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by continuum
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 1792

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

Mars, here we come! :D
by continuum
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 6414

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

As others have said, 1.4v does sound high for stock 4.3ghz at 6C/12T... obviously it depends on the chip, but Tom's Hardware above found their example could do 1.28v... and yes, Prime95 in current builds does use AVX.
by continuum
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Cooling Fan problem
Replies: 9
Views: 908

Re: Cooling Fan problem

Also if you're going to go so far as to disassemble, check the thermal interface material between the heatpipe/heatsink and the CPU/GPU.
by continuum
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 982

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

Any idea what the difference was/is on the best buy specific models? For the two different models on sale at Best Buy on Black Friday, the -NESN vs. the -NEBB , I honestly have no idea except from the price. Spec page for the latter says it's the "holiday edition" but hardware and softwar...
by continuum
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Can't format partition on HD
Replies: 6
Views: 679

Re: Can't format partition on HD

Tried a long DST from the Toshiba utilities? That'll probably tell you it's got slow/failing blocks somewhere. But then the slow format is probably bad blocks.

Time to toss the drive. If it's under warranty, RMA it.
by continuum
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 7364

Re: What is your sound set up?

I imagine quite a few of us, me included, ran Promedia's before they died/we upgraded to 2.0's and an external DAC. No shame. Fortunately that's just a work setup. Haven't been able to convince the boss I need a pair of JBL LSR305's for my desk yet. :( :P Of the 3 or 4 sets of Promedia 2'1.s we use...
by continuum
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 7364

Re: What is your sound set up?

Old set of Klipsch Promedia 2.1's at one of them. Works well enough and unlike other Klipsch Promedia 2.1's, it refuses to die...

/me knocks on wood
by continuum
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 1193

Re: IT ticketing software

I've seen Spiceworks and some others, but honestly the slickest I've seen by far is always heavily customized or done in-house. :-/
by continuum
Tue May 09, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago
Replies: 21
Views: 3620

Re: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago

Shame really. Xbitlabs was my favourite tech site back in the day. I especially liked their nerdy GPU power consumption measurements. They also had detailed LCD pixel transition time measurements, among other things. ++; to both those comments. So sad. I'd noticed they had stopped updating and gone...
by continuum
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 2604

Re: Headphones on a Plane

For active noise cancellation, Bose does seem to be best. QC35's or whatnot if you can afford the cost and bulk. I think Sony and Audio-Technica are competitors, Sony's MDR1000X/B I believe is close, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b is a lot cheaper but not as good-- that said I know people with thousan...
by continuum
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 23
Views: 2885

Re: New electric range options?

The Sweethome has some decent recommendations. http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-electric-and-gas-ranges/ Thanks. But I'm suspicious that Sweethome's top recommendation is a Samsung, on the basis of price and features only. In the past ten years Samsung has variously been unable to build reliabl...
by continuum
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 23
Views: 2885

Re: New electric range options?

The Sweethome has some decent recommendations.

http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-el ... as-ranges/
by continuum
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having trouble finding new speakers.
Replies: 36
Views: 2851

Re: Having trouble finding new speakers.

Anything from Swan that would work? http://www.swanspeaker.com/products/products.aspx?cid=5 M200MkII's were popular a few years ago, but never super popular. M200MkIII's continued the trend but I think Audioengine A5's and whatnot grabbed more marketshare. Swan does have some lower-end offerings tha...
by continuum
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?
Replies: 31
Views: 6010

Re: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?

You should be ok with 128GB, I have an X99 box we just upgraded to 128GB...

edit: crap, I think it's Broadwell-E in that box.
by continuum
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: High wattage PSUs with 0 RPM mode or super low noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 2474

Re: High wattage PSUs with 0 RPM mode or super low noise?

Pretty common among high-end units is a 0rpm or a very low fan speed... eVGA SuperNOVA P2 units in particular are probably also worth a look in addition to the high-end Seasonic's, as well as the Corsair AX units. Jonnyguru, SilentPCReview, and quite a few other quality PSU review sites are pretty g...
by continuum
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Battery for UPS
Replies: 27
Views: 1696

Re: Battery for UPS

There's also http://www.refurbups.com . If anything, check the charging voltage on your UPS-- make sure it's charging them within the specified voltage and not too high. That if anything, combined with some semi-decent SLA's (Odyssey or whoever-- there's a few brands that seem to have better QC than...
by continuum
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Thermal paste lifespan
Replies: 4
Views: 1872

Re: Thermal paste lifespan

The stock stuff Intel uses is pretty good. I wouldn't be too worried about it. Have temps increased lately to make you think something's changed?
by continuum
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: 2.0 computer speakers
Replies: 54
Views: 4501

Re: 2.0 computer speakers

Not sure JBL LSR305 or LSR308's are in the OP's price range, but I would look at those too, given the price of some of the other options being discussed. :P
by continuum
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Why hasn't the 3.5mm jack/port been shrunk?
Replies: 202
Views: 12281

Re: Why hasn't the 3.5mm jack/port been shrunk?

