Steve
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Steven Walton (Steve)

TechSpot Editor, 34, from Australia, Melbourne

During my late high school years I discovered gaming on computers and by the time I finished school in 2001 it was clear my future would lay within the industry. Before I became interested in computer hardware I was somewhat addicted to online strategy gaming. This addiction also got me involved with website design as I was interested in the Internet and how it worked. Being a hands-on technical person I soon moved away from games and developed an interest for the hardware that ran and made the game possible. Today I am still just as enthusiastic about computer hardware and I really enjoy how it is ever evolving. When I am not playing with computer hardware I enjoy fishing, driving and playing sports.

    1. Puiu
      Puiu
      Hey Steve. Love your benchmarks and how active you are in the community.
      I have a weird request because nobody is doing this. It's about CPU benchmarks that tackle installation times for windows/software/games and loading times. Are higher clocks better or are more cores better? What happens when you add multitasking to the mix? (running multiple installs, etc)
      1. Steve
        Steve
        Hey mate, I'd say that is more of a storage benchmark than it is CPU. Of course the CPU does a lot of work as well but the storage would be the weakness.
        Jul 16, 2017
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      2. Puiu
        Puiu
        That's what i was wondering too. But is that still true when using such incredibly fast NVME drives? Will the % delta be big enough to matter?
        Jul 16, 2017
    2. codgerface
      codgerface
      Hi Steve. Big fan of your reviews and I appreciate that you run CPU scaling tests (underrated).

      That said, one of your articles hurts my heart, haha. The results in "DDR4 at 4000 MT/s, Does It Make a Difference?" seem spurious. Odd that RAM speed would impact framerate at 1440p so much.
      http://www.techspot.com/article/1171-ddr4-4000-mhz-performance/page3.html
      Any chance of revisiting?
      Keep up the great work! Cheers.
      1. Steve
        Steve
        The reason why it made such a difference was because I tested using GTX 980 Ti SLI cards, you won't see the same difference with a single GTX 980 Ti.
        Mar 6, 2017
      2. codgerface
        codgerface
        Thanks for the reply. OK, I was going to ask about the SLI factor but hit the character limit. So, (in general) for single GPU setups, you would expect the scaling to be pretty flat as RAM speed increased (similar to what you saw on the last page of said article)?
        Mar 6, 2017
      3. Steve
        Steve
        Yep, exactly.
        Mar 6, 2017
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    3. ddferrari
      ddferrari
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      2. Steve
        Steve
        If you can get decent money for the GTX 670 I would get rid of it. How many PhysX games do you plan on playing?
        Mar 2, 2017
      3. ddferrari
        ddferrari
        I saw on A PhysX game list that some current titles like Fallout 4 and Witcher 3 use it, so I wasn't sure if the tech was building momentum or still kind of a fringe thing. If you think it's not worth it than I'll skip the idea. Easier on my psu anyway!
        Mar 2, 2017
    4. zaku49
      zaku49
      Hey Steve, look at my post on your Gears of War article.
    5. NicktheWVAHick
      NicktheWVAHick
      Thank you for your recent article on Titan X Pascal SLI driving 3 monitors. Can u share with us more details on your setup? I.e. which display ports are u using for each of the 3 monitors on each card...all 3 off of the main card or 2 off the main and one off the 2nd card? I have the same setup and ran into issues enabling SLI with Nvidia surround if all 3 came off card #1
    6. treetops
      treetops
      Yeah your benchmarks are awesome. Helped me pick my last 970 GPU. However I have a request, benchmark chivalry medieval warfare!
    7. dustin_ds3000
      dustin_ds3000
      Thank you Steven Walton for the great articles. It really shows how much hard work it takes to make articles like The Best Graphics Cards for the Money: Nvidia & AMD GPUs tested and compared Dated Oct 26 2015.
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      2. Steve
        Steve
        You are very welcome. Also a big thank you for taking the time stop by a leave some kind words.
        Oct 26, 2015
    8. Matthew
      Matthew
      You're my hero.
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      2. Steve
        Steve
        Thanks mate ;)
        Nov 6, 2013
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    9. Steve
      Steve
      Thanks mate :)
    10. Archean
      Archean
      Happy Birthday, hope new year of life will be a very happy, fulfilling and prosperous one.
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    Birthday:
    Sep 27, 1983 (Age: 34)
    Location:
    Australia, Melbourne
    Occupation:
    Hardware Reviewer
    Full Name:
    Steven Walton
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    CPU:
    Intel Core i7-6950X
    Motherboard, Memory:
    Asrock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7
    Graphics:
    Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming SLI
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    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR
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    Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB (PCIe Adapter Card)
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    Lian Li D8000
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