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by strangerguy
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2662

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: 13
Views: 700

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: 864

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: 13
Views: 700

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: 632

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Second selling them on Ebay, the NA userbase have always been suckers willing to spend outrageous sums on used semi-outdated PC stuff without warranty.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: 2045

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: 1576

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: 1576

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: 779
Views: 106448

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: 1576

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: 1576

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: 1596

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: 2662

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: 2456

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: 2662

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: 2662

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: 1194

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: 2662

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: 1917

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: 2132

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: 673

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: 343
Views: 32527

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: 9
Views: 2099

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.
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft acquires GitHub
Replies: 19
Views: 1115

Re: Microsoft acquires GitHub

I'm just not sure how long Nadella will last if he keeps trying to give everything away for free. It's only for the fickle consumer segment where datamining user habits to death and shoving ads to their face is more profitable than selling them OS/software which they can pirate for free anyway. Tho...
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32527

Re: Video card prices

It's a bizarre world we now live in when cards at the tail end of their generation reaching MSRP is considered progress.
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1586

Re: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

I dunno man, most sub models are either obvious loss-leading operations which people will promptly drop in a dumpster after the perks disappear, or are too rarely used to justify one.
by strangerguy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 9245

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

No way in hell would I spend that kind of money on headphones. Unless they came with several live concerts from my favorite bands with it. Oh, and a pair of real speakers that can make you physically ill from the powerful bass. On the subject of DACs Modern DAC components and amplifier devices typi...
by strangerguy
Sat May 12, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 6903

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

I cobbled a AM2 A64x2 4600+ 2.4GHz, 2x2GB DDR2-800, Evo 850 500GB, GTX 970, Win 7x64 setup last night. The nForce 2 mobos all had bad caps, so this is the oldest platform I can safely work with. General desktop performance is unsurprisingly, fine. 720p60 Youtube on Chrome was borderline watchable, d...
by strangerguy
Wed May 09, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery
Replies: 16
Views: 2156

Re: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery

Just for fun.

CPUmark99: 849 (Pentium MMX 233 MHz = 9.43)
Quake 3 Arena demo001 1600x1200 highest: 991 FPS
UT99 GOG version: ~1200 FPS avg, 5720 FPS max
by strangerguy
Tue May 08, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 6903

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

Video decoding used be a CPU killer, until everything has a built in HW decoder. 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. Now I can barely get +8% performance out of my ...
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