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  1. Monstieur

    Optane 905P - Still Worth it as an OS Drive?

    I too upgraded from an Optane 900p 280 GB to an Optane DC P5800X 800 GB. Unfortunately the real-world performance of the P5800X in games and on the desktop is identical to Phison E18 PCIe 4.0 drives like the FireCuda 530 and Corsair MP600 XT. The 900p destroyed my old Samsung 950 Pro in...
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    So if video card prices stay elevated for years, then what happens?

    Play through your backlog of games and appreciate the classics which will take a couple of years. For the first time in console history, PS5 and XSX games are 85% as good as my 5-figure priced PC with an RTX 3090, while costing 1/20th the price. The only games which are unplayable are FPS...
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    LG 48CX

    The PA32UCG does support Dolby Vision input over HDMI.
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    LG 48CX

    Yeah, I also randomly found a 3090 in stock at Best Buy at MSRP soon after it launched and casually checked out! Now they are never in stock even if you use alerts. At the time I thought the price was insane over the 3080 but now it's the best purchase I made in the last 1.5 years.
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    LG 48CX

    Refresh rate increases smoothness independent of pixel response time. I use a G1 OLED as my primary desktop monitor. My 240 Hz TN monitor is way smoother than my G1 when just moving the cursor on the desktop. There is definitely more smearing between frames on the 240 Hz, but there are more...
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    LG 48CX

    The Sony has a better motion interpolation algorithm. It is generating frames in-between, instead of holding a single 24 fps frame for 5 frames. That's all it is. If you crank the slider up to 10 you get the so called soap opera effect with maximum smoothness.
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    LG 48CX

    That's smearing. It's less accurate even if you prefer it. The correct solution to sample and hold blur is to increase the frame rate of the content. Sample and hold is neither good nor bad - it's an exact representation of the source frames over time. Non-sample and hold displays smear frames...
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    LG 48CX

    PQ is absolute. The only HDR displays that follow PQ are the LG in HGIG mode, the G-SYNC Ultimate monitors, and $30 k reference monitors. Everything else is non-standard tone mapping and is inaccurate. You actually prefer the inaccurate oversaturated colours of the Sony OLED over accurate PQ. It...
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    LG 48CX

    You can toggle between SDR and HDR in Windows with the SDR content brightness slider set to 10 which is guaranteed to be 120 nits in HGIG mode (0 is 80 nits). It looks about the same as SDR with OLED Light set to 35. This is consistent across my CX, C1, and G1.
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    LG 48CX

    All VRR monitors synchronize at 1 fps with LFC. LFC is done in the GPU. There is no advantage to hardware LFC in the G-SYNC module either, because once the module begins to double a frame, it cannot respond to new frames until the doubled frame is completely drawn, resulting in the same...
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    LG 48CX

    The OLEDs are effectively hardware G-SYNC, just not made by NVIDIA. They need LG's custom controller to drive the individual pixels with G-SYNC certified VRR, unlike LCD monitors from manufacturers who make half-baked VRR firmware for existing controllers. NVIDIA's hardware G-SYNC module just...
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    LG 48CX

    It's likely a bug and will result in variable brightness when the frame rate fluctuates.
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    LG 48CX

    Use Win + P to disable the C1 and move all windows to the other display. The problem is the C1 doesn't disconnect its HDMI input after powering off - it takes a few minutes.
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    LG 48CX

    The SDR content brightness slider has an effect on how Auto HDR looks with Intensity at 0. You may want to try switching off the Auto HDR checkbox completely and increasing SDR content brightness to 30 (200 nits) or above. If you use Auto HDR, zero or low values on the SDR content brightness...
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    LG 48CX

    You're losing detail in the highlights because the Max Luminance is too high - the game thinks your display can hit 1500 nits when it's actually hard clipping below that. Reduce it to 1200 nits for the X27 or 800 nits for an OLED and use HGIG. DTM On compresses and expands different parts of...
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    LG 48CX

    By DTM I assume you mean DTM Off versus HGIG. DTM On is incorrect in all situations. I use HGIG mode for everything unless I know the content is hardcoded to 1000 / 4000 / 10000 nits, in which case I use DTM Off and override the HDMI Mastering Peak on the TV. If you set the Max Luminance to 800...
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    Is it worth grabbing ddr5 ram now if you can find it?

    No. The initial models of DDR5 have unknown overclocking / tightening performance. It's not clear how overclocking will work with the on-die voltage regulator - early motherboards won't have this ironed out. I would even wait a year and buy the 2nd generation mainstream platform or 10 nm HEDT...
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    LG 48CX

    I can confirm that Max luminance in CRU limits the peak brightness when Auto HDR Intensity is set to 100%. I used values of 130 / 56 / Blank for Max luminance / Max frame-avg / Min luminance to get 798 & 160 nits for peak & frame average brightness. Blank for Min luminance resulted in a PQ value...
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    Is there a way to output sound by HDMI without video ?

    The 7.1 base layer in Atmos for games is rendered using the spatial sound engine on Windows whether or not you have height speakers. Even in movies the base layer already contains all the sounds present in the height layer. The AVR uses the object metadata to subtract these sounds from the base...
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    Is there a way to output sound by HDMI without video ?

    If you don't have height speakers, you don't need an AVR even for Atmos or bitstreaming. The software renderer in games will render up to 7.1 quite well even with spatial audio. For upmixing stereo content with Dolby Surround, you can capture the impulse responses and use them to upmix on...
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    Is there a way to output sound by HDMI without video ?

