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by LostCat
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Seconded. This cannot be emphasized enough. I would bet a large proportion of "unstable" systems people have reported since the haswell era were never stable to begin with because of auto-OCing, or incompatible XMP profiles. Got to experience both with new builds on the Haswell generation...
by LostCat
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 662
Views: 81719

Re: What are you playing right now?

Monster Hunter: World is kinda weird. Reminds me of Evolve, but in RPG format...I don't know about the gameplay but so far the rest of it seems to have a lot more variety. I only just got started so haven't really put it through its paces yet. I don't love it, yet. But I didn't expect to, so there's...
by LostCat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Re: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB

I dunno. My board bombed early but it wasn't a 3, just a AB350 Gaming.

I should have it up and running again before April hopefully. Damn nice machine when it was working.
by LostCat
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I find it funny how supposedly the new Windows is awful, the new iOS is awful, the new Android is awful, hah.

Friggin weird.

(Also I have moved on from 14/1 to 50/10 internets and I don't feel like making a thread about it. Woot!)
by LostCat
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Search is supposed to be decoupled from Cortana soon, which should help. I don't have links handy.
by LostCat
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

whm1974 wrote:
So Metro is still part of Windows 10????

Technically, there aren't really Metro apps. But apps can certainly use it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_(design_language)
It's being slowly replaced by Fluent Design.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluent_Design_System
by LostCat
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

That said, with each version upgrade Microsoft has been systematically removing the real gems in the UI like the right-click-on-the-Start-button shortcut to Programs and Features, which forces you to wade through the corresponding useless Metro App version to get to the more powerful Control Panel ...
by LostCat
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Nobody is forcing anyone to use the Store. Update problems do occasionally happen, but it's been mostly cleared up. The Spectre/Meltdown patches have made current builds a little messier than before IMO. Personally I think the privacy concerns are a load of **** considering similar stuff has been in...
by LostCat
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: games on hard drive or state drive?
Replies: 22
Views: 864

Re: games on hard drive or state drive?

pfft I don't even need my 2TB HDs most of the time. The only reason I'd still buy a 2TB over a 1TB is the price difference is $5.
by LostCat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: games on hard drive or state drive?
Replies: 22
Views: 864

Re: games on hard drive or state drive?

I usually keep any game I'm intending to play on an SSD (you will usually notice the difference) and everything else on an HD, lately.

Windows install can go on either without making that much difference but OS patching and boots will irritate you on an HD.
by LostCat
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 31
Views: 2333

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 19 different processors!

Starting to feel like I forgot more about AMD procs than I remember :lol: Guess it was over a decade ago.
by LostCat
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 31
Views: 2333

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 19 different processors!

biffzinker wrote:
SSE3 instructions and later Streaming SIMD Extensions instruction sets are not standard features of the architecture.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64


Perhaps true, but seems pointless to mention considering afaik you can't find a proc that supports teh 64 bitzes without SSE3.
by LostCat
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

Welch wrote:
Is the price difference from this over the Gigabyte board that much of a gap?

I mean I already own it? Just haven't sent it in for RMA yet. So...yes.
by LostCat
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

Meh I think I'll stick with the Gigabyte. No sense spending more money on this build than I already did unless I absolutely needed to. (If it was my primary gaming machine I'd think more strongly about it, but it isn't.)
by LostCat
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

I'm on one of the originals - Gigabyte AB350 Gaming rev1

Nothing really wrong with it other than their component choices. I could use an optical port too since I'm not doing a receiver through HDMI on my PC anymore.
by LostCat
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

Even if they fixed all those problems and it was completely stable, it's a massive heavy set of tools riddled with unnecessary bloatware, skins, feature-creep and mystery stuff that eats far too many system resources. All of the other options like speedfan or HWinfo are far lighter, less intrusive,...
by LostCat
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

So now I'm financially stable again for at least ten seconds. Should I buy this board or just finally replace the one I've got?

A dilemma.
by LostCat
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

Welch wrote:
I'm so sorry to hear that Lost, truly sorry.

Hell theoretically you might've met him or passed by him a time or two in Alaska. He was working at Coal Point for a while before he became a corrosion engineer.
by LostCat
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

I'm going to be reusing my Corsair 400r case so it wouldn't matter to me if a board was ATX or mATX. If me getting an ATX board means they have more room to put higher quality components on the board or they don't cut corners with the number of headers, ect... Then I'll take the ATX board for sure....
by LostCat
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?
Replies: 31
Views: 1886

Re: ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F - Anyone Using?

I'm supposedly getting a windfall soon. If it happens, I'd like to buy that board to get my system back in shape. If it doesn't, I'll just finally RMA my Gigabyte. It worked well enough for a while. I could technically do it now, just been a bit preoccupied with my Xbox One X and my brother skiing o...
by LostCat
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1027

Re: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018

I'm actually thinking about replacing my bombed motherboard with a Strix. Much better audio codec and NIC on it. Depends on fundage.

I gotta finish testing on the thing now that I can afford to send it in for RMA, heh.
by LostCat
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1027

Re: Ryzen's Standings Jan 2018

I think with Ryzen+ you'll need to update the UEFI to make it work, which could make things awkward for new systems for a bit.

I'm very much starting to believe I should never be an early adopter of PC hardware o.o
by LostCat
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 1568

Re: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs

I checked and don't even have that folder, beats me what it is. For my install the largest offender is the stupid Photos app, it's using 300MB of space probably all file cache. Second worst offender is something called "windowscommunicationsapps" at around 250MB I think it's a game. I rec...
by LostCat
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 1568

Re: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs

The Windows Runtime apps directories are protected from manual **** in manners I haven't figured out yet.

Easier to just uninstall the ones you don't use (where possible) and let Storage Sense deal with any orphaned files. Perhaps CCleaner does know how to deal with them, but it's hard to say.
by LostCat
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2626

Re: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017

So, by that comparison just glue eight 2006 "Conroe" architecture cores together and you have a 2018 "flagship" console processor. Which if correct, means the smartphone A11 Bionic already outperforms Jaguar in single-thread performance. Equalize the core counts and the A11 Bion...
by LostCat
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2626

Re: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017

And right now MS/Sony both seem focused on going the downsizing route. Err....PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are the flagship products, neither of which qualifies as downsizing. That's a good point! Fortunately, the Nintendo Switch isn't a tablet and doesn't have a battery... I'm assuming you were being sa...
by LostCat
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2626

Re: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017

I am more curious how it will affect consoles, when mobile devices are quickly catching up to consoles in hardware capabilities. They've been 'quickly catching up to consoles in hardware capabilities' every year that it's the year of Linux on the desktop, heh. As long as they rely on batteries, it'...
by LostCat
Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2626

Re: [GamesIndustry.biz] The Year In Numbers 2017

I'd like a breakdown on how much of that money is spent on BS like dx9 games or cosmetic garbage.
by LostCat
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Modern Apps Broken Again!?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: Modern Apps Broken Again!?

just brew it! wrote:
...as long as they haven't installed background services which could potentially break something else.

Windows Runtime apps can't install services. At all. They might be considered part of the overall platform though, since VR/AR/whateverR is a big thing right now.
by LostCat
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Modern Apps Broken Again!?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: Modern Apps Broken Again!?

Powershell is the only way to reliably install and uninstall Modern apps that don't behave. I'd strongly recommend you just try and find normal Win32 or Win64 API applications instead though; no matter how much the pro-Microsoft zealots preach the advantages of Modern apps and UWP apps, they do see...
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