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Everything posted by -rascal-

  1. Could've just looked at all the available reviews out there. Buuuut to summarize... Intel 10th Gen has no place in gaming or multi-threaded workloads right now. IPC on Ryzen 3000-series already surpassed Intel, but Ryzen was capped at around 4.2 ~ 4.4 GHz, while Intel clocked up to 5.2 GHz+. Intel had the brute force frequency advantage. Ryzen 5000-series comes with even MORE IPC improvements, and can ALSO now clock up to 4.8GHz+ ... so it's GG.
  2. Probably the trace routing is not PCI-E 4.0 compliant, so they locked it at PCI-E 3.0 at a firmware level. PCI-E 4.0 is higher bandwidth (2x of PCI-E 3.0), so in theory, you need to have decent routing on the PCB to avoid signal/data distortion. Given it's a budget B350 board, it probably wasn't up to ASUS' standard. (And I think in AMD's docs, A320 / B350 / X370 does not get PCI-E 4.0 support) (They even have the 'Removes Gen 4 support...' bit even on the top-tier ASUS X370 ROG Crosshair VI Hero board). EDIT: My assumption was correct lel
  3. Looks like either remaining oils / flux from the assembly line at the factory. Or (finger) oil or residue from when you were handling / putting the motherboard in. In any case, using some rubbing / isopropyl alcohol should clean it off.
  4. You are looking at the wrong spot. Scroll up or down a bit. You need to also know what VCore the CPU is requesting, and what it is actually getting.
  5. The EVGA 650W GM should already have 4x PCI-E 6+2 Pin connectors. On that existing PCI-E 6-pin, just connect the loose 2-pin to make it an 8-pin. You'll have 2x PCI-E 8-pin power connections. Good to go. https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=123-GM-0650-Y1
  6. A PSUs internal components will degrade over time. Doesn't matter if it's a $1000+ 80 PLUS Titanium PSU, or a $200 80 PLUS Gold. You are better to buy a PSU that will suit the build you are assembling, and replace it every major system upgrade, etc. @Juular@Ankerson The Corsair RMx and HX / HXi both have a 10-year warranty. Sooo...in a way, the PSU doesn't need to be replaced in that 10-year span
  7. It has no on-board graphics like...a GPU built into the motherboard. Intel / AMD has moved away from that long ago -- the GPU is INSIDE the CPU now. He is using a Ryzen 3200G APU (CPU + GPU in one package). Are you able to drop it off at a local PC shop? Otherwise, you'll need to ask a family or friend that has a Desktop PC that can make use of DDR4 memory. That way, you can at least test the RAM, PSU, SSD/HDD, etc... IF all those checks out okay, then you are left with the APU or motherboard. Bu
  8. Ahhh... if the ASUS rep was able to track it by the serial number, AND it says '3000 Series Ready' , then the BIOS is at least updated enough. You'll need to find out if it's the motherboard that is faulty, or CPU / Power Supply / RAM that is the problem.
  9. Yup. There is literally a SATA power connector on the cable...you can see it haha
  10. Is Type-3 what the RMx series use? I can't seem to figure out if that 6-pin connector OP showed is supposed to have 2 missing pins. EDIT: Oh... it's the molex connector, PSU-end. @redcan0 Yes, those are normal for those connectors.
  11. Which end is the PSU-end, and which is the motherboard / GPU-end of the connector? For the PCI-E 6-pin connector, for the GPU-end, the missing center pin is optional, according to ATX standard specs. The EPS 8-pin connector, for the motherboard-end, should have all 8-pins populated. Depending on the PSU, it may or may not be fully populated on the PSU-end.
  12. Well...okay...would be nice if we were told that. It's okay. What GPU is your friend trying to upgrade to? Regardless, PCI-E 3.0 X16 is equivalent bandwidth to PCI-E 4.0 X8, so not a problem (unless...he gets like a RTX 3080 / 3090 or something)
  13. WTF!!! You CANNOT use a PCI-E connector on a 8-pin EPS socket. You may kill the board and/or CPU. You have a CPU in socket CPU1 socket. Plug your PROPER 8-pin EPS to the CPU1_8PIN socket. From YOUR board reference pictures...
