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In Topic: E3 2017

12 June 2017 - 05:59 PM

View PostCougar, on 12 June 2017 - 05:04 PM, said:

I want to play the Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons dev's co-op game (I also want to be the developer's friend), the XCOM 2 expansion, Tacoma, and the new Life Is Strange. That's about it. I'd be more interested in Ubisoft's pirate game if it were singleplayer.

Bioware continues to be dead to me.

Yeah I too am interested in the XCOM 2 expansion. Life is Strange was unfortunately something I found on youtube as a play through when it had not been announced for mac yet. So I'll probably just stick with youtube for it. Bioware isn't dead to me but yeah I know there is no hope of anything they are showing coming to mac and at least right now I'm not in any position to install windows on my aging mac.

But Bioware's Anthem does look at least interesting. I like 3rd person shooter games. There just aren't enough of them. What is the point of customizing a character if I can't see them. I'm looking at you Borderlands. If what I read really is true, that the Anthem can be played "solo" I'll keep an eye on it.

I'm also very much looking forward to Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord, they showed some battles and fighting but still no release date. :crying:

In Topic: iMac Pro with up to 18core Xeon and Vega graphics coming in December

07 June 2017 - 03:57 PM

It looks good and I'm very tempted by it but there is some information coming out about it that isn't that great

From: https://9to5mac.com/...ay-accessories/


Apple has confirmed to us that the RAM in the iMac Pro will not be user-replaceable. This shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise given Apple’s other recent products, but nevertheless it means users are stuck with however much RAM they purchase from Apple. Currently, the 27-inch iMac features user-upgradeable RAM, while the 21.5-inch model does not.

So Apple 2 steps forward 1 step back. :wall:

In Topic: WWDC 2k17

06 June 2017 - 01:23 PM

View PostCougar, on 06 June 2017 - 11:20 AM, said:

I'm currently watching the WWDC state of the union. The next release after High Sierra will start giving warnings for 32 bit apps, and they'll stop being supported entirely after that.

How many games will be impacted by this? Heck, Steam is still 32-bit. (But I expect the new redesign later this year will be a total rewrite.)

Really Apple? I get encouraging developers to move to 64 bit. But, I have a lot of games where this move will be serious problem. Even some released rather recently like Stellaris; it isn't 64 bit and won't be as its based on the Crusader Kings 2 engine.

Its a ways out so not an immediate problem but I'm going to miss all those games in the years to come.

In Topic: WWDC 2k17

06 June 2017 - 10:42 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 06 June 2017 - 09:11 AM, said:

Not being able to use the internal screen is a result of the limitations of Thunderbolt 3. The port has 40 Gbps of bandwidth which sounds like a lot, but if you need to pipe all of your data to the eGPU, and then pipe it back to the internal screen, the added bandwidth of piping the data back to the internal display causes HUGE performance losses.

Look up reviews of eGPUs like the Razer Core. If they use the internal display you'll see massive performance losses compared to an external display (like literally half the performance).

In the future when we get more bandwidth from TB4 or 5 then it will no longer be an issue.

Yeah I get the the limitations of thunderbolt its just an annoyance. And yeah as you said it'll get better with thunderbolt 4 and 5. Though I have some doubts about whether the problem will really be solved as new high resolution monitors and graphics cards are introduced that will continue to test the bandwidth limitations of each version of thunderbolt.

View PostSneaky Snake, on 06 June 2017 - 09:11 AM, said:

I have the RX 480 in my gaming desktop and it's a pretty capable card. You will be able to play nearly any game at max settings, 60 fps at 1080p resolution. Less demanding games like Overwatch I have running at a mix of medium and high settings at 4K resolution and still able to get 60 fps.

The Radeon Pro 580 will probably be a little bit faster than my card, so it will be very capable at running virtually every game great at 1080p for years to come. The 580 is roughly equivalent to the GTX 1060 from Nvidia.

The Vega card will be magnitudes faster though (like literally double the performance). It has a teraflop number equal to the GTX 1080 Ti, so you will likely be able to run many games at high/ultra settings at 4K resolution (maybe medium to high settings at 5K).

Thanks for the comparisons, very useful. It makes it a bit easier to understand where things stand.

As Apple has this habit of only comparing the performance of their new computers to the past models and saying its faster and better. Which, yeah of course it is silly, when you haven't released a new iMac in 500+ days anything you release now will be an upgrade but how does it perform in comparison to other computers or in this case graphic cards that have been released recently?

And since Nvidia has been King of graphics for quite some time its nice to see some comparison of AMD and Nvidia cards.

In Topic: WWDC 2k17

06 June 2017 - 08:41 AM

View PostAussieMacGamer, on 06 June 2017 - 01:59 AM, said:

EDIT AGAIN AGAIN: The macOS High Sierra eGPU devnotes state that it does not support the internal display

"The External Graphics Development Kit does not accelerate the internal display on iMac or MacBook Pro. "

And that throws a monkey wrench into my plans for a new mac. What is the point of buying a new iMac with its super duper screen of awesomeness if you then have to buy an external monitor in order to use an eGPU. Kind of wish they had announced an updated mac mini then, with a thunderbolt 3 port. At least with that I'd be buying the mac mini with the idea I'd need a monitor for it too. So it wouldn't matter much to me if it was plugged into the mac mini or the external graphics card enclosure.

So now its a problem of is the Radeon Pro 580 graphics card good enough to game on for a few years or is this Radeon Pro Vega 64 in the iMac Pro a better option?