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by MOSFET
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 19
Views: 385

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

I don't see any power supply specs listed for that model, and my guess is that will be the biggest limiting factor. Also, does the PSU have a PCIE 6-pin power connector? FM2+ socket can handle Trinity, Richland, and Kaveri APUs, which can still game acceptably with the right GPU. A8-6500 and up woul...
by MOSFET
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple A12 SPEC2006
Replies: 55
Views: 1808

Re: Apple A12 SPEC2006

End User wrote:
And yet, the 7nm A12, handily beats the 7-7567U in Geekbench.


Yeah, cross-architecture and cross-OS Geekbench. DancinJack, have at it. Oh never mind, it’s EU. Save your words.
by MOSFET
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 39
Views: 2613

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

Whoa! I don't think I've seen a PC Power & Cooling Silencer since...1998? It was shiny too, not sleek and black. I'm glad you have something up and running. Sounds performant.

Oh man, the wall is epic!
by MOSFET
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: The case (heh) of getting a new case
Replies: 9
Views: 362

Re: The case (heh) of getting a new case

Phanteks. Hinged panels, magnetic latches - opening up for a quick SSD addition and cable-routing adventure could not be easier. Glass is a good sound dampener, apparently. Here is an example.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6811854058
by MOSFET
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple A12 SPEC2006
Replies: 55
Views: 1808

Re: Apple A12 SPEC2006

I was merrily reading along, and up pops the desktop comparison. At home, next to my desktop PC, I have a NUC7i7BNH, the Kaby Lake -U highest end NUC, with Iris Plus and thus the eDRAM (extended testing we’ll call it). 3.5 GHz, 3.9 all core boost, 4.0 turbo. 2C/4T. In the garage, I have an inherited...
by MOSFET
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 97
Views: 3413

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

Nvidia 399.24 from 09/10/2018 is stable here on 1060, 960, and 660. It's what Windows 10 1803 updates to when you update through Device Manager. I have GeForce Experience installed since I also have a Shield TV, but I dislike the monthly driver release cycle for my cards which are all older than two...
by MOSFET
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 97
Views: 3413

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

GTX 1060 6GB and GTX 960 2GB (both EVGA SC single fan) and now contributing ~400k and ~175k, after upgrading both systems to 399.24 from 397.64. This is for Frankie now, but afterwards I have to stay ahead of Topinio! I'm currently 4 ahead, and 2 behind JBI.
by MOSFET
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: LSI Card issues?
Replies: 37
Views: 1197

Re: LSI Card issues?

By booting to an EFI shell. It should be a boot option in most newer UEFI motherboards. I think there is a slightly different utility and syntax for BIOS/legacy/DOS booting.
by MOSFET
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: LSI Card issues?
Replies: 37
Views: 1197

Re: LSI Card issues?

I don't see in the thread which motherboard or chipset you're using, but if it's consumer-level, it can be very tricky to get LSI cards happy. Typically no UEFI and legacy everything as far as boot settings. Although it sounds like you did get to the init stage, and just didn't wait long enough. If ...
by MOSFET
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 97
Views: 3413

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

Well, would someone please PM me the pass key for Frankie? I gotta pull back ahead of @jbi.
by MOSFET
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: LSI Card issues?
Replies: 37
Views: 1197

Re: LSI Card issues?

Initializations take forever. If you can build the RAID 1 on another system, where the card is add-on (not booting from it), and use Windows/Linux util to build RAID, you might get more insight.
by MOSFET
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Wait or go for it? Plus tips...
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Wait or go for it? Plus tips...

I guess I could point out that I've had my Evga 1060 6GB since August 2016, so almost 26 months already, and it was $259.99 from Newegg. Still a helluva card, no plans to replace it anytime soon, but I would not pay what I paid two years ago, at this point in time.
by MOSFET
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Processor not Turbo Boosting after XTU
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: Processor not Turbo Boosting after XTU

What are you using to monitor frequency on Windows? XTU itself I presume? Task Manager is not reliable for freq. I like HWMonitor, Kampman likes HwInfo64.
by MOSFET
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Wait or go for it? Plus tips...
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Wait or go for it? Plus tips...

