Computers and studio gear Sun, 16 Dec 18 16:50:57 -0700 Computers and studio gear en-CA GPUs after mining, what to look for? Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:03:11 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21044@/talks/discussions It is good time as GPU based mining became unprofitable now


So, what models to look for on used market if you plan to use it in video editing?

First. Most frequent used cards in mining are - AMD RX570 (and RX470) 4GB/8GB, AMD RX580 (and RX480) 8GB, NVidia GTX 1060 3GB, NVidia GTX 1060 6GB.

All of them are very good in editing.

Note! Mining do not do anything horrible with the cards if rig had been maintained properly, do not fall for horror stories.


Second. Issues to look for:

Fans. Make sure to test fans at all speeds, at cold state and after warming. Lot of modern GPU fans are not too good after prolonged work.

You can also look for card with silent fan mode, where fan stops under low load (it is around 80-90% of editing work time).

Thermal pad leaks. Famous issue of some cards, looks like oily areas, or just slightly oily looking board parts


Contrary to this photo, it is usually located under cooler close to RAM or VRM area, and you can miss some of it. Such thing appear due to vertical position of the card in most mining rigs contrary to horizontal position in almost every computer case. Thing that is leaking is dielectric, so nothing bad must be happening.

If card works good, and discount is big, plus you are able to replace thermal pads you can buy such card.

Card under load. Use and to check card under load for at least 30 minutes, it must not be crashes or visual artifacts, same as abnormally high temperatures. Can also check card model using

Third. Cards to prefer - AMD RX580 8GB, NVidia GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1070 Ti 8GB, GTX 1080 Ti 11Gb

Try to buy more powerful card with more memory. Video software, especially Davinci Resolve or advanced plugins is GPU memory hungry and become more so with each new release.

Mac/Hackintosh guys. Many Mac users buy AMD cards as external ones with special Thunderbolt case, yet it has lot of issues, check good articles and videos first. It is still way cheaper than pay for BM external solutions.

GTX 10xx series had good drivers and supported by recent MacOS versions (but Nvidia Drivers for Mojave 10.14 Not Available!). Just make sure to check Hackintosh special resources before doing anything.

If you are on super tight budged - your choices are good 1050 Ti 4GB models, GTX 1060 3GB and RX570 4GB (can be usually found for $120-150 used).

Cooling to prefer

Avoid so called turbine coolers on cards


Lower end cards are fine with just good large two coolers.

Best under moderate and low load are usually three cooler long cards (as they have bigger dissipation area and lower coolers speed)


Can check ASUS Strix line for such.

Fourth. Warranty. Many cards still have 2-3 year of warrant left, so you can buy such for more safety. In many countries outside US/EU you can see cheaper cards with no local warranty at all as they had been shipped from US/EU. If discount is big and seller provide his own small warranty you can try to risk.

Last. Newest RTX 20xx and AMD RX 590 cards provide very little for video editing and is considered non optimal generation due to little progress and price hikes. Most advantage is in very heavy tasks and usage of RTX 2080 Ti. So, for almost anything, including advanced grading you will be good using older card.

Note. Usually local sellers provide best deals and it is possible to check card, contrary to ebay. Check your country most popular C2C platform to buy used stuff.

Intel build in Gen11 GPU will have 8K support Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:20:04 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21108@/talks/discussions image

Intel unveiled new Gen11 integrated graphics with 64 enhanced execution units, more than double previous Intel Gen9 graphics (24 EUs), designed to break the 1 TFLOPS barrier. The new integrated graphics will be delivered in 10nm-based processors beginning in 2019.

The new integrated graphics architecture is expected to double the computing performance-per-clock compared to Intel Gen9 graphics. With >1 TFLOPS performance capability, this architecture is designed to increase game playability. At the event, Intel showed Gen11 graphics nearly doubling the performance of a popular photo recognition application when compared to Intel’s Gen9 graphics. Gen11 graphics is expected to also feature an advanced media encoder and decoder, supporting 4K video streams and 8K content creation in constrained power envelopes. Gen11 will also feature Intel® Adaptive Sync technology enabling smooth frame rates for gaming.

Intel also reaffirmed its plan to introduce a discrete graphics processor by 2020

P106-100 or GTX 1060 6GB for Mining - cheapest useful card for DaVinci Resolve Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:43:47 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21049@/talks/discussions image

It is full blown GTX 1060 6GB card, but if you look around it can be got cheaper, as it lacks any video output.

Locally can be now around $100-129. Look around at Craiglist, OLX, Avito - your most popular C2C platform.

If you have Studio license (or other means of running Studio version of Resolve) with multiple GPU support, it will work and will add a lot of power.

