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    Rekx got a reaction from Tim Drake in Pcperspective Review The First FreeSync Monitor With A 30-144hz Range   
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    NX-VUE24A 
     
    24" 1920 x 1080 TN panel
    Adaptive sync with refresh rates between 30 - 144 Hz
    1ms response time
    DP 1.2a, HDMI, DL-DVI and VGA inputs
    Articulating stand for height adjustment (with tilt, pivot and swivel capabilities)
     

     
    NX-VUE24B
     
    Same Specs as the  NX-VUE24A but with only tilt support.
     
     
     

     
    Written Review: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Displays/Nixeus-Vue-24-1080P-144Hz-TN-30-144Hz-FreeSync-Monitor-Review
     
    Video Review

     
    Opinion:
     
    Pretty neat for a 144hz Freesync monitor which only cost 330 dollars. Especially for people with lower end gpu's which is a big part of the market.
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    Rekx reacted to Xorbot in Pcperspective Review The First FreeSync Monitor With A 30-144hz Range   
    When a monitor's bezel size gets to a certain thickness, all I see is this:
     

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    Rekx got a reaction from Castdeath97 in MSI 980TI Lightning Revealed [Reviewed by guru3d]   
    Specs:
     
    Triple-slot 
    Three power connectors (8+8+6pin)
    V-Check points
    5 Super Pipes
    Military Class 4 components
    Dual-BIOS feature
    12+3-phase power VRM
    10-layer customized PCB
    Backplate 
    clock speeds of 1203/1303 MHz (base/boost), 1774 MHz (memory)
     
    The card is expected to launch this week.
     

     
    Review From Guru3d
     
    Temperatures [load]
     

     
    TDP
     

     
    Noice [load]
     

     

     
    Overclocking Result On The Lightning
     

     
    Temp Target 91 Degrees C
    CPU clock +65 MHz (from default 1203 MHz)
    Power Limiter 122%
    Mem clock 8.794 Gbps effective
    Voltage GPU 1.244 V
    Voltage AUX / PLL +100 mV
    Voltage MEM +100 mV
    Fan RPM 60% remains silent enough yet offer great cooling !
     
     

     
    OC Game Results
     



     

     
    Conclusion
     
     

     
    News Sources:
     
    http://videocardz.com/57482/msi-geforce-gtx-980-ti-lightning-detailed
     
    http://www.msi.com/product/vga/GTX-980Ti-LIGHTNING.html#hero-overview
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    Rekx reacted to LAwLz in Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet - Finally A Worth Replacement For The Nexus 10   
    (Credit: tbreak)
     
    Introduction
    @razor767 asked me to do a review of the Z4 Tablet which I bought a few days ago. So here is my review of it.
     
    I have been looking to replace my aging Nexus 10 for a very long time now. I was so excited for the Nexus 10 I had one imported to Sweden. I got it in December 2012 and it has served me very well. Since then I have used it every single day. It has not aged well though, and even from day 1 it had some serious flaws. Most of the flaws were related to the 2560x1600 display. They made compromises both in terms of display quality as well as GPU performance to get to that resolution.
    Despite all the flaws, I loved it and could not find any good tablet to replace it. All new tablets had way more deal breaking flaws. The Z4 Tablet ticked all my boxes though and now I finally got one.
     
    Here are the specifications compared to my old Nexus 10:

     
     
     
    Design

     
    The design of the tablet is the best I’ve ever seen, but it has some minor flaws.
     
    First the good things. It is incredibly thin and light. It is 214 grams lighter than my Nexus 10 (about 35% lighter) and the weight seems very well distributed.
    This makes it far more comfortable to hold in one hand.
    Just to give you an idea of how thin it is, this is the 3.5mm headphone port.

     
    The bezels are quite slim but not slim enough to make you accidentally touch the display when resting your thumbs on them.

     
    Despite being IP68 certified (dust proof and water proof up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes) the tablet does not have covers on the headphone jack and microUSB port. There is a flap on the microSD/SIM card slot but that’s to be expected since you don’t want those exposed anyway.
     
