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by defaultluser
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12121

Re: Video card prices

I also don't know where "last year zero availability" for "Nvidia GDDR5" comes from. I just told you, [b]I almost bought one at $450 a month ago. I don't know how you missed the entirety of 2017. But you must have slept since June? The Etherium boom was pushing prices of Nvidia ...
by defaultluser
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RGB-LED Walls
Replies: 11
Views: 693

Re: RGB-LED Walls

Pretty good for consumer. The real benefit is if they figured out how to economically scale the backend tile systems to permit even larger displays. To me that looks like a usual CES one-off. The tech will enter the consumer space eventually but right now it's going to be pricey. The tech has been ...
by defaultluser
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12121

Re: Video card prices

Yeah, this makes me more-and-more likely to bite on a GTX 1060 6GB the next time the prices fall below the stratosphere. There's no rush to release desktop Volta yet, and still no signs of life from the GDDR6 camp, other than promises of May-ish.
by defaultluser
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12121

Re: Video card prices

It's going be be several more years until prices stabilize. I had hopes after the short-term drop around Thanksgiving, but that was only for a moment. And prices prior to that were crap for almost a year! There are (previously dead) coins for which the creator has already plead out for fraud that h...
by defaultluser
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12121

Re: Video card prices

Miners have entered the fray at a time when the cost of new fabs is simply staggering, AND the ones we already have are strained to the limit. And memory chips are already in high demand thanks to cell phones and servers, so they gladly welcome a rise in prices. The memory chips AND GPUs are in shor...
by defaultluser
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9258

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Is there any chance of TechReport doing a more in-depth test with frame minimums and "time spent below" graphs? I've seen enough quick benchmarks to know the average frame-rates of video games are unaffected, but we all know how worthless that is. I'm hopeful we'll get a more in-depth look...
by defaultluser
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Digital Dark Age in Physical Storage?
Replies: 23
Views: 927

Re: Digital Dark Age in Physical Storage?

The good news is, the prevalence of USB will make the INTERFACE part of accessing old media painless. USB has proven to be able to grow, while maintaining backward-compatibility. USB-C adapters will be around for at least the next 30 years, since nobody seems ready to kill the Type-A port yet. You o...
by defaultluser
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 22
Views: 1345

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

Good questions. I'm seeking a laptop because I travel, sometimes 4 or 5 times in a year. An SFF with external monitor won't do. I'll cut back on my 3 or 4 bay requirement if I can get more SSD capacity into one or two 2.5" bays. But I don't think I can compromise down to a single 2.5" bay...
by defaultluser
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 22
Views: 1345

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

I'm sorry, but your requests would be way better served by building your own small-form-factor PC. Entry-level gaming laptops are usually not too expensive, but "premium" models with these specs are usually way overpriced. You could build a Ryzen 7 1700 system with 16GB ram, GTX 1080 and a...
by defaultluser
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 57
Views: 4939

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

In my experience, x265 constant quality settings are a little more aggressive than x264. I found that x264 at 20 was around the same as x265 at 19. because the new codec blurs content way more at the same settings. Keep this in mind when comparing the two, since the "space savings" is some...
by defaultluser
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ram speed vs tight timings?
Replies: 5
Views: 1847

Re: Ram speed vs tight timings?

Timings usually mean very little in real-world performance. The speed is far more important.
by defaultluser
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4952

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

The most powerful 8-bit CPU DESIGN in the BAD OLD DAYS was the 6809. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_6809 It quickly gained a following in demanding arcade machines. It was pretty beefy, but got outshone by the 68000 released only a year later. The two weren't source-compatible, so the 6809 d...
by defaultluser
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 6897

Re: Which cpu to get?

I'm not sure I'd upgrade. You've got a single architectural generation going Haswell to Skylake, and then just a bunch of clock speed and now core count bumps. You should be able to hit at least 4.7 GHz on your Devils Canyon chip, which makes Kaby Lake 7700k at 4.9 GHz look boring. Unless you're one...
by defaultluser
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 7505

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Make a backup of your windows install. Many laptops have proprietary drivers and applications required JUST TO BOOT. I've seen some that won't load a default Windows image without a BSOD. And they usually charge out-the-ass to ship you a working install CD. The backup will make restoration easy, in ...
by defaultluser
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath
Replies: 16
Views: 1321

Re: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath

Elevated GPU prices are not "the new normal," it will just take longer than 2-4 months after launch for demand to be met. Until there's enough sustained demand to pay for more fabs. Hey, it could happen :D Remember when you couldn't buy a 6GB GTX 1060 for less than $400? Now there are seve...
by defaultluser
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 12610

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

But Kyle Bennettt still thinks AMD owns Tech Report. He will gleefully mention this any time this site is mentioned on Hardforum.

Obviously, if AMD owns Tech Report, they would provide the golden #1 sample?
by defaultluser
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 4971

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

Manufacturers have stopped putting in the effort on USB 2.0 drives. That's because the standard tops-out at around 25MB/s. Always go USB 3, because it's going to give you at least 50-80MB/s read, and around 10-20MB/s write, even for most of the low-end drives. There's also like a dollar or two diffe...
by defaultluser
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 5606

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

Mainstream "best value" processors have changed over the years, but today they're even lower-priced than they used to be. The best value desktop processor for the last seven years has been the Intel Celeron, starting at $40USD. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G57Z460...
by defaultluser
Mon May 29, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 4207

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

My 2500k at 4.2 GHz died after 6 years. I was hoping for more, since I upgraded to 16GB ram just two years back, and I replaced the PSU with a Seasonic gold about 4 years back. I was able to reuse everything but the motherboard and processor successfully in my Microcenter $100 special Haswell Pentiu...
by defaultluser
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ryzen System Build Planning - System Memory 4-ch vs 2-ch
Replies: 12
Views: 6491

Re: Ryzen System Build Planning - System Memory 4-ch vs 2-ch

Intel 4-channel controller is overkill, designed to support the Xeons that are ALSO supported on that platform. Cause you know, 22 cores on a single memory controller :) 8-10 cores have been easy to feed with dual-channel since the introduction of DDR4. This is TWICE the bandwidth that LGA 1366 laun...
by defaultluser
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 213
Views: 15433

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

Well, Cinebench is a good example of mixed vector and scalar code (like most optimized code), which is why Bulldozer et al was slower than other more integer-heavy tasks, but no slouch at it. It's also a real program that people use to make real 3D content for movies, so it's not "just a benchm...
by defaultluser
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: already a hotfix
Replies: 2
Views: 4985

Re: already a hotfix

Yeah, the quality of Nvidia's driver have been taking a dive lately.

Luckily for me, the latest game I play is Shadow Warrior 2 , and still making my way through Doom, all on a GTX 960. So I don't have to deal with this crap, assuming they fix things in the next year.
by defaultluser
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 213
Views: 15433

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

EDIT: gloves are off, feells GOOD, my post above is fixed!
by defaultluser
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.
Replies: 213
Views: 15433

Re: Ryzen Passmark: Prime and Physics are off, excels at everything else.

Couple this with the benchmarks showing that Ryzen's AVX unit may not be up to snuff and that it can't compete in memory bandwidth limited use cases and Ryzen does not offer a compelling product. More importantly, in heavily threaded workloads where Ryzen could compete, the better option is NVIDIA'...