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Dave James responded to TimeWentSlow comment in
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With Nvidia's GTX 1180 incoming, graphics card makers are keeping GPU prices highWith Nvidia's GTX 1180 incoming, graphics card makers are keeping GPU prices high
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Thanks for the reply Dave, and for the link, which I apologise for not being aware about (more on that below)! It's actually really great, and it seriously needs to stand out more!


Perhaps your regular readers have it bookmarked, but man, I would have this thing prominently placed so that anyone hitting the homepage (or even glancing over the navigation at the top) would be aware of this resource, as I could easily see it as something that'd be frequented regularly by prospective builders, or by anyone just wanting to keep up to date.


Speaking of which, my feedback is primarily around the reliability of the resource being one that's constantly up-to-date, which I'd imagine would be the core appeal of the thing. Even if you might not want to change anything in the article even as of today, if the publishing date were to read '20 June 2018', or if there were an 'updated today - 20 June 2018' type of message on there, that'd immediately infuse confidence in the article, which the current '30 April 2018', to me, does have a somewhat opposite effect unfortunately.


The second feedback is around the title of the article and its sub-sections.


Maybe it's me, but 'Best gaming PC 2018', comes across as an article focused upon an ultimate build that I might not be able to afford, rather than something covering a range of builds (which is perhaps why I might have subconsciously skipped the article when it appeared in the timeline). If it could convey a 'Today's recommended PC build guide for all budgets' type of idea instead, I wonder whether that might help it to be more representative of what you're going for.


Also, renaming the tiers along the lines of 'mid-tier, high-end and budget', leaving the 'gaming' part out (or alternatively ensuring that the 'gaming' part is included in them all), I think would add a little more clarity.


Thanks for hearing me out and also for doing such a genuine job with your coverage, which really comes through.

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Thanks for your feedback - genuinely that's invaluable!


I'll definitely take onboard what you're saying, especially about the title and sub-section names. And having it pinned somewhere on the homepage would be great - we're actually looking into different ways we can do that right now.


Watch this space :)

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TimeWentSlow responded to Dave James's comment in
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With Nvidia's GTX 1180 incoming, graphics card makers are keeping GPU prices highWith Nvidia's GTX 1180 incoming, graphics card makers are keeping GPU prices high
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Hiya!


We do have an article that aims to do what you suggest, but we do need to be better at updating it. Because of Computex, E3, and 'other things' we haven't updated it since the end of April. Sorry :(


https://www.pcgamesn.com/best-gaming-pc


We're going to give it a refresh soon, so let us know what you think of the format and what you'd like to see changed. It would be great to get your feedback.

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Thanks for the reply Dave, and for the link, which I apologise for not being aware about (more on that below)! It's actually really great, and it seriously needs to stand out more!


Perhaps your regular readers have it bookmarked, but man, I would have this thing prominently placed so that anyone hitting the homepage (or even glancing over the navigation at the top) would be aware of this resource, as I could easily see it as something that'd be frequented regularly by prospective builders, or by anyone just wanting to keep up to date.


Speaking of which, my feedback is primarily around the reliability of the resource being one that's constantly up-to-date, which I'd imagine would be the core appeal of the thing. Even if you might not want to change anything in the article even as of today, if the publishing date were to read '20 June 2018', or if there were an 'updated today - 20 June 2018' type of message on there, that'd immediately infuse confidence in the article, which the current '30 April 2018', to me, does have a somewhat opposite effect unfortunately.


The second feedback is around the title of the article and its sub-sections.


Maybe it's me, but 'Best gaming PC 2018', comes across as an article focused upon an ultimate build that I might not be able to afford, rather than something covering a range of builds (which is perhaps why I might have subconsciously skipped the article when it appeared in the timeline). If it could convey a 'Today's recommended PC build guide for all budgets' type of idea instead, I wonder whether that might help it to be more representative of what you're going for.


Also, renaming the tiers along the lines of 'mid-tier, high-end and budget', leaving the 'gaming' part out (or alternatively ensuring that the 'gaming' part is included in them all), I think would add a little more clarity.


Thanks for hearing me out and also for doing such a genuine job with your coverage, which really comes through.

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Dave James responded to MacDaffy comment in
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AMD’s Navi will be a traditional monolithic GPU, not a multi-chip moduleAMD’s Navi will be a traditional monolithic GPU, not a multi-chip module
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> one workload is a lot more scalable, and has different sensitivity on multi-GPU or multi-die communication.

