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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.
https://smile.amazon.com/Express-Ex...pcie+extender&qid=1552751627&s=gateway&sr=8-5

Looks like you need one of those so you can still use that bottom PCI-E slot and just relocate the card to one of those lower slots in the case.
 
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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
What the heck happened to the Gigabyte card??!! :laugh:
 
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What the heck happened to the Gigabyte card??!! :laugh:
Finally got sick of the fan buzzing/ somewhat lacklustre cooler. The fact that the EVGA XC is the same price kinda bugged me :( It's a much better cooler.

I actually put the Gigabyte in my folding rig and gonna fold on both 1660's over the weekend then decide on Monday whether I'm actually going to return the Gigabyte. I'd rather not, as Ebuyer require me to phone them up and speak to a human being to authorise the RMA for some reason. Scan and OCUK let me do this via the webnote or email. : / I'm really anxious talking to real people on the phone lol....
 
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Finally got sick of the fan buzzing/ somewhat lacklustre cooler. The fact that the EVGA XC is the same price kinda bugged me :( It's a much better cooler.

I actually put the Gigabyte in my folding rig and gonna fold on both 1660's over the weekend then decide on Monday whether I'm actually going to return the Gigabyte. I'd rather not, as Ebuyer require me to phone them up and speak to a human being to authorise the RMA for some reason. Scan and OCUK let me do this via the webnote or email. : / I'm really anxious talking to real people on the phone lol....
You'll be fine, return the Gigabyte and if you really wanted you could always get another EVGA or just pocket the cash :)

How are you finding the EVGA card in comparison? :)
 
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You'll be fine, return the Gigabyte and if you really wanted you could always get another EVGA or just pocket the cash :)

How are you finding the EVGA card in comparison? :)
Significantly better. Feels better build quality, hilariously it's quieter despite having just one fan, and the heatsink is much, much bigger so temps are lower, too. It doesn't have a backplate, but then the Gigabyte one was just a plastic cover anyway. Funnily enough, my RX 570 Pulse for £150 came with a full cover, metal back-plate and thermal pads on the back of the VRMs so the plate would actually cool them. Sapphire do make some pretty awesome cards.

Yeah I'm probably going to return the Gigabyte on monday, and sell the 570 too. Not really worth getting another 1660, as two of them are lower perf/watt and overall perf than a single 2070 in F@H, and only a tiny bit cheaper so i'd have been better off getting a 2070 in all honesty, which is double my very rigid GPU budget XD. I'll just keep the eVGA 1660 for now. Should last me till all 3 teams have their best 7nm cards on the market :)
 
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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.
redid the CDM with the USB3.1 A and with the 3.1 C using an adaptor ... strangely enough both yeld result slightly under initial result on front panel USB3.0
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although still in the 430/400 ish which is pretty standard for a Sata3 (6gbp/s) SSD (reported as such via CDI )

this is my OS drive (infamous OCZ Vertex III 120gb that i got on second hand 5 or 6 yrs ago, still 99% health remaining, not bad on read but kinda meh on write ) and the 2 other 240gb SSD (WD Green and a Toshiba Tr200) the WD green is horrible for 4k but okay for seq read (about same as the Vertex III for read) and will be swapped for either a second Tr200 or a better one anyway :laugh:
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Significantly better. Feels better build quality, hilariously it's quieter despite having just one fan, and the heatsink is much, much bigger so temps are lower, too. It doesn't have a backplate, but then the Gigabyte one was just a plastic cover anyway. Funnily enough, my RX 570 Pulse for £150 came with a full cover, metal back-plate and thermal pads on the back of the VRMs so the plate would actually cool them. Sapphire do make some pretty awesome cards.

Yeah I'm probably going to return the Gigabyte on monday, and sell the 570 too. Not really worth getting another 1660, as two of them are lower perf/watt and overall perf than a single 2070 in F@H, and only a tiny bit cheaper so i'd have been better off getting a 2070 in all honesty, which is double my very rigid GPU budget XD. I'll just keep the eVGA 1660 for now. Should last me till all 3 teams have their best 7nm cards on the market :)
Sounds like a good deal all round :) I'm glad you're happy with the card, I'm glad I recommended something that turned out good :D
 

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I think you're right. That'd be useful af. Especially since I can hook it up to my gigabit switch connected to my farm then all the machines don't have to go through the poopline adapters lol.

