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by NTMBK
Sat May 12, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrading from an HD 7850
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Upgrading from an HD 7850

Definitely the 1060 6GB. I did almost the same upgrade, from an R9 270 to the 1060, made a huge difference.

I'd not mess around with the 3GB model- games aren't going to get less memory hungry, and you seem to make your GPUs last a while.
by NTMBK
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ocean Cove is delayed: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Re: Ocean Cove is delayed: CONFIRMED!

Well if we have 8th Gen Covfefe Lake, 9th Gen Whisky Lake, and 10th Gen Icelake... does that mean that Ocean's 11?
by NTMBK
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Pictures of Facebook's ARM Miracle Servers!
Replies: 5
Views: 888

Re: Pictures of Facebook's ARM Miracle Servers!

cegras wrote:
Are you OK?

No
by NTMBK
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM
Replies: 14
Views: 1386

Re: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM

The Intel side of this part is also a bit out of date (Krabby Kake instead of Coffee). I suspect that the nature of working together just meant that this part took longer to come out than a normal part from either company; co-ordinating everything must have added complexity.
by NTMBK
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7569

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Frankly, I would be highly surprised if the next high end Macs jump to in-house ARM designs. Apple will likely take a generation or two to perfect it at the low power end of the spectrum before moving up. A Mac ultrabook on ARM makes sense for them -- it's basically the next step from the iPad Pro....
by NTMBK
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 25997

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I propose that we rename this thread to "So who here is actually loosing?"
by NTMBK
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 42
Views: 11293

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

meerkt wrote:
Right now I'm watching the Tab S2. Maybe the price will drop further or I'll find a discount.


I can vouch for the Tab S2- my wife bought one a few months ago, and she loves it.
by NTMBK
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 327
Views: 335665

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

Hi everybody. I am new here, I registered to give some hope to all those that are looking for single slot low profile GPU. I finally got my ASL G1504 GPU (Geforce GTX 1050 ti). As soon as it arrived I ran benchmark on my recently obtained Radeon R7 450 from Dell. I swapped the cards, installed nece...
by NTMBK
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 3421

Re: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

Jeff Kampman wrote:
I rarely call FUD but this AMD security news is high-budget FUD. Whitepaper is extremely thin, poorly sourced, and relies on lots of diagrams to convey appearance of technical legitimacy without actually saying much of anything.

https://twitter.com/jkampman_tr/status/ ... 6647689216
by NTMBK
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 3421

Re: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

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by NTMBK
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Buying a console
Replies: 25
Views: 2137

Re: Buying a console

Switch isn't really an option since I intend to make use of the 65 inch TV. And play co-op with friends. I don't plan on playing much on PC since I'll be moving to a laptop. I guess it's a PS4 then. They are easier to find here and used games should be cheaper too. Switch has a HDMI dock that works...
by NTMBK
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Buying a console
Replies: 25
Views: 2137

Re: Buying a console

Buy a Switch.
by NTMBK
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops that charge and output video over USB-C?
Replies: 11
Views: 1778

Re: Laptops that charge and output video over USB-C?

Thanks for all the help guys! It kind of looks like it's as much of a quagmire as I had expected :D Definitely some solid recommendations there though. I have a Dell Inspiron 13" 7000, which both charges over USB-C (but the also has a separate charger port) and outputs DisplayPort/HDMI/VGA over...
by NTMBK
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops that charge and output video over USB-C?
Replies: 11
Views: 1778

Laptops that charge and output video over USB-C?

My dad needs a new laptop to replace his dying Dell. He usually uses it hooked up to two monitors, a keyboard and mouse, but he needs to take it away and use it in meetings. He had a docking station for the old one, and I'd like to get a laptop that can drive a docking station with a single cable. I...
by NTMBK
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is overclocking safe
Replies: 17
Views: 1370

Re: Is overclocking safe

My rule of thumb is to never overclock a computer you use for anything important. If you keep photos on it, if you use it for your banking, if you use it for work/homework... never, ever, ever overclock it. The 4-5% speedup you might get is not worth the risks. Finding out that an important file has...
by NTMBK
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Did you know there's a .google TLD?
Replies: 7
Views: 900

Re: Did you know there's a .google TLD?

