Jump to content

mark84

Herø
  • Content Count

    3,514
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    3

Everything posted by mark84

  1. Not sure I completely understand the agument being put forward by OP etc, but my thoughts: The pinnacle of a sport not being a sport, is F1. As a fan it's tough to watch them regulate themselves. Certian teams have full-on veto powers on rules, and certain teams get paid millions just to rock up, because history. It's carzily unfair to newer or lower budget teams. Is why Ferrai is always on the podium, things are constantly stacked in their favour. Liberty Media now that it has taken over is making big strides towards fairness to all teams and reigning in the crazy costs the well of teams/manufactures can pump in. But there's a long way to go (2021 at the earliest for true team parity) NRL lost me a while ago, mainly because players are just commodities for the most part, no aleigence, they see money elsewhere, they follow it. Rugby Union on the other hand is much more fascinating a game to watch. Actual strategy goes on. League is for the most part just played tackle to tackle, kind of a one trick pony imo. Tennis is good too imo. Mano a mano. Don't mind the hawkeye stuff. Humans can get it wrong or blink at the wrong moment.
  2. So what's the difference to the pot of glue then?
  3. Definitely go the 8700K. For gaming it can't be beat. AMD's interesting if money and threaded performance is of concern, both of which isn't if just gaming is your aim at any cost. For PSU, I'd recommend going a little higher than necessary. Once you have a nice higher wattage PSU, it'll last you through any system build into the future. Spec it well once and it'll do whatever you need for a decade. I've been using Corsair PSU's everywhere, I find them good quality. Never had one die on me. Something like the RM750i / RM850i or HX750i / HX850i (for the platinum rating) would be nice. The "i" in them indicates Corsair Link compatibility, so you can view power usage, temps, volts, amps and all that cool stuff on the fly via software. I've run the software side-by-side with a PowerMate on the same system and can confirm it's essentially just as accurate readings. Great if you're into that sort of thing. SSD. Money not an issue? Intel 900P Optane 480GB. I had one for review a month or two back. Insane is the only word for it. It won't beat top end NAND drives in straight line tests (just a fraction slower), but that's rarely needed and being able to fill your drive in like 2 minutes is enough for anybody. It totally destroys when it comes to radom IO, especially when both reading and writing concurrently. It won't speed up games much if any but with like triple the endurance rating of NAND it'll last you a long time and as an OS drive would be great, particularly if using it for scratch disk duties or running some VMs from it etc. An indulgance for sure, but oh so nice. Forget the Optane Memory stuff. Only used when pairing with HDD's that you want some higher level cache on to speed up a bit. For just cold storage HDD use, not needed. Cooler. If you can get a water cooled GPU, very nice idea. For CPU something like the H75 might be better. Mainly because it's a rebrand of some OEM brand name I can't remember the name of but a lot of the AIO's use it. You can tell them apart as they have a round CPU pump/block with teeth around the circumference which is part of the mounting mechanism. It's so common AMD when they launched Ryzen brought out an AM4 retention bracket for it, that works across any brands version of the AIO, Corsair, Thermaltake, NZXT etc. https://www.pccasegear.com/products/39368 Point is, it may last you a long time across several socket types potentially because there's alot of mass behind it in the market. I haven't used liquid metal but I've seen that there's protective stuff you can use called acrylic conformal coating, which comes in spray cans. Apply over the things you want to protect incase of spillage/unwanted contact.
  4. mark84

    Woo! Star trek Discovery! (spoilers, probably)

    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.
  5. mark84

    What are you playing at the moment?

    Bomber Crew. Was more fun and challenging than I expected. Unlocking gunner AP ammo, Spitfire escorts and equipping crew for high altitude flying are keys to success. Oh and belt fed fore and aft turrets are a must :p Mid section turrets can save on weight there as the ammo box is just a second or two's walk.
  6. mark84

    AMD Zen

    I'm not sure there will be any architectural changes. The only thing mentioned so far is an improved Precision Boost. Will help with maintining the higher clock speeds but not IPC.
  7. mark84

    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    Agreed. SSD needs to happen either way. Too painful in 2018 to not have it but I think he can have his cake and eat it too which ever way he goes. If $$ is a real factor, 2nd hand 1050 Ti will still be good over his current setup.
  8. mark84

