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by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 36
Views: 1093

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

Yay, competition.

Intel would never have bother releasing a 6-core mainstream product without Ryzen since they've been getting away with charging top dollar for their quad cores until now.
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys

As utterly rubbish as that SSD is, it's going to be plenty adequate for the 99% read workload of a light-duty office PC. Sadly, this is why those RAMless TLC drives continue to litter the market :( At least the race to the bottom for budget SSDs is slowly squeezing cheap mechanical drives off the st...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Flash your RX480 to an RX580
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Flash your RX480 to an RX580

The RS series are the low-cost, slower-clocked variants, right? If you want serious overclocking that'll be XFX's GRT or XXX lines. Does it have an 8-pin or a 6-pin connector? I doubt they specced the VRMs any higher than necessary if it only has a single 6-pin connector and 150W power target for th...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Simple video editing on PC?
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Simple video editing on PC?

Hey all, I'm a bit new to the world of video editing. The guys at work use all manner of expensive software but I'm just looking for a simple tool that will join/trim video and rotate in 90 degree increments. At the moment I'm making do with a whole folder full of opensource, single-purpose tools. T...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Flash your RX480 to an RX580
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Flash your RX480 to an RX580

Not particularly interested, I'm afraid. The RX580 gobbles down 35W more power for a paltry 3% performance boost. It would appear that the 480 is overvolted to the point of throttling under full load without increased power targets, and the RX580 makes this worse. You're much better off spending ten...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 31
Views: 1150

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

I can see file transfers still taking ages over gigabit, but for those moaning that backups take too long, why aren't you using differential backups? Or at least in the simplest format, something like robocopy that only changes the files that were modified since the last backup....
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Audio Chipsets Comparison for Surround sound?
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: Audio Chipsets Comparison for Surround sound?

The onboard realtek is likely to give you better capabilities than an ancient PCI X-Fi, but it's worth checking that it doesn't pick up any high-frequency interference from the motherboard and pass it over to the analogue outputs. Modern boards are much better at this, but even decent Haswell boards...
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Help me understand the GTX 1080 line...
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: Help me understand the GTX 1080 line...

Here you go, for some number crunching: GTX 980 (2048 SPs @ 1216MHz, 4GB VRAM): ⋅ 4612 GFLOPS (single precision) ⋅ 144 GFLOPS (double precision) GTX 1080 (2560 SPs @ 1733MHz, 8GB VRAM): ⋅ 9216 GFLOPS (single precision) ⋅ 288 GFLOPS (double precision) GTX 1080 ...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1333

Re: SSD reliability

In a laptop, the SSD is unquestionably more reliable. ⋅ Laptop mechanical drives usually die from physical damage to either the bearings or the heads; even a gentle knock at the wrong time can total your drive. When you understand how delicate the heads are and how critical the bearing tol...
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Start up issues with my Dell, Help
Replies: 14
Views: 880

Re: Start up issues with my Dell, Help

Very very slow bootups, especially after a full reinstall of windows are often a sign that the disk is on its last legs. To eliminate cooling/throttling as the issue, run something like CoreTemp to see how hot it's running. It'll typically throttle at 95C, but high temperatures (such as 80-90C) aren...
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 75
Views: 3573

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

Traditional antivirus is verging on pointless these days, so just use Windows Defender (you already have it, and it's adequate). First of all, stop the most common cause of infection by installing popup-blocker and script blockers for the browser. I can recommend AdblockPlus combined with: Popup Blo...
by Chrispy_
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Iphone logic board
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: Iphone logic board

Short answer is no, Apple encrypts data even in NAND. Unless that data's yours and you can copy it to another iPhone running the same iOS version, boot it up and successfully sign into it with the correct credentials, what you have on that NAND is garbled data anyway, even if there was a way to get ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 567
Views: 64631

Re: What are you playing right now?

End User wrote:
Slowly making my way through Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

Verdict?
by Chrispy_
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Realtek Audio Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: Realtek Audio Issue

Just check your device manager and make sure there are no other exclamation marks next to devices. Windows 7 onwards really doesn't need vendor-specific drivers to work, the vendor drivers just add some other functionality and control panel fluff in most cases. Assuming you're using an Intel system,...
by Chrispy_
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3076

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

It's definitely launched. I've built two already and have another one on order arriving monday.

It's great for anyone with a dead board and just wants the cheapest sensible option for general purpose.
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3076

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

The mythical $60 2c/4t i3 class CPU does not exist except for rare unicorn sightings at ridiculous prices. Only common place to find it is in cheap OEM PCs, just like how the i7-5775C was only available in NUCs and pre-built PCs. The $90 G4600 is what is actually offered by Intel to consumers. Its ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 1609

Re: 1440 monitors?

