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by Waco
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Upgrade Path for Aging Processor
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: Upgrade Path for Aging Processor

If your BIOS support it, turning off a pair of cores (core 1 and core 4 if you have the choice, indexed from 0) and overclocking might help a bit in games without blowing up your VRMs or CPU temps.
by Waco
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Blizzcon 2019 (Games Discussion)
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: Blizzcon 2019 (Games Discussion)

I'm actually looking forward to the drama at Blizzcon this year. :)
by Waco
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Earnings
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: AMD Earnings

To be fair, BD/PD was great for many server-related tasks. The mindshare Intel had was what really killed them in the datacenter when combined with the not-great performance for FP workloads.

For databases they screamed especially given the cost.
by Waco
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Ryzen 3xxx - RDRAND bug
Replies: 18
Views: 1542

Re: AMD Ryzen 3xxx - RDRAND bug

Given the aggressive schedule they're following, I'm betting it was working at one point and a reduced set of tests later in the dev process didn't catch it when someone inadvertently broke that piece of silicon.
by Waco
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Earnings
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: AMD Earnings

Everything is a combination of luck and skill. I'm just glad AMD is looking healthy again; it's great for everyone when there's not just one player in the market.
by Waco
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD EPYC 7002 - Rome wasn't built at 14 nm
Replies: 29
Views: 2470

Re: AMD EPYC 7002 - Rome wasn't built at 14 nm

Yep. I work with the ClusterStor design team pretty closely on occasion. Smart bunch!
by Waco
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Ryzen 3xxx - RDRAND bug
Replies: 18
Views: 1542

Re: AMD Ryzen 3xxx - RDRAND bug

It's already fixed in new BIOS revisions. But those haven't been rolled out for all motherboards yet (e.g. the one the guy in the Ars article was using). Right, but it's not like this hasn't been covered. It's pretty easy to avoid, and the article is very much unfairly targeting AMD (at least it wa...
by Waco
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Ryzen 3xxx - RDRAND bug
Replies: 18
Views: 1542

Re: AMD Ryzen 3xxx - RDRAND bug

It's already fixed in new BIOS revisions.
by Waco
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sick screens and sick screen handling
Replies: 56
Views: 2680

Re: Sick screens and sick screen handling

Your gamma/brightness settings appear to be off, though. That scroll bar should be much easier to see.
by Waco
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sick screens and sick screen handling
Replies: 56
Views: 2680

Re: Sick screens and sick screen handling

There is a high contrast theme if you find the grayed-out options too hard to read. It might be worth ensuring that your monitor is properly calibrated, though, because the slight change in darkness is not meant to make them hard to read.
by Waco
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Please share your real supernatural stories
Replies: 44
Views: 3611

Re: Please share your real supernatural stories

just brew it! wrote:
I've let the magic smoke out of a few computer components over the years. Does that count as supernatural?

...only if they kept working when the magic smoke dissipated. :)
by Waco
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Please share your real supernatural stories
Replies: 44
Views: 3611

Re: Please share your real supernatural stories

My best real supernatural story was SEGMENTATION FAULT.


See what happens when you try to print NULL? Bad things!
by Waco
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 940
Views: 137510

Re: What are you playing right now?

The UI in Destiny 2 is by far the worst I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Agreed on all sentiments, except that the story is actually decent moving forward if you have a buddy that can explain the controls as you're playing. I would have dropped it pretty quickly otherwise.
by Waco
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen 2 Threadripper talk and news (rumors too)
Replies: 49
Views: 3541

Re: Zen 2 Threadripper talk and news (rumors too)

Epyc also supported buffered ECC, where TR only supports unbuffered DIMMs. That's a huge differentiator if you need more than 256 GB of RAM (last I checked you can only get up to 32 GB UDIMMs in ECC).
by Waco
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 66749

Re: Something's different...

I had a similar experience - moved from a Phenom II X3 (with four cores unlocked) at 3.7 GHz to a 5 GHz Bulldozer. Game performance was dramatically worse...and thankfully I was able to return the BD chip for a full refund.
by Waco
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 66749

Re: Something's different...