There is a 2.5mm one that a few phones used (waaaay back in the day, I think the old LG env2 flip phone and some others used it) but it was never common, and I don't know of any modern devices with 2.5mm jacks, let alone 2.5mm TRRS or TRRRS...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_connector_(audio)
by continuum
Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SD Card Recovery Help
Replies: 7
Views: 1755

Re: SD Card Recovery Help

I also use Testdisk/PhotoRec for recovery.

If it at least shows up when inserted there's a chance, if not you may be SOL short of $$$ for professional recovery.
by continuum
Sat May 14, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 5.1 (or better) speaker recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 1529

Re: 5.1 (or better) speaker recommendations?

Edifier makes a few but they're all waaay out of the OP's price range, the S550 Encore is $600, the S760D is $900 or something crazy. As others have said... there's not much else out there. At $200, for a 5.1, that's about $33/speaker in materials, and that's just not much to build anything quality ...
by continuum
Fri May 13, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: The usual laser printer question
Replies: 29
Views: 3881

Re: The usual laser printer question

Used tons of Brother HL-2270dw's (I think the HL-2280dw as well, it's the MFP version with wired networking too) and now the HL-L2340dw, if you're only consuming one toner cartridge a year I'd say they're a solid choice. Samsung does have slightly better graphical print quality in the same price ran...
by continuum
Sun May 08, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: TR2-430 A tale of 2 power supplies
Replies: 2
Views: 2964

Re: TR2-430 A tale of 2 power supplies

TR2-430W has been around for a very, very long time. I wonder how many actual different models of it there are... For budget units the Corsair CX430 (frequently on sale for $20AR or $25AR, although not sure how applicable rebates are to you) and the eVGA 430W are both what we've been using around he...
by continuum
Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Card Slot - Yes or No?
Replies: 15
Views: 1691

Re: Card Slot - Yes or No?

microSD slot FTW. Flexibility is nice, plus the same card usually lasts me through two phones, so that saves me a small (but still helpful) bit of cash. Not to mention it's then easy to swap out between the laptop and the phone (I usually have a microSD to SD adapter in the laptop with another 64GB ...
by continuum
Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Will my 212 Evo on my i5-3570K fit on 6600K without new part
Replies: 10
Views: 2799

Re: Will my 212 Evo on my i5-3570K fit on 6600K without new

IRC the package Z-height has actually changed slightly, but not sure how much that matters...
by continuum
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Skylake i5 6600k and i7 6700k overclock
Replies: 26
Views: 10447

Re: Skylake i5 6600k and i7 6700k overclock

I'm now seriously itching to start a Skylake build... must resist...
by continuum
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: BDW-E purportedly up to 10C/20T, base 6C/12T. Thoughts?
Replies: 25
Views: 2249

Re: BDW-E purportedly up to 10C/20T, base 6C/12T. Thoughts?

Hmm, would be curious what they end up TurboBoosting up to, both spec-wise as well as in actual usage (or at least single-thread vs. multi-threaded benchmarks).

Not that I ever buy the -E parts for my personal use. :( :P
by continuum
Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Please advise me the best file copying free software
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: Please advise me the best file copying free software

FreeFileSync is what I use. I forget if it has switches to preserve the original "date created" or not tho... but since you didn't specify, not sure if you need that.

I do know some lovely xcopy switches...
by continuum
Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake core i3 a paper launch ?
Replies: 48
Views: 7375

Re: Skylake core i3 a paper launch ?

I don't think we're expecting significant availability on the rest of the Skylake line-up until early October.
by continuum
Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:09 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Extreme overclocking AMD10 7850K, air coolers
Replies: 10
Views: 3005

Re: Extreme overclocking AMD10 7850K, air coolers

Aside from the Noctua NH-D15, Noctua NH-U14S, Thermalright Archon SB-E Extreme, Thermalright Silver Arrow, and a few others, there's also the more mid-range Scythe Kotetsu (although SPCR shows it as top-ranked, they use an LGA1366 testbed instead of an LGA1150 or LGA1155 one so the thermal source is...
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