    The bad things about the design are the buttons’ and speakers’ positioning.
    Both the volume rocker and power button are on the left side in the middle. That’s where I usually put my hand. It’s not a big deal since I haven’t accidentally pressed them yet, but I got a feeling it will happen at least a few times.
     
    The speakers are front facing and there are 2 of them. That’s great, but the problem I have is the positioning.
    They are on the sides of the display which is good, but they are quite far down and very close to the side. This makes them very easy to block with your palm when holding the tablet in landscape.
    I have gotten used to it to the point where I automatically put my hands so they don’t get blocked so it’s not a major issues, but moving them to the upper part of the tablet would have been a better design in my opinion.
     
    The vibration motor is bad. Not only does it feel very small and high frequency, when pressed rapidly it makes a very audible high pitched sound.
    Press it as fast as you can and it will sound like a mutated mosquito. I much prefer the more bassy vibration in the Nexus 10.
     
    It is made out of plastic but it feels very high quality. It has the weight in the just right places, the back finish is soft touch and it feels very solid overall. The tablet is also very square. A lot of tablets and even phones are thinner at the edges than in the middle of the back. This is not the case with the Z4 tablet. It has a completely flat back (no camera bump) and the sides are rounded, but just barely.
    This actually makes it quite hard to pick up from a table or other flat surface since there is no place to get a grip.
     
     
     
    Software
    Sony’s Android skin is very close to stock Android. There are a handful of annoying apps on it which can’t be removed, such as “Movie Creator” and “Experia Louge” but other than that the only non-removable apps are the Google things as well as some basic functionality like the camera app, gallery, video player and so on. It came preloaded with Microsoft Office as well as some Playstation apps but those were removable.

     
    Sony has also included some “small apps”. You access these from the multitasking menu. They are windowed apps which allows you to do more than 1 thing at the same time. I don’t think I will use them very much, but I can see how some people might find them useful. Among the “small apps” are “Timer”, “Music”, “Google Keep”, Calculator”, Browser” and a few more.

     
    The camera is pretty mediocre in terms of quality, and the camera app is bad. The “manual mode” offers next to no manual controls. Not a big deal though since you shouldn’t be taking photos with your tablet anyway. Just use your phone or a proper camera.
     
    One feature I was very interested in was hardware accelerated HEVC decoding and I am glad to say that it works… Kind of.
    The video I tested with was a 4K, 60 FPS version of Big Buck Bunny and the Snapdragon 810 could decode it in hardware just fine. That was an 8bit file though.
    When I tested with a 10bit file it could not be hardware accelerated which is very disappointing to see, especially since 10bit files are one of the main profiles with HEVC. It had no problems decoding the 720p 10bit HEVC file in software though so there is at least that.

     
     
    Screen, Performance and Battery Life (no benchmarks or tests… Sorry)
    I would have loved to give everyone some proper numbers such as DeltaE, color balance, white point accuracy and so on, but I don’t have the tools to do that. So instead I have to do like the reviews I dislike do and just tell you about my subjective opinion.
     
    The screen seems good. It is far brighter than my Nexus 10 which was a major issue on that. The resolution is great and things look sharp. Colors look vivid but I can’t tell how accurate or inaccurate they are without anything to test it with. According to GSMArena the Z4 Tablet is brighter and has a higher contrast ratio than the iPad Air 2, which is very good.
     
    Performance is what you would expect from a Snapdragon 810 device. It is very good. Much faster than my Nexus 10. Which shouldn’t be a surprised since it has twice the number of cores, higher frequency and better IPC (instructions per clock).
     
    Battery life has so far been good. I was a bit worried about the small battery but it seems like it will last longer than my Nexus 10, but I have not verified that. This is how it performed in GSMArena’s Z4 Tablet review, compared to their iPad Air 2 review.
     
    Web Browsing:
    Z4 Tablet – 15:05 hours
    iPad Air 2: 10:05 hours
     
    Video Playback:
    Z4 Tablet – 14:58 hours
    iPad Air 2 – 11:41 hours
     
     
    Price
    It's expensive as balls... In some areas such as the UK you also have to buy the keyboard bundle which makes it even more expensive.
    In Sweden you can get it without the keyboard but even without it's still a quite significant amount more than even the iPad Air 2.
    This is the only thing I dislike about it, but I guess (near) perfection costs a lot...
     
