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mariushm

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  1. It's an accelerator pretty much only by name. The "accelerator" part is in the firmware (the chipset "bios" and the bios on the motherboard and the drivers), the drive itself is more or less like a SSD. Optane memory is just a different kind of Flash memory with higher endurance and lower latency. Intel could make and they did make SSDs that used Optane chips instead of Flash chips for storing data, they don't do it anymore or don't advertise it so much because it's not cost effective to make SSDs with them, because it costs much more to manufacture Optane chips compared to Flash chips. Intel basically rebranded the chips from "storage" to "accelerator" to build a market for them and because paying so much for a SSD was seen by customers as stupid. So basically Intel wrote the firmware and software (the drivers) to treat Optane drives as "special" accelerator drives and the driver simply monitors what files you read from the mechanical drive and if they're accessed often, they copy them to the Optane drive. Intel could use a regular SSD drive as "accelerator" but they made it work only with Optane to create an artificial difference between Intel and AMD systems ... that's why it only works with some Intel chipsets. I think the firmware and drivers aren't smart enough to differentiate between files and all that... for example, let's say you play a game which has a 10 GB file from which every time you load a level or a map, the game extracts a few random hundreds of MB (textures, music tracks, sound effects for that level). I think the accelerator would be stupid enough to think you'd want that 10 GB file cached in the Optane because the game opens that file so often, so if it does that with 3-4 files like that, the whole Optane will be filled with only a bunch of big files and all your applications would be dropped out and you'd have nothing accelerated but that game..
  2. You shouldn't pair it with anything, the advantages are minimal and only if you run applications from those drives (the files of those applications would be cached in the optane drive over time and therefore accelerated). Get a 128-256 GB SSD and install and run applications only from that SSD and use the mechanical drive for "static" files (music, video files etc) only... that makes more sense.
  3. Ryzen CPU Voltage???

    Modern processors handle temperature much better than previous generations. 57.5c sounds fine to me, especially considering you won't have the cpu running at 100% constantly unless you're doing some heavy video encoding at the same time you're doing other things. I think the Ryzen 2xxx series throttles itself down at around 80c so unless I'm wrong about that number, I think you should be fine up to around 70c
  4. GSync is a nVidia thing which requires a custom chip that's basically there for DRM purposes, to restrict it and make it work only with nVidia cards. The argument is that the chip makes the whole system better, by enforcing a "higher quality". The monitors with Gsync are more expensive because they have to pay nVidia a royalty/licensing fee and because they have to include some electronics inside the monitor as well. It may also be a side effect of that the LCD panels used with Gsync may be a bit more expensive compared to the other monitors... i mean Freesync may be more flexible in what LCD panels are acceptable. Freesync was promoted by AMD but it's a free standard and monitor manufacturers don't have to pay licensing or royalties to include it in monitors and nVidia could make their video cards support it with basically no extra cost, and without paying anything to AMD. Intel can implement it also... It's not 100% free, monitor manufacturers still have to pay only once per new product (I believe) to "certify" that the monitor implements Freesync correctly, but they don't have to pay afterwards a fee for every monitor sold, and there's no extra chips and circuit boards to shove inside the monitor, so these are cheaper. There may be some things that Gsync does better or with higher quality but overall when you add up all the pros and cons ... both do their purpose very well.
  5. My parents don’t allow me to get a PC

    Eh ... pc has internet and porn, i think that's why your parents are so reluctant. They see you ps4 as games only, while a pc could be... more.
  6. Ryzen CPU Voltage???

    The maximum voltage you should ever use on Ryzen 1xxx is 1.425v At standard frequencies, out of the box, the voltage shouldn't be more than around 1.35v - 1.38v , some motherboards may bump the voltage up a bit when you're enable overclocking or raising memory frequencies. More than 1.4v should only be required if you push to reach 4 Ghz or higher on such processors. The Ryzen 2xxx series is a bit better and doesn't require so high voltage, it should work with less than 1.35v out of the box. You can try to lower the default voltage and run stability tests and if it's stable lower the voltage a bit more and repeat, it wouldn't hurt anything.
  7. Long term storage solutions?

    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_rot and https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cds-truth-cddvd-longevity-mold-rot/ CDs lasted for a longer time because they were made better than DVDs and because the data is not as densely packed and when burning the discs the laser used to hit the surface much harder, making a stronger digital signal. I had CDs that I burned using an external 1x HP writer (on parallel port if you can believe me) and those were some of the discs that lasted the longest but even with those eventually the data on the outside area of the disc started to become hard to read due to edges deteriorating. DVDs are even more sensitive and the quality of the burn process will vary with the type of disc (the chemicals in the data layer) and how well the firmware in the dvd writer is optimized for that chemistry - there are actually profiles in the dvd writer firmware which change how the writer burns data depending on what the disc (the disc has on it information like what speeds it can handle, the chemistry used and other crap) With DVDs even the quality of the burning is different from drive to drive and depending on the chemicals inside the disc. Some discs use some chemicals and some discs use others, and DVD writers have different - the quality of the data will vary from writer to writer and between discs ... see http://www.digitalfaq.com/guides/media/dvd-tests.htm - see #5 in that page .. such tools tell you have easy the writer can read the data stored on disc and how hard the error correction works to read the data that was just freshly put on disc ... imagine as the disc ages and the plastic goes bad and so on, how much harder the unit will work to read data if the data was already badly written on disc from the start. Anyway.. even with magnetic tapes it's a pain in the ass... in most archival places, the humidity and temperature is controlled and even then every few months they go through the shelves and FLIP the tapes to reduce the effect of electromigration ... bits on digital tapes can be flipped over time due to this, so every few months, they go and flip the tapes on the other side. Then there's the risk of tapes getting sticky over time... it's not perfect. Yeah, floppy discs were relatively safe but that's only a round disc of material between two layers of soft material that cleans the dust right away. Tapes are miles of band and the surface of the tape is pretty much constantly on contact with some other surface. But floppy discs were still damaged by floppy drive heads and other things, weren't really reliable. Mechanical hard drives are really much better than both dvd/cd/bluray, and probably only tapes exceed the reliability ... but for quantity vs price you can't beat them. Much safer than these... probably laser etching dots on metal sheets or printing on archival paper with lots of error correction (but you're talking about maybe 100 KB per page or something like that)
  8. Long term storage solutions?

