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The Shiny Thing arrived bang on time and I must say, it's a much better mouse than the AFX in so many ways.
I really like the aluminium body, the weight system and the iCUE sync, but I've yet to try the sniper button so I've got that to look forward to.
In fact, I sent a message to the supplier asking them to hurry the order up as it's my birthday and they came through. Kudos to them.
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I've had to return the M65 Elite because its elitness has worn off in that the left click button is failing. It's now a real problem for many users as evidenced in the Corsair forum.
Corsair approved my RMA, but the cost of shipping it to the States was more than the purchase value, so the retailer is looking at a replacement for me. I won't be going with this model though, because even replacements are showing the same symptoms.
All in all, very disappointing and the first let down from Corsair, for me anyway. Can't fault the RMA service though.
 
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I've had to return the M65 Elite because its elitness has worn off in that the left click button is failing.
It's not just Corsair, almost all "reputable" manufacturers started making shitty mice, and I think the fault is only partially theirs. The other part lies on switch manufacturers. New omron switches have a much thinner membrane, which tends to corrode or snap faster than the exact same switch model, but from 10 years ago. If anything, I have more confidence in Kailh than Omron when it comes to mouse switches. Things have gone in such a ridiculous direction over the years, that after killing 3 pairs of D2FCs on my oldie Logitech G5, I said "f$%^k it" and transplanted a pair of switches from a very-very old generic PS/2 office mouse (which still serve me well). Even my overpriced G603 feels off.... more like a rattling plastic toy than a premium product.

Just get a set of Kailh GMs and fix it yourself. It'll take less than 30min of your life and , assuming you have a pair of hands, at least one eye, a PH0 screwdriver and a cheap soldering iron.
Their latest and greatest GM 8.0 costs $6.50 for a 3-piece combo, and GM4.0 is even cheaper.

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Got another toy in mail today: Ubiquiti Edgerouter 10X.
While setting it up and playing around with feature is fun, Monday is sure gonna be not-so-fun... Gotta redo the entire network at the office. It's a tiny network, but with so many nuances and bandaids piling up over the years, that a post-work headache is guaranteed.
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Thanks for the tip @silentbogo
I've already taken the mouse back to the retailer who are going to offer me an alternative. I'd like to stick to Corsair if I can, so may well go for the Ironclaw RGB wireless.
 
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Which CPU, GPU did you pick?
Well ,prices in In Iceland are rather :kookoo: so i'm thinking Ryzen 3900 (when price drops) for cpu then move to 5000 end of 2021 as to Gpu hopin to score 6800xt later this month ,fingers crossed ;) cheers.
 
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Keeping up with storage upgrades, I bought a M.2 drive, mostly for offloading some "disk-intensive" games from the SATA SSDs..
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My board, an ASUS X570-P, supports two M.2 sockets, but I'm not sure that I want to use the one that goes through the CPU, since it's almost underneath the GPU, so it could end up heating up more than what I expect. On the other hand, the other socket goes through X570, but the chipset is sort of loaded already with pretty much every drive I have (3 HDDs and 2 SATA SSDs), so I don't think it's optimal... Thoughts, anyone?

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the other socket goes through X570, but the chipset is sort of loaded already with pretty much every drive I have (3 HDDs and 2 SATA SSDs), so I don't think it's optimal... Thoughts, anyone?
Unless the storage drives are always at a sustained load there shouldn’t be a interconnection bandwidth issue over the PCIe 4.0 x4 that connects to the CPU.
 

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My board, an ASUS X570-P, supports two M.2 sockets, but I'm not sure that I want to use the one that goes through the CPU, since it's almost underneath the GPU, so it could end up heating up more than what I expect. On the other hand, the other socket goes through X570, but the chipset is sort of loaded already with pretty much every drive I have (3 HDDs and 2 SATA SSDs), so I don't think it's optimal... Thoughts, anyone?

If your board didn't come with a m.2 heatsink you could pick up a cheap thin heatsink to install the drive on the slot by the video card. That should take care of any heat issue.
 
