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by Vhalidictes
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Here's what a real 10nm process looks like (literally)

Captain Ned wrote:
Yikes. Over 100 million transistors per square millimeter.


It's going to be interesting to see how Intel plans on cooling CPU hot-spots with such a dense chip. The heat transfer capability of current 14nm CPUs isn't great.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1179

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

If "IF" I execute on a build soon I think it will be down the R7 line. Besides gaming, I'm also operating VM's and serving media at the same time. Not that an R5 wouldn't be a significant boost over my current i7-930. But I think I benefit from triple channel when doing multiple things. M...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1179

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

As for gaming on a budget, you can argue that there's still a place at the table for the Pentium G4560. The money you pocket by going with that versus an entry-level Ryzen 3 could make a notable difference for your video card selection. But even under ideal circumstances you're dealing with two SMT...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1179

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

The i5 during Sandybridge was the best gaming chip. The i5 outperformed the i7 thanks to the HT performing terrible in gaming titles. Games also weren't taking advantage of much more than 2 cores back then, plus whatever background programs you were running. The same thing can be said about the i7....
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug
Replies: 87
Views: 2960

Re: Windows 10 and Ryzen - Performance Bug

Well yeah, I guess that's kind of more what I was thinking of. It's different for AMD since they don't own the fab, but I have to imagine there's things AMD can do to help Ryzen clock higher without making too many big architectural changes. The Zen architecture is designed for a certain power band...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1179

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

I'm really interested in seeing the 4C8T Ryzen with only one CCX results. Some people are point to the Infinity Fabric as the culprit of some of the woes. It also should be able to OC much higher than the 8C16T part, too. It might be the go to CPU for gaming the these theories pan out. I'm interest...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 588

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

Now that AMD has the IPC and efficiency advantage, they are going to ruthlessly run Intel into the ground. Intel should have done the same to AMD when they had their chance. Now Skylake Gold? Yeah sure. But it's too late now. Mindshare is all on Ryzen now. I'm certain that Intel left AMD alive on p...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 872
Views: 24389

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The boy officially began the first clear attempts at army-crawling today, after nearly a month of rolling around. Not coincidentally, I decided that safety wall-ties for the tower speakers finally had to be fabricated and installed. We didn't child-proof much of our downstairs when my son was born ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1179

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

I would WAY rather have an i5 for gaming than an i3. IPC is king, but more games are using >2 threads than ever. I see 8 isn't very useful in a lot of games, but 4 definitely is. I agree completely. That's why I recommend i3's for gaming, and not Celerons. I3's have 4 threads, and four threads is a...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1179

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

Unfortunately I don't think there's much benefit in the Ryzen 5, in the same way there's not much benefit in the slower i5 CPUs. Essentially there are three types of user: ⋅ Heavy multitasker who needs all the cores; This is where Ryzen 7 shines, since it's effectively a viable replacemen...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 1179

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

1700 FTW. The R7's don't clock significantly different, and it comes with a halfway decent cooler too. Then again, my use case of a Windows Host and 2+ VirtualBox Guests isn't a common one.

If I was just building a gaming box I'd get a Kaby Lake Pentium w/HT.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: ISP, Information Sold for Profit
Replies: 25
Views: 675

Re: ISP, Information Sold for Profit

trackerben wrote:
Other than trustworthy VPNs, there's not much else that can be readily and cheaply done by the average user to reduce exposure to metadata collection in the first few hops.


Using Google Public DNS would help prevent some collection from the ISP. Of course, then Google has the data...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 114
Views: 4499

Re: Andromeda

Ooh I need to find that one! I am glad they added a game+ mode to MEA. It feeds my completionist soul. Much like in the Witcher 3. That sounds nice. As more and more user reviews come in, it seems like Andromeda is very playable and fun. Bugs, sure, but clipping doesn't bother me, I've played MMOs....
by Vhalidictes
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 122
Views: 4479

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

LostCat wrote:
Not sure if I should overclock or not. I like my system being mostly quiet.


You should do the opposite - keep stock clocks and undervolt. The difficulty and bragging rights are about the same.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?
Replies: 28
Views: 998

Re: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?

If Windows sees it and the system boots and runs clean maybe it is just a matter of Intel not validating operation with 128GB. In which case you may be OK. The main issue isn't that it won't work at all. It probably will for some value of stability. The issue is that Overclocking with that much RAM...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone in on Nier or Wildlands?
Replies: 22
Views: 632

Re: Anyone in on Nier or Wildlands?

