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Luscious

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About Luscious

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  • Location
    Alien Cryogenics Lab, Groom Lake, NV

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  • CPU
    Intel 5960X OC to 4.7GHz
  • Motherboard
    Asus Rampage 5 Extreme with modifications
  • RAM
    G.Skill Ripjaws4 32GB 2800MHz
  • GPU
    Four GTX980Ti OC to 1264MHz
  • Case
    CaseLabs Mercury S8 in Yellow/Gunmetal with pedestal
  • Storage
    256GB SSD OS, 2TB RAID0 Steam, 10TB Storage, 30TB Media
  • PSU
    EVGA T2 1600W Titanium
  • Display(s)
    LG 34UM95
  • Cooling
    Custom water with 5 AlphaCool 80mm thick rads and 30 Akasa Viper fans
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K800
  • Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball
  • Sound
    Creative Gigaworks T40 Series 2
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro 64

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  1. So the keyboard that I really wanted wasn't available when it was time for me to switch to mechanical. I had to make a compromise. My current daily driver is a MX speed silver. My tweaks included adding o-rings to make them less clacky. Anywhere from 1-3 depending on how far down I wanted the keys to sink as I hit them, and where they didn't "double register" which is a PITA. I also replaced the factory keys with PBT double shot key caps in a two tone color arrangement similar to those old school keyboards. Corsair had a really good LOW PROFILE mechanical keyboard which would have been my preference but it was wired and I wanted wireless. It also only came in one switch type, no macro keys and you couldn't buy double shot key caps for it. My OLD keyboard was a Logitech wireless K800. I liked it. It was low profile, had a dedicated CALC key, had an on/off switch, But the durability of that thing was horrendous with key caps breaking off and certain keys not registering when I typed. CORSAIR's problem is that they have all the right ingredients - PBT key caps, wireless, low profile, custom macros, etc... - except that you cannot get them all at the same time. Their mess of a SKU lineup makes you choose between the features, and that's a huge deal breaker for somebody wanting to truly tailor a keyboard to their specific needs. I would like to see the day when keyboards can be purchased with your choice of features ALONGSIDE your choice of switches. Even the ability to swap out the switch on keyboards would be a huge step forward. With so many switches now out there it might be time to make the "fully configurable keyboard" a real thing allowing people to pick exactly what they want - key caps, switches, layout, keyboard base color, wired/wireless, standard/low profile, etc... In my case that would be a low profile wireless variant with PBT key caps and macros. Add an on/off switch that's easy to reach, dedicated calculator key and I'm a happy camper. I paid $300 for what I am typing on now after all the mods and extras - any markup on a keyboard that you can configure and build yourself would be expected. Some of us do have deep pockets and/or want the stuff that isn't available off-the-shelf.
  2. 1. My bad. I was looking at the 2P Xeon variants. 2. Didn't know MacOS was based on BSD/Linux. 3. True except if you need consumer Windows. That rules Epyc out and leaves 1P TR as the only AMD option. But without Apple support (and drivers) I doubt MacOS in the future will be able to be installed on non-Apple hardware. The days of the Hackintosh are numbered, more so with that T2 chip now soldered to the boards. It would be a fun experiment though - Dual Rome running MacOS.
  3. The fact that Apple's boxes are using LAST GEN Xeon parts probably means they're getting a significant price cut from Intel alongside now being the clearing house for old inventory. Only Apple can get away with marking up last gen tech for the ripoff prices they're asking LOL. Maybe the question should be "when" Apple plans to switch to 2nd gen Cascade Lake, or if these parts are even drop-in compatible. The more interesting take-away here is that we have three different CPU's all compatible with different operating systems. Epyc is fine on Linux and server version of Windows but lacks consumer Windows support. Your 3990X will work fine on Win 10 so long as you are using the workstation or enterprise flavor. Meanwhile anything with 64 threads or less is happy with regular Win 10 pro and Mac OS. Clearly there is a hard coded barrier in Windows 10 for CPUs with greater than 64 threads, warranting the need for a workstation/enterprise version for people who have software and hardware that doesn't play well with Windows Server, and I am thinking this is the same deal with Mac OS as well. The 256GB RAM limit of TR is a moot point if the OS you want to use isn't supported, and MacOS doesn't even have a server variant. It's understandable AMD doesn't want to cannibalize Epyc with TR, but while a 3990X may check the boxes for "workstation grade" the boards available for it are all flashy gamer and consumer level parts. That makes comparisons to 2P unrealistic if that Xeon Mobo IS server grade, packs a 5 year NBD support option AND has drivers for every OS under the sun. Sure, in an ideal world we could choose between a 2P Rome or Xeon workstation, but we have reached the point where the operating system is now the bottleneck.
  4. Memory caps and lane limits are not the only differences between Epyc and TR - you forgot to mention official OS support. So that dual Rome setup from Newegg that you flashed on the screen won't have any drivers available for Windows 10 whereas the TR 64-core WILL support consumer Windows out of the box. Of course if there IS a workaround for getting Windows 10 working properly on Epyc (including GeForce) that ought to be the focus of a follow-up video... for those of us who DO want to rock a dual Rome board. Limiting a 3990X to 256GB is far less of an issue than not being able to use consumer Windows with Epyc. Lots of software (and drivers for hardware) are simply not Windows Server friendly!!! My choice for a 2P workstation shouldn't just be an overpriced Xeon. Also, the high lane count of a dual Rome system would make it extremely ideal for a 10+ GPU server, yet finding one is next to impossible - don't be surprised Intel is ruling the roost in the server segment because AMD and their partners are still sitting on their laurels.
