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by swaaye
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (&CarbonFiber_5C drop) vs Silicone pad
Replies: 31
Views: 2176

Re: Silicone pad temp increase vs paste. How much.

I bought an Acer business-oriented Haswell machine years ago and the fan would scream whenever the CPU was working hard. HWinfo indeed showed the CPU was overheating and throttling. Pulled the heatsink to see what the paste looked like but found an old school graphite pad material application, the l...
by swaaye
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 16685

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

I like to look up video reviews for some things. Tablets, notebooks, thermal pastes (liquid metal curiosity), and PC cases come to mind. Video gives you a more tangible "visual" of the item. Can be quite beneficial. I miss the podcasts here with David Kanter. Those were the only Podcasts I...
by swaaye
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 2267

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

I've come to the realization that there's a vocal minority ready and waiting to bitch and moan, lynch, picket, etc, about everything. That may be the case about some things, but don't sweep everyone into that same group just because they're standing up against consumer-unfriendly practices. That se...
by swaaye
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 2267

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

Most customers simply won't care; it's just another digital store account along with Steam, GOG, Origin, Uplay, etc. And then there's the whole thing about no such thing as bad publicity. Gamers like to complain about stuff like exclusivity and lack of privacy/portability/etc. but very few of them ...
by swaaye
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New Dragon Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 1871

Re: New Dragon Age!

Oh boy. Soapbox overload already.
by swaaye
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 39
Views: 3898

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

I just looked at my hidden updates on my HP desktop and the HP Keyboard drive is gone now. I guess MS pulled it from WU then.
by swaaye
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 39
Views: 3898

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

The HP problem got me. It's related to a separate HP keyboard driver update that just happened to come in beside this week's MS cumulative update. I don't even have a keyboard attached to that HP Prodesk G2 machine and it still got it. This is causing boot loop BSODs for huge collections of HP busin...
by swaaye
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: CPU architecture router performance
Replies: 12
Views: 2341

Re: CPU architecture router performance

The CPU comes into play with services like VPN server/client, QOS and media sharing (Samba, FTP, DLNA, etc). In these cases the CPU can make a big difference in how much bandwidth you can achieve. Hardware acceleration is there to make these cheap boxes capable of handling gigabit internet links. Wi...
by swaaye
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 37
Views: 4811

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

I've seen that the worst performance losses are storage related so I decided to test my Core i5 6500 machine here. It is a HP business class machine and has a very recent UEFI with all the updates. I used Inspectre to disable Windows mitigations. AS SSD bench actually showed no significant change fo...
by swaaye
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 363
Views: 38282

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

How bad is Windows 10 Really? It's not. I have been using it since launch and I have installed every one of the updates within a week of it's release. Perhaps I've just been lucky, but I don't think so. I will tell you this, I am apparently much more open to change than the average person commentin...
by swaaye
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 5238

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

I think it mostly comes down people having little interest in replacing a machine that still does whatever they do. They really don't care whatsoever about being up to date with the latest trends or seeing things pop up faster. There's nothing appealing about spending money on it.
by swaaye
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 5238

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

Yup. Difference is, it's not a mission-critical system, and since it only gets booted up for a few hours maybe 20-30 times a year, I've got no notion to upgrade it. If it stops working tomorrow for any reason, I can live with that, as it's well past a reasonable EOL. My work is running some Core 2 ...
by swaaye
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 5238

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

I had my parents using a Pentium 4 2.6 GHz with 2GB RAM and Windows 7 for a few years. That was barely acceptable. I don't think it was much slower than XP SP3 though, strangely enough. It's hard to imagine we thought that hardware was speedy at some point, but of course 2002 software and web sites ...
by swaaye
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 4831

Re: Midwest blizzard

Wow, Anovoca. I was looking at an IT job in Merrill, Wisconsin a while back. Then I saw it was even farther north than Green Bay. I don't think I can take those winters. Just FYI, this broke a local record that had stood since 1889. I have never seen a winter storm like it. It was the kind of weath...
by swaaye
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 4831

Re: Midwest blizzard

This is Appleton, WI. Most businesses are closed. Supposed to continue into tomorrow.

