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by chuckula
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini
Replies: 34
Views: 806

Re: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini

Congratulations! You too can have Google spy on you in your own home (on top of the spying they already do with your phones and internet).
by chuckula
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 7086

Re: Space Thread

I'm glad both of the astro/cosmo nauts are safe but given this mishap and the leak in the Soyuz ISS capsule, the entire Soyuz program is FUBAR at this point.

SpaceX and Boeing really REALLY need to get a man rated system working.
by chuckula
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini
Replies: 34
Views: 806

Re: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini

All you have to do is find a way to make me laugh and post it in the thread no later than noon Central time on Friday, October 12, 2018. A joke, a sketch, a link, a video. Whatever. I'm literally just going to pick my favorite post and go with that. Good luck. Oh this is easy: If I win I'll use it ...
by chuckula
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Threadripper 2990wx experiences
Replies: 132
Views: 3466

Re: Threadripper 2990wx experiences

Hmm....some initial benchmarking suggests that, at least for what I'm doing right now, it's best to stop at 32 threads -- going beyond that actually slows things down a bit. More specifically, for the Monte Carlo runs I'm doing now, here are the performance gains: 8 to 16 threads ---> 1.7 times gai...
by chuckula
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Threadripper 2990wx experiences
Replies: 132
Views: 3466

Re: Threadripper 2990wx experiences

I don't know if AMD implements the right support mechanism, but the i7z application is the best low-level clockspeed monitor for Linux that I've used: https://delightlylinux.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/i7z-what-is-your-i7i5i3-cpu-doing/ It reports the real information on a per-core basis and correctly ...
by chuckula
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 52
Views: 1137

Re: Reviews that would suit Tech Report

Drones! Considering many drones are heavily used as camera platforms the expertise in photography could be helpful in making interesting drone reviews.
by chuckula
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: iPhones go x86.... CONFIRMED!
Replies: 4
Views: 744

iPhones go x86.... CONFIRMED!

That's right suckaz. Apple might be all happy with a 7nm Apple ARM Miracle chip that's a whole 15% faster than last year's model. But what happens when you need a superior CPU architecture that's designed for power efficiency in baseband processing? YOU GO INTEL OR YOU TURN OFF THE RDF! https://lcq2...
by chuckula
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux+Threadripper plunge
Replies: 22
Views: 1670

Re: Linux+Threadripper plunge

What a pirate. You're even running Arrrrrrrrgh. I just ordered a custom built Threadripper 2990wx running Ubuntu. A real Jedi builds his own lightsaber, but I'll overlook that. One thing I'll need to do is remote into this new system (I plan to stash it in the basement and remote in from my iMac). A...
by chuckula
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?
Replies: 44
Views: 2238

Re: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?

I just want to give an update on this. My friend helped me delid the CPU with his hot air workstation. Once it was delidded we added a bit more solder and used a soldering iron to make sure the solder was nicely spread on both the CPU dies and the IHS. ( the IHS was harder because it has much more ...
by chuckula
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dies when put in a pocket
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Phone dies when put in a pocket

OK, as of yesterday my phone (a Moto Droid Z ) has undergone some type of bizarre demonic possession that makes it die when I put it in my pocket. And no, I didn't drop/submerge/etc. the phone. That would make this easier to understand. In a bit more detail, if I put the phone in my pocket for just ...
by chuckula
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Configurable Spatial Accelerator: Post-x86 Intel HPC
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Configurable Spatial Accelerator: Post-x86 Intel HPC

Your thread title -- the use of "post-x86" especially -- seemed to imply that it was supposed to completely supplant x86 for HPC workloads. In HPC, especially extremely high-end HPC, I wouldn't be surprise if it does effectively supplant x86 even if the systems probably still use some x86...
by chuckula
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Configurable Spatial Accelerator: Post-x86 Intel HPC
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Configurable Spatial Accelerator: Post-x86 Intel HPC

It sounds to me like they've essentially invented a way to route standard-cell ASICs using traditional programming languages instead of HDLs like VHDL/Verilog. While definitely interesting, I suspect this won't be practical as a complete replacement for traditional CPUs, since (just guessing here) ...
by chuckula
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Configurable Spatial Accelerator: Post-x86 Intel HPC
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Configurable Spatial Accelerator: Post-x86 Intel HPC

Here's an interesting story on a processor architecture that's radically different for Exascale HPC systems: https://www.nextplatform.com/2018/08/30 ... on-neuman/
by chuckula
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: System woes: Probably power switch on chassis
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: System woes: Probably power switch on chassis

I'm unimpressed with your power switch!

