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July 23, 2015

Fuck GeForce Experiance

Filed under: Gaming, nvidia, PC, SLI — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:24 am

I had been using Geforce Experience for some time, even before I got my GTX 980 last year. Recently I had upgraded my PC adding a second GTX 980 in SLI, and upgrading to 32GB of system RAM. I had been using the same install of windows 8.1 for about 9 months, and after the upgrade my PC had a very awkward slow boot up, that I now know is due to Geforce Experience software.

What happens is after my PC boots, I tap a key I then enter my password as normal and it takes me directly to my desktop, except I have no desktop icons. My desktop is usable, i can draw a box on my desktop, i can right click and get the context menu, I can use the taskbar, but none of my other startup apps have loaded up yet, almost no icons in my system tray. it’s like half-ready to go, something is holding it back from loading up everything I want.

It will be like this for a good minute before my icons appear my start up apps load and run, and then I can do something on my PC. It didn’t do this BEFORE my upgrade. So I though maybe my boot drive was getting to full. So I decided to clean install windows 8.1. That did resolve the problem with my desktop icons not showing up after login. BUT once I installed GeForce Experience software, this behavior came back!

GeForce Experience didn’t do this when I only had 16GB of system RAM, and a single GTX 980. For some reason GeForce Experience doesn’t like my upgrades. I don’t know if it’s due to going SLI or having more ram, maybe both, but uninstalling it restores my PCs behavior after logging in. So screw GeForce Experience when it screws with my experience with my own PC.

October 5, 2014

Jonesing for an ASUS STRIX GTX 980

Filed under: Gaming! — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 5:30 am

Last month Nvidia released the new 900 Maxwell series of GPUs  Asus also released their new non-reference designs of the 900 series called STRIX 980 and 970s. These video cards sold out faster than anything since the GeForce 8800 GTs back last decade. These cards are so revolutionary that they actually have “less” under the hood vs the 780 ti cards, yet the performance is identical.

The GeForce GTX 980 reference cards have lower CUDA core count, 256bit memory bandwidth (vs 384bits), lower clock speeds, and lower thermal rating (TDP) than the GTX 780 ti. It’s performance is on par with the 780ti but those cards cost $200 more than the GTX 980 reference cards. Nvidia has truly optimized and refined what their CUDA cores can do since the Kepler series.

Now if you consider what ASUS has done with their version called Strix, a non-reference design, then you’re dealing with an overclocked video card, with a better and quieter HSF assembly and high end power regulation to extend the lifespan of the card when it goes into overclocked modes, and better performance over the 780ti.

The only card faster than the GTX 980 are Kepler-based TITANS which simply have large CUDA core count, but that costs upwards of $1000 which is ridiculous. Imagine what a TITAN version of the Maxwell GPUs could do?

There is no reason why I would want a last-gen GTX 780 when it performs slower than the GTX 980, and performs identical to the GTX 780 ti while the GTX 980 is much cheaper. The GTX 980 has less but does more with what it has compared to the GTX 780 ti, AND runs cooler and requires less power, so you don’t need a massive 1000watt PSU to use it.

I’m hoping to order one by sometime before Halloween, assuming I can get the money together in time when they become available again since they sold out so fast some vendors have hundreds of these cards on back order. I may have to wait longer even after the next batch of STRIX 980s ship out to stores. The  video card I have now is a GeForce 550 ti, which is really showing it’s age now.

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