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by astrotech66
Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!
Replies: 35
Views: 2320

Re: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!

According to a story I saw today on PCWorld, the two inactive dies aren't real cores. A quote from the article: "So did AMD really waste two perfectly good "Zeppelin" dies? Nope.Those other two "chips" are nothing more than spacers to help maintain the structural integrity o...
by astrotech66
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 2049

Re: So who here is actually mining?

It's only "free money" if you don't pay for your electricity. I'm mining with a GTX 1080 and a GTX 1060, which I had bought before I ever considered getting into mining. I was already using the electricity because I was folding before I switched to mining. I'm using slightly less now by m...
by astrotech66
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 3785

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Here's an interesting article about crypto-currency mining from last week on the PC Perspective website: PCPer Article It seemed easy enough to get going, so I'm trying it out. Supposedly my GTX 1080 will produce about $6-$7 per day using the Nicehash client, based on current values. I was already u...
by astrotech66
Mon May 22, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3062

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Case: Corsair Crystal 570X
PSU: Corsair AX860i
by astrotech66
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul
Replies: 55
Views: 3763

Re: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul

You may want to consider the G. Skill Flare X memory instead of the Trident Z. The Flare X has been certified to run on the new AMD platform. I'm not sure about how well the Trident Z works. I had some Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 that didn't work very well on my X370 board, only running at DDR4 ...
by astrotech66
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 10378

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: 10378

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: 10378

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: 7401

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: 10378

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: 5929

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: 49
Views: 10264

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: 23687

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: 224
Views: 19192

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: 1087

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: 2693

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: 2693

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: 1660

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: 10731

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: 2655

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: 2792

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: 15184

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: 7619

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: 8667

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: 9061

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: 29255

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: 3897
Views: 621576

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: 3576

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: 1925

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: 7467

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 ...
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