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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby JurassicJeep12 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:01 am

Thought this might fit as well: New OS by Valve/Steam

http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/09/24/steam ... -and-cons/
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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby Behudeti » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:42 pm

Has anyone used drawing tablets before?
https://sites.google.com/a/bosto.co/bosto/products

Thinking of getting the 22HD one, these are about half the price of the Wacomb Cintiq ones that seem to be the standard.
The Bosto ones seem to be getting good reviews and gaining ground though.

Being able to draw directly into computer programs sounds like it would be awesome, because I could never do it with the mouse.
Anyone have any thoughts on these though?
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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby briguy » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:26 am

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290x-hawaii-review,3650.html

New review up from Tom's Hardware about the Radeon R9280X
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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby Viking » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:52 pm

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I thought this would be better than simply make a new thread with a more or less identical subject.

For my next PC I'm aiming for the new Intel enthusiast/high-end platform, which will be released in mid September. This includes the X99 chipset and i7-5xxx processors. I want the i7-5960X, but don't know if I can afford it so I'm focusing mostly on its little brother i7-5930K. Both of these will support 2x16x PCIe lanes (beware that i7-5820K only support 1x16x) and I plan to fill them with two nVidia GTX 780 Ti in SLI. One card to begin with and then add another later.

Now, this platform will be something else. The new X99 chipset replaces the soon 3 year old X79, which is now seriously lagging behind. X79 doesn't even support USB 3.0 ... The new processors have a 22nm architecture and will leap forward in performance with its 4-channel DDR4 support. According to one news site Intel has changed the thermal goo under the tin lid to "a new type" that reduces the temps 5-10 degrees (compared to the existing thermal solution on the i7-49xx series).

I think this platform will be ideal for Star Citizen. :)


More:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haswell_(microarchitecture)#Desktop_processors
http://thepcenthusiast.com/intel-haswel ... -i7-5820k/
http://www.thinkcomputers.org/intel-has ... e-spotted/
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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby 'Judge'ment » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:14 pm

I'd be willing to donate to a Org Bank of sorts, or have folks who really need stuff post the minimums they need. (personally need a few weeks until I can do that, lol) We're a big family, need all hands on deck, we are only as strong as our weakest link. We have two years to become a well oiled machine, in-game and out.

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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby Viking » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:03 pm

Anyone else thinking about buying the new Enthusiast/High-End platform from Intel?


Here are some motherboard sneak peaks:

EVGA: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8164/comp ... -prototype
MSI: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8133/comp ... -31-at-msi
ASROCK: http://www.kitguru.net/components/mothe ... -extreme6/
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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby DarkenSeyreth » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:10 pm

Viking wrote:Anyone else thinking about buying the new Enthusiast/High-End platform from Intel?


Here are some motherboard sneak peaks:

EVGA: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8164/comp ... -prototype
MSI: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8133/comp ... -31-at-msi
ASROCK: http://www.kitguru.net/components/mothe ... -extreme6/


I'm personally not upgrading anything until next year. I may pick up one (or two) of the new Nvidia 800 series this xmas, but we will see. This video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCiLwkQNy3o has a lot of good reason to wait until at least Q4 this year, namely the X99 intel CPU like you linked, but it's probably worth waiting for the Motherboards that support DDR4.
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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby Viking » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:06 pm

Yes, it's always smart to wait a little after a new release, so prices will stabilize. I've seen that at least one month is necesarry to wait, if you don't want to pay the high introductory prices where demand is higher than supplies. Also, the DDR4 memory will be expensive at the start. So I don't expect to buy the new platform until next year either.

Here's someone who's selling DDR4 already: http://www.chiploco.com/ddr4-2133-mhz-m ... pan-34617/
... but why they're sold in pairs and not in quadruples is a mystery to me, since the new platform will be 4-ways on RAM.

The nVidia 800 series is exciting. If the rumors are true - that it'll perform much better and cost less than the current 700 series - then it's clear what to choose when the time comes. :)

But my guess is they'll hold off the 880 Ti edition until they see what AMD has up their sleeve, and so the 880 will be top model for a long time.
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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby Viking » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:36 am

Here's some new info about the coming Intel platforms Broadwell and Skylake.

Next year Intel will release Broadwell (tick-tick-tick), which is a shrink of the current Haswell and Haswell-E to 14nm. That means faster speeds; less energy; and probably better stability, due to bug fixes (this is normal procedure for all iterations and is generally not noticable for the consumer). Maybe some new features too (PCIe 4.0, USB 3.1 and M2 port)?

The other platform is Skylake (tock), which is will be released in 2nd quarter 2015 on 14nm and called Z107. This platform will focus primarily on low-medium PC's, plus laptops and other mobile platforms. My guess is that premium PC's will get the Skylake processors a few months later, in 3rd quarter.

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This Intel diagram show the probable technology support for the Skylake platform:

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As you can see, there's lots of goodies in there. Note the mix support of DDR4 and legacy DDR3 (a more energy efficient DDR3 version); PCIe 4.0, which doubles the data rate from PCIe 3, and support for mobile goodies like touch screens, fingerprint sensor, light sensor, smartcard reader (also for security solutions), and proximity sensor.

Will a new ultra low-power Skylake SOC be the death of the Atom processor? I have a hunch this is Intels first serious attempt to strike back at ARM and replace/pension the not-so successful ARM competitor Atom.


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Re: Computer Hardware Releases/Reviews

Postby Viking » Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:31 pm

DarkenSeyreth wrote:I may pick up one (or two) of the new Nvidia 800 series this xmas, but we will see.


There's a picture of what is rumored to be a 880 PCB here: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gtx-88 ... 27190.html

In that article they don't believe the card will have 16GB of memory. I'm not so sure ... If you think about that 4K needs about 4GB memory (see the Crysis 3 test here) then running three 4K monitors side by side will need 12 GB or more. However, I doubt nVidia will support more than max. two such monitors on one card. Then the card must have minimum 8 GB memory.

We know that the current GTX 780 supports 4096 x 2160. The 3 GB memory it has is not enough to support this resolution in games like Crysis 3! I'd guess the GTX 880 will support at least that resolution. From the Crysis 3 test (above) we see that it's not enough with 4GB memory to support a resolution of 4096 x 2160.

All this leads me to think the GTX 880 will have minimum 6 GB memory, probably 8. Maybe a Titan II card will have 16 GB memory?

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