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44 THREADS XEON WORKSTATION AND 32 THREADS OPTERON SERVER RETRO BUILDS

44 THREADS XEON WORKSTATION AND 32 THREADS OPTERON SERVER RETRO BUILDS


As you already know i fed up using [modern Ryzen/Radeon hardware] and decided to go a bit retro. Cheap Chinese clone mobos and second-hand high-performance cpu’s of previous generations induced me to rebuild my workstation and also fool around with Opteron-based server.
Here is [very detailed spreadsheet comparision] of almost all available Chinese x79/x89/x99 boards on the market.

XEON E5-2680V4 14C/28T VS E5-2696V4 22C/44T ▀ WINDOWS 7 PERFORMANCE COMPARISON

XEON E5-2680V4 14C/28T VS E5-2696V4 22C/44T ▀ WINDOWS 7 PERFORMANCE COMPARISON

UPDATED ON: 2022-08-13 ▒ PREFACE WORDS As you remember, my [previous daily driver was Ryzen 9590x 16c/32t] . After some fun with it I’ve decided to drop it in favor to retro stuff. Intel Xeon CPU based around Broadwell tech: [E5-2696v4 22c/44t] became the chip of the choice. It is OEM version of top of the line [Xeon E5-2699v4] . It is a bit slower, around marginal 3-4%, but costs significantly less than 2699v4.
PALIT GEFORCE 1650 TI ▀ FASTEST PASSIVELY COOLED GPU

PALIT GEFORCE 1650 TI ▀ FASTEST PASSIVELY COOLED GPU

[GeForce 1650Ti] is the fastest passively cooled GPU avaialable on market. It was made by Palit company and carries KalmX branding. Recently, i finished my Blender investigations and that is why i don’t need [Radeon 6900xt] power anymore. So, i decided to switch to something without fan with decent performance. KalmX design solely relies on massive radiator. Despite the fact that device doesn’t have any fans it provides pretty good performance.
HIGH TREASON ▀ BEST RETRO HARDWARE REVIEWER

HIGH TREASON ▀ BEST RETRO HARDWARE REVIEWER

Non-prepaid vintage hardware reviewer based in UK. Streaming not only about retro tech, but adds some life experience touch. Likes freedom speech and don’t contact much with corrupted government “authorities”. HIGH TREASON 610 AKA DX ZEFF ===> YT STREAM <=== [PERSONAL FORUM] [HT610 SITE] Imagery by spacedrone808
VORTEX TAB90M ▀ COMPACT MECHANICAL KEYBOARD WITH NUMPAD

VORTEX TAB90M ▀ COMPACT MECHANICAL KEYBOARD WITH NUMPAD

Some time ago i told you about awesome [Vortex Race III] keyboard. During the last month of my workflows i’ve noticed that desperately feel the lack of numpad and other extended keys, which are common for full sized keyboards. After not so long thinking i’ve decided to switch keyboard. Yesterday i’ve received full-sized, but still compact [Vortex TAB90M] keyboard, based around the same Cherry Blue MX switches. Build quality is rock solid.
INTEL I9-12900 VS AMD R9-5950 ▀ FPU OPERATIONS

INTEL I9-12900 VS AMD R9-5950 ▀ FPU OPERATIONS

▒ FPU OPERATIONS COMPARISON Tested with the latest version of AIDA64 v6.60 / Windows 7 x64 ESU. FPU JULIA FPU SINJULIA FPU MANDEL QUEEN Z-LIB RAY TRACE 32 RAY TRACE 64 AES SHA 3 As you can see blue cpu’s eat dust in terms of FPU performance, but it is worth to note that memory wise we have backwards situation, thanks to shiny new DDR5 memory subsystem, which blue team is already exploiting.
SHANLING M6 HI-RES DAP & FIIO FA9 6-DRIVER IEM EARBUDS

SHANLING M6 HI-RES DAP & FIIO FA9 6-DRIVER IEM EARBUDS

[Previously] i already wrote about Chinese audio manufacturers and their quality products. Till today i used quad driver FiiO FA7 earphones powered by my trusty cameraphone [Nokia PureView 808] . After some not so long considerations i’ve decided to try out something new with bigger puch and almost randomy selected [Shanling M6] DAP paired with [FiiO FA9] 6-driver IEMs. I know that using Nokia 808 was quite limiting factor for quad driver earphones like FiiO FA7.
PINEPHONE PRO ▀ EXCITING LINUX PHONE ALMOST READY FOR USAGE

PINEPHONE PRO ▀ EXCITING LINUX PHONE ALMOST READY FOR USAGE

UPDATED ON: 2023-01-24 After long consideration my interest is lost, due to understanding the fact that 4G module is 100% closed blackbox, which cancels all privacy benefits of the phone in one stroke. It’s a true thing for official version of the phone. On the bright side there is an [unofficial open-source project] of modem firmware in early alpha. Will report back if something good happens. I bet some of you are already tired of ugly g monopoly with their telemetric data mining platform os-called operating system.
1950X / 3100 / 5950X / RADEON VII / 6900XT ▀ WINDOWS 7 MEGA BENCHMARK

