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You_are_a_cunt

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    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Padblaze in The Anti-RGB PC   
    How to anti-RGB done easy:
    remove anything that lights up or cover with electrical tape.
    Done.
  2. Funny
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Flashie in DIY Testbench   
    Dammit guys, now I have to make my own test bench. 
    I was hoping to get a BBQ going this weekend but it looks like I'll be spending this Saturday with an angle grinder and a can of spray paint ._.
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    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from _StrikE_ in Post Your Battle Stations and Build Setups!   
    Half of my temp setup while I look for a new apartment and work on adding the RGB strip (undecided if I'll go with using the header or a separate controller powered via molex)

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    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from _StrikE_ in Post Your Battle Stations and Build Setups!   
    Crow Media Season 9, Episode 26: Firebird and the mystery of the shorting case.

     
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    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from _StrikE_ in Post Your Battle Stations and Build Setups!   
    Yet again, a temporary setup.
    The main desk is freakin' tiny. Hopefully that will change at some point in the near-ish future.
    Not pictured: the NUC, 2 laptops and the NAS (they're hidden away in another corner). There are another 2 monitors that my flatmate is using since I don't really need them (or have the space for them).
    Pictured:
    Phoenix (main rig)
    Firebird (off-site rig that my parents will be using)
    Sapphire (netbook for work while travelling)
    the yet-to-be-completed Redbird (need ram and probably a PSU for it)
    (Yes, Phoenix, Firebird and Redbird are all AMD rigs. Sapphire is Intel-based. Yes, I am naming my AMD rigs after things that are red and Intel ones after blue things. Yes, I ran out of ideas for names after Firebird which is essentially another name for Phoenix, which is funny because most of the parts that went into it are from my old FX rig)
     
    I'm embarking onto a fairly massive project that involves moving most of my rigs to home-made rack units. I'm slowly and surely outgrowing my cases and the flashy RGB trend (I'll still be using RGB, but it will be more subtle). More on this when I actually get past the design phase
     
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    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from _StrikE_ in Post Your Battle Stations and Build Setups!   
    less talky, more picturs! 

  7. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from DimasRMDO in Why is there so much competition?   
    Competition leads to research that leads to better products.
    Better products for better prices leads to profits for both consumer and manufacturer.
     
    Intel had no competition for years. They got lazy and greedy. AMD (finally) stepped up with Ryzen and Threadripper and now Intel's in a bit of a pickle and forced to actually do better research. (they're still greedy since they basically want you to upgrade your mobo every -other- CPU iteration)
  8. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from LogicalDrm in Why is there so much competition?   
    Competition leads to research that leads to better products.
    Better products for better prices leads to profits for both consumer and manufacturer.
     
    Intel had no competition for years. They got lazy and greedy. AMD (finally) stepped up with Ryzen and Threadripper and now Intel's in a bit of a pickle and forced to actually do better research. (they're still greedy since they basically want you to upgrade your mobo every -other- CPU iteration)
  9. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Mihle in Why is there so much competition?   
    Competition leads to research that leads to better products.
    Better products for better prices leads to profits for both consumer and manufacturer.
     
    Intel had no competition for years. They got lazy and greedy. AMD (finally) stepped up with Ryzen and Threadripper and now Intel's in a bit of a pickle and forced to actually do better research. (they're still greedy since they basically want you to upgrade your mobo every -other- CPU iteration)
  10. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from WikiForce in Why is there so much competition?   
    Competition leads to research that leads to better products.
    Better products for better prices leads to profits for both consumer and manufacturer.
     
    Intel had no competition for years. They got lazy and greedy. AMD (finally) stepped up with Ryzen and Threadripper and now Intel's in a bit of a pickle and forced to actually do better research. (they're still greedy since they basically want you to upgrade your mobo every -other- CPU iteration)
  11. Informative
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from J.b091 in [Guide] RAM Buyer's Guide   
    Ram is ram. Just pick one that goes with your color scheme.
     
