Recent content by Elsie

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    Need suggestions on cooling!

    Akasa Nero 3. I have this and a 212 evo and the nero is a couple of degrees cooler and a fair bit quieter too. It's good for a mild overclock I'd say.
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    Lenovo Y480 laptop constantly losing WiFi connection

    Had similar problem with y410p and w8.1. Latest driver from intel website appears to have fixed it for now... Just backing up what sean said about drivers. Apologies if you've already done this. x
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    DX11 stress testing

    Not sure if this is helpful but I remember that back in ~2010, fur and occt stable vram clocks still crashed battlefield 3 with the gtx460. I find bioshock infinite heats up my graphics card more than any other game (including unengine), the video card options screen being especially punishing...
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    AMD Radeon R9 290 Video Card Review @ [H]

    These new AMD cards look amazing but I really wanted to see better multi screen idle power consumption. Since most review sites don't even list these I assume I am in the huge minority.
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    my i5 3570K oc like crap + other related questions

    If it doesn't do it at stock, then I've always taken that as instability. I get exactly this as well - It'll pass hours of so called stress tests but if I use chrome or powerpoint as well these sometimes crash, especially flash on lovefilm. My 3570 doesn't do over 4.3 no matter what I...
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    Idle Clock states

    My 460 goes to moderate 3d clocks (full voltage, full memory clock, ~2/3 core clock) with two different res monitors plugged in. A mate's 560 stays at full performance 3d clocks with two different monitors plugged in. Apparently though if the monitors are the same res the power saving behaviour...
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    MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA1155 Motherboard Review @ [H]

    Thanks for the article. I think I remember when SB was first eval'd you mentioned that standard cpu stress programs didn't always expose instability and you ended up playing games. Is this still the case, do you have an updated standard test/test set? I ask because I've just got the g-43 version...
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    Removed the IHS from an Ivy Bridge i5 3570k

    OP has massive balls, fascinating stuff.
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    Microsoft Announces Halo 4, Coming This November

    I'd rather microsoft ported 3 tbh, I have yet to (nearly) finish the fight. Quite like halo, the first was way ahead of its time imo.
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    Will you buy windows 8?

    Depends on how much of win 7 is added back or can be easily modded back in... The quick boot and built in HD image software seem nice. To me the real benefit appears to be how much easier fixing other ppls virused/old & slow laptops will be with the iphone style restore button.
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    Skyrim AMD CrossFireX Performance and IQ Review @ [H]

    Great article. I still reckon that, for whatever reason, FXAA is reducing apparent texture quality. The below was taken in whiterun at max texture quality with 4xmsaa and 2xssaa and FXAA set to on and then off: If you look at the wall to the right of the stairs, to me it looks flatter and...
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    Batman: Arkham City Performance Preview @ [H]

    Isn't that because physx still uses some cpu to feed the gpu, and then if that bottlenecks it'll pull down the framerate, reducing gpu usage? Also note that gpu usage across both cards is down maybe 50% (30% if sli) despite framerate dropping by almost 80%, so they are doing something on top of...
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    Batman: Arkham City Performance Preview @ [H]

    Thanks for the heads up, do like these prelim tests that come on or very soon after release day, gives me a good idea what to expect performance wise what with it taking valve 3 days to email the game to the steam uk servers. Shame about dx11 but the game still looks pretty fancy in dx9, much...
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    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Performance and IQ Review @ [H]

    Is it just me that thinks that FXAA appears to reduce texture clarity rather a lot?
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    HD6870 slow in skyrim @ 1280x720

    This game is really cpu limited, especially at your resolution, the toms review linked above uses a 2500k at 4ghz so that will not really be comparable to you (or me!). See later on in the same eval:,3074-9.html You seem to be...