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by defaultluser
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 1716

Re: NFL 2018

I'm hopeful that the Ravens can take-on another win and get back to the playoffs this year. All that would require is Joe Flacco to return to his 2014 level-of-play (more tds, more ypa). We''ve added to the number of quality targets, so the only missing link here is him. We'll see if he actually tak...
by defaultluser
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 USB becomes unstable after build upgrade
Replies: 12
Views: 684

Re: Windows 10 USB becomes unstable after build upgrade

if you hate the idea of USB hubs AND you would rather have those on the back of your computer, then use this USB header to back plate USB ports. https://www.amazon.com/Panel-Bracket-9-Pin-Motherboard-Header/dp/B00LV1ODSW It's the same method we used to use on AT motherboards, when only the keyboard ...
by defaultluser
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 USB becomes unstable after build upgrade
Replies: 12
Views: 684

Re: Windows 10 USB becomes unstable after build upgrade

Disabled the ASMedia USB and SATA ports in the BIOS. Embarrassed myself a little once I did, as it took me far to long to realize which USB ports on the rear I/O were the ones connected the ASMedia controller vs. Intel, and the 10 minutes of troubleshooting I did after disabling them and trying to ...
by defaultluser
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Today is my last day, got a new job
Replies: 21
Views: 969

Re: Today is my last day, got a new job

... and my last 58mile 1 hour commute to work... Even driving a Cruze Diesel and averaging 42mpg a tank for the commute it was costing up to $2500/yr in gas. Man, I am living in the wrong part of the country... I live 13 miles from work, spend over an hour each way on an interstate commute.... But ...
by defaultluser
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 1060 No Display
Replies: 23
Views: 766

Re: GTX 1060 No Display

gmskking wrote:
Should I just toss it since it was never purchased? Can you RMA a video card you never purchased?



I don't see why not. Unless it's an OEM card (shipped in another manufacturer's system), then it has a retail warranty.

What's the card model and brand?
by defaultluser
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 3151

Re: Phone dilemma

You don't have to choose between "Unsecure Android" and Apple. The Pixel 2 is a capable phone with stock Android, and costs less Than the Galaxy S9, and has a better camera than any other Android phone. It will receive 3 years of updates from Google. The smaller model also sticks with trad...
by defaultluser
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1965

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

Everything post-XP requires a DX9-capable graphics card, but you can probably turn off 3d-renderd desktop. There is a minimum VRAM spec that's much higher than yours, but I imagine that's for 3D desktop rendering. You might be able to get Windows to detect it as a generic VGA card, but getting it to...
by defaultluser
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: hot deal - asrock rx 580 and mobo for $300
Replies: 1
Views: 450

Re: hot deal - asrock rx 580 and mobo for $300

It's a good deal if you're building a new system, you basically get the motherboard for free. AsRock is eating the cost of this in order to let people know that they now make GPUs :D Too bad it's not Mini ITX, or I''d use this to upgrade my Core i3 HTPC to a 2500x. My main gaming PC has no need of a...
by defaultluser
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with buying a new pc
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Re: Need help with buying a new pc

This may be useful: Photoshop CC 2018 CPU Performance: AMD Ryzen 2 vs Intel 8th Gen . But note that the GPU they used costs GBP 650 (converting USD to GBP and adding VAT at 20 %), which is half of your total budget. I can't comment on the accuracy of the information on that page. Those benchmarks a...
by defaultluser
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with buying a new pc
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Re: Need help with buying a new pc

Can you provide your existing PC's spec so we can make sure you get a substantial upgrade? Also, did you want to game at all (mixed work and play), or anticipate using your GPU heavily though any plugin? Air coolers are generally half the cost of water for the same performance, and don't suffer leak...
by defaultluser
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 2874

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

Remember when everything started using the P5 instruction set and wouldn't run without a Pentium? Games, video drivers, audio/video/photo editing software, Windows XP... Looks like SSE2 is that next big instruction set. I don't recall many applications that required SSE, MMX or even the base P6 ins...
by defaultluser
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Going from 660 to 1080
Replies: 12
Views: 1195

Re: Going from 660 to 1080

PSU should be fine. That system will use less than 400w even fully-loaded, and I can't imagine a gold 650w PSU from 2013 not having ll the connectors needed.
by defaultluser
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Steelseries Apex 100
Replies: 6
Views: 7565

Re: Steelseries Apex 100

Right, it's not defective, it's just that most LED 's brightness are controlled via Pulsewidth Modulation (PWM). This can cause visible flicker to those who are sensitive to it, most clearly in your peripheral vision. It also tends to happen on cheaper devices that refresh at very low rates - someth...
by defaultluser
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: help with usb device please
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: help with usb device please

Powered USB hubs sometimes help when your laptop can't supply enough power for the device from the port. It would be a cheap thing to try.
by defaultluser
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3596

