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Blackbird / Availability of P9 hardware post-ISA 3.1 HW launch
« on: April 13, 2024, 12:38:51 am »
As far as I know, the plan for the Solid Silicon hardware is to release late this year. Will there be a period where you can buy either a Blackbird or the new offering, or will it directly replace it? I assume Vikings keeps a couple in stock at any one time so they'll wait until they run out to discontinue their listing, but I'm not in Europe.


Pretty good news indeed, we'll see how things go from here.

I dunno about their motives, but even just from a performance standpoint, I imagine they have a point. AMD's own software is really bad, and I can't help but imagine their firmware could be improved upon too. Plus, being able to actually see what goes on in there is nice.

GPU Compute / Accelerators / Re: Radeon RDNA3 support?
« on: March 04, 2024, 05:48:42 am »
I've heard the same too, that it's had it since Vega -- but that it needs PSP or ME on the CPU side too to be effective.
Would anyone happen to know the max length a card can be, and if a 2.25 slot card might fit without blocking the second PCIe slot? Seems like all the RX 7000s are over 2 slots tall besides some of the base 7600s and presumably the 7500s. I'm still unsure of whether or not to go for a 7600 (XT), 7700 XT, W6600, or maybe W6800.

User Zone / Re: Calling for gaming experiences
« on: March 03, 2024, 02:51:01 am »
It's in a much earlier state, but OGS (Link) is meant to eventually be a 1:1 accurate as-released GoldSource clone, so that'll be very interesting as the Sierra release of Half-Life is my favorite version of it.

Loads in fine for me. Page 1 is a generic looking fullscreen video of that mountain shot, page two has three eighths of a paragraph selling open hardware kinda distastefully in my opinion before saying their silicon is "future-proof" (a claim shared by paragons of futurism eMachines), page three is just one sentence and a full screen image of the X1, page four the same (though a sentence twice as long) for the S1, and page five is literally just a giant gray screen with an email address in slightly less big, also gray-on-gray text compared to the much bigger white on blue or black on gray that we've seen before then. You're really not missing out, it's the same kind of site that's almost formatted more like a business card that I hate.

I mean, is it possible it's a POWER9 with bumped up ISA compatibility? If so, it would be nice if it was still socket compatible, so that people could reuse their old CPUs; I just bought a 16-core 160W 231 a couple months ago. In any case, it's good that it exists at all, but hopefully its successor uses the same socket.

GPU Compute / Accelerators / Re: AMD Pro W7xxx series is out folks!
« on: August 05, 2023, 09:29:35 pm »
Even if amd64 amdgpu supports it, ppc64le might not. That was a big problem with Navi 2x, and even after 23 was enabled 22 and 21 weren't necessarily, at least not in 2022 they weren't -- they might be now. Still, it seems pretty exciting and I bet both are a good experience. Love how powerful they both are for a single slot card, though, and hopefully there's even a 7-class card in single slot one day.

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: Raptor CS fediverse presence?
« on: August 03, 2023, 09:14:09 pm »
I definitely agree that Raptor should have at least a bridge account on ActivityPub, even if it won't be checked for replies. Checking up on what Raptor is doing is the only reason I haven't closed my Twitter account outright in favor of just using AP.

Applications and Porting / Re: CDE 2.5.1 on Fedora 39 (rawhide)
« on: July 29, 2023, 03:42:10 am »
I've always felt that if you want to use CDE daily, it would be best to install it first and use NsCDE for Qt/GTK compatibility, while using as much of the dt* suite as possible. I tried to do that once, but for whatever reason it didn't compile very well on Fedora 37 (even though another computer with F36 did it just fine).

Any updates in the meantime? 6700 is the same price or cheaper than 6600 XT here, so it would be nice to get that card instead as better value.

Applications and Porting / Re: Counter strike 1.5 / FreeCS
« on: July 09, 2023, 07:13:33 am »
I was just wondering about that! FreeHL is IMO a bit more interesting than Xash, though OpenLambda is just as neat. Hopefully we'll be spoiled for choice soon.

HL1 was definitely a favorite of mine in the past so it's nice it'll be able to come with me when I get to build a Blackbird.

Legacy POWER Hardware / Re: Old stuff survey
« on: March 30, 2023, 02:09:36 am »
I just realized I never posted the image. It was posted to a public DIscord server, so I'm assuming it's okay to share, if the cases help.

I see these two boards, but all I know about the third is it's 8641D and the fourth is mysterious.

Operating Systems and Porting / Re: Haiku
« on: February 08, 2022, 02:15:41 pm »
32 bit includes G4s, which some people (like myself) still use regularly. But yes, you can just ignore them for now.

Operating Systems and Porting / Re: Haiku
« on: February 04, 2022, 04:49:01 am »
Stupid question: if you don't have the mainboard or CPU, what do you have instead?
Case, SSD, 32GB RAM, power supply, cooling fans, GPU, wi-fi stick, FreeBSD CD, and a big empty void where the mainboard and CPU would be.
The heatsink  ;D

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