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by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 655

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

Noctua will cost a bit more than other brands but they have the bonus of sending you free socket adapters for the lifetime of your cooler.

I'm on a Noctua NH-U12 from about a decade ago and It has been through two free socket upgrade kits so far.
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 26
Views: 571

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

devs have all gone insane and think it's a good idea to scatter files all over the place in there. Why keeping files for a program inside that program's directory became something nobody wants to do is beyond me. I also much prefer the idea of keeping all of a programs settings in the program direc...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Gtx 1080 Ti Fe - temp limit issue on stock
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Gtx 1080 Ti Fe - temp limit issue on stock

Yeah, this is pretty normal. The target temperature (I think it's 83C for a 1080Ti) isn't a strict upper-limit. One factor that causes intentional throttling is fan noise profiles; Instead of suddenly making the fan spin faster (which you would notice) it temporarily reduces the power and clockspeed...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 26
Views: 571

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

1) Windows' own folders and libraries are an abomination that change every few versions of Windows and are constantly auto-polluted by applications without your consent. 2) Yes. I file stuff in a simple-yet-effective structure regardless of what device I'm using. 3) Absolutely. The key for me is tha...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow...It finally came.
Replies: 14
Views: 696

Re: Wow...It finally came.

I'd be curious to know which group received more money overall: 1) The consumers who bothered filling out the claims forms 2) The lawyers. My guess is that the payout to the first group was equalled or surpassed by the second group, despite the first group being tens of thousands or even hundreds of...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please

Run your game at 1280x720 (but all the same detail settings) and see if it runs much smoother. If it DOES run smoother, your GPU is the bottleneck, so spend the money on a new one; GTX 1080 FE models seem to be less affected by the current coin-mining craze if you need one right now. If it still str...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

Is the Ryzen 3 still an 8-core die, harvested - or will AMD actually be launching native quad core desktop parts soon? A 4C/4T Ryzen 3 is going to compete with the non-K i5 models, most likely. Either way, a 2C/4T Zen-based Raven Ridge chip should be able to pick up the G4560's customers when the G4...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1407

Re: Streaming frustrations

Some good suggestions here; I'd like to throw the Nvidia Shield TV into the ring as a solid option too, I've used a few devices (Apple TVs, Amazon, Roku, Chromecast, even Microsoft WDA) and I think the Shield TV is the best all rounder, if not the cheapest. Personally, I can always seem to justify a...
by Chrispy_
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 9
Views: 754

Re: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell

It's an improvement in battery life/heat/weight/noise levels, but no - the architectural improvements do not come close to compensating for the loss of half the CPU. I would actually go as far as to say that the 7600U will be significantly slower even in regular single-threaded use, simply because t...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Selecting my next Internals

When it comes to future-proofing, my advice is to buy the minimum motherboard you need for the current CPU choice. In the case of a 7700K with a reasonable overclock, you're looking at $150 for a good quality but non-bling Z270 board. Treat this as a DISPOSABLE board that will be replaced when (or i...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.

Create a new outlook profile first. It is much faster than rebuilding the entire index for your computer. Creating a new outlook profile will just rebuild the index for your email. You can always rebuild the entire index if need be. What he said. Also, depending on how you bought Outlook 2010, you ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Selecting my next Internals

I'm expecting X299 prices to disintegrate when Threadripper arrives. At the rumoured $850 price point for a 16C/32T CPU, it's going to make the vast bulk of the X299 platform look pointless. Sure, AMD are still 20% behind Kaby lake in the outright performance per thread department, but when you've g...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 4921

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

<PC not hot enough to be gud chimney, yes?> <NUMBARS> <PC's aren't 2m tall> <The hot bit isn't even in the right place> ???HuH??? So? So, A half-meter tall PC case is going to be a particularly bad chimney. Not only that, but it's not even a half-meter tall chimney because the only part of it actin...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 5 Bad GPUs?
Replies: 6
Views: 828

Re: 5 Bad GPUs?

I've just decided it's best to avoid refurbs. Most RMA departments are full of people who don't give a crap, and it seems that every repair/diagnosis seems to be a sloppy rush job. If the card was defective enough that someone decided it was worth the inconvenience of raising an RMA, removing the ca...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..
Replies: 26
Views: 932

Re: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..

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No......it started a loooong time ago, with their flagship product.

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FTFY, since 10 is the highest number ever, and Microsoft won't ever go back on their promises.
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 67
Views: 3036

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

LoneWolf15 wrote:
But as Crucial has trended downward some from the vaunted M500/M550 drives from several years ago

At the risk of going off-topic, aren't the MX300 drives from Crucial really good? I've been buying dozens of the 525GB variants and they've been both fast and flawlessly reliable so far.
by Chrispy_
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 67
Views: 3036

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

This is typical Samsung.

