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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 4, 2017, 08:45 Verno
 
Fantaz wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 18:57:
well that's your opinions since a lot would argue that freesync is better than gsync?

Sure its just my opinion, as well as a technical fact and one shared by pretty much every reputable tech site out there. FreeSync is part of VESA, that's all I can say in its favor. It doesn't require a hardware module in monitors but that also comes with several downsides which is why its inferior.

From a consumers point of view you really have to do a cost to benefit analysis and decide for yourself. I would rather pay more and get better performance. A G-Sync monitor isn't cheap but its something that will last a long time. Given that I don't need to upgrade my desktop every 3 years anymore I don't mind putting some extra cash into other areas.

I find all of the discussion about Nvidia vs AMD kind of silly. I don't care what their respective positions are in the market. I buy what is best for me as a consumer at the time of purchase. I don't really care what badge is attached to the card or tech. If AMD had made G-Sync I would still be saying the same thing.

And while I have no doubt monitor manufactures are applying an enthusiast tax, I also have reservations that nVidia is being entirely honest about the true costs of adding the chip. but free-sync gets job done in most cases and is $200 cheaper to boot. While I've not had chance to compare monitors directly it's my understanding the differences are unnoticeable or barely noticeable in actual use.

Its an FPGA and some DDR3. The costs are known, Nvidia isn't hiding anything. There's a significant performance difference between them by the way, I don't know where you heard differently. Maybe some consumers are less discerning than I am but I'm no competitive gamer and it was readily apparent when looking at display models. Most of the Freesync monitors I saw couldn't even manage a respectable refresh rate range, G-Sync blew them out of the water. Yes its more expensive but again, I'm not upgrading other components very much anymore so it was an easy choice to make in an area to see large immediate improvements. I'd also point out that there are few IPS Freesync monitors supporting LFC with decent refresh ranges and several of those are nearing their G-Sync equivalent in cost.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 15:16 Verno
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:13:
freesync+HDR, yes please. I can only hope with the widespread industry adoption of freesync Nvidia will be forced to support it. While it's hard to do an exact apples to apples comparison g-sync appears to add an extra $200-250 over the price of a similar free-sync monitor. IMO you're better off pumping that money into a better video card. I seem to remember reading somewhere that gsync laptops worked in the same way as free-sync, i.e. they didn't have the proprietary gsync chip, and all the work was done on the GPU.

The FPGA module itself is only like $50, add another $30 for associated manufacturing costs but monitor manufacturers are pricing some profit into the equation. That's understandable because G-Sync is the significantly better tech right now and it's very desirable with enthusiasts as a result. Most of the FreeSync monitors I've tested had garbage ranges and the few with decent ones were priced very highly themselves.

I disagree with your assessment about "better off spending more on the video card" too. A monitor is multi-generational, you can have them for a very long time. Video cards are really hit and miss, some cards like an 8800GTX are real time winners but others barely limp past a few years of effectiveness. I would have no problem saving up a bit and dropping $800 on a monitor, you stare at it all the time so quality is important and I want something that will do the rest of my setup justice. I'd also point out that uneven framerate consistency is where Freesync/G-Sync shine. If you dump $800 into a video card then you don't really need it at all, you're going to push high frames in everything...for the 3 years that card is relevant anyway.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 20, 2016, 15:39 Verno
 
I just got the LG 65" C6 OLED a few days ago. It's jaw dropping and so thin it borders on ridiculous. People were complaining about lag with consoles but I didn't have any issues with the updated firmware. It is the only worthy successor I've seen to my Panny plasma and it leaves that old set in the dust.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
24. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Dec 20, 2016, 15:11 Verno
 
but they're using it as ransom.

Shadowplay is an optional feature that is not at all required to use the product. Heck it's not even required to stream or record. I don't know where this "used to be open" stuff comes from, Shadowplay/GFE were basically the same thing, one evolved from the other and I never recall it being "open". They wanted to expand its features to include live streaming, account integration with other apps/sites. In fact they have a good case for some features of GFE requiring an account/email - particularly the integration with the Shield Portable and Shield TV.

It's entirely optional software so the whole bit about principles and privacy is frankly meaningless in this context. You don't need to use their software to get drivers for the product, just download the standalone drivers if them asking you for an email address is so awful. I'm not going to debate privacy issues on this, its just silly. You can fully use an Nvidia product without GFE. If you want their tertiary software then they ask you make an account. If that is such a violation of your person then I suggest buying an AMD card. That's not being flippant either, if its truly such a big issue then the only way a company will listen is to vote with your wallet.

Why the hell should have to give them a list of every game or piece of software that's installed on my PC? It isn't any of their fucking business.

