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by Krogoth
Tue May 16, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 1879

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

If you're too lazy to patch your systems, I hope that you've got good backups and you don't mind the effort of wiping and restoring. Or if you're dumb enough to run Windows 7 or 8.1 on a system that Microsoft no longer supports, like Ryzen or Baby Kale. Still one of MS'es worst moves this year... N...
by Krogoth
Tue May 16, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 20
Views: 713

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

Weird, an all electric car is now the fastest hypercar to have lapped the Nürburgring, at 6 minutes and 45 seconds beating their own previous time of 7:05 from late last year . Who would have thought, combustion cars are slow now. http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/news/a33485/nio-ep9...
by Krogoth
Thu May 11, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 829

Re: Kittson released!

Itanium died because the market is went after was in ICU. Kittson is only for long-term Itanium customers as an EOL upgrade.
by Krogoth
Thu May 11, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1470

Re: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago

Another victim of the shift to videoblogging on consumer-tier hardware.
by Krogoth
Tue May 09, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Rosewill 24-Port Switch for on Sale $70
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: Rosewill 24-Port Switch for on Sale $70

I find this interesting for reasons beyond the fact that $70 for a 24-port Gb switch is a good price. Perhaps this is a sign that 10 Gb gear will finally start to become affordable? I also find it somewhat surprising that this switch claims to have the internal bandwidth to handle all ports blastin...
by Krogoth
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 2943

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

That Voodoo 5 5500 PCI is rare and sought by retro-gamers. The majority of Voodoo 5 5500 out there were made in AGP 1x flavor.
by Krogoth
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 66
Views: 2709

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

I sense that this going to be Star Wars: Deconstruction The Movie.
by Krogoth
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 31
Views: 1444

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

You will see start seeing equipment with 802.11bz hitting SMB markets en mass sometime in Q3-Q4 of 2017. Customer-type stuff will not hit the shelves until late 2018. There's simply no mainstream demand for 802.11bz. The masses are opting for wireless ethernet. 10Gbps Ethernet and beyond are going t...
by Krogoth
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 32
Views: 2110

Re: RAM prices

Memory prices have always been in-flux. I think people are just spoiled from the times that got really good deals but later come up in price a year or so later. We are in a transistion period where you see more of this (DDR3 => DDR4). DDR3 prices are going probably go up as production shift towards ...
by Krogoth
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Creators Update - No Dolby Digital & DTS Anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 4656

Re: Creators Update - No Dolby Digital & DTS Anymore?

Thanks, Tanker, that link is a huge help. Now all I need to do is figure out how to get my Sound Card working again. (Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1, cost me rather a lot back in the day) EDIT: Sorry to answer my own question, just found this: https://danielkawakami.blogspot.com/2017/01/updated-windows-1...
by Krogoth
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Creators Update - No Dolby Digital & DTS Anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 4656

Re: Creators Update - No Dolby Digital & DTS Anymore?

Thanks Morphine, I gave it a shot and still nothing. I started a further search on the internet and come across this page at Microsoft's support site. Perhaps Krogroth is right about something stealthily being removed, because on pages 3 and 4 of that topic my other question is answered: It's broke...
by Krogoth
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Creators Update - No Dolby Digital & DTS Anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 4656

Re: Creators Update - No Dolby Digital & DTS Anymore?

It is possible that Microsoft "stealthy" removed it because they didn't want to pay the licensing fees for it. They kinda did this with Media Player under post Window-7 era which no longer have built-in "DVD playback" unless you pay for the license via the Windows Store. Assuming...
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: April Fools
Replies: 16
Views: 961

Re: April Fools

It is because most people don't browse the web on Saturdays. ;)

It is also April 1st for those who are across the pond or in Australia ;)
by Krogoth
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planescape: Torment: EE release on 4/11/17!
Replies: 13
Views: 770

Re: Planescape: Torment: EE release on 4/11/17!

Updated my journal..........
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed
Replies: 21
Views: 3284

Re: Skylake Xeon: Now in Gold & Platinum

Looks like Intel marketing is trying to move away from E5 and E7 brand into "Gold" and "Platinum". I suspect they are trying to appeal to PHB-types.
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 20
Views: 781

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

Cannonaire wrote:
derFunkenstein wrote:
Also guessing that re-recorded audio means Tricia Helfer as Kerrigan.

And probably Michael Dorn as Tassadar.


