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About Chiyawa

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  • Interests
    Gaming (RTS, platform), classical music (mostly instruments only music), My Little Pony (G4),
  • Biography
    Born in Malaysia, live in Malaysia, Chinese ancestry, loves PC hardware.
  • Occupation
    System Engineer in ICT Dept.


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 3.6GHz (Turbo to 4.2GHz and reaching 3.8GHz all-core sustain load), 6 cores 12 threads.
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi rev 1.0 (no Thunderbolt 3 support). Comes with:
    2x PCIe x16 slot running either x16/x0 or x8/x8
    1x M2 slot link to CPU
    1x PCIe x16 slot running x4
    2x PCIe x1 slots
    1x M2 slot link to chipset
    Intel Gigabit Ethernet
    Intel WiFi AX
    6x SATA ports (2 from GP PCIe x2 lane)
    2 PCIe lanes disabled
    24 pin ATX power and 8 + 4 pin ATX12V power
    Internal USB: USB-C x1, USB 3.0 x2 (4 ports), USB 2.0 x2 (4 ports)
    Back panel USB: USB-C x1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 x2, USB 3.2 Gen 1 x3, USB2.0 x4
    3x 12VRGB, 2x aRGB
    2x CPU fan, 3x Sys fan, 2x Pump headers
    2x thermal sensor header
    TPM header (2x6 pins)
  • RAM
    2x Corsair Vengeance DDR4 8GB 3600MHz 18CL
  • GPU
    Gigabyte Radeon Vega 64 Gaming OC 8GB HBM2 OC to 1712MHz GPU clock and 1100MHZ Memory clock
  • Case
    ThermalTake Versa H26 Mid Tower case (KL Major DotA 2 tournament case)
    2x USB 3.0 ports
    2x USB 2.0 ports
    microphone and speaker jack
    Power and reset button
    HDD and power LED
    2x 5.25 drive bays
    3x 2.5 inch drive mounts
    2x 3.5 inch / 2.5 inch drive slots
  • Storage
    Kingston A400 960GB SATA 2.5 inch drive
    Fujitsu 750GB SATA 2.5 inch drive
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5 inch SATA drive
    Toshiba X300 4TB 3.5 inch SATA drive
    LG 5.25 inch SATA Blu-ray writer drive with M.Disc support
    LiteOn 5.25 inch SATA Blu-ray Writer drive
  • PSU
    Gigabyte G750H 80 Plus Gold semi-modular
  • Display(s)
    LG 29 inch Ultra-wide display 29WH600, 2560x1080 display, HDR capable, Free-sync compatible.
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212, with 2x Cooler Master MF120R aRGB crating push-pull config
    2x ThermalTake Pure Plus 12 3 120mm fan packs with controller as case fans (2 front intake, 3 top intake, 1 rear exhaust)
  • Keyboard
    Armaggeddon MKA11R Raptor Gaming mechanical keyboard with Hot-swapable Outemu Blue switches
  • Mouse
    Armaggeddon Starship III Gaming mouse
  • Sound
    Armaggeddon Nuke 11 7.1 surround sound USB gaming headset,
    Armaggeddon Wasp-7 on-ear head set with boom mic,
    LG 29WH600 in-built speaker.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • Laptop
    MSI GX70 3BE Crysis 3 edition. Decommission because keyboard and Battery problem, but still keep it for nostalgic reason.
    Lenovo (Ideapad) Yoga 6 13ARE05 with Ryzen 4700U, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM and 256GB SN530 SSD.
  • Phone
    Oppo Find 7, Poco X3 NFC, Nokia Lumia 525

