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by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3416
Views: 504926

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Monster Magnet - Gravity Well. Side Note: Later Monster Magnet seems to be straight-up Metal, not very psychedelic at all. Not bad, but also not good. Is there another group out there with a sound vaguely similar to Space Lord / Temple of Your Dreams? My Google-Fu is weak, as is my in-depth knowledg...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 73
Views: 2967

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

whm1974 wrote:
Vhalidictes wrote:
It's a good thing that the forum is text-based so you can easily tell palindromes apart.

Yes it sucks to have hearing loss, plus I'm real bad at spelling.


Ah, sorry to hear that :(
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

Nope. The Xbone uses DDR3, I never found out why but I always thought it came down to cost in the end. Different technology, but similar in the bandwidth differences - the PS4 et al has way more. Speaking about motherboard design, if anything it should be a lot simpler because the HBM would be on th...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 73
Views: 2967

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Shobai wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
Pardon my spelling. Both words sound the same to me.


Ah, that's probably because they're palindromes.


It's a good thing that the forum is text-based so you can easily tell palindromes apart.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

That's a really good idea for a APU that would have unified memory anyways, but the main variable is the cost. I don't know the bulk pricing but DDR4 can only be cheaper, possibly a lot cheaper. EDIT: The PS4 and the Xbone kind of answered this question already, HBM bandwidth would help a lot in som...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 45
Views: 1129

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

just brew it! wrote:
My pain threshold for re-downloading stuff improved massively when I upgraded from 3 Mb DSL to 105 Mb cable a couple of years ago. :wink:


If I torrented at all I'd have to agree. As it is, I don't, though. Hopefully I'll never need to start.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 28
Views: 1292

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Geez whiz even though I want a cheap six or eight core system, with of these problems Ryzen is having with Linux I think I would stick with Intel if I was building a new rig. Intel may cost an arm and leg but at least Linux is fully supported and just works. I've had more trouble with Intel systems...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 45
Views: 1129

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

Bauxite, you have a good point. Most of that 3TB I care about is probably replaceable at some level of pain. The issue for me is that my pain threshold for re-downloading (assuming it's all still available) is pretty low.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 49
Views: 1319

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

Which is a shame because I think BoTW and Splatoon 2 sound like great games, but I'm not paying $300 (more realistically, closer to $450 with all accessories) for something that's so half-assed right now. Needs a hardware revision with a beefed up chassis, die shrink on the Tegra X1 (maybe even a b...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 28
Views: 1292

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Off the top of my head, the only compatibility issues I've had when installing Ubuntu have been related to GPU support (GPU drivers can be a bit of a clusterf*ck on any distro if you get unlucky), and my first attempt at booting from a software RAID volume on an EFI motherboard (a multi-evening adv...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

derFunkenstein wrote:
Wow, lots of them available for $50 on eBay. Almost a no-brainer. I have a Latitude E5520 that could benefit from this.

Now all I need is a laptop with a FCBGA1224 or FCPGA988 socket...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 45
Views: 1129

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

For people using Dropbox or Google Drive I generally create a "Documents" (and Pictures etc) folder in their Dropbox/Drive folder and then make that folder the default save location for its corresponding library. I usually remove all other locations from the Libraries as well but that's o...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Upgrade chains
Replies: 12
Views: 581

Re: Upgrade chains

I got a 4K TV because it was a good price and larger than what I had. I've yet to watch any 4K content on it. My ISP is supposedly replacing my 14/1 DSL with 50mb (unspecified upload) fiber O.O So...err...I could. But to me...I'd rather have higher res interactive content than fancier TV/movies. As...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2400

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Kougar, I think you've got an accurate description there; despite your protests you seem to have a handle on the Ryzen design :) The way I'd put it is this: AMD is essentially putting a 4-socket system on a chip (MCM module). This is particularly apt because from what I've gathered you don't really ...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Upgrade chains
Replies: 12
Views: 581

Re: Upgrade chains

I'll never understand why Monitors and TVs use essentially the same technology, and in some cases the same panels, but TVs have better colors and Monitors have better sharpness. Make no sense to me.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Blue screen memory monitor
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Blue screen memory monitor

