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by strangerguy
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU
Replies: 42
Views: 6054

Re: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU

Some of those Xeons are crazy cheap. I'd try for one that's Sandy Bridge-based though, as they have AVX in addition to a general boost. Also, aren't architectures prior to Sandy somewhat more vulnerable to Meltdown/Spectre? I seem to remember something about that, but was only half paying attention...
by strangerguy
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 8941

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

8700K stock @ 4.3GHz, DDR4-3000C16
MT: 3431
by strangerguy
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 6445

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

The only true weakness of the 4790K is gaming while doing CPU-encoded game streaming, and the 9600K isn't exactly stellar in that department either.

Frankly nobody should bother with any new Intel CPU slower than the 8700K these days.
by strangerguy
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 1070 Ti at $350: Return or Keep?
Replies: 13
Views: 2466

Re: GTX 1070 Ti at $350: Return or Keep?

The real winners are those who bought GP104 at discounted prices. I don't think much of NV-only raytracing either, it's basically the shiny but ultimately forgettable VR tech demos all over again except with far worse market penetration. For it to be anything beyond that requires AMD's blessing on t...
by strangerguy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD: Remember When we said we'd kill Nvidia last? WE LIED!
Replies: 53
Views: 4923

Re: AMD: Remember When we said we'd kill Nvidia last? WE LIED!

At this rate GPU perf/$ is stagnating its gonna take forever to replace my 1070. Thankfully I bought one with a 5 year warranty.
by strangerguy
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 25
Views: 5501

Re: AV1 Video Codec

Even my crappy Snapdragon 435 phone decodes HEVC 8-bit without issue. The added encode compute complexity of the HEVC tier codecs will be mostly handed by server side of the streaming sites anyway. If for 99% of end users who are using a land-based Internet connection I doubt the codec choice matter...
by strangerguy
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Chinese Android phones
Replies: 29
Views: 3322

Re: Chinese Android phones

parodon wrote:
What do you think? Are you afraid of spying (I am a bit)? Is the support even possible?


If you aren't already worried about the NSA/CIA/FBI/etc doing it for who knows how long already you shouldn't be worried about China.
by strangerguy
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 5146

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I've either gotten way too particular with my tastes or just become dull and depressed. I feel for you man. I have a Switch with Zelda BoTW that was halfway played sitting right in front of me, yet I'll just rather fire up Youtube and watch someone else playing because playing it myself feels like ...
by strangerguy
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 3622

Re: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation

From my own experience my SSDs loses around 40% in IOPs and sequential throughput with SATA3->USB3 enclosure versus native SATA3. Even so for normal consumer use it's not enough gonna be noticeable at tall. Was that with our without UASP? Device manager show the controller as "UAS Mass storage...
by strangerguy
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Wattage Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2874

Re: PSU Wattage Question

At the minimum get at least a PSU with a 10 year warranty like the Seasonic Focus Gold Plus 750W and don't bother with the cheaper units. PSU fan noise isn't really a problem since most gold and better offerings won't spin before 20% load and considering just how much whiny the much smaller GPU ones...
by strangerguy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 3622

Re: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation

From my own experience my SSDs loses around 40% in IOPs and sequential throughput with SATA3->USB3 enclosure versus native SATA3. Even so for normal consumer use it's not enough gonna be noticeable at tall.
by strangerguy
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Motherboard for Haswell
Replies: 2
Views: 2666

Re: Motherboard for Haswell

Second selling them on Ebay, the NA userbase have always been suckers willing to spend outrageous sums on used semi-outdated PC stuff without warranty. Your 4770K should net you at least $200, and the 16GB DDR3 $80. Depending on your luck, even with the inflated DDR4 prices and after Ebay's cut you ...
by strangerguy
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?
Replies: 73
Views: 4056

Re: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?

soulas85 wrote:
Also, a question: on old PC power cable it is written: 250 V ~, 10 A. On camera it is written, 230V. Is it safe to connect this old PC power plug to the cameras, won't it fry them?


Assuming it's AC, nope. It's normal for AC power to be unclean and variable at +/-10% nominal voltage.
by strangerguy
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)
Replies: 14
Views: 3090

Re: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)

IMO from current and future computing trends the ~$4/GB will be the rock bottom pricing, it's not going to be any lower than that. I sure hope not, given that the cost of producing DRAM isn't stagnant in terms of cost/bit. There are gains every year. Moore's law in the context of fab economics is a...
by strangerguy
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)
Replies: 14
Views: 3090

Re: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)

4GB DDR3 was USD ~20 in 2012 IIRC?
16GB DDR4-3000 hit USD 63 in mid 2016, I think a lot of that can be attributed to by how much Kaby Lake sucked so much donkey butt.

