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by Krogoth
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cooler For 9900
Replies: 12
Views: 1829

Re: Cooler For 9900

That's why CPU have been equipped with IHS and modern sockets have backplates and mounting points for bolts. This is so much better than Socket A/Socket 370-era running around with naked silicon using clip-on HSF. Infamous Golden Orbs and it siblings killed countless chips.
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cooler For 9900
Replies: 12
Views: 1829

Re: Cooler For 9900

Just say no to AIO. Noctua is as good at a lower price. The only reason I would suggest AIO over Noctua or another large, quality HSF is if you need to move the box regularly. A large HSF needs to be taken off to prevent damage if you nice the box because it's a lot of mass just hanging there off t...
by Krogoth
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 8881

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Actually, CF/SLI might make a big comeback if the gaming industry takes a serious turn towards pathtracing/ray-tracing. The rendering pathways are comically parallel so scalability isn't that much of a problem unlike rasterization. The economic realities of monothic chips are catching up. It will be...
by Krogoth
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 8881

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Infinity fabric seems to suggest that AMD RTG might go back to CF on a stick as a Radeon VII replacement for the high-end gaming market.
by Krogoth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up
Replies: 30
Views: 4602

Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up

AMD unleashes the big guns with the Ryzen 9 3950X which completely creams the competition at a bargain price of $749! Coming to your next back to school sales!

Meanwhile, Intel throws up the white flag and considers to go on a glue rich diet. They only have one comment: "gg no re".
by Krogoth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 8881

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Cheaper to make Vega 64/56 replacements confirmed. Nvidia is going most likely counter with a speedbumped TU106 (2060Ti/2060 Super?) and binned TU104 SKUs (2070Ti). It seems like Navi has tweaks that remedy some architectural bottlenecks plus clockspeed boost from TSMC's 7nm process if a 40CU/32CU i...
by Krogoth
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21077

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

Supernova events and Neutron star mergers tend to perturb local interstellar medium which leads to stellar formation. It is very likely a single event did lead to the Sun and its siblings formation.
by Krogoth
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz
Replies: 32
Views: 3515

Re: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz

Did you check your BIOS and make sure that multiplier is set to "9" not "6"? Also make sure that FSB clockspeed is set to 333Mhz. The motherboard's battery might be dying and it reverts to minimal multiplier and FSB clockspeed as factory defaults.
by Krogoth
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 8881

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

It sounds like GCN to RDNA is like the difference between Fermi to Kepler. The underlying foundations are the same but resource allocation of the blocks are a bit different. It seems like the hutch that Navi will end-up being a cheaper to make Vega 56/64 seems be on target.
by Krogoth
Fri May 31, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: How does Google (desktop) infer location?
Replies: 35
Views: 2496

Re: How does Google (desktop) infer location?

It is entirely from Reverse DNS look-up and they get a best-fit from your local ISP's cable plant/CO.
by Krogoth
Tue May 28, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 8881

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

I wonder if the Navi / RNDA design will be any good at ray tracing. I say this because Quake will release a June 06 update that includes ray tracing and so for the next TR review it would be a hoot to include the Quake benchmark. That's fairly old hat though. A bunch of 3D hobbyist have already toy...
by Krogoth
Tue May 28, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 107
Views: 8881

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

HBM doesn't easily scale down which is why it is poorly suited for lesser SKUs. It only scales upward if need extra bandwidth and capacity both only make sense for HPC/professional graphics world. That's why Nvidia has never bother to make a non-HPC/professional graphics SKUs with HBM memory. AMD RT...
by Krogoth
Tue May 28, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release
Replies: 34
Views: 3826

Re: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release

Diablo 1 plays, looks and feel on my current system like it was during its heyday. I'm not sure if my adaptive sync is a factor though.
by Krogoth
Tue May 28, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release
Replies: 34
Views: 3826

Re: Blizzard + GoG = Diablo 1 re-release

Finally got around to picking up Diablo late last evening.....and then subsequently ended up playing it for much longer than I should have. At it's core, It's still very fun (obviously). The graphical quality is as-expected (maybe even slightly better than; with the adjustments), but something abou...
by Krogoth
Mon May 27, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7761

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

Damn. Impressive announcement...but the 3950X is going to be an insta-buy for me at 16 cores. You know they will, the chiplets have the cores... I'm going to impatiently await benchmarks of the consumer chips. I hope to have Rome into a few testbeds in the next couple months, but those will be gate...
by Krogoth
Mon May 27, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3900