On a somewhat unrelated note: I remembered why I don't have my sound card in the top slot above the GPU; I can hear my frame rate in games lol. A faint whiney/buzzing changing pitch when I look around. It's not exclusive to the Evga 1660; happened with my 570 too. I guess the vrm on the graphics card are generating a small electromagnetic field that's interfering with the soundcard output. Either that, or the motherboard is transfering electrical noise.

I'm going to put the pcie extender in the top slot and run it under the GPU to the bottom of the case for the sound card. Hopefully that will fix it
 
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I'm going to put the pcie extender in the top slot and run it under the GPU to the bottom of the case for the sound card. Hopefully that will fix it
Can't you place the extender in the slot that the GPU is covering then place the GPU back in?
 
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Can't you place the extender in the slot that the GPU is covering then place the GPU back in?
I'm not sure it will fit. I'll have a look in a bit
 
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Well I'm all Ryzen'd up for the occasion and off to do a bit of installing.... :)

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Lets see how this goes :)
 
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After using iOS phones for almost six years, I've finally ditched Apple. This will be the last picture I post that was taken with my iPhone 7.

Went for the LG V40 ThinQ. I got it through my carrier (so probably won't be able to root it :() for $15/month. Running the numbers, and factoring in the final lump sum, I'll have paid around $450 for this phone when I pay it off.

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I got the phone on Saturday, and the case arrived yesterday. Today is the first day I'm using it as my main phone. We'll see how it goes.
 
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After using iOS phones for almost six years, I've finally ditched Apple. This will be the last picture I post that was taken with my iPhone 7.

Went for the LG V40 ThinQ. I got it through my carrier (so probably won't be able to root it :() for $15/month. Running the numbers, and factoring in the final lump sum, I'll have paid around $450 for this phone when I pay it off.

The case is the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro. Went with it over the Otterbox (like on my last phone) because of the kickstand and the built-in screen protector. It's also much cheaper than the Otterbox, but the quality feels pretty similar. The rubber isn't as grippy, so it slides around on my desk.

I got the phone on Saturday, and the case arrived yesterday. Today is the first day I'm using it as my main phone. We'll see how it goes.
Had the Optimus G for 2.5 years then moved to a One Plus One because the battery started to die in the Optimus G. Held up fine for me without a case the whole time but that phone sure could get hot to the touch.
 
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Went for the LG V40 ThinQ. I got it through my carrier (so probably won't be able to root it :() for $15/month. Running the numbers, and factoring in the final lump sum, I'll have paid around $450 for this phone when I pay it off.
Moving from Apple to Android is always a good decision. :D Much more options for various customizations, cheaper and the ability to block or minimize silent spying and tracking (more privacy). Welcome to the club. :)
I bought Meizu 16th, 6GB / 64 GB model for a total of 335€ (~380 $) with included shipping and handling costs. Global ROM, unopened, unused, unlocked, straight from the factory. :D It's still somewhere in the transit, but I expect to receive it soon. Originally I wasn't planning to buy a phone with Snapdragon, but Kirin 980. However, after seeing physical dimensions of Huawei "phones", I cooled down rapidly. Every single one is close to 160 mm long and 75 mm wide and that's a big NO for me.

Meanwhile I saw Samsung Galaxy S10e, excellent hardware, OK design and excellent dimensions in the era of huge phablets, but its price tag of over 700€ also cooled me down. First my pocket said "Nope!" and then my common sense said "HELL NO!!". I also checked ZTE Nubia Z18, excellent hardware, beautiful design, but bad color selection except the most expensive "Starry night" version. If you like black phones, forget the statement about bad color selection.:) I examined this phone prior to purchase and figured out that it doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. That was a big NO!
So, the only other candidate with powerful hardware, "acceptable" dimensions, 3.5mm jack and good design was Meizu 16th. Pretty good phone with SD 845, dual-sim slot, Sony IMX 380 sensor, Samsung AMOLED display etc. The problem is that white version with global ROM is only available with 6GB / 64 GB, while black and blue-green are also available with 8 GB / 128 GB and some 50€ premium. You will hardly anywhere find such a powerful smartphone for under 350 € with included shipping costs.
 
