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  1. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Got it. Thanks.
  2. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Rapid Mode, a setting in the Samsung SSD Magician software, Yields absurd, impossible data transfer speeds, and random access numbers. Wonder what it actually does? Anyone else played with it?
  3. Santilli

    BT Headphones

    Sound has separation that's incredible. Gives you the feeling that the sound is 3 dimensional, and if they are singing, and are in different parts of the room, it comes through. Highs are incredible, and I don't hear well up there. Mid-range comes through with punch, and from 3D type feeling...
  4. Santilli

    BT Headphones

    "" In our opinion, those would probably be the Sennheiser HD1 Wireless (full review here), which sound absolutely fantastic for their $400 price tag. " At delivered for 200. they are truly fantastic. A huge step in depth of sound, highs, lows and midrange, all deeper more detailed, precision...
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    BT Headphones

    "It also helped that the rest of the sound quality, outside of the bass, was equally solid. These aren't quite the richest and most expansive headphones in this price range, in terms of audio quality. In our opinion, those would probably be the Sennheiser HD1 Wireless (full review here), which...
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    BT Headphones

    Sennheiser HD1 Wireless Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation - Black (Certified Refurbished) by Sennheiser https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Wireless-Headphones-Active-Cancellation/dp/B079VTDHBB/ref=sr_1_23?keywords=sennheiser+wireless+headphones&qid=1554081423&s=gateway&sr=8-23 200,00...
  7. Santilli

    BT Headphones

    I thought the Sennheiser Urbanlites for 80 bucks had better sound quality then the Bose 35's, at 330. That said, they are not wireless, nor are the earpads well constructed, or easy to replace. Handruin: The Sony reviews say they are close if not the same as the Bose 35s, sound wise. The other...
  8. Santilli

    BT Headphones

    HMMMM. Tried these: https://www.costco.com/Sony-WH-H900N-Bluetooth-Noise-Canceling-Headphones%2c-Black.product.100403345.html The Bose and the Sony are both really close, and really overpriced. The Sennhieser Urbanlites were about the same sound quality. for 80 bucks. I'm after something...
  9. Santilli

    BT Headphones

    Nothing like resurrection;-) So far, I've gone through Bose 35's, 330.00, over priced, sketchy software, weird proprietary plug in design so when the wire goes, you have to get one from Bose. Poor range. Constant disconnects from the phone and the computer. Appears to have a conflict with my...
  10. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Got done working with the old drive, or at least one of them. Decided to go back to ACHI mode. Computer blue screens, and won't boot. Switched to Raid, and have the following numbers: 279. 210 207. 40. So random are now 5 times faster. See if it's noticeable.
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Hmmm. This seems to have a LOT to do with the controller used. I have an old drive I'm trying to get data off. Wouldn't work with bios set to Raid. Changed to ide. It works. The 860 evo CDM tests are: 238. 44.68 44.16 39.60 The computer seems a little bit less snappy. the 4k random...
  12. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Hi Handruin: Thank you for the recommendation. I just looked at the CDM on the Samsung 960 and 970 MVME drives. While the sequential tests are around 3500 mb/sec, the 4k randoms are only 3 times faster then the Sata drives, 600 mb/sec. The seq test goes up 7 times, 4k random 3x. What do you...
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Odd you brought that up. I was looking through my old pictures, and found my first Crystal Diskmark test of the X-25M raid, and I have the current Evo 860 test: X-25's 493. 330. 21. 268. 860 285. 214. 214. 40. I ran a 7200 Sata and the numbers: 111. 3.6 3.6 1.4 so 4k random...
  14. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Crystal Disk Mark Evo 860 285 mb/sec. vs. 440 for Intel Raid 0. However, the access time for everything seems instant with the 860. Pictures viewers' lag is gone. Samsung Disk Migration works perfectly. Samsung Magician appears to work as well.
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Decided on 860 500 GB Sata 6. III.
  16. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Motherboard has Sata 2. Raid 0 gives 450 mb/sec, X-25's IIRC, that's about the limit of Sata 2. Sata 3 or 6, whichever, is around 600MB/sec. When I looked at the options, I also came to think either a Mirror 1 Raid, or a single newer drive might be a better idea. I use little more then half...
  17. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    May look into this: 2. Install a PCIe x1 SATA 3 card and install Samsung 850 Pro and have it bottleneck over PCIe 2.0 x1, but be ensured AHCI
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    If you read a little further: " I found this, did not try it myself. Not the Sabertooth but a similar ASUS board with a P6X58D Premium. But I made the Samsung 950 Pro work with it easy with an Asus M.2 PCI-E card and now also working with a riser cable due to space constraints. Speeds are of...
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Hi Has anyone tried one of these? Intel Optane SSD 900P Series - solid state drive - 480 GB - PCI Express 3.0 Would it be bootable on my old motherboard?? See sig. Any other bootable PCIE options that are cheaper, but would take advantage of an ope PCIE 16X slot?
  20. Santilli