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  1. Hi, Like the name suggest, can Windows install in HDD that has 4096bytes per sector configuration (meaning no 512e support)? And by the way, can you force Windows to install using 4096 bytes per sector at all? Regards, Chiyawa
  2. I used Lenovo Yoga 6 13ARE05. It has a decent battery (Youtube last about 7 hours per charge), a decent keyboard, touch screen, 2-in-1 laptop, 13 inch 1080p display. You can play light games and browse website if you're not remote to your PC. Ryzen 7 4700U model with 16GB RAM is a bit pricey, but you can go for Ryzen 5 with 8GB model. RAM is soldered on the board and non-upgradable. I use it for Steam Link and it work nicely using its built in wifi ax.
  3. Well, I'm not sure about Ryzen 7 5700U, but mine one comes with Ryzen 7 4700U, and I can say I'm very impress by it. I bought Lenovo Yoga 6 13ARE05 with Ryzen 4700U and used it for a couple of months. Youtube playback last me about 7 hours per charge when I set Windows to Battery Saver mode while the BIOS is set to performance mode. The system managed to run at 2GHz most of the time which can still get some demanding task done in a timely manner. When I plug in the adapter, I sometimes get 4GHz boost and playing game (light game like CS:GO) with the integrated Radeon 7 GPU is not b
  4. I'm not sure about Gigabyte B550 boards, but their X570 is not bad, only problem is their BIOS update, which always get something wrong. I'm using Gigabyte Aorus X570 Pro WiFi, updated to the latest BIOS which somehow fix the problem of AMD fTPM in Windows, but now my power LED stays on after I shut down the system (the LED is off when the system is shut down but turn back on after a few minutes without the system turning on). Oh well. But I mean, it's a good board, and the VRM is great. Probably the best price vs. features X570 board at that time.
  5. Well, changing your drive to boot on GPT will require you to clear everything inside your SSD. There is a way to change your drive to GPT from MBR, but that really is very complicated so I usually just reinstall Windows. Well, if you want to change to GPT that badly, you can backup the data that you deemed important to other storage device (maybe external disk). You may want to backup your Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Musics and Videos folders. Once done, restart your system, and go to your BIOS. Look into the Boot section of your BIOS. Be sure the Boo
  6. I don't think there are much difference. Unless the enclosure specifically listed their speed (like 10Gbps), they're mostly run at 5Gbps, even if they claim they are using USB 3.1 protocol. You won't likely notice a lot of differences as SATA protocol only run at 6Gbps max, which is only a 125MB different (assuming that the SATA device can run at full 6Gbps speed), and most of the time, they don't reach that speed, so in many situation, there are no difference whatsoever.
  7. Hi, to answer your question: All NVMe SSD needs proper cooling to ensure their reliability and performance. SSD will automatically throttled down if the temperature exceed certain range (some SSD will throttle at 60c). So it is ideal to have a sort of heat sink to help make them cool. Speed also matters, as SSD that runs on PCIe Gen 4 protocol is going to be hotter than gen 3. That depends on the quality and distance of the cable. Most cable that are well made experience slight drop in performance but not very noticeable. This is hard to say. Some PCIe ext
  8. I'm sure Dell, HP and Lenovo can change the speaker as well. I repaired countless of laptop including more modern one. While it may be a bit difficult for modern thin and light laptop to be taken apart, but it's still do-able with proper instruction manual. However, in about 99% of the time, the amp chip on the motherboard became faulty rather than the speaker itself.
  9. Well, Framework push for repairability is... Well, I think it's okay, but still, I believe all laptop are repairable except for Microsoft and Apple as far as I can tell. I recently purchase Lenovo Yoga 6 13ARE05 and they can be tear down after going through their manual. I say what Framework did is pretty much the same and I don't see much different other than the 'dongle' IO and RAM. Of course, a 13 inch laptop has virtually no space for RAM slot, but mine has M2 SSD and M2 WiFi slot. So yeah, unless we are going back to the old style laptop where we can even change the processor,
  10. Well, it is very likely the problem will be solved. Anyway, it looks like you have done quite a lot of experiment, and good for you, so at least you understand your system well. As for this case, yes, it is very rare and unique, in fact, it is my first time hearing this behavioural issues (I troubleshoot PC and laptops for over 10 years). Anyway, like I said, many thing can contribute to screen flickering issue, most of the time is the screen itself, but it can be GPU (including integrated one such as Intel HD) and motherboard itself. Our laptops are very complex indeed and finding
  11. Well, Flickering issue is a bit tricky to handle. Flickering can be caused by a few things: -GPU chips (on motherboard) -GPU VRAM (on motherboard) -eDP port (on motherboard) -eDP cable (also known as display cable) -LCD screen -Software driver and software -Poor design (which is very unlikely, but possible) Since they replace your screen and the display cable, you can remove it from the list. It would if your GPU, VRAM or other components on the motherboard are not working properly. Very likely is the m
  12. If you know what you are getting from buying a pre-built, their option can be compelling and might be way more easier to get a reasonably priced GPU. Different SI and OEM has different service terms, so it is wise to check around and see which of them give you the best service that suits you. There are a lot of reviews out there and I think Gamer Nexus did a few of them recently so you can check their Youtube channel for some insight. Linus also has 'Secret Shopper' which also gives you an insight on their purchases as well as troubleshooting services offered by different manufactu
  13. There could be a few reasons, but what I notice is Alienware has 4 fans.
  14. Actually, no. Your UPS may be able to supply you power if there's power source, but once there's a black out, it might be just as good as blackout as the UPS would shut down due to current overdrawn. This is because I have a decent PC (Ryzen 5 3600 and Vega 64) and plug in to a 800kVA (600W) UPS, and when there's black out, the UPS won't sustain the load for a fraction of a second as it is overloaded immediately (since at full load, my PC can use up to 700W total input power). That thing also don't last long as even at light load, it couldn't provide power for 2 minutes. But all is