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  1. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Going from Red to Green   
    Heyyo,
     

    The AMD R9 270X is a good budget gaming GPU so it won't run 1080P graphics at maximum quality settings... so for the price you probably played? You can't expect it to perform as good as a mid or high end GPU. What kind of grief is it giving you btw?  

    LMFAO! If that doesn't scream "AMD fanboy" then I don't know what does... If anything? AMD is the EA of GPUs dude... buying out the competition and then claiming "oh we'll keep them as a separate company or something" and then change Westwood Studios to EA Los Angeles."... kind of like AMD buying out ATi and saying "Oh we'll keep their name" and then dropping ATi and calling their GPUs the "AMD Radeon"... keep it classy AMD.    

    Indeed. Maxwell is amazing and the AMD R300 series is coming out soon... so you might wanna just bear with your GPU until March or so and see what AMD comes out with.. either way? It could mean better price to performance as it could poise NVIDIA to lower their prices or AMD might come out with a better price to performance. I'm not an NVIDIA or AMD fanboy myself. I just go for the best price to performance on my builds. I got lucky on mine, got it mainly off a bud who was trying to recoup some costs on his Dogecoin mining rig and that's why I'm rocking my Intel and NVIDIA setup and I do love it.
    Either way? I'm sure you'll enjoy either a GTX 970 (tbh GTX 980 is a bit overpriced for the minor performance margin between the 970 and 980) or an AMD R9 290X. Both are good GPUs and have good price to performance.
    As for drivers? AMD has been leveling out the playing field with drivers slowly... their big "omega" driver release (wonder if it pays homage to the community-made omega drivers back in the ATi days) which introduced stuff like better frame pacing on Multi-GPU setups and downscaling resloution support. NVIDIA? The last stable driver release gave me some odd sleep/wake issue on Displayport 1.2 but they did iron it out with a beta driver release that came out a week later. A couple weeks later a new stable release driver incorporated that fix and I'm back to being very happy with the GPU drivers.
    Anywho? After giving my opinon on things? I'm still curious as to which problems your AMD R9 270X is giving you and if we could help resolve some of them. Please let us know and we will try to help.
  2. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Lossar in Texture pop-in across all games, any suggestions?   
    Just ran an MSI test while playing Batman Arkham City, optimized for performance. Both my GPU clock and mem clock ran as high as the stock settings would allow. No jumping up and down. Is it possible that I am complaining over a problem that is not the fault of anything, just the sum of my computer parts? :S

    Anyway, updating to W7 Service Pack 1 seems to have helped the problem. It also allowed me to run a memtest, which my PC passed.
  3. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Dimmdrive - RAMdisk for gamers at $37 USD.   
    Heyyo,
    Yeah RAMdisk is a cool idea, but it sounds a lot like Windows ReadyBoost or Intel's RST with a caching SSD... nowadays a 64GB SSD is dirt cheap and easy to setup for caching...
    I recently bought a Seagate 4TB SSHD cause they had pretty epic sales (newegg had it for 40% off haha win) and it's the same idea. It's essentially a 4TB HDD with a built in SSD for caching. It works great as long as you play the same games a lot and such.
    So? As neat as RAMdisk's sound? 64GB SSD setup for caching is a more reliable method due to larger storage.
  4. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in The Windows 10 Thread!   
    Heyyo,
     

    Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to legit product key owners of Windows 7 or 8/8.1. You have to claim the free upgrade during the first year of Windows 10 release but once you have it? your Windows 10 key is valid forever.  

    Vista was a necessary step... but it just wasn't as optimized as people wanted, especially for games at the time (F.E.A.R 1 being a prime example). F.E.A.R. 1 ran much faster on Windows XP due to Direct Sound Hardware Acceleration (Vista removed HAL in Direct Sound, thus it was software emulated sound.. oh, and 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems relied on HAL on Direct Sound... so that meant in Vista they were stuck with only two speakers working...) and also XP worked better for single-threaded applications. So those two differences made a BIG impact for PC Gamers at the time. Of course, Realtek and Creative Labs (both got crippled due to removal of HAL in Direct Sound) implemented their own work-around solutions to re-enable hardware accelerated sound for programs that used Direct Sound. Creative Labs created "Aclhemy" which translated the Direct Sound calls to OpenAL thus re-enabling hardware accelerated sound and EAX.
    Realtek's solution was...

