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by Vhalidictes
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ryzen System Build Planning - System Memory 4-ch vs 2-ch
Replies: 12
Views: 592

Re: Ryzen System Build Planning - System Memory 4-ch vs 2-ch

I was wondering about memory bandwidth issue myself. I was also thinking for six to eight cores dual channel memory will work fine for most use cases. For my current socket 2011v1 system I've noticed a minor performance increase when running multiple instances of VirtualBox when I populated the oth...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SHA-1 SHAttered
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: SHA-1 SHAttered

The defense in depth you're looking for is multi-factor authentication. I've always thought this is why MS hasn't really bothered securing Windows from local access. Gov and defense have been using basic multi-factor for a decade now for this reason. Solving local access issues is really hard and h...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ryzen System Build Planning - System Memory 4-ch vs 2-ch
Replies: 12
Views: 592

Re: Ryzen System Build Planning - System Memory 4-ch vs 2-ch

For 8 cores or less, memory channels don't matter except for some scientific benchmarks that are memory-sensitive. If we were still on DDR3 I'd recommend it for a higher-end system just to be safe, but with the continual increases in effective bandwidth this is becoming less and less of an issue. ( ...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 209
Views: 7565

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

If Intel wanted to compete against Ryzen all it has to do is offer more cores at close prices. It already sells one 10-core chip, and I bet Intel could price it the same as the 1800X and make close to the same margins AMD is getting. But I don't see that happening as Intel doesn't want to flood che...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why 'Ryzen'
Replies: 38
Views: 1182

Re: Why 'Ryzen'

There is the Via "Eden" series also. most recent part was announced early 2016 (around), Eden x4 on 28nm. Don't recall hearing anything about it since. VIA should give their x86 license to a company that will actually use it. Like Nvidia ;). There's no downside. Either the (new) Green Tea...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why 'Ryzen'
Replies: 38
Views: 1182

Re: Why 'Ryzen'

NoOne ButMe wrote:
EndlessWaves wrote:
For me the worst name in the CPU industry is Xeon.

There is the Via "Eden" series also. most recent part was announced early 2016 (around), Eden x4 on 28nm. Don't recall hearing anything about it since.


VIA should give their x86 license to a company that will actually use it.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why 'Ryzen'
Replies: 38
Views: 1182

Re: Why 'Ryzen'

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
Hey at least it's better than naming your CPU arch "Core," your software IDE "Code," or the whole "One" fad.


This is a good point. So I think what people are saying is that they want AMD to use more boring names?
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 209
Views: 7565

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

Why does AMD post these crazy comparisons? Everyone knows that RyZen won't be any faster than Skylake at best (going by IPC). I get that they want to hype up their newest processor, but this kind of PPT just seems counterproductive to me. Most people's needs don't exceed Haswell IPC - can't AMD sett...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Side/back surrounds height for gaming?
Replies: 9
Views: 363

Re: Side/back surrounds height for gaming?

Doesn't matter much, really. The human ear doesn't read heights very well when the sound is coming from behind. For example, I have my home server on the top of some shelves behind me, about ~4m away from me. Very rarely when there's a lot of disk chatter, it sounds like it's coming from my side. J...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: A question about PCI-E
Replies: 20
Views: 931

Re: A question about PCI-E

SATA takes PCIe bandwidth You sure about that? Most chipset diagrams have SATA ports as separate lines from the PCIe lanes... Actually, I'm not. I know for sure that non-chipset (ex: Marvell) ones do but for the Intel chipset itself I'd have to check. I'm fairly certain that LGA 2011v3 reserves PCI...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: A question about PCI-E
Replies: 20
Views: 931

Re: A question about PCI-E

I don't get it either. Why should a low-cost consumer platform offer only 24 lanes where 80% of the users will not use more than 4 and 99.99% of them not more than 20? :roll: But they will use more. Not as add-in cards, of couse, but SATA takes PCIe bandwidth, as does USB3.x ports, as does M.2 sock...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 28
Views: 661

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

i7-920 @ 3.0GHz manual overclock from March 2009 to June 2014, so almost exactly 5 years. I had two identical systems, both dead, both due to OC failure (electromigration is my guess); they were slowly losing stable speed; Right before I replaced them with a Athlon 860 based PC they were down to run...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 20
Views: 1211

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

It's like a cycle. Community gets big, sells/goes Corporate. Corporate does things community doesn't like. New community is formed. Community gets big, sells.... etc... Sucks :( You're perfectly correct, Glorious, but in this case it does indeed suck because all those forum threads had a ton of use...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 209
Views: 7565

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

You literally spent 100x more time on doing that than you have ever spent on saying anything intelligent, ever. Whelp, I guess it's all true. Sad. I was on the fence, leaning toward "not a troll", and then you go and post that sentence. Nice trolling, I guess? EDIT: Also, thanks for expla...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cutting my soda habit in half.
Replies: 112
Views: 1967

Re: Cutting my soda habit in half.

