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Posts posted by Nakoron

  1. From the official AMD Catalyst "Omega" driver email sent out to those who signed up:

    There is the usual disclaimer of how they had achieved their numbers and on what hardware.

    1. Intel Core i7 4690X with 16GB DDR3-1866, AMD Radeon™ R9 290X Windows 8.1 64bit comparing launch driver 13.12 vs Driver 14.501. All tests run at 3840x2160. Civilization BE @ quality=medium mantle=off scored 46.17 vs 63.63 fps. 


    1. Intel Core i7 4690X with 16GB DDR3-1866, AMD Radeon™ R9 290X Windows 8.1 64bit comparing launch driver 13.12 vs Driver 14.501. All tests run at 3840x2160. Civilization BE @ quality=medium mantle=off scored 46.17 vs 63.63 fps. 


    I guess we can't say AMD is not humble. What does the FX line-up look like in the future? Or, are we looking at a strictly APU future for AMD?

    Source: http://links.em.experience.amd.com/servlet/MailView?ms=MjE4MTY4MzQS1&r=NzI2NzgwODExODES1&j=NDYwOTcwODEyS0&mt=1&rt=0

  2. a 6950 to a 7950, aka the 280, is not worth the upgrade.
    Buy a used 290 or 290x. You can find them for sub $200. They are leaps and bounds better.

    As mentioned above: your due for a whole PC overhaul, really. 
    Again - buy used if you have to. 

    As for the PSU; you should be fine. 290x pulls like 230watts at the wall. Recommended PSUs for video cards indicate total system power, not singular device.

  3. Lots of bullshit useless posting.

    Seems to be a theme here: hate on a product/company you don't like because it's not popular in place for your other favorite corporate brand.

    Whether you feel you have an excuse or not for your ignorant posting: useless comments in no way related to the original post does not help this community. You guys really betray your own age, or at the least, your maturity.

  4. What is said above and 16 Gb is nice, but if she is not doing much background programs or other stuff while gaming why would you get 16 Gb RAM? 8 Gb would suffice. Also no HDD? You don't need one but getting a 500Gb/1Tb one isn't that expensive and better so you can just install a ton of games.

    Hmmm yeah. I think you are right. Ram is expensive now anyways... droping to 8 gigs would cover a 1tb HDD. Thank you.

  5. That's a good price for the system. Have you considered a 970/980 instead of the 290? I'd also recommend some form of AIO cooling for the CPU, or else you might as well stick with a non-k skew.

    Yeah I'm going to buy a decent fan/AIO so I can OC the CPU. That's why I opted for a Z97 instead of a much cheaper H97 board.

    I was actually looking for a 970 but they are all sold-out and on backorder. That 290 is only $300 though! hard to beat that...

  6. This is for my lady friend - she is looking for something small and portable. 
    Most ITX cases I can find are just as large as an mATX case or if they are smaller, they are special order. 


    Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 Windforce 3x 947MHZ 4GB 5.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

    Bitfenix Prodigy M mATX Fyberflex Tower Case White 1X5.25 4X3.5INT No PS USB3.0 HD Audio 

    ADATA SX900 2.5" 256GB SSD SATA 3 SandForce 2281 550MB/SEC Write and 530MB/SEC Read

    Intel Core i5 4690K Unlocked Quad Core 3.5GHZ/3.9GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 6MB Cache Retail


    Gigabyte Z97MX-GAMING 5 mATX LGA1150 Z97 DDR3 PCI-E16 PCI-E8 XFIRE/SLI SATA3 USB3 HDMI Motherboard

    Kingston HyperX Fury Memory Black 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1866 CL10 Dual Channel Memory Kit 

    Bitfenix Fury 650W 80PLUS Gold Semi Modular Single Rail Bitshield 135mm FDB Fan Power Supply

    Total: $1,215.92 CAD

    Everything can be ordered and physically picked up same day and assembled.

    This will be something she can pick up and move to my house on weekends and hook up to my 2nd TV so we can couch co-op locally.

    She is a corporate lawyer, so money is an non-issue; however she has not ever had a gaming PC and I figured a best-value option would be the least scary.
    Remember: non PC gamers have a hard time see why they should spend something like this when you can buy a PC at walmart for $500 (or so I assume)

    Everything listed is currently on sale.


    Opinions/suggestions would be appreciated. I have zero brand preference. I am seeking something small and immediately available at Ncix in BC (any location)

  7. Having been shopping at Ncix since it was just a single store (i use that word loosely) in Vancouver - I naturally stumbled upon Linus Tech Tips when it became it's own brand on youtube.

    I remember being so proud owning a 1.3ghz Thunderbird paired with a Geforce 2. 
    Eventually I had the best CRT money could buy: the Viewsonic P95f+B <-- which I didn't even have to look up the model name, it's that memorable. All this so I could play Everquest on my 56k modem.

    I greatly appreciate most of your work. I feel you give an honest, and "average joe" approach - which i mean in the most positive manner. My favorite format being more of the quirky ones, which better highlight your own individual personas and interactions. "hide the sausage" coming to mind.

    For product reviews; I wouldn't mind seeing more wearables and accessories such as earphones, smart watches and really anything you can spend some personal time with. Even though your reviews of, say, phones are a bit late - they really provide some real-world insight that an average person can take interest in. 
    I think accessories such as keyboards, mice, speakers and perhaps even car electronics could really shine as it allows you to add your persona as you spend time with it. The opposite being a motherboard review. 

    If I were to win one item, I would definitely benefit the most from the laptop, however, seeing as a I am an infrequent user of this site and more of a silent, loyal youtube view - I would choose the Microsoft Surface Pro 3; as this would allow me to finally have a handy portable I can do typing and minor video editing on.

    Keep up the good work. You guys just need to keep being yourselves.

  8. Close your eyes, spin around and choose whatever is in front of you. 

    Unless you are doing some extreme LN2 overclocking; the only thing that should concern yourself is form factor (ATX, mATX, ITX. etc) and chipset.

    Get the latest chipset for your CPU and call it a day. At this point it's  a matter of "ohhh jeez I really like the colour of this one instead, hurrr. duurrr"

  9. a 670 is about the same as a 760, and 760 SLI is about as good as a 780ti

    if you want to deal with the heat output, i would go with the 670, i assume you dont pay for elektricity

    you could also keep this one for now, and wait for the 800 series and see what they have to offer

    if the 800 series isnt too great, theres always loads of high end cards of the previous series on ebay and stuff


    The 880 will be within a few percentile of the current 780ti, just like the decades of GPU releases before it from both sides. 

    The only card that ever blew me away was the dual-GPU voodoo cards that costed as much as a car would today. This was the 90's

  10. So 3D gaming died.Don't know where to put nearly 514$ now.4 1080p monitors?.Seriously I dont like the way multiple monitors are connected.They still have side plastics showing up.

    Duel-GPUs are not necessarily ment for multiple displays, they combine power to output better FPS. 2 cards in one Pc can still be used for one display- you don't have to go that route though.

    Traditionally, people want better GPUs to display better grapics and higher resolutions. If you are getting a 780ti, then "2.5k" aka, 1440p monitors would be a nice fit for it. They look much more sharp than a 1080 display.

    Or, you can stick with your current display and just crank the graphics to "ultra" and call it a day.