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    3080 TI gpu usage is all over the place.

    I would try to load the optimized defaults in the UEFI and see if that has any effect. I suspect it might be a config issue somewhere in there.
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    z690 D4 Motherboard experience thread

    My 12700K and Z690 TUF D4 have been running great so far. I haven't encountered any issues and I was able to get it up and running fairly quickly because I just transferred the SSD with the existing Win 11 installation to the Z690 and replaced the old mobo drivers with the relevant drivers for...
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    Will never buy an Intel CPU again.

    It's not like that stopped those key reviewers from testing Alder Lake with DDR4 anyway. The comparisons of DDR4 vs. DDR5 on the 12th gen are a dime a dozen for us consumers to be able to make an informed decision.
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    I see absolutely no difference with VRR

    VRR is supposed to get rid of screen tearing without the caveats of traditional V-Sync.
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    Are traditional HDDs still the preferred storage drive vs SSD?

    I still primarily use HDDs for my NAS but I just setup read-only SSD caches for the volumes to give those HDDs a bit of a boost for certain things. First impression is that accessing the NAS is now snappier than before.
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    Pending for deletion

    I went from a 4790K to an 8700K because of moar cores.
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    Asus TUF Gaming Z690 Plus WiFi D4 Driver Problems

    I also noticed several yellow exclamation icons on the Serial IO and GNA devices in the Device Manager after installing the drivers for my TUF Z690. Upon double-clicking them, the device status indicates that the digital signatures for the drivers cannot be verified. It's obviously a driver...
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    I just found out that the Gigabyte AERO D Z690 DDR4 board that comes with Thunderbolt ports and 10G Ethernet recently became available. It's even got better onboard sound. I should have gone with that.
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    AFAIK, Z690 and ADL have more lanes compared to prior generations. It’s really up to the motherboard manufacturers on how they‘ll allocate those lanes for different board models. By giving up an M.2 slot, the TUF Z690 could’ve yielded an additional PCIE x4 slot from the PCH and I would still...
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    With GPUs using up to three slots and Z690 motherboards seemingly getting less PCIE x4 and no x8 slots, my plan of installing a Mellanox ConnectX-3 10G NIC and an Asus ThunderboltEX 4 expansion card on my ASUS TUF Z690-Plus Wifi D4 fell through. I had to resort to just using the Sonnet Solo SFP+...
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    Poll: Alder Lake owners: were you able to get a cooling solution for LGA 1700?

    I'm based in Southeast Asia. The mounting kit shipped out from Hong Kong and took about two weeks to arrive.
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    Poll: Alder Lake owners: were you able to get a cooling solution for LGA 1700?

    Got my free LGA 1700 mounting kit in the mail yesterday. I'll be putting together the new rig this weekend.
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    Are traditional HDDs still the preferred storage drive vs SSD?

    For NAS and cold storage external drives, yes. For PCs and laptops, SSDs all the way.
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    12600k 12700k already getting big price cuts.

    Good thing DD4 is still supported by ADL so it's not a total flop. I hope D4 support continues with Raptor Lake. Anyway I feel a little bad paying a bit over SRP for my 12700K as an early adopter. lol
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    What Mouse and Keyboard Are You Using Right Now?

    Logitech G903 and Leopold FC900RS/EDPD(S)
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    How often do you replace power supply?

    Since the 2000's when I purchase a PSU, I get the highest quality PSU available and intentionally oversized the capacity by 100-200W than what I actually need to make it last as long as possible. I'll only replace it if it breaks down but in the two instances when that happened, the PSUs were...
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    For Z690 boards, is the uppermost PCIE 4.0 m.2 ssd slot the one that's directly connected to the CPU instead of the PCH? Will using that M.2 slot cause the PCIE 5.0 slot for the graphics card to operate at x8 speeds instead of x16?
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    Players found cheating in Call of Duty games may now find themselves banned from the entire franchise, including all previous games and future titles

    Cheaters gonna cheat. I'm surprised that these people spend so much money on new accounts and cheat subscriptions just to cheat.
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    What Is Your Personal Favorite Video Card of All Time?

