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Dimwitted

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    Dimwitted got a reaction from Alexzz_ in New HDD for my PC   
    Agreed. The hdd sector has made all these a commodity which means there's really not much difference between a lot of these. That said, Seagate has had real trouble with their 3tb drives and the Red's are made for NAS not desktops.
     
    Stick with the Blue.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from Nup in Semiconductor Crossroads: Where Do We Go After 10nm?   
    The low hanging fruit has been picked. Now things are getting serious and it's going to slow down even more than it has. It's one reason for Kaby Lake. Intel can't move to their intended 10 nm process so have an interim chip to save the day. What Kaby Lake will do better than Skylake is an open question. It certainly looks like they're trying to spin reduced clock speeds but more "efficiency".
    We're heading into very interesting times. There's not a lot of processor bound software out there. That means the easy gains of better hardware to make things run faster don't apply. Add to that the lack of benefits for a process node reduction as we saw with the move from 22nm to 14nm from Haswell to Skylake. Slightly better efficiency but not much in the way of speed increases with a lot more production headaches.
    In the foreseeable future I can see architecture changes being the focus and not the node size. If Zen actually holds promise then it will be what it does instead of how it does it.
    It's another variation on how Intel abandoned the GHz war when it hit that wall and went with cores instead. But it's also going to be that a 10 year old unit can be as effective as something new unless something in software can pull out a unique feature that's a killer app that will drive the adoption of new hardware. I don't see that happening anytime soon. Welcome to the mature years.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from zane1214 in Is this a good psu for my setup   
    It's an ok unit. The supplier is CWT, the same people that Corsair uses for their basic units. If that EVGA unit is available with anywhere near the same price range it's a far better unit. It's also fully modular, not semi like the CoolerMaster if that's important. I would look at Corsair as well.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from mikat in MSI vs Asus   
    Yes.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from atrash in pfSense DIY Router Build Log pt 1   
    My 2 cents... why are you using a backplate in the first place? Just get some nuts and rubber washers and screw it into the board. The backplate is to spread the stress of the cooler across the m/bd when it's vertical. In the 1U it will always be horizontal. No stress.
     
    See? The answer is to quit dicking around and use your nuts.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from Jboss in Maximizing SSD Speeds   
    Ok. You've got it plugged into the wrong socket. Switch it to Port 0 or 1. This is assuming the Sata III/ 6 is available on your board.
     
    Ok, I looked into it. The problem is that you do not have full SATA III compatibility. This board was one of the first and Intel didn't have anything yet so GB used a Marvell chip to add functionality. As a ver 1.0 device it can't support the fastest drives since they didn't exist. You just have to put up with your current speed until you upgrade your board.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from patrick3027 in Jim Keller leaves AMD - AMD claims Zen "on track"   
    The big issue is getting Zen made, not designed. His job is done. Adding insult, the fab is having major issues in building it. Keller can't help that. There's no point in him sitting around watching a fab screw things up and not being able to do a damn thing about it.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from alpenwasser in Jim Keller leaves AMD - AMD claims Zen "on track"   
    The big issue is getting Zen made, not designed. His job is done. Adding insult, the fab is having major issues in building it. Keller can't help that. There's no point in him sitting around watching a fab screw things up and not being able to do a damn thing about it.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from LAwLz in pfSense DIY Router Build Log pt 1   
    My 2 cents... why are you using a backplate in the first place? Just get some nuts and rubber washers and screw it into the board. The backplate is to spread the stress of the cooler across the m/bd when it's vertical. In the 1U it will always be horizontal. No stress.
     
    See? The answer is to quit dicking around and use your nuts.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from FrickDude in pfSense DIY Router Build Log pt 1   
    My 2 cents... why are you using a backplate in the first place? Just get some nuts and rubber washers and screw it into the board. The backplate is to spread the stress of the cooler across the m/bd when it's vertical. In the 1U it will always be horizontal. No stress.
     
    See? The answer is to quit dicking around and use your nuts.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from Khraft in Seagate: SSDs will never match per-gigabyte costs of HDDs   
    What he's not bringing to the table is usage. What will be the average standard size on the average consumer machine in 5 years? 10tb? 20? 50? Ooooor, will it slow down like we're seeing right now to the 1-2tb sizes? A size that the hdd guys will have already passed by and the ssd guys happily playing in at the $30 - 50 price range? With 3D NAND and 4level TLC it won't take long for the price of decent sized drives to plummet. 
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from anthony5511 in Corsair CX430w enough?   
    The FD is nice but pricey. The EVGA is only $50 vs $65 for the Corsair and $110 for the FD. The EVGA is a HEC unit, the Corsair a CWT (of course!) and the Fractal a Seasonic. The biggest deal is that the EVGA isn't modular vs semi mod for the other two. Pays your money, takes your choice!
     
