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    Luscious got a reaction from dogwitch in I was sure I would hate these…   
    Sony had a much better idea for a product like this a few years back. Can't remember the model number though and it doesn't seem to be on sale any more either sadly.
     
    Their version was also a smartphone clip on, but rather than attach directly to the smartphone lens it connected to your phone through a dedicated Sony camera app. The lens itself was also a full blown DSLR lens like they used in their actual cameras, only modified with wireless and removed the screen and buttons etc... but kept the sensors and other picture taking hardware.
     
    I don't know how it performed and how well people received it, but a modern version with a high MP sensor and same DSLR type lens could still be something people would want to buy. Although I admit just getting a proper camera (as expensive as those can be) is probably the better tool for the job if you want the best images.
  2. Informative
    Luscious got a reaction from Orian Pax in Why are Drive Manufacturers in TROUBLE?   
    I've been using four 8TB SMR Seagate Archive drives paired up with StableBit DrivePool to host my 32TB media server. I have to say that in the 5 years I've been using it I have NEVER experienced a problem and they work phenomenally well for both streaming BD rips and writing large MKV files.
     
    I also have owned both a 6TB and 10TB Red drive (CMR) for daily full system backups and have never had issues with those either.
     
    What I MAY have come across thanks to your video here is a problem with my three WD7500BPKX drives that I am using in RAID. I am constantly seeing a disk get dropped from the array and having to rebuild. I've always been blaming the raid controller but I am now wondering if these drives are SMR causing my array to drop drives so regularly. Obviously I cannot use RAID0 or risk data loss but even with RAID5 they don't seem to want to play well with the on board Intel RAID controller. Rebuilds take HOURS to perform and are painfully slow for what are just 3x750GB capacity. I doubt it is a BIOS, sata port or Windows problem since the disk shows up in the system every time.
     
    Seems I'm having a hard time as well finding a spec sheet for this WD7500BPKX drive. Can somebody chime in if it's a SMR or CMR drive?
     
    I do plan to replace these three drives with a single 2TB SSD in the future - I just couldn't afford one when they were still going for four digits in 2015 and RAID was the more cost effective option.
  3. Funny
    Luscious got a reaction from LTT_fanboy in LTT has a New Home...   
    So LMG is getting horny now. I'll stick around for the one where Sarah and Madison lube up their bodies with high applications of thermal grease and then loop the one where where Anthony and James just shove their fist in and go for it #slooflirpa
  4. Agree
    Luscious reacted to Captain Insano in LTT has a New Home...   
    That thumbnail tho...
  5. Funny
    Luscious reacted to Radium_Angel in HUGE PC upgrade... in a Van!   
    That's not a van...
     
    THIS...is a van
    http://www.speedhunters.com/2010/11/gallery_gt_gt_japanese_vanning_madness/
     
  6. Like
    Luscious got a reaction from dogwitch in How Motherboards Work - Turbo Nerd Edition   
    SLI may be dead, but there are definitely use cases for having multiple GPU's in one system, and I don't immediately hint at mining. F@H, professional rendering and encoding/transcoding tasks have for years been running on graphics hardware. And these aren't single tasking applications either - you can effectively game and fold at the same time when you have a second GPU in there.
     
    Consider also multi monitor applications that need more than four outputs from your GPU. With Windows anyway you can have a maximum of 32 display outputs. Then on the other end of the line you have headless cards with no display output - pure compute boards meant for nothing but number crunching. GPU servers in particular can have as many as 20 GPU's installed in the same system, and with the beauty of VM, have them assigned in whatever number to whatever OS the job needs.
     
    In my case I just enjoy having four GPU's in my rig, and the flexibility to use them however I want. I can fold on three while I game on my main card. If I accidentally disable my main card in device manager I can plug in to the next one and get my display back (actually had it happen). And if one card bites the dust I don't have to run out and get a replacement - good luck finding a GPU now if what you have suddenly dies. Never mind the fact that having four water cooled GPU's just looks bad ass and screams performance.
     
