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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: 1525

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: 1525

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: 1244

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: 18
Views: 615

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 Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 871

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...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 17, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 928

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I highly doubt they're the very best amps in the world, but I've owned and used multiple Yamaha instruments, recorded in a studio equipped with Yamaha mixing decks and nearfield monitors, and played stuff back through my own Yamaha amp before; I trust them to do audio properly and I trust the Japane...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 17, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1244

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

That was an existing heart condition that was over-stressed by an unusually large dose of caffeine, almost certain of that. You read about it all the time where someone who was young had an unexpected heart attack - school exams, sports, sex, even being scared to death in the movies. Kid's diet was ...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 16, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 560 spotted
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: RX 560 spotted

Polaris 11 was always a 1024CU part, but I'm guessing yields were so bad that for the 460 generation AMD cut their losses and sold only 896CU parts to the AIB market. Apple got a 1024CU model, but they're not available as add-in boards. Now that yields have improved, you may find that one of the lat...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 16, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 560 spotted
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: RX 560 spotted

The RX560 should have a few more compute units, althgough the AMD specs says a maximum of 1024 stream processors instead of just specifying this as a fixed number Because new RX560's will likely be made with 1024CU silicon but all that RX460 inventory with 896CU will just get a BIOS flash and a new...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 16, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 928

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

What JAE said. Once your amp meets an acceptable level of quality, look elsewhere for improvements to your audio experience. I'm pretty sure these Yamaha amps are good enough. It starts to come down to "character" and personal taste rather than SNR or quality beyond a certain point, unless...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 560 spotted
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: RX 560 spotted

If the RX460-to-RX560 is as uneventful as the RX480-to-RX580 change I just went through*, then I guess now is indeed the time to be looking for "end of line, clearance sales" on the outdated and obsolete RX 460 ;) Honestly, as far as I can tell, the 400-series is the better product; AMD ha...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 5062

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

There's just no way you can get that sort of sound quality out of a plastic soundbar with 3" drivers. Never said it did. What do you do when front floor standing or front bookshelf speakers are not doable? Nothing; You can't! OP isn't restricted to soundbar though. If he was, then Sonos is pro...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 5062

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

When it comes to response curves, you really can't beat a large driver that has crossover with some silk-dome or equivalent. I think $500-750 should buy a really nice set of speakers that have a couple of 6-8" drivers and a tweeter per cabinet. Tannoy and mission both make great sets in this pr...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 5062

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

I just re-read the OP because of all this Sonos talk and thought "there's no way the Sonos Playbar is going to be in the OP's price range if we're talking about soundbars" then realised that the budget is $1000. Wow, that Sonos is expensive for a soundbar. Convenient, yes but I quote a ley...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 928

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I'm not really that much of an Audiophile, but the Yamaha home audio amps are pretty well reviewed all over the world and they're pretty reasonably priced. My go-to amps in the UK are Cambridge Audio, but I've always found good reviews of Yamaha amps and receivers when I'm researching my purchases, ...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card

Reference-style cooler will be fine if you also cut a hole to provide unrestricted airflow to the intake. One thing to remember is that you will need adequate cooling for the rest of the case. Based on temperature changes in a traditional ATX tower case with a reference 1080, I'd estimate that aroun...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

You're never going to see a multi-lap race with electric cars this decade. http://www.fiaformulae.com/en Saturday's race in Monaco was 51 laps. When the battery goes flat halfway through the race, they come to the pits and swap to a second car. Lol, second CAR ?!!! I snorted my coffee :P I wouldn't...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 5062

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

Just out of curiousity - what's the problem with a headphone jack? Having the TV's remote to control the volume is a valuable feature when we're talking about budget stereo monitors that may otherwise be controlled by a volume knob at the rear of each cabinet. They're designed to be set once and the...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

For one lap, sure. Maybe even two or three laps! IIRC, the stripped-down Tesla taken to Pike's Peak could manage three runs before it had to drop down to eco mode and drive back to a charging station (there are none on the mountain). That's under 40 miles of range at that level of performance. - uph...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 15, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: Dell Optiplex 9020 SFF Dedicated Graphics Card

In theory it would work if it was a generic motherboard that fully complied with the ATX and PCIe specifications, Though you may require a BIOS update to get a 2016 card to work in a motherboard that old; If that's the case it's pretty unlikely Dell will have written a BIOS update for graphics cards...
by Chrispy_
Sun May 14, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 5062

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

Hmm - this thread reminds me of back when I used to have a tv... 15 years ago! :O (I ran it through the stereo hi-fi I had at the time and it sounded good, though no sub - (NAD C320BEE Amp + Acoustic Energy Aegis One bookshelf speakers - still got them, but don't use them as everything is via my co...
by Chrispy_
Sun May 14, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 5062

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

Soundbars will never be particularly loud or bassy, Think of them as the first, most compact upgrade over the TV's in-built speakers. Cheap surround systems or HTIBs come with small drivers and a sub, just like better soundbars will be ideally paired with a sub. You get thumping bass but there's usu...
by Chrispy_
Sat May 13, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 1927

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

Another reminder why updates are more than just an annoyance. I've also moved away from traditional heuristic-based enterprise antivirus since it never catches anything important anyway. Late last year I subscribed my main company to Sophos Intercept X because it's seemingly the main anti-ransomware...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 12, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen
Replies: 21
Views: 1333

Re: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen

Actually, XP x64 and Server 2003 x64 did that before Vista Good point. I'd forgotten about XP64 and it's server equivalent, just because they were too early and people who tried them quickly discovered that all kinds of important hardware drivers hadn't been written yet. By the time enough common 6...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 12, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen
Replies: 21
Views: 1333

Re: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen

Ryzen may be "x86 compatible" but both AMD and Intel have culled older OSes from their support list, Vista was the first OS that ditched V86 mode entirely and Ryzen is officially a Windows10-only product. Like you say, a simple microcode change would stop it from happening. Whether AMD are...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 12, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vanquish is coming to PC
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: Vanquish is coming to PC

My only hope is that Sega DO KNOW how to make good PC games (Alien Isolation, case in point).
Let's just hope they port properly.
by Chrispy_
Fri May 12, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen
Replies: 21
Views: 1333

Re: VME Broken on AMD Ryzen

Well with the massive cash-rich giants like Intel and Microsoft both refusing to support old OSes, I doubt AMD will have the resources or incentive to burden their new product with obsolete 16-bit legacy software support. I suspect the solution for 16-bit software is soon going to be emulation rathe...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 11, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 2987

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Yeah, both the Voodoo and MGA Millenium worked fine last year when I fired them up for giggles. I was a little disappointed after all the effort of getting the OpenGL ICD that the Voodoo didn't have enough RAM for Quake3 arena, but GLQuake still looked and felt good and Half-Life was much better tha...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 11, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 2987

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

No, I get it. It's more that the collection appears to be either a bit random, or incomplete at the moment. Take a car collection for example - every car in the collection has a story which is why the collector is hanging onto it. It's either exotic, rare, or not. The bog-standard everyday cars in t...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 11, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vanquish is coming to PC
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: Vanquish is coming to PC

I'm just cynical because I've eagerly anticipated several enjoyable console games finally make it to PC years later and they've all been disappointing ports. I don't know whether to blame nostalgia for raising my expectations higher than they should be, or whether PC gamers have overly high expectat...