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    Visiontek Mystery boxes are back

    I got my $50 and $20 orders yesterday. I got 3 items and they were all packed in one box: 128GB m.2 SSD data vault docking port disappointing, but not completely unexpected
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    [H] Stock Alerts, Tips & Tears for Nvidia, AMD, Intel, PS5, XBOX

    The page is gone now so I guess those bundle deals are over. Prices on lots of things seems to have changed. Some Intel cpus are higher priced than before like the 12600k. It was 249 but is 299 now. The AMD 7900X dropped a lot and is down to 439.98.
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    Visiontek Mystery boxes are back

    I normally am not much of a gambler, but I'm in for a $50 and a $20 this year. Last year I think I got a strange looking 3850 video card and 16GB of some DDR4 RAM. Never used any of it. I guess I'm a sucker for random computer parts. Another word for this may be hoarder.
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    Further Big Price Cut on AM5 at Newegg, Amazon, B&H Photo, and probably others 7950x @ $550-$555 and 7900x @ $474

    This is a great deal, and you might be able to make it even better. Over at the SD hot deals forums, someone noticed that you can add another 16GB stick to your cart after you add the bundle and this new stick comes up at $0.01. Now you have the cpu and two 16GB sticks of RAM for the $249 +...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    I do not like the naming. It seems like these should have been the 7900XT and 7800XT. Why not follow the historical patterns we all know and understand. It's almost like they want to confuse buyers. First the dumb naming virus got to Nvidia and now it has infected AMD.
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    HURRY - Micro Center - 12700K + ASUS TUF Z690 Combo - $350

    The main page has a new bundle ad. If you click it there are some other pretty good bundle deals too: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/bundle-and-save.aspx
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    Arc A770 Beats RTX 4090 In Early 8K AV1 Decoding Benchmarks

    I agree, the cpu is the most important thing to do with Solidworks performance. Of course performance does depend a bit on how people view parts or assemblies. Viewing in shaded only is the fastest. Shaded with edges may slow down gaming cards a lot. Hardware accelerated lines is only...
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    Arc A770 Beats RTX 4090 In Early 8K AV1 Decoding Benchmarks

    The Intel cards seem pretty bad at Solidworks. Most gaming cards are at least decent in this one. https://techgage.com/article/intel-arc-a750-a770-workstation-review/2/ For those who don't like to click, the A770 gets 41.2 fps in solidworks and a RTX 3060 gets 195.9. A 6600 XT gets 192.3...
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    Not going to judge or anything, but wanted to post something that may help others: https://www.reddit.com/r/ASRock/comments/y69991/weekly_bios_update_post_week_42_2022/ X670E Motherboard Version Build Date Release Date Download X670E PG Lightning 1.09 10/13/2022 10/17/2022...
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    Microcenter - Free 32GB DDR5 kit with purchase of a Ryzen 4 CPU.

    Well, I was wrong. The deal is still good. I was just at the Chicago Central store today after work to pick up an open box AM5 board. I asked for a 7600X and RAM since I thought that was the cheapest option. The guy helping me said, "How about the 7700X and free RAM?" I couldn't believe it...
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    4090 Reviews are up.

    Techgage has some V-Ray benchmarks and others as well. https://techgage.com/article/nvidia-geforce-rtx-4090-the-new-rendering-champion/ The 4090 seems like a monster for that type of work. It cuts rendering times basically in half compared to a 3090 for the V-Ray tests.
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    4090 Reviews are up.

