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by Concupiscence
Thu May 23, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2850

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

Sell the Phenom? How much do you think a used 10 year-old ($235 MSRP) AMD CPU goes for these days? About $15 to $20 shipped, if eBay's any indicator. Not big money, but enough to make a dent in acquiring a nicer FM2+ chip. On a related note, it surprises me how much the 8-core Piledriver FX chips (...
by Concupiscence
Thu May 23, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2850

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

What's the advantage of waiting for the Phenom II to die? There really isn't one. I feel a little silly for that. I'd swap the A4 in, sell the Phenom with or without its motherboard, put that money toward a solid FM2+ chip, and upgrade it, then sell the A4 too. You'd end up pulling roughly financia...
by Concupiscence
Thu May 23, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2850

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

What's the advantage of waiting for the Phenom II to die? There really isn't one. I feel a little silly for that. I'd swap the A4 in, sell the Phenom with or without its motherboard, put that money toward a solid FM2+ chip, and upgrade it, then sell the A4 too. You'd end up pulling roughly financia...
by Concupiscence
Thu May 23, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2850

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-920-vs-AMD-Ryzen-3-2200G-vs-AMD-A4-7300-APU/365vs3186vs2357 LMAO, it's slower than a Phenom II. It's more complicated than that. It's quite a bit better for single-threaded performance, but has half the cores. Thanks for pointing that out though...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 21, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Don't attribute to malice that which can be easily explained by incompetence.


Or penny-pinching, for that matter.
by Concupiscence
Tue May 21, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...

Big Bang Theory - 10 years of coming out on 3 dvds. Year 11... two dvds and a noticeable drop in quality. But they did save money on a dvd. Lucifer Season 3 also dropped down a dvd and dropped quality (3.3Mbps). They are also dropping the 6ch bitrate to 384. My earlier talk still stands. But after ...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 21, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...

They still make DVD's? I haven't bought those in at least 5 years. I'm less inclined to think studios are deliberately making crappy releases than just brew it . The market for TV show home video releases is shrinking more aggressively than the market for movies, and the studios just don't care eno...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 21, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 2434

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

you can't create more detail than what the source media could replicate You're certainly stuck with the absolute dimensions of the frame, but with some of the learning-based AI routines developed in the past few years, you can do exactly that within the frame: interpolate the missing detail based o...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 21, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 2434

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

On a tangential topic, one of the local TV channels has been doing reruns of Miami Vice (which I now see was actually pretty damn good with excellent production values) and Magnum PI (which... wasn't good). Were these shows originally shot/aired in what appears to be a 1:1 ratio, or is it just the ...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 21, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 2434

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

I can say that my "Perry Mason" shows from 1955 to mid 60s on dvd from film are wonderfully perfect! They knew what they had and took care of it. Like a lot of prestige '50s TV, Perry Mason was shot on 35mm. That makes the prospects of a quality restoration pretty good if the negatives or...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 21, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 2434

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

Yeah, unless they went to the trouble of doing a full cleanup and restoration, there will inevitably be degradation of the original analog film or tape. I can say that my "Perry Mason" shows from 1955 to mid 60s on dvd from film are wonderfully perfect! They knew what they had and took ca...
by Concupiscence
Mon May 20, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?
Replies: 58
Views: 4688

Re: Radeon VII or wait for Navi?

The "wait for Navi" counter is high these days It could potentially bring sense back to the market. Having seen AMD in GPU land lately I doubt it'll be all that, but I'm still waiting to see how it is. My 1070 is feeling a little inadequate at 1440p with higher details now o.o so I'd love...
by Concupiscence
Sun May 12, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

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

Alright, I may as well conclude this thread and put a bow on it. I went out and acquired a Noctua NF-F12 fan and strapped that onto the be quiet! Dark Rock 4, moving the default SilentWings 3 fan to the other side to push air to the case's vent fan. That definitely helped - Cinebench performance jum...
by Concupiscence
Fri May 10, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

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

I've loved reading the comments and appreciate all the help. If you can oblige, I do have one more request. Finding a straightforward guide to undervolting LGA 2066 chips hasn't been easy. This shows that it can be done and the results are impressive, but doesn't go into the methodology in a meaning...
by Concupiscence
Thu May 09, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 4501

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

I’ve always had a morbid curiosity to try to coax the most modern OS possible into running on a dual-processor Pentium Pro 200 setup with maxed out RAM and some sort of fanagled SSD, and then see how it does. Right after Win7 launched, I was able to get it running on a P2-300 w/ 512MB of RAM. Didn'...
by Concupiscence
Wed May 08, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 4501

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

Years ago I found a Digital-branded dual Pentium 90 workstation on a curb. I gave it to a friend who promptly determined the only OS that would run correctly on the motherboard was probably Windows 2000. And so, with 112 MB of scavenged EDO SIMMs, he tried to make a homebrew Shoutcast server. It did...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 07, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Best windows video player
Replies: 20
Views: 2341

