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    Coincidentaly, I came across this article: https://benhoyt.com/writings/io-is-no-longer-the-bottleneck/ It's somewhat technical, intended for programmers, but in summary: You can read data from an SSD faster than the CPU can process it, even when...
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    I have two Asus montherboards in the house at the moment. I just checked the manuals, and one of them (A320M-K) indicates +/- in the manual, while the other (CH7DH) does not. I never even noticed though, since I didn't connect a power LED to that...
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    Mr Evil replied to the thread Case selection = SAD!.
    I also dislike most modern cases, and like brushed aluminium. There are a few nicer cases around, but I dealt with it myself by just making a case instead of buying one. I remember doing some tests on this back in the 20th century, and there...
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    You can get those already. They're called Intel Arc.
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    Everyone who has used a multimeter very much will have done this (tried to measure voltage when the probes are in the current position) at least once. I've done it several times myself. When it's a proper meter with a big fuse for the 10A range...
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    The multiple rails are just have separate current limits applied, they aren't separately regulated. Thus, nothing bad will happen when they are connected together.
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    You're too late on that one, as there were real-time ray-traced games years ago. I can't find any to link to now though, as search engines just put stuff about RTX at the top for any search about ray-tracing.
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    The spec says that if the sense pins are open, the max. power is 150W*. That isn't enough for a 4090, so it should refuse to work. * That's from the ATX12VO spec, but it will be the same everywhere.
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    That's a 1.3x increase. Depending on how hard the chips are pushed to get them to just 2.3GHz, I would expect that to increase power consumption by at least 1.3³ = 2.2x. Not all of the 355W TBP is core power, so it wouldn't end up 355x2.2W, but...
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    Taking a good photo of something that small requires a macro lens, and not many people have one of those, even if they can take good photographs otherwise.
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    Sorry to bump a thread by quoting myself, but it seems that Intel were way ahead of me, and had already added this to the ATX12VO spec in March 2022. It allows up to 3x nominal power as long as it's no more than 100 microseconds long.
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    I have a Neo G7 and work with text all day. I barely even notice the curve after a while. Maybe it would be different if I did CAD. What is a problem is the local dimming; it's obviously tuned to minimize blooming, so light text on a dark...
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    That is interesting, yes. If I might be permitted to engage in baseless speculation for a moment: We know that nVidia was aware of this problem since September, before the 4090 was released. Therefore it's reasonable to assume that they made...
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    They weren't different gauges, just different voltage ratings. That means one would have slightly thicker insulation than the other. Both are more than adequately rated for 12V, so both are acceptable.
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    It's weird because it's more curved in the middle than at the edges, making things diplayed towards the edges appear to curve backwards. Overall I still prefer it to a flat monitor, it's just... *why* on Earth would they do it like that?!
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    Industrial espionage very much happens. I'm sure both companies do everything they can to keep tabs on the competition - how else would they manage to make their tiers match up every generation?
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    Presenters have to elicit reponses that will be helpful to the viewer, not to themselves. This means they have to ask questions about basic things, even if they already understand, so that viewers don't get lost.
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    That article links to one about the "Vintage Sports-Car Club", for which one of the references from 1961 says that the club was for cars from up to 1931 - i.e. they counted 30 year old cars as "vintage". The TI-85 is now... 30 years old.
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    Most people don't notice it, but if the frame rate can't sync exactly to the refresh rate, there will be periodic hitches as a frame is offset by one refresh cycle. I'm the only person I know who even knows this happens, let alone cares. But then...
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    My TI calculator died a long time ago from leaky batteries, but I still use a TI emulator instead of Windows Calc. While there are native apps that are better for graphing, solving etc, I still like the TI because the interface is comfortingly...
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