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by Pancake
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1309

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

The Intel fanboys are desperately clinging to the IPC thing and if you use the traditional average framerate measurement method on some low-threaded FPS games and cherry-pick your graphics settings to specifically exaggerate the difference between AMD and Intel, Intel will have a commanding lead. O...
by Pancake
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1309

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Essentially, AMD CPUs are the best overall option right now for everything except twitch gaming, and there won't be any major changes there for a year or so. You get more cores and threads than Intel and at lower prices on an architecture that game developers are coding for first and foremost (cons...
by Pancake
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Need some help with a logo
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Need some help with a logo

PENDOWN
REPEAT 20 [FD 100 RT 172]
PENUP
print [My Happy Crappy Logo]
by Pancake
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Need advice on good coding conventions
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: Need advice on good coding conventions

Recently I've been working on a rather complex project, the Quantum Resistant Ledger, and I find myself asking questions like these really often: 1. Should I serialize the data used in a class before passing it down to the database to save, or should I let the database serialize the object, so that...
by Pancake
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1527

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

If you wanna game at all, you wanna game with da fruits. The quality levels dialled up all nice and high. Otherwise why bother? Because the eye candy isn't actually why I'm here. If it isn't still fun without the eye candy, it isn't actually a good game. Of course. But it's not either or. Me, I buy...
by Pancake
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1527

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

I realise I don't have the absolute fastest GPU out there but even so it's still comfortably in the top-end of modern hardware, and yet it seems like running much more than a bog standard 1080p monitor is unlikely to perform well. Ahh, no. And that's your problem. Your GTX1060 is most decidedly ped...
by Pancake
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1527

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

I realise I don't have the absolute fastest GPU out there but even so it's still comfortably in the top-end of modern hardware, and yet it seems like running much more than a bog standard 1080p monitor is unlikely to perform well. Ahh, no. And that's your problem. Your GTX1060 is most decidedly ped...
by Pancake
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazing Thai Rescue Mission
Replies: 6
Views: 805

Re: Amazing Thai Rescue Mission

I'm still trying to figure out just how far back they had gone when the waters came up originally, especially given the stories over how small some of the underwater passages were at rescue time. 4 kilometres which would have taken hours. The coach should be forced to pray at the grave of the dead ...
by Pancake
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?
Replies: 66
Views: 2849

Re: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?

My comment is about the fact that AMD cards have aged better. 6 years ago, £250-300 or so would have got me that HD 7950 or a GTX 660 Ti. 6.5 years ago, for £350 or so I could have got the HD 7950 at launch or a GTX 580. Which vendor would you rather have paid the money for and been stuck on for th...
by Pancake
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?
Replies: 66
Views: 2849

Re: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?

Yes, OP has an ancient HD 7950 and should upgrade it, but a thing to remember is that NVIDIA cards age way less gracefully than that that 6.5 y.o. Radeon has. That myth needs to die. When the 7950 was released it was second only to the 7970 and pretty much kicked sand in the face of NVidias offerin...
by Pancake
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 74
Views: 12584

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

(The last MIPS system I worked on had the MIPS processor monitoring a bunch of physical knobs and switches on a control panel, and reporting the knob/switch states to another device over Ethernet.) I'm guessing 99.99999% of the CPU was used to service the Ethernet stack and operating system? In day...
by Pancake
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1780

Re: Car runs rough on idle

You haven't truly learned to hate vacuum hoses until you have to diagnose non-functional four wheel drive actuation on an early 2000s Chevy. :evil: The manifold vacuum goes to an electronic switch on the transfer case, which opens a valve, which brings vacuum back up to the engine bay (while crossi...
by Pancake
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1780

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Throttle response. I hear you, but the throttle response on a servo-driven throttle isn't perceptibly worse than cable driven - with the bonus that proper fueling is FAR better since the ECU can set the proper pulse widths and ignition timing as the throttle opens and not in response to the throttl...
by Pancake
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1780

Re: Car runs rough on idle

How do you "idle in all gears"? At idle a petrol-powered car is basically operating with a mostly closed throttle plate to minimise fuel used. I assume he means releasing the accelerator while in motion, which then closes the throttle plate, and can expose the effects of a dirty IAC valve...
by Pancake
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1780

Re: Car runs rough on idle

I have a 2003 pontiac grand am 2.2 L. It runs really rough on idle in all gears whether it is warm or cold. It pulls out of it when the accelerator is pushed and you don't feel it again until you left off of the pedal. Changed the plugs and harmonic balancer because it was wobbling. There are no co...
by Pancake
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 40
Views: 2905

