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  Nvidia Fanboy Murders AMD Fanboy In Argument Over Graphics Card Coolers
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-21-2017, 03:28 AM - Forum: Video - Replies (3)


Quote:The incident took place in the quite town of Saransk, Russia. The friends used to work together as colleagues a few years ago, and kept in touch ever since. Aleksander invited his friend for a few drinks, and both of them got drunk.

This led to the discussion about which cooler of a GPU is better, nVidia or AMD. The discussion soon took a turn for the worst and Aleksander ended up murdering his friend for claiming that AMD was better.

Although, the incident took place over an year ago, Aleksander got convicted and sentenced only recently. He was handed a nine and a half year prison sentence for the crime.

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  Amazon EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 For USD 560
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-21-2017, 12:01 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - Replies (2)

That's the best deal I've seen yet for a GTX 1080.

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  Default forums to latest post
Posted by: SickBeast - 02-18-2017, 01:48 AM - Forum: Everything AlienBabelTech - Replies (5)

Hello Dave,

I'm sorry to trouble you, it's just I'm wondering if you can make it so that when we click on a thread, it defaults to the last page of the thread, instead of the first. I'm finding that whenever I click on a thread, I then have to scroll down, click on the last page number, and then wait for it to load. I think it would make a lot of sense to just have it go to the latest post by default. I am hoping there is a "switch" somewhere in the admin panel that you can just change.

Anyhow, just an idea. I'm not sure if you can do it. Hi

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  BlackBerry's Market Share = 0
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-16-2017, 10:39 PM - Forum: Smart Phones - Replies (3)


Quote:Eight years ago, BlackBerry (née RIM) was riding high. The company commanded almost 25% of the global smartphone market, a higher share than any company other than Nokia. The firm was expanding its businesses in other countries and it had ridden a wave of success to become the company most people thought of when they thought about business smartphones. Today, Blackberry’s hardware business is in ruins, with a global market share of 0.0%.

That’s the word from Gartner, which recently published its Q4 smartphone rankings. Out of 432 million devices shipped in Q4 2016, just 207,900 of them were BlackBerry OS products. This might seem like a dodge, since we don’t know how many Android devices BlackBerry sold during the same period, but I don’t think it is. All indications suggest that the Priv sold poorly relative to BlackBerry’s expectations (and even its CEO has said the phone was overpriced relative to the rest of the market). Furthermore, even if we assume BlackBerry’s Android devices outsold its BB10 devices by 3:1, that still leaves the company with a global market share of 0.19% — significantly below Windows Phone, of all things.

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  Why You Should Not Buy DRAMless SSDs
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-11-2017, 09:43 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

I'm really glad I went for my DRAM-equipped Crucial MX200.

Quote:Unfortunately, DRAMless SSDs also have a sinister side. Updating the map directly on the flash requires small random writes, which takes a bite out of the SSD's endurance. This is a particularly vexing issue with low endurance planar 2D TLC NAND flash. At Computex last June, one SSD vendor told us about an OEM 2D TLC SSD that will burn through the rated endurance in a little over a year. The SSD has to last a year because of the notebook's one-year warranty, but anything beyond a year's worth of use is up to the user to fix. Tactics like that are the driving forces behind putting cheap DRAMless SSDs in $500 notebooks.
There aren't any winners in our roundup today, and we don't hand out participation ribbons. For most of us enthusiasts, we shouldn’t even consider DRAMless SSDs with planar NAND. It's true that the drives are faster than a hard disk drive, but when you lean on them with a slightly elevated workload, they can stall, stutter, and deliver a worse user experience than you would get with a spinning mechanical disk.

Given what vendors told us about the endurance of this emerging category, I'd also be worried about long-term data retention. It's time to worry when a DRAMless controller manufacturer says it's possible to kill a drive in a little over a year. Until recently, SSDs have been add-on components in new notebooks. Some of them are quite expensive with a massive markup over aftermarket components. You might want to factor in the cost of an aftermarket SSD into your overall cost calculations when we start to see $500 notebooks advertised with flash-based storage.

If this sounds like a gloom and doom story so far, you should know that it only gets worse. I've told the variable BOM story more than once. It started with the OCZ Vertex when the company went from 3xnm to 2xnm NAND, and users lost a significant amount of storage space on a 120GB drive. OCZ apologized to users and said it would do more in the future to denote significant changes, which it has. Kingston suffered the same fate with the V300 when it changed from synchronous flash to asynchronous flash, but it has also been clearer about which SSDs have a variable BOM. PNY made the list after selling a drive with the same model number but sending an 8-channel controller to reviewers, and then quickly changing the BOM to a 4-channel controller for retail models.

