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Dizorb

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About Dizorb

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    Newbie
  • Birthday 1994-08-23

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    Lincolnshire, England
  • Interests
    Hardware, gaming, Minecraft, cats, badminton!
  • Biography
    I'm Dizorb, from Lincolnshire, England. I thoroughly enjoy computer hardware, though I don't play a great deal of games. My family has a crazy number of crazy cats (7). I play badminton when I can and have done for years, though I lack time nowadays due to work.
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  1. Dizorb

    My experience: Upgrading 3570k to 3770k

    Honestly wasn't expecting Minecraft to have such an increase in performance, that's kind of cool. In terms of other performance, it seems mostly expected. Some of the FPS increases are a little bit more than I expected. Interesting! Good benchmarking!
  2. Dizorb

    Asus 660ti DCUII OC SLI Issues

    So, when I tried to boot the PC this morning, it reused to post, telling me that my overclock settings weren't working - which is strange, because I have never overclocked the chip (3570k). Tried removing CMOS battery then booting, the PC then posted and we managed to get in to Windows, where the audio still wasn't working and the second graphics card still wasn't being detected. All in all, trying to add a second card to an already stable system has effectively caused one thing to lead to another and another, so on and so forth. We've emailed Asus' technical support, so I'll wait for a response as to whether or not I can RMA the board. I'd straight up get a new one, but I simply can't afford that at the minute, though I will happily sell the board I get back if this one can be RMA'd and get something like a Maximus 5 Gene (Z77, M-ATX). It's just been one problem leading to another to another with this motherboard. I've had the thing since January and I've had no problems whatsoever. So strange. Thanks for the help & comments all!
  3. Dizorb

    Asus 660ti DCUII OC SLI Issues

    Agreed - me and Kiwi will see what a BIOS update does. Also, messing around with Nvidia drivers also screwed my audio up somehow. I can't get any outputs to output any sounds... My day is going not too well, I'd say!
  4. Dizorb

    Asus 660ti DCUII OC SLI Issues

    The second card is not being picked up in the BIOS, only lane one in 8x is being picked up. I've tried forcing Gen 1/2/3 on each of the lanes and nothing. got any ideas? The psu is fine and both the gpu's are powering on, fans on, green lights, etc.. just the computer is not recognizing them.
  5. Dizorb

    WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE!?

    There are only two differences that I can see from the EVGA website too... The more expensive one has the ACX cooler and the EVGA website says it has a display port while the cheaper one doesnt have the ACX cooler and doesnt have 'display port' (I'm looking at the features tab for the specific products here, everything else is the same!) So... you may well be paying extra money for a port that both cards actually have and a slightly different cooler. -Shrugs-
  6. Dizorb

    Asus 660ti DCUII OC SLI Issues

    I uninstalled all of the graphics drivers, installed both cards then re-installed the drivers. Not a whisper about SLI still any other ideas?
  7. Hey guys I got a second Asus 660ti DCUII OC and obviously want to SLI them. Having installed the card, I looked at the Nvidia control panel in Windows. Under 3D Settings, there should be a 'Configure Surround, SLI and PhysX' option. However, there isn't. I've updated to the latest drivers from the Nvidia website and also used Asus' UEFI tool to update the bios' on both cards (which involved swapping them around to update them, that was fun). The cards are the same, but having looked at the box I noticed a slight difference. My first card is the GTX660 TI-DC2OG-2GD5 and the second is the GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5. The only difference, according to Asus' website, is that the one with the extra G is the Borderlands 2 version while the second is the normal version. So basically, they are the same card. I don't really see what the issue is. Yes, I have got the SLI bridge on the cards. Yes, both of the cards have power. Yes, my motherboard (Asus p8Z77-V) supports SLI. It has 3 PCI lanes, with the first two being 8x and 8x in an SLI configuration. The fourth lane is a 4x lane, so we'll leave that one alone. Really not sure what else to do. It seems stupid that something as simple as an extra game with an otherwise identical graphics card should make it not work, it would be common sense on Nvidia's part to keep the card's product number the same for both, surely. If anyone has any other ideas, please let me know. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Dizorb
  8. Unfortunately, that answer doesnt cover the initial question. What I mean is... If I run two 660ti's in SLI, does it matter that only one port on each is DVI-D when I am using two monitors? HDMI may be a feasible solution instead of using the DVI-whichever it is on the first card'
  9. Does it matter that one of the dvi ports on the card is dvi-d and one isn't?
  10. Dizorb

    HX650 Enough?

