Computers and studio gear Wed, 20 Jun 18 03:13:27 -0600 Computers and studio gear en-CA AMD Threadripper 32 Core CPUs Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:27:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19920@/talks/discussions First Cinebench results coming (here it is overclocked 4.1Ghz one)


Sandy Bridge - old but usable, even for 4K Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:26:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17145@/talks/discussions For starters small tip. Not all guys know that you can overclock even non K models, if on proper MB.


Usually it is enough to use build in MB automatic feature.

On average it'll be 3.8Ghz for 4 cores mode + 103Mhz BCLK, overall it is 15% performance rise (it takes Intel around 4 CPU generations now to do same :-).

In reality, of course it is simpler to get i2500K for around $58 (like Z77, P67 does not support it)

Around 95-99% of CPUs work perfect at 4500Ghz, and around 30-40% on good cooler can work at 4.8-5Ghz.

Overclocked Sandy Bridge with GPU like 1050 / RX 460 still is cheapest build for 4K editing, especially with proper editor.

Zalman I3 - good cheap case for video editing Sat, 16 Jun 2018 09:23:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19897@/talks/discussions image

Case uses all 2018 design trends:

  • 3 led lit fans
  • covered PSU / drives tunnel
  • transparent side panel

Good thing here is front mech panel without plastic shit behind.


Extremely good is fan controller for all 6 fans (case comes with 4 actually)


As all modern cases it focuses on SSDs, so only 2 places for 3.5" HDDs


Yet it has high clearance for cooler. Normal range is 150-160mm, here it is 175mm, good for large Noctua and similar coolers.


Very nice case, price is around $50.

Asking advice: laptop computer for Post-production Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:41:05 -0600 RoadsidePicnic 19887@/talks/discussions Hi people, I'm needing to go mobile and considering buying a laptop. Already own a FX 6300 + R7 260x desktop, will be selling it after that.

I have a $1000 cap. I'm outside U.S. so, Dell would be better because of support here. Also need to buy on Amazon. So, find those two computers:

Dell G3 - 8th gen i7 six-cores, GTX 1050ti 4GB, two fan slim chassis; or Dell 7000 - 7th gen i7 quad-core, GTX 1060 6GB, better cooling and chassis.

Both have thunderbolt and have same price. Other things are identical or not relevant.

Application will be primary Adobe CC and Davinci, but plans use it to learn Nuke, Flame, Vegas and game development things (Godox, Unity, Unreal, Maya).

What do you think?

Short DDR4 Memory guide for video guys Sun, 06 May 2018 17:51:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19652@/talks/discussions Platform thing

On Intel platform memory speed (outside heavy rendering / ray tracing and simple data compression) plays minor role. So, normally people just select simple stock 2400Mhz CL17 memory for any modern Intel chip.

On Ryzen platform due to cache design, memory controller design and internal bus clock dependency on memory clock, memory speed plays significant role even on tasks not directly related to memory intensive transfers. It make real sense to either overclock 2400Mhz memory or just use manufacturer overclocked module.

Present economics thing

Normally market has three-four niches.

First one is simple barebones memory, usually 2400Mhz CL17 ala


Second is advanced/normal gamers niche with some simple heatsinks added for marketing purpose ala


Third is fancy looking stupid gamers one


And final can be manufacturer overclocked memory (3000Mhz and higher). See sample in next section.

Consequence of memory cartel formation

As three leading manufacturers formed cartel they managed to hike memory chips prices 2x-3x (their manufacturing cost also dropped around 2 times in same time for same amount of capacity).

Consequence of this is that retailers were hit with demand restriction. And it produced fun situation.

Basic 8gbx2 2400Mhz CL17 memory kit can be $162


And advanced extreme overclocked 3600Mhz CL19 kit can be $165


Gap between different kits dropped a lot.

Video specifics and general considerations

One thing frequently ignored is height of fancy memory modules ala


Such modules can have issues with some CPU coolers.
Even if they do not interfere with cooler they can reduce it's performance partially blocking fan intake and make airflow worse around RAM and MOSFETS area.

As for video specifics, outside Ryzen I suggest to get more memory instead of faster/more fancy one if you are on Intel. Adobe Premiere and Resolve are very badly optimized for low memory usage and like to put their buffers and lot of garbage in memory. Thing made by small teams, like Edius and Magix products, can feel much better on low memory setups.

In US for Ryzen it is simpler to get some fancy overclocked memory as it is almost free and saves time. Outside US and in case of money issues you can look for original Samsung and Hynix DDR4 2400Mhz sticks. They come from memory makers and usually overclock quite good with any modern BIOS.

Ideally is to have 32GB of RAM, of course. But in present prices you can get away with even 8GB for initial stage (and not using thing like Resolve with 4K) or 16GB. RAM prices are expected to come down and it can be as much as 4 times reduction.