    Fun fact: the Toshiba X305 laptop came with THREE nVidia GPU's inside - one dedicated for 2D work and two running in SLI for 3D/gaming.
  7. Agree
    Luscious got a reaction from Letgomyleghoe in How Motherboards Work - Turbo Nerd Edition   
    SLI may be dead, but there are definitely use cases for having multiple GPU's in one system, and I don't immediately hint at mining. F@H, professional rendering and encoding/transcoding tasks have for years been running on graphics hardware. And these aren't single tasking applications either - you can effectively game and fold at the same time when you have a second GPU in there.
     
    Consider also multi monitor applications that need more than four outputs from your GPU. With Windows anyway you can have a maximum of 32 display outputs. Then on the other end of the line you have headless cards with no display output - pure compute boards meant for nothing but number crunching. GPU servers in particular can have as many as 20 GPU's installed in the same system, and with the beauty of VM, have them assigned in whatever number to whatever OS the job needs.
     
    In my case I just enjoy having four GPU's in my rig, and the flexibility to use them however I want. I can fold on three while I game on my main card. If I accidentally disable my main card in device manager I can plug in to the next one and get my display back (actually had it happen). And if one card bites the dust I don't have to run out and get a replacement - good luck finding a GPU now if what you have suddenly dies. Never mind the fact that having four water cooled GPU's just looks bad ass and screams performance.
     
    Fun fact: the Toshiba X305 laptop came with THREE nVidia GPU's inside - one dedicated for 2D work and two running in SLI for 3D/gaming.
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    Luscious got a reaction from Jason 57 in Our First Build Together in YEARS!   
    It's great that you guys can throw hardware together from spare, unused old inventory - stuff doesn't get thrown out, hardware gets to live that little bit longer and money gets saved. Happy that Luke gets to rock some better horsepower.
     
    Funny enough, the board you pulled out is probably NEWER than what I am still using right now. I jumped on X99 at launch and got a good sample 5960X (with a spare mobo and CPU just in case). My goal was to have a long-term build, and while it is showing it's age, it doesn't "feel" any bit slow. I could use a GPU upgrade of course, but that's another story.
     
    Maybe when my system hits the 10 year mark (which is only four more years away) I'll have a ceremony where I decommission the rig I have right now and replace it with new hardware. Yeah, if Linus wants to do a video on that I'm all in. Fingers crossed in four more years I'll be able to get my hands on some new high-end graphics cards too LOL
     
    BTW: Dust filters DO work. I have custom filters that I did myself on a CaseLabs S8 along with sound deadening foam. My rig has been running 24/7 for years and they hold back a crap ton of the stuff. Looking inside you get to see some dust after that many years, but nothing like the dust that gets stuck on the filters on the outside. I also knocked out the large acrylic side window and replaced that with some black material as well - plays nicely with the RGB lighting I have
     
     

  9. Funny
    Luscious got a reaction from linuxChips2600 in These are totally different. Let me explain. (SPONSORED)   
    I'm curious if that "thousand drive" scenario would just be a bunch of JBOD enclosures connected together with a crazy spaghetti of expander cables? But then it begs the question is there even a practical purpose for having that many drives connected to a single server - at those bottle-necked speeds - besides just having multiple petabytes of capacity. For redundancy I would want to split those out onto smaller/faster multiple servers and deploy online mirror servers as backup.
     
    Maybe if I had "every single movie ever made" in 4K I could make the argument for a 8PB HTPC box that spits out it's contents at approx 60MB/s to watch on my single TV. But then I would also need the worlds biggest battery next to my house as a UPS
  10. Agree
    Luscious got a reaction from ThatOneDunce in Mine Crypto Before It's Too Late! (SPONSORED)   
    I'm not going to rehash what I said over in the last thread, but this is becoming a serious problem for the PC market as a whole, not just PC gaming.
     
    Consider those building brand new - you NEED a GPU to complete the system. Integrated graphics may be fine for the number crunchers and social media junkies but how many mobos come equipped with those? Hardly any. Even if you are not a gamer and just need a desktop because you have no need for a laptop, the GPU shortage will affect you.
     
