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    Which RTX 4090 card are you planning or consider to get?

    I’d be interested to hear how your system benchmarks versus the state of the art CPUs with the 4090. I have a 3960x and whereas I think the 3970x is still a solid mile ahead, for a 3960x TR3 system, the 13900 and 7950 come within spitting distance of my system while offering faster cores...
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    Who here is keeping their 3 series and skipping 4 series nV cards?

    I want to get a 4090 FE so that I can move my 3080 to my wife’s desktop that has a 1080. Sadly Nvidia is not making very many of them.
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    This is where I prefer the Siri model… it’s not the product, it’s an optional tidbit within the ecosystem. I buy the hardware because it looks/works/sounds amazing, and when Siri goes low-IQ-idiot, I honestly don’t care so much because it’s something I can skip using. Alexa was the product...
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    2022 Black Friday Cyber Monday Holiday Deals

    Not sure I’d agree - a 42” 4k 120hz OLED for $900 seems like a terrific deal in any age up to the present. There aren’t many good pickings but there are a few.
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    What an idiot. Advertisers don’t take kindly to being held hostage when Twitter is - let’s face it - one of hundreds of competing advertising channels, and one of the comparatively smaller ones. Now Musk is going to spend most of his time slowly wrecking a social media train wreck while Tesla -...
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    Which RTX 4090 card are you planning or consider to get?

    There is not any evidence that many were available through BB. There is not any evidence that many were available directly through nVidia. There is not any evidence that many were available through targeted GeForce Experience notifications. There is not any evidence of any significant...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    In general I've been leaning toward NV this cycle because I quite enjoy raytraced games, but I am deeply curious what AMD brings to the table and with NV's supply issues, I've no issue waiting for AMD's at-bat. If they are compelling in price-performance-efficiency then they may win my...
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    Uber to Use Location Data to Sell Targeted Ads

    Uber has always been a ”do more evil” business. Lyft isn’t great but there’s a reason I use Lyft for any rideshare and haven’t had Uber apps installed on my devices for several years now.
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    How many generations of CPU for the X670 chipset motherboards

    Assume, unless there is a signed contract attesting otherwise, that you will get only 1 generation of support and anything beyond that is a surprise bonus. This is tech. You could get 4 generations of support. Or, it could be kicked to the curb 12 months from now.
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    LG Flex LX3 4K 42″ Bendable OLED 120Hz

    Thanks for this. I was already on the fence due to the limited ability to add heat sinking with this kind of physical architecture, and the reliability / serviceability of the actuation system. The cost makes it a deal-breaker; for this price, I want more full-screen brightness.
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    Is the RTX 4090 FE vaporware?

    That's a fair point.
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    Is the RTX 4090 FE vaporware?

    I notice on Best Buy's site they've been sold out since launch with not a single one reviewed. nVidia's site, no evidence they're popping up even infrequently or am I missing something? eBay shows about a 100 sold and another 100 listed, but who knows how many of those are re-listings, fakes...
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    7950x as compared to a TR3 3960x

    I currently have a 3960x system running on some ~2 years now that's served me well, but is something of a space heater. The current level of performance is sufficient - would not want to downgrade from it - but it seems to me that a 7950x system provides ~roughly CPU parity performance with the...
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    Did you get a 4090?

    I don’t understand why we can’t just preorder this stuff. Apple has reliably let me preorder stuff on launch, without issue, and reliably receive a delivery date estimate that usually turns out to be accurate. In 2022 nobody should be required to constantly refresh pages in hopes of being able...
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    Looking Back At ATI Technologies

    My 9700 pro remains my favorite graphics adapter of all time.
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    Which RTX 4090 card are you planning or consider to get?

    I am leaning toward the FE due to case size. I bought a TR3 system for I/O and it's really bothering me how large these cards are getting vis-a-vis interfering with I/O expansion. Otherwise, like a lot of people here I imagine, I am a loyal, happy multi-generation EVGA GPU owner who is now...
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    This is pretty impressive - feels more or less like parity with my TR3 3960x at a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the power consumption. Hmm.
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    Old laptops!

    So I'm looking for two or three laptops and the use case is a bit weird. These are for my dad who is almost 80, and, well, he is set in his ways when it comes to computers. He likes old business class 15" laptops that are heavy and chunky, have an optical burner because his MO is burning audio...
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    I think it’s all about 4k. The way I see it: The 2000-series made 4k gaming possible. The 3000-series made it acceptable. The 4000-series hopefully will make it enjoyable.
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    Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 34" 21:9 (3,440 x 1,440) Ultra Wide 175 Hz

    Yes. I recently had to have a nearly $4,000 Canon R5 replaced due to this crap connector. It's a deal breaker. Zero interest.
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    LG Flex LX3 4K 42″ Bendable OLED 120Hz

    I'm a bit mixed on this; an emerging trend in OLED at the moment is greater heat sinking to support higher brightness, less aggressive ABLs and more quickly dissipate temporary burn-in artifacts. I suspect that a flexible display will be at odds with this trend. Right now, ABL is a bigger...
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    The issue I've had with his videos is that he takes 25 minutes to share 3 minutes of content. He hits on something, then repeats it over and over and over ad nauseam. Before I gave up and wrote him off, I'd gotten into the habit of immediately skipping to the 2nd half of his videos knowing...
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    GPU prices — is the worst behind us ?

