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About D13H4RD

  • Title
    I'm a self-proclaimed idiot who loves photography...and hardware
  • Birthday Aug 29, 1997

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Profile Information

  • Location
    Somewhere in the Abyss
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Photography, automobiles, technology, anime, exploring
  • Occupation


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus Wi-Fi
  • RAM
    32GB (16GBx2) XPG Spectrix D60G DDR4-3200
  • GPU
    MSI GeForce RTX 2070S Gaming X Trio
  • Case
    Cooler Master MasterBox NR600
  • Storage
    512GB XPG SX8200 Pro + 2TB Seagate Barracuda Compute 7200RPM
  • PSU
    750W Corsair RM750i
  • Display(s)
    25" Samsung S25HG50 + 24" LG 24MK600M
  • Cooling
    be quiet! Dark Rock 4 with Kryonaut
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
  • Sound
    Samson SR850 + Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
  • Laptop
    Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i 13"
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  1. Possibly one of the best deals I've gotten ever. Just randomly browsing through the classifieds and came across a RRS BH-55 for the equivalent of $137. Was initially hesitant but eventually took the plunge simply because it was a deal too good to just let it slide. For reference, a BH-55 retails for $455. This is an older revision featuring the previous RRS logo, as the current model features minor refinements like a redesigned knob for the tensioner. Otherwise, same great ballhead.
  2. Exactly why this whole "nm" nonsense just doesn't make sense when we're doing comparisons between wholly different manufacturing processes. 10nm SF in terms of density is more akin to TSMC 7nm, but because 7 is lower than 10, and apparently, lower nm is automatically better, then we're in a situation where CPUs are memed because their transistors nanometers aren't lower...
  3. Yep, that's the way it usually has been. Though I will admit, having a laptop that largely maintains its performance off the charger has been nice for photo-editing on the go, especially in places where charge points aren't easy to come by, but I also understand that my usecase is quite specific. For what it's worth, I don't think Intel's approach is any more or less "wrong", or "correct". It's just different, so they really shouldn't claim superiority, especially if they have to sacrifice runtime for it.
  4. 10 hours on that machine is pretty good. I average around 7-8 on my 1135G7-equipped machine, likely due to the smaller 50Wh battery. This figure was attainable if I put a muzzle on the processor so that it didn't go ham on the turbo through the use of a power saver plan. In balanced mode, I got closer to 5 hours. If AMD had let the processor run in a similar way to my 1135G7 on balanced, the battery life differences would probably even out. Because they didn't, they were able to squeeze extra hours out of the battery, even though performance was sacrificed as a result
  5. I think another new part is how a lot of new Windows machines, especially from Tier-1 OEMs, have begun moving the power plans from the Windows Control Panel to whatever pre-installed utility is supplied by the OEM. So it's possible that a lot of these tests were done with the power plan set to "Balanced", even with the slider set to whatever. I've noticed that those tend to have a larger impact on power draw.
  6. Some users report that the Blade 14 can feel somewhat sluggish off the charger in the Windows desktop. So APU throttling?
  7. Wonder if that's what's causing the sluggish performance on the Blade 14 off the charger.
  8. Yeah, the cooling solution sounds like shit if it's that bad. I doubt it would fare much better with a Ryzen processor if it's really that bad. Sadly, a lot of gaming laptops have mediocre cooling solutions. My old ASUS GL502 had a pitiful cooling system.
  9. The Tamron. The GM is good but I would only go for it if you really, really need that extra 1mm wide-end and the 35mm long end.
  10. From what I understand, the "TDP" rating on a CPU's box or ARK page isn't necessarily what the CPU will follow. On Intel for instance, the TDP rating is its PL2 power limit. Since Coffee Lake, how it works is that it will blow past that PL2 rating to go much higher on what's called a "PL1" rating when a workload which demands that boost period fires up. So your 45W CPU might actually be chugging much more than that, for a predetermined amount of time. Once that time is reached (assuming it doesn't thermal-throttle), it throttles down to PL2, and stays there until the task is finished. This als
  11. Yep, pretty much any Windows laptop from a Tier-1 manufacturer like MSI, ASUS, Lenovo, Dell and HP, etc. would have the power plans inside whatever utility they've bundled in. I kinda wished they were just a part of Windows to begin with due to that slider, but...hey ho.
  12. Same here. I can actually reduce Intel's penchant for chugging down watts by messing with the power plans, but I think what makes this complicated is that many Windows laptops actually have TWO places where you can toggle power settings; the slider and whatever is inside the OEM-provided utility (if it isn't in Power Plans in the Control Panel). The latter might actually have more of an impact in performance/battery life. On my Lenovo for example, setting the Vantage power plan to "Intelligent Cooling" and the Windows slider to "Better Battery" net me an average of 4-5 hours off th
  13. I think that just downloads the driver on its own, but doesn't install them without user consent.