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Jacob Ridley responded to hfm comment in
2 Weeks ago
Despite championing Nvidia's Max-Q at launch, the latest Asus Zephyrus won't use itDespite championing Nvidia's Max-Q at launch, the latest Asus Zephyrus won't use it
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Hopefully it's still as quiet as the previous model was touted to be. IMO the fan noise is the bane of every gaming laptop's existence, and I had heard they did a damn good job in that regard. I was interested in looking into that line when I finally get around to upgrading my beast if they were still making it.
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Absolutely. The 40 dBA target for Max-Q is a massive part of the appeal - it was especially impressive with the original Zephyrus.


Hopefully the latest model will match the thermals of the original model despite the full-fat GPU. Alongside the lower price, it could be a top contender in 2018 if it all works out.

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1 Month ago
NZXT Kraken X72 review: tall in stature and high in price, but falls short on performanceNZXT Kraken X72 review: tall in stature and high in price, but falls short on performance
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It's just my opinion, but I don't think that price should be a factor in a review. 6/10 sure sounds bad and by the number alone, one would think that it doesn't cool especially good, but in fact it's better than the X62 (although only a tiny bit).

In my opinion, a review of hardware should focus on its features and how good it is, while it's up to the consumer to decide if they want to pay the higher price for a small gain. The price should obviously be in the article (as it is) and it should be mentioned that the reviewer don't think the higher price is worth it, but the fact is that this is a superior product and shouldn't get a lower score because of its price.

But that's just me.
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I believe pricing is one of the more important aspects of reviewing products such as this. Price vs. performance makes all the difference between competing products and is often the main consideration among consumers. The fact you can get near-enough the same performance, or even greater, for a vastly reduced price is key.


Having said that, regardless of price, the X72 is exceptionally large and it's, more or less, wasted space considering the relative performance of smaller units. It's not quieter than the Corsair H115i Pro for its bulky size, either.


Overall, it's an okay unit which won't disappoint. But for that price, size, and performance I couldn't realistically give it a better score compared to the other units we've reviewed.

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Jacob Ridley responded to ZENVEGA comment in
1 Month ago
AMD gain GPU market share off the back of miners but it's still not all rosy for team redAMD gain GPU market share off the back of miners but it's still not all rosy for team red
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Zen 2 is coming out of TSMC believe it or not, VEGA is cleaning the pipes at GF for 7nm.
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Do you have a link to the source for this?


Based on GloFo and AMD's Wafer Supply Agreement, which outlines exclusive supply of wafers for use in all of AMD's microprocessors and APUs and a portion of their GPU business, I would assume it would be their GPU business that would make the transition to TSMC's 7nm tech.


Having said that, AMD did pay GloFo a significant sum to amend their wafer agreement for some 7nm and 14nm products, so it's not impossible for TSMC to pick up their entire CPU business. It would be surprising, however. We discussed the potential split when Lisa Su announced it here: https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd-7nm-tsmc-globalfoundries


The agreement and the amendment are outlined in the SEC filing in the story above.

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Jacob Ridley responded to xNuke comment in
1 Month ago
The gaming GPU doesn't exist that will run Final Fantasy XV at 4K 60fps on the highest settingsThe gaming GPU doesn't exist that will run Final Fantasy XV at 4K 60fps on the highest settings
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That's interesting. I will say the game is well optimized, at least for 1080p. With the highest preset (minus motion blur ugh) and all the nvidia gameworks stuff on, I'm getting stable 90-100fps.
i5-8600k (@4.9) + MSI Gaming X 1070 + 4200MHz Trident Z
I imagine with a 1080 I'd hit the 120fps cap no problem.
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I haven't had a chance to give it a whirl with a GTX 1070 as of yet, but it will likely make it into our tech review once the game has actually shipped.


As for motion blur... agreed.

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Noctys responded to Jacob Ridley's comment in
1 Month ago
The gaming GPU doesn't exist that will run Final Fantasy XV at 4K 60fps on the highest settingsThe gaming GPU doesn't exist that will run Final Fantasy XV at 4K 60fps on the highest settings
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Interesting! Is that with the ‘highest’ preset and Nvidia’s GameWorks all enabled?


We found LOD to be an easy tweak that bumped performance quite considerably, and wasn’t too detrimental to the experience overall. Only with LOD turned down a notch and GameWorks off entirely did we reach somewhat near 60 on a FE 1080 Ti.

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I believe so. I tried it out just after release for about 5 minutes just to see how it would look and run. I'll give it a more though run-through tonight (and note ALL my settings) and report back.

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2 Months ago
Here's why PC gamers should learn to stop worrying and love cryptocurrency's blockchainHere's why PC gamers should learn to stop worrying and love cryptocurrency's blockchain
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Peak shilling article.
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Nope, I'm afraid I haven't been able to retire off this article alone.


After speaking with a few companies working in this space, it seemed to me that there could potentially be some real utility in the blockchain technology for gamers down the road - at least once the graphics card market has leveled out.

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Tannhauser responded to Jacob Ridley's comment in
2 Months ago
Nvidia's anti-miner retailer advice is just an empty gesture to PC gamersNvidia's anti-miner retailer advice is just an empty gesture to PC gamers
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I wouldn't hold my breath for this issue to fix itself. Once one cryptocurrency reaches a difficulty beyond GPU mining, another will always be ready to take its place.

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So the idea is to set up a mining farm powered by GPUs that is not as powerful as one built on ASICs but more versatile, being able to switch to another crypto overnight? That's interesting but it rests on the crypto economy continuing to expand at, at least, its present rate. Again, not sure how many "larger mining outfits" would go with this strategy over playing it safe with bigger, more established cryptocurrencies, that can be mined with ASICs.


ASIC-resistant doesn't mean ASIC-proof, btw. It's just a matter of whether the market capitalization and revenue can make an ASIC profitable.


Fascinating stuff, regardless.

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Soulbite responded to Jacob Ridley's comment in
3 Months ago
Dell launch their New XPS 13 with space-age materials ahead of CES 2018Dell launch their New XPS 13 with space-age materials ahead of CES 2018
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I believe US taxes are not included in that price, whereas UK VAT is. (Not to say that British folk don't sometimes get hit by poor exchange rates, however)

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Even including VAT that would make the British price higher even if Forex rate was 1:1

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Anakhoresis responded to Jacob Ridley's comment in
5 Months ago
XFX tease AMD RX Vega design, but no launch date for patient customersXFX tease AMD RX Vega design, but no launch date for patient customers
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I noticed some RX580 cards specifically dropping in price recently too. Maybe these price hikes due to mining are finally tapering off...

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Prices went up the next day by a minimum of $50. Odd. But still getting closer to MSRP slowly! I technically got under, I got mine for $505 (as opposed to $600) but it no longer comes with any games either as far as I can tell and the aluminum shroud really isn't worth an extra $100 (But $5? Sure haha).

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