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by Topinio
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Wikipedia article flagged for deletion
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: TR Wikipedia article flagged for deletion

The very existence of this topic will be suspect for the Wikipedia Admins: this is technically brigading if we all go over there and start making comments. I used to frequent Wikipedia like 10+ years ago, they have all sorts of obscure rules and regulations if you want to actually get things done. ...
by Topinio
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Wikipedia article flagged for deletion
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: TR Wikipedia article flagged for deletion

The timing is kind of suspicious. If the new overlords are all about SEO, then you'd think they would want to be on top of that. With Google embedding wiki pages in their search results the two are hard to separate these days. Not just Google, Apple does it on iOS too with Siri, and apparently so d...
by Topinio
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Bluray Burning Software?
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Bluray Burning Software?

It might be both cheaper and easier to pursue some sort of streaming service for distribution. Sometimes that's plain impossible, though. Kids' stuff often need to be on a disc for pre-review by teachers/clubs, and for grandparents with no computers and weak internet and phone plans, the sheer band...
by Topinio
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Bluray Burning Software?
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Bluray Burning Software?

Dunno about favourite, but Toast 18 Pro should work I think.
by Topinio
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

Inspired by this thought, how much do we spend on our GPUs? Looking for $ amount for the most powerful GPU you have that is currently deployed, not any historical one that's gone to Silicon Heaven.

Non-USian's can refer to https://www.xe.com/currencytables/ for historical currency rates, HTH...
by Topinio
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3760

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

If I remember correctly, the most popular resolution for readers of this site was 1440p. I'm certainly filthy rich compared with some hundred million Chinese and Indians, but the fact is that where I live the #1 selling CPU in the biggest e-shop is the 9900K and the #1 selling GPU is the Asus 2080 ...
by Topinio
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: new PSU now SATA drives won't load
Replies: 23
Views: 761

Re: new PSU now SATA drives won't load

Btw if I did indeed fry the electronics on these disks I assume the data is still recoverable provided I can find a new circuit board for them. I guess not for the SSDs but the magnetic drives....yes? (Please give a glimmer of hope lol) Not nowadays, sorry. If you have valuable data on there which ...
by Topinio
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: skynet
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: skynet

bthylafh wrote:
It looked ordinary

20 years ago, in a past life as a physicist, I went to a conference in Spain and all the perfectly ordinary-looking fire extinguishers in the venue were marked as UNIX brand.

confused.com ...
by Topinio
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 1742

Re: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?

just brew it! wrote:
Yeah, the fact that they still seem to be releasing new SMR drives into the retail channels was recently discussed here.

Doh! I even commented in that thread, but missed this... :oops:
by Topinio
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 1742

Re: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?

Seagate indeed had issues in the early years of this decade. They were on my "avoid" list for a while, then I gave them another chance. Last year they landed back on my "avoid" list again due to their idiotic drive-managed SMR crap. By most accounts their reliability is back on ...
by Topinio
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphic Card Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Re: Graphic Card Upgrade

I do not see Intel card on device manager at all. How shall I proceed with M2000M installation? Drivers and windows were updated. Thanks I don't understand what you mean. Is the hardware configuration as it was before you did anything? Software/drivers too? Assuming that you can put it all back to ...
by Topinio
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Input Delay Reduction Technology - Anti-Lag
Replies: 9
Views: 1161

Re: AMD Input Delay Reduction Technology - Anti-Lag

mojojo wrote:
this will be useless lol i suppose

Hmm. Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. :roll:
by Topinio
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1084

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

No, it's all BS to me, and I buy a lot of movies. Currently Blu-ray, was DVD, before that VHS.

If the coupons were for iTunes copies, I would redeem them though. shrug.
by Topinio
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU decision
Replies: 10
Views: 521

Re: PSU decision

Most of the price increment is in the 70 W delta, you can probably get a 500-550 W Seasonic unit for the ~$100 NZ that that Corsair is listed for. You don't need the 550 W of the Corsair, let alone the 620 W of the Seasonic. I'd get a Seasonic, and if $98 looks good to you, get a Seasonic at that pr...
by Topinio
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3760

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

I'd expect this idea to be firmly in the realms of 'shyeah right, and monkeys might fly out of my butt'.

