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Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 77
Views: 1584

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

So many lecture theatres, auditoriums, conference suites and other meeting spaces still provide a D-SUB VGA cable to an 800x600 or 1024x768 projector. The problem there often isn't the front end connection, the projector or the backend equipment. It is a significant undertaking to replace the long ...
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Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 572

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

Cardboard.
by the
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1258

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Audacity is a wildly powerful program. Its noise removing algorithm is equally advanced and has saved me several times in post production with base source recordings.
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Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Z370 and older CPUs
Replies: 12
Views: 972

Re: Z370 and older CPUs

I've heard conflicting reports. The common theme of the negative ones is that it is going to be purely an artificial limitation imposed by Intel. I think the reverse is true to the extent of DDR4 mother boards. I do think that Intel is dropping DDR3 support so there would be some socket 1151 boards ...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Re: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?

Vega support on the Mac side likely won't arrive until the hardware starts shipping in the iMac Pro, expected in December. That gives them a bit of time to cook on the developer side before arrival. The real Mac Pro replacement isn't going to arrive until well into 2018. I'm just pleased that we're ...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 1672

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

Another remote possibility has struck me. There has been a rumor of Intel adopting AMD graphics. . As crazy as it would be, POP packaging would be a cheap and easy way to include both a CPU and GPU in a highend socket. The CPU side wouldn't need to be modified as there are 16 PCIe lanes not exposed ...
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 1179

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

Oh wait, so that's like 256 thread SMT, and not a 256 thread limit? Nope, Oracle has previously shipped systems with 4096 concurrent threads running. I know that when they reached that figure, they increase the number of concurrent threads to 65,536. That sounds like a lot but they have fabric that...
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Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 16
Views: 978

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

Long term I see AMD going the interposer route for their entire line up once real mass production has started. The difference between TR and Epyc is of course the IO which AMD will through in an extra IO die for Epyc. The number of CPU cores is basically limited by the size of the interposer they ca...
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Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 1945

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

Fellow T430 owner here. I never actually found a real use for my express card, though mSATA SSDs work as does an SSD in the optical bay with an adapter. For awhile, I was rocking three internal SSDs 'because I can'. I could never find out if various Express Card to PCIe adapters would work with that...
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Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2720

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

For something as large as an ecosystem as android, I'm really surprised this wasn't found sooner. You'd think that vendors/partners would be paying hand-over-fist for elite talent to try and find these things. The elite talent is already employed by the NSA already to do just that. Not sure about t...
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Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1911

Re: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!

It is entirely plausible that enthusiasts within the company convinced them to come up with a middle ground between the single-die Ryzen and the 4-die Epyc. Whether or not it was a smart business move remains to be seen, but it has certainly stirred things up in the HEDT CPU market. Really wish I h...
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Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 1672

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

Pop makes since as the CPU package is used in three different socket packages so far: LGA 2066 with some PCIe and memory channels disabled, LGA 3467 for vanilla Xeons and LGA 3467 for Xeons with Omnipath. The last option is the real driver for pop packing since the bottom package will host the Omnip...
by the
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 1672

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

The uncore may not be the same. The HCC and XCC dies have Omnipath options available. The Omnipath controller gets its own PCIe 16x link which remain on package. The number of UPI links on-die may also be different too as the LCC silicon is expected to be used only in dual socket boards where as gol...
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Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4568

Re: Stay Safe!

Katrina wasn't the last hurricane of Category 3 strength to hit the US in 2005. Rita made land fall in 2005 as a Category 3 in the US. This storm was at one point feared to hit New Orleans about a month after Katrina. Luckily it made landfall in western Louisiana, sparing New Orleans the worst. But ...
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Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4568

Re: Stay Safe!

Overall, I think they are correct that there isn't a supply side shortage. Rather the issue is a shipping logistics issue as the supply they do have available simply isn't reaching their destinations, even areas not directly hit by the hurricane. How much of the transport for gas when through that p...
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Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.
Replies: 20
Views: 964

Re: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.

