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That might be my old set I sold on ebay several years ago when I realized collectors liked them. I had kept the suitcase and certificate. I remember the number vaguely... Is the suitcase perchance set with the combo on the same number (148?). If so, I did that. It did not come that way, and you have genuine frog original owner (purchased from newegg) gear.
 
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I don't think this card is special, but it seems to be rare. I can't hardly find any info about Crucial being a certified vendor. I think they only made
video cards for 3 or 4 years around 2000 - 2004. I can't find pics and Crucial's website gives no info about their past products. This is the ATI x1600xt.
I bet you guys have some knowledge about this. :)
Crucial did not make many gfx cards. I've never personally seen one. They are very rare.
 
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That might be my old set I sold on ebay several years ago when I realized collectors liked them. I had kept the suitcase and certificate. I remember the number vaguely... Is the suitcase perchance set with the combo on the same number (148?). If so, I did that. It did not come that way, and you have genuine frog original owner (purchased from newegg) gear.

I bought my ubers 11 years ago, so it's different one.
 
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I bought my ubers 11 years ago, so it's different one.
Well, that may be one I sold mine. Hard to say now though, been so long. Either way awesome gear.
 
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I miss PCBs with actual colors :(
Here's a blue GT 1030 for you from ASUS. :)

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And here's a passively cooled GTX 1050 Ti from Palit.

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And here's the world's smallest GT 710 from EVGA.

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In case anyone's wondering, they're not for sale. :D
 
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Here's a blue GT 1030 for you from ASUS. :)

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And here's a passively cooled GTX 1050 Ti from Palit.

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And here's the world's smallest GT 710 from EVGA.

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In case anyone's wondering, they're not for sale. :D
Only first card actually has some color, other two are same black stuff. And even that GT 1030, which is blue, is quite dark. I would like to see purple, red, blue, yellow PCB cards to come back. Fuck green and brown, those can stay dead. Imagine Sapphire releasing RX 6900 XT with purple PCB and some sci-fi alien shit on shroud and fans. That would be glorious. Or Gainward making their golden sample cards on actually golden PCB , just like old school Soltek cards and boards were. Or reference RX 6900 XT with bright red PCB and translucent red shroud with flames. That would be really awesome. Perhaps not now, but as 20 year anniversary of Radeon HD 2900 XT. Shit, pretty much anything would be better than current reference design. That ugly spray painted silver just screams of super cheap silver coating from 00s and with those big team Rocket Rs, 6000 reference Radeons are just plain gaudy. It seems that AMD hasn't seen good days ever since Polaris and Vega 64/56 launch. Every AMD card past that just wasn't as good aesthetically as those.
 
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Only first card actually has some color, other two are same black stuff. And even that GT 1030, which is blue, is quite dark. I would like to see purple, red, blue, yellow PCB cards to come back. Fuck green and brown, those can stay dead. Imagine Sapphire releasing RX 6900 XT with purple PCB and some sci-fi alien shit on shroud and fans. That would be glorious. Or Gainward making their golden sample cards on actually golden PCB , just like old school Soltek cards and boards were. Or reference RX 6900 XT with bright red PCB and translucent red shroud with flames. That would be really awesome. Perhaps not now, but as 20 year anniversary of Radeon HD 2900 XT. Shit, pretty much anything would be better than current reference design. That ugly spray painted silver just screams of super cheap silver coating from 00s and with those big team Rocket Rs, 6000 reference Radeons are just plain gaudy. It seems that AMD hasn't seen good days ever since Polaris and Vega 64/56 launch. Every AMD card past that just wasn't as good aesthetically as those.
It's actually not that dark in real life. It looks more like the website photos in daytime. My Galaxy A20e's camera isn't that good in artificial lighting. :ohwell:

I agree that some graphics cards and motherboards looked pretty awesome back in the days due to their colours. I also remember all-copper Zalman CPU coolers which I used to dream about owning one day (and then I never did). With the rise of RGB, people started wanting to put neutral colours into their PCs, and choosing their own colours according to their mood/setup. If you buy a high-end graphics card nowadays, you choose what colour it will represent for you through RGB, which I think is awesome. You can also turn it off and have it sit in the dark without attracting unnecessary attention if that's more like your thing. I also like how clean and inconspicuous a totally black, RGB-free PC looks. I guess I understand both sides of the argument equally. :)

Another topic: What's this? A GTX card with RT and Tensor cores! :twitch: I'd so love to test one!

