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by CScottG
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 29
Views: 1151

Re: Talk me out of it!

just brew it! wrote:
..And yes, paying for 16 GB of DDR4 was painful.)


..Testify brother. Testify. :o
by CScottG
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 29
Views: 1151

Re: Talk me out of it!

Yeah, apparently ludi's not too good at talking you out of it either. :D
by CScottG
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 29
Views: 1151

Re: Talk me out of it!

Never welch on a deal. :lol:

-sorry, couldn't resist. :oops:


If you want the Ryzen 1600x anyway, why the hell not? :wink: (..and that's the only thing I'd question here.)

I know, epic fail at your request.. :oops:
by CScottG
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1440

Re: TPM for a new system?

From the article:
"..TPM version 2.0 doesn't use factorizable keys for BitLocker."


The one that you are looking at is TPM 2.0 - so no worries (..in this context). :wink:
by CScottG
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1440

Re: TPM for a new system?

..My "protection" is that I am a low-value target... especially given that I no longer work in the defense sector (which would make me much more attractive to the FSB/Chinese). LOL ..school of fish security! :lol: (..same as my "protection" for modest speeding in traffic.) :P
by CScottG
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1440

Re: TPM for a new system?

Of course TPM is vulnerable to the NSA, but I'd doubt if it was vulnerable to other agencies. I would not discount the FSB here. Other *US* agencies.. :P :lol: I'm not sure it is though to any other country's security dept.. that would defeat the NSA's purpose (..though I'm pretty sure that GCHQ is...
by CScottG
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1440

Re: TPM for a new system?

I've told this before, but let's go back into Federal Agency X folklore. Agency X issues me a laptop so that I can perform duties and securely upload the results to Agency X. Said laptop has a BitLocker 10-digit PIN. Every single laptop issued by Agency X has the same 10-digit PIN. It's the phone n...
by CScottG
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1440

Re: TPM for a new system?

thecoldanddarkone wrote:
Pretty sure sleep keeps memory active, it would have to be a full hibernate or off.


-it has to be OFF to fully purge memory.
by CScottG
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1440

Re: TPM for a new system?

My understanding from reading how to set-up BitLocker on boot drives seem to imply the only way to use a PIN was to have a TPM module installed. If no TPM, a USB key could be used to store the key if no TPM was installed. Is this understanding incorrect? In regards to the power, this is for a deskt...
by CScottG
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1440

Re: TPM for a new system?

Well, my main point was to add a pre-boot passcode to prevent access to Windows instead of having a USB key attached to the computer at all times, but preventing your bit of fun works too! I don't think that Bitlocker requires a TPM for a pre-boot passkey. TPM's (Windows paradigm) are usually there...
by CScottG
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Tom Petty
Replies: 13
Views: 837

Re: RIP Tom Petty

by CScottG
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1536

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

I wouldn't overclock Vega; Even if you can match the 1080 it's too hot and noisy at those speeds and voltages. This depends a lot on how often and "hard" you use it, and what you can tolerate with respect to noise and heat during that period of use. (..idle is of course still noisy, but n...
by CScottG
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I wouldn't get a Windows tablet, but dual Windows/Android could be interesting. Problem is, I'm not sure it's easily possible to zap Windows if you want to give Android the whole space, and I'm not sure SD can fully take the place of native storage in all cases. I also think most of these would be ...
by CScottG
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I don't see much gain in going beyond 1920 on a 10" screen. Good for marketing bullet points, perhaps. The ones I consider leading Chinese brands, at least from a western perspective, are Huawei, Xiaomi, ZTE, etc. Lenovo I consider non-Chinese. :) What, do you use a tablet with a second tablet...
by CScottG
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1536

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

The 56 can be overclocked to about the performance of a 64, and the 64 is about the performance of the 1080 (game and res. dependent). It's not that big of a gap between the two, EXCEPT for power-use. (..which is ridiculous for an overclocked 56 or just a 64.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcprYE0...
by CScottG
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I think Teclast is the leader in Chinese brands. Chuwi as a close second. Cube 3rd. (..I've got a Teclast and a Cube. My sub $100 Teclast was purchased for extended display-space for my Cube, which has a Wacom digitizer for sketching.) I don't know about power-use for this tablet. Usually however, t...
by CScottG
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 2465

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

I think this is another good "marker" as to why Vega is overpriced for gamers: -it's all process and no architecture. It is because the uarchitecture was build for general compute first while "gaming" is a secondary concern at best.. Yup. It's just interesting seeing how little ...
by CScottG
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 2465

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

I think this is another good "marker" as to why Vega is overpriced for gamers:

https://youtu.be/L1p9jzb78QA?t=387


-it's all process and no architecture.

Something I thought should be duly node-ed. :wink:
by CScottG
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1536

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

I think it's the wrong time to upgrade as far as video cards are concerned, and perhaps the rest of the system as well. Even if it's just a 1060 at MSRP, it's already more than a year old. It's useful life (as a current mid-performance video card) is less than half of what it should be, and it's lik...
by CScottG
Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Teclast T10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ImjMdQtaHc Note that the processor is still relatively old. My guess is that within a year the processor will be upgraded to a newer model. -and yeah, I'd really wish that tablets had easily removable/replaceable batteries (..even though it would result i...
by CScottG
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Newegg's auto-notify system mailed me a few times today as Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards came back into stock (and then sold out again).



..all 3 of them. Tease. :P :lol:
by CScottG
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Looking on ebay - it looks like prices for r9 390x, r9 fury, rx 480 and rx 580 (all have similar gaming performance) seem to stabilizing and are down a little after the latest mining news coming out of China. Maybe I'll get a chance to buy an upgrade from 7870 at a decent price between now and X-ma...
by CScottG
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Except for VR, monitors aren't really changing that much with respect to gaming. Better - sure, but not necessarily more useful (especially in context with higher resolution and video cards with newer games requiring more GPU). I like the new stuff that's out, but the truly great stuff for gaming i...
by CScottG
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1536

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

8 gb version for a small premium over the 4 gb you have linked:

http://www.nextwarehouse.com/item/?2738639_g10e


..still not a great deal, but considering current pricing it's not horrible. :oops:
by CScottG
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I also tend to think that monitors are an investment where as video cards are more of a commodity. I'll do a mid-range video card every *2 years or so instead of spending 3 times that (or more) on the top tier video card at that time. Better still, I've tended toward great buys around Black Friday ...
by CScottG
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I also tend to think that monitors are an investment where as video cards are more of a commodity. Functionally, it's the other way around though: I can't imagine I could get more than I paid for from selling any of my monitors, but I could from my GPU (possibly GPUs). Not "investment" as...
by CScottG
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I also tend to think that monitors are an investment where as video cards are more of a commodity. I'll do a mid-range video card every *2 years or so instead of spending 3 times that (or more) on the top tier video card at that time. Better still, I've tended toward great buys around Black Friday f...
by CScottG
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

..The entire thing is a joke at this point. I'd go much further than that. I think that it's a clear deceptive practice, in the US and elsewhere. AMD used just about every tech-reporting source (the "press") to convey an MSRP that isn't at all accurate. (..with some oh *h!t after -the-fac...
by CScottG
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9255

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

..The entire thing is a joke at this point. I'd go much further than that. I think that it's a clear deceptive practice, in the US and elsewhere. AMD used just about every tech-reporting source (the "press") to convey an MSRP that isn't at all accurate. (..with some oh *h!t after -the-fac...
by CScottG
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Re: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor

..when considering lower expense, you should often be looking for a Chinese tablet.

ex.

https://www.amazon.com/NuVision-Touchsc ... B01MYZEPGP
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