    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    I totally get what you're saying about the texture stuff and agree to an extent. Can you link any game benchmarks that show the extra GB on 1050 ti helping over the 3GB 1060? We also don't know what monitor(s) he's using. With a single 1080p monitor the GTX 1060 3GB will be great. Higher rez or duals you'd have a better argument for sure. 1050ti goes for $200, if there's stock http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=gtx+1050+ti&spos=3 https://www.pccasegear.com/category/193_1862/graphics-cards/geforce-gtx-1050-ti $300 when there's not 1060 3gb is $300 if there's stock http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=gtx+1060+3gb&spos=1 https://www.pccasegear.com/category/193_1838/graphics-cards/geforce-gtx-1060 $420 if not +40% perf for $100 more seems a reasonable deal to me. Yes little bit less on the bang for buck scale, but when there's games involved imo the GPU should get the highest single portion of the budget possible. Regarding the PSU connector issue, he's never mentioned his PSU?? He has a HD7770 atm which requires a single connector so we can infer that whatever his PSU is it'll drive a 1060 just fine. Ahh I miss talking builds on these forums. It was the shiz in Atomic's hey day. Glad you're still around Scythe :)
  9. mark84

    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    Sounds good, but at what point to you hand over 40% performance for the extra GB? https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1050_Ti_Gaming_X/27.html 1080p up through 4K it's always 40%+ faster acording to above link. But would it run fast enough on a 1050Ti anyway at max settings to matter? 1440p it runs at 30fps. According to above linked review the 3GB ran the DOOM test, even at 4K it still surpasses the 1050Ti. At 1440p it's 20fps (66%) faster! Just depends on priorities, plus how many games you have simultaneously installed. Definitely it's a keep for life thing. Well yes but then once the ASIC miners took over Bitcoin, ASIC resistant alt coins were made. If new ASIC's come out for Ethereum etc new alt currencies will be made that only GPU's are good at running. When you can code a new crypto currency faster than you can design and fabricate an ASIC for it, chances are generalised crypto computing on GPU's won't disappear any time soon. Only mentioning the 1060 thing because the most popular alt coin on the most popular OS now isn't tenable, so the demand for the 3GB model should weaken. Theoretically. Totally agree however he'll have an even better experience in that 12-18 months if 1TB isn't completely necessary ;) Just offering him options.
  10. mark84

    AMD Zen

    +200MHz clock bumps Little disappointing. However soldered IHS should help the OC crowd a bit. It'll be better but not really worth upgrading to if already on Ryzen 1. Zen2 will be when we see if it has legs or not.
  11. mark84

    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    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.
  12. 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. :)
  13. mark84

    Star Citizen / Squadrdon 42 - a real PC game

    Is planet orbits a thing? I recall they wanted to do that a while back but had to let it go cause of tech reasons. The nerd in me wants it to happen.
  14. 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.
  15. mark84

    Paying for photobucket

    Sweet. Hopefully others find it handy.
  16. mark84

    Paying for photobucket

    So in other forums my photobucket images still work. Trying to post an image here I just figured out why. Ages back before Photobucket started auto resizing the images you upload, the original images were still accessable but they simply preferrentially gave you a link to the auto downsized version. There was an option back then, somewhere, to enable original image linking, which essentially just tacked "~original" onto the end of the URL. These forums don't allow me to embed an image with ".jpg~original" extension, preventing me from posting. But over at the atomicsimracing forums the forum software there allows it and I can still upload and embed just fine. So I'm not completely foobared. See post here for proof http://www.atomicsimracing.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=38261#p38261 Perhaps some of you can try putting "~original" on the end in other forums to see if it works. Will keep using that until either they break that too or something. Imgur and Tinypic are viable alternatives if it comes to it.
  17. mark84

