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  1. For as short as it was I think the video did a great job of summing it all up.
  2. I bought the two pack. The reason is simple: I live in Lima Peru and then ping latency here is over 80ms. I've dreamed of being a fighter pilot in Star Citizen, and my favorite ship is still my Sabre (not my Carrack or Polaris) but I just don't know if I'll ever truly be competitive with such high latency. But with the Ares you get to fly a fighter where latency may not matter so much because your primary targets frankly aren't super mobile. The discount for getting both seemed like a nice deal on top of it.
  3. The Carrack is not a flying fortress, so if you want a flying fortress you should go with the Hercules. As far as the space for the rover and shuttle, the Hercules has plenty of space for both as well. Personally I prefer the Carrack for what it is, but it is definitely not a flying fortress so I think your choice is clear.
  4. Always an option to just earn ships in game.... but of course if you buy ships with cash, thanks for supporting the development of Star Citizen.
  5. You buy the ships, or the account the ships are on? Hopefully the former, as the latter is a risky proposition. Even years from now the original account owner could potentially lay claim to the account.
  6. You're clearly an addict with a problem. Welcome to the club Thanks for supporting development of Star Citizen Let's hope it is actually playable some day...
  7. It definitely needs support, as it can't really defend itself against much. CIG has mentioned in the past that they plan to have some sort of game mechanic where you can scan for QT signatures, so presumably at some point there will be some basis behind why you set out your "net" in a specific location. Tracking such QT signatures probably also requires additional specialized support, though. The Polaris can offer both the muscle to defend the Mantis, and also potentially the long range sensor support, so offhand it seems like a pretty good match to me. A lot depends on future developments, though.
  8. My first thought with regard to the new Mantis was that I'll let *someone else* in the org get one, because I have no interest in initiating an interdiction only to immediately become the primary target for whomever was snared. The Mantis itself has rather weak weaponry. However, I may have to change my mind now. It looks like the Mantis will fit in the Polaris. See this post on Spectrum: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/spectrum/community/SC/forum/3/thread/mantis-size-compare Suddenly I see possibilities...
  9. Water cooled does the same thing if you mount the radiator on front (pulling air in) which seems to be the most common option. I guess this is why some people mount their radiator on top (pushing air out), though I've seen videos that suggest that the actual temperature in the case isn't really raised much even by having the radiator in front. My case only has space for one fan on top, so any two fan radiator requires front mounting. I literally just bought a Corsair H115i Platinum water cooler which I'll have to mount on front due to my case design so I'll see how it really impacts the GPU heat situation. Since I have an i9-9900K I certainly have the right equipment to generate sufficient heat for a valid test. I only noticed the reviews for the new Noctua option after I had received the H115i, and my flight back to Lima Peru was the next day so I didn't have the option of switching. To be honest I'm not sure which is really going to be better overall. The new Noctua seems to maintain an overall cooler CPU, but I'm guessing the temperature transitions will be smoother and less damaging to the CPU with the water cooled option. Sound isn't really a factor since I mostly play with headphones on anyway. With an AIO there's always the risk of a water leak destroying the system, though. Yep, lots of ways to potentially rationalize this one way or the other
  10. So apparently CIG actually created an in-game memorial for a German backer who died:
  11. GPU Score 240 CPU Score 181 System Memory 16 Gb Disk SSD Settings High FPS 62.7 Resolution 4K CPU i9-9900K GPU GTX 1080TI
  12. UPDATE: New system is built. I'm now enjoying an average of 62 FPS at 4K in Star Citizen PU. Interestingly, the CIG Public Telemetry page lists me in the same square as those people who have the RTX 2080, even though I have a GTX 1080TI. I guess it is true that the 1080TI has equal performance to an RTX 2080. 62 FPS is not too bad. I'll have to give 1440P a try to see what kind of FPS I get at that resolution, but I may just be happy to stay at 4K.
  13. So I did go ahead and splurge to get the i9-9900K. Also a new motherboard, SD, RAM, etc. And my real splurge came when I decided to get the ASUS ROG 4K HDR 144hz monitor. This monitor is INSANELY expensive at $1700. I could have bought two 4K 60hz monitors and two 2K 144hz monitors for the same price, but it is truly a thing of beauty. The color reproduction is amazing, and I don't really have space for a bunch of additional monitors at my desk (I already have my separate "work" monitor next to my gaming rig). I can choose to play SC in either 4K at 60hz (or more if I can get a higher FPS) or 2K at up to 144hz. I haven't yet had a chance to actually put my new gaming rig together yet, so not yet sure exactly what my top FPS will be.
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