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by techguy
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Investing in Hardware

I've only made money on hardware once, and it was also RAM. I bought some G.Skill DDR3 2800 which was the fastest RAM on the planet at the time and re-sold it at a profit after a couple months of use. Other good sales I've made include a 2016 Titan X(p) with a waterblock and about 4-5 months use for...
by techguy
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: BEST CHOICE - i7 8700K or i7 7820X ?
Replies: 9
Views: 641

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

The 8700k is a great processor. Problem is, you can't actually buy one now, unless you want to go to ebay and pay $200-300 over MSRP. If you need to buy today, it's not even a valid discussion because $600 is an absurd price to pay for a mainstream CPU. At that point you get the 7820x and call it a ...
by techguy
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 945

Re: IT ticketing software

I'll throw my hat in the ring for Jira. I work at a small University and we switched from SNOW (Service NOW) a few months back. I wasn't here for the transition but literally every person I've talked to says Jira is better, and that includes end users. The workflows make sense, the comment system is...
by techguy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question

I am by no means a VMWare expert, but my understanding of the matter leads me to believe that the CPU is presented by the Hypervisor to the guest OS as a rather generic virtual CPU, which should prevent the scenario you raised in your question. MS determine Windows activation based on a hardware sta...
by techguy
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 3229

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

RIP Jerry. I read quite a bit of his work, including aforementioned co-works with Larry Niven. Good sci fi. On a side-note, allow me to unburden myself (and I'm sorry for the political aside) by saying I find it reprehensible that certain people online are commenting in article comment sections alon...
by techguy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3026

Re: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!

It is a cool story. I had a hard time choosing between i9 and ThreadRipper, in the end I went with a 7900x because of the single threaded and AVX performance, both of which are beneficial to the workloads I run on my media server. I probably still could have gone with ThreadRipper and been happy in ...
by techguy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 2727

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

You make some good points, ludi, but I also assumed hr might be looking to gain some experience with full blown server hardware. The PowerEdge line actually runs pretty quiet as far as servers go (the VRTX line is actually designed to run under a desk). If that's not the case, you're right...any of...
by techguy
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 11643

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Oh would you look at that, it's a poster from Rage3d ruining a thread on a different forum. I *never* would have imagined that. :roll:
by techguy
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 2836

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

That die looks really weird. In fact, it looks like Intel took a already-made Socket 1155 package and glued it onto a Socket 2066 package. In fact, given the lack of vertical space it does look like a simple interposer. Yeah, PoP looks weird. Not sure if Intel went this route in order to simplify a...
by techguy
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 2836

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

Correction: 12-18 core die is High Core Count (HCC), not XCC.
by techguy
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 11643

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Vega 56 isn't even available in Canada. And seeing as Vega 64 is the same price as a 1080 Ti in Canada, I decided to go with one of the latter. With the lack of value and options in G-Sync monitors at the moment, I guess variable refresh will have to wait a bit. Hopefully AMD has their supply issue...
by techguy
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 11643

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I just bought 2 Vega 56's at MSRP at like 6:02 PST or so. They were sold out at 6:05 (i.e. by the time i confirmed my order and double checked everything). Sorry, everybody else. The price is going to jump up like any other product that sells out within minutes of release. I'm just glad AMD had a p...
by techguy
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath
Replies: 16
Views: 1093

Re: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath

The solution to this is obviously more product segregation, kinda like how Nvidia nerfed the compute units on its consumer-oriented line of GPUs. Assuming volumes stay high enough, taping out a chip tuned to a specific workload wastes less of the wafer and thus means more profit for the manufacture...
by techguy
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 11643

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Since this thread branched out on topic a bit, I'll chime in. Vega 64 Liquid vs a 1080 Ti isn't even a contest in most games, yet the Vega part draws >100w more power and runs louder for it. There isn't any saving grace for this card. the last time AMD tried to launch a product with this bad a matc...
by techguy
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 11643

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

So I guess all the good ones went to the reviewers? I'm going to go with buyer's remorse and a large helping of hyperbole, myself. Hawkwind is primarily active at Rage3d forums. You can read his "journey" with Vega in this thread: http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=34045172 His ...
by techguy
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 837

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

I've only had it up and running since the weekend, but no issues or concerns thus far. I hesitated on choosing this board or its cousin the Taichi (same board minus 10G NIC) due to the inclusion of only a single 8 pin CPU power connector and the best information I found indicated that none of the o...
by techguy
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 837

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

I bought this exact board and a 7900x last week. Just got it up and running over the weekend, replaced an Asrock X99 board which had served me very well (read: no issues) during its lifespan. I've also used several Asrock mainstream boards (Z77-Z97) with no issues and good overclocking potential. I...
by techguy
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 837

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

I bought this exact board and a 7900x last week. Just got it up and running over the weekend, replaced an Asrock X99 board which had served me very well (read: no issues) during its lifespan. I've also used several Asrock mainstream boards (Z77-Z97) with no issues and good overclocking potential. I ...
by techguy
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow...It finally came.
Replies: 14
Views: 1205

Re: Wow...It finally came.

