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  1. AlphaQup

    Are the AMD drivers really that bad?

    Professional cards and drivers do exist for a reason, they are tested much more rigorously and certified by software vendors for guaranteed compatibility (this is one reason for their increased cost over their consumer counterparts), and no cards you have listed as potential candidates have that...
  2. AlphaQup

    Blizzard’s last six months have shown a rapidly changing company

    If it does it does, and if it doesn't, it can be just another missed opportunity by Blizzard. Trying to remain optimistic here, but I hear ya on their track record...
  3. AlphaQup

    Blizzard’s last six months have shown a rapidly changing company

    At least it appears they're heading back towards the darker nature and color pallet with D4, the gameplay teaser last year looked promising in this regard: Quite the contrast to the constant color-explosions that was D3, which I wasn't a fan of. Played 3 quite a bit, but it never pulled me in...
  4. AlphaQup

    Looking to upgrade my z5500

    So, to preface this, I still also have my old trusty Z5500 from like 12 years ago now? It's been so long... and they still are adequate for TV duties, don't get me wrong. Back in the day for the money, it was a GREAT bang for the buck system. It continues to serve me reliably in my living...
  5. AlphaQup

    Half-Life Collection free to play until the launch of Half-Life: Alyx

    This! I'm currently playing through it and am having a blast with it, cannot recommend enough. I also go by the same rule, but I broke it for this game :( I'm about 24-hours in (highest difficulty is actually pretty tough, AI is really accurate as stated above), and throughout the whole play...
  6. AlphaQup

    Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September 17, 2020

    No, I honestly would not want them to. What's another 5 months anyway? Plenty of stuff in my backlog to keep me busy.
  7. AlphaQup

    Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September 17, 2020

    I'm completely fine with this, as I was with Doom being delayed. I want to play something as polished as it can be, not a buggy/possibly unstable mess. Kudos for them wanting to get it right the first time, wish more devs took this approach...
  8. AlphaQup

    New games with choice of servers/ sense of community?

    Natural Selection 2 (a bit on the older side of modern, but still) is the only game I currently play that has this feature, I do like how the server browser is the only way to find games too, no matchmaking of any kind. Reminds me of the CS 1.5/1.6/Source days where there were only ever 3-4...
  9. AlphaQup

    Games that should be revived...

    This is what I've been longing for, and then we got the disappointment that was Quake: Champions, that was a huge letdown for me personally. I'd want a UT 2004/Quake 3 Arena remake. No gimmicks (perks or special abilities like QC), technical evasive movement, and no BS. Just raw fragging like...
  10. AlphaQup

    Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

    Senua's Sacrifice was such an immersive game... I loved it. I played it for about 2 hours in one sitting one time with headphones on, had to take a break from it, and on the way to my fridge, was still hearing her voice moving around my head like it does in game for the next few minutes. The...
  11. AlphaQup

    How Accurate are Canned PC Benchmarks?

    Exactly, I need a system stable under the worst conditions at work so it can "relatively" have an easier and sustainable life in the racks crunching away on real life workloads :D
  12. AlphaQup

    How Accurate are Canned PC Benchmarks?

    I can't find the exact phrase from the [H] reviews, but it went something like "canned benchmarks are used to tell if something is wrong, not to confirm the results are right" when testing components against each other. I prolly botched that, but that "phrase/line of thinking" always stuck out...
  13. AlphaQup

    Apple's New Mac Pro Costs $53,000 When You Max Out the Specs

    No worries! All good, shouldn't have written it to sound so black and white, exceptions can always be found. My goodness... sounds sick!
  14. AlphaQup

    Apple's New Mac Pro Costs $53,000 When You Max Out the Specs

    Correct, any business should also have redundancy/spare workstations of this caliber on hand if they are this critical to production (we have this with our Additive simulation workstations for example, we have a spares in the rack for this purpose). The software suites they're running in total...
  15. AlphaQup

