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General Discussion / Re: New Australian race track
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:14:07 PM »
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/motor-sport/the-bend-motorsport-park-take-the-first-hot-lap-of-australias-newest-racetrack/news-story/56562c2f321ebd019a78cfe35046c98a
paywall, of course.  Got a direct link to the video as it's on youtube? (I assume there must be one)
Sorry about that

Not your fault, just media companies pedalling backwards at full tilt.  A quick google revealed some details - funnily I've found out about a would-be central coast track as well!

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Assetto Corsa / Re: The grat's PC thread!
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:24:15 AM »
Have you tested reduced Graphic Options  to see if 90+ FPS is achievable?
I have done all sorts of tests with graphics option. I am impressed by how little I gain. I even tried world detail minimum, AF off, AA off, shadows off, PP off, reflections off, mirrors very low, and supersampling at 1. It looked like a gme from the nineties, but it still does not stay stable at 90 all the time in the replay of the race. The lows are less bad though, as it really rarely get below 80 or so, but it still does...
Hm...doesn't that indicate that the problem is not at the gfx card, but somewhere before that? 

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IMO:
It's a fault of the orange car, for not being up far enough,  and not being able to judge looking at white car's movements that they're not fully aware of the situation at hand.  (The white car wobbles left & right a lot)
However, it's also a lack of situational awareness from white car.   Not at fault, but it's what it is, (by the looks).

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Assetto Corsa / Re: Overclocking
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:08:55 AM »
Don't fuss too much, Phil, you haven't lost any lottery.  You have a chip that overclocks from 4GHz to 4.3 - that's  7.5% free powah :)
Some chips are indeed a bit better, some boards are better (at o/c), but all in all, you still got a bit extra.   It wouldn't make too much of a difference to get another 200MHz imo.

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Assetto Corsa / Re: Overclocking
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:41:20 PM »
Do I just change the vcore and the multiplier, is that it ?  also can bsod cause much damage ?
None at all.  Overheating can.  But Intel chips are very sturdy, not just tolerating high temps, but also safeguarding against overheating.  There was a guy who tried to fry chips, and he simply could not kill the intel chip.  He succeeded with others, though :)

If you buy a 7700k, you'll be able to run it at 5GHz!  ;)  (but you won't be able to run win7 without much hassles!)

If you buy a decent asus board, you'll prolly be able to do that with one click, too :D

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Assetto Corsa / Re: The grat's PC thread!
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:57:18 PM »
This test is better, my FPS average was about 150 with the final result as Quality "Very High"
http://store.steampowered.com/app/323910/SteamVR_Performance_Test/

I thought I'd give it a try for science.   Here's the result.  Interesting that it does not detect my cpu o/c nor the gfx card correctly.


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Assetto Corsa / Re: Overclocking
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:08:51 PM »
Funnily I've nfi what the mobo  is doing, but I'm running a 6700k at 15% overclock with ASUS' single-click overclock (or whatever it's called).   So it just did its magic, restarted a couple of times, and settled on this value - which is a respectable 600MHz over stock.     I think this is the future of the consumer-level o/c.  Enthusiasts can do whatever magic they want, I'm happy with this result, hehe.

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Assetto Corsa / Re: The grat's PC thread!
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:27:35 PM »
also moving over

The 1080Ti is a very strong card, but if you want the maximum, pay a little extra for something that's guaranteed to run fast.  I run mine with a 4k screen and it doesn't break a sweat, well outperforming the previous 970SLI setup.
Eh, here's the list of components.  Keep in mind I'm using the asus bios' simple "once-click" overclock (no bs, I have not had to look at anything in the bios but set one config) to run the 6700k at 15%, so @4.6 GHz.

Only the RAM is running at base clock, that's something to address in the future I just need the time - and inclination - to do so, hehe.

Corsair Carbide 600Q
ASUS Maximus 9 Hero
i7-6700k
NZXT Kraken X62 cooler
G.Skill Trident Z 32GB (2x 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz
Samsung 960 Evo (nvme)
ZOTAC GTX 1080 TI AMP Extreme
Seasonic Prime 850W Titanium
Bird! Thank you! Unfortunately you would have to break it up into baby-sized pieces for me to understand. Are you saying I should buy the ZOTAC AMP Extreme version or you are saying I should buy an i7-6700k or that I should overclock the CPU (lost overclocking settings a year or so ago and I am not good enough to do them myself, I fear, but your 1 click option sounds nice)?

