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#1200442 Woo! Star trek Discovery! (spoilers, probably)

Posted by mark84 on 06 March 2018 - 12:09 PM


STD S1 was ok, a little too fast paced imo, a symptom of its binge watch serialized intent. It all kind of merges into one mass in my memory. The 2 standalone eps are easy to seperate out and remember.
I prefer DS9 style structure where the eps are mostly self contained but usually had season/series wide story arcs in them.


Anyone here play Star Trek: Online?

Great for Trekkies. Free to play too. Not too grindy if you just want to do the story arcs.

They're about to introduce the ability to get your in game kit bashed ships 3D printed.

#1200067 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by mark84 on 21 February 2018 - 03:02 PM

GTX 1060 3GB should be something to aim for.

With Windows mining now not fitting into 3GB these should start popping up on ebay etc. Retail prices should drop too.


Is 1TB SSD necessary?

If keeping the HDD in the system for cold storage, save some dosh and go with a 500GB unit and put the savings towards better GPU like the GTX 1060 3GB (and still have money left over). Which for gaming is ultimately your primary choke point.


You could spend years waiting for the mining boom to finish, who knows.

As is always the case with PC upgrades, buy the best with what you can afford now. You can spend eternity waiting for the next best/cheaper thing.

#1199185 Trinity International Computer systems

Posted by mark84 on 16 January 2018 - 05:20 AM

Do you write for Atomic PC Authority?

Sorry for late reply. Don't come here as often as I used to.


Yes. Have been freelancing for PCTA for a bit over a year now. :)

#1198229 Trinity International Computer systems

Posted by mark84 on 06 December 2017 - 11:13 AM

As the chap that's doing those reviews, and having previously recieved a couple of systems from them for full reviews in the past, they seem like an outfit that builds solid systems.


They're usually one of if not the first places to offer new parts out in the market in their prebuilt systems.


They're well put together and often come pre-overclocked for you. How many other places do that?

Good prices, and shipping was pretty quick too.

I think they're a smaller operation than other places, but that might work to their advantage, their turn around times for a system build is very quick. The bigger places you'll go into a queue. But that could simply be because they prioritised the build for magazine review. Who knows.


So while I haven't spent any of my own money with them, if I didn't build my own systems I would be considering their systems when buying.

#1193911 Star Citizen / Squadrdon 42 - a real PC game

Posted by mark84 on 01 August 2017 - 11:54 AM

Wait for the Alpha 3.0 release. Coming soon.

It'll be worth it.


Personally I'm waiting for the new delta patcher before I bother trying it again. Not going to waste my time downloading gigs unecessarily.

#1192910 What type of gamer are you? (Research Study)

Posted by mark84 on 29 June 2017 - 02:45 PM

Reclusive Tactician



Immersion Engineer



Are what I got. Spot on really.

What did you get?

#1188848 What car do you drive?

Posted by mark84 on 18 February 2017 - 11:33 PM




Had it for about a month now. Just about at the end of the engine run in period.

Sooo much fun even at half revs!


In true atomic fashion I plan to "overclock" it.

I have a secondary ECU ready to put in it at some stage which will raise the engine output to 316KW, 582nm and 430hp.


Dream car would be a McLaren, but just that, a dream.

Next car after this, I'm hoping some kind of EV car, hopefully EVs will be more common by then.

#1184245 Atomic 3DMark & Game Benchmark Rankings

Posted by mark84 on 19 October 2016 - 02:31 AM

Been a while since I've been around these parts. Hope you all don't mind a bit of a mic drop :)

23407 mark84 6850K@4.3 - 3200c16 - Titan X (Pascal) 2,063(+225)/5760(+750) Air

9768 mark84 6850K@4.3 - 3200c16 - Titan X (Pascal) 2,063(+225)/5760(+750) Air



CPU isn't maxed  for this, just where my daily OC has settled. Voltage requirements go crazy high for the next 100MHz so it's not much of an overclocker.

GPU is near max for air, still pondering if water is worth it atm. There's probably a few extra MHz here and there under air but I'm lazy and this is near max.


