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    LG 38GL950G - 37.5" 3840x1600/G-Sync/175Hz

    I think the chief problem with this monitor is LG's competition: itself. For $1000 less you can get the 34GK950F/G (F is better btw) which is basically the same with less pixels. 3840x1600 is nice but jesus more than double the price of 3440x1440 and it came out over a year later? Goddamn...
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    How Vital is UPS These Days for Personal Home Computers?

    Unless you have a whole-house system (and some of those have a transition time with no built-in buffer) then main PC and networking gear gets a UPS. No power grid is perfect, and weather does what it wants. Because fuck downtime, it always strikes when you're in the middle of doing shit.
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    3rd gen Threadripper, big fail and missed opportunity for AMD.

    lol wait until you see TRX80 pricing Still cheaper than intel by a mile if you compare by actual performance in use
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    Anyone else eagerly awaiting Threadripper 3960x results?

    Apparently they did tweak the socket, different PCIe lane configuration for starters. I still think TRX80 is just gonna be desktop Rome.
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    2x16GB sticks or 4x8GB sticks on Ryzen Gen3

    While possible (32GB DDR4 dual rank unbuffered now available) these do not exist in the market, and likely never will. Every good 16GB dimm for Ryzen is dual rank, and b-die. (but I repeat myself)
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    Anyone else eagerly awaiting Threadripper 3960x results?

    Current plausible rumor is TRX40 is basically X399 updated (possibly actually using the same X570 "southbridge" since the 60 available TR lanes comes from CPU already, just need redrivers/trace design for 4.0) and TRX80 is basically Epyc platform with different firmware. The big I/O die bits...
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    Best BIOS support for "medium to high-end" board

    Actually, speaking from experience here, its about all you need for a credit card chargeback, payment fraud claim or similar move that sticks. Especially if your card is one that extends warranties - I can make a claim any time within 2 years. Liars lose when you can prove it.
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    Best BIOS support for "medium to high-end" board

    Socket cover (which comes with every board, no need to "go buy one") doesn't mean shit if they lie about it, or help it out with a thumb. The real lesson to be learned from the Asus RMA horror stories: take multiple high-resolution photos before sending a board in. Make extra sure to have good...
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    Trying to pick the best x570 motherboard

    The 2.5Gbe out there are almost always realjunk controllers. You are better off plugging into the intel 1Gbe port, and if the board doesn't have two ports I would find a different one. Boards with onboard 5 or 10 are usually Aquantia chipsets which are good. If you can actually use 2.5 on your...
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    Best x570 under 300

    Are you counting the cpu discount or not? If you can stretch to $320 (350-30) then aorus master is quite a step up, its basically the same as the extreme ($700) minus the 10GbE and passive heatsink. Honestly beats the other brands $400-500+ flagship boards in many ways. Otherwise the 200-300...
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    Anyone else eagerly awaiting Threadripper 3960x results?

    Waiting for TRX80 platform info myself. I intend to get my single thread IPC/clock boost dinner and enjoy massive core count increase cake too.
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    Anything better than h150i pro?

    Fuck sealed AIOs (99.999% of retail units) they are just pretend water cooling with none of the actual benefits. Most of the times they only look better than solid air coolers when people ignore the sound, or only measure the fans and totally ignore the shitty pump. Also raw dB readings never...
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    Is using a USB to M.2 adapter to boot and then copy to NVMe inside the right way?

    The pluggable is worth the extra bucks ($10 off right now apparently) if you intend to keep using it: built well, swap drives without a screwdriver, comes with both cables and actually sheaths with the case as a heatsink decent enough. Modern flash actually likes being warmed up during use BTW...
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    X570 / AM4 ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact - a Mini-DTX SFF powerhouse...?

    If anyone still follows this, I can confirm it does fit a DRP4 without blocking the m.2 riser. The aesthetics of these match rather nicely. It might even fit a D15S or regular D15, but didn't have an unattached one sitting around to be sure.
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    Why wifi on ATX mobos?

    The BoM on integrated wifi is very small (laptop mass market effects) and the demand is fairly high. Most motherboard designs use a single pcie for the actual wireless (BT uses USB portion of the key) which is still a better solution than shitty pure USB dongles. I hate wireless for any serious...
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