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About Ryan_Vickers

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    The one with crazy ideas


  • CPU
    i7 4770 "K" @ 4 GHz, 1.22 v
  • Motherboard
    ASUS Z87-Deluxe
  • RAM
    32 GB Corsair DDR3-1600
  • GPU
    SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 Fury TRI-X OC+ @ 1150 MHz core / 545 MHz mem
  • Case
    Modified Cooler Master 690 II Advanced (USB 3) (for the love of god never buy this case)
  • Storage
    240 GB SSD (OS + programs) + 4 TB HDD (files) + 1 TB SSD (games)
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2
  • Display(s)
    BenQ GW2255 + Samsung SyncMaster 940BF
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G610 w/ Browns
  • Mouse
    Mionix NAOS 7000
  • Sound
    Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 (Kanto YU5 when it's not just me)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  1. The Dangers Of Cheap Power Cables

    If it's a reputable item certified in Canada that should be safe, but it never hurts to check them! In fact, it could hurt quite a bit not to so it's probably a good idea regardless
  2. The Dangers Of Cheap Power Cables

    For anyone wondering how this works, here's a little crash course in electricity. Voltage is the driving force behind it, just as pressure moves things mechanically and temperature moves heat. A voltage applied across any particular resistance will cause a certain amount of current to flow, as per ohms law: V = I * R, where V is voltage in volts, I is current in amps (don't ask), and R is resistance in ohms. In this example, the "power source" represents the wall, a 120 V source. Both the wire, and whatever you are driving (say, a PC) are resistances, or loads, measured in ohms. (in real life with AC things are much more complicated but for the sake of explaining the wire thing this will do) Say the wire has a resistance of 5 ohms, and the load has a resistance of 20 ohms. The total resistance in the circuit is thus 25 ohms, and thus the 120 volt source will force 120 / 25, or in other words 4.8 amps through the circuit (both the load and the wire). Now, we know that the voltage drop across this circuit must be 120 V since that's what the source has defined, but how much of that occurs in each item? It turns out it is proportional to the resistance. So the wire gets a 120 * (5/25) V drop across it, and the load gets a 120 * (20/25) volt drop across it. Those work out to 24 and 96 V respectively. Now hold on, if there is a 24 volt drop across the wire, and current is flowing through at 4.8 amps, that means the power it is "consuming", and thus the heat it is releasing to the room is 24 V * 4.8 A, which is 115.2 W! That's huge! Well, I said it is releasing that to the room... that might not be true. That's what it must release to the room if it intends to remain at room temperature. In reality, it will not release heat at that rate, and thus it will heat up... and then melt You can see if the wire had a resistance of only 0.1 ohms, things would be very different. Assuming the PC load stays the same, the current through the system would now be 120 / 20.1 = 5.97 A, and the voltage drop of the wire would be 120 * (0.1/20.1) = 0.6 V, and the power dissipated by the wire must then be 0.6 V * 5.97 A = 3.56 W. Probably not even enough to make it noticeably warmer to the touch.
  3. Am I Being Hacked?

    If you really think you're being watched, change all your passwords on another device, one known to be clean, and maybe even reinstall to be sure
  4. Am I Being Hacked?

    why would it be? You downloaded it directly from Microsoft, or used a retail disk didn't you?
  5. Well, I agree, it should work, but it is also at least possible they could have messed it up so badly that it throttles
  6. with a very incompetent thermal design
  7. Oh it doesn't say Locked on top anymore when a thread's locked :(

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    2. Energycore
    3. Energycore


      Yo @colonel_mortis can you add that back? It was my main way of knowing that a thread is locked (the bit on top went red)

    4. colonel_mortis


      Not until the next update (January), but probably

  8. Actually I'm not sure what kind of power that would draw... curious to see if anyone else knows. I think the majority of the power goes to the core components (CPU, etc.) and the display light itself, with each being roughly 4 or 5 W each at idle at minimum brightness with my laptop (but of course that will vary). I bet you'd see more savings running the display at 1080p vs 4K than you would by disabling the touchscreen aspect.
  9. Really? Motionless, simple, textureless surfaces, in a well lit room... seems like pretty much the ideal scenario. Just like shaving commercials that show the razor passing over already smooth skin, or teeth whitening commercials that show brightening up already perfect teeth, I don't think this "says it all" by any means... far from it. If you want to impress me, lets see how it stands up in a really challenging scenario - something fast moving like sports that tests the auto-focus and ability to freeze motion, or in a dim room like a candle-lit dinner that tests low light performance (one of the major weak spots for phone cameras). If it does well there, that's what should get peoples' attention.
  10. My SSD and HDD performance degradation/endurance test

    that's what I mean
  11. My SSD and HDD performance degradation/endurance test

    Could it also just be a different version? The tests it runs seem to be different so do we know sequential is the same now as it was back then, etc.?
  12. I think that's a myth actually. For one thing, immediately after the recording ending, you can start another. Also there's DSLRs that are known for video and commonly used for them like the GH4/GH5 that I believe do not have that limitation. I've heard that that limit exists for legal reasons so they can get away not calling them "video cameras" which allows them to be sold with fewer taxes in some places.
  13. that's not true, you can easily have a CPU bottleneck with less than 100% used. Best way to judge a CPU bottleneck is actually with GPU usage. You want to make sure GPU usage is hitting 100%. Consider a game that only uses 4 threads running on an octa-core CPU. It will show 50% usage but not be able to run the game any faster.
  14. Yeah I will have a look at those But I wouldnt' be too surprised about video though, DSLRs aren't really designed for that, and video is a lot more forgiving imo not surprising. idk if you can say they're getting closer though, they improve over time but then so does everything else, and at the end of the day sensor size is always going to be an important factor; it's just physics.