Specific stick models

In US it is lot of fancy G.SKILL / Corsair and such things, see above. Or can look for original Samsung and Hynix DDR4 2400Mhz sticks. One of the problems of original OEM sticks can be packing, as they can come without any good plastic / box pack. This can result in physical damage or static electricity damage. So another option is Kingston/Apacer sticks that usually have good package.




Usually I suggest to check Kingston HyperX FURY Black sticks/kits outside US. They are cheap, and come normally with pretested memory chips and good timings/overclock potential. And does not look like dumb gamers shit.


Seasonic SCMD - future of PSU cables routing Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:46:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19856@/talks/discussions image

Proper way to deal with mess, but keep compatibility.


Atomos Shogun Inferno Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:24:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14976@/talks/discussions image

Melbourne, Australia – 17th April 2016: Atomos invented the all-in-one monitor recorder category and now redefine it with the Shogun Inferno. It is the combination of the most advanced monitor technologies – 1500nit/10bit/HDR, the latest recording capability – 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, along with playback & editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Shogun Inferno makes mastering a high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range workflow available to all filmmakers.

Shogun Inferno sits as the flagship model in the new 8-strong Atomos HDR line-up which has expanded to include HDR as a free update to the Blade HD series, Ninja Assassin, Shogun and Shogun Studio along with the recently announced Flame series.

Shogun Inferno has all of the premium monitoring features previously announced on the Shogun Flame i.e. 10 stops of dynamic range with AtomHDR, 1500nit brightness for outdoor monitoring & 10-bit processing for smooth color transitions.

  • AtomHDR; AtomHDR lets you shoot with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile and previewthe final, vibrant post production HDR result.
  • 4K 60p; Record and play out pristine ProRes/ DNxHR in 4K resolution and 24/25/30/50/60p frame rates.
  • HD 240p; Apart from 4K recording, high frame rate HD from 50p to 240p can be recorded from cameras thatoutput these high frame rates.
  • Quad SDI; The Quad SDI inputs let you connect from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the needfor converters.
  • Raw recording; Capture the RAW output from Sony FS7/ FS700 and Canon C300MKII/C500 over SDI,recording to either ProRes, DNxHR or CDNG.
  • 10-bit monitor; 10-bit monitor processing increases the number of colors from 16.7 million for standard 8-bitpanels to 1.07 billion, minimizing color banding on screen.
  • 7” 1500nit brightness; For Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) shooting ramp the brightness slider up to 1500 nitfor hood-free outdoor monitoring.
  • Apple ProRes & AVID DNxHR recording; Record to visually lossless Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHD in Rec709or Log formats as an edit friendly, visually lossless industry benchmark independent of the camera brand used.
  • PQ in/out; Take PQ out into larger HDR compatible screens or feed HDR from your NLE into the PQ input forHDR grading using the Inferno.
  • Custom looks; Apply a custom look to footage by uploading and applying “.cube” 3D LUT’s. View in full/halfmode on screen, output it to a monitor or record into the footage.
  • Continuous power; Our patent pending Continuous power system automatically swaps to the second batterywhen power is low for uninterrupted recording in the field.
  • Playlist generation; Create playlists easily, either entire clips or tagged parts of clips, for playback on the unit orout to a larger screen.
  • High quality 4K 60p and HD 240p ProRes and DNxHR recording, from either a video or Raw signal – perfect for sports broadcasters and slow motion recordings.

The Shogun Inferno ships with host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases, Break-out XLR cable and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter. MSRP is US $1995 with availability in Q3 2016.

The Shogun Inferno is shipping Q3 2016 for a MSRP of US: $ 1,995 ex. TAX EU: € 1,995 ex. VAT GBP: £ 1665 ex. VAT AUD: $ 3099 Inc. GST JPY: Yen 278,000 inc VAT

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.

Unusual Inwin Crown fans Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:49:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19848@/talks/discussions image

Unusual here is that all transparent part also spins with blades, it is one piece.

Can see more at around 3:40

10Gbit Home Network, time has come Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:38:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17213@/talks/discussions image

Affordable network card for around $99



Affordable switch, sadly only 2 10Gbit ports here.

GDDR6 Memory Coming Soon Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:54:49 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18213@/talks/discussions Samsung will start to offer GDDR6 in 2018





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
Intel i7 from 2700K to 8700K comparison Sun, 27 May 2018 19:40:00 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19796@/talks/discussions Default frequency






Note that most advantage in x264 and x265 are due to newer AVX and such.

4 x 4 MIMO Qnap QWA-AC2600 PCI-E WI-FI 802.11ac card Sun, 27 May 2018 06:57:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19794@/talks/discussions image

Very useful if you need fastest possible speed while still using Wi-Fi.

AMD Vegas 7nm GPUs won't be made for end users Sat, 19 May 2018 02:00:28 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19743@/talks/discussions On JP Morgan conference Lisa Su said that goal for upcoming Vega 7nm cards will be focused on calculations acceleration. Read - large miners and corporations. Cards can be even not available for normal end users in retail stores, at least in any visible amount.
Proper way to interpret this - AMD want to maximize profits as cutting out end users allow to rise prices, plus it seems like 7nm tech problems are much more pronounced.


