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by Krogoth
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

http://nolfrevival.tk/ :D Uh, is that legal? As the story goes, what that site is hosting are the standalone conversions of NOLF, NOLF2, and Contract Jack that were supposed to end up on GOG.com. Once the attempt to secure licensing rights fell through due to none of the three nominal owners (Fox, ...
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

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 Krogoth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

Fifteen years ago, or whenever it was you started banging that drum I bet it was pretty amusing. Basic, no-frills 2D/3D cards are pretty much dead though. You are forced to get mid-tier SKUs that are overkill for the role or overpriced professional-tier SKUs to the annoyance of some HTPC hobbyists ...
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 205840

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

When the Strategic Air Command received the order from SecDef McNamara to install Permissive Action Links (PALs) on the Minuteman fleet to ensure that ICBMs could not be launched without a direct Presidential order, the code on EVERY PAL in every silo was reset to all zeros as soon as the civilian ...
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

But GPUs are doomed! Doomed I say! The end is nigh! Discrete gaming GPUs are going start becoming marginalized and gravitate towards the upper echelons of the market throughout the 2020s. That's unless ray-tracing rendering gets adopted en mass in gaming (Part of Nvidia's long-term gambit). iGPUs h...
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

Krogoth is still trolling us. 3 to 6 frames per second in a modern game at lowest possible graphics settings on a GeForce 9600GT isn't a playable experience, in my opinion. Been there; done that; then spent the money on an upgrade. 9600GT was pretty trashy back in its heyday though. No shock there.
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

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 Krogoth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

Nothing that's 10 years old is usable today unless all you do is browse the internet. The hyperbole from both of you is killing me. A 10 year old desktop (assuming the HDD and GPU are still original) will be pretty darned painful to use unless you've never known anything better. But with a SSD and ...
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

Obvious troll is obvious. No decade-old desktop PC is adequate for modern games. Yes, it is unless you are a die-hard videophile or need an insane framerate a.k.a tiny, but vocal minority. The masses and most current gamers play their content whatever the auto-settings chooses for them. The differe...
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

Wrong, it is more like the times have changed. Being a computer hardware enthusiast isn't really that special anymore. All of the exciting stuff is happening on HPC/enterprise side. There's no killer mainstream application that makes desktop system over a decade ago woefully inadequate. You would be...
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56490

Re: Something's different...

System Guide hasn't really changed that much though. Zen2 desktop platforms are attractive options for their price points. It is difficult to recommend Intel counterparts unless you absolutely need single-threaded performance no matter the cost or need AVX512 support. Navi caused a little price disr...
by Krogoth
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD wins big for DOE -
Replies: 39
Views: 3340

Re: AMD wins big for DOE -

LGA4677 Sapphire Rapids: https://www.techpowerup.com/260119/intels-gargantuan-next-gen-enterprise-cpu-socket-is-lga4677 Bound for a 2021 market release; Intel will have transitioned to its advanced 7 nm EUV silicon fabrication node on the CPU front, and has adopted an "enterprise-first" s...
by Krogoth
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 3509

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

Well this thread got fun. :lol: I stand by my decision, and the reasoning is purely because of the active hypocrisy from Blizzard. It's one thing to do business with China. It's another to actively support their anti-human rights government while [i]lying about it[iI]. I'll happily cut ties with an...
by Krogoth
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel 10th-generation Comet Lake in 2020 on 14+++++ nm
Replies: 38
Views: 3150

Re: Intel 10th-generation Comet Lake in 2020 on 14+++++ nm

Comet Lake Core i3-10100 info: https://hothardware.com/news/intel-core-i3-10100-quad-core-comet-lake-s-desktop-chip-leaks "10-100" = Hot Pursuit Since 14 nm Comet Lake (and its new LGA1159 motherboards) are inbound, Intel has discontinued 14 nm Kaby Lake. LGA1151v1 is EOL. https://www.tec...
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PlayStation 5
Replies: 44
Views: 2251

Re: PlayStation 5

Toddler: Oooh, nice little bed for my beanie baby! Teen / SO: "I'll just put my full coffee here." Kitty: "Oooh, nice little bed for me." ( nestles in to the nice warm V, feeling the air intakes on both sides gently sucking at its fur as it dozes off for the afternoon... ) :evil...
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Who else is excited about Intel's Xe?
Replies: 46
Views: 3794

Re: Who else is excited about Intel's Xe?

