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About Applefreak

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  • Location
    Innsbruck, Austria
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Science & Technolgy, Naturally aspirated V8 engines, PC-Hardware
  • Biography
    I've been building computers for myself and others.

    Here is a quick overview of builds that were and some still are in use by myself:

    1992 - Family computer based on Intel 80286 with 2 MB EDO-RAM Windows 3.1 on HDD plus 5.25 floppy
    1995 - Received old i486 SX 75 MHz computer with a Quantum 1.25 GB HDD, worked well with Windows 95
    1998 - My first new PC, Compaq Presario with an AMD K6-2 400 MHz, ATi Rage Pro with 8 MB VRAM
    1999 - Upgraded the same PC to 256 MB + the original 64 MB SD-RAM, also upgraded the GPU to a ATi Rage 128 Pro
    Also got a better heatsink and overclocked the CPU to 437 MHz stable
    2002 - Build my first PC on a ASRock K7VT2 paired with an AMD Duron 1.3 GHz and 768 MB SD-RAM
    2003 - Upgraded to a Radeon 9100 GPU and upgraded the memory to 1536 MB SD-DDR RAM
    2005 - New build based upon Intel's Pentium 4 Prescott with 2 GB SD-DDR2 on an ASUS P4P800 SE motherboard
    2006 - Replaced the Arctic Cooling Heatsink with my first Water cooling setup
    2007 - New build on an ASRock 775 Dual VSTA motherboard with a Pentium D 930 CPU with 4 GB SD-DDR2 RAM
    Also Watercooled but soon realized that the pump was to weak to add another radiator to overcome the extra heat load.
    So I've upgraded to the then brand new Noctua NH-U12P
    2008 - Switched motherboard to a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 and upgraded to 8 GB SD-DDR2 800 MHz RAM
    Later that year upgraded to a Xeon X3360 and 2x Radeon HD 2900 PRO
    2009 - First Radeon died to a flaw in the thermal solution, it got replaced by a HD 3850
    2011 - Replaced that card with a Radeon HD 6850
    2015 - The Radeon card died suddenly, switched to an old 9800 GTX
    2016 - New Graphics Card, EVGA GTX 960 SSC
    2018 - New build, NAS based on OMV, ASUS Sabretooth 990FX with a FX-8350 and 8x 2TB WD RE4 drives in ZFS2 and 16 GB SD-DDR3 ECC
    2019 - Upgraded my main PC, NAS and switch with 10 GB Aquantia AQ107 cards from ASUS
    2019 - Build 3x new office computers based on Athlon 3000G CPUs.
    2020 - Replaced my main PC with a MSI-B550-A Pro motherboard, a Ryzen 3 3100 and 32 GB SD-DDR4 Memory


    2020 or early 2021 - Upgrade main pc to ZEN 3 and get a new GPU

    Other interests:

    I am currently rebuilding a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7, a 1985 Dodge Ram 5.9 as well as a 1972 BMW R75/5 motorcycle
    My daily drivers are a 2018 Moto Guzzi V9, a 2006 Jeep Commander V8 and a 2019 Ram 2500 6.4 (work truck)
    Once completed I'd like to rebuild a 1959 Peterbilt 351.

    Folding@home active supporter since 2009, Team: 179802
  • Occupation
    General Manager


