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Everything posted by jones177

  1. Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card ($1106.98 @ Newegg) EVGA BLACK. It boosts to 1560mhz and is 112% on the power limit.
  2. Don't get the Black. It is best to stay away from cards that have a boost clock lower than 1635mhz. The Blacks also have a power limit of 112%. The XC and XC Ultra have a power limit of 130%. You need the higher power limit if you want a decent overclock or later go on water. It will also be better on a resale later on. On a budget I would go with the XC Ultra.
  3. It is the main reason I have a 16:9 gaming rig and a 21:9 gaming rig. One of my all time favorite games is Skyrim(2011 version) and it does not like 21:9 at all. It is strange since Oblivion, Fallout 3 and NV do it alot better but not perfect. For Fallout 4 I use mods to do 21:9. Sometimes the program Flawless Screen fixes the issues but I rarely use it now. https://www.flawlesswidescreen.org/
  4. My GPU overclock is good for about 10 frames and a little more heat. It is not on by default like my CPU overclock and I set it before I play a game. All my GPU gaming overclocks use the default fan curve to keep noise down but I have benching overclocks that use 100% of the fans. They are really noisy. If I am playing at 4k or RT games I usually notice if I forget to turn on the overclock but at lower resolutions and without RT I may not notice at all.
  5. Here is the 24/7 overclock on my XC. It uses the stock fan curve since it is too noisy for me with more. I only use it only for RT games and AC:O and RDR 2. The rest of the time it is 0 on the clock. The max overclock on the XC is not the highest it can go. It is the highest in can go without downclocking to the point that it actually runs slower. This happens at 84c. If the card was water cooled like the one in the video it would run about the same. Heaven is kind of strange. I use Heaven to simulate single CPU core games at low resolution. I can't use the 1080p setting to compare the XC with the FTW3 Ultra since the FTW3 Ultra bottlenecks on it even with the i7 8086k at 5.1ghz. It is sort of like the edge of a cliff. The XC is on the edge and the FTW3 Ultra goes right over. Here is the XC running RDR 2 at 1440p and 4k using Hardware Unboxed settings, Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p on the highest preset and AC:O at 1080p and 1440p in the ultra preset. This is with the 24/7 overclock. The FTW3 Ultra benches at 21:9 since it uses an ultrawide monitor.
  6. The power limit on your card should allow it to use about 350 watts. My XC uses about 347 watts with its maximum overclock. Here is what it looks like. To run at 2150 mhz the temperature needs to be in the 30s. That means water with a 240mm deadicated rad. So K|NGP|N. With the overclock I use and all fans at max my FTW3 Ultra runs at 2100 mhz before it reaches 54c. It downclocks to 2085mhz after 54c and can maintain it until it reaches 62c and then it clocks down to 2070 mhz. At 67c it downclocks again to 2055mhz. I run the card with the default fan curve and it maintains 2055mhz at around 72c but at 74c it downclockes to 2040 mhz and that happens running games that use the CPU as well as the GPU(AC:O). It never goes below 2040mhz. The FTW3 Ultra can use about 40 watts more than the XC but is limited by its cooling as well. My 2 slot XC runs a bit hotter. With my 24/7 overclock with the default fan curve it runs at 1935mhz at 81c. Its cooling solution is inadequate(too noisy) for overclocking 24/7 so I usually run it at stock clock with 800 on the memory and 130% on the power limit and that is about 1875 mhz at 79c. 2080 tis performance depends on there cooling solution. My XC can overclock higher on the GPU and memory but can never outperform my FTW3 Ultra because of its cooling solution.
  7. My LG B9 Does 120hz at 1440p and that is doable now. My 2080 tis don't come close to 120hz 4k so I can wait for next gen.
  8. Have you tried running the card in debug mode? Some factory overclocks don't seem to do well with age. I know my Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme had more issues as it go older and now sits in a box. The EVGA 1080 SC card I bought at the same time still runs stock but there is zero overclocking headroom on it now.
  9. My EVGA 2080 ti XC is a dual slot. I bought it so it can be card #1 if I decide to SLI. When shopping for a 2 slot card look for ones that are set to 1635 mhz or higher on the boost clock and have from 124 to 130% on the power limit. Avoid anything with less. Here is how my XC runs in Superposition stock and overclocked.
  10. I had my 2 gaming PCs in my bedroom for about 2 years. With both on and one gaming the temperature in the room would rise 3 to 5c depending on the game. Now they are back in the living room they have no measurable effect at all on the temperature. The difference is that there is next to no airflow in the bedroom and the living room has lots of air movement. What benefits the most is my EVGA 2080 ti XC. It was running in the low 80s in benches in the bedroom but is now in the high 70s in the living room. I do mis the computers on cold nights and the stock i7 6700k with a GTX 1080 that I have in the bedroom now is no match in heat generation compared to the two 6 cores at 5ghz and the two 2080 tis.