I say first-world runners tend to do it wrong. People land on their heels, relying on a bit of padding in a shoe to absorb shock before it gets to their knees, and then wonder why running is tough on knees? :-? Of course landing fore-foot (minimal footwear) is tough on some stuff too, but it's toug...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 209
Views: 7565

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

It seems to me that AMD is going to directly benefit from the slowing down of single-core performance scaling. Assuming that AMD is permanently 5-to-10% behind Intel's average IPC, which seems probable... that will cease to matter pretty soon. By the time Cannon Lake is out AMD would in theory be cl...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Online vendor search options suck.
Replies: 13
Views: 461

Re: Online vendor search options suck.

Monoprice is good in comparison with everyone else, but it's not good overall. HD Receivers and Headphones are the same category? I agree with others that, ironically, I now "shop at Newegg, buy elsewhere", but there are exceptions since I have an accidentally-not-cancelled subscription to...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Memory Alerts
Replies: 17
Views: 565

Re: Windows Memory Alerts

Did you tweak your virtual memory values, especially by restricting its amount? Every time I've had those messages, it's because Windows couldn't automatically increase the page file. Looking at the bigger picture, this really shouldn't happen regularly unless other programs are using a lot of RAM....
by Vhalidictes
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD recommendation.
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: SSD recommendation.

I don't see the point of the current crop of "budget" TLC SSDs. For a few dollars more you can get the MX300, which due to its odd sizing is usually better $/GiB anyways. Spending even more than that gets you smack into midrange / older MLC drive territory. You do realize the MX300 is sti...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Good advice, or how to be helpful.
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Good advice, or how to be helpful.

If TechSupportYou Then Print "Dude, get a Dell."
by Vhalidictes
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: THE SILENCE OF THE BUFFALOS (RyZen release confirmed?)
Replies: 21
Views: 699

Re: THE SILENCE OF THE BUFFALOS (RyZen release confirmed?)

I guess it's fallen to me to ask what the buffalo is up with this thread.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I just realized TR had a dark theme and never knew about it
Replies: 35
Views: 882

Re: I just realized TR had a dark theme and never knew about it

How come the Black option doesn't have a link to Active Topics like the Canvas theme? I see New Posts on both, but not Active Topics I love the black theme but the UI needs some work. It's hidden under the trendy "hamburger" menu thingy in the top-left, right next to the fancy speech bubb...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD recommendation.
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: SSD recommendation.

I don't see the point of the current crop of "budget" TLC SSDs. For a few dollars more you can get the MX300, which due to its odd sizing is usually better $/GiB anyways. Spending even more than that gets you smack into midrange / older MLC drive territory. There's no need to spend the Sam...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD recommendation.
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: SSD recommendation.

It's a SSD urban legend. I wish I could find the source, but it's probably the same person that said "8 glasses of water per day". Totally unverifiable. I'll Internet Search around and see if I can find the places I read that.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cutting my soda habit in half.
Replies: 112
Views: 1967

Re: Cutting my soda habit in half.

Great job on cutting down. But you need to cut out completely.  That stuff is poison.  Drinking half the poison per day is still poison.  Too true. I'm sickened by all the sweet stuff on supermarket shelves these days. Sweet poison. Death by a million cuts. Sure, lots of sweet stuff are supposedly ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD recommendation.
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: SSD recommendation.

Waco, while I agree with your post in-general, my understanding is that Windows background file operations depend on 4K write speeds and nothing else. Supposedly this makes the UI feel smoother since there isn't any background stalling. How true that is, hell if I know. (All my system disks are eith...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New verizon unlimited plan
Replies: 17
Views: 737

Re: New verizon unlimited plan

So this is cool- relatively unlimited and reasonably priced? If AT&T doesn't answer in the next few months (my phone is paid for in May), I'd be willing to switch, even just for the better signal. The service level and the plan look tempting... but... ugh, CDMA. I'd have to get all new phones, ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 209
Views: 7565

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

Yeah, I don't doubt you. It's just I'm only now hitting points where Civ 6 will max out CPU. My usages just aren't that heavy anymore and something taking 60 seconds vs 30 isn't that big a deal. Upgrade is on the docket but gotta say, i7-930 just keeps on ticking. I'd still be running one of my two...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD recommendation.
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: SSD recommendation.

$150 0.525 TB Crucial MX300 $90 0.275 TB Crucial MX300 While the MX300 series is a great choice for storage or laptop drives, I'd still recommend the MLC Mushkin Reactor  series for system drives in SATA desktops. EDIT: Yes, Samsung EVOs (any series) make great system disks because of the 4K perfor...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cutting my soda habit in half.
Replies: 112
Views: 1967

Re: Cutting my soda habit in half.

IIRC there's some indication that the specific formula used in Coke Classic is weakly physically addictive, but I'd agree that with soda in general it's definitely more psychological in nature.

Note that Caffeine has its own effects separate from the soda and sugar themselves.
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