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Comment reply on Forum Topic "What is your personal favorite motherboard, and why?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

May be bias, but love the Rampage VI extreme, love the silver / black combination, looks gorgeous, but with RGB the silver bits become translucent. Think the newer rampages step back aesthetically Sigh but much better in important areas.

My old X99 E-WS I also liked, a very classy looking board and thanks to having a solid VRM, heatsink and OC socket, meant it OC'd as well as the Rampage.

Absolutely drawling over the x570 Aqua at the moment also.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "wc tubing routing suggestions."

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Here is a list of all builds on this site with that combo, quick scan shows some with custom loops: https://pcpartpicker.com/builds/by_part/jGYLrH#e=1988,2008,2001,1892

Comment reply on Forum Topic "EVGA Dark 299 and NZXT Cooling vs what this guy says about my build"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I am confused, are you referring to wanting opinions on the text in the quote mark which is what the buyer is suggesting?

"So a few important notes: you’re going to want to use a Corsair AIO (h150) and Corsair fans. NZXT’s quality just isn’t there. The cases are awesome but they don’t do fans well, at least not yet.

Corsair H150 is a solid AIO, but there is a premium to it. Similarly it depends on what platform your looking at cooling. Corsair's fan's, once again there are so many of them in various flavours, RGB etc that the price changes dramatically, will need to be more specific. They have some solid SKU's but there are other manufactures which personally I prefer, but the corsair stuff does provide a appeal in terms of aesthetics.

The motherboards from Evga just Aren’t quite there. We would go with an ASUS hero or even better the gigabyte Aorus master. It’s actually the highest quality z390 board AND not even the most expensive! Gigabyte really got their operation in gear and did an amazing job on the 390 series and X570 series.

You mention EVGA Dark X299 in title, yet the ASUS Hero is a mainstream board, sounds like your comparing various platforms? With that said, X299 Dark is actually a very solid board for X299. It was designed for overclocking in mind and this can be seen in area's such as there RAM topology, but with that said, the revised X299 boards that are being launched with 10xxx are also more capable.

On the mainstream side, ASUS is a solid option with there Hero, but I would agree, Gigabyte last few gens has really improved, they offer very solid options on z390 and X570.

Rest of it, while overkill, is a great list. The 1600W psu is overkill unless you want 3+ gpus. Get a 1000W and you’ll have more than enough power even with 2 gpus

Not wrong there, 1600w is overkill for 99% of users. Even 1000w is pretty overkill for most unless your going to pick up a pair of power hungry GPU's and CPU.

Most users will be fine on a quality 650w PSU for most the part, which will handle most mainstream CPU and high end GPU combinations fine with some overhead.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need help with my phanteks evolv shift!!!"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I assume you mean be able to put fans on the front panel? One up top and one in the compartment below. If so, you should be fine I expect. I have a Strix GPU in which is is slightly thinner, but not by much but there is still couple of cm play between the bracket the GPU is held in and the fans. Abit this is in the Shift X, but AFAIK that only changes dimension height wise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Corsair AX1600i 1600W or Super Flower LEADEX Titanium 1600W Power Supply"

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Use the AX1600i myself, solid quality PSU and had no issues with it, very quiet in use, even pulling 1000w+ under load. The superflower is also a quality unit, guess it will be dependent on price and also if you actually need such a PSU?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Where Do I find CPU/Mobo chipset version??"

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

If you have CPU-Z already, just go to the mainboard section.

It will list the chipset and southbridge. It will be the southbridge field most people likely refer to when talking about chipset in this instance and it will show, x570, X299, z370 etc. I assume that is what your talking about.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ASUS Aura Sync"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

ASUS aura will work for things like the GPU etc.

