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Got the "Gacha Itch" need help looking for an emulator.
Due to reasons my phone is out of action and quarantine has given me an itch for time wasters like gacha games now that ive basically exhausted 90% of my steam games and some of the new gacha games seem cool like Hero Cantare. I was hoping some of the more knowledgeable folks here could perhaps direct me in the right direction and help me pick a good emulator i see theirs quite a few but alot of it seems to be mired in controversy's by malware,bitcoin miners and loads of false sites that install versions of said emulators loaded with malware and the like so im hoping to keep my PC safe.
Tips for people who experience wifi stutter on virtual destop
Download wifi analyser and see what wifi channels are being used. The app will even tell you the best ones to use on your router.
Log into your router and change the wifi band to 80mhz and change to the desired wifi channel as suggested by the app.
Do a virus and a malware scan on your pc, virus or malware run in the background without you realising, using up cpu and gpu power for bitcoin mining etc.
Virtual desktop settings, change the preferd codec to H.264, video bit rate to medium and deselect sliced encoding, i also have the frame rate locked at 60 fps as it cant tell the difference.
If you are still experiencing issues then in virtual desktop go to developer mode and bring up the gpu load on screen overlay and see if your pc is strugling The quest uses wifi 5 as far as i know which is capped at 866mbps. The more pixels per image the more unpacking and decoding the quest has to do. Hopefuly the next quest will work on wifi 6 and have a faster cpu for decoding the streamed games.
About next FLEA changes and RMT (yes, one more post, but you will like it. Or not)
Okay guys. (trailer: First of all i wanna apologize for my english, hehe. Its not my main language and i will do a lot of different mistakes in words or sentences.) This is a new(one more roflmao) thread about FLEA changes in next wipe. To keep you in this discussion i will open my cards first: i am RMT seller. Yes guys, im a man, who selling items, stuff and currency to other players in EFT. You can blame me, shit on me here, do whatever you want, but the fact - i don't care about your opinion here. Deal with it, we are exist. Also i wanna warn - im not a speedhackewallhackeaimhackebotter etc. If we will exclude my RMT side - you will see the same regular player as all of you. Mb he spent less time in IRL (because i was need to farm 12/7), but he is a still regular player. Running in raids, shoot other ppl, win fights, die in fights, loot stuff, sell stuff on flea market and etc. And i came here not to advertise RMT (that's important thing - i don't recommend to buy currency in game, when you getting in it first time). But who cares about my opinion. Customer wanna get stuff - i selling stuff. I came here, because saw a lot of ppl in different threads, who think, that new system in flea market (you can't sell stuff from PVP result, and can't sell stuff if you "run trough") will someway affect RMT and did it harder. And because they think, that "run trough" changes will affect hatchlings(here i calls pistol mans too) runners. No guys. You all wrong. That will affect all regular players, and affect hard as fuck. But not the RMT. And not the hatchlers. To explain my position we need to come in EFT history and look for some points:
Before Flea market there was not much sellers, also not much customers (compare to nowadays ofc).
But the fact is - sellers trade money/items trough raid. Im sure a lot of you saw clips about killing 2 ppl on the factory with money/item cases in bags near extract point or on spawn. Ye, that is was the way to transfer without flea. I dunno what's cost of stuff was, but it doesn't matter much, because price changes from wipe to end-game, as from high to low. Not need to be Einstein to understand that. Also there was some naked guys who run in to 310 (as example) room for bitcoins or lions. Not much, but they was.
After flea market appears - RMT grow a bit and becomes easier, sellers able to trade trough market (i won't explain how and with what ways, you understand why xD ), so it makes a bit easier to do deals. But money transfer trough raid still exists, because you save currency from flea's FEE. You pack roubles in to doc-cases and drop to customer, im sure a lot of you did it with your friends and it looks normal. Price of RMT floated as usual - from high to low, from wipe to end-game times. Still regular situation. Also amount of naked-hatchlers grow as fck. (remember a days, when LEDX was added to shoreline? or a days, when reserve was released and streamers explored a best-loot-routes for naked guys?)
BSG limited money, that PMC can carry in inventory ( you can't take more than 200k roubles in any PMC's slot). So sellers lost their way to drag-n-drop currency to customers in raid. And do you know what happens with prices? They FUCKING GROW UP x2-x3 times. Yes yes, you read it right. For example from 1$ usd / 1 million it becomes 2.5-3$ usd / 1 million (its not current prices, just as example for low-brain ppl).
And RMT becomes VERY-VERY-VERY effective, because you still spending SAME time to get in-game currency, but customer pays WAY MORE(much?) for it. Yeah guys, when Nikita think "hey, we will stop them from trading money in raids, RMT will die", situation becomes for us, sellers, MUCH better. He just increased price of items and currency during mid-wipe time. But regular players now have a problems during folding currency stacks trough PMC's inventory, lol. More mouse movements in stash. Anyway thank you, Nikita. Also new weight-system changes amount of hatchlers, it's grow again btw. And here we go in-to the main thing, that i wanna talk about:
If BSG will keep that changes on flea market, when you can't trade stuff for currency without FIR mark - it will increase price of currency and items much higher, than was whenever(i mean in IRL ofc) And customers will still buy it. And sellers will still have ways to transfer items trough raid (remember "1" point what i talked about?). Yes, we won't able to deliver currency in any way (im sure we will, its not hard to find a hole in the system), but we will able to transfer armors, guns, cases, ammo and other stuff. Its not a big deal - to run trough night raid on non-popular server with items in case, using night-glasses and flireaper. So. RMT will still exists. We will just come back in the days, before flea. Not a big deal, actually.
The price of all items will fcking grow (i mean in-game price). Yeah guys. For example: you won't be able to buy 995 ammo for 1.8k roubles (that's the price now?). They will cost x2 higher. Because the amount of bullets(and other stuff too) on flea will dropped down dramatically. Because when sm1 will kill me in raid with my stuff (i prefer to use HK loaded 995) - he won't able to sell my 995 on flea. As bought ammo from traders too.
He will able to sell bullets from crafting table, but all components, that needs to craft 995 (green powder and FM OFZ shell) will grow in price too -> price of ammo grow. Or price of the killa's armor. Or slick. Whatever - price of every loadout item will grow. Also low lvl players won't able to buy any good helmet from flea market (you can't craft airframe/exfil, roflmao). And here is result of these changes:
People who can do good pvp fights and spend a lot of time in game - still will be with money, and use best gear (do you remember, that lvl 5 and lvl 6 armor can be looted still from raiders/bosses?)
When the rest, and biggest part of players - will just suck a big carrot. To beat a geared man you need ammo. To buy ammo you need currency and trader's level. To get currency you need to sell stuff. To grab stuff you need to do successful raid without any PVP fights. Looks hilarious, when you can spawn on map and die in 10 seconds, because spawn points are shit. And points of interest on maps are always same (kiba's store/marked rooms/rooms with PC/rooms on shoreline and etc etc etc), that results to same pvp-fight places.
Hatchling guys will still exists. Do you know why? Because THEY DON'T NEED TO SURVIVE IN RAID. Just look: "you can't sell item on flea market without FIR mark. Player will lose FIR mark if he will do "run trough".
Okay bro. But "run trough" is not the same thing, as "die in fight". And naked-hatchlers not need to SURVIVE and finish the raid. ROFLMAO. They need only: loot item in pouch, die from scav/drop from roof/die from barb wire and etc etc etc. Hilarious, don't you think? They still can grab gpu/ledx/red-card and die from scav, to sell it on flea market. ROFLMAO. FOR WHAT THESE CHANGES ARE? They affect nothing. At all. IF they will change "die without enough XP points will affect items to lose FIR mark" - it will again AFFECT REGULAR players. Just imagine - you loot an morphine/saleva/tushonka/blablabla for quest from hidden stash and was sniped by any playe or was unlucky and died from scav in the beginning of the raid.. your item lose FIR mark.. for no reason. Or you found (or spawned as SCAV with) a red-card and wanna trade it on flea market. But you understand - if you will die - you will lose that option(losing FIR mark again). And here is a stupid situation: you need to extract, but you need more XP to be "not runner trough". So you need to loot/fight more to have an option for selling red card. Creating artificial risk for players, with no-reason. Again - looks hilarious in current state. Hardcore game, that declares "don't fight without reason" just pushing players to fight, to get XP, for successful finishing raid. ROFLMAO. Think about it, its a "look from other side" here. That changes does not create any "hardcore state" (a lot of ppl played without FLEA and that's still not a hardcore state, roflmao) as it should be, no problems for RMT. No troubles for naked-runners. Only new troubles for new regular players, without any logical reason. If bsg wanna limit "end-game" loot for all players - they should rework all maps, raiders and bosses. (like AI brains, chance of spawn, size of maps, etc etc) But not limiting FLEA market selling PVP stuff. Also remove FLEA market from the game. You can agree with my opinion, or disagree, i don't care, but price of currency will show us who right xD. Gl in da game, wish you more GPU-LEDX-REDCARDS into your pouch.
Escape from Tarkov New Player Guide 2.0: 75 Pages and packed with all the information you could ever need for success!
Greetings, this is dumnem, also known as Theorchero, but you can call me Theo. I'm an experienced Tarkov player and I'm writing this guide to try and assist new Tarkov players learn the game, because it has one hell of a learning curve. We'll be going over a lot of different aspects of this guide, and it is going to be huge. Feel free to digest this in parts. Additionally, this is a work in progress. I will write as much as I can in one Reddit post, but subsequent parts will be in additional comments. Google Docs Version (Note: Link is placeholder atm, but here is a sneak preview!) Disclaimer: Tarkov recently updated to .12! That's a HUGE amount of information that I need to update. Please be patient! If there is anything I have gotten wrong or may have omitted, please let me know. This is Primarily directed towards Tarkov Novices, but should be useful for even Tarkov Veterans. It hopefully includes everything you need to know to be able to go into a Raid equipped for success and to successfully extract with gear. Want to play with friends? Want to have fun and learn Tarkov? Check out my discord here.
[Updated for .12]
Money making strategies completed.
Minor grammar adjustments, adding additional medical items.
Added additional resources, updated old ones.
Hideout section complete
Table of Contents
Tarkov Overview - What is Escape from Tarkov?
Tarkov Resources - Useful links
Tarkov's Health System
Tarkov's Hideout System
Tarkov's Quest System and Progression
Tarkov's Hotkeys to Know
New Player's loadouts - LL1 Traders
What to Loot - How to get the most money per slot
Stash Management - How to combat Gear Fear
Tarkov Economy - How do I make money?
Tarkov Overview - What is Escape from Tarkov?
Escape from Tarkov is a tactical, realistic, FPS with MMO elements developed by Battlestate Games. It is currently in closed Beta. The game features several maps in which your primary character, your PMC, goes into Raids in order to find and salvage loot and useful equipment to survive and thrive in Tarkov. Death is very punishing in Tarkov. If you die you lose everything you had on you when you die (with the exception of what's inside your Container and your melee weapon) including any equipment you brought with you or what you found inside the Raid. Enemies can be players (PMCs) or Scavengers ('Scavs') that are either controlled by AI or by players. Unlike many shooters, AI enemies in Tarkov are deadly - they can and will kill you on sight. They have recently been upgraded to act more intelligently, shoot more accurately, and react to situations on the map, such as investigating noise of gunfire or searching. It features beautiful and immersive environments, intricate and in-depth weapon modification system, a complex health system, dynamic and specific loot placement, and multiple options for engagement. Do you want to play slow and stealthy, to avoid fights, or set up a deadly ambush on an unwary foe? Or do you prefer raw combat, where only your quick wit, placements of shots, and tenaciousness determines who gets out alive? It's your Tarkov. You make the rules.
Tarkov Resources - Useful links
I take no credit or responsibility for any of the content in these links. To the best of my knowledge, these are updated consistently and are accurate, but user beware.
Huge collection of all the keys in the game. These are also on the wiki, but this page has them all on one page, and tries to inform the user if the key is worth keeping or using. Check it out here. This section is open to revision. Mention me in a thread (or in the comments below) about a resource and I'll see about adding it here.
Courtesy of Veritas (Send me his reddit username?), It's located here. (Open in new tab.) Contains: Detailed information about: Ammunition, Health, Firearms, Body Armor, Helmets, Rigs & Backpacks, Labs & Quest keys. Outdated! Needs to be updated for .12
Offline Raids - Player Practice
Offline raids is a feature added for testing and learning purposes for both new and veteran players alike. It is an incredibly useful tool. In an offline raid, your progress is not saved. This means you don't keep anything you find, keep any experience 'earned' if you successfully extract, or lose any gear when/if you die. To access OFFLINE Raids, head into a Raid normally until you see this screen. Then Check the box indicating that you want to do an OFFLINE raid and you're good to go! You even have a choice on whether or not to add AI. You can also control how many AI enemies spawn, fewer than normal or a great deal more! You can even make Scavs fight each other. (Framerates beware.) You can control how many scavs spawn (if any) as well as a number of other paramaters. New players should use offline raids as a tool to practice shooting, controls, movement, etc.
