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by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 235
Views: 3416

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

The model Y is based on the 3. And it isn't currently in production nor is it clear when it's even going to be released (something something EOY 2020). Let's not get ahead of ourselves. f you read disclosures, many of the nay sayers are short on TSLA. And if you read Musk or his Muskites, you can s...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 235
Views: 3416

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

If I were Tesla, I'd just change my production volumes to the more profitable vehicle. Truck > Model 3 Sunk cost. There is $10 Billion spent on Model 3 factories. And none of that tooling would work on a Truck design.[/quote] I've read quite the opposite. The Semi was specifically designed to use M...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 235
Views: 3416

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

If I were Tesla, I'd just change my production volumes to the more profitable vehicle. Truck > Model 3
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 235
Views: 3416

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

The hope for Tesla comes with the truck. If they get that out the door in the next two years and can produce them in Model 3 quantities they'll be juuuuuust fine. Americans love trucks. It's a huge market. Tesla is mostly eating a small market's lunch (luxury cars). The truck market, though, is huge...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:49 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!

drfish wrote:
I prefer to think of it as a ragtag team fighting against the odds and holding out until reinforcements arrive.

Not to be pessimistic, but I'm feeling a little HL3 vibe lately. Any idea when the cavalry may arrive?
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Space Heater PC Mod
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: Space Heater PC Mod

Mr Bill wrote:
Pentium IV running Pi benchmark. :D Somebody had to say it.

That's exactly where my mind went. Though a more modern one would be a ThreadRipper and Vega VII.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 4972

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

I'm happy to help. It's even more of an excuse for everyone to bring the kids and have a good time!
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 4972

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

just brew it! wrote:
Damn, I'd better start digging through the crawlspace for stuff for the swap-O-rama.

I'm hunting for Plex server gear this year. If anyone has a modern-ish core processor, or a really cheap Ryzen (so I can afford a transcoding GPU), I'm in.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cooler For 9900
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Cooler For 9900

Just say no to AIO. Noctua is as good at a lower price. The only reason I would suggest AIO over Noctua or another large, quality HSF is if you need to move the box regularly. A large HSF needs to be taken off to prevent damage if you nice the box because it's a lot of mass just hanging there off t...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cooler For 9900
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Cooler For 9900

Just say no to AIO. Noctua is as good at a lower price. The only reason I would suggest AIO over Noctua or another large, quality HSF is if you need to move the box regularly. A large HSF needs to be taken off to prevent damage if you nice the box because it's a lot of mass just hanging there off th...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 34
Views: 1654

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

There were two issues with CF/SLI
1) RAM didn't pool
2) bandwidth

In theory it's possible both are addressable with IF. I believe NVLink does this, but, in typical NVidia fashion, the consumer cards are crippled/not designed (I think its the later in this case) as the super high-end stuff.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 34
Views: 1654

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Krogoth wrote:
Infinity fabric seems to suggest that AMD RTG might go back to CF on a stick as a Radeon VII replacement for the high-end gaming market.

Like the Mac Pro config? What GPU was in that? They specifically said Infinity fabric on their announcement.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 34
Views: 1654

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

I'd like to see more about ray tracing. Microsoft said Project Scarlet will do ray tracing. So when does that come if not now? Does it support it in hardware or is there another architecture/tweak to this coming?
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 31, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 2033

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

FreeNAS is awesome. I love it. That said, I'm going to be going to Ubuntu soon for my next Plex server. Ubuntu does ZFS and it's a lot easier to configure Plex for transcoding.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 31, 2019 8:56 am
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!

I'd like to see USB drives and SD cards. USB drives are super common for moving files. SD cards are used a lot in fruit SBC's as the OS drive. If I had to choose one I'd do the SD cards.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 24, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 2072

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

Same problem. My 7950 holds up just fine in the old/easy games that I play... when/if I play them.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 22, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1589

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

I just had a thought. What if you did a VM with pass through?
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 22, 2019 1:32 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 - Official Thread

I think it would have made for an interesting piece, but not by me. I don't have the eyes for that kind of thing, just like I don't have the ears for sound card or headphone testing. If I had the hardware I'd give it a go. But I don't have a Ryzen G model, modern Intel GPU (still on Haswell), or an...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 22, 2019 12:28 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 - Official Thread

Aww, my Plex GPU transcode quality showdown didn't make the cut :(

I would be careful with the potato cannon from a legal liability standpoint. Some people are sue happy.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat May 18, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1589

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

Every time I've had an ISO to put on a card over you used RuFS.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 17, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7 more speculative execution attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: 7 more speculative execution attacks

Additional monitoring gets you better time to response and time to detection. That's what a fence or a lock does. It doesn't stop anyone. You just need a big enough fence or lock to slow them down enough to be able to see them and get to them before they get in. SIEM is spendy, but not as bad as the...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 17, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7 more speculative execution attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: 7 more speculative execution attacks

To be clear, we don't run patches that protect against local exploits on our *servers*. I spend far too much time characterizing and proving to the security folks how every CVE doesn't need to be fixed for non-user systems. The client nodes are the ones we have to patch since users do directly run ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 17, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7 more speculative execution attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: 7 more speculative execution attacks

I'm shocked they forced you to patch anyways. If a system can't have code run by users then it's really not a big deal. I'd patch user workstations before I patch servers simply because computers run unauthenticated external code in the form of JavaScript. The one place I'd say it's REALLY needed i...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 16, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7 more speculative execution attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: 7 more speculative execution attacks

Yet another reason to dedicate time to documenting why this doesn't affect certain types of servers. We don't run Spectre/Meltdown patches because of the dramatic impact even on the storage server side of the house. The hit on client nodes is not negligible, but we're forced to enable the mitigatio...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue May 14, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU
Replies: 42
Views: 3504

Re: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU

Thank you for doing that. I'm surprised that QSV was better than NVENC with the same quality. That really helps narrow down my Plex build options.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon May 13, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU
Replies: 42
Views: 3504

Re: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU

Are those files you can share for us to take a look? I'm most interested in 10-bit HVEC for future proofing purposes. It's possible that Handbrake was keeping the quality consistent based on the settings. If so, what's the bit rate of each file? Also, which GPU do you have? Apparently there is quite...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 10, 2019 9:43 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 - Official Thread

I had another idea. Newer custom loops are offering aluminum versions. What's the performance difference, if any, going cheaper on the custom loop? If you had the hardware you could only test a new radiator to keep the budget.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 10, 2019 1:58 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 - Official Thread

I'd love to see a real TR optane review/ Is it really all that and more or just a gimmick you won't see much real world improvement from? Jeff did a regular Optane review with graphs and everything two years ago. I think that for round 2, unusual uses and endurance testing would be more valuable. J...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 09, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Enterprise Server help
Replies: 17
Views: 1393

Re: Enterprise Server help

If you are worried about availability the VMware and vmotion are where it's at. Snap backups to the San. If it dies the use a snsp to restore. It's awesome. You can maintain availability much better as a VM.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 08, 2019 11:48 am
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 - Official Thread

Plex hardware transcoding using Windows 10. How does Intel QSV compare to NVENC in quality, bitrate, encoder, HDR, .etc. Also, can a 100$ APU do hardware transcode? It's not officially supported but should use WMF for it. EDIT: also, how many streams can you do?
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