    Then you have those upgrading their rigs. I'm rocking 980Ti's in 4-way SLI. A single 3090 would be a great upgrade, and while I could certainly use four for F@H, right now I cannot even buy a single card. There's a considerable number of systems out there online now that will either eventually or very soon need upgrading, more so if their GPU dies unexpectedly. The last thing you want is your box collecting dust because a key piece of hardware isn't working... and is unable to be replaced.
     
    Does your rig use a 1600W PSU? What happens if that dies and you cannot get a replacement? Mining is having a cannibalistic effect on more than just GPU's, and the fact that even power supplies now are becoming SCARCE should be a warning sign that this madness needs to end.
     
    Consoles have always been an option for gamers. And that's how it should stay. But the way things are now consoles may be the ONLY route left for gamers to look forward to in the future. I don't believe that is what people want. PC gaming should not have to suffer and sacrifice purely at the benefit of Crypto. Likewise, the existence of Crypto should not be at the demise of PC gaming.
     
    Then you have those passionate about F@H and who have been contributing for years. The project itself is close to 2 decades old. These folks also depend on gaming GPU's to do their work, although in their defense, a card without video outputs can also be used. That makes the argument for dedicated mining cards considerably better since they can be re-purposed for folding if/when mining is no longer "cool". It would also leave more gaming cards on the table with folding rigs being populated with headless cards.
     
    Finally, and for some most painful, is price. Do you really want to pay 200% for an item that is artificially marked up by scalpers who hoard them in bulk, or grab them off other scalpers and jack up the price even more? Why is it that merchants can't do a better job limiting purchases not just to individual purchasers, but shipments going to the SAME ADDRESS???
     
    In my mind promoting mining at this point in time is particularly bad/wrong given the extreme and serious shortage of parts. Linus, you should know better than ruffle your audience!!! Many people are hurting and the situation needs an urgent fix, otherwise it will become a very ugly mess that will not be good for anybody.
  11. Agree
    Luscious reacted to Loki0111 in Mine Crypto Before It's Too Late! (SPONSORED)   
    Mining has not been stable for 4 years. Demand was down for a number of years then Ethereum spiked.
     
    Nvidia has already produced more 30 series cards over the same time period then they did 20 series cards and you can't actually buy one anywhere. AMD and Nvidia are both way above their normal production numbers and still can't keep up. Bots are clearing inventory the second they even hit the sites.
     
    Its not just 30 series cards either, anything that can actually mine is completely sold out.
  12. Agree
    Luscious reacted to Loki0111 in Mine Crypto Before It's Too Late! (SPONSORED)   
    I'd imagine something like 80% or more of the PC gaming community is mad, that is what this is actually all about. Between the scalpers and miners you can't buy a card and its pretty clear its not a production issue since Nvidia has already manufactured more 30 series cards then they did 20 series over the same time period.
     
    If you go on Amazon any hardware related to GPU mining is sold out or going for massive premiums. The Ethereum run has absolutely heavily impact GPU availability.
  13. Agree
    Luscious reacted to JoeLogs in Mine Crypto Before It's Too Late! (SPONSORED)   
    Decarbonization is a societal wide project that will almost be certainly led by the government and funded via carbon taxes that ensure the greatest polluters pay their fair share. My point is that cryptocurrency and the shipping industry is a terrible comparison. 

    If the shipping industry ceased to exist tomorrow it would be a huge net loss for the world. We would be unable to access goods produced in places we don't have a land path to, and the cost of remaining goods would likely rise sharply, as land transport is more expensive and less efficient than shipping via waterways. Even locally produced goods may cease to be available if they relied on imported parts. Global productivity would plummet.

