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by MOSFET
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!
Replies: 48
Views: 1159

Re: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!

I was preparing to do the "internet forum" thing and post a predictable comment on how you obviously did everything wrong and chose all the wrong hardware. The problem is, I can't really find a fault with your list, short of questionable taste in picking peripherals with lights on them :P...
by MOSFET
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Am I the only one seeing the white ads on the side of the front page?
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Am I the only one seeing the white ads on the side of the front page?

That particular ad looks particularly odd. Maybe it's the writing that starts on the right and continues on the left. Somehow it seems to be much more noticeable than whatever is normally there. Btw, what is normally there? Long skinny black and yellow Corsair ads? I'll take one of those hot Russian...
by MOSFET
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 47
Views: 1685

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

Truly Ned, this story is about 15-20 years old, or a "rebrand" of the old conundrum. I used to wonder why, since margins on AMD chips have always been extremely low (good for reseller), and the chip prices were fairly low (good for resller), and the performance has occasionally been there ...
by MOSFET
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: trying to get a little more out of ram
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: trying to get a little more out of ram

It can work, although it also may not. Nothing should be harmed by trying. I was lucky recently with a pair of G,Skill Sniper DDR3-1333 4GB modules (8GB kit). I long time ago (2012-ish), I tried running them at 1600 with an AMD Llano A8-3850 APU. Didn't work, but they could get ~1460 MHz by raising ...
by MOSFET
Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: April Fools
Replies: 16
Views: 752

Re: April Fools

by MOSFET
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sparks flying
Replies: 17
Views: 705

Re: Sparks flying

I'm just sayin', that here in the US, every coax cable I've ever touched in my life has shocked me. Don't have the modem connected downstream when connecting the coax.
by MOSFET
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How is "Kaby" pronounced?
Replies: 59
Views: 5666

Re: How is "Kaby" pronounced?

Darthutos wrote:
kaybee.


Exactly! Like the toy store!
by MOSFET
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console peasants....
Replies: 58
Views: 2171

Re: Console peasants....

Serval, ocelot, margay...all very very cool.
by MOSFET
Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 7700 vs 7700K
Replies: 20
Views: 4560

Re: i7 7700 vs 7700K

There are two things I am wondering about the non-K 7700 on Z170/270 board: a) Will XMP work? b) Will mobo be able to keep boost at 4.2 GHz for 7700 when all four cores are busy? (and not automatically downclock somewhere to 3.6 GHz) A) Yes, it's a RAM thing. B) No, 4.2 is single core turbo. CPUWor...
by MOSFET
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1070 valley score
Replies: 7
Views: 1298

Re: 1070 valley score

Following the power topic, are your PCIe power plugs solidly connected on both ends, card and PSU? I ran Valley on my system. i5-7600K and GTX 1060 6GB , with 1080p monitors. 1080p, DX11, Ultra, Single Monitor, OFF anti-aliasing, full screen = 116.7 fps , min 44, max 216, Unigine score 4882 same as ...
by MOSFET
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 2285

Re: Where do you bank?

lol ATM fees. No {...} As to ATM fees, I've seen a lot of comments in this thread about ATM fees. That's one reason I mentioned two consumer-friendly banks on a national level. All ATM fees will be reimbursed monthly, up to a pretty generous limit of about $10/month. There are other niceties, such ...
by MOSFET
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 2285

Re: Where do you bank?

To OP: Ally Bank, back in 2010 truly the only consumer-friendly bank I could find. I was fed up with being a model BoA customer and still getting feed to financial death (they have such precise timing to create such fees, it's almost like it's handled by a computer in the background. Hmmm.) Today Ca...
by MOSFET
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Newfound Opinion: Ryzen is the second coming of K7
Replies: 44
Views: 2866

Re: Newfound Opinion: Ryzen is the second coming of K7

I think when we see the full Ryzen lineup, including true 'desktop' chips meant to compete in gaming, we'll see ... better competition in gaming. As much as everyone wants them to, the R7 just doesn't focus on the 7600K/7700K.
by MOSFET
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dating ads on TR?
Replies: 35
Views: 1127

Re: dating ads on TR?

I get to see hotties in my ads too. I'm not sure whether to complain - probably not, although it's not ideally SFW.
by MOSFET
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Ryzen X370 Build - U.2 interface
Replies: 22
Views: 3072

Re: Ryzen X370 Build - U.2 interface

I think we've covered this, but back to the original question - at this moment, U.2 is useful for an Intel SSD 750 in a 2.5" formfactor, and not much else. I'm sure there will eventually be a successor to the 750, but will it, or any other semi-affordable drive, use U.2 - who knows? For your av...
by MOSFET
Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why 'Ryzen'
Replies: 39
Views: 3305

Re: Why 'Ryzen'

If you don't focus too much on how it sounds out loud (slightly lame), Ryzen is a really strong visual brand. The word RYZEN just looks awesome in marketing materials, more so than Zen. They got it right when they said they imagined it printed on the side of a spaceship to Mars. The only letters vi...
by MOSFET
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Online vendor search options suck.
Replies: 13
Views: 2489

Re: Online vendor search options suck.