    Star Citizen / Squadrdon 42 - a real PC game

    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.
  18. Carrying on from the great work done by morgoth and Chipped HERE and The_Hawk HERE. Important Notes!! - Be sure to read - One entry per person per CPU category - Only submit correct iterations. 1M and 32M for SuperPi, 8M and 256M for MaxxPi and 1B for y-cruncher. - Include a CPU-Z window in your screenshot showing CPU specs. - Posts MUST include a screenshot SuperPi - SuperPi screenshot with window showing calculation complete (with check sum visible) and CPU-Z open with CPU stats visible - No longer Accepting PI versions that do NOT have millisecond output - You must use the SuperPI Mod 1.5 from HERE - Entries should be able to be validated (ie at http://www.techpowerup.com/superpi/) - Note: For AMD Piledriver based CPUs, use this x87 'fixer' to improve your score. Parts affected: AMD Barracuda (Zambesi, Vishera), AMD Comal (Trinity, Richland), AMD Virgo (Trinity, Richland) y-cruncher - y-cruncher is constantly evolving, be sure to grab the latest version from HERE before benching - We use the 1 billion decimal place multi-threaded benchmark test. Use options 0 > 1 > 6, when you run y-cruncher. - Used result is the "Total Compute Time". Spot check must read "Good through 1,000,000,000". Both of these lines must be visible in y-cruncher along with CPU-Z in your submitted screenshot. (Due to MaxxPi not being updated, and the fact that it's workload wasn't fully multi-threaded, I've decided MaxxPi is no longer worth benchmarking with. Please use y-cruncher instead for multi-threaded Pi benchmarking) MaxxPi - Multi - MaxxPI² - PreView - Multi can be downloaded from HERE (as a backup source try HERE) - MaxxPi screenshot (can be made using 'Screenshot > Save to file' menu) showing score in K/sec, checksum and system info. CPU-Z inclusion in screenshot optional. - MaxxPi screenshot with window showing calculation complete (with check sum and KB/s visible) and CPU-Z open with CPU specs visible. CPU-Z inclusion required as the CPU-Z part of MaxxPi code may only get updated each time MaxxPi is, which isn't often enough. Can cause incorrect info to appear in MaxxPi. - Don't use batch mode. Using inbuilt screencap feature blocks check sum view and your fastest score might not have the correct check sum showing if manually screen capping. - CRC must read as valid in the screenshot, proving the CPU didn't mess up. - Please note that the 256M option is only available on 64-bit OS's. _______________________________________________________________________________ SuperPi Top 10 - 1 Million Decimal Places 00:06:656 smakme7757 00:07:020 nobodyishere 00:07:020 gamble 00:07:080 p0is0n 00:07:214 g0t.w00t? 00:07:270 Modz 00:07:332 Dasa 00:07:452 mark84 00:07:519 AMD AKIMBO 00:07:608 megatimes12 Top 10 - 32 Million Decimal Places 06:27:099 smakme7757 06:28:487 gamble 06:40:339 Dasa 06:46:942 Modz 06:56:492 jdog 07:03:946 corky 07:05:766 mark84 07:23:820 Dasa 07:59:033 Pantsmonkey 08:06:877 AMD AKIMBO y-cruncher Top 10 - 1B Decimal Places 79.151 mark84 94.021s mark84 120.064 sora3 MaxxPi - Multi Top 10 - 8 Million Decimal Places 1680.1 K/s mark84 1540.2 K/s smakme7757 1369.3 K/s Dasa 1318.4 K/s Charcoal 1237.9 K/s AMD AKIMBO 1217.0 K/s Pantsmonkey 1196.3 K/s mark84 1098.2 K/s morgoth 1088.9 K/s aussiejunior 1040.7 K/s g0t.w00t? Top 10 - 256 Million Decimal Places 974.4 K/s