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tomorrow ... new phone too...

the S70 was good but some little flaw did not strike my liking ... luckily my carrier has a nice "satisfied customer" policy and offered me a "exchange versus equal or less value"

so since 399chf is close enough to 359chf i get a new one with 128gb instead of 64gb a SD845 instead of the Helio P23 (godlike tradeoff) just got lucky they got that one in stock right when i contacted them.

less sturdy but i can do with ... plus in standard accessory it has a silicone hull ...
Xiaomi-POCOPHONE-F1-H-003.xxl3.jpg Xiaomi-POCOPHONE-F1-N-011.xxl3.jpg

well i guess i will be tinkering with the APK extractor and try to get the gamepad mode from the S70 to make the G1 work with the F1 (or i will rely on a 3rd party app, but not Octopus, that's a granted)
 
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Pocophone is also a very good smartphone with excellent price tag. A little too big for my taste, and with some "Ching Dong Wang" display (not bad, but not in the same league as Samsung AMOLED or JDI IPS), but with excellent battery capacity and very good durability. It can survive heavy rain without any issues whatsoever.

My carrier (one of their female employees actually) offered me iSheep iPhone when I came just to exchange micro-SIM for nano-SIM, without even asking for a phone. :laugh: She started something like "we have excellent and very popular iPhones, if you are interested, and we can offer you the device for only --- with 24 month contract with this tariff option". I felt like :confused::shadedshu::mad::mad::mad:, but politely said "no thanks". :D
 
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well end of day 1 with the F1 ... not bad at all ... but i have some little issues that are tied to Miui recent update (not the gaming issues as most user report) i.e.: the battery drain a bit too fast although unlike other users .... no overheating issues (35-45° was the min/max i saw during normal and gaming usage ) hopefully they will correct the issue and hand out a hotfix. but for the price asked ... no complaint. edit: 2nd day : after a shutdown (willingly) and re-start ... no issues ... anymore, whole day on the phone and still 71% at 9:05pm (only 1 annoying point remain ... if i want the IR face unlick which is blazing fast, just as the fingerprint scanner, i have to set my location to "France" ... instead of Switzerland ... not a biggie tho )

that being said ... i might take the custom rom route ...
https://forum.xda-developers.com/poco-f1/how-to/xiaomi-poco-f1-unlock-bootloader-custom-t3839405
https://forum.xda-developers.com/poco-f1/development/carbonrom-poco-f1-t3906175

it's been a while that i got into modifying a device OS ... (since my Shield Tablet, i didn't got into it with the Nokia 8, the software was great being a almost pure stock android and the S70 was kinda awkward on that side ... which explain why i traded it for the Pocophone F1 )thanks to Xiaomi being quite open and sharing ...

well ... if someone can find me a handset with a SD845, 6gb RAM 128gb storage a polycarbonate/plastic build that look just as good as it is (the build quality and feel are astounding) an excellent IPS screen and uSD slot for 300$ that has no issues out of the box and i will jump shi... oh wait ... actually nope ... that would be too hard to find ;)

the bundled hull is a tad too flexy and not really a protection for anything except the back of the device ... so, i decided to use a voucher that i got from my fav etailer and get me a cookie ...


seems a tad sturdier and a bit more thick and enveloping, with the voucher : 0chf instead of 19chf, MAN! that's cheaper than the cheapest on AliExpress :laugh:
 
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Today's interesting thrift store find...


An old Lenovo ThinkCentre for $20. While at the store, I peeked inside out of curiosity, and found...

A 240GB Kingston UV400! Honestly, the only reason I bought the computer was because this drive was in it.

And it's a nice, fast, cool running SATA drive. Definitely worth $20.

As for the computer, it also has a Pentium E5200 (that I took some closeup pictures of), 4GB of Crucial PC2-6400, a 250GB Seagate hard drive, and a PCI-based Xyxel 802.11g NIC .

Haven't tested the computer yet because I discovered that the mounting hardware for the CPU cooler was damaged. The plastic shroud over the heatsink had snapped where it connected to the screws. The worrying thing is that the thrift store tested the computer with the loose cooler, so who knows if the CPU still works. Once I get a hold of an LGA775 cooler, I'll be able to test it.
 
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