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    It's pretty hard not to want to have 4k content once you see it. Even upscaled Bluray, by the 4k TV's is pretty spectacular.
  21. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    OK: Im impressed. Looks like the Evo started as pretty much a 4 door, street legal race car. Specs are similar to my old 64.5 mustang funny car. 2800 pounds, 350 HP, 5 to 6 speed, and fantastic suspension. I wish they would have had the prices. Must have started around 40-60 grand. Wish I had...
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    The reference I remember was in Fast & Furious. It was sort of an economy car, at least next to a Dodge Charger 426 8-71 blown Hemi...
  23. Santilli

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Just bought an EVO, despite the name. Reminds me of an economy car
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    POJ Panasonic CF-51 is dead. Only lasted 17 years....RIP Laptop suggestions?

    Rarely you get a Dell tech that will tell you facts about the hardware that aren't easy to find. I had found on the net that Dell had, on some laptops, used a super thin, unusual, SSD. Also I wanted to find out if it was under warranty, and if so, would I be voiding the warranty. Not my computer.
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    POJ Panasonic CF-51 is dead. Only lasted 17 years....RIP Laptop suggestions?

    Dell upgrade went better then expected. Inspirion 1500 5000. 5400 drive, 90mb/s. Put in a Samsung EVO 960. 550mb/sec, Crystal Disk Mark. 57.00 Made the Dell current, despite Dell telling us not to upgrade it on the phone. For once, they did not use a substandard chip on the bus, so we are...
  26. Santilli

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    Concerned about the same issues.
  27. Santilli

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    Lifetime or yearly?
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    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    Hi H Which version of Any DVD do you use for ripping UHD? When they changed hands, I stopped the constant upgrades with them, since I really wasn't using them much, and the version I have, 7692, is from 2016.
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    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    PowerDVD 18 is pretty amazing. It seems to sense the settings on a questionable Samsung 4k TV, and put a picture up that works on it, better then VLC, or Classic Media Player. It also auto mounts Bluray disk images, without having to use Clone DVD, and plays them??? Pretty amazing product, and...
  30. Santilli

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    HMMMM. Only external player Costco offers is 250.00 My video card was purchased in 2008. Amazing it was even running 11 years later. Needed replacing. PDVD18 has a free 30 day trial. The Samsung 4k was 225.00. Appears to be defective. Goes back tomorrow. A ton of settings that should work...
  31. Santilli

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    HMMM. To Answer a few questions: I was considering a computer setup, since the external UHD Players are in the 250.00 range. Pretty much only burner is 120. Trying out PDVD 18, vs. 12. It loads, and reads my disk images from the absurd number of Bluray disks we bought, and the output is HD. I...
  32. Santilli

    4k video playback: What do you really need?

