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About maxtch

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  • Birthday Feb 11, 1993

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  • Location
    Shanghai, China
  • Gender


  • CPU
    2x Intel Xeon E5-2680
  • Motherboard
    Asus Z9PE-D16C/2L with custom BIOS
  • RAM
    8x Kingston KVR DDR3-1600 Registered ECC 16GB
  • GPU
    XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB
  • Case
  • Storage
    WD Black NVMe 1TB
  • PSU
    HuntKey Panshi 800
  • Display(s)
    Dell P2415Q 4K monitor
  • Cooling
    2x PCCOOLER Butterfly PWM
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K375k over Unifying
  • Mouse
    Logitech M720 over Unifying
  • Sound
    Pioneer VSX-923 stereo system
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro for Workstation

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  1. The thing is, built-in scaling on Windows 7 looks terrible and carries a hefty performance hit (maybe it is my old hardware on the performance side, but still.)
  2. I have a few pesky programs that don't work well with Windows 10, for example Xilinx ISE 14.7. (Xilinx dropped a ton of their older series FPGAs in their newer, Windows 10 compliant Vivaldo and Vitis software.) So I tried to set up a Windows 7 machine using older generation hardware (what was my storage server after the disks moved to a new chassis with an upgrade motherboard and CPU, based on Core 2 Quad Q9550S and still retaining that 8GB DDR2-800 ECC memory) and a used FirePro W2100. That FirePro is capable of 4K 60Hz output and Windows 7 can pick that up, but that resulted in a total train
  3. You have more than enough specs here. I have a similar setup with Nextcloud + Jellyfin on a Proxmox-virtualized Xeon L3426, still having leftover computing resources to parcel out. On the other hand, you might want to throw in a graphics card for GPU accelerated Plex transcodes. A standard GeForce will work as well as a Quadro if you puts in some modifications to your QEMU settings to allow GeForce being passed through and patch your driver to allow more than a few streams of NVENC. I threw in my unused GTX 1060 3TB for that.
  4. Here is the final update, with me updating the base platform as well. Now my storage server features 24 drives and 64TB total capacity. Hardware CPU: Intel Xeon L3426 (Lynnfield 4C/8T, 1.86/3.2GHz) CPU cooler: Deep Cool's imitation of an Intel stock cooler with a copper slug. Motherboard: Asus P7F-M with ASMB4-iKVM RAM: 2x Samsung DDR3-1600 Unbuffered ECC SDRAM (underclocked to DDR3-1333) GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 3GB G1 Gaming PSU: Antec NeoEco 650W JD version semi-modular PSU, NE650M is the closest approximation SAS RAID contro
  5. I will check my local vendos (in China mind you) for prices.
  6. I am consolidating and migrating my NAS to a 24-drive unit filled with old drives - either my own old drives or recertified refurbishments, so expect an update. Spoilers:
  7. I fear that giving it some SMR drives would straight f up the RAID controller, vomit them out and destroy my whole array.
  8. My NAS was consructed using 3TB drives, which suffers from the drive-managed SMR pandemic, and I don't think my RAID controller can deal with those drives mixed along with regular CMR/PMR drives gacefully. I don't think there are many new CMR/PMR home NAS grade SATA drives out there any more that don't break the bank, so it is the choice between new old stock, or refurbished and recertified.
  9. As the title suggests, it is about those refurbished hard drives, specifically the ones with SAS interface (that is, retired server drives) for use within a home NAS (or a desktop PC) through a SAS HBA or SAS RAID controller. Are those a good idea? Keep in mind that my NAS is constructed using 3TB CMR/PMR drives and my LSI 9271-8iCC SAS RAID controller is too old to understand SMR.
  10. $ sudo ./amdvbflash -ai AMDVBFLASH version 4.69, Copyright (c) 2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Adapter 0 SEG=0000, BN=83, DN=00, PCIID=67DF1002, SSID=0B371002) Asic Family : Polaris10 Flash Type : W25Q80 (1024 KB) Product Name : D00901 Polaris10 XT A1 GDDR5 256Mx32 8GB 300e/300m Bios Config File : D0090101.100 Bios P/N : 113-D0090101-100 Bios Version : Bios Date : 06/03/16 00:23 ROM Image Type : Hybrid Images ROM Image Details : Image[0]: Size(58880 Bytes)
  11. The RX 500 series are just rebadged 400 series so... (I basically have three RX 480's, two reference RX 480 and a Sapphire Pulse RX 580.)
  12. Can I cross-flash VBIOS of reference cards safely, across different card manufacturers for the same card? For example, cross-flashing Sapphire RX 480 8GB VBIOS into a XFX RX 480 8GB? (XFX cards have a known bug in its VBIOS UEFI support while Sapphire cards don't, so cross-flashing may fix it.)
  13. I encountered this thermal grease, AI Technology COOL-GREASE ZXM in SEMICON Shanghai 2020 and asked them for a sample to test with. It arrived a few days ago, and here is what I found out. This thermal grease is rated for 20W/(K·m). And the manufacturer claims that this is a phase-change non-curing epoxy type thermal interface material. The test system is my daily driver Hackintosh: i7-9700K on Gigabyte Z390 UD, under a Thermaltake 120mm AIO inside HuntKey S400 4U rack-mount case. The baseline was another free sample I got, with a nominal thermal conductivity of 4.5W/(K