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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. Bought a good condition, used,  ASUS ROG R9-280X Matrix Platinum for $50 Canadian Pesos.

    Owner thought the card is defective, saying it artifacts -- really just ASUS' design flaw for not cooling 4 of 8 VRAM ICs that are running beyond Hynix's rated specs.

    Little copper heatsink mod, and boom, even better than new!

    Good spare card, or even just as a show piece :)

  2. Issuses installing a new GPU

    The Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080 needs a PCI-E 8-pin power connector connected from your PSU. The PCI-E 8-pin supplies additional power to the card -- the connector is REQUIRED, NOT optional. Make sure your monitor cable is also connected to the back of the GTX 1080, and not to the back of the motherboard.
  3. gtx 760 with 500w power supply

    @LienusLateTips @Stefan Payne @ThisOrThat I think @Ahmad .. 's choices are limited for his region, and the price / budget limit he has. @Ahmad .. what 400 ~ 520W power supplies are available to you? Are you trying to buy local or online? Do you have a website we can check? Most 400W, 430W, or 450W and bigger will have at least one PCI-E 6+2 pin power connector for the video card. It should be enough for a GTX 760. From the big list here....you might need to look at Tier 4, Tier 5, Tier 6 power supplies, given your price limit. https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/631048-psu-tier-list-updated/
  4. R9 280 Underclocking Issue

    Ahhh..I think Gigabyte sets the thermal limit to be a bit lower...I think it was 75*C or something. Are you using a Gigabyte vBIOS on your card? For testing purposes, crank the fan up to a fixed value....50% or something, so the temperature is under 70*C, and see if it is still underclocking itself. There is a checkbox in the MSiAfterburner settings > 'General' tab to enable voltage control. Also, you can also change a variable in the Afterburner config file to enable unofficial overclocking + voltage control. Little hidden thing within MSi Afterburner: https://forums.guru3d.com/threads/how-to-enable-unofficial-overclocking-mode-in-msi-afterburner.338906/ https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=18102.0 If MSi Afterburner doesn't work, you can always try Gigabyte's own GPU overclocking tool. OC GURU II (or something along those lines).
  5. R9 280 Underclocking Issue

    @Gas_Mask_ Which brand and model R9-280 did you get? -- Example, Sapphire Dual-X R9-280 OC 3GB Do you noticed any artifacts when the GPU is under load/stress? Even though the GPU is coming up at 81*C, the VRM's could be higher -- possibly into the 85 ~ 90*C range. GPU-Z's 'Sensor' tab should tell you the reason why it is throttling, under 'PerfCap Reason.' It could be old thermal paste and/or thermal pads that needs replacing. You might need to enable voltage control in MSi Afterburner (or use another overclocking software). If memory serves the Tahiti GPUs (Used to own two HD 7970's and a 7950) needed 1.15V ~ 1.2V once you start to go beyond 1100 MHz on the Core. At least with my Vapor-X and Dual-X 7970's, I was using 1.175V for 1150 MHz (? need to check my old logs / screenshots to confirm). ...I don't know what the Vapor-X HD 7950 that I still have is running at..will need to check when I get home... If you aren't aware HD 7970 GHz Edition (in most cases) = R9-280X HD 7970 Boost = R9-280
  6. GTS 450 Overclocking, edit VBios

    Have you tried changing the settings in MSi Afterburner to enable voltage control? The image below is a bit outdated, but the the should be still valid.
  7. Is my system good enough for a GTX 1080?

    @Hip is mainly using his PC for BF1 / BF5, though. This is why @i_build_nanosuits is referencing BF videos (I'm assuming; work is also blocking YT for me). You will be okay with a 144Hz monitor and a GTX 1080. The i5-4670K, especially when at stock frequency, might limit your FPS a little. The chance of dips below 144Hz might be more frequent. All that said, there is NO reason to get a 75Hz monitor because of this. You are like saying... I'm thinking of buying a 840 HP Dodge DEMON!! So I can go FAST!! And maybe do some track runs for the LULs in the summer. But the road limits around where I live max's out at 100 mph. Should I buy a Nissan Sentra instead?
  8. All PCI slots blocked by GPU

