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by biffzinker
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4559

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

At least there is some good news if your Canadian, still more bad news if your in the US. New findings show that an additional 2.5 million US consumers have likely had their personal information exposed, bringing the total number up to 145.5 million people affected by the breach. Fortunately for tho...
by biffzinker
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 23
Views: 1174

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

Okay, the subject makes it simple. I had a budget for my new pc and I decided to go commando with the graphics. I bought a MSI Gaming RX 480 8GB, being the first part to buy, I was using it with an old A4 APU from AMD. Then I bought the cpu, a FX 8320 @3.5Ghz. and last, some days ago a MSI 970 Gami...
by biffzinker
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 23
Views: 1174

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

Holy cow, you're running a 125 watt FX processor with an undersized heatsink and no thermal paste? He could try any one of these as a alternative to no TIM. 1. Dielectric Silicone: 22, 34 2. Liquid Gel Deodorant: 23, 34 3. Crest Toothpaste: 22, 35 4. X-Balm Chapstic: 23, 35 5. Antiseptic Gel: 25, 3...
by biffzinker
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1524

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

Another thermal compound worth consideration is Arctic's MX-4. https://www.arctic.ac/us_en/mx-4.html I'd stay away from applying any liquid metal TIM to your heatsink/heat spreader or else your going to have a heck of time cleaning it off. Edit: I had Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra applied to the heats...
by biffzinker
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3920
Views: 626594

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Drinking a Elysian Night Owl pumpkin ale, pretty tasty definitely get the pumpkin, spice blend, and with a dry finish. Almost has a slight sweetness but the bitterness stops it. I'm not beer expert so my opinion may not be spot on. http://www.elysianbrewing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Website_Bee...
by biffzinker
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4559

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Dam, I was compromised.
Based on the information provided, we believe that your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.
by biffzinker
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?

Is OCCT what you might be looking for?

Haven't used it myself but it claims to offer detecting manufacture errors for the GPU memory, and has a stress test for the GPU.

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http://www.ocbase.com/
by biffzinker
Thu May 11, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vanquish is coming to PC
Replies: 19
Views: 1797

Re: Vanquish is coming to PC

Got a code from Bundle Stars for 30% off towards Vanquish for buying Bayonetta (offer expires on May 25th.)
by biffzinker
Tue May 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Flash your RX480 to an RX580
Replies: 25
Views: 5693

Re: Flash your RX480 to an RX580

DPete27 wrote:
Pretty good freq/voltage you've got also. Thanks.

Switched my card back from the Sapphire BIOS a couple days after to the XFX OEM BIOS since I can manage a undervolt of 1.105 plus overclock the Polaris GPU to 1344 MHz. Plenty fast for me, and the games I've played. Currently playing Prey atm.
by biffzinker
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Flash your RX480 to an RX580
Replies: 25
Views: 5693

Re: Flash your RX480 to an RX580

If the default voltage is 1160mv at 1266MHz and you can get all the way down to, say 1025mv before it locks up and resets the driver, then you can probably run 1333MHz at 1100mv or something because there is so much power budget released by reducing the voltage. Managed 1344MHz @ 1.105 mV on my XFX...
by biffzinker
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3511
Views: 518291

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Eagles - Please Come Home For Christmas
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Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies, (Tell me lies, tell me, tell me lies)

by biffzinker
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: “Side channel” in Branch Predictor on Haswell CPUs lets researchers bypass protection known as ASLR
Replies: 3
Views: 913

“Side channel” in Branch Predictor on Haswell CPUs lets researchers bypass protection known as ASLR

Researchers have devised a technique that bypasses a key security protection built into just about every operating system. If left unfixed, this could make malware attacks much more potent. ASLR, short for "address space layout randomization," is a defense against a class of widely used a...
by biffzinker
Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Read these security tips for Android but are they enough?
Replies: 20
Views: 2071

Re: Read these security tips for Android but are they enough?

If we are talking click bait titles, we have a "prolific" poster that is rather recognizable.  You are nowhere near his level. :P So you guys haven't forgotten me yet huh? I've since moved on to TechPowerUp's forum. I'm having more fun over their making normal posts, and the forum softwar...
by biffzinker
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: When did F5 stop being "Refresh"? [Fixed]
Replies: 19
Views: 1852

Re: When did F5 stop being "Refresh"?

Just tried F5 in Firefox, it refreshed the window for me or pushing Alt+F5 does a refresh too.

Edit: Yup, busy cursor in the active tab as Firefox refreshed the tab.
by biffzinker
Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apollo Lake mATX motherboard launched
Replies: 31
Views: 2078

Re: Apollo Lake mATX motherboard launched

And I see this board specifies 16GB max RAM, but the CPU pages specify 8GB max. Even the ARK says 8GB. Hmm... interesting. I wonder if it is a case of the motherboard supporting 16, but the J3455 only supporting 8? Does this mobo ship with the CPU soldered on, or is that a socket? (Looks like the C...
by biffzinker
Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: How about FLOPPYFlash?
Replies: 10
Views: 1583

How about FLOPPYFlash?

