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About -rascal-

  • Title
    Pin "H-3" on the AM3+ socket
  • Birthday 1992-06-12

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Victoria BC, Canada
  • Interests
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Nuff said.
    Trail / Enduro / Downhill Mountain Biking
    Computers / Electronics / PCMasterRace
    Engineering / Science
  • Biography
    Test & Characterization Engineer, Redlen Technologies, Inc.
    B.Eng Electrical Engineer, Specialization in Nanotechnology, and Digital & Embedded Systems
    Electronics & Computer Engineering Technologist (Diploma + Advanced Diploma)
  • Occupation
    Test & Characterization Engineer


  • CPU
    FX-8350 @ 5.0GHz / Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.1GHz
  • Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula 990FX
  • RAM
    12GB (4GB X 3) GSkill RipJawsX @ DDR3 1866 MHz
  • GPU
    Sapphire NITRO R9-Fury -- Two in Crossfire
  • Case
    Cooler Master HAF 932
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB / Kingston V200+ 120GB / WD Caviar Black 1TB
  • PSU
    Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 (V1)
  • Display(s)
    ASUS VS228H-P / Acer G215H / Sony Bravia 46" HDTV
  • Cooling
    Thermaltake Frio with push-pull config (w/ Antec Formula 7 nano-diamond thermal paste + CoolerMaster red LED JetFlo fans) / Swiftech H220
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 -- anodized black, red LEDs, and Cherry MX Brown switches
  • Mouse
    Logitech G9x
  • Sound
    Logitech X-540 5.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64...Windows 10 Pro x64

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  1. -rascal-

    rx 580 question

    That sounds like a good plan. Even with the A8-9600, you should still see some performance gains with the RX-580 8GB. I don't think EVGA sells 80 PLUS Silver PSUs anymore; they are usually 80 PLUS Gold or Bronze. 140 Euro seems some-what reasonable, but just by what you are saying, I can't tell if it is a scam or not. 140 Euro = $160 USD = $210 CAD. Can you offer 120 Euro?
  2. -rascal-

