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  1. madmat

    General Mobo Question - Onboard Surround? Or do we still need discrete cards?

    From: "The SPDIF connection does not support uncompressed audio formats like Dolby True HD and DTS master. It supports the following formats: PCM 2Channel, LPCM 5.1, Dolby 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1"
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    General Mobo Question - Onboard Surround? Or do we still need discrete cards?

    Heh, SPDiF is enough bandwidth for 7.1 not 2.0. You have to do HDMI for for atmos. Edit: Yes it has to be compressed via DD or DTS but pro logic or pro logic II extrapolates surround info from uncompressed 2.0 and gives you 5/6/7.1 quite well on PCM. The surround on my games works just fine...
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    General Mobo Question - Onboard Surround? Or do we still need discrete cards?

    Um, you realize that a HTR worth its salt will happily decode PCM right?
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    General Mobo Question - Onboard Surround? Or do we still need discrete cards?

    Me, I run the SPDiF (optical) out from my board into a surround sound receiver (in my case Denon AVR3808) and let it do the heavy lifting. I had to resort to this setup due to a jerk in my neighborhood running a 400W linear on his CB and bleeding through my old analog PC speaker system.
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    What ya using your 1x slots for?

    I use mine to space out the X16 slots... they do a grand job of it too.
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    System does not boot up. Fans won't spin. A big-noob mistake

    The double negative in the title had me confused. It doesn't not boot up... so it does boot up. Seems that it does when you hit the power button.
  7. madmat

    WTB i7 4790K

    Anyone? Okay, I'll take the lack of other replies to mean no. Thanks for looking anyway.
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    WTB i7 4790K

    I'll see what else shakes out. The K part turbos higher than the non k. Thanks though. :-)
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    WTB i7 4790K

    I'm looking for an i7 4790K. Doesn't need to be a stellar overclocker, the highest I'll be hoping to hit with it is possibly 4.3Ghz if that. I just don't feel like spending as much as they're going for on fleabay since I'm just wanting to do an incremental upgrade on a PC I won't be using a...
  10. madmat

    FS: Seven 800W-1500W Power Supplies

    I've been around, lurking in the shadows. I'm not saying I'm Batman but you'll never see us both in the same room at the same time... Actually I changed jobs a while ago and now I barely have time to think.
  11. madmat

    FS: Seven 800W-1500W Power Supplies

    You wouldn't happen to have a Straight Power 11 you need to unload would you?
  12. madmat

    FS: EK-FC1080 GTX - Acetal+Nickel

    Is this still for sale?
  13. madmat

    Windows 10 Pro, Office 2016 , others -CLOSED, - new thread.

    I wish you were a dentist because that was fast and painless. Thanks!
  14. madmat

    Is the ASUS RMA Process Legit?

    ASUS RMA is a joke. Last time I sent a motherboard in for RMA I got a replacement that had a dead dimm slot and USB header. The dimm slot was overlookable as I really didn't need to use it but the USB header was for their wireless card and negated the whole point of my mobo being a "wireless"...
  15. madmat

    AMD Ryzen 5 Reviewer's Kit Giveaway

    I'll never win but here's ONE for me
  16. madmat

    Kid Arrested For Hacking Sues Newspapers For Privacy Breach

    He's potentially exposed the private information of millions of TalkTalk users. How about a class action suit in their behalf against him and his parents. After all, it's good enough for him when he's the injured party.
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    Mozilla’s New WebExtension API Will Kill Thousands Of Firefox Add-Ons

    why is it that they feel compelled to keep fucking up Firefox? I guess the time to stop updating my browser is rapidly approaching.
  18. madmat

    App Updates Also Mandatory for Windows 10 Home Edition

    Do you honestly think M$ can update an app without issue when they can't update their OS's without issue? Whether it's an app from their app store or the core OS itself, the fact remains that I want the ability to manage my PC. Now, if they were willing to subsidize my PC builds I'd be willing...
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    App Updates Also Mandatory for Windows 10 Home Edition

    I guess you missed when M$ rolled out 3 months of updates earlier this year (and in December of last year) that had one broken update each month. Yes, they were removed eventually but if you had auto updates enabled and you were one of the poor saps whose system was affected then the removal...
  20. madmat

