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    jscho got a reaction from TopHatProductions115 in Help Building an 8x Intel Xeon E7-8870 SuperServer   
    Aren't these CPUs generally geared towards virtualization? Actual 'server' use cases? Not so much number crunching and rendering?
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    jscho got a reaction from GOTSpectrum in Network layout showoff   
    Internet ---> Modem/Router (ISP Issued) --> Powerline --> Me.


    8/1Mbit/s connection, and that's on a good day. I usually get less than 2Mbit/s down.
    Australians have it good, yo!
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    jscho got a reaction from looney in LTT Storage Rankings   
    Yayyyy, I can finally join the ranks!
     
    Hardware
    SERVER 1: IBM x3650 M2
    DISK ENCLOSURE: Dell MD1000
    CPU: (2x) Intel Xeon L5630
    RAM: 96GB ECC DDR3L (6 x 16GB)
    RAID CARD 1: HP H221 HBA
    HDD 1: 2x 300GB 10k SAS - IBM branded
    HDD 2: 14x 1TB SAS - Dell Barracuda ES.2 (Seagate rebrand)
     
    Software and Configuration:
    The IBM server is running VMware ESXi 6.0, and I have FreeNAS 9.10 running in a VM. The boot drive is
    a virtual disk, but the FreeNAS VM has a PCIe passed-through HP H221 HBA (LSI 9207-8E rebrand),
    which is then connected to the Dell MD1000 chassis. For those wondering if FreeNAS is able to be
    virtualised; if used in this kind of fashion, then yeah totally! There has been many discussions of whether
    or not virtualised FreeNAS is recommended, but that's only because people do it wrong. ZFS needs
    hardware access to the drives (hence why people use 'IT mode' RAID cards, otherwise known as HBAs,
    or host bus adapters) and with used with PCIe passthrough, FreeNAS doesn't know the difference!
     
    Anywho, to the storage details  I have the disks split into two arrays, one RAIDZ2 array of 10 1TB
    drives, then another 4 1TB drives in a RAID10.
     
    Usage:
    The RAIDZ2 array is to be a general purpose NAS. Media, documents and whatever is stored there.
    The RAID10 is a dedicated NFS storage array for my hypervisors. I have other servers with various
    different hypervisors that are going to use it for shared storage. 
     
    Backup:
    No backup solution as of yet. Most of us Aussies don't have the luxury of fast connections for mass cloud
    backup, so I'm likely leaning toward an LTO-4 tape backup solution for now since it's getting so cheap.
    Cloud for important stuff like documents and photos should be fine though.
     
    Additional info:
    I did have a 15th drive in the arrray as a hotspare for the RAIDZ2, but I had a RAID10 disk failure literally
    this week. So I used the hotspare to replace the failed drive, hence the one empty drive bay in the photo.
    The whole setup is pretty much brand new. I haven't started loading all of my media to it just yet. My
    datahoarding days have only just begun
     
    Photos:
     

     
     

    Ignore the Dell C6100 in the middle, it's not a NAS  It's a pretty neat piece of kit though! The hypervisors
    installed on it's nodes are what I plan on using the NFS RAID10 for.
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    jscho got a reaction from SansVarnic in Post Custom Desktop   
    I hate this new 2MB download limit It's compressed a little bit (okay, maybe a fair bit). But here's my desktop.
     

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    jscho got a reaction from Mattias Edeslatt in LTT Storage Rankings   
    Yaaaayyy +1 to Synology Support :lol:
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    jscho reacted to LinusTech in I think LTT makes up a majority of Vessel views...   
    IT's late and I'm both hungry and tired from shooting Scrapyard Wars (which by the way is an LTT series and will be airing ad-supported on YouTube very soon for your viewing pleasure).
     
    But there are a few points to address and you've already been patient enough.
     
    I said LMG content would always be free. This was poor wording on my part. There has always been content produced by me and my team that was not necessarily available on a free platform like YouTube.
     
    These "The Boost" videos that we make on contract as a sales training resource for Intel, for example:
     
     
     
    In much the same way, Vessel has contracted LMG the production company to create an original series for their platform. They bankrolled the whole thing, giving us an opportunity to make something that otherwise would have been too costly, and per the licensing agreement they own the right to exploit this content. It's their show until such time as they decide it's not anymore.
     
