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by Welch
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3619
Views: 533060

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Metallica :evil: My wife has a standing rule that you have to change the station if Metallica comes on while you're in the car. Not because she hates Metallica though; it's because every auto accident she's had while she was the driver happened while Metallica was playing! :lol: Every accident whil...
by Welch
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3619
Views: 533060

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Just on Pandora while cleaning the house.

Between Two Points
Drink the Sea - The Glitch Mob
by Welch
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: AT&T ZTE 700a vs ZTE MF279
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Re: AT&T ZTE 700a vs ZTE MF279

So I did my first test on this unit and... WOW, what a difference. I went from 1-3mbps to 15-18. The upload seemed to normalize a bit as I was hitting near 7mbps before, now I'm sitting around 5. I'll keep testing this long term and report back for those that care. Surprised to see 60 ms of latency,...
by Welch
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Yeah, the bit about keeping the HSF is bizarre. Either they've got a lifetime supply of them stockpiled somewhere and don't care about getting them back, or the beancounters decided that paying return shipping for the HSF was more cost and trouble than it was worth (it's likely a pretty low-end par...
by Welch
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell
Replies: 25
Views: 969

Re: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell

I'm an Asus person pretty through and through... Using their SOHO routers, monitors, laptops, motherboards, ect. However in the video card market I don't often buy Asus, it seems they ask much more for not much more. MSI seems to be my go to almost always for video cards, even for the passively cool...
by Welch
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Incase you guys missed it, since I'm moving WAY to slow on this... AMD offers up those kits we we're talking about. The chip in question has been confirmed to be a AMD A6-9500, a dual core part that is meant to be shipped back afterwards. However, it was reported that you are meant to keep the CPU h...
by Welch
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell
Replies: 25
Views: 969

Re: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell

I can confirm the Gigabyte cards that I replaced the loud Asus with is in fact quiet. They have 3 wires ran so they have a speed controller for the fan.

I'm sorry you didn't see the PSA I put up earlier about the card. So damn loud, it really is inexcusable on Asus' part.
by Welch
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: AT&T ZTE 700a vs ZTE MF279
Replies: 2
Views: 257

AT&T ZTE 700a vs ZTE MF279

So unfortunately, my only Internet option at my "new" house (2 years) is AT&T cellular internet. Not because I live in the complete sticks, but because the local ISP has no reason to expand their network across the road for a few people :roll: . Alas, I am stuck with AT&T, which su...
by Welch
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3619
Views: 533060

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Is it sad to admit that my first ever CD was "Now that's what I call Music Vol. 1"? Unless you count Adam Sandler's first skit CD "They're all gonna laugh at you!" Which I should have never had access to at my age then :P
by Welch
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

That is a good point... A cut down/hardware throttled Bristol APU makes sense for compatibility with the earliest of BIOS revisions and provides an IGP as JBI suggested. I just have a feeling that they will be intentionally hampered to avoid people trying to request one for a free CPU that is actual...
by Welch
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

I've started the process of getting the boot kit from AMD. I figured between this release, and future releases with Ryzen 2, who knows how many times I've need an AM4 to flash. Curious if they are just low end Ryzen 3 chips, or perhaps a stunted version of a Ryzen 3 (1 core?) to prevent people from ...
by Welch
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: MSI RX 580 deal for $399
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: MSI RX 580 deal for $399

I saw this "Deal" in the early morning for hours it was up. I half considered it but decided screw that. If it had been closer to $350 I would have probably bought one.
by Welch
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

From the TR article https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/2Gen-Ryzen-AM4-System-Bootup.aspx My 2400G should be arriving tomorrow, I will not be home when it comes, hopefully it will still be on the front porch when I get home from work. I will try to update this thread if I am able to fin...
by Welch
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

JustAnEngineer wrote:
https://techreport.com/news/33245/psa-old-stock-amd-am4-boards-might-not-boot-with-ryzen-apus
Ruh roh...