mark84 894.0 K/s smakme7757 792.2 K/s Dasa 725.9 K/s AMD AKIMBO 684.4 K/s mark84 651.1 K/s Charcoal 585.0 K/s Gamertech 577.3 K/s morgs36 547.8 K/s braedz 470.1 K/s Dasa _______________________________________________________________________________ SuperPi ___________ 1 Million Decimal Places AMD AMD Zen based 00:10:035 mark84 00:10:900 sora3 AMD Excavator based AMD Steamroller based 00:17:645 sora3 AMD Piledriver based 00:15:809 sora3 AMD Bulldozer based 00:21:916 sora3 00:49:280 Dasa AMD K10(.5) based 00:16:188 nobody813 00:16:301 mattyamdfanboi 00:17:191 nobodyishere 00:17:254 brissmas 00:17:510 dishd 00:17:519 UberPenguin 00:17:563 Bundywow 00:18:595 sora3 00:18:626 nesquick 00:20:467 alkahest 00:27:287 mecon2 AMD K8 based 00:24.772 nobody813 00:25:406 NoOzL 00:25:640 tamille 00:26:719 Griff_en 00:27:266 Blaise 00:27:578 morgoth 00:27:594 psynapse 00:28:109 NoOzL 00:28:109 L337Z1LL4 00:28:125 Deserted 00:28:359 scruffy1 00:28:766 insalt72 00:28:891 DR4K3 00:28:XXX supam 00:28:XXX EAGE2005 00:29:172 mark84 00:29:304 matt110 00:29:484 dinos22 00:29:626 datafast69 00:29:797 morgoth 00:29:954 Dasa 00:29:969 phoenix193 00:30:380 Cloud_strife 00:30:768 anjellycue 00:31:228 clocker2 00:31:XXX trop 00:32:250 momeeno 00:32:578 uken 00:32:766 Phathag 00:32:859 L337Z1LL4 00:32:984 Gamertech 00:32:984 brendo 00:33:766 matereal 00:32:XXX DeNs 00:33:XXX flea 00:33:XXX Xabbu 00:34:547 StallMaster 00:34:XXX Morbo 00:34:XXX Sound_Guy 00:35:922 taint3d 00:35:XXX Silicon_Heaven 00:37:032 PhatHag 00:37:XXX beached_whale1 00:40:969 wobblysauce AMD K7 based 00:37:344 Kildare 00:37:828 morgoth 00:40:984 Deserted 00:41:625 Sora3 00:45:328 mark84 00:45:XXX Wobblysauce 00:49:945 rybags 00:50:655 thesim 00:53:663 g0t.w00t? Intel Intel Skylake based Intel Broadwell based 00:17:969 Dasa Intel Haswell based 00:07:214 g0t.w00t? 00:07:452 mark84 00:08:018 corky Intel Ivy Bridge based 00:07:020 gamble 00:07:768 ReapermanRS 00:10:422 nobody813 00:11:372 g0t.w00t Intel Sandy Bridge based 00:06:656 smakme7757 00:07:020 nobodyishere 00:07:080 p0is0n 00:07:270 Modz 00:07:332 Dasa 00:07:519 AMD AKIMBO 00:07:608 megatimes12 00:08:420 nobody813 00:08:424 Pantsmonkey Intel Nehalem based 00:08:611 AMD AKIMBO 00:08:629 mark84 00:08:720 g0t.w00t? 00:08:814 morgoth 00:08:864 Solid_Snake 00:08:938 unr3strict3d 00:08:986 Dasa 00:09:111 d-code 00:09:125 mazmorbid 00:09:188 turk 00:09:360 nesquick 00:09:469 raxo55 00:09:516 .:Cyb3rGlitch:. 00:09:625 matteh 00:09:735 mudg3 00:09:813 magnumxy 00:09:828 Gamertech 00:09:830 aussiejunior 00:10:093 galdarian 00:15:765 Blue Fire Intel Core based 00:09:578 ReapermanRS 00:09:719 nukejockey 00:09:906 c0nc0n 00:10:109 Fat_Bodybuilder 00:10:171 Caffeine_Fiend 00:10:281 BATOFF 00:10:437 darklife41 00:10:500 eva2000 00:10:578 Kayl 00:10:640 morgoth 00:10:655 cam444 00:10:771 mark84 00:11:000 H[]R3NDUS 00:11:016 Shikimaru 00:11:062 Ashlar 00:11:687 eva2000 00:11:750 musicman2 00:11:762 smakme7757 00:12:343 moloko 00:12:375 mazmorbid 00:12:484 Totium 00:12:546 insalt72 00:12:563 morgoth 00:12.687 uneverno 00:12:750 Fat_Bodybuilder 00:12:802 NEMESIS_420 00:12:890 supam 00:12:985 Phiber-0ptic 00:13:281 Acheron 00:13:281 Khamûl 00:13:422 SLi_dog 00:13:496 wilma 00:13:672 FreshWater_Sn@ke 00:13:708 p0is(+)n 00:13:939 adam93 00:14:028 Hazza 00:14:227 MedicineBaby 00:14:235 skitzo87 00:14:328 kRaZeD_ 00:14:532 leewhitting 00:14:578 g0t.w00t? 00:14:648 Madz007 00:14:797 The_Hawk 00:14:875 