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  1. Hood

    Thermaltake's New LED Hub Provides Limitless Lighting Possibilities for Your PC

    Sorry, I'm a bit cynical when it comes to Thermaltake. Over the years, I've bought several of their products, and some were okay, but many were disappointments, like their fans (never come close to the published specs), and a couple of their cheap cases with paper-thin steel, They're not at the...
  2. Hood

    I'm about to get my laptop repaired at Best Buy...

    Which companies have these limitations? I'm tasked with selecting a new laptop for a friend, and if I find a great deal on a base model with only 4 GB RAM, the first thing I'll do is upgrade to 8 GB. Same with small SSD or HDD, she's going to want more storage space. Even if she buys one with...
  3. Hood

    Thermaltake's New LED Hub Provides Limitless Lighting Possibilities for Your PC

    Thermalfake, the king of bling! (lighting effects not guaranteed to make your PC faster, or cooler).
  4. Hood

    NVIDIA's Latest Titan V GPU Benchmarked, Shows Impressive Performance

    This is just the normal NVIDIA cash grab, this card is for those few who have too much money and a desire to have the absolute fastest hardware, for a month or two. Us working folks need not be concerned, or even covet this. The same performance at 1/4 the price will be along shortly...
  5. Hood

    DeepCool QuadStellar Four-lobed Chassis Starts Selling

    Hard to quantify the benefits of this design, beyond "it looks different".
  6. Hood

    What are some of your PC building pet peeves?

    The way most (all?) cases use panel screws or thumb screws with machine threads, but no real female threads, just sheet metal, dimpled and threaded with a tap. They work okay if you're careful, but if you ever get in a hurry and cross-thread one, you're "screwed", because after a while they'll...
  7. Hood

    AMD Officially but Silently Downgrades Radeon RX 560 with an 896 SP Variant

    We can't really expect a small company like AMD to do the right thing - that might have cost them serious money, and what would the stockholders say? This is why companies use questionable tactics, and all of them do at times, because they have to answer to those stockholders. Humans all make...
  8. Hood

    AMD Officially but Silently Downgrades Radeon RX 560 with an 896 SP Variant

    Terrible argument, jism - you can OC the good version and get even more performance, so stop with the grade school comebacks already, you sound like you're 10 years old.
  9. Hood

    AMD Officially but Silently Downgrades Radeon RX 560 with an 896 SP Variant

    You go and buy one then, and let us know how it feels knowing you're losing 3%, 4%, or 10% performance for the same money. The rest of us will enjoy laughing while you "donate to a good cause" (giving AMD and partners permission to continue their shady practices). Oh, and while you're at it...
  10. Hood

    Worlds most complex machine is nearly 50 % complete

    So they're building a star on Earth. I hope they remember to install an off switch. It would be embarrassing if Earth exploded by accident.
  11. Hood

    My GTX 1070 is Insanly bottlenecking an i5-6600k

    @LukeGraphic - To familiarize yourself with relative performance metrics, you might try this benchmark - https://www.passmark.com/products/pt.htm - Performance Test 9.0 benches CPU, GPU2D, GPU3D, RAM, SSDs, etc., and compares to all systems, or just to ones like yours, and gives you a percentile...
  12. Hood

    ASUS' Custom RX Vega Product Pages Surface After 4 Months - Details Still Scant

    Yes, there's a disturbing trend here, not quite fake news, but slanted or headlined in such a way to generate clicks and volatile posts. Plus, misleading by omitting information. TPU is still my favorite hardware site; their literary sins pale in comparison to most other sites. If that's what...
  13. Hood

    AMD Officially but Silently Downgrades Radeon RX 560 with an 896 SP Variant

    Maybe because their own website product page is ambiguous about shader counts? Could THAT be the reason AMD is getting blame? If AMD themselves won't differentiate, why would the partners? This whole fiasco smells bad...
  14. Hood

