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    Nvidia asking US gov to exempt GPUs from tariffs

    I'll grant them that the point of tariffs are to inflate prices of foreign products to entice buyers to shop domestic, meanwhile we still have zilch in the US. However, I 100% agree that Nvidia will just pocket the difference. a 25% tariff and supposed shortages wouldn't cause revenue to...
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    Sony working on subscription retro service

    Kind of off the rails but.. I've been content with ps2 compatibility on pcsx2 for over a decade now. https://pcsx2.net/compatibility-list.html there are literally only 10-30 games that aren't playable from start to finish as far as I can tell.. most of the bugs are caused by hardware rendering...
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    So after 5 years, my 980TI is dying. What should I do to avoid a 1K card purchase?

    Shot in the dark but it could be a corrupted vbios. Re-flashing the bios fixed a similar issue on my gtx 770 sc. Download the bios for the card from techpowerup and flash it with nvflash, then try installing a driver again. Worst case you screw up and brick the card, best case it comes right...
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    Elder Scrolls 6 will release for Xbox and PC only

    Haha funny joke. 10 years from launch there will be 8086 different versions of TES:VI for everything from PS5 to Game Boy Color
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    The Most Badass 120mm Fan? Help me find it?

    https://www.delta-fan.com/technology/PFC1212DE-F00.html this one is 38mm wide ~250CFM @ 5500RPM if thickness is an issue with the above. Paired with a fan controller these are actually amazing for low noise to airflow if you tame them, so plenty of uses...
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    Steam Turns 18 YO Today - Rolled Out: Sept. 12 2003

    I loved source too. As far as I recall, competitive players stuck to 1.6 for it's "better" gun mechanics (that require a bit more effort for mastery, supposedly) and "better" hitboxes. That created a bit of a stigma against CSS. I still fire up source to this day to hit some surf servers, 1.6...
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    Steam Turns 18 YO Today - Rolled Out: Sept. 12 2003

    Condition-Zero was just CS "remastered" with some single player campaign stuff. It didn't go over well with the competitive player base (who stayed on 1.6 until like 2012...) .. it's probably sold in every bundle valve sells now
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    Steam Turns 18 YO Today - Rolled Out: Sept. 12 2003

    I can't remember signing up. I guess that was when valve started requiring a steam account to play Counter-Strike
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    Your CPU progression

    Fun trying to remember at this point.. I collect a lot but I'm leaving that out for actual time period hardware I had (leaving out laptop stuff..) ... first ever attempt to use a table, lol CPU Blahblah AMD 286 12mhz ??? - 1992 ...wolfenstein 3d, really really slow wolfenstein 3d...
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    Xbox and Chill - xbox mini fridge

    to each their own lmao, drinkin a yuengling now. yuengling black & tan may taste like melted tire with chocolate on it though
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    Xbox and Chill - xbox mini fridge

    Yuengling eh? A man of class
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    Xbox and Chill - xbox mini fridge

    Lmao. all there is to say.
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    Are AMD drivers really still terrible?

    AMD has bad GPU drivers just like Linux is hard to install cargo cult is a hell of a drug :P ...sometimes you just come across a game that likes to crash. I've had worse luck with nvidia over the years, but n=1 and all.
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    Post your hard drive Power On hours!

    While this is nowhere near my oldest functional drive, I impressed by this one because it was my primary OS drive from early 2010 to 2015 when I finally bumped up to an SSD. Since 2015 it's been used as my drive for steam games. That's 11+ years of heavy use.. ...don't care if it dies, can...
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    Kid just wants to play apex what card do I get?

    Hopefully in another month or two we start seeing affordable used GPUs, so stick with the console for now. my 2 pennies.. I'm starting to see more and more GPUs pop up for sale (still at inflated prices). A couple months ago even on [H] they were practically nonexistent. Semiconductor...
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    Time Capsule: HardOCP Hardware Community Workshop Sponsored by Yamaha Multimedia. 12-20-2002

    I guess I just don't remember arguments being as aggressive as they are today. I can go make a post about the latest sound blaster card on [insert any other tech forum] and somebody will quickly show up to suggest I pull my lip over my head and swallow for being so dumb as to still use an...
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    Time Capsule: HardOCP Hardware Community Workshop Sponsored by Yamaha Multimedia. 12-20-2002

    Watched the whole thing through, very enjoyable. Man.. I was young in 02 lol! Nostalgia for some of the parts being discussed is high because of how enamored I felt for hardware in those days. I also don't remember everybody being so angry and fighting about their PC hardware views back then...
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    Looking for a Sub-$100 pair of speakers to replace my old crappy $35 ones

    you could just upgrade what you originally had.. https://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Acoustics-Subwoofer-Speaker-System/dp/B007PXV2KM/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 They sound almost half decent, have a sub, have even cheaper alternatives, have volume pod, and they make audiophiles around the...
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    Blizzard Announces Diablo 2: Resurrected

    Mode13 was slain by Gloam. Your deeds of valor will be remembered. can't wait to relive good old hardcore memories of getting instapwned by a huge pack of gloams casting lightning at the same time. P.S. don't really care about the covering up of body parts, but it is true that some of the...
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    MSI X470 GAMING PLUS Max ($85 shipped)

    Did this expire? it shows $99 for me. Maybe because I don't have prime enabled on my account?
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    Billy Mitchell Has His Guiness Book Of World Record Scores Reinstated.