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My Samsung 970 EVO is heatsink less and in the same location. The three slot MSI RTX 2060 GamingZ doesn’t seem to be causing heating issue for the SSD.

Edit: No wonder why there’s no heat issue. The M.2 slot is above the graphics card.
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I've not been planning on buying anything much to be honest but then my mate who's poorly put me into a train of thought, that I would be best to treat him to a AMD Ryzen 5 series setup (he'll be paying me back for it mind) but I found a Hero 8 on offer and a testing GPU for this part...

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It's been a bit of a shame ordering the two boards simply because they literally just packed them in a plastic bag and away they went... I've emailed them to say I know I'm being fussy and I understand that a few dents on the corners are the least of their worries, but if I'm buying something new, then I wish for it to be perfect when I receive it.. Both of the motherboard boxes were slightly damaged on the corners and the Wi-Fi model has some sort of marks across the front of the box and then scratches all over both of them. I know I'm a fussy &%^$"%& but there's no need to not just look after kit better and even more so, post it with some form of protection... You see the videos of couriers online and how they treat parcels, I'd rather they didn't and wish that companies would take a bit extra effort in making sure things are well protected for just in case situations....

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Well the fussy sod has had his rant, so moving on :)
Got some cables coming for my little HP Microserver and the big PC for fan splitters since I'm having a bit of an issue with the fans not always spinning at the same speed which is a little frustrating since they are right on the edge of being too noisy for me (a little frustrating) but the Vadar fans I'm not as impressed with as I was hoping I'd be. Bloody glad I never paid full price for them... I think I'm going to have to try some Noctua's and see how they get on.... At £25 a fan, that'll be a bit pricey if I'm going to be needing 8 just for the rads...... Ah fun times :D
 
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@windwhirl Hotter drives will run hotter (WD). Cooler drives will run cooler (SX8200). If a drive is being trashed all day long with extremely heavy writes, it'll probably run hotter. For most drives, even the most massive integrated motherboard heatsinks on the market matter less than you think they do. Maybe a few degrees at best.

In light of a drive's inherent thermal characteristics (where the temp sensor is located, whether the controller runs hot, whether the controller's physical package is flush with the NAND dies and able to make contact with a heatsink or not, etc.), a <250W GPU isn't going to affect its temperatures much as long as you have a rig that isn't burning itself up from having absolutely 0 airflow. Something like half of motherboards out there have their primary M.2 slot under the GPU.
 

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Yeah, that isn't right @phill . Them should have been packed in other boxes with bubble wrap to ensure they arrived safely and undamaged. Who ever you purchased them from should have taken better care in protecting them. I wouldn't buy from that seller ever again!!!!
 

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Yeah, that isn't right @phill . Them should have been packed in other boxes with bubble wrap to ensure they arrived safely and undamaged. Who ever you purchased them from should have taken better care in protecting them. I wouldn't buy from that seller ever again!!!!
Completely agree and it's not like it's a few quid for the board either... These things aren't bloody cheap to say the least!! Probably the last time I will buy from them to be honest... Although good pricing for the two boards, I don't like things not being protected.. I've seen some appalling things for some courier companies and well, I just hope I don't have to deal with it again especially for new hardware..
 
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Unless the storage drives are always at a sustained load there shouldn’t be a interconnection bandwidth issue over the PCIe 4.0 x4 that connects to the CPU.
Yeah, but now I'm looking at this more closely with AIDA64, and it seems that the network and sound controllers go through the chipset too, plus one or two of the USB controllers in use (the 3.1 main controller for most of the boards USB ports and a USB 2.0 controller used for the front panel). On top of that, AIDA64 doesn't show the SMART data from the HDDs and one SSD anymore since I installed the M2 drive (although I can still check with CrystalDiskInfo, so I don't know if it's just AIDA or something else), so it's likely that I'll end up moving it anyway, if for no other reason than lower chance of instability and less potential issues.
If your board didn't come with a m.2 heatsink you could pick up a cheap thin heatsink to install the drive on the slot by the video card. That should take care of any heat issue.
I might consider it. I'm mostly worried about the excess heat that may come out of the GPU affecting the drive, since I don't think I'll be doing any intensive writes once I'm done transferring data from the other drives to the new one, so I think it should remain a non-issue. Mostly asking just in case.

