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    Kioxia reportedly kills off 30-year-old Plextor brand — icon of the optical drive days spins up its last SSD

    Exactly. All my rigs have one, just for the DVD playback. The Zip drive comment upstream reminded me: I had a Gateway computer with one in it and I'd never seen it before. I tried prying that zip disk out after it got sucked in. I finally, randomly, pressed the green light and "boink!" the...
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    Amazon Prime Video will start showing ads on January 29th

    Broadcast TV limited your stations and your content and had 4 commercial breaks an hour, totaling about 10-12 minutes back in the 1970's. Cable came along. Pay a fee and never see an ad. Never. Now? We're up to ~18 minutes of ads per hour (primetime), depending on some specifics. Some are...
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    6800 or 6800XT?

    I just bought a 6800. Non-XT. I was going to go 6700xt (yes, SEVEN). The price difference was about $20, so 6800 it was. This is a filler card for 1440 gaming.
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    Two years after launch Windows 11 adoption is still waaaay behind Windows 10

    I have not upgraded the 4 boxes in my signature to Win11, nor do I plan to unless forced. I am not a business. I use my computers (notice I said "my"?) to surf the web, watch videos, play games, email, and create documents and spreadsheets. I have NO desire to let Microsoft grab a copy of...
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    Meta Quest 3

    I just bought a Quest 3. The passthrough lets me read my phone, but only if I hold it away. Up close and it is a blurry mess. VR is very good. MR is moderately good to good.
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    New to VR. Trying to learn...

    Pretty basic...but I just learned that "tethered" VR headsets are called "PCVR" vs. the "Standalone VR" headsets. And...pancake lenses > Fresnel lenses.
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    New to VR. Trying to learn...

    I'm wondering how a VR headset gets output from my PC video card if it is a wireless connection or a usb-c wire? I'd think only a display port or hdmi connection would do that??? I'm going to use it for DCS flight sim gaming. So far, the Meta Quest 3 (soon to be released) seems to be in the...
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    Your Ubisoft account can be suspended and subsequently permanently deleted for 'inactivity,' taking your games library with it

    The online game "accounts" are something I've always detested. If I buy a game (or a movie, or any other content), I feel that I OWN that content and should be able to store that content where and how I like so that I always have access to it. A cd allows that. I prefer bluray movies over...
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    Seasonic Launches Updated Prime PX and Prime TX ATX 3.0 Power Supplies

    While these prices are pretty steep, I've never had any issue with any Seasonic power supply I've ever owned. If I needed that much wattage, yeah, I'd fork over the money. To me, the PSU is the basic foundation of any build. Cases come and go, motherboards can be swapped, GPUs are temporary...
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    Radeon RX 6600 XT, screen flickering

    Have you tried a new cable? (<- yeah, basic, but that's where to start)
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    Referencing the 4070 chip supply...Moore's Law is Dead also had the same information: Nvidia will choke the supply so that the boards can sell at $600. That opens a BIG door for AMD's ~$600 gpus (with recent price cuts). The 4070 is a flop at $600.
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Reviews

    I just voted on what I think about Nvidia and the 4070. Yep, just ordered a Radeon 6950XT, for just a bit more. Thanks, Jensen!
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    The Best Gaming CPU

    Well...crap. Twice as fast as a 3700x? (Looks down at his sig.) Sigh. I think I feel the need to build a rig with one of these 7800x3d cpus. Off to check motherboard prices...
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    Maximum PC ends print publication

    I used to subscribe. Then they had a staff change. (Well, that =always= happens...) And the new staff started pushing their San Francisco values in the various tech articles. I stopped subscribing.
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    GPU prices — is the worst behind us ?

    Nvidia has lost me, forever, as a customer due to Jensen's attempt to manipulate media and other heavy-handed autocratic impulses. I still have a choice, so I choose NOT-nvidia. AMD? Yeah, check my sig. Some GPUs are beyond their life expectancy. I'll keep waiting. The prices will drop...
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    Anyone “upgraded” from 5900X to 5800X3D for gaming?

    Upgraded a 5800x with one and then rippled the upgrades to the other rigs. VERY happy.
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    I am disappointed with this launch. AMD did not live up to their own pre-launch statements. Perhaps Nvidia is not as evil as I thought? The price is not the issue (well, sort of. ;) ): it's that AMD missed the benchmarks that they, themselves, touted that these cards could achieve. It was not...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    I agree...and that's why you see what you do in my sig. ;) But, on-topic, I'm leaning, hard, to the 7900 XTX based on the small price difference between that and 7900 XT. Edited to add: Of course, I'll be waiting for reviews, first.
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    I microwaved a R9 390X gaming and now my pc won't run after 3rd time

    All newer generation cards fare quite well. Use "Hi" for 3 minutes. EXCEPTION: the RTX4090, due to its well-known high power consumption, needs "Defrost" for 30 minutes. (Or, just set the microwave to frozen ground beef, 10 lbs.) (Unless your microwave does not use 120v/60Hz. If you're on...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    Not on launch. I learned my lesson years (decades?) ago. I'll wait for the reviews. But, yeah, I'm in. Especially after seeing the highlights on AdoredTV, GN, JZ2c, HU, etc.
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    Anyone “upgraded” from 5900X to 5800X3D for gaming?

