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Old 08-02-2021, 10:49 AM   #371 (permalink)
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That's wild. I have a high end laptop that can run just about anything within reason and its power supply is only 240W. I guess people are always taking things to extremes.
Yes! And laptops are a prime example of how much energy can be saved. They're usually a little less powerful as far as processing goes than an "equivalent" tower PC, yet they use half the electricity or less. They still use a lot more than they did years ago.

However, even ultra efficient systems can easily meet the demands of the general public and casual gamers. Apple is proving this with their M1 chips. I also have a Surface Go that averages only 4.1W of power. And yet I can hook up two more monitors (three total) all the extra peripherals I need (scanner, printer, Blu-ray burner/reader, etc) and play really nice looking popular 3D games (Portal 2 for an example), all at the same time!

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Old 08-02-2021, 05:51 PM   #372 (permalink)
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As many gamers have found out, the best gaming screens were the old VGA style tube CRT monitors.
Not only for gaming. I still had a 5.5" black-and-white TV at home until 2 years ago, just got rid of it because it was nearly impossible to find a replacement part it required.
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Not only for gaming. I still had a 5.5" black-and-white TV at home until 2 years ago, just got rid of it because it was nearly impossible to find a replacement part it required.
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As many gamers have found out, the best gaming screens were the old VGA style tube CRT monitors.
A new low for the Raspberry Pi, the Pico microcontroller. It can run retro games and put out a VGA signal, and it's four dollars. Raspberry Pi Pico - This Pi Is Not Like The Others

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The new flexible $4 microcontroller board from Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi Pico is a tiny, fast, and versatile board built using RP2040, a brand new microcontroller chip designed by Raspberry Pi in the UK.
With one USB port and 26 IO pins, you hold down a button when you plug it into a host computer and it acts like a storage device.
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A new low for the Raspberry Pi, the Pico microcontroller. It can run retro games and put out a VGA signal, and it's four dollars. Raspberry Pi Pico - This Pi Is Not Like The Others



With one USB port and 26 IO pins, you hold down a button when you plug it into a host computer and it acts like a storage device.
Thanks! I'm quite aware of the Raspberry Pi and various Arduino type microcontrollers. But the problem with that setup for gaming is emulation, that is, a program that has to interpret the game "ROM" to something the Pi can understand, which inevitably intruduces issues, be they minor or game-breaking.

I have a collection of a few old consoles and recently got a De10-nano field programable gate array. I haven't quite gotten to setting it up, but by being able to replicate the hardware I hope to avoid the problems that can arrise with emulation.

I do have two CRT's. One is a VGA 1080P monitor and the other is a NTSC 480i TV. Both are of the "Trinitron" variety. I'm moding the NTSC TV so it will accept an RGB signal.
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UHD (4K) resolution at 120Hz is becoming pretty common, mainly because of hype. And again, you can get computers that will game like that in California.

For a person who knows more about how people see things, UHD (4K) is a joke for the most part.

As many gamers have found out, the best gaming screens were the old VGA style tube CRT monitors. Those could do FHD (1080p) and frame rates of up and lit up only brefely making the blacking more like 99% (or better) of the time.
The best non-crt gaming screens are still mostly 1440p

Even this ďthingĒ that is top of consumer land isnít really 4K and donít be surprised if 8k rears into this space despite not being able to push more triangles to use it.

https://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-49-in...74204691&psc=1
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AllDarc, is that you?
No. I remember he was quite passionate about CRT screens, while I simply prefered to keep that TV because it was more convenient than spending on a newer (and bigger) one just for the sake of it.
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