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    Platform costs are completely out of control.

    AMD/Intel sells the chipset components and Nvidia sells their GPU packages and RAM as a bundle to AIB makers. Motherboards these days are even more complicated than the SR-2 was in 2010 and that was 600 dollars.
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    Cooling a stock 7900X

    Got like 4 months of uptime on my 7900x at work, still churning along, sucks you had a bad experience but you probably had some bad ram. As far as cooler I'm just using the thermalright 120 ultra ex on mine.
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    AMD Ryzen Server the ASRock Rack 1U4LW-B650/2L2T Review

    those HP 4000M switches were great
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    EVGA 3090 FTW3 Ultra Gaming for 750$ vs 4070ti?

    Only reason to get 3090 at this point is if you want to use it for benching with SLI.
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    Apple launched the M2 Pro and the M2 Max

    Mac's scrolling is completely fucked without programs running to fix it so I imagine most mac users don't really notice anyway.
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    Z690 or Z790 for photo editing and mild overclock

    If you're not going to do CPU overclocking the B760 chipset has a bunch of matx options and still support XMP.
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    8 pin + 4 pin asus x570e- wifi gaming motherboard

    If it's not a matching cable it could be causing a short and it's not powering on to prevent damage to the board and cpu. Either way you don't need it for any current desktop cpu.
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    New Build -12900K vs 13700k, 12th gen cheaper

    13th gen the cache frequency is decoupled from the ecores too so you can increase it without disabling the ecores like you had to do on 12th gen.
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    Reservoir Question

    I only use compressions for angled fittings otherwise barbs all the way, so much easier to put together and I don't shred my hands trying to tighten the compression ring lol.
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    AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU Review & Benchmarks: $700 Gaming Flagship

    gamers nexus has ffxiv at least which does benefit from newer architectures and cache quite a bit.
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    AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU Review & Benchmarks: $700 Gaming Flagship

    lowering timings only goes so far it seems so cranking frequency makes up the difference to get low latency
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    AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU Review & Benchmarks: $700 Gaming Flagship

    Anandtech uses the stock configuration non-overclocked memory speeds which is where they get the speeds and cl ratings from. (jedec) The intel chips really shine with fast memory but you have to spend out the ass for a 2 dimm board to really be able to use them.
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    EKWB Lays Off 25% of Workforce, Blames Lower Watercooling Sales

    A lot of us have been water cooling for 15+ years so we've seen a lot from all of these brands.
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    Anyone actually have a 650 or 650E Board yet?

    Issue for me was the analog/headphone but wonder if it will help there. I'll have to pull it out and give it a shot.
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    Should I erase or keep files for sake of longevity?

    The drives aren't going to just arbitrarily move data around that would wear the drive out much quicker than normal. If you don't want the data anymore just delete it and don't overthink it lol.
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    Is using DDR5 greater than 5600 considered overclocking for Z790?

    Team group has PMIC cooling too on their DDR5 modules so it's worth it to look into them as well, I've got a bunch of Team sticks with no issues over the last few years for DDR4.
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    EKWB Lays Off 25% of Workforce, Blames Lower Watercooling Sales

    EK innovates the market for O11 dynamic hotbox aesthetic computers that have horrible loop performance lol. They're like gold plated shit as far as water cooling brands go. Maybe their sales are going down because people are finally catching on. Reading about peoples constant problems with...
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    Anyone actually have a 650 or 650E Board yet?

    The asus gene audio output sucks too, never tried on my b650e-f since I have a separate card with RCA outputs to my powered speakers that I'm using.
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    EKWB Lays Off 25% of Workforce, Blames Lower Watercooling Sales

    barrow is taiwanese? I thought they were chinese.
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    Best Buy has the 3080Ti FE on clearance for $719

    this is why unless you have infinite money and upgrade as a hobby it's best to just buy and forget it exists
  21. D and Long Lead Times

    More of the same from them unfortunately, pop up every once in a while with new items or "stock" to snag people who weren't burned before by their bad customer service.
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    Doom The Way it Was Meant to Be Played - v1.1 Multi-monitor

    Shelby is wild and has a lot of great stuff on his channel. He actually streams a lot too on twitch.
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    new AIO - fans pull out or push in air?