Yet another topic: Any news of the GT 1010? I remember nvidia planning to release it, but I don't remember it actually happening.
 
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It's actually not that dark in real life. It looks more like the website photos in daytime. My Galaxy A20e's camera isn't that good in artificial lighting. :ohwell:
There's only so much that tiny lenses and sensor of phone can do. Pictures are actually quite nice, I don't see typical Samsung garbage smoothing, sharpening, overexposing, mucking up contrast and other "improvements" that I see on my A50. Low end Samsung phones got cut down processing and despite worse optics and sensor, they still sometimes can outmatch even flagships in certain scenarios. I'm still salty at Samsung for adding that garbage post processing and very heavy compression of pictures. I previously had Note 3 Neo and it didn't have any post processing at all. It had seriously impressive camera that could truly be almost digital camera quality level if photographer is decent (doesn't have shaky hands, provides enough light). I'm still convinced that it took better photos than my current A50.


I agree that some graphics cards and motherboards looked pretty awesome back in the days due to their colours. I also remember all-copper Zalman CPU coolers which I used to dream about owning one day (and then I never did). With the rise of RGB, people started wanting to put neutral colours into their PCs, and choosing their own colours according to their mood/setup. If you buy a high-end graphics card nowadays, you choose what colour it will represent for you through RGB, which I think is awesome. You can also turn it off and have it sit in the dark without attracting unnecessary attention if that's more like your thing. I also like how clean and inconspicuous a totally black, RGB-free PC looks. I guess I understand both sides of the argument equally. :)
And there I am, a hardcore believer in colorful hardware without any lights. My own machine is lightless dark hole, but if colorful hardware was still made and I had spare money, I would like to have my PC colorful. It's surprisingly hard to work with dark hardware in smaller cases with everything being black. I know I sound like an old man here, but it's hard to see case USB ports as I keep my PC under desk and it's always darks. They are also black just like case and I have to bend a lot to actually put something in them. In anything that is not a sunny day, they are almost invisible. My solution was to put a neon green sticker near them, but it didn't stick well and one was sucked into vacuum cleaner already.

My old case had two USB port and one was grayish white and other was blue, so there were no problem using them, also my case had more angles and curses, so I could insert USB stuff without looking at all. Such a shame that such basic functionality and simple convenience is going away.

Another topic: What's this? A GTX card with RT and Tensor cores! :twitch: I'd so love to test one!

Yet another topic: Any news of the GT 1010? I remember nvidia planning to release it, but I don't remember it actually happening.
Became OEM only for now. It is GT 1030, but with less CUDA cores (256 maybe), surprisingly, it still has GDDR5 memory, so it's quite respectable performer. That basically means that it's faster than GT 1030 DDR4 and that's likely a reason why it wasn't introduced to consumer market. Odd behavior from nVidia, that DDR4 GT 1030 isn't just e-waste, but it also killed GT 1010. Not that GT 1010 would have been awesome, but GT 1030 GDDR5 is now 100 Euros and that's the cheapest truly new card. Just for display adapter that's too much to pay, but for gaming GT 1030 is too little. Most demanding games only run well at something like 1024x768, which was a popular resolution in 2002-2004. Perhaps some people don't mind that, but imo it's time to move on from that. It's only buyable as corona survival GPU and not wanting to be scalped, but still wanting to play games (mostly older ones).
 
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And there I am, a hardcore believer in colorful hardware without any lights. My own machine is lightless dark hole, but if colorful hardware was still made and I had spare money, I would like to have my PC colorful. It's surprisingly hard to work with dark hardware in smaller cases with everything being black. I know I sound like an old man here, but it's hard to see case USB ports as I keep my PC under desk and it's always darks. They are also black just like case and I have to bend a lot to actually put something in them. In anything that is not a sunny day, they are almost invisible. My solution was to put a neon green sticker near them, but it didn't stick well and one was sucked into vacuum cleaner already.

