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by NTMBK
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Impact of Meltdown/Spectre patches on IGP performance?
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Impact of Meltdown/Spectre patches on IGP performance?

I have a friend who plays Minecraft on his Ivy Bridge integrated graphics (HD4000, built into a 3770). He's had perfectly acceptable performance on it until the Meltdown/Spectre patches were applied, at which point it turned into a stuttering mess. He rolled back the patch, and performance went back...
by NTMBK
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 7129

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

whm1974 wrote:
NTMBK wrote:
Congrats on sticking with this, breaking a habit is damn hard!

Well two week later I still going without soda, and my wallet is slowly getting healthier...


How are you feeling? Starting to feel the health benefits yet?
by NTMBK
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 4K HDR madness
Replies: 17
Views: 1798

Re: 4K HDR madness

Now I wish I had a petabyte of space with everything in 1080p instead of my current 720p dominated media library. Sucks! On the plus side, 720p scales up perfectly to 2160p with a 3:1 integer ratio! EDIT And 240p scales up with a 9:1 ratio, making 4K displays way better than 1080p for retro gaming.
by NTMBK
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 241
Views: 11412

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Throwing the EU in the bin was the best thing Disney did. There were some gems in there, but a whole load more terrible books. Jedi Academy trilogy in particular can go die in a fire.
by NTMBK
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Advice on Windows Tablets
Replies: 15
Views: 699

Re: Advice on Windows Tablets

There's also the HP Elite x2- that has a 3:2 screen (2736 x 1824). Very pricey for what you get, though. Speaking as someone who owns a Windows 2-in-1, and has done for several years... are you sure that this is what you want? I've got a Dell Venue 11 7130- I thought that I would be getting a great ...
by NTMBK
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 7129

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Congrats on sticking with this, breaking a habit is damn hard!
by NTMBK
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 241
Views: 11412

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

If we are going for the Roman analogy. Palpatine: Nero (He may die, but he sure wants the Empire to go down with him) New Republic: Year of Three Emperors (The 3 Emperors didn't have a plan) Snoke: Justin the Apostate (Tried to bring the old faith back (dark side) Luke: Marcus Aurelius (although ma...
by NTMBK
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 241
Views: 11412

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I thought TLJ was very weak. Plot holes kept making me a skeptic and the tone shifts made me wince. Bombing run was silly because these are space ships, not B17s Ah come on, space combat in Star Wars never made sense anyway. George openly acknowledged that he was just ripping off old WW2 films like...
by NTMBK
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 241
Views: 11412

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Tried to watch Star Wars IV A New Hope yesterday, and when Luke appeared on screen the entire feeling was different. All I could see was old man who drank green tinged milk from the tit of a weird looking walrus . Thanks Rian Johnson, you completely destroyed Star Wars. Even the prequels did not do...
by NTMBK
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 241
Views: 11412

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

CScottG wrote:

Speaking of perspective.

How about the size of the Millenium Falcon on the Jedi planet vs. the number of people entering it in the last scene? :roll:


Fortunately, the Falcon had the TARDIS on board at the time.
by NTMBK
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 241
Views: 11412

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

It does make you wonder... if hyperspace ramming into enemies can do enough damage to take out multiple Star Destroyers and a Super Star Destroyer the size of a small Death Star, why on earth would you bother building battleships? Just take a freighter (nice big one, like the one Han had in TFA...
by NTMBK
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 2119

Re: Nvidia Titan V

True. But I'm betting at least double the performance or better for enthusiasts. (..and I'm also betting that there will be plenty of enthusiasts that will purchase this.) Not even close. Gaming 99% uses FP32, and Titan V has 13.8 TFlops, not far ahead of Titan Xp's 12.1 TFlops. There are improveme...
by NTMBK
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Titan V
Replies: 36
Views: 2119

Re: Nvidia Titan V

9x the performance of a Titan Xp. :o (..yeah, yeah, it's teraflops and not gaming frame rate improvements - but it's got to be at least double (for a LOT more money). Only 9x when you utilise the Tensor Cores- which are seriously limited in what they can do. They're basically fixed function deep le...
by NTMBK
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 494

Re: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade

Sorry but I will have to buy it from Europe, as I live here. The price difference is roughly 100 EUR which I am more than happy to pay if my problems are solved. Don't worry, it's available from EU vendors too: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-geforce-gt-1030-lp-oc-2gb-gddr5-graphics-card-384-co...
by NTMBK
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 494