Tarkov features several maps - ranging from wide, beautiful vistas to ruined factory districts, to an abandoned laboratory where illegal experiments were being conducted. It is important to learn the maps you intend to play. In order to keep your gear, you must 'extract' at one of your designated exfiltration points. Not all extracts will be active every game, and some are conditional.
To see what extracts are available to you, double tap 'O' to show raid time and your exfils. If it has a ???? it might not be open.
Gate 3 Extract A small, fast-paced map that was primarily created for PvP. Scavs spawn in all the time. Very close quarters, shotguns and SMGs tend to dominate here. PMCs can only access one Exit (Gate 3) without the Factory Exit Key. Good place to go if you need PMC kills as action is pretty much guaranteed. It is recommended NOT to bring in a lot of gear to Factory until you are experienced. Factory Map in PvP is best played in Duos - due to the layout of the map, a Maximum of 6 PMCs may be present in the game. Due to the split spawn points, you effectively have 'sides' that have up to 3 spawn locations that are close together. This is why it is recommended to secure/scout enemy spawn locations. If you go in with a Duo, you at max have 2 players on your side for an even 2v2, and if played smartly you can eliminate them and know your 'side' is secure from aggression for the time being. Upon loading in, scavs usually take a couple minutes to spawn, though this depends on the server in question and isn't super reliable. For new players, the best loadout in Factory is going to be a MP-153 Loadout - using just an MBSS (or similar bag) and ammo in your pocket to fight other players and Scavs. Scavs will often spawn with AKs and other 'vendorable' weapons, so is a good source of income. Factory is also one of the best maps to Scav into, as Scavs can typically avoid the Exit camping strategy employed by a lot of weaker or newer players in order to secure gear, because they typically have extra exfiltrations whereas PMCs without the Factory Exit Key are stuck using Gate 3. If you go in with a modicum of gear, it is recommended to keep at least a flashbang (Zarya) in your container. This will allow you to quickly slot it into an empty chest rig or pocket so you can throw it into the exit door, this will flash enemies and is cheap to do - the one time you survive because you flashed the 3 exit campers using shotguns will make this strategy extremely valuable.
Extract map A fairly large map that was recently expanded and is expected to receive an overhaul within a patch or two, due to the choke point design of the map. Essentially, players spawn either on 'warehouse' or 'boiler (stacks)' side. If you see a large red warehouse ('big red') near you (Customs Warehouse), then you spawned on the warehouse side. If you don't, you likely spawned near Boiler side. Players can also spawn in several places in the woods North of boilers. This map has the most quests in the game. Geared players often come to customs to challenge other squads over Dorm loot and to fight a Scav boss. New players are usually trying to do one of several early quests, such as ‘Debut’ which tasks them with killing 5 scavs on Customs and acquiring 2 MR-133 shotguns (pump shotties) from their corpses. Construction is also a popular hotspot as it has a lot of scav spawns as well as the location for the Bronze Pocketwatch, which is Prapor’s second quest. Customs itself does not offer very much loot on average. There are several spots which can contain decent, but the vast majority is located in a couple different locations. Dorms is the best loot location for Customs. It has two sets, 2 story and 3 story dorms. They each have their own sections of good loot, but the best is considered to be 3 story dorms, due to the presence of the Marked Room. The marked room requires a marked key to open, and has a good chance to spawn rare loot, such as keytools, documents cases, weapons cases, and high-end weapons. Due to the nature of the high value of this room, it’s almost always contested and it’s one of the best rooms in the game to farm, albeit with difficulty to successfully extract with the loot found. Note, though the key required has a maximum amount of uses, it is a fairly cheap key, and worth buying if you like to run customs and go to Dorms. Dorms also has a ton of early quests (Operation Aquarius, for one) with some keys being valuable to use, but most dorms keys aren’t worth that much on the market. There’s too many to list here, but make sure to check the Map Keys and You at the top of the guide to determine what the value of a particular key is. Checkpoint (Military Checkpoint) is also a decent loot spot, though not nearly as good as Dorms. If you have the key, it has a grenade box and 2 ammo boxes which can spawn good ammo. The jacket in the blue car also can spawn good medical keys as well as medical items. It is very close to the gas station, so I’ll include that here as well. The Gas Station is one of the possible spawn locations for the scav boss. It has loose food items, a weapon box in the side room, with two keyed rooms leading to a safe and a med bag and box. Also contains a couple registers and food spawns on the floor. The emercom key can spawn on the seat in the ambulance out front. North of the gas station is the Antenna, which contains 3 weapon boxes, a tool box, and a med bag. Possible location for scav boss spawn, albeit rarely, and also spawns regular scavs, like checkpoint and gas station. Beyond that, there’s scattered loot around the map in different places, but usually not enough to warrant going out of your way for. There’s also scav caches, mostly around the middle road outside construction and around the boiler area. The scav boss for customs is 'Reshala.’ He has 5 guards that have above-average gear and can be tough to deal with solo. The guards tend to be more aggressive than normal scavs, so they can be a lot to handle but are vulnerable to fragmentation grenades or flashbangs due to their close proximity to one another. Reshala himself has a good chance to have one or more bitcoin in his pockets, as well as his unique Golden TT, which is required for a Jaegar quest and used in conjunction with other Golden TT's to purchase a Tactec, good plate carrier. Reshala may spawn either Dorms (either bldg), New Gas Station, or rarely the tower north of the gas station. Scav bosses are dangerous enemies with escorts that have above-average loot (sometimes great loot) and are hostile to everyone, Including player scavs. Scav guards will approach a player scav and basically tell them to leave the area, and if they walk closer towards the scav boss they turn hostile. The ‘official’ spawn rate for Reshala is 35%.
Woods Map with Exfil A very large map that is mostly just a large forest, with the occasional bunker, and the Lumber Mill in the center. The Lumber Mill is the primary point of interest, as it contains a couple quest locations and is the primary location to farm Scavs, as Scavs killed on woods are a good source of end-game keys that are hard to find. Since the map is so large and open, sniper rifles with scopes usually reign king here. You will see a lot of players with Mosin rifles as they are a cheap way to train the Sniper skill (for a quest later on) and are capable of killing geared players and scavs alike. Overall, not usually very populated. An early quest from Prapor sends you here to kill a number of Scavs. A good map to learn the game, as although the loot is not fantastic, you can get experience with how the game runs and operates while fighting AI and possibly getting lucky with a key find off a scav. As of .12, Woods now houses a Scav boss that acts as a Sniper scav. He is incredibly dangerous and usually carries a tricked-out SVDS. The 7.62x54 caliber is not to be underestimated. That caliber can and will wreck your shit through what most players are capable of wearing, especially early on in a wipe. He may also carry an AK-105, so he's going to be dangerous at both short and long ranges. He has two guards, and he typically patrols the area around the Sawmill, and carries a key to a cache nearby full of goodies. His key is part of a quest for Jaegar. Woods also has two bunkers, one of them being an extract and requiring a key. Both bunkers have some moderate loot in them, thus worth visiting, though not necessarily worth going out of your way for them. Several quests occur around the sawmill area, which contains a good couple keys that can spawn.
Shoreline Map, with Loot, Exfil, etc A very large map, notorious for its FPS hit. Generally speaking, one of the better maps for loot. The primary point of interest is the Resort, but scavs spawn there, and is primarily occupied by hatchlings (players only with hatchet, ie melee weapon) and geared players. Resort has great loot, but requires keys to access most of it. A great map to learn though from new players as the outskirts still contains plenty of loot and combat opportunities with AI scavs. You can hit Villa, Scav Island, Weather station, Docks, etc and come out with a backpack full of valuable gear fairly easily. The Village (Not to be confused with villa) contains a lot of toolboxes which can contain lots of parts used to upgrade your Hideout. Location of many quests, including a large quest chain where players are required to kill many, many, scavs on Shoreline. For this and other reasons, probably the best map for new players to learn the game with. A good loot route is to hit the village (caches in it), scav island (2 med bags, 2 toolboxes, 2 weapon boxes, 1 cache), burning gas station (weapon boxes and a safe), pier (potential extract, 2 pcs 2 safes and lots of filing cabinets), and weather station. Scavs may spawn around these areas, but most players just head straight for resort anyway, so you are much less likely to encounter them, especially if you avoid Mylta power (most players hit it on the way to or leaving from the resort). Excellent route as a player scav as well.
Detailed map Great, great loot area, but very complex map. Old computers might face unique struggles with this map. Features a mostly-binary exfil system like Shoreline, but.. kinda worse. Exfil camping is fairly common on this map, but usually avoidable. Huge map with multiple floors and many many different stores. Communication with teammates is a challenge on this map, but the map is also fantastically detailed. This map features a lot of loot that depends on the kind of store you're in. It's a great place to farm rare barter materials which are valuable to sell on the Flea market or to use for quests or for hideout upgrades. An early quest (from Ragman) sends you here to kill a large amount of Scavs. I'd recommend getting Ragman to level 2 and accepting his quest asap when going to Interchange, as getting this quest done can take a while as it is and you want all scav kills to count towards progress. Both the tech stores (Techlight, Techxo, Rasmussen) and department stores (Groshan, Idea, OLI) are the primary places to hit. There’s also Kiba (weapons store) as well as Emercom and Mantis. Players have different strategies, but this map is unique in the sense that it really rewards exploring. Most stores will have things you can grab that are worth quite a bit but are often overlooked. Very popular place to go in as a Player Scav.
Brand new map, chock full of loot. Has more complex extracts than other maps, save for Labs. Excellent place to farm rare barter items, computer parts, and especially military hardware. PMCs have limited extracts, most being conditional, and the ones that aren’t require activation of ‘power’ to turn on the extract, which alerts the map the extract has been opened and can spawn Raiders (more on them below.) Additionally, has a scav boss by the name of Glukhar, who has multiple heavily armed guards. He has multiple spawn locations and can arrive with the train.
DISCLAIMER: Labs, like much of Tarkov, is under constant development, so issues may be fixed or created without warning. Always check patch notes!
Labs is a very complex map compared to the rest of Tarkov. There is a great deal more exfiltrations but many of them have requirements or a sequence of events needed to be able to extract from them. It is recommended to read the Tarkov Wiki on Labs before raiding there.
LABS IS NOT LIKE OTHER MAPS. READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY.
Labs is a lucrative end-game raid location, comparable to 'dungeons' in other games. They are populated by tougher enemies that give greater rewards. In order to go to labs, you need to acquire a keycard, this functions like mechanical keys but instead of opening a door, they unlock your ability to select Labs for a raid. They may be found in-raid in various locations, most notably in scavs backpacks, pockets, and in filing cabinets. They may be purchased from Therapist at LL4 for 189K Roubles. Labs are populated by a unique kind of AI enemy, Raiders.
Raiders are the Labs form of Scavs, or AI enemies. However, unlike other maps, they cannot contain player Scavs. Raiders have a much tougher than your average scav, they are capable of advanced tactics (such as flanking) and throw grenades and use other consumables as a player would. Once 'locked' onto you, they are typically capable of killing you very quickly, even if you are wearing high-end armor. In Tarkov, Raiders act like the avatars of Death. They are clad in USEC and BEAR equipment, as they are effectively AI PMCs. Many changes have been made to labs and specifically how Raider AI works and to prevent exploits to easily farm them as well as bugs where they could be deadlier than intended. A general rule of thumb is not to fight Raiders directly. They can and WILL kill you. Raiders can spawn with 7N9, or 'big boy' ammo. This ammunition type is incredibly lethal to players, even those wearing the toughest armor. If you get shot in the head, doesn't matter what kind of helmet, face shield, killa helmet, etc you are wearing, you will almost certainly die. Because Raiders are controlled by AI, they have zero ping. They may also end to immediately respond as if you were aggressive even if they did not originally know you were there - ESP Raiders effectively will prone and return fire even as you ADS and put them in your sights. This is why engaging a Raider must be done very, very carefully. There are a few strategies that you may employ, most commonly some form of baiting them towards an area and then killing them when they arrive. Players may accomplish this by generating noise - gunfire, melee weapon hitting walls, crates, etc, player deaths, players Mumbling (F1 by default) can all attract Raiders to investigate your area. Due to the high power of Raiders, players often go in with minimal loadouts and seek to avoid conflict with other players, especially geared ones. Most players avoid PvP in Labs, though a good portion of the playerbase thoroughly enjoys hunting down poorly-geared players after they kill a few Raiders for them. As such, players will lay prone in a hallway, or crouch in a room, and attract Raiders to enter their domicile by opening the door, and immediately headshotting them. Few Raiders actually wear helmets (though some do) so most players specialize in 'flesh ammo' or, ammunition that foregoes armor penetration in favor of raw damage in order to kill Raiders more reliably, because Raiders have slightly higher head health than PMCs do. Raiders spawn with a great variety of equipment, weapons, armor, and materials such as medication or hideout parts. They tend to have chest armor and may have different helmets. Their pockets can contain Labs keycards, morphine, Ifaks, cash, and other items. They're always worth checking. Raiders are a good source of grenades, they will often have F-1's and Zarya's in their rig or pockets that you can use to fight off players and Raiders alike. Recently, changes have been made to Labs to make them less profitable so that other maps are more appealing. The cost and rarity of keycards increased, as well as reducing the frequency that raiders spawn, so that they come in more infrequent groups but also tighter in formation, while also lowering the overall output of individual Raiders, so that they are less likely to have a bunch of extra materials, such as grenades and other items.
