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    Is medium to high end Pc gaming becoming too niche ?

    I think that "high end" is relative. The market for $5K gaming PCs exists because there is an audience actually willing to pay that much. Those people simply didn't exist in large enough numbers 10 or 20 years ago. You can game totally fine on an RX 6600 which was $200 on Black Friday. I'd...
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    Sick of on-board audio, what should I do?

    Does your monitor have a headphone jack? You could use that as an interim solution until you get your hands on something better.
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    EVGA will no longer do business with NVIDIA

    I'm actually more confident in the company's survival with EVGA strictly winding down the GPU business and their plan not including selling 2x as many PSUs and 5x as many mobos to make up for it. Had they depended on making up lost revenue in other areas, the company would have been doomed for...
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    [Rumour] Intel to cut back on Arc discrete GPU

    Given reports like this it seems plausible that Intel will stop releasing AIB cards next generation and focus on laptop and server chips, where they can validate the supported configurations. i740 was technology they bought from...
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    Ryzen 3900x + Asus TUF x570-plus wifi................ ECC support?

    ECC generally works if the mobo manufacturer officially states ECC support in the mobo specs. With the ASUS TUF X570-PLUS you are in luck, it supports ECC as long as your CPU does. You mean Ryzen mobos which claim ECC support but don't actually correct? Can you link to a source for this? The...
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    For 1 GB of RAM old PC, any problem on running Windows 7 at 32 bit? Or should he take a chance on 64 bit?

    I'm late to the party, but one aspect of 64-bit Windows is that it runs both 32-bit and 64-bit software, and each requires its own set of DLLs to load into memory. So typically your RAM use will be higher. Connecting a Windows 7 PC to the Internet is a bad idea. If the person just needs a...
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    Anyone get their Steam Deck ordered?

    Depending on how popular the Steam Deck ends up being, 3rd parties might find a way to offer upgrades/extras if Valve refuses. Like NB51 offered modern mobo/CPU for some older Lenovo Thinkpad laptops. Personally, I'd like to see a 1080p FreeSync screen upgrade, and maybe replacing the ambient...
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    5800X3D gaming review

    Computerbase did measure 12900KS power consumption during gaming, and it was quite high (no 5800X3D numbers yet as they stick to NDA). While the 12900K consumed around 100W during gaming, the 12900KS often consumes 140W and more...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Distrowatch doesn't measure distro installs... in fact that website's distro ranking is as useless as it gets for determining the popularity of a Linux distro. Both Microsoft and Apple use binary translation to run x86 code on ARM and reach >60% of native performance. Otherwise performance...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    The compatibility issue wasn't that fundamental. Microsoft already had that with Windows NT on MIPS, PowerPC (on Alpha there was DEC FX!32). Also the jailbroken Windows RT devices showed that you could run .NET applications fine without any modifications. So while Microsoft might have had good...
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    What do you do with your old routers? Recycle or re-use?

    If I can install OpenWrt on it, it is still good to use.
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    There wasn't even a way to turn that off except for jailbreaking. Depends on what you meant by "permission". If you had recommended updates enabled in Windows Update, well Microsoft counted Windows 10 as recommended update to Windows 7. This is known as "dark pattern" and is far worse than...
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    I think the complaints have more to do with being forced to break with old habits than actual disruption. There exist other (and arguably, better) indicators to help purchasing decisions, which is the value of reviewers to consumers. Indeed what good is lamenting about MSRP from six years ago if...
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    The 6500xt and 6400: Meet your next gpu, PC gaming peasants.

    I think HWUB could have done better here. They could have used a 6600XT and limit CU count and VRAM on the driver level. That would still not have limited VRAM bandwidtch and Infinity Cache but it would have used RDNA2 architecture.
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    Wireless Mouse with 2.5GHz and Bluetooth Modes?

    Another option would be to use a Bluetooth mouse and pack a USB Bluetooth dongle, for those PCs that lack Bluetooth.
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    Copy MacBook Pro files to PC--pulled HDD

    HFSExplorer will work only with HFS/HFS+ volumes in my understanding. If the Mac was running a recent version of macOS, it likely used APFS. On Linux/Ubuntu, you can install libfsapfs-utils or apfs-fuse and access APFS volumes. If the drive has hardware faults, do not attempt any kind of...
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    Legacy mode to UEFI mode (nightmare)

    There is normally no danger of this happening. Changing the boot settings may cause your Windows install to not boot, but you can still go to UEFI setup before Windows tries to boot and revert the setting. The only exception to this is the "fast boot" (or similar) setting, this may skip...
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    Transplanted PC + changed GPU, now no Display out. Bad GPU Riser

    Do I understand correctly that your system starts normally just there is no output on the display? In any case, if your CPU has an iGPU then you can try without the GPU installed and off the mobo display connectors. What could have gone wrong: Maybe you didn't connect ATX12V or PCIe power...
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    Playstation 4 emulator that works and requires Linux

    I think it's not that simple. PS4 has unified memory, with full bandwidth access to both the CPU and the GPU. PCs have bottlenecks that the PS4 APU does not have, so will have to make up with vastly faster hardware. That includes the graphics API. There was an excellent article series on porting...
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    Will Alder Lake be good enough to compete with Zen 3 XT and its 3D cache?

