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Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PCI-E x1 on a PCI-E x16 slot?
Replies: 15
Views: 693

Re: PCI-E x1 on a PCI-E x16 slot?

The catch with a 16x slot is that it provides more power than a 1x/4x slot. Really low end cards might be fine as well as some high end cards with a good VRM/power balancing setup that are undervolted or otherwise intentionally throttled. The challenge are the 75W edge connector only cards.
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Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: UWP is dead? Wither Surface Andromeda?
Replies: 28
Views: 1136

Re: UWP is dead? Wither Surface Andromeda?

Reminders me a bit of the Microsoft Courier project. Given that Courier predated the iPad and got many of the same things right in the design, Andormeda was probably a very forward thinking and revolutionary design which Apple will undoubtedly come out with 6 months later and be first because MS axe...
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Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: iPhones go x86.... CONFIRMED!
Replies: 4
Views: 918

Re: iPhones go x86.... CONFIRMED!

Huh, I would guess that Intel snuck in a Quark core into the baseband. Ultimately though, I think Apple will start to develop their own baseband modems. That is really the only part of the design that they completely rely on 3rd parties to engineer. (Apple has invested heavily into screen technologi...
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Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2287

Re: Fire Extinguisher PC

Liquid cooling? Be neat with liquid cooling.
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Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The promise and failure of home automation...
Replies: 18
Views: 1224

Re: The promise and failure of home automation...

What I want to do on the audio side is, well, unique. I've been playing around with a Biamp Tesira ServerIO with an AVB connection and a Mac that outputs directly to it. The unique thing is that I can actually pass high channel count audio like an ripped Atmos Blu-ray and get 16 discrete audio chan...
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Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The promise and failure of home automation...
Replies: 18
Views: 1224

Re: The promise and failure of home automation...

I have gone am crazy and started working on a full fledged Crestron system for my home. I still need to run lots of cabling but but for the basics I have a modular 16x16 matrix switcher routing some signals, including USB keyboard/mice, on hand already. They make some nice lighting controllers too b...
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Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: CPU architecture router performance
Replies: 12
Views: 1361

Re: CPU architecture router performance

The consumer side is distinctly different but there is movement there due to NBaseT (2.5 Gbit and 5 Gbit) Ethernet is starting to emerge for wireless access point while simultaneously consumer 1 Gbit internet providers are becoming less rare (though I wouldn't say common). The result is a need for n...
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Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

Hi again. Is there a good source for more information on these types of vulnerabilities? I'm trying to find out if AMD processors have the exposure and would also like to keep myself up on things as both Intel and AMD release new products in the coming months. AMD has a page listing news and update...
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Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 3086

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I currently suffer from the exact opposite problem: I go to a store with the intent of spending some money on something I want. I generally walk out empty handed. I've either gotten way too particular with my tastes or just become dull and depressed. Though in the past I did catch a sale on a Xeon P...
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Wed May 30, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 4468

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

The video is bad but the idea that ARM gets to conserve energy by having a simpler instruction decoder. Having aligned instructions of (generally) the same length make fetch and decode pretty simple. Given the complexity of modern high performance execution units, the hit from the instruction decod...
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Wed May 30, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 4468

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

The way I understand it ARM processors are decent for performing one task at a time, and to do a different task they need to be switched to do a different task in software. Not a good way to multitask. For raw horsepower, I don't think ARM will be able to beat the x86 design, based on, well, the wa...
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Tue May 29, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 4468

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

Sometimes Motley Fool is insightful, but this is not one of those times. Setting aside the conspicuous lack of any actual sources, I question the author's understanding of how the ARM ecosystem actually works. But I guess it's good flamebait or whatever. Anyway, here are my predictions: -Apple will...
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Mon May 21, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 24159

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Spectre Variant 3a and 4 are now formally disclosed: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/security-center/advisory/intel-sa-00115.html Unclear if this is the same Spectre NG that leaked earlier. I though that that disclosure was originally to be disclosed in May but was pushed by into June for pa...
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Mon May 21, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?