    Some games ported their sound to OpenAL such as Battlefield 2 (which was very nice of DICE).
    Nowadays? This is no longer an issue as no one probably knows that "Direct Sound" is anymore and games use either FMOD or Microsoft's XAudio.
    If you're curious as to why Direct Sound HAL was disabled? Stability. Direct Sound was running on really ancient and unoptimized code since it's only had minor revisions to it unlike the leaps of DirectX 8,9 and 10... and the majority of BSOD's experienced in Windows XP was noted to be due to Direct Sound... so Microsoft created a whole new architecture, XAudio. XAudio solved the stability issues while still providing all the functionalities that Direct Sound had... Plus? It was also to promote game devs to port their games to Xbox as it also used XAudio.
     

    You should try it out tbh. Windows 10 is essentially windows 8.1 "optimized".. by that? It makes lots of changes that people critisized Windows 8/8.1 had... this could have been technically Windows 8.2 but I think Microsoft wanted to get away from the stigma of Windows 8 so people would consider buying it. I don't have any other install of Windows on my main rig tbh, just running Windows 10 Tech Preview build 9926 right now and I'm loving it. I'll definitely be grabbing that free legit upgrade to Windows 10 once she releases.
  5. Lossar liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Texture pop-in across all games, any suggestions?   
    Heyyo,
    Make sure your SSD's are running latest firmware updates please.
    Fallout? Due to how large the open world is? It'll have texture popping. It's just due to how large the world is and your rendering range or the trilinear vs Antisoptic filtering settings.
    If you're running Windows 7? Make sure you have Service Pack 1 and all windows updates please.
  6. Lossar liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Texture pop-in across all games, any suggestions?   
    Heyyo,
    Make sure your SSD's are running latest firmware updates please.
    Fallout? Due to how large the open world is? It'll have texture popping. It's just due to how large the world is and your rendering range or the trilinear vs Antisoptic filtering settings.
    If you're running Windows 7? Make sure you have Service Pack 1 and all windows updates please.
  7. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by illutian in 2015 and the "new generation PC components"   
    If hex cores come down to quad core price and likewise Octa core's comes down to Hex core prices. I would see that 10 year being a bit of an over estimation.
     
    Right now it's all about the price. That's why we won't see 'good games' recommending 6 or more cores, and requiring at least mid-range Quad Core CPUs.
  8. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by illutian in If Samsung were to buy out AMD - your thoughts?   
    I would give AMD another shot.
     
    ...also, holy shit, HDD/SSD, CPU, Video Cards.

  9. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Apex Spartan in Windows 7 and 8 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free   
    Windows 7 and 8 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free during the first year. Once the year passes, you will have to pay for it.
     
    Link: http://www.pcgamer.com/microsoft-windows-10-will-not-be-sold-as-a-subscription/
    Link: http://www.pcgamer.com/windows-10-upgrade-free-for-owners-of-windows-7-and-81/
     
    Thoughts?
     
     

  10. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in If Samsung were to buy out AMD - your thoughts?   
    Heyyo,
    Yeah it would make quite the company indeed since Samsung even make laptops... AMD would go from CPU/APUs, RAM and SSD's to the whole PC lol.
    Also, it could lead to better smartphone SoC's since right meow NVIDIA's Tegra X1 will probably be untouchable since Qualcomm can't even touch it yet since they don't have the same GPU R&D that NVIDIA has.
    It does make you wonder too though... ever since Intel blocked NVIDIA from licensing the x86 architecture? I wonder what could have been with the NVIDIA Tegra X1 if they were allowed to make it with an x86 quad core CPU... the thing runs Unreal Engine 4's Elemental demo without issue on ARM which is mind blowingly awesome... but on x86 it could probably play a crapton of games without issue much like AMD's APU.
  11. illutian liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in The Windows 10 Thread!   
    Heyyo,
    Microsoft announced FREE upgrades to Windows 10 for users with legit Windows 7 and 8/8.1 product keys for the first year! That's freaking epic! DirectX 12 for all!
    They also just released a new build (9926) and It makes the start menu even better and the notification center.
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2874800/microsofts-windows-10-build-9926-with-cortana-is-live-now.html
    It also brings "Cortana" the voice-activated personal assistant over from Windows Phone... but I am a mouse-click kinda guy lol, even on my HTC One M7 I don't bother with that voice activated stuff.
  12. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Kedric in The Windows 10 Thread!   
    Ubuntu 15.04 is removing Amazon tie-ins.
  13. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in AvP 2010 crash   
    Heyyo,
    Is that on Steam? If so, try checking integrity of the files in case the download was corrupted.
    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2037-QEUH-3335
    Otherwise if it's a retail copy? Make sure you're running the latest patch.
    Another thing to watch out for? Make sure you have the latest GPU drivers please.
  14. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Puntox's Rig - Overheating APU edition   
    Heyyo,
    Hmm... try downclocking your RAM please. that 1.65v? your CPU might not like it... try running it at 1600MHz with a lower voltage... since you're using a discrete GPU? the speed of the RAM isn't that important, especially with an overheating CPU.
    Another thing? Have you tried reapplying your thermal paste? Tbh on an APU without overclocking even the stock heatsink and fan should work fine, it shouldn't be hitting those crazy temps.
  15. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Going from Red to Green   
    Heyyo,
     

