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by jihadjoe
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 3DMark Combined Test score variance very high
Replies: 8
Views: 252

Re: 3DMark Combined Test score variance very high

AFAIK it's not so much about the memory bandwidth, but the fact that the infinity fabric speed is tied to the memory clock.
by jihadjoe
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?
Replies: 27
Views: 965

Re: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?

This dude seems to have gotten it to work.

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by jihadjoe
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3475

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Linux on the desktop is hardly dead, it is alive and well and growing. We probably have Google to thank for that. As of January 2017 StatCounter said total Linux share of the Desktop OS segment at 2.32%, but an entire third of that (0.77%) was down to Chrome OS, with traditional Linux making up 1.5...
by jihadjoe
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7700k, wow!
Replies: 20
Views: 1536

Re: 7700k, wow!

I think R7 1700 is a much better deal, it's both cheaper and future proof. In applications with HTT/SMT support, the 8-core R7 1700 blitzes i7 7700K completely. i7 7700K has 30% higher clock speeds, but I think core-count and more threads make the 1700 a much better deal. Also, you can overclock th...
by jihadjoe
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 39
Views: 1380

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

In terms of naming the microarchitectures, I'd just call them with the chip they started with.

P6 uarch = Pentium Pro - Nehalem/Westmere
Sandy Bridge uarch = Sandy Bridge - Kaby Lake (ongoing)
by jihadjoe
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is 60Hz enough for general [non-gaming] computing?
Replies: 33
Views: 981

Re: Is 60Hz enough for general [non-gaming] computing?

If it's for fullscreen video you can just change the refresh rate to not deal with pulldown/pullup problems. MPC-HC can even do that automatically depending on the source content. It's how I have my HTPC configured. http://i.imgur.com/FCSR3pl.png My settings for a desktop display I use for video. I ...
by jihadjoe
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 76
Views: 1110

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

What's your usual listening environment? If it not super quiet then noise cancelling can be awesome. The Polk Audio Ultrafocus 8000 is $115 on Amazon now, it's usually $300+ and sounds super good . The NC doesn't get quite as quiet as Bose's QC series, but music is awesome. Doesn't work without batt...
by jihadjoe
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug
Replies: 87
Views: 2923

Re: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug

But your bclock!
by jihadjoe
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Intel is up to their dirty tricks.. as usual..
Replies: 78
Views: 3526

Re: Intel is up to their dirty tricks.. as usual..

And as someone pointed out, Intel uses their compilers to limit AMD performance as well. I don't think that's taboo on Intel's part, though. They have no obligation to optimize their own compiler for anyone else's chips, so the most likely scenario here is anything AMD is compiled to SSE2, regardle...
by jihadjoe
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Intel is up to their dirty tricks.. as usual..
Replies: 78
Views: 3526

Re: Intel is up to their dirty tricks.. as usual..

I had so much trouble with VIA chipsets back then. Built a bunch of Duron based systems for an office, and they were plagued with HDD corruption issues. Migrate the drives to a 440BX platform though and nothing was wrong. That said, some of my favorite rigs were from back in those days. One was an M...
by jihadjoe
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Good grief, take a break. Another gamer dies...
Replies: 17
Views: 867

Re: Good grief, take a break. Another gamer dies...

Isn't bad posture and the stress from sitting down for so long the main problem with such long gaming sessions? Circulation to legs reduced and all that. I mean you can be high on coke or jacked up on energy drinks or whatever but your blood ain't gonna clot for no reason if your body was in a postu...
by jihadjoe
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?
Replies: 85
Views: 4426

Re: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?

TR did actually do podcasts and video very well. The old ones with Jordan were the highlight of my week whenever they came out, and I ended up lining up for many delicious treats (cronuts!) based on their recommendations.
by jihadjoe
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What does "You're hanging seven" mean?
Replies: 22
Views: 1715

Re: What does "You're hanging seven" mean?

yogibbear wrote:
Hanging 10 is from hanging your ten toes off the nose edge of a longboard when surfing.

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by jihadjoe
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DOTA 2 Sucks?
Replies: 45
Views: 7987

Re: DOTA 2 Sucks?

I think it's important to understand the origins of DOTA though before complaining about it's mechanics. In this came I'm referering specifically to last hitting. DOTA started off as a custom map for Warcraft III, and the idea was to simplify RTS by reducing the number of units you control (just one...
by jihadjoe
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen - No 6 core parts?
Replies: 65
Views: 2750

Re: Ryzen - No 6 core parts?

