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Consumer Advice Anonymous 04/25/2020 (Sat) 07:18:24 No. 4
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>>475 >Treble support I haven't really read much about it honestly. I found it mentioned a few times but that's it. It sounds too good to deliver what it promises and I'd be hesitant to drop cash on something on the premise it would work with a ROM for some other phone. >You'll find normalfag forums full of people who "don't feel a custom ROM is necessary anymore" Yes, I did. Bunch of blind idiots. On the other hand, something I've been asking myself as a result of this is whether I'd just use a custom ROM found on some obscure forum like I used to do. It's a bit shady isn't it? Doesn't have the same sense of legitimacy and peer review as mainstream FOSS. >you'll get a less polished experience I guess in part it depends on the use you give your phone. I don't really use any of Google's shit, I don't use their map apps, or any of their other apps, so I wouldn't mind if it just wasn't there. In fact I was planning on going full MicroG, which already sounds like a pain in the ass to make work so getting a device that (in a way) already has it implemented by default sounds like an advantage. On the other hand, I'm not sure what I could do about some applications that I need to use and can't opt out of.
>>475 >>476 Oh, also regarding the last point, using custom ROMs would already likely gimp the phone in various ways and take away from a polished experience, so in my opinion this also levels the playing field a bit.
>>477 I can't say I've had a phone gimped by a ROM basically ever. Only when running beta releases on unsupported hardware. Even then, experience was generally stable. Would imagine Treble support has improved this, since the drivers were the biggest barrier to feature parity and stability. If you want a polished experience then you could just stick with Google's poz. By going the FOSS route you inevitably sacrifice some of that. Is it worth it? I say "yes".
>>474 >The modding scene for devices is just sad compared to how it was in early/mid 2010s No shit, google and the other companies worked hard to kill it.
>>481 Well, on the other hand, I've always found that custom ROMs break some features of the phone. If you're using a LineageOS or AOSP based ROM chances are some of the peripherals are going to be fucked because those depend on blobs/closed drivers and don't have good support on ROMs which are not based on that phone's own stock ROM. Most notably this happens with the camera, which you always find people complaining about, but it can happen to other stuff too like bluetooth. CyanogenMod had (starting with CM10) for the longest time a bug where the caller would hear his own audio (echo), and I'm not even sure if it's not still around for some devices as I've found a few people having exactly that issue. Also device-specific features are probably a no-go. My current phone is using a customized stock ROM and has a few things which don't work, like wifi hotspots, and there's a bug where the app switcher would take a good while to open instead of being instant.
>>169 Yeah, I ended up getting an X series thinkpad afterall. I don't really need the power since I got a pretty beefy home rig. >>474 I'll second the other anons. If you're using a phone just for calling and texting, you can't go wrong with older phones and getting /e/ or postmarketOS or really on it. Here's a fairly extensive list for PMOS: https://wiki.postmarketos.org/wiki/Devices I've got zero direct experience with /e/, I've only heard from some friends who can vouch for it. Replicant hasn't seen much big progress in the past couple of years, but that is another possible option.
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Where can I purchase a CPU the cheapest? With the pandemic shit almost 5x'd the price it had
>>505 In the future, if you really need a CPU right now it will be expensive.
>>505 As a rule, if you have a Micro Center near you they discount the price of CPUs and make it up when people buy other parts. If you only get a CPU from them you can save a few dollars. Otherwise you'll want to wait for the market to normalize, or wait for the next round of product launches to pick one up secondhand.
>>505 >>510 There's always those combo deals that Newegg has if your only choice is e-commerce. Just like me. Our only choice for enthusiast computer parts is Fry's and the selection there is little to none because of dealer payment issues, making Best Buy the only available choice for anything tech.
I'm looking for the most powerful laptop available under $1300, preferably with at least 500gb ssd, 16gb ram, and an amd cpu. I plan on installing gentoo and playing games on windows in a vm.