  11. I have about 6500 hours on Fallout 4. It is my fourth most modded game with 165 installed. I don't play the main quest or the DLCs but build and protect my settlements. I have sellers at killable and NPC spawns at 5X. So for every 1 enemy spawned vanilla, 5 are produced. This means enough radroaches to bring down a brahmin and swarms of blood bugs large enough to bring anything down. This all comes at a cost since character saves over level 100 have to go on my computer that uses the 970 EVO SSD since they stutter on a SATA SSD and it is the only game that actually needs the 5ghz on the CPU to keep frames over 60 at 4k. When the game came out I could run it at 60fps 4k with a GTX 980 ti and a i7 2600k. Now it takes a RTX 2080 ti with i7 8086k both overclocked and I have to limit the spawns to stay stutter free. I prefer 10X spawns but after level 30 the hordes of enemies create a moving framerate drop as they go down a road. What I like to do most in Fallout 4 is revisit my saves I started when the game came out. These saves are in the 140 plus levels and are now waiting for new hardware to make them playable again. Now I spend most of my time playing Space Engineers. I only have about 250 hour now but I can easily see getting in the thousands with it.
  12. I did photo editing to print for years and Photoshop tends to hide things like compression artifacts if they are not viewed at 100%. The last monitor I bought for it was a 32" VA 4k LG monitor. It is 10 bit (8 bit + FRC) and cost only $350. Since most output went to print I did not need a super color accurate monitor. Most images had elements that had to be pantone matched in CMYK so spotting color shifts in the conversion was more important. Before the 32" LG I used a 28" Samsung 4k TN monitor that I bought in 2015. I did not like the size at all but it was a lot better at the job than the 27" 1080p monitors I used for years. Now my monitor of choice is my 55" OLED TV. I am retired now so I don't use it for work but if I did start again it is what I would prefer.
  13. When Fallout 4 came out I already had a 4k monitor and could not understand why people thought it looked like crap. I then played it at 1080p and understood why. It is sort of like the developers all used 4k monitors and never looked at their work at a lower resolution. Take trees for example. There are not enough pixels at 1080p for their tree designs to work so they look like a anti aliasing nightmare. Even at 1440p they don't look great. The game does work at 1600p but I still prefer to play it at 4k.
  14. I recommend using the EVGA forum. They will let you know if it is RMA time.
  15. My work computers were for 3Dmax, Photoshop and V ray so may be a bit different. All my rendering was CPU so that comes first. I would go R 9 3900X or R 9 3950X if budget allows but I would not be unhappy with your choice. Since rendering can cause heat buildups I avoid cheap motherboards but the Prime has basically the same VRM as the Hero so I would go with that for a none overclocked build. For overclocked I would go with a high end Gigabyte this gen. I did not use GPUs for rendering but I did use them for Photoshop. 8gbs is my vram minimum so the 2070s is a good choice. Unless all your SSDs/drives are 970 EVOs there is no point using them since they are as slow as your slowest drives. I recommend a big SATA SSD. I stopped putting 7200rpm HDDs on my rending computers years ago(2007). If I need slow storage I would have it remotely. They tend to slow things down. That could be a 3DMax/Photoshop thing but to me it is 1 second vs 5 seconds on average load times(30mb file). For PSU, save some money and go with a 1000 watt. My 1000 watt PSU will be running 2 RTX 2080 tis later this year and I don't expect any issues.
  16. My 1440p 16:9 and 21:9 VA monitors were fine in games but were poor in text. My 4k VA monitor is good in games(60hz) and text. When I had a cheap IPS, VA and TN monitors running at the same time I preferred the VA for gaming. Both the TN and IPS did not have enough detail in shadows for me. I now use an expensive IPS monitor with HDR and it does have enough detail in shadows to make it a better experience. Right now I am using a 4th option and that is OLED.
  17. I have 2 i7 8086ks and one is at 5ghz all cores and the other is at 5.1ghz. They both use Noctua NH-D15s. They idle in the low 30s and game in the low 70s. They both use a der8auer 5ghz overclock at 1.344v. With higher clocks the idle temps move into the 40s so I stick with 5 and 5.1ghz on air. There is also no point in going higher since the next big performance gain over 5ghz is at 5.35ghz and that is not in 24/7 overclocking territory. Without using a RTX 2080 ti there is not much of a performance difference between 4.8 and 5ghz. I got only 3 to 5 fps difference when I used GTX 1080 tis. That changed with the 2080 tis. I recommend running some game benches to see what the difference between 4.8 and 5 is before doing a swop.
