Bethesda, you screwed up..

Bethesda Softworks, you’ve really screwed it up. You managed, in less than two days, to turn a large group of hardcore fans against your company. How? By requiring a rootkit to be installed in order to play a game from a famous franchise. See here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Doom/comments/gjzi01/why_you_should_remove_doom_eternal_denuvo/ I’ve been a fan of the Doom franchise since I first played the game way back in the mid-90s. I played on everything from my first P133 through to my current behemoth machines. I thoroughly enjoyed Doom3 in spite of its monster closets. I spent a lot of time looking forwards to the newest …

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Build Complete. Beast. Behemoth..

UserBenchmarks: Game 116%, Desk 134%, Work 134%CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X – 97.7%GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 – 124.8%SSD: Corsair Force NVMe PCIe M.2 960GB – 257.7%HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB – 46.3%RAM: Corsair CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18 2x8GB – 116.1% Timespy: 10974 Firestrike: 23244 Port Royal: 6643 Unigine Heaven Basic : FPS: 363.50 Score: 9158 Build details: CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900XGPU: Asus RTX 2080 Dual OCSSD: Corsair Force NVMe PCIe M.2 960GBHDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TBRAM: Corsair DDR4-3600 2x8GBMBD: Asus ROG STRIX X570-E GAMINGPSU: Corsair HX1200iCase: Corsair Obsidian 750dCooler: Corsair H115i Pro

My graphics cards and CPUs through the ages.

Primary desktops: Year CPU Graphics Card Graphics card 2 Notes 1997 P133 2Mb S3 Virge DX 1999 P3-500 16Mb Diamond Viper V550 TNT 2000 P3-650 (@1GHz) 32Mb Geforce2 GTS AGP Creative Labs Matrox Mystique 220 2004 A64 3000+ 128Mb Geforce 6600GT VIVO by Gainward 4Mb Voodoo 1 Stolen 2005 A64 X2 4200+ 256Mb Geforce 7600GT DVI failed 2010 A64 X2 5000+ Black 1Gb HD5770 MSI Hawk CPU lost by Damo :/ 2011 Core i7 3930k 2Gb GTX660 Asus Direct Cu-II 2019 Xeon E5-1680v2 8Gb RTX2080 Zotac Amp Maxx 2020 Ryzen 9 3900X 8Gb RTX2080 Asus Dual OC 6Gb GTX Titan …

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Slight change of plan for my desktop/gaming PC

As I’m not going to be near the current desktop PC for a while, I decided to build up the bits I have incoming into a proper PC here. It’s still a bit of a behemoth, so I think I should continue with that name for this instance. Spec sheet: AMD Ryzen 9 3900x; 12C/24T 3.8-4.6 GHz, 70Mb cache 16Gb Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3600 CL22 RGB Corsair H115i Pro 2x140mm AIO closed-loop watercooler Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard Asus RTX 2080 DUAL O8G EVO graphics card Corsair Force MP510 960Gb NVMe SSD Corsair HX1200i PSU with red/black Cablemod Pro cables …

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More PC stuff inbound

More hardware incoming! As the circumstances update, it’s looks likely it’ll be a little while longer before I’ll be able to dig through my main desktop for the planned upgrade process. Given that, I’ve decided to go a little further down the upgade path for my main desktop. A moderately large Corsair order went in to my supplier of choice. First part is an Obsidian 750D Airflow case, with an HX1200i PSU to be installed. Then, there’s an H115i Pro to complete that Corsair package. There’s availability ìssues with the HX1000i that I was hoping to get, so I went …

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Note to Microsoft Accessories people:

If you lot ever engineer a direct replacement to the current Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, with properly backlit and transparent key letterings, you will have a definite winner on your hands. My go-to preference for a keyboard is the above-mentioned Ergonomic 4000 and I’ve had the use of a few over the past few years. The feel and fit is pretty good for me, I really like the UK key layout as done on this keyboard. The only thing it’s missing is having the keys backlit or throughlit, to aid use in the dark. Backlighting to illuminate the gaps between …

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RGB, time to get on that bandwagon!

It would appear that the motherboard I’m getting (Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming) has an onboard RGB controller as one of the options built on. There’s two 4-pin RGB headers, and two 3-pin addressable headers. A quick look around the Alibaba showrooms, suggests there’s a reasonably large amount of products that are supported by the Asus Aura RGB ecosystem – the motherboard light accents, the tops of the Corsair Vengeance RAM modules, even the AMD-supplied fan on the Wraith Prism CPU cooler is RGB.. I’m fairly sure that I’ll set things to be temperature-controlled if I can. Gentle purple for …

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Behemoth update incoming..

I built myself a PC in 2011, and it’s finally due a major update/refresh. It’ll still be a bit of a behemoth.. The 2011 build was a hex-core Intel i7-3930k watercooled with a Corsair H100, 16Gb DDR3, with originally a Radeon 5770, with an Intel i520 SSD and 4x 1Tb harddrives for a Raid 10, all sitting on an Asus P9X79-Pro motherboard. A pretty decent spec of a machine, and a very good performer especially when overclocked. Over the past 9 years I updated the graphics first to a GTX660 in 2012 and recently to an RTX2080. The CPU was …

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Coronavirus? My thoughts..

So Covid-19 had reared it’s little coronated head on the Island of Ireland. And the country is ill-prepared for the probability of what’s going to happen. Here’s a middle of the road scenario based on the current data available. Cases appear to be doubling every ~6 days. 15% or so need hospital care, and about 5% of those needs ICU-level care. Deaths are averaging at about 3.5% at the moment. Given there’s about 22 cases in Ireland (excluding the North for this one), we can expect the following: March 9th; 22 cases, March 15th; 44 cases, March 21st; 88 cases …

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