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I'm in amazement that you buy a 10Tb drive, and you get just over 9Tb formatted... Wow that is scary....
Windows mislabels tebibytes as terabytes. One terabyte is 1,000,000,000,000 (1000^4) bytes, while a tebibyte is 1,099,511,627,776 (1024^4) bytes.

So if a drive has 10,000,000,000,000 bytes, Windows will show it as 9.09TB because 10,000,000,000,000 divided by 1,099,511,627,776 is 9.09.

The numbers are correct. Windows is just being Windows.

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(ugh too many zeroes, got my billions and trillions mixed up on my last attempt at this post)
 
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The numbers however Windows is messed up, are still scary to me, since you loose nearly 1Tb of space just due to formatting and Windows.. That's massively pants!!
 
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I'm in amazement that you buy a 10Tb drive, and you get just over 9Tb formatted... Wow that is scary....
Well that toshiba x300 in there get's 5.45tb formated, it sure sucks to lose storage from the amount advertised, but the main thing is it was dirt cheap and awesome, I'm very impressed that it outperforms my x300 6tb in crystaldiskmark (1st read/write) considering it's a 5400rpm drive vs a 7200rpm one and it's about the cheapest 10tb you can get here, also it's a helium drive in there apparently very pleased with it
 
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I'm not so looking forward to be buying 12Tb drives at some point and finding out I get 10.6Tb or something to that effect.. Wonder if the drive companies might actually change how they advertise the size. Why not do it so that it's over the 12Tb mark rather than under it?? Confuses me.. (Which addmittely, doesn't take much these days :laugh:)
 
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Next to my Trusty Sapphire RX 570 8G Pulse:

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The card feels solid, has a back-plate too. It was £199.98, so it's one of the budget models but I feel this is great perf/£ for 1080p gaming, but more importantly; folding :) According to HWU; it's up to 42% faster in Metro Exodus, too. So that's a bonus considering that's the most graphically demanding game I'm playing right now. :)

Time for a quick Firestrike run I think

Edit: Here are the numbers;

https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/34547581?

Pretty nice result in 3D for 100-110W~

Interestingly, my RX 570 isn't that much slower:

https://www.3dmark.com/fs/18705813 for 120-130W.

MAX OC on the 570 a bit faster; https://www.3dmark.com/fs/18226249 (140-150W).

GCN cards do quite well in Firestrike these days, Radeon VII can beat 2080 here, and come fairly close to stock 2080 Ti scores. Of course, we don't all play firestrike;)

Edit2: Here's the comparison, stock vs stock https://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/18705813/fs/18729084
 
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Looks good there @AmioriK :) Hope it helps you out with the Folding ;) Any reason why you went with the Gigabyte model? :)
 
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Looks good there @AmioriK :) Hope it helps you out with the Folding ;) Any reason why you went with the Gigabyte model? :)
Was the cheapest model on Ebuyer, who do next day delivery after 6pm;) Don't wanna wait till Monday to start folding :D

Figured it didn't really matter, as I won't be overclocking it. It's pretty decent though. I did drop 6*c off the GPU temp while folding, by taking my case side panel off. So I think I'll leave it off now, it's running at 60*c at 1920mhz, 90% fan speed (2600rpm) and doing 550-570k ppd at 95-100W according to software readings. The fan isn't too loud, but it is quite warm in my room, must be over 21c ambient:/
 
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Was the cheapest model on Ebuyer, who do next day delivery after 6pm;) Don't wanna wait till Monday to start folding :D

Figured it didn't really matter, as I won't be overclocking it. It's pretty decent though. I did drop 6*c off the GPU temp while folding, by taking my case side panel off. So I think I'll leave it off now, it's running at 60*c at 1920mhz, 90% fan speed (2600rpm) and doing 550-570k ppd at 95-100W according to software readings. The fan isn't too loud, but it is quite warm in my room, must be over 21c ambient:/
I found with the coolers from Gigabyte that they aren't the best in the world as the fans speeds where a bit noisy to get decent temps, but I think it's something to do with the cooler...?? From what I was watching with Jayztwocents with the cards, the EVGA card seemed to be rather good as it was a better aftermarket fan setup on there... Umm... :)
 
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The cooler isn't mind blowing, but it'll do the job. The Evga was the same price from scan, but Monday!! That's like so long. No way I could wait haha.

I think the dumb back-plate enclosure on this card is negatively affecting temperature and noise, take a look;

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I'm half-tempted to take the plastic backplate off, it'll let the heatsink breath a lot more. it's just for show anyway. there's a bit of overhang on the heatsink at the end, where it's longer than the PCB; potentially allowing air to flow right through the fins unhindered, but the backplate enclosure blocks it. >_>

Might take it off later lol.
 
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Ah, I tend to go to Scan for the most things first, check the prices around and then make a choice :)

Scan EVGA 1660 was in stock, so would have been a yesterday/today delivery and couldn't see a backplate on the card but if your happy, then that really is all that matters :) So don't let idiots like me try and tell you differently ;)

I'm hoping for a nice easy weekend.. I've got a few systems to setup and test this weekend.....
 
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In hindsight; I might've waited for Monday and got the EVGA lol. The fans on this card make a loud rattling noise at some RPMs. ~Shrug~. I'll see how it goes, they seemed to have stopped for now. If it develops any other quirks' I'll throw the plate back on and RMA it.

