NVIDIA GTX 970 vs GTX 1080

As mentioned in the Overclocking the Core i5 post a while back, my graphics card was limiting higher performance outputs, especially since it had to render games in 2560×1440. I hinted at an additional post dedicated to overclocking the GPU and this is it in some ways. I did overclock the GPU, but shortly after I also replaced it with a Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080. Nevertheless, for comparison, I will include the overclocked results based on the custom graphics settings from the last post and also compare it to the 1080 using default game presets. This way you can easily compare with your own rig. I had hoped I could also include Ryzen tests, but unfortunately Corsair’s AM4 mounting kit for the watercooler is still travelling around the world. So, there’ll be another performance related article (hopefully) soon. That one will compare the overclocked i5 with the GTX 1080 to a Ryzen 1700X with the 1080. Not only in games, but also in encoding.Read More »

The Witcher 3

Released in 2015, The Witcher 3 quickly advanced to become the new high standard of action role playing games – of all times. CD Project Red, a polish studio, created a masterpiece of a video game based on the characters of novels by polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. This game eats away at your time and is an amazing ending to the great Witcher Trilogy. Such high praise cannot be given to every game – although there are some out there. In fact, I’ve written about one of them in the past, Dragon Age Origins. But, despite all the praise, there are also some things wrong with this game and I’ll address them as well. Unfortunately, it was one of the core elements that didn’t really resonate with me at all, the combat. Let’s get this out of the way so we can focus on the good parts and end on a high note, shall we?
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Overclocking Intel Core i5 6600K to 4.2 GHz

The Skylake i5 is the 6th generation Core micro-architecture that has a lot of gaming power by default, especially the K series of CPUs. But, with only 4 cores and no hyper-threading, they are just not the right fit for some scenarios, especially video encoding. So, other than buying a new CPU (and board and maybe even RAM – as intriguing as it sounds), what can you do to get more performance? Overclock it! That’s what the K stands for, right? OverKlocK.Read More »

Arrow (Season 1 + 2)

I think it’s safe to say that I’m a sucker for superhero movies and comics. So it didn’t surprise me that I am totally digging the TV show Arrow. But unlike The Avengers or Iron Man or maybe others I haven’t seen yet, it is not just about super powers. Since it is a TV show and not a movie, the creators have much more time to tell a story with different arcs and develop the characters throughout. Going in I had no expectations whatsoever and now that I have finished Season 2, I am very pleasantly surprised about how much I have come to like it.Read More »

Ode to my bed (Verse Two)

The first verse is taken from here.

Verse One

Bed dear bed
how I loves thee.

In a cold winter’s night
thou keeps warm me.
I close my eyes, I go to sleep,
thou helps me dream
by counting sheep.

Bed dear bed
how I adore thee.

Every night I crave to be,
sung to sleep by lullabies from thee.

Verse Two

Bed, dear bed,
how I admire
the way you relax me
when I tire.

Every night
when I twist and turn.

Every hour
that I yearn
for a good night’s sleep
for some rest
I know you’re there
and do your best.

Bed dear bed
How I adore thee.

Every night I crave to be,
sung to sleep by lullabies from thee.