For the workloads that a Mac Pro needs GPU horsepower, sure, why not (sometimes); for gaming, nope, that was a dead horse before they tried flogging the R9 295.
by Topinio
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 8314

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

Anyhow ... what do you gerbils think about drives still being engineered with UBER's of only '< 1 in 10 14 bits read' when there are up to 1.2E13 bits on a consumer NAS drive? Am I the only one who has an issue with this? FWIW a 10 TB NAS drive actually has 8.0E13 bits on it, not 1.2E13... Sh**, I ...
by Topinio
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3760

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Infinity fabric seems to suggest that AMD RTG might go back to CF on a stick as a Radeon VII replacement for the high-end gaming market. Like the Mac Pro config? What GPU was in that? They specifically said Infinity fabric on their announcement. Vega 20, I believe, same thing that's in the Radeon V...
by Topinio
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 8314

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

I don't know. For me personally the choice is easy. I'll just stick to HGST and Toshiba until their drives let me down. I understand that some feel the same way about Seagate. To each their own. Even though HGST has ceased to be? Even though WD produces an awful lot of crud? I thought I'd stick wit...
by Topinio
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 2119

Re: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)

Chrispy_ wrote:
Don't preorder games. Ever.
You don't get a discount, at best it's the same price but typically the game is on discount by the time the first major bugfix patch is out.

CDPR are an excellent studio but they're not perfect; Don't let your first playthrough be ruined by bugs.

Exactly this.
by Topinio
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)
Replies: 40
Views: 2119

Re: Brand new CPU build for Cyberpunk 2077 (Budget Important!)

This just popped up to pre-order when I logged into Steam ... £50, realease date is 2020-04-15 (at least for now). OP, start saving now, in a dedicateed pot/account if you can, and come back and ask in February with an intention to build the machine in early March and have it stable and tuned ready ...
by Topinio
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 4025

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

As an aside, I find it distasteful that ArsTechnica hasn't reported on this. They were more than happy to dredge up ancient posts about Edward Snowden from their forums when he frequented the site years before his crime, but one of their staff gets in trouble and it's radio silence. Yeah. Loved tha...
by Topinio
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 4025

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

Link I wouldn't recommend reading it. The submitted evidence is distasteful and that's too simplistic an adjective. Jesus mate, I know you didn't recommend reading but who couldn't? Serious question to US/NY peeps: what's the expected sentence he's looking at, and will you keep him in your jails or...
by Topinio
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphic Card Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Re: Graphic Card Upgrade

Take out the M.2 SSD, 1 change at a time. The M2000M ought to work if you have the Dell driver installed (unless something has gone wrong with the heatsink reinstallation). If you updated the driver, was it to that or a one from the NVIDIA website? If the latter, try reinstalling the Dell one, shoul...
by Topinio
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 8314

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

srg86 wrote:
So I guess that begs the question, for, say a 4TB drive, what would be all your best all round mechanical hard drive brand/model?

ST4000NM0115
by Topinio
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 204
Views: 8314

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

Hmm, that 4TB 5900 Seagate desktop drive looks iffy, glad the enterprise ones are doing okay though; wish they were the quality of the pre-WD HGST drives though :(
by Topinio
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz
Replies: 30
Views: 1573

Re: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz

I'm might regret asking, but (1) what exact model HP is it, (2) what is different to the shipping configuration (hardware/software), and (3) did it ever work at 3.0 GHz?

Edit: asking because that could well have been a Vista or XP machine...
by Topinio
Fri May 31, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 5331

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

High-end vs low-end is potentially difficult given the chances of getting garbage / dodgy ones when buying cheap...
by Topinio
Fri May 31, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Graphic Card Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Re: Graphic Card Upgrade

It's in the tech data from Dell, yes it's a MXM type-A card in that one, PCIe 3.0. Supported cards were the FirePro W5170M 2GB and the 2 you mention. You might be able to get away with an unsupported Quadro M2200 in there, but nothing higher AFAICT; I'd just grab an eBay M2000M 4GB from a parted-out...
by Topinio
Wed May 29, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3760

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Gotcha. Then no, I have no info on that. I don't know that the Radeon VII is really a "consumer" chip. Maybe pro-sumer. We'll see what they have as a follow-up to big Vega. Maybe Navi+ Eh, I definitely count it as consumer, I'd only count the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition as prosumer. (Fro...
by Topinio
Wed May 29, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 86
Views: 3760

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Just the switch to GDDR6 kinda precludes the use of HBM. I guess they could, in theory, go with a dual memory architecture and treat the HBM like local cache, but I kind of doubt it. Eh? I was asking about your comment: Interesting, but not surprising, that they gave up on HBM on the consumer cards...
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