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About GabenJr

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    Surrey, BC
  • Interests
    PC gaming and everything that goes with it, electronics, aviation, pushing the envelope to the point of absurdity
  • Biography
    Yo Twitch Chat,
    I am Anthony, I come from Newfoundland, and I write about things.
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    Core i7 6700K
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    G.Skill DDR4-3200 16GB x2
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    PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
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    Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window
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    1x Samsung 950 Pro 512GB, 1x Samsung 850 Pro 256GB, 1x Intel 320 120GB, 1x WD Black 6TB, 1x Seagate 3TB, 1x WD Black 1TB, 1x WD MyBook 6TB, 1x WD MyBook for Mac 3TB
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    1x Acer gn246hl
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    Noctua NH-D14
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    Corsair K70 RGB
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    Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
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    Sennheiser PC360, Sennheiser Momentum, Aurisonics Rockets
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  1. Nvidia’s on a roll – The GTX 1660 Ti is still warm, and now we’ve got the non-Ti variant to play with. But where does it fit into today’s market? Buy a GTX 1660: On Amazon: https://geni.us/siRd On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwf Buy an RX 580: On Amazon: https://geni.us/wbI1 On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVw2 Buy an RX 590: On Amazon: https://geni.us/RWpNJNF On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwn
  2. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    Yeah, I did straight up forget to change to dual channel on the adjusted Intel build. That was my bad. I really don't know how that's "crippling" anything though considering the performance difference is so minimal, but sure, whatever you say. Even if it were a full 7% performance improvement across the board (which it is not), they're still within 5% of each other on value, so it doesn't really make much sense to argue about this unless you have an axe to grind since the fact that they're so close was the entire point of our conclusion. You can do the math yourself on the numbers we showed if you want. I'm not going to dedicate any more time to this one, so if it makes you happy, sure, you got me, I totally crippled the Intel build because AMD couldn't possibly have similar value prop otherwise. That was an adjusted AMD build for price comparison against the adjusted Intel build once we dropped the OC requirement.
  3. This thread is clearly a troll, but just FYI, most games won't see more than a small performance delta between single and dual channel. The example given, Watch Dogs 2, is particularly egregious, but is an outlier even in that video. In my own testing with a Core i5 8400 and RTX 2060, the difference is 6-7% on Shadow of the Tomb Raider and CS:GO, both of which are very "CPU-hungry". That's 91 FPS (6 FPS delta) and 353 FPS (20 FPS delta) respectively. Not exactly a "linear scale" nor what I'd consider a large difference at these frame rates. Most titles aren't so sensitive to CPU performance, and as a result won't see even these performance gaps.
  4. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    That second video basically says what I've said as far as gaming goes - You'd be hard-pressed to see much difference under normal gameplay, and in my testing on two very CPU-hungry titles at 1080p using a Core i5 8400 and RTX 2060, it's 7% in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and 6% in CSGO. If that sounds like a lot, it's really not - That equates to 91 FPS (6 FPS delta) and 353 FPS (20 FPS delta). Not what I would call a "big difference" at these frame rates. As the second video says, most titles will not see results that vary by that much, unless you're specifically looking for them (Watch Dogs 2 in that first video is a particularly egregious outlier due to bad optimization). Productivity on the other hand definitely does benefit directly and greatly from the extra memory bandwidth.
  5. And for that matter, Ubuntu's Software & Updates / Software Sources app lets you add PPAs via a GUI, too, and without that many clicks. It really is still faster to do it via terminal though, because: GUI Open Software & Updates in the system menu Click the Other Software tab Click Add Paste the PPA address from the PPA's launchpad page (eg. ppa:foo/foobar) Click Add Source Enter your password in the authentication dialog and click Authenticate Terminal Open the terminal Paste the apt-add-repository line from the PPA's launchpad page (eg. apt-add-repository ppa:foo/foobar) and hit enter/return Enter your password when prompted and hit enter/return The next time you either do an apt install or launch Synaptic Package Manager, you've got access to the new PPA either way. And for a Windows example, say you want to install the Hyper-V feature: GUI Open Apps and Features Click on Manage optional features Realize that this GUI isn't the right GUI for that because MSFT hasn't yet ported it over Go back and click Programs and Features under Related Settings because it's not readily accessible elsewhere Click Turn Windows features on or off Check Hyper-V and click OK Terminal (PowerShell) Open PowerShell as Administrator Type / paste Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All and hit enter/return
  6. GabenJr


