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by MadManOriginal
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bottle-necking my aging beast
Replies: 38
Views: 2535

Re: Bottle-necking my aging beast

People underestimate the difference that multiple generations of compounding 5-10% performance increases can make. but yeah, as others have said, more investigation of whether the CPU is being fully loaded will help determine where the bottleneck lies. I may have missed it, but I assume you have an ...
by MadManOriginal
Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Crazy Phone
Replies: 4
Views: 1600

Re: Crazy Phone

I had an occasional black screen issue on my Nexus 4 after many, many large and small OS upgrades. There were supposed fixes, but I just decided to do a factory reset rather than waste my time doing all the other ones. It was one of the known fixes, but I figured that nuke from orbit after so many u...
by MadManOriginal
Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone else getting more aggressive Win10 u/g notifications?
Replies: 79
Views: 6955

Re: Anyone else getting more aggressive Win10 u/g notificati

Last week it was "Microsoft recommends that you reserve your copy of Windows 10" with a helpful clock icon [image snipped] Now it's "More than 100M people have already upgraded to Windows 10 - FREE!" with a tick icon ... [image snipped] :evil: These are quite large too. Holy liv...
by MadManOriginal
Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Verdict on Samsung V-NAND (850 series) SSDs
Replies: 20
Views: 3320

Verdict on Samsung V-NAND (850 series) SSDs

So, Samsung's SSD reputation took a dive with the bugs in the 840 series, both TLC and MLC variants. I imagine that people scrutinized the 850 series very closely because of this. I know it took a while to come to light with the 840s, but has there been any problem found with the 850s (specifically ...
by MadManOriginal
Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Massive Nokia/MS Partnership Fails
Replies: 38
Views: 3263

Re: Massive Nokia/MS Partnership Fails

sweatshopking wrote:
http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-warns-possible-and-massive-future-write-due-nokia-acquisition#comments

Read my sweet comments getting those fanboys all hot and bothered.


I don't believe those are actually your comments. There's no all caps.
by MadManOriginal
Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is Skylake going to be a legitimately big deal for desktops?
Replies: 174
Views: 24773

Re: Is Skylake going to be a legitimately big deal for deskt

Yep, and if you look up "product segmentation" in the dictionary, "Intel" comes up. I'm still angry that ECC support is reserved for the Xeon line. But I can be angry all I want, because they won't have a reason to change that anytime soon. It wouldn't make me so mad if you didn...
by MadManOriginal
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help me choose a PS for I5 and GTX 960
Replies: 29
Views: 3240

Re: Help me choose a PS for I5 and GTX 960

Seasonic, ~450W. Done.

(That system will draw <300W at sane overclocks with max 'power virus' programs like simultaneous Prime95+Furmark.)
by MadManOriginal
Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2
Replies: 44
Views: 21692

Re: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2

That's all well and good, but the point is they shouldn't be called USB 3.1 anything . They should be called USB 3.0 type C like every single previous USB speed/port type. They are adhering to the official name as documented by the USB-IF. If you have a problem with that then direct your concerns t...
by MadManOriginal
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2
Replies: 44
Views: 21692

Re: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2

That's all well and good, but the point is they shouldn't be called USB 3.1 anything. They should be called USB 3.0 type C like every single previous USB speed/port type.
by MadManOriginal
Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Strange music pricing on Amazon
Replies: 19
Views: 1852

Re: Strange music pricing on Amazon

A few things: 1) Amazon gives you a free copy of any CD you buy in streaming, downloadable mp3 in your Amazon Music Library. So what jbi sees them giving away has been going on for some years. 2) For people who do buy physical CDs, which you can't do from Google or Apple or other streaming services,...
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Please help! I can't stop buying games from Steam.
Replies: 37
Views: 3214

Re: Please help! I can't stop buying games from Steam.

I used to buy a fair amount of games during Steam sales as well, but once I realized how many I have that have gone unplayed (and the number is bloated because of Humble Bundles, but those tend to be smaller/simpler games) I just stopped. I *might* buy a single game on sale once every few months if ...
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Bad news for Linux users.
Replies: 46
Views: 5886

Re: Bad news for Linux users.

I don't think this will be a problem for DIYers either. It might be a problem for laptop buyers who want to load Linux, but laptop makers who allow secure boot disabling should see a bit more sales. I think this is a move for more device-like embedded OS products and 'internet of thing' things. Also...
by MadManOriginal
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2
Replies: 44
Views: 21692

Re: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2

All I know is it's completely stupid because connector type has never had to be correlated with speed, but that seems to be the only reason for '3.1 gen 1' instead of '3.0'
by MadManOriginal
Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2
Replies: 44
Views: 21692

Re: USB 3.1 Gen 1 vs USB 3.1 Gen 2

At first this seemed extremely stupid... but I kinda see the reasoning behind it now. Apple's USB-C port is not a USB 3.1 port. It's only a USB 3.0 port in the USB-C form-factor. The only way to differentiate between USB 3 and USB 3.1 speeds on physical USB-C ports is to use a different labeling sc...
by MadManOriginal
Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower
Replies: 36
Views: 8843

