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illegalwater

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    illegalwater reacted to Murasaki in Defunct GPU manufacturer 3DFX have (maybe) announced a comeback on Twitter, more in an announcement this Thursday   
    lmao this is really in tech news; I refuse to believe it as I know whatever was left was eaten up by Nvidia

    louis_shitpost.webm  
    But interally I do want this to be real though...
     
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    illegalwater reacted to alphamachina in Easy Small Form Factor Build? No.   
    I can't believe these companies can sell this sh-t for the price of something like a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X. It's got to be something like 1/16th the amount of production costs, overhead, materials, etc. when compared to a case as chonky and "sophisticated" as that one. So there's literally no reason for it to cost so much, except for the fact that these guys know a bunch of jokers will pay out the butt for $10 (if that) worth of sheet aluminum. That took maybe an hour to stamp 30~ of these cases out of a $275 sheet of 6061 aluminum. And that's not even taking into consideration the pitiful quality control. Yeah, you're all getting fleeced. 
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    illegalwater reacted to Eigenvektor in Did you think the chip shortages were getting better? Think again. Intel confirms WCCF rumour that the entire industry is running out of substrates.   
    I think you answered your own question. Server stuff has a better margin and they are more likely to accept a price hike, so it makes sense to prioritize these customers.
     
    If you lose the business of a few individual consumers, who cares, they'll come back eventually. If you lose business customers who order a large amount of hardware each year, it's a different story.
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    illegalwater reacted to leadeater in Intel Ice Lake Xeon W to Challenge AMD Threadripper With 38 Cores [Update]   
    Xeon-W and Threadripper are both workstation CPUs, you won't find these in the majority of servers since ~80% of the market is dual socket and these do not support that. They are specifically workstation products too, not server.
     
    Intel Ice Lake Xeon Scalable CPUs are already in the market, EPYC 3rd Gen is handily spanking those in performance and also price. There are of course specific workloads that do run better on Intel but overall the absolute mess Intel made of the Xeon lineup when they transitioned to the new naming Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum by segmenting even more features even within the same product line i.e. Gold was so stupid. By stupid I mean Intel had to back track on some of it and introduce new revisions that ended in R that corrected some of the stupid decisions and also significantly cutting the price, the only thing you lost was greater than dual socket support (meh).
     
    Really the only thing that makes Ice Lake even slightly competitive in the market is their existing presence in the market and all the existing platforms and products that use Intel. If Intel isn't able to step up significantly with the next archecture it's going to be a very, very big problem for them. Server market is already on mass moving to AMD but that's a huge mountain to climb, Intel has time but only so much.
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    illegalwater reacted to Downkey in I need HELP with my new house...   
    dam this must be important
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    illegalwater reacted to GabenJr in DON’T buy a new PC for Windows 11!   
    Literally watch the video
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    illegalwater reacted to Spotty in Intel Core Inside - CPU smuggler caught with over $120,000 worth of Intel CPUs   
    Summary
    In a bizarre twist on the ongoing silicon shortage, Hong Kong customs have thwarted attempts to smuggle Intel CPUs with customs officers discovering over 250 10th gen Intel CPUs concealed on the body of a truck driver. The CPUs were secured with plastic cling wrap around his legs and torso.
     

    (Photos: https://www.hkepc.com/20477/價值_80_萬256_粒_1070010900K_綁上身_共檢獲_308_粒_Intel_CPU兩跨境司機走私被捕)
     
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    Makes sense they're smuggling Intel CPUs and not AMD Ryzen CPUs. Having hundreds of PGA CPUs strapped to your body would suck.
    I'm just baffled by this. I actually saw this pop up on another news website and I assumed it was satire making light of the current silicon shortage until I checked and saw other news outlets reporting on it. Are CPUs in such short supply there? Why smuggle them? Is it just to avoid the import taxes/duty or is there more to it?
     
