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Mr.D.

Mr.D.

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#1971711 Water Cooled G4 Cube case mod

Posted by Mr.D. on 26 November 2013 - 07:05 PM

Impressive work, as always! Love to see the old cubes, and to cram all that in there is very, very cool. If I could vote twice, I would!! You have my vote!

#1949482 Best haswell motherboard

Posted by Mr.D. on 29 September 2013 - 05:08 AM

If you already have the Haswell chip, then as RPD pointed out, that Asus Sabertooth is a pretty sweet board. Again, I'm showing my bias here but its a great option. Agreed with RPD that there just isn't a lot of separation right now between the boards - when you look on a site like newegg, there are more than twice the IvyBridge boards than Haswell... This will change with time... I suggest Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte or MSI - and pick a more top of the line one as these will most likely come with improvements for features and stability and overclock improvements with firmware (BIOS) updates. Not sure about native support for RAID in OSX on the H versus Z series - I just know that the H has it, the Z sometimes has it, and the Z is more geared towards performance - i.e. overclocking.

#1949444 Best haswell motherboard

Posted by Mr.D. on 28 September 2013 - 11:59 PM

I defer to RPD's superior judgment in this case - however, if price is no object then why not get a board that supports the new Xeon E3-12xx series? That is, after all, the only Haswell based Xeon on the market right now - you'd have to go with the standard i3, i5, or i7 for other Haswell boards - and the best part is that any board you get that'll support the E3 will support the standard i3, i5, or i7 chips as well... You did say price was no object: Proc / MB .  I am sure there are others, but that was just a quick search. I chose the H87 chipset because of built in RAID, but your mileage may vary. Also, as Haswell matures, more boards will support the E3, and even some boards that are out now will support it in the future with firmware updates. Here is a killer board that isn't E3 certified as of yet and probably doesn't have OSX support for some of its guts. Have you considered an IvyBridge MB? Yes I know its so last spring, but its tried, true and tested, and about as stab...

#1949210 New definitions of Terminal & UNIX commands

Posted by Mr.D. on 28 September 2013 - 06:08 AM

elm - the tree, of courselynx - the cat that looks like a bobcatdate - what one does with the opposite sex (or same depending on your whoami return, which you can find by fingering yourself) in which alcohol is consumed and much lying is done. wow - gonna stop with that last one...

#1947353 USB Sound card

Posted by Mr.D. on 21 September 2013 - 12:54 AM

With USB audio cards, its a funky amalgamation of the CPU and the sound card doing the processing. The USB part of this is handled by the CPU, and since its just data at that point, its just put over the USB interface. Of course, the more 'full' the sound is, the more data is being processed by the CPU for transmission over that USB link. When it gets to the sound card at the end of that USB cable, then the chip there decodes (if any is needed) the data stream into either a linear PCM stream (Optical) or analogue outputs (2-5 or sometimes 7). If you were using HDMI for carrying your audio, then it would all be wrapped up into the HDCP HDMI signal, and that would be anywhere from 2 to 9 channels depending upon source material and your HDMI version. As always, moving the DAC outside of the case is the best bet for best sound as there are WAAAAYYYY to many things inside your case that can create interference. Plus, as the round one said, the DAC in a home theater receiver is gonna be b...

#1947148 How to know if OC is working on Hackintosh?

Posted by Mr.D. on 20 September 2013 - 12:49 AM

Thanks GV!! - that is a perfect guide for what is needed w/o getting into specifics for personal hardware.

#1947147 50GB of cloud storage for... FREE!

Posted by Mr.D. on 20 September 2013 - 12:43 AM

Not American spies - Kiwi spies!!... never trust a bird that cant fly!! That's like a horse that cant gallop or a dog that cant bark! Also, they have that bastard of a creature the duck-billed platypus...

#1939506 PowerHack i5

Posted by Mr.D. on 17 August 2013 - 09:22 PM

You are a brave man to use the QUO motherboard... do you actually have one or are you waitlisted or are you just hoping that they'll have one for you? All the other components are solid. Plenty of resources for nVidia cards here. I am unsure of the roswell wifi adaptor. I'm not saying it wont work, I'm just suggesting you go thru the hardware forums above and look for that adaptor before you buy it. Also, why water cooling? Are you doing it for the looks? I know you said you want as silent an operation as possible but there are very very good air cooled options available that are pretty quiet. I, personally, have never seen the facination with waterblocks, other than for EXTREME overclockers or for looks. I like M-Audio stuff - have an old 24/96 just cant use it because my new rig doesnt have legacy PCI slots... Good luck with the build - keep us updated on what you decide to do!