AMD Threadripper 16-core CPU Wed, 17 May 2017 02:42:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16950@/talks/discussions

Apple MacBook Air 2018 - made for posh totty Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:16:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20777@/talks/discussions image

  • Lack of SD card reader
  • 2 core underpowered CPU
  • LPDDR3 in 2018
  • Only two USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3 and all else also)
  • Prone to failure keyboard from Mac Pros (as Apple want to get more service income)
  • 3.5mm noisy audio jack
  • 13.3 higher res screen
  • Very bad cooling
  • Reduced battery
  • Apple started to use cheaper, third grade aluminum
  • T2 chip to prevent any third party repairs
  • 1.25kg
  • Cheapest modes start at $1199 (it is price of 6 core Windows machines)

AMD Navi GPUs coming soon, first complete leak Wed, 05 Dec 2018 07:30:42 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21052@/talks/discussions

Make correction that leak is on big AMD fan channel :-) So, some stuff is not fully correct :-) Use logic that guess that.

  • AMD Radeon RX 3080
    • $249
    • 8GB GDDR6
    • Performance ala Vega 64 + 15%
    • Competitor for RTX 2070 or GTX 1080
    • 150W TDP
    • Navi 10 chip
  • AMD Radeon RX 3070
    • $199
    • 8GB GDDR6
    • performance ala Vega 56
    • Competitor for RTX 2060 or GTX 1070
    • 120W TDP
    • Navi 12 chip
  • AMD Radeon RX 3060
    • $129
    • 4GB GDDR6
    • performance ala RX 580
    • Competitor for RTX 2050 or GTX 1060
    • 75W TDP, no external power connector
    • Navi 12 chip
Xiaomi Mi Box S - cheapest reliable HEVC 10bit HDR player Thu, 22 Nov 2018 04:38:07 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20951@/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.

Nvidia RTX 20xx Turing GPUs - little performance for much more money 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
AMD Zen 2 aka Ryzen 3000 CPUs details Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:02:23 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20830@/talks/discussions image



The move to 7nm allowed AMD to make lot of advances with its Rome-based EPYC processor core microarchitecture:

  • 2X Performance per Socket
  • 4X Floating Point performance per socket
  • Previous gen socket compatible
  • Forward compatible with next gen Milan platform that supports PCI Express 4 connectivity
  • Improved branch prediction 
  • Better instructions prefetch 
  • Re-optimized micro-op instruction cache
  • Increased the size of the micro-op cache  
  • Doubled floating point width to 256-bit 
  • Doubled load store bandwidth 
  • Increased dispatch and retire bandwidth 
  • Results in maintained high throughput for all modes

Nice thing

Titan Ridge PCIe cards add Thunderbolt 3 to Ryzen and Threadripper PCs Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:52:00 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21051@/talks/discussions image


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.

Titan RTX GPU with 24Gb of RAM - pay more and more Mon, 03 Dec 2018 09:57:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21039@/talks/discussions image


The Definitive Hackintosh topic Sat, 04 Aug 2012 21:06:24 -0600 artiswar 4150@/talks/discussions I'm sure someone out there has a behemoth to show off. I'm in the process of building and Ivy Bridge Quad-core with 32gb of RAM, SSD boot drive, and newer NVIDIA card. All for a bit over $1000. Super stoked.

Elgato Camlink 4K - easy and cheap way to capture HDMI 4K signal, but still no 60fps Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:04:32 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21002@/talks/discussions image

Mac Mini - meet the bad cooling with premium pricing Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:41:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20778@/talks/discussions

Cranked up fan speeds (you wanted thin and small case? No? Fuck you!)


  • $800 for Core i3 /8GB / 128 soldered SSD (price of Ryzen 8 core desktop with 16GB RAM/480GB SSD if you look carefully for deal)
QNAP HS-453DX Stylish 10Gbe Gemini Lake based NAS Thu, 29 Nov 2018 04:16:47 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21015@/talks/discussions image

  • Place for two 3.5" HDDs
  • Place for two M.2 SSDs
  • Celeron J4105 Gemini Lake CPU (can decode 10bit HEVC 4K)
  • HDMI 2.0 output
  • two RJ-45 ports - one 10Gbe, one 1Gbe


Jumper EZbook X1 and Teclast F5 - small Gemini lake Laptops Fri, 23 Nov 2018 03:11:13 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20961@/talks/discussions image

Cost is around $235 with $5 paypal coupon.

  • 11.6 inch IPS FHD Screen
  • Intel Celeron Gemini Lake N4100 Quad Core, decodes almost all heavy HEVC 10bit stuff
  • 64Gb eMMC + 64GB SSD (later upgradable M.2 to any size up to 2TB and more)
  • Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFi
  • MicroUSB, USB-C, MicroSD reader.
  • HDMI 2.0 output
  • Weigh is around 1.05kg

One of the best and modern options to view footage on place.

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.




Video playback devices classification Thu, 22 Nov 2018 07:44:23 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20953@/talks/discussions I'll be collecting here info about abilities and restrictions of various devices (decoding only!).

