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  1. I like full stories so I only watch the short ones.  There's a few 50-episode ones that I've watched, but generally I lose interest in the repetition and filler long before I get that far.  If it doesn't have an ending to tie up and conclude things then it isn't my kind of anime.

    So for me this makes the question impossible to answer.  It is kind of like asking which one book I would like to read for the rest of my life.  I like books, and I do re-read some, but having just one book to read for the rest of my life would basically mean I'd stop reading.  And I don't want to do that.

  2. Been looking at the rumor sites regarding AMD "zen3" CPUs and "RDNA2" GPUs.  I'm not one to freak out over rumors but I'm getting cautiously excited about the GPU side of things now as well.  Things may be about to get as huge a boost on the GPU side as the CPUs market has had recently.  RDNA2 hasn't been released in a PCI card yet by AMD.  I think that may be because it is used in the new playstation and Xbox consoles coming out and there's probably some agreements there to not rain on the console parade by pre-releasing better-performing options for the PC crowd before the consoles get released.  The "RDNA" (RDNA1) on the 5000-series GPUs (5600, 5700XT, etc.) has been better than GCN (Graphics Core Next) on the old RX 400- and 500-series, but not terribly exciting in the greater scheme of things.  I'm kind of wondering now if that/those GPU solutions aren't actually ultimately destined for the /mobile/ market - after fine-tuning and a process upgrade - and RDNA2 (featured in the recent Unreal V PS5 demo) on a 7nm(+) process is the main attraction on the desktop.

    IF - big if - that's the case then a Zen3 CPU and a RDNA2 GPU might be the combo to angle for.  With AMD's recent backtracking about not supporting Zen3 on 300 and 400 series chipset motherboards I have at least a chance of using Zen3 on my current system.  Even if there's issues with Zen3, I've checked and the mb's bios already supports up to a 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X.  That plus a nice GPU upgrade would keep me happy.. for a few minutes anyway.  :)

    The other thing I've been hearing about GPUs is kind of a persistent background noise about the idea of the upcoming cards having huge amounts of persistent storage on them.  The idea would be have a few GB of GDDR6 as usual, but then additionally have a few -hundred- GB of highly parallel flash storage as well backing that on the GFX card itself.  An (essentially) 16x PCI SSD on a GPU card would have insane bandwidth to the rest of the system.  And even faster speeds locally within the GFX card.  Basically within the card it would be like having 4 or more SSDs arranged as a striped array with the GDDR6 acting like a multi-gigabyte quad-channel memory cache for the SSD.  Load times would be measured in seconds at startup, and while playing the game would be almost instantaneous.  Probably not cheap, but I can see how it would work.  I'd really like to see something like that in action on a board with a GPU that can run a demo like that in the PS5/Unreal V demo.

  3. I don't do mornings very well either.  I usually grab a bagel as I go out the door.  In "normal", pre-virus days I had access to the cafeteria at work and sometimes I'd go there and grab a couple pancakes or a bowl of oatmeal or a muffin or something once I got to work but they've shut down the cafeteria - along with the rest of the lab - for the duration.  I've been trying to get up a few minutes early to throw together a real breakfast and a sandwich or something for a bag lunch but ... it is hard.   💤

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  4. 22 minutes ago, Geano said:

    I must have skimmed right over this when reading this topic earlier. I saw this from a few YouTubers I follow. It is quite honestly amazing. Though I am sure you'll agree with me that its not what we'll be seeing out of the gate when these consoles release this year, or next. Though should be awesome once we do start seeing more developers utilize its features.

    The latest I've seen so far on the the PS5 specs say it will be using an AMD 8-core/16-thread "Zen2" CPU running at 3.5Ghz (roughly on par with a Ryzen 7 3700X), a 36-core RDNA2 GPU (no AMD GPUs use this yet), and 16GB GDDR6 RAM.  The console crowd is much better at utilizing all the power available to them too.  PC programmers are lazy and don't optimize nearly as much. :D  I'm thinking it should have the processing power of a current mid-range PC specs-wise.  It could be that the top-tier PS5 games are pretty close to that demo.  At the least it should be as good as an i7 or Ryzen 7 with a decent RTX video card.  The demo itself claims to be a real-time demo running on actual hardware.  I can believe that, especially if they also have a high-speed NVME SSD in there instead of the traditional spinny-disc HD.

