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  1. euskalzabe

    Crucial SSD: how does Momentum Cache give SATA drives NVME-like speeds?

    I'm still using a crucial MX100 as my OS drive - still at %86 health level, this thing has lasted more than I ever hoped. I've had Momentum Cache enabled through the Crucial Storage Executive software, and I noticed long ago that speeds are crazy higher than the regular ~500mbps: It's clearly...
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    2TB NVME QLC SSD for gaming?

    I currently use a SATA 2TB SSD that I’m going to move to my secondary gaming pc, and was thinking it’d make sense to get an NVME this time around since prices aren’t too different. I’ll be “stuck” on pcie3 for a couple years so theres no point in waiting for pcie4 ssd. anything around 3500mbps...
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    Pixio Px275h (subjective) review: 27" QHD DCI-P3 95hz monitor

    I recently got a Pixio Px275h from eBay for $260, as the venue gave me a coupon that basically offset the $30 tax I would've normally had to pay. I wanted a new monitor with 1) higher than 75hz refresh rate, 2) deep, good quality color 3) ~100-110dpi and 4) 16/9 to better work with vertical...
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    How much better do you consider gaming at native resolution?

    I currently have a 32" QHD monitor. I usually game at 1080p, because I'm still using a 1060 3GB. I normally don't spend more than the $200 range of GPUs, which are geared for 1080p gaming. I'm wondering, then, when buying a monitor, would you still buy QHD? Or would I still be able to save some...
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    Can setting a lower resolution actually HURT performance???

    Here's the situation: - I have a Ryzen 3 3200U laptop with Vega 3 graphics (I know, bottom barrell, but I couldn't find any laptop that checked all my boxes and I'm making do with this until the next round of products). - The phenomenon in question happens exclusively with Destiny 2. - If I set...
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    Any updates on Mini-LED or Micro-LEDs?

    Just wondering if anyone had read any juicy bits I've missed. I follow PCmonitors and TFTcentral, but it's been quiet for a while on these two fronts. I keep reading 144hz 32" QHD screens! 4K 144hz for the price of your kidney! Meanwhile, they're all the same garbage panels with crappy blacks...
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    Can you use a 12V USB-C phone charger on a 15V USB-C laptop?

    I just bought a cheapo Lenovo S330 Chromebook to try it out. It comes with a 15V output USB-C charger. My Moto Z2 Play uses a 12V output USB-C charger. It occurred to me that I could forgo the laptop's bulkier power adapter, and just use my phone charger with it. Obviously, you wouldn't want...
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    Should I buy a B450? Or are we expecting a B550 release?

    Hey all, I'm finally demoting my i5 build and making a new AMD one this summer. I know I'll be getting the $200 Ryzen 5 3600, and I'll be pairing that with 16GB 3000mhz and a $250-300 GPU and 650-750w PSU. Now, my only remaining part to decide is the motherboard. I haven't used and AMD CPU in...
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    Philips 328E9FJAB review

    I recently got this Philips monitor from Newegg - it's original price is $330 and it went down to $289 a few days ago, so I figured, why not. I was debating between getting a 1440p 32" VA 144hz panel or a 75hz one with great colors, and the discount made the decision for me. Maybe my next one...
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    HP Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot - First QDOG, out this month

    I was recently asking here about the importance of 144hz vs 10 bit color, and in the past week I've learned quite a lot from doing research online. Some important conclusions: - 144hz is not super important if you're not playing fast paced FPS games. - bit-depth and color gamut are related but...
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    144hz VS 1 billion colors

    I've been on a 40" 4K TV for a while now. Last year I switched to an ultrawide because I wanted to try the experience without black bars when setting custom-res on the 16:9 panel. That didn't last long, as that panel ended up giving me pretty bad eye-strain issues. To eBay it went, and not it's...
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    Semi-official confirmation: Navi to support ray tracing

    This is not directly from AMD, but Sony just gave Wired a few pointers on what to expect from PS5. They mentioned 8-core Ryzen as a CPU, and that they'll use "a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing". Read the interview here...
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    Nvidia enables DXR on Pascal GPUs

    So... there you go. This is what you do when sales are not going well. What they've been able to do from day one, the software/driver based implementation of raytracing, is now enabled on most Pascal GPUs. Sure, RTX will accelerate things, 3x according to Nvidia (and this sounds like a fair...
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    Eye-strain with new monitor - how did you deal with it?

