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Writing, Poetry & Short Stories / When facing defeatists, remember this
« Last post by :Art: on October 02, 2019, 12:03:00 AM »
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Hardware & Gadgets / Why Graphics Cards are so expensive
« Last post by :Technology on September 25, 2019, 11:14:27 PM »
A Graphics Processing Unit, GPU Graphics Card goes a bit deeper than making those long hours of pwning noobs in CS:GO possible. And they have to, since their market is constantly evolving to present us with newer, more stunning picture quality, but tied to a likewise heavy price tag.

If you said a sheet of metal with a printed circuit, a couple fans, some chips and lights doesn't cost over $1000 to make, you'd probably be right. Mass production tends to bring that figure down since the figures are distributed among the various cards being shipped to worldwide stores.

Also, cards that have been in the market long enough, even good ones, already have their assembly lines with all the bells and whistles to make them profitable and quick to build, right?

All true.
Unfortunately...

That doesn't account for coffee cups, electric bills, meetings with engineers, design teams, programming, testing, troubleshooting... What falls under the category of "Research & Development". Those costs are, OBVIOUSLY, charged to the final consumer.

And while we're bringind the subject of assembly, that brand new NVIDIA/AMD piece of hardware that's gonna turn your computer into a mean machine has its own "rev up" cost, which once more is paid by you, specially when the former is dominating the market, though we are as of late witnessing a minor trade war between these two titans.

This brings us to another interesting point. You see, in high end Graphics Cards, NVIDIA does own its pretty little kingdom with little competition (for now). Their GPUs are normally the go-to choice when it comes to quality both for gamers and content creaters along with the more professional users... so why are those still expensive?


Simple. Because they can.


Having a monopoly means you call the shots. And if quality is paid on the consumer level, GPUs for rendering - which differ from their gaming counterpart - go way over $3000.
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Writing, Poetry & Short Stories / The First on Earth
« Last post by :Art: on September 24, 2019, 09:31:29 PM »
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Latest News / Albania shakes and trembles by seismic activity
« Last post by :News: on September 22, 2019, 05:08:53 PM »
Over 100 people were injured this Saturday (21/09) after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

Prominent pictures online show the forward section of two cars completely obliterated by falling bricks and an apartment building split in half.
According to official reports, this quake was the strongest in the Country's last 30 years. At least 600 homes were damaged but since the initial shake, the region has seen 100 aftershocks.

It should be worth noting the region is prone to seismic activity with some frequency.
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Online Gaming / [WoT] Tank Race Game Mode is back
« Last post by :Gaming: on September 20, 2019, 11:04:47 PM »
If you are familiar with the award winning MMO World of Tanks, which features armoured combat vehicles from the XX Century, then surely you have been waiting for this. If not, read up, because you can still join the fun!

3 slightly modified vehicles (but all historical) take part in a sprint in a track where they must overcome the various obstacles, and their competitors, towards an arena field where the test is taken to declare the fittest ones and claim the rightful victory!

http://Read the full news of the article in the official website here!
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Writing, Poetry & Short Stories / Smiling
« Last post by :Art: on September 16, 2019, 11:37:36 PM »
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Latest News / Impending Danger: Tehran might be locking onto US military assets in ME.
« Last post by :News: on September 16, 2019, 12:02:49 AM »
Through rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, a Saudi Arabian oil processing plant was set alight, and the latter attributed attacks to the Islamic Republic.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said yesterday (14/09) on a tweet that "Tehran (...) launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply" and that "There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen". Later, the Houthi Movement claimed responsibility.

This Sunday (15/09), the IRGC stated that American bases and aircraft carriers within a 2000km radius were at the reach of their missiles.

According to the White House, President Trump initiated talks with Saudi Arabia to promote security in the area.
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Contests and Events / [CONTEST] Porsche Collection - World of Tanks
« Last post by WindSplitter1 on August 01, 2018, 11:53:14 PM »
Show off your Porsche garage!

Team up with 2 more mates and take a picture, using vehicles with designs by Ferdinand Porsche.

Winners will be rewarded with in-game gold and the picture will be featured in the TRI's Networks.
No registration is required. Just take the picture, upload it to Imgur then copy and paste the following template and post it in the contest thread in World of Tanks EU Region.


