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by christos_thski
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Desktop Wifi - adapter question
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: Desktop Wifi - adapter question

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320333 Ha - this is the one I bought last night after searching around - good to know someone else around here likes it - thanks for the link! @JBI - I see what you mean, a 2nd router offers no advantage - not sure why I thought it would - e...
by christos_thski
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Desktop Wifi - adapter question
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: Desktop Wifi - adapter question

How about some powerline homeplugs? They're as plug and play as you can get and I've been impressed with the minimal impact on ping/lag. Much better than wifi. These should do just fine, for example http://us.dlink.com/products/connect/powerline-av2-2000-gigabit-pass-through-adapter/ Unless you're v...
by christos_thski
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 93
Views: 7525

Re: Stay Safe!

Houses in that area do have some extra lumber support going on, but for the most part it's just rinse and repeat with damaged property. A discussion could be had about whether the cost and upkeep of trying to make waterproof indestructible houses would be less than repairs, but I'll assume that the...
by christos_thski
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 93
Views: 7525

Re: Stay Safe!

First of all, good luck to all people threatened by this... hope people get away from this as unscathed as possible. I have a question, and I'm not trying to troll or flamebait, so please don't take this the wrong way. My folks' home -as most- withstood a 6,6R scale earthquake in Greece, back in the...
by christos_thski
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GPU prices to keep rising?
Replies: 7
Views: 4223

Re: GPU prices to keep rising?

By the way... the oligopoly itself is pretty upfront about running a cartel. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/China-to-take-3-to-5-years-to-pose-threat-to-memory-chip-industry "For Taiwan's leading memory chip maker Nanya Technology, China's ambition to build up a competitive semicond...
by christos_thski
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GPU prices to keep rising?
Replies: 7
Views: 4223

Re: GPU prices to keep rising?

Even corporate press is now more and more referring to the chip makers "lax" attitude to upgrading capacity and more cautiously and less often towing the party line about "process switch" and the rest of that crap. The oligopoly and its practices are now eating into the viability...
by christos_thski
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 1603

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

I don't think this is a very smart move with Ryzen 3 coming soon. On the other hand, if it props up AMD sales it may end up good for the consumer -in the long term. Short term, it does kind of suck, but that's the exact reason we need competition in the cpu market..
by christos_thski
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 6744

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

Perhaps buying a few units of every kind of useless piece of crap "cryptocoin" as it appears, for pennies, and then sitting on that until the libertardians discover their next "stick it to the fed/down with fiat money" fad, would constitute a better scheme rather than overloading...
by christos_thski
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 79
Views: 7078

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

I have to agree with just brew it, and Rage Pro's experience only reinforces my antipathy towards Samsung. This company does not respect its customers. Some of its low end TVs are positively bottom quality, a friend of mine had a panel burn out on one (a few months past warranty) and they offered to...
by christos_thski
Fri May 19, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3987

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Three systems: Fractal Define R5 + EVGA Supernova G2 550W Corsair 380T + Seasonic S12II 520W Phanteks Enthoo Pro M + EVGA Supernova G2 650W These are three of the largest cases you can get in their respective "classes". The Phanteks and the Fractal both push the bounds of a "midtower...
by christos_thski
Fri May 19, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3987

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Primary PC : a Thermaltake GTS-10 (which is the last case I'll buy from them, as I'm unhappy with their customer support) and a Corsair CS750M PSU (which is certainly not the last PSU I'll buy from them ; great tech support when I needed it). Secondary PC : a small Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 tower and ...
by christos_thski
Wed May 10, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the best electric toothbrush?
Replies: 38
Views: 5709

Re: What's the best electric toothbrush?

Since the thread has been necroed and all... https://www.amazon.com/DB4010-Oral-B-Advance-Battery-Toothbrush/dp/B004EFXO28/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1494430625&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=oral+b+advance+power It's cheap, it's cheerful, it still does a much better job than manual br...
by christos_thski
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 5786

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

ClickClick5 wrote:
christos_thski, what are your core/ram speeds?

Updated: http://linserv.biz.tm/dat/TR_Super_Bench_Results.xlsx


The core is running at 1050Mhz and the HBM RAM at a 'lowly' 500Mhz (I guess the insane HBM 4096 bit memory bus more than compensates for that, but I still get a chuckle out of it).
by christos_thski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 5786

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

Not exactly a state of the art system (the i5-3470 is maybe getting a little bit long on the tooth for torture benchmarking, only 8gigs of ram), but my R9 Fury came through for me. Better than I expected.

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by christos_thski
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 9086

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Linux needs a better installation process. Sure, there are "download and play" repositories in various distros, but insofar as the non technical user is lost trying something as simple as installing an app outside of those repos, linux will not be perceived as more user friendly than wind...
by christos_thski
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 32
Views: 3738

Re: RAM prices

Aranarth wrote:
southrncomfortjm wrote:
Is this somehow due to Ryzen launch? Or is there some other reason?