With that said, while you can still install ASUS Aura, However, do be aware, I can see RGB headers on the board, they will NOT usually work with ASUS Aura, so if the fans you mentioned will be connected up to those RGB header's, AURA sync will not work usually. Those headers will likely need ASROCK's polychrome Sync software. It also likely I expect the polychrome software will also be able to manage the RGB on the memory these days: https://www.asrock.com/microsite/PolychromeRGB/

GPU though if ASUS is unlikely to sync with polychrome so may end up with a situation you need polychrome to support the RGB header functionality and AURA for the GPU with memory being okay with either.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Phanteks ETHNOO 719 Build: EVGA Dark. EVGA 2080 Ti, etc"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Your monitor in the list is different to one in your comments, you list has a Ultrawide 1080p monitor in the list.

You don't need a 1.6KW PSU for that build, not even half of that (800w) will have issues with your list.

You have 850 Pros in your list which are overpriced, but tbh in your other thread a number of these odd parts were addressed: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/339592-cooling-and-storage-for-a-simple-non-cutom-loop-build-in-a-huge-phateks-case your burning money.

Would not bother modifying the GPU to accept an AIO in the short term. That cooler your paying a premium for is a pretty good solution to keep it cool and quiet out the box, your wasting money if its simply a placeholder: https://www.techpowerup.com/review/evga-geforce-rtx-2080-ti-xc-ultra/37.html

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Recommend power supply for 2080 super sli"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes it was, see second post. You can see GPU alone can do around 260w out the box and a little bit more peak at times I expect. OC it further and will likely go up a shade. So yes, less then 320w but still a decent amount with a pair of GPU's that CPU and all the other bits with all under a simultaneous load. Given minimal cost increase to 1200w in grand scheme of things, would just opt for that if your sticking to ASUS.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Recommend power supply for 2080 super sli"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh yeah your righ good spot, but here is another example of just 2080S Power consumption using just under 260w out the box: https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_rtx_2080_super_gaming_x_trio_review,6.html

add couple more watts for Strix would not surprise me to see 280w peek at times. OC and notch it further will still by drinking the power so personally in grand scheme of things and price would pick the bigger PSU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Recommend power supply for 2080 super sli"

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

850 watts is pushing it. You can see from a review for the card (abit OC rather then advanced): https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/9186/asus-geforce-rtx-2080-super-rog-strix-oc-review/index10.html it can push 320 watts or so out the box. I assume your workload will be capable of loading the cards heavily and equally therefore would not be surprised to see you notching close to 650 watts or so. Add in the CPU under load and other components and you may be close to the limit.

Given the price your paying for the system and the fact there is a 1200w unit of the same PSU your looking at for around $60 more: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/DnBTwP/asus-1200-w-80-platinum-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-rog-thor-1200p which is trivial and around a 1.5 % increase relative to your overall system cost, I would just grab that as I assume you want to stick with ASUS for aesthetics and that is the only tier above 850w ASUS do.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Elder Scrolls VI"

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Quiet the opposite IMO. Sooooo much content for the price. Single player, dungeons, trials etc. For a price to hour ratio it is by far the highest value game I have played. I have poured in about 2500 hours over 2 and a bit years or so at a cost of around £275 including ESO + subscription during that time. In comparison a triple AAA game with great single player like witcher 3 + expansions is around £60 or so and will last around 150 or so hours doing everything.

Compared to when it launched, the game has massively been improved and overhauled.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Connecting speakers and amp"

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

The wire will of course be covered, your buying something like this: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-16-Gauge-Audio-Stereo-Speaker/dp/B006LW0WDQ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=speaker+wire&qid=1579194296&sr=8-6 or similar which comes in a jacket already.

At the ends you strip the wire, only need to strip the length of wire you will be hooking up to the binding posts or putting through a banana plug / spade. Should be no need for heatshrink.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Connecting speakers and amp"

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

You will just need speaker cable. You will just need to strip the ends off each side and go into the binding post on the Amp side and speaker side.

With that said, you can also pick up something like Bannana plugs or spades which makes things cleaner and I use on my speaker cable runs rather then bare wire.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ARGB Connections?"

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

It depends on the fan's.

If the fan's just have a normal Addressable header then yes, can connect to your addressable RGB header fine.

Some other's however can be somewhat more propitiatory however such as corsairs LLs or NZXT HUE 2 fans etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can I put one GPU on any PCIe 4.0 x16 slot?"

