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by HERETIC
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1729

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Also, active speakers with a built-in DAC (like the KEF X300A or LS50W) can make very good computer speakers. $2,199.98 Yeah, I'd hope so for 2200 dollars. Despite the expenses involved audiophilia is a very pleasant rabbit hole to fall into. Sound recording and playback is basically a solved probl...
by HERETIC
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 4316

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

We're rapidly approaching the point of needing a young priest and an old priest. Well, I also considered whether it could be malware of some sorts, however I do not know how that would make it on to a freshly installed Windows which was done with all my other HDDs and storage devices disconnected. ...
by HERETIC
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Charlie on Intel 10nm
Replies: 13
Views: 896

Re: Charlie on Intel 10nm

Oh, c'mon... it's SA. It's a rumor site, and even Charlie knows it or he would not have chosen that name. He's entertaining, but he's wrong about as often as he's right. Take it with a giant water softener salt block. I don't dispute that 10nm is hard, or that Intel has incentives to put lipstick o...
by HERETIC
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 84
Views: 2211

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

just brew it! wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
End User wrote:
I sense a disturbance.

Yeah, in the RDF.

As if millions of Mac users suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced?


We can dream TOO..............................................................
by HERETIC
Tue May 29, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 84
Views: 2211

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

That is entirely about willpower and personal ethics, not instruction sets. Maybe to you. To me it's about price and quality, just like any other product. In the case of computing products performance is the largest part of quality. As one who has been exposed to and consciously rejected the RDF si...
by HERETIC
Tue May 29, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Charlie on Intel 10nm
Replies: 13
Views: 896

Re: Charlie on Intel 10nm

I think Charlie nailed it................. One big plus to come out of this-There's a sale of 100,000 low end GPU's,that otherwise probably would not have happened...... AMD and NV-please say "Thank you Intel." Looking forward to see what they can bring out in June to bury all this bad new...
by HERETIC
Sat May 19, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 4316

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

You guys are ignoring the fact that the problem only seems to show up after the system has been through a sleep/wake cycle. If it was a power conditioning issue it would not behave like that. Oh if life was so simple. The way I've been reading it-It's there all the time,but worse after a sleep........
by HERETIC
Fri May 18, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 4316

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Maybe this already came up, but are you running through any sort of power conditioner for power coming into your computer? I'm almost thinking you've got some dirty power coming in. I've see houses with old knob-and-tube wiring that adding a conditioner was almost required for anything audio relate...
by HERETIC
Thu May 10, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 4316

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

One thing that surprised me that I did not previously know is that Radeons also have sound hardware, too. Is it any good? I've not heard much about it. I'm guessing it's comparable to on-board audio? Someone please correct me if i'm wrong, but I thought Graphic card audio, was basically just a pass...
by HERETIC
Tue May 08, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

Good to know your gear works fine on newer hardware. As Uni wrote,we can provide more answers,if we have more information. What is your USB3 card? How is it configured?(What else is on that bus to share bandwidth?) What is the MB chipsett? What OS? We all tend to re-purpose our old hardware as a ser...
by HERETIC
Wed May 02, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

What's interesting is there doesn't seem to be a reliable plus low powered/noise drive, at least at 8TB. All of the HGST's for example are 7200RPM, and WD Red and others are a combination of noisy and somewhat unreliable... at least from what I've read from reviews. The one type of drive that's got...
by HERETIC
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: BATTERY LIFE
Replies: 0
Views: 1266

BATTERY LIFE

Don't know how appropriate this is,but wanted to share- Yesterday I had to call RAC motoring services,because I was stranded with a flat battery. Replaced battery with sealed/calcium for$180AUS. Now the good bit-The battery that came out(Panasonic original) was 2 months short of 10 years old. That's...
by HERETIC
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7754

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

Just in case you guys are thinking that I'm eating a rather bland diet, I did have an egg sandwich this morning for breakfast. Still needed a little salt... I'm getting a little concerned with this-add more salt-add more salt. Too much salt is bad for you-especially as you get older. Next time you ...
by HERETIC
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 1600x-----Please Help
Replies: 14
Views: 2209

Re: Ryzen 1600x-----Please Help

it bounces from 43c. It stays more along the lines of 56 to 58 on normal. I've just never seen temps that high when Im not doing anything. It bothers me. Seems the 1600x has a +20C offset- https://www.google.com.au/search?q=ryzen+1600x+temp+offset&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHz6WetY7aAhULPrwKHfR6CugQ1...
by HERETIC
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 1600x-----Please Help
Replies: 14
Views: 2209

Re: Ryzen 1600x-----Please Help

I just installed a Ryzen 1600x on a Gigabyte Gaming 5 Motherboard and I cannot get the temp on the CPU to go down below 43. I bounces from 43 to 56 at idle. It is really bugging me. I am also using a cooler master hyper 212 evo which helped my last CPU greatly, but this one isn't going down. Please...
by HERETIC
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7754