    We played more of a "production company" role in this than we're accustomed to.
     
    This could, and SHOULD have been communicated better, and for that I'm sorry. The community should have heard about this from us FIRST, and not from a random email newsletter, but I've been (and so has the whole team) absolutely busting ass to not only get Nerd Sports produced, but also make sure that we're keeping up with everything else that we've got going on including not having missed a single day of LTT uploads for something like 5 years..
     
    With that said, quantity isn't everything, and I've noticed that not everyone has appreciated the LTT content as much as usual lately, but it's hard for me to tell if that's because they don't like our new direction (fewer reviews, and more exploratory or experimental videos) or if they just saw a video or two they didn't like and raised hell in the comment section - it wouldn't be the first time.. And I will say, too, that honestly if a couple of the videos felt rushed then it's probably because they were.. HOWEVER, the primary reason for the rushed videos was  the entire week we're taking off this week to film Scrapyard Wars Season 4, which will be premiering on Vessel sometime in the next few weeks or so, followed by a release on YouTube 1 week later, which is the standard agreement for OUR content that is paid for by LMG or our sponsors.
     
    Nerd Sports was shot 40% during evenings and weekends with employees taking time in lieu later on when we hire some more staff or when things slow down a little. We were careful to avoid disrupting any of our other commitments because imo you guys deserve the best we can deliver.
     
    Which is another point that was brought up in this thread - "How will LMG keep its commitment to maintain the pace and quality of the other content if they're making Nerd Sports or other contractual content?"
     
    We couldn't. We're hiring.
     
    I've never shied away from investing in more staff or better equipment or a better facility to make sure that we're doing our best for ourselves, each other, our sponsors and our viewers. If we play our cards right, absolutely everyone wins.
     
    Nerd Sports has been a fantastic learning experience for us, and whether we continue the series with Vessel, create other completely different web series in the future, or just say "fudge it" and flip burgers from now on, we'll be able to do those things better than we could have without having done this.
     
    So bottom line is this. I screwed up the way I communicated "LMG content", which was meant to be content funded BY Linus Media Group rather than content funded entirely by and licensed to a 3rd party, and I screwed up in a MUCH bigger way the LACK of communication about this project. Sorry guys.
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    jscho got a reaction from mikat in What was your first computer?   
    I honestly can't remember. It was about 14 years ago our family PC was an IBM.
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    jscho reacted to d33g33 in Heavily modified Fractal Define R4 with dual 180mm and 360 radiators   
    Seriously?
     
    For a first post, you're not off to a good start

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    jscho reacted to Stefan1024 in [Finished] The silent cube: Pushing passive cooling to the limit with dual GTX 980 - [Update 21: Liquid Cristal Thermometer]   
    Update 19: Overclock the CPU
     
    So I was curious how far can I push the CPU. As it turned out, overclocking on passive cooling certainly possible.
     
    4.6 GHz @ 1.226V on all cores is rock solid (>3h stress test passed)
     

     
     
    However the power consumptionstarts to increase significantly and for the daily I prefer
     
    4.5 GHz @ 1.172V on all cores. This setting has also passed >3 hours in stress testing.
     

     
    I sacrifice 2.2% in performance, but I save ~12% in power consumption. This is a trade off I I'm very comfortable with.
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    jscho reacted to manikyath in What to do with old PC   
    torture it?
     
    otherwise: home server, a machine to tinker with linux, etc.
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    jscho got a reaction from Bensemus in EK get a water block.......... FOR A QUADRO K6000   
    I like it that EK have done this. There may only be one person in the world who would want to watercool their monster of a GPU. Good on you EK. It may be a bad business move and have cost a fair bit in R&D, but if that small minority wants to, they can. I really like that about EK. They make waterblocks for everything. I don't see how it's a horrible thing to do. There are companies that make LN2 pots for everything, and how many people on this earth have the time (or money for that matter) to do LN2 OCing? But you know, people make that shit.

