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by setaG_lliB
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 968

Re: Sidegrading C2D

Like I said, 3DMark01 is single-threaded. The Pentium M @ 2.72GHz is a single-core CPU and it's still beating the pants off that 4GHz Pentium D.
by setaG_lliB
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 968

Re: Sidegrading C2D

I used to do a ton of 3DMark2001 benchmarking back in the day. It's a great single-threaded CPU test, and yeah...Core 2 is well over twice as fast as Netburst clock-for-clock. Here's a Core 2 Quad Q6700 overclocked to 4GHz with a GTX 680: https://i.imgur.com/NaT1BVp.png And here's a Pentium D 935, a...
by setaG_lliB
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Laservision!
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Laservision!

I previously owned a CLD-D701. It was prone to needing the rubber drive belts replaced fairly frequently. My current LD player is the DVL-700. Yep, I've had belt and tray issues with my previous LD players. From what I've read, the red lasers used in combination DVD/LD players do a better job of re...
by setaG_lliB
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Laservision!
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Laservision!

https://i.imgur.com/6xaAQOD.png Honey, I blew up the DVD! I picked up this Pioneer CLD-D701 laserdisc player and 7 laserdiscs for $50 CAD at a garage sale last weekend. The player and discs are all in pristine condition. The lovely amber VFD is still very bright and evenly lit. Even better, the pla...
by setaG_lliB
Mon May 27, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 103
Views: 4931

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

That 65w 3700x looks delicious. That might be the CPU going into my next build. I'm still on Ivy Bridge, itching for an upgrade, and Intel keeps not delivering Ice Lake desktop CPUs.
by setaG_lliB
Wed May 08, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2624

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

I’ve always had a morbid curiosity to try to coax the most modern OS possible into running on a dual-processor Pentium Pro 200 setup with maxed out RAM and some sort of fanagled SSD, and then see how it does. Right after Win7 launched, I was able to get it running on a P2-300 w/ 512MB of RAM. Didn'...
by setaG_lliB
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 6179

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

Ran the test on some of mine. I only ran the multi-threaded benchmark, as ST was taking too much time on the older machines. Core 2 Duo T5600 - Merom 2C/2T - SSSE3 1.83GHz, 3GB dual channel DDR2-667, Win7 Score: 187 Core 2 Duo E8600 - Wolfdale 2C/2T - SSE4.1 3.33GHz, 8GB dual channel DDR3-1333, Win7...
by setaG_lliB
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 6179

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

I wonder how my old but carefully tuned x79/Ivy-E system would do. It's a 4930K at 4.6GHz with quad-channel DDR3-2400 CL10 memory. I'd especially like to know how single-threaded performance stacks up against Ryzen at say, 4GHz. But it only seems to be available through the Windows store? Guess I wo...
by setaG_lliB
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 63
Views: 16621

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!

As I've finally started backing up my small but growing UHD BD collection to the file server, I've been able to do some high bit rate 4K HEVC testing. Some notes on testing: -I packaged the audio and video streams into an MKV file. No re-encoding was done. -Playback was through MPC-HC 1.7.13 x64 -Th...
by setaG_lliB
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)

I'll open it up and take a look at the caps today. It's a little disheartening that Marantz is using cheap caps and/or not cooling their products adequately. This thing runs much hotter than my Sony and Denon (I know Denon and Marantz are built in the same factory, but the Denon at least has a coupl...
by setaG_lliB
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)

So I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the speaker while the receiver was on and didn't hear anything unusual. However I noticed something interesting. When the receiver is connected to a silent source, the loud bang doesn't occur immediately. The amplifier relay will close, but the left speaker ...
by setaG_lliB
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)

The last two weeks have been cold, around -20 to -35C. The furnace is getting quite a workout and just sucking the moisture out of the air. Humidity is sitting at 20%, and I'm getting zapped by every metal object I touch. Last week, my five year old Marantz receiver started sending a loud POP to the...
by setaG_lliB
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: New (for me) Apple iMac
Replies: 30
Views: 1758

Re: New (for me) Apple iMac

You could turn it into a stylish Windows or Linux machine. I have an early 2006 iMac (32-bit Yonah processor), which only supports up to macOS 10.6. However, it runs Windows 7 and even 10 just fine. And though I haven't tried it, I'm pretty sure it would also be able to run the latest version of Ubu...
by setaG_lliB
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 63
Views: 16621

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!

I think it's Google trying to force the market away from patented stuff. All very nice in theory, but not when in practice it hurts end users. Don't hurt me! What is love? I think it's bitrate that's really important. Those old procs will be a lot less happy when given a 50Mbps file (basically UHD ...
by setaG_lliB
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 63
Views: 16621

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!

I don't think it's hurting too many users, when even a 12 year old E8600 can handle 1080p/60 or 1440p/30 without GPU acceleration. Anyone using a processor older than Core 2 probably isn't too concerned about 4K streaming anyway. :P
by setaG_lliB
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 63
Views: 16621

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!

