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by Kougar
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AotS Ryzen patch
Replies: 22
Views: 990

Re: AotS Ryzen patch

Lostcat, couldn't agree more. This game always makes me chuckle when it pops up in these discussions, as I feel like more reviewers and benchmarkers own it than actual players. This patch tells us little about how Ryzen will perform across a wider population of games; AotS could just be poorly-optim...
by Kougar
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: how to put on/remove standoffs on Corsair 400r
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: how to put on/remove standoffs on Corsair 400r

5mm hex socket screwdriver such as http://www.gearbest.com/other-tools/pp_315750.html?wid=21 I will warn you not all computers use 5mm hex nut standoffs (4-6 is the range I've seen) but 5mm seems to have become the default for enthusiast cases.Second caveat is that you can very easily over-torque th...
by Kougar
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sparks flying
Replies: 17
Views: 685

Re: Sparks flying

He didn't do something like use the old modem power connector on the new modem did he? If for some reason the voltages didn't match I could see that frying stuff..
by Kougar
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 119
Views: 5153

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

titan wrote:
Also, the keys are not as loud as I was led to believe.


I thought the same about my MX Brown key keyboard when I first got it. The test will be what do you think of it in six months and after your fingers adjust to the MX Blue keys. :)
by Kougar
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Only 2 ports in the Storm.
Replies: 11
Views: 705

Re: Only 2 ports in the Storm.

Glad you got it working :) Those read & write performance numbers look fine to me. It doesn't surprise me to hear the shipped manual differs. The UEFI and CD driver versions are already outdated the day the motherboards ship, so it makes sense the manual revision wouldn't be any better either. G...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

I don't think that does confirm it. You run Memtest86 long enough on anything and you will get errors. RAM can of course fail in different ways, but if it were bad enough to cause the crashing I was seeing I would expect to see a lot of errors, and to see them often. I think the errors that Memtest...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Monoprice experience?
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Monoprice experience?

I can't speak regarding recent orders but had good service in the past on large orders. This week I went to a Goodwill to buy some PC power cables and HDMI/displayport cabling. $3 for a power cable, $7 for HDMI and displayport cables from a Goodwill store? I was appalled. Monoprice was much cheaper ...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 31
Views: 1566

Re: RAM prices

RAM prices have been predicted to rise in 2017 since as early as last fall when prices leveled off and began to rise. http://www.dramexchange.com/WeeklyResearch/Post/2/4546.html Best case you can expect prices to level off, worst case they are going to creep a bit higher. https://www.techpowerup.com...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock and AM4 ECC support
Replies: 18
Views: 875

Re: ASRock and AM4 ECC support

I forgot which, some other vendor was beginning to mention limited ECC support. AMD has confirmed Ryzen supports it, that's not the issue. I'm pretty sure it will get enabled at some point, but right now it looks like AM4 boards have too many other higher priority UEFI issues to resolve before they ...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Only 2 ports in the Storm.
Replies: 11
Views: 705

Re: Only 2 ports in the Storm.

Thanks for the reply. I understand what your saying and agree, however I found (and probably should have said) that if I plug the EVO into the onboard M.2 slot the board will not go into M.2 mode and will not recognize the drive. It stays in sata express mode. The manual is confusing and I even und...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?
Replies: 15
Views: 959

Re: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?

Just keep in mind the stock situation. EVGA has not even decided on specs or pricing for the custom-cooler models. The FE model has been out of stock and will remain out of stock for another month at this rate, and it may be a month before non FE models begin to even appear on their store. I'm perso...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: UPS or Powewall like energy storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 701

Re: UPS or Powewall like energy storage?

Pretty cool, hadn't heard of CAES before. Hmm. Shoving 1,000 PSI air into an underground hole. There will be failures, and they will be spectacular. It's not really a new concept though... the oil and gas industry uses underground storage for natural gas in old wells all the time. And there's that c...
by Kougar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

TwistedKestrel wrote:
FWIW, Memtest86 has since had a couple of single bit errors, but IDK if that's actually the RAM or what. I'm not done with letting it run yet, will see when I have more data


There ya go, bad RAM or bad RAM settings. That Prime95 also had rounding errors pretty much confirms it.
by Kougar
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: UPS or Powewall like energy storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 701

Re: UPS or Powewall like energy storage?

