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by techguy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Toshiba and HGST drives are in the < 1% failure rate range, so even 3% looks not so great. Buy whatever drives you like, I'll stick to Toshiba and HGST. I'm not saying you shouldn't, I'm saying if you even remotely protect your data in a reasonable way the AFR doesn't matter at all when they're all...
by techguy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

I'm not sure what you thought you were posting, but that backs up my assertion. 2 Seagate drives on that list with failure rates > 10%. Zero from any other vendor. Yeah, with super low quantities and low confidence. You'll note that they're generally all 3% or less with few exceptions. Toshiba and ...
by techguy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

What is your setup? 10x 4TB Toshiba X300 drives + 1x 8TB Toshiba N300 + 1x 8TB HGST Deskstar NAS drive = 56TB (not using RAID, separate external 8TB disks for backup) i9 7900x @ stock under custom water (3x120 + 1x140mm rads) Asrock X299 Professional Gaming i9 (integrated 10G NIC) 32GB DDR4 3000 (4...
by techguy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Waco wrote:
techguy wrote:

I'm not sure what you thought you were posting, but that backs up my assertion.


2 Seagate drives on that list with failure rates > 10%. Zero from any other vendor.
by techguy
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

As for actual reliability, I've had those 4TB drives in service for almost 2 years now with no failures of any kind. I'm beyond impressed with Toshiba. At this point I only recommend HGST and Toshiba when someone asks me for a storage recommendation. Seagate can pound sand for all I care and WD is ...
by techguy
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 74
Views: 7164

Re: Xbox One X

I'm curious how many "4K" games will run at native 4K. Most likely? None, at least none the way a PC graphics card would display them. The current crop of consoles don't have the grunt for 4K@60-FPS. All games so far are either upscaled or missing various graphical features. Forza 7 is na...
by techguy
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Ah. Those X300's aren't NAS drives so they are cheap. NAS drives are overrated, IMO. Unless you're sticking them in something you intend to call support for (where the qualified drive list may get you into trouble if you deviate) I wouldn't spend the extra cash. What is your setup? 10x 4TB Toshiba ...
by techguy
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chopped down RX 560s
Replies: 31
Views: 813

Re: Chopped down RX 560s

I have an RX 550 in my media server - it was the cheapest "decent" card with HDMI 2.0 support which I need for 4k60 to my 4k TV that I use as a monitor for my video editing workflow. I had a 970 in there before that was giving me problems (seemingly related to a Windows update) so I switch...
by techguy
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chopped down RX 560s
Replies: 31
Views: 813

Re: Chopped down RX 560s

Don't worry guys, the AMD fans will be along soon to tell us how much worse Nvidia is!
by techguy
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Also keep in mind there are still many limitations with NVENC and Plex. Some code paths will end up sending results back and forth between CPU and GPU before outputting the stream. This is especially true with HEVC. If you're ok using nothing but H.264, NVENC could get you close to a "complete&...
by techguy
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Storage is cheap. I have 56TB in my Plex server. What is your setup? 10x 4TB Toshiba X300 drives + 1x 8TB Toshiba N300 + 1x 8TB HGST Deskstar NAS drive = 56TB (not using RAID, separate external 8TB disks for backup) i9 7900x @ stock under custom water (3x120 + 1x140mm rads) Asrock X299 Professional...
by techguy
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3453

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Storage is cheap. I have 56TB in my Plex server.
Processors that can handle HEVC encoding are not inexpensive. I have a 7900x and even I haven't converted to HEVC yet.

The solution seems clear if you ask me.
by techguy
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 21
Views: 1085

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: 825

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: 1008

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: 641

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: 3895

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: 3601

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: 3459

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: 12768

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: 3490

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: 3490

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: 12768

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: 12768

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: 1184

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: 12768

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: 12768

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: 891

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: 891

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: 891

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 ...
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