Very well appointed laptop for all around use.

Tired of chasing it

I have been a proponent of AMD for the last few years. They make fast and reliable products if we ignore the great GPU driver fandango of the 5700 series at launch.

After making a very concerted effort to purchase an AMD 6800 XT at MSRP from AMD directly since they launched, I’m done. I’ll be going back to EVGA for the Nvidia cards.

I attended the 6000 series launch event, got a card into my cart, and the server stopped responding. When it came back to responding the inventory was sold out.

I attended the 5000 series APU launch on 8/5/2021. I arrived at 7am EDT. The event was scheduled for 9am EDT. At 8:30 AM I was assigned a position in the “virtual line” and then randomized to a point in the line 3 hours later.

Maybe AMD could learn a bit about sales in an online environment. First come first served, a que that isn’t just for an hour but is perpetual until the client’s order is filled, and 1 unit per person per the duration until the shortage of cards ends MIGHT help the next person before they suffer from my level of frustration and give up. I’d love to see AMD succeed.

They just don’t seem to care.

The AMD stock lost 12 points yesterday. Maybe that will shake the tree enough for changes to their methods of selling online.

Go Team Red!

AMD had a special launch event to showcase their new APU offerings. I waited for 3 hours before the event then was put into a virtual line for over two hours. Reminds me of the 6800XT GPU launch.

There’s an interesting problem on the description of the AMD web site for their new APUs. Both indicate that a discrete GPU is required. Not accurate information.

Go Team Red!

Intel releases new AX200 and USB 5.0 drivers

Intel released some new drivers for their AX200 series of Wifi adapters. They also released an updated driver for USB 5.0 devices.

These definitely improve the performance of your Wifi adapter or did for me.

The link to the Wifi driver is here:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/30542/Windows-10-Wi-Fi-Drivers-for-Intel-Wireless-Adapters

OR you may just want to run the Intel update tool.

Buy AMD stock before July 30th

The sooner the better. The current price is hovering in the $50 per share range. If you want to buy in at a lower price, there are sites that offer fractional sales with nominal fees.

Stockpile allows you to buy and/or sell at what ever price point you would prefer for $0.99 per buy, $0.99 per sale with no monthly fees and no minimums.

There are other great options if you are willing to buy in whole shares.

Target COULD have paid attention

If you search through my posts from 2010 I responded on this site to a rash of misinformation in the news about man in the middle attacks related to HTTPS transactions over ANY connection type including wireless at your local Coffee shop or McDonalds.

Then as now, if your browser is using HTTPS and the web site you are visiting is ALSO using HTTPS, it would take 1000s of modern computers years to decipher the encrypted content. So change your password at your bank and other sensitive sites once a year, every quarter if you would prefer to be ULTRA safe.

The part Target COULD have paid attention to, is that I said in that post on May 18, 2010:

Your credit card is more likely to be compromised by the database of the merchant, than via your secure transaction. This can and does happen frequently. It is still a much more secure method of purchasing than when you visit a store in person.

Evans Computer Consulting at Evanscomputers.com on May 18, 2010

Primary System Specifications

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CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 Chromax LTT edition

GPU: AsRock Radeon 5700 XT (reference blower design)

MB: Gigabyte Aorus Ultra x570

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275R (Glass side panel)

PSU: Corsair 860W AX860i 80+ Platinum

RAM: G.Skill 32GB (2×16) RipJaws V 3200Mhz C16

NVMe 1: Sabrent 1TB Rocket PCIe 4.0

NVMe 2: Samsung EVO Plus 1 TB

NVMe 3: Crucial P1 1TB

Mouse: Razer Death Adder Essential (White)

Keyboard: G.Skill Ripjaws KM780R MX Mechanical (Cherry MX Browns)

Speakers: Bose Companion 5 2.1 w/subwoofer

Monitor: LG 32GK650F-B 32″ 16:9 QHD LCD

Cam: Logitech C920

UPS: APC 1450 Backup

3900x Monster with GTX 1080 awaiting 5700 XT.

Razer Death Adder Essential

One of my favorite mice thus far, it looks sharp in white or black and it tracks exceptionally well. Holds up to use and abuse even gaming hard for hundreds of hours.

Comes in black or white models.