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes you can.

Do keep in mind however, the second slot is PCIe 4.0 x 8 and the third slot down is only x4. so don't be surprised for most GPU's if you see if as PCIe 3.0 x 8 (PCIe 4.0 for those few that support it) being shown in something like GPU-Z

Not much of an issue however as even PCIe 4.0 x 8 (well Gen 3.0 x 8) is fine for most GPU's only a very small impact with even a 2080Ti.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Elder Scrolls VI"

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Yup, looking forward to it very much! But to be honest, its so far out at the moment anyways I expect, not really on my immediate radar

Do I expect absolute polish or perfection, nope. But Had an absolute blast with Skyrim and Oblivion at launch and more so once mods etc come out.

Hopefully there are some lessons learnt from 76, I suppose starfield will show if Bethesda have chnaged ship. Though to be honest, for me only 76 has really fallen down, very much enjoyed most ES (and Elder scrolls online) and fallout games.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GPU Water Cooling - Yay or Nay"

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

From a performance perspective, no not really worth it. A half decent air cooler, such as the one already on the card will allow you to extract a fair bit of performance. Under water, sure you will be able to usually maintain a few steps higher under water then air, but not the the extent the 14% increase in price (assuming $700 card and $100 AIO modification) will be realised.

With that said, its kind of moot, you mention you already have the card, so play around with it now. Its pretty impossible with the protections built in to break a card tweaking via MSI AB etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New to watercooling, need some help getting info for a GPU block"

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 points

part originates from China and is not in the US at all.

Pretty much most components including GPUs are produced in China, Taiwan et al.

My question is will just any 2080ti waterblock work

No, different 2080Ti's have different PCB's so need to find the one specific for your model. The PCB and components on said PCB shift around so the water block will be milled accordingly. Usually the most popular models will get water blocks made to help ensure some ROI. Unfortunately that is largely a OEM model AFAIK and hard to buy one aftermarket, similarly not seen any PCB pics so not sure what is being used. Cursory glance at EK's configurator https://www.ekwb.com/configurator/ does not even list that model.

Would need to check on universal block's compatibility, but suspect the core would be okay of course, but need to make sure you properly cool the VRM section. More so on a 2080Ti given power consumption and what I suspect will be a less robust power delivery (so more heat for each component vs a more robust solution)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My New PC boots up slow, anyone know why?"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Indeed its normal for High end platform. With more memory channels and usually feature set it means performing more checks on start up, even with the fastest of NVME drives.

Can in some instances shave a few seconds by looking at and skipping some memory training settings in the BIOS, but would not bother.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Game Soundtracks"

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points
  • Elder Scroll series - So many in Oblivion, Skyrim and ESO I have heard
  • Halo - so many songs in the series that give me goosebumps
  • Assasin Creed Series - Some real amazing songs in the series, in particular in Origins and Odyssey
  • Metal Gear Solid Phantom Pain - 4 also had some good songs, but far longer ago.
  • Mass effect, mostly in game, but they really nail playing the right tune to elicit the correct emotion
  • Witcher 3 - Not right up there, but there is some real nice tunes that I love listening too such as Ard Skelliga or Wind in the Caroberta Woods.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dream Job"

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

Pilot at a commercial airline. Do have a Private Pilot License, so do fly small craft, though not so much recently, but would have liked to take it further in hindsight.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2020 PC Parts"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Not PC part, but general interest to see how consoles pan out this gen

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why doesn't my mobo support the i7-9700k?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

While it the same socket, there is a divide. Mainstream Skylake (6xxx, so 6700k for example)) and Mainstream Kabylake (7xxx, 7700k for example) only work on z170 and z270 (and the associated locked motherboard).

Mainstream Coffee lake (8xxx, so 8700k) and CL refresh, so your 9700k requires z370 or newer, so basically, z370 or z390 board for your 9700k.

