exactly at 1080p with 4/8GB variations. nVidia would likely then have to release a 1050 if they want some of that sweet entry/mainstream money.

The never ending cat and mouse game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 1, 2016, 16:47 Wallshadows
 
Regardless of how well this card performs, I have to wonder if they're going to get fucked over by low yields which essentially cancels out the MSRP due to markup which is what we're seeing now with 1070s and 1080s. It already commands a slight premium over the 480 (especially for the 6GB card) and, according to this rumor could place it 17% - 25% ahead of the R9 480 which would likely have it at 980 but if it gets hit by high markup and low availability then it leaves them in a vulnerable position if TSMC has anything to say about it.

$250USD for the 6GB would be damning if it is that much faster but I suspect we'll see them hit the market dry at $400USD for several months if nVidia has it in them to do another paper launch. Either way, I'm waiting for 480 AIBs so all I can do is wait and see what happens with this card. If it comes out with high quantities, better performance and doesn't carry a ridiculous price then I might surprise myself with this.

One general concern I have with the Pascal cards though is their limited overclocking headroom since their base clock has already been tuned upwards by default. The reference RX 480s suck even more ass but have shown quite a bit of promise when a better heatsink is installed, hitting somewhere near Nano territory on a 6pin before flaking out and if the Sapphire Nitro with an 8pin and better cooling is only ~10$ more than reference then that could throw a wrench in to the gears if that 10$ extra can mitigate the higher costs of a 1060 especially if it's a poor overclocker.

Interesting times ahead!

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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
1. Re: Hardware Reviews Jul 1, 2016, 11:28 Wallshadows
 
For those who are interested in the 480 but not so interested in the reference cards, Sapphire announced their Nitro series which will cost ~$11USD more than reference and ship with an 8-pin power adapter along with a DVI port.

The announced date is still unknown though. I'm surprised it's that cheap, personally, since you can get a much higher return on the card for such a minimal investment along with extra goodies.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Beta Tease
1. Re: Battlefield 1 Beta Tease Jul 1, 2016, 11:22 Wallshadows
 
Pre-order now and get early beta early access!  
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
23. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 21:49 Wallshadows
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 20:22:
snippy snip

Ahh, I see what you mean! I'm not sure why I didn't make the connection. Still emptying my head with rumors and hardware leaks I guess.

For someone with a 290, 390 and 970 I would absolutely tell them to wait for the 1060 because the 480 (especially reference) is definitely a side/nullgrade in that case. The 480 is geared more towards those who are sporting older series mainstream cards like the 270 or 750 TI which is where it'll have a much larger impact in terms of the 'wow' factor. For someone who is already there, it kind of sucks because now if you want to upgrade you're essentially being funneled in to a single option until next year and, by then, I am sure there will be Ti options to counter whatever AMD has up their sleeve.

If I had to guess, this is also likely the first time we've seen both manufacturers cleanly split the market for their new generation pf cards. Instead of creating an entry for each price point which would give consumers a more clear cut upgrade path and filling in with Xs and Tis we now have nVidia backing up in to the mainstream market and it won't be until next year when we see AMDs high-end solution.
 
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News Comments > BioShock: The Collection Leak?
5. Re: BioShock: The Collection Leak? Jun 29, 2016, 19:28 Wallshadows
 
I didn't really find they had enough replay value so I don't know how I feel about this.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 29, 2016, 18:21 Wallshadows
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 15:12:
This just leaves me baffled... despite 14nm AMD did not manage lower power consumption than the GTX 970 at 28nm ... and lower performance for more power consumption? Why the hell would anyone buy that?

I have to agree with this kind of criticism. It seems kind of backwards in every sense of the word when it comes to the amount of power it uses even with <5% overclocking. Raja Koduri said they're looking in to it so who knows if it's something they can fix or if they'll have to perform some kind of recall since it can potentially fry the shit out of your motherboard.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
17. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 17:59 Wallshadows
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 15:42:
Imo the 480 to be killer had to fall in-between a 970 and 1070, not a 1070. The 1060 is most likely going to take this out easily, because it's going to take out a 970.

Something I would like to throw out is that there are review sites that are stacking the deck against the 480 by comparing it to overclocked 970s while consistently equals to or pulls ahead of a stock 970 (This depends where you look though, different test beds and whatnot). If we are to compare an overclocked 480 to an overclocked 970, that's something we'll have to wait on since there's barely any headroom in the 480.

