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  1. Nvidia Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire Arm Ltd., the chip designer owned by SoftBank Group Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.
  2. When I first got this USB 3.0 wifi adapter for my desktop, it was working great. Lately I've been having weird speed issues: if I do a fast.com speed test, I'll hit the expected ~200 Mbps speed for my connection, then it'll stay there for a couple of seconds, then it'll plummet down the 60-100 Mbps range and give a final score somewhere around that range. Rebooting the computer seems to temporarily but not permanently fix this. I'm pretty sure it's not the router or the internet connection because my phone does fine on fast.com speed tests while this is happening on my computer. And I just tried using different browsers and got the same behavior. It's also not just fast.com, I've seen the speeds jump around a lot while downloading things off Steam too. I'm also definitely not on the 2.4 GHz connection. As the connection degrades, it feels like there's latency adding too, and not just speed degradation--for example it'll take weirdly long to start loading pages after clicking links, and it seems like 60 Mbps vs 200 Mbps shouldn't really make a difference for web browsing unless there's also latency coming into play. But again, my phone does not seem to experience this latency when the computer starts having it. Does anyone have any idea what could be going on? When I plugged the adapter in it just worked, I didn't have to install anything, so it seems like there isn't anything obvious like reinstalling the relevant software to try.
  3. https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-announces-delay-to-7nm-processors-now-one-year-behind-expectations https://seekingalpha.com/amp/news/3594717-seven-downgrades-far-for-intel-post-earnings-shares-slump-13 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-23/intel-process-delay-sparks-44-billion-swing-in-chipmaker-values ^Over $25 billion in market cap was erased, right after NVIDIA stole the crown for the largest market cap of any chipmaker. Both AMD and TSMC enjoyed some nice little gains as a result of Intel's earnings announcement. One interesting takeaway is this snippet right here: It's getting so bad that Intel is saying they're going to be increasing their reliance on third-party foundries. This was always the plan for their discrete GPUs, but it appears they're looking into expanding that for their core products. We'll have to wait and see what that means, exactly. 10nm for the desktop is still on track for the second half of next year, and while that may not sound very good with AMD already a year into 7nm, keep in mind Intel's 10nm is actually denser than TSMC's 7nm process. How companies rate their manufacturing processes is really up to them, so there's never any consistency between foundries. Of course, by 2021, AMD is expected to be using TSMC's 5nm process, which will certainly be a generation ahead of Intel's 10nm. Chart of transistor densities if you're interested: Basically this is Intel once-and-for-all ceding manufacturing dominance from the rest of the world for the foreseeable future. This has been Intel's primary strength against their competitors; their in-house foundries were the best in the world for most of their existence. Without newer manufacturing processes, their architectural roadmaps suffer, despite Intel claiming to have 'decoupled' chip design from manufacturing node. The reality is more advanced architectures require more transistors, or at the very least, lower-power transistors. Alder Lake is the core architecture expected next year on 10nm. Compared to AMD's Zen 4 on 5nm, it will likely use more power, but it's hard to say if core count will be as important a battleground as it has been the past three years. Beyond 16 cores (or even 12, frankly) you quickly start to run out of applications that can make significant use of available threads, so it will take time for software to catch up. The next-gen will likely be all about single-threaded performance again. Both Alder Lake and Zen 4 are expected to bring new sockets, chipsets, and support for DDR5. Beyond that there's Intel's Meteor Lake. This is the one directly affected by the 7nm delay. Not much is known about Meteor Lake, other than the move to a 'heterogeneous' design, with multiple dies and a push for both low-power and high-power cores similar to ARM CPUs in many current smartphones. Unless Intel takes the drastic move to transition their CPUs to competitor foundries, we'll likely see AMD retain the enthusiast performance crown, possibly switching roles to becoming the "premium" chipmaker while Intel mops up the cheaper price points.
