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Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

FreeNAS seems to get a lot of recommendations every time this kind of question comes up. My approach is to use an old PC and install a copy of Ubuntu Server on it, but unless you've got prior Linux sysadmin experience setting up FreeNAS would be much easier since it is purpose-built to be a NAS dist...
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10-1709 not "snappy"
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: W10-1709 not "snappy"

Did you just install the Meltdown/Spectre patch? Or has this issue been going on longer?
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2402
Views: 78297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

derFunkenstein wrote:
Seems like the days of sitting in the bar and arguing over whether that last bit of trivia is true are over. Now we can just look it up on our phones.

...then argue about the credibility of the web site we found the info on.
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Hexacore Build Case

You can, in fact, assemble a working PC in a cardboard box. Back when component compatibility and infant mortality were much worse than they are today, I used to assemble the guts of a new PC on the motherboard box, just to make certain that it would boot to the BIOS setup screen before I bolted it...
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 90
Views: 5671

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

bthylafh wrote:
My Nexus 5's battery crapped out again, and rather than play the battery lottery I upgraded to a OnePlus 5T.

Ruh roh: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01 ... ard-fraud/
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2402
Views: 78297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

3F this AM. Not looking forward to waiting for the bus today.
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Hexacore Build Case

I hope Antec really isn't a thing. They were amazing for their light LAN Boy cases way back, but then they just got too cheap and their PSUs started to become straight junk too. Man, how times change. Antec was my go-to brand for most PC stuff, sort of like Corsair has become now. Believe it or not...
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Impact of Meltdown/Spectre patches on IGP performance?
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Impact of Meltdown/Spectre patches on IGP performance?

Man, that sucks. I can't think of a reason why it would affect IGP more than discrete, other than the fact that IGP is probably running closer to the edge (in terms of having adequate performance) to begin with. The patch just pushes it over the edge. Hopefully the hit will be lessened as the patch ...
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: SATA Card Blues

Brew! How's it going? Not bad! Trying to stay warm in this ridiculously cold weather, and trying to stay sane at the day job! At this point I'm thinking it comes down to either Nvidia chipset stupidity or a defective card. Unfortunately, without another PCIe system to test with, it is going to be d...
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Hexacore Build Case

I was about to recommend NZXT as I've used a few reasonable basic cases from them in the past, but it seems they've mostly exited that market segment. Corsair still seems to make a few no-nonsense mid-towers (e.g. the 200R). Fractal is probably worth a look too, looks like they have some full towers...
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: SATA Card Blues

I've definitely put SATA cards in the x16 slot on Asus motherboards. In fact, I currently have an LSI-9211-8i SAS/SATA card (which has a 4x interface) in the secondary x16 slot of an Asus M5A97 R2.0, and it works fine. I also have some other card (I forget make/model, might even be a Syba, but not t...
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?

The sorts of optimizations which led to these vulnerabilities are still useful to maximize performance; the key is to disable them in the specific situations where side channel information leakage can occur. I don't think we will see future CPUs going to designs which are inherently 100% impervious ...
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 530

Re: Average fuel consumption

Cold weather trashes gas mileage. We get about 50 miles less range per tank when the weather is like it has been these past couple of weeks.
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2402
Views: 78297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Oops.
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 12
Views: 435

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

If me getting an ATX board means they have more room to put higher quality components on the board or they don't cut corners with the number of headers, ect... Then I'll take the ATX board for sure. Yeah, it really pissed me off when the "dumbing down" of micro-ATX boards started a few ye...
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1739

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Or, to put it simply: One is explicitly and formally a cartel. The other one is a probable cartel, based on past history.
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1739

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Core count and memory usage aren't necessarily correlated. Unless you're running a lot of VMs 32GB should still be enough. And even then... Really depends on how much and what kind of work being done, something I'm sure we're all aware of. If it ain't much, then, even a stack of Windows VMs (who wo...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1739

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Same. I was sorely tempted to build a rig around the cheap 7920X chips Fry's had for BF, but 64GB of DDR4 would run $600. 32GB is just not enough for a system with that many cores. Core count and memory usage aren't necessarily correlated. Unless you're running a lot of VMs 32GB should still be eno...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 129
Views: 3265

Re: Video card prices

Well along the FPGA lines, there are the Xeons which are supposed to be coming in 2018 with an on package FPGA. That wouldn't require any sort board engineering since they're be using existing motherboards. These parts have been in Intel's pipeline for ~4 years as they first talked about it in 2014...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 50
Views: 1333

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

A ¼ TB SSD is plenty for Windows and your most-used applications when paired with a $76 3 TB (or larger ) hard-drive (or NAS) for large applications and/or storage. You can get by with a ⅛ TB SSD if you're pretty careful to install and store only essential things on drive C:. Yup. That's basically ...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 50
Views: 1333

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

whm1974 wrote:
Well for someone like my dad, a ~512GB SSD will be fine for him. And it would be a big improvement over the 1TB HDD he is using now.

Right. But I've got roughly 2TB in /home right now, and don't feel like paying for 2+ TB of SSD!
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 129
Views: 3265

Re: Video card prices

If I had more time on my hands, I'd get myself an FPGA and talk to my EE coworkers about the best way to get a bunch of RAM hooked up to it for running the newer altcoin hash algorithms. But that would be loads of effort, and we've established that I'm too lazy to even set up a normal mining rig. I...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 129
Views: 3265

Re: Video card prices

Unfortunately, I think gamers are just screwed until the crypto bubble pops. Consumer GPUs are the most cost-effective source of raw compute cycles with access to lots of fast RAM, and this is not likely to change.
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1739

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

RAM prices are part of the reason I'm still running an increasingly long in the tooth AMD FX system. Moving to anything more modern would mean all new RAM since I can't re-use the DDR3 I've got on hand.
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 50
Views: 1333

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

Hmm. I've used spinning disks as a user-specific subdirectory before (don't have a multi-user setup), for instance I'd have a system with a 256GB SSD and then put my Steam library on a spinning disk, but I've never tried the whole /home directory on spinning media. I'll have to give it a shot on my...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1739

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

That said, I agree with you that HDD prices seemed to stay artificially high after the factories came back online. Probably took a little while to re-coup their losses from the floods. Then you have Seagate buying Samsung HD division and WD buying Hitachi HD division. More debt's for us(the custome...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1739

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

The original point of it all being a crock and that RAM prices are BS just the same way that hard drive prices sky rocketed after almost none of the manufacturing plants were "hit" by Fukishima .... Floods in Thailand. To be fair here, when you're dealing with a high-volume commodity even...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 12
Views: 435

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

At first glance it looks like a decent board to me. If I was building a Ryzen rig today I'd probably consider it. OTOH, like JAE, I'd also consider going (back) to micro-ATX. I had switched to micro-ATX back in the Socket AM2+ generation, but went back to full ATX when AM3+ hit due to the severe lac...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3948
Views: 635359

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

I've never understood the allure of decaf? I suppose if you have negative effects from it? It always seemed like it tasted different to me, but that could be physcological. Caffeine is bitter, so I imagine taking it out can affect the flavor. I've always thought that caffeine-free cola tastes a lit...
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?
Replies: 21
Views: 1060

Re: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?

The move to micro A was also driven by the fact that the spring contacts (which are prone to wear/damage) were moved from the device (jack) side to the cable (plug) side. Makes more sense to have the bit that is more likely to wear out on the cable, since that is cheaper to replace. Downside of mic...