     
    Conclusion
    I am amazed at the sheer incompetence of other tablet manufacturers. Sony is currently the only manufacturer who offers a Snapdragon 810 powered tablet. The only other manufacturers who bothers keeping up with the latest hardware are Samsung and Apple. I don't like iOS so the iPad is a no go for me, and Samsung's latest tablets have a long list of reasons why I dislike them ranging from bad aspect ratio, physical buttons and how bad TouchWiz is (but it is getting better).
     
    I have been waiting for a refresh of the Nexus 10 for a very long time now but for some reason everyone has just abandoned the tablet market, or decided that they want to copy the worst aspects of the iPad.
    I really hope the Z4 Tablet sells well and is successful, because otherwise we might never get a good 16:10 or 3:2 Android tablet again.
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    Rekx reacted to Curufinwe_wins in ASUS Zenbook UX303LA-DS52T?US51T Review   
    Hey guys this is going to be a little bit of a different review... I picked this ultrabook out for my sister, and after spending time with her bringing her up to speed on windows 8.1 (I didn't have her install windows 10 because we did it on her old laptop and neither of us liked it much at first) before she went off to college again.
     
    What does this mean? Unfortunately I am dumb and I don't have pictures, but I will say that the pictures on these two links are fairly decent impressions...
     
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X4099OG?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00
     
    http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-13-Inch-Touchscreen-i5-5200U-Windows/dp/B00YI83REG/ref=cm_cr_pr_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8
     
    Why do I have two links? Well... These two laptops only differ by one feature. The resolution of the screen, the first link (which officially I purchased) is 1080p, the second is '4k'. I originally had her purchase the 1080p ultrabook (which at the time was 10 dollars more lol than the 4k one) because I was worried about text scaling. When we started the computer, I was blown away by the sharpness of the screen and after confirmation through various pathways, I determined that we were sent the '4k' display. 
     
    I say '4k' because its the same 3200x1800 screen that the Dell XPS 13 uses, and in fact given a xps 13 I have since seen and used lightly in person (a work friend brought one in), I have a very strong nagging suspicion that they are the EXACT same IPS panel. 
     
    EDIT: Can confirm it is the exact same screen. The Zenbook is a IGZO display, but I didn't know if anyone else makes them. According to http://www.anandtech...xps-13-review/5 only Sharpe makes the IGZO displays and the Sharpe 1421 is the only IGZO display they have for 13.3 inches 3200x1800 and that is the same display used by the XPS 13. Also since it is the same display, it is very likely to have similar contrast and brightness levels (that means they are very good.)
     
    And we all know how much Linus and everyone else loves the XPS 13 panel.
     
    So was this an accident? I don't know, BUT one other person (the only one to mention specifics of the screen) in the reviews of the 1080p model talk about their panel having scaling issues (a clear indicator of a 4k panel).
     
    Anyways back to the review.
     
    Unboxing
    This thing was packed like a beast... Like 3 boxes. A plain brown box with plastic wrap contained brown intel box with plastic wrap inside which contained the box with the computer and accessories... 
     
    The accessories were standard fare. Documentation, Straps, AC power plug  (which looked kinda like this http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Zenbook-TaiChi-Power-Adapter/dp/B008U0310S/ref=pd_sim_147_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Q1EDKPPPM83NVZ0FJSK but with ribbon cording, an actually nice touch for wrapping it up.)
     
     
    Design
    As seen in the original links above, this thing is gorgeous... I mean it is straight up is the nicest looking laptop I have ever seen (better than the xps 13 and macbook air). It has this kinda bizarre (yet lovable) unibody metal frame that has its actual ridge on the underside of the computer. Why is this weird? Because it means the edge of the computer, while looking great has this slightly odd-feeling corner. It's a soft edge. I really don't know how to describe it... 
     
    At 3.2 pounds and .7 inches thick this beast is about 10% larger and heavier than the XPS 13 (2.8 pounds and .6 inches thick) but man, full metal is worth it.
     
    As a result of the unibody frame, the keyboard has basically no flex at all (an incredible improvement over the aforementioned XPS), and the backlit key board is nice but standard fare these days. No cardinal sins, no incredible features. The touchpad is nice, but I don't really have anything to say about it.
     