Sorry, the HD 5870 has a considerable edge over the MX150 especially at 1080p. The MX150 is much more efficient but it simply cannot make-up the difference in memory bandwidth and texture prowess of a fully-enabled Cypress. MX150 is very impressive for what is but you are grossly overestimating it....
by Waco
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen 2 Threadripper talk and news (rumors too)
Replies: 49
Views: 3541

Re: Zen 2 Threadripper talk and news (rumors too)

Eight memory channels make the motherboard dramatically more expensive, so I'd guess it's a little of that and an Epyc differentiator.
by Waco
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 66749

Re: Something's different...

Running Vega 11 integrated and it plays all my 20+ year old games just fine. You should see Q2XP, Quake HD, Unreal with hi res textures and models, and Tie Fighter 95 run at 1280x1024, tis a sight to behold. :lol: I wonder if I can get NOLF running on Windows 10 with it; that game ran like a pig ba...
by Waco
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 66749

Re: Something's different...

So, yes, HEDT systems from 10 years ago can run most games at 1080P just fine, although I don't care to argue what exact settings you'd have to use for the newest games (I can't verify most FP{S games as that machine is running Mint right now) A 5870 is roughly as fast as a laptop MX150. It's barel...
by Waco
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 66749

Re: Something's different...

Calling old computers "unusable" is true for some but that claim might be a little self-centered. The context of that statement was "modern AAA gaming", though maybe not explicitly stated that way. Surely you can play indie games (most of them, at least) without a lot of CPU/GPU...
by Waco
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 66749

Re: Something's different...

A 10 year old GPU is not usable today. Yes, it is ironically enough. Sure it wouldn't get 100FPS+ and handle anything above medium in-game settings at 1080p. It can still do the job. That''ll change once PS5 and Xbox One's successor finally get here. They'll most certainly raise the bar to require ...
by Waco
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1531
Views: 66749

Re: Something's different...

A 10 year old GPU is not usable today.
by Waco
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Taking a Chance on a Chinese x79 motherboard?
Replies: 26
Views: 2852

Re: Taking a Chance on a Chinese x79 motherboard?

If you're a home user, though, be wary. Surely you're not a target, but that doesn't mean you aren't vulnerable to hijinks if they exist. Botnets are bad! Can you recommend an easy to use personal firewall or network activity monitor for managing network requests going out over the internet? What d...
by Waco
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD wins big for DOE -
Replies: 39
Views: 3946

Re: AMD wins big for DOE -

No GPUs means it'll probably be more useful. :P That's a beast of a machine with 1.5 PB of DRAM and that many cores/memory channels.

Hopefully Shasta / Slingshot pay off for Cray, they're certainly winning a lot of bids.
by Waco
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Taking a Chance on a Chinese x79 motherboard?
Replies: 26
Views: 2852

Re: Taking a Chance on a Chinese x79 motherboard?

That said, it's certainly feasible (as the above article notes) that a malicious manufacturer could plant something like this; and if you're responsible for a network that handles highly sensitive data (I'm talking national security level sensitive), it's certainly something worth worrying about. N...
by Waco
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 4936

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

You probably should re-read your initial statements, I called them weak because they read like someone looking for an out. To try to understand your position, I just read the first page in order. I still don't understand your last statement here. Do you know people that actively look to throw away ...
by Waco
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 4936

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

Krogoth wrote:
I'm more interested to see the number of refunds for Blizzcon 2019 tickets.

I think the number of people being kicked out will also be interesting.
by Waco
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 4936

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

Because China literally has the US by the gonads. Almost every consumer product is produced; in some way, whether it be in part or whole in China. Again I'm not defending China nor am I defending Blizzard here. But Blizzard just did business like all other businesses do. Do and tell the US one thin...
by Waco
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD wins big for DOE -
Replies: 39
Views: 3946

Re: AMD wins big for DOE -

Captain Ned wrote:
Why do I think you'll be the first to know?

The day I can buy anything PCIe not under NDA you can be sure I'll say something. :)
by Waco
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD wins big for DOE -
Replies: 39
Views: 3946

Re: AMD wins big for DOE -

I'll be shocked if pcie 5 is shipping in 21 in anything Intel except Aurora...if even there.
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