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by Airmantharp
Sun May 27, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2432

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

My ASUS Z170-AR has a sound implementation that can easily drive my 300Ohm Sennheiser HD600 headphones without noise; well, it sounded 'good enough', driving to high volume without noise. That was a Realtek-based solution. However, I've moved to a DAC/Amp that takes optical TOSLINK and provides sing...
by Airmantharp
Wed May 23, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2432

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

In terms of price/size/audio quality, hard to beat another set of the Klipsh.

If you want to grab a pair of studio monitors though, something like this would help you connect straight away.
by Airmantharp
Sun May 13, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Basic DDR4 question
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: Basic DDR4 question

Yes, grab the faster kit. Intel CPUs mostly aren't picky about the more pedestrian RAM kits, so it should be fire and forget.

And man, those Canadian Pesos...
by Airmantharp
Sun May 06, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path?
Replies: 11
Views: 1266

Re: Upgrade path?

Being lucky enough to run a 2700K (with Hyperthreading) and to have it still working, as others have mentioned above, best to keep what you got and look toward the GPU. And as others have mentioned, GPU prices are still wonky- and on top of that, Nvidia's next-gen are just around the corner, so push...
by Airmantharp
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8734

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

I'll reiterate: AMD's product line is doing their market share the 'harm'.

Nvidia might not have been able to push the GPP if AMD had been providing real competition- and if they had?

It might be Nvidia getting the 'AREZ' line and being booted off of ROG.
by Airmantharp
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5345

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I've always built as-quiet-as-possible PCs without getting into fancy fanless PSUs and whatnot. Half your problem is the case, the other half is what you put in it. I recommend the Fractal Define R5, or the Define C (which I personally own and can attest for), and a Noctua D15S. Seeing as you alrea...
by Airmantharp
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 2020

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

I actually like the 'chiclet' keyboard on an older 16" Toshiba I have... except that the 2wsx column appears to be 'going out', however that is possible. Still nice scissor-switch actuation, similar to what Apple tends to use or has used. I'll say that the keyboard on my work Latitude 13" ...
by Airmantharp
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(solved)
Replies: 28
Views: 3801

Re: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(UPDATE)

I've been avoiding this, but please tell me this (SLI) is worth all the trouble since you're using a 4k display. Only thing that'll get you close to running sub-16.7ms frametimes (solid 60FPS) is a US$3000 Tesla V. 1080Ti SLI is as good as it gets, and it's still not really fast enough. [and SLI wo...
by Airmantharp
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8734

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

NovusBogus wrote:
Maybe they can just drop the pretense and rebrand the AMD cards for mining. Asus Empire of Coin, Gigabyte Computepunk, MSI Hashzilla, that sort of thing.


I even like your names... lol
by Airmantharp
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8734

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

It's likely an artifact of their product-line realignment. I'm still waiting to see if new gaming brands are developed for AMD products in order to comply with Nvidia's desire for separation in the retail space. Of course, AMD actually has to ship enough product in quantity for prices to actually dr...
by Airmantharp
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8734

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

The R7's definitely had me wanting to do an AMD build- but my main performance usage is gaming, and my money was better spend on my 8700k and it's not like it'd exactly be slow for anything else ;). But Threadripper? That's unique. My challenge for my workloads is that it'd still not be as fast for ...
by Airmantharp
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8734

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

Well they gained market share this last go around... so there is that. I think their market share in this GPU space is just a bubble thanks to crypto currency, so I want give them a bunch of credit for gaining share until we see where things land. They legitimately are kicking ass in the CPU market...
by Airmantharp
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8734

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

Hmmm, yeah I noticed that too. I've been looking at RX 580 cards for the past 2 months or so just to track the prices. The Aourus card specifically was one that constantly popped up. That seems to unlikely to have all of those brands remove those specific cards, but from a retailers site too? I'm n...
by Airmantharp
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 3513

Re: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be

It's your wife- it's worth it to buy her what she wants, and it's not like it's significantly more expensive in terms of overall build cost :).

