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by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: IP security camera recommedations?

No, sorry - I don't. It's not my field of expertise.

I know of these systems through talking to visiting contractors, or when I'm contracted out myself, but haven't implemented any myself.
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 13
Views: 344

Re: weird issue would like your input

Has it been overclocked at 4.5GHz its entire life? If the PSU is known to be good, even under load, the next most probably scenario is that your CPU is dying. That's one of the risks that comes with overclocking - increased voltage and clockspeeds will have exponentially higher electromigration effe...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: IP security camera recommedations?

Security cameras are static mounted usually so compression is exceptionally high, even at high framerate. The high-framerate stuff is usually useful for catching shoplifters who try to get away with sleight of hand that low-fps solutions don't pick up. To elaborate, it's about conviction rates. A sh...
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Cleaning up printer ink absorber pad/box?
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Cleaning up printer ink absorber pad/box?

Nope, but I would just soak the felt pads in a small sealed jar of IPA* and mechanically clean most of the dried ink syrup out of the plastic tank.

*not that IPA, you alcoholic!
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Ryzen 7 2700

Thanks Chrispy. I appreciate the thoughtful responses. Does the ryzen platform have a tdp limit? Like the intel TDP limiter? I could see myself buying the 2700x and limiting its power consumption to 95 watts or something as a nice compromise. computerbase.de shows the 2700 holding 3.9ghz on a 4 thr...
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 13
Views: 344

Re: weird issue would like your input

Until I got towards the end of your post I was going to say "PSU", but I guess that has been (mostly) ruled out. Could've been a dead CMOS battery was the original trigger (if you still have the old battery and have a multimeter, check its voltage). Also sounds like whatever you were doin...
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Ryzen 7 2700

Well, a quick search hasn't given me a review that graphs boost speeds per loaded core of the newer 2700. I believe that AMD's tweaking of the dynamic boost means you will use more of that 65W TDP than a 1700, which only has 1C, 2C, All-core states. In the 3C-7C states, I think the 2700 will be a re...
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Ryzen 7 2700

At a guess it's going to be an inferior choice to the 2700X in many ways - I'm assuming you want it for the lower TDP? At just $30 less than the X model, you lose a lot of clockspeed and lose Wraith Prism too, which is probably worth around $30 by itself. The Wraith Spire is adequate for the 65W var...
by Chrispy_
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cloudfare to switch to 100% ARM, says would be worth it even if Intel were free
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Cloudfare to switch to 100% ARM, says would be worth it even if Intel were free

ARM has been filling specific server/datacenter roles that Intel and AMD aren't interested in pursuing for for decade(s). At one end of the spectrum you have Xeon Phi at 288-cores per server and 1.2KW of ridiculously powerful x86 compute performance, RISC servers using high-end ARM designs/OpenPOWER...
by Chrispy_
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 814

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I forgot that the Fractal R6 came out at Christmas. From the reviews, it seems like the R6 is the turning point at which Fractal finally brought their build quality up to par as well.
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Simple KeyBoard

NiCad cells have memory effect NiMH cells have memory effect but to a lesser extent. They're better than NiCad in almost every way. The K800 is definitely NiMH, and they're not user-replaceable (which means they're probably just soldered together) Lithium cells are different, they have no memory eff...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Crashes under video card load, but no diagnostic data
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Crashes under video card load, but no diagnostic data

PSU or motherboard, but it sounds like a power delivery problem to the GPU, since the crashes tend to be in the games with higher GPU demand. The HX series were decent, but they're also 9 years old, I'm assuming you bought yours in 2011 at the time of the build so it's 7 years old which is 4 years l...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Simple KeyBoard

Ooooh, I'd not spotted the K800. Looks decent but also suffers the same caveat as other backlit-wireless keyboards - expect only a pitiful 15H battery life with the lights on. Batteries appear to be NiMH as well, which means that they won't age gracefully, so 15h when new may mean only 3h after bein...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 814

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I highly recommend getting a fan controller. Both Phanteks and NZXT include powered PWM fan splitters so that you can run all your case fans from a motherboard's intelligent PWM sys fan header. This is preferable to aftermarket fan controllers since it'll use the motherboard and CPU temperature sen...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 814

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

Yeah, if you want silence the trick is to minimise the number of vents and make sure that the air path is indirect so that sounds waves have to reflect off multiple surfaces before escaping - each surface they bounce off takes away some of their energy and makes them quieter. I used to try and reach...
by Chrispy_
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 814

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

Avoiding windowed sidepanels is getting increasingly difficult, but at least there are options that don't have full-coverage tempered glass. I've been impressed with my NZXT H440 (New Edition, 2015) - it's fully sound-damped and filtered, I did a lot of research and think I chose the best option at ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ever heard of J&W?
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Ever heard of J&W?

