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by DrDominodog51
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?
Replies: 88
Views: 20344

Re: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?

Err... Samsung's V-NAND is essentially a type of 3D NAND, so it's *already* shipping. I predict that SSDs will replace mechanical storage for the majority of consumer devices within a couple of years. Mechanical HDDs will continue to live on in the data center for at least another decade (give or t...
by DrDominodog51
Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?
Replies: 88
Views: 20344

Re: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?

whm1974 wrote:
Lets say less then five years or even better a couple.

I think it will appear within five years, but not in consumer models.
by DrDominodog51
Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?
Replies: 88
Views: 20344

Re: Will SSDs replace HDDs in the near future?

Define near. I would say by 2020 HDDs will no long be shipped by computer manufactures. By 2025, I believe that HDDs will exist in few niches such as archiving which may have storage devices unpowered for long periods of time. Currently the only advantages of HDDs are capacity (which is useful only ...
by DrDominodog51
Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26465
Views: 2046597

Re: dymt reloaded

notified wrote:
You have also chosen the wrong filesystem :wink:

I know, but I
a) am too lazy to set up ZFS (even if I could)
b) cannot set up another filesystem because this is a work issued Macbook Pro (So I'm stuck on OS X also :x)
by DrDominodog51
Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26465
Views: 2046597

Re: dymt reloaded

Waiting for a 51 GB file to delete of my hard drive... :o I have chose the wrong option for creating a VM with Oracle's software. (sigh) Here goes ten years of my life...
by DrDominodog51
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux usability
Replies: 124
Views: 11690

Re: Bad news for Linux users.

just brew it! wrote:
I really tried to like GNOME 3, and Unity, but have concluded that they are both abominations which get in your way too much to be tolerable as a daily use DE.

The only time I have found Unity to be useful is where a user is coming from OS X and they already frequently use workarounds to do stuff.
by DrDominodog51
Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux usability
Replies: 124
Views: 11690

Re: Bad news for Linux users.

*dons flamevest* You might want to get the fire extinguisher also. :) Trends come and go. Soon some OEMs will be marketing their Windows computer as Linux-Ready and charge a bit more for it. Then it will become standard for the whole industry to make their devices able to boot Linux. Unfortunately,...
by DrDominodog51
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel demos desktop Broadwell processor with Iris Pro graphi
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Re: Intel demos desktop Broadwell processor with Iris Pro gr

If this means we are getting unlocked 1150 K series CPU's with Iris pro graphics I wonder if that 128MB of eDRAM on-package memory will increase CPU performance with dedicated graphics card/cards in gaming and non gaming situations? Does anyone know if the current Crystal well CPU's get any perform...
by DrDominodog51
Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Sandisk Extreme Pro?
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Re: Sandisk Extreme Pro?

The Crucial BX100 series drives look to be an excellent value based on the recent review on this site. Cheaper than the Sandisk, and very good performance. :\ It has been a while since I've look at SSD prices... (I thought $150 was a steal) I'll definitely use a BX100 over the Sandisk then. I suppo...
by DrDominodog51
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Sandisk Extreme Pro?
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Sandisk Extreme Pro?

I am currently build a new rig. :D I've been looking for a cheap ~250 GB SSD and the 240 GB Sandisk Extreme Pro looks like a pretty good deal. Does anyone have any experience with the performance of a Extreme Pro? I will be using this for gaming and some programming/compiling. Any other advise is we...
by DrDominodog51
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will Quad-core CPUs be required for future games?
Replies: 40
Views: 5757

Re: Will Quad-core CPUs be required for future games?

This makes me wish I had a decently potent AGP graphics card. I'd fire up my 3GHz Pentium 4 Extreme (single core) and see what I can still play. 8) A potent AGP card doesn't exist. My ATi HD 3450 can easily be out ran by Intel Mobile 3000 Graphics. And to answer the OP: not necessarily the immediat...
by DrDominodog51
Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Haswell GT2 vs. NVIDIA G92b: FIGHT!
Replies: 131
Views: 13953

Re: Haswell GT2 vs. NVIDIA G92b: FIGHT!

