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  1. Zen_

    AMD Radeon R9 Nano Nears Launch, 50% Higher Performance per Watt over Fury X

    Plot twist: It will be an amazing cryptocurrency miner, and thus, no gamers will be able to buy one for nine months.
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    Your PC ATM

    Well...my old ASRock Z68 Extreme3 finally bit the dust after four years of hard use, and I killed the fans on yet another video card (Asus 770). Going to give this 7870K setup a try for the light gaming I do these days. The illuminated audio boost chipset is a really useful touch for sure :laugh:
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    Graphics market share not looking good for AMD - down to just 18%?

    Add in card share might be a bit misleading, as it doesn't account for integrated / APU market share. The most popular games now like MOBAs, CS:GO, minecraft, and many indie titles run just fine on a higher end APU or very low end dedicated card. PC games that really need high end add in cards...
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    Thermalright Macho Rev.B

    Yes, it is an opinion based on my experience... Even in the photos posted for the review you can see how the wire fan clips are bending inside, which makes it so they don't line up in the tiny holes, and has a tendency to bend the outer layer of fins. There are better systems for mounting a fan...
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    Thermalright Macho Rev.B

    Still rockin the Rev. A on a 2500K too :) Probably should have put the fan clips as a negative. They work fine outside the case for install and getting the fan clipped in, but they are a nightmare to work with while the heatsink is installed inside a case. The get bound up in the fins, bend the...
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    2500K --> 4690K?

    Pretty straightforward question, would it be worth it to finally upgrade my 2500K for gaming and encoding h.264 videos? I've had the 2500K for well over 3 years now, and I also kinda want a mobo with a USB3 header finally...but it's hard to know just how much better the 4690K is, and if I'll...
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    Chieftec Rolls Out New Flyer Series Micro ATX PC Case

    I didn't know chieftec still existed. They should make a 2014 edition of the old Alienware style case...with contemporary features. Retro, right?
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    Google to Sell Motorola Handset Business to Lenovo

    The Achilles heel of Android has always been lousy OEM support for new API levels. As the hardware development speeds towards a plateau, it seems increasingly ridiculous to buy a new device for the latest level, or mess around with a custom build. Google got around that with the Moto products...
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    How can a free web hosting be offered? I don't understand how it's possible.

    If you are not paying for a product, you are the product. The "free" host are either trying to suck you into an overpriced paid plan for the 1 in 10,000 accounts that host a real website for more than 30 days, an overpriced domain registration, or jamming ads onto your site. This work because...
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    Why doesn't AMD create a better CPU architecture to compete with Intel again?

    The market for high end desktops has pretty much shrunk to enthusiast and professionals, and even we / they don't need to upgrade every few years. It makes no sense for AMD to spend what little resources they have trying to compete in that sector when growth is in cloud servers, console APU's...
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    AMD Radeon R9 290 Non-X 4096 MB

    Really impressive results and price on both the 290 cards, but too bad AMD cheaped out on the heatsink to hit a price point, or whatever the reason is for it. How long will it take for non-reference cards to come to market? If you look at the PCB layout of both 290 cards and a 7970 they look...
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    http://youtu.be/vV3xUyfYQdI Glad to know I wasn't crazy in thinking something has been very, very wrong with the netcode and hit detection. DICE needs to get this fixed ASAP; it's completely ruining what is otherwise an amazing game.
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    I've spent quite a bit of time studying the weapon charts and still don't quite get the gun balance yet, but part of that is me still adjusting to the game. PDW's should be turbo mode in CQC, but get mowed over by ARs. The ARs and carbines in general seem to be freaking death lasers with no...
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    NVIDIA Preparing GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition?

    I think it's high time Nvidia did something with guts, like a 780 Subway Edition with a 4 slot chambered heatsink that doubles as a toaster oven for foot long sandwiches.
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    Some games refer to this as interpolation. In short, it guesses where player models should be when the server is not reporting the information frequently enough to make it look smooth. Turn it down to 0, jump on some crappy 64 player server or one with very high latency, and you'll see models...
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    13.11 Beta7

    Well I went straight from the beta6 to beta7 and just noticed that my total system power consumption dropped from ~120w at idle to 90w. For some reason I had it my head that the idle core speed was 500 and the memory didn't downclock at all. At any rate the performance of this driver in BF4...
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    13.11 Beta7

    I don't know if anyone else noticed this yet, but my idle power consumption dropped by ~25-30w with this driver. That's just an estimate based on what PowerChute reads from my UPS. Looks like AMD dropped the idle GPU clock down to 300 MHz and the memory down to 150 MHz. So...very nice, very...
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    Look for servers that have NFO in the name.
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    Running the manual pb update seemed to solve my issues. It actually did have some stuff to update. I played the big vehicle 10+ (?) control point map once and yeah, it will probably be the 24/7 vehicle spam map of choice, but I did find myself laughing uncontrollably with all the road kills in...
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    Si...si...single player? C'mon Mailman :laugh: j/k
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    Did the Punkbuster + MSI afterburner issue ever get fixed? I'm still getting the occasional lockup or crash to desktop playing in thin windowed mode with the battlescreen on another monitor. Other than the issue with sound dropping, this has been the most satisfied I've been with a game since...
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    That sucks... You're missing out on so much lag and rubberbanding! Battlelog needs a filter by game server provider option.
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    Yes!, my emblem from the beta is saved...I spent hours making that stupid thing.
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    I envy you who are getting to play right away. Ordered a larger SSD 10 days ago, figured it would be here in plenty of time for a fresh install...but oh no, UPS "train derailment" and 3 delivery dates pushed back, and here I am with no pre-loaded game!
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    OFFICIAL Battlefield 4 (Discussion)

    I have a feeling that the flu season is going kick off to a roaring start on Wednesday at workplaces around the country.