What a crappy time this is. Just really, really crappy.
First off, stock for most of the new PC components, including CPUs and GPUs are non existent and have been for a long time. Secondly, when they are in stock, it is fleeting and they are incredibly overpriced. I had hoped that being a bit more patient and waiting until the new year things would improve somewhat, but here we are in the new year and it's the same as it ever was, if not worse in regards to the pricing.
A 6800 XT for 1000-1100 Euros? REALLY? How in the hell is this even possible, let alone acceptable. It's beyond a joke. This generation was really interesting to me because we have seen some marked performance improvements at what seems to be a reasonable price, if we take a 6800XT at around 650€ as an example. It is still pricy, sure, as I remember being able to get top tier cards for around 400€, however comparatively that seems like an utter bargain when all the actual available cards are priced at nearly double that.
Absolutely infuriating and completely disheartening to me, as I'm super eager to finally upgrade and enjoy the current generation of games at the best possible quality.
My current setup consists of 2 GTX 970s in SLi. Far from ideal since SLi is dead, and also it is really starting to show its age in new titles at 1440p, however it has served me well for a good few years. Now it comes time make a meaningful upgrade that would be an absolutely massive difference and I can't do it. I haven't been able to for months, and I have been regularly checking stock levels.
The same with a PS5 - where are they? I can't remember any time before where things have been apparently so limited and so inflated in price. This whole period has really bummed me out and made me far less enthusiastic about the whole PC and gaming scene.
It looks like by the time stock returns to some kind of 'normal', if it ever does, then we'll be looking forward to series refreshes or new models, and the whole cycle can start over again.
So when is the end in sight? When can we actually buy some damn hardware? I just can't fathom any more how this awful situation keeps prolonging itself.
Edit: my income isn't a serial flasher that likes to expose itself, I'm gonna blame my mobile keyboard
So I've been lurking around looking into PCIe screamers ( for reasons other than EFT ), and found that Battle Eye has LEAPED ahead of the game of cat and mouse :
I enjoy EFT and find it amazing the strides Battle Eye is taking with BSG. They are starting to crack down on one of the hardest types of cheats to detect out there.
Nvidia have officially decided to ban us from receiving GeForce Founders Edition GPU review samples
Their reasoning is that we are focusing on rasterization instead of ray tracing.
They have said they will revisit this "should your editorial direction change".
This is a quote from the email they sent today "It is very clear from your community commentary that you do not see things the same way that we, gamers, and the rest of the industry do."
Are we out of touch with gamers or are they? https://twitter.com/HardwareUnboxed/status/1337248420671545344
Having done a lot of photo/video shoots that require constant swapping of lenses/cameras/rigs, I've become frustrated that camera hardware innovations are mostly limited to sensor resolution/stabilization updates when the physical hardware could benefit from SO MUCH MORE. For reference I use a Canon R5, Sony A7iii, and RED dragon regularly.
It feels like the people designing our cameras are doing so in a lab and not the real world where so many inefficiency's would easily be discovered. Of course, there are pros and cons to any new system, but a lot of these core designs have essentially been the same since the 1960's. Feels like legacy camera companies have gotten complacent and just hope for brand loyalty.
These are just a handful of my overall camera gripes – each point adds another layer of complexity to any shoot that could easily be avoided. Yes, it would take some smart ergonomics engineers to perfect these hardware suggestions, but from my perspective no one's even tried to improve them in a meaningful way yet.
Problem: Why are loose lens caps still the only way to protect your lens? Anyone whose shot at sunset while bouncing between different lenses knows the feeling of sorting thru 5 different front/back lens caps in their pocket afterwards...naturally some will be different sizes too (hope you brought your ring adapters). Not to mention lens caps already pop off easily when placing a camera in a tight bag which leaves glass exposed anyway...
Suggestion: Build lens covers into the design of the lens. Yes it would take some figuring out on the engineer's side to keep it compact/strong, but is there really no other way?? What other products in 2021 require meticulous organization of custom protective covers?
ND filters (more useful for video):
Problem: Similar to the lens cap debacle. Grabbing your camera for a quick shot...oh dang too bright...better run back to your bag and sort thru multiple cases of filters to screw onto your lens just to reduce the light. If you're switching lenses, gotta unscrew everything and put the ND's on a new lens. I know some cine cams have built-in ND's, but this should be standard across all cameras like having ISO.
