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  1. LunarMist

    WD 8TB BLACK SN850X

    https://www.westerndigital.com/products/internal-drives/wd-black-sn850x-nvme-ssd?sku=WDS800T2X0E
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Now it is $4390. :( That's about the cost of 4x8TB regular SSDs.
  3. LunarMist

    Ryzen

    I had one 4TB of the iNtel die quickly on the U2 adapter of StarTech. It turned me off of U2 on adapters.
  4. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    It is $4300. So two, plus all new batteries and tax is around 9,500. That's too much without some better lenses and a higher res body also.
  5. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    I hope it works out, but I doubt anyone reviews a fax particularly faster than electronic communication.
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    Windows 11

    Wow that is old school. Do you have a phone modem to even connect to the computer? I would go to the Fedex office. https://www.office.fedex.com/default/fax-services
  7. LunarMist

    Seagate Wretched

    The WD is more expensive, but it is quiet and does not rattle like Seagate. I will stick to the WD DC or Gold in the future. Now the retail IronWolf Pro are $229.
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    Ryzen

    Its's just the same as the 7900X other than chipset support and power. If your current equipment is like 3000 series then it will be a big improvement. The Cpu performance was about 10% down from 6000 to 4800. You can get 2x48GB. I have a couple of the WD RED 4TB NAS SSDs. They are only pcie...
  9. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    All of the larger companies we use have TEAMS, though other stuff as well if customers need it. If you work with a small company that has maybe only $50M gross, and they get a contract for a $20M project from a large multibillion organization, don't you implement whatever TEAMS or the Google, etc.?
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    Seagate Wretched

    When I was living in Europe costs were generally higher than the states. Is an IronGolf Pro 12tb with 8% sales tax in the states more there in Sweden?
  11. LunarMist

    Seagate Wretched

    I'm only reading that "the laws of the State of California, USA, govern this limited warranty," not that there are separate laws for drives purchased for California. It reads that the replacements are only good for 90 days. This whole deal makes the retail drive value practically bogus.
  12. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    $22*12*15=$3960 per year, so I'm not seeing where that $60K/year comes from.
  13. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    We are expected to use the TEAMS for unofficial, unregulated file storage. It's kind of like SharePoints, but worse. Too often nobody can find anything or they do not have access. :( Then we are expected to use the OneDrives for personal work files, which is another stupidly designed MS...
  14. LunarMist

    Ryzen

    Wow, that 7000 series looks downrigth puny in comparison! Are the gaps for cooling?
  15. LunarMist

    Ryzen

    It looks like a cooling solution issue that might require redesign of the CPU package and socket. It always seems strange to me that cooling is from the top cover only and there is none below. How is the cooling done for the 350-400W XENON and EPYC server CPUs that run for years straight?
  16. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    I was thinking of two R5 IIs, one R5 and one R7 for September as the environment is risky to gear and cost is very high. If not available, I'll only get one. Sometimes only 2-3 bodies is fine. For example, if cost is high, but risk is low, then I'd choose three bodies. If cost is low and...
  17. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    I need two by 11-SEP, but it is probably not happening.
  18. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    3AM. 🤬
  19. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    How many do you need, like 1000?
  20. LunarMist

    Windows Update Down

    Thanks. It works. I've restored and updated so many Win 10 C:s lately that I did not notice. The particular system has a C: in front of the 100MB EFI and then a data parturtition. It has no silly restore partuition.
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    Ryzen

    I've avoided INtel lately since their CPUs require Win 11, but it's mostly a question about the heatsink as I'm not into the water powered cooling. Is the upcoming Arrowhead Lake expected to have lower, same, or better power efficiency than the 14th? I don't really care about petaflipflops per...
  22. LunarMist

    Ryzen

    So you agree that iNtel is the better option. GreekBench is not a very good indicator if the multicore results are only ~6-7x of the single core when there are 12-16 cores. Merc is right that we need more application benchmarks. I'm hoping this is not like Sky Lake to Kaby Lake.
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    Ryzen

    There is a small chance that I would replace the old 5700G system with a 9900X in 2025, but that has nothing to do with the main problem. There was a 20% increase from the 3950X to the 5950X on the same boards about one year later. Maybe there will be some miracle, but I'm not expecting that...
  24. LunarMist

    KVM Switch

    If the motherboard is on a ~15kg computer, it is essentially an immovable object, yanking on the cord accidentally with force at an angle is excessive. I could blame casters or species. :LOL: I've also experienced failures on power banks only 1.2m above ground level.
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    KVM Switch

    I've already ripped off a couple and had to extract the remnants of the USB-C plug from the socket very carefully. Maybe the cables are inferior but they all seem to suffer from the same level of flimsibility at the connector. The great failure of USB-C is actually that it is only a "micro"...
  26. LunarMist

    KVM Switch

    So long as nVidias retain the HDMI outputs for several cycles it should be fine. I don't see future laptops or "NUCs" having a DP, just a slow decline of HDMI and continuation of the USB-C. USB-C is such a flimsy connector, I really don't like it. Do you guys experience them being damaged...
  27. LunarMist

    Seagate Wretched

    It's the IronWOlf Pro, which since ~2023 ironically has an upgraded MTBF and UBER similar to the EXOS. It is being used as an individual drive. Frankly it's a bit ridiculous that Seagate would be doing data recovery on drives in a NAS. I would not bother with an RMA either, but it's not my...
  28. LunarMist

    Ryzen

    So the single thread 9900X is about 16% more than the 7900X, but the multicore is only 11% more? That is a pretty lame upgrade for a 2-year cycle. I doubt that there will be any difference at the single core level with the 9950X compared to 9900X, but maybe multi-core speed will scale better...
  29. LunarMist

