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About PianoPlayer88Key

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  • Birthday 1981-04-29

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    2 accounts, ran into server limit.
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Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    San Diego county, CA, USA
  • Interests
    Computer hardware, software (games, media production & editing, some others, not so much into office type stuff though), playing piano, listening to a variety of music, photography & videography, other things
  • Occupation
    Currently volunteering at a computer refurbishing warehouse. (Idk if it's similar to FreeGeek.)


  • CPU
    Desktop: Intel Core i7-4790K | Laptop: Intel Core i7-6700K
  • Motherboard
    Desktop: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 | Laptop: Clevo P750DM-G
  • RAM
    Desktop: G.Skill Ares Red 32GB (2x 8x2GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 | Laptop: G.Skill Ripjaws 40GB (1x 8GB + 2x16GB) DDR4-2133 CL15 SO-DIMM
  • GPU
    Desktop: EVGA (Nvidia) GeForce GTX 1060 SC 3GB | Laptop: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB
  • Case
    Desktop: Rosewill Thor V2 Black | Laptop: Clevo P750DM-G
  • Storage
    Desktop (not all are in system): 80GB WD IDE (WD800BB - dying), 250GB WD IDE (WD2500JB), 2x 750GB WD Black (WD7500AAKS & WD7501AALS), 1TB WD Green (WD10EADS), 2x 1.5TB WD Green (WD15EADS), 2x 2TB WD Green (WD20EADS & WD20EZRX), 3x 4TB HGST NAS (0S03664), 3x 5TB HGST NAS (0S03835), 3x 8TB HGST NAS (0S04012), 256GB Crucial M550 2.5" SSD | Laptop: 250GB Crucial MX200 M.2 60mm, 1.05TB Crucial MX300 2.5", (removed) 2TB Samsung/Seagate Spinpoint M9T 2.5"
  • PSU
    Desktop: Corsair AX760 | Laptop: battery & 230W AC adapter
  • Display(s)
    Desktop: Dell U2414H | Laptop: built-in 1080p IPS G-Sync
  • Cooling
    Desktop: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO | Laptop: copper plates + heatpipes + fans
  • Keyboard
    Desktop: Logitech K200 | Laptop: built in
  • Mouse
    Desktop: Logitech G602 | Laptop: Logitech M510
  • Sound
    onboard on both. Laptop mentions Sound Blaster X-Fi on sticker, but there's a RealTek HD Audio Manager icon in my system tray I've noticed sound is cleaner in my laptop than desktop.
  • Operating System
    Both: Windows 10 Pro. Build 1703 as of August 2017.
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  1. PianoPlayer88Key

    Dr Su will present Zen 2 and Navi at Computex 2019 (May 27th)

    GTX 275 launched around $250-270 or so, GTX 285 launched around $370-400 (6 months or so after the GTX 280 launched at $650+), and GTX 295 launched about $500 or so. Those are the prices I think an x70 Ti, x80 Ti and Titan SHOULD be, IMO.
  2. PianoPlayer88Key

    Looking for a nice chair

    I'd sometime like to get a better chair myself, I've just for now given up trying to find one. I don't like how the office chairs I've seen don't fully recline like the gaming chairs do, and their backs don't come all the way up to end in a headrest. I really don't like how gaming chairs are made like race car seats, and the armrest is attached in the middle of the cushion on the side rather than swinging up from the back, so I can't sit sideways in one of those chairs. (I do sit that way sometimes.) I currently use a folding chair that is possibly older than I am (I pre-date the original IBM PC by a few months) and if it was new today would probably cost like $5 or maybe $10. I'd like my next chair to be well built enough so that even with how abusive I am (I broke a ~$150 office chair in < ~3-5 years), it would last as long relative to its price as how long my folding chair has lasted.
  3. PianoPlayer88Key

    Whats the best website?

