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by Waco
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

They've been getting ready to launch the M8 for quite a while now. It's not a response to Epyc, it's more of a bid to keep their server/database division afloat. Yup. You don't design and release a new processor architecture in a few months. They've been working on this for years . I think the firs...
by Waco
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

TL;DR version: If you want an Epyc server, buy one. Don't pretend that the cut-down Threadripper platform is magically designed to be equivalent to an Epyc platform, because it clearly isn't. I never claimed otherwise. I claimed that enabling two dies on an interposer that already has inter-die con...
by Waco
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

They've been getting ready to launch the M8 for quite a while now. It's not a response to Epyc, it's more of a bid to keep their server/database division afloat.
by Waco
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

The funny part about it is all the breathless speculation that AMD can suddenly wave a wand and turn Threadripper into a 32 core product when it's actually substantially more difficult for AMD to pull off that feat from a technology perspective than it would be for Intel to simply take a 28-core Xe...
by Waco
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

It does bring back the hope of a 32 core HEDT chip. :) I see no technical reason why they couldn't do that, but you still wouldn't be able to run more than quad-channel RAM. Wouldn't Epyc make more sense if you want more capability than Threadripper provides? Absolutely, but many folks won't run a ...
by Waco
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer

I imagine that beast is far better at belting out musical notes than it is playing the nasty infrasonic square waves in modern movies.
by Waco
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

It does bring back the hope of a 32 core HEDT chip. :)
by Waco
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2032

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

I should just go buy a cabin in the woods.
by Waco
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

My drives arrived this morning and was able to power up one of them on my lunch hour. Unfortunately, it looks like that particular drive may not be a WD Red. The model number reported by S.M.A.R.T. is WDC WD80EFAX-68LHPN0. From what I have read, the Reds should have a WD80EFZX prefix. I'll power on...
by Waco
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 61
Views: 2674

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Sigh. I hate everything about this idiotic system. The idiots running it give me as much confidence in their ability to judge my credit worthiness as they do in their ability to secure their systems: none.
by Waco
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

That's a great deal for an 8 TB drive, well under the usual market cost. They're standard PMR drives, I also heard they were WD Reds.
by Waco
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1327

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

Every time the "pagefile is evil" thing comes up it makes me want to stuff them in an fMRI machine and scan their brain. I have a feeling the patterns of a pagefile evangelist and a conspiracy theorist would have a lot of overlap. I prefer to think of it as Gnerd Gnositicism. You know -- ...
by Waco
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1327

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

Absolutely not for multiple reasons. I have a very good and thorough understanding of how its works and all the rare implications it has through no fault of mine. :( The only safe way to use storage backed memory is when it is the primary source of memory. You obviously haven't faced the true horri...
by Waco
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1327

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

Absolutely not for multiple reasons. I have a very good and thorough understanding of how its works and all the rare implications it has through no fault of mine. :( The only safe way to use storage backed memory is when it is the primary source of memory. You obviously haven't faced the true horri...
by Waco
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1327

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

blahsaysblah wrote:
You have 16GB RAM, turn off pagefile

The other suggestions are fine, but disabling the pagefile is a mistake.
by Waco
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The meaning of "poorly optimized"
Replies: 36
Views: 3663

Re: The meaning of "poorly optimized"

I almost always hear "poorly optimized" from people evangelizing a particular platform that happens to run a particular engine poorly. It's rarely an educated and informed opinion.
by Waco
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!
Replies: 60
Views: 11468

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

I had a similar experience with my Rosewill Apollo last weekend...a beer exploded upon popping the tab and soaked both my keyboard and my monitor. The keyboard took the brunt of it but a short disassemble and clean later, it lived. I <3 MX browns, though, so the lack of obnoxious clickiness doesn't ...
by Waco
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 28
Views: 1570

Re: About Silicon Lottery

You can run your CPU at throttling temps day in and day out at 100% load for years...it's not going to die. Well, yeah. My Sandy Bridge has been doing just that for the last 6 years. The difference, is that the IHS is sealed on tighter, and my Sandy Bridge uses solder, not the cheap TIM they switch...
by Waco
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming

Maybe I'm old school, but I prefer to leave source switching to the TV and backfeed the audio via optical or ARC. Keeping up with input switching in receivers in the past 2 decades is expensive and only likely to accelerate in the future.
by Waco
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 28
Views: 1570

Re: About Silicon Lottery

You can run your CPU at throttling temps day in and day out at 100% load for years...it's not going to die.
by Waco
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming

It depends on the TV set whether it will interpolate for you or not. 1080p generally works pretty well on most 4K sets without too much hassle, 720p is similar since they're both integer divisions of the full resolution (1/2 and 1/3, respectively). The slight blurring that it may do for interpolatio...
by Waco
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 1627

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

Go ahead and avoid more of those HGST factory helium 8TB reds inside a usb case for $160 just for the irrational reason of being covered by the label of 1 of 2 manufacturers left. WD only does this on 2.5" drives, though. Call me irrational if you want. :lol: Meanwhile those who do their resea...
by Waco
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 1627

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

I've only seen WD drives like this. I avoid them, now, purely because of this BS.
by Waco
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54788

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

An air compressor with a good impact wrench works magic on bolts like that. Done are my days with 6 foot levers and lots of weight only to break tools and/or snap bolts.

PB Blaster + impact wrench == unstuck bolt. :)
by Waco
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7534

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

AMD can price it where they like, I have no problem with that. What I have a problem with, is claiming it's a $499 card and generating reviews with price-performance charts based on that claim, while making retailers pay over $499 for it so they cannot sell it for $499. Do we actually know that AMD...
by Waco
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 28
Views: 1570

Re: About Silicon Lottery

I've only ever heard good things about them.
by Waco
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 1270

Re: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card

If all you need is 4K output, any card with HDMI 2.0 will work just fine. If you are't doing anything that requires 4:4:4 chroma sampling (design work or anything with 1-pixel wide red/green/blue lines) you can get away with many decent 4K TV sets. I run a Samsung set that I can't remember the model...
by Waco
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7534

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

So I guess all the good ones went to the reviewers? I'm going to go with buyer's remorse and a large helping of hyperbole, myself. Hawkwind is primarily active at Rage3d forums. You can read his "journey" with Vega in this thread: http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=34045172 His ...
by Waco
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7534

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Pville_Piper wrote:
So I guess all the good ones went to the reviewers?

I'm going to go with buyer's remorse and a large helping of hyperbole, myself.
by Waco
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1747

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

And passcodes. Heh. 1) look at the door frame 2) area code/zip code 3) 123. 321. 1234. 4321. :P I'll freely admit I missed a few key points in your original post. :) However, passcodes are per badge affairs at all the sites I'm aware of, at least. IIRC Y-12 used chain-link fence. Other sites tend t...
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