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    My brother thinks his TV is better than my computer

    How does one “setup” a computer to display correct colour? Every thing I’ve ever read about calibration is done on the monitor side. Also, how do I adjust the brightness of my graphics card? How do I “enable hdr” on an RTX2070? My brother often tells me how much better his Xbox looks than a computer, and then equates that to being more powerful. He actually asked me if my graphics card could even output 4K. This isn’t someone looking for help trying to prove someone wrong. I’m asking if, when I tell him he’s stupid, I’m not overlooking anything.

    My brother thinks his TV is better than my computer

    Sorry, no. More my brother is trying to say 4K video playback looks better on his Xbox than on a rtx2070, i7 8700.

    My brother thinks his TV is better than my computer

    Okay, I think people may be missing my question, which is totally understandable. A wall of text is a wall of text. I will clarify, I’m not comparing two displays. I’m comparing an Xbox to a pc, both using the same 4K oled display. To simplify: 1, Brother has a 4K OLED TV. 2, Brother plays videos on the Netflix and YouTube app on said display via Xbox. 3, I plug in my computer via HDMI into 4K OLED TV. 4, I put on a lossless video (actual 4k blu-ray raw), as well as assorted 4K videos that are free from artefacts. 5, He says it looks “like a computer plugged into a tv”, implying it’s not as good of a picture as an Xbox playing a blu-ray, or YouTube 4k on his tv. 6, tells me I must need to calibrate my computer by changing the brightness/sharpness etc. Maybe that makes the wall of text above easier to read if you understand my rambling...
  4. TL;DR This is just regarding watching videos. My brother thinks you need to adjust brightness and have the ability to render HDR to make a PC look less like a "PC plugged into a TV", where as his Xbox and TV's YouTube app display everything better. I'm not sure where to post this, but I need help explaining a few things, because every time I go to explain display calibration and that computers are basically a bigger and more powerful thing that what's in his smart OLED TV, I get a "Yeah but" in response. Any assistance is appreciated, especially if there is a better place to post this. I'll set the scene: I have a younger brother that games on console. That in itself is fine, because I infrequently play online with him, but recently he has bought a new TV. He tells me how awesome his 4K TV is when he watches 4K Netflix, YouTube and plays 4K games on his Xbox One X. When I say that my computer can do all that, (i7 8700, RTX2070, 32GB RAM, 970Pro, etc) he is sceptical and the next time we hang out I bring my computer and we watch a movie in 1080p via HDMI. The next week I get this text after organising another movie night: "[...] bring it on a USB [...] and we can try play it directly through the TV, might make it look better." This bewilders me, and I tell him I can't because the files are over 4GB in size and won't fit on a FAT32 drive. I also scoff that he compared his, albeit expensive, TV to a desktop computer. His response is just that "It looked washed out last week, like it was on a computer screen. When I stream things straight off Netflix or Blu-ray it looks crisp as." I don't understand what he means by washed out, because the colours looked true to life to me, but I think he is used to the over vibrancy in video games. Can't be sure. Now, the video files we are watching aren't 4k, so I get it can't be compared to 4k footage. But the bitrates are 15-20Mbps, with true colours and minimal artefacts. It's a very good image on a 1080p display, like my TV at home, and it's equally as colour accurate and artefact free on his TV. When I say that his TV isn't magic he responds "Well no because your computer's display settings such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, and ability to render HDR or 4K would affect the way it looks." Even going as far as saying Netflix looks better on his TV than when someone plugs in a laptop. "It looks like a laptop on a TV." I don't know how to respond to this. Could it be that laptops have colour profiles because their display is incorporated into the device and that's how you calibrate laptop displays? I'm lost for words. I've tried looking up colour calibration, and showing him that it's all display dependent. I can't even find anyone talking about the 2070's ability to "render HDR or 4K", except that it can handle a 2D Texture Size up to 131072x65536 and is HDR ready. But how old would I have to go to find something that wasn't HDR