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About Mr.Meerkat

  • Title
    The flying Meerkat
  • Birthday Aug 18, 2000

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  • Location
    A Scottish airfield if not relaxing in Japan :D
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Flying, flying and ummmm, electronics!
  • Biography
    Meeeeeeeeeep :D
  • Occupation
    Someone who blows up capacitors for a living. Also crashes, I mean land aeroplanes :P


  • CPU
    R7 1700@3.9GHz, 1.36V
  • Motherboard
    MSI Mortar Arctic B350
  • RAM
    Crucial Ballistix sport LT 2x8GB 2800MHz@1.37V
  • GPU
    AMD Fury (sapphire Trixx)
  • Case
    Corsair Air 240 in white
  • Storage
    Crucial MX300 1TB
  • PSU
    XFX XXX 850W with blue extensions
  • Display(s)
    benq XL2410T (24 inch 120hz 1080p) and a benq BL(something) 1440p 24 inch :D
  • Cooling
    XSPC Raystorm, EK Fury block, DDC pump, dual 240mm rads
  • Keyboard
    Razer blackwidow 2013 edition, Cherry MX blues
  • Mouse
    Logitech G402
  • Sound
    Beryerdynamic custom one pro, Sound Blaster Omni, hyperx cloud 2
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
  • Phone
    Sony Xperia 1 :D

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  1. Spoiler


    I see UPS, express saver from Europe should have been delivered within 1 or 2 days... 




    Yes, sitting at EMA's (east midlands airport) depot from the 18th to the 25th definitely helped (removed from tracking)...mind you, I have a funny suspicion that it wasn't actually UPS's fault and more customs (because of brexit) taking their sweet-sweet time with it. 

    1. Levent


      I have a suspicion that they gonna charge you insane amount of tax for it.

    2. Mr.Meerkat


      @Levent nah, tax was already paid with their UK VAT registered company so I've already been slapped with 20% VAT at point of purchase 😆

  2. Huh, when your broadband and mobile data are all having funky connections... 


    Broadband: 160ms avg ping, 88ms jitter, 15% packet loss, 6/0.05Mbps 

    3G: 90ms avg ping, 70ms jitter, 5% packet loss, 7/0.1Mbps 

    4G: 75ms ping, 90ms jitter, 7% packet loss, 13/6Mbps 


    Did someone cut a major fiber cable or smth? 3 somewhat seperate networks, all running at reduced speeds with considerably worse ping/jitter/packet loss 


    For reference, the usual speeds are... 

    Broadband: 15/0.5Mbps

    3G: 35/4Mbps

    4G: 20/15Mbps 

    Minimal jitter and no packet loss on all three

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    2. Mr.Meerkat


      @EnergycoreCause its the UK so the vast majority of home Internet is provided through copper phone lines. On the brightside, we're getting it upgraded from 17/0.5 to 100/10 on the 5th February 😊


    3. Energycore


      OHHHH Nice


      Finally fiber optic I guess?

    4. Mr.Meerkat


      Nah, it's what's known as fiber to the node (FTTN) and then a coaxial cable is dragged from the node to your house. To be fair, it can handle up to 500Mbps of speeds so it ain't bad at all. I mean FTTP here means a maximum of 1000/100Mbps sooo... 😆

  3. Hmmm, just realised my tube of MX-4 is actually completely empty. So, a 12g tube of MX-4 is £6 whilst a 1g tube of kryonaut is also £6. So, do I go with the timeless staple (which still seems to perform rather well) or go with the bees knees...hmmmmm...

    1. Tristerin


      Bees knees - there is a few C difference.  And applying Kryo is a different experience than most TIM (you have to manually spread and cover the IHS)

    2. Mr.Meerkat


      @Tristerin Hmmmm, I mean had a look at comparisons and the general consensus is that the kryonaut is about 1 to 2C better than MX-4. 



      Is it worth the 12x price increase? I'm no so sure, especially when Ryzen 1st gen doesn't overclock all the nicely anyway (nor does my Fury) plus it's slapped under a custom loop so even under a full load (both CPU and GPU), it stabilises at 50 to 55C (dependant on ambient temps) with 3.5 year old MX-4 :P 


      The only caveat is I think I am going to get a 3700X. Looking at previously sold pricing on eBay (auctions), they're going for about £200 to 220 which is actually a lot cheaper than I anticipated as "buy it now" pricing is close to £300. 

    3. Tristerin


      TBH I keep MX-4, AS5, Noctua and Kryo on hand - I only use Kryo for my personal rigs and the rest is for everyone else lol


      I think it is worth the price increase on my personal stuff - but also its crazy expensive.  IF you are thinking of getting the 3700x I still recommend the Kryo :)


      And yea I just bought a used R5 3600 cause the price was right.