Experience Farming on Labs
Labs is one of the best places to farm experience in the entire game. Killing a Raider with a headshot awards 1100 Experience. This does not include any looting, inspection (searching bodies), examine, streak, or other experience. Killing a large sequence of Raiders gives additional bonus experience in the form of Streak rewards, usually 100 bonus exp per additional kill. Surviving the raid multiplies all of these sources of experience by 1.5x
Changes coming to Labs
Disclaimer: I am not a BSG developer or employee. This is what I have seen on this subreddit and heard elsewhere. Some might be purely rumor, but other points are confirmed by Nikita Labs is undergoing constant changes. Nikita and BSG take feedback seriously, and always consider what the players are telling them. It known that Labs will eventually be accessed via the Streets of Tarkov map, and will require you to enter that map, make it to the labs entrance, and then extract from Labs to return to Streets of Tarkov and exfil from there as well. This will likely add an additional layer of risk to being ambushed for your goodies along your way out, as well as punishing damage taken in labs more severely. Additionally, keycards will have a limited number of uses, and may open more than one room. The full extent of the changes coming is not known. Remember, you can load a map in OFFLINE mode to practice against bots or to learn the map without fear of losing gear.
Tarkov's Health System
Tarkov Wiki Article Tarkov has a very advanced health system, and while it might seem overwhelming at first, you'll get the hang of it rather quickly. It features a very wide variety of effects and injury, including hydration, energy, blood pressure, blood loss, fractures, contusion, intoxication, exhaustion, tremors and more. Not all of the Health System is implemented yet. Expect changes! Your character (PMC, or otherwise) has a combined Health of 435. Each of his limbs have separate health. Taking damage to a limb that reduces it to 0 'blacks' that limb. Blacked limbs are a problem. They greatly impair the activities your PMC performs, and taking damage in a blacked limb amplifies the damage by a multiplier and spreads that damage among your other non-black limbs equally. You cannot heal a blacked limb without the use of a Surgical Kit. Notes:Bloodloss applies damage to the affected limb and can be spread like other damage to a blacked limb. Treat immediately. Also causes significant dehydration! Bloodloss also helps level your Vitality skill, which in turn gives you experience towards your Health skill, which is necessary to reach level 2 of in order to improve your hideout. Losing a limb applies additional effects. Fractures also apply these effects but not the damage amplification (Except for damage if running on fractured leg.) Fractures require specialized medical kits to heal. Dehydration is what happens when your Hydration level reaches 0. You can view your Hydration level in your gear page, at the bottom left. Becoming dehydrated is extremely bad. You take constant damage. Taking dehydration damage can kill you if you have a black chest or head. Restoring hydration helps train Metabolism, which improves positive effects from food and drink. Head/Chest: Bullet damage resulting in losing your head or chest is instant death. Note: Bloodloss resulting in your Head/Chest being black does not result in death, but any damage to them beyond that point will! A back chest will causes you to cough (much like your stomach!) Painkillers: Prevents coughing that comes from your chest. Doesn't help otherwise. Stomach: Massively increased rate of dehydration and energy loss. You must find liquids or exit the Raid soon. Additionally, your PMC will cough sputter loudly, attracting attention. A black stomach multiplies damage taken by 1.5 and redistributes that damage across your entire health pool. Painkillers: Significantly reduces the frequency and volume of the coughs. Arms: Makes activities like searching, reloading, etc, take additional time, as well as adding a sway, reducing accuracy. Arms have a .7x damage multiplier. Painkillers: Reduces sway, removes debuff Pain. Legs: Blacked legs cause your PMC to stumble and be unable to run. Blacked legs have a 1x damage multiplier. Painkillers: Allows you to walk at full speed and to run. WARNING: Running while your legs are blacked or fractured WILL DAMAGE YOU.
Tarkov features many health items - 'Aid' items, which can be used to restore your characters health and to fix ailments or injuries he receives as the result of combat or mishaps. The two most important health conditions to consider are bloodloss and fractures, which have both been covered above. Some food items may have ancillary effects, such as losing hydration. Since in the current patch the only ailments to worry about are bleeding and fractures, it changes which health items are most necessary. We'll go over them below.
Medical Items on Wiki AI-2 medkit The newb's medical kit. You receive several of these when you start Tarkov - they'll already be in your stash. Available from Level I Therapist, they are cheap and effective way of healing early in the game. They will not stop bloodloss. Because of this, you also need to bring bandages or a higher-grade medical kit. Affectionately called 'little cheeses' by the Tarkov community. Using it takes 2 seconds, and because of how cheap it is, it's often brought in by higher level players to supplement their healing without draining their main kit (which is capable of healing bloodloss or sometimes fractures). Due to its short use time, it's often very useful during combat as you can take cover and quickly recover damage taken to a vital limb. They're also useful as you can buy them from Therapist to heal yourself if you died in a raid. Bandages The newb's bloodloss solution. Available from Therapist at Level I. A better version, the Army Bandage is available at Level II, after a quest. Mostly obsolete after unlocking the Car Medical kit, but some players value them due to the Car's overall low health pool. Activating takes 4 seconds, and removes bloodloss to one limb. Splint The newb's solution to fractures. Cheap, takes five seconds to use, and takes up 1 slot. Fractures are much more common this patch, due to them being added back in the game from standard bullet wounds, not just drops. Available from Therapist at Level I, no quest needed. Can be used to craft a Salewa. Alu Splint More advanced form of the normal split. Works the same, but has up to 5 uses. Recommended to carry in your container if possible, due to frequency of fractures from gunfire. CMS (Compact Medical Surgery) Kit New medical item added in .12, fantastic item. Allows you to perform field surgery, removing the black limb state and allowing you to heal it beyond 0 hp. Takes 16 seconds to use, and cannot be cancelled so make sure you are safe if you are using it! Will reduce the maximum health of the limb it's used on by 40-55%, but will effectively remove all negative effects incurred by having a black limb. Highly recommended to carry in your container for emergencies. Can be bartered from Jaeger LL1, and purchased for roubles LL2. Surv12 field surgical kit Same as the compact surgical kit, but takes 4 seconds longer, and the health penalty is reduces to 10-20% max health of the limb. Considering this kit is 1x3, taking up a huge amount of space, it's probably not worth using. It's just too large. Better this than nothing, though. Car Medical Kit The newb's first real medical solution. Available LL1 as a barter (2 Duct Tape) and available for Roubles after completing Therapist's second quest. Has a larger health pool than AI-2's (220, vs AI-2's 100), and removes bloodloss. Takes up a 1x2 slot, so requires to be placed in a tactical rig in order to be used effectively. Cheap and fairly efficient, takes a standard 4 seconds to use. Rendered effectively obsolete when the Salewa is unlocked. Often kept in a player's secure container as a backup health pool, before IFAKs are unlocked. Salewa Good medkit for use in mid and end-game. Contains 400 total health and can remove bloodloss. More rouble efficient form of a healing due to its high health pool, costs 13k roubles. Same size as the Car medical kit, so requires a tactical rig to use effectively. Because Tarkov does not currently have effects like Toxication in the game at the moment, this kit is favored by most players who go into a raid with at least a moderate level of gear. With a high health pool and relatively low cost, it's also a more efficient way of healing damage sustained while in raids. Unlocked at Therapist Level II after completing a level 10 Prapor quest, Postman Pat Part II. Required as part of Therapist's first quest, Shortage. This makes Salewas very valuable early on in a wipe as it gatekeeps the rest of Therapist's quests, most of which occur on Customs early on. Can be crafted in your meds station with a painkiller, splint, and bandage. IFAK Fantastic medical kit, and is the one preferred by most players. Features 300 health and the ability to remove bloodloss and a host of other negative effects that are not yet implemented into the game. It does not, however, remove fractures. Taking up only a single slot, it is favored by players in all stages of gear, and it is recommend to carry one in your Secure Container in case of emergencies. Is available at Therapist Level II for a barter (Sugar + Sodium), and may be purchased for Roubles at Level III after completing Healthcare Privacy, Part I. It is a fairly expensive kit, but due to its durability, its small size, and ability to remove bloodloss, it is a very common medical item used by players of all levels. Can be crafted in Lvl 2 medstation. Grizzly The 'big daddy' medical kit, boasting an impressive total health resource of 1800. It is also a very large kit, taking up 4 slots (2x2) - in order to be able to use this quickly, it would require specialized tactical rigs that feature a 2x2 slot. It removes all negative effects (some costing HP resource), including fractures. Used by highly-geared players who intend on staying in raids for an extended period of time, or by players with additional Secure Container space available in case of emergencies. It is available for barter at Therapist Level II, and purchase at Therapist Level 4. Due to its price point from Therapist at just under 23k Roubles and its healthpool of 1800, it is by far the most efficient method of healing from raid damage, at a 1.3 roubles per health, dramatically lower than other options available. Can be crafted in Lvl 3 medstation.
Using any of these items results in your character being 'On Painkillers' which allows you to sprint on fractured and blacked legs, as well as reducing effects of fractures and blacked limbs, and removing the debuff Pain. Essentially, the only difference between most of these items are the speed of use, price, availability, and duration of the effect. Note that the Hideout has changed how some of these items are used, and because Tarkov is under constant development, it is very likely that these materials may be used to create higher-grade medkits or to upgrade your medstation. That being the case, it's best to hoard the unknown items for now as efficiently as possible until you know you don't need them. Analgin Painkillers The holy grail of pain medication. "Painkillers" have 4 total uses. The total duration is greater than Morphine and less risk of waste. Takes a short time to use, and is available from Therapist Level 1 for both barter and Roubles. Makes a loud, distinctive gulping noise. Can be used to craft Salewa kits. Morphine Quick application of painkillers. Favored by some highly geared players as it has greater usability in combat then it's typical counterpart, Painkillers. Has a longer duration, but only one use. It is required for a fairly early Therapist (and a late Peacekeeper) Quest, so it is recommend to hoard 10 of them, then sell the rest unless you intend on using them. They are worth a good amount to Therapist and take up little space so they are a valuable loot item. Available from Therapist for Roubles at Level 4, after completing Healthcare Privacy, Part 3. Augmentin Basically a cheaper Morphine. One use, 205s. Not recommended over Painkillers due to its cost. No current barter for this item, so usually it's just a fairly expensive, small loot item. Most likely a component of a medstation manufacturing process or upgrade. Keep it. Ibuprofen Powerful painkiller. Lasts 500 seconds and has 12 uses. This item is recommended as your long-term solution for painkillers. While it is valuable because it's used to trade for THICC items case, it's the cheapest component and is very useful as a painkiller. It has a long duration and a large amount of uses, so keep it in your container for use as a painkiller if your primary painkillers wear off. Don't use it completely up, though. Keep the 1/12 bottles for the trade. Vaseline Powerful medical item. Cannot be purchased from dealers. Has a maximum of 10 uses. Removes Pain, applies Painkillers for 500 seconds (8.3 minutes). Useful to keep in your container as an alternative to Painkillers, though it takes 6 seconds to use, which is longer than other painkillers. Used as part of a barter trade for the Medcase. Golden Star Balm Fairly useful medical item. It can remove Pain and Contusion (not a big deal of a debuff, goes away on its own shortly) and provides a small bonus to hydration and energy. It also removes toxication and Radiation exposure, both of which are not yet implemented into the game. Like Vaseline, has a maximum of 10 uses. Painkiller effect lasts for 10 minutes, and takes 7 seconds to apply. Recommended to take only if you are going on large maps and you have extra room in your container. Can be used with Ibuprofen and 5x Med parts to craft 7 Propital.
