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    Ddr4 vs ddr5

    Unless one is going for a budget system or is looking to bring over DDR4 from another system, I see no reason to not go with DDR5. Yeah, it'll cost a bit more (DDR5-5600 is maybe ~150% of DDR4-3200 currently from a quick glance at NewEgg's listings), but that difference is narrowing and will be...
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    Amazon - SK hynix Platinum P41 PCIe NVMe Gen4 M.2 2280 Internal SSD 1TB ($102) and 2TB ($170)

    Seems like an odd choice to dump a drive that ranks the best or within a few percentage of being so in virtually every benchmark just because it wasn't as great in one class of tests, especially when the replacement wasn't even tested and there's only promises and assumptions to go off of.
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    Do NVMe's SSD's today provide real-world performance advantages over SATA SSD's?

    There's just some basic overhead in the OS finding where a file is located withing the file system, feeding that info to the drive, the drive accessing the file's location, the OS allocating RAM to hold the file, and a bunch of other small things that add up. Throwing the fastest CPU at it will...
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    School me on VLans Please and Need Help w/Static IPs

    I'm guessing the ISP set up the WAN side with a /29 (255.255.255.248). Subtract out the network, broadcast, and gateway addresses, that leaves five to the user. If that's the case, then no, it's not possible to assign LAN hosts or any of the router's LAN interfaces any of these addresses. They...
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    Do NVMe's SSD's today provide real-world performance advantages over SATA SSD's?

    Yeah, not going to count hacked UEFI images towards supporting NVMe boot.
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    Do NVMe's SSD's today provide real-world performance advantages over SATA SSD's?

    NVMe drives are SSDs. You mean NVMe vs. SATA. Real-world, there's a narrow difference between NVMe and SATA SSDs for most apps. For games, web browsing, etc., it's generally dealing with a lot of smaller files, which means drive latency is a lot more important than raw throughput. Latency is...
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    Case selection = SAD!

    Eh, they were starting to become increasingly niche c. 2012, but Lian-Li and Silverstone, among a few others, still had decent selections available.
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    Amazon - SK hynix Platinum P41 PCIe NVMe Gen4 M.2 2280 Internal SSD 1TB ($102) and 2TB ($170)

    A quick search shows brings up reviews from Storage Review and Tom's. Everything I've seen about it is positive. Overall both, along with the latest WD Black, are all about the same, +/- a few percentage points in benchmarks.
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    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB Nvme drive 4 x 4.0 $179.99 @ Amazon and Microcenter

    Thanks for the follow-up. WD Blacks are usually good. SK Hynix also gets high marks in the reviews I've seen.
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    Review my build please: i7-13700k, DDR5, GPU tbd

    Given a cursory glance, I don't see any obvious problems, just a few considerations: Verify that mainboard can be flashed to support the CPU without needing an older one installed, and that such firmware actually exists. That CPU supports up to DDR5-5600 RAM, but is limited to 4800 by the Z690...
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    CPU considerations: Multitasking, hobbies and gaming

    Possible problem with any Z690 or any other mainboard from that generation is that it might not recognize a 13th-gen CPU out of the box. You'd first need to drop in a 12th-gen CPU, upgrade UEFI (assuming the manufacturer has released an upgrade for 13th-gen compatibility), then swap the CPU to...
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    Seagate’s Second Gen Mach.2 Drives Are as Fast as SATA SSDs

    Equivalent throughput to a SATA SSD, maybe. Access times/latency will still pale in comparison.
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    Planning to buy M1 MacBook Pro 16

    Hard call to make I'd think. Really depends on your usage, do you often take it out or does it sit at home, and are there any additional hazards there (e.g., kids, pets), etc. Dog knows AppleCare ain't cheap. FWIW, AppleInsider is very good at tracking sales on all the Mac models (and...
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    CPU considerations: Multitasking, hobbies and gaming

    Huh? No, the exact opposite. Win11 is practically a requirement for recent Intel CPUs, and I can't see a decent reason to not do so for an AMD setup.
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    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB Nvme drive 4 x 4.0 $179.99 @ Amazon and Microcenter

    This is not something I've seen before. Any articles/reviews/etc. you can link to? I'd like to read up on this as it could affect my next build.
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    CPU considerations: Multitasking, hobbies and gaming

    AFAICT, the real-world power requirements for the current AMD and Intel CPUs are roughly the same. Don't let TPD numbers mislead you, they don't reflect real power draw anymore. The numbers seen in reviews rarely reflect real-world usage, and even gaming typically won't fully stress a CPU...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    Google's Black Friday deals are live. Gonna trade my P6 for a P7:
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    CPU considerations: Multitasking, hobbies and gaming

    This seems like a solid case for the current Intel CPUs. The E-cores will be good for maintaining background tasks while the P-cores handle gaming or whatever other task is up-front. The i7-13700k would probably be my recommendation as best overall, with 8 each P- and E-cores. The 13900k is...
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    Just a quick easy question: Will my old mobo fully utilize a new NVMe SSD???