I love their products but man, they are quite possibly the worst tech company out there. You are not CUSTOMERS, you are ignorant VICTIMS.
by Chrispy_
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 71
Views: 2821

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

So which brands are known to work just fine? AFAIK every brand has good and bad products, assuming they cover all ends of the spectrum. You cannot decide by brand alone, you need brand+model. Corsair and Samsung drives seem to be universally good, but neither of them make anything that's remotely c...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 71
Views: 2821

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

I expect ~5MB/s write speeds from a cheap USB flash drive; Anything more than that is a bonus! There's a reason most manufacturers don't list write speeds and unlike SDcards there's no performance classifications like C4, C10, U1, U3 etc. I tend to buy Kingston SE9 USB3 thumbdrives because they're c...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I need help planning cooling
Replies: 16
Views: 517

Re: I need help planning cooling

If he's GPU folding/mining then it's probably better to let the GPUs feed from intake 1. It looks like half the air from that fan would spill over the top of the first GPU anyway and go directly to the CPU. Nah, if you look at the top window fan location it is directly over the CPU socket and won't...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I need help planning cooling
Replies: 16
Views: 517

Re: I need help planning cooling

That case is less than ideal for dual-GPU setups but it's possible as long as you're aware that some of the intakes will be unfiltered so you'll need to clean dust out regularly. Approximately equal pressure will give you the highest cycling of air through the case, so use 1, 2, & 3 as intakes a...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1477

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

I build a few PCs on the side for staff - I can knock one together in half an hour so I chew through a couple of builds a month. It's funny how many people who aren't gaming say that they want a GPU - either for eyefinity reasons, or for CUDA/OpenCL reasons. I don't think you need a GPU for web/emai...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1477

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

Well Newegg has a bunch of refurbs that will fit the bill for under $15, but otherwise 2D duty is filled by $25-30 cards like the old Terascale (pre-GCN) Radeons and decade-old Geforce 8400GS models that refuse to die.

The APUs you want are coming, they're just not out yet.
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3813

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

Ifalna wrote:
Encoding my cats 20 minute wedding video


I'm pretty sure that's autocorrect at work, but I hope (for the sake of entertainment value) that I'm wrong.
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3813

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

I think the definition of "consumer" depends on who you ask. To the CPU sales departments, consumers are the people not considered "enterprise customers". There's a different support system in place for them, different marketing, different distribution methods, different warranty...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: X370 Motherboard Headache...
Replies: 14
Views: 733

Re: X370 Motherboard Headache...

Always buy the cheapest board you need. Motherboard manufacturers (all of them) do not have the best track record for implementing all their features flawlessly. If you need extra M.2, get a PCIe adapter that is cooled properly and not jammed underneath a GPU. If you need extra USB 3.1 connectors, g...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help me to find out which cable goes where.
Replies: 13
Views: 570

Re: Help me to find out which cable goes where.

Need more info, but that sounds like a nightmare that is better handled by a network testing firm. 1) Do you have patch panels or do bare wires come out of the wall and connect directly into switches? 2) Is anything labelled at all? 3) Are all the cubicle ports wired to switches/patch panels or do y...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Bad Intel Docs & Skylake X die size estimate
Replies: 14
Views: 1137

Re: Bad Intel Docs & Skylake X die size estimate

The truth probably lies somewhere in between, but the difference between a 10-core and a 22-core is huge. ⋅ The 10-core has a bi-directional inter-core transport ring. ⋅ The 22-core has 2 rings connected by 2 bridges and additional PCIe/QPI/home "agents" to handle those...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Bad Intel Docs & Skylake X die size estimate
Replies: 14
Views: 1137

Re: Bad Intel Docs & Skylake X die size estimate

Per-core metrics aren't really that useful, because as the core-count goes up, the amount of logic dedicated to inter-core transport also increases. Based on this oversimplified requirement alone, a design intended for more cores will always have a higher transistors/core ratio, so yeah - it's no su...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 31, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Nvidia has been humping servers and it's ugly!
Replies: 19
Views: 1462

Re: Nvidia has been humping servers and it's ugly!

I was put off buying into Nvidia GRID and Teslas, simply because of the ridiculous markup, and I repeatedly mention that after 12 years of working in a professional CAD environment with a bolt-on VFX department, that the difference between workstation/server cards and consumer cards are vastly overr...