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    The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Official Thread

    I mean I don't think they are doing that to puff up PC or crap on the consoles, it is just resources. The current gen consoles aren't bad, but they are miderange GPUs at best and they are AMD which doesn't have any ray tracing acceleration so it hits even harder than it would on an nVidia chip...
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    27" 240hz OLED Monitor!!! (but there's a catch...)

    Ahh gotcha, the earlier post in this thread seemed to imply 200 nits 100% window with ABL/APL disabled. That would also work for me (115 nits in my case) but ya, I can see people running in to cases where they want more. I run about 160nits at work, last time I measured, because the room is...
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    27" 240hz OLED Monitor!!! (but there's a catch...)

    That's saying "I want to ignore objective data because it doesn't confirm my feelings." Photons are photons to your eyes, there are not some magic photons that the CRT emits that other displays don't that look brighter, despite being the same level. So, if 100nits on a CRT is a brightness level...
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    27" 240hz OLED Monitor!!! (but there's a catch...)

    Then please quote the measured luminance spec at 100% window. Back when I did CRTs (Lacie Electron22Blue IV) I calibrated it to about 80 nits. Pushed too high, and you'd get blur as the beam leaked to surrounding phosphors. That sounds like what I'd expect, particularly given they are older...
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    Portal with RTX

    If you like puzzle games, I think you'll enjoy them. Valve put a LOT of time into playtesting the puzzles so they don't leave you out in the cold working them out (they have a behind the scenes mode where they explain a lot of that). If it was just the puzzles, it'd be a good game, however the...
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    27" 240hz OLED Monitor!!! (but there's a catch...)

    I would also argue that for most desktop usage, that is plenty. If you like a very bright room maybe not, but if you can control your light level you probably don't want it eye-searingly bright all the time. It's going to depend on your room and your preference, but even in a normally lit room...
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    Portal with RTX

    It's a fun puzzle game with a surprisingly good story. The second one, Portal 2, is even better. Puzzles are just as good in both, the story and atmosphere are just a step up in 2.
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    AWE64 Legacy: A Premium New ISA Sound Card in 2022

    I guess in that case I'd just get an original AWE64. They are cheaper than thins and still available.
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    Portal with RTX

    RT has a massive performance impact, particularly depending on how much is ray traced. Quake 2 RTX struggles to keep 60fps on my 3090. Right now we are in the "just barely enough" phase of hardware when it comes to ray traced games. It can handle it in realtime, but barely, and then only with...
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    The state of gaming (really has me bummed out)

    I mean sure, there are competitive games out there that are like that, though I don't always believe it makes the difference people thinks it does, but that's hardly all of gaming. If you want an example of a game that loves GPU power and makes great use of it, Resident Evil Village is great. It...
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    AWE64 Legacy: A Premium New ISA Sound Card in 2022

    I mean... I dunno... So the AWE64 Gold was for sure an amazing soundcard. I had one and it was the first "good" soundcard I'd ever owned. It's DACs and grounding were good enough that it was perceptually quiet during normal use (you could hear all kinds of shit with an SB16). It had great...
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    Do NVMe's SSD's today provide real-world performance advantages over SATA SSD's?

    For gaming probably not. I can tell you one area that it does matter/is noticeable and that is Virtual Instruments. This is for music production and what you do is stream digital samples off the drive, and you can have thousands streaming at the same time. Heavy on the random access. Also...
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    HDMI Arc audio cards?

    I don't know of anything that directly does what you want, but something that would let you do it would be an eARC SHARC. I got one of these because my receiver doesn't support 4k120 or properly support eARC and I wanted surround sound to it from my PC. You hook it in to the ARC/eARC port on...
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    Need accurate positional surround sound for headphones

    This is something I have great interest in, and have been after for literally over a decade. Currently there are two "best" options in my opinion, though one one really applies to you: --The best for general Windows use, with head tracking support, is Redscape Audio. You can hear demos of the...
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    Dell Alienware AW3423DW 34″ QD-OLED 175Hz (3440 x 1440)

    There is a standard for HDR display calibration, it is the PQ curve in STMPE standard ST.2048. So you calibrate to that. You will see articles on sites like RTings talk about how well a display tracks the EOTF, electro-optical transfer function and that is what they are talking about: How...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    Ya but they never did anything like that. I'm not saying Google couldn't have found ways to try and promote Stadia, just saying MS has some advantages since MS is already in videogames and, despite what some want to claim, a big player in that space. Google was starting from scratch. They have...
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    Seagate’s Second Gen Mach.2 Drives Are as Fast as SATA SSDs

    Those actually can, to some extent, get away from that limitation because they stripe the parity, though these help there. One area I think of that IS limited and they'd be nice for is RAID TEC from NetApp. They do dedicated parity disks because it makes rebuilds much faster and less likely...
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    Seagate’s Second Gen Mach.2 Drives Are as Fast as SATA SSDs

    Seagate makes SSDs, Nytro is the silly name they gave their data center SSDs. They are just mostly enterprise focused, not as much on the consumer market. This drive likewise is an enterprise drive, hence SAS. There's still plenty of demand for magnetic storage in the enterprise arena because it...
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    Seagate’s Second Gen Mach.2 Drives Are as Fast as SATA SSDs

    No, consumer systems completely ignore SAS. You'd have to get a HBA to support them. Thankfully those aren't too expensive, unless you want hardware RAID and even then. But I've never seen a consumer system that has onboard support for it. You have to get a workstation/server board. It was less...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    For the new Series X/S? About 16.5 million. For the original One/1X? 50 million.
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    Seagate’s Second Gen Mach.2 Drives Are as Fast as SATA SSDs