Double ruh roh.
by Welch
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

BIOS flasher tools start around $20 (soic clip = no desoldering) and tend to pay for themselves in time and systems saved rather quickly. Don't buy a "cheap" cpu just for one socket, do it for every platform ;) Hmm... going to have to look into getting one of these. Any recommendations? Y...
by Welch
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

How long does it usually take for the stock of motherboards to turn over so that they are delivered to you with a newer BIOS? Perhaps a $60 Bristol Ridge APU would be a useful tool for you if you end up needing to flash a bunch of Socket-AM4 motherboards to accept new Raven Ridge APUs? With previou...
by Welch
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

So I've ordered the 4 x Ryzen 3 2200G APUs for these small little builds to go into classrooms at a vocational training center. Only problem is, I don't have a spare Ryzen CPU to drop into these to upgrade the BIOS to 3803 to support the new Raven Ridge CPUs that go into them. So, for science (and T...
by Welch
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11940

Re: Video card prices

It may give AMD's new Ryzen APUs a pretty big sales boost though. True, but how many people stuck Intel due to them having IGP already? Considering they are Vega cores... I have a fear that some budget miners are going to show how "useful" they are. Hell, there was an article already up a...
by Welch
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11940

Re: Video card prices

It's effecting more than just "gaming bros". I too am for a free market, I don't want it artificially steered for one group or another. I can however, see the writing on the wall. Nvidia will probably be able to handle weathering the storm as they only have their eggs in one basket and sta...
by Welch
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11940

Re: Video card prices

I'm curious if Nvidia will do anything on Volta to prevent mining. Either at a hardware level or attempt some special sales tactic. The only thing I can imagine working would be onboard hardware and possibly software that worked independently of one another to check if the card is trying to be used ...
by Welch
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!
Replies: 21
Views: 802

Re: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!

Speaking of cassettes... Does anyone use them still, sort of like Vinyl made a come back? I acquired some brand new Maxell Professional C90s in original wrapper recently. I may have to offload the to someone who will appreciate them.
by Welch
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Which LGA 1150 chipset is best?
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Which LGA 1150 chipset is best?

I'd find it hard to spend 150-250 on an "old" board. Does the used market not interested you or were you not finding any options?

At those prices I'd almost consider offloading your CPU and buying a modern motherboard/CPU. Then again, RAM prices. Bah, I guess nevermind lol.
by Welch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power

I've been sort of a Corsair person for awhile.... except their mice. The have all sorts of issue with their Mice and scroll wheels that has me swearing their name every time I try to scroll my M95. Out of well over 100 Corsair CX430 (ranging from original to revised version) I've only had 1 with an ...
by Welch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power

If there was a damaged or improperly crimped pin in the connector, the unwanted resistance would've caused heating, which would've led to contact damage/oxidation, which would've led to more resistance. Lather, rinse, repeat, and you eventually have a burned out connector. If that was the only prob...
by Welch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Silverstone SF-ST45SF Dead - Discolored 4pin CPU Power

This is the third failure of some sort out of Silverstone power supplies. So first off I have to say I don't think I'd trust them anymore. Another failed similar, no boot issue, just nothing. Another started having a rattling fan after about 2 years of useage. They just don't seem up to snuff in the...
by Welch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell
Replies: 25
Views: 969

Re: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell

Yeah I've never had any issue with returns to Amazon, they've been insanely good about it. However, they have been TERRIBLE about digital code emails being sent. Bought a bunch of Ryzen CPUs over the past few months and am due for no less than 2 codes for Quake Champions. I spent about 45 minutes on...
by Welch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell
Replies: 25
Views: 969

Re: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell

Those replacement Gigabyte RX 550 are much more quite. In fact they are silent at idle! I noticed the Gigabyte fans are larger as well and have Gigabyte's little grooves in the fan blades to supposedly reduce sound. It of course helps that they have a fan controller. Oh and for fun, I'm returning th...
by Welch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB

I agree with what both of you said for sure, I'm just speaking from a current market standpoint. With prices this messed up, if someone needs a card right now then that is about as close to a deal as it comes. I did notice and took into account it being a $70 board, at least it is a good one. The b...
by Welch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB

I agree with what both of you said for sure, I'm just speaking from a current market standpoint. With prices this messed up, if someone needs a card right now then that is about as close to a deal as it comes. I did notice and took into account it being a $70 board, at least it is a good one.
by Welch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 + GA RX 580 8GB

I hate to post this... But for you Mass Drop folks. There is the Gigabyte GA-AB350-M-Gaming 3 and Gigabyte RX 580 8GB. For $459.99 Considering other sites are considering the Newegg 1070 + z370 board for $600 a good deal... Then this most certainly is. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/gigabyte-radeon-rx...