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    Amptron....

    We were on NT 4.0 and it was used for a workstation running Autodesk Studio. It was an experiment to see if it was viable replacement for the SGI MIPS R10000 workstations that cost a small fortune at the time. The chips were quite large indeed! When we did migrate to all Wintel the Dell...
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    Amptron....

    I remember them for sure. Back in the 90s before the internet came to life for the mainstream folk, they had things like computer shopper magazine and "computer shows" which were like swap meets. I'm on the east coast and one such thing was Market Pro. They hosted these events in ballrooms...
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    Thoughts on Samsung Rapid Mode?

    It's like fancy cache /primo cache. Makes benchmarks (that don't detect it) spectacular but I cannot say for sure it makes it run better, except perhaps certain uncommon scenarios.
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    Intel Buys Off Mac Guy

    I have a Dell 9310 with UHD Touch, 32GB RAM, 11th gen i7, and 2TB 980 Pro SSD. Pretty much the fastest ultrabook out there. I also have an M1 Macbook Pro with 16GB RAM and 2TB SSD. There is simply no comparison, the Macbook Pro wipes the floor on battery life and system "in the pants" feel...
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    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    Already sold out! ;-)
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    Nvidia Purposely Reducing Hash Rate for RTX 3060 GPUs, Creates Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP)

    It was mostly, mostly sarcastic BUT sometimes one has to fight fire with fire. The amount of resources for (abstract resultant) computing is ridiculous. With all the problems in the world those compute cycles could actually be used for something useful. I suppose the same could be said about...
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    Nvidia Purposely Reducing Hash Rate for RTX 3060 GPUs, Creates Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP)

    If there was a way to enforce $9 per kWh for anything that mines it would be dead for sure! ;-) Then, instead of swatting, the scofflaws would just trick said system into charging the target's gaming GPU that it's being used for mining. They get a multi thousand dollar electric bill, can't pay...
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    Rocket Lake Benchmarked by Anandtech - Pleae leave your gaming performance at the door!

    Rocket Lake... Outputs (heat) like a rocket. And needs a Lake to keep it cool as from going up in flames! ;-) 300W is doable on enthusiast boards with no problem but the VRM components are going to run bloody hot without active cooling. Everything's gonna need custom water if all core o/c is...
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    ASUS WRX80E-SAGE Pro

    I figured as much, just don't feel it's worth another $1000 for a CPU with essentially the same performance! I really like the PCI-E options and server NICs. Currently using the ROG Zenith II Alpha and it's a fine board. This would be more tempting if we weren't on the cusp of a new TR release.
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    Anybody here still have a Abit board?

    I remember running 2GB on KG7 RAID. Fully Buffered DDR ram. Took longer to post, not say as long as as a server mind you but noticeable. Had lots of stability issues with that system as a DAW and gaming too. Those were the days! Also had an Iwill MPX2 dual socket A system and that one was a...
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    ASUS WRX80E-SAGE Pro

    Would a standard 3970WX (Non Pro) chip work on this board? I'm thinking no even though the sockets are compatible.
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    ECS motherboards LOL! Might as well be Amptron. ;-)
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    Innovation Cooling Graphite Thermal Pad Works Great

    Don't go by idle temps! Always compare under full loaded conditions.
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    Apple M1

    I like where it's going. The SSD wear is a bit concerning for sure. I have a 16" with 23 cycles and (battery) health is 85%!
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    Are we going to see good Intel processors anymore?

    Real world performance with professional audio and video DSP work. M1 simply slaughters it. Amazing hardware. And it's just the beginning! AMDs mobile would be best choice but still needs a GPU to compete particularly with video encoding tasks. And there is the issue with power (HUGE drop...
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    Are we going to see good Intel processors anymore?

    Not just battery, not even close! The M1 smokes the i7 and i9 as well while using less power. Can edit video with zero fan noise where the Dell's fan screams just during a video call. No contest. Can't wait for future versions with even more cores and memory.
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    Are we going to see good Intel processors anymore?

    Pretty much everything I said above. ;-)
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    Are we going to see good Intel processors anymore?

    Not concerned about that, network is completely scanned before anything touches private subnets. ;-) The users that allow anything to run (scripts) and surrender root creds continuously to allow things to install/update? Well as Forrest Gump says "Stupid is as stupid does"!!!
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    2 TB Samsung 980 Pro Now Available

    I have a 2TB 960 Pro here that was $1300 back in 2017! Just updated its FW and the "magician" shows 1.3TB written. Not even broken in! ;-) The 980 Pro was of little interest to me, a 2TB version maybe. I wonder how it will compare to the Phison E18 PCI-E 4.0 2TB variant which is rumored to be...
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    Who is still heavily using optical media ?

    Still have a copy of CP/M on 8" floppies.
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    Are we going to see good Intel processors anymore?

