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by bronek
Fri May 19, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3564

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

SuperMicro SC747TG-R1400B-SQ . Very expensive, not at all quiet. Recommended only if you have very specific needs (redundant power supply, 8 HDD hot swap, oversized motherboard)
by bronek
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 120
Views: 10239

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Just took the delivery of a new Topre Realforce (my second - one for my desk at employer's , another for home office). It is one sweet keyboard :D
by bronek
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3923
Views: 626697

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Hot black leaf tea, with some raspberry juice added
by bronek
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 120
Views: 10239

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

I'm thinking of Topre's new RGB model now that I've booked a trip for Osaka. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2MHE-rQPRA&feature=youtu.be&t=192 The switches have a firm-then-buckling smooth feel to it, like the keypads on medical diagnostic stations. Has anyone heard about their reliability...
by bronek
Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: USB thumb drives: good or bad brands?
Replies: 22
Views: 7649

Re: USB thumb drives: good or bad brands?

My pile of random thumbdrives consists of a mix of PNY, Kingston, Verbatim, Transcend, and Silicon Power. They've all been reliable. One thing that is worth mentioning: Write speeds are absolutely dismal on anything that didn't quote write speeds in its specs; if the write performance doesn't suck ...
by bronek
Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!
Replies: 60
Views: 12726

Re: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!

Just checked on the keyboard. The switches are starting to feel normal again when pressed, so I think the internal mechanisms are drying out nicely. I'm gonna give it another hour (at least) in the dryer, then we'll see if it sustained any permanent damage. @curtisb - Yup, Founders makes some reall...
by bronek
Mon May 16, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft currently testing a tool for easier clean install
Replies: 15
Views: 1304

Re: Microsoft currently testing a tool for easier clean inst

I'm more interested in how they deal with product keys and activations for a clean install. All my (personal) Win7 Pro licenses that I've upgraded to 10 either had to be upgraded first, or required the Windows 7 product key. Once the July 29th deadline comes along I very much doubt I'll be able to ...
by bronek
Mon May 16, 2016 5:04 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Accidental Windows 10 upgrades
Replies: 129
Views: 12606

Re: Accidental Windows 10 upgrades

Well, OK. I run Windows 10 and there is not much wrong with it, however I would not encourage anyone for an upgrade without two severe warnings (1. you have to fight the OS for your privacy 2. not everything will work). Also, I run Windows on a virtual machine, the hypervisor is Linux and I have acc...
by bronek
Wed May 04, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite
Replies: 40
Views: 3851

Re: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite

I wonder if the cause was cultural "hate to disappoint the superiors" and the change in question got pushed before the final testing had completed, because the superiors were expecting that the testing had already completed.
by bronek
Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:29 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: The usual laser printer question
Replies: 29
Views: 3728

Re: The usual laser printer question

I am second year happy with small Brother laser, older brother of HLL5100DN . These are good printers, and duplexing is surprisingly useful when you do not feel like buying paper very often
by bronek
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: External Soundcards
Replies: 58
Views: 4948

Re: External Soundcards

I love external DACs. Probably because I never heard good realtek before jumping onto DACs , and after this it was too late :) First I had (I still have it) Epiphany Acoustic, then Audioengine D1 and now I have SMSL M3. I also looked at more expensive DAC with support for asynchronous transmission, ...
by bronek
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 - Windows Photo Viewer
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: W10 - Windows Photo Viewer

The older Windows Photo Viewer from Windows 7 was deprecated starting with Windows 8. The replacement is the modern app "Photos" but you can re-associate the file types, and set it to default to the older Photo Viewer making it usable. How to Restore Missing Windows Photo Viewer in Window...
by bronek
Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Replacement build
Replies: 22
Views: 1640

Re: Replacement build

The i5 6600K supports the same VT-x and VT-d features as the 6700K and is quite a bit cheaper. Unless you really need hyperthreading or want the additional cache I'd save money here, personally. Could go towards more RAM or to get rid of that Velociraptor. hyperthreading is useful for virtualisatio...
by bronek
Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: REAL Ultra Tower Flagships
Replies: 37
Views: 4017

Re: REAL Ultra Tower Flagships

http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/4U/7048/SYS-7048GR-TR.cfm Is that big enough? Lol. I just bought one like it (more specifically http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/747/SC747TG-R1400-SQ.cfm ), it is not actually big (except for depth). Regular 4U rack server, turned on a side, it...
by bronek
Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fail safe method to store large media in Blu-ray disc
Replies: 5
Views: 1021

Re: Fail safe method to store large media in Blu-ray disc

jihadjoe wrote:
Wow thanks for the heads up on dvdisaster.


