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by freebird
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 2411

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

I look at it pretty simply: between gamers, high-end compute, and cryptocurrency miners, AMD can't make enough; rather, if they could make more, they would . There's a production problem somewhere , else AMD would step up to the demand. I'd also hesitate to draw any conclusions between the yields a...
by freebird
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 2411

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Is there any NEW information here? Yes there absolutely is: AMD said third-party board makers would have Vega parts in-hand by over a week ago and it never happened. Meaning that this is a real story about a real event, while you prefer to hide the severe issues at AMD that have likely cost Raj his...
by freebird
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 2411

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Is there any NEW information here? No where in the article does it say where the problem lies... Is it in the VEGA chip manufacturing? Is it in the supply (or lack thereof) of HBM2? Is it issues with the Chip Packaging process? Or Cost related? Probably a combination of several... As the Wendy's com...
by freebird
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 2134

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

I've enjoyed his books since the early 80's and especially his comments about his own computer equipment. I had a subscription to BYTE Magazine and always read his column 'Chaos Manor'. Yeah, I enjoyed his "Chaos Manor" column (probably the "go to" column I read 1st in BYTE Maga...
by freebird
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2768

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

Cabin with electricity and running water? Then you are still not completely off grid. Solar/wind and your own well? Unless you can make your own panels, turbine blades, and generator, you can still be tracked. Not to mention a large enough panel array and/or turbines can be seen by satellites. What...
by freebird
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9140

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

As someone who managed to snag a Vega 64 AC on launch day for just £450 avoid it like the plague. The card and drivers are horrendous and forget the 750w PSU it won't do the business. RTG needs to hang their heads in shame after releasing this garbage. Disappointed doesn't even come close and I onl...
by freebird
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is IN STOCK at Newegg
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Vega is IN STOCK at Newegg

But only if you are willing to spend between $1100-$1900 on one of the various "bundled discounts" (don't know if there is any real discount involved though.) I think I'll wait a while longer and continue to mine with my 2 R9 290s, 2 1060s and 2 1070s; maybe I can mine enough to eventually...
by freebird
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 3123

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

I read about that last week or so on the dailycaller.com http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/08/turns-out-replacing-letters-with-numbers-and-doesnt-make-passwords-secure/ This article is interesting also… https://sg.news.yahoo.com/computer-security-beware-hackers-choosing-password-150813686.html P@ssword...
by freebird
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch
Replies: 11
Views: 2655

Re: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch

The 1st thing I would try to narrow it down would be run msconfig.exe and disable all startup programs. I've seen a startup app that couldn't connect to the internet block stuff for several minutes until it timed out. If that didn't work I also look at services that autostart, but probably try safe ...
by freebird
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5959

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Maybe with Vega coming out the miners will flood the market with used 580's when they upgrade. I've been reading rumors on several sites that an RX Vega driver update is suppose to make it the King of Ethereum mining... https://www.google.com/search?q=rx+vega+ethereum+mining&ie=utf-8&oe=utf...
by freebird
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!
Replies: 35
Views: 5252

Re: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!

With Four dies present and being based on pretty near the same socket as EPYC, the question then remains... could they enable 4-cores on each and have 2-dimms per core for 8 channels of memory? Perhaps in the future and enable more cores? Maybe an upgrade next year with Ryzen 2 or 7nm late in 2018? ...
by freebird
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 3666

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Just an FYI, subscribing to alerts from someone like EVGA's direct website for Card availability is a plus. I got notified by email of the availability of this... https://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=08G-P4-6573-KR on EVGA site for $449. and newegg is selling it for $479 https://www.newegg....
by freebird
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 3666

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Don't know... but I spend more time mining then I do gaming anyhow... but speaking of high end hardware, I never spent more than approx. $300 for a video card (approx. price of my AIW 9800 & R9 290s when purchased) until I recently bought 2 1070s and put them to work mining... currently in 2 sep...
by freebird
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: So who here is actually mining?

How long should it take an RX480 to produce 0.2 Ethereum? I've been mining for nanopool for a week and my account balance is still zero. When setting up claymore, do you enter your coinbase/geth address as the place to receive your payments? I set up a coinbase account also, but the Ethereum wallet...
by freebird
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6293

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

What are you mining? Ethereum hash rates for a 1070 run around 30-32 and even the 1080TI are listed at only around 35MH/s, so I don't know what you are mining at 75-80MH/s on your 1080TIs??? He says he has 3 of them in a mining PC, and another 3 that may or may not be mining at any given time. His ...
by freebird
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 56
Views: 3895

