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    Is the RTX 4090 FE vaporware?

    I notice on Best Buy's site they've been sold out since launch with not a single one reviewed. nVidia's site, no evidence they're popping up even infrequently or am I missing something? eBay shows about a 100 sold and another 100 listed, but who knows how many of those are re-listings, fakes...
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    7950x as compared to a TR3 3960x

    I currently have a 3960x system running on some ~2 years now that's served me well, but is something of a space heater. The current level of performance is sufficient - would not want to downgrade from it - but it seems to me that a 7950x system provides ~roughly CPU parity performance with the...
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    Old laptops!

    So I'm looking for two or three laptops and the use case is a bit weird. These are for my dad who is almost 80, and, well, he is set in his ways when it comes to computers. He likes old business class 15" laptops that are heavy and chunky, have an optical burner because his MO is burning audio...
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    Supply easing?

    Our local chain here in the Bay Area, Central Computers, suddenly appears to be swimming in 30-series cards, even the 12GB 3080s, and all the must-purchase-with-systems restrictions have disappeared. I checked a few other stores in the area and they seem to be getting supply. Prices are inflated...
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    Windows 10 SSD - "Optimization not available"

    Issue is as described in the title. Right click my C: SSD (a Corsair MP600 2TB) | Properties | Tools | Optimize and the optimization button is greyed out. Media type = SSD, current status = "Optimization not available" and last analyzed/optimized lists 10/9/2021. No idea when this started nor...
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    Donating equipment for tax deduction?

    TLDR So, I'm gun-shy about selling old hardware privately due to time/effort involved (details below) and am wondering if there is a lower effort, lower risk path forward that still nets me some financial benefit without being so costly of my time. One option was whether I can donate things...
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    Subnautica: Below Zero - final release May 14th

    I've been playing the follow-up to Subnautica for about a year now on Steam EA and with the February 25th "Seaworthy Update" I can personally attest to the game being feature complete and rock solid. The story is implemented and content is now voiced, and I simply love this game. For those who...
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    Windows 10 system image backup - opinions?

    I have four older PCs we're not using much these days and I want to archive drive images to storage before wiping them and storing them. (Think ~Surface Pro 2 type PCs.) I see Windows 10 has a system image backup feature but haven't used it much. My primary use case would be ease of (a)...
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    FS: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro TR4 cooler (Threadripper) - $45 - nearly mint

    Short story here: bought this for my TR3 3960X system. Unboxed, added TIM and installed, then tried to install my DIMMs and with their big honking' RGB doodads they didn't fit. I needed to get the system running asap so I got a Corsair AIO at a local PC shop and simply removed the be quiet...
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    Bone-simple, reliable (e.g. two-disk RAID-1?) direct-attached (e.g. USB) portable drive?

    Use case are my parents, both near their 80s. My dad somehow has downloaded a fraction of the internet (god knows what) to what at this point are a dozen random portable hard drives (ranging from ~250GB to 1TB) of stuff (I think mostly 1950s films from their homeland) that they plug into an old...
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    Home - carpet and wall obfuscation for ethernet cables?

    Basically as described. We purchased a home for my sister and for reasons too complex to explain right now, (a) ethernet cables need to run across otherwise open areas e.g. in-wall punching is not an option for ~9-12 months (b) affected areas have open-home layout e.g. cables need to traverse...
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    Feed 3080 with separate 8-pin inputs from PSU?

    My system is a 3960X TR3 with an EVGA 3080 XC3 Ultra. I have a Corsair AX1000 PSU and the system was utterly stable until the RTX. The problem I experienced was very intermittent sudden power off of the entire system, as though a fuse tripped. It happened rarely, only during extended gaming...
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    4kn practical benefits (when no drawbacks?)

    I have an application where I can quick format a bunch of drives from 512e to 4kn and the target system would be happy with the latter. I suppose the major risk is (a) the time to do so and (b) the risk that I do something boneheaded and brick something, which I'm sure is totally possible :)...
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    Synology NAS - internal benchmarking?

