Post by desertbikes on Jan 26, 2020 17:50:55 GMT -7
I've had the more powerful of the two for a week now. 1920x1080 FHD, AMD Ryzen 5 with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, THX Spatial Audio, Tuned by THX display, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, HDMI, Front 720p HD IR Camera. Putting it though the paces & most impressed with the Vega 8 graphics. Way better thyan standard integrated UHD600 series on Intel based boards. Was on sale for $309 but see thats over now. Contrary to some reviews, the case/skin is NOT aluminum or any other kind of metal. More detail later but, the Motiles are very much like what you'd expect if RCA put mid-grade AMDs in thier plastic tablets & laptops. Not a bad thing at all, just don't expect a Surface or ipad at these price points.
Post by desertbikes on Jan 26, 2020 19:20:38 GMT -7
No dvd drive. A usb dvd drive is $20 at wally's. 3 usb 3, USB C, HDMI & LAN ports It plays Fallout 3 on ultra res. Yeah the game is 10 years old but even game machines 5 years ago couldn't play it that fast. The ryzen 5 is 4 cores with 8 threads, unlike the Intel i3 in that price range. And a Ryzen 3 is so far past a Celeron or Pentium Gold, there's no point in comparing especially with the Vega 3 graphics. Still better than any intel embedded vid chip.
Post by desertbikes on May 17, 2020 7:25:48 GMT -7
Update - I did get the Ryzen 3 version as well when it was $209. Both models are significantly higher now. There have been no major issues with either unit. I will say the radio in the Ryzen 3 model leaves something to be desired. Whether it's an assembly problem or a different radio than what's in the Ryzen 5, I don't know, but it's range & signal strength is not as good as the Ryzen 5 model.
I play Fallout 3 on the Ryzen 5 unit a couple times per week with no issues. It is an issue to get it to run on Win 10 but if you download a couple patches it will play, and on the highest graphics settings as well. These aren't great deals at the current prices, but they still good computers.
My complaint is the darn backlit keys. In a well lit room, the silver keys with the back-lite on are nearly impossible to read. Turn the backlite off & it is somewhat better. Not a deal breaker but is annoying.
this reminds me of how long it's been since i've been anywhere out beyond the grocery store across the street. ok, not exactly true, we did go for a drive to the uwharrie natl forest this week, actually got out and walked around a bit. flintlock valley range where i shoot is in there. www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48934
my little RCA is not that capable but it will run morrowind. i should see if it runs "Oblivion". i've added a 3-port USB expander and a USB DVD drive, which is good enough. nowadays all i do with computers is look at my 4 or five regular websites (like this one), sometimes i'll shop online for gun stuff, and play games. i need to hunt up a headset with microphone so i can use it for teleconferencing.
i'll start at the dollar store, also right across the street. yes, i live between my doctor's office and a bojangles and there's a shopping center right across the main drag. ethnic hair, tobacco/vape shop, grocery, laundromat, chinese carryout, all very convenient. but it's quiet, pretty much dead quiet after 9pm. like living in a metaphor: death by grease to one side, health on the other, life straight ahead, just across the road.
Post by desertbikes on Jun 23, 2020 6:43:13 GMT -7
M-142 got a couple upgrades this week (that's the 4 core 8 thread Ryzen 5). Went from stock 8 GB memory to 16 GB, Ripjaw 2666 DDR4 & added 1TB SSD Intel 660p in the second M.2 PCIe NVMe hard drive slot.
NOTE: Windows will detect a new SSD drive but it will need to be formatted via Computer Management found under Windows Administrative Tools.
Old games only but it's capable enough to handle Top of the line pre 2010 games of like Fallout 3 on best performance level, including the upgraded graphics package. That's 2008-2010 tech which isn't totally boring. Halflife 2 worlds are completely playable at 30+fps. Fallout 4 (2014-2016)should play reasonably well but have yet to try it. I have a 5 lb, i7-8750H gaming notebook with Nividia 2070x video but wanted a lighter (and cooler) platform for light gaming.
lurker: oh, good, i thought i was the only one here, talking to myself.
Aug 6, 2020 8:20:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: No doubt. I'm still in the north country among to pines. Crappy verizon signal but lucky I have anything. My usual spot was taken so while voice & test work OK, data is spotty.
Aug 5, 2020 4:29:47 GMT -7
gonefishin: to hot to type
Aug 4, 2020 19:49:34 GMT -7
lurker: i order something in maybe once a month. heck, it's usually related to firearms and i tell you guys all about it.
Jul 29, 2020 9:18:12 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup at least 90% of the time. However I get at least 2 or 3 items per week via USPS so I have a higher probability of failures they're responsible for creating. On-Trac is the leader of lost or damaged goods so USPS isn't the worst.
Jul 29, 2020 8:39:58 GMT -7
lurker: it's been my experience that the problem is not the USPS so much as the people outside USPS at the start of the process. regular mail takes a week at most to cross the country, more like 3 or 4 days, but fulfillment and customs can take weeks.
Jul 28, 2020 13:08:09 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yes. I had forgotten about the high tech USPS labs. In March they stated with confidence, after pain staking genetic surface testing that, the mail was "probably okay to handle". The also CDC advised that wearing masks wasn't useful. Yup. High tech.
Jul 28, 2020 4:08:59 GMT -7
lurker: maybe they were testing it for you? mighty considerate, those USPS people.
Jul 27, 2020 6:29:12 GMT -7
lurker: updated in polytech thread. arrival expected tomorrow. i'm so gullible.
Jul 27, 2020 6:26:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: My personal record for longest ship time is 5 months. A PCP air/water filter shipped from Shanghai in Feb. I finally got it last month. It had been in the US since March. USPS had no explanation
Jul 27, 2020 4:39:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: Ta da! With USPS it may still take a tour thu TX & OKC before it gets to you
Jul 26, 2020 7:21:50 GMT -7
lurker: hooray! it exists! it's on its way! it's in ...minnesota? some time next week, i hope.
Jul 25, 2020 4:33:22 GMT -7
desertbikes: If you print postage yourself with a tracking #, it's not scanned at the PO where it's dropped off unless it's 1st class or "overnight". Same if it's a home pickup. 3day flat rate box only gets a origination & destination scan. It's nuts.
Jul 24, 2020 4:59:39 GMT -7
desertbikes: Besides the old trick of printing a shipping label to make it appear a thing has shipped, the USPS may only scan at the destination PO for delivery.
Jul 24, 2020 4:50:59 GMT -7
lurker: ordered a small item on the 13th from colorado for poly, $25. on the 16th they claimed they shipped, but really only assigned tracking #. today 22nd they say it has actually shipped, but tracking doesn't reflect that. not happy with e-commerce.
Jul 22, 2020 14:05:09 GMT -7
lurker: sci-fi, history and anthro are all mind-openers. math? zoom, over my head. maybe see if there's a library in the next town?
Jul 21, 2020 10:41:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Also a few hundred lbs of process control instrumentation & PLC manuals. Maybe 25 years worth. While the internal instrumentation electronics have changed over time, the theory of operation & system placement have not.
Jul 20, 2020 7:53:05 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'll have to take a look. Most are in boxes that haven't been opened in years. Lots of scifi, some horror, history, anthropology, electronics & math.
Jul 20, 2020 5:06:31 GMT -7