>>534 If you want to play newer games you'll need a hefty GPU which is a big ask in a sub-$1300 laptop. For a given desktop build, laptops usually cost 2x for the same performance, so you'll get something, at best, on-par with a $750 desktop. I'd always recommend looking for a ThinkPad model that would meet your needs, since used ones are usually a steal, but finding one with a decent GPU is going to be hard, and you'll need a newer one (with all the problems that come with it) if you want a decent one. There are some Dell and Asus laptops for about $1k that come with decent budget GPUs. A 1650 or 1050 Ti will perform well enough for most new games. Your alternative, if you really want a solid GPU, would be to just buy whatever cheap laptop with a decent CPU is out there and then connect an external card. This is perfect if your goal is to have a functional laptop for work or school that can also play games, since you'll have full power when at a desk but it can still be light and efficient when on the move. You'll definitely get a better deal this way. I've tried the $300 used ThinkPad + external GPU combo before and it's a pretty good deal. Running Windows in a VM is perfect for an e-GPU configuration because Linux does not play not with hotplugged PCI hardware. Having a VM that will only be used when the GPU in connected resolves this issue. You mainly just want to be sure your hardware can do passthrough.
>>534 >gaming on a laptop >gaming in a VM To make things worse, Nvidia has all the best GPUs and those don't work well under linux. >>535 >eGPU A high-latency meme.
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Someone asked me to help build a Raspberry Pi for them. They want it purely for plugging into the tv and playing video games. Apparently the Pi 4 can run Dreamcast and PSP pretty well. Looking it up, it would cost like $150 Canuckbucks to get the 8GB Pi 4 with the fancy fan you need to keep it from exploding, plus the various wires and stuff. And that isn't counting a case or storage. Assuming they'd want storage to hold a lot of disc based games, that would be like another $100CAN. Now I don't actually know shit about computers, and my computer is a toaster since I only use it for shitposting and work emails, but PC Master Race people are always saying you can get beefy gaymen rigs for like $150 these days. I always thought they were clearly bullshitting, but I figured I'd ask before I helped someone spend that much money on a Raspberry Pi. I'm assuming not going for the Pi would allow us to get better performance for the same budget. By "better performance," I just mean "getting more games to be playable." Am I wrong? What kind of budget would need to be spent to get games running well on Dolphin? Don't care about things like upscaling or whatever. Just want them to run and not lag like hell. >tl;dr: Someone asked me to build a Pi 4 for them, but they only want it for games. Can I get equivalent performance for less money (or better performance for equivalent money) if I just build a PC for that price?
>>550 Best place to start is always Logical Increments. https://www.logicalincrements.com/ Their cheapest option is $250, and it will have less RAM and probably less storage. SD cards aren't fast but will beat an SSD. The size is also an issue. Micro ATX is still pretty "big". A Pi will sit in a tiny case. The Pi is cheap because they have negotiated good contracts (primarily with Broadcom) and provide the product nearly at-cost so it can be used in education. PC manufacturers need to make a profit. I think you can build a full gaming PC that will compete with modern consoles for $400, but those type of parts don't scale well towards the budget end because there are fixed costs the Pi Foundation do not have. Should probably just go for the Pi. Be sure to add at least a heatsink and maybe an active fan. There are kits available and it will be worth the price. Or get a case with one. Pi 3 and 4 tend to overheat. The only limit of the Pi, really, is the CPU (especially when it throttle) and the fact that it's ARM, but for emulation these aren't big concerns since it's beefy enough to outright emulate old hardware and you get little benefit for surpassing the minimum.
I thought I would've gotten an ASUS motherboard but ended up getting an AsRock. The store didn't define them, it just said A320 chipset MOBO, should I ask for a refund?
>>554 Why did you buy a motherboard without knowing the brand? If they didn't lie then it's on you to verify. If it's the right chipset then it probably doesn't matter, unless you want slightly less Chinese poz and slightly more irregular USB implementations.
>>554 The store is shady as shit and should probably be shut down, you're an idiot for buying an unlabeled product, you're probably not getting a refund because milking idiots is profitable and also cool thanks to the US normalizing it.
Is the Radeon 5700 XT still a decent buy for rendering in Blender? Are drivers less shitty under GNU/Linux? It seems like all of the non-XT models are completely out of stock.
>>707 >Is the Radeon 5700 XT still a decent buy for rendering in Blender? It's not a top tier card (as the price should have made clear), so don't expect the same performance a 2080ti can put out, but it's still fairly high end so things shouldn't take too long either. That said, the specific answer depends on which rendered and options you're using in Blender: it's very easy to 100% your CPU with a denoise filter on an Eevee render (which normally uses almost exclusively the GPU), for example. >Are drivers less shitty under GNU/Linux? LOL no: as a general rule Linux doesn't have better drivers, there's a few exceptions but not for halfway popular or recent PC hardware.