    Techgage: https://techgage.com/article/nvidia-geforce-rtx-4090-the-new-rendering-champion/ He found something interesting: The 4090 has ECC which can be enabled in the drivers. He checked with Nvidia and they said the 3090 TI also had it. I don't remember anyone else talking about this...
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    Texas Instruments makes it harder to run programs on its calculators

    The 28S had one big weakness which was the battery door area and battery door itself. The pressure the batteries put on the door would make the door itself break sometimes, or if one was really unlucky the housing area could crack or break. If you ever look to get one on ebay look at the...
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    Texas Instruments makes it harder to run programs on its calculators

    I liked the 28 and 48 series calculators too. They had a lot of nice features. I might know of the one guy you mention who used to fix the calculators. Maybe 10 years ago or so I found a 32SII at a thrift store that sort of worked but had display issues. I sent it to a guy who was able to...
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    Texas Instruments makes it harder to run programs on its calculators

    You younguns and your TI calculators.... I may have had a basic calculator in high school and I took pre-calc which was the hardest I could take at my high school. Later in college....mechanical engineering classes...our professor said to get an HP calculator since their better scientific...
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    Microcenter - Free 32GB DDR5 kit with purchase of a Ryzen 4 CPU.

    I think the deal is dead. I don't see the ad on the site anymore.
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    Some Asrock boards may have issues with stickers on the RAM slots. Too much adhesive and the stickers are not coming off cleanly: https://www.techpowerup.com/299450/asrocks-x670-motherboards-have-numerous-issues-with-dram-stickers "This one is likely to go down ASRock's internal history as a...
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    These board prices are insane. I was just thinking of things a bit and came up with what I think is a decent comparison. Anyone remember the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Xtreme? Second gen X399 motherboard for the 250W 2990WX cpu. Huge E-ATX board, huge LGA socket, decently powerful VRM, quad channel...
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    Mirocenter has everything on the site now. I'm disappointed in the prices for this generation. Microcenter has 9 boards only right now. There are no boards between $300 and $500. The MSI $300 board does not have pci-e 5.0. There are sub $300 boards, but they are all Asrock. If you splurge...
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    NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang hints at ‘exciting’ next-generation GPU update on September 20th Tuesday

    Let me guess, DLSS 3.0 will be locked out from working on the previous gen cards?
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    evga sale this weekend,big cuts on gpus

    B stock seems to have some good deals. Multiple 3090 cards for $829.99 3070 cards for $439.99 Lots of 20 series and other cards too.
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    EVGA will no longer do business with NVIDIA

    Me either. I just found an extended warranty page for 5 or 7 years. It seems these 5 and 7 are total years, not additional. The 5 year says it adds 2 years to the 3 year warranty. The 7 year says it adds 4 years to the 3 year. https://www.evga.com/warranty/extended/ "Beginning on January...
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    EVGA will no longer do business with NVIDIA

    Steve said that EVGA is keeping some stock of cards to cover this situation. Warranty is still good, or at least that is the plan.
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    Paypal Changes?

    Paypal can suck. I was just recently watching Steve from Gamers Nexus going through the collapse of Artesian Builds. The CEO for some reason was paying people via Paypal. Then near the end he claimed some of those payments were fraud to get the money back. Paypal went along with that and...
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    $80 laptop anyone? Evolve III Maestro E-Book 11.6" Laptop Computer - Dark Grey

    I just noticed something new on the Microcenter website. They have 2 SKUs now: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=evolve&searchButton=search&storeid=029 Not sure what the differences are, if any, but the new SKU does not mention LTE. This could be a typo, or maybe they...
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    What's your favorite GPU comparison website?

    Performance: The Steves: Hardware Unboxed and Gamers Nexus on youtube Specs: Techpowerup gpu database, pics and specs
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    $80 laptop anyone? Evolve III Maestro E-Book 11.6" Laptop Computer - Dark Grey

    I just picked one of these up at the Chicago Central store after work. I don't see anything on the box that will show if it is a V2 or not. Unfortunately I got a V2. Under the Windows Device Manager it shows the audio device as ESAuDriver Device. Under Hardware ID it shows ESSX8336. Google...
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    How do I know which motherboard has better VRM?

