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by astrotech66
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 6263

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

So, I'm back in business with my new build. I got the bricked motherboard replaced by Newegg, and got a couple of other new things, so here's what I have now: - Ryzen 7 1700X - Asus Prime X370-Pro motherboard - 16GB DDR4 - 512GB AData XPG SX8000 M.2 drive - Windows 10 clean install So far, everythin...
by astrotech66
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 6263

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

If I was buying a board now Gigabyte is probably who I'd go with also. The Asus boards are probably pretty good, but the story of them getting bricked during bios updates is a bit disconcerting. I bricked my Asus Prime X370-Pro doing a BIOS update the day after I got my system assembled - called As...
by astrotech66
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 6263

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

- I didn't do a clean Windows install, I just replaced my old CPU/Mobo/RAM with the new stuff. Windows handled it well, no blue screens or crashes. I put the Asus driver disk in and everything seems to have installed correctly. However, my copy of Windows is now no longer activated, so I guess I'll...
by astrotech66
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug
Replies: 87
Views: 3906

Re: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug

If threads are scheduled evenly across the physical cores, SMT should increase aggregate throughput across all threads (but may also make the execution time for any given thread somewhat more variable). If the scheduler puts two threads on the virtual cores in a single physical core when there is s...
by astrotech66
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 6263

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

I built my Ryzen 1700X + Asus Prime X370-Pro last night, but haven't had a chance to really play with it yet. Here's a brief synopsis: - Cooler Master hasn't released an AM4 compatibility kit yet for my liquid cooler, so I bought a CM Hyper T4 air cooler to get me by in the meantime. - I installed t...
by astrotech66
Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega imminent? Radeon Pro Duo prices tank
Replies: 16
Views: 2612

Re: Vega imminent? Radeon Pro Duo prices tank

PC World seems to agree with you ...
by astrotech66
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!
Replies: 45
Views: 5366

Re: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!

Somehow I knew when I saw the title of this post on the front page that you were the topic author :wink:
by astrotech66
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here
Replies: 125
Views: 23448

Re: Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here

1. It matches my pure white Samoyed dog perfectly! 2. My new GTX1080 (purchased with a Daily Deal listed on the Tech Report!) is disgusted by my current old 750W PSU.  She says she will most definitely not run Crysis until I upgrade. 3. I plan to upgrade with one of the new AMD Zen CPUs when they co...
by astrotech66
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 215
Views: 15155

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

Not much lately, but I have some regrets from years past: 1. SyQuest SparQ parallel port drive - it quit reading disks shortly after I bought it and then the company went out of business. It took me several years before I could bear to toss it out. 2. Zip750 parallel port drive - I backed up a few p...
by astrotech66
Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Happy Father's Day!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: Happy Father's Day!!

Yesterday was Father's Day and my birthday. As my 11 year-old put it, it was a "Wombo Combo Father's Day Birthday." I'm not sure where he came up with that. My kids and I went to see Jurassic World together, which I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Then we went home and made tacos, one...
by astrotech66
Wed May 27, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road
Replies: 43
Views: 2651

Re: Mad Max: Fury Road

Just checked the web site for the local drive-in (yes, we have one that could upgrade to digital projection) and I just might have to scrape the bugs off the windshield for my second viewing. Talk about classic drive-in movie; Fury Road has it in (pick your card suit of choice). I think that drive-...
by astrotech66
Tue May 26, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road
Replies: 43
Views: 2651

Re: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best movie I've seen in a long, long time. I never go see a movie in the theater twice, but I'll be going to see this one again. I'm a Mad Max fan from way back when I saw the Road Warrior at a drive-in with my dad in 1982. I've been following the progress of this movie for several years now and it'...
by astrotech66
Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How do you like your bananas?
Replies: 30
Views: 1644

Re: How do you like your bananas?

I love bananas, but I'm allergic to them. They make the inside of my mouth itch. The riper they are, the more they affect me. Once a banana gets any spots, I won't eat it. Therefore, I prefer mine all yellow or with just a tinge of green.
by astrotech66
Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dumbest Comments from Non-Tech Types
Replies: 68
Views: 10684

Re: Dumbest Comments from Non-Tech Types

While helping someone at work, I was remoted in to their computer and I told them to open up Google in their browser (I cant' remember why). They typed "Google" into the little search box in IE next to the address bar, which was set to use Google as the search engine, and then when the sea...
by astrotech66
Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ants!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2621

Re: Ants!!!

