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Marhier

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  1. So last Sunday, I had a power surge, stupidly didn't own any form of UPS / anti-surge adaptors (I do now FYI) and it ruined my PSU, motherboard, CPU, Cooler and my 3TB WD Red NAS drive, which had my whole life on it... Again, stupidly hadn't had that backed up and currently with www.pcimage.co.uk for data recovery; waiting for a quote; probably not going to be cheap Monday night, I ordered new parts; luckily, my GPU survived, so I didn't need to replace that - my SSD also survived, but figured I'd go NVMe M.2 this time. My last build was: Asus Maximus V Extreme i7 3770k - 4.6GHz 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM (2,666MHz) Corsair H100i Upgraded to: Asus Maximus XI Hero i9 9900k - 5.2GHz 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro Corsair H100i Pro Samsung 970 Evo (250GB) I've attached pictures of the build and cable management. Been testing it loads since building on Wednesday and this thing is a BEAST! Most people hate the case though - I love it personally - I love green; that and the HAF X case is still probably one of the best out there imo. (nVidia did not sponsor this post) My full set up can be found here: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Marhier/saved/hr6vnQ Have a good day peeps! \m/ Marhier! Control Panel.lnk
  2. This is a steal mate... I'd be all over this! Get that if you can!
  3. 1080Ti > 2060 Not sure how the standard 1080 compares to the 2060. To be honest, turning your resolution to 1440p on a 4k monitor still looks stellar imo - but yeah, if I bought a 4k monitor, I'd want to get the use of its full potential. Your motherboard and CPU are fine mate; you won't need to be upgrading them for a while. I've only just upgraded my cpu to a 9900k from a 3770k - I only did that because a power surge killed my rig last Sunday Like I said mate, your build is pretty solid, just depends what you want to grey out of it. I'd personally change the 2060 for a 1080Ti.
  4. That's a decent rig you got there mate, no question. If you wanted to game at 4k 60fps at highest settings, perhaps the RTX 2060 wasn't the best choice. I'm not overly sure how well the 2060 preformes at 4k, but id imagine you'd have to turn down settings or decrease your gaming resolution. The '60 line of an nVidia generation are usually mid range A 1080Ti is a much better option over the stupidly priced counterpart - 2080Ti. I'd have gotten a second hand 1080Ti personally - I've seen some for roughly £450; my dad just bought one and was pristine. Marhier!
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    RTX 2060 or used GTX 1080

    I'd also look at getting a second hand 1080Ti if I were you. RTX just isn't worth it's premium for the support it currently has and once it becomes more mainstream, we'll probably be on the RTX 4080 Ti or whatever they deicde to call it. Also, we'll probably start to see more game engines support RTX features with 10 series cards a lot better, if the latest Crytek demo is any indication.
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    HDR Confusion

    Morning all. I'm after some advice, as I'm getting myself in a bit of a kerfuffle trying to get a straight answer from the internet. I've recently bought a PS4 Pro, because I love games and want to play their exclusives; I long for the day Sony just say "sod it, we'll bring all our games to PC" I currently have it connected to a 1080p TV and am now in the market for a budget 4K HDR TV to make the most of the PS4 Pro's features. The ones I'm looking at are: https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-and-home-entertainment/televisions/televisions/samsung-ue50nu7020-50-smart-4k-ultra-hd-hdr-led-tv-10186023-pdt.html https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-and-home-entertainment/televisions/televisions/lg-50uk6470plc-50-smart-4k-ultra-hd-hdr-led-tv-10178164-pdt.html The issue I'm having is trying to understand which TV is going to support the HDR features of the PS4. Do HDMI 2.0 ports support HDR devices, or do I need a TV with HDMI 2.0a / 2.0b ports? From the links I've provided, the Samsung only has HDMI 2.0 ports and the LG has HDMI 2.0b ports. My next question is, if HDR is only supported by 2.0a and above, how does the Samsung TV do HDR if nothing you plug into it will work? If someone could shed some light on this, it would be greeatly appreciated. Display port is so much easier, lol Much appreciated. Regards Marhier
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    HDR Confusion

