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by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3880
Views: 617639

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you eating Right Now
Replies: 285
Views: 50496

Re: What are you eating Right Now

I'm having a thin T-bone for breakfast. :D
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 148
Views: 1303

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

Can you make SPAM edible? Yes.
Does it ever taste as good as ham? No.
Mick Dundee said "You can live on it, but it tastes like _____."
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3384
Views: 502000

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 438

Re: Selecting my next Internals

If you do think the HEDT thing interests you though, I'd skip the foreplay and go straight for the i7-7820X sweet spot. I agree. I linked to some Australian e-tailers above. These folks have horrific web design skills, but their prices are competitive. They don't list any 16 GiB DIMMs on their flye...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 438

Re: Selecting my next Internals

AU$1500 also now buys me a 7740X, a nice motherboard, and the same 32GB of RAM. I understand the Kaby-X has a lot of shortcomings, but the possible longevity of X299 intrigues me. Gaming is my primary goal here. I don't do anything other than browse and game on this machine now. You love swapping h...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4427

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

For D@ Br@b($)! 's entertainment: Case fans are rated at ½ to 2½ mm of water column. I estimated that a 2 meter chimney at 60 °C inside and 25 °C outside would produce only ¼ mm of water column (0.25 kg/m²) before frictional losses. Flow rate is proportional to the square root of the pressure differ...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4427

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

A chimney works because hot air is less dense than cold air. A tall, well-insulated chimney can provide quite a bit of natural draft. A six-foot length of plastic pipe attached to the top vent of your case would improve its passive cooling capability significantly. A PC has a much lower temperature...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1323
Views: 38430

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Would a cobbler count? Blackberry is my favorite.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4427

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

http://noctua.at/en/products/fan/nf-a12 ... cification
MTBF > 150,000 hours = 17 years of 24/7 operation. If your gaming PC runs just 4 hours per day, that's more like 100 years. Buy new fans when you buy a new CPU or motherboard, and you're probably okay.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4427

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

A chimney works because hot air is less dense than cold air. A tall, well-insulated chimney can provide quite a bit of natural draft. A six-foot length of plastic pipe attached to the top vent of your case would improve its passive cooling capability significantly.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 91
Views: 6956

Re: Formula One 2017

Drivers' standings after seven races: http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/2017-classifications 141 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - three wins 129 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - three wins 93 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - one win. 1 DNF 73 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - two podi...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 959

Re: A crazy idea?

I used to enjoy taking apart a stack of broken PCs and Frankensteining together the best possible combinations of working parts.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 91
Views: 6956

Re: Formula One 2017

Results from Montreal: 1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 74.6s , 324 kph 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 75.9s, 333 kph 3 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull / Renault 76.2s, 287 kph 4 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 74.7s, 344 kph = 213.8 mph 5 Sergio Perez, Force India / Mercedes 76.4s, 334 kph 6 Esteban Ocon, Force India ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1323
Views: 38430

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 91
Views: 6956

Re: Formula One 2017

Canadian Grand Prix qualifying and practice lap times (Q3/Q2/Q1/P3/P2/P1): http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/eventtiming-information-29 71.5 / 72.5 / 72.7 / 72.9 / 73.2 / 73.8 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 329 kph 71.8 / 72.7 / 73.0 / 72.6 / 73.2 / 74.0 Sebastian ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3181

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

The low power air-cooled versions are priced to move:
http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/07/technol ... index.html
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3181

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

LoneWolf15 wrote:
A Core i9 or an AMD Threadripper will still be a consumer CPU because I can purchase it, as opposed to a Cray XC supercomputer, which I cannot.
Waco wrote:
Cray will happily sell you an XC rack or few hundred racks if you want it - it just takes a lot of coin. :)
just brew it! wrote:
Or wait a few years, and you'll be able to pick one up on eBay. :lol:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cray-XT4-Superc ... 1843045494
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRAY-CX1-SUPER- ... 2298551072
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1247

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

The APC Smart-UPS C 1500VA LCD gets significantly more run time from a pair of 12V-12Ah batteries, but it's more expensive, too.
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1247

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

FWIW, my reasonably-priced 1500 VA UPS is rated for 900 watts for two minutes or 450 watts for eleven minutes. It keeps my PC and monitors powered up for 20 minutes of web browsing. It uses two 8½ Amp-hour 12 Volt batteries, so, at full draw, it's getting only 15% of the rated energy in the batterie...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1247

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

just brew it! wrote:
IIRC most standby UPSes do specify a cutover time (for the inverter to kick in) of 1 AC cycle.
bfg-9000 wrote:
Most cheap standby UPSes are rated 2-4ms transfer nowadays (about 1/4 of an AC cycle)
Mine wants a quarter of a cycle (4 ms): https://www.cyberpowersystems.com/produ ... nformation
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Upgrade itch
Replies: 8
Views: 601

Re: Upgrade itch

If you want to lock into NVidia's expensive proprietary G-Sync scheme, consider AOC AG271QG, Acer XB271HU bmiprz or Asus PG279Q. If you're looking forward to when you might have a graphics card that supports VESA standard adaptive sync for VRR, consider Acer XF270HU or Asus MG279Q.
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3384
Views: 502000

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tesla - Changes

On the same subject, here's Yes.
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1060

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

My old Asus M3A78-CM still lives to this day. My M3A78-CM had a Phenom II X3 720 Black CPU and 4x2 GiB of PC2-6400 memory. It was still running when we gave it away last year, but the CPU temperature sensor had failed, requiring an external control to avoid running the CPU fan at full speed all of ...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3181

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

Vhalidictes wrote:
One thing I'm always looking out for is 200-300 watt high-end PSUs. I always end up over-speccing because they just don't seem to exist at any kind of reasonable price any more.
HERETIC wrote:
Seasonic G series are a great mid-range PSU.Don't know if the 360 Watt is available any more.
$60 from Amazon:
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dTK7YJ ... y-ssr360gp
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3181

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

The original Kepler Titans might have been "prosumer" cards, but the Maxwell and Pascal Titans have definitely been designed and optimized as gaming GPUs from the get-go. The newer Titans have no more compute capacity than any other GeForce gaming graphics card. NVidia's Titan branding fro...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1060

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

Raven Ridge APUs will come eventually. The socket AM4 motherboards available today already have video ports for them. Laptop release has priority for revenue.
https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd/amd-raven-ridge-apu
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3181

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

To be fair... I do believe that End User's Macbook has utility. I just don't believe that it's exempt from price/performance analysis (nor any laws of physics). Zenbooks aren't the cheapest laptops, either.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3181

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

End User wrote:
I used my MacBook specifically because it is as an example of a device whose usefulness cannot be defined by its price/performance.
Magical thinking. Very brave.