     
    Sources
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/chip-shortage-leads-to-dollar123000-cpu-smuggling-bust-in-hong-kong
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    illegalwater reacted to Master Disaster in Quantum computer on desktop size   
    QCs will likely never be useful in a home even if they do work around the current drawbacks (like size and -200c gas to cool) since the types of task they excel at are not what people need at home.
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    illegalwater reacted to pythonmegapixel in iOS Wi-Fi vulnerability leaves devices without Wi-Fi functionality   
    They better get this patched pretty quick. Now that it's been publicised you know there'll be some troublemakers who will take advantage of it, to the chagrin of any iPhone users in the area.
     
    After all it's not exactly difficult to set up a Wi-Fi network with whatever SSID you like. It's even easier if the network doesn't actually need to work properly.
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    illegalwater reacted to Nystemy in This Product is a Meme - Corsair MP600 Pro Hydro X   
    Coming in really quickly here to inform why there is differences between keeping the Flash warm or cool.

    When one writes to a Flash memory cell, then the device creates a fairly intense electric field across the insulation surrounding the floating gate making up the cell. This forces some electrons to get trapped in or ripped out of the floating cell (depending on what the manufacturer thinks is better, both technically works.) But each time this is done, it adds a bit of damage to the insulation, making it less good at stopping current from flowing through it.

    The Flash cell is in effect just a fancy low leakage capacitor. And the faster the charge leaks out from it, the faster it forgets. (And for DLC ("MLC"), TLC, and QLC cells, it forgets even faster due to the smaller charge differences it has to deal with from the get go.)
     
    But how does operating temperature play a part in this?
    Well, the insulation simply has higher leakage when warm, and doesn't need to break down as hard when that current is forced through it.
    But likewise, the warm temperature has the deficit that the insulation also leaks more current, so the cells forgets faster.
     
    In short.
    If you want to put the drive on a shelf for 10 years, then keep it cool.
    If you want to use it as a scratch disk for a storage/computing server, then keep it warm.
    And if you use it as something in-between these two extremes, then it is a bit more of a mix...

    Edit:
    I should also probably mention that Flash memory manufacturers are working on solutions on "partly" solving this whole debate by just integrating heaters in the Flash array itself, that rapidly (as in ms, for writes it doesn't matter, and reading then this whole thing isn't even important...) heat up the local area (talking areas in the tens of µm2 here.)  to well above 80C that makes the cell happily be written to with minimal wear. And since the amount of heat put in is actually fairly tiny, it quickly spread out and doesn't really add much to the overall operating temperature. And one can then put more actual heatsinks on the flash chips without worrying about this whole debate. But this is currently in patent hell....
     
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    illegalwater reacted to StDragon in Driver including rootkit malware signed by Microsoft   
    The fact it was signed is the bigger issue here. What else was signed that shouldn't have been?!
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    illegalwater reacted to GDRRiley in Dude! You're getting pwned! [Dell remote exploit security issues]   
    its an old joke, on the dude you're getting a dell
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    illegalwater reacted to DrMacintosh in Microsoft makes TPM issue worse: TPM 1.2 is actually NOT acceptable   
    Why the hell is this announcement so convoluted? The PC Health Check tool will tell you you can't run Windows 11 without telling you why. In order to enable TPM users have had to dig around in their BIOS to see if their CPU can do the TPM functionality or see if their motherboards have a TPM module/header. If their CPUs don't have that ability ppl now have to buy scalped TPM modules or buy new computers just to run Windows 11. 
     
    Microsoft claimed that the majority of computers will be able to run Windows 11, but with the ever changing TPM requirements.....not looking like that's going to be true. 
     
      
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    illegalwater reacted to wkdpaul in TPMpocalypse; Microsoft singlehandedly destroys the TPM market   
    Not sure I understand the craze ; Windows 11 isn't necessary for the moment and if you really need Windows 11, wait until it's out, by that time you might get an upgrade that make your computer compatible, and if not, just wait it out and see if it's really worth it or not since Windows 10 is still supported until 2025 !!!
     
