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  1. Jack Of Owls

    Does anyone ever have trouble with the built-on I/O panel on modern motherboards and older cases?

    Someone asked for an update: happy to report that there were no issues though I did go with very low profile liquid cooling instead of air, so...
  2. Jack Of Owls

    What is your backup GPU?

    I have 2 backup GPUs - a GTX 660 Ti and another one in the same family of slightly less power that I inherited from my sister after she passed away (I was the one who picked it out for her). My current GPU is an Asus STRIX GTX 1070 that I paid about $350 for on sale when it first came out. It...
  3. Jack Of Owls

    Disapponited with EVGA Flow Control software for my 280mm radiator - is there an alternative?

    I thought I read something about a few users not being able to get their fans to go below 60% through the BIOS but maybe tthey didn't do it right or their BIOSs didn't support it. I have a fairly new motherboard (Asus ROG STRIX z490-E with the latest BIOS) so I'll look into it. Thx.
  4. Jack Of Owls

    Disapponited with EVGA Flow Control software for my 280mm radiator - is there an alternative?

    I installed my EVGA 280mm CLC RGB liquid cooler into my Phanteks P500A DRGB case last week with no serious issues. But the EVGA flow control software for it seems to suck. Have everything set to auto/defaults but when I run it, it makes my radiator fans spin at more than 1000 RPM, sometimes...
  5. Jack Of Owls

    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    Yeah, imagine my surprise when I could play Shadow Warrior for MS-DOS (which had also just come out) at 800 X 600, I think, on my Cirrus-logic board at about 20-25 FPS after I had upgraded my system to a true Intel Pentium running at 166MHz. It could brute force a game that I previously could...
  6. Jack Of Owls

    This is why I recommend against using a 10 year old PSU for a new build.

    I use an old 7-8 year old 650-watt NeoECO Antec. Amazingly, it runs fine, even driving a 280mm cooler and three 140mm fans (RGB) and a power-hungry 10850K chip with GTX 1070 video. I agree though that the PSU is something you do NOT want to go cheap cunt on. I remember using a PSU that an OEM...
  7. Jack Of Owls

    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    The Cirrus-Logic 1MB SVGA card that came inside the assembled AMD 5x86-based system I bought from a local Vietnamese computer dealership in the suburbs of Boston (later shut-down because they use to pirate all the MS-DOS/Windows 3.1 installations that came on their machines). It was so powerful...
  8. Jack Of Owls

    Newegg Shuffle going bezerk

    I checked it out today... if it continues the way it did today and as described in this topic... well, R.I.P. Newegg Shuffle.
  9. Jack Of Owls

    Stability tests for 10th gen 10900k/10850k?

    Because I was concerned I had a bad board and/or memory/cpu because of cpu internal errors HWiNFO64 reported while unraring large archives (have since discovered it was a bad archive that would pass Winrar integraty checks but caused winrar crashes and the cpu internal errors), I really tortured...
  10. Jack Of Owls

    Best M.2 NVMe PCIe adapter

    I don't know but I was pretty damn annoyed that once I installed the Lycom adapter into one of my PCIe shots, it cut the bandwidth of my GTX 1070 video card from 16x speed to 8X speed even if I noticed no difference in real world applications (ie games) and only benchmarks could determine it was...
  11. Jack Of Owls

    Cloning NVME PCIe3 to NVME PCIe4

    Certainly an upgrade from the days of Partition Magic though it owes a lot to that once great partition manager. I have Partition Wizard on the Ventoy boot disks I make as one of my invaluable PC tools. Some of the content in this topic is a bit puzzling to me since I'm pretty sure I used it...
  12. Jack Of Owls

    Best M.2 NVMe PCIe adapter

    I used an old Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter for my EVO M.2 and learned the hard way about PCIe slots that share bandwidth with other slots/intefaces on my old Z87 motherboard. So just be careful and check your motherboard manual about which slots share bandwidth or actually end...
  13. Jack Of Owls

    What is your "coping" strategy for the time until you can get a latest-model Nvidia/AMD GPU?

