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by Chrispy_
Tue May 22, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Sound bar recommendations <$300?
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Sound bar recommendations <$300?

I've recently undertaken this project for my folks new home and after listening to a few in-store decided that "all in one soundbars" without a separate subwoofer are a waste of time. Like you, they didn't want the complexity of a AV separates system with 5.1 speakers and a receiver, so I ...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 21, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?

There are some pretty good 2560x1440 VA 75Hz Freesync panels doing the rounds at the moment. The old HP Omen still looks amazing for the low price it commands, and the new HP Pavillion Gaming 32 adds HDR with a mutli-zone backlight. At a ridiculously low price is the same panel - 75Hz WQHD Freesync ...
by Chrispy_
Sun May 20, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

A pair of active studio monitors are a decent option for good sound without a subwoofer. At under $200 the best three options I can think of are: Presonus Eris E4.5 - 4.5" drivers Mackie CR4 - 4" drivers M-Audio AV42 4" drivers These are rear-ported cabinets so they'll sound overly ba...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 18, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My laptop switches off while I am using it
Replies: 3
Views: 1175

Re: My laptop switches off while I am using it

That sounds like a hardware problem; Malware wouldn't turn your PC off, because the purpose of most malware is to steal data or use your PC for other purposes without your consent. If your laptop is off, the malware can't do what it was written to do. It could be a power issue and certain types of w...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 17, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 95758

Re: What are you playing right now?

XCOM2 I bought it ages ago and have only started playing it. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's different enough from XCOM:EU that I'm really enjoying it. The expansion to Enemy Within expansion was something I never finished because it felt too much like just another playthrough of EU. Sure, the...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 16, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1093

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

I agree about desk mounts, I've owned a high-quality german gas-lift model ever since buying a my first cheapo Korean IPS monitor almost a decade ago now.

We desk-mount home users are an incredibly niche, almost irrelevant minority though.
by Chrispy_
Wed May 16, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1093

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

Lower pixel density just means that you can put it further away from you and use the reclaimed desk space for something far more useful than a monitor stand.
by Chrispy_
Sun May 13, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4
Replies: 5
Views: 588

Re: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4

Yeah, don't worry about VRMs too much - there's little point to overvolting Ryzen to push your overclock.

When GloFo's 14nm process hits the wall, throwing more voltage makes it much hotter but not really any faster.
by Chrispy_
Sun May 13, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4
Replies: 5
Views: 588

Re: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4

The B350 chipset lacks nothing the X370 has in terms of overclocking functionality. X370 just gets you more USB3 and SATA ports as well as the ability to run two GPUs. If you're buying a B350 board make sure it has the sticker on the box saying "Ryzen 2000-series ready" since most old B350...
by Chrispy_
Sat May 12, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrading from an HD 7850
Replies: 14
Views: 598

Re: Upgrading from an HD 7850

What's your screen resolution and budget? AMD cards aren't the best value at the moment because the crypto-miners are inflating their prices more than Nvidia. The minute a card has 4GB of VRAM on it these days, the price is jacked-up disproportionately, because it's usable for Monaro and Etherium mi...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 11, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Affordable Laptop with RGB

I think you might be SoL at $800, but check the Whitebook resellers (Sager, Eurocom, Schenker, etc) They have a lot of configuration options and it's entirely possible you might find one offering an RGBLED keyboard option on an entry-level gaming laptop that comes with a lowly 1050 and an i5 or some...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 09, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 12965

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

I flashed the 64 BIOS again last night and although you're right in that it let me run the HBM higher (crashes at 1020MHz instead of 965MHz), it also substantially raises the minimum power draw and harms the performance/Watt. At the same voltages and speeds as the 56 BIOS for P6, P7, and HBM2, the 6...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 08, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 5389

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

chuckula wrote:
Are you sure your level of interest in something newer isn't RyZen?


/groan
/facepalm
by Chrispy_
Mon May 07, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 12965

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

Hmmm, I'll try reflashing a 64 bios back onto the P1 switch. I put it back to the stock BIOS because it wouldn't let me run the HBM at a lower voltage, hence no benefit to fan noise. I've yet to find a game at 1440p that doesn't benefit from HBM2 speed increases. Potentially 1100MHz core and 1100MHz...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 07, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1013

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

Gigabit FTTP at work didn't quite get maxed-out by Steam's content servers. I was seeing 40-45MB/s which means that they *do* have a limit! :D
by Chrispy_
Mon May 07, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1013

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

FTTP vs FTTC vs Cable - The preference is in that order. Latency isn't going to be hugely different between them. Maybe an extra 5-10ms on FTTC because of the extra conversion steps but as Morphine says, stuff will break and the best option is the easiest to fix. FTTP is simpler than FTTC, and whils...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 07, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 12965