CG path tracing is a highly scalable workload. EPIC says in a couple of years we might won't see anything else than ray tracing in game engines. Fully path traced renders are at 1 fps at 1080p now (no RTX required) and would take advantage of MCM: https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/8gp45m/ai_advances_cgi_industry_by_several_years_otoy/
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I think EPIC might be being a little ambitious in thinking that in only a couple of years there will just be ray-tracing in game engines. There will probably be some form of hybrid ray-tracing effects in most game engines by then, but the big switch from rasterization to ray-tracing isn't going to happen that quickly.


It was something we spoke with David Wang about too:


“I do think ray-tracing has its place, but is this going to be a sea-change overnight? Will people compromise on 4K display performance and start to become jaggy? I don’t think so.


"So, I think it will take time for this sea-change to happen, but even in the end I still believe it will co-exist with the conventional rasterizaton technology. Just because frame rate and resolution are so important to people.”

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Dave James responded to DustyGerkin comment in
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AMD is giving Threadripper 2 32 cores, 64 threads, and a top TDP of 250WAMD is giving Threadripper 2 32 cores, 64 threads, and a top TDP of 250W
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I'll be able to cook my tea on that chip. That's going to be one warm pc.
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Yeah, no-one's going to be overclocking their top-end Threadripper 2 chip with that Dark Rock Pro TR4.

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Dave James commented on
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Apple has decided you won't be able to play Steam games on your iPhoneApple has decided you won't be able to play Steam games on your iPhone
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Though if you've got an Nvidia GPU in your main gaming rig then you can still stream Steam games to your iPhone using Moonlight. It's available on iOS (though not Apple TV's store) and it's really good too :)
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Intel's financing of anti-diversity politicians and climate change deniers is 'a risk to the company'Intel's financing of anti-diversity politicians and climate change deniers is 'a risk to the company'
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The employment statistics are actually far above average considering the sad situation of systems level comp sci and mathematics graduates.
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Definitely, the efforts Intel has been putting in does show that, as a company, it is trying. Which is also what puts the political funding wing into stark relief.

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SkankwOn responded to Dave James's comment in
1 Month ago
Steam Link app preview: completely unnecessary for over 75% of PC gamersSteam Link app preview: completely unnecessary for over 75% of PC gamers
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Yes, I can imagine Moonlight must be a bit maddening! I'm still surprised AMD haven't created a GPU-based streaming setup themselves.


And I've gotta say, the actual stream feels more robust, in terms of image and compression, compared with Steam's In-Home Streaming. Just make sure any Game Mode feature is turned on with your Bravia to minimise input lag as much as poss.


It does seem to fall over a fair bit, and has issues with menus and settings that pop up on the desktop just after you click play within Steam, but I'm sure those will be ironed out over the beta test.

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Tested the app this weekend.


Flawless over 5Ghz WiFi to my Moto G5S+ phone.


Control Input issues to my Hudl 2 tablet (but great picture etc)


Awful stuttering and intermittent black screens to my Sony Bravia Smart TV (over Powerline network OR WiFi) - unplayable on TV (plugged my actual Steam Link back in and it works great over same Powerline n'work).


Not sure why but it's unplayable on my TV!

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xNuke responded to Dave James's comment in
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Steam Link app preview: completely unnecessary for over 75% of PC gamersSteam Link app preview: completely unnecessary for over 75% of PC gamers
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Firing that signal back out to the TV is probably going to add in another level of latency into the proceedings, so it might not be exactly like using a regular Steam Link.


But as I say, most PC gamers have been able to make this happen for years and it's still not that widely used. I don't doubt it will be downloaded a lot, I just don't expect it to be any more regularly used than Moonlight, which at the moment is a superior app.

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Fair enough. I haven't done any testing other than firing up GTA V and F1 2017 to see how smoothly it ran.

Got fed up trying to get my DS4 to work flawlessly with the Galaxy S8, it was lagging like hell, completely unsuable. (Not Steam Links fault as it was delayed everywhere else too)

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Rock1m1 responded to Dave James's comment in
1 Month ago
Nvidia's next-gen graphics cards are still a way off if the GPU 'supply run' is any indicationNvidia's next-gen graphics cards are still a way off if the GPU 'supply run' is any indication
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It's not really a counterpoint, however. This could very well be the last big shipment of Pascal GPUs, but that still means the new GPUs aren't going to be here for a while, at least not until September-ish.


Nvidia wouldn't fill the channel and release new graphics cards straight after.

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This year isn't way off, it sounded like it is not coming this year.

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