ready? Does the 2070 support HDMI 2.1 and Display Port 1.4? I've found the Windows HD Colour Settings, but that just says if the connected display can do HDR and WCG. I've tried showing him videos on YouTube in 4k, but when the "YouTube compression" artefacts start showing up in both the computer and the TV he starts saying that Netflix on his TV never has those types of artefacts. I don't know how to explain to a 25 year old, who only uses his Xbox to game and watch movies, and the TV app to watch YouTube, that the cost of a computer isn't a waste. It's like he doesn't even know what a computer is, except that his Xbox One X must be a really good PC for really cheap because it looks "better" and his TV is amazing because it displays the best Netflix content. I render videos and music. I game and often dual screen. I basically need a computer to multi task. I don't know enough about the technology to tell him he doesn't know what he is talking about. Next time I go around, I'm going to take -IMAX Pre Show 2014- that I downloaded in lossless 4k quality, and the YouTube link for the same video IMAX Pre Show 4K, because then I'll have a video that fits on a USB and that's on YouTube so he can finally understand that it's the content that dictates how good the image is. Not the device playing it. Lastly, how does the Xbox render 4K and cost a quarter the price of a new gaming pc that would crush 4k? I know previous consoles would upscale, but apparently the Xbox One X naively does 4k.
  5. I'm Australian. I'm not sure if that matters, but before people start talking about US/Canada all in one solutions, it's impossible to freight something for cheap. I've tried searching the forum, and and I can't seem to find a comprehensive answer to a question I only just realized I need to ask before buying a home server. I'm looking at picking up on Ebay an old 16Bay rack mount NAS server. It's internals are unimportant for now because they are all up-gradable and I haven't bought anything yet, I've just been looking for a case on the cheap for a while, but I'll list them for the sake of something to work with: ASUS Z8NA-D6C Xeon E5620 x2 24GB ECC RAM 10GbE Now, my question is in regards to drive maintenance, and adding drives to the pool after initial setup. Everyone seems to be in agreement that you cannot add more drives to a FreeNAS pool, except when you can in a specific way. *Confused face* My plan is to use the server to stream TV, Movies and music to the rest of my house. My current setup: 2011 MacMini 500GB HDD via Sata - OS 1TB HDD via USB2 - Music Storage 3TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Burstcoin 4TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Burstcoin 4TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Downloading drive and TV Show overflow 4TB HDD via Thunderbolt - Movie Storage 8TB HDD via USB3 - TV Show Storage Sonarr for TV Shows Safari for everything else PIA for VPN Plex for streaming I'd like my new system to emulate the same functionality that I've been working with since 2016, as this system just works. I would like to, however, enhance the capabilities somewhat. I have no backups. I don't have any more hdds, and if i did I have no more ports to use *facepalm* My biggest concern moving into the NAS arena, is expandability. I'm obviously not going to go out and buy 16 brand new 12TB drives just so I can have the best system from the start. I want to have something serviceable with little upfront cost, and expand as my needs do. My initial purchase will most likely include 2x8TB drives, but I might be able to get 4x4TB for a cheaper per TB price, so that's not set in stone. Then once I have something set up and move all my current data onto the server, I think I plan on cannibalizing the rest of the HDDs in my house for extra space "for now" with a big plan to replace all repurposed drives, but don't know how that is exactly going to work. All I want is a server that has enough redundancy that if I pull out 1 drive, I can replace it without loosing all the data. A system I can add a drive to, two to three times a year without requiring I obtain just as many TB of external HDDs to backup all my data too. Something like this https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/919-expand-a-raid-volume sounds right up my alley, but this is talking about Windows 2003 Server. Is this possible on FreeNAS? I'm new here, be gentle if this is in detail somewhere on the forum.
  6. Okay, third post in a row: Doesn’t let me sign in. Giving up on this.
  7. Oh, I get it. Took me a while.
  8. IOS can add webpage shortcuts to the desktop. So this literally looks like a waste for IOS users.