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by jihadjoe
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1550

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: 3910

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: 3910

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: 1246

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: 887

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: 2467

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: 1673

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: 3231

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: 3929

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: 774

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: 3231

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: 3231

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: 3231

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: 1392

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: 133
Views: 9373

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: 1148

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.
by jihadjoe
Mon May 22, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 2698

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Lian-Li PC-V1000 and a Cooler Master 600W Bronze Modular PSU Got them around about the time when Core 2 released. Case was expensive, but it is incredibly good and still looks as good today as it was new (after some dusting off). I've since modded the front panel USBs to get 3.0 in there, but otherw...
by jihadjoe
Wed May 17, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 7131

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

Jen Hsun Huang not gonna sell unless he can run Intel as well.
by jihadjoe
Mon May 15, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 43
Views: 5261

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

Agree with the other comments posted here. "Core i" is more of a brand or marketing term now, and encompasses multiple architectures. If we were speaking of "Core i" architecture then it's already been retired/superseded multiple times, but the "Core i" name will likely...
by jihadjoe
Sat May 13, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Batch file as admin in specified directory.
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Re: Batch file as admin in specified directory.

Why not just add the location of nvidia-smi.exe to %PATH% instead of messing with changing directories?
by jihadjoe
Sun May 07, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Connecting a console mic to PC?
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Re: Connecting a console mic to PC?

Under the skype audio settings I can't choose to output the voice directly to the "call center" mic instead of my speakers? I can't believe there's no "easy" way of doing this. The problem is it's the same sound device and the same sound channel driving the front audio headphone...
by jihadjoe
Sun May 07, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Connecting a console mic to PC?
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Re: Connecting a console mic to PC?

The surefire way to do this is to get a second sound device (like sound card) and use that for Skype and your headset, so it's completely decoupled from the rest of your system audio. I kinda do this but for foobar2000. I have an external DAC set up to use ASIO or WASAPI, and anything played through...
by jihadjoe
Fri May 05, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dudes, check out this sweet RGB-LED snowboard!
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Dudes, check out this sweet RGB-LED snowboard!

Seriously, click the video link. This is all sorts of awesome and now I want one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2zo1_FnNQA

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by jihadjoe
Wed May 03, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having trouble finding new speakers.
Replies: 36
Views: 1941

Re: Having trouble finding new speakers.

Buying these should cost you less than an AudioEngine A2 and give beefier sound (5.25" driver on the Polk Audio TSI100s).

https://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi10 ... B00192KF12
https://www.parts-express.com/pyle-pca2 ... --310-2000
by jihadjoe
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 87
Views: 5454

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

@OP Out of curiosity, what does your CPU tab look in task manager during regular use? You seem to want more cores, but are you actually getting significant usage across all 8 threads? Have you observed what happens to the resource monitors when you do *something* that you wish was more responsive? D...
by jihadjoe
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 87
Views: 5454

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

I feel that what you actually need isn't necessarily a faster CPU, but a ton of RAM. Most of the background tabs would be halted (as of Chrome 57 background tabs are restricted to 1% CPU), so whatever slowdown you get is coming from swapping the contents back into memory when you tab back. If you gi...
by jihadjoe
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 87
Views: 5454

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

@Abrasion

None of your links work. The URLs are truncated.
by jihadjoe
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti roundups
Replies: 18
Views: 2103

Re: 1080Ti roundups

I'm guessing it might be for a different rig? Also if the goal is to sustain 120 or 144fps then even at 1080P one might well need a 1080Ti.
by jihadjoe
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 19
Views: 2019

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

If you have Amazon Prime then you also have Prime Photos (part of Cloud Drive), which is unlimited storage for pictures or 5GB for other file types.

Or pay $60/year for unlimited storage, with a free trial period for the first 3 months.
by jihadjoe
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are the best offline games?
Replies: 42
Views: 3415

Re: What are the best offline games?

The old Ultimas
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