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What's happening at BTR *17*
#51
You're welcome.  I hope you are doing great and have a good weekend.  I am OK and back to benching for the next OC Showdown - The RX Vega 64 LC vs. the RTX 2070 Ti and vs the GTX 1080.

I might not perform the EVGA Nu Audio evaluation at all.  I thought EVGA was going to loan me an amplifier but they didn't send one.  They want me to do the review just using headphones, but I don't think I want to do that.  It won't be a very complete review IMO even though I have Grado SR60e headphones, a Cloud and a Logitech headset.  But I can't power my ADS speakers since my receiver is out.

I might just send it back unless I can get my Klipsch v.2 400 audio system (a 4.1 400W PC high-quality audio system) working again (or my vintage Yamaha receiver going).  I won't buy a new receiver just for a review.
Beee
#52
Quick Adrenalin driver 19.1.2 performance analysis with Vega 64 on the way to the OC Showdown with the RTX 2070:

https://babeltechreviews.com/adrenalin-s...x-vega-64/

Hitman 2 has a new pair of built-in benchmarks patched in by the latest update. I am using the "Miami" bench now as it is more demanding than my Fraps timedemo.

I might make a post about it after I finish the OC showdown. Great weather here for the past few days (mid 70sF) before another series of storms on Thursday.
Sunny

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#53
Two new posts yesterday.

Mario posted a HyperX Fury RGB SSD review.
https://babeltechreviews.com/the-hyperx-.../view-all/

Here is the RX Vega 64 vs. RTX 2070 OC Showdown
https://babeltechreviews.com/overclockin.../view-all/

I working on the EVGA Nu Audio sound card review. I ordered a pair of active bookshelf speakers to expand the listening experience beyond headphones
https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1280T-Po...lp_pl_dp_8

They are highly rated for their price range and Edifier is respected as a brand. Not to mention it will upgrade my home audio substantially.
#54
Best wishes for the upcoming storm, apoppin:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topsto...li=AAggNb9

I hope the media is hyping this into something bigger than it is. Good luck.
#55
(02-02-2019, 04:24 PM)SickBeast Wrote: Best wishes for the upcoming storm, apoppin:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topsto...li=AAggNb9

I hope the media is hyping this into something bigger than it is.  Good luck.

No, no hype. We got steady heavy driving rain for about 10 hours. But I live in an area with good drainage. One storm down, two more to go. It should dry up on Wednesday.
Cloudy-very Cloudy-very Rain-very Cloudy-very Rain-little

Thank-you, I can use some luck. I believe you had some pretty intense cold weather yourselves. My friend lives in New Brunswick and he told me they didn't escape the cold. I think it will warm up for you also. But remember - these storms that hit California head Eastward. Take good care of yourself!

I got the Edifier speakers today after ordering them from Amazon yesterday. Not bad for free shipping (no Prime). They sound awesome for inexpensive powered speakers. They are not audiophile by any means, but they are very accurate and they only lack the deep bass as their only compromise. I would say they compare to many hi-fi speakers that cost twice their price. I retired my Genius speakers that sound like an AM transistor radio by comparison.

I got RE2 today and played it using my Grado headphones (first) with the new soundcard. It sounds awesome. Later I switched to the speakers, and I finally tore myself away from the game so I don't get nightmares. It's pretty intense. Runs great with everything maxed-out at 4K with a RTX 2080 Ti. I should be able to post a review of the EVGA Nu Audio sound card by the end of next week. Just think, I am forced to play games and listen to music as part of my work. Well, someone has to do it ...
Gamer4

Strangely, my OC showdown between the RTX 2070 and the RX Vega 64 got more upvotes and positive comments on r/AMD than it did on r/Nvidia. What is this world coming to? I like the change frankly; it's refreshing.
Good3
#56
Here's the aftermath of the first storm on the road running up and past my property. My neighbor's blacktop driveway was destroyed and much of it washed away.
https://babeltechreviews.com/wp-content/...CN5321.jpg

Today was sunny while most of the rest of Southern California is still raining because the storm has to pass over a 10,000 foot (3,000m) mountain range to get to the high desert. High pressure builds in very quickly and we won't get rain until tonight (and tomorrow).

Here is the next storm OtW ... notice that it doesn't even look like a desert any longer - everything is turning green
https://babeltechreviews.com/wp-content/...CN5330.jpg
#57
New GeForce drivers 418.81 launched yesterday and I already benched them with a RTX 2060 with 40 games:
https://babeltechreviews.com/geforce-418...-analysis/
#58
I am working on 2 reviews simultaneously for posting by mid-week.
  1. The first is the EVGA Nu Audio sound card review. I'll post probably on Monday.
  2. The second is an under-NDA review so I can't talk about it. But it's different from my usual grind, and rather refreshing (for me) for a change.

I didn't get a Radeon VII from AMD, and it's logical why they would not send me one because I don't have a reference (read: throttling) Vega 64 to test it against. Sure there is a 25% performance increase over a reference 64 card. But the difference between a liquid-cooled Vega 64 is much less - probably ~15% performance improvement. The VII is as loud as a reference 64 whereas my liquid cooled 64 is almost dead quiet, and I don't want a noisy card; I am sick of my 290X reference version and hate to bench it, and I am glad it is reserved only for rare retro reviews.

I could probably sell my LC 64 for $500 but I don't think it is worth it to upgrade especially since not many enthusiasts will have one. So I will stay with AMD's top mainstream card until something other than a placeholder for the real AMD next generation graphics is released - After Navi, probably late Summer or in the Autumn if the rumors are to be believed.

Here is a good YT video that compares the LC Vega 64 against the Radeon VII.
---TL;DR the VII is ~10-20% faster when both are stock-clocked


Well, I better get back to ... work. Aloha from my rainy "desert"
Gamer4
#59
Mark,
I'd sell that Vega and get a VII if I were you.

A lot of people won't take your benches seriously if you're not running AMD's best, even if it is made of Unobtainium. (Remember the X800XT PE? (Phantom Edition))

Not too mention, it looks like a legit card at MSRP other than noisey.

You could do some GSync vs Adaptive reviews with FCAT or something.
#60
(02-09-2019, 11:20 PM)CyberMage Wrote: Mark,
I'd sell that Vega and get a VII if I were you.

A lot of people won't take your benches seriously if you're not running AMD's best, even if it is made of Unobtainium. (Remember the X800XT PE? (Phantom Edition))

Not too mention, it looks like a legit card at MSRP other than noisey.

You could do some GSync vs Adaptive  reviews with FCAT or something.

I appreciate your comments but I don't necessarily agree with you. Just because I don't have the flagship card does not mean my benchmarks won't be taken seriously. I am pretty sure that I had an X800XT but not the PE since mine could OC to PE speeds.

If you look at the *most popular* articles that BTR regularly posts - GeForce and Adrenalin Driver Performance Analyses - I don't use the top cards at all. No one really cares how the RTX 2080 Ti performs as it represents less than 1% of BTR's readership base. I benchmark primarily using RTX 2060 and RX Vega 56 - two of the most popular (newest) and upper-midrange popular cards. I also benchmark with GTX 1060 and RX 590 - to see how Polaris and Pascal are performing.

I should have used a Vega 64 aftermarket version instead of AMD's then top card, the Liquid-cooled version. It skewed the benches. And now the Radeon 7 won't be worthy of benching for another 2-3 months until the drivers get sorted out, the fan profile fixed, and overclocking worked out. I may wait a bit and get an aftermarket Radeon 7 unless it really is a placeholder until next generation and will always be a halo impossible-to-get product from a extremely limited production.


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