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Everything posted by maartendc

  1. Well I would imagine Activision / Blizzard is looking to make it's own streaming service, or at least it's own subscription gaming service such as Origin Access or Xbox Game Pass. They have enough hubris to think they are big enough for that. I do agree this is a bad trend. Pretty soon you will have to be subscribed to 3-4 game subscriptions to be able to play all the games you want. The fact that it is streaming or not is kind of irrelevant, because there are more and more subscription services where you download the full game as well (such as Origin Premier and Game Pass). Perhaps publishers are looking to phase out straight up "purchasing" games over time. By and large, this would be a bad value. At an average price of $15 / mo (Origin Acces Premier Price), this would easily run you $45-$60 a month. Might be good for people who buy a ton of games, but for me personally, I buy like 3-4 full price games a year maybe. So this would be extremely bad value for me. Also, this is a worrying trend seeing as how publishers like EA release unfinished games on the regular: Anthem, Battlefield V, etc. Pretty soon you will be subscribed to a bunch of gaming services with a bunch of beta tests on offer... Every day we are moving further and further from the trusted: buy a disc/cartridge, put it in machine, play.
  2. You are correct, those are what are considered "older" games at this point. The RTX 2060 gets 72 fps average, 60 fps min in RDR2 on high settings: https://www.techspot.com/review/1939-red-dead-redemption-2-benchmarks/; Not exactly great, but not horrible either. But if you assume that RDR2 on PC is indicative of performance demands of next gen games, it's indicative that you will get 60 fps at 1080p with the RTX 2060 and above. I think it is indicative, Rockstar games on PC have always been pushing the PC hardware to it's limits as soon as they come out. That being said, you don't have much room to spare with an RTX 2060, and towards the middle / end of the PS5 / Xbox Series X console generation, you will start to struggle. That is why I said you should be fine for the next 2-3 years, but not 3-5 years. This is why I wouldn't recommend buying the current gen of GPU's. I also agree with you, the cards you buy nowadays for $350 are more like lower mid-range cards, rather than lower high-end cards we used to get with the like of the GTX 970.
  3. My advice: wait another couple of months until Nvidia release their 3000 series cards, and AMD release the Radeon 5900XT or whatever it will be called. I wouldn't buy the current cards anymore, they are getting long in the tooth.
  4. I mean for all cards you can find games where either Nvidia or AMD perform poorly, or certain cards do. Or games that were poorly optimized... But by and large, the RTX 2060 is a solid 1440p card this generation, averaging 73 fps at 1440p ultra across 17 current games, and averaging 101 fps at 1080p ultra. These benchmarks were published January 2019, so the games tested were representative of that time. I don't doubt some recent games like RDR2 are already pushing the limits of these cards. But I think those games are so far removed from their current gen console versions, they might as well be "next gen" games. RDR2 on PC is probably similar to what most "next gen" console games will be like in terms of how demanding it is on PC hardware now. Again, there is no way to know for sure. And I think it is a bad time to buy a video card right now if you ask me. I would wait for Nvidia 3000 series or AMD's next Navi cards. But if you ask me if a 2060 will be enough for 1080p/60 for the next 2-3 years, I say yes.
  5. There is no way to know for sure, but I'm going to differ in opinion a bit here... For 1080p/60 fps, I think any of the current cards like Nvidia 2060 or better will do fine at in next gen, when the PS5 and Xbox Series X come out. Also 10 series 1070 or above will do fine at 1080p/60 fps at least. Also the AMD cards 5600XT and above will be fine. These are the cards that for current games can do 1440p /60 fps or better. Anything slower, like the previous Nvidia 10 series GTX 1060 or below, or the GTX 1660 series or below, or the AMD RX580 or below will start to struggle perhaps. These cards can do 1080p/60 fps fine in current titles, but might start to struggle and will have to lower settings when games get more demanding "next gen", when games start being developed for the new consoles. So I think with Nvidia RTX 2060 or 5600XT you will be fine for 1080p/60 fps for the forseeable future.
  6. How about Ikea though? They sell a lot of MDF / particleboard stuff, but they also sell solid wood desks for $150: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/kullaberg-desk-pine-black-s69162599/ I would recommend that over something plastic. Also, those desks with multiple levels are so 1995. Most monitors are height adjustable nowadays, so why would you need a monitor stand (unless you are still using a CRT). And a desktop tower can easily go either on the desk or on the floor.
