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by meerkt
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

Right. Intriguing. I wonder what's the deal there.
by meerkt
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Carbide Series 275R vs others..
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Carbide Series 275R vs others..

If you want a new case for other reasons that's something else. I don't have specific case suggestions. But those high temperatures, I'm not sure it's the case to blame. It doesn't seem likely any normal-functioning HSF would keep an i7-4770K at 50-60C above ambient. R9 290s are power-hungry and pot...
by meerkt
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

setaG_lliB wrote:
Core 2 is well over twice as fast as Netburst clock-for-clock.

But that's quad core versus dual core.
by meerkt
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Carbide Series 275R vs others..
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Carbide Series 275R vs others..

If it doesn't fit, it's cheaper to get another cooler than a case. But before that, it's not impossible, maybe even likely, that there's no actual problem with the Zalman. If the fan rotates freely and sounds fine, did you try to reapply thermal paste and reseat the heatsink? And if not, perhaps try...
by meerkt
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.

NTSC DVDs are always 720x480. They can be wide or not (16:9, 4:3 ratios) but that happens on playback, the actual stored images are the same resolution. There's no point in encoding as 1080p. You're just extrapolating and adding pixels before encode. It increases your file size, or reduces quality f...
by meerkt
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.

If you mean remultiplex to MP4 or AVI, I've no idea if Handbrake can do that or it's only for transcoding. But you can remux between MKV/MP4/others with Avidemux (GUI) or ffmpeg (CLI; can't suggest a GUI frontend). There's no point in using AVI nowadays, I'm not even sure it can hold MPEG2. If the s...
by meerkt
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.

They're already low-quality, so I'd not re-encode them. A DVD is only 4.7 or 9GB, not too big.

I'd remux to MKV, for example with this:
https://www.makemkv.com/
by meerkt
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Carbide Series 275R vs others..
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Carbide Series 275R vs others..

Welcome!

Why did you need a new cooler, and why this specific model?
A comfortable case seems more important to me than this or that cooler.
by meerkt
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

I wouldn't characterize CPU performance based on just one specific domain. JavaScript is more popular than AES, but even so. Based on a wider set of performance figures (from this review ) C2D seems twice as fast as its predecessor, which is still impressive and surprising. C2D E6700 2.66GHz vs Pent...
by meerkt
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

How do you figure a 3x increase between 2005 and 2006?

I don't think AMD is to blame for the slowdown in CPU progress, not materially. It's physics, and you can't always get technological breakthroughs on demand. It's not only Intel and AMD/GF, but also Samsung, TSMC, and others.
by meerkt
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Wikipedia article flagged for deletion
Replies: 33
Views: 791

Re: TR Wikipedia article flagged for deletion

You don't need to be logged in to read the forum.
And of course auxy is auxy.
by meerkt
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

It just really wasn't that bad. Different than TR of old, yes, but still a lot better than 'clickbait'. I think tanker27 was referring to stuff like "Gamers are sure to appreciate". I also somewhat dislike, in the following, the passive voice and the harmless-word-turned-buzzword "ex...
by meerkt
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

Homepage uses a mixture of low-quality JPEGs (10-20K for ~100K pixel), and unneeded PNGs (large file sizes).
Also elsewhere there's PNG misuse where high quality JPEG would be smaller with nearly same quality.
by meerkt
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: I'm responsible for aepp-sdk-go - need opinions on usability vs functionality
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: I'm responsible for aepp-sdk-go - need opinions on usability vs functionality

A difference in feature set can be understandable, but I don't see a reason for the options to have different names or behave differently. Depending on the target platforms/scenarios, wouldn't it would make sense for the secondary interfaces (JS/Py) to just be frontends/bridges to the main/native pr...
by meerkt
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: I'm responsible for aepp-sdk-go - need opinions on usability vs functionality
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: I'm responsible for aepp-sdk-go - need opinions on usability vs functionality

I'm not a target user, nor a unix user, but on Windows I'd prefer to have an app to do everything directly, without relying on batch files. If those 3 commands are usually but not always executed as a single composite operation, I'd also implement the composite operation as a single command. It migh...
by meerkt
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

Why did you have all these OEM machines?

For the same price (and assuming you have suitable mobos), would you take an X5460 over an i5-760?
by meerkt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

I guess what I said up there is conflicting. :) Dual-channel that's only good for the northbridge IGP is a shame. Not trying to overclock the PCIe, only make sure it stays at 100MHz. I haven't bookmarked the discussions, but I recall something about >300 FSBs doing PCIe trouble in some cases. Maybe ...
by meerkt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

The lack of AHCI support was puzzling, and caught me by surprise. There are ICH7 variants that do support it, but not the vanilla variant. At least below 333MHz there's benefit to dual-channel. Bandwidth improved with FSB = 306 instead of 266. I guess the CPU- and RAM-side clocks are dependent. Is t...
by meerkt
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel

rudimentary_lathe wrote:
4 out of 4 votes against the TN

To clarify, above, it wasn't scare quotes. I really don't know.
by meerkt
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Sidegrading C2D
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Sidegrading C2D

Interesting. Didn't think of set associativity. Any benchmarks specifically designed to check the effects of associativity? The RAM is DDR3-1333 (so 666 MHz bus). If an even FSB ratio matters, that would be 333. But doesn't the RAM anyway change its external and internal clocks in lockstep? And I re...
by meerkt
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

Sidetracks are fundamental to the zeitgeist of this place. The side-discussion will be difficult to find in here, but so be it. Your attributions are incorrect in large part The list was id-ordered, with the names inserted where someone joins the fray. considering another fact that Ads becoming mor...
by meerkt
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Monitor Shopping - Will I Regret a "Good" TN Panel

I don't have an opinion on "good TNs". So just some notes regarding the other two techs. Some IPSes don't have IPS glow (but may be rare, most of those on TFT Central do glow), and some VAs' limited viewing angles can be quite annoying, depending on the specifics of the panel, and screen s...
by meerkt
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

( If no one objects, and a mod/admin feels inclined, here's a suggested sidetrack post list to move to a new thread, tentatively dubbed "Forum software (and JavaScript)": Redocbew 736 excession 774 776 779 781 Mr Bill 782 784 785 788 789 FireGryphon 790 791 795 796 799 Captain Ned 800 tank...
by meerkt
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

I remember when Steve sold the Shack, even that was handled much better. An apt comparison. For some reason that was also what I had in mind. ShackNews' design had character , and also comments were prominently featured in the homepage (and TR articles linked in the right-side column). Then the hom...
by meerkt
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

search results being messed up when they had javascript turned off That'd be unexpected, but don't know. My searches use an external search engine. dynamically generated content was considered an SEO no-no, because search engines couldn't index I assume dynamic forums serve plain static pages to bo...
by meerkt
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

and it’s tough to edit text with an on-screen keyboard, such as whittling down quotes Oh. I don't see why. phpBB works perfectly fine. ... o... k. Come to think of it, haven't we talked about this before? Probably no earlier than two pages back? Oh, and I full-quoted JUST TO PISS YOU OFF! Alright. ...
by meerkt
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

disabling javascript isn't a realistic use case these days I don't see why. phpBB works perfectly fine. I wonder how much of that stuff could be avoided by not using the default theme? Some of the more superficial stuff, perhaps. Core functionality, I'm guessing not. PS: Edited my post above after ...
by meerkt
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

I'm curious, what don't you like about it? Some of the convenience features in Discourse may be nice extras, but the base functionality is lacking. I also dislike the default skin. A non-exhaustive list... Thread list: * Infinite scroll * No "thread starter" and "last post" * Su...
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