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by jihadjoe
Thu May 24, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 671

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Also, active speakers with a built-in DAC (like the KEF X300A or LS50W) can make very good computer speakers. $2,199.98 Yeah, I'd hope so for 2200 dollars. Despite the expenses involved audiophilia is a very pleasant rabbit hole to fall into. Sound recording and playback is basically a solved probl...
by jihadjoe
Wed May 23, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 671

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Review + measurements for the LSR305. These are professional studio monitors so the sound is really accurate.

These things are normally $150 each so a bit beyond the $200 budget but as I mentioned earlier they do occasionally go on sale for $99 a piece. Massdrop previously did a drop on them.
by jihadjoe
Wed May 23, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 31
Views: 666

Re: How to reset no boot W10

Sorry to be a little OT. I had a situation recently where the recovery/boot partition suddenly had a drive letter attached to it, which was not removable from Disk Management. Fortunately, it received drive letter D: even though C: lay beyond D: on the same drive. Windows booted fine into C:, but w...
by jihadjoe
Wed May 23, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 671

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Unfortunately was spoiled with a computer I had about 8 years ago that had an ASUS Xonar Essence ST in it. And yes, I could hear the difference. I have considered the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system again as that is what I had before. I know some onboard audio has been improved, but unfortunately the o...
by jihadjoe
Tue May 22, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 671

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

+1 on jbi's budgeting. I'd rather spend $350 on speakers and use onboard audio than $150 on a sound card and $200 on speakers. In fact, I'd not spend anything on a sound card until the amp and speakers are at $2000 or higher.
by jihadjoe
Tue May 22, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 671

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

After having tried it as an experiment, I think soundbars make surprisingly good computer speakers.

There's also the JBL LSR305s. They're occasionally available for $100 a piece.
by jihadjoe
Tue May 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Sound bar recommendations <$300?
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Sound bar recommendations <$300?

I'd get one from an audio brand like that Yamaha model. They tend to be better at audio than the TV guys (Samsung, Vizio, LG).

Home Theater Review recommended the Polk Audio Magni-Fi Mini in the soundbar category last year.
by jihadjoe
Sat May 19, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How To Edit File Type Context "Open With" List?
Replies: 9
Views: 317

Re: How To Edit File Type Context "Open With" List?

Sounds like more of Windows 10's general ****.

You might want to try something like Default Programs Editor.
by jihadjoe
Mon May 14, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help choosing a new router
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: Help choosing a new router

If you need something that just works and gives full coverage for a large home the new Google and Linksys mesh wifi systems are really good. I've recommended them to my non-techie friends and they pretty much give the performance of a well setup system of router and APs without the hassle of running...
by jihadjoe
Sat May 12, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1427

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

Doesn't Win XP have its own built-in firewall? You could try activating that first. If you need a third party firewall, I recall ZoneAlarm's Firewall worked pretty well in XP. It has per-application/per-zone permissions, and logged the source IP/host for blocked incoming attacks. I'm just not too su...
by jihadjoe
Wed May 09, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery
Replies: 16
Views: 1171

Re: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery

Almost stock-clocked E5-2690: 103MHz bclk, 3.9GHz single core, 3.4GHz all-core turbo -- about as high as I could get it while sustaining all-core turbo clock under load within the original 135W TDP. Any higher and I'd have to raise the TDP or get throttling. https://i.imgur.com/wilZzsr.png
by jihadjoe
Wed May 09, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 5422

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

Pre-Athlon XP era you have be to really careful which CPU and mobo to pick, especially for OCing since its the difference between +50% free performance versus none at all. IIRC even during the dominant days of AMD media encoding was one area (along with gaming) where the Pentium 4 did pretty well ....
by jihadjoe
Tue May 08, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 5422

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

I somehow managed to skip DDR3 altogether. 2007: Core 2 Duo E6400 + DDR2 2011: bought a used Intel SSD 2016: i5-6600K + DDR4 I've never heard about someone making a bigger upgrade than some guy on Slashdot's leap forward. I've never been able to find the post again, but he went from bringing his fa...
by jihadjoe
Sun May 06, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Best CPU/motherboard for pairing with some DDR3?
Replies: 10
Views: 1690

Re: Best CPU/motherboard for pairing with some DDR3?

So I went and got an E5-2690 like I was suggesting, and let me be the first to say I WAS WRONG . MCE doesn't work on it and you have to do bclk to OC. My board did allow me to raise the base freq to 3.3GHz and adjust the TDP/power limit, which I currently have at 150W. Currently have it running at 4...
by jihadjoe
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ocean Cove is delayed: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Ocean Cove is delayed: CONFIRMED!

