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by strangerguy
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2920

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: 24
Views: 833

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: 88
Views: 2920

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: 71
Views: 2359

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: 950

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: 88
Views: 2920

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: 71
Views: 2359

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: 3156

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: 3156

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: 1959

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: 2003

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: 91
Views: 6918

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...
by strangerguy
Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 91
Views: 6918

Re: Formula One 2017

I'm no F1 fan, but word on the street at my line of work in Singapore is that the GP this year would also be the last; the commercial organizers were not happy about the whole event being unprofitable to host for quite some time now. Even the casinos here supposedly the last ditch effort to draw in ...
by strangerguy
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 167
Views: 17564

Re: Theranos

It's a generation of narcissists, if you will. It's clear she saw herself as the next Steve Jobs, even down to dressing like he did. Of course, Jobs was the real deal. She is just a wannabe with a cute figure. If you ask me she's just yet another symptom of the massive corporatist PC culture that i...
by strangerguy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 167
Views: 17564

Re: Theranos

derFunkenstein wrote:
Talk about getting off easy. :roll:


"Justice" systems worldwide are hopelessly lopsided in favor for the rich, and the real crime is everybody thinks it's OK that way because deep down all of them dreams to be the one who is "screw the rules, I have money!"
by strangerguy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 68
Views: 3560

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Obligatory viewing of Star War The Third Gathers (so bad its good bootleg translation adapted into a full fan voiceover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XziLNeFm1ok
by strangerguy
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 5043

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

OK, but you originally just said Chromecast, for which the resolution is "hey, who knows?". I wasn't aware of the ultra at all until you mentioned it. Maybe that's better, but it's simply not what you said originally. Apart from 4K I'm not sure my usage would differ if I was using a Chrom...
by strangerguy
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 43
Views: 2061

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

I wouldn't hold my breath. Streaming, cloud, Wi-Fi and mobile has made wired LAN more or less irrelevant to the average user, and I dare say the vast majority don't have broadband plans that saturates a 1gbps WAN port. Whatever demand for 2.5/5Gbps is, its gonna be tepid at best.
by strangerguy
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 68
Views: 3560

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

So is this just Luke Rey on Dagobah Green Mountain? Will she sense her friends and trouble and leave before her training is complete? Is this going to be ENTIRELY based on Empire? There was a hand. Did you bring the hand ? Let's throw in a racial/gender diversity message into the mix too, because t...
by strangerguy
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 32
Views: 2425

Re: RAM prices

I paid $200 for 2x16GB Corsair LPX 3200C16 this Jan and it's now $325. One should also know PC oriented parts are now increasingly an afterthought in the grand scheme of things and mobile is now first priority, especially when Apple sells more iPhones per quarter for than all dGPUs combined yearly f...
by strangerguy
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 5043

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

I'll just stick with my 4790K, the fact my PC has increasingly becoming just a Youtube/indie game machine makes delaying CPU upgrades even more viable. I do have my $200 2x16GB DDR4-3200 C16 on standby since Jan this year in case something catastrophic happens to my PC, well before DDR4 prices spike...
by strangerguy
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Newfound Opinion: Ryzen is the second coming of K7
Replies: 44
Views: 4911

Re: Newfound Opinion: Ryzen is the second coming of K7

I dunno how it can be the K7 2.0 when the only thing it does better than Intel is more cores/$ which is purely a marketing decision.
by strangerguy
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 7700 vs 7700K
Replies: 20
Views: 12142

Re: i7 7700 vs 7700K

With or without OC the K is always better than the non-K at usual prices if one isn't penny-wise pound-foolish. I don't see why is there a need for debate.
by strangerguy
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 8449

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

Looks like my 4790K will see it's third year, and the way I see it the Ryzen-X SKUs are ripoffs versus the non-X with when all of them struggle to breach 4GHz. The IVB level IPC and the lack of OC headroom killed any desire for me to switch. It's a mixed bag: A steal for MT heavy users, great for th...
by strangerguy
Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 8449

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

-yes, but it's the enthusiast consumer level that's being compared. It's also *more* than half of the core reserved for GPU on those CPU's (..kaby lake and skylake). Again though, I'm not sure it makes much difference beyond power efficiency at **lighter** loads (..which is a big deal for huge serv...
by strangerguy
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM not working at advertised speeds
Replies: 34
Views: 6105

Re: RAM not working at advertised speeds

It's really odd desktops by now still struggle at ~DDR4-3000 speeds. LPDDR4-3200 was already mainstream in 2015 and 4266 will definitely be mainstream on mobile this year. My best guess we are hitting a speed wall on RAM in a socketable form factor; Mobile has the advantage of the SoC and RAM hooked...
by strangerguy
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 8449

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

I just hate when I ask a serious question and it gets derailed. It really doesn't make sense. If a 95W Ryzen is such a close matchup with a 140W Broadwell-E, then a 125W Ryzen seems like a foregone conclusion. My guess is AMD is hanging onto that card until they're thoroughly beaten. Judging from o...
by strangerguy
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 8449

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

I imagine we could see at least a 6 core part on socket 115x this summer or fall if Ryzen captures any mind share due to highly threaded workloads, but there are still going to be plenty of people who won't bother upgrading their CPU that they bought over the past 5 years because there are no meani...
by strangerguy
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: A question about PCI-E
Replies: 20
Views: 5043

Re: A question about PCI-E

SATA takes PCIe bandwidth You sure about that? Most chipset diagrams have SATA ports as separate lines from the PCIe lanes... Actually, I'm not. I know for sure that non-chipset (ex: Marvell) ones do but for the Intel chipset itself I'd have to check. I'm fairly certain that LGA 2011v3 reserves PCI...
by strangerguy
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 213
Views: 13606

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

I wished that 1700X was tested on at least DDR-3200 instead of the slowass DDR-2133 (and at command rate 2T, why) which nobody should be using or buying by 2017. While I'm very confident that CPU-Z gets the non-XFR turbo clocks correct, I highly doubt it is able to capture XFR clocks if it was enabl...