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    OT: PS5 free, but there's a catch!

    Ahh well, I should say, it isn't in most places, and even in that situation, it's pretty situationally specific. Involuntary manslaughter in a very public case. Definitely wouldn't fly in Tennessee lol, but you can get someone on involuntary manslaughter for basically anything, if there's...
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    OT: PS5 free, but there's a catch!

    What on earth makes you think that? It's not illegal to tell someone to kill themselves, let alone invite them to the option. Not illegal to jump out of a plane, or hell, go to the doctor (which considering the malpractice related death numbers in this country, is significantly riskier) either...
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    OT: PS5 free, but there's a catch!

    Hah yeah, I mean, I didn't think anyone was taking it seriously, but it's pretty funny, especially in the matter-of-factness of the wording.
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    Riding on the Success of the M1, Apple Readies 32-core Chip for High-end Macs

    Apples products being highly curated, do usually offer good value bang-for-buck at release, but their extremely firm pricing schemes, which rarely offer meaningful sales, or reduce prices as the product iteration ages, usually means that they're a piss-poor value outside of the initial release...
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    OT: PS5 free, but there's a catch!

    No offense intended, but you clearly know very little about Tennessee if you're making this assumption, in fact, anybody I know that is from there, or has lived there, would assume the opposite. :dead: I live very close to TN in Western NC, my mountain property is 5 miles from the NC/TN border...
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    OT: PS5 free, but there's a catch!

    Saw this and just had to share with someone lol: https://tricities.craigslist.org/vgm/d/johnson-city-got-ps5/7242506930.html
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    Huge availability coming in mid December and January - Source: GamerMeld

    Hah, here's an idea for a Nic Cage movie, worthy of his current film-star status, and inspired by a previous role!
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    Huge availability coming in mid December and January - Source: GamerMeld

    Yeah I'd have to agree. He's learned lately to layer on like 3 stages of disclaimers and vaguery to cover his ass, speaking in the least committal terms, but the moment one of the infinite options he lays out as a possibility comes true, he wastes no time or effort patting himself on the back...
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    How long do you trust your PSU?

    I just had a Seasonic X650 Gold modular PSU which I purchased new in Nov 2012 crap out on me. Turns out it's what was causing me to have issues with my other 1080ti, which I thought was dead (it's fine), ran fine for a while without that card in it, but finally heard a pop and saw the magic...
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    scalpers starting to return cards LOL

    Yeah I mean, clearly, they're the real victims here! LOL :vomit:
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    AW3821DW (Nov 2020) with GSync Ultimate

    Ahh gotcha, thanks for explaining it, I definitely haven't been keeping up with this stuff lately!
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    scalpers starting to return cards LOL

    Yeah it's really pretty damn simple, the moment most people refuse to pay over retail for newly released products, regardless of the source, but especially scalpers, is the moment this stops being an issue. Everyone just has to sit out a few releases and be patient. Sure it'll continue on some...
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    AW3821DW (Nov 2020) with GSync Ultimate

    Wait but this does have HDR right? Can any of you guys summarize the differences other than size, and if any of you are coming from an AW3418DW, how you feel about the upgrade? Thinking about replacing mine but not sure which route I wanna go. Considering one of the oled cx tv's but I've been...
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    The Slowing Growth of vRam in Games

    Yeah, it's a valid opinion, and I certainly considered it. My animosity toward the mediocre iterative performance increase, coupled with the vram just made it a non-starter for me. I can handle turning down a few settings I don't even appreciate, but I *never* will be ok hitting a vram ceiling...
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    The Slowing Growth of vRam in Games

    Yeah but in the console space it's not just a question of the vram limit, but a synergy between that, and the rest of the performance "box" they have to work within to maintain frames, especially at higher resolutions. Just because there's X-amount more of this resource, doesn't mean utilizing...
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    The Slowing Growth of vRam in Games

    Interesting, I hadn't thought about this, but it definitely makes sense.
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    Samsung C49RG90 32:9 5120x1440 monitor

    Yeah, I mean, the FOV fisheye effect is really noticeable with even standard Ultrawides at 3440x1440, although it's also something that is easy to fixate over when you're really "thinking" about a format change with a new display, just like backlight bleed etc. I gotta say though, man that...
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    The Slowing Growth of vRam in Games

    Kind of hard to justify one when nothing can drive them. I imagine there'd be a ton of people rushing out to buy 8k screens if the prices got competitive and there was hardware to utilize it. Pretty much what everyone said about 4k also, yet almost every TV being released (in increasingly...
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    Samsung C49RG90 32:9 5120x1440 monitor