Also, there should be an achievement for getting "better than 99% of all results" :p

#1157118 AMD Rumors Pirate Island R300 Series

Posted by mark84 on 29 June 2015 - 01:48 PM

So Fury is a little bit of a disappointment, but it's a good start. Maxwell was a huge leap in perf/watt, Fiji/Fury is almost as good a step up too. In fact the only AMD card to be in amongst the GeForces on perf/watt along with the 270X



The Fury Nano should be even better on perf/watt, am keeping a keen eye out for that one. Also the Fury X2 should once again claim the single card performance crown unless Nvidia decides to counter with its own dualy.


To be fair though, the Fury is their first GPU with the new architecture, Maxwell has had a few generations to mature the drivers on now, so hopefully AMD can close the gap driver side.


That being said, bring on 14nm. I'm over all this 28nm stuff, time to move on. 28nm down to 14nm, this could be the biggest jump in transistor counts in history for descrete GPUs. Imagine a Fury with like 12,000 shaders....

#1157117 Atomic Superpi Scores V5

Posted by mark84 on 29 June 2015 - 01:35 PM

Can't wait to see what HBM equipped Zen APUs will achieve. C'mon, you know it's gotta be coming :p

#1148819 Build for the Olds

Posted by mark84 on 14 January 2015 - 04:34 PM

As an out there idea, would a tablet of some kind work instead? If just using "the internet" could be the better tool for the job.


Less chance of things screwing up, more user friendly? If inbuilt camera, removes need for fiddling with cameras and uploading.


Lesser chance of getting nasties too perhaps.


Just a thought.

#1148818 First partner country to pull out of F-35 purchase

Posted by mark84 on 14 January 2015 - 04:24 PM

Very interesting conversation. Good reading.


Ignoring ethical concerns, the most cost effective way to maintain coastal sovereignty would be to use drones.  They would have a persistence of force that regular aircraft can't match due to their human occupants, significantly longer legs than even the F-111, and would be substantially cheaper to purchase and maintain.  You'd lose the ability for supersonic intercepts, but you'd have 70-80% of the tactical effectiveness of the F-111 for our specific user case, for 10-20% of the cost.


This got me thinking about a recent article I read regarding the new Russian T-90 tank vs the US's A1 Abrams.



It brings that 80% effectiveness for 50% of the cost (in this instance) type thinking to the fore. After this whole F-35 this is done, perhaps this type of thinking can prevail.



With quad copter tech and drones in general progressing so fast in the civilian space, I could see how drones can and likely will replace manned aircraft down the track. Though that'd probably bring hacking and electronic warfare even more into play than now, take over the enemies drones remotely!

#1148767 Atomic Superpi Scores V5

Posted by mark84 on 13 January 2015 - 06:51 PM

As a test, ran y-cruncher to 250M decimal places. Something that took MaxxPi in my previous results to do in 4.5 mins.




29 seconds! LOL

#1148764 Atomic Superpi Scores V5

Posted by mark84 on 13 January 2015 - 05:58 PM

Ok OP has been updated with Modz, jdog and my own new results.


After so long I've finally been able to dethrone smakme from 2 of his perches lol. Had to throw 2 extra cores at it to win though :O

Seems MaxxPi spends half it's time multithreading and the last half doing something with just a single thread, so unfortunately it's not as truely multithreaded as I'd hoped and probably why smakme's score is so strong.


Looking at wPrime again as a better alternative, but it seems to be a dead project with no checksum or proof the CPU didn't mess up So that's off the list.

I just came across y-cruncher which looks quite promising. Still in active development, checksum output. I've sent the author an email for some clarification on the checksum bit and a couple of suggestions.


What do you guys think? I think it looks like a worthy MaxxPi replacement. Linux support too.

EDIT: Seems the author might be poke349 over on XS forums.





*also the DL link for the multipi is 404ing on their website.

I've added this link to the OP, this link works


#1148744 Atomic Superpi Scores V5

Posted by mark84 on 13 January 2015 - 02:53 PM

Got me a Haswell-E, figured I better put it through its paces :D


SuperPi 1M - 7.452s



SuperPi 32M - 7m 5.766s



MaxxPi 8M - 1680.1 K/sec



MaxxPi 256M - 974.4 K/sec