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by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Saw the first of probably many mining hardware dumps on craigslist today. Half dozen random brand R9 380 cards for $150 each, way less than the current ebay price. More likely they are secretly being pushed by Nvidia, AMD, and the silicon foundries that produce custom ASICs. Given the first coins a...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 773

Re: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale

I love how this thread has simultaneous gone completely off topic, but remained completely interesting and relevant at the same time.
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Pulled the plug on my mining this morning. With the value of Ethereum dropping every day and the difficulty increasing it's just not worth it IMO. I figured it takes my RX480 10 days to generate 0.1 Ethereum now (IIRC the difficulty has roughly doubled in the last 1.5 months). I really wanted to ge...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

ludi wrote:
Pages and pages of RX470s and 480s littering the landscape, too.


Has AMD fixed its crossfire issues? I think my 480 could use a partner haha. No, actually, not going to do that.
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 773

Re: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale

Awesome. Thanks everyone.
by southrncomfortjm
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 773

Safest way to prep a laptop for sale

Hey all, I have a Dell Laptop with SSD that I want to sell. Basically, I had it for gaming when I travelled, but since I have a Switch now, the laptop just isn't as appealing on the go. What's the best way to clear/reformat/whatever the SSD for resale? Can I secure erase it and then put a new window...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

I think what you end up with are a bunch of disappointed people. Shoot, the guy that bought my GPU was heading for a $560 mistake before he returned it. The mistake only cost him about $112 after my 20% restocking fee. So technically I've made $112 off mining. Technically. You made more than most I...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71274

Re: What are you playing right now?

Finally beat FTL this week after picking it up on Steam sale; this is the best game I've played since Doom (2016). The game's simplicity and level of commitment have been perfect for me while recovering from a fractured knee in bed. Also a lifesaver is the Steam streaming; I can stream games at 60F...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

These bubbles happen so fast it amazes me that people can actually buy a slew of GPUs and mine long enough to pay them off before it crashes. I think what you end up with are a bunch of disappointed people. Shoot, the guy that bought my GPU was heading for a $560 mistake before he returned it. The ...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 125
Views: 4860

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

Around $18/card/month, so close to $100 a month. I had 1, and bought 4 of them, a pcie ribbon, a HX1000i (using about 860 watts for the 3 card rig). Had all the other parts. I used bitcoins to buy it all, I used to mine 2-3 years ago with 2x bitcrane 1.1th miners and had a few coins built up. Neweg...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 125
Views: 4860

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

The 75-80MH is for each 1080ti mining Lyra2REv2, I have 5x of them currently (one is in my gaming rig, one in my home server, and 3x in a mining rig that consist of a dog crate with a box fan ziptied). About $800 a month at the current rate. I hash Lyra2REv2, Equihash, X11Ghost, Lbry, and Pascal, w...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 14
Views: 535

Re: Xbox One X

4K is a lot of pixels. I don't think most games will run at that natively. I bet they will do some funny 900p-type rendering to get the resolution up like they do to day, just higher (1800p?). I have not bought a 4K TV because there just isn't value in the extra pixels for viewing content at my vie...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 14
Views: 535

Re: Xbox One X

Freesync support is great, but my guess is we won't see TVs with Freesync until late 2018 at the absolute earliest, but more likely 2019, if at all. We'll get it in 2018 if the XBOX takes off as well as the Switch, but it is highly unlikely to do that (my bet is that is a very muted launch, maybe 3-...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 14
Views: 535

Re: Xbox One X

https://www.neowin.net/news/developer-says-theres-a-night-and-day-difference-between-the-xbox-one-x-and-ps4-pro "I don’t mind saying that it’s significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro, and we’ve worked with PlayStation 4 Pro. It’s way more powerful. It’s a night and day differenc...
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 40
Views: 1133

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Plain gray Switches are up at the $300 MRSP on Amazon right now. Probably won't last long.
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

No idea really. It just seems like fans would be the first thing to go after a few million revolutions. Um, do the math on a 7200 RPM hard drive running 24/7/365. How does that help? It's fans v. multiple spinning platters, plus the hard drive is also executing writes and reads, so there are multip...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 40
Views: 1133

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

For anyone with a Switch, but no microSD yet, check out https://www.dealzon.com/deals/cheap-sam ... mory-cards

$45 with free 2 day shipping for a 128GB Samsung Evo+ micro SDXC card. Just ordered mine!
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 14
Views: 535

Re: Xbox One X

Whether or not the XBOX does 4k60fps depends on a ton of factors. Forza can do 4K60 because it doesn't really animate anything and there are at most 12 relatively static cars on screen. That's 4K ezmode if there is such a thing. 4k60 Halo? I don't see that happening without compromises elsewhere, su...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Redocbew wrote:
Are fan failures really that common? I can't remember the last time I had a fan fail on anything even for old, sad, dirty machines brought to me by family members.


No idea really. It just seems like fans would be the first thing to go after a few million revolutions.
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Any idea what the life span is for a good quality consumer GPU that is running at 74c and 15% fan speed (650-700 rpm) for 24/7? My temperature is much lower, and my fan is much faster. It didn't occur to me to do it the other way around to avoid wearing out the fan. Perhaps that makes more sense. I...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

freebird wrote:
Don't forget all crypto coin mining is taxable according to the IRS.


So are all the profits people are making from selling their GPUs.
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

It's only "free money" if you don't pay for your electricity. This. Even getting it for free the high powered GPUs required for mining can get really expensive if there is a run on them. And BTW how often do miners replace their GPUs? I'm just wondering how often they have to replace them...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Any idea what the life span is for a good quality consumer GPU that is running at 74c and 15% fan speed (650-700 rpm) for 24/7? I'm all for making essentially free money, but I don't want my GPU to crap out before Anthem hits (assuming it actually launches in August of next year, which I put at abou...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1583

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Yeah, I'm using NiceHash based on a recommendation from a user on this site. Works out pretty nicely. We'll see how long this keeps my interest. Earning $4 a day isn't that exciting, and I definitely don't want to damage my equipment given how impossible it will be to replace the GPU at a reasonable...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71274

Re: What are you playing right now?

Mass Effect Andromeda... kind of reminds of me Fallout 3/4 in space. I enjoyed my time with Andromeda. My best tip for the game is to mostly forget about the "additional tasks." They involve a lot of backtracking and running around and provide almost nothing worthwhile. Best missions in t...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71274

Re: What are you playing right now?

Finally beat FTL this week after picking it up on Steam sale; this is the best game I've played since Doom (2016). The game's simplicity and level of commitment have been perfect for me while recovering from a fractured knee in bed. Also a lifesaver is the Steam streaming; I can stream games at 60F...
by southrncomfortjm
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71274

Re: What are you playing right now?

Still playing Breath of the Wild. Definitely a fun and engaging game, but so far haven't been completely overcome by "best game ever" feelings that many/most reviewers slapped on it. I really appreciate how truly open and unrestrained the game is, but the combat isn't that fun (timing dodg...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 40
Views: 1133

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-best-microsd-cards-for-switch-loading-time-comparison In order of performance they found onboad>sd>game carts, although carts vs sd cards were rather close. Great link! Thanks! Good to know that there's really no point in going ultra high end on...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 40
Views: 1133

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Out of curiosity, have you done much with putting games on an SD card? I wondered what kind of stuttering or lag (if any) you've experienced by loading games off of SD instead of the internal eMMC. I guess if you're buying cartridges it's not a big deal, but to keep the chance of damaging a game lo...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 40
Views: 1133

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Spent a lot of time on Breath of the Wild on Sunday, about 50/50 in handheld and docked mode. Updated the main post with more impressions.
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