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by Topinio
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 42
Views: 1737

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

3dfx killed 3dfx. They bought out a board partner in an attempt to become vertically integrated. That unnecessary distraction quickly put them 1-2 generations behind Nvidia and ate away a chunk of balance sheet even while their other former, now-aggravated board partners began competing to release ...
by Topinio
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 42
Views: 1737

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Yet AMD dominates in HPC / compute intensive workloads. When you only have the budget for one fabbed design, you make it count. Rubbish. NVIDIA dominates in HPC accelerators. Edit: 71 of the 91 accelerator-using systems on Top500 use NVIDIA, 1 uses AMD (1.1%); this is even worse than AMD's CPU show...
by Topinio
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Update
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Update

Ugh. I can't decide how pissed off I am, is it extremely with Microsoft for this utter BS, or double-plus WTF!!! with Dell for not (yet) informing me. :evil:

Almost all of my Precision orders over the last 17 years have been RedHat ones though, but still FFS.
by Topinio
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 42
Views: 1737

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

cynan wrote:
Guess you've not familiar with understatement for emphasis. :wink:

Guess understatement for emphasis fails to translate every time on discussion boards :wink:
by Topinio
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 42
Views: 1737

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

cynan wrote:
When AMD was mapping out Vega, they probably had at least 20% of the non-pro discrete GPU market.

34-41% from 2010 to 2014, fluctuating, of the dGPU market according to Jon Peddie Research, and given NVIDIA's greater dominance in the workstation GPU market I'd say you're out by a factor of 2.
by Topinio
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 1079

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

Another remote possibility has struck me. There has been a rumor of Intel adopting AMD graphics. . As crazy as it would be, POP packaging would be a cheap and easy way to include both a CPU and GPU in a highend socket. The CPU side wouldn't need to be modified as there are 16 PCIe lanes not exposed...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 42
Views: 1737

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

I look at it pretty simply: between gamers, high-end compute, and cryptocurrency miners, AMD can't make enough Plus demand from Apple: Vega is in the iMac Pro, which starts shipping in December, and is a prominent component per Apple's product page https://www.apple.com/uk/imac-pro/ Vega graphics. ...
by Topinio
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 111
Views: 7831

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

farmpuma wrote:
Bad news for your 3850, several years ago F@h cut off everything lower than the 5xxx series. I still have a brand new in the box 4830, grrr.

Gah. What'd they go and do that for when we've still got old GPUs?

'll have to be the spare 7750 then...
by Topinio
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7942

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

"Investment" as in: a larger expenditure held for a longer period of time with an expected *usefully long life. Ex. a house. "Commodity" as in: a lower expenditure held for much less time with an expected short(er) *useful life. Ex. a piece of fruit. (..and of course both exampl...
by Topinio
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7942

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

CScottG wrote:
I also tend to think that monitors are an investment where as video cards are more of a commodity.

Functionally, it's the other way around though: I can't imagine I could get more than I paid for from selling any of my monitors, but I could from my GPU (possibly GPUs).
by Topinio
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 111
Views: 7831

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

Hmm. How out are AMD's TDPs? IIRC, my RX Vega 56 is rated at 210 W and my R9 290X at 250 W, and I've a 750 W Seasonic Snow ... should be fine, yeah? Probably can even throw in the spare, 75 W, HD 3850 :wink:
by Topinio
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7942

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

My Sapphire Vega 56 ordered last month hasn't arrived yet. Powercolor models have been in and out of stock but I'd rather have the Sapphire, based on experience of 200+ cards from each vendor. The only places in the UK with Vega 56 stock are selling them at 25% markup over MSRP or higher. Did you o...
by Topinio
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7942

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

That bottom graph is completely misleading for our discussion: 1) Intel integrated graphics not used for 3D gaming is not relevant to 3D gaming developer support/optimization/etc. E.g. all those corporate PCs running Word and Excel. 2) AMD GPUs shipped to miners don't support AMD's 3D gaming suppor...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 35
Views: 1211

