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by The Egg
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3397

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

My reference 970 example is my HTPC which is running a 3770K at stock speeds. That thing is as smooth as silk when gaming, hence why I raised the point in the first place. His 2500K was running at 4.2 which isn't exactly a large overclock but it's a 27% clock gain and more than enough to make IPC o...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

My less stable and less smooth main home system is Asus ROG Strix X370-F + Ryzen 5 1600 @ Auto The "@ Auto" explains any problems you're having. The very first thing I do upon booting a new system is to turn off any automatic BIOS overclocking crap. I'd rather not have my voltages and RAM...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3397

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

Just this week I've had the experience of upgrading someone who was gaming on a 2500K. I found them a used GTX 970, doubled their RAM to 16GB and threw an SSD in there that I had lying around. Don't get me wrong; They were thrilled with the upgrade from mechanical storage and their GTX 460, but I k...
by The Egg
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC
Replies: 14
Views: 496

Re: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC

Took it to computer shop to have it cleaned of any malware, added in new 8GB RAM, I'd like to think that a decent shop would NOT install 8gb of ram into a system running a 32-bit operating system. Oh... I missed that! Yeah that's an issue too. Not only did the OP buy a 10 year old PC with an EOL OS...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

That said, with each version upgrade Microsoft has been systematically removing the real gems in the UI like the right-click-on-the-Start-button shortcut to Programs and Features, which forces you to wade through the corresponding useless Metro App version to get to the more powerful Control Panel ...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4560

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

It's a bit obnoxious to initially set up, especially if you're using mutiple accounts. You will need to go through each area of the "Settings" with a fine-tooth comb, and disable almost everything, some of which can be buried under several layers, or require an arcane set of clicks to acce...
by The Egg
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

See above. The userbase is still growing at a healthy rate, otherwise video card availability and pricing would've returned to normal already! I disagree. When cards are $1400, the userbase is not growing. The only people buying those cards are already hardcore miners. And you're basing this claim ...
by The Egg
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

If ASICs were allowed back into the fray, they'd probably come in at lower prices than a couple $1400 cards, and allow the userbase to grow again See above. The userbase is still growing at a healthy rate, otherwise video card availability and pricing would've returned to normal already! I disagree...
by The Egg
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

I know. And now that "widely available consumer hardware" is no longer widely available, and prices are in the stratosphere, meaning the average person can no longer participate on an even footing. It's no different than if they were using ASICs, except for the unintended side-effect of d...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

The Egg, it's well beyond that point now. There are 1494 cryptocurrencies already. They utilize a range of different hashes and I assume the vast majority were created by different people and/or groups. Ethereum is the latest favorite coin behind the craze, but there are others. Understood, but I i...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

The whole point of making it ASIC-resistant was to level the playing field by making it possible for people with widely available consumer hardware to participate on an even footing, instead of letting the ASIC miners have a near-monopoly. The use of consumer GPUs is a feature, not a bug! I know. A...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

I'll pretty much guarantee you that they are already aware of the effects they are having on the GPU industry, and don't care. As far as they are concerned, it is someone else's problem. My response would be that they all "cared" enough to go out of their way to make the algorithm ASIC-re...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

You guys will have to excuse some of my ignorance and lack of knowledge here, but I have a couple of questions, and then a proposition. First... ⋅ Which specific cryptocurrencies are causing the run on GPUs? ⋅ Of those currencies, who controls or has the ability to make changes t...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing XP these days.
Replies: 21
Views: 632

Re: Installing XP these days.

Probably, but I'd rather run anything of the DirectX9 era on XP for the nostalgia factor, and I can have one box for all my old titles. Nostalgia for XP? Alot has changed with hardware during that time, but I wouldn't think the general overall user experience has changed enough to generate much nos...
by The Egg
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

The Egg wrote:
There will be a new moon at 8:17PM CT tonight.......perhaps if we all go outside and frantically perform Double Dream Hands, the downward trend will turn into a full meltdown.