Suggestion: Build ND ability into the camera body or lenses. Again this would take some engineering to perfect in a compact way, but ND functionality should be as simple
In case you missed it, Nvidia decided to stop sending Hardware Unboxing review copies of GPU's because they didn't focus on ray tracing enough. Linus Sebastian says it is a dangerous precedent in limiting the press. What are your thoughts?
Here's the [original tweet](https://twitter.com/HardwareUnboxed/status/1337246983682060289).
Here's the [WAN show](https://youtu.be/iXn9O-Rzb_M) coverage of it.
Here is a [transcription of Nvidia's email](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/725727472364290050/787156437494923304/unknown.png).
ATTENTION UPDATE: Nvidia has just now walked back that email. They are very sorry. https://twitter.com/HardwareUnboxed/status/1337885741389471745
I called the shipping hub for the GameStop stores in my area, and an associate confirmed that gamer PC hardware is coming! That among some other cool details. Another associate from another store confirmed that streaming hardware will be coming first if not already in store, but actual internal components are scheduled when some stores get a new "face" it sounded like she said? I'm guessing the 1.5 tier stores will somehow reface themselves to indicate they are PC gaming oriented stores? Likely regional hubs I'd assume. They adopted a similar shipping and delivery model to Auto Zone and Advance Auto if I recall correctly. Sounds like a moon mission to me! 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀
I have trimmed the front of the audio file to protect the associate, and beeped our specific location area. Yes I am aware my phone and poor editing skills make me sound 13, but before you shit on me let me ask did you call and post it today? 😎
Edit: I'm going to trim and edit the audio from at least one other store. Two people noted "faces", but one of them also knew a little about hardware so I'll upload that as well.
Edit #2: Here is the 2nd recording. The reps audio was low, and I am not a sound engineer but I did my best.
Edit #3: can people tweet this @RyanCohen to get some exposure. Of course he can't say much, but the silence will tell all. I'm not the social media type, RC is one of like 6 people I follow but this gaining traction could be huge.
Edit #4: I had a wet dream last night that Ryan Cohen brought John Legere on board. Can you imagine? That dude is wild.
I should also note, someone else posted this rumor. I simply put in a little effort. I did not crack this myself.
Legal note I apparently already need to make, I live in a one-party consent state for telecommunication recording and I will be removing all personal and specific local area references.
There have been some whispers through the grapevine in many internet communities about a sad, wrong, and mean practice that I can only describe as pure evil. Folks, today I learned that there are people out there that use software tools to derail eBay listings for scalped graphics cards. Yes, that's right... people are using software to give themselves an unfair advantage in the exchange of PC hardware from manufacturers to consumers! WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING!? For example, see this well-known, already completed, eBay auction from days ago. Evil cyber criminals decimated this totally innocent and honest listing with dozens of fake bids. They bidded so rapidly, the lister couldn't even cancel them all - So sad!
Doing this isn't a good idea because it could get your account banned from eBay... unless you were to use, say, a VPN service to make a bunch of throwaway eBay accounts and stockpile their logins in a spreadsheet or something haha... IDK... or maybe everyone in the bid history is safe as long as the upper-most bid is fake? I don't entirely know how this dark underbelly criminal enterprise works, I'm just here to get the word out. So very shocking, all of this.
Again, do NOT do this. Scalpers are providing a valuable service to the PC gaming community when they pay $5 for bot scripts that snap up entire shipments of hardware from etailers and then automatically create auctions on other websites, pulling a 10x turnaround before the hardware even hits the first warehouse's shelves. It would be wrong to use bot scripts to deprive them of their right to trade graphics cards - just put yourselves in their shoes. They would never use technology maliciously to deprive you of a graphics card trade, would they? No. Never.
Also - do not create, share, and use bot scripts or other software tools designed to derail these auctions with said throwaway eBay accounts (fully automated, or machine-assisted via URL scraping, doesn't matter). It's simply a very immoral and reprehensible thing to do. This should go without saying, but it's also very wrong to create and share public anti-scalper Telegram channels and Discord servers with the sole purpose of sharing eBay listings w... keep reading on reddit ➡
So recently I’ve been encountering some blue screens and I was going crazy. It happens at the most random times, and ONLY happens when gaming. I was playing Warzone and noticed my PC BSOD’d, so I was kinda worried something had gone wrong. Recently added a SSD to my system and changed my fans out. Honestly, didn’t think it was either of those but maybe something was loose? I ran Furmark and CPU-Z over and over. Never went above 60c on the cpu or 70c on the gpu.
