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by deruberhanyok
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 68
Views: 2624

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: 1397

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: 1397

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: 1397

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: 933

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: 68
Views: 2624

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: 289
Views: 11950

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: 68
Views: 2624

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: 68
Views: 2624

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: 289
Views: 11950

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: 289
Views: 11950

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: 1132

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 (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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: 1132

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: 733

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 (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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 (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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 ...
by deruberhanyok
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 15896

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Thread should be re-titled "goodbye all mid-range GPUs at MSRP". Been trying to find an RX 580 for some 1080p game builds recently; just picked up a 1060 for one I gave to a friend as a gift. The 1060s have been a little easier to find but I'd like to put a 580 in my main system to try it ...
by deruberhanyok
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Itx cases
Replies: 8
Views: 790

Re: Itx cases

Without knowing what you're putting in it, but knowing you want it to be smaller than 20 litres (which is, IMO, far too big for an ITX case), I will suggest the Silverstone SG05:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=210

Have used in the past and it's a great little case.
by deruberhanyok
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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

@Topinio this is wonderful information, thank you for sharing it with us! Were those tests run on the i5-2500K system in your sig? Interesting to see the GT 1030 basically the performance of the R7 250, although I too expected the difference to be a bit bigger. I wonder how much the 64 bit memory in...
by deruberhanyok
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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

Normally I'd suggest replacing the power supply with a pico psu or something similar - they have ones that push 200W so are more than capable of handling a system like that (I used one to power an i5-4590S and Quadro K1200 for a while and I think it was way overkill for that), but those Dell systems...
by deruberhanyok
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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

I think the 1050 would perform better even on the x4 PCIe bus. I'd be really surprised if it didn't. The 1030 is basically half of a 1050ti, and I don't think the decreased bandwidth would hurt its performance near that much (if at all).
by deruberhanyok
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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

Shinare, what model Dells are they? Do they have displayport inputs or are they old school dual-link DVI required? Either way I have to agree with rootbear, what you want is a low-end Quadro card, specifically from the Quadro NVS line: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvs-product-overview.html The Quadr...
by deruberhanyok
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Low profile single slot video card question
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Re: Low profile single slot video card question

As a quick data point, the HD 630 on an i7-7700k seems to pull average 5000 points or so in 3D mark's skydiver test. Some scores go higher, one even breaking 6500, and that could be from overclocking. I did some testing with overclocking both CPU and GPU on an i5-4670k a few years back and was able ...
by deruberhanyok
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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

@topinio do post back with your impressions on the EVGA card! I missed the sale at the local shop (sold out fast!) so I'll probably hold off on picking one up for a little while yet, but I'm curious how well it works. Some user reviews at Newegg seem to indicate it has excellent overclocking potenti...
by deruberhanyok
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!
Replies: 35
Views: 10565

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

Do you know, the worst part of it all, at the end there - I was going to say there were five dies. But more than that, I actually believed it.
by deruberhanyok
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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

@Topinio The EVGA cards are sort of the odd ducks of the available GT 1030s, at least the ones I've seen. The passively cooled one looks nice and if you've got a system where it would fit it would make for an excellent HTPC kind of card - as long as there's some airflow to keep it cool, of course. B...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (January 2018)
Replies: 287
Views: 303570

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

Yeah, a lot of the newer dell SFFs have the PCIe slots reversed (I think the ivy bridge ones were the last ones that had the x16 slot first, giving you room for a double-wide card in it). And I seem to recall seeing something about how the x4 slots were limited to providing 25W. Can't say for certai...
by deruberhanyok
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 1613

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

@titan the Cryorig C7 would be a good fit if you're using the ASrock board you linked in your intel build thread. It's very low profile, and I had a pair of Gigabyte motherboards with the ferrite chokes inside the "CPU keep out area" specified by Intel. Technically they were within specifi...
by deruberhanyok
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 1613

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

Hmm. I cooled some Haswell CPUs in an Antec ISK 300 with a small Xigmatek Praeton heatsink/fan for a while. Kept temps very low. That particular system I tried a wide range of CPUs with the heatsink, from i3-4130T up to i5-4670k - and it handled them all pretty well. I think I had settled on an i3-4...
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