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by strangerguy
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I love the smartasses dissing "obsolete" government/industrial/corporate systems just because their SLI Titan XPs is soooo 1337 and expensive, when one system administrator alone easily cost an organization at least 6 figures a year, not mention the other small little things like regulator...
by strangerguy
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Price Drop ?
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: Price Drop ?

With CFL dominating AMD in gaming, Intel is never gonna cut prices on CFL. Gaming is by far a larger segment than the productivity segment in the market. It took a $270 1700 non-X and CFL around the corner to even pressure the 7700K to drop from $350 to $300 in retail pricing. And I have never seen ...
by strangerguy
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2105

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Not to defend the horrid Android OS updating mechanism, but nobody beside us nerd types really care about updates or security. There isn't any serious security breaches in Android AFAIK either despite all the attention drawn to the vulnerabilities and the huge numbers of devices out there. That said...
by strangerguy
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2105

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Nokia 3310
Nokia N70
LG Optimus Black
Unbranded 1.2GHz Quadcore A7 Chinese phone
Nexus 4
Samsung Note 3
Redmi Note
Redmi Note 2
Xiaomi Mi3
iPhone 6S+
iPhone SE
Xiaomi Mi Max
Redmi 4X
Samsung S8+
iPhone X (probably)
by strangerguy
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Z370 and older CPUs
Replies: 12
Views: 1024

Re: Z370 and older CPUs

Even if Z370 supported the 6/7 series CPUs, the potential customer base buying those two together would be close to non-existent when the entire CFL lineup utterly trounces the old.
by strangerguy
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 24
Views: 1859

Re: Form factor trends

What we are discussing is really the main drawback of open industry standards: Life is great until it takes forever for the standards to evolve because of established inertia even in the face of obvious deficiencies. It's even worse in the case of the PC industry where there are so many little playe...
by strangerguy
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 5676

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

If everyone buys these for GPGPU/mining, AMD's gaming marketshare will further recede, and fewer game developers will bother to optimize their software for AMD hardware. At this rate, they could exit the gaming GPU market entirely. Aye, there's that risk. Steam hardware survey for August is out. Fr...
by strangerguy
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 5676

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

I look forward to facepalming as people upgrade from a 1060 6GB to a 1160 (somewhere close to 1070 performance seems reasonable) when using 1080p 60Hz monitors. That will only prove how much better NV over AMD in the GPU selling business. NV gives zero **** about winning pointless GPU SJW battles.
by strangerguy
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Miscellaneous Ryzen thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 2515

Re: Miscellaneous Ryzen thoughts

I would have got a 1700 non-X half a year ago if not for flaky and still is 2x16GB DDR4-3000+ compatibility. What a pity though, because now I'm more than willing to spend more than AMD on CFL i7 for the same reasons and ~30% more ST performance. It's not surprising you got a massive gaming boost on...
by strangerguy
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9197

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Hello GTX 1080 in three days. I really wanted to purchase Vega, and maybe if I were feeling irrationally patient, I would. But I wanted the best deal now and for me that was not Vega. Will still consider AMD in future CPU/GPU purchases... I've been seeing multiple posts from people saying that GPUs...
by strangerguy
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 4129

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

I played the base game in 2012 I think, on a OCed 2500K and HD5850. It already wasn't a well-optimized game back then, FPS would drop to sub 30s during WvW and Karma farm areas. I still have fond memories of the game but I quit after the Ascendend gear patch which turned the endgame into a WoW-esque...
by strangerguy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 4777

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

Apparently TR motherboard pricing outside the USA is wacko. Given its similar pricing to equivalent i9 CPUs as well as stricter cooler requirements, I suspect that i9s will still make a lot of sense to many prosumer folks. For the price of a 1920X + X399 mobo here, I can buy no less than four 1700 ...
by strangerguy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Active monitors for desktop
Replies: 40
Views: 6289

Re: Active monitors for desktop

To be fair, I think a lot of people are under the impression that boomy, loud response = quality. And it's a fair assumption, unless you do your research and are actually interested in hearing what things should really sound like. Glad you like them! I agree too, I can't imagine ever owning a X.1 s...
by strangerguy
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5969

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

I find the idea of using so much carbon-spewing energy primarily for rich PRCs to launder money out of China is both fascinating and disgusting at the same time.
by strangerguy
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 42
Views: 1575

Re: Portable chargers

Stuff I've read indicates that the vast majority of phone batteries are 3.7V or 4.2V nominal. So you've likely got the 4.2 variety and it is just reading a little high for whatever reason. AFAIK: 3.7V nominal = 4.2V at 100% charge 3.85V nominal = 4.35V at 100% charge Most of recent phone batteries ...
by strangerguy
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 42
Views: 1575

Re: Portable chargers

https://www.banggood.com/Original-Xiaom ... mds=search

Review: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/51270

Far and away the best powerbank for the dollar, if you are willing to wait for shipping.
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 1193

Re: Video Card Prices

It would be hilarious when Vega finally hits the streets and that the main competitor won't be NV but instead it will be those <$100 used Polaris cards from Ebay after the bubble bursts.
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.

