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by CA_Steve
Wed Dec 20, 2023 5:40 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Article: Best uninterruptible power supply 2023 ?
Replies: 3
Views: 6588

Re: Article: Best uninterruptible power supply 2023 ?

I doubt a sealed lead acid battery is going to smell.

fyi.

I wonder how the power conversion loss and the standby power use compares to the lead acid UPS models...
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 19, 2023 2:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Article: Best uninterruptible power supply 2023 ?
Replies: 3
Views: 6588

Re: Article: Best uninterruptible power supply 2023 ?

There really aren't any decent UPS reviews out there. You might find out whether or not the mfgr says they provide a 'pure' sine wave output, but you won't find out about noise...and only user feedback will let you know about odd smells ;) I know APC has at least one 'pure' sine wave output model. I...
by CA_Steve
Thu Aug 31, 2023 5:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent 13900kf Build (Water?)
Replies: 13
Views: 16952

Re: Silent 13900kf Build (Water?)

Looks like the cooler is installed well. Here are a couple of articles on 13900k and performance vs power limits, etc. Note the Puget Systems one that's using the noctua NH-U12A :) Anandtech roughly a 20% performance drop with a 50% drop in power limit for heavy tasks...not must diff in dps for game...
by CA_Steve
Sun Aug 27, 2023 6:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent 13900kf Build (Water?)
Replies: 13
Views: 16952

Re: Silent 13900kf Build (Water?)

Some thoughts: - is the cooler attached well? If you can look at your CPU temperature as a data logged graph, load the cpu for several seconds and then let it go to idle. The temperature should drop rapidly in a very short period of time (like 90% delta drop in a second or two). If it doesn't, then ...
by CA_Steve
Fri Aug 11, 2023 5:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths
Replies: 24
Views: 26595

Re: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths

RAM capacity and speed: it's all about the capacitive load. More RAM chips, longer circuit traces, additional RAM banks...it all adds more capacitance to the data lines which in turn slows the rise/fall of the data waveform, which in turn determines the max speed the RAM can run at and still be 'in ...
by CA_Steve
Mon Jul 31, 2023 7:54 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: New SPCR design & management
Replies: 33
Views: 63520

Re: New SPCR design & management

It's great to see they recovered/moved forward with another test chamber. Can't wait to see what the baseline noise spectrum looks like. I haven't seen/heard any mention of returning to written content..
by CA_Steve
Tue Jul 25, 2023 9:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths
Replies: 24
Views: 26595

Re: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths

Mmm, not sure I'd go with a DDR4 motherboard and RAM anymore. DDR5-5600/6000 has come down in price, gives a bump in performance over DDR4-3200, and is forward looking. You can get 2x16GB for 100 euros.
by CA_Steve
Sun Jul 23, 2023 4:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo Front Panel I/O Mod
Replies: 1
Views: 7154

Re: Antec Solo Front Panel I/O Mod

Nice. No problems with the tight spacing between the two Type A jacks?
by CA_Steve
Wed Jul 19, 2023 8:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths
Replies: 24
Views: 26595

Re: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths

Let me throw this out there: check out the RTX 4060 . It's maybe 12% slower than the Rx6700 XT in gaming, but for many GPGPU tasks like Blender , it's faster and it uses about 1/2 the power of the 6700 XT. So, should run much cooler and quieter with a decent make/model. Not sure how they are pricing...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 12, 2023 7:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths
Replies: 24
Views: 26595

Re: Finding Optimal Upgrade Paths

Welcome back. - How many euros do you wish to throw at the problem? That will help constrain what we look to replace. - You might wish to look at the current generation of AMD CPUs for better performance/watt. Something like the Ryzen 5 7600 would use roughly the same power as your Ivy Bridge CPU an...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 06, 2023 4:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My build plan
Replies: 4
Views: 7317

Re: My build plan

I worry about things like bit-error rates and longevity, as most companies have adopted TLC and QLC exclusively. I think only Samsung uses MLC (more reliable) anymore. <shrug> I think it's all about lifetime writes. I doubt your usage will come close to the SSD's lifetime writes over the PC's lifet...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My build plan
Replies: 4
Views: 7317

Re: My build plan

Storage :) How much do you need? What's your game plan for it? How are you going to do backups? Chances are you can get away with just an M.2 PCIe SSD for everything but archival storage and an 'only spinning during backup' SATA HDD for the latter. I haven't seen any reviews for the motherboard by r...
by CA_Steve
Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:50 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic FOCUS vs PRIME?
Replies: 3
Views: 11732

Re: Seasonic FOCUS vs PRIME?

whispercat wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2023 6:40 pm
Platinum. Specifically 750-px.

If the PRIME has tighter voltage regulation, would this mean it could handle transient spikes better?
Nope - that's different circuitry. I could only find one decent Focus PX 750 review @ Tom's. The Prime reviews all seem to be Titanium...
by CA_Steve
Mon Jan 23, 2023 6:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic FOCUS vs PRIME?
Replies: 3
Views: 11732

Re: Seasonic FOCUS vs PRIME?

