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    Asus TUF Z390 Pro Graming vs. Asus Prime Z390-A motherboard

    Hi, Building a new rig and am debating these two boards. Will be running 9700K with a Noctua NH-D15 trying for 5GHz all core, with Corsair LPX Vengeance 32GB DDR4-3200 (2x16). Use case is gaming, nothing else. Reason I am looking at these and not cheaper/basic boards: 1) 5 fan headers so I can...
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    9700K gaming rig build sanity check

    Hi guys, tl;dr - have a 3770K @ 4.4GHz with a 1080Ti, so I am heavily CPU bottlenecked. Looking at building new 9700K rig for BF:V, RDR2 and to be ready for Cyberpunk 2077 all at 1440p 144Hz. Gaming only on this rig. Am I missing anything that would be better value on specs below? I already...
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    Quiet/understated cases like the Corsair 550D - options?

    Hi, Curious if anyone is making a better/newer version of something like the Corsair 550D? Mid-tower, sleek/understated looks (no RGB, no case window) focused on quiet operation. I looked at Corsair's website and didn't see much. I've been running a Corsair Obsidian 550D since 2012 and am very...
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    Intel Ice Lake (10th gen/10nm) - desktop processors not until 2020?

    I know it's mostly rumours and speculation at this point, but I think Intel themselves have made some statements that Ice Lake desktop/enthusiast parts (i.e. 6C/12T+) will not be out until mid to late 2020 as they are focusing on mobile first. Is that accurate based on what we know today)...
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    Dumb 1080 Ti overclocking/boost question

    Hi, I just bought a used Asus STRIX ROG 1080 Ti OC edition card (stock boost clocks = 1683/1708MHz in game/OC mode). I've been out of the loop on cards and can't remember how boost/power/thermal limits work with Nvidia. Previous card was a 970 I ran at stock. Even though I have not touched the...
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    GTX 670 SLI instead of 970 - dumb decision?

    Hi, I built the PC in my sig back in May 2012 and haven't touched it since. The last year or so I have not really been gaming much other than CS:GO and Dragon Age Inquisition. Star Wars Battlefront, Witcher 3, FO4 and other stuff have me excited to get back into it and I want to be able to max...
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    Samsung 850 EVO or Mushkin Chronos Deluxe as Windows 10 boot SSD?

    Hi folks, Been a few years since I've been on the forums as I haven't been doing much gaming or hardware changes on my desktop in recent years. I've been running out of space on my SSD which is a Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB (purchased May 2012) so I just ordered a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB to...
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    Ivy Bridge-E (Socket 2011) slated for Q3-2013 (TPU leaked slide)

    http://www.techpowerup.com/169804/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-E-Slated-for-Q3-2013.html Looks like a May release for Haswell on 1150 and a Q3 (September?) release for Ivy Bridge-E CPUs on 2011. No mention of 8C/16T for enthusiast chips. Source is a leaked slide so take it with a grain of salt.
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    3TB storage options: Seagate Barracuda, WD Green or Hitachi 3K5000?

    Hi One of my 4.5 year old 7200.11 1TB drives seems to be failing/have failed and I need to replace it. Luckily I only lost 4 days of data since last back-up. 3TB drives are down to $59CAD/TB while 2TB is $50CAD/TB, so I think 3TB is the best way to go, 4TB is still too expensive per TB. Drive...
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    Anyone have a new Ivy Bridge Macbook Air? Impressions?

    I know not a lot has changed on the new Airs, but I'm curious if anyone has bought one yet and what their impressions are? Planning on replacing my wife's 2007 Dell Inspiron 1520 beast (the thing is massive and ugly) with a new Air (13 inch, 1.8GHz CPU, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD), should be plenty...
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    SGSSAA - matching # of MSAA samples to TR samples?

    I used to only use in-game AA options and didn't pay much attention to transparency AA or other override/enhanced styles of AA. With the purchase of a more powerful system, and a lack of demanding games, I've been getting into forcing higher levels of AA and have been very impressed with the...
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    Mushkin Blackline DDR3-1600 4x4GB - anyone using 1T command rate?

