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by ptsant
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question for new build
Replies: 14
Views: 419

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: 1653

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: 1653

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: 1755

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: 1755

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: 1755

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: 1755

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: 1755

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: 1755

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: 419

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: 27
Views: 2144

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: 34
Views: 2116

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: 4382

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: 11719

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: 11719

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: 11719

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: 11719

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: 7380

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: 7380

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: 7380

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: 7380

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...
by ptsant
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Miscellaneous Ryzen thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 4006

Re: Miscellaneous Ryzen thoughts

New stuff: R7 1700 stock-clocked, ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac, 16 GB of RAM (still being dialled in but 2666CL16 / 2800CL18 or thereabouts). 3066 1.22V tCL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC-cmdrate = 16-16-16-36-54-2T (GDM off) tCWL = 14, tRTP = 11, tWR = 22, tRRD_S = 8, tRRD_L = 10, tFAW = 42 tWTR_S = 6, tWTR_L = ...
by ptsant
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: 64Gigs Ram, 8x8 or 4x16? Threadripper
Replies: 5
Views: 4145

Re: 64Gigs Ram, 8x8 or 4x16? Threadripper

RAM prices will inevitably go down from their current (high) levels and it will probably be much more attractive to upgrade to 128GB in the not-so-distant future. In that case, you should get 4x16 GB. Performance will probably be a bit better with 8x8 GB, since 16GB dimms are very likely to be dual ...
by ptsant
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 6158

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

Ok, so I have a weird problem and I thought maybe a bunch of tech guys might be able to help me here... Since the announcement of the new Guild Wars 2 expansion I've been trying to get back into the game. I haven't played in a few years and not since upgrading my hardware significantly and the rele...
by ptsant
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 4040

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

"High end" has always required a non-trivial cash outlay. What's different today is that more of the cost of a high-end gaming rig is in the GPU, as opposed to other system components. I don't think overall system cost has changed much in roughly 2 decades. I would also add the peripheral...
by ptsant
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 4040

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Now I'm and now wondering with the outrageous prices of GPUs now if that will end up killing off or doing some major damage to PC gaming? I mean I would I would be pissed off if I couldn't play new games at 2560x1600 considering how much I paid for my display or if I would have to pay an arm and le...
by ptsant
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 17
Views: 1660

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

Anything that's memory latency or bandwidth bound that doesn't fit in GPU memory. In my line of work, that's basically all of the problems we run (physics simulations). They tend to sweep all of memory evenly, and we buy machines for memory capacity and bandwidth, for the most part. The cache hiera...
by ptsant
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 17
Views: 1660

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

Anything that's memory latency or bandwidth bound that doesn't fit in GPU memory. In my line of work, that's basically all of the problems we run (physics simulations). They tend to sweep all of memory evenly, and we buy machines for memory capacity and bandwidth, for the most part. The cache hiera...
by ptsant
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 17
Views: 1660

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

Waco wrote:
I'm no fan of GPUs for doing HPC work (they're pretty terrible for certain workloads), but yes, the PCIe layout is extremely attractive for many other reasons. :)


What are the workloads that don't execute well on GPUs? I imagine those with lots of loops and conditionals?
by ptsant
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 6299

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Proof of Work is a highly inefficient way of doing things. The energy cost is simply unacceptable. Given that, fundamentally, people invest electricity (ie $) to generate work, we should simply adopt proof of stake and use $ without wasting energy in the intermediate step of calculating useless cryp...
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