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Just Monika

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  1. If I were a cautious buyer, then these would be my definitions: New = Unopened Open Box = Opened but never installed and powered on Used = Installed and powered on If there is an exceptional case, like it was only powered on for a few hours, make it abundantly clear so the customer knows just how "used" it was. If it was used for only a couple of minutes or hours, it would be more desirable than something that has been used for several months. Trying to pass it off as new would only make yourself look untrustworthy and trying to pull a trick on the buyer. Better to be straightforward with the details to help establish yourself as trustworthy.
  2. I prefer using a fingerprint reader but Face ID does have a strong convenience factor in that using the feature is no different from using the device (you just look at it). As for whether or not the notch is "worth it" - it's unobtrusive and is not noticeable unless the notch is something you're actively looking for or thinking about. I don't mind the notch at all because there's nothing important that could have been there in its place. The screen space on each side of the notch holds the time and battery/wifi/carrier signal icons - informative but not something you keep constant attention on. It's something you look at when you need to. There's no better place to put that information than on each side of the notch.
  3. If you're asking about 3rd gen Ryzen, then the method I've read is to run the CPU at maximum all-core load using Prime95 (small FFT) and use HWInfo64 to check the voltage reading. I believe this only applies to CPUs below the 3900X due to how the cores are organized. If there is anyone else here that is more knowledgeable about this, please add on. This is only knowledge that I've read from others. The Wraith Stealth is a stock cooler and based on images I found on Google, it's not likely to be enough for overclocking. You'll definitely need an aftermarket tower cooler or some kind of liquid cooling.
  4. The performance itself doesn't necessarily degrade, but over time, the CPU will need more voltage to run at its maximum clock speed. Normally this never happens with a completely stock CPU because the manufacturer always leaves some headroom to account for variation in the quality of the CPUs off the production line (also why some CPUs OC better than others, they may have more headroom to use). But once you OC your CPU to its limits (voltage is just enough for the clockspeed), as soon as it degrades a bit you will lose stability and will require more voltage to support the OC. Again, the higher you push the voltage, the faster this degradation happens. No idea about the 2V+ voltage guy. Most motherboards simply won't let you input that much. Ryzen 3rd gen is special in that it's the first 7nm chip and that small size means all the transistors and other parts on the CPU are smaller compared to the previous generation. With each die shrink, the maximum safe voltage gets smaller. To counter this, the 3rd gen Ryzen's Precision Boost algorithm was further improved to use as much potential in the chip as possible. It does this by cleverly using high voltages to push high core boosting for fractions of a second (~1.5V). These same voltages would be harmful if manually set since manual voltages are constant. Ryzen 3rd gen also has some AI features that allow it to boost as far as possible while maintaining safe voltages and temperatures by constantly monitoring the health of its silicon. I can't give you much advice about CPU OCing since I've never owned an unlocked Intel chip and only briefly tried OCing my 3900X to get an idea of it's potential (it's not great). But I do read the overclocking subreddit a lot on my spare time. I suggest you do too to get a better idea of things.
  5. Software vs BIOS overclocking: Software OC just changes settings in the BIOS. Personally I would rather cut the middleman and do it through the BIOS directly. If settings don't work out, you can always do a CMOS reset to restore to default settings if your OC is so bad it doesn't let you boot. Some motherboards automatically reset BIOS settings if it fails to boot X number of times. With software, you risk running into an infinite loop of crashes. Chipset effect on OC: No idea. CPUs can definitely be killed by overvoltage. Someone (here or reddit) accidentally typed in 2.xx volts instead of 1.xx volts and instantly killed their CPU. Overvolting can definitely kill CPUs (gradually or instant depending on the severity), high temperature just makes it degrade faster. For Ryzen 3rd gen CPUs, you have to be very careful about setting manual voltages. Each CPU has a defined max voltage limit that differs from chip to chip. There's a long-time misconception that the max safe voltage is 1.325 V which was based on a quote taken out of context. The actual max manually-set static voltage may vary anywhere in the ballpark of 1.25 V to 1.325 V and again this depends on the specific chip, it might even be lower.
  6. As a trilogy, Mass Effect needs to be played from beginning to end. If you skip to the end, all you see are a lot of storylines concluding that you didn't really built up a connection to so there's little to no emotional impact when there should have been one. Mass Effect 2 and 3 also carried over certain key decisions that you made from the previous game (if you still had the game save file) and that made the game feel "alive" where your decisions throughout the series actually mattered. Granted the story doesn't change from these decisions, but they're enough to make you feel like you had some influence on it. Starting from the last game in the series completely eliminates this factor and the game ends up feeling like it ended before it started. You never get the satisfaction of seeing the end result of all the decisions you've made, and only see the results of decisions that you (the player) never made. I also highly recommending watching playthroughs, Lets Plays, or at least the cutscenes from the previous games in order to get a better idea of what happened in the story. Personally I did really enjoy the Mass Effect series (1 to 3). What kept me going was wanting to know what happens in the next game, my emotional investment in the characters, and wanting to know how the story would end.