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

Well I also have some brown rice and lentils in my cupboard as well. I did splurge and brought a 32 oz jar of cashews however... lol dude! you just blew your budget up. That had to cost 15-20 bucks. Indeed I did, but the cashews will be a once in a while thing. The hard bit will be-making them last...
by HERETIC
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7754

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

Well I just got back from grocery shopping at two stores. I went to Food Ruler for my main stuff, and then over to Shop n Save for 4 lbs of Split Peas and Pearled Barley(2 bags each). Total cost was $71.51, and that is for two weeks. Brought a dozen free range brown eggs too. Ruler Foods was out of...
by HERETIC
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7754

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

Couple of tips- Only buy fruit and veg that is in season. Couple of my favourites-Brussel sprouts and mushrooms are generally over $10 Kg.I buy when around $6. Use your freezer. A Chilli-con-carne,made from 1Kg ground beef,2 cups dried beans a couple onions,some tomato and spices can easily be the b...
by HERETIC
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6569

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

meerkt wrote:
But anyway it's going to be a pain to replace.


Maybe it's time to go Solid,or go buy a Hitachi and when the replacement shows up,
use it in a less demanding position............................
by HERETIC
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to find the best drives
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: How to find the best drives

I used to read the TR System Guides to get info on the state of each industry, especially things like hard drives, where knowing the overall picture of reliability, price, size, etc. is important. That info ceased to exist with the new guide format, and there hasn't been a HDD review in quite some ...
by HERETIC
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7624

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
My opinion is that it was always about water-reistance and not about space.


Neither are correct.They are just a side bonus.Remember it's apple-
How can we get more money out of the suckers?
Revenue from Beats and apple ear products has probably doubled since.
by HERETIC
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power
Replies: 8
Views: 2500

Re: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power

This is the third failure of some sort out of Silverstone power supplies. So first off I have to say I don't think I'd trust them anymore. Another failed similar, no boot issue, just nothing. Another started having a rattling fan after about 2 years of useage. They just don't seem up to snuff in th...
by HERETIC
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 5693

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Prices are based on Supply, Demand & BOM... This seems to be the primary driver. Chip production rates have been relatively stable for a while, be it simple erroneous forecasting or some sinister conspiracy to limit production, but demand is increasing from a mix of smartphones, Sandy/Ivy syste...
by HERETIC
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 5693

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

That said, I agree with you that HDD prices seemed to stay artificially high after the factories came back online. Probably took a little while to re-coup their losses from the floods. Then you have Seagate buying Samsung HD division and WD buying Hitachi HD division. More debt's for us(the custome...
by HERETIC
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 5693

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

It wasn't that long ago you could get 8GB of DDR3 for sub $30 on sale. Something is most certainly rotten in the state of Denmark China. This is one of those times where I'd love to see some more competition kick in and undercut the hell out of them. I guess the FTC and other foreign "protecti...
by HERETIC
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)
Replies: 34
Views: 4978

Re: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)

I wouldn't trust them for long-term unpowered data retention as far as I could throw them though. Isn't that the downside to NAND in general???? Yeah, but moreso with the 840 EVO. AFAIK it was the last die shrink of planar TLC before everyone went to 3D (and larger cells). I think 840 EVO pushed th...
by HERETIC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 14664

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

8700 and a 1080Ti in a HTPC case-without water. YOU DO LIKE A CHALLENGE DON'T YOU. My advice-downclock/undervolt both a LITTLE to match the case/cooling system you have---ENJOY. Another option is to get a larger case.......... All silicon is a lottery-some chips are better than others..................
by HERETIC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)
Replies: 34
Views: 4978

Re: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)

SSDs are not exempt from the lottery effect. Just ask anyone who bought one of the dodgy OCZ drives, or a Samsung 840 EVO. It really is true about the lottery thing; my 840 EVOs are still working fine and see daily use. More seriously, pretty much every kind of drive is vulnerable to DOA. If you up...
by HERETIC
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 14664

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

AGAIN- TDP is an approximate of the power wasted by a CPU-converted in to heat. NOT-TOTAL POWER USAGE.................. Umm... other than power used to drive the external interfaces (RAM and PCIe), all of the power consumed by the CPU is converted into heat that needs to be removed by the CPU HSF. ...
by HERETIC
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 14664

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

AGAIN- TDP is an approximate of the power wasted by a CPU-converted in to heat. NOT-TOTAL POWER USAGE.................. Umm... other than power used to drive the external interfaces (RAM and PCIe), all of the power consumed by the CPU is converted into heat that needs to be removed by the CPU HSF. ...
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