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  My PC Building Nightmare, And Why My Next Motherboard Will Not Be ASUS Or ASRock
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 12-07-2016, 10:14 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (3)

I’ve had a change of heart. Building a PC is too hard. Here’s my real-life nightmare as I set out to build my first computer earlier this year.

I set out to build a Mini-ITX rig. Roadblock #1 came when the Seasonic X-650 PSU wouldn’t fit with the Fractal Design Core 500 case due to its plug placement, and the case itself turned out to be a cramped nightmare. Roadblock #2 came when the ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming motherboard’s foam-padded I/O shield resisted almost all attempts to force the motherboard in. Case returned, motherboard kept. Big mistake. Got a Corsair Carbide 200R. Struggled with the I/O shield again, and discovered that the Cryorig H7 HSF blocked the 8-pin EPS connector. Roadblock #3.

Returned the motherboard and CPU cooler, got an ASRock Z170 Extreme 4 and a Thermaltake Frio Silent 14. Then came Roadblock #4, as the X-650 PSU was coil whining. Returned it, got an EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2, which coil whines far, far less. The graphics card was coil whining too, even in idle, but I assumed the X-650 PSU was causing it. Big mistake. Roadblock #5. Newegg wouldn’t accept a return of the graphics card, but agreed to let us RMA it for store credit. Terrible.

While waiting for the graphics card RMA, realized that the 200R had ticking fans and let out too much noise. Returned it and got a Fractal Design Define R5. Migrated hardware to it, only to discover that the professional reviewer’s darling was defective and prevented the PSU from aligning with 3 of the 4 PSU screw holes, no matter which way I oriented the PSU. This was the exact same PSU that went into the 200R without a hitch. Roadblock #6. Talking with Fractal Design revealed that the PSU would be fine with only 1 screw securing it to the case. This was acceptable to me. My Define R5 has been fantastic.

New graphics card was ordered overnight, but got delayed 1 day due to a mechanical problem at the airport. New graphics card arrived, and coil whined as well. Was unable to figure out a way to reduce it for a while. Roadblock #7. Coil whine was massively reduced when I hooked it up to the PSU with 2 cables instead of 1 (the SuperNOVA 550 G2 does give you the option of using only 1 cable). What little coil whine is left is muffled by my Define R5. Problem resolved.

Then the optical drive ran loud when playing back Blu-rays, and was RMAed. Roadblock #8. The replacement was only a little less loud, but it actually whirred properly on wakeup and boot, like it was supposed to do, so the original optical drive was defective after all. The issue proved to be the Leawo Blu-ray player software not recognizing my brand-new model of optical drive and not reducing speed. Leawo’s great technical support listened to me, and the next version of their software fixed the problem.

After this, I discovered that the RAM was only running at 2133 MHz, as I had forgotten to use XMP in the UEFI. I went into the Z170 Extreme4’s UEFI, confident that it could run the RAM at its stock speed of 3200 MHz if I just used the XMP profile. Big mistake. Computer wouldn’t POST. Roadblock #9. Checking Tom’s Hardware’s review revealed that my motherboard is bad at RAM OCing using XMP. ASRock technical support was unhelpful. First they told me to do steps that would get me close to but not at the stock RAM speed, and would not POST. Then they passed the buck to the RAM manufacturer. I managed to successfully overclock the RAM to its stock speed and timings by following a Newegg reviewer’s advice and slightly increasing the VCCIO and VCCSA voltages, turning off XMP, and manually OCing the RAM. All the while, the UEFI would freeze up at random, despite the fact that I was running the latest version.

Though it finally worked, I had to replace everything but the CPU, RAM, and SSD. What was supposed to be over with in a matter of hours dragged on for more than a month, not counting the optical drive and RAM issues. An unacceptably long time was spent without a finished computer. I will never buy from ASUS or ASRock ever again. Motherboard is 100% right: building a PC is too hard. And I don’t know if next time I should build my own or go for a prebuilt.

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  VR Is In Trouble
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 12-06-2016, 12:24 AM - Forum: Gaming - Replies (10)


Quote:Many research firms' numbers also have shown that VR product sales in 2016 have been weaker than originally expected due to lack of content and high product costs. Google's Daydream View, HTC's Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Electronics' Gear VR have all achieved sales that are weaker than market expectations, and even the current mainstream poster-boy for VR, Sony's PSVR, is showing adoption numbers that are as lowly as low can be (even in Japan, where Sony expected the PSVR sales to be greater - only 0.7% of the existing PS4 and PS4 Pro user-base has made the jump for a VR headset).