You’ll need to correctly identify the members of the team so they can be rewarded. If a player username is incorrect or unclear, we cannot guarantee the player(s) in question will be rewarded.

Template:
Team Malinovka
  • ReportClickers2018 - Mauerbrecher
  • Object_907_is_Weak[FAMU] - Maus
  • UNI-T67-CORN - Mäuschen
Just copy and past the green part to the forums and edit as required.



Event Start/Finish Dates (24h clock):
  • Event starts at 04/08/2018 – Saturday – 12:00 GMT
  • Event ends at 06/08/2018 – Monday – 22:00 GMT

The winning team will be announced shortly after and rewards will be distributed ASAP.




Conditions:
  • Pictures must be in Ultra settings, with everything maxed out. You can ask the member with the highest settings to take the picture for you. Just make sure he/she’s creative enough.
  • Resolution should be as high as possible.
  • All images must be uploaded to Imgur.com: https://imgur.com/
  • Everything counts: camo, camera angle, lens flare, climbs, shooting, etc.
  • Editing photos in a way it’s obvious to tell it was manipulated (artificial lens flare, night, overlays, watermarks, timestamps, logos, etc) is not allowed. Ideally, no photoshopping.
  • Don’t shoot yourselves. Your tanks must be intact (I.E. no holes, broken tracks).
  • Clan marks and tags are allowed. It’s neither mandatory nor a decisive factor but it looks better if you all belong to the same clan.
  • For comfort, we suggest using a Training Room. You may need to “hire” a fourth member but only 3 can show up in the picture and only 3 get rewarded.
  • You can do this in any map.
  • Mods to have the camera in another point of view are allowed.
  • Replays are not needed.
  • A single player cannot be part of two teams. If such a player is spotted, they will be removed and banned from future contests. Alt accounts are allowed.
Restrictions:
  • World of Tanks EU Accounts only.
Only available for the following vehicles:
  • Ferdinand
  • G. W. Tiger
  • G. W. Tiger (P)
  • HT No. VI
  • Jagdtiger
  • Mauerbrecher
  • Maus
  • Mäuschen
  • Tiger 131
  • Tiger (P)
  • Tiger I
  • Tiger II
  • VK 100.01 (P)
  • VK 30.01 (P)
  • VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A
  • VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B
  • VK 45.03
Inaccuracies are likely and this list might be incorrect/incomplete. Regardless, these are the vehicles that are accepted.
If one or more of the vehicles the Team uses is not on this list, that team will be disqualified.


Applications:
  • 40 Teams
Beyond the above limit, new applicants won't be considered.

Winning conditions:
  • Arbitrary (the contest admin will choose a winner based on the best picture found).
If the winner is a WG Staff, Volunteer, Community Contributor and the like, the rewards will be distributed to team in second place/others, but they will still be recognized and I’ll also feature the picture in the TRI.

Rewards:
3 X 1500 Gold Coins – All 3 team members receive the award.
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Talk Lounge / [RULES] Talk Lounge Rules
« Last post by WindSplitter1 on July 29, 2018, 03:56:38 PM »
Try to see this as a bar, where you may open any thread concerning subjects that aren't covered in other categories/boards.We only ask you to be mindful of the forum rules and bear them in mind before start posting here. In case of doubt, you can always review the rules here.
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Contests and Events / [RULES] Contests in INFAMERS
« Last post by WindSplitter1 on July 29, 2018, 03:33:32 PM »
Occasionally, we may organize some special events with rewards for our participating members.The rules of the contest will be posted whenever one is launched. We will start by gaming contests and work our way up.
Below are the general rules that apply to every one of them. Depending on the necessity, these may be adjusted, changed or even revoked.



Contest General Rules
1 – Do not cheat
If a cheater is detected, they will be removed and banned from the contests. Depending on the severity of the damages caused,users involved in the destabilization of the forum are subject to disciplinary action.This includes, but isn’t limited to:
  • Submitting false information
  • Using loopholes to obtain unfair advantages
  • Duplicate entries to the contest
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Fraudulent activity
2 – Do not submit copyrighted work
Any media or content submitted by a participant must be something the user made through own means or be attained from the Public Domain (if applicable).Furthermore, the participant must be able to prove the work falls in either one of two cases when requested.
Failure to abide to these regulations can result in the player being disqualified. Additionally, challenged material without a clear author may likewise be removed.
Play fair and have fun!
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