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by slowriot
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 3261

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

Longevity, it will kill anything they do now, but what happens when people start wanting to do basic VR with Facebook as a way to video chat with friends, something they never knew they wanted to do 2 years prior? It isn't the 6 core, it was the 4c/8t 1500x. It isn't a build for me or a friend eith...
by slowriot
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 3261

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

Why buy a 6-core CPU for web/email/office stuff in the first place? I don't get the usage case outside of some VMs/development scenarios (i.e. home professional uses where penny pinching doesn't make sense to me).
by slowriot
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 3261

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

The APUs are going to be 4 cores anyway I'd imagine.

I think it'd be worth springing for the cheapest RX460 you can find.
by slowriot
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple WWDC keynote
Replies: 38
Views: 2078

Re: Apple WWDC keynote

What does Apple spend their money on? I don't think anything was announced today was bad or poor. But it does seem all very boring, very much what's expected. They're not wowing me with anything, even Microsoft can at least do that with their conferences. Apple trots out... updated SKUs and a Amazon...
by slowriot
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: X370 Motherboard Headache...
Replies: 14
Views: 1271

Re: X370 Motherboard Headache...

PS, I'm not convinced that dual M.2 slots are absolutely necessary. For a streamer? I think its very important personally. Especially if a person is considering keeping this board anything longer than 2+ years. I'd consider a NVMe SSD to be a top priority in such a build right away and having the a...
by slowriot
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: X370 Motherboard Headache...
Replies: 14
Views: 1271

Re: X370 Motherboard Headache...

Most of the stuff already noted i.e. chipsets used for ethernet, wifi, audio, etc. Overclocking features, etc. Fan headers and their placement may be important to you. One thing I noticed looking through MSI site is the difference in USB options. I'm big on having as many USB 3.1 ports as possible r...
by slowriot
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)

Several articles on autoweek.com point the finger at Bosch, maker of the engine control systems for all these motors. That said, if your badge is on the car, it doesn't matter to the EPA which subcontractor/part supplier screwed up. Bosch was also the primary supplier brought up in the VW investiga...
by slowriot
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)

Well I'm sure you can find a used VW for cheap :lol: Hah! I would think so... :D I like the Golfs, some Jettas, and the CC, but VW's notorious reliability is a turn off. I do see Audi doing very well in Consumer Reports' current overall manufacturer ranking, so I can only assume they put more effor...
by slowriot
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)

AWD makes this all harder, though, because most AWD non-luxury cars are Subarus, and those are horrendously inefficient. (FWIW, you can also get a BMW 328xd. Still, doesn't help with the whole saving money thing.) Maybe 5 years ago that was true. Since crossovers/CUVs have replaced sedans as the mo...
by slowriot
Sat May 20, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3980

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

OK I have some rants about cases now. My Corsair 300R has the 3.5" drive cage rotated 90 degrees and uses trays that can also handle 2.5" drives so it is far less awkward to install new a HDD/SSD. This should be a standard feature of cases, so why isn't it? Glass windows on cases, why wou...
by slowriot
Fri May 19, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 198
Views: 16990

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

I'd really like to see Threadripper in mITX similar to one of the mITX X99 boards. It's doable but I highly doubt any of the mobo makers are seeing it as a high priority and I'd settle for mATX. Frankly my use case is niche.. compute node in a home lab at prices similar to say a bare bones *used Del...
by slowriot
Thu May 18, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Chimney-effect low-noise cases
Replies: 13
Views: 1614

Re: Chimney-effect low-noise cases

Silverstone has used a similar approach with the FT03 and FT03-Mini cases. They're interesting but flawed, definitely some room for improvement.
by slowriot
Wed May 10, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system
Replies: 13
Views: 2180

Re: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system

Frankly I'm blown away you were able to do in place upgrades for that long. That's actually quite impressive, there's been some significant changes besides just systemd in that time.
by slowriot
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are the best offline games?
Replies: 42
Views: 4435

Re: What are the best offline games?

Stellaris if you're into grand strategy games and space themes, its fantastic. The Witcher 3 if you haven't played it yet, it was a truly amazing experience and right in the mix for my top 3 favorite games ever. It's two expansions, especially Blood and Wine, are also some of the best gaming ever.
by slowriot
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 2324

Re: Headphones on a Plane

My thoughts.... Noise cancelling tech adds a feeling of pressure. I personally find that feels worse or more off putting than wearing IEMs. Therefore I recommend skipping headphones and buying IEMs. Much more convenient to travel with as well. If for some reason IEMs are not acceptable... I don't kn...
by slowriot
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Unity is Dead!
Replies: 30
Views: 2761

Re: Unity is Dead!

