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In Topic: Monitor suggestions?

03 July 2020 - 01:14 PM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 03 July 2020 - 02:19 AM, said:

I should have specified that I was thinking about situations where the game runs with black columns on the side, so the monitor is still at its native resolution?

When I switch my graphics card to 2560x1440, the image is centered and there are black bars on the sides. The image isn't stretched and deformed to fill all pixels. It's 1:1 mapping (desired behaviour in my opinion), but granted maybe not all monitors act this way, and on some that may be a customizable setting. So obviously the card doesn't need to handle more pixels than 2560x1440 in this situation, since it's not the game or OS carving those bars out of the 3440x1440 pixels, but the monitor itself which adapts to the resolution.

In Topic: Monitor suggestions?

01 July 2020 - 06:03 PM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 29 June 2020 - 01:39 AM, said:

Speaking of doing that - Is a GPU then only doing the 2560x1440 calculations, or is it doing processing based on the full 3440x1440 resolution, and thus running worse than it should?

When the game switches the monitor resolution to 2560x1440, then the GPU only has this amount of work to do.

In Topic: Monitor suggestions?

29 June 2020 - 12:57 AM

Also know that many Unity based games will support UW, but very badly: they scale up a 16:9 image and you end missing upper and lower parts of the image (especially annoying in menus when there's an OK button you can't see and click, for instance). So I always choose 2560x1440 in this case, you end up with black bars on the side but can see the whole content.

In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

28 June 2020 - 01:12 AM

View PostTetsuya, on 25 June 2020 - 05:34 PM, said:

Major corporate IT departments disagree with you.  IBM switched to all-Macs for their employees, because they are so much easier to support.  They estimated that the cost savings on IT costs would be over 50%.  As one example.

Every time we see the single IBM example. Why? Because it's the only significant one there is! But as large as the company is, it represents a tiny tiny tiny portion of corporate computers worldwide. Well, I have another example, which is Cisco. Many of their consultants and presales use Macs now, I've seen the number increasing over the years; one explained Macs are allowed but IT won't provide support besides hardware failures, so it tends to be only fairly technical people who use them, because they know or can find out how to resolve their issues alone. I doubt many back office workers use them in these conditions, since they're less technically minded on the average.

For my work, I very often visit customers in various sectors (banks, transport, engineering, publishing, SMBs of all kinds, higher education both public and private, hospitals both public and private, you name it). I've almost never seen in a Mac. I remember only some attorneys office, and a couple dozens in one department (graphic artists) of the publishing company (a couple dozen in a large 7 stories building, mind you). I'm in Europe, so I can't say for the USA and there may be much more Macs around, but I doubt it since some of these companies I visit are international and some even American like FedEx.

In Topic: Civilization VI announced

25 June 2020 - 03:08 PM

Interesting. I wonder why this Deluxe edition isn't sold on Steam directly, but only through 3rd party stores. And why they don't sell the soundtrack as a DLC separately. Product marketing is wierd sometimes.