    If you’ve seen this reply, you’re probably wondering what RAM to buy. I’ve given this answer as have many other people have (both on this forum and mostly everywhere else). Does this really turn out to be entirely true? For the most part, yes. HOWEVER, there are a few cases where this isn’t entirely true and our answer should vary from case to case.
     
    RAM speeds. What are they exactly?
     
    RAM Speed is the maximum number of clock cycles per second that the RAM operates on. Since we’re using Double Data Rate RAM (DDR RAM for short), our memory will communicate twice every cycle. You’ve probably noticed that your Task Manager shows your RAM speed to be halved (800 MHz for 1600 MHz RAM and so on).
     
    To put it in simpler terms, RAM Speed dictates how much bandwidth is available for data transfer.
     
    We often see RAM being labeled as PC3-10600, but what does THAT mean?
    It’s just a fancy way of saying that your DDR3 (PC3) memory has a bandwidth of 10600 MB/s.
    How do you get this number? That’s actually fairly easy, assuming you know your RAM’s rated frequency. In this case, I used 1333 MHz.
     
    666.5 MHz (1) clock rate * 2 (2) * 8 bytes (3)= 10,664 MB/s (4)
     
    Now to break down the formula:
     
    Hey, you said you used 1333 MHz for the example! What gives?!
    Remember when I said that your Task Manager will show your ram speed halved? There’s your answer.
    Why did you multiply by 2?
    We are using Double Data Rate RAM and, as previously mentioned, the ram communicated twice per cycle. If we were using Single Data Rate (or SDR), we would have multiplied by 1, since it only communicates once per cycle.
    (3) Why 8 bytes? This is actually a shortcut. The result is obtained from dividing the number of bits transferred (64) by the number of bits per byte (8), giving us the magic value of 8 bytes.
    (4) I thought you said that the 1333MHz PC3-10600 had a bandwidth of 10600 MB/s! Well, this is sort of true. Our formula spat out 10,664 MB/s. Using industry standard, this value is rounded up to 10,600 MB/s. You will see similar approximations when calculating the peak transfer rate of 1866MHz (PC3-14900) and 2133MHz (PC3-17000) (I’ll be ignoring the 800 and 1066MHz modules, since nobody should be using those).
     
    The most frequent DDR3 sticks that people buy are 1600 and 1866MHz, since they are, for the most part, the cheapest and the most generally available. This doesn’t mean you should only buy those, but you need to take into account the maximum frequency that your CPU and motherboard can take with and without overclocking your memory (there’s also the case of maximum memory they can use, but that’s for another part of this sort-of-guide).
     
    Linus made a video about RAM speed and timings!
     
    What kind of memory can I use?
     
    This depends on your CPU and your motherboard.
    All CPU and motherboard manufacturers will state the maximum amount of RAM their products can use. For CPUs it’s generally high enough that you don’t have to bother checking (however, if you are building retro-PCs, you should check). For motherboards the maximum memory ranges from 8GB (usually when dealing with laptops) to 128GB (workstation motherboards) (DDR4 motherboards break the 128GB limit that is set by the maximum amount of memory per stick of DDR3).
    Maximum memory is mainly influenced by motherboard size (subsequently by number of memory slots on the motherboard). ITX motherboards often have a 16GB maximum (due to their 2 memory slots); mATX, ATX usually go up to 32GB (4 memory slots). Enthusiast platforms as well as workstation grade ones that can go up to 128GB (having 8 memory slots).
     
    When does memory speed actually matter?
     
    If you’re on a tight budget and find yourself having to use an iGPU (integrated GPU) like Intel’s HD Graphics series, Intel Iris or one of AMD’s APUs, then you’ll want to max out on the memory speed.
    For the most part I recommend buying AT LEAST 1600MHz memory or 1866MHz, as you won’t be seeing much benefit from higher speeds past 1866MHz.
     
