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by Krogoth
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!
Replies: 29
Views: 1083

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

The most plausible explanation is that there are early batch of recycled "Epyc" chips.. I wouldn't be too shocked that future "Threadripper" batches will end-up coming with only two dies on the packaging. I doubt you can unlock the "disabled" dies since it looks like AM...
by Krogoth
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 2378

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

I beg to differ. While the games will run a bit faster from a SSD, the sheer size of them makes a HDD the better choice for most users. Games aren't that large unless you are a massive data packrat. 1TiB SSD units are quite affordable and prices will continue to drop. It will not that long until 2-...
by Krogoth
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 2378

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

HDDs are only good for bulk data storage, multimedia content and older games. SSDs are better choices for newer games (especially titles that constantly read off the HDD/SSD) and OS drive. SSDs are pretty reliable as long as it has stable power to it and isn't offline for months/years at a time. HDD...
by Krogoth
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 17
Views: 1124

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

I'm no fan of GPUs for doing HPC work (they're pretty terrible for certain workloads), but yes, the PCIe layout is extremely attractive for many other reasons. :) That's kinda why Intel placing massive investment into AVX becoming widespread. It is a long-term plan to fight against the encroaching ...
by Krogoth
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 17
Views: 1124

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

AMD got themselves a winner in the 1S/2S server market. The massive I/O on the platform is almost as if was geared for using GPGPUs for HPC applications.
by Krogoth
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3427

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Resellers and electrical companies are only real winners in the whole craze.
by Krogoth
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2504

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Promising results for EPYC too. AMD's is offering more cores at lower prices and still winning a lot of the benches. :) Yeah, unfortunately for AMD though, the server space isn't quite as forgiving as the desktop space. (I couldn't think of a better word than forgiving) I doubt AMD will see a ton o...
by Krogoth
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2504

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

It's a brand new platform Krogoth... Saying their platform is stable because it was 8 years ago with completely different chipsets, CPUs, and manufacturers makes no sense. But OK. And if we're going to compare this to K8/Operton days, Intel isn't in "serious trouble." In 2006, Opteron/AMD...
by Krogoth
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2504

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Pretty good server article over at Anandtech intel-skylake-ep-vs-amd-epyc-7000-cpu-battle-of-the-decade Promising results for EPYC too. AMD's is offering more cores at lower prices and still winning a lot of the benches. :) Yeah, unfortunately for AMD though, the server space isn't quite as forgivi...
by Krogoth
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 3958

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

PC Perspective review is up: https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Radeon-Vega-Frontier-Edition-16GB-Air-Cooled-Review Good News: It tends to beat the GTX 1070. Bad News: Only just barely at twice the power consumption. On the other hand, Vega FE is highly competitive with the Quadros in pro...
by Krogoth
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

I had merely suggested that SC1 isn't that difficult to master if you put sufficient manhours into it (500-1000 hours). I could put the rest of my life into it. I'm still going to get trucked by anyone who even looks semi-pro. Where do you get this stuff? Is thisjust the thing where you can't ever ...
by Krogoth
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.
Replies: 24
Views: 1438

Re: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.

SATA and SAS replaced Parallel SCSI.

SATA gave all of the benefits of SCSI to the masses while SAS is pretty much SATA on roids (more devices per controller, longer cable lengths etc.)
by Krogoth
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

No, I equate mastery with being among the best in the world. You're severely underestimating what it takes to make a globally casted match in the ASL tournament. That's the 24 best players alive. You're not a master if there are 24 people better than you. I'm pretty sure I'm not in the top 50% of B...
by Krogoth
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

500-1000 manhours is nothing compared to the time required to master actual sports such as Football, Baseball and Basketball at a professional level. You seemed to equate mastery = 300 APM+ burst non-sense instead of being somebody who understands the game mechanics in and out. You don't even need 3...
by Krogoth
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

He really thinks he could win ASL if he lived in Korea. That's pretty hysterical. [Facepalm] Talk about jumping to conclusions. :roll: I have never insinuated about competing let alone winning a silly eSports tournament. I had merely suggested that SC1 isn't that difficult to master if you put suff...
by Krogoth
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