    I received and have been setting up a new DS1821+. I have it populated with the two-port 10GbE (10gBase-T) card and eight Exos X16 16TB SATA drives so this should be about as good as it gets before moving to solid state. Currently experimenting with RAID6 vs. SHR. I don't have a good setup...
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    EVGA RTX 3080 firmware?

    Yesterday I started the EVGA Precision X app (via Steam) and it prompted me to do a firmware update of my GPU. I had last run it ~Thursday and most of the week prior to, so I am unsure whether it does infrequent checks or if something was pushed recently. Of course, there was no information -...
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    Do modern games take advantage of 10bpp or 12bpp?

    I've been wondering whether there is any advantage to utilizing a 10- or 12-bits per pixel&&color channel setting if my system supports it and I am not doing any color-critical photo or video work. Or I suppose the more apropos question is, are there any disadvantages to taking advantage of it...
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    Is Asus Armoury Crate trash? Asus software in general?

    On my TRX40 Strix, this Armoury Crate software appears to be garbage. It crashes on most operations, usually fails to update itself, is quite unintuitive with little description for many options and is poorly laid out. The last hardware support software I used this bad was... uh... oh yeah...
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    Smartplugs - suggestions?

    I love my Kill-a-watt - I personally believe that there's a lot of value in understanding power usage of the stuff we buy, own and use. That said, I've been been hoping for a more comprehensive solution, perhaps a bit closer to whole-home, and wanted to ask if anyone's invested in this area...
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    FS: PC Hardware (40"/4k/60Hz display, TR3 cooler, cable modem)

    I have far too much hardware and need to pare down somewhat. I'll steadily list items here and update the post as inventory adjusts. Right now shipping is a fairly significant hassle I'd like to avoid so I strongly prefer COVID-friendly socially distanced local pickup here in the SF Bay Area...
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    WTB: Windows Server 2019 (home use)

    I think there were some people selling legal licenses here earlier but got punted due to that being the only thing they were doing. I started looking a few weeks after the sources were gone. Anyhow I am looking for a legitimate / legal Windows Server 2019 that I can use for kicking the tires...
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    Inexpensive, solid pre-MSFS2020 flight simulator?

    Looking to get back into flight sims after a decade+ away from them, in anticipation of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 only a couple of weeks away! I purchased a new HOTAS setup but realize I have no owned games to get comfortable with. I'm looking for an option that's (a) quite...
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    X79 storage server processor rec?

    I've been turning my old X79 system (Asus X79 Deluxe, Intel i7-4930k) into a file sharing & Plex server. It's replacing a ~dual core Intel 5th gen that was quite sluggish so the 4930k is a nice boost. I'm also moving to teamed 10GbE so the X79 platform provides some nice I/O breathing room. I...
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    Asus VG27AQL1A - thoughts? (27" 170Hz IPS 1440p)

    I've been looking for a 27" high refresh rate display to try the experience (never done gaming past 60 Hz) while having a good gamut and viewing angles in case it doesn't work out and my wife wants to use it as a work display. This display just showed up in quantity at a local store and I was...
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    Homepod Calibration

    Hi all, does anyone know a way to either (a) force re-calibration or (b) be certain a calibration has taken place? (First, for the people about to reply "you just lift it up, then put it back down" because you read that in the Internet... I know that too so no need to replicate every other...
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    DC drives & dampening mounts - OK?

    I have some DC drives I'm putting into a home storage server (mix of Exos x16 and WD HC530). The chassis I'm using uses trays with rubber grommets for drive isolation. I am perfectly fine using them, however I was not certain whether modern datacenter drives are happy with dampened mounts. My...
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    Home storage server OS (Windows)

    I need to build a new home storage server on relatively modern hardware, for example Intel 9th or 10th generation or AMD Ryzen 3000 series. Over the last several years I have had great success running Stablebit products on Windows Server 2012. The operating system was stable and robust, the...
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    Enterprise HDs - not so noisy nowadays? (Exos X16 opinion)

    I found an Exos X16 selling for $400 locally, right in line with the $200 8TB shucked WD deals that were considered pretty good just a year or two ago. Since I need to put together a new storage system sometime in the next 6 months, I bought it thinking it'll be an interesting thing to...
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    Golden oldie - modern monitor with svideo, component and PIP?

