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by Waco
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 238
Views: 14433

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

I do have to say the TR bot on Facebook is doing the site no favors. I've seen at least a few people post that they're tired of seeing old articles. If people are posting that, then there are likely many more unfollowing due to it.
by Waco
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up
Replies: 16
Views: 1392

Re: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up

Goty wrote:
Didn't Zen or Zen+ report some crazy numbers in the CPU-Z benchmark too?

IIRC there was something weird about caching that artificially inflated the scores?
by Waco
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?
Replies: 19
Views: 594

Re: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?

just brew it! wrote:
Emphasis on "stored properly", and IMO the jury is still out on helium drives...

Agreed that helium drives are an unknown for long-term use.
by Waco
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?
Replies: 19
Views: 594

Re: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?

I wouldn't expect NOS that's been stored properly to act different than a brand new drive. I still have systems at work getting NOS replacements of drives that were last made almost 8 years ago (yes, very old systems).
by Waco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?
Replies: 19
Views: 594

Re: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?

I've got no experience with those sellers but in general I've had great luck on eBay and Amazon for refurb drives. If they make it the first month after a few days of burning in they tend to last quite a while. Assuming you are protecting your data well, the cost savings can be pretty epic.
by Waco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up
Replies: 16
Views: 1392

Re: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up

That Sunny Cove number is either very wrong or misreporting the clocks. Intel would be bragging like crazy if they'd managed 40% better than Skylake.

Zen2 is looking great though!
by Waco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 31
Views: 685

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

Nope. I just rip a copy and encode myself. Most of my discs have been read twice at most. :P
by Waco
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 87
Views: 3569

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

Geekbench smackdown : :o There's a lot of salt to be taken with that...but daaaaaaamn. The test don't stress memory bandwidth and I suspect AVX performance isn't that big of a factor. 9980XE will come-on op when memory bandwidth is king and applications that do take full advantage of AVX512. And? W...
by Waco
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 87
Views: 3569

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Geekbench smackdown:
Ravenlord wrote:
AMD's upcoming $750 Ryzen 9 3950X (16C, 32T) shown beating Intel's $2,000 i9-9980XE (18C, 36T)...

:o There's a lot of salt to be taken with that...but daaaaaaamn.
by Waco
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much VRAM for a casual gamer?
Replies: 10
Views: 642

Re: How much VRAM for a casual gamer?

If you tend to keep GPUs for a long time, more VRAM will last longer. The price delta is usually pretty minimal.
by Waco
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 172
Views: 17898

Re: Battletech game coming out

I'm waiting on the RogueTech upgrade before I jump on Urban Warfare. Sounds like HBS dropped a lot of little things that would have made it better (like light mechs fitting where big assault mechs would not). I'm hoping RT can fix a bit of that, but even if not, I'm addicted to the huge increase in ...
by Waco
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

Eh. Fix it with software. The drive to push down cost by the cloud vendors is going to keep pushing reliability downward whether we like it or not (for spinning and rolling rust).

It's why ZFS exists as it does today.
by Waco
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up
Replies: 16
Views: 1392

Re: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up

You're likely never going to see 5.5 GHz chips going forward. There's no real drive to produce them, and efficiency tanks at high clocks/volts. I'd bet more on spending of transistors to make newer chips at 4 GHz play like an older chip at 5/6/7/8 GHz. This is already true if you look back a few yea...
by Waco
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 87
Views: 3569

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

It's a standard metric in Car and Driver's auto reviews. It's the easiest "at a glance" metric to determine how fast something likely is, so that's why I generally jump to it. People rave about Hellcats and 700 horsepower but never talk about the fact that those tanks weigh 4400+ pounds. ...
by Waco
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 87
Views: 3569

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

Love it. No response from Intel to the 12 core and AMD decides to drop the 16 core anyway.

