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  1. Halon

    FS: SOLD

    PM’d. I’ll offer a premium on that Fury.
  2. Halon

    RX 460 Blown Fuse

    Paging RazorWind
  3. Halon

    WTB: cheap UEFI graphics card

    Alright, I’m closing up the thread. Thanks!
  4. Halon

    WTB: cheap UEFI graphics card

    DaedalusHelios, PM me. That looks good.
  5. Halon

    What’s your go-to GPU stress test?

    Honestly, I just throw BOINC at the card with 100% GPU utilization for a few uninterrupted days. If the cooling holds up and there's no instability after 24 hours, that's probably going to heat the GPU up as much as any synthetic test I could download while contributing useful scientific...
  6. Halon

    WTB: cheap UEFI graphics card

    That price is definitely right. Can you PM me a pic of the card?
  7. Halon

    WTB: cheap UEFI graphics card

    No IGP, it’s a Sandy Bridge EP with eight cores. I’m looking to play with VT-d for two GPUs splitting hardware resources various ways - the chip has 40 PCIe lanes, so I’ve got flexibility.
  8. Halon

    WTB: cheap UEFI graphics card

    Hey all. I’m repurposing a desktop to learn about native hypervisors, and have discovered that no graphics cards in my parts bin have UEFI support. Let me know what relatively modern stuff you have for sale. Thank you.
  9. Halon

    Ugly GPUs

    The Waifu's a little much, and its cooling leaves something to be desired. But I've been on the fence about grabbing a Cute Pet for my media server with a case window to do quick 'n' dirty media transcodes for months now. So hilariously cute.
  10. Halon

    Upgrading from Xeon E3-1245 v3 to ???

    A Haswell quad core chip with SMT only goes so far these days. But I’d still determine where all your idle resources are going - that’s a lot of hardware power being funneled into nothing perceptibly beneficial to you. As for the upgrade recommendation, a 3700x with a be quiet! Dark Rock 4 or...
  11. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    That’s delusional madness, especially when you can buy a new in box Rage Pro in various places for less than a third that price... Why you would unless you had an ancient box that needed *a* graphics card to run is another question.
  12. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    There used to be an outdoor computer sale in Dallas called First Saturday, where local vendors could sell to the public. There was a big truck that came by offering a constellation of vaguely tech-related things, from turntables to game consoles to old PC hardware that looked like it had sat in...
  13. Halon

    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    Once upon a time Pioneer made a pretty wide variety of PC hardware and optical media drives. I'm still running a Pioneer Blu-ray drive in my workstation that's among the fastest I've benchmarked for ripping media. This is kinda neat to see; I just wonder how good a drive it is.
  14. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    At the lower end the pricing's hinky right now because there's a limited supply of RX 5500s, and a lot of Polaris inventory still out in the wild. In another six months things will hopefully look a bit better with the RX 5600 series providing a needed middle ground and the RX 5500 series gaining...
  15. Halon

    Doom Eternal Release Date, Gameplay Details and Everything Else We Know So Far, Spoilers

    Heads up, guys... There's been a half hour of the soundtrack ripped. This is going to be fucking *incredible.*
  16. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    RIVA 128 had teething issues - incomplete blending mode support, polygon gapping, iffy drivers. The 128ZX doubled the framebuffer size and fixed most of its worst problems, but it was still well short of the TNT. Which brings up your next point: how desperately awful AGP was on non-Intel...
  17. Halon

    Doom Eternal Release Date, Gameplay Details and Everything Else We Know So Far, Spoilers

    I wouldn't worry about the PC version. There's not much doubt in my mind that its highest settings are going to give grunty boxes a workout: id's been doing that ever since Wolfenstein 3-D. But given that the XBox One X's effective GPU speed sits right around a Radeon RX 590, a high end GPU...
  18. Halon

    Upgrade 7820x to 10900x?

    You're talking about a 25% nudge in core count and a small increase in default clocks, and it's manufactured on a more mature spin of the same process. It's undeniably a better processor, and it's likely but not guaranteed you could push the silicon harder. That doesn't mean the upgrade path...
  19. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    It was easier to write a subset of OpenGL and optimize it specifically for Quake engine games than it was to create a technically accurate, expansive, proper OpenGL driver for hardware that was still going through plenty of growing pains of its own. Outside of Nvidia I wouldn't say reliable...
  20. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    Unfortunately S3TC didn’t debut until the S3 Savage3D. The Virge went through multiple revisions and late model Virges were around twice as fast as the earliest, but it was like turbocharging a Mercury Topaz. Even the Savage3D was pretty broken - the closest thing S3 had to a successful 3D...
  21. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    Several of the earliest 2D/3D solutions essentially took an existing core and crammed a 3D component into the die space freed up after a process improvement. The Virge was built on the Trio32/64; the ATi Rage series was built on mach64. The earliest accelerators were intended to provide a...
  22. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    Just because I'm old enough to remember these... * Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 was a first gen S3 Virge. I'm not playing it up when I say that you have my sympathies. * Rendition V2200 was a solid Voodoo1-class card with quirky drivers. After Micron bought Rendition, they pretty much mismanaged...
  23. Halon

