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    Graphene Coolant?

    Would need to see long term reliability. Pretty cool though.
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    RTX 3080 FTW3 EK Vector Waterblock Install & Results

    An update to this thread, the card I installed in the OP is still working great. I helped a friend install the same EK block on a ftw3 3080ti, he had already disassembled the card but got confused with the thermal pads. Helped him put those on but didn't have any kratom tape so went without...
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    X570 Aorus Elite question

    Aorus Elite here, I have been able overclock to 1866 FCLK with a 5800x and b-die single rank ram. I had better performance at 1800 and tighter timings though so that's what I run.
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    Ekwb Nickel Plated 2080ti Block After 3 Months Of Use With EK Clear Cryofuel.

    The Nickel plating is pretty thin, doubt there's any risk of damaging anything, cloging, ect. It didn't flake off, more like it wore off. Most of it was probably suspended in the coolant sense it runs 24/7, which was drained and replaced. Unfortunantly I bought the block 2nd hand though unused...
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    Ekwb Nickel Plated 2080ti Block After 3 Months Of Use With EK Clear Cryofuel.

    My ek 3080 block had had most of the nickel come off in less than 3 months. Used corsairs clear coolant for the first time. Funny enough, the aquacooler cpu block's nickel plating in the same loop looks good as new. Ended up taking the ek gpu block apart and used a little copper polish to get...
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    RTX 3080 FTW3 EK Vector Waterblock Install & Results

    Nylon washers might have worked also, but I felt this was the simplest, safest solution. Washers on one side might cause improper contact over cooled components or cause stress to the pcb. Primochill LRT in solid white. Probably the best soft tubing around.
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    Finally took the disappointing plunge into liquid metal

    Liquid metal is only beneficial for use between a die and an ihs/block. Usage between the ihs and block/cooler isn't recommended.
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    Xe looking EXTREAMLY under welming

    I was hoping for a affordable, low power card I could throw in my server to handle video transcoding with quicksync.
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    5900x, running hot

    Luckily my USB issues were fix in a bios update. 5800x & gigabyte x570 elite.
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    Identify a used GPU card that was used in mining?

    How would you tell that the memory was overclocked? A physical inspection would not tell you. Sure a card with a mining bios would be a dead giveaway, but telling ebay that would probably get you nowhere. Now saying the card has a defect would almost guarantee a return, ebay sides with the buyer...
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    Recommend Me a Coolant

    I have been water-cooling for over 10 years. In that time, the only coolant I've ever used is distilled water with the appropriate amount of PTN Nuke biocide. This is the Benzalkonium chloride version, not the copper sulfate stuff. It's supposed to be safe for nickel. I prefer using non-plated...
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    temp plastic barb fittings?

    You can probably get some from your local hardware store. Or you can get cheap metal ones too, bought a six pack for $11 on ebay.
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    RTX 3080 FTW3 EK Vector Waterblock Install & Results

    Core +165, Memory + 1350. Holds around 2175 for core clocks. Maybe up the memory? Also I'm running the XOC bios with the 450w power limit. I like many have a bug though where the 3rd 8pin power only draws half of what the other 2 8 pins draw, meaning I still hit the power limit around 390w...
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    RTX 3080 FTW3 EK Vector Waterblock Install & Results

    Installed a EK Vector Waterblock on my 3080 FTW3 a few days ago. There's lots of discussion on the EVGA forum about people bricking their 3080/3090's while installing the EK Waterblock, so I decided to document my install and share the results. The EVGA card is a pain to disassemble. The...
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    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    The Meshify 2 XL. Just waiting on a gpu block to complete the build. Fits those 60mm thick rads great. The front is even in a push pull setup.
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    EVGA Queue Finally Came Through

    Just got my email for the EVGA Queue 3080 ftw ultra. I had a midday 9/19 queue spot. Keep an eye out for that email if have a spot near then.
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    If I wanted to make my own Plex/Emby/Jellyfin Server for fun what would be the best way ?

    I'd need some large capacity ssd's for my 60TB's of media. 4TB consumer drives wouldn't cut it. It takes less then 30 seconds for my server to spin up a drive and start playing something. Spinning rust will be here for years to come.
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    If I wanted to make my own Plex/Emby/Jellyfin Server for fun what would be the best way ?

    Zero reason to have your media on an ssd, but the OS and plex appdata folder on one is a good idea. I've been running plex on an unraid server for many years with no issues.
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    I also have the usb m&kb issue on the new beta bios on the x570 Elite. I had this issue on a previous bios, it effects only the usb2.0 ports. Either doesn't register keystrokes or has really bad latency. Using the usb3.0 ports fixes the problem, but I rolled back to the latest stable bios till...
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    Don’t think I flushed my HW labs rad enough. Cleaning tips?

    Silver killcoils have gone out if fashion. I use distilled and ptn nuke and haven't had a problem once in over 10 years. Even left one loop going for 3 years without a drain and it was perfectly fine.
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    Are we going to see good Intel processors anymore?

