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by Topinio
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 68
Views: 1299

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

JBI, the good news is that a lot of older MLC drives are still available on the market for essentially the same price as the new crappy RAM-less TLC drives. For as long as that's still the case it's possible to get more for your money. Inherent unsustainability is unhappy-making, though, and it's g...
by Topinio
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 68
Views: 1299

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

The chances of an SSD crapping out in normal usage scenarios still seem monumentally slim even with the worse endurance. I'll worry about it when I have a reason to. My only dead SSD so far is the one that had physical damage to the connector. For a number of drives in the units or even low tens th...
by Topinio
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 68
Views: 1299

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

EDIT: Would a new post "propose whm1974's next thread title" help by concentrating all this into one place, or hurt, overall? Is ' Would a new post "propose whm1974's next thread title" help by concentrating all this into one place, or hurt, overall? ' the subject of that new th...
by Topinio
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 36
Views: 1649

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

whm1974 wrote:
Yeah but are not those CPUs or SoC EOL at this point? AFAIK Intel quit using PowerVR IP in their products.

Lincroft and Silverthorne, yes, but I don't believe Cedarview is.
by Topinio
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 36
Views: 1649

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Geez whiz even though I want a cheap six or eight core system, with of these problems Ryzen is having with Linux I think I would stick with Intel if I was building a new rig. Intel may cost an arm and leg but at least Linux is fully supported and just works. New processors hardware components are s...
by Topinio
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DOOOOOOM
Replies: 172
Views: 23962

Re: DOOOOOOM

Anyone else still playing this? I've been playing a few rounds of multiplayer a couple of times a week, still great fun though lately the other players aren't high level ... and then tonight I fired up Steam and found it needs a 34.7 GB download :-? Apparently , everyone who didn't pay gets the DLC ...
by Topinio
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Down the Linux kernel rabbit hole we go...
Replies: 31
Views: 1152

Re: Down the Linux kernel rabbit hole we go...

whm1974 wrote:
When did we went wrong?

September.
by Topinio
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 964

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

Ah, Hardware.fr says "Pénurie sur le Pentium G4560" ("Shortage of the Pentium G4560") which DigiWorthy translates as "Intel could Limit production of Pentium G4560 to boost Core i3 sales" which TechPowerUp translates as "Intel Pentium G4560 Cannibalizing Core i3 Sa...
by Topinio
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 36
Views: 1649

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

In the RH world, I'd expect Fedora 26 Beta might be okay but RHEL and derivatives not so much. Is there a CentOS 7.4 beta branch you can try?
by Topinio
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are the best offline games?
Replies: 42
Views: 3401

Re: What are the best offline games?

DPete27 wrote:
Has anyone played the new-ish Wolfenstein games? New Order or Old Blood. Are either worth checking out. If you had to pick one, which is better?

TNO > TOB, IMO, and it's twice as long a game.
by Topinio
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..
Replies: 35
Views: 1664

Re: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..

ozzuneoj wrote:
BRB, gotta return to the damp, worm riddled dirt beneath the rock that apparently shields me from things like PowerPoint.

Lol. Though surely the set of non-users of Microsoft Office is made up of the probably less worm-riddled?
by Topinio
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..
Replies: 35
Views: 1664

Re: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..

I haven't even seen anyone use PowerPoint since I was in highschool 13 years ago. What rock are you living under? PP is useless crap, but any sizable business or organization of note has (too many) meetings with slides. Some of them tried to curb or even ban it, but its an incurable disease. This. ...
by Topinio
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Excel Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Excel Hell

Is it a CVS but with file extension of .xls/.xlsx ? If not, you could open in Excel, Save As to make a .csv file...
by Topinio
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Excel Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Excel Hell

Do you understand the way your software splits (or not) the client requests, i.e. can you say "if a section A of the output CSV looks like X, then I can break it up by (move this here, that there) to make that section look the same as section B" and/or "if it looks like Y, I leave it ...
by Topinio
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1545

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

I thought only the R5 230 version was supported and the HD 5450 version wasn't (same chip I know). Haven't checked physically installing it in a while, but the 5450 is supported on that version of Windows. Links are below, but it's >= [HD 5000, Tesla, Ivy Bridge, Bay Trail] for Windows 10 if you wa...
by Topinio
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1545

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

Well Newegg has a bunch of refurbs that will fit the bill for under $15, but otherwise 2D duty is filled by $25-30 cards like the old Terascale (pre-GCN) Radeons and decade-old Geforce 8400GS models that refuse to die. Sound advice; sticking to the Radeon HD 5000 series TeraScale cards (rather than...
by Topinio
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Bad Intel Docs & Skylake X die size estimate
Replies: 14
Views: 1210

