Comments for Nalates’ Things & Stuff http://blog.nalates.net Second Life and Virtual Worlds Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:41:55 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Second Life Changes 2016 w38 by Nalates Urriah http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/24/second-life-changes-2016-w38/#comment-172508 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:41:55 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17041#comment-172508 Yes. There is a place to order online… I’ll have to dig it out… I can’t find it right now.

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Comment on Second Life Changes 2016 w38 by Laurent Bechir http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/24/second-life-changes-2016-w38/#comment-172507 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:36:38 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17041#comment-172507 When you talk of Windows 10 Pro for 20 $, you mean the OEM version I guess ? In France this version is around 180 $ OEM and 314 $ retail.

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Comment on Hardware: AMD CPU’s – Review – What’s Up with Zen? by Nalates Urriah http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/20/hardware-amd-cpus-review-whats-up-with-zen/#comment-172506 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:15:16 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17016#comment-172506 Thanks for adding. I hadn’t seen those details anywhere.

It isn’t looking good for AMD.

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Comment on Hardware: AMD CPU’s – Review – What’s Up with Zen? by Henri Beauchamp http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/20/hardware-amd-cpus-review-whats-up-with-zen/#comment-172505 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:44:19 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17016#comment-172505 “AMD is saying they are getting 40% more speed per core”

Excepted that the 40% improvement is in comparison with *their* former CPU generation, not compared with Intel’s !…
So far, the only test AMD made against Intel’s CPU lead to an equivalent performance with their new Zen CPU, but they had to *reduce* the Intel’s CPU clock to match the one of their sample (2.4GHz only !), and they didn’t say if the “equivalent performance” is on a per-core basis, or on a per CPU basis (with more cores for Zen).

As I see it, and even if their early sample cannot be considered a finished product (hopefully, the released Zen will use a faster clock speed !), it does not bode too well, and I won’t be surprised if Zen would be, in the end, inferior to Intel’s Skylake (not even mentioning Kaby Lake) on a per-core basis (but with probably more cores offered in Zen)…

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Comment on Second Life: New Forced Sit Coming by Second Life Beta Server UG 2016 w38 – BUG-37692 | Nalates' Things & StuffNalates’ Things & Stuff http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/23/second-life-new-forced-sit-coming/#comment-172504 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:01:28 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17030#comment-172504 […] We haven’t had much news coming out of these meetings. This week’s meeting was more informative. See the previous article on Forced Sit. […]

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Comment on Second Life: New Forced Sit Coming by Apostol Apostolov http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/23/second-life-new-forced-sit-coming/#comment-172503 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:19:20 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17030#comment-172503 Looks like most roleplaying communities have already died, for their own reasons, and features like this come too little, too late.

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Comment on Hardware: AMD CPU’s – Review – What’s Up with Zen? by Hardware: Intel CPU’s – Review – What’s Up? | Nalates' Things & StuffNalates’ Things & Stuff http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/20/hardware-amd-cpus-review-whats-up-with-zen/#comment-172502 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:47:16 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17016#comment-172502 […] But, when considering what to buy it makes sense to look ahead. Earlier I wrote about looking at AMD CPU’s and what they have coming. Now I’ll write about what Intel has […]

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Comment on Second Life: New Forced Sit Coming by Nacon http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/23/second-life-new-forced-sit-coming/#comment-172501 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:54:45 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17030#comment-172501 One of the features SL has been waiting for long long time…

I (and few others) actually needed this for a racing event, where physic matters the most. Asking people to sit was annoying and tiresome every time we had the events. When your avatar sits on something, it removes the physic runtime from you, thus lowering the CPU resources hog.

Now it’s a bit too late, as the racing community died for other reasons.

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Comment on Hardware: AMD CPU’s – Review – What’s Up with Zen? by Nalates Urriah http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/20/hardware-amd-cpus-review-whats-up-with-zen/#comment-172500 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:01:14 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17016#comment-172500 Thanks. Well said.

AMD is saying they are getting 40% more speed per core and enhancing caches and total throughput. From what I what I can deduce the Zen will out perform the 6000 series 6th gen Intel chips and cost less. We’ll have to wait and see.

While that will be a significant improvement for AMD, Intel’s minor ‘tic’ to the 7000 series following the major ‘TIC’ to the 6000 series may be enough to pass AMD.

I have an article that will pop up today on what Intel is doing,

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Comment on Hardware: AMD CPU’s – Review – What’s Up with Zen? by Henri Beauchamp http://blog.nalates.net/2016/09/20/hardware-amd-cpus-review-whats-up-with-zen/#comment-172499 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:57:20 +0000 http://blog.nalates.net/?p=17016#comment-172499 I myself refrained from upgrading my CPU (and motherboard, because the socket of my current MB doesn’t offer any upgrade path) for a new one, and I’m waiting to see if Zen will be both, worth on a performance/price ratio, and able to offer a significant speed up when compared with my current setting (Core-i5 2500K locked in turbo mode @ 4.6GHz: quite the little beast for a CPU that cost me only 200 euros in 2012).

Fact is, there is no real urgency for an upgrade (my current main PC runs SL quite well, whatever the complexity of the scenes to render or the number of avatars around), so I can wait…

From the various rumours and leaks I could read about Zen, I’m however afraid there will be a disappointment for many of the waiters (in particular, it doesn’t seem like the core frequency*IPC product will be on par with Intel’s latest CPUs, meaning inferior performance in SL, whatever the number of cores in Zen); this saddens me, because I’m also a big fan of old AMD CPUs (the Athlon was gorgeous !), and I’m quite a bit fed up with Intel’s quasi-monopoly and what it entails on the price of its CPUs.

At least, Zen’s arrival might steer up the competition, pull the prices of the CPUs down, and incite Intel and AMD to start a race on the number of cores (still useful for many other applications, such as compiling the viewer for example: I won’t be adverse to see the compilation time divided by two thanks to a doubling of the cores), since the Silicon technology pretty much reached a plateau on the clock speed front.

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