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About tabascosauz

  • Title
    Late to every party
  • Birthday May 27

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  • Steam

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  • Location
    Vancouver, Canada


  • CPU
    Ryzen 3700X
  • Motherboard
    B450I Aorus Pro Wifi
  • RAM
    32GB Trident Z RGB 3600/C17 - DJR
  • GPU
    FE RTX 2060 Super
  • Case
    NCASE M1 / Pelican 1510
  • Storage
    SX8200 + Blue3D + MX300
  • PSU
    SF600 Gold
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
    NH-U9S - push-pull NF-A9
  • Keyboard
    X60 R (260) | T60 R2 (Instant60) | FMJ (NerD60)
  • Mouse
  • Sound
    DT770 80ohm / Snowball iCE
  • Laptop
    XPS 13 9370

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  1. ...what are you waiting for? You sound like someone who would hesitate on a R9 295X2 for $500 because you suspected that whoever edited the page forgot to add a 1 in front of the 500. No one's losing anything except you when you worry about that kind of stuff.
  2. need more stickers for Pelican 1510

  3. Not a lot of other possible reasons other than the fact that it could be running out of VRAM. It doesn't exactly matter if GTA takes CFX cards into account or not; it's 2GB duplicated regardless of what game you're playing. I don't know how GTA is keeping track of this, but you seem awfully close to the limit. My 280X reports around 2300/3072MB used, which leaves me with a bit of headroom, but still considerably less unused VRAM compared to other games. Optimization comes at a cost, I guess. There isn't really a direct comparison between a HD 6990 and a GTX 580, as there are different optimizations for AMD and Nvidia cards in GTA5. I suppose your best bet would be to turn down the settings a bit. Maybe these issues will be ironed out in future driver releases.
  4. Your choice of motherboard is certainly not making it any easier for you. The G43 and even the heatsinked G46 are well-known for their badly-designed VRMs. If you don't really need the small overclock, it might provide a little extra peace of mind to go without it, considering the delicacy of the G43. The 750W PSU from "forgot manufacturer" is somewhat concerning, but about the case; the NZXT S340 is a popular case among budget and extreme builders alike, though I would definitely start with something from Corsair's lineup. They make cable management so easy for a beginner, and their cases are of decent quality (for the money) too. Keep calm and build on! There's nothing more frightening than something not working during your first build, but it's always an important learning experience. Take it slow, take breaks as you go if you find it necessary, and everything will turn out well in the end. Good luck!
  5. @smackclerk A 6GB version of the Titan X is not viable, because the GTX 780 Ti's Maxwell equivalent is meant to push past the Titan Black in gaming. It's the custom PCBs and coolers that give the GTX 780 Ti a significant edge. All "Titan" branded cards (Titan, Titan Black, Titan X) are not allowed to be sold with anything other than NVTTM cooler and Nvidia's reference PCB. So a 6GB Titan X would be useless compared to a GTX 980 Ti or 990 or whatever as it would be hobbled by NVTTM. EVGA sells a Titan/Titan Black ACX cooler separately, but to the best of my knowledge it has not really taken off. Time will tell if it finds newfound popularity with the Titan X, with which it might be compatible because Nvidia's reference PCB for reference GTX 770 / GTX 780 / GTX 780 Ti / Titan / Titan Black / GTX 980 is more or less the same, give or take one or two chokes and MOSFETs. That is, if the screw hole distances are the same from GK110 to GM200.
  6. Jeez, that was real specific! If you're in Canada, NCIX PC works real well, except you obviously pay a premium and must opt for one of their configs. The "custom" aspect of it doesn't work so well when you have 1/2/3 choices for each part. A small local store won't have the amount of inventory they have and variety, and I've had terrible experiences with small local stores. I think what he meant was that if you're nearby one of us can help you out...
  7. Electronics Engineering? Engineer? Idk what you mean by field of study, I thought electronics engineer fit the bill perfectly. Electrical engineering should not quite be the same thing, but apparently it's not broad enough to encompass electronic devices. Although if you're specialized enough and experienced enough, I think CPU Design Engineer would be a better job title, as evidenced by those Linkedin profiles.
  8. I wish to make a correction on the "far better" statement. Caps are not all that makes a good PSU a good PSU. Antec's HCG are Seasonic M12II and the S12II/M12II platform is nearly prehistoric. Seasonic uses good components throughout their lineup but there are certain things that double forward - group regulated cannot do, which include delivering performance that is "far" superior to other group regulated PSUs. Broadly looking at performance, most CXM units aren't atrocious; in terms of the main areas like regulation, ripple and efficiency, you're going to see results that are similar to other budget units. And ribbon cables too...that's some sexy stuff for little $. Aside from that tidbit about HCG and S12II, I wholly agree with you on the rest. There's no reason why anyone should be opting for a CX750M over the B2 750. The EVGA B2 units are essentially lower-efficiency Capstones, because they're all SF Golden Green. Nice caps, good modern design. Any rig with a $350+ graphics card shouldn't have to make do with a budget CXM in hopes that it won't fail, when there are better options at the same price. Not even Maxwell cards.
  9. Fair enough. But what about the socket? Sure, no one puts a 4770K in a low end B85, then expects it to perform like a Z97X SOC Force, but GB doesn't manufacture the LGA1150 socket. Does this mean other manufacturers might be taking up this cut down LGA1150 socket? Hardware.info did a little bit of testing and found that GB sticks to Intel's Turbo Table and no longer uses the aggressive turbo on the later revision of the board; methinks this is a safety precaution to make sure the lower-rated MOSFETs and skimpy socket stay healthy.
