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    No new Switch this year as Nintendo plans to ramp up production post pandemic induced shortage

    Everyone seems to forget: the switch no longer uses the old tegra chip, but a 2019 update with hugely improved power consumption (adds roughly 2 hours battery life compared to the old model). Did nvidia also stop making those chips? All I am seeing are reports that nvidia was going to stop...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    You'll likely want to make sure to either get a pci-e 4.0 system, or an rx6600. The 6600 has a fair bit of enthusiastic fans on this board for its price/performance ratio in current market conditions. The 6500xt, on the other hand, has gotten quite a following of haters; In their infinite...
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    Commodore 64 Mini Coming to North America on October 9

    If one is emulating anyways, wouldn't the better option be a raspberrpi 4 with amibian (when the price gets back down to normal, that is)? Chuck it in an amiga 1200 case with a converter for the keyboard input, if you are that nostalgic. I gather cost for this option would be around €150 +...
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    Major flaw detected with AMD 7900 XTX vapor chamber cooler

    On a side note, I would be highly amused if it turned out that these cards didn't have any issues when in a ports-up orientation, as in the Silverstone Alta F1.
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    Major flaw detected with AMD 7900 XTX vapor chamber cooler

    That's why "user issue" is the incorrect term to use in this case; luckily there is one which much better fits the bill: "design induced user error". I gather it is common in the aviation industry, where such things are rightly the manufacturers' responsibility to correct.
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    Anyone seriously considering the 4070 TI

    Are "people" holding out? I suspect that it is far more likely that the market for ludicrously expensive video cards is simply saturated. People who bought into this market segment were only willing to spend that much due to the rather unusual pandemic-induced circumstances. It may very well be...
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    HandBrake 1.6.0 Debuts AV1 Transcoding Support for the Masses

    Maybe a change in framerate is causing issues due to syncing audio and video? Setting the framerate to original would solve that. The quieter audio may be caused by not having every channel encoded, encoded to two channels only, or the playback software improperly handling the encoded channels...
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    AMD Is Losing Ground to Intel in This Key Chip Market (discrete video cards)

    Those stats don't include the last quarter. As far as I can recall, amd started the current aggressive pricing around the beginning of November, with a corresponding shift in recommendations at some tech sites and fora somewhat after that. If amd's repositioning has had any effects, one would...
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    Is medium to high end Pc gaming becoming too niche ?

    Not going to watch that, but given the clickbaity nature of the thumbnail I'd venture to guess that the answer is no. Prices have become much less silly in recent months, after all. Low-end gaming has become surprisingly affordable with the 5600g.
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    Rumored AMD RDNA4 Specs Indicate 3.5GHz Clocks, Double RDNA3 Performance

    Which part of the word "rumor" didn't you understand? These are not official communications and, as shown by the rumors before the release 7900xtx, about as trustworthy as press-statements about the Ukraine war from Moscow.
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    Insane GPU prices in 2022 WTF?

    I suspect those cards are only there at the moment because manufacturers want to justify the higher price classes to consumers, so they see no need to actually meet demand for the low-end, hence driving up prices. Seems that both nvidia and amd rather like the luxury of ignoring the...
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    Upgrade my 6950XT to a 7900XTX?

    For info in linux support you want the article from the good folks over at phoronix: https://www.phoronix.com/review/rx7900xt-rx7900xtx-linux
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    Does anyone else miss [H]ard reviews?

    You'd be surprised how much work goes into analyzing those youtube statistics to see how much of his pride Linus has to sacrifice to get the most clicks out of those thumbnails. Only half joking here. I mean, those thumbnails are manure, but they're professionally created wagyu-grade cow-manure.
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    Does anyone else miss [H]ard reviews?

    Research, writing, rendering animations, editing, thumbnails design, merchandising, accounting, managing taxes, dealing with sponsors, legal department, etc. At a guess, the merchandising takes up a surprising amount of employees, forming almost a separate business by itself.
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    Does anyone else miss [H]ard reviews?

    See? You got engaged. That's what youtube optimizes for, not quality. Creators either follow youtube's implied directives or get downranked into oblivion.
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    Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard

    Microsoft taking over activision-blizzard-king is like Numénor capturing Sauron. i.e., not a good thing™
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    Case selection = SAD!

    Perhaps that is because there still is a fair number of options that have more than two of em. The lancool iii (eight 2.5" and four 3.5") and and the define 7 (six 3.5" and two 2.5") are ones that come to mind quickly.
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    Who else is waiting on Zen 4 x3D before upgrading?

    Wouldn't an obvious solution to the first problem be using the 6nm process for the cache? It's what they are doing for the new radeons, after all. Or am I missing some obvious problems with mixing processes for stacked chips?
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    Case selection = SAD!

    Many recent fractal design cases seem to have a windowless version, most obvious airflow-focused ones are the meshify 2 and the pop air solid. The latter even has dvd drive bays!
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    Is medium to high end Pc gaming becoming too niche ?

