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Mar 19 2017

Workstation class Ryzen?

So it appears that I am not the only one with wishes for a “workstation class” Ryzen part aimed at content creators, 3D animators, and the like… Many sources are now reporting the possibility of AMD releasing a 16 core 32 thread CPU for somewhere in the <$1000 market space on a new NON-AM4 platform with quad channel DDR4 memory that supposedly solved many of the inter-CCX cache latency problems. as well. The rumor says that it should be out around the same time as Computex. While this is still deep in rumor territory, It certainly has me excited as a 16 core Ryzen *should* perform better than a currently available dual 8 core Xeon rig for DRASTICALLY less expensive. It’s no single-CPU 32 core Naples box, but honestly, I think a 16 core Ryzen workstation would be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the content creation market, and I imagine AMD can build them at substantially less expensively than the Naples parts as well, allowing lowly nerds like me the possibility of affording one.

Mar 8 2017

Oh my goodness Ryzen!

Well, I’ve finally gone and done it.  The spin on the obligatory Ryzen post made on every tech blog and youtube channel on the internet as of late.

So AMD has FINALLY graced us with some intel competition (at least in the mid-range to “enthusiast” desktop market) with the release of their new Ryzen 7 series CPUs. at first look, 8 cores, 16 threads, at darn near 4ghz (and a bit over from time to time if you want to roll up your sleeves and get your overclock on) sounds pretty darned attractive…  So much so that I read a ton of information and watched a ton of “speculation” and “leaked benchmark” comparison videos and built it all up in my head, and then several weeks later, the final product started shipping and overall, it seems good for a nice upper middle range desktop processor touching on “enthusiast” class.  It’s reasonably quick, going head to head with the i7-6800k and beating it out most of the time, in some cases beating out the thousand dollars plus i7-5960x, and in other cases, “Intel’s i7-7700k, a quad-core chip priced at $349, handily beats out the most expensive Ryzen chip.” as The Motley Fool puts it. Read More >>

Dec 19 2016

Lab updates!

Wouldn’t you know it, just after I finally decide to start doing weekly youtube videos, my awesome wife and I decide to move our pantry (which until yesterday existed on a wall in my lab), to another part of the house as part of holiday cleaning and purging. We thought we’d be done moving and cleaning things so I could get set up to record another video, but alas, if one were to put on some green tinted glasses, and have a look at my lab right now, you’d think you were playing Fallout 4 with the graphics settings cranked up. It’s properly trashed.

Thus, video production is currently at a standstill until I have a viable workspace again, which should hopefully be a few days, however, given the holiday season, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new video didn’t happen until the dawn of the new year.

On the other hand, production quality should improve dramatically from my last video as I have upgraded my lighting, audio, and have made a few other improvements as well, so please stay tuned!

Tl;DR: Cpgeek is being a big jerk and is not releasing videos like he said he would and probably won’t have another one up until 2017.

Dec 9 2016

Changing luck

Thankfully I have much better things to report this time around. My workstation is now back online. It’s got a new motherboard that I bought from a friend, and a power supply that I’m borrowing for a while until I can find a new one that’ll work for me, and I even put the money I’d been saving for the complete replacement of my rig into a new GPU which is pretty epic. I’ll have a bit more on that later.

As far as AV stuff, I’ve begun doing some video testing again, gearing up for a couple of videos to be released soon. The quality isn’t nearly as high as I’d like it to be, but I figure the time has come where I should have at least SOMETHING to start building a presence, and I can give production value some spit and polish as I push through the creative process.

I’ve also been putting off a major rebuild of this web server for quite some time as well, and I’m hoping to get that at least started over this coming weekend. At least there is progress moving forward with projects again! Woot!

Oct 12 2016

A Run of Bad Luck

As readers here know, I’ve been working on getting a new video project off the ground, however, it’s been several months and there still isn’t anything online but some aged test footage.  One of the biggest reasons for this is that as I was approaching the end of my testing and readying myself to sit down and shoot some real content, the power supply on my workstation decided to loudly release it’s magic smoke, taking the motherboard with it in it’s wake.  Fast forward a few weeks later, and my laptop, which would have made a great secondary choice for editing and posting videos online (Dell XPS l521x – quad core i7, 16gb ram, geforce gtx 640m – a reasonably substantial machine to these ends), stopped recognizing USB devices plugged into it when I was using it to charge a USB battery and then a few moments later, the battery began smoking…  Thankfully I was nearby and was able to unplug the battery’s power which quelled any possible fire-related problems, but from that moment on, nothing plugged into USB is recognized.

So here I am, limping by with a laptop with no USB and a bluetooth mouse for gaming, a workstation with lots of hard drives, no power supply and no motherboard, and what was intended for my kids’ homework that is now my primary computer, a core2duo 3ghz based HP Slimline business desktop with 4gb ram, and a 250gb hard drive plugged into 5 of 6 desktop monitors.  Not exactly the best machine to do any kind of video editing on.

I’m slowly saving toward the purchase of components to rebuild my desktop, I think I may end up getting what I can for my laptop on ebay (clearly making note of what happened of course), and possibly, very slowly, shooting, and transferring video from my camera’s memory card onto the craptacular desktop and then transfer the material to the laptop for editing and uploading, but it will still take some doing.

In other news, I just signed up for Amazon’s affiliate link system, so I’m hoping that my readers / watchers might be interested enough to pick up some of the stuff i’ll be talking about in my articles,  videos, and social media posts and perhaps, in some minor way, defray the investment cost of rebuilding my setup.

know it’s been a long time, but I’m still committed to writing about awesome nerd things that catch my eye, and soon, there will be video!

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