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  1. cat1092

    AMD FX 4350: My first FX build!

    You could had got a brand new FX-8350 on Newegg for $59.99 + tax shipped, I picked up a 2nd last week with the promo (via email signup only). Also have the 8370, although more expensive for not much gain. It's said to be a 'binned' 8350, if so, I can't tell, other than the $40 more out of my...
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    Some people accuse TPU of 'bias' towards Nvidia.

    Yeah, I remember quite well & to this day still goes on.:eek: I was suckered into purchasing an HP AIO PC versus superior Dell & Toshiba models, the last year the latter shipped a PC, before exiting that business. The reviewer cherry picked the 'pros' of the HP, while negating those of the...
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    [US] SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB SATA III 6.0 GB/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive $116 shipped

    @Sasqui, thanks for the article at Tom's, having Adblock Plus meant no ads for me!:) It only reinforced my decision to avoid these drives, although did learn DRAM-less SSD's wasn't a late 2018 concept. Glad that other than NVMe models for last year (other than the BX500), didn't need any other...
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    Some people accuse TPU of 'bias' towards Nvidia.

    Try installing AMD's latest 'recommended' drivers on a MSI Radeon 7770 GHz edition & the driver issues will be seen fast.:) This is why I stick with 15.7 on Windows 7 & whatever Microsoft throws at me on Windows 10, last time I updated to latest, was a disaster. Had to use the DDI tool from...
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    Some people accuse TPU of 'bias' towards Nvidia.

    Did anyone here other than myself get the AMD email in regards to the Radeon VII? Link below the 4K 144Hz monitor. If so, check one spec, never mind the memory, 7nm & so on, rather 4K performance. One should expect more than that from a card with such advancements & come 2-3 more years, the...
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    [US] SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB SATA III 6.0 GB/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive $116 shipped

    I was interested......very much so, until I discovered, just like a 240GB Crucial BX500 I purchased ($34.99 with promo code), is DRAM-less. Am not deep into the specs, as this was a first for me.......SSD w/out DRAM? At any rate, this is what one's getting here. Good thing though, being out of...
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    Used Hardware Purchaser’s Club

    Please accept my apologies in regards to my post above (#2).:) As a human, am imperfect, didn't read the OP's post closely & misunderstood badly. However for the record, I do buy a lot of used hardware, for the most part, have been satisfied. Like with this GTX 670 which came in the mail...
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    Some people accuse TPU of 'bias' towards Nvidia.

    As a TPU follower for quite some time, long before becoming a member, I've personally not seen bias towards one brand or the other.:) However, have seen a few that does, when I do, may read a review, will take it with a grain of salt.:D The cool thing about TPU is it's wealth of information...
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    Used Hardware Purchaser’s Club

    I feel this is a fantastic idea! While the majority of Tech forums doesn't offer this, a few does (notably AnandTech), although requires dedicated moderation. Another noteworthy aspect, a bad seller, no matter how long (s)he has been a member, can lose access (suspension) if the deal isn't made...
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    4K Ultra HD Monitors with 144 Hz Refresh-rate and G-SYNC HDR Start Being Available

    Dell & I forgot whom else, released a 5K monitor last year, was over $4,000 (maybe ($5,000) & were sold out in no time, were accepting pre-sales.:) NVIDIA has been stating for at least 2 years that 4K was the future of gaming, and now that the chance is getting close, these prices won't hold...
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    Anyone here delid an i7-4790K?

    Thanks for the video, have the Rockit88 tool already, ordered two of their copper IHS replacement minutes ago, along with one relid guide that works with the kit.:) https://rockitcool.myshopify.com/products/copper-ihs-for-lga-1150 Works with both 1150 & 1155 CPU's, there's a different for 1151...
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    Anyone here delid an i7-4790K?

    Normally I don't like to revive long dead Topics, yet since I have an i7-4790K that peaks at 4.6GHz (although at high voltage & temps under load), want to delid to reduce both. And then try to get to 4.8GHz stable, with some luck, 4.9 or 5.0GHz. :D Have been able to boot at 4.8Ghz with only...
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    What is your AS SSD Benchmark score?

