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GTA 5 Memory Benchmark
My current PC is a pretty fast 4.4Ghz I5 and Titan X. For a long time I have been running with 8GB of RAM,
and even with the minimum page file, have not felt the need to upgrade as no game came close to using it.

Well GTA 5 changed that, and with my VirtualBox usage, I thought it would be a good time to upgrade,
move the 8GB into another system and get a 16GB pair at a faster clock speed.

But would the upgrade actually improve GTA 5? Running the included benchmark using my preferred quality settings:

Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600mhz CL9 - Average FPS: 80.7 - Frames above 60 FPS: 94% 91% 99% 99% 90%
Corsair 16GB DDR3 2400mhz CL11 - Average FPS: 84.4 - Frames above 60 FPS: 97% 97% 99% 99% 96%

So the answer is yes, only slightly, but enough to help keep the FPS above the important 60 mark.
Posted by Rich on Thursday 07 January 2016 - 14:41:11 | Read/Post Comment: 0
Happy 2016
Just realised I have not posted any news for a whole year! I am still alive and have posted little updates for tools.

The main reason for the quiet is that the majority of my day at work is taking up with projects and C# coding,
so when I get home my brain just wants to switch off and watch something funny on TV or play some co-op with friends.

In the few moments where I do feel like doing something, it's usually VR related, I am just starting to tinker with Unity 5,
I tried UE4 for a bit and while it's powerful, the learning curve with C++ and Blueprints for a hobby project was too much,
where with Unity, the familiarity of the language meant I quickly picked things up, and it was fun!

This means that a lot of my PHP stuff is in limbo, but luckily there are good people who are taking the time to share
updates on the forum with others, so I try my best to keep the site up and clear of spam.

Posted by Rich on Thursday 07 January 2016 - 14:15:37 | Read/Post Comment: 1
16 bit Windows Subsystem
At work, all desktops use the 64-bit version of Windows 7, but we still have some legacy 16-bit applications.
As XP support is ending, we are using VMWare View to provide 16-bit apps on a virtual 32-bit Windows 7 desktop.
For one of the applications we had this error:

config.nt. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the applicate.

Changing compatibility mode made no difference, search results said the autoexec.nt or config.nt is missing, but the files were there.
So I fired up ProcessMonitor and watched NTVDM.EXE which runs 16-bit apps in Windows 7.

WriteFile - C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Temp\scs1DE8.tmp - Success
CreateFile - C:\USERS\ADMINIST\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\SCS1DE8.TMP - Path Not Found

For some reason, a temporary file is accessed with a truncated username, stopping the app from working.
The work-around was to use a login username that is 8 characters or less, and then it worked.

Posted by Rich on Monday 24 February 2014 - 05:49:04 | Read/Post Comment: 0
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