Going to build a new high-end PC, for gaming, video editing and other heavy workloads. I already have an AMD 5600XT GPU, and a CM750 PSU that are a few years old, but used only a little when I had it powering bitcoin miners for a year. I have a 1TB Crucial SSD for secondary storage I have ordered, but not yet picked up:
i7-10700K + Arctic Freezer 34 eSPORT fan (listed 200W TDP). Not sure if it is worth it over non-K. Non-K supposedly throttles down after 56 seconds. Avoiding/minimizing the LP1 throttling is my main concern. Are the K series really better ? Tested for running at higher speeds ? Or is it same quality ? Water cooling not really something I want, unless it is really worth it. My experiences many years ago were not that great.
Z490 Motherboard, MSI Tomahawk, as I want high speed USB-C. non-Z490 are hard to find, a few available in mini-ITX form factor. So decided to pay the $100 extra.
Fractal Design Focus G case - Good or bad ?
A-data 8200SX Pro NVMe
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 C16 BK DC - 32GB. It might be overkill with 32GB
Any bad choices here ? I try to keep it cheap, but pay a little extra when I think it is worth it. Should I use my old PSU ? Or get a new 550W Gold rated instead ? CPU + GPU = <400W at max load. So 550W supposedly most efficient (run at 65-80% of PSU capacity is most efficient from what I read).
Is this PSU doable for my build or is it a really bad idea?
Here is my problem. I can't seem to find a PSU within a reasonable price range to save my life. (NEW not used or refurbed) EVGA 750-850w Gold and Plat, were both going for $360+. The rest seemed to be out of stock with no date in sight... And I am impatient. 200$ to me seems reasonable to spend on a solid PSU. I found a 750w Bronze Rosewill for $115. (Plus $15 for 3 year Newegg power warranty) (Also comes with a free bitcoin CPU riser, whatever the hell that is) Here is my build. Just tell me, is this doable, or is this such a bad idea that I might as well throw my components into the river now and save me the heartbreak later? I'm legit afraid that this isn't the way to go. My thought was, I can always swap it out down the road in a few weeks or months when I do find a better one. I just want to know, will my computer turn on or light my building on fire killing everyone? My mind has turned too mush after researching everything and reading so many Johnnyguru reviews that I do not trust my own judgement anymore regarding this final purchase. If anyone has this PSU please sound off on how it's doing for you. And any other general build advice is certainly appreciated. This is my first time truly building a PC on my own! Pretty excited. PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JvFYYH CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor MOBO: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory Storage: Western Digital SN750 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case PSU: Rosewill Hive Series 750W Modular Gaming Power Supply, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified (Newegg) Using the stock cpu cooler from AMD for now, figured I can upgrade later if temps become an issue, I don't plan on doing any overclocking, but will be using it under pretty high loads so an AIO upgrade is def coming eventually. I will be getting some extra case fans, just have not decided on which ones to get. I want to be one of the cool kids with all their RGB, so any recommendations on that front would be great as well. ps. I am naming her Covi.
I went to visit my parents this weekend, I am 21 years old (male) and my little brother is 15. Nothing really happened for the first day I was there, I spent most of my time downstairs and slept in the living room because my old room became my brothers (we used to share a room) and I wanted to respect that it was no longer my room. The second day I woke up at around 8 am, to my parents leaving for Chicago for a few hours to run errands. I decided I wanted to take my little brother to the golden coral for a breakfast buffet or something similar so we can catch up. I went to go to his room and he had already woken up and he was turning on his computer, I'm guessing to play some games before chores. Here's the thing his set up was amazing like, It looked extremely expensive, 2 monitors, a very flashy looking mouse, and keyboard, etc, in fact, his whole room just looked expensive, a really expensive hoodie on the ground. A pile of boxes of tech like AirPods, keyboards, mouses, and other assortments. It just didn't make sense how could my parents buy this for him? We aren't poor we have a very nice house but I'd expect him to have a normal entry build setup not what he had. I asked him if mom and dad played for this and he told me no they didn't. I was even more confused then, how the fuck die HE pay for this. He can't even get a job he's not 16. So I asked him exactly this and he said he sells stuff online, "what kind of stuff do you sell" "You know just stuff" I got very suspicious, I asked him if he was stealing from our parents he said no, I asked him if he was stealing in general and he said no either. I asked him a second time what he sells online and he said accounts, what kind of accounts? Instagram, Fortnite, steam, Twitter fucking I don't know he named so many websites that it was an overload, I asked how much many he was making and how he got all these accounts, he told me it was none of business, I asked him a second time and demanded he shows me. He said, "ok fuck you fine" walked over to his pc and loaded up chrome, went to a bookmarked page that he named "bitcoin wallet" (which by the way, who the fuck uses bitcoin if it's not for shady shit). The page loaded up and he shows me a transaction history that was definitely not normal for a 15 year old boy. He got 2k, sent 5 thousand, got 700 spent 400, got 6k spent 12 FUCKING THOUSAND DOLLARS I was shocked, what the fuck is he doing? I Threatened to tell mom and dad how much he's getting and he told me they knew and we're proud of me, and I'm just mad he's 15 and not a poor fuck like me and makes more money then me the told me to get the hell out of his room. I did as he asked and I'm just on my phone typing this in the living room, AITA for questioning a 15 year old boy how the fuck he's making this much money? And why my mom and dad haven't put a fucking stop to it because it had to be something illegal.
wired connection drops when roommates use their computers, but my wireless connection still works (slowly)
Update: solved! Got a new router in and that did not work. However I did notice that I am literally being kicked off the internet whenever my male roommate turns his computer on. And it reconnects once his computer is turned off. So we did some testing. Including static IP for both of us, QoS in the router, rewired the ethernet cables and did a virus scan with Malwarebytes premium on both computers. Roommates computer had 11 threats, 6 being Bitcoin mining malware. When those viruses were removed my internet started working again. It's been 15 hours and still no problem with the both of us being connected at the same time. Unless this is a fluke I am going to consider it solved. Thanks a lot for the help guys, it lead me to the solution faster than I would have on my own. Sorry for the late update. Router just came in yesterday. Info: The house has a 1000mbps connection through rogers. There are 3 people living in my house, 2 others and I. We all have gaming PC's. Both roommates are running a wired connection while I have a wired connection and a wifi connection. There is only one router in the house. Problem: When my roommates turn on their PC's my wired connection seems to stop working (sorta). Steam will cut out, speedtest.net/ stops loading, websites starts loading extremely slow but websites like YouTube work perfectly fine most of the time. While on a 5G wifi connection, I can do anything but it runs at 150-200mbps Things I have tried to fix the issue. - Virus scan with malwarebytes premium - changing dns - change ends on Ethernet cords (just in case i did it wrong a few months a go) - turned off firewall - removed malwarebytes - started to mess around with DHCP (dont know much about that so i stopped) - power cycle the router - Reset Router, and revert back to factory settings I have given up at this point and the only other solutions i can think of to try and fix the issue is, call my ISP and get the router replaced, format my PC and run a virus scan on my roommate's PC If someone could help me fix this issue, i'd be very appreciative and happy. If there is no fix, do you people think that a router replacement would possibly work? Thanks in advance Edit: When no one is home, wired speeds are 900mbps+ and wifi speeds are 400-600mbps
Laptop Model: Acer Predator Helios 300, 2017 edition. CPU: 7700HQ GPU: Nvidia 1060 6GB RAM: 16BG STORAGE: 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD (expanded) My core issues are these: Whenever a program uses my GPU, my temps skyrocket to 95C-100C on both the CPU and GPU (as shown by Acer Predator Sense, MSI Afterburner, and Throttlestop), even it's just 10% usage happening. In addition to this, I cannot really play games with this GPU anymore because every time I use it, it frequently throttles and games stutter heavily, due to the thermals I believe. Things to note: The cooling on this laptop has always been bad, ever since I got it in 2017. That being said, I rarely had throttling issues and only when the load on the CPU/GPU was nearing 100%. Yes, I know using it like this has been bad. I have tried repasting it and cleaning the fans very recently, to no avail. Same temps, same issues. No worse, no better. I have also tried undervolting to the max I can. I am beginning to suspect I have a bitcoin miner on my PC. Any guides to checking that possibility/getting rid of it would be much appreciated. Any advice regarding my core issues is very welcome as well. Thank you. Edit: I should mention my brother has the exact same PC as I do, which was purchased at the same time as I, but his does not have any of the issues I am facing, for what it's worth.
I've been playing a lot of Monster Hunter: World recently and kept getting crashes with an ERR12 notification. This happens within the first 20 minutes of loading into a file or 2 - 6 hours into the game. I've heard a lot about the infamous ERR12 warning within the community, although all the posts that have talked about it either was never solved or people who kept getting it settled with solutions that only tried to maximize the amount of playtime before it inevitably happens to them. Following some of those threads, I checked the Event Viewer and found a lot of system notifications relating to a display driver named "NVLDDMKM" that keeps stopping and "successfully recovering". Since my driver has been up-to-date these past few days, I didn't think it was really a driver issue. So I messed with the game settings, lowering some of the more intensive options like specific lighting options, detailed rendering, texture quality, and the resolution (I usually play in 2K). Although it does increase the time before I get a crash, it doesn't permanently get rid of the problem. I then went to mess with settings not in the game, like the Nvidia Control Panel's 3D settings and changing stuff like the power management and texture filtering options, only to be met with the same crash. That's when I decided to just do a fresh install for the video drivers using GeForce Experience using custom installation and ticking the clean installation box. After the fresh reinstall, I booted MHW again and put back the settings I normally use. Played for an hour or two, then let it idle for a few more hours while I do something else. I come back and it's still running well until 2 hours later when I crash again. Went to check the event viewer and sure enough, it was the same driver that crashed. I don't have that many games installed in my PC, but another title that I noticed having the same driver crashing on it is Final Fantasy XV. Both MHW and FFXV have mods installed (the Special K mod for FFXV and I have MHW connected to NexusModManager), but this has even happened to them before installing these mods. I'm not sure if this is just a normal thing, or if it might be my graphics card which I bought used from a bitcoin miner who had it underclocked for 1 year which most likely could be the problem. But please help, I'm tired of being haunted by these ERR12 messages
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CLAMI THAT FREE HEX !!!1! or you could buy it, I guess...
My No-coiner parent went to Home Depot to buy some edger line so I could do yard work, but they were worried that they got the wrong type, because it wasn't the circular round line we had before. Nope, I don't see any problem here, It's not what I used before, but somehow it looks like destiny to me ! OK, lets do this ! How to Claim free Hex :
You have your Bitcoin private keys in a Hardware Wallet. ( I hope!)
You download the Electrum Bitcoin wallet
You download the Metamask Chrome extention, this will be your Eth wallet
Set up Metamask, log in, send a small amount of Eth to your Metamask Eth address
Look at all this insane amount of Eth being pumped into Richard's pocket, that is a lot of Eth, almost 14 THOUSAND ETH as of 5 hours before the end of day 1 !!!1! The more Eth sent here each day, the less Hex each sender gets, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
Game theory : This amount of sent Eth will go down each day after day 1, on average, because everyone wants to be first, and excitement does not last. IMO, you should wait 1 week, until at least day 8. I believe the amount of Eth sent will go down by a factor of 10 or more, while the amount of Hex on offer will only go down 50 % or so, so you can 5x your stack, if you can just delay your time preference a little bit. Trust me, I was in an almost identical coin to Hex, and this exact thing happened. Not investment advice, but common sense and experience. 5 X that stack, right off the bat ! Don't over pay !
It's one week later ? Good, now log in late in the day, and check the amount of Eth sent. Is it much higher than the day before ? If so, wait another day, if its the same or less, then send 1/7 th of the Eth you want to transform
Log in each day, get your Hex, check the Eth already sent, is it not too high, then send another 1/7 th of your Eth
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When you set your stake time, I suggest at least 354 days, so you for sure get the big payday. You can also set the stake for 3652 days if you are REALLY hardcore, this will get you 3x your bag, and 3x all your other bonuses, but you have to wait 10 years. I'm going even longer, cause I'm a believer :P
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I don’t think there is an inherent problem with TT/Hatchet running. However, there is a significant problem with hatchlings running expensive keys and items that fit in the secured container (Keys, Flash drives, Bitcoins etc). Is there anyone who genuinely believes moving all rare keys to a dynamic spawn only is not a good idea? For newer players: There are static spawns for certain keys and expensive items in the game. Certain players will load into the map and immediately rush this spot. If the item is there, they will place it in their secured container and either disconnect or suicide. The same applies if the item is not there. They will rinse and repeat this process for monetary gain by selling these highly sought after items on the flea market. Continuing my original point: All keys excluding quest keys (which will remain static spawns) will have a chance to spawn in random containers. Such as coats, dufflebags, filing cabinets, the lootable scav bodies and through looting scavs killed during the raid. Labs access keycards will be available through the same means (albeit rarer) and the keycards for rooms inside labs will be found on raiders and in Labs ONLY. Random ideas for other items: Bitcoins will have 100% spawn rates on all scav bosses and rarely on raiders. Flash drives have a random chance to spawn on any PC rather than specific PCs. These are just two examples and neither should have static spawns in the world. For example: The ‘bitcoin room’ in the resort on Shoreline and the tent near lumber mill on Woods. I don’t see this being a radical amount of work fiddling with some loot tables. If this could happen for the launch of 0.12, Christmas would have came early. I don’t believe the secured container change alone would truly remedy this but I am still in favour of it. TL;DR Move all keys and farmed rare items to dynamic spawns only to remove hatchlings suicide farming. I mean shit, I’d settle for just keys.
