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    Question regarding DDR5 vs DDR4.

    From what I've seen on the subject, DDR4 is faster than DDR5 as the same speed and with current processors but there's not a lot out there in terms of real testing so take that with a grain of salt. As dasa mentioned, there is something to be said for future proofing or leaving an upgrade path...
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    Overclocking Crucial Ballistix

    It runs fine with its DOCP profile of 16.18-18-39 3600. My mobo is the Asus Tuf x570 plus, seems fairly solid. Is the Ryzen DRAM calculator really so bad? Seen lots of people have goo results with it but then there's a bunch of people saying you shouldn't use it. I don't really feel like...
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    Overclocking Crucial Ballistix

    Hey guys, I just picked up 4 sticks of Crucial BL2K8G36C16U4BL and I wanted to overclock them a bit. I was wondering if anyone knew the best stable settings for this memory with a Ryzen 3600X. I was going to use the Ryzen DRAM Calculator but I read a bunch of people saying not to use it.
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    Memory dilemma

    Well I ended up ordering 2 sets of BL2K8G36C16U4BL. It's only $10 more than 2x16gb and since you can't tell if you're going to get dual rank or not(plus a lot of reviews saying they got single rank) I figured 4x8 will get me the same results plus I get to fill all the slots.
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    Memory dilemma

    Thank you for the explanation, now I just have to try to snag one of these at a good price.
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    Memory dilemma

    Thank you again. I've been noticing more people talking about dual-rank memory lately. From what I understand if you are only populating 2 slots then dual rank is better and if you are populating all 4 then single is better? Or is one always preferable over the other?
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    Memory dilemma

    No worries, how does one go about spotting e-die? I wish manufacturers would include this as part of their specs.
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    Memory dilemma

    Man, I wish. This is Canada, the land of getting ripped off. $400 most places here, newegg.ca has them from an OK price but I avoid Newegg like the plague, nothing but problems, terrible return policy, paid shipping. I'll keep an eye out for these though, thank you for the recommendation.
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    Memory dilemma

    Thank you for the replies guys, So I ordered one of the Z version in the hopes of getting a B-Die but I don't think I did. Thaiphoon doesn't specify the die, again, though this is 2666U speed grade instead of the 2133P downbin of my B version. It passmark's a tiny bit faster but nothing that...
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    Memory dilemma

    Anyone?
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    Memory dilemma

    Hi guys, I have a bit of a memory dilemma. I want top upgrade to 32gb of ram, I currently have CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 on a Ryzen 3600X system. When I purchased it I didn't realize that there were two versions of this ram, the one I have and CMK16GX4M2Z3200C16. The Z version is supposed to always...
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    Cannot get correct resolution on laptop

    Hey Guys, So I'm a bit puzzled with this, for some reason I cant get my laptop to show 1920x1080 as an option for the laptops native display. It works fine for secondary displays but for the native one it only shows 1366-768. The laptop is a HP Pavilion 15-n267ca, it is a dual GPU laptop...
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    Sound Blaster Z or USB DAC/AMP

    Trying to decid weather to go for the SB-Z or a similarly priced DAC/AMP, From what I can gather the SB - Z has a Cirrus Logic 114db SNR DAC and 4556 amps. The SB-Z has a fiarly strong amp but a pretty bad impedance of 22ohm so I'm not sure if it's suitable for use with most headphones under...
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    HyperX Cloud or Astro A40 for sound quality?

    I'm thinking I'm gonna go for the Cloud + SB Z
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    HyperX Cloud or Astro A40 for sound quality?

    Thanks for the reply ThinJ, The A40 and A50 are identical from what I can gather, same driver and more or less the same can design apart from the A50 having the mixamp controls and battery crammed in there. It's strange that you say they sound weak while every review out there (and I think I've...
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    HyperX Cloud or Astro A40 for sound quality?