When my fiance had her house built, she had a pest control system built into the walls. Every so often the pest control guy comes and pumps a bunch of bug killer into a tube sticking out of the side of the house. Apparently it works - in two years of being here, I've barely seen any kind of crawling...
by astrotech66
Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bourbon?
Replies: 33
Views: 2768

Re: Bourbon?

Bourbon has been my drink of choice for the last couple of years and I've tried quite a few. I don't think I have a particularly good palate, I just know what I like. My favorites are Maker's 46 and Angel's Envy, which are a little pricy, but not too bad. I also like regular Maker's, Woodford Reserv...
by astrotech66
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Rest in peace, Paul Walker...
Replies: 154
Views: 15035

Re: Rest in peace, Paul Walker...

The office park was posted for 45 MPH. Given the picture of the wreckage I think one can easily make the terminal velocity well into the triple digits. According to this article, the police say they were travelling 40-45 mph when they crashed. Apparently they came to a bend where the speed limit dr...
by astrotech66
Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7-4770K vs 3770K vs 2600K gaming comparison
Replies: 14
Views: 7558

Re: i7-4770K vs 3770K vs 2600K gaming comparison

I've had my 2600K for a couple of years now and have never felt the need to upgrade. Best processor I've ever owned.
by astrotech66
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB dying - read only mode
Replies: 21
Views: 8587

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB dying - read only mode

Watching this thread with interest, as my 256gb 840 Pro is arriving today. I'll be installing it in my system sometime this week. Hopefully I won't run into any issues.
by astrotech66
Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Let's go make fun of people standing in line for iPhones
Replies: 107
Views: 8900

Re: Let's go make fun of people standing in line for iPhones

I see a lot of self-satisfaction in this thread. People who think that what they like or how they do things is the "right way." As in, "I wouldn't stand in line for a phone, thus anyone who does is just too fanatical." Or, "I prefer Android (or Apple), therefore anyone who p...
by astrotech66
Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SW: TOR
Replies: 153
Views: 29199

Re: SW: TOR

I got my email this morning and managed to log on and create a bounty hunter on the Daragon Trail (PVP) server before I headed off to work. I think that's the right name. If anyone wants to try to hook up, send me a PM.
by astrotech66
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3845
Views: 611764

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Sam Adams Winter Lager
by astrotech66
Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: HD6950+6870 CFX= worth it?
Replies: 12
Views: 3314

Re: HD6950+6870 CFX= worth it?

This chart should help:

Crossfire Compatibility Chart

It looks like you cannot put a 6870 and a 6950 in XFire together.
by astrotech66
Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Bulldozer efficiency per clock cycle
Replies: 15
Views: 1916

Re: Bulldozer efficiency per clock cycle

FuturePastNow wrote:
flip-mode wrote:
There's simply not a single redeeming aspect to this new CPU at this point,


I disagree- it's really good at unzipping compressed files.


Thank god the new Bulldozer-based computer I'm building at home is going to be my "unzipping" machine. Otherwise I'd be pretty disappointed.
by astrotech66
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NBA cancels first 2 weeks of season... and I don't care
Replies: 39
Views: 7392

Re: NBA cancels first 2 weeks of season... and I don't care

I love sports, but I can't stand the NBA. Basketball itself isn't bad - I enjoy playing it and college basketball can be entertaining. I just don't like the NBA. I wouldn't mind if the whole season gets canceled and the league went away for good. Unfortunately, I'm sure they'll come to some kind of ...
by astrotech66
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever had?
Replies: 85
Views: 6051

Re: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever

Thanks for the suggestions. Now that I think about it, I think I do remember driving past a homebrew supply store one time. I'm sure there has to be something in a city as big as San Antonio.
by astrotech66
Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever had?
Replies: 85
Views: 6051

Re: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever

Maybe I just need to start buying German Doppelbocks by the case, so I don't need to worry about light exposure! :lol: (Or acquire some decent lagering equipment so I can make my own knock-offs...) I'd actually like to start making my own beer, but I'm not sure where to start. I've seen some kits (...
by astrotech66
Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever had?
Replies: 85
Views: 6051

Re: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever

Celebrator is amazing when you can get it reasonably fresh; but I've had enough lightstruck (skunky) six-packs to make me leery. I'll generally go for it if I see it on draft at a place I know moves a fair amount of craft/import beers (so I know the keg hasn't been sitting around for a year). Salva...
by astrotech66
Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever had?
Replies: 85
Views: 6051

Re: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever

It's hard to narrow down to just one, so I'll list a couple: I know there are some amazing beers out there, but these are my favorite ones that I can find and afford to drink regularly: Celebrator Doppelbock Paulaner Salvator Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Sam Adams Imperial White I just started drinking ...
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