    As I mentioned, this screen is amazing. I really can not say enough about it except to say that everything Linus said about the XPS 13 applies here (so much so that I truly believe it they use the same screen.) IPS on this screen is crazy. The only thing to note is the Asus does have a slightly larger bezel, which Linus himself talked about as both a con and a pro.
     
    I did NOT test the webcam unfortunately before sending it off, but comments suggest its at least ok.
     
    Connectivity
    This is pretty standard fare here... 3x USB 3.0, Full-size HDMI, Mini-displayport, all in one 3.5 mm headset jack, Card reader (no lan, but thats normal I guess.) 
     
    Compared to the XPS 13 it has one additional USB 3.0 (which is a very nice difference if using a usb mouse), but lacks a computer lock. If you are not in an enterprise environment, I think most people will be VERY happy to exchange these two.
     
    Internals
    This model comes with a i5 5200U which packs a nice punch with its efficient mobile Broadwell dual core cpu turboing up to 2.7 GHz. Very snappy Windows 8.1 installation (but really isn't everything?). Boot times from off to on were less than 3 seconds, which, while not uncommon for new sad-equipped laptops, is still one of the fastest I've ever seen.
     
    It also comes with a 256 GB ssd (which I honestly don't know if it was m.2 or sata, because I didn't check crystal mark. but like I said the boot times were exceptionally snappy.)
     
    I am also told that you can add ram to the model (which comes with 8 GB), something that is not possible on the XPS 13, but I can not confirm this.
     
    It houses a dual band 2x2 802.11 AC card that works. (I mean yay! I don't know its specific model, but standard fare is expected haha.)
     
    I don't know the battery size, but Asus claims 10 hours of battery life (and our testing suggests between 8-12 as well). This compared to Dell's XPS 13 which has a 52 Whr battery providing up to 12 hour battery life and it's pretty much a wash.
     
    EDIT: Apparently the Asus claim has been updated to 8 hours, and after some digging, I found this came with a 50 Whr battery, so with all the same specs overall, I would expect the two to have within 10% or so the same battery life.
     
    Conclusion
    So this is where things really get interesting... A lot of this review has been compared to the Dell XPS 13 a universally state of the art notebook. In comparison to that laptop, it gets some clear wins (full metal body, keyboard, connectivity), a lot of draws (esp when it comes to technical specs), and only one real drawback (its 10% larger and heavier form factor.)
     
    This Zenbook, however, has an ace up its sleeve...  It is (in order to get the same specs at the time of this review) 550!!!! dollars cheaper than the XPS 13.
     
    This is an insanely huge price difference and puts the ASUS Zenbook UX303LA-US51T in a league of its own for price to performance in the ultrabook form factor (which admittedly isn't the best price to performance in the first place.)
     
    Comparative spec netbook:
    http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-9343-laptop/pd#overrides=dncwt5131b:8~256SSD   1399.99!!!!
    http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-13-Inch-Touchscreen-i5-5200U-Windows/dp/B00YI83REG/ref=cm_cr_pr_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8 849.99!!!!
     
    The real question then becomes what do you give up for 550 dollars? Honestly, the only thing I've found is the slightly larger form factor (and I really can not emphasize how much it is slightly. This thing is ultra light.) and maybe a slower SSD (it seems possible but it isn't a slouch.) 
     
     
    TL:DR This thing is amazing by itself with its sleek sturdy unibody frame, but when you take into account that its closest competition is notably much more expensive, I really can not recommend this product enough FOR people looking at 13.3 inch form factor ultrabooks.
     
    I hope you liked this review, please leave your questions and comments below.
     
    @LinusTech @nicklmg I'd love to see you guys check out the Zenbook line since you have looked at the Macbook Air and the XPS 13 now.
     