  18. Some stress tests are hot. To test CPU overclocks I use Cinebench R15. If temps are in the low 80s I am happy. For "game like" temps I use CPU Z and I like the low 70s for that. For stability. If an overclock can get through Cinebench R15 it can get through most games. The only own 2 games that use most of my CPU. One is AC:O and I keep it on both my gaming computers for testing. If your cooler can't maintain around 34c at idle it is too small or you have a hot chip. The last hot chip I had was one of my a i7 6700ks. Since I had 2 that used the same motherboard it was easy to compare. It did need a NH-D15 to keep it cool but with a better motherboard(ASUS PRO vs ASUS HERO VIII) it runs fine with a NH-U14S. The i9 9900k I overclocked to 5ghz, stable uses 1.27v. It uses a NH-D15 with one fan. The motherboard is a AORUS Ultra I would not use less. It idles in the low 30s and games in the low 70s. It is totally stable.
  19. GTX 1080s very in performance. If you bought a non factory overclocked version your score is about right. If you bought an factory overclocked version your score is low. Published TimeSpy scores are usually overclocked to the max so comparing a 24/7 setup is not practical in my view. Here is the score of my stock EVGA 1080 SC. It uses a i7 6700k so the CPU score is lower. The EVGA factory overclock on the card leaves not headroom for manual overclocking. I usually test GPUs with Heaven bench since it uses only 1 CPU core and it loops in a window. This is what it looks like. Since the R 2700x has about the same single core strength as a stock i7 6700k you should be close to this score.
  20. My X only liked it when I did dangerous things that could kill me. She did get me into programming computers because she told me I was too stupid to do it. That started my hobby.
  21. I need my high end PCs to do what I like. If I could do with less I would. Before the year 2000 my PCs were average but then I bought MS Flight Simulator 2000 and my average rig could only to about 10fps on the ground and 15fps in the air. With MS Flight Simulator you can add content and I did for years so when I stopped playing I was only doing 30fps in the air and 20 on the ground with a high end PC. Then it was MS Train Train Simulator and I loved my 100 plus car coal trains with multiple engines. Lots of physics going on one core so I bought the fastest CPUs I could afford. I then went fantasy with Oblivion in 2007 and modded it until Skyrim came out in 2011. It needed more than a 7200 rpm HDD to load in the extra content as I moved around the world so I started using 10,000 rpm dives that cost more than double standard drives. They removed stutter. I am now moving from SATA SSDs to NVMe M.2(2tb 970 EVO) for the same reason. With a heavily modded Skyrim powerful cores were not enough, it needed a powerful GPU with lots of vram as well. I went from a GTX 670(2gb) to a 680 4gb just for the extra vram and skipped the 700 series because they only had 3gbs. I now need more than the 11 gbs I have with the 2080 ti since I am using 10.5 on one of my modded games. Then in 2015 I discovered 4k and wanted to play everything at 4k. My Skyrim(with ENB) could do 60fps at 1080p with a GTX 980 but less than 20 at 4k so the goal was to get it to 60. It took a RTX 2080 ti to do it. Now Ray tracing has come. Right now I can do 1440p 60fps in my RT games with it on but the goal is again 4k 60 and soon that will change to 4k 120fps. Then it will be 2160p 21:9 120. Right now I am playing Space Engines at 4k averaging 120fps. As I build more and more the frames will go down but I will still build more. It will never end.
  22. That won't last. It gets easier as they get older and at some point it gets hard again. My Son has gotten my computer hand-me downs since he was 8. He will be 40 this year. He travels alot for work so he has a nice gaming laptop. I help him with his desktop.
  23. In recent times a 32" 1440p 144hz G-sync monitor, 32gb 3200 ram and a WD 5tb HDD. I bought the 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz ram because it was cheap and I wanted to see if any of my games used it. Non did. The upside was that I used the old 8gb stick on a new build. I got the monitor on a Black Friday sale in 2018. I put it beside my 32" 4k monitor and it did not look good. The text looked bad compared to the 4k monitor. In testing my games I realized non really benefited from high refresh rate over high resolution. Within about a week I gave it to my Son how loved it. In 2016 my 1tb WD Raptor(10,000 rpm HDD) was dieing and I needed a replacement. I read that the new large WD Black drives were fast so I bought one(5tb). Even though my vanilla games ran fine my modded games stuttered like crazy. The same day I ordered a 1tb SSD and everything ran smooth on it. My Son got the 5tb Black for his school work.
  24. My mobile data is slow because of poor coverage in my area and the design of the building I live in. To send an email I have to leave the phone by a window. It is pointless to use for streaming unless I drive about a mile down the road. For landline data I get what I pay for. When I was a business I used two providers. My work was time sensitize so guarantees did not matter. Comcast Business was as bad as their consumer service so I dropped it after about a year and went consumer. It was more to do with the many outages than overall speed. ATT was better with less outages but slower over all.
  25. Yes, but I can only use the tools I have until someone shows me a better way. In the meantime I will overestimate since it is alway better to have more than you need than not enough. The difference in price is not worth the headaches if I get it wrong.