  14. Yes. Reduced bandwidth, but not enough to cause a bottleneck due to the PCI-E 3.0 X16 slot. What GPU are you using by the way?
  15. According to g00gle, Hampshire UK is 4*C outside right now. So I'm assuming, house is heated, so ~25*C ? You are blowing the warm air generated by the AIO BACK into the PC itself so... What happens if you change the AIO fans to push out the top? Otherwise, you can increase the RTX 3090's temperature limit is 80*C or something. At 1700 RPM, the noise is ~47 dBA. That's not...really....quiet... (According to Gamers Nexus' chart)
  16. From what I recall DOTA 2 is based on the Source Engine (e.g. game engine as HL2, L4D), so it only really uses ~2 cores. It juggles the CPU usage around from one core to the next, but never fully using 3 or 4 cores. https://www.gamingpcbuilder.com/dota-2-hardware-performance-tested/ 3.2 GHz = 128 FPS 3.6 GHz = 137 FPS +0.4 GHz = +9 FPS Say... If your i5-4690K @ 3.6 GHz = 137 FPS. i5-4690K @ 4.6 GHz = +23 FPS gain = 160 FPS i5-4690K @ 4.8 GHz = +27 FPS gain = 164 FPS IMO, that's no small number....
  17. Ninja'd my own previous comment lel. Yeah...confused it with Intel's ATX12VO standard
  18. Wh00ps, got it mixed up with the ATX12VO standard. Mah bad...
  19. 73*C is not overheating, but the reference RTX 3090, at stock settings, try to maintain a temperature 70*C of under. Unless you modify the temperature target / limit, it will do that by default.
  20. Are you able to find out, at all, what version BIOS firmware is on the motherboard? A320 released with the Ryzen 1000-series (aka Zen). The Ryzen 3200G is a 3000-series APU (but Zen+ chip). If the motherboard(s) you got is old stock (e.g. back of the Amazon shelf), then it *MIGHT* not have the BIOS to support the Ryzen 3200G. Board requires at least BIOS version 4801 (dated May-10-2019) or newer to work with the Ryzen 3200G. Also, check all your power / cable connections. Make sure your RAM is properly seated into the slot(s).
  21. "600W Bronze" dosn't mean much. Given how it only has ONE PCI-E power connector for a so-called "600W" .... that is not a good sign. Typically an ACTUAL "600W" will have 4x PCI-E power connectors. Yes, if the graphics card has two connectors, you NEED to have two plugged in. Otherwise, either the card will actually warn you, or it won't power up properly. Those connectors are REQUIRED, NOT OPTIONAL (unless it is a special edition overclocking one...but the manufacturer will tell you in the user manual, etc). Recommended power supply for a RTX 3090 is
  22. The Ryzen 2600 provides 16 + 4 lanes. 16 goes to the top PCI-E X16 slot. 4 goes to the top M.2 NVMe slot, OR bottom PCI-E X16 slot. The remaining PCI-E x1 slots, and second M.2 slot is provided through the B450 chipset on the motherboard. In other words, you will be fine; won't be stealing from the graphics card and/or NVMe SSD by adding a PCI-E X1 network / bluetooth card.
  23. Change the DRAM kit, if possible DDR4-3600 CL18...is not great... DDR6-3600 CL16 black 16GB G.Skill RipJaws kit for $74.99. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jBZzK8/gskill-ripjaws-v-16-gb-2-x-8-gb-ddr4-3600-memory-f4-3600c16d-16gvkc NZXT H510 case NEEDS to go. Junk airflow, especially out-of-the-box, too.
  24. The ASUS X370-A has 2x PCI-E 3.0 slots, and 2x PCI slots. I think the OP was trying to space the card out, and trying to put the card into the PCI slot instead. @echy FYI you motherboard has both PCI-Express X16 and PCI slots. Make sure you put the RTX 3090 into the PCI-Express slot, and NOT the PCI slots.