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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Two GTX 1080 Ti vs one RTX 2080 Super"

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point
  1. you'll need to find benchmarks because the tensor cores could make a significant jump in performance depending on the workload's ability to use them.

  2. A: usually for compate/machine learning stuff you're not using SLI. B: if you were using SLI they need to be the same chip, but different models/brands is ok. (do note that with the newer hard bridges the card PCB might need to be the same width in order for the bridge to actually connect)

  3. probably need to refer to #1 in order to determine which way is worth it. (tensor cores being utilized by the program seems like the big wildcard in your decision imo)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3900X PCIE Lanes with 3 M.2 4.0"

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't expect it to be noticeable during gaming at all. you have to be moving very large files around or benchmarking in order to saturate the chipset lanes.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there a performance difference between an M.2 SSD or a SSD that sits in a bay tray?"

  • 11 days ago
  • 3 points

m.2 is a connection/form factor which can communicate through SATA or NVMe. If you get a SATA type m.2 drive that connects straight to mobo then it'll be the same performance as the 2.5 inch SSD form factor. If you get an NVMe M.2 then it'll perform better than either of the SATA types. but unless you're doing large editing type stuff you probably won't notice the difference.

if you just gaming and doing other typical pc stuff then its generally better to save the money and stick to SATA drives.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Simple PC Cables Question"

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

if you buy cable extensions then you're fine. if you buy cables that plug straight into your PSU then you MUST make sure they're for your exact PSU model because the pins at the PSU vary from different models.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CAT 1,000,000 ethernet"

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

I know cat5e is rated as Crazyfool mentioned, but I've had a 100ft cat5e that would only do 100Mbps and when I switched to cat6 I got my 1000Mbps connection. The price difference is almost nothing so if you're buying a cable I would suggest to get cat6.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "is the scythe mugen 5 still the "best" air cooler for am4?"

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

as long as you have the height clearance you can't really go wrong with any of these coolers. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Soundcards"

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

In general the mobo audio is totally fine. if you're picky and know you'd rather have higher quality sound what I've mainly seen is people getting an external DAC instead of sound card.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Raising ping?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

I would assume for development testing type scenarios?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How harshly will my temperatures increase if my thermal is dry."

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

this. even if you're only taking it off for 2 seconds you want to clean it and put new paste on so that you avoid having small pockets of air when re-pressing the paste together.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why is 4.2ghz weaker than 3.9ghz?"

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 points

The comparison is like comparing walking 100ft through the woods to your friends house vs driving 3 miles in order to get to the same place. which one is faster? you travel faster in the car but you arrive faster on foot. IPC (Instructions Per Clock) is how efficiently it can get work done. and when you're way more efficient, you don't have to run as fast to get the same result.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please help me understand PCI Express x16 Slots and lane speed"

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

for 3D rendering the bandwidth appears to NOT be an issue since most of the workload is in the GPU itself and not moving info back and forth.

https://barefeats.com/bandwidth.html

The 2nd graph seems to be similar to what you'd be doing. you'll be totally fine on double x8. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RTX 2080 TI in my older system?"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

will it work? Yes it will.

Will it help performance? Depends on what is currently holding you back for your workloads/games right now.

MSI afterburner is a very handy app to let you see how much of different resources you're using. I would strongly recommend using that to see how much of your CPU, and each individual core, you're using in app/game and how much GPU you're using in app/game before dropping $1000 on a new card. (or maybe a bit less on a used card?)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will we need a heatsink for this combo?"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

the M.2 slot is on the back of the mobo so I would guess that a heatsink would actually cause a problem with it fitting. (this is of course case dependent.)

What case are you thinking?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please help me understand PCI Express x16 Slots and lane speed"

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

when you use the 2nd x16 PCIe slot it takes it bandwidth from the 1st slot so BOTH will run at x8. This is generally totally fine for gaming needs. (as in barely noticeable difference in performance if at all.) Depending on your workload it would depend if you would benefit from having more bandwidth to the GPUs or not. I'm leaning towards x8 being totally fine, but if it isn't then you'd want to look at a threadripper setup which would give you a double x16 setup.

The 1 m.2 slot wired directly to the CPU will also run full speed (x4) no matter what GPU configuration you have setup.

Its hard to say if the heatsink might interfere or not. I would guess it depends on the backplate on the GPU???