Intel is only going after datacenter and APUs on the mainstream-side. I would be genuinely be surprised if they made a serious attempt at making a discrete gaming SKU that isn't meant to promote a new standard (FYI, i740 was designed to promote adoption of AGP).
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 3509

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

This whole controversy is just symptoms of the growing pains that China has been experiencing in the past decade. The current government fears a repeat of the Qing Dyantsy's twilight years. China has a long history of massive upheavals and civil wars.
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PlayStation 5
Replies: 44
Views: 2251

Re: PlayStation 5

Like I said, most people look only at capacity. They see "500GB" and immediately think it is better than the "250GB" one, even though one is HDD and the other is SSD. I was thinking more along the lines of marketing types using the removal of HDDs as an upsell tactic and to make...
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PlayStation 5
Replies: 44
Views: 2251

Re: PlayStation 5

I don't understand the resistance in using SSD for gaming consoles. It is more like "about gouda-dang time". The units are cheap enough and are leagues ahead of spinners. I'm more surprised that HDDs still persist in budget-minded laptops of all things. The budget segment is (and always h...
by Krogoth
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PlayStation 5
Replies: 44
Views: 2251

Re: PlayStation 5

I don't understand the resistance in using SSD for gaming consoles. It is more like "about gouda-dang time". The units are cheap enough and are leagues ahead of spinners. I'm more surprised that HDDs still persist in budget-minded laptops of all things.
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Who else is excited about Intel's Xe?
Replies: 46
Views: 3794

Re: Who else is excited about Intel's Xe?

Xe = Vega done right minus the glue
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Jeff Kampman articles replaced by Renee?
Replies: 6
Views: 1059

Re: Jeff Kampman articles replaced by Renee?

It was discussed here

Basically, Jeff personally requested that his name to be removed from this site.
by Krogoth
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: TR Frankenbot 2019

Dang, sorry to hear that when F@h finally comes up with a working core the 5000 series is probably gonna suck at folding. edit - It seems almost like an Intel level of product segmentation. Forcing GPU compute workload users to buy a work station video card or a Nvidia card. Nvidia has been going i...
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cascade Lake-X HEDT to go up against Threadripper 3
Replies: 43
Views: 3080

Re: Cascade Lake-X HEDT to go up against Threadripper 3

At this moment I can't think of a single reason to get 24 pcie 4x lanes verse 48 pcie 3x lanes (except it's cheaper). Even with SSD's, the main limitation in most workloads isn't the sequential, it's random (and generally Low Q depth random - even in a high percentage of workstation tasks). Bifurca...
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: TR Frankenbot 2019

Folding uses OpenCL codebase for AMD RTG GPUs. I'm not sure why RDNA-stuff wouldn't work. It isn't a radical departure from GCN, but their performance isn't going to be good (AMD RTG gimped some raw FP performance to re-balance the CUs).
by Krogoth
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: TR Frankenbot 2019

Let's see if Frankie can reach 100 million this year.
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

TR Frankenbot 2019

Its alive!

My 9700K and RX Vega 64 are projecting 1.2-1.5 million PPD. :o I suspect AVX2 is allowing the CPU to pull in more weight over my previous 3570K (which lacked it) then simply having twice amount of cores.
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cascade Lake-X HEDT to go up against Threadripper 3
Replies: 43
Views: 3080

Re: Cascade Lake-X HEDT to go up against Threadripper 3

I'm wondering if Intel is willing to go as far as supporting unbuffered ECC memory on those SKUs.
by Krogoth
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Cascade Lake-X HEDT to go up against Threadripper 3
Replies: 43
Views: 3080

Re: Cascade Lake-X HEDT to go up against Threadripper 3

It looks like price wars are about to begin in the HEDT market.
by Krogoth
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Freespace 2 is free on GOG for next ~40 hours; 9/25/2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1093

Re: Freespace 2 is free on GOG for next ~40 hours; 9/25/2019

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