One cooler removed;
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One TU116-300 Graphics processor;

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One freshly removed plastic enclosure;

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And, finally, one finished, installed card. Hopefully with a bit more breathing room;
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Temps are about the same, but it's actually a bit quieter. I did put TG Kryonaut on it, was expecting a bigger difference, but hey, it was fun and I got to take a snap of the Tu116 chip for my silly GPU blog haha.
 
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If it's not what you're really after, send it back and get another model you know you'll be happy with :) EVGA are definitely my go to for NVidia cards...
 
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If it's not what you're really after, send it back and get another model you know you'll be happy with :) EVGA are definitely my go to for NVidia cards...
I'll see how it goes. it's not too bad, I'd rather just keep it and not worry about the stress/hassle of returning it honestly. Warranty is still solid; replacing the backplate again is very easy to do and no quibbles as no Warranty seals, so I think I'm just gonna keep it. But lesson learned I guess~
 
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I've always said and I'll never go back on it, if something costs a little extra but it's actually what I'd like, then rather than try and save cash and so on, I'd rather just buy the slightly more expensive unit. There's no point in trying to skimp on things as you just end up buying things twice, spending more in the process. Said the same to my best mate and he's never looked back..

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I think I have a bit of a problem of late....

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Will possibly (well more likely) had a Crosshair 6 Hero up for sale at some point soon, I only bought this one as the box was slightly dented on the other one.. I have some issues I think!! :laugh:
 
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I think I have a bit of a problem of late....

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Will possibly (well more likely) had a Crosshair 6 Hero up for sale at some point soon, I only bought this one as the box was slightly dented on the other one.. I have some issues I think!! :laugh:
What's the deal with that X58 board?
 
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What's the deal with that X58 board?
Saw it boxed and thought, ummm, might go well with the X58A-OC's I have :D Other than that, no clue but did come with a X5660 Xeon :)
 
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Well, I got the EVGA instead and it looks pretty awesome. Quite thick and chunky. ^^

I forgot and left a reciept on the table when i took the pic. course the card's now in my pc and I really can't be bothered to take it out again, so forgive the blurr lol.

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Looks pretty nice^^ my only "issue" is that I derped and didn;t realise the Triple slot cooler would cover up my the PCIE slot my Sound card was in, so i had to decide between Sound card and Wifi adapter. And since I have 5.1 speakers and my mobo doesn't have 5.1 output, i chose the sound card and moved that up over the GPU. Now i gotta use my potato powerline adapters. Ah well. #MicroATXMotherboardinFullATXCaseProblems
 
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short answer of the day : "WHY NOT!" :laugh:, long answer involve argumentation on how a game library can be portable and launched with ease (i did that with a 5.4k RPM USB3.0 ext HDD before and save for a few games, results were almost satisfactory outside loading time )and also since it only take 900mA it work perfectly with my KodiBox (Odroid C2) and can also act as a backup drive on the go for my phone.

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CrystalDiskMark numbers are good i guess.

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if only my retailer had the 1Tb in stock ... (it was only 78.30chf more than the 512gb 169chf/90.70chf)
 
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Question of the day: "why the hell your mobile SSD has double capacity over your computer SSD"

disclaimer, an ADATA XPG SD700X 512GB is not really double of 240GB... it's more. (well formated it is ... 476gb versus 223gb) but my friends can be misled ...
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short answer of the day : "WHY NOT!" :laugh:, long answer involve argumentation on how a game library can be portable and launched with ease (i did that with a 5.4k RPM USB3.0 ext HDD before and save for a few games, results were almost satisfactory outside loading time )and also since it only take 900mA it work perfectly with my KodiBox (Odroid C2) and can also act as a backup drive on the go for my phone.

transferring from my old trusty (was trusty ... tho) Corsair Survivor 128gb USB3.0 right now ... 129Mo/s peak using front USB3.0

firing up CrystalDiskInfo has shown me a good surprise ... none of my internal drives are above 32° tho the XPG is shown 45° while it doesn't seems that hot ... reading error i presume
CrystalDiskMark numbers are good i guess.

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if only my retailer had the 1Tb in stock ... (it was only 78.30chf more than the 512gb 169chf/90.70chf)
Makes sense honestly. USB 3.1 nice, actually higher bandwidth than SATA3 afaik...Those numbers are really good seq. Are the randoms as good as internal SSD? That's what makes the different in my experience in video games.
 
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Makes sense honestly. USB 3.1 nice, actually higher bandwidth than SATA3 afaik...Those numbers are really good seq. Are the randoms as good as internal SSD? That's what makes the different in my experience in video games.
well i used it on USB3.0 (cable is USB-A to Micro-B) i need to check it on the USB3.1 of the comp later...

but now: off to work :ohwell:
 
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my only "issue" is that I derped and didn;t realise the Triple slot cooler would cover up my the PCIE slot my Sound card was in, so i had to decide between Sound card and Wifi adapter. And since I have 5.1 speakers and my mobo doesn't have 5.1 output, i chose the sound card and moved that up over the GPU. Now i gotta use my potato powerline adapters. Ah well.
If you're not planning on using that lower M.2 slot, you can pick up one of those notebook-style M.2 WiFi adapters

Edit: It may conflict with the SATA ports.
 
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If you're not planning on using that lower M.2 slot, you can pick up one of those notebook-style M.2 WiFi adapters

Edit: It may conflict with the SATA ports.
Yeah the bottom m.2 is SATA only :( really sucks because the X470 boards with dual m.2 have at least pcie off the chipset. i didn't (again) do my research when choosing this board, as i bought it thinking it had dual m.2 pcie. It's a great board otherwise though.
 
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