G.SKILL 3200C14 RGB for US$249.
by Airmantharp
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(solved)
Replies: 28
Views: 3801

Re: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(UPDATE)

I thought Nvidia no longer supported SLI .. and are you using the "correct" bridge .... e.g. https://www.amazon.co.uk/adapter-flexible-PC24-Shop-Service/dp/B00576ESX2 Plenty of people have SLI running well, especially 1080 Ti cards, for high-end 4k/5k gaming as well as VR. It's simply the...
by Airmantharp
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 97
Views: 15223

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

"cloud" --> someone else's server

:D
by Airmantharp
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8734

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

My opinion on this remains split, depending on whether the actual non-public terms require participants to have their gaming brands that host Nvidia GPUs separate from those that host AMD GPUs, or if they're only allowed to have one gaming brand which consequently will only host Nvidia GPUs. The lan...
by Airmantharp
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Bitlocker vs Password Protection
Replies: 10
Views: 3226

Re: Bitlocker vs Password Protection

I'm not sure how it does it; I believe that the data partition is encrypted.

There is a difference in perspective here, though- the WD drive came empty, so there is no real setup time, whereas implementing Bitlocker on a populated drive would rightly take time.
by Airmantharp
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Bitlocker vs Password Protection
Replies: 10
Views: 3226

Re: Bitlocker vs Password Protection

Whereas Bitlocker can be difficult to access outside of a Windows machine- and you'll want that key handy.

[I have a WD portable drive that must run its software to decrypt and mount its contents- works well enough for me to not care]
by Airmantharp
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 7853

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

synthtel2 wrote:
...lots of good info...


Just wanted to say that I agree.
by Airmantharp
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Vulkan on macOS
Replies: 7
Views: 2397

Re: Vulkan on macOS

About time.

I'd be happy to have Vulkan as the 'One API to Rule Them All'. Figure out graphics, and you have ultimate portability.

[and I'm with chuckie that this may not be very impressive performance-wise- getting Mac up to PC parity will likely be harder than getting Linux there]
by Airmantharp
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Clip style mic for gaming
Replies: 8
Views: 2583

Re: Clip style mic for gaming

Another vote for the Zalman- just works, and is actually pretty clear, so long as you can get it close and keep noise from rubbing against clothing minimized. It's also cheap enough to just try.
by Airmantharp
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: laptop suggestions?
Replies: 13
Views: 2673

Re: laptop suggestions?

Recommend buying something cheap for mobile computing/media consumption, and building a desktop for gaming.

There's no such thing as a good gaming laptop. Even the nice ones are a crap-show from a Q/C standpoint.
by Airmantharp
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 7247

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Massdrop JBL LSR30z powered monitors and done. US$179 shipped for the pair, you won't find better sound for that price. Also, this is a revolving drop, so you get it within a few days, unlike most Massdrop sales that can take weeks or months. [I've participated in quite a few drops, every experienc...
by Airmantharp
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

-it should also be noted that there are going to be some designs out there than accept another sodimm. So perhaps an 8gb unit upgraded with a 16gb? (..the video I posted to actually mentions this.) In the Ultrabook class, mostly not. They're mostly soldered units with the drive (M.2 NVMe or M.2 SAT...
by Airmantharp
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

1. You have to test the panel yourself. That's the only way to know. 2. Nope. They can be better or worse. 3. TFTCentral is one, but they're not big on laptops. You'll have to search for reviews of the specific models that you're interested in (or the series of models) to see how they test in terms ...
by Airmantharp
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

Two observations: -You want the i7 8550U or better, which is the quad core, and you want 16GB of RAM- the RAM would be the one thing that I wouldn't compromise on, ever, 16GB minimum, and for the 13" consumer class, that's also the max -You don't want the high-res panel, scaling still more or l...
by Airmantharp
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?
Replies: 16
Views: 3320

Re: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?

I don't think AMD can match an i7-8700 for gaming. Even the Ryzen+ refresh due to arrive soon is unlikely to allow the 1800X successor to match an i7-8700 unless AMD release a 5GHz chip, which I don't think is likely. Ryzen is amazing at muti-threaded workloads. It's faster than similarly-priced In...
by Airmantharp
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Video Card for Linux, AMD or Nvidia?
Replies: 13
Views: 2043

Re: Video Card for Linux, AMD or Nvidia?

If you had wanted to game on Linux, Nvidia would be the current immediate choice to just get stuff working well.

AMD is making progress but hasn't quite caught up.

If you're not wanting to game- figure out how to get the Intel stuff working. There's no reason that it shouldn't!
by Airmantharp
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PUBG
Replies: 19
Views: 2751

Re: PUBG

Those insertion-point boxing matches are a blast until someone picks up a pistol :D