Really nice list - I love it. You could not only get away with air cooling, you could do quite nicely with air cooling, and it would likely keep things quieter and be less expensive. That's my one and only note, and it's from personal experience. For reference, my self-built office PC is Core i5-760...
by MOSFET
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Motherboard for OC noob
Replies: 11
Views: 497

Re: Motherboard for OC noob

Asus for overclocking. Easy.
by MOSFET
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware
Replies: 20
Views: 967

Re: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware

Are there any firmware updates for the Dlink? I have two access points from them from 2011 and they had the time problem for many years. It was finally fixed when Dlink HAD to issue a firmware update because the year field was unable to go past a recent year. I forget which year it was now that it’s...
by MOSFET
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 39
Views: 2613

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

When and where was that? (You know what I'm talking about - the part right before the smiley face :) )
by MOSFET
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?
Replies: 46
Views: 3556

Re: What is a good, cheap and preferably dumb SATA controller?

Since we're here, I've got a couple bookmarked links for LSI flashing. Probably a bit dated, and one is more cross-flashing Dells back to LSI.

LSI

Dell>LSI
by MOSFET
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Nas solutions
Replies: 23
Views: 1003

Re: Nas solutions

Waco wrote:

Scrubs are all automated with very little effort.


Exactly. I didn’t understand that either. My biggest Freenas issues are usually SMB versioning, and sometimes share permissions for both Win / Lin clients.
by MOSFET
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?
Replies: 26
Views: 1265

Re: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?

DPete27 wrote:
... but you'll live to fight another day.


Exactly. I have a Bosch AG40-85P 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder (120V, 8.5A) and it's pretty jumpy with new cutting wheels.
by MOSFET
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New HTPC GPU - GT1030 - but where are they?
Replies: 12
Views: 862

Re: New HTPC GPU - GT1030 - but where are they?

1) Likely possible to find. EVGA usually offers a low-end variant of the lower end chips with this combo. Now if you can get this plus the other criteria, I don’t know. 2) Single slot will almost always have a tiny fan, and sometimes they last a long time and sometimes not. They can likely be unplug...
by MOSFET
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Cooling for 500D
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Cooling for 500D

Corsair CLCs can last a long time. I haven’t had one 11 years, but i have two that almost add up to that.
by MOSFET
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Missing Directory
Replies: 17
Views: 792

Re: Missing Directory

Your system is working from a failing drive. The directory may literally be missing, as in not to be found. The missing directory is on one of the rotating drives. They pretty much all fail within a few years. I jumped on the 1TB SSD bandwagon a couple years ago. And don't ask about a backup -- it i...
by MOSFET
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 1708

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

DancinJack wrote:
FWIW, this feature is only likely useful to her if she has more than the default 5GB plan. The default storage Apple gives with iCloud is disgusting.


Yeah, but 50GB is 99 cents a month.
by MOSFET
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What replacement Graphics Card?
Replies: 21
Views: 1795

Re: What replacement Graphics Card?

Back in 2012, I got to borrow a 5770 for a night. I could not believe the power consumption, the noise (blower), and the heat output. I had been eager to try something more powerful than my 5450, but I couldn't handle the 5770. Later that year, I got a fanless 6670 instead. GPUs have come a long way...
by MOSFET
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 19299

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

"Auto" doesn't mean automatic overclocking. Generally it means CPU at stock clock and voltage, and RAM per the SPD. And for the record, jbi was right. My Asus boards do not do any "Auto"-overclocking or raising of turbos or base, or sticking all cores at Turbo (it certainly does...
by MOSFET
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 19299

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

My holy thread derail has failed! Up to yall now.
by MOSFET
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sound Card Issue, Would Appreciate Advise
Replies: 14
Views: 1059

Re: Sound Card Issue, Would Appreciate Advise

Do you happen to have an Nvidia card? Just this week my Nvidia HDMI audio driver grabbed control and would NOT let go until I disabled the device. I assume this is related to the ability to stream to my Shield TV because I don't use (and never have) any video OR audio through HDMI on the PC.
by MOSFET
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen BIOS update --> much better
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

Re: Ryzen BIOS update --> much better

Two Ryzen 5 1600 systems here. Home desktop is in an Asus ROG Strix X370-F and home vSphere is in an Asus Prime X370-Pro. The BIOS updates that came out for Ryzen 2000-series seem to have finally cured the very occasional stability woes of both boards. I think it's versions 4012 and 4011 for these t...
by MOSFET
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Unallocated space on SSD helps function?
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: Unallocated space on SSD helps function?

Years ago I read on "Anandtech" that it was better to NOT fully allocate all the space on a SSD. Don't remember the testing done but performance improved if you left space outside the partition on the drive. ...Thinking that 25% gave the best benefit Might that still be true with today's ...
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