    motherboard for Ryzen 2600x

    What are the timings/latency for that kit? There's a couple of G.Skill kits in the under $100 price range. DDR4-3000 speed, too. G.Skill RipJaws V DDR4-3000, 15-16-16-35 timings, 1.35V -- $99.99 https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3CdFf7/gskill-ripjaws-v-series-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3000-memory-f4-3000c15d-16gvkb Slightly looser timing kit, G.Skill RipJawsV DDR4-3000, 16-18-18-36 timings, 1.35V -- $89.99 https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KyRzK8/gskill-ripjaws-v-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3000-memory-f4-3000c16d-16gvrb
  3. @xg32 @webguy AsRock's Taichi line-up is pretty good, and you shouldn't go wrong picking that up -- if that is what you prefer. That said, the AsRock Taichi is going for ~$204 right now. The Gigabyte Aorus Elite at $169.99, Pro at $179.99, it's hard to go for the $204 Taichi -- unless that is what you prefer. Gigabyte Arous Ultra is another step up, so why it costs more. There is actually a Z390 motherboard VRM Tier List over at Overclock.net. Looks like the AsRock Phantom Gaming 9 / AsRock Taichi Ultimate / Gigabyte Arous Ultra are in the similar tier. AsRock Taichi sits with the Gigabyte Arous Elite. https://www.overclock.net/forum/6-intel-motherboards/1638955-z370-z390-vrm-discussion-thread-165.html NOTE: Picture provided below may not be the most up-to-date version of the chart.
  4. Z370 motherboards came out with the release of the Intel 8000 series (e.g. original Coffe Lake). Intel 9000 series is still compatible, but will need one of the newer BIOS updates installed to properly support them. IF the Z370 they ship to you happens to be an old board...from the back of the shelf...you'll need to get the BIOS updated. Yes, DDR4-3000 MHz is what I am looking for. Are you running it AT 3000 MHz (e.g. XMP enabled), or still left at stock JEDEC 2133 MHz speed? "Newest nVidia driver from producer website" As in driver from Gigabyte, or straight from nVidia's driver webpage? You want to use the latest driver from nVidia. https://www.geforce.com/drivers I totally didn't realize, you actually have the Gigabyte Z370M DS3H (thought you had the Z370M D3H, my mistake) The DS3H uses a 4+1 VRM design, and also has NO passive / heatsink cooling over the VRMs. I am now leaning slightly more towards the motherboard now... CPU and socket temperatures might be within reasonable temperatures, BUT the VRM could be cooking itself...
  5. As for you low performance issue, the motherboard and/or PSU can have an impact. If your motherboard's VRMs are thermal throttling with your i7-9700K, then the motherboard is the cause. What frequency is your 16GB of RAM running at? Do you have all the most up-to-date motherboard / chipset / LAN drivers installed? Check and monitor your CPU + GPU + motherboard temperatures -- is anything thermal throttling? A 550W ~ 600W would be plenty, with room for upgrades, and CPU + GPU overclocking. If you plan to get a second video card down the line (e.g. second RTX 2070), then I would recommend a 650W ~ 750W instead. We've got a couple of PSU Tier lists "stickied" in the PSU sub forum; it is a pretty good guideline to follow. From here, anything Tier 3 and above is recommended -- specially for your higher-end system. If you use this tier list, Tier B and up. Power supplies go on sale pretty frequently, so you've got lots of options. Here are a few on sale this week (?) Corsair TXM 550W -- $54.99 after $20 Mail-in Rebate https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dDH48d/corsair-txm-gold-550w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020133-na SeaSonic Focus Gold 550W -- $59.99 after $10 MIR https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KmgzK8/seasonic-focus-gold-550w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-550fm Antec EarthWatts Gold Pro 550W / 750W -- both $59.99 after MIR https://pcpartpicker.com/product/z9CD4D/antec-earthwatts-gold-pro-550w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-ea550g-pro https://pcpartpicker.com/product/TDjJ7P/antec-earthwatts-gold-pro-750w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-ea750g-pro
  6. VRM = Voltage Regulation Modules. It's what provides stable, clean power to the CPU, RAM sticks, etc. It converts the +12v and +5v from the PSU to the lower 1.2V / 1.3V / 1.35V your CPU, chipset, RAM...uses. A CPU may be using 1.3V, which may seem small, but the current draw is high -- 100A range...even 200 ~ 250A if you start overclocking.
  7. I was disappointed with ASUS. Even something like a Maximus grade board is using a 4-phase VRM. I was stuck deciding between the Maximus XI Hero and Aorus Master...like 3 weeks ago. I've used ASUS for so long, thought the Maximus XI Hero would be good...but nope...I was actually disappointed. Next step up would have been a ASUS Maximus XI Formula for the better VRM .... $600? No thanks. This is coming from some who own(ed) a bunch of ASUS motherboards (e.g. Crosshair IV and V Formula for socket AM3 / AM3+, and X99 Deluxe II).
  8. It is not the "600W" that is the problem. It is the lower quality, poor output power stability / regulation, and bad voltage/current protection. E.g. if the PSU dies, likely something else will die with it (e.g. video card or CPU). If you plan to overclock that i7-9700K, I would recommend that you pick up a different motherboard, as @Jurrunio pointed out. Something like the Gigaybte Z390 Aorus Pro, or Aorus Elite....for example.
  9. The Z390 Aorus Master has an IMPRESSIVE VRM topology and cooling. It's a 6(x2) + 2 VRM, and the heatsink...is a legit aluminum fin stack heatsink -- not just a block of metal with a few cut-outs. Compared to ASUS / AsRock / MSi using a 4(x2) + 2, 3(x2) + 2 VRM this time around with Z390, it is one of the best out there. That is of course, until you step into the $500+ range. Even SIMILARLY PRICED (in many cases, EXACT same price) ASUS Maximus XI Hero is a 4(x2) + 2. --------------------------- EDIT: The MSi Z390-A PRO uses a weak 4(x2) VRM ... UP9521P PWM chip. Similar to the AsRock Z390 Pro4, and ASUS Prime Z390-P. --------------------------- For an overclocked i9-9900K (e.g. 5.0 GHz across all cores), you are cutting close with a 4(x2) + 2 VRM system. BuildZoid's run-down of Z390 motherboards: Hardware Unboxed testing budget Z390 motherboards (includes the MSi Z390-A PRO). MSi Z390-A PRO and AsRock Z3390 Pro4 out-right fails (e.g VRM overheats) with a i9-9900K @ 5.0 GHz with 1.3V VCore. Not much better with the i9-9900K running at stock / auto.
  10. -rascal-