    The AMD R9 270X is a good budget gaming GPU so it won't run 1080P graphics at maximum quality settings... so for the price you probably played? You can't expect it to perform as good as a mid or high end GPU. What kind of grief is it giving you btw?  

    LMFAO! If that doesn't scream "AMD fanboy" then I don't know what does... If anything? AMD is the EA of GPUs dude... buying out the competition and then claiming "oh we'll keep them as a separate company or something" and then change Westwood Studios to EA Los Angeles."... kind of like AMD buying out ATi and saying "Oh we'll keep their name" and then dropping ATi and calling their GPUs the "AMD Radeon"... keep it classy AMD.    

    Indeed. Maxwell is amazing and the AMD R300 series is coming out soon... so you might wanna just bear with your GPU until March or so and see what AMD comes out with.. either way? It could mean better price to performance as it could poise NVIDIA to lower their prices or AMD might come out with a better price to performance. I'm not an NVIDIA or AMD fanboy myself. I just go for the best price to performance on my builds. I got lucky on mine, got it mainly off a bud who was trying to recoup some costs on his Dogecoin mining rig and that's why I'm rocking my Intel and NVIDIA setup and I do love it.
    Either way? I'm sure you'll enjoy either a GTX 970 (tbh GTX 980 is a bit overpriced for the minor performance margin between the 970 and 980) or an AMD R9 290X. Both are good GPUs and have good price to performance.
    As for drivers? AMD has been leveling out the playing field with drivers slowly... their big "omega" driver release (wonder if it pays homage to the community-made omega drivers back in the ATi days) which introduced stuff like better frame pacing on Multi-GPU setups and downscaling resloution support. NVIDIA? The last stable driver release gave me some odd sleep/wake issue on Displayport 1.2 but they did iron it out with a beta driver release that came out a week later. A couple weeks later a new stable release driver incorporated that fix and I'm back to being very happy with the GPU drivers.
    Anywho? After giving my opinon on things? I'm still curious as to which problems your AMD R9 270X is giving you and if we could help resolve some of them. Please let us know and we will try to help.
  16. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by illutian in how to deal with voice desync on LPs   
    When you say 'line up' are you using a keyword (ie "Begin recording now" *click record*)? I found, when using a auxiliary audio recording software, that there's about a 1000ms (1 second) perpetual delay that you'll never be able to get rid of...unless you're extremely OCD.
     
    This is why I would make short, sub-1 hour LPs with frequent 'small' points where I didn't speak. This allowed me room to cut and crop the mic audio or to replace entire sections that I didn't like with re-recordings.
     
    Finally, I just went with DxTory...so nice not needing to go through the hassle of lining up video & game audio with mic audio.
  17. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Zanturaz Cordanza in Going from Red to Green   
    So for a while now I've been using an AMD GPU (R9 270X) and CPU (FX 8320) and I have to say I'm disappointed with how it's been working for me in recent months and I'm fed up with the shitty AMD drivers. I'm planning on switching my AMD GPU out with a Nvidia GPU (I'm looking at the GTX 980) but I'm not sure if I want to go Nvidia or look into a better AMD GPU. (Also my OS is Windows 8.1)
  18. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Puntosmx in Going from Red to Green   
    The 980 is a rather good GPU. It's powerful and has lower TDP, which means less heat to disperse.
    AMD is soon to release the R300 series, with smaller nm design and lower TDP, which could be serious competence (or not) for the 900 series.
    If you're not in a hurry, I'd suggest you to let the R 300 series to come out and be benchmarked, and then decide.
  19. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Puntosmx in If Samsung were to buy out AMD - your thoughts?   
    Well, Samsung has the money and the foundry, and AMD has the processors and patents.
    I don't see it happening, unless something goes fubar with AMD, like the R300 turning out to be expensive paperweights.
    But if it happened, it would make Samsung a major player in all tech fronts.
    Interesting times indeed.
  20. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Puntosmx in Puntox's Rig - Overheating APU edition   
    So, tried taking out the GPU.
    All tests were made with ASUS default fan profile at performance, for max airflow.
    These are the results:

