Computers and studio gear Fri, 16 Mar 18 22:34:48 -0600 Computers and studio gear en-CA Ryzen Plus, 2nd generation CPUs for Video Editing Sat, 03 Mar 2018 05:41:34 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19121@/talks/discussions image

So far data are as follows:

  • Models, advanced performance
    • Ryzen 7 2700X (3700/4350)
    • Ryzen 7 2700 (3200/4100)
  • Models, mainstream
    • Ryzen 5 2600X (3600/4250)
    • Ryzen 5 2600 (3400/3900)
  • Average performance premium will be at 10-15%, closer to 10%
  • All CPU will still require expensive fast DDR4 memory
  • Announcement around April
  • Availability - April, May
  • First they try to push more premium models
  • Will be compatible with existing AM4 motherboards
  • Top two R7 models will have issues with cheap motherboards due to power
Mobile Coffee Lake to include i9 six core CPUs Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:44:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18316@/talks/discussions Approximate lineup:

  • Core i3-8300H: 4-core/4-thread with 8MB cache
  • Core i5-8400H: 6-core/6-thread with 9MB cache
  • Core i7-8750H: 6-core/12-thread with 12MB cache
  • Core i7-8850H: 6-core/12-thread with 12MB cache
  • Core i9-8950H: 6-core/12-thread with 12MB cache
AMD Threadripper 16-core CPU Wed, 17 May 2017 02:42:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16950@/talks/discussions

Ryzen 4000 Vermeer, 4th gen first leaks Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:42:36 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19160@/talks/discussions image

Capitalism: Planning and DRAM Mon, 29 May 2017 08:04:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17041@/talks/discussions image


Capitalism is very efficient, somewhere. DRAM prices (same as NAND) is kind of mad, due to production/consumption issues and cartel agreements that followed.

Jumper EZBook X1 - small Gemini Lake machine Tue, 06 Mar 2018 04:18:41 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19134@/talks/discussions image



Nvidia Turing GPUs to offer around 30% performance boost Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:34:55 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19013@/talks/discussions Rumors for now

  • Initial announcement will happen at GPU Technology Conference at 26 to 29 March.
  • GPU will be based on simplified Volta architecture
  • Will have around 30% performance boost, mostly due to memory and more cores
  • It'll be variants with GDDR6 and GDDR5 RAM, staring with 4GB (due to RAM shortages)
  • Recommended price will be around 10% more than Pascal upon introduction
  • Actual price will be around 35-40% more for at least half a year
Intel Ice Lake will be first 10nm desktop CPU architecture Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:07:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17534@/talks/discussions

The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology.

This appeared on Intel site. Means that Cannon Lake will remain mobile only line with small amount produced.

And actual 10nm desktop chips will be available most probably around 2019.

Xiaomi Mi Air, same as Apple but cheaper Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:20:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15427@/talks/discussions


  • 12.5" model is $525 Core M3/ 4GB RAM/ 128GB SSD/ USB 3.0 and HDMI ports + USB-C port, 11.5 hours battery
  • 13.3" model is $750, Core i5-6200U/GeForce 940MX/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 40Wh battery, 0.6" thick, 2.8 pounds
Best CUDA performance - Fermi vs Maxwell vs Kepler vs Pascal vs Tesla Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:43:47 -0700 zcream 19027@/talks/discussions As I spent lots of time in front of my edit station for my feature, here are the results of my research into buying CUDA cards for Resolve, Hitfilm and Mercury Engine performance.

Read this article first..

> precision has also changed, with modern Pascal GPUs focusing primarily on FP32 (short of going GP100). The 780 Ti and its GK110 GPU support FP64 on a 1:24 ratio (1x FP64 enabled core, effectively, for every 24x FP32 cores).

> 780 Ti GPU hosts 2880 CUDA cores with a reference Boost 2.0 clock of 928MHz. Modern datapath optimization, clock-gating, and compression tech (like advancements in color compression) mean modern architectures are vastly more efficient.