>>707 State of drivers is pretty fucked for graphics, but if you are just interested in OpenCL then it might be fine, although I think CUDA generally outperforms OpenCL for tasks like this. One thing worth considering is that an RTX 2060 (or Super) also has raytracing. This should lead to a bigger performance boost in rendering versus other tasks. Then again, this isn't my wheelhouse. I don't do renders and I haven't compared performance between AMD and nVidia cards for this purpose. My card does not support raytracing. But that's the route I'd go down.
>>708 >LOL no: as a general rule Linux doesn't have better drivers, there's a few exceptions but not for halfway popular or recent PC hardware. That's blatantly wrong, you retard. Do you even have an AMD card? Have you seen the opinions of people who have one? AMD's OpenGL Linux drivers are way better than their Windows ones, and their hardware is plenty stable, especially Polaris. I've personally got Polaris and Navi, and the latter did get some GPU hangs, but that's because of ACO, which is still not completely fleshed out on that arch. Using LLVM is flawless.
>>720 >loonixtard still trying to shill Your developers care so little about the users that they break wifi drivers on stable kernel releases, not even MacOS reaches those levels of open contempt for its users.
>>720 What OS are you using that you got a Navi card to fucking work? I spent weeks trying to troubleshoot why I couldn't get my 5600XT card recognized by blender, and I hit a dead end at "llvm uses static linking and rocm doesn't like that".
>>730 Not that anon but just for curiosity and future reference what distro did you try that on? For what it's worth I have Vega and also have had 0 issues.
>>740 Gentoo, and my process of troubleshooting this went: >opencl device not shown in blender >must be missing opencl >recompile everything with opencl support >opencl still doesn't work >AMD has a newer implementation of opencl for navi cards called ROCM >build ROCM for system, recompile everything >blender now just crashes when opening it >check numerous things and all leads to same answer >llvm uses static linking, rocm can't work with that, no solutions found and I just couldn't sink any more time into trying to find a fix or workaround
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>>730 >>744 >rocm Navi cards like the 5700XT and the 5600XT still don't support it yet: http://archive.md/gyraz It might be better to Just Wait™ until ROCm officially supports all of the Navi-based GPUs, including Big Navi. If not, get a Vega/Polaris card or NVIDIA if you want proprietary shit like CUDA/Optix, which works better for >>707 since Blender has better performance on even the 2060. Might be better to also wait for Ampere as well since it's coming in a couple of months.
>>750 Well shit, so if the 5600xt doesn't even support rocm yet it should at least support opencl, so I'm still in the dark about why blender wouldn't recognize it with system-wide opencl compiled in.
>>720 >linux has better drivers >AMD like a few others have mentioned, opencl on linux sucks. Currently my only way of using opencl is through the depreciated dev-libs/amdgpu-pro-opencl hack around, which just adds amdgpu-pro drivers ontop of free drivers. It sucks and is often prone to random crashing. Getting anything to render on blender is basically a coin flip.
>>730 >>740 >>764 When I wrote that post, I was thinking mostly about OpenGL and Vulkan drivers not being shit. OpenCL drivers specifically are a mess, yes, but that doesn't mean all of their drivers are shit. Maybe the faggot I replied to shouldn't make such sweeping statements.
>>4 will it be cheaper for me to buy an expensive graphics card ?
>>779 Sure, if you find it used/on sale.
>>352 >>356 Also looking to set up some kind of NAS using free nas and a raid z setup. I'm currently wondering whether I should use regular PC parts and stuff I have and save money, or buy a 19" server. The smaller ones aren't that expensive on their own and offer a shitload of drive bays. The sas hdds themselves are kinda expensive. I wouldn't really care about SAS in terms of speed but I wonder if I wouldn't pay just as much if I cherrypicked SATA drives that don't use SMR.
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Anyone know of any good, high quality, VHS players? I have a lot of recorded tapes at my house, and all that I have left as far as players is an old foot-high CRT and some VHS/DVD combo players that work only half the time. Despite the tech being long forgotten at this point, have there been any good high quality players that released, preferably something with an output better than S-Video?
>>839 This is a question I have asked myself a lot over the years, and I don't have a good answer. In short, you need something produced no later than the mid-90's, after which point manufacturers stopped trying to innovate and started trying to go cheaper. They stopped dumping money into R&D and fancy components. Japan started their economic slump. You'll want something old, bulky, and Japanese. There is no gold standard player that I am aware of, and if it exists then enthusiast forums and collectors have probably made them scarce. Just have to troll eBay for some good finds.

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