Here is the meat and potatoes.
I swore it was my PC. I set my ram to default 2133mhz and I reseated my CPU, even checked out my 3080. Nothing was wrong.
I went to the “Reliability Monitor” on Windows and saw this.
In the report, an application was reconfigured, and if you look, Gameinput Redistributable was reconfigured at the same time. Time to try to recreate the scenario. It crashes again and takes me here.
Gives me little to no info other than 7 errors that can be anything. But the fact that the Gameinput Redistributable was reconfigured the same time my PC crashed is a little sus. I looked into it.
“GameInput Redistributable is a Shareware software in the category Desktop developed by Microsoft Corporation.”
Weird, I uninstalled it https://i.imgur.com/QSRuOTX.png
Ran Warzone and played for about 2-3 hours and no crashes. Amazing! Guess what? My GF and neighbor both were having this problem, and this fix worked great.
However, today I hopped on, and guess what? I crashed again. I was like oh man it really is my PC. Nope. Checked again, it was the Gameinput Redistrubable. It for some reason was reinstalled onto my PC. What? What is MS doing?
I can’t find any more info on what this actually does and why it’s in my PC to begin with. I at first assumed it was some sort of emulation for controllers, or for Xbox related games. However, with the application uninstalled, my Xbox Series X controller still works, as well as my keyboard and the 3 Xbox games I tried, State of Decay 2, MS Flight Simulator, and Halo. Literally nothing happened.
I was also not updated completely, but regardless the error still occurs. I literally cannot restart my PC without Gameinput Redistributable being reinstalled on my PC. So, for now everytime I log on I have to uninstall it to play games on my PC, it’s honestly a hassle and I... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm a pretty big fan of Hardware Unboxed, because they generally practice high-quality data science. In particular, I see their ordered performance-delta plots as a gold standard for showing how tricky it can be to compare two CPUs or GPUs.
However, today's video (1/16) had some methodology that made me stop and scratch my head.
So, I figured this could be a pretty simple example for showing how to spot a "bad statistic." In other words, when someone creates statistics that diverge from the intended value.
In their video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSxuiWih_Z8), Steve produces a 16-game average by, as far as I can tell, just averaging together raw FPS numbers (12:50). That's a "bad statistic" for this case because it over-weights games with higher FPS and under-weights games with lower FPS. Normally that's not too much of an issue, but for this set of data that's a pretty extreme effect because RDR2 is 110 fps but Rainbow Six Siege is 440 fps. That means RDR2 matters 1/4th as much to the average as R6 does.
Because the real goal here is to look at performance between CPUs across a variety of games, each game is supposed to be a separate data point with similar weight. To do that with an average, the FPS values should be normalized to some sort of standard range. In this case, the unequal weighting winds up driving up the average FPS reported, and very marginally understating the difference between most of the processors. For example, the 10900k was 0.9% faster than the 5600x when I picked a weighting scheme, but is 0.5% faster in their data. The averages also shift pretty significantly for all processors, from ~190fps to ~130fps, but my methodology is not rigorous enough to trust that number. You can derive a "true" average here by looking at what you expect someone using the hardware to experience, but that's a rabbit hole that's not worth going down, and there's probably no exact solution.
However, even if we decide to equally weight each data point, there's an argument to be made that games with higher fps numbers should have lower weighting in a multi-game average, since consumers don't necessarily care if an ultra-fast game runs slightly-ultra-faster on a particular processor. Some sort of nonlinear penalization over a certain threshold would make sense, like if a game is above 244 FPS you stop considering it as much in the average. You can get pretty deep into the math here, but the ge... keep reading on reddit ➡
I bought a Trezor One and I’m really excited to get it and finally have possession of my crypto. Anything I should be careful of or any unboxing tips? Thanks so much to this sub for helping us noobies get into the crypto world. I’m so excited to be here!
I know Google Chrome isn't popular in Linux masses. But hey it works. I am on Manjaro. Downloaded Google Chrome using aur. Turned on this flags in chrome://flags
Installed enhanced-264ify extension. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/enhanced-h264ify/omkfmpieigblcllmkgbflkikinpkodlk
I can see "MojoVideoDecoder" on chrome://media-internals
00:00:09.406 kVideoDecoderName" MojoVideoDecoder"
Also, I installed intel-gpu-tools
sudo pacman -S intel-gpu-tools
I can see the Video/0 moving.
So, Google team just enabled Hardware Acceleration without much news?