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    I'm impressed with new high airflow cases

    I recently used the Phanteks 600s and it is quite good airflow and actually more quiet as mesh as opposed to the "silent" mode with covers. I used Noctua fans and found that using too many fans at too high of an RPM caused it to actually get hotter, likely because the air was just swirling in...
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    New Silverstone FT02

    If anyone wants a FT-02 in pretty decent shape let me know. I just made a new system and moved to a new case, and will likely sell the case or possibly the whole system i5-8400, 1070TI, 16GB, 750 Seasonic Gold P/S. Am in San Diego local meet up would be easier.
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    Help with Case Choice

    I used a FT-02 for several builds and it was always really quiet. Was considering using the new Alta F1 but the new generation of graphics cards all have heat pipes that would not work well in the 90 degree rotation. So in search of a case. Be Quiet one seems nice, but the 600s also seems to...
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    Help with Case Choice

    I am building a new PC. I have the 5600 processor already, and it will have either a 3080 or 6800XT in it. I want the system to be as silent as possible. I will run the CPU and GPU at stock (possible GPU undervolt) I will use a Noctua S15S as the CPU cooler I will use an ASUS Dark Hero...
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    6800 / XT Review Round Up

    It's interesting. In the few reviews that used them the Fidelity FX optimized cards seemed to really be ahead of 3080. Stock to stock, 3080 is overall ahead and has much faster RT and DLSS. but I could see that moving towards AMD as time goes on. They say there are already 60 Fidelity FX cards...
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    Asus X570-E vs ROG Crosshair VIII WiFi (or Dark Hero, depending on price)

    Well the Dark Hero is fanless which is a huge plus. It is also a 2nd generation X570 which is always a plus as they can optimize the board after a year or more of learning where the weaknesses of the design are. It supports adaptive overclocking if you overclock. Has a better sound system...
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    I do not seem to be able to message directly.

    I do not seem to be able to message directly.
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    Have people ahead of you. Are you San Diego local?

    Have people ahead of you. Are you San Diego local?
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    Watch Dogs Legion - Xbox Series X/S Ray Tracing vs PC RTX

    Just my opinion but I think that Rasterization is >>>>RT in importance and I think the Radeon cards are far better positioned for the future. They will have a DLSS alternative, and Ray Tracing will be for the most part designed around DXR keeping console capability in mind. DLSS is not a magical...
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    Watch Dogs Legion - Xbox Series X/S Ray Tracing vs PC RTX

    Isn't there like 1 RA per 20 cores so the PC should have at least double the raw RT performance of PS5 and at least 25% above Xbox?
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    ZEN 3 performs best when paired with RTX 3000???

    Seems like if you configure it right it provides an exceptional upgrade but there are several ways to hold it back. Essentially don't cheap out on memory and GPU if you want the benefit, and get the right speed of memory and make sure there are 4 ranks, ie either 4 DIMMs with 1 rank or 2 DIMMS...
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    I made no claim to be an expert in consumer motherboards. I do work in the embedded computing industry selling industrial motherboards from ATX all the way down to 1.8" sizes as well as COM express modules. My experience with our products which are super high quality is the next CPU generation...
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    I Bought a RTX 3080 Today!

    So my name just came up for the EVGA 3080 FTW3 version with the metal backplate. I had really decided to go with a 6800XT this time and still think I want to go that way when I can get a Nitro or Red Devil. But I couldn't just turn down the 3080 who knows when I will actually get the 6800XT. If...
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    I won't presume to advise you, that is your decision but I think I would. If you look at Newegg reviews you will see a lot of reviews that seem to align with this issue. It is definitely not something I want to deal with and because of that I have eliminated Aorus from consideration. Again only...
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    It's a waste of money and completely unecessary.
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    Man there needs to be like a sticky for power supplies and the reality of them. I can almost guarantee that the 3800XT would work with a good quality 500W power supply. Seasonic has an awesome power supply tool. The thing is the differences in power supply quality can be HUGE. A cheap power...
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    New Silverstone FT02

    Thanks again. The wording is really bad on the Silverstone page and the pictures are not really very clear. But I did understand it the way you just described. I looked at the card I have and it looks similar to the Sapphire Nitro 6800XT I want to get so I will just hope it works and not have me...
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    New Silverstone FT02

    Thanks for that. I had a hard time understanding the Silverstone page. Do most graphics cards use heat pipes or is the 3090 FE cooler unique? I have always had such awesome temps in the FT-02 and never heard anyone mention this. Gamer's Nexus says it is the best cooling case ever. Also...
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    I have actually suggested it. With PCIe 4.0 more and more boards will move towards 8 layer design, a space we could likely compete in. Would require a significant investment in addition R&D and manufacturing capability that makes it pretty unlikely. Still, we might have some products that would...
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    So who else ordered a Ryzen 5000 series CPU?

