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0V3RKILL responded to Dave James's comment in
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Microsoft’s Windows 10 keylogger, how to get rid and the Creators Update changes afootMicrosoft’s Windows 10 keylogger, how to get rid and the Creators Update changes afoot
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To be fair it's pretty good for people who do know what they're doing. As someone who's constantly ripping out and replacing components, and entire platforms, I'm always hugely impressed how robust Windows 10 is when it comes to just getting on with booting up again and sorting out new drivers without bothering you.


There really is a lot to like about it, however nanny-ish it can sometimes get :)

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of course, anything good for the nOOb pc users is always even better for the hardcore user

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Dave James commented on
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Razer will pay you (in their currency) to play games (if you run their software)Razer will pay you (in their currency) to play games (if you run their software)
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Razer in 2017: “The concept of everyday gamers getting paid to play has never been done by a hardware brand in the gaming industry."

AMD in 2015: "You earn Rewards Points for activities like playing games, participating in the community, and using the Gaming Evolved app to optimize games... Then you can browse the Rewards Store in the AMD Gaming Evolved app and spend points on an ever changing inventory -- free games, hardware, discounts, sweepstakes entries, and much more!"
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Microsoft’s Windows 10 keylogger, how to get rid and the Creators Update changes afootMicrosoft’s Windows 10 keylogger, how to get rid and the Creators Update changes afoot
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I'm probably blind and biased by memory, but WinXP was the peak where controlling my computer was a bit like molding clay, the user had all the control to make something beautiful or make a mess.
Win10 feels like captaining a fairly autonomous ship where most of the crew are lying to me. Nothing really goes wrong, but I don't feel like I'm at all in control.
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Love that analogy!

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Dave James responded to Anakhoresis comment in
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AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review: robust symbol of a resurgent AMD, but still no gaming CPUAMD Ryzen 7 1800X review: robust symbol of a resurgent AMD, but still no gaming CPU
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Honestly, the only real issue seems to be how much AMD advertised it for gaming. It was pretty obvious it wasn't going to be some sort of beast gaming CPU when most games don't even use over 4 cores or threads, and even then generally limit themselves to 2 cores for most functions.

I'm really interested to see if the Ashes of the Singularity developers really can deliver on the claim that there's a lot more in there but the architecture needs to be optimised for.
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Yeah, I think the hype train got away from AMD a little bit. We knew from the initial 40% IPC improvement estimates that it wouldn't surpass Intel in the gaming stakes. But everybody got a bit carried away after seeing the slightly misleading 4K performance numbers.

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Dave James responded to Belimawr comment in
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Seems there might be a jury-rigged 16-core/32-thread Ryzen CPU on its way soonSeems there might be a jury-rigged 16-core/32-thread Ryzen CPU on its way soon
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why would you want to pay for this?

most games cap out on performance on a quad core chip, so for gaming this will offer nothing over the lesser chips. I've never got AMD's obsession with needing to have more cores, if they spent the money on trying to get more cores on core architecture they would be a lot stronger on core to core comparisons instead of often relying on heavily threaded programs and bench tests to outshine the competition.
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At a guess I'd say it's probably a simpler problem working out how to jam more cores onto a die than to get one up to the single-threaded throughput of Intel's.


AMD are operating with a tenth of the R&D budget of Intel, so I still kinda think the CPU and GPU tech they do put out is seriously impressive in that context.

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Updates blocked for you Windows 7/8.1 OS luddites. Thank your new AMD and Intel CPUsUpdates blocked for you Windows 7/8.1 OS luddites. Thank your new AMD and Intel CPUs
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So they aren't actually supporting Windows 7 and 8 until they say they are and they're trying to find workarounds so they won't actually have to now?
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No, Microsoft said they weren't going to support new CPUs on legacy operating systems and lo, it has come to pass.


Just funny timing with the Ryzen performance differences.

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Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti - availability, specs, pricing and performanceNvidia GTX 1080 Ti - availability, specs, pricing and performance
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That's actually the page for the original GTX 1080, though I hear you, it would be surprising were the Ti version not to use the same.

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GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

GPU Architecture Pascal Maxwell

Frame Buffer 11 GB GDDR5X

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✪ TheCatOfWar responded to Dave James's comment in
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The Ryzen response: Intel have forgotten how to deal with a genuinely competitive AMDThe Ryzen response: Intel have forgotten how to deal with a genuinely competitive AMD
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I hear you, I was there with Bulldozer and R600...


But I'm hoping against hope that this time will be different. The omens at least are better this time around, and so are the early benchmarks. We'll know for sure soon though.

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Yes, but Zen is *very* different to Bulldozer in design and a lot closer to how Intel's architecture works. I made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfZFNR5igtY a while back if you want to know why.

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Darkhog responded to Dave James's comment in
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How to overclock: it's easier than you thinkHow to overclock: it's easier than you think
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As far as I'm aware there is no way to overclock the standard spinning platters of a hard drive. The 10,000RPM Western Digital Raptor drives are the speediest traditional HDD I've seen and even then is a long way behind even old SSDs.


Though Intel were working on storage overclocking that was only for SSDs.


http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/computing-components/storage/computing/pc/intel-demonstrates-experimental-overclocking-of-ssds-1180509


If the bottleneck in your system is the storage your only option is to upgrade to an SSD I'm afraid.


I believe the attrition rate on modern solid state drives though is getting beyond HDDs now and while there is far less space for the cash 250GB SSDs are now quite affordable.

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Heh, maybe. But my case doesn't have enough space for 4 ssd (both in terms of space for SATA SSDs that plug in into the drive bay and in terms of pci-e slots) and I need at least 1tb to be comfortable with all the shit I install/play.

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Darkhog responded to Dave James's comment in
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Intel to unveil their most advanced 10-core CPUs in AugustIntel to unveil their most advanced 10-core CPUs in August
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I reckon they'll stick with the crazy $1,700 for the deca-core Skylake-X chip, but still not really sure what to expect from the smaller, quad-core Kaby Lake-X CPUs.

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Well, it's really not that crazy considering the power. Wonder how well it will be supported by the mobo vendors, so you can save on that.

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