PCPer Mailbag #60 - You Touched My Silicone Sensitive Areas

Subject: Editorial | November 9, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano

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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PCPer Mailbag #59 - Nearly 1 Hour of Storage Discussion With Mr. Malventano

Subject: Editorial | October 19, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

Allyn takes the hot seat this week to answer your storage questions:

00:23 - Would you worry about NVMe cooling? If you’re running video editing workloads, should you spend time trimming thermal pads on motherboard heatsinks to avoid overcooling the flash? Also, NVMe or Optane for an editing rig?

10:39 - I recently cloned my Samsung 850 EVO to a new ADATA SX8200. All was well at first, but when I formatted the EVO, Windows refused to boot and gave a BSoD. It would only boot once I removed every other drive from the system except the NVMe. Any ideas why?

13:51 - If I have a 3-year-old SM941 and it works fine, what kind of upgrade path do I have? MLC/NVMe are still good...better than TLC/QLC. So, Optane?

19:49 - What are the developments needed to give us even faster speeds than today’s NVMe? Where is the bottleneck that limits current speeds?

28:01 - Will NVMe SSD pricing ever catch up with SATA SSD drives?

30:33 - Will QLC replace TLC on lower-end SSDs?

32:42 - Can you overclock SSDs? If so, what kind of positive and negative impacts would it have?

37:20 - Does regularly TRIMing an SSD extend its life? If so, how often should I run a TRIM command on my drives?

43:57 - Is there any negative impact on an SSD from leaving it connected to power at all times even when idle compared to only powering it up when I need to use it? I use an SSD for my wireless Samba server in my semi-truck to stream videos in my off time but most of the day it sits there doing nothing.

46:55 - Allyn, have you and Steve Gibson ever done a podcast or talk together?

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PCPer Mailbag #54 - Let's All Pretend to Comprehend Allyn

Subject: Editorial | July 27, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

On today's show, Allyn makes a triumphant return after conquering Europe:

00:42 - Reliability of larger hard drives?
04:47 - 970 EVO vs. 950 Pro?
07:15 - Windows drive letter limit?
09:12 - How does a second parity drive work?
15:24 - Benefits of disabling hyper-threading?
17:18 - The fate of Optane?
18:58 - Consoles with SSDs?
22:06 - Factors that will lower SSD prices?
25:46 - Seagate drive reliability?

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PCPer Mailbag #41 - Cache Me If You Can

Subject: Editorial | April 27, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

On today's show, Allyn is here to answer your storage questions:

00:27 - Building a cheap 60-drive storage array?
06:48 - Insane SSD prices?
09:18 - SSDs improve game frame rate?
12:58 - Using Optane to cache an SSHD?
18:34 - Formatting hard drives that won't mount?
20:29 - HD Tune & benchmarking large drives?
26:41 - RAID drives showing up as individual disks?
30:43 - Benchmarking high queue depth on single threads?

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PCPer Mailbag #37 - 3/30/2018

Subject: Editorial | March 30, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

On today's show, Allyn is back to tackle your questions:

00:32 - Speed vs. timings for Ryzen memory?
05:35 - Usage "chronometer" for GPUs?
11:58 - SanDisk Ultra 3D vs. Samsung 860 EVO for boot drive?
12:48 - 3:2 aspect ratio monitors like the Surface Studio?
17:05 - Optane 800p vs. Samsung 960 EVO vs. 960 Pro?

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PCPer Mailbag #20 - 12/1/2017

Subject: Editorial | December 1, 2017 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer 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 to tackle more storage questions:

00:28 - What is bit corruption?
08:02 - Was the Samsung 840 EVO ever fixed?
14:57 - Retirement age for hard drives?
15:50 - SSDs with only TLC NAND?
19:30 - HDDs with multiple heads?
23:03 - Upcoming Samsung NVMe SSDs?
25:55 - Allyn's storage setup?

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PCPer Mailbag #17 - 11/10/2017

Subject: Editorial | November 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, pcper, Allyn Malventano

It's Friday, which means it's time for PC Perspective's weekly mailbag, our video show where Ryan and team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest hardware, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

Today, Storage Editor Allyn Malventano takes on your storage questions:

00:47 - M.2 vs SATA SSDs?
03:13 - SSD over-provisioning necessary?
07:03 - What happens when the SLC cache loses power?
10:53 - Optane for everyone?
15:41 - V-NAND layers vs. process shrink to reduce SSD prices?
19:49 - NVMe SSD on PCH lanes vs. CPU lanes?
22:58 - AHCI vs. NVMe?
28:29 - NVMe RAID WTF?
33:17 - Exciting tech on the horizon?

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David Hewlett Joins PCPer for an Evening

Subject: Editorial | February 8, 2012 - 10:10 AM |
Tagged: Ryan Shrout, podcast, PC Perspective, Josh Walrath, Jeremy Hellstrom, David Hewlett, Allyn Malventano

The Feb. 8 PC Perspective show on TWiT will feature special guest host David Hewlett.  David is most famously known as Dr. Rodney McKay from the Stargate television series (one of the few actors to actually show up in all three series).  He also directed, produced, and starred in the indy hit, "A Dog's Breakfast".

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David is a self-proclaimed nerd and geek with a keen interest in technology.  In his misspent youth he would build his own computers and attempt some assembly coding (with limited success).  After achieving much greater success in the acting world he switched over to Macs once they adopted their current Unix/BSD based operating system.  A proud owner of a Macbook Air, iPhone, and iPad, 

Current interests include the new "white space" wireless technologies, iPad in schools, and new distribution models for TV and film through primarily online media.  David has also started a new web series with his sister, Kate Hewlett, called "Assassidate".  Currently one episode is online and the next two are in production.

David will be sharing his opinions and insights on the changing focus of technology in an increasingly mobile and connected world.  He will be piping in on several of our articles, especially that of AMD's changing focus for their upcoming products.  He might even chime in on the plight of Matthew in Season 2 of Downton Abbey.  That's just the way he rolls.

So join us all at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT at http://live.twit.tv (or just use the widget below!) on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 for this very special show!  DH-Day -1!

You can follow David on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dhewlett.