    Yes, that & RAPID is stated to create less writes on a SSD, although that's only Samsung & now Crucial's claim, yet have no way to measure that attribute.:D With a NVMe SSD, even on a PCIe 2.0 controller, the speed is real & can be felt. I can't say the same for RAPID, in fact the driver for...
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    Now that I have a new mobo and Ryzen processor, Windows 10 will not Activate....

    Yes I know they are, that's how I learned whenever possible to activate Windows & MS Office the way described in my prior post above, this way, 9.9 out of 10 times, we don't have to listen to their BS, as long as the magical word 'one' is stated at the first question.:) Somehow or the other, I...
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    Now that I have a new mobo and Ryzen processor, Windows 10 will not Activate....

    A helpful hint to keep in mind when calling the activation center.......answer 'one' upon first question asked by the automated assistant, this time & when needed in the future.:) 9.9 out of 10 times, Microsoft will reactivate Windows w/out any human intervention, just be at the activation...
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    Lessons learned (dumb people OCing) :)

    Thanks Aenra!:) By chance I happen to have an account at Overclock.net, where not too long back & reviewed a few CPU's, to include my now ancient, yet still powerful (especially on the right Socket 775 DDR3 MB) Intel 2 Quad 9650, released just before the Intel Core 'i' series. Also reviewed...
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    Lessons learned (dumb people OCing) :)

    I OC'd my i5-4690K a chip designed to run at 3.5GHz with 3.9Ghz Turbo all the way up to 4.4Ghz (matched my i7-4790K), synced all cores at 44 & bumped the cache up from 39 (I presume the stock Turbo) to 40, although used the ASUS auto settings in the UEFI, while the performance was great, the...
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    Need advice on laptop HDD

    OK then, I have a couple of friends in the region, they sometimes get better deals from Canada Computers than I do on Newegg in the US. Those living close to the border where there's a Newegg warehouse, has the best of both worlds, I know one who lives in Canada, yet works in the US, and picks...
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    Need advice on laptop HDD

    OK, hope that you find what's needed!:) Sign up for Newegg promos & you'll always get great deals, recently there was a 1TB Seagate SSHD for notebooks at a killer price of $49.99 w/free shipping. Had I needed one, would had jumped all over it, but all of my notebooks, except an IBM T42...
  20. cat1092

    980ti or 1070

    Sorry about that, no harm meant, was responding to the first page of the Topic.:) Cat
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    980ti or 1070

    GTX 1070 for sure, I have the EVGA FTW + ACX 3.0 version. This one. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487259 Another consideration, if purchased new, most all GTX 9 series cards, even the low rate 960's, are selling at way over-inflated pricing. The only way I could...
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    What is your AS SSD Benchmark score?

    BTW, that snapshot of the MyDigitalSSD (240GB) is incredible, especially considering I paid just barely over a third of the price ($114.99), versus the 512GB Samsung 950 PRO, which was $309 on promo.:) By chance, while the 240GB version of the MyDigitalSSD M.2 has held steady in price, the...
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    What is your AS SSD Benchmark score?

    Here's the one mentioned earlier on my best rig, with i7-4790K, latest with Windows 10 Pro, 512GB Samsung 950 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD.:) Earlier one with Windows 8.1 Pro prior to upgrade. By chance, here's one of my 2nd best PC, an i5-4690K, also 'Devil's Canyon' (there's only two of these...
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    Need advice on laptop HDD

    Yes, ReadyBoost has been a feature since the early Windows 7 days, back when the 'sweet spot' for RAM was 4GB DDR3 (many were still on DDR2 equipped computers). All you need is an inexpensive USB Flash drive, although not all are ReadyBoost compatible, be sure to check specs & if unsure, ask...
  25. cat1092

    Location is not available after Bitlocker?

    Glad that you got this issue fixed!:) Out of curiosity, was this drive use with Bitlocker in software mode (one use for the system partition), or hardware, TPM version 1.2 or 2.0? The latter being the latest & 256x more powerful than the latter (using SHA-256 bit protection (some supports up to...
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