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by freebird
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined
Replies: 53
Views: 1733

Re: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined

That's a really bad list of unaffected CPUs from SuSE there. Actual list at Intel's site https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/security-center/advisory/intel-sa-00161.html A list is a list... good or bad is a subjective perspective. You can basically assume nearly every Intel PC & Server base...
by freebird
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined
Replies: 53
Views: 1733

Re: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined

We certainly didn't have any sort of involvement in this matter. Rick MoarCoars AMD PR Honcho You ARE right... Intel did with the design of their chips. Intel: New L1 Terminal Fault Bugs Hit Virtual Machines Harder https://www.crn.com/news/components-peripherals/intel-new-lt-terminal-fault-bugs-hit...
by freebird
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 and today's games
Replies: 47
Views: 1488

Re: RTX 2080 and today's games

Most of the monitors available to buy right now are ancient tech. I'd wait for the next round of monitors with better responsiveness, widespread HDR, and refined strobing. And of course, 4K is an idiot tax if you value responsiveness. I totally agree... I'm in the market for a new monitor, but I wa...
by freebird
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 and today's games
Replies: 47
Views: 1488

Re: RTX 2080 and today's games

That said, keep in mind that the RTX2080 will probably outperform the GTX1080Ti (if Nvidia's history is anything to go by) once we see real benchmarks. So keep that pecking order in mind. I'm not sure how much we can rely on history.So RTX 2080 has a clock advantage, but fewer CUDA cores. Unless Tu...
by freebird
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 and today's games
Replies: 47
Views: 1488

Re: RTX 2080 and today's games

Not sure why anyone would give buying advice on a product whose performance is not yet known, but anyway here are some numbers from NV: https://techreport.com/news/34022/nvidia-releases-its-first-official-benchmarks-for-the-rtx-2080 If you believe those, 2080 looks like it easily outperforms 1080 T...
by freebird
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 and today's games
Replies: 47
Views: 1488

Re: RTX 2080 and today's games

My 1080Ti is a beast at 3440x1440 (let alone 2560x1440), and you won't be paying for RT silicon that you'll never see used in WoW. That said the 1080Ti is currently $650 on Newegg and the 2080 non-FE might only be $75-$100 more than that. I can't tell you if that's worth the premium until we see be...
by freebird
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen BIOS update --> much better
Replies: 4
Views: 985

Re: Ryzen BIOS update --> much better

Yeah, if your BIOS was from pre-1.0.0.5 or so AGESA, then memory compatibility wasn't great. Glad you were able to get something out of the update. Definitely ANY Ryzen mobo needs 1.0.0.6+ AGESA bios; that's where I really noticed memory timings and stability improvements. Unfortunately, AMD did ru...
by freebird
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 764
Views: 105928

Re: What are you playing right now?

JustAnEngineer wrote:


Planet Busters all the way!!! :)

but I really hate those G-damn Mind Worm invasions later on in the game...
by freebird
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: VEGA 64 Temps, Boost Clock, and Wattage
Replies: 10
Views: 668

Re: VEGA 64 Temps, Boost Clock, and Wattage

Ok so from my previous which to buy thread(which got kinda way off topic so starting this new one) I bought an Asus Rog Strix Vega 64 OC. So the advertised boost clock on the card is 1590Mhz. Which if I don't screw with Wattman the card never gets close to. In games if I use the cards built in sett...
by freebird
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 38
Views: 3652

Re: Post Your Old Games!

GTA and Minecraft are the oldest I have played and reviewed. I hope I wasn't born late :lol: :lol: :lol: Pong on a real dedicated piece of electronics, in the early '00s. Space Invaders on an Atari 2600 in the early '80s. Now get off my lawn. Yes, that was my family's 1st console... it had 2 switch...
by freebird
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 2850

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

Basically, mainstream CPUs have supported SSE2 for over a decade. While I feel some sympathy for people with old equipment, that stuff is old enough to predate Win7. By nearly a half decade, even. It's true. I was proud as anything to build a zippy Athlon XP 2400+... in 2004. It was a swell piece o...
by freebird
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!
Replies: 34
Views: 2480

Re: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!

Wow. Impressive! How many total winners posted on here? 3? Maybe I should have tried a few more email addresses I own. ;) Congrats!! FYI, I'm assuming all the winners here are US residents of which there were 2086 winners. https://game.intel.com/8086sweepstakes/ ( See Details ) --- Sweepstakes Prize...
by freebird
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM Appears in BIOS, but Not Win7-64
Replies: 32
Views: 6322

Re: RAM Appears in BIOS, but Not Win7-64

I'll have to take a look at the manual and see what it says about memory configurations. The board is a Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4. I've run three sticks before in other boards, but it's been a very long time. It might be that I cannot use only three sticks, that it has to be four. I don't really have a l...
by freebird
Mon May 07, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 16027