    Wondering if anyone knows which of these headsets gets better sound quality? I have the the oportunity to buy a a50 for a good price but being wireless it will some day fail and keeping it chaged is a pain but everyone I've read says the a40/a50 has the best sound quality. However, a lot...
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    Ive been doing a heap of research these past few days and read/watched many direct comparisons of the entire senhiser line as well as other headphones and the 558's and 598's really aren't similar in any way, they have a totally different sound profile, the 598's have a much wider sound stage...
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    Comparing the HD 558 to the 701's isn't really a fair comparison, the HD598 have a noticeably wider sound stage them the HD558's, they are also brighter and have less boomy tighter bass - you cant jusge the performance of the 598's based on your experience with the 558's.
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    Alas I am from the great nation of Canada where we get sdcrewed on everything, cant find a single one for under $100. As for the 701's, I dunno, reportedly they are a bit anemic in the bass department and I think to say they are better then the HD 598's or the AD900X's is an error. They are...
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    So doing some reasearch on headphones it seems my options are: Sennheiser HD598 Audio Technica ATH-700X and 900X And possibly the ATH-50X
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    Hmm do you know of a place to buy that I dont? Cheapest I've seen the HD598's for is ~$150 and about $130 for the SB Z, that's way over $200. Which do you think are better, the HD598's or the Audio Technica AD700's?
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    The other thing I was thinking was to do headphones plus a surround sound mix amp, I've read Astro's MixAmp is pretty good but at $130 it's a bit over priced, are there other equally good options?
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    The thing with headphones is they are just stereo and I'd like surround sound as it will primarily be used for gaming, for music I generally use my stereo.
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    Seeking recommendations for best gaming headset under $200

    Hey Guys, Looking to get a new headset, currently have the Rosewill RHTS-8206 which sounds really good but I think it's taken one too many trips to the floor and has developed a buzzy sound. Ive scoured the net for best lists and roundups but there honestly aren't many, and really no...
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    Looking for PC Build Advice

    You wouldn't know anywhere that I could find a really cheap copy of win 7 would you?
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    Looking for PC Build Advice

    I guess that settles it then, I'll go the A10 route, thank you for all your input, your help is much appreciated.
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    Looking for PC Build Advice

    What about in overall system performance?
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    Looking for PC Build Advice

    So you think the A10-6800 would outperform the 750k + R7 240?
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    Looking for PC Build Advice

    Older FPS titles like older CoD or MW, hunting games etc but I'd like it to be able to play some newer games reasonably well even if it's at 720p. I'm gonna have to disagree about the HDD though, it is just a HDD after all not a SSD and it's read/write rates aren't particularly out there nor...
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    Looking for PC Build Advice

    The PC is'nt for me its for my father in law, it's just a general purpose system nothing specialized and some light gaming but I'd like him to have the option to throw a a newer game on there and still be able to play it half way decently hence the r7 240. Just about every monitor is 1080p...
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    Looking for PC Build Advice

    Hi Guys, So, I'm building a system for my father in law on a fairly tight budget. I want to give him a solid system which will perform well and that can play some games relatively well. Budget is $500 including shipping/taxes (I'm from Canada so taxes aren't anything to brush off lol)...
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    Monitor vs TV?

    Hey Guys, So been hearing alot of people lately saying how monitors arent worth it and that a TV is a better option but I've always found TV's to have really poor text reproduction personally and just not being well suited to graphics. What are your guys thoughts on it?
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    NEC EA244WMi 24" IPS LED Monitor

    I've no way of measuring input lag but visually it seems good, I don't notice any input delays, ghosting or artifacts.
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    NEC EA244WMi 24" IPS LED Monitor

    You must have gotten really lucky or gotten sent a reviewer unit because I've had 2 of them and the first is just OK, the second was complete garbage and had terrible contrast, was not able to reproduce light shades of violet/purple and had really dull color. I'm betting you'rs is loose at...
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    WTH Causes this...

    Looks to me like a bad video card.
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    Does anyone have the NEC EA244WMi yet?

    The rotation may be easily adjustable but you know your screen is never really level unless you take a level to it which is really annoying. Honestly, I had a nearly 3 year old TN monitor that got just as good colors as this one but without the light bleed or the glow and cost me $250, in no...
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    Does anyone have the NEC EA244WMi yet?

    One other observation, the quality of the panels used in these seems to vary a bit, the original one I got is quite a bit better then the replacement I received (I kept the original), the replacement had duller colors and a lower contrast ratio, it also was not able to reproduce certain light...
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    Does anyone have the NEC EA244WMi yet?

    DaRuSulaman, its not a very good monitor, the colors are weak for an IPS display and lack pop and vibrance, I've had two of these now and in both cases the panel was not set properly along the top bezel, it moves freely and creeks and cracks if you touch it even gently. The rotation does not...
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    Total Monitor Frustration

    Companies will charge whatever they think people will pay and so long as people keep paying thoes ridiculous prices things will only get worse, if you wanna see just how much they're marking some of these things up you need only look at the net profit of some of these companies. Apple didnt make...
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    Total Monitor Frustration

    This sort of attitude really annoys mef and its why we're getting so regularly ripped off these days, $400 is a good chunk of change to blow on a 20 some odd inch screen and there is no reason one should cost any more then that, you really think the $1000 costs that much more to make then the...
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