    Most cases have filters for the top so you can run a top intake as well.
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    Apple launched the M2 Pro and the M2 Max

    HP and Dell still sell some models which have optional serial, I've been tempted to get one maybe I can get my boss to buy one for work.
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    Phone Recommendation

    S21 Ultra is better going off specs (screen, camera, ram, etc.) but keep in mind it is quite a bit larger too (155 vs 165 mm tall and 73 vs 76mm wide). I have no idea how google supports their software updates so can't comment on the longevity compared to samsung. For samsung they seem to...
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    Has Intel Abandoned the HEDT Market?

    wonder what waterblocks will work on them
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    Apple launched the M2 Pro and the M2 Max

    safari will always suck until apple implements forward and backward mouse button support like every other browser since like 1997
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    Apple launched the M2 Pro and the M2 Max

    Apple had essentially no support at all for it. My company used to have a client that had us for their windows side but they did in-house for their apple products and had an entire room full of mac pros and xserve machines because it was faster and cheaper to have like 10 xserve spares on-site...
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    current best air coolers

    I have one but never compare the two. There's a few on ocn that have done some informal tests when they upgraded from LGMRT or others to it and it was a lot better. The TL-C/D14X fan honestly sucks, I got one to compare with the regular C14 and the regular one was better at everything but when...
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    Apple launched the M2 Pro and the M2 Max

    This was tried with the slots on the studio and it didn't work.
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    Intel 1226-V 2.5GbE Ethernet Chipset Showing Connection Drop Issues (Chipset Used on most Raptor Lake Motherboards)

    This is the integrated mac low cost option from them so unless you mean use 1GB instead then yes it is the correct hardware. It just still comes down to that Intel needs to have better support and figure it out. We can talk about what is "better" all day long but in the end it doesn't matter...
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    current best air coolers

    It's too bad they didn't get a Frost Commander 140 to stick in this, it's the 140 with 5 8mm heatpipes it should perform much better than the rest.
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    Ugly GPUs

    I bought up as many uv cathodes as I could like 2 years ago before the supply completely dried up lol, got a big box of them now haha. I've still yet to put together my old school mountain mods box but eventually it'll come to completion.
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    Going to try the Asrock 670E TaiChi.

    I just got a z790 gigabyte board and they have an extra big lever on it for exactly that issue. The EVGA dark boards are very hard to release cards from because of this. Asus likes to put huge M.2 heatsinks there which is probably why they came up with it.
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    Going to try the Asrock 670E TaiChi.

    I actually don't like this because you don't get that solid click feeling when you insert a card and I feel like use more force than usual to get it to fully insert.
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    Asrock is trying out add-in cards to upgrade your motherboard chipset and features

    video / streamer people usually have a ton of stuff connected to usb and they're marketing it toward them too
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    Anyone actually have a 650 or 650E Board yet?

    Asrock has had RGB settings in their bios before so you don't need to install any software to control it, I am not sure if it still in there but it may be worth to look if that board has that feature or not. Gigabyte tends to have more aggressive memory timings on AMD boards so it may get a...
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    MSI accidentally broke Secure Boot

    Being able to edit option rom settings (like NIC, HBA, RAID cards) without having to hit multiple hotkeys and reboot in between is such a time saver plus you can script it if you really want to deploy a lot of machines. For enthusiasts and gamers using CSM means no resizable bar so you're...
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    Asus Apex XI, XII, Rampage VI Extreme Omega, Gigabyte X299-WU8

    Maximus XI Apex Maximus XII Apex Rampage VI Extreme Omega Gigabyte X299-WU8