The 'Look What the Postman Brought Me' Thread - Technology Edition

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Post by DjchunKfunK » Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:53 pm

I have found that the bluetooth connection with some games is sketchy, I'm not sure what causes it but sometimes the game and the controller wont recognise each other so I need to plug it in via USB. I also had the connection issue before I attached the antennas to my motherboard. It is a lovely controller though.

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Post by Drarok » Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:34 pm

FOMO finally got the better of me, and I'm now the owner of a 3060 Ti, now delivered and installed.

I've tried a couple of RTX-capable games and honestly can't see the difference, other than the framerate tanks. If there were a hotkey to switch it on/off I reckon I'd be able to notice it, but having to go into menu, settings, graphics, find the option, toggle it, then go back to the game...? Nope, just looks slower to me! Tried BF5 and CoDBlOpsCW which are probably the only things I have install that are capable.

With RTX off though, the framerates are waaaaay better and more stable than my dear old 1070.
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Post by Pew-Pew » Wed Aug 18, 2021 5:29 pm

Stuff like BFV is only reflections, not the full ray tracing experience. I don't bother enabling it on BFV.

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Post by DjchunKfunK » Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:56 pm

Yeah you need to play something like Control to see it in full effect, or grab the Quake II RTX demo.

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Post by Drarok » Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:50 pm

Ah, alright. I've got Control via the Xbox Game Pass, I'll install that and take a peep. I've been meaning to play it anyway!
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Post by Achtung Englander » Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:54 pm

I got my 3060 Ti about 2 weeks ago and only played Mafia DE (I finished the game, just pissing about in Lost Heaven collecting cards - my god that city is amazing) and Dead Space - so I am hardly stretching it :lol:

I saw a video that said 3060s are not really geared for Ray Tracing, that falls more in the 3080 lap. I am more interested in DLSS.
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Post by Drarok » Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:33 pm

I'm not even that fussed about RTX, I just wanted higher framerates. Even after I turned the settings up, I'm getting over ~215 (IIRC) FPS in Rainbow 6 which I play a lot. My monitor can't go above 165Hz so I'm well chuffed that I've averaged a steady rate above that.

Other games aren't so dramatic, but I've gone with the "optimised" settings for most, then tweaked from there.

For the price, I was hoping all my games would be such a dramatic upgrade. Destiny 2 is averaging somewhere around the mid-nineties on fairly conservative (but still high) settings every time I look which is good but not amazing.

It's definitely better, but for the price, is it better enough?
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Post by Achtung Englander » Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:27 pm

if you download the Nvidia GeForce Experience app it can find the best settings with a click of a button.
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Post by Achtung Englander » Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:30 pm

Drarok wrote:
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It's definitely better, but for the price, is it better enough?
In this market 100%. In a world where the supply shortage was not happening - no. I paid $460 for mine (bloody VAT) and if things were normal I reckon I could have got a 3070, maybe a 3080 FE at a push, but we live in abnormal times.

I know someone who paid over £1K for 3080, which is absurd.
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Post by Raid » Fri Aug 27, 2021 5:55 pm

So I got a signing bonus for the new role I started a few months back, points I could spend in an online shop specific to the company (but that is basically a front end for John Lewis, so pretty decent stuff). It was quite generous (for this company anyway), working out (with the stuff I've chosen to buy with it) at about £1250. I decided to treat myself to a new laptop, with my aging Surface Pro 4 not only getting to be pretty slow these days, but it never functioned as a very good laptop, given that with the kickstand and all of the weight being at the back, being quite uncomfortable if sat on your legs. So now I have a Surface Laptop 4.

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This is my first actual laptop since my 2008 Macbook Pro (the first of the aluminium unibody models). I've gotten used to the quality of the Surface Pro line, but this thing really is incredibly nice. I haven't weighed the thing, but it certainly feels lighter than my Surface Pro 4 with the attached keyboard cover, and amazingly I think it's actually thinner too. It's pretty solid (although there's a little flex on the keyboard), looks great, and I really do love the fabric-coated wrist rest. The trackpad is massive (I always hated the smaller one on the SP4's cover), and the keyboard is nicely sized. Speakers are... well they're alright, and to be honest I'm not even entirely certain where they are (I think they're in the hinge somewhere). Microsoft claim it has some sort of Dolby Atmos capability, but as someone with an actual Dolby Atmos speaker setup, I'm not really feeling it. It's really snappy, with Windows Hello being immediate rather than the 10-20 seconds my SP4 takes these days. I've not really stressed it so far, but I haven't heard a fan spin up at all, which was a really important consideration for me as I hate fan noise when a laptop is practically idling.

I think if I'd had a fuller choice I'd have gone with a Dell XPS as it's supposedly the current king of premium laptops, but there was nothing in my price range (the shop doesn't have the full John Lewis catalogue). Still, for what I'm likely to use it for this thing is a really nice piece of kit.

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Post by Achtung Englander » Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:16 pm

dont jizz over it - step 1 to keeping it clean
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