    True but for bulk storage that isn't such a big deal, particularly if the server itself does heavy caching. There's value to be had in cheap magnetic drives that are fast. Not for desktops really (hence these being SAS) but where you want a big 'ole storage pool that doesn't cost too much.
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    I mean it has all the technical issues of game streaming, which are many, but MS does have some advantages over Google meaning they could possibly succeed where Google failed: 1) The biggest one is that they don't just abandon and kill projects because they don't work immediately. MS is...
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    The Chinese GPU Invasion

    I wouldn't call it an invasion until we see them all over the place. China tries to get into lots of markets, some they have a good deal of success in. You can't walk 10 feet without tripping over a Haier mini fridge it seems. Others they have no luck on. Seen any Chinese cars on the road...
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    AW3821DW (Nov 2020) with GSync Ultimate

    It's better than 21:9 actually, it's 24:10, meaning 2.4:1. I not only find that is a really great ratio, but it is something you find a non-trivial amount of media in. 2.39:1 is a REALLY common anamorphic movie format, both Panavision and Cinemascope make lenses for it and 2.4:1 is common for...
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    AW3821DW (Nov 2020) with GSync Ultimate

    That reduces contrast ratio to bring up black gamma and make dark things easier to see. It more or less alters the low end of the gamma curve to be more like sRGB or BT1886 instead of pure power gamma. I tend to leave it off, since it does hurt contrast, unless it is a game that has lots of dark...
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    PCIe vs USB Audio Interfaces

    So technically PCIe interfaces are going to be able to get you lower latency, particularly at higher loads. It is closer to the CPU/memory, less overhead to go through. However, as a practical matter, the quality of the interface/driver is what matters far more. RME interfaces on USB get...
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    AW3821DW (Nov 2020) with GSync Ultimate

    One other thing to try on your 3821 is turning on variable backlight and see if you like that for helping with black levels. It can't do anything about "bright spot on dark area" or vice versa, but it can help when large areas are dark. The downside is that you'll see the zones flick on and off...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Only if that doesn't change revenue. There's two big issues with going about this the way he did: 1) You just can't identify who is useful/needed in less than a week. It really is going to take more time to rate employees and figure out who can go and who can stay. Hence the "Oh can you come...
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    Intel shows off Granet Rapids at Taipei Intel Innovation Event

    Sadly the "nm" designator has become totally meaningless these days. Once consumers started caring about it, it became an advertising feature, which means that they kept lowering the number to look cooler than the other guys. Companies basically just put out a smaller number when they make a new...
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    Dell Alienware AW3423DW 34″ QD-OLED 175Hz (3440 x 1440)

    I wouldn't bother dude. This guy spends all his days telling people that they are not allowed to like OLED displays, and then repeats "200nits" over and over as though it is something we all give a shit about. You aren't going to change his mind. According to him, you are wrong for having your...
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    Starlink Public Beta About to Happen?!?!

    If you have a Tmobile phone you can get some idea of levels with the signal check app from the play store. It'll show you the levels you have and the band you are on. You can also use it to scout around your house and find out where it would be best to place the AP (generally by a window). I...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Point is, just because they were ok with it as it was, doesn't mean they are going to be ok with what it may become and it isn't about wokeism or anything like that, it is about what they think hurts their brand.
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    Starlink Public Beta About to Happen?!?!

    Make sure to check that you have good signal at your house, particularly in the 2600mhz band. That's where their fast speeds are. Their mid-band stuff is where you can see the cable modem like speeds. Their low band (600/700mhz) can be pretty fast, but can get loaded up when lots of people are...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    I think you are again confused about what advertisers/brand agents care about: They don't give a shit about free speech, they don't care about worker's rights, they don't care about bots, they don't care about shills. What they care about is how something makes their brand look. That's it. Their...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    The thing is that's not his only public statement about free speech on twitter and making it doesn't automatically make advertisers forget what he's said in the past. So they are a bit nervous. Then you add to that the fact that he started feuding with the publicly on twitter, after being on a...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Precisely. You can whine about activists, wokeism, PC, etc, etc all you want but none of that actually matters to advertisers. They don't care what a company's culture is, they don't care who the CEO is, they don't care how workers are treated, etc. What they care about is how it makes their...
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    OBS Studio 28.1 Released with Support for NVENC AV1 Accelerated Encoding on Ada GPUs

    Ya 6mbps isn't going to cut it for that rez and framerate, at least with AVC. From my experience the minimal if you want it to look nice and smooth with no blocks is 28mbps, the AVCHD standard, for 1080p60. That's for camera content though, videogames can actually be tougher due to the sharper...
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    The Fallout New Vegas Thread * will contain spoilers *

    Nope. That is fucking hilarious. Thread popped up and I was just rereading it, didn't notice who posted just agreed with them. I are a dumbass.
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    The Fallout New Vegas Thread * will contain spoilers *

    For sure. If it was super easy to just redo old game in new engine, Bethesda themselves would do it to milk more cash. Most remake teams of any stripe bite off more than they can chew and either never release anything, or release it so long after they start that it really doesn't matter much...
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    An interesting watch on the history of Nvidia's Ray Tracing work

    Yes, that's basically what denoising is. They just shoot one ray per pixel which isn't nearly enough, you need to shoot a thousand or more to really get an image with no noise in it. So you get the super grainy image you see where a lot of pixels don't even get a ray returning to them. But then...
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