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by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Apple’s abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable . Is it? Actually Apple so-called abandonment of x86 is pretty far from inevitable as neither Apple or for that matter you have shown that they have a viable ARM processor to replace it in the near future. It's the Verge. They're hip and trendy. If m...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

End User wrote:

Is it? Actually Apple so-called abandonment of x86 is pretty far from inevitable as neither Apple or for that matter you have shown that they have a viable ARM processor to replace it in the near future.
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 1664

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

Allowing for more powerful iGPUs? I'm sure both Intel and especially AMD will love the increased bandwidth. Sure, but PCIe has nothing to do with iGPUs, and memory bandwidth for iGPUs is always going to be constrained since CPUs with iGPUs tend to have single/dual channel memory at most. Sorry I me...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 1664

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

I give it at least 4 years from today before general availability. Consumers aren't driving demand like they used to, and very few markets need PCIe 3, let alone 4 or 5. Yup. Aside from HPC and ultra-high bandwidth I/O, what needs it? I could maybe see a case being made for GPUs, but even that is i...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 1664

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

I' pretty sure that we won't see PCIe v4.0 being used as v5.0 is supposed to be out next year. So it would make sense to simply skip over v4.0 and go straight to v5.0. Taiwanese mobo makers don't have your shiny object/squirrel issues. What shiny object/squirrel issues? Both my desktop and notebook...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 1664

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

Like DDR4 back when it was announced, it will still be several years before any of us have DDR5 RAM in our systems. That's partly because the memory controllers in processors and SoCs need to be updated to support DDR5, and these chips normally take two or three years to design from start to finish...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Some required reading for context. Jon "Hannibal" Stokes, back when Ars was a real tech blog: https://arstechnica.com/features/2004/08/ppc-1/ https://arstechnica.com/features/2004/10/ppc-2/ Really good articles that are still worth reading. I'm going to have to reread as I haven't read th...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Which is really ironic considering that during the late 80's/early 90's everyone including Intel thought that x86 was on it's last legs and will be replaced by RISC and VLIW CPUS. In the late 80s/early 90s, Apple was still using the 68k ISA, which was CISC. Which got replaced by PowerPC by '93/'94....
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Yeah they couldn't get the G5 to offer enough performance at low enough power, and there didn't seem to be any end in sight. I mean, for heaven's sake, the later/fastest G5 towers (which still couldn't even reach the promised 3Ghz) were sold as OEM water-cooled. Which is really ironic considering t...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

The A11 is an example of what Apple has accomplished to date. In a very confined market space. How many decades back must one go to find an Apple desktop chip widely regarded (a/k/a including those not infected by the RDF) as clearly superior to the x86 equivalent of the time? One does not win back...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Maybe the criteria should be "pay to enjoy"? If you find a game enjoyable without paying for the premium items/content, then to you it is a good "free" game? If I google "toxic freemium" or "freemium addiction" and read enough posts, it seems dangerous to pla...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 1664

So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

Now I know the the Computering Powers That Be are currently working on the DDR5 and PCIe 5 standards and I have been wondering when we will see such hardware first released? My guess is 2020 at the earliest and very likely much later. I do have to have to ask to be sure, but my understanding is that...
by whm1974
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

If Apple can bring its 64-bit ARM based SoC designs level with Intel I think they would be very happy. I'm sure they would be, but I wouldn't expect first generation desktop ARM-based Apple CPUs to on par with Intel. You think the public release will be the first generation? People will call the fi...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Any Free to Play games that are not Pay To Win?
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Sorry, I should have been more clear. Right now could the various ARM licensees design and produce an ARM based CPU that can rival current X86 processors, in particular XEONs? In absolute performance? Stability/reliability? Performance/watt? Ability to run the broadest range of off-the-shelf softwa...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Out of curiosity, just how scalable is ARM right now performance wise? I know that there is, or was a 100 core ARM-based network processor at one point, but now? ARM is an instruction set, not a specific CPU implementation. How the various ARM licensees build on that to create their own CPUs and So...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Pay to win of any type is cancer to a game. Right. Let me spell it out for whm1974: Actually you don't have to pay to win, but you can if you want to. The above statement doesn't make any sense because you can either pay to win, or you can't. That is, either the stuff you pay for is solely cosmetic...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Apple's SoC designs kick ass. It makes sense for them to push them out to all of their products ASAP. ...because one size fits all, so making a good smartphone SoC automatically means they can make laptop/desktop SoCs? Umm... no. They might be able to do well in that space with their own CPU design...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

I was totally taking the piss out of that post. Given how you regularly conduct yourself in this "discussions", how can anyone tell? Apple's SoC designs kick ass. It makes sense for them to push them out to all of their products ASAP. For the low-power laptops, sure. For desktops ? No, no...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Glorious wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
Actually you don't have to pay to win, but you can if you want to.


That is not a particularly coherent sentence dude.

There are three currencies in the game. Two you earn, and one you buy.
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Chrispy_ wrote:
Had a quick look at the game on Steam.

It looks rubbish, the reviews are mixed and there's a lot of criticism that it's pay2win.

Most people's time is too valuable to tolerate the torrent of P2W freemium junk on the market.

Actually you don't have to pay to win, but you can if you want to.
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

LostCat wrote:
meerkt wrote:
I suppose it's just because the answers are "no". :)

People seem to get awfully touchy when you criticize indie games, so yeah pretty much.

I have plenty of underplayed games that look much more entertaining than this.

But it is still addictive.
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 66
Views: 10547

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

Just gonna leave this here because we don't really have another active Mac thread. “We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year,” Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac hardwa...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 1561

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

You are all my favorite people and I really appreciate all of your advice. I will be reviewing everything here (like four times because oh gosh this is a lot of information) and will.... eventually make a decision. Thank you so much again. Have you thought about just getting another desktop instead...
by whm1974
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: /boot too small
Replies: 12
Views: 4774

Re: /boot too small

I have never made a separate /boot partition, but instead have:

First SSD
/
/home
swap

Second SSD
/games

In very few cases, if any a normal user wouldn't need a /boot anyway.
by whm1974
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

The most likely outcome from this is that Apple kills off its "pro" and "prosumer" Mac Hardware and sells everyone who is left "good enough" arm SKUs. Apple has demonstrated little interest in their demanding users or keeping their tech up-to-date outside of phones. I ...
by whm1974
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

I'm sure they would be, but I wouldn't expect first generation desktop ARM-based Apple CPUs to on par with Intel. Apple has been designing ARM based CPU's for years. There shouldn't be anything all that intrinsically different between mobile and 'desktop' uses. The iPad Pro is nearly there. Oh real...
by whm1974
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Just out of curiosity, what the highest core count of the ARM CPUs available?
by whm1974
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

I predict will simply see a convergence where arm comes up to the same level. Then it will simply be juggling performance-per-watt instead of raw performance. If Apple can bring its 64-bit ARM based SoC designs level with Intel I think they would be very happy. I'm sure they would be, but I wouldn'...
by whm1974
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7640

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Captain Ned wrote:
End User wrote:
I'll just come out and say it. The A11 Bionic is roughly equivalent to an i3-7100.

Which makes it your claim to prove.

Which is a pretty tall and bold claim to make. Based off what, Geekbench?