It looks like there are a couple of RedNet MADI systems in those racks. I think I spy a Junger D*AP8 too. Nice stuff. Do you have any DAW machines with the Yamaha Dante accelerator card in them for editing? I've recently proposed a bunch of Dante equipment for my employer from Biamp and Shure. Nothi...
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Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4568

Re: Stay Safe!

I recently suffered through two local storms in the last 30 days that brought water into my basement. That was just with a bit over 6 inchs of rain (~165 mm for you metric folks) in a few hours for record flooding in the area. I can't fathom what five times amount would do. The only comfort I can se...
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Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 3604

Re: Eclipse on August 21

Where I live will have 99.7% totality but I'll be working in a 100% zone when it happens. I've already arranged for a flexible day so I can step out for a long lunch when it occurs.
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Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projectors - need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 615

Re: Projectors - need advice

I have a bit of experience with projectors. You mention latency as a feature you want, and well you're going to get it, lots of it. Latency is typically very high on a projector vs. LCD display due to additional scalar electronics. It can handle simple things like front/rear and table/ceiling mount ...
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 4622

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

The DAW comparison is both unique and relevant, for example, though Jeff kind of spoiled it on Twitter - Threadrippa ain't for audio workstations. Which is fine, because Avid only endorses Intel builds anyway. I like the DAW Bench tests as well. I don't think you can say that Threadripper isn't sui...
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6260

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

The surge in GPU prices has broken Microcenter: http://www.microcenter.com/product/481968/Radeon_RX_470_ARMOR_Overclocked_Dual-Fan_8GB_GDDR5_PCIe_Video_Card Buy one for $329, great. But buy 2 or more and they are only $399. Obviously, they are only willing to let you have one at the "reduced&q...
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake Not Supported by Intel’s 200-Series Motherboards?
Replies: 20
Views: 3694

Re: Coffee Lake Not Supported by Intel’s 200-Series Motherboards?

The thing is that when Intel dropped their tick-tock cadence into a three step cadence, the implication was that socket infrastructure would follow suit and be supported for three generations. Thus existing socket 1151 motherboards would support Coffee Lake/Cannon Lake with a firmware update. The ge...
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Not Live from Not New York It's Capsaicin Taped!
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Re: Not Live from Not New York It's Capsaicin Taped!

It isn't even Saturday either.
by the
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

Re: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis

The Sonnet Echo Express III looks to be using the effective link speed converted to bytes with overhead removed. It is a very odd way of doing this as that figure is far from guaranteed due to other devices on the chain and if DP is encapsulated alongside PCIe.
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!
Replies: 35
Views: 5149

Re: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!

With Four dies present and being based on pretty near the same socket as EPYC, the question then remains... could they enable 4-cores on each and have 2-dimms per core for 8 channels of memory? Perhaps in the future and enable more cores? Maybe an upgrade next year with Ryzen 2 or 7nm late in 2018?...
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 3514

Re: What's in your garden?

My garden got flooded out on 7/27 as well as pretty much the neighborhood. One tomato plant did survive and I think some of the cat nip.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve
Replies: 25
Views: 3659

Re: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve

Does this game become wonderfully broken when you cross class skills like Diablo 2 did? That was the real fun: taking a sorceress, give her elemental damage paladin auras from items, then another item to shape shift her into a were bear like a druid for the most powerful melee build in the game.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

Re: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis

That's the thing, I don't know if the card will function properly. It's a Blackmagic Decklink Quad 2. I would get the Decklink Duo 2 (with a PCIe 4x 2.0 interface) but it's legitimately one less video input than I need. I've looked on a couple manufacturers websites (Sonnet and Akitio) and Sonnet h...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

Re: Looking for thunderbolt 3 PCIe chassis

Does the card function with 4 lanes of throughput? Because that's all that's going to be available for a while yet. IIRC 8 lanes of 2.0 should effectively be the same thing as 4 lanes of 3.0 in any case. That's the thing, I don't know if the card will function properly. It's a Blackmagic Decklink Q...
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