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  1. Added Synthetic Benchmarks to my Vega performance review thread. :P

    The Synthetic Tests include:

    • 3DMark Firestrike
    • 3DMark Firestrike Extreme
    • 3DMark Timespy
    • 3DMark Timespy Extreme
    • Folding at Home Benchmark



  2. AluminiumTech

    AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Performance Overview and Review 2019

    Sorry for taking so long to get this done. I should have the redone synthetics shortly. Edit: Synthetics are done and I've added them to the original post .
  3. Introduction From June 2014 to September 2017 the graphics card in my system was the GTX 770, which I've talked about a fair amount here and here. In August 2017 I wanted to buy the new Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. It turned out that the GTX 770's measely 2GB of VRAM in a Vulkan title and the lack of optimizations due to being quite old at that point meant that performance was absolutely unplayable and within 30 minutes I applied to have the game refunded using Steam Refunds. Ultimately, this experience finally convinced me I needed to buy a new GPU as previously I had wanted to buy one but couldn't justify it. Later on in September 2017 due to me leaving Hong Kong to go to Uni in the UK I ended up selling most of my PC parts and ultimately decided in January 2018 that I wanted to buy a new PC. I was determined not to buy Nvidia because of my awful experiences with Nvidia drivers with my 770 in the last few months of using it. I wanted an AMD card. Unfortunately for me the mining craze was still very much alive in early 2018 and after careful consideration I decided to buy an RX 480 8GB at a ludicrous asking price of £320. It was actually a really nice card other than the excessive heat and noise due to being a blower reference card. I put up with the noise and heat for a while but in August 2018 I decided I wanted to sell my reference 480 and buy a much better 480. I ended up with a seller refurbished Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 8GB and bought it for £199 on eBay. I was able to sell my reference RX 480 8GB but at substantial loss and I came to terms with the fact that I'd never get that money back. I really liked my Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 8GB. It was the perfect RX 480 8GB. But gaming had moved on and some video games were pushing the envelope of graphics too hard and also the increasing number of unoptimized PC titles meant that in some games my 480 delivered a mediocre experience. In December 2018 I decided I wanted to buy a new graphics card. Either the upcoming rumored at the time Navi based RX 3080 with the rumored performance of an RX Vega 56 or buying a Vega 56. In January 2019 I made the decision to purchase an RX Vega 56 after realizing that any potential GPUs being shown off at CES would be many months away at best. By a stroke of luck I was unintentionally correct as AMD announced the Radeon VII, a $699 RTX 2080 competitor, instead of the Navi series. Before I sold my Nitro+ 480 8GB I wanted to benchmark it to compare it to my current RX Vega 56 so I do have comparisons to it in most games and synthetic benchmarks I've chosen. In several synthetic tests I have results from my GTX 770 as well for a 3 way comparison. Testing notes The test system is my main PC with an R7 1700X Stock, MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard, 16GB DDR4-3200 (2x 8GB), Corsair RM850i PSU, and Corsair H100i V2 CPU cooler. The performance numbers for my RX 480 are from my Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 8GB with AMD Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition 18.11.2 . My RX Vega 56 card is an Asus ROG Strix triple fan that I bought from @ChewToy! and is running AMD Radeon Software Adrenaline 2019 Edition 19.1.2 although at the time of posting the latest version is 19.2.1 . I didn't switch to the new version when it came out as I had already done a large amount of testing before and wanted to be consistent across all the games and tests. Between changing GPUs the drivers were freshly removed using DDU, display driver uninstaller (a 3rd party program which is good for removing gpu drivers), with a new version downloaded from AMD's website and installed. Both were on Windows 10 Version 1809 X64 with no real difference between them in the software side. During testing I closed all applications that weren't required for benchmarking. Performance information in most games was recorded by FRAPS except in games using DX12 or Vulkan. In games using DX12 or Vulkan, the built in benchmarking tool was used which provided performance information. Some games were tested using Virtual Super Resolution. It's basically AMD's version of allowing upscaling to higher than native resolutions. In those cases I have specified if it has been used and what resolution it was tested at. I did also decide to test some synthetics as well. I may add more game benchmark results at a later date if I have time. List of games tested (Year it was released) and notes: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (2016) Battlefield 4 (2013) - Actual gameplay of first story checkpoint F1 2015 (2014) For Honor (2016) Grid Autosport (2014) GTA V PC (2015) - Actual gameplay of first story mission Metro 2033 Redux (2014) Metro: Last Light Redux (2014) Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (2014) Tomb Raider (2013) Rise of The Tomb Raider (2015) Watch_Dogs 2 (2016) - Actual gameplay - I have found some issues with the benchmark results so I'll be re-doing the Vega 56 benchmarking for it. List of Synthetic Benchmarks tested 3DMark Firestrike 3DMark Firestrike Extreme 3DMark Timespy 3DMark Timespy Extreme Folding at Home Benchmark Benchmark charts Gaming Benchmarks Synthetic Benchmarks I'll re-add Watch Dogs 2 results once I'm satisfied the re-tested benchmark results are indicative of actual gameplay performance. Conclusion Overall then is the Vega 56 a good upgrade from someone around an RX 480 level of performance? I would say hell yeah. It's a major improvement in performance and the only thing holding it back is prices although prices have gotten a lot better recently. If you can get one near MSRP or buy one used for cheaper then it's definitely worth it. I'll be doing more testing on my Vega 56 in the future. Sorry I rushed this a bit. I'm going to update this with the synthetic performance and more benchmarks later so check back on this thread in the future for updates. Definitely am thrilled with my purchase and I would buy a Vega 56 again if given the same situation. Thanks for checking this out .
  4. Idk anybody else noticed but the GTX 1660Ti that Hardware Unboxed got is very heavily overclocked and yet he makes no mention of it in the video.