g0t.w00t? 00:15:087 almando 00:15:250 L337Z1LL4 00:15:703 Rybags 00:16:421 chvzding 00:16:860 sicmic 00:17:031 black0ut 00:17:532 RBHobart 00:17:969 RenascentMisanthropy 00:18:391 Randy Andy 00:18:469 c0nc0n 00:18:876 scotty1991 00:18:969 c0nc0n 00:18:987 hulk 00:19:141 mark84 00:20:327 justo316 00:20:515 WWWWW 00:21:328 snowfalcon 00:28:781 Aero8 00:29:500 sora3 Intel Netburst based 00:26:XXX NoOzL 00:26:XXX leewhitting 00:29:XXX Radius 00:29:XXX CCC 00:31:356 cam444 00:31:XXX shadows of the damned 00:32:XXX N3M3SiS 00:33:821 L337Z1LL4 00:34:XXX Trdboy69 00:35:679 Tech-Kid 00:37:562 schplade 00:39:520 potatohead11011 00:42:XXX clubsport 00:57:625 foxmulder Intel P6 based 00:27:328 Dasa 00:41:734 mark84 00:44:656 sora3 01:00:697 FreshWater_Sn@ke Intel Atom based 01:06:861 mark84 01:27:361 Dasa 01:38:035 Jeruselem VIA 06:56:XXX MyAlbanianAss Multiple Processors 00:01:92 zebra 2:32:031 Sora3 Non-Windows OS 00:23:667 Deserted 00:31:178 Caelum _______________________________________________________________________________ 32 Million Decimal Places AMD AMD Bulldozer based AMD K10(.5) based 20:36:364 nobody813 AMD K8 based 23:27:797 NoOzL 24:38:234 Blaise 24:46:860 morgoth 26:04:485 mark84 32:57:360 PhatHag 37:55:XXX wobblysauce AMD K7 based 35:30:875 morgoth 41:21:313 mark84 Intel Intel Skylake based 06:40:339 Dasa Intel Broadwell based 14:46:997 Dasa Intel Haswell based 07:03:946 corky 07:05:766 mark84 Intel Ivy Bridge based 06:28:487 gamble 08:41:633 jdog Intel Sandy Bridge based 06:27:099 smakme7757 06:46:942 Modz 06:56:492 jdog 07:59:033 Pantsmonkey 07:23:820 Dasa Intel Nehalem based 08:06:877 AMD AKIMBO 08:11:694 mark84 08:27:828 morgoth 08:37:694 g0t.w00t? 08:47:003 Dasa 08:57:936 .:Cyb3rGlitch:. 09:08:750 mazmorbid 09:13:594 dembones 09:14:160 galdarian 11:43:406 jdog Intel Core based 10:37:454 eva2000 10:58:547 H[]R3NDUS 10:58:656 fqqtbawl 11:48:031 eva2000 12:32:329 kayl 12:47:255 DutchAussie71 13:04:484 moloko 13:48:844 SLi_dog 14:20:074 scotty1991 14:27:188 mazmorbid 17:07:110 Randy Andy 17:24:781 mark84 18:17:101 justo316 19:02:469 wwwww 20:44:255 leewhitting Intel Netburst based Intel P6 based Intel Atom 54:46:897 mark84 y-cruncher ___________ Multi-threaded 1 billion decimals AMD AMD Zen 94.021s mark84 120.064 sora3 Intel Intel Broadwell 79.151 mark84 MaxxPi - Multi ___________ 8 Million Decimal Places AMD AMD Bulldozer based 199.9 K/s Dasa AMD K10(.5) based 892.3 K/s braedz 769.3 K/s sora3 AMD K8 based AMD K7 based Intel Intel Haswell based 1680.1 K/s mark84 Intel Sandy Bridge based 1540.2 K/s smakme7757 1369.3 K/s Dasa 1318.4 K/s Charcoal 1217.0 K/s Pantsmonkey Intel Nehalem based 1237.9 K/s AMD AKIMBO 1196.3 K/s mark84 1098.2 K/s morgoth 1088.9 K/s aussiejunior 1040.7 K/s g0t.w00t? 1039.1 K/s mudg3 1030.5 K/s nukejockey 1010.5 K/s Gamertech 1005.2 K/s morgs36 900.9 K/s Dasa Intel Core based 621.2 K/s tunksy Intel Netburst based Intel P6 based Intel Atom 139.3 K/s mark84 90.7 K/s Jeruselem 256 Million Decimal Places AMD AMD Bulldozer based 100.5 K/s Dasa AMD K10(.5) based 547.8 K/s braedz 439.6 K/s sora3 AMD K8 based AMD K7 based Intel Intel Haswell based 974.4 K/s mark84 Intel Sandy Bridge based 894.0 K/s smakme7757 792.2 K/s Dasa Intel Nehalem based 725.9 K/s AMD AKIMBO 684.4 K/s mark84 651.1 K/s Charcoal 585.0 K/s Gamertech 577.3 K/s morgs36 470.1 K/s Dasa Intel Core based Intel Netburst based Intel P6 based Intel Atom 79.7 K/s mark84
  19. mark84

