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About Semper

  • Title
    Professional Potato
  • Birthday 1985-12-01

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    California (very much not by choice)


  • CPU
    Intel i7-4790k
  • Motherboard
    MSI Z97-G45
  • RAM
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 4x4GB
  • GPU
    EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Edition
  • Case
    Phanteks Evolv X
  • Storage
    2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB | 1x OCZ Agility 3 120GB
  • PSU
    Seasonic PRIME Ultra 750w Titanium
  • Display(s)
    1x Dell S2716DGR | 1x Asus VS-238H-P
  • Cooling
    XSPC/EK/Bitspower loop
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire
  • Mouse
    Logitech G600
  • Sound
    Schiit Fulla / Audio Technica MSR7GM / Razer Surround
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

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  1. I can't help but feel this isn't face value what it seems (though, when is it ever?). I'm all for the right to repair movement. I believe you should have the right to repair your devices at your own risk (that is to say, if you further break your device, I don't believe that anyone but you should be responsible), but I can't help but feel this is a ploy to get into the "repair insurance" market for technology. I don't have a good history with Allstate, and if this is what it ultimately is, I don't see anything positive coming from it. I have literally nothing positive to say about Allstate. They rank with the likes of Comcast and EA if you ask me. My parents had AAA whilst I was growing up, when I moved out on my own, I opted to go with Allstate as it was a bit more affordable at the time. There was not a single billing cycle where I wasn't on the phone because of billing errors. Multiple times, my insurance rates spiked due to collisions that both didn't happen, and weren't reported. When it came time to use my insurance, after someone did a number to the back of my truck in a parking lot hit-and-run (car park, car port, whatever you define it as), it was like trying to get blood from a rock. It turned into months to get the issue resolved, and to nobody's surprise, the next billing cycle had a rate increase because of an "at fault" collision. I'm back with AAA and I don't see myself changing any time soon. My grandparents had Allstate for well over 40 years. Both of them had excellent driving records. In those 40+ years, combined, they had one claim, which wasn't even a total (I believe it was the replacement of a rear passenger door after my grandfather hit someone pulling into a parking spot). Allstate dropped their coverage because of that single claim.
  2. Semper

    PSU Needs

    Under full load, you'll likely be pulling somewhere in the rough ballpark of 350-400w (variance for external devices), I'd say so long as your old PSU is functioning normally, it'll be fine.
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    Audio Technica AT2020 Not Threading Properly

    Are you able to provide some pictures of what you're having issues with? I don't have the original hardware that came with the AT-2020 any longer, but looking at mine, I'm not seeing the plastic piece you're referring to. If it's the threading for the mount, a relatively inexpensive shock mount should solve that issue. This is what I use.
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    EK Custom Loop high temps

    What are your ambient temps? If your pump is variable speed, knock the speed up a bit, it's possible that you don't have enough flow to keep things cool.
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    Founders Edition

    Cooling won't be as efficient. But it will have compatibility with at least one aftermarket water block if you're interested in that. Performance will be within a few percentage of a partner card, and you may very likely be able to overclock your card to the same level, if not above partner cards. I believe Nvidia has been binning founders edition cards to be among the best since the days of Pascal (citation needed, however).
  6. Hobbyist level craftsmanship (woodworking, welding, etc) Reading (just about anything and everything) Much like yourself, firearms. I reside in California, however, so what I have access too is very heavily restricted. My collection at the moment largely predates 1949. Some hobbyist level gunsmithing in there as well, given that it's getting increasingly more difficult to find parts for some of the firearms I own. Currently in the process of getting into reloading as well.
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    Dropping frames after minutes in-game.

    Have you attempted a clean driver install? What do your thermals look like (CPU and GPU)?
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    Couple of questions

    1. It should be, yes. The 2070, if you ignore the performance hit that RTX features bring, is a plenty capable card. 2. You'll be fine. I'm running at 1080ti on a 4790k (much like yourself, I'm unable to get mine beyond 4.5 and stable with a voltage I'm comfortable at) with no discernible issues for your average game workload in sight. 3. In this situation, I think the 2070 is a better option for you. I value refresh rate over fidelity, so my perspective may be skewed, but I don't have a title that I can recall hitting vram limits. Were I to crank up my settings in SOTTR to where I'd still consider playable frame rates (I don't like dropping below 75, strongly prefer 100+ for reference), my recommended vram sits at 9GB, with the settings I played at, I sit at a recommended 7gb (used this title as it's a newer reference that has a metric for vram usage).
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    One or two GPU in a gaming rig

    My vote here is going to have to go to the 1070ti. Support for multi GPU setups dwindles every day, and there's going to be a significant price increase (both up front for the cards, and the long term for power draw) relative to any performance gains you may or may not get. A single more capable GPU is more optimal than multiple less capable pairs.
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    Metro Exodus

    Historically, the Metro games have been relatively hard to drive when you crank settings up. I'm sure you'll be able to tweak the settings to achieve a desired framerate though.
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    Share your thoughts on the Radeon VII launch

    To me, this feels like a "testing waters" card to me, or perhaps a "this is what we have for this release cycle". It's underwhelming, but only because it's up against a very feature-rich lineup of powerhouse cards with Nvidia. I'm beyond happy to see AMD upsetting the market for CPU's again, and can only hope they're able to do so with GPU's. I feel that Radeon VII isn't that competition, but it's a step in the right direction and could help lead to a promising future.
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    How much to tighten ek velocity

    Unless you've modified the bracket or retention hardware in some way that's not to EK spec, yes. The springs will apply the proper tension on the cooler when the thumbnuts are bottomed out.
  13. The two that come to mind off the top of my head are the Corsair 1000d and the Phanteks Evolv X, with an mATX build housed in a (sold seperately) bracket above the main build.
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    Regarding the Recent Hiring Announcement

    A great starting point will be looking at the work visa program for Canada.