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

I use Linux and I don't think that device is supported. And besides, the on board audio is good enough for me anyway. Heh, Linux is even mentioned on the ThinkWiki page http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ExpressCard_slot Also OP, StarTech.com has some options for you https://www.startech.com/Search?sear...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 35
Views: 1211

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

http://www3.lenovo.com/gb/en/accessorie ... /p/45K1775

Lenovo is offering a serial port card for it.
by Topinio
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question

I think this should be fine, particularly as you're sticking with the same motherboard. I've done this on other hypervisors (Xen, QEMU/KVM, VirtualBox) and been fine, including a full platform upgrade (motherboard, CPU from Intel to AMD, RAM) on a QEMU/KVM dev box, though on that occasion a couple o...
by Topinio
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2163

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

Android vendors get fixes out into the wild? :oops:
by Topinio
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Meh. LTSB feels too slow, CBB was a nice way to dodge the major bugs, but has always felt very fast. CB is an express elevator to hell. Maybe SAC is the sweet spot. Maybe it is, but for me the old ~3-5Y release cycle was enough, LTSB is still too fast. It'd be nice to have a longer than 10Y support...
by Topinio
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I'm glad the GPO is still blocking at this time for you. It is not still blocking at this time for me. Manual intervention was required until such time as the image was ready for deployment. Microsoft is pushing to CBB machines now. That ... is suboptimal. We have had to update our policies after e...
by Topinio
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The Defer Update button/GPO (formerly CBB now SAC) no longer stops 1703 . This leaves only the manual tool or a WSUS server to block it. Forgive me, but the GPO seems to still be stopping 1703, all 1607 machines here with this policy set are still on 1607 and are not prompting for 1703 to be instal...
by Topinio
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The 6-month deferral for 1703 is over. CBB has officially moved over to 1703. If not upgraded to soon, there won't be anymore security patches. Eh? CBB still has 1511 until 2017-10-10 and 1607 until 2018-03-13 (probably). 1703 is on the SAC. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/07/...
by Topinio
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The computer geek part of me wants to agree with you. But the bottom line is, in today's world most people view desktop/laptop PCs as being more akin to an appliance, like a dishwasher or a microwave oven. They don't care how it works, they just want to push a few buttons and have it do what they w...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

There's no accounting for uneducated users, all the while that OS's don't try to teach the uninitiated how to get the best out of their systens, but personally I'd rather systems were better for people like JBI as this would nudge users in that direction. You succumb to the same fallacy as many oth...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I agree that hibernate is kind of pointless with the amount of RAM many systems have these days, and the improved cold boot times of recent versions of Windows and Linux. If you can cold boot in half the time it takes to resume from hibernate, why bother with hibernate? Ask my 19YO daughter, who wo...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

It''s a stupid "feature" :roll: It's a useful feature that works fine for a majority of users, and can be disabled by the minority who need a workaround. Why is that stupid? Sauce? Anyway, IME it works only if RAM <= 8 GB, and C: is an SSD, and the only OS installed is a single copy of Mi...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2345

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Under Power Options, pick the completely unintuitive "Choose what the power button does" on the left, then untick "Turn on fast startup." If I had wanted to hibernate, I would also want my windows to be restored. Fast startup logs you off before hibernating. ++ It also makes shu...
by Topinio
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2453

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Redocbew wrote:
I remember doing that to my mothers laptop a while ago. It was so clogged the compressed air caused a plume of dust to be expelled from the opposite vent when I used it, then I said "oh look, it's running 20C cooler now."

I've just done the same with my MIL's desktop. WJW.
by Topinio
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2453

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Thanks for the advice, I wasn't aware of this as I was just going to install Manjaro Linux on it and replace the HDD with an SSD later on. This just a really silly silly thing for manufacturers to do, why in hell do they do this? Could you not do it the other way around, buy the SSD then install Li...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2453

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Yeah but but I think I've gotten a better deal getting this instead of a new notebook for the same price, which I'm not sure if you can even replace the battery on new laptops at this price range. Quite frankly I'm not sure if I even want to get a brand new notebook at this price range anyway. The ...
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