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  1. alwayssts

    AMD Giving Up on CrossFire with RX Vega

    I think a large part of it is the divide between AMD using general purpose units (which could often exploit dx12) while nvidia has stuck to more efficient 'core' shader ratios + fixed function SFUs (similar to how we used to see 5+1 or 4+1 in old AMD arch, or 2 dual-issue MADD + MUL in early...
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    AMD Giving Up on CrossFire with RX Vega

    That's kind of been my sentiment on the sitch as well. I don't know if 1*HBM2 stack makes sense for a ~Polaris level chip on 7nm (as opposed to simply 128-bit and GDDR6) and then scaling it that way as opposed to a Vega shrink (and then x2), but I most certainly expect that to be the case in...
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    AMD Vega Microarchitecture Technical Overview

    I'm curious if anyone looks at this similarly as myself. I see Volta (likely 896/1792/3584sp @ higher clocks) as one option, but where is nVIDIA going to go after that? I think it's a serpentine line to more-or-less exactly what AMD is doing with more costly R&D in-between. It's great that...
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    EVGA Gives Away PowerLink with GeForce 10-series Graphics Cards

    I bought the 1080 FTW because it was LITERALLY the only aftermarket option that was 10.5 inches. The height also mattered...I have absolutely no space between the top of the card and the internal slide for the top panel of the case on the very edge by the i/o. It's like this card was built...
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    Is the jump to 1440P really worth it?

    I kind of agree with this. Being an HTPC guy, I jumped from a 47''/1080p to 4k as soon as it became feasible to buy a 65'' (now on the second version of the Vizio P series, started with the first in 2014). While 4k really is nice, I concur that 1440p (at least for most people's use at typical...
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    ASUS Readying a 144 Hz 4K Ultra HD Monitor

    Right. My old P series has been fine; 18.7ms according to rtings/cnet (on the port that will do 4k60 @ 4:2:0 or 1080p120). The new ones seem even better, while being slightly more versatile: HDMI2.0a ports: 34.7ms ( 4k@60 4:4:4, 8-bit | 4k@60, 4:2:2, 12-bit | 4k@60, 4:2:0 12-bit) HDMI 1.4...
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    Noctua NH-C14S

    I still use mine on my HTPC, and keep trying to build AROUND it because I like it (and the form factor it provides) so much without sacrificing performance/audibility. This looks even better for the simple fact the 15mm difference, while seemingly inconsequential in height for similar...
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    AMD Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" Launched at $199

    I think there is certainly a similar cautious feeling in the air from the a certain section of us, while many others are more than appeased (and FWIW, I'm happy for the latter). While it makes sense for AMD to target a chip at this price/perf, as nvidia currently does not have an answer for it...
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    Waiting for GTX1070 non-reference or buy a GTX980Ti

    IMHO, it's all about if P10 can hit 1440p60/4k30 in the titles one would expect it to (ex: similar to a OC 980 or stockish Nano/Fury Vanilla)...be it stock or overclocked. If it can do that, and is cheaper than anything else than can do it, it should be a good chip. IMHO over-all perf compared...
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Clock Speeds Revealed

    This is where we agree and disagree. I agree they will have to pull a shocker. The difference is, I think it will be that shocker. Just because P10 is focused toward mainstream for efficiency/price/power, doesn't mean there will not be a higher-clocked/gddr5x close-to-~225w-capable variant...
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Specifications Revealed

    I think it'll be real close to that. You can take the 6.5TF (which insinuates at least close to 'real' 1700b), you can take 1080's real boost (~1860/1886/1898mhz) which insinuates somewhere slightly over 1700mhz boost, or literally one or two steps below 1080's rated boost clock (which 970 was...
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    Next gen vid cards

    Right. On a purely fundamental level, think a 512-bit (GP104) vs 384-bit bus (GM200), as GDDR5X is twice the bandwidth of GDDR5. That said, GDDR5x tops out at 6ghz (12000gbps), GDDR5 at 8ghz, but 980ti also uses only 7ghz GDDR5. Normalized, the equivalent amount of bandwidth on 980ti would be...
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    NVIDIA "GP104" Silicon to Feature GDDR5X Memory Interface

    I think ya'll pretty much agree with me on the direction things are going. Fury X had (4x128gbps 1GB) 512gbps of bandwidth...and Polaris 11 will probably have (2x256gbps 4GB) 512gbps of bandwidth. If you go by straight compute, that's good for a Fury X up to 1110-1120mhz, around 1200mhz if you...
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    I present to you the meaning of lag.