    Just ordered a 5800x3d to put into my 5800x rig. That'll go to the 3700x. That, in turn, will replace a 2700x Gotta love the AMD compatibility. As for any faster speeds...well, I was curious, so now I'll find out. (As for the next gen...I may skip that, and wait for the gen beyond that. If I...
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    New CPU installed and PC now lags

    run a sfc /scannow and see what's up with your OS.
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    The Witcher | Official Teaser | Netflix

    Onto my watchlist. Thanks.
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    Insane GPU prices in 2022 WTF?

    I have nowhere near the rich (pun intended) history some folks have with video cards. Yeah, the 3dfx Voodoo2 I bought for ~$350 was the big one. (That, plus two of something else in SLI. Cutting edge video...20+ years ago. ;) ) I've tried to keep my rigs, if not cutting edge, at least...
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    Going to go from a GTX670 to an RX6600...

    Card is ordered (MSI Mech). 269 and then a 20 rebate, so 249 (plus tax).
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    Going to go from a GTX670 to an RX6600...

    I've got an older rig, 4790k that my son is running. Currently a GTX670 (the =4= Gig version! :) ) is handling GPU duties. Looking at the prices of the RX6600's, I think I'll grab one for him. He's gaming (Fortnite, etc.) on a 1080 screen. I think he'll definitely see an improvement! Keep...
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    Modern GPU Stability Test?

    Great thread. I just got a video card back from MSI's repair center. They didn't list what they did, just "repaired". WTF? I'd like to stress-test the card and find out if it really is fixed (and if it isn't, to isolate the failure mode), so this thread is very timely. Thanks
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    Yeah...gonna do the 5800x3d. It'll replace the 5800x...which will replace a 3700x...which will replace a 2700x. The AMD waterfall... ;) Meantime, I may get a placeholder 6600xt and see what this fall/winter brings for GPUs. If there's something exciting (and available and not overpriced)...
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    Upgrade or New Build?

    Well, I'm on the AMD-wagon at this point in my PC build journey. See my sig. I =love= being able to drop an upgraded cpu into my "fleet lead" and then let that cause cascading upgrades to the rest. So, I'd be on board with the idea of keeping your mobo and just adding in a new AMD cpu. Right...
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    So, am I the only one that AMD treats like a criminal when requesting an RMA?

    I had an Intel cpu fail. It had an intermittent bad math processor. I was extremely lucky how it was caught. But, a phone call to Intel, literally 2 minutes talking with a tech establishing my bona fides and describing the test failure, and they cross-shipped me a new processor. Had it within a...
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    Yesterday, something occurred that will ensure that RDNA3 will be a revolutionary leap ahead in performance: I ordered an RX6700XT. Yep...since I finally committed to a new card, it guarantees that the NEXT card will be the one I should've waited for. Sigh....
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    AMD announces Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs

    I've wished for an igpu several times when having issues. I'm glad AMD are including it.
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    How to get cigarette smoke smell out of video card?

    I tried that. Now, instead of smelling like tobacco, it smells like beer. I did use an IPA known for extra hops. Is that okay? ;)
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    Auctioneer puts Space Shuttle CPUs under the hammer

    Hmm...if they had workable GPUs in them, I would've made a bid. ;)
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    5800X3D gaming review

    Glad to hear that the 5800x3d seems to be another AMD hit. See my sig: I have a forlorn 2700x that is just begging to be replaced. Obviously, using the Trickle Down Upgrade Path (TDUP), I'll drop a new 5800x3d into my 5800x rig, use THAT in one of the 3700x, and then the 3700x replaces the...
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    5800x most popular processor?

    Look at my sig: I am very happy to do a drop-in replacement/upgrade. I'll be buying more of these. That gives AMD a huge advantage, to me, over Intel.
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    Time for a new card should I wait or grab one?

    Which one, and was it in stock or did you use N.E. shuffle?
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    3060 Ti Heat ... normal or did I just turn on the oven?

    Exactly. How many crotches are burning? How many times has YOUR crotch been on fire? What color is the smoke? Details, man, details...
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    3060 Ti Heat ... normal or did I just turn on the oven?

    Well, Fire Crotch, after being roasted by this hot reception, have you warmed up to this crowd yet? (I'll be here all week. Try the veal and tip the waitresses.)
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    The 6500xt and 6400: Meet your next gpu, PC gaming peasants.

    Am I thinking about these cards? Yes. I have new motherboards and processors, and old gpus. One is a GTX670. (See sig.)