    No, it looks like 2X16 is OK, maybe even the best configuration so they are figuring it out. But with 8GB DIMMs, 4x8 consistently outperforms 2x8 even though none of the games uses more than like 7.8GB of RAM. I think they are still looking into it but I guess the thought is that the interweave...
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    New ryzen 3 boards

    The B550-XE seems to have disappeared from the Asus site so I am not sure what is happened with it. Maybe they had an issue with the add in card, I don't know. There is a new version of the strix-F called the A which seems to be purely cosmetic. I am really struggling settling on a new MB. So...
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    So who else ordered a Ryzen 5000 series CPU?

    Lol, yes. I have to be honest I also appreciated the way they package it they sent it in a stealth padded envelope and not in a box that someone could figure out the contents.
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    So who else ordered a Ryzen 5000 series CPU?

    I'm sorry I was trying to be sarcastic :) BTW anyone with a Zen 3 should watch the GN video on memory. # and type of memory can make a pretty big difference in performance. TL:DwanttoW summary 2x8 single row seems to degrade performance. They are still investigating the mechanism
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    New Silverstone FT02

    Why would it not work in it's normal operation?
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    So who else ordered a Ryzen 5000 series CPU?

    Friggin Amazon. So they take my order and PROMISE me, I mean promise that I will get the chip on Thursday the 12th. Hard commitment. So what do they do? Well ship it the next day of course so I got it on Saturday. Did they really think delivery 5 days early is acceptable?
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    I work for DFI we definitely did not got out of business we just switched over to be become an industrial an embedded computing company but the Lan party enthusiasm for our products remains
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    So who else ordered a Ryzen 5000 series CPU?

    Order went through for me on Amazon. Says I will get it next Thursday but showed in stock. Hopefully their system is accurate. Might take a chance on Microcenter later and see if I can get up there and get one today live. Bought the 5600X. Next week is fine if that turns out to be it since...
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    PC Partpicker (Estimated Wattage)

    Oh didn't notice that. Seems to be really accurate and again unless you doing some extreme overclocking you don't really need a very big power supply even for a high end system.
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    PC Partpicker (Estimated Wattage)

    Looks to be the same as the Seasonic one with a little different skin.
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    PC Partpicker (Estimated Wattage)

    Seasonic has an awesome power estimator on their website. Even has the latest AMD video cards and processors there https://seasonic.com/wattage-calculator Even for a 5900X, 6900XT system with 2 M.2 drives a hard drive and 4 case fans they feel a 529W P/S will be enough and recommend a 650W...
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    PC Partpicker (Estimated Wattage)

    There is a good Gamer's Nexus video showing that even high end systems (single CPU and GPU) run even under stress at much less power draw than people think, and in general people buy WAY too large of a power supply for their needs especially if it is a quality P/S
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    If Navi matches 3080 in Raster performance but not Ray Tracing... will we care?

    It will be interesting to see the benchmarks in RT games. I have heard that NVIDIA kills the Port Royale benchmark but doesn't do as well in a mixed Raster/RT environment. If AMD suffers less of a performance hit in mixed than conceivably be much closer to NVIDIA in ray traced games. Will be...
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    They said they'd ship before the consoles so for that to remain true it would need to be very shortly after
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    Yes that would make sense. Next Gen will be interesting. I could see RDNA3 if say it was based on 20CU chiplets just being a monster
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    Yes completely agree that they will do that but also prompted by the level of AMD cards. I wouldn't even be surprised if they bring a touch of Hopper technology into them and call it the 4000 series
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    Where does that come from?
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    He just won't off that. His insistence on the 10-15% uptake is interesting because it flys in the face of all the evidence we have, I mean the 40CU version is probably close to 30% better minimum just from new process, higher frequency and IPC gains. So the version that has 80% more cores is...
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    There are some reports today that the overall power draw of the AMD cards will be similar to the 3000 series which if true is disappointing
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    You don't really need Ampere or Big Navi... UNLESS! (Display tech post)

    Text on a 4K 32" monitor is MUCH clearer than a 1440P monitor. The issue is that you need to use scaling on the text, so as an example on my 4K 32" the text is at 150%. It is not straining at all to read. Demo monitors often do not have scaling on, and at 100% yeah its completely awful to read.
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    Radeon 6000 series speculation

    Well not everyone upgrades every year or even every generation so when you decide to upgrade it can be exciting to anticipate what the new card will bring. For myself I have a 1070 TI and have a 4K monitor so this is a big upgrade for me and every ounce of power is important for 4K. Ampere was...
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