Did you turn off GPU decoding completely in MPC? Most stuff I use hits the NVEncoder on my GTX 1080 these days. also, I tried going through some of my stuff to find an HEVC file real fast, god Windows Explorer sucks. Yeah, and I even slotted in my old GTX 970 to make sure that no hardware decode wa...
by setaG_lliB
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 63
Views: 16621

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!

I started testing software HEVC decode performance on a few of these processors. So far, I've only tested the playback of a 10-bit 1080p/24 HEVC encoded file, but will eventually add 720p, 1080p/60, 2160p/24, and 2160p/60. The results are quite interesting, and it looks like SSE4 really helps out. A...
by setaG_lliB
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1386
Views: 120402

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I replaced the blown line filter capacitor in my IIe's power supply today. Fortunately, it didn't kill the motherboard when it let the magic smoke out!
She lives!
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by setaG_lliB
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 68
Views: 6615

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

You’re clearly hitting a CPU bottleneck there. I wouldn’t want anything slower than Sandy Bridge for gaming these days. I believe that even Core 2 is faster per clock cycle than that A10 in lightly threaded workloads. Not helping is the fact that AMD video drivers tend to hit the CPU a little harder...
by setaG_lliB
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 4075

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

From a fellow guy that was stuck with that dilemma some time ago (also had an E8400), I will give you a fourth option you weren't expecting. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/LGA775-slot-Xeon-E5450-3-0GHz-12M-1333-CPU-close-to-Core-2-Quad-Q9650-CPU/2041514744.html Replace your processor with this and...
by setaG_lliB
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 1060 No Display
Replies: 26
Views: 2699

Re: GTX 1060 No Display

I have a spare GT 640 that won't work in newer machines running in pure UEFI mode. That GPU only works when CSM/Legacy mode is enabled. If your board is currently running in legacy BIOS compatibility mode, it might not POST with a newer, possibly UEFI-only graphics card. Try this: boot the system wi...
by setaG_lliB
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC
Replies: 7
Views: 1704

Re: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC

Netflix, through the Win10 App or Edge, can stream in 4K, but for some bizarre reason it requires 3GB of VRAM in order to do so. The GTX 1050 in my HTPC is limited to 1080p because it only has 2GB. :x
by setaG_lliB
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 4735

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

Got it installed today! I went with a Mitsubishi triple-head system that can also do heat. Would've preferred a pure AC unit, but out of the models my dealer carried, only the single-head system was available in a cooling-only config. I probably won't use the heat function at all, since gas is so ch...
by setaG_lliB
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: I built a memory bench
Replies: 12
Views: 3189

Re: I built a memory bench

An ancient laptop, just because. Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz, 667MHz FSB, 2MB L2) 4GB of DDR2-667 (CL5), some of which is shared with the IGP Win7 x64, SSE2 WS/thread MB/s Mops/s ns ------------------------------------- 1048576kB: 197 524288kB: 196 262144kB: 161 131072kB: 4265 40 133 65536kB: 3879 59 ...
by setaG_lliB
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 4735

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

Just got the weekly e-mail from the utility. If their numbers are right (and how would I disprove?), running both outlets of a 30K BTU Mitsu split for a week of 95F/70F temps (at 65F/68F thermostat settings) cost me all of an extra $13, and that's at $0.1484/kWh. I knew they were efficient, but day...
by setaG_lliB
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 3808

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

As long as you can get the Matrox past that whole BIOS emulation thang your motherboard's gonna subject it to, it should display the Win10 desktop just fine--special effects and all. Unlike in Win7 and earlier, Win10 forces desktop composition. On systems without compatible video drivers, it does th...
by setaG_lliB
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 4735

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

The problem is, not only is the single-speed motor in the furnace unsuitable for AC, but apparently the ductwork would have to be resized as well. All of this seems overkill for 1.5 - 2 months of hot weather. Natural gas is fairly cheap where I am, so I'm not too concerned about replacing it yet. a ...
by setaG_lliB
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 4735

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

Thanks for all the info! I guess that settles it, a mini split is the way to go. A few of the units I looked at were heat pumps, though that feature would be of limited use up here. Winters are long and like to dip below -35C. Is there any particular brand I should be looking at? So far I've seen un...
by setaG_lliB
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 4735

Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

I'd like to finally add air conditioning to my house. I'm interested in cooling only the main level (around 1200 sq ft), as the basement manages to stay fairly cool even on the warmest summer days. I've also been told that my ~45 year old furnace isn't ideal for air conditioning. For these reasons (...
by setaG_lliB
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 5378

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

Remember when everything started using the P5 instruction set and wouldn't run without a Pentium? Games, video drivers, audio/video/photo editing software, Windows XP... Looks like SSE2 is that next big instruction set. I don't recall many applications that required SSE, MMX or even the base P6 inst...
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