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by Chrispy_
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7639

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Except for VR, monitors aren't really changing that much with respect to gaming. Better - sure, but not necessarily more useful (especially in context with higher resolution and video cards with newer games requiring more GPU). I like the new stuff that's out, but the truly great stuff for gaming i...
by Chrispy_
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 25
Views: 625

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

I'll definitely get some faster memory then. I was just reading some stories from people who have gotten up to 4.1 GHz on the stock Wraith Spire cooler. Can anyone personally confirm this? I've put together about two dozen Ryzen builds, 3 of which have not been work-related and I ordered 3200MHz DD...
by Chrispy_
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 12
Views: 604

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

For the best part of a decade I've considered CCleaner as malicious/malware anyway, so the fact it comes with Malware now is exactly what I've always expected. CCleaner does more harm than good - If a machine comes to me with problems and I see CCleaner installed, I just format the disk and install ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7639

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

No, I was in the US at launch. I figured I'd wait until I got back, and that's turning out to have been a mistake ;)
by Chrispy_
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7639

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

My Sapphire Vega 56 ordered last month hasn't arrived yet.

Powercolor models have been in and out of stock but I'd rather have the Sapphire, based on experience of 200+ cards from each vendor. The only places in the UK with Vega 56 stock are selling them at 25% markup over MSRP or higher.
by Chrispy_
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Which budget case?
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: Which budget case?

The CM Lite is really really barebones, Corsair's entry level stuff is way overpriced in the UK for the build quality (88R and 100R). I've been impressed with the quality of Aerocool and GameMax at the under £50 bracket. Have a look at this one, for microATX: http://www.ebuyer.com/759011-game-max-ex...
by Chrispy_
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2337

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

For most Lithium chemistries, once any specific cell in the battery drops to below 2.5V, the battery is effectively zero and classified as empty by both the safety circuitry and the software of the laptop. Whilst the battery still has another 20% power available, continuing to discharge Lithium cell...
by Chrispy_
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2337

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Lithium chemistry very clearly suffers from deep discharges. 100% discharge cycles (down to 0% remaining) are possible 300-600 times. 60% discharge cycles (from 100 to 40% remaining) are possible 900-1500 times, so although each cycle is only 60% of the total capacity, you get 3x as many charges res...
by Chrispy_
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2337

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Screen: Clean it with a soft cloth wet with water and then wrung out so that it's just damp. If you have greasy fingerprints, put a single drop of dishsoap in a glass of water and then use a wrung cloth with that. Keyboard: Vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment. Rest of it: Don't drop it Don't c...
by Chrispy_
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Replacement for HD 7970GHZ
Replies: 17
Views: 1116

Re: Replacement for HD 7970GHZ

I know this thread is resolved now, but for any other Dota2 players that stumble across this in the future, the 1050 and RX460/R560 were both specifically launched targeting Dota2 (and other MOBAs) as their selling point, at $99. Both are going to get you at least 100fps at 1080p ultra settings, and...
by Chrispy_
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 24
Views: 1017

Re: Form factor trends

I know it's wrong but I just pirate the movies that I own physical copies of. It's easier than ripping them myself and given that I'm out of practice it's probably better quality than me ripping my own discs. Since the MPAA and greedy distributors are complete scum I have no ethical problem doing wh...
by Chrispy_
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New system... I guess
Replies: 26
Views: 1224

Re: New system... I guess

Yeah, but I wouldn't buy more NVMe storage than I reasonably need at the moment, because it's so expensive. I didn't mean to say a 960EVO or an MX300, it was both ! The 250GB NVMe is the smallest and cheapest option for an OS drive - and 250GB should be overkill for Windows and non-gaming apps. Then...
by Chrispy_
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New system... I guess
Replies: 26
Views: 1224

Re: New system... I guess

Yeah, I've had lots of issues with old Geforce cards just melting something and releasing the magic smoke. There was a batch of five GTX 280s at work that all cooked themselves after about two years exactly like you've described. I'm going to chalk it up to a design flaw in the reference board that ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 122
Views: 3960

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

It's a failure to me because it's so power hungry. The whole point of Vega's new architecture was to allow it to clock higher, but just like Bulldozer, AMD haven't pulled it off. The Vega64 actually has a lower base clock than Polaris 20's base clock; I know it's a bigger chip but I thought all thos...
by Chrispy_
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 1310

Re: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card

Oh, if you're not running the management client on this machine, why do you even need a GPU? Surely it'll be headless, or you just plug any old screen and any old GPU you have lying around in to handle the BIOS interface and any local CLI stuff that you don't/can't do remotely. As for screens, VA is...
by Chrispy_
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is IN STOCK at Newegg
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: Vega is IN STOCK at Newegg

