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  1. Thanks for the tip on quoting! As for the HDD light, I have a corsair carbide 500R case and it has a power button that lights up and below that is a HDD activity light. I guess my question is what drives the power button light if the power button wire just transmits an on/off signal?
  2. Thanks! No need for LED really, I just want a push button switch. Is the HDD activity light different from the power on/off light?
  3. Bump! Any suggestions on wire gauges and switch?
  4. Yep, that's it!
  5. That is insane! I didn't even know these things were available! I'll have a look into this to see if I like it but knowing me, my next issue would be losing that controller! Thank you for the offer of the diagram, please do if nothing but to confirm what I am thinking of. I'm no expert in wiring or electronics so I need all the help I can get! EDIT: after reading up a bit, it seems that it can have some issues with setting up and connectivity so my hardwire idea would still be the most reliable.
  6. I've never done this before so really want to be careful with this. I'd like to make a secondary/alternative power switch for my PC. Kind of like this but instead of a trick switch, it'll just be a second power button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBj02EBj_dQ I've re-designed my simpit and my case is a bit further away than I'd like so I was thinking of putting a power switch inside the simpit that's more accessible. I'm thinking just a momentary switch (pushbutton), run the wires through and behind the simpit and to the PC. However, looking at wires and momentary switches on Amazon and I quickly realize there may be more to this than I've expected. Do I need a particular gauge or size of wire? Do I need a specific momentary switch (pushbutton) for this application? I am also thinking of a connector between the switch (and its wiring) and the PC itself. The idea is to connect/solder this connector to the PC case's wiring for a permanent connection and then this connector exits out the back of the case where I can easily connect/disconnect the switch as needed, ie for maintenance purposes. Any ideas for types of connectors I can use? I'm based in the UK so if anyone can point me to local stores you've bought from or trust, or maybe Amazon, that'll be great! Any help appreciated! Thanks!
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    NVMe issues

    Here's a screenshot of the testing I did before: And here's one I ran just now. Temp spiked to 53 Celcius. Why is the 4K write so low and the 4K Q32T1s read and write so different from before? However, is what does that have anything to do with the laggy behavior I see on the desktop?
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    NVMe issues

    Copying a video file was mostly around 60MB/s but peaked around 150MB/s around the start. Copying within the NVMe was fast, around 300-600MB/s until the end where it went to around 9MB/s but still fast enough to be noticeable compared to HDD-to-NVMe copy. Within HDD was fast as well. I fail to see how it can be a GPU issue. I'm on a 980Ti with latest drivers. But I'll reinstall drivers later to test anyway. As for caching confusion, well, like I said, I used to have the same config with a SATA SSD instead of NVMe drive with no issues. Was also running some tests on the NVMe drive earlier using CrystalDisk Mark and the NVMe drive went up to 51 Celcius... probably went up higher than that as well, it only registered 51 as CrystalDisk Info refreshed at that point. I've changed it now so that it refreshes every minute. The drive runs hot... 38C on idle whereas my SSDs are 23C (850 Evo). My HDDs are at 25-26C. My external drives are 32C and 36C. So for a "stick of gum" that's over my motherboard that gets good airflow, idling at 38-39??
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    NVMe issues

    Finally finished installing Win10 Anniversary edition on my Samsung 960 Evo 250GB NVMe drive. Boot up is faster by a few seconds, but I'm having a bitch of a time arranging my desktop icons. I have Fences installed but even on icons that are not in Fences, everything is just laggy. Where before I could just click on an icon then drag it to where I want it, now I have to click the icon, make sure there's a box around it, move my cursor to where I want it, let go of the cursor, then watch my icon move to that location, then watch as the other icons re-arrange themselves. Dragging Fences around is also laggy as hell; I don't think I had this issue even when my OS was on a HDD. My OS is on the NMVe drive, my deskto "folder" is on a HDD, but is the same location I used when my OS was on my old Crucial M4. So why would it be laggy on the NVMe but not on the M4 considering the "folder" is located in the same place?
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    Are my HDD's alright?

    Wow... 54,708 hours of power on time? That's 6.24 years of being ON, and only switched on 408 times? I'm curious what that drive is for? NAS?
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    Replace Beer Holder for New SSD ?