> GTX 780 Ti include a 7Gbps memory clock – a bit slower than most modern devices – with 3GB of GDDR5 memory. This is on a 384-bit memory interface. The TDP of the reference card is 250W, about 70W higher than today’s significantly more powerful GTX 1080.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - MacBook Pro competition Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:40:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17719@/talks/discussions image

  • 15.6″ FHD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 4 core i8 CPU up to 4.0GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • 8-16GB dual channel 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • one free SATA SSD slot for SSD or HDD
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • 60 Wh battery
  • Connectors - HDMI, 2 х USB 3.0, 2 х USB Type-C, 3,5-mm headphones out
  • 360,7 х 243,6 х 15,9mm
  • 1,95 kg
  • Prices
    • i7 + 16GB + 256GB: CNY 6999 ($1073)
    • i7 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 6399 ($981)
    • i5 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 5599 ($858)

AMD Great Horned Owl Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:22:54 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19029@/talks/discussions image

Special SoC also will be used for small home servers and media servers - Ryzen V1000

  • 4x AMD Zen CPU cores (also will be variants with 2x and 8x cores)
  • up to 32GB RAM
  • 1.5 GHz GPU with 11 compute units
  • hardware decoding and encoding support for HEVC up to 4K p60


AMD Ryzen aka Zen CPU - Broadwell-E Performance at a Lower Price Point Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:04:20 -0600 Tron 15549@/talks/discussions Potential rendering monster at an affordable price if benchmarks can meet the hype -

  1. The IPC of Zen is on-par or better than Broadwell.
  2. Zen will scale higher than 3.0 GHz in 8-core configurations.

Up to 8 cores / 16 threads (Rumored $300-$400 price vs. Broadwell-E at $1000-$1700). AMD will unify all CPUs on one socket (AM4). To be released in Qty early 2017.

27 inch Monitor as GUI monitor for editing/grading - cheap Sat, 10 Feb 2018 03:45:02 -0700 TimTomTum 18978@/talks/discussions Hey people,

as I see that even 4K monitors can be cheap and every year there is a load of new monitors I totally lost overview. Is there a 27" panel from say a couple of years ago that you would recommend so I can snatch it on ebay for peanuts? Dont need 4K, 1440p would be more than enough. Or has display tech come so far in the last 3 years that you would recommend buying new? I do have a 10bit color grading monitor. So color accuracy is no main spec requirement.


Keyboards Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2982@/talks/discussions While in camera world we have clear progress year after year, in keyboard business things in mass market are going in reverse.

If you get IBM PS/2 keyboard from 1991 and after working on it you go to your shop and try various keyboards you'll be in shock. Starting from $5-10 crap invented only to type up to 140 symbols a day (makes you understand twitter popularity), to pricey junk "space ships" designed to run video player.

And gaming keyboards. This is long story. Not only you must send all your time down the pipes, but you must do it on cool keyboards. I am not even start the story of motherfuckers who place extra keys in the bottom row, more and more. Inventor of Windows keys (and Fn keys on notebooks) must be found and executed in public using some very paintful way.

This was few thoughts I got after looking at keyboard market and getting Razor BlackWidow (not big choice of localized mechanical stuff is available really).


This is mechanical keyboard based on Cherry MX Blue switches

Razor keyboard is very good example of modern "inventors".

  1. Key size is slightly reduced compared to normal keyboards (whole main block is smaller than normal keyboard).
  2. Typeface used for keys is just awful, not major, really, if you type constantly, but anyway.
  3. As this is "gamers keyboard" it has macro keys that are on the left and placed in such distance that makes harder intuitive use of left Ctrl.
  4. It is glossy and keys are made from quite cheap plastic (if you compare to IBM keyboards)

But overall, of couse it can't be compared to rubber dome crap, even good one as some Microsoft keyboards.

It not have ideal main key block layout like some keyboards:

As Enter is still small.

May be in future we'll see something ideal, like IBM keyboards, but with larger bottom row, no widows keys and with buckling spring or mech switches options.

