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    X4: Foundations

    Anybody actively playing this game? I'd like to try it since it is on sale right now but these games always launch in such a shit state I never bothered with X4. Most of the feedback seems positive on Steam but what are the [H]ard thoughts on this one?
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Thanks Silentbob. Look, as far as I can tell there's no more technical information to be gleaned from this thread. I'm going to put it to bed before it becomes anything else. For those that had constructive inputs to add while I was troubleshooting I thank you for your time and I'll see ya on...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    No, I took it upon myself to source an additional video card to troubleshoot it to an absolute certainty before sending it back again to avoid wasting my time and theirs. Now that I know I'm taking them up on their offer. But whatever, you're right bud
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Sure I agree. If it was just the whine I hear at the card I wouldn't have even bothered RMA'ing it. But in this case it's not just coil whine. It's whatever is causing the noise to bleed through the speakers. I don't totally fault them for not replacing it the first time but I'll admit I'm...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    How TF is applying for an RMA with an in-warranty component and not getting it "making the process difficult"? Especially when I provided multiple video clips to prove it in the first place? Fuck off
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    I did send them a slightly bitchy message after getting the card back last time asking what their “testing” involved and how another component in my system could cause coil whine in the video card: So they do test it, but I'm sure they're not hooking speakers up to the system. I wouldn't...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Well I can finally confirm with absolute certainty it is indeed the video card. I bought a 3060ti off the forums here to have something else to throw in and the audio issue is gone. Hallelujah, now I just have to get EVGA to RMA the 3080ti.
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    I appreciate the input, but I think most people here are missing part of the point. I totally understand EMI and interference with an analog audio signal. This system worked for ~6 months until the noise started. Without moving or changing anything. So something went wrong/failed. Unfortunately...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Yup, sure did.
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Yeah, tried another set of speakers. Same issue. Even if it weren't bleeding through the speakers like it is, the whine from the card itself is pretty obnoxious. EVGA support started an RMA for me so I'm going to get it drained and shipped out tomorrow.
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Alright, here's a vid demonstrating the sound leakage. I always keep my speakers set to 50% and use the system volume slider to adjust from there. None of this noise was present a week ago. I tried to film the noise coming from the card itself but it's harder to capture with the pump and fans...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Will do, it’s certainly one of the stranger issues I’ve had to troubleshoot. I’ve got to make a video later when I get home to share with EVGA support so I’ll link it here too.
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    But the card is definitely making noise under load that it wasn't making a week ago. I've started a discussion with EVGA to see what they suggest, but I'll probably end up RMA'ing it.
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Okay, I swapped the new mobo for an identical replacement and the issue is the same. Tried a new power supply, no change. Tried ground loop isolators on my 3.5mm cables, no change. Took the computer power off the surge protector and ran it straight into the wall, no change. It must be poor...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    Turning off ReBar didn't make a difference. I set the BIOS back to defaults to make sure it wasn't anything I did in there. Been reading that sometimes this can be solved by disabling C-states or spread spectrum tuning but I still have to try that. It seems to be tied to the overall load on the...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    After posting I remembered that my video card has two BIOS’ so I switched over to the other one that hadn’t been updated and the issue persists, so I’m inclined to attribute this issue to the new motherboard. I searched a bit more on the net and found posts about VRM noise from motherboards...
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    3080ti - Unbearable coil whine through speakers

    I've had an EVGA 3080ti Hydro Copper for several months now. I've noticed slight coil whine from it before but faint enough that anything covers it up and not really an issue, nothing I haven't heard from a GPU before. However, this week I replaced my motherboard and also flashed new vBIOS...
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    ASUS AiMesh: RT-AX88U vs RT-AX55 Performance?

    I suppose I can answer my own question here: I'll try the AX82U since AX88U's are not in stock right now on Amazon. Hopefully it'll give me equivalent performance. Plus RGB baby!
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    ASUS AiMesh: RT-AX88U vs RT-AX55 Performance?

    I've had a pair of RT-AX88U's in an AiMesh for a while now and performance has been great. Recently I added another node, this time an RT-AX55. This thing just isn't giving me the performance that I expect. It's getting a max of about 350Mbps but from looking at the hardware specs I cannot see...
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    USB sound device with 5.1 optical out for a Mac?

    You might be a genius.... I had one lying around and just threw it in and it's working great. And it was exactly how much money I wanted to spend, ha ha. Thanks!
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    USB sound device with 5.1 optical out for a Mac?

    Great suggestion, docks hadn't occurred to me. Generally going to be more money than I want to spend on this problem, but excellent point thanks
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    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

    I’m a little late to the party with this one, but having just finished it I must say it‘s a highlight of the last couple years of gaming. 10/10. Maybe the best comic book to video game adaptation ever made, it’s just spot on. Rocksteady’s Batman games and Wolverine: Origins would tie it up for...
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    USB sound device with 5.1 optical out for a Mac?

