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by NTMBK
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 17
Views: 920

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

The most interesting part is that this isn't Intel's first mesh. That distinction goes to Knights Landing where up to 72 cores are connected together with a mesh. So if KNL hits 72 cores, it looks like there is room to scale this interconnect. KNL has cores organised in "tiles" of 2 cores...
by NTMBK
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One S, and Microsoft Teases Project Scorpio for 2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2217

Re: Xbox One S, and Microsoft Teases Project Scorpio for 2017

The straight-forward interpretation of "enabling bigger worlds" is what I've said, and by including 50% more memory (which the PS4 Pro did not do), it is technically possible for them to do it. Yes, we can say that they "just won't do that" and we can say that "oh, but they...
by NTMBK
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One S, and Microsoft Teases Project Scorpio for 2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2217

Re: Xbox One S, and Microsoft Teases Project Scorpio for 2017

It plays the same games at higher resolution, with some higher quality assets. It won't get any exclusives, all the games will also work on XBox One S. It's not a new generation. Again, what initially aroused my suspicion was the inclusion of more memory. Why? Because that opens the door to games t...
by NTMBK
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One S, and Microsoft Teases Project Scorpio for 2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2217

Re: Xbox One S, and Microsoft Teases Project Scorpio for 2017

Wow, I can't believe this isn't leading the headlines: Microsoft includes 12 gigs of memory in the Xbox One X (50% more than the original, which had 8 gigs)! This isn't an enhanced version, this is a successor console. It just also happens to have perfect backwards compatibility. EDIT: YUP! 12GB GD...
by NTMBK
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3168

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

Mr Bill wrote:
NTMBK wrote:
Mr Bill wrote:
So, its OK for Intel to do this but not AMD?


How did you get that from what I said? :/ I explicitly said that they're both doing the same thing!
Oh man! I'm sorry, you are totally right. I read to quickly and somehow misread i9 as an AMD part. :oops:


No worries :)
by NTMBK
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3168

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

The i9 and Threadripper are both workstation CPUs with the badge filed off and a few features disabled. They aren't aimed at 99.9% of the consumer market. So, its OK for Intel to do this but not AMD? How did you get that from what I said? :/ I explicitly said that they're both doing the same thing!
by NTMBK
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3168

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

The i9 and Threadripper are both workstation CPUs with the badge filed off and a few features disabled. They aren't aimed at 99.9% of the consumer market.
by NTMBK
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)
Replies: 22
Views: 767

Re: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)

I found Billions absolutely dire. Unbelievable characters, talking utter bollocks in very portentous voices. Peel away the sheen of high production values, and underneath it's got a crap script.

Just finished watching season 2 of The Last Kingdom. That was fun.
by NTMBK
Sun May 28, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Netflix 2560x1440
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Netflix 2560x1440

And this is why it's easier to just stick with the common TV resolutions.
by NTMBK
Wed May 24, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win7/2008R2 SP1 Notes
Replies: 22
Views: 16551

Re: Win7/2008R2 SP1 Notes

progunner wrote:
I was able to update my Win7 to SP2, problem is that after the update was done my device keeps on restarting and till now. What should I do?


Install Windows 10.
by NTMBK
Thu May 18, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 6192

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14137922/1/amd-stock-climbs-on-intel-licensing-agreement.html God it feels so good to be right. I will now laugh like a 12 year old child. Congratulations, your reading comprehension skills still suck. Replacing the NVidia patent cross-licensing with AMD patent cross...
by NTMBK
Wed May 17, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 36
Views: 2069

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

Yup, Ryzen has no onboard graphics. The Zen APUs aren't coming out until end of this year/start of next year, I'm afraid! If you just want a HTPC box, you could always get a Kaby Lake i3, something like the i3-7100. Or the Pentium G4620, if you don't mind the weaker integrated graphics- the new Pent...
by NTMBK
Mon May 15, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card

This seems like a terrible idea... Even if you can hacksaw apart the case and cram in a 980, the cooling performance will be terrible. And rigging two inadequate power supplies together sounds like a recipe for a house fire. Why not just transplant the motherboard into a new case? It looks like a st...
by NTMBK
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?
Replies: 30
Views: 1227

Re: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?