    I've watched a few of his twitch live streams and talked to a few people who have met him and concluded that he does this bad guy act intentionally in order to attract attention to keep his career going. Like the adage "any attention is good attention". We can all hate on him 10000 times over...
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    Unknown DIP18 ENGINEERING SAMPLE

    Yeah, without any story at all this thing has no value to me. Especially given how easy it would be to just slap "engineering sample" on anything. They (chinese ebay sellers) already have an infinite supply of knockoff dip-28/32 ISSI SRAM cache chips that aren't ISSI at all.. just plain fakes...
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    Intel Is Changing Its Logo and Iconic, Five-Note Bong Sound

    Yes! I'm so sick of people saying "but but but I have an i7!!!" When they get told their processor / platform is just outdated. Why would "normies" want to go from an i7 to an i7? They aren't able to differentiate by year or model like people can with cars Years ago average people were at...
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    LOL.. that's what I had in mind too. If I had a backup card I'd just sell the 1080 while I can... Ebay prices wont be dropping any time soon I'm sure. Only backup card I have for the gap in time though is an r9 290.. sigh
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    I watched it. I'm in love. Nvidia added some slides to their website too. Doom Eternal outdoor scenes were hitting 100% faster than the 2080 (on a 3080) if I saw right in the DF video.. This means I'll be throwing my 1080P 144hz monitor straight in the trash... any good 240hz 1440P monitors...
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    Holy cow.. that should put the benchmarks question to rest... nobody would buy a 3070 over this if it were less than a 2080Ti.
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    Slides always have a bit of performance stretching going on, but do you really think they would go so far as to claim 3070 > 2080Ti when it's not so? I'm sure raster vs raster in a slew of benchmarks will lessen the gap, but after a claim like that the whole market would rage if the 2080Ti ends...
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    Haha. Who cares what game they played when a $499 card is going to stomp the 2080Ti that currently costs at least twice as much? This is an insane launch. Nvidia rick rolled us all, with the vast majority of people expecting a $999 3080 that would be barely better than a 2080Ti. Every single...
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    On the bright side, the AIBs better show superior temperatures if they expect us to drop extra cash on their cards.. I expect some major re-designs are taking place right now. Otherwise I'll be patient until I can get a (probably better binned) reference card..
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    Sounds about right to me. You would expect xx80 series owners to want to upgrade to newer xx80 series cards. Most of us just didn't with Turing because the 2080 wasn't the greatest upgrade ever. I would imagine a 3060 in the $349 range would be an upgrade too, but not really a huge generational...
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    Jensen Huang announces Ampere prices

    That's what he said. Hopefully benchmarks prove that unanimously. I'm with DanNeely .. Goodbye GTX 1080. We'll be seeing used 2080Tis in the fs/ft forum here for $349 by new years :p
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    Windows 95 is 25 Years Old Today!!!

    Yikes. We're old. Didn't care too much for it at launch.. DOS32 fo lyfe (until Doom95 and AOL instant messenger came around :P )
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    Oculus to require a Facebook account

    :::counting nickels until I can have an HP reverb G2::: Oculus Rift S was tempting but not anymore :P
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    Graphics Card Necromancy: Resurrecting a Dead GTX 690

    Thanks, yeah kind of tired here and didn't complete my own post.. light brown / tan being caps. I wont bother asking if there's a way to guess the capacitance / operating voltage on the caps since there's no markings at all.. Techpowerup does have high res shots of the PCB, so at least i can...
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    Graphics Card Necromancy - EVGA 980 Ti Classified

    Thanks for the reply I think I see what you mean.. the overall impedence is in some relatively predictable range.. have to get a test bench going, too annoying to mess with that part of the card with (what I believe) is the PLL vrm while it's inside of a case Worse yet, I did a closer...
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    Graphics Card Necromancy: Resurrecting a Dead GTX 690

    Razor, after going over my own board (the 780Ti mentioned in the classified thread), I've kind of come to figure that the black top SMDs are resistors and the light brown, would that be true?
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    Graphics Card Necromancy - EVGA 980 Ti Classified

    Hey razorwind, I'm really new to this / just started studying EE so yeah... I don't really quite understand at all how you know what proper resistance values are, but ..I'll learn eventually, provided I can find the right reading materials.. Anyway, I came into an EVGA 780Ti classified that's...
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    'NBA 2K21' Will Cost $70 USD for PS5 and Xbox Series X. Is this the new normal?

    What games are even worthy of launch price anymore? Last one to get that honor from me was dark souls 3... I thought borderlands 3 would make that prestigious list but nah.
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    1990 NINTENDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CONSOLE NWC

    Didn't even know there was a world championships console.. is this device verified in any way? What are the odds.. I've been on an Ernest movie and commercials bender for the past 2 straight weeks after forgetting about him for 25 years.. and then I log into hardforum to see good ole Ernest P...
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