  7. I think if you read the fine print, you never buy a game. You buy a license to use a game, which can be revoked under certain circumstances at the discretion of the publisher. Especially in the digital space, it becomes very easy for a publisher to revoke your license. Even with physical games, this is technically the case I think, although if you have a disc or cartridge which you can play offline, you can at least be sure as long as your hardware works you are able to make use of your license. Rock paper shotgun has an interesting article from this: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/02/01/thought-do-we-own-our-steam-games/ So yeah.. if you are not comfortable with that, don't give them your money.
  8. 3.95 Ghz is not bad, but upgrading your CPU cooler can help you get higher. That could make some difference. The difference in Ryzen between good and bad RAM configurations can be as much as 15%, and definitely reduce frame dips. So upgrading your RAM and setting the timings correctly might help. If I were you, I would even sell the 1x8GB 3200Mhz ram and get a kit of 2x8 GB of 3600 Mhz. Otherwise, a 8-core CPU would have been a better choice, such as Ryzen 2700 or 3700. Those extra 2 cores are very useful when streaming + gaming. I doubt running the game off of the SSD versus the Hard drive would make any difference to your FPS. Unless you are encoding and saving the Twitch stream to a large video file on the same SSD while playing. But even then, once the game is loaded, the hard drive / SSD activity in game is minimal.
  9. I totally agree with you, and you are not wrong. But I hate to break it to you: we are already there. The days of buying game discs and cartridges are long gone. Even games that came out over a decade ago, such as Battlefield 1942, are no longer playable, because the servers, which were run by Gamespy, no longer exist. Sure, you can play singleplayer against bots, but that is not really what the game is about. Same thing with a lot of MMO's and multiplayer games that have shut their doors. Other games might require you to be always online as a DRM function, and once those servers shut down, you cannot play. On the other hand, even single player games these days for PC, you cannot buy a disc for. If you buy a disc copy of most games, it just comes with a Steam or Origin or whatever download code. Everything is already digital only on PC. It is just a matter of time before the same is true on consoles, and I think already over 50% of people buy their games digitally versus on disc, out of convenience.
  10. That was the last guy, Don Matrick. Phil Spencer was a mid level executive at the time, and knew they were making a mistake. Actually Phil Spencer has been righting the ship every since he took the lead. In fact, if you follow gaming news closely, Microsoft has been doing way more gamer-friendly stuff than Sony for a couple of years now: - Backwards compatibility for a lot of games from 360 to Xbox One (while Sony has no back-compat, just PS Now, which is expensive and doesn't work) - Supporting cross-platform multiplayer (while Sony has been actively combatting this) - Game pass subscription is amazing value (while Sony has been jacking up the price of PS Plus and removing 'free' PS3 and Vita games from the service you pay a fee for) I don't care either way, I am just surprised people are still "fanboying" over Sony, even though they have been doing anti-gamer stuff ever since the PS4 has been market leader. (and yes, I own a PS4 and not an Xbox One, I kinda wish I bought an Xbox instead).
  11. If you've got some time, Giant Bomb always does very good interviews with Phil Spencer at E3: This gives some background to the whole discussion.
  12. I think Phil Spencer is a smart guy, and he is totally right. I genuinely don't think he means disrespect to Sony and Nintendo. He, more than anyone, knows very well that Sony and Nintendo beat Microsoft this generation. He just sees the future of gaming going to a different place, and Sony and Nintendo are not as well positioned as MS, Amazon or Google to make that transition. Nintendo will probably keep making popular Switch-type handheld hybrids. And Sony... well they had their chance with Playstation Now, which totally sucked (I know, because I had it for a while). Maybe they can get their act together. If Microsoft can combine their Game Pass subscription model with a good streaming service, they are on to something. Google has missed the mark by not having a subscription service tied to Stadia, and forcing people to buy the games. If for $10 a month you have a library of 100's of games, AND you don't need to buy any dedicated hardware, that is an interesting proposition. Microsoft will keep making Xbox hardware for as long as they have to, meaning as long as most people don't have good enough internet to support cloud gaming. THey will offer both side by side. As time goes on, more and more people will switch to the cloud, and less and less people will have the box. Just like the transition between physical and digital games was gradual, or between HDTV and 4K. It is always gradual. Like I said, I think Phil Spencer is a smart guy, he "get's it", he is a gamer and he knows how the market works. They won't force the issue, but they will be ready when everyone is ready for cloud gaming.
