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by synthtel2
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 37
Views: 1021

Re: upgrading a graphics card

It isn't *that* terrible a CPU - it's still at least as powerful as a baseline PS4 or Xbox One CPU, for one reference point. That's being somewhat conservative. Definitely conservative, yes - the worst point of comparison is FPU performance, where a 3.7 GHz dual-module Piledriver is nominally equal...
by synthtel2
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 37
Views: 1021

Re: upgrading a graphics card

Those numbers are always hugely overspecced to account for other things in the system - the actual draw of that card is around 30W, and the main other thing in the system is the CPU with a 65W TDP. If it's got a 300W power supply, it's definitely good to go. If the power supply is that little of an ...
by synthtel2
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 37
Views: 1021

Re: upgrading a graphics card

Hi, welcome to Tech Report! I don't think we can offer much advice without a few more details--the PC system model doesn't tell us its exact component configuration, which we need to know. First, can you answer these questions: [list]What types of games does she play? Overwatch, Minecraft, Skyrim, ...
by synthtel2
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 37
Views: 1021

Re: upgrading a graphics card

It isn't *that* terrible a CPU - it's still at least as powerful as a baseline PS4 or Xbox One CPU, for one reference point. I wouldn't put $200 into it, but it won't take much to be a significant upgrade in graphics. A GDDR5 1030 like this or this only draws 30W nominally, and will likely fit withi...
by synthtel2
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 980
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: GTX 980

+50% for $450 still doesn't seem like a great buy, though. GPUs just go through 50% gains too fast to be spending that kind of money every time they do - that's less than a typical generation's worth. A 1080 Ti is about the minimum I'd consider worth it on a perf/$ basis even if you have workloads t...
by synthtel2
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 920

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Scanning the overclock.net thread on it, it looks like four-point-high at 1.3V or less is common enough. As I recall it, the real trouble is that 5 GHz is just too much heat, but as a one-core turbo that should be fine.
by synthtel2
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 920

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

They've got about the same voltage/frequency curves last I heard, though, and SKL-X has power delivery advantages, thermal advantages, and a lot more cores to spread the wear over.
by synthtel2
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 920

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

But go take a look at TR's benchmark suite and see what (if any) benchmarks can even try to use AVX-512 whatsoever [even inefficiently since AVX-512 can hurt performance if you don't use right... kinda like DX12]. From what I can tell, the absolute newest versions of AIDA-64 have finally introduced...
by synthtel2
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME
Replies: 38
Views: 1628

Re: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME

If it's cheap, which it is, it doesn't have to scale well in very many workloads to be a good part.
by synthtel2
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME
Replies: 38
Views: 1628

Re: 16 core CPUs with a single RAM channel are AWESOME

Being bound by memory performance isn't automatically a problem any more than being bound by compute is automatically a problem. In isolation, neither says much of anything about the net perf/$ of the system. We're used to the expense all being focused on the compute side (and being memory-bound the...
by synthtel2
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Has anyone tried compact & air-cooled Threadripper yet?
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Has anyone tried compact & air-cooled Threadripper yet?

What is the ΔT (outlet temperature minus inlet temperature) for your existing configuration when fully loaded? You should expect the ΔT to change by the ratio of power. If that's not too hot for you, things will likely be okay. If the increase in ΔT is a problem, you can upgrade your fans to increa...
by synthtel2
Thu May 31, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 connecting to network without permission
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Win10 connecting to network without permission

Forget -> reboot -> reconnect doesn't solve anything for subsequent boots, nor does toggling pretty much anything else it exposes in either UI (not that any of it was relevant in the first place - just throwing stuff at the wall to see if anything sticks now). So AFAICT this rudimentary security pro...
by synthtel2
Thu May 31, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28145

Re: Video card prices

Image

Vega 56 may have finally mostly rejoined reality.
by synthtel2
Wed May 23, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 655

Re: Camping / Hiking :

8 to 10 pounds base weight (doesn't include food/water) typically for summers in Colorado. It does take some care to get there, but not any particularly specialized, expensive, or fragile gear. I still use an $80 sleeping bag and a cheapo blue foam pad, for instance.
by synthtel2
Wed May 23, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 655

Re: Camping / Hiking :

Cuben/dyneema/spectra at least has a clear reason to be niche - it's expensive as all hell. If price were no object I'd still take basic 30D silnylon every time (even over 1.5oz cuben), but that's mostly just a personal preference for gear that lasts. 75+% of the tents I see out there would be signi...
by synthtel2
Wed May 23, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 655

Re: Camping / Hiking :

