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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    Thank you! Hope to return to the Pro :droid: version of your fan curve recommendation once I decide to overclock.
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    Oh, that sounds much easier for the novice system builder like me! Am I right that this approach, though simplified, will allow me to achieve the same result as the complicated one mentioned before: keeping the best possible balance between CPU effectiveness (= temperature) and the noise of the...
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    Really - nickel? But why? 😳 I've heard a lot of times that copper ones are better (and more expensive, accordingly).. Yeah, of course dust filters are good - no doubt! I just assumed that because of all this "positive pressure" thing there could be nuances and possibly filters are not...
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    Thank you JSHamlet234 , is there any sense (within the step-by-step logic you described earlier) to run these tests in the specific order not to miss the potential bottlenecks? Sorry if the question is naive - never used stress-tests before, specifically to fine-tune the system based on results...
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    DoubleTap A brief and persuasive explanation of why one needs positive pressure :) Btw, what should be the intake/exhaust difference in % (roughly)? Finally, does it make sense to set up the positive pressure with the opposite fans (e.g. front/rear or right/left) or it really doesn't matter...
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    TheSlySyl Well, my usecase will be office work 60% of time and gaming 40%, maybe video processing in the future (which is likely to be the next build's "problem"). So looks like I'll not beat the sh*t out of this machine. But just out of curiosity - what's the connection between the use scenario...
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    TheSlySyl well, dude, quite a System you got I should say! (y) Looking at Taichi occasionally myself.. Having your own usecase by now - do you recommend? Wow, an impressive and solid approach. Is that what they call "fan curve building"? Am I right your step-by-step guide may be adopted for...
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    Thank you all guys, it was a real pleasure to read your replies - a lot of useful info and those smart details to learn, great! 👍 Just to make sure - are you talking about CPU fan or case fans? My bad that I didn't clarify this point in the question itself, but I rather meant case fans, as I...
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    Air-cooling principles - several questions from a novice builder

    Dear community, I'm thinking of my first build these days, and will highly appreciate if you find a minute to comment on the following: Does the cooling (be it air or AIO) work non-stop since the PC is switched on, but the intensity of fans/pump (and noise level, respectively) changes with...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    I hope those "rest" have not lost interest in sharing their experience with others though. :)
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    And by "design" you mean PCB, right? Not physical design and not difference in # of fans (which obviously follows from the physical design). He will possibly clarify, which I will appreciate as I've never heard of a particular GPU edition to be not recommended for sub-10L cases on the grounds...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    The difference in PCB is in favor of (future) OC? So no specific benefit from this difference if I don't go OC way, right? Btw, are binned chips (used in FE as I know) worth its money compared to standard ones used in Reference, or is it mostly marketing? Not only, I'm overconfused too :D taken...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    OK and why exactly Reference type is bad for this layout, while FE and AIB are OK?
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    Sandwitch means any build where cards are placed horizontally one over another? Isn't it 90% of builds and why particularly Reference edition GPU sucks in this scenario? Not sure I got what you meant. I don't have either yet, so can't compare their cooling capabilities if you meant that...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    No OC in plans for sure. I just want my card to be stable and its capabilities to not be limited by lousy self-cooling. So my choice will be between Reference and FE I guess. Btw, are binned chips (which FE is supposed to be built on, right?) really more efficient than non-binned ones (which...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    So the difference between Reference/FE/AIB of the same GPU is mainly in cooling, right? Or may other specs (VRAM size at the very least, smth. else?) differ as well?
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    lopoetve Thank you mate! If this thread doesn't persuade someone to stop comparing GPUs by tech spec - nothing will. 😆
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    robijito123 Thank you for this input mate, I had no choice but accept this logic, true. :)
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    Muppet Show forever! :)👍
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    PSU for SFF PC: ATX vs. SFX vs. SFX-L vs. DC-DC

    Thank you guys! I guess makes sense to take the next step and read review, that's right. :)
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    PSU for SFF PC: ATX vs. SFX vs. SFX-L vs. DC-DC

    Thank you all guys for your valuable comments - highly appreciate your help! Good point - on the one hand it's logical to declare what the customer finally gets, on the other - heads up for me to double-check the manufacturer is not cheating. :) Sure, but I've heard the reserve is to be...
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    PSU for SFF PC: ATX vs. SFX vs. SFX-L vs. DC-DC

    Tsumi Thank you for this input, appreciate that! Yeah, I mean it sounds 100% logical, but if the size is more or less the same (is it?) what are the benefits of particularly SFX-L vs. ATX? Haven't gone that far as studies yet, but what do you mean by quality: stability of the electrical flow...
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    PSU for SFF PC: ATX vs. SFX vs. SFX-L vs. DC-DC