    So, here's an unexpected update: in the past few months, I've been getting insane eye-strain, to the point that it's been making it hard to work home. I switched to an LG 29WK600 back in October 2018 (and I really liked it too), but I soon started to get dramatically worse discomfort. I don't...
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    HDR color problems in Windows 10

    I've been reporting this to MS on the feedback hub for 2 years now. For a long time, enabling HDR in Windows 10 (currently on 1809) destroys all color rendering. SDR: HDR: I've heard excuses about gamma and blah, about how it's perception... well, what I perceive is hot pink garbage that...
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    Are games today stuck in an endless grind to level-up?

    I was playing Horizon Zero Dawn yesterday, and had an unpleasant realization about the current state of gaming dynamics in today's market. A few weeks ago, I played Destiny 2. Fun game, despite me not loving online PvP, I enjoyed the story and grinding with some friends. Got to level 20 and...
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    LG 29WK600 ultrawide monitor review

    Recently I got this nice little LG 29 WK600 monitor for $200 and thought I'd make a brief review on it, as I've found it is quite good value for the amount I paid. If you're looking for an ultrawide display that's easy for a midrange GPU to drive, and don't want a monstruous 34" display on your...
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    AM4+ (Zen 2/Ryzen 3x00): DDR4 or DDR5 support?

    Hi! I'm planning on making a Zen 2/Ryzen 3x00 build next spring 2019 . I'm wondering if those mobos will support DDR5 or still stick to DDR4? I ask because I'm currently on: ASUS Prime B250M-A Intel Core i5-7500 Nvidia GTX 1060 8 GB DDR4 3200 I'm thinking of getting this "cheap" 2400 2x4...
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    Quantum Dot display, or just a regular IPS or VA?

    Anyone here has experience with QLED monitors? I've been looking to replace my 40" 4K TV/monitor and I'm gearing up for black friday. I'm considering a 29WK600 because some games refuse to scale properly at 21:9 within my giant 16:9 monitor. However, it'd be no better than my current panel, only...
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    Beyond disappointed with my KBL i5-7500

    In March 2017 I upgraded my PC to Kaby Lake - I wish I had waited 6 more months to get the upgraded-core models, but we didn't know those were coming. My 6-core FX 6300 was ancient, and I didn't trust 1st gen Ryzen before release (and I needed to upgrade right then). So, an i5-7500 it was. It's...
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    Any 29" ultrawide recommendations?

    I've been using a Samsung KU6290 40" 4K TV as my monitor for the past couple years. It's nice for work and I can force-res 2560x1080 to play games at ultrawide aspect ratio. The only problem is, there's a bunch of games I really like (Tomb Raider, Assassin's Cred) that flat out refuse to display...
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    Have you seen Tom’s Hardware piece on RTX?

    So, this happened yesterday: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-rtx-gpus-worth-the-money,37689.html I’m baffled at how low TH is sinking. This is so full of garbage, even Gamers Nexus has poked fun at it today: The video is quite fun to watch. I’m all for people buying what they want...
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    Gaming at custom resolution: works only sometimes?

    I've been using a 40" 4K TV as my monitor for the past couple years. It's a good middle ground between 16/9 or productivity and 21/9 forced resolution for gaming. I set the Nvidia Control Panel to scale the aspect ratio on the GPU and override any other instruction, and most of the time...
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    Custom resolution tools - any suggestions?

    Other than the NCP and CRU, what ways are there to force a custom resolution on games? Any suggestions?
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    What do you want/expect from 2019 low/mid range monitors?

    It's been a while since we've had news on where the panel industry is heading next year. TFTcentral posted a couple updates in May, although they focus on high end products. Lately, in fact, it all seems to be about the high end: the HDR Rog Swift, or the HDR Predator, or 1440p curved...
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    Why is the 2TB Micron 1100 so much cheaper than competitors?

    So, I'm tempted... this Micron 1100 2TB SSD is $360: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01LB05YOO/?coliid=I288SPT9YCU6SS&colid=2GW2UPIWDE4A5&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it I'm wondering, why is it $140 cheaper than the MX500? Is there some glaring flaw that I'm not seeing? I mainly want a 2TB SSD to...
  27. euskalzabe

    Is is normal for XMP to create instability?

    I use 8GB of 3200mhz Patriot DDR4 on an Asus B250M. I got the sticks on a great deal last year, before I bought the motherboard - which only supports up to 2400hz anyway (originally I was going to do a Ryzen build, but ended up with a KBL). When I set XMP to 2400, while the system works...
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    How would 8gb dual channel & 4gb single channel affect performance?

