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by Bauxite
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 2164

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: 1714

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: 208
Views: 9188

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: 1285

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: 1285

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: 1714

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: 289
Views: 12036

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: 1884

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: 905

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: 3287

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: 1013

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: 289
Views: 12036

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: 1506

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...
by Bauxite
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 1506

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

Messing with your system clock or pretending to be disabled is not needed. Installing with default 10 pro key* then using a 7/8 pro-upgrade-eligible key (aka almost anything retail/oem/technet/msdn besides home) to activate still seems to work, I did a fresh one on monday. Nuking business pcs, putti...
by Bauxite
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9188

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Wonder what kind of dumb buzzword name this one will get, since nobody can resist being a tool anymore. Since it seems to be very much a part of VM risks, I predict something trying to be catchy like cloudwalker or thunderstorm or whatever to reference the "running-on-someone-elses-computers&qu...
by Bauxite
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 6858

buy once cry once

There is always double-D: delid and D15. (/shamlesplug for noctua - or similar, but don't fall into the CLC trap) Practically required to get your money's worth out of the K version. I would look into your heatsink mounting some more, it is an older model and might not be making the best contact wit...
by Bauxite
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 37
Views: 5025

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

Through a totally unexpected newegg price match thing some of us early-adopters got the 32" for $550 on our orders, only if you didn't cancel it during the month-long launch delay though. I stuck it out because the 4k "uber" HDR/144hz models got delayed for 6 months and priced even hi...
by Bauxite
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 2722

Re: Nvidia Titan V

Its only ~0.2 buttcoins (give or take a fart) so why not? Yolo! People saying it will suck for gaming on forums across the land right now are hilarious (might even say salty) as the core graphics units that every game knows and loves are all more numerous than full fat pascal like the titan xp, lite...
by Bauxite
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 1009

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

Seagate has too many SMR drives which are utter trash for anything but enterprise cold storage that has software awareness of them. Leave it up to spinning rust specialists to come up with write amplification and try to pass it off as a "feature". Unfortunately WD is joining this fail trai...
by Bauxite
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops

I kinda subscribe to buy once cry once camp, the 920 is worth the extra dough if you want a really nice ultrabook. There were a couple good but not really advertised sales over the holiday week, gone now though ofc.
by Bauxite
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 4988

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

Samsung's higher-end TVs have some of the nicest monitor-ish panels, and some of them have low input lag modes that are basically hdmi 2.0 monitors. I have a JS9000 48" that was $800 on sale, and quite frankly it has better text and colors than most regular monitors. I really wish I could talk ...
by Bauxite
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1939

Re: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?

No, not by itself, life is never that simple. I'm not the only heavy 'gamer' (computer or otherwise) passing 2 or 3+ decades of daily use without any problems. Meanwhile a doctor I know who specializes in various kinds of physical therapy has several teenager patients with extreme thumb(!) problems ...
by Bauxite
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1355

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

Flash to IT mode for any kind of software raid (the best kind) and try to use a version recommended by the driver if any (mostly a thing in *BSD) as sometimes you can be "too new". If you don't need to boot off any drives on the card, you can also flash it without adding the option rom. Po...
by Bauxite
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1355

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

A lot of ebay sellers also list on amazon now, fairly normal price for awhile. If you dig a bit can find variations with same lsi 2008 controller under 50. I grab 3008 cards now under $100, breakout cables cost a little bit more but pcie 3.0 and they will be ready to accept the future glut of used S...
by Bauxite
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 6200

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

I always wanted an intel NIC expresscard, never happened, just a bunch of realjunk or other bleh chipsets, even the dual port one sucks. Mini-pci-express actually has dual port i350 cards, obviously require a bracket and not meant for laptops. Thunderbolt has various boxes for x4 3.0 which is pretty...
by Bauxite
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 37
Views: 5025

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

Very nice gaming panel, good media, decent desktop use but if you are OCD about cleartype or whatever, don't buy. Same price those of us that pre-ordered it at newegg before launch got, was a nice consolation prize for the extra month delay if you didn't cancel. First monitor I've had that you can u...
by Bauxite
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 1198

Re: IT ticketing software

Roll your own, the only way to get something good. Granted you have to be big enough to have devs and management with a clue to allow it to even get off the ground. Not in the helpdesk realm but similar problem with tracking similar-ish things, all the COTS stuff is trash, and even the big name mult...
by Bauxite
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.

Newegg review star average is about the dumbest metric I can think of to judge a product. (sorry, brutal truth only here) Did you at least filter to verified owners only? Sure, read some reviews to get an overall feel for potential gotchas or flaws, but other than that they are basically useless noi...
by Bauxite
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Fios question--routers
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

roll your own

Gbit fios here and been on fios for a long time, currently a sweet deal at $70 no fees no contract price until 2020. There is no support for it, but you can have them light up the RJ45 on your ONT and use whatever router you want. You might run into some ordering issues, worst case rent their router...
by Bauxite
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 7405

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

Go ahead and avoid more of those HGST factory helium 8TB reds inside a usb case for $160 just for the irrational reason of being covered by the label of 1 of 2 manufacturers left. I could use more. Right now ignoring that half of the market means you are more likely to get stuck with an abomination ...
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