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by NTMBK
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Pascal FP16 rate question
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Pascal FP16 rate question

It's hardware. As it turns out, when it comes to FP16 NVIDIA has made another significant divergence between the HPC-focused GP100, and the consumer-focused GP104. On GP100, these FP16x2 cores are used throughout the GPU as both the GPU’s primarily FP32 core and primary FP16 core. However on GP104, ...
by NTMBK
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Series on Android
Replies: 16
Views: 354

Re: Final Fantasy Series on Android

I've only used an emulator on my PC way back in college.. can you use an emulator on your phone, and what will it do to the battery life? (also, the point of the phone is to not have to worry about controllers etc. :D) Based on the feedback, sounds like I should pick up FFIV and FFVI for sure.. I w...
by NTMBK
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Series on Android
Replies: 16
Views: 354

Re: Final Fantasy Series on Android

I've only used an emulator on my PC way back in college.. can you use an emulator on your phone, and what will it do to the battery life? (also, the point of the phone is to not have to worry about controllers etc. :D) Based on the feedback, sounds like I should pick up FFIV and FFVI for sure.. I w...
by NTMBK
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Series on Android
Replies: 16
Views: 354

Re: Final Fantasy Series on Android

The music in FF6 Advance is out of tune in places (particularly the battle theme). I played it on a GBA SP back when it released, because I was super excited to revisit it, and was immediately disappointed. They also "fixed" many of the translation quirks I grew to love - "Son of a s...
by NTMBK
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Series on Android
Replies: 16
Views: 354

Re: Final Fantasy Series on Android

The "remaster" of V and VI made them look like RPGMaker trash. They totally screwed it up.

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You'll get a better experience with an emulator, a ROM and a Bluetooth controller.
by NTMBK
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 33
Views: 2074

Re: Retro console gaming

I was curious about that CMS upgrade, and here's a Youtube video showing differences between that and some other sound systems on Monkey Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr-84mjV3CI Now I see why you wanted that upgrade. Good choice, I absolutely adore that theme. Some great covers of it out...
by NTMBK
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro games you'd like to see remade
Replies: 118
Views: 25312

Re: Retro games you'd like to see remade

Meanwhile, the SVP chip in Virtua Racing is the only accelerator chip on the Genesis. Sega went the much more confusing and expensive route of making the 32X. Apparently they originally planned to make the SVP a "lock on" cart- you'd buy the SVP separately, and then plug game carts in the...
by NTMBK
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake Not Supported by Intel’s 200-Series Motherboards?
Replies: 20
Views: 1221

Re: Coffee Lake Not Supported by Intel’s 200-Series Motherboards?

Bah, humbug. I was hoping for an easy upgrade to a 6-core CPU in 5 years' time, when my current system will need a mid-life kicker.
by NTMBK
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 3892

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

chuckula wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
Maybe they've already sent out all the working ones?


That's not right, I still haven't gotten mine and Lisa promised!


Sorry, yours got diverted to AMDisDEC. Flattery gets you everywhere apparently.
by NTMBK
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 2965

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Has the price rise lasted long enough to affect the prices of prebuilt systems? Presumably the likes of Alienware and HP Omen have long term supply agreements from AMD and NVidia, so they shouldn't be particularly affected by the fact that Newegg's shipment is getting bought up by cryptominers.
by NTMBK
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 52
Views: 1815

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Nintendo has just never gotten online multiplayer right. Dear god, the monstrosity of voice chat on the Switch. http://kotaku.com/the-switchs-phone-enabled-voice-chat-is-as-ridiculous-a-1797058470 . In order to communicate with friends over voice in Splatoon 2 (and only friends, as is Nintendo’s wa...
by NTMBK
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

I'm now wondering if there's a way to tell in software (i.e. without disassembly) whether my CPU is soldered or socketed. I have an old mini-PC with an i3-2330M, which is available both in soldered and socketed. If socketed I could try upgrading to an Ivy Bridge chip...
by NTMBK
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Who is still using PCI slots these days?
Replies: 117
Views: 17074

Re: Who is still using PCI slots these days?

Personally I think it's ridiculous when you have an MATX motherboard with 4 slots and one of them is PCI. Normally the PCIe x16 will hold a graphics card which will cover up one of the PCIe x1 slots meaning you have one PCIe x1 left for WIFI NIC, Soundcard, additional USB ports, TV card etc. I'm pr...
by NTMBK
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 92
Views: 4734

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

yeti wrote:
Used graphics card from mining....YMMV. :)
I only trust ones from known sources.


Yeah, I'm already kind of regretting it... oh well, maybe I'll get outbid.
by NTMBK
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 92
Views: 4734

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Put in a bid on a low-priced 470 on eBay, the HTPC could do with a GPU upgrade. Just hope it's not been too roughly abused.
by NTMBK
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)

*lowers torch and pitchfork with sheepish expression*
by NTMBK
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 33
Views: 2074

Re: Retro console gaming

I wasn't really aware of this until recently, but Final Fantasy is apparently a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing. I had thought everyone loved it, but apparently not everyone likes random encounters as much as I do. I think my tolerance for random encounters has gone way down. I tried to go back to...
by NTMBK
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

Everyone forgets to even mention the lack of AVX on these. As a consumer (and G3258 owner), I'm sad to see it go, but as a developer, I wish it and the rest of Intel's AVX-less chips to stay gone. If not for this ridiculous b******t, I could default to AVX in the not-too-distant future. As is, what...
by NTMBK
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2725

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

There have been murmurs of socketed GPUs for awhile. nVidia's P100 and V100 cards using nvLink mezzanine are probably the closest to a socketed GPU today. The connector used is similar to what several other high end chips like Itanium or IBM main frame books used in the past. Until recently, it rea...
by NTMBK
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2381

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

It used 1100 of them in a rack. A single workstation, does not count :) Squint harder! :D Though any x86 chip post AMD64 can be considered the same, going by OP's criteria. I think the closest you can really come is "this much performance was on the top500 a decade ago" for a single works...
by NTMBK
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with workstation build
Replies: 17
Views: 770

Re: Need help with workstation build

Have you double checked that the motherboard is compatible with Xeon Phi cards? They were notoriously picky about PCIe features: https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/hpc/W ... n-Phi-490/
by NTMBK
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2381

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

That's not a supercomputer, that's just a very beefy workstation. People have been making those for decades (see: SGI). Well... Macs used to use PowerPC chips that were also (in a much different configuration) used in Mainframes (and many other IBM products for that matter). So if you squinted rath...
by NTMBK
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2381

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

That's not a supercomputer, that's just a very beefy workstation. People have been making those for decades (see: SGI). Please tell me this is a practical joke :wink: No joke. Power hungry, super expensive workstations with amazing graphics performance (for their day)? Just look at the SGI Indigo s...
by NTMBK
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2381

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

That's not a supercomputer, that's just a very beefy workstation. People have been making those for decades (see: SGI).
by NTMBK
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1401

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

Posting in another whm1974 Linux thread.
by NTMBK
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2725

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: 40
Views: 3043

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: 40
Views: 3043

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...
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