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by continuum
Tue May 09, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago
Replies: 21
Views: 2768

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: 1634

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: 2786

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: 2786

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: 2232

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: 4938

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: 1880

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: 1473

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: 1369

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: 3883

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: 10593

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: 1529

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: 1477

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: 3666

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: 2590

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: 1653

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: 2464

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: 10200

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: 2164

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: 1396

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: 7260

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: 2946

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...
by continuum
Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 4ms as good as 1ms?
Replies: 18
Views: 40721

Re: 4ms as good as 1ms?

Depends on your use and depends on the monitor's actual performance, as actual response time measurements (vs. manufacturer's ratings) will show. TFTCentral, prad.de, pcmonitors.info, and some others all do pretty good response time testing. That said if you're talking mostly gaming, a lot of the 1m...
by continuum
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Last few days to fund Castlevania remake on Kickstarter
Replies: 15
Views: 1790

Re: Last few days to fund Castlevania remake on Kickstarter

I'm not even a particular fan of Castlevania, but the enthusiasm for this one is contagious...
by continuum
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus UX305 Display Issue
Replies: 8
Views: 5611

Re: Asus UX305 Display Issue

Bad hardware definitely happens-- I would be curious to know if this seems to be a common issue. I've seen a few UX305's through my labs but not enough to produce any useful data.
by continuum
Fri May 29, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Closed loop liquid cooler opinions
Replies: 11
Views: 3664

Re: Closed loop liquid cooler opinions

A few companies do make GPU cooling brackets, if you want to adapt an existing off the shelf CLC to (a few models) of GPU: Few examples: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8841/corsair-debuts-the-hydro-h110i-gt-aio-cooler-and-hg10-n780-edition-gpu-cooling-bracket http://www.anandtech.com/show/7719/nzxt-k...
by continuum
Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?
Replies: 88
Views: 18585

Re: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?

I just looked, and it's amazing how the HP 840, Dell 7020, and Dell 9020 ALL don't have ANY SSD options. Very mainstream business desktop machines. A shame, since even a 120GB SSD would probably be enough for a work machine on the domain with network storage I'm checking my configurators from Dell ...
by continuum
Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What can I do with a 850W PSU?
Replies: 46
Views: 7300

Re: What can I do with a 850W PSU?

how much can a string of molex connectors supply anyway? 200W, I had no idea either! However you can generally draw 6A per pin, but keep in mind those bulbs used to be standard 110V bulbs, so current was actually pretty low. Nowadays you'd definitely need a heating element as they use now, or else ...
by continuum
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel demos desktop Broadwell processor with Iris Pro graphi
Replies: 9
Views: 1385

Re: Intel demos desktop Broadwell processor with Iris Pro gr

No need to guess, at least for Haswell... ;) http://www.anandtech.com/show/6993/intel-iris-pro-5200-graphics-review-core-i74950hq-tested/3 Unlike previous eDRAM implementations in game consoles, Crystalwell is true 4th level cache in the memory hierarchy. It acts as a victim buffer to the L3 cache, ...
by continuum
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Intel socket/processor durability
Replies: 14
Views: 2475

Re: Intel socket/processor durability

Foxconn, Molex, Tyco, and Lotes are all listed as component suppliers of the LGA1150 socket. I haven't looked up if durability ratings are any different between the various makers, but the linked PDF below confirms both the 20 cycle rating as well as the makers of LGA1150 sockets. http://www.intel.c...
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