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  1. GotNoRice

    Samsung PM981 OEM SSD

    Does anyone have any experience with this OEM NVMe SSD? I'm trying to figure out if it would compare favorably to a Samsung 850 Pro SATA SSD of similar size. I know that it uses TLC whereas the 850 Pro uses MLC, but the PM981 is a bit newer and also NVMe.
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    Going from Intel to AMD without reinstalling Windows 10

    I did this recently when I upgraded my main system from a 5820k to a 3900X. I was actually pretty amazed how well it worked... at first. I started to notice all sorts of weird quirks here and there. Drivers for some devices not wanting to install correctly, while other drivers installed fine...
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    China dominating in the race to file tech patents

    Why should we even honor their patents when they certainly don't honor ours?
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    Ssd running slow on older x58 system

    If OP is going to get a PCIe 6Gbps SATA card, he might as well just get a PCIe to M.2 adapter card and use an NVMe SSD.
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    Waterfox browser sold to ad company...

    Well Google is also an advertising company, so at worse, this makes it no worse than Chrome. Probably still better than Chrome since obviously whatever company that bought it does not have the resources that Google has when it comes to utilizing their browser for their own advantage in every...
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    G-SYNC enabled but I still get tearing.

    With my Freesync 2 / GSync compatible monitor, I simply leave VSync off and cap at 144 (144hz monitor). I don't notice any tearing even at 144. I do notice tearing if I turn Freesync off. 144 is still within (at the top of) the range at which it works. Is it really necessary to enable VSync...
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    When will I be bottlenecked? (Give me a reason to upgrade my 5820k)

    You shouldn't have any reason to upgrade, especially if you're FPS is already being limited by 4K. I just upgraded from a 5820k @ 4.5ghz to a Ryzen 3900X. Gaming really wasn't much of an improvement, if any. I had wanted to stick with the 5820k for another year or two in order to let the Zen...
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    New AMD Wraith Prism CPU Cooler Shows up With Six Heat Pipes

    Personally I'm glad that most new AMD processors still come with a stock HSF, even if in my case it's simply sitting unused on a shelf. It makes it less of a catastrophe if/when my AIO fails. It will also make it much easier for me when I eventually retire my Ryzen to a secondary system, where...
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    Office 365 Pro-Plus to Change Chrome's Default Search Engine to Bing

    I don't really like this, but that dislike is tempered by my growing dislike of Google. It's Google that sets the template for what is acceptable behavior on the web these days. Google gladly uses every one of it's products and services to try to push it's other products and services on...
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    All other things being equal, how much is the difference between 2 channels for memory and 4?

    I recently made the upgrade from an Intel 5820K with quad-channel DDR4 to an AMD Ryzen 3900X with only dual-channel DDR4. For the first week or so, I even had to re-use my older DDR4 modules from the 5820K setup in my 3900X. It really did not seem to limit or hurt anything. Even when using...
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    AMD's StoreMI Technology @ [H]

    I setup StoreMI on my Ryzen 9 3900X / X570 rig using a 256GB Samsung 850 Pro SATA drive combined with a 2TB 7200RPM drive. I use a Samsung 960 Pro NVMe for OS, Programs, and the Games that I care most about, and then I use the StoreMI drive for my seldom played games as well as all of my...
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    Intel Drops PCIe 4.0 support for Comet Lake

    I guess i'm glad that I went with an X570 / Ryzen setup this round, but unfortunately Intel not having PCIe 4.0 on their latest products will probably delay overall market adoption of PCIe 4.0. That would mean fewer choices for PCIe 4.0 SSDs, etc for those of us who can use them.
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    X570 Realtek vs Intel LAN

    I don't think it matters at all for gaming. For data transfer, if you're just running a single Ethernet cable to a gigabit switch, then I would choose the Intel NIC. If you are actually connecting to a 2.5Gb capable switch, I'd at least give the realtek a shot. It's also worth noting that...
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    PSA: Windows 7 support ends tomorrow, Jan 14, 2020

    Food for thought. If Microsoft really thought that Windows 7 is dead, then why did they go through so much trouble to make sure that the new Chromium-based Edge browser will install and work fine on Windows 7? Considering that the new Edge was released a day after Windows 7 "support" ended.
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    Why do I get hiss on an external DAC?

    I get minor hiss when using my Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 on either USB or Coax S/PDIF. It's definitely coming from the computer as it changes when I move my mouse. It's not as bad as the similar hiss I would get when using my X-Fi Titanium by itself inside the computer, but it's still there...
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    Win7's done, but customers asking for it !

    Seems odd. I'd be curious about exactly what the incompatibility is. I'd bet that it could very likely be made to work properly with windows 10. With that said, I don't really feel that running Windows 7 is that risky, or that it's really even "done". Microsoft has shown a willingness to...
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    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    Difficult question actually, as I don't think I've ever actually owned a GPU that I hated, as long as we are talking about GPUs that I put in my own computer. There were a few cards that did turn out to be somewhat less than ideal in the long-term though. Voodoo Banshee PCI. I bought this...
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    GSYNC 40 fps?question

    Agreed, Low Framerate Compensation (adds in extra frames below the VRR minimum) works well, but neither that or a monitor with an actual G-Sync module is going to make <48 fps look as good as 60+ fps. If the goal is smoothness, money is better spent on a faster GPU and/or CPU than spending...
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    If I use the network it crashes...

    Has it only ever happened on that one windows install? If so, you might plug a spare drive into that server, do a fresh install of windows 10 on there, and see if the problem still occurs.
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    How long have you used your power supply?