Well, you can wait with the purchase to ride the waves of the new chip and/or see if it's significantly better, worth buying, or if the 1080Ti goes down and become better value.  But if it comes out in march, you can wait till april at least for things to settle.  At that point you'll be able to make a decision.    Or you can just buy something now.   It's impossible to say how much better off you maybe in a few months' time.  I've played that game before, and realised that there's always a bit more you can wait for the prices to drop...:)

The zotac card is o/c'ed already, btw.  Manual gfx card o/c usually brings marginal benefits in my experience.

I usually say; to get significant increase in performance, it's always a good idea to ensure parts match - more or less - to avoid bottlenecks.   
However, for gaming, clock speed is king and you've got a decent enough CPU there - so I think you maybe OK.  Ram is a bit slow, but that usually does not make much of a difference. (Ram amount CAN, but you're well endowed at 16GB)

Maybe try a bit of o/c on the CPU, as long as it runs stable and you can cool it, it will be fine (for a few years, at which point you'll chuck it anyway).
I have (and had) o/c'ed CPU's running here for years, 24/7 sometimes (but certainly during work hours) without issues.


If, however, you've got 'misc' issues, eg random split-second slowdowns every once in a while (I had that!) it sadly is best to replace the whole computer. 
There is magic in the bits, sometimes you just can't tell why something is happening.  I've seen funny stuff, eg when back in the 386 days I've worked in a computer hardware store, and we had a floppy drive that would not work for the client.   At least not until you took it to the shop, it worked fine there.  Back to the client; it would not work (in the same computer!).   

Sometimes you just have to replace stuff, get a clear start, and hope for the best.  Also operating systems can play up (windows especially) so it's sometimes good to do a clean reinstall if "misc" problems arise and you can't pinpoint them.  Which is often the case, hehe.

Edit: sorry I just read your opening post in full, silly me.   So it's a simple performance issue.  Still two things can play there; CPU not being able to feed the GPU enough data, or indeed GPU slowness - or indeed both.   Or even that Lenovo thing may cause issues.   These very specific things are nigh impossible to guess, the only way to know it is to test it.  Can you borrow a 1080Ti? :)

You can try to log cpu/gpu data, btw, and see if the usage is close to 100% on either.  That may shed some light on the issue, but - again, just in my experience - it's not conclusive.

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Assetto Corsa / Re: The grat's PC thread!
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:14:16 PM »
moving this over from the other thread

A bit of a stretch but I wonder if your issue is caused by the security update for Spectre,
See details here, especially on he older CPU performance hit part: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-intel-slowdown-old-chips,36293.html
Nope, unlikely.  It has marginal effect on gaming according to tests.

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The 1080Ti is a very strong card, but if you want the maximum, pay a little extra for something that's guaranteed to run fast.  I run mine with a 4k screen and it doesn't break a sweat, well outperforming the previous 970SLI setup.
Eh, here's the list of components.  Keep in mind I'm using the asus bios' simple "once-click" overclock (no bs, I have not had to look at anything in the bios but set one config) to run the 6700k at 15%, so @4.6 GHz.

Only the RAM is running at base clock, that's something to address in the future I just need the time - and inclination - to do so, hehe.

Corsair Carbide 600Q
ASUS Maximus 9 Hero
i7-6700k
NZXT Kraken X62 cooler
G.Skill Trident Z 32GB (2x 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz
Samsung 960 Evo (nvme)
ZOTAC GTX 1080 TI AMP Extreme
Seasonic Prime 850W Titanium

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I think I got lucky with my NBN connection.

The top tier 100 MB plan was disconnected and I only pay 79.95 a month, unlimited data. I got 55 MB from their servers but I get 81 MB from Steam which is awesome, but Telstra only wanted to know the info about their servers so I didn't say anything.
My pings are roughly half what they used to be on DSL.
Not to brag but I'm only paying $20 more for my Internode unlimited, getting 94/38 mbps and pings of 4ms fairly consistently.  Added bonus is the professional & helpful support.

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That is an interesting one.  From the outside it looks clear cut, but from the inside it happens rather quickly.   Certainly avoidable but surprising.  The kind of accident I'm prone to cause I'm sorry to say.

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I always thought a sim wheel that gives you an excruciating pain when you have an accident or make contact would be cool for realism

They say the 301 (and now the 401) is a bit like that; playing rally is a fairly painful experience.   Although it's a bit expensive and requires its own (sturdy!) room.

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General Discussion / Re: NBN
« on: January 03, 2018, 12:58:08 PM »
If you can get the proper NBN, go for it.  If you get the MTM (Malcolm Turnbull's Mess for the uninitiated) then it's a game of luck.  There are reports of it being pretty darn good, and utter rubbish, too.

If you have to - or decide to - change, I'd recommend a decent ISP that is willing to go the extra mile to help you sort out any potential trouble - eg Internode - if you're willing to pay a little extra for the service.   



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