I thought Windows 10 had finally un-screwed the scaling issues? was I wrong? If so that's a bummer :( I want higher resolutions for gaming moslty Windows Runtime apps scale great, but with win32 apps it's a crapshoot. Some popular stuff is just embarrassing. But a lot of things that had issues (if ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading from an i5-4590
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Upgrading from an i5-4590

The 4590 is already very close to the IPC of Kaby Lake so you're going to see minimal gains with any upgrade. I mean it's going to running at 3.5-3.7GHz in games and although Kaby offers some significant IPC benefits in other tasks (yes, encoding is one of those) the IPC improvements from Kaby are o...
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3076

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

I would like to point out that i5 7600K is a much better deal than the 7700K if one plans to overclock. Ugh. Intel Product Segmentation strikes again. This isn't 2004, you don't need "real cores". i3 for gaming, i7 for heavy duty work, i5 is in a wilderness of bad price/performance. TLDR;...
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 1609

Re: 1440 monitors?

24" 1440p is fine if you're okay with DPI scaling in whatever OS you're using. At native 100% scaling it's not exactly easy on the eyes though, unless you have pin-sharp, better-than-20:20 vision of youth. 27" 1440p is towards the upper end of comfortable DPI. It's the equivalent pixel siz...
by Chrispy_
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3076

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

Unfortunately I don't think there's much benefit in the Ryzen 5, in the same way there's not much benefit in the slower i5 CPUs. Essentially there are three types of user: ⋅ Heavy multitasker who needs all the cores; This is where Ryzen 7 shines, since it's effectively a viable replacement...
by Chrispy_
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1004

Re: New Build!!

Power supply requirements are almost entirely down to how much overclocking you're planning on. ⋅ For stock clocks, take the TDP of the CPU and the GPU, add them together and multiply by 1.5x ⋅ For a stock, or near-stock voltage overclock, multiply by 2x ⋅ For a high-vo...
by Chrispy_
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1004

Re: New Build!!

I agree for large cases, but AIO is a much easier build for ITX and small MATX. My last build was relatively smooth with a 140mm AIO but would have been hell with a tower cooler. That's why things like this and this exist for! The Thermalright in the particular is likely to do a better job than a 1...
by Chrispy_
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1004

Re: New Build!!

I cannot endorse AOI watercoolers with anything less than a thick 240mm radiator. The water being pumped around doesn't magically add cooling, it simply replaces the copper heatpipes in an air cooler. Until you start to get serious overclocks pushing more than 150W through the CPU, the 4 heatpipes i...
by Chrispy_
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1004

Re: New Build!!

Can someone tell me what the main differences are between the MSI Z270 GAMING M3, PRO, PRO CARBON, M5, and M7. From what I can see there are no differences that will really affect me. Just looks like a bigger price tag and more tacky plastic. Additional/different ports. But do any of those really m...
by Chrispy_
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Questions about a incident I had with my old Rig
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Re: Questions about a incident I had with my old Rig

Yeah, as Ben says, test to confirm it's the second 770 that's dead and not the slot or PCIe lanes on the CPU. Once you're sure it's a dead 770, EVGA are one of the better companies for returns, replacements and repairs. Don't they offer a trade-in program too? If you're thinking about a 1080 see wha...
by Chrispy_
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?
Replies: 28
Views: 1630

Re: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?

I think it's a motherboard BIOS thing. I had to do something similar for a bank of i7-5830 nodes a while back. Asrock were the only board vendor that I could find that stated 128GB compatibility - So I bought 8 X99 Extreme4 boards and 1TB of RAM. The only hiccups I had were that the RAM required the...
by Chrispy_
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Trailers have gone too far (Alien: Covenant spoilers)
Replies: 17
Views: 1431

Re: Trailers have gone too far (Alien: Covenant spoilers)

Not to say that Disney is a good choice for the Aliens franchise, but I though Rogue One was pretty dark for a disney movie. I mean, there's a lot of death, loss and sacrifice for a Disney movie and some of the decisions/morals aren't exactly black&white good vs evil either.
by Chrispy_
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Can't install drivers.
Replies: 9
Views: 1014

Re: Can't install drivers.

Nope. The 7850 is old enough that a repair would cost more than a replacement. Get yourself an AMD RX460 if you want a low-cost replacement. It will be cooler, quieter and faster in games than your old 7850, too. If you can afford more, an RX470 or a GTX 1050Ti is a pretty good upgrade over either o...
by Chrispy_
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 4481

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Ignoring ALL of the technical merits of this discussion, the answer is "is Linux getting easier to use than Windows?" is no. No matter what the interface looks like, everyone will have questions at some point when they hit the limit of their understanding. That point may come after 30 seco...