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by ChronoReverse
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Experience with NUC / BRIX etc?
Replies: 10
Views: 1303

Re: Experience with NUC / BRIX etc?

I have a Skylake i3 NUC that I use for my HTPC and some emulation.  Works great and is pretty much silent.
by ChronoReverse
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Quad core CPUs obsolete?
Replies: 28
Views: 2801

Re: Quad core CPUs obsolete?

Depends on the game but some recent games show a clear difference between i5's (4 threads) and the corresponding i7's (8 threads).   I'd say that 8 threads is what you need to shoot for at minimum for optimal performance.
by ChronoReverse
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 12466

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

I think you guys are too pessimistic. A bunch of companies are funding the development of the ISA. SiFive has already made a small number of development boards using a RISC-V based micro-controller.   Cool story, the British government funded development of the transputer architecture, look how tha...
by ChronoReverse
Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Dezi
Replies: 48
Views: 1883

Re: RIP Dezi

Damn, I'm sorry to hear about that. I've been watching an anime about a shiba inu (http://www.crunchyroll.com/lovely-muuuuuuuco) so this makes me even sadder to hear.
by ChronoReverse
Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, this new Star Wars movie - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 313
Views: 20703

Re: So, this new Star Wars movie

I saw it this morning. Consider it a good movie that could have approached great if it hadn't been let down by some "JJ Abramisms".

The new actors are fantastic though.
by ChronoReverse
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The differences between geeks and their wives...(Post yours)
Replies: 16
Views: 1355

Re: The differences between geeks and their wives...(Post yo

Me: New version! I can't wait to install it and try it out.

Her: New version! *to me* Install this update for me so I can try it out. *does something else interesting in the meantime*


She's a computer engineer so she's perfectly capable of doing it herself but delegates to me anyway lol.
by ChronoReverse
Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Über-high PPI w/o texture filtering - Damage says I'm crazy
Replies: 23
Views: 2220

Re: Über-high PPI w/o texture filtering - Damage says I'm cr

Our smartphones are already at way higher PPI and still need AA to remove jaggies. So we'll need even higher PPI before we can eliminate AA and frankly, that's basically just SuperSampling it away. As for Texture Filtering, you'd need supremely high resolution textures as well as high PPI. Consideri...
by ChronoReverse
Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook
Replies: 115
Views: 20530

Re: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook

Its absurd for someone to want to use a mouse with a MacBook. I get why PC laptop users use a mouse. It's because the trackpad on PC laptops sucks. If you have to use a mouse then connect it via Bluetooth. Not even the macbook trackpad is good enough for Excel (and many other tasks). And for mundan...
by ChronoReverse
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook
Replies: 115
Views: 20530

Re: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook

Its absurd for someone to want to use a mouse with a MacBook. I get why PC laptop users use a mouse. It's because the trackpad on PC laptops sucks. If you have to use a mouse then connect it via Bluetooth. Not even the macbook trackpad is good enough for Excel (and many other tasks). And for mundan...
by ChronoReverse
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Special Edition Driver: Catalyst Omega Out Now
Replies: 28
Views: 3609

Re: AMD Special Edition Driver: Catalyst Omega Out Now

For the Smooth Video thing, is it not available for the 7950?
by ChronoReverse
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: CHALLENGE: New Geforce 970 breaks Ethernet
Replies: 111
Views: 7097

Re: CHALLENGE: New Geforce 970 breaks Ethernet

It seems like an issue where the PEBKAC. I'm afraid the only solution is to replace every part (including the organic) until it works.
by ChronoReverse
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player
Replies: 49
Views: 39331

Re: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player

VMware (player) has always been faster than Virtualbox for me but Virtualbox has more features than the free VMware Player.
by ChronoReverse
Tue May 20, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Custom ROMS - To flash or not to flash!
Replies: 15
Views: 3734

Re: Custom ROMS - To flash or not to flash!

Root is honestly more important than flashing a custom ROM nowadays. With the existence of Xposed, you can basically modify your stock ROM to your heart's content as long as you have root.
by ChronoReverse
Sat May 10, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What mouse do you use?
Replies: 51
Views: 4813

Re: What mouse do you use?