My old case had two USB port and one was grayish white and other was blue, so there were no problem using them, also my case had more angles and curses, so I could insert USB stuff without looking at all. Such a shame that such basic functionality and simple convenience is going away.
I get where you're coming from. All black hardware is hard to work with without proper lighting. For me, it's a worthy sacrifice for not having to colour match every piece of new hardware I buy. Imagine if your motherboard is blue, your RAM is green, your graphics card is red, and you happen to have an add-on card (for extra USB, or SATA or whatever) that happens to be yellow. Now, that's the definition of rainbow puke! Unless you have an all-metal case to hide it all, but then all this colour parade will cease to matter.

Became OEM only for now. It is GT 1030, but with less CUDA cores (256 maybe), surprisingly, it still has GDDR5 memory, so it's quite respectable performer. That basically means that it's faster than GT 1030 DDR4 and that's likely a reason why it wasn't introduced to consumer market. Odd behavior from nVidia, that DDR4 GT 1030 isn't just e-waste, but it also killed GT 1010. Not that GT 1010 would have been awesome, but GT 1030 GDDR5 is now 100 Euros and that's the cheapest truly new card. Just for display adapter that's too much to pay, but for gaming GT 1030 is too little. Most demanding games only run well at something like 1024x768, which was a popular resolution in 2002-2004. Perhaps some people don't mind that, but imo it's time to move on from that. It's only buyable as corona survival GPU and not wanting to be scalped, but still wanting to play games (mostly older ones).
Not just that. With a HDMI 2.0 output, it would have been a perfect replacement for my GT 710 in my HTPC. I only need a 4K 60 Hz signal and decent video decode capabilities with minimal power consumption, which Pascal has at all levels (entry included). I would have gladly paid a little less for a little fewer cores than the 1030 has.
 
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For me, it's a worthy sacrifice for not having to colour match every piece of new hardware I buy. Imagine if your motherboard is blue, your RAM is green
lol that was my computer initially. Cyan Gigabyte board, some green sticks of cheap RAM, black graphics card, silver HDD. Now my board is orange/black, my graphics card is black, wifi card is bright red, SATA cables are golden, my SSDs are blue, green and black. I also have laptop hard drive (silver), DVD drive (gray), CPU cooler (gray and silver), my PSU cables are ketchup and mustard coloured, but sleeved, so it's not very visible, but I would like if it were.

Now, that's the definition of rainbow puke! Unless you have an all-metal case to hide it all, but then all this colour parade will cease to matter.
And what, I actually like my hardware colourful. And case is windowless like it should be, so I don't have silly problems. I remember I loved looking at computers from 2003-2011, because they were so nice and colorful, also PC community was way more enthusiastic about various things. I remember that back then every new architecture (particularly GPU) was literally studied in great detail. Magazines like Maximum PC or websites like Beyond3D dissected everything and went way further than even whitepaper level. I feel like now enthusiast is more or less dead, now it's "this costs this and gets this fps, that's all". And back then, despite various financial situation of folks, everyone was welcomes in really deep down discussions about complicated matters. And hardware itself wasn't just sensory deprivation experience either.

I guess, I like to have my hardware looking like it's fun, toy alike even, but never was some strict corporation bullshit, which is basically today all hardware that is black and RGB. I would totally buy purple motherboard, golden graphics card and black case with green accents.



Not just that. With a HDMI 2.0 output, it would have been a perfect replacement for my GT 710 in my HTPC. I only need a 4K 60 Hz signal and decent video decode capabilities with minimal power consumption, which Pascal has at all levels (entry included). I would have gladly paid a little less for a little fewer cores than the 1030 has.
GT 1010 is rated at GT 1030's TDP, so it might not be better than GT 1030 in power consumption or heat output.
 
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Folks, the GT1010 was never made. It was canceled before a single ES card was produced. Yes, I'm aware of the following;
However this is just a placeholder, proposed specs etc. Examples of the card itself do not exist. The rumors about it being released are just that, rumors.
 
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I thought so, never heard of it before and I was unable to find it in the webshops.
Exactly. Even the rumors earlier this year were nonsense.
 