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Works with Netflix, BBC iPlayer & more
P2P & torrenting allowed on many servers
Huge server network: 5,600+ servers across 60 countries
User-friendly apps for PC, Mac, iOS, & Android with ad-blocker
Alternative VPN protocols have to be manually configured
Obfuscated servers don't always work in China
No obfuscated servers for iOS
Works with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Sky, HBO, Torrenting, Kodi Available on Windows Mac Ios Android Linux Price from $2.99/mo Still, want to know more about NordVPN and whether it’s the right VPN for you? We’ve carefully tested every single NordVPN app so you can rest assured that we left no stone unturned. Without further ado, let's get right into this review starting with NordVPN’s speed. Speed & Reliability Very fast speeds across the world NordVPN is a very fast VPN – as long as you connect to nearby VPN servers. It’s not the fastest VPN there is (these VPNs are currently faster), but NordVPN is still very quick and you won’t experience any speed issues. Both same-country (UK server to UK server) download and upload speeds are impressive, with minimal internet slowdown (around a 5-6% drop from our normal internet speeds). This makes NordVPN a very good choice for both streaming fans and torrenters. Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server. Before using NordVPN: DOWNLOAD Mbps 94.83 UPLOAD Mbps 91.8 PING ms 3 When connected to NordVPN: DOWNLOAD Mbps 90.51 UPLOAD Mbps 86.28 PING ms 5 Download speed without NordVPN: 94.83Mbps Download speed with NordVPN: 90.51Mbps Our download speed loss when NordVPN is running: 5% As you can see, NordVPN registered very impressive speeds when we connected to a nearby VPN server. It’s less impressive – but still very usable – over long-distance connections, though. Here are the average download and upload speeds connecting out from the UK to NordVPN’s servers: USA: 47Mbps (download) & 48Mbps (upload) Germany: 78Mbps (download) & 77Mbps (upload) Singapore: 17Mbps (download) & 6Mbps (upload) Australia: 22Mbps (download) & 3Mbps (upload) Ping times are also fairly low on most of NordVPN’s servers, which is good for gaming although there are better VPNs available to gamers. Server Locations Over 5,600 VPN servers spread across 60 countries worldwide Globe with a blue flag 60 Countries Image of a city landscape 90+ Cities Image of a pink marker 5,600+ IP Addresses See all Server Locations NordVPN’s server list covers 60 countries – it isn’t the widest VPN server range we’ve seen, but it should almost certainly ensure there is a server located near you. Screenshot of NordVPN Server List in App NordVPN provides a whopping 5,600 VPN servers, none of which are virtual, with each server given a static IP address. This is the highest number of VPN servers provided by a top VPN service, which is impressive. Even better, NordVPN owns all of the servers in its network. NordVPN’s server network covers all of the popular server locations such as the UK, the US, Australia, and Canada, as well as less common locations including Argentina, Egypt, and Albania. NordVPN provides city-level server choices in five different countries, too: Australia (five locations, 200+ servers) Canada (three locations, 400+ servers) Germany (two locations, 200+ servers) India (two locations, 20+ servers) The US (20 locations, 1,800+ servers) NordVPN used to offer city-level choice in the UK (London and Manchester) but recently removed the Manchester VPN servers as “their performance was lacking.” NordVPN have added even more servers in London in order to ensure the best speeds for those located in the UK. Streaming & Torrenting An excellent choice for streaming & torrenting Thanks to its SmartPlay technology, NordVPN consistently works with popular streaming services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. To watch Netflix, simply click on the US or UK VPN country server and the NordVPN app will automatically find the best option for you. NordVPN also unlocks loads more Netflix libraries, including Canada, Japan, France, Italy, and Germany. Not all of NordVPN’s UK servers provide access to BBC iPlayer, but a quick message to live chat will let you know which ones are currently working. That will save you the trial-and-error of testing out all of NordVPN’s hundreds of UK servers. This is a big plus, as many other VPN providers can’t unlock BBC iPlayer. Unrestricted access to streaming services doesn’t stop there. Many of NordVPN’s customers use the VPN service to stream: Amazon Prime Video Hulu HBO Sling TV Sky Now TV Torrenting Torrenting (and other P2P traffic) isn’t allowed on every single NordVPN server, but there’s still more than enough server choice to keep torrenters and Kodi streamers happy. You can torrent while connected to almost every country on NordVPN’s server list – these are listed under ‘Speciality Servers’ within in the app settings. However, the following countries do not permit P2P: Argentina Costa Rica Chile Cyrpus Egypt Georgia Indonesia Malaysia South Korea Taiwan Thailand Vietnam Ukraine United Arab Emirates If you attempt to torrent while connected to a VPN server that doesn’t support P2P NordVPN will simply re-route your traffic through a dedicated server located in either Canada or the Netherlands. With plenty of added security features – such as its VPN kill switch – and a no-logs policy, NordVPN is without a doubt one of the safest VPNs for torrenting. Fast uploads and downloads make it a great choice too. Bypassing Censorship Obfuscated VPN servers work in China intermittently Since the VPN crackdown in China, NordVPN has become a little less reliable for residents or visitors in China, but it’s still a pretty good choice of VPN. Users have reported that NordVPN’s obfuscated servers often bypass the Chinese censors, but others have experienced difficulties connecting to them. NordVPN’s obfuscated servers are spread out fairly evenly, with options in North America, North Africa, Asia, and Europe, so you shouldn’t be too far away from one. There are no obfuscated VPN servers available on the NordVPN iOS app, though, so iPhone users may struggle to connect from China without some manual configuration. See our latest VPN recommendations if you’re looking for a reliable VPN for China, or you can read our ExpressVPN review or our VyprVPN review, two of our top choices. That’s just China, though – in other high censorship countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia NordVPN remains a solid VPN choice to bypass censorship. 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In fact, NordVPN is one of the best VPNs for the Fire TV although it is not our top recommendation. If you own a Firestick and want to use a VPN app with it, take a look at our roundup of the best VPNs for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you want to run NordVPN on your other streaming devices or games consoles like Xbox and PlayStation, though, you’ll need to install it at router level. It’s not too difficult and it means that all devices connected to the router will be protected. Browser Extensions Chrome Logo Chrome Firefox Logo Firefox NordVPN provides VPN extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. These VPN add-ons encrypt your browser traffic, but protection ends there so we always suggest using NordVPN’s extensions in conjunction with the main VPN application or client. The extensions also have an in-built WebRTC leak blocker, which is an extremely useful bonus. NordVPN doesn’t yet have VPN extensions for Safari or Opera browsers. Encryption & Security Secure VPN with advanced features but lacking protocol flexibility Protocol IKEv2/IPSec OpenVPN (TCP/UDP) WireGuard Encryption AES-256 Security DNS Leak Blocking First-party DNS Supports TCP Port 443 VPN Kill Switch WebRTC Leak Blocking Advanced features Double VPN TOR via VPN Server Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more. NordVPN has only one choice of VPN protocol by default, but it’s our personal favourite: OpenVPN. The iOS and macOS apps (available to download directly from the Apple App Store) run on IKEv2, though. OpenVPN provides the perfect blend of speed and security. It encrypts all your internet traffic using the ‘unhackable’ AES-256 cypher. Screenshot of NordVPN Settings Menu in App You can also use IKEv2 with NordVPN’s Windows and Android apps if you like, but it requires an extra download and a lot of advanced setup (manual configuration). The VPN kill switch feature protects your IP address in the event of a connection drop, and NordVPN’s privately owned and operated DNS servers ensure end-to-end protection. NordVPN provides Double VPN (multi-hop) and Tor over VPN (Onion over VPN) for extra encryption. As with all the VPN providers we review, we carried out extensive testing to find IP and DNS leaks when using NordVPN and we are happy to report that we found no leaks whatsoever. Screenshot of browserleaks.com test results for NordVPN Leak test results on browserleaks.com while connected to a NordVPN US server. We test from the UK. NordVPN has recently released a new technology for Linux users called NordLynx that’s based on the WireGuard VPN protocol. WireGuard is a new VPN protocol that aims to be faster and more secure than the current standards, but it’s still in development so should be considered experimental at this point. Logging Policy No-logs VPN in a privacy-friendly jurisdiction NordVPN doesn’t log your traffic or store any user logs, making it a safe and trustworthy VPN. Here’s a comprehensive list of all the information it does collect: Server loads That is the full extent of the information NordVPN collects, making it a true no-logs VPN. Server loads are monitored to maintain the optimal performance of VPN servers for users, and nothing else. Your privacy is upheld above all else, and NordVPN absolutely will not sell your personal data to any third parties. Jurisdiction NordVPN was founded in 2012 is operated by Tefincom & Co S.A. which is headquartered under the legal jurisdiction of Panama, putting it beyond the reach of US and EU data retention laws. Panama does not require VPN companies to store or report any of their data, nor is it part of any agreements that compel it to share information with other countries. 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Screenshot of NordVPN Connected Screen You will know when NordVPN is working because the server location you are connected to and your new IP address will be displayed at the bottom of the app. Screenshot of NordVPN General App Settings You can find the general settings by clicking 'Settings' at the top of the app. These consist of simple toggles for general settings, including the VPN kill switch. Screenshot of NordVPN Advanced App Settings Scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu to find the advanced options. After confirming that you know what you're doing, you can toggle between TCP/UDP and use obfuscated servers. The NordVPN website has comprehensive VPN setup guides for whatever platform you happen to be using, but it’s unlikely you’ll ever need them. All of NordVPN’s custom VPN apps run smoothly and are almost entirely self-explanatory. 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Most common Arguments for why ETH is overvalued, with Counter-Arguments
Social media is usually crawling with bad arguments for why people think ETH is overvalued. Often people try to reply with good counter arguments, but it's not always easy to summarize these things into a few sentences. I thought I'd collect all of it in one place and condense them as best I could. EEA Hype Argument: People bought because they assumed brand name companies would use Ethereum public chain, an assumption which has not been substantiated. Counter-Argument: Remarks in May of 2018 by EEA have suggested that enterprises are seeing the need to eventually connect their private chains to the Ethereum mainnet. This is then reflected in the new EEA roadmap that shows how they plan to shift enterprise usage to the public chain over time. People's expectations for enterprises using Ethereum are not baseless. They're just too early. Counter-Counter-Argument: Being too early is not much different from being wrong. Counter-counter-counter-Argument: Wait till when the EEA's efforts start to bear fruit. Enterprises will connect to the public chain because private chains are useless on their own (i.e. they're just inefficient databases). ICO Shitfest Argument: ETH only usage was as a reserve currency for ICO shitcoin asset bubble speculation. Counter-Argument: It's likely that this use case attracts significantly less ETH buying than during the ICO mania, but it's not accurate to say that legitimate projects can't use Ethereum for fundraising or token distributions without being a shitcoin. ETH use case as a reserve currency still remains, even while the shitcoin situation has died. Presales for real projects with real use cases (e.g. Gods Unchained) are ongoing as we speak without selling yet another useless ERC20 token (they sell playable digital cards that also have some collector value). Flippening Argument: ETH's rally was fuelled by the flippening narrative. 