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This is exactly what computer pricing has always... 349 Views / 13 Replies  
This is exactly what computer pricing has always been, though. If you want a nicer one, it costs more money. How much you use it determines how much that is worth to you. The thing that really gets...
Posted by P, on Yesterday at 08:26 AM, in MacNN Lounge
If you want to argue that, consider the watch.... 349 Views / 13 Replies  
If you want to argue that, consider the watch. Moving up from Series 3 to SE gets you a slightly different size, fall detection and noise monitoring - for $80. Moving all the way to Series 6 at least...
Posted by P, on Sep 16, 2020 at 07:03 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My first-gen Pro is still working great, which is... 349 Views / 13 Replies  
My first-gen Pro is still working great, which is a bit sad right now that I am sorely tempted by this. Since I'm travelling much less now, I think that I will wait a bit, as I don't need an iPad as...
Posted by P, on Sep 16, 2020 at 03:22 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Reading more about the details of TBDR and how it... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Reading more about the details of TBDR and how it works in a modern setup, it seems that there is no problem is running code intended for a TBDR on an immediate-mode renderer - it will just be much...
Posted by P, on Sep 2, 2020 at 05:21 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Finally took the time to watch the WWDC videos on... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Finally took the time to watch the WWDC videos on the GPU, and I think that the TBDR issue is not going to be a big problem right now...but maybe later.

Long story short: Apple GPUs will support...
Posted by P, on Sep 1, 2020 at 09:24 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I know that meaning of the word, but I’ve heard... 192,770 Views / 672 Replies  
I know that meaning of the word, but I’ve heard it for all those cookie notification/subscribe to our newsletter type things as well.
Posted by P, on Aug 31, 2020 at 06:14 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m talking mainly about the distance you need to... 278,876 Views / 1,106 Replies  
I’m talking mainly about the distance you need to travel to do basic tasks. If you have large areas of single-home houses, a car is necessary to do anything. If you have cities with a mix of homes,...
Posted by P, on Aug 24, 2020 at 06:26 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I've heard them referred to as lightboxes. 192,770 Views / 672 Replies  
I've heard them referred to as lightboxes.
Posted by P, on Aug 24, 2020 at 09:18 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Cheap in terms of what you could get one for... 1,190 Views / 21 Replies  
Cheap in terms of what you could get one for used, sure. Cheap in terms of what they actually cost to make, no. I don't think an iPad 2 costs significantly less to manufacture in 2020 than the base...
Posted by P, on Aug 24, 2020 at 09:16 AM, in MacNN Lounge
North America is a very big place. In areas that... 278,876 Views / 1,106 Replies  
North America is a very big place. In areas that were built-up during the 19th century, sure it does work. In newer developments that were designed for cars, it is going to be very different. That is...
Posted by P, on Aug 24, 2020 at 09:14 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Example? Because a lot of what I consider... 80,609 Views / 465 Replies  
Example? Because a lot of what I consider "crippling" is because of Google's algorithm for ranking sites.
Posted by P, on Aug 24, 2020 at 09:07 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Softbank’s trouble isnt so much a few failed bets... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Softbank’s trouble isnt so much a few failed bets like WeWork as one massive bet: Uber. Uber keeps bleeding money, but may still be a massive profit maker. SoftBank needs to keep Uber afloat, and...
Posted by P, on Jul 25, 2020 at 05:50 PM, in MacNN Lounge
They’re also no better than Apple or Samsung in... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
They’re also no better than Apple or Samsung in that they are one of the competitors that use the instruction set. No, if they’re selling to one existing company, it will have to be a semi-conductor...
Posted by P, on Jul 25, 2020 at 04:51 AM, in MacNN Lounge
AMD has to develop both CPUs and GPUs, and they... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
AMD has to develop both CPUs and GPUs, and they have a development budget of $1.6B.

Intel makes mainly CPUs, and have a budget of $3.3B.

NVidia makes only GPUs, and have a budget of $2.9B.
...
Posted by P, on Jul 25, 2020 at 04:41 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Short answer: Don't worry about it. Long... 3,738 Views / 15 Replies  
Short answer: Don't worry about it.

Long answer: The Internet is full of people who don't understand what they're talking about when it comes to heat generation and Intel chips. Intel chips can...
Posted by P, on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:33 AM, in Mac Desktops
This is a very dangerous time for Intel. They're... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
This is a very dangerous time for Intel. They're making money hand over fist, but their future looks bleak.