    So I thought I'd give a final update on this saga, lol! This afternoon, Samsung finally called me to respond to my questions. Originally, they told me the following: Samsung: "All the HDMI ports on the TV are version 2.0. However, if we're going to switch on a setting on the TV which is HDMI UHD Color on these HDMI ports the version of the HDMI ports will change to 2.0a. As of the moment our televisions doesn't support 2.0b but just 2.0a. For us to access this option, press the Setting button > General > External Device Manager > HDMI UHD Color > HDMI 1, 2, 3, 4. The TV supports HDMI 2.0a when the HDMI UHD Color on the TV is switch on." It's now been confirmed by Samsung's technical specialists that out of the box, the HDMI ports are 2.0, but when you activate their 'HDMI UHD Colour', they in fact turn to HDMI 2.1! - Mystery solved there! I also queried the peak brightness and they told me is was "under 1,000". I told them that I knew this, and wanted to know what the TV's peak was. They just told me that because it's dependant on what I'm watching/doing, they can only tell me it'll go between 1 and 999. A load of bullcrap if you ask me, as there's no way this TV will get to 999, haha! I've just accepted it to be honest. The TV arrived yesterday, I set it up and it looks/performs fantastically. PS4 games look stella and I tried Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the PC; running with a 1080Ti, it looked and ran superbly. The 'Game Mode' can run with HDR enabled as well and input lag seems to stay almost non-existent imo - advertised 13ms and feels it. Overall, very satisfied - definitely feels high end, even though it's entry level. So anyone looking to buy a UE50NU7020, or any NU7000 series TV from Samsung - do it! Marhier!
  8. Marhier

    Good PC runs barely low graphics

    Like this guy just said, VGA is very limited. It can certainly do 1920x1080, but doing so, you'll probably get a severe drop in image quality. I believe VGA can support higher resolutions and higher refresh rates, but you need an actual monitor that can support it, which it sounds like you don't and cables I'm assuming. The sound of your PC, without being next to it, or seeing it, it's hard to tell; it could be coming from the CPU fan, a case fan, the PSU or graphics card, lol. If you want a 144hz monitor, maybe look at the Acer XF240H? Trying to keep the costs low, there are other ones with G-Sync/Free Sync, but this suggestion is at least a good performer on a budget.
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    Good PC runs barely low graphics

    You monitor is definitely plugged into the graphics card and not the on board display port on your motherboard, right?
  10. Marhier

    Good PC runs barely low graphics

    If you look where the monitor is plugged in, are there any other ports available; does it have HDMI/DVI or display port? That's besides the point really, it sounds like an old monitor and may only have a max resolution of 1680x1050... Still quite common in some company offices, lol. What's your main issue here; I'm assuming you're wanting to get a resolution of 1920x1080? If so, then a good cheap monitor for 1080p is the Acer KG271... It's only like £140.00 and has a low response time. Connections are HDMI & VGA. I'd recommend buying an HDMI cable if you haven't got one already. This is a 27" display - you can also get a 21" display for about £90.
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    Good PC runs barely low graphics

    What cable are you using to connect to the monitor? HDMI? DVI? VGA? I guess more importantly, what connections does the monitor have?
  12. Marhier

    HDR Confusion

    I'll give up for now, lol. I know it's an entry level TV and you get what you pay for; I'm only using it for PS4 really - I've got a PG279Q for the PC, which it damn amazing even if not HDR. Looking at these entry level TVs though, I'm interested to know how they can advertise them as HDR, when I think these models only achieve a peak brightness of 300-500 nits - isn't that SDR territory?
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    HDR Confusion

