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Alex Atkin UK

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  • CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
    32GB DDR4 3200
  • GPU
    RTX 2080 @ 1920Mhz
  • Case
    be quiet! PURE BASE 500DX
  • Storage
    2TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus + 2TB Intel 660p + 4TB Seagate HDD
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650X
  • Display(s)
    Acer 24" 4K IPS K242HQK
    BenQ 27" 1440p IPS EX2780Q
  • Cooling
    Deepcool AS500 Plus
  • Keyboard
    Geezer Mechanical
  • Mouse
    Logitech M720
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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home / Fedora Linux
  • Laptop
    ASUS ROG Strix GL703GS

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  1. That makes sense as before you were potentially connected at twice the speed but capped by the ISP, whereas now you're hitting the hard limit of a single line. The previous router was also likely much better, as it would need to be higher end to handle bonding. There may be QoS options on the router that will help, but honestly 10-60 if you are maxing out the line is pretty hard to beat. That's pretty much where my line goes when I hammer it with QoS, I can pull it down to around 30ms with QoS but then you inherently get packet loss. You may need to just reduce the st
  2. I find it more annoying that there are 10Gbit switches that run off PoE, where the PoE port is only Gigabit. Surely PoE is usually coming from your primary switch, so THAT would be your uplink port and you'd want that 10Gbit too? Its also really confusing how Netgear for example refer to 10 port switches as 8 ports when two are 10Gbit. There's really no such thing as an uplink port these days (at least on these smart switches), its just another switch port (or two), so why act like they don't exist? The only dedicated port is when they have a management port, even there it doesn't make
  3. Agreed. This is why when I upgraded my PSU recently in anticipation of getting a new GPU (hopefully within the PSUs lifetime), even though I went Corsair I went for 850W rather than 750W. I mean internally they may even be identical, you can never be sure, but "in theory" it allows some leeway for ageing, puts less stress on it and stays within a more efficient current range. I've always been pretty lucky with PSUs, used to use cheap cases with cheap PSUs and ironically the only time one ever blew up was once I had already started buying branded PSUs, but it didn't damage anything excep
  4. Did you clean the original paste off first? Because adding new paste onto old would only make things worse. However I suspect you are right that the AIO have just aged, one reason I've stuck to air cooling.
  5. I did mean to ask what speed they are getting as I suspect the reason they are querying it is they probably aren't hitting the contract speed with a single line, thus why their old packaged used two.
  6. Frustratingly Netgear are not that clear about the differences between Smart-Managed Pro and Plus. For example the GS110EMX (Plus) doesn't support SNMP but the MS510TXP (Pro) does. They must have realised this as their website categories do not call the Plus Switches Smart, even though you can clearly see that IS their name and they clearly are web managed.
  7. That's the thing, I'm not convinced it was the same contract. I'd check any details you have for both the new and the old contracts especially looking for mention of things like "up to", any speed guarantee and of course bonding. Bonding is practically none existent over here so its very different. But knowing the technicalities its possible that in order to get 75Mbit down in your location it might need two lines, while both contracts aim for the same speed, one would actually achieve it via bonding while the other would fall short due to only having a single line. This would explain t
  8. I very nearly went with an AIO, it was having to remove the HDD that reminded me it was probably a bad idea to get something else that causes a low hum. The thing is with air coolers is if the fans fail, or you don't like the noise they make, you just replace them. If the pump fails on an AIO or makes an annoying noise, you have to replace the whole thing. I still have air coolers from well over a decade, I can't imagine an AIO being usable for that long.
  9. I can see why people go with AIO water coolers, so much simpler when you can move the heat exchanger right to the edge of the case. However their life span is also much shorter and I have very sensitive ears, I'm sure I'd hear the pump. I had to remove a HDD recently because I could hear to humm of it spinning and it drove me insane. I actually have the same fans as the D15 as intakes for my case and having an issue with harmonics from those when they spin up/down. They make a kind of whine that again is driving me nuts. Hopefully I can find what speed they do it at and tweak the fan
  10. I'm actually finding the D15 a bit counter-productive on my 9900K machine. I recently built a Ryzen 5950X and went with a Deepcool AS500 Plus instead which leaves a lot more space in the case for moving air around. My GPU however does have a blower cooler (as it was in an ITX build before) so its not blowing hot air back into the case. Will probably have a re-think if I can ever get a new GPU as wont get another blower as they're so darn noisy.
  11. Yes, but the one above the RAM often wont fit due to case width and clearly there is no space at the back. I'd probably have replaced read fan with it. I found the D15 makes a horrible noise if you have the fans in pull configuration so wouldn't do that. In a case with TOP fans, the one at the top back would be sucking against the side of the D15 second fan so completely counter productive. Airflow always works best (and quieter) in as straight a line as possible.
  12. What a glowing recommendation. Not sure I will be rushing out to buy one. Seems poor economy to risk blowing up thousands of dollars of hardware for the sake of saving a few bucks.
  13. I actually found in my case that ditching the top fans entirely runs cooler, as the top fans disrupt the air from flowing smoothly from the front, through the D15 and out the back. I also don't think its wise to have two fans next to each other one blowing out and one in, as it just sucks the hot air back in again.