    Imo the problem is not that there's expensive stuff, however ridiculous I think the price is. Who cares what other people want to spend? My beef is that the traditional mid- and low-range price bracket (<$400) products have been lackluster for so long and that the extreme elitism pervasive in...
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    Nvidia RTX 4090 power connectors melting?

    Let's call it a design-induced user error, then.
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    Would throwing an RTX 3050 into an FX-6300 machine make any sense at all?

    The only way I can see this making any sense is if you planned on playing one of those ancient titles which got raytracing added, like minecraft rtx or quake, at 1080p (dlss).
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    Is Windows 11 really bad?

    (emphasis added) Erm ... your post is literally the first time I am hearing about it. I suspect you are confusing 7 with vista.
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    Insane GPU prices in 2022 WTF?

    One would almost suspect that there is still a tidy stockpile of 3080's out there that they want to look more attractive to potential buyers.
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    Intel ARC A750 & A770 Reviews

    Interesting look at some performance improvements of older directx titles via dxvk: Nothing earth-shattering, but not to be sneezed at either, with the advantage of not having to depend on microsoft should intel be minded to improve support for those older directx titles.
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    Join us on November 3rd as we unveil AMD RDNA™ 3 to the world!

    If amd really wanted market share, they'd crank out those $250 rx6600's at all the capacity they could buy at tsmc.
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    Join us on November 3rd as we unveil AMD RDNA™ 3 to the world!

    Heh, something like: https://web.archive.org/web/20081019221101/http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=334&type=expert&pid=1 I'd be curious to know how it would perform on modern cpu's; a Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (4 cores from 2006) got 16.9 fps at 256*256, and the article claims it scales very well...
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    Join us on November 3rd as we unveil AMD RDNA™ 3 to the world!

    Your experience pretty much lines up with the steam surveys. According to those, none of amd's cards is increasing their already tiny share of the user base and neither is there an amd card to be seen in the top fifteen. Source: https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/videocard/?sort=chg
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    Ideal GPU tier pricing.

    Don't believe the narrative of general inflation causing an increase in pc component prices in particular. Gpu performance per dollar, as per historical trend, is deflating like mad. A $250 rx6600 in 2022 buys you easily more than 1.5 times the performance that the $250 rx580 did in 2017. Or, if...
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    Ideal GPU tier pricing.

    I suspect that, despite marketing departments' efforts, mainstream remains closer to the $200-$300 range than the already high-end $400 and that, now that most of the crazyness is leaving the market, we will be seeing a focus shift from the manufacturers.
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    Meh. Take a look at the steam survey and you'll see over 70% of users' primary screens are still at that "shitty card"-level 1080p or below, which means they'd be fine with a $170 rx6500xt or a $250 rx6600. The only thing that has changed is that we got some high, higher, and highest market...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    PS5 (theoretical) level performance in the video card could be had in a 6700 (non-xt) for $350, that sort of performance will be sub-$300 in this upcoming gen, meaning that a PS5 level PC will be sub-$800. For all the dramatics in the video card market above $500, they are about as relevant to...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    What's of some interest is that, in this upcoming gen, ps5-level specs will finally be reaching traditional lower mid-range prices.
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    Looking Back At ATI Technologies

    I have bought quite a few graphics cards between the voodoo1 and the 9700pro, may have bought a few after. For the life of me can't remember which ones, though.
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    Looking Back At ATI Technologies

    Most I ever spent on a video card. It did also last me the longest (7 years), though.
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    Intel ARC A750 & A770 Reviews

    I'd also much prefer another competitor in the market. However, since I've been beaten to death with the "companies are not charities"-argument every time they do something shitty (or don't do something nice for a change) I will now gladly return the favor: if intel wants to release a sub-beta...
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    Why is Nvidia better than AMD for video editing?

    My guess would be the tensor cores; image and video manipulation are some of the more prominent applications for that machine learning stuff, and amd is rather well-known for running a few leagues behind nvidia in that area.
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    [Rumor] Intel Arc A770 Early October Launch

    I'm a bit surprised they haven't moved some of the production to another country yet, say India. Somethingsomething eggs and baskets. It's not the sort of thing one would want to arrange when everyone is panic-moving production during potential future conflicts.
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    Where is my dirt cheap post merge GPU?

    I've been seeing masses of amd 4xx and 5xx being dumped here (JP) at roughly half of the prices they were only a month ago, pinky-promised not used for mining or "intensive tasks". They're finally back down to the pre-pandemic ¥12000 for an rx570. If prices keep dropping like that I may get to...
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    Rumors of ARC's cancellation...

    I'm fairly certain that this sort of information is extremely sensitive for a publicly traded company; ie Raja would be in a huge heap of legal trouble if he claims the rumors are false but in the end they turn out to be true.
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