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by Aranarth
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen3 / Ryzen 4000 series news, talk & rumors
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: Zen3 / Ryzen 4000 series news, talk & rumors

https://wccftech.com/amd-zen-3-to-deliv ... -indicate/

It surprises me they keep finding such large ipc gains...

Plus it looks like they found more frquency boosts as well...
by Aranarth
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless router recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Re: Wireless router recommendation

Hi! I'm looking for a wireless router that needs to be kept under $200 for residential use. Of course I'd like it to be reliable. I like Unifi but I don't see anything they have that would end up under $250 at the least so that rules it out. One router I've seen mentioned here is the Asus AC2900. I...
by Aranarth
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?
Replies: 20
Views: 1503

Re: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?

I've done it on multiple older laptops. Last time on my Lenovo T420 it started to run hot with win10 installed about a year or two ago. First time was about 25 years ago on a toshiba running windows 98 that was running hot even with a new fan. Turns out it was using a thermal pad. Switched that for ...
by Aranarth
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 201
Views: 13971

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

just brew it! wrote:
. Also picked up an old analog VGA LCD monitor for my test bench (great for troubleshooting old systems, as those VGA-to-HDMI converters are hit-or-miss).


You're welcome JBI!

See? Everyone has a little Starfalcon in them! (eewww!!!!) :D
by Aranarth
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 201
Views: 13971

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

Wife and I came, we saw, we ate, went home happy, arrived safe at home. We live about 90mins away just south of Big Rapids, (Ferris State) Thanks to z-girl for the awesome bbq as usual. Thanks to Dr Fish (doo doo, doo doo, doo doo) for hosting this again. And of course thanks to Starfalcon and JBI f...
by Aranarth
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 124363

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Back when it was the new thing, W95 to W98 was a reformat/reinstall. If you have a working CD rom drive then you boot off the cd. If you don't then you can use a flash drive to boot the machine if it has a new enough bios, then run the install from the flash drive. Just copy the install files from ...
by Aranarth
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 124363

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

TechieZero wrote:
I work as a system administrator, I repair something every day (it means I'm someone who knows where's "Any Key" on keyboard).


Show off!

(I have the same job...)
by Aranarth
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1374
Views: 49028

Re: Something's different...

low information density is my biggest peeve.

I loved the way it used to be for shortbread just scroll through the post and click on what was interesting.
now I have to click the news post.
by Aranarth
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Zen 2: Ryzen 3000 series
Replies: 74
Views: 5333

Re: AMD Zen 2: Ryzen 3000 series

Go with the 3700x instead and don't worry about the VRM's.

My suspicion is that your mainboard has sufficient spare capacity that the 3800x will be fine.
by Aranarth
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: SUPER-duper: GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, 2060 SUPER and 2080 not-so-SUPER
Replies: 23
Views: 1717

Re: SUPER-duper

I was expecting a thread about super duplicators.

Might make a cool enemy for doctor who...
by Aranarth
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 18335

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

On timing belts: On many engines the timing belt also runs the water pump. So if the water pump seizes there goes your engine. My old Neon is a good example... Also almost every small engine out there with timing belts is also an interference engine. (I personally don't know of an engine with a timi...
by Aranarth
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 18335

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Hydrocarbons all the way for me. I don't do stop and go for work driving, so hybrid parts are just along for the ride and are dead weight. Too bad VW killed diesel, as it would make perfect sense for my driving pattern. Does Chevy still make the Cruze Diesel? The urea keeps the NOx emissions down, ...
by Aranarth
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 85
Views: 16826

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

I have a Dell PE 2800 running server 2003 with 73gb scsi drives in current operation. I have no idea how to check the power on hours but since it has been on 24/7 since 2004(?) I'm pretty sure the hours on at least one of the drives is pretty high. 15yearsx365daysx24hours is ~131,000 hours... I did...
by Aranarth
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 85
Views: 16826

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

I have a Dell PE 2800 running server 2003 with 73gb scsi drives in current operation.

I have no idea how to check the power on hours but since it has been on 24/7 since 2004(?) I'm pretty sure the hours on at least one of the drives is pretty high.

