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by jihadjoe
Mon May 29, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ
Replies: 2
Views: 160

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: 86
Views: 5715

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: 462

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: 1579

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: 5218

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: 3757

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 If we were speaking of "Core i" architecture then it's already been retired/superseded multiple times, but the "Core i" name will likely...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: 316

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: 511

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: 511

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: 606

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: 1364

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: 3630

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: 3630

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: 3630

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: 1090

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: 1146

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: 39
Views: 1759

Re: What are the best offline games?

The old Ultimas
by jihadjoe
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.

I blame dust bunnies.

If you've never taken the rig apart there's probably a layer cake of dust formed in between the CPU fan and the HSF by now. Get rid of it before it becomes sentient!
by jihadjoe
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 1039

Re: Headphones on a Plane

As previous posters and innerfidelity suggest, Bose is the king of NC. Myself I went for the Polk Audio Ultrafocus 8000. Slightly weaker NC, but way better audio and good old AAA batteries that last forever (29-35 hours on fully charged Eneloop Pros) and can be quickly swapped out when they run out ...
by jihadjoe
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nokia to go Full Nexus?
Replies: 16
Views: 704

Re: Nokia to go Full Nexus?

Excited for the Nokia 8.

Even during the Windows Phone days Nokia has always made impeccable hardware, so them going for Android and keeping the OS stock could be very disruptive to the established phone market.
by jihadjoe
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 86
Views: 5715

Re: Formula One 2017

I don't really care how fast they are if the racing is going to be so bloody boring (and with all that front wing aero, there's no hope). There's two ways to fix this. First is a completely open formula much like the late 1960's rock 'n' roll show called Can-Am. The second is to put them all in new...
by jihadjoe
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Damage does Linus..err LTT.
Replies: 14
Views: 1986

Re: Damage does Linus..err LTT.

Philldoe wrote:
I find Linus to be one of the most annoying, loud, and unlikable people in tech news. Scott makes this video tolerable.

I'm with you on Linus. So loud and annoying, and I hate the way hee eexteends the syllaables of eeveery woord hee saays.
by jihadjoe
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: DX12 seems to be broken with Ryzen in a few situations
Replies: 16
Views: 676

Re: DX12 seems to be broken with Ryzen in a few situations

DX12 is probably loading up with lots of threads, which then causes it to run into the inter-CCX latency hit on Ryzen.

I don't know why AMD tied the infinity fabric to memory speed, but clearly it should have been made 1) faster 2) clocked independently of the system RAM
by jihadjoe
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 86
Views: 5715

Re: Formula One 2017

F1 has been a procession for a while now, but what's got me excited about this season is the cars are finally as fast, if not faster than the old 2004 cars. Melbourne this year was several seconds faster than the past 2 years, and a teensy bit faster than 2004. Hamilton also managed to beat Schumi's...
by jihadjoe
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 4K on a PS4? Yeah right, when pigs fly.
Replies: 34
Views: 3645

Re: 4K on a PS4? Yeah right, when pigs fly.

If the performance is there a high price is cool. The PS3 launched at $600, but many people considered it good value because both the CPU and GPU were comparable to top-end PCs of it's time, hence all of the supercomputing projects, linux port and trade embargo. The GPU IIRC was basically an Nvidia ...
by jihadjoe
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 3DMark Combined Test score variance very high
Replies: 8
Views: 1441

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: 30
Views: 2967

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: 5756

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: 42
Views: 4195

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: 43
Views: 3757

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)
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