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    Who's making moves to get ready for the new release of cards?

    I'm still on a GTX 980 here, been itching for an upgrade and was planning on doing so with Turing - until I saw the jacked-up prices! Getting said GTX 980 in late 2015 rather than waiting for Pascal was a mistake in hindsight, but so was buying the Oculus Rift CV1 at 2016 prices ($800 for HMD...
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    Fresnel Lenses Alternatives?

    I'd like to try it for myself, but the problem there is that I've never tried a Vive out of never knowing anyone with one locally. Went straight from Rift CV1 in 2016 to the Index this year, and the Index, while featuring similar lenses to the Vive, don't appear to be easily detachable in a...
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    GPU - diminishing returns reached

    All of you Pascal owners who feel underwhelmed by Turing, imagine what it feels like still being on Maxwell. I'm still using a GTX 980 I got at the tail end of 2015, new and sealed, for the price of a mere 970. Pascal wouldn't be out for several more months, and I was planning on just skipping...
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    Fresnel Lenses Alternatives?

    I can't imagine Gear VR lenses being an improvement, as I absolutely hate chromatic aberration, and the Note 4-era Gear VR (SM-R320) was rife with it. Alas, it's a tradeoff. Fresnel lenses mean substantially mitigated chromatic aberration, though you get to deal with rings and god rays that are...
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    1366 x58 Xeon Enthusiast overclocks club

    Six 2 GB sticks for 12 GB total, you're right on that. It's partly why the whole CPU/mobo/RAM combo was so cheap, since denser DIMMs hold their value much better. Higher-density DIMMs would be preferred, but hey, it was part of a $100 bundle and saved me from having to pull RAM from my 4770K...
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    1366 x58 Xeon Enthusiast overclocks club

    I've had an X5650/12 GB DDR3-1600/MSI X58 Pro-E setup sitting around for a long while that cost me all of $100 (just wanted something cheap with SSE4 that would run games that required it), and it's only now that I put it into service since the old Q6600 build I've been trying to move the rest...
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    Apple to start making its own Mac ARM chips in 2021 instead of using Intel. What say ye?

    The G5 was indeed IBM's big NetBurst moment - too hot and inefficient. It's not uncommon to see Power Mac G5s basically warp their logic boards from the sheer heat and cause solder joints to fail, bricking the poor things, whereas the worst that tended to plague their G4 predecessors was bad...
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    Just picked up a mac pro 8 core for cheap!

    I'm sure you can get some use out of it as a file server at the very least, but the 32-bit EFI really holds you back on the 1,1/2,1 in terms of software support. Gotta use a custom bootloader like a Hackintosh, at which point actually Hackintoshing would be a better option. The other huge...
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    Apple to start making its own Mac ARM chips in 2021 instead of using Intel. What say ye?

    Switch the Mac to ARM and lose Boot Camp? I don't see it happening, given how being able to natively run Windows was one of the biggest reasons for the Intel x86 switch to begin with. Yes, I know there's Windows 10 on ARM now, but if the Surface Pro X reviews were any indication, it's a...
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    Why did YOU choose AMD for your processor?

    All of my recent builds are Intel, but that's because AMD had lost their performance advantage both times I had built a brand new computer, late 2007 and late 2013. I still remember a time when no gamer in their right mind would've bought Intel, because NetBurst (Pentium 4/D) just plain sucked...
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    Is VR even worth it?

    The 1080 Ti is still quite a performance leap above the old 980, so I'm not surprised you can manage with just a few settings turned down. I just wish their used prices hadn't hovered so close to 2070 Super and 2080 Super territory to the point that I'm not really getting any...
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    Is VR even worth it?

    I've been using VR since the Rift CV1 released back in 2016, when the headset and Touch controllers cost $800 combined, and then you add two extra sensor cameras, USB 3.0 extensions, and an additional USB 3.0 host controller card for everything... needless to say, it's a lot more affordable now...
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    Valve Index In Stock at 10am PDT 3/9

    My order was placed on March 9th about an hour and 45 minutes (IIRC) after they went live, estimated for 8 weeks since it was rather late, they asked for confirmation and payment on April 16th, and I finally got it yesterday, April 22nd. Hang in there, it'll eventually come. Certainly beats...
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    Question for the veterans of PC gaming: why was the Radeon 9700 Pro such a big deal?