Nvidia GTX 11xx Turing GPUs to offer small to medium 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
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 Threadripper 16-core CPU Wed, 17 May 2017 02:42:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16950@/talks/discussions

Intell Cofee Lake S, 8 core CPU comes in Q3 2018 Wed, 09 May 2018 20:59:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19675@/talks/discussions image

Present rumors are that Intel will drop single cores frequency (around 5-10%) and also will require you to buy new motherboard.

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.

Reference mini active speakers topic Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:59:20 -0600 gameb 4437@/talks/discussions I cannot find anything that convinces me. Klein & Hummel MM 201 or M 52, Genelec 6010, Avantone Pro, Audioengine etc. are great but are "too big" for what I want. I am looking for something really small, portable, like the Ucube (80mmx80mm), but when I listened to them in the shop, I was disappointed. I only need a decent reference, so I don't have to edit with the sound coming from the MBP13 or the headphones. Appreciate suggestions.

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

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 (3700/4300)
    • 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
  • Available at
AMD 2018 Polarish 5x0X GPUs, Refresh of Rename Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:20:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19410@/talks/discussions AMD will introduce later this year following GPUs:

  • Radeon RX 540X
  • Radeon RX 550X
  • Radeon RX 560X
  • Radeon RX 570X
  • Radeon RX 580X

Rumors are that performance will be improved 2-5%, and recommended prices will rise 10-15%.

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
Mac OS support for external GPUs added Sun, 01 Apr 2018 04:31:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19330@/talks/discussions Specifics

  • Connection via Thunderbolt 3 port
  • You will need graphics dock, recommended list -
  • Works since macOS 10.13.4
  • Supported GPUs for now
    • AMD Radeon RX 570
    • AMD Radeon RX 580
    • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
    • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
    • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
    • AMD Vega Frontier Edition Air
    • AMD Radeon Pro WX
  • Initially none of applications will work with such GPU
  • Only specially adapted application can even see it
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop - made for video editing Tue, 27 Mar 2018 03:15:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19278@/talks/discussions image

  • 15.6" wide-color gamut ultra-thin bezels, 72% NTSC gamut, 300nits
  • 7300HQ and 7700HQ 7th gen Intel Core i7 processors
  • Basic - i5/8GB/Geforce GTX 1050Ti/128GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $955 in China)
  • Middle - i5/8GB/Geforce GTX 1060/128GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $1115 in China)
  • Middle 2 - i7/8GB/Geforce GTX 1060/128GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $1270 in China)
  • Advanced - 16GB/Geforce GTX 1060/256GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $1400 in China)
  • Professional keyboard
  • Fast SD card reader
  • Lots of USB 3.0 ports - 4 total, and USB-C port
  • HDMI port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 3.5mm jack with headphone amplifier
  • 20.99mm thickness
  • 55Wh battery
  • WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Digital array microphone
  • 364 x 265.2mm x 20.9mm
  • 2.7kg
  • April 13th. shipping
  • Windows 10

Equipped with Intel's 7th generation Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, 16GB dual channel DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD + 1TB hard drive, Xiaomi’s first gaming notebook Mi Gaming Laptop 15.6” delivers powerful performance for users’ work and entertainment needs.

Mi Gaming Laptop has a minimalist design, along with a keyboard that supports 16 million colors over four zones, and anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover for precise and accurate gaming input. Five programmable keys are located on the left side for quick access to important functions. For great performance even during long gaming sessions, it comes with large heat pipes, a 12V cooling fan and four fan outlets for effective heat dissipation.

Available in China starting 13 April, Mi Gaming Laptop will retail starting from RMB 5999, going up to RMB 8999 for the version with Core i7+GTX 1060+16GB.




GeForce MX150 are actually not same Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19259@/talks/discussions image

NVIDIA GeForce MX150 1D10 - Variant 1

  • GPU clock: 1469 MHz
  • Boost clock: 1532 MHz
  • Memory clock: 1502 MHz
  • TDP: 25W

NVIDIA GeForce MX150 1D12 - Variant 2

  • GPU clock: 937 MHz
  • Boost clock: 1038 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 1253 MHz
  • TDP: 10W

So, you can get different GPU

  • 13.3 inch Lenovo IdeaPad 32013KBR – 10W, Variant 2
  • 13.3 inch HP Envy 13-ad006ng – 10W, Variant 2
  • 13.3 inch Asus Zenbook UX331UA – 10W, Variant 2
  • 13.3 inch Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (2018) – 10W, Variant 2
  • 13.3 inch Asus Zenbook UX330UN – 10W, Variant 2
  • 14 inch Asus Zenbook UX430UN – 25W, Variant 1
  • 17.3 inch HP Envy 17-ae143ng – 25W, Variant 1
  • 15.6 inch Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5 – 25W, Variant 1
  • 15.6 inch MSI PLS62 – 25W, Variant 1
  • 15.6 inch Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – 25W, Variant 1


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

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