    I never did get that call back, lol!
  14. Marhier

    HDR Confusion

    I'm being quite persistent with this one, as I'm really interested in getting to the bottom of it. I just had an interesting online chat with Samsung - I asked all the questions mentioned above and this is what they've said: Samsung: "All the HDMI ports on the TV are version 2.0. However, if we're going to switch on a setting on the TV which is HDMI UHD Color on these HDMI ports the version of the HDMI ports will change to 2.0a. As of the moment our televisions doesn't support 2.0b but just 2.0a. For us to access this option, press the Setting button > General > External Device Manager > HDMI UHD Color > HDMI 1, 2, 3, 4. The TV supports HDMI 2.0a when the HDMI UHD Color on the TV is switch on." Me: "Why do you state it supports Hybrid Log Gamma, if HLG is only supported on HDMI 2.0b?" Samsung: "Unfortunately, there nothing that I can say about with regards to the advertisement this is out of our scope." Me: "It's in the manual for your TV mate, it's not an advertisement, lol. So can you please explain why your technical specifications show HLG support when it only has HDMI 2.0?" Samsung: "All the HDMI ports on the TV support HLG." Me: "So it's 2.0b; my mind can be put at rest? Please remember what I've said, HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 2.0a DO NOT support HLG - 2.0b does" Samsung: "Our televisions can only support HDMI 2.0a but it does support HLG as well when the HDMI UHD Color. As of the moment our the HDMI ports on our TVs is version 2.0 and 2.0a." Me: "I don't understand how it supports HLG if it's not 2.0b if I'm honest." Samsung: "I understand but that is the information that our Product Specialist has provided with the version of the HDMI ports on our TVs." Me: "Can you ask the specialist how it's possible then? How do you support a technology that isn't supported... I'm interested" Samsung: "Please bear with me for a moment. Thank you for staying online. May you please provide me your best contact number?" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I gave them my number and am expecting a call back, lol. Maybe I'm being an asshole, lol? What's your thoughts
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    HDR Confusion

    So I ended up getting the Samsung. I went to the shop, the LG TV was on display and it looked awful; they were playing some Harry Potter trailer and maybe it wasn't in 4k, but the motion blur coming form movement of the characters really made the TV look bad. They had the 55" version of the Samsung I wanted on display and it looked incredible - obviously nothing like their OLED/QLED displays, but then again, I'm not spending £2k on a TV - I'm going entry level, lol. Prior to me going to the store, I rang PC World's technical team to confirm whether or not the Samsung's ports were 2.0b. I said to them that their documentation said it has HLG and asked how this could be if it wasn't 2.0b - they couldn't give me a straight answer and gave me a number for Samsung support. I rang Samsung and the 2 people I spoke to there were looking through the manual and confirmed it had HLG, but couldn't confirm for definite if it had HDMI 2.0b, lol. They then said as it's a 2018 TV, they're pretty sure it will have the most up to date HDMI ports. When I went to look at the TVs in person, the people in the shop said exactly the same thing as Samsung. Following on from this post though, I'm assuming it at least has HDMI 2.0a, because HDR isn't supported on 2.0, which leads me to my original question: "...if HDR is only supported by 2.0a and above, how does the Samsung TV do HDR if nothing you plug into it will work?" The table above contradicts this statement? Any more thoughts? Thanks Regards Martin
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    HDR Confusion

    I'm probably going to go with the LG, as this one defintely says HDMI 2.0b... Every website I look at only shows HDMI 2.0 for the Samsung; what makes you think both should have 2.0b? I know with HDR on, these TV's have 40-50ms response times, but I only play single player games on my PS4 and doubt I'd notice really.
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    HDR Confusion

