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  1. harmattan

    Nvidia ACE, generative AI dialogue in games

    Like most LLM-based AIs, it will get to a point where it's somewhat passable for instanced character interactions. It will be a looong time, however, for it to emulate the multi-layered semantics, character development, and overally plot arching only humans can write. For this, you need a...
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    ASUS GPU's cost more then alternatives

    In my experience, Asus cards are no more or less issue-prone than any other AIB. Further, their after-market support is on the same level as others. You're really just paying a premium for the brand(ing), and likely shoring up R&D and other failing segments e.g. phones. On the other hand...
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    Will the RTX-5xxx series have a brand new power connector?

    My view is they'll likely make the 12VHPWR connector more robust and attach than change the entire connection/cord standard. They simply need to make the connection more secure, and easier to tell if it's not seated correctly.
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    Asus ROG Ally $399 @ Best Buy

    I thought the battery would be an issue as well, but I’ve found it it super rare you’re sitting somewhere for over two hours where you can’t plug in. My two primary reasons for getting this were a) commute where I take a nice high-speed train with plugs in a few days a week, and b) on long-haul...
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    What is the worst chair you ever purchased?

    Some generic "gaming" chair my wife bought me as a gift, bless her. The thing started falling apart within two months. I bought a Steelcase Please Operator's chair after and have had it four 4+ years now, singularly the best office/gaming chair I've ever owned.
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    Starfield: Let's see Your Ships!

    Reminds me very much of a Veritch Beta fighter in fighter mode from Robotech.
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    Amazon CEO Andy Jassy threatens employees to return to office or "things are probably not going to work out for you"

    The bald-face rational and sociopathic psychology of execs so obvious here for all those points, it's laughable. The other laughable aspect among this littany of chicanery is the ecological impact of making people commute into work 5+ days a week. My firm has a target to go near-carbon neutral...
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    Assassin’s Creed Mirage

    Looks quite impressive. Also looks like they unsurprisingly avoided any religious imagery.
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    $1160 4080 vs $910 7900 XTX???

    I've said my piece here, but unless you're doing AI/ML, 7900 XTX. I've owned cards with both GPUs and they're both very close, so it comes to other variables secondary to performance. The 7900 XTX is marginally faster in rasterization than the 4080, has more VRAM, you can normally find better...
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    AI Takes over Hollywood

    You just know they're going to bias the AI all to hell. I've been working on de-biasing tools for the past four years, but maybe there's more money in actually doing the opposite: introducing and inducing bias in AI. As for the Cleopatra thing, that's the worst kind of garbage of this sort...
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    Any happy 4080 owners here?

    Between the return of my stock 7900 xtx that had the vapor chamber issue (bought on launch day), and the purchase of my 7900 xtx Red Devil which I couldn't be happier with, I had a PNY 4080 XLR8. Good card, but the extra $200 I paid over the 7900 was really stuck in my craw (much more over...
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    This is "getting too hot" deals on Powercolor 7900xtx

    We're getting closer to where these cards should be priced. The market should always win. Unfortunately, both nV and AMD have the cash reserves to hold the line on exorbitant prices until the market is artifically pulled along. It's a battle of wills at this point: consumers refusing to pay...
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    $1160 4080 vs $910 7900 XTX???

    That's a good deal for an XTX. I paid $1000 for mine on release day and still feel raw about it, but it's been a fantastic card (I had to return the first as it was a first batch had the heat plate issue) and will last me a good while. As for the 4080 vs 7900 xtx, it's all about how much you...
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    How many of you actually use ray tracing in the games you play?

    I look at the equation like this... You can largely quantify at this point how much extra you're paying for RT performance and how many games actually support it in a meaningful way. And you can quantify which of those games where RT makes a notable difference that you yourself plays. On the...
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    What Is Your Personal Favorite Video Card of All Time?

    This is the one that comes to mind for me. I'd had high-end cards that arguably pushed the needle further before and after. But the 8800GTX was a monumental performance increase AND its lifespan coincided with a few of the best titles ever released. At the risk of recency bias, I'd say the...
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    Games with the best audio/sound design?

    I recently re-played Dark Project and Metal Age (probably first time since they were originally released), and good God the sound design is fantastic. They beat the pants off most "stealth" game spacial sound... and are over 25 years old.
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    Nvidia planning to throttle supply of RTX 4090 to increase RTX 4080 sales

    This will be an interesting strategy considering 7900xtx is already dropping in price in the market with rumors of an official price drop some early Spring. I don't have all the sales data, but I suspect a further reduction of 4090 supply won't bolster 4080 sales one bit. No one looking at a...
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    Square one again passing the blame

    While they've had a few bangers over the past years e.g. Deus Ex(es), Tomb Raiders (I loved these games), I just can't get past the maga/boy band ascetics and bad localization in most of their games. I'm sure it's just my inflexible Western sensibilities, but just can't get past the cringe.
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    4090 worth it over 7900 XTX?

    Faulty how? Apart from the earlier batches with the water fill issue, the reference design is very good. I had one of the first ones that had the water fill issue which got RMA'ed no issue. Had someone in the factory not calibrated the filler machine correctly, I would have 100% had kept it.
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    Crypto Miners Paint GDDR Memory Chips to Hide Wear and Tear

    [Eyelid starts twitching involuntarily] I'll never get those hours of my life back spent with Dellienware customer "service" trying to get an RMA for that.
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    4090 worth it over 7900 XTX?

