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    rrubberr got a reaction from DarthEoin in Samsung reportedly won’t include chargers with some phones starting next year   
    Posturing about e-waste while remarking that you already have 30 chargers... perhaps we must consider that the real e-waste problem is buying 30 devices that each came with a charger?
     
    When I bought my refurbished iPhone X (e-waste credits, for those keeping score) my first new phone since my Blackberry Priv (the battery died, yet I did not throw it away, more e-waste credits), the phone came with a lightning cable. That is the only lightning cable I have.
     
    It is important to remember that, while this may be an “enthusiast” forum, most people are not habitual consumers, and do not have a drawer of 30 cables to pick and choose from. Most people need a cable with their new phone.
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    rrubberr got a reaction from BarackOBatman in IN PROGRESS: The Money Pit   
    Hey all, as I outlined a few weeks ago I have been planning to build a Windows Vista machine for whatever reason. Now, with the parts arriving, I've started putting it together. The specs are as follows:
     
    CPU: Intel i7 3960X ($85) Memory: 32GB Gskill Ripjaws 1600 MHz CAS 10 ($90) Mother Board: GIGABYTE X79-UD3 ($130) GPU: Dual GTX 690's for quad SLI ($80 each) Storage: 2x 8TB Toshiba N300, 1x Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (just stuff I had laying around) Cooling: Coolermaster ML240L, 120mm rear fan, and the big stupid 200mm fan on top ($70) Case: Coolermaster HAF XB Evo (because it is comically large)  PSU: EVGA Supernova 1000 G3 ($90) Misc. PCIe Cards: TI USB 3.0 card for my compact flash reader, maybe an LSI card and a Soundblaster X if there's room  

     
    So far, only one of the GTX 690's has arrived, but all the other parts aside from that and the Windows Vista Ultimate install disks are here and assembled. I'll be installing Windows 7 first, because I have that available.
     
    Here are some questions:
    Does the X79 disk controller support 4K native hard drives? I have three 15K Seagate drives that would do great in RAID0. The HAF XB Evo has an optional 200mm top fan that I have installed, as well as the 2 120mm fans on the front and one at the rear. How should I position these for optimal airflow to the GPUs? How does XMP work? There are profiles for GSkill memory, but I've never used the system before. Would I see any gain from overclocking the CPU? If so, what is a conservative overclock for a 3960X? What is GSATA 3? The board only has 2 SATA3 6 GBPS ports, but I was hoping to have more than 2 SATA devices running at 6 GBPS without the LSI card.  
    Thanks for the help guys!
     

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    rrubberr got a reaction from BiG StroOnZ in IN PROGRESS: The Money Pit   
    Hey all, as I outlined a few weeks ago I have been planning to build a Windows Vista machine for whatever reason. Now, with the parts arriving, I've started putting it together. The specs are as follows:
     
    CPU: Intel i7 3960X ($85) Memory: 32GB Gskill Ripjaws 1600 MHz CAS 10 ($90) Mother Board: GIGABYTE X79-UD3 ($130) GPU: Dual GTX 690's for quad SLI ($80 each) Storage: 2x 8TB Toshiba N300, 1x Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (just stuff I had laying around) Cooling: Coolermaster ML240L, 120mm rear fan, and the big stupid 200mm fan on top ($70) Case: Coolermaster HAF XB Evo (because it is comically large)  PSU: EVGA Supernova 1000 G3 ($90) Misc. PCIe Cards: TI USB 3.0 card for my compact flash reader, maybe an LSI card and a Soundblaster X if there's room  

     
    So far, only one of the GTX 690's has arrived, but all the other parts aside from that and the Windows Vista Ultimate install disks are here and assembled. I'll be installing Windows 7 first, because I have that available.
     
    Here are some questions:
    Does the X79 disk controller support 4K native hard drives? I have three 15K Seagate drives that would do great in RAID0. The HAF XB Evo has an optional 200mm top fan that I have installed, as well as the 2 120mm fans on the front and one at the rear. How should I position these for optimal airflow to the GPUs? How does XMP work? There are profiles for GSkill memory, but I've never used the system before. Would I see any gain from overclocking the CPU? If so, what is a conservative overclock for a 3960X? What is GSATA 3? The board only has 2 SATA3 6 GBPS ports, but I was hoping to have more than 2 SATA devices running at 6 GBPS without the LSI card.  
    Thanks for the help guys!
     