+1 :D
by bronek
Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: A good reaon not to use Windows 10.
Replies: 84
Views: 5951

Re: A good reaon not to use Windows 10.

A good reason not to use Windows 10. It might be a good reason to spend a bit more on Windows 10 Pro (..though there are several reasons that might be the case). May I ask why you consider the upgrade to Windows 10 Pro might be a worthy investment? here is my take: 1. home local network running on ...
by bronek
Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Faster RAM = dramatic performance improvement!
Replies: 135
Views: 22815

Re: Faster RAM = dramatic performance improvement!

It's extra cache even when it's not as fast as the others, but it still makes a difference big enough for the 65W "mainstream" chip to beat the higher-clocked successor 91W enthusiast CPU when playing games, if you look at TRs much vaunted 99th percentile scatter graph . For a little bit ...
by bronek
Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Faster RAM = dramatic performance improvement!
Replies: 135
Views: 22815

Re: Faster RAM = dramatic performance improvement!

I recall some people posting about how faster RAM speeds definitely made an impact when playing CPU-constrained games. IIRC they used BF4 multiplayer as an example, which apparently is (or was) CPU-bound with many players, and with faster RAM they got a significant performance increase. However, it...
by bronek
Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Faster RAM = dramatic performance improvement!
Replies: 135
Views: 22815

Re: Faster RAM = dramatic performance improvement!

The maths of it also add up. Taking two common speeds of DDR3 RAM (with similar price points) 1600MHz CL9 and 2400MHz CL11 you have respective latency of 5.625ns and 4.583ns. If your processor is running a 4GHz and you have the slower RAM it has to wait an extra 5 cycles when it acessess RAM when c...
by bronek
Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Light bulbs that are similar to retail store lightening
Replies: 29
Views: 2579

Re: Light bulbs that are similar to retail store lightening

I would like to use 4100K light bulbs for my room. I strongly dislike soft white (yellow) light. Philips Alto is indeed 4100K. My room size: height = 7 ft width = 8 ft length = 11 ft It is a small room. I found 4100K light bulbs in CFL version, but not in led at local retail stores. Since CFLs are ...
by bronek
Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: LED bulb search
Replies: 38
Views: 4245

Re: LED bulb search

There are several different options out on Amazon, but before I go ordering anything, I am hoping that someone has tried some and can give their feedback. --SS I tried different types when switching my home to LEDs and settled for Verbatim, like this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Verbatim-52132-9-5W-...
by bronek
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphics card for dual HTPC/Gaming use
Replies: 27
Views: 2398

Re: Graphics card for dual HTPC/Gaming use

Hi all, looking to update the HTPC to Win10. Current card is a Radeon 4670. The system is connected to a 1920x1080 HDTV and is used mainly for HDTV playback with the occasional gaming session. Any suggestions for a good value video upgrade? Thanks Dale I'd wait to see prices and specs of Radeon Fur...
by bronek
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Recommendations for an IPS 2K Monitor
Replies: 53
Views: 5451

Re: Recommendations for an IPS 2K Monitor

2560x1440 or 1600 monitors usually have the capability to display sRGB and some can display Adobe RGB. The good RGB LED backlit ones no longer exist. NEC EA304WMI-BK is 2560x1600 , 30" with GB-R LED backlight , native Adobe RGB and decent sRGB emulation. I have it. Gb-r LED backlights are amon...
by bronek
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Recommendations for an IPS 2K Monitor
Replies: 53
Views: 5451

Re: Recommendations for an IPS 2K Monitor

BlackDove wrote:
2560x1440 or 1600 monitors usually have the capability to display sRGB and some can display Adobe RGB. The good RGB LED backlit ones no longer exist.


NEC EA304WMI-BK is 2560x1600 , 30" with GB-R LED backlight , native Adobe RGB and decent sRGB emulation. I have it.
by bronek
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:08 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: anything to replace abit Fan EQ ?
Replies: 0
Views: 875

anything to replace abit Fan EQ ?

Now that abit is out of the business I've slowly started looking for a replacement to my IP35 Pro. It has this very useful hardware monitoring system with own chip and OS drivers, which allows for automatic fan speed adjustements as deemed necessary by temperature probes, with plenty of options for ...