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by mikewinddale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 2024

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

^ I think the Crucial MX500 is mid-performance, the Samsung is the highest, and the WD and Intel fall in between. The Adata is the lowest performance, but only for very intense workloads. For basic office productivity, all of these drives are fine. If you do multimedia editing or something like that...
by mikewinddale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 2024

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

WD Blue 3D NAND, Samsung 860 EVO, Crucial MX500, Intel 545s, Adata SU800 are some plain, solid, drives to consider. They all got good reviews. The Sandisk Ultra 3D NAND is a rebranded WD Blue 3D NAND, so it's good. Make sure you only get an SSD with DRAM. All the drives I listed have DRAM. I think b...
by mikewinddale
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz
Replies: 32
Views: 3520

Re: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz

Hmm, if the BIOS says the multiplier is 9, but it's stuck to 6 in Windows, then I wonder if the problem is in Windows. As I mentioned, try Linux. But also, check if the power settings in Windows are correct. I know you said it's set to "High Performance," but maybe something messed up the ...
by mikewinddale
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz
Replies: 32
Views: 3520

Re: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz

Reset your BIOS to factory. Use HWiNFO64 to check temps, fan speeds, etc. Get some compressed air and clean your tower out. And maybe the thermal paste is getting old? If your temps are high, try reinstalling the heatsink with new paste. Try running a stress test in Linux to see if the issue is OS. ...
by mikewinddale
Sun May 12, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build - who dis?
Replies: 20
Views: 2110

Re: New build - who dis?

Oh, one thing just occurred to me: you should probably get a new PSU. First, those pops you are hearing could be coming from the PSU. And even if they aren't, the old PSU is getting old, and it probably isn't as good at delivering clean power as it was when it was new. Either that PSU is dying, or i...
by mikewinddale
Sun May 12, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build - who dis?
Replies: 20
Views: 2110

Re: New build - who dis?

I'm glad I helped! The one downside is that even though the Ryzen 3xxx has PCIe 4.0, on an old motherboard (X470, B450), only the graphics card slot will be 4.0. To use the rest of the 4.0 channels from the Ryzen 3xxx, yoi need whatever new motherboard chipset will come out. Of course, if you went w...
by mikewinddale
Sun May 12, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build - who dis?
Replies: 20
Views: 2110

Re: New build - who dis?

Update: So the MSI B450 Tomahawk says this about its latest BIOS update: "Support new upcoming AMD cpu." So you should be good. My suggestion, then, is that instead of getting a Ryzen 7 2700X, you get a Ryzen 3 2200G for $200 less and wait for Ryzen 3xxx to come out. And then, with that Ry...
by mikewinddale
Sun May 12, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build - who dis?
Replies: 20
Views: 2110

Re: New build - who dis?

I'd wait for Ryzen 3xxx to come out. Some rumors are still saying there might be a Ryzen 3900 with 16 cores. With 16 cores, you should really be able to multitask (game + stream) without worries. At the very least, the release of Ryzen 3xxx should cause prices of Ryzen 2xxx to fall. If you absolutel...
by mikewinddale
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ASUS BIOS Q-Fan Tuning
Replies: 20
Views: 25033

Re: ASUS BIOS Q-Fan Tuning

Run some typical software/games with coretemp visible and see what the "slack" in your system is. For me in an air-conditioned office at 24C, my CPU is at 35C idle, but full load puts it on 61C within a couple of seconds, at which point it sort of stabilises but with a gradual ramp up to ...
by mikewinddale
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: (&CarbonFiber_5C drop) vs Silicone pad
Replies: 31
Views: 3976

Re: Silicone pad temp increase vs paste. How much.

I'm interested in seeing results too. I value reliability over performance (as long as it doesn't cost too much performance), so if a graphite pad can get longer longevity and reduced degradation and reduced odds of mis-application, at only a degree or two higher, then I'd strongly consider using a ...
by mikewinddale
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help restoring and old-a** PC and mouse!
Replies: 16
Views: 3494

Re: Help restoring and old-a** PC and mouse!