     
    1/12/16 edit: Finally noticed and fixed the resolution typo.
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    Rekx reacted to Zerreth in Philips BDM4065UC 40" 2160p60 VA Monitor Review   
    My review is based on 2 Months heavy use for work and play and covers some things not mentioned in the in-depth TFTCentral review.
    ( Updated on 05 May 2015 to reflect Philips Software, GPU stability, VESA mounting & SCART to HDMI Retro console Gaming )

    REVIEWS
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    HARDWARE



    The display has very thin bezels and is very pleasing to the eye. It has no adjustment at all but has a (weird format) 200mm vesa mount if you want more adjustment. If you're close to 190cm tall, then you shouldn't have a problem.

    It has 4 real inputs: DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI & HDMI-MHL. I understand why they went for the Mini-DP (thunderbolt mac connectivity) but I would have liked an included cable to full size DP. The HDMI is limited to 30Hz UHD btw.It also has a VGA port for some reason, and a serial jack port (cord included) that is sadly unused. (infrared control adapter & remote would be nice) If you're technically inclined you could control this display via this serial port. ( Please contact me if you have some sort of infrared/remote solution )

    A 4-port USB3 hub is also present but a cable was not included. I never enjoyed this luxury in the past but there is something nice to having just one DisplayPort and USB3 cable going to your desktop.



    VESA MOUNTING
     


     
     
    The included stand is very basic and doesn't allow for any adjustment whatsoever. Luckily VESA mounting is an option, but for some inexplicably stupid reason they went with a 200x200 VESA format (which is non-existent in Desktop mounts) and decided to use m4 screws (which are used for desktop mounts but not TV mounts)
     
    This means you'll actually have to buy an adapter plate to go from 50x50/75x75 to 200x200 and buy some screws and nuts in the hardware store. This will cost you around 10-15 euros. You'll need 4 recessed m4 screws and 4 normal m4 screws with a as large of a head you can find so they will grip to a m6 or m8 sized hole. you can buy metal washers to adapt it to bigger sizes, I bought m4 to m12 washers.
     

     
    PANEL

    The panel is of the VA type, has very high measured contrast even after calibration. (5000+) The backlight is very even and in a dark room it looks great. Blacks are deep and better than even IPS. Vertical viewing angles are also very good when watching movies from my bed. Although I would recommend rotating your display (yaw) to compensate for the Horizontal angles. This isn't IPS or OLED after all, but is way better than any TN I've seen.
    The coating is Semi-Glossy, which allows for sharper details and more light to emit through. In Brightly lit rooms you'll see yourself as a blurred reflection, but for normal / moodly lit environments without a bright light directly behind you you should be fine.



    Now the bad stuff: Out of the box the display is not uniform at all, with the center being way more bright than the edges. Luckily these are calibrated by Philips (Report sheet included) and stored in a profile called "SmartUniformity". So I'd suggest you set it to that mode immediately. But on 40" sitting 1m away, the corners are still somewhat darker because of the angle between your eyes and the display. A curved screen would fix this.

    I've also found that on some content Artifacts might appear. It shows up as long vertical lines or block shapes when some content like black text on a gray background is present. Its hard to reproduce and only rears its head very rarely when browsing reddit in night mode theme. These lines/shapes have a slightly different tint to them than the content that's under it so it's not that noticeable.

    Some slight ghosting may also appear on white/black transitions. (Think black cursor on white background.) Overall the response times are good and very usable for gaming.

    There are also 3 negative points you might not even notice:

    PWM brightness: on lower brightness settings you might notice that the display flickers. While I leave my brightness at 100%, you can work around this by controlling brightness via your Nvidia or AMD control panel.

    Non Square Pixels: Each sub-pixel is actually thinner/taller, then doubled and packed next to eachother. Which causes content be be very slightly stretched width wise. This sounds way worse than it actually appears. I do 3D content and create concept art, and I don't notice it at all.

    These subpixels are positioned to reduce Burn-in through Pixel Obiting. (can be disabled) This can lead to something I can only describe as a crosshatching or dithering effect when moving quickly between high contrast content. It only appears a fraction of a second so for the longest time I thought it was some rare ghosting or something. I'd like to see some high speed footage of this display in action.

    SOFTWARE / HUD

    The OSD is straightforward and is navigated via a 4 way POV stick on the back. Weirdly, the navigation is done by moving to the right, Sony XMB style, while the click function of the POV stick is reserved for turning the display on/off when held for a few seconds. The manual actually contradicts this where clicking should enter/activate menu items. Besides, there is a dedicated on/off switch next to the POV stick, so it seems somewhat redundant. There is also no way to turn of the power LED even tough the manual states that it should be in the OSD.