    Thanks Mholes, that table makes sense; so 2.0a is just the addition of the wide colour gamut? If just using the TV for PS4 gaming and watching Netflix etc, which of the TV's do you think is better for best image quality - I'm assuming a TV that can support WCG would be better? Thanks
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    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    Hello again. Just thought I'd post an update! So I installed every game I own through Steam, Origin, UPlay, Oculus, Windows Store and non client games. It came to a whopping......... 5TB (just under, lol). So after that, I decided to install the 151 games my friend shares with me that I don't have in my own library. That bumped me up to....... 6TB (just under, lol). So you were right, I could have installed all of that on one drive, still had half left and put the 2nd 12TB drive in RAID1. I'm now sat with roughly 17TB of storage remaining. I doubt I'll change it now as I've installed everything; I honestly thought the amount of games I had to install would take me to at least 10TB... Turns out I could install all of that twice and still have space left over, lol! Note: The downside to installing 475 games on Steam is the magnitude of updates every time I log in, lol! Usually only takes a minute as the majority of updates are tiny, but I feel compelled to clear the download list every time it finishes! Anyway... Lesson learned. At least I have RAID0 petformance, which has been pretty damn good to be honest, haha! Thanks. Regards Marhier!
  19. Hey everyone Last Friday, I bought a 12TB Seagate BarraCuda Pro with a view install every game I own... Saturday morning comes and I think to myself if I do that, I probably wont have much space left for anything else... So I bought another one, which arrives today. I'm trying to decide whether to span the drives, or set them up in RAID-0 - just after some opinions really. I'm torn because I understand the risk of having a RAID-0 set up - if one fails, I lose everything, which would be annoying if I wanted to play a game. On the other hand, all my games are in the cloud, so can just download again. I'm leaning towards a span set up... Are the benefits to RAID-0 that significant for gaming; I've never had a RAID-0 set up before? Appreciate any advice. Ta. Regards Marhier! \m/
  20. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    No idea, lol... I'll find out soon enough and report back! I have just under 400 games, they vary in size from 2GB to 75+GB. I'm working on the theory that it will probably take between 10-12TB (400 x 25GB | 400 x 30GB respectively as an average) though it'll probably be more like 8-9TB. As I mentioned originally, I'd rather have loads of space left over for the future. You're probably right - I should have done it via Windows... If ever it fails and I do have to do it again, maybe I'll choose that option. This time round, I've gone for performance. What can I say, I'm glutton for punishment! You're not wrong, it would suck, but I'm willing to have it happen once and learn the hard way. I think if I get a drive failure and I have to do it again, I'll probably do what you suggested and have two separate drives and split the games alphbetically. Thank you for you advice though, I've learned a lot from this process. I will report back! Regards Marhier! \m/
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    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    I do have an SSD for my boot, yeah; a 120GB 850 EVO My PC isn't used for much else other than gaming and music production, so have a minimal amount of programs installed on my boot drive; it hasn't really moved from 70GB free for a long time. I have a 6TB drive for my data storage/movies/images/documents etc... I keep the important files backed up on an external drive every month or so. The 24TB of storage I have now, I only want for gaming. I ended up managing to RAID-0 the two new drives via the BIOS; plugging them both into Intel SATA ports solved the issue I mentioned above. I've tested Windows RAID-0 and BIOS RAID-0 using CrystalDiskMark and it seems the BIOS RAID-0 performs 15-20% better. As I requested above - if anyone knows what the actual difference is between doing RAID-0 via the BIOS or via Windows - I'd still like some advice on it. Thank you. Needless to say, I'm fairly happy with how I've set this up and the performance I'm getting from it. I'm fully under way installing my games... I've made it through A-C so far, lol. \m/ Regards, Marhier.
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    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    So I realised one hard drive was plugged into an ASMedia SATA controller and the other was plugged into an Intel one. This explains why my BIOS wasn't picking up both drives when looking at the Intel Rapid Storage section of the BIOS on the Maximus V Extreme. I haven't tested it yet, but will do so when I get back from work - I'm assuming this will solve my problem and allow me to set up the RAID-0 via the BIOS. I am still interested though as to what the difference is between doing RAID-0 via the BIOS or via Windows: Aren't both methods technically software RAIDs? Is it more taxing on my CPU & RAM to do it via Windows? I've looked online and can't seem to find a straight answer. Any advice on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Regards Marhier. \m/
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    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    Yeah, it's only games that are going on there, nothing important. That was my next question - what's the difference between doing RAID-0 via the BIOS and setting up a Stripped Volume in Windows? I have a Maximus V Extreme (Z77 chipset) motherboard and struggled to set up my RAID-0 there... I could see the drives, but when viewing them in the Intel section of the settings, it only showed one drive and when I selected it to view the details, it just said it wasn't part of the RAID family or something to that description. I ended up doing it via Windows 10 - figured it's doing exactly the same thing as if I did it via the BIOS? I'm assuming the only difference is, if my Windows gets corrupted, I'd lose the ability to read the array if I have to reinstall Windows? From what I understand there's no performance hit doing it via Windows Storage Spaces? All help appreciated. Thank you. Regards Marhier.
  24. Marhier

    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    Ignore that last comment, I see what you mean now. You mean it would only double up my smallest drive - so if I had a 100GB drive and a 200GB drive, I'd only get 200GB (2 x 100GB). This shouldn't be a problem, as I have two identical 12TB HDDs. RAID-0 I think it is then Regards Marhier
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    Span vs. Raid 0 for Gaming?

    I thought if I used a spanned volume, a failure would only impact the the data on the failed drive, as they don't get filled up simultaniously? Doesn't RAID-0 do the same as spanned and combine the space of two drives together, just splits the data between the two? I thought RAID-1 was where it would create a partition as big as the smallest capacity and mirror the data? I'm after a single 24TB HDD, over 2 x 12TB drives. Regards Marhier.
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