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by Airmantharp
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

McAfee's still here, and Red Hat is likely going nowhere.

IBM may hold the reins, but Red Hat has a diverse set of stakeholders.
by Airmantharp
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 25
Views: 3095

Re: AV1 Video Codec

Still missing Samsung and Qualcomm, and that excludes two very large mobile SoC makers.

Otherwise putting it to use will be fairly quick, particularly if they can use non-dedicated hardware for acceleration i.e. OpenCL.
by Airmantharp
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build
Replies: 28
Views: 947

Re: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build

Board - was going for Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 wfi but not listed as supported for the P2000 VGA. Would welcome any recos (can go to $400) - need wifi but no RGB. I'd recommend looking into what 'supported' means. Generally we don't worry about motherboard and GPU pairings, so a Quadro complain...
by Airmantharp
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build
Replies: 28
Views: 947

Re: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build

I don't do a huge amount of video editing. I would put myself firmly in the 'rubbish amateur who dabbles with GoPro footage' category, but I do work with enterprise storage all day every day so I'm well aware of the difference between short review-score performance of SSDs and real-world, sustained...
by Airmantharp
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build
Replies: 28
Views: 947

Re: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build

I'd roll with JAE's suggestion for memory, and other than switching to a 'Pro' Samsung for scratch, keep the OS on the cheap SATA SSD (be it on M.2 or SATA ports). NVMe does nothing for OS and apps, much as we'd like it to- you want faster there, you're going to pay (way) up for Intel's Optane drive...
by Airmantharp
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 29
Views: 1436

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

It was never unsafe, unless you were in the tiny minority that moved your mapped folders for "my documents" or the like to a different folder/drive but left data in the old locations. How foolish of those users to think they could decide where they want their files to be! TBH most users t...
by Airmantharp
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX2070 Review at the [H]
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: RTX2070 Review at the [H]

Kyle loves hating on Nvidia. Not that Nvidia hasn't done plenty in the past to be hostile to consumers, but Kyle zeroes in on them for some odd reason more than any other company. I haven't seen other people complaining about the NDA. Maybe it's not so great, but that's the life of a reviewer. Eh, ...
by Airmantharp
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX2070 Review at the [H]
Replies: 10
Views: 410

RTX2070 Review at the [H]

HardOCP reviewed a custom MSI RTX2070 and found performance to be quite good for a *70 card!
by Airmantharp
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Platform: Threadripper or Skylake-X
Replies: 23
Views: 718

Re: New Platform: Threadripper or Skylake-X

End User wrote:


Be careful with this: FPS tracks well with CPU, but frametimes don't always, and if you're looking at 60FPS on average, a long frametime will be felt!
by Airmantharp
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Platform: Threadripper or Skylake-X
Replies: 23
Views: 718

Re: New Platform: Threadripper or Skylake-X

1: I was thinking so for a while, but looking at the TR 8700K review and how much the 4790K lags behind the 8700K, I expect that all the little tweaks since Haswell have added up. Enough so that I would feel odd slapping a 2080Ti into my current rig. Do note that the linked benchmarks are at stock,...
by Airmantharp
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Platform: Threadripper or Skylake-X
Replies: 23
Views: 718

Re: New Platform: Threadripper or Skylake-X

Three basic responses: 1. You're not going to get much faster than the 4770 for gaming. You might get a little bit, at best; to get the most, you'd need to go 9900K. I know that you excluded the consumer socket CPUs, and the 9900K certainly isn't going to get you significantly more performance at 4k...
by Airmantharp
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Idea for further GPU testing
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Idea for further GPU testing

Totally agree. There is no solid way to quantify how much to spend on a build for photography or videography. TR could stand in the gap there. The problem is it's hard to establish a baseline load. Came to say this, and basically everything you put after. I'd think that any decent modern system tod...
by Airmantharp
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Threadripper 2990wx experiences
Replies: 132
Views: 3938

Re: Threadripper 2990wx experiences

Of course its only used until you get your decision about which alternate law(s)/sensors to go use. But you buy yourself time so you won't follow up a problem (which is not fatal) with a bad decision (which very well could become fatal). I would certainly hope the teams working on self-driving cars...
by Airmantharp
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Threadripper 2990wx experiences
Replies: 132
Views: 3938

Re: Threadripper 2990wx experiences

With respect to game latency- I'd say that there's a difference between 'notice' and 'it's laggy'. I notice >100ms delays. Some games are really, really responsive; Counter-Strike is one (somehow) current example. The new Doom game is another. Battlefield 4, something I still play regularly, is not ...
by Airmantharp
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 29
Views: 1436

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Oh man, my desktop was upgraded to 1809 last week, and today's patch Tuesday is sending down "2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809 for x64-based Systems (KB4464330)". Fingers crossed. I updated two systems upon release; no issues, and one of these systems has folders redi...
by Airmantharp
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Threadripper 2990wx experiences
Replies: 132
Views: 3938

Re: Threadripper 2990wx experiences

From what I've read over the years, the issue with parallelism in games is in keeping the overall 'simulation' straight. Essentially, most work that can be farmed out must be child processes of individual workloads, and the balance of farming out work vs. keeping up with all the work that has been f...
by Airmantharp
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 39
Views: 2789

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

MOSFET wrote:
Whoa! I don't think I've seen a PC Power & Cooling Silencer since...1998? It was shiny too, not sleek and black.


