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by synthtel2
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 27
Views: 2088

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

I would still be buying ID games if they were still porting them to Linux, but sadly they quit doing that a long time ago. Id's recent games work well in Wine when not DRMed, and AFAICT Id doesn't keep heavy DRM applied for very long after a game's release. Well it's not so much a political stateme...
by synthtel2
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2025

Re: Talk me out of it!

It looks like people are saying RAM training gets stuck failing more often than typical, even at 2133 etc, and ASRock is recommending CMOS clears. This could also be responsible for some of the unknown-cause failures in those reviews. I had something possibly similar happen on my ASRock AB350 Gaming...
by synthtel2
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 116
Views: 3624

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Aren't TI-83/84/+ calculators Z-80-based? Academia still manages to move plenty of those.
by synthtel2
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4247

Re: Which cpu to get?

You may want to double-check the data from a variety of sources again. Outside of a few mainstream tier outliers, the 7700K and 8700K are neck to neck under majority of mainstream tier apps and games as expected because they have the same turbo speed for anything less than 4 threads. The 8700K only...
by synthtel2
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Voltage / frequency curves
Replies: 24
Views: 5993

Re: Voltage / frequency curves

I've got another 1700 sample (added to graph) - a warranty replacement for the performance marginality problem. At 2.7 GHz it's basically still idling, and it follows The Stilt's measurements on up. It hardly burns power and is generally amazing. If AMD has a lot of dies like this for servers and la...
by synthtel2
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4247

Re: Which cpu to get?

I did read the review and it doesn't change the notion at all. How do you intend to explain the 8700K's commanding lead over the 7700K, then? No, background load isn't it. If background load is taking more than a quarter of a single core, your system has issues. Gaming consoles =! PCs They kinda do...
by synthtel2
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4247

Re: Which cpu to get?

The majority of gaming titles only use one or two threads at most. The third thread is barely used if at all (typically audio stuff). Dude, no. We've been over this. That was a common architecture for 7th-gen consoles, but you can't get performance beyond "toaster" out of 8th-gen consoles...
by synthtel2
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2166

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

Aha, thanks for the actual data! I'm not sure it's so final as you're thinking, though - the lowest config tested still has twice the bandwidth of the 1030 config in question here, it's a bit of a small sample size, none of the games tested save possibly SoM are ones I would expect to have issues wi...
by synthtel2
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2166

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

PCIe bandwidth only matters to high end cards running at low resolutions where the framerate is very high and there are loads of frames to render. This does not sound like a scenario for an entry level card running in an old Phenom. Even if you were to get a GTX 1080 and run it a PCIe 2.0 x4 over a...
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking
Replies: 18
Views: 2394

Re: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking

2133, 16-16-16-16-36-54 .... 137-144 fps 2933, 16-16-16-16-36-54 .... 153-159 fps 2666, 14-14-14-14-32-46 .... 152-161 fps .... or performance about 30% specific to RAM clock, with latency apparently being a pretty big deal. The 2666 config only has a 3-7% absolute latency advantage to make up for t...
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Miscellaneous Ryzen thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 3780

Re: Miscellaneous Ryzen thoughts

With 1.0.0.6b (I skipped 1.0.0.6a) and a CPU replaced under warranty for the performance marginality problem, RAM now Just Works. The final config for medium-term stability evaluation is 1.20V / 2666 / 14-14-14-14-32-46 / everything else on auto. It'll probably end up at 1.25V for margin. Just for k...
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2166

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

There is also the issue of the motherboard having only gen 2.0 PCI-E slots, Hold that thought, the 1030 also only has four lanes of PCIe. Normally x4 or 2.0 wouldn't be a notable issue at this performance level, but both at the same time might start to more seriously get in the way. (I agree that t...
by synthtel2
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

QoS requires routers to be a bit smarter than I thought then, but it makes sense that they would be.
by synthtel2
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

It does not just use 80 and 443 - it was using a whole bunch of them up in the 47000 range.
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The QoS I'm familiar with takes significant setup to be much help if the usage patterns aren't trivially predictable - am I missing something? I've seen a lot of factory-supplied QoS rule lists in routers, but never yet one comprehensive enough to do much generally-applicable good. (Cheapo routers c...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The Fall Update that's coming soon will give more direct access to deal with this problem . Now *that's* useful. Oh great, two steps forward and one step back -- the backwards step being the 4-5 levels of options needed to access that point. This is exactly the sort of long beard the traditional Wi...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The first time (night before last) I fired off the updater, it threw a highly ambiguous error and wouldn't do anything. Last night, it looked like it was working, but now it's hung here at "preparing to install updates 16%" with no CPU or network use. Reboot and try a third time I guess? T...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Windows 7 would do this, though. It just wasn't as frequent because patches and service updates tended to come in larger lumps, but less often. I know your pain because we had a 1.5 mbps DSL connection up until this year. But it wasn't just the PCs that would saturate the connection when applying u...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I've got nothing against 1703 (AFAIK) and don't want to defer it by more than a few days. What I've got a problem with is Windows using 30-50 connections to 8.254.250.206 to download it and making the connection completely useless for anything else. I did have torrents disabled, and all of the conne...
by synthtel2
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

it hogs the entire downlink (thereby ruining gaming) whenever it feels like it This just got much, much worse. I want to do some gaming, it's downloading update 1703, it's going to take all night, it's got a bajillion connections downloading it in parallel so absolutely nothing else can get through...
by synthtel2
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Under Power Options, pick the completely unintuitive "Choose what the power button does" on the left, then untick "Turn on fast startup." I'll try that one. Thanks (and thanks to ludi also). That, and it doesn't bother with the normal-since-forever clean unmounting of the disk p...
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking
Replies: 18
Views: 2394

Re: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking

It isn't directly comparable due to the OS change and intervening game updates, of course, but on an R7 1700 with RAM at 2133 (for now) it's typically (mostly CPU-limited) 80-120 fps and never below 60. Now I want to max out this monitor at 144 though. :lol: I'll see what RAM does whenever I get aro...
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 24
Views: 4471

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

This has been a driver issue, not a hardware issue - the mic is fine in Windows.
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Everything went well. Windows still makes me WTF-were-they-thinking about every 5 minutes I spend dealing with it, and it hogs the entire downlink (thereby ruining gaming) whenever it feels like it, but it is at least out of the way when not in use. Boot target switch is via UEFI - Linux is default,...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Alright, my brother is using a 128GB SSD OS drive and 512GB SSD game drive, and all of his stuff will fit on the 512 easily. We'll musical-drives some data around so I can use the 128 for Windows. Does Win7 get upset at all if it finds itself mirrored to a strange drive? When that happens to Linux, ...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Windows does not seem to consider removable media to be a valid install target.
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I was including draw call cost and so on in CPU-side load. If the game's render thread has to wait longer than usual on drivers, translation, or whatever, it can tank performance pretty quickly without loading down the GPU. When Wine has issues, this usually seems to be why, and it seems like this V...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I don't even have a good enough mental model of how VMWare might be doing that to know where the performance hit would be. If it's GPU-side, no problem, low settings are the most competitive anyway IMHO. If it's CPU-side, it may make it tough to get 100+ fps. Resource allocation wouldn't be an issue...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I had no idea that worked so well! It looks like it does on Workstation Player, which is free, right? Do you know much about the performance hit? Spec Ops on a 980 Ti isn't the most intensive load.
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4179

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc Thanks, but it doesn't seem like a good bet that MS will let that stand indefinitely, and a Win8.1 install with that sort of trouble would be even more obnoxious than 10. The way I understood your initial post the main objective was-- " The point is, getting the ...
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