The game has never been hard nor hard to master. You probably never been exposed to a greater range of RTS games. There are far superior RTS titles out there but they have much deeper learning curves and competitive matches take a lot longer to resolve. Both are detriment to eSports crowd and masse...
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

Starcraft 1 isn't that fast though nor it is that hard either. You're either talking about the campaign or you've never played the game. Starcraft is easy to pick up, but it's incredibly hard to master. I know I certainly haven't. Things that you say are "clunky" or "old" are co...
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 3958

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

DancinJack wrote:
Man, that review does not paint a pretty picture. I almost feel bad for AMD.


Supposely, it is using "Fiji" drivers are the moment and the hardware isn't being utilized correctly. I would wait until RX Vega offically comes out before making a judgement call on it.
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

I think you're wandering into the land of "Presenting Fact as Opinion-stan". Some of us still like our games like we like our women - fast and hard. Err...something. OTOH, I love both games equally for different reasons. There's not a bad choice, and I say that as someone who bought both ...
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

I can't wait. Hopefully they get as many engine bugs out of the way as they can because the new classic patch had quite it's share of quirks. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/06/hands-on-with-starcraft-remastered-ahead-of-its-august-14-launch-for-15/ That article you linked explicitly says the o...
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

Nope, the bugs and quarks are going to remain intact because Blizzard doesn't want to hurt competitive community feelings on "MAH BALANCE!"

SC2 is a superior game from a mechanical stand-point. SC1 just has nostalgia, presentation and art direction going for it.
by Krogoth
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 3958

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

Sounds about right. People may or not may remember that original GTX Titans (GK110) weren't exactly stellar performers at gaming at their debut. They were somewhat faster then 680/7970 and were eclipsed by their gamer-ordinated GK110 release (780 and 780Ti). GK110 Titan's main gimmick was general co...
by Krogoth
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 8
Views: 671

Re: der8auer's at it again

Yep, X299 and Socket 2066 was intended to be launched in Q4 2017-Q1 2018, but pressure from Ryzen and Threadripper forced Intel to launch the platform earlier then excepted and it shows. It is also the only reason that current "Kaby-Lake-X" chips even exist. Intel doesn't have enough Skyla...
by Krogoth
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 814

Re: Video Card Prices

The current video card situation is the result of people buying up AMD GPUs to mine the latest fad cryptocurrency (Ethereum). ... you can also expect to see a lot of abused secondhand AMD GPUs dumped onto the used market once the Ethereum craze peaks. Serious question: Just how 'abused' are these c...
by Krogoth
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 814

Re: Video Card Prices

Don't worry the current mania is already crashing at this moment. In the next few weeks, I expect the used market to be flooded with "mildy" used GPUs.
by Krogoth
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.
Replies: 24
Views: 1438

Re: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.

Kaby Lake-X only exists because Intel cannot get enough Skylake-X silicon into retail and motherboard channel at this time. They weren't expecting to launch Socket 2066/X299 so soon. They were originally shooting for a Q4 2017-Q1 2018 launch but pressure from Ryzen and now Threadripper has forced In...
by Krogoth
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Steven Furst - Babylon 5
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Re: RIP Steven Furst - Babylon 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8MjQ5Z7ZNo

He also played Booster in Buzz Lightyear Star Command too.

Good night sweet prince. :(
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9 7900X Pre-NDA Reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Core i9 7900X Pre-NDA Reviews

If the results in reviews are somewhat accurate then it is not good for news Intel shareholders. Threadripper and Epyc are going to leapfrog this platform in workloads where having tons of threads is king matter and be "cheaper" to make en mass. The power consumption results are more dishe...
by Krogoth
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 7900X @ 5GHz... no LN2 required
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: i9 7900X @ 5GHz... no LN2 required

So the der8aur guy who make delidding kits posted a video of a delidded 7900X running all 10 cores at 5 GHz while running a compute-intensive workload (Prime 95 FFTs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80sEZSODwpw Apparently this sample was hitting 4.8 GHz even before he delidded it. Now, this chip w...