    Iddling w/R9 270X with screensaver on for 30 minutes
    A10-7850K    av 49° min 46° max 85°    up to 75%
    Radeon R9    av 32° min 30° max 36°    up to 42%

    Iddling without GPU with screensaver on for 30 minutes
    A10-7850K    av 46° min 43° max 74°    up to 31%
    Radeon R7    av 37° min 35° max 69°    up to 100%

    3D Mark Skydiver 1 loop without GPU (around 20 minutes)
    A10-7850K    av 60° min 47° max 92°    up to 98%
    Radeon R7    av 47° min 39° max 84°    up to 100%
    (scored 5666)
     
    I'll try lifting the case and swapping fans to give it more intakes.
    The PSU is sucking air from the bottom and spitting it to the back already

    I will make the swaps and further tests tomorrow.
  21. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in If Samsung were to buy out AMD - your thoughts?   
    Heyyo,
    So here's the editorial opinion that I'm talking about:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/samsung-amd-win-win-acquisition,28403.html
    It's an interesting proposition... but at the same time? I don't think it would fly as they are both major companies and it could be viewed as too large of a monopoly and they could be forced to split them up... then again? It could also mean AMD getting the R&D it needs to revamp their CPUs to level out the playing field with Intel and then they wouldn't need to discount their CPUs so heavily and be able to maintain better profit margins.
    What do you guys think? I know AMD isn't doing the best financially, but I think they can bounce back from their current state once this recession ends (and by recession I mean what's happening with the price of oil.. larger companies like Schlumberger already announced 9000 layoffs and Target is shutting down all their Canadian stores and Radio Shack is filing for bankruptcy).
    AMD is also on the verge of releasing the R300 series which should make the GPU market even more interesting as NVIDIA is also slated to release a few more GPUs in the Maxwell series... damn, if I had a bunch of extra cash? I'd start considering selling off my GTX 680s and buy an epic Maxwell or R300 card...
  22. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Is Assassin's Creed Unity playable on PC yet?   
    Heyyo,

    Yes its true and it did it in the oddest way... FMV's. Yep... the videos crash the game but only a few. It was something to do with the autosave fmv and the intro ones or something like that. If you search on Google for "Assassin's Creed Unity SLI fix 1.4" it'll show you what files to rename/delete and it'll work again. It is a lot more playable than before from what I hear... but it still needs work. Just buy the season pass for AC Black Flag and play that instead. It's cheaper and AC Black Flag was insanely fun.
  23. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Puntox's Rig - Overheating APU edition   
    Heyyo,
    Tbh? In your case, you will always want to maintain positive airflow, have MUCH more intakes than exhaust fans. I would set all your fans as intake and leave only the GPU, PSU and rear case fans as your exhausts that way any air going into the case should be vented out to the nearest exhaust and it should help prevent your case from filling with dust and should prevent heat from spreading from one component to the next.
    I think you currently have a negative ariflow since your top fan is setup as an exhaust. Try that change amigo.
     
    Another change? Make sure your PSU is sucking air from the bottom of the case and on mine setup like that? I even have a bunch of old CD plastic cases as spacers to allow better airflow from the bottom.
  24. Puntosmx liked a post in a topic by ThE_MarD in Cheap PC build repository   
    Heyyo,
    @Dim Tim:
    Yes I know the PS4 is fully keyboard and mouse compatible... but name how many games support it?
    I remember on the PS3, the ONLY game to support a keyboard and mouse was UT3 and CS:GO... which is disappointing... I know odds are they supported it because it was on PC... but COD is on PC... Battlefield's on PC... RTS games are on PC... why didn't the PS3 games make better use of such a versatile method of HID?
    As for logic? Yeah LinusTechTips is one of the only credible groups I'd trust to review hardware.
    As for the whole Console Vs PC thing? Like I said... mainly comes down to preference of input methods and price of the games... the gap between the two lessen all the time anyways... eventually I'm sure Microsoft might even go as far as to merge the Xbox and PC experience as they've been slowly merging their OS with tablets... it would be a good move for Microsoft though as SteamOS gained lots of attention.
  25. ThE_MarD liked a post in a topic by Puntosmx in 2015 and the "new generation PC components"   
    Probably, Star Citizen, along with a handful other games or programs, will be the reason many early adopters will embrace the next technological leap, and that's a crucial step of such a leap. But the core audience and late adopters will require further incentive, and a hundred high-requirements games will certainly make people ger 9XXs and Rage 300s.
    I guess that in that sense, we're both kinda right.
    Although, I didn't know about Cloud Imperium's involvement with hardware manufacturers, and that's why I thought it was less influential than it is