    There's also this video.  It is kind of long but there's a bunch of juicy hardware-level info in there..


  5. 1 hour ago, Geano said:

    I see yes thats what I have read to regarding what you've mentioned here. I often watch a lot of videos on YouTube about overclocking for gaming, or content creation performance improvements. Though based on that, and what your saying it seems to be quite a hobbyist type things. I love building computers, and working with hardware. I do hhowever enjoy coding as well as software modding quite a bit as well as web programming. Though I have always enjoyed the logical side of computing. 

    Yes, in terms of tweaking I'm definitely at the hobbyist level.  Professionally I'm a systems engineer with an EE background so I'm perfectly comfortable with messing with this stuff, but it isn't something I really get into.  My last system was an AMD FX-based system so it was similar, but the one before that was an Intel i7 system that was totally locked down.  I was ok with that too.  In fact, even for my current system I got the (at the time) more expensive 2700X processor vs the 2700 because the "X" version ran at 3.7Ghz vs the 3.2 of the non-x and I was looking for the performance without having to fiddle with things.  Even though the 2700 crowd was reporting that with good RAM/motherboard/cooler combos they could overclock their 2700 CPUs to 2700X speeds I'd rather have the pre-binned version certified from the manufacturer.

    Of course I'm happy that AMD has unlocked their chips to enable things like overclocking too because now I have a good part that trounces the competition at the same price AND allows me to tweak things even more to get the most out of my particular setup.  It is good to have options.  :)  If I were really into it the overclocking crowd seems able to get this processor up to 4.2Ghz pretty reliably with this mobo and water cooling like I have.  I'd have to get in there and really tweak the voltages and timings though and that's a tedious process that I'm really not interested in spending the time on.  There's too many demands on my time as it is.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Ohiotaku said:

    Wiseman’s Grandchild

    Yes, that was the other one I was trying to remember.

    Not necessarily looking for another Noukin, just feeling something of the same sort of vibe.  OP main character, group of budding professional adventurers, etc.  Like I said though I've only read the blurb and watched the first 3 eps so far.  Setting things up for my end-of-season binge.  :)

  7. Just gave 8th Son a test run.  Only the first three episodes and just to see if I want to put in on my short list.  Hard to tell since the first two episodes are kind of prequel and the 3rd episode makes it look like the rest will be rather different.  Thinking it might turn into another Noukin?  I'll see.  At any rate it's now on the list for a post-season binge. :)



  8. 3 hours ago, Lelouch said:

    I'm looking forward to the unveiling of the ps5 console 

    Me too.  Well, tbh I'm not a big fan of either MSFT or Sony.  Pretty much all my console and portable experience to date has been Nintendo.  That said, for better or worse the PS5 and xbox are pretty much the entire industry between them, and it is good to see what they're doing.  A huge percentage of game devs are going to be writing games for those two platforms, and that process will inevitably affect everything else, including the phone and PC gamers.  If nothing else it sets a minimum expectation for the PC crowd.

  9. 40 minutes ago, Geano said:

    See I have known how to assemble, and troubleshoot computer hardware among other things for many years though I have to say you seem to know much about twerking which is something I really have a bit less experience with. I just never had a issue running my CPU, or GPU at stock speeds as I am not a hardcore gamer, and the content creation work I do seems not to suffer with stock speeds. I do trend to buy higher end components though.

    If I were to try it on like a play build sometime soon where would you say is good place to start. 

    Keep in mind I have adjusted such settings as memory timings, and CPU clock speed on a basic level, and I know how to configure UEFI, or BIOS from a technical sense. Though I guess I am asking what advantages do you really get in real world from overclocking. 

    I have seen the videos with LTT, BitWit, and others in terms of bench marking though says very little about real world application. 

