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The first OS SSD has arrived for my 2 in 1 case system. But dam it takes its goddam time to get parts home to build a new system in these shortage and covid-19 times. HDD, fans and some other stuff will first arrive in early may. It's not a good time to build in. Started getting parts home november last year and I am still waiting. GPU'S I have given up on for now. I have case, memory, mini-itx motherboard, Ryzen 5 5600X and other parts ready. But still need more like 5950X and gpu's.

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Time to start shucking and get my new RAID5 array up and running.

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I wonder how many people will be triggered by running 12TB drives in RAID5.

Sweet sweet WD HDD! I got the 12TB too but it came in the older blue package. They are great drives with 210MB/s read/write. I used it with my laptop. :cry: I returned my wd 14tb as I wanted to rebuy it from amazon at a lower price and amazon stupid policy don't refund the price difference insisting a return to be done and rebuy. My return is stuck and I have no hdd no refund yet plus price is now higher rather than lower. Should have kept it then.



Are those SMR?

They are CMR. I filled this up fully and I never got speed penalty thus far. Currently there are no wd drive being SMR for above 8TB. Only 8TB AND below is where drive is SMR for WD. Higher capacity is rather safe. Often time 12TB and above are derated HGST server drive or their normal line red drives that ran at 5400rpm rather than 7200rpm.
 
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Guess I'd prefer longer vs. taller or wider.
id prefer the shroud be the same length as the PcB personally.

i just ordered it, its not for me. it bothers me that this card costs as much as a 3080 & i get MSI is trying the 'its premium' route, but in my book, the only way this card could be worth more than a 3080, is if they installed a 3080 under the shroud. this card cost $750+ , a reference 3080 is around that price. actually, this card cost me more than the last 3080 i bought
 
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This is my new Nvidia RTX 3080 that I bought at MSRP:
 
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Unfortunately didn't take pictures, but the solutions to my M.2 slot oversight arrived yesterday: Silverstone ECM20 M.2 add-in card and MHQJRH M.2 heatsink. Worked late last night, so I didn't get to anything until about 12:15AM. Heatsink feels pretty hefty, and installation on the M.2 was straightforward. Installed my new Pilot-E in the primary M.2 slot, and the WD Blue 3D SATA M.2 on the add-in card. Connected the add-in card to a SATA port, powered on and...nothing. Drive didn't show up in the BIOS, and it didn't even register that I had the add-in card installed.

Okay Max, think. Maybe it needs drivers. Boot into Windows, do some quick research: nope, no drivers necessary for the ECM20. Power back down, pull the card out, reinstall the M.2. Plug the SATA cable back into the card. Still nothing. Did some more research on unrecognized PCIe devices. Saw people recommending updating the BIOS. Check my board's BIOS versions, there's one listed to improve PCIe device compatibility. Downloaded that and flashed the BIOS (no excessive nervousness needed, thanks UPS!). Boot back into the updated but now stripped down BIOS (yes, I was still running a pre-Zen 2 compatible BIOS so I still had the fancy graphics that were present before MSI stripped it down to fit Zen 2 compatibility on the puny BIOS chips), still no drive detected (and now I don't have the fancy Board Explorer feature that shows me what's connected because stripped down BIOS so I can't even tell if the add-in card is being recognized). Poke around in BIOS a bit more, looking for some setting that would disable the PCIe slots. Nothing found.
Confused Always Sunny GIF by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It's about 2:30AM at this point, and I've had a couple IPAs (Happy National Beer Day :toast: ) to supplement my struggles. Getting annoyed as all I wanted was to play some games after getting home, but this 15 minute install has turned into a 2+ hour endeavor. Grumpily decided to go back to square one. Power down, pull the card out, reseat the M.2, reseat the SATA cable...wait...realization sets in that on the initial SATA cable reseating I never reseated on the motherboard side of things. Pull the GPU out to get to the SATA ports. There he is, the little bastard...I can see the silver retention tab grinning mischievously at me

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as I peer in close to observe the connector poking out of the slot a few millimeters more than it should be...a little push...the retention tab's grin turns to a frown as he slides those couple millimeters firmly into place and snaps to attention, his sabotage ended. Reassemble everything. Boot back into BIOS, and there it is! Drive finally detected. No wonder everybody wants to move to strictly M.2 storage...
 
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Are you a crypto millionaire? o_O:twitch:
no, i dont mine, not since bitcoin could be mined on a 6950 & was worth next to nothing.

theyre purchased for customers, i dont keep them.
 
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Sweet sweet WD HDD! I got the 12TB too but it came in the older blue package. They are great drives with 210MB/s read/write. I used it with my laptop. :cry: I returned my wd 14tb as I wanted to rebuy it from amazon at a lower price and amazon stupid policy don't refund the price difference insisting a return to be done and rebuy. My return is stuck and I have no hdd no refund yet plus price is now higher rather than lower. Should have kept it then.