    Philips SmartControl Premium

    Philips SmartControl Premium Provided by Portait Displays is a buggy mess.
    Sadly, most of the features don't work at all (Volume Control, PIP / BPB) and some settings aren't accessible via the software. Inputs are missing or mislabeled.
    The Compatibility List on their website reveals that they are quite behind on the times. The software is also very slow and unresponsive. I've forwarded a bug report to them with all the issues I've found, hopefully they will be fixed via an update.
    Use the exact version of the software provided on the supplied disk, Philips doesn't provide it via their website and getting it straight from the developer (Portait Displays) will yield very buggy results.
     
    The concept is very cool : provide control over the display via software in Windows, so you wont have to fiddle with the OSD and hardware controls. It's kinda slow but usable, and the presets only saves color settings, not layout. It would have been very cool to save layouts and create desktop shortcuts to them. Similar to AMD's presets where I can simply switch via keyboard shortcuts & desktop shortcuts.


    USEFUL 2160p EXPERIENCE
     
    To me 2160p on a 28" monitor never made any sense. Windows is generally a bad experience as is, and to burden myself with scaling issues and not having actually more workspace seems like a really bad investment. Spending 750-800 € without having real benefits over "text is sharper" seems dumb. On top of that you would still need multiple if you want to get work done.

    This monitor is the first monitor that seems worth it, and it really is like having 4x 20" 1080p screens without bezels. The space available to you is ENORMOUS. And I can honestly say that I never want to go back. Working on a 1080p 15" laptop feels like being thrown back into the stone age. (imagine working on a 17" 1024x768 monitor if you're used to 1080p) It still impresses me to this day how much better this is.
     


    To my knowledge, there is only one other 40" UHD screen coming out this year and it's the Seiki Pro line, which uses the same panel but with a matte coating. But with that you'll also lose things like the PIP/PBP stuff. (which is really handy when playing Wii U or checking your serverPC) The Seiki lacks decent warranty support, factory calibration and more inportantly VESA mount. The Philips supports 4-way split by the way, so even if your card doesn't output DisplayPort 1.2 UHD60Hz, you can fill up the display via multiple connections. I really hope this monitor does well and wakes up the competition to release more monitors like this.

    The size also makes for a wonderful movie viewing experience and can (over time) be retired to a TV setup. (it has included speakers that are somewhat usable)
     
    GAMING PERFORMANCE
     
     
    Running games @ 2160p is doable if you're willing to do without some ultra settings and coasting between 40-60 FPS on the newest games. While some older ones like Borderlands 2 are perfectly fine running at maximum settings 60 FPS. Small HUD elements are a common problem, luckily having 40 inches of sheer space still makes everything readable. Of the games I play only Shadow of Mordor does it right & detaches world rendering from the UI rendering. So you can render the world @ 2560x1600 max settings and have all UI elements render @ 3840x2160 & properly sized.
     
    You might say why don't you just run at max settings 1080p since it will be pixel doubled to 2160p ? My answer to this is the following comparison of Star Citizen 1080p vs 2160p.

    The benefit of the clarity far outweighs the small difference in shadowmap resolution and I would gladly turn in some lighting detail / draw distance for sheer resolution. DSR users know what extra benefits higher rendering resolution also gets you. Textures use higher mip levels and you get more detail overall. (I wish games would implement a lod/mip bias setting, this really makes a big difference on vegetation for instance.)


     



    GPU Woes

    You might have noticed the underclocked GPU. When stressing it above 2560x1600 It would black screen on me or reduce the DisplayLink to 30Hz. So I had to take measures to make it stable again. Even though it has a massive aftermarket cooler on it with 2 Noctuas it still gets very hot. I'm keeping the hottest VRM at 82°C and core @ 70°C with fans on maximum. (Speedfan custom fan curve) Luckily I wear headphones so the full speed Noctuas aren't that audible. (still way quieter than stock cooler at regular speeds)

    On my R9 290 I've found that when upping the resolution temperature rises significantly & stability takes a hit. The stability issue seems to be directly linked to the memory clock as lowering it to 1100 seems to keep it perfectly stable. (as opposed to crashing with a black screen) I could overclock my core just as if I'm running 1080p. As the memory clock goes down, so does the VRM temperature, while not significantly affecting performance.

