atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#5524: 4x the memory, at least 2x the speed, not bad

These new GTX 1050 Ti video cards are damned fast.

I mentioned, in the prior post, that the new cards had 2x the memory, but that was wrong. These are 4GB cards, but the old cards were 1 GB, not 2 GB. So Floristica now has more video memory than Cephiro had main memory.

And after getting everything buttoned up and the drivers loaded, WoW reports a frame rate over 200 FPS at the settings which yielded about 70 FPS on the old cards. Moving to areas with lots of people, frame rate for the old card would drop to somewhere between 25 and 50; without changing anything, new cards get 140 plus. Raising the display parameters brings us to the 40-60 range, with no drops below 30, and gets us a hell of a lot more detail in the bargain.

Installation was surprisingly painful. Removing one Nvidia product and replacing it with another--but from a different manufacturer--I figured since the driver file is unified (aka one driver to rule them all) it wouldn't matter and the system would autodetect. Well, it didn't. I don't really understand why, but after a few minutes' finagling I got everything working right. I did Mrs. Fungus' computer according to the manual and had less trouble there, but still had to install the driver twice.

I'm wondering how much performance would increase from two other things: 1) moving to SSHDs, and 2) getting a latest-generation processor. But not this month.

* * *

Mrs. Fungus was watching some game show on the game show rerun network (I think she was watching Let's Make a Deal.) Anyway, she commented to me how stupid people were: the host told the audience he had $200 for someone who had with him a paperback book, and the audience was holding up all kinds of objects which were not paperback books.

Me, when she told me about it: No, I need a paperback book. That's a soiled condom.
Her: AHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA THAT'S FUNNY

She wanted me to write about it.

* * *

Chelsea Clinton graduated from an ivy league school, yet apparently had to be told that no, Lincoln never wore a "make America Great again" hat.

"Tell me this is Photoshopped. Please?"

Well, for one thing, the hat is a color image when the rest of the picture is the engraved image from a $5 bill.

Well, maybe when it comes time for the Democrats to front her, she'll have good handlers, like Obama did.

* * *

Bad weather tonight: cold, rainy, windy. They're issuing gale warnings on Lake Michigan and they say the waves will be 15-22. Feet.

Maybe some snow tomorrow, maybe not. We'll see.
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