    I was recently reading the excellent RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming? 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB by Techspot, and getting increasingly annoyed I went with a 1060 3GB vs the 6GB variant, but then again, prices have been impossible these past few months. Seeing that the 3GB model sees...
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    About to pull the trigger... 34UM68 sale... Should I?

    I know. 34" 1080p. But it's only $316, the closest to it's $300 black friday price. I use a GTX 1060 3GB, I'll never pull off 1440p with a decent frame rate. Ditto for 144hz unless it's really old games. I always game at 1080p, so 2560x1080p is not a stretch. I'm not thinking about...
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    Quantum dot & HDR monitors... chances for 29" ultrawides?

    I've been closely following the latest announcements on HDR and quantum dot monitors. CES 2018 has brought several announcements from LG with 32" (32UD99) 16/9 and 34" ultrawide options like the 34WK95U or the Gsync 34GK950G. Samsung has a couple 27 and 32" QLED HDR models already on sale, more...
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    What $ is a good deal for 1TB SSD on Black Friday?

    The Crucial MX 300 just went down to ~$240 and I'm kinda hovering over the checkout button... not sure if I should wait a few more days (Newegg has the same price, suggesting the discount comes from Crucial?). Is $240 as good a deal as we can expect this Black Friday week for a 1TB SSD...
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    What was your first HOLY COW! moment with an actual video card?

    I remember mine well... for most of the 90s I had been playing Monkey Island 1, 2 and COMI (Curse of Monkey Island). Ocassionally stepped it up to Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3 with Pentium CPU software (the Core Design MMX Hardware Emulation) graphics and that worked fine... But then I saw Tomb...
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    Can't set 1440p desktop resolution on i5-7500's HD 630?

    I'm at a loss. My monitor supports the 1440p resolution as I've used this with a GTX770 and an RX480. Currently GPU-less and I just cannot enable 1440p resolution - it's either 4K @30fps or 1080p60. HDMI can do 1440p60, so why can't I enable it? If the HD 630 can do 4K @30fps it can certainly do...
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    1060 6GB worth it for ~$200 these days? Or wait until year end?

    I'm wondering, is it worth it at this point in time to get a 1060 6GB whenever it hits the ~$200-220 price point? I won't wait for Volta as it's likely the x60 card won't come until March/April. Seeing all this Ethereum fever, I just sold my RX 480 on eBay for $120 more than I paid for it...
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    How does PS4 perform as a Plex/media streamer?

    I hope this is the most appropriate place to post this. I've had a 2nd gen Apple TV, 1st gen Fire TV Stick and now a 2nd gen one. I'm considering getting a PS4 slim, as there's a good 6/7 games I'd like to play AND it seems like it would be a stronger Plex/Netflix player than the 2nd gen Fire TV...
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    Any tangible difference (gaming) between i5 7500 and 7400?

    Hey all, I'm considering getting a new Intel build, and I'm wondering if it makes any difference - for gaming - to get a 7500 or a 7400. They seem to be the exact same CPU at slightly different Mhz speeds. Would it matter? should I just save the $15 bucks and get the 7400? The system it'd go...
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    Doesn't every DDR4 motherboard support any DDR4 stick?

    Regardless of speed (faster memory on slower mobo will perform slower, obviously), doesn't the DDR4 specification precisely serve to guarantee that any DDR4 DIMM will work on any DDR4 motherboard??? I ask because I'm about to build a new Ryzen pc and I've never had this concern before. I bought...
  38. euskalzabe

    Ryzen 5 build... How do you decide what mobo BRAND?

    I've been reading online to decide on an AM4 motherboard, but advice out there is laughably contradictory. If you don't OC and all you need is to connect your CPU, a mid-range GPU (RX 480 in my case) and a couple sticks of DDR4 (just bought 8GB or Patriot Viper Elite 3200mhz sticks on...
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    Does XMP work on AMD motherboards? Is AMP required?

    Straightforward question: does XMP memory work properly on an AMD DDR4 board (not just usable, but actually use the XMP profile)? Or does one have to buy AMP memory or something? I haven't built a PC in 3 years and this whole XMP thing has caught me off-guard. I'm planning an AM4 build with...
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    Does PC4-19200 vs PC4-24000 matter on single GPU builds?

    Hi all, Context: I'm getting a new cpu/mobo/ram in March, whether Zen or KBL, that'll depend on the former's reviews. As I look for known quantity parts like memory, I wonder if PC4-19200 vs PC4-24000 memory speeds make any difference when gaming? I use a 4K display, though I mostly game at...
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