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Inwin a1 plus side fan as intake or exhaust?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I would put it as intake. your PSU is also technically an exhaust fan in the situation.

either way is probably going to be ok. testing both is always an idea if you're really worried about it as well. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I really need a 250GB or more SSD if I already have a 1TB HDD?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

most of the time there is a performance difference when dropping down to the 128GB SSD sizes which is why people suggest at least something in the 250GB area. This is less of an issue for certain models.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "safest way to store HDD in tower without a bracket/sled"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

main concern is it moving around whenever you need to move the PC. 2nd concern is noise from rattling from movement from spinning disc.

zip tying it in place is totally an ok option. maybe small bit of foam at the points of contact to minimize movement/noise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "do I HAVE to use an nvidia GPU?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

yes, this is the situation now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "im sorry if this has been posted a thousand times but im stumped"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm unable to find a GT 660... did you mean a GTX 660? or like a GT 640?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "im sorry if this has been posted a thousand times but im stumped"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think he was asking for clarification that the monitor video cord is plugged into the GPU and not left plugged into the motherboard video outputs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU upgrading"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

use something like MSI afterburner to see how much of the CPU and GPU you're using to see which one would benefit more from an upgrade. make sure to look at each individual core on the CPU as one core pegging means you're pegged for performance on that application/game. (League of legends for example uses like 1 core super heavy so overall CPU usage would show like 10% even though the CPU is the limiting factor.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Bottleneck?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

depends what you use it for. no matter what you can come up with a situation where you'll be bottlenecked.

what resolution and framerate are you hoping for? and on what games?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Wifi 6 router"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

which wireless band was that speed test on? how close are your neighbors? I would get a free wifi analyzer app to see if you're on the same channel as a neighbor. wifi N on 5Ghz should still be pretty fast if your signal is decent.

Also, are you using any of the QoS settings? Those generally take processing power and can limit bandwidth to an extent.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How do you decide if you need more airflow/fans?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

In general 1-2 intake fans in front and 1-2 rear exhaust fans is all you need for airflow.

non-scientific way of determining if your airflow is ok: first test your cooling capabilities with the side panel off and a box fan blowing directly into the side of your case. this gives a best case scenario for your cpu and gpu coolers. then put the side panel back on and test temps again. if you previously had acceptable temps and now you don't then its an airflow problem. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Airflow"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, you should be totally fine with adding 1 front fan and the included 1 rear fan.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Where to mount the power supply"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

as Mark already said, the PSU fan always pulls air into the PSU. one quick additional remark is that if the case allows for pulling from the bottom of the case make sure you're putting the case on a flat smooth surface. directly over carpet will restrict the airflow.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build issues"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

did you by chance plug the video cord into the motherboard video outputs instead of the video card outputs?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New GPU releases?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, around a generation per year. but they sprinkle the different tiers of the generation out over most of the year so that "something" is almost always coming out even though only once or twice a year is it relevant for you. (depending on what tier you're at)

if you're playing the newest games all the time then you might find yourself needing to upgrade more often. typically the GPU performance doesn't get worse for the same game over time. so if you play the same games most of the time you might not need to upgrade for a LONG time. It's VERY dependent on what games you play. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gpu: Rtx 2060 Is not running near 100% but clock speed is very high or near max."

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It sounds like the cooler is sufficient, but loud when the fan is at a higher setting. I would set a slightly more gradual fan curve so that the fan starts getting to say a medium setting a bit earlier. I would guess this might help smooth out the fan noise so its not alternating between tornado and calm summer evening. haha

As others have mentioned, getting a bigger/better cooler will help with the noise. both because a bigger heat sink will dissipate the heat better, and because it'll have a larger fan which will make a softer humming noise than the smaller sized fans on the stock coolers.

The temps you're running at are TOTALLY fine though. so the noise bothering you should be the only current concern. (which is a legit issue if it bothers you. especially if you're using speakers instead of headphones.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gpu: Rtx 2060 Is not running near 100% but clock speed is very high or near max."

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

GPUs usually try to run at the highest clockspeed it is able to while staying under temp and power draw limits. Totally normal for a GPU to have a maxed clockspeed while using less than 100% of its resources.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need more cooling"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

adding a case fan to the front for intake should help out quite a bit. generally having 1 intake and 1 exhaust is sufficient. Of course having another 1-2 fans can help out a bit more. lol

general rule of thumb is having the case fans being pushing air from the front to the back of the case.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case fans on top on GPU fans issue"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

if the case fans that close are blowing towards the GPU then they'll help. if you have them blow away from the GPU then they'll hinder. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help understanding a warning I was given"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll need to look at your motherboard manual to know which SATA ports are disabled when using the #1 m.2 slot.

usually its 1 or 2 SATA ports that get turned off in this case. It only affects you if you're using several SATA devices and the m.2 slot.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC-PC LAN connection speed issue"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you sure the dialog box is mbps and not MBps? I thought the dialog box is showing megaByte/sec while network speeds are megaBit/sec. which would make the 10MBps the expected speed.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading My cpu but seem to have run into a issue."