Re: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade

I would recommend a Geforce 1030. It's small, cheap, and power efficient, but it supports large displays and modern video codecs. It's not exactly a gaming powerhouse, but for office use it should work just fine. EDIT: But be careful which particular 1030 you buy! Some models don't have Displayport....
by NTMBK
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chopped down RX 560s
Replies: 31
Views: 932

Re: Chopped down RX 560s

Urgh. Call it a 550ti or something at least. Using the same name for an inferior product after the reviews of the original model is extra gross, and even worse than what NVidia did with the 1060.
by NTMBK
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Low cost gaming
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: Low cost gaming

What do you have at the moment? Any decent CPU at all?

I'm quite a big believer in upgrading cheap second hand Dell boxes. Try to get something with a Sandy Bridge i5 or better (preferably Haswell i5), and put in a Geforce 1050ti.
by NTMBK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 55
Views: 2912

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

It's still an ARM core (not a from-scratch design), and they rely on 3rd party fabs. It uses the ARM instruction set, but it's not an ARM CPU design. It's a from-scratch design. Similar to how AMD makes chips that run an Intel ISA, but they aren't Intel cores. And relying on 3rd party fabs gives th...
by NTMBK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 55
Views: 2912

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

Just because they're good at designing iDevices doesn't mean they know how to design/fab an entire CPU chip. Engineering skills in one area generally don't translate easily to another. That said, they did some of their own SoC design after their acquisition of PA Semi (which brought former AMD CPU ...
by NTMBK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 55
Views: 2912

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

I heard the news. Apple is trying to reduce relying on their supplier for components. I thought they can do this long ago already, they're such a big company with talented employees and IT experts. They still don't fab their own stuff. Shifting to ARM means shifting away from relying on Intel and t...
by NTMBK
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Marketing Fails Again
Replies: 7
Views: 791

Re: AMD Marketing Fails Again

Retailers using Black Friday to dump outdated stock on mugs out for a bargain? Say it ain't so!
by NTMBK
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down
Replies: 5
Views: 1179

Re: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down

This mess has really put me off getting another LG phone. :( I already had to replace my motherboard a year after I got the phone, and I'm dreading the day when this replacement also bites it. I really don't want to go down to A53 cores, they suck donkey dick.
by NTMBK
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?

I work on a computer all day, so I have similar concerns. I do most of my gaming with a gamepad now, so that my hands and wrists get a break. Not great if you play competitive online FPS, but I find it just fine for single player.
by NTMBK
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1320

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition photographed

I have a request. Can we please create a convention of calling it KLG/Kaby Lake G? edit: I'm not criticizing your title Chuck. I just mean so many names are going to attach to this thing over the next 6 months it'll be very confusing I imagine. Wirko in another thread called it RAJACHIP, that has a...
by NTMBK
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 73
Views: 8864

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

FWIW, the only places i could find idiot in this thread are Phil's single post. /shrug It is more about people attacking my reading comprehension skills and such. Of course no one outright called me an idiot because that's where the mods have to step in and tell people to be civil. But we all know ...
by NTMBK
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 73
Views: 8864

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

I'll break out my quote from February, and add some emphasis: I read it already, you don't need to copy paste it again. And you definitely don't need to be condescending about it. Here's my counter logic: -Intel spent $350M to buy a company which was developing machine learning hardware (Nervana) -I...
by NTMBK
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Chuckula's prognostication skills are failing him
Replies: 23
Views: 1060

Re: Chuckula's prognostication skills are failing him

This reminds me of the custom GPU that NVidia made for Apple back in the early Macbook Air. Apple stuck with an older generation of Intel CPUs that didn't integrate the GPU into the package for an extra generation, because Apple didn't want to use Intel's integrated graphics.
by NTMBK
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 7669

Re: GGC errors with compiling C code.

Did you enclose that code in a function? For instance void main(){ } . The part you've quoted is a badly formed snippet on its own (especially that last line, which isn't C at all!), and won't compile. Try taking the sample from the top of the page, and modifying it with a conditional.
by NTMBK
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 68
Views: 5090

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

I second the proposition that midrange A53 tablets should be fired into the sun. Use A73, for the love of God.
by NTMBK
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4125

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

The 6502 derivative in the Turbografx-16 could address up to 2MB, apparently.
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