    I use the US site, and when I'm logged in, I deselect vendors that don't show shipping costs (with a couple exceptions IIRC) from my "include prices from" settings. I also put sales tax even for out of state vendors because of CA use tax, and I turn off mail-in rebates. (I probably need to update some settings though.)
  4. PianoPlayer88Key

    [updated] Ryzen 3000 CPU benchmark spotted on Sandra

    Hmm, then is there any way to have motherboards be easier to replace, more modular, etc? If only... That, combined with this and
  5. PianoPlayer88Key

    [updated] Ryzen 3000 CPU benchmark spotted on Sandra

    For those of you talking about some not wanting AMD to increase core count, or talking about generational progress... About massive performance improvements, I say, BRING IT ON!! I want my next desktop build's CPU (around 2021/22) to be massively better than my current i7-4790K at the same price I paid in January 2015 (~$330 IIRC) - for example able to render a movie based on the Cinebench scene at 30 or 60 fps, or able to do a Handbrake 4K H.265 render (one that's 0.5 fps on my current cpu) faster than my current CPU does Wave -> mp3 encoding. I WANT my 4790K to be so hopelessly outclassed by then, that even someone who was legitimately in dire need of a CPU (like the tech equivalent of people on the street corners with "help needed, hungry, God bless, etc" signs) would throw my gift of a 4790K back in my face and scream "THROW THIS £μ¢κING SHIT AWAY! This is worse now than a Pentium 1 with the unpatched FDIV bug" (or whatever was the last CPU generation to be not able to run whichever 2nd or 3rd previous major version of Windows that had its extended support ended BEFORE Haswell's release) "was when your 4790K was new!" I wish EACH generation was as big of a jump as we had in the 8086 -> 286 -> 386 -> 486 -> Pentium days. I would really like to see the industry get to where the lowest-end mobile CPU from a new generation (like Celeron/Atom/Quark -Y / Sempron/Duron (<2-watt TDP)) would crush the top multi-socket previous-generation server CPU (like 8x Xeon Platinum/E7 / Epyc), like an RTX 2080 Ti beats Intel Graphics Media Accelerator in gaming. I don't mind having to upgrade my CPU again after a few years, and yet again a few years after that. Where I DO take issue though, is making me replace my motherboard so often. Yes I'll have to do it this time, but going forward, I'd like to see physical CPU sockets, DIMM slots, etc. have as much longevity, forward/backward compatibility inter-brand interchangeability, etc, as PCI Express, USB type A, 4-pin Molex power, maybe even the QWERTY layout. It's not so much the cost of a new motherboard I take issue with, it's the labor involved in swapping it out - you have to unplug EEEVEERRYYYTHIINNG from the old mobo, then after replacing it, plug it AALLLL back in, essentially. If only it was as easy to swap a mobo as it is to swap a DIMM when you're using an AIO or push-pin stock heatsink, or swap a front-port-mounted USB flash drive...
  6. PianoPlayer88Key

    Scrapyard Wars 2019

    I like some of the ideas here, like the server edition (how about a NAS capable of ~1.5 PB of storage (7x 16-port SAS HBAs, using 14TB HDDs), for less $ than a single 4TB or 6TB 5400rpm HDD not counting the drives), retro PC (although I wish it was pre-ATX, pre-PnP, etc), passive cooling (do it in a really tiny case that's no wider or taller internally than an unpopupated thin-mITX board), etc. I'd also like to see how fun of a gaming experience they could have with some restrictions on the gaming hardware. For example, their discrete GPU cannot have had an MSRP of higher than US$50 (or had to be cheaper than the cheapest GT x20 or similar-tier card) when new, OR, the top flagship within a year of its release has to be a bare PCB with no heatsink at all, like these, and use an interface older than legacy PCI. Also no cheating by using a more powerful iGPU / APU. If one is used, its Ice Storm graphics score has to be lower than the Port Royal fps (assuming it could be forced to run it even if its fps was extremely low) of the lowest-end GPU that's been recently available NIB / shrink-wrapped. Yes, that was a shrink-wrapped GeForce 8400 GS on the shelf at Fry's. If it's not able to run Ice Storm (extremely likely it wouldn't), then substitute whatever it would run, with a similar difference in performance required between dGPU vs iGPU.
  7. So what if Intel came out with some CPUs that used the "disabled iGPU" suffix (F) and the "low voltage mobile part" suffix (U) together? :D


    Any ideas what those SKUs could be called?