1950X / 3100 / 5950X / RADEON VII / 6900XT ▀ WINDOWS 7 MEGA BENCHMARK

¶ PREFACE NOTE Finally i have won the battle with my laziness and forced myself to complete this so looooooooongish project. Enjoy! PS: 3DMark 03, 3DMark 05, 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage [2007], 3DMark 2011 and 3DMark 2021 are not marked by ▒ sign, showing the fact that these programs lost the soul of demoscene and just providing comparison numbers, nothing else. █ COMPUTER CONFIGURATIONS CPUs: Threadripper 1 1950X / Ryzen 9 5950X / Ryzen 3 3100 GPUs: Radeon VII 16Gb / Radeon 6900XT 16Gb GFX SETTINGS: 2560x1600 32Bit color [where possible], ULTRA+ settings, Anti-aliasing is turned OFF COMPUTER TESTBEDS: [1] ► Threadripper 1950X / Asrock Taichi X399M / 64Gb DDR4 2667@2800Mhz / Radeon VII 16Gb [2] ► Threadripper 1950X / Asrock Taichi X399M / 64Gb DDR4 2667@2800Mhz / Radeon 6900XT 16Gb [3] ► Ryzen 3 3100 @3.
HI-END WINDOWS 98 ERA RETRO COMPUTER

HI-END WINDOWS 98 ERA RETRO COMPUTER

Finally, I’ve managed to finish my retro DOS/Windows 98 build machine based on powerul Athlon. By finish i mean assemble parts on the table without any case. Why no case? Answer is simple: i’m lazy. And it is more convenient to me to keep it as open testbed for weirdo experiments of my own. Collecting items took almost four months to accomplish this project. Puter consists of multitude parts, which were acquired around the globe.
INSTALLING OBSOLETE 5GHZ WIFI MODULE INTO DELL PRECISION 7510

INSTALLING OBSOLETE 5GHZ WIFI MODULE INTO DELL PRECISION 7510

Previous owner of my main laptop installed the most modern intel WiFi chip, [AX200] to be precise. Unfortunately, chip does not have drivers for beloved Windows 7. Yeah intel dropped support in 2019. So, i have to downgrade wireless card. Found on eBay compatible [Dell WiFi 1820] : the last one to support Windows 7 operating system. I always loved Dell’s Precision series for super easy installation of hardware upgrades.
WINDOWS 98 SE ON COMPAQ ARMADA 7700DMT

WINDOWS 98 SE ON COMPAQ ARMADA 7700DMT

In [one of the first posts] I’ve promised to do a quick overview of this awesome laptop. So here it is! FRONT VIEW I/O SYSTEM KEYBOARD UPCLOSE SIDE PORTS CLOSED LID COMPAQ LOGO I like the overall aesthetics and design of the casing. Computer easily handles any DOS software. Keyboard is nice too, like tactile feel of it. My copy has a wobbly keyboard on the left side, but this due to it’s age of course.
SAMSUNG S22 ULTRA VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808

SAMSUNG S22 ULTRA VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808

CURRENTLY TEST IS NOT OPTIMIZED FOR MOBILE VIEW! IMAGE WIDTH >1600px IS RECOMMENDED! ▒ DIRECT COMPARISON In the very beginning of the test I underline the fact that we are comparing only resolution and not the dynamic range. In this category older FSI sensor is an outsider, for sure. Today’s rival is [Samsung S22 Ultra] with 1/1.33" sensor. A lil’ smaller than mighty Nokia 808, which comes with 1/1.2". Now let’s see how Nokia will hold up in such situation.
IPHUCK 13 PRO HYPER MAX VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 [2021 vs 2012]

IPHUCK 13 PRO HYPER MAX VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 [2021 vs 2012]

UPDATED ON: 2022-02-18 CURRENTLY TEST IS NOT OPTIMIZED FOR MOBILE VIEW! IMAGE WIDTH >1600px IS RECOMMENDED! ▒ DIRECT COMPARISON In the very beginning of the test I underline the fact that we are comparing only resolution and not the dynamic range. In this category older FSI sensor is an outsider, for sure. Today’s rival is [IPHUCK 13 PRO HYPER MAX] with unknown sensor, even GSMarena don’t know actual size of it [after [some research] i find out that it is somewhere around 1/1.
RETRO GHETTO BLASTER BOOMBOX ▀ ANOTHER NFT PROJECT

RETRO GHETTO BLASTER BOOMBOX ▀ ANOTHER NFT PROJECT

▓ DESCRIPTION OF NFT SET Some boomboxness at yer face! Exploring opportunity for another NFT project. INSPIRED BY: [MATSUKI MS-959] NUMBER OF ITEMS: 5 USED TOOLS: Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, XnView, Wacom PROPOSED PRICE: 1 ETH NFT buyer will get high resolution true color jpg files [width: 4800px] and original vector dummy. Pack will be available for exclusive purchase till 8 August of 2022. If you are interested in purchasing set as NFT please [drop me a line] :
VINTAGE GADGETS OF THE PAST ▀ PERSONAL ART