    How to dual monitor setup

    You can only used the motherboard's output video ports ONLY if your CPU/APU has iGPU. If you are using a Ryzen CPU, they won't work -- as Ryzen has no iGPU. What you can do get is an ACTIVE DVI (or DisplayPort or HDMI) to VGA adapter. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Active-DVI-D-Adapter-Benfei-Female/dp/B07D3XZ9SD/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=38K5UWDFU5237&keywords=dvi+to+vga+adapter&qid=1553036276&s=gateway&sprefix=DVI+to+VGA+a%2Caps%2C203&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1 UNLESS the DVI port(s) on your video card has the extra ANALOG pins (e.g. DVI-I), then you can use a cheap-o $2 DVI-to-VGA adapter. Something like this (for reference): https://www.amazon.com/DVI-I-Adapter-Benfei-Female-Plated/dp/B07G77CBBB/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=38K5UWDFU5237&keywords=dvi+to+vga+adapter&qid=1553036276&s=gateway&sprefix=DVI+to+VGA+a%2Caps%2C203&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1 EDIT: You have a Gigabyte RX-580, so you'll need an active adapter. HDMI-to-VGA: https://www.amazon.com/Moread-Gold-Plated-Projector-Chromebook-Raspberry/dp/B00SW9JI9A/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=DWJ6D6K7XF67&keywords=hdmi+to+vga+adapter&qid=1553036482&s=gateway&sprefix=HDMI+to+VGA+ada%2Caps%2C214&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1 DisplayPort-to-VGA: https://www.amazon.com/Rankie-DisplayPort-Adapter-Plated-Converter/dp/B00Z08TZNU/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=displayport+to+vga+adapter&qid=1553036513&s=gateway&sr=8-3
  11. -rascal-

    Graphics Card (Cooling) Tier List

    Shouldn't the ASUS ROG Poseidon be up in Tier A/B, rather than Tier C along with their budget Dual product line? Poseidon is a hybrid water/air cooling solution.
  12. -rascal-

    upgrading to i7 2600k

    Under the 'Processor upgrade information' tab on the HP site you included. Intel Sandy Bridge (2000 series), and Ivy Bridge (3000 series) both share the same socket -- in fact, Ivy Bridge is a revision / refresh (the "Tock") of Sandy Bridge. Both will work in 6-series (e.g. H61, P67, etc) and 7-series (Z77, H77, etc) motherboards. You *MIGHT* need to update the motherboard BIOS first, though -- if your current BIOS version does not support the 3000 series CPUs.
  13. What keyboard and mouse are you using? In this day and age, even a mouse will have drivers as well (e.g. profiles...RGB..)
  14. -rascal-

    upgrading to i7 2600k

    No, Windows re-install is not required when upgrade the CPU / Processor. Your motherboard supports the Ivy-Bridge Intel 3000 series, too. The i7-3770 / 3770K should work as well.
  15. -rascal-

    Is this a good card?

    Different manufacturers, different MSRP. Also popularity, any factory overclocks, cooling solution, and stock availability will have an impact too. The Sapphire NITRO+ SE is a *limited edition* card, so there will be a price premium. Other then that, RX-580's are all the same. A Gigabyte RX-580 8GB should be very similar to a PowerColor or MSi RX-580 8GB.