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by synthtel2
Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: FTDI Drivers Break Fake Chips, Again
Replies: 26
Views: 3419

Re: FTDI Drivers Break Fake Chips, Again

From my link: It all started back in December of 2009, when chumby was in the midst of production for the chumby One. A call came in from the floor noting that SMT yield had dropped dramatically on one lot, so I drove over to the building to have a look (this is the advantage of being in China durin...
by synthtel2
Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: FTDI Drivers Break Fake Chips, Again
Replies: 26
Views: 3419

Re: FTDI Drivers Break Fake Chips, Again

The problem is that you don't necessarily know if you've got a counterfeit otherwise. Not only do counterfeits of things like this sneak in to supply channels all over the place, but these FTDI chips end up in assembled packages, where it (a) may cause undefined breakage rather than showing “NON GEN...
by synthtel2
Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux opening cans of worms questions...
Replies: 60
Views: 4978

Re: Linux opening cans of worms questions...

9. Rolling release or no?
by synthtel2
Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Help Picking Dev Board
Replies: 16
Views: 5329

Re: Help Picking Dev Board

It depends what you're doing, of course, but I wouldn't consider 1GB RAM a problem at all for such a thing. My daily driver Arch installation isn't quite typical, but I'm using *checks* 657MB RAM right now, of which 463MB is Firefox. It's definitely feasible to keep idle RAM use in the sub-200MB ran...
by synthtel2
Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: double standards bro
Replies: 80
Views: 5222

Re: double standards bro

For another datapoint, I've got a 4690k at 4.2GHz/1.27V, cooled by a Noctua NH-D9L (one of the better 92mm towers around). Experimentally, FMA3 / 128K is what puts me right on the edge of throttling. https://i.imgur.com/jTUTonP.png P.S. Uncore is 3.8GHz and IIRC ~1.15V, since that's come up here.
by synthtel2
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: new member so go easy on me.
Replies: 16
Views: 2420

Re: new member so go easy on me.

(Split post because I had to do some stuff IRL) Drives For SSDs, Intel makes the top quality stuff, but they tend to be a bit pricey. Crucial and Samsung are the usual mid-range suspects, but both have detractors. I'm OK with Crucial and don't like Samsung, but that's just me. Crucial's issues seem ...
by synthtel2
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: new member so go easy on me.
Replies: 16
Views: 2420

Re: new member so go easy on me.

Video card To be clear, nothing you can currently buy will run the latest AAA games 2560x1440 @ 144 fps with maxed settings. A 980 Ti at 1440p playing modern AAA games with all settings maxed will probably tend to be in the 70-90 fps range, with occasional exceptions for stuff like Witcher 3. Thing...
by synthtel2
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How can a garbage flash drive do this?
Replies: 9
Views: 1669

Re: How can a garbage flash drive do this?

Yeah, the flash drive is not good. I don't think it's had more than 2x capacity of writes though, and the point where it got impressively terrible was probably a bit less than one full drive of writes (~50GB maybe?). I'm inclined to think it's some combination of a cheesy controller and sub-par flas...
by synthtel2
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: How can a garbage flash drive do this?
Replies: 9
Views: 1669

How can a garbage flash drive do this?

I have a pretty terrible flash drive 1 which has ridiculously slow and inconsistent write speeds (200 KB/s - 5 MB/s seems to be typical on my music collection). That's no huge surprise, but I was surprised the other day when a large copy operation to it started occasionally hanging all input to the ...
by synthtel2
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Amateur Needing Recommendation on Building Custom Computer
Replies: 16
Views: 2692

Re: Amateur Needing Recommendation on Building Custom Comput

Seasonic has a generally very good reputation, but that EVGA G2 is a top-quality part. [1] Personally I'd tend towards the EVGA (disclaimer: I own a G2 550W, exactly what the OP was looking at). Most of the rest depends on whether building for the long haul means being able to do the same stuff as y...
by synthtel2
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Had terrible experience with SSD, any advice how to proceed?
Replies: 107
Views: 11630

Re: Had terrible experience with SSD, any advice how to proc

For more anecdotal data, I have and have been recommending to friends mainly Crucial. Currently that's two MX100s and a BX100. My brother's also got an old Toshiba of unknown origin, and I'm running an Intel 320 in my laptop. All have been perfect so far. My general impression of Crucial (mainly fro...
by synthtel2
Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 390 always over 970 (unless GameWorks
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: 390 always over 970 (unless GameWorks

From a game developer's perspective, if you could get by with 1GB of VRAM in a particular scene, but it's running on a card with 4GB, you'd rather be using closer to 4. The extra is cached textures (and possibly geometry), so that if the scene changes to need something you cached, things don't stall...
by synthtel2
Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Skylake Damagebox giveaway entry thread
Replies: 130
Views: 61538

Re: Skylake Damagebox giveaway entry thread

Here's some corny shenanigans. Enjoy!

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