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by Wirko
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: seeing the end of x86?
Replies: 12
Views: 126

Re: seeing the end of x86?

Aranarth wrote:
x86 is not going away any time soon but it does have more competition than it sued to have.


Your autocorrector has a point here. Those "who's suing who" infographics with a large apple close to the centre will have to be redone, with a larger apple closer to the centre.
by Wirko
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 72476

Re: Something's different...

Wow, a full year has passed. Time to say thanks to everyone that has helped keep these forums (quite) alive and (quite) decent!
by Wirko
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Forget building buy THIS! (awesome deal at B&H)
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: Forget building buy THIS! (awesome deal at B&H)

I wish I could buy the XDR HDR FDR RDF IPS PRO 6K 2'-8" monitor on wheels too - seeing the wheels selling at $599 less than the stand.
by Wirko
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Blotchy Structures in Ryzen Die Shots
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Blotchy Structures in Ryzen Die Shots

There are similar-looking structures in Intel chips, too. Here's Skylake: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130561288@N04/39024590565
by Wirko
Fri May 29, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Creative uses for a dead motherboard
Replies: 37
Views: 850

Re: Creative uses for a dead motherboard

I'm a little late the party but the wife and I agreed that dead / old hardware ends up on the office wall. Once you amass enough of it you end up with a pretty awesome tech-wall that tells a story of your hardware over time. Must be a lot of fun driving those memory ICs from 80286 motherboards into...
by Wirko
Fri May 29, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Creative uses for a dead motherboard
Replies: 37
Views: 850

Re: Creative uses for a dead motherboard

Put it in fish tank for display. However, prudent to remove surface components that might hurt the fish. I think there's too much risk of leaching harmful chemicals, unless you encapsulate the whole thing in something clear and waterproof (a.k.a. "conformal coating"). Well you don't usual...
by Wirko
Tue May 26, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzenlake
Replies: 11
Views: 483

Re: Ryzenlake

blastdoor wrote:
meerkt wrote:
I want 10GHz. Even 6GHz would be a good start. Where's post-silicon?


Apparently that happened back in 2005, but I somehow missed it:

https://www.anandtech.com/show/680/6


As for the second part, there was an (almost) working form of post-silicon in the Cray-3 and Cray-4.
by Wirko
Sun May 17, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So how come young women only....
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: So how come young women only....

What a neighbourhood.
by Wirko
Tue May 05, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Alder Lake rumors and news
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Re: Intel Alder Lake rumors and news

Oh, Intel can still split that into LGA1700 v1 and LGA1700 v2, with universal two-way incompatibility between them.
by Wirko
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low-amp car battery chargers
Replies: 22
Views: 577

Re: Low-amp car battery chargers

Let me guess. Left it on the concrete garage floor for a year or so without an insulator between it and the floor. Classic car battery death cause. Even the best of insulators could make the battery die earlier, not later - that depends on the temperature of concrete vs. air. If you want to store a...
by Wirko
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Updating My Desktop Storage
Replies: 13
Views: 370

Re: Updating My Desktop Storage

KJ_A wrote:
I thought such limits were an issue with older Windows versions not Windows 10 Pro?


The 2 TB limit is not due to a particular version of Windows; it's due to MBR, which is the "old" way of laying out partitions on a drive.
by Wirko
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Recursion (split from Dynamic Programming Tips and Tricks)
Replies: 17
Views: 747

Re: Recursion (split from Dynamic Programming Tips and Tricks)

Listing a directory tree requires recursion too and is simple enough to comprehend. Igor, think about having a file explorer that just shows you the contents of a single directory, not the tree, and lets you go into a subdirectory or one level up. How would you go about drawing a whole tree? What wo...
by Wirko
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Calling all dinosaurs - IBM needs you!
Replies: 11
Views: 285

Re: Calling all dinosaurs - IBM needs you!

JBI twigged me to this. Visual COBOL. Putting those two words into a single statement makes my brain hurt. https://www.microfocus.com/en-us/products/visual-cobol/overview Why is that surprising? Visual Basic and Visual C++ have deep roots in the same millenium as COBOL. The page you linked is a lot...
by Wirko
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD EPYC 7002 - Rome wasn't built at 14 nm
Replies: 39
Views: 3109

Re: AMD EPYC 7002 - Rome wasn't built at 14 nm

What, like this rumor? https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-alder-lake-s-16-core-could-bring-hybrid-architecture-biglittle-to-desktop That's not quite what I had in mind. I was thinking of a CPU that looks more like this: 1. two Zen2 class cores, on a TSMC 7nm process, BUT with transistor densit...
by Wirko
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 5 nm chips in 2020
Replies: 80
Views: 5326

Re: 5 nm chips in 2020

Samsung 3nm in 2022: https://www.techpowerup.com/265751/samsung-to-deliver-3-nm-manufacturing-process-in-2022-with-next-generation-transistors 3nm is only ~15 silicon atoms. Really gotta wonder what that's going to mean for yields and long-term reliability. Or maybe they mean "3nm" rather...
by Wirko
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Everyone wants interposers!
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: Everyone wants interposers!