    The early 2000s were pretty much peak PC gaming, if you ask me, and the Radeon 9700/9800 lines were some of the reasons why. Alas, I only had a 9600 XT because my parents didn't feel like letting me pitch in a bit extra to step up to the much faster 9700, but oh well, I got the Half-Life 2...
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    Fully Decked out and accessorized 16" MacBook Pro costs over $8k

    I now find myself managing a warehouse's worth of desktops, laptops, and the occasional set of iPads, so I see what you're coming from regarding the system integrator thing. After three years, the old stuff gets cleared out due to warranty expiration, because time is money in that kind of...
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    Fully Decked out and accessorized 16" MacBook Pro costs over $8k

    I wouldn't start factoring accessories and 15 years of AppleCare+ into the price like that, that's just bloating it unnecessarily. That said, one thing that irks me about post-Retina MBPs is that the RAM is soldered, so you're not upgrading it without a BGA rework station and the right chips...
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    24" Widescreen CRT (FW900) From Ebay arrived,Comments.

    Because I first saw it already warmed-up, I didn't realize it had a problem with the electron guns seemingly shorting to full brightness on cold startup, drastically overexposed red, green or blue from mostly black - enough to kick it into protection mode with the blinking amber power LED much...
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    What ya using your 1x slots for?

    X-Fi Titanium HD FL1100-based USB 3.0 host controller card (because a quad-sensor Oculus Rift CV1 setup practically demands it) PEXHDCAP/SC500N1 video capture card I was thinking of migrating to quad-controller USB 3.0 and a Datapath VisionRGB capture card for upgrades, but both of those...
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    24" Widescreen CRT (FW900) From Ebay arrived,Comments.

    Speaking of non-working FW900s, I still haven't even fixed mine after all these years. All it's done is sit around and take up a lot of space. Someone over in Europe still wants it and even plans to have it fixed up locally, but I'm a bit hesitant about shipping one of these beasts, especially...
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    What were your top smartphones of 2010-2019?

    Galaxy Note 4, easily. First Samsung phone to have a 2560x1440 screen First Samsung phone to have fast charging First Note to have tilt sensitivity on the Wacom EMR pen (Clover Paint and ArtRage can use it) First Note to support the Gear VR Final Note to have a removable battery and IR blaster...
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    The state of VR - Lost it's steam?

    I think some people still play Allegiance today, and it's even up on Steam somewhere, but the community's a bit serious business about it, like having to go through a training program and pass an exam or something before you can join up with the usual groups. There is a learning curve involved...
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    Official Note 10 announcement

    No more headphone jack, has an ugly hole-punch for the front-facing camera... yeah, I'll be sticking with my Note 8 for another year, and if I had to upgrade, it'll be an international Note 9 with an unlocked bootloader and all the Treble Generic System Images I could ask for, because this is...
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    2080S + CPU or 2080 Ti?

    Except that an i9-9900K isn't going to fit in an LGA1150 board, and they'd also have to replace the old DDR3 for a Haswell build with newer DDR4. That's the tricky thing for us Haswell/Devil's Canyon owners, having to budget for a new mobo and RAM on top of the new CPU. Intel hasn't really...
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    The state of VR - Lost it's steam?

    I only recently got to learn this the hard way, as I'm still using the same GTX 980 that I had shortly before I got the Rift CV1 in 2016 - back when it cost $600, and another $200 for the Touch controllers, and another $80 per IR camera sensor. Yeah, I'm kicking myself hard in hindsight. It was...
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    Star Control: Origins Has Been Removed from Stores Due to DMCA Take Down Notice

    Given that I hold Star Control II up as the greatest game of all time, this whole situation just leaves me feeling quite *frumple* indeed. I don't know the full details to what led to this particular post; all I knew is that Ford and Reiche own all of the IP, but not the "Star Control"...
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    The Essential Phone is official:

    Well, I don't hear about Google Assistant being able to navigate through apps and function as a voice-activated Tasker alternative with queued macros, like the Samsung enthusiasts will gladly tout about Bixby. It's that particular navigation and task execution that led me to make the Bixby...
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    The Essential Phone is official:

    In other words, they're saying Essential's trying to have Bixby on steroids for their next phone?
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    2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet Suggestions?

