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by strangerguy
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 39
Views: 931

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: 39
Views: 931

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: 730

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: 39
Views: 931

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: 1779

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: 1699

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: 580

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: 30361

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: 1920

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: 993

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: 30361

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: 1187

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: 8367

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: 6099

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: 1699

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: 6099

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 ...
by strangerguy
Tue May 08, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 6099

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

I'm building a Athlon XP 2500+ / A7N8X / 2GB DDR1 3200 / like its still 2002. Paired with a 2007 X1950 Pro AGP. And I'm really curious how disastrously bottlenecked a GTX 970 is going to be on a Opteron 175 + MSI NF4 The current CPU scene is so boring I'm going back in time to satisfy my PC building...
by strangerguy
Sun May 06, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery
Replies: 16
Views: 1699

Re: The CPU-Z Benchmark Gallery

4790K 4.2GHz, DDR3-1600 ST: 450 MT: 2318 8700K 4.7GHz, DDR4-3000 ST: 551 MT: 4200 For anyone who think how can there be any difference between two in gaming despite in a small gap in ST synthetics, they can't be more wrong. The difference is very perceptible and measurable in CPU-limited games like ...
by strangerguy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31208

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Sorry if I keep referencing videos but sometimes the language barrier keeps in the way and it is easier to link a video or an article. One simple question: How old were you on May 25, 1977? I happened to be 13 at the time. Just want to see which era of fan I'm reading, as it seems to be important f...
by strangerguy
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 2411

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

From what I can see, kids these days don't even want toys anymore. They would rather want to play on a iPhone or watch Youtube on TV, and those are also cheaper and less clutter to deal with than toys from the parents POV.

Doesn't help that birth rates are falling like a rock all over the globe.
by strangerguy
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 2570

Re: USB to XLR

I'm didn't knew digital XLR existed.
by strangerguy
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 8367

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

I'll just stick to 3.5mm even if it needs an adapter. Charging and using a wireless headset is more work IMO, and since I only use IEMs that's also one less easily lost gadget to me.
by strangerguy
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31208

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

And the evil faction that already controls the whole galaxy can't spare a ship to hyperspace-kamikaze to take down a single Resistance ship, mostly because nobody bothered to ask questions about the script.
by strangerguy
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 30361

Re: Video card prices

The crypto currencies already halved their losses since that ars technica article was published. There's not any point trying to gauge anything from single-day trading in unregulated markets. You can surmise that it is ridiculously volatile and completely unsuitable for use as a currency. If enough...
by strangerguy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 30361

Re: Video card prices

AMD might as well stop selling consumer discrete cards and use all the Polaris/Vegas chips for themselves to mine with. It would be more profitable that way.
by strangerguy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 31208

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

An 8 min cutscene of Battlefront 2 where Luke teams up with a throwaway Imperial soldier is better than the whole of Ep8.
by strangerguy
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 6199

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Samsung et al are price fixing now as it's the last chance they will be able to get away with it. Once China opens their product dumping floodgates for NAND like they did on li-ion batteries etc prices are going to stay low forever.
by strangerguy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 6199

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

All the DRAM/NAND production is owned by South Korea/U.S/Japan companies, the only regulatory agency who gives a damn about the price fixing so far is from China, and the only nation who is hellbent in ramping up homegrown DRAM/NAND production, gasp, is also China. But like you say, of course it's a...
by strangerguy
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 3410

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

I always preferred LCD myself. Higher definition images - which I think had a lot to do with the amount of glass for the particular TV (..with the thick glass Plasmas being a real turn-off). I remember when sales were starting their decline for Plasma's around 2006, and I remember the best of both ...
by strangerguy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 3410

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

What's with the power boards in plasma TVs being so frequently under-engineered? Any way to beef-up some of the components most likely to go on one of your spare boards before it's needed? Plasma requires high voltage, and high voltage circuitry is trickier to get right. I suspect that with the dem...
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