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by biffzinker
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 613

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

There's three new colored Eclipse P300 cases from Phanteks, and the MSRP is set at $59.99.

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by biffzinker
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 613

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

[*]Phanteks Eclipse P400S, sound-damped and windowless. I've never used one but it looks to be based off the Evolv that I have (and is good). I've had the case since the being of last year so far I've noticed air-flow into the case seems restricted through the metal front panels skinny rectangle op...
by biffzinker
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: Warning about Newegg

Welch wrote:
Becoming an "Alaskan" is sort of like making it through a dare or challenge, you have an underlying respect for each other measured in the number of years you've lived here, I've hit 19 years which is a good start.

26 years been here since 1992
by biffzinker
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: Warning about Newegg

ludi wrote:
they live in a pristine libertarian paradise.

I'd like to know where all of these libertarians or liberals are since I happen across more conservatives in public.
by biffzinker
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 605

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

Like DDR4 back when it was announced, it will still be several years before any of us have DDR5 RAM in our systems. That's partly because the memory controllers in processors and SoCs need to be updated to support DDR5, and these chips normally take two or three years to design from start to finish...
by biffzinker
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: New Intel branch prediction attack discovered
Replies: 6
Views: 444

Re: New Intel branch prediction attack discovered - Sandybridge, Haswell, and Skylake

DancinJack wrote:
(unrelated - I hate really long forum topic titles)

Updated the topic title so it doesn't interfere with the Hot forum threads on the front page.
by biffzinker
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: New Intel branch prediction attack discovered
Replies: 6
Views: 444

New Intel branch prediction attack discovered

Researchers from the College of William and Mary, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California Riverside, and Binghamton University have described a security attack that uses the speculative execution features of modern processors to leak sensitive information and undermine the security boundaries ...
by biffzinker
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 1934

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

Welch wrote:
[so it would cost me around $20 to ship it because newegg shipping sucks up to AK.

Also why I ordered my Phanteks case from Amazon instead of Newegg.
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by biffzinker
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 2195

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

No try the NexGen Nx586PF instead. Edit: Maybe you don't want a NexGen CPU, I see Branch Prediction Logic. https://i.imgur.com/Dp9Tu7S.jpg https://i.imgur.com/qSuLtBL.png Data sheet source: http://datasheets.chipdb.org/NexGen/2_Hardware%20Architecture.pdf http://datasheets.chipdb.org/NexGen/
by biffzinker
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 2195

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

Another quick response from AMD on their IR blog: We have just received a report from a company called CTS Labs claiming there are potential security vulnerabilities related to certain of our processors. We are actively investigating and analyzing its findings. This company was previously unknown to...
by biffzinker
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 2195

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

At this point AMD has not confirmed any of the issues brought forth in the CTS-Labs whitepaper, so we cannot confirm in the findings are accurate. It has been brought to our attention that some press were pre-briefed on the issue, perhaps before AMD was notified, and that the website that CTS-Labs ...
by biffzinker
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 2195

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

TechPowerup wrote:
AMD provided us with the following statement: "At AMD, security is a top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise. We are investigating this report, which we just received, to understand the methodology and merit of the findings."
by biffzinker
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 2195

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

I'm waiting for a reponse AMD might have to these suppose exploits. Is this a smear campaign from Intel?
by biffzinker
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 2195

Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

Security researchers with Israel-based CTS-Labs, have discovered a staggering thirteen critical security vulnerabilities for AMD's "Zen" CPU micro-architecture, which are as damning the three recent "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities that affect various CPU manuf...
by biffzinker
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: AT&T ZTE 700a vs ZTE MF279
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Re: AT&T ZTE 700a vs ZTE MF279

This was in the news again: Chiefs of top intelligence agencies in the United States told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that Chinese smartphones posed a threat to American customers. Directors of the National Security Agency, FBI, CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency unanimously ag...
by biffzinker
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Chipset transistor count?
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Chipset transistor count?

