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by chuckula
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Intel Q1 2017 Earnings Released
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Intel Q1 2017 Earnings Released

https://s21.q4cdn.com/600692695/files/doc_financials/2017/Earnings-Release-Q1-2017_Final.pdf 14.8 Billion in revenue (seems to be inline with expectations) 3.6 Billion in profits (also inline with expectations) The client computing group... which includes desktop & mobile CPU sales... saw a 6% y...
by chuckula
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed

just brew it! wrote:
The branding seems a little silly to me for a product aimed at the professional/datacenter market. What's next -- Xeon Fatal1ty Extreme Edition?


Don't give them ideas!

Then again, maybe they were jealous of RyZen and felt the need to have their own stupid product name.
by chuckula
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Skylake Gold & Platinum Xeons CONFIRMED

New information from a German website about a product update notification that officially confirms the new Xeon Gold & Platinum SKUs. Incidentally, you can get a PDF of this information directly from Intel's website here so this actually counts as "confirmed"! The most interesting part...
by chuckula
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 47
Views: 1319

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

derFunkenstein wrote:
Well I think episode 7 was just like Aladdin, because the bad guy does stuff and the hero saves the day, so...


OMG WHY COULDN'T YOU HAVE USED THE SPOILER TAG!
by chuckula
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 47
Views: 1319

STAR WARS TIME!

New teaser for the Last Jedi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ
by chuckula
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 2167

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

Redocbew wrote:
chuckula wrote:
I'm sure TR will be taking it for a spin


I see what you did there, and I did not see what you did there.


Until somebody read your post and it collapsed.
by chuckula
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 2167

Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

I'm sure TR will be taking it for a spin, but the Unigine Superposition benchmark has been released. These are the same guys who produce the well-known Heaven & Valley benchmark/demo programs that you've seen around the web for quite some time. From the early indications, it looks like this benc...
by chuckula
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: DX12 seems to be broken with Ryzen in a few situations
Replies: 16
Views: 491

Re: DX12 seems to be broken with Ryzen in a few situations

DX12 is probably loading up with lots of threads, which then causes it to run into the inter-CCX latency hit on Ryzen. I don't know why AMD tied the infinity fabric to memory speed, but clearly it should have been made 1) faster 2) clocked independently of the system RAM The "infinity fabric&q...
by chuckula
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Unity is Dead!
Replies: 30
Views: 1333

Re: Unity is Dead!

Where is Canonical burying Unity? I need to know the correct grave to dance on. :D That seems to be a common refrain. Maybe I should have tried to use it so I could hate it just as much as everyone else! I did use Ubuntu for a couple of years after using Debian way back when the default was still G...
by chuckula
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Unity is Dead!
Replies: 30
Views: 1333

Unity is Dead!

At first I thought it was a late April Fool's joke, but it looks like the Unity desktop from Canonical (makers of Ubuntu) is dead . Ubuntu will now focus on the Gnome desktop as the default option going forward. Full disclosure: I've been using Linux on the desktop regularly for about 17 years but I...
by chuckula
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock and AM4 ECC support
Replies: 18
Views: 907

Re: ASRock and AM4 ECC support

Looks like it has been confirmed that the ASRock X370 Taichi supports it: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/75030-ecc-memory-amds-ryzen-deep-dive.html Interesting. So the good news was that with the right tweaking they were able to ensure that the ECC memory was actually...
by chuckula
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock and AM4 ECC support
Replies: 18
Views: 907

Re: ASRock and AM4 ECC support

Looks like it has been confirmed that the ASRock X370 Taichi supports it: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/75030-ecc-memory-amds-ryzen-deep-dive.html Interesting. So the good news was that with the right tweaking they were able to ensure that the ECC memory was actually...
by chuckula
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Ryzen 1800X temperature reading - subtract 20C???
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: AMD Ryzen 1800X temperature reading - subtract 20C???

The story is that apparently the "X" series (but apparently not the R1700 non-X model) RyZen parts intentionally over-report their core temperature by 20C. This is apparently because they want to trick the fan controllers into throttling up the fans earlier or something and that's good for...
by chuckula
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AotS Ryzen patch
Replies: 22
Views: 1010

Re: AotS Ryzen patch

I'd be curious to see what the 6900K, which is not usually considered a gaming monster, could do if Intel threw money at the AotS developers to optimize its performance too.
by chuckula
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)
Replies: 12
Views: 1031

Re: Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)

Yikes. Over 100 million transistors per square millimeter. It's going to be interesting to see how Intel plans on cooling CPU hot-spots with such a dense chip. The heat transfer capability of current 14nm CPUs isn't great. They could probably improveme things significantly by grinding down the back...
by chuckula
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)
Replies: 12
Views: 1031

Re: Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)

just brew it! wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
Yikes. Over 100 million transistors per square millimeter.