  13. Not true! All F1 drivers smoked Marlboro cigarettes to boost their performance in the 90s!
  14. If you notice a burning smell when the system is in use and you are present you can likely unplug it before it causes any damage. These things don't go from zero to blazing inferno in 1 second. If you are not home or sleeping, things can escalate before you notice it. So I would treat it with caution. If you can afford to replace or repair the motherboard, I would. I would not leave it running unattended.
  15. You can always wait and see. If it appears to work fine, it's probably fine. I would still not leave it running when you're not home. But I tend to be paranoid about these kinds of things.
  16. Streaming in Twitch will cause extra strain on your CPU. So that, combined with only 1 stick of RAM, and potentially not optimal RAM settings in BIOS could be causing the slowdown in games. Try turning off your streaming and see what FPS you are getting. Upgrading to a dual Channel ram setup might get you better performance. Also, OC'ing your CPU to 4.1 or 4.2 Ghz on all cores might also provide some benefit. Good luck!
  17. Hmmm... THis would make me nervous personally. If you are doing critical work on your PC, like using it for professional purposes, and cannot afford data loss, I would replace the motherboard, or replace (solder on) the capacitor. If you are just using it for gaming, you can wait and see what happens. Also, I wouldn't leave the PC turned on or plugged in if you are not home. Not sure if it is even possible, but you don't want that thing burning your house down.
  18. That means the RAM is already OC'd manually in BIOS? XMP is a standard memory profile that you can set in BIOS to make the RAM run at the default speeds that the manufacturer has rated it at (in your case 3200 mhz),. The default speeds of any DDR4 ram is 2133 Mhz, so you need to enable the XMP profile to make it run at 3200 Mhz. The XMP profile also enables better RAM timings. I would try to enable it instead of manually OC'ing to 3600, and see if you notice any improvement. Are you streaming or using the CPU for anything else while gaming?
  19. Try putting a second stick of the same 8GB RAM in, see if that helps. 3200 Mhz RAM should be plenty fast. Did you check in BIOS that your RAM is running at full speed? Did you enable the XMP profile? Ryzen 2600 should be giving you more than 50 fps in Fortnite for sure.
  20. It is very hard to understand what your problem is exactly. Try punctuating and actually forming coherent sentences please. If you have up to 200 fps in Black Ops 3, I doubt there is anything wrong with your PC. Although 50 fps in fortnite does sound low. The fact that the perfomance does not increase by lowering graphics settings points to the fact that your CPU is holding you back, not your GPU. If you have a Ryzen 3 CPU, those framerates could be completely normal under certain circumstances. Also, Ryzen likes fast RAM, so if you have slow RAM or one stick of RAM (single channel), your RAM could be holding your CPU back from performing to it's full potential.
  21. This could be caused by so many different things, it is hard to narrow down due to just 1 crash. I would not worry about it for now. If it keeps happening for some reason, check the things @Chiyawa mentioned above. Could be a software or hardware issue. Random shutdowns are often caused by faulty PSU's, but if it happens in-game only could be the GPU. Could also be faulty RAM. Good luck!
  22. You may not have been paying attention for the last 2 years or so, but AMD has the far superior CPU's now. Nobody in their right mind would build an Intel system right now. THey have the best mid-range price/performance CPU's, as well as the best high-end CPU's right now. Also, the AMD GPU RX570 he is suggesting is pretty good for the money. Probably the best you can get within your budget, unless you buy used. Something like this is what I would suggest as well. Perhaps get a name brand SSD like Crucial, Samsung, or Corsair. Case is personal preference.
  23. I don't know if this topic meets the requirements to be a "news thread". This seems more appropriate for the CPU subforum. Anyway, price fluctuations on one single part could be due to many factors, local supply and demand for example. Unless we see a marked increase in all product segments, and across all regions, I doubt this has anything to do with the spread of the Coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China. Also, I think it takes a while for supply restraints to trickle down the supply chain to affect pricing. Most distributors have stock that lasts at least some weeks. Unless they are being predatory and "anticipating" a shortage and jacking up the price.. We saw the same thing when there was talk of Chinese tariffs impacting US pricing for electronics.. The tarrifs would likely be felt weeks, if not months after tariffs were imposed.