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Comment reply on Forum Topic "George Floyd protests"

  • 4 hours ago
  • 2 points

This has been going on far longer then the current administration though.

He can be blamed in part for the severity but not the issue itself.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "George Floyd protests"

  • 7 hours ago
  • 1 point

Good judge once told me ignoring the rules doesn't change that those are the rules.

Wanting things to change when the guidelines and proper ways to report abuse are already ignored most places kind of ignores the baseline issue of they are already ignoring the guidelines and ways to report abuse.

Creating a second set to be ignored isn't going to help.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "George Floyd protests"

  • 8 hours ago
  • 1 point

I'm talking about guidance rather than enforcement.

The Justice Dept already does that though.

Granted it is mostly ignored, but they lay out all the guidelines and produce the training curriculums.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "George Floyd protests"

  • 9 hours ago
  • 1 point

Not quite seeing what your point is.

Laws are implemented at the local, state, and federal levels.

Unless the police are not enforcing those laws, or abusing them, no laws have been broken and there is nothing for the overseeing agencies to do.

Unless your looking at it as all law enforcement should be federalized which is against most state and local constitutions.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "George Floyd protests"

  • 9 hours ago
  • 1 point

The more I hear about this, the more I think it’d be a great job for an amendment to handle.

Department of Justice and FBI handle these kinds of things when people report them.

But if nobody bothers sending them up the chain nothing gets done.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Matisse Refresh Pricing"

  • 17 hours ago
  • 1 point

That's the question.

We've already seen cuts to 400 series boards removing them as a viable option for the R3 retail availability moving people towards B550.

And the opportunity is there for them to simply blame lack of low enough binned CCD and high COVID demand removing those from the market.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Matisse Refresh Pricing"

  • 17 hours ago
  • 2 points

I don't see how this makes AMD more competitive without people falling for the clock boosts as major gains and scrambling to get the unique and obscure SKUs.

It allows them to increase profit margins futher to pad earnings outlook.

The real question will be if they limit availability on the higher demand models to move people up the product stack into purchasing these at the same time.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 4.3 Ghz voltage"

  • 19 hours ago
  • 1 point

You can try but probably not and keep that clock speed.

Your also best to avoid using that voltage level for very long.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ASRock x570"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

I've heard of it.

Don't trust it at all. RGB software doesn't require support for each product, it only requires support for the controller on the product, and the key to the software lockout.

If they have to build around each product there is something else going on they don't want you to know about. And you are giving it access level that allows easy exploitation.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ASRock x570"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

ASRock only allows their own Polychrome sync to control the lighting.

It's the same with Gigabyte, Asus, MSI, and Biostar RGB or ARGB.

You have to run multiple programs if they are not the same brand and cannot sync them unless they are all a single brand.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Lg monitor says g sync but I can’t turn it on"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

G-sync compatible not G-sync.

You need a 10 series card or later and to connect the card by Display Port cable.

Older 9-series cards only support full G-sync frame syncing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Planes and drones are both smaller and faster then ships and have been easily targeted by missiles for a very long time, so hitting the target isn't as big an issue as you think.

And what warships have been hit by missiles weren't able to stop even slower missiles with their defenses.

U.S. antiship missiles are all slower varieties as a great example.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Monitor Help"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

I would contact MSI's customer service and see what they say about that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

War with China means they have to deal with public realizing they have to wait for rebuilding of basic supply lines before they can even begin rebuilding the industry supply for even little things like home appliances let alone internet, cellular, and medical industries.

All well realizing even even small groups using second rate Iranian tech can pull off precision strikes these days.

War between major powers isn't a winnable proposition anymore.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

But, I definitely don't believe it as cut and dry as you imply.

You put it best.

Vietnam on a larger scale in that way.

We lost that one, this would be bigger.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Had been working on them. And supposedly canceled the project.

Not the kind of bluff anyone wants to try and call with military force.