  4. Friend of mine wants to setup a complete audio system for his house with in-ceiling speakers, touchscreen monitor in kitchen for song selections, maybe phone access and/or a monitor in one other room, probably a remote. He asked for my help because I'm the nerd friend. My current skill set/job is networking and camera installation, and he's a very skilled carpenter, money isn't an object as he wants it done perfectly to his tastes. I've done speaker setups before too a receiver for a living room setup, but not something like this. I've also worked in homes that have the insanely expensive smart home screens in every room that controls lights, thermostats, music and so on, but that's not what he's going for. Just music and maybe YouTube/Pandora So my first question is, has anyone ever done something like this or have any ideas on where to start? My starting thought was building a HTPC, sound card to a receiver, 2 touchscreen monitors to different rooms, and boom rest falls into place. Main concern is I've never used a touchscreen monitor aside from AIOs, they work as they should and reliable? If so, my only other question is, you guys have any ideas that might add to this experience/setup?
  5. I've been looking around for a new monitor and struggling to decide for myself. I'm currently on an old LG IPS236V, and its served me well. I've fallen in love with the IPS panel at this point because of it. But I'd like to take a step forward and get at least 144hz at 1440p, and maybe a little lower than 5ms(granted if I can snag another good IPS, 5ms will suit me just fine). So my goals are 27" 1440p 144hz, and lower than 5ms would be a plus, and IPS would also be a plus. But from what I've seen, I'll have to compromise somewhere, the first 3 points are my main concern anywho. My budget is pretty loose, honestly less than $700 would be nice, as I mostly just want to get something I'll be satisfied with for a long time, since I'm coming up on the 9-10 year mark with my current monitor and I'm lazy with upgrades, but always the cheaper and most bang for my buck, the better. Mostly for gaming. Like to play Overwatch and other FPS's and prefer to "try hard" and play competitively, so excited to be able to do so and feel like I have the system, monitor, and other peripherals that can compliment that for the first time. So perfect colors for editing aren't a necessity, but pretty colors and deep blacks would be nice to have. Specs for what its worth: R5 3600 980ti (Thanks @Spork3245 :3) 16gb RAM
  6. Just would like to hear some opinions on this. I have a gaming pc with a 2080 super on the way and I'm not sure whether I should hook it up to my monitor or my TV. What do you guys think?
  7. What is on the horizon that should keep me from spending ~$800 this coming month to upgrade my CPU (i7-3770k), DDR3 RAM, and by default the motherboard as well? I upgraded my graphics card to an RTX2080 in September or so because my 970 died. But I want to be prepared for Cyberpunk 2077.
  8. NVIDIA’s Flagship RTX 3090 GPU Will Have A TGP Of 350W, Complete Breakdown Leaked
  9. With starting as a teacher in September, having a laptop is a necessity for lesson planning, finding resources, keeping a tab on assessment data and using several school-based programmes. Now, during my training year I got by with a budget HP, but I'd quite like something that was reliable, can handle having a fair few things running at the same time (not necessarily intensive) and preferable with a metal case so it's nice and durable. Really, I just want something that works well, no slowing/performance issues and must be Windows 10. Can anyone recommend something that would fit into the $750 ish price band.
  10. So my friend wants a new desktop PC mainly for photo and video editing. He wants a 1tb SSD and 32 GB of RAM. Aside from that, I'm not sure what kind of specs are needed for photo and video editing. Any recommendations? His budget is between $1000-$1500 CAD. Please and Thank you!
  11. https://www.pcgamer.com/the-very-specific-horror-of-old-graphics-card-packaging-art/?utm_content=buffer82d8c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=buffer_pcgamerfb I vividly remember this guy:
  12. Also put in a new power supply due to the need of 2 8 pins, but i don't think thats an issue because the old 6950 i have as a back up needs 2 6 pins and functions perfectly. I've tried everything, windows reset, wipe the display drivers, cleaned Monitor registry, swapped HDMI cables, updated bios/chipset, set PCIe as default graphics in bios along with setting them to PCIe 3.0 default, manually installing the drivers to avoid AMDs software and nothing. As the drivers install once it gets to the first flicker the fans stop and the display signal drops out, the LED lights on the card stay lit though, the computer doesn't lock up because i can just press power and it shuts down normally and on boot up the display works till after the windows load screen where it just goes black again, and again i can just start the shut down with the power button. Every time i do this i have to install the 6950 and wipe the drivers and then reinstall the 5700 xt which loads into windows just fine till i attempt to install the drivers where it again just shuts down while the PC appears to function normally with no display. Basically i've run out of ideas from internet searches and wondering if anyone here has dealt with it or has anything else i could try? Support is down on the weekend for MSI so nothing else i can do till monday.