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

According to the teaser, Navi = Vega 64/Radeon VII performance. I'm more curious to see what under the hood changes that AMD RTG did to the architecture. RDNA sounds like more a marketing move to distance itself away from GCN's legacy.
by Krogoth
Mon May 27, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7761

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

This reminds me of Athlon 64 launch. Intel really doesn't have any counter to this. The entire Lake family and 14nm+ node just can't keep up. Intel needs to go back to the drawing boards and move beyond 14nm++ if they want any realistic chance of overtaking Zen2 and beyond. IMO, the hardware-level s...
by Krogoth
Sun May 26, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 3707

Re: What is wrong with Seagate's HDDs?

Seagate just a bad bout of models that had QC issues that are just recovering from. WD is currently facing the same problem on some SKUs. HDDs in general have drop in long-term reliablity due to growing price pressure from solid-state media and keeping up in the data density race in the face of mass...
by Krogoth
Sun May 26, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 1433

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

It is not registered and it lacks ECC (Extra Carrying Capacity) support. ;)
by Krogoth
Fri May 24, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 4056

Re: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?

My SOP in those days was to replace the chipset fans with passive coolers. Sometimes you had to get a little creative since a passive cooler large enough to keep the chipset cool would result in mechanical clearance issues with other components. In a couple of cases I had to cut some of the fins do...
by Krogoth
Wed May 22, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 8974

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

No cheese option? Sacrilege!
by Krogoth
Tue May 21, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 2866

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

After playing around with the speakers. It looks like that aforementioned rear speaker's membrane is cracking from age and the wiring is suspect. FYI, I have the first revision of Z-5500 which used build-in RCA for the satellites instead of the standard speaker cabling that later revision had (Z-680...
by Krogoth
Mon May 20, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 2866

Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

My 13-year old Z-5500s are on their way out. The left rear speaker is slowly fading away and I suspect that more problems will arise down the road. I was wondering what would be a good replacement these days. Should I stick with generic 5.1 computer speakers or go the extra step get a proper home th...
by Krogoth
Mon May 20, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?
Replies: 21
Views: 2165

Re: How do i obtain 144Hz refresh rate on my new Asus Monitor?

HDMI isn't a "second-class citizen" though. It is an interface designed with A/V equipment in mind and it had effectively replaced the old S-Video, component and composite ports found on older GPUs.
by Krogoth
Sun May 19, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3900

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

The result is an overpriced, underperforming POS that sucks down so much power it's an embarrassment to both AMD and TSMC. 7nm delivers more speed at the same power draw, or uses less power at the same clockspeed. AMD seem to have taken that and delivered a zero-new-features Vega64 with 1/16th of t...
by Krogoth
Sun May 19, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 3900

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

If you need to upgrade that RX 580. Just get a Vega RX 64, unless you absolutely have a use for 16GiB of VRAM. Radeon VII performs like an aggressively overclocked Vega64/stock 2070-1080Ti just a little short of a 2080 expect in areas where the extra VRAM helps out. Hold out until post-Navi if you s...
by Krogoth
Tue May 14, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build - who dis?
Replies: 20
Views: 2110

Re: New build - who dis?

I would wait until Zen-2 based Ryzens to come out since they are literately around the corner. If you go Intel route you should see some price cuts on some of their SKUs. 9900K is difficult to recommend for Intel side unless you want effortless 5.0Ghz (Most Coffee Lake R silicon can hit that with so...
by Krogoth
Mon May 13, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Borderlands 3
Replies: 63
Views: 5289

Re: Borderlands 3

Previews say that it's more of the exact same, which is disappointing. ⋅ Humour is hit-or-miss, sometimes dated or politically-insensitive in a cringe-worthy way. ⋅ Gameplay is still largely clearing an area with enjoyable gunplay but then spending twice as long opening every do...
by Krogoth
Tue May 07, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2753

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

Yeah, delid if you're willing to take that risk. The Skylake X chips are stupidly power-hungry and barely manage their base clock if you provide only the "official" 165W of cooling. They 7960X at stock speeds is 75W hungrier than the Threadripper 1950X when measured using power draw at th...
by Krogoth
Tue May 07, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 2753

Re: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...

Have you check and see if the CPU is throttling or turbo boost is falling back under the stress test?
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