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by techguy
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56456

Re: Something's different...

Site is a joke now. Mostly SEO-optimized, clickbait garbage, with a few legit tech news items sprinkled in, usually days after the rest of the online tech news sites. Today is Threadripper 3 launch day, as well as Cascade Lake X (10 series HEDT). Not a mention on the front page, let alone any hope o...
by techguy
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7494

Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Sorry to see the site decline so far. Mostly sad for us enthusiasts though who basically have nowhere left to go to get our tech news and in-depth analysis, save for a couple youtube channels like Digital Foundry and Gamers Nexus. I guess it's just the end of an era. The SEO blog posts dominating th...
by techguy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How long before the site goes under?
Replies: 1
Views: 509

How long before the site goes under?

I don't know what the revenue numbers look like but they can't be increasing, and that's never a good sign. A distinct lack of content has got to be pushing down the site visits, which in turn affects ad revenue that to my knowledge was already insufficient. If ownership cares to keep this site oper...
by techguy
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Input Delay Reduction Technology - Anti-Lag
Replies: 9
Views: 2494

Re: AMD Input Delay Reduction Technology - Anti-Lag

I was mainly pointing out the video had Scott Wasson in it explaining the technology. 30% for first gen, initial implementation and focus is a pretty meaty deal. Anti-lag is quite possibly the worst branding they could've used for it, it tells you absolutely nothing about what it's doing, which is ...
by techguy
Wed May 29, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7744

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

What makes you say that Epyc 2 32-core will have "simplified NUMA" compared to Epyc 1? It's the same number of chiplets and CCXs. It's one NUMA domain versus 4. Same number of chiplets (for the 32 core version), but all memory/IO will be through the central IO hub. That's great news! I ca...
by techguy
Tue May 28, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7744

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

The abstinence of a customer-tier 16-core Zen2 desktop SKU can easily be explained that AMD doesn't want to cannibalize their Threadripper 1/2 line-up yet. They'll probably announce them around the same time as Threadripper 3's official debut. It'll also be probably be a challenge to run on older A...
by techguy
Tue May 28, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7744

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

I'm excited about Zen2 also, but I would advise a tiny bit of restraint. We don't have any solid performance numbers yet, let alone from 3rd parties. I'm not saying Ryzen 3000 will be a bust, but what if IPC is still not on-par with Coffee Lake Refresh, let alone Sunny Cove? What if even TSMC's 7nm ...
by techguy
Tue May 28, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release
Replies: 34
Views: 3821

Re: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release

Finally got around to picking up Diablo late last evening.....and then subsequently ended up playing it for much longer than I should have. At it's core, It's still very fun (obviously). The graphical quality is as-expected (maybe even slightly better than; with the adjustments), but something abou...
by techguy
Thu May 23, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2410

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

What's the advantage of waiting for the Phenom II to die? There really isn't one. I feel a little silly for that. I'd swap the A4 in, sell the Phenom with or without its motherboard, put that money toward a solid FM2+ chip, and upgrade it, then sell the A4 too. You'd end up pulling roughly financia...
by techguy
Thu May 23, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2410

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

by techguy
Tue May 21, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 2015

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

Yeah, unless they went to the trouble of doing a full cleanup and restoration, there will inevitably be degradation of the original analog film or tape. I can say that my "Perry Mason" shows from 1955 to mid 60s on dvd from film are wonderfully perfect! They knew what they had and took ca...
by techguy
Tue May 21, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...
Replies: 23
Views: 2311

Re: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...

Has anyone else noticed that dvd producers are not caring about putting out a quality product. Three examples... Big Bang Theory - 10 years of coming out on 3 dvds. Year 11... two dvds and a noticeable drop in quality. But they did save money on a dvd. Lucifer Season 3 also dropped down a dvd and d...
by techguy
Wed May 08, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

It's one thing to be power hungry and not offer top tier performance, it's an entirely different matter when your products consume more power whilst providing more performance, as is the case with Intel's HCC chips in the vast majority of workloads. <anecdotes> Well, yes. I agree with you but I hav...
by techguy
Wed May 08, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

Ah, I guess that's not how I use it. Maximal streams at a time and/or maximal speed for transcoding 4K. The 1950x is pretty capable for that. CPU transcoding 4k needs an incredible amount of resources. I picked up a GTX 1660 recently to fill in that role so I can leave the CPU entirely to Handbrake...
by techguy
Wed May 08, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

