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by MOSFET
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 28
Views: 1092

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

This silliness dates back at least as far as 1955 at IBM and had already gone international by the early 1960s...


You're getting old, Ned.
by MOSFET
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: CoolerMaster Liquid Coolers
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: CoolerMaster Liquid Coolers

I'm not a reviewer, just a user of CLC AIOs, but for what it's worth, I tend to keep up and read a lot of reviews (both journalistic and user-based). I have two Corsair H80i units from 2013 that have not leaked, squeaked, or cooled any worse yet. Also, Corsair fans are a known quantity - if you don'...
by MOSFET
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 267
Views: 4972

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

just brew it! wrote:
Ahh, OK... you're a few years older than I thought.


With the number of times you've seen that username over the years, how? 8)
by MOSFET
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3843

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Also the entire thing is a gimmicky waste of time. As far as this discussion thread, I'm neither hater nor believer. However, I have to say that this comment about FaceID is just backwards. A friend with a SurfaceBook saves quite a bit of time logging in by looking at the device for half a second, ...
by MOSFET
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3843

Re: The iPhone got forked!

I'm sorry. I just don't understand some people's enthusiasm for a company, and I'm not just picking on Apple here.


Here at TR, I think it's enthusiasm for hardware and devices, rather than for a company.
by MOSFET
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 917

Re: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

Here's an example of some of that BS marketing. I hope this person was highly paid, because that's some invaluable BS there. Dahua's CEO was eating it up, later in the press release. SkyHawk AI is ideal for intensive computational workloads that typically accompany AI work streams, as its high throu...
by MOSFET
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

SecretMaster wrote:
Is this the way of the future or is it more of a niche/novelty creation?


I think this product will help answer that question. Hey, it's working well - we need more integration. Or, hey we threw a real GPU and HBM2 on there, and APUs still suck!
by MOSFET
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Time to replace the PSU?
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Time to replace the PSU?

If the 650W PSU can handle your components, the Antec Earthwatts series is still viable. I have a 380W version from 2010 still powering a Kaby Lake i3-based BlueIris system. It works fine, even at idle, even without "Haswell compatibility".
by MOSFET
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: AB-350 Gaming Mobo no posted after Bios update
Replies: 7
Views: 832

Re: AB-350 Gaming Mobo no posted after Bios update

Did you ever just let it sit there with a blank screen for a while, like 5 - 10 minutes? My Asus X370 sometimes likes to come up after a flash and do some more flashing on its own. Settings are almost always reset when this happens, and previously resolved incompatibilities (RAM speeds, boot orders,...
by MOSFET
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 519

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Look for a performance/boot setting in UEFI/BIOS that controls processor boot sequence frequency. On recent Intel-chipset desktop boards, I've seen various manufacturers identify and set this differently. Obviously I'm not sure if this is the issue but it sounds like it's worth a look. For example, ...
by MOSFET
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 64
Views: 3330

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

derFunkenstein wrote:
Given all of this, what was I thinking buy buying a Pixel 2? :lol:


Something along the lines of, "I'm a techno-nerd. They're all holding it wrong. It'll work fine in my hands!"
by MOSFET
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do I install newer version of drivers & replace older version ?
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: How do I install newer version of drivers & replace older version ?

Isn't one supposed to use older AMD drivers with these pre-2010 era cards? Like old Catalyst 15 or something, not Crimson. FirePro drivers may be different, but the architecture isn't so I would research first. AMD ends driver support for non-GCN Radeon cards by Bruno Ferreira — 9:39 AM on November ...
by MOSFET
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New AMD FirePro keeps crashing
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: New AMD FirePro keeps crashing

6) Can you suggest software to measure all this stuff ? I have never used it but again you have a good point. 7) Not really but I guess that GDDR5 is too old ? 6) I just did! HWMonitor 1.33 is the name of a great utility. HWinfo64 is another. GPUZ is easiest of all for this situation. It has a drop...
by MOSFET
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Low-Profile RX550 ($77.98 USD) Free Shipping!
Replies: 8
Views: 602

Re: Low-Profile RX550 ($77.98 USD) Free Shipping!

