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About PineyCreek

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  • Location
    Directly above the center of the Earth (Texas)
  • Gender
  • Interests
    computers, video games, computer and network security, network equipment, good music (subjective)
  • Occupation
    Technical support for network security appliances


  • CPU
    Ryzen 7 1700
  • Motherboard
    ASRock X370 Taichi
  • RAM
    G-Skill Flare X, 2x8GB 3200MHz CAS 14
  • GPU
    Evga 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass
  • Storage
    Samsung 960 NVMe 500GB, Samsung 850 1TB SATAIII, 2xWD Black 5TB
  • PSU
    Corsair RMx 850W
  • Display(s)
    ASUS PG279Q, ASUS VE247
  • Cooling
    Fractal Design Celsius S36 AIO
  • Keyboard
    Razer Black Widow Stealth (it's alright)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
  • Sound
    MB on-board (Realtek)
  • Operating System
    Win10 64 bit on-board, others off USB load and VMs. Steadily gravitating towards Linux.
  • Laptop
    Work laptop: Dell Precision 7530...where they somehow shoved a Xeon CPU in there...they make mobile Xeons...

    Dell Precision 7510
    Dell Inspiron 7348 (2 in 1)
    2003 HP Pavilion laptop with a 32 bit desktop P4 in it
    Amstraad PPC512 (I upgraded it to DOS 5.0)

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  1. It's all relative. I mean, if you somehow wire a toaster to a 25000V transformer, chances are it won't work right after the first millisecond of you turning on the power. If it does work, patent the design and sell it to the military industrial complex, and retire to a private island complete with missile defenses and underground volcano base.
  2. For photos/videos, etc. I just plug in my USB cable and set the USB mode to file transfer (or whatever's appropriate)...then I just use the built-in Windows explorer/file manager.
  3. I really don't like this practice...though it's been around forever. I'd rather when there's a significant performance difference like this that the manufacturer be required to use a different model number or have a formal announcement...but then, I also think that all released parts should be required to show the performance of their current version product on their main pages, with updates every time a performance-altering component change is made... Here's a new article on the issue: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/08/silent-changes-to-western-digitals-budget-ssd-may-lower
  4. @SpottyFunny thing is I found that post right after posting mine and was about to add a message linking to the original 🙂

    1. Spotty


      It's best to check before posting. Really it just wastes your time writing it up if it's just going to get locked/deleted. Typically recent news topics will be on the first page of the tech news subforum so just do a quick scan down the list of recent topics.

    2. Spotty


      Samsung's doing the same thing now as well.



    3. PineyCreek


      1 minute ago, Spotty said:

      It's best to check before posting. Really it just wastes your time writing it up if it's just going to get locked/deleted. Typically recent news topics will be on the first page of the tech news subforum so just do a quick scan down the list of recent topics.

      Yeah, I get you.  I did search SN550 beforehand but I must have been blind as I missed that open topic.

  5. Summary WD SN550 NVMe drives have been fairly well-reviewed budget SSD drives, with a decent performance vs. cost. Recent component changes may have hampered the performance of what was considered a decent buy. Both the new and old drives feature the same controller, so it's hypothesized that the difference in the write speed per second once the cache is filled is caused by changes to the NAND chip quality. The measured difference is not statistically insignificant. Tom's Hardware tested the original findings and the new drive seems to write data at half the speed, based on their sam
  6. You might be interested in this article: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/08/silent-changes-to-western-digitals-budget-ssd-may-lower-speeds-by-up-to-50/
  7. Unless you've done something that modified the OS where it can't swap product keys, you should just be able to do that after acquiring a key. Right Click the Windows button on the task bar, click system, Click Change product key or upgrade your edition of Windows, Click Change product key. I think that would work anyway...
  8. mmm...I hated IE from the start. Used Netscape Navigator for forever, IE when I had to. Started using Firefox somewhat early in its lifespan...haven't really used much else since. Only use Chrome when I have to for certain functions at work. Don't really have a reason to switch of Firefox, though with their redesign a few versions ago I almost got annoyed enough to start looking for other options. Also, aren't Opera an the new Edge both Chromium-based now? I dunno...I kind of think that all browsers are fat and bloated now, so I just live with it.
  9. Not sure if an office chair would qualify as a peripheral, so posting here in Off Topic. I'm looking for suggestions (based on your personal experience if possible, I can web search for suggestions just fine) on a high-back drafting chair, preferably with adjustable height and adjustable/flip arms, mesh back preferred. Just trying to see if anyone bought a product that wowed them... If I do a search on a site like Amazon it seems like there's limited models sold under hundreds of different brand names.
  10. Q Code 40 reason: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?104690-ROG-Maximus-X-Hero-Q-Code-quot-40-quot-Always-Show-at-the-Mobo-7-Segment-Display I didn't even know this existed, but I guess that's ASUS's LiveDash screen? A few other people reported HDD code 00 with no issues. Not sure how to give details though, not finding any documentation on Livedash aside from how to use the software. Maybe the livedash software itself has some type of code history with explanations?
  11. Buy another of the same monitor? Use color calibration hardware?
  12. I saw the phrase RGB mousepad on this post and I briefly considered leaving the tech industry altogether. To answer your question...I guess? If you like that thing? I would find it annoying, like most RGB. RGB is form over function at its finest. It can be cool, but do you really want that potentially throwing off your perception of light or causing extra distraction while you're using the computer? It came as a component in my case (light bars and thankfully not fans) and I'm grateful they're easy to turn off or just leave unplugged. The first question to ask about any RGB component
  13. Well if it completely froze and it didn't get to the dump process, then that makes sense.