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  1. Ah, yes. On the pro/enterprise end I would certainly imagine things to hold up but probably less so on the consumer end which is certainly where I'm looking. I only do a very small amount of non-intense gaming so gaming features are not high on my list. I can find reviews from that time for sure but what was considered good value at that time might not be today which is what prompted me to ask the question. That said, there is a video on the monitor I'm looking at now on LTT from February 2015 and unfortunately there's no measured data in that video beyond the calibration report that comes with the monitor but, I don't know, he seemed happy with it!
  2. Hi all, I'm in the market for a new external monitor to make my video editing setup a bit more comfortable. I'm generally a great advocate for buying things used as you can get great deals. But I'm wondering whether that's true here. For instance, I'm looking at an LG monitor from about 5-6 years ago that, according to specs, covers 100% of sRGB and 99.5% of Adobe RGB and is DCI 4K rather than UHD which I wouldn't mind but isn't essential. For about the same price as I've found those models, I could get a new LG or Dell monitor that has the tradeoff of being a 27" rather than 31" but that's fine. These all come with new features like at least some form of HDR, newer HDMI and DP standards etc. but I'm wondering whether in the last few years whether manufacturers have significantly improved things like contrast ratio/black levels and calibration (though I do intend to get a calibrator myself, I'm aware that even after calibration, not all monitors will be capable of producing the same output) because that could mean that buying a monitor from 6 years ago that may have been priced higher may not actually be good value anymore vs a recent one. Of course, I could be talking a load of rubbish but I'd be interested to be told one way or the other! Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  3. Yeah, I'm definitely sticking with the 3900X for the desktop (unless there's something killer from the next generation at AMD). But I have seen tests from reviewers comparing Intel vs AMD laptops in Premiere specifically that Intel is still coming out on top presumably because of Quick Sync. There was a video that compared, I think the new Aero 17 and Zephyrus G14 specifically in timeline scrubbing and it was very noticeable that the 4900HS was quite behind. The tables below are probably the best representative of the kinds of work I do. I use a mix of Premiere/After Effects and Resolve and it may not be a totally fair comparison as the Ryzen laptops only have a 2060 while the 10th Gen Intel ones seem to have 2070 or 2070 Super (and Resolve uses the GPU more than Premiere as far as I know) but it still seems that Quick Sync is advantageous in these instances. I remember people saying not to just look at benchmarks and to use real-world examples of the kind of work you're doing and these were about as close as I was able to find.
  4. Hi all, I've been looking to do a complete overhaul of my system for a little while and with AMD seeming to be running rings around Intel lately, they seem to be the way to go. I'm going to get a nice display, build a desktop and get a laptop that hopefully still has a good amount of power behind it so I can do 4K video editing on the go if I need to. I've heard that video editing is actually maybe one area where Ryzen may not be the best option as editing programmes use a combination of CPU, Intel integrated graphics and the GPU to make timeline scrubbing and playback smoother as well as shorten render times. Does this become less noticeable the higher-end a CPU you have? For instance, if I were to get a 3900X for my desktop, would that essentially negate the advantage of having Quick Sync with an Intel CPU? Because I guess I could get a laptop with a 10875H so I have power and speed on-the-go as well if something like the 4800H or 4900H (assuming some more laptops with them are announced later in the year like I'm guessing/hoping they will) are going to make those specific tasks perform worse?
  5. Hi all, I'm helping my partner rejig their system at the moment but while we're parting everything out, we're putting in a SATA SSD as an interim measure which should help speed a lot of things up. What I'd like to work out is how to migrate only the OS and programmes over to the SSD to have as the new boot drive. Every guide I'm reading/watching online talks about cloning one drive to the other but I don't want to take everything (can't actually as we're going from a 2TB HDD to a 500GB SSD). Also, they're on Windows 8.1 and we might as well go up to Windows 10 now rather than later so would it be advisable to upgrade on the current system and then do the transfer or do a fresh install onto the SSD first and then transfer programmes and data that they want afterwards? Thanks in advance for any help! It's much appreciated.
