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  1. Unknown-One

    weirdest enclosure

    That's actually a pretty neat little device, especially for boot drives in servers or industrial equipment that don't have many drive bays and/or lack built-in RAID support. I could totally see configuring one of these with two small SSDs, enabling its internal RAID 1, and booting pfSense...
  2. Unknown-One

    Graphics Card Autopsy - MSI 980 Ti "Golden Edition"

    I have the regular edition (red heatsink) version of this card, which died similarly, but has no obvious visible damage to the PCB or any components. Want to take a look at it?
  3. Unknown-One

    3.2TB SSD for $240

    From your motherboard's manual / Product page: If you have a NVMe drive installed in the onboard M.2 slot, then only the M.2 slot, and the primary PCIe 16x slot (PCI_E1), will be functional. All other slots on the motherboard are disabled. If you have a mSATA drive installed in the onboard M.2...
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    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    I've used this one on a bunch of NVMe drives with success: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KDDKDNN I just cut the included thermal pads down so that they only make contact with the controller and DRAM, avoiding the flash.
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    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    It's a stiff riser cable that keeps its shape when bent, so the female end of the riser is just floating over the last 16x slot. This arrangement offsets the card pretty significantly, so I used three motherboard standoffs, screwed together, to offset the PCI slot bracket mount point. Between...
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    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    I have two of them installed now :cat: I had to use a very, very slim flexible PCIe 4x riser to plug it into the one PCIe slot that doesn't steal lanes from either the graphics card or the onboard NVMe slot. In this configuration, both NVMe drives are running at PCIe 3.0 4x, and the graphics...
  7. Unknown-One

    3.2TB SSD for $240

    PCIe 2.0 1x would be 500 MB/s, not 1GB/s. Still plenty fast for a drive full of Steam games, though.
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    3.2TB SSD for $240

    The 3.2 TB drive is only PCIe 2.0 x4, so you're not going to get more than 4 lanes no matter which slot you put it in. I know what you mean about juggling slots/lanes on X99, though. This is what I had to do to install a second NVMe drive in my x99 board without stealing lanes from either the...
  9. Unknown-One

    3.2TB SSD for $240

    Are they, though? Sequential, sure, but sequential isn't the interesting number. 4K QD1 benchmarks look about the same as modern NVMe drives.
  10. Unknown-One

    Intel Plans To Battle AMD Ryzen 4000 In 2020 With Mass of Hyper-Threaded Processors Including 5.3GHz

    Depends on the workload. Modern NVMe SSDs still struggle to exceed 50 MB/s in 4k random I/O at QD1, which is probably the most important metric for general-use desktop performance. Edit: Intel Optane is a notable exception. Optane drives can reach in excess of 400 MB/s in 4k random I/O at QD1...
  11. Unknown-One

    LG G9 specs leak

    Yeah they do, I just bought a LG V35 for $179 off Amazon
  12. Unknown-One

    LG G9 specs leak

    This really depends on which G6 you get. I have the T-Mobile variant, and I'm still stuck on Oreo.
  13. Unknown-One

    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD Makes An Appearance

    Any low QD random 4k benchmarks? I really don't care about improvements to sequential speeds at this point.
  14. Unknown-One

    WTB: Core i7 6900k or 6950x

    Wound up getting a 5960x off eBay for $165, so that's one motherboard populated.
  15. Unknown-One

    WTB: Core i7 6900k or 6950x

    Considering a brand-new AMD Ryzen 7 2700x performs about the same, and is only $190? These old, used, Broadwell-E chips should be basically worthless. The current eBay prices are downright shocking. Awesome! I'd be interested in either model (5960x or 6900k), but as another poster mentioned...
  16. Unknown-One

    WTB: Core i7 6900k or 6950x

    I recently had a couple nice X99 motherboards given to me, looking for CPUs so I can make use of them. 5960x, 6900k, or 6950x all acceptable.
  17. Unknown-One

    Underclock RAM for 5930k MSI x99a

    Can't run it below 1.2v, it's not stable at DDR4 3200 if my SA voltage is below 1.238v...
  18. Unknown-One

    Underclock RAM for 5930k MSI x99a

    Ok... but what was your SA voltage? I keep reading that anything over 1.2v is too much...
  19. Unknown-One

    Cost advantage of HDDs over SSDs will last more than a decade

    Paying a premium for a single-drive solution, for sure. You can build a 30TB SSD RAID array for around 4k.
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    Underclock RAM for 5930k MSI x99a

    I'm aware, but my SA voltage is up at 1.238v in order to get 3200 MHz DDR4 stable. Hoping that's not high enough to degrade the memory controller...
  21. Unknown-One

    Getting DSR to work under 4:2:0

    It feels like they don't really care a whole lot about DSR. It still doesn't work in Surround mode...
  22. Unknown-One

    Best $100 or under bookshelf speaker in 2019?