It is frustrating, but effectively on your motherboard you listed (strix z270-E) the 7700k is the best CPU you can get.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "DVD or Blu-ray"

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes a Blu-Ray writer will also be able to write both DVD's and CD's fine. If you go to optical drives then filter on Blu-Ray writer and DVD-Writer you will get a list of all the options: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/optical-drive/#xcx=0&t=1,3&sort=price

With that said, the Blu-ray writers are more expensive and generally, they have slightly lower speeds in some areas as you can see (look at the numbers in DVD write section), If still unsure, click on a player and scroll down specs listed on left hand side, PCPP does nice job of listing relevant speeds such as DVD+RW Speed, DVD-RW Speed etc.

largely will make minimal difference unless your sitting there and burning DVD after DVD or something and even then. This Blu-Ray writer: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/z2dqqs/lg-optical-drive-wh14ns40 has enough solid review and rating overall. Is also cheapest listed on site

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Using mystic light for a MSI GPU on a ASUS motherboard"

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 points

Are you connecting the RGB strips, fans etc to headers on the ASUS motherboard? If so, then no, Mystic will not actually recognise RGB items connected to those headers on the ASUS board, just confirmed this downloading Mystic on my various ASUS boards and somewhat expected behaviour.

Mystic will recognise other peripherals though such as the MSI GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rgb and Argb question."

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 points

No, you can use populate the headers at the same time fine. What the person or comment you likely saw was referring to that you cannot use a normal RGB strip on a ARGB header and vice versa.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Getting RAM to advertised speeds"

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

As others said a matter of enabling XMP (may see it as DCOP) in the BIOS.

Do note, DDR stands for double Data Rate. So the 1133 MT/s your seeing in iCUE should be doubled so the actual speed your getting is 2266 MT/s. Similarly when you enable XMP / DCOP in the BIOS, do not be surprised to see iCUE showing half of 3200, so 1600.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asus ROG STRIX Z390-I Gaming Question"

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Yup, as kschendel said. you can also check the actual manuals themselves, Most board manufactures including ASUS upload there manuals which detail all your answers.

Both are via the chipset. Both will allow SATA and NVME to work. However is one caveat in that SATA port 2 will be disabled if your using M2 Slot 1 in SATA mode (Not NVME)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asus ROG STRIX Z390-I Gaming Question"

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

No it will not, both the M.2 slots on the board are via the chipset.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How can you tell if GPU is OC version or non-OC version?"

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

For your card there should be a simple way, you should have a small sticker on the rear like the third picture on this review of the card shows: https://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asus_rog_strix_rtx_2080_ti_oc_review,8.html

The OC's model name on the sticker will be RTX2080Ti-O11G

Basically that O before the 11G will denote it being the OC version.

The method for using GPU-Z is as below.

On the main page, it will have a row labelled Default clock, it will match the out the box clock speeds listed for the 2080Ti OC strix. Added image here to show what I mean: https://imgur.com/w35946p (though this is for a 1080Ti still applies)

For that 2080Ti OC Strix, the card will show base clock of 1350 MHz and boost of 1650 Mhz as default.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What size SLI bridge with a Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yes the spacing is 60mm (60.96mm to be specific) apart, so the three slot bridge.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RGB syncing between manufacturers"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Chroma software is Razer's RGB software for their peripherals. I believe they have some limited functionality with other companies RGB systems, but seems to always be changing. New releases of software can break things.

However, that would not help in your instance even if Razer products could sync with other Vendor RGB stuff, in your instance your doing different brands altogether which AFAIK have no syncing software.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RGB syncing between manufacturers"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nope afraid not, they have their own software, Alienware command centre to control their own peripherals.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RGB syncing between manufacturers"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

As you mentioned, phanteks can control directly to the motherboard header and sync fine, I use that method with my Phanteks case, so in your instance, the case and Asrock motherboard will be in sync with one another. As for the GPU, afraid not, will use EVGA's Precision OCX software and does its own thing.

I don't want to have to deal with the result of companies refusing to cooperate and standardize something they all have.

That is sadly par the course in most instances when looking at differing RGB ecosystems.