    Ah, so the VRAM clock holds the cooler together I assume? Damn... You could try some sort of PCI-E X1 to PCI adapter board. But if the adapter board is like $15 ~ $20, you can get a PCI-E X1 Ethernet Card for that price...
  9. All PCI slots blocked by GPU

    The Accelero Xtreme IV is not a water cooler...it's just a massive triple fan heatsink. https://www.arctic.ac/worldwide_en/accelero-xtreme-iv.html @Charkel Are you using the included rear heatsink for the Accelero Xtreme IV to cool the VRAM / back side of the GPU? If the Ethernet card does not fit into the top PCI slot, then the only option might be to get a PCI-E X1 Ethernet card. PCI-E X1 can go into either your top blue PCI- X16 (if you can fit it in there) or any of the X1 slots.
  10. Witch cpu is better

    @Savage Tech Oh hell, go with that deal. If you know anybody with Amazon Prime (it's Prime Day), see if they can find a better deal ...or even a sale on DDR4 RAM. EDIT: For Prime Day, there is a similar combo.. https://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-8700K-Processor-Motherboard-Generation/dp/B07D3Q6CRR/ref=gbps_tit_m-8_5ba0_d4eb94c6?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=0d8de7f5-6ea2-40ab-ada3-e74de5295ba0&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=13887280011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=AAT0NSW0Z98EVB9H4BYC i7-8700K + ASUS ROG STriX Z370-E + 32GB Intel M.2 Optane $449.99 The Z370-E should be the higher end motherboard. Not sure if you need the Optane drive, though.... But $20 gets you a better motherobard + Optane drive. A single 8GB stick of memory is going for $75 ~ $80 (goes up from there).
  11. Which ASUS motherboard do you have (model) ? Are you on the latest motherboard BIOS? Like I mentioned before, you might need to enable SPD Write in your BIOS settings, if you haven't done so already. At this stage, we still don't know whether it is a motherboard of DRAM problem...or if it even is a hardware issue -- and not software related.
  12. I don't remember if Sandy-Bridge's BCLK was tied to the PCI-E lanes, and SATA ports. If IT IS, you could probably get it up 103 ~ 105 MHz (from the stock 100 MHz). The risk is, you risk the chance of corrupting your SSD/HDD data, and making your PCI-E connected device not work.
  13. How do i make my computer think it has more VRAM?

    What if housekeeper runs THROUGH wall. Will it still be 1x1x1 or 1x1x2 now? On topic: @pera_perkan what game are you trying to run that requires 2GB VRAM?
  14. Which rx 580 8gb to choose

    Try doing some quick research on your own. You can see the difference by checking Sapphire's website. http://sapphirenitro.sapphiretech.com/en/580-8.html NITRO+ RX-580 Black shroud, black no-LED fans RGB 'Sapphire' logo Up to 1411 MHz Boost on the GPU Core 2000 MHz (8000 MHz effective) Memory NITRO+ RX-580 Limited Edition Regular NITRO+ with blue LED fans Same RGB 'Sapphire' logo Slightly higher Boot up to 1450 MHz on the GPU Core NITRO+ RX-580 Special Edition NITRO+ Limited Edition with blue shroud Same RGB 'Sapphire' logo Blue +Silver backplate (vs. Black + Silver) Lower factory Boost vs. Limited Edition, 1430 MHz on the GPU Core Slightly higher memory frequency, 2100 MHz (8400 MHz effective) Same blue LED fans, and RGB 'Sapphire' logo Pulse RX-580 Less fancier "red" colour version No RGB ' Sapphire' logo Black shroud, black no-LED fans Slightly slower 1366 MHz Boost on the GPU Core Same 2000 MHz (8000 MHz effective) Memory 2-slot heatsink/cooler vs 2.5-slot Literally took me ~ 5 minutes. The difference in performance? 1366 MHz vs 1450 MHz? If using the SAME game, and SAME settings About 5% ~ 7% . If one game gets 70 FPS with 1450 MHz, it will be about 66 FPS with 1366 MHz. FPS will depend on the games you want to play, and the specifications of the rest of your system (e.g. CPU, RAM, etc). I play Rainbow Six Siege...but you might not...so my FPS numbers is useless if you don't play the game. I might get 120 FPS because I am using a $1000 i9-7900X , but you only get 100 FPS because you are using a i7-8700K.
  15. A single USB 2.0 header one the motherboard can provide two USB 2.0 ports.