Unless you live in Hawaii I don't think solar will be reliable enough to take your house off the grid. You would need a massive amount of panels just to get close to break even, then throw in inclement weather, your location, latitude, and the changing angle of the sun throughout the year (drops eff...
by Kougar
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Hello everyone I am glad to be here
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Hello everyone I am glad to be here

Welcome to the forums young Gerbil. :)
by Kougar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 6263

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

You'd think being able to update a BIOS/UEFI without bricking the board would be a solved problem these days. ASUS was advertising a dedicated USB flashing ability that was supposed to work even when the board was bricked or hardware was not installed. It was offered on multiple generations and bot...
by Kougar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 39
Views: 2179

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

As for Intel retiring the Core architecture (technically per Intel, Nehalem is technically the first Core microarchitecture part) I don't think it will happen. Not the way we think about it regularly. Conroe was the official "Core" architecture from the engineering standpoint. When Nehale...
by Kougar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Infinitely failing to POST
Replies: 13
Views: 708

Re: Infinitely failing to POST

I do still run several days of Folding@home as a burn-in test for new builds, but that's to test my CPU thermal solution (for both effectiveness and noise level under load); I don't think it particularly stresses the RAM. Prime95 is better for thermal testing, especially when it kicks on AVX runs. ...
by Kougar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 39
Views: 2179

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

The other factor in releasing a new architecture is that it takes a long time to validate. Ryzen just hit the market but the ground work for it started in 2012. If Intel were to start today, it'd be ~2021 before it'd see the light of day. Intel is large enough to have a second architecture in devel...
by Kougar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Kudoz for TR's SSD Endurance Experiment
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Kudoz for TR's SSD Endurance Experiment

Pretty cool indeed!

3d NAND and TLC NAND both are lowering overall write endurance, so modern drives are going to be much different. The Intel 600p's 144TB rating is a far cry from the 700TB rating of an Intel 335 for example, and the Intel 335 was the first to go in Tech Report's endurance test.
by Kougar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Infinitely failing to POST
Replies: 13
Views: 708

Re: Infinitely failing to POST

DIMMs that made it past Memtest86 would generally cause system freezes or BSODs under SiSoft Sandra. Quick question, would you consider SiSoft Sandra better than Prime95 blend runs for that purpose? I have the same SOP except with Prime95 Blend runs as those work faster than Memtest at finding RAM-...
by Kougar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My pc building nightmare
Replies: 28
Views: 2278

Re: My pc building nightmare

Redocbew wrote:
Empty mechanical pencils are good for that also.


Yeah, I still have mine from school as well. What size though, as I know they come in 7mm, 5mm, and I think 9mm? I'm would guess 5mm won't fit?
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 2160

Re: Where do you bank?

Yes, but you did say you had issues with their minimum requirement to avoid a fee. Neither my regional bank nor Ally has that either.
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Softbank to sell 25% of ARM to Mabudala?
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: Softbank to sell 25% of ARM to Mabudala?

Now that would be funny as hell... AMD goes fabless, and ARM buys their own fab (or rather, a fab goes and buys ARM). They could do a lot of interesting vertical integration and efficiency tricks with their designs if they wanted to go that route in the future.
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 2160

Re: Where do you bank?

JBI, you really need to find a new bank. There are banks that allow free checking accounts without a minimum or even direct deposit required. I picked a Texas regional bank for that reason including 7-day banking. The service is crap (2 poor saps manning two indoor counters + 3 drive-thru's for exam...
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 6263

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

Saw this very interesting editorial on LegitReviews. One anonymous board partner lighting AMD up like a Christmas tree. http://www.legitreviews.com/one-motherboard-maker-explains-why-amd-am4-boards-are-missing_192470 In late December, AMD decided to pull in the launch date (it was scheduled to laun...
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 39
Views: 2179

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

The OP's question is a good one. I've been wondering when Intel will make a large change to its uArch design. "Core" was the original architecture behind Conroe right up until Nehalem, which gave us the second performance inflection point by adding the IMC's to the processor. It's been a l...
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug
Replies: 87
Views: 3906

Re: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug

Nice. I guess they really did launch too early, but maybe they had good reason for it. I don't know. They did if what I've read about the motherboard OEMs is true. The lack of supply is because they hadn't begun ramping up, and so no ships with boards were in transit yet. All the launch day motherb...
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: CPU Clock Boost to max without load
Replies: 5
Views: 1284

Re: CPU Clock Boost to max without load

Sounds like you still have normal Speedstep/EIST enabled. It frequently will boost a single core under light workloads, so you should use a monitoring program that can monitor all four core clocks independently such as http://www.cpuid.com/downloads/hwmonito ... r_1.30.exe
by Kougar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hold Out for Ryzen 5?
Replies: 26
Views: 1993

Re: Hold Out for Ryzen 5?

Well, waiting for Ryzen 5 will at least give time for motherboards to get back in stock. The way things are looking it may take several weeks for motherboard stock to build unless they go crazy flying in lots more. Only one currently at Newegg is a Biostar X370. Traditionally, i3's are around the $1...
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