Nier looked interesting I was really keen on it. Once the reviews had come out and said there was nothing wrong with it I went for it but then found out about it shipping with Denuvo. Hopefully they'll remove it evenutally. Otherwise eh As for Andromeda, Andromeda requires Origin. pass Good news is...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300
Replies: 129
Views: 8111

Re: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300

..as shown in the Digital Foundry video (7 minutes-in), extra real cores can make a difference - so a lower priced performance-competitive 4 (real) core from Ryzen would certainly be welcome. Sadly though, I'm not expecting anything like that in the sub-$100 part-bin (..at least not for awhile, bec...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roughish running engine once warmed up
Replies: 47
Views: 3404

Re: Roughish running engine once warmed up

Does this car have fuel injection and oxygen sensors? It can be the O2 sensor. They are cheap so I might as well replace it since as far as I know, it has never been replaced. At higher RPM, the engine has great power, so the fuel pressure is likely okay? This does indeed sound like a bad O2 sensor...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Redocbew wrote:
Why would you need to put swap on a ramdisk in the first place? Doesn't Linux already do a pretty good job not swapping to disk unless necessary?


Because you can! If you're not trying new things to further optimize your system... you may as well run Windows.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

That's a good point, Ludi - my knowledge of current/recent Linux video drivers is somewhat dated. That said, around 2013 or so, getting Cinnamon to work... at all... with either of my AMD 4870 or 6850 was an exercise in going mad. FGLRX driver? AMD proprietary driver? Whatever-installs-with-the-dist...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

I wasn't clear, my fault , I was referring to application installation not operating system installation. Most non technical users are confused with app install on linux. It's getting better. I can't find the link right now, but IIRC Ubuntu is starting to support Flatpak (sorry, Snappy), which make...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Linux *was* easier to install than Windows. Now that Win10 Anniversary is out, you don't need to do or know anything to install Windows. Except of course when it fails to install partway through and gives no errors. (That can happen with modern Linux installations too, but only if you're installing ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

For me, even if Windows 10 didn't have all those telemetry/spying issues and the new issues with ads being displayed within the OS, I still wouldn't use it, it's garbage, I find it clunky, weird, odd to configure, not to mention very limiting. Linux desktops have spoiled me with how customizable th...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: RAM prices

southrncomfortjm wrote:
Is this somehow due to Ryzen launch? Or is there some other reason?


Regardless of the reason it's going to keep me from building a Ryzen PC. I've got roughly 128GB of DDR3 RAM in various machines that wouldn't transfer over.

I might need to get a DDR3 Skylake board and call it a day.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 114
Views: 4499

Re: Andromeda

The official release is 11 PM CDT tonight. I was going to hold off for now, but based on the Ars Technica review it seems right up my alley. Shame about Origin, but that ship hasn't just sailed but isn't even on the horizon any more. I guess I'll wait for a sale and pick up ME3 as well since I'm th...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3161
Views: 490794

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken Oh, weird... I was just thinking of that song yesterday. Then I had the thought that Disturbed should do a cover of it, like they did with Sound of Silence. A Disturbed cover of that would be either awesome or horrible. Either way I'd buy it. Current Song: Aion OST ...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Yes, this. To most people on most equipment most of the time, it will be indistinguishable from a high bitrate MP3, OGG, or AAC file. But whenever you transcode from one lossy format to another, errors accumulate. When transcoding to a different (lossy) format, you really want to start from the ori...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA SSD vs NVMe SSD (similar boot and load times)
Replies: 35
Views: 5877

Re: SATA SSD vs NVMe SSD (similar boot and load times)

Yup, and that's why first thing I check is 4K IOPS at QD1,my line in the sand is 8,000 for a boot drive. Uhhh... I sure hope that's not your real line in the sand, and you're just saying that online. I feel bad for your budget; Most new and/or TLC drives don't put out anything like that. My old Mus...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

FWIW I had no problems reading a stack of nearly 200 DVD-Rs that were burned 10-15 years ago (raw rips of a substantial chunk of my music collection). I archived all of the raw WAVs off to DVD and kept only the MP3s on spinning media because the cost of HDD space to store the uncompressed rips was ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 3509

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

The desktop PC is hardly dead however. Yes sales are declining for various reasons such as people are keeping their systems longer, but those same people aren't throwing out their PCs for tablets and smartphones. Dead, no, but its role in the daily life is declining as people increasingly use mobil...
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