    Worth mentioning, if you have the original Micca MB42, they sell a crossover upgrade kit: https://www.miccatron.com/shop/product/crossover-upgrade-for-micca-mb42-mb42-c-speakers-mkiii/ This effectively converts the MB42 into a MB42X, audio-quality wise.
  23. Unknown-One

    Underclock RAM for 5930k MSI x99a

    As someone running 3200 MHz DDR4 with a 6800k (also a Socket 2011-3 CPU)... should I be worried?
  24. Unknown-One

    Best $100 or under bookshelf speaker in 2019?

    I've been using Micca MB42X's as speakers for my gaming PC for over 5 years. Zero complaints: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42X-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B00E7H8GG2
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    Cost advantage of HDDs over SSDs will last more than a decade

    That's only looking at capacity, though... take performance, noise, and power consumption into account, and hard disks really can't compete. Also, comparing used vs. new isn't exactly fair...
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    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2990941/update-to-add-native-driver-support-in-nvm-express-in-windows-7-and-wi It's do-able, but I'd probably just throw a SATA SSD at any machine that's going to be stuck on Windows 7
  27. Unknown-One

    Cheap pci-e dual-SSD adapter for nvme on Asus Z87-A MB?

    You'd be surprised. I have a Z68 board booting from NVMe, just had to add the appropriate module to the UEFI and flash the modified BIOS. It's really just a software limitation, and OEMs simply didn't bother going back and adding the feature to older motherboards. Bingo. The lack of bifrication...
  28. Unknown-One

    Another Intel vulnerability!

    I just upgraded from a 3770k myself... to a 6800k. CPU was $170, RAM was $160, motherboard was free. Turns out, Broadwell-E on X99 still holds up pretty well, and there are excellent deals available on slightly older hardware: https://valid.x86.fr/0l6cps
  29. Unknown-One

    Micrososoft Edge Chromium

    That's pure conjecture at this point. Also, what does it matter? Everyone already replaces the built-in ad blocker with uBlock anyway (and that still works just the same on this new version of Edge). I'm not sure why you're making such a big deal about this...
  30. Unknown-One

    Micrososoft Edge Chromium

    It clearly says "replaced or turned off" They didn't remove ad block, they replaced it with their own implementation.
  31. Unknown-One

    Gamescom Game Ready Driver 436.02

    It simply has no impact in DX12 because DX12 is a low-level API, and any control the driver would normally have over frame pacing is bypassed. The engine is in full control of frame delivery. This option should just inherently do nothing in DX12 mode.
  32. Unknown-One

    Gamescom Game Ready Driver 436.02

    Read the release notes. Ultra Low Latency mode has no impact on DX12 or Vulcan games.
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    Gamescom Game Ready Driver 436.02

    DX9.x, DX10.x, and DX11.x are now considered "feature levels" of DX11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feature_levels_in_Direct3D Fun fact: DX12 and DX12.1 are actually DX11.3 feature levels.... because that's not confusing or anything...
  34. Unknown-One

    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    No issues to report. Using the 1TB version as a boot drive (also has a couple of games on it, and is my Photoshop scratch disk).
  35. Unknown-One

    Why are blower cooling bad ?

    I'd like to see MicroATX and ITX boards where there's a right-angle PCIe 16x lot along the bottom edge of the board, so that graphics cards end up mounted parallel to the motherboard. This would allow for the use of air coolers similar what we we currently see on CPUs, and should still fit in...
  36. Unknown-One

    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    On the adapter they linked? The fingers beyond 4x are non-functional, and the PCB is notched to allow installation into smaller slots. The length does, however, allow it to use the 16x slot locking mechanism, which makes for a very secure mounting system. This might be desirable in some cases...
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    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    Quick note for anyone applying a heatsink to one of these: Remember to cut the thermal pad so that it ONLY makes contact with the controller and DRAM, avoiding the NAND chips entirely. The controller likes to run cool, but the flash actually works better at higher temperatures. Cooling NAND too...
  38. Unknown-One

    HOT ! Various 1TB NVMe with coveted E12 Controller $135 aprox retail

    I bit. Snagged a 1TB SSD + heatsink + PCIe adapter
  39. Unknown-One

    GPU for 6 monitors

    Any card with two DisplayPort 1.2 outputs should be able to support 6 monitors, you'll just need to use MST hubs to expand the two outputs into 6 outputs. Running 6 full 4k monitors, on the other hand... that's a tall order...
  40. Unknown-One

    NVMe on PCIe 4x slot provided by DMI 2.0 - Anyone tried this?

    Hmm, interesting. I don't think the 1.1GB/s limitation with DMI 2.0 on Ivybridge holds up. The test above was done on a Core i7 3770k installed in an Asus P8Z68-V/Gen3, and I was able to hit 1.5 GB/s in Crystal Disk Mark.
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