Mostly the same news but without wccftechly comments:
https://www.techpowerup.com/265631/tsmc-sees-higher-demand-for-cowos-packaging

Anyway, why are they calling their interposers "wafers"?
by Wirko
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen3 / Ryzen 4000 series news, talk & rumors
Replies: 30
Views: 2595

Re: Zen3 / Ryzen 4000 series news, talk & rumors

That makes me even more curious. Overclocking was her idea or did you set it up for her? Why does she need it overclocked? What is she doing on it? Running scientific simulations? I know your perspective on women is...different, so I'll humor you. My wife has a master's degree in computer engineeri...
by Wirko
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: RAMDISK in BIOS
Replies: 19
Views: 603

Re: RAMDISK in BIOS

Ah! Of course there is one more use case. You need Microsoft SQL Server plus something else on the same machine. SQL Server is endlessly hungry and will drive everything else out of RAM, but other processes can at least hope to get some swap space to be able to run.
by Wirko
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: RAMDISK in BIOS
Replies: 19
Views: 603

Re: RAMDISK in BIOS

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
And want to kill yourself later when you actually NEED that much RAM and the prices double.

In the long term, RAM prices halve at least as often as they double.
by Wirko
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: RAMDISK in BIOS
Replies: 19
Views: 603

Re: RAMDISK in BIOS

There used to be Windows applications (Photoshop?) that didn't work properly without a pagefile, regardless of having enough RAM. Do any of applications you use behave like that? Also, you may have a 32-bit non-server OS with 8 GB of RAM, or Windows 7 Home with 32 GB, so you can make use of BIOS-sup...
by Wirko
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file
Replies: 22
Views: 644

Re: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file

Makes even less sense than I thought before. I'm referring to the Intel's push to market 8GB of RAM in notebooks as 24GB of memory because Optane is counted in. "24GB" Ideapads can still be found on Amazon, as well as "20GB" HPs. https://www.extremetech.com/computing/271543-pc-oe...
by Wirko
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file
Replies: 22
Views: 644

Re: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file

Optane is interesting, as Igor noted... if the swaps really are mostly 4K r/w, optane might open a can of whoop-arse on NVMe, where it can use its major IOPS advantage. Well, if you want a data point, the cumulative I/O stats for the swap device on my Linux desktop indicate that the average I/O req...
by Wirko
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file
Replies: 22
Views: 644

Re: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file

That Optane may be the best thing one can get for $21 but the write speed is very poor. Swapping 1 GB to disk would take almost ocho (ouch) seconds. Even 8 GB of additional RAM should help the overall performance more, and it currently costs around $28 on Amazon (not for Mac indeed, and it's only PC...
by Wirko
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99
Replies: 12
Views: 673

Re: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99

Yeah, you might get 100% speedup after a defrag if you A) have a mechanical HDD 100% and more with a SSD is probably possible ... as well as 10,000% with a HDD. You'd need a SSD with a high sequential read speed but a relatively low IOPS, and have O&O Disk Fragmenter run on it for 24 hours befo...
by Wirko
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: LED Light for Snowblower
Replies: 63
Views: 1543

Re: LED Light for Snowblower

Is there light? Are there seasons? Anything new?
by Wirko
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Pet peeve - it's pronounced "herb" not "erb"
Replies: 159
Views: 18376

Re: Pet peeve - it's pronounced "herb" not "erb"

just brew it! wrote:
Just a quick FYI for anyone still following this train wreck of a thread


Ha ha. This thread will still be around when today's pronunciation of "herb" is long forgotten. It's not dead, it's a virus, it can freeze and crystallise and then thaw years later and live on like nothing happened.
by Wirko
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 72476

Re: Something's different...

Top 10 Ways to Improve your Forum in 2020 Baaah, "forum" is such an anti-buzzword... Shall we try something better... * Top 10 Ways to Improve your Customer Engagement in 2020 * * Top 10 Ways to Improve your User-Generated Content in 2020 * Baaaaaah, still so 2019... * Top 10 Ways to Enga...
by Wirko
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Dual actuator drives
Replies: 19
Views: 484

Re: Dual actuator drives

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
RATS! Praying for some hardware engineer/hacker to concoct a quick and dirty interface but that is assuming these drives are available in the retail channel by that time.


The way you expressed your wish makes me suppose that the first thing you're willing to give up is reliability.
by Wirko
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 2600k > 9700K Am I doing this right?
Replies: 21
Views: 700

Re: 2600k > 9700K Am I doing this right?

You probably did that already but it doesn't hurt to mention: do check if Word can use many threads at all for background tasks like pagination. Is the processor at full load (or close to full load) while it keeps you waiting?
by Wirko
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics Card to support High Resolution (2560x1440) Monitor
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: Graphics Card to support High Resolution (2560x1440) Monitor

If I understand the information linked below correctly, you can't even obtain a proper adapter cable. Cables are single link HDMI-to-single link DVI. The former has enough bandwidth for 2560x1440, the latter doesn't. https://superuser.com/questions/332099/does-a-hdmi-to-dvi-dual-link-adapter-exist-i...
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