  5. What nobody has bothered to make a BIG DEAL about yet is that Apple is selling these overpriced cheese graters with first gen Skylake Xeons when every reputable workstation/server reseller has been taking orders of the newer stock for months now. Will the thing even work if you drop in a 2nd gen 28 core part??? Doesn't surprise me one bit. This is just Apple being Apple - charging you a premium for last gen tech. Even that $10K RAM is the slowest CAS silicon from Micron. They are making a killing on the markup and are literally banking on the iSheep who know no better.
  6. Rumor has it they originally wanted to use Chuck Norris for the advertisements but when he roundhouse kicked the prototype it became a 600MPH four-foot-wide projectile that hit and killed Amoi's President/CEO who was standing in the adjacent building two floors up.
  7. The ridiculous thing is that this is priced way out of the ball park for a high-end desktop (user), yet still cannot compete with modern 2P workstations or even servers. A casual browse on thinkmate dot com's workstation offerings shows that for under $50K you can get a system with 8 hot swap drive bays, a 5 year advanced part replacement with next business day onsite warranty and a pair of the top end proper workstation Quadro 8000 cards. Go to the top end and you can get 2x what Apple can stuff in this thing (dual 28 core, 3TB RAM etc...) for well under $100K. The ONLY thing Apple is "laser focused on" is marketing this towards those who value form over function... or are just stupid with deep wallets LOL Because the smart guys with deep wallets will move away from Mac OS on the workstation and server side, and those who just need more cores can get a 3990 threadripper, toss a pair of Titans in there and still get better performance per dollar. There is no way a server or system admin worth his paycheck will allow deployment of an encrypted system drive, system board and OS tied to a proprietary soldered chip in an environment where every hour of down time can cost $$$ in triple digits, if not thousands. And no, serious users won't be paying $1000 for a monitor stand and $400 for a set of casters (only hipsters call them wheels). But I am also curious why exactly does Apple charge $500 more for the rackmount version when a set of rails can be had for $17, or $40 for the heavy duty ones. Incidentally a dual Rome system with 128 total cores, 4TB RAM, 8TB of NVMe goodness and stacked with EIGHT Radeon Instinct cards will set you back a cool $120K. With a few VM's running whatever OS you want you'll be running circles around the Mac.
  8. Similar to when manufacturers wanted to water cool RAM many years ago. EK still does it but the results are negligible. A heatsink and some focused airflow will do a better job for small chips like these. Given the low profile design of m.2, space constraints inside the ATX spec and that tubing diameter it will be a challenge to incorporate anything like this even in an existing open loop. That said, a different design with standard G1/4 fittings on a PCI board with m.2 drives in pairs or x4 would be far more doable, and some out there would gladly sacrifice a double width PCIe space for 8TB of water cooled m.2 goodness. Except that you can already get that with many existing single slot PCIe SSD options - attaching a slim fan to the heatsink can work surprisingly well, or remove the heatsink and attach an old school chipset water block with a custom mounting plate. I would even make it an experiment to mount some of those tiny 20mm fans to the m.2 heatsink and see if that makes a tangible difference.
  9. I have the 2015 XPS 13. I modded mine with a new SSD (m.2 sata) that boots Windows 7. It's a great laptop for browsing and movie watching, office and even casual gaming. I run a custom resolution on mine because the native res is just impractical even with Windows scaling applied. I don't miss the touch screen at all since I use a wireless trackball. Battery life is OK, but I will give Dell a MASSIVE thumbs down for not offering for sale replacement batteries on their parts store, especially considering that they are end-user replaceable. Hunting for one can be a challenge and the BIOS will reject knock off batteries. I was fortunate to find a Dell OEM one on Newegg for my particular model.
  10. If they're using Delta fans you can expect the fans to last 10 years as well, or at least 5 if you run them 24/7. They may be loud but they can move air unlike any other. I have Delta fans in my rig and absolutely love them.
  11. Stupid laptop keyboards are an absolute deal-breaker for me and have been the case since Clevo began pushing their dysfunctional layout. Check out the old 17" HP ZD7000 from circa 2003 - even back then they had the hindsight to do an isolated inverted T cursor key arrangement and a proper 4 column number pad. Moving down to a 13 inch form factor will knock that numpad out of the discussion but it is still possible to get a good keyboard layout done. Dell, HP and even the old Toshiba 13 inch models had REALLY GOOD keyboard layouts that didn't compromise when it came to shift key placement or cursor key usage. Those notebook manufacturers who don't do it right simply choose so because THEY ARE CHEAP and can't be bothered to put in the extra effort.
  12. Two thumbs up for the effort, but seriously, why can't you just give the guy his old office back?
  13. When the TV + gear ends up costing more than the car = the car goes out LOL
  14. There's a simple fix for fans that don't fit - slap them on the outside of the case with a chrome fan guard. It's been done on servers and because it's in the back it won't ruin any good looks. Nice touch with the LTT RGB but you need to do it on both sides IMO. Also, why is it just LTT when it really is LiTT
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