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Dave James responded to Min64 comment in
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If Nvidia’s Volta GPU is 132% faster than Pascal, imagine what the new Titan's like... If Nvidia’s Volta GPU is 132% faster than Pascal, imagine what the new Titan's like...
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If Volta is going to be that good we will get $250 Volta cards that basically match the 1080 in 4k. That should make the mid range guys super happy.
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If only! :D

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Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti - availability, specs, pricing and performanceNvidia GTX 1080 Ti - availability, specs, pricing and performance
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Oh man, I remember the thrill of plumbing in my first 3dfx card bundled with Quake 2. Was a frickin' revelation!

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aaah, good old days, Monkey island - Loom - Atlantis ... games that took you to an entirely another dimension despite the pixelized graphics, to us it was 4k definition lol

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Performance benchmarks show AMD's Raven Ridge steamrolling 7th Gen APUsPerformance benchmarks show AMD's Raven Ridge steamrolling 7th Gen APUs
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Can't wait to see a surface come with something like this!
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I just really hope laptop makers actually make use of the Zen/Vega combo. Some super lightweight machines, with integrated Vega GPU power, could make for great little 1080p gaming ultrabooks.

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Raptr is dead. No more Gaming Evolved a year after AMD ditch the appRaptr is dead. No more Gaming Evolved a year after AMD ditch the app
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That's sad news for me...
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Not wishing to prolong the sadness, but what was it that you liked about Raptr? I'm genuinely intrigued about what it gave you that the Radeon software doesn't.

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Dave James responded to Rock1m1 comment in
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You don’t need a sound card, but Creative’s Sound BlasterX AE-5 will make you want oneYou don’t need a sound card, but Creative’s Sound BlasterX AE-5 will make you want one
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What about external solutions. I hear external usb sound cards are better as there is very little interference from electrical signals from the motherboard.
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If you're going pro and recording audio then an external sound card might be a better bet, but the shielding on modern PCIe sound cards is usually pretty good.


You can get a great audio upgrade from cheaper USB add-ons, like Creative's $25 Sound Blaster Play 3, but the discrete PCIe ones are another level on.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 review: even if you could buy one, you probably shouldn’t… yetAMD Radeon RX Vega 56 review: even if you could buy one, you probably shouldn’t… yet
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I may be wrong here, but I think you might be getting confused between total platform power draw and the rated thermal design point (TDP) of the cards.


The TDP of your liquid-chilled Vega 64 is 345W, essentially meaning its cooling has been designed to dissipate that level of energy use under load.


The total platform power draw shown in the benchmarks above represent the amount of energy being drawn from the wall into our test rig's PSU. That was taken using a discrete energy meter while running Battlefield 4 at max settings and at 1440p; the same method I've used for all of my GPU tests for a good few generations of graphics card.


The temperature readings are taken from Afterburner, which we leave running throughout the entirety of our testing suite to catch the maximum temperature, as well as long term GPU frequencies too.

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Well Tom's hardware did report that they recorded peaks from the standard air-cooled card (just the card, not including the rest of the system components) of 385w. Though their monitoring equipment is probably more sensitive to peaks.

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Nah mate these need to be called thong-qubits.
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Nailed it.

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The Xbox One X will have a big impact on PC gaming… but not in the way Microsoft wantThe Xbox One X will have a big impact on PC gaming… but not in the way Microsoft want
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Realistically though, you could slap pretty much any new GPU into a six year-old Intel Core i5 2500K machine and get a huge performance boost for less than $500. The old Sandy Bridge chip is obviously not going to be as quick as a brand new Core i5 or Ryzen 5 CPU, but will still comfortably support modern graphics silicon.

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IF, and that's a BIG "if" the other components in your configuration will support it. If that's you, you're in luck. If that's not you your options are upgrade what you can and play what still runs smoothly, get or build a new high-performance gaming PC for $1200+, or buy a $500 Xbox. The GPU argument in this article simply doesn't hold water. I game on PC by the way...

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Nvidia GTX 1080 vs. AMD RX Vega ... micro machines editionNvidia GTX 1080 vs. AMD RX Vega ... micro machines edition
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It's true that a lot of SFF chassis are capable of housing full size graphics cards, but won't anything that allows greater airflow (because the GPU's not taking up so much space) be beneficial in such a constrained area?

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True, it will definitely help temps! I just felt like the OP was implying that it was an amount of GPU power that wasn't available previously or that it significantly changed what you could do. Unless you're building a custom case, I suppose.

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I've tried the HyperX Cloud Alpha and it's the new king of gaming headsetsI've tried the HyperX Cloud Alpha and it's the new king of gaming headsets
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I still love the relatively flat EQ and broader frequency range of the Cloud, personally. Gives a more rounded audio experience, though the SteelSeries cans are pretty good.


The Cloud Alpha though does take that even further, with an incredibly natural-feeling soundscape. But no, it doesn't have surround sound as they couldn't get the 7.1 dongle into the package and keep the sub-$100 price.


But if you grab the awesome $25 Sound Blaster Play 3 that carries surround sound support.

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No mention of 7.1 surround on the Sound Blaster Play 3.


https://us.creative.com/p/sound-cards/sound-blaster-play-3

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