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by washu
Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an SSD?
Replies: 34
Views: 11245

Re: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an S

For any drive over 2 TB you need to use GPT partitioning instead of MBR, but otherwise there is no practical limit.

For storage drive 1 big partition is fine. No point in having to juggle space between two partitions.
by washu
Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an SSD?
Replies: 34
Views: 11245

Re: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an S

I'm running a pretty similar build (FX-8120) and only yesterday I replaced the 3,5" HDD with an SSD, mainly for noise reasons, actually. So now I have two Samsung EVOs, one 250GB as system drive and the 500GB as storage for fotos and games. All I can say is, that working in Lightroom got a huge boo...
by washu
Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an SSD?
Replies: 34
Views: 11245

Re: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an S

One thing I thought was odd was that when Win7 was installing, it did not ask me to "format" my ssd, as it would normally with a magnetic drive. Is that normal? I'm also using Win7 64 for the 1st time as well, migrating from Win XP Pro. This is normal. When presented with an empty drive, Win7 will ...
by washu
Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an SSD?
Replies: 34
Views: 11245

Re: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an S

On the Gigabyte website, there appears to me a AMD SATA AHCI driver, that is not a RAID driver, as near as I can tell. The wording on the site indicates it as a pre install driver, kind of like a RAID driver.... Is this necessary, or do I just change my settings in BIOS, prior to install? It should...
by washu
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an SSD?
Replies: 34
Views: 11245

Re: Help with a new build, Win 7 Pro, w/1st time use of an S

Do I format the SSDs just like a magnetic disc drive? The 500 GB drive is where my OS is going to be. I'm going to use the 256 GB drive for my Photoshop/Lightroom program files, maybe a bit of storage. The 3 TB WD drive will be primarily for backup, storage, and program files for less important pro...
by washu
Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Alternative OS for Sony VAIO P-series
Replies: 2
Views: 20518

Re: Alternative OS for Sony VAIO P-series

Due to the GMA 500 on the VAIO P series Linux is not a good choice. It's not impossible, but the video drivers will be a pain. The proprietary driver has not been updated for recent kernels and the open source ones only have very basic 2D acceleration and no 3D or video decoding. If you go that rout...
by washu
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

. So, it would not seem that there is a clear condition where the newest APU may shine over their older Vishera brothers, even better, in my humble opinion a transition from AM3+ to FM2 should provide an overall improvement close to negligible, if any (again, with reference to an higher powered dis...
by washu
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

AFAIK APU and FX don't count "cores" the same way: do they? APU and FX CPUs both count cores the same but incorrect way. They count 1 module as 2 "cores". The A10-7850K has two modules, so it gets counted as 4 cores. The FX-6300 has 3 modules, and gets counted as 6 cores. The exception is the Kabin...
by washu
Sat May 31, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

At the same time that im intrigued and looking foward to how good will it be, im also a little worried, if its a extremly good overclocker, people could build very cheap setups thinking of popular games that dont require that many cores / threads... like LOL or WOW. This is true, but you can't help...
by washu
Sat May 31, 2014 4:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

Perhaps somehow questionable: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1200?vs=699 - http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/AMD-A10-7850K-Performance-Review-529/#Conclusion Your first link compares only two multi-threaded tests, so of course the chip with more cores does better. Your second link d...
by washu
Fri May 30, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

Assuming that is true with the APU only on the MB is it still true with an APU + dedicated graphics card? Yes, it is even more true if you aren't using the GPU part of the APU. The only advantage an AMD APU has over a similarly priced Intel CPU is the GPU part. If you don't use the built in GPU the...
by washu
Fri May 30, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

Well, I wouldn't call that a "design", a "map", a "feature": rather, either a bug, or sort of a computer implementation of the omnipotence paradox. It's hardly a bug that a app/game attempts to do what is asked of it but runs slowly because the task is demanding. Computer programs should do one of ...
by washu
Thu May 29, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

even if I don't know WoW at all, I refuse to believe that there isn't a contemporary hardware capable of squeezing substantially more than 25fps (something like 32fps would be pretty the same) from a ten years old game. Why would you refuse to believe that? WoW the game engine is 10 years old, but ...
by washu
Thu May 29, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

Unfortunately, OC'ing set aside, there isn't almost anything really faster than a Core i7 for regular desktops: so I won't call such a setup as "CPU limited", but in case I'd call such a game a somehow crappy piece of software. It's precisely the definition of CPU limited. It just doesn't use more ...
by washu
Thu May 29, 2014 6:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboard with DVI that that can 2560x1600?
Replies: 9
Views: 4975

Re: Motherboard with DVI that that can 2560x1600?