    I have the Red Devil XTX. It's a superb card, and for now, it pushes all games way beyond what I want/need in games. Moreover, the cooling is excellent, it overclocks very well (flirting with stock 4090 in rasterization), and runs cool. I've also owned a 4080, and the experience is largely...
  22. harmattan

    Pulsed helium3 fusion in a magnetic bottle, not lasers or same old tokawhatever...

    On your second point, they don't want it "to be available" is the key detail here. Having had a bit of an inside view, energy companies are throwing everything right now at figuring out how to create and store energy cheaper, but they want to be able to control it and sell it back to consumers...
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    The Last of Us Part I

    Bethesda: Hold my beer...
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    No new Switch this year as Nintendo plans to ramp up production post pandemic induced shortage

    Likely. I'm guessing they're sitting on a design (and likely a choice of chip), but can't/couldn't move forward due to capacity issues. Current Switch is still selling (with a 6 year-old chip), so why rush anyways? In any case, even a new SoC is going to be at least a few years outmoded on any...
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    Need help - I RMA'd my 2080 Ti XC2 Ultra with EVGA and have been given the choice between a 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra, or a 3070 Ti XC3 Ultra. Which one?

    I'd also suggest going with the 3070 ti. Marginally raster performance (5-8%), notably better RT performance (10-15%) than the 2080 ti. As for the VRAM, you're not really going to be playing 4k with either of those cards unless you reduce settings which will obviate the need for >8GB. And at...
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    Review the game you finished recently.

    I also just revisited Dark Messiah. It's a great experience, abeit a bit short. The skill tree and weapon upgrades matches the length, it doesn't need to have 15 paths. Like a lot of games at the time, I'd actually categorize it as "extended arcade" i.e. it plays and feels like an arcade game...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    I had the 110c issue on my 7900xtx. I knew nearly immediately there was an issue (junction temp ramping up to the thermal limit within two minutes and throttling is not by design on any electronic device I've ever seen), and had figured out early on it was the cooler that was the culprit...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    I recall only ever owning 2-3 Sega CD games (including the incomparable Bram Stoker's Dracula that burnt the Wilhelm scream into my memory). Likely the same number for 32x. They looked and sounded impressive for the time, but played like utter s*^t.
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    I recall getting Sewer Shark on my Sega CD (with 32x!) and was blown away with the graphics. Then I figured out the gameplay and mechanics were basically the same (or worse) to Dragon's Layer with timed clicks and wanted to return it straight to Sears.
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    Outcast (1999) - Graphics not only looked significantly advanced, but different from the early DX API at the time. It uses a novel pure software-based engine with ray casting. Considering the engine uses virutally no 3D acceleration, it is seriously impressive. On the other hand, it required...
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    After picking up a 4090 Founders from Best Buy i feel the price is worth it.

    Ah, the rare 7800 GTX 512mb... Only in production 2-3 months, 30% more cost for 256mb of VRAM and a hefty clock bump. Completely eclipsed by the 8800 a few months later. An elegant weapon.
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    Ubisoft cancels three more games, issues dire update

    Hah, I distinctly remember my father throwing up his hands screaming "I just paid $2500 for a video game machine!" like it was yesterday, after witnessing me play Ultima V for a three hour session. I had pushed hard for months to get a 386 (and a DX, no less) to "help with classwork". After all...
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    Ubisoft cancels three more games, issues dire update

    I'm just a few years older, but definitely recall a period from the early 80s to late 80s e.g. 83-88 when I played virtually no video game consoles -- and this was right in the window between the death of Atari and birth of NES. I was still playing games periodically on our C64 and C128 during...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    There's no design flaw on the reference cards. There was a batch of the initial cards that simply didn't have enough water added during manufacturing in the vapor chamber. They never claimed the issue was anything but that (although forum "experts" were speculating everything from heatplate...
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    Which 4090? FE or PNY or Gigabyte

    I'm guessing PNY since they are based in the US. Their cards are very solid, albeit don't have a lot of fancy branding and are usually not far off FE performance. I had a 2080 and 3090 XLR8s and they were excellent. PNY have focused mostly on professional cards in the past. I've never dealt...
  36. harmattan

    7950x with XFX Merc 319 7900xtx

    That's a very good score for the Merc. My Red Devil (which has a higher power limit) gets just over 31k. What settings are you using? My best results have been with 1020mv, 3000mhz core/2700mhz mem, +15% power limit.
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    Tips on actually getting a 4090?

    They pop up occasionally, but of all the channels and models they are the most scoped out by bots, so near impossible to get.
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    4070ti 800$ no thanks nvidia! My 3080 is lookin better and better everyday.

    What a poor showing this gen has been in pricing and QA/design. Literally no price/performance increase: without precedent in the history of semiconductors, and a crapshoot being an early adopter from either AMD or nV. My own experience was actually ok last gen as I rode the buy low (got two...
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    Major flaw detected with AMD 7900 XTX vapor chamber cooler

    On mine, it would hit 110c after a few minutes, then throttle to 307w and run between 2200-2400mhz core -- so performing nearly exactly like a 7900xt.