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by maxxcool
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3954

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

OK after hearing all about AMD and Intel's new "Threadripper" and Core i9 CPUs along with their price tags, I'm beginning to wonder what exactly is a consumer CPU? Don't get wrong, I love having high end hardware but I would have to be making money with it to consider buying what are now ...
by maxxcool
Tue May 23, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 18726

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

AMD 460 2gb for a media box.. blue screened 21 times in a week on fresh install win10 with a MSI gaming based Mobo.

Shame too I prefeer and to Nvidia for media duties.
by maxxcool
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.

If all you're worried about is the temperature, don't be. 80-85C is perfectly healthy. These chips will live happily in the 90+C range for many years without any ill effects. That being said, crack the case and check the CPU fan, and check the PSU fan and the vents to atmosphere. likely as JaE has ...
by maxxcool
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 35
Views: 3359

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

I found in a double re-install that my key i used on my media box will not work on anything but the media box now. I kind of expected it which is why is deliberately swapped them in the reinstall test. That can be solved with a call to Microsoft. Pain, but only about half an hour of it. ^ yup! Conf...
by maxxcool
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 4878

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

product life cycles for CPUs are short enough that whether the company is still around 2 years down the road is not super-critical I disagree with this. I think it makes it more critical when you're a company the size of Dell/HPE/Lenovo/etc. They are looking that far ahead at their own product life...
by maxxcool
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 35
Views: 3359

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

I wonder if this is limited to retail keys... I have a couple of unused OEM keys. Yes indeed, i have about a dozen W7 OEM keys and so far I'm 6 for 6 on my list. The only caveat is make sure to keep track of which OEM key you installed to which machine. I found in a double re-install that my key i ...
by maxxcool
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 35
Views: 3359

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

Saw someone mention that they were able to activate W10 with a W7 retail key a week ago. So I tried mine in a VM and it worked! It did not accept it at installation but did after W10 was installed. Now I just hope I will be able to install the "retail" W10 in my next computer. Your welcom...
by maxxcool
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 4878

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

Not looking to debate it, but I would personally NEVER devote large amounts of my company's product lines or quality bin parts to a company who has been gushing blood for the better part of a DECADE. If the intel counterparts are slightly more expensive, I'd go with them EVERY time because I know:: ...
by maxxcool
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops
Replies: 48
Views: 3236

Re: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops

Both Netflix and YOUTUBE are HTM5, I would test High Def YOUTUBE videos as well .. some ISPs deprioritize Netflix.

Also test wired versus wireless..
by maxxcool
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading from an i5-4590
Replies: 14
Views: 1234

Re: Upgrading from an i5-4590

We are missing a chunk of this story that is pretty important. It is clear gaming is a priority, but we do not see a mention of gaming resolution. Bumping up to a possible 4.6ghz i7of any variety with a 970 may not improve anything, and the same can be said for Ryzen. I am wondering if you are suffe...
by maxxcool
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No Safe Site?
Replies: 24
Views: 4757

Re: No Safe Site?

derFunkenstein wrote:
Speaking of stupid ad server issues, I just got this in the comments of a post.


As did I ..
by maxxcool
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: THE SILENCE OF THE BUFFALOS (RyZen release confirmed?)
Replies: 21
Views: 1106

Re: THE SILENCE OF THE BUFFALOS (RyZen release confirmed?)

Jeff Kampman wrote:
Buffalo is still in residence. Sorry.

You'd think we took a wee in their cereal or something ..
by maxxcool
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Do they still make "dumb" TVs?
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Do they still make "dumb" TVs?

Just do not set the unit up to access wifi\lan...
by maxxcool
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 7162

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

This has 'Custom Design' wins written all over it.  Intel has stated they want  to get into the custom package and custom silicon boutique business because AMD is making some margins at it.  I imagine this is more or less them trying to 'keep a client' and keep Nvidia out of their partnership with a...
by maxxcool
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5 with SMT inbound?
Replies: 33
Views: 5654

Re: i5 with SMT inbound?

If they widen the clock disparity I could see it as a possibility...  I do not think however it will occur. 
by maxxcool
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Quad core CPUs obsolete?
Replies: 28
Views: 2248

Re: Quad core CPUs obsolete?