    Rocket Lake will regain the IPC crown... at double the watts of ryzen 5000. I think we'll see a rebound from them similar to what AMD did in the next few years.
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    No problems yet with a x570 elite. Latest bios. I've seen people report this problem with many x570 & b550 gigabyte boards, but have yet to find anyone having this problem with the elite specifically. I did have that io bug with laggy mouse/keyboard when plugged in to usb2.0 ports, but it seems...
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    Evga 1000 g3 popped! Replacing with 1200w p2 or 1600w g2

    Even the best psu's fail. Had a Seasonic Prime titanium whatever fail after two years, running 16 HDD. Tons of the good magic smoke. Luckily it didn't take anything with it, hopefully you're okay too.
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    RAM timings that worked fine with 3600 unexpectedly causing crashing with 5900X

    I'm using 4x8gb 3200 cas14 @ 3733 16-15-15-28 with a 5800x. Stable at 3733 but was unstable @ 3600 with the same timings. 3800 was also unstable.
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    Cyberpunk 2077 gets FPS boost with a patch for AMD Ryzen CPUs

    So with my 5800x & 3080 I was almost always gpu bound. However there were certain times, mostly in the large indoor areas where I'd see my gpu utilization drop from 99% to 85-95%. With this patch that problem has been fixed, and my gpu is locked to 99%. Even without the patch I never saw a...
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    Cyberpunk 2077 gets FPS boost with a patch for AMD Ryzen CPUs

    5800X & 3080. Seeing the same, much higher cpu usage but no fps benefit. Maybe better 1% lows? Not sure gameplay was smooth before & after the .exe edit.
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    Have not expirenced this problem with my Aorus Elite yet, fingers crossed. Has anyone with this problem turned off the IO cstate setting? I did to fix a well known mouse problem, just an idea.
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    School me on custom loops.

    Another nice thing about push/pull is lower fan speeds, equals lower noise. I've done it on some 60mm rads, a few degrees cooler. That said general consensus is go with the 30mm rads and push configuration. Easier to fit in most cases and performs almost as good. For many of us it's not the...
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master won't power on - (temporary) solution

    I got a gigabyte x570 aorus elite in a bundle with a 5800x. I was planning on returning the motherboard and getting something else but after watching buildzoids's video on the board decided it met my needs. Now I'm here reading through this thread and wondering if I should return it after all...
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    Cyberpunk 2077: Night City Wire premieres June 25

    I upgraded from a 5960x & 980ti to a 5800x & 3080 specifically for this game. Looks like the cpu upgrade was unnecessary, and could of gotten away with a cheaper gpu. At least with this setup I'm hoping to get 100fps @ 1440p with rt on
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    Scored a MSI 3080 Ventus, some regrets...

    Undervolting seems to be the only solution for this particular card. Again it's not about the overclock for max mhz, it's about have a nice stable boost clock. Because this card has the lowest power limit of any 3080, it hits that limit more frequently, causing the boost clock to jump all over...
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    Scored a MSI 3080 Ventus, some regrets...

    Good information, thanks! I'll be heavily CPU bottlenecked anyway till I can find a 5900x. Time to give the 5960x all's its got.
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    Scored a MSI 3080 Ventus, some regrets...

    I plan to, but like I said above I found 2 on another forum claiming that other bios's with higher power limits did not increase power consumption or performance. Its not so much about the oc as it is maintaining a stable boost clock.
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    Scored a MSI 3080 Ventus, some regrets...

    Scored a MSI 3080 Ventus today, I should be thrilled but after reading up on it I'm worried. 320w hard power limit. PL slider is maxed out at 100%, no headroom to increase it. Anyone with more knowledge on Ampere know how badly this will effect performance? I enjoy overclocking, getting the...
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    Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again (Dec 10th now)

    Usually I'd be saying great, keep delaying till it's ready, but this last minute delay upsets me. With no where to go for the holidays because of china flu I like many requested that week off. Now it's too late to change. Besides that point I don't know what they plan to accomplish with an extra...
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    How essential is a “system prep” type of product?

    For a new loop, system prep is unnecessary. As long as you flushed the new radiators real good you should be fine to use whatever coolant you want. I personally just use distilled & ptn nuke. I have tried utopia before, it worked fine but it did leave a slight white residue buildup in my blocks...
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    Best 27-32" Gsync Monitor?

    Wow thanks for getting detailed! Prefer real GSync, not sure what GSync ultimate is... IPS, unless someone can make the argument for a good VA panel. No curve. Standard but would consider ultrawide. At least 144hz@1440p/120hz@4k No brand preference. Up to $1200, of course lower the better. Have...
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    Best 27-32" Gsync Monitor?

    There's a lot more options these days for a GSync gaming monitor then there was a few years ago when I looked last. What's your opinion on the best monitor in this category? I do play competitive fps games along with rts and rpg games, so good response times are a must. Would probably prefer...
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