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

Yeah, I *am* trying to minimise noise/power - that's the point of an undervolt thread; "How cool/quiet can you go without giving up performance?" I've tried a 64 BIOS but it doesn't affect the minimum voltage I can put through the HBM2, nor does it let me clock the HBM2 any higher than 96...
by freebird
Mon May 07, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 16027

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

Resurrecting an old thread, because I've spent around three hours trying to get the very best out of my RX Vega 56 (Sapphire, reference model)... I think getting the "best" out of any Vega 56 Reference model is by putting the 64 BIOS on it... unless you are trying to run it a minimal powe...
by freebird
Tue May 01, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices
Replies: 11
Views: 1462

Re: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices

I have no problem believing that they are artificially constraining supply (Because they've publicly said that they are!) in tacit cahoots, but the problem is that reacting to what your competitors say in their public filings/earnings calls isn't straightforward collusion. And that, I'm afraid, is ...
by freebird
Tue May 01, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices
Replies: 11
Views: 1462

Re: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices

This should be interesting. We'll all get a few bucks and the lawyers will get millions. :P They may have a hard time proving it with server memory & GPU memory demand as high as it is... but yes, even if they do, the lawyers we get millions, user will get a few bucks and memory prices will get...
by freebird
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ryzen 2k Series + B350/x370 BIOS from e-tailers
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Re: Ryzen 2k Series + B350/x370 BIOS from e-tailers

Supposedly, all motherboards marked Ryzen 2000 Ready have Bios that will work "out of the Box" with all Ryzen 2000 series (7, 5, G) CPUs. That being said I had a bad experience with an ASRock X370 PRO4 AM4 motherboard which is listed as Ryzen 2000 Ready on newegg.com and the box itself. I ...
by freebird
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 4068

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

The 2700X looks great but I can't justify $329 for ~10% upgrade (vs my current 1700X). I couldn't find a clear summary of the advantages of X470 vs X370? Anyone know? The difference? X470 - X370 = X100 (therefore 100 times better!!!) Hopefully not 100X more expensive... ;( Except in this case, most...
by freebird
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 31245

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Glorious wrote:
This is all a bear trap!

All I see are cheap coins!

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by freebird
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: All Intel, All the Time
Replies: 8
Views: 1170

Re: All Intel, All the Time

Did Intel send out a whole new round of Spiffs? So much Intel news. Good Job. It's good to be the King. Yeah, they must of been timing the announcement of new CPUs with this release: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/266884-intel-wont-patch-older-cpus-to-resolve-spectre-flaws So they can tell e...
by freebird
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 22728

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Intel muddy the "hardware fix" waters with this information... https://software.intel.com/sites/default/files/managed/c5/63/336996-Speculative-Execution-Side-Channel-Mitigations.pdf Which isn't really a fix, per se, but a flag to tell the processor not to speculatively execute branch predi...
by freebird
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6872

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

...but there isn't any good replacement software out there for Windows Media Center after all these years... :( Sad and true. Uhhh, XBMC.... or is there something in WMC that can't be done in XBMC? I've never even used the live TV recording option, but I hear it is pretty much the defacto live TV r...
by freebird
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 4767

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

I know ZEN has one, but I didn't realize that Vega has a Security Processor in it... when did that happen?
by freebird
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6872

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

hoping to build a htpc with one of these .. was going to go for 2200g but then thought if I go for the 2400g I can replace my old 2500K . I don't really game much any more so the igp should suit me fine . fast memory prices are still a bit high ( 3200mhz ) and some mobo's still need a BIOs update ....
by freebird
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32369

Re: Video card prices

Now that Nicehash Miner doesn't seem to be playing nicely with Radeon cards (someone correct me if I'm wrong), what's the easiest way to get mining on a Radeon? Claymore v10.2 miner is great for mining ethereum and a 2nd coin if you want, but I find much easier and profitable to just mine ethereum....
by freebird
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 31245

Re: So who here is actually mining?

https://www.recode.net/2018/1/30/16950926/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-bans-crypto-advertising-bitcoin-james-altucher People are getting the message. That's pretty funny... I went to the link of the article on Facebook banning Crypto adverts and there is an advertisement on the web page promoting "...
by freebird
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32369

Re: Video card prices

You guys will have to excuse some of my ignorance and lack of knowledge here, but I have a couple of questions, and then a proposition. First... . The ACTUAL PROBLEM with crypto currency is the abject SPECULATION of INVESTORS. Blockchain technology and crypto currencies built around them is not the...
by freebird
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PC SHUTS DOWN
Replies: 9
Views: 2794

Re: PC SHUTS DOWN

Are you overclocking the memory? If I get mine too high, the "memory training" will try the setting about 3 times and then boot with the default memory setting at 2133, instead of the OCed memory settings.
by freebird
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 6929

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

I paid $500 for 4GB of memory back in the day. Something similar to: 2006 (year): 2x 1GB DIMM DDR-500 PC4000 @ $229.81 OCZ Gold Memory Prices (1957-2017) Yeah and I paid approx. $400 for 16MB of memory in my 486 build if I remember correctly & $450 for a 540MB Connor HD. Prices are based on Sup...