Re: Bad Intel Docs & Skylake X die size estimate

Oh, Intel docs ... so, so bad :( Why, for the love of $DEITY, is there no publication of the Turbo Boost per-core bins and the AVX boost frequencies? I want to know the peak GFLOPS...
by Topinio
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Raven Ridge APU Size Estimate
Replies: 16
Views: 1304

Re: AMD Raven Ridge APU Size Estimate

I would disagree to a certain extent. The 18 core i9 is a response to Thread Ripper. Intel most certainly had that die in the wings for the server market under the Xeon name. However, the consumer version is very much a reaction to Thread Ripper. I strongly suspect that back in March Intel had zero...
by Topinio
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

Re: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ

I can't justify the cost of an entire new platform just to double my core count, but I sure do want a 7920X. AMD's going to lose sales to that one. Possibly, but I doubt there are many people who would actually have bought an AMD ThreadRipper who will decide to flip for the $1.2k Intel chip. Core i...
by Topinio
Wed May 31, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 4840

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

JustAnEngineer wrote:
All-in-one computers are a terrible idea.

They are when there's no service contract.
by Topinio
Tue May 30, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 4840

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

It's too bad they didn't follow the Poweredge naming scheme - you could know at a glance if it was AMD or Intel just by looking at the last digit (5 for AMD, 0 for Intel). Or the OptiPlex 740 and 745. Which were the other way round. But maybe they did? All those current Inspiron AMD models end in 5...
by Topinio
Tue May 30, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 4840

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

Looks like Dell has seen the light and have made some Ryzen machines, namely an 8-core 27-inch AIO: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11455/dell-launches-inspiron-27-7775-aio-ryzen-7-rx-580 and an "inspiron" desktop: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/dell-computex-inspiron-amd-ryzen/ Ha...
by Topinio
Tue May 30, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!
Replies: 40
Views: 2109

Re: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!

Damn, I knew being forced to build for myself last summer rather than the planned refresh this summer/autumn was a Bad Thing, but ... damn.
by Topinio
Tue May 30, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

Re: Skylake-X Round 2: 7980XE, 18 COARZ

In the server market though, AMD have the potential to murder Intel. Here's hoping they don't f*** it up! Kinda, for general servers though not in the HPC market. Has to get past the gatekeepers at Dell &c first, though :( I'd also like to see the full set of model-specific operating frequencie...
by Topinio
Thu May 25, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: USB C-to-A cables for specific phone models?!
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: USB C-to-A cables for specific phone models?!

USB BC is up to 1.8 A and USB PD is up to 5.0, I think.
by Topinio
Wed May 17, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (July 2017)
Replies: 245
Views: 232465

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

This would fit the bill if it had the LP bracket, which it doesn't seem to, and if AMD had a driver for Windows 8.1, which it doesn't ATM . Poor show all round, really. Can't find wide availability, but Alternate seems to have it available for delivery in a bit under 2 weeks to Germany , and a bit ...
by Topinio
Tue May 16, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 560 spotted
Replies: 11
Views: 1083

Re: RX 560 spotted

The RX560 should have a few more compute units, althgough the AMD specs says a maximum of 1024 stream processors instead of just specifying this as a fixed number Not that I can see. Both http://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/radeon-rx-560 and http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/graphics/radeon-rx-...
by Topinio
Mon May 15, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Looks like RyZen got caught cheating on benchmarks
Replies: 64
Views: 4731

Re: Looks like RyZen got caught cheating on benchmarks

If Ryzen's OoO unit was optimizing a piece of code from a popular game and made it run 10FPS faster, everyone would be cheering quite loudly. Great, you just gave AMD an idea. Now we're going to start getting 400MB CPU driver installers with optimization code paths. :lol: Not sure that'd be a terri...
by Topinio
Thu May 11, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 1743

Re: Kittson released!

I guess they're just fulfilling contractual obligations at this point. I guess so. Guess HPE is too, and someone there post-split found the contract with Intel that said Itanium lives until 2017 ... this is not even really Kittson, AFAICT it's Poulson rebadged. I'd guess the contract said Intel wil...
by Topinio
Thu May 11, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 1743

Kittson released!

After 10 years (at least) on the roadmaps, it has finally shipped. Pretty sure I remember from the Compaq acquisition of DEC that VMS had to be supported to 2020/2025, guess that's what's behind this. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3196080/data-center/intels-itanium-once-destined-to-replace-x86-in-p...
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