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Chunchunmaru_

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  1. Has anyone else noticed that YouTube doesn't consider 720p "HD" anymore?  I'm 99.9% sure that it used to also have the little red tag

     

    image.png.c34c67cb309d199c876f87217814986b.png

     

    Regardless, I approve.  It may be technically defined as "HD" (with 1080p being FHD, etc.), but by modern standards I think we can safely draw the line at 1080.

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      Sad thing most mobile internet providers do consider 5GB data plan in 2020 enough

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  2. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      I mean the other ones are not much cheaper 

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  3. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      Yeah I know but that’s the best I can find atm, other enclosures are expensive like hell here

       

      the main point I’m going with a razer one is basically the ethernet port and the 4 USB outputs 

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  4. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      because I don't really need a gaming laptop but something business oriented and lightweight where I can also play a few non-demanding games decently at home, I have to bring all my data with me for my job, virtual machines, server dumps etc, a strong battery and having just to plug an external GPU at home, with two monitors where I can also play games when I want is really comfy, I already own an old 1060 and that would be more than enough for me

      consider also my 144hz monitor only has a dvi input and usbc-dual link dvi adapters are really expensive (about 1/4 of an entire full gpu enclosure, that's crazy) 

      I'm not ramping up the video settings on my desktop to high anyway, just reaching 144 fps with medium-low settings like now is enough

       

      Having two computers is something I don't want, I already have an internal cloud where I can but everytime I miss something I need to plug two computers at time and that becomes frustrating, considering the kind of the job I do I really need to be fast but I can't just replicate everything on two computers (like copying an entire virtual machine for a single edit is crazy) or a single shared network or usb storage, a single gigabit link wouldn't be enough

      also, lenovo offers 3 years of warranty and that's really nice

       

      If I could just buy a razer blade that would be more than enough since it has a decent battery, but considering the hassle I have to go through like asking someone to buy it for me... I prefer it this way, I would probably need an enclosure with an external GPU anyway in this case unless I change my monitors 

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  5. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      also I don't really care about performance tbh as long I can play at medium-low settings the few games I play

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  6. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      having a single system/computer and data is my plan from the beginning since I have a desktop rn

       

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  7. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      I'm thinking in just buying a Thinkpad X Extreme with a Razer Core X Chroma enclousure since I will probably game on it only at home 

       

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  8. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      nvm I just asked the razer support about it and said they don't ship outside the official store unless it's a b2b 

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  9. Does anyone know if Razer US ships worldwide? 
    I want to buy a Razer Blade 15 but I don't know anything at all about customs and anything else

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      The UK one is expensive af, I would rather buy the one from the US 

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  10. Another episode of: Where did my ZFS pool go? 
    On my home server with Proxmox

    Again

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      apparently the GUI showed up the disks, but when I started the containers they just gave a segfault 

       

      cd'ing into the mount directory there was NOTHING, I just removed the zpool from proxmox, removed the mountpoint, reimported the ZFS pool and everything started working again....

      I should listen to Linus Torvalds and just ditch ZFS and move everything to an LVMThin 

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  11. When I get my SSD on monday, do I mirror my drive or reinstall windows? I have everything archived that I need to install, so reinstalling wouldnt be that big of a deal

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      do a backup and restore with decent software (Acronis, veeam or clonezilla) there is no need unless you change something from the BIOS

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  12. Aliexpress is accurate as always.
    Didn't expect it to be THAT blue

    image.thumb.png.45a1faa66f12a0e86d94352bac9a9444.pngunknown.png

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      (It's also horizontally inverted oh no)

  13. I'm in love with my 4th gen X1 Carbon. The keyboard is amazing (literally the best laptop keyboard I've ever used, including old Macbook keyboards, OG Thinkpad keyboards, and an XPS 13), the trackpad is pretty good (even though I use the TrackPoint, lol), the screen is very nice (but it would be nice to have the 1440p one, not that I need it I just want it lmao), it's very thin and very light, sexy as fuck, plenty fast even with "just" an i5 and 8GB of RAM (perfect for media consumption, TF2, and Wii emulation), the battery life is great (I can get 5-6 hours of video playback (not streaming) on full brightness and if I drop the brightness down to about 50% I can get 5 hours of Wii emulation), and it's built very well.

