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    RTX 2080 Ti FE to RTX 3090 FE - My Exp (Some Benches and $$$ Numbers)

    Hi all, Finally copped an RTX 3090 FE in last Friday's (10/09/2020) Best Buy drop...yesterday I benched my exact system with the outgoing RTX 2080 Ti FE and did the same afterwards with the new RTX 3090 FE (same OS level and patches, same NVIDIA driver, etc - nothing changed other than slapping...
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    10900K (10-core) with Z490 Chipset in April
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    9900KS Temps - Some Cores Hotter Than Others

    Hi all, I have a 9900KS that I run at stock while gaming (ARK: Survival Evolved) - I have notced that some cores are around 10-15 degrees hotter than others: I'm using a 280mm AIO liquid cooler and really good thermal grease (CM MasterGel Maker) - is this one of those things solved by...
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    9900KS versus 5960X in Time Spy/3DMark (Paired with a 2080 Ti FE)

    Hey guys, I just picked up a 9900KS and built a new Z390 box (the only thing I brought over was my 2080 Ti FE) so I wanted to share some comparison numbers from my old box on X99 to the new one. The 2080 Ti is OC'd the same. The 5960X is OC'd to 4GHz, the 9900KS is stock clocked (so far)...
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    Home Network Security Cocktail

    What's your flavor? Here's mine: FortiGate 60E NGFW (if you're in the industry you can get these free from Fortinet at various events/etc. - watch for them and sign up - the common combo is an 8 port managed switch, this, and an AP) - pfSense is great if you're a roll your own guy/open source...
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    GTX 1060 with GDDR5X Spotted

    From reddit - - click "Specs" and note the memory - "6 GB GDDR5/X". Confirmation of this rumor, I guess: It's a new card for all of you...
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    Good 550W PSU + 1080 Ti?

    Hey guys, My 2080 Ti FE is due to arrive today and I am faced with the reality of potentially losing my dear MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z...I have a secondary box with a 5820K (OC'd to 4.2GHz, AIO water cooled, 64GB RAM, 3 SSDs - it used to be a VMware ESX box) and an EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W PSU...
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    Nvidia Dir. of Technical Marketing Tom Peterson says 1080 Ti to 2080 Ti 35-45% performance gain

    Source via YouTube interview: --- Perhaps now we can all see why the 2080 Ti was launched alongside the 2080?
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    RTX 2080 Ti versus TITAN V

    WARNING: armchair, paper-based analysis ahead Since there are no gaming benchmarks I was curious to see if the TITAN V represents a good approximation of what we can expect when it comes to gaming performance with the 2080 Ti...I was somewhat shocked that the TITAN V bests the 2080 Ti on paper...
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    MSI X99S XPOWER AC Spectre/Meltdown BIOS?

    Hey guys, Back in January MSI put out a press release that they were coming out with a new BIOS for a ton of mobos - including my X99S XPOWER AC - - however, the firmware mentioned (E7881IMS.1C0)...
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    1080 Ti K|NGP|N is here

    One thousand U.S. dollars
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    Best GeForce GTX 980 Ti?

    The dust has long settled - which 980 Ti is best? Possibly looking to pick one up for a secondary box... - Galax HOF 980 Ti - ASUS Strix 980 Ti - EVGA Kingpin 980 Ti - Gigabyte 980 Ti Extreme - MSI Lightning 980 Ti Any that I missed?
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    MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning

    Has anyone gotten their hands on one of the variants of this? Looks like the primary difference between them is clock speed from the factory: Lightning Z - $869 on NewEgg (sold out) Boost Clock / Base Clock /...
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    Zotac Factory Tour or "How Video Cards are Made"

    Saw this on reddit, found it pretty interesting:
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    TITAN X Pascal Announced?

    From NVIDIA's Instagram...can't find anything else official on it. Must be a mistake? Screenshot in case it gets taken down: [click to enlarge]
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    SLI HB Bridges are Out (

    Go go go... Make sure you take a look at the diagram before buying. Most of us need the 4 slot one which is two PCI spaces in between the cards for SLI.
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    WD Red (WD60EFRX) 6TB NAS HDD - $240

    Via U.S. NewEgg's mobile app ONLY: $269.99 - $30 coupon code (MBL151513) = $239.99 ($5 cheaper each if you buy a high quantity) Just thought I'd throw this out there as I know a lot of folks like these drives for home NAS use.
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    RAID Strategy with 8x 6TB Disks

    Planning on using 8x 6TB WD Red NAS disks in RAID on a Synology NAS - because of their size/speed I'd like to opt for RAID6 or SH-2 (they're essentially the same when all disks are identical - but the idea would be it would allow me to upgrade disks later) for 2 disk redundancy. Do you think it...
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    FreeNAS: Pre-Built versus Build-Your-Own

    As the title suggests...if I were to build my own FreeNAS server - what parts would you recommend? I'm looking at 4x6TB WD Red drives plus all the fixin's costing me around $3K from IX Systems. I'm sure I can get more for my $$$ if I build it myself. I also...
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    MSI Afterburner Update?

    The update server has been unavailable when I start Afterburner and it doesn't fully support the GTX TITAN X - does anyone have any news RE: an update for full support for the TITAN X? I do not want to have to move to Precision X. No news here:
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    5960X Overclocking - Complete Dog?

