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About rrubberr

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    Sailing the Seven Seas!


  • CPU
    2x Xeon E5-2697 V2
  • Motherboard
    Supermicro X9DRI-LN4F+
  • RAM
    192 GB 1600 MHz ECC DDR3
  • GPU
    Vega VII
  • Case
    Supermicro 745TQ-R1200B
  • Storage
    2x Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (RAID 0) + 2x Toshiba 8TB NAS (RAID 1)
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    1200 Watt X2
  • Display(s)
    Dell P2415Q
  • Keyboard
    IBM PC Model 122
  • Mouse
    Microsoft Mouse PS2
  • Sound
    SoundBlasterX G6
  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro

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  1. rrubberr

    Wait for Super and RDNA?

    Not really much point in waiting for competition from AMD. As far as their products go, between drivers that 'become finished' often over a year after cards' release dates (has been the case with my HD 7990, R9 290X, Vega FE; my current Vega VII drivers are still in an awful state), wild power consumption (1250 watt PSU in my previous PC dedicated 36 amps to GPUs, no AMD card I own or have owned ran within that constraint, leading to system crashes), and a new architecture (AMD still hasn't figured out GCN after some half decade), it puzzles me why they still release products if not expressly to save NVIDIA from an anti-trust lawsuit.
  2. Yeah, I've had no issues with my current 1080 either, the problem is that the performance offered just isn't up to par for my use case anymore. No doubt I have had good experiences with Nvidia in the past. In my time with my Vega Frontier Edition, I also grew to like the built-in WattMan tools and the modern look of their software, but Nvidia's has always seemed more stable, even if it is less functional.
  3. Cool, all I usually do is boost the power limit and play with voltages, so that sounds good. If the BIOS update botches, will AMD void your warranty do you know?
  4. Yep, I usually bet on gaining 30% or more performance across the life of the card with AMD. Good to hear you don't have any instability. That's the main issue I've had with the cards in the past. Did you update your card's BIOS by any chance?
  5. I'll certainly look into that if I end up getting the card. I saw AMD has something called ROCm for compute, though I didn't see if that specifically required software compatibility or was some sort of distro.
  6. It's an issue I had alot, at least last time I tried Fedora. The bizarro Supermicro motherboard and chassis seem to be off the radar for a lot of things.
  7. Thanks for the tip. Some of those models certainly did have some issues, which is why I'm interested in verifying the quality of this model before making the purchase! I haven't tried Linux, but AFAIK all of my software would work perfectly fine there as well. I've just preferred the user experience of Windows, as well as the hardware support it has.
  8. I'll state this bluntly: my experiences with AMD cards have been pretty awful. From one of my HD 7990 cards dying after belching flames into my PC case due to a burst capacitor, to my RX Vega Frontier Edition requiring a system restart just to post after every cold boot, to the barely-functional drivers that seem to be a tradition with AMD releases. I don't mean to sound anti-AMD, these are just my experiences. In my opinion AMD cards have long been the best for compute purposes, just fallen behind a bit in gaming due to single threaded DX11 drivers, etc, taking them out of the consumer eye. At this point though, there are pretty slim options for a video card for OpenCL compute. Nvidia refuses to modernize their OpenCL drivers trying to force CUDA adoption, and in applications I use, the equivalent card performance-wise would be a 2080TI, a whopping $500 more for a butchered, cut down card with substantially less and substantially slower memory. The Radeon VII provides a huge performance uplift over my current GTX 1080 (sadly I sold the Vega FE card due to the numerous problems I experienced), and the 2x+ boost in performance in many of my workloads is an appealing draw. But I have noticed a number of driver updates reaching the card, and even a BIOS update which appears to solve many of the critical issues present at release. So, before spending that much, again, on something from a company I have a terrible history with, I naturally have some questions: 1). How much heat does the card contribute to you guys' PC cases? I use a Supermicro 745TQ-R1200B system with three fans blowing in down the full height of the front, and two exhaust fans near the back, but fans can get pretty loud when the CPUs heat up. Have your other internal system temperatures increased noticeably? 2). For you 'creator' types, are the drivers really stable? Will I be able to, for instance, edit video reliably and scrub timelines in Premier, AE, or Resolve without driver hangs? Will my system remain stable enough to edit very high polygon (20m plus triangles) models, and to leave Blender / Luxcore renders running overnight without fear of crashes or overheats? Are the glaring issues with Substance Painter hanging still present with recent drivers? 3). Finally, can I expect compatibility with older games and software? Will games like Diablo II, Unreal Tournament 2004, and even 'less mainstream' modern games like Rust run reliably and well, without the graphical artifacts the Frontier Edition drivers presented? My Vega FE seemed to have huge issues with DirectDraw and pre-DriectX 9 titles. Thanks a ton in advance for responses.
  9. rrubberr

    Are AMD Branded Radeon VIIs Binned?

    I'm guessing that was a mistype and he meant he would prefer a 2080ti. Of course, buying a 2080ti is pretty much out of the question due to it being cut down and generally unimpressive. 2080ti actually isn't a substantially better card for raytracing, a scenario where Nvidia's refusal to release competent and up-to-date OpenCL drivers and their slow GDDR memory really hurts in applications I use (ray intersections require memory access, GDDR is slower in both latency and bandwidth afaik). For the $500 difference between the two cards, I would much rather pair two Radeon VIIs and get substantially more performance than a 2080ti, but, again, in my use cases the performance delta is negligible.
  10. rrubberr

    Are AMD Branded Radeon VIIs Binned?

    Yeah, makes sense that the ultra-expensive server solutions would get the best ones. Do you think they will will release a full 4096 core consumer 7nm as a refresh at some point? I always hate buying cut-down chips.
  11. I've been considering a Radeon VII as an alternative to the much more expensive 2080TI for use as an OpenCL compute device, and was wondering if AMD keeps the best chips for themselves in the same way Nvidia does with their "Founders Edition" products? In the case of the GTX 1080, my refurbished "Founders Edition" blower card ran between 10-15 degrees Celsius cooler than a friend's non-FE triple-fan card with fans locked at 100% using PrecisionX, leading me to believe binned chips are often hugely more efficient than what gets sold to board partners. Has this been disclosed by AMD?
  12. Hello all. Recently I tried installing a Soundblaster Z soundcard into a Supermicro machine (motherboard model X9DRI-LN4F+) only to find that it was not detected and did not show up in the Windows Device manager under Windows 7 x64 Pro. I can confirm that the card itself works perfectly fine, as it still works perfectly in an older HP Z800 workstation. Any ideas on why this might be? There are no settings in the BIOS which seem to help.
  13. I used to have a plugin installed for Adobe Audition that exported absolutely tiny audio files, which could then be decompressed using a small batch file. Does anyone know of a plugin similar to this, or a plugin which does something similar?
  14. rrubberr

    Looking at Huawei P20 Pro or Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

    Oh, I see what you meant now, sorry for the confusion!
  15. rrubberr

    Looking at Huawei P20 Pro or Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

    Yeah, the notch really is ugly, and it seems like they just make the notification / top status bar bigger without freeing up any screen space. I'm sure it's higher than the KeyOne . Plus, the P20 Pro only got a 114 camera score, 109 overall.