    Hi I appear to be getting 4k playback, provided I have the following: 4k source, usually a Ultra High quality image or Bluray Geoforce GTX 1060 3 GB 2.0 HDMI cable Samsung 43" 4k Classic Media Player VLC PowerDVD 18 I was considering picking up a Pioneer 4k internal writer/reader. 120.00...
  33. Santilli

    Windows 10

    It came with 8.1. Upgrading to an evo 960.
  34. Santilli

    Windows 10

    Anyway to get a free copy of Windows 10 to copy onto a Dell laptop? Seems they imbed the activation code on the motherboard?
  35. Santilli

    Samsung Note 9 - anyone else using this phone?

    Xfinity just uploaded Pie on about the 31st. A month and a half after Google Fi uploaded it for the Moto X4.
  36. Santilli

    POJ Panasonic CF-51 is dead. Only lasted 17 years....RIP Laptop suggestions?

    Yes, it's s 3 day exam, where the exam company takes control of the devices, for three days, 24/7, hundreds of miles from home and work. Don't know the exact specs right now for what they allow, what software they run, etc. My criteria is pretty much a workstation that I can take home...
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    POJ Panasonic CF-51 is dead. Only lasted 17 years....RIP Laptop suggestions?

    Have a lengthy typing project coming up. What Windows laptops have the best keyboards for typing right now? Anything backlit, with Cherry or click type keyboard? Haven't found anything like that...
  38. Santilli

    Missing Members

    Life happens....
  39. Santilli

    Windows 10

    My mistake. I checked the passmark stats, and in the same price range, the current chips are fast enough to consider replacement, meaning well over 3x the current chip I have, for the same price range. That said, for what I do, I see no reason to upgrade, until something breaks, or I decide to...
  40. Santilli

    Windows 10

    Not much difference in specs between the 53 and 54. Same, but in a lighter case, and the 54 costs twice as much, or 3X. Time is always a good thing, as prices drop. Isn't pre-tax time a good buying time, as prices drop???? Problem is inventory isn't moving, so a lot of this stuff has out...
  41. Santilli

    Windows 10

    2011 launch date CF53. 2014 for 4th version. Most of the bigger screened laptops are using standard hard drives. They have NOT reflected the low prices in the SSD market in their pricing. Now, thanks to HP, I'll make sure the device has a SSD, and the other components are capable of handling...
  42. Santilli

    Windows 10

    53 and 54 are pretty close. However, the only one in real price range is the 53. 14" screen. Not great for old people.
  43. Santilli

    Windows 10

    Really wish Panasonic had 17.3 inch models, for cheap...
  44. Santilli

    Windows 10

    For me, I'm at a point where I don't feel bad about trying a laptop, and returning it with Costco. It's pretty clear these companies are trying to move old, garbage components, and get high prices for them. What I've been looking for is a 17..3 inch, with a SSD, NVMe would be nice, but not...
  45. Santilli

    Windows 10

    Ten years ago certain people suggested that I stop using enterprise software and hardware, and use consumer stuff, since it had a shorter compatibility cycle etc. i took your advice, and David was kind enough to set me up with his excellent, cutting edge stuff. End result is 10 years later, my...
  46. Santilli

    Windows 10

    It's already taken back. Followed your advice, and I agree.Kind of funny that a 300 dollar chrome book works better then a HP, costing twice as much.
  47. Santilli

    Windows 10

    Good points: 17.3 inch fits in back pack, just a little longer. Heavy, but don't really notice it. Since this size is not that common, you have to be careful with what you get. I notice you get a huge improvement in specs going from the 6-700 range to 1000-1300 range. While costco can be a...
  48. Santilli

    Windows 10

    It was 599. However, even at that price, too many problems short comings. 1. bayonet power supply sure to break why not type c charger? 2. NO type c port, period, much less charging. 3. would like 1080 screen. The screen was 1600 x 900 or something like that, had's lots of ghosts, and generally...
  49. Santilli

    Windows 10

    It asked all that and a bag of chips. The final straw was having to single click backwards 60 times to get to 1954. Without my birthday, I couldn't proceed with the login/boot procedure. Now for a fairly serious question: I use Xfinity.com. I log in, and can watch shows we record on the home...
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