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About leadeater

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  • Birthday 1987-09-23


  • CPU
    Intel i7 4930K
  • Motherboard
    Asus Rampage IV Black Edition
  • RAM
    16GB G.Skill TridentX F3-2400C10-4GTX
  • GPU
    Dual Asus R9-290X
  • Case
    LD PC-V8
  • Storage
    4 512GB Samsung 850 Pro & 2 512GB Samsung 840 Pro & 1 256GB Samsung 840 Pro
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova NEX 1500 Classified
  • Display(s)
    Dell U3014 30"
  • Cooling
    Custom EKWB, 3x 480 RAD everything cooled inc ram (why not?)
  • Keyboard
    Razor Black Window Ultimate BF4
  • Mouse
    Mad Catz R.A.T. 5
  • Sound
    Custom build speakers, home theater sound
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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    New Zealand
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    Systems Engineer | IT

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  1. The real question is what's worse, crossfire on Linux or Unreal . Some jokes are too easy lol.
  2. I Knew It. Intel Doesn't Want To Support Kaby Lake On Z370

    Because Zen 2 might actually be very good with some critical improvements, or not who knows. I would upgrade if that were the case, I suspect most of the R5 and R7 1600 and 1700 owners would. There has never been any evidence that not caring about socket compatibility has allowed for faster or cheaper development. There isn't as tight a relationship between a CPU and a chipset as you might think there is, not since the FSB died and the IMC moved to on die. The whole reason why the DMI and QPI exist is so there is more flexibility, Intel just doesn't exercise this ability on the desktop platform, they have to a limited extent on the HEDT platform. If you're not aware on X58 there were actually two different micro-architectures in use, Bloomfield (45nm) on i7-960 and below while Gulftown (32nm) was used on i7-970 and above. X79 had Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E, X99 had Hasswell-E and Broadwell-E. Seems to me the only people hitting this compatibility and forced upgrading issue are the normal desktop users not the high end customers. What, AMD's fault? As for the first part see above, Intel cares a lot about HEDT and Xeon customers and funnily enough these forced upgrades are less of an issue for these customers and have a long history of backwards and forwards compatibility between CPUs and chipsets.
  3. I Knew It. Intel Doesn't Want To Support Kaby Lake On Z370

    May I ask how you know this? The product doesn't even exist yet so I'm not sure what you are basing this off or if there is any actual merit to this assessment. Hasn't been an issue on the Xeon product stack, no reason it should be the case on sockets and chipsets with lesser requirements. Intel setting a trend doesn't mean that there are any technical reasons for doing it or benefits for or against what they are doing. It's not like I was arguing for or against backwards compatibility merely addressing the point you raised about this being a new complaint or only because Zen now exists, it's always been a complaint long before Zen. It makes sense for everyone, if there are no technical reasons at the chipset level to not be able to support a CPU and there are no technical reasons in the CPU to not be able to support a chipset then it doesn't matter how cheap or expensive something is. To be clear I'm not saying every feature should work or RAM/DMI speeds shouldn't be limited in this scenario but having the ability to upgrade to a new CPU using an existing motherboard is nice to be able to do. You can also buy new boards which might just be using older chipset technology. It's not always about being able to put a new CPU in an old motherboard it's about the necessity to actually introduce a new chipset at all, and if you do then it's about whether or not preventing backwards compatibility. For those buying new they will have new parts regardless and for those with existing components these are the ones that may be able to benefit. Lets not forget X99 had support for two CPU generations, with increased core count. As someone who is in the very high end customer segment I would very much appreciate being able to put at least one generation newer CPU in to my system. Can I afford to just buy a complete new system outright, sure but I'm not going to so Intel has lost money. I've been an OG AMD FX owner, P4EE, X58 and currently X79 but yet to be X99 but if it had been possible to upgrade my CPU I 100% would of. People seem to equate having money with the willingness to waste it or spend it unnecessarily, that is not the case for the majority so I have no idea where this impression comes from.
  4. LTT Storage Rankings