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    rrubberr got a reaction from Ben17 in IN PROGRESS: The Money Pit   
    Hey all, as I outlined a few weeks ago I have been planning to build a Windows Vista machine for whatever reason. Now, with the parts arriving, I've started putting it together. The specs are as follows:
     
    CPU: Intel i7 3960X ($85) Memory: 32GB Gskill Ripjaws 1600 MHz CAS 10 ($90) Mother Board: GIGABYTE X79-UD3 ($130) GPU: Dual GTX 690's for quad SLI ($80 each) Storage: 2x 8TB Toshiba N300, 1x Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (just stuff I had laying around) Cooling: Coolermaster ML240L, 120mm rear fan, and the big stupid 200mm fan on top ($70) Case: Coolermaster HAF XB Evo (because it is comically large)  PSU: EVGA Supernova 1000 G3 ($90) Misc. PCIe Cards: TI USB 3.0 card for my compact flash reader, maybe an LSI card and a Soundblaster X if there's room  

     
    So far, only one of the GTX 690's has arrived, but all the other parts aside from that and the Windows Vista Ultimate install disks are here and assembled. I'll be installing Windows 7 first, because I have that available.
     
    Here are some questions:
    Does the X79 disk controller support 4K native hard drives? I have three 15K Seagate drives that would do great in RAID0. The HAF XB Evo has an optional 200mm top fan that I have installed, as well as the 2 120mm fans on the front and one at the rear. How should I position these for optimal airflow to the GPUs? How does XMP work? There are profiles for GSkill memory, but I've never used the system before. Would I see any gain from overclocking the CPU? If so, what is a conservative overclock for a 3960X? What is GSATA 3? The board only has 2 SATA3 6 GBPS ports, but I was hoping to have more than 2 SATA devices running at 6 GBPS without the LSI card.  
    Thanks for the help guys!
     

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    rrubberr got a reaction from Atmos in i7-3960X Underperforming?   
    Here's a strange solution for you all. Enabling the "Enhanced 3dMark 01 Performance" option in the BIOS got me to within margin of error of the other CPU.
     
    Cool, I guess ?
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    rrubberr got a reaction from Mihle in NVIDIA GeForce 3070/3080/3080 Ti (Ampere): RTX Has No Perf Hit & x80 Ti Card 50% Faster in 4K! (Update 6 ~ Specs / Overview / Details)   
    People bash Vega alot because it's not a gaming part, but when you get down to it GCN has never really been about gaming (which is AMD's mistake, no doubt). For very specific use cases, like my own, Vega makes tons of sense. I use a Vega VII for LuxCoreRender, an OpenCL accelerated render engine (which I use for virtually all my 3D graphics work), and get 3-4 1080s worth of performance out of it. This is one example where HBM2 is a huge bonus, and having 16GB of VRAM is a must, which is something Nvidia won't give you for the $750 price tag the card wound up selling for.
     
    I haven't used an Nvidia card for a year or so, but last time I did, they were still shipping OpenCL 1.2 in their drivers, again 2.0 is a must for many applications.
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    rrubberr got a reaction from leadeater in NVIDIA GeForce 3070/3080/3080 Ti (Ampere): RTX Has No Perf Hit & x80 Ti Card 50% Faster in 4K! (Update 6 ~ Specs / Overview / Details)   
    People bash Vega alot because it's not a gaming part, but when you get down to it GCN has never really been about gaming (which is AMD's mistake, no doubt). For very specific use cases, like my own, Vega makes tons of sense. I use a Vega VII for LuxCoreRender, an OpenCL accelerated render engine (which I use for virtually all my 3D graphics work), and get 3-4 1080s worth of performance out of it. This is one example where HBM2 is a huge bonus, and having 16GB of VRAM is a must, which is something Nvidia won't give you for the $750 price tag the card wound up selling for.
     
    I haven't used an Nvidia card for a year or so, but last time I did, they were still shipping OpenCL 1.2 in their drivers, again 2.0 is a must for many applications.
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    rrubberr got a reaction from Ben17 in IN PROGRESS: The Money Pit   
    Yeah, I had a bit of a brain fart on the 4Kn drives. I was actually just screwing in the LSI card. ? Coming from HP workstations and Supermicro servers, it's hard to imagine a board without SAS!
     
