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Sneaky Snake

Member Since 28 Jul 2007
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In Topic: Apple CPUs to Replace Intel in Macs?

01 August 2018 - 06:05 PM

Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake process has been an absolute disaster for them. They were originally planning to release their 10nm chips in 2016. Now they are saying "Holiday 2019" for the new chips, which likely means Q1 2020 in reality. Because of this massive delay their huge performance lead on AMD has essentially vanished.

AMD is actually matching Intel in performance per watt with their new Ryzen 2000 chips and AMD has their 7nm chips (made by TSMC) planned for both CPUs and GPUs in 2019. TSMC's 7nm process is already operational by all reports (newest iPhone chip will be using it this fall most likely) and if that is the case Intel will have to release their 10nm architecture or AMD will gain a significant advantage in performance per watt.

In Topic: New 2018 MBPs released

24 July 2018 - 09:19 PM

Definitely recommend people get a cheap NAS for their backups. I would probably recommend getting a 2-bay one since it is barely more money then a 1-bay and then your drives can be mirrored. Hard drives are dirt cheap these days.

In Topic: New 2018 MBPs released

23 July 2018 - 09:37 AM

I agree with macdude, but it is unfortunate that Apple stopped updating their time capsule product. It really was the perfect product for this eventuality. Currently I see it still on the Apple store, but it is only a matter of time before they remove it. It is very easy to set up other network backup options, or to just back up to a USB drive, but those methods are beyond the skill/effort level of 90% of consumers.

Apple has been pushing iCloud Drive pretty hard with their latest macOS versions, but that is only really a good option if your data is less then 50GB (beyond that starts getting kind of pricey) and you have a fast internet connection to upload all of your data.

In Topic: New 2018 MBPs released

18 July 2018 - 02:52 PM

The core i9 CPU's may really only be meant for more fat design laptops with real heat pipes and fans. Huge shame that apple released the product this way though. R/apple on reddit has another source showing equally dire things for the Core i9 laptop. It lost to the 2017 i7 model due to throttling itself too much.

Hopefully apple releases an update for the 2018 MBP that spins up the fans faster and/or runs them at higher rpm's in order to keep temps a bit lower. Dell's business laptop have a Power Manager app that lets you choose your thermal/noise settings (can choose to throttle your laptop to get quieter fans, or the opposite) - really hope that Apple decides to go that route as well (not holding my breath though).

In Topic: eGPU benefit on internal monitor?

17 July 2018 - 03:55 PM

Even if it works your performance is significantly worse compared to an external monitor. The reason being that the TB cable has limited bandwidth and if you have to pipe all of the display data back over the TB cable to your internal screen it uses up some of that precious bandwidth.

Internal Display data path: Computer -> TB cable -> eGPU -> TB cable -> Internal Display
External Display data path: Computer -> TB cable -> eGPU -> HDMI/DP -> External Display

Various benchmarks of eGPU's on Youtube (Razer Core for example) showcase this performance loss.