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by Chrispy_
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 568

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: 1
Views: 188

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: 16
Views: 625

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: 5
Views: 323

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: 568

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: 156

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: 584

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: 384

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: 381

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: 381

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: 384

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: 384

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: 49
Views: 1670

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: 49
Views: 1670

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: 49
Views: 1670

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: 49
Views: 1670

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...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1670

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

I was forced to replace the previous array of 2TB Greens (now called Blues) because of the awful head-parking issue that I didn't realise until after the damage was done. Silly question, but why don't you replace the Reds with newer Blues, and just disable (or extend the time of) the head parking? ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1670

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

The other problem with 2.5" drives is that the capacity is too low. 2TB for standard 9.5mm drives, 4TB in a 15mm drive before they cheat with SMR and destroy the performance. With 15mm ones you can't use those multi-bays but that doesn't matter because at 4TB I'm not really getting a capacity u...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1670

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

Thanks but I only mentioned fluid bearing'ed models, so there's stil a huge difference in noise between vendors and models. I've been looking for sites that give decibel readings for their tests but there aren't many sites that even bother with mechanical storage anymore, and the old staple (SPCR) h...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1670

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

So if any of you know me from previous posts you know I spend a lot of time with enterprise hardware and consumer hardware workstations, but one think I know practically NOTHING about is consumer hard drives. I have finally run out of space on my home server using WD Red 3TB drives. I'm looking for ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

You get some pretty minor image distortion that your brain rapidly adapts to. Even on 1800R and 2000R screens, I didn't really notice the distortion - especially since the way FOV is rendered on a flat screen isn't really accurate to the way our eyes work anyway, so our vision is already used to dea...
by Chrispy_
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Voltage / frequency curves
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Voltage / frequency curves

@Noinoi, I updated the graph. Thanks again, that looks much more like Haswell is probably supposed to. The i3-6100 was on Win7, so there's lots of opportunity for software differences. The same thing applies with the gaps, though. @Chrispy_ (and thanks DPete27), I don't see any voltages there. It i...
by Chrispy_
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 1756

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

At stock? Huh. Did it spend most of its ilfe under heavy load, like that rendering? That would definitely wear some stuff faster than a typical desktop duty cycle of <25%, but that is still weird. Oh, absolutely. It was a number-cruncher for VRay software rendering. I doubt it even had enough downt...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 1039

Re: What's in your garden?

Squirrels? This should do the trick . Oh my! Try something more like this and that or this and that . My internal monologue read that out in a George Takei accent. I've realised that neither my solution nor your suggestions are going to be of any use; As long as there is still a garden left once th...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Voltage / frequency curves
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Voltage / frequency curves

I graphed the voltage/frequency curve for a 290X about 18 months ago to give you 28nm GCN data if you want to look for it.

No idea where it is but I'm pretty sure you'll get it if you search by me as a thread starter - I don't start that many.
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?

I suspect we'll hit an artificial wall at 8 threads, because that's the configuration the current MS and Sony consoles are running and therefore the configuration that developers of games and engines will be targeting. At some point, parallelism in games might be good enough that SMT isn't enough to...
by Chrispy_
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 1756

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

I've just thrown out a 4790K this week (was running at stock) but the memory controller can no longer power four DIMM slots and now requires extra voltage at stock to stay stable for >24H of 100% load doing software renders. I assumed the instability was board, PSU or RAM but after replacing all tho...
by Chrispy_
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Frametimes: which uArch is the fastest?

What DPete says: 7700K. Clock it as fast as you can tolerate. Get fast DDR4 for it (tight-timing PC4-3200). Make sure that you're using the optimum configuration (1 DIMM per channel, two-channel operation). Games like high-bandwidth, low-latency, data crunching on a single "primary" thread...
by Chrispy_
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: GIS Desktop

We use a few GIS packages, Inscape and some other plugins to Bentley and Autodesk software. We used to use ArcGIS too, but it's **** In my experience they require no special hardware. Any bog-standard consumer build is up to the task. Just spend the money on what you'd spend for a good user-experien...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 1039

Re: What's in your garden?