    Been running 10k and 15k RPM disks since SCSI Ultra Wide & Ultra 2, back then the full metal sleds HP used really helped. Now they are just plastic and require a bit more cooling, especially now that most are in 2.5" size. I've had disks too hot to even hold before, lack of airflow is a bitch lol.
  5. Not sure about cross vendor support but Civ 6 supports DX12 mGPU, I use it over crossfire but more just to see how well it worked. Rather uneventful as both worked well so I stuck with DX12 mGPU.
  6. I Knew It. Intel Doesn't Want To Support Kaby Lake On Z370

    It's always been a complaint and AMD has had a better history of using sockets and chipsets over more than one CPU generation. AM3 processors could work in AM2 and AM2+ motherboards, bios update availability permitting. AM3+ worked in AM3 but not AM2/AM2+ as they took out the DDR2 controller in the CPU. Unless AMD renegs on their statement for supporting AM4 until 2020 we know Zen 2 will be supported on AM4, Zen 3 is slated for 2020 on their roadmap so that isn't clear if it'll be supported on AM4 or will be on an updated socket with or without backwards compatibility.
  7. I Knew It. Intel Doesn't Want To Support Kaby Lake On Z370

    Swear my R4BE has the same issue, not that I've tested it all that well but I'm sure the battery in it is fine and I have swapped it at some point and it didn't fix the issue.
  8. For game engines like Unreal I'm sure it'll be inbuilt and fairly usable, much more so than getting crossfire to work anyway.
  9. Are spanned volumes a good idea with SSDs?

    @AshleyAshes Able to give any advice for this?
  10. Are spanned volumes a good idea with SSDs?

    You can do it but you shouldn't, use something like FlexRAID or Drive Bender instead. It'll pool them in to a single storage volume but in the event of a SSD failure you'll only lose data on that SSD and not everything.
  11. I think they expected it to catch on a lot faster than it did. I think they were victims of listening to developers that say they want something that don't really actually want what they are asking for i.e. low level APIs. It's easy to say yea I want that and be able to point to a bunch on benefits but you actually have to follow through and support it, develop the tools, be in it for the long haul and really help. Seems to me most wanted all those benefits but were only prepared to make the switch when it was as mature as DX11 was. DX12 and Vulkan are suffering the same issues. Not sure why AMD thought something as disruptive as Mantle would catch on any faster than DX11 did over DX9, or even as fast as.
  12. March 16, 2011 So instead of AMD focusing on DX11 improvements they went down the Mantle path, in some ways it did work out but it seems to be a rather heavy price to pay for a long term goal that is still yet to be realized but at least we can actually see it now.
  13. I know in games that have DX11 and DX12 modes the differences between the same cards from AMD and Nvidia lessens but the exact reasons for why aren't that easy to point to. Could be hardware related, could drivers, could be API, could game engine, could be a heck of a lot of things. Sure the trend of the gap closing, or increasing if AMD card was already ahead, is there for almost every DX11 + DX12 combo game but without some kind of full diag trace of the entire rendering output process from start to finish we'll never truly know. There as been some evidence that the DX11 difference is wider on Intel CPUs than AMD Ryzen yet the difference is equivalent for DX12 which is where the theory of Nvidia DX11 driver magic comes from, again without the diags who knows why.
  14. Power consumption

    I don't currently but I will, but it's not something I just outright recommend to everyone. If your system is designed to survive a hard power off, resilient file systems like ZFS, then it's not something worth spending your money on. Just use surge protectors. There are only two real reasons to use a UPS, there is a third but this is for larger enterprise businesses or special cases. Facilitate clean shutdown in a power outage Protect equipment Supply power during generator startup during power outage, not applicable to most people. The first use case is rather self explanatory and doesn't require an expensive UPS, I'd recommend using a good surge suppressor before the UPS in this setup. The second use case is only worth it if you buy an Online Double Conversion UPS which are very expensive, these are the only ones that I would rate as being able to protect equipment to any actual worthwhile degree and is actually much better than a surge suppressor. The reason for this is power always flows through the batteries and is converted from AC to DC to AC so there is more isolation from mains power than there is in other UPS types. These UPSs as I mentioned are very expensive and loud all the time as they require active cooling all the time.
  15. Starting storage server on x58

    Also use vibration resistant screws/mounts. Can be as simple as thin bits of rubber between the screws and the HDD/HDD mount or a case that has dedicated vibration mountings.