Re: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower

You can do some research, but ebay+paypal fees are about 13%, then there's shipping. You may want to try selling on forums on various tech sites instead, you can search for recent prices and take into account eBay prices which can be considered 'market' prices, then knock off some amount so it's a g...
by MadManOriginal
Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower
Replies: 36
Views: 8843

Re: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower

A GTX 980 will perform almost as well as perfect scaling GTX 770 SLI, which obviously doesn't quite happen. I say go for it, even if you have to throw in a few extra bucks, not having to use SLI is worth it.
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GeForce GTX 960s with 4GB memory being released
Replies: 20
Views: 5281

Re: GeForce GTX 960s with 4GB memory being released

If you want to believe the info here http://wccftech.com/amd-r9-390x-nvidia-gtx-980ti-titanx-benchmarks/ a 960Ti slots in exactly halfway between the 960 and 970, but if it is based on the GM204 chip, NV won't want to price it too cheap because profits. The yield on GM204 must be pretty good given t...
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GeForce GTX 960s with 4GB memory being released
Replies: 20
Views: 5281

Re: GeForce GTX 960s with 4GB memory being released

There is a fair amount of space between $250 and $330 (960 4GB and 970), but the regular 960 might drop a bit, yeah. They could have a card at $40 intervals though: $210, $250, $290, $330.
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GeForce GTX 960s with 4GB memory being released
Replies: 20
Views: 5281

Re: GeForce GTX 960s with 4GB memory being released

EVGA has US prices on their site now, and the 4GB version is going for +$40 over the 2GB version. If this is really going to be NV's mid-$200s card, it is a bit disappointing because there are only specific cases where the added VRAM makes a big difference.
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ridiculous increasing hardware requirements for games.
Replies: 69
Views: 7318

Re: Ridiculous increasing hardware requirements for games.

4 core, 8GB RAM, 4GB VRAM isn't *that* bad as recommended specs. (Minimum should be a little lower). The install size part is pretty stupid though, especially when it stems from devs just not trying, or doing outirght dumb things that would take no additional effort like uncompressed audio (at least...
by MadManOriginal
Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower
Replies: 36
Views: 8843

Re: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower

For an HTPC/gaming PC, the GTX 960 might be a better choice: Also, the GTX 960 has one exclusive new feature: full hardware support for decoding H.265 video. Hardware acceleration of H.265 decoding should make 4K video playback smoother and more power-efficient. Now, I normally might say 'just use t...
by MadManOriginal
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: In search of a new mouse....
Replies: 42
Views: 3902

Re: In search of a new mouse....

Laser :( But if the shape is perfect and you like the operation, fair enough...I've bought (and ultimately returned) $70-80 mice before, but would have kept them if those things were right for me.
by MadManOriginal
Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: In search of a new mouse....
Replies: 42
Views: 3902

Re: In search of a new mouse....

First, a minor rant. Why in the world would you, as a brick and morter store, not have many of the mice you sell out for people to play with? Especially high end mice? I can understand the $10 generic hanging on the wall, but if I'm going to plop down $50+ for a mouse that I'm going to have in my h...
by MadManOriginal
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: In search of a new mouse....
Replies: 42
Views: 3902

Re: In search of a new mouse....

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Did you test drive a $39 Logitech G300S?


The G300s qualifies as a 'small' mouse; length - 115mm, and once you account for the excess width of the 'wings' it is on the thin side.
by MadManOriginal
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: In search of a new mouse....
Replies: 42
Views: 3902

Re: In search of a new mouse....

Mionix Avior EVGA Torq X5 optical Zowie FK1 or FK2 Read up on them. The Avior and FK1/FK2 have been out for a while and have lots of user input, the EVGA is quiet new and less expensive so has less user feedback. Despite the seemingly slightly small length dimension, it's really similar to ~125mm st...
by MadManOriginal
Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower
Replies: 36
Views: 8843

Re: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower

It doesn't matter if there's a gap between the shroud and the backplate when there's a massive gap all around between the shroud and the PCB.
by MadManOriginal
Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower
Replies: 36
Views: 8843

Re: GTX 960 with decent, QUIET blower

It sounds to me like the inflexible problem is cards that rise above the PCIe slot too much and prevent the case from being closed. From a quick browse at Newegg, there are a few non-blower cards that don't have this issue. They will shut down fans at low power draw (HTPC use like movies) and are se...
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Sandisk Extreme Pro?
Replies: 24
Views: 2316

Re: Sandisk Extreme Pro?

250GB class: get the BX100; just don't get a 256GB MX100, there are not enough NAND dies to maximize the parallel nature of SSDs, and you can see this in any review which includes that capacity.
500GB class: get either
by MadManOriginal
Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Sandisk Extreme Pro?
Replies: 24
Views: 2316

Re: Sandisk Extreme Pro?

What's the difference between the BX100 and MX100 anyway? Seems like a few more bucks and slightly different capacity at first glance. The BX100 performs better than the MX100 though: http://techreport.com/review/27824/crucial-bx100-and-mx200-solid-state-drives-reviewed/7 It depends upon the scenar...
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