Yikes indeed. The first transistors I dealt with looked like these. We're talking cubic millimeters per transistor. :lol:


I'd still take one of those any day if I need a high-power solid-state switch :-)
by chuckula
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)
Replies: 12
Views: 1031

Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)

Jeff Kampman's twitter feed has some good links to some resources in Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Day There are some videos & slide decks available there, but by far the coolest one I've seen is their presentation regarding some very specific features about Intel's 10nm process , which i...
by chuckula
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 1141

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

Yeah, so that drawing is quite certainly fake. Or more accurately, it might be plagiarized from a real motherboard diagram, but all that was done to it was to turn the "AM4" label on the socket into "AM44" while copying & pasting some extra DIMM slots. As an example of why it...
by chuckula
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: You will do elaborate power efficiency tests of Ryzen won't you
Replies: 10
Views: 1022

Re: You will do elaborate power efficiency tests of Ryzen won't you

Getting a proper accounting of the actual performance and task energy for a processor is absolutely vital to getting a real accounting of how efficient the chip is. Case in point is that many sites use Prime95 to measure power consumption and then just stop there and assume that power consumption ==...
by chuckula
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 1141

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

Now that AMD has the IPC and efficiency advantage, they are going to ruthlessly run Intel into the ground. Intel should have done the same to AMD when they had their chance. Now Skylake Gold? Yeah sure. But it's too late now. Mindshare is all on Ryzen now. Can't tell if trolling or just very very s...
by chuckula
Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: A link that will send PC enthusiasts back to 1999...
Replies: 23
Views: 1643

Re: A link that will send PC enthusiasts back to 1999...

Redocbew wrote:
Does it still really whip the llama's ass?


Unfortunately the EPA had a federal court issue an injunction against that behavior.
by chuckula
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed

[Edit 04/27/2017: A newer thread that includes more solid information directly from Intel (non-rumor info) was merged with this one, see this post for additional information.] So there is an increasingly solid set of rumors about the next generation of Skylake Xeons for workstations that is leaking ...
by chuckula
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock and AM4 ECC support
Replies: 18
Views: 907

Re: ASRock and AM4 ECC support

So basically there are affirmative statements that it doesn't work from everybody except AsRock? And AsRock is saying nothing? I'd take a wait & see approach until I see a motherboard where the manufacturer flat out says ECC *is* supported. It's pretty clear that there have been firmware headach...
by chuckula
Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Help need small signal cleaner
Replies: 11
Views: 504

Re: Help need small signal cleaner

Other wacky ideas: 1. Check for impedance mismatches between the truck's speakers and the output of the piano (impedance mismatches are almost obligatory). 2. This could be related to the other problems, but I'm assuming there's a stereo built into the truck that's also hooked to those speakers. It ...
by chuckula
Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Help need small signal cleaner
Replies: 11
Views: 504

Re: Help need small signal cleaner

I'm not the world's greatest expert at all this analog silliness, but my guess is you are encountering ground loop noise. Numerous ways to fix it, here's an article with some solutions that might be helpful and don't look crazy expensive: http://www.techhive.com/article/3063590/home-audio/how-to-get...
by chuckula
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing

Epic Rap Battles of TR history!

Tonight: Geoff vs. Jeff!!

BEGIN!
by chuckula
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance
Replies: 67
Views: 2013

Re: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance

Is the HPET even doing anything on Ryzen? I thought modern processors used an Invariant TSC instead? Both exist on modern processors and there are plusses/minuses to both. The TL;DR version is that HPET tends to be more precise at the expense of additional overhead while TSC is faster but is often ...
by chuckula
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance
Replies: 67
Views: 2013

Re: computerbase.de Revisits Ryzen Gaming Performance

OK: 1. Why didn't they turn on the "high performance" profile for the Intel processors? 2. Why is deactivating HPET... which is an important even timer that was actually originally developed by AMD in conjunction with Microsoft... so important for magical RyZen performance? If the HPET is ...
by chuckula
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 6700K temperature problems -
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: 6700K temperature problems -

I'm still going to blame Intel for designing crap chips that require these "capacitors" you speak of to be installed on motherboards in the first place!

;-)

As an aside, it's a little scary that your chip was still basically functional even with major heatsink contact issues.
by chuckula
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The benchmarks Ryzen performs poorly
Replies: 3
Views: 499

Re: The benchmarks Ryzen performs poorly

The cache hierarchy also comes into play. RyZen's caches are actually pretty fast if everything fits into the L2 [or more precisely: If a bunch fits into L2 at once *and* there is a high degree of predictability for pre-fetching additional data into the L2 during a run] (and cinebench and a bunch of...
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