Consider the amount of studios that have already committed themselves towards the development of VR/AR games (such as Crytek with their Robinson: The Journey and 4A Games with their in-development ARKTIKA.1). Then consider that demand for those pieces of software - and VR headsets themselves - has been weakening recently. The supply chain has already invested heavily into related developments: vendors such as Acer and Asustek Computer have shifted major resources towards development of VR/AR devices for 2017 and are expected to release them in early 2017. However, some market watchers are concerned that the VR/AR ecosystem may not be mature enough to contribute much to the players - and excess offerings for a low-penetration market will invariably lead to losses and, potentially, bankruptcy.
However, these companies are relatively large and have varied streams of income, and a lower than expected adoption of VR is unlikely to bring their budgets into the red line. However, many smaller companies have sprung up since the availability of VR and AR as a market, intent on carving themselves a pie of it. For the smaller companies banking on VR and AR to power both their content and their revenues, wrong (maybe hopeful) forecasts of market value may yet prove their financial undoing.

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  Kaby Lake Leaked Sample Review
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-29-2016, 09:15 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (4)


Quote:Intel’s Kaby Lake efficiency pretenses are thrown out the window in the Core i7-7700K, at least when paired with this motherboard. Perhaps we have something to look forward to when Z270 finally gets here?

For true performance enthusiasts, the real news is that Intel’s new mainstream-socket enthusiast CPU will reach new overclocking heights. Unfortunately, getting its extra heat out of the core was quite a challenge, as even stepping up from Noctua’s NH-U12S to its NH-D14 saved a mere 3°C. This overclocking experiment even required a 15°C room temperature, which is something most readers won’t be able to accomplish. Big liquid might help, but since the cooler’s heatpipes were barely warm to the touch, there’s a possibility that 4.8 GHz may be the limit of this sample while using any ambient-temperature cooling solution. Still, the fact that it reached 4.8 GHz without sub-ambient cooling is encouraging.

Other points of interest, such as built-in HEVC and VP9 8/10-bit encode/decode, may be revealed when our CPU team is able to publish their full review. Until then, the extra overclocking capability at least gives performance enthusiasts who don’t yet (or still) own a (functioning) Skylake processor a reason to wait for the Kaby Lake release.

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  AMD Securities Fraud Lawsuit Granted Class Action Status
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-23-2016, 09:46 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (4)

I posted about this lawsuit on the old ABT when the news broke.

Quote:The initial complaint in this action was filed January 15, 2014. After Arkansas Teacher Retirement System and KBC Asset Management NV were appointed as Lead Plaintiffs by the Court, they filed their Corrected Amended Class Action Complaint (the "Complaint") on June 11, 2014. Lead Plaintiffs allege that Defendants made materially false and misleading statements to investors about the manufacturing and subsequent launch of, as well as the demand for, its Llano microprocessor between April 4, 2011 and October 18, 2012, allegedly in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Lead Plaintiffs further allege that the false and misleading statements inflated the price of AMD's common stock and that, when Defendants later disclosed the truth of the ongoing problems with Llano, AMD's stock price dropped. The Complaint, which contains all of the Lead Plaintiffs' allegations, is available here.

Defendants moved to dismiss the Complaint on July 7, 2014. On March 31, 2015, the Court issued an order denying Defendants' motion to dismiss.

On September 4, 2015, Lead Plaintiffs filed their motion for class certification. On March 16, 2016, the Court issued an order granting Lead Plaintiffs' motion, certifying the Class, appointing Lead Plaintiffs as "Class Representatives," and appointing Class Counsel.

The parties are currently engaged in discovery, and the deadline for completing discovery is March 3, 2017. The parties must file motions for summary judgment by April 7, 2017. No date for the trial has been scheduled.

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  Skylake-EP Will Have 32 Cores
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-22-2016, 10:58 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:Intel is preparing their Skylake-EP Xeon E5 processor lineup for launch in mid-2017. And judging by the leaks regarding their next top-of-the-line processors in the server market, the Xeon E5-2699 V5 looks like Intel's response to AMD's expected Naples server platform. The leak should, naturally, be taken with a grain of salt, since the leaked chip appears to not yet be a finalized version of Intel's silicon. If you trust the source, you can secure one of these engineering samples for the tidy sum of ¥ 26500 (around $3845).

