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About Kalm_Traveler

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    Utah, USA
  • Occupation
    IT Security Analyst


  • CPU
    i9 10980XE
  • Motherboard
    Asus Rampage VI Extreme Omega
  • RAM
    64GB 3600mHz g.skill Trident Z CL14 DDR4 8x8gb
  • GPU
    2 Nvidia Titan RTX NVLink SLI
  • Case
    Thermaltake Tower 900 black
  • Storage
    2TB Samsung 960 Pro and 4TB Samsung 850 EVO
  • PSU
    Corsair AX1600i
  • Display(s)
    LG 38GL950G-B
  • Cooling
    2x 560mm radiators for separate CPU and graphics cards loops
  • Keyboard
    Massdrop CTRL with Kalih white switches, mix of several PBT keycap sets
  • Mouse
    Speedlink Decus Respec
  • Sound
    onboard Realtek
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
  • Laptop
    Razer Blade Pro 2019 refresh

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  1. What exactly are you wanting to accomplish with it? Might help us find something that does what you're wanting.
  2. Finally got the custom power cables installed, Bykski water block on the Kingpin 2080 Ti installed, and managed to get the PSU shroud top cover in without bending it. This is pretty much done, though if Optimus PC follows through with an alleged plan to produce a water block for this Kingpin card I'll probably swap to that since the cooling quality of this Bykski block is a bit dubious. Everything is as good or better temp than my janky setup before with the EK VGA Supremacy gpu block, copper memory heatsinks and stock VRM cooling, but for some reason Nvidia OC Scanner clocked it only to 2085mhz, down from 2150mhz on the janky setup. Overall I am absolutely loving this machine. The only thing I might try to tweak in the future is try to remove the doofy circle in the loop at the front to connect both radiators.
  3. Sounds about right - I just remember when I first saw a DX2 in a friends machine I was jealous of both the double speed of my 33 MHz and his cool blue-ish processor (didn't realize at the time that it was just a heatsink stuck to the CPU)
  4. Makes more sense, thank you. I guess the part that I was focused on is that last sentence of the description "Modems can be used with almost any means of transmitting analog signals from light-emitting diodes to radio." Since the cable signal is still digital (as is broadcast TV) that meant to me that it isn't being modulated-demodulated but I'm far from an expert in radio technology.
  5. you're not joking! Nice aspect of your patience though is it looks like you would have experienced absolutely monstrous leaps in CPU horsepower with those first few upgrades!
  6. what made you switch from team red to team blue for the Xeon? (and you're probably right about that 4c/8t bombshell)
  7. Trust me you're not the only one who thinks that I'd claim mid-life crisis but it's just becoming 'life'. Actually wanted to pick up a working 24" Sony GDM-FW900 CRT for my retro PC but I'm planning on moving overseas before end of year and need to keep giant heavy possessions to a minimum due to living space limitations in the new country.
  8. I think you missed what I was asking... a 'modem' is by definition a device which modulates and demodulates. The thing you connect to your cable company to get internet access does not modulate or demodulate anything. I'm not sure what your objective with the snarky reply was, but it literally didn't address the question and just came across as pointless internet rudeness. Anyway, hope whatever brought you to choose that in life improves, friend.
  9. Enjoying a "lack-of-funds"-mandated frugal life, obviously Honestly, I just wanted to be able to play Witcher 3 on my old 3440 x 1440 100Hz Gsync screen with all the settings maxed out without fps dipping much below 100. Hello CPU bottlenecks.
  10. Just a minor point of OCD for me - modems are analog devices that MOdulate and DEModulate digital data into an analog signal and back out of it, and please correct me if I'm mistaken here but as far as I understand how cable internet signals work they are digital throughout the entire process. Haven't had DSL since 2003 but I'm unclear on if those are modulated-demodulated signals either. I bring that up for 2 reasons, first to clarify that the main reason folks started calling cable "interface devices" (what are they actually since they are not by definition modems?), and secondly how to we fix this marketing-based misnomer? /rant ----- To the OP though - in some ways any house wired with fiber is almost that easy. I moved into a new-to-me house 6 years ago that already had a fiber run and fiber interface box installed, so all I had to do for service was call up the service provider and have them reprovision the interface box for me.