That would give a whole meaning to ramming speed. ;)

Referring to Tassadar's final run into the Overmind at the end of Starcraft 1
by Krogoth
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-2500K Overclocking Paraphernalia
Replies: 15
Views: 1716

Re: i5-2500K Overclocking Paraphernalia

IMO, I wouldn't bother with extreme overclocking on an i5-2500K. You are going end-up being memory bandwidth limited unless you throw in the fastest DDR3 DIMMs that you can get your hands on.

Otherwise, it is time for a platform upgrade if you want to get decent performance gains.
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Trailers have gone too far (Alien: Covenant spoilers)
Replies: 17
Views: 2363

Re: Trailers have gone too far (Alien: Covenant spoilers)

IMO, Aliens franchise died after Aliens 3. It has been sequelitis non-sense since then. Jim, let it rest in peace.
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 43
Views: 3604

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

Captain Ned wrote:
Krogoth wrote:
Kaby Lake has SGX (hardware-level decryption for protected content) and updated integrated graphics chip on it.

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/ ... ls_sg.html

And, SGX can be used to stealthily attack itself.


Yep, it is one massive low-level backdoor waiting to be exploited.
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 43
Views: 3604

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

They count both Nehalem gens as one due to them being identical. The Core/Core 2 thing is dumb , though. And yet they make a distinction between Skylake (6th Gen) and Kaby Lake (7th Gen) despite them being identical too; That's marketing logic (or complete lack of it) for you! Kaby Lake has SGX (ha...
by Krogoth
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 43
Views: 3604

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

In terms of naming the microarchitectures, I'd just call them with the chip they started with. P6 uarch = Pentium Pro - Nehalem/Westmere Sandy Bridge uarch = Sandy Bridge - Kaby Lake (ongoing) P6 architecture lineage actually ended with Bainas/Dothan a.k.a Pentium M. Conroe (Core 2) and Yohan (Core...
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 7870 not working in new Skylake build
Replies: 8
Views: 1967

Re: 7870 not working in new Skylake build

It looks like HD 7xxx and GTX 6xx generation of GPUs had some issues working under PCIe 3.0 mode on some PCIe 3.0 boards.
by Krogoth
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1152
Views: 33657

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
Happy birthday! And if being 30 disturbs you, just tell people you're 29. :wink:


Most ladies prefer cerebrating their "25th" birthday again. ;)
by Krogoth
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 3290

Re: Where do you bank?

superjawes wrote:
As one of those people under 30 (for a few more months), cash is just a terrible way to pay for anything.


You cannot beat cash at liquidity. It doesn't have all of annoying "little" caveats that you can run into with other forms of payment.
by Krogoth
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Newfound Opinion: Ryzen is the second coming of K7
Replies: 44
Views: 3881

Re: Newfound Opinion: Ryzen is the second coming of K7

I think it has more in common with Phenom II launch. It is a compelling option for those who do more than just causal stuff with their computer. Intel has the edge on their mainstream and portable platforms due to lower power consumption (not as large as of a gap as Bulldozer versus Sandy Bridge day...
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: A solution to Ryzen's gaming inconsistency in the works?
Replies: 35
Views: 4397

Re: A solution to Ryzen's gaming inconsistency in the works?

It is probably due to having less memory bandwidth since the memory controller on Ryzen doesn't harness DDR4 as well as controllers found on Broadwell-E, Skylake and Kabe Lake. SMT has always been a hit or miss since day #1 with most mainstream applications. It is no surprise that it causes performa...
by Krogoth
Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Intel is up to their dirty tricks.. as usual..
Replies: 78
Views: 5900

Re: Intel is up to their dirty tricks.. as usual..

Later Nforce and VIA chipsets were pretty solid for the most part. VIA had the best chipsets for AMD platforms towards the end of AGP era but they gave up because didn't bother getting the PCIe license from PCI-SIG group. Most of the Via issues were actual from Creative and VIA not comforting to PCI...
by Krogoth
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Good grief, take a break. Another gamer dies...
Replies: 17
Views: 1163

Re: Good grief, take a break. Another gamer dies...

Probably cardiovascular failure of some kind. I blame smoking and constant energy drinking on this one.
by Krogoth
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 55 years ago today...
Replies: 5
Views: 3569

Re: 55 years ago today...

by Krogoth
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Are there any Freesync 1920x1200 monitors around?
Replies: 6
Views: 3516

Re: Are there any Freesync 1920x1200 monitors around?

Such a monitor doesn't exist because the 16:10 aspect ratio is strictly in the graphical professionals domain. 16:9 and 21:9 aspect ratios are customer-tier aspect ratios. Monitors with 4:3 and 5:4 (good riddance) aspect ratios are both becoming endangered species.