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 3 3100
  • Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
  • RAM
    32 GB G.Skill Ripjaws V SD-DDR4 @ 3200 CL16 (4x 8 GB DIMM)
  • GPU
    EVGA GTX 960 SSC ACX 2.0 2 GB
  • Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840: 2x Noctua NF-P12 redux, 1x Noctua NF-S12A, 3x Noctua NF-A20 PWM Chromax black
  • Storage
    Crucial BX200 480 GB, ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB (Windows), 1x WD Green 1 TB, 1x WD Green 3 TB, 1x Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB, 1x SanDisk 480 Plus (for Linux)
  • PSU
    Be Quiet Straight Power E9 680W CM
  • Display(s)
    AOC i2757 FH
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12P with AM4 upgrade Kit + 1x NF-F12 PWM
    CPU Temp Idle ~35C, under Load ~48C, Room Temp 25C, Idle noise ~ 25 dbA, load noise ~ 45 dbA
  • Keyboard
    Cherry eVolution Stream XT 3.0
  • Mouse
    Logitech M500
  • Sound
    Sennheiser HD 380 pro + JBL 305P MKII @ ASUS Essence STX II 7.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 64 Pro 2004 + Linux Mint 20.1
  • Laptop
    Lenovo ThinkPad T400, Lenovo ThinkPad P53, Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga
  • Phone
    Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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  1. Really, it could not have been that great. Probably with clock speeds below 4 GHz. What AIO unit do you have?
  2. An AIO with one fan cannot cool a 9900k, not even close. Good enough for a i3 but that's about it. You want something better or use a stock cooler if you have nothing else. Also make sure that the pump is running at full speed all the time.
  3. CD probably means custom design (made for Lenovo?). Fixed probably is reference to the cables being fixed aka non-modular. I don't think it means non-removable. 380W is on the low end side of things for that setup though.
  4. I recently retired a WD black that started to sound the same. Nothing wrong with it but probably some wear on the bearings. Mine made the case vibrate a bit as well (actually quite annoying at times). I'd replace that drive and maybe use it as cold storage if you need space (not connected to power and data).
  5. Do you have another PSU to test with? If different games crash pretty much about the same time it could be unstable power delivery, the alternative would be the card. Let's hope it's just the psu. The warmer a psu will get the more it will loose in efficiency. Your PSU should have plenty of headroom but 5 years can be the end of life for many units and everything past 3 years on non premium units is a gamble. How many games have you tried? Btw. did you also try older graphics drivers?
  6. I am guessing temps are fine but make sure to check anyways. Unstable OC? How old is your power supply?
  7. Have you tried contacting the support team: support@lttstore.com ?
  8. Both games use the Unreal Engine 4. Maybe there is a driver issue and you just have to wait for a fix. Try other games as well. I would not return the graphics card. Getting one again in the future could be hard. As for twitch streamers, unless they have exactly the same pc with the exact same devices and bios settings, the results are not comparable. You may also want to adjust settings to compensate. As for the drop in cpu load, either it's the driver, would not be the first time nvidia has rushed a release or something else is running in the background. Make sure only the game is running, n
  9. Please wait for the new cards to arrive. That is overprices and afaik, alibaba ships in bulk so you will have to buy 1000 units or something stupid like that. You can use Aliexpress for single units but even then I would not want to buy something as complex as a graphics card from that marketplace. You have absolutely no warranty whatsoever (it is china) and you will have to pay some hefty import fees, increasing the price to around 600. If you won't pay the import fees in time, the card gets send back and you have lost all your money.
  10. If the term is used broadly than yes because you have to parts that perform quite differently in games. Commonly it is understood that this is a bad thing. I would not use it that way unless you are pairing an awful cpu with a high end graphics card. Having too much cpu power is never a bad thing. The cpu does other things than just supply the graphics card so having more power available can make things that run in the background be less noticeable. The other way around would be a problem to some degree as the gpu would have to wait for the processor to catch up.
  11. Looks like you have a driver issue with one or more devices connected. Maybe try removing everything you won't need to install the OS. Another way would be to create a install media like a thumb drive or a dvd if you have a drive and boot of that to update the OS. If that fails as well, backup the content of your os drive and do a clean install. You want to move your game libraries off the M.2.
  12. WD Gold HDD, no need to boost it really. Transfer speed is around 200 mb/s sequential already. There won't be much benefit with an optane ssd, which btw. would need an intel platform afaik.
  13. Try Mini Tool partition Wizard on Windows if you don't want to use the console. You need to clear all partitions, then convert to mbr and set fat32 for the drive. You can later change it to whatever you like. The important thing is to clear all partitions on that drive first. GPT on thumb drives is hit and miss with windows and other devices while pretty stable in linux and mac os.