Anyone in need of a reliable floppy drive or are 3.5 inch floppy disks hard to come by try this instead. :P Floppy disk sales have, well, flopped but there are still masses of PCs and old embedded PC-based systems out there with floppy disk slots and drives. Now this near-dead space can be made usab...
by biffzinker
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel 3770K, Hot CPU?
Replies: 19
Views: 2032

Re: Intel 3770K, Hot CPU?

@Biffzinker: Oh man. Did de-lidding/reapplying thermal paste help? I don't think I will be trying that as I'd most certainly F something up. Don't want to buy a new CPU with Kaby Lake/Zen releasing in a few months. Ordered a BeQuiet! Base 600 as well as the new Silent Wings 3 140mm & 120mm PWM ...
by biffzinker
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: 2.0 computer speakers
Replies: 54
Views: 4181

Re: 2.0 computer speakers

Then they're playing it back on a laptop's or PC's onboard audio with the windows volume control at 50% (halving the resolution of the digital signal too). That reminds of a question I had never bothered asking. I noticed a clean install of Windows 7/8.1/10 have a default volume level set at 66. So...
by biffzinker
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2561

Re: 2 GB of graphics memory isn't enough for modern and future games?

And then, lost in a moment of nostalgia, I remember that the first 3D card I ever bought was a 2 MB Matrox Mystique. God, that's a trip. Oldest card I owned was the Cirrus Logic Laguna 3D with 2 MB of RDRAM. The first, and last prebuilt OEM system I owned had the Cirrus Logic graphics card. http://...
by biffzinker
Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheesy but effective DIY monitor arm...
Replies: 29
Views: 5768

Re: Cheesy but effective DIY monitor arm...

So are those shorts or boxers? I'm going to guess boxers. Whatever makes you more comfortable works for me. :wink:
by biffzinker
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel 3770K, Hot CPU?
Replies: 19
Views: 2032

Re: Intel 3770K, Hot CPU?

My 3770K has been oc'ed since 2012 (@4.7). Temps are fine and the H100 is super quiet. I'm not sure what is going on with your setup. TardOnPC you might be running into the same issue I was having with my 4790K. Found out factory set clock speed with no overclocking was resulting in abnormally high...
by biffzinker
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel 3770K, Hot CPU?
Replies: 19
Views: 2032

Re: Intel 3770K, Hot CPU?

My 3770K has been oc'ed since 2012 (@4.7). Temps are fine and the H100 is super quiet. I'm not sure what is going on with your setup. TardOnPC you might be running into the same issue I was having with my 4790K. Found out factory set clock speed with no overclocking was resulting in abnormally high...
by biffzinker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU
Replies: 37
Views: 4219

Re: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU

EDIT: Now RPMs are down to 930 when idle, but should dynamically increase when needed. I guess that's really all, isn't it? Yes, the motherboard will dynamically increase, and decrease the fan speed based off of the CPU temperature. Oh, yes, one tiny small thing left: if you remember from the start...
by biffzinker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Horribly Baked on Thermal Paste
Replies: 50
Views: 1718

Re: Horribly Baked on Thermal Paste

The TIM you ran into under the Northbridge/GPU, and CPU is that wax pink stuff that melts as the chips heat up. Had the first Xbox myself tore it apart when it was old, and discontinued recongized the pink colored bubblegum TIM from past motherboards chipsets with it under the heatsink on the Northb...
by biffzinker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU
Replies: 37
Views: 4219

Re: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU

Found it in the manual for your board Twain28.
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by biffzinker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU
Replies: 37
Views: 4219

Re: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU

As for the CPU fan, I checked both specs and BIOS...looks like 1650RPM is the highest rotation value available. DPete27 was trying to point out your fan should be spinning down from it's max 1650RPM (motherboard spinning the fan up and down depending on the load on CPU.) Might want to check for the...
by biffzinker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU
Replies: 37
Views: 4219

Re: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU

I say leave it alone at 400 MHz FSB, and your Q9400 at 3.2 GHz with the added 50mW if stability checks out. Otherwise the next step up (150 mW) only causes one cores temperature to jump 78c, as long as all 4 cores stay under 85c I wouldn't worry. Every so often check the temperatures make sure every...
by biffzinker
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU
Replies: 37
Views: 4219

Re: HELP Overclock Q9400 on ASUS P5QL/EPU

First of all, many thanks to you both for your help and patience. After some days of grave pondering on the matter, I decided I shall not venture any further. My fear of breaking things is quite high, and I am pretty satisfied with the OC results, as it is (you can probably expect some more comment...
by biffzinker
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Case Dust Filtration
Replies: 47
Views: 4344

Re: Case Dust Filtration

What options are available for blocking out finer dust particles besides lint/clothing fibers? If Acidicheartburn doesn't mind me asking in his thread.
by biffzinker
Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Errors during OCCT PSU testing seemingly caused by faulty RAM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1925

Re: Errors during OCCT PSU testing seemingly caused by faulty RAM?

Depends on what definition of stock speed we're using; the RAM is running at its rated XMP profile when the problems were found. The RAM is running at its rated profile, but the memory controller in the CPU is being overclocked (the I5-4590 is only spec'd for 1600) so the problem may not be your RA...
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