  6. Oh, yeah. Of course! Why didn't I think of that? Possibly because I really hadn't entertained the thought that the rear fan was an intake until I felt the air coming off of it. We're doing an interim upgrade (just adding a SATA SSD - yes, it's that slow - for now before the full upgrade in a couple of months) this weekend where I'll get rid of as much dust as I can and reverse the rear fan. Thanks for pointing that out.
  7. Thanks for the advice! I was planning on aiming for a balanced leaning on positive air pressure. I haven't heard anyone recommending negative pressure and honestly, I don't think the new system is going to get all that hot. It's a fairly everyday PC with some occasional light gaming so after clearing out the dust before the rebuild, I think it's probably fine to just flip that rear fan and keep the front and PSU orientation the same. Thanks everyone!
  8. Hi all, I'm currently working with my partner to build them a new system as their current system is from 2014 and preeeety sluggish. The plan was to reuse the case, PSU and GPU so I opened up the case to get a look at the cooling inside to see if anything should be updated. There was SO much dust in there despite dust filters being regularly cleaned. I don't think it had actually been opened and cleaned since the GPU was replaced in late 2016, I think. But still, I wouldn't have expected quite that much. The case is a Silverstone TJ08 with a 180mm fan up front and a 140mm fan out the back and the PSU is mounted upside-down effectively acting as an exhaust. Now, as far as I could tell (I'm pretty novice so this was supposed to be a fun project to do together), the 140mm rear fan is acting as an intake rather than exhaust which seemed off to me. I know positive air pressure is supposed to help with dust build-up but with no exhaust save for the PSU, is that a bad way to do things? My current plan would be to flip the rear fan and make it an exhaust and keep the PSU as is. Any tips greatly appreciated!
  9. Yeah, that's what I was thinking. It seems like such a small difference but sometimes small increments can make a difference but perhaps not here. It's annoying that I can't just upgrade it later in the MSI laptop otherwise I'd just get stock and if I wanted to, buy the RAM myself and sell the original sticks on Gumtree or something. When you're paying THAT much for something, it really ought to be perfect and it just isn't. It may fit my use case better than the XPS 17 but it being $600-$1000 cheaper might be something I could put towards a desktop for major power and still have a laptop for decent on-the-go power. I would love to just have a desktop but I move about with laptop so much. I've seen people recommend building a PC and then getting a cheap laptop for portability but I'd want to be able to edit videos on the go if necessary. Like if I'm at my partner's and have to do something quickly for a client or interstate on a shoot and want to do a quick edit of rushes. If only I were incredibly rich, eh? This stuff is expensive.
  10. Hi all, I'm tossing up between a couple of laptops to upgrade to. I'm a video editor primarily and not really a gamer save for my Switch. The two I'm looking at are the MSI Creator 17 and the Dell XPS 17. The MSI laptop comes with 32GB 2666MHz RAM and can't be upgraded after the fact which sucks (why manufacturers flip the motherboard, I don't know) but the place I was going to order it from offers RAM upgrade when ordering but the only other options they have are 3200 which is a few hundred more. As it stands, the MSI will cost me about $3350USD with the RAM upgrade and $3100 without. A similarly specced out XPS 17 (although with a 2060 rather than a 2070 Super) will run me ~$2750USD or if I go for the 2K screen instead (which still apparently has great colour accuracy for once - a rarity often relegated to the 4K options only), I'm sure I could get it down to about $2400. Those figures are a considerable difference but is it worth it? The smaller chassis of the XPS seems to come with some performance trade-offs (~13000 vs ~15000 in Cinebench R15). I'm not sure I could justify $1000 more for the MSI but if there's no real benefit of upgrading to 2993MHz RAM, then that makes it at least slightly more reasonable. Thank you in advance for any thoughts and advice you're able to give!