    I love EK for this. +10 respect
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    jscho got a reaction from rhyseyness in no motherboard splash screen on startup   
    Possibly the GPUs (or PCIe slots) are still initialising at POST.

    Motherboards that support fast boot often skip over the POST checks of some things, say USB ports or PCIe slots to speed up the boot process. Maybe that's why you aren't seeing anything on your screen while the PC is starting up.
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    jscho reacted to alpenwasser in HELIOS - ASSEMBLED 2015-SEP-06 - (Caselabs SMH10 | Black/Copper | EVGA SR-2 )   
    Finally, Progress!
    Yay, it's not dead yet!
    Basically, the build has been stuck on pause for almost two
    years simply because life kept interfering, primarily with
    my finances. I had planned to finally do the copper tubing
    this summer, but then I needed to replace my laptop this
    spring and had some HDD issues in my server, so again the
    funds just weren't there to do the copper loop the way I had
    intended.
    So I decided to switch plans and do it with Norprene for the
    time being. I'll hopefully be alive for a while yet, so at
    some point in some build I should be able to still realise
    the concept I've made for the copper tubing, but for the
    time being, Norprene it is. I didn't really feel like going
    with acrylic since pretty much everyone is doing that these
    days (not that it's bad), plus I quite like the look of
    Norprene and think it fits nicely with the theme of the
    build.
    Also, I finally made some cables for the second GPU (which
    I'd bought last August actually, but couldn't use because I
    didn't have time to make the cables ).
    Anyway, first things first: Got myself some pretty
    affordable silver fittings, painted them in copper.
    Pics!
    Since I needed to deblock my CPUs, took a look at the thermal
    paste imprints:
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    Fittings:
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    Also got myself two active back plates from AC. The second
    GPU is actually a 780, not a Titan (no need for SLI in
    BOINC), so the active cooling is pretty pointless, but I
    went for symmetry. As usual for AC, there's quite a bit of
    steel. Copperised that too.
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    Finally, the current loop layout on the motherboard tray.
    The entire thing as it is here weighs in at a lofty 9.3 kg
    (that's about 20 lbs for the imperialists ).
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    Also, painted the outside of the Raystorm's brackets in copper
    for a bit of added coppery contrast:

    That's it for now. Should have pics of the rig in an
    assembled state in the not too distant future. It might not
    be what I originally envisioned, but I'm very happy to get
    this into a presentable state finally.
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    jscho got a reaction from c0d0ps in Do I need to download drivers for wired 360 controller?   
    It should be plug and play.
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    jscho reacted to looney in Network layout showoff   
    As promised: 
     

     
     

     
     
    Networks:
    LAN: 172.18.0.0/15 SAN: 10.10.10.0/24  VLAN 10 VOIP: 10.90.1.0/24  
    Gateway:
    Ubiquity EdgeRouter ER-8 Pro  
    Switches:
    Arista 7124SX 24 port 10Gbe SFP+ switch Quanta LB4M 48 port 1Gbe 8P8C & 2 port 10Gbe SFP+ switch HP 1810-8Gv2 2x Netgear GS105Tv2 AP's:
    2x Ubiquiti UniFi AP Ubiquiti UniFi outdoor with AMO-2G13 antenna (1.4 meter tall antenna)
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    jscho reacted to gateoo in Project Blood Bath 5960x Triple SLI Titan X 128gb RAM Hard Tube Watercooling *COMPLETE?*   
    Progress Update
     
    This Project has been named Blood Bath
     
    Finally got back from a month long vacation in China, and Asus finally released their 128gb ram compatible BIOS, also all my parts have arrived!
     
    First here are some beautiful boxes lol
    Yea there's four, the one in the back isn't a Superclocked version, bought it on accident oops... (its for sale btw)

     Damn this box is HUGE.

    Nice looking bridge.
     
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    jscho reacted to terrytek in Why do you hate Computers/Robots/Automation..   
    They're the reason manual transmissions in cars are going the way of the dodo. Manual cars should still have a part in cars.
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    jscho reacted to looney in Network layout showoff   
    Planned update, already have the networking hardware, just waiting for a new rack to arrive.
     