I don't think anyone is gonna mistake a CPU for a box of orange juice, but while we're on the topic of stuff $hintel ripped off for this code name, how about Ocean Cove Campground? Or maybe Ocean Cove Lodge?
by jihadjoe
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5477

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

Ideally any testing shouldn't trust the system clock at all. For really accurate results the variances shown here even with AMD's HPET seem too big to be trusting an internal timer which is being affected by the machine's thermals and clock swings. This might be the next big shakeup when it comes to...
by jihadjoe
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6386

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

You're just really unlucky
It's a crap drive model
The manufacturer has **** RMA practices (I've heard of stuff where when items aren't completely broken, the manufacturer simply sends one guy another guy's RMA unit after doing the bare minimum: like a low level format for HDDs)
by jihadjoe
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?
Replies: 5
Views: 835

Re: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?

It does occasionally get to flex its multicore muscles. It's used as a PLEX server and sometimes has to transcode HEVC to H264 for some older client devices. There's also the occasional VM when I work on projects from home. The idea of getting more RAM and cores is attractive especially for those VM...
by jihadjoe
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?
Replies: 5
Views: 835

Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?

A friend is parting out his X79 rig and building Threadripper, so a quad channel kit of G.Skill Ripjaws 2400MHz DDR3 is being offered to me for $160. Should I bite? I'm currently on an i7-3820 with a paltry 8GB of RAM, but I can grab an E5-2690 real cheap (hospital I consult for recently upgraded se...
by jihadjoe
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 16
Views: 1743

Re: AV1 Video Codec

AFAIK AV1 is about even to slightly better than HEVC at lower bitrates, HEVC taking the lead at higher bitrates. IMO the the problem mostly is AV1 is second to market, and HEVC already has a solid foothold in devices with dedicated decode/encode hardware. It's in GPUs, camcorders, set-top boxes, DVD...
by jihadjoe
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 2957

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

I'd love to, but for an 8C/16T system I'd really like to have 32GB of 3200MHz DDR4... which unfortunately would cost as much as the CPU and motherboard combined lol
by jihadjoe
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1752

Re: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5

Zentium!

Also, I would've totally bought a K9. I remember being disappointed at missing out on all the possible jokes.
by jihadjoe
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 6/6 core can't handle "Very Slow" Preset & a Capture
Replies: 16
Views: 1828

Re: 6/6 core can't handle "Very Slow" Preset & a Capture

Are we talking a 2017/2018 i5 six core or a Phenom II six core? There is a big difference. No, a 2012 (or is that 2011) Intel 3930 Sandybridge-E cpu. encoding performance per thread has increased substantially since then: https://techreport.com/r.x/2017_10_03_Intel_s_Core_i7_8700K_CPU_reviewed/hand...
by jihadjoe
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Can a 2-way / 10" woofer produce great midrange?
Replies: 13
Views: 6669

Re: Can a 2-way / 10" woofer produce great midrange?

Usually the problem with big drivers used for midrange is how they become increasingly directional as they approach the crossover frequency. This can lead to a bit of a disconnect as the tweeter will be projecting a nice wide beam, in a frequency where the mid-bass has become narrow. If you're willi...
by jihadjoe
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Best CPU/motherboard for pairing with some DDR3?
Replies: 10
Views: 1690

Re: Best CPU/motherboard for pairing with some DDR3?

I'd go 1-2 steps older get an old Sandy or Ivy Bridge Xeon. 5-10% slower than Haswell, but you get a lot more CPU for a lot less $$$.
You can pick up an E5-2690 for something like $160, which is awesome for an 8C/16T CPU. With sufficient cooling MCE will happily lock all cores to 3.8GHz.
by jihadjoe
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 4906

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

Makes me want to fire up some Action Half-Life.
by jihadjoe
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 7175

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

Go Kyle Bennett, asking the tough questions! This is 100% in-character for the Nvidia I know, and I'm more surprised it took so long for something like this to wind up public. Funny because Kyle has been vilified several times in the past by the AMD subreddit for being biased toward Nvidia. There i...
by jihadjoe
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?
Replies: 16
Views: 2522

Re: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?

I'd go for an i7-8700 (non-k) and use MCE. Hyperthreading is starting to become useful, and the doubled threads will give more performance in CPU-heavy stuff than the 300-400MHz you might get from overclocking. In a bunch of stuff i7-8700 is almost identical to the 8700k if you don't overclock (just...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?
Replies: 31
Views: 4278

Re: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?

-assuming there are no "beeps" indicating a non-functioning CPU, then it "sounds" as if it's a power issue with the motherboard (..like a voltage spike taking-it-out) and/or an issue with the power supply. Would be a pretty crazy coincidence for that to happen right in the middl...
by jihadjoe
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My home theater is sounding weird
Replies: 17
Views: 2014

Re: My home theater is sounding weird

Almost certainly got switched in to one of the various large hall / cinema modes that receivers have. I wish they'd just stop adding those "features". They *never* sound good in any context. :o "I want my receiver to make it sound like we're watching this movie in a place that's acou...
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