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    Meta Quest 3

    It can use USB-C flash drives. Not sure if it outputs enough power to spin up a hard drive on its own. You need to get a video player for the headset that knows what to do with external media, though. (Skybox and 4XVR do. Dunno about others.) Make sure you get a right-angled cable for the...
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    USB 3.2 Gen 2*2 with Meta 3 Link cable

    "Want" all you like, but the device is incapable of doing anything with more bandwidth.
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    WTF MS?
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    The Apple Vision Pro goes on sale in the US on February 2 for $3,499

    Human reaction time is more than an order of magnitude greater than that. 12ms is well within your brain's ability to seamlessly compensate for. There's plenty that makes me want to purchase it. Not $3500 of want, but there's some pretty cool tech in there. Ah. Yes, I'm sure you're one of...
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    Moving On/Up From Valve Index to Quest 3?

    Asgard's Wrath 2 lists as 29gb -- and that's without a high-res texture pack which the dev has said will drop at some future date. It's currently an outlier, though. Most titles run low-to-mid single-digit gigabytes. Recent big titles hover in the low teens. That said, those numbers could...
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    Kiwi Design Quest 2 head strap battery not keeping my headset charged

    The Kiwi Design battery is probably operating as a standard USB2 power bank. The usual USB2 power standard (10 watts; 5v, 2a) isn't enough to keep up with the Quest 2's power needs. It'll extend the battery life substantially, but it'll slowly drain the headset's battery while in use. You...
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    USB 3.2 Gen 2*2 with Meta 3 Link cable

    Not sure why you'd want that. Airlink bandwidth is constrained by the Q3's video decoding hardware, and I'm pretty sure the flash can't shift data fast enough to saturate OG USB3.
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    Looking into cheaper VR headset for my kiddos

    I'd say it's kind of a toss-up. On the one hand, the 128gb model saves you $50. On the other, the smaller model could get a little tight -- particularly if the two of them are loading different games on it. That $50 could go a ways towards keeping the peace. Your call.
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    Looking into cheaper VR headset for my kiddos

    XB1 VR isn't a thing. PC-wise: CPU is fine. GPU is pretty anemic. It won't do VR particularly well without a GPU upgrade, but it will do it. Headset-wise: Quest 2. Holiday sales put the 128gb model at $250, or the 256gb at $300. (Used, they're running <$200.) Excellent for standalone...
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    Recent AM5 upgrade, bad luck, user upgrade or Internet went easy on it ?

    I mean, thats... cool for them? But, that doesn't change that you're sitting at the nexus of the performance of a component that AMD doesn't care about, and the driver stability of a component that AMD... doesn't care about. Like, yes, there's no reason that institutional knowledge shouldn't...
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    Recent AM5 upgrade, bad luck, user upgrade or Internet went easy on it ?

    RE: iGPU This is not an APU. This is just enough video rendering capacity to stop whiners from bitching about something Intel CPUs have and AMD CPUs don't, that they (a) don't need, and (b) won't use. This is for overspecced home NASes and diagnosing mis-seated graphics cards. Unless your...
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    Details on Apple ARM agreement

    Not exactly surprising that Apple is paying less. Is there any other major player designing their own cores on an architecture license, rather than just licensing the cores outright from ARM?
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    Intel 14900K, 14700K, 14600K Reviews

    Refresh Refinement Rebadge.
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    Best Router for Wireless VR?

    This reads kind of like your computer, internet router, and VR router are all connected to each other in a big circle. That would be bad, because consumer gear is not good at handling multi-pathing. For reference: Also: Make sure the VR router has been set to AP mode, so it doesn't try to...
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    Cinebench 2024 Out

    Ryzen 7 7700X (TDP restricted to 80w): 993 multi core / 110 single core RTX 3060 TI (undervolted & OCed): 9948
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    Best Router for Wireless VR?

    Either a very good shared AX router with a strong signal in your playspace, or -- if it's dedicated to your VR headset -- any old middling AC-or-better access point will do. (Exception: TP-Link AX routers can be hit-or-miss. Some bug, or somesuch. No idea if it was ever patched out.)
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    WiFi 7 isn't supported on Windows 10

    Outside of the IT and enthusiast communities, no one in Windows-land jumps major versions for kicks. Enterprises migrate when they have a business case for it. Everyone else gets used to whatever came with their machine. That's largely how it's always been. In the mind of the average person...
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    WiFi 7 isn't supported on Windows 10

    They've already opted to not backport WiFi 6e support to Win10. WiFi 7 not happening should be fully expected.
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    Help me Choose RTX 3060 12 GB or RTX 4060 8GB

    Which bus? When you're trying to pull data through a 31.5GB/s PCIe Gen4 x16 bus, the VRAM bus with ~10x that bandwidth isn't going to be the bottleneck.
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    I wouldn't buy an 8gb card for 1440p at this juncture. VRAM footprints will only get worse from here.
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    HMD cooling methods for the user? Did a lot to cut down on the sweating for me...
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    GPU prices — is the worst behind us ?