    Apple's New Mac Pro Costs $53,000 When You Max Out the Specs

    This isn't HEDT, this is professional-grade hardware. It is a tool to do a job as efficiently as possible and nothing more. No one has mentioned the cost of the software that is most likely run on this $30-60k machine (easily in tens to hundreds of thousands per seat), but I know between the...
  16. AlphaQup

    Intel is losing against AMD

    I wish we could! Company of 60,000+ world-wide, we do get great deals on pricing being as large as we are... but when your entire enterprise is a Dell shop, we can only really deviate from that only if there is a VERY good reason. Slight delays in shipment certainly don't fit. We used to be...
  17. AlphaQup

    Intel is losing against AMD

    Right now at work we're experiencing over 1 month delays on our most popular laptops and desktops, Dell is siting processor shortages for our i5's (mobile and desktop) as the reason for delay, this is the 3rd or 4th time this year we're going through (very) extended lead times. Of course, no...
  18. AlphaQup

    The Cycle : Season 1 (The Lost Prospector) F2P on Epic

    Looks exactly like a Fortnite-styled Hunt: Showdown clone, but I feel like that is giving it too much credit... looks generic as all get out. Sorry, hard pass from me.
  19. AlphaQup

    Sloppy QA on 2070s

    Gotta agree with Armenius and defaultluser, QA checks for the "basics" on every card (take that how you will), and a few additional cards are surely grabbed for additional QA checks, but you seem to have gotten one that slipped through. I'd say good on you for the due diligence on spotting the...
  20. AlphaQup

    Waste if money?

    OP, I was in a similar boat a couple years ago, 4690k @ 4.5GHz with a GTX 970, before going GTX 1080 on the same proc, before going up to a 7700k @ 4.8GHz, all on my sig monitor and I certainly wouldn't consider it a waste of money to upgrade your GPU to the best you can afford/are willing to...
  21. AlphaQup

    2080ti 2080 Ownership Club

    I've got the exact same card, with an aggressive fan curve on top of it (only increased power limit to 112%, no manual OC'ing), and I can confirm, this is just a noisy card, much more so then the 1080 I replaced it with. I wouldn't say it necessarily bothers me, if I'm gaming I have headphones...
  22. AlphaQup

    DOOM Eternal Delayed to March 20, 2020

    I ultimately fall in this camp too... but damn, I'm disappointed heavily at the same time.... Looks like a 4th Witcher 3/Doom 2016 play through while I wait.... I hear ya there! Doom was my (and I'm sure many others) obvious November SP game, sprinkle in some Jedi (fingers crossed for some...
  23. AlphaQup

    Ryzen 3950X disappointment

    This whole thread is very confusing... thought it was a shitpost at first, but yeah, sorry man, it was never close to being in the cards to begin with :( Expectations out of whack aside... why do you need 5Ghz on all 16C? Judging by your sig rig, you're clearly doing something thread-aware (or...
  24. AlphaQup

    Epic paid $10.5 million upfront for Control exclusivity

    "Epic has since clarified that it didn't make definitive plans to remove Rocket League from Steam. "Long-term plans will be announced in the future," according to an Epic spokesperson. We've updated the article accordingly. This doesn't guarantee that Rocket League will remain on Steam...
  25. AlphaQup

    Epic paid $10.5 million upfront for Control exclusivity

    Got a source for that first statement? Genuinely curious, I haven't heard anything to that extent.
  26. AlphaQup

    Epic paid $10.5 million upfront for Control exclusivity

    The whole RL thing is messy, and the community is still in the dark about quite a few things regarding it. As it currently stands, the PROMISE is that if you purchased the game on Steam, you can continue to launch and play it from there, it will be updated as it would be through the EGS, and...
  27. AlphaQup

    WTB Control Code $20 - FOUND

    Hey guys, I have both Control and W:YB keys from my recent 2080Ti purchase I'm not going to use. Not sure how these WTB threads work, but hit the guys above me up first and give them the opportunity to sell before PM'ing me. Discounts for buying both of course, and I'd only accept PayPal as a...
  28. AlphaQup

    Anyone else constantly torn between building a tiny ITX and a massive EATX system?