My employer owns a TLD. Makes it a real pain to sign up for things with my work email, because lots of online forms don't accept it as a valid email address.
by NTMBK
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]

My only complaints are the requirements to subscribe to the CBS All Access streaming server in order to view episodes. I much prefer to just save up and buy the entire season on Bluray than continue to shell out a monthly fee in order to maintain a subscription. I am also worried that this model ma...
by NTMBK
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Star Trek Discovery [SPOILERS]

So now the first season is over, what did everyone make of it? I thought it was pretty uneven, but overall I liked it. It started off with lots of characters making terrible decisions, but in light of the overall season they were obviously going for an arc of redemption for Burnham. I also thought t...
by NTMBK
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC
Replies: 14
Views: 1228

Re: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC

Which version of the Optiplex 755 do you have? They came in a few different sizes of cases- the manual has pictures of the 4 different types: https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/opti_755_techspecs.pdf The size of case will affect what you can upgrade. I would probably recommend g...
by NTMBK
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from HD7850? Yes/No?
Replies: 8
Views: 1093

Re: Upgrade from HD7850? Yes/No?

I went from an R9 270 (basically the same GPU as your 7850, just rebadged) to a GTX 1060 6GB- I saw some very nice performance improvements, at a lower power consumption.

Of course this was before things went totally insane with cryptomining.
by NTMBK
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 27943

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Realistic space combat would probably be conducted with light-speed weaponry (i.e. lasers), at incredibly high speeds, by AIs acting and reacting faster than the human mind can comprehend. But that doesn't make for good cinema, does it? Whaaaaaa? That would never exist. Okay, maybe if we worked for...
by NTMBK
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 27943

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

⋅ Some theorize that deep-space screws will standardize on port and starboard, with the latter in the direction of the system's star nexus. Huh, cool, I hadn't seen that before. I quite like it as a navigational aid :) But you'd presume that in combat you'd throw that concept out the wind...
by NTMBK
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 27943

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

combat generally looks like a cross between WW2 aerial combat and Napoleonic naval combat. There is a reason for that, that I guess you do not grok. :-? I thought the reason was because George Lucas ripped off was inspired by a bunch of WW2 war movies? As I alluded to in my post, Star Wars is about...
by NTMBK
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 27943

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Which implies it's been done before...yet you could skip more than a few key battles in the original trilogy if so. :P That's the retro implication. The opportunities would still be limited to rare conditions like those of the chase, but it would be among their outlier doctrines. One thing I don't ...
by NTMBK
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best gaming system that is very low power for a campervan
Replies: 11
Views: 2165

Re: best gaming system that is very low power for a campervan

Nintendo Switch. It has super low power draw, and it can be charged directly from a car battery: http://stores.horiusa.com/car-charger-f ... do-switch/
by NTMBK
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 27943

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Bear in mind that a lot of the First Order's officers have never actually been in a proper capital ship battle. People like Hux were born and raised in the Unknown Regions, and the FO has been keeping a low profile for their entire life (right up until they fired Starkiller Base). Sure, they will ha...
by NTMBK
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use
Replies: 33
Views: 3762

Re: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use

DPete27 wrote:
Isn't it still better/easier to have a BluRay set-top box for playing BluRay discs?


Potentially, but the OP did say that he wanted the PC to play Blu Ray.

Have you considered an XBox One S, OP? It has 4K Blu Ray support, Plex, plenty of streaming apps, and plays games.
by NTMBK
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use
Replies: 33
Views: 3762

Re: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use

Thank you for all of the suggestions! I should have mentioned my budget: $500-$600. There's a guy on Ebay selling a tower with the following specs for $600: B350 Motherboard Ryzen 3 1200 CPU 8gb ram GTX 1050ti 4gb GPU 60gb SSD and 500gb HDD storage Perhaps I can build this myself for less, and with...
by NTMBK
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use
Replies: 33
Views: 3762

Re: Need Advice for Building a PC Tower for 4K Home Entertainment Use

If you want to play 4K Blu Rays, then you need a CPU with Intel SGX extensions- i.e. Skylake or newer.
by NTMBK
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 27943

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

derFunkenstein wrote:
That doesn't make it bad. In fact, it makes it better because Star Wars is and has always been about turning off your brain and watching Space Wizards kiss their sisters.


Hey, she wasn't his sister until Jedi :P
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