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Everything posted by tmlhalo

  1. In the meantime if you have a usb drive you aren't using you can enable caching to help out the hard disk. (Caching is copying files to a faster memory dynamically.) Just plug in an empty USB drive, right click on it, properties, readyboost tab at the top, dedicate this device to readyboost. If the amount of readyboost memory is 4096MB but the drive is >4096MB it is because FAT32 has a 4GB file size limitation. Right click on start, disk management, MAKE SURE to select the USB drive in the bars listed and right click, format. Then select NTFS for the new file system. Once done redo steps on readyboost. IF I remember Windows will only cache its own files but either way it will help the hard drive not have perform as many reads / traveling.
  2. I would say go into the browser's options and find a clear all settings and add ons option. I want to say an unwanted extension may be causing it.
  3. I have a GTX 970 with a 4k display. (The display was an impulse buy. I had a 970 and 1080p screen a couple of months prior to find a 60% open box special on a 4k display. There was nothing wrong with it from what I could see in the store so I jumped on it. I do plan to replace the 970 once something more appealing than a gtx 980 ti comes out.) The GTX 970 usually manages medium to high settings at 4k, though I also am particular about my display settings more than "high or medium". Like on Mad Max I have draw distance on high, terrain textures on medium, unit textures on high, SSAO off, depth of field off, motion blur off, antialiasing off (not needed at 4k in my opinion), heat blaze / other misc effects on, and I usually stay at 60 fps 95% of the time. I don't particularly like wasting performance making stuff blurry so I always nuke depth of field and motion blur as I would rather things remain crisp. SSAO usually has a big impact in performance so usually i turn it off, some games in my opinion it makes too dark from shadows. I prioritize most of the quality for view distance to see things coming and unit textures so their silhouettes are more recognizable. Same generally applies to my other recently played games like Alien Isolation sitting at almost all high settings, minus DoF and motion blur of course. Skyrim had no trouble once antialiasing was off and anisotropic filtering was 8x on max + some visual improvement mods. The only games that tank my setup is usually broken games and over the top eye candy games like crysis 3 and BF4. They sit in the mediums with barely any high settings. That being said once you get used to tuning settings even 4k medium settings sometimes look better than ultra 1080p. The color tends to pop more, and jagged edges and crawling pixels are far less common. Best thing is if you can't run particular games in 4k, you can always drop the resolution to 1080p and continue on your way.
  4. When comparing brands of GPUs they usually just differ by a few things. A major thing people look for is the cooler. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA etc each use different coolers with varying levels of silence vs performance. Ever 980 ti is a 980 ti sometimes they come factory overclocked for you. The same company may have different tiers of the same card with varying levels of factory overclocking. You can still add your own overclock to a factory overclocked card. Then on the more serious end of GPUs, enthusiast overclockers will look at PCB layout for water block compatibility and the VRMs on the card for stable power delivery. The lesser things are customer service reputation if you ever have to deal with a faulty card and how long the warranty provided lasts.
  5. The only thing I can think of for chunk loading might be hard drive usage. Is Minecraft installed on the SSD or HDD? I have to head out for the night so take it easy.
  6. I would use recommend 1366 x 768 for best image quality. The 970 should easily be able to handle it. I also recommend to set VBOs on in Minecraft. I've also found lighting drastically reduces FPS in Minecraft. Vsync off and then set framerate cap at 120. You might get the occasional screen tear but the jutter from sub 60 fps drops should disappear.
  7. Smoothness works similar to FXAA as far as I can tell. The exact mechanics behind it I don't know but I can say it does add blur to image to hide issues with aliasing. Smoothness being too high makes the image way too blurry and smoothness being off results in aliasing* (*If the DSR is set to 4.00x then aliasing does not occur so smoothness can be set to 0.) You can see how smoothness effects the picture here with the interactive button under the image, just note 3840 is the 4.00x of 1920 so their 0% does not have aliasing while any other factor does. http://techreport.com/review/27102/maxwell-dynamic-super-resolution-explored/4 ​ Edit: The blur added in is most notable on the hood.