That's a heck of a deal for a modern low-power card for desktop work and video watching. Modern drivers too. Triple threat of display outputs. (yeah yeah light gaming)
by MOSFET
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New AMD FirePro keeps crashing
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: New AMD FirePro keeps crashing

1) A long shot but if the card has any minor revisional differences other than (and possibly including) the GDDR5, the driver may glitch just enough now and then. 2) No judgment b/c I do this too sometimes, but if the card is used (say, from the bay or otherwise) it may have just enough usage, or le...
by MOSFET
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1189

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

While I have bought these controllers for FreeNAS and other uses as well, please be aware that fakes exist, just like Intel NICs. Those heatsink pushpins don't look right to me (mine are brass bolts+nuts), and often the low-res photo is to hide those details. Sometimes the fakes work fine, as they ...
by MOSFET
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1189

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

While I have bought these controllers for FreeNAS and other uses as well, please be aware that fakes exist, just like Intel NICs. Those heatsink pushpins don't look right to me (mine are brass bolts+nuts), and often the low-res photo is to hide those details. Sometimes the fakes work fine, as they a...
by MOSFET
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 4548

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

trackerben wrote:
Chrispy_ wrote:
I assume Microsoft and Apple with roll this into their OS updates very quickly.


iOS 11.03 updates downloading even before the news broke. They might have been counseled to hold off until things went irretrievably public.


I found iOS 11.0.3 ready and waiting Saturday night.
by MOSFET
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 2082

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

1060 6GB here. Recently moved to 1440p and at that point realized that my high OC i5-7600K wasn’t feeding the card enough at 1080p. Go figure. For me, going from 1080 to 1440 was seamless with the 1060 6GB - it’s essentially a free resolution bump. Since the CPU is about as busy as it can be anyway,...
by MOSFET
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4277

Re: Which cpu to get?

ozzuneoj wrote:
It looks to me like the i5 8400 is a good buy unless you absolutely need more than 6 threads.


Just wait for the i5-8500, 8600, and 8600K numbers!
by MOSFET
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Slow Macbook Pro
Replies: 1
Views: 1047

Re: Slow Macbook Pro

You could post the amount of system RAM installed, and whether it has HDD or SSD, or Fusion.
by MOSFET
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Mesh Networking Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

For range and easy manageability plus great looks (on the base anyway), I'll throw in a mention for Ubiquiti's AmpliFi HD. Probably the most consumer-friendly thing they've ever made.
by MOSFET
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 27
Views: 4642

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

Chuckula's last suggestion warrants checking. Is it possible that the second 8-pin CPU (EPS) connector is plugged into a PCIe PSU port instead of a CPU port (on the PSU side, not the mobo side; if the PSU is modular)?
by MOSFET
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 strangeness...ideas?
Replies: 20
Views: 1579

Re: Win10 strangeness...ideas?

Similar behavior has been seen when Downloads and various other folders have been moved to a different partition/drive, and that part/drive is then removed. If you're single partition / single drive, it could be corruption, and it could be relatively minor. Sometimes it's just sunspots - nothing to ...
by MOSFET
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Clean install W10 on Surface Pro
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: Clean install W10 on Surface Pro

Keep in mind while tabbing/shift-tabbing around that the space bar acts like the left mouse key. You can actually install W10 just fine with keyboard only. However, I've never had a touchscreen-enabled PC, only tablets and phones. Sounds like you may need to plug in some gadgets.
by MOSFET
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Ultra 3D
Replies: 9
Views: 1043

Re: SanDisk Ultra 3D

jbi, Obviously we can't speak to the future, but during the product lifetime of the 960 series, nary a consumer will ever see (or has seen) a firmware update in Samsung Magician. And that's good - it means it has been rock solid basically since opening day.
by MOSFET
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...
Replies: 6
Views: 2037

Re: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...

Even with Sierra Nevada, You still need Barry Seal to fly the drugs out. The Crimes of Mena
by MOSFET
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 2092

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

I've seen this in virtual machines where the SAS/SATA controller is set to LSI. Windows thinks the drives are SCSI(SAS) drives and offers the removable option. I have not had regular SATA drives, appear in that menu for years... Good riddance, in my opinion. Use Disk Management instead to offline th...
by MOSFET
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Replies: 11
Views: 1109

Re: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Looks like a China versus Thailand mfg thing.

According to a Serve the Home forum post, that's all it is (well, except for China having a lower SATA interface version number, and half the cache.)

Thailand = WD80EFAX-68LHPN0
China = WD80EFZX-68UW8N0
by MOSFET
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 5710

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I can't get through to Equifax, at least to the point of getting a result. Phone system - lets you go through it, only to tell you it's unavailable at the end. https freeze equifax website - same result. Input all your important info and then errors out. This whole thing really feels like an even bi...
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