The jab makes me smile.
by Waco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up
Replies: 16
Views: 1392

Re: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up

Not gonna lie, I thought it was a chuckula thread too.
by Waco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

They're shredded. Power draw for sealed drives is identical. Heat output is also the same, they just require 30% more CFM for the same drive temperature thanks to thinner air.

We have trouble with shoddy enclosures and power supplies not rated to run in thinner air all the time.
by Waco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

I know Seagate drives are cheaper a lot of the time, especially the consumer stuff, but I honest to goodness don't know why some many people buy them that are seemingly educated about much of the issues they've had in the past. I buy an awful lot of them for home (and work) and haven't lost any dat...
by Waco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up
Replies: 16
Views: 1392

Re: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up

Ha, that's a nice way to poke a little fun at Intel by AMD. "Oh, you know that awesome desktop CPU that is going to hurt your top-end sales? We have a better one too." I knew it was coming due to the architecture but I didn't expect it would launch in a bit of a vacuum like this. Excellent...
by Waco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

It's very complicated firmware, to say the least.
by Waco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

It's possible. I know there were at least 2 revisions of the hardware and the firmware had many many revisions. I've even got "beta" firmware on my production drives because it behaves the least wonky.
by Waco
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

EDIT: https://skinflint.co.uk/seagate-barracuda-compute-4tb-st4000dm004-a1627258.html That page marks the line as SMR, and additionally has the DMZ04 as a new model of the same line. I'd say SMR for sure unless there's evidence to the contrary. So the rumors of consumer SMR drives being discontinue...
by Waco
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

IIRC those are from the period when BB was paying people to buy externals, shuck them, and ship them to BB. That seems like a terrible idea to get any kind of consistency in the data. I suppose any drives abused enough to be damaged would be weeded out rather quickly though. Well they needed drives...
by Waco
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

Topinio wrote:
Hmm, that 4TB 5900 Seagate desktop drive looks iffy, glad the enterprise ones are doing okay though; wish they were the quality of the pre-WD HGST drives though :(

IIRC those are from the period when BB was paying people to buy externals, shuck them, and ship them to BB.
by Waco
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 7771

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

@Waco - Any idea whether the ST4000DMZ04 is just a re-badge/re-spin of the ST4000DM004 SMR drive? Specs appear to be identical. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D9C7SQH Unless they're pulling new tricks, every non-pro Barracuda Compute is SMR from what I've seen so far. I'll reach out to see if...
by Waco
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 4787

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

For large storage hardware RAID arrays are a mixed bag. The performance is generally worse than a good ZFS configuration *and* they aren't as good at keeping your bits intact. For a few TB with some speed, there's no reason not to go SSD these days. Small HDDs are absurdly expensive per bit. In shor...
by Waco
Thu May 30, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 2033

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

I think in the OP's case, it's because they want to use the Plex DVR capabilities. FreeNAS supports a Plex jail/plugin out of the box, but I don't know that it supports the TV tuner that the OP wants to run. I've been using FreeNAS as a storage server for years now, but still stick to a separate HT...
by Waco
Thu May 30, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 87
Views: 3569

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

I think the better analogy (if there is one) would be horsepower per pound of weight. Not that it's a great analogy, but it's similar.

500 HP with 4000 pounds is 8 pounds per HP. You can achieve similar performance with 250 HP if your car weighs 2000 pounds, 1000 HP and 8000 pounds, etc.
by Waco
Tue May 28, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 87
Views: 3569

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

techguy wrote:
What makes you say that Epyc 2 32-core will have "simplified NUMA" compared to Epyc 1? It's the same number of chiplets and CCXs.

It's one NUMA domain versus 4. Same number of chiplets (for the 32 core version), but all memory/IO will be through the central IO hub.
by Waco
Tue May 28, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 87
Views: 3569

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

Don't forget double the IO throughput (128 lanes of PCIe4) on Rome as well as a single domain for them instead of 4 per socket. Easier to extract the performance that's possible for sure.
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