It's possible that the latest GPU driver for Vista for your card isn't the newest and might be legacy/out of date. In that case the game might be looking for a feature that isn't there. It might be possible to force the game into a DX9 render path, but I'm not sure since that's mainly the purview of...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K monitor
Replies: 25
Views: 1239

Re: 4K monitor

I picked up an X34 and it's insane for productivity (think 3 program windows side-by-side or one huuuuuuge Excel sheet). Just be aware that these screens are slower than their smaller gaming counterparts and require serious horsepower to game at 100FPS (even my 1080Ti isn't enough for some games). ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Symmetric Multi Turboboost

That overlaps with their SMT=Simultaneous Multi-Threading moniker though. I know :D But it bugs me that the Ryzen and ThreadRipper boost mechanism does not take advantage of spatial symmetry. It wouldn't be a huge speed boost if they did (assuming that this isn't already happening in some form). Ye...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2400

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

MCM = Multi-Chip Module
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Looking for the safest, strongest storage, help
Replies: 8
Views: 475

Re: Looking for the safest, strongest storage, help

No drive is guaranteed not to break. If you have valuable data, you need to keep multiple copies in multiple physical locations. What JBI said. I'd elaborate and say that encrypting the data as an archive and storing it in multiple clouds *in addition to multiple copies/locations* is probably a goo...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Who is still using PCI slots these days?
Replies: 117
Views: 16355

Re: Who is still using PCI slots these days?

Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G is 32-bit PCI.

I'm going to have a real problem finding any that is both equivalent and inexpensive, so for now, PCI it is!

Edit: I'm aware of the Asus Xonar DG, my wife has one, it's good but not really comparable.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 40
Views: 2155

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Tanya the Evil. (heh)
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1162

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I'll keep it short so as to not take over this thread but it is somewhat related to the OP's topic. This is my next purchase for the car. https://www.aptx.com/aptx-hd Erm, there's nothing High Definition about Bluetooth wireless audio (well, assuming that it conforms to spec, at least). I'm pretty ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Stellaris Maxing out a 4790K (Task Manager incorrect)
Replies: 14
Views: 701

Re: Stellaris Maxing out a 4790K (Task Manager incorrect)

Kougar wrote:
DancinJack wrote:
Kougar wrote:

Still the best :D


Agree to disagree.


What do you use? Pretty much any other non-bloated software seems to be a poor windows copy of Linux players that either have severe interface issues or don't work with global media hotkeys.


Foobar 2000?
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 80
Views: 3702

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

Kougar, you're right, they'd need an AP. But speed is never economical, so...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1162

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

pfffft at anything in 2017 that doesn't play FLAC. No cars fo' me. For completeness, I don't really convert to MP3 anymore these days... I do have LAME installed somewhere though (which works through Foobar if I want too). Then again, I really only play stuff on my computer (Schiit DAC+AMP) and my ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 2400

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Pretty good server article over at Anandtech intel-skylake-ep-vs-amd-epyc-7000-cpu-battle-of-the-decade Promising results for EPYC too. AMD's is offering more cores at lower prices and still winning a lot of the benches. :) Yeah, unfortunately for AMD though, the server space isn't quite as forgivi...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 80
Views: 3702

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

My understanding is that he's talking about using the 4-port switch part of a SOHO router as the network hub and therefore getting bottlenecked at 1Gbit. Of course there's a lot of reasons why that would never happen, starting with the fact that I'm not sure 10Gig switch/routers are even available, ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Re: Streaming frustrations

I don't doubt that, Waco. In theory AC should be better at range. In reality most people don't have a TP-Link Archer, they have a POS $40 Belkin or D-Link (D-Link makes some decent stuff, but not on the low end). Then again the place I live is so congested that even 5GHz runs out of channels most da...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB Type C adapter
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: USB Type C adapter

meerkt wrote:
Probably cheaper to get another card reader. :)
And easier to use without adapters.


USB-C is a godsend for cable vendors only. In fact, if it wasn't for TB using the same physical connector, it might have failed to catch on at all.
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