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by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 425

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: 309

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: 425

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: 4394

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: 540

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: 791

Re: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..

The Egg wrote:
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: 52
Views: 1553

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: 52
Views: 1553

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: 2348

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: 2348

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: 392

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: 392

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: 1043

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: 1043

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: 3137

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: 3137

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: 581

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: 437

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: 797

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: 797

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: 1086

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...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 31, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Completely Re-think the HTPC?
Replies: 6
Views: 544

Re: Completely Re-think the HTPC?

I don't think you're describing an HTPC, you're describing a streaming box for local or online services. For me, the HTPC is a full gaming PC hooked up to a big screen and surround system in front of a sofa. The only difference between it and a gaming desktop is the physical size of the peripherals ...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 30, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ
Replies: 15
Views: 922

Re: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ

I'll be looking forward to the 32-core Naples vs Intel Skylake Xeons benchmarks later this year. What's interesting is that AMD has 48-core Ryzen chips coming to servers in the next 6-12 months and Intel is still currently charging $4200 for a 22-core Xeon clocked down at 2.2GHz. Ryzen's pretty dece...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 29, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 29
Views: 1015

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Hitachi Ultrastar nearline SAS (7200RPM); I Purchased a DAS enclosure with 24 of them in back in 2005 and I only changed half around a dozen drives in that thing over its lifespan, so some of them have to be the originals still. Despite no longer being production storage, that enclosure has been in ...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 29, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX480 Remorse for not buying?
Replies: 28
Views: 1240

Re: RX480 Remorse for not buying?

Just grab a basic RX580, because it's just an RX480; I "upgraded" from a 480 to a 580 and the difference is nonexistent, right down to the fact that they both have similar limits when undervolting, overvolting, underclocking and overclocking. Apart from a BIOS flash and a new label on the ...
by Chrispy_
Sat May 20, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 2049

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

OK I have some rants about cases now. My Corsair 300R has the 3.5" drive cage rotated 90 degrees and uses trays that can also handle 2.5" drives so it is far less awkward to install new a HDD/SSD. This should be a standard feature of cases, so why isn't it? Glass windows on cases, why wou...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 19, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 2049

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

NZXT H440 Black Edition + BeQuiet Straight Power E9 680W (workstation) Internally-modded Silverstone Grandia GD04 + BeQuiet Dark Power Pro P10 550W (gaming HTPC) I'd have paid normal retail price for them all, no idea what that was but they were picked for silence/cooling/form-factor reasons rather ...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 18, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1530

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

Kid's diet was mountain dew, McDonalds and Energy drinks; Pretty sure diabetes & heart disease come with that territory. Over time, maybe. I seriously doubt it would've done that much damage by age 16. Mountain Dew and junk food (and beer...) was essentially my diet too for many years, and I'm ...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 18, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller
Replies: 20
Views: 912

Re: Watercooling with an aquarium chiller

I last dabbled with TECs in 2001 with a Thunderbird B Athlon 1.4GHz.

Condensation and massively increased cooling requirements made it a nightmare, and I seem to remember the peltier drawing far more power that required silly-high fan speeds even when the CPU was idle.
by Chrispy_
Thu May 18, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 36
Views: 2044

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

Are Biostar boards passable again? I went through a phase in the early noughties of getting stung by Biostar's low quality control. They practically disappeared from the UK market back then, too - indiciating that it wasn't just me returning a large percentage of faulty boards.... They've been pract...