Might be worth looking at the A9-9410- it's got two Excavator cores and 192 GCN shaders. Limited to single channel DDR4, but should still be faster than the A8-7410 (though a tad slower at multitasking).
by NTMBK
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?
Replies: 30
Views: 1227

Re: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?

Aha, GT3! There's definitely no $300 handy in time to buy that one, but I didn't expect those to show up at prices that low. Will definitely keep that in mind. Thanks! If what NTMBK wrote is true, considering a Haswell i3-4000M machine. With a 35W TPD, you should be able to run CPU and iGPU at full...
by NTMBK
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?
Replies: 30
Views: 1227

Re: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?

NoOne ButMe wrote:
NTMBK wrote:
Anything U series is going to start throttling like crazy as soon as you load up a game. :\

So the HP Machine with APU it be?


That would be my preferred option, so long as you can upgrade it to dual-channel memory. Single channel seriously chokes graphics performance!
by NTMBK
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?
Replies: 30
Views: 1227

Re: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?

Anything U series is going to start throttling like crazy as soon as you load up a game. :\
by NTMBK
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

I'm still rocking two Samsung Galaxy Note 8's. Decent CPU, 2GB RAM, Input pen, SDXC support. Low rez screen, but that just makes the battery life / game performance better. It's sad that a early 2013 tablet beats most <$900 options... Sadly low rez screen would be a bit of a dealbreaker for her; sh...
by NTMBK
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

Okay the K1 is back in stock at a UK seller at a sane price, trying not to immediately hit buy... my only concern is how much longer it's going to be supported for. I mean, this is a 32-bit 2015 product, and we're already 18 months in... is it really likely to get support for much longer? NVidia hav...
by NTMBK
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

It's pretty appalling how little Android tablets have improved since 2013, and in some regards have actually gotten worse. The Nexus 7 had a quad-core Krait CPU, with pretty powerful out-of-order cores. Most devices in a similar price range these days have crappy A7/A53 in-order cores. I just found...
by NTMBK
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

Hardware wise, the 8" Xiaomi MiPad 3 looks decent- but it's got some crap skin on top of Android, and I doubt it will be supported long term. Same with the Huawei Mediapad M3. I wish Google would just slap the Nexus brand on one of these Chinese designs and guarantee clean, supported software.
by NTMBK
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Flash your RX480 to an RX580
Replies: 25
Views: 4178

Re: Flash your RX480 to an RX580

Flash your RX480 to a brick
by NTMBK
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

I suspect a lot of the market for powerful tablets has migrated over to convertibles like the Surface and the Yoga. It's not like I need a Core i7, 256GB of storage and 8GB RAM- I just want something more powerful than an A53, more RAM than this 4 year old budget tablet, and good long term software...
by NTMBK
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are the best offline games?
Replies: 42
Views: 2607

Re: What are the best offline games?

The Total War series has eaten vast chunks of my life. Warhammer TW is the latest version, and utterly awesome.
by NTMBK
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: Shield K1 out of production?

B&H seems to be out of stock. Newegg, Best Buy and Amazon seem to still have them listed. Get it while you can. Nothing else at that price which is as good. Or else you will need to jump to the $300 bracket, which will be touching the new iPad territory (if you are into the 9" class tablet...
by NTMBK
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Shield K1 out of production?

My wife's Nexus 7 is starting to die, and I'm looking for a good replacement for her. The Shield K1 seems like the best option (decent performance, stock Android, decent support) but I can't find it new in stock anywhere. Did NVidia kill production of it? On a related note... anyone got any good rec...
by NTMBK
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are the best offline games?
Replies: 42
Views: 2607

Re: What are the best offline games?

Grim Fandango
by NTMBK
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: VIA Nano lives on
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: VIA Nano lives on

The thing that jumps out at me from those slides is "SM3/SM4 national secret algorithm". I suspect that China want an x86 compatible processor which they can guarantee hasn't been backdoored by the NSA, which they can't do with either AMD or Intel. EDIT: ...and of course, they probably wan...
by NTMBK
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 3707

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

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