They are among a list of countries who may be lying about having them or may have the capability to rapidly assemble one if needed.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Their missiles, while vast in numbers, have never shown to have an associated targeting and guidance system to reliably hit small area targets, especially moving ones like ships. Their main defense against our naval fleets would be minimally effective.

They are farther along then the Soviet Union was in the 80's who were considered a very real threat and capable of hitting ships much smaller then a carrier.

India is Russian supplied.

Russia is a strategic ally of China.

India may have border skirmishes from time to time but isn't about to commit to anything when the main source of newer equipment is allied with China and they have Pakistan waiting to stab them in the back.

Japan would stay out of it being limited to self defense forces.

Korea would stay out of it because of NK.

We don't have anyone in the region that would help.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2070 RTX Super (founders edition) VS MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke ?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

For as much as they say reviewers are free to review however they want there are repercussions for doing so.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

There is no more expensive.

They attack a carrier we go nuclear and the world ends.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2070 RTX Super (founders edition) VS MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke ?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

AMD gave some reviewers earlier embargo dates and some days after everyone else.

The more critical they were of Ryzen the longer the embargo date.

When the reviewers confronted AMD they threatened to never sample them for reviews again.

Most toed the line.

Some decided to source for themselves for reviews.

Others pushed their luck thinking AMD needed them more then they needed AMD and found that AMD wasn't kidding around.

You'll see reviews from Gamers Nexus for example with taped over CPU because they sourced ES and QS samples to review if they can't wrangle retail units.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asrock BM450/AC"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

It hasn't been released yet.

You can see which version is needed on the CPU compatibility chart.

AMD put a hold on the new AGESA roll out after the uproar over cutting support on older models.

So now people can't get what they want anyway.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Vital no.

Ever try to put together something without non-vital parts like screws or sheet metal panels.

It's not a matter of vital industry when everything needs parts only made in China now.

They have the Pacific between us and them for defense.

We can only fight them with carrier battle groups which are not equipped to fend off the shear numbers of missiles and submarines that they would be facing.

Every loss would cut into an irreplaceable supply both military and civilian.

Phone breaks where are you going to get a new one?

Server?

Point of Sale at grocery store?

This is a war that would be self defeating.

We can't win.

They can't win.

We both can only lose.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 points

Anyway, what opinions does everyone have specifically about a war with China?

They make almost all the testing supplies used for COVID and the vast majority of the PPE needed.

It's an unwinnable proposition in every sense and would destroy the country even if it never went nuclear.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2070 RTX Super (founders edition) VS MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke ?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

Watch it again.

None of the previous RMA numbers were discussed.

The poll excluded people who returned and only addressed those who currently had the cards.

That means those who only had minor issues in the first place which hadn't required a return or replacement by RMA.

As everyone knows by now media polls are easily spun whichever way they want by adjusting the questions.

Steve was in a hard place forced to address the issue or lose credibility.

By addressing the issue he risked the outcome of a vindictive company who actively restricts sourcing and supplying to reviewers that don't say what they want as the Threadripper fiasco proved.

He choose the shovel it under the rug ASAP approach.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2070 RTX Super (founders edition) VS MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke ?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

You do know HW Unboxed revised those estimates after the 20.2 driver update?

Feel free to double check Steve never went back to revise those numbers.

As soon as AMD listed a black screen fix he stated it was done, and there were no more issues, even though AMD in those drivers admitted there were still continuing issues.

If I recall correctly its closer to 20% these days. Similar RMA to Nvidia offerings on the average.

1%-5% is average RMA rate with 5% being worst case during the EVGA 1070/1080 burning out issue.

Generally both companies run 1%-3% RMA rate.

RMA is only handled after the return window closes and on issues that are not fixed through a driver update.

If they can simply have the user update drivers and the issue goes away, then they are not out the cost of two cards a return involves, and save the two cards+shipping that an RMA involves.

Most likely the company AMD uses to finish products isn't ready to handle the super high density of the Navi design.

AMD went way denser with Navi then when they moved Ryzen to 7nm.

And quality control has been the major issue when moving past 14nm class processes, the old quality control measures just don't cut it.