For the longest time, it was advised a quad core CPU was more than enough. However comparing my 3DMark Firestrike or Timespy score to others, especially those with Haswell-E i7 5820K CPUs or better, it seems my system is painfully CPU limited despite overclocking my Skylake i5 to 4.4GHz and GTX 108...
by maxxcool
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN
Replies: 203
Views: 5894

Re: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN

LOL ..  "RyZEN gives you Pastrami" Fifth link on google search when searching for "AMD RyZEN Demo"

https://postimg.org/image/jzf51g2hv/
by maxxcool
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN
Replies: 203
Views: 5894

Re: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN

Getting my Flame retardant pantz ready .. should be a interesting read and demo followed by all sorts if conjecture and bickering.  Popcorn at the ready!
by maxxcool
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM not working at advertised speeds
Replies: 34
Views: 7170

Re: RAM not working at advertised speeds

It is single sided for the old RAM versus dual sided for the new. That is almost certainly the key issue. The additional load on the memory bus, combined with the fact that the memory controller is being pushed way beyond spec, are probably conspiring to put 3200 out of reach. Indeed.  This could b...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

Sure. You work for the CIA too, right? And so it's top-secret or something? If you were doing data recovery, this is ridiculous. But that's such a huge secret & sensitive field (  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll: ) that I can understand why you can't talk about it. Oh, it's not that? Some...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

Not much more I can say Sure. You work for the CIA too, right? And so it's top-secret or something? Your at the watering hole.. if you haven't guessed what we were collecting (not Pokemon!) I cant help you any further. If you were doing data recovery, this is ridiculous. But that's such a huge secr...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

Sigh.. Not much more I can say.  Your at the watering hole.. if you haven't guessed what we were collecting (not Pokemon!) I cant help you any further.   Ah, Bitcoin back when one could still profitably mine it with consumer-grade hardware. As for the TDP issue, Bitcoin mining would certainly resul...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

It was a work around to budget issues of that management era.   The ESXi farm we had then was overutlized,  So I cheated and bought my own hardware using my own bonuses and gave hardware ownership to the company and offloaded my work there.   Cool story, bro. I reinvested into my job,  and was able...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

recovering "samples", that's as close as I can word it ... yes we touched the files in many cases.   Forensics technicians don't do that. This is make-believe. Why on Earth would you not be using Xeons for that type of work? Consumer level hardware for that kind of stuff is just foolish. ...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

Why on Earth would you not be using Xeons for that type of work?  Consumer level hardware for that kind of stuff is just foolish. It was a work around to budget issues of that management era.   The ESXi farm we had then was overutlized,  So I cheated and bought my own hardware using my own bonuses ...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

Not sure what to tell you, your still being combative. Because what you said was nonsense. Back then it was part of my job to take TB drives and hash their file contents. But there is simply no way you were CPU-bound doing that with SHA256 on a thuban. I'm sorry, what you are saying just cannot be ...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

DC==DEVILSCANYON Ah Ok, thanks. I honestly was flailing in the dark trying to figure out what you were referring to. And yes all 5 behaved the same... Out of box 100% sustained load decompressing and sha256 hashing hundreds of thousands of files == throttle.. I just can't believe this, sorry. Here,...
by maxxcool
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Number of DRAM ranks vs performance
Replies: 14
Views: 1692

Re: Number of DRAM ranks vs performance

More ranks allows more banks to be kept open, which could reduce average memory latency. Edit: On the downside, more ranks may require looser timings, because there are more chips connected to the same lines on the DRAM bus. This ^ There is a peak of diminishing returns.  Dual/tripple and quad chan...
by maxxcool
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

On the next iteration of boxes I tried with a DC 4670 as a test, and satisfied with peaking 70c under full sustained loads converted the remaining 4 devices to DC silicon as well. I assume DC silicon is some sort of thermal grease then? If changing that means it went from constantly throttling to O...
by maxxcool
Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 15241

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

/Shrug/  I never said I had anything that was 'recent' AMD silicon, You never asked :)  All i offered was experience in usage and opinion.  Nothing more.  And even advised that the future for AMD may be different as we will have to wait and see. Absolute nonsense! You literally said you had a "...
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