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About Mikkle

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  • Birthday August 14

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  • CPU
    Ryzen 5 5600x
  • Motherboard
    Asus ROG STRIX B550-i Gaming
  • RAM
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 3600Hz
  • GPU
    Gigabyte RX 6900 XT (Reference)
  • Case
    Phanteks Evolv Shift 2 Air
  • Storage
    WD SN850 2TB NVMe M.2
  • PSU
    Cooler Master V850 SFX
  • Display(s)
    ASUS TUF VG27AQ; Dell 2520D
  • Cooling
    Corsair H80i V2
  • Sound
    Logitech Z623
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
  • Laptop
    Surface Go
  • Phone
    iPhone 11 Pro Max

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  1. So, I think I may have figured out what's causing this issue and let me tell you, it is stupid. By default, I have my desktop wallpapers on a slideshow rotation -- that's 2x 1440p monitors, which are set to change wallpapers once a minute. I realized that this (being managed by Windows itself) might be hogging some kind of resources, so I fired up CS:GO, ran windowed and walked around, waiting for the wallpaper to change. And whaddya know? The FPS dip coincided precisely with the wallpaper change. Since then, I've had the wallpapers set to "Picture" and the game has been running pe
  2. Will give this a try tonight. I was using Resource Monitor previously to watch individual cores
  3. Running latest drivers, on a fresh install
  4. Yup, had to force gen3.0 just to get the PC to POST... with my hardware it detects gen4.0 compatibility, but the cable won’t do it - luckily I knew to do this on while testing components pre-build, because otherwise I’d have to fully disassemble to get the card in the slot on the mobo. I have tried reseating the riser cable - it seems to be well connected. I considered that it might be faulty, but it runs perfectly in more graphically demanding games. Unfortunately, options are limited for 3rd party riser cables - the Shift 2 has a bracket they need to fit into to mount graphics card
  5. Recently completed my new high-end build and putting it through its paces on a few games. Seeing some unexpected behaviour in CS:GO, while other more demanding titles run perfectly (Forza Horizon 4 for instance). When not limited, frame rate in CS:GO levels off around 400-450 FPS, which is roughly what I would expect with my hardware. However, occasionally seeing huge frame rate dips to 40-50 FPS, for 1/2 second or so. Happens about once every couple of minutes, but very unpredictable. Often happens when encountering other players but the correlation is not quite definitive enough to say that
  6. Yeah, that’s kind of where I’m leaning... I know there’s a general wisdom advocating against the inverted layout... these oddball AIOs sort of offer a silver bullet to pump failure, but I generally don’t trust silver bullets on principle. While they might solve part of the problem, they could still be vulnerable in other ways - whether or not I’m aware. Inverted may be suboptimal regardless, but I end up wondering how much I care about that, if it still basically works. If it means the thing will go kaput in a few months, or there’s a risk of damage to the CPU/system, I definitely care. Just
  7. I understand that when an AIO is mounted with the pump at the highest point in the loop, it will likely suffer due to air collecting in the pump, which can be bad for the motor/impeller/etc. This is a good reason not to mount rads below the CPU block in most typical AIOs. Problem is, in some (mostly ITX SFF) cases, there is simply no other option. For cases that require an “inverted” orientation as mentioned above, I’m wondering whether it’s enough of a solution to select one of those oddball AIOs that locate the pump in the radiator or inline with the tubes? Certainly this would pro
  8. That is a good option, but I have seen testing that indicates it’s more similar to the stock cooler’s performance than to a good 120mm AIO. It would definitely be an upgrade, and if I didn’t have a wraith for “free” with the CPU, I’d definitely be looking at it. If I have to spend the money though, I’m leaning towards a bigger jump in performance (just have to either reconcile fears about reliability, or get an abnormal AIO that shouldn’t suffer from the bad orientation.
  9. Thanks for the detailed response! Yes, you’re right about the M22 being NZXT - I mixed up the brand names with my previous build which had a Cooler Master AIO. I agree, I would definitely go with exhaust for the AIO. I feel like an AIO should have the best chance of providing good cooling, since it will be sucking directly on air from the main intake, lower than any heat-producing components. Pump/rad orientation is one of those things I sure wish could be circumvented somehow, as the H80i seems to have a lot of cooling potential with its thick rad. That said, it doesn’t bloo
  10. Trying to figure out the best CPU cooling option for Ryzen 5 5600x in my SFF build, using the Phanteks Evolv Shift 2 Air. Was going to use the H80i v2 but I’m having a hell of a time getting the tubes to fit. Also a bit concerned about longevity/performance with the pump mounted above rad (RE: Gamers Nexus’ now infamous video). Would like to keep the pc as quiet as reasonably possible... I don’t overclock heavily, mostly using for gaming (some CPU-intensive titles like Rust). I’m considering switching to a NZXT M22 for the inverted pump arrangement and easier fit, but not sure about
  11. And guess what? Even that price history feature is rather suspect if you ask me... all you have to do is compare Honey’s price history on an Amazon page with the much more detailed history you can find on camelcamelcamel.com. Honey gives you a pretty low-detail summary, and I’ve often observed the numbers they report for max/min price to be incorrect. Camelcamelcamel lets you specify time period, new vs used vs 3rd party, and they have a useful function to “zoom out” on the graph to show the actual price (which gives a much better sense of the proportion of normal price you’re saving at any gi