Category: pc gaming

10GB VS 16GB VRAM

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While new video cards are short in supply at present, both AMD and NVIDIA have promised more availability in 2021. The question that many have is concerning the amount of VRAM on a video card. AMD is providing 16GB of GDDR6 while NVIDIA has 10GB GDDR6X. Both vendors cards are of similar performance. The 10th …

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ENTRY LEVEL VIDEO CARDS AND DUAL FAN COOLERS

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We often spend time looking over Video cards on NewEgg, eBay and others. We do this to check prices and availability etc. Low end cards like the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are mostly 7″ length logic boards. We often see dual fan coolers on them that extend the card length to 9″. We …

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WINDOWS 10 GAME MODE

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One of the features introduced with Window 10 1803 is the game mode. Most gamers have more than 4GB of memory and at least a 4 core processor available. Many however only have a dual core processor which is not very good for multitasking with a game running. Game Mode is designed to improve the …

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GAMES WITH UNITY ENGINE ISSUES

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Several games made with the Unity engine have had issues with Windows 10 since the September updates and this have continued with the 1709 version of Windows 10. The problem is mostly with closing the game. Windows error reporting catches most of them but several do not trigger an error at all. Unity is popular …

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THE DECLINE OF DLC

Recently Doom moved to make the core game and all DLC available to all players. For those who are new to the game it meant a big jump in value. Even more the publisher also reduced the price for the game. Some publishers tried to cash-in with DLC but many found it did not pan …

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GT 1030 GAME COMPABILITY LIST

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The nVidia GT 1030  is the entry level Pascal architecture display adapter.  The MSRP is $79. The GT 1030 is close to the old GTX 460 for performance. It also is a bit more powerful than the Radeon Vega 8 graphics. IT is also more powerful than the HD 5770. The MSI GT 1030 offers …

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EMULATORS & RETRO GAMING

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The modern PC is incredibly powerful when considered to machines ca. 1980. Back in 1980 the Radio Shack TRS-80 was expensive and it was not very powerful. It also cost several thousand dollars. There is an open source C program to emulate CP/M which allows antique BASIC and even binary backwards compatibility. PC-DOS and MS-DOS …

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GAMES USING DENUVO COPY PROTECTION

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Some recent games that are sold on the Steam Store are now shipping with additional DRM. Unlicensed copying has been a problem for games for a long time. Denuvo evolved from the old Sony SecurOM technology. The Denuvo is not conventional DRM, it works more to prevent tampering which was a problem for SecurOM. Denuvo has …

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FIX STEAM GAMES

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When restoring games from a backup, generally Steam has no problem updating the game if the backup is out of date. Depending on the available hardware, backups may be on DVD disks, NAS or even a file server. See our page on steam game verification. Upgrading Windows can also make a mess with games.  For …

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VERIFY STEAM GAMES

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Some games seem to become corrupt for unknown reasons. It’s possible that there is a bad area on the hard disk or SSD or there is some updates that does not update the catalogs. To verify a game, right click on the game and select properties. Then chose local files. Small games are not a …

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