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eshbop

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    eshbop got a reaction from Madfang in Experiences with non-techies   
    My mate currently wants my help in trying to find him a good deal on a 2nd hand laptop that he can game on. He doesn't seem to understand that laptops are terrible for gaming (especially when he wants to pay like $600-800 for it) and that he could pay a little extra for a much better experience. He already has a laptop so it's not like he wants it just because it's portable. I just don't get it...
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    eshbop got a reaction from Rohit Jackdaw in Experiences with non-techies   
    My mate currently wants my help in trying to find him a good deal on a 2nd hand laptop that he can game on. He doesn't seem to understand that laptops are terrible for gaming (especially when he wants to pay like $600-800 for it) and that he could pay a little extra for a much better experience. He already has a laptop so it's not like he wants it just because it's portable. I just don't get it...
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    eshbop got a reaction from AndrewDina in How long should I run prime95 for to check for a stable overclock?   
    prime95 only test specific instructions sets. Even then it does it at an unnatural level. If you want to run prime you need to run for at least 17.5hrs for it to go through each FTT length (at 15min per length) because some chips will BSOD at specific FTT length and not others.
    You want other stress test that stress all aspects of the CPU (eg PC Mark 7, AIDA64) to make sure you've go it stable. Though in saying that prime95 won't hurt as long as you used a manual voltage with Haswell. Offset or dynamic vcore settings put unnaturally high volts through the CPU when stressing using prime, which makes prime useless for homing in an OC (on Haswell). Through it is still useful to quickly (in manual vcore mode) get an idea of the vcore required for your chip at a specific frequency.
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    eshbop got a reaction from jtai117 in Is This Brand Trustworthy?   
    Fan controllers are pretty simple, I wouldn't worry about the brand too much.
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    eshbop got a reaction from NeatSquidYT in Have any of you actually won a tech giveaway?   
    Steam gave Sniper Elite V2 away to everyone a few months back...
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    eshbop reacted to docos in TV panel questions   
    Well it depends on the series. For lg their lb6300 series uses only IPS panels. However their lb5600, 5800, and 5900 are not IPS, according to the chart Amazon. The handy dandy chart does not say what panel type it is, just that it is not IPS. However I have been looking around and have found some websites claiming that the lg 47lb5900 does in fact have an IPS panel, but these are random websites that I have never heard of so who knows. LG's own website for the 5900 series has no mention of a panel type. 
     
    Point being don't assume that just because it's a "good brand" of tv that It uses an IPS panel. Do some research and confirm one way or the other. Also not trying to attack eshbop or anything, just wanted to spread this bit of information.
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    eshbop got a reaction from Sack in TV panel questions   
    LED is just the backlight tech. They are all still LCD's.
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    eshbop reacted to xnoobftw in Apple is now worth more than Russia’s entire stock market   
    I guess apple is.... Putin in more effort
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    eshbop reacted to LAwLz in "Gender Equalty" Rating on Games in Sweden   
    No actually, if the test is based on the Bechdel test then the Barbie game might pass, but things like Farmville and Candy Crush Saga will not pass.
    The Bechdel test is quite literally "two female characters talk to each other about something other than a man". That is the entire test. If the main villain is a man, and all the dialog in the game is about how evil he is, then he doesn't matter if you play as 5 different and well written female role models.
    If you have a Barbie game where you play as Barbie and talk to your female friend about let's say shoes, then it will pass.
     
    It's a very ridged test and it's not up for interpretation if something passes or not, which is good. The test itself is pure garbage though.
    I doubt that it will be the only criteria for the label. If it is then the labeling will do more harm than good (again, games like Senran Kagura Burst will pass but Minecraft won't). If it's not based on that then I fear the test will be extremely subjective.
    We might end up with someone like Anita who misinterpret the message of games like Zelda. Hell, with Anita's criteria you can pretty much call any game sexist. Even her own game concept is extremely sexist according to her own thesis (see the first ~6 minutes of this video).
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    eshbop got a reaction from CaptainKoda in Define R4 - Power LED flickering.   
    If I'm understanding you correctly it looks like the Power LED is in the wrong way. The PowerLED+ should be in the Upper left pin.---------------------------
    | P+ | P- | __ | __ |
    ----------------------
    | H+ | H- | __ | __ |
    ---------------------------
    Hope that makes sense lol
    If you've got it set out like that already then either the Power LED cable/s or Power LED is buggered. To test which one it is, plug the Power LED cables into the HDD LED pins (+ into +, - into - obviously) and start HDD defrag, if they light goes on and stays on you know the Power LED is fine.
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    eshbop got a reaction from Allahu Snackbar in Experiences with non-techies   
    My mate currently wants my help in trying to find him a good deal on a 2nd hand laptop that he can game on. He doesn't seem to understand that laptops are terrible for gaming (especially when he wants to pay like $600-800 for it) and that he could pay a little extra for a much better experience. He already has a laptop so it's not like he wants it just because it's portable. I just don't get it...
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    eshbop reacted to mr moose in Nvidia debunks Moon landing Hoax with Virtual Light   
    Cool,  does this mean we can expect AMD to retaliate and prove Elvis is actually dead?
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    eshbop reacted to creatip123 in How to tell if your FLAC files are 'really' FLAC   
    FLAC files are all the craze on audio lovers nowadays. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Compression) is supposed to give a size compression to original PCM uncompressed (wave), without any loss in quality and frequency range of the original file. 
     
