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  1. Pfft. You want everything easy-street!
  2. Funnily enough, was playing around with a Bane build tonight.
  3. It looks like Crossfire is, indeed, going away. There's mGPU support, but I'm really not sure what form it takes. SLI is being deprecated in lieu of NVLink (a similar technology but provides more bandwidth between cards) The main limiting factors here are: Hardware Vendor Interest: With AMD, they pretty much aren't interested. And with NVIDIA, you're basically being offered the option, so long as you can afford the price tag. Game Vendor Implementation: The game vendors need to support this. This market is shrinking all the time, as it's more economical to spend developer time on making the game look and play good across most of the standard single GPU setups. Unit Cost vs Relative Performance: Basically the mid-range and high end cards are relatively expensive (the RTX 3090 is going to be a $1500 unit). And the performance, single-card is positively phenomenal (the performance jump between an RTX 2070 and a 3070 is nearly double). There's also the fact that performance increase for multi-GPU is NEVER 1-for-1. Depending on implementation, you get a modest bump in framerate, and actual quality bumps are essentially non-existent. NOBODY SANE is going to drop $3K just to gain a few frames over a $1500 solution. So, in the end, if your hardware supports it and you can afford it, you're still looking at a limited number of games where you'll see any appreciable real-world benefits.
  4. I say we nerf the whole game so that everyone gets one damage causing power with a max damage of 2 points, and one armor power giving 1% def and 1% Resist. Fully enhanced. And if you can't beat the entire game using that, you just suck. Yeah! THE NERF IS THE LIFE!
  5. Preliminary questions from my old hardware buying guide: OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer (A company that originally manufactured a product.) VAR – Value-Added Reseller (A company that adds features to a product and resells it.) Systems Integrator – (A company that specializes in bringing various components/subsystems together into a whole and insures those systems function properly together) SLI – Scalable Link Interface – A proprietary technology used by nVidia to link two or more video cards and gain performance/features through parallel processing. Crossfire – A proprietary technology used by AMD/ATI to link two or more video cards and gain performance/features through parallel processing. (A technology competing with SLI.) USB – Universal Serial Bus (A technology used for linking various devices cameras, computers, printers, etc together.) IDE: Integrated Drive Electronics (also PATA: Parallel ATA) – A legacy technology for attaching drives to a computer. Now superceded by SATA. SATA: Serial ATA (The successor technology to IDE for attaching drives to a computer.) CPU – Central Processing Unit (the chip running the computer) GPU – Graphics Processing Unit (Your video card. More specifically the main processing chip on the card.) PPU – Physics Processing Unit (A processor dedicated to doing physics calculations.) (Mostly obsolete as modern GPUs handle physics on-board.) PSU – Power Supply Unit SSD – Solid State Drive (A “hard drive” that uses flash memory as a storage medium instead of spinning platters.) RAM – Random Access Memory (Non-storage memory used by the system.) Mainly expressed in GB (Gigabytes) nowadays. VRAM – Video RAM Video cards nowadays come with their on-board memory (mostly). Usually expressed in MB (Megabytes) or GB (Gigabytes) nowadays. MB – Megabyte (For hard drives: 1 million bytes, For RAM: 1.024 million bytes) GB – Gigabyte (For hard drives: 1 billion bytes, For RAM: 1.024 billion bytes) Hertz – Number of cycles per second. Used in timing and speed expressions for memory and various processing units (See GPU, CPU, PPU, etc) and other devices in a computer. Most commonly expressed as: Mhz – Megahertz (1 million cycles per second) Ghz – Gigahertz (1 billion cycles per second) OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer (A company that originally manufactured a product.) VAR – Value-Added Reseller (A company that adds features to a product and resells it.) Systems Integrator – (A company that specializes in bringing various components/subsystems together into a whole and insures those systems function properly together) SLI – Scalable Link Interface – A proprietary technology used by nVidia to link two or more video cards and gain performance/features through parallel processing.(Note: This technology is not as widespread as it used to be, due to the rising costs of cards and the performance jumps between generations.) Crossfire – A proprietary technology used by AMD/ATI to link two or more video cards and gain performance/features through parallel processing. (A technology competing with SLI.) (Note: Similar to SLI, Crossfire is used more rarely.) USB – Universal Serial Bus (A technology used for linking various devices cameras, computers, printers, etc together.) IDE: Integrated Drive Electronics (also PATA: Parallel ATA) – A legacy technology for attaching drives to a computer. Now superceded by SATA. SATA: Serial ATA (The successor technology to IDE for attaching drives to a computer.) PCI-E: PCI Express A communications backplane for various I/O devices (drive controllers, video cards, etc) on modern motherboards. M.2: One of the specs for motherboard-mounted Solid State drives. Form factor is more like a memory stick (with the interface on one end) than a traditional drive "box". The reason I ask for "real numbers" is that "as low as possible" is a QUALITATIVE judgement. I'm going to be building a new system around the end of the year. ALAP for me would be $2000 or so. Upper end of my acceptable budget will be closer to $3000. But if I was doing "no compromises", you'd see an absolutely STUPID 5-digit build. Where, for you, ALAP might be $600. And your upper acceptable mark might be $750.