    Thanks for the fan guidance!
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    rrubberr got a reaction from Ben17 in IN PROGRESS: The Money Pit   
    Thanks, interesting. It will be interesting to see if they are 6 GBPS once I get around to running an ATTO disk benchmark or something similar.
  10. Informative
    rrubberr got a reaction from Kyatto in Where in the actual F*CK did the decade go?   
    Server PSUs are the way. I bought a pair of 1200 watt Platinum supplies for my Supermicro for $30 each.
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    rrubberr got a reaction from Kilrah in New 2011 Era Build Plan: "THE MONEY PIT"   
    I wasn't being sarcastic at all. There's a certain nostalgia to a big hot running mess with cables sticking out all over the place!
  12. Funny
    rrubberr got a reaction from Kilrah in New 2011 Era Build Plan: "THE MONEY PIT"   
    Now THAT is the type of grungy build I am aspiring to build! No joke!
  13. Agree
    rrubberr got a reaction from Kilrah in New 2011 Era Build Plan: "THE MONEY PIT"   
    Exactly, I want quad SLI, obviously 2 cards (2 GPUs per card). 
     
    What I am NOT going to do is run two back to back. They need at least a slot in between, preferably 2-3. I used a Titan Z for years, these things are not designed to run cool (or at all really).
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    rrubberr got a reaction from Zando Bob in New 2011 Era Build Plan: "THE MONEY PIT"   
    Currently it's looking more like a GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3, partially because it's the cheapest, and partially because of the Quad-SLI PCIe slot layout.
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    rrubberr got a reaction from Mad153 in Is it good idea to use a nas drive for a backup?   
    RAID 1 is a mirror. Each disk contains 100% of your data. You can lose either and be fine.
     
    RAID 5 and 6 are terrible. These are "parity" redundancy methods, which means you can lose either 1 or 2 disks respectively, but rebuilding your third disk (or n disk) is a hassle, takes for ever, and it has a nasty tendency of frying the other drives in the array.
     
    Invest in a quality RAID card from LSI. Use RAID1.
     
    I use a Supermicro case with 8 drive bays in the front with 7 full; for backup I use two sets of 2 drives, each is a RAID1 array, and both have the same data. They are on different RAID controllers (important for redundancy, controllers can die catastrophically). 
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    rrubberr got a reaction from handymanshandle in Buying AMD instead of Nvidia, change my mind.   
    Okay, here we go.
     
    When I bought my Radeon VII from AMD, I thought I was buying a card that I could plug in and have work, but, mirroring my other experiences with AMD, this was not the case. Issues included:
     
    1) The Radeon VII did not come with a UEFI compatible BIOS. It's 2019 for God's sake, not 2008. I had to flash the BIOS in another computer (and it is not a given that all of their customers just happen to have another workstation laying around) before I could even use it in the server I had planned to install it in. This may not be an issue with the 5700, but it speaks more to AMD's mentality of "ship first, provide a functional product later."
     
    2) AMD drivers are never finished. I have reinstalled Windows upwards of a dozen times since I got this card, simply trying to update drivers. Two of the drivers (I believe they were 19.7.2 and 19.7.3) would consistently destroy or fail to install on FRESH Windows 10 installations; forget trying to install it over the current version. DDU and AMD's cleanup utility were no help either. Finally, the latest version 19.7.5 was able to install, but again, required a FRESH installation of Windows. This replaced 19.5.2, which was the last version of the driver that functioned on my system. I have NEVER had Nvidia drivers botch an update or an install, from my 660TI to my Titan Z, to my Titan X Maxwell and my 1080 SLI.
     
    3) Even with the UEFI compatible BIOS, the card does not show a BIOS screen before booting into Windows. Apparently, if you want to use displayport, you don't get to see a BIOS consistently, and my 4K monitor does not support 60FPS over HDMI. This is particularly infuriating when trying to enable or disable hyper-threading, or when trying to manage my LSI RAID controllers. The card doesn't output an image until Windows loads its driver. On the other hand, of course, Nvidia shows me a BIOS every time I boot (although, I must say, AMD cards scale the BIOS very crisply when they decide to display it). Again, "ship first, provide a functional product later," or in this case, "provide a functional product never," as this was also an issue on my original Vega FE card.
     
    Other problems with AMD cards I've had include:
     
    1) When playing Hitman Absolution (years ago) on my Radeon HD 7990, the card blew a capacitor and started spouting flames into my PC case. Needless to say, I never got to 'enjoy' that experience with an Nvidia card, partly because they don't run at 100C regularly.
     
    2) AMD cards seem to have erratic power spikes. My HD 7990, Radeon Vega FE, and Radeon VII all trip overcurrent protection (card consuming more than 36 amps @ 12v) on my Z800 power supply when under load. My overclocked Titan X Maxwell, Titan Z, and SLI GTX 1080s all run just fine, even though they seem to consume more power according to review sites like Guru3D. This isn't an issue in my Supermicro with dual 1200 watt power supplies, but it's probably foolish to expect users to have 2.4 kilowatts from two 100 amp rails available to the graphics card.
     
