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by Chrispy_
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: "Foreshadow" speculative execution attacks outlined

We're getting to the point where I need a table of Spectre and Meltdown variants, what architectures are affected, whether there's a patch for it, which architectures are patched, whether the patch is vendor or OS, and of course what the approximate performance hit is from the patch. That exists on ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 10
Views: 394

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

There are multiple software fixes for Spectre and Meltdown. The cumulative slowdown of any processor from the software fixes is single-digit percentage. After the first major wave of patches, performance dropped by 3-5% on Intel systems. Two new waves of patches have come since, and even if you take...
by Chrispy_
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: "Converting" a WhiteFox into a wireless keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: "Converting" a WhiteFox into a wireless keyboard

Nice, could be a fun project to learn soldering on! If you ever get it working, I'd be curious to know what sort of battery life you get. I've not tried it with a keyboard before, but in the early days of WiFi I've had to run a USB webcam off a battery pack and wireless bridge before, and also a wir...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1173

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Edit: Moderately amused that Newegg still has the FX-8350 in stock, for $90. Who is still buying these things at retail? Clearly nobody at all, otherwise they'd have gone out of stock ;) It could also be that the high price of RAM has kept some people on DDR3 platforms long past their "best by...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1173

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

The Intel fanboys are desperately clinging to the IPC thing and if you use the traditional average framerate measurement method on some low-threaded FPS games and cherry-pick your graphics settings to specifically exaggerate the difference between AMD and Intel, Intel will have a commanding lead. Th...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1173

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Why do you think Intel CPUs cost more? The truth hurts. Because Newegg says so: ⋅ i7-8700K = $360, R7 2700X = $330 ⋅ i5-8600K = $260, R5 2600X = $230 Intel Z370 boards are an extra 30% more expensive than B360 boards, comparing like brand/model (eg Asus Prime) Intel's stock cool...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1173

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Your name made me laugh. If you've lasted on an E8400 for this long, you're obviously not in a hurry and there are no enormous changes to software in the immediate future that are going to make your current E8400 experience suddenly drop precipitously. The stop gap is as short-term as it seems. You'...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: "Converting" a WhiteFox into a wireless keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: "Converting" a WhiteFox into a wireless keyboard

Even though you technically could do this with a wireless USB hub, you're going to find that the WhiteFox isn't designed for power saving. Batteries are going to get nuked and the whole setup is going to be clunky. You'd need a reasonably bulky battery pack and even if you did your own soldering and...
by Chrispy_
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New workstation/Server
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: New workstation/Server

I'd talk to your IT department and let them do the decision making for you on form-factor. Chances are high that if they can spare you a 10GbE SPF+ port, you're going to be doing everyone a favour if it can be rack-mounted, and there's a pretty good deal that if you're a company of the size where a ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice
Replies: 21
Views: 782

Re: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice

Oh, you've replied. If you want a decent case, just buy a Define C. TR likes it enough to give it an award (can't remember which flavour of award) and there's one on the desk next to me for the next two weeks with a NDR-SIGNED-SO-I-CAN'T-TALK-ABOUT-IT-YET AMD PROCESSOR in it. I normally build in...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice
Replies: 21
Views: 782

Re: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice

L4 cache isn't something you see in a meaningful way for CPUs any more. It's hugely expensive and the silicon cost of it far outweighed its actual value outside of graphics purpose. Yes, putting 16x more cache on a processor helps slightly, as long as you're not needing it as a graphics cache, but i...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice
Replies: 21
Views: 782

Re: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice

Is this really true? AFAIK both xbox and PS don't expose all 8 cores to developers and keep at least 1 core hidden That's my understanding also. And initially it was 2 cores hidden. Depends on the game. Some engines just max out one core, others will grab as many as they can. Here's the thing - if ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice
Replies: 21
Views: 782

Re: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice

With 8-core i7's coming in October, can you wait two months? You either want the most cores/threads/IPC you can afford, in which case the i7-9900K - probably around $500, otherwise you're just suffering from a thread deficit in games because most developers optimise for the 8-threads on a console th...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD just whipped out a huge package!
Replies: 31
Views: 1723

Re: AMD just whipped out a huge package!

Eight of these will be going straight in the trash can behind my desk the day after launch.
Stupid, wasteful junk.
by Chrispy_
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What replacement Graphics Card?
Replies: 21
Views: 1440

Re: What replacement Graphics Card?

Good point. If it's a Westmere CPU that's devoid of IGP then I'd probably just be grabbing a $25 used GT730 off ebay to keep the machine running until it's replaced. OP - If you're intending to game on it, does the budget stretch to a new build? Ryzen3 2200G bundle for $250 includes an IGP that's in...
by Chrispy_
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What replacement Graphics Card?
Replies: 21
Views: 1440

Re: What replacement Graphics Card?