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

Yeah, I *am* trying to minimise noise/power - that's the point of an undervolt thread; "How cool/quiet can you go without giving up performance?" I've tried a 64 BIOS but it doesn't affect the minimum voltage I can put through the HBM2, nor does it let me clock the HBM2 any higher than 965...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 07, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 12965

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

It's 940MHz in my custom profile, otherwise the two AMD profiles are 800MHz. 960MHz is the absolute limit of my HBM2. For all I know that's not long-term stable, so I've choosen to dial it back a little bit just so that I'm not running it right at the raggedy edge, if you know what I mean. Since 940...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 07, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: MSI RX 460 4GB with no signal
Replies: 10
Views: 3764

Re: MSI RX 460 4GB with no signal

Can you give more detail (model of motherboard, make and model of PSU)?

Has the RX460 ever worked in this board before, and have you tested the RX460 in any other motherboards?
by Chrispy_
Mon May 07, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Share Your GPU Undervolt
Replies: 26
Views: 12965

Re: Share Your GPU Undervolt

Resurrecting an old thread, because I've spent around three hours trying to get the very best out of my RX Vega 56 (Sapphire, reference model). I'm using Unigine Valley as a stress test, but the key to maxing out the GPU load is to use high-resolution/utlra/8xAA, pause the animation on a tree-heavy ...
by Chrispy_
Sat May 05, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path?
Replies: 11
Views: 751

Re: Upgrade path?

I wouldn't worry about your CPU. At 2560x1440 almost every game is going to be GPU bottlenecked, to the point that an vastly inferior processor like an i3-2100 dual-core is still up to the task of extracting around 85-90% of a modern GPU's potential in many games. ⋅ GTX 1060s and RX580s ar...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 04, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 17
Views: 2748

Re: Ryzen 7 2700

3.4 all-core isn't too bad for the same power usage as a 1700. The 1700s here are render nodes, where performance/Watt matters and they mostly run at 3.2GHz on all cores, so that's an efficiency improvement from the new process node, by the looks of it. If you're using faster RAM, that's something ...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 04, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 17
Views: 2748

Re: Ryzen 7 2700

The 1700 that I was playing with here last summer used some basic DDR4-3000 Vengeance LPX (4x16GB) using an MSI B350 mATX board and it absolutely refused to boot at anything above 2666 without severely slacking off the timings. Although we have many identical nodes running that config, I only messed...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 01, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed
Replies: 12
Views: 520

Re: New External HDD very fast and unusual speed

I came here to say 'short-stroked' too. It's not cost-effective for WD to produce platters at varying areal densities so most of WD's non-helium, non-shingled drives have been at 1.2TB/platter since 2014. The 6TB model gets 5 platters at 1.2TB each, fully-stroked and anything larger than that uses h...
by Chrispy_
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: games on hard drive or state drive?
Replies: 25
Views: 2386

Re: games on hard drive or state drive?

I've been moving games from SSD to mechanical with Steam Mover (just a convenient one-button GUI for creating symlinks) long before libraries were a thing with Steam, and MOST games don't even care that much about the speed of an SSD - they tend to open huge map or texture files and most of the load...
by Chrispy_
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Quality Tempered Without Breaking Bank
Replies: 10
Views: 3715

Re: Quality Tempered Without Breaking Bank

I've built into all three sizes of the Evolv before, but before tempered glass was a thing. The mITX one is cheap and nasty, but the mATX and ATX ones are top quality - all alloy chassis, great cable management and nice drive trays with vibration-damped mounts. You will see the cabling on the backsi...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 147
Views: 17415

Re: Xbox One X

I bought a OneS for my brother-in-law this Christmas precisely as a set top box (which could run Fifa '18)

He does also have a gaming laptop, but some games are just better on a TV/HTPC and the OneS is better value than most HTPCs, regardless of gaming credentials (and Fifa runs on IGPs anyway).
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 22
Views: 5269

Re: weird issue would like your input

It's starting to sound like a C7 sleep state issue that is effectively a compatibility problem between your OS, PSU and BIOS. If your PSU was flaky, it would be fine at idle (boot/POST) and the fault would manifest at high power draw - which you've confirmed is not the case because it'll game for 4+...
by Chrispy_
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 147
Views: 17415

Re: Xbox One X

It does amuse me how MS manages to make simple things confusing and not improve it for at least a year, but heh. Which is why, after 10 years of concurrent Xbox and Steam, I ditched the Xbox. There's nothing wrong with the Xbox, but if you already have a gaming-capable PC the only reason to own an ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 147
Views: 17415

Re: Xbox One X

I don't have an XBox anymore; I realised that the best part of the XB360 was the gamepad, and that 95% of what I wanted to play was on Steam, for half the price and with better graphics, but flawless XBox controller support. Honestly, XB360 Elite Gamepad + Steam is enough games to mean I'll never ha...