    I must have missed the $1,149 price - that's rather attractive.
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    Current state of drivers AMD/nVidia?

    I also have multiple machines with a mix of AMD and NVIDIA cards and I do not perceive any significant difference in driver quality. GeForce Experience needing a login is HUGELY irritating to me, personally, but the actual driver experience doesn't feel different.
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    Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (Borderlands spinoff)

    I'm having a blast. Borderlands voice acting is usually terrific but they've outdone themselves this time; Ashly Burch is outstanding. The gameplay is the best munging of Borderlands and typical fantasy RPG one could expect. There's little new here if you've played Borderlands here, but...
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    What is so special about Macbooks?

    I have a 16" M1 Max for home use and a 16" M1 Pro for work. It's hard not to love this hardware - hands down my favorite mobile computing device going all the way back to a Compaq Portable 386. It's the first laptop I've used that truly feels like it has no weaknesses. Best keyboard and...
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    "Star Trek: Discovery" Renewed for Season 3

    I don't mind the cameos, I don't mind some of the inclusiveness themes, but I cannot watch this show any longer because I cannot take more television about people crying, expressing their feeling and seeking therapy. The first half of this season was a hot mess with endless crying. The second...
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    Supply easing?

    Our local chain here in the Bay Area, Central Computers, suddenly appears to be swimming in 30-series cards, even the 12GB 3080s, and all the must-purchase-with-systems restrictions have disappeared. I checked a few other stores in the area and they seem to be getting supply. Prices are inflated...
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    Apple leaks M1 Max Duo, and M1 Ultra

    I wish SOTTR or some other AAA games were native M1 on MacOS.... :(
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    Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display

    A bit more thought on this. The Studio, setting specialized silicon aside, is roughly on par to or slightly more performant than my Threadripper 3960x at what must be approaching 15% the same power, on strictly CPU centric tasks. It's also a tiny fraction of the volume. And that's before we...
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    Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display

    The Studio is appealing if one has a workflow that takes advantage of the hardware; if so, it’s basically the fastest piece of hardware that can be put on a desktop at any price, and pays itself off in weeks to months. Otherwise it’s the wrong tool for the job. The display seems like a...
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    Seagate 16TB HDD Exos X16 7200 RPM (ST16000NM001G) $289.99

    These days, tons of 4K / 8K video. I have a Canon R5 that will put out up to 800GB of footage per hour. These drives are a great bulk storage option for that use case.
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    Seagate 16TB HDD Exos X16 7200 RPM (ST16000NM001G) $289.99

    I have 8 of these in a Synology box, they’re outstanding.
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    HardOCP.com: Status Quo is No Mo

    These days I find myself preferring video formats to long form electronic print. Reason? I'm multitasking more than ever. I can listen to a video (and occasionally glance at the large chart they post up every few minutes) while doing other things. These days I'm always moving around, I'm...
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    "Star Trek: Discovery" Renewed for Season 3

    I can’t believe I just watched an episode about the ship’s computer undergoing a counseling session. The writers of Measure of a Man would be aghast at this crap. I am about as loyal a Star Trek viewer as they come and I think I’m ready to tap out. At least Lower Decks is simple fun.
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    I had buyers remourse. Cancelled my MBP 14" order :(

    I have to admit that from a visual perspective, running the SotTR benchmark on this thing is one of the most visually stunning experiences I’ve seen in computing yet - brightness and dynamic range are incredible, and the fact that it run smoothly at good resolutions and settings while on battery...
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    Nvidia series 40, is there an ETA?

    My prediction: - Announced: September 2022 - YouTubers receive theirs: November 2022 - Ten forum members on this site acquire one: January 2023 - Anyone who wants one and is willing to invest 16 person-hours of work / waiting / standing in line / refreshing browser to get one, gets one...
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    I had buyers remourse. Cancelled my MBP 14" order :(

    I finally received mine - that was one long wait. 16" 64GB 4TB - all of the bells and whistles except the 8TB. I absolutely LOVE it! This thing is burning through 4k/120 and 8k/30 footage in ways I only wish my TR3 3960X system could. So far I'm particularly delighted by the various...
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    Windows 10 SSD - "Optimization not available"

    Problem solved and this was it - thank you!
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