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

first, don't trust any generic bottleneck calculator as the bottleneck/limiting factor for performance will vary greatly based on the workload. (i.e. which game)

second, what resolution and framerate are you hoping for? (or what is your current monitor?)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What Is the Best Cheap Cooler"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

air cooler.

There are several VERY good performing options in the $50-$80 range. scythe mugen 5 rev b, thermalright macho rev b both come to mind that are both $50ish if in the USA

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help setting up new monitor!"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The parts list is private so we can't see it right now. :(

without seeing it, the main suggestion I'd have is to use some sort of hw monitoring software to confirm what is holding back performance for you. (msi afterburner is a popular one that a lot of people use, including me)

for things sometimes working well and sometimes not my initial thought is to check background processes that might be using system resources at the same time when having difficulties.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "BIOS DRAM size only showing half my ram"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

when I look up the board he mentions it only has 2 slots.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AORUS WaterForce"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The 2nd card is for use with a custom water cooling loop. The 1st card is an AIO version.

If you want it to work out of the box, then get the 1st one which you're already planning to get.

If you want to do a custom loop setup, which would be a LOT more work comparatively, then get the 2nd one.

TL;DR: Since you're asking what the difference is, get the one in the 1st link with the radiator and fans already attached. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why $$$ gaming keyboards?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The main reason I got my gaming keyboard was because if you're playing a game that requires 2 hands on the keyboard at the same time the cheap office keyboards only give like 6 key rollover before it'll have some issues registering another key being pressed or something. (which for me was a problem when playing a GTA game flying a plane... couldn't turn and lock onto enemy plane at the same time. LOL) having N key rollover is the main objective reason I know of for a gaming keyboard. I suppose if you use thee programmable keys for something besides personal quick chats in Rocket league that could be an objective reason too. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it safe to plug in an extension cord INTO the Powerline passthrough socket?"

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

basically just not something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Uninex-AC04WHTNV-Household-Extension-Sliding/dp/B01N30KNC9/ref=sr_1_54?crid=D4FKR8PNCD74&keywords=short+extension+cord+3+foot&qid=1571152008&sprefix=short+extension+cord+1+foot%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-54

which that might still actually be ok ish...

For what you're going to be running, any 3 prong cord that feels not super small is going to be fine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it safe to plug in an extension cord INTO the Powerline passthrough socket?"

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/home-appliances-ratings/

TV and a monitor are gonna be fine. the router, phone charging, and TV box will barely be noticeable.

main things that draw a lot are things that heat up stuff quickly. (stove, microwave, iron, vaccuum, etc) The amp figures are probably for usa, but it'll still give you an idea of what things actually draw a lot of power.

Do make sure the extension cord is rated for something at least somewhat decent just to be safe.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sound interference with GPU?"

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

My understanding, which someone can totally correct me on, is that the main issue of interference that you're talking about would be if you're using the DAC in the PCIe sound card instead of the external one because that interference is on the analog signal being near so many other electronic signals. But if you're using that D1 DAC sitting on your desk then its a digital signal all the way to that.

I'm not sure of the benefits of having a PCIe sound card to output the digital signal. (there totally could be and I'm basically curious about that now. lol)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need assistance with new gaming rig"

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe those too. those are windows settings though. I'm talking about the in-game option of having the in-game radio use your personal music library.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need assistance with new gaming rig"

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember there being a setting I had to turn off in GTA v. something to disable it from searching your PC for music to play on the in game radio. Would peg disc usage causing stutters while driving every once in awhile.

don't go by in-game estimated usage, make sure you're monitoring using something like MSI afterburner.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Where am I going wrong? Send help"

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

in addition to this you can do the paperclip/screwdriver test on the mobo pins themselves to try turning it on.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "To anyone having Ram issues"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

always best to beat up friends at home so you don't get fired. :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Using 4X8 Gigabytes ram sticks?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

It's important to know that just because a board has 4 slots, that doesn't mean its quad channel RAM. consumer boards are still going to be Dual channel even with 4 sticks installed. so no performance benefit of using 4 sticks over 2 sticks. (other than more RAM capacity which only helps if you're running out of RAM)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Installing 2080 Super into second PCI-E x16 Slot on Asus Prime X570-P ATX AM$"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You're installing the cooler to be blowing straight to the back and not upwards right?

I see other builds using this cooler on an AM4 socket without a problem which is why I'm double checking.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 2400G upgrade to a Ryzen 5 3600"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

This is by far the easiest way to figure out what hardware is holding back performance.

Make sure to display the individual CPU threads and not just the overall cpu usage. Because if a game only uses a few of the cores and one is maxed out then you're at max for that game. (i.e. League of Legends uses 1 core so my overall cpu usage is super low, but that one core is typically pegged when I'm playing)

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