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  1. What I meant was that an 8 core CPU intended for mainstream users is less expensive than one intended for "HEDT" users, which is less expensive than one put in Workstations, and less still than Servers.
  2. HEDT is specially sub 'workstation' class components. Mainstream -> HEDT -> Workstation -> Server (in terms of general cost) I've seen claims some EPYC servers handle 2TB of RAM, but not more.
  3. Should someone buy a car or a 3990x powered system? Asking for a friend. . .
  4. The other issue with VPNs are that from you to the VPN endpoint can be tracked by the ISP.
  5. I think this impression is given because literally every review on the internet (at least on YT) is YTers talking about how great it is for video. But this machine would be amazing for my job which requires a lot of virtualization. The RAM, high core count, and VMWare Fusion (which I like a lot more than Workstation...) makes this a killer VM host/box. Are there better machines for that? Maybe, but I'm quite partial to using MacOS these days. (before someone has a heart attack... breathe) I quite like macOS because it's basically "fancy Linux." Do I think it's worth the premium? That depends. If you are an average user, absolutely not. You can probably get away with an iMac. Watching YTers like MKBHD use this in lieu of a 5K iMac because it saves them a few hours just feels crazy. They don't produce enough videos (IMO) to warrant needing the extra processing - but when you are grossing as much as they are and are as big of a tech enthusiast as they are, I can understand why you buy it. For a video production company (or a number of other fields), having dedicated machines with high quality support is really great. The difference between what this cost and what a comparable machine from another provider (like Lenovo) is basically a tax write off. If I could get my boss to buy me one of the higher end ones, I would - but even suggesting this would probably send him into shock.
  6. After I was forced to use a MBP for 2 years (for work), I will not be going back to Windows laptops. Not saying the MBP is perfect (the 2016-2019 ones have deal breaker issues), but it just does a lot of simple things better for me. That said, I use Windows for gaming and other types of things.
  7. I know a lot of people will scoff at this, but Apple spends a lot of time developing their hardware and software. And it's very possible that when Apple started work on this, that AMD was terrible on the high end. The trust just wasn't there. But hackintosh Threadripper 3 builds will destroy this in all but memory bound applications. I would be shocked if Apple isn't at least considering the change in the near future, though.
  8. I'm not familiar with the way iPhones backup, but do they not do deltas? This seems like such a niche problem and WiFi gen-5 (AC) is faster and more stable, assuming you don't have your access point in a microwave.
  9. There seems to be pros and cons to rapidly shrinking the process node that is used to make the die. Shrinking allows you to jam more transistors into a smaller space without having electrical interference from nearby ones. The end result is either more logic per core or more cores. Pushing everything closer together, though, has the negative of shrinking the surface area to cool these parts, in spite of the fact that it should maintain roughly the same TDP. This means getting the clock speed as high as previous nodes requires more work to make it happen. This is why process refinements occur (14nm+, 14nm++). Each process refinement gets harder and harder to achieve, ultimately making shrinking the node better long term. Until recently, no one would have argued that a process refinement could be better than shrinking the process node, but Intel's 10nm mobile CPUs have regressed in some metrics.
  10. I like that one a lot - but that is very different market than what the CT is targeted at, which seems to be Preppers...
  11. IMO, that's a DRASTIC improvement over the actual CT. (the bottom one, if you are unsure)
  12. This is the large group of people I am talking about. A lot of people rent (either apartments or houses) and would have to get the owners to approve the installation. In a lot of those cases, they won't approve it.
  13. Honestly, this is a bigger issue to me than the range. Most people [in the US, can't speak for outside] live close enough (at least on the east coast and California - ie 'most people') to the charger network to use a Tesla. The others own a place they could add a charger at home for very little. And the last <10% are SOL for now. That said, the time to charge is not insignificant compared to gasoline powered cars. Actual charge time is still 10x+ what a gas car is. For those of us (probably the vast majority of people) that don't have access to charging places at work or home, the charge time is a significant 'cost'. That said, I still want one (a less ugly Tesla truck or a Model X/Y), but not quite right now.