Samsung, Globalfoundries, IBM, Intel all struggled or still are struggling with the issue.

Most either gave up or went to EUV which allows better resolution making it easier to quality control.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What do you think of this build?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

This should be in parts lists opinions wanted section.

But.

RX 550 is terribly overpriced you can get a similar performance GT 1030 for 3/4 the price.

Cooler isn't any better then the stock.

Don't need thermal paste.

Get an SSD.

I would go for a known power supply.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (14nm) 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor £67.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M GAMING Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard £69.99 @ AWD-IT
Memory Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory £62.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Crucial MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £61.14 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 2 GB Video Card £75.97 @ CCL Computers
Case CiT F3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case £25.98 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £54.98 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £418.05
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-30 16:14 BST+0100

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming CPU vs GPU better"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

In those titles you may need to tweak some settings but it'll do the job.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming CPU vs GPU better"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

For 75hz gameplay in lighter titles like you mentioned even a $75 I3 or $90 R3 are going to max out your monitor.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/TX4NnQ,YTbwrH/

GPU wise the 1660 Super is more then enough.

IF your going to spend more then on those you should also consider a higher refresh rate monitor in budget to benefit from the performance they offer.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Newegg PC? $1000 - $850 SALE"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

Going by the sale price your looking at a $50 markup for assembly+warranty.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $167.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 200T 54.25 CFM CPU Cooler $18.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $52.99 @ Amazon
Memory *Team 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 CL16 Memory $29.49 @ Amazon
Storage *Team GX2 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $53.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $249.99 @ B&H
Case Rosewill FBM-X2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $34.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $52.99 @ B&H
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $108.78 @ Other World Computing
Keyboard Cooler Master Devastator 3 Wired Gaming Keyboard With Optical Mouse $39.99 @ Dell
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $809.19
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-29 18:52 EDT-0400

They did go with a tower cooler but without extra case fans it isn't going to help much.

Also the TR2 they use is questionable at best.

They don't have a similarly priced "gamer" keyboard+mouse combo on here but you can get them cheaper.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Going to sell 5x 80gb and 5x 160gb Intel 3Gb/s SATA SSD's | what can I ask for these?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 3 points

$10 might be stretching things even with the shortages since you can get new 120gb for $21 and 240gb for $30.

You would have to find someone who is so broke they can't spend the extra.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i9-9900k or i7-8700k?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Much more realistic.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Desperately in need of help"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Most likely one of two things.

PBO is enabled pushing way too much voltage.

You have an issue with cooler contact which can come from multiple reasons, bad installation, bad stock cooler, failed solder, off level heatspreader on the CPU.

Installation is easy to fix, reinstall the cooler or replace it.

Bad cooler is rare but I've seen a few bad extrusions from Cooler Master on that cooler family and things slip quality control on Friday's or when people are overworked as is common these days.

That requires a replacement.

Bad IHS has been a trend lately from AMD even on 3950X. Seems somebody was new on the mill and there have been a run of slightly off flush models which need lapping to properly seat against a cooler.

Replacing the cooler won't really help as much since you can't get a proper mount.

You run into the same on Intel time to time especially on the larger HEDT models.

Failed solder is rare but happens from time to time and there really isn't much that can be safely done about it.

AMD's package design doesn't take reflowing well so you have to delid, sand down the surfaces, and reapply a thermal solution.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Torvalds 2020"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

Before this latest build, his box was an i9-9900k. Normally, Torvalds would just pop into the local Fry's to pick up some of the more basic stuff directly

Been a long time since any Fry's had gear like that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT giving "no signal" error on monitor"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

If the cards installed properly and isn't being detected by drivers it's dead.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mobo for my first build"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

If you don't mind the wait until B550 shows up they are looking better at similar pricing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT giving "no signal" error on monitor"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

The autodetect on their website is a royal pain when it decides to do that but third party sources to the rescue.

https://www.techpowerup.com/download/amd-radeon-graphics-drivers/

Go with the 20.4.2 WHQL the new ones buggy as hell right now on some cards.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT giving "no signal" error on monitor"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

Can't update drivers because the computer is not recognizing the gpu.

