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by Bauxite
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2565

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

Caselabs failed due to Caselabs, period. Actual customers and those paying attention over the years realize this, you can find lots of information out there to confirm how things were going. Inconveniently for some people, this info pre-dates Trump even running for office. Its a shame since their ac...
by Bauxite
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2565

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

This has been coming for much longer than any trade wars, honestly that is just a lame cop-out but I expect no less from them. They wouldn't face the truth many times before. Caselabs has been basically shouting all the warning signs of a poorly run "mom-n-pop that won't adjust" for years ...
by Bauxite
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ECC support for Ryzen
Replies: 13
Views: 735

ground truth

There's conjecture, then there is reality. Buy asrock. Then buy samsung b-die. I have logged (WHEA) corrected memory errors on their X370 and X399 boards with a 1700X and a 1950X. 9 chip ram with only 8 chips initialized doesn't correct itself ;) You can have your overclocked cake and eat it with EC...
by Bauxite
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 19
Views: 744

Get off the "windows" of unix filesystems

You're already using ubuntu which already decided license-armchair-lawyering be damned and put it in out-of-the-box:

Learn ZFS, never look back.
by Bauxite
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16/0 True cores 1% faster then 16/32threads. Threadripper
Replies: 12
Views: 1036

Re: 16/0 True cores 1% faster then 16/32threads. Threadripper

Nothing new about this on x86 since, what, 2001? not all code likes HT/SMT/etc.

There are also various security implications to various implementations, some well documented...some not yet ;)
by Bauxite
Tue May 08, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 1841

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

Gigabit FTTP at work didn't quite get maxed-out by Steam's content servers. I was seeing 40-45MB/s which means that they *do* have a limit! :D I get around 70MB on larger games that have time to ramp up. On the same connection my Linux ISOs break 100MB inside a VPN, steam is not the biggest "d...
by Bauxite
Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 1841

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

My experience has only been fios vs various cable providers (so BYOR and all that is a non-issue, turn on ethernet port and done) but it has been a far better connection. I've had both types running simultaneously in the same general area for most of the last ~10 years. Better latency, much much bet...
by Bauxite
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 5087

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

This has worked since 1511? or whatever that release was that put in the home-to-pro easy upgrade. It has also always been the best way to do a clean install with default 10 pro key (available on the microsoft site) and activate after. Warning: do not plug in ethernet/activate wifi with 1709 install...
by Bauxite
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 3493

Re: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be

So sad we're back to the days of trying to find tight-timed RAM. MAKE BETTER MEMORY CONTROLLERS AMD. All cpus benefit from better ram. Samsung dram is just objectively superior by a decent margin right now, intel happens to be more forgiving of the lesser stuff (and the lesser stuff aims at intel t...
by Bauxite
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 3493

Re: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be

The team dark pro 14-14-14-31 was $200 with the 10% promo code, I think one of the 3200C14 gskill kits was ~190ish. Its not just ryzen as all really fast ddr4 is samsung, the other kinds have caught up to some of the speed bands but always later in production and at slower timings. A couple forums h...
by Bauxite
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 97
Views: 15199

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Fight club had the right idea about these scummy companies.
by Bauxite
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 4541

Re: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

That "company" and report stink to high heaven. The timing of the domain registration is also quite conveniently close to the time something real was reported to a certain other company. Also, if I can trick you to run something as administrator or root on any system, its already game over...
by Bauxite
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Extracting packet sizes and timestamps from a wireless router
Replies: 9
Views: 1416

Re: Extracting packet sizes and timestamps from a wireless router

Been awhile since I nerded in wifi but hardware using the ath9k driver on linux can probably do all that you need, host mode etc. Definitely does MITM setups well, thats what I was doing. No ac, but agbn and plenty of cards out there. Don't bother with an AP, just get a laptop with more than one slo...
by Bauxite
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Ebay Deal - Most items (Dead)
Replies: 9
Views: 2374

Re: Ebay Deal - Most items (Dead)

This was great, picked up some 10Gbe cards and more amd-friendly ECC ram, managed to get just over $500 and claim the $100 max. I did see a lot of sellers yank their listings before this and repost everything a bit higher, probably had early warning and knew ebay would get a ton more traffic that da...
by Bauxite
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8708

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

I'm perplexed by all the talk of anti-competitive behavior. They don't have significant market power or government backing. [terrible graph of a tree in a forest] I wouldn't expect any regulatory bodies to get involved in this. AMD fished this to Kyle to create a tempest in a teapot. Looks like he ...
by Bauxite
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10/64 cpu speed WAY off. (Threadripper)
Replies: 9
Views: 1828

