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 11 2016

Asus Geforce GTX 1070 Strix Unboxing

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!

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