VINTAGE GADGETS OF THE PAST ▀ PERSONAL ART

EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES IN SELLING DIGITAL ART OF MY OWN. Topic: vintage gadgets of the past. Tools: Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, XnView, Wacom. Low quality 64-color png versions could be observed below. NFT buyer will get high resolution true color jpgs [width: 4800px] or even vector files. GHETTO BLASTER [IN WORKS] If you are interested in purchasing art as NFT please [contact me] : Imagery by spacedrone808
CONNECTING HP1102W PRINTER TO WIRELESS NETWORK ▀ TORTURE PROCEDURE

CONNECTING HP1102W PRINTER TO WIRELESS NETWORK ▀ TORTURE PROCEDURE

FAQ ver 0.1b ▓ PREFACE This comprehensive guide will be handy for those of you who can’t figure out why hp printer is not detected by windows using usb connection and for those of you who are asking himself/herself “why do i need to do usb plug to setup device for wireless work?” hp is notoriously known in terms of really s#cky printer drivers. During all my career of system administrator i’ve constantly ran into driver related problems with hp devices.
VORTEX RACE III MECHANICAL KEYBOARD REVIEW

VORTEX RACE III MECHANICAL KEYBOARD REVIEW

Previously i was adept of japanese keyboard [Topre RealForce RGB] . Device relies on high-end rubber-dome capacitive key switches, which distinguish Realforce from generic rubber-dome keyboards. Solid construction is also included. However double shot ABS keycaps were not so durable in the long run of almost two years of heavy typing. So, i’ve decided to switch to something more reliable and compact. My search brought me to [Vortex Race III RGB] .
CAN SONY XPERIA XZ1 COMPACT AND NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 HANDLE 1TB SD CARD?

CAN SONY XPERIA XZ1 COMPACT AND NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 HANDLE 1TB SD CARD?

UPDATED ON: 2023-04-19 Most modern marketing smart-phones are mumbling about support of really large SD cards. But only on Hi-End models. I’m not even speaking about pathetic iphones, which are disabled in terms of external storage due to the greed of executive directors. In this note i will check old mastodonts like: [Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact [2017]] [Nokia PureView 808 [2012]] for compatibility with such ENORMOUS storage device. Sony XZ1 Compact handles such capacity without any problems.
AMD FX 8370 8-CORE CPU UNDER THE WING OF WINDOWS 2000

AMD FX 8370 8-CORE CPU UNDER THE WING OF WINDOWS 2000

▒ SOME PREFACE WORDS …. Is it really possible? Read on to find out. Windows 200 is known for very fast performance, even compared to Windows XP and famous for absence of preinstalled bloatware. However, lack of drivers and software cripple system a bit. I was curious about ability to use this old operating system in 2022, maybe not as daily driver, but as a backup machine for secondary tasks.
HUAWEI P50 PRO VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 [2022 vs 2012]

HUAWEI P50 PRO VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 [2022 vs 2012]

CURRENTLY TEST IS NOT OPTIMIZED FOR MOBILE VIEW! IMAGE WIDTH >1600px IS RECOMMENDED! ▒ DIRECT COMPARISON In the very beginning of the test I underline the fact that we are comparing only resolution and not the dynamic range. In this category older FSI sensor is an outsider, for sure. Today’s rival is [Huawei P50 Pro] with 1/1.5" sensor. Pre-paid dxomark affirm the fact that this is the best cameraphone ever produced.
XIAOMI MI 11 ULTRA VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 [2021 vs 2012]

XIAOMI MI 11 ULTRA VS NOKIA PUREVIEW 808 [2021 vs 2012]

CURRENTLY TEST IS NOT OPTIMIZED FOR MOBILE VIEW! IMAGE WIDTH >1600px IS RECOMMENDED! ▒ DIRECT COMPARISON In the very beginning of the test I underline the fact that we are comparing only resolution and not the dynamic range. In this category older FSI sensor is an outsider, for sure. Today’s rival is [Xiaomi MI 11 Ultra] with 1/1.12" sensor. A tad larger than mighty Nokia 808, which comes with 1/1.
SONY XZ1 COMPACT ▀ STRIPPING DOWN BLOATWARE + SOME PRIVACY TWEAKS

SONY XZ1 COMPACT ▀ STRIPPING DOWN BLOATWARE + SOME PRIVACY TWEAKS

UPDATED ON: 2023-02-06 v1.0b: please [contact me] if you find errors or inaccuracies. In this guide i will quickly show my system configuration tweaked for privacy. I’m using essential stuff like 3G/4G/WiFi & BT. Additional pleasantries are blocked. █ ANDROID 8: OS WITH MINIMAL TELEMETRY Operating System: Android 8.0 [Android 8.1 ain’t good, coz it brought support of neural networks to do effective data mining] Security patch: 1st September 2018 FW Version: 47.

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