    Honestly?  Unless you enjoy the process of tweaking itself I'd advise against going too far down that path.  The manufacturers of things like memory and CPUs are pretty good at "binning", or testing their parts to see how well they run at certain speeds.  Parts that test higher are sold as higher-performance parts, and of course at higher-performance prices.  The chances that you will buy a lower-spec part that you can get radically higher performance out of are pretty slim.  Also, doing things like pushing the clock rate higher will have negative results even if you manage significant gains.  Heat output will go up for instance, so you will need to have a better - and more expensive - cooling solution.  Heat will also affect the lifetime of the part(s).  And of course if you push things too far you can get into instability and reliability problems.  If you're the kind of person who just wants your computer to be a reliable platform for email, web, games, etc. then it is best to stick with stock settings.

    That said, you can often get a 10-20% increase in performance without too much trouble.  Manufacturers do bin their parts, but they also leave good margins so that their parts work reliably no matter what system they find themselves running in.  BIOSs these days often have features and settings that allow the owner to fiddle with things to overclock or otherwise improve performance.  Don't expect to be able to get much out of a cost-conscious build created from low-end parts, but if your motherboard has good power and your BIOS gives you the control then you can often tweak things to get better performance out of your system's particular collection of parts without using up all the margin left by the manufacturers.

    For myself I usually spend a little bit more up front to make sure I have as much margin as possible.  Especially for things like power supplies that I can reuse over several builds I think it makes sense to get the one that has higher efficiency, produces more stable power, and gives me more "headroom" to use if I need it.  Even a low-end motherboard + RAM + CPU + stock cooler will work fine at stock speeds, at least if you stick to the well-known brands.  But I'd rather have the one with better VRMs and a BIOS that gives me the option to adjust clock rates, voltages, and RAM timings, even if it is few $$ more.  A button on the motherboard to reset to *your* last known-good settings rather than a jumper to reset to factory-specs is also handy, as is a built-in POST-code display.  I'll also go for the heat sink that's slightly bigger than necessary and maybe an extra case fan or two.  Maybe even a nice water cooler.  Stuff like that.  It'll cost extra, but if you don't go too crazy spending money - or if you can justify the extra expense in terms of enjoying the tweaking process itself - then that's probably fine.  As long as it doesn't break your budget of course.

    Even then I often stick with pretty much stock settings to start with.  I do somewhat enjoy the tweaking process, but I also use my computer for a lot of other things as well.  I prefer a stable platform for those things.  It is only after I've had the system for a while that I start messing with pushing the performance envelope.  Usually what pushes me over the edge is hearing about the next generation's performance.  :)  Then I'll get in there and see if I can get an extra 10 or 20% out of what I've got.  At that point I've usually had a couple/few years of reliable computing on the system anyway.  If I'm already starting to think about upgrading parts, or even getting a whole new system, then pushing the limits of the old parts/system can help me avoid that expense for a while longer.  I never get TOO crazy, but even breaking things typically isn't going to cause much of a problem at that point.  There's a lot less stress in breaking something you were kind of thinking of replacing anyway than letting the magic smoke out of that expensive bit of kit you just bought.  ;)

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  10. On 5/13/2020 at 8:14 PM, Illusion of Terra said:

    @efaardvark Imagine that in full resolution for VR. I'd probably just live in the virtual world then 😂



    Imagine if GPUs get as much development and advances over the next few years as CPUs have over the last couple.  😮 

    Also, did you catch the reference to rendered -audio-?  Imagine caves that sound like caves, virtual amphitheatres that are actually good for VR concerts/shows, and virtual renditions of architecture from all over the world that actually let you participate in the acoustics as well as the visuals.  That's the kind of thing that could be the "killer app" that gets VR out of its niche.


    1 hour ago, Lelouch said:

    No suprise there seeing the lack of support form Sony PlayStation  sad to hear it was cancelled we'll see what happens next 

    I was hoping there would at least be some PS and Xbox console tidbits leaked/announced at E3.  I guess you could call the Unreal Engine V a PS5 announcement of a sort.  Nothing prevents companies from making announcements on their own either.

