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About Blai5e

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  • Birthday Mar 07, 1962

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  • Location
    Sydney, Australia
  • Gender


  • CPU
    Intel i9-9900k (EK Supremacy)
  • Motherboard
    EVGA Z370 Classified K (BIOS 1.15)
  • RAM
    Corsair CMW32GX4M4C3600C18 @18-19-19-39-2T (32GB)
  • GPU
    EVGA RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra Gaming (EK Quantum Vector) mounted using an EK vertical GPU holder
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo 719 (Luxe 2) + Phanteks D140 distribution plate
  • Storage
    Samsung 970 Pro 512GB, Samsung 860 QVO 2TB, Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM004), Synology 918+ NAS (4 x Seagate IronWolf ST2000VN004 RAID 5)
  • PSU
    Corsair AX1200i w/CableMod full Pro sleeve kit (black/white)
  • Display(s)
    LG Ultragear 27GN950-b (4k @160Hz)
  • Cooling
    Hard line (PETG) custom loop: EK waterblocks, 240mm, 360mm + 420mm Alphacool X-flow radiators, Singularity Computers Protium 150 D5 - Reservoir Combo & 2 x Corsair Commander Pro's for fan (all Corsair ML-series) / PWM pump control
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K95 RGB Platinum / Elgato Stream Deck
  • Mouse
    Corsair Nightsword RGB Tunable FPS/MOBA
  • Sound
    Onboard Creative Sound Core3D 5.1 Channel HD / RØDE NT1 Microphone & AI-1 Audio Interface. Yamaha TSS-15 5.1 surround system (running as 3.1 due to space)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro (20H2) 64-bit

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  1. @Stormeye728 - it's nickel-plated copper - don't use aluminium radiators.
  2. Do you have the CSM (Compatibility Support Module) option disabled in your BIOS? I assume REBAR would be okay with older games or a lot of gamers would have their noses out of place.
  3. If it's like the EVGA series, the program (EVGA uses Precision X1) checks the selected VBIOS (quiet or performance) and applies the appropriate updated VBIOS.
  4. @Shanhara - I can't be sure on this but if the "Q" VBIOS version works, boot up on that and switch to the "P" VBIOS (the VBIOS I believe is only read at boot time) and reflash. I've done this on a motherboard that had 2 BIOS positions and I had only updated one to support a newer CPU. Booted into Windows, switch to the other BIOS position and used a Windows BIOS update tool.
  5. Pssst - I've got it enabled on a 9th Gen 9900k with a Z370 motherboard & RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra (both EVGA).
  6. @lerodemmy - if you take your time and watch a watercooling block install video specific to your GPU you'll have a better idea of your confidence level. That said, there's a few things to watch out for (I have the EK Vector 3090 FTW3 3080/3090 block & backplate on my 3090 FTW3 Ultra)... When taking the card apart, be careful and try not to force or unduly bend the PCB (there's been a number of users who have bricked their cards albeit the jury is still out on who is to blame). Wiggle it about without bending the PCB until you can break the seal formed by the thermal pas
  7. @Goldi----- - Get some KFC towelettes (or alcohol wipes from the chemist) if you can't get ISO.
  8. @asianbomber13 The "pop" was likely the fuse on the card for a PCIe feed (connector) blowing. Apart from de-soldering the old blown fuse and resoldering a new fuse (and before doing that ask the question: What underlying condition caused it blow?) there's little you can do.
  9. @cae.len - Unless it is an unreleased product, here's Lian Li's product page for their existing desks. Scroll down a bit to see the dimensions.
  10. I don't own one but a number of people on the EVGA forums do and they seem happy with their purchases.
  11. @DominicNikon - I'm running the nickel EK block & backplate on my EVGA 3090 FTW3 Ultra and on average, the temperature drop is in the range of 30~40°C under load. Currently idling at 25°C in an ambient of 21°C and my loop is configured as parallel with a 9900K at 5GHz all cores. The unfortunate part is going to be getting your hands on an EK block at this time... I pre-ordered mine when they opened ordering Dec 7 last year and got it near the end of January. I think you'll be waiting until at least April if you order an EK block now as they are still fulfilling backorders. You
  12. I know what is currently happening with GPU's appears scummy but with COVID-19, manufacturing and transport is affected to varying degrees limiting availability and driving up costs. Add limited FAB time availability (and possibly low yields), people with stimulus cheques burning a hole in their collective pockets, mining interest plus a sprinkle of China/USA tariff increases and you have a perfect storm for elevated prices. Look, if a company's stock is in demand; the trading price goes up; no difference to what's happening with 30-series and 6000-series GPU's - the price reflects what retai
  13. @Yappster - Earthing should (and is) carried out with a number of wires within the PCIe riser cable and slot. You shouldn't have to provide an extra earth shield for it to work correctly. If I were you, I'd unplug and re-plug in the riser cable in the motherboard's PCIe x16 slot and make sure the latch at both ends of the cable is in the locked position. The area you circled is known in circuit board design 101 as the keep-out zone. (keep any circuit board traces that carry current outside this zone) For a rather in-depth explanation with a circuit board that didn't employ a keep o
  14. @avTronic - EVGA 3090 FTW3 Ultra owner here using a Corsair AX 1200i PSU (set to Single rail OCP) with 3 separate PCIe power connectors all CableMod Pro series full replacement cables. I hear you regarding the PCIe slot power draw balance (there's a 140+ page thread bemoaning this on the EVGA forums) and the main reason I haven't bothered with the 500W Beta BIOS at this time. That plus the fact I use an EK waterblock and save about 20-30W without any fans coming into play within the card's budget. I think the biggest issue with PSU's (besides users trying to get away with a weak/in