I'm just sitting here on the pile of money I made selling Polaris cards waiting for Etherium to crash.
HURRY UP AND CRASH, DAMNIT!
by Chrispy_
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 1663

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

I've seen this plenty of times, and yes it's annoying. I guess they do it to reduce assembly costs, but it's infuriating when the USB port gets damaged by clumsy owners and you shuck the drive saying "no problem, we can just put it in this USB caddy and save your data for y.... "Or not. Th...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Question about possible microATX case with high airflow
Replies: 13
Views: 1351

Re: Question about possible microATX case with high airflow

It depends if you're after something very compact or not. Great airflow generally means either a physically larger case, at which point mATX seems a bit pointless, or something weird like the Silverstone TJ08-E which is pretty cramped and requires that you give up the lower drive cage to give you ge...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 1310

Re: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card

What OS are you running the management client from? If it's the ESXi Embedded Host Client, then any GPU will do as long as it has the output you need. If you're running windows get yourself a basic RX 550 for the Eyefinity support, if you're running Linux get yourself a GT 1030 for the Proprietary N...
by Chrispy_
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Pascal FP16 rate question
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Pascal FP16 rate question

Look at whether the Quadros can do it FP16. If they can, then it's just drivers. P6000 = 1080Ti P5000 = 1080 P4000 = 1070 P2000 = cut-down 1060. P1000 = 1050 At first glance, their double-precision specs are approximately 1/32th, if they're even listed at all and the hardware is not listed as having...
by Chrispy_
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch
Replies: 11
Views: 1312

Re: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch

Sounds like something that's trying to launch on logon and either timing out or trying to and then failing, so that it has to try again next logon. ⋅ Check the Scheduled tasks to see if anything there is unneccesary with a "when any user logs in" trigger. ⋅ Check msconf...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projectors - need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Re: Projectors - need advice

So I clicked the XGIMI H1 link and it looks truly horrific. Claiming it has 27 certified image enhancements is not good; That's 27 deviations from the ideal picture quality. You can clearly see from the video that when there is a large amount of one colour in the source video it cranks up the satura...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 575

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

I'm still rocking my AsRock Z77 Pro4-M and haven't had any issues with it. Sample size = 1. Sample size = 2 (My Asrock Z77 Pro4-M is also fine). Actually, we don't tend to buy Asrock at work that often but there are a few weird setups where more traditional vendors don't offer anything (like mATX s...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 575

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

What's the plan - If you're going for a high-overclock and gaming build, I've been very impressed with the stability of my recent Asrock boards. I know they went through a rough patch several years ago but I've seen nothing recently that is bad, and they do tend to offer the more niche configuration...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projectors - need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Re: Projectors - need advice

Sorry I don't have more experience to share. I used consultants to get a 5-projector videowall going at a work install and they recommended Optomas too (different model) but my experience with a few of their models has been very good. Contrast matters more the darker the room is, and you're talking ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projectors - need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Re: Projectors - need advice

We don't have many projectors but I can wholeheartedly recommend you use LED-lamp projectors if your room is dark enough - simply from a noise and cooling perspective. Basement sounds nice and dark and I honestly wouldn't ever recommend a conventional mercury arc lamp projector to anyone ever again ...
by Chrispy_
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 50
Views: 2857

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Thanks for all the feedback guys. I've ordered a trio of WD Red 8TB drives to give me 16TB usable in an array. On reflection it's pretty expensive at £750, given that I could shuck a couple of external 8TB drives for under £350 but this way I get the peace and quiet I want (hopefully), and the prote...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 50
Views: 2857

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Oh, in case it's not clear by now: WD Reds are by far the quietest "fast" drives I've ever laid ears on. Define "fast" ;) My Reds are fast enough for me, but they're bottom of the pile in every benchmark ever, slowest drive on test, "worst transfer rates we've seen in years...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 50
Views: 2857

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Backblazes' numbers are likely much higher than anything you'll see at home. They actually work the drives fairly hard compared to most NAS duties in a typical installation. UBER is pretty similar across all drives regardless of the spec (and well above it, generally). Ta. The old 2007 Google consu...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 50
Views: 2857

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Hmm, I found something on Hardware.info from this year: https://uk.hardware.info/reviews/7265/14/nas-hdd-review-18-models-compared-noise-levels Looks like the WD Red is crazy quiet and other reviews say it's basically a rebranded HGST He8 drive design from before the WD buyout, just tweaked to run a...