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by Waco
Wed May 16, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

...use the reclaimed desk space for something far more useful than a monitor stand. ahem.... More people should use desk mounts for monitor(s). They're so nice for freeing up desk space, especially when you start getting into >1 monitor. This. Mounting my monitor to the desk/wall was the best decis...
by Waco
Mon May 14, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

I run a 40" 4K for the best of both worlds. :P I've had a 40"+ monitor for over a decade now - I don't think I could go back if I tried. Once you get used to the size it's just so much easier on the eyes for long coding or gaming sessions.
by Waco
Mon May 14, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Battletech game coming out

I am enjoying using the Highlander 'Mech. It seems like the mission where you get this 'Mech, there was a bug. The story mission made me play through 2 fights and I could not save in the middle. It made for a late Saturday night. I have one LRM mech (currently a Thunderbolt with LRM-15 and LRM-20)....
by Waco
Fri May 11, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen stable now?
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: Ryzen stable now?

They've always been pretty stable especially if sticking to common parts (like you are).
by Waco
Fri May 11, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 50
Views: 3017

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

I like my current sound card because it has an optical out, which makes connection to my receiver easy. But, I think I can still pull it off since I'm pretty sure my monitor has an optical out, too. I'm just not sure which would sound better, the board sound or the Radeon. Anyone ever tried both? I...
by Waco
Thu May 10, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 50
Views: 3017

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

One thing that surprised me that I did not previously know is that Radeons also have sound hardware, too. Is it any good? I've not heard much about it. I'm guessing it's comparable to on-board audio? Someone please correct me if i'm wrong, but I thought Graphic card audio, was basically just a pass...
by Waco
Wed May 09, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery

6700K @ 4.4 GHz, DDR4-2400
ST: 516.8
MT: 2588.4
by Waco
Wed May 09, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 50
Views: 3017

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Try your onboard sound. If the popping stops, you have your culprit. If you have to, remove the sound card entirely to bs absolutely sure you're isolating its influence. This, stop trying anything else and remove the sound card from the equation first. Onboard audio is a lot better than it used to ...
by Waco
Wed May 09, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Battletech game coming out

I just did one mission (I have 3 75ton Orions and 1 90ton Hunchback) where there were 2 Shrek PPC vehicles, 2 75ton Orions and 3 Assault Mech's. I died so I reloaded and there were 2 PPC vehicles, 1 Orion and 4 65ton Mech's this time. I cleaned that up. The randomness certainly adds to the challeng...
by Waco
Tue May 08, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Battletech game coming out

I have had some good results using "Precision Strike". In the beginning I was ignoring how morale abilities worked. *FAIL* That, and the evasion system. I've learned it well over the course of playing but the tutorial is sorely lacking in explaining UI elements. Sniping off legs is incred...
by Waco
Mon May 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1242

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

I ended up getting a Best Buy easystore 8TB for $149 (which oddly enough had a WD Red inside), and it's almost entirely quiet. There IS a seeking sound every 5 seconds or so, but you have to really be paying attention, and it's only audible outside the case anyway. New problem now... these 8TB seem...
by Waco
Fri May 04, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Battletech game coming out

The speed of your mech is governed by the initial speed of that model and then by how many jump jets you have mounted. More jump jets = more speed, even on the ground. Wait...what? That's annoying. I don't recall that being in the ruleset I used to play by at least, but my memory is fuzzed by 20 ye...
by Waco
Fri May 04, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: The case of the invisible networked computers
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Re: The case of the invisible networked computers

I have no input other than to thank you for indexing your list correctly. :)
by Waco
Thu May 03, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 95774

Re: What are you playing right now?