  4. Hmmmmm...so...

    A 1700 is free (cause I already own it)

    A 2700 is a £35 upgrade.

    A 3700x is a £200 upgrade 

    Wonder if the 3700x is actually worth it :P 

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    2. Mr.Meerkat


      @EnergycoreDefinately not utilising my 1700 enough 🤣

      Mind you, I've started utilising my CPU more. Being forced to use some horrendously optimised programs that only uses a single core...(*cough cough* Wolfram Mathematica and a few others) and I do actually notice my 1700 chugging slightly at times (for those shoddy 1-core programs) so a 3700X would kinda be nice...


      As for gaming n stuff, I mean I suspect my Fury will be the biggest bottleneck, even for 2560x1080@120Hz (panel actually goes up to 200Hz but the ghosting is pretty noticeable).  


      Tbh, the 2700 is too similar to my 1700 so I'm tempted to scrap it, especially if I can get 3.95GHz on my 1700. As for the 3700X, I dunno, £200 feels a little steep but at the same time, I kinda wanna try playing around with some Micron E-die so I dunno. What I do know is a B350 mobo would definitely be less than ideal as well but at the same time, MSI has explicitly stated compatibility so why not eh? 

    3. Energycore


      Considering your workload, I'd consider a Ryzen 3600 then.


      The multicore performance of the 3600 is about the same as the 1700 because of the hefty single core improvement.


      Should be cheaper, I hope

    4. Mr.Meerkat


      @Energycorehad a look on ebay.

      A 3700x is actually about £220 there (based on auction pricing, £120 "investment")

      A 3600 is about £160 (about £70 after selling 1700)

      £60 difference...hmmm...

  5. image.thumb.png.b492ca907722c36ff5048c689bb74121.pngOooop, finally clicked the "buy" button on a set of Crucial Ballistix 16GB 3200MHz sets, with Micron E-dies! I guess it's time to see how far I can push it on Ryzen 1st gen :P 

    1. ragnarok0273


      What CAS latency?

      I think my dad managed to get his 3200 CL14 running at 3200 CL14 on his 1600X - manual overclocking, of course.

      And I can just hit "DOCP enable" on mine and have it go at 3200 CL14.

    2. Mr.Meerkat


      @ragnarok0273 I mean the XMP/AMP profile is for 3200@CL16 so not the bestest but not the worst either. Hopefully my 1700 memory controller is happy to sit at 3200@CL16 but if not, I can always adjust as necessary :) 

  6. Huh, neat. Charging my SE with my Xperia 5 II actually works pretty well. Granted, with an output of 4.8V@0.7A, it won't be the fastest charge ever but perfectly fine for topping up my SE whenever I do go to Japan :) 


    Too bad my Japanese sim didn't work on my Xperia 1 and I suspect it's the same with the Xperia 5 II but hey, at least I don't have to use my Z3C as a hotspot, especially as I am more than happy to use my SE as a "primary" phone (especially as it's the phone that my Line account is actually linked to, not my 5 II as Line lite isn't a thing on IOS).

  7. Three UK, why you so...I dunno? The speeds in Edinburgh tho... 

    3G (HSPA+): 34/4Mbps 

    4G (LTE): 22/17Mbps

    5G (sub 6): 29/5Mbps 


    You know smth isn't right when 3G is the fastest 😂😂

    Too bad Edinburgh doesn't have the infrastructure like London...doubt you'd get 100Mb+ on 5G anywhere in Edinburgh as the backbone won't be able to sustain it. 

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    2. colonel_mortis


      FWIW with 4G on Three (Smarty) in London I'm getting 7.5 down, 1.8 up, with decent signal strength. That difference between generations is weird though.

    3. pythonmegapixel


      Honestly the whole Three network's infrastructure is crap compared to EE and Vodafone... if they weren't so cheap, they would be out of business by now.


      The main issue I've had with them is near non-existent rural coverage as well as lots of random blackspots all over the place. Switched to an MVNO which uses EE a couple of years ago and haven't looked back.

    4. Mr.Meerkat


      @AluminiumTechYou'd think their 5G would be faster but tbh, I suspect they've just piggybacked off their 4G network, which is already wayyy too overloaded. 


      @colonel_mortis No idea what phone you have but my personal experience with Three (after 8 years) is their 4G network is wayyyyyy too overloaded. Their 3G network on the other hand is probably under-utilised so if you can, try forcing your phone to 3G. You may find yourself with noticeably better speeds. Whenever I visited my sister in London, I would force my phone into 3G as it was the difference of not even being able to load a webpage (nevermind trying to get speedtest to run) and a rock solid 18/2Mbps~ 3G connection. 


