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by jihadjoe
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2512

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

whm1974 wrote:
Just wondering, but is there anyone still using CP/M on i8080/Z80 machines in 2017? Apple II systems with a Z80 card counts as well.

Not in any sort of production environment, but a buddy still has his old Apple ][ in mint condition. Will update this post with pics when/if I find them.
by jihadjoe
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 18
Views: 1683

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

My point was der8auer stated liquid metal performs worse at subzero cooling than TIM. I'm not talking about soldering the chip, my comparison is that frozen "liquid metal" would be a solid and not much different from a typical soldered chip at those temps, so I am perplexed as to why it w...
by jihadjoe
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2512

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

All that old stuff running on DOS with no network stack is probably more secure now than many newer systems. Will likely outlast any current OS too.
by jihadjoe
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 995

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

1800 cycles + 1 cycle a day is roughly 5 years. Coincidentally, that's also how long the battery of my Galaxy S4 lasted before I replaced it (the battery) just this week. 5 years is a long time and the S4 is no longer top dog, but it's still better than most entry-level phones and the IR blaster mak...
by jihadjoe
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Z370 and older CPUs
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: Z370 and older CPUs

Tried looking at a Z370 board on ASUS' cpu support website and it only showed 8 series CPUs. Looks like no dice for Sandy and Kaby on Z370.
https://www.asus.com/support/cpu_support

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by jihadjoe
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?
Replies: 48
Views: 3074

Re: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?

The first ASUS Rampage Formula actually has that Pentium EE 965 listed in it's supported CPU list.

http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ASUS/Rampage_Formula.html
by jihadjoe
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.
Replies: 20
Views: 976

Re: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.

Sweet!

I'd contest the "100% acoustically dead" claim though. That doesn't look anything like an anechoic chamber.
by jihadjoe
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath
Replies: 16
Views: 942

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 manufacturer...
by jihadjoe
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 28
Views: 2824

Re: About Silicon Lottery

If you're gonna spend money buying a delidding tool for just one CPU, IMO might as well just buy from siliconlottery and have them do it for you.
by jihadjoe
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 2892

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

Yikes, that's the first time I've seen that. Seems it would be cheaper for the manufacturer to use a standard drive than to have one custom-made like that for the purpose of making sure you can't re-use the enclosure and USB interface. If they sell enough of those USB drives it should actually be s...
by jihadjoe
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projectors - need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 628

Re: Projectors - need advice

A buddy of mine who's been sent to China for work is all over the XGIMI H1.
It's a LED-lit android-powered smart projector, and the image quality is awesome, purportedly.
DCI-P3 colorspace, and it's super bright at 5000 lumens. Being LED, lamp life is also at 20k+ hours.
by jihadjoe
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Series on Android
Replies: 16
Views: 577

Re: Final Fantasy Series on Android

FFV is based on the GBA Advance version AFAIK. The extra content and new classes are all there, but it's still 2D. Which reminds me, I still haven't cleared Neo Shinryu.
by jihadjoe
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 4376

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

I just wanna say you are a brave dude. I wouldn't have tried that even on 65nm.
by jihadjoe
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 2230

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

I myself do not use the My Documents library for storing documents. Rather, I follow a strict C:\home\<username> (or C:\home\root for admin) convention. In the <username> subfolder I will have subfolders doc (for documents), img (for images), wav (for music files), mpg (for movie files) and bin (fo...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 4894

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

At the high end, it actually makes a 1080Ti + G-Sync monitor look like great value. The combo will cost less than Vega FE + Freesync and be faster.
by jihadjoe
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 4894

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

And then in nine months when Pascal is all but forgotten, it'll sit at about 1080Ti performance. Isn't this the default performance profile of AMD GPUs lately? They're like good wine. That's the thing, though. Going by the hardware it's supposed to have at least around 1080Ti performance, but bad l...
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1647

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

IMO the best, and at the same time worst part of Linux is how you are free to infinitely tweak it to suit your needs. It makes Linux incredibly versatile if you know what you're doing, but at the same time the tweaker culture behind it also raises the bar for users. You're expected to spend time and...
by jihadjoe
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 1159

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

When this happens to me it's usually music. I'd remember a concert I'd seen (or missed) years ago and think I wonder if there's a recording of that?
by jihadjoe
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 3052

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Intel could easily "tile" 4+ cores into a node without much engineering if they've already done 2. Working with HBM coupling to CPU and GPU has probably given AMD a boost in experience with respect to infinity fabric and memory controllers. My guess is that looming :D on the horizon; both...
by jihadjoe
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..
Replies: 35
Views: 2198

Re: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..

As mentioned before, the exploit requires that: 1) You've already downloaded the powerpoint file 2) Your version of office is old enough not to have protected mode, which IIRC means 2003 or older Gmail normally wouldn't even download the file unless you explicitly click a download button. Otherwise ...
by jihadjoe
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3853

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

And did your system clock go funny too?
by jihadjoe
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 4961

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

They look pretty stable to me, except the very highest-end 7980 extreme edition equivalents: https://hardforum.com/attachments/geforce-prices-02-jpg.8198/ Props to [H] I wanna see the 8800GT on that graph. AFAIK that was the biggest ever price drop on the GPU high-end ever. Nvidia basically made a ...
by jihadjoe
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: IBM's 5nm architecture..
Replies: 8
Views: 1107

Re: IBM's 5nm architecture..

All "5nm" really means is "slightly smaller than our 10nm process in at least one metric". Reading the article it seems IBM's 5nm is legit. They mentioned 30 billion transistors on a 50mm^2 chip, up 50% from 20 billion on the same area using 7nm. Even assuming their 7nm is rough...
by jihadjoe
Mon May 29, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3853

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

I meant physically switching the chips around lol. It's pretty easy with Gigabyte boards because each BIOS EEPROM is only 8 pins.
If I was doing it though I'd convert the board to use sockets for them to save future trouble.

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by jihadjoe
Mon May 29, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3853

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

Fortunately I was able to (painfully) boot the backup BIOS chip (yay Gigabyte) a few times until I got fed up and built a complete replacement box. I actually found the exact mobo on fleabay for about $45, but it was getting to the point where it needed replacement in the pretty near future anyway ...
by jihadjoe
Mon May 29, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3853

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

I don't think I've ever had a rig completely fail ever. I actually still have my old Athlon 64 and Pentium 4 rigs sitting in storage, and my Q6600 is on a test bench. Two things I've never skimped on though are the motherboard and the PSU. Always gone with top tier boards, and this was actually quit...
by jihadjoe
Mon May 29, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ
Replies: 15
Views: 1811

Re: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ

Speaking of running lots of cores on consumer chipsets, I'm still on X79 and thinking of getting an E5-2690 (v1 or v2) off eBay. They're relatively cheap next to the E5-2687W which got famous, but have the same max turbo speed and the same if not more cores at a lower TDP. My board (X79 UD7) ought t...
by jihadjoe
Sun May 28, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 191
Views: 17492

Re: Formula One 2017

Poor Alonso though. Took a break from F1 because of unreliable Honda engines, only to get done in by yet another unreliable Honda engine. :-?
by jihadjoe
Sun May 28, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Netflix 2560x1440
Replies: 8
Views: 2450

Re: Netflix 2560x1440

If your main concern is having your monitor run at native res then there should be an option in the graphics driver to do all scaling on the GPU and always output at native.
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