  6. Hyperstrike

    New to Tanker

    Inv/SS Going to recommend you avoid Stone Armor. It's been essentially obsoleted in the modern game, and is an example of the worst aspects in Tanking. If you want to play Stone Armor, I recommend doing so after you're more familiar with other Armor setups first. To avoid souring you on Tanks as an entire AT.
  7. Honestly I find that FF gives me a lot of leeway to focus on my opposing Primary/Secondary and pool powers. There's only a few truly "necessary" powers with a "take it or leave it" quality to the remainders. My DP/FF Corr is a tankmage. My Bots/FF MM is a pseudotank with lots of AoE.
  8. Welcome back! We've been keeping the enemy mobs warmed up for you *Cue fire blasters lighting up...* *Screams*
  9. As the Alpha slot is, essentially, just a giant IO boost, I generally will T4 it on all toons. It's the only Incarnate slot I use for calculating steady-state performance of a build.
  10. I have to justify it against my job. At the upper end, an R7 3700x, an R9 3900x and an R9 3950x with an identical RTX 2080 all deliver approximately the same performance in most games. And Threadripper chips, while tossing a ridiculous 64 cores at me, is slower on a per-core basis. And, in the end, performance is going to be roughly equivalent. The $1500 RTX 3090 is just ridiculous. It might be nice and all. But does nothing for my main usage as a work machine. Though, the $500 RTX 3070 is actually an attractive deal. Might see if I'm willing to stretch for it. So. Drop $2000-2500 on a system or drop $5000-6000 and get the same performance? Uh.... And while I'm doing multiple, simultaneous virtualized systems,
  11. Yeah. It's a cool piece of kit. And I'll be jealous as hell. But my Cheapass gene won out over my Hardware Fiend long ago. I wouldn't say "no" if someone OFFERED one to me for free or for $5-600 But I can't justify spending $1500 on a video card. Even if I CAN afford it. Just the same way I'm looking at Ryzen 7 3800XT or Ryzen 9 3900X instead of the Threadripper 3990X. CAN I drop $4K on a CPU? Sure! Wouldn't even miss the cash. But can I get such a system to make ECONOMICAL sense? Nope...
  12. Yeah, Godzilla going to be going away (or at least morphing into a new form) around/after XMas this year. Right now looking at either a Ryzen 7 3800XT or a Ryzen 9 3900X. It's going to be essentially a an almost totally new computer inside the same case.
  13. Basically, I have little to no interest in zone PVP. Sorry, it's just not a play style that appeals to me. If you love it, knock yourself out! No. Seriously. Fist in the face! DOOOO IIIIIT! Kidding! But I have nothing but antipathy for the notion of base raiding. I don't pretend to be some base artiste. My skills in that direction are "I have all the utility a base provides and they're not otherwise empty rooms". And that's the extent of it. But the notion of someone coming in and trashing my stuff, and having to take the time to rebuild? Uh. No thanks. Again, not trying to crap on anyone here. The question of the thread is "How could we get you to try?" My answer (for me, personally) is "You cannot." Please don't ready anything further/personal into it. It's just personal preference, nothing more.
  14. I'm prone to reflexive Tanking. Yeah. Even on Blasters. Looking for feedback on my Psy/Mental/Mace
  15. Hats are hair... -- Zwillinger
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