    It's almost 400MHz faster than the base clock. It definitely gives the wrong impression and misleads people into thinking it will beat the GTX 1070/1070Ti


    Also, the GTX 1660Ti Strix that Jay uses is a complete rip off and is only $30 less than the starting price for RTX 2060.


    Edit: Also, if AMD does actually start selling the Vega 56 for $279 USD then that would be really dank.

    1. FloRolf


      @AluminiumTech apparently AMD does that, lol.

      Thats killer. 


    2. AluminiumTech


      Jay made a quick video on Twitter and apparently that's not true :(.

    3. FloRolf


      Well I've seen 56's for 279€ here rn soooooo.... 

  5. Hahaha..hahahahahahahaha lmao.


    GG everyone who bought the 2080 for 4K gaming. 8GB VRAM is not enough for this game in 4K. The Vega 64 does better than the 2080 probably for no other reason than it uses HBM2 and has a lot of bandwidth.


    Now I understand why some 2080 laptop designs use the 16GB VRAM variant for notebooks.


    1. firelighter487


      that's a big oof

    2. Syntaxvgm


      As true as this may be, back when we still only had M versions it was typical to see more VRAM on laptop ones, I don't remember the reason why but it might simply have been either a marketing point or trying to make it last longer since it's tough to upgrade. 

  6. AluminiumTech

    How good is ryzen 7?

    I own a 1700X so I think what I say should be mostly relevant for a 1700. Performance will be fine but you're probably not going to get extremely high framerates. These games favor single thread CPU performance to the exclusion of multiple cores. If these are the only 3 games you play then Ryzen 1st gen isn't a good idea. If by super cpu intensive game you mean something which uses mainly 1 core then things will not go amazingly well. You'll probably have a bad time on a 1700 if none of the games you play use more than 1 core. If by super cpu intensive game you mean something which uses lots of threads or cores (4 or more cores/threads used) then the 1700 will power through with no issues. A 1700 is more then enough for VR. Provided each of those programs aren't single threaded then it should be great. Otherwise again, you might not have the best experience.
  7. So, my GTAO Vehicle Cargo business has been actually doing well.


    Included a few of the most recent sales but the busineds has no basically paid for itself.


    Thanks to the guys who pointed out the Vehicle cargo to me and helping me make monies.





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    2. AluminiumTech
    3. TVwazhere


      You know the 32 car exploit right?

    4. Spotty


      Only sell the high value cars. Eventually when you have all the low/medium value cars in the garage the game won't be able to spawn them in for the missions - so you'll only get the missions to steal the high value cars.

  8. *Starts playing the Top Gear Intro part of "Jessica" *


    *Imitating Jeremy Clarkson voice*


    Tonight: AluminiumTech is basically broke, AluminiumTech wants his refund, and Paypal does an oopsie.

    *End Jeremy Clarkson imitation*


    *Finish playing top gear intro part of "Jessica" *


    So I recently (less than a week ago to be more specific) made a purchase and then almost instantly regretted it and requested a refund from the buyer on Paypal.


    Several days go by and I'm wondering what's wrong cos usually Paypal refunds happen quite quickly.


    So I got on the phone with Paypal Customer Support and an adviser told me that PayPal refunds will now take Up To 7 Working Days to arrive because of changes to how Paypal isssues refunds.


    Instead of Paypal refunding via Paypal balance, Paypal is now refunding to the original payment method which will take Up To 7 Working Days because receiving refunds from Card issuers is usually within 5-7 Working Days.

    Big Ooof.

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    2. ChewToy!


      Well that's stupid..