    Self-Driving Car Game Proves You Suck At Driving

    When you don't have a variable speed control and instead have wide open throttle/full braking, of course an autonomous version that features linear throttle and braking is going to do better. Give me the ability to vary the throttle and I'll be as efficient as the autonomous cars are.
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    Star Trek-Style Home Elevator Could Replace Stairlifts

    When I said un trekking I just meant that it was mainly set in a stationary location. Granted, Terok Nor was capable of being moved short distances but it wasn't capable of interstellar flight like a starship. To be honest, I was a big fan of the show and never missed an episode.
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    Star Trek-Style Home Elevator Could Replace Stairlifts

    It's like the lift on Deep Space 9. The most un trekking series in the Star Trek universe.
  23. madmat

    Building A Slinky Escalator

    I've been watching his videos for some time now and the man is a genius with woodworking. He's a tad bit awkward and a bit nerdy but you'd be surprised at the range of stuff he makes. Bandsaws, pantorouters, tablesaws, dust collection systems... all from wood. Dude is epic.
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    Teen Sentenced To 16 Months For Swatting

    Why do they keep using pleaded? It's plead (rhymes with led). That's like saying I leaded instead of led or lead depending on where you're from. Still, 16 months seems kind of light. I guess it's because it's in Canada. IMO he should've been tried as an adult and got the full sentence an adult...
  25. madmat

    AMD Cuts Revenue Estimate, Citing Weak PC Sales

    Rebadge after rebadge after rebadge followed by over promising and under delivering and they blame a soft market? Add in to that the fact that their CPU offerings are so mature that the AARP sends you plan literature when you buy one and, yeah, you're not going to be making much money.
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    Self-Driving Cars Will 'Always' Cause Motion Sickness

    The only thing that makes me motion sick in a car is trying to read. Other than that I'm pretty good with being a passenger.
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    ASUS & HardOCP 20th Anniversary GTX 980 Gold Edition Lucky Draw

    concrete-core chokes and hardened MOSFETs
  28. madmat

    Should Students Be Allowed to Use Google During Exams?

    Why not allow other people to take the tests for the students? After all the point of a test/exam is to see how much knowledge you've accrued on that particular subject and if you're finding the answers after the fact you obviously have none. Ergo, they're as well off allowing a person with the...
  29. madmat

    Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection Knows Exactly Who's in Your Car

    Developed by Xerox? If you don't have the required number of passengers will it copy you so you do? If so I'm going to hit the carpool lane right now and let my copy can go to work in my place.
  30. madmat

    Where to buy water cooling parts?

    Those were my exact thoughts when I heard that tidbit. Sadly it appears true as the water cooling gear at my local Micro Center just keeps dwindling away and not getting restocked.
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    Where to buy water cooling parts?

    Unfortunately, Micro Center was being supplied water cooling gear by FrozenCPU. Now that Frozen has gone belly up the variety at Micro Center is dwindling. Hopefully they find a new distribution source soon.
  32. madmat

    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    It's a work in progress. 4690K, ASUS Z97 Pro Wi-Fi, 8 gigs of DDR3 1866 G-Skill, SLI GTX 760's, 256GB Crucial SSD, dual loops with a Swiftech MCP35X on the GPU loop feeding parallel MCW82's and cooled by a Black Ice Nemesis 240 GTS and the CPU loop has a Swiftech Apogee Drive II also cooled by a...
  33. madmat

    Making the jump from AIO, decision time--HAF XB EVO build

    That's my HAF XB EVO. I'm running a Feser 240mm X-Changer rad in the front, a Black Ice Pro X-Flow single 120mm rad in the back and for the pump/waterblock on the CPU I've got a Swiftech Apogee Drive II which is cooling an FX 8320e running at 4.6Ghz @ 1.416V. The GPU's are paralleled in the loop...
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    Like new ASUS S1 projector

    Sold locally. Yeah, the pictures show it sealed, I don't feel like taking more, if you'd like pics of the unit out of the box ask and I'll take some.
  35. madmat

    New Audio App Claims to Treat Tinnitus

    I've had tinnitus for years. That said I went to the linked site and tried their test music and OMG, that shit sounded horrific. I'd rather never listen to music again.
  36. madmat

    FS: water cooling things! Ek, swiftech

    Bump for looking.
  37. madmat

    BNIB ASUS S1 Mobile LED Projector

    Take this up. Bottom dollar I'll take is $210 plus shipping/insurance. If I can't get that I'll be happy to keep it.
  38. madmat

    BNIB ASUS S1 Mobile LED Projector