IMO from current and future computing trends the ~$4/GB will be the rock bottom pricing, it's not going to be any lower than that.
by strangerguy
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133802

Re: What are you playing right now?

Prey and the Mooncrash DLC.

They are incredibly fun System Shock-esque FPS, albeit with a few annoying mechanics.
by strangerguy
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)
Replies: 14
Views: 3090

Re: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)

Yeah RAM prices are somewhat insane. I read a lot of people saying that over the last months but when I looked at DDR4 yesterday, (just for fun) I almost fell off my chair. I am very happy that there is no need to upgrade from my Ivy i5 just yet, even though 8 cores sound tempting. Things are impro...
by strangerguy
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)
Replies: 14
Views: 3090

Re: Everyone gets an Intel 8-core! (purportedly)

New i7s are rumored to be 8C/8T, which I guess will be just as fast as current 6C/12T 8700K in MT except a larger die and soldered heat spreader for better cooling.

Which is still boring at current DDR4 prices and/or if you don't need a lot of cores.
by strangerguy
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs
Replies: 31
Views: 5435

Re: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs

AFAIK the length of the standoffs aren't standardized like the positions of them as specified by the ATX spec.
by strangerguy
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 5146

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I just think consumer tech "innovation" is getting so meh after seeing past the usual marketing antics and weighing prices versus the real-world advantages, let alone make me open my wallet. Sure there are some great SSD deals popping out in the meantime, but nothing "must-haves"...
by strangerguy
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 6204

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

Well known side effects include agonizing experiences going back to spinning rust only PCs.
by strangerguy
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 5146

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

Optical discs are such a lousy tech, that from my own experience back in 2004 college people are willing to buy relatively expensive 64MB flashdrives over CD-R/DVD-Rs just for the convenience factor alone. I don't want to be a downer but all their products are mediocre at best to $2500 of outright g...
by strangerguy
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 5146

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I don't want to be a downer but all their products are mediocre at best to $2500 of outright garbage under a professional audio analyzer . Anything catering to "golden ears" is a waste of time and money to even consider. A $2500 DAC? Seriously? :lol: Let's break out those directional CAT5...
by strangerguy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 960 Evo vs 860 Evo
Replies: 5
Views: 3144

Re: 960 Evo vs 860 Evo

Nobody should buy both for general purpose and gaming use, they are terrible in GB/$ terms and NVMe won't matter. The MX500 is better in every way, and the 2TB Micron 1100 which is just as fast in real world terms as any other drive mentioned is even better if you find it at $250 which is like over ...
by strangerguy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 5146

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

My 8700K? Didn't really need this upgrade at all from a 4790K. Only really bought it because: I was bored, I had pre-price gouged 32GB DDR4-3200 lying around for a year and there was a $70 bundle discount. A Schiit Fulla 2. My first and only experiment with a standalone DAC (or DAC/amp, in this case...
by strangerguy
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: All phones need a check engine light
Replies: 3
Views: 3521

Re: All phones need a check engine light

Redocbew wrote:
Who is this guy, and why do I care what he has to say?


Yet another YT superstar who cares a lot more selling themselves out for views than making actual content.
by strangerguy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 3881

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

In the the same week the CDC also published about US suicide rates are up 30% since 1999. I think its an existential crisis thing, and more and more people for one reason or another are sadly running into it.
by strangerguy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel's 28-core HEDT part was overclocked - CONFIRMED
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Intel's 28-core HEDT part was overclocked - CONFIRMED

Didn't gave a crap before, during and after.

Already sick of how everything is now made to be pandering for attention.
by strangerguy
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 38653

Re: Video card prices

I wish NVidia would get off the pot already... Today, Newegg has a GTX 1070ti for $419 with promo code and a $10 mail in rebate. That's the best price on a 1070ti I've ever seen! It's a new NV money strategy: Not announcing the next gen until the very last moment so desperate enough people will sti...
by strangerguy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 980ti dead
Replies: 8
Views: 4565

Re: GTX 980ti dead

If I RMAed a 980 Ti and got back a 1070 Ti of any flavor I would be giggling and squealing like an excited little girl.
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