Abula: Dual link DVI is not two DVI ports. It is a single port with all 6 TMDS channels enabled instead of 3. While a single link DVI cable is obvious (it is missing pins) you can't tell as single VS dual link DVI port visually.
by washu
Thu May 29, 2014 5:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

Well, but I've also read about people who complain against Core i7 saying it's the limiting factor ... That thread is confirming what CA_Steve is saying. An i7 (or Xeon close equivalent) is only using 30% CPU. That is about 2 1/2 threads worth. The rest of the 5 1/2 threads the i7 could be using is...
by washu
Tue May 27, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

I currently use a FX-6300 on a am3+ MB, what if any FM2+ CPU equals that in performance? Assuming no overclocking, a few of the A10s have higher clocks than the FX-6300 and would thus be slightly faster at tasks that could not use more than 2 threads effectively. Many games do fall into this area, ...
by washu
Tue May 27, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19092

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

darqsyde: The issue is that you don't need an i5 to match A10-7850K in CPU performance. An i5 would destroy any APU CPU wise. A Pentium G3XXX can be had for around $70 CAD, and will outperform the A10-7850K CPU wise in anything that isn't perfectly multi-threaded, such as most games. That leaves eno...
by washu
Fri May 23, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: My energy efficient NAS & general purpose server
Replies: 7
Views: 10903

Re: My energy efficient NAS & general purpose server

Yes, I was thinking the powered USB hub would power the drives, and possibly the Pi itself as well. The issue is not one of power, but of speed and reliability. The USB bus on the Pi is highly broken and cannot even come close to normal USB2 speeds. But presumably a gigabit interface would be most ...
by washu
Fri May 23, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cooling Phenom2 X6
Replies: 14
Views: 4674

Re: Cooling Phenom2 X6

Any idea WHY only some FX series are supported? Like 4100 and not 4300? or 6100 and not 6300? Could I get into trouble if I get a 4130, or 6300? Aren't they just the same with different CPU speed? or there's more to it (the stepping maybe)? The x3xx are Piledriver based while x2xx and x1xx are Bull...
by washu
Thu May 22, 2014 7:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 299000

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

chinesecooler wrote:I am eyeing on the Asrock Q1900DC as well but I wonder how I can power my harddrive without an ATX psu?
The Q1900DC has two sata power headers on the board which supply 12V and 5V for harddrives. It's not clear if the board comes with the cables.
by washu
Tue May 20, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fainless main PC with 3 screens
Replies: 14
Views: 3230

Re: Fainless main PC with 3 screens

The Intel FAQ on triple display actually claims that the only thing that does not work on Haswell is 3 TMDS (DVI or HDMI). So in theory your three monitors will work in a DVI/DVI/VGA, HDMI/HDMI/VGA or DVI/HDMI/VGA configuration as that would only be 2 TMDS. However, I have never tried or seen this w...
by washu
Mon May 19, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fainless main PC with 3 screens
Replies: 14
Views: 3230

Re: Fainless main PC with 3 screens

An i3-4330 is quite a bit faster than a C2D E8400 in raw CPU performance. Passmark for example rates the i3 at ~2.3X the speed of the C2D. It's up to you to decide if that increase is worth it. If your system is running acceptably for your uses then there may be no point in upgrading. In terms of po...
by washu
Sat May 17, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SRT vs SSD as main drive?
Replies: 3
Views: 4930

Re: SRT vs SSD as main drive?

It's not exactly the same as RAID 0 in implementation, but has the same issues with data loss. Obviously if your HDD dies* in SRT mode you lose your data. When Maximized mode is on then writes may only be on the SSD for an extended period of time so if it dies you loose data as well. You can probabl...
by washu
Sat May 17, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SRT vs SSD as main drive?
Replies: 3
Views: 4930

Re: SRT vs SSD as main drive?

Unless you really cannot afford it, it always makes sense to have separate drives and not use SRT. SRT can get you close to SSD speeds, some of the time, but not always. Also, for the most speed boost you want to use SRT in Maximized mode. This effectively makes your SSD and HD a RAID 0 and if eithe...
by washu
Sat May 17, 2014 5:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-Trail vs AM1 (and the winner is...)
Replies: 17
Views: 18112

Re: Bay-Trail vs AM1 (and the winner is...)

The cash-conscious home user in me says: The AM1 platform looks awesome for the price. It looks like a great HTPC option. The sleep-deprived cynical sysadmin in me says: I've seen far to many "enterprise grade" AMD systems perform well below what even their low benchmark scores would indicate. Wait ...
by washu
Wed May 14, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: i still use windows xp on the desktop
Replies: 30
Views: 19090

Re: i still use windows xp on the desktop

I have to question the relevance in the same way everyone else is. The other software you're using may be far more at risk. Windows XP can now be considered mature so even if it is not updated it still may be more secure than a more modern Windows with all of its new bugs. Plus, in terms of softwar...
by washu
Thu May 08, 2014 5:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build Advice Again - Parental Computers
Replies: 10
Views: 2907

Re: Build Advice Again - Parental Computers

These specs are nonsense. Ghz doesn't mean much. A mainstream modern CPU with half the GHz would be much faster at most tasks than one of these old P4s.. To expand on what HFat said, if a P4 10 Ghz existed and scaled linearly it would only be equivalent to a ~2.7 GHz single haswell core. A Celeron ...
by washu
Sun May 04, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: msata ssd in a half sized mini pcie slot?
Replies: 7
Views: 2687

Re: msata ssd in a half sized mini pcie slot?

Msata and mini pcie use the same connector but they are not interchangeable. It would not work.
by washu
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 299000

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

The scenario was partial data loss on one hard drive (as if some part of the disk had been overwritten with garbage), not inconsistency following power loss or something. Garbage rarely has the right checksum. I see what you are saying, but how would part of one disk get overwritten by garbage assu...