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    Where Gaming Begins: Ep. 2 | AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards - 11am CDT 10/28/20

    Unless a load-bearing pillar of my life gives way between now and mid-November, I'm really thinking an RX 6800 is in my future. I'm planning to run a 1440p75 monitor for the foreseeable future and average one or two new AAA games a year right now, so losing 20% performance for lower power...
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    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    Gah, I misremembered. My first thought was, "eh, what's 5 megapixels," but in 1996, the answer was, "a lot." My bad. VQuake got around the z-buffer performance issue by letting the CPU handle it. That wasn't an option for GLQuake, which was a big part of why V1000 performance fell off a cliff...
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    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    VQuake was really rad: it replicated the look of software Quake while enhancing it with 16-bit color, texture filtering, and low performance hit edge antialiasing. That it worked on a Rendition V1000 - a card with a fillrate hovering around 20 megapixels - and scaled well down to a low-end...
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    Navi 21 XT to clock up to 2.4GHz

    Nvidia's massively bolstered raw compute this product cycle, so I'm also keen to see how RDNA2 stacks up. I am pretty excited based on the buzz and an already-inspiring bump from the RX 5700 series. If AMD delivers a solid RTX 3070-class card with 12+GB of RAM that isn't a volcano, I'll happily...
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    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    That last point's weirdly debatable... They never worked for 2D in Windows, but there is an X11 driver that will queue it up to work as a 2D card in *nixland. They'll only run in 16-bit color at the resolutions supported by their framebuffer size, but you could technically do it. I think a guy I...
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    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    All 3Dfx cards supported Glide - it was a low level rasterization library specially built for 3Dfx hardware. OpenGL support for Voodoo1/Voodoo2 was accomplished through a Glide wrapper - first the so-called miniGL driver optimized for GLQuake and games that used a similar list of OpenGL...
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    Navi 21 XT to clock up to 2.4GHz

    I used an FX-8320 as my main system for four years. For my main uses of multimedia encoding, goofing around with VMs, and learning about undervolting, it was a champ. It played the games I had at the time well, too. Windows 10's scheduler finally felt pretty solid for it, but Linux was the only...
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    AMD RX 5700 Series Reportedly Enter EOL - No Longer Manufactured

    Sooner or later they’ll start hitting the secondhand market when people upgrade their prebuilts, but it’s weird that I haven’t found any yet.
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    AMD RX 5700 Series Reportedly Enter EOL - No Longer Manufactured

    Honestly, I'd love to get my hands on an RX 5300 on the cheap. They just aren't findable.
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    Am I asking too much for my socket 939 motherboards and such?

    In my experience these old parts are sought because they can do things new PCs can’t. Haswell and onward Intel chips don’t support Gate A20, which is a death blow for protected mode memory support in DOS. Finding vanilla PCI slots outside of limited run industrial motherboards is no longer...
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    have 7820x at 4.7ghz now. Upgrade to 10900x or switch to 10900k, or wait?

    The heart of the matter is that upgrading to LGA 1200 will be moving to the same CPU architecture, just in a lower latency bus configuration with higher clocks. You'd lose quad channel memory and four PCIe lanes in the process, too. And the Aorus Gaming 7 in your signature is a solid board -...
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    Am I asking too much for my socket 939 motherboards and such?

    If you have any CPUs to go with them, consider me a buyer for one of them once the work is done. I could use a backup for the legacy gaming thing I've thrown together in case that goes south.
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    have 7820x at 4.7ghz now. Upgrade to 10900x or switch to 10900k, or wait?

    Eight Skylake-X cores at 4.7 GHz with fast RAM should be enough to play most everything on the market like butter, mesh bus latency be damned. A 10900K setup would cost a ton of money for the improvement it would yield. Keep the 7820x, buy a bigger graphics card, and sell your current one to...
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    Am I asking too much for my socket 939 motherboards and such?

    The only flaw I see with these listings, outside of capacitor issues cited, is that they're a year or two too early. The market for working 939 kit will heat up a bit as time goes on and people start getting that nostalgia itch. Get these motherboards refurbished, list them citing that you've...
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    POLL/Discussion: How do you tweak your Ryzen CPU?

    Stock Ryzen 3600 with boost here, though cooling is handled by a be quiet! Dark Rock 4 instead of the stock heatsink/fan. It seems to boost up to around 4.066 - 4.1 GHz under sustained load, and I'm not losing hair over that last 2% of performance. When Zen 5000 hits next year, I'll look at my...
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