I don't understand why so many tents use materials that aren't actually waterproof when silnylon exists. It's fairly cheap (<$8/yd for 2nds), most commonly ~1.4 oz/yd 2 , incredibly durable for something of its weight (it can stretch a lot before tearing and can even self-heal a bit), and doesn't re...
by synthtel2
Sun May 20, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 connecting to network without permission
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Win10 connecting to network without permission

Connect automatically isn't enabled and never has been (on any connection, not just this one), and the rest of the troubled connection's properties check out (not that there is much to check out in the UI). Since 1803, every time I boot up Windows, it auto-connects to the wifi network I use most oft...
by synthtel2
Sun May 20, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Yet another Planetside 2 infodump
Replies: 0
Views: 155

Yet another Planetside 2 infodump

Probably the last Planetside 2 infodump, because I've finally got it running well. If I do come up with anything else, I'll just put it in this thread. **** **** CPU-side **** **** Excuse the lack of hard numbers in this section - in benchmarkable scenarios, it's fast enough that it just doesn't mat...
by synthtel2
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 147
Views: 18407

Re: Xbox One X

It doesn't sound so simple anymore. HDR is a competing standards issue, not a performance issue - games already store stuff for all the heavy stages in linear 16-bit floats, and it doesn't much matter from a performance perspective whether they map that down at the end to gamma-curved 8-bit ints, l...
by synthtel2
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 17
Views: 2903

Re: Ryzen 7 2700

A bit of some voodoo or other seems the norm when pushing the limits, unfortunately. The one I keep running into is that after pushing it too far and needing a CMOS clear, it becomes unstable at values that were working right before that (and sometimes even much more relaxed ones). It seems to need ...
by synthtel2
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 147
Views: 18407

Re: Xbox One X

CPUs are usually fine with far less bandwidth than what the difference is, so I'm not seeing a problem there. Not a problem with the hardware, it just looked like you were trying to claim that setup as some kind of serious advantage over a more conventional setup with 256 GB/s to the GPU. If you we...
by synthtel2
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 147
Views: 18407

Re: Xbox One X

With both the CPU and GPU having more memory bandwidth than a 1070, and custom instructions on the CPU to cut rendering costs significantly. And a strong hardware audio chip most PCs don't have. The CPU and GPU have to share that bandwidth. The shared memory is handy for CPU<->GPU communication, bu...
by synthtel2
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 17
Views: 2903

Re: Ryzen 7 2700

If you're using faster RAM, that's something the old 1700 isn't good with either, it tops out at 2933 with loose timings, or 2666 with tight timings. ? I haven't heard of the 1700 non-X being any worse at that than other SKUs, and mine certainly isn't. It was a bit rocky out of the gate like the re...
by synthtel2
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 3197

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

I hear what you're saying but don't forget that these second-gen Ryzen's aren't hitting 4.3+ GHz either. That's a single-core, temporary peak boost speed, which we won't know more about until after the reviews. The highest all-core base clock that is comparable to an overclocked first-gen Ryzen is ...
by synthtel2
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 2902

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

Surprised that is all you are getting, your GPU is much more powerful than my 7850 2GB... What sort of res are you pushing out? I've been playing PS2 for roughly 4 years, sad to say almost exclusively. I just can't get into games because of time constraints with work and kids. I've done a lot of fi...
by synthtel2
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 2902

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

CPU performance has been degrading again and really hates AMD; 50 in the biggest fights is a bit of a tall order, but with 3200C14 and shadows turned down it should be close. Disregard that, turns out model quality is the trick (animation LOD distances). Of course none of my testing caught that (un...
by synthtel2
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6357

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

At least on an R7 1700 / ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac / 1.0.0.6b, it trains every time (and always has), regardless of RAM settings. POST takes maybe 15 seconds at 2666C14, 10 seconds at 2133 JEDEC, and could be 30+ if pushing the limits. 1st boot is no different, and 3x fail to boot (settable to 2x o...
by synthtel2
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 2902

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

I'm stuck on a GTX 960 at the moment, so can't Freesync to test it. I do have one idea - if smoothing isn't turned on (checkbox in graphics settings), certain arrangements of physics objects in the game can cause some very heavy microstutter (alternating slow/fast frames) for nearby players. I've se...
by synthtel2
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 2902

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

At this point we have just been playing Planetside 2 and Path of Exile. Once the GPU market is somewhat normal and we can get with more punch we will probably start playing Ark Survival again and a few other resource intensive games. I wouldn't say we have a target frames either at this point, just...
by synthtel2
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DDR4 3200 - CL14 - To be or not to be
Replies: 28
Views: 2902

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

What kinds of games at what kind of target framerate (assuming gaming is the primary heavy workload)?
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