    I certainly like it, just a matter of deciding if the cost is worth it. Thanks!
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    USB sound device with 5.1 optical out for a Mac?

    It possible that it isn't the output on the Mini itself, there's more to the story. The audio cable is a long run, next to power cables and a past a power strip to get to the speakers. So interference could be the factor. At the end of the day there isn't a better option for how I run it though...
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    USB sound device with 5.1 optical out for a Mac?

    It's an M1 model. Great device, but lacking in connectivity
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    USB sound device with 5.1 optical out for a Mac?

    Can anybody recommend a USB sound card that has a 5.1 optical output and Mac compatible that isn't crazy expensive? The headphone jack on my Mac Mini puts out a nasty low frequency tone and I just want to bypass it for the time being.
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    Outdated game mechanics.

    One of the real stand-out mechanics/design choices that just gets reiterated to death is the "RPG dialogue scene". Just alternating a completely static camera angle back and forth from my shoulder to theirs as they take turns talking is so fucking boring. Choosing a meaningless dialogue fork...
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    8TB HDD completely unrecognizable by one machine, fine in others

    Okay, I think you're probably right about the 3.3v. I'm sure it's a shucked drive, I just bought it used recently and now that I think about it I never put it directly into a Winders machine until now. My plan is just to fail a drive in my Synology and replace it with this one since it works in...
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    8TB HDD completely unrecognizable by one machine, fine in others

    I have an 8TB drive that I'm trying to initialize in my new unRaid box. It does not show up even in the motherboard, regardless of what port I plug it into. Tried cables, etc. When I throw it in my Synology or a USB enclosure to my Mac it shows up and initializes just fine and I can format it...
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    Resident Evil 8: Village

    How did you feel about 7? It's a direct follow-up, so if you haven't played it first I'd recommend it. I enjoyed them both quite a bit. The worst complaint that I can lodge against 8 off the top of my head is the short play-time. I think it only took me 7ish hours to finish, so only you can...
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    Xbox game pass PC

    It blows Outriders out of the water. Outriders is a cheap third-person diablo clone. Destiny is a first person diablo clone with space-magic! In all seriousness, Destiny 2 is a lot of fun. I was disappointed with it at launch and stopped playing pretty much right away. I just picked all the...
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    Humankind - 4x strategy game

    Ah good idea. I never think of gamepass. I’ll most likely give it a try that way if I do bite
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    Humankind - 4x strategy game

    Anyone playing this yet? I like CIV games and was about to pull the trigger on this one when I noticed it is made by Amplitude, the creators of the Endless games. I've tried really hard to get into Endless Space and and Endless Legends but just can't. Does Humankind fall closer to Civ or Endless?
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    Aliens Fireteam Elite

    Yeah the lack of crossplay is a real bummer but still kind of the norm these days. I'm pretty frustrated that you get zero rewards when your team wipes on a mission. Guess it's time to git gud again, lol
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    Aliens Fireteam Elite

    Anyone else playing this game, especially on Playstation 5? I'm such a fan I bought it and played a few levels. Sound effects are spot on and its pretty fun overall. Also its only a $39.99 price of entry which ain't so bad these days. Ars Technica Review Written Review My PSN ID is...
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    Linux for Beginners type books, any suggestions?

    Lots of good suggestions here, thanks everyone. I’ve got the Linux + book coming and will be fine over everything linked here. Thanks again
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    Linux for Beginners type books, any suggestions?

    I'm not totally ignorant of Linux and the command line, but I need to finally become proficient in it. Have any of you used any instructional books that you could recommend? My goal is to knock out the CompTIA Linux+ exam before the end of the year but hopefully much sooner.
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    Xbox series X controllers on sale at $40

    I also like mine quite a bit. Bummed that the share button doesn't seem to be recognized on PC, at least not yet. I always appreciate having an extra button to bind.
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    MSI Ventus 3090 x Corsair XG7

    Just got the newly released XG7 block for the MSI Ventus 3090. Took pics to share here in case it interests anyone. Here is a pic of the MSI backplate. Thought it was cool, never seen heatpipes on the backplate before. The Corsair XG7 has some heatpiping running through the front block as...
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    Wireless Gaming Headphones For My Big Noggin?

    As a fellow gigantic nugget gamer I feel ya. I started using the Sennheiser GSP 670 a few months ago and can’t say anything bad about them. They are just great. Not cheap but they fit. I should say that I have used them on my PC, PS4 and Nvidia shield. All with great results
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