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by deruberhanyok
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Parental Monitoring
Replies: 16
Views: 916

Re: Parental Monitoring

Re: corporate solutions, free use. JAMF has a "JAMF Now" license which is free for up to 3 devices, but it's MacOS / iOS only. It's also only got some "basic" restriction capabilities compared to the pro version. So if an iOS device is an option that might be worth checking out -...
by deruberhanyok
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ECC support for Ryzen
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: ECC support for Ryzen

I'd add ASRock Rack to that list of vendors to check out. It's their "workstation" brand. Although as has been pointed out some of their regular boards should work with it as well. I've been having real good luck with ASRock recently, and I'm actually looking at one of their Rack branded b...
by deruberhanyok
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: WWDC 2018: Apple ARM Miracle Chip CONFIRMED!
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: WWDC 2018: Apple ARM Miracle Chip CONFIRMED!

In a shocking turn of events, Apple spends the entire keynote at WWDC talking about stuff for developers.
by deruberhanyok
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: What happens if I upgrade?

It's an interesting, if philosophical, point right? At what point is it a new computer such that MS would be justified in saying I need to get a new license? If I replace the CPU/Mobo/RAM, the only thing left of the original computer that the original Windows 7 was installed on will be the OS SSD (...
by deruberhanyok
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Disabling CompuTrace
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Re: Disabling CompuTrace

We've run into this with some Dells at the office. Motherboards were replaced for unrelated issues and then our monitoring tools detected computrace activity where none had been before. In every instance Dell has had to send someone out to replace the motherboard again. They swear there's no way to ...
by deruberhanyok
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 5177

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

I don't want to get involved in the rest of the Win10 debate going on here, but getting WAY back to the original post, @ludi - yes, I've found this as well, always with old Dell systems. I've tried with other machines and it hasn't worked. Also hadn't been able to do it with a few old retail Win7 ke...
by deruberhanyok
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

Neat! MSI had a dual slot, low profile RX 460 2GB card for a while. I bought one on ebay but the seller never shipped. :( This is the MSI 560 for anyone wondering ($170): https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137308 Zotac's low profile 1050ti is currently sitting at $230: https:/...
by deruberhanyok
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

The top slot looks like an x4 slot, with an open end, so it can physically fit cards that require x8 or x16 length. You'll have less bandwidth than the x16 slot could provide, though most tests have shown the performance difference is negligible - the main question would be whether or not the slot c...
by deruberhanyok
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

Those are really good temperatures for a single slot 1050ti, thanks for the info @pilapila3! @Erniesone yes, the card only uses a PCI express x4 slot's worth of connection for data but it physically requires an x16 slot (full length) to connect. The notebookcheck phrasing is confusing, possibly due ...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

I agree with @Concupiscence. If a 1030 with 2GB of RAM is going to be too slow due to framebuffer issues, a 730 or 710 with even less memory is going to be even slower. I don't think there are any 1050ti cards that will fit in the server @RobbieTheK is using, though. The limitation is single slot, w...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

NVIDIA has binary drivers for the Pascal-based cards which you can download and install yourself: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/130646/en-us Or, if your distro/version has a proprietary drivers repository, you can (and probably should) install from there. For what you are doing I...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)

The GT 1030 is Pascal based so it ought to support the standard you need, though "compute 3.0" is a bit generic. Assuming you're talking about CUDA there, which case you'll be fine - the GT 1030 supports version 6.1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUDA#GPUs_supported If there's a different ...
by deruberhanyok
Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)
Replies: 18
Views: 3301

Re: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)

/me raises hand My main system right now is a Skull Canyon NUC. Putting together a box with a Ryzen APU in it and also thinking about picking up a Hades Canyon NUC once those are released. Last system with a discrete GPU in it is an HTPC with a 1050ti, but I could probably replace it with either of ...
by deruberhanyok
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6895

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

I was just looking over the Phoronix articles last night, was kind of surprised to see the issues to be honest. I figured they'd be tapping in to existing Vega support introduced in kernel 4.12 and would have it mostly sorted (or at least not have all of the various system hang issues). I'm planning...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 5074

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Just because we are all "enthusiasts" doesn't mean we all want to constantly tinker with hardware, tweak settings and spend Saturday morning googling a bizarre BSD jail error code in FreeNAS. Sometimes you want a little box that "just works" so you can sit back and stream episode...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 5074

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Price? Heard this before. It doesn't really hold up IMO. If you are buying 4x 8TB WD Red drives at $250 each, you're looking at $1450 + a few clicks setup time for the Synology solution or $1200 + building a PC + installing software (might cost money) + longer setup time for a roll-your-own. It's on...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 5074

