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General Hardware / How slow is my hardware?
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:06:58 AM »
Good day everyone!

I know my hardware is about 6 years old and a few generations behind what's current.  I'm interested to know just how slow my hardware is in comparison to the newer gear available.  I'm looking to upgrade this year sometime, maybe when the new Intel Skylake comes out.

To benchmark I've been using y-cruncher.  It can be had here:

I've performed a single thread and multi thread calculation to 500,000,000 decimals of pi.  Here are the results:

Single Thread:
Computation Time: 701.601
Total Time: 724.647

Multi Thread (8):
Computation Time: 173.796
Total Time: 183.988

CPU: Core i7-930 @ 4.01 Ghz
Memory: 24 GB @ 762 MHZ (1524)

I'd appreciate your system specs and performance for the same test to quantify how fast my computer isn't.



General Hardware / [Frontpage News]Google Stops Nexus 7 Orders
« on: July 25, 2012, 05:56:44 PM »
Has anybody ordered, purchased, or tried one of these yet?


General Hardware / Lenovo Laptop DC Power Connector
« on: April 27, 2012, 05:45:24 PM »

Hi.  My wife has an ideapad y560p laptop and it will no longer charge.  The charger is good with 19.7v at the tip.  I don't know if it's designed to run without the battery but plugged in, but it won't do that either (to rule out a defective battery).  It's been finnicky for a while as in to get it to charge you had to position the charger tip perfectly in the connector but it finally gave out tonight.  I'm guessing the connector jack inside the laptop needs to be replaced/resoldered.  Do you have any advice?  Maybe some instructions *wink* *wink*??


All About Folding. / 2828.427124746^2
« on: April 10, 2011, 02:46:52 PM »
That's how many points I have now.  See?  I guess you can't see.  The 'attachments upload' folder is broken.  But I'm still gunna brag about it.

All About Folding. / 7,000K
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:11:34 AM »

All About Folding. / All your WU...
« on: January 09, 2011, 06:26:36 PM »
Are belong to ME!!  Muah ha ha!  >:D

LAN & General Gaming / PC Game Prices
« on: December 16, 2010, 07:37:56 AM »
Is it just me or are PC games too expensive?  (Or maybe I'm getting cheap as I age)

Long long ago, in the before time, games used to cost $30-$40 with premium titles being $50.  Now the trend appears to be $40-$50 with premium games being $60.  I can't justify $60 for a game.  Obviously this is working for publishers given record sales of the modern warfare series and starcraft 2.  Modern Warfare 2 is over a year old and still retails for $60.  In fact it's on the bargain shelf at Walmart with its original $60 price tag.

On the flip side I find myself buying cheap bundles on Steam for my entertainment.  I bought the orange box and world of goo a few weeks ago for $10.  $10!!  That's value for ya...  Ok, I think I'm done ranting now.

I logged on to to see if starcraft 2 was any cheaper digitally and this is what I got... (see attachment)


All About Folding. / Awesomeness
« on: November 13, 2010, 02:24:00 PM »
nuff said...

General Hardware / Shaders won't stay clocked after re-boot
« on: July 25, 2010, 02:36:48 PM »
Hello everyone!

I've been Google'ing this for some time and haven't been able to find an answer anywhere.  My video card has a factory OC'd shader at 1836 Mhz.  After a reboot it's stuck at 1500.  Both GPUZ and the Nvidia control panel state that the default clock is 1836, yet the current clock is 1500.  The only way to get it back to 1836 is to re-install the video driver.  An inconvenience for sure.  Anybody else have this issue?  The core and memory don't underclock, just the shader.



All About Folding. / I'm folding! Are you?
« on: May 21, 2010, 10:51:17 AM »
Rhetorical question, but just wondering why everyone quit folding?  I think Zeus is folding on his Zune for his 34 PPD contribution.  :angel:

Seriously though, I'm feeling lonely!


