Reply 120 of 134, by voodoo5_6k
That's is one reason I replaced the damaged panel on my 15" Transonic LCD TV is the PORTS:-
It's light, relatively compact and has a great screen that is easily replaceable using readily available ASUS components.
Thanks for the insights, Caluser2000. Your monitor/TV looks like an interesting find, especially when considering the readily available spare parts. How's scaling/aspect ratio handling on this device?
The VGA to HDMI A-D converter/scaler has arrived and looks great. However, I didn't have time to actually test it.
Someone sold an 8GB kit (4x 2GB) of Corsair DDR2 1066MHz C5. I had the same kit as the 800MHz variant in Retro 4. Honestly, no reason to update. But I couldn't resist. Retro 4 is now pretty well equipped, it doesn't need more than 8GB, but now it got a (potential) speed bump. The memory arrived wrapped in a plastic bag, without any ESD protection. But the system booted without issues and after enforcing 1066MHz in the BIOS, the kit was ready to go. Unfortunately, there was no time for excessive testing except for some time running Crysis. I'll be using it in 800MHz mode (within specification of the P45), but in case I decide to go 1600MHz PSB, the RAM now also has some headroom to use.
Also, I discovered an ad for a Core i3-3250 for a very good price. Another system I have, dedicated for Windows XP and DOSBox, had a Pentium G2030. For several years I have been thinking about further maximizing the CPU performance (within reason). Especially for DOSBox I'd like to have even more singlecore speed. The i3-3250 adds Hyper-Threading (not needed) and another 500MHz on top of the G2030's specification. Although this CPU also arrived in a very "creative" packaging it worked alright. It is within the same TDP envelope as the G2030 is and therefore, I had no doubts regarding the current cooling solution (semi-passive). The CPU remained well below 50°C while being loaded with Prime95 for a 2h test. This is on par with the G2030 before, no further changes required.
In terms of games I'm currently thinking about Black & White, Tron 2.0, American McGee's Alice, Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy or The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth, but I'm not sure yet.
After having a lot of fun with Jedi Outcast a while ago, I'm going to revisit Deus Ex now. I have not played it in many years (although I did complete several playthroughs when it was new). I started another playthrough five or six years ago with the GOG version, but for some reason stopped about half-way through. Now, I'd really like to finally complete it again. Maybe even play through Deus Ex: Invisible War while I'm at it (or go back to the list above).
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