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lol that was my computer initially. Cyan Gigabyte board, some green sticks of cheap RAM, black graphics card, silver HDD. Now my board is orange/black, my graphics card is black, wifi card is bright red, SATA cables are golden, my SSDs are blue, green and black. I also have laptop hard drive (silver), DVD drive (gray), CPU cooler (gray and silver), my PSU cables are ketchup and mustard coloured, but sleeved, so it's not very visible, but I would like if it were.


And what, I actually like my hardware colourful. And case is windowless like it should be, so I don't have silly problems.
I get what you mean. I also used to like the different colours back in the days. But I also like the all-black appearance of modern hardware, and being able to choose my colour scheme with RGB. If I want a blue system, it's a click away. Yellow, not a problem. You can even set up wonky colours like cyan or peach or whatever by spending time to experiment with the colour wheel. You can have your system appear in one colour one day, and another tomorrow. You can also turn it off if you've had enough. You're not limited to the colour of your PCB. But like I said, I totally get where you're coming from. :)

I guess, I like to have my hardware looking like it's fun, toy alike even, but never was some strict corporation bullshit, which is basically today all hardware that is black and RGB. I would totally buy purple motherboard, golden graphics card and black case with green accents.
The problem with that is that not everybody wants a purple or yellow motherboard, so the colour scheme would ultimately limit buyers' numbers for otherwise totally fine hardware. The way this problem could be circumvented is by selling the same component in various different colours, which then would drive up design and manufacturing costs, and would overcrowd SKU allocations at stores and their warehouses. Imagine if you're trying to build a totally purple system, but the graphics card you want is only available in green at the moment. What do you do? Wait, or mess up your colour scheme? Black PCB with RGB is just the most convenient way for everyone.

And what, I actually like my hardware colourful. And case is windowless like it should be, so I don't have silly problems.
Then what do you want colourful hardware for if you can't even see it? :wtf:

I remember I loved looking at computers from 2003-2011, because they were so nice and colorful, also PC community was way more enthusiastic about various things. I remember that back then every new architecture (particularly GPU) was literally studied in great detail. Magazines like Maximum PC or websites like Beyond3D dissected everything and went way further than even whitepaper level. I feel like now enthusiast is more or less dead, now it's "this costs this and gets this fps, that's all". And back then, despite various financial situation of folks, everyone was welcomes in really deep down discussions about complicated matters. And hardware itself wasn't just sensory deprivation experience either.
There's not much enthusiasm, because there isn't much to be enthusiastic about. I remember the time when you had to build a new PC basically every year because no technology was compatible with the previous one, or even ones that were running concurrently. New DirectX revisions came almost every year with proprietary APIs like S3D or Glide; ISA, PCI, AGP, then PCI-Express graphics cards, sound cards with entirely different capabilities, processor sockets supporting only single generations, etc. If you buy a high-performance CPU or GPU nowadays, you're settled for a good 4-5 years at least. Every generation is a slight improvement of the last one, not a total reboot like they used to be in the late '90s, early 2000s. I personally feel happy about this, especially considering the ever increasing hardware prices.

With all that being said, I think we're at the right place for technical details. TPU has still retained their technological depth with deep discussions of new architectures in front of every review. You also have Youtube channels like Gamer's Nexus. Some enthusiasm and the technological depth are there, you just have to find it yourself in an informationally oversaturated online world. I see the 21st century as a whole as a sensory deprivation experience where you have to be ever so vigilant to find your own interests and filter incoming information to maintain your mental integrity.

Sorry for the off. :ohwell:

GT 1010 is rated at GT 1030's TDP, so it might not be better than GT 1030 in power consumption or heat output.
I would have still bought it if it was slightly cheaper than the 1030. I don't need its 3D capabilities in my HTPC.
 