RX560 and GTX 1050 are the absolute minimum you should spend IMO. If you aren't spending that you might as well just stick with integrated graphics because my experience with the RX550 and 1030 is that it's just fast enough to run a game but it actually isn't a very nice experience; You have to turn...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: semi fanless motherboards
Replies: 14
Views: 316

Re: semi fanless motherboards

I wouldn't fret about trying to find a fan/board combination that will stop the fan below a certain threshold. Human hearing isn't linear, and fan noise isn't linear. The result is that a very low-RPM fan (500rpm for example) will be as good as silent whilst still providing a significant cooling upg...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 1060 No Display
Replies: 21
Views: 523

Re: GTX 1060 No Display

It's got to seat properly, and your motherboard BIOS probably needs an update to understand newer GPUs. I've had to do this on several boards from various vendors from the H87/H97 using newer 10-series geforce cards and RX-400+ series.

The card was fine,
The board was fine,
The BIOS was old.
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: overlock i3
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: overlock i3

The TL;DR version is: "No". The longer version is: "No, you cannot overclock a 350M (I assume that's the chip you mean!) - Intel locked both the multiplier-locked and the base clock. Since there were never any unlocked chips for socket G1 (the first-gen Core-i mobile processors) there...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sound Card Issue, Would Appreciate Advise
Replies: 14
Views: 678

Re: Sound Card Issue, Would Appreciate Advise

Remove the Xonar under device manager (uninstall device), then Action > scan for hardware changes. Sound cards don't just partially give up like that; JBI is right. Just curious - do you need the soundcard for something specific, like analogue capture, high-impedence headphones or something else unu...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Need help identifying burnt chip on motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 768

Re: Need help identifying burnt chip on motherboard

RMA if it's in warranty Just use SYS FAN 2 if it's out of warranty. Modern PWM headers are designed to provide plenty of current so that was almost certainly a short from somewhere. Commonly shorts happen when fan cables are routed over a sharp edge in a cheap case and the cable insulation ends up b...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 81
Views: 2491

Re: Phone dilemma

Android security may be a mess, but it's improving faster than other platforms and it's still at a reasonable level if you stick with Android.One, Pixel, or get an phone that is compatible with an official LineageOS build (what became of Cyanogenmod). Personally I would go Pixel. Apple's phones are ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1482

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

I'd be curious to know how you turn off interpolation. I've used dozens of GPUs and screens and never found a way to disable interpolation. I even started at whinge thread about it on here at some point.... The only time I've seen the option to do pure pixel doubling without interpolation blurring ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1482

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

I'd be curious to know how you turn off interpolation. I've used dozens of GPUs and screens and never found a way to disable interpolation. I even started at whinge thread about it on here at some point.... The only time I've seen the option to do pure pixel doubling without interpolation blurring w...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs
Replies: 31
Views: 1338

Re: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs

Any reason you are looking for these in particular? I like the idea of the collet standoff, but in the real world there is enough variance in the position of the standoff holes compared to the expansion slot covers and the IO cutout that you'd usually want to do some adjustment - the fact a regular ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1482

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

One thing that is often overlooked on high-refresh monitors is their improvement to vsync gaming; If you don't have a VRR-capable combination of monitor and GPU, then even a 144Hz monitor is a huge upgrade for a GPU that can't handle high-refresh gaming at that resolution. Lets say your 1060 runs a ...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1482

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

My GTX970 (somewhere in the same ballpark as a GTX1060) is driving a 4K TV just fine. As Waco says, you don't have to run everything at "MAX ULTRA KILLAH SETTINGS". Case in point, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus on my HTPC runs at 15-20fps if I crank absolutely everything up to the maximu...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?

I haven't played with a PI in at least three years. It's still Debian, right? The limitation back in those days was FAT32. Typically that means you can have any size card you want, but your minimum cluster sizes might start to get silly with larger cards. IIRC the recommended size was 8GB! TBH, I'd ...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?

https://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/reviews/micro-sd-cards/ The Pi (like most things running a desktop OS) benefits most from having decent 4K QD1 IOPS. I've used SD cards (Toshiba and Sandisk) that have amazing sequential performance but perform terribly as hard drives for running software when added...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 1006

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

I look a lot at everything since I only build a system once every 6-7 years. If there is one component I scrutinize more than the others,though, it's the power supply. Not all Watts are created equal and a bad PSU that's over stressed can make systems unstable (especially when overclocked) and, in ...