      @pythonmegapixelTheir infrastructure is different to most of the other networks. They never had a 2G network as they started up on the whole premise of being the first to offer 3G so their rural-rural coverage is spotty as they outright don't have any 2G masts, especially as their 2G agreement with T-Mobile (or was it Orange?) expired. Mind you, my personal experience dictates that their 3G network is actually the best out of the bunch, even in the highlands as I've gotten a 3G signal halfway up munros (that would load 1080p videos no problem) where friends couldn't even get a 2G signal with O2/Vodaphone/EE. Their 4G on the other hand is just too oversubscribed, which I guess is what happens when you literally are the cheapest, offering unlimited data for £16/month (which at least for me is faster than my home connection, for a lot less) and phones automatically connecting to the 4G network, leaving the 3G network completely under utilised :P 

  8. I mean Apple at a point almost held 90% of Japan's market share and in 2019, they did hold 70-80% of Japan's mobile market share. Android has always struggled in Japan so arguably, it's not exactly fair to compare it other countries as since 2010 (if not earlier), Apple has held a majority market share. Anyway, in Europe and Japan, Sony's total market share is still on a upwards trend so even with a historic low of shipments (their 2020 Q1, 2 and 3 numbers have been horrible), it's still a good start as at least they are enticing people to buy their phones in these two (specific) markets. I me
  9. To be fair, Xperia phones are making a bit of a comeback (at least here in the UK, where in 2017 they held third place for smartphone market share). With Sony dropping the Xperia 1/5 II pricing to £700/600 during Black Friday, quite a few stores actually sold out all of their 5 II stock so the Xperia 1/5/10 series are actually slowly dragging them back to the table. I mean market share wise as of now, they're 6th (in the UK, 7th in Europe), which is about on-par with Motorola/Xiaomi so they're doing okay on this side of the pond. Also, they still do hold almost 10% market share in Japan and is
  10. Damn Sony, you've really improved your night mode and is pretty spicy now. Its currently 12:28am with not all that much light and there's a surprising amount of contrast and minimal noise. 


    1. themaniac


      bullshit is that night, what the absolute fuck HOW!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Mr.Meerkat


      @themaniac I mean being at 56N, in the winter, the sun sets at 15:40~ right now and doesn't rise again until 08:50-ish. As for the actual photo, it was slightly brighter than normal as the clouds were at about 50ft above ground so all the street lights were being reflected down but yeah, surprisingly "bright" for 12:30am/00:30. I mean if you look at the top left corner where a street light is, you can see how horrendously blown out it is so the algorithm was being rather aggressive with "brightening" the image.  

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    Now that is pretty spicy. 5G is pretty fast I guess 😆😆😆

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    2. WereCatf


      Lots of packet-loss and terrible upload-speeds? Oh, and a 40ms ping as well? Doesn't seem particularly epic to me.

    3. Mr.Meerkat


      @PCGuy_5960This is indoors but mind you, this is also sub-6 so it's not just gonna fall odd the cliff if I moved a little. 



      I mean that's more just showing how inadequate the UK Internet backbone is setup. Upload will always be restricted (I mean 1Gbps connections here typically mean 1000/100) soooo...🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

    4. Prodigy_Smit


      Those upload speeds.

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    Huh, "QC35 II Gaming headset"...interesting...

  13. Damn, finally consolidated all my accounts to my Xperia 5 II and added the necessary accounts to my SE 2020. Why is everything so horrible? 

    Line - What do you mean I can't restore chats between Android and IOS? 

    Starling - Yes, you've asked me to authenticate with password, email code and text code but you still want me to record a video for "authentication"?

    HSBC - Makes you remember 5 passwords/codes, throws "invalid pw/code" half the time so you need to reset all of them, again (for the 5th time in 2 months) 

    Microsoft - As last status update, forcing you to use their horrible app 

    Vanquis - Do you really need my password, passcode, DoB, card security code, email code and a text code? Seems a little OTT no?

    Sony - God dammit, why you no longer support your album app? At least sideloading a Xperia 1 APK works 

    Google - Stop saying I've already added the account when I haven't...just because I have a google account based on a hotmail email doesn't mean I've added the "hotmail/outlook" account on to the phone. Also, android backup is pretty terribad. Compared to iCloud backups, google backups miss out like half of the things you want it to just transfer over... 

  14. Is this a joke? I need to download outlook (android app) to add my Hotmail account onto my android phone? Microsoft won't let me connect via exchange...ffs 

    1. DrMacintosh


      Hotmail/outlook is terrible for these sorts of things. Microsoft wants you to use their clients. 

    2. Grumpy Old Man
  15. My Sony account: hey hey, I see you bought a Xperia 5 II, want £50 cashback on a pair of WH-1000XM3? 

    Me: £170 for a pair of WH-1000XM3...deffo don't need but at the same time...I kinda do want...especially with a solid sale.