I don't remember filling out my claim and thought I missed the deadline, but my check showed up yesterday.
by techguy
Tue May 16, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i9s and Kaby Lake X
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: Core i9s and Kaby Lake X

E was always a codename designation, never a product designation. E was for HEDT markets, EP for 2 socket servers, and EX for 4 socket servers. K and X designations were always product suffixes, e.g. 7700k, 6950x.
by techguy
Mon May 01, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 48
Views: 7830

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

I just wanna say this made me feel a LOT better about my incoming 6Tb X300. You are correct, in the hard drive world fast, reliable, and cheap never ALL go together at once, or at least, usually don't. Hey Mosh, it's Shaidar :p I actually have 11 of these now and still zero issues! Fan-freaking-tas...
by techguy
Mon May 01, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 48
Views: 7830

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

I have 9 (yes 9) of these in my media server.  The 4TB 7200RPM X300, that is.  No failures yet, system is on 24x7 and has been since January of this year.  Drives are fast, reliable, and cheap.  That pretty much shouldn't exist... I just wanna say this made me feel a LOT better about my incoming 6T...
by techguy
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: overclocking corsair vengeance pro 2133 c11 CMY32GX3M4A2133C11
Replies: 4
Views: 1057

Re: overclocking corsair vengeance pro 2133 c11 CMY32GX3M4A2133C11

Ya know, reading the title of this thread really makes me feel like RAM manufacturer marketing departments need to stop letting their cats roam free in their offices at night - they're getting on the keyboards!
by techguy
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: A link that will send PC enthusiasts back to 1999...
Replies: 23
Views: 4112

Re: A link that will send PC enthusiasts back to 1999...

I remember running Riva tuner on an actual Riva card. 128 ZX 8MB AGP, to be precise. Overclocked it by 10MHz to run Quake II that much faster :D
by techguy
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Monoprice experience?
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: Monoprice experience?

I've ordered a number of things from them over the years, most recently their new 144Hz Freesync 27" 1440p TN monitor. Got it for only $299 and am extremely pleased with it thus far. Prior to that I had actually ordered and received a 60Hz 27" 1440p IPS monitor from them and was *very* dis...
by techguy
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Optical Media Stream
Replies: 43
Views: 5124

Re: Optical Media Stream

Howdy Gerbils. Can't find anything that does this yet so deferring to your collective and vast wisdom. I'm using a home server w/ Plex to stream to my TV. Need something I can pop in a DVD and stream too. Can't believe there's not a million different pieces of software that will do this? Apparently...
by techguy
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Intel is up to their dirty tricks.. as usual..
Replies: 78
Views: 8028

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

Nothing to see here. Thread title is wildly inaccurate, the article basically only says that in AMD's financial filings they state they are worried Intel MIGHT use tactics to limit Ryzen's sales potential. Nothing illegal about that, and it hasn't ACTUALLY happened yet so it's pure speculation.
by techguy
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 9998

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

Still have no idea how this has devolved into another "4k is useless" thread. ...wait for it... THE PIXELS ARE 4X SMALLER AT THE SAME PANEL SIZE! Yes. I have no idea how that happened. /s So my most recent reply to the thread is the reason why something which had already occurred, had in ...
by techguy
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 9998

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

Still have no idea how this has devolved into another "4k is useless" thread. Anyway, the arguments being made here against UHD Blu-ray are incomplete, and therefore incorrect.  You keep rambling on about "pixel quality" and how supposedly UHD Blu-ray has insufficient bit-rate f...
by techguy
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 9998

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

Still have no idea how this has devolved into another "4k is useless" thread. Anyway, the arguments being made here against UHD Blu-ray are incomplete, and therefore incorrect.  You keep rambling on about "pixel quality" and how supposedly UHD Blu-ray has insufficient bit-rate fo...
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