Re: Xbox One X

The XBox One X can do 4K. It has been demonstrated. It's entirely up to developers to make content that can be played at reasonable frame rates. Some titles will need some tweaking and will not just scale up to 4K, IF they choose to patch it for the One X. I think the point was that things that are...
by freebird
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6293

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

1080ti is now the best buy for the buck for hashing (some are still $699-720, I don't expect it to stay low for long). I have 3 of them hashing now making about $25 a day after power costs, one in my gaming PC when I am not gaming, and 2 in my home server. I drop the power limit from +120 (gaming) ...
by freebird
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dude, where's my 4GB?
Replies: 264
Views: 196311

Re:

Blame the ancient resource allocation methods for the ~4GB memory limit problems. It mostly goes back to when x86 architect was making the jump from 16bit to 32bit. The designers in those days thought 4GB will never be reached in desktop form factors and 1024KBs (yes you had read that right) was th...
by freebird
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: So who here is actually mining?

No idea really. It just seems like fans would be the first thing to go after a few million revolutions. Um, do the math on a 7200 RPM hard drive running 24/7/365. Most people will setup a rig with a small SSD for the boot drive, I'm using a spare 120GB SSD, but 64 GB would probably do also, unless ...
by freebird
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Any idea what the life span is for a good quality consumer GPU that is running at 74c and 15% fan speed (650-700 rpm) for 24/7? My temperature is much lower, and my fan is much faster. It didn't occur to me to do it the other way around to avoid wearing out the fan. Perhaps that makes more sense. I...
by freebird
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Put my previous motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX v1.0 back into circulation with 2 R290s & 2 GTX 1060s in the basement for approx. 102 MHash. And will soon have 2 GTX 1070s in my work/gaming PC also mining 24x7 when not playing on... but I find I can play a game of Ages of Mythology or watch a...
by freebird
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 1187

Re: Video Card Prices

How cheap did 290s get on the used market after the Bitcoin fueled surge died down? I bought a 2nd hand R9 290 for $215-$225 is my recollection back a few years ago (I was running 2 x crossfire), if you are lucky they can still be had for that on ebay, but most are selling for more. They are pretty...
by freebird
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 1187

Re: Video Card Prices

Miners are not even doing anything remotely useful. They're bolstering the bottom line of electricity providers. And raising the cost of electricity of everyone else. Actually, Public Utilities in most states in the US are regulated. In PA, you are free to choose an electrical provider thereby REDU...
by freebird
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6293

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

The problem at this point is the miners are moving to Nvidia cards Mostly just the 1070 (for now). 1070 is almost out of stock everywhere and the prices are nearly as much as a 1080, so you might as well go for a 1080 and get Destiny 2 for free. Apparently the 1080 isn't as attractive for mining du...
by freebird
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...

I forgot to mention that they added additional options for disabling cores so you can try and run 4 cores all on one ccx unit, don't know if doing that may disable 1/2 the cache or not, but it may allow for higher OCing. That is probably a stretch though since I think the 4-4.2 Ghz limit is more of ...
by freebird
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6293

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

[quote="chuckula"][quote="cynan"]Last week, Newegg on Ebay had a 1080 Ti (Gigabyte non FE edition with 3 fans) for the same price. Is a 4GB Rx 480 really more efficient for mining than a 1080 Ti?[/quote] YES! ABSOLUTELY!!! [looks around nervously trying to act cool and prevent a ...
by freebird
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...

I would imagine that is one BIG thing they will address with (Ry)ZEN 2 (hopefully!) I know the 1st thing I did with all my Phenom Iis and even FX8000 chips was overclock the memory controller to increase cache and memory speeds. With Ryzen it seems to be locked with memory bus speed, so maybe someon...
by freebird
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...

[quote="LostCat"][quote="freebird"]Well, the Asrock ones aren't listed as Beta! WooHoo!![/quote]
I'm not really convinced everything they do isn't beta :lol:[/quote]


Yeah, I have to agree... :roll:
by freebird
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...

Well, the Asrock ones aren't listed as Beta! WooHoo!! as Homer would say... and so far they ROCK! No problem at all booting up my 64GB of Gskill Trident Z (16GBx4) with it's XMP profile CL14 14-14-14-34. Before I had to increase the CL from 14 up to 18 to get it to boot... had it running at CL 18 14...
by freebird
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Just saw Agesa 1.0.0.6 is out for my AsRock X370 Pro Gaming Board...

Has anyone else discovered it released for other X370 motherboards? I haven't read anything about it, but I guess I'll interrupt my 2 x R290s Ethereum mining for awhile to see what's in the Bios... Speaking of mining, I might have to go buy an Nvidia GPU (1st since my GTX 260s in SLI) while I mine f...
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