    *60 is mid-tier. *70 is enthusiast, but the price/performance ratio occasionally makes it a tempting pick for mid-tier buyers.
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    Let me blow your minds - 3D for $0 on every display

    Works (-ish) if you just squint your right eye. Also: "free 3d vision... for use with your 4090." lol.
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    Pain points: People have already gone on ad-nauseum about the RX6500. It's just choc-full of stupid compromises. I'd skip it. 8gb of RAM ain't gonna cut it. Modded Minecraft wants ~6gb on its own now, and will only grow in the future. Meanwhile, we're watching the OS footprint grow in...
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    Nvidia RTX 4090 power connectors melting?

    I think the idea was to have a female 12VHPWR connector on a pigtail, which your ATX 3.0 power supply lead could plug in to. Speaking of... Ever try to plug a 4-pin Molex splitter or extension in? Now picture that, but with 16 pins with beefy conductors fighting you the whole time. Probably...
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    It's Dead, Jim.......and by Dead I mean Stadia

    Bluetooth firmware is live. Gave it a shot. Seems to have worked. *shrug*
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    It's Dead, Jim.......and by Dead I mean Stadia

    Because they didn't want to create a product; they wanted to create a revenue stream.
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    4070ti 800$ no thanks nvidia! My 3080 is lookin better and better everyday.

    Pretending that this is even remotely a "free market"...
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    NVIDIA Might Incorporate More AI-Optimizations In Its Graphics Drivers For RTX GPUs

    To be fair, that probably has more to do with how terrible the automotive industry is with electronics than where the state of the art should be.
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    Desktop GPU Sales Hit 20-Year Low

    Well, that's categorically false. Just about every console drops its price by half or more by the end of its run. The aforementioned PS3 dropped from $500-$600 to about $250 by the time the PS4 was announced.
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    Desktop GPU Sales Hit 20-Year Low

    So, editing an INI to more-closely match settings for the purpose of rigor is no bueno... But, they should replace game DLLs with sketchy ones downloaded from some random-ass Discord -- WHICH REQUIRE EDITING INI FILES TO INSTALL -- so they can add a feature the game doesn't have in what is...
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    Desktop GPU Sales Hit 20-Year Low

    >shits on digital foundry's detailed in-depth analysis >compares 1080p performance on gtx1060 to 1440p (fps-capped) performance on PS5... >follows up with tldr screed on benchmarking rigor I know you've got a hard-on for platform-warrioring, but it's okay to accept that consoles are, in fact...
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    Portal with RTX

    I don't know that that's true. The performance cost of RTGI seems pretty constant regardless of whether the game's low-complexity (Quake 2; Portal), geometrically-complex (Minecraft), or asset-rich (Witcher 3). But that "asset-rich" one requires remaking a whole lot more art, which means your...
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    RTX 2070 it doesn't work in PCIe x16 just x4

    I'm going to assume this is a used card, and then wonder if there might be a reason the previous owner was trying to flip it. Especially since you already know everything works with the 580. Don't go replacing everything except the thing which doesn't work before you clear the most likely...
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    Death Stranding 2: On the Beach

    So, you choose Konami over Kojima. That is indeed... ...a choice.
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    Horizon Forbidden West

    At least the PS4 -> PS5 upgrade for H:FW is free, so... *shrug*
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    lowest power video card?

    That CPU alone turbos to 117w power consumption. Between the CPU's TDP and motherboard power, that PSU has to be right on the line. It's gotta be pushing >80% utilization at peak load. I would absolutely not plug a discrete graphics card into that system without a power supply upgrade. Any...
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    The first practical use of Bitcoin I have seen yet

    Might be more compelling if a 1500w space heater didn't cost about $20 at your local Walley World. So, it'd take, what, something like a couple years of continuous 24/7 usage to break even on power costs? Realistically, between actual duty cycle and the vagaries of Bitcoin mining difficulty...