#1934899 Apple finally announces all-new Mac Pro

Posted by Mr.D. on 27 July 2013 - 05:13 AM

So I didn't even know external PCIe expansion options (other than TB) were available until I just Googled it. Do people actually use this? - and by people, I mean people not companies. I guess I could kinda see the idea behind something like this, but for a standard, or even a high end user - really? Is there any mainstream application of external PCIe - other than Thunderbolt? I don't see this as something that is dying, I see this as something that applies to such a small niche of people that it isn't even relevant to this topic really. Do you use this type of solution? Do you know anyone who does? And if they do - are they using it on a Mac? Wanna talk about a straw man - this 'dying option' you present was a twig that some kid snapped in two and declared DOA a while ago. With regard to the 'other moribund tech' that I cited - are you referring to the eSATA? If that is indeed what you are referring to, then yes, I meant it as an addition to other external expansion opti...

#1934655 Apple finally announces all-new Mac Pro

Posted by Mr.D. on 26 July 2013 - 02:42 AM

P.S.: pci-e expansion is great, has in fact even higher bandwidth than TB, but isn't nearly as flexible, compact and, most of all, able to handle daisy-chained devices as TB, besides the fact it doesn't really come out of the box with no professional workstation. Not surprisingly, it's a technology that has been slowly fading as an external expansion option, just like other useful tech (fibre channel and FireWire anyone?)don't forget eSATA with the FW and FiberChannel... Could you please support the supposition that PCIe is, "a technology that has been slowly fading away'? The only option that I have seen for an external expansion option for PCIe is Thunderbolt.  And, correct me if I am wrong - but isn't TB just PCIe run over a cable with DP added into the mix? I'm sure its more complicated than that, but I thought that is what Lightpeak Thunderbolt was basically. And with regards to the underlying tech of PCIe, I have seen upgrades of the spec on a regular basis....

#1932302 Hackintosh Builds for Every Budget!

Posted by Mr.D. on 15 July 2013 - 12:18 AM

I bet we could make a list with price points every $500! - but I think, for now, 3-4 machines is a pretty decent level. I have been asked thru IM about Haswell options. I think its a little too early to make that leap just yet. Perhaps when 10.9 is out when the iTrashCan new MacPro are out we can adjust. Right now these builds are at great price points and are as close to rock-solid stable as you're gonna get.

#1927541 Animated Gifs and Emoticons, Post your Gif

Posted by Mr.D. on 25 June 2013 - 02:58 AM

 yes??

#1926319 Apple finally announces all-new Mac Pro

Posted by Mr.D. on 21 June 2013 - 09:19 AM

Computers (as any other hardware they sell) are regarded/designed (by Apple) as a home appliance (like washing machine or vacuum cleaner if you will), that is a fully functional device ready to be used out of the box. Therefore they make not only design/hardware (in a sense), but a purpose-build software for the device, for it to be fully functional and self contained. Washing machines or vacuum cleaner are not meant to be upgradeable by user (fixed at best if a user is qualified enough). On the other hand, PC users consider computers as a user serviceable/upgradeable device and usually these are sold as such (desktops at least). OS there is a separate product. Is the concept used by Apple wrong? IMO for some part it is, but since Apple computers are sold well enough, probably many people don't mind the concept at all.I like the analogy, but I think a better comparison would be to a car. In fact, even Bill Gates has made that analogy before. In that com...

#1924473 Water cooled G4 Cube

Posted by Mr.D. on 15 June 2013 - 05:35 PM

Hard to believe you can get all of that crammed into the cube! I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like with the compressible adhesive strip - should clean up nicely!

#1923867 Brand-new 2013 Mac Pro 6,1!

Posted by Mr.D. on 13 June 2013 - 10:43 PM

I know know the biggest issue that I have had with this machine - its powering the original DeathStar's tractor beam!!   

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