    I'm in the same boat right now... making do with what I can scrounge up and it's working better then I expected :) My current little PLEX server is an ancient HP Micro (1.5Ghz AMD dual core in it, not even sure what it is exactly), 4GB RAM with an old used 128GB drive + 2TB WD Red Platter...
  29. AlphaQup

    Anyone else constantly torn between building a tiny ITX and a massive EATX system?

    I was in the same boat before pulling the trigger on my EVGA DG-87 (obviously decided to go huge with it), for the main reason of expansion and plenty of room to attempt my first watercooling loop whenever that ends up happening. Best bet is to just build 2 systems to scratch both of those...
  30. AlphaQup

    The [H] Post Pictures of your ManCave

    Here's a photo dump of my cozy ~9'x11' office, I really don't think I could pack too much more into this space: Big gaming rig, big audio, PLEX server, massive CRT/Retro gaming setup, old school gaming collection coming together slowly, and a Bass + practice amp combo. Trying to do a lot with...
  31. AlphaQup

    2080ti 2080 Ownership Club

    Agreed, think I'll stick with it for the time being
  32. AlphaQup

    2080ti 2080 Ownership Club

    Figured someone would comment on that, but it's all good, to each their own. Alternate version for ya: Pics make it seem brighter then it is, but oh well, I couldn't be happier with the performance of the card.
  33. AlphaQup

    2080ti 2080 Ownership Club

    I'm a bit late on my follow up post, but man, this card SLAYS. Idk what else to say about it. 1440P @ 144hz, this card just plain wrecks. Pics! Quick pic of the current setup: Just next door is retro gaming goodness I'll post elsewhere :D Best of the new and best of the old.
  34. AlphaQup

    Review the game you finished recently.

    WarriorX Excellent game! Made by the folks that made Amnesia: The Dark Decent. Scary as all get out since you are defenseless, it's all about evading enemies and stealth. If you haven't played Amnesia, I definitely recommend adding it to your list too. The atmosphere in both those games are...
  35. AlphaQup

    Look at this $1900 monster...

    Seems we go through the same song and dance every time this product get's released... this isn't a card for the masses in any capacity. This card isn't even for high end system builders. This card is for the .01% (probably even lower) of folks going for benchmark records/top scores and the...
  36. AlphaQup

    2080ti 2080 Ownership Club

    Gotta bump this thread up, I ordered my 2080Ti this last Thursday and I couldn't be more excited! I plunked down "big money" for my 1080 a couple weeks after release 3+ years ago back in May 2016 (honestly, my first truly expensive GFX card, I'm not as old as some of ya'll :D) and said I'd sit...
  37. AlphaQup

    EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC Ultra

    Usually I'm all for open box, comes with the same warranty as a BNIB, if it's defective, you're covered, usually you end up with a solid product for cheaper, win win all around. But this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for unfortunately :( Sketchy move on MC's part (clearly...
  38. AlphaQup

    It's baaaaack... Logitech G502 $34.99 @ Amazon

    I've been rocking one of these for the last 2-3 years, forget when I ordered it, it was to finally replace my G5, but all in all guys, is this not a great pickup at 35 bucks? Love the shape, love the feel (I'm honestly OK with the wheel, I use it for jump in some games like CS GO, takes a...
  39. AlphaQup

    Does skylake have the nic in cpu?

    This hits way to close to home... :cry: Jump through our hundreds of hoops before we'll lift a finger. SMH.
  40. AlphaQup

    GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Launch Review Roundup

    My low (in the EVGA lineup) 1080 SC was $680 a couple weeks after launch, with the FTW and the likes going for $700+. $500 certainly isn't accurate initially, it took quite some time (1080Ti launch) for them to finally settle down to 500 or so if I remember correctly.