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  1. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    Apparently the current Windows 11 beta release can be broken due to a bad ad? The fact that the shell reaches out to a cloud service to operate just screams possible malware vector. https://www.xda-developers.com/microsoft-breaks-windows-11-by-injecting-ads/...
  2. Chewy509

    Video Cards

    It's something I've noticed as well, but I've put it down to two things: Lack of innovation in the segment, so no new designs. (AIOs are the cool kid on the block, so that's were the R&D money is spent) and, For a decent cheap cooler most people just get the CoolerMaster 212, or if you need...
  3. Chewy509

    Video Cards

    With the release of the AMD RX6600XT at it's price point I was hoping that it would drive down the price of some of the older parts, instead all the MSRP stock has disappeared, and replaced with more expensive models... The prices on older models (eg GTX1650 and RTX2060) have remained the same...
  4. Chewy509

    Home NAS

    We've had a lot of them in the office and they operate extremely well. Very happy with them.
  5. Chewy509

    Home NAS

    Unfortunately, we are now down to 3 HDD manufacturers, Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba. However according to this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive#/media/File:Diagram_of_Hard_Disk_Drive_Manufacturer_Consolidation.svg the 2.5" side of HGST went to WD and the 3.5" side went to...
  6. Chewy509

    MAC M1

    We've got a few M1 based systems at work, and they operate well for their intended purpose. Performance wise, they perform better than previous Apple laptops, in both CPU performance and battery life. We've found Rosetta to be performant with x86 to ARM, no issues with application...
  7. Chewy509

    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    Additionally, it pushes users to use Googles various cloud based services, which gives Google 2 things: 1. Further insight into the users lifestyle and data, (photos, music, etc). 2. Possible additional income when users need to upgrade the available storage on said cloud service, eg moving from...
  8. Chewy509

    Video Cards

    Regarding 10bit colour support, all RTX-2000 and RTX-3000 series cards (both desktop and Quadro/A-series) support 10bit colour for gaming an productivity, assuming you have a display that supports 10bit colour information. https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/studio-driver/?ncid=so-twit-88958
  9. Chewy509

    Video Cards

    I assume you mean the Quadro, and not Quattro (the AWD system used by Audi). The only reason to get a Quadro for gaming is for the VRAM support (up to 48GB), but otherwise from what I have seen they perform the same or a tiny little bit worse than their desktop/gaming equivalents. (This is due...
  10. Chewy509

    Video Cards

    Exactly as you mentioned... Raw materials and supply chains being constrained for various reasons (mostly COVID-19 related), financial hardships in some countries, and then another crypto-mining boom. And add-in people working from home and most are now looking to update their home systems...
  11. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    I doubt it. Major OEMs wouldn't be able to sell new systems if that were a requirement, especially to government/corporations/education sector all who traditionally are slow to move to new OS/Applications for various reasons.
  12. Chewy509

    Coronavirus

    Just got my second dose of the Pfizer on last Saturday, and it hit me hard. It was Like having a severe hangover with whole body arches for 2 days, but feeling better now.
  13. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    Yes absolutely, both Intel and AMD (and all other manufacturers) would not release drivers for operating systems that are EOL. Do you expect any manufacturer to release drivers for say Windows 7, for new devices released in 2021? I wouldn't, especially for core drivers like chipset drivers, GPU...
  14. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    Similar for people running older Xeon based systems... (Older 6 and 8 core Xeons and X99 based boards are super cheap on the second hand market).
  15. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    Reading on /. it appears the Zen+ / 8th gen Intel requirement is due to new hypervisor VM CPU instructions introduced on those core architectures. (That's the main difference between those and earlier generations). If the kernel/drivers require those instructions to be available, then that's a...
  16. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    Microsoft has released a supported processors list: AMD: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/supported/windows-11-supported-amd-processors Intel: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/supported/windows-11-supported-intel-processors So...
  17. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    Actually the ones that may be hit most hard by the TPM 2.0 requirement are the systems from major OEMs (Dell, HP, Lenovo), as often these systems have very limited options in the UEFI interface, and I would suspect that TPM is hard disabled on products targeted for home users, as TPM was often...
  18. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    @LunarMist, how are you testing? For the Windows 11 upgrade checker to work you need to ensure: CSM is disabled in the UEFI Secure Boot is enabled. You are booting from a drive that is GPT and using the UEFI/GPT bootloader. TPM enabled in the UEFI (either called TPM, fTPM, PSP or PTT) and the...
  19. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    I don't think it's that bad...(It's still a high number, though) On the Intel side of the fence most Intel chipsets post-Haswell era, have PTT in the chipset (PTT = Platform Trust Technology aka TPM). It'll be hit/miss in the early 100/200 series chipsets, but IIRC all 300, 400 and 500 series...
  20. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    Interesting note: The min specs for Win11 have increased (no surprise there), but TPM 2.0 is now a hard requirement... https://www.pcworld.com/article/3622940/windows-11-system-hardware-requirements.html
  21. Chewy509

    Windows 11

    And now it's formally announced,,, Seen a few of the youtube channels have reviewed the leaked beta, and IMHO if's 'meh'... nothing to see here, move along type stuff.
  22. Chewy509

    dSLR thread

    Looks like Sony is exiting the DSLR market to focus on mirrorless: https://www.engadget.com/sony-is-no-longer-selling-dsl-rs-091012774.html
  23. Chewy509

    Something Random

    @sedrosken Any interest in the older 8bit (6502 / Z80) or early 16bit x86 systems? If so I've found the following two YouTube channels of interest: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE5dIscvDxrb7CD5uiJJOiw/videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8uT9cgJorJPWu7ITLGo9Ww/videos The first one does...
  24. Chewy509