I don't think I've ever heard one that was 'silent' either ;)
by Airmantharp
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 99
Views: 10110

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

End User wrote:
I just upgraded to the WH-1000XM3 from Sony. Amazing sound quality via Bluetooth. The noise cancelling is even better than my MDR-1000X.


So far I've heard nothing but good things about these- Sony appears to have out-Bose'd Bose.

[in a good way!]
by Airmantharp
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: LSI Card issues?
Replies: 37
Views: 1366

Re: LSI Card issues?

Well, I was right about maintenance at least; I swapped drives between ports and controllers when moving the arrays into their NZXT H440 home from the stack on the bench where I'd been testing, and once I got the VM linked back up with the drives, FreeNAS came right up as if nothing had happened. Al...
by Airmantharp
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: LSI Card issues?
Replies: 37
Views: 1366

Re: LSI Card issues?

I vote for ZFS on a *BSD distro, ReFS on Windows, or ZoL (ZFS on Linux). ZoL can be a bit of a crapshoot for non-mainstream distros, but should work well with a modern Debian-based release like Ubuntu. Yeah, my next server upgrade will likely be ZFS-based. Ubuntu even includes it in their repos now...
by Airmantharp
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 39
Views: 2789

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

So, I just moved the 4x 8TB drives to the FreeNAS VM, now as a RAIDZ2 (double parity). Storage Spaces worked but was slow and a bit inflexible with these drives in parity, whereas ZFS doesn't seem to have an issue. Backups went a lot faster, I'm trying out Veeam's free Windows agent and will attempt...
by Airmantharp
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: LSI Card issues?
Replies: 37
Views: 1366

Re: LSI Card issues?

Windows can boot from software RAID as well - but it's limited to non-parity RAID IIRC. Also not capable of booting ReFS volumes, and only Server can format in ReFS (and there are some unknown limitations there as well). I vote for ZFS on a *BSD distro, ReFS on Windows, or ZoL (ZFS on Linux). ZoL c...
by Airmantharp
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 39
Views: 2789

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

Aha, of course. I didn't think of virtualizing it. Nice trick! I triple-mirror my boot device for FreeNAS due to that reason. :) I first started out with it by doing random wacky things with virtualization, and I'm pretty confident in the solution for enthusiast use. Virtualbox would likely work to...
by Airmantharp
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 39
Views: 2789

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

??? I thought BSD drivers for those Aquantia chipsets didn't exist! If they do work in FreeNAS, damn, I'm game. It's in a Hyper-V VM ;) [which works quite well with FreeNAS and ZFS- used it with ZoL systems too, only one I wish I could use is Unraid, but I have no interest in tying a machine's abil...
by Airmantharp
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!
Replies: 39
Views: 2789

Re: FreeNAS I̶n̶t̶e̶l̶ ̶8̶0̶8̶6̶k̶ AMD Threadripper upgrade!

Holy crap. Newegg accepted the return and didn't try to say I damaged anything! :) New parts will be ordered as soon as I see the credit show up on my account. I'm still undecided on the replacement board, but X399 boards have all dropped in cost over the last 2 months...so woot! Whack! I'm doing t...
by Airmantharp
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Suggest Games with 4K graphics
Replies: 9
Views: 1064

Re: Suggest Games with 4K graphics

...just about every game made these days?
by Airmantharp
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 2209

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

Price is one hell of an upside though- I don't really see a significant price difference between shingled archive/surveillance drives and perfectly decent NAS/desktop PMR drives though. Maybe 5-10% cheaper, if at all. Yes, and this is why I wish vendors were clearer about which drives are SMR. In g...
by Airmantharp
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 2209

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

I'm chiming in late, but honestly anything with SMR should be avoided, even in those instances like surveilance or cold data storage where SMR's downsides aren't so important. There's simply not enough capacity gain from SMR to make it remotely worth even one of the many downsides, and there are SO...
by Airmantharp
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux+Threadripper plunge
Replies: 22
Views: 1866

Re: Linux+Threadripper plunge

A few tips ... 1. Don’t use SAMBA for network sharing ... use NFS. Samba performance sucks and security wise it sucks too. Also, SMB 3.1 and later are not as slow as the older versions. In home use you'd be hard pressed to find a real world difference. I was wondering about this. For my XigmaNAS in...
by Airmantharp
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Nas solutions
Replies: 23
Views: 1137

Re: Nas solutions

One of the lines of questioning with a NAS surrounds what else you want/need it to do. Filesharing is easy. And one of the complaints of the NAS appliances is that they come rather underpowered until you spend way too much; and you want an M.2 NVMe cache and 10Gbase-T? Ha! Now, I know that's not you...