    Yep. All that card does is allows a PCIe 3 x8 slot to become two PCIe 3 x4 slots. Honestly, don't worry about it. Unless your usage somehow involves constantly moving large files you'll never perceive the difference between PCIe 3 or 4 NVMe SSDs in everyday usage.
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    Control 2

    That Control Point looks to be outdoors, just beyond the entry to the FBC. Looks like maybe The Hiss has breached The Oldest House?
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    Zotac Mini PC

    Can't say about that specific device, but a small case like that means small heat sinks and fans, which will have to work that much harder and therefore probably louder to dissipate the heat generated. Alternately, the CPU and GPU will have to significantly throttle-down to avoid overheating...
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    Does anyone know when PCIE 5 NVME drives are dropping?

    Nope, typically the opposite. Tech usually trickles down, not up. Huge datacenters and other large enterprises are willing to pay huge premiums for the latest tech that might gain them any advantage and/or allow them to better utilize their existing resources. The average person walking into...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    Anymore, Black Friday is whenever the hell the stores say it is. Best Buy started theirs something like two weeks ago. If it keeps stores from requiring staff on Thanksgiving or other nonsensical hours the day after for midnight sales and other ridiculous gimmicks, then cool.
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    Cable Modem Recommendation

    Yeah, that's a lot of errors, especially with whatever is happening on channel 37. Your power numbers are almost perfect (0 dBmV is optimal, +/- 10, IIRC, is acceptable), and the S/N also looks good. This looks very similar to an issue I had with a bad coax cable a number of years ago. In that...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    If you're contemplating getting a P7 or P7Pro, maybe wait a week and a half. Google is dropping the price $100/$150 for Black Friday on Nov. 17. I'm curious as to whether they'll alter trade-in values at the same time.
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    Does anyone know when PCIE 5 NVME drives are dropping?

    The controllers are hot as hell, expensive, and I'm guessing there's little actual demand for them in the consumer space. PCIe 3 NVMe drives are plenty fast for most every user (it's sometimes easy to forget we're a tiny, atypical part of the market), cheap, require little special consideration...
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    Cable Modem Recommendation

    Cat 5 ethernet should still support 1 Gb ethernet, provided all eight conductors were wired up properly. If not, you'd get no better than 100 Mb. As a test, move your cable modem as close to the demarcation point (where the incoming cable line meets your residence) and test. Basic way to...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    I've been contemplating the same P6-P7 trade-up. Almost seems like a no-brainer for ~$100 (plus tax) once the trade-in is factored in. Yeah, migrating is a pain, and I'd need a new case as well, but that's minor.
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    Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x

    AFAICT there's nothing requiring BT 5.2 devices to support BT LE Audio/LC3. It would be weird (and probably unenforceable) if that were the case, given that BT LE Audio was only just recently completed while BT 5.2 has been around for years. Given that the AX1650 and AX200 are essentially...
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    Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x

    No reason to get the Killer-branded card when the Intel AX200 is the exact same thing. Also, there is the updated AX210 that supports WiFi 6e. The only thing the Killer offers is support for "OMFG SUPERGAMING WTFBBQ!!!!!FACTORAL!!!!!!" software that really does nothing except maybe fudge the...
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    Cable Modem Recommendation

    Arris is still the go-to in the game. The S33 is currently on sale from Amazon for $164 ("renewed" is $24 less), close to the regular price for the older SB8200. At that price it'll cover rental fees in about a year. FWIW, my Netgear CM1150V (only 3rd-party option for Comcast voice support when...
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    Resurrecting old Hp laptop

    Unless you already have the replacement parts on-hand and they won't cost you anything, I wouldn't recommend upgrading. Doing so would be throwing good money at old. It's a ten-year-old unit, time to get a new one. Most RAM producers have a tool on their site where you can enter the PC...
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    How do you find out why your PC wakes up?

    Bet it's the NIC. Turn off wake-on-LAN and any similar features.
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    Starfield

    Oh good, they've gone back to showing real dialog responses instead of whatever Fallout 4 tried to do and everyone modded out.
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    New PC Build Checking

    Can you wait a couple months for the new Intel CPUs? they'll double the number of efficiency cores and also up the frequency and cache. Also, higher-level AMD CPUs have more "real" cores, which might be useful for virtualizing multiple guests. The power requirements of the RTX 4000 series...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    I also have that case on my P6. I was very underwhelmed by it. It's not nearly as grippy or protective as the photos would suggest. It looks like Speck is back for the P7, FWIW (though not the Presidio unfortunately).
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    I'm thinking of upgrading my P6 to a P7, but only because with a trade-in it looks like a minimal expenditure. The P7 is nearly a half-ounce lighter (the weight of the P6 is probably my biggest complaint, glass bodies are a mistake), and the screen is supposed to be significantly brighter. If...
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    Speed Issues

    Why are you using different testing sites? What heppens if you test the desktops with Ookla? edit: typo
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    Installed Linux on eSATA drive

    No, it'll be fine in everyday use.
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    Any news on when the ATX 3.0 PSU's will arrive?

    Press release, with MSRPs. Nice that the Platinum is only $20 more than the Gold. Actually makes it somewhat worthwhile here considering electricity rates.
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