LAN & General Gaming / Supreme Commander 2 = Supreme Disappointment
« on: March 18, 2010, 08:14:14 PM »
I have to start by saying that I REALLY enjoyed the original Supreme Commander.  I enjoyed Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance even more.  In fact, I played FA once as each faction on normal difficulty, then all over again on hard difficuly.  Then repeated hard difficulty.  Can you tell I liked it!?  O0

Naturally when Supreme Commander 2 was released I was excited to say the least.  I have probably less than 20 hours into this game and it's over.  Too easy.  Too short.  Elements from the first game are missing which made SC what it was.  The economy isn't unique as before, assist with engineers and factories is essentially gone, buildings build too fast, research is illogical... There's too much to gripe about.  But I had to do it somewhere!  Blah!  :tickedoff:

I guess the only advice I have is play the demo first.  The lead into SC2 didn't really pick up where SC:FA left off!  Judging by the end of SC2 there may be a SC3.  I know I'll be patiently waiting for reviews and perhaps a demo before blindly buying off the shelf.  Many say the game was "dumbed down" for xbox 360 players.  Which is ok I guess, but they could have left the game with an IQ greater than 2...  :uglystupid2:

Ok I'm done now.  Anybody else have any experiences with this game?  Maybe I missed something.


P.S.- Zeus: Can't seem to log in using Chrome.  Explorer worked fine but Chrome kept saying I needed to enter a username.

General Hardware / Partition Alignment
« on: November 18, 2009, 12:44:55 PM »
Hi.  Me again.

Partition alignment has been a hot topic with the introduction of solid state hard drives.  It seems to boost performance and eliminate read / write buffer issues.  There are even some white papers published by microsoft explaining the importance of alignment on large high load sql servers.

I have yet to find any article or anything pertaining to the standard desktop or gaming system using alignment with traditional rotating magnetic drives.  Has anybody looked into this or run any numbers?  My curiosity has me wondering if there's any hard drive performance left to tap.


General Hardware / Upgrade a little, a lot, or later?
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:01:15 AM »
Hi everybody,

I'm wanting some opinions on upgrade options.  The core specs on my system are:

Athlon X2 4800
2 GB ram
7950 GT Video card
2 36 GB raptors RAID 0

I can barely run modern warfare 1, supreme commander, and another game I can't remember the name of.  Anyway this really puts a dampner on anything new coming out.  It would be like a slide show as opposed to a fluid game I could enjoy.  As I see if I have some upgrade options and am looking for opinions on what to do.  I would love to upgrade to a quad core but from what I've read, dual core systems usually perform better because of less overhead of core management combined with games that don't typically use more than two cores.  Anyway...

Cheapest option: Upgrade to Athlon X2 6000 for $65, plus 4 GB ram, newer video card, new PSU.  Approximate cost < $500

Most expensive option:  Upgrade to quad core or i7 with 6 or 8 GB ram, newer video card, new HD, essentially a brand new system.  Approximate cost $900-$1,100

Least gaming experience possible: Wait to upgrade.

Thoughts?  Oppinions?  Flames?

Thanks much!


General Mayhem / Need help finding tools!
« on: July 08, 2009, 01:10:43 PM »
Hi everyone!

     Long time no post eh?  I know, my bad.  I'm looking for a few utilities, preferably open source but freeware is just as good.  I need one to monitor, graph, and log bandwidth usage and another to create maximum traffic between two points.  I need to flood a network connection with traffic while being able to watch and monitor the bandwidth for hiccups.  Anybody know of any tools I can use to accomplish this?
     I've been Googling for a while but haven't found much.  Netstat Live looked promising for bandwidth, but it crashes every time.  I haven't Bing'd anything yet though.  (haven't jumped on the bandwagon).  I know this should probably go on another thread but I guess Google announced a Chrome OS today.  Mostly web based on a linux kernel for netbooks.  Maybe expand to desktop in the future.  Who knows.

Thanks for the help,


General Mayhem / New Logo
« on: January 02, 2009, 01:23:58 PM »
Just had to sign in and comment on the new logo!  Classy!  However, this makes all of my t-shirts obsolete.  When can I expect a new shipment?


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