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About MageTank

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    Fully Stable
  • Birthday October 27

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    Gaming, Computer Hardware
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    Slim Jim Enthusiast


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    Core i7 8700k 5.4ghz Cinebench Stable (best kind of stable)
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    Decent Sized Custom Loop
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    Logitech G Pro TKL
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    PowerSpec 1510 (Clevo P650HS-G) w/ 120hz G-Sync panel

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  1. Nvidia's FE cards are the only cards that remain at "MSRP" through reputable retailers. This is because Nvidia has clauses in their contracts that prohibit retailers from selling these cards at higher prices if they are sourced directly from them. One of the reasons I've been looking to integrate with their cards (though Best Buy seems to consume a ton of the supply here in the US). I think you are overthinking this conspiracy. This isn't the first time Nvidia has launched a service like this. Those of us with the original handheld Shield devices remember this offer packaged und
  2. I didn't know either until I just googled it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaverse Now I am just imagining Tron, lol.
  3. That's not how thermal dissipation works. A GPU running at 90C wouldn't cause the air directly around it to be at 90C. Growing up before GPU anti-sag brackets were a thing, we used to glue lego's to the bottom of our chassis to support our GPU's. It's a trend that still exists to this day as well: This was a very common trend back on the older OCN forums around 2007 (when I originally joined) and likely predated even that. Also, on the subject of thermal dissipation on nearby components, I currently have a surface-mounted thermal probe on a side panel with a Radeon GPU exhau
  4. Only on the FE cards, and they are seldom ever in-stock (at least at all my local Best Buy's). The rest are well above "MSRP". The problem is, AIB's are raising prices beyond their own MSRP so why in the world would retailers continue to sell at MSRP? That's just terrible economics. https://us-store.msi.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=75_76_246 https://www.evga.com/products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+30+Series+Family https://www.zotacstore.com/us/graphics-cards/geforce-rtx-30-series You have AIB's marking 3090's up to $2600 ($1100
  5. Yeah, I knew it was a fake, which is why I posted the internet classic meme of this: Though, I wrote it out, hoping the younger generation would get the reference. Now I just feel old.
  6. At this point, I can't tell if I out-sarcasm'd you, or if you out-sarcasm'd me, lol.
  7. This is fake. I can tell by the pixels and because I've seen quite a few shops in my time.
  8. Except it's not the stores making big money at all on this. I can't speak for stores outside of the US, but my personal experience in the tech retail chain is one where orders are placed through wholesale logistics companies that work with manufacturers and (if you're lucky) the AIB partners themselves. Both parties agree to the price on a per purchase order basis and that price is subject to change on every subsequent purchase order. Retail stores are then given terms to agree to, such as: You can't place an item on sale beyond this percentage for X amount of days, preventing retailers from s
  9. Don't come back until you talk and dress exactly like we do, you conformist...
  10. That is clearly a night theme. He is asking for a DARK theme. Make it black text on black background and only display emo content. Now that's dark.
  11. Not entirely sure how it's Micro Center's fault that everyone wants a GPU right now, but I suppose people will find an excuse to blame anyone these days, lol. If you don't have the money to buy the parts now, anything you try to finalize will be irrelevant as it's extremely unlikely anything will remain in-stock long enough for you to be able to purchase it. Your best bet is to aim for a specific price goal, save to that value, then go in and buy the best that you can get with that money. Also keep in mind that Intel's 12th gen CPU's are launching soon, so that might
  12. This is an interesting scenario you've outlined and it does raise an interesting question. In my example above, I mentioned: If the Tesla is being used as a daily driver without the intent to use for further testing & comparison, I would say it's no longer under review and it would be unethical to use it in that capacity. When I receive parts/products from vendors, they are inventoried and placed on shelves when not in use. When they reach an age where they are no longer relevant or used in production (or for the sake of the review analogy, relevant for consumer reviews for sake of
  13. I am not a "reviewer" per se, but I work in a lab that happens to receive sample parts from the very same vendors Linus would source his review samples from and I might be able to offer some insight on the ethics of keeping review components and whether it impacts the results of tests. First and foremost, it is important to understand that your mindset as a consumer and the mindset of a reviewer/testing engineer is going to be completely different. Products we receive have NO retail value and cannot be sold whatsoever (at least under the terms I receive my parts, they can't). Secon
  14. Looks like a very old Alienware 7500 (pre-Dell's control over design/marketing). Might be worth a couple hundred to a niche collector if it still works, but aside from that, I can't see anyone buying this for practical use. Hardware would be circa 2007 and heavily dated, even by modern budget standards.