Here's a cheap replacement: https://www.amazon.com/HDE-Power-Button ... B009CWY8PA

Now the real issue is, will that switch integrate nicely with your case or be a kludge?
by chuckula
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!
Replies: 29
Views: 947

Re: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!

Wasn't Zen (OG) on 14nm GF? That wasn't the best spin, but good enough I suppose. Hopefully they can execute well. Doesn't hurt having more fabs. All Zen parts are on GloFo 14nm or the "12nm" process that's really 14nm + tweaks for this year's Zen parts. That's also true for all Polaris &...
by chuckula
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!
Replies: 29
Views: 947

Re: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!

Most interesting thing about this announcement: Charlie Dementerjian -- the ultimate Nostradamus if you believe his idiotic drivel -- posted literally zero articles with his magical "sources" giving him all the juicy tidbits about this announcement.
by chuckula
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!
Replies: 29
Views: 947

Re: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!

Nice to see AMD finally bet on the right horse. Keep in mind that AMD’s first 7 nm product was designed for TSMC’s CLN7FF from the beginning, so the company did not bet on GF’s 7LP in late 2018 anyway, and no rush with the manufacturing technology was needed for GF’s key customer. Bear in mind that...
by chuckula
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!
Replies: 29
Views: 947

Re: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!

Krogoth wrote:
They are missing the most important ingredient: magical smoke.


Don't worry, a new Colorado Fab is rolling around next April.
by chuckula
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!
Replies: 29
Views: 947

GloFo is TOO DURN GOOD for 7nm.. CONFIRMED!

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13277/gl ... evelopment

Man, those idiots at Intel are so screwed now!
by chuckula
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 and today's games
Replies: 47
Views: 1601

Re: RTX 2080 and today's games

While Turing sure isn't cheap and will of course take some type of performance hit from ray tracing, don't expect it to be slow in regular games. Also, the "DLSS" feature that was sort of a secondary topic compared to ray tracing at the launch event actually appears to be a decent quality ...
by chuckula
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080
Replies: 47
Views: 1957

Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080

Based on what Dragontamer said there are two things that stand out: 1. Nvidia definitely deserves some credit for pushing these optimizations for ray tracing to even bring it into the realm of possibility for consumer-level hardware. 2. Even with all that optimization and these cards with hundreds o...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080
Replies: 47
Views: 1957

Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080

You guys have seen ONE "benchmark" of pre-production hardware on a pre-production software patch and you're calling it a failure already. Good stuff. Yeah! Slightly less seriously, we keep hearing about how you don't need to have expensive hardware to play games. Well Nvidia really REALLY...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080
Replies: 47
Views: 1957

Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080

christos_thski wrote:
Krogoth wrote:
It is the Geforce 3 all over again expect the entrance price was a mere $349-399 instead being north of $599.


May be the GeforceFX...


Only if they get that special acoustic profile of the cooler JUST RIGHT.
by chuckula
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080
Replies: 47
Views: 1957

Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with ray tracing enabled - 30fps @ 1920x1080

Krogoth wrote:
It is the Geforce 3 all over again expect the entrance price was a mere $349-399 instead being north of $599.


$350 in 2001 (March to be precise) is: $500.58 in 2018 adjusted for inflation.

https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl ... ar2=201807
by chuckula
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX -- er RTX -- 2080 & 2080Ti launching at once
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: GTX -- er RTX -- 2080 & 2080Ti launching at once

derFunkenstein wrote:
I love guessing games. I'll make a guess:
2080Ti $9000


Sadly, it's still not over nine-thousand.
by chuckula
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX -- er RTX -- 2080 & 2080Ti launching at once
Replies: 9
Views: 723

GTX -- er RTX -- 2080 & 2080Ti launching at once

So it's not much of a shock that we are nearing the launch of the G R TX 2080 using the mid-sized Turing silicon. However, what's more interesting is that it looks like the RTX 2080Ti using the big Turing silicon is going to launch at about the same time instead of being delayed like Nvidia has trad...
by chuckula
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 4208

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

I see WindWalker necroed an old thread with a burst of shilling.

Looks like we have a good estimate of how long the Apple dead keyboard replacement RMA process takes.
by chuckula
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."

Avoiding complex Windows problems is one reason I'm a Linux user, You're just trading one set of potential complex problems for another one though. Don't get me wrong, I prefer the sort of problems that typically come with Linux, because -- given enough determination -- there generally is a solutio...
by chuckula
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."

Avoiding complex Windows problems is one reason I'm a Linux user, but this page might be helpful if you just want to nuke the indexing database: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-edb-file
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