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    Worst Game Ever?

    Back when I had lots of time, I didn't have much money. Now that I have some disposable income, I don't have much time. Since I got into gaming, I've kept an eye on reviews and been very selective. i haven't played many bad games. I have played a couple of the worst, though. I had ET and...
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    Half Life: Alyx

    The VR mod for HL2 is really good. The team is working on EP1.
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    [H] Stock Alerts, Tips & Tears for Nvidia, AMD, Intel, PS5, XBOX

    Still there. I don't know if the lunar new year festivities are done, but supply seems to be increasing.
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    Intel 1226-V 2.5GbE Ethernet Chipset Showing Connection Drop Issues (Chipset Used on most Raptor Lake Motherboards)

    I'll have to take some time to look up your recommendations. I confess, I'm far from a networking expert - I've never used SFP and I don't know what DAC is. I've been looking at 2 switches with either 5 RJ45 or 8 SFP+ ports ($240-270 ea). My internet enters the house on the ground floor (1 PC...
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    Intel 1226-V 2.5GbE Ethernet Chipset Showing Connection Drop Issues (Chipset Used on most Raptor Lake Motherboards)

    This weekend I priced out hardware and cables to upgrade my network to get 4 systems on 10Gb. SFP+ and copper both will be over $1000. :cry:
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    Pulsed helium3 fusion in a magnetic bottle, not lasers or same old tokawhatever...

    Fusion will never be a part of the electrical grid because: 1. As discussed, it's been very difficult to get more energy out than it takes to get to the fusion reaction, and even more difficult to capture that energy as electricity. 2. The funding sources that would have to be involved don't...
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    Aureal Vortex 2 SQ2500 Quad PCI Sound Card Sealed NOS

    Doubt it. Aureal was defunct long before the change to the Windows driver model with Vista.
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    Nvidia RTX 4090 power connectors melting?

    They'd better cover those solder points.
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    MSI accidentally broke Secure Boot

    ??? I turn off secure boot and almost all my systems boot from NVMe drives.
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    Samsung 990 Pro 10% off ($261 for 2TB)

    Quoted for emphasis. The 990 vs. 980 improves the biggest weakness of NVMe drives, which is random operations.
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    HOT: Barebones Ryzen 9 6900HX Mini - $484

    As I think about it, I could replace 2 of my full sized systems with these. I need to stop thinking.
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    6 GHz Intel Core Out-of-the-Box Demo

    If I'm reading my UEFI settings right, I can raise the possible boost clock without pushing an "all core" OC. Once you get the heat / power under control, you might be able to get some cores to hold over 6GHz.
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    HOT: Barebones Ryzen 9 6900HX Mini - $484

    There is not enough info there to compare iGPUs. All those 3DMark tests either include the CPU or only use the CPU, and are heavily threaded which does not reflect most game engines. Intel's e-cores inflate synthetic benchmarks but show very little influence on FPS. Edit: Looks like the 680M...
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    HOT: Barebones Ryzen 9 6900HX Mini - $484

    Dammit. I'm really trying not to buy this right now. I've got a Thunderbolt GPU enclosure collecting dust...
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    6 GHz Intel Core Out-of-the-Box Demo

    I was going to say, I hope you have a beefy custom H2O loop for that. :)
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    1366 x58 Xeon Enthusiast overclocks club

    Nice! My X58 Classified is still running strong in my FreeNAS box.
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    Please help us [H]. Disheartening looking for a new phone for the wife and I.

    If T Mobile signal is good for you - https://www.mintmobile.com/
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    AMD's Radeon RX 7900-series Highlights

    Yeah, it's really shitty how AMD has been using fake frame generation on their new cards to claim they're 150% "faster" than last gen.
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    PSA: Amazon cash back actually can be CASH back

    No, this is not an ad for Amazon or Chase. I've had the Amazon Cash Back card for a while, that gives you 5% back when used on Amazon. It's always shown up as Amazon credit. I was poking around my account on Chase today and found that you can actually deposit your cash back balance into your...
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    AMD's Radeon RX 7900-series Highlights

    I don't know if he has a degree, but he knows a few things about cooling. We'll see if he's right this time.
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    2TB teamgroup SATA SSD $99

    Not likely - NVMe takes much less space.
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    AMD Is Losing Ground to Intel in This Key Chip Market (discrete video cards)

    AMD is selling what they make. They have prioritized other product lines over consumer GPUs. It would be a problem if they were sitting on massive inventory that wasn't selling.
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    RTX-4090 Incoming - Need case suggestions

    You'll want a 360 or 420mm AIO for that heater.
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    How you know when you're old.....

    I've been getting emails from Comcast telling me my modem is too "slow". It tests above the speeds on my plan so it's good enough. Rather than pay Comcast more $, I got Starlink to cover the regular multi-day outages of Comcast.
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    Steam 2022 Winter sale is here! Winter sale runs from December 22 to January 5th, 2023, 10 AM PST

    I'll soon find out, but I heard Ep3 is the best.
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    Steam 2022 Winter sale is here! Winter sale runs from December 22 to January 5th, 2023, 10 AM PST

    Finally got HL2 Ep2 so I can be as disappointed as the rest of the world has been for the last 15 years.
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    RTX-4090 Incoming - Need case suggestions

    I got the new Lancool 216 to fit a 4090. I flipped the expansion slots and got a PCIe extension cable to mount the GPU vertically. If you leave the standard configuration your NIC should fit.
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    AMD 7900XT and 7900 XTX Reviews

    Link goes to an article from Oct 2021 on a Win 11/CPU cache bug. Can't find the quoted article under the GPU section of the site.
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    Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard

    Which I would hate. My position is not really pro-merger, but fuck Sony. I hate all the involved parties, but if somebody is going to buy ActiBlizz, MS is probably the least bad prospect. Sony whining about potential exclusivity is the height of irony.
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    6800/6900 Overclock Results

    GPU score over 25K is pretty damned good, especially since we started this thread reaching for 20K. :)
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    They really all came crawlin' back to Steam, didn't they?

    But you're going to miss out on Direct Storage!
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    Nvidia Blackwell rumor engine

    AMD has 5 generations of chiplet CPUs released, and appears to have some growing pains with their chiplet GPU. I'll be very surprised if Nvidia pulls off their first chiplet product without a hitch.
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    Should you pay considerably more for High end Motherboards

    Check if one of your NVMe slots shares PCIe lanes with some of your SATA ports. If so, they can't both be used at the same time.
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    They really all came crawlin' back to Steam, didn't they?

    Oh, I guess a name change. I'm kind of hoping the MS buyout goes through so Blizzard games go to Steam.
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    They really all came crawlin' back to Steam, didn't they?

    Beamdog has their own launcher? Fuck that, I'll stick to the original games with mods. Battle.net is being phased out. MechWarrior 5? How is it? Reviews I've seen are very lukewarm.
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    https://www.techspot.com/review/2588-amd-radeon-7900-xtx/ https://www.techpowerup.com/review/amd-radeon-rx-7900-xtx/ https://www.techpowerup.com/review/amd-radeon-rx-7900-xt/
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    Should you pay considerably more for High end Motherboards

    I think with the boost behavior of modern CPUs that even budget boards need to be "overclocking" capable and have beefier power delivery than was required in the past. That, combined with the increasing complexity of advancing PCIe and DDR generations, is a big factor in rising motherboard...
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    RTX 6000 ADA is now available!

    There's a rumor that AMD was aiming for 3GHz on Navi 31 and a hardware "bug" prevented it. Supposedly they have it figured out and could hit it with a refresh. We'll see...
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    The "slippery slope" is real. Look at the last 25 years.
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