The chip that has just leaked is a trend-breaker when it comes to Intel's server parts: it carries on the V5 platforms' core count increase (with 24 and 28-core processors being already expected), stepping away from the 22-core high-end E5-2699V4A that Intel recently announced, by injecting ten extra full cores (and thus, 20 extra threads) to Intel's server chip line-up. If you find that number familiar, it's probably because AMD's Naples platform is also expected to house up to 32 processor cores per processor, alongside AMD's implementation of SMT (Simultaneous Multi Threading) for a total of 64 logical threads. Part of the Skylake-EP lineup which launches next year, the Xeon E5-2699 V5 (ES) is designed for Intel's LGA 3647 socket, and the leaked sample features a base clock of 2.10 GHz.

The Intel Xeon V5 line-up will be going up against AMD's Zen based Naples platform next year. While Intel enjoys a staggering, overwhelming presence in the server market, AMD is counting on Zen's performance and core counts as being a renaissance of sorts for the company, allowing it to claw back market share in this highly-lucrative market. Intel seems to be making an effort to at least equalizing its offers in regards to Naples' expected core counts, in a bid to ensure it is able to maintain its tight grip on the lion's share of the server market.

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  So where is the outcry dave?
Posted by: ocre - 11-22-2016, 01:00 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (24)

In 24hrs we have had 4 cop ambushes in central usa with some proving deadly. Go back a couple days and add up one here and one there as the total grows.

These are not cops in gun battles with innocent criminals who have illegal possession of illegal guns, these are cops just doing their job. Cops not engaging anyone in a showdown. Just doing their jobs and being assassinated in the process.

Where is you post on these cases? Every controversial case with a cop who ends up shooting a black man, you post. Videos of a man raging with a 12inch knife, marching down the street right in the direction cops have blocked off.. This guy acting totally crazy, in the middle of the street with a knife and you act like the cops where so out of line because they took him down..

The many other cases where someone was killed by a cop, not that they are all completely justified, not that their was mistakes...But these cases are cops who were trying to do their job. There was tragic stories but there also were really skewed and warped crap being spoonfed to the nation..The media running away with stories that they havent spent one second to vet. Completely one sided stories painting criminals as some innocent black man who cops blasted away for no other reason other than they were black. And then, facts come out: felon with a gun, suspect leaving a robbery, etc. But, the story would run for days without any mention of those all important facts..from the officer's perspective.

But here we have, without any way to argue, true gunning down of people at work..just doing their job and completely innocent when they are gunned down.

Where is your out cry?

Dave, you didn't see the democrats taking advantage of race relations deteriorating. The fear that Hillary couldn't bring in the black vote in numbers anything like obama did. That their plan was to bring in the obama coalition, the obama voters. ..the obama strategy and path.
Hillary's plan to win office, fly in on the obama voters.

The problem is that she did not inspire the same way. There was an obvious lack of enthusiasm. And this is why they went so hard in their playing of the race card. This is why they had black life's matter on the stage at their dnc convention moments after this same group was telling all white people to get in the back, all white media, get in the back. Days before, this group was chanting "what do we want, dead cops. When? Now", "pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon". Which as shocking as it is to see clinton having this group who chants and says such things, we also just had a major ambush where so many cops were gunned down s in texas and other places.. Yet, the dnc...clinton..They were all more than happy to try to capitalize..and it is sickening. They capitalized for no other reason than votes. This was an opportunity to get motivated black votes...I honestly can't believe I am saying this, but I cant help but feel this. And its a terrible, horrible feeling.

The race relations, at the end of obamas second term, are worse than they have been since I can remember. And, I believe that this was an instrument being used by the democrats to try to win office. Its hard to deny that the democrats had at the very least, put effort in getting political brownie points around these issues. So, if it's too much to see the hands pushing our relations to the brink in an effort to energize ultimately in hopes for votes...if you cant take it that far, you must realize that the fact they did use this for political gain. And so the interest would not be to calm..quite the opposite .

Its sickening. During a black mans presidency, that relations deteriorate and we fall to an all time low. That the dnc put effort in capitalizing on this instead of trying to calm and bring peace.