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I get what you mean. I also used to like the different colours back in the days. But I also like the all-black appearance of modern hardware, and being able to choose my colour scheme with RGB. If I want a blue system, it's a click away. Yellow, not a problem. You can even set up wonky colours like cyan or peach or whatever by spending time to experiment with the colour wheel. You can have your system appear in one colour one day, and another tomorrow. You can also turn it off if you've had enough. You're not limited to the colour of your PCB. But like I said, I totally get where you're coming from. :)
I understand you too, but to me rig colour is better if it's static. The only time I get to see it is when I open side panel and when it's off. Many RGB products have slightly unpleasant silvery translucent plastic or some white cloudy plastic when they are off. They don't look nearly as good, when they are on. And to this day, I really hate the added complexity of wiring and controlling RGB. Seen to many stuff about software being poor and I'm illiterate, when it comes to connecting extra RGB cables. The only RGB thing I have is my mouse, which is rather old SS Rival 100. I'm fine with its software, but RGB quality is very disappointing. I couldn't set RGB to white, because white value in software is either very cold white or cyanish white in reality. Therefore I have to set a huge red bias to have something that is both slightly cyan and at one spot somewhat red. For many reasons if I wanted bling, I would just get single color fans and other things. They can also come with nicer plastic colors too. I still have two Akasa Vegas fans that are in bright green and those boasted having 12 LEDs in green. Rubber grommets and fan blades are green and look really nice. I mostly liked them and they looked amazing in through filtered mesh grille. There was a nice dark space with green stars effect going on (Cooler Master K280 case). The may problem with that was that they only came with 3 pin connector and if you change fan speed, lights also dim. At some point they start to flicker. And since they are 1200 rpm fans, they are way too audible than I would like by default, so now they are not in use anymore.


The problem with that is that not everybody wants a purple or yellow motherboard, so the colour scheme would ultimately limit buyers' numbers for otherwise totally fine hardware. The way this problem could be circumvented is by selling the same component in various different colours, which then would drive up design and manufacturing costs, and would overcrowd SKU allocations at stores and their warehouses. Imagine if you're trying to build a totally purple system, but the graphics card you want is only available in green at the moment. What do you do? Wait, or mess up your colour scheme? Black PCB with RGB is just the most convenient way for everyone.
Or you do like people did in 00s, just don't match anything ever. Do you remember DFI LanParty boards? Those had at least 3 different colors at once. Gigabyte literally all RGB on their PCBs. Everyone just put things of random colors back then and nobody really cared. But if you bought some low end hardware it came in very dull uncolored brown or green PCB. I think that color matching is very overrated. Different colors make every component pop to eyes more and makes them more interesting to look at.

Then what do you want colourful hardware for if you can't even see it? :wtf:
It's for those moments, when you open PC and just admire at stuff in it. And like I said, visibility matters, everything in same color is bad for visibility. My particular case is really awful at that and if you drop a black screw in it, it really becomes invisible. Even with light close to it, it's hard to see inside it and I basically showed all PSU cables under PSU shroud, despite my unit being modular, I still need to use almost all cable for my specific hardware. I eventually gave up trying to organize them under PSU shroud as they just blend with case very well.


There's not much enthusiasm, because there isn't much to be enthusiastic about. I remember the time when you had to build a new PC basically every year because no technology was compatible with the previous one, or even ones that were running concurrently. New DirectX revisions came almost every year with proprietary APIs like S3D or Glide; ISA, PCI, AGP, then PCI-Express graphics cards, sound cards with entirely different capabilities, processor sockets supporting only single generations, etc. If you buy a high-performance CPU or GPU nowadays, you're settled for a good 4-5 years at least. Every generation is a slight improvement of the last one, not a total reboot like they used to be in the late '90s, early 2000s. I personally feel happy about this, especially considering the ever increasing hardware prices.
I clearly mentioned 2003-2011 there, those were almost the same times as now, but community was far more enthusiastic. People were investigating GPU architectures at quite low level. I mean architectures like Tesla, R600, Fermi, Terrascle. I personally still read whitepapers if I can, does community do that? Nope. Not even when Turing launched with vastly different SMX layout, almost no one, except Greg did that. There was also one Anandtech article explaining it in depth and it only attracted few people. Nobody in more popular media every bothered to even mention some really simple and basic things about how it all works. Anything RTX was not well or fully explained by anyone more popular. LTT, GN, JayZ and etc. did a very piss poor job explaining how RTX worked in Turing 1.0

Here's that article:

You will see what I meant after reading it. It's not just about nVidia, it's about everything. GPUs and CPUs. The community of deep learning of such things pretty much gone and has been dead for at least a decade.