    If cryptocurrency vanished tomorrow literally nothing of value would be lost, the economy would have the exact same productive outputs it had the day before, supply chains would be fine, goods would be plentiful, everything would keep ticking beautifully. Why should having your graphics card solve a bunch of sodukus give you magic internet money? The whole concept is silly on its face, and this silly concept also creates a ton of real world harms.
  14. Agree
    Luscious reacted to tishous in Mine Crypto Before It's Too Late! (SPONSORED)   
    I can't get an expensive GPU beacuse of Crypto mining, unless you mean my GTX 760 I'm using as a temporary GPU... 😐
     
     
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    Luscious got a reaction from Jean-Nicholas in NVIDIA pretends to care about gamers.   
    This is going to be a long rant. I'm gonna take a different approach on this as someone who does F@H as well as gaming. I got involved with the project maybe 5-6 years ago after following it for over a decade earlier and have a rig running 24/7 with four GPU's.
     
    The cards I have are water-cooled 980Ti's. These were priced at $800/each back when I bought them with the air-cooled variants $200-300 less. So when most users dropped $500-600 on a top-of-the-line GPU for their gaming rig I was spending $3200 - that's quite a sizeable investment.
     
    Of course the other reason I justified my purchase was 4-way SLI (still a thing at the time) and 4K performance. Driver choice was critical here, but the version I stuck with showed almost linear performance scaling across 1-2-3-4 cards in more than one game. So the argument for having multiple GPU's in a box had more than one use case.
     
    I should mention that I don't do and have never done mining. All my non-gaming GPU activity goes towards F@H. I should also mention as well that electricity/heating for me is paid for and does not factor into anything.
     
    Here's were things began to get "sour" for me. I can remember almost to the day when the same water-cooled 1080TI variant of the card I had was selling for the same $800... only to spike in price to $1600 just a few months later. That's what the 2018 crypto boom/bust achieved.
     
    Come the 2000 series and the prices for the 2080TI stayed at the $1600 price point. Sure, I could have bought four but my outlay would have been over $6000 - a crazy amount to spend on GPU's. Worse, the Titan V that came out after had a sticker price of $2500... each!!!
     
    The Titan V wasn't a mining or folding card - yet it could do both alongside gaming. The irony is that for a gaming card it was absurdly overpriced, meaning if you bought one, you absolutely raped the thing for whatever it could do.
     
    Now look at the price of a water-cooled 3090 - $1730 for EVGA's XC3 Ultra Hydro copper card. Four of them would set me back almost $7000... and yet I cannot even purchase ONE!!! It has been out of stock since it's announcement and since it's launch and is still out of stock to this day. It is, by the definition of the word, a paper product.
     
    How could a "mining card" possibly help me??? Well I could have just a single 3090 installed for gaming/4K and have three dedicated mining cards doing F@H. That would leave three 3090's on the table for others to enjoy. Similarly if I had a dedicated 4U box set up for F@H I could slap mining cards in those, since that's all they would do, rather than hog a bunch of "gaming" cards.
     
    If nVidia is trying to help the situation, they are THREE YEARS TOO LATE. If something like this would have been done in 2018 we could have seen three important things happen: (1) GPU prices remain at more acceptable prices, (2) a viable new alternative for those passionate about F@H/mining, and (3) more stock left available for gamers. What you see today is what happens when big corporations sit on their asses and let problems like this snowball until they become next to impossible to remedy.
     
    Now I really am concerned how I will upgrade my system if one (or more) of my cards bites the dust, since they are getting close to the end of their lifetime. I cannot get a new card, there;s no way I'll find four identical used ones, and who's to say the 3000 series successor won't suffer a similar fate. AMD and nVidia are in a world of hurt if today's shortages continue.
  16. Funny
    Luscious got a reaction from CalintzJerevinan in Unboxing Counterfeit LTT Merch   
    When your underwear is missing the "cookie slot" LOL
  17. Agree
    Luscious got a reaction from FakeKGB in Unboxing Counterfeit LTT Merch   
    When your underwear is missing the "cookie slot" LOL
  18. Like
    Luscious reacted to Radium_Angel in Unboxing Counterfeit LTT Merch   
    You know you are successful when the knockoffs appear.
  19. Like
    Luscious got a reaction from TheBahrbarian in NVIDIA pretends to care about gamers.   
    This is going to be a long rant. I'm gonna take a different approach on this as someone who does F@H as well as gaming. I got involved with the project maybe 5-6 years ago after following it for over a decade earlier and have a rig running 24/7 with four GPU's.
     
