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by Waco
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1031

Re: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!

Holy ****, my wife won! Going to attempt the swap for a 1950X on Monday when AMD releases the rules. She is my luck angel. Assuming AMD's offer is popular you have less than a 2% chance of getting that 1950X. So if you get it, please have your wife select lottery numbers for me OK?!?! It's a race o...
by Waco
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16/0 True cores 1% faster then 16/32threads. Threadripper
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: 16/0 True cores 1% faster then 16/32threads. Threadripper

If you're doing well enough that HT hurts you, you're also likely smart enough to only engage the first thread on each core. :)
by Waco
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1031

Re: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!

Holy ****, my wife won!

Going to attempt the swap for a 1950X on Monday when AMD releases the rules. She is my luck angel.
by Waco
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1156

Re: Car runs rough on idle

It's a nice tool to have for TC, but as the slowest-responding of the lot, it's rarely the best. If the engine is tuned aggressively enough it may be the only real option, but I'd still usually go for cutting timings instead. Cutting spark entirely on particular cylinders could also be good sometim...
by Waco
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

It feels as if some modifications to heat generation and accuracy happened by default. My MLaser-heavy builds went from 7/10 heat efficiency to 6/10 all on their own. They definitely nerfed ML builds a bit - something like 20% more heat generation for MLs. They detail all the weapon changes in the ...
by Waco
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM Appears in BIOS, but Not Win7-64
Replies: 29
Views: 5691

Re: RAM Appears in BIOS, but Not Win7-64

On your board the slots are color coded oddly. Slots 1 and 3 are actually the furthest 2 slots away from the CPU socket: http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-f2a85x-up4_e.pdf So I think you want the 4 GB sticks in logical slots 1 and 3, but those are not the same physically as sl...
by Waco
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1156

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Traction control can also be crudely implemented by limiting engine output without any fancy corner braking. Traction ECUs can and have been doing that on any EFI engine by simply cutting the fuel and tweaking the spark timing to compensate for the leaner mixture. Having ECU control over the thrott...
by Waco
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1156

Re: Car runs rough on idle

There's one huge added benefit that electronic throttles offer as well - non-linear throttle response based on conditions. This is particularly helpful with boosted cars where it might take a lot more throttle open to get a turbo spooled up to a particular threshold, even if the driver is only at pa...
by Waco
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

Of course this drops right after I added a few mods and started a new campaign. I guess I'll see how much it breaks it. :P
by Waco
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1156

Re: Car runs rough on idle

I have yet to drive a car with an electronic throttle that truly delivers on that (not that that sampling includes much in the way of high-performance stuff, to be fair). They've got their advantages, but the extra delay / lowered rate of change is perceptible. The ECU can set fuelling and timings ...
by Waco
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16/0 True cores 1% faster then 16/32threads. Threadripper
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: 16/0 True cores 1% faster then 16/32threads. Threadripper

The benefits of HT/SMT are totally dependent upon software scaling and the actual workload you're running. If you don't have pipeline bubbles and you're fully subscribing the various FPU/ALU/memory resources...you're not going to gain anything.
by Waco
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1156

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Why would you not do that as soon as cars had ECUs?!? Throttle response. I hear you, but the throttle response on a servo-driven throttle isn't perceptibly worse than cable driven - with the bonus that proper fueling is FAR better since the ECU can set the proper pulse widths and ignition timing as...
by Waco
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1156

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Definitely sounds like a vacuum leak if it's good under load.
by Waco
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

There are mods to fix most of the annoying things, thankfully. I bit the bullet and started a modded campaign yesterday and it's a lot better with a couple simple mods for line of sight, targeting percentages (just to show what the actual calculation is), sprint melee, and camera controls.
by Waco
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

Yeah - it's scratching that Battletech itch (and I love it! I'm in 63 hours of gameplay so far...) but some of the rules / interface decisions are just odd. I honestly don't dislike any of the mechanics, it's just how some of them are kinda hand-wavy and lie to you that bothers me (especially headsh...
by Waco
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

