The HMD of my dreams will have hi-res full RGB sub-pixel OLED panels, but that'll take a brand new display manufacturer to enter the scene.
Finally got an Index. Did a quick A/B comparison in Elite: Dangerous between my first gen Vive and the Index, and while I was initially a little disappointed in the reduced vibrancy and lighter blacks of the Index's LCD over the Vive's OLED, within about 10 minutes I didn't care because everything else was SO much clearer.
Whelp, Windows reinstall didn't do it. Happened again while I was installing Steam and other stuff after reinstalling Windows.
Looks like my RAM might be overheating? Turned off XMP and it seems much more stable now. Was able to open an Unreal project and compile 4000+ shaders without crashing.
Still ordered some new RAM, though.
Turns out this wasn't a GPU crash, I don't think. Was an unhandled system thread exception that has gotten progressively worse over the past few hours, to the point where it was kicking in a minute after rebooting.
Doing a full Windows reinstall now.
This same project has been working fine ever since quarantine started.
The only thing I can think of that has changed is that I updated Visual Studio.
Doesn't seem to be heat related, as I've run a couple test renders in Blender that put the CPU and GPU at 100% continuously for ~20 minutes and no stability issues occurred.
Really don't like having to tell an engineer that they've spent over a week reinventing the wheel with the result that their wheel is not circular. And that they really should've stopped what they were doing when they also had to come up with a system to try and cover up where it wasn't rolling properly.
Also looks like none of the Radeon 5700 makers have deviated from the reference 1 HDMI/3 DP output layout. I kind of need at least 2 hdmis.
Well, after much blood sweat and tears I managed to get SteamVR in Ubuntu working well enough to test Flotilla 2 via Proton.
It didn't work.
Thus ends this year's Linux test.
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