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.

AMD Radeon DRIVER GLITCH

AMD Radeon Driver 20.4.1

This is one of the bugs that exist in the recent AMD drivers for the 5700 XT. It may also exist for other AMD cards with this driver or for this card on the 20.4.2 or 20.5.1 driver. This one was very difficult to isolate. I enabled the “Video Replay” feature in the AMD driver panel. A few days later many of my favorite games started to “hitch or stutter” during random events in the games I play. One of my favorite games that worked flawlessly before the change is Kingdom Come: Deliverance. I spent some time searching for any solutions.

I tested temperatures and enabled logging for temperature events, I looked at SMART data for my NVMe drives, I ran the typical sfc /scannow. I checked DirectX diag log files. Spent a lot of time searching for the proverbial needle in the hay stack that changed my performance.

RESULT: Disable the Video Replay in the AMD Video Driver panel and test your results. This solved my problems in Kingdom Come: Deliverance and in other titles on my system.

Userbench fails Sphere graphics test. Possible solution.

If you are experiencing an error running the userbench suite of tests, and the error indicates “ERROR: Sphere GPU benchmark failed, aborting further tests on this GPU” then this MAY solve your issue.

I isolated this error on my system to the Nahimic service that is a part of the Realtek Audio driver package. To verify this as the cause on your system:

  1. Open the control panel.
  2. Administrative Tools applet. *You may need to change the view in your control panel to large icons to see this as an icon. Check the drop down menu at the top right area of your control panel.*
  3. Click on Services.
  4. Disable the Nahimic service by right clicking on it in the list, properties, then disable. Reboot for that change to take effect.
  5. Test userbench.

IF userbench now runs successfully, then Nahimic service IS the cause. The real solution is to update the Nahimic service to the latest version. In my case I have an ASUS Z370-E Motherboard and there is an update package on the ASUS Support page. IF you have a Z370-E here is the link for the audio driver update. You probably will need to find the update that corresponds to your motherboard at the manufacturer’s web site of YOUR motherboard.

Steps:

  1. Download the update.
  2. Extract or unzip or unpack the update.
  3. Run the Setup.exe file.
  4. Say yes to the prompt to uninstall your existing driver and install the new one.
  5. Reboot when it suggests.
  6. Wait for the installer to resume after the reboot.
  7. Reboot again after the install completes.
  8. Run the AsusSetup.exe to update the Nahimic service, this won’t work correctly if the service is disabled. Enable it and reboot if necessary. Reboot again AFTER the AsusSetup.exe completes it’s install.
  9. Test userbench with the new version of the Nahimic service running.

Your mileage MAY vary. Good Luck!

Another AMD RADEON Driver Update that mostly fails

AMD released 20.1.2 Version of the AMD RADEON drivers on January 15th of 2020. This new driver is supposed to enhance the features of online streaming. I still have to revert to the 19.11.3 version to get basic functionality for all of the games I play on a regular basis. HELLO AMD are you listening to any of those of us who purchased your 5000 series cards to play games with? We would appreciate a Video driver update that works to solve problems like black screens during a game, animations of fires that are blue with no hint of red or yellow, sudden optimizations that drag the FPS into the snail zone and so on. Without basic functionality, the frills you add won’t matter in the least. I’d really like to see RADEON topple Nvidia from it’s lofty perch but at this point, I’m leaning towards Nvidia for my next video card. Overpriced? Absolutely! Nvidia drivers function out of the box with each rendition of the driver nearly every time.

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AMD Ryzen 9 3950x Reviews

Greetings! The AMD Ryzen 9 3950x reviews have released. After viewing many of them my analysis is that the 3950X though quite in a league of it’s own is not powerful enough to justify the premium price. The AMD 9 3900x has 12 cores with 24 threads and is selling for the suggested retail price of $499. The AMD 9 3950x has 16 cores with 32 threads and has a suggested retail price of $749.

The release date is suggested to be November 25th.

Linux Mint 19.2 Install of Netgear A-7000 USB 3.0 Wireless adapter

The following outlines the procedure to install the “rtl8814au” driver for Linux Mint 19.2

The kernel recommended is 5.0 or greater.

sudo apt install build-essential
sudo apt install bc
sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo apt install git dkms
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
git clone https://github.com/tpircher/rtl8814AU
cd rtl8814au
make
sudo make install
sudo cp -R . /usr/src/rtl8814au-4.3.21
sudo dkms build -m rtl8814au -v 4.3.21
sudo dkms install -m rtl8814au -v 4.3.21

AMD Ryzen Gen3 Pricing

Now the pricing or at least the MSRP type pricing information is published for the AMD Ryzen Gen3 CPUs.

The Ryzen 9 3900x 12 core 24 thread 3.8Ghz Base – 4.6Ghz Boost clock CPU is slated for $499

The Ryzen 7 3800x 8 core 16 thread 3.7Ghz base to 4.5Ghz Boost clock CPU is slated for $399

The Ryzen 7 3700x 8 core 16 thread 3.6Ghz base to 4.4Ghz boost clock CPU is $329

I know these processors shake the tree and surpass Intel’s offerings which I am very pleasantly excited about. Competition brings down the price and increases the capabilities of the products for consumers. We all win. I am a bit disappointed at the MSRP levels. The MSRP type prices fall approximately into the same values as Intel’s pricing for the competing products. Kudos to AMD for becoming the Victor in the speed segment of consumer level processors. If the retail prices actually are significantly lower for retail than I anticipate, AMD has just hit the ball OUT of the park. This is certainly a home run for them in any case.

These prices are MSRP type values and the actual pricing could be 20% lower or even less on most of the sites such as newegg and amazon. July 7, 2019 is the release date for the processors to go on sale.

I have been firmly entrenched in the Intel CPU camp for nearly 20 years. AMD has not measured up until Ryzen was released. I built an AMD Ryzen 2 2700 CPU based system in April of 2019 to see for myself how well the Ryzen 2 CPUs stack up to Intel’s offerings. I was very happy with the results of that endeavor. Now AMD is in the lead! Now if AMD can just topple NVIDIA off of THEIR high horse in the Video card market space ; )