    Coronavirus

    My wife's allergist and immunologist earlier this week have both heavily advised that she not get any of the current vaccines on offer in Australia, as they don't have enough case studies and evidence on safety for select groups of people especially for those with immune/allergy related...
  25. Chewy509

    Something Random

    So, Facebook in order to comply with proposed Australian Law, has decided to remove all news articles and links to mainstream media sites, as well as pages for the news media, etc, rather than have to pay a fee to the media outlets... And most of the news papers are crying foul on Facebook...
  26. Chewy509

    Home NAS

    We've had a few of these for testing, and seem to work well in the storage roll: https://www.supermicro.com/en/products/motherboard/X10SDV-7TP4F?locale=en And using PCIe to M.2 adapters you can increase to a total of 5x NVMe devices. (1x onboard + 2x on M.2 adapters on the 2x PCIex8 slots)...
  27. Chewy509

    Home NAS

    Saw this yesterday on LTT:
  28. Chewy509

    Empire in Decline

    Well, the 2nd impeachment was tabled in the House and passed... Just waiting on the Senate now... Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/14/the-guardian-view-on-trumps-second-impeachment-urgent-and-necessary
  29. Chewy509

    Empire in Decline

    Looks like (as reported here), 2nd impeachment may be tabled and voted on in the House tomorrow (13-Jan), with Senate vote likely one week later. The question moving forward, if impeachment is not tabled or fails, how likely will Trump contest the next election or have one of his very close...
  30. Chewy509

    Empire in Decline

    I just hope all of you stay safe and out of harms way... Things are looking to get a little worse before they get better. For those following, which is the most likely outcome? 1. 2nd impeachment? 2. 25th amendment? 3. nothing and hope the place doesn't get torched?
  31. Chewy509

    Something Random

    Happy New Year to all...
  32. Chewy509

    Something Random

    Just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy a safe and pleasant holiday period. For all others who also celebrate other events at this time I also wish a: Happy Hanukkah Io, Saturnalia! Happy and Joyful Kwanzaa Happy Constitution Day Joyful Feast of Winter Veil Happy...
  33. Chewy509

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    @Merc, great to see you back.
  34. Chewy509

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Nikon Is ending 70 years of camera production in Japan, and moving production to Thailand, https://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/nikon-is-ending-70-years-of-camera-production-in-japan/
  35. Chewy509

    Something Random

    Going to be a stone throw from Dreamworld...
  36. Chewy509

    Something Random

    And to top it off, yesterdays temp was 36C (97F) and today is looking the same...
  37. Chewy509

    Something Random

    I hate moving house.... Last time was just over 11 years ago...
  38. Chewy509

    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

    I went and tried to find out when Samsung switched from SLC to MLC to TLC and QLC on their products and even some of the product datasheets don't list the technology of bit cell count. Listing just Samsung V NAND as the technology doesn't tell me much, since there is 2bit, 3bit and 4bit...
  39. Chewy509

    Coronavirus

    Restrictions in some Australian states were also brought some criticism at the time due to certain scenarios being allowed, and not other in regards to gatherings. But all in all, they were aimed to protecting the community at large, and would appear to have worked. Here is one classic example...
  40. Chewy509

    Empire in Decline

    I don't think his own ego will allow himself to be 1 term president. (the last being IIRC Bush Snr).
  41. Chewy509

    Coronavirus

    US hits 1million new cases in less than a week. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/21/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html WTF is going there? Also todays paper reported that Donald Trump jr has tested positive as well?
  42. Chewy509

    Empire in Decline

    So what's the mood in the streets throughout most cities in the US at the moment? Any serious threat of civil unrest or possible civil war between the two factions? From what's being reported here, that most vocal Trump supporters appear quite fanatical?
  43. Chewy509

    Empire in Decline

    I'm surprised how close it has become... What's being reported here in Oz, is that Biden pretty much has won it (assuming he wins NV). However lots of reports of claims that Trump's allies and even himself will launch legal action over various aspects of vote counting, etc.
  44. Chewy509

    Empire in Decline

    Hasn't been for years... Many consider the US to now be a Oligarchy, due to the power of lobbyists on government policy. That is, policy and law is not governed by the populous belief and public desire or for the betterment of all, but rather the invested interests of a few (non-elected)...
  45. Chewy509

    All-in-one for WoW (or laptop?)

    The main reason for mentioning the 1060, (it's IMHO still a decent card even today), was to ensure they weren't paying full price for what is either old stock or as you mention 2nd hand... If they got a good discount on it, then a good buy.
  46. Chewy509

    Coronavirus

    Trump has covid-19?
  47. Chewy509

    All-in-one for WoW (or laptop?)

    Didn't realise people still had stock of the 1060? (replaced by the 1650 and 1660 over 18mths ago). I assume it's the 6GB version and not the 3GB version?
  48. Chewy509

    Strange Internet Problem

    Aren't both Opera and Vivaldi now based on the Chromium rendering engine? (aka Chrome).
  49. Chewy509

    All-in-one for WoW (or laptop?)

    Can't offer any recommendations for an AIO, as pretty much all current models with Intel CPUs all only use Intel HD graphics (which is still questionable performance wise). Most of the AMD based models are using the older A-series instead of Ryzen APUs. Admittedly I could have missed a few, but...
  50. Chewy509

    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

    No need to apologise, I myself was at one time one was a member of the SR forums, and migrated to here a few years before Eugene sold it... (the quality of posters was steadily dropping, and saw a post mentioning here that the 'old timers' were migrating to). IIRC, the migration occurred as SRs...
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