Oh, okay, I didn't realize that mSATA-to-PATA adapters existed. Cool! Now that you mention it, it makes sense, but I just didn't think of it. I was imagining you using one of these kinds of adapters, and I couldn't figure out how you did it in a laptop: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=sata+to+pata&re...
by mikewinddale
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help restoring and old-a** PC and mouse!
Replies: 16
Views: 3494

Re: Help restoring and old-a** PC and mouse!

I'm really curious: how did you get an SSD in that laptop? The ThinkPad 380 is from 1997, so Pentium II era. So it must have Parallel ATA/66, right? How did you get an SSD to work with the PATA interface? Online, I can find some PATA/IDE-SATA adapters, but I'm surprised you were able to fit it in th...
by mikewinddale
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Build For $1500?
Replies: 25
Views: 3070

Re: Build For $1500?

I'd be hesitant to reuse the old PSU. A lot of people on these forums have weird, mysterious problems that often get traced back to an old PSU they reused. A dying PSU might appear to be working, but if its power delivery is beginning to fail, it can cause random, mysterious system crashes. Moreover...
by mikewinddale
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding
Replies: 12
Views: 2004

Re: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding

I second Airmantharp. The market for brand-new desktops with multiple GPUs is almost non-existent, and what does exist is very expensive and niche, so the market for used desktops is going to be even closer to non-existent. You're looking for a red polka-dotted needle in a blue striped haystack. If ...
by mikewinddale
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding
Replies: 12
Views: 2004

Re: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding

People here are saying that when they use a PCIe x1 riser instead of a true x16 slot for folding, they experience a 10-20 percent performance drop. But that's per GPU. So if you can find a mining rig with (say) 10 GPUs, then you'll get the performance of 10 GPUs minus 20%, which comes out to 8 GPUs....
by mikewinddale
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding
Replies: 12
Views: 2004

Re: Please Suggest Pre Built Quad SLI or Higher Desktop PC for Folding

Whether a mining rig will be good for folding will depend on whether folding has high bandwidth requirements. Typically, a mining rig has many PCIe x1 slots that are connected by a set of risers to x16 graphics cards, but with only x1 bandwidth. So each graphics card gets only 1/16 the bandwidth it ...
by mikewinddale
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with a few builds
Replies: 7
Views: 1721

Re: Need help with a few builds

Need to buy a Video Card) Has no onboard Graphics . . . Not sure if it is worth buying a video card for system #1 and run pfsense or freenas on it. If you don't think you'd be using the graphics very often, how about a 2D USB-HDMI graphics adapter? See here . They're only about $50, so it would be ...
by mikewinddale
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads
Replies: 10
Views: 2971

Re: Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads

Okay, now I am astounded. I just ran what's called a "synthetic control" on both the Google Compute Xeon 48 core / 96 thread and my 8 core Ryzen 7 2700X. The synthetic control method is an actual method I use in real-life, so it is 100% realistic. In fact, I was interested in the Google Co...
by mikewinddale
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU
Replies: 42
Views: 6114

Re: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU

Let's look at some benchmarks. I'll use GeekBench4 since that's multithreaded and it's easy to find scores. The Intel Q4400 gets around 5000 in GeekBench4 Multi-Core. See here . The Pentium G5400 gets around 7,000 to 8,000, here . So yes, that's an upgrade. I couldn't find a Ryzen 3 2200 on GeekBenc...
by mikewinddale
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU
Replies: 42
Views: 6114

Re: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU

My suspicion is that you'll want at least as many cores. Plus, thanks to the Ryzen revolution, cores are cheap. Look at a cheap 4 core Ryzen.