2018 has shot that to hell. Counter-Argument: BTC dominance is based on the Lindy effect, market size and lots of successful memes. When fundamentals start to matter, even a little, it will become very difficult for BTC to maintain top spot. Even without fundamentals, ETH will eventually be seen as having similar Lindy effect, similar market size and (one hopes) a few good memes. Counter-Counter-Argument: XRP could ruin the flippening by holding on to #2. Other incumbents too (e.g. EOS). Counter-Counter--Counter-Argument: If XRP or EOS are worth more than ETH in five years, then everything we thought we knew about the value of decentralization was wrong. Selloffs Argument: SEC activity against ICOs create bad news and selloffs (e.g. refunds, fines and exit scams). Counter-Arguments: As of Sept there was only 3,858,659 ETH still held by ICOs (see Bitmex research report). All these projects that have already sold enough to have massive runways. Any SEC challenge by can be taken to court and delayed for years. Refunds are also a joke for most of these, since refunds can only be given to those who provide passport info and proof they still control the original wallet where the original tokens are still present and were never traded. Refunds are also optional. And fines are TINY (a few hundred thousand compared the tens of millions these projects have in ETH). Only the bad headlines are legit concern. But just how much impact can bad journalism have on price? Delays Argument: Staking delayed (i.e. Casper FFG). Constantinople delayed (i.e. issuance reduction). Counter-Argument: Sad indeed, but these delays are a normal part of software engineering. They don't imply that the project is doomed or that its capabilities will be diminished. What it does mean is that supply is higher and demand is lower right now. So price is effected. But this is not a great argument for why ETH is overvalued. It's a (partial) explanation for why there's been more sell pressure than buy pressure in the last few months. Users Argument: No one uses Ethereum. Counter-argument: If you limit usage to daily transactions of dapps, then yes, it's very low. But by that metric, you would have to say that no one used the internet until the mid 2000s when people started using ecommerce transaction regularly. The real metric for the web turned out to be page views, not credit card transactions. So why are we so fixated with transactions now? We should be looking at Infura metrics, which has over 6 billion requests per day!! Saying that no one is using Ethereum is bullshit. It's time to recognize that people who look-up information on the Ethereum network are users too, just like people who load a webpage are considered users of the internet. Counter-counter-argument: When people discuss users, they are generally talking about people using applications that they can profit off of. Hence, the use of daily transactions as a main metric. Counter-counter-counter argument: To say that you can only monetize users that produce a daily transaction is to completely ignore the last 20 years of internet business models. Google did not get to 110 billion in annual revenue by requiring its users to make transactions! How can people forget about the cornucopia of monetization models that already exist, let alone those that are being invented specifically for blockchain? There are lots of ways to monetize users without having them make transactions. For example, Gods Unchained gets players hooked by offering a free-to-play AAA game. No transactions required. It's only when the player wants something more that they need to make a transaction (e.g. the same as the freemium model we see elsewhere on the internet). The same goes with subscription services, that would not require transactions, but still use the benefits and security of the Ethereum blockchain. The point is that there's more ways to monetize a user than just taking a small fee out of user transactions. Fees might work well for exchanges and marketplaces, but the internet has shown us that there's so many more ways to do things online. Scaling Argument: It doesn't scale. Counter-Argument: Doesn't scale yet. L2 solutions are rolling out. Serenity is coming to a testnet near you in 2019. Usability Argument: Dapp UX is horrible. Counter-argument: UX is legitimately horrible. But it's been receiving more visibility this year which has led to good progress on multiple technical solutions. Having more designers on the teams is also helping. Barriers to Entry Argument: High barriers to entry. Counter-argument: This is a challenge for all crypto. It's also a challenge for any new technology. That's why you have waves of users that range from the early adopters and the late adopters. The very earliest adopters were gamblers, hackers and finance types. They were already comfortable jumping through hoops and dealing with complexity. The next cohort will probably be those tens of millions of PC gamers who are already comfortable with figuring out new tech and dealing with confusing software. After them, it'll be a more general audience. Finally, maybe in 5-10 years, your grandma might become a user (i.e. the late adopters). Fees Argument: Fees will drop. Since the main use of ETH is to pay for fees, there will be less need for ETH. Counter-Argument: Fees in nominal prices will drop, but the amount of fee usage will increase dramatically. With Serenity, you'll see a large multiplication of network capacity. The amount of ETH being spent on fees will go up considerably even as the amount each user is spending per transaction goes down. Economic Abstraction Argument: ETH will have no value because users will pay for transactions in something other than Ether. Counter-Argument: This has been possible on the Bitcoin network and every other PoW chain for a long time and yet no one does it because it's not rational. Paying in anything other than the native token adds friction, cost and is a UX nightmare. If it made sense, people would have been doing it with Bitcoin. Even if we assume that in the future people will go against reason and want to do it anyways, the upgrades coming to Ethereum will make it impossible (e.g. paying fees in ETH is getting inshrined at the protocol level and most of the fees are going to be burned, reducing inflation and increasing the role of ETH as a store of value). Store of value Argument: ETH is not a store of value. Counter-Argument: Inflation is going down to near 0 in two years while staking ETH will significantly reduce the circulating supply on the market. Meanwhile, decentralized financial applications are gaining tractions which promotes the use of ETH as money. All of this strongly supports ETH as a store of value. On Demand Argument: People will just buy ETH on demand. Counter-Argument: Buying ETH on an exchange and then withdrawing it to your wallet every single time you need to buy something or make a transaction is not rational. Doing thousands of small ETH buys & withdrawals adds more friction and is more costly than doing a single ETH buy & withdrawal. It can also be a UX nightmare. If people are using Ethereum frequently, in most cases it's easier to just hold a balance in their wallet. Just like they hold fiat money in their wallet for regular use. Alright. I think I've addressed what I consider to be the weaker arguments. Here's the only argument that I think is worth debating, because it's the only one that asks questions we don't have answers to yet. Usage Argument: While ETH has multiple real use cases and the network sees billions of daily requests and hundreds of millions in economic activity, the total aggregate usage might turn out to be not enough to justify a really high valuation. How much fundraising do you need? If only a billion dollars is raised per year through ETH, will that be enough? If a hundred thousand users check their favourite dapps every day (e.g. the equivalent of page views, not transactions), is the ETH they initially bought and used going to be enough? How often do these users "top-off" their accounts? How often do they buy more ETH? How much are they buying every month to meet their needs? Are they doing several small transactions or a few large ones? Is that enough? Is the use of stablecoins eating into the use of ETH as a reserve currency? Do people think of their ETH wallets as savings or investments? These are all the questions that I think about regularly. I don't have answers to them because it's still too early. I don't think we can know until after a whole bunch of high quality projects have built up reasonable user bases. Then if those bases don't provide the numbers required to keep buy pressure on ETH, well, then we'll have our answer.
Escape From Tarkov, shut up and take my money (literally...)
(Sorry for the long post) I'm posting my experience with this game because the official forum is heavy censored by the mods accustomed to developer: they have removed my post, and other posts about identical case happened last week (and who know how many others have been removed previously) despite the fact that they weren't infringing any rule. Some of you may know already what's happening with this game and their developer, that being confident of operating in Russia, is giving zero rights to their customers: closing accounts for suspecting cheating, no customer support, nazi tactic by saying that their software is perfect and people that are saying otherwise are just a bunch of liars. I will copy my original post at the end of this message. However to resume: after 18 days of when I purchased the game, the 25th of January I got an update, the game gave me an Error 205, and soon after that my account was banned for: "violating USER RIGHTS AND BOUNDS OF USE OF THE GAME". I tried to contact the developer, zero answers; I tried to use their ticket system, the tickets are auto-closed as soon you send it with no human/operator action; I tried to post on the "official" Reddit, other users have tried to help, but as soon it is caught by a moderator, the post is removed and the thread closed for posting. To avoid to have ppl thinking (comprehensibly) that I'm lying, I invited the developer to make public the content of my account and my stats: having started to play by few weeks I barely made any kill, my inventory was pretty crap, and I had only the "money" made by selling the game stuff and few trades (7mln in "rubles"). Basically in their eyes I was a cheater that instead of taking an advantage, was doing the opposite (I'm being ironic of course, my case wasn't reviewed by anyone, I have been auto-banned by their failed system for whatever reason and none of their team have insted 5 minutes to look at my case to see if there might be someone wrong: they took my 109.20€ and said: bye bye). To give a further reason to prove that this isn't about me wanting my money back (luckily I'm "old" enough and I have a job, I won't go broke for 110€) I will forward the full amount eventually refunded (I did I charge back.. I dunno if I will receive my money back..) to a charity and will post the receipt here on Reddit. I don't think they are doing all this by stealing 110€ from ppl, but they cannot admit that their software is broken and it's flagging legit software as potential cheats (at the time I had a VPN running, but not forwarding the game traffic, a chat software and another couple of software to show the FPS), or it'll open a can of worm, so their only tactic is to hide the dust under a carpet in the hope that those customers will just give up and everything will be forgotten. I'm sure that they have banned many "real" cheaters, but I'm also sure that there's other people that have been banned like me and have just given up (I was tempted to do the same: isn't worth my time... but every time I'm one of those persons that feel nervous when someone try to trick you). Here's my original message posted in their sub: https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/ajpiq1/client_updated_and_banned/?st=jrfcigd3&sh=f4f5614b Here's the details in case someone else have experienced the same and seriously hope it is a bug because of the horror stories I read on this reddit about bans and the inability to contact the devs: I logged today, the launcher received a "critical update", I updated it and it asked to me to log again; I typed the wrong password two times, then after have realized that I didn't remembered it, I checked on my stuff and found the correct one, so I logged in correctly; I pressed play and it loaded the game, and I have found to be "banned" with this screen: https://imgur.com/a/GzTN7hP where I'm invited to contact them on the "forum"; At the same moment I received an email where I have been informed of the ban; And now the obvious s* that you expect to read: No, I don't cheat and my stats are pretty shit, i'm level 25 and most of my raids have been done in group and with poor gear (ie: pistols) except for two occasions (one was yesterday night when I finally used an AK!); I have to check the email, but I think I bought the account in December; I don't have cheats installed on my PC; When I have been banned I was running a VPN for my job (the VPN only routes the traffic of a specific route, everything else, including the game, is unaffected and I always use my real IP, so I doubt it makes any difference); I don't use a simple password or something from a dictionary that can be found (the possibility that someone have logged with my account to cheat last night are almost non-existent); I use the nVidia overlay to show the FPS; I use the Reshade to change the colors (vivid, no fancy things like cartoon colors or anything that changes the game); I don't have modified any game file (settings ini or whatever);
On my account I had around 7 millions, all collected by selling stuff and doing trading on the flea market. I think I have spent more time doing trading than actually playing the game. Most of the time i bought/sold Bitcoins at "good" prices, those few times that you are capable of beating the bots by spamming the mouse & "Y" (maybe 1 time over 50 attempts and not in prime time). I have no "shady" transactions (like giving millions to someone else..) and 90% of the rubles I spent was to buy the items for the quests on the flea market.
My second post (also removed): https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/akdp68/had_to_open_a_dispute_to_have_back_my_money/?st=jrfc6p26&sh=806b6c89 So, because of the poor (to say at least) management from the company who run this company, I had to claim a charge back with my credit company and open a dispute with Xsolla. I don't say it went smooth, it caused more time (and time invested with my bank) that the money they tried to get from me (109.20€ if you want to know). Propose a charity, I will forward these 110€ to the most voted and I will publish the receipt here on Reddit to prove the payment. Because it's not a matter of money (luckily I have a good job, I'm almost 50yo, and i won't go broken for 110€). It's a matter of principle. What happened to me: https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/ajpiq1/client_updated_and_banned/ Other identical case: https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/ajptmi/client_update_caused_205_error_and_ban/?st=jrf4eb86&sh=bc9465aa I contact the developer via email, I contacted them via their ticket system, I posted here on Reddit. No answer, no evidences, nothing, I have been left in a limbo because they operates in Russia and they know that people can't simply knock at their door or open a legal dispute (that would cost more than they money spent in a game). I genuinely think that they aren't doing this on purpose (the bad reputation would cost to them more than the money they tried to keep from people) but at the same time they cannot admit they are having "false positives" because it will open a can of worm and will be submerged by messages (from real cheaters and those fews false positives...). So their line is: people are liar, we're perfect, don't trust them, they are cheaters. I also authorized them to make public all my logs and gaming activity, my inventory content, my kills, my everything as evidence that I am a liacheater investing my time on Reddit to prove that I'm not for who knows what. They won't do it, nor because this would help the cheaters (how posting my inventory and my kills and whatever would help the cheaters?) but because there's nothing to show. Don't get me wrong, I believe like many here that of the all the people banned a huge percentage are cheaters, but not leaving open a small door thinking that you may be wrong first or late it's gonna hit you back. This would have helped them to adjust their anti-cheat (discovering which combination of software I have installed or what have caused their systems to "flag" me as cheater) but instead they decided to ignore it, because I'm just one, and their heads it's better to hide the dust under the carpet than admit the truth (that isn't that bad... every programmer knows that a software can be wrong). I'm gonna send the story (and i'll put my face on it) to a couple of gaming websites in the hope that they will publish it, nor because I feel I want a sort of revenge (at this point I know I have finished with this game, even when it'll be released) but because people have to know that a game isn't just what you see on the screen, it's also the people behind it.