    Atomic Superpi Scores V5

    Well yes. But if you're going to be calculating Pi (or anything) in 2017 for sciencetic stuff are you going to be using x87 or the latest accelerated instruction sets? You make a good point regarding comparitive results. And of course that's needed. But equally you want benchmarks to reflect real world capability, if you can exploit AVX-512 on one CPU to make it legitimately process something faster you're not showing it's full real world potential by not using it. They may be comparitive, but not the whole story. There's room for both methods imo
  20. mark84

    AtomicMPC 100th Issue Collector's Edition

    That's fair enough. Yeah space is basically the problem. As a result you just want to make sure all the highlights are touched on and usually by then that's all there's room for. Sometimes there's just a single page to look at the architecture and platform by itself. I did the X99 stuff when it launched, iirc I got a somwhat generous 3-4 pages to cover just the platform's new features/architecture etc. Did pretty well with it. That's probably the maximum you'll see these days unfortunately.
  21. mark84

    AtomicMPC 100th Issue Collector's Edition

    To answer the OP. I'd like to. Closest currently published mag in my mind is PCTA but it's more average consumer focused, which is probably why it still exists. But much of it is stuff I'd expect from Atomic in its day. PCPowerplay is another. I've never read it but I gather it's more gamer oriented. The hardware reviews I've done for them were shorter in length and thus more to the point. Coulnd't go too far in depth. I freelance for PC & Tech Authority. I've had the chance to do some in depth articles where we get to go into all that stuff. Usually happens whenever new CPU/GPU lineups launch. Next issue there'll be in depth articles around Sky/Kabylake-X and X299 motherboards tests etc. PC centric only coverage of architecture and things I doubt would be enough to make a whole mag worth it. If you're talking any silicon chip in any segment, then maybe. As it is I do a page each issue with CPU/GPU news where I can touch on those subjects. Yep, not much you can do about time to market. Although it's really only a single month to publish (monthly issues). Even then my few recurring pages usually only take 3 or so days to pump out, with product reviews or round ups adding say an extra week on top of that. With multiple writers doing full time and many freelancers contributing I doubt it really takes the full month to make the content. Printing and distrubution takes a while. From what I see it's roughly 2 weeks from submission to the printers for it to get into your hands.
  22. mark84

    What type of gamer are you? (Research Study)

    Reclusive Tactician https://sydneypsy.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsControlPanel/Graphic.php?IM=IM_3l60Mk5aKTGpxDn Immersion Engineer https://sydneypsy.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsControlPanel/Graphic.php?IM=IM_6ny1PPg3NSLVjcF Are what I got. Spot on really. What did you get?
  23. mark84

    Atomic Superpi Scores V5

    Nice Sora. Updated your SuperPi and ycruncher scores in OP Yeah the guy that makes ycruncher makes bespoke binaries for each architecture to make the best use of the intruction sets and hardware accelerated logic available. Even on the same architechure but with a newer version of ycruncher I've seen large performance gains as he improves his algorithms and tries to make the calculations happen as efficiently as possible with the hardware resources available. Which is a better way of benching imo, it delivers the real full potential of the chip rather than running the same thing on every CPU the same way, which might not be the best or fastest way of executing it. Like SuperPi and it's long outdated x87 intructions, newer and better methods come along over time. Doing a 1M superpi quivalent run in ycruncher (0, 1, 0, 20), my work (Zen) PC can do the math in 0.1s as opposed to 11.9s. RE HDD writing, the ycruncher compute time is before it writes the results to disk, so that doesn't affect the score. Only the start-to-end wall time is affected by the mass storage sub system. http://www.numberworld.org/y-cruncher/version_history.html Always a good read. If you see his March 2017 update, most binaries copped a +5% speedup, Zen was added and got a 14% increase too.
  24. mark84

    Project Binky

    Shameless plug. http://www.atomicsimracing.net Atomicans into racing games and cars head that a way. Binky has been one of our favourites to keep track of too :)
  25. mark84

    What are you playing at the moment?

    Finished Resident Evil 7 a couple weeks ago. Enjoyed it. I only got into RE from about 4 or 5 onwards. 7 apparently goes back to RE's original game play/story style roots. If the room wasn't thick with blood or some disgusting substance, it was definitely thick with the suspense of a horror game/movie. Good franchise, and game. I'm now well into Mass Effect Andromeda. I'm not so critical about games I just sit back and enjoy them for what they are. So all the complaints about mostly minor things I don't understand, or care to. Been having a blast with (in!) Andromeda. Going to keep me entertained for a good while longer yet I suspect. Going the tech powers route. Little turret, fireballs and shield steal for combo trigger is fun. On the trail of the big baddie. But first I need to explore every inch of this planet and do every single side mission I find lol
×