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  1. Nortrop

    Help with AsRock 990FX Extreme3?

    Refer to this post at TT forums - 990FX Extreme3 + new FX 8320 not working It appears that the 1.7 BIOS brings support for the FX8320 CPU. The 8350 sadly is not supported.
  2. Nortrop

    Ram prices are crazy need help.

    The problem is that even the cheapest oem or no-name ram here in Eastern Europe still cost quite a lot, and is not that cheaper than the branded ones. In Romania a 2x4GB kit by "Zeppelin" (first time I've seen the brand) costs a 100 dollars depending on the exchange rate. A 2x4GB mainstream...
  3. Nortrop

    I was thinking of getting the Arctic Accelero Hybrid for my HD6870, is this a good cooler?

    In Sweden the Mono is actually more expensive than the TTII, not by much, but still... If the OP is strapped for space, then go for the Mono, but other than that, at the same price, it's pointless.
  4. Nortrop

    I was thinking of getting the Arctic Accelero Hybrid for my HD6870, is this a good cooler?

    The G10 is an adapter to fit the Kraken on a graphics card. To me it's absolutely pointless to watercool a midrange GPU or CPU. Water makes sense only when overclocking and using the fastest hardware available. It's useless on the midrange because for the extra added value of a real wc kit you...
  5. Nortrop

    Cpu cooler under 155mm

    It would be helpful if you could structure your question better. What's your budget? Like sneekypeet said your specs are not showing, so that's also not helping. Basically you can't go wrong with the TRUE 120M, despite it being a bit pricey. A cheaper choice would be the CM T4 with quad heat pipes.
  6. Nortrop

    ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DC II OC 3072 MB

    I do understand that it's a subjective appreciation for the product, but how much more did you expect from the Palit model? It's 15 degrees cooler than the Asus, almost 20 below the reference. It's quieter, overclocks more and uses less power. All that at the cost of an extra slot, which won't...
  7. Nortrop

    Asus R9 270X DC II TOP 2048 MB

    I agree with you to an extent. But think longevity, think overclocking, not everybody has a perfectly cooled case, some people live in warm climates where it's hot all year round. Not everybody sits in a temperature controlled lab. I know they do extensive testing, but for being a premium...
  8. Nortrop

    Asus R9 270X DC II TOP 2048 MB

    Typical mediocrity and corner-cutting from Asus in the midrange. I like them going crazy with their high-end stuff, but not this. Would it hurt them that much to put a little more effort? There's now vrm cooling, there's no cooling for the ram. How much does a baseplate cost damnit? I can't...
  9. Nortrop

    HIS R9 270X IceQ X² Turbo Boost 2048 MB

    Meh... It's the old 7870 reference design for more money. My Sapphire 7870 (practically identical board) overclocks the same. Only distinction is the better ram.
  10. Nortrop

    Share R9-290X price in your country.

    Sorry, but Bulgaria is way ahead at 1300 lev or the equivalent of $910. Lev to dollar exchange rate stands at 1:0.70 atm The "good" thing is that it's only an initial price for the first imports. It will probably settle down closer to a 1000 lev or $700. Right now the AMD is about a $100...
  11. Nortrop

    AMD Radeon R9 290X 4096 MB

    That thing sure is loud when not crippled by the 'quiet' BIOS setting. The cooler really let's it down. http://youtu.be/1W5OXvIzRKc?t=2m40s Power draw is also on the high side. Some of the other tests i've come across show above 300 watts at the uber setting. Guess that's the price you pay...
  12. Nortrop

    Cooler Master Launches GX II Series Mid-Range PSUs

    OEM is Enhance. The line also features 400W and 750W models. JohnnyGuru has a review up since sept. 10. The 750W appears to perform ok, but they're too pricey for my liking.
  13. Nortrop

    PowerColor HD 7870 Devil 2048 MB

    This card is a straight-up time machine. For a moment there I thought I was back in 2012 :roll:
  14. Nortrop

    Your GPU history?

    Cool thread, I'll give it a try with what I can remember GF MX 440 (really wanted a 4-series Ti, but was too poor back then, don't remember the manufacturer) Chaintech Geforce 6600 256MB DDR, the basic model of the line, again too poor for anything more up the scale but still had loads of...
  15. Nortrop

    Virtue by Digital Storm Launched

    Honestly, who buys these things? Their systems are not bad, but the markup is outrageous. The second and third builds on their site are close to a 1000 dollars (each) more expensive than what one would normally pay if doing the assembly themselves. All the BS "expert craftsmanship"...
  16. Nortrop

    Cooler Master Launches N300 and N500 ATX Mid-Tower Cases

    Routing, if you could call it that, is appalling. Too bad, kinda liked the simplistic design.
  17. Nortrop

    Corsair CX Series Modular CX600M 600 W

    Mentioning the triple voltage design got me thinking about when will we finally get 12v only motherboards and PSUs? Components will be so much more efficient and simple. You won't have to worry about the ripple on the 5v rail for instance, or whether your PSU is group regulated, or not.
  18. Nortrop

    Corsair CX Series Modular CX600M 600 W

    To that you could add the VS series (which we get here in Europe) and the older GS series, which not only were of mediocre quality, but also terribly expensive. The GS line got revised not that long ago, but I still see retailers selling the older units. Following bad personal experience I...
  19. Nortrop

    ECS Announces Durathon Motherboard Construction Technology

    Even the "crappiest" ones that are rated for merely 2000h at 105C can go on for tens and even hundreds of thousands of hours in normal/typical operating conditions. I can't seem to find who makes ECSs caps (particularly the ones on the "golden" boards -...
  20. Nortrop

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI

    Looks impressive. Here where I live the projected price for two of these is actually way less than that of a mid range 670. On the other hand though the 7850s are quite impressive and boast ridiculous OC potential... But, what about temperatures and noise? Current gen cards are very power...
  21. Nortrop

    Gaming PC Releases 4.6 GHz Windows 8 Gaming Rig Codename "The Beast"

    Five and a half thousand dollars for a PC in a 100 dollar ugly-ass case. Don't they have any decency?
  22. Nortrop

    AMD Rolls Out the Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 Drivers

    Big "Thank Yous" for you and pigulici. The DX9 bug in Skyrim after updating to 12.11 was the first time I had problems with my Sapphire 7870 GE. Ever since buying it in April it was a pleasant experience all the way. Wanted to see if there were any noticeable gains with the new drivers...
  23. Nortrop

    AMD Rolls Out the Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 Drivers

    Can anyone confirm that this beta fixes the lighting issues in Skyrim. I tried the previous beta, moving from 12.8, and started getting a ton of artifacting in the sky and other light sources. Since the I reverted to 12.8 again. BTW Im on a 7800 series card.
  24. Nortrop

    Gigabyte Comes Up With a 3 GB GeForce GTX 660 Ti

    Pointless and expensive, it's 50 euro more than 2GB model. In single GPU config would run out of horsepower way before it runs out of ram. Probably would make more sense in SLI and extreme resolutions, exceeding the price of a single 680, but with more power.
  25. Nortrop

    MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK 2048 MB

    That ^ And this thing is a bit on the hot side. I have a Sapphire 7870 which doesn't go over 65C, and remains completely quiet.