WARNING: Andy Android emulator (AndyOS, Andyroid) drops a bitcoin miner on your system
lawrenceabrams has done a lot more digging and research and has published an article which you can read here. Update: Their Facebook support group has been changed to a closed group meaning you can't view their posts if you're not already a member. Luckily I have a fair few sleeper accounts in that group and I'll report back with anything worth noting. Clarification: In the video I fail to close Andy when checking my GPU stats but I can confirm that they are roughly the same as when Andy is open. The mining process runs even with Andy closed and it opens on startup. I use the term bitcoin in this thread and the video as it's almost become a generic trademark. People instantly know what bitcoin is. I used cryptocurrency when talking to people in the Andy support group and they got confused and thought I was talking out my arse. MAJOR UPDATE: I asked the Andy staff why they're still serving the infected file. After seeing that comment, and probably after seeing this reddit thread they've removed me from the group. A friend opened Andy in process explorer to see the files it drops upon installation. By the looks of things, the installer isn't at fault. Andy itself calls an IP which then transfers the bitcoin miner to your system. Andy clearly have no interest in fixing this issue and they're doing their best to censor it. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if this is completely down to their doing. The fact that they've completely blocked me from contacting them and the removal of all of my posts to them suggests that they don't care and don't want anyone to know. Please keep in mind that this may not directly be Andy's fault. I'm not trying to directly accuse Andy of being at fault here but until an official statement is made from the Andy team I'm going to tell it how it is, and how the majority of people will see this situation. The installer Andy uses drops a cryptocurrency miner on your system and it has been reported in the past but no effort has been taken to cut ties with the company that created the installer. This is still Andy's responsibility. Funnily enough, the owners of Andy and the admins in the Andy support Facebook group actually recommend turning off your antivirus whilst installing. All evidence provided on this post is true with version 'Andy_Nougat_260_1096_26' (latest release available from the official Andy website).
I was searching for an Android Emulator and came across an Android Authority list of the 15 best Android emulators for PC (now 14 after I contacted the writer of the article with evidence). I saw Andy was on this list and it was described as a big competitor to the likes of Bluestacks. I'd used Bluestacks previously but I was looking for a different emulator just to try something new. I downloaded Andy, installed it (I declined the offer relating to Yahoo), and began using it. I finished up what I was doing, closed Andy and opened some games. I noticed that in every single game I played I suffered major FPS drops at seemingly random times. I checked my GPU usage and temps and noticed they were working at roughly 80% load and 80+ degrees C whilst gaming. Very unusual for my setup. I opened task manager and sorted it via what was using the most GPU power and found a process named 'updater.exe'. After further inspection I noticed that this installed along with Andy.
I created a video showcasing the entire installation process, including GPU usage before and after Andy was installed. This was sent directly to the creators of Andy (which is who I'm referencing in the video), as they refused to believe that the bitcoin miner was anything to do with installing their software. Apparently giving them virustotal scans and screenshots are not enough evidence and some users in the Andy support Facebook group blindly tried accusing me and my friends of using a tampered installer. The video shows that I downloaded every single executable possible from their official website and I was served the same installer each time.
How to remove Andy
Removing Andy and the bitcoin miner is actually really easy. The miner doesn't even attempt to hide itself and doesn't have a specific payload so it's just always running.
Close every Andy-related process via task manager.
Uninstall Andy via Windows
Look for a process named 'Updater' (This is the miner and surprisingly enough won't be uninstalled when you uninstall Andy! Would you believe it!)
Right click that process and click 'Go to details'
Right click 'Updater.exe' in details and click 'End process tree'
Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)
Click once on the folder named 'Updater' and then press Shift+Delete
Click once on the folder named 'AndyOS' and then press Shift+Delete
Recheck task manager to confirm no more Andy services are running
Download Malwarebytes and perform a full system scan to check if anything was missed
Download CCleaner and do a registry fix. Multiple Andy registry entries will be found. Delete these and scan again to ensure that nothing was missed
Why didn't my antivirus detect it?
The likelihood is that your antivirus probably thought you wanted it. If every antivirus detects bitcoin miners as a threat then it's only going to get in the way of people who genuinely want to mine bitcoins on their system for personal use.
The Andy development team claim they are 'looking into this', but it has been reported to them in the past and nothing has changed at all. It has been removed off of the list of best Android emulators by Android Authority after I contacted the writer of the article with this evidence. He also installed Andy and confirmed that something fishy is going on. Even after being provided with evidence, the infected installer is still served today from their website.
Andy devs giving conflicting stories
Someone working for Andy by the name of Ghazi has been urging people to stop spreading the claims that Andy installs a bitcoin miner by saying that Andy doesn't mine for bitcoins and that we've been using an older version, which uses a similar method as Andy requires something to do with blockchain technology. This makes no sense. I don't understand why a modified ROM and basic application that hooks into a virtual machine would require anything to do with blockchain technology. Another reason this makes no sense is that the OWNERS of Andy said that it shouldn't be there, and that it's not their fault because they use a third party installer provided by another company. Two very conflicting stories.
The installer for Andy also drops a bitcoin miner on your system
The bitcoin miner process (updater.exe) is always running
One Andy staff member claims that Andy uses blockchain technology and doesn't mine bitcoins which is why it was detected
Another Andy staff member (one of the owners) claim that the miner isn't part of Andy and was installed due to their third party installation file.
In summary, when you install Andy from their official website, you 100% receive a bitcoin miner. I will update this post with any further advancements. Edit: The thing Ghazi was talking about is a deprecated ‘Andy Cloud Experiment’ which is no longer in use. They are still looking into the current issue but are still serving the infected file. Edit: After being banned from their support group I got in on another account. I made a post and when I told them who I was they instantly banned me again. Fantastic! Great guys! Professionals! Edit: Joined on a third account and was banned again! What a surprise! — In the news: Betanews: https://betanews.com/2018/06/18/andy-os-bitcoin-mine
I literally have tens of thousands of dollars in top-shelf hardware, looking to repurpose some before selling on eBay to build a NAS system, possibly a dedicated firewall device as well. o_O
Q1) What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.** A1) This will be a dedicated NAS system for my home network. As such, I'm looking to have it: - Host ##TB's of 720, 1080 & up resolution Movies and TV Shows I'm about to begin ripping from a MASSIVE DVD & Blueray collection I have. - My kids are big on Minecraft. I understand it's possible to host your own "worlds" (or whatever they call the maps you can build) on your own "server". I think it would be pretty neat to offer them (& their friends - if can be done 'safely/securely') their own partition on one of my NAS HDD's. - I also have accounts with a couple diff VPN companies... I understand it's possible (?) to sync said VPN's with a NAS, this might be a more relative topic on the next point/purpose... - I'd like to be able to remotely link to this NAS for when I travel overseas and want to stream at my temp location from my house/this NAS. ______________________ Q2) What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?** * A2) Here's where I make matters more complicated than most others would... I've been an advocate for Bitcoin and crypto-currencies in general since 2013. I invested in a small mining outfit back in 2014 (strictly Bitcoin/ASIC's). One of my buddies is the President of a large-scale mining operation (foreign and domestic) and he convinced me to dabble in the GPU mining-space. I made my first hardware purchase in Q4, 2017 and launched a small-scale GPU-Farm in my house since then. I had the rigs mining up until Q3 of 2018 (not cost-efficient to keep on, especially living in SoFlo) and since then, the hardware's been collecting dust (& pissing off my family members since they lost access to 3X rooms in the house - I won't let anyone go near my gear). One of my New Years Resolutions for 2019 was to clear out the house of all my mining equipment so that's all about to go up on eBay. So "budget" is relative to whatever I "MUST" spend if I can't repurpose any of the parts I already have on hand for this build... (Anyone having something I "need" and is looking to barter for one of the items I'll list later on in here, LMK). ______________________ Q3) When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.** A3) IMMEDIATELY! :) ______________________ Q4) What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)** A4) Well I had a half-assed idea approximately 1 year ago that it might be wise to build a bunch of 'gaming rigs' to sell on eBay with my intended repurposed mining hardware so I went on a shopping spree for like 6 months. That said; I've got a plethora of various other components that aren't even unboxed yet. 90% of the items I've purchased for this additional project were items that were marked down via MIR (mail-in-rebates) & what-not...
AFAIK, there are only 3X items I absolutely do not have which I 'MUST' find. Those would be - 1) Motherboard which accepts "ECC RAM". 2) CPU for said MOBO. 3) Said "ECC RAM".\*
______________________ Q5) Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?** A5) I'm located in Southwest Florida. No Microcenter's here. Best Buy is pretty much my only option although I am a member of Newegg, Amazon & Costco if that makes any difference? ______________________ Q6) If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.** A6) In an attempt to better clean up this Q&A, I'm going to list the items I have on-hand at the end of this questionnaire in-case passers-by feel like this might be a TLDR.* (Scroll to the bottom & you'll see what I mean). ______________________ Q7) Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?** A7) I don't think that's necessary for my intended purpose although - I'm not against it if that helps & FWIW, I'm pretty skilled @ this task already (it's not rocket science). ______________________ Q8) Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)** A8) As stated in A4; ECC RAM is non-negotiable... RAID seems like a logical application here as well. - This will predominantly be receiving commands from MacOS computers. I don't think that matters really but figured it couldn't hurt to let you guys know.\* - I'd also be quite fond of implementing "PFSENSE" (or something of that caliber) applied to this system so I could give my Netgear Nighthawks less stress in that arena, plus my limited understanding of PFSENSE is that it's ability to act as a firewall runs circles around anything that comes with consumer-grade Wi-Fi routers (like my Nighthawks). Just the same, I'm open to building a second rig just for the firewall.\* - Another desirable feature would be that it draws as little electricity from the wall as possible. (I'm EXTREMELY skilled in this arena. I have "Kill-A-Watts" to test/gauge on, as well as an intimate understanding of the differences between Silver, Gold, Platinum and Titanium rated PSU's. As well as having already measured each of the PSU's I have on-hand and taken note of the 'target TDP draw' ("Peak Power Efficiency Draw") each one offers when primed with X amount of GPU's when I used them for their original purpose.\* - Last, but not least, sound (as in noise created from the rig). I'd like to prop this device up on my entertainment center in the living room. I've (almost) all of the top-shelf consumer grade products one could dream of regarding fans and other thermal-related artifacts. - Almost forgot; this will be hosting to devices on the KODI platform (unless you guys have better alternative suggestions?) ______________________ Q9) Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?** A9) Definitely! Desired theme would be WHITE. If that doesn't work for whatever reason, black or gray would suffice. Regarding "Case Size". Nah, that's not too important although I don't foresee a mini-ITX build making sense if I'm going to be cramming double digit amounts of TB in the system, Internal HDD's sounds better than a bunch of externals plugged in all the USB ports. ______________________ Q10) Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?** A10) I don't know. If I do need a copy of Windows, I don't have one so that's something I'll have to consider I guess. I doubt that's a necessity though. ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ **Extra info or particulars:*\* AND NOW TO THE FUN-STUFF... Here's a list of everything (PARTS PARTS PARTS) I have on-hand and ready to deploy into the wild &/or negotiate a trade/barter with: CASES - Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Arctic White (Model# Crypto-Currency-9011048-WW) - (Probably my top pick for this build). Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (This is probably my top 1st or 2nd pick for this build, the thing is a monster!). Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini ITX - Black Cooler Master MasterBox 5 MID-Tower - Black & White Raidmax Sigma-TWS - ATX - White MasterBox Lite 5 - ATX - Black w/ diff. Colored accent attachments (included with purchase) NZXT S340 Elite Matte White Steel/Tempered Glass Edition EVGA DG-76 Alpine White - Mid Tower w/ window EVGA DG-73 Black - Mid Tower w/ window (I have like 3 of these) ______________________ CPU's - ***7TH GEN OR BELOW INTEL's ("Code Name Class mentioned next to each one)**\* Pentium G4400 (Skylake @54W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC CAPABLE" Celeron G3930 (Kaby Lake @ 51W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC CAPABLE" :) i5 6402P (Skylake @65W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i5 6600k (Skylake @ 91W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i7 6700 (Skylake @ 65W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i7 7700k (Kaby Lake @ 95W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( ***8TH GEN INTEL's **\* i3-8350K (Coffee Lake @91W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC FRIENDLY" :) I5-8600K (Coffee Lake @95W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( ***AMD RYZEN's **\* Ryzen 3 2200G Ryzen 5 1600 Ryzen 7 1700X ______________________ MOTHERBOARDS - ***7TH GEN AND BELOW INTEL BASED MOBO'S - **\* MSI Z170A-SLI ASUS PRIME Z270-A ASUS PRIME Z270-P ASUS PRIME Z270-K EVGA Z270 Stinger GIGABYTE GA-Z270XP-SLI MSI B150M ARCTIC MSI B250M MICRO ATX (PRO OPT. BOOST EDITION) ***8TH GEN INTEL BASED MOBO'S - **\* EVGA Z370 FTW GIGABYTE Z370XP SLI (Rev. 1.0) MSI Z370 SLI PLUS ***AMD RYZEN BASED MOBO'S - **\* ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING MSI B350 TOMAHAWK MSI X370 GAMING PRO ASROCK AB350M PRO4 ______________________ RAM - Way too many to list, nothing but 4 & 8GB DDR4 sticks and unfortunately, none are ECC so it's not even worth mentioning/listing these unless someone reading this is willing to barter. At which time I'd be obliged to send an itemized list or see if I have what they're/you're specifically looking for.\* ______________________ THERMAL APPLICATIONS/FANS - JUST FANS - BeQuiet - Pure Wings 2 (80mm) Pure Wings 2 (120mm) Pure Wings 2 (140mm) Silent Wings 3 PWM (120mm) NOCTUA - PoopBrown - NF-A20 PWM (200mm) Specifically for the BIG "CoolerMaster HAF XB EVO" Case GREY - NF-P12 Redux - 1700RPM (120mm) PWM Corsair - Air Series AF120LED (120mm) CPU COOLING SYSTEMS - NOCTUA - NT-HH 1.4ml Thermal Compound NH-D15 6 Heatpipe system (this thing is the tits) EVGA (Extremely crappy coding in the software here, I'm like 99.99% these will be problematic if I were to try and use in any OS outside of Windows, because they barely ever work in the intended Windows as it is). CLC 240 (240mm Water-cooled system CRYORIG - Cryorig C7 Cu (Low-Profile Copper Edition*) A few other oversized CPU cooling systems I forget off the top of my head but a CPU cooler is a CPU cooler after comparing to the previous 3 models I mentioned. I almost exclusively am using these amazing "Innovation Cooling Graphite Thermal Pads" as an alternative to thermal paste for my CPU's. They're not cheap but they literally last forever. NZXT - Sentry Mesh Fan Controller ______________________ POWER SUPPLIES (PSU's) - BeQuiet 550W Straight Power 11 (GOLD) EVGA - 750P2 (750W, Platinum) 850P2 (850W, Platinum) 750T2 (750W, TITANIUM - yeah baby, yeah) ROSEWILL - Quark 750W Platinum Quark 650W Platinum SEASONIC - Focus 750W Platinum ______________________ STORAGE - HGST Ultrastar 3TB - 64mb Cache - 7200RPM Sata III (3.5) 4X Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD's 2X Team Group L5 LITE 3D 2.5" SSD's 480GB 2X WD 10TB Essential EXT (I'm cool with shucking) + 6X various other external HDD's (from 4-8TB) - (Seagate, WD & G-Drives) ______________________ Other accessories worth mentioning - PCI-E to 4X USB hub-adapter (I have a dozen or so of these - might not be sufficient enough &/or needed but again, 'worth mentioning' in case I somehow ever run out of SATA & USB ports and have extra external USB HDD's. Although, I'm sure there would be better suited components if I get to that point that probably won't cost all that much). ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ Needless to say, I have at least 1X of everything mentioned above. In most all cases, I have multiples of these items but obviously won't be needing 2X CPU's, Cases, etc... Naturally, I have GPU's. Specifically; At least 1X of every. Single. NVIDIA GTX 1070 TI (Yes, I have every variation of the 1070 ti made by MSI, EVGA and Zotac. The only brand I don't have is the Gigabyte line. My partners have terrible experience with those so I didn't even bother. I'm clearly not going to be needing a GPU for this build but again, I'm cool with discussing the idea of a barter if anyone reading this is in the market for one. I also have some GTX 1080 TI's but those are already spoken for, sorry. It's my understanding that select CPU's I have on this list are ECC Friendly and AFAIK, only 1 of my MOBO's claims to be ECC Friendly (The ASROCK AB350M PRO4), but for the life of me, I can't find any corresponding forums that confirm this and/or direct me to a listing where I can buy compatible RAM. Just the same, if I go w/ the ASROCK MOBO, that means I'd be using one of the Ryzens. Those are DEF. power hungry little buggers. Not a deal-breaker, just hoping to find something a little more conservative in terms of TDP. In closing, I don't really need someone to hold my hand with the build part as much as figuring out which motherboard, CPU and RAM to get. Then I'm DEFINITELY going to need some guidance on what OS is best for my desired purpose. If building 2X Rigs makes sense, I'm totally open to that as well... Rig 1 = EPIC NAS SYSTEM Rig 2 = EPIC PFSENSE (or the like) DEDICATED FIREWALL Oh, I almost forgot... The current routers I'm using are... 1X Netgear Nighthawk 6900P (Modem + Router) 1X Netgear Nighthawk X6S (AC 4000 I believe - Router dedicated towards my personal devices - no IoT &/or Guests allowed on this one) 1X TP-Link Archer C5 (Router). Total overkill after implementing the Nighthawks but this old beast somehow has the best range, plus it has 2X USB ports so for now, it's dedicated towards my IoT devices. ---- I also have a few other Wi-Fi routers (Apple Airport Extreme & some inferior Netgear's but I can only allocate so many WiFi Routers to so many WiFi channels w/out pissing off my neighbors) On that note, I have managed to convince my neighbors to let me in their house/WiFi configuration so we all have our hardware locked on specific, non-competing frequencies/channels so everyone's happy. :) Please spare me the insults as I insulted myself throughout this entire venture. Part of why I did this was because when I was a kid, I used to fantasize about building a 'DREAM PC' but could never afford such. To compensate for this deficiency, I would actually print out the latest and greatest hardware components on a word document, print the lists up & tape to wall (for motivation). I was C++ certified at the age of 14 and built my first PC when I was 7. At the age of 15 I abandoned all hope in the sector and moved on to other aspirations. This entire ordeal was largely based off me finally fulfilling a childhood fantasy. On that note = mission accomplished. Now if I'm actually able to fulfill my desires on this post, I'm definitely going to feel less shitty about blowing so much money on all this stuff over the last couple years. TIA for assisting in any way possible. Gotta love the internets! THE END. :) EDIT/UPDATE (5 hours after OP) - My inbox is being inundated with various people asking for prices and other reasonable questions about my hardware being up for sale. Not to be redundant but rather to expound on my previous remarks about 'being interested in a bartetrade' with any of you here... I did say I was going to sell my gear on eBay in the near future, I also said I wanted to trade/barter for anything relative to helping me accomplish my OP's mission(s). I'm not desperate for the $$$ but I'm also not one of those people that likes to rip other people off. That said; I value my time and money invested in this hardware and I'm only willing to unload it all once I've established I have ZERO need for any of it here in my home first. Hence my writing this lengthy thread in an attempt to repurpose at least a grand or two I've already spent. One of the most commonly asked questions I anticipate receiving from interested bodies is going to be "How hard were you on your hardware?" Contrary to what anyone else would have probably done in my scenario which is say they were light on it whether they were or weren't, I documented my handling of the hardware, and have no problem sharing such documentation with verified, interested buyers (WHEN THE TIME COMES) to offer you guys peace of mind. I have photo's and video's of the venture from A-Z. I am also obliged to provide (redacted) electricity bill statements where you can correlate my photo's (power draw on each rig), and also accurately deduct the excess power my house consumed with our other household appliances. Even taking into consideration how much (more) I spent in electricity from keeping my house at a constant, cool 70-72F year-round (via my Nest thermostat). Even without the rigs, I keep my AC @ 70 when I'm home and for the last 1.5-2 years, I just so happened to spend 85% of my time here at my house. When I would travel, I'd keep it at 72 for my wife & kids. Additionally; I had each GPU 'custom' oveunderclocke'd (MSI Afterburner for all GPU's but the EVGA's).* I doubt everyone reading this is aware so this is for those that don't.... EVGA had the brilliant idea of implementing what they call "ICX technology" in their latest NVIDIA GTX GPU's. The short(est) explanation of this "feature" goes as follows: EVGA GPU's w/ "ICX 9 & above" have EXTRA HEAT/THERMAL SENSORS. Unlike every other GTX 1070 ti on the market, the one's with this feature actually have each of 2/2 on-board fans connected to individual thermal sensors. Which means - if you were to use the MSI Afterburner program on one of these EVGA's and create a custom fan curve for it, you'd only be able to get 1/2 of the fans to function the way intended. The other fan simply would not engage as the MSI Afterburner software wasn't designed/coded to recognize/ communicate with an added sensor (let alone sensor'S). This, in-turn, would likely result in whoever's using it the unintended way having a GPU defect on them within the first few months I'd imagine... Perhaps if they had the TDP power settings dumbed down as much as I did (60-63%), they might get a year or two out of it since it wouldn't run as near as hot, but I doubt any longer than that since cutting off 50% of the cooling system on one of these can't be ignored too long, surely capacitors would start to blow and who knows what else... (Warning = RANT) Another interesting side-note about the EVGA's and their "Precision-X" OveUnderclocking software is that it's designed to only recognize 4X GPU's on a single system. For miners, that's just not cool. My favorite builds had 8X and for the motherboards that weren't capable of maintaining stable sessions on 8, I set up with 6X. Only my EVGA Rigs had 3 or 4X GPU's dedicated to a single motherboard. Furthermore, and as stated in an earlier paragraph, (& this is just my opinion) = EVGA SOFTWARE SUCKS! Precision X wasn't friendly with every motherboard/CPU I threw at it and their extension software for the CLC Close-Loop-Cooling/ CPU water-coolers simply didn't work on anything, even integrating into their own Precision-X software. The amount of time it took me to finally find compatible matches with that stuff was beyond maddening. (END RANT). Which leads me to my other comments on the matter. That's what I had every single 1070 ti set at for TDP = 60-63%. Dropping the power load that much allowed me to bring down (on average) each 1070 ti to a constant 110-115W (mind you, this is only possible w/ "Titanium" rated PSU's, Platinum comes pretty damn close to the Titanium though) while mining Ethereum and was still able to maintain a bottom of 30 MH/s and a ceiling of 32 MH/s. Increasing the TDP to 80, 90, 100% or more only increased my hashrates (yields) negligibly, like 35-36 MH/s TOPS, which also meant each one was not only pulling 160-180W+ (Vs. the aforementioned 115'ish range), it also meant my rigs were creating a significantly greater amount of heat! Fortunately for the GPU's and my own personal habits, I live in South Florida where it's hot as balls typically, last winter was nothing like this one. Increasing my yields by 10-15% didn't justify increasing the heat production in my house by >30%, nor the added electricity costs from subjecting my AC handlers to that much of an extra work-load. For anyone reading this that doesn't know/understand what I'm talking about - after spending no less than 2-3 hours with each. and. every. one. I didn't play with the settings on just one and universally apply the settings to the rest. I found the 'prime' settings and documented them with a label-maker and notepad. Here's the math in a more transparent manner: *** I NEVER LET MY GPU's BREACH 61C, EVER. Only my 8X GPU rigs saw 60-61 & it was the ones I had in the center of the build (naturally). I have REALLY high power fans (used on BTC ASIC MINERS) that were sucking air from those GPU's which was the only way I was able to obtain such stellar results while mining with them. **\* Mining at "acceptable" heat temps (not acceptable to me, but most of the internet would disagree = 70C) and overclocking accordingly brings in X amount of yields per unit. = 'Tweaking' (underclocking) the GPU's to my parameters reduced my yield per unit from -10-15%, but it SAVED me well over 30-35% in direct electricity consumption, and an unknown amount of passive electricity consumption via creating approximately 20%+ less heat for my AC handler to combat. I say all this extra stuff not just for anyone interested in mining with their GPU's, but really to answer (in-depth) the apparent questions you people are asking me in PM's. Something else that should help justify my claims of being so conservative should be the fact I only have/used "Platinum and Titanium" rated PSU's. Heat production, power efficiency and longevity of the hardware were ALWAYS my top priority.* . I truly thought Crypto would continue to gain and/or recover and bounce back faster than it did. If this project had maintained positive income for 12 months+, I'd have expanded one of our sites to also cater to GPU mining on a gnarly scale. Once I have my NAS (& possibly 2nd rig for the firewall) successfully built, I'll be willing/able to entertain selling you guys some/all of the remaining hardware prior to launching on eBay. If there's something you're specifically looking for that I listed having, feel free to PM me with that/those specific item(s). Don't count on an immediate response but what you can count on is me honoring my word in offering whoever asks first right of refusal when the time comes for me to sell this stuff. Fortunately for me, PM's are time-stamped so that's how I'll gauge everyone's place in line. I hope this extra edit answers most of the questions you guys wanted to have answered and if not, sorry I guess. I'll do my best to bring light to anything I've missed out on after I realize whatever that error was/is. The only way anyone is getting first dibs on my hardware otherwise is if they either offer compelling insight into my original questions, or have something I need to trade w/. THE END (Round#2)
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