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by DPete27
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Asus ROG GL553VD design issue or flaw !
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: Asus ROG GL553VD design issue or flaw !

This most certainly sounds like the Optimus tech black box is muddying the waters. Assuming that you checked all this while the laptop was essentially idle, I wonder if you subjected the laptop to Furmark (or your fav GPU stress tester) and checked everything again, if the results would change. Cert...
by DPete27
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1216

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Wait till the week of Thanksgiving (if you're in the US) and build it "right" Intel 9th gen should be out by then (rumored October launch) so it could put some downward pricing pressure on AMD RAM has been steadily creeping down, a little more time never hurts You're most likely to be able...
by DPete27
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hi all! New here, decided to purchase a build!
Replies: 12
Views: 757

Re: Hi all! New here, decided to purchase a build!

I bookmarked this page when another gerbil recommended it. https://www.bonanza.com/listings/Windows-10-Pro-Professional-Upgrade-Key-for-32-and-64-Bit-Activation-Guaranteed/622356835?st_id=31564178 Also https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/get-windows-10-free-or-cheap,5717.html
by DPete27
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Wattage Question
Replies: 12
Views: 666

Re: PSU Wattage Question

Does the $20 MIR apply to Amazon? I don't see it even mentioned on Amazon.
by DPete27
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Wattage Question
Replies: 12
Views: 666

Re: PSU Wattage Question

You've measured 450W at the wall using a Watt-Meter? That's nice, so you know exactly where you stand. PSUs are pretty efficient these days, and their efficiency curves are much flatter across the duty cycle than days of yore. We're talking >87% at 20% load, >90% at 50% load, and >87% at 100% load. ...
by DPete27
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Would a laptop have a Sata II & Sata III port?
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Would a laptop have a Sata II & Sata III port?

In the world of laptops, cutting unnecessary corners is the norm. Don't expect logical design choices. They'll do anything to save (literally) a penny. Most laptops with optical drives run them on a SATA2 port, so it's not farfetched to expect the same for your secondary hard drive bay. If you had a...
by DPete27
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 59
Views: 2127

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

Kretschmer wrote:
a desktop PC in a tiny apartment is not terribly compatible with a fractured leg. I picked up a lapdesk-type platform and streamed games to my (then) XPS 13 in bed, which helped.

drfish could've helped you with that problem.
by DPete27
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: High or low fps?
Replies: 23
Views: 1130

Re: High or low fps?

*I have a Samsung C27HG70, VRR from 48-144Hz. I've also played with my brother's 40-75Hz LG 29UM67P 1) I can see the difference between 60fps and 90-100fps, but that's only if I'm looking for it instead of being immersed in the gameplay. I can't tell the difference between 90-100fps and 144fps thoug...
by DPete27
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?
Replies: 28
Views: 720

Re: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?

If you try to delid a soldered CPU, you're most likely gonna kill it. Unless the entire solder puddle decoupled from the IHS, then it might delid pretty easy....
by DPete27
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation
Replies: 13
Views: 581

Re: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation

I got one of these for $1 after MIR. Haven't used/owned it very long, but it's working. If I may, is there a specific reason you need to "max out the SSD's performance" on an external drive? I wouldn't bother buying a primo SSD with the highest random IOPS, but instead focus on a budget dr...
by DPete27
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Are there any issues with AMD GPU and Intel CPU combos?
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Are there any issues with AMD GPU and Intel CPU combos?

Also I only have been using a heat sink. Not sure if that's a problem or not If you don't have a fan on your CPU heatsink....YES!!! that's very much a problem. Especially on a 125W TDP processor. Link to HWMonitor to monitor system temps (and many other things) Also, as NTMBK asked, what graphics q...
by DPete27
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice
Replies: 21
Views: 791

Re: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice

cheesyking wrote:
Is this really true? AFAIK both xbox and PS don't expose all 8 cores to developers and keep at least 1 core hidden

That's my understanding also. And initially it was 2 cores hidden.
by DPete27
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice
Replies: 21
Views: 791

Re: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice

There are loads of [even new] games that don't even use 4 threads. I wouldn't be scared of buying a 6C/6T i5 (unless you're a game streamer, then you may consider an i7 or Ryzen 2600). The thing is, 8 thread CPUs have been available for a long time from both AMD and Intel, and still very few games e...
by DPete27
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV

The rolling desk you linked is a good idea. It is 28" wide though.... :)
Looks like mom is getting a 30"er!!