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

I will buck the trend of "build your own using freenas or whatever" recommendations here and instead suggest a Synology device. I bought a ds415play (4 drive with some hardware accelerated media transcoding capabilities) a couple years ago after getting frustrated with my "roll my own...
by deruberhanyok
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: AMD 400 series chipset
Replies: 8
Views: 3953

Re: AMD 400 series chipset

They did show a slide saying the 400 series chipsets would be lower power, so I'm assuming, if nothing else, there's a respin of some sort happening there. Additional PCIe lanes would be a nice add, though. Probably shouldn't expect PCIe 4.0 until the next generation though.
by deruberhanyok
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6895

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

Hmm. I've used spinning disks as a user-specific subdirectory before (don't have a multi-user setup), for instance I'd have a system with a 256GB SSD and then put my Steam library on a spinning disk, but I've never tried the whole /home directory on spinning media. I'll have to give it a shot on my ...
by deruberhanyok
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32527

Re: Video card prices

Well. Did anyone happen to notice that 4GB 1050ti and RX560 cards are starting to sell for over $200? The miners have started reaching down to the budget cards, it seems. Not really thrilled about this. Now anyone who wants to buy a new video card, even a "cheap" one, for actually playing ...
by deruberhanyok
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6895

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

Doesn't that just negate the advantage of having an SSD in the first place? All of the regularly accessed user files are still sitting on a slow disk. The OS might boot faster but if the complaint is that the system is slow, either it will still be "too slow" trying to open files or there ...
by deruberhanyok
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6895

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

The Ryzen 5 2400G is very likely going to be in my next HTPC build - very light gaming (indie games) and a bit of encoding occasionally. I assume these APUs will have VCE 4.0 like other Vega GPUs, compared to VCE 3.4 in Polaris. I think for casual type gaming these things will be great, and I kept ...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32527

Re: Video card prices

This is not theory, I am telling you about my own lying eyes. I totally agree. My point was that prices haven't fallen back to pre-mining-craze levels and I don't think they are likely to do so any time soon. The occasional sale or lucky find of in-stock cards that people like to mention whenever t...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32527

Re: Video card prices

I wonder what the fallout of this is going to be on the PC gaming industry. There are a lot of high-powered cards that could eventually just be sitting around after/if the mining craze dies off. People said "when the mining craze dies off" before the RX 500 series refresh and that still h...
by deruberhanyok
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: budget / low profile video card 1080p benchmarks inside
Replies: 3
Views: 3858

Re: budget / low profile video card 1080p benchmarks inside

Well, it would be slower, for sure. But how much slower depends on which GT 630 it is. There were at least four different variants: 1 Fermi with 96 CUs and 128-bit GDDR3 (25gb/s) 2 Fermi with 96 CUs and 128-bit GDDR5 (50gb/s) 3 Kepler with 192 CUs and 128-bit GDDR3 (25gb/s) 4 Kepler with 384 CUs and...
by deruberhanyok
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (October 2017)

I'm glad folks are still finding this thread useful. It has taken me well over a month (not much spare time these days) but I have run a set of benchmarks on several different cards and posted the results here: https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=120455 I'll give the front page of ...
by deruberhanyok
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: budget / low profile video card 1080p benchmarks inside
Replies: 3
Views: 3858

budget / low profile video card 1080p benchmarks inside

Hi everyone, As a supplement to the Low Profile video card thread that I have been trying to maintain, I recently took some time to hunt down a few cheap low-end GPUs to update my own performance testing data. There are a lot of benchmarks available for the GeForce 1050ti (the current best option fo...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GPU for an HTPC - 10 Bit 4k/HEVC a must
Replies: 2
Views: 1562

Re: GPU for an HTPC - 10 Bit 4k/HEVC a must

That will do you for hardware decode - all the Pascal cards use the eighth gen "PureVideo" tech, which actually includes hardware decode of up to 8k. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_PureVideo#The_eighth_generation_PureVideo_HD Audio over the HDMI or DisplayPort will do you just fine, ...
by deruberhanyok
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (July 2017)

Your best option would be finding a GM107-based Quadro K1200 if that's what you're looking for. Performance will be about the same as a GTX 750 (non-ti). You could also look at the GP107-based Quadro P1000, which is basically a single slot GTX 1050 with slightly lower GPU clock and much lower mem cl...
by deruberhanyok
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 360320

Re: Best low profile video cards available (July 2017)

I would generally recommend against doing that, for the heat problems you're seeing sometimes and also because an open power supply is a recipe for a pop and blue smoke incident. But if it works for you, I guess I can't argue with the results. I haven't tested anything in any of the SFF boxes newer ...
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