The hype though, holy shit. I was browsing the sub-reddit for several days and it was nothing but insanity. It went from being a cheap 390/970 for the masses and gradually became compared to Fury and 980 based on nothing but a screenshot of Firestrike. I'm sure it'll overclock nicely with more power and a better heat sink but they were really asking for way more than a $200 card could ever deliver. There's this but it's still likely handicapped by the single 6-pin power.

As for the 1060, I've heard rumors that it might be a 3/6GB card and fit in the $250/300 ballpark range but those are only rumors. I am curious but do you have a source for your information in regards to how it compares to the 970? I've seen folks theory out the numbers but even those aren't set in stone and likely came from the same rumor mill.

I'm not trying to be an AMD fanboy or anything but I don't think the 480 should be dismissed because it isn't performing as well as overly hyped fans had hoped. If anything, I hope the 1060 comes out swinging and be another price:performance champion.

Creston wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 17:57:
Hopefully we'll see a Twin Frozr version of this card. If we do, I'm pretty interested in it, since I currently game at 1080p anyway.

Third parties have already indicated that they'll be out "soon" and have released images but no hard date has been set. Some are using the PowerColor 'Devil' release date of July 10th as a reference. In fact, the Sapphire Nitro was just shown.

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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 29, 2016, 14:46 Wallshadows
 
Not only do you need to comment, you need to have a top level comment.

Well boys, who wants to make a dollar?
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
14. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 14:33 Wallshadows
 
Shineyguy wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 14:19:
If it's less than 10% that's already better than reference designs as all people seem to be getting there is an average of 3.5% OC.

That sounds about right as the XFX model is ~4.5% after I double checked the boost speed. Still not worth the premium though, in my opinion. Would rather spend that extra on a lower-end AIB since, by then, this SKU will likely vanish and one will take its place.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
12. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 13:55 Wallshadows
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 13:43:
XFX is releasing an overclocked "Black" edition today. It has a custom back plate that is apparently better, but comes in at $270.


While true, it's less than a 10% overclock. Anything north of that and you're running in to power issues since it only draws from a 6-pin power connector. I never personally bought in to buying cards which have a higher price tag because they're slightly overclocked since I can do it myself in about 3 seconds. I'm not sure what the worth of that back plate on a reference card is either to be honest.

AIBs will solve power and heat issues but they might not be expected for weeks which I don't mind. I can play everything 'okay' on my 280 until then. They'll be more but if they come with DVI or two then that would offset the cost of having to otherwise buy DP to DVI adapters.

Rumor has it that the 1060 will be announced and/or released on the 9th of July so that could be interesting too if true.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
10. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 13:05 Wallshadows
 
I'm not sure what those who are bagging on the 480 were expecting as it was never advertised as being even comparable to a 1070 for single card usage. It's a new card which allows the mainstream market to enjoy some of the bells and whistles which were typically reserved for cards that are much more expensive without breaking the bank. It's also worth noting that these are all reference boards so if you plan to overclock for more performance, you're shit outta luck for the most part until AIBs are released.

970/390 performance for ~$200/230 is phenomenal if you ask me and, if anything, it'll re-invigorate the battle of the mainstream which is where the vast majority of the market is found. We're all winners when shit like this happens.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Jun 28, 2016, 10:13 Wallshadows
 
fujiJuice wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 00:36:
Why is that? Did you change credit cards or not enable the authenticator?

I don't have Steam Guard on my account because I don't have an iPhone or a Droid. Even if I went and got one today, there is still a 15 day hold before I can use the market.
 
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News Comments > System Shock Specs
1. Re: System Shock Specs Jun 28, 2016, 09:53 Wallshadows
 
Pretty steep for being such a visually bland looking release. Not a strike against the game itself but the trailer and photos don't really show anything special on a technical level when compared to, say, DOOM which uses nearly identical (if not lower) requirements for minimum and recommended. Must be a Unity thing.

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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jun 27, 2016, 23:58 Wallshadows
 
Thank you, Steam!  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 26, 2016, 17:18 Wallshadows
 
All I bought so far is This War of Mine and Stalker - Call of Pripyat which I've gone ahead and modded but not played. TWoM isn't really as grim as many say but I have a feeling those who say it is are probably the types who eat a tomato and say it's spicy.

As for Ark, well, for the first time since I was gifted it several months ago, I decided to give it a try. I joined my friend's private server and he literally had a god damn giant beaver with a saddle on it and I was instantly sold on the game. I'll come back to it later after I finish my new FO4 playthrough and dabble in TWoM/CoP.

 
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News Comments > Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway
1. Re: Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway Jun 23, 2016, 13:11 Wallshadows
 
Steam is trying real hard to not crash right now.

Oh, there it goes!

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