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  1. Valantar

    Streacom Announces the DB1 Case

    No arguments there - settling on a single form factor for internal AC-12/19VDC PSUs is less than ideal as the use case makes any "one size fits all" solution inherently problematic. You're likely right that they could fit the current brick in there, and as I said there are also off-the-shelf...
  2. Valantar

    Streacom Announces the DB1 Case

    I think they meant which internal PSU form factor you would be suggesting, though it's rather obvious that it would be a non-standard solution at this size. The case looks like it might fit some of MeanWell's tiny (and extremely efficient) AC-12VDC PSUs with some slight modding, so it should be...
  3. Valantar

    Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

    Man, speaking of ego... I'm impressed with your apparent mind reading ability, as apparently you can tell what I meant to say even when that is directly contradicted by what I did say. As for your high horse "I suggested leaving it alone" - that's rather disingenuous when it comes after your own...
  4. Valantar

    Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

    Jeez, you really don't seem to even want to understand nuance, do you? A heatsink in a PC hitting 95C is too hot, as it is clearly not dissipating heat sufficiently to stay within a reasonable temperature range for consumer use. It is either not receiving sufficient airflow, has too small of a...
  5. Valantar

    Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

    As @R-T-B said, if your backplate reaches 95C, there is definitely something that isn't how it should be. It doesn't matter if it's "working" as a heatsink at that point; it is clearly insufficient as a heatsink at that point. 95C surface temperature isn't an indication that it's an efficient...
  6. Valantar

    Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

    A) It should be pretty clear I was specifically talking about products that are approved for sale in Western countries, not unrated ones. B) 85C is definitely not 100, and if the actual backplate (not the PCB behind it) hits 95C, there is something seriously wrong with that design, as something...
  7. Valantar

    Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

    Oh, there are obviously differences in quality - the more expensive stuff is always more flexible (adding more plasticizer to your PVC makes production more complicated, after all), but that doesn't mean the cheap stuff doesn't do what it has to. But even dirt-cheap, no-additives PVC doesn't...
  8. Valantar

    Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

    There are still regulations for the thickness and materials used for electrical insulators even in low-voltage device-internal DC circuits, and meeting these requirements is a necessity to be certified for sale in most markets. PVC is indeed "the least expensive material available", but it's an...
  9. Valantar

    SilverStone Intros AD120-DC Pico Power Supply

    Yeah, especially with that kind of power rating this is a poor solution compared to a typical plug-in DC-ATX "picoPSU". The one in my HTPC can do 200W and is much smaller than this both on the AC-DC and DC-ATX side. (Also, if you know where to look you can get those made for much higher wattages...
  10. Valantar

    Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

    These have been available on AliExpress, Ebay, Moddiy and various other places for years. I bought a set back in ... 2017, I think? If there's anything new about this, it's someone bothering to package them (and possibly getting the necessary regulatory approvals for sale in Western markets)...
  11. Valantar

    Why the f*ck not? - a bad ideas only build, by Mussels!

    Doesn't that CPU consume like 50W when overclocked? :P
  12. Valantar

    Weird question: can unstable DRAM frequencies cause WiFi issues?

    That's a good thought, I'll take a look when I have the opportunity. That was what I was expecting as well! As I said, the system hasn't exactly been stable, but it's been unstable in the "~1 crash a day, only when stressed" way, not the "frequent and random BSODs" way that I would expect if...
  13. Valantar

    Weird question: can unstable DRAM frequencies cause WiFi issues?

    Yeah, I never meant to imply that I thought this was RF interference (the RAM is inside of a grounded steel PC case with the WiFi adapter on the outside, so ...), just that I found it very odd that I got that specific issue and only that specific issue, persistently. Does Windows keep the same...
  14. Valantar

    Weird question: can unstable DRAM frequencies cause WiFi issues?

    So this is quite out there, but the correlation is too strong for me to ignore: about a week ago, I decided to have another go at getting my RAM to run closer to its rated speed. Of note: the Biostar X370GTN is not a good motherboard, 1st gen Ryzen doesn't like fast RAM, and my old TridentZs...
  15. Valantar

    AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Unboxing

    It does? It's the same DP signal that gets converted, so ... well, I guess it's possible that the USB-C controller adds a few ms of latency, but I sincerely doubt that would be noticeable when combine with the rest of the rendering/output/display chain. Of course, as you say, get a DP-to-HDMI...
  16. Valantar

    Apple M1 Beats Intel "Willow Cove" in Cinebench R23 Single Core Test?

    I guess it theoretically does, but there's no way on earth Apple is letting anyone boot an M1-equipped machine into Linux.
  17. Valantar

    AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Unboxing

    It's also very welcome for the SFF crowd, as it (finally!) let's you use a travel-friendly desktop PC with a portable USB-C monitor, letting the notoriously unreliable micro and mini HDMI die the slow death they both deserve. Beyond that, I can agree that an extra HDMI has value, but as I said...
  18. Valantar

    AMD Teases RDNA 2 "Hangar 21" Raytracing Tech Demo

    Sorry, but YT - as with all video hosting platforms - re-encodes everything that's uploaded. If they didn't you'd have to manually upload every available resolution of a video, which ... well, you don't. They unify their library in terms of encoding to ensure it all works as it should, and they...
  19. Valantar

    Apple M1 Beats Intel "Willow Cove" in Cinebench R23 Single Core Test?

    The MBA you showed data from is a passively cooled laptop. The MM AT tested is an actively cooled desktop with a higher clock speed spec. It stands to reason that the latter consumes more power. More than Intel, though? Not really, given that Intel has stopped specifying TDP beyond a range...
  20. Valantar

    AMD Teases RDNA 2 "Hangar 21" Raytracing Tech Demo

    Is there hardware out there with hardware VP9 decoding, though? There's no benefit for them in rolling out a new codec - which would include re-encoding their entire library, a massive investment in both power, storage and compute hardware - unless they can actually make use of it. So adoption...
  21. Valantar

    AMD Teases RDNA 2 "Hangar 21" Raytracing Tech Demo

    Isn't YT moving to AV1? I would expect the bottleneck to be more the playback capabilities of end user devices than YT's support for new codecs, given that there are near zero devices out there with AV1 hardware decoding.
  22. Valantar

    Apple M1 Beats Intel "Willow Cove" in Cinebench R23 Single Core Test?

    You're right, the difference in ST perf is very small - as I said, even a 5950X barely exceeds 20W in 1-core power (which drops to 6-7W at ~3.8GHz at a full 16c load), so we should expect similar ST perf (at least in 25W configurations) for mobile Zen 3 too. Still, the relatively low ST power is...
  23. Valantar

    Why the f*ck not? - a bad ideas only build, by Mussels!

    Gotta love how more than 1/3 of the active blade area of those fans is in front of a flat piece of sheet metal. Wonderful design there! Btw, it would be really interesting to measure the airflow difference in various spots behind the rad, given how nearly the whole width of the rad is obstructed...
  24. Valantar

    AMD Teases RDNA 2 "Hangar 21" Raytracing Tech Demo

    You can still run any DXR workload already available on them, so ... not a problem. Reviewers have what they need for testing, and users have what they need for actually using the GPU for playing games. A tech demo is not a benchmark, it's a feature showcase.
  25. Valantar

    AMD Teases RDNA 2 "Hangar 21" Raytracing Tech Demo

    It's certainly more understandable for the average user. I mean, the question is understandable, but given that you can't do these kinds of shadows, reflections and lighting without hardware RT or an immense computational cost that would utterly kill performance, it's all rather meaningless...
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