    LoL. That said, I couldn't help but G-bomb the subject and it's not unheard of...especially in Washington, and is actually kind of fascinating. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/11/how-a-group-of-neighbors-created-their-own-internet-service/ As for the lag in Bremerton, or...
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    AMD "Polaris" Based Prototypes Sniffed Out at Logistics

    So, if I'm understanding this right, their values are roughly around $125, $150, <$350 and $400 respectfully? Well, that sounds pretty much completely expected for a not-really-but-probably-more-or-less Fiji shrink. It's interesting their relative values are also pretty much proportional to...
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    HiFiMAN HE-400S

    I see all these Hifiman reviews and keep thinking...'Yep, I'll wait for the Vinyl Plus to come stateside and grab a pair'. I will grant you this is because I only buy Bluetooth-capable 'phones. While I'm sure planar magnetic is a great talking point, let's be real. It's the 70mm drivers that...
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    AMD GPUs Show Strong DirectX 12 Performance on "Ashes of the Singularity"

    It's long been known how AMD deals with DX11 cpu overhead/bottlenecking isn't exactly the greatest, and much of that was deferred to Mantle/DX12 to solve (which it appears to have done). Performance in dx11 has been a feather in nvidia's cap going forward since the 337.50 Beta drivers in April...
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    AMD GPUs Show Strong DirectX 12 Performance on "Ashes of the Singularity"

    With respect, it appears you clearly don't understand the public history PCP has regarding AMD. What you took from his comments are the exact opposite of what anyone that has followed them over the years would assume. They have gotten MUCH better recently, just as TR has, as I think Shrout got...
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    NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 355.60 WHQL Game Ready Driver

    Whom do I need to twitter bomb for them to fix OpenCl/DX9 sharing? I have been beyond disappointed with nvidia's drivers, not to mention feature regression...So many bullshit problems, especially since Windows 10, and almost none of them have been fixed or even seem to be in the process of...
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    Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 2666 MHz

    Thanks for all the hard work, Dave. It's especially amazing given your trying times. I wish you and your family all the best, and have absolutely no doubt things will get better. While our bodies are strange things, from what I know of you from your contributions over the several years (and...
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    NVIDIA Recalls Select Shield Tablets over Fire Hazard

    I feel like there is some kind of obvious conclusion to draw here, granted don't exactly know how to word it succinctly. Qualcomm, Apple etc all aim toward a very specific power envelope/battery size/form factor, which nvidia clearly exceeds. Qualcomm has bashed nvidia's tegra designs for...
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    $220 budget. Need help deciding what to do with it

    I think a Hawaii chip (290/290x, 390/390x) or 970 is a very solid upgrade idea. Hawaii may be a better value, 970 obviously uses less power. Both are perfect for your use, and I would check misc forums (ex: [H]) to see what you could find used. Never know, you might find a great deal that...
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    dx12: buying amd gpu now, to use with gtx 970 later

    I was going to mention something to this effect, but very much take a different stance on it. I don't completely disagree with you (AMD loves to play victim), but I think there's a lot less to worry about regarding support than you think. I believe it's much more a money thing (selling more...
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    need some ideas on best Cfire set up w my config

    Welcome to 4k, where there really is NO great current setup for running 30min/60avg and high-quality settings (outside of an overclocked 980ti in some cases). If you're not made of money, as most of us aren't, I would highly consider up-scaling 1080p (etc) until the next generation, in which...
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    dx12: buying amd gpu now, to use with gtx 970 later

    In that case...I would certainly at least pick up a 390 to replace the 970 at bare minimum (just to use the feature). I would think that would keep you out of the weeds (<30fps) most of the time, but...it's cutting it pretty close. If you're alright with eating (some of) the cost of the 970...