    That is around 10% better than Rocket Lake. So not terrible, but also not overly exciting.
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    I want to monitor my son android phone but I won't be able to access it physically, any other way?

    As the son is tech-savvy enough to uninstall the parenting app, I think the parent has no chance of controlling any device that is used by the son. If the son bought the phone with his own money, he could just buy another phone and hide it from his parents. There are plenty of decent smartphones...
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    USB-C to HDMI adapter

    No. There are two types of USB-C to HDMI adapters, one is using USB-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode and a DP->HDMI converter. Which is what you should use if your phone supports DP Alternate Mode. The other type uses a DisplayLink or Fresno Logic chip to convert USB to HDMI and can be used by...
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    Best Value 2TB NVMe PCI 3.0 SSD?

    Crucial infamously swapped out TLC memory for QLC in the later product revisions of the P2, I would avoid that unless you get a bottom bargain deal for it. Swapping out components is normal nowadays, but this sort of performance degradation went too far. WD wasn't much better by the way, if you...
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    Gigabyte A520M DS3H not compatible with Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G - why?

    This is not an incompatibility, if CPU and mobo were incompatible then the PC would not run at all. A520 mobos unofficially support the 3400G, given recent enough BIOS. My guess is that either the PSU, the mobo, or the CPU are faulty. With the reported symptoms pointing to PSU. If you can get...
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    Google has the money, why it doesn't reinvent Android Kernal System?

    I think your premises are all wrong. Google has actually created their own OS and kernel: and is working on an Android Runtime for it. Google has made lots of contributions to the Linux kernel that implement major features used by Android, such as...
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    Am I the only one? Linux downloads faster than Windows

    Enabling Jumbo Frames in your network card settings can make a difference on the order of 5%, which seems to at least fit the symptoms here.
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    Steam Deck officially announced by Valve

    Even more, Stadia itself is running Linux. So every Stadia game is already Linux-compatible, just in many cases the Linux version is not published (yet).
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    People are getting malware from fake Windows 11 installers

    Also don't forget that backdoored bootlegged XCode which was popular in China
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    Steam Deck officially announced by Valve

    Can this thread be moved to the Steam Deck subforum? Of course there are saving effects if you make many of the same thing. But the retail cost of packaging and distribution is inherhent in both the Steam Deck and the CPU. Adding stuff to the CPU (like mobo, cooling, PSU, controller, screen...
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    Steam Deck officially announced by Valve

    PS5 doesn't come with battery (except in the controller) or screen. Besides the economies of scale that works in their favor, PlayStation and Xbox do sell below cost. They make the money back on sales of games and accessories. I think it was after PS4 release when Sony stated that with the...
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    Steam Deck Ray Tracing

    Ray-tracing support for RADV is improving quite a lot lately. It can render some games correctly now, although performance work is still necessary (currently about half of Windows performance). Once RADV supports...
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    Steam Deck officially announced by Valve

    I guess you are GPU limited on that device most of the time anyway. A Ryzen 4750G (8C/16T, 8 Vega CUs) costs $399 on Amazon which is the same price as the entire Steam Deck base model, but for only the CPU... no way Valve could have hit that price point and form factor (not to mention battery...
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    why is AMD always behind on video decoding support? if decoding is a separate module?

    AMD is indeed lagging behind in video decode. And it is a choice made by AMD, Cezanne APUs don't support AV1 decode at all which is a bit shocking for hardware released in the year 2021. AMD used to provide "hybrid VP9 decode" up until Crimson 17.x drivers, which I understand was a 3rd party...
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    Win 11 pro's? con's? opinions?

    I know of a similar issue with late 2012 iMac 27" and it was just that the default HD Audio drivers in Windows don't work with the Cirrus audio chipset. Switching to the Cirrus drivers from Apple Boot Camp driver support packs (even if you installed Windows natively and not via Boot Camp) fixed...
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    Win 11 pro's? con's? opinions?

    ExtremeTech opinion piece: "I Will Never Use a Microsoft Account to Log Into My Own PC", complaining about the dark patterns that Microsoft uses to make people use a Microsoft account to log in locally...
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    Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more (UPDATE - added source for Windows 10 retirement date)

    Unfortunately, a number of Bay Trail and Cherry Trail systems have 64-bit processors but come only with 32-bit UEFI. This prevents Windows 10 x64 from running. Maybe Microsoft removed that limitation for Windows 11, I don't know.
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    5000G APU on sale August 5.

    Not a very informative review. Yes it is known that the APUs when coupled with dGPU have a weakness on high refresh rate eSports games, so the choice of games will change a review's conclusion drastically. UFD tested with a more broad selection of games and even found a few where the 5600G was...
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    Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more (UPDATE - added source for Windows 10 retirement date)

    That exists not on the base Windows 10 edition. Only on Windows 10 Pro and higher I think.
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    best Linux distro (secure / private / no analytics / no tracking)

    What is the "best" and to what extent you can reach your goals very much depends how much you want to get involved in the intricacies of Linux, and where in the "user friendly" vs. "user control" camp you are situated. One thing to keep in mind is the "are you the customer or the product" issue...
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    Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more (UPDATE - added source for Windows 10 retirement date)

    The domain part is not true, non-admin users are required to provide admin credentials to UAC even when not on a domain. The Administrator account is disabled by default, you cannot enable it during install, only afterwards using obscure NET USER commands or going like 8 levels deep into the...