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by Krogoth
Fri May 25, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)
Replies: 9
Views: 161

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: 13119

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: 3509

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: 18146

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: 8
Views: 1571

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: 3475

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: 2239

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: 7175

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: 43
Views: 3656

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: 1077

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: 4906

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: 43
Views: 3656

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: 4906

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: 10641

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: 16170

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: 16170

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: 1018

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: 10641

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.
by Krogoth
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 3527

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

Saw Australia on the live feed. :D
by Krogoth
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25325

Re: Video card prices

I see what you did there. ;)
by Krogoth
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25325

Re: Video card prices

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/now-even-youtube-serves-ads-with-cpu-draining-cryptocurrency-miners/ Miners are ruining everything. EVERYTHING!!!!!!! Holy smoke, it has recently infected Youtube servers like a cancer. Any video with 50K or more views or 5K or more subscribers...
by Krogoth
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25325

Re: Video card prices

This may cause a glut in the CPU market. I doubt it. The overwhelming majority of CPUs have iGPUs and are being sold in bulk by OEMs. The only platform that *need* dGPUs are Socket 2066 chips, Ryzens, Threadrippers and Epycs. The bulk of Socket 2066 chips, Ryzens and Epycs are paired with bargin ba...
by Krogoth
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25325

Re: Video card prices

Wait until the crypto-currency market undergoes its long overdue "correction" not just the minor "hic-ups" of 2017 you mind. People have been saying this for 9 years. But I think you are betting against human nature. People are greedy, and as long as there is potential profit th...
by Krogoth
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25325

Re: Video card prices

Wait until the crypto-currency market undergoes its long overdue "correction" not just the minor "hic-ups" of 2017 you mind. I also suspect once customer-tier Volta hits the market. There will be a massive influx of used GCN hardware since Volta is most likely going to be better ...
by Krogoth
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1958

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

Nvidia never need to do this before because their previous customer-tier micro-architecture SKUs had general compete functions and performance gimped at the hardware level. They are easing this up with their customer-tier Volta SKUs in light of the crypto-currency craze. Notice how the EULA exempts ...
by Krogoth
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 18146

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

It is quite possible that is a flaw from the x86 ISA itself.
by Krogoth
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1958

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

They just don't want their customer-tier Volta SKUs cannibalizing their Telsa/Quadro sales. It is more evidence that Volta microarchitecture family is much more focused around general compute performance this time around.
by Krogoth
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 4978

Re: Nvidia Titan V

Part 1 of the Anandtech review is up (future part pending): https://www.anandtech.com/show/12170/nvidia-titan-v-preview-titanomachy. Wow, that hardware analysis was a great read. They really changed quite a lot on the underlying uArch, far more than I had realized. It is primarily revolved around g...
by Krogoth
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13647

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Coffee Lake chips are toasty chips when pushed hard just like Skylake-X chips. You are going to need a beefer HSF if you intended on running them hard. It is probably poor contact (only off by a few millmeters) that is the source of your issues. The CPU shouldn't hit 40-50C when completely idle from...