Don't know what pricing your getting on that 1080 hybrid, could look at say as Asrock 5700XT which will handily out perform it for around $360 mark which will sync with polychroma so it will all sync, but as I say, not sure what price your getting the hybrid for.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU Waterblock upside down?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

With that block, if you just want it flipped 180 degrees, can simply do that, is similar in that pane. Does mean the EK logo will be upside down, but does not matter too much.

For reference, you can pull the block apart as seen around 5 min mark in this video: https://youtu.be/Zkd2UOgIavo can use that way if you wanted to rotate the block say 90 degrees so inlet and outlet are vertical are above one another. In your case though as mentioned, as your flipping it 180 degrees, should be no issues out the box.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is now a good time to switch to Team Green?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

MSI is a solid company and their coolers, in particular the Trio X is a solid cooler. May of course be some issues, but like most things, the most vocal and likely to leave reviews are those with issues rather then happy silent majority. Likewise with Nvidia and their drivers, on the whole they are solid, been few dodgy drivers here and there, but on the whole will work fine and any new bugs / introduced are usually hotfixed quick.

With that said, exactly what is the main use case of this build? What resolution, refresh rate, games etc you look to play? There is a wide delta in both price and performance of the 5700XT up to the 2080Ti.

Few comments, that 2070 Super should be ruled right out, for over $200 less, the 5700XT will be behind by a couple of % overall in performance (across combined average of games), but 47% increase in price vs a 5700XT pulse. That is ignoring any credit fees you may pay.

The 2080 Super and 2080Ti are both a clear tier ahead in performance, but be aware your paying a steep price to performance curve. This is why knowing the above questions such as Resolution, refresh etc will let people know if its even worth it. But I will say that Dell price for the 2080S is steep, $825 (once again ignoring any credit fees) while you can get a EVGA 2080S $659 right now

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card $679.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $679.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-20 06:16 EST-0500

That 2080Ti is a solid card of course, but your paying a premium so once again, above questions as 5700 XT being an option to 2080Ti is a wide spectrum your covering.

So yeah TLDR what exactly is use case of your GPU in terms of res / refresh rate / games etc. Ray tracing is a nice feature, but unless your playing games (which are not many) which have RT support, I would argue its almost a beta test, hopefully by next gen, it will be a less expensive option and also more games support it.

My final comment and feel free to ignore as you do not know me from a lampost is I would not get a line of credit to buy a GPU, more so one that is soon going to approach 1 and a half years into its life cycle. Buy within your means as the 5700XT is a solid card and that 2080Ti is 3 times as more expensive (for Trio X) vs a Sapphire Pulse 5700XT and that is ignoring any credit fee costs you may pay. You pay a hefty price / perf premium for the 2080Ti in effect early access to next gen Mid - high end performance. But as I say take as you will. If your happy and accepting of the fact then do as you will :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "choosing a CPU"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Don't know what you workload is or what your doing for it along with price. Those sorts of details will let people help you better.

Irrespective of that, the 2600 is a solid and capable CPU, not sure who said its horrible and why, could be they are saying in some instances 2700 available for usually just slightly more could be a better buy, etc. Without providing any context, hard to say. Similarly Just going for Intel because its Intel is silly. Intel does not have simply better performance, right now they have a small benefit in some use cases, but right now, more so with AMD's 3xxx series which closed the gap in single threaded performance means AMD compete and excel in plenty of performance tiers right now, more so with their competitive pricing in most instances.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What Do Y'all Think Of The New Xbox?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Aesthetics wise looks nice, would look neat in a matt white finish like the S though IMO. Am partial to these tower designs and amusingly replaced using my Xbox console with a Shift X HTPC in the living room which now this console reminds me of :P

Gut feeling vent holes will be on the back of the case, not bottom as there is not going to be any massive IO shield.

