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In Topic: Need Help with build X99 Plataform

05 April 2016 - 02:40 PM

View PostQuaker, on 04 April 2016 - 02:00 PM, said:

But, other than that, everything looks fine. I'm not sure (at this time) how the PCIe SSD affects the PCIe lanes in the x99 platform. The Z170 platform has enough PCIe lanes in the chipset to handle the SSD without affecting the lanes from the CPU.

The Haswell-E CPUs provide a ton of PCIe 3.0 lanes themselves (in the case of the i7-5820K, 28 lanes), but the X99 chipset provides the same PCIe connectivity as Z97 and earlier: still only eight PCIe 2.0 lanes.

On a Z170 system, you've got only 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes coming from the CPU but 20(!) PCIe 3.0 lanes coming from the chipset. The latter are limited to the speed of the DMI 3.0 link, though, which I think means they are functionally limited to 4 lanes per device.

An i7-6700K is another good choice, but I think an i7-5820K is worth the marginal extra for this sort of workload. The CPU's 28 PCIe 3.0 lanes are enough for a single video card in 16x (or two in 8x/8x) and still leaves 12 lanes for up to three more PCIe devices in 4x mode without relying on the chipset. Hell, you could put in a third GTX 980 Ti and still have the 4 lanes needed for the SSD.

Edit: Rumors abound that we may see Broadwell-E, a new generation of high-end Intel CPUs, launch sometime this year. No official word, but it's something to be aware of.

In Topic: SAB is back!

01 April 2016 - 01:20 PM

[quote name='Arkham Creed' timestamp='1459454309' post='2363876']
Maybe now people will stop bitching about this.

But now I'm going to start. They discontinued gen 2 legendary weapons for THIS? That is bull****! Yeah, discontinue one of the big selling points of the expansion and something most everyone was looking forward to in order to appease an overly vocal minority of players who can't get their heads around the fact that GW2 isn't a Mario game. Just.....ugh....

In general terms I'm pleased they've put SAB back in, but I do feel like this is something of a "let them eat cake!" moment. They've been pushing April as a major month for GW2 to get caught up again, and I don't think SAB is the 'huge surprise' I wanted right now. If April is going to be a re-release of old SAB content + the spring balance patch, I'm likely going to continue to feel extremely underwhelmed with the progress Arenanet is making.

[quote name='Kattar' timestamp='1459476833' post='2363882']Um, it doesn't say anywhere that they did that. Mo said he pulled people off Legendarys to work LW and the expac.[/quote]

If I remember correctly Mo specifically said the six people working on legendaries were being moved to living world. Then in answering a question about whether this meant season 3 might come sooner, he elaborated by saying that he felt living world was more than the seasons. In light of that statement I think it's reasonable to assume Arenanet considers a SAB release to be part of the more general living world, or at least that it falls under the purview of the living world team to do it.

I don't recall hearing anything about those employees working on expansion content. They've already got a team of 70 dedicated to "future expansions" last I heard.

In Topic: FPS problems

31 March 2016 - 06:46 PM

Some laptops have a feature that attempts to switch from the discrete GPU to the CPU's onboard video when called for, ideally when you're not using it. I've heard of issues where the laptop attempts to do this in games, causing a massive performance loss due to the much slower CPU graphics taking over. If yours does that, try disabling it perhaps, and see if that improves things. Unfortunately I can't really tell you how to do it as I don't own a laptop.

Normally when CPUs bottleneck this game, it happens when there's a lot going on in relatively close proximity to you. Usually when a giant group of players is in combat. The i7-4510U isn't great, but it has Hyperthreading and runs four threads. I'd expect it's relatively low clock speed to be a bigger issue in GW2. But I could be wrong, it's hard to guess how laptop hardware compares since they often throttle wildly to meet different power/temperature targets.

In Topic: The isolation makes it very hard

18 March 2016 - 02:10 PM

The way GW2's server system works is that PvE maps are populated by drawing players from all of the servers in your territory. When you venture out into Queensdale, the people you see are not necessarily all from Desolation. Picking a server mostly boils down to whose WvW team you want to play on. You could give it a shot, but it may make much difference.

It's a very valid criticism that the open nature of the game makes it ironically unlikely players will actually talk to one another. They don't need to communicate to work together, so they often don't. I would recommend finding a guild of other players who are low level. As for the language barrier, that could partially be the hours you're playing, I'm not sure. Desolation is not officially a French language server.

I won't try to defend the story… it's simplistic, low-impact and morally black and white. This isn't an excuse, but this sort of storytelling is fairly common in MMOs in general, though. I will say the lore (as in the world and the backstory) are far more interesting than the actual narrative of the personal story missions. I'd rather it wasn't that way, but if you want good writing you're probably going to need to look at single-player RPGs instead.

In Topic: Be careful w/ official forums

17 March 2016 - 01:31 PM

View PostZhaitan, on 17 March 2016 - 12:23 AM, said:

For me, the infraction, one point or 100, for a post like that indicates ANET is desperate to quell discontent of its playerbase by removing posts and the posters.

Is the heading & quotation in the screenshot the entirety of the post?

If so, I'm going to be contrary and say that such a post contains no discussion value whatsoever, and that that's probably much more important to the moderators than whether or not it's a positive or negative opinion of the game. It serves no point other than possibly making the poster feel better for having expressed an opinion of frustration. It's just a simple sentence declaring the poster's opinion, it leaves no room for much more than "Ok?"/"Congrats?"/"can I haz ur stuff?" sort of replies. Posts with no intention of sparking useful input are infraction magnets.