Also Intel included a generous gift with each PCH, a Quark x86 processor running Minix aka Intel Management Engine.
by biffzinker
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 41
Views: 3941

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 19 different processors!

Didn't it take them (and other browsers) forever to finally use SSE? Something to do with x86-64 web browser builds? I know x86-64 has SSE/SSE2 as a requirement in place of x87. The original AMD64 architecture adopted Intel's SSE and SSE2 as core instructions. These instruction sets provide a vecto...
by biffzinker
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 25
Views: 1326

Re: SATA Card Blues

Lol, that doa was a typo. I didn't catch it when I was typing. But, it checks out, I have to admit. Not that I want to disparage the board too much. It's lasted a really long time. But, as you guys pointed out, Core2 is obsolete for most anything but the very basics. I don't do much gaming, althoug...
by biffzinker
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 25
Views: 1326

Re: SATA Card Blues

So out with the old hardware, and in it's place how about this?

Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core
Gigabyte - Z370 HD3P (has a PCI slot plus LPT/COM headers below the slot)
Crucial - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400

Total: $354.97
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/x8xNJV
by biffzinker
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1633

Re: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018

just brew it! wrote:
But you haven't really lived until you've experienced the fumes of molten solder (preferably the old school lead-based kind) and flux first-hand! :lol:

Already had the pleasure of smelling melted solder a few times in the past. Not something I really enjoyed.
by biffzinker
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchscreen instead of touchpad
Replies: 14
Views: 802

Re: Touchscreen instead of touchpad

I’ll break with the crowd here. I think a touchscreen there is a great idea. For productivity apps, like office, Photoshop, etc. you would have the menus and buttons on the secondary screen and have the entire main screen for your work. Games would work the same way, where you have one screen for y...
by biffzinker
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1633

Re: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018

Yeah, I'm wanting in on the Ryzen+ but I'd like to upgrade now. I'm looking at the specs of you current rig in your sig (sing it with me now). Are you being held back by that setup? Why do you want to upgrade? Maybe Welch can't get enough of that new hardware aroma? I know it's always been a pleasa...
by biffzinker
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 1144

Re: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade

Might want to check that your using the correct slot. One only offers up to 35 watts of power the other is rated for up to 75 watts.
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I also noticed HP used two different wattage power supplies.
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by biffzinker
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5842

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

You K-Cup people disgust me. Not only is the coffee that generally emerges from those things awful, but those cups are amazingly bad for the environment. I'm not trying to take this into R+P or an environmental discussion, but not only can you have better coffee (without much more effort) and you c...
by biffzinker
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops
Replies: 11
Views: 1114

Re: The Skinny on Single Channel RAM in new laptops

If it was me I'd ask for a refund. This would be a case of form over function or Lenevo giving you a less than optimal product to cut costs. Problem is the iGPU craves bandwidth plus the CPU cores need their share of bandwidth no matter the prefetch logic plus the amount of L2, and L3 Cache have to ...
by biffzinker
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Pitfalls WRT adding RAM to existing system?
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Pitfalls WRT adding RAM to existing system?

Keep in mind that populating all slots usually requires a drop in the top clock speed due to the added stress for the Integrated Memory Controller on your CPU. You might have to bump the voltage a small increment to the DIIMM slots or the VSSA for stability at 2666 MHz with all slots filled.
by biffzinker
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: There goes the neighbourhood, I guess
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: There goes the neighbourhood, I guess

Guess my Core i7-4790K is unaffected.
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by biffzinker
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: There goes the neighbourhood, I guess
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: There goes the neighbourhood, I guess

Today, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) posted about a security bulletin that Intel released, which addresses vulnerabilities in the firmware of Management Engine, Server Platform Services, and Trusted Execution Engine. According to US-CERT, a hacker could use these to ...
by biffzinker
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 6603

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

I rather have 4K. With VRR it is way too easy to lose yourself in whatever game you playing. I can see a person "losing" himself for a week and not even be aware of it. In any case gaming at 4K isn't the reason at all why I looking at this. I think you have the wrong VRR in mind whm1974. ...
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