    3. WhisperingKnickers


      I miss top gear, I should watch the GT

    4. Zando Bob

      Zando Bob

      Thaaaaaaat's why I still haven't got my refund for a failed invoice (dood didn't have bank account linked so he refunded me and I did friends and family so it'd go straight to his balance). 

  9. AluminiumTech

    Enter randomly not working

    I've experienced this kind of thing as well. Mainly on Android and when using Firefox. I stopped using Brave for Android so I don't know if it's also on Brave. I've experienced it on Firefox 64.0.2 for Android and 65.0.1 for Android. Android version is 8.0.0. UI resolution is 2280x1080 although hardware resolution is higher. Device is Galaxy S8 SM-G950F.
  10. Just an FYI, UberEats UK is offering a discount for MasterCard users which ends on Sunday.





  11. Ooof. I miss hearing "Jessica" and the good old days of Top Gear.



    Waiting a week for each "The Grand Tour" episode is becoming more and more painful :(.

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    3. Spotty


      British racing driver. They did like a tribute video to him.



    4. AluminiumTech


      Oh yeah. On the Grand Tour. Thought you were talking about on post Jeremy Top Gear. :P

  12. Success. I was accepted for the card at the 60% APR and given a more than reasonable credit limit:D.

    This is so exciting.

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    2. Jtalk4456


      @CUDAcores89 So as a general rule do you disagree with Ramsey's principles or do you agree but believe that you have the know how to be the one out of 10k people the company has to take some loss on?

    3. CUDAcores89


      @Jtalk4456 for MOST people, what Dave Ramsey preaches is correct. 


      However, I am not most people. The VAST majority of people treat their credit limit like it's their money, it's not. It's the banks money. As such I treat spending on my credit cards like spending on a debit card, except it just has to be paid at the end of the month. 


      I have played mind games fighting over a $1.25 candy bar before and as to whether that $1.25 was worth parting with or not. I have walked into plenty of stores before and came out with nothing because I didn't find anything I wanted. I currently have access to almost $11,000 of total credit limit, yet I religiously pay down my balances to zero and do not use my credit limits to get into debt. 


      Dave Ramsey is speaking to an audience of people who are terrible with money and spend everything they have. For these people, it makes perfect sense to stay away from credit cards. 


      Me however (and the rest of the r/churning subreddit) treat credit cards as a way to turbocharge our spending through airline miles and cash back. We don't care about the credit limit or the APR, since we mentally do not want to carry a balance and have no plans to pay the bank any money unless it's for an annual fee that gives us more value than the fee. A good example would be I recently signed up for an amex biz platinum card that has a $5500 annual fee, but includes enough travel credits that can be converted into cash by buying airline gift cards and selling these gift cards completely offsets the annual fee. If the annual fee was $550 but I got nothing back, I wouldn't sign up for it.


      In a nutshell yes, you have to be like the 1% of the credit card users out there who know how to game the system rather than let the banks take advantage of your lack of financial knowledge and get you into debt. 


      Churning credit cards is like going to Vegas and playing poker at the casino. There are two kinds of people who play poker at the casino. There are the people who go to the casino to lose all their money (most credit card users), and then there are the people who go to the casino and use their years of training in poker to make money instead (churners). One is easy, the other requires discipline, just like credit card churning. I suggest you choose to be the latter and not the former.




      I agree with Dave Ramsey for the audience he is speaking to. These people are not disciplined enough to pay off their cards every month. But for a small minority of credit card users, it makes sense since it's cash back and travel I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. 


      My flight and part of my hotel at LTX 2019 are entirely paid by american express. without them, I would've never been able to go at all. I also have no debt on this card and I met the spending bonus by buying something I already needed to buy, my college tuition. then I get a free trip anywhere in the world for free.

    4. Jtalk4456


      @CUDAcores89 Fair enough. I've been the most for a while now, but we're getting past the bad discipline and starting to set up budgets and get far more involved with our money

  13. Holy shit, I passed the soft credit check. :D

    This is the only time I've passed a credit check for credit outside of a phone contract.


    I know it's a godawful 60% APR card but at least I might be eligible for it...



    Gonna apply later and hope they say yes.


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    2. AluminiumTech


      Actually I have 0 credit cards with me as the primary signer.


    3. James Evens

      James Evens

      So you weren't the guy which hobby is to open bank accounts to get the bonus? 🤨

      Btw. did you had success taking over tech news section?

    4. AluminiumTech


      No that'd be CudaCores89 xD.


      My problem is bad credit score cos limited credit history and low income cos full time student so that doesn't help.


      And for the tech news thing, I've stopped.

