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  1. Best answered with the phrase "how long is a piece of string?" General guidance * If you want to reduce the incidence of early death, avoid 'performance' laptops or any hardware packing heat in a small size. That includes All-In-One desktops with limited upgradeability and poor airflow. * Avoid any 'regular' desktop without enough airflow, especially when exposed to warm ambient temperatures. * Mechanical hard drives last longer when not killed by heat (and shock) batteries Lithium-ion batteries rapidly degrade with heat exposure and high charges (s
  2. Only if you want to be disappointed. The lone voices....those people who just buy something WITH THEIR OWN MONEY and express disappointment or joy in the item are small potatoes compared to the masses out there whose main interest is not biting the hand that feeds them, viewership, getting free stuff from companies, etc. In many ways, it's simply no different to the magazine and newspaper & TV world of yesteryear. Self-interest trumps all. Instead of being less important than ever to do your own research in today's peer-to-peer connected world, today it's more impor
  3. Nope. Any sort of microwave frequency (wi-fi, bluetooth, etc) so close is a health hazard. https://ehtrust.org/peer-reviewed-research-studies-on-wi-fi/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwyDCHf5iCY You can also look up a microwave expert called Barrie Trower. Like all truth-speakers, he is defamed by the industry making most money off the stuff. It really makes you think about all the consoles sold with no Airplane Mode and no wired controllers (even the Switch when played on TV doesn't have the option for microwave-free gaming), all the phones, all the bluetooth, all
  4. I still have some floppy drives (unused for a long while though) and several optical drives (used often). I don't consider it a real desktop computer without at least one optical drive inside it. I have always been fascinated with the technology, particularly magento-optical technology. Just amazing stuff that has revolutionised the computer industry and gaming consoles too. I still love physical media and therefore love optical and cartridge and disks and weird wonderful technology of all kinds. With all the online services that can take games and movies away on a whim, physical i
  5. Intel is still selling just under 80% of the world's desktop x86 CPUs. They have their own factories. They basically own the server market (well over 90% market share there). They can ride this temporary AMD praise for at least the next few years, easy. Near-term: * shrink your process successfully * improve instructions per clock, etc. * capture enthusiast points back from AMD (a small but vocal market) * remove hardware backdoors from your products (along with AMD). Hah. Fat chance. realistically: * be the price-to-performance champ (ie. erode
  6. I am hoping that the hardware backdoors both companies integrate in their CPUs has been enhanced at least 20% too.
  7. What I'd like to see is: * a benchmark of 4TB CMR drives (comparing 'regular' CMR drive with NAS-marketed CMR drives and Surveillance-marketed CMR drives) What are the performance diffrences, exactly? (Beyond the marketing for a particular purpose). If anyone has benchmarked currently-selling 4TB CMR drives, I still haven't found it. I think 7200rpm drives can be excluded since they are in another price bracket, typically, but they can be thrown in for fun if desired. SSDs are too expensive too, so I think they should be excluded. I think this is a good
  8. Having to use Telegram to download a privacy-conscious Windows should be an aversion to a great majority of the people who might be interested in this, surely?
  9. I know they do, but I don't want hot temperatures. Heat has always been a death accelerator, in my opinion. I like to keep a bit of extra headroom so the hardware is not tortured. I wish I knew more about VRMs to assess models myself. I am told lots of them are rubbish, from all the brands. I guess they just want the basic systems to run fine while making maximum profit on each board. I actually spent days searching for a suitable board with a strong emphasis on decent VRMs (for the price) which makes me all the more sorry that I had to encounter all the MSI rubbish: * RGB tha
  10. Thanks ShrimpBrine. My main motivation for this board (in the VRM department) was the off-chance that I can run a more power-hungry CPU in the future OK that I would buy second-hand. Maybe an 8-core of some type in the not-too-distant. Aside from VRM differences, boards in similar price brackets are otherwise featured pretty similarly most of the time, so the VRM was my most important feature. I just wasn't prepared for some of the shortcomings. * I can't believe that I have to adjust settings to get stock. * There is also no option in the BIOS to disable the annoy
  11. Hello, I don't care one bit about overclocking. Is that an issue in today's market? The reason I ask: Components: 1X MSI B450 Mortar Max https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B450M-MORTAR-MAX/ 1x AMD Ryzen 2600X https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-5-2600x 2X Kingston KVR32N22D8/16 (32GB total) https://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/KVR32N22D8_16.pdf This board has overvolted my sticks automatically well beyond 1.3V (and god knows what it is doing to the CPU). * I have not enabled any overclocking settings that I know of. * I have even reset t
  12. Thanks for the Toshiba X300 mention. https://www.toshiba-storage.com/products/toshiba-internal-hard-drives-x300/ It is actually not as expensive as WD and Seagate's CMR drives spinning at 7200rpm. I consider it reasonably-priced locally. I would like confirmation that it's CMR though. I could send a message to Toshiba. You would think this info would be easier to find. Regarding NAS drives and other 'speciial' drives, if there is a site that benchmarks currently-selling drives and has benchmarked some 4TB CMR models (comparing regular, NAS and Surveillance-marketed drives bet
  13. I am curious which 4TB non-7200rpm CMR drive would you buy with your own money at this point in time? Of particular interest to me is whether or not the extra bucks are worth it for a NAS or Surveillance drive? (they have small premiums over a 'regular' drive). Is there any tangible benefit from buying these drives that improves performance or reliability over a 'regular' drive, or is it just a bit of marketing segmentation for higher profits? Things I don't want to pay for * Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) drives (random write performance is extremely poor, I am told)