    It's honestly pretty silly if you think about it, considering how screen formats have changed (admittedly in limited aspects, but lots of resolutions) over the years, that nobody has ever thought it might be a good idea to invest a tiny modicum of time and care to implement a culture of...
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    No, I'm unable to overcome your misuse, or misunderstanding of the word hoax, that's all. I don't have an rtx card, haven't even used one, am not likely to buy one until the next architecture iteration, and I think you'll see from my "blathering" posts, that I called into question the wisdom...
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    I'm not really sure what to respond to here, as your deft blurring of the target, and/or person of focus, reminds me of a particular; National Book Award winning, and highly controversial Pulitzer selection (but not awarded) for fiction, circa 1974; surrealistic literary acid trip, aka: novel...
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    Nah, I haven't seen anybody else period (except maybe a bought and paid for "news" site or two) parrot that, but for some reason it was hard for me to ignore. ;)
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    Yeah I agree, and I do think people's expectations about RTX performance, are unrealistic, I wouldn't even be "considering" the question of what the appropriate level of performance out of a big new feature like this though personally, if it weren't for the NVidia CEO's statements and their hype...
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    That's a good point re: modding that I hadn't really considered, but is really obvious now that you've mentioned it. I'm pretty huge into mods, so definitely worth considering. Although I wonder if there aren't long term goals to compensate for this, either user submitted code/whatever that'll...
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    I just keep hearing that you'd have to be blind to not notice the fidelity hits with certain stuff on screen with DLSS, even if the frame rate boost is big. That said, this tech seems to have huge room for refinement, and so I'm happy to see it being utilized and fostered.
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    Yeah, I'm not disputing that, but I mean, all of this space is "hard on hardware" math, and the solution is typically, specific hardware dedicated or hopefully optimized to doing that math. Whether it gets leveraged in it's first release cycle with X level of performance, or a different, is...
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    I'm not disputing this statement, but do you mind clarifying? I ask, and admittedly I haven't played it, but the one review I watched (ACG fwiw) mentioned that it had some pretty obvious (noticeable, maybe distracting, but I only watched it once and don't wanna put words in anyone's mouth)...
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    ULTRA RARE! Legendary AdLib Gold 1000 + Manual

    lol also, if there's a well known and accepted social convention now that the inclusion of a meme automatically changes the "context" of any interaction to 'humorous' can someone please let me know? </sarcasm>
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    ULTRA RARE! Legendary AdLib Gold 1000 + Manual

    Haha the quote portion you've abridged to <snipping a pile of attitude> and then calling me defensive, seems to me kind of ironic in that hypocritical manner, that just (to me) reinforces my point. That one may want to question what their mind is telling them is "easily interpreted". I...
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    ULTRA RARE! Legendary AdLib Gold 1000 + Manual

    "Phased like" "how it sounded", interpretive, yet you give two explicitly deriding examples. Maybe give someone the benefit of the doubt, and reign in the insecurity over an arbitrary label society has placed on you (and everyone else); based on some contentious span of years you might have...
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    Struggling to decide - 2070S vs 5700XT?

    Hoax? That's sensationalizing RTX a bit IMO. I mean, it certainly can be argued as a marketing gimmick due to the lack of maturity of the tech in current gen, especially they way NVidia execs have been talking about it like it's some fully refined "game changer" (pardon the pun), but I fully...
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    GPU component level diagnosis and repair service?

    Yeah very possible, but I'm stubborn, and with the prices these devices command these days, it seems kind of crazy how consumable we treat them. No reason they shouldn't be serviceable. Although that's mostly finding someone qualified and willing to do the work I guess. That said, I know I'd...
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    GPU component level diagnosis and repair service?

    Yeah, that's my last step before I start testing every SMD for a short to ground. I pulled it off, and just gave it a cursory, but haven't cleaned it up yet. What's the significance of white marks? It's a black PCB I've seen some stuff on the back side that almost looks like powdery galvanic...
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    GPU component level diagnosis and repair service?

    Hey guys, I've got a 1080ti that's on the fritz, and while I haven't finished testing every scenario I can think of, I'm beginning to suspect its an issue with some smd, cap, or potentially a vram chip. It works intermittently, but every time I've removed the card, put it back in the system...
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    LG 38GL950G - 37.5" 3840x1600/G-Sync/175Hz

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. I mean, I guess the only reason for me to even make a post about it at this stage, is hope, that at some point, they'll realize there *is* still plenty of room to offer value to customers, even if they aren't always the top performer. If they could add value in...
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    LG 38GL950G - 37.5" 3840x1600/G-Sync/175Hz

    Hah, yeah. I've always been a default "underdog" supporter. I've tried to favor AMD and ATI, separately, and together, for decades (since the mid-90s in the case of the AMD CPUs) Yet, time and time again, it's been proven to me, that regardless of their staying power (as underdogs), they've...
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    Sweet Baby Jeebus Alienware 55" 4k120 OLED Displayport

    Ok I found this on another site: "Other products include the $1,500 Alienware 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor AW3420DW. It has an immersive 1900R curved, wide 21:9 WQHD-resolution monitor. Alienware’s first 34-inch WQHD 120Hz curved gaming monitor with fast IPS response time and IPS Nano Color...
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    Sweet Baby Jeebus Alienware 55" 4k120 OLED Displayport

    One of the articles I read about this mentioned a couple of other new AW monitors dropping at the same time? Something like an AW3418DW refresh maybe and something else? Saw mention of 120 and 240hz displays.. Anybody know about those?
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    Dark Souls 3 (PC) + Ashes of Ariandel DLC for $12

    There's some expectation this along with other things related to online play are going to be fixed/improved in the remastered version coming in May. However, you can also play offline, and not worry about invasions while not hollow, at least during low levels.
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    Dark Souls 3 (PC) + Ashes of Ariandel DLC for $12

    Honestly no. In fact, DS3 is more accessible in many ways than the previous games, and if you like it, you can go back and play them for added enjoyment (I bounce around between them all constantly), plus, there's a remaster coming of DS1 soon, which will likely be the preferred version to play...
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