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by Chrispy_
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1068

Re: Average fuel consumption

Partially correct (the complete crap comment is incorrect). Modern TBW systems not only manage fuel-air ratios but also manage torque output by proportioning physical throttle-plate movement to actual gas pedal movement, and this management occurs to ensure that the engine never sends torque to the...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 35
Views: 732

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

There's some great stuff in this thread from people that know what they're doing with storage and filesystems, but as someone that does that all day every day I still just recommend people get a simple "dumb NAS" in a 2-bay enclosure of their preferred vendor and just get two disks of the ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

So I'll avoid installing Ai3 until things are resolved. I'd recommend avoiding Ai3 altogether. Across a decade of Ai Suite, I've never had one that truly added anything other than issues. The Asus firmware has decent fan control anyway, and there are better utilities for monitoring than Ai Suite, w...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1068

Re: Average fuel consumption

If you want to go faster, you want to go faster as quickly as possible. Are you that guy who has to jackrabbit between stop signs? He's obviously never driven in the snow. :lol: Hah, snow is easy. It's not too different to loose gravel, since there is still some grip. It's sheet ice that worries me...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My home theater is sounding weird
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: My home theater is sounding weird

Changing the shape of the room will likely cause reflected soundwaves to interfere at specific frequencies which results in unwanted volume spikes at those frequencies. It doesn't result in an echo, it's more of an uneven volume issue where you can never balance the high/mid/low properly because cer...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: BIOS not showing up my SSDs
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: BIOS not showing up my SSDs

Disks not showing up in the BIOS could be: ⋅ They are plugged into controller ports that are disabled in the BIOS - some boards have extra ports that aren't part of the main chipset/PCH. Motherboard manual will tell you which ports belong to which controller. ⋅ There is boot info...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 4K HDR madness
Replies: 19
Views: 1966

Re: 4K HDR madness

Now I wish I had a petabyte of space with everything in 1080p instead of my current 720p dominated media library. Sucks! On the plus side, 720p scales up perfectly to 2160p with a 3:1 integer ratio! EDIT And 240p scales up with a 9:1 ratio, making 4K displays way better than 1080p for retro gaming....
by Chrispy_
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1068

Re: Average fuel consumption

bthylafh wrote:
Chrispy_ wrote:
If you want to go faster, you want to go faster as quickly as possible.


Are you that guy who has to jackrabbit between stop signs?


That would be a situation where I would not want to go faster, simply because one cannot go faster in a queue than the rest of the queue.
by Chrispy_
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1068

Re: Average fuel consumption

I no longer own a car but from the most basic 50HP Renault 5 to the most powerful car I owned (a Mitsubishi 3000GT), gas pedals are binary; If you want to go faster, you want to go faster as quickly as possible. Fuel economy is therefore a purchasing decision, not a driving style. Lets face it, if y...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?
Replies: 21
Views: 1119

Re: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?

Cable manufacturers have to accommodate vendors making a USB-plug-shaped hole in the wall of the device it's being plugged into, which recesses the metal USB socket by the wall thickness. In those rare instances, the cable's moulding does indeed sit flush with the device. It's more common on magnesi...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 45
Views: 1656

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

I daresay that those SMART Tv's with all their flashy software are really DUMB and are hindered by all that bloat. Well said. They're getting better but SMART TV intefaces are generally awful still. My only requirement from a TV is a good 1:1 singnal-to-picture on the screen without any BS postproc...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 45
Views: 1656

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

I'd take a 75" 1080p television if it had MicroLEDs for under $1000. 2020 called, they said you might have to wait a couple years. Also, they said you should add a pony to that list, as those are available now ;-) Nah, low-density displays are way cheaper to produce, and the RGBLED fad these l...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 45
Views: 1656

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

Given the popular sizes of televisions these days, MicroLED seems the way forwards. I'd take a 75" 1080p television if it had MicroLEDs for under $1000. Resolution is not even remotely the most important spec once you're sitting 15 feet away, as long as it's adequate enough to be sharp. On the ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

If Nvidia is bad, then don't look at AMD. My $420 vega 56s can ebay for ~$800 now. I know right? I'm seriously tempted to put my £430 (inc tax) Vega56 back on ebay to fund a 1080 and a second ski trip this winter. £750-850 simply because they're still desirable to the miners and supply is practical...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 45
Views: 1656

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

I miss the plasmas we used to have in all the conference rooms (usually a couple of 50" NEC models) but I don't think OLED is going to be here in time. As a stop gap for the next decade, take a look at some of the newer VA panels. They claim 3000:1 static contrast, which is way better than the ...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Re: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.

