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by Airmantharp
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

Checked back in for the first time in weeks, frontpage still ****, checking out.

I wish all talented editors good luck in finding a place to contribute elsewhere.


[the forums have been dead to me for some time]
by Airmantharp
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding
Replies: 12
Views: 2004

Re: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding

I think you should consider 'learning' to build. The mechanical skills start and stop essentially at plugging in cables and turning philips head screws. The intellectual skills include doing the research on the parts and understanding build order; the latter is obvious when you have the parts in you...
by Airmantharp
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3901

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

RE: balanced- it doesn't make much sense for most purposes, but I have found that noise can be introduced around PCs in a variety of ways and a balanced path pretty much eliminates them. Alongside optical output to a balanced DAC to get ground separation as well, at the very least the analog signal ...
by Airmantharp
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 10 Gbps switch for a condo
Replies: 40
Views: 4548

Re: 10 Gbps switch for a condo

qmacpoint wrote:
Or maybe this one! (suggested before) https://www.amazon.com/Ethernet-Unmanag ... 076642YPN/


The 'Smart Plus' version is the same price currently.
by Airmantharp
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 10 Gbps switch for a condo
Replies: 40
Views: 4548

Re: 10 Gbps switch for a condo

It's the DACs that get picky the most; I grabbed custom ones to do a 10Gbps trunk between a used Aruba switch and a new HPE switch.

But it's definitely cheaper than 10Gbase-T :)
by Airmantharp
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ECC support for Ryzen
Replies: 20
Views: 7521

Re: ECC support for Ryzen

If you could actually get Ryzen Pro APUs, then you'd be fine with one- but AMD isn't selling those to anyone but OEMs AFAIK.
by Airmantharp
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Can't Initilize New 4TB SSD
Replies: 16
Views: 2495

Re: Can't Initilize New 4TB SSD

Check the mobo for a newer UEFI build, check the drive for a newer firmware, check that the SATA cable is actually well seated (or try another one.) (I'd guess the cable.) Actually this. Simple, but sometimes the cables just go bad and cause wonky/inexplicable behavior. Also, if that doesn't help, ...
by Airmantharp
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Upgrading internet connection, time to upgrade firewall -- recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 5495

Re: Upgrading internet connection, time to upgrade firewall -- recommendations?

Damn, missed all the fun- but running an ER-4 here, for now, with 200/20. I plan on messing with pfSense or OPNsense on the edge and have an appliance for it (J3160-based), but like having a solid, purpose-built setup that I can rely on. Also, it'll probably handle a 1Gbps symmetrical connection if ...
by Airmantharp
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13366

Re: Synology Nas advice

Good stuff JAE. If I weren't determined to keep my FreeNAS server up, Synology is where I'd go.
by Airmantharp
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTings Tests Close to 60 Monitors for GSync Compatible VRR
Replies: 11
Views: 2645

Re: RTings Tests Close to 60 Monitors for GSync Compatible VRR

At the very least, it's nice to know that Nvidia's move to support Adaptive Sync over DisplayPort won't make these FreeSync monitors suck any more than they already do ;)
by Airmantharp
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware
Replies: 28
Views: 3991

Re: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware

I get that, but your statement was that you sett up 3 devices and then wouldn't recommend Ubiquiti due to a 4th device that wasn't involved in your setup. The logic didn't flow. Now if the edgerouter was a fall-back plan due to your comments about IPS on the USG line, I get that, but you didn't say...
by Airmantharp
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware
Replies: 28
Views: 3991

Re: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware

Didn't have any issue setting up an Edgerouter 4, UAP-AC-Pro, and for a while, the POE 8-port switch, but given the performance limitations of the Unifi Gateway and lack of integration of other lines, it's hard to recommend Ubiquiti. I’m confused, where Does the USG come into play? Over the Edgerou...
by Airmantharp
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware
Replies: 28
Views: 3991

Re: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware

Didn't have any issue setting up an Edgerouter 4, UAP-AC-Pro, and for a while, the POE 8-port switch, but given the performance limitations of the Unifi Gateway and lack of integration of other lines, it's hard to recommend Ubiquiti. It will work! It will just be fragmentedish. Really wish they'd pu...
by Airmantharp
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New Dragon Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: New Dragon Age!

ME has gotten better in terms of gameplay each iteration; the first was a bit awkward all around, in terms of movement but also especially in terms of ability progression and difficulty scaling. Two and Three are similar, and much more fluid, while ME Andromeda adds interesting dynamics. But the sto...
by Airmantharp
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13366

Re: Synology Nas advice

End User wrote:


At US$1500 (B&H quote), it looks like building your own might be more economical?

But being compact with their software would certainly bring an advantage...
by Airmantharp
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

TheRazorsEdge wrote:
Not anymore. IBM is the the stakeholder now.


IBM owns Redhat- but part of that is their established customer base, which have invested in Redhat themselves and thus are included as 'stakeholders'.
by Airmantharp
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 10 Gbps switch for a condo
Replies: 40
Views: 4548

Re: 10 Gbps switch for a condo

Doing 10Gbase-T right now, with a FreeNAS box and desktop currently hooked up. I've seen >750MB/s in some cases, but 300MB/s-500MB/s typical to/from a 4x 6TB Ironwolf ZFS stripe/mirror setup. I'd like to bring the disk count to eight, but I don't actually need the space, and well, those drives are e...
by Airmantharp
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13366

Re: Synology Nas advice

Finally pulled the trigger on a QNAP TS-453-Be with 4GB ram. Looking at Amazon in the US, that extra 2GB of RAM seems to come with a US$100 premium- assume that wasn't the case further north? Also noted that QNAP produces a combo 2x NVMe (2x PCIe 2.0) + 10Gbase-T card for this thing, which is prett...
by Airmantharp
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13366

Re: Synology Nas advice

To answer JBI's question on the 8TB Seagates after shucking: I've kept my four in a RAIDZ1 array, using it for backups- it's worked quite well for that. It's a Veeam (free edition) backup target for all machines, something I've actually had to use already, and I use rcopy on the FreeNAS VM to keep a...
by Airmantharp
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

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: 5512

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: 32
Views: 4303

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: 32
Views: 4303

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: 32
Views: 4303

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: 39
Views: 5232

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: 1037

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: 1037

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: 1629

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: 1629

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: 1629

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...
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