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by tipoo
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why are game consoles so efficient??
Replies: 27
Views: 2662

Re: Why are game consoles so efficient??

In addition to everything that's been said, Santa Monica Studios (as well as Naughty Dog with TLOU/Uncharted) are downright wizards, man. I wonder what they could do with those same effectively unlimited budgets and talent if it was turned towards maxing out a modern PC. Efficient? The PS4 was drawi...
by tipoo
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is x86 RISC or CISC?
Replies: 38
Views: 2884

Re: Is x86 RISC or CISC?

I'm sure they could if they wanted to. Just isn't much point, other than as an academic exercise. Well, the ucode ROM and x86 decode blocks being almost as large as a performance driving unit like Int or FP seems like a reason it may have had difficulty scaling down to where ARM is. https://www.tec...
by tipoo
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is x86 RISC or CISC?
Replies: 38
Views: 2884

Re: Is x86 RISC or CISC?

x86 is definitely CISC, but one of the first things a modern x86 CPU does with an instruction stream is convert it into a different instruction set that it uses internally, which is (but doesn't have to be) more RISC-like. Effectively, they appear as CISC to the outside world, but are RISC under th...
by tipoo
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux+Threadripper plunge
Replies: 24
Views: 3082

Re: Linux+Threadripper plunge

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by tipoo
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Witcher has a Geralt..
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: The Witcher has a Geralt..

Hmm...Reserving judgement, but he's kinda pretty for a Geralt, the makeup department will have to hit him with a few ugly sticks to get there.
by tipoo
Tue May 08, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD patents super-SIMD, first change to CU since GCN
Replies: 1
Views: 994

AMD patents super-SIMD, first change to CU since GCN

So likely past Navi. http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20180121386.pdf A super single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) computing structure and a method of executing instructions in the super-SIMD is disclosed. The super-SIMD structure is capable of executing more than one instruction from a single o...
by tipoo
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Jim Keller got a new gig
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: Jim Keller got a new gig

Wow. To me this speaks to wanting completely new cores further out, Keller isn't really one you hire for a spit shine. Guess Intel saw everything that's happening and found their future roadmap to deal with it.
by tipoo
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cloudfare to switch to 100% ARM, says would be worth it even if Intel were free
Replies: 3
Views: 1209

Cloudfare to switch to 100% ARM, says would be worth it even if Intel were free

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/design/cloudflare-bets-arm-servers-it-expands-its-data-center-network https://twitter.com/eastdakota/status/976560820611031040 Very interesting stuff. A lot of people used to the dominance of Intel had a lot of arrogance on this topic, saying ARM couldn't scale to ...
by tipoo
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM
Replies: 14
Views: 3287

Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM

Interesting finding, Kaby Lake G doesn't seem to support Rapid Packed Math, leading Toms to question if it's not scaled up Polaris with HBM2, rather than scaled down Vega.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/kaby-l ... 36844.html
by tipoo
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What cricket products are you eating?
Replies: 31
Views: 5225

Re: What cricket products are you eating?

I would, but it hasn't panned out as a cheap form of protein yet. Hopefully at scale it will be, I know that's a chicken and egg thing.
by tipoo
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 18227

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

TRANSLATION By slowing down phones-apple saves millions of dollars not having to replace the batteries during warranty........................................................ If this were happening, then there would be reports of people with newer devices (or older devices with newer batteries) whe...
by tipoo
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 18227

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

I have a 6S+ that benches like day 1, feels like day 1, and has day 1 battery life. My friend just got a OnePlus 5T and couldn’t wait to geekbench it against my phone. He and his octocore were very very disappointed. I should add that i’m easy on batteries and always have been. By far, the most int...
by tipoo
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 18227

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

I think two different ideas are being mixed up in this whole thing. The most common was that the OS itself got so fat it ran poorly on old hardware due to them not really caring to optimize on them anymore. Notable releases that really chunked things up were 4, 7, and now 11, among earlier others. C...
by tipoo
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon Software Adrenalin feat. S. Wasson
Replies: 1
Views: 3534

Re: Radeon Software Adrenalin feat. S. Wasson

Someone should revisit in depth if Nvidia still leads on DX11 CPU use after these.
by tipoo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iMac Pro includes the A10 Fusion
Replies: 11
Views: 2000

Re: iMac Pro includes the A10 Fusion

As the article states this is the second ARM based SoC that Apple has included in a Mac. All TouchBar equipped MacBook Pros come equipped with a T1 chip. I didn't say first move :P The T1 iirc was something similar to the OG Apple Watch SoC? A10 Fusion is decidedly more capable, and I'm sure will b...
by tipoo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iMac Pro includes the A10 Fusion
Replies: 11
Views: 2000