    (Maybe the i3-8121FU should have been called that? 😛)

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    2. Mira Yurizaki

      Mira Yurizaki

      What if for craps and laughs it was unlocked?

    3. Bananasplit_00


      the I9 whatver90FUCK

    4. PianoPlayer88Key


      @Mira Yurizaki and insert the Level 4 Cache (from desktop Broadwell) "C" before the "unlocked multiplier"


      Which just got me thinking... We have the level 4 cache suffix, the low power mobile suffix, the low power desktop suffix (T).... Do they ever use "N"? (Besides on ULV Pentiums & Celerons in the actual model number not the suffix)?

      Or, the former 65-watt desktop suffix, 45-watt mobile suffix, 35-watt desktop suffix, but what do they use "I" for? (And you can't have 3 TDPs for the same chip, or does tdp up/down count, or do those suffixes also mean other things?)

  8. PianoPlayer88Key

    Another, another Zen 2 Leak

    I was anticipating 2 and a half or 3 years for my upgrade or so. like, either Q4 2021 or Q1/2 2022. My dad bought his 286-10 in January 1989, and his 486DX4-120 in October 1995. I think the 286 CPU would have been about $275-300 or so, based on ads for the 287-10 math chip, which I think uses the same silicon & would likely be about the same price. Invoice said $940 but that was a bundle of several parts, not the CPU alone. The invoice for the 486 says it was $102, so a litlte more than 1/3 the price or something like that, for about 70-80x the performance I'd guess. I bought my 4790K in January 2015, so October 2021 would be about the same time interval. (Also my Corsair AX760's warranty I think should expire in January 2022 or thereabouts.)
  9. PianoPlayer88Key

    Another, another Zen 2 Leak

    I don't expect to see 5.8 GHz or even close. 4.8 OTOH, I'd almost expect it. What I'd really like to see is a significant jump in per-clockspeed performance. At minimum, I want Zen 2 to do 500+ Cinebench R20 or 220+ Cinebench R5 at < 3.6-4 GHz single-threaded. Better yet, Zen 2 should be a bigger jump (per Hz) over Ice Lake / Ocean Cove than Kaby Lake was over Piledriver / Bulldozer. I don't want the improvements to stop or slow down there, either. I'm actually not buying Zen 2 (unless my current system dies and even then only maybe), but am waiting for AM5, DDR5, PCI Express 5.0, etc. When I do upgrade, I'd like my new CPU'l single-threaded to more than double my 4790K's multi-threaded performance (like it did to the Core 2 Duo T7250 or Athlon 64 X2 4000+ before it). Multi-threaded, I'd like either 286-12 to 486DX4-120 size leap (in relative performance - I think it was upwards of 70-80x - times, not percent), or be able to encode to HEVC 4K max settings (placebo, q=0, all keyframes, etc) in Handbrake at >60 fps with other tasks running (4790K if I'm lucky does <0.5 fps with nothing else running), whichever is the bigger jump.
  10. PianoPlayer88Key

