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About Kalm_Traveler1

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    IT Security Analyst


  • CPU
    i9 7960x
  • Motherboard
    Asus Rampage VI Extreme
  • RAM
    64GB 3200mHz g.skill Trident Z CL14 DDR4 4x16gb
  • GPU
    2 Nvidia Titan RTX NVLink SLI
  • Case
    Thermaltake Core X9 black
  • Storage
    2TB Samsung 960 Pro and 4TB Samsung 850 EVO
  • PSU
    Corsair AX1600i
  • Display(s)
    Asus PG348Q
  • Cooling
    2x 480mm radiator custom loop CPU/GPUs/VRMs
  • Keyboard
    Razer Huntsman Elite
  • Mouse
    Razer Mamba Elite
  • Sound
    Creative Sound Blaster Z
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

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  1. I used that exact keyboard for many years before discovering mechanical keyboards. What you are describing is how the membrane moves as you press down on the key. It can become a little softer as it wears out, but will never be smooth like a mechanical switch. To this day i still wish that MS would make a version of that with Cherry MX blue switches because i miss the wrist position but found that tactile mechanical switches help me more than proper wrist alignment.
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    how can i plug a EGPU to a MBP with only 2 TB3

    I'm assuming you meant 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports since Thunderbolt 2 was never used for charging AFAIK... Which MBP do you have that only has 2 TB3 ports? Mine has 2 on either side, and I thought only the MacBook Air's had just 2... anywho, yes just make sure to get an external graphics card enclosure that can daisy chain / pass through charging.
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    Should i buy 2 RTX 2080TI or wait for next gen?

    it's always the same situation - only you can decide if something is worth buying now. The only caveat there is if there are strong rumors of a new generation coming pretty soon - then I always suggest waiting a bit. That all being said... money is very much an issue for me, but I don't spend it often and hit a point in life where when I build a rig I want the best possible hardware for the use case. If you really don't care about money, the Titan RTX is a tiny bit more powerful than the 2080 TI. I have 2 in my HEDT rig and 1 in the 9900k rig. No regrets after shunt resistor swapping and water cooling.
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    Everyones hifi setups?

    thanks! Yep, I'm always function over form and making the most utility wherever possible. Home theater sound for a PC just made sense to me after going through various "pc speaker" sets as a kid, the last of which was a Logitech 5.1 system that I ended up modding to pull the volume controls out and mount in a custom plastic box under the desk. Finally had enough and just got it all going through the AVR instead.
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    Everyones hifi setups?

    This is just what's connected to my main rig... for music - Oppo HA-1 DAC/amp with Oppo PM-1 cans for gaming - Mayflower Electronics DAC/ADC/amp with AKG K7xx cans and Modmic 5 for general use - 7.1 home theater setup. the sub is hidden but basically the HEDT rig has a Sound Blaster Z encoding and upmixing 5.1 via optical to the AVR, a Yamaha RX-A1030, 5 Yamaha NS-777 towers (FL C FR SL SR) 2 NS-333 bookshelf speakers (SBR SBL) and a HSU VTF-15H Mk 2 powered subwoofer.
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    Best 140mm Intake fan?

    on my 9900k rig there are 3 on the radiator pushing up out the top, 2 on the front as intake, and 2 on the floor as intake (all the 2000rpm PWM model). I can barely hear them outside of games, even without headphones on. In games, they ramp up a little bit but still not very loud - with headphones on I can't ever hear them.
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    Nvidia Tesla Vs. Gtx 1080ti/2080ti

    yeah I had a bout of poor judgement between December and January so I have 2 in my HEDT rig and 1 in the 9900k rig... for homework, gmail, youtube, and if I'm lucky a few hours of gaming once in a blue moon. in all seriousness though it is a beast of a card when power modded and water cooled - just terrible value compared to a 2080 Ti for anything I do
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    Top Motherboards for I7-9900K

    Nothing wrong with Asus boards - the VRM concern is really only applicable for extreme overclockers (LN2 etc). I'm using a Maximus XI Code for mine and haven't had any issues at all running 5.2ghz on 1.325v, going to try to push things this weekend and see where stability limits are.
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    Nvidia Tesla Vs. Gtx 1080ti/2080ti

    or 3 of them
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    Windows update broke my ethernet?

    that's my main rig too (using to type this)... the Intel I219-V only has 1 file listed under Driver C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\e1i63x64.sys file version is on the driver tab it says the date is 4/5/2016 which one do you have?
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    Windows update broke my ethernet?

    what motherboard do you have? I've had 1809 on all my rigs since January and none of them have had any issues at all... Off the top of my head, Asus Rampage VI Extreme, Asus Maximus X Code, Asus Strix Z270i-gaming, Gigabyte GA-H270-HD3P boards all with Intel 1 gig NICs. The R6E also has a 10g NIC but I've never used it since my switches are only 1gig.
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    Which Surge Protector Should I Buy?

    the one with lots of joules, though I've heard that surge protector power strips don't really do much, and if you're wanting surge suppression you need to get the kind that install in your main house electrical panel.
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    Connect 2 sets Old PC Speakers - Am I doing something wrong?

    You won't get sound out of the 'rear' speakers unless you either upmix stereo into a surround format, or play something that is multi-channel natively. This is the main reason i keep using a Sound Blaster sound card to send audio to my AVR instead of fiddling with the onboard audio or HDMI.
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    Adaptive mode

    I prefer adaptive voltage for my systems so that they aren't running full bore 24/7 for no reason. Scaling technology is pretty good these days so outside of maximum extreme OC scenarios I would always go for adaptive voltage for longevity, lower power use, less waste heat, etc. For reference, i was able to get benchmarks stable on a 7960x at 5.2ghz on water with adaptive voltage. Very cold ambient, but still
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    Does anyone have an RTX 2080 ti without coil whine?

    Fwiw I never hear it with stock coolers on any card but all 7 Titans that I've installed waterblocks on have it. I tried Buildzoid's suggestion of coating every inductor with RTV silicon for my latest card and while it does seem a little bit quieter you can still hear coil whine when it ramps up.