Personal computing discussed

Search found 267 matches

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 9
by ptsant
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 1600

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Yeah, the bit about keeping the HSF is bizarre. Either they've got a lifetime supply of them stockpiled somewhere and don't care about getting them back, or the beancounters decided that paying return shipping for the HSF was more cost and trouble than it was worth (it's likely a pretty low-end par...
by ptsant
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11949

Re: Video card prices

In my huge collection of ancient video cards, I have only noted two points of failure: fans get stuck or break (dust in bearings is not good) and capacitors, which inevitably age, blow up. Still using an nVidia 7600GS somewhere (passively cooled) and I have given various AMD gpus to friends that are...
by ptsant
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 941

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

The CAR T-cell treatment that has been approved by the FDA against cancer (leukemia) actually consists of engineered donor cells. You take them out, manipulate them and put them back in. This avoids all types of nasty reactions. Very dangerous but also very impressive.
by ptsant
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell
Replies: 25
Views: 973

Re: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell

Try setting the fan to something low in the Radeon drivers and see what happens. Maybe it's just bad design and they are indeed very noisy. Although that would be a terrible decision on ASUS's part.
by ptsant
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper build with ECC for VMs
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Threadripper build with ECC for VMs

Thanks for the link. I am not fully convinced by the comment about the ASUS Zenith supporting ECC properly as he doesn't specify how he came to that conclusion, and I have seen many other review saying that it does not work with ECC enabled (although they could have enabled in a later BIOS). It see...
by ptsant
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper build with ECC for VMs
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Threadripper build with ECC for VMs

I have been following Zen+ECC a bit because I am tempted by the idea of going to 64GB ECC (currently running 32GB non ECC, perfectly stable). It appears that at least Asrock and ASUS have functional ECC support with ThreadRipper and relevant BIOS options. See this for example: https://www.reddit.com...
by ptsant
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 319
Views: 13622

Re: So who here is actually mining?

either everyone has all copies of all transactions or the system loses its properties. If only some entities have all records then these entities become the equivalent of "banks". If all people have some transactions then the network is no longer truly redundant. What do you mean? The num...
by ptsant
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 319
Views: 13622

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I mined some coins in 2013 and actually made a very small profit (in hard currency). Now, I could have made a lot more but I stopped a few months later, in 2014 because I realized that I was spending a lot of CO2, disk space (full node is now at 180GB) and network bandwidth for something that could ...
by ptsant
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nicehash just lost 4,736.42642789 BTC / $61,253,030.31 USD
Replies: 37
Views: 2749

Re: Nicehash just lost 4,736.42642789 BTC / $61,253,030.31 USD

HA. Riiight, they got "hacked". OR, an equally likely alternative is that someone at nicehash just carved themselves out a nice big retirement pension. Think about it. There's basically no regulation to answer to, probably nobody is going to do a proper investigation, everyone will forget...
by ptsant
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question for new build
Replies: 14
Views: 1579

Re: Power supply question for new build

CScottG wrote:
-you've got about 12 hours from this post..

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 00524&SID=


Excellent product, great offer.
by ptsant
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 2117

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Do you live somewhere that FedEx can't find? Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 have both been available from our favorite e-tailers for MSRP (or even a smidgen below) in the past couple of weeks. If there's not a similar deal running today, there's certain to be another one in the next two weeks. Sorry, I s...
by ptsant
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 2117

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Even today some servers still do. HP still has blinkenlights, and a panel that you can pull out for even more blinkenlights! Well, even many ROG motherboards have blinkenlights. Not just for show but also for diagnostics. Much more convenient than the beeping sound they made in the past (it wasn't ...
by ptsant
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 3442

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

By the way, a 458 Challenge (the "sportier" version) with 5000km costs less than a new 911GT3, so the Ferrari enters into the equation if you are not opposed to buying second hand. Actually, I counted 22 used Ferrari 458 that are on sale for less than a new GT3 in a range of 200km, so you...
by ptsant
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 3442

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

You stated that "a car with rear-engine is fundamentally wrong". You did not mention anything about price. Apparently you are not aware of the price of a 458. ... The current rear-engined 991.2 GT3 beat both the mid-engined 981 GT4 (27 seconds) and the mid-engined 458 (15 seconds). The 99...
by ptsant
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 3442

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Sorry, but a car with rear-engine is fundamentally wrong. I'd rather have a Cayman 981 GT4 (if you are into Porsche) or Ferrari 458 (no, not the latest turbo one). A 991.2 GT3 will grind a 981 GT4 to a pulp and not think twice about it. Porsche hampered the GT4 with overly tall gearing. You are com...
by ptsant
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 3442