It does a game scan, I don't know anything about "everything on my computer". This is part of the feature that completes auto-configuration for the user based on their hardware.

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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
21. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Dec 16, 2016, 10:44 Verno
 
I'm just assuming they sell it, I really have no idea what they do with it. I didn't mean you specifically but it seems like people care way too much about this, I see it pop up nearly every driver thread. I really don't get it, its a line of text, just feed them a bullshit throwaway email. GeForce Experience is a supplementary app, its not critical. If people want to use it then they have to use it by their rules. Otherwise vote with your wallet.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
19. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Dec 16, 2016, 09:10 Verno
 
So why force people to log in then? Nothing in there requires it. So... just for shits and giggles?

So they can sell the email to marketing firms. Nvidia is a business that exists to make money. They give you a bunch of tertiary features that are not in the bare driver package and only ask for an email, that's pretty reasonable.

Why does this continue coming up as if its a big deal? People weren't used to making throwaway email addresses for services 10 years ago when it was actually considered onerous? Nowadays its pretty damned tame. People give up more information on a daily basis willingly with smartphones. Nvidia still gives an option for bare drivers too. I don't use Shadowplay or anything else so I just download the drivers myself. This is such a non-issue.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 15, 2016, 14:57 Verno
 
I have no idea if its true or not but it sounds really petty.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
41. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 12, 2016, 12:06 Verno
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 11:29:
Good. You're doing your part and should leave it at that. But you won't because you're too fucking bored. What exactly do you want everyone else to do? Should individuals be thrown in jail for owning a car that runs on gas? Will we bomb nations that refuse to stop burning coal? Poor people in third world countries don't care about this stuff. This is a rich person problem. Most people working day to day never contemplate their carbon footprint. Maybe just kill all the undesirables because it's so much easier. How about selectively culling the world population for the good of the environment? Make farts illegal.

Does this stuff keep you up at night? If so then get a grip already.

You're not going to get under my skin with this ridiculous hyperbole Max, you should know better. "kill the undesirables" was my favorite bit, well done Biggrin I'm going to do my part and ask others to do theirs because it affects all of us, rich people or poor. We've worked together before on this issue and it didn't hurt industry or kill poor people in the third world.

Edit: bad grammar

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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
39. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 12, 2016, 11:14 Verno
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 10:37:
So what are you personally doing about it?

Gosh we're saving the universe by recycling and buying an electric car! Is that what you wanted to hear? What do you think we're doing? We're doing the same thing as most sensible people, trying to limit our impact by reducing our carbon footprint. That basically starts with your household and your vehicle for most people. I'm also trying to raise awareness rather than spreading disinformation about it. What we can do as individuals is important but it really needs to be addressed on both a societal and worldwide level, just like we addressed the ozone crisis. That was ironically one of the few UN successes.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
53. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 12, 2016, 10:07 Verno
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 05:46:
Reminder: I said that there's highly suspicious things.

There was nothing suspicious at all, it was complete bullshit from start to finish with no actual facts to support it. I tried warning you about it even.

It's disconcerting that fake news fools people so easily these days, people don't even bother to second source something most of the time or better yet look at the quality of the source itself.

I haven't seen enough evidence either way on this subject so I'm waiting until more facts are in.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
37. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 12, 2016, 09:54 Verno
 
I think his point was more that you're being selective to suit your view point and I would agree with that. It is kind of strange to say here are 5 examples that scientists were wrong when we have thousands of examples of climate science being accurate. Consensus was long ago reached, we're just quibbling at this point. Saying science and research have to be perfect otherwise we can't trust it is just being silly. It's also important to narrow the scope here. Using examples of predictions about natural gas are flawed because new techniques and exploration have revealed new sources of it. We probably won't find new sources of ice in the Arctic circle and the growth in Antarctic ice isn't offset by the massive losses there. We probably aren't going to invent a machine to help regulate the temperature of the oceans on a planetary scale any time soon.

I had a look at the Breitbart link posted earlier and wasn't impressed. One of the citations is a contentless blog, another is a birther who has also retracted much of his claims in the past when confronted and it all reads like junk science. One of the citation links had a side bar that claimed arctic ice was increasing 50,000km˛ which is frankly nonsense as numerous ice shelf studies have shown.