    I'm curious about if you are just talking about their mid-range and budget offerings, or does that include the higher-end models of the era? My Antec Truepower Quattro 1000w from ~2007, which IIRC shared the same overall Enhance OEM design as it's 850w counterpart, has been going strong to this...
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    How long have you used your power supply?

    I just used my existing 12+ year old Thermaltake Toughpower 1000w in my new Ryzen 9 3900X build. So far it's completely solid even during torture tests. It was simple really. If I had to factor in the cost of a new PSU I probably would have had to settle for a 3800X or 3700X instead. It's a...
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    Articles full of speculation and almost no substance are annoying. Almost as annoying as someone posting the exact same thread in two separate sections of the forum at the same time.
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    Any AMD motherboards with Dual Link DVI onboard? SOB!!!

    Unlikely. DVI has been EOL for a while now. DVI is signal-compatible with HDMI but only when it comes to single-link DVI, which is max 1920x1200. Dual-Link DVI is/was more of a kludge, because it was the only way to make higher resolutions work at the time. It's almost like two DVI ports in...
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    Eight of Amazon’s Top 10 Best Selling Processors Are AMD CPUs

    I just went with a Ryzen 9 3900X, and it makes sense how popular these are becoming. Though I personally think the real bargains come from prices falling so quickly on older/used Intel systems. You can get refurbished OEM systems using Sandy-Bridge and newer for as low as $150 and that is...
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    Any AMD motherboards with Dual Link DVI onboard? SOB!!!

    Why not just get a cheap older used GPU? You can get something like a Radeon 7770 on eBay for about $30 and it will almost certainly have Dual-Link DVI. AMD Radeon 7xxx series and newer are still supported by the current AMD video driver.
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    x570 Aorus Ultra showing Videocard using PCIE 1.0?

    GPU-Z reports PCIe x16 3.0 both with or without load. That's great if it's actually working correctly. It just really surprised me to see it listed like that in the BIOS.
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    x570 Aorus Ultra showing Videocard using PCIE 1.0?

    Looking in the BIOS of my Aorus Ultra x570 motherboard, it seems to show that my RTX 2080 is only using PCIE 1.0. It does show it running at 16x, but 16x using PCIE 1.0 is obviously a lot slower than 16x using PCIE 3.0, which I believe is what the RTX 2080 should be using. The card running...
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    Cooler Master Unveils MasterLiquid ML360P Silver Edition Liquid Cooler

    Looks very similar to the Cooler Master ML360R that I'm running, but the benchmarks of the ML360P that I've seen show it not performing as well despite costing more. I'm not sure why. My ML360R did a great job with my i7-5820K @ 4.5Ghz and also works great now with my Ryzen 9 3900X. Both of...
  29. GotNoRice

    Switch From Windows to Linux

    Creative updated the drivers for the entire X-Fi lineup 6 months ago, including the first-gen X-Fi cards that came out in 2005. New drivers 14 years later = abandoned?
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    WiFi requires router reset every couple of days

    TP Link is a cheap brand (even if some of their devices aren't that cheap in terms of cost) that I generally try to avoid other than very simple devices like an unmanaged gigabit switch. Have you tried disabling the 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz function in the router? Switch it to only use one band and see...
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    AMD drivers are fine. Nvidia drivers have their own set of issues. No drivers are perfect, but graphics drivers are generally pretty good these days. You might do some quick searches to see if there are any known issues with the games you intend to play, just to be sure. Or tell us more...
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    RTX 2070 OR 2080

    What size and resolution is the laptop screen? What resolution do you plan to use when connected to the TV? (obviously you said that it is a 4K TV, but that would in no-way prevent you from gaming at something like 1080P instead, and some 4K TVs only support 24 or 30fps at 4K) What CPU does...
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    Microsoft offers tools to block Chromium-Edge from silently downloading to Windows 10 PCs

    Your link links to their main news site, and not the article itself. I'm not sure why someone would want to keep the old version of edge. It never gained any significant market share. Maybe a few oddball businesses who somehow used it for something important and where switching to a...
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    New rumors : MS trying to push Windows 365 in 2020 to replace owned Windows 10

    I could handle it as an option, but not a requirement. If for no other reason, than the fact that I have at least 10 computers running windows 10 at the moment. Some of those are laptops or desktops that are only turned on for specific reasons. Even if the price was something "reasonable"...
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    Benchmark Results so close - why the big price difference?

    There are many factors that may or may not increase performance depending on your usage scenario. Some vague reference to "benchmark results" means nothing. What exactly was being benchmarked? The biggest improvements, by far, come from multi-threaded workloads where the huge increase in...
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    AMD Ryzen 4000 Rumored to Offer Around 17% Increased Performance

    Here's to hoping that there is at least one more generation that I can upgrade to using my new x570 board.
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    Switch From Windows to Linux

    Count me out. Android is probably the closest I'll ever come to using "Linux" on one of my computers/devices. Maybe I'm the only one who actually likes Windows?
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    So if a person needed a 4-6G'ish HDD, what is the raptor of the current gen?

    Are you running on an Intel or AMD platform? If you are running Intel, and intend to continue with a mechanical hard drive as opposed to upgrading to an SSD, you can get a much smaller and cheaper SSD to use as an SSD cache. You can get small older SATA SSDs for about $15 or even less on...
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    Upgrade from PCIe 3.0 NVME SSD to PCIe 4.0?

    I'm currently running a Samsung 960 Pro NVME SSD. That is a PCIe 3.0 M.2 Drive. Now that I've upgraded to a PCIe 4.0 capable x570 chipset motherboard, it makes me wonder if it would be worth it to upgrade my SSD. My questions are: -Would I gain anything other than sequential read/write...