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Yeah, Imgur still lets you direct-link, they just hide the links under menu options (or I suppose you can use the trick above, haven't tried that one).
by defaultluser
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 980
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Re: GTX 980

GPU prices are still somewhat elevated due to the crypto mining craze, so getting a meaningful bump in performance is gonna cost you. Is there a particular reason you want to upgrade, given that you still think your existing GPU is "amazing"? Not so on the GTX 1070 Ti. After the recent mi...
by defaultluser
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32447

Re: Video card prices

Tweaktown is sticking to its guns sand saying the GTX 1180 will be débuted July 30th and cost between 999.99 and 1499.99... I can't see it even if it's faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. That's a huge jump in price for that card when you consider the GTX 1080 listed for around $549.99. I dam sure ain't b...
by defaultluser
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: One memory channel per die THANK YOU AMD!
Replies: 35
Views: 1758

Re: One memory channel per die THANK YOU AMD!

Okay, so neither my post not the original post is substantiated. Can we delete this pointless thread?
by defaultluser
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: One memory channel per die THANK YOU AMD!
Replies: 35
Views: 1758

Re: One memory channel per die THANK YOU AMD!

It's not one memory channel per-die, it's two-per-die with the other four disabled. This creates issues with higher latency for memory access, although to try to alleviate that the platform officially supports DDR4 3200. See here: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12906/amd-reveals-threadripper-2-up-to...
by defaultluser
Tue May 08, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 2086

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

Yeah, FIOS started back when the existing cable runs in house could handle several hundred Mbit, and Gigabit Ethernet was still expensive. So they compromised on the local connection over existing Coax. They ran the internet plus TV over the same cable like Comcast, with the understanding that you w...
by defaultluser
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD FirePro W5100
Replies: 8
Views: 1233

Re: AMD FirePro W5100

It will be about as slow as a GT 1030. Good enough for casual titles.

At least it won't be short of memory. The 7790 shipped with only 1GB ram!
by defaultluser
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I miss my TiVo!
Replies: 11
Views: 1088

Re: I miss my TiVo!

Wierd, I thought FiOS was exactly like uVerse......so FiOS isnt 100% IPTV? Nope, they started from two different technologies. FIOS started from Fiber (with more bandwidth than Cable), so they decided to go with MoCA over Coax. You can make a Cable Card that works wit this. AT&T started with VD...
by defaultluser
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Crashes under video card load, but no diagnostic data
Replies: 4
Views: 1911

Re: Crashes under video card load, but no diagnostic data

Yeah, PSU is the easiest device to test, and usually the first to go in any build.

I'd buy a new PSU. You can always return it if that's not the cause.
by defaultluser
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 10535

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Anyone with half a brain could see this coming several years ago. It was just a question of when Apple would official cut the cord. The big question I have is this: if Apple is making 100% their own ARM SoC (GPU included), what purpose does AMD serve in their (now ARM) future product lineup? I'm pre...
by defaultluser
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB
Replies: 17
Views: 3207

Re: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB

If all you're dong is loading games/applications, any Micron or Samsung SATA drive will be fine. SATA SSDs have increased the throughput SO MUCH versus hard drives, the processor is still trying to catch up :D m.2 drives are overkill for anything except a content-creation workstation. And topping po...
by defaultluser
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Cost Model for Solid State Components
Replies: 8
Views: 1725

Re: Cost Model for Solid State Components

It's odd to me that there's still a process node race on flash NAND when we can already pack 400GB of storage on a postage stamp and can get up to 31TB in a 2.5" enclosure. Especially with the diminishing returns of planar density and fragility of smaller process nodes, it seems the more effic...
by defaultluser
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)
Replies: 18
Views: 3285

Re: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)

I did the HD 4000 thing a few years back, but even at 720p/low most casual games were unplayable.

Things have gotten better since then. You can now buy an AMD IGP without castrating your system performance. But it's still slower than the GTX 750 Ti that I put into that HTPC with HD 4000.
by defaultluser
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Cost Model for Solid State Components
Replies: 8
Views: 1725

Re: Cost Model for Solid State Components

If you actually want to understand why Semi costs are going up, it's because EUV has been "just around the corner" for years. And costs/issues keep climbing. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/random-errors-throw-up-more-hurdles-in-the-move-to-extreme-uv-chip-fabricating/ This article...
by defaultluser
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Cost Model for Solid State Components
Replies: 8
Views: 1725

Re: Cost Model for Solid State Components

The cost of the newest semiconductor process nodes is becoming more expensive than previous nodes. This runs contrary to older process shrinks, where the investment cost was more than paid-off by greater density and performance. You can't pay these off unless you charge premium wafer prices for long...
by defaultluser
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 32447

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 ...
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