    Unfortunately, the HX650W is a PSU that can't support multiple graphics cards (unless you have some form of zombified connector) due to there only being two 8-pin connectors on the PSU itself.
  11. Hello all! I have recently acquired a second ASUS DirectCU II OC 660ti, which I plan on running in SLI with my first one. I haven't run two cards in SLI before. This is more me asking a couple of questions as to how to set the thing up. I have two monitors that I currently use with DVI cables on my current 660ti. When I have the second installed, which ports on the 660ti(s) will I need to use, or will they be alright plugged in to the DVI ports on the first card? Also - how difficult is it to organise the drivers to work with SLI? Any help is appreciated! Thanks! (Just an FYI, please don't suggest swapping for a single-card solution... Such suggestions should and will be ignored.)
  12. Hey there guys! I recently bought the above mentioned product. I decided to do this unboxing and overview because I have found very little out about the Scan 3XS laptop range from research over the net, and wanted to let other prospective buyers know as much as possible. I hope this helps! So, I decided to buy a new laptop, and I wasn't really sure what. Initially, I was going to go for something like a Razer Blade, but then realised the hefty price tag! I also considered some of the MSI gaming laptops and notebooks, as well as Alienware. For those of you who don't know, Scan is a computer e-tailer (like NCIX) but based in the UK. (they're awesome, UK folks go check them out!) They have their own custom computer building team/section called 3XS Systems. I decided to go with the LG175, after some careful cost considerations. Scan allow you to pick from some different hardware options. The link to this specific model is here: http://3xs.scan.co.uk/ConfigureSystem.asp?SystemID=1608 Take a look at the available spec list, you'll see what I mean. The hardware that went in to mine are as follows: Intel I7 4700QM @ 3.4GHz 8gb (2x4gb) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M Integrated Creative Sound Blaster Cinema (I'm not an audiophile!) mSATA - None 128GB Samsung 840 Pro No second HDD Panasonic UJ-890A DVD Writer Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 Wireless card No included OS (using Home Premium from my previous laptop) No other additional items. So in theory, this thing should be a beast. Total, it costed me £871~, plus £10 shipping. When the thing arrived, the box wasn't entirely as I expected... The box was what I would have expected for a desktop PC! But knowing Scan and their awesome packaging, I knew that this box was the size it was for a reason. Upon opening the box, I discovered that I was right. Scan are always good about packaging their products, and the box contained the laptop's own box between two large layers of air packets: I then got to opening the laptop's own box. This was sealed with tape. Within this, there was another box with a plastic handle, which you can somewhat see to the left in the next picture. Within the second box was a small compartmented box to one side, containing the power brick and cord. The box also contained a bag with various pieces of paperwork, driver disks, etc., and, of course, the laptop itself, with a fairly tough yet flexible piece of foam packaging at either end: Taking a look at the paperwork and accessories, we can see that this laptop came with: Driver and utility install disk 'Quick Guide' laptop overview manual Samsung SSD Manual Software disk (because I decided to get the 840 Pro) 2 x HDD screws Samsung SSD Installation Guide Samsung SSD Warranty Guide Anti-vibration HDD cover (sits on the installed HDD or SSD) Three stickers - two 'Samsung SSD Activated' stickers and one barcode/product code sticker Power cord (wall to brick) Power brick The power brick comes with a velcro cable tie, which is always nice to see if you plan on taking your laptop or notebook with you anywhere, saves the cable getting tangled. Next, to the laptop itself! As we can see, it includes two rather generously sized packets of silica gel, just in case I were to get hungry while setting up the machine: Only joking kids! Silica gel isn't very tasty. Finally, the laptop itself. As we can see, it includes plenty of protective materials, with plastic covers taped over both sides of the laptop's screen. There is also some foam padding between the screen and main body of the laptop to prevent any potential shipping damage. I'm impressed with the laptop's weight and solidarity so far! Time to get the covers off: Having taken the plastic covers off, we can now see that the top of the laptop appears to be brushed aluminium finish. It's actually plastic with a brushed aluminium finish appearance, which actually looks really good. I like how minimal the Scan logo is on the top of the laptop. As we can see, the laptop appears to be fairly square and solidly shaped, with some slight curves and straight edges: Opening up the laptop, we can see that a similar finish has been applied to the palm wrest and bezel surrounding the keyboard. To the top of the keyboard is the Onkyo speaker (yeah, I've never heard of them either) with a power button that lights up white to the left, and a 'VGA' button that lights up orange by default to the right. The VGA button shows you whether or not the GPU is in Optimus mode or UMA mode (orange for Optimus, green for UMA). For more information on Optimus, go check out Nvidia's website for more info: http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/optimus_technology_uk.html To the left of the keyboard, you have three buttons. The top one is a quick launch button for your webcam software. The second is a quick mute button, and the third is 'airplane mode', where the laptop turns off all wireless functionality (bluetooth, Wifi, etc.). To the right of the keyboard, you have some indicator lights. The top one glows orange when the GPU is actively running. The second glows green when the Intel Integrated GPU is actively running. The third glows white when there is hard drive or optical drive activity, and the fourth glows green when airplane mode is active. Moving on to the keyboard. The keyboard is a low-profile chicklet keyboard with decent response for a laptop keyboard. What I was finding with my previous laptop is that the keys were getting stiff, and some weren't moving properly, but that definitely isn't