    It appears that I may be unlucky with my 5960X. No matter what I try, I can't seem to get it to OC. Can't even OC to 3.6GHz! I can, however, run at 3.5GHz with XMP on (3000MHz DDR4). I've used the tips from this thread, among others...only thing I can think of is maybe my PSU (currently...
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    Haswell-E Stability Testing

    So, I thought Prime95 was the de facto stability test for Haswell-E - but after reading this article by ASUS ROG where they state: I am starting to question Prime95. I have been testing ROG RealBench and it seems to work very well at stressing all components of a system (not just CPU and/or...
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    GTX 750 Ti Blows Me Away

    I've gotta say - as someone who solely games with high-end cards - the GTX 750 Ti has impressed me quite a bit. I picked one up used for a steal of a price and intended to do some PhysX testing with it...but I've been running BF4 MP in Spectate mode (you can test the same gameplay experience...
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    Most Relevant PhysX Performance Tests for 2015?

    Hey folks...just received a 750 Ti that I bought for cheap. Plan on refreshing my "dedicated PhysX PPU" research (link) that I last did with Borderlands 2, a GTX 690, 680, 640, 650, and 650 Ti. My goal is to test the most relevant games/tests - and in my research, I have discovered that much...
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    The Next GTX 750 Ti?

    We've been hearing a lot about the GTX 960 dropping any day/minute now - but what about the 950 series? Has there been any indication when that is coming? Must be Q2 at the earliest at this point... Picked up a GTX 750 Ti for cheap and I'm curious as to when the next revision will be released...
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    Why do NVIDIA's mobile GPUs have comical levels of GDDR5 VRAM?

    I was just looking at the Clevo ad in the latest PC Gamer mag - 8GB of GDDR5 for the GTX 880M...which is what...a desktop GTX 770/680 in terms of power? You see it all over the place in the mobile side - yet with desktop GPUs (where it could actually be utilized for 4K and more as there's more...
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    BIOS Switch on R9 290?

    Does anyone else have a BIOS switch on their R9 290? I bought two Sapphires and they both have one. Maybe this first batch of R9 290s is just the 290X units that didn't "make the grade" (plus a 290 BIOS)? (click to enlarge) (click to enlarge) It shows up "normal" in GPU-Z - so it's...
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    BF4 x64 and R9 290X Crossfire - Weird Utilization

    Is anyone else experiencing this? (click to enlarge) Frames look pretty good, game feels smooth (97% of the time)...hovering around 100 FPS (120-150, then dips to 90, sometimes lower, etc.) - all from eyeballing...but is it normal to see it look like this in a usage graph? I guess I haven't...
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    R9 290 in Crossfire - First Review In!,1.html
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    AMD Catalyst 13.11 BETA 8 is Out
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    BF4 Coupons with R9 290X - Anyone Successfully Redeem?

    EDIT: IT NOW WORKS - GO GO GO It's looking like this promotion is not yet "switched on" by AMD - because I've only heard of people having problems redeeming the promo codes at AMD's site ( Also, I don't think a ton of people have the cards yet - the big...
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    R9 290X - which driver to use?

    Looks like AMD hasn't updated their site with the R9 290X driver, yet? The beta is from 10/10 and doesn't even mention the 290X: Brent said the...
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan User-modded BIOS

    There's a big thread over at (link) - I've summarized everything (including file download links and links to original posts/threads) here in case you just wanna get up and go...of course, USE AT YOUR OWN RISK and YMMV... EDIT: these are the “Naennon” and...
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    NVIDIA 310.33 Beta Drivers are Out

    http://www dot geforce dot com/whats-new/articles/nvidia-geforce-310-33-beta-drivers-released or just go to
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    Dedicated PhysX PPU Shoot Out: GT 640, GTX 650, GTX 650 Ti, GTX 680 -paired w/GTX 690

    I did some tests with using various cards as dedicated PhysX PPUs paired with my GTX 690...I used Borderlands 2 and FluidMark as my test beds. Details here, on my blog: (click to enlarge) (click to enlarge) tldr; GTX 650 Ti is the overall winner for...
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    650 Ti is Out

    Released today...$150...768 CUDA cores, too...awesome PhysX PPU/GPU, I'm sure. I just wonder if it's overkill. Having an external power requirement kinda sucks but it's expected. I will probably try one out. EDIT: Free Assassin's...
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    Galaxy Hacked - change your passwords More info in his timeline.
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    Best 6xx Card (Bang/Buck) for Dedicated PhysX?

    I'm looking to add a dedicated PhysX GPU to my HTPC box (single GTX 680). Ignoring the issues commonly used to shoot down this idea (not many games use PhysX, it's a waste of money, invest in a 2nd card for SLI, blah blah) - what is the best NVIDIA 6xx card (read: modern, more efficient, cooler)...
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    EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 PSU is Out

    Announcement post: Store link (so far only available direct from EVGA): Looking good.
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    4-way SLI 680 and BF3 MP = ~70% GPU Usage

    08/23/12 UPDATE - looks like it is a driver issue with NV Surround that creates a GPU bound situation. It is not CPU bound. Reference this post. ORIGINAL POST So with 4-way SLI 680s (131% power, +0% core, +450% mem, max software voltage) and a 3960X CPU (4.5 GHz), plus I'm running at PCIe 3.0 -...