    I'd like to see a mobile chip that can at least match Apple's M1 now. My M1 Macbook Pro absolutely annihilates my Dell XPS 13 9370. Even more amazing is the Mac suffers no performance drop when running on battery and speaking of battery the runtime is unmatched. (Intel) has a lot of catching up...
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    Windows 95 is 25 Years Old Today!!!

    Haha no, from the Weezer video... :-D
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    Windows 95 is 25 Years Old Today!!!

    Did you try the fish? :-P
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    Pixel 6 XL

    That is true for *any* smart phone brand out there! At any given moment, that plethora of cameras now with excellent low light capability can be operated remotely completely surreptitiously any time day or night! Not to mention the multi mic arrays that can hear a whisper a room away. ;-)
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    Sony GDM-FW900 - NIB

    Sam Goldwasser had a great repair repository (began on usenet in the mid 90s or so), not sure if repairfaq.org is still archived somewhere, there's lots of info. If the old belt is still around it may be possible to get some measurements off it. I have a Denon DCD-1520 CD transport/player from...
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    Sony GDM-FW900 - NIB

    Yes I remember Pro Logic and VHS HiFi. Also capacitance electronic disc movies! Did have a laserdisc (Pioneer) and SharpVision projector. My favorite SVHS deck was a Mitsubishi but I preferred BetaMAX to record and was using them for audio track recordings from my reel to reel decks. Got my...
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    What exactly is the deal with GPUs

    Ethereum mining https://www.cryptocompare.com/mining/calculator/eth?HashingPower=90&HashingUnit=MH%2Fs&PowerConsumption=140&CostPerkWh=0.12&MiningPoolFee=1
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    Sony GDM-FW900 - NIB

    Anyone remember front projection CRT TVs? We had one! Also if you're old enough to remember those you certainly remember Curtis Mathes! :)
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    Windows 95 is 25 Years Old Today!!!

    Good times indeed! :-D
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    Sony GDM-FW900 - NIB

    Excellent monitor for sure particularly when paired with a decent graphics card (best RAMDAC) and high quality BNC cable.
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    The [H]ardforum video card all time power ranking poll nomination thread.

    Those blue heatsinks on ram chips fell off mine! (Prophet II 64MB) Looks like they were glued on with the same stuff they use to affix credit cards to the letter they send them out with! Yikes! I pulled all of them off, cleaned up everything nicely with MEK and used AS epoxy to reattach. No...
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    The [H]ardforum video card all time power ranking poll nomination thread.

    Also 6800GT cards could be flashed with ultra BIOS (clocks) essentially garnering ultra performance from a much cheaper card. Almost like the days of running Celeron 300As at 464 (504 if you got lucky!) which smoked PII 450s at a quarter of the price!
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    The [H]ardforum video card all time power ranking poll nomination thread.

    I thought this one was cool, it was included with the original GeForce 256 in '99. I remember if you clicked like mad (use a double click button on mouse!) on that bubble it would distort like crazy and you'd wind up inside of it. On Pentium III systems it was super choppy when moving around...
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    The [H]ardforum video card all time power ranking poll nomination thread.

    Speaking of T&L anyone remember environmental bump mapping? IIRC Matrox was the first with it in hardware. I miss Matrox, they'd probably be up to J6500 now. ;-)
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    The [H]ardforum video card all time power ranking poll nomination thread.

    I had a 32MB Creative Labs TNT2 Ultra from 1999. A few months later the SDRAM version of GeForce256 came out. Sigh. I bought one but regretted it, near year end got a CL Annihilator Pro which had DDR. Much better. Elsa (remember them?) had their version called Gladiac. Later in 2000 got...
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    The [H]ardforum video card all time power ranking poll nomination thread.

    I remember those Tseng cards! And VLB! Nothing ran flying toasters (After Dark) and cards falling at beating solitaire faster on our Dell 486/33 desktops at work. This was mid 1994 IIRC. RE: Voodoo and Voodoo2...loved the speed of glide but hated the messed up fuzzy text caused by passing...
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    THG: Nvidia Mulls Restarting Cryptomining GPU Production

    All that wasted hardware and energy consumption for abstract. SMH
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    Creative's Sound Blaster Z SE promises an even better audio experience

    Some of us in fact do use sound cards but we call them interfaces. ;-) I've been a MOTU user for 17 years. https://motu.com/products/avb/24ai-24ao Anyone remember early to mid 90s when the MIDI wars were heating up for realistic (or at least more realistic haha) game music? I remember...
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    ebay IBM 6X86MX C4 SAMPLE PROCESSOR

    COAST module (Cache On A Stick) IIRC
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    ebay IBM 6X86MX C4 SAMPLE PROCESSOR

    Amazing how looking back at a 25 year old system...when these were bleeding edge looking at my S100 bus system looked, well, like the socket7 system! All those ribbon cables. Now with nvme and no optical drives systems look bare. At least that board has IDE controllers built in. I remember too...
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