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    Hold out for 10900k, grab 10700, or just go with a discounted 9900K?

    That is the exact problem with all of Intel's consumer platforms. All of the storage connections on Intel consumer platforms are to the PCH rather than directly to the CPU. Comet Lake CPUs still have only 20 total PCI-E lanes, four of which go to the PCH. That leaves only 16 PCI-E lanes, all of...
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    Computer for Video Editing for Brother

    Actually, with the increasing reliance of newer versions of NLE (video editing) programs on the GPU (while still requiring a decently powerful CPU), it is very important not to have a severe imbalance between the two. Otherwise, the underperformance component will choke off the performance of...
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    Samsung evo 970 write speeds low

    Sorry. I have not kept up with the mobile chipsets, especially since I never owned a laptop that's newer than Haswell. It boils down to the thermal performance itself. It is very likely that the low write speeds are due to the SSD running too hot. And once the m.2 PCI-E SSD reaches its maximum...
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    Samsung evo 970 write speeds low

    The problem is that Skylake mobile chipsets do not support the full PCI-E 3.0 x4 bandwidth on their m.2 sockets. Your laptop is one of those that cripple their m.2 sockets. Officially, your laptop's m.2 socket only supports PCI-E 2.0 x2 bandwidth at most on that m.2 socket. Thus, the sub-1000...
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    Why did YOU choose AMD for your processor?

    Actually, it is artificially high due to it being out of production and dwindling supply. The 9900KS, at current street price, is well over double the price of the 9900K.
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    Need to upgrade PC soon, go for 10600K or 10700k for gaming?

    Well, it depends on the specific CPU. Of the entire 10-series line, the only ones that are worthy enough are the 6-core/12-thread i5-10600K and the 10-core/20-thread i9-10900K, under some circumstances. The lower-level i5's might be crippled by a significantly lower maximum memory clock speed...
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    For AMD Cpus is it better to pair qith 2 or 4 sticks of ram?

    For AMD platforms, the rank configuration doesn't matter much. Intel platforms, on the other hand, strongly favor a configuration that has exactly two ranks of memory per channel over a configuration that has only one rank per channel. Two ranks per channel may consist of either one double-rank...
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    How can I install a graphics card into my system, and which to choose?

    In HP desktops, the integrated Intel graphics is automatically (and semi-permanently) disabled whenever a discrete GPU is installed, and there is absolutely no way at all whatsoever to force-enable the Intel iGPU. Therefore, it's either entirely through the Intel graphics or a discrete GPU, but...
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    How can I install a graphics card into my system, and which to choose?

    At least you got the GDDR5 version. As such, this will tide you over until you save up enough money for an entire new build, and relegate your current PC to media playback duty. I would not have put any more money than that particular upgrade for that office PC.
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    No excitement about intel's latest offering??

    Actually, a lot of things still rely heavily on the number of CPU cores, up to a point. For example, the GPU-accelerated encoding only applies to exports to H.264 and HEVC (H.265). All other encoding uses solely the CPU. What you stated does not mean that a dual-core or a quad-core CPU can run...
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    No excitement about intel's latest offering??

    What's more, Premiere cannot use both the iGPU and a discrete GPU for hardware acceleration at the same time. It's either/or. And if a discrete GPU is detected as a valid hardware accelerated encoding device, it (NVENC or VCE/VCN) will automatically supercede QuickSync no matter what. This will...
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    Which of these two laptops?

    Between the two, go with the Asus. It has the more powerful GPU. However, the MSI has the advantage of 64 GB of RAM versus 32 GB on the Asus. But MSI's choice of storage for that system is illogical, with a 2 TB m.2 SSD but only a 1 TB spinning HDD. It should have both been m.2 SSDs in that...
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    No excitement about intel's latest offering??

    You cannot fairly compare two different CPUs of two different architectures solely on clock speed alone. In fact, I was an Intel user for the longest time before I went AMD with my current system. And during the quad-core days, I had my i7-4790K at 4.7 GHz and it still didn't beat my later...
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    Which of these two laptops?

    Both of those links are exactly the same. And Creative Suite is now totally obsolete: Adobe ceased development of retail-boxed or perpetually licensed products outside of the cheapo Elements line back in 2012. CS6, which dated all the way back to 2012, was the very last version of the Creative...
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    i7 930 owner rejoining the Red Team, buy now or wait?

    Good thing the OP switched gears towards a different direction after he thought about his current usage situation. However, had he gone with your suggestion, then he would have substantially blown even that high of a budget because a TR4-socket motherboard by itself costs $600 while the 3960X by...
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    No excitement about intel's latest offering??

    Why the lack of excitement? Simple. Except for SMT across all except the Celeron-branded models and the addition of two more cores in the i9 line, it's just more of the same old thing. It goes to show you just how complacent Intel has been in the past decade.
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    NVIDIA 445.87 and Hotfix 445.98 Driver Issues

    That alone almost completely wipes out your entire list of laptop buying options, as every single big-name PC brand is also forcing this heavy-handed update-reverting process. Your only choices now outside of MSFT are a Chromebook or a MacBook. And all this is because MSFT is now pushing the...
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    NVIDIA 445.87 and Hotfix 445.98 Driver Issues

    That will not last much longer: Beginning with the next MAJOR update of Windows 10 (the "2004," or specifically the forthcoming May 2020, version), the device driver updates will be moved to the "Optional Updates" section of the Windows Update page. That means that the Microsoft driver will not...
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    True. In fact, I did see a Premiere Pro benchmark that clearly showed how badly a cheapo CPU could bottleneck an overqualified GPU. I am speaking about an i3-9100F, which bottlenecked an RTX 2080 Ti so badly that its GPU rendering performance was no better than a higher-end system that's...
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    Even so, the discrete GPU should be (relatively speaking) balanced in performance in relation to the CPU that you're going to be using it with. After all, no one wants a PC that's equipped with a super-expensive monster CPU to perform equally as sluggishly in everyday programs as a...
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    First build in 12 years. Please help.

