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    Is medium to high end Pc gaming becoming too niche ?

    I think that "high end" is relative. The market for $5K gaming PCs exists because there is an audience actually willing to pay that much. Those people simply didn't exist in large enough numbers 10 or 20 years ago. You can game totally fine on an RX 6600 which was $200 on Black Friday. I'd...
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    Sick of on-board audio, what should I do?

    Does your monitor have a headphone jack? You could use that as an interim solution until you get your hands on something better.
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    EVGA will no longer do business with NVIDIA

    I'm actually more confident in the company's survival with EVGA strictly winding down the GPU business and their plan not including selling 2x as many PSUs and 5x as many mobos to make up for it. Had they depended on making up lost revenue in other areas, the company would have been doomed for...
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    [Rumour] Intel to cut back on Arc discrete GPU

    Given reports like this https://hardforum.com/threads/my-arc-380-adventure.2021738/ it seems plausible that Intel will stop releasing AIB cards next generation and focus on laptop and server chips, where they can validate the supported configurations. i740 was technology they bought from...
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    Ryzen 3900x + Asus TUF x570-plus wifi................ ECC support?

    ECC generally works if the mobo manufacturer officially states ECC support in the mobo specs. With the ASUS TUF X570-PLUS you are in luck, it supports ECC as long as your CPU does. You mean Ryzen mobos which claim ECC support but don't actually correct? Can you link to a source for this? The...
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    For 1 GB of RAM old PC, any problem on running Windows 7 at 32 bit? Or should he take a chance on 64 bit?

    I'm late to the party, but one aspect of 64-bit Windows is that it runs both 32-bit and 64-bit software, and each requires its own set of DLLs to load into memory. So typically your RAM use will be higher. Connecting a Windows 7 PC to the Internet is a bad idea. If the person just needs a...
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    Anyone get their Steam Deck ordered?

    Depending on how popular the Steam Deck ends up being, 3rd parties might find a way to offer upgrades/extras if Valve refuses. Like NB51 offered modern mobo/CPU for some older Lenovo Thinkpad laptops. Personally, I'd like to see a 1080p FreeSync screen upgrade, and maybe replacing the ambient...
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    5800X3D gaming review

    Computerbase did measure 12900KS power consumption during gaming, and it was quite high (no 5800X3D numbers yet as they stick to NDA). While the 12900K consumed around 100W during gaming, the 12900KS often consumes 140W and more...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Distrowatch doesn't measure distro installs... in fact that website's distro ranking is as useless as it gets for determining the popularity of a Linux distro. Both Microsoft and Apple use binary translation to run x86 code on ARM and reach >60% of native performance. Otherwise performance...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    The compatibility issue wasn't that fundamental. Microsoft already had that with Windows NT on MIPS, PowerPC (on Alpha there was DEC FX!32). Also the jailbroken Windows RT devices showed that you could run .NET applications fine without any modifications. So while Microsoft might have had good...
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    What do you do with your old routers? Recycle or re-use?

    If I can install OpenWrt on it, it is still good to use.
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    There wasn't even a way to turn that off except for jailbreaking. Depends on what you meant by "permission". If you had recommended updates enabled in Windows Update, well Microsoft counted Windows 10 as recommended update to Windows 7. This is known as "dark pattern" and is far worse than...
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    HardOCP.com: Status Quo is No Mo

    I think the complaints have more to do with being forced to break with old habits than actual disruption. There exist other (and arguably, better) indicators to help purchasing decisions, which is the value of reviewers to consumers. Indeed what good is lamenting about MSRP from six years ago if...
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    The 6500xt and 6400: Meet your next gpu, PC gaming peasants.

    I think HWUB could have done better here. They could have used a 6600XT and limit CU count and VRAM on the driver level. That would still not have limited VRAM bandwidtch and Infinity Cache but it would have used RDNA2 architecture.
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    Wireless Mouse with 2.5GHz and Bluetooth Modes?

    Another option would be to use a Bluetooth mouse and pack a USB Bluetooth dongle, for those PCs that lack Bluetooth.
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