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  1. The Von Matrices

    DigiTimes: DDR3 Prices to Soar 40-50% in 2021

    My business still uses a bunch of E5-2600 v2 (Ivy Bridge) servers primarily because we need large amounts of memory and second-hand DDR3 server memory is about half the price of second-hand DDR4. My experience is the same. Thus the reason I have no problem using second-hand DIMMs. I've had to...
  2. The Von Matrices

    It's a Scalping Christmas: Scalpers of Latest Games Consoles, PC Hardware Rake In ~$39 million

    Why don't manufacturers just set the MSRP higher and take out all the incentive for scalpers?
  3. The Von Matrices

    ASRock Rack Brings AMD EPYC CPUs to "Deep" Mini-ITX Form Factor

    If you need that many PCIe lanes for devices, then you're going to need a big case to hold those devices. At that point, does the motherboard need to be mITX?
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    ASRock Rack Brings AMD EPYC CPUs to "Deep" Mini-ITX Form Factor

    I don't quite understand the market for this product. If you need an EPYC, then why would you use it on a board that can't use most of its features due to limited PCB space?
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    TSMC Witnesses 28 nm Process Demand Soar

    From what I remember, 28nm had the cheapest cost per transistor (smaller processes have become more expensive per transistor), so you would want to use 28nm if you're not power or performance constrained. Is that still the situation?
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    Intel Confirms Rocket Lake-S Features Cypress Cove with Double-Digit IPC Increase

    I noticed that too. This may cause a marketing problem. Uninformed consumers will buy the older 10-core CPU over a newer 8-core CPU just because of the bigger number of cores.
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    NVIDIA Could Launch GeForce RTX 3080 20GB and RTX 3070 16GB in December

    I wonder if memory speeds will be the same on the 16 and 20 GB cards or if the bus will have to be slower because of the additional chips.
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    NVIDIA Responds to Criticism Surrounding the RTX 3080 Launch

    This happens every time, whether it's graphics cards, CPUs, or video game consoles. Why don't manufacturers just follow the rules of economics? If demand is greater than supply, then demand the highest price the market will bear while still selling out the limited supply, then lower the price...
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 PCI-Express Scaling

    That's not quite what I was referring to. I'm talking about PCIe 3.0 x8 vs PCIe 3.0 x16. When you go to PCIe 4.0, the difference between x8 and x16 is negligible. But most people with Intel platforms just run the GPU at PCIe 3.0 x16 and don't worry about the SSD's bandwidth on the PCH. I'm...
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 PCI-Express Scaling

    So that leaves me with a conundrum. I have an Intel desktop platform with only 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Do I run the GPU at x8 and put my SSD on the remaining CPU lanes or do I run the GPU at x16 and put the SSD on the slower PCH lanes? It's not a simple answer if the GPU is reading diectly from...
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    Innodisk Unveils Fire Shield SSD Capable of Withstanding 800°C Direct Flames

    Ironically, I bet that the SSD controller easily overheats due to all the insulation.
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    Antec P101 Silent

    I think that any case being sold in 2019 should get a reduction in score for not having a USB-C port. Many new mid range and high end motherboards now have USB-C headers but these cases give us no way to use them. Also, while it isn't a deal breaker today, I expect to use a case for 5-10...
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    AMD Confirms Ryzen 3000 "Matisse" Features Soldered IHS

    If this is true and solder is being used on all dice, I seriously wonder how AMD can ensure lonegvity of the CPU. One of the reasons for using thermal grease is that it doesn't suffer from cracking through heat cycling. For one die it's manageable, but when you have three (or even 9 in EPYC)...
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    Toshiba Develops New Bridge Chip Using PAM 4 to Boost SSD Speed and Capacity

    That's basically FB-DIMM, and that failed due to high power consumption and latency. I'd be curious to see how much power this bridge chip consumes because I doubt it will be efficient.
  15. The Von Matrices

    JOLED Announces OLED Panels for PC Monitors, Expected to Hit the Market in 2019

    I am happy that some company is taking up the cause of OLED PC displays. I specifically bought my Alienware 13 R3 laptop for its OLED screen, and I still have yet to find a display with better image quality. Usually you get used to the PC monitors you own and they no longer look special after...
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    Broken GTX 980

    Which slot on the motherboard did you plug the card into? GPU-Z is reading PCIe 2.0 x4, leading me to believe the card is in the lowest PCIe slot, which is connected to the PCH and could cause problems. The card should be inserted into the top slot, which is PCIe 3.0 x16 and connected directly...
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    Intel Core i7-9700K Overclocked to 5.5 GHz on Water, Cinebenched

    The chip's turbo speed is 4.9GHz, so if it's like other Intel CPUs I've used, you can just set the all-core turbo multiplier 49 and it will work flawlessly at stock turbo voltage. An additional 100MHz shouldn't be that hard to achieve.
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    GlobalFoundries Puts its 7 nm Program on Hold Indefinitely

    GF basically stated that they do not have the facilities to produce enough wafers to amortize the cost of 7nm R&D before it is obsolete. They're just too small of a company to afford that research. Companies like Intel and Samsung with more fabs and more production capacity can afford to spend...
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    Google To Ban Crypto-Related Advertisements

    I agree. A blanket ban is arbitrary and excessive. I have no problem with filtering scams and frauds, but don't use a blanket ban and don't limit the filtering to cryptocurrencies.
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    Crucial 128 GB DDR4 LRDIMM Server Memory Now Available

    Got a spare $500000 for an 8-processor, 224C/448T, 12TB memory server? I wonder if there is even a single user who will ever buy such a system.
  21. The Von Matrices

    Intel Core i9-7900X 3.3 GHz

    Is that a bug in CPU-Z or did you disable two of the cores when overclocking?
  22. The Von Matrices

    Crucial 128 GB DDR4 LRDIMM Server Memory Now Available

    Still seems like a bargain compared to the $13k MSRP of the flagship Xeon.
  23. The Von Matrices

    HDMI 2.1 Specification Sets New Resolution Standard

    I've had a different experience with HDMI 2.0. I tried six different cables, all '4K certified', and only one of them was able to transmit the full 18gb/s HDMI 2.0 over the 7m between my media PC and TV. (props to Blue Jeans Cable for being the only good one). So while I agree that the bullet...
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    Samsung Electronics to Increase its DRAM Output

    My experience has shown that's it's always a good decision to max out your PC with the highest capacity "obsolete" memory modules just as a new memory technology is coming out. The price of the previous generation memory just keeps appreciating as the supply dries up but people are still doing...
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    7th Gen Core "Kaby Lake" Won't Work on 300-series Chipset Motherboards

    We would be hearing the exact same complaints if there was a new socket incompatible with older processors. Every 2 generations, Intel makes the socket electrically incompatible with older CPU; that's nothing new. This time, they just aren't changing the number of pins, but that hardly makes a...
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