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mallenwho

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About mallenwho

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  • Birthday 1994-11-07

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    Male
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    Melbourne

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  • CPU
    Intel i7 4770
  • Motherboard
    ASUS Z87 Expert
  • RAM
    Kingston DDR3 16GB
  • GPU
    ASUS 970 Strix
  • Case
    Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced NVidia Edition
  • Storage
    128GB SSD, 2TB HDD
  • PSU
    Corsair 750W CM
  • Display(s)
    Crossover 21:9 29" Engineering Sample, with ASUS 24" TN Secondary
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    Stock
  • Keyboard
    Ducky Shine 3 Cherry Brown
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    Corsair Vengeance M65
  • Sound
    Something 15 years old that works
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  1. I've been happily using the nvme at speed for a year, but I now have a need to migrate the system to an itx case and there's not enough PCI slots to go around (for the adapter) it's not ideal but I'd much rather adapt the drive than copy the contents to sata. In that case, sounds like the best call is some sort of pcie ribbon splitter...
  2. I've currently got an ATX z97 motherboard with an nvme C drive, installed in a riser card in a PCIe slot - Because of course the z97 chipset was before m.2 slots on motherboards were a thing. I need to migrate my computer into a tiny case so I have an itx z97 motherboard. It also lacks an m.2 slot. It only has the one PCIe slot and I'd like a graphics card. I've found devices such as these https://www.ebay.com.au/i/112562167122?chn=ps which are basically a sata header to m.2 adapter, in a 2.5" enclosure. To me, that means they're using the sata m.2 protocol, not nvme. Is there a straightforward way to have an nvme drive run on a sata interface? Or failing that, to split a 16x PCIE lane between a 4x and 8x slot (or 2 8x slots) so I can have the adapter card too, all while being flexible ribbons because it has to fit in an itx enclosure. Thanks for any help or wisdom.
  3. Really sad to see cities skylines miss out on the gaming benchmarks. It's a well defined CPU bound game that has at least some multithreaded optimisation, it's a top 50 steam game for the past three years, and currently the community is more toxic than most with everyone having an opinion on what's best (the prevailing being Intel is just "better for gaming" despite not every game having the same workload.) Real benchmarks with no bottlenecks (might need 64gb ram to avoid bottlenecking there) would go a really long way in that community, where the difficulty to run the game and its dedicated fan base sees MANY people building dedicated rigs custom optimised to run it. And with the misinformation out there as to what happens with cities skylines, a lot of people are getting the wrong deal. One graph would be great. A number would be better. Please let me know if this is something you'd consider expanding upon LMG.
  4. Hey yall. I'm case shopping but want a case with a side panel window on the right panel not the left. If it's on the left I will never be able to see or appreciate it, and I want to. That's non negociable. As far as i can tell the single case on the market right now with an inverted layout - at least the only one worth salt, is the corsair 600c. It's a nice case, I like it. But it's plastic and perspex and I'm a huge sucker for quality material choices. It was glass and aluminium shopping for me, long before they became popular. I know there are a couple cases with reversable motherboard trays such that they're flexible. I can't name them all off the top of my head, but they include the Be Quiet! cases and the origin pc custom tower. I would look into a good case like that. What I want is to take a conventional ATX case, flip it upside down, put the top panel on the bottom and the bottom on the top (either by a perfect fit, adhesives and glue, or by some modification) and for the front panel to look good enough upside down as it is. The way I see it, there are two cases right now that look like they'd be easy to make the same upside down as right way up - Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX, and the Corsair 570x. Could someone with one of those cases take a look at their top and bottom panels and see if they line up at all? I've gone to pc shops but they're not fans of me inverting and deliberately dismantling their display cases. Otherwise, tips on other good invertable cases, either by design or by accident. Many thanks.
  5. It's $1400 for 128gb, which is same as what i'd get through the Axon 7. Yeah i know i'm not here for phone advice. I'm here to figure out how something costs that much. Apple for a decade how has been the benchmark for overcharging for the sake of design and style. I'm honestly shocked that Google one-up'd them. The Pixel XL is $14 more even than an iphone 7 plus from the apple store - the most expensive place. Apple still holds the crown for best design and most polished software, and most people say that it is that good but not that worth it. That combined with google always subsidising their first party options to get more into android. It's just reverse bonkers crazy to me. Yes, clearly the correct answer is value for horses go for one of the chinese. So i will. Easy solution.
