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by ptsant
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Glucowise
Replies: 209
Views: 7782

Re: Glucowise

Don't any of you have doctors to turn to for advice? I like building my own PCs, but if I were concerned about my health I would ask a certified endocrinologist, not random people on the internetz.

PS Yes, you can google stuff. So can doctors, who also have 1000s of hours of experience.
by ptsant
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Which MB for Ryzen 3900?
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: Which MB for Ryzen 3900?

US$70 Asus Tuf B450M-Plus Gaming or US$360 Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero X570 I'd suggest putting the $290 difference in the bank for now. Thanks to both for your feedback. I think I'll go with a reasonably priced B450. The ROG B450 costs an extra $40 here ($140 vs $100, local prices) but has some e...
by ptsant
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Which MB for Ryzen 3900?
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Which MB for Ryzen 3900?

I have a Crosshair VI, a 1700X and 4x16GB Samsung B-die ECC. I need to (a) upgrade to 3900X and (b) use the 1700X for my home server. So I will need a MB (I already have some cheap RAM). The prices on X570 are insane. But, I can afford it if necessary/worth it. I see the following options: 1. ROG St...
by ptsant
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments
Replies: 49
Views: 2967

Re: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments

I don't see many comments on the X570 platform. This is definitely a step up from the traditional AM4 platforms and closes the gap somewhat with the HEDT platforms (number of PCIe, SATA, USB etc) but OMG the prices are insane. The Crosshair VIII starts at $400+ and the MSI godlike is $600+. Given th...
by ptsant
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 109
Views: 8911

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Anandtech reports high temps and some fan ramping issues with the stock reference cooler. While I do like designs which exhaust out the back, those sorts of issues give me pause. Aftermarket cooling solutions can sometimes take longer to arrive on the market for AMD cards as well. Apparently the bl...
by ptsant
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 109
Views: 8911

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

Perhaps you're right. But the point I'm making is that you can't seriously use a worldwide survey as representative of people reading an english-language, US-based site for tech fans. So I don't see why everyone keeps quoting the Steam survey. If you would have set the frame of reference as only th...
by ptsant
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 109
Views: 8911

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

1080p60 is the popular resolution - you can get away with a $150 RX570 for that. 1080p144 is typically the realm of competitive esports titles and those playing will likely turn down graphics settings to the point where your CPU is the primary bottleneck. However, >60fps performance is HIGHLY game ...
by ptsant
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 109
Views: 8911

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

where I live the #1 selling CPU in the biggest e-shop is the 9900K and the #1 selling GPU is the Asus 2080 Ti. So there's also that. Christ, there's one born every minute. You can't seriously believe what the e-shop tells you is 'trending' or 'best-selling'. It's quite the opposite of impartial adv...
by ptsant
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 109
Views: 8911

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

$350 is a price I can stomach. This looks like a good deal for people who can't afford the new normal of $500 midrange GPUs. If >30 FPS @ 4K is what we're calling "midrange" now, then well, I'm very confused. I am however very pleased that prices in some cases are going down. If I remembe...
by ptsant
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic
Replies: 109
Views: 8911

Re: AMD Navi / RDNA Topic

JustAnEngineer wrote:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-vYu89W4AAl2xw.jpg
Radeon RX 5700: $349
Radeon RX 5700XT: $399


$350 is a price I can stomach. This looks like a good deal for people who can't afford the new normal of $500 midrange GPUs.
by ptsant
Mon May 27, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 104
Views: 7767

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

It seems to me that the $100 extra for double cache, 50% more cores and 100MHz more boost is a reasonable price to pay. Then again, $499, is more than I've ever paid for a CPU. At least it would be a slot-in upgrade: no MB, no RAM to buy. Convenient.
by ptsant
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 42
Views: 4670

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

TBH I think as long as you avoid the Seagate SMR crap that's still in the distribution channels, and tweak the head unload timer if you go with any of the WD drives which have that issue, using desktop drives (or shucked externals) in a home NAS is a perfectly reasonable thing to do if you are on a...
by ptsant
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 42
Views: 4670

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

IronWolf or IronWolf Pro for a home server with 4 drives? Is the pro version worth the extra $$?

Currently 1xHGST ultrastar (the real HGST) and 3xWD RE.
by ptsant
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GPU, RAM and MB upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

Re: GPU, RAM and MB upgrade

The 1500X should be perfectly fine if you are going up in resolution but not in refresh rate. Your card would be faster on a 2600X and even faster on a 9900K, but the difference is likely to be modest and not worth the $$$. You'd probably need at least a 2600X to notice the difference and even then ...
by ptsant
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Borderlands 3
Replies: 63
Views: 5294

Re: Borderlands 3

I don't mind paying extra for a season pass for DLC. The amount of additional content they added in BL2 was well worth it, especially the mr.Torque Carnage campaign and Tiny Tina's assault. Those two combined were worth the season pass. I'd pay the $100. I am not, however, going to install another ...
by ptsant
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Borderlands 3
Replies: 63
Views: 5294

