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KarathKasun

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    KarathKasun got a reaction from jones177 in Why do all productivity monitors capped at 60Hz?   
    Most "office" monitors are 1080p 60-75hz VA or TN panels, maybe an IPS panel if you are lucky.  You can get them new for something like $80.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Blatcher2 in m.2 laptop, want to use the expandable storage slot, ssd or hdd?   
    Cheap 1TB 2.5" SATA SSD for sure.
     
    Battery life difference is real, in the 10%-20% range for the difference.
     
    2.5" HDDs have horrible performance for what they cost now.
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    KarathKasun reacted to Blatcher2 in m.2 laptop, want to use the expandable storage slot, ssd or hdd?   
    It's a laptop, please don't get a HDD. 1TB sata SSD's are dropping below $80 so I would just get the SSD. 
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    KarathKasun reacted to thedangerine in m.2 laptop, want to use the expandable storage slot, ssd or hdd?   
    When I started college I got a laptop that had a 512gb ssd and a 2tb hard drive, it was great fast booting with mass storage still available. Then one day I dropped it at a weird angle, it caused no cosmetic damage but the hard drive died. After that it would take several minutes to boot because it would detect something connected but failed to be able to read it so it tried for several minutes before booting. I eventually removed it and then it booted dumb fast like it used to. I would recommend getting the ssd since its a laptop just for the resilience and reliability. You can always get an external drive if you really need that space. Personally I never use mechanical storage inside a laptop because it is more likely to fail
     
    tl;dr
    get the ssd imo
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from davehkiin in m.2 laptop, want to use the expandable storage slot, ssd or hdd?   
    Cheap 1TB 2.5" SATA SSD for sure.
     
    Battery life difference is real, in the 10%-20% range for the difference.
     
    2.5" HDDs have horrible performance for what they cost now.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from steelo in Do I need more cores for games   
    Eh, I find them easier to use than the DS4s and xbox pads.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Ben17 in Do I need more cores for games   
    Yes it is.  Vsync allows FPS at only factors of the refresh rate in double buffered display contexts.  15/30/60 for 60hz, 18.75/37.5/75 for 75hz, 15/30/60/120 for 120hz and so on.
     
    Just confirmed this on Elite Dangerous using native fullscreen.  In an area where I would get ~45 FPS w/o vsync, I get 37 FPS with vsync because of my 75hz display.  In an area where I would have ~60 FPS I get 37 for a bit...  after a bit it does go up to 51, because the frame rate is swinging rapidly between 37 and 75 which is kinda nauseating.  This is the whole reason gsync and freesync are things.
     
    Setting an FPS limit at 60 for a 60hz display is not vsync.
     
    Using full-window modes instead of exclusive fullscreen also kinda works around this by using triple buffering, but it introduces significantly more delay from input to display response.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Ben17 in Do I need more cores for games   
    You do not get a linear increase in performance with multithreading unless its an embarrassingly parallel task.  Games still fall back on a single state management thread, meaning that you do gain performance from adding cores as long as you have some task that is still sharing a core with the primary thread.
     
    Low settings is also not a proper CPU benchmark.  Low settings reduce the number of item states in flight in nearly all game engines (less items drawn and tracked), which makes the benchmark almost completely about performance in the primary state management thread instead of game performance for a given core count.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Ben17 in Do I need more cores for games   
    Many have fewer threads or lower clocks, simple as that.  You cant compare apples and oranges.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Ben17 in Do I need more cores for games   
    Just going to point out that 7700k minimums are generally lower on those older games, which is where performance matters.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Ben17 in Do I need more cores for games   
    Dont get a G series CPU if you are getting a dedicated GPU.
     
    Get an R5 2600 or 3600 at minimum.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Ben17 in Do I need more cores for games   
    You mean two cores and 6 extra threads.
     
    SMT has a positive impact when core count is an issue, and some games can use 8+ threads at this point.
     
