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Julio Franco

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Yes, without creating a Paypal account. Paypal offers a 'check out as guest' option without creating the account. I understand requiring the PayPal account to be charged for monthly, but don't think it necessary for an annual sub.
I looked into this: PayPal account optional
When this feature is turned on, your customers will go through an optimized checkout experience. This feature is available for buy now, donations, and shopping cart buttons, but not for subscription buttons.

Unfortunately it's not an option. We prefer PayPal over other payment options as a security measure for users.
 

Trillionsin

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It's not about straight up blocking ads... it's about keeping the malware away. If payment was required, you'd lose this long time fan.

Otherwise, I've whitelisted this site... so now I'm supporting with ads. I don't need another monthly subscription.

Edit: Dark mode is a paid for option?
Double edit: oh I see its "early access" haha. still though... smh
 

EClyde

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They are not making enough money from ads so since ads are failing they will ask you to pay for failing ads. Get it now? three dollars a month for a badge...where it proudly kids
 
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darkzelda

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Well, I come over here every day, I really like this site and hope you guys get a lot of subscriptions. Personally, I think next month I'll be elite.
 
Chose not to support HUB anymore since Steve keep pumping out 5700XT review every week that I considered to be sponsored contents (who need viewers money anyways right ?). Now it exploded that a lot of 5700XT buyers were returning their GPU due to drivers problems I expect some sort of news cover here.
 
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Steve

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Chose not to support HUB anymore since Steve keep pumping out 5700XT review every week that I considered to be sponsored contents (who need viewers money anyways right ?). Now it exploded that a lot of 5700XT buyers were returning their GPU due to drivers problems I expect some sort of news cover here.
You realize how stupid that comment is right? Firstly, we covered all the 5700 XT AIB cards we possibly could at the request of viewers, we’re not going to invest time and money covering products people aren’t interested in.

Secondly, it was a great opportunity to do something we hadn’t been able to do before, cover an entire range of products and compare them side by side. This led to a number of discoveries that will and have already improved the industry.

We had a product pulled from market after exposing how bad it was and we were the only media outlet globally to expose that product. We also saw two more get fixed, and somehow you consider that to be sponsored content! 🤦‍♂️
 
You realize how stupid that comment is right? Firstly, we covered all the 5700 XT AIB cards we possibly could at the request of viewers, we’re not going to invest time and money covering products people aren’t interested in.

Secondly, it was a great opportunity to do something we hadn’t been able to do before, cover an entire range of products and compare them side by side. This led to a number of discoveries that will and have already improved the industry.

We had a product pulled from market after exposing how bad it was and we were the only media outlet globally to expose that product. We also saw two more get fixed, and somehow you consider that to be sponsored content! 🤦‍♂️
Thanks for responding Steve,
Don't you think manufacturers are more willing to refund customers due to the design fault of their products ? Sure Asus 5700XT TUF and MSI EVOKE can die within a few months but then it's covered by warranty anyways (like how EVGA would exchange customers with new cards during the VRM fiasco). Tell that to the 5700XT owners who are frustrated with the drivers 6 months after getting them and there is no way to return it.
Anyways the 5700XT is a boring product that don't really deserve that much attention. I don't remember you reviewing 12 samples of 1080 Ti back when it released and there were much more differences between the sample.
Oh well it's your website, I have no saying here, enjoy :D
 
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Steve

TechSpot Editor
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Thanks for responding Steve,
Don't you think manufacturers are more willing to refund customers due to the design fault of their products ? Sure Asus 5700XT TUF and MSI EVOKE can die within a few months but then it's covered by warranty anyways (like how EVGA would exchange customers with new cards during the VRM fiasco). Tell that to the 5700XT owners who are frustrated with the drivers 6 months after getting them and there is no way to return it.
Anyways the 5700XT is a boring product that don't really deserve that much attention. I don't remember you reviewing 12 samples of 1080 Ti back when it released and there were much more differences between the sample.
Oh well it's your website, I have no saying here, enjoy :D
Truly bizarre take on things. As I said I've not been in a position before where I could afford to cover an entire series like that. It's something we will do more of now that the channel has reached a size where this sort of content is possible.

Anyway I don't agree at all with your strange view of things, truly bizarre mate. I'm just glad very few people see things the way you do.
 
Truly bizarre take on things. As I said I've not been in a position before where I could afford to cover an entire series like that. It's something we will do more of now that the channel has reached a size where this sort of content is possible.

Anyway I don't agree at all with your strange view of things, truly bizarre mate. I'm just glad very few people see things the way you do.
Long gone were the day every new AAA game were benchmarked with 50+ GPUs, I found those to be very interesting content (since I use the data to determine whether or not to buy the game). Now it's all about 5700XT and 5700XT is not that interesting according to Steam Hardware Survey (losing to 2060S and 2070S):
So you decided to use most of your time to cover a very niche market.
Oh well I'm sure the channel is growing just fine, just an opinion here and there, food for thought.
 
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Long gone were the day every new AAA game were benchmarked with 50+ GPUs, I found those to be very interesting content (since I use the data to determine whether or not to buy the game). Now it's all about 5700XT and 5700XT is not that interesting according to Steam Hardware Survey (losing to 2060S and 2070S):
So you decided to use most of your time to cover a very niche market.
Oh well I'm sure the channel is growing just fine, just an opinion here and there, food for thought.
If Techspot went with Steam's hardware survey according to your advice, they really needn't bother with any new / above lower end GPU at all.

2060 Super - 0.51%
2070 Super - 0.84%
RX 5700 - 0.16%
RX 5700 XT - 0.48%

They all have a *considerably* lower share than Intel IGP.

On top are the GT 1xxx and 9xx series, with the 1060 and 1050(ti) leading the pack.
 
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