Unlikely I will pick one up however, Halo Infinite would be main reason, but I suspect thanks to MS Xbox app on PC and MS game pass, I will play it on the HTPC but hooked up to the TV and with pad to get the same experience.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4K TV for a Monitor?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

if you read some other responses, you will see people mention that gaming is a a bad idea on TV's price did not enter the equation which is what my comment was mostly in relation too. It seems to me IMO, people have out of date ideas on gaming and TV's as they have moved on significantly and you can get a solid experience with a TV. I am talking from a point in which I have pretty high end PC's paired with some of the fastest monitors around at one point or another yet can happily say, that experience on TV's for gaming is just as good, a bit in different area's.

Similarly while I say high end, its true, however its very much also on the downwards trend, depending on the model they do not all "easily dwarf" the typical builds you listed.

VRR for example can be had on TV's starting from £500 for 50+ inchs such as Samsung RU8000 series. Same TV can also do 120hz gaming, abit at 1440p So less then the price of a 2080s you mention here in the UK. and that is just the GPU. LG C9 OLED can be had for around £1100 mark for 55" which once again is a phenomenal gaming TV which mix's OLED, 120hz and G-Sync support, arguably the best TV around for gaming which comes in cheaper then plenty of 2080Ti models here in the UK. Expensive, sure, but well under the price you would pay for a typical 9900k / 3900x + high end GPU you mention.

So yeah, stand by my comments, can get a pretty amazing experience on TV's for gaming and in some models / SKU's without breaking the bank compared to what a 2080Ti + high end CPU etc can come in at.

Similarly I have gamed on TV's without both those functions, and once again, found it to be pretty phenomenal when you ensure you correctly tweak the GPU to keep at 60 FPS lock. Actually what made me move up in the TV game rather then monitor game as experience on TV's can be down right astonishing, even compared with high end monitors.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 boosts to 4.2GHz 1.4V while in game"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Precision Boost and Precision Boost overdrive, they work to keep higher clocks. In some instances enabled by default and will use more voltage which in turn means more heat. Good description here: https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3491-explaining-precision-boost-overdrive-benchmarks-auto-oc

For Gamers Nexus, the motherboard used 1.3v for PBO on and 1.24v for PBO off. I would if you have not already look to update your motherboard BIOS. May be a newer BIOS tames stock voltage. Either way I would, check for a newer BIOS, play with the PBO settings (to the point it does not affect your gaming performance) and if they do not quiet work, pick up a new cooler. That Scythe Mugen 5 is quiet good for the price as you can see here: https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8320/scythe-mugen-5-rev-cpu-cooler-review/index6.html from a performance stand point it keeps both temps in check while running quiet, talking a degree or so and decibel higher then the Noctua NH-DH 15 which is more expensive and often pointed as one of the best air coolers around (I have one also and can confirm its astonishingly good!)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 boosts to 4.2GHz 1.4V while in game"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Should drop the noise. This user mentioned the same cooler replacing spire with numbers he got before and after. Game temps did not drop as massively, but that's because the CPU could stretch its legs abit more and maintain and higher clock speed with PBO / PB seeing somewhat aggressive. They also had the CPU unlocked so working to pump out max FPS. They did not mention noise, but I would expect it to be cooler then the wraith spire: https://community.amd.com/thread/242687

Not sure what your paying for the Gammax, but for a little bit more (depending where you live) can get the Scyth Mugen which is actually amazing price / performance: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/8GBrxr/scythe-mugen-5-rev-b-512-cfm-cpu-cooler-scmg-5100

In the interim you could look at playing with PB / PBO options.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4K TV for a Monitor?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

TBH don't know where everyone is saying 4k TV is bad for gaming. Its actually not, at least on some modern high end TV's. I have a 100hz G-Sync panel with low response time, yet I can say, I actually have a much better experience on a 4k TV these days for gaming. It can be phenomenal if your not after the absolute lowest response time "elite" gamers are after.

Take a peek at LG's OLEDS or Samsung's high end QLEDs (which I use), input lag is respectable with game mode, yet the size and HDR absolutely crush anything a monitor can offer really. They even now have VRR with LG's supporting G-Sync and Samsung supporting VRR on some SKU's. Likewise some of these 4k panels like LG's OLEDS actually do 4k @120hz, combine that with G-Sync support, OLEDS contrast, HDR etc and 4k TV's can actually be pretty epic to game on. I only actually use my main rig when playing keyboard and mouse games now. Everything else is on my TV /HTPC rig.

