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daxy

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Finished Batman Enemy Within. Really pleasantly surprised. I liked the previous one, but I wasn't really sure they would be able to stick the landing on what they set up for Enemy Within. They totally did. I think it's up there with TWAU with my favorite stuff TTS did. The choices sometimes weren't as transparent as I'd wanted, but overall the choices presented were consistently very interesting and thought provoking. Good stuff.
 

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What are your temps like when the pc shuts down? Do you have MSI afterburner installed? Could be your powersupply or gpu fans that need tinkering. Its usually one of those two things when pc randomly shuts down like that.

Also if you have Win10 go to settings and disable game mode + game bar. Those things caused my rig to shutdown a bunch earlier in the year for wtvr reason.
No to having MSI Afterburner installed.
How would I know what my temps were when crashing? That is not logged anywhere to my knowledge, so I only know what my temps were after reboot. Around 48C for the CPU, the GPU I forgot to check.

I believe Game Mode and the Gaming bar is already off, but I will double check.

FunnyJay My new card did that until i installed the Fan Control software, apparently the default bios settings are trash on EVGA.
As yuraya said Check temps of CPU, GPU and Chassis, Check PSU fan runs when under load, check if you need to run an app for your GPU etc.
What Fan control SW do you recommend?

Also, here are some HW details. The system is getting a bit on the older side...

Mobo: ASUS R5A97 2.0
CPU: AMD FX-6350
Mem: Some ancient 8Gb DDR3 1333 MHz
GPU: Radeon R9 380
CPU cooler: Cryorig H7
Upgraded from Win7 to Win10 last year, haven't had any issues before upgrading to Win10.
As you can see, the system has a few years on its back, so I feel more upgrades may not be worth it compared to building something entirely new.

Also, I got a message from the Radeon Crimson whatever suite that "Radeon Wattman settings were reset" when I rebooted the computer after the crash.
 

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No to having MSI Afterburner installed.
How would I know what my temps were when crashing? That is not logged anywhere to my knowledge, so I only know what my temps were after reboot. Around 48C for the CPU, the GPU I forgot to check.

I believe Game Mode and the Gaming bar is already off, but I will double check.
Install Afterburner and go to settings -> monitoring..... to set up temp to display while your are gaming.

Monitor your cpu and gpu temps while playing the demanding games and see where they are at right b4 pc shuts down or starts acting up. Crank up the settings/resolution to really stress test your card if you have to and keep an eye on the temps as you do it. You should be able to tell what exactly causes the crash.

If CPU temp is abnormally high then you should change your thermal paste.
If GPU temp is too high then go to fan settings in afterburner and see how they are working. Set up a custom fan curve if gpu is overheating easily. It is still summer after all so it may not take much to overheat your rig to the point where your motherboard shuts everything down. Also consider changing thermal paste in gpu if it is ridiculously hot all the time. and/or becomes hot very fast. Some of those older AMD gpus ran stupidly hot for their time.

If neither GPU or CPU temps are the issue then its most likely your power supply being on its last legs. In that case you will need a new one but don't go buying a new power supply unless you know its the last resort. It is most likely the other things in this case. Random shutdowns (involving green screens) are guaranteed to be overheating issues.
 
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A question: based on past entries, would someone who barely played the first Gears of War game would be able to start playing Gears 5, and understand thing, plotwise?
Are there usually any recaps, or something, so that people can catch-up as they play?

Additionally, how are the games, in terms of SP content (generous length campaign, alternate modes, ...)?

thanks :)
I played 4 in the middle of 2018 in one of those (never ending) Gamepass promos after only playing the first one a looooooong time ago.. I think they did a quick recap in the form of a speech but I it wasn't really very compreensive. But if you get the "really bad enemies were defeated and here are at least one familiar face" you are probably good to go for that game.

The main problem is that the campaign was big fat "mehhh" for me. Not terrible or anything but as someone without any investment in the series it wasn't that good either. I did finish it ( 10hs according to the Xbox app ) but had no interest in replaying or anything since it was on Gamepass after all.

It did leave on a "hook" for the next game and I want to play it (on Gamepass again given the terrible regional price over here), but that being said, there is nothing that can't be recapped in 3 minutes or so if they wish.

So..... maybe play 4 before if you have Gamepass, but you probably won't miss that much by going straight to 5..
 

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Tizoc I still have my 25% off coupon for Unlucky Seven. Not my kind of game so you can have it if you want.
 
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I just noticed that I have never updated my BIOS on this motherboard. Curious, since I was certain I had done it at some time.
So I was running on really old FW from 2013.... Now at least I'm using the last FW update available from 2015.

EDIT: Also, Windows Game Mode was switched on, while the Gaming bar was off.
 
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I just remembered that I downloaded Enderal the day it came out on Steam and still haven't played it :steam_pig_deadpan:



Also, I think it's about time to think up a title for the September thread.
 
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Looks like this is gonna be a Mass Effect trilogy situation. Gonna need at least 3 playthroughs to truly see how incredible and crazy everything is.

Default male/female blind run. Probably with the male or female cover characters shown so far
Strong solo run n gun (or melee)
Stealth build

And there is even more variations considering all gameplay and the mission decision making. I wonder how many endings it will have.

The game is gonna be so fucking amazing fucking hell CDPR :love: pls don't delay it.
 

yuraya

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Also looking at the Cyberpunk steam store page...the game has full audio for 10 different languages wtf. Even more replay value. Japanese Keanu anyone?

CDPR might as well be the sole quadruple A dev in the industry today.
 

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Holy Grud

Mercenaries 2 is in dire need of AA fixing in 2019.
I was just thinking about replaying this a week or so ago! Even installed it through Origin, but haven't touched it yet.
I was even considering hunting down a Mercenaries 1 PS2 copy to play through emulation!

FunnyJay I have my fingers crossed that the BIOS update helps. That's a good thing to notice.
If you can monitor the GPU Power usage as well using Afterburner i'd keep an eye on that too, just in case it's a power-state issue somewhere.
Well, I played a Hitman mission, while using Radeon Overlay (which I already had installed) to log the GPU temps.
It started at the high 80s C but that was probably before the fans kicked in. I turned down the graphical settings from High to Medium (which is still really nice looking) and the GPU temp stayed around 78C throughout the playthrough. The fans were considerably more quiet than they were earlier today as well.

Maybe I've been pushing my old system a bit too far graphics wise lately (all the games that have crashed the computer have been quite demanding, JC3 Anno 2205 and Hitman 2) since it seems to have worked fine.

The BIOS patch notes mentioned a lot of stability fixes, so hopefully they might help as well.
 
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Cyberpunk looking strong. Already hearing cries about "DOWNGRADES" lol. Sorry, poor, filthy gamers like myself need to rely on our base PS4's to last through all of 2020 (and 2021). Sorry, not sorry, you're still getting RTX.
 
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EdwardTivrusky

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I'd be astounded if Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't get a downgrade to be honest. I still think it'll look stunning but i definitely expect some form of "Puddlegate" to pop up. I also expect it to make the fans on 90% of the machines it runs on sound like they're trying to cool the sun.
 

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Still not overly impressed with what I've seen in cyberpunk. It still seems to use TW3 format of dialogue where there's 1-2 choices and then a couple of optional dialogue selections that give you a sentence or two of additional info (usually white colored in games like this). I did see ONE skill check in conversations so that's...something I guess.

Honestly I feel like the main problem they're having with the game is in how they show it off. Today's 14 minute video was the same demo the press saw at E3 and gamescom yet theirs was 50 minutes, and our video was heavily edited to show off combat and flashy shit that means nothing to me in a great RPG. Their example of a non violent route was a typical stealth route in most AAA games (it actually felt eerily similar to Deus Ex MD). They say you can do this and that and the game will have X amount of choice and non linearity but they're having a real hard time showing it in action.

Compare this to the Dying Light 2 video earlier this week where in a single ~25 minute clip we were able to see a fair amount of choice play out (like your partner dying and your choice to open up the water draining an entire section of the city and making it open to explore) as well as a lot of gameplay improvements over the original. I'm not necessarily saying one will be better than the other but it seems to me Techland has a much better idea of how to show their game off.
 
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