    4C/8T is the MINIMUM I would get for a PC focused on gaming at this point in time.  Some games can still run into hitching and stuttering with that though.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Ryan_Vickers in Why do all productivity monitors capped at 60Hz?   
    Refresh rate eye fatigue is not a thing with LCDs.  That is only a thing with CRTs.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Kilrah in i5-7400 BOTTLENECK!? on idle   
    Task manager doesnt list everything that uses memory, and if you have the integrated graphics enabled it will consume a chunk of memory.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from TheGrylix in How can I destroy my new PC in the most painful way?   
    Your old build was a 3rd gen product on the same basic design.  Ryzen 3000 is a wholly new design with different conventions for memory and other basic setup compared to what you were using before.
     
    A little bit of time and effort chasing down performance issues comes with the territory of building a PC.  Not every generation of hardware is simply plug and play.  Intel has had similar problems in the past with Z68.
     
    The main thing is to find and eliminate problems.  Check disk performance and check SMART logs.  You may have damaged something when moving it over or installing it.  Static electricity is a pain in the ass.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from StryKerRO in 2x 2 dual channel   
    They will be fine, but you may have to reduce memory speed or loosen timings a bit.  More load on the memory bus means its more difficult to run fastrer speeds/timings.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Fasauceome in 2x 2 dual channel   
    They will be fine, but you may have to reduce memory speed or loosen timings a bit.  More load on the memory bus means its more difficult to run fastrer speeds/timings.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Thaddeaus in Xeon X5450 with R7 265   
    Quad Channel FB-DDR2, the memory bandwidth wasnt a problem, I have/had a DDR3 C2Q to compare against.  The general ineptitude of Croe 2 Duo/Quad generation cores was the problem.  Per-core and per-clock they are 20% behind 1st gen Core CPUs (i3/i5/i7), and their clocks are generally lower.  Compared to Sandy Bridge, they are 50% slower at the same clock.
     
    In games like Fallout 4, FPS swings wildly in outdoor areas... swings from 20 to 80 and back are pretty common.  In GTA 5 you can expect 20-40 FPS unless you set lots of things to low.  In both cases the GPU is generally capable of a steady 60 FPS if the CPU wasnt in the way.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from Thaddeaus in Xeon X5450 with R7 265   
    Yes, it will.  Up to 50% in some games.
     
    I had two of those CPUs in a dual socket with that exact GPU.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from amdorintel in Xeon X5450 with R7 265   
    Yes, it will.  Up to 50% in some games.
     
    I had two of those CPUs in a dual socket with that exact GPU.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from BTGbullseye in 2 gpus   
    Not as much as using another card.
     
    With another card the 1660 is still drawing the 2nd monitor, but it is also copying that data over the PCIe bus.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from BTGbullseye in I3 6098p bottleneck   
    RX 5500 is the RX 570/580 replacement, which is faster than the GTX 1050 Ti.
     
    Get whatever GPU you want, just know that you will likely need to move up to 8 threads for any modernish games.  The quadcore in my laptop has issues keeping up with Destiny 2 so bad that it interferes with controller input (input gets stuck due to the game hogging 100% of the CPU) unless I limit the game to 30 FPS.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from BTGbullseye in I3 6098p bottleneck   
    1030 GT.
     
    Dual core is garbage tier these days, and will bottleneck pretty much any GPU.  The main problem with any new-ish game will be stuttering and pausing, not just low FPS.
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from rice guru in Speaker Wiring help   
    They need an amp of some kind, most TVs will not drive external speakers without one.
     
    Something like this...
    https://www.newegg.com/pyle-pca2-other/p/N82E16882184457?Description=pyle&cm_re=pyle-_-82-184-457-_-Product
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    KarathKasun got a reaction from kirashi in Speaker Wiring help   
    They need an amp of some kind, most TVs will not drive external speakers without one.
     
    Something like this...
    https://www.newegg.com/pyle-pca2-other/p/N82E16882184457?Description=pyle&cm_re=pyle-_-82-184-457-_-Product
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