Feel free to copy my settings and try it for yourself on your 1950x system. When I first built this machine I went with a 7900x after reading every single review on the net comparing Skylake-X with Threadripper, specifically in Handbrake. Almost none of those reviews showed much of a difference, vi...
by techguy
Wed May 08, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

https://www.hardocp.com/article/2017/07/11/seasonic_focus_plus_gold_850w_power_supply_review/4 . That works out to almost exactly 400W. Handbrake uses AVX also so that's about as demanding a scenario as you're going to find. If you like I could give you a sample file and my Handbrake settings so we...
by techguy
Wed May 08, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

Yeah, delid if you're willing to take that risk. The Skylake X chips are stupidly power-hungry and barely manage their base clock if you provide only the "official" 165W of cooling. The 7960X at stock speeds is 75W hungrier than the Threadripper 1950X when measured using power draw at the...
by techguy
Tue May 07, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

Delid that bad boy. My 7960x runs at 4GHz on all cores with no AVX offset and around 1.03V. This chip scores 8039 in Cinebench R20 at those settings.
by techguy
Mon May 06, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 3814

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

I installed Windows NT Workstation 4.0 on a 486 with 20MB RAM and a 500MB HD one time. Kept crashing during the install process but I just rebooted every time and it would get a little bit further until eventually it succeeded.

Also my post count is now 386.
by techguy
Mon May 06, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Best windows video player
Replies: 20
Views: 1943

Re: Best windows video player

I've been in your shoes. After trying just about everything over the last 10 years, I ultimately opted for an Nvidia Shield. I advise you save yourself the headache and do the same.
by techguy
Fri May 03, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads
Replies: 19
Views: 3101

Re: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads

Does the system have a DVD drive? I had a dedicated "DVD decoder card" (MPEG2 decode) in a PC that had a DVD drive, back in the late 90s. It did not, I got a DVD drive separately, but I only have the drive itself. I've seen the PCI decoder card, but in a laptop... not sure about it. It wa...
by techguy
Fri May 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads
Replies: 19
Views: 3101

Re: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads

Does the system have a DVD drive? I had a dedicated "DVD decoder card" (MPEG2 decode) in a PC that had a DVD drive, back in the late 90s.
by techguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?
Replies: 30
Views: 3511

Re: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?

That's not the same example. The point(again) is that it's beyond your control using Handbrake, so there's no point in telling the OP to look for some magic knob or dial that'll help improve scaling because there isn't one. The problem, whatever it is, has to be somewhere else. This isn't a subject...
by techguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?
Replies: 30
Views: 3511

Re: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?

The number of threads involved is dependent on the codec and the source material. Encoding an old DVD won't scale very well no matter what you try to do to it, but encoding a 4k video will. In general, shouldn't your encoding process be tuned towards the best visual results rather than using up all...
by techguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?
Replies: 30
Views: 3511

Re: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?

The number of threads involved is dependent on the codec and the source material. Encoding an old DVD won't scale very well no matter what you try to do to it, but encoding a 4k video will. In general, shouldn't your encoding process be tuned towards the best visual results rather than using up all...
by techguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?
Replies: 30
Views: 3511

Re: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?

The number of threads involved is dependent on the codec and the source material. Encoding an old DVD won't scale very well no matter what you try to do to it, but encoding a 4k video will. In general, shouldn't your encoding process be tuned towards the best visual results rather than using up all...
by techguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?
Replies: 30
Views: 3511

Re: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?

That is interesting, on my first gen 16 core threadripper, x264 would only use 30 something %. So 10-11 cores(threads?). Have not tried HEVC on the threadripper yet. On my 6 core, x264 and a HD file can sit at 95-100% for one pass. But HEVC was 30+% both passes. I tend to convert dvd level .mpgs to...
by techguy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?
Replies: 30
Views: 3511

Re: HEVC Handbrake & VRD6 fps and cpu use?

VideoReDo has released V6 with x265 HEVC (BETA Test Trial). I tried that and then Handbrake. Both only used about 1\3 of my 3930 6core/12thread cpu. (4 threads or so) So a quad core is all anyone is going to need? Is this normal? The simplest x265.TS output was almost real time at 27fps. Up the qua...
by techguy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21063

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

I don’t like youtube reviews myself and I never understood the appeal compared to the standard reviews. But it was obvious that’s where things were going and where the money was. It’s not like TR had to nuke all their articles and redirect the URL to their youtube page, but they also weren’t going ...
by techguy
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21063

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

FireGryphon wrote:
By AT do you mean Ars Technica? It’s not really a tech site anymore, just a news aggregate.


Anandtech.

Ars Technica is utter garbage. Slightly better than the likes of the Verge, IMHO.
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