  11. Glad I'm not the only one here who remembers computing in 1993 and a 486 no less, though I'm jealous of your 66MHz - I think those all came with a heatsink? I always wondered what end result of not having a math co-processor would have been but didn't understand computers enough back when that was a thing one might actually run into. You reminded me that I totally forgot to put on there that I had a no-name brand 8088 machine given to me after the 486 (it was at my dad's house) but long before 2000 when I earned my own money to build my first 'real' computer. I used the 8088 to play some very very old DOS games and its upgraded 4800 baud modem to check out local BBSes. On the 486, dad got me a Sound Blaster 16 for Christmas which came bundled with a new-fangled Compact Disc ROM drive. I didn't realize that until making the OP - seems like I do a major upgrade every 2 years or so. Graphics cards I'm not 100% sure on though - I remember buying the very first DDR Geforce card for my 2000 rig, a Guillemot/Hercules 3d Prophet DDR-DVI but after that I'm not sure what I had in the Pentium 4 era, then bought a Geforce GTX 285 2gb it looks like in 2010 per my email history, in there somewhere was a 7600GS, and I definitely got a GTX 980 in 2015, then 1080 in I think 2017 but then it turned into a 1080 Ti, then two of them, then two Titan V's (I was trying to hack them into NVLink working), back to two Titan Xp's, then 2018 Christmas-ish to two Titan RTX's. Apparently I love being broke.
  12. Always two rather than only one because a single DIMM can only run in single channel mode, while 2 or 4 will run in dual channel (or potentially quad channel if you have an HEDT platform) which offers exponentially more memory bandwidth.
  13. Hey guys, I got this idea from Linus talking on the WAN Show last month recalling his personal CPU history and thought it would be fun to compare with LTT forum members. I'll start it off with my own personal CPU timeline and maybe a short comment (not counting family machines that were not my personal computers). 1st (~ 1993) - Intel 486 DX 33 MHz (no heatsink) - Windows 3.1 workstation dad got for me from work (Novell in its heyday) 2nd (2000) - Intel Celeron 566 MHz - Windows 98SE baby (my first self-purchased rig) 3rd (~ 2003) - Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.2 GHz - Windows Xp 4th (~ 2006) - Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.0 GHz (PSU failure fried the previous rig) - Windows Xp 5th (2008) - Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33 GHz - dual booted Windows Xp and 7 6th (2011) - Intel Core i7 2600k OC 5 GHz - Windows 7 7th (2015) - Intel Core i7 5820k OC (I think 4.3 GHz) - Windows 7 8th (2016) - Intel Core i7 6900k OC 4.5 GHz - Windows 7 -> 10 9th (2018) - Intel Core i9 7960x OC 4.7 GHz - Windows 10 10th (2020) - Intel Core i9 10980XE OC 4.9 GHz - Windows 10 Honorable mentions that were not in my main personal rig: 2018 Intel Celeron G3930 (2 of these in mining rigs), 2019 AMD Ryzen 7 2700x (powered my home server last year), 2018 Intel Core i7 7700 (HTPC), 2018 Intel Core i9 9900k (2018 Christmas gaming rig), 2019 Intel Core i9 9900ks (2019 Christmas gaming rig) and lastly 2020 Intel Core i5 9400 (pfSense box). Admittedly in my younger years I was anti-AMD, but with age has come a pinch of wisdom - which is why I used the Ryzen 2700x for my home server. Other than its heart-attack-inducing voltage fluctuations that shocked me coming from Intel, i was extremely impressed with it and if they keep advancing like Zen 2 has shown us I will be switching to AMD for my next full platform update. What does your personal rig CPU history look like?
  14. did you exactly mirror the same graphics settings as that YouTube person?
  15. Don't forget that having ultimate external drive performance won't help the source drive be any faster than whatever its interface is limited to. That all being said, I've been using this one for almost a year - specifically for backup/transfer duties at home and have found its speed acceptable (minding that it is just USB 3.whatever gen 2, not Thunderbolt 3): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MZQF1H6/ At work we just use SATA SSDs in external USB 3.0/3.1 enclosures, which are also sufficient as long as your entire job is not only to be nonstop backing up one Samsung pro nvme drive (or the new PCI-E gen 4 nvme drives) after another for 8 hours straight.