Wednesday, August 11


Daily News Stuff 11 August 2021

Mediocrity And Mendacity Edition

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  • The Radeon RX 6600 XT is here and it's definitely a video card.  (Tom's Hardware)

    AMD jacked up the MSRP on this one because with cards selling as fast as they can produce them, why should the scalpers have all the fun?

    And that seems to be the main point of contention in all the reviews - performance is fine, but the price hike means value is no better than AMD's cards from two or three years ago.

    Well, performance is fine unless you want to run Minecraft with ray tracing enabled at 2560x1440.  Then it plunges to 15fps - half the speed of Nvidia's competing RTX 3060.  You can, of course, just turn off ray tracing, and then Minecraft will run on an elderly potato.

  • There's also a professional version, the W6600, and there things are slightly different.  (Hot Hardware)

    In this case it's only slightly faster than the old model - but half the price.  That really is progress.

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Disclaimer: Kiddly divey too, wouldn't you?

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1 I don't care about the NSA per se, but they have buttloads of (mostly illegally gathered) information about me & everyone else, so it seems like using Amazon is a bad idea unless they know something the rest of us don't.

Posted by: normal at Wednesday, August 11 2021 11:26 PM (LADmw)

2 Hardware Unboxed has a video about the Biostar model, calling it the worst video card ever.  It appears to be a referenced design for the PCB--it's more or less identical to another brand's version of the same card--but it uses a much lower-quality cooling solution (2 heatpipes instead of 4 and the heatsink is milled from a block of aluminum, instead of being made of stamped fins.)  He took the cooling solution off the better card and put it on the Biostar, and, as he said, turned it into the other one.  The fan speed while gaming dropped from 3000 RPM to 1100RPM, which means it will run a lot more quietly.  It probably runs cooler too, but I didn't listen to the whole video.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, August 12 2021 12:58 AM (eqaFC)

3 Well, Biostar.  Their corporate motto is You could have bought literally anything else.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, August 12 2021 02:38 AM (PiXy!)

4 "You wanted something top-end, but you went with us instead."

Posted by: normal at Thursday, August 12 2021 11:25 AM (obo9H)

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