    Hardware Unboxed on youtube has been doing VRM temp testing on popular boards from time to time: I think looking at results is better and easier than trying to figure out which boards should be best from researching specs.
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    new motherboard decision

    MSI will supposedly release a B660 DDR4 board with a clock generator so you can overclock the non-k cpus. Might be something you would be interested in. Not sure when it will release or the price yet. Article was on wccftech with pics. Note that they mention the MAG B660M Mortar board in...
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    Leaving Asus for MSI after 22 years.

    With Alder Lake boards it seems like Asus really slipped up in a few areas: Some large heatsinks like the Noctua D15 do not fit. Getting the socket area clearance correct seems like a pretty easy thing but they managed to get it wrong. I can't even remember a time when any major company...
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    I am watercooling my shoulder

    I had shoulder surgery just before Christmas. I broke off a piece of bone at the edge of the socket part so my arm kept popping out of the socket. They added in a piece of cadaver bone with 2 screws to keep that from happening again. It has been staying in fine since then. I started physical...
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    5800X3D gaming review

    Igor's Lab does some CAD benchmarks. Most CAD software, at least when it comes to modeling, is mostly single threaded. It doesn't seem like the extra cache helps that much across the board. Here and there yes, but not everywhere...
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070: up to 30% faster than RTX 3090 in gaming

    What kind of case airflow will it take to run one of these new cards if they really are close to 600W? Everybody will be reviewing the gamers nexus case reviews to find the closest thing to a wind tunnel that exists.
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    5800X3D gaming review

    Maybe wait a bit longer until AM5 comes out. If AM5 lasts anywhere near as long as AM4 that would be worth it.
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    R7 5800X3D, R7 5700X, R5 5600, R5 5500, R5 4600g, R5 4500, R3 4300 incoming

    The doctor has spoken!! I just about spit out my coffee on that one. I almost forgot another major shortcoming of the 4500. It only has pci-e 3.0 support. The 3600 has pcie 4.0. The doctor's benchmark results, valid as they were 2 years ago, used a 2080TI, a pci-e 3.0 card. The gaming gap...
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    R7 5800X3D, R7 5700X, R5 5600, R5 5500, R5 4600g, R5 4500, R3 4300 incoming

    I think some people are missing something on this 4500. It is based on an older APU die, not the regular 3000 series dies like Ryzen 3600. Steve did point out that it doesn't even have the chiplets. He was trying to explain. L3 cache on the 3600 is 32MB and the 4500 has just 8MB. There are...
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    [H] Stock Alerts, Tips & Tears for Nvidia, AMD, Intel, PS5, XBOX

    AMD's site is pathetic. I waited over 35 minutes to get kicked out with the message below. First time I tried this. No, I don't have or know anything about bots of whatever BS others use to scalp. An error has occurred. An unexpected error has occurred. Please inform the Queue-it team by...
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    R7 5800X3D, R7 5700X, R5 5600, R5 5500, R5 4600g, R5 4500, R3 4300 incoming

    3 new cpus just showed up on the Microcenter website: 5500, 5600, and 5700X. Ryzen 5 5500 - $159.99 Ryzen 5 5600 - $199.99 Ryzen 7 5700X - $299.99 Like I thought and said before, some of this makes little sense to me. Microcenter also has the 5600X for $209.99. So you only save $10 with the...
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    Buying open box motherboard - dumb idea?

    I have also had good luck with Microcenter open box boards. As others have said, you can check out the board before you buy it, either at the open box table, or at the register. AMD boards will not have bent pins in the socket to worry about so that is a plus, but AMD boards might be missing...
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    R7 5800X3D, R7 5700X, R5 5600, R5 5500, R5 4600g, R5 4500, R3 4300 incoming

    OK, Newegg prices then. 5600X is 228.98 so the 5600 saves about $29. That may be worth the savings but of course we need to see benchmarks. 5800X is $349.98 so the 5700X saves about $50. This sounds great at first, but there may be a small catch. The 5700X is listed as a 65W part where the...
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