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Everything posted by Waco

  1. The wife is still rocking a Kone Pure Optical I believe. They've improved dramatically in the past 5 years.
  2. I'm still surprised that external PCIe never caught on. It's not hard to channel 16 lanes over a decent cable, it's not like it has to be super long.
  3. He needs 4 sticks for full quad-channel bandwidth. It'd be a shame to build a TR system with only 2 DIMMs. If you can get away with 16 GB, it's worth saving the money IMO - just be aware that you'll probably end up replacing them rather than adding to them in the future if you want to keep your DRAM speeds up.
  4. The reason they give 400 dollar value in the pack for a 100 more is so more gamers would be interested. The basic price of the card is higher than it would have been if polaris hadn't doubled in price. And because availability will be bad, some people will buy them up to resell them, driveing prices even higher. ? ?I don't need another monitor, cpu motherbord nor games. I just want the cheapest card so I can max out ultrawide 1080p with freesync. Right now nvidia is cheaper in that regard (hell I can get a 1080ti for 700eur) ? ?PS can someone do something about pale moon support for the site? This card is priced where it is because it's a behemoth of a die with expensive memory. Polaris doubled in market price, but not in MSRP. Until miners get their hands on them (and Ethereum digs out of the dirt) I don't think you have to worry about miners affecting the prices.
  5. I was just making a reference to when MLC drives first launched, everyone said they'd be useless because benchmarks hammered them into submission. The same was said when TLC drives launched, yet they're still pretty amazingly awesome unless you're doing something write-intensive (which almost nobody does). QLC drives, I'm sure, will be met with the same stigma. So yes, you can make fast M.2 drives throttle through artificial means. I've just never seen it on any real consumer workload. Sorry, but as a storage architect/admin by day, I tend to be more harsh about such things.
  6. Since when is SLI the most important thing???
  7. Throttling issues with these drives are extremely rare in real world use. Can you name any real workload that would cause such an arrangement to throttle that isn't a benchmark? Enterprise workloads aside (of which I am very aware), what consumer would ever care? Just like MLC drives being crap, just like TLC drives being crap, there's almost no evidence to back up this stigma. I will say that I think you confused optimal and optional in your last post...
  8. Why would you want one? Just wondering...
  9. Almost every ITX board I've touched in the past 5 years or so has had either an mSATA or M.2 slot on the backside of the board. :shrug:
  10. You can pick up internal cards for $80 used on eBay. I have four LSI 9207 and 9308 cards that work great! SAS drives really aren't worth it on desktops, though.
  11. I still have my collection of AMD chips. 2100+ Palamino 1700+ DLT3C Tbred-B (clocked to 2.4 GHz like nothing with a socket mod and a razor blade) 2600+ Mobile Barton (unlocked) Athlon 64s of multiple flavors Opterons (first gen Athlon 64 based, single and dual core versions, all delidded) My first Intel chip that I paid for was a Celeron 800 that I ran at 1.2 GHz, prior to any of those AMD chips. My second Intel chip was after *all* of those AMD chips and it was a Q6600. I'm feeling the need for a new AMD rig...
  12. Ditto! I have an NF4 DFI board hanging on the wall. It's a Phenom II board, but still. The server chips are literally four Ryzen chips ganged together on one package...and they're ludicrously efficient compared to even Intel's best chips when running at reasonable speeds.
  13. Return it and get another. SATA controllers can't talk SAS, even if you run a physical adapter. You'd need a SAS controller.
  14. No reason to blow $200+ on a motherboard for a Ryzen chip unless you're going to try and overclock like crazy (and they all top out at ~4 GHz anyway): https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145009 It comes with a free case too, at least today it does. EDIT: Cheap but fast memory: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820313777 That puts you at well under $600 even if you buy the 8 core Ryzen 7 1700: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113428
  15. The best bang for buck these days is the 8 core Ryzen lineup, especially if you're doing anything that threads well (does your VR work require compiling?).
  16. Did you read the article? Standard 2U box with dual 32 core Epyc chips. Nothing exotic in terms of cooling. Threadripper uses a lot more power because it's clocked to the moon in comparison and Zen was designed for the lower volts/clocks that are seen in Epyc.
  17. Perhaps this is old news, but damn, Naples/Epyc is looking great at first glance: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11544/intel-skylake-ep-vs-amd-epyc-7000-cpu-battle-of-the-decade(sorry for the link to Anand) Better power efficiency than Intel? What the what? Sure, it's ill suited to some workloads due to the oddness of cache latency and inter-core communication...but holy jeebus. I cannot wait to get my hands on the test boxes showing up at work in the next week or so. I/O monsters for sure with memory bandwidth to spare if you don't need high concurrence between many threads.
  18. What storage do you have planned? I would guess that mouse/keyboard/monitor are not a concern. What about speakers? For $500 you'd have a hard time beating what you've specc'd out for those parts.
  19. If your runtime hasn't significantly dropped from new, ignore it. There's no reason to be concerned.
  20. It's a jab from when AMD poked fun at the Core 2 Quad / Xeon, calling them "two glued together desktop chips".
  21. All modern lithium ion batteries are polymer type. Very few laptops use the old style since they cost more and aren't as dense.
  22. Batteries last a lot more than a year. A dead cell would make it not charge *at all* or hold a ridiculously short charge compared to normal. Windows 10 / modern laptops are designed not to charge a battery to 100% capacity while running to avoid damaging the battery. If runtime is normal, ignore it.
  23. Rebuild times for consumer drives in light-duty uses don't really matter IMO. Even if it is something like 2-3 days...who cares? The chance of killing the array due to an URE, though? That's a good reason to resort to something like ZFS or BTRFS...but if you must go with hardware RAID, at least use RAID 6.
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