Available at:

Note: You can get older (not 2013) version, it is cheaper but absolutely the same from practical standpoint

What 802.11ax WiFi brings? Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:47:41 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18956@/talks/discussions

First generation 11ax chipsets will have:

  • 125KHz subcarrier spacing, so 256 subcarriers per 20MHz channel.
  • 13.6uS symbol time, with 0.8uS guard interval time.
  • 1024QAM modulation
  • 26, 52, 106, and 242 subcarrier Resource Units (RUs), which equates roughly to 2MHz, 4MHz, 8MHz, and 20MHz channels.
  • UL & DL OFDMA with Buffer Status Reports (BSRs)
  • Mandatory use of Low Density Parity Checking (LDPC)
  • MCS10 and MCS11 options
  • 4 new PHY frame formats for 11ax
  • Target Wake Time (TWT) for enhanced power save operation

This may cause some confusion at times because someone may ask the question, “what’s my data rate?” The answer depends on which RU you’re using during that 200, 357, or 421ms TxOP. In a nutshell, your 11ax data rate is changing constantly, both in the UL and DL directions, depending on what RU the AP assigns to your client.

11ax APs will not, in any way, help the performance or range of your legacy (11a/b/g/n/ac) clients. 11ax APs will not be more sensitive, and if they were, that would be a bad thing.

Good article -

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:59:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16220@/talks/discussions Will come tomorrow in two sizes - 12.5" and 13.3" screen .

Main specs

  • Intel i7-6700HQ CPU
  • GTX 960M GPU
  • 16GB RAM
  • 4K screens
  • 4G connectivity
  • 512 GB SSD drive
  • $863 price


Lenovo: Story of idiots Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:08:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5856@/talks/discussions image

Lenovo will continue to destroy all advantages of ThinkPad design.

They do it one by one:

  • Making construction cheaper and weaker
  • Horrible cheap materials now used for most models
  • Rock solid, best notebook keyboards first were made quite flimsy
  • Secondly keys were replaced to modern cheap ones
  • Famous very good IBM layout had been replaced by one used in cheapest IdeaPads
  • Now we can see fully removed TrackPoint buttons because some designer figured out that it'll be cheaper to force you press trackpad.

Btw, Ideapad brand will be destroyed as complete failure. And ThinkPad will be widened to try to sell all their crap.

My IBM 600e looks like something made by alients compared to my modern ThinkPad.

Intel Core H and G processors with AMD Vega GPUs Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:57:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18145@/talks/discussions image

Today, we’re sharing initial details on a new product that does exactly that, reducing the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of standard discrete components on a motherboard. That’s more freedom for OEMs to be creative and deliver innovative thin and light designs with improved thermal dissipation. It also delivers space to add new features, create new board layouts, explore new cooling solutions or increase battery life.

The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group* – all in a single processor package.

It’s a prime example of hardware and software innovations intersecting to create something amazing that fills a unique market gap. Helping to deliver on our vision for this new class of product, we worked with the team at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. In close collaboration, we designed a new semi-custom graphics chip, which means this is also a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers.

Atomos Ninja Assassin, HDMI only 4K 10bit recorder Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:32:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13640@/talks/discussions

Price - $1295 (same in EUR)

NVidia Volta GPUs Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:46:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17790@/talks/discussions For now only GV100 based pro solutions are available, but they can give some insight on performance.


iMac Fake Pro Computer coming fall 2017 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:09:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17097@/talks/discussions image

  • 27" IPS 5K 500nit screen (means no HDR)
  • 8-bit panel, uses dithering to emulate 10 bits
  • soldered Xeon CPUs
  • soldered RAM
  • soldered SSD
  • soldered GPU
  • completely non upgradable mess
  • cost from $5000, but it is only 8 core CPU, minimum ram and HDD
HKC B6000/B7000 - 25inch/27inch 2k IPS Monitor - $340 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:21:13 -0700 shoe_e 18556@/talks/discussions enter image description here So normally I'm pretty selfish about these things. If I find something super awesome floating out among the interwebs, I tend to keep them to myself until I've made sure I've had my fill. Having said that, I actually bit the bullet (since I already had 2 very solid ips panels, 1 decent ultrawide ips, and one super cheap ips panel), and bought myself the 25" B6000. If you can find the B7000 in stock somewhere, good for you. I'm always searching for stuff, so I always find all this random stuff on places like Gearbest, or Lightinthebox, or Banggood. Most of it is untested and have little to no reviews, but for certain things I'm willing to be the guinea pig. In the case of the HKC B6000, the sleekness and alleged specs seemed way too awesome for the price. enter image description here