    Overall, my experience with Nvidia has been massively better. Maybe they turned around their driver and hardware game with Navi, but the patterns I've seen over the years don't seem to change. It's so bad that I'm considering selling my Radeon VII and picking up a 2080 Super or something, even though I really need the 16GB of memory and the speed of HBM.
     
    Radeon has always been great for compute, especially in Luxrender and Luxcorerender which I use almost daily, due to massive HBM bandwidth and mature OpenCL support (Up to version 2.1, Nvidia cards still only get 1.2, which is missing several extensions), most times amounting to 2 or 3 times the speed of my GTX 1080. However, when you couple the driver crashes, terrible install process, literally having to flash a BIOS to your brand new card for it to even work, cards exploding and shooting out flames, terrible encoding for video recordings compared to Nvidia, loud coolers, etc. I really question why I keep buying AMD's cards except for my wish that they will be competitive again.
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    rrubberr got a reaction from moriel5 in Looking to Purchase Radeon VII: Owners, Is it Honestly Worth it?   
    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.
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    rrubberr got a reaction from _StrikE_ in Post Your Battle Stations and Build Setups!   
    Setup 2K17 minus 30:

    I bet you can't compete with that 'triple monitor' surround.
     
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    rrubberr got a reaction from _StrikE_ in Post Your Battle Stations and Build Setups!   
    You guys and all your fancy looking computers make me feel bad.
     
    Anyway, here's the first and by far the most powerful Workstation, specs are as follows.
    2x Xeon x5690 (12 cores 24T at 3.47 GHz) 192 GB (12x16) DDR3 1333 MHz ECC RAM @ 3 channels / processor GTX Titan Z (for double precision and heavy compute) GTX Titan X (Maxwell, for single precision assistance, and large 3d scenes over 6GB) Soundblaster Z  Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (os) Seagate Cheetah 300 GB 15k.7 RPM (scratch) 2x Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB 7k RPM in RAID 1 (storage) 2x BroadCom NetXtreme gigabit ethernet (duplexed) LSI SAS 3k RAID controller 1250 watt PSU (along the top), usually has a second small 1200 watt server PSU on top with cables running through an empty PCI slot (for extra fire hazard). Other boring stuff
     
    With / without RAM fans. I occasionally take out the Titan X when I don't have anything big going, but there is (amazingly) still enough airflow for the Titan Z with both in. As you can tel, PCIe slot placement is VERY 2010 optimized.
     

     
    With / without case door. The second layer of doors help with GPU and CPU airflow.
     

     
    Front with Diskette Drive. 
     
    Yes, the room does get hotter while using this, so there's usually a large fan blowing out the door behind me.
     
  20. Agree
    rrubberr got a reaction from LAwLz in Windows discrete GPU driver stability tested; but there's a catch   
    Hasn't happened to me .
     
    It has happened to me with AMD.
     
    I did preface this by saying "personal experiences obviously differ," no?
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    rrubberr got a reaction from mr moose in Windows discrete GPU driver stability tested; but there's a catch   
    Hasn't happened to me .
     
    It has happened to me with AMD.
     
    I did preface this by saying "personal experiences obviously differ," no?
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    rrubberr got a reaction from Mira Yurizaki in Windows discrete GPU driver stability tested; but there's a catch   
    Hasn't happened to me .
     
    It has happened to me with AMD.
     
    I did preface this by saying "personal experiences obviously differ," no?
  23. Agree
    rrubberr got a reaction from Crunchy Dragon in Intel Hires Former Larrabee Architect   
    I don't really care if it outperforms NVIDIA's top of the line, just having another player with 1080 levels of performance would be good for business. As long as Intel figures out a competent architecture, they can scale it up in the future; I doubt the first iteration is going to get things perfect.
     
    I would much rather buy a 10nm Intel fabbed GPU than an NVIDIA one fabbed on TSMC or AMD GloFo. I would also like to see a compute heavy architecture with good OpenCL support from Intel; maybe leaving NVIDIA as the odd man out would convince them to stop being such a**holes with CUDA / OpenCL support.
  24. Funny
    rrubberr got a reaction from Demonking in Nvidia have a huge inventory excess problem, 300,000 GPUs returned from a single board partner   
    Well I would be glad to take 200 or so off their hands for $20 a piece. Pass this along!
     
  25. Funny
    rrubberr got a reaction from Ryujin2003 in Nvidia: No next gen graphics cards for a long time   
    VegaFE doesn't top 250 watts at stock voltages for me, would your PSU perhaps look something like this?
     

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