Arstechnica: Cryptocurrency Bloodbath Continues



Coincidence? :wink:
by The Egg
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A good many northerners who mock southerners for their lack of snow expertise would promptly put their own car in a ditch if they tried to drive on the type of road conditions that result when a couple inches of snow falls right at freezing point in, say, Atlanta. For sure. Those types of rapid col...
by The Egg
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

Concupiscence wrote:
Maybe there's a light at the end of this tunnel after all.

Excellent news. There will be a new moon at 8:17PM CT tonight.......perhaps if we all go outside and frantically perform Double Dream Hands, the downward trend will turn into a full meltdown. It certainly can't hurt to try.
by The Egg
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 25
Views: 1001

Re: SATA Card Blues

All I can add to the discussion is that BIOS 1001 for the P5N-D is 4 revisions old (click "show all"), so maybe give the latest one a shot and see what happens. There are often additional changes made which aren't mentioned in the notes.
by The Egg
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?

Just making an educated guess with no real info, I would say no earlier than Ice Lake, and that’s only if they got to work immediately back when the issue was discovered in mid-17. Ice Lake should be released late-2018 to early-2019........unless they DIDN’T get to work immediately, and the chip is ...
by The Egg
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

I'm gonna do a special voodoo shaman dance under the New Moon on tuesday night, calling for the horrific crash of all cryptocurrencies. For those needing a decent card for actual gaming, I would go to Evga's B-stock page and set it to notify you for all of the decent cards. Most are still going for ...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 2466

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

It's actually significantly worse right now than the chart shows All I know is I paid roughly $500 CDN for 4GB of memory back in 2006. I just bought a 32GB memory kit for $575 CDN. The world is not ending due to the current state of memory prices. Gotcha. The world is not ending for you, End User, ...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 2466

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Memory Prices (1957-2017) Interesting chart. For some reason, paying $120 for 16MB in the mid-90's stands out in my mind, which falls in line with sometime in late 1996 and sounds about right. Upon closer inspection, that was actually an unprecedented year --- from 01/96 to 03/97 prices dropped by ...
by The Egg
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6248

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Is the shortage just on the 6 Plus, or multiple models? I have a 6s Plus, but I'd be fine waiting a couple months if it were less hassle.
by The Egg
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I would venture to guess it may be due to the staff. I mean... they work at a Dunkin Donuts... you're bound to have more bad days than good, when it comes to outlook and quality of life... I getcha, but at this point it should be so ingrained in muscle-memory that they can do it within 1% tolerance...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2502
Views: 85699

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I know I've complained about it before, but I still don't understand how Dunkin coffee can be decent one time, and then complete garbage the next. Same people, same equipment, same beans, same everything --- during peak hours (so it's not sitting). I just don't get it. I rarely drink the stuff now, ...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)
Replies: 34
Views: 2336

Re: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)

I have a 120gb 840EVO in my main rig acting as a cache drive (swapfile, browser cache, windows temp, photoshop scratch, etc) to save wear from garbage writes on my main SSD. I think it’s only at something like 1.5TB of writes in that role after several years, but it gets to stay powered almost 24/7,...
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

You can't blame GPU makers, and you can't blame the average Joe trying to make extra money with his card. All anger/frustration should be directed at the cryptocurrency creators who artificially and intentionally force the use of GPUs.
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11861

Re: Video card prices

...this is still news? At this point, those frustrated by the pricing situation should lay blame on the GPU manufacturers for poor supply. Whatever one thinks of cryptocurrency, it is obviously not going away so I don't see the situation much differently than that of DRAM. Relatively fixed supply p...
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6248

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

It's lousy that they refused to provide service, but again, not terribly surprising. If there's any sort of implied warranty on any portion of the device after they service it, it's likely easier to just refuse service rather than accept any amount of liability. I suspect every other electronics man...
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3611
Views: 532773

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

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