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by techguy
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

Ryzen+ is a bit of a damp squib. The leaked benchmarks prove that there's minimal IPC gain, which was to be expected because this isn't a new architecture, it's a minor tweak for the new process; Also, this new process that seems to have released very little additional clockspeed headroom at the hi...
by techguy
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 17514

Re: Video card prices

With the inevitable cryptocoin mining crash beginning to take hold (coin values are down to a third of their mid-December peak), a few graphics cards are actually in stock at your favorite e-tailers. The generous folks at Newegg have recently dropped their asking price for the miners' favorite Rade...
by techguy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5

Strange, is vCenter 6.5 not compatible with ESXi 5.5 or something like that? If so I can see why they wouldn't want to update their existing vCenter instance. But this particular department with the new server is in a different office and country, with very little reason to need to be externally ma...
by techguy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5

Your sysadmin needs to upgrade vCenter to support ESXi 6.5. Sounds like he doesn't want to. Unless of course he communicated the following to you, and you have not relayed that information: vCenter upgrades technically won't disrupt any production workloads and could be done at almost any time. That...
by techguy
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 17514

Re: Video card prices

You guys will have to excuse some of my ignorance and lack of knowledge here, but I have a couple of questions, and then a proposition. First... ⋅ Which specific cryptocurrencies are causing the run on GPUs? ⋅ Of those currencies, who controls or has the ability to make changes ...
by techguy
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 17514

Re: Video card prices

I thought about buying a 1080 Ti this week for 4k gaming. I checked prices @ MicroCenter, Newegg, and Amazon over the past few days. MicroCenter was straight up OUT of gaming graphics cards above GTX 1050 (now they have a few 1060 in stock), Newegg and Amazon didn't have any available for less than ...
by techguy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 6475

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

I'd open a ticket with them. Plex support? :lol: No such thing. I've been using Plex for years and as much as I love it when it works, it is literally the worst supported piece of software I have ever used. Plex has user forums but rarely does a Plex employee post and most issues go unresolved for ...
by techguy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 143
Views: 14692

Re: NFL 2017

9ers fans will feel very awkward if Jimmy G isn't their QB next season. After all, his contract just ended :lol: Zero chance that happens aside from some career-ending injury in the off-season, but even if it did happen then my point would be proven as the San Francisco Jimmy Garoppolos would go do...
by techguy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 143
Views: 14692

Re: NFL 2017

Redocbew wrote:
As a 49ers fan myself I appreciate the sentiment, but I don't think that's quite how things works. :lol:


I was only half serious, as a life-long Niners fan myself ;)
by techguy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9257

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Given that the topic of this thread involves CPU performance (primarily) and that CPU performance is not dependant upon APIs or drivers, the performance differences observed by running benchmarking applications on different OSes, given all else being equal, tends to be minor. So small in fact that t...
by techguy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 143
Views: 14692

Re: NFL 2017

The 2017 NFL playoffs are irrelevant. Everyone knows the best team in the NFL isn't even in the playoffs. The San Francisco Jimmy Garoppolos are undefeated at 5-0 and have beaten 3 playoff teams in a row. Therefore they are the best team in the NFL. In fact, they are the best team ever and I declare...
by techguy
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9257

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

DancinJack wrote:
Awww yeah let's run Geekbench (of all things) on two different operating systems and compare them like it means something!


Yeah, cuz an Operating System affects multi-platform benchmark results sooooooo much.

:roll:
by techguy
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)
Replies: 34
Views: 3334

Re: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)

It's Hitachi. The warranty length is irrelevant because the drive will still be running when the sun is going supernova.
by techguy
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 11094

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Probably busted heatpipe. Get a new HSF, they're a dime a dozen. Edit - missed the bit about the stock HSF. The CPU may be rated for 65W but it's still a 6-core CPU that turbos to over 4GHz and you're running a synthetic workload designed to heat the CPU up as much as possible. IOW: it's probably ru...
by techguy
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 9257

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

..and I believe it. I have the iPhone 6 with iOS 11; and I've had it numerous times where I'll have to wait sometimes 10-15 seconds for the messages app to open to respond to a text; or press a text box and wait for the keyboard to eventually show up, only to wait more time for it it register any i...
by techguy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 6475

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 83
Views: 12323

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 1204

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: 1204

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 57
Views: 6475

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: 2616

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: 2449

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 ...
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