Re: W10/64 cpu speed WAY off. (Threadripper)

Thanks for the info! Video link was interesting but my pc has sleep set to off. I also booted it up, tested it immediately and W10 still said 4.45 Ghz. Did monitor the idle temp and it was around 9 C above ambient. So that is good. Still learning how to OC this AND get everything stable. The bios c...
by Bauxite
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: SFP Capabilities
Replies: 1
Views: 821

Re: SFP Capabilities

SFP+ (+ = 10Gb) with the same optical transmission mode on both ends will work as long as neither switch/NIC has a dumb vendor lockout aka hardware DRM lock-in for overpriced crap. If they do, you need to have the right vendor type on the respective end. Some online vendors will program "compat...
by Bauxite
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 7221

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Switch to USB DAC, never go back. I still have ptsd from creative days, and had a xonar xense ssssslowly die in a way that almost made me think I was losing hearing in one ear. Fortunately one quick headphone reverse confirmed it was trash hardware. Good thread, those klipsch and jbls seem like the ...
by Bauxite
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 7600

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Google "soic clip", click on images. Something something thousand words. Why these are not common knowledge to all the review sites and forums pretending that new cpus on old boards needing a bios update is "news" or some kind of juicy revelation? I don't know, but I bet I could ...
by Bauxite
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 21825

reality check

Javascript should be default deny surfing the web, if the computer you're using has anything of real value on it. Only whitelist domains you need to accomplish a purpose. Decide how much you really give a damn about websites that still don't work when you enable their root and cdn domains. The brows...
by Bauxite
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to turn off windows 10 os update?
Replies: 28
Views: 2569

Re: How to turn off windows 10 os update?

there are actual good reasons and particular use cases to block updates. Sure, but only if you're not on the Internet with that particular computer. No, not really. I mean if you use edge you have a point (...ugh) but firefox and chrome exploits generally don't care about the rest of the OS. Contro...
by Bauxite
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to turn off windows 10 os update?
Replies: 28
Views: 2569

Re: How to turn off windows 10 os update?

Lot of apologists here dodging the question, there are actual good reasons and particular use cases to block updates. If you have pro you can defer updates for a long time, also you can set your wired connection to metered with registry changes (lol @ "hacks").
by Bauxite
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 7600

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

BIOS flasher tools start around $20 (soic clip = no desoldering) and tend to pay for themselves in time and systems saved rather quickly. Don't buy a "cheap" cpu just for one socket, do it for every platform ;)
by Bauxite
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 31540

Re: Video card prices

I'm curious if Nvidia will do anything on Volta to prevent mining. Either at a hardware level or attempt some special sales tactic. The only thing I can imagine working would be onboard hardware and possibly software that worked independently of one another to check if the card is trying to be used...
by Bauxite
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 6570

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

SQL is a fun (and not simple at all) dive into efficient queries. I'm a bit out of touch - do dev degrees include assembly, C, or anything low-level these days? I'm always short on developers that actually understand how hardware works. :( No, anything coming out of CS buildings totally ignore that...
by Bauxite
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 Lineup - Price Shift
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

Re: Ryzen 7 Lineup - Price Shift

I'd look at real world prices, for me at least they are usually lower than msrp for amd even a few days after launch (as in hold onto your receipt lol) but intel prices tell to spike above it for awhile, sometimes pretty badly. Ryzen vs Coffee lake history charts for example. Intel keeps heavy press...
by Bauxite
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 7230

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

CPUs have gotten fast enough, and compilers good enough, that there is rarely a need to do anything in assembly language any more. C is used pretty much everywhere that assembly language would've been used "back in the day" -- OS kernels, device drivers, embedded systems, real-time. The r...
by Bauxite
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 25
Views: 2295

Re: SATA Card Blues

1) LSI are the only good option for adding sata ports beyond the chipset/pch, to be honest everything else really sucks especially the chinacheap sil or jmicron or realjunk or whatever 27-cent-chip cards. There are some very cheap lsi cards on fleabay (2008 chipset, not the year) and you get 4 or 8 ...
by Bauxite
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 31540

Re: Video card prices

Any Vega passing ~$700-750 boggles the mind, as that is the usual price for typically-in-stock Vega FE on newegg for at least a month now. It is just as good a miner as any other reference vega 64 with better resale value and other potential uses.
by Bauxite
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 2865

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

Good to hear. As for the activation I was really just curious on clean installs using Windows 7/8 keys instead of doing the software upgrades. Anyhow, anyone who has problems with the update assistant it seems the workaround is to put your browser into developer mode and make it act like a Linux or...
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