Re: Borderlands 3

We have a release date and details. September 13, 2019. PC exclusive to Epic Games Store until April 2020. 4 editions available. Standard : just the game, $60 Deluxe : game, exclusive skins, and boost loot, $80 Super Deluxe : everything from Deluxe, plus 4 campaign DLC packs (season pass), $100 Dia...
by ptsant
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2266

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

As much as I hate telling people to spend money, if the PSU really is marginal it might be a good idea to budget replacing it. You'd hate for your friend to buy all this new gear then have some of it get damaged by a PSU failure. Well, I am a fan of top-quality PSUs (I have a Seasonic Prime Titaniu...
by ptsant
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Help me choose correct ECC B-die for Ryzen
Replies: 15
Views: 3928

Re: Help me choose correct ECC B-die for Ryzen

Hello everyone, I finally got my M391A2K43BB1-CTD DIMMS (2x16GB dual rank, rated 2666/CL19 1.2V) on an ASUS Crosshair VI with a Ryzen 1700X. They replaced a pair of Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000C15 2x16GB (dual rank). I can confirm that ECC works in both Linux and Windows: [ 6.897998] EDAC amd64: Node ...
by ptsant
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2266

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

new Nvidia cards (slotting below the 1660 Ti) purportedly coming soon at ~190ish, maybe wait a bit on the GPU to compare? I thought about this, but I don't know to what extent this has already been priced into the current market situation. I don't expect 570/580 to fall much lower and it appears th...
by ptsant
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2266

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

TPU has a pretty decent number of cards tested per review. The performance/$ of an RX570 is outstanding, but this review was from October 2018 and RX 570 cards are almost $50 cheaper now than they were then! If you look at the idividual game tests for that card, 1080p 60fps is a reasonably expectat...
by ptsant
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2266

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

There's no point buying a K-series i3 if you're not going to buy a Z-series motherboard to go with it... To expand on this point, is your friend planning to overclock? If yes, then as Chrispy_ says you need a Z series motherboard. If not, then a K series chip is extra expense with little benefit as...
by ptsant
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2266

Cheap gaming pc upgrade

I need to build a cheap gaming PC for a friend. I usually build all-round systems and I'm usually playing slightly older games (for example, currently BF1 and Dark Souls 3) but my friend needs a pure gaming system and one that can handle the latest stuff. Will the following do nicely for 1080p? Inte...
by ptsant
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 4251

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

Thank you! Unfortunately I seem to be in possession of an odd duck. It is a dual rank 8GB dimm stick. Patriot PSD48G240082H. So does this advice still hold, or does the dual rank complicate things? The good news is that almost anything you buy now will be faster. So, you will definitely be able to ...
by ptsant
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 4251

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

I don't mean to hijack the thread -apologies to the original poster- but while you're at it, one small question. I have 8GBs of ram on a system with only two dimm slots. And I can't find my particular brand/type of DDR4 "Patriot" ram the system came with, any more. Will it work in dual ch...
by ptsant
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 4251

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

I think I have no choice. I must get the 580 because the 570 is way worse. But I also must get the 16GB, because the trend is to increase the amount needed. So I'll settle for 1x8GB for now. And then upgrade to 16GB when needed, if needed. Some tests shows single channel isn't that bad... like thes...
by ptsant
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 4251

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

1. RAM prices are going down from a very long period of very high prices. A 32GB kit used to cost $200, went up to $400 and is now back to about $240. And I am using the exact same kit (Corsair 3000C15 LPX) as an example. So, you won't be buying RAM at a very bad time and it might even be worth wai...
by ptsant
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 4251

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

I'm gonna take an entry level MB; so only 2 DIMM slots, so if I want to upgrade I'd be in a bad spot. Unless I used only one 8GB stick but that means no Dual Channel =X Thank you all for the answers! =) If you want to save both on the MB and the RAM then indeed you WILL be in a tight spot in a coup...
by ptsant
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 4251

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

Hello, I'm trying to decide if I'm gonna settle for 2x4GB or 2x8GB for a new system I'll build. (For gaming) All tests shows that 8gb is enough and upgrading to 16gb will not give a decent advantage. But I can only find FPS based tests, not frametime based ones. And, as we at techreport know, somet...
by ptsant
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: CHUCKULA IS GOING AMD..... CONFIRMED!!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 3193

Re: CHUCKULA IS GOING AMD..... CONFIRMED!!!!

I would add that although it doesn't compare with a 1080, the 560 is a surprisingly capable little GPU for 1080p gaming at medium. Most people forget how much GPU power is needed to hit 144Hz or 4k at ultra and, inversely, how much easier it is to drive 1080p 60fps at medium. PS. I suggest the open ...
by ptsant
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Help me choose correct ECC B-die for Ryzen
Replies: 15
Views: 3928

Re: Help me choose correct ECC B-die for Ryzen

What motherboard? You might find this Looking-for-ECC-memory-for-AMD-X470-motherboard interesting. ‎07-11-2018 10:28 AM We have heard back from our engineers on this matter. They were able to get in contact with AMD and get a definite answer to your question. What they found out is that your mother...
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