     

     

    The only gripes I have are that the fingerprint scanner doesn't work on Linux (not the Thinkpad's fault, just that nobody has made this type of fp scanner work on Linux), I still don't really like the function and control keys being switched, and I don't like the position of the page up and down keys (I will often hit them instead of arrow keys). One small gripe I have is that the lights (power light, function lock light, mute light, etc.) are a little distracting (I wish they were white instead of green/orange). Other than that, incredible machine. Good fucking job Lenovo.

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      I need a new PC probably because the one I have has buggy network drivers with linux, and I basically work as a network sysadmin so a linux distro is a must, is it a dongle-hell? 

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  14. After the "Ubuntu is dropping 32bit support" news Valve announced that they would not officially recommend Steam on Ubuntu anymore.

    A few hours ago, Valve made an update post on the whole situation. It can be found here: Update on Steam, Ubuntu, and 32-bit support.

     

    A rational person would probably assume that after this scare, Valve would be hesitant to further support GNU/Linux. After all, it is a pretty big risk when a platform does major changes which inadvertently causes more work for you to support their platform.

    However, the madlads over at Valve actually went the opposite route of what I expected. Instead of becoming hesitant over GNU/Linux support they are actually doubling down and going forward they will work more closely with several other GNU/Linux distribution maintainers.

     

     

     

     

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      pretty much I expected this, no one would ever ship graphics drivers in a containerized application(not speaking about nvidia drivers which are different from mesa, and have a proprietary license on it and they need to be installed by the end user), that would add additional strain on the development and since the Ubuntu decision was so sudden, I don't think they even had the time to prepare for everything

      but it's still a bit strange, since Canonical have decided again to not drop 32bit library support until 20.04 thanks to all the movement in the community, I think they will actually still be supporting it at the current time until something drastically changes, but anyway the situation remains complicated, by design basic driver support should always be put on the distribution responsibility

       

      As I said in the other threads, not for every user the alternative distribution exists, Ubuntu is the only way to play properly games on Optimus laptops since it has official support from Nvidia, I tried popOS the other day and it was basically broken about it, even though being a derivative, I have not investigated further about this bug, but also not speaking about the installer which requires a 500MB efi partition (like what the hell? why would you store the kernels on a FAT32 EFI partition which in the 80% of the cases is less than 150MB as it's the Windows 10 default)

      But I suppose an eventual partnership with Valve could improve things a lot, Ubuntu always shipped older drivers and needed you to update via PPA's to get the best performance out of it and PopOS is already a pretty excellent choice for gamers, I don't personally like their store, Ubuntu is still a bit more supported speaking of snaps and flatpaks, theme integration with them, etc...


      Pretty much gaming on linux in general even on Ubuntu was a painless and a flawless experience most of the times before they announced this, so now it feels like it's again some years behind a modern and stable desktop experience, also direct an official software support will always be present on Ubuntu most of the times. 

       

      Other distributions most of the time rely on community support for some applications, which has basically no warranty they will be updated in time a release comes out (like Discord on AUR for example) 

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  15. *trashes the ubuntu install* ok, let's get back to windows 
    *installs radeon drivers* *start menu breaks*
    oh I'm missing linux already

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      ok but with ubuntu you wouldn't even be using the CLI once

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  16. *trashes the ubuntu install* ok, let's get back to windows 
    *installs radeon drivers* *start menu breaks*
    oh I'm missing linux already

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      if I have not to manually enable all the services for vmware, teamviewer etc I would be using it

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  17. Oof, I’m watching the latest Level1 News episode. It’s terrible. 

  18. So my MacBook Pro is updating to Windows 1903. Lets see if I regret this. 

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      like microsoft knows how to create a good looking UI anyway, they fragmented everything

      I can't find the legacy microphone settings for my usb sound card which let me enable AGC, the new audio settings in the metro panel doesn't show this option anymore

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  19. So my MacBook Pro is updating to Windows 1903. Lets see if I regret this. 