I think MS is going to keep working on Office for ARM no matter what. Their new plan is...
Posted by P, on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:29 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Oh, I remember. I also seem to remember that... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Oh, I remember. I also seem to remember that Intel’s problems were related to two things: power consumption in general not being competitive, and their own 10nm process. The second is obviously not...
Posted by P, on Jul 14, 2020 at 12:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Amused myself by doing a reverse image font... 80,609 Views / 465 Replies  
Amused myself by doing a reverse image font search:

https://www.whatfontis.com/NFC_Microgramma-Bold-Extended.font?text=wyhuji

Microgramma Bold Extended.
Posted by P, on Jul 14, 2020 at 08:14 AM, in MacNN Lounge
The reason we don’t have integrated mobile... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
The reason we don’t have integrated mobile networking on Macs is Qualcomm’s monopolistic behavior regarding its patents. That is slowly clearing up, and i think it is coming whether Apple moves to...
Posted by P, on Jul 14, 2020 at 08:07 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I think Apple wants the $999 price point for MBAs... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
I think Apple wants the $999 price point for MBAs around. They may have to cut the storage and RAM to make that happen, but have you seen the RAM figures on iOS devices? They can make that work with...
Posted by P, on Jul 12, 2020 at 04:54 AM, in MacNN Lounge
So post the drivers for High Sierra, then. I had... 2,021 Views / 7 Replies  
So post the drivers for High Sierra, then. I had not heard that disabling SIP would not let you load a graphics driver (and frankly I doubt that that is true) but if so, just post for High Sierra.
...
Posted by P, on Jul 12, 2020 at 04:43 AM, in Mac Desktops
RAM chips and Flash chips are standard. Network... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
RAM chips and Flash chips are standard. Network baseband chips seem likely to be as well. There isn’t a lot else.

Overall, I think Apple tried to push prices up for a while but have backed off....
Posted by P, on Jul 11, 2020 at 05:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Blame Intel. The latest Skylake refresh (=what... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Blame Intel. The latest Skylake refresh (=what you have) doesn’t support it, and the model of that CPU that does, Comet Lake, is just barely out, and it only supports lower clocks anyway.

Or...
Posted by P, on Jul 8, 2020 at 06:57 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Scaling GPUs is not necessarily hard. You can add... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Scaling GPUs is not necessarily hard. You can add more shaders rather easily, and the advantage with the tile-based model is that you can just do a “stupid” scaling, make all the tiles equally sized...
Posted by P, on Jul 8, 2020 at 06:51 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The only downside LPDDR has over the regular is... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
The only downside LPDDR has over the regular is that it is always soldered. Other than that, it is essentially “DDR Pro” now.



The thing is - being better at performance per watt is fine on...
Posted by P, on Jul 8, 2020 at 06:50 AM, in MacNN Lounge
That is a possibility for sure. I’m far from... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
That is a possibility for sure. I’m far from certain here. My read on it was that ARMacs will support the older Metal interface (Metal GPU Family Mac 2) meant for current Intel and AMD GPUs (as a...
Posted by P, on Jul 8, 2020 at 06:44 AM, in MacNN Lounge
They can certainly do GPUs for compute in any... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
They can certainly do GPUs for compute in any case. What I’m thinking is that the desktop will be TBDR, and therefore Apple GPU only, but that full screen apps may use OpenGL or even Metal 2 on a...
Posted by P, on Jul 7, 2020 at 07:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Interesting. This would mean that Apple now... 2,021 Views / 7 Replies  
Interesting. This would mean that Apple now requires AES support in the CPU.



This is Nvidia FUD. They could make the drivers all they want, they just don't want to because the market is tiny...
Posted by P, on Jul 7, 2020 at 08:39 AM, in Mac Desktops
I wonder if the plan for discrete GPUs is that... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
I wonder if the plan for discrete GPUs is that all ARMacs have an integrated Apple GPU and that the plan is to use the sort of dual GPU setup that the 15"/16" MBPs use for the desktops as well. You...
Posted by P, on Jul 7, 2020 at 08:29 AM, in MacNN Lounge
On the topic of TBDR: ... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
On the topic of TBDR:

https://twitter.com/never_released/status/1280207485278789633?s=19

Seems it is all Apple GPUs going forward.



No, of course not. They can’t make use of the 65W...
Posted by P, on Jul 7, 2020 at 03:15 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Adobe will stop supporting it and will stop... 1,919 Views / 8 Replies  
Adobe will stop supporting it and will stop distributing it. The various browsers will treat that in different ways. MS and Google have said that they will remove it from their browsers by that date....
Posted by P, on Jul 6, 2020 at 07:12 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It also has a cooler rated for 65W instead of the... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
It also has a cooler rated for 65W instead of the 4.5W or whatever the iPad Pro has. Geekbench is a shit test that doesn’t hit the powerlimit, but in real work, here should be a difference.


...
Posted by P, on Jul 6, 2020 at 12:03 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Less than six months left now. 1,919 Views / 8 Replies  
Less than six months left now.
Posted by P, on Jul 6, 2020 at 11:51 AM, in MacNN Lounge
AMD publishes something, but I hear noise about... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
AMD publishes something, but I hear noise about that as well - and they notably failed to reach promised turbo targets. ARM server manufacturers I know nothing about, but note that Intel server chips...
Posted by P, on Jun 26, 2020 at 03:57 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It is common in enthusiast circles to spec a... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
It is common in enthusiast circles to spec a powerful cooler because it lets the HSF be quieter. A tower cooler is so much more efficient than the top-down bs Intel bundles that it can handle a much...
Posted by P, on Jun 26, 2020 at 03:17 AM, in MacNN Lounge
No, this is people not understanding how turbo... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
No, this is people not understanding how turbo boost and throttling works.