    I’ve been using an old Dell 2405wfp for a capture station... think x58 machine that I use to preview and capture from various SD sources. Often it’s handy to connect directly from the source to the display to look at material or troubleshoot pre-capture. I don’t mind some light gaming, watching...
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    Remote control? W10

    For some years I used logmein (subscription) as a remote control for my desktop PC. It’s been a long while since I needed this capability but that time has come again. Suggestions for late 2019? Priorities are credibility and security. I don’t mind a commercial product if it’s better. I’m not...
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    Signal refresh to minimize bit rot?

    On modern drives, particularly with SMR, is there any guidance on how often to refresh the surface to deal with bit rot et. al. ?
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    Storage server case with good HDD capacity + center of gravity

    I’m looking to transition my storage server to a new system. The previous few iterations bounced between 4u racks (Norco and the like) and super tower cases with gobs of bays up front (think Antec 1200). A few years ago I “downsized” to a Fractal Node 804 which though limited to 8 bays, was...
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    Golden oldie question - PCI gigabit Ethernet suggestions for XP

    I guess the title sums it up. I have a triplet of PPro/P2/P3 vintage PCs for various gaming and other kick-the-tires purposes that are all equipped with PCI-based 10/100 “fast Ethernet” adapters. I’m fairly confident the P3 (1.26Ghz, XP/W7 dual boot) is held back by the 10/100 adapter. The P2...
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    Multi-PC cases

    I have a number of computers including some vintage systems that I enjoy keeping around and playing with from time to time e.g. retro gaming, including a 286, a P90 and a P3/1.4. Then the modern PCs. Most everything is in its own case and scattered all around the place. I've been rebuilding...
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    When will we see HDMI 2.1?

    I’d like my next purchase (from a GTX 1080) to be HDMI 2.1 capable for 4K 120Hz 4:4:4 desktop use. Have either AMD or nVidia indicated when they expect their cards to support high refresh rate UHD?
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    What do you do with your old 1TB/2TB drives?

    I imagine that others, like me, have accumulated a pile of lower capacity drives from past NAS/home servers. Has anyone found a meaningful use for these? (Meaningful meaning that either they are used for some functional purpose, or disposed in a way that allows some recovery of value.) I...
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    FS - i7-920 + X58 mobo + RAM (and other stuff!)

    I have an X58 system I am getting rid of. CPU - i7-920. MB is an Asus P6T Deluxe V2. 12GB RAM - 6 sticks of Corsair Platinum DDR. I'd like to sell all of these together as a system for $250 and strongly prefer local transaction somewhere in the SF South Bay area. Everything works great; i7...
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    Performance drops when OC'ing

    Asus X79, 4930k, EVGA GTX1080 I notice that leaving base clock, multiplier, etc. all alone/stock, performance is stable, not too bad. As I overclock this PC, in general operation things start to slow down or frequently pause. This is very evident with benchmarks... 3DMark scores drop to a...
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    Drivepool - move disks to different controller?

    I've set up a storage pool using Spinrite Drivepool on Server 2012 R2. The drives are hanging off a Z170 motherboard's onboard SATA ports. I'd like to simply move the drives over to a LSI controller. Is Drivepool smart enough to automatically see the same drives, part of the same pool...
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    Looking for NAS micro-atx mobo (Skylake i5 build)

    Subject says its all. Building my next NAS PC, using a Fractal Node 804. At least 8 drives to start; I'd prefer sufficient on-board SATA to handle this but have some M1015 cards if I need more storage. I'm looking for something that supports a Skylake i5 CPU. Suggestions?
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    Looking for a NAS case - specific requirements

    I am building a PC-based NAS and looking for a case. Specific requirements: Must be a desktop class case - tower/mini-tower preferred. This will be in a visible area of our home so aesthetics matter. Rack mount not an option; Norco-like cases not up for consideration. Hot-swap bays are a...
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