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by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 261
Views: 12242

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

The first non-Lucas Star Wars book that I bought was Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of the Mind's Eye, in 1978.
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 58
Views: 1024

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

I think we're all just going to have to get used to Bluetooth headphones, even if we don't like them, to listen to music from our phones. The problem is that there are far too many competing "standards" for codecs. If you're plugging into an iPhone, you probably want AAC since that is all...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 74
Views: 1708

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

If you're childish enough to be thrilled by loud noises that sound like old-technology motors, you'll be happy with the synthesized engine noises that come through the sound systems of many modern "sports" cars. It doesn't appeal to me at all. If your budget doesn't stretch to a BMW with f...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 74
Views: 1708

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Why do you want your car to make more noise? That doesn't make it go any faster. Is it just to annoy others or draw attention?
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 25
Views: 790

Re: SATA Card Blues

Any caveats about AMD? Until Raven Ridge APUs (Ryzen 5 2500G and Ryzen 3 2200G) show up in stores next month, the currently-available AMD Ryzen CPUs have no integrated video. You'll need a graphics card. https://techreport.com/review/33046/amd-lays-out-its-ryzen-and-radeon-plans-for-2018-and-beyond...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 74
Views: 1708

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Unfortunately, the MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit - Heat) attached to the turbo in Formula 1 has been a source of many problems over the past few years. Building something that spins at crazy RPMs while being baked by turbo heat and maintains electrical insulation while remaining light is apparently q...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: GPU Fan Replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: GPU Fan Replacement

by JustAnEngineer
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 25
Views: 790

Re: SATA Card Blues

For motherboards and processors that can handle it, DDR4-3000 (PC4-24000) is probably the sweet spot today. Prices go up quickly when you look at faster RAM. $175 2x8 GiB PC4-24000 G.Skill F4-3000C15D-16GRK $202 2x8 GiB PC4-25600 G.Skill F4-3200C16D-16GVKB $250 2x8 GiB PC4-29900 Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3...
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4834

Re: Video card prices

I had forgotten that NVidia and their board partners resisted adopting the DisplayPort standard for as long as they did. Radeon HD 5000 series cards had ubiquitous DisplayPort outputs more than a year before your GeForce GTX 570 was manufactured. DVI should eventually disappear from newer devices si...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 19
Views: 727

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

Welch wrote:
What sort of bug with Ai3?
AI Suite 3 crashes on launch and reports that "The server threw an exception." ever since the meltdown/spectre update for Win10.
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?

I didn't run into any problems using Reflect over the holidays, but at times in the past (though I might have been using Acronis TrueImage rather than Macrium Reflect at that time), I had to add the first and second partitions to the copy queue, re-size the second partition (leaving just enough spac...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?

The free/trial version of Reflect will handle everything. Tech Report subscribers can get a discount on the paid versions of Reflect (assuming that the discount program has been updated for 2018).
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?

You want Macrium Reflect. It can clone, copy and re-size the drive's partitions all in one step.
https://www.macrium.com/
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 79574

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A good many northerners who mock southerners for their lack of snow expertise would promptly put their own car in a ditch if they tried to drive on the type of road conditions that result when a couple inches of snow falls right at freezing point in, say, Atlanta. For sure. Those types of rapid col...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4834

Re: Video card prices

GeForce GTX 570 had DisplayPort 1.1a and HDMI 1.4a. You're not going to get 144 Hz @2560x1440 with either one of those. They both top out at 75 Hz.
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4834

Re: Video card prices

Did your old GeForce GTX570 graphics card not have DisplayPort or mini-DisplayPort? Your new monitor definitely should have DisplayPort. Your graphics card was released later than Radeon HD6970, and I'm sure that all of those had DP or mDP.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4834

Re: Video card prices

It is ridiculously volatile and completely unsuitable for use as a currency. If enough people realize this the hype should die down. Counter-point: http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2011/09/no-one-ever-went-broke-underestimating.html No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the rec...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 79574

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

We’re forecast to have 1/2 inch of sleet and snow this afternoon with lows in the mid teens the next two nights. It’s unusual to get multiple snowfalls in the same winter on the gulf coast. It did get down to 3 F two years in the early 1980s, but anything below 20 F causes problems.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 436

Re: Hexacore Build Case

You can, in fact, assemble a working PC in a cardboard box. Back when component compatibility and infant mortality were much worse than they are today, I used to assemble the guts of a new PC on the motherboard box, just to make certain that it would boot to the BIOS setup screen before I bolted it ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 1311

Re: Average fuel consumption

I'm averaging better than 31½ miles per gallon with about 85% highway driving at about 79 miles per hour (127 kilometers per hour) and 15% city driving. That's less than 7½ liters per 100 kilometers. I consider this mileage to be not too bad for a 3½ liter normally-aspirated V6 putting out 278 horse...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 74
Views: 1708

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

The Honda Civic and the Mazda 3 are the two cars in that category that have good handling.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4834

Re: Video card prices

Newegg literally has NO gaming graphics cards in stock: https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20601201888%20601203793%20601206485%20601296377%20601296379%20601301599%208000%20601204369%20600007787%20600494828%20601294831%20600358543&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 4867

Re: College Football 2017

1 Alabama (57 first place votes), preseason: 1 2 Georgia, preseason: 15 3 Oklahoma, preseason: 7 4 Clemson, preseason: 5 5 Ohio State, preseason: 2 6 Central Florida (4 first place votes), preseason: Unranked (not even a single 25th place vote). The Knights were the only undefeated team in CFP coll...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1913

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

I paid $400+tax for 2 MiB of memory in 1987. Top that: http://amiga.resource.cx/exp/micron There's definitely some price gouging going on. DDR4 prices have QUADRUPLED since June of 2016. :o That's why my new PC has half as much memory as the one that it replaced. :( https://pcpartpicker.com/product/...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 50
Views: 1422

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

A ¼ TB SSD is plenty for Windows and your most-used applications when paired with a $76 3 TB (or larger) hard-drive (or NAS) for large applications and/or storage. You can get by with a ⅛ TB SSD if you're pretty careful to install and store only essential things on drive C:.
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: "Whoa Nellie!" RIP Keith Jackson
Replies: 2
Views: 229

"Whoa Nellie!" RIP Keith Jackson

Legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson has passed away at age 89.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TosJRlDgKCA
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 170
Views: 4834

Re: Video card prices

Looking on the bright side, I no longer feel bad about paying full $499.99 MSRP (with free shipping) for the Radeon RX Vega64 on October 30. Now I feel bad because I didn't buy a dozen of 'em. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/xkVBD3/sapphire-radeon-rx-vega-64-8gb-video-card-21275-02-20g The insane p...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3948
Views: 635988

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

It's late on this side of the continent. I usually try not to drink caffeine after lunch unless it's really necessary.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 19
Views: 727

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

I've gone back to micro-ATX. Do you like the TUF B350M-Plus Gaming , the GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 or the B350M Mortar ? What are they lacking that you really like about the RoG Strix B350-F Gaming ? Edit: Corrected the link to the Gigabyte board. Motherboard names are getting harder and harder to decypher.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3948
Views: 635988

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Hot Tea, decaffeinated.