     

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    jscho reacted to REX.exe in What's Your Favorite Song Right Now?   
    I suppose you'll NEVER FORGET them
     
    Don't hate me
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    jscho reacted to Volbet in What's Your Favorite Song Right Now?   
    I have listend to a bunch of Solbrud lately, and this is probably their best song

     
    Other than that, I have also listend to a lot of GosT.

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    jscho reacted to TheSLSAMG in [REVIEW] The G910 Orion Spark. Is it any good?   
    (Now with a 3good picture from a T5 Rebel.)

     

     I’ve had an uninteresting/boring past when it comes to keyboards. My first keyboard with my gaming PC was a Microsoft Wireless 800. After that came a Logitech MK320. My first two keyboards then were plastic hunks of wireless membrane junk. There wasn’t really anything wrong with either of them, but they didn’t feel very nice and they didn’t feel like high-quality solutions. So, I wised up. I went around the internet a bit and people were talking about “mechanical keyboards.” I learned about Cherry MX, the most common switch type and the keyboards that carried them. I looked for the best price for what I wanted and I ended up with a Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition. It rocked Cherry MX Blues. While I liked the feel, the build quality and noise let me far down. I used it for about a year, and then found the Logitech G710 Plus. I heard about how Cherry MX Browns were basically quiet MX Blues and how the G710 Plus was one of the best gaming keyboards out there. I wasn’t a fan of the color scheme but I picked one up and fell in love. It felt great.

     

    So, two years down the line I find myself wanting something new. The keyboard market has changed quite a lot now. Cherry’s patent on the MX design expired and companies started making their own, most notably Kailhua (Rosewill RGB80, Razer’s new BlackWidows, Thermaltake’s Poseidon Z, etc.) But they were obviously cheap Cherry ripoffs, feel and all. I wanted something that would still scream quality and be an actual upgrade from the G710+. I was originally set on getting Corsair’s K70 RGB, as the lighting and genuine Cherry switches drew me in. However, considering how much of a hard time my cousin has had with his original keyboard and his replacement, I became skeptical. The software on Corsair’s solution, while having better features than the G910 has some obvious issues and a steep learning curve. There were few other options for RGB keyboards since the RGB80 and BlackWidow Chroma use Kailhua switches. There was one obvious choice left though, and it was from Logitech. The G910 Orion Spark. The appearance is striking, the design leaves questions and the lighting is gorgeous and hassle-free. But it comes at a higher average price point than the Chroma and K70. I feel however that it’s not fair to compare the Orion Spark to the K70, as the obvious omission of macro keys leaves but the K95 RGB for Corsair, which retails at a whopping $189.99 USD (though it can be found for less.) But the G910 has Omron’s new Romer-G switch, how does it stack up to Cherry? Let's dive in and find out.

     

    Build/Design

    It has a fair bit of heft to it. It’s thick, chunky and very nicely built. It uses soft touch plastic nearly everywhere, with gloss black plastic in some key places (like between the wrist rest and the keyboard’s body.) Crumbs and debris may build up in that area over time, but it’s nothing a can of air won’t get rid of. The keycaps have a sharp inward angle to them to keep your fingers in place. They perform their function fairly well, though I’m not a huge fan of the feel. The inconsistency in the design of the keycaps is what really kills it though for me. The WASD, arrow keys and G keys have a line design on them, the rest of the keys do not. Some of the keys have sharp angles, some are rather tame and the Windows keys are convex. It feels like a mishmash of design decisions made by multiple people without taking input.

     

    Lighting/Arx Dock/Arx Companion

    The lighting shines through the keycaps in a very uniform and strong enough manner. The colors are vibrant, however the color wheel in Logitech’s Gaming Software is not entirely accurate. I found that I had to play around with it a lot to get the exact color I wanted, but I was always able to get the color right. Unfortunately, the NUM/CAPS/SCROLL lock lights and the media keys are permanently blue. Disappointing but not a deal breaker. The software is very easy to use, but I would like to see more lighting diversity in the mix (for example, make the colors in the wave mode editable and make a reactive typing mode like Corsair’s with the water pond effect.) Now for the part everyone has been waiting for, the Arx Dock! Kidding, but it’s an interesting add for sure. The Arx companion app for iOS and Android is easy to use and offers some nice features, such as modifying macros and monitoring system temps and usage. It’s a nice addition to an awesome keyboard.