  10. I think we all know that the CXM is pretty bad from an engineer's perspective. Not too good design, bad caps, 30°C rating, sleeve bearing fan, etc. But I think in the real world the 30°C really works to the CX600M's advantage. In so many cases the computer serves up terrible airflow, and the fan will make sure that the PSU stays strictly under 30°C. And we all know that CapXon caps are horrible, but at this low temp? Those caps must be in heaven. So they really aren't as bad as they seem. At least, until you start to approach their rated wattage. Mind you, they're not full-bridge, LLC minor rail, 80+ Plat units from SS or Delta. I think the problem most reviewers have with them is that they start to fall apart when you go near their rated wattage, but in an office/low wattage PC they are pretty great. Same goes for the CSM ones. But the RM tho...CapXons with no fan at all...Corsair's agressive no-fan profile...not quite ready to accept those as "acceptable" PSUs just yet.
  11. I know that much. I'm not saying that what GB's doing is illegal. I've always known that they have different revisions for each product and tend to revise multiple times. The issue is more regarding the quality of the board; it's still marketed as the same name. It's still meant for the same target market. It still largely looks the same. It's still technically the same product, just a more up to date revision. So how come these things are happening (weird 1/2 LGA1150 socket?)?
  12. I came across an article a while ago talking about the B85M-D2V and B85M-HD3 on Hardware.info. Both are budget boards. So apparently Gigabyte updated both to Rev. 2.0 (GB's well known for their revisions), and there were a bunch of concerning changes. The MOSFETs' amp ratings were lowered, along with other shenanigans in the VRM. I think on one of the boards GB simply went and removed the backup BIOS chip so it was no longer a DualBIOS capable board. These changes alone would have been pretty questionable, but one thing came across as especially concerning. Look at the middle of the LGA1150 socket. Rev 1.0: Rev. 2.0: I mean...I've never seen a LGA1150 with less than half the usual number of transistors in the socket. Even though the i7-4790K's transistor configuration on the CPU package is different from the 4770K's, the Z97 sockets appeared to be no different from the Z87 sockets and eventually the Z87s were updated to take the 4790K. But this is something new. And it looks like the number of caps have been significantly reduced in the VRM area and around the board in general (dunno if the capacitance ratings increased?). Anyways, moving on... Surfing around their site, I also noticed some changes to their AMD boards. The 970A-D3P, 970A-UD3P and 78LMT all received new revisions. The two big changes common with all of them are updated audio (with new audio area caps and an isolated audio path), and a decrease in the number of caps. Yes, even on the lowly 760G-based 78LMT, there's now isolated (but not EMI shielded) ALC892. Without further ado, here's the 970A-UD3P: Rev. 1.0: Rev. 2.0: Here it's not so noticeable because of the UD3P's healthy 8+2 phase that separates it from the likes of the D3P and DS3P, but it seems that the Southbridge?/Northbridge? (I dunno, I'm too used to the Intel PCH being unified so there's only one VRM feeding the chipset) magically lost 2 caps, the DIMM VRM lost one, and three (so far, from what I can spot) disappeared from the rest of the board. I don't know if this should be concerning because I'm nowhere near qualified to be an expert on VRMs, but unless Gigabyte used beefier caps on the later revisions, wouldn't this hinder overclocking overall because of how much the CPU is dependent on the NB on AM3+? And note that the 990FX boards haven't changed at all. (Yet.) The UD3, UD5 and UD7 still go without the separated audio circuit and special audio caps. This also means that they haven't lost a whole bunch of caps like the rest of the boards? And since they are primarily marketed to be OC boards while the 970 ones are not, maybe GB doesn't want any negative attention drawn to its best AM3+ boards? And I don't think Z97 boards have changed, just the two aforementioned B85 boards (which have now received another revision with updated audio like the AMD boards, but retaining the weird Rev. 2.0 characteristics). Could Gigabyte be doing something shady here or am I just seeing things that I shouldn't be worried about? GB's always been known for their great VRM designs...
  13. Not sure in what world $89.99 is $3.50 cheaper than $109.99. These drives aren't on sale 24/7, unlike the SP610 that's been that way for the past 2 months. I've used and still use the SSD 530, and it's most definitely not worth the price tag. The software bundle? Sure, it does add quite a bit of value, considering other manufacturers have yet to come up with a Toolkit as comprehensive and polished as the Intel SSD Toolbox. But the drive? No way. I think I should have went down to the states to buy my SSD instead. Not sure what's with the SSD 730's price down in New Zealand, but here the MSRP looks to be around $300 for the 240GB. The 256GB 850 Pro is around $210. Tough pill to swallow, considering the SSD 730's main selling point is endurance.
  14. This Intel sponsorship is getting on my nerves. It used to be that some blurb about the SSD 730 made it into half of all the videos, now it's down to recommending the SSD 530? As a user of the SSD 530 (and other SSDs) myself, I'm hard-pressed to recommend it to anyone, at least at the absurd prices it's sold at. Even the 840 EVO manages to come in at a much lower price point, and the 840 EVO's not a budget drive here in canada. Those are US prices. The Extreme Pro is only available as a 240GB capacity minimum. I beg to differ on the value for money point because Sandisk basically doesn't have a 120GB SSD at the sub-$90 price point (the Ultra II, Ultra Plus are all priced at around $99, and the prices you see on ca.pcpartpicker aren't accurate because NCIX is having a short sale). Their "Solid State Drive" lineup is bog standard SF-2281 and isn't competitive at all, even at the $69 price it's usually at). I do agree that the CX430 is a supremely stupid part choice. I cannot think of a reason why anyone would think to use this low-quality, low-wattage PSU in anything other than an office/home theater build.
  15. I only spent a total of $210 in new parts. I would gladly take a B75M-A over this though; I've been having to lug the damn thing around, cleaning the drive and reinstalling windows and lugging the stupid thing to her office.