Here's a random Polaris whitepaper:


With all that being said, I think we're at the right place for technical details. TPU has still retained their technological depth with deep discussions of new architectures in front of every review.
I barely see that anymore. Beyond3D folks at their forum do a lot better in that aspect, despite that website being almost dead ever since 2011.


You also have Youtube channels like Gamer's Nexus.
I have mixed feelings about GN. I don't really like that channel much. If you know nothing about tech, then perhaps he may look knowledgeable, but very rarely he actually is. GN is mostly just talking about many details, which some of them are meaningless and some that are meaningful. I personally still don't trust his reviews much in a way, that I don't feel like I get a proper view into things that matter to me. And even if he did an okay review, he takes so long to do that, that I lose my attention and just read a written reviews. I still often find that Anandtech, Guru3D, TPU, Tom's Hardware and some other random overclocker forums have decent reviews. Out of Youtubers, I think that only HWUB has decent GPU and motherboard reviews. I would never trust LTT or Jay at that. GN is neutral. For phone reviews I I avoid almost anyone on YT like plaque. I would never trust MKB or Lew, their reviews may not be shit, but their priorities and understanding of budget is straight up awful. GSMArena and some few other randos are fine at that. Still, my favourite phone review site is still NotebookCheck, because it's hardly a review site. They measure almost everything, offer minimal commentary and let you decide if something sucks or not. They are also the ones, who can offer a decent review of budget phone screens.


Some enthusiasm and the technological depth are there, you just have to find it yourself in an informationally oversaturated online world. I see the 21st century as a whole as a sensory deprivation experience where you have to be ever so vigilant to find your own interests and filter incoming information to maintain your mental integrity.
The only thing I see different now from 10 years ago is that everyone is far more willing to shill, sell out, be far more opinionated and more egoistic than acceptable, also while being very silent about details and inner workings or many things. That's the only thing that truly changed.

I would have still bought it if it was slightly cheaper than the 1030. I don't need its 3D capabilities in my HTPC.
It seemingly isn't coming. You have GT 710, which is Fermi based GPU, but I wonder if something like GT 730 GDDR5 wouldn't be suitable for your needs. It has a Kepler core rather than Fermi and that's a huge upgrade. Not sure about output versions as nV took down their specs website.
 
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I understand you too, but to me rig colour is better if it's static. The only time I get to see it is when I open side panel and when it's off. Many RGB products have slightly unpleasant silvery translucent plastic or some white cloudy plastic when they are off. They don't look nearly as good, when they are on. And to this day, I really hate the added complexity of wiring and controlling RGB. Seen to many stuff about software being poor and I'm illiterate, when it comes to connecting extra RGB cables. The only RGB thing I have is my mouse, which is rather old SS Rival 100. I'm fine with its software, but RGB quality is very disappointing. I couldn't set RGB to white, because white value in software is either very cold white or cyanish white in reality. Therefore I have to set a huge red bias to have something that is both slightly cyan and at one spot somewhat red. For many reasons if I wanted bling, I would just get single color fans and other things. They can also come with nicer plastic colors too. I still have two Akasa Vegas fans that are in bright green and those boasted having 12 LEDs in green. Rubber grommets and fan blades are green and look really nice. I mostly liked them and they looked amazing in through filtered mesh grille. There was a nice dark space with green stars effect going on (Cooler Master K280 case). The may problem with that was that they only came with 3 pin connector and if you change fan speed, lights also dim. At some point they start to flicker. And since they are 1200 rpm fans, they are way too audible than I would like by default, so now they are not in use anymore.



Or you do like people did in 00s, just don't match anything ever. Do you remember DFI LanParty boards? Those had at least 3 different colors at once. Gigabyte literally all RGB on their PCBs. Everyone just put things of random colors back then and nobody really cared. But if you bought some low end hardware it came in very dull uncolored brown or green PCB. I think that color matching is very overrated. Different colors make every component pop to eyes more and makes them more interesting to look at.


It's for those moments, when you open PC and just admire at stuff in it. And like I said, visibility matters, everything in same color is bad for visibility. My particular case is really awful at that and if you drop a black screw in it, it really becomes invisible. Even with light close to it, it's hard to see inside it and I basically showed all PSU cables under PSU shroud, despite my unit being modular, I still need to use almost all cable for my specific hardware. I eventually gave up trying to organize them under PSU shroud as they just blend with case very well.