    Hey guys, I'm a first-time SFF PC builder so your comments will be very appreciated. :) My build will be based on the following components: Case: Dan A4 (7.2L) or Louqe Ghost S1 (8.2L) or FormD T1 (9.5L) CPU: AMD Ryzen 5600X (65W) or 5800X (105W) GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (150W) or RTX...
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    GDDR5X vs. HBM vs. HBM2

    RazorWind DanNeely Guys, thank you SO much, you're so helpful - highly appreciate your efforts, time and .... patience! :)
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    GDDR5X vs. HBM vs. HBM2

    OK, thank you guys for your help, and I'm totally persuaded now that GPU is the thing to be selected purely on the budget affordability basis. Armenius yep, ray tracing is a good thing, but true is that not many games support it (same as DLSS technology). A couple of technical questions though...
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    GDDR5X vs. HBM vs. HBM2

    Thank you all guys, I never could have expected so many people and plenty of useful information on 1 page - appreciate your help a lot! Good to know that! If the VRAM bandwidth becomes "outdated" much later than the GPU itself and the difference in energy costs is minimum, the reliability...
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    GDDR5X vs. HBM vs. HBM2

    Hi folks, i've heard that "increasing the bandwidth won't improve game performance if you're exceeding game max bandwidth requirements". If this is true, could you please kindly comment on the following: Which memory type is enough (in terms of its bandwidth) for 85% of games today and will...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    Dammit - you managed to find the comparison hard to argue with! :-))))) The problem is you can test-drive the car before you buy it. But ok, I hear you and looks like I have no choice but take it as it is: only side-by-side comparison works with GPUs. Sad but true. Yeah, don't take me wrong -...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    Thank you guys! What embarasses me is that GPU seems to be the only PC component which can't be compared using its tech spec. You can compare RAM, SSD, CPU, PSU, monitor - from their performance perspective, but when it comes to GPU the comparison is boiled down to just watching YouTube videos...
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    Choosing between 2 GPUs - help on 2 basic principles needed

    Hi folks, I will have to compare Nvidia GPUs in different variations soon (Reference, FE, AIB) and will appreciate your help with some principles: I've always thought that at the end of the day the most significant tech specs become part of certain formulas and finally result in 2 parameters...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    ashmelev75 Damn, I won't sleep if I don't know the answer to the last question. This is surely one of the RAM cornerstones. Your post clearly and persuasively explains the benefits of 1R vs. 2R DIMMs in terms of time needed to access data. It also confirms the statement "1R is faster than 2R...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    ashmelev75 Got it, thank you for your fantastic patience and whole lotta useful info! 👍👍👍
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    As I know each DIMM has 2 clock rates: the "base/factory" one (e.g. 3200) and the max. guaranteed by manufacturer as bug-less (e.g. 3733). One can overclock them further of course, but it's another story. Is there any sense to buy DIMMs from top-tier manufacturers if I want to run them only at...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    Well I'd better save $40 - my case will probably cost $200-250, so $40 will matter a lot. And looks like overclocking RAM is not that hard if done carefully. How do I know "regular" RAM, from "pseudo-fast" (XMP-profiled) and from "binned" (top) models? Can this distinction be traced from the...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    This is 3200, they have a 3600 model too. Is there any benefit except price to buy lower clock DIMMs and overclock them vs. buying higher clock DIMMs and not bother with overclocking?
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    ashmelev75 great explanation with sheets of paper, really! You won't believe but I just found out that my key mistake was that RPC should be concentrated in 1 channel if there are 2 DIMMs, while the idea is to distribute RPC across channels. So if I have channels A and B represented by slots...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    Thank you for your input MaZa ! After investigating this topic for a while I came across such a characteristics as Rank-Per-Channel (RPC), which I supposed to help me in understanding of all this memory logic. Coming back to what you guys say: 2x2R DIMMs being placed in 2 slots (which make 1...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    Never said I will. Taken I need 16Gb in total my choice is either 2x8Gb (dual-rank) or 4x4Gb (single-rank) and this is what I'm trying to clarify in this post. The choice I've mentioned above is the point of concern of hundreds of people - based on # of YT views and article reads on the "single...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    Spasibo, Mr. Shmelev! ;) Well, #1-2 I'll google more to see if there's (no) significant difference between "single/dual" rank RAM modules. However, #3 was about compatibility of components - I can't just not bother about that. Do you say there's no MoBo incompatibility issue with the...
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    Please confirm/refute several statements about RAM

    Hi guys, I'm going to build my first PC and though I spend a lot of time to find out the details myself, I'll be grateful if you kindly help me to double-check several points with you. Just in case: 99% that my future CPU will be AMD Ryzen 5000 [Zen 3]; I know what the Infinity Fabric and...
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