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Sorry, but a car with rear-engine is fundamentally wrong. I'd rather have a Cayman 981 GT4 (if you are into Porsche) or Ferrari 458 (no, not the latest turbo one). Porsche's success, numerous world records and race wins beg to differ. I sort of agree with you that the engine should be in the middle...
by ptsant
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 3442

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Singer and Williams Williams Advanced Engineering unveil 500hp 964 and holy cow is it amazeballs!!! Singer Vehicle Design’s latest project, built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, has broken cover. Commissioned by Porsche enthusiast, Scott Blattner, the car is based on a 1990 964...
by ptsant
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 3442

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Cuhulin wrote:
300 mile range and 2 minute charge?

And the lights of the city dim as you pull that many amps through the charger, I think.


He also wants wireless charging. A 1 sq. km. area has been designated no-man's land for this purpose.
by ptsant
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question for new build
Replies: 14
Views: 1579

Re: Power supply question for new build

I think you should spend on a higher quality PSU. Although technically your build may work with 300W, you will strain it to the max. You may also go over the max power of a given rail, since 300W total does NOT necessarily mean 300W for the 12V MB and GPU rail. If the 6-pin (75W) PCIe connector is a...
by ptsant
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 42
Views: 4466

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

I got it at the same price too. Running a 7700K at 4.7 and Vega 64 I get over 100fps at 1440p all settings at the highest and it's a blast. It has it's own FPS counter but if you enable it it breaks the freesync counter. Go figure. Using the 17.10.3 drivers I'm curious, what is the Freesync counter...
by ptsant
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 35
Views: 3899

Re: Talk me out of it!

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBUndleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.3665661&cm_sp=&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=11877032&PID=1800524&SID= The Wednesday deal. MAN that is a cheap way to get into a "premium" Ryzen. I wanted the 1600...
by ptsant
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 6829

Re: Which cpu to get?

You can probably snatch the 1700X already at around $300 (see TRs Thursday deals) but further price decreases are likely. The 8700K is likely to be sold at a premium at launch and MBs are also probably going to be relatively expensive. Consider maybe $100 extra in total. I don't expect major problem...
by ptsant
Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 15896

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I also tend to think that monitors are an investment where as video cards are more of a commodity. I'll do a mid-range video card every *2 years or so instead of spending 3 times that (or more) on the top tier video card at that time. Better still, I've tended toward great buys around Black Friday ...
by ptsant
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 15896

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Where I live, Vega RX 64 is surprisingly very available, but at the same price as the 1080. There don't seem to be any shortages at all. The RX 56 is nowhere in sight.
by ptsant
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 15896

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Amazon has finally given me a ship date for the vega 56s i ordered... Sep 14-19. Yay. Why is Amazon of all places so slow.... Please share your impression of the Vega 56, especially in the "power saver" profile. If you are not afraid to undervolt, that would also be very interesting. RX58...
by ptsant
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 15896

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Hello. Since the initial discussion concerned the prowess of Vega 56 as a mining card and the corresponding effect on prices, I would add that recent efforts with appropriate tuning seem to put Vega at a similar or higher perf/W than the best RX 580/480 cards out there. It hits ~44MH/s, which is the...
by ptsant
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 10825

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

...either by powersaving on the 56 or overclocking the 1070) probably narrows the power difference even further. If you're going to hand tweak your cards, though, it would seem to make sense to either lower the voltage on the 1070 (for similar performance) or overclock the 1070 for another 10+% per...
by ptsant
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 10825

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

Vega has unfortunately been tested with the "balanced" (lol) profile. Simply putting it on "powersave" massively reduces power consumption with only a few percent performance loss. In my book, the Vega 56 is practically equivalent to the 1070 in power/perf with much better compu...
by ptsant
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 10825

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

It's a failure to me because it's so power hungry.. When I very first read 1070-151 Watts Vega 56-237 Watts,was very disappointed,50% more power for same result. Recently read this- https://www.techspot.com/review/1476-amd-radeon-vega-64/page12.html When comparing stock Vega 56 to a aftermarket OC ...
by ptsant
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 10825

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

I pulled together average reported frame rates from several sites (including TR) for how the Vega64 and Vega 56 compare against the GTX1080 and GTX1070 at 1440. I'm not sure why the general feeling I get from the interwebs is that Vega failed. Was Vega supposed to beat the GTX1080Ti? No. Does it us...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 9