    This is similar to the TP or fuel hoarding ... panic buying is dumb.
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    illegalwater reacted to leadeater in AMD adds FSR driver support, discontinues support on older GPUs/OSes   
    Yep that is the problem, you get those yoyo time lengths of support and optimization as when current cards are using 2 generation old archecture you as in this example a 2 generation old high(er) model GPU owner get those benefits. However if AMD then needs to make a hard cut they are left with the tough choice of either product generation or archecture generation, the second being highly complicated to actually communicate through to consumers who generally don't understand that area well.
     
    I think RX 500 only got chosen as the demark point of the last product generation like this that used multiple GCN and AMD is essentially cutting ties with GCN soon, this is it for GCN soon it'll be entirely legacy just like TeraScale is.
     
    Not saying we should or are blaming consumers for this but with the way AMD does/did things they dug them self quite a deep hole with no good way of getting out.
     
    At the very least everything after RX 500 all used singular architecture generations in the products, like Nvidia. Vega only used GCN 5, RX 5000 only used RDNA 1, RX 6000 only used RDNA 2. Just please AMD keep doing it this way, for everyone's sake.
     
    Edit:
    It's a little crazy that RX 500 generation actually used GCN 1.0 in a product which is 9 years old (5 years at the time), the RX 520. Like come on, really? Nobody saw that being a problem?
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    illegalwater reacted to LAwLz in AMD adds FSR driver support, discontinues support on older GPUs/OSes   
    Why do you feel like it is hypocrisy to ask for both long driver support and good drivers? Especially when you don't have to choose if you go with the competitor.
     
    Imagine if people had the same attitude towards Intel.
    "It's hypocritical to compare Intel to AMD and want Intel to match them in both performance and power consumption! You can't have it both ways. Pick one. High performance or low power consumption?"
    The obvious response to that is "then I'll just not buy an Intel CPU".
     
    Same thing applies here. If AMD has to choose between supporting their old products or develop new features then that gives me less incentive to buy from them when Nvidia are capable of doing both.
     
     
    I totally get that, but I don't think consumers should be burden with knowing that GCN 3.0 will probably get far shorter support than GCN 4.0 because GCN 3.0 is very similar to GCN 1.0, and we can't expect AMD to keep supporting that forever.
    It becomes messy really fast if we are going to start blaming consumers for not knowing how similar or dissimilar GCN 1.0 is compared to GCN 3.0 or 4.0.
     
    The technical reason for why GCN 3.0 is dropped at the same time as GCN 1.0 is pretty obvious (at least to those up to date with GPU architectures), but that doesn't make the situation any better.
     
    The device tree in the Galaxy S21 being similar to the device tree in the S10 would not exactly make everyone forgive Samsung if they decided to not release any more updates for the S10, S20 or S21 starting tomorrow. People would still be pissed that their S21 that they recently bought was no longer supported. Pointing to the S10 and going "but the S10 was supported for quite a long time!" does not matter to S21 owners.
    Likewise, GCN 1.0 owners getting long support does not matter to GCN 3.0 owners.
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    illegalwater reacted to Stahlmann in AMD Announces Fidelity FX Super Resolution, their competitor to nvidia DLSS   
    After the reviews the basic takeaway is this:
     
    At 4K it is very effective in retaining image quality and granting a performance uplift between 30-40% when using "Ultra Quality" or "Quality".
    Anything lower will look too bad to use.
     
    At 1440p you can use "Ultra Quality" for a roughly 20-30% performance uplift and a minimal hit to picture quality.
    Anything lower will look too bad to use.
     
    At 1080p, don't use it. Everything below native will look noticeably worse and isn't recommended.
     
    It's very effective at 4K compared to DLSS, but at 1440p and 1080p DLSS can do a much better job at retaining image quality.
     
    (This is basically the information i gathered from the Videos on Hardware Unboxed and Gamers Nexus so far.)
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    illegalwater got a reaction from Craftyawesome in AMD Announces Fidelity FX Super Resolution, their competitor to nvidia DLSS   
    We must have different definitions of the word "impressive"
    It only really "shines" at 4K on the highest quality setting, then proceeds to jump off a cliff. At 1440p it's noticeably worse, and its unusable at 1080p IMO.
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    illegalwater got a reaction from LAwLz in AMD Announces Fidelity FX Super Resolution, their competitor to nvidia DLSS   
    I sure hope it doesn't, because it's very disappointing, and fails even compared to other hardware agnostic solutions like Unreal's TAAU.
     