Heya I wouldn't assume the new PSU is good. It's not 80+ certified , and if they're lying about the certification they're probably lying about the current ratings. Even if you believe their lies those ratings are closer to those of a proper 380W PSU and not a 600W PSU. That thing would just explode ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1017

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

the hilariously low probability of actually making something like this stick And there lies the rub. Even if they do try to enforce it, the Quadros and Teslas have much of the shared driver and architecture as Geforces, so all a company with a technical issue needs to do is prove that the problem e...
by Chrispy_
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help me choose an upgrade for my son's PC
Replies: 21
Views: 1366

Re: Help me choose an upgrade for my son's PC

It's a pretty tough call for me. Some games run at nearly the full potential of a GTX 1080 using just an i3 Other games run like slop unless there are more than four threads (so an i7 quad) and high clocks at that.... The 380 isn't bad, it'll do most new games at med/high 1080p still. Getting a 1060...
by Chrispy_
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Simple HTIB options

I use CEC at home not by purchase intent, but just by coincidence. I couldn't be happier with it, though. The surround system turns on when the TV does, the volume rocker for the TV works for the speakers, but using the TV's OSD. I can configure the surround mode and presets through the TV too and t...
by Chrispy_
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Hi-Fi VHS: It really does sound good
Replies: 33
Views: 3247

Re: Hi-Fi VHS: It really does sound good

The only reason tapes were good is that they were rewriteable, leading to easy-peasy recording/piracy.

Don't forget to rewind the DVD before you take it back to Blockbuster!
by Chrispy_
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Modern Apps Broken Again!?
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: Modern Apps Broken Again!?

Powershell is the only way to reliably install and uninstall Modern apps that don't behave. I'd strongly recommend you just try and find normal Win32 or Win64 API applications instead though; no matter how much the pro-Microsoft zealots preach the advantages of Modern apps and UWP apps, they do seem...
by Chrispy_
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 22
Views: 924

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

How much of that 5-6TB needs to be on internal drives? A USB 3.0 5TB drive would open up your choices significantly, if you could deal with some of the data being on an external device. Almost every 15"+ laptop on the market can take an M.2 which means 1TB of SSD and 2TB of mechanical drive, 4T...
by Chrispy_
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Simple HTIB options

Some good stuff in here.
I've not seen 3.1 for sale, I'm assuming if you buy a HTIB 5.1 and just don't connect the two surround speakers, the receiver just works it out accordingly?
Or are there actual 3.1 systems on offer somewhere?
by Chrispy_
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 22
Views: 924

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

Yes, I'm curious why you need three 2.5" bays. They just take up too much space inside a laptop to be offered in multiple configurations. Typical DTR gaming laptops offer a pair of M.2 slots and a pair of 2.5" sata bays at most. Something like the Clevo P775DM3-G sold under Schenker, Origi...
by Chrispy_
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Simple HTIB options

I've run my home theater both ways. Currently, most of my sources are switched via HDMI through the TV with the receiver simply providing sound for whatever the TV is displaying. Only the Oppo disc player connects directly to the receiver because the TV wouldn't know what to do with the high bitrat...
by Chrispy_
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Simple HTIB options

[*]Some speakers - 2.0, 2.1, 3.0 or 3.1 setup. rear satellites will be wasted (becaus HDMI audio is only two-channel). Huh? HDMI can carry 5.1 DTS just fine. The TV may truncate its own output at two channels, however? Unless this person simply does not have the space, it seems like it would be bet...
by Chrispy_
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Simple HTIB options

So, I have a chance to wire up a friend's house (new-build, construction to be completed in 2018) and there are two rooms that will have wall-mounted TVs and other stuff to plug in via HDMI (XBOne, AppleTV, Roku, laptops etc) My first thought was a HTIB setup but they all tend to come with too many ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Bombs that drop under gravity, in space . I'm not sure how that's anything new to comment on seeing as how Y-Wings have done the same in other SW films. This has come up so often in discussions of this film around the internet that it's almost like someone coordinated such an effort, ignoring this ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Bombs that drop under gravity, in space . Parabolic artillery trajectories, in space An entire batalleon of AT-ATs and stormtroopers destroying all the salt skimmers except for the one going in a straight line to the only thing on the battlefield that needs defending. There were also many bad scene...
by Chrispy_
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 2181

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

Developers of the most useful FireFox plug-ins to me have developed versions compatible with the new engine. The new version is noticeably faster than the old one (release 56 and older). FTFY. I would be giving more than half of my extensions and cannot find suitable replacements for most of them.