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by chuckula
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 949

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

I have used a USB to SATA adapter that came with a Samsung ssd a few years back to hook an SSD into my PC in a similar setup.

It's not a full case for the SSD though so it doesn't really provide physical protection for what you would consider to be a portable SSD.
by chuckula
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 64
Views: 1249

Re: Eclipse on August 21

Can't seem to find glasses anywhere now. I was really hoping to get a piair to watch this historic event. I did see one in elementary school many years ago, but that was like in the 80s If you feel like gambling, you can pick up a welding mask for about $30. Not officially rated for direct sun view...
by chuckula
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 64
Views: 1249

Re: Eclipse on August 21

I'm going to be watching from just outside the path of totality (99% eclipse) to avoid the most insane traffic. The weather is looking good as of today so we'll see how it goes.

For anybody missing this one, there's another total eclipse passing over CONUS on April 8, 2024!
by chuckula
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Bad timing on my new build... future supply and demand?
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Bad timing on my new build... future supply and demand?

If it makes you feel better the Ryzen 1600 part of the equation was probably timed pretty well since I'm assuming you weren't in the market for a Skylake X/Threadripper type system in the first place. Right now the GTX-1080 is ironically a relatively good deal because it's not popular with miners, i...
by chuckula
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 47
Views: 2043

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Chuckula is going to attack AMD for anything that they do or for anything that they don't do. Jerry Sanders must have sullied Chuckula's sister's honor on some unforgivable dark day in the past. That's very unnecessary and frankly a little disingenuous. I was calling out the types of comments that ...
by chuckula
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1004

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

Guards? In Vermont? I get my info from the dewy-eyed younv tellers wbo hav to be there before opening and are less resistant to an argument from authority attempt. Social engineering is mostly about outfit choice and body language. I can't count the number of times I had to get into a building, hig...
by chuckula
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 47
Views: 2043

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I got attacked for even mentioning that Vega's success was directly tied to coin mining because it obviously wasn't blowing last year's Pascal parts out of the water when it came to actual graphics performance (and don't even start about efficiency). Given that AMD just went out of its way to releas...
by chuckula
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

DPete27 wrote:
I've come to the conclusion that you won't be best served by a Threadripper CPU.


DON'T MAKE HIM RIP OUT YOUR THREADS!

Or maybe overstarch your shirt.
by chuckula
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Pascal FP16 rate question
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Pascal FP16 rate question

I'm going to go with it being at least partially hardware based on your linked article. It's true that Nvidia turns off some features in cosumer-grade parts via drivers but the Teslas are going to turn everything on that's in the silicon. One thing that really surprised me when the P100 was launched...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 19
Views: 814

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

It's weird because theoretically the driver already is fixed (as of kernel 4.11). Just in case, I did mess with some options for snd_hda_intel too, but they had no effect. (snd_hda_intel and snd_hda_codec_realtek coexist by design, and all of the options are in the intel module.) It's a Modmic and ...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

@everyone Should I be concerned about the single 8 pin connector for power on the board? I'll give the best answer by equivocating. If your goal is to put in a 7900X or lower and keep the overclocking in the "normal" range like 4.5 to 4.6 Ghz on a 7900x (bump that up a notch for lower cor...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 19
Views: 814

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

This is kind of a cop out but if the issue is in the microphone input could you just get a USB mic or some other device that avoids the bad driver? If this is some professional grade mic then I guess it's a non-starter. I agree that the long term solution shoukd definitely be in getting the drivers ...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1004

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

Captain Ned wrote:
druidcent wrote:
I'm just sad they did not reference XKCD in the publication :(


Correct Horse Battery Staple


That's amazing! I've got the same password on my luggage!
by chuckula
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

My choice of this board is largely based on this review: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8288/asrock-fatal1ty-x299-pro-gaming-i9-motherboard-review/index11.html They mention the VRM cooling is very good, and the board is the only one with a N-Base T 10g controller that can also go 2.5 and 5. I had...
by chuckula
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

Here's my main Danger Will Robinson warning about that board: I only see a single 8-pin connector for the CPU power. Now, that doesn't mean it won't work, it just means that this board is more likely to experience issues taking a large chip like the 7900X or larger variants of Skylake X up to higher...
by chuckula
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 19
Views: 814

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

Alright, I can't fix the mic, but I can pipe pulse's output into ALSA's input as if it were just another program trying to play audio (making pulse keep a safe distance from the hardware itself). This seems to be working great as far as ALSA is concerned, and with dmix/dsnoop there's no real loss o...
by chuckula
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

My only recommendation is to look at the total system cost and see what that marginal $250 jump from $550 to $800 does to the total system cost when considering the 1920X vs. the 1900X. Then compare that marginal jump in price to the performance delta after TR & other websites finish their 1900X...
by chuckula
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

Perhaps slightly more seriously while it's great that TR got review samples, the rumors are that basically everybody got their samples at the last minute with a pretty short time window in which to complete the reviews. If TR has to delay another review because of insufficient time then I'm not blam...
by chuckula
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 458

OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

OK, so apparently the NDA for new products like Vega now has multiple deadlines where reviewers can unbox the product prior to actually telling you performance results . So.. given that fact.. and that I'm sure Kampman has a bunch of free time on his hands (lol) I want to see the TR mega-unboxing-pa...
by chuckula
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

I'm going to agree with Chuckula. If gaming is your primary use, take a hard look at the 8-core Ryzen R7 CPUs or the soon-to-be-announced 6-core Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K . Threadripper is for folks that know that they need a whole lotta threads. To echo that TR's review of the affordable R5 1600X ...
by chuckula
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

OK who's here is going to buy or build a Threadripper system? And what are you going to use 16c/32t and 60 PCIe lanes for? I'm going to build a gaming rig based on either a 1950X or a 7900X. The manually enabled Legacy Compatibility Mode for games that can't handle more than 20 logical CPU cores no...
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

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Well this here's a story all about how my market got flipped turned upside down.
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

THG isn't the best for everything but their power-consumption measurements are very detailed: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-threadripper-1950x-cpu,5167-14.html Interestly notes are that even in the Prime 95 torture test the 7900X @ 4.5GHz is still drawing somewhat less power than the...
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

Well of course not, and it's stupid to think otherwise. Take whatever your typical Ryzen 7 system draws when OC'd on all cores and double it. My particular setup draws around 175W from the wall when OC'd to 3.9GHz running Prime 95, compared to 49W at idle. If my CPU is drawing 125W overclocked, Thr...
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

DPete27 wrote:
I see TomsHardware is trying to use 99th percentile and scatter plots. Cute. Keep working on it.


YOU CAN DO IT!!
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

PCPer: https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors/AMD-Ryzen-Threadripper-1950X-and-1920X-Review TR "sneak peek" (because Jeff got handicapped by AMD's marketing team): http://techreport.com/news/32377/here-a-sneak-peek-at-our-ryzen-threadripper-results PC World (warning: auto-playing video)...
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

drfish wrote:
Heh, I had a different gerbil in mind when I took the picture... ...but no further hints about what it may mean today. 8)


Oh you mean poor Kampman who probably hasn't slept since Tuesday? I feel for him too!
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

drfish wrote:
Is that what you think is happening in that picture? ;)

The question is whom the buffalo represents...


You after eating too many ribs and drinking too much beer at the BBQ?
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

The Buffalo rides again!
by chuckula
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 2134

OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

As I type this the reviews haven't gone live, but as they come in feel free to post links. Edit: Incidentally both the 1950X and 1920X are on-sale at Newegg even though reviews aren't live yet https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113447&cm_re=1950X-_-19-113-447-_-Product htt...
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