Yup it is intel's fault!
Another grand conspiracy! :D


More like collusion between the memory makers and it's not the first time, nor will it be the last. Ah, the joys of "free market" oligopolies.
by christos_thski
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 9086

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Linux needs a better installation process. Sure, there are "download and play" repositories in various distros, but insofar as the non technical user is lost trying something as simple as installing an app outside of those repos, linux will not be perceived as more user friendly than windo...
by christos_thski
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug
Replies: 87
Views: 7557

Re: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug

"The bug has been confirmed to affect all Windows 10 versions but not Windows 7. " I'm sorry but I can't help feel schadenfreude over AMD's decision not to support Windows 7. Perhaps, had they supported Win7, some reviewers might have chosen that to benchmark. http://www.pcworld.com/articl...
by christos_thski
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hold Out for Ryzen 5?
Replies: 26
Views: 5240

Re: Hold Out for Ryzen 5?

I think at the low end, Ryzen will provide a better gaming experience than Kaby Lake. You're just going to have to get down into Core i3 territory before that's true, though. In the Ryzen 5 range, it's probably true that the Core i5 will do better at the same price range in games. Core i3 territory...
by christos_thski
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3997

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

My 8-bit home computer, my 286, my original Pentium-133 and my Celery 300@450 never failed, they just became obsolete. In fact the Celery 450 might have been the most resilient, as I actually bought a Tualatin P3-1033mhz and stuck it into an ingenious slot1 adapter, which gave it a new breath of air...
by christos_thski
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300
Replies: 129
Views: 15855

Re: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300

No reviews yet, anywhere to be found? It's already sold in stores. That's strange for a cpu that has excited such interest (I'm not bagging on techreport in particular here, I haven't found any reviews... anywhere)
by christos_thski
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300
Replies: 129
Views: 15855

Re: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300

They should call it the Pentium 5. I mean, it's worth it. Great chip, great value. The G4560 is even better as far as value for money is concerned. Have we ever had such a great entry level CPU since the wildly overclockable Celeron 300A?
by christos_thski
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: VW in deep Doo-Doo
Replies: 199
Views: 15906

Re: VW in deep Doo-Doo

The real miscalculation out of Wolfsburg was the expectation that EPA and CARB would show the same deference to VW (and its employment levels) shown by German regulators.  They figured on 4 months between discovery of the issue and public announcement by EPA/CARB.  They got 30 minutes. Germany has ...
by christos_thski
Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: derFunk's Xbox game Giveaway: Gears of War 360 collection
Replies: 17
Views: 1487

Re: derFunk's Xbox game Giveaway: Gears of War 360 collection

Many thanks to derfunkenstein for the redeem codes, which work perfectly fine (I thought that I had to redeem them on my Xbox360, but it appears I can redeem game codes from the xbox store online, I had never tried that). And for taking the time to pm me, as I hadn't seen the update :-) Thanks to wa...
by christos_thski
Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: derFunk's Xbox game Giveaway: Gears of War 360 collection
Replies: 17
Views: 1487

Re: derFunk's Xbox game Giveaway: Gears of War 360 collection

29? 

And kudos for sharing. :-)
by christos_thski
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN
Replies: 203
Views: 6090

Re: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN

AMD's stock closed today at -1,31% while intel's rose by 2,31%. I'm not saying this in the vein of putting my trust in stock jockeys (they've been catastrophically wrong again and again), but simply as an indication that it doesn't seem like AMD generated the enthusiasm they were going for with this...
by christos_thski
Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN
Replies: 203
Views: 6090

Re: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN

The Handbreak and pre-render demos had me definitely non-plussed.  Now they're showing a Battlefield 1 "comparison" with intel (on a Pascal nVidia card, lol) and it's... let us just say "indeterministic" random gameplay video. Not completely down on Zen yet, but I was watching th...
by christos_thski
Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN
Replies: 203
Views: 6090

Re: AMD Gives you Pastrami on RyZEN

Some real tests showing Zen (or ryzen) go head to head even with that old reliable, Sandy Bridge, should be enough to make me happy - I'm frugal, that way. Convoluted testing under strangely concocted situations against 1000$ intel CPUs paired with bizzaro-world iGPU or low-midrange GPU combinations...
by christos_thski
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Anyone use an iPad2 with a third-party keyboard e.g. Logitech?
Replies: 10
Views: 2151

Re: Anyone use an iPad2 with a third-party keyboard e.g. Logitech?

Funnily enough, I use a Microsoft Wedge bluetooth keyboard with my ipad. Works just fine.
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