  6. I know i've seen 2 or 3 posts similar to this but oh well... Comparing prices to buy my first ever smart phone (yes. get excited) Upgrading from this: Looking at Australian retail, the Axon 7 launches in Aus next week for $600 at launch. This is comprable to the One Plus 3, which makes sense. Choose what you want to focus on, either sound or ram. pay the same price. Linus said similar in his Axon review. Then, pixel launches, and everyone talks awesome about it. I am about to click buy on the ZTE and decide to check out the other team. The pixel xl sports almost idential hardware to the Axon 7 (according to GSMArena), but retails in australia through JB Hi Fi for a whopping $1400!!! What the actual and absolute heck! iPhone 7 is $1200, so i could get a really good bluetooth headphones TOO for that cost! The specs between the axon 7 and pixel xl are really similar. Both are 1440p amoled displays. both are 4gb rams. Both have good cameras (I expect the pixel to have better software and autofocus, but the zte is f1.8 compared to f2.0) The pixel really delivers through on the camera (trumpeting the "best smartphone camera ever", apparently a weekly prize), while the zte is the only phone since the HTC One m8 to do really good sound, and has "broken the sound test" of some reviewers by being that loud and good! I'd rather go for the sound anyway, and this is the ONLY phone doing anything about it. Meanwhile, every single phone now has a very good camera, so i can forego an outstanding camera. The zte is a snapdragon 820. The pixel is an 821, which by Qualcom's own materal is practically an identical chip, instead "building upon" the 820 and only really improves on "VR performance", which we all know is rubbish on mobile anyway. So i know that because the pixel is a first party google phone, the software will be great. And that's what they want you to think. But how polished can something really get?? Google has always subsidised their first party phones, and they're practically the largest company on the planet now. Seriously, what gives??? What can make a phone cost $1400??? Apple is the benchmark for overkill price, and they're $200 cheaper!! The zte is the same hardware, maybe better, with less great software, for 40% of the cost. Please enlighten me!!
  7. got a 970 strix. While the polaris stuff is unlikley to be better for me for raw horsepower, I'm very interested in the better display workings with the AMD offerings. I'm also wanting to build a stream PC. so there's that...
  8. This is a massively confusing issue, with lots of useless guides online on what i'm supposed to be doing. It also involves using a lot of stock windows tools which are rubbish and outdated. But required, as you have to transplant the OS so seamlessly it doesn't notice. I have now tried this operation twice by myself, failing both times. Now i need help. This post may be very long. More of a journal than a formal post. Please bear with me. Advice is appreciated. I have a 128gb SSD boot drive and a number of 2tb hdds for mass storage (i do a lot of things with media, i have about 4tb worth of files). 128gb is puny for a C drive, and despite me deliberately never installing any application, or document to the drive (chrome, Microsoft office, that's it), it still repeatedly fills up with cache and temp files, especially from adobe applications (again, the whole "large files with media" thing, going straight to the c drive with no scratch disk to speak of) So I've bought a new 480gb ssd. I'd like to make it my boot drive, put applications on it, etc. Convert the SSD into a scratch disk. Keep mass storage. In fact, remove the old C drive entirely, and copy across the contents so perfectly that the computer can simply reboot off the new drive (same designation etc) and never skip a beat. That's the plan, anyway. Attempt one: Macrium Reflect to create a disk clone on the new drive. There is a lot of conflict on the internet over what exactly disk cloning and disk imaging do. I have found sources that both claim one works to copy a c drive, the other doesn't (doesn't grap crucial boot info). For both drives. useful. The clone seemed to work seamlessly enough, but cloned the same partitions leaving a 300gb hole on the new drive. Problem 1: windows does not allow you to extend partitions on a boot drive. this makes it unbootable.... Furthermore, when i replaced the drive in the computer, the thing failed altogether. I tried to rebuild windows following its own instructions, but it got caught in a restart loop at 64%, 1% Configuring Startup Settings (eg. http://www.tenforums.com/installation-setup/12857-endless-boot-loop-after-reset.html) This was unnerving, as it said it would format all my hard drives and rework them. It didn't. I pulled out the new drive, put in the old one, everything booted fine as usual. Went on normal way. Attempt two: I aborted this because the last backup i had was from December. So i decided to do a proper backup and re-image, and use Windows' own recovery tools to apply that image to the computer. Backup had a lot of hiccups. A number of backups failed because of insufficient drive space, and one or two files corrupting the process. List of errors: 0x807800C5, 0x80070002, Windows update troubleshooter failed, 0x807800F, Windows 10 Service registration is Missing or Corrupt. But finally, it created a passable image. And i got a full backup of my C drive. Made a recovery disk. Shut down the computer. Unplugged everything. Put in the blank drive and recovery disk. had another crack at it. Immediately had to plug drives back in again. For the system-wide image to work (DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO IMAGE ONLY A SINGLE DRIVE???) i needed the other hard drives to be installed, which would then be formatted, wiped and replaced by the image. I tried this twice. both times it failed (You need to repair your PC, 0x8078012D). I try to use command prompt to run checkdisk on the two drives, /r and /f to find bad sectors and repair them. The new C drive (with the botched images on it) took four hours through this process, turned over zero bad sectors, gave the all clear. The O drive (with the image) didn't get past 0%. got stuck for half an hour on sector 28. I gave up. tried to restart again. Failed again (you need to repair your PC, 0xc000000f). I was very scared that my hard drives would be wiped. But once again, they're untouched. Either the image actually worked perfectly, or it isn't actually doing anything at all! I'm not sure which is scarier!! Should i try running checkdisk before i create the image? should i be using third party software (do not want to pay for anything!)?? Tell me something better to do! Thank you in advance.