They are CMR. I filled this up fully and I never got speed penalty thus far. Currently there are no wd drive being SMR for above 8TB. Only 8TB AND below is where drive is SMR for WD. Higher capacity is rather safe. Often time 12TB and above are derated HGST server drive or their normal line red drives that ran at 5400rpm rather than 7200rpm.
Thanks, good to know that there are still reliably shuckable drives out there. Those 10tb wd elements ones have pretty decent pricing here in Sweden, so I might go for a couple to match my upcoming NAS upgrade. The current 4tb drives are getting full, and are six years old at this point, so it might just be time.
 
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5 x 30g GD900 thermal paste for about US$15. This stuff is criminally cheap but the performance is actually really good. I did back-to-back stress testing and it runs about 2°C cooler than Arctic Silver 5 and 1°C cooler than Noctua NT-H1 on a 120W processor. Great longevity, easy to spread and I tested it as non-conductive. I've been using it for 18 months and I swear by it to no end (haven't even had to do any re-applications yet).

RIP the one that got broken in shipping (a common customer complaint) but I think it can be fixed with a dab of super glue.

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I think it can be fixed with a dab of super glue.
stick a nail or a thumb tack, or screw in the broken end, it will seal it, stop it from leaking & keep it fresh, then just use that one first

or just a Capri-sun juice box straw
 
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stick a nail or a thumb tack, or screw in the broken end, it will seal it, stop it from leaking & keep it fresh, then just use that one first

or just a Capri-sun juice box straw

Guess I could, maybe in a little zip-lock bag or something. The super glue method seems to be working for now at least.
 

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Are those SMR?
No they are CMR.
Sweet sweet WD HDD! I got the 12TB too but it came in the older blue package. They are great drives with 210MB/s read/write. I used it with my laptop. :cry: I returned my wd 14tb as I wanted to rebuy it from amazon at a lower price and amazon stupid policy don't refund the price difference insisting a return to be done and rebuy. My return is stuck and I have no hdd no refund yet plus price is now higher rather than lower. Should have kept it then.
I ended up catching them for $190 each. I couldn't pass them up. I've got them shucked, they are all 5400RPM WD Red rebrands it seems. Good enough for what I'm using them for.
 
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Impulse buy time.
Saw these and jumped on them, 2 for the price of 1 and still a lot cheaper than any other site which are selling for over Au $100 for one.
Arctis1 Headphones. Au $65 for 2.
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I noticed a friend's PC was getting heatsoaked because the fan-stop mode on their PSU wasn't exhausting any air. This'll fix it while maintaining dat silence.

Actually the first time I've tried these Redux models. A good reliable fan but you're not quite saving enough money over the newer versions to make me rave about it. The plastics are lower quality and such. Functionally it's great though, you're still getting the SSO bearing reliability and PWM silence which is where it matters.

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Impulse buy time.
Saw these and jumped on them, 2 for the price of 1 and still a lot cheaper than any other site which are selling for over Au $100 for one.
Arctis1 Headphones. Au $65 for 2.
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You said impulse buy, do you game or was it to make some $ on the resell?

If you intend to use them for gaming they are great for the price and you definitely got a bargain! I had Arctis 1 but now have the 3 with little difference in performance but was looking for something a little softer or less rigid in the headband.

Unless you are intending for your partner and yourself wearing matching headphones, you could sell one and get the one you keep for free. Great score!
 
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I noticed a friend's PC was getting heatsoaked because the fan-stop mode on their PSU wasn't exhausting any air. This'll fix it while maintaining dat silence.

Actually the first time I've tried these Redux models. A good reliable fan but you're not quite saving enough money over the newer versions to make me rave about it. The plastics are lower quality and such. Functionally it's great though, you're still getting the SSO bearing reliability and PWM silence which is where it matters.

I've also bought a few of those 80mm redux, thought the price was alright, but then I got the "newer" version and realized the performance is way better and the number of supplied accesories more than makes up for the price, I needed some Y splitters and good ones would cost more than the difference...

Sony - 75" Class XBR X800H Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV


I love the Android Tv OS.

I had a Vizio and that OS, whatever it's called is ass.

A tv this big and expensive should have better feet than a couple plastic brackets, I wouldn't trust them with my cats...
 
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you're still getting the SSO bearing reliability and PWM silence which is where it matters.
i have some of the grey 120mm Noctuas, theyre real nice.
i got a set of the NF-A12x25's with my Heatsink, & those things are amazingly quiet. at 100% speed, they are barely audible.
i wasnt going to use them, because of the color, but i figured i could make it work, since my motherboard has RGB, i was right too, white lighting makes them look great
 
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Benchmark Scores https://www.3dmark.com/spy/19710279
Finally found a new card at a price I could agree with

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You said impulse buy, do you game or was it to make some $ on the resell?

If you intend to use them for gaming they are great for the price and you definitely got a bargain! I had Arctis 1 but now have the 3 with little difference in performance but was looking for something a little softer or less rigid in the headband.

Unless you are intending for your partner and yourself wearing matching headphones, you could sell one and get the one you keep for free. Great score!
Going to onsell hopefully, I don't use headphones although there are times they could be handy.
 
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