I have a dusty old dell dimension SFF P4 desktop that I dropped a lowly Radeon 9100 64MB PCI card (DX 8.1 only; similar to radeon 8500) into just for kicks, and I'd love to see if it can play Minecraft. If that doesn't handle it, maybe my Geforce 6200 256MB PCI could. No doubt the cards are fast en...
by DrDominodog51
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: I think I found the problem
Replies: 19
Views: 2085

Re: I think I found the problem

whm1974 wrote:
Good grief I thought my system was fitly after going almost a year without cleaning it.

I've gone 10 years without cleaning a computer when it was in a dusty room. It was still cleaner than that by far.
by DrDominodog51
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Who is still using PCI slots these days?
Replies: 139
Views: 32974

Re: Who is still using PCI slots these days?

An interesting question would be if anyone still used AGP around here. PCI still has use for some decent peripherals. AGP....well...not so much. AGP was graphics only. Any AGP card is going to be inferior to modern integrated GPUs. The interface is wholly defunct. The most modern AGP graphics card ...
by DrDominodog51
Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26465
Views: 2046597

Re: dymt reloaded

Listening to the Space Jam Theme Song. :D It's pretty good for movie music.
by DrDominodog51
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26465
Views: 2046597

Re: dymt reloaded

I was attempting to apply last minute Band-Aids to a dodgy PHP/MySQL web app with race conditions in the back-end logic, which result in database inconsistencies when the site gets busy. Site's already gone live, with a spike in traffic expected on Friday. (This is a volunteer thing, not related to...
by DrDominodog51
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC
Replies: 43
Views: 13498

Re: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC

I'm not sure what you can find up there in Canada, but a GTX 770 would be a good alternative to the 290 if you can find one at a good price. I disagree. http://techreport.com/review/27702/nvidia-geforce-gtx-960-graphics-card-reviewed/12 http://techreport.com/review/27067/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-and-...
by DrDominodog51
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC
Replies: 43
Views: 13498

Re: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC

Graphics Cards This one is more of an existential dilemma than a question per se . Normally I tend to gravitate to NVidia cards... but OTOH, there are some positively screaming deals on R9 290 and 290X cards out there. (Seriously, AMD must be selling them at a loss at those price points - how can s...
by DrDominodog51
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: An update to the rules
Replies: 31
Views: 51561

Re: An update to the rules

Well... I better disclose that I've written for a website called htpcbeginner before. Done. :)
by DrDominodog51
Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?
Replies: 128
Views: 9705

Re: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?

If it's older than dual-core (e.g., Pentium 4, Athlon XP, Pentium M) I don't work on it --I'd rather help someone find a cheap dual-core minimum. Do you count P4s with HT as dual cores? The oldest I maintain is P4 with HT (2.8 Ghz.), 1 GB of ram, Windows 7, and ATi HD 3450 (AGP). I believe the 3450...
by DrDominodog51
Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Is raid with two SSDs worth it?
Replies: 12
Views: 2505

Re: Is raid with two SSDs worth it?

SSDs in raid are only particular useful if they the raid type supports a form or data recovery (raid 1). If you feel that you need the safeguard for your data, go ahead. Otherwise, it's not really worth it.
by DrDominodog51
Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Has CPU performance reached a plateau?
Replies: 69
Views: 10185

Re: Has CPU performance reached a plateau?

As multiple people have said here, single-threaded performance (on x86) is near its peak. While AMD is doing catchup, Intel will probably be improving I/O such as more PCIe lanes and a DDR3 to DDR4 as Haswell-EP has already shown.
by DrDominodog51
Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Looking for a smallish box that I can give to my godsons
Replies: 31
Views: 11613

Re: Looking for a smallish box that I can give to my godsons

A Shuttle XPC will do. I have 2 of them, and they were all nice. They are pain to upgrade, though. I am almost 100 % sure that it has 2 drive slots (My XPCs had a "Netburst" in them so they could have changed the design). It definitely has a place for a DVD drive. The GPU will need to have...
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