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by defaultluser
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 37
Views: 2192

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: 3
Views: 348

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: 342
Views: 28388

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: 1257

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: 1257

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: 1443

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: 1084

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: 968

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: 1444

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: 8588

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: 2453

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: 1642

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: 2754

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: 1642

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: 1642

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: 342
Views: 28388

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: 1774

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: 342
Views: 28388

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: 342
Views: 28388

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: 342
Views: 28388

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: 236
Views: 19545

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: 1794

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: 30
Views: 4100

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: 30
Views: 4100

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: 8905

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: 3961

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: 6733

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: 10386

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: 9500

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: 1449

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...
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