    I wish they still made swivel-hinge convertibles, but it seems like only Fujitsu does that nowadays with the T904/T935/T936/T937, which are seriously gimped in the RAM department (only one SO-DIMM slot, single-channel and thus 8 GB max if it's one of the older DDR3-era models). I definitely...
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    Apple Confirms Some iPad Pros Ship Slightly Bent, but Says It's Normal

    I had a laundry list of reasons to not buy the 2018 iPad Pro redesign already, and this is just adding another item to the list rather than convincing me otherwise. I'm pretty sure the old Titanium PowerBook G4 is more resilient to bends and dents than anything they've made this decade; just go...
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    Star Wars Battlefront II - $9.99 @ Best Buy, Free Ship

    This is a personal pet peeve I have with games as of late, and it's not the first time EA's pulled this sorta thing. -Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit -Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 -Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Yeah, just try picking those out at a glance without having release years handy...
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    Microsoft Claims the iPad "Isn’t a Real Computer"

    The iPad Pro could be a lot better if they'd just make it run the full-fledged macOS, without any of the stupid iOS limitations like dependency on iTunes, no mouse support without jailbreaking, no background downloads, no real file system access (the Files app on iOS 11 isn't cutting it for me...
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    Anyone get a Creative Super X-FI yet?

    MDR-MA900, perchance? I loved that set when I still had it, but had to sell it at one point when Head-Fi was hitting my wallet too hard. Yeah, that's ridiculous. If that's the kind of estimated lead time they have, they should make it clear it's a pre-order and not act like it's an in-stock...
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    Anyone get a Creative Super X-FI yet?

    Wait, what? I thought they retired the X-Fi branding by now; guess not. https://us.sxfi.com/products/sxfi-amp/ The notion of having a personalized HRTF just by snapping photos of your face and ears sounds pretty interesting, but I'm still more than a bit upset at Creative for turning "X-Fi"...
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    Skylake-X (Core i9) - Lineup, Specifications and Reviews!

    Well, that's a bummer. When are we getting that fast ring bus on a platform with more than a measly 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes + 4 more PCIe 3.0 lanes for literally everything else on the DMI link for a change? That's the problem both Intel and AMD's "mainstream" desktop platforms have. I don't need...
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    The Essential Phone is official:

    $150 could buy you an audiophile DAP, or as Tiberian suggested, an LG V20. That attachment better have downright eargasmic quality and unanimous praise on Head-Fi even when driving extremely demanding headphones for the price - which it probably won't, because there's only so much that you can...
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    The Top 5 Best CPUs of All Time

    You can push 533s to 600+ reliably? I've got a couple in my own BP6 that weren't overclocked because I didn't think Mendocinos would have the headroom to hit 100 MHz FSB at that multiplier with any semblance of reliability - at least not without plopping on more exotic cooling than the system is...
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    Picked up an iP XS yesterday...

    Hmmm, could be outdated complaints. I'll have to dive further into this. After all, complaints about not having cut/copy/paste or a file manager (even if it's a neutered one) are rather outdated at this point! I admittedly haven't tested out remote desktop stuff yet, but that's because I...
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    Picked up an iP XS yesterday...

    I tried using my younger bro's iPhone SE, now that he's moved on to an XS, to familiarize myself a bit more with iOS (not as a phone, though, my SIM's staying firmly in my Note 8). The more I try it, the more annoyed I get by simple things like file management, gamepads that inexplicably stop...
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    The Top 5 Best CPUs of All Time

    I would have amended the title to "The Top 5 Best x86 CPUs Of All Time" if that were the case. PC gaming focus or not, you never know what kind of computer enthusiast is gonna show up on a site like this with that kinda headline. After all, the 68000's influence cannot be understated, between...
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    *RARE* ABIT ST6E Limited Edition White PCB Socket 370 P3 Intel 815EP Motherboard

    Speaking of old socket mounting systems, my particular BP6 setup came with a couple of Thermaltake Golden Orbs, filed down around the bottom to clear the capacitors. (Caps that I need to replace one of these days, at that; the BP6 is one of the more infamous cases of a legendary enthusiast...
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