    The problem with the OP's demands is that he would be trapped between a rock and a hard place. Even if he does not game much, he should not have a situation where a single severely underperformance component heavily bottleneck the rest of that build. And the responses that some of you have been...
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    Win 10 for Workstations

    Here's why Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and Windows 10 Enterprise are the only versions of Windows 10 that officially support any Xeon-branded CPUs: 1) Some of the Xeons are quad-processor capable; 2) Many of the Xeon CPUs have more than 64 threads (or more than 32 cores) per physical CPU...
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    Need info on ramm

    Depending on the CPU that's in that PC, 3200-speed RAM will only operate to 2133 speed. All of the non-K Skylake CPUs do not support XMP at all, so 2133 speed is the maximum that you'll see from 3200-speed RAM.
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    But not to those on a strict total core upgrade budget, which for me turned out to be around $1,000 including a motherboard, new RAM and a new GPU. With that low of a total upgrade budget, going with an i9-9900K would have forced me to cheap out on the rest of the core component upgrade package...
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    How are the Asus Z390 boards?

    Every company has its good (or at least decent) budget boards and its lousy budget boards. The trouble is that Asus' lower-end Z390 motherboards miss the mark more often than not. You'd need to go with the Strix or higher line just to avoid potentially crap components crapping out on you. This...
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    I would rather deal with it than put up with an outdated system that wouldn't properly run any newer versions of the software that I frequently use (meaning that the last compatible version that ran on that older system had a ton of security holes - most of which cropped up after that particular...
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    In other words, there are too many variables here. My current 3800X system works absolutely fine with the RTX 2060 SUPER, other than the occasional boot issues related to the motherboard's EFI which are solved by simply hitting the case's Reset button one or more times.
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    Does Quad-Channel Memory Help for Video Editing?

    I did not mean it like that. In my own instance, I was forced to spend more money because newer versions of the software would no longer run properly on a machine that's more than a couple of years old. And Adobe has in recent years become a pro-elitist company with the change to the...
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    Does Quad-Channel Memory Help for Video Editing?

    In your case, then not even quad-channel RAM will boost your current system's performance to that of a newer system. And that's because your CPU itself is not only of an older architecture, but also because your CPU has only 8 cores and 16 threads (the same number of cores and threads as a...
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    Best Brand These Days?

    The lower-end X570 boards mostly suck. Early MPG-series MSI X570 boards used to have the worst VRMs out of all X570 boards. That is beginning to change with the MPG Tomahawk, which replaces the craptacular Gaming Edge. The MPG X570 Tomahawk is MSI's redemption after a series of lousy low-end...
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    Why the irregular spacing on PCIE slots on many mobos?

    This has a lot to do with GPU cooling. If all of the PCI-E x16 slots have regular spacing, the ONLY way that could be done was to have seven such slots located right against one another. That will severely restrict GPU compatibility to cards with single-slot coolers (or the extreme low-end...
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    It is true that most of AMD's low-end offerings pale in comparison to some of the Intel offerings in the same price range. For example, even the Ryzen 3 3xxx series can't quite keep up with a contemporaneous Intel i3. And actually, it's different horses for different courses. You're right, you...
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    The ONLY reason for that is two things: 1) That Intel CPU can sustain significantly higher clock speeds than any AMD CPU at the moment. And then, it needs both the iGPU and the discrete GPU enabled at the same time just to edge out even the R7 3800X. At default (with only the discrete GPU...
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    My 7820x Geekbench Scores - Worth Upgrading?

    Depends on what you use it for. For my video editing software will no longer run properly on anything that's more than two to three years old no matter how powerful it is. And this is because newer versions of the software that I use will require hardware processing functions and capabilities...
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    GPU not using all pcie lanes...

    It's the limitation of the on-CPU PCIe controller on all mainstream CPU platforms. You will need an HEDT rig to handle all of those devices at anywhere near full bandwidth. You see, there are only 16 available PCIe lanes total in that R7-1700X (20 total PCI-E lanes, of which 4 are used for the...
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    What would you upgrade next?

    True that. I was assuming that he would be sticking with his small, lower-resolution monitor(s) for the foreseeable future.
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    What would you upgrade next?

    Actually, in places where parts are either too expensive or too hard to find there is no worthwhile upgrade for that system at this time. One can only do so much with the older Pascal GPU architecture, and $450 for a 1080 Ti is just pushing it. As a matter of fact, a GPU that delivers a...
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    Mobo pairing for CPU upgrade

    MSI had completely restructured the nomenclature of its motherboard line, beginning with the X570 chipset series. The Tomahawk line has been discontinued with the advent of the X570 series, which is now divided into three distinct classes: "plain," MPG and MEG. The two lower classes, the plain...
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    Who's Happy So Far with Ryzen 3000 Series?

    Here is my UserBenchmark result with my current R7 3800X (at "stock"): UserBenchmarks: Game 108%, Desk 144%, Work 131% CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X - 97.8% GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060S (Super) - 102.7% SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 250GB - 106.9% SSD: Samsung 850 Pro 512GB - 107.5% SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe...
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    Feedback on a build greatly appreciated.

    The problem is that MSI messed up big time with its lower-end X570 motherboards. All of the MSI X570 motherboards under $300 have crappy VRMs which heat up to far higher temperatures than those of other X570 motherboards in that same price range, even at stock CPU speeds (especially with CPUs...