All this while their campaign goes hyper drive on claims of racism in this election. If you dont think their is a direct connection between the media and the democrats campaign strategy, thats fine. But I find it a shame the way the media ran the later police shootings, using cell phone footage and putting it on air without anyone checking or looking at the circumstance or talking to the police. I mean, the camera and media conveniently leaving out these facts: felon with gun, suspect in robbery with gun, cops being called for a man pulling a gun out and then the man resist and fights cops all while toting a gun in his pocket, that these were people with illegal possession of illegal guns who defy police commands even when cops have guns pointed on them.. They defied law enforcement who had their weapons drawn, these guns were drawn because they were suspects that the cops seen as a threat because of their illegal gun and lack of cooperation. I mean, what do you think when u have a person who is known to have a gun and simply will not listen to orders. You surely must understand that this is not normal behavior, that this is a threat. If not the cop, the threat to others. You cant have people with illegal possession of guns completely defying direct orders such as: "stop", "put your hands up".

I mean, thats not profiling. There is nothing confusing or complicated. Yet the media ran off with several cases, clearly with intent to jumble these up to push a narrative that white cops kill innocent black people just for being black.
I am not saying that cops are always innocent, that's not even what matters. Its that we were already in an unsteady place and the media should make completely sure before they run stories like that, if for no other reason, the population was uneasy and why the hell rock or tip the boat over without even knowing any of the facts. That's truly irresponsible.

Whatever you bought into or believe, its a terrible shame that cops are being ambushed while doing nothing wrong. That some of the big stories that ran were warped insanely because of all the facts not being there. That some are so obvious and clear cut but the media unfolded the story in such a different way. That if you just look at the facts, it doesn't resemble the story they first told.

This situation has be instigated and if thats hard to accept...look at the fact that democrats didnt take action to calm things, which makes then responsible for the conditions we deteriorated to.

I mean, I read articles that claim that the electoral collage is white supremacy in action. The racist whites put trump in office...

It was actually the black and Latino vote, trump got 2 and 3 times those votes than Romney. But we are fed a totally different and dangerous narrative. Its making things worse, that's what is instigating and hurting the nation

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  gtx1070 Zotac 3 fan model. $344.99
Posted by: happy medium - 11-19-2016, 03:09 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - Replies (2)


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  rx 470 4gb $159 newegg.
Posted by: happy medium - 11-19-2016, 02:45 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

good price.

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  AMD GPUs Limited To 8-bit Color In HDR Over HDMI 2.0
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-19-2016, 12:49 AM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)


Quote:German tech publication Heise.de discovered that AMD Radeon GPUs render HDR games (games that take advantage of new-generation hardware HDR, such as "Shadow Warrior 2") at a reduced color depth of 8 bits per cell (16.7 million colors), or 32-bit; if your display (eg: 4K HDR-ready TV) is connected over HDMI 2.0 and not DisplayPort 1.2 (and above). The desired 10 bits per cell (1.07 billion colors) palette is available only when your HDR display runs over DisplayPort. This could be a problem, since most HDR-ready displays these days are TVs. Heise.de observes that AMD GPUs reduce output sampling from the desired Full YCrBr 4: 4: 4 color scanning to 4: 2: 2 or 4: 2: 0 (color-sub-sampling / chroma sub-sampling), when the display is connected over HDMI 2.0. The publication also suspects that the limitation is prevalent on all AMD "Polaris" GPUs, including the ones that drive game consoles such as the PS4 Pro.

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  Office Depot Falsely Diagnosing Malware
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-17-2016, 09:36 PM - Forum: Technology News - Replies (10)


Quote:The store has a 'PC Health Check' service, which as the name implies, examines computers and diagnoses if they have any problems. While this might sound like a good thing, a whistleblower employee, Shane Barnett, spoke out.

“The PC Health Check doesn’t compute," he said. "If they actually did what they said and cared about customers they wouldn’t have started this program. Customers are unaware they are being taken advantage of.”

To investigate these claims, KIRO-TV took six computers in various Office Depot stores located in Washington and Oregon to have them examined in PC Health Checks. After the tests, the technicians determined that 4 out of 6 of the computers were showing signs of malware. After this, they attempted to sell protection services to the customer, which cost $199.99.

The only problem? The PCs used were fresh out of the box. Another test ran by an independent security firm, IOActive, didn't find any signs of malware on the six computers used.

Office Depot also purportedly posts sales goals and current employee sales for employees to see. This, according to Barnett, makes associates aggressive in pushing out bogus security plans for its customers.

“I refused to do it. They’re like, ‘You have to hit these numbers.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not going to make things up so you can hit your numbers. I’m not going to do it,’” Barnett said.

He adds that he and other employees have complained to Office Depot management about PC Health Check two years ago, but nothing was done to stop it.

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