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Dave James responded to Jac Atax comment in
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Blade Shadow streaming review: how to turn a Dell XPS 13 into a mighty gaming machineBlade Shadow streaming review: how to turn a Dell XPS 13 into a mighty gaming machine
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Don't turn in your word processor yet Dave. The cloud is bland when it comes to hardware, it's like finding plastic packaged mince at the supermarket instead of the thrill of the hunt. Do I settle for a 1050 GTX Ti or do I wait for the elusive 2080 and also bag a new monitor, cpu, motherboard and throw in a case as well or do I settle for what everyone else has on the cloud?
I understand the gaming subscription model well, as it is the same game everyone gets to play, but I prefer the fun of tracking down reviews, configuring the design and putting it all together.
I hope sites like this last a long time yet, long enough to finally get a GPU at a decent price and then start dreaming about the next one.
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And I hope people like you are around for a long time yet too!


I too love the process, the search, the building, the testing, and the creation. And yes, having something individual to you.

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Dave James responded to TimeWentSlow comment in
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ErgoDox EZ Shine review: ergonomic keyboards deserve a little more gaming loveErgoDox EZ Shine review: ergonomic keyboards deserve a little more gaming love
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You're nailing it with these articles. Mech switches one from a few days back was so good too. Keep up the good work!
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Our Jacob knows his stuff!

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*sigh* responded to Dave James's comment in
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Is that an impression of me :(


Not sure what you mean though. We try and review kit from all manufacturers, why should we exclude MSI from that?


But, if you're referring to us recommending MSI boards specifically, we've actually recommended Asus motherboards as the top choice for all three categories above. MSI have just been the runner-up.

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Nah Big Dave is a old 2000ad comic. That would make a great punchemup. But offended just about everybody in the 90s. It was hilarious. He had a retarded mate called Donald too. The world cup was on at the time.

Think about that. It offended most in the 90s.

The 90s.

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bobhumplick responded to Dave James's comment in
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Battlefield 5 may be an Nvidia GeForce game now, but AMD ruled the closed alphaBattlefield 5 may be an Nvidia GeForce game now, but AMD ruled the closed alpha
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As we mentioned in the piece - the benchmarks were run at Ultra settings in both DX 11 and DX 12, with the game running at either 1080p or 1440p.


We used the Asus ROG Strix versions of the GTX 1060 and RX 580 so the coolers were identical and left them at default speeds.

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actually it doesn say the 1060 and the 580 were at ultra. it says that the 1080 ti was at ultra. unless im missing something. im sure thats what its at, ultra but it doesnt exaclty say it.

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Nvidia and AMD GPU cryptocurrency demand to rise again... and you can thank mother natureNvidia and AMD GPU cryptocurrency demand to rise again... and you can thank mother nature
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If China holds over 50% of the worldwide Bitcoin mining, doesn't that mean that if they got together, they could make up whatever transactions they like? Sounds ominous.
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Which is precisely why the people behind some cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum, want to move to a proof of stake consensus rather than a proof of work one. That would take it out of the hands of the people who own the most hardware, and go back to the original decentralised ethos.


Bitcoin may be the standard bearer for cryptocurrencies but it's not going to be the one the world finally settles on.

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Intel confirms, and then hides, 8 new 9000-series Coffee Lake CPUs for release this yearIntel confirms, and then hides, 8 new 9000-series Coffee Lake CPUs for release this year
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Am i reading this right ? A 12 Thread Unlocked Core i5 ?
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Oops, yes you are reading it right, I just hadn't entered it into the table correctly... fixed.

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Dave James responded to MadMarchHare comment in
2 Weeks ago
Razer releases its first optical mechanical keyboard and almost entirely misses the pointRazer releases its first optical mechanical keyboard and almost entirely misses the point
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Tried mechanical switch keyboards before, I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Found them to be very expensive and overly responsive to a ridiculous level. I'm not particularly clumsy either, but keyboards like this heighten the slightest mistake to an insane degree.
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It really depends on the weighting of the particular switch. I quite like a good Cherry MX Black switch, you have to really mean it when you press down on those bad boys!


It's also not just the responsiveness that makes them preferable to membrane switch boards, they also have much longer lifespans.

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anthonyl responded to Dave James's comment in
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Intel Core i5 8400 review: this is THE gaming Coffee LakeIntel Core i5 8400 review: this is THE gaming Coffee Lake
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We tested with our test rig's standard cooler to give comparative results, which are more important than a standalone figure that doesn't relate to anything.


And we used Attila as it's an incredibly intensive DX11 benchmark, while the DX12 Warhammer test was incredibly flaky for a long while.


As for the 8-thread Ryzen 5 chips, they perform significantly worse than the Coffee Lake hexcore in both gaming and multi-threaded tests.

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Hi Dave, where can I find that Attila benchmark? I mainly play Total War games and I'm currently looking for a new system. The problem with TW games (especially the older titles up to Attila) is bad use of modern hardware. They only run on one core and barely use more than 4 GB video memory from what I've read.

My current system is an i5 4670K @ 4.1 Ghz and a GTX 780. An ancient system for any recent game, but I wonder whether an i7 7700K and a Titan X would even make much of a difference with Total War games or just be a waste of money. I've seen videos on youtube of people running Attila at 40 fps in huge siege battles, using an i7 8700 K and a 1080 Ti.....which is just absolutely terrible, at 1080p nonetheless!


Which CPU and GPU would you recommend for a guy playing mainly Total War and strategy games?

Thanks!

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TimeWentSlow responded to Dave James's comment in
4 Weeks ago
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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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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