Though, looking around the local market, I find funny that a chunk of metal is almost half the price of the SSD I just bought... I don't know whether the drive was expensive or cheap lol
@windwhirl Hotter drives will run hotter (WD). Cooler drives will run cooler (SX8200). If a drive is being trashed all day long with extremely heavy writes, it'll probably run hotter. For most drives, even the most massive integrated motherboard heatsinks on the market matter less than you think they do. Maybe a few degrees at best.

In light of a drive's inherent thermal characteristics (where the temp sensor is located, whether the controller runs hot, whether the controller's physical package is flush with the NAND dies and able to make contact with a heatsink or not, etc.), a <250W GPU isn't going to affect its temperatures much as long as you have a rig that isn't burning itself up from having absolutely 0 airflow. Something like half of motherboards out there have their primary M.2 slot under the GPU.
In my particular case the intake airflow is somewhat reduced by the HDD drives and the amount of cables running through the case (3 HDDs, 2 SSDs, 1 Blu-Ray drive, so that's 6 SATA data cables and the two power cords from the PSU, which are ribbon-like) and me sucking real bad at cable management, perhaps (though I never see anyone with as many drives as I have in a standard PC case, so there is that, I guess). Now, while I was installing the M.2 drive, I rearranged things a little bit and left a drive bay of space between each HDD, so the air will still flow instead of simply crashing into a tower of drives, while also pushing the front intake fans' RPM higher (noise not a problem, due to the city being far noisier during most of the day and/or me being away at work or wearing headphones). So, I think the airflow will be fine, mostly. I'm planning to replace the GPU at some point, and I'm looking at a RTX 2060 Super at most, so GPU heat should remain about the same or go down a bit in case of upgrade.
I've not been planning on buying anything much to be honest but then my mate who's poorly put me into a train of thought, that I would be best to treat him to a AMD Ryzen 5 series setup (he'll be paying me back for it mind) but I found a Hero 8 on offer and a testing GPU for this part...

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It's been a bit of a shame ordering the two boards simply because they literally just packed them in a plastic bag and away they went... I've emailed them to say I know I'm being fussy and I understand that a few dents on the corners are the least of their worries, but if I'm buying something new, then I wish for it to be perfect when I receive it.. Both of the motherboard boxes were slightly damaged on the corners and the Wi-Fi model has some sort of marks across the front of the box and then scratches all over both of them. I know I'm a fussy &%^$"%& but there's no need to not just look after kit better and even more so, post it with some form of protection... You see the videos of couriers online and how they treat parcels, I'd rather they didn't and wish that companies would take a bit extra effort in making sure things are well protected for just in case situations....

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Well the fussy sod has had his rant, so moving on :)
Got some cables coming for my little HP Microserver and the big PC for fan splitters since I'm having a bit of an issue with the fans not always spinning at the same speed which is a little frustrating since they are right on the edge of being too noisy for me (a little frustrating) but the Vadar fans I'm not as impressed with as I was hoping I'd be. Bloody glad I never paid full price for them... I think I'm going to have to try some Noctua's and see how they get on.... At £25 a fan, that'll be a bit pricey if I'm going to be needing 8 just for the rads...... Ah fun times :D
Your rant is justified, phill. The boxes having that kind of damage shows a rather worrying lack of care when handling packages. I for one had enough seeing some guy carelessly throwing boxes around to completely avoid delivery services for the rest of my life. I don't trust them.

That aside, nice gear you got there! :D
 
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Yeah, but now I'm looking at this more closely with AIDA64, and it seems that the network and sound controllers go through the chipset too, plus one or two of the USB controllers in use (the 3.1 main controller for most of the boards USB ports and a USB 2.0 controller used for the front panel).
I doubt all those controllers including SATA SSDs together would saturate the 8GB/s of available bandwidth offered. There’s 2GB/s of bandwidth per pin (x4.)
 
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I doubt all those