Connect to the motherboard and use the integrated graphics.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT giving "no signal" error on monitor"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Update the drivers.

Use DDU to remove all the old NVidia drivers.

If that doesn't work return it.

If you can't return it contact Sapphire to try and RMA it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I saw HK and just thought about Kotor...

Meatbags.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mobo for my first build"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

X570 was first and can be configured better.

Problem with X570 is cost to do so means manufacturers cut corners and what can be isn't actually available on anything but a very few high priced models.

B550 costs less both for the chipset and to build to fit the features so you get better overall feature quality and may not be sacrificing anything you wouldn't have made use of on an X570.

You can get a top end B550 that supports three 4.0 M.2 for the price of a middle range X570 that doesn't.

Yes you only have x8 graphics lanes but that isn't meaningful on PCIe 3.0 let alone 4.0

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mobo for my first build"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

B550 replaces X470 and B450.

Pricing raised a bit from B450 more in line with X470 but features are better then both older on decent models.

https://www.techpowerup.com/267798/gigabyte-amd-b550-motherboard-pricing-revealed

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F GAMING"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

400 series motherboards are done.

AMD stopped supplying them awhile back to clear out supply so they can launch B550 and A520.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will This Fit?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

What kind of budget are you looking at?

And Operating System depends, if you have Windows 7 you need a new license, if you have a Windows 10 Full license then you are good to go, if your license is OEM then you'll need a new license.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does the Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Duo fits in the MSI B450M Mortar Max ?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

If it was made within the last few years your fine.

If you get one that's been sitting on a shelf since before AMD launched Ryzen then you need to contact the manufacturer to see what a kit costs since I don't think they supply them for free anymore.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 4 points

Sad part is China can play this legally as sticking to the terms of the handover.

Hong Kong agreed not to secede from China as part of the handover so cracking down on secession is a abiding by the treaty.

China agreed to keep the government in place so cracking down on anti-government protests is the same so long as they leave the government in place.

They are using Hong Kong's people against themselves knowing they will break the treaty themselves letting China do whatever it pleases.

Taiwan has the advantage of China knowing they were working on nukes at one point, and finding out whether or not they actually have them is going to cost them anything they might have gained.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3 fans or 2?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

Depends on if they are using a heatsink that can benefit from more then two fans.

The size of the fans.

And if the core needs more cooling then a dual fan design offers.

Something like a 1660 Super doesn't really benefit from having a triple fan cooler, well a 5700XT can.

Some triple fan coolers are not worth the extra like Powercolor's which uses 80mm fans that spin way too fast and loud.

We really need more specifics to give an accurate answer.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GPU manufacture preferences?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Ignore manufacturers as all have or do make good and bad cards.

Look at the specific models instead.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 1600AF"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Amazon themselves sells it for $.99 more when they have it.

Sad reality is the 1600 "AF" was launched to compete with the 9100F and has only seen pricing increases, well the 9100F is now competing with the 3000G, AMD motherboards are gone across the board well Intel are seeing pricing cuts on 9th gen.

The gouging is entirely one sided.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "You've won the lottery-- now what?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

It's not a bad idea but honestly taking kids on long flights is a headache at best so we keep things inside the state's.

Until COVID hit we were doing 3-5 trips a year between camping, Boston and NY for museum's, and local history.

With one big getaway vacation to Disney or one of the bigger theme parks.

I'd rather they learn history happens everywhere and not to ignore what's in the backyard so to say.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 1600AF"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

At that price yes at least until the 3100/3300X are available.

At the $150 pricing it's been at for weeks it is a terrible buy.

Being the Amazon seller is the same one who was selling it at $85 though on principle alone I would avoid it rather then allow them to profiteer from market shortages when it's main competitor has seen a pricing cut to $59.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $59.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $59.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-28 09:20 EDT-0400

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