    I have no coping strategy other than upgrading everything else I possibly can until the day we see nvidia GPU light at the end of the tunnel. So I upgraded my motherboard to z490-class and cpu to i9 10900K/10850K levels of awesomeness while still running my old GTX 1070 with it. I do notice a...
  14. Jack Of Owls

    Do I need the 4-pin EPS power connector on my motherboard if I'm just overclocking ram?

    I'm a frugal to a fault so I tend to use/recycle as much as I can pull from my old system when doing a new upgrade so in this case I'm using my old Antec NeoECO 620C 620W PSU which doesn't have the extra 4-pin EMS connector but does have the 8-pin one.
  15. Jack Of Owls

    Cloning NVME PCIe3 to NVME PCIe4

    I used Partition Wizard Technician Edition to clone my last drives. Fast as fuck, and it just... works.
  16. Jack Of Owls

    Your CPU progression

    Well, let's put it this way: I was a late teenager who paid cold hard cash for my Atari 2600 the year it came out (I think it was around $100 but possibly more), and I used it for a couple of years and owned about 5 or 6 cartridges, getting some joy from it, until my best friend's little brother...
  17. Jack Of Owls

    Do I need the 4-pin EPS power connector on my motherboard if I'm just overclocking ram?

    Well, Startech... looks like you done me wrong lol if I had known about it back when I started to put together the accesories for my new motherboard I would have spent the couple of bucks more and gotten the PCIe/EPS adapter. Plus, black is beautiful, man.
  18. Jack Of Owls

    Do I need the 4-pin EPS power connector on my motherboard if I'm just overclocking ram?

    I could always paint it black lol ♬I see an ugly startech 4-pin EPS adapter I want to paint it black♬ ;)
  19. Jack Of Owls

    Do I need the 4-pin EPS power connector on my motherboard if I'm just overclocking ram?

    I use the standard ATX 20-pin power connector along with the 8-pin EPS but I know you're suppose to use the extra 4-pin EPS connector if you overclock but otherwise don't bother. My motherboard is an Asus ROG Strix z490-E using a 10850K chip. I use the XMP profile for my ram which effectively...
  20. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    I never had issues installing windows on the new board from a Ventoy USB stick I created that I have all my boot tools on but I did install a lot of Asus crap like Armoury Crate which I kind of regret, plus I'm using that latest build of Windows which I don't really like so I'm thinking of doing...
  21. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Tried to install EVGA's Flow Control software for my 280mm cooler and my system tried to automatically restart after asking if I wanted to install the third party EVGA driver (I hadn't given it permission yet) along with error messages complaining about the EVGA program. Windows Event viewer...
  22. Jack Of Owls

    Stability tests for 10th gen 10900k/10850k?

    This post really made me lol. I've had cats with a penchant for plonking down and taking a nap anywhere, no matter how inconvenient, not to mention leaving their little calling cards in the form of recycled fur balls.
  23. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Another reason I elected not to return it other than the fact that it gives me no issues outside of (possibly corrupted) Winrar archives is because the board is OOS at newegg (not their third market sellers, who are as bad as scalpers selling the board for $150-$500 more than the MSRP). Didn't...
  24. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    When I first smelled that burnt smell I had just taken it out of the box and had it breadboarded on my table so I could make a quick & dirty test to make certain it booted before putting it inside my case so the fact that it was a brand new motherboard and had just been powered on for the first...
  25. Jack Of Owls

    Stability tests for 10th gen 10900k/10850k?

    I've been using Handbrake to stress test my Asus z490-E/10850K with memory running XMP profile (4000MHz at 1.4v). Been using the H265 2160p60 preset and encoding a +20GB 4K 3840 x 2160 file. Has been running it rock stable at LLC lvl 2. I'm almost disppointed it hasn't crashed haha because I...
  26. Jack Of Owls

    Are there any air flow cases with support of 280mm radiators on top?