    Now how do you know the FLAC files you have, that you don't encode yourself (maybe downloaded/bought online) are 'real' FLAC, meaning they were encoded straight from a good full frequency range source? 
     
    I found an article on the net, on how to test the 'quality' of the FLAC files you have. I'm sure many of you know about this already, but what the heck.....
     
    - First you need to download a freeware program called 'Spectro', and install it. It's light and totally free.
    - Run the program, open a file you want to test. It will show vital informations of the files
     
    For example, I got these audio files from a website that provide various file formats for a particular song for download. So I'm assuming they do the encoding of the different formats from the same master source.
     

     
    This is the result of the FLAC file testing. You can see the spectrometer goes all the way up to full 22KHz. Because the sample rate of this file is 44khz only, so full spectrometer at 22khz (44 divided by 2) is very good. You can also see other informations on the file, like the compression ratio, original size, etc.
     

     
    This is a result of the 320kbps MP3 version of the same song. You can see the spectrometer got decapitated a little short of 22khz. The reason is because MP3 encoding uses a lossy compression, so you can see the loss there in the spectrometer and also in the frequency graph in the lower left.
     

     
    You might have guessed, the 128kbps version got decapitated much more brutally there. 
     
    You can encode a lossy, low quality MP3 (say 128kbps like above) to FLAC, but of course you won't get the full spectrum that way. 
     

     
    This is the reading of a FLAC file I converted from the 128kbps MP3 source. It's the exact same with the picture before it. So although it's a FLAC file, but because it's encoded from a lossy format, it doesn't have the benefit of the lossless compression. Funny thing is, the source file (128kbps MP3) is 3.8MB, while the FLAC file is 33MB. So I was actually wasting almost 10 times of storage space, for the same exact quality. In other words, totally overkill.
     
    So what's the meaning of all this? This is a way to tell if your FLAC files got encoded from a full frequency range source, or from a lossy source, like the picture above. The spectro reveals the 'true face' of the FLAC files you have. 
     
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    eshbop got a reaction from mkessler9 in I just got 152mb fibre   
    That's like, the entirety of Australia's bandwidth to the rest of the world.
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    eshbop got a reaction from Blecter in Removing Thermal Paste   
    Thought I was the only one.
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    eshbop reacted to Blecter in Removing Thermal Paste   
    I use brake cleaner on mine. Works great.
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    eshbop reacted to Deletive in GeForce GTX 980 starts listing in pricewatch engines (2560 Shaders, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs)   
    The architecture is basically made to scale and it should scale

    Much Improved architecture + Faster clocked vRam + Less fetching + 8x more cache + narrower bus ~= Slower vRam + wider bus.
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    eshbop reacted to ACatWithThumbs in GeForce GTX 980 starts listing in pricewatch engines (2560 Shaders, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs)   
    This was true for the 780ti vs R9-290X but not in this case.
    Unless it's a dual 256bit bus or a single 256bit/ 9-10Ghz bus there is no way it's going to come close to the 384bit/7ghz bus of the 780ti.
     
    I really hope so because I wanted to upgrade with this series.
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    eshbop got a reaction from Osmium in I just got 152mb fibre   
    That's like, the entirety of Australia's bandwidth to the rest of the world.
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    eshbop reacted to Blecter in DayZ Losing faith   
    It'll get finished.
    And when it is, all but the few "hardcore" PC players will have moved on. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if most already have. I certainly have.
    True, it's still in Alpha. Yes it's going to be buggy and take time to develop. But issues that were present on launch last December are still present today. Adding some new items or emotes don't make up for zombies that still magically walk through walls, or that fall through the ground, become invisible and chase you until you are dead.
    I'll give it a chance again in another 6 months, but at this rate I'm expecting more of the same.
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    eshbop got a reaction from Jammy Duel in AMD Radeon R9 295X2 price goes down, makes Titan-Z look like a joke to gamers   
    I always thought the definition was pretty simple. Think of it this way.
     
    Gaming is to a gamer, as hiking is to a hiker, fishing is to a fisher, or photography is to a photographer.
     
    I can often go hiking or fishing or photographing, but wouldn't consider myself a hiker or fisher or photographer until the pastime become more of a passion.
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    eshbop reacted to 79wjd in NZXT S340 - How cases are supposed to look   
    i think I actually like the metal cable guard more than grommets...although that may change once I've seen an actual build in one.
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    eshbop reacted to rambi36 in Whats better value for money ?   
    Just get another GTX 770
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    eshbop reacted to Wano1997 in Whats better value for money ?   
    Better value for money would be adding just 1 770...
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    eshbop got a reaction from Ardacer in AMD R9 285   
    Freesync = codename for AMD's technology (GPU hardware + drivers) that enables Gsync-like features on DisplayPort 1.2a AdaptiveSync ready monitors.
    So far, the 290, 290x, 285, 260x & 260 fully support it.
    Have to wait for new monitors, there will be a price premium but we are told it'll be less than Gsync.
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