Recent content by tungt88

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    Anyone else got a 6700XT?

    For sure: like I mentioned in my post, I got my RX 6700 XT on its release date last year (March 18th, 2021) -- as for the outside queues for Micro Center, that pretty much died down since late January/early February (as the various Micro Center-focused Discords I'm on have noted); you can...
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    Anyone else got a 6700XT?

    Yes: got a stock AMD version from Micro Center (US tech-oriented physical retailer) on the day of release (waited outside), at the MSRP of $479 USD (before tax). The RX 6700 XT was trashed by a lot of online tech websites (that seemingly ignored the reality of current COVID-19 pandemic...
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    Is the RX 6900 XT at $1500 a good buy now? Or wait?

    If there's a Micro Center near your neck of the woods, you need to be on one of the Discord channels that cover delivery times/inventory (some kind folks will usually post up photos of the stuff available that particular day, once they "win" their spot in the GPU lottery, and are in-store...
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    Fusion reactor actually put out more energy than it consumed for the first time ever

    I agree, but I'll bet that 95% (or more) of the folks on the street (including many well-educated types) have absolutely no idea what RBMK/Windscale/etc means. Trying to get more nuclear reactors built in the US, might be the only thing that unites both the Republican & Democratic parties...
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    Fusion reactor actually put out more energy than it consumed for the first time ever

    Problem is, we've been 'conditioned' by decades' worth of movies/media, to think of nuclear reactors as little more than ticking nuclear bombs, with a teeny-tiny, weak "harness" for us to use. I'm almost 100% certain, that if you asked someone on the street how good a modern nuclear reactor is...
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl

    Yeah, it's all a Wild West right now, and no lack of folks doing their best to part other folks' money from their wallets, as usual (with good ol' snake-oil, conveniently relabeled for this modern age).
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    Headset/mic suggestions

    I'd recommend this over all the suggestions that others have posted: Sennheiser PC 38x $129 USD, but they are very, very good (and more comfortable than the EPOS/Sennheiser mashup that is the GSP line). Note that this is an open-back headset (so, folks might be able to hear what's coming out...
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl

    Admittedly, some of the mods up the difficulty of the Stalker series to a whole new level of "Misery" ;)
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    Sennheiser sells off headphone business

    If you're going the HD8XX route, you're going through initially for support; not so much Sennheiser (or Sonova), as Drop is the "middleman". In any case, if you buy an HD800/800s via Amazon (or some other retailer), your return policy could be pretty good (depending on retailer, as usual).
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    6700 Speculation & Rumors (NOT 6800/6900x)

    Oh yeah, no way is the RX 6700 XT worth $779 USD and up. Only way that'd even work, is if you can buy the 6700 XT at that inflated price, sell your old video card, and still come out with at least a 10% or more profit. Otherwise, heck no.
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    6700 Speculation & Rumors (NOT 6800/6900x)

    Checking my local MC right now, they have only 1 reference card @ $479USD and 12 Powercolor Red Devils @ $819USD -- but I just talked on Discord w/a guy who was just there, and he says that there's only 1 Red Devil left; no other RX 6700 XTs whatsoever (website is probably updated slowly, as...
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    6700 Speculation & Rumors (NOT 6800/6900x)

    Just got back 30 min ago from my local MC on the East Coast -- got there 7:21am EST, had a reference RX 6700 XT (from Sapphire) in my hands by 9:45am (for $479 USD). And there were guys behind me that got reference cards, too -- definitely not some paper launch. Microcenter's QR check-in...
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    LG Unveils Its 1st QNED Mini LED TV with Up to 2500 Dimming Zones

    From everything I've read, the 4K streams still aren't as good as 4K Blu-Rays in HDR (Dolby Vision, etc). I looked at a side-by-side comparison of the Star Wars Original Trilogy recently, and the streams have that grey, washed-out look. 4K HDR looked incredibly vivid and vibrant (especially in...
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    Should the 5700xt be considered one of the greatest of all time?

    Well, my 5700XT is good for what it is (decent bang-for-buck placeholder that's roughly equivalent to a RTX 2070), but hardly a revolutionary card, even upon release. It still is doing a decent job "placeholding" as I wait for more inventory from both NVIDIA/AMD (don't really have the time to...
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    AMD at CES 2021 @ 10am CST

    Wasn't that Anandtech's old forte -- their contextual explanations? Yeah, not seeing a lot of that (nowadays) from almost all the tech review sites/Tubers.