    Pre-Haswell Intel iGPUs unfortunately don't report to Windows that they're "low-power" GPUs. I'm not sure what changed between Ivy Bridge and Haswell, but the long and the short of it is, unless / until we can figure out how to specify which GPU we want to perform which function, there isn't much that can be done about it. With that having been said, I've been monitoring the threads on it, and when I have free time, I've been trying to look into it myself. As of now, though, as far as I know, there's not much that can be done.
  7. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    1. That was mostly just for illustrative purposes, but I did use the Crosshair VII for testing. I tuned the memory to the same timings, and set everything up with stock / AMD-default performance profiles (that is, no performance enhancements that might be enabled by default by ASUS). The overclock was very mild, as the chip I used couldn't handle much more than +100MHz without becoming unstable, so the board would not have been a limiting factor (particularly on a six-core). 2. The A320 board was there to compare pricing against the adjusted Intel build where we dropped the overclocking requirement. The ASRock B450 Pro4 is what the initial AMD build used. 3. Yes, I did use single channel memory for testing the Intel build. Dual channel would have made a difference, yes, but it wouldn't have pushed performance by more than a couple of percentage points.
  8. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    I really don't know where some people are getting the idea that we're saying AMD is for poor people or that it's a worse value than Intel or that you should run out and buy an Intel CPU over AMD. We point out that for gaming - A workload that AMD is perceived to be worse at than Intel - the difference is not worth stressing over, and we point out that you can get more out of the platform for the same price as Intel. If that says to you "AMD sux buy Intel", then I don't know what to tell you.
  9. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    Yes. In this case, we were focused on gaming (working title: How Much Cheaper is AMD for Gaming?), but if we return to this kind of video again in the future, we'll probably end up doing a broader comparison, unless we're targeting it (like "How much better is AMD for productivity?").
  10. Crossposting /r/linux_gaming I find it amusing that this thread quickly derailed. It's really the mark of the Linux community, because everybody can have their own way. We definitely are doing more Linux content in the future, and I definitely do intend to do more work on it. The way things went down previously, either we didn't have a whole lot of time to delve into things, or we just didn't have the resources - When we shot our Proton video, Proton was literally a couple days old. There wasn't a ProtonDB or any compatibility list to refer to other than Steam's whitelist, or really any troubleshooting. By the time the video dropped, however, that all changed. Now, that's not to defend some of the things that went on in that video, but what I'm actually trying to say is that the next video will be done right, and I'll probably actually take @dragodin up on their offer and post in the linux_gaming subreddit when the time comes. I also probably won't make Linus bumble through it solo next time, either... I rather think the noob/mentor dynamic we have together works pretty well for stuff like this. I've actually been thinking of moving over to Mint or Manjaro for my home PC, so it'll all be useful for me personally, too.
  11. AMD is undisputed among budget builders, but what is it that makes them such a great value? Time to find out! Buy a Ryzen 5 2600: On Amazon: https://geni.us/ju2w On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwx Buy a Core i3 8350K: On Amazon: https://geni.us/lD3I On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwG Buy a Core i5 8400: On Amazon: https://geni.us/V2rlOqn On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwD
  12. GabenJr

    This KEYBOARD is a MOUSE!

    (This video is clearly a James video. I'm just posting it.) This ergonomic keyboard is also a mouse! Each separate mouse module of the Keymouse Alpha contains an optical mouse so you never have to take your fingers off the home row! Buy Keymouse on Amazon: https://geni.us/TLVpje
  13. GabenJr

    LTT: I Love Anthony

    This is a pretty surreal thread... I legitimately don't know what to say, I've never been that popular with much of anyone up until now(ish) - Certainly not through school. Thank you? That's basically how it goes. For those unscripted segments, I spend a bunch of time preparing and then get Linus to try and figure it out on his own. If/when it doesn't work, I take over. I think it's a pretty good dynamic, although sometimes I worry that it comes off as patronizing. I am so on that whenever we get our hands on some. NVDIMMs are super interesting to me, and the sample script I actually sent in with my job application was a Techquickie style video on universal memory - Things like MRAM, FRAM, Optane/3DXpoint, etc, and how we've kind of come full circle since using SRAM with a battery backup. I recall Linus mentioning in the phone interview "that's showing your age", but we're actually the same age. I'm just a giant geek. I'm not sure if I outrank Colton. We writers answer to Linus directly, so the hierarchy is a little fuzzy. I definitely have seniority over him though - He gets fired so often, he's basically always a new hire. I mean, I know a lot, yeah, but it's mostly random and I feel like I've forgotten a lot more. Most of the time, it's all about the research - Sometimes it's stuff I read in my spare time, other times it's stuff I'm researching directly for the video. I'm certainly no Steve Burke or Wendell, although it's good to have people to look up to as a role model - Kind of like an "I want to get there too" goalpost. This exactly. We all have our strong points and that's what's carried us forward from the 3.6 million subs we had when us writers started to the over 8.3 million today, although it's still surreal to me that I've been a part of that. One major weakness I have is in liquid loops - It's not something I ran into very often during my time in PC sales and repair in the mid 2000s - early 2010s. That's where Jake and Alex shine. Come to think of it, I don't think Linus has written an actual video in a while... Sure, he's got projects (like 6 editors), but most of the time that's vloggy stuff, not scripted or otherwise guided. He used to do all the phone reviews, but that's since been handed off to us, now, too.
  14. GabenJr

    Chinese Tools vs iFixit Kit!

    If the iFixit kit is too expensive for your blood, don’t worry – AliExpress has got you covered. But can it hold its own against the reliable workhorse? Buy an iFixit kit: On Amazon: https://geni.us/yt4KY From iFixit: https://lmg.gg/8KVwB Buy the good bits of the "iFuxit" Kit: Screwdriver set: https://lmg.gg/8KVwL Metal spudgers set: https://lmg.gg/8KVwN iFixit-style tweezers kit: https://lmg.gg/8KVwP "Jakemy": https://lmg.gg/8KVwp Buy the gash bits of the "iFuxit" Kit: Plastic stick spudgers: https://lmg.gg/8KVwT Plastic wide spudgers: https://lmg.gg/8KVwj Suction cups: https://lmg.gg/8KVwY A whole phone repair kit: https://lmg.gg/8KVwW ESD Strap: https://lmg.gg/8KVw1 (Please don't buy these - They don't work)
  15. GabenJr

    Hacking Nvidia's Drivers!

    Nice! Now if only there were an easy switch to designate a GPU as "low power" for at-will GPU switching...