    ASUS' Custom RX Vega Product Pages Surface After 4 Months - Details Still Scant

    Do you really still think any of this was "Them not being able to get communication up and running with partners" ? Their customers were the ones cut out of the loop, not their partners - I'd guess the partners all knew they wouldn't be getting any GPUs once the news of severe shortages hit, 4...
  15. Hood

    Thermaltake Intros Pacific Lumi Plus LED Strip 3Pack

    "The company didn't reveal pricing." These cost $59.99 US , 74,90€ (included VAT) on their EU site. The company did reveal pricing, it's all over all their websites - https://ttpremium.eu/product/cl-o014-pl00sw-a/ https://ttstoreusa.com/ We already knew that TT is BS, this product and...
  16. Hood

    FSP Launches the 80 Plus Gold All-Modular "Hydro GE" PSU

    "If we use enough water words, someone might think this is water-cooled, or designed for water cooling somehow. And we don't need RGB, we have red and green stickers!" I'll stick with Seasonic.
  17. Hood

    Apacer's Latest Z280 M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD Hits Stores

    Warranty length is in the chart - 3 years. No mention of total writes. Prices (not posted by the OP) are $123 for 240GB, $220 for 480GB. You can get a Samsung 960 Evo 250GB for $127, 500GB for $243, with much better specs, so the prices aren't that good.
  18. Hood

    Reeven Intros the Naia 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

    At Reeven, we don't do RGB, it's so 2016! We're bringing back the 1980s! Our new cooler has the unique coolant injector port, allowing the same 16.7 million distinct colors as RGB, without cluttering up your PC with more crappy RGB software (some mixing required). Not for children under 3...
  19. Hood

    Latest Samsung 960 Pro Firmware Update Causes Application Freezes, Instability

    This means that there will be another firmware update in the near future, to correct this one. Alright! Another chance to screw it up. Maybe they'll go for full brick this time and spend another billion or so on RMAs. They can afford it. Maybe you should leave it alone now, since the drive...
  20. Hood

    AMD Second-generation Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge" Confirmed to Support AM4

    Is there some reason you did this? You like solving driver problems? Is your favorite hobby buying lots of RAM until you find a kit that works? Did you feel like an elitist asshole when you had the fast Intel rig? Were your frame rates too high? Or some weird "I support the underdog, I'm a...
  21. Hood

    AMD Second-generation Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge" Confirmed to Support AM4

    Okay, forget brand loyalty - who are all these people who build gaming rigs, then feel the need to update ONLY their CPU, with every new generation or refresh? I just don't see the reasoning behind this, besides the "upgrade itch" for it's own sake.
  22. Hood

    AMD Second-generation Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge" Confirmed to Support AM4

    Good points. The people bitching are mostly AMD users (they're usually budget-limited, or they'd buy Intel). Amd users feel the need for a new CPU the minute they build a system, because they don't buy top parts, and are hoping for a pencil mod to magically make their CPU twice as fast for...
  23. Hood

    Samsung 950 PRO Vs 960 EVO Vs 960 PRO MZ-V6P512BW

    Weird, creepy? Freak you out? Strange words to describe a small, powerful form factor that's just a compact linear arrangement of NAND chips, RAM, and controller, the same components that are inside your nice safe non-threatening 2.5 drives. They've been available since 2013. It's normal for...
  24. Hood

    Latest Samsung 960 Pro Firmware Update Causes Application Freezes, Instability

    I've flashed motherboards BIOS dozens of times over the years without any problem, sometimes adding new or upgraded capabilities(NVMe, faster RAM speeds, etc). The one thing that screwed me was a firmware upgrade on a Plextor M6e, one of the first M.2 PCIe drives, but they RMA'd the bricked...
  25. Hood

    USB DAC worth while ?.

    I'm using an audioengine D3 ($99). https://audioengineusa.com/shop/components/d3-24-bit-dacheadphone-amp/ It only sounds a little better than my motherboard audio using toslink (Asus Z97 Deluxe, Realtek ALC1150), but when used with every laptop I tried it on (5 or 6), it sounded way better...