15yearsx365daysx24hours is ~131,000 hours...
by Aranarth
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 6875

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

Looks like the 16 core 32 thread version of the zen2 will be called the 3950x Personally the 6 thread x or the 8 core x will probably be enough of an upgrade for me. I don't see the need to go all out right now, and later when the 3950x shows up on ebay it will be a nice upgrade for everyone anyway...
by Aranarth
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 6875

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

I think the better analogy (if there is one) would be horsepower per pound of weight. Not that it's a great analogy, but it's similar. 500 HP with 4000 pounds is 8 pounds per HP. You can achieve similar performance with 250 HP if your car weighs 2000 pounds, 1000 HP and 8000 pounds, etc. I thought ...
by Aranarth
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz
Replies: 32
Views: 2993

Re: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz

I have a q6600 (supposed to be) running at 3 ghz and if I remember correctly to get it to go at that speed, speedstep had to to be turned on. But this is a gigabyte board not an asus. Also if you are running windows 10 definitely try the linux boot disk. Windows 10 will limit alder processors from r...
by Aranarth
Fri May 31, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphic Card Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 1925

Re: Graphic Card Upgrade

Look online and see if anyone else has done the upgrade and how they did it.

If all they did was go on ebay buy a used mxm card and plug it in you're good to go.

There are several HP machines which you can do that sort of upgrade on.
by Aranarth
Thu May 30, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 6875

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

IPC vs MHZ is similar to talking about power output for cars. A lot of people look at hp numbers but that does not tell the entire story. You want HP and Torque numbers. if two cars with the same weight and same HP but one has 30% more torque you will get more performance and better fuel economy. Us...
by Aranarth
Tue May 28, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 6875

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

I haven't been this excited about a CPU launch since Core 2 ( they're finally putting Pentium M in a desktop and giving it beefy SIMD! ) and Athlon 64 ( 64-bit yet fully backward compatible! Built in memory controller! Brilliant! ). My reaction is: Wow AMD is back in the game, decent price, good pe...
by Aranarth
Tue May 28, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 6875

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

wccftech says there is a 16core/32thread 39xx variant in the works.

https://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-9-16-cor ... enchmarks/

Threadripper is also getting the new zen2 as well.
by Aranarth
Thu May 23, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Would better cooling help with high-frequency stability at the same voltage or lower?
Replies: 8
Views: 2266

Re: Would better cooling help with high-frequency stability at the same voltage or lower?

http://www.frostytech.com Their current best is Cooler Master Nepton 280L. I believe the only way to get better than that is to go with custom loop with a larger radiator. Maybe a 360mm or 420mm 6 fan setup would do it. Being only 8c above ambient while cooling a 200w cpu is a quiet an achievement.
by Aranarth
Tue May 21, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3453

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

Here's a new rumor about Navi: https://www.techpowerup.com/255768/sapphire-reps-leak-juicy-details-on-amd-radeon-navi I dunno right now. I'm torn between navi being just another respin on 7nm pushed to the absolute max so all the efficiency is gone or it will be AMD's ryzen equivalent in a graphics...
by Aranarth
Mon May 20, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 124363

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Some tractors have a hydrostatic transmission, which is a hydraulic pump coupled to a hydraulic motor with some sort of valving or gating of the fluid to automatically change the output. Similar in principle to a torque converter, fairly idiot-proof, but you do take friction losses in the fluid sys...
by Aranarth
Mon May 20, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 124363

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

The mower would not drive in anything higher than 4th gear and the drive belts were slipping and then it died and would not restart, it appeared to have a seized motor. How many damn gears does a riding mower need!? Transmission swapped out from a big rig? You run the motor at top speed to drive th...
by Aranarth
Mon May 20, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3453

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

BTW:

I game using a Radeon rx 580 8gb card and it works just fine...
BUT, to really get good performance out of it at 1920x1080 I had to overlcock my 2600k to 4.5ghz.

Unless you have a really good processor in your mac you probably will not see much improvement with the upgrade.
by Aranarth
Sun May 19, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3453

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

What are you doing that needs a gpu?
by Aranarth
Sat May 18, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 124363

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Fixed my "new" ride on mower I got last fall. It came with a snow plow and mower deck. It is a 1994 MTD knock off 18hp Briggs and Stratton with a three blade 46" mower deck and 48" snow plow. Itmowed twice just fine before winter but I burned out the front drive belt trying to us...
by Aranarth
Thu May 16, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 124363

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I'm make 2 laminated labels. One to put on the main 150A breaker coming into the house and a 2nd to put on the main panel. I'll put these in place and turn off the respective breakers before plugging the generator in. These will stay with the generator when not in use and will be my manual "lo...
by Aranarth
Sun May 12, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Post your Highest OC'
Replies: 249
Views: 143882

Re: Post your Highest OC'

Core 2 quad 3.2 ghz
2600k 4.8.

Core 2 quad is still running at 3ghz in my son's computer.

The 2600k is in my gaming machine at 4.5ghz all core.
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