I clearly mentioned 2003-2011 there, those were almost the same times as now, but community was far more enthusiastic. People were investigating GPU architectures at quite low level. I mean architectures like Tesla, R600, Fermi, Terrascle. I personally still read whitepapers if I can, does community do that? Nope. Not even when Turing launched with vastly different SMX layout, almost no one, except Greg did that. There was also one Anandtech article explaining it in depth and it only attracted few people. Nobody in more popular media every bothered to even mention some really simple and basic things about how it all works. Anything RTX was not well or fully explained by anyone more popular. LTT, GN, JayZ and etc. did a very piss poor job explaining how RTX worked in Turing 1.0

Here's that article:

You will see what I meant after reading it. It's not just about nVidia, it's about everything. GPUs and CPUs. The community of deep learning of such things pretty much gone and has been dead for at least a decade.

Here's a random Polaris whitepaper:



I barely see that anymore. Beyond3D folks at their forum do a lot better in that aspect, despite that website being almost dead ever since 2011.



I have mixed feelings about GN. I don't really like that channel much. If you know nothing about tech, then perhaps he may look knowledgeable, but very rarely he actually is. GN is mostly just talking about many details, which some of them are meaningless and some that are meaningful. I personally still don't trust his reviews much in a way, that I don't feel like I get a proper view into things that matter to me. And even if he did an okay review, he takes so long to do that, that I lose my attention and just read a written reviews. I still often find that Anandtech, Guru3D, TPU, Tom's Hardware and some other random overclocker forums have decent reviews. Out of Youtubers, I think that only HWUB has decent GPU and motherboard reviews. I would never trust LTT or Jay at that. GN is neutral. For phone reviews I I avoid almost anyone on YT like plaque. I would never trust MKB or Lew, their reviews may not be shit, but their priorities and understanding of budget is straight up awful. GSMArena and some few other randos are fine at that. Still, my favourite phone review site is still NotebookCheck, because it's hardly a review site. They measure almost everything, offer minimal commentary and let you decide if something sucks or not. They are also the ones, who can offer a decent review of budget phone screens.



The only thing I see different now from 10 years ago is that everyone is far more willing to shill, sell out, be far more opinionated and more egoistic than acceptable, also while being very silent about details and inner workings or many things. That's the only thing that truly changed.


It seemingly isn't coming. You have GT 710, which is Fermi based GPU, but I wonder if something like GT 730 GDDR5 wouldn't be suitable for your needs. It has a Kepler core rather than Fermi and that's a huge upgrade. Not sure about output versions as nV took down their specs website.
I see you have a lot of opinion about these topics, and so do I. :) I'll just reply in private if you don't mind, to avoid spamming the thread.
Cheers.:toast:
 
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Weird card, soldering looks like it was made by hand. The core has some writing on it
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The PCB is more of a brownish color unlike the 780Ti HOF V2 which is pure white, makes me think it experienced much more heat when it was being assembled

 
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GTX 980Ti HOF GOC

Weird card, soldering looks like it was made by hand. The core has some writing on it
GPUZ says it's Hynix but it has Samsung memory chips
The PCB is more of a brownish color unlike the 780Ti HOF V2 which is pure white, makes me think it experienced much more heat when it was being assembled

That particular card was binned for a benchmark contest sponsored by Galax when 980's were released. That's what the writing is all about. The hand soldering was adjustments being made so that the batch of binned cards were all virtually the same. I can't remember how many were binned like this, but it was like 20 or so. All were given out to extreme benchmarkers. All have probably seen LN2. Interested where you got this card.
 
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That particular card was binned for a benchmark contest when 980's were released. That's what the writing is all about. The hand soldering was adjustments being made so that the batch of binned cards were all virtually the same. I can't remember how many were binned like this, but it was like 20 or so. Interested where you got this card.
Listed on ebay in China.
I've had my eyes set on this card since I found out about its existence so I instantly secured it
Couldn't find any decent pictures on the internet so I guess just get one right? :p
 
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