SanDisk does not advertise the SSD Plus and Z410 as DRAMless products. SanDisk doesn’t really advertise the SSD Plus as anything other than an SSD. The variable BOM is confusing, even for me, and I do this for a living. Claiming an SSD has roughly up to 550 MB/s sequential read and ~440 MB/s sequential write performance is vague, at best. Not only does this drive lack the DRAM cache that would make it an uncompetitive entry-level SSD, but SanDisk also advertises it with nearly identical product specifications as the DRAM-equipped equivalents.

The industry jumped the gun with the DRAMless class of products. The current DRAMless category isn't a viable solution for our readers, and it won't be until we see 3D NAND shipping in volume. 3D NAND will provide enough performance and endurance to transform DRAMless SSDs into a viable category, but Micron's 3D NAND is scarce at best, and Toshiba's is nonexistent on the open market.

OCZ made the right decision and published the T100's endurance specifications. SanDisk published the Z410's endurance specifications, but likely only because it designed the SSD for business users, which often require concrete warranty terms. The SSD Plus not only sells without published endurance or random performance specifications, but it also sells as an MLC-based product at Newegg.

There was a time when DRAMless SSD products were of personal interest to me. When controller manufacturers initially discussed the idea, they portrayed it as a way to increase notebook battery life, reduce power and costs, while at the same time putting an SSD in every computer. Every company expected to have a plentiful distribution of high-endurance 3D NAND flash, and many of these SSD controllers were built with that in mind. That was three years ago. Back then, it’s unlikely that anyone would have thought about selling DRAMless SSDs with low endurance 2D NAND flash to retail customers. The vendors proposed the SSDs for special applications in light-use environments, like signage, point of sale, and industrial applications where a machine reads data back to make a few thousand parts a day but doesn't write more than a few megabytes of data in the process.

The fact that some of these products couldn't even complete an industry standard performance test tells us all we need to know.

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  Upcoming Windows 10 UI Changes
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-11-2017, 03:38 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies

I like what we're seeing so far.

Quote:There aren’t many details being shared about “Project Neon” right now—as the refresh was called in earlier leaks—but the new visual look will focus on animations and transitions. The basic concept is “to add fluidity, animation, and blur to apps and the operating system,” as first reported by Windows Central. The new design language also hopes to make it easier for developers to create attractive apps.
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  Cannonlake Discussion Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-11-2017, 12:19 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:During its annual investors day, Intel shed some light on upcoming Cannonlake architecture. The company promises over 15 percent better performance compared to Kabylake. While no exact numbers were shared, it was told that they are based on SysMark benchmark.

More importantly, Intel Cannonlake is currently expected to ship in the second half of 2017. This probably means entry-level parts with faster CPUs coming at a later date.

It’s also worth noting that the slide below is clearly comparing i7 series, a direct competitor to AMD Ryzen, which is expected to launch later this month.

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  7nm Intel CPUs Are Coming In 3–4 Years
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-09-2017, 03:51 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:Now, Intel has announced that it will be bringing Fab 42 online, but not as a 14nm facility. Instead, Fab 42 will be brought online at the 7nm node, and to be online within 3-4 years. Intel expects to create approximately 3,000 jobs directly, with a 10,000-job impact on Arizona itself. Semiconductor manufacturing work in Arizona pays a median wage of $22 per hour (~$46,000 per year) according to the BLS. That’s not fabulous, but a family with two full-time earners at that pay rate would be well above the median household income in the United States.
One possibility is that Intel decided to build Fab 42 out so it would have a near-new fab to deploy Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography, or EUV. The company has previously stated that it doesn’t anticipate introducing EUV before the 5nm node, which would put it roughly six years away from now. If the now-cancelled 450mm wafer initiative could’ve sparked new capital expenditures, the EUV rollout (if it ever happens) could be even harder to retrofit into existing facilities. At present, EUV equipment requires vastly more power and cooling to operate compared to 193nm ArF, and some pieces of equipment are considerably larger.

To be clear, this is speculation on my part — but I strongly suspect that Fab 42 will be completed with an eye towards fitting it out for easier EUV adoption in the future. Intel has not forecast that it expects the PC market to improve in the near future, but the company could be betting that increased datacenter demand and cloud service scaling will drive future product adoption, even if the consumer market declines further.

