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by DPete27
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 35
Views: 1154

Re: Custom Builders

Because a GTX1080Ti is MASSIVE overkill for 1920x1200 (assuming 60Hz also). A GTX1070 would have been more than enough for $300 less. Not when the OP said this: And then I have to decide, HTC or Occulus (or something else). Oops, I forgot that was said. My apologies. Still, I doubt the OP will be d...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 35
Views: 1154

Re: Custom Builders

Because a GTX1080Ti is MASSIVE overkill for 1920x1200 (assuming 60Hz also). A GTX1070 would have been more than enough for $300 less.
by DPete27
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 35
Views: 1154

Re: Custom Builders

Not a 1920x1080 monitor I hope!

Just for fun, I priced up that same system on iBuyPower = $2,150 w/o the fan controller and optical drive (both not worth it IMO).
by DPete27
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste

So lemme get this straight...You're doing a build with a high TDP CPU that comes with it's own AIO, and a low-ish power GPU. I'd assume the threadripper AIO will be 240mm at best. Hence you can put that in the top of a typically size mid-tower ATX case that has room for a 240mm rad at the top of the...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Questions about 2 builds
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: Questions about 2 builds

5) I ran my HTPC on just my Seagate 4TB SSHD for a while. TBH, it didn't feel any snappier than a traditional hdd. It seems they've stopped making new models also. IIRC, the 4TB SSHD was the last iteration and I bought mine in November 2014. That said, I don't think its a bad hdd, and I haven't had ...
by DPete27
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sony a6000 unable to display
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Sony a6000 unable to display

@UberGerbil - Yes, I have hidden files visible. Nothing else in the DCIM folder (where the photos are stored) besides the photos themselves. It's the same whether I'm connected via USB or card reader. @JBI - I typically connect via USB and open the camera drive from My Computer then navigate to the ...
by DPete27
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 35
Views: 1154

Re: Custom Builders

I agree. 500GB SSD would've been my recommendation.

Monitor?
by DPete27
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sony a6000 unable to display
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Sony a6000 unable to display

I'm having an issue on my Sony a6000 that google search isn't giving me the same results for when I search it. I connect the camera via USB to my computer to preview images and delete the ones I don't want. Aka, I'm using my computer to delete images from the memory card in the camera. When I discon...
by DPete27
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3314

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

So, TR needs to do an article about how to select a used RX-480 or RX-580. What problems to look for, or maybe why its not wise to buy one that has been used for bitcoin mining. That's an area that TR would likely want to stay away from. Buying used is always a calculated risk on behalf of the buye...
by DPete27
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 767

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

That's odd that the C7 is $10 more than the M9i. The C7 would have nowhere near the cooling capability that the M9i has, and quite frankly the C7 is just plain less material. SFF tax I suppose.
by DPete27
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

hmm, I dunno. Seems a little strange to me. Sure the i7 can idle down 300MHz below the i5, but I have a hard time believing that would make a significant difference. At load, the i7 ought to pull more power 45W TDP vs 35W for the i5, so the i7 should create higher temps. Although you said you reappl...
by DPete27
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1550

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

In the <username> subfolder I will have subfolders doc (for documents), img (for images), wav (for music files), mpg (for movie files) and bin (for executable/zipped files). I'm quite surprised at how many people commenting so far like to "reinvent the wheel". Windows already creates all ...
by DPete27
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Voltage / frequency curves
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Voltage / frequency curves

The voltage definitely increases exponentially past 1275MHz. Below that point, yes, the voltage is so close to the 900mV floor established by my VRAM that I just curved it out nicely.
by DPete27
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 47
Views: 3253

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

Put the CPU fan on the heatsink on the "pull" side and remove the rear case fan. That's a better solution. However, it's unlikely that you'll experience heat build-up even with no rear case fan and the CPU fan on the "push" side..... with such a low TDP CPU maybe it's not worth t...
by DPete27
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Voltage / frequency curves
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Voltage / frequency curves

I started this thread a while back trying to get people to share their stock and custom voltage/frequency curves for their GPUs. Not sure how much of that is helpful to your cause.
by DPete27
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 822

