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by Jeff Kampman
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Streaming PC Build
Replies: 17
Views: 543

Re: Streaming PC Build

Will the 8 threads of the 9700k be worse for encoding than the 16 of the 2700x? If so, I think 2700x really is the way to go for me in terms of price and performance. Fortnite isn't the most demanding title out there right now, and from what I've seen it's fairly easy to maintain 144hz (with some d...
by Jeff Kampman
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 52
Views: 1330

Re: Reviews that would suit Tech Report

Here's the problem with testing at 2560x1440: there are at least two different ways you could go about it. Are you going to use the rendering power you're freeing up by lowering resolution to increase frame rate at the same settings as 4K testing (which may not include taxing AA methods) or go the o...
by Jeff Kampman
Tue May 01, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 13571

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I am in for sure.
by Jeff Kampman
Tue May 01, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD RYZEN 7 1700 good for music production?
Replies: 3
Views: 1267

Re: AMD RYZEN 7 1700 good for music production?

You don't want a Ryzen 7 1700 today and you certainly don't want that chip in a laptop body. The primary advantage of the Ryzen 7 1700 is that it can be overclocked in a desktop form factor to overcome its low all-core boost clock (3 GHz) for performance-focused users. You can't practically overcloc...
by Jeff Kampman
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: sluggish performance
Replies: 27
Views: 2983

Re: sluggish performance

As a last resort, you might try Display Driver Uninstaller to get to a completely blank slate before reinstalling the latest graphics-card drivers: http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html You can also use the sensor readouts in GPU-Z to get a sense of how your ca...
by Jeff Kampman
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 13571

Re: TR BBQ XV - Official Thread

Computex 2018 is the only big event we likely have to deal with in June so far, and that'll be the first full week of the month so the 16th or 23rd work fine here. August is less certain but I'll likely be open.
by Jeff Kampman
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.
Replies: 7
Views: 1654

Re: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.

Newegg motherboard reviews are, to put it politely, a very poor source of objective information on the quality of a product. I have both the ROG Zenith Extreme and Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7 here and I've used both in the course of my Threadripper testing. They are both excellent. The Asus is very...
by Jeff Kampman
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 1175

Re: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

I'm not going to jinx myself but graphics cards are much more straightforward to test than CPUs. We've automated a lot of the back-breaking data digestion work that we used to have to worry about, so getting graphs and supporting material is a lot faster and easier than it used to be. I expect to ha...
by Jeff Kampman
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 22891

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Here's my retrospective: http://techreport.com/news/32259/everyb ... tr-bbq-xiv

Thanks again to everyone who came out and/or contributed food or labor.
by Jeff Kampman
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 2108

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

Article: http://techreport.com/news/32225/the-pe ... says-intel

Apparently a rhetorical question on Hardware.fr got way out of hand.
by Jeff Kampman
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 2108

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

I've asked Intel for an official statement on this matter and will publish an article with what I hear if I hear anything back.
by Jeff Kampman
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 6104

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

Not to gloat, but you can't say I didn't warn you: http://techreport.com/blog/31924/spitballing-the-performance-of-amd-radeon-vega-frontier-edition-graphics-card Virtually every prediction I made in that post was proven correct yesterday: http://techreport.com/news/32163/updated-radeon-vega-frontier...
by Jeff Kampman
Thu May 04, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Looks like RyZen got caught cheating on benchmarks
Replies: 64
Views: 6204

Re: Looks like RyZen got caught cheating on benchmarks

I cannot for the life of me find the source again, but I'm pretty sure that the CPU-Z devs were aware of their program producing spurious results at the Ryzen launch and said to avoid making any conclusions based on its performance with the benchmark at the time. I would have a hard time believing i...
by Jeff Kampman
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 3770K, when to upgrade?
Replies: 23
Views: 12146

Re: 3770K, when to upgrade?

Whether you'll really notice a difference from a CPU upgrade depends on what resolution and settings you like to play games at. If you run your GTX 970 at 1920x1080 with medium to high settings (prioritizing high refresh rates) you will notice the largest difference from a CPU upgrade. If you play o...
by Jeff Kampman
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 1700X stuck at 1333 MHz Memory
Replies: 3
Views: 2795

Re: 1700X stuck at 1333 MHz Memory

It's probably running at the right speed. Remember that RAM runs at double the data rate of the clock, so you should be getting 2666 MT/s from that 1333 MHz clock speed. Some utilities report the clock speed in MHz rather than the actual transfer rate.
by Jeff Kampman
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: A solution to Ryzen's gaming inconsistency in the works?
Replies: 35
Views: 6444

Re: A solution to Ryzen's gaming inconsistency in the works?