The Hitachi caught my eye because it's advertised as 1080p & 120Hz. That's definitely unusual in this size range. 60Hz TVs bug the heck out of me.
by DPete27
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV

1) What is the actual physical width & height that you need to stick within? 2) Would a monitor + soundbar work in lieu of a TV (I assume you want a TV because that gets you remote controlled volume/speakers) https://www.bestbuy.com/site/vizio-24-class-led-d-series-1080p-smart-hdtv/6032516.p?sku...
by DPete27
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: semi fanless motherboards
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: semi fanless motherboards

The heatpipe designs typically just transfer the heat from the CPU to the heatsink fins mounted on the exhaust of the fan. I think heatpipes are more common these days with thinner laptops not being able to stack the mobo+CPU+heatsink on top of each other. When you don't have to put the fan on top o...
by DPete27
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: semi fanless motherboards
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: semi fanless motherboards

Seems odd that laptops are the only ones allowed to run with their tiny CPU cooling fan off/passive. Shoot, on my HTPC, I throttle my A8-5600K all the way back to 1.8GHz hard upper limit when it's doing anything besides gaming or encoding to reduce fan noise and power consumption. I believe that tri...
by DPete27
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: semi fanless motherboards
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: semi fanless motherboards

I agree, I think the BIOS-level fan controls on Asus/Gigabyte/AsRock boards would do what you need. Most PWM fans don't actually spin once the PWM signal is below....20%(?) so it would just be a matter of satisfying that setting. Of course, setting a PWM signal on that's below the fan's threshold co...
by DPete27
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Legal 4K/UHD Streaming Services for PC

I've heard the Netflix limitations of Edge Browser or Windows 10 app, needing the UHD Netflix account, 25Mbps internet service, and setting your Playback Settings to High/Auto. The GTX1050+ with 3GB VRAM minimum is true also, but that might be a limitation applied by Nvidia's drivers. Not sure about...
by DPete27
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: overlock i3
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: overlock i3

No. The only mobile CPUs that can be overclocked have an "H" suffix AFAIK.
by DPete27
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Good time to build?
Replies: 16
Views: 987

Re: Good time to build?

Wait till the week of Black Friday (if you're in the US). That will give Nvidia's 11xx GPUs time to come out, and hopefully RAM prices continue to inch down. If not and you're looking at a Ryzen build: 2nd gen Ryzen are getting good sales. B450 mobos are just now starting to trickle out, so good to ...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 59
Views: 2127

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I think your subconscious was telling you you needed a media center upgrade. Even if you have "crappy DSL" you can still probably stream 1080p Netflix (what's that require? 3Mb/s?). And now you've got a nice set of speakers for it. Why not enjoy some BluRays from Red Box or something? (ass...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 2001

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

I did recently retire an old Intel SSD 530, and a last look at it using Intel's SSD Toolkit gave it a drive health of 100%, and estimated remaining life of 20%, having done 265TB of writes. Don't forget to include the capacity of the drive when you make such statements since endurance is based on w...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 2001

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

most manufacturers already over-provision their drive by leaving some of the space invisible to the user. This. I never bother adding additional overprovisioning. If you're getting down to that last <10GB on an SSD, you're probably due for a capacity upgrade anyway. Backups backups backups. I would...
by DPete27
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?

In case anyone is curious: G.Skill FF-TSDG32GN-C10 (current card on hand) Seq Read = 92.96MB/s Seq Write = 21.97MB/s Rand Read 4KBQD1 = 5.25MB/s Rand Write 4KBQD1 = 1.25MB/s I went with the SanDisk Extreme 100MB/s V30 A1 (linked above) for $16 which should give me 99MB/s, 72MB/s, 9.6MB/s, 4.3MB/s re...
by DPete27
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 59
Views: 2127

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

My spare parts box says I have a weakness for good sales on case fans that I don't need. I usually only bite when they're SUPER on sale, so it's a box full of case fans I've paid peanuts for, but... I tend to over-analyze all my tech purchases and get hung up on minuscule price differences. So all-i...
by DPete27
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs
Replies: 31
Views: 1352

Re: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs

Grind the head off a standoff screw and thread it in. Viola! There's your centering nub.
by DPete27
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1496

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

I can't say I'd encourage 4k for a GTX1060 unless you plan on playing older/less demanding games. Not to say that you can't run some less demanding games at 4k with a GTX1060, but your game selection will be limited beyond what lowering settings is going to give you. I'm profoundly bothered by a sho...
by DPete27
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1496

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

I have an RX480, which performs the same as your GTX1060. My monitor is the Samsung C27HG70 (1440p, 48-144Hz, HDR600). Here is my story. Keep in mind that most reviewers only benchmark the most demanding games and quite often their game selection is pretty up-to-date. There are plenty of games that ...