Re: upgrading a graphics card

It isn't *that* terrible a CPU - it's still at least as powerful as a baseline PS4 or Xbox One CPU, for one reference point. That's being somewhat conservative. A quad-core Piledriver at 3.7GHz is absolutely going to pound the snot out of 8 lame Jaguar cores in the XBone/PS4. Vastly superior lightl...
by Pancake
Wed May 30, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3547

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

-Apple will push their products to a high speed ARM implementation over the next few years, mostly because of the absolute-power thing. It will have a bunch of fast-ish cores, but still lose out to Intel on real world IPC. -Apple will deal with the performance gap by optimizing their OS and in-hous...
by Pancake
Wed May 30, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3547

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

The way I understand it ARM processors are decent for performing one task at a time, and to do a different task they need to be switched to do a different task in software. Not a good way to multitask. For raw horsepower, I don't think ARM will be able to beat the x86 design, based on, well, the wa...
by Pancake
Wed May 02, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 'Gipsy Danger' Workstation
Replies: 19
Views: 2755

Re: 'Gipsy Danger' Workstation

Nobody ever got fired for choosing Intel!
by Pancake
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 2020

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

I don't think I've ever met a laptop keyboard I truly liked. They seem to range from awful to tolerable. The old ThinkPads were the least bad. Have not tried a recent ThinkPad. Tandy Model 100 was pretty good. Well, if your definition of a laptop extends to something that requires wheeled luggage t...
by Pancake
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 2020

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

just brew it! wrote:
I don't think I've ever met a laptop keyboard I truly liked. They seem to range from awful to tolerable. The old ThinkPads were the least bad. Have not tried a recent ThinkPad.


Tandy Model 100 was pretty good.
by Pancake
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 3740

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

I'd buy a Windows 10 on ARM tablet if they made it in a form factor that made sense. Small. Like the old Surface 3 (non-Pro). Not these ridiculously oversized 12"+ monstrosities. 10" roughly iPad sized with 15 hours battery life and you've got a sale right here right now. And not stupid fa...
by Pancake
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 9001

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

whm1974 wrote:
Now why do you think I could be a bot?


Describe - in single words - only the good things that come into your mind about your mother.
by Pancake
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help me pick a laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 2497

Re: Help me pick a laptop

PrincipalSkinner wrote:
I ended up buying a Dell Inpiron Gaming 7567.
Quick specs :
7700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB NVME SSD, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and a 4k screen.
So far so good but I've only had it for couple of hours. I will post more once I've used it for a while.


Choice, bro.
by Pancake
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Please help a choosing Processor
Replies: 20
Views: 2161

Re: Please help a choosing Processor

First the main reason for a workstation is that it offers the 3 PCIe slots I need to run 3 cards & 12 Monitors. Then all Dell workstations offer only Xeon. Currently I am using outdated & out of warranty Dell T-7500 workstation which is ok but now is a headache because part after part are f...
by Pancake
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Please help a choosing Processor
Replies: 20
Views: 2161

Re: Please help a choosing Processor

Hi, I am using a Dell T-7500 Workstation for day trading stocks, futures & forex.. My current workstation which is 7 years old has processor Xeon E 5645 @ 2.4 GHz, 12 GB RAM, 3 ATI 2460 low profile Cards driving 12 monitors. What software are you running? It doesn't seem to me displaying a bunc...
by Pancake
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 6621

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

Everyone hates marketing, except for the people in marketing. And they're just weird. :P Why hate anyone? Marketing folk are a breed apart but when you're working out of town they're the ones who'll take you to a strip joint or set you up with some blow, pot or what you want. And who doesn't want a...
by Pancake
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 Lineup - Price Shift
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

Re: Ryzen 7 Lineup - Price Shift

Only problem is i7-8700K makes even more sense. You'd have to be mad not to but that instead.
by Pancake
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 7269

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

ETA: Too bad that my career has kept me out of programming for over 6 years. I'd basically be starting over if I tried to go back as a programmer. I was never great at multi-threaded stuff, but I got very good at embedded programming in C especially dealing with constrained computing resources. Zen...
by Pancake
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 6473

Re: Average fuel consumption

I still prefer throttle cables to electronic throttles. One more thing to break, one more thing to introduce lag, etc. I don't mind the system on my C5, but I really wish it were simpler. Eh. Can make that argument against any electronic upgrade that automotive engines have seen over the past 60-od...