Battletech and Far Cry 5 depending on whether I have buddies on who want to murder us some peggies.
by Waco
Thu May 03, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Battletech game coming out

I'm somewhat annoyed by the hardpoints for various weapons, but it does make sense given the timeframe the game takes place in. I hope they add an expansion or something moving forward that adds back Omnitech mechs. The limitations do require you to be a bit more careful with how you build out your ...
by Waco
Wed May 02, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1242

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

What's interesting is there doesn't seem to be a reliable plus low powered/noise drive, at least at 8TB. All of the HGST's for example are 7200RPM, and WD Red and others are a combination of noisy and somewhat unreliable... at least from what I've read from reviews. The one type of drive that's got...
by Waco
Wed May 02, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Battletech game coming out

derFunkenstein wrote:
I just rage-quit because my dropship came to pick me up after a contract, landed on all 3 of my mechs, and totally destroyed them. All 3 pilots are injured for 110 days. What a stupid bug. :lol:

Not a bug - there's a big red exclusion zone you shouldn't put your Mechs into...
by Waco
Wed May 02, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Battletech game coming out

I'm hooked. The campaign is far more entertaining than I expected and the combat is exactly the mix of "this is going grea....OH ****" that I hoped for. :)
by Waco
Tue May 01, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed
Replies: 12
Views: 520

Re: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed

Well, he says 150-170 at the start and 150 at the end, so I'm assuming there was some slowdown. Sure, but HDDs (especially small modern ones) don't have crazy short-stroked designs. If I were a betting man I'd say it's the enclosure, and the drive is capable of a lot more (like 200+) on the outside...
by Waco
Tue May 01, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed
Replies: 12
Views: 520

Re: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed

I came here to say 'short-stroked' too. Even in a 50% short-stroke design, he'd see more falloff on the inner tracks. It's likely the controller in the enclosure that's rate-limiting him. A quick random access test (the one that sweeps the LBAs in HDTune) will prove this out both in the increase in...
by Waco
Tue May 01, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed
Replies: 12
Views: 520

Re: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed

Ah, I wonder if you're interface limited in the external enclosure - that would certainly cover this type of behavior. It wouldn't be the first time the enclosure itself was limited to some speed that was significantly lower than the drive itself was capable of. Does the random-access test in HDTune...
by Waco
Tue May 01, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed
Replies: 12
Views: 520

Re: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed

Modern HDDs can run at upwards of 250 MB/s depending on the model, so the increase in speed isn't terribly unsurprising. I'd be surprised if the speeds really didn't fall off over the breadth of the platter, though, since that's just a fundamental design limitation. Can you run something like HDTune...
by Waco
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?
Replies: 23
Views: 2986

Re: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?

Wish I did not because I would love to try that 32 inch CHG70. If it was 4K I would buy it in a heartbeat! It actually does 4K over HDMI...they don't acknowledge the functionality anywhere. I assume there's a reason, but hell if I know what. Are you sure that's 4K at a reasonable refresh rate? I've...
by Waco
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices
Replies: 11
Views: 1142

Re: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices

This should be interesting. We'll all get a few bucks and the lawyers will get millions. :P
by Waco
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5454

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

chuckula wrote:
And he's totally NOT talking about simulating detonations of nukes here folks.
Just putting it out there that's NOT what we're dealing with.

:wink:
by Waco
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5454

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

Something tells me you probably take the lead in precision timing requirements 'round here. Not me personally, but there are many very interested in precision timing of particular things within throwing range. :P Realistically, the standard clock sources on anything modern are far more precise (and...
by Waco
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5454

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
So, would accurate emulation of a chip or piece of hardware be an time in which one would need to use such a timer?

Depends on how accurate you need the timing to be.
by Waco
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6365

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

It certainly doesn't sound like seeking noise to me. Any drive that sounds remotely like that has always been on its deathbed in my experience.
by Waco
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6365

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

Any chance you could take a video of it with decent audio? Perhaps you've just got a really crappy driver/handler at your local shipping depot?

Clicking is *not normal* if you're describing the clicking I think we all think you're describing.
by Waco
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 14
Views: 3672

Re: IP security camera recommedations?

I run iSpy locally on my HTPC. I tried a few others and eventually settled on it even though the interface is pretty garbage. It lets you set variable triggers based on area on image, variable framerate/quality for recording based on triggers, etc. It's probably not ideal for you though since it's W...
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