    The cards I have are water-cooled 980Ti's. These were priced at $800/each back when I bought them with the air-cooled variants $200-300 less. So when most users dropped $500-600 on a top-of-the-line GPU for their gaming rig I was spending $3200 - that's quite a sizeable investment.
     
    Of course the other reason I justified my purchase was 4-way SLI (still a thing at the time) and 4K performance. Driver choice was critical here, but the version I stuck with showed almost linear performance scaling across 1-2-3-4 cards in more than one game. So the argument for having multiple GPU's in a box had more than one use case.
     
    I should mention that I don't do and have never done mining. All my non-gaming GPU activity goes towards F@H. I should also mention as well that electricity/heating for me is paid for and does not factor into anything.
     
    Here's were things began to get "sour" for me. I can remember almost to the day when the same water-cooled 1080TI variant of the card I had was selling for the same $800... only to spike in price to $1600 just a few months later. That's what the 2018 crypto boom/bust achieved.
     
    Come the 2000 series and the prices for the 2080TI stayed at the $1600 price point. Sure, I could have bought four but my outlay would have been over $6000 - a crazy amount to spend on GPU's. Worse, the Titan V that came out after had a sticker price of $2500... each!!!
     
    The Titan V wasn't a mining or folding card - yet it could do both alongside gaming. The irony is that for a gaming card it was absurdly overpriced, meaning if you bought one, you absolutely raped the thing for whatever it could do.
     
    Now look at the price of a water-cooled 3090 - $1730 for EVGA's XC3 Ultra Hydro copper card. Four of them would set me back almost $7000... and yet I cannot even purchase ONE!!! It has been out of stock since it's announcement and since it's launch and is still out of stock to this day. It is, by the definition of the word, a paper product.
     
    How could a "mining card" possibly help me??? Well I could have just a single 3090 installed for gaming/4K and have three dedicated mining cards doing F@H. That would leave three 3090's on the table for others to enjoy. Similarly if I had a dedicated 4U box set up for F@H I could slap mining cards in those, since that's all they would do, rather than hog a bunch of "gaming" cards.
     
    If nVidia is trying to help the situation, they are THREE YEARS TOO LATE. If something like this would have been done in 2018 we could have seen three important things happen: (1) GPU prices remain at more acceptable prices, (2) a viable new alternative for those passionate about F@H/mining, and (3) more stock left available for gamers. What you see today is what happens when big corporations sit on their asses and let problems like this snowball until they become next to impossible to remedy.
     
    Now I really am concerned how I will upgrade my system if one (or more) of my cards bites the dust, since they are getting close to the end of their lifetime. I cannot get a new card, there;s no way I'll find four identical used ones, and who's to say the 3000 series successor won't suffer a similar fate. AMD and nVidia are in a world of hurt if today's shortages continue.
  20. Agree
    Luscious reacted to atxcyclist in NVIDIA pretends to care about gamers.   
    As a gamer I just want one single new card every 5-6 years, that's it. I'm not greedy and many others that game have an upgrade cycle similar to my own. If nothing is done, miners being able to justify paying more for cards than gamers will because they're profiting, is eventually going to kill PC gaming. Why would game studios bother making newer and better games when the general gamer cannot get or afford a graphics card?
     
    The only real solution is regulation, and my hope is that large governments make the crypto exchanges illegal and crash the whole system. It's essentially a huge tax evasion and money-laundering scheme anyway, they have justification.
  21. Like
    Luscious got a reaction from Lurick in Reacting to xQc's FAIL PC Build   
    Nothing against him personally, but if people are THIS DUMB then I should have a quadruple PhD and a 80 foot tall 24K gold statue erected in my name for how to put together a PC. That's not saying I've built more PC's than Linus or can churn them out quicker - how fast and how many is not the metric to go by. But there is a fundamental thing you need to get a grasp of that's called following instructions and LEARNING.
     