    I'm also nearing the 4GB VRAM cap for some games (COD:AW, Shadow of Mordor 3200x1800+, Star CItizen ) So an upgrade to a 390X 8GB might help with that.

    Retro Gaming

    While testing my RGB Scart to HDMI scaler I also found out that the monitor also cannot display NTSC correctly, this is not anything special since all modern monitors are really bad in supporting old signals but it is something of note to retro gaming aficionados. It seems to discard the Green and Blue channels. For Wii/Gamecube I recommend forcing PAL output.

    CONCLUSION

    PROS

    - No Windows Scaling Needed with a nice 110PPI
    - PIP & PBP options are awesome
    - Superb Picture quality
    - One of the highest contrast displays on the market with deep blacks (without crushing them)
     
    MEH

    - SmartControl Software allows for control over the display without resorting to the OSD settings (but can be slow & buggy)
    - Cannot Display an NTSC signal (shows up as just the Red Channel + audio) ( Relevant for retro gaming consoles )
    - Does not overclock beyond 60Hz (will display up to 80Hz, but introduces frame skipping, causing stutter)

    CONS

    - While the input lag is fine (9ms), certainly for a display at this size, some minor ghosting can be observed white to black.
    - Artifacts can rarely appear on some content (this is unique to this display and is not a VA issue)
    - PWM Backlight can cause noticable flicker at lower brightness settings for some users
    - The size of the display means that the corners will appear darker because of the viewing angles when sitting close
    - Semi Glossy finish can be a dealbreaker in very brightly lit environments
    - Non square pixels
    - Included stand is non-adjustable, 200mm VESA mount is uncommon and even more so with m4 screws at that size
    - HDMI = 30Hz @ 3840x2160
    - No settings per input separately
    - No remote (RS232 input may prove useful for this ?)
    - HDMI black level is not configurable on the monitor end, so you're stuck with a limited colour range ( usually 16-235 ) for devices that cannot manage it on their end.
    - OSD is slow and cumbersome, the joystick navigation is just weird with right being confirm & pressing in == turning the screen on or off
     
    While we wait for a wide refresh range GSync/Freesync 40" IPS 144hz UHD curved monitor this will do. There is currently nothing like it and it is in a league of its own. Even though I overpaid by 100 € because of limited availability and high demand, I would still buy it again within a heartbeat.

    If there is one thing I want you to take away from this review then it is that UHD on anything smaller than 40" doesn't make sense. The Philips BDM4065UC is just big enough to allow for a comfortable 110 PPI. If it were any smaller then you'd have to deal with windows scaling. Don't settle for anything smaller, or just wait it out for more displays to come out at this size.
    I now also own a 11" windows 10 tablet, scaling is a must on such a device ( 150% ) and I've already bumped against lots of apps that simply break with scaling. This solidifies my position even more that having any 4K monitor for windows smaller than 40" would be a very bad idea. At least for now.
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    Rekx got a reaction from Octavialicious in Galaxy Note 5 Active With A 4100mAh Battery [Rumor]   
    With my Note 3, i easily get it down to 10-15%, in about 6-7 hours and that's when i use it lightly. For me the Note line was for more hardcore smartphone users but after Note 5 i think Samsung missed the whole point with their Note phones.
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    Rekx got a reaction from Octavialicious in Galaxy Note 5 Active With A 4100mAh Battery [Rumor]   
    Yup, totally agree with you. But apparently Samsung dons't, and thought 3000mAh would be enough
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    Rekx got a reaction from Lexias in Two Arrests In Denmark For Spreading Information About Popcorn Time   
    Been on major news sites and danish tech sites. Strange indeed
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    Rekx got a reaction from LucidMew in MSI 980TI Lightning Revealed [Reviewed by guru3d]   
    Specs:
     
    Triple-slot 
    Three power connectors (8+8+6pin)
    V-Check points
    5 Super Pipes
    Military Class 4 components
    Dual-BIOS feature
    12+3-phase power VRM
    10-layer customized PCB
    Backplate 
    clock speeds of 1203/1303 MHz (base/boost), 1774 MHz (memory)
     
    The card is expected to launch this week.
     

