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About VaporX

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  1. When I am pushing hard with the 8 gig model I see power draw from the wall for the entire system of around 320 so I would say he listed total system draw. As for 8GB vs 4GB, for 1080P 4GB is enough and a 470 or 480 put together with a good Freesync monitor like from Nixeus, AOC or Viewsonic that is 24", 1080P at 144Hz and you have a reasonable price build that is gaming nirvana.
  2. My own experience as well as that of many other people I know that have bought the Freesync and Gsync version of this monitor is that Acer needs to work on quality control. Out of a total of 12 people buying these monitors only one had a good experience out of the box. Speaking with many reviewers it seems they are getting cherry picked monitor.
  3. I would also look at the A8 7800 or 7600, both are 65 watt TDP so plenty cool but both also have the option to run at 45 watt TDP. I have a 7800 running at 65 TDP in a Xigmatek Nebula case with a Noctua NH-L9a and the system is nice and cool plus near silent. Also look at a Cryorig C7, rated for 100 TDP and really reasonably priced. The AM1 platform is a decent base but from my experience I hated using it as a work system, did not have enough kick for me. If all I did was internet and email it would be okay.
  4. If your gonna build from new the AMD APUs are awesome little systems for an ITX build without discrete graphics. They have more than enough horse power for office apps and much better onboard graphics options. If you want performance to value I would look at the AMD A8-7670K. Match that with a solid ITX board and DDR3 2400 RAM and you are rocking a quick little beast. For the RAM I would spend extra and get 16 gig since your stealing part of the RAM for graphics but the cost increase is not all that high. Your want 2400 speed as AMD APUs will eat up RAM speed and see real benefits.
  5. Did you ever try unlocking it? I had a dual that unlocked to a triple a while back, but IIRC the triples were easier to unlock to quads. Never messed with it. Was used for the last few years for my Mother-in-Laws system. Just got the system in to scrap as the HD died and she is ready for a new computer.
  6. I actually have a triple core sitting here :-)
  7. Thanks to Freesync and Gsync you can lower that to a a range around 60 and the experience is outstanding. I agree about the speeds, the speed bumps we see now are more for a spec check list than a real sales point. Instead of core speed the most important points for buying a card is the quality of build and the cooling solution. You want a card that is cool and quiet as well as stable. Forgive the sales picth but that was the goal with the Nitro lineup. We might not have the highest out of the box clock speds but they all come with Balck Diamond Chokes, high enduance solid capacitors and one of the most effecient and questiest coolers you can get. Plus the fans are all dual abll bearing designed for longevity and quiet operation. We focused on the quality of the build rathewr than adding an extra 10 MHz :-)
  8. Oh I agree there is a demand, this however is something I talked about this last week. We have become to engrossed with specs over experience.
  9. For gaming I would look at a 2560x1080 ultra-wide monitor. Ultrawide has a real impact on the gaming experience. A 29" or 34" ultra-wide would fit your needs nicely and give a good experience with your current card. 144Hz is great if your a twitch gamer. If you play majorly competitive FPS gaming then a 144Hz monitor is a very worthy purchase that can effect the play experience. If you are not a competitive FPS player then the move 144Hz will have minimal impact on the game experience and in my experience is not worth the extra cost. Specific models to look at: Samsung S29E790C or for Samsung S34E790C The 34" model will benefit more from the curve than the 29". Both use VA panels which are close to IPS in image quality but do it without the IPS glow and tend to have better blacks.
  10. Overclocking, as it is done today, has a mininal impact on the gaming experience. While it looks good in benchmarks the actual impact on the game play experience is hard to find. Part of the reason for this is the focus on overclocking products being higher end products. The parts already push the gaming experience well with their stock speeds. The parts that would benefit most from overclocking, budget parts, often are locked down or not focused on by the "enthusiast community". I have actually had this conversation with a few "pro" overclockers and they agree that for gaming the benefits of overclocking are not all that noticeable. However in the professional world, specifically thinks like high end rendering, the difference of even mild overclocks can be a big deal. Take a video game running at 70 FPS and add 10% or 7 FPS and the gamer would be hard pressed to notice it at all unless they run a frame rate counter all the time and watch it more than play the game. However take a companying doing a render that takes 48 hours and give that system a 10% boost, the same job now takes a 43.2 hours and that savings means other projects can be gotten to as much as 3 to 4 hours quicker. The impact actually does effect the work experience. Overclocking for the fun of doing so is awesome, get a little free extra kick from your system. Overclocking seriously for fun can be a great hobby, the time put in for custom cooling loops and heavy system modifications can be a great deal of fun for some people. However overclocking to improve the game experience, on the higher end, unlocked parts, is not going to have an impact worth the effort on the game play experience.
  11. This is false refer to my post from the 380 review to see why I say that.
  12. Okay lets clear a few things up, A "rebrand" is when exactly the same product has a new sticker and name slapped on it. A "refresh" is when a product has had some under the hood changes but leaves the base feature set in place. The 380, 390 and 390X are refreshs. All of these chips have had microcode and process changes that result in faster speeds from the 200 series when compared to the same architecture at the same clock speeds. Further the memory controllers have been modified to allow better memory usage and high speed. Currently testing is showing the 390 is matching up to the 290X, beating in many cases the 970, something the 290 was not doing. The 390X is running right with the 980, while the 290X was always a little behind. The clock boosts for these new chips is nice but lets be real the clock number increases alone are not enough for the speed bump, nor is the memory speed increase. The term rebrand is not only inaccurate but purely false and more about a marketing position that the reality of what is now on the market.
  13. jdm_freek your points are correct, the Fury cards are designed, from ground zero for use in a gaming environment. As such the minute you throw gaming out the door the lack of this feature on the Fury is a none issue since your not gaming there is no real reason to push into a gaming enthusiast card. As for this feature not being impliented, I have no idea why it was not but for the majority of enthusiast gamers this is not really an issue since they will be using 4K monitors which is all DP for 60 Hz.
  14. Okay first a bit of clarification, Best case or best value? See a lot of people make the mistake of looking at case cost and then going as cheap as they can. A well designed and built case can last you, and should last, though 5 or even six builds. For me the BEST case on the market is Caselabs. They cost a lot but they are a fully modular design and you can change after purchase by buying replacment parts to change the layout, you can also buy those parts if something breaks. The case is constructed so you can tear it all the way down without any need to pop rivets whichs makes it amazing for modding and custom paint jobs. Also remember that part thing I mentioned. If your mod screws up a part no worries, a replacement part is easy to get, no need to buy a new case. The cases are fully made out of Aluminum and done 100% here in the US which means the price is high. However for versatility, moddability, support and quality they are untouched.
  15. The Sapphire Tri-X and Vapor X fix the heat issues, as for power Ginzo has made the point the difference is minor at the end of the day.
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