    Update #2: glad I went with the Phanteks P500A DRGB. No problems installing that EVGA 280mm liquid cooler at the top and my thermals are about 4-5 degrees cooler than the Corsair Carbide 300R I had.
  27. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Right. If the ram checks out after I try each stick in a different slot, alone and together, it's likely a bad board (haven't ruled out the cpu but it did run Prime95 for an hour yesterday with no errors), maybe a faulty VRM (can't forget that burning smell Day 1... I'll inspect the PCB...
  28. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Yeah, tried your stock settings and it crashes WinRar test and gives hardware errors in HWinfo at LLC lvl 2. But tomorrow's another day. I'll go ahead with my plan to breadboard, install the 280mm cooler and play with the ram sticks in the slots then I can decide what I want t do if I still...
  29. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Okay, this is hard for me these days, especially with so many more options in a modern BIOS. Like I said, I haven't overclocked or adjusted similar settings in a BIOS for many years and it's a new thing to me that loading optimized defaults doesn't automatically do that. In the past, loading...
  30. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    No, but I'll be doing that tomorrow when I get my liquid cooler delivered and I give it a good testbenching outside the case. I'll still have about a week to return it to newegg but damn this is an annoying, galling situation; that my system so far doesn't run stably at stock settings like most...
  31. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Well, got some bad news and some good news. Bad: I loaded Optimized Defaults (didn't clear CMOS though), set AI Tweaker to Manual and lowered my ram speed to 2133MHz and set LLC to Level 2 and it's back to square 1 - WinRar test crashes 1-2 of the windows opened in 3 running instances and cpu...
  32. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    It never used to be this complicated, that's for sure. Every single motherboard I ever owned after that old ugly dinosaur FIC (where you had to do overclocking with physical jumpers on the board itself) was basically just plug and play - you popped in your processor, slapped some thermal grease...
  33. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    I'll definitely be giving my system a full stress/burn-in test and memory check when I get the new liquid cooler (just using CM 212 air cooling now). Can the freeware version of HCI Memtest do a full memtest with not much effort from the user? I heard something about having to do calculations...
  34. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Well, I can't. I get WHEA errors in HWinFO at anything under LLC lvl 4. However, they could be memory errors and not actual problems with the chipset/cpu. I strongly suspect chameleoneel above gave me the solution. Trying to run ram at 4000HHz (even if it's officially speced to run at that...
  35. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Thanks. I'll definitely take this advice into consideration when I do a final tune-up of the BIOS in a couple of days. But even with system agent voltage at default it's running with no HWinfo errors whatsoever now. But maybe with a little more juice to to the system agent, I can lower my LLC...
  36. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Right now it seems to be 100% stable so until I get my new phanteks case (which will be delivered today) & EVGA liquid cooler (tomorrow), I'm going to take a break from doing any BIOS fine tuning and/or stress testing. I did learn something new today though; that i9 chips don't officially...
  37. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Well, since I just ran the WinRar test with XMP enabled and it passed with no cpu internal errors in HWiNFO64, I'm starting to feel very encouraged that I don't have a defective board/cpu after all. It also passes Windows SFC test wheras before I got corrupted files. One other thing...
  38. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Yesh, I'm not going to really OC things outside the XMP, just using that guide for basic info. 10850K/10900K chips don't need overclocking.
  39. Jack Of Owls

    Internal CPU errors on Asus z490-E with i9 10850K even at BIOS default settings - bad board?

    Oh, I hadn't considered that. Both my G.Skill ram (in XMP profile) and motherboard officially supported 4000 MHz but I didn't know about the chip itself. Anyway, I think my problem was touched on earlier in this topic when someone said that "resetting" the BIOS in new Asus boards to...
  40. Jack Of Owls

    Are there any air flow cases with support of 280mm radiators on top?

    Update: The P500A was $139 on Amazon a couple of days ago but just dropped down to $109 today so I just pulled the trigger and ordered it :happy: With their 2 day delivery I should receive it at the same time as my EVGA 280mm water cooler, but... I'll still likely have to RMA my Asus z490-E...
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