    I remember my first build, back before many reading this were even born. What did I do when I got stuck? I called the store where I bought it from for troubleshooting and got help over the phone. That PC (a Windows 95 box) ran solid for 6 years with just the occasional upgrade to RAM and storage to keep it relevant.
     
    Fast forward roughly 20 years to 2016 when I built my SECOND system ever. Forget basic. Forget cheap. Forget simple. Now I'm doing custom fabrication, ordering parts from 3 mod shops from around the globe, doing my own wiring all in a case that cannot even be purchased anymore that's powder coated to order requiring full hand assembly and custom water cooled with 5 rads and 30 fans.
     
    Sure, I could have done a build log (I have all the photos) - it would have taken 12 months and 30 pages to complete. You wouldn't have stuck around for that, but the resulting $12,000 masterpiece would surely impress.
     
    So how did I get from noob to wizard??? It's called experience. Not the kind of experience you get from doing something repetitively, but from watching how other people do it and learning along the way. You research the product, check the spec sheet, read the manual and look at reviews. You concentrate on the finer details, the things that matter and watch out for bogus claims. A lot of my knowledge isn't even from PC building, just stuff that I happened to come across along the way while researching IT. It involves investing time - something I can understand if there are people who may not have it. I have a drive and a passion to learn, be it how to attach a certain device or how to use a particular hand tool. Again, you can watch and learn by following others who are doing the same.
     
    I'm not advocating others follow in my footsteps, but there's a lot to be gained by "helping yourself". Something so simple as reading, following instructions and using a bit of common sense and patience can go a LONG way. When you can invest your time in yourself, doing stuff like building a PC becomes SO EASY.
     
    Best of luck to all of you out there building a PC for the first time. It really isn't that difficult. And if you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it.
  22. Agree
    Luscious reacted to just_dave in Fixing Apple's GOOD Engineering   
    I am searching for a good laptop since October and basically all Windows laptops reach more than 50°C on the bottom side under load. I ended up buying the M1 MBA, but for example this other laptop I considered from Acer also heats to dangerous temps:

    I actually bought this laptop and returned it after 4 RMAs:

    As you can see, it also reaches over 50°C
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    Luscious reacted to Tumleren in Fixing My $10,000 Mistake - Whonnock 3 Deployment   
    This video explains it pretty detailed:
    Basically the drives were fast enough h that the CPU couldn't keep up and the drives would time out while waiting for the CPU, causing intermittently slow speeds and crashes in premiere pro 
     
     
  24. Like
    Luscious reacted to AlexTheGreatish in Triple Graphics Card Laptop? Yes. - Asus CES 2021 Laptops   
    We crack it open in our review......
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    Luscious reacted to colonel_mortis in Images not displaying when using FF browser   
    FIrefox 56 is more than 3 years old (September 2017), and has a number of security vulnerabilities. The standard for most websites these days is to support the latest and previous versions of major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Safari), and not to actively support any older; I am slightly more forgiving, but 3 years old is unreasonable. You say it's not broken, but web standards have progressed a lot since then - there have been 3 new javascript standards, and a new CSS standard, as well as a bunch of living standard changes, so sites that are built for today's web will not function correctly for you - LTT may be the first you have encountered, but it will not be the last.
     
    The forum moves forwards, adding new functionality (such as the image lazy loading that seems to be causing the issue here), updating libraries to get new features or security updates, and removing legacy code that is hard to maintain or that adds unnecessary complexity. It is not fair for us to hold back on all of those simply to support an arbitrarily long tail of people who refuse to update their browser - if we don't draw the line at 3 years old, I don't know where we could. You are in a group of <0.5% of the visitors to the forum on really old FF versions, and I suspect that a sizeable chunk of the others in that group are bots that are pretending to be people. Honestly, I'm surprised that it works as well as it does.
     
    Even if I wanted to support this, that change would have to be made by the forum software devs because it is part of the core forum software and not a custom LTT addition, and there is no way that I would be able to convince them that it is worth their effort to support a 3 year old browser.
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