Re: Best windows video player

@JBI, any thoughts as to why something as basic as playing video on a computer is so neglected? The quality of a relatively expensive product like Power DVD is laughable, have things like Rokus, Apple TV, and game consoles made the idea of plating video on a computer LIKE A SANE PERSON obsolete? IM...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 07, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

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

Stock speeds? Doesn't seem particularly out of the ballpark given the clock deficit and core deficit to a 1950x. A 7940X at 4.5 GHz all-core can crank out about 8k points, so if you derate linearly to the base clocks, you're pretty spot-on. I wondered if I was overreacting - under sustained x264 en...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 07, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

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? It's got to be - Task Manager indicates the clocks are drooping pretty appreciably. The benchmark was slightly slower with the AVX offset set to defaults, and the single core bench absolutely crate...
by Concupiscence
Tue May 07, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Lower than hoped for Cinebench performance from an i9 7940x...
Replies: 28
Views: 3400

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

So I've got a 7940x running at stock in an x299 Gigabyte Aorus 7 motherboard with 32 gigs of quad-channel DDR4-2666. On a lark I decided to run Cinebench R20 to see how it'd do... and I'm disappointed. I'd expect this Intel 14 core chip to at least pull even with a 1950X Threadripper, which pulled a...
by Concupiscence
Mon May 06, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 4501

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

TDPs were usually below 35W as an absolute max. Checking some Pentium 133MHz , it's 11W TDP and 12W max. 30-35W was end-of-generation Pentium II/IIIs, like Pentium 3 1GHz with 33W max (the nominal is probably less). No heatsink goo is such a nice bonus. Even the notionally hot-running first gen Cyr...
by Concupiscence
Mon May 06, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: CPU frametimes not comparable across reviews?
Replies: 5
Views: 1760

Re: CPU frametimes not comparable across reviews?

I wouldn't expect them to hold true across reviews due to hardware and software changes. The rankings themselves are a good indicator, but I'd be very wary of comparing the data directly. Amen. I trust TR to keep pretty consistent methodology and deliver comparable results across reviews, because t...
by Concupiscence
Mon May 06, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 10578

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

OK, I had time to run Cinebench R20 on the FX-6300. CPU score is 875 cb, CPU (single core) is 207 cb, with an MP ratio of 4.23x. That's... not great. At first glance the 4.23x MP ratio doesn't look very good, until you remember that Cinebench considers an FX 6300 to be a three core CPU with six logi...
by Concupiscence
Mon May 06, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 4501

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

The Egg's Main Rig v1.0 (the first PC which was specifically "mine") was an AMD 5x86 133mhz -- a glorified maxed-out 486 with a little extra cache. It ran Win95 with ease. The "Pentium 75" rating sounds about right, depending on the circumstance. It wasn't as fast as the family ...
by Concupiscence
Sun May 05, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 4501

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

Yes, and I saw it running on one personally. A high school friend's parents had a Compaq-manufactured 386 into which they'd somehow shoved 28 MB RAM, and it ran Windows 95... very... very... slowly. It was pretty stable, but working on it required a definition of patience that bordered on the geolog...
by Concupiscence
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: TrustedInstaller, Getting rid of W7 files from W10
Replies: 8
Views: 2152

Re: TrustedInstaller, Getting rid of W7 files from W10

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Safemode? Linux liveCD?


Yeah, I'll second the Linux live USB option. It'll do exactly what you want and ignore Windows' overcautious squeamishness. Just be careful.
by Concupiscence
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who's ready for the zombie a-PIG-alypse??
Replies: 10
Views: 1038

Re: Who's ready for the zombie a-PIG-alypse??

Hey, I played the period documentary Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and believe that with the right firearms and give 'em hell attitude, we can stave off the Hogpocalypse together.
by Concupiscence
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Big release day for Intel
Replies: 55
Views: 6836

Re: Big release day for Intel

Good Lord. I came here to read about big, important developments in Intel's roadmap, and instead get grown people screaming "no, YOU'RE ignorant" in a round robin. Please make a subforum for internet slap fights if the people here can't be civil. This is not the kind of discussion that's g...
by Concupiscence
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 10578

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

Finally had the chance to run this for the first time. On my office's vanilla i7 7700, CPU score is 2028 cb, CPU (single core) is 416 cb, with an MP Ratio of 4.88x. Later I'll update this with results from the FX-6300 Frankenputer I just put together for a side project, along with my Core i9 7940x...
by Concupiscence
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 4778

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

If you expect a company craven enough to bribe publishers into exclusivity on its inferior platform to have your best interests at heart in the long term, you deserve what's coming to you. When I hear "Epic exclusive," I hear "company that isn't getting my money." Another one bi...
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