    I disagree. The GTX 680, though a comparatively smaller chip than Fermi and Tahiti, was punching above it's weight by beating them and competing at the high-end level at the time of its launch. On topic: my favorite GPU of all time is still the 8800GT
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    I decided to order the Asus TUF Gaming Z690-Plus Wifi D4 along with an Asus Thunderbolt EX4 card. I already have a Mellanox Connect-X3 10G network card and 32gigs of DDR4 memory. I figured I could save some money with these instead of getting the Asus ProArt Z690-Creator Wifi with DDR5 and use...
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    Is the Asus ProArt Z690-Creator any good? It's got Thunderbolt 4 ports and the 10Gbase-T Ethernet which I both need.
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    Planning to get the ASUS TUF GAMING Z690 PLUS D4 for an i5 12600K so I can re-use my 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL16 RAM kit. I don't want to be a guinea pig and early adopter for DDR5. I've read that it's built to be more complex than DDR4 with built-in power delivery and split channels within a single...
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    Sony has formed the ‘PlayStation PC’ label for its PC games push.

    I've been reading/hearing this again from some quarters who claim that the combined effects of the chip shortage, scalping and mining is killing PC gaming.
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    Do you even want to buy a CPU right now?

    I don't think my 9900K is obsolete at the moment. I don't notice it getting bottlenecked in games and it runs everything fine so I don't feel the itch to upgrade. I'll see how things go in the next few years. Competition seems to be heating up.
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    OLED Eye Fatigue

    I did experience eye fatigue with the out of the box settings of my C1 since I had to break it in for about 100 hours before bothering to calibrate it. I lowered the brightness for more comfortable viewing. After calibration with an SDR luminance target of 110cd/m2 which is the optimum for my...
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    More DLSS...

    I went from a 3440 x 1440 monitor to a 3840 x 2160 48" LG C1 OLED recently and I have to say, DLSS image quality scales much better at 4K output resolution than 1440p or less. It's almost as if the tech is really optimized for UHD output. DLSS has better clarity and is just as good or better...
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    What Mouse and Keyboard Are You Using Right Now?

    I also like high quality, tactile scissor switch low profile keys on some laptops and apple keyboards. I seem to type most accurately with them. That said, I have come across a lot of low quality chicklet-style laptop keys and keyboards and they do suck.
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    Will power consumption concern you? (future CPUs)

    I've observed that the concern about power consumption depends on the brand.
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    More DLSS...

    My theory is that most folks just got so dissappointed at DLSS 1.0 when it first came out that no one really bothered to enable it, much less, the reviewers re-testing it around two years after it came out since they have already moved on. I would be very interested to see other people's...
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    More DLSS...

    I don't know if EA/Dice did anything. Don't quote me on this, but from what I've read in the past about DLSS 1.0, AFAIK, the resulting updated inference information from the per-game training on Nvidia's side are supposedly sent via driver updates. One thing that I realized while testing this...
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    have you gotten your new NVidia/AMD upgrade card yet? Why not?

    Philippines. Not sure if it's allowed to post third-party e-commerce links here so I will just private message you the links as proof. You can just convert the prices to your local currency.
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    have you gotten your new NVidia/AMD upgrade card yet? Why not?

    A local legit retailer had them on stock and was selling them at "only" about 25% over MSRP. I had a credit card rebate too so the price I paid wasn't too bad. I have observed that the new shipments of LHR cards from the distributors here have lower prices but are still relatively overpriced...
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    Your CPU progression

    Intel Pentium 100Mhz Intel Pentium III 500Mhz AMD AthlonXP 2000+ AMD AthlonXP 2500+ AMD Athlon64 3000+ AMD Athlon64 X2 4200+ AMD Athlon X2 5000+ AMD Phenom II X4 945 Intel Core i5 2500K Intel Core i5 4590 Intel Core i7 4790K Intel Core i7 8700K Intel Pentium G4560 Intel Core i9 9900K
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    have you gotten your new NVidia/AMD upgrade card yet? Why not?

    I got an RTX 3080 Ti last week at near MSRP price.
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    what is your best gpu that is just colecting dust

    Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G
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    More DLSS...

    I've been playing BFV again lately. Noticed that DLSS 1.0 in that game is much improved as of July 2021. At 3440x1440, the image is now better than native with TAA whereas before, it was much blurrier. I also noticed that the ghost trails on planes and far-off moving players are not noticeable...
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    New cooler pictured

    Dual 8-pin power connectors. Interesting.
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    Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts

    Low yields huh? Aren't the PS5 SoCs fabbed on TSMC 7nm? If so, then NV and Qualcomm's move to Samsung's foundry is starting to make sense.
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    Potential RTX 3000 buyers...what monitors will you be driving?

    I currently have an Acer X34P 3440 x 1440 @ 120Hz and I plan to get an RTX 3080. Hopefully I'll be able set DXR to Ultra quality with DLSS while keeping the frame rates above 100+ FPS.