  13. Nothing like waking up to a dead PSU, turn my pc on started to watch a video and like a light switch it powered off. Thinking maybe something tripped the breaker I checked that, the outlet itself and obviously my PSU which is dead no power at all, there was no smoke, pops or any attempt to power itself back on. So my nice Corsair RM550 PSU shit the bed, since I am dead broke until unemployment kicks in I had to settle for a cheap $50 EVGA 500 watt from microcenter, sure it's not great but it's more than acceptable for the time being. Upon doing some cable management I came across my CPU backplate, it was a bit loose maybe from 5 years of use? so hoping I get some better temps from tightening the bracket down. Also suddenly my PIC-E x16 #1 slot is working again out of the blue which is strange, at least now my RX480 will be running at x16 might gain a frame or two heh. What a day, never had a PSU just shut down and die, I've seen them burn up and pop but never just shut down.
  14. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3080-ampere-design-leak/ According to Jayz 2 Cents the 3080ti/super might not even be their flagship... I guess @Mr.Vic20 is going to play his farmville with a 3090!
  15. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/intel-top-chip-designer-resigns-202419120.html https://wccftech.com/exclusive-intel-internal-memo-jim-keller-departure-new-structure/ 2 years and he's out. Makes you wonder what happened. This is good news for AMD in my view. Intel may not be innovating as much as I pictured without Keller there.
  16. https://www.cnet.com/news/5g-what-it-is-and-how-it-will-change-your-life/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j
  17. AMD CEO: Ryzen CPUs Now Account To More Than 50% Premium Processor Sales Globally, Strong Demand For Ryzen 3000 & Ryzen 2000 CPUs
  18. Alleged AMD Next-Gen Flagship Navi ‘Radeon RX’ GPU Specifications Leaked – 5120 Cores, 24 GB HBM2e Memory, 2 TB/s Bandwidth
  19. Working from home has finally made me a believer in Virtual desktops. Virtual Desktops have been that power user thing that I could never really get into. I know they've been around forever, though it took a while for native Windows support, but for the longest time I just couldn't find any real use for them. I've always had a lot of screen real estate, be it multiple monitors or more recently single very large ones, so virtual desktops never really seemed necessary. Perhaps I'm just not an organized enough person to put them to good use, or maybe it's just my typical workflow. Now that I'm working from home though, I've finally gotten on board. It's nice to seperate my digital workspace from my digital home, especially when I'm constantly sharing my screen for work. It's nice to not close down all my work apps or tabs, but also not have them there cluttering my life when I don't want them. I'm just now using two desktops, and not doing anything exciting or interesting at that, but I'm finally coming around to the idea and finding it quite useful. If you're also working from home and you're not using virtual desktops, I'd recommend giving the feature another try. Anyone else a believer in virtual desktops? Any pro tips from long time users?
  20. For my nephew for his high school graduation. We want to keep the cost down below $750.00 and I've narrowed the choices down to these two https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-nitro-5-15-6-gaming-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1650-1tb-hard-drive-128gb-ssd-black/6344387.p?skuId=6344387 or this one https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-15-6-gaming-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050-256gb-solid-state-drive-shadow-black/6364574.p?skuId=6364574 The Acer seems like the better value unless I'm missing something. Or if you guys have any better suggestions in this price range, let me know.
  21. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-quantum-computers-can-operate-higher-temperatures @Mr.Vic20 How soon do you get one?
  22. https://www.zdnet.com/article/sony-develops-first-image-sensor-combined-with-ai-chip/
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