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Matt Diamond

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In Topic: 64-bit apocalypse

Yesterday, 10:36 AM

View PostCamper-Hunter, on 23 November 2020 - 07:09 AM, said:

Booting from the external SSD will be waaaayy better. VMs and 3D doesn't mix too well.
Definitely. If a game is not too demanding it can work in VM, especially if its older or a genre where the framerate isn't as critical. I wouldn't include Borderlands and Bioshock in that category. (Not sure about the Witchers.)

Consider trying VMWare Fusion, since its now free for personal use. I think it will work better for 3D than VirtualBox. The latest version even works with eGPUs.

In Topic: Apple's M1 chip - huge GPU gain over Iris graphics

21 November 2020 - 04:46 PM

View Postmacdude22, on 21 November 2020 - 12:06 PM, said:

I love making popcorn and watching Inside PC Gaming

I think your snark is a distancing mechanism, papering over a fear of being rejected by this community. Don't worry, MacDude, we still love you!

In Topic: Apple's M1 chip - huge GPU gain over Iris graphics

20 November 2020 - 01:40 PM

View PostTetsuya, on 20 November 2020 - 12:28 PM, said:

Right, but i'd imagine that you also dont need the power of the M1 as well.  You could almost certainly (depending on what you do) do it on something like my Chromebook or a Surface Go.  That was my point more than anything else - that while the power/watt is nice and all, the POWER isn't needed by the people who need battery life - just the battery life, because what they do doesn't require much in the way of horsepower... and the people who need the processor oomph dont care about battery life, they just need the oomph.

COULD I do it on a less powerful laptop? Yes, for some projects. But in many cases I'd be costing my client money, and delaying my teammates. It's a false economy. Put it this way: my boss, who is very conservative when it comes to spending the business's money, has no problem with his developers buying high-end laptops and multiple monitors. They pay for themselves quickly.

If the photographers you mentioned ONLY cared about power, why are they buying laptops? Why not buy a big powerful desktop? They could lug it to the site along with the generator and lighting gear.

In Topic: Apple's M1 chip - huge GPU gain over Iris graphics

20 November 2020 - 08:19 AM

View PostTetsuya, on 20 November 2020 - 12:54 AM, said:

I mean, if it does it for you, then you do you, man....

Same applies to you, of course.

For example, it's fine that battery life doesn't interest you, but i think you are underestimating how much it interests other people. I work at a desk 99% of the time, but I have business trips a couple times a year, plus sometimes I have to work in a room jammed with other people and not enough power outlets. People look at contingencies when they buy laptops. not just their average day.

Expandable memory is another one. It matters more to you and me than to most people.

I think your main point is a good one: there are reasons to expect performance to NOT improve so dramatically in future, and that Apple may have trouble adding cores and increasing clock speed. (Though that's true of all chip makers, really.)

In Topic: It belongs in a museum

20 November 2020 - 07:42 AM

Similar thing happened in Battlestar Galactica. Edward James Olmos smashed a wooden model of a ship his character had been building as a hobby. It wasn't in the script but he went with his gut during the take and it was a great moment. But he didn't know the thing was on loan from a museum, worth over $100,000.