  11. Ha, I would love 2 hours on my current machine! It's only a 48Whr for a 9750H and a 1660 Ti which I thought would do me at least a little better than the ~90min it currently gives me. I did actually manage to find some specs on the colour accuracy between the two panels. 2K (source: u/Jauffins on r/Dell) 100% of sRGB 81% of AdobeRGB 84% of P3 4K (source: Dave2D on YouTube) 100% of sRGB 91% of Adobe RGB So, nice to see some good numbers there. If you're working primarily within the sRGB space (which I'm guessing most of us will be), the 2K panel is probably fine and would net better battery life and a bit of moolah saved. Haven't seen any DeltaE values from anyone yet, though. I'm guessing that user calibration would still be the way to go, though. I'm just not sure about the glossy screen finish. I've really enjoyed having a matte screen on my current laptop. I should bust out my old Omen 15 and see how much the gloss bothers me and if it's a dealbreaker. Another thing I've noticed is that the two Cinebench R15 scores I've seen from the 10750H vs 10875H haven't been THAT far apart. u/Jauffins notes with the 10750H scores of 1342-1223 over a total of 10 runs on Full Performance mode (standard "Optimised" mode gives 1343-1106 over 10 runs). Dave2D has the 10875H and his scores are 1387-1307 also over 10 runs. So higher but not by all that much. It does seem to be able to sustain itself for longer. I also don't know which performance profile this was taken in, however. Might just be a thing to consider if battery life is a real priority when choosing which CPU to go for.
  12. I'm not sure which screen option to go with. I'm fine with ~2K resolution on 17" devices but so many manufacturers only have wide colour gamut options on their 4K panels so I've been disregarding the lower options. If the colour accuracy's good (I do photo and video work), I'd love to save some money and get extra battery life on one of these. Is there any colour accuracy data for the lower-res panel?
  13. Yeah, this looks really interesting. I'm looking to upgrade for 4K video editing and I was heavily looking at the MSI Creator 17. Depending on how the prices stack up, maybe this could be the better option. I guess I just have to wait until they're both released (mid-June, I think they're both saying) to see how they perform in real-world situations. I do wish there were larger options for creators with the new Ryzen CPUs, though. Those things look ideal for creators but our only options are Intel 10th Gen at the moment which is sad. I'm not greatly enamoured with the all USB-C ports, though. I really only have my phone that uses USB-C and even that came with a C-to-A cable. Maybe this is the push I need to get a dedicated editing SSD like those NVME drives in a USB-C enclosure ideas.
  14. Hi all, So I've been having this issue for a while. When watching Twitch streams, often it lags to varying degrees making them really difficult to watch. That is until a few months ago when I upgraded to a laptop with an AX200 WiFi card in it (Metabox NH70RC/Clevo NH70RCQ; i7-9750H; GTX 1660 Ti; 32GB RAM). Since then, everything's been fine even when at other people's houses who have abysmally slow WiFi so the issue can't have been a speed thing. The aforementioned laptop is currently out of commission so I'm back to using one of two older ones (one's mine, the other belongs to a family member). Inside these are Intel 7260 and 7265 cards (HP Omen 15; i7-4710HQ; GTX 860M; 16GB RAM & HP Pavilion; i7-8550U; GTX MX150; 8GB RAM). Both support 'ac' but the router is actually only outputting 'n' and I continuously get speeds in the 50-80Mbps range on Speedtest. My phone, which is a Xiami Mi A1, doesn't have the issue though I don't know about its network specs. I've often used that to watch the stream free of stutter and then the computer to actually chat. Not exactly the most optimal method. Since the router isn't taking advantage of any of the 'ac' standard (let alone the 'ax' standard) which both of these devices support and I can get near-flawless results using an 'ax' card on networks that I've tested at ~10Mbps down, where is the bottleneck? The weakest link in the chain here should be the router as it's performing way under the specs stated by the cards and yet the cards seem to be the issue. Are there any settings I can change to optimise the experience on these particular devices? Cheers!
  15. She used to game but doesn't really anymore. It would be primarily for typing which she does a lot of. And, yeah, I've heard people say that about blues. I did see one review of this keyboard in particular that had blue switches and oh, man they seemed loud! And, well, it's a one bedroom flat so bit difficult to get away from if it is really loud! Yeah, I'll have a look into them. They don't ship to Australia but I'll keep looking to see if I can find a cheaper one locally. Thanks!