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by Voldenuit
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13292

Re: Synology Nas advice

Got my QNAP TS-451+ and set it up. Also expanded the RAM from the stock 2 GB to 8 GB DDR3L-1600. Installed 4 x 8 TB HDDs (Seagate ST8000DM004 5400 rpm drives shucked from external drives). Don't need performance, just want something cheap and quiet. Set up each disk as a static single volume. Decide...
by Voldenuit
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13292

Re: Synology Nas advice

Pulled the trigger on the QNAP TS-451+ 4-bay NAS, waiting for it in mail. PS, prospective NAS owners should be aware of the network drive map bug in Windows 10 1809: https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Network-drives-You-dont-need-no-steenking-network-drives . Guess I'm staying away from Windows...
by Voldenuit
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5020

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

* New T2 DRM lockout of third party repairers. This means that only Apple-approved repairers, and more importantly, only Apple-approved repairs will be available to you moving forwards. One should always take their Apple product to an Apple Authorized Service Provider for repair. That has always be...
by Voldenuit
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5020

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

I am still of the opinion that MacBooks are still the best notebook hardware made. And I am a fan of macOS far more than WIndows. That said, the premium price Apple charges for additional memory and storage is somewhat sobering. So the answer to "is it worth it" is really an individual ch...
by Voldenuit
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5020

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

It is worth it if you get the newest MacBook Air. Simply put, Apple has decreed that everything shall be TB with USB3 connectors. That means dongles for just about everything else. That may not necessarily be a bad thing if you get the right dongles and keep it with you. Spec out the best MacBook A...
by Voldenuit
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Wide angle lens for MFT
Replies: 1
Views: 1150

Re: Wide angle lens for MFT

by Voldenuit
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5020

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

Unless Apple is willing to reverse the decisions they're making, buying an older machine is just prolonging the inevitable. Is that worth buying a 3-year-old machine for? The 2015 MBP may be repairable by 3rd party repair shops, but these shops are being forced out of business by Apple right now. I...
by Voldenuit
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5020

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

Dear heavens...well scrap it all then. $2,500 laptop, $700 keyboard fix due to the keyboard integrated into the case, ect. Gotta say, I just can't justify this type of money on something so...disposable. And the worst part is, it's not even "integrated" into the case... just glued on with...
by Voldenuit
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5020

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

...except for Ethernet. If you want wired network connectivity you need either a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter, or a USB NIC. For when I'm at my desk, I have a combo USB 3.0 hub/NIC... external keyboard, mouse, and wired network stay plugged into it, so I can "dock" the MBP by plugging ...
by Voldenuit
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5020

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

I think you'll have to weigh up: Pros: * How much you like OSX * How much of your workflow and productivity is tied into the OSX environment, including programs and services (for instance, if you develop for iOS, you're stuck with Macs) * How much you're tied into the wider Apple ecosystem * Securit...
by Voldenuit
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13292

Re: Synology Nas advice

According to ARK, that's a Q3 2016 part, but it can do h.265 decode with quicksync: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Quick_Sync_Video Yes, but perhaps not a 4k h.265 60fps decode (30fps limit) What 2160p content is out there is > 24hz? UHD Blu-Ray Rips are still going to be 24fps by and large. 3...
by Voldenuit
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13292

Re: Synology Nas advice

I'm assuming all these NASes have native SMB support, or do you have to install a Samba app on them? I'm in the market for a 4-bay myself, but don't need any streaming or transcoding duties, just want a place to store all my pr0n...
by Voldenuit
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 License and Clean install
Replies: 14
Views: 2120

Re: Windows 10 License and Clean install

Voldenuit already mentioned it, but I remember this from a couple of years ago. I cannot personally verify that it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXTqz3Fd28M I know some people who bought Win10 Pro keys from Kinguin for $10-20, and they still work (for now). Microsoft selling Win 10 Pro for...
by Voldenuit
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 License and Clean install
Replies: 14
Views: 2120

Re: Windows 10 License and Clean install

You can find cheap OEM Windows-key resellers on Amazon and e-bay. But if your sources were referring to a dedicated site for software licenses, Kinguin.net is probably the best known site for key resellers. Note that in each of these cases, you are dealing with individual resellers rather than actua...
by Voldenuit
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Swapped Corsair H115i for Noctua NH-D15 (i7-6700k)
Replies: 7
Views: 3037

Re: Swapped Corsair H115i for Noctua NH-D15 (i7-6700k)

Interesting results, that H115i performance does look terrible. Were you running a flat 12V to it? I've heard the Corsair 'i' series coolers don't like being PWM or voltage regulated, and prefer being fed a constant 12V from the motherboard header. I'm using a H100i v2 (240mm rad). Running a custom ...
by Voldenuit
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133844

Re: What are you playing right now?

playing the original Disgaea on PS4. These games are so good, so crazy, and such a timesink. I wish they’d added some of the later games’ combat features but it’s ok that they didn’t. I really liked the combo skills in Disgaea 3 but that feature hasn’t been seen in any others. My daughter has hijac...
by Voldenuit
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133844

Re: What are you playing right now?