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    The only graphics card I bought and returned in less than 24 hours was the XGI Volari V5 I snagged at Micro Center around 2005. No working driver support for Windows 2000 despite advertising it on the box, obviously broken 3D with driver cheats, and terrible performance despite those. I love...
  24. Halon

    Intel Demos DG1 GPU at CES

    If the final hardware is in the same performance bracket as a GT 1030, I'd snap one up for my home server in a heartbeat. It's bound to have top shelf Linux support and drop-in QuickSync, which would make my DVD/Blu-ray transcodes a lot faster. What I'm anxious to hear about is the compute...
  25. Halon

    Apple's New Mac Pro Costs $53,000 When You Max Out the Specs

    I threw something down on another forum yesterday, fleshed it out when a friend asked me about it, and will regurgitate it here. Apologies for the length, it's practically a blog entry. You can spec a solid dual socket Epyc for less than what the entry-level Mac Pro costs. It's not even hard -...
  26. Halon

    GTX 1650 Super vs. RX 5500 XT vs. Polaris

    Finding the right third party cooler's always been the trick with AMD. But Navi appears to be turning this around in a big way: if you don't go with the XT variant that pushes the silicon past its ideal point on the efficiency curve, the RX 5700's not far from Turing any more. As much as people...
  27. Halon

    A man walks up to you with a 1080Ti and a 5700XT and says, "Free. Choose one."

    I'd take the RX 5700. It's newer, it's going to have really solid open source drivers in Linux within a few months, it'll eventually have solid OpenCL through ROCm, it uses less power, and for my 1440p60 gaming/streaming stuff in Windows it's just fine. Plus if I want CUDA I'm lucky enough to...
  28. Halon

    FS: 2GB Radeon FirePro V8800 - Now with price drop

    I remember them being fine, but I can't quote a number off the top of my head. Under 70 for sure. Would you like me to test it and get back to you in a few days?
  29. Halon

    FS: 2GB Radeon FirePro V8800 - Now with price drop

    Bump - now with price drop.
  30. Halon

    Intel Core i9-10900K 10-core Processor and Z490 Chipset Arrive April 2020

    Owner of a 7940x here. As you say, it's a tool: buy the one that will do what you need. When the tool stops working for what you do, consider obtaining a new tool. Sometimes people get over-invested in their manufacturer of tools, or feel compelled to extol the virtue of their choice of tool...
  31. Halon

    Intel Core i9-10900K 10-core Processor and Z490 Chipset Arrive April 2020

    "Core i9 Ten Nine Hundred K" for me, in the same way I'd call their LGA2066 flagship the "Ten Nine Hundred Eighty XE."
  32. Halon

    Intel Core i9-10900K 10-core Processor and Z490 Chipset Arrive April 2020

    With a ten core 10900x for LGA2066 and a ten core 10900K for LGA1200, it's good to see Intel's still ignoring the enraged confusion about their product names.
  33. Halon

    FS: 2GB Radeon FirePro V8800 - Now with price drop

    I am selling a 2GB Radeon FirePro V8800. It’s essentially a 2GB Radeon 5870 with slightly lower clocks and a lower TDP. Features four DisplayPort outputs, quiet, and capable. Asking $40 shipped. Thanks for looking!
  34. Halon

    Rare Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.73ghz 2mb EE

    * Latency issues aside quad channel DDR3-1600's only as fast as dual-channel DDR4-3200 * DDR3's cheapness is compelling and the LGA2011 chip supports ECC without a problem, but... * The cooling's insane for the performance delivered, but when Linus Tech Tips did a vid on this CPU (or one like...
  35. Halon

    Rare Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.73ghz 2mb EE

    God, what a ride. And all over a CPU that would get its ass kicked up and down the street by a Core 2 Duo someone's getting rid of for a nuisance fee of $5.
  36. Halon

    Ati Rage Fury Maxx 64Mb Agp (1999)

    I'd just pull the loud fan, snag a comparably sized Molex-powered fan, and gank it onto the heatsink. It's not a posh solution, but if you're running a graphics card old enough to vote, buy pornography and cigarettes, and get wistful about its early childhood, polish isn't really the goal. I...
  37. Halon

    Dark Rock 4 sufficient for a stock 3900x?

    I thought that might be the case, but this is a great place to sanity check. Thank you so much!
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