  8. That's the nearest resolution that demonstrates good downsampling, doesn't result in a lot of aliasing / blurriness. But it will make the UI small. You can go back and try DSR 1.2 and DSR 1.5 which give ~1639 x 921p and 2049 x 1152p. Then try smoothness between 5-20% to get rid of the aliasing. Maybe try 2049 x 1152 at 10% smoothness.
  9. Go to Nvidia control manage 3d settings. Enable DSR to 4.00x and set smoothness to 0. Run Windows desktop at 2732 x 1536p. Run Minecraft at 2732 x 1536p. This should result in a sharper image and no aliasing since the resolution is in a factor of 4 from the native. The UI will be cramped though.
  10. TVs marked as HD Ready can accept a higher than native resolution signal and downsample it to fit on the screen. It was fairly common to have HD ready TVs that were 720p or 768p screens that would accept a 1080p signal then downscale it down to native. Downsampling an image that isn't a factor of 4 results in the image being aliased or fuzzy. The TV is not 1080p, it merely accepts 1080p signal and downsamples it.
  11. Windows has the software I need or want without having to look for alternatives or dual boot into Windows. When I want a program I don't have to worry if they have a mac version. I don't have to worry if my OS has a driver for any new hardware I pick up.
  12. I think the only thing that happens with malwarebytes is that they prompt you to pay a couple of times when the free premium runs out. I was meaning more towards the bing bars, Mcafee trials, and home page changes a lot of free software is bundled with to add advertising revenue from the included optional software. It is what most people call bloatware or similar.
  13. GTX 690. Dual gpu card of SLI 680s.
  14. Overclocking is nice but if the funds are between that and a 970 I would go with one of the mid tier locked I5s and a H97 motherboard.
  15. I wouldn't say overpriced, I would say poorly designed. Think of it this way, of course they have to charge so much when they blow most of the cost on making a 300-400 dollar equivalent case. As we all know the LEDs and case is what gives you the most fps. /s I ripped apart my friends Alienware after he upgraded. It has a daughter board just for a LED and fan controller. The also put mid tier GPUs with I7s and 16+ GBs of ram. They are horribly horribly designed for gaming but all the useless shit they sink money into and labour gives you near what they charge for it.
  16. Yeah, the onboard sound, SATA controller, NIC, USB hub, PCIe lanes, etc are all powered.
  17. The only vibration problems I've ever had was needing to tighten screws holding hard drives in cages a bit more and cheap side panels not sitting flush in the grooves. I don't see it hurting but it is also one of those things where you can always order more of them / add them if you find you need them. Fans don't take but 5 mins to reinstall.
  18. Not everyone plays games. Also 2011v3 doesn't have integrated graphics. Nor do half of the Xeons out there. GPUs can do more than display pictures on screen for a bit now. Some productivity tasks that are highly parallel can be ran much more effectively over a gpu. Even a igpu.
  19. I would also consider looking at the power brick and seeing if it even draws more than 75w.
  20. Sounds like they are advertising the speed of a SATA II connector and not the actual drive. Here are some more realistic benchmarks for similar drives. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/green-terabyte-1tb,2078-4.html
  21. I don't think colleges should be associated with sport programs in the first place.
  22. My statement wasn't really a question. It was facetious to point out the issue of the high end cpu and low/mid tier GPUs in "Gaming" branded company produced desktops. Mobile is different. For current mobile products you go I7 to get a quad core and even then you have to double check if it is a quad core I7. There may be a few exceptions that aren't grouped under the I7 CPUs but can't think of any at the moment. The mobile Haswell I5s are dual cores with hyperthreading. http://ark.intel.com/products/family/75024/4th-Generation-Intel-Core-i5-Processors#@Mobile