For clarity, need to bare in mind a 4k TV and 4k monitor at like for like size will have the same pixel density. Difference here is TV's are usually larger though so the same amount of pixels are spread over a wider area so you have less pixel density. On a large enough panel may mean the lower pixel density is noticeable if you sit up close to say a 65" 4k TV vs a 27" 4k monitor.

In your case, given your just going to be at your desk and its a secondary monitor anyways, just grab a 4k monitor IMO.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "600W power supply for 980 Ti"

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The number of monitors will not change anything, load will be a load regardless, if the above show the GPU pegged at 100% and eating around 250w or so, three monitors is not going to make it jump.

Now in some cases, it may be a situation where the GPU may be running at slightly higher usage then single monitor, but the performance / power consumption will still largely be the same when your running GPU flat out.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "600W power supply for 980 Ti"

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500w will be fine unless your sitting their with both CPU and GPU heavily overclocked and hammering both with heavy synthetic tests. In actual use your likely to run around 350w-400w mark in a typical gaming load. 2600 around 100w and your 980Ti around 250w or so, with 50w for the rest (if that)

Guru 3D for example shows the power consumption in gaming on the graph on following link: https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_ryzen_5_2600_review,7.html its with a 1080 rather then 980Ti so add 50-60 watts, but as you can see, typical gaming will be fine and under 500w.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Advise on online buying"

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Stick to the reputable companies and you will usually be fine. Sites PCPP link to are usually vetted I believe and pretty reliable names IMO so would not worry in that regards.

Do try to purchase the primary parts on one go at least so you can confirm the PC can boot. That way you can return anything faulty within the RMA window with little hassle.

But yeah, in general just be smart and you will be fine. In the UK at least, we do not really have the likes of Microcentre etc, so pretty much all by builds have been done buying online after doing my homework.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sama Tank Case and 2080TI Trio 3 fan"

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Should be fine I expect. ATX sized case, can see according to newegg supports up to 380mm GPUs: https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16811197005

So lets assume that is without a fan. The Gaming Trio is 330mm. that leaves 50mm which is more then enough for fans which are usually 25mm

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I wanting to build my own pc, budget is £4000-4500"

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Vega covered most the points.

To add, it sounds like your going alot on "what your mates said". Need to do some homework before dropping this kind of money. For example on the GPU front, not every game supports SLI well or at all. So before dropping £1k on a second 2080Ti check your games you play, do they support SLI, if they do, do they scale well etc. Regardless check the games you play and look at some actual 2080Ti benchmarks. If its a 60hz 4k panel a single 2080Ti is usually more then able in most titles with settings notched up.

On the monitor front, without sounding offensive that is a silly way to go. Why build a overkill PC and game on a monitor that handicaps the system entirely until you can save up funds to buy a new monitor. Would make much more sense to get say a single 2080Ti and quality monitor you plan to keep instead IMO with the way SLI etc scales. If then you find SLI scales well and would be worthwhile for games you play, then add in a second 2080Ti down the line that lets you crank up settings etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Remember Reach"

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sort of.

There are 3 plans. Xbox pass for PC which lets you play the Xbox game pass selection of PC games. Xbox pass for your console which lets you play Xbox pass games on your console and Xbox ultimate which lets you play Xbox game pass games on both your PC and console as well as including Xbox gold.

TBH this may explain the plans cleanly: https://www.xbox.com/en-us/xbox-game-pass?OCID=AID2000131_SEM_LSLugrCL&source=lp#join

If you just want to access the Xbox pass library on your PC, you normally just want the Xbox pass for PC. But right now with the Xbox Ultimate game pass of $1 for 3 months, makes absolute sense to grab that then cancel as soon as you have it. Down the line if you feel inclined to join the service again, just get it for PC.

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