Yep. I had to forget all I remembered when playing tabletop to learn this. The rules are a little odd.
by Waco
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

I'm not opposed to them being rare - but if the percentage isn't 18%, don't show me 18%. Missiles, from what I understand it, are individually tracked, but only one missile per launcher can ever hit the head - so you have more chances based on both number of missiles *and* number of launchers. 4 LRM...
by Waco
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

Same. You're better off just focusing down the center torso. Headshots are basically impossible, even when it says "18%". I think that's what bugs me. 18% should be 18% should be 18%. Not some magic math that I can't see. :/ I've started just coring out mechs from behind if I don't have e...
by Waco
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

I seem to be perpetually unable to make headshots on the enemy. I hit from higher elevation, bonus accuracy weapons, called shot master/bonus, etc. It just doesn't happen. I even save-scummed when trying to get an Orion in one shot and I gave up after about 15 save reloads. WTF am I doing wrong?
by Waco
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 154
Views: 8845

Re: Battletech game coming out

You're going to roflstomp the main campaign. Enjoy it!

I'm on my second playthrough, trying to stay more to character this time (my wife created the background for my new commander). Lots of punching and melee focused builds, reckless abandon for safety, and a damn fun time.
by Waco
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 958

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Maybe I'm a bit out of date - I was under the impression the SK-X chips took significantly more voltage to get near 5 GHz even with a handful of cores over KL/CL.
by Waco
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 82
Views: 8222

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Stargate SG1 (never caught it all on TV, but it's surprisingly fun so far - on season 5)
Star Trek (pick a series - the wife and I tend to start rewatching when we run out of recent things to watch)
Westworld in on my absolutely must watch list, but haven't found the time
by Waco
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 958

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Intel will achieve its marketing 5.0Ghz Q4 2018 goal set in E3 stunt demo by making it turbo speed on the XE SKU under single and dual-threaded loads. I'm still gonna be surprised if it's that high. It takes a reasonably high amount of voltage to get those clocks stable in all workloads (and if I r...
by Waco
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 958

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Intel will achieve its marketing 5.0Ghz Q4 2018 goal set in E3 stunt demo by making it turbo speed on the XE SKU under single and dual-threaded loads. I'm still gonna be surprised if it's that high. It takes a reasonably high amount of voltage to get those clocks stable in all workloads (and if I r...
by Waco
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: USB NIC
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: USB NIC

What Chrispy said. These are commodity items now - it's pretty damn difficult to get a crappy one if it's labeled Gigabit and USB 3.0.
by Waco
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 868

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

So opening up the DVD/CD shows nothing? You could just copy them elsewhere since your command prompt can see them.
by Waco
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Oak Ridge flops 200 Quadrillion times a second
Replies: 17
Views: 736

Re: Oak Ridge flops 200 Quadrillion times a second

In any case, I would certainly hope that any system on the scale of that new ORNL deployment would be using ECC RAM... Absolutely. Even the cache lines, address lines, and GPU memory are ECC protected. Cosmic rays are really only an issue when they hit something that can't tolerate even a single bi...
by Waco
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Oak Ridge flops 200 Quadrillion times a second
Replies: 17
Views: 736

Re: Oak Ridge flops 200 Quadrillion times a second

Was wondering why Oak Ridge gets the big iron. Then I realized; less radiation induced errors that close to sea level. No, not really (I mean, yes, you're correct there's a lower incidence rate of cosmic rays, but it doesn't affect the decision). They get this system because the big ones are all pl...
by Waco
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 958

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

I'd be surprised if turbo clocks are north of 4.5 GHz.
by Waco
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel's 28-core HEDT part was overclocked - CONFIRMED
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: Intel's 28-core HEDT part was overclocked - CONFIRMED

I honestly don't understand why anyone thought differently.
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