  7. I've never looked at QVL lists when choosing memory and it's always been fine. That list is only what the manufacturer has tested themselves to work. If it's not on the list, it doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't work, it's just they haven't tested it. I've followed 3rd gen Ryzen closely for several months after its release and I don't recall seeing cases where a specific set of RAM doesn't work unless it was actually defective (needing RMA) or where it was being overclocked beyond its limits.
  8. Yes, 3200 MHz is the maximum memory speed that is guaranteed to work with 3rd gen Ryzen. At that speed you're still running at stock specs. What is concerning is that your 2600X can't run the stick at 2933 MHz, since you said it can't run at anything higher than 2133 MHz. Assuming your voltage was correctly set to XMP specs, it's possible your stick is bad because 2933 MHz is the 2600X's stock spec and it should work. While I've understand that 1st and 2nd gen Ryzen's memory controllers weren't great, but they should at least work at their stock speed of 2933.
  9. Sorry I easily confuse myself with rank vs channel. I don't have first-hand experience but over a few months of reading other people's OC experiences, dual vs. single rank only became relevant when OCing to the RAM IC's absolute limits (single rank was easier to reach max OCs). But if I'm reading correctly (I did re-read a few times) you are concerned about being able to reach XMP speeds not absolute limits. In that case, single vs dual rank should not matter as far as I know because running 3200 MHz RAM doesn't involve OCing the memory controller in the case of 3rd gen Ryzen.
  10. Ryzen 3rd gen's default memory spec is 3200 MHz so you should have absolutely no problems running your RAM at that speed, unless your CPU happens to be defective. 3600 is possible with what seems to be 90% of users. I'm one of the unlucky 10% and my 3900X absolutely refuses to be 100% stable with an FCLK of 1800 MHz and my RAM refuses to stay stable at 3600 MHz. I knocked it down to 1766MHz FCLK/3533 MHz RAM and it was extremely cooperative when tightening timings, strangely. Point is, even my failed lottery landed me just one "step" below running 3600 MHz RAM so you're very likely good to go.
  11. If your max temperatures after adding case fans is 81-82C as you mentioned, then that should be great. My max temperatures during CPU stress testing is 85-87C with 2 fans in and 1 fan out, could be less if there was enough space for my case for better airflow. I don't know the fine details about benefits of using the NH D15S (or any other expensive cooler) vs. a cheaper cooler because I've used that cooler with my 3900X since the beginning. Having a cooler chip would allow your CPU to boost more/longer before it hits thermal limits. And that's important because the 7nm Ryzen CPUs have been known to be more difficult to cool. It's not that they output a lot of heat, it's a lot more heat being put out by many smaller CPU cores in a smaller packed area. Besides performance related benefits, it is the best air cooler around in terms of cooling ability so you could probably re-use it in future builds for as long as you want. And it's really easy to install, personally I had a little bit of difficulty until I brought out a second screwdriver to use along with the provided Allen wrench to screw down both mounts at the same time. Then it was incredibly painless.
  12. PPT, TDC, and EDC are the 3 main variables that Ryzen CPUs use for Precision Boost. These are not safety-related numbers like voltage is. You could (and many people do) set the PPT, TDC, EDC limits to motherboard limits which are much higher than what you see in Ryzen Master, or even set them all to 1000, with no negative impact, other than possibly hitting thermal limits sooner and limiting your potential boosting Here's some more info about PPT and the other limits that I've found through Reddit, it should shed some light on the topic: https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/amd/pbo As long as CPU voltage and clock speed are left stock, your Ryzen CPU will be safe. There's an incredible amount going behind the scenes in Ryzen CPUs that make the most of its potential while keeping itself safe.
  13. Also check your credit card purchase history to see if there are any unknown charges in case there are any purchases that didn't get reported to your email, or possibly reported to one of your alternate email addresses. Hopefully the damage was limited to your amazon account, but keep an eye on your credit card history to determine someone has your CC info. In case you have any remote desktop software installed on any of your PCs, remove it immediately. I had a similar situation where I had a remotely-accessible PC (huge no-no that I will never repeat) with login credentials that I imported from my main PC for "convenience" (another huge no). Thankfully I was home during a random vacation day, otherwise the damage could have been in the thousands of $, but in the end I was able to recover/cancel all the unauthorized charges with a fair bit of hassle.