  9. The "Gamer Branding" not only applies to the product's design itself, but the design of its packaging too.
  10. I'd always seen gamer design like the Lamborghini posters of old.
  11. (Legitimate study for university research) If you're here, you probably understand what "Gamer Design" is. Edgy, geometric designs, red and black, glossy plastic, RGB everywhere. Even in graphic form, video game-esque designs of fighters or aggressive combative figures. The MSI Hawk (fighter jet) Graphics Card. The ASUS 2015 Strix design with an Owl, or the GTX Hussar Design 2011. It could be claw marks on the box. It could be fancy smoke. It's probably cheap plastics with interesting shapes for form over function. Does any of this matter to you?? Does it sway your purchase? do you like that design language? would you care more/less if a different (perhaps plainer) design aesthetic was chosen instead? Full Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1T-UBgy7UP5UZWLt_TtZm1DdJohFD3BZpbpw9BKlxPXg/viewform Please complete, or share, or comment below for discussion. Thank you.
  12. OK. So i'm all good to go!! Wait.............
  13. So, Dave Hakkens (the dude who created the original Phonebloks campaign in September 2013) wrote a letter this week. "When the F**K is Phonebloks Ready??" https://davehakkens.nl/news/modular-phone-2016/ I'll remind you all a bit as to what Phonebloks proposed: A completely modular smartphone, developed not by one company but as an open marketplace. It would expand and individualise the hardware of the smartphone to the needs of the user, and reduce e-waste by making it possible to only replace the obselete/broken parts, not the whole phone. Hakkens points out that communication in that campaign wasn't perfect. He was proposing an idea TO the tech companies, with the hope that they may take that onboard. It wasn't a Kickstarter to fund a final project (even if all 270 MILLION people who signed on to the first campaign had "funded" it, it would not have been enough). It wasn't a promise to a product coming in 6 months. It was a loose concept, that it would have been really great for someone to take on board. And they did. Google, as the biggest boy in the house, made it a high priority project of Google X Labs to get this thing, then called Project Ara. Hakkens was taken under Google's wing as a Consumer Relations Manager. It was a complete realisation of Hakken's idea, that Google wasn't interested in the hardware so much as the marketplace, and they already had the largest names like Kodak and sennheiser developing modules, from their developer conferences. It would cost $50, and would be aesthetically customisable too, with swappable backplates for every module (supporting 3d printing) and by late 2014 it looked like they had an working prototype ready for their planned market launch in 2015. Well, 2015 came and gone. Originally planned to be launched in Q1, it was then delayed to Q4. It was then delayed again. Turns out, this thing is complicated (read my other posts for how that technology came about) and perhaps they were over ambitious thinking they could develop the whole thing in 14 months. News from the Ara Team: They're not promising any more dates, but the whole team is still working at full steam to make it a reality (here's hoping for late 2016). Meanwhile Other kickstarters have launched their own takes on the idea. We've had the Puzzlefone, Which comes in 3 or 4 modules, so nowhere near as customisable as Ara would be. Those modules are also proprietary, meaning we rely on the resources of a small kickstarted campaign to make as many modules as we would need. Otherwise, it is just a more fixable phone. The Fairphone was another. Also kickstarted, also proprietary. BUT THEN, THERE'S THIS Announcing the LG G5 - And Friends - A Flagship Modular Smartphone The modules look promising A camera extension bump, for more classic SLR control and grip. A second camera, for better camera, or for different camera (wide angle? normal camera? low light?) A stronger louder better speaker block. A 360 degree camera A (not directly connected) little ball robot thing. Taran would LOVE it! This is as literal as hotswap battery has ever been. It's like reloading a gun now! Replacable home buttons and USB port too, because they're coming off as well. If you swap out many modules frequently, you'll never break one because each is connected to its modular block. "Always on Screen", so the contrast of an OLED; but it isn't an OLED. Shame, because LG makes some of the best in the industry. But it isn't all rosey and peaches. Yes, this is the launch video for one of the largest phone brands, and their modular stuffs. On the other hand, this is probably the exhaustive list as to what we'll see from them (think of how well they maintain android updates, eh?) It is still proprietary, and it is merely something to expand the hardware functionality. It does nothing to eliminate e-waste. It is going to be just as hard to repair this phone, perhaps even harder. And these blocks aren't the "add 15 batteries in the same thing for the power user. Remove all of them and replace them with a gps system and a drone mount for fancy drone control and camera" This is just the "add a large speaker at your party because why not"? They're gimicky. They sell the modularity as another way to "replace battery", compared to the traditional style of pulling off the back cover. Much of the video focuses on the non-replacable phone stuff anyway. But it is a step in the right direction by the big companies, two and a half years after Hakkens originally proposed what the future of smartphones would be. And we are heading there.
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