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About -rascal-

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

Contact Methods

  • Steam
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Profile Information

  • 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. Are you able to get into the BIOS at all, or find out what version BIOS the board currently has flashed onto it? The Athlon X4 860K is supported on BIOS version F5 and newer. If your board happens to be using an older BIOS version, that might be the problem -- this board first released with socket FM2 CPUs (860K is socket FM2+). The A10-7850K is also FM2+, supported on BIOS version F3 onwards. Again, if the BIOS is not up-to-date enough to support it, you'll run into problems. Board supports up to 64GB of RAM over four DIMM slots, so 8GB sticks should not be a problem. Buuut...try to see if you can boot with just one stick of RAM.
  2. Do you have a Kignston A400, or a SanDisk A400 ? Also, the Kingston A400 does not have a NVMe version....it has a M.2 SATA III form factor version. M.2 form factor =/= NVMe. NVMe is through the PCI-E interface. The Kingston A400 does okay with sequential read/writes ... up to SATA III's limit, but it takes a HUGE performance hit on random read/write performance.
  3. I searched for "Dell Inspiron 3847" and this was the first result that came up: https://www.dell.com/support/home/ca/en/cabsdt1/product-support/product/inspiron-3847-desktop/docs It looks like the motherboard is based on the H81 chipset, and can support 4th generation Intel Core i5 and i7. In fact, it looks like the higher-end configured Dell Inspiron 3847's came with the i7-4790. This is the fastest CPU you can get for a 4th generation chip that is compatible with the socket, and H81 chipset. The i7-4790 is a 4-core, 8-thread CPU. Keep in mind, it is a 5-year old CPU, and has now been long discontinued (discontinued as of July 2017). It will be hard to find a brand-new one, and you may need to check the used market for one. https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/80806/intel-core-i7-4790-processor-8m-cache-up-to-4-00-ghz.html The Core i3-4170 you have now is a 2-core, 4-thread CPU. It will struggle in games that have better (or proper) multi-core / multi-thread support --- which is basically every PC game released in the last decade... https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/77490/intel-core-i3-4170-processor-3m-cache-3-70-ghz.html Also note the i3-4170 is a 54W CPU, while the i7-4790 is 84W. You may also need to invest in a better aftermarket cooler to control the extra heat coming off of the i7-4790. Alternative to the i7-4790, there is also the i7-4790K / 4770K / 4770. In the i5 tier, there is the i5-4690 / 4690K / 4670 / 4670K. Intel offers other i7's and i5's, but if you want the most performance you can get from your 4th generation platform, those would be your go-to options.
  4. Seems like both parties are just rebranding the same Fuyao factory phone case You can only vary a phone case design so much... Hey! my OnePlus 6T McLaren has the same "carbon fiberous" case, too...
  5. As you can see in that old thread that you linked do (I even actually replied in it), those tabs got bent out waaay too much. Looked like the OP put the I/O shield in the wrong way (e.g. backwards), and flared all the tabs out when removing the motherboard (after finding out it didn't fit). Those tabs are supposed to be nearly flat, NOT sticking out like spikes. Yes, you need to push the motherboard against the I/O shield, while you are putting in the mounting screws, as it has slight springy effect. ASUS uses a foam layer on some of there motherboard I/O shield, and you need to really push against it. The foam almost doubles the thickness of the I/O shield.
  6. Referring to the screenshot @Constantin gave, you basically click on the chart to add a spot on the graph, and you drag and drop at the set temperatures / fan speeds you want. Where you want the fan speed to be at which temperature will vary...depending on: Your own personal temperature or noise preference The design of the graphics card cooler (e.g. different fan curve for ASUS STriX GTX 1060 vs MSi Gaming GTX 1060) The GPU itself (e.g. GTX 1060 vs GTX 1070) Computer case airflow / fan configuration etc..
  7. Check the "SMART Settings" menu. Also, you can't control the fan speed/curve on the GTX 1060 in the motherboard BIOS -- BIOS only controls CPU / case fans. You need to use a separate software in the OS (e.g. Windows) to control the GTX 1060 fan speed -- MSi AfterBurner, or EVGA PrescisionX...just to name a few.
  8. @untrustworthy Modern graphics cards' fans do not spin up if the temperature is low enough (e.g. during idle, or light usage). Make sure your monitor is connected to the DVI / HDMI / DisplayPort on the back of the graphics card, and NOT to the back of the motherboard. The R7-2700X does not have integrated graphics, so the ports on the monitor will output nothing. The PowerColor Red Dragon RX-590 uses a single PCI-E 8-pin power connector. That 8-pin connection is mandatory, not optional, and provides the necessary power for the GPU. Make sure that is securely plugged in.
  9. @setrixhd GPU Core @ 77°C should not be the problem. As already mentioned, check the VRAM and VRM temperatures. Either one of those throttling will also cause similar symptoms.
  10. If you are not gaming across all 3 monitors, and just gaming on 1, and discord / web browser / music / steam on the other 2, then the performance hit, if any, would be small.
  11. @Oshino Shinobu and @Enderman is correct. Just adding this diagram here: You DRAM frequency is a ratio of your FSB. In your screenshot, a 3:40 ratio...so assuming BCLK is 100 MHz, you get your 1333.33 BCLK is not always exactly 100.0 MHz; it can be something like 99.9 or 99.8 MHz. Even the BCLK dropping down by a hair to 99.8 MHz, your RAM will show up at 1330.66 MHz. BCLK = 99.5 MHz, RAM = 1326.66 MHz
  12. XMP / DDR4-3000 is not able with your motherboard / CPU. You'll need to loosen up the timings and/or drop the DRAM frequency. Had this happen on my friend's new Ryzen build... R7-3800X + Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro WiFi + 16GB (2 X 8GB) Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000. Motherboard was trying to "relearn" trying to get XMP to run, but kept failing, and boot loops for a while. Makes it into Windows, and memory defaulted back to 2133 MHz. Did a bit of trial-and-error, and settled for DDR4-2666 (DDR4-2933 was only stable for 1 or 2 reboots, and it would default back to 2133 MHz).
  13. That is a pretty poor quality power supply. I would not risk it, especially when you are dropping ~$400 on a RTX 2070. If you are upgrading your graphics card, consider getting a better quality 500W ~ 550W for $40 ~ $60 also. Just looking at the "wattage" is meaningless -- it's just a number rating. You need to look at how the internal of the PSU is designed, what current/voltage protections are built-in. How steady is the power output on the +12v, +3.3v, and +5v, etc.. rails are. How does the PSU behave under heavy load, etc.
  14. If the RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 SUPER is similar in price, then get the RTX 2070. Normally, the RTX 2060 SUPER as a lower price point, with ~95% of the performance. Example, for us using the Canadian pesos currency, a RTX 2060 SUPER is around $520 ~ $550, while a RTX 2070 is $650 ~ $800.
  15. I have a TridentZ DDR4-3000 CL14 kit, and no complaints so far. On the Ryzen and Intel systems I've used/tested them on, no issues. Uses Samsung B-Die memory chips. The F4-3600C15D-16GTZ should also be using B-Die Memory, so it should work pretty good with Ryzen. See how defulat XMP DDR4-3600 CAS 15 runs. If that setting doesn't work out, tune it down to DDR4-3400 or DDR4-3200, and see if CAS 14 timings work out.