I’ve finally had it with my Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra case (my Amazon review). Looking for a new one. Suggestions/input wanted.
Kinda have green in mind, don’t know why.
Full or mid-tower. Absolute ceiling of $200 but would prefer cheaper.
Saw this on Amazon. Not the cats’s meow or anything but it might work:
Apevia X-SNIPER2-GN ATX Mid Tower
Might even consider going retro. Always liked they look of the old Alienware cases but they are commanding high prices on Craigslist.
On sale at Amazon for $114.50 (28% off).
WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Color=Black
Other colors $119.00 (I bought a red one.)
AMD’s newest CPU platform was this week. It didn’t seem to live up to the hype, things never do in the tech world. Still, it seems to be a solid product. Consensus seems to be it rocks for everything but gaming.
User radosuaf let me know that despite earlier reports, there is Windows 7 support!
There also seems to be some good results under Linux.
Here are some reviews and snipets:
[H]ardOCP – AMD Ryzen 1700X CPU Review
“First and foremost, for most HardOCP readers, you are going to find that Ryzen simply has a huge clock deficit to overcome compared to Intel. If you are looking to build a system for desktop gaming alone, there is simply no way to suggest that Ryzen is your CPU as the Intel 7600K and 7700K still hold a great advantage especially if you are overclocking…Once you get past desktop gaming, the AMD Ryzen starts to look a lot more promising. In fact, when you look at video encoding, decoding, and content creation, the AMD Ryzen is an extremely impressive CPU showing that it can even best the $1000 Intel 6900K in some workloads. Even where the Ryzen does not “win,” it still remains extremely competitive. All of its 8 cores do work, and do work very well. If you are building a machine with these applications in mind, there is no way I can suggest you build with Intel. It has been a long long time since we have made a statement like that.”
Phoronix – AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Linux Benchmarks: Great Multi-Core Performance For $329
“The same operating system as used throughout testing was the Ubuntu 17.04 x86_64 development snapshot with the Linux 4.10 kernel and GCC 6.3.0. …The Ryzen 7 1700 has a damn nice showing when it comes to the heavily threaded benchmarks like C-Ray, Smallpt, and code compilation. Ryzen does great for these multi-core tests but lets down the user in many of the single-threaded tests, in which case for $350 you can get the Core i7 7700K Kabylake from Intel. But if you are routinely compiling code on your system or engaging in other highly parallel tasks, the Ryzen 7 1700 performs rather well and in those cases can outperform the $400+ Core i7 6800K.”
PCWorld – AMD’s CEO says patches will boost Ryzen gaming performance: It ‘will only get better’
“We hear people on wanting to see improved 1080p performance and we fully expect that Ryzen performance in 1080p will only get better as developers get more time with ‘Zen”
Intel released a new line of CPU’s. Very few in the tech enthusiast community are, well, enthused about this new lineup.
My take from the reviews, Kaby Lake is a smidge faster at stock speeds and they don’t overclock for squat.
ARSTechnica – Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: Is the desktop CPU dead?
“With identical performance to Skylake, Intel brings desktop performance to a standstill…
As it stands, what we have with Kaby Lake desktop is effectively Sandy Bridge polished to within an inch of its life, a once-groundbreaking CPU architecture hacked, and tweaked, and mangled into ever-smaller manufacturing processes and power envelopes. Where the next major leap in desktop computing power comes from is still up for debate—but if Kaby Lake is any indication, it won’t be coming from Intel.”
Anandtech – The Intel Core i7-7700K (91W) Review: The New Out-of-the-box Performance Champion
“In most of our benchmarks, the results are clear: a stock Core i7-7700K beat our overclocked Core i7-4790K in practically every CPU-based test (Our GPU tests showed little change). When overclocked, the i7-7700K just pushed out a bigger lead for only a few more watts. Technically one could argue that because this part and the i7-6700K are equal in IPC, a similar overclock with the i7-6700K achieves the same performance. But the crucial matter here is how lucky a user is with the silicon lottery – based on our testing, the Core i7-7700K CPUs tend to overclock rather nicely (although +300 MHz isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things).”
LegitReviews – Intel Core i7-7700K Processor Review
“For months we’ve heard people talking about how Kaby Lake is going to suck and that there is no reason to upgrade to it since it’s basically just an updated Skylake processor. We can understand that some people might look at the specifications and minor architecture changes and come to that conclusion, but the benchmark results look good. For those running older Intel Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge Processors the time to upgrade is looking pretty good right now…For now Intel Kaby Lake is as good as it gets for gamers and enthusiasts and we’d easily recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade their system.”
The Samsung Magician SSD management utility has been updated. [Read more…] about Samsung Magician 5.0
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 375.86
“Provides the optimal experience for Tom Clancy’s The Division Survival DLC, Battlefield 1, Steep: Open Beta, and Civilization VI”
There has been controversy over Login Requirements and Nvidia sending telemetry.
Just choose custom install and don’t install GeForce Experience. You don’t need it.
*I’m wrong. More later…
And to all the websites out there that claim Nvidia isn’t spying, SHAME ON YOU. If Microsoft or the NSA were doing it you would lose your fracking minds.
I only use a standalone MP3 player for working out. I’ve had an iPod Nano for some time. Nothing particularly wrong with except it is Apple and if you know me, well…
One minor annoyance is I have to keep the Nano in my pocket as the clip just doesn’t seem to do well, especially on thick edges of clothing (sweatpants and shorts). Don’t get me wrong. As much as I hate to admit it this Nano has been good to me. Especially when you factor in I got it for free. I think this was Apples best MP3 player.
I have a 6th generation iPod Nano. It was a freebie replacement for a long dead 1st generation Nano that was recalled.
So I’m midway through a hard back workout, arms shaking, trying to dig the Nano out of my pocket. That’s when I decided to look for something else.
After due consideration I decided on a SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB. I paid $37 for it on sale last week.
As a reference. The 6th gen Nano can still be had with prices ranging from $22 to a whopping $180, all used or refurb.
[Read more…] about SanDisk Clip Sport “Review”
Shortly after I posted I Love HP Printers this issue came to light:
HP printers start rejecting budget ink cartridges (BBC)
“Large numbers of HP printer owners found their printers stopped recognising unofficial printer ink cartridges on 13 September.”
Basically HP purposely time-bombed/limited/eliminated the use of 3rd party ink.
Unethical but unsurprising behavior.
EFF.org has more info and a petition over this matter: Tell HP — Say No to DRM