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by swaaye
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 4831

Re: Midwest blizzard

Nice blizzard going on here in northeastern WI. Really the only one this year here.
by swaaye
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: PSA for anyone RMAing a graphics card
Replies: 4
Views: 1521

Re: PSA for anyone RMAing a graphics card

I had a Zotac 1070 fail. They didn't have any 1070s at the time so they sent a 1080. No funky negotiation necessary. That's how you make a customer happy.
by swaaye
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?
Replies: 31
Views: 7530

Re: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?

The ME and microcode are part of the motherboard firmware too. Nothing gets flashed into the CPU.
by swaaye
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 10137

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

I have a 4.3 GHz 2500K + 1080 machine and a 4.8 GHz 7600K + 1080 Ti TVPC. Sure the 7600K is a lot faster in various ways, but really I have a hard time saying that it's all that apparent in games. I played some pretty beefy recent games on the 2500K including Dishonored 2 / DotO and Prey. I think it...
by swaaye
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 16407

Re: Eclipse on August 21

We had about 87% coverage here. A bit cloudy. At work we had someone with a welding helmet and that worked extremely well. Clouds didn't matter with that on. Could see the eclipse crystal clear.
by swaaye
Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings
Replies: 24
Views: 7434

Re: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings

TwistedKestrel wrote:
Wireless NICs, on the other hand... they are *still* giving you reasons to go in there.

Yep. You never know what to expect from any WLAN chip. In either a NIC or AP.
by swaaye
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings
Replies: 24
Views: 7434

Re: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings

I just built a i5 7600K machine with a ~ $110 Asrock Z270M Pro4 that has Intel i219-V.
by swaaye
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings
Replies: 24
Views: 7434

Re: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings

What are we hoping to gain with this tweaking? It's a desktop use case right? For the desktop I've never had any complaints about any Realtek gigabit chips. Both Intel and Realtek will happily max out your gigabit throughput without any tweaks. I've seen some people doing validation testing of mothe...
by swaaye
Wed May 10, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cable modems with Intel Puma6 chipset
Replies: 23
Views: 9576

Re: Cable modems with Intel Puma6 chipset

Yeah. My cheap TP-Link TC-7610 cable modem is a surprisingly rock solid unit. No connectivity problems whatsoever in its nearly 2 years of 50mbps service.
by swaaye
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RTS genre
Replies: 27
Views: 6857

Re: RTS genre

Personally I love Age of Empires series. Number 3 looks good and plays well even though it was released 10 years ago. While number 2 has been released in HD with new expansions. The 2d artstyle looks clean and as a result even though its basically an old game, it looks and performs well enough toda...
by swaaye
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RTS genre
Replies: 27
Views: 6857

Re: RTS genre

Nowadays I recognize that the only thing I'm really good at is resource optimization and base building, so games that don't include some of that are a no-go. Most people don't approach RTS games as if they were realtime 4X games, so I can understand why so few appeal to me.... but as for everyone e...
by swaaye
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RTS genre
Replies: 27
Views: 6857

Re: RTS genre

Forged Alliance Forever integrates Sorian AI and they've spent years working on balance and other little fixes. And the game's multiplayer lobby has been hugely improved. By the way, if you aren't aware of the AI slowdown issue let me inform you about some things. :)  Be sure to set the AI land and ...
by swaaye
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RTS genre
Replies: 27
Views: 6857

Re: RTS genre

Yeah I did the original Ashes release's campaign. It was ok.  I've played the game and it's "successor" AOTS Escalation online a bit but it's just not super engaging for some reason.   I'm not sure I really enjoy the design of the game.  It's basically a land-based Sins of a Solar Empire, ...
by swaaye
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RTS genre
Replies: 27
Views: 6857

Re: RTS genre

I mostly play Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, through the Forged Alliance Forever project.     Ashes of the Singularity is mildly entertaining. I've also gotten into Defense Grid 1 and 2 lately but they are just fancy tower defense. I thought maybe Chris Taylor was going to come along with someth...
by swaaye
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Replies: 40
Views: 14252

Re: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

I've been running a TPLink TC-7610 for about a year without any issue.  50mbps service, the fastest here, but I usually see about 65 mbps.

I previously had a SB6141 but it died after about 6 months.
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