    Hi, Is anyone with the Mushkin Blackline Frostbyte DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 4x4GB kit using 1T command rate (at stock settings)? The XMP profile specifies 2T but I was under the impression most kits in this price range at 1T? Will test it for myself but just thought I'd ask too. Specs...
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    Slow page loads in Chrome - but IE9/FF12 are fine on same PC?

    Hi, I recently built a new system (specs in sig). I've been using Chrome at work and on my personal laptop/netbook for a while now and decided to switch on my desktop as I had been using FireFox. For some reason, loading web pages and streaming video (YouTube) will sometimes delay for...
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    Official GTX 670 Overclocking Thread

    Similar to the 680, how about we share some 670 overclocks here? Be sure to post what OC tool you are using, settings, case/cooling info etc. I haven't had a chance to OC mine past factory yet, but my Gigabyte 670 OC was boosting to 1162MHz on factory OC (spec says 1058MHz is factory OC...
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    Do the Intel or ASMedia SATA2/3 ports on Z77 (ICH10R?) support port multiplication?

    Hi, Just curious if anyone knows if any of the SATA ports on the Z77 (specifically P8Z77-V Pro) support port multiplication? I want to use a 2-bay external eSATA enclosure on my mobo via the eSATA to internal SATA bracket. On my old P5B-Deluxe board (P965), only the JMicron eSATA port...
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    Tri-SLI/CrossFire 680/7970 only uses 701W/825W at gaming load!

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/25/geforce_gtx_680_3way_sli_radeon_7970_trifire_review/8 It's pretty impressive to me that 3 top of the line cards only draw those numbers at the wall. The PSU used is a PCP&C 1200W and the 2600K was OC'd to 4.8GHz. Assuming 85% efficiency they are using...
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    Palit Jetstream GTX 680 4GB + 4GB SLI reviews @ TweakTown

    Surprised I haven't seen this posted yet (searched and didn't see). For some reason TweakTown decided to only test at 1920x1200 which makes zero sense for a 4GB card, but at the very least we know these cards cannot be far off retail yet. Poorly written as well, but worth a quick look. GTX...
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    What would you buy: Seasonic X-760 for $119 or XFX PRO850W XXX Edition for $109?

    Hi, I've already ordered the XFX PRO850W XXX Edition for $109 (after rebate) but my local retailer just put the Seasonic X-760 on sale for $119 (no rebate) and I can change my order if I want. The XFX is a Seasonic M12D platform based PSU, 80+ Silver, while the X-760 is 80+ Gold and a newer...
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    Ivy Bridge build specs - yes, 3 months early

    As Ivy Bridge CPUs and Z77 motherboards will not be out until sometime in mid to late April, this thread is mostly me talking to myself and getting thoughts written down, but I'm starting to pick up some parts for my build when I see good deals and am curious on your input. 1) What will you be...
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    Q6700 CPU/core temps? Which are correct?

    Hi, This has puzzled me for a few years, but since I don't have any stability issues I never really investigated it. I have a Q6700 @ 3.3GHz, running at 1.45V (1.42V droop at max load) on a P5B-Deluxe (P965 chipset). Heatsink is a Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme w/ Scythe 1200rpm fan. CPUID...
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    Do we know what DDR3 speeds Ivy Bridge will require/support?

    This article @ AT suggests DDR3-1600: http://www.anandtech.com/Show/Index/4318?cPage=2&all=False&sort=0&page=1&slug=intel-roadmap-ivy-bridge-panther-point-ssds Does this mean that there is no point in getting 1833 if one is planning on getting an unlocked Ivy Bridge CPU and multiplier...
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    Windows 7 - Backup and Restore, flagging pagefile as system drive

    Hi, I recently tried to use the built-in "Backup and Restore" tool to create an image of my system drive (C:\ which is a 40GB partition on a 1TB drive). I want to store the image on a drive in an eSATA enclosure. When I try to do this, the software detects both C: and E: as "system drives"...
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    Hitatchi 5K3000 3TB - two questions (temperature/lifecycle)

    Hi guys, Long-time lurker, first time poster. Realized HF has a much more active storage forum than where I usually post so here I am. Recently purchased 2x Hitatchi 5K3000 3TB 5400rpm SATA3 drives. Using one in a 2-bay external eSATA enclosure (with an older 1TB) and another in my PC with...
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