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by Topinio
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 21
Views: 1059

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Intel has released drivers that correct the problem. https://security-center.intel.com/advisory.aspx?intelid=INTEL-SA-00101&languageid=en-fr Oh, great. It's driver-side not OS-side on Windows. And, joy of joys, it's in that wonderful liability AMT again and obviously "For Intel® Active Man...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 21
Views: 1059

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Debian already did, this morning, and OpenBSD jumped the gun with a silently-released patch (based on a PoC diff from the vuln discoverer, who writes "[t]o avoid this problem in the future, OpenBSD will now receive vulnerability notifications closer to the end of an embargo" ). On AP's, se...
by Topinio
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Passed 50% of last year, 50.2% 8) but unfortunately it took us 50.4 47.2% of this month to do so :(

Edit was less than a minute later, leaving my error here in case anyone was ninja-fast enough to see it.
by Topinio
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3348

Re: Which cpu to get?

Already did it and still came to the same conclusion. Outside of a small minority of mainstream applications and games, the benefits of going from dual-core to quad-core are still kinda small. The majority of the reviewers out there are cherry-picking games that are known to use more than two-threa...
by Topinio
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3348

Re: Which cpu to get?

Already did it and still came to the same conclusion. Outside of a small minority of mainstream applications and games, the benefits of going from dual-core to quad-core are still kinda small. The majority of the reviewers out there are cherry-picking games that are known to use more than two-threa...
by Topinio
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1428

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

End User wrote:
We will find out sooner rather than later.

Poor Vega.
by Topinio
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3348

Re: Which cpu to get?

The majority of the games and mainstream content on the PC are still single and dual-thread at best with a few outliers go beyond that. Homework for Krogoth: research game performance on systems with just two threads vs. six+ threads. Pssst, Krogoth, mate. Over here, check it out, don't grass m...
by Topinio
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1428

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

Looking over these, I really wish the GTX 1070 was closer to its pre-Ethereum $350 MSRP, because it would be a shoo-in. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a deal, and hope for product announcements that might nudge the price lower. Thank you, everyone. GTX 1070 Ti will be a mining card, people wanting it...
by Topinio
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3348

Re: Which cpu to get?

8700k! I think it's time to put my Q9450 to bed and get a new machine. I've been waiting for some sort of thread bump :) Then you really missed your chance all these years since the 3930k :P Eh, what? Core i7-980X in Q1'10, 2 years after that Core 2 Q9450 and 18 months before the i7-3930K. :wink: S...
by Topinio
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Managed to snag a RX Vega 64: First Impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: Managed to snag a RX Vega 64: First Impressions

Gz. I have the Sapphire Vega 56, £380 on launch day from Scan, and am running it at a quick-and-dirty first stab changes of ( freq. target 1642, 1100 mV, fan_target 2900 RPM, T_max 85 °C, T_target 70 °C, P_limit +10% ) gets a consistent 1600 MHz at 70-74 °C I really should try dropping the fan down ...
by Topinio
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
That's what Universal Apps are for. It is much easier to patch. If only developers would use it.

How is that at all relevant in a thread about patching the OS?
by Topinio
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

It's better than it used to be, but yeah. Sometimes, sometimes not. It's incredible, really, that after all these years and despite the massive scale of deployment, none of the undeniably smart people at Microsoft have managed to architect and bring to the masses a means of efficiently patching the...
by Topinio
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1428

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

Having said that, all these cards are overkill for the OP @ 1440p60. Time to start saving for a 120 Hz monitor! They can be had without G-Sync for under $200 these days... Why stop there, 144 Hz VRR is where it's at :wink: Srsly, the GTX 1060 isn't overkill, at least in a lot of games it'll struggl...
by Topinio
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1428

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

Depends how much you want to spend. I'd go GTX 1070, personally. On Newegg atm, it's GTX 1060 6 GB $255 - $513 GTX 1070 8 GB $400 - $919 GTX 1080 8 GB $505 - $1100 GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB $670 - $1213 GTX 980 Ti 6 GB $799 - $888 GTX TITAN Z 12 GB $1384 (ignore the last 2!) As you're a more casual gamer, y...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 5119

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Well, it's not like anyone'd use an SMR drive in a RAID array. Those things are meant for archival purposes, and I dare say, they suit that role just fine. Personally, I'm not that hard to surprise, having been advised of e.g. user data for a compute system sat on a set of the biggest WD Greens ava...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (October 2017)
Replies: 280
Views: 259359

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

single slot low profile? GTX 750ti> 1030 GT. Just follow this guide: /geforce-profile-single-sujet_968419_1.htm Heh, welcome, and we know GTX 750 Ti performs better than GT 1030, it's also twice the TDP... but isn't it also either only available as a non-LP single-slot card or a LP but two-slot car...
by Topinio
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3348

Re: Which cpu to get?

4 cores is plenty of go around for mainstream and gaming workloads unless you are a power user that likes to multi-task, but chances are that probably already running a HEDT-tier chip. ;) Possibly, if it's a single-user system and when you're gaming you're doing little else. If the machine is Windo...
by Topinio
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Krogoth wrote:
Holy smoke, the driver update has managed to make my Vega 64 crank out ~900K-1M PPD. :o That's on the heels of the 1080Ti/Titan X Pascal. Frankie got a nice boost from it.

and my Vega 56 is now on 750-800k 8)
by Topinio
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3348

Re: Which cpu to get?

Sure, those threads won't all be active, but it's unlikely that all four cores of a 4C system will be completely free for the active game. This ++, it's not even the thread, 4C is too few now. My Xeon E3-1270 v5 (= between a Core i7-6700 and a i7-6700K) rocked when new 16 months ago, now it's a not...
by Topinio
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 1999

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Apple iPhone SE 64 GB Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB Sony Ericsson Vivaz before that, my dumbphones were Sony Ericsson W910i Nokia 6230i Nokia 6230 some SAGEM p.o.s. that my mum bought me in 1999, from googling just now maybe a RC 815 plus? Have genuinely been pleased with all of them except the SAGEM, my fa...
by Topinio
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

And already seeing the results, nice. I'm logging 600-700k per day, mostly from the main machine as the HTPC is weak 8)
by Topinio
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3348

Re: Which cpu to get?

Neither. More info needed. Wait for the reviews. Wait for the price drops. Compared to the £300 7700K , the £320 1700X does decently, I'd call it swings and roundabouts. We have leaks which say the 8700K will come in at £360; it's a safe bet that it will be better than the 7700K and the 1700X at tha...
by Topinio
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Have chucked in my RX Vega56 (and GT 1030) to Frankie 8)
by Topinio
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 2362

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: 45
Views: 2362

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: 352

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: 45
Views: 2362

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: 45
Views: 2362

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: 1674

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: 45
Views: 2362

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. ...
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