Yup, Intel's mainstream 6-core should have already be ready for production by SKL, not until Cannonlake. With the exception of the 7700K and G4650 their entire mainstream lineup is utter garbage after Ryzen. Like ~99% of the people out there I can care less towards either HEDT platforms from Intel o...
by strangerguy
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6302

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

1080ti is now the best buy for the buck for hashing that's bad news, pretty soon there'll be no graphics cards left for anyone Then it is a good thing that am not and won't be in the new GPU market anytime soon. If this keeps up, most of us will not be buying any mid-range to high-end video cards u...
by strangerguy
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 3308

Re: End of an E®A

The way I see it, RS old business model made sense when consumer electronics were still relatively expensive to justify repairs, and electronic components inside were still mostly discrete and large enough to be hand soldered. Now everything is almost next to impossible to repair small and dense IC ...
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6302

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

The problem at this point is the miners are moving to Nvidia cards Mostly just the 1070 (for now). 1070 is almost out of stock everywhere and the prices are nearly as much as a 1080, so you might as well go for a 1080 and get Destiny 2 for free. Apparently the 1080 isn't as attractive for mining du...
by strangerguy
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 4002

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

Vhalidictes wrote:
TLDR: I don't understand how new (mostly planar TLC!) drives sell at all when there are both good easily available alternatives and older versions both competing with the new crap.


I don't mind crap TLC drives if the price is right, but it sure as hell isn't.
by strangerguy
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 1953

Re: A crazy idea?

DFI is another manufacturer that did some good stuff back in the day, but have completely disappeared from the enthusiast motherboard market. Much like Matrox they're still around, but cater to specialized niche markets. Looks like their target market these days is industrial automation; for exampl...
by strangerguy
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6302

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

It sure as hell helps AMD to sell out of GPUs as fast as they can make them. Even if AMD isn't making more per card. Until an ASIC comes out and the craze dies. Miners are going to dump those things on eBay for next to nothing, and then AMD will have a hard time shifting cards. Thing is nobody know...
by strangerguy
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 4002

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

Same thing happening to budget SSDs for quite a while: Gone are the good ol' decent stuff like MX100, and now its all about how much underperforming crap they can put into this segment while charging the same prices and hope the consumers are daft idiots. That said, my new Sandisk Ultra 128GB mSD is...
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 4961

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

Quad core mobile CPUs exist because most mobile CPU manufactures have to compensate for their poor single core performance by adding more cores. Apple gets away with dual core mobile CPUs because their single core performance is so awesome possum. Those A53 octacores SoCs are so popular is because ...
by strangerguy
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 4961

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

I dunno what the big deal with the CPU historical prices are. Adjusting for inflation, I already spent less in the 2010s than the 00s in PC hardware averaged per year, even though all of my 00s CPUs are <$200 chips (XP 1700+, A64 3500+, C2D E6300) and the rest of the components are also geared towar...
by strangerguy
Wed May 10, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cable modems with Intel Puma6 chipset
Replies: 23
Views: 3875

Re: Cable modems with Intel Puma6 chipset

just brew it! wrote:
Intel really seems to be on a tear with the security holes this past week...


In the meantime, my $17 obscure EDUP Chinese branded 802.11AC USB adapter with a equally cheapo Realtek chipset is the fastest and most stable wireless NIC that I have ever used.
by strangerguy
Tue May 09, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago
Replies: 21
Views: 3116

Re: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago

Sad, but it's the sign of the times. PCs are not longer the forefront darling of consumer tech for years now.

Even Anand bailed out when he saw the writing on the wall.
by strangerguy
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 191
Views: 17501

Re: Formula One 2017

Is it affordable for the average Joe in Singapore to buy a ticket for the race Mostly yes. or are the people just not interested? Mostly not. It's a funny place really, since it's pretty common to see people driving $100K+ cars going to great lengths to save maybe $2 on parking just so they can wal...