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    An attempt to decipher MDSTool

    If you, like me, found MDSTool hopelessly complex to read, this is an attempt to dicipher it from somebody who knows a thing or two (not everything mind, feel free to correct me). This is an infographic (...in MSPaint) I made from a 9900k perspective fully mitigated and on 1903. Enjoy.
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    [FS][US] You missed the feeding frenzy! (Sale over)

    Yes, this is the rig that TPU used for it's mining articles. Yes it's being retired. As promised, it's being done at 50% of present parts value at newegg.com, to help gamers in need. :) Sadly, the GPUs are not included in this offer. A frog that was most certainly not me ran away with them...
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    Venezuelan Petro appears completely lifeless.

    Interesting article saying that in essence "the petro, at present, doesn’t exist as a functioning currency. " So much for a "backed" crypto doing better, heh...
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    ASRock Z370/Z390 Taichi (and some others, actively modding!) Firmware with Intel Management Engine Disabled

    THIS PROJECT IS PRESENTLY ON HOLD. This is simply 1.80 "Instant Flash" firmware for the Z370 Taichi (and now with help from @Mork_vom_Ork, the Z270 SuperCarrier v2.40) straight from ASRock stock unmodifed (minus some sig checks disabled) other than the Intel Management Engine firmware being...
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    Editorial Confessions of a Crypto Miner: Green(er) Mining

    Welcome back to "Confessions of a Crypto Miner," my column about a crypto miner from 2013 trying to get caught up with the latest standards. I'm presently mining and reporting to you from a dual-GTX 1080 based rig mining zCash. Today, I'm going to talk about saving energy and reducing a miner's...
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    Editorial Confessions of a Crypto Miner: CPU Mining

    Welcome back to "Confessions of a Crypto Miner," my column about a crypto miner from 2013 trying to get caught up with the latest standards. I'm presently mining and reporting to you from a dual-GTX 1080 based rig mining zCash. Today we are going to take a look at mining again - using...
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    Editorial Confessions of a Crypto Miner: Storing Your Coins

    Welcome back to Confessions of a Crypto Miner, my bi-weekly column about a crypto miner from 2013 trying to get caught up with the latest standards. I'm presently mining and reporting to you from a dual-GTX 1080 based rig mining zCash. As requested by many readers, today, we are going to talk...
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    Editorial Confessions of a Crypto Miner: Efficiency

    Welcome back to Confessions of a Crypto Miner… my bi-weekly column about a crypto miner from 2013 trying to get caught up with the latest standards. I'm presently mining and reporting to you from a dual GTX 1080 based rig mining zCash. In the last entry, I got my hardware & software set up...
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    Editorial Confessions of a Crypto Miner: The Setup

    As I have mentioned on the forums here at TechPowerUp a few times, I was an active crypto-miner during one of the most tumultuous times in crypto history: The period between 2013 and 2015. Rather than tell you a long and sad story, I will say just this: I ended up with a net loss by the end of...
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    [FS][US] SOLD

    Yep, you read the title right. It's priced cheap and has an active warranty, so you may be able to get a fully functional board out of it too, but no promises there. I just don't have time to deal with this with a potential job offering coming up. Either way, it works 100% other than fan...
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    [FS][US] SOLD!

    Up for sale today is a personal cell phone of mine. It's been a good friend, but I had an upgrade offer I cannot refuse. In good shape overall, screen is perfect, metal back has some very very minor "pocket grime" (way less bad than it sounds and will surely clean up with a little effort)...
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    An interesting article on bitcoin from a former naysayer:

    It was an interesting read for me. I've often refered to bitcoin as a "dying implementation" of currency, and honestly as a currency it is, but as a security like gold or silver it could have prospects. Fun fact: It was actually designed to emulate a precious metals rarity from day 1. Have a...
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    [FS][US] ALL SOLD

    Up for sale today is are the items in the description. Here are some links to the product pages for the retail products and their MSRPs or store prices: Schiit Asgard 2 Audio Amp: http://www.schiit.com/products/asgard-2 (MSRP $249, asking $125) Schiit Modi Multibit Toslink/USB DAC...
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    My research into AMD's Linux "Performance Marginality" issue:

    I've been doing some behind the scenes research into AMD's so called Linux "Performance Marginality." When I initially began researching this, I had big plans to write an independent research script to attempt to prove the crash can happen in Windows with a program to prove it. Unfortunately...
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    AMD Confirms its Platform Security Processor Code will Remain Closed-Source

    Since the launch of AMD Ryzen, a small piece of hardware that handles basic memory initialization as well as many security functions has been the center of some controversy. Called the Platform Security Processor (the "PSP" for short) it is essentially an arm core with complete access to the...
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    TPU Ryzen BIOS Digest Issue #10

    In this issue of the Ryzen BIOS update digest, we have the latest updates. Our BIOS update digest lets you keep track of crucial BIOS updates that improve stability of your AMD Ryzen machine. As per usual, only updated BIOSes from the last digest are listed. Changes are listed after each BIOS...
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    RMA Fraud on Amazon Targeting AMD Ryzen Buyers

    Amazon inventory of AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors seem to be suffering from RMA fraud, if several reddit reports and a general article from WCCFtech are to be believed. The RMA fraud appears to consist of a scheme in which an unknown party has been buying up quantities of Ryzen 7 or 5...
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    Windows 10 Process-Termination Bug Slows Down Mighty 24-Core System to a Crawl

    So, you work for Google. Awesome, right? Yeah. You know what else is awesome? Your 24-Core, 48-thread Intel build system with 64 GBs of ram and a nice SSD. Life is good man. So, you've done your code work for the day on Chrome, because that's what you do, remember? (Yeah, that's right, it's...
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    AMD Threadripper 1950X 16-core Appears on Geekbench and SiSoft Sandra

    With AMD's Threadripper family just a few weeks away from launch, it appears we are already getting some preliminary benchmark results in via both Geekbench and SiSoft Sandra benchmarks. This latest set of leaks isn't the first bench of the flagship 1950X, but it is the newest and thus should...
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    Editorial On Cryptocoins: I think I know why Satoshi Nakamoto Hides

    To all you out there wondering why you can't get a GPU for gaming at a reasonable rate, or why we are using record numbers in energy usage to mint so called "toy money," depleting our planets energy in the process, I have a bit of a statement to make as a former miner and "part of the problem"...
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    Update on the Intel X299 Platform "VRM Disaster"

    We have some updated information on the X299 Platforms VRM issues from the same overclocker who initially discovered the issue, renowned overclocker der8auer. In an updated YouTube video, der8auer first updated his viewers with new information on his testing techniques, and basically concluded...
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    TPU Ryzen BIOS Digest Issue #9

    In this issue of the Ryzen BIOS update digest, we have the latest updates. Our BIOS update digest lets you keep track of crucial BIOS updates that improve stability of your AMD Ryzen machine. As per usual, only updated BIOSes from the last digest are listed. Changes are listed after each BIOS...
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    Passmark Stats Indicate AMD Gaining Market Share vs Intel Thanks to Ryzen

    It seems AMD finally producing a competitive architecture to Intel may be showing in more than just words, but also in market share, if the recent Passmark benchmark reports are anything to go by. Passmark is a system benchmark used by builders and buyers to gauge a systems overall performance...
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    Intel X299 Platform Called a "VRM Disaster" by Overclocker der8auer

    It would seem Intel's X299 platform is already having some teething issues, with user "der8auer" of overclocking fame claiming the platform is essentially a complete "VRM disaster." In the video in which these claims are made, he levies the blame to both Intel and the motherboard manufacturers...
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    More Ryzen Gaming Performance Patches: ~28% Gain in ROTR on Medium/High Presets

    AMD's Ryzen has been generally well received as a gaming processor, but it has always had a small Achilles Heel in one area; gaming performance. While some may argue the obviously correct statement that it is "good enough" for many situations, it was obviously not up the level of awesome the...
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