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About Kodiack

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  • Birthday 1991-08-23

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  • Gender
  • Location
    New Zealand
  • Interests
    Programming. Computers. All things technology.
  • Occupation
    Computer Science Student


  • CPU
    Core i7-5820K (4.5 GHz)
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte X99-UD3
  • RAM
    32 GB DDR4-2666
  • GPU
    GeForce GTX 980 Ti (Gigabyte G1 Gaming)
  • Case
    HAF 932
  • Storage
    256 GB 840 PRO | 3 TB HDD | 2 TB HDD
  • PSU
    850W EVGA Supernova G2
  • Display(s)
    ASUS PG279Q | Shimian QH270-IPSMS
  • Cooling
    Corsair H110
  • Keyboard
    CM Storm QuickFire XT (MX Blue)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502
  • Sound
    Sennheiser HD 558
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Education x64 | Debian

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  1. I have seen countless reports of this issue in the last few days, and even experienced somewhat similar issues myself. Remove the two most recent Windows updates (KB3140743 + KB3139907) and see if that solves your problem.
  2. I wound up being quite disappointed with CrossFire, so I traded up and kept my old power supply! CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K @4.5 GHz GPU: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 980 Ti RAM: 16 GB DDR4-2133 Mobo: Gigabyte X99-UD3 PSU: XFX PRO850W XXX Edition This 980 Ti has blown my mind!! It seems to have had some comfortable overclocking headroom as well. I cannot believe that this much is currently possible on a single GPU.
  3. I never thought I'd see the day, but my trusty XFX 850W Silver+ power supply isn't cutting it anymore. I recently added a second Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 to my system, and the PSU just can't cope. I've always quoted my 5820K's 4.5 GHz overclock at 1.3V as consuming "about 200W", but I may have underestimated that by 100W. Anyways, my computer. CPU: Intel Core i7 5820K @4.5 GHz GPU: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 (x2) RAM: 16 GB DDR4-2133 Mobo: Gigabyte X99-UD3 PSU: Cooler Master V1200 (soon - going to get it now!) 10/10. Insanely powerful and balanced system!
  4. I wouldn't say it's a complete and utter waste. For enthusiast-grade gaming, it's actually decent value. The 5820K alone is $50 more expensive than a 4790K, which is incredibly impressive given that it has 50% more cores. The additional cost of X99 comes from the motherboards and the DDR4 RAM. Fortunately, the cost of both of those continues to trend ever downwards. X99 is an incredible platform, and for people with the budget, I can fully recommend it. That said, OP, you could potentially save on motherboard/CPU/RAM and invest in even better GPUs (or monitors, or peripherals, or whatever else). It's up to you. You may also want to look into, say, a single GTX 980 Ti as also previously stated. Dual-GPU configs have a lot of extra headaches involved. Regardless, with that kind of a budget, you're going to be able to assemble one heck of a rig. One recommendation I'll make is to take a look at your monitor. If you're not running 120/144 Hz and/or 1440p or higher, than maybe jump down to Z97 and use some of the savings towards a better display. Paring dual GTX 970s with 1080p60 means that you'd be greatly underutilising their potential!
  5. For non-removable drives, write caching alone should rarely result in data corruption, and if it does, it should only affect what's in cache at the time. The option for better performance should be utilised for all permanent, internal storage drives. The option for write caching should also be on for the best performance, but it's probably best to keep its child option (disabling the write-cache buffer) unused. If you're this concerned about write caching, then you're heavily concerned about your data in general. It sounds like you had/have an automated backup, and I recommend putting it through a few test runs and ensuring it's in proper working order. Bad things can happen. You can safeguard all you want, but when (not if) the day comes, you'll be happy that your backup was there to save your rear. Backups have saved me and my clients countless times.
  6. All aboard the hype train! Here's the Steam page for Tales of Symphonia: http://store.steampowered.com/app/372360
  7. The silicon lottery is one of the most limiting factors. I tend to get duds for CPUs, for example. My i7 920 didn't like to go above 3.5 GHz. My i7-4770K wouldn't hit 4.4 GHz with reasonable voltage. My i7-5820K hits 4.5 GHz, although it takes 1.3V to achieve that. My 5820K is the best overclocker I've had, and it is by all accounts quite an average chip. Fortunately, my graphics cards tend to treat me pretty well. My 7970 in particular was a champ! I just had to hop into CCC, push the core clock and memory clock sliders to max, and it was happy as could be without even touching the voltages. I'd have needed to flash some modified video BIOS to have overclocked that any further. Cooling is definitely the most important, but every chip will ultimately respond to overclocking at least slightly differently. Unfortunately, you never really know how far your chip will go until you've started pushing it, hence the term "silicon lottery".
  8. PC gaming is the best kind of gaming. When I get bored of playing PC games, I just emulate console games and downsample them from 5K because reasons.
  9. I'll be moving soon, so I should have an even fancier desk and more organised layout. Recliner computing is the future!
  10. I'd recommend disabling Turbo Boost for overclocking, yes. Many motherboards will have specific multipliers/clock speeds for the cores to "turbo" to, and those default values will almost always be below what you'll achieve with a good overclock. Keep everything else enabled, though. The power-saving features are great for keeping temperatures and electric bills down.
  11. 1. The amount of voltage going into the chip 2. The amount of voltage going into the CPU cores 3. When you're overclocking other integrated components, such as the memory controller (not recommended) 4. When you want to get a higher clock speed on your CPU (you'll almost always increase this, and usually only this) 5. It depends on your cooling, what clocks you're aiming for, and just how well your CPU takes to higher clocks and voltages 6. Somewhere between 1.3-1.4V. The lower the better. 7. Unsure. I don't recommend modifying it at all. 8. Don't aim for 5 GHz. But you'll be increasing both your core voltage and your multiplier. Nothing else should need to be changed. 9. My 4770K achieved 4.3 GHz on 1.3V. My 5820K achieved 4.5 GHz on 1.35V. 10. Overclocking Intel K-series processors is really easy, especially with adequate cooling! You may also want to disable Turbo Boost or ensure that the cores are all synchronised at the same clock. Turbo Boost can cause lower real-world clock speeds on many motherboards while all cores are active. Oh, and check out AnandTech's 4790K overclocking!
  12. I normally get 130 Mbps, but around 9 PM it degrades significantly thanks to some well-documented congestion issues. Sometimes it goes as low as 20 to 30 Mbps. Here's my 10:30 PM speeds. Way below advertised. Vodafone, fix yer crap!
  13. 8.5/10 for your system. Good stuff, but it sounds like you're after a new monitor. I'll probably hold off on either the Fury X or 980 Ti. I've certainly debated it, though. But I do have a way of finding excuses to upgrade. I've owned at least one mid-to-high-end graphics card from every generation since 2004, except for the Radeon HD 6000/GeForce GTX 500 series cards (because I had a 5870+5970 Tri-Fire combo then >_>).
  14. 5/10 It's definitely showing its age at this point. It's great for light work, but you can get considerably better hardware these days without much investment. The screen resolution leaves a lot to be desired, and the small SSD capacity would leave me yearning for more. Rate my desktop! Intel Core i7-5820K (4.5 GHz) 16 GB DDR4-2133 Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 256 GB Samsung 840 PRO (several hard drives) 2560x1440 Achieva Shimian QH270-IPSMS More specs in profile.
  15. Z97 also has a few small features over Z87, such as support for M.2 and SATA Express. These features may prove useful for upcoming SSDs, since current mainstream SSDs are beginning to bump against the SATA III 6 Gbps limits.