    Even the CD-R discs I had died after around 4-5 years - humidity and stuff attacks the edge and corrodes the aluminum layer and eventually the discs break down. DVD-R and +R were imho even more sensitive, some being unreadable or with lots of errors after 2-3 years. Bluray discs I don't know... considering the data density i wouldn't trust them for more than 6 months. There are archival grade DVD discs which use different chemicals and reflective materials (gold and other stuff) and those probably last longer, but again I wouldn't trust them. I have mechanical drives that are older than 6 years in my pc right now, and I keep my pc running 24/7 ... so considering a 4 TB drive is what... 100-150$ ... if you think about it's really cheap.. For example HGST Deskstar NAS 4 TB is 130$ on Newegg ... 130$ / ( 3 years x 12 months ) = 3.6$ a month... add maybe 2$ a month in electricity costs to keep a pc idle 24/7 in your house and you get yourself the equivalent of Amazon Glacier in your house. These drives will last more than 3 years, and especially if you have two systems in two different locations (maybe one at your parents or sister's place) it would be perfectly fine to keep them in service for longer time. Just don't buy the cheapest, get NAS grade or server or basically any hdd with at least 3-5 year warranty.
  9. Long term storage solutions?

    Look into Amazon Glacier ... 0.004 $ per GB so around 4$ a month for storing 1 TB of data. 10 GB a month free to retrieve , 0.0025$ a GB for bulk retrieve, 0.01$ per GB for standard retrieve (getting just some files) Link: https://aws.amazon.com/glacier/pricing/ Basically they put stuff into data tapes if you don't work with the data for a while, so if you need something back you make a standard request and some robot picks the tape from storage and connects it back and makes data available to you within something like 1-2 hours. I would never rely on a single hard drive to backup stuff. At very least, have copies in two separate location and check weekly or monthly the condition of both systems. I'd run both systems 24/7 also and replace the drives after around 3 years.
  10. Purchasing website domain outright

    Yeah, you rent it and pay yearly for it. Some countries still have lifetime purchase, and some new TLDs have different terms (not one year) but those are crap. I'd recommend Namecheap (I use them for my domains), be careful with others, read reviews etc ... for example GoDaddy used to have some "search for your domain" box on their site and you entered the domain to check if it's free and they would automatically register for a short period, forcing you to buy it from them if you wanted it. Stick to bigger ones, some of the smaller ones and those with very cheap prices.. check terms, some may give you cheap price by forcing you to minimum 3 years of having domain at them or other tricks. For example, you may get domain cheaper bundled with a company's shared hosting plan which may be free for the first year (included in domain name price) but afterwards costing you 1-2$ a month or something like that, so in the end you pay more for the domain for one year compared to buying from a bigger registrar.
  11. Is this a good deal? ( rx 460 2gb for 70$)

    It's a reasonable price, but 2GB is kinda limiting these days, you'll run into problems running games in the near future, if playing at 1080p or higher. Some games will even complain today that you don't have at least 3 GB of memory on the video card. I wouldn't get such a card, if I were to make a new PC I would just buy a Ryzen 2400g for ~160$ ... even the Ryzen 2200g at 100$ would be OK for watching movies and browsing and playing occasionally - the graphics would probably be weaker than a dedicated RX 460 (in the case of 2200g, 2400g may be a bit better than a RX 460)
  12. AMD Sockets

    The Intel processors use LGA where the cpu has only pads of copper on the bottom and the socket has tiny contacts with some "spring"-iness in them, the contacts are designed to flex a bit when you put the cpu in socket. There has to be a lid, some frame on top of the Intel processors, to make sure the cpu is aligned nicely with the contacts and you don't put too much pressure on one corner of the cpu by accident. AMD uses PGA for their desktop processors (well mostly, as for example Threadripper is classified as high end desktop and it's LGA) so the processors self align in the socket due to them using pins which go inside holes in the socket. There's only one level which when pressed down makes a bit of sideways pressure in the socket to make sure the pins on the cpu make good contact with each contact in the socket. So you don't need fancy lids and stuff like Intel does to keep the cpu in socket.
  13. How to change wire on sennheiser hd 280

    Sennheiser sells replacement parts , including cables. Go to their website and look up distributors and sellers in India and ask them how much it would cost to buy one replacement cable. It may be a bit expensive, because last time I ordered a replacement cable for my Sennheiser HD 212 Pro the distributor said they have to order boxes of 5 or 25, and they're left with a bunch of cables after sending you one from the box.
  14. are these good free anti virusus?

    I don't like Avast, too bloatware and had too many misses in the past (big ones, where it disabled windows dll files or caused crashes or other issues) I now use Avira Free Antivirus these days ... it doesn't use a lot of cpu in the background and the only annoyance is a small banner showing up in the bottom corner of the screen once a day, and it can be closed with a simple click.
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