I've heard of them; Pentium 4 and Core2 days in the early noughties to about five years ago. They went bust but I suspect they were making boards for other vendors of the day like Soyo, Chaintech, DFI etc. When those companies shut down, their manufacturers need to either find a new vendor to make b...
by Chrispy_
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Simple KeyBoard

That makes it easier, but most of the wired/backlit/membrane options are cheap trash. Steelseries make something called the Apex RAW for around $35. I've not used one but it's the cheapest keyboard from a non-terrible brand. Logitech's K740 is expensive, but top-quality for a membrane keyboard. They...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Disabling CompuTrace
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Disabling CompuTrace

You are S-outta-L; They really do belong in the scrap heap!

https://securelist.com/absolute-computr ... ted/58278/
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 725

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

Also, dear Apple lovers, I understand that you like your keyboards, but from an ergonomics standpoint they are a cancer that has harmed the industry Is THAT where this ridiculous fad came from? Ugh! "Cancer" is too nice a word! We have some HP desktops at work that came with those horrid ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 1603

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

In an ideal world, we'd get the LTSB as a paid option, and the "please harvest my data and bombard me with adverts" as the freemium version. Sadly, everyone gets lumbered with the freemium rubbish even if they don't want it and paid for their OS. It's pretty clear at this point that far f...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: Simple KeyBoard

By requiring wireless and wired you've essentially ruled out the entire keyboard market; Almost nothing exists with the hybrid wireless that you're talking about, and nothing worth looking at . Wireless AND backlighting are almost mutually-exclusive, since backlighting uses lots of power. You tend t...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1746

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

You can't get any of the first-gen Ryzens to hit 4.3+ GHz consistently regardless of voltage, so no, they didn't "just bump up the voltage". Let the reviews bear it out, but I think you're being a little dismissive here. I hear what you're saying but don't forget that these second-gen Ryz...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 1603

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

Besides the ads for promoted apps in the lock screen and Start tiles <image snipped> plus the freemium apps installed automatically <image snipped> there are ads in Windows Explorer, pop-up taskbar, and action center notification ads for Edge <image snipped> and this really odd popup ad for Microso...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 1603

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

The Windows 10 license is free to OEMs for devices with less than a 9" screen. 10.1" tablet, 4C Atom, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC. Microsoft may make statements like "Windows 10 licenses is free to OEMs for devices with less than a 9" screen" but it's most commonly seen on 10" ...
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 1603

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

Windows 10 is free. Anyone buying a license for it these days is a sucker.

Hell, I bought an Atom Tablet for the same price as a W10 license, and it came with a W10 license.
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?

Even though I'm running on DDR3 both of my personal machines, I would hesitate to throw money at older IPC processors unless you are genuinely bottlenecked in your current workload by a shortage of threads and RAM. Software x264/265 encode is just about the only thing I can imagine for a consumer wo...
by Chrispy_
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 725

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

I don't think I've ever met a laptop keyboard I truly liked. They seem to range from awful to tolerable. The old ThinkPads were the least bad. Have not tried a recent ThinkPad. Tandy Model 100 was pretty good. Well, if your definition of a laptop extends to something that requires wheeled luggage t...
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1746

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

I'm not sure that you can credit clock headroom on the new process; They've simply bumped the voltage in the case of the 2700X and that's resulted in the extra power draw. I have an R7 1800X running at 4.1GHz with an overvolt to 1.375V and that's without XFR, so it's directly comparable to the 3.7GH...
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1746

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

Ryzen+ is a bit of a damp squib. The leaked benchmarks prove that there's minimal IPC gain, which was to be expected because this isn't a new architecture, it's a minor tweak for the new process; Also, this new process that seems to have released very little additional clockspeed headroom at the hig...