    You need HDMI to an AVR only for bitstreaming or Atmos games. For anything else just use analog 7.1 output and run room correction on your PC with Dirac.
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    Is there a way to output sound by HDMI without video ?

    Buy a 120 Hz TV and use eARC. That’s the only solution apart from those HDMI sound cards. Cloned display has no issues if your AVR supports the resolution at 120 Hz over HDMI.
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    PG32UQX - ASUS 32" 4K 144 Hz HDR1400 G-Sync Ultimate

    I am even considering the PA32UCG which has HDMI 2.1. The professional version will probably have superior QC as well. I wonder if VRR works with NVIDIA cards over HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort. With Dolby Vision support, I could plug it into an Apple TV or media player for watching shows. Extensive...
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    PG32UQX - ASUS 32" 4K 144 Hz HDR1400 G-Sync Ultimate

    Has anyone gone from a PG27UQ / X27 to an OLED and then to the PG32UQX? I went from an X27 to a CX 48" and could never go back to the X27. HDR even with lower peak brightness is superior on the OLED because of the pinpoint brightness in small areas. I recently upgraded to a G1 65" but am now...
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    Cloning NVME PCIe3 to NVME PCIe4

    Incorrect. Cloning a drive works at the logical bit level, which is above all the hardware and firmware abstractions. There's no way to clone a drive at the NAND chip bit level with any of the software mentioned here - this obviously wouldn't work on anything but identical hardware / firmware.
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    Cloning NVME PCIe3 to NVME PCIe4

    This is the issue. Windows is trying to boot with the Intel RST driver, whereas the new drive uses the generic Microsoft driver. Uninstall the Intel controller from Device Manager and choose to delete the driver software. Uninstalling the RST software is not enough as it won't uninstall the...
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    Your CPU progression

    Pentium 90 MHz Cyrix MII-233GP Celeron 733 MHz Athlon XP 2400+ / GeForce4 MX440 Athlon 64 3200+ / 6600 GT / 7800 GTX 512 Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.2 GHz / 7800 GTX 512 / 9800 GX2 / HD 5850 / GTX 580 Core i7-4820K @ 4.6 GHz / GTX 580 / GTX 760 / GTX 780 Ti / GTX 1080 SLI / RTX 2080 Ti Core i9-9900X @...
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    Worth water cooling GPU and CPU for more FPS?

    I meant people who claim to run low voltage and low temps for 5 GHz. Here are my Prime95 SSE / AVX2 / AVX-512 and Linpack Xtreme stable voltages.
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    Worth water cooling GPU and CPU for more FPS?

    Don't believe anyone who says their OC is stable. You will need 1.425+ V to do 5 GHz all-core, and probably 1.35+ V to do 4.9 GHz. You should use a combination of adaptive + offset voltage otherwise the CPU will not be stable when transitioning between idle and load. 3600 C14 is 7.7 ns and 4000...
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    Worth water cooling GPU and CPU for more FPS?

    You'll get the biggest minimum FPS increase by setting an all-core overclock on your CPU. You can easily do 4.9 to 5 GHz all-core on a 9900K. There won't be much improvement going from a H115i to a custom loop. The next biggest benefit is from tightening memory timings. You should be able to do...
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    Adaptec Raid 5 degraded but won't rebuild with dedicated hot swap drive. Help!

    This is a true hardware RAID card and the rebuild should proceed even outside the OS once initiated. See if you can trigger a rebuild from the BIOS configuration screen (Ctrl + A on boot). Delete the spare drive and re-add it as a hot spare for the array.
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    X299 Motherboard Recommendation for i9-10900X?

    Stability issues on Intel are almost always voltage related misconfigurations - Load Line Calibration, load / idle transitions, poor defaults etc.
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    LG 48CX

    No, and it doesn't even work with most native DisplayPort 4K 120 Hz monitors. It's something about the timings (even with DSC) that cause some displays to not work. HDR doesn't through the adapter either.
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    LG 48CX

    HDR does not work at all on macOS when using the adapter, and it defaults to YCbCr with no way to change to RGB without an EDID override.
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    LG 48CX

    Burn-in is a non-issue. I used a B7 on the desktop with HDR always enabled at ~140 nits for years and didn't take a single protective measure. I left it on with static browser icons and taskbar for thousands of hours without any visible burn-in.
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    LG 48CX

    There's a cable version with the adapter integrated.
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    LG 48CX

    I believe the GPU under macOS cannot handle tightened non-standard timings like 1440p 144 Hz and 8-bit RGB 4K 120 Hz over DisplayPort 1.4. 1440p monitors like the PG278Q are limited to 120 Hz. I filed a bug report and one of the engineers responded that it's not supported by the "hardware"...
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    LG 48CX

    No, macOS doesn't support the 4K 120 Hz timings on this adapter, though you can see it in the EDID on macOS. Others have reported that it works fine in Boot Camp with the Radeon drivers. I have the exact adapter you linked. I have a 2019 MBP 16" running Big Sur.
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    LG 48CX

    I have this adapter for my MacBook, but have no way of testing it on my 3090 without a DisplayPort to female USB-C adapter.
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    LG 48CX

    Just received OTA firmware update 03.21.18 on my CX. The installation failed with "Software update cannot be applied to this TV". Now it doesn't detect the update anymore. It has a "Fine Tune Dark Areas" feature to partially correct raised blacks in VRR...
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