Which Focus and which Prime? There are Gold/Platinum rated Focus and Gold/Platinum/Titanium rated Primes.

In general, the Primes have tighter load regulation, bigger fans (135mm vs 120mm), longer warranty (12yr vs 10yr).

Corsair quality is fine.
by CA_Steve
Wed Jan 18, 2023 5:50 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New solid state cooling technology
Replies: 1
Views: 4723

Re: New solid state cooling technology

Yep. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out. I enjoyed the CEO's tout of 21 to 24dB being below the noise floor. :)
by CA_Steve
Wed Jan 11, 2023 12:31 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

yep!
by CA_Steve
Wed Dec 28, 2022 6:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any Nividia RTX 3000 series cards with more than 8 GB VRAM?
Replies: 5
Views: 13374

Re: Any Nividia RTX 3000 series cards with more than 8 GB VRAM?

You might look for benchmark reviews that use the video editing and 3D modeling tools you use and see if there is an appreciable difference in performance for the Ti and non-Ti versions. Everything else you listed is effectively idling.
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 27, 2022 8:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any Nividia RTX 3000 series cards with more than 8 GB VRAM?
Replies: 5
Views: 13374

Re: Any Nividia RTX 3000 series cards with more than 8 GB VRAM?

Asus Strix OC V2 in the Quiet BIOS setting is probably the best of the 3060's.
Techpowerup
ComputerBase

$550CAN at Memory Express.

I don't know when the 4060's will be released...might be announced at CES this week, might not come out until June.
by CA_Steve
Mon Dec 26, 2022 7:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any Nividia RTX 3000 series cards with more than 8 GB VRAM?
Replies: 5
Views: 13374

Re: Any Nividia RTX 3000 series cards with more than 8 GB VRAM?

RTX 3060 comes in a 12GB variant, RTX 3080 has 10GB and 12GB versions, RTX 3080 Ti is 12GB.

pcpartpicker.com might help you out.
by CA_Steve
Mon Dec 19, 2022 9:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

Looks like the non-X parts arrive in January. It'll be interesting to see what a "65W" R9 7900 looks like.
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 13, 2022 10:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal North - beauty, eh?
Replies: 2
Views: 5712

Re: Fractal North - beauty, eh?

I like the black metal + wood look. Here's Guru3D's review of the glass and solid metal version using your future R9 7900X limited to 125W and a 3080 video card.
by CA_Steve
Fri Dec 02, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

I remember Linus once mentioning that the electronics industry in China slows down between Feb and about May because of Chinese New Year and factories doing inventory during that time, etc. and that this has an effect on pricing. Yeah, that's utter nonsense. A mobo mfgr isn't going to limit their r...
by CA_Steve
Wed Nov 30, 2022 7:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

Yep. I looked at the 5900X pricing, and granted there were tight supplies last year, but it appears there was a price dip for the Nov/Dec time frame, then it went back up until March, then dove. So, short term, the 7900X pricing is maybe as good as it gets. My 6 mo rule is more of a: - buy at launch...
by CA_Steve
Wed Nov 30, 2022 5:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

Most CPU "bugs" post launch are firmware issues, not chip hardware issues. So, that means a BIOS/driver update - not a "we have to change the silicon" problem. The few times buggy silicon have been released into the wild, the problem has been discovered pretty quick and hailed loudly on the tech new...
by CA_Steve
Tue Nov 29, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

by CA_Steve
Tue Nov 29, 2022 10:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

...sort of. New CPU releases generally come out with a new motherboard chipset. So, if you are waiting for the mobo firmware to settle out, you are by default waiting for any initial BIOS/driver issues associated with the CPU to settle out. These days, AMD and Intel are doing staggered releases, bri...
by CA_Steve
Mon Nov 28, 2022 5:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI RTX 3060 ti Gaming X LHR (two fan)
Replies: 2
Views: 5295

Re: MSI RTX 3060 ti Gaming X LHR (two fan)

Impossible to say without any technical details available. There weren't any reviews for a 2-fanned MSI GTX 3060 either. Oddly, it's the highest priced of the 3 sku's, but that could be for the bump in clock speed and the rgb bling. The Asus STRIX OC in quiet BIOS mode does have the best temp and sl...
by CA_Steve
Mon Oct 03, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Zen 4 launch
Replies: 18
Views: 44933

Re: New AMD Zen 4 launch

Die shrinks (more wattage/heat in a smaller area) and the desire to run faster/further up the voltage/freq curve makes the X chips run so hot. As you noted, you could:
- enable the eco mode
- wait for the non-X parts to come out..I expect they be 65W TDP parts.
- limit the TDP in BIOS.
by CA_Steve
Mon Sep 05, 2022 4:42 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Can I change my username?
Replies: 2
Views: 6547

Re: Can I change my username?

It's not a user-facing or moderator option. sorry.