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by NTMBK
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shield K1 out of production?
Replies: 19
Views: 741

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: 741

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: 741

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: 741

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: 11
Views: 1231

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: 741

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: 39
Views: 1051

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: 741

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: 741

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: 39
Views: 1051

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: 11
Views: 853

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: 2156

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

This calls for...

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by NTMBK
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nokia to go Full Nexus?
Replies: 16
Views: 509

Re: Nokia to go Full Nexus?

I just hope they have Nexus 5X style pricing and performance. At the moment there's way too big a gap between the crap Cortex A53 phones and everything else. Just give me 2 A73 cores and 2 A35/A53 cores, enough GPU to drive the UI smoothly (couldn't care less about mobile gaming), and 3-4GB of RAM. ...
by NTMBK
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Gold & Platinum Officially Confirmed
Replies: 11
Views: 1666

Re: Skylake Xeon: Now in Gold & Platinum

That gaudy branding is perfect for Intel's Trump-loving CEO. :roll:
by NTMBK
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 4452

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

whm1974 wrote:
NTMBK wrote:
I'd say that the most popular distribution is much easier to use than Windows; I've never used the command line at all on Android.

Is it even possible to use the CLI in Android?


*shrug* The fact that I don't need to know that demonstrates the user friendliness.
by NTMBK
Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 4452

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

I'd say that the most popular distribution is much easier to use than Windows; I've never used the command line at all on Android.
by NTMBK
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console peasants....
Replies: 58
Views: 2132

Re: Console peasants....

This is why I'm part of the 1080p monitor crowd. It's always supported.
by NTMBK
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console peasants....
Replies: 58
Views: 2132

Re: Console peasants....

Beg your pardon, but since most console games are limited to 720p@30fps, that is being [i]crippled[./i] And there is no good reason why Destiny(and other console exclusives) is not on the PC. Such comments make me miss the the PSX 240p era - and earlier - when games were either fun or not fun. This...
by NTMBK
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console peasants....
Replies: 58
Views: 2132

Re: Console peasants....

Some of my best gaming memories are on console. :\ A game is a game. If people have fun playing a game, then that's all that matters. You know what? Yeah, sometimes PC gaming is a hassle. Oh look I need to update my graphics driver again, oh look this game has DirectInput support but not XInput supp...
by NTMBK
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Softbank to sell 25% of ARM to Mabudala?
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Softbank to sell 25% of ARM to Mabudala?

Really hope that isn't true.
by NTMBK
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture
Replies: 39
Views: 2257

Re: When will Intel retire the Core i architecture

Round about when they file for Chapter 11.
by NTMBK
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 6136

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

Wrong. Both AVX and AVX2 have support for both 128-bit and 256-bit instructions, depending on whether you use XMM or YMM registers (and the XMM registers are aliased on the bottom half of the YMM). The main distinction is that AVX1 was almost all FP instructions, while AVX2 adds lots of integer ins...
by NTMBK
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 6136

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

I don't know where people keep getting this "it doesn't have AVX" thing from. It HAS AVX. So did Bulldozer. AMD's AVX implementation just isn't as efficient as Intel's. I don't know that we know about AMD's effective efficiency because AMD decided, for whatever reason, to give Zen literal...
by NTMBK
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?
Replies: 130
Views: 6136

Re: How long before Intel trounces AMD again?

There's so much AMD hype that people are forgetting Intel has been fighting with one hand tied to their backs by "wasting" transistors/die space on the relatively huge iGPU on SKL/KBL, and BW-E is still ~1 billion transistors less than Zen despite having 2 more cores, 2x the memory channe...
by NTMBK
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why 'Ryzen'
Replies: 39
Views: 3254

Re: Why 'Ryzen'

ronch wrote:
The main reason I posted this is to share that link. Then some commentary. Is it so difficult to share one's opinion about anything these days without being criticized?


He's sharing his opinion about your opinion ;)
by NTMBK
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Needing a New computer in my life! help please
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Needing a New computer in my life! help please

I'm not normally a "wait for Ryzen" kinda guy, but if the low-end Ryzen CPUs are going to be available at launch and launch is less than 10 days out, I'd really wait for Ryzen to see if there will be a $130 quad-core CPU with decent per-thread performance. Ryzen may be out in 10 days, but...
by NTMBK
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Needing a New computer in my life! help please
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: Needing a New computer in my life! help please

If you want a new laptop and are happy to go with Dell, I'd go with the new Inspiron 15 7000: http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/productdetails/inspiron-15-7567-laptop?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&ref=p13n-gaming-page The base model should do you well; the GTX 1050 is a nice new GPU which shoul...
by NTMBK
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cutting my soda habit in half.
Replies: 112
Views: 4322

Re: Cutting my soda habit in half.

Whenever I visit America, I'm always amazed by how syrupy and sickly-sweet all of your soft drinks are. I blame the High Fructose Corn Syrup. We don't have any of that rubbish in our drinks  (or food) over here, whereas you must eat/drink gallons of the stuff every year. 
by NTMBK
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Xeon Phi Workstation Review
Replies: 21
Views: 2630

Re: Xeon Phi Workstation Review

Last I heard several years ago the kernel itself supports up to 65536 logical cores.  The catch is that x86 currently supports only up to 4096 due to 12 bit of CPU IDs.  Kind of scary but some SGI UV systems can hit that due to supporting 256 sockets with 16 cores per socket.  Sky Lake-EP is suppos...
by NTMBK
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Getting Tired of Gross Pics
Replies: 25
Views: 3029

Re: Getting Tired of Gross Pics

Solution- stop reading crap on the internet, go and buy a newspaper.