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by Krogoth
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4823

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: 13856

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: 13856

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: 296

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: 4823

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: 1887

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: 289
Views: 12199

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: 289
Views: 12199

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: 289
Views: 12199

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: 289
Views: 12199

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: 289
Views: 12199

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: 1212

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: 208
Views: 9324

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: 1212

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: 2751

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: 7041

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...
by Krogoth
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 2751

Re: Nvidia Titan V

GV100 is ROP-limited just like Vega 10 and Fiji in gaming loads. It looks like there is going only be to small gains in architectural tweaks for gaming loads.
by Krogoth
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 391
Views: 17291

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

TLJ is going end-up being the "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" of the franchise.
by Krogoth
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 391
Views: 17291

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

It looks like Disney is going to regret their choices for writers and director for TLJ. They managed to make TLJ more polarizing then TPM and ROTJ. It is nu-ghostbusters all over again. Jar-Jar and Ewoks have nothing on the stupid shenanigans and plot twists in this movie (Rey becomes a literal...
by Krogoth
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 391
Views: 17291

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Spoilers are leaking out in force [terrible pun] for TLJ and it looks and sounds like it is a literal deconstruction of the original trilogy. TL DR version: Let's burn and deconstruction the entire Jedi and Sith mythos and hamfist the new protagonist into becoming the "chosen one" for...
by Krogoth
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 327
Views: 14259

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Damned miners are destroying the planet... https://www.yahoo.com/news/bitcoin-mining-track-consume-world-150717809.html It is more like energy companies are indirectly "fleecing" foolish speculators a.k.a 95% of the crypto-currency crowd. The whole system will crash long before it starts ...
by Krogoth
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 3485

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Discrete GPUs are going to be facing the same music with next generation of iGPU solutions coming out. They will start becoming "good enough" for masses and causal gamers which make up the bulk of the revenue for discrete GPU market. It is the main reason why Nvidia has been trying to dist...
by Krogoth
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: BEST CHOICE - i7 8700K or i7 7820X ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1482

Re: BEST CHOICE - i7 8700K or i7 7820X ?

8700K is the more cost-effective option if you don't need extra PCIe lanes and can actually find an unit (shortage will likely persist until Q1 2018). 7820X has two more cores and twelve more PCIe 3.0 lanes at its disposal at a higher cost and lower turbo and stock clockspeeds. It can match 8700K in...
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 6738

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Let's not feed the troll, folks. You label people you disagree with trolls? Do you encourage people to use an 8 year old OS? Shame on you if you do. Windows 7 hangers on are one of the major reasons why Microsoft crashed and burned in the mobile space. Just look at the state of the Windows Store to...
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1357

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

This reminds me of the flood of discarded Westmete Xeons that could easily work any of 1366 boards out there. They were also unlocked on top of that.
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 8700k Availability
Replies: 3
Views: 2465

Re: 8700k Availability

Intel rushed Coffee Lake to the market ASAP because they wanted to stop the marketshare hemorrhaging from Ryzen 5 and 7. They didn't take bother take the time to built reserves and stock for a public release. I expect Coffee Lake SKUs to be difficult to obtain until Q1-Q2 2018. It also appears that ...
by Krogoth
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 8531

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

general_tux wrote:
It's looking like we will be able to surpass last October's point total. Hopefully we can sustain >2M PPD!


My Vega 64 should help retain that throughput.
by Krogoth
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 6929

Re: Which cpu to get?

Already did it and still came to the same conclusion. Outside of a small minority of mainstream applications and games, the benefits of going from dual-core to quad-core are still kinda small. The majority of the reviewers out there are cherry-picking games that are known to use more than two-threa...
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 3957

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

I was fairly certain that Volta is not aimed at desktop gamers, but compute users. The miners will lap up Volta, but don't expect massive gains in gaming performance like we had from Maxwell to Pascal. Volta is the replacement for Pascal. Volta will have a range of products, as did Pascal. The arch...