Gsync (rocking a 1080 so that's where I am, but I'd also be totally fine with HDMI 2.1(and thus, HDMI VRR) so long as Nvidia supports it on the 11 series as I'm likely to stick with the green team if I do get a new card) I would be surprised if any GPU supports HDMI 2.1 this year. The spec was form...
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Sun May 20, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 24159

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Well it looks like Spectre can break into SMM. This follows on the heels of another SMM attack in recent memory, coincidentally introduced in the first chips that Spectre could also be used.

Oh, and there is Spectre NG on the way too.
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Sun May 20, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?

I believe a good chunk of the sales are clearancing out last year's model as the units announced at CES are finally shipping. Case in point, I picked up four LG 27" 4K IPS displays for $250 USD a piece and they're good units thus far. With pricing like that, the older 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 144...
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Thu May 10, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A hacker is pictured
Replies: 18
Views: 2512

Re: A hacker is pictured

Real hackers know how to hack time.
by the
Mon May 07, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery
Replies: 16
Views: 2500

Re: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery

Hrm, are the 32 bit binaries using SSE at all? That could explain the big performance jump with the 64 bit version. AVX is only available in 64 bit mode but the numbers aren't aligning perfectly for that to be an explanation.
by the
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 89
Views: 11985

Re: MCU

Just got back from the new Avengers movie and if you've read the comics it was based upon, the major elements they hold true to. Granted the number of heroes in the comics doesn't have to work around the quagmire of legal rights to cinemas and thus they had to work around with what they've built bef...
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Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 14
Views: 5006

Re: IP security camera recommedations?

I have some limited experience with Axis cameras. Good quality on the camera side albeit low FPS by default. Compression is remarkably good. Supports multicasting for monitoring from multiple locations and ease of recording. Everything can be done locally, ie no cloud. In fact, the backend applicati...
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Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: DIY Theater Room
Replies: 10
Views: 2893

Re: DIY Theater Room

Looks good!

Only thing I'd recommend is grabbing a HDBaseT extender instead of the extra long HDMI cable.
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Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 13
Views: 2844

Re: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275

I've gotten a bit of time with the unit so first impressions: The stand is good but not great. Height adjustable with tilt and swivel. 4K resolution is very sharp. Currently running at 1920 x 1080 high DPI mode which means applications think I'm at full HD for scaling but text and user interface is ...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 13
Views: 2844

Re: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275

I bit the bullet on this deal and ordered three. One for me and two for my ego in case anyone was wondering. They should arrive on Monday.
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Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM
Replies: 14
Views: 2502

Re: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM

It was a bad pun. No RPM? Trouble spinning? Get it?

I'll let myself out.
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Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM
Replies: 14
Views: 2502

Re: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM

No RPM? I can't wait to see how AMD tries to spin this.
by the
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 4792

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

AMD will not be licensing their proprietary tech to NVIDIA. You guys are killing me with the whole AMD is a non-profit corporation talk. Please remember they are a for profit business. You buying a RADEON and AMD only FreeSync display is more valuable than playing nice with NVIDIA. AMD employs evil...
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Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 4792

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

Why would Nvidia care? They don't make monitors. IIRC, GSync modules are still FPGAs and they haven't moved to ASICs yet. Nvidia probably cut all R&D of GSync modules a long time ago and are just milking the exclusivity to recoup R&D costs and get as much profit as possible until GSync sale...
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Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5
Replies: 14
Views: 2026

Re: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5

That's right suckas. You thought you'd wait for Zen 2? Why do that when you can skip ahead to Zen 5! Already under development right now, thank you Jim Keller! Ice Lake just melted. Ice Lake-SP just thawed out two more memory channels for a total of 8. This pretty much confirms that Cannon Lake-SP ...
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Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 11281

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Apple did pull off the switch rather well but Apple continued to sell a model of the G5 for six months after the Mac Pros were introduced. Those that needed new systems but didn't have their software ported over could get hardware to run their legacy applications on during the transition phase. Rig...
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Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 11281

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

The A11 is an example of what Apple has accomplished to date. In a very confined market space. How many decades back must one go to find an Apple desktop chip widely regarded (a/k/a including those not infected by the RDF) as clearly superior to the x86 equivalent of the time? One does not win back...
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