I'm a fairly Conservative voter and this shit is embarrassing. Climate change is real and we need to address it. We've been here before. I remember there was all sorts of denial from industry about the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica which was caused by widespread use of CFCs. Back before the internet they took out advertisements and tried to lobby politicians. We ignored the shit from industry and our leaders pressed on, decades later its finally starting to heal due to decisive action. Now we've discovered that some of our actions are again harming the planet which could in turn hurt our way of life in the future. It makes perfect sense to address them now and minimize the impact later. It's frustrating that there is even controversy about this, we know it to be true and people are quibbling about whether it was warmer in their neck of the woods or not last year as if that proves or disproves anything. I hate it when people cast you into the far left about this too. I don't give a shit about making life better for the dolphins, I do care about the massive impact this will have on business in the future.

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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 15:21 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 14:34:
Stop feeding the trolls!

I bet half of your forum posts are advising people to avoid...you. Stop wasting time and space in topics with this repetitive bullshit.

This article could have been written for any activity...Video Games is just an easy target. I will sum up the core issue in one quote :

“He was relentless about asking when he could play — it was a continuous negotiation,”

Negotiation. This is your kid. You are responsible for them and their well being. There is no goddamn 'negotiation'.

That's a fair criticism of the parents. The fact that they allowed the devices to stay in the household long after problems were apparent is on them.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 11:38 Verno
 
ldonyo wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 10:11:
A one-sided scare piece. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this as a catalyst for yet another Trumpian pronouncement of something that just has to be stopped.

What specifically about this was one sided or a scare piece? It focused on a very personal tale and didn't really cast aspersions on gaming as a whole. It's just an article that asks questions and makes you think about these things. Gaming affects the brain in ways we don't fully understand yet. This can drastically impact some people more than others. It doesn't mean we have to change gaming as a whole but its definitely worth some study, don't you think?

Look at the psychological tactics involved in the business model of some games - they use casino style methods of keeping people playing such as constant reinforcement, noises associated with pleasure and so on. We see a lot of that in IAP on mobile and some of it has transitioned over to mainstream gaming too.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 9, 2016, 10:38 Verno
 
They finally found the Note 7 cause a few days back, can't remember if it was posted here or not. In the ridiculous pursuit of ever thinner phones, Samsung ignored clearance levels needed for expansion and settling of the battery. It was basically so tightly packed that a casual jostle or bump could merge 2 layers of cells together.

The S8 is strongly rumored to be without a headphone jack to make it thinner, I have to wonder if anything was really learned here. I feel like my phone is too thin now, without a case it feels awkward to handle. I would gladly take battery life over "thinness" any day too.
 
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News Comments > Global Virtual Reality Association Formed
4. Re: Global Virtual Reality Association Formed Dec 8, 2016, 13:40 Verno
 
Fallout VR and Mechwarrior VR are coming. Nuff said.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 7, 2016, 16:18 Verno
 
Fion wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 10:34:
If netflix' movie selection is mediocre. Amazon Prime's is downright terrible. Only movies you can find on there that don't come with an added price tag are last years AAA flops & b-movies from the '2/$5' bin.

Yeah Prime movie selection leaves a lot to be desired but they do ok with their originals. Netflix I used to love browsing the movie library but the quality just isn't there anymore. I have a huge NAS setup so I'm pondering just canceling Netflix anyway. It's a great value...if you use it and I don't tend to use it much these days outside of just playing some 4k content.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 7, 2016, 13:22 Verno
 
nin wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 10:53:
The good thing about this is all the kooks out themselves, and you know who to ignore in the future!

There's always personality conflict but I try not to do this as much as possible. I think I've got maybe 5 people on there tops and its mostly from trolling or personality differences that I couldn't resolve. The echo chamber crap is a big part of what divides people. I've noticed you especially like to crow about your ignore list but you're just reinforcing your own opinions in a very shallow way by ignoring people the second they post something that doesn't jive with your world view. IMO that sort of stuff plays into the shitty kind of politics and debate we're seeing these days. If these topics are so bad then why keep perusing them?

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 7, 2016, 13:08 Verno
 
nin wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 11:58:
I couldn't be happier with the ps4. I think it's my favorite console since the genesis, and with all the reveals last Saturday, it might just eclipse it before it's retired...

I like my PS4 but I do have my beefs:

- my launch unit sounds like a jet engine despite regular cleanings
- PS+ fucking sucks now. I get them not having AAA games in the first few years but they have shitty first party IP they could at least throw in like Killzone and fucking Knack. Throw me a fuckin bone, no more indie games that I can get for $5 on Steam.
- System Stability Updates
- The revamped controllers still have the shitty battery

I might grab a Pro if I can manage to offload my PS4 for a decent price, supposedly they are pretty quiet.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Dec 5, 2016, 12:03 Verno
 
Revenue sharing? Their extortion racket more like it.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer
7. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer Dec 2, 2016, 14:05 Verno
 
crushbug, please tell us this is not another collectathon like Dragon Age Inquisition

Quality over quantity.
 
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