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by Krogoth
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Happy Father's Day Weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 373

Re: Happy Father's Day Weekend

Your kids won 100+ internets. :D
by Krogoth
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 951

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Skylake-X overclocks just as well as any of the mature 14nm silicon from Intel. The only difference is that Skylake-X has more cores to content with so you are more likely to get a core that doesn't want to dance. Obviously they scale up more quickly up the thermal and power consumption wall. That's...
by Krogoth
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 951

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Intel will achieve its marketing 5.0Ghz Q4 2018 goal set in E3 stunt demo by making it turbo speed on the XE SKU under single and dual-threaded loads. I'm still gonna be surprised if it's that high. It takes a reasonably high amount of voltage to get those clocks stable in all workloads (and if I r...
by Krogoth
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 951

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

I'd be surprised if turbo clocks are north of 4.5 GHz. For single and dual-threaded loads Skylake-X can easily handle 4.5Ghz+ and it will ensure that chips will beat Threadripper 2 at low-threaded applications. Ryzen+ has difficulty reaching 4.5Ghz without significant overvolting and I expect the s...
by Krogoth
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 951

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

I highly doubt that Intel is going attempt to cram a Skylake-X XCC die in a Socket 2066 package. It is cheaper and easier for them to rebrand Xeon Platnium/Gold "rejects" and let motherboard vendors deal with hassle of making customer-tier LGA3647 boards. It is essentially what AMD does wi...
by Krogoth
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 951

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

I'd be surprised if it boots successfully! Krogoth said: Here is what I suspect it will end-up being based what we already know about Purely platform. While the demo system used was a Purley motherboard I wouldn't be surprised if the commercial product ends up on the LGA-2011 platform. The same chi...
by Krogoth
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 951

i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

I'm sure everyone in the the enthusiast community knows about Intel's ham-fisted tech demo stunt. The real gist of the stunt is that Intel is going to be releasing customer-tier Skylake XCC SKUs in Q4 2018-Q1 2019. This also means that Intel is going to be launching another HEDT chipset platform sup...
by Krogoth
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 627

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

bthylafh wrote:
Organic molecules on the surface. Their origin is uncertain.


Most likely from some abiotic process/phenomenon.
by Krogoth
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28322

Re: Video card prices

Holy cow, performance GPU prices are reaching close to MSRP at last. :o

It has been crazy for the last six months.
by Krogoth
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 627

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

They probably found strong evidence of liquid water in an aquifer.
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....
Replies: 33
Views: 3236

Re: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....

It looks like a hoax, smells like one and tastes awfully fake.

It is probably some silly prank done by bored ground crew and pilots. Krogoth
by Krogoth
Fri May 25, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1193

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M

Just curious, can you gleam the serial number on that unit? :wink:
by Krogoth
Mon May 07, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 13983

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

I must have a good sample of Vega 64.

It purrs along at ~1650Mhz/1000Mhz HBM with 950-1050vm core and 1000 vm memory while consuming around 200-250W. The GPU never goes above 75C with ran running at ~3000RPM.
by Krogoth
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 3827

Re: Warning about Newegg

It is only a matter of time before state governments in the USA start cracking down to people who don't report taxes from online commerce. They only start caring because the revenue from sales taxes in B&Ms started to dry up. I suspect that Newegg got a nice audit scare which why they are much m...
by Krogoth
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 19509

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Looks like Intel will not be patching Bloomfield, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown, Jasper Forest, Penryn, Wolfdale and Yorkfield https://www.itnews.com.au/news/intel-wont-patch-spectre-flaw-in-some-older-chips-488176 https://newsroom.intel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/04/microcode-update-...
by Krogoth
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 980ti dead
Replies: 9
Views: 1790

Re: GTX 980ti dead

VRMs probably gave out. The GPU is factory-overclocked SKU so that's not totally unexpected after a few years of heavy use. I doubt it is oily stuff because the card would be failed much sooner if the was able to soak into the PCB and cause a short. Don't worry though, it looks like crypto-mining ma...
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 3847

Re: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

Technically, You don't have to throw away the hardware. You have to flash the firmware to a clean slate, but manufacturer/vendors for the hardware in question only have the tools for that. Even if you have proper tools, Unless you are a hardware engineer than it is more trouble than it is worth. RMA...
by Krogoth
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 2341

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

Doesn't help that birth rates are falling like a rock all over the globe. Excellent. Birth rates aren't dropping in the developing world. They are still going strong but that discussion will end-up going into R&P territory. Toy R Us is just another victim of major B&M chains losing out to e...
by Krogoth
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 7706

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

This is Nvidia's long-term bid in trying to keep gaming discrete cards relevant for the masses. iGPUs are beginning to eat away at "mid-range" discrete gaming market. It just a matter of time before discrete gaming cards become as niche as flightsticks, VR headsets, gaming steering wheels ...
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 44
Views: 4105

Re: Space Thread

Speaking of the Kennedy Space Center, one feature of the place that surprised me (but perhaps should not have) was all the alligators in the ditches around the site. KSP sits on the second largest natural preservation in Florida. It no surprise that you should find a number assortment of flora and ...
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Hot Swap - Win 10
Replies: 13
Views: 1148

Re: Hot Swap - Win 10

Just make sure that SATA controller through BIOS/UEFI has hot-swapping enabled on the port in question.
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 5376

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

X-Wing is very picky with conventional and EMS memory allocation like most "high-end" DOS games of that era. You typically have to create and use a "special" boot disk that loads up the bare minimal to provide just enough memory to keep the game happy. DOSBOX in its current form ...
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 44
Views: 4105

Re: Space Thread

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Tesla_in_space_could_carry_bacteria_from_Earth_999.html And now NASA's Planetary Protection Office (satellite sterilizers) is complaining about possible bacterial contamination launched along with Starman. Did they check the orbit? It is an non-issue. Any stowaway ...
by Krogoth
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 5376

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

FLASHBACKS!!! Obligatory: Yes, but what about the performance hit from the Meltdown/Spectre patches!?!?! Jokes aside, I don't think there's any patches for that platform and for OS that can still run on it. Spectre/Meltdown are the least of your concerns if you intend on looking that system up to t...
by Krogoth
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 11971

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

hmmm https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/14/windows-10-ultimate-performance-mode/ I saw this. I would not expect any real performance gains from it though. It's not like it's going to OC your CPU and GPU for you or something. It's just gonna turn all power saving stuff off, set min processor state to ...
by Krogoth
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 47
Views: 16532

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

You should repair it, you can blow out an amp like that IME. I managed to cut off the bad section and spice the stock cabling but ordinary electrical tape is only so good at combating impedance and cross-talk. There's noticeable static in the output on that channel but it is much better than before...
by Krogoth
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 47
Views: 16532

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

I got a first generation set of Z-5500s (had RCAs connectors instead of the more standard pin/spade connectors found in later Z-5500s) that are almost thirteen years old that mostly work. A few years ago the RCA cable for the left rear speaker got frayed in an accident and that channel barely works....
by Krogoth
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]
Replies: 6
Views: 1056

Re: Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]

So now the first season is over, what did everyone make of it? I thought it was pretty uneven, but overall I liked it. It started off with lots of characters making terrible decisions, but in light of the overall season they were obviously going for an arc of redemption for Burnham. I also thought ...
by Krogoth
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 11971

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Windows 10 is just another evolution of the Longhorn family. It will eventually phase out Windows 7 as soon as its extended support gets sunsetted.

The default UI is slightly annoying to those who were used to Vista/7 paradigm, but majority of users can easily adapt to it.