    Seagate Wretched

    Maybe there is an occasional bad board to be replaced, but I doubt that most modern drives are repaired since they are full of Helium. The best strategy will be to wait as long as practicable before submitting an RMA. At least I need to be sure that the new drive is working well enough for a...
  30. LunarMist

    KVM Switch

    If I'm even alive by 2034 I will not need four devices and there may be no KVMs allowed. I would probably have to use the APPLE, which by then would have reverted back to to an all in one. ;) And they still will not allow the APPLE server.
  31. LunarMist

    KVM Switch

    If you had Magic balls, which would you expect is most popular in 2028? I feel like DP is dying off. Right now I have that OLD DVI KVM, which will be useless when I need a new monitor. Ironically that KVM is probably the oldest piece of computer stuff I have other than a UPS and speakers, but...
  32. LunarMist

    KVM Switch

    Which 4-channel 4K KVM do you suggest? Very few have the audio output plugs. The display would be like this or possibly there will be something newer. Video Signals Input Terminals USB Type-C (DisplayPort Alt Mode, HDCP 2.3), DisplayPort (HDCP 2.3), HDMI...
  33. LunarMist

    KVM Switch

    Over 7 years later I'm rethinging the KVMs as the display may need to be replaced in a later cycle. It seems like the traditional Displayports are becoming less common (except USB-C/Thunderbowls DP) and the HDMIs are more common, or is that incorrect? However the video cards are mostly DP (3...
  34. LunarMist

    Seagate Wretched

    Unfortunately the drive is not showing in the DiskInfo, so there is no way to submit the S/N info for an RMA. I hope to psychically access the computer in July, but it's not going to be easy. Is there any diminshed warranty period on the refurb? I may not be able to test it for several months...
  35. LunarMist

    Mini PC

    I think basic needs would be an Alder lakes-N. There are numerous cheaply made very small form factors with those chips for <$200, like this. https://www.amazon.com/GMKtec-Preinstalled-G5-Computer-Business/dp/B0D3HLQ37L I suppose they will add some wimpy AI next year.
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    Seagate Wretched

    The ridiculous, overpriced Seagate Reatilo drive is kaput. It was throwing up all kinds of errors, scanning, the reallocating sectors are about 900, the pending are over 800, now the drive letter is gone and it is asking to be initliazed. Drive prices are now fully mental (worse than Q4 2023)...
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    Mini PC

    But it cannot process a RAW file like a 155H or 8840U? It's amazing that the NUC v.11 seems more sluggish after using the new 4x4 for a week or so. I did not reuse any parts, so maybe I'll find a future use for it. I believe the 11th gen qualifies for Win 11 eventually, but I'm not sure about...
  38. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    July 17 is supposedly the new announcement date.
  39. LunarMist

    Ryzen

    It's not clear to me if the damned Thunderbowls can be disabled from the X870E. If not I am not buying into fewer PXCIe lanes. If I wanted local SSDs to be external, I'd buy a Mac. :D I'm assuming that iNtel always has better performance, especially at the thread level, but at the expense of...
  40. LunarMist

    Ryzen

    That rather sucks since I was hoping for a symmetrical extra cache, not just for the 8 cores. I guess that APPLE hogging all the good manufacturing and AMD focusing on the Zen part 6 is part of it also. That makes it easier to simply get the 9950x up front. By the time they have the X3D it...
  41. LunarMist

    Mini PC

    We used LOotus 1-2-3 and Wordperfect in the mid-1980s, running on bulky desktop machines. Most people have limited computing needs or interests but SF is not for typical users. :) My computing needs have increased over time so that for many purposes there has not been a net gain. Prior to the...
  42. LunarMist

    Mini PC

    I'm not sure if it was the re-installation of the UEFI (what AMD calls the AMI BIOS?) or something in my sequence, but the 4x4 BOX is able to operate at TDP-up 42-45W mode with the fan in Auto. The CPU does throttle a bit more than fan in Full On , but it's better than operating in the purely...
  43. LunarMist

    Something Random

    Is this for your keyboard or something else involving an engine?
  44. LunarMist

    Something Random

    Don't be silly. It's not practical to drive a race car with a roll cage around the public roads. Of course the city dwellers often dislike the countryside just like country folk often dislike the large cities.
  45. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Of course, but why should they? Since the 1970s I've spent tons of money on gear that is often not up to par, including Nikon, Canon, Contax, Fuji, Olympus, and S*ny. I never used Pentax (well a 645 for only one weekend) or Minolta. I actually had no problems with Mamiya 6x7 gear, though it...
  46. LunarMist

    Something Random

    And that's why you want a Yukon/Tahoe, Expediation, Sequoia, Armando, or something similar with a frame, not some flimsy death trap FWD POS. Just stay in the vehicle and don't get out by the corn fields. :)
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    Something Random

    There are plenty of causes of death, some more prevalent in rural vs. city areas. I'm sure it is far more likely to be injuured or killed in a vehicular crash on the roads near the corn fields, than by a "bogeyman" in the corn itself.
  48. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Sure, but I think you are way too lenient on Canon.
  49. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Yet the R7 is in many ways a lame camera! It's what Canon crop users are stuck with. Canon has never considered the 1.6x croppers as anything but lower level products. Even the 7D and 7D II were marginal in their eras. Think about what the Fuji X-H2S can do, and it is from the same era as...
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    Something Random

    Of course we celebrate February 29 birthdays on February 28.
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