Re: iMac Pro includes the A10 Fusion

Big move for ARM on the Mac. As the article states this is the second ARM based SoC that Apple has included in a Mac. All TouchBar equipped MacBook Pros come equipped with a T1 chip. I didn't say first move :P The T1 iirc was something similar to the OG Apple Watch SoC? A10 Fusion is decidedly more...
by tipoo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iMac Pro includes the A10 Fusion
Replies: 11
Views: 2000

iMac Pro includes the A10 Fusion

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/19/im ... -hey-siri/

Big move for ARM on the Mac. I wonder if it'll take over more functions like sleep over time.
by tipoo
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 69
Views: 14031

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

It's really no wonder Apple had to single source their OLED from Samsung. LGs Plastic OLED is nowhere close to the Sammy AMOLED. These issues would be more of a firestorm on the X, though they're still unforgivable at the also nearing 1K Pixel 2 XL.
by tipoo
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM
Replies: 9
Views: 7919

Re: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM

The wand controller requirement is gone and they sell controllers in-store. Do they even have a game controller API? I got a new controller and the game I wanted to play with it (Need for Speed: No Limits) doesn't support it o.o Yup, MFi http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-mfi-game-controllers-f...
by tipoo
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM
Replies: 9
Views: 7919

Re: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM

Ahh now I get it, the channels only intake to part of the fan, so it's intaking from the upper part here, and exhausting thorough the lower part. The intake part flows up over the fan housing into the blade and out the exhaust part. So front to back cooling. https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi...
by tipoo
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM
Replies: 9
Views: 7919

Re: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM

I'd love to see that fan in motion, my guess is it's running at some hilariously slow RPM considering it's size and the fact that the whole unit is capped at like 15 watts of power by it's power supply. It's a bit of an illusion, the outer rings seem to be an air baffle/channel instead, the inner p...
by tipoo
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM
Replies: 9
Views: 7919

Re: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM

I'd love to see that fan in motion, my guess is it's running at some hilariously slow RPM considering it's size and the fact that the whole unit is capped at like 15 watts of power by it's power supply. It's a bit of an illusion, the outer rings seem to be an air baffle/channel instead, the inner p...
by tipoo
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM
Replies: 9
Views: 7919

Re: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM

Hm, they may have gotten a bit too eager, I think that's actually just a regular ethernet adaptor that happens to sometimes go in Thunderbolt dongles.
by tipoo
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM
Replies: 9
Views: 7919

Apple TV 4K teardown: Active cooling, Thunderbolt on ARM

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple+TV+4K+Teardown/97511 https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/kgF5iYWX6bVZXBCl.huge That is A) Some beefy cooling for a little streamer, and 2) Proves Thunderbolt 3 can work on ARM, with regard to in house mac CPUs... I think Apple should pursue more game devel...
by tipoo
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 42
Views: 15560

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I saw it, but I'm not sure non-standard Android is a good idea. Also, maybe 2GB RAM isn't enough, especially long-term. I'm keeping an eye on this one once it's out to see how easily people can root it and put stock Android on there. The hardware is pretty good for the price (2 A72s, 2GB RAM), bett...
by tipoo
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: IBM's 5nm architecture..
Replies: 8
Views: 1601

Re: IBM's 5nm architecture..

The atoms in the lattice are 0.5nm apart, meaning only hundreds of atoms at the tip of this transistor.

Mind blowing.
by tipoo
Thu May 04, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Disappointed with 2016 15" MBP
Replies: 28
Views: 4545

Re: Disappointed with 2016 15" MBP

With the move to retina people were already complaining about the sharp edge at the palm rest, some even filed it down! Can't imagine them going even sharper is a great decision... 4K screen though, ehh, not with the battery life complaints already existing. I feel like the next one, with the terrac...
by tipoo
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Damage does Linus..err LTT.
Replies: 14
Views: 3741

Re: Damage does Linus..err LTT.

Just watched it, Linus can make things so painful, lol.

Linus: "Uhh, err, we have to talk about Nvidia stuff"
Damage: "Yeah, whatever, do it"
Linus: *still making faux pained facial expressions to make it a thing*

Lol
by tipoo
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Damage does Linus..err LTT.
Replies: 14
Views: 3741

Re: Damage does Linus..err LTT.

Remember one video talking about RAM in the newest. MacBook Pro. About how DDR4 can do over 8GB/channel. Gee, to bad Apple is using LPDDR3... To many of these really dumb mistakes turned me off Quick. Not that I think they are meant for more technical people. Good basic overviews. If flawed. His iM...
by tipoo
Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: I'm thinking about upgrading my iPad 3 (2011) to an iPad Pro
Replies: 10
Views: 6436

Re: I'm thinking about upgrading my iPad 3 (2011) to an iPad Pro

The wait a month advice is sound, so I'll just go ahead and say the performance improvement will absolutely be large. The iPad 3 was that weird middle child that took the CPU cores from the A5/iPad 2, and only added a GPU strong enough to draw on a retina screen for light content. It was I believe t...