                   

    Ergonomics/Comfort

                    Sorry to bore you guys with everything but the switches, but I see this as an important time to talk about ergonomics. The keycap design is interesting, but a little strange and uncomfortable to use. You will get used to them, but it takes time. That’s not my concern though. The wrist rest design is seemingly inadequate. While writing this review, I had to take a couple of breaks because my right wrist was feeling sore (though I have not yet felt that same soreness again since.) The left wrist is fine due to the large palm mount, but the right wrist isn’t left with much as it’s assumed that the keyboard will be used primarily for gaming. I would have loved to see a uniform design here, though if you’re willing to hack apart a $170 keyboard with a Dremel it can be fixed. That’s not a valid solution though.

     

    Omron's switches

                    Lastly, the switches. Omron, you have really outdone yourselves here. They’re almost perfect to me. They bottom out quickly, which I happen to like a lot. They feel like shallow MX Reds, yet they feel better than an analogy can describe. They’re pretty quiet, they feel great and they’re good for any typist. Too bad the caps are so angled. If the switches were designed to be compatible with MX stems, they would be perfect. The lack of availability of aftermarket caps is another downside then. If you want a highly customizable keyboard, this isn’t the one for you.

     

    Closing

                    To close, I can say this with great certainty. This is the best keyboard I have ever used so far bar none. It’s nicely built out of materials that were well thought out with the end user in mind, the switches feel sublime and the lighting is beautiful. However, the keycaps are awkward to use, the blue LEDs for the media keys is a disappointment and the wrist rest is not the best. I would like to expand my mech collection in the future, hopefully with a KBC Pok3r or a Unicomp Ultra Classic 103-key. Those will wait for another day though. For a numeric score, I decided to use a system similar to JonnyGuru’s PSU ratings, which rate categorically on a scale of 1-10 and average those numbers into a final score. I will also include a list of pros and cons if the review was hard to follow or if you’re making the decision as I speak.



    Pros

    Beautiful design

    Nice, grippy finish on keycaps and chassis

    Vibrant and colorful LEDs

    Amazing switch feel

     

    Cons

    Lighting profiles not as diverse as the competition (could be fixed in an update)

    Wrist rest is inadequate, asymmetrical design does not feel good (major)

    Media keys and locks are blue only (minor)

    Arx Dock is blue (minor)

     

    Value

    It's one of six mechanical keyboards on the market that is this functional in terms of lighting. The Apex M800 RGB costs $200, the K95 RGB costs $180 and the BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma costs $160. Considering the amount that goes into building the switches alone, the typing feel compared to the others and the overall experience, I believe the keyboard is well worth what it costs.

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    jscho got a reaction from Katdeskinner in Underclocking xeon e3-1230 v3   
    Lowering CPU voltage can drastically reduce heat, and if you CPU clock is still stable, performance remains the same.
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    jscho got a reaction from Mixchew in Is Intel screwing us over   
    Intel needs AMD just as much as NVidia needs AMD. If they were the only companies in such a huge market, I'm honestly not sure if things would be better for Intel. Competition is HEALTHY and is a VERY GOOD THING in industries.
    Intel is NOT screwing us over. It's just a business doing their thing, and to be frank, doing it rather well. AMD and Intel are both excellent companies and there was a time when AMD was really kicking Intel in the teeth with their chips. The tables may turn again.
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    jscho got a reaction from DigitalHermit in Is Intel screwing us over   
    Intel needs AMD just as much as NVidia needs AMD. If they were the only companies in such a huge market, I'm honestly not sure if things would be better for Intel. Competition is HEALTHY and is a VERY GOOD THING in industries.
    Intel is NOT screwing us over. It's just a business doing their thing, and to be frank, doing it rather well. AMD and Intel are both excellent companies and there was a time when AMD was really kicking Intel in the teeth with their chips. The tables may turn again.
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