If your CPU throttles thermally in an OEM computer such as a laptop, you return it to the manufacturer and say “this is...
Posted by P, on Jun 26, 2020 at 02:51 AM, in MacNN Lounge
...in 2008, because that is when they implemented... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
...in 2008, because that is when they implemented this. Motherboard manufacturer cheating came much later, of course.



No, TDP means what it always did. If the chip is at PL1, it will draw an...
Posted by P, on Jun 25, 2020 at 09:43 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Having two GPUs is such a hack, though. Apple... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Having two GPUs is such a hack, though. Apple clearly wants to have one GPU and one pool of RAM, and now that LPDDR4X enables enough memory bandwidth to make that happen, they're going to go all in...
Posted by P, on Jun 25, 2020 at 09:20 AM, in MacNN Lounge
16” uses 45W CPUs, so the 10th gen is just... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
16” uses 45W CPUs, so the 10th gen is just another Skylake rebadge, except with LPDDR4. Nothing to wait for.

Personally, I will absolutely not get a 1st gen ARM Mac. Two transitions before have...
Posted by P, on Jun 23, 2020 at 01:32 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Oh I agree, certainly - but I don't think this... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Oh I agree, certainly - but I don't think this change will lead to better battery life, because better battery life beyond 10 hours (by Apple's metric) come below "being thin enough to slice cheese"...
Posted by P, on Jun 15, 2020 at 10:58 AM, in MacNN Lounge
More efficient as in lower latency, sure. Less... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
More efficient as in lower latency, sure. Less efficient in terms of yield on a big chip. With everyone and their dog moving to some sort of chiplet design at least, I question if there is any value...
Posted by P, on Jun 12, 2020 at 05:42 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Maybe. It isn’t clear that this is something that... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Maybe. It isn’t clear that this is something that needs to be in close proximity to the main CPU - it might as well be outside it.



I don’t think they will do that. The T1/T2 chips remain...
Posted by P, on Jun 11, 2020 at 05:10 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Office is on ARM since years. Photoshop is there... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Office is on ARM since years. Photoshop is there as well now (iPad version), so Adobe have clearly been working on it.
Posted by P, on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:10 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Upside: * Apple ARM chips are now... 10,997 Views / 189 Replies  
Upside:

* Apple ARM chips are now significantly faster than x86 chips, and the ISA is part of the reason for that. ARM itself are also making CPUs (Cortex X1) that almost match an Apple A12.
*...
Posted by P, on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:09 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Have you tried using pmset to configure the... 2,174 Views / 9 Replies  
Have you tried using pmset to configure the hibernate mode? If you change it to 0, it should finish waking up without using the drive at all. This has downsides (it will crash if the battery runs...
Posted by P, on May 21, 2020 at 04:13 AM, in Classic Macs and Mac OS
Wow, lots of questions here. Let’s see what I can... 2,714 Views / 5 Replies  
Wow, lots of questions here. Let’s see what I can answer.

CPU, first. The 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation are all the same core, Skylake. The 10th generation is a new one - Sunny Cove is the...
Posted by P, on May 18, 2020 at 05:15 PM, in MacNN Lounge
If you want storage only, any USB 3 SSD will be... 1,484 Views / 1 Replies  
If you want storage only, any USB 3 SSD will be fast enough. If you absolutely want speed at any cost, get a Samsung X5 and Apple's Thunderbolt 2 to 3 converter:
...
Posted by P, on May 5, 2020 at 03:16 AM, in Mac Desktops
You have an insane range between minimum and... 2,516 Views / 7 Replies  
You have an insane range between minimum and maximum framerate. That is probably something about the CPU bottlenecking the GPU. Does it feel like the animation is smooth? If yes, there may be a hitch...
Posted by P, on Apr 23, 2020 at 07:36 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Those two (CPU and GPU) that can be overclocked... 2,516 Views / 7 Replies  
Those two (CPU and GPU) that can be overclocked into the stratosphere, if you’re interested.
Posted by P, on Apr 21, 2020 at 09:17 AM, in MacNN Lounge
RX570 and a Ryzen 1600, that is the real... 2,516 Views / 7 Replies  
RX570 and a Ryzen 1600, that is the real bang-for-buck champion right there.

I have been thinking that I should upgrade my gaming PC (it is of 2013 vintage, Haswell i5) with a Ryzen model and keep...
Posted by P, on Apr 21, 2020 at 05:16 AM, in MacNN Lounge
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