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  11. Since I have the AiO water cooler in my system I've been wanting to run my CPU mildly overclocked.  The base clock is 3.7GHz but I've seen many, many reports of people getting up to 4.1 without having to do anything more radical than having a good heatsink and telling the BIOS to auto-detect the max safe overclocking frequency.  (This board's BIOS has me spoiled.)  My RAM is rated at 2600Mhz but again I've read online that people were getting it to run reliably at up to 3200Mhz.  The problem has been that I've never run the RAM at its (claimed) max speed with the CPU overclocked as well.  After some quick experimentation immediately post-build I found that I could either OC the processor or the RAM, but not both.  I didn't  have the time to fiddle with it so I just let the BIOS run with the stock speeds.

    However, I had some time on my hands tonight so I decided to try running the memory at the 3200 speed and see how far I could push the CPU before the system became unstable.  Long story short, after "only" about half a dozen BIOS visits it turns out that I just had to back the CPU off to a bit under 4Ghz! (3.98 to be precise.)  Geekbench says my 2700X's single-core performance did drop slightly (from 1100 to 1088) vs a 4.1Ghz max rate, but the multi-core score jumped from 7543 to 8278 with the extra memory bandwidth enabled.  I probably won't even notice the single-core difference, but I'm sure [email protected] will appreciate the ~10% multi-core bump.  I've had [email protected] running for a couple hours now and it seems stable.  No noticeable increase in fan noise either.  I'll let it run overnight.  If the system is still working, stable, and quiet in the morning then I think I'll be sticking with these settings.

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  12. 2 hours ago, Mikeyboy636 said:

    Given that AMD have finally given us some decent competition, don't you think that Intel's offering of the 10 series chips is a little lack luster? As my understanding is they are again based on the 14nm architechture? I know that Intel's main market is not the consumer market, but I personally do not want to be in a position when the roles have reversed and AMD is all we have, competition breeds serious cool results. I just hope AMD can compete in the high end GPU market, the 5700XT was a good offering for the middle but the 2080ti is a beast

    I’m not too worried about AMD stagnating like Intel.  The market was already looking for alternatives before AMD came roaring back.  There’s already ARM versions of both Windows and Linux for instance, and actually some good reasons to believe that x86 is overcooked as a processor architecture.  (Not least of which is the licensing situation, which is another good argument for something like ARM.)  Also, Intel has oodles of money and some very good scientists and engineers.  You might argue that those people have taken a back seat to the beancounters in recent years, but even the beancounters will have to throw resources at the engineering department(s) with AMD taking away market share even on the server side.  Who knows what that will produce?  There’s plenty of reasons for AMD to keep pushing the limits of both price and performance.

    And yes, I’d like to see more competition in the GPU market as well.

  13. Drat.. looks like my X470 chipset motherboard is not going to be compatible with the new "Zen 3" CPUs after all.  The CPU socket is the same, but there's just too many other hardware changes (chipset and CPU wattage increasing, PCIe 4.0, limited room for CPU-specific configuration in the BIOS firmware, etc.) to make practical supporting anything beyond the 3000-series CPUs on my "old" (ca. 2Q2018) motherboard.  Well, if this one gives me another year or two before I max it out that is all I was really hoping for anyway.  CPU tech is changing so fast.  2 years is a couple centuries in computer years.. who knows where we'll be by then?  Threadripper's 64 cores might be The Thing, or maybe something RISCy like ARM.  Maybe Intel will be desperate enough to counter AMD's Ryzens and Threadrippers with something radical they've had gestating in their labs.  We'll see.

    For now I'll just go scope out some X570 and TRX40 motherboards and ponder potential future use cases and price points.  I hear DDR5 is a definite maybe for the X670 chipset mobos coming out at the end of the year too, though that would probably require a new CPU socket as well..... Hard to keep up.  🙀

    On 5/8/2020 at 7:32 PM, ArchieKun said:

    Oh yah I know right FireWire certainly stuck around for some time. I am glad we have true gigabit LAN as our base standard now though, and soon we'll start tto see 10gb  networking in the home in a few years. 

    If price is no limit then motherboards with 10Gb ethernet are already here from places like MSI and Gigabyte, even for the X570/Ryzen (i.e. high-end home) market.  Still in the "if you have to ask you don't want to know" price range, but this being electronics I'm sure that will come down over time.  We've already got 10Gb USB on the most recent motherboards too.

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