To my mind no 6 core parts means yields are good and almost all the chips are coming out capable of running all 8 cores. Perhaps they'll accumulate those bad chips and in a few months we'll have a limited supply of 6-core parts, but if 8-core yields are good I'd rather AMD start a small price war in...
by jihadjoe
Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 3352

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

What, exactly, are the benefits of being free from pixels (that I'm already conditioned not to notice)? You'd think your eyes were already trained not to notice, but the difference is absolutely striking. It's actually a lot more noticeable with text, and less so for pictures and games. Reading ebo...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Unlocked/OC-able CPUs at stock
Replies: 33
Views: 2135

Re: Unlocked/OC-able CPUs at stock

Used to be thoroughly in the OC camp, but with 4.2-4.5GHz clock on the i7-7700k I'd be perfectly ok running it stock.
by jihadjoe
Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?
Replies: 85
Views: 4426

Re: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?

The best parts of the old TR podcast was the non tech content. Jordan's food reviews! Cronuts!
by jihadjoe
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?
Replies: 85
Views: 4426

Re: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?

Don't really care for tech news podcasts. Shortbread covers that, and I'm on the front page often enough to see most news as they are reported. The best talks to listen to IMO are the TR episodes where Kanter guested, and some of the old Anandtech episodes where they did interviews with industry peo...
by jihadjoe
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Quad core CPUs obsolete?
Replies: 28
Views: 1622

Re: Quad core CPUs obsolete?

IMO the last 3DMark that produced numbers actually representative of games of its time was 3DMark 2001.
by jihadjoe
Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 7365

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

I think it's unlikely, and if it does it won't be 'free' or 'open source' anymore. In the first place, hardware will never be free. Developing a high-performing CPU competitive with the likes of Intel and AMD and releasing it to market will take millions, if not billions of dollars. Stuff has to be ...
by jihadjoe
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Music on a very old computer
Replies: 38
Views: 1979

Re: Music on a very old computer

The subs look like SVS PC-12s.
by jihadjoe
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: George Michael has died at age 53
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: George Michael has died at age 53

morphine wrote:
**** you, 2016. Seriously.

Combo is continuing....
by jihadjoe
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Music on a very old computer
Replies: 38
Views: 1979

Re: Music on a very old computer

Gravis Ultrasound, baby! Absolutely the best sounding MIDI card I had back then.
by jihadjoe
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Rogue One
Replies: 160
Views: 6448

Re: Rogue One

IMO the nice thing about Rogue One is that it's clearly aimed at the hardcore Star Wars fan. We got a bunch of early tickets, and friends who weren't really into SW fell asleep through the first half of Rogue One, but for those of us who were invested in the lore it was one tasty treat after another...
by jihadjoe
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Tool to analyze WiFi hotspots
Replies: 38
Views: 1910

Re: Tool to analyze WiFi hotspots

I've heard Network Analyzer and RF Toolbox mentioned once or twice among my iPhone wielding colleagues, but they cost (a little) money.
by jihadjoe
Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Motherboards and DPC latency. Why isn't it a bigger deal?
Replies: 14
Views: 1438

Re: Motherboards and DPC latency. Why isn't it a bigger deal?

IIRC this is mostly a Windows 8/8.1 problem. MS started consolidating procedure calls (hence the term DPC) in order to reduce power use on mobile, and sometimes stuff gets too delayed and things like audio start to stutter. Never experienced or heard any DPC related problems from friends with 7 or 1...
by jihadjoe
Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Tool to analyze WiFi hotspots
Replies: 38
Views: 1910

Re: Tool to analyze WiFi hotspots

I use WiFi Analyzer on Android. Shows the list of available networks plus their channels and signal strength. It's pretty awesome. http://i.imgur.com/rwEBSyh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/coaC6T4.jpg http://i.imgur.com/AlA4aka.jpg Edit: Added link and screenshots
by jihadjoe
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: PSA: Neverwinter Nights Diamond
Replies: 12
Views: 878

Re: PSA: Neverwinter Nights Diamond

NWN was also one of (if not the first) PC game to implement D&D's 8th level and above spells. Hype!
by jihadjoe
Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: TV input lag?
Replies: 9
Views: 1082

Re: TV input lag?

Generally you'd want to turn off as many of your TV's image/motion enhancement features as you can. Each of those is an added post-processing step your TV does and adds to the input lag. Ironically it's usually the cheapest, simplest TVs (fast TN panels, no postprocessing) that have the best perform...
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