     
    Review From Guru3d
     
    Temperatures [load]
     

     
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    Overclocking Result On The Lightning
     

     
    Temp Target 91 Degrees C
    CPU clock +65 MHz (from default 1203 MHz)
    Power Limiter 122%
    Mem clock 8.794 Gbps effective
    Voltage GPU 1.244 V
    Voltage AUX / PLL +100 mV
    Voltage MEM +100 mV
    Fan RPM 60% remains silent enough yet offer great cooling !
     
     

     
    OC Game Results
     



     

     
    Conclusion
     
     

     
    News Sources:
     
    http://videocardz.com/57482/msi-geforce-gtx-980-ti-lightning-detailed
     
    http://www.msi.com/product/vga/GTX-980Ti-LIGHTNING.html#hero-overview
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    Rekx got a reaction from Accursed Entity in MSI 980TI Lightning Revealed [Reviewed by guru3d]   
    When the lightning strikes you can just see the middle of the smaller fan. 
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    Rekx reacted to Accursed Entity in MSI 980TI Lightning Revealed [Reviewed by guru3d]   
    Wubba lubba dub dub 3 fans!!!
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    Rekx reacted to Rohith_Kumar_Sp in YouTubers now have official guidelines for advertising   
    Video bloggers are breaking the law if they fail to tell their legions of fans they are being paid to promote products, according to a landmark ruling from the UK advertising watchdog.

    The UK advertising watchdog has introduced new rules governing how popular video bloggers such as Zoella promote products, after a number complained of pressure to keep commercial tie-ups secret from their legions of fans.

    Kim Kardashian was last week forced to delete a picture from her Instagram account, which US regulators said promoted a morning sickness drug, but did not mention the health risks associated with taking it.
      In 2012, footballer Wayne Rooney was also found to have breached advertising rules, promoting sports brand Nike on his Twitter account without making clear it was a paid advert. The Cap guidelines discuss several scenarios in which text clarifying that content is sponsored, or that a product placement arrangement is in place, might be added to videos.

    Viewer trust
     
    Cap also advises brands collaborating directly with vloggers to be equally clear that the resulting content is a form of online marketing. Similarly, vloggers advertising their own products need to make viewers aware of this before they begin watching, via the title of the video.

    Vlogger influence
      The influence of today's vloggers hasn't gone unnoticed. They are increasingly viewed as role models by teenagers, according to Your Life, a government-backed campaign encouraging young people to choose maths and physics at A-level.
     

    Director of CAP, Shahriar Coupal, said the rules would give vloggers "greater confidence" and "in turn help maintain the relationship and trust they've built with their followers".

     
    Should be noted this applies to Vlogers more than people like Linus who creates reviews on his channel, Since Linus is upfront about his sponsers in his Office Vlogs, he's in the clear. 

    how much will this affect the youtubers idk atleast you tube is not saying you can't have paid sponsors, so that's a win i guess. 

    it makes sense when channel like Linus has has a target sponsors such as tech sponsors instead of a face cream, like most of the channels do these days. 
     
    Source : http://www.kitguru.net/channel/generaltech/matthew-wilson/youtubers-now-have-official-guidelines-for-advertising/

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/aug/19/new-uk-vlogger-guidance-issued-in-wake-of-kim-kardashians-banned-selfie

     
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    Rekx reacted to Volbet in Two Arrests In Denmark For Spreading Information About Popcorn Time   
    They didn't get arrested for talking about piracy. They got charged with instructing people on how to install and use PopcornTime.
    This means they can get sentenced under §23 of the Danish penal code, since they aided people in breaking §299b of the Danish penal code.
    Their court document (in Danish) http://popcorn-time.dk/kendelse.htm
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    Rekx got a reaction from ChrisxIxCross in MSI 980TI Lightning Revealed [Reviewed by guru3d]   
    Maybe it's just a smaller fan. 
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