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    B550 Aorus Elite XMP

    After having run this machine for a while I only recently noticed XMP was not enabled. A month or two back I did RMA my previous board (needlessly), shortly before I discovered the issue with Ryzen CPUs and USB disconnections, so it's possible XMP was running on the previous board, just not this...
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    Alternatives to Corsair Commander?

    After a recent upgrade I added a Corsair Commander unit for the purpose of having temperature-controlled fan speeds in various parts of my machine. Unfortunately, it's an absolutely terrible product. After connecting two fans to it and checking that combined they did not exceed the current...
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    Kaby Lake POST video requirement?

    Having worked with a few Skylake machines, the requirement to have a display connected (or a VGA dummy plug otherwise) to get them to POST using the IGP is rather irritating. To save having to actually buy one and test for myself, could anyone advise if this bug is fixed with the Kaby Lake...
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    GTX1080 MST patch?

    Installed my GTX1080 today only to discover that disappointingly, although perhaps unsurprisingly, it does not support the Dell UP3214Q. I have ordered a UP3216Q to replace it which is supported by modern graphics cards, but I'm just wondering, is there any update (be it software or firmware)...
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    How prevalent are the Skylake stability issues in real world use?

    I recently replaced aging hardware with Z170-based platforms in two machines as both were having issues with stability, issues which I was pretty sure were attributable to the original hardware. After a very drawn out installation period attempting to get either system to boot at all, I...
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    Surface Pro 3 WiFi USB quirks

    One bug with my Surface Pro 3 that's deeply frustrating on occasions is that if I connect a USB stick to the unit when connected to WiFi, the WiFi antennas are attenuated to the point they're almost switched off. Depending on which USB stick is attached, 90% of the time WiFi connection will...
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    Z170 boot issues

    I recently ordered two Z170 platforms to update two aging machines still using P55 and X48 respectively (Voyager and Intrepid in my signature). I ordered the following components: Voyager: Core i5 6600 CPU, Gigabyte Z170X-UD5, 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400mhz, Corsair RM1000i Intrepid...
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    High-end dual PSU options

    Apologies if this one gets done to death, but I'm going to be in the market in the relatively near future for a new large PSU for my main gaming PC, with a view to running either a pair of GTX980Tis or a pair of R9 Fury (non-X unless an air-cooled version turns up) cards, alongside an...
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    GTX970 - activating extra displayport connectors

    My Gainward GTX970 came with only one of the three displayport connectors active - if either of the others are plugged in (by themselves), you don't get 'no signal' - you get 'no displayport cable connected' Is there an unlocking procedure to activate these, or are they just defective on my...
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    4K 60Hz SST choices

    It's been a while since I looked into the monitor market and there are numerous products that have appeared since I last checked - given that what I'm after is rarely included in the product spec I thought I'd ask around to see if anybody had any recommendations. I've been using a UP3214Q for...
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    Forcing 3D clock speeds - R9 290X

    Getting rather fed up of the white flashes all over my screen when at idle, running eyefinity. Since I don't see them in game, I want to try forcing the card to 3D clock speeds/voltages at the desktop - extra power usage isn't really an issue for me. Can you still do this with current...
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    MST Resolution Scaling

    As of current drivers on an R9 290X using a 2160p MST monitor, I notice there are only two resolutions available to select in games, 640x480 or 3840x2160. This fixes one long-standing issue with recent drivers (14.4 I think) whereby opening anything at a resolution other than 3840x2160 [such...
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    Crossfire disabling on contemporary GPUs

    Apologies if this is a bit of a duplicate, but I couldn't find anything immediately obvious on this. My HD6970s are getting a bit long in the tooth for gaming at 3840x2160, especially since I routinely have to disable crossfire for games to work leaving just one card trying to push such a...
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    Eyefinity display group consistency

    When creating an eyefinity display group, I've noticed a couple of things: 1. It can take 10-15 attempts for the display group to 'set'. When creating a 2x1 desktop, the first 10 or so times it will simply set windows to 'duplicate these displays', then eventually it will suddenly work as...
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    HD6 series Maximum resolution over Displayport

    Hi, I've been looking around and can't find many answers that support each other either way on this. Would the Radeon HD6970 be able to drive a 3840x2160 display at 60Hz, yes or no? The AMD spec sheet says a max of 2560x1600 per display, but of course 4K typically manifests itself as...
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    GPT Version update

    Hi, I have a few 3TB disks which were formatted using an older USB2 dock as most of my newer USB3 docks don't support 3TB disks. However, the downside of this is that it appears to create older versions of the GPT partition that can't be read by newer devices, such as the recently purchased...
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    Disk controller recommendations

    Hi, I'm looking for a disk controller to run a large array of 3TB disks. RAID support is not required, although most of the controllers that meet the rest of the requirements seem to be RAID controllers. Requirements list: At least 16 internal SAS/SATA ports - preferably via 4xSFF8087...
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    MSI Afterburner video memory usage

    Been using the Afterburner OSD for a couple of days (now it actually works), but am concerned by how much video memory it reports - it's higher than I would have anticipated, and often well exceeds 2GB - is it summing the memory usage from both cards at once, bugged, or neither? :rolleyes:
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