I wonder what changed internally to motivate this decision. Does seem like Canonical has shifted almost entirely to be enterprise focused and actively dropping projects not focused on that goal. I welcome it if only because Red Hat's increasing costs could use the increased threat from competition. ...
by slowriot
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Bluetooth audio skipping issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1545

Re: Bluetooth audio skipping issues

I experience a similar very brief interrupts in playback when using my Nexus 6P and car stereo via bluetooth, I'd say once every 10-15 minutes on average. I no longer have my Sennheiser BT headphones but I don't recall experiencing it with those. 6P + car's USB port = perfect playback, no issues.
by slowriot
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having trouble finding new speakers.
Replies: 36
Views: 2623

Re: Having trouble finding new speakers.

JBL LSR305 and never need to upgrade again besides maybe a JBL sub somewhere down the line if you desire (I don't, perfectly happy without one). They're the most highly recommended entry level studio monitor for a reason... they're good to excellent at everything. It may require stretching your budg...
by slowriot
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6752
Views: 1163932

Re: World Of Warcraft

WoW has always had short duration buffs too. Even current specs like Enhancement Shaman are about keeping self buffs applied. Boulderfist, Frostbrand, and Flametongue each apply damage to your weapon for a short duration that you much keep refreshed while also using your main damage dealing attacks ...
by slowriot
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6752
Views: 1163932

Re: World Of Warcraft

Blizzard is resistant to alts? I must have imagined how they basically eliminated the grind of leveling in multiple ways including not even making you collect gear. Get the heirloom on main and not worry about it. Likewise in Legion your alts will have bonuses that make gaining artifact power faster...
by slowriot
Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 8098

Re: Grado

@slowriot - "Above and beyond" customer service after the warranty expires is objectively good. Preference for open-air is obviously a situational and personal thing, but he explained why that matters to him. The only purely subjective impression in the post which started this thread was ...
by slowriot
Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The impending death of the 3.5mm audio port gains a new ally
Replies: 126
Views: 6703

Re: The impending death of the 3.5mm audio port gains a new ally

This isn't going to work out. The new earbuds Apple are providing with iPhones has leaked.

https://9to5mac.com/2016/07/13/apples-n ... ew-photos/

That's going to get snapped at the phone's port all the time.
by slowriot
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 8098

Re: Grado

And this is the problem. We can stare at charts and graphs until we are blue in the face but that really does not play out in actual listening. EVERYONE has varying degrees of hearing loss whether it be from age or just generally ignoring things that are destructive to hearing loss. This all plays ...
by slowriot
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 8098

Re: Grado

I'd love to see your measurements.
by slowriot
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 8098

Re: Grado

Seriously really?? Do you even read your links? Hell that site RECOMMENDS a set of Grado cans on their Wall of Fame???? :roll: What the hell does that have to do with the Grado's CLEARLY NOT HAVING AN "EVEN KEELED" response? Absolutely nothing. You're diverting the topic yet again because...
by slowriot
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 8098

Re: Grado

And that's your personal preference. You prefer the sound of big bass. I caution you on this. A good pair of cans should be even keeled, they should bring out all sounds. But then again that's my personal preference and opinion. It's just that you say this and then like Grado's that drives me nuts....
by slowriot
Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Slackware 14.2 is Out
Replies: 13
Views: 2077

Re: Slackware 14.2 is Out

I'm hopeful that Devuan (the systemd-free fork of Debian) will gain some traction. They finally have a beta release out... Wow... most of their website reads like gospel. It's also very clear these people are chasing some kind of niche I just don't understand (I guess that's the niche who starts ho...
by slowriot
Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: MS open backdoor to bootmgr found
Replies: 21
Views: 1703

Re: MS open backdoor to bootmgr found

Guys, things like the VW cheating scandal are a real thing. You're well within reason to think corporations, of all sizes, knowingly violate laws and basic human rights in the same of money. The term "banana republic" didn't come out of thin air. It really doesn't have much to do with whet...
by slowriot
Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's happening with monitors these days / in the future?
Replies: 93
Views: 6117

Re: What's happening with monitors these days / in the futur

The easiest path here is Nvidia just licensing AMD and Intel G-Sync for free or similar action. Boom, easy. That this isn't obvious to you is... well, whatever. Probably explains why you keep thinking I worship FreeSync and nothing I've said should suggest that. It leaves room for inexpensive monito...
by slowriot
Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Pokemon Go maker Niantic facing class action law suit
Replies: 46
Views: 1788

Re: Pokemon Go maker Niantic facing class action law suit

I honestly couldn't care less about the legal situation here. Frankly any kind of resolution coming out of that arena would take years. Therefore being practically useless to the people being bothered by the situations these games have brought. It's more about the company, Niantic in this case but a...
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