    I just can't fathom how anyone can look at this and think it's actually impressive. The best case scenario is it running at 4K with a higher internal resolution than DLSS quality and still putting out a worse image. Meanwhile the people that actually need FSR (those running old GPUs at 1080p) aren't benefiting from this at all unless they're really desperate.
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    illegalwater got a reaction from Mel0nMan in The first DDR5 modules for desktop will be available by the end of June   
    TeamGroup will be launching some of the first consumer grade DDR5 modules for desktop later this month, they'll be available at major retailers such as Amazon and Newegg. According to Techpowerup 32GB will cost you $399.
    Interesting how it's launching so early considering that Alder Lake is rumored to launch late October, I'm assuming they're expecting not to sell very many of these for the first few months haha. Anyway it's exciting news, now it's only a matter of time before we get the first reasonably specced DDR5, this 4800MHz CL40 stuff leaves a lot to be desired.
     
    Sources
    https://www.techpowerup.com/283515/team-group-steps-into-the-new-ddr5-era-launches-team-elite-ddr5-dimm
    https://videocardz.com/press-release/teamgroup-launches-its-elite-u-dimm-ddr5-4800-memory
     
     
     
  24. Informative
    illegalwater reacted to MageTank in The first DDR5 modules for desktop will be available by the end of June   
    All DDR5 supports in-chip ECC which means you'll need 3 rowhammer bitflips to bypass ECC. On top of that, they still employ Target Row Refresh techniques from DDR3/DDR4 in conjunction with the newer Refresh Management (RFM) feature exclusive to DDR5. It's unknown if RFM is going to make much of a difference, but the inclusion of in-chip ECC at least makes it less vulnerable to 1-2 bitflips. The average user likely has nothing to worry about when it comes to Rowhammer.
     
    It's important to note that 4800 CL40 is 16.6ns and is considered a JEDEC standard speed. It's not far off from where DDR4's 2133 C15 JEDEC launched (13.12ns). It's also important to keep in mind that DDR5 brings the DIMM-level independent rank design that was first made available on LPDDR4 and GDDR6, meaning you technically have the benefits of rank interleaving on a single DIMM (being able to read from one rank while writing to another). Burst length is also being doubled from 8 to 16 on DDR5 which has many implications. The most notable being an effective doubling of memory bandwidth (being able to send two 32-byte operations in the time DDR4 can deliver one). The other would be the impact the change in burst length has on write recovery. Traditional write recovery follows this formula: CAS Latency - 1 + (Burst Length / 2) + tWTR. The higher CAS and doubling of the burst latency would initially seem like a bad thing for write recovery, but the fact that you can perform a read while still writing on the same banks on your DIMM is a tremendous boon for overall latency & bandwidth efficiency. 
     
    The biggest unknown is whether this bank-based rank interleaving performed on-DIMM will stack with traditional rank interleaving done across different DIMM's on the same channel. I am genuinely excited for DDR5 because even at these slowest speeds, we should see significant gains in overall feel, not counting what we will see when overclockers get their hands on it.
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    illegalwater got a reaction from Tan3l6 in The first DDR5 modules for desktop will be available by the end of June   
    TeamGroup will be launching some of the first consumer grade DDR5 modules for desktop later this month, they'll be available at major retailers such as Amazon and Newegg. According to Techpowerup 32GB will cost you $399.
    Interesting how it's launching so early considering that Alder Lake is rumored to launch late October, I'm assuming they're expecting not to sell very many of these for the first few months haha. Anyway it's exciting news, now it's only a matter of time before we get the first reasonably specced DDR5, this 4800MHz CL40 stuff leaves a lot to be desired.
     
    Sources
    https://www.techpowerup.com/283515/team-group-steps-into-the-new-ddr5-era-launches-team-elite-ddr5-dimm
    https://videocardz.com/press-release/teamgroup-launches-its-elite-u-dimm-ddr5-4800-memory
     
     
     
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