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  Devastating Bug Is Killing Intel Atom C2000 CPUs
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-09-2017, 03:46 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Ordinarily, Atom CPUs are of no interest to us, but this story about them is:

Quote:Intel hardware is, generally speaking, extremely reliable. Every processor and chipset has some degree of bugs, but these issues rarely become critical flaws that jeopardize a product. Evidence is mounting, however, that Intel’s C2000 server platform — that’s the Avoton and Rangeley low-power server variants, all of which are based on Atom — have a serious flaw that’s bricking hardware.

Cisco has released an advisory warning informing its customers of the following: “In some units, we have seen the clock signal component degrade over time. Although the Cisco products with this component are currently performing normally, we expect product failures to increase over the years, beginning after the unit has been in operation for approximately 18 months. Once the component has failed, the system will stop functioning, will not boot, and is not recoverable. This component is also used by other companies.”

So how does this link back to Intel, given that Cisco declined to name a vendor? Sharp-eyed boffins at The Register spotted an errata notice Intel issued in January, 2017. Intel’s AVR54 reads:

Problem: The SoC LPC_CLKOUT0 and/or LPC_CLKOUT1 signals (Low Pin Count bus clock outputs) may stop functioning.

Implication: If the LPC clock(s) stop functioning the system will no longer be able to boot.

Workaround: A platform level change has been identified and may be implemented as a workaround for this erratum”

The problem appears to affect all current steppings of the C2000 product family. While a platform fix has been identified, many manufacturers are choosing to recall products altogether rather than apply it. Cisco has announced that it will proactively replace hardware that was still under warranty or any other type of valid service contract as of November 2016. Hardware will be replaced whether it has already failed or not. Cisco isn’t formally using the word “recall,” but that’s what this is.

Did Intel use NDAs to squash reporting?

ServeTheHome did some digging into the situation and found multiple vendors willing to acknowledge being affected by the issue: Cisco, Netgate, QCT, and Supermicro all acknowledged the flaw — but not the cause.

ServeTheHome states that it has spoken to eight separate vendors, none of whom were willing to acknowledge which supplier was responsible. Multiple vendors cited NDAs with their suppliers that prevented them from identifying the source. Not many companies have the clout to force multi-billion dollar corporations to kowtow to its desire for secrecy. Not many suppliers are in a position to dictate to their customers how they will and won’t address a problem or speak to its cause. And of course, there’s the fact that Intel just updated its own documentation to identify exactly the problem in the C2000 family that eight separate vendors (so far) have acknowledged in their own products.

If you have Avoton or Rangeley hardware deployed for any reason, including as a component in embedded systems or networking hardware, we recommend contacting the vendor to determine whether replacement hardware is required or available.

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  Pentium G4560
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 02-09-2017, 01:18 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

It has to be asked: is this the end of i3s as we know them?

Quote:The G4560 at $64 is pretty amazing. It not only invalidates the Core i3 range but it also kills off the higher end Pentiums as well. It's 22% cheaper than the $82 G4600 and yet it's clocked just 3% lower. Similarly, it's 31% cheaper than the G4620 while it can't possibly be more than 5% slower.

Intel's Core i3 range doesn't look any better. For instance, the i3-7100 retails for $117 and besides a bump in operating frequency and a slight change in iGPU, this is the exact same processor as the G4560. Clocked at 3.9GHz, the i3-7100 is up to 11% faster, but that doesn't make it worth 80% more.

Comparisons only get worse as you go on: the Core i3-7300 costs well over twice the price but comes clocked less than 15% greater. Realistically, your choices are the G4560 at $64 or the Core i5-7400 at $190, everything else in-between is a bit pointless.

Against older chips such as the Skylake Core i3-6100, the Pentium G4560 wasn't a great deal slower in our Excel and Photoshop workloads and the same was true when looking at encoding performance.

The chip is no slouch in gaming either, proving to be the perfect companion for a graphics card akin to the RX 460, GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti (it worked also well with the GTX 1060 though we think a sub-$200 GPU makes more sense for playing CPU-intensive games on the G4560).

With two cores and no Hyper-Threading, Intel's previous entry-level Pentium G4400 struggles in today's games. By adding Hyper-Threading to its Kaby Lake Pentiums, Intel has given this series a new lease on life, albeit while cannibalizing sales of its Core i3 range.

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