Replaying Nier: Automata on Hard after laughing at some n00bs trying a blind playthrough on Hard. Stopped laughing when I tried the prologue on Hard. A single hit from the boss will take you down to a sliver of health, and insta-kill you if you're not at full health. Finally beat the prologue after ...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build
Replies: 32
Views: 4287

Re: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build

The 970 EVO is in that list and actually looks like it'll be fine. It loses two thirds of its performance potential almost immediately - teeny tiny SLC cache I guess - but at least its steady-state write speed is plenty fast enough. SSD's vary immensely in their sustained write performance, but the...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Slow NVME SSD write speeds on Aero 15x
Replies: 23
Views: 5045

Re: Slow NVME SSD write speeds on Aero 15x

Thanks guys - that's what I was afraid of. I've pretty much been writing to the drive constantly since I got the machine so that makes sense. I'll let it "rest" for a bit and see if that fixes things. That's pretty disappointing in a $2k machine when all the review units appear to have ha...
by Voldenuit
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build
Replies: 32
Views: 4287

Re: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build

+1 for DaVinci Resolve!! Wish there was a similarly polished free program for photos. Are you sure no OpenCL for Davinci Resolve? Their eGPU is a Radeon Pro 580. Seems odd that they'd peddle an AMD GPU if their software doesn't include acceleration for it. From their webpage : DaVinci Resolve 15 no...
by Voldenuit
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build
Replies: 32
Views: 4287

Re: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build

Depending on the software used, you may be better off with a Radeon. OpenCL still tends to be better there. If you're using DaVinci Resolve (which I highly recommend ppl try out - it's free!), then it has CUDA acceleration but no and OpenCL acceleration. Echo JAE saying go 2x16 GB DIMMs instead of ...
by Voldenuit
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: System Guide for GPU and Monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 2230

Re: System Guide for GPU and Monitor

I'm using a 34" 21:9 3440x1440 120 Hz IPS Alienware AW3418DW with G-Sync with a 1080Ti, and love it for gaming, media consumption and productivity. Only downside is it doesn't have strobing. They can often be found in the ~$850-950 range during sales and promotions. Acer and ASUS make similar p...
by Voldenuit
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Idea for further GPU testing
Replies: 8
Views: 1552

Re: Idea for further GPU testing

Moreover, using something like Premiere Pro CC with some solid effects put in would be easily measurable, and of interest to the growing number of photographers who are now working as videographers as well. I'd recommend checking out DaVinci Resolve, I've only started playing with it, but it seems ...
by Voldenuit
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Idea for further GPU testing
Replies: 8
Views: 1552

Re: Idea for further GPU testing

Take a lot at Puget Systems. They actually have a pretty nice baseline established. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Photoshop-CC-2018-NVIDIA-Quadro-vs-AMD-Radeon-Pro-1202/ That's a great article, but it's still a fairly specific workload. I don't see any use of layers and masks outside o...
by Voldenuit
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Idea for further GPU testing
Replies: 8
Views: 1552

Re: Idea for further GPU testing

Totally agree. There is no solid way to quantify how much to spend on a build for photography or videography. TR could stand in the gap there. The problem is it's hard to establish a baseline load. A given Photoshop user's workflow can vary greatly depending on the size of the images they work on, ...
by Voldenuit
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Easy overclocking guide or instructions for 8086K?
Replies: 12
Views: 2405

Re: Easy overclocking guide or instructions for 8086K?

* EDIT: Oof. The anandtech article DPete linked above showed that when they bumped all-core boost up to 5.0 GHz, power consumption jumped from 115W (stock) to 175W. Eeps. At 5 GHz all core the power was 152W, wasn't it? One of us is reading it wrong and it could be me. :) 152W was with user-tuned v...
by Voldenuit
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Easy overclocking guide or instructions for 8086K?
Replies: 12
Views: 2405

Re: Easy overclocking guide or instructions for 8086K?

If you just want to run the single-core max turbo on all cores simultaneously, there's often a one-switch option in the bios, on your motherboard it seems to be called "enhanced multi-core performance". Give that a try (and make sure your temperatures are still in check, but I doubt that ...
by Voldenuit
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 118
Views: 11016

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

It's not a true Frankenbot if it isn't an AMD APU with an nvidia GPU running a Freesync display via framebuffer passthrough.

Oh, and add an intel Optane stick into the mix.
by Voldenuit
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Have $200, Will Upgrade
Replies: 34
Views: 2451

Re: Have $200, Will Upgrade

Has OP considered the second hand market?

If not, that ebay 8 GB 580 looks pretty tempting at $200.

eBay and Paypal have buyer protection programs, it's not entirely risk-free, but safer than meeting up in a parking lot over Craigslist.
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