It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our Q&A show where each week a member of the team answers your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!
This week Allyn's back for a variety of questions:
00:26 – Samsung has said they are going to slow down DRAM and NAND production to keep prices high. Would Samsung be able to slow production enough to stop prices for the end consumer from falling further than they already have? Bonus question, how low do you think price per gig will go on TLC and MLC?
06:06 – I am building a new home desktop/server for Emby and it needs a new HDD. What’s the most important factor to consider: amount of cache, rotational speed, or SATA type? Regarding the CPU, would a Ryzen 5 or 7 be adequate for streaming up to four videos from the server at 1080p?
12:47 – Does higher L3 cache per core increase single-threaded performance? If so, does this mean for example that the i7-8700K has faster single-threaded performance than the i5-8600K if frequency is same and hyper-threading is off?
15:48 – The Spectre/Meltdown microcode updates hit Broadwell-E processors hard in terms of performance. In Windows 10 1803 you could hide the patch (KB4100347) and everything was fine. Do you know how this will work in Windows 10 1809? Is the microcode update still something that can be skipped, or is it rolled into the 1809 update?
20:21 – Are there any CPUs available now that have hardware-based fixes for Spectre and Meltdown? If not, is there a timetable of when they may be available?
24:28 – What are considered to be “silicone sensitive areas” within a PC or laptop? I’m looking to replace the TIM on my laptop (Lenovo E585) to cut down on fan noise and I saw that as a marketing bullet on some Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut.
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I experimented with a software RAID in Windows 10 but my write speeds plummeted after a few seconds on large file transfers ie. movie rips. I’m guessing the cache gets filled up. I gave up trying to fix it & went back to a hardware RAID. Was there something I missed? My thought was no matter if I had to replace a motherboard (on board RAID controller) or a descrete RAID controller card, Windows 10 will always recognize the software raid.
In your professional opinion
In your professional opinion will the new mutligigabit (2.5gbps and 5gbps) become popular or will 10Gbps just because the defacto standard and skip the lower speeds? I need moar NAS speed!
For a noticeable 1080p/60
For a noticeable 1080p/60 gaming boost in FPS and quality, is it worth upgrading from an i3-6100 (3.7ghz 2-core/4-thread) to a quad core CPU like an 15-7600? I get some drops to 30fps and lower in games like GTA V or Hitman 2 at medium.
I can still find several 7th gen 1151 CPUs available to buy that are compatible with my Z-170 motherboard.
Is going to 4 actual cores going to make a difference I can tell? I also use my PC as a media center style player for local and streamed content on my 1080p/60 LCD TV.
Thanks in advance!
I found the following available from some retailers. I am leaning towards the i5-7600 since It seems the best bang for the buck for this older system.
– i5-7600 retail 3.5/4.1 4-core/4 thread $229-239 (B&H-NewEgg)
– i5-7600k retail 3.8/4.2 4-core/4 thread $285 (Amazon-AntOnline/NewEgg) (plus cooler cost)
– i7-7700 retail 3.6/4.2 4-core/8-thread $309 (NewEgg-Amazon)
– i7-7700k retail 4.2/4.5 4-core/8-thread $355 (B&H-Amazon) (plus cooler)
I had considered going to a Ryzen 5 2600 but that would also require getting a motherboard and an OEM Win 10 licence. And Ryzen 5 2600 cpus seem to be backordered on most sites.
My current system runs Windows 7 Pro (i’m 10 ready) and has an i3-6100 w/ stock cooler, Gigabyte Z-170-HD3P, 16gb DDR4-2600, 480gb Sata SSD, GTX1060 6gb.
I was wondering who owns the
I was wondering who owns the site now? It seems like it is Jim, allyn, and Ken that are running things and leaves out Jeremy and Josh and the others who contribute to the site like Sebastian. I am glad that they site will continue but I am curious about the business site of things. Also when will you post a video of the office there? It was promised a long time ago, and still nothing.
Hope you respond on the mail bag.