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  1. AlphaQup

    $2,500 RTX-5090 ( 60% faster than 4090 )

    This is my exact same sentiment and situation. I was ready to move to the 4k series on launch day (4080-4090, I was undecided), but after those prices and the ROI performance-wise, no thanks, I'll keep my money and sit this gen out. I've got a rule that my graphics card will not cost more then...
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    Two years after launch Windows 11 adoption is still waaaay behind Windows 10

    I'm stoked by your results, I had no idea MS could ever resolve issues that cheap! A success story for the ages lol. Given the size of our organization, our acquisitional nature... I cannot imagine the gremlins hiding in our hundfeds/thousands of various client-end GPO's. To an extent I get...
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    9950X and 9950X3D is going to be terrific.

    Interesting if true... but I'm not going to lie; the idea of dropping in a new CPU and just having it work* is certainly exciting! Personally this isn't something I've had the pleasure of doing ever (I've been all Intel until my current 7800x3D build). This would give me a clean upgrade path...
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    Two years after launch Windows 11 adoption is still waaaay behind Windows 10

    I'm just curious, is there anyone else out there working for a company still rolling Win10 out with newly imaged machines? We've been hearing "soon" our Win11 baseline images will be available from SecOps for almost 2 years now, apparently the Intune/MECM/Win11 cocktail has just plain baffled...
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    Will you jump on 40xx Super Video cards or would you rather wait for 50xx series to come out?

    I might be interested in the 4080S, depends on what I decide to do with the existing 3080. Selling it would offset the price of the 4080S a decent amount... Of course, we'll have to wait and see what availability looks like when they're available. I primarily want it for ARK SA. DLSS on...
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    NVIDIA rumored to be preparing GeForce RTX 4080/4070 SUPER cards

    I'm tempted to upgrade myself... but only just tempted. I've stated multiple times here on this forum I'm voting with my wallet and sitting this round out, but ARK SA is kicking my ass on my 3080... yeah its an unoptimized pos, but I LOVE ARK. it's a tough call, I just got my dedicated server...
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    Intel officially announces 5'th Gen Xeons

    Shoot, Server 2022 DC/Standard (for backup servers) alone for our new Nutanix Cluster was pushing at least 60k alone... and that's just what we have On-Prem! I don't want to think about our global data centers.... *shudder* To tie back to the OP, again... what HW costs... really very...
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    Intel officially announces 5'th Gen Xeons

    Nailed it, and yes sir, the server space is very interesting right now. It's also always fun to point out the HW-cost often is a drop in the bucket compared to the software licensing you're going to be incurring running whatever program/suite you're after. No one is going to give a crap...
  9. AlphaQup

    Your most played games?

    The 1000 hours+ club (per Steam): Natural Selection 2 ARK Survival Evolved CS:GO/2 Rocket League (100% mouse/keyboard Champ III) The 250-700 hours club (per Steam): Witcher 3 PUBG Red Dead Redemption 2 GTA 4 GTA 5 Final Fantasy X CyberPunk 2077 Hunt: Showdown The unaccountable, but are north...
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    Valari Gaming Pillow

    After reading through this whole thread the past few days, what a ride. Quanity of obtained pillows seems to have no end, but... Comixbooks, I just have to know. What does your personal ULTIMATE Valari Gaming Pillow™ look like? The one pillow, that if made, would make you say "You know, I am...
  11. AlphaQup

    troubleshooting lag in diablo 2 LAN game....yes the original

    THRESHIN I know I'm a few days late here, but if you're looking for a GREAT OG D2 experience, you should check out r/slashdiablo on reddit. Here me out. It's a modded version of d2, repackaged, includes the required glide wrapper... and just plain works. It does require a 1.13 installer (not...
  12. AlphaQup

    Netflix opening physical locations

    ^^^ completely agree The Donut , I'm only 3-4 years into my bluray collecting, but between that, PLEX and vinyl, I love actually owning that physical copy of media and not being reliant on a subscription. You mention license changes, and I get bit by that on Spotify on occasion, and that...
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    Nvidia pulls in some $18.1B up from $5.93B this time last year...