After some painstaking Google Translate and tons of research, I managed to find some fantastic reviews of the monitor. They were all in a foreign language (which to me is pretty much anything that isn't English), but after translating the pages made me believe that this may actually be a fantastic purchase. Yes you can find 2k ips monitors for cheaper than this, but not sleeker. This is actually a giant chunk of metal. I've had the monitor for about 3 weeks now and my un-technical review is the following: I definitely plan on picking up a spydercolor elite or something to calibrate the monitor. That being said, according to the specs page and many reviews (which I'll post below this blurb), this is a 10bit monitor with 99% Adobe RGB. From what I've seen, the display is amazing and the color is fantastic, but at the same time since I haven't calibrated my monitors, I'm not sure which colors are off. Once I do that, I'll have a better review. In terms of bezel, this thing actually has picture-accurate thin bezel. I thought the bezel on the Viewsonic VX2370SMH was very good, but this is much thinner. As I mentioned before, this is one seamless piece of metal, so it is not a light monitor in any fashion. It also tends to run hotter than monitors in plastic housings, but I haven't run into any overheating issues yet and I don't think it's an issue. The menu does come in Chinese, I believe. No disrespect, I just don't know the differences between those languages and I don't mean to insult anyone with my ignorance on the topic. You can change the language to English. If I missed anything, please feel free to comment and I'll try to respond in a reasonable time. In the meantime, enjoy these reviews and images. Most of these contain detailed color analysis of the monitors. Again, none of these reviews are in English, so translate if necessary.

review1 review2 review3 review4 review5 review6 review7 review8 review9

Ryzen Mobile CPUs Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:53:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18064@/talks/discussions image

  • Ryzen Mobile 7 2700U 4 cores, 8 threads, 2,2GGhz base, 3.8Ghz boost, 10 GPU blocks of Vega class with 1,3Ghz frequency, double channel DDR4-2400 controller.
  • Ryzen Mobile 7 2500U 4 cores, 8 threads, 2GGhz base, 3.6Ghz boost, 8 GPU blocks of Vega class with 1,1Ghz frequency, double channel DDR4-2400 controller.

As usual it is actually one chip, but all lower models are made by disabling parts.



Put your desktop 100 meters away, new card Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:09:07 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18507@/talks/discussions image

Advoli TA6 Graphics Card

  • 5 HDBaseT outputs with 4K output via network cable up to 100m
  • Radeon E9550 via MXM module (Polaris generation GPU)
  • Presentation at ISE 2018
Nvidia Titan V for $3000, GPU for editing family youtube videos Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:31:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18429@/talks/discussions image


  • Volta architecture
  • 110 teraflops
  • 21.2 billion transistors
  • 5120 CUDA Cores
  • 640 tensor cores
  • 3072-bit memory bus
  • 12GB HDM2 memory
  • 652,8Gb/sec memory throughput
  • $2,999 price

Proper computer case Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:15:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18441@/talks/discussions image

Jonsbo UMX5

Intel Roadmap Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:12:16 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18406@/talks/discussions image

Philips 356M6QJAB/11 Monitor with Ambiglow Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:44:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18334@/talks/discussions image


  • 34,6" panel FullHD IPS panel
  • 1000:1 contrast
  • 102% sRGB
  • 250nits
  • Ambiglow lighting
  • Flicker-Free
  • DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 (×2), VGA
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Build in speakers


Proper video editing PC found Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:26:08 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18320@/talks/discussions image

  • Ryzen 3 1200
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • 8GB DDR4
  • 120GB SSD
  • 1TB HDD
  • Win 10 Home
  • $799 BF sale