  • Intel Gemini Lake - Two HDMI 2.0a ports, MPEG-2 1080p(up to High), 10bit HEVC up to 4K60fps(Main 5.1), 8bit H.264 up to 4K30fps (up to 5.1), VC-1 4K (Advanced/High), VP9 Profile2 4K 10-bit, no HDR support at all for now
  • AmLogic 905X - One HDMI 2.0b port, 10bit HEVC up to 4K60fps, 8bit H.264 up to 4K30fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 10-bit, HDR10, HLG support, depend of implementation
  • AmLogic 912 - One HDMI 2.0b port, 10bit HEVC up to 4K60fps, 8bit H.264 up to 4K30fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 10-bit, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision support, depend of implementation
  • AmLogic 905X2 - One HDMI 2.0b/2.1 port,10bit HEVC up to 4K75fps, 8bit H.264 up to 4K30fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 10-bit, AVS2 up to 4K30fps, HDR10, HLG, HDR10+, Dolby Vision support, depend of implementation
  • Allwinner H6 - One HDMI 2.0b,10bit HEVC up to 4K60fps, 8bit H.264 up to 4K30fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 10-bit, HDR10 and HLG support, depend of implementation
  • Rockchip RK3328 - One HDMI 2.0b port,10bit HEVC up to 4K60fps, 8bit/10bit H.264 up to 4K30fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 10-bit, HDR10 and HLG support, depend of implementation
  • AMD 2200-2400G - DP/HDMI 2.0b ports, 10bit HEVC up to 4K60fps, 8bit H.264 up to 4K30fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 10-bit, HDR support even on old motherboards
  • Nvidia GPUs 10xx - HDMI 2.0b ports, 12bit HEVC 420 up to 8K, 8bit H.264 up to 4K and lot of fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 12-bit, HDR support
  • Nvidia GPUs 20xx - HDMI 2.0b ports, 12bit HEVC 444 up to 8K, 8bit H.264 up to 4K and lot of fps, VP9 Profile2 4K 12-bit, HDR support
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

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)
iPad Pro as another son of Apple marketing Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:46:34 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20936@/talks/discussions

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
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.

Xiaomi 13.3" Mi Notebook Air 2018, say bye to your Mac Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:04:13 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20834@/talks/discussions image

  • 13.3" IPS LCD Full HD panel, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected
  • i3 processor 4 core CPU, special advanced two fans, two heatpipes cooling allowing CPU to work at max always
  • 8-16GB of DDR4 RAM
  • from 128GB SSD
  • Fingerprint unlock
  • Windows 10 Home Edition
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB Type-C, USB 2.0 ×2, HDMI
  • 40Wh battery with fast USB-C charge (30 min to 50%)
  • 9.5 hours on single charge.
  • 9.6 x 210.9 x 14.8 mm
  • 1.3 kg
  • ~$579 price ($549 on preorder)
ZOTAC PI225 pico - interesting mini thing Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:57:47 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20848@/talks/discussions image


Xiaomi Mi Notebook 15.6 Lite Cheap Notes for video Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:13:00 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20835@/talks/discussions image


  • 15.6" 1080p display
  • Core i3-i5-i7 processors
  • Dual fan / dual heatpipe cooling from top Pro Notebooks to run CPU and GPU at max always.
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB of SSD + 1TB of HDD
  • GeForce MX110 GPU with 2GB DDR5
  • Dedicated numerical keypad
  • All-metal case
  • 3W powerful internal speakers
  • SD card slot, good set of ports (3.5mm jack, Ethernet port, HDMI interface, two USB 3.0 + USB 2.0)
  • ~$671 for good base model
  • $448 for i3 model on preorder
  • Start shipping at 11.11



QNAP T310G1T Thunderbolt 3 to 10Gb Ethernet adapter Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:29:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20831@/talks/discussions image

They have two versions, but one for twister pair will be more popular obviously.

  • Will work both with Windows and macOS
  • USB Type-C power supply, so do not need external power
  • 27,6 × 56 × 113,2 mm
  • 160 g
Sekonic C-800 Spectromaster Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:09:10 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20811@/talks/discussions image


  • Measures LED, HMI, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Natural Light and Flash, from 380 to 780 nm
  • Expanded Color Rendering Properties (CRI, SSI, TLCI, TLMF, TM-30-15)
  • Extended Color Control Parameters (Hue/Saturation, CIE 1931 x, y chromaticity coordinate).
  • Wide measurement range of Color Temperature (1,600 to 40,000K) and illumination (1 to 200,000lx in ambient light, 20 to 20,500lx in flash light)
  • User-friendly design: 270 degrees swivel head, dark calibration without a cap, large 4.3" color touch panel LCD and Customize function
  • Various displays (Text, Spectrum Graph, Spectrum Comparison, CRI, CRI Comparison, SSI, TLCI/TLMF, TM-30-15, Lighting Filter for Rosco© and LEE©, C amera Filter for Kodak Wratten©, LEE© and Fuji©, Multiple Lights Comparison, White Balance Correction)
  • Measurements of Kelvin (K), Illuminance (lux/fc), LB/CC Filters (for Camera Lens or Lighting Filters), LB/CC Index, CRI (Ra, R1 thru. R15), ⊿uv, SSI, TLCI, TM-30-15(Rf, Rg), CIE1931(x, y), Hue, Saturation
  • Up to 99 data measurements can be stored in memory.
  • $1,499 USD
  • ships in December.