    As long as they go Farnsworth, I don't object: Wernstrum's don't hold a candle, I'm forced to side with the housewives on this one. Sorry, first thing that came to mind on the topic. Jokes aside... like all AI, it sounds great on paper, the technology is flaunted as flawless... until it is...
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    Nvidia pulls in some $18.1B up from $5.93B this time last year...

    I do agree with most of your post I snipped in my quote, but the portion I quoted is my true fear. Blind trust in AI's output/its conclusion that it draws. The leap that occurs where there is no trained human involved in the decision making process prior to action being taken. Keyword being...
  15. AlphaQup

    Forcing 16x card to 4x speed

    Subject matter jokes aside (I won't make any, I've had similar requests from my Marketing dept at work), my mind immediately goes 3 places: 1) Where is your current bottleneck? Is it the NVMe write speed and your 4090 is underutilized (I'm assuming Topaz AI is CUDA accelerated?) 2) Like...
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    Speaker and Headphone Rigs Picture Thread

    Not going to lie, that is much more my speed! I might consider getting on their backorder list if this giy is all he rage. I haven't done much SW review research for my smaller application TBH. My office is only 10'x12'.
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    Speaker and Headphone Rigs Picture Thread

    Thank you! As far as the budget for the SW... you'd have to ask my wife, lol. I gotta lay low for a bit here on the audio goodies (we did a complete 5.1 Paradigm/Denon setup in the living room ~18-24 months ago or so, and now the ES20's/stands....), but once the dust settles I'd venture to say...
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    Speaker and Headphone Rigs Picture Thread

    Recently picked up a pair of Polk ES20's and ISOAccounstics ISO-200 (large) speaker stands to replace my old Advent Baby II's. My PC's 2.1 audio setup is almost complete (ha, I know)... Only thing still left is I'd like a smaller, punchier sub, this F12 is absolutely overkill for my office. It...
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    Desk ideas?

    If you're wanted to go with something a bit more traditional looking that does have drawers and storage, I'd check your menards/home depot or w/e for returned base cabinets like you'd find in your kitchen. Cut the toe-kick off of them and they're right at the perfect height. Paint or stain them...
  20. AlphaQup

    Dead Space remake (2023)

    Yep, Dead Space virgin here :D Honestly not sure how I missed this title back in the day honestly, it had to be because I wasn't really into TPS's, only FPS's. Even now in my 30's I was still skeptical going in on "how can a TPS be scary". I got my answer!
  21. AlphaQup

    Dead Space remake (2023)

    I'll throw this out there for anyone else interested in picking this up on sale, I'm loving this game so far 6 hours in, I feel I'm minutes way from chapter 3 (im playing slow most likely, really taking everything in and scouring the areas for logs). My rig and monitor are in my sig, and fully...
  22. AlphaQup

    Dead Space remake (2023)

    I just had 2 buddies hit me up on Steam about it going on sale too lol. It sounds like a no brainer across the board! Installing it now, I know what I'm doing with my Sunday :D Appreciate the fast response Captain!
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    Dead Space remake (2023)

    Hey guys, curious, DS 2023 is on sale right now for 35 bucks on steam as part of the halloween sale. Hold or wait for a higher percentage off? It's been on my wishlist since January and since finishing RE8, I've been feeling the pull of a good horror game with amazing audio.
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    Intel Core i9-14900K Review - Reaching for the Performance Crown

    It's always the first place I go for review articles when new hardware drops, some of the former [H] reviewers moved over there (Dan, Brent, Paul, etc.). Any chance I get to give them clicks/link to them on here, I do.
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    Intel Core i9-14900K Review - Reaching for the Performance Crown

    TheFPSReview's take on things: https://www.thefpsreview.com/2023/10/17/intel-core-i9-14900k-cpu-review/
  26. AlphaQup

    Two years after launch Windows 11 adoption is still waaaay behind Windows 10

    I'm divided on Win11/Win10 (Home vs Work respectively) on my primary 2 devices and my main 3 gripes about Win11 are of course the telemetry (how much more deader can we beat this horse... and don't take this as I'm fine with it, but man, some of you guys write novels on it every OS-related...
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    Let the incompatible memory standard war begin. LPCAMM vs CAMM