I don't know what's "inconsistent" about Ryzen's gaming performance. In well-threaded titles, it produces smooth gameplay at slightly slower rates than competing Intel CPUs. In poorly-threaded and memory-bandwidth-intensive titles, it gets the double whammy of lower clocks/IPC than Intel a...
by Jeff Kampman
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: I thought the Ryzen NDA lifted today?
Replies: 26
Views: 2824

Re: I thought the Ryzen NDA lifted today?

The NDA lift is March 2.
by Jeff Kampman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Check Twitter Guize, Kampman is trolling us.
Replies: 14
Views: 5554

Re: Check Twitter Guize, Kampman is trolling us.

DrDominodog51 is correct—that's an i7-5960X. The 6950X has a distinctive heat spreader that marks it as a Broadwell-E chip; it's in a test rig right now. I would probably be whisked away by the black helicopters already if that was a (purported) Skylake-X chip :D
by Jeff Kampman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: THE SILENCE OF THE BUFFALOS (RyZen release confirmed?)
Replies: 21
Views: 1408

Re: THE SILENCE OF THE BUFFALOS (RyZen release confirmed?)

Buffalo is still in residence. Sorry.
by Jeff Kampman
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 22891

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread

I'll mark off the weekend of the 15th on the calendar! Should be lots to talk about this year. 

I'll likely be clearing most of my test cases out of my attic this year, so if you want a free or nearly-free case (some sweating on the cornhole grounds might be involved), make plans to be there. 
by Jeff Kampman
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here
Replies: 125
Views: 25289

Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here

The Tech Report and Corsair are teaming up to give away an RM1000i Special Edition PSU to our readers in celebration of two major milestones: Corsair's tenth anniversary of producing PSUs, and its 10 millionth PSU sold. This is the entry thread for the contest. If you'd like to learn more about the ...
by Jeff Kampman
Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Bragging Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 313982

Re: Bragging Thread

Now that I've rolled it back to the 373.06 drivers, it's hitting 2.35 million. I also spun up a pair of 980 Tis in another machine and that machine is doing about 1.17 million. 
by Jeff Kampman
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Bragging Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 313982

Re: Bragging Thread

It varies, but I've seen it get as high as 1.9 million. 
by Jeff Kampman
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Bragging Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 313982

Re: Bragging Thread

Since it's not doing anything else at the moment, I'm tossing TR's i7-6950X and three GTX 1080s into the pile for a bit in response to this tweet. I don't know what I'm doing but it sure is making a lot of noise and sucking down some watts. 

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by Jeff Kampman
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2920

Re: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?

whm1974 wrote:
Thanks guys for clearing this up. I'm guessing that  the next TR budget box will have a 4 GB graphics card?

I'll probably keep the GTX 950 around as a budget option for some purposes, but I think the 4GB RX 460 is the budget card most people will want.
by Jeff Kampman
Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ "2nd-10th" - Official Thread - July 23, 2016
Replies: 314
Views: 40585

Re: TR BBQ "2nd-10th" - Official Thread - July 23, 2016

My retrospective is up: http://techreport.com/news/30429/we-bea ... 0th-tr-bbq

It was great hanging out with everybody Saturday. Thanks again to drfish and family for making it happen.
by Jeff Kampman
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX1060 NDA lifts tomorrow
Replies: 50
Views: 2715

Re: GTX1060 NDA lifts tomorrow

sweatshopking wrote:
I went on twitter and qqed at NVidia.


Please don't do that.
by Jeff Kampman
Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX1060 NDA lifts tomorrow
Replies: 50
Views: 2715

Re: GTX1060 NDA lifts tomorrow

maxxcool wrote:
This makes me wonder if said rushed card is really finished. when you only ship to your favorite fan-spamming-monkeys it either (a) sucks.. (b) do not have enough to go around..


I can assure you that this is not the reason we are not getting advance samples.
by Jeff Kampman
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX1060 NDA lifts tomorrow
Replies: 50
Views: 2715

Re: GTX1060 NDA lifts tomorrow

chuckula wrote:
We do not have a card, sorry to disappoint.


That's unfortunate.


You're telling me.
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