    For those putting up those wattage figures remember he's going to overclock the piss out of the chip. That's what it's there for but normal draw does not apply and you have to take that into account. 550W gives you just that little overhead that's reassuring.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from anthony5511 in Corsair CX430w enough?   
    I would go with a 550W just for surety. XFX makes a good unit. If you're going to stick with a little watt unit I would recommend an EVGA 430W over the Corsair.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from lol1290 in Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake.. what do this ''codenames'' stand for?   
    On the topic of size, it's getting very interesting on die size. It used to be that the die shrink gave power efficiency which was nice for you, but it also meant that there were more chips per die so it got cheaper to manufacture. We're now at the ragged edge in tech for shrinkage. Broadwell was the first mass market 14nm cpu. Copperwall will be the first mass market 10nm chip. The difference between Haswell and Broadwell is not huge. Better TDP but that looks like at a cost of overclocking. There's just no way that those tiny traces will support monster voltages that it takes to get high chip speeds. And just as interesting is where all this extra real estate is going. It looks like the GPU side of things. Iris 6200 looks pretty good and you basically get it for free with every cpu. Zen better be spectacular.
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    Dimwitted reacted to nunya bus in This is an eye opener how even a very open front panel can obstruct ALL AIRFLOW to a case   
    So I was looking around for 750D reviews as I was about to buy one. When I came across this. it opened my eyes about buying fans, and understanding airflow and pressure. you will be left like being told your religion was a hack or not real. you will be that perplexed. 
    Its in German, but the actions and video are what matters
     
     

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    Dimwitted got a reaction from BurgerBum in Death of technology magazines   
    Yep. Magazines in general are having a very hard time. Ad pages are dropping, content is difficult to get -- the "news" is stale, the products already showcased a long time ago, unique content is expensive.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from chickenkill in hard drive no idea whats happening to my c drive.   
    If you have the budget you're a prime candidate for an ssd. It will speed up your machine tremendously even on SATA II. I would recommend a <240gb but even a 120gb will be a huge improvement. If you can't stretch that far the Hitachi is fine. A lot of people believe that they are superior to WD or Seagate.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from chickenkill in hard drive no idea whats happening to my c drive.   
    That's a weird size hdd. Also very old. You will have to watch it. One thing to keep an eye on is undated apps that change parameters to C: as a default. I had a movie db app that changed how it applied the thumbnails and I suddenly was filling up my C drive from one version to another. Had to get a quick change on that!
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    Dimwitted reacted to Dabombinable in Paranoia Gone Wrong: Intel, Nvidia, and Others Barred From Selling to China   
    The US government got rid of their department that helped them with technological matters, which is why they are effectively going back to the stone age with their decisions. Which TBH are utterly ridiculous. China can easily source CPU's and GPU's from countries outside of the US. They don't need them shipped directly from Intel, Nvidia and AMD. Because if they go to distributors who aren't actually part of Intel, Nvidia and AMD, the US government can't do shit.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from T.E.D in April 3 2015 - The WAN Show Livestream   
    Nice Podcast. Oh well. Both the sync and Luke's mike. I think that Luke needs to go over to Linus' seat. When he stood up or leaned forward the sound drastically improved. Austin was great. He's a great sub for Linus. Well prepared and brings the energy. Hopefully you'll do something with him soon again.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from metahelix in Corsair Vengeance K70: Fair purchase price? Ever go on sale?   
    I've seen it for better at Canada Computes. $129.99. Reds for as low as $119.99. Quite frankly tho, I'd stay away from the K70. For the price it's just too flakey. Bad LEDs, simply dying yadda, yadda, yadda. Looks and feature wise it's a killer kb, but the QC is terrible for the price.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from Bittenfleax in Motherboards, the design is currently flawed   
    Just think how fast we could go through the city if we didn't have to stop at all those intersections! It would be so convenient.
     
    There's a reason why the architecture is designed the way it is. The ATX m/bd has been refined over generations. It's pretty damn good.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from reapersivan in Non Modular or Semi?   
    Being a Mod is just a feature. I would go with a semi over a full if the psu was of better quality. That said, there's things to look for. Is there stress relief for the fixed cables coming out of the psu. Point in their favour. Single colour vs. the multi coloured crap. Cable length. What cables are not semi? Some like Corsair only do the m/bd cables but others include a basic pkg with a pci and sata as part of fixed set. I don't like those. And while this is a beneficial feature, you are on a budget. If there's a better non-Mod that's fits your budget, grab that one. A Seasonic based psu with all Jap caps that's non-Mod would be a better buy than some cheap Chinese psu that's fully Mod.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from JorenBus in Is it bad that I only have 5GB left on my SSD?   
    Also move system restore to the hdd and turn off indexing on the ssd. That should help. And check your trash.
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    Dimwitted got a reaction from LAwLz in What DSLR lens to bring on a holiday?   
    Instead of worrying about hardware, tell us what you're shooting. Indoors? Outdoors? Buildings? People? Close? Far? Incognito? Blatant?
     
    Having a big honking lens when shooting indoors in a crowd does not make a whole lot of sense. Trying to capture cathedrals with a 200mm lens, the same. Another issue, which is a drag, is keeping your shit together. Pickpockets abound and all that lovely equipment is a target. Keeping it compact and simple makes your life a lot easier. It's a vacation after all. You don't need more stress.
     
    If it was me, I'd drop the zooms entirely and stick with the 35mm. It will always been on the camera, available and should give you the balance for almost everything you will want to shoot. Have a spare charged battery and another card in your pocket and you're ready to go! No bag, no fuss.
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