    We're a Dell shop and have a fair amount of 5670/80's (top dog 15" Precision models, I hope I got the model right from memory) out in the environment right now with CAMM configurations. With some of our more specialized BU's we rely on being able to up the RAM and such down the road for Ansys...
  28. AlphaQup

    Amazon CEO Andy Jassy threatens employees to return to office or "things are probably not going to work out for you"

    As someone who sees first-hand the reduced quality of work once WFH was implemented at my place of employment over the past 2-ish years, I'm absolutely not a fan of it (in my particular flavor of "IT work"). Are their sectors and specialty roles where WFH is viable? Absolutely, but for your...
  29. AlphaQup

    GPU prices — is the worst behind us ?

    Shit, so it is MUCH worse then HW failure! Been there before myself.... and I do no envy you right now man. No one ever thinks of the prerequisites or getting us involved until the shit is ordered already :( Luckily though, the HW cost is often a fraction of the software cost, so it lessens...
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    GPU prices — is the worst behind us ?

    Buying used would be the least rewarding way to go... it's not a DIRECT sale, but like LukeTbk said, you might be enabling someone else's purchase... It's a rough spot to be in :confused: I'm kind of feeling the itch to upgrade but am trying not to scratch it... praying I don't have to be put...
  31. AlphaQup

    EVGA going officially under?

    I'd also add FSP Group to the list, but otherwise... yeah, that's about it.
  32. AlphaQup

    Post your "rate my cables" here

    Pretty sure he's the Forest Temple Shadow Gannon, for real. Continuously jumping from window to window... always on the hunt to kill that next moving object he sees outside... What can ya do :D Love my little helper.
  33. AlphaQup

    Post your "rate my cables" here

    This was a fun little project; recycling my old 7700k and other components into an HTPC: Case is a Fractal Design Pop Air Black ATX, I bought it for its simplicity inside and out. No frills what so ever. Currently, a little 1050Ti, but I may very well step up to a Intel ARC A750 here...
  34. AlphaQup

    CD Projekt is not for sale - CEO

    Yeah, I'm getting the same vibe... seriously, how can NOT ONE or the side quests make you not feel anything. 2 shell shockers that come to mind are the crucifixion one and the farm-based one... DukenukemX , really? Alright... I loved the game, 130hr completionist playthrough. Only had 1...
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    CD Projekt is not for sale - CEO

    If it helps, w/e mods you had most likely don't work with the DX12/Next Gen update anyway. I had to redownload the new version of basically every mod I had (and excluded the top 5 that are now bundled in with the download from Steam like the HD textures, etc.). So few worked any more and I got...
  36. AlphaQup

    7800X3D will be an utter failure of a CPU

    Work gets crazy, the yard needs way to much attention, it's golf season... the computer sits idle for a week and I miss 5 pages of great info. What can ya do :p Appreciate everyone sharing their experiences! [H] is the best. I finally got around to installing BIOS 1616 today after work (up...
  37. AlphaQup

    New X3D BIOS Rolling Out - ASUS, ASRock, More (AM5, X670/B650)

    Appreciate the info on Armory Crate... I didn't have it disabled in the BIOS, but will be doing that when I get off work. I installed it, realized the BS that it was and uninstalled it. The amount of bloat from every product is already staggering. NZXT for my LED's, iCUE for the Corsair AIO...
  38. AlphaQup

    New X3D BIOS Rolling Out - ASUS, ASRock, More (AM5, X670/B650)

    What was really fun though was my performance in CPU-limited games! I'm a huge Natural Selection 2 fan still, and pegging 300 FPS it felt even more smooth then it did on the 7700k. Only game I've fired up so far, but the difference was very noticeable. Going to fire up RDR2 here soon, and...
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    New X3D BIOS Rolling Out - ASUS, ASRock, More (AM5, X670/B650)

    Usually I would do something similar, but in this case I finally went NVME + retired most of my old Crucial MX500's and installed 2 new ones... honestly nothing on the single drive I couldn't just redownload quick. About the only thing I wanted to save was my modded Witcher 3 install, but since...
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