an issue with this laptop. Similarly to the design of Apple Macbooks (and various other examples, I'm sure!) the palm rest piece surrounds all of the keys, leaving no gaps for rubbish to get lodged in. (Woo!) The keyboard is an English layout keyboard and has a numberpad as well as your standard laptop keyboard. The touchpad is small for a laptop this size, but is fairly smooth. The buttons are of a good size, though I find that they are a little too far away from the front edge of the laptop for my liking. Both buttons are very clicky, which is also nice. The touchpad has the laptop's microphone just above it, which I'm not keen on. Yes, I suppose it's probably closer to the user's mouth when in use, but it's also at the part of the laptop where there is likely to be typing and clicking noise, so I'm not a fan of this positioning. The screen on this machine is 17.3" from corner to corner. It is an LED backlight screen with decent viewing angles. The screen is 1080p. At this screen size and resolution, the laptops screen has a crisp and clean image quality to it, which I absolutely love. The screen is matte finish (anti-smudge, woo!). The bezel surrounding the screen is black plastic. Above the screen is the webcam and webcam active LED, which glows red when the webcam is active. Taking a quick look at the laptop from a side, we can see that it is about the average size for a gaming laptop nowadays. The height from the very back of the main section of the laptop is about 3.5cm, while from the front is 2.4cm. The screen bezel is 1cm thick. Taking a look at the left side IO, from right to left, we have: Optical drive Headphone 3mm jack Microphone 3mm jack S/PDIF 3mm jack USB 2.0 Port Kensington Lock Taking a look at the back of the laptop, it's nice and simple here: Heat exhaust vent from CPU&GPU cooler Power cord plug VGA port (why is this still a standard? Seriously?) On the right side of the laptop, we see: Ethernet LAN port HDMI Port eSata/USB 3.0 combo port 2 x usb 3.0 ports SD (and various others) card reader The side of the battery (more on this in a moment!) At the front of the laptop, we can see five lights, which all glow green respectively: Scroll lock Caps lock (ANGRY MODE) Numb lock Battery indicator Power indicator Now for the underside of the laptop, the belly of the machine! The underside has a removable panel (1 screw) in the middle, which is for your second HDD/SSD. You'll probably want to use the small piece of plastic from the accessories pack when installing another drive in here. The grills are both on the second removable panel, which gives access to the RAM, first HDD/SSD, the GPU and CPU (though covered by their heatsinks) and the laptop's cooling fan. This makes it incredibly easy to switch out parts and clean the laptop, especially if you have animals (cats, dogs, rabbits, geese, siblings, that sort of thing). The battery has a slider just above it (to the left of the HDD cover) which pops out the battery. There is also a small switch (not shown very well in the pictures) that locks the battery in place. Here is the battery when removed from the system: And here are the stickers from the front bezel: Oops, the testers accidentally left an unactivated version of Windows 7 installed on the machine! All Scan systems are tested using Windows 7. To finish, somewhat of a conclusion about the build quality of the laptop and my thoughts on the aesthetics and other such features. I wasn't sure entirely what to expect when ordering a 3XS laptop system initially. I had heard nothing but good news about them, but I did have concerns that the build quality might be cheap. All in all, for the price and power packed in to the machine, I don't mind that the bezel, palm rest and main outer case of the laptop are all plastic, because they are all solidly manufactured and sturdy, providing a solid feel to the laptop, even if the surface feels a little cheap to the touch. The keyboard is pretty much exactly as I expected from this laptop. Fairly standard chicklet, low profile... Will take a little bit of getting used to. Has a good responsive feel to it, though, which I like. Similarly, the touchpad is exactly what I expected from the laptop. I won't be using it a great deal, but it is a fairly smooth though lightly textured touchpad. The buttons are clicky and responsive. The monitor screen resolution works well for the screen's size, providing fantastically clear image quality. The matte screen finish is also preferable, finger prints and dust were both a big pain with my previous laptop. I can't really comment on the webcam or microphone at this time, as I haven't used either much at all. However, the microphone positioning does seem illogical to me. One little thing that I don't like is that the lights all have different colours. What I think would have suited this laptop is if the lights were, for example, all white (or even green would have been nice), but that's only really a minor complaint. The hardware options on this laptop are fantastic. As I said before, you can pretty much take two panels off and get access to all of the main components, which is awesome if you plan on adding or changing components later on. For example, I plan on dropping a drive in the second drive bay for media and data storage, which will be easy to install. Being able to access the fan is a huge benefit; being able to clean it out so easily is definitely handy if, for example, you have pets like I do (damned cats!). My final opinions on this laptop: There are some small niggles and a couple of things that could be improved, but this laptop is about price to performance, which you get in buckets. Sure, you could get something from MSI with as much power, (specifically the GE70-2OE) but it would probably cost you quite a bit more. Yeah you'd get a mechanical keyboard in that specific example, and MSI laptops look awesome, but that wasn't something that I was willing to dish out for. I think that if you're looking for something that has decent power, yet you don't want to dish out too much and you aren't fussed by aesthetics, then the 3XS systems would work well for you, especially with how solid the laptop is in terms of build quality. Do like! I shall enjoy using this laptop I think! Thanks, happy reading! Leave me any feedback in replies please, I'd be interested to know what you guys think about this little unboxing.
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