This doesn't fix the underlying problem, but for those who like to cross-check Newegg's searches with Amazon's prices, there is the browser plugin HoverHound.
by MOSFET
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hey guys!! Need a bit of help!
Replies: 21
Views: 2828

Re: Hey guys!! Need a bit of help!

I don't think that's going to work. Z87 doesn't support the NVMe protocol unless the BIOS was specifically updated. I'm not suggesting this as an upgrade for OP, but I do think it would work. Asus 990FX and A85X have no trouble booting NVMe in a PCIe slot - they are more Ivy Bridge Z77 era. I don't...
by MOSFET
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (March 2017)
Replies: 237
Views: 206912

Re: Best low profile video cards available (January 2017)

The only true single-slot cards I have in my possession are a Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 (also half-height, and it's the GDDR5 version with 512MB), and a pair of Zotac GeForce GT 630 with 1GB DDR3. I have no idea why the world is lacking in single slot RX460's by now, except Asus and Evga would rather ...
by MOSFET
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA SSD vs NVMe SSD (similar boot and load times)
Replies: 35
Views: 8705

Re: SATA SSD vs NVMe SSD (similar boot and load times)

About this. Does or has anyone upgraded from a good 2.5 sata SSD to an NMVe on a newer CPU??  Just wondering if there is a human perceivable noticeable real world improvement?? I am planning on building a new machine probably this summer, and I don't know if I should pay the premium to get NVMe or ...
by MOSFET
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Kepler GPUs still holding strong...?
Replies: 17
Views: 2646

Re: Kepler GPUs still holding strong...?

Joe, I almost responded last night, thanking you for the well-written post and for giving the Gerbil Nation some food for thought. It was late, so I passed and went to bed, but tonight I'm feeling the 'pain' of that missed opportunity. ozzuneoj, Thank you for a well-written post with excellent food ...
by MOSFET
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Just lost my cat Zoe
Replies: 25
Views: 2417

Re: Just lost my cat Zoe

Hi Starfalcon, I'm a bit late but my condolences also. I lost a great feline friend in 2010, but his brother is still here, having lived with me for about 13 years now. I don't know how old he is, but he's obviously a lot older than when he moved in with me in 2004, and knowing that makes me nervous...
by MOSFET
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Worth It?
Replies: 15
Views: 4314

Re: Kaby Lake Worth It?

daspendejo wrote:
Windows 10 looks required to boot from a Non Volatile Memory Express Drive.  Hopefully bios gets a bit faster in recognizing the boot device. :D


Could be platform-specific. I've booted 8.1 from NVMe. I wouldn't be surprised if 7 could boot NVMe with driver loaded.
by MOSFET
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 3 GB GTX 1060 for $150
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: 3 GB GTX 1060 for $150

If anyone wants a card for Folding, this is a killer deal. Should be great for less than or equal to 1080p gaming also.
by MOSFET
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 40
Views: 2491

Re: First time home buyer

Advice from my first time home purchase last year. LG Washer and Dryer - skip the smart stuff, skip the pedestals, build them yourself and save both your wallet and back. Kenmore Canister Vacuum - often better than Miele and 1/3 the price. Gerbils will cover your HT - I still prefer the 70's gear fo...
by MOSFET
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen no official Win 7 Support (but it should work)
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: RyZen no official Win 7 Support (but it should work)

Good. Time to move on and catch up.
by MOSFET
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 4130

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

One HUGE improvement that I use daily in Excel is the ability to have two Excel windows open (aka side by side on my dual monitors) and copy-paste between them.   Must have been an option lost as version number went up. With office 97 and office 2K, I would just open each sheet, then put them side ...
by MOSFET
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 48
Views: 3266

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

NoOne ButMe wrote:
because no one wants to work with Nvidia.


Was ready to post that but beaten to it, so I post it anyway. It's an opinion, but it's shared with many. It's probably worth repeating.
by MOSFET
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?
Replies: 85
Views: 5770

Re: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?

a video is just more accessible. I have to repeat the dissent on this, while completely mindful that it's just an opinion. I do not consider video "accessible" - a browser in the background being static, without speaking, making noise, moving around on the screen - that's accessible. It's...
by MOSFET
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?
Replies: 85
Views: 5770

Re: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?

Some of this stuff is "this other website does this really well, and TR should get into it" and that's a recipe for dying a swift death. It's a lot of investment into a space where someone else already dominates. I think if coverage was expanded, it'd be better to expand it into something...