A Pentium G5400 is $80 on Newegg. A quad core Ryzen 3 2200G is $95. Plus you get Integrated Vega graphics with that.
by mikewinddale
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads
Replies: 10
Views: 2971

Re: Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads

Also, if the Google Compute + 48 core Xeon is only 6 times faster than my 4 core Core i7, then it's only equivalent to a 24 core Core i7. So I might just have to buy my own 32 core ThreadRipper someday. (Or whatever the equivalent of a 32 core ThreadRipper will be in the future.)
by mikewinddale
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads
Replies: 10
Views: 2971

Re: Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads

I just ran another benchmark, this one from 7zip. I am in my office, so my computer here is a 4-core Core i7-7700 @ 3.60 GHz. with Windows 10. Instructions: (1) Windows: https://www.7-cpu.com/utils.html --> download 7bench1400.7z --> extract ---> execute "7zr64.exe b" in cmd.exe (2) Linux:...
by mikewinddale
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads
Replies: 10
Views: 2971

Benchmarking 48 cores, 96 threads

So I've thought about buying a ThreadRipper, but in the meantime, I thought I'd try out the Google Compute Engine, which lets you operate a cloud VM from Google's servers. (Recently, Google announced that the record for calculating digits of pi had been broken using the Google Compute Engine.) So I ...
by mikewinddale
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: External USB3 Hard Drives Running Hot on new Windows 10 Pro Laptop
Replies: 9
Views: 1823

Re: External USB3 Hard Drives Running Hot on new Windows 10 Pro Laptop

Check disk usage in Task Manager and see if either disk is being constantly accessed. You can also get more detailed information from a system information monitor. For example, I use HWiNFO64, and for each drive, it shows me: Drive Temperature Drive Remaining Life Drive Failure (y/n) Drive Warning (...
by mikewinddale
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cable suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Re: Cable suggestions

I'm not a cabling expert, but solid core sounds weird. Ethernet typically uses twisted pair. Early Ethernet used coaxial, and some exotic Ethernet uses fiber optic. So I'm not sure what a solid core Ethernet cable is supposed to be, unless it's a legacy coaxial cable. Anyway, the first thing I'd wor...
by mikewinddale
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses
Replies: 46
Views: 5036

Re: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses

I'm glad the problem appears to be fixed, and I hope it stays that way! I'm curious if you'd be willing to try something to indulge my curiosity. Now that you know the Mushkin drive was bad, I'd like to see the results of benchmarks and diagnostics. I don't have any bad drives in my possession, so I...
by mikewinddale
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Laptop Bricked - Assistance Requested
Replies: 10
Views: 1541

Re: Laptop Bricked - Assistance Requested

As roncat said, something worse is afoot. Drivers don't just disappear. Furthermore, Windows always has sufficient drivers to at least get a system working. When you first install Windows, but before you install manufacturer drivers, the system still works well enough to at least get on the internet...
by mikewinddale
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Laptop Bricked - Assistance Requested
Replies: 10
Views: 1541

Re: Laptop Bricked - Assistance Requested

I second what Meerkt said about booting to a Linux USB and backing up your data to an external drive. Another option is to get a cheap SSD and replace your laptop's drive with it. Put your laptop's original SSD into a USB enclosure. Then, install Windows to the cheap SSD you just installed in your l...
by mikewinddale
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Do I need a good motherboard for gaming?
Replies: 10
Views: 2089

Re: Do I need a good motherboard for gaming?

For example, I'm comparing an ASRock X470 Taichi to an ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4. The X470 has 8 SATA (6 chipset, 2 third-party) while the B450 has only 6 SATA (4 chipset, 2 third-party). The X470 has 8 USB (six 3.1 Gen1, one 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, one 3.1 Gen2 Type-A) while the B450 also has 8 USB b...
by mikewinddale
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Do I need a good motherboard for gaming?
Replies: 10
Views: 2089

Re: Do I need a good motherboard for gaming?

The B450 and X470 are very similar. The only differences I am aware of are: --- The X470 supports SLI, allowing two PCIe x16 (physical) slots to operate at x8 (electrically) so that you can have two graphics cards, and --- The X470 has more USB and SATA. So if you want to have dual graphics cards, y...
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