  14. As a fellow citizen of Canadia, it's poking fun at how residents of Canada aren't referred to as Canadans or how thinking logically about the term Canadian that a country named Canadia should exist. Like how the term "Americans" refers to residents of [The United States of] America. American (person) - n = America (country) Russian - n = Russia Asian - n = Asia Indian - n = India Canadian - n = Canadia?
  15. AMD hasn't been a strong competitor against Intel for many years, before the Ryzen 3000 series came out (imo), so many people probably just stuck to Intel out of habit. From what I see on posts discussing builds, I've seen many cases where people defend their choice in an Intel CPU when others are suggesting a Ryzen instead not because of performance reasons, but because of things like: "I trust Intel more" "AMD CPUs are spaceheaters" "I've had problems with AMD CPUs in the past and I don't trust them anymore"
  16. Definitely extreme differences in the first few upgrades! I may have forgotten an additional CPU after the 166 MHz, I believe it was a 233 MHz Pentium in combination with some kind of Nvidia GPU with 32 MB VRAM. It was incredibly ill-suited for any kind of real gaming, the most it could do was Runescape (the original one) and simple games like Doom or StarCraft. I'd say the most incredible upgrade was the i5 4690S which was my first experience with an SSD. Completely knocked me off guard with the speed and I never really stopped being impressed by it.
  17. I definitely don't remember the years, but the list of CPUs I've ever owned is extremely tiny. I only make a new build when I absolutely have to. Exception is the 3900X, it was less of an urgent need but the bottleneck on my 4690S/GTX1080 combo was getting a bit annoying. Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600 Intel® Core™ i5-4690S AMD Ryzen™ 9 3900X (Current)
  18. With PBO on motherboard limits, my 3900X has never went beyond 165W on PPT under stress testing conditions based on my personal memory.
  19. Bought a GTX 1080 shortly after its release in 2016 to replace my R9 280X, luckily before GPU prices got jacked up from coin mining. The 1080 was the top non-Titan card and a Ti version wasn't on the horizon at the time so I decided to go "big" on an x80 card so I wouldn't have to upgrade again next generation. Turned out to be a great decision since the 20 series didn't get released until 2 years later, where it's equivalent to something between the RTX 2060 and 2070. When the 30 series comes around in 2020 (as it's rumored for release), where my 1080 will be equivalent to a 3050 to 3060, is when I'm going to retire it for a 3080 (or Ti) or whatever it will be called. The ~$780 CAD I paid for the 1080 seems great for 3+ solid years of 1440p gaming at 60-144fps. The only problem was my CPU at the time, a 4690S became more of a bottleneck over time, even at 1440p. So for my 2019 build, I chose to go for a Ryzen 3900X despite the common opinion that a 3700X is all you need for gaming. I learned from my previous build when an i5 4460 was "all you needed for gaming" and that quickly became false when more threads became beneficial to straight up required. My general rule of thumb for PC builds is take whatever the commonly-recommended "all you need for gaming" specs are and multiply it by it by 1.5 or 2 if you intend to keep the system long-term. 16GB RAM when 8GB was recommended, 1080 when a 1070 was recommended, and now a 3900X when a 3700X is recommended.
  20. I'm glad that I jumped ship to Apple a few weeks ago after being a continuous Android user. Sure my wallet is in a world of hurt, especially a month after building a new PC, but I'm in it for the long run and I picked Apple specifically for the longevity.
  21. Depending on how much "cheaper", this could be the upgrade I've been waiting for. My 1080 has been great from day 1, but I'll see how it endures by the time the 3000 series is released.
  22. Tried out the beta 1.0.0.4 AGESA BIOS from Gigabyte, it just results in instability with audio distortions followed by instant reboots. I'm sticking with 1.0.0.3 which has been completely rock-solid. The 1.0.0.4b official release from Gigabyte has been working great, so I take back my above statement.
  23. I have the X570 Aorus Elite paired with a 3900X and I'm having a perfectly fine time with it. I did do a few weeks of research for x570 motherboards and I had narrowed it down to the Gigabyte Aorus Elite or the Asus TUF Gaming. They are both highly rated as the best motherboards for their price range with solid specs. From Buildzoid's review of the Aorus Elite, the VRMs are pretty "insane" and would be able to handle any CPU you throw at it. The further up the price tiers, all you get are better debug features like LEDs or displays (the Elite has nothing), better sound, dual bios, better VRMs (pointless as the Elite can handle an OC'ed 3900X and probably a 3950X easily) etc. Personally I don't really care about those bells and whistles, I wanted a strong built motherboard at a good price without sacrificing quality so I decided against going above the Elite's price point.
  24. I'm afraid to think about how many dead pixels one can expect if they decide to buy one of these screens.
  25. Personally the 4 digit price tag on the iPhone scares me more than the camera holes.
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