Still using my original DeathAdder. It's a great mouse but I'm never buying another Razer mouse with their driver shenanigans.
by ChronoReverse
Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4022

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

Entirely possible it's bad coding. Might be some combination that not everyone encounters as well. In any case, Vacuum Places Improved is a Firefox extension you can install and then run (don't need to keep the extension around afterward unless you want scheduled running). Might take longer on the f...
by ChronoReverse
Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4022

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

@Chrono - I don't think in my case it searching the disk for any sort of history or cache file would slow it down this much. I've got a Samsung 840 Evo (250g) on a SATA 6gb/s port. Things are ultra snappy. It's not necessarily a disk thrash issue. It could simply be some sort of locking issue where...
by ChronoReverse
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4022

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

If it's accumulating over time it might be some sort of stutter from disk access to the history file?

I used the Vacuum Places Improved extension to keep places.sqlite quick and tidy.
by ChronoReverse
Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4022

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

I don't get the hiccups but I used to a few versions back. Frankly, if not for Firefox's Awesomebar, I'd probably be using Chrome a lot more. There are a few idiosyncracies in Chrome that bug me though (for example, if you use the attachment button in Gmail a lot, you'll start noticing Chrome tends ...
by ChronoReverse
Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: ARM on the Desktop
Replies: 19
Views: 3190

Re: ARM on the Desktop

The thing is, the reason Apple caught up to that level so quickly is because it's simply implementing all the low-hanging fruit. It simply gets harder and harder to extract more out as you get faster. They've been getting 2x performance every 18 months pretty consistently. And doing some novel thin...
by ChronoReverse
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: ARM on the Desktop
Replies: 19
Views: 3190

Re: ARM on the Desktop

Considering it's like Apple's 3rd or 4th chip it's pretty impressive they have closed the gap as much as they have so quickly. I'm going to be really interested in whatever A8 ends up being. From what I can tell, Apple is the only company that seems to understand the possibility of ARM taking over ...
by ChronoReverse
Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SDR, or what is whizzing through the ether....
Replies: 21
Views: 2421

Re: SDR, or what is whizzing through the ether....

Considering the microwave leakage looks about the same as the wifi access point, I'd consider that not really a health issue but just an interference issue.
by ChronoReverse
Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Contented?
Replies: 25
Views: 2068

Re: Contented?

I was completely content with my Q9450 but then I ran into BF4 and needed a CPU upgrade (picked up a 4770k).

I don't think I'll need to upgrade for at least 5 years now though unless they find some sort of paradigm leap.
by ChronoReverse
Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Haswell Overclocks
Replies: 14
Views: 11834

Re: Haswell Overclocks

My i7-4770k runs at 4.3GHz without adjustments. My chip's stock voltage is kinda high in the first place though so I'm currently running 1.175V which is a bit of undervolt.

Temps are 80ish with IBT and my cooler is a H110 (running inefficiently at the moment which I'll have to fix eventually).
by ChronoReverse
Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: BF4 Mantle Thread
Replies: 208
Views: 23788

Re: BF4 Mantle Thread

You put the headphones the wrong way around? Maybe.....I blame Grado for the way their ears go 360 degrees. It wasn't until I plugged in my Sennheisers did I realize what I had done. :-? LOL, I was about to report that my audio seems to work fine although I've went back to DX11 mode again (the colo...
by ChronoReverse
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: BF4 Mantle Thread
Replies: 208
Views: 23788

Re: BF4 Mantle Thread

So the new patch has resolved the micro stutter I had when Mantle was enabled. Now I have a new issue in that the positional Audio is totally borked. Doesnt work with headphones or surround sound. I go to where I think I hear fighting, crest the hill and nothing is there. I am totally unaware where...
by ChronoReverse
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: BF4 Mantle Thread
Replies: 208
Views: 23788

Re: BF4 Mantle Thread

My empirical experience with my 7950 is that it works. I'm able to push up to 4x MSAA from 2xMSAA and still completely lock it at 60FPS. However, I don't know if it's the code in BF4 or the 14.1 drivers (probably the drivers), I get severe lulls of low FPS for several seconds every few minutes. Basi...
by ChronoReverse
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Made my first buffalo wings... have a question
Replies: 25
Views: 3140

Re: Made my first buffalo wings... have a question

Sounds incredible. I'm totally going to try this.
by ChronoReverse
Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Reduce Network Folder Missing Timeout
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Re: Reduce Network Folder Missing Timeout

No idea if this works: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/libr ... 38292.aspx

If it does, it'll be good to know.
by ChronoReverse
Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: BF4 Mantle Thread
Replies: 208
Views: 23788

Re: BF4 Mantle Thread

I'm GPU limited instead of CPU limited so I doubt I'll see more than 5%

I'll also predict a dash of extra instability.
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