    HardOCP tech review website going in mothballs

    I thought this was already posted?
  11. PianoPlayer88Key

    NEW PSU Tier List

    So since we seem to be briefly on the subject of vintage PSUs, I wonder where these might have ranked when they were new? (Pics in spoilers.) My brother bought this around Q1 1999. Dat cable management doe This system was bought in Feb 2002, and was the last desktop PC my dad has bought. (He got 2 laptops since then: a Dell D830 in Aug 2008, and a Dell Inspiron 5770 in Mar 2018.) In the weeks / days before I bought my 2008 system (with the OCZ PSU), that 2002 system would run for a few minutes, then just shut off. (I was able to get about a half hour or so of runtime by underclocking the CPU from 1.4 to 1.1 GHz, which enabled me to shop on Newegg for the parts for my system.) I'm not sure when my brother got this, but based on the presence of SATA, and the possible lack of PCI Express, I'd guess somewhere in the early 2000s. It could have been after my dad's PC in 2002, I don't recall that one having SATA at all. I think he may still have this, as well as the Pentium II above. Might they be safe to power on after all these years? It's not his current PC though, that one has a 1200W Antec PSU (idk what model), an i7-4770K cooled by idk what AIO, an Asus Maximus VI Hero, and an Asus GTX 1080 Ti (replaced a GTX 780 that died, shortly before miners started spiking GPU prices). The OCZ below was purchased in Feb 2008, and was the first PSU I got personally, & first at our house I think that wasn't bundled with a case. I got the Corsair in Jan 2015, and was a bit pickier on quality than with the OCZ. The system with the OCZ died around late Q1 2012 I think. (I had been away for a day or few.) IIRC, it would power on, but I got no video and it wouldn't finish booting / POSTing. I think at the time people online told me it might have been the southbridge, or wherever the iGPU was (or something else cause I think I was told that a dGPU wouldn't bring it back, & I had no spare parts). Could it have been the PSU though? I still have the PSU (and RAM and HDDs), but not the rest of the system. As I said, I bought the OCZ in Feb 2008. A tier list similar to what I consulted put OCZ StealthXStream <700W in Tier 4 if manufactured before Dec 2007, or Tier 2B if Dec 2007 or later. (I thought I was getting a Tier 2B, but since it was within a couple months, might I have gotten an old-stock Tier 4 unit? And while I was writing this I checked the battery level on my phone (knew it was starting to approach getting a wee bit low), and on seeing this, overclocked my legs going for the Anker charger. My laptop doesn't last very long on battery either. See video in spoiler - after unplugging when "full" while running Time Spy, it dies in like 30 seconds. As of now, HWINFO64 shows the battery at 34.5% wear level.
  12. PianoPlayer88Key

    NEW PSU Tier List

    I didn't know OCZ was around in Feb 1988? Also wasn't PC Power & Cooling one of the higher quality brands in the 1980s / 1990s? Or would @jonnyGURU know what PSUs were the high quality ones then? As in, they would have been Tier S or A+, or if he or the person at Tom's / TPU reviewed them, they wouldn't have had any scoring deductions?
  13. PianoPlayer88Key

    NEW PSU Tier List

    So where might PSUs like these have been found on a tier list? And if you were replacing one for a retro system with a new unit with warranty, what tier might comparable PSUs be?
  14. I was thinking too, toward the other end of the spectrum ... I wish Cinebench versions (or equivalent software) would run on a wider range of hardware as far as performance goes. For example, either running a really old version of CB (from like early 2000s or even 1990s or 1980s if it was around then), or, running R15 or R20 on hardware in like the 2030s ... If a typical then-new $300 CPU on release of a CB version took a few minutes to render the scene, then... The much faster CPU quite a few years later, with the same CB version, would render a VIDEO (from which the CB scene was a screenshot) at least at like 2x (if not 4x+) EACH your new display's refresh rate and resolution. For example, if you had a 4K (3840x2160) 144 Hz monitor, it would render a by-then older version Cinebench scene movie at 8K (7680x4320) at 288 Hz or 15K? (15360x8640) at 576 Hz. That's BEFORE using any GPU assist. With GPU assist, it would be as much faster as how much faster the GPU is than the CPU in TFLOPS, for example. I also remember my brother rendering fractals on a 286-10 in the early 90s. Sometimes he'd start one, we'd go away for a weekend, and it MAY (or not) be done (with ONE image) when we got home. (I think I remember him doing the Mandelbrot Set a lot.) I STILL don't know if current CPUs can render a fractal VIDEO at faster-than-refresh-rate / real-time yet, especially single-threaded.
  15. Or if you are considering (or have) a motherboard that probably doesn't have room for a dual-tower NH-D15 HSF, like this one. If I got one like that, I'd want CPU coolers that even with fans installed wouldn't overhang any DIMM slots or the other socket, and if active parts die (fans, or pump if AIO) would still keep it within reasonable temps (<80-90°C) at stock settings in a moderately warm (up to ~40°C) room. Which Noctua (since we're talking about that brand) would do that? The NH-U9 or D9S U3 maybe or whatever it's called?