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by jihadjoe
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

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: 283

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: 283

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: 966

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: 1758

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: 1094

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: 1116

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: 1567

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: 8
Views: 764

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: 2854

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: 76
Views: 3286

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: 1755

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: 3091

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: 1122

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...
by jihadjoe
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 673

Re: Hexacore Build Case

Lian Li is awesome. Sure you pay a premium, but the quality is well worth it. I'm still using my more than 10 year old PC-V1000. The aluminum is so thick and sturdy that you can sit down on top of it and it wouldn't even flex, plus it's all nice rounded edges on the inside.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?
Replies: 15
Views: 1533

Re: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?

Into your attic, or onto the wall.

Unless you're somehow building an end of Windows-XP era gaming rig.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 2189

Re: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs

You can also impersonate the local system account using psexec (from Sysinternals).

psexec -s -i cmd.exe

Will give you a command prompt running as the local system account, which should be able to delete the offending files.
by jihadjoe
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 234
Views: 13980

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Do you guys think a proper fix to the silicon will make it to Ice Lake?
by jihadjoe
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 3824

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

It wasn't hacked. You allowed them to install it by allowing Firefox to install and run Studies. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1194583 And from the Shield Studies wiki that the support response linked, it's supposed to prompt users to try out new products, not install them silently. &...
by jihadjoe
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSDs and Encryption
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: SSDs and Encryption

Some SSD controllers are capable of full disk encryption themselves. If your SSD does, then you might want to use its built-in utilities because it might be able to encrypt the drive without driving up write amplification or eating CPU cycles.
by jihadjoe
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 4294

Re: What happened to my overclock?

The i7-3820 is sort of unlocked. Multiplier goes up 6 steps to 43x, then a mild bclk bump to 105 gives 4.5GHz. Depending on your board you might be able to use the 1.25x bclk ratio to get up to 5GHz with a 40x multiplier and slightly relaxed RAM timings. My CPU needs a lot more voltage once it gets ...
by jihadjoe
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 4294

Re: What happened to my overclock?

My Kentsfield is invincible, lol!

Not gonna make the same claim about Sandy Bridge, but I do have an i7-3820 that's been doing 4.5GHz 24/7 since the day it was built in 2012. Old process tech ftw.
by jihadjoe
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to my overclock?
Replies: 36
Views: 4294

Re: What happened to my overclock?

Yes the bigger process would make older CPUs more resilient against electromigration. The degradation is caused by material getting moved around, and a bigger node means there's more stuff used for each feature making them harder to damage.
by jihadjoe
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5364

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

Ok, KitGuru gave the information.. But honestly, it wasnt THE information I was looking for :\ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czRO7R_KWA0 And this https://www.tweaktown.com/news/60100/amds-new-ryzen-7-2800x-teased-12c-24t-up-5-1ghz/index.html He is basicly saying ⋅  5 GHz 12/24 AMD Ryzen...
by jihadjoe
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."
Replies: 8
Views: 867

Re: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."

Eh. Seems like FUD to me. We've been at this point for awhile, imo. There's no such thing as privacy anymore, but there is anonymity. Devices collect data all the time but with the exception of bad actors or state actors, no one would want to tie all that data back to _you_ specifically. Unless you...
by jihadjoe
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 3710

Re: Nvidia Titan V

So basically a 1/3 price Tesla GV100 for the AI researcher, but no real benefit for gaming.
by jihadjoe
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Weird behavior with with multiple monitors
Replies: 6
Views: 1764

Re: Weird behavior with with multiple monitors

This happens to me on some monitors connected via HDMI. Windows treats them like external displays (like connecting an external monitor or projector on a laptop), and then the display goes to sleep it gets disconnected, sometimes causing windows on it to be moved to another display (usually the prim...
by jihadjoe
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?
Replies: 45
Views: 3777

Re: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?

"Don't lie to the user" seems like a pretty simple rule. If you can't do something because of a permissions issue, at least tell me there's a permissions issue! Welcome to the LOCAL_SYSTEM privilege layer. psexec -i -s cmd.exe Pretty much impossible to administer Windows Server without oc...
by jihadjoe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 4107

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Just another day in the life of Helpful Hacker!
by jihadjoe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 4107

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Where did you get the info regarding the 13th? Apple publicly stated that they found out about the issue yesterday (Nov. 28): It was being suggested as a way to get into someone's locked Mac in their own forums on Nov the 13th. Was probably known of for far longer than that. https://forums.develope...
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