Re: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale

Captain Ned wrote:
Three or four passes with a carbide-tip 1/4 drill through the entire drive casing in the platter area will so shatter the platters as to make shredding mere excess

A standard black oxide bit will do the job perfectly fine. :wink:
by DPete27
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 767

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

The CM Hyper T4 is $12 after MIR until 7/23. Sounds like a pretty fantastic deal to me. The Cryorig M9i was my first thought. It would be more than enough to cool an i3. But the T4 is cheaper. The fact that the T4 has more fin area and a larger fan than the M9i would typically equate to lower temps ...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1692

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Pulled the plug on my mining this morning. With the value of Ethereum dropping every day and the difficulty increasing it's just not worth it IMO. I figured it takes my RX480 10 days to generate 0.1 Ethereum now (IIRC the difficulty has roughly doubled in the last 1.5 months). I really wanted to get...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Liquid Cooled Vega 0wns GurgleMark!
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Liquid Cooled Vega 0wns GurgleMark!

440W power draw (stock 300/350W) for a between +37 and +112 MHz clockspeed increase in their overclocking tests, too, eww. Yeah, well when you're not smart enough to do anything but slide the power bar to 125% and let the GPU figure out what to do with itself on auto, then that's what you deserve. ...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Re: Symmetric Multi Turboboost

...does not take advantage of... Doesn't or couldn't? I think you're making the assumption that the architecture team simply didn't notice a blatant benefit and that there were no other limitations keeping them from incorporating such a change. Also keep in mind the physical size of a CPU die. TYPI...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 371

Re: Symmetric Multi Turboboost

That overlaps with their SMT=Simultaneous Multi-Threading moniker though. Secondly, I would imagine they're placing the physical cores to take advantage of separation as much as possible anyway. At least as much as all the other interconnects and resources allow. Core placement and all that has a di...
by DPete27
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Testing a Power Supply
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: Testing a Power Supply

The PSU should still be under manufacturer warranty. By your system specs, even if you added a $500 GPU the 550W PSU shouldn't have been overloaded and your i3 can't be overclocked.
by DPete27
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1692

Re: So who here is actually mining?

How long should it take an RX480 to produce 0.2 Ethereum? I've been mining for nanopool for a week and my account balance is still zero. When setting up claymore, do you enter your coinbase/geth address as the place to receive your payments? I set up a coinbase account also, but the Ethereum wallet ...
by DPete27
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3314

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

These bubbles happen so fast it amazes me that people can actually buy a slew of GPUs and mine long enough to pay them off before it crashes.
by DPete27
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Looking for the safest, strongest storage, help
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: Looking for the safest, strongest storage, help

Paper is a pretty fail-proof storage medium for the items you mentioned.....
by DPete27
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K monitor
Replies: 25
Views: 1268

Re: 4K monitor

Seems like a few people in this thread already have >40" 4k screens that they're working on. 1) Is the height a problem? I like the ultrawide shape (or side-by side monitors) better since it keeps everything view-able by panning your head left and right while limiting vertical movememtns. 2) Is...
by DPete27
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3314

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

What I don't understand is why they do such things when it's so counter-intuitive to the continued popularity of their crypto-currency. Obviously there's a fine line to be walked to combat inflation, but.... Who am I kidding, there are so many crypto-currencies that it's probably typical to just sta...
by DPete27
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3314

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Glorious wrote:
The difficulty bomb....rather a huge increase of difficulty

If that chart is correct, even the latest "bomb" only increased difficulty by 2.25%. Not a drastic increase IMO.
by DPete27
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Ready to upgrade my mini itx
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: Ready to upgrade my mini itx

I purchased the seasonic ssr-550 and the plug port layout was incompatible with the case, sad day. Care to elaborate? Only reason I ask is because I had an issue with a PSU into a Cooler Master Elite 360 which uses a patch cable to get from the back of the case to the PSU mounting area in the front...
by DPete27
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3314

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

I'm optimistic that it's not so much a crash, but a settling down to stable values. There was a lot of hype generated on this upswing and a flood of miners because of it. It will be interesting to see what the long-term sustainability turns out to be. Heck, even if I can make $50/mo/GPU net profit m...
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