  14. If you need a good build guide to follow, I helped some guys put together this.



  15. Rip, I tried the eligibility checker for a supermarket credit card which is supposed to have low requirements but I was denied.


    I guess I'll need to look at my next free credit report in a few days.


    Might have to go with one of Vanquis' cards with predatory almost loan shark type of interest rates (like 50% APR or 60% APR) -_-.


    1. Jtalk4456


      what are you needing a credit card for?


  16. Decided to be a nice person and let a certain bank, which issues coral pink debit cards and has a really dank community forum that they actually post on and use, that their income checks aren't very robust for Overdraft and Loan applications. :)




    If you're confused, a while back I was able to apply for an overdraft despite not having a regular source of income. And yet the money side of it was fine, It was the credit score which was too low.




  17. Yeah bois!



    At this point Rockstar is just handing out free money to play the game cos some people are too scared of the oppressor mk 2 to play. xD


    They're gonna be doing this for players who play every weekend in February Up To 1M GTA$

    1. LukeSavenije


      so we can buy one too and scare the crap out of everyone?

    2. AluminiumTech


      Sadly they temporarily discounted the Oppressor Mk 2 and so it's now only around 2.9 Mil GTA$ to buy it so you'd need to get the wallet out and buy shark cards :(.


    3. AluminiumTech


      Besides that's mean xD


  18. Hi, I've noticed that the forum got a privacy policy update sometime after GDPR came into effect. However, from what I've read of the new privacy policy it makes no mention of a few major things. These include: Data Portability Right To Access Breach Notifications And the current implementation of the Right To Be Forgotten seems highly impractical and does not feel like the "Privacy By Design" philosophy mandated by GDPR. Not only that but the Privacy Policy fails to mention that data processed about EU Citizens is regulated under the EU GDPR and EU laws. @colonel_mortis Some clarifications and possible solutions to the above would be appreciated. Thanks.
  19. Straight up asked Google customer support (they can be really difficult to contact) if Google uses Google Pay transaction information for advertising purposes.


    And it seems that if you turn off AD personalization that the answer is no.


    Not sure if the answer is yes normally -_-.

  20. AluminiumTech

    Clarification on GDPR Compliance and Stuff

    Okay but what about this? At the end of the day, the forum still processes data from EU Citizens regardless if it is transferred to Canada. Under GDPR, the data must still be treated as if it is from the EU and LMG, as they are a non-EU business, would need a company in the EU to represent them if they want to offer services to EU citizens. And also on a completely different note, how do you plan to comply with the GDPR if a forum member is suspended or banned and wants to have all their data about them removed or anonymized?
  21. AluminiumTech

    Radeon VII - Did AMD lose again?

    Nvidia is guranteeing certain features on G-Sync monitors. Generally G-Sync monitors are more expensive because they are objectively better monitors which cost more for OEMs to make. A lot of monitors which are FreeSync certified aren't great. They're okay and they're cheap but they're not the same quality as G-Sync displays. Not all FreeSync monitors will work as you expect on Nvidia cards. Even some of the FreeSync monitors Nvidia has tested to work and were approved on Nvidia cards may not actually work as expected.
  22. AluminiumTech

    Radeon RX 570 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB?

    I would argue that comparing a 570 8GB and a 1060 6GB is unfair. But of those two, the 1060 6GB is better.
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    I gave up on trying to get GTA 4 to work on my PC  :(.


    I originally bought it cos I wanted to play the story and i've never played it.

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    2. WikiForce


      i am not in anyway encouraging piracy, my family could care less about me buying legit copy of the games :(

      I'm struggling to buy even a 120GB SSD rn :/

    3. Nicnac


      steam refund works pretty well for me as well. Tried out a couple of games over the weekend and only kept those that I liked :) had them refund me same day.

    4. Bananasplit_00


      it ran just fine on windows 10 last time i tried? no modding or anything.. wut

  24. I forgot how awesome it is to drink unsweetened English breakfast Tea :P.


    Drinking some rn at almost 1am with some "Rich Tea" flavoured biscuits.

    1. Cyberspirit


      Are those teas different from regular tea or, are they just as bitter without sugar?

    2. AluminiumTech


      @Cyberspirit "English Breakfast" is basically the generic tea most people probably think of when they think of black tea or just tea in general.


      If you ever get offered tea on an airplane or a ferry to drink then this is usually what they'll serve :P.


      When it's unsweetened it has so much character and taste to it and smells great imho :D.

    3. Cyberspirit


      I don't think I've ever had just plain black tea. My usual go-to is green tea that has lemon and or mint in it.

  25. AluminiumTech

    AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Performance Overview and Review 2019

    The clockspeeds are without me ocing it but the card is already factory overclocked to 1592MHz although sometimes it stays around 1400MHz