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      It took 15 minutes to figure out all the favourites icons I was missing

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  20. So my MacBook Pro is updating to Windows 1903. Lets see if I regret this. 

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      The first 1903 update made the start menu search annoyingly different. The second made it worse by cancelling all the icons I put on it.

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  21. Looks like Huawei is pushing changes to the Linux kernel for their laptops, incoming Huawei Linux laptop series? https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/5/23/265

     

     

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      Since they are arguing even with Microsoft, after Google...

  22. Some fun with VRAM testing using GTAV! I was curious about GTAV's VRAM behavior and decided to run a few tests observing only VRAM on the extreme ends. To start, I set every option to the lowest setting or off, at 1080p, and with DirectX 11. To monitor the data, I used a combination of PerfMon, Task Manager (it wasn't needed, but it helped), and GPU-Z.

     

    Here's the settings with everything at low:

    20190428084442_1.thumb.jpg.35a7d1ad1ad96f0b561b3cc7d8f485e2.jpg

    Spoiler

    === SETTINGS ===
    Display: 1920x1080 (Windowed) @ 143Hz VSync OFF
    Tessellation: 0
    LodScale: 0.000000
    PedLodBias: 0.200000
    VehicleLodBias: 0.000000
    ShadowQuality: 1
    ReflectionQuality: 0
    ReflectionMSAA: 0
    SSAO: 0
    AnisotropicFiltering: 0
    MSAA: 0
    MSAAFragments: 0
    MSAAQuality: 0
    SamplingMode: 0
    TextureQuality: 0
    ParticleQuality: 0
    WaterQuality: 0
    GrassQuality: 0
    ShaderQuality: 0
    Shadow_SoftShadows: 0
    UltraShadows_Enabled: false
    Shadow_ParticleShadows: true
    Shadow_Distance: 1.000000
    Shadow_LongShadows: false
    Shadow_SplitZStart: 0.930000
    Shadow_SplitZEnd: 0.890000
    Shadow_aircraftExpWeight: 0.990000
    Shadow_DisableScreenSizeCheck: false
    Reflection_MipBlur: true
    FXAA_Enabled: false
    TXAA_Enabled: false
    Lighting_FogVolumes: true
    Shader_SSA: false
    DX_Version: 2
    CityDensity: 0.000000
    PedVarietyMultiplier: 0.000000
    VehicleVarietyMultiplier: 0.000000
    PostFX: 0
    DoF: false
    HdStreamingInFlight: false
    MaxLodScale: 0.000000
    MotionBlurStrength: 0.000000

    Note that the game guessed it would use about 1GB of VRAM. After getting towards the end of the benchmark, this happens:

    gtav-low-settings-vram.thumb.png.e693180b4a8d9d22949e265b37dc750e.png

     

    Weird. At the end of the benchmark GTAV was using over twice the VRAM it said it would. And it was gradually climbing over the past minute. Also note that GPU-Z was reporting an additional 900MB on top of what GTAV was really taking up (which makes sense, because a lot of other things are using VRAM)

     

    The next test was to crank up only the options that actually changed the VRAM estimate:

    20190428130138_1.thumb.jpg.39ce9cd08e8b0f12c14f2df7be5e5b29.jpg

    Spoiler

    === SETTINGS ===
    Display: 1920x1080 (Windowed) @ 143Hz VSync OFF
    Tessellation: 0
    LodScale: 0.000000
    PedLodBias: 0.200000
    VehicleLodBias: 0.000000
    ShadowQuality: 3
    ReflectionQuality: 3
    ReflectionMSAA: 8
    SSAO: 2
    AnisotropicFiltering: 0
    MSAA: 8
    MSAAFragments: 0
    MSAAQuality: 0
    SamplingMode: 0
    TextureQuality: 2
    ParticleQuality: 0
    WaterQuality: 2
    GrassQuality: 0
    ShaderQuality: 2
    Shadow_SoftShadows: 0
    UltraShadows_Enabled: true
    Shadow_ParticleShadows: true
    Shadow_Distance: 1.000000
    Shadow_LongShadows: false
    Shadow_SplitZStart: 0.930000
    Shadow_SplitZEnd: 0.890000
    Shadow_aircraftExpWeight: 0.990000
    Shadow_DisableScreenSizeCheck: false
    Reflection_MipBlur: true
    FXAA_Enabled: false
    TXAA_Enabled: false
    Lighting_FogVolumes: true
    Shader_SSA: true
    DX_Version: 2
    CityDensity: 0.000000
    PedVarietyMultiplier: 1.000000
    VehicleVarietyMultiplier: 1.000000
    PostFX: 3
    DoF: false
    HdStreamingInFlight: false
    MaxLodScale: 1.000000
    MotionBlurStrength: 0.000000

    The game claims it'll use about 4.17GB of VRAM. So let's see how accurate that is this time.

    gtav-high-vram.thumb.png.d7ecc517237f65fef8bd04e763bad28b.png

    Not bad. 190 MB over estimate, 290 MB if you include "Shared GPU memory"

     

    The final test was to crank everything else to max, just to see if more effects and glourious graphics would creep up VRAM usage in a way the game couldn't account for.

    Spoiler

    === SETTINGS ===
    Display: 1920x1080 (Windowed) @ 143Hz VSync OFF
    Tessellation: 3
    LodScale: 1.000000
    PedLodBias: 0.200000
    VehicleLodBias: 0.000000
    ShadowQuality: 3
    ReflectionQuality: 3
    ReflectionMSAA: 8
    SSAO: 2
    AnisotropicFiltering: 16
    MSAA: 8
    MSAAFragments: 0
    MSAAQuality: 0
    SamplingMode: 0
    TextureQuality: 2
    ParticleQuality: 2
    WaterQuality: 2
    GrassQuality: 3
    ShaderQuality: 2
    Shadow_SoftShadows: 5
    UltraShadows_Enabled: true
    Shadow_ParticleShadows: true
    Shadow_Distance: 1.000000
    Shadow_LongShadows: false
    Shadow_SplitZStart: 0.930000
    Shadow_SplitZEnd: 0.890000
    Shadow_aircraftExpWeight: 0.990000
    Shadow_DisableScreenSizeCheck: false
    Reflection_MipBlur: true
    FXAA_Enabled: true
    TXAA_Enabled: false
    Lighting_FogVolumes: true
    Shader_SSA: true
    DX_Version: 2
    CityDensity: 1.000000
    PedVarietyMultiplier: 1.000000
    VehicleVarietyMultiplier: 1.000000
    PostFX: 3
    DoF: true
    HdStreamingInFlight: false
    MaxLodScale: 1.000000
    MotionBlurStrength: 1.000000

    Before I started the test, I noticed something weird. PerfMon was already claiming that GTAV committed nearly 2GB of VRAM. I can't explain this other than the game is anicipating something, but I didn't pay attention to this with the other tests (and I'm too lazy to go back :P)

    gtav-everything-max-pre-benchmark.thumb.png.8b305672c587b69537cef42af7dbda8b.png

     

    Note the VRAM estimation didn't change from 4.17GB. With that in mind, let's see how it does:

    gtav-everything-max.thumb.png.6611e00792ae91c75525c2c9dce8eb20.png

    Nothing changed! So those extra shiny effects really don't take up more VRAM.

     

    So what's the real point here? At the moment, I don't have any. You might say that at the lower end, VRAM pressure may increase or there's a "VRAM leak" somehow. But at the same time, how do I know the OS, drivers, or firmware doesn't retain data in VRAM for the application, "just in case"?

     

    Background on how I'm gathering this data:

    https://linustechtips.com/main/blogs/entry/1602-process-for-gathering-video-card-data-when-analyzing-application-behavior/

    1. Chunchunmaru_

      Chunchunmaru_

      I want to test it with DXVK, even though I doubt changing the API would change VRAM usage

  23. Do you guys like my new profile picture? :P

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