    If you wanted more speed, why stick to SATA? Why not PCIe NVMe drives?
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    Strange SSD behavior

    Back in August, my Samsung 840 just decided to quit. I was upgrading to Win10 and on one boot up, everything was working fine, the next restart and the drive just disappeared. Not detected in BIOS, not detected in Disk Management. DEAD. It was just over 3 years old and was used as my Games install drive. I only installed my favorite games on it, so it didn't get very much data written on it and I was surprised for it to die at that time. Yesterday, my Crucial M4 decided to quit as well. I was installing a case fan on my PC and on reboot, the system told me it could not find a boot drive. Great. The drive could not be detected in BIOS. I plugged it in to my son's computer and confirmed that it was not seen in BIOS and in Disk Management. DEAD. The annoying bit was that this was my OS SSD. I initially panicked as I kept a few documents on my Desktop for easy access, then I remembered that I "relocated" my user files (Desktop, Documents, Videos, etc.) to my HDDs, but was still quite annoyed that stuff like these would be working 100% fine one moment then just die the next boot up. I purchased this drive on April 2012, so 5 years of good service was a good run, but still didn't expect it just to go like that. Is this supposed to be normal SSD behavior? As the warranty was obviously out, I decided to open up the SSD just to have a look inside. Nothing looked burnt or worn out, so I re-assembled the drive. For some reason, I decided to plug it in again on my son's computer, not expecting anything, and to my great surprise, the PC started booting up in Win10!! My son's PC has been rolled back to Win7 so I immediately knew it was my Crucial drive that was working. It's ALIVE!!!! I plug it back into my PC and it starts back up like nothing's happened! 4 freaking hours of troubleshooting, trying different SATA cables, different power cables, and it just boots up like nothing's happened!! I noticed my D: and E: drives were swapped around, but aside from this, nothing seems to have changed! I ran Samsung Magician and discovered the new interface has less info than before... but it didn't detect any errors. SMART check via DOS prompt also declares all drives OK. I ran Crystal Disk Info and here's the result: So the SSD should have YEARS of life left in it, if I've only got it down to 97% over 5 years of use as the OS drive. 8,486 hours of power on is 353.58 days, so less than a year of being on. Anybody got a clue what's happening here? I'm reluctant to trust this SSD any more. My plan was to "retire" it and put it in my son's PC as his OS drive (i5 750 setup in sig below); I guess I'll be doing this sooner (next week) rather than later.
  13. What is a "large sequential file copy"??
  14. I'm hoping to "retire" my old Crucial M4 and was thinking of getting either another SSD or an M.2 NVMe for an OS drive. I currently also have a Samsung 850 250GB for games and have short-stroked two 1TB HDDs for other games and use the rest of the drive for storage. I do a little photo editing and would like to do some videos later on once I learn how to do it, but aside from Photoshop and the occasional MS Office work, I usually use my PC for gaming. I've got a strong hunch that most people here would not recommend getting an M.2 NVMe drive since SATA SSDs aren't really being pushed to the limit that often, so what programs or applications would justify buying an M.2 NVMe drive? I'm guessing for boot times and program startups, an M.2 NVMe would not make much difference compared to a SATA SSD, correct? Same thing for game loading times?
  15. Ran another batch of tests, this time with the two touchscreens connected to the 660 Ti. First run, PhysX to 980 Ti - Avg 41.66fps, 660 Ti max Core Load 15%, avg 8.5% Second run, PhysX to 660 Ti - Avg 41.265fps, 660 Ti max Core Load 20%, avg 9.4% Third run, PhysX to 660 Ti Dedicated - Avg 41.67fps, 660 Ti max Core Load 20%, avg 9.8% I immediately removed the 660 Ti which reset PhysX to the only available card, the 980 Ti, and ran a test - Avg 45.863fps I think this effectively shows that the PhysX settings is not what's throttling the FPS numbers. Back to the starting point on this one. For these tests, I've also ran the logging function of HWiNFO so I have that data, just don't know what exactly I should be looking at. As mentioned before, I would take screenshots of the HWiNFO screen before and after the tests so I have that data as well. While it doesn't show real-time GPU utilization, it does show current/min/max/avg numbers.