    ECC versus non-ECC?
     
    Unless you’re building a server, you’ll want non-ECC.
    ECC stands for Error-correcting code that detects and corrects most common kinds of internal data corruption. Unless the manufacturer specifies that the motherboard supports ECC memory, odds are it doesn’t, so you’ll want to stay away from those.
     
    Memory latency! Lower is better!
     
    CAS latency, or CL, is the delay time between the moment a memory controller tells the memory module to access a particular memory column on a RAM module, and the moment the data from the given array location is available on the module’s output pins. Or so Wikipedia says.
    The not so scientific explanation:
    CL is like your internet ping. The lower it is, the faster data gets to you.
    This is the hardest part to explain from an electrical standpoint, so I won’t even try.
    The most frequent CL ratings you’ll find are CL11 and CL9 (or at least these are the most common I’ve noticed).
    From general observation, if the memory speed is higher, the latency is higher, with DDR3-3300 going all the way up to CL16.
    Bottom of the line when it comes to CL: lower is better, but not that much better. You’ll be fine with CL11 if you can’t get CL9. The performance benefit will only pop up in synthetic benchmarks or applications that are highly dependant on memory.
     
    XMP vs. non-XMP?
     
    XMP or Intel Extreme Memory Profile is an optimization brought to memory latency, therefore you should try to get XMP-enabled memory when possible (assuming your motherboard supports XMP, that is) and turn it on.
     
    Now to the part everyone hates.
     
    How much memory do I need?
     
    The answer is, sadly, it depends. Yes, I know. Linus already covered it in a AFAP (he probably covered all of this post, but heck, I’m bored and I wanted to write this for a while now).
    Gone are the days when 4GB of RAM was enough even for the most demanding games. T’is no more the time when even 8GB of RAM was more than enough.
    With most games these days asking for a minimum of 8GB of RAM, it’s time we start recommending more.
    I’m using 8GB of RAM right now and I’m still doing fine (except when drivers decide to crap themselves and leak memory like ice-cold water leaked into the Titanic), but it won’t be too long until I will find myself ordering a couple extra sticks of RAM.
    16GB now seems to be the sweet spot for memory, although nobody’s going to yell at you if you go up to 32GB.
    tl;dr: 8 is fine, 16 is better, 32 might still be too much.
     
    So, I’m getting 16 gigs of RAM. 2x8 or 4x4?
     
    Always 2x8, and that’s for a couple of reasons:
    #1: More room for future expansion. If your 16 gigs turn out not to be enough, you’ll have room to buy another two 8 gig sticks further down the line. If you go the 4x4 way, you’ll find yourself either shelving the 4 sticks you have in order to upgrade or just end up selling them. In the long run, you’ll be spending more money on ram.
    #2: Latency. sort of. If you’re using 4 sticks of memory, you’ll have a CL on each of them. Same goes for 2 sticks. But overall you’ll benefit more from only having two latency points rather than four.
     
    Now to the visual part of buying RAM.
     
    Heatsink vs no heatsink?
     
    RAM sticks without heatsinks are so damned ugly. Unless you need very low profile memory, I’ll always be recommending sticks that have heatspreaders on them.
     
    Does the color mean something?
     
    No. You’ll generally find the same memory in 2-3-4-5 color variations and sometimes you’ll even find them with differently designed heatsinks. Just go with whichever color matches your build. Hell, there’s some LED memory sticks out there as well (looks like it’s what all the kids are doing these days).
     
    Manufacturer?
     
    I’m pretty comfortable recommending Kingston HyperX and Corsair but I’ve seen many people recommend Crucial, G.Skill, Mushkin and Samsung. As with all purchases, taking a look at customer reviews will never hurt.
     
    Conclusion?
    If you’re on a budget, you’ll be looking at something around the lines of 8GB of (at least) 1600MHz DDR3.
    If your budget is slightly higher (~$1k), you’ll be looking at about 16GB of (again, at least) 1600 DDR3 or 2400MHz DDR4
    If your budget is over the top, you’ll be looking at 16GB or more 2400 or 2666MHz DDR4 (although I suspect that with a high budget the general aim would be around 32GB of 2666 or 3200MHz DDR4).
     
    If I’ve made any errors, please point them out and I’ll gladly edit.
  12. Funny
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Ezzy-525 in Post Custom Desktop   
    Why do I have a feeling there's a much larger thread about this?
  13. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Mr.Humble in What CAN I Upgrade to?   
    4770k or 4790k and a decent cooler to OC
  14. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from m0k in What CAN I Upgrade to?   
    4770k or 4790k and a decent cooler to OC
  15. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from ghorbani in What is your personal email provider?   
    Google Apps for Business :3
    Snagged it while it was completely free for 50 (I think) users.
  16. Informative
    You_are_a_cunt reacted to colonel_mortis in 1.1.1.1 - Cloudflare launches a super fast public DNS resolver, with privacy at heart   
    Source: Cloudflare Blog
    Website: https://1.1.1.1/
     
    DNS is the service that translates linustechtips.com, which you understand, into 104.27.140.189, which the network understands. Everything you load in your browser is addressed by name, and all of those names have to be translated into addresses before you can access the site. This translation is performed by a DNS resolver, and its performance is absolutely critical.
     
    Cloudflare has announced today that they are launching a public DNS resolver, which claims (and my independent tests agree) to be the fastest out there. They are also focussing on privacy
     
    To switch to this new DNS resolver, you should set your primary and secondary DNS servers to 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 respectively. The instructions for how to do that depend on your OS, but you can find instructions for most devices at https://1.1.1.1/#setup-instructions. There isn't really any downside to doing so.
  17. Informative
    You_are_a_cunt reacted to LogicalDrm in Floatplane woes   
    Wll, it is this post
    Which OP will see as "no access" post according to Mortis.
     
    Anyway, linking works from forum to site only. Not other way around. So options are paying with CC/DC and making account to site. Or paying with PayPal and getting full service. At same price.
  18. Funny
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from [REDACTED] in LTT forum "banning" game   
    banned for assuming I care about anyone else than myself
  19. Funny
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from TopHatProductions115 in LTT forum "banning" game   
    banned for assuming I care about anyone else than myself
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    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from leadeater in LTT forum "banning" game   
    banned for assuming I care about anyone else than myself
  21. Funny
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Ryujin2003 in LTT forum "banning" game   
    banned for assuming I care about anyone else than myself
  22. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt reacted to deXxterlab97 in Google exposes security flaw in Microsoft Edge before a patch is ready   
    Microsoft Edge is the browser you use to download Google Chrome
  23. Funny
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Mutoh in Is this an ebay scam?   
    OFC.
    It's like trusting people with oddly colored animal profile pictures.
    wait...
    uhm.
    This is awkward.
  24. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Crunchy Dragon in Which gaming laptop to get?   
    Unless you really need the mobility, you could just build a proper gaming PC and buy a $300 laptop.
     
    Gaming laptops are overpriced, usually have cooling issues and little to no upgrades down the line. Once something breaks after warranty is over, you're looking at ridiculous servicing costs.
     
    If you still need a gaming laptop, I'd look at something in the Acer Predator line or Gigabyte's Aorus (however the hell it's called). ROG laptops are less than stellar (I've serviced the same laptop 4 times at this point and man is it trash on the inside)
  25. Agree
    You_are_a_cunt got a reaction from Arika S in Forum seems empty recently, what happened?   
    Forum isn't the only way we connect, y'kno. There's the official Discord and our private Discord servers too.
    Plus, the forum is starting to crawl with more kiddies recently, which annoys some of us. Answering the same questions every couple days gets real old real fast.
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