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What's happening at BTR *18*
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What's happening at BTR *17* has been closed since it got too long for easy searching as an archive. However, feel free to carry over any conversation from there to here as No. 18 is the new catch-all thread of what is happening and related (somewhat) to BTR.

https://www.babeltechreviews.com/communi...p?tid=1449

BTR's ad campaign has run its course - and it was a great run. For now, there are no ads but we will return to hosting Google/Ezoic platform ads shortly to help keep BTR running. As usual, please report any issues here.

New review coming this week (for me, it's a "fun" review) - but I can't talk about it yet. Rodrigo has a driver performance analysis featuring the Enhanced Edition of Metro Exodus which is due next Saturday. Sean is working on the Sim Side Part 3 overview, and I have a lot scheduled.

Rumors claim (I have no personal knowledge of them) that Nvidia is releasing a RTX 3080 Ti this month. But my so far 'confirmed' schedule of reviews for May-June include (1) this week's review, (2) TeamGroup 64GB DDR4 upgrade for my 12GB i5 Quad-core notebook, (3) RX 6700 XT vs. RX 3070 VR review, (4) Latency review (AMD vs Nvidia) featuring a 360Hz ASUS/240Hz Samsung display, (5) desktop T-Force Create DDR4 3600mhz review, and a (6) self-contained Home office review featuring a solar/solar 'generator' back-up.

Stay tuned. There is always something good coming from BTR
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https://babeltechreviews.com/resident-ev...pressions/

RE 8 - not bad, but not quite as good as RE7 in our opinion. It will become BTR's latest benchmark.
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https://babeltechreviews.com/htc-vives-b...3-are-otw/

Big news in the VR world as Vive brings out 2 new headsets - but they are not gaming oriented even though they are perfect for games.

Confused? Read the short post.

And I preordered a Vive Pro 2. All the Pro accessories work with it.

$799 with a $50 (supposed) discount. And $26 for the not-forever ground shipping. (2-day FedEx)
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https://babeltechreviews.com/geforce-466...rformance/ < < Last driver performance analysis

https://babeltechreviews.com/rtx-on-nine...rt-for-vr/ < < New driver today
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I just completed Resident Evil 8 (VIllage) - it's fair but a big letdown from its sequel RE 7 (Biohazard). 7 was the stuff of nightmares, and 8 is just not so intense by comparison. I also played Days Gone which is a zombie RPG ... it started awesome but after about 10 hours, it got tedious for me and I lost interest and stopped caring.

However, Days Gone is a beautifully rendered DX11 game and it and RE 8 (which has ray tracking "lite") will become BTR's latest benchmark.

Check out the free games thread. NBA 21K is free on Epic and they are also having a big sale with a $10 off coupon (over $14.99)
https://www.babeltechreviews.com/communi...p?tid=1528&pid=33535#pid33535
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https://babeltechreviews.com/t-force-dar...ddr4-4000/
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RTX 3080 Ti reviewed:
https://babeltechreviews.com/the-rtx-308.../view-all/

Vive Pro 2 incoming. Expect a dual review featuring the new RTX 3070 Ti next week focusing on VR
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Now this is a mouse pad
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[Image: Pro-2-mouse-pad.jpg]
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About the only Resident Evil I ever enjoyed was 5 and that was the last one I bought.

With Days Gone, you have seen basically nothing of the game at the 10 hour mark, it has a good story, but it is a slow burning one, well worth experiencing. The character interaction is excellent. I suggest you use a trainer for infinite crafting etc if you find the game play mechanics tedious no shame in that for single player imo if it lets you play without frustration. I played to completion on PS4 (no trainers or cheats available there), then did new game plus and am replaying it again now on PC. Yes it is a great looker of a game and makes a lot of other higher hyped games look silly in the rendering department especially as it is merely DX11 as you noted.
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(06-05-2021, 02:49 PM)gstanford Wrote: About the only Resident Evil I ever enjoyed was 5 and that was the last one I bought.

With Days Gone, you have seen basically nothing of the game at the 10 hour mark, it has a good story, but it is a slow burning one, well worth experiencing. The character interaction is excellent. I suggest you use a trainer for infinite crafting etc if you find the game play mechanics tedious no shame in that for single player imo if it lets you play without frustration. I played to completion on PS4 (no trainers or cheats available there), then did new game plus and am replaying it again now on PC. Yes it is a great looker of a game and makes a lot of other higher hyped games look silly in the rendering department especially as it is merely DX11 as you noted.

I put Days Gone aside for awhile (after 18 hours into it). Some of the mechanics seems too forced (sprinting 70M and then getting winded; Fire Department Fire Axes breaking after a very short time; and bikes that gobble gasoline like an untuned V-8).

DG is pretty indeed but I actually liked RE8 better - enough to finish it. I didn't like the earlier RE games because of the need for a controller - they are useless with a mouse and KB. RE7 is my favorite game of the series and RE8 is just an OK sequel.

Anyway, I am stressed for lack of time in reviewing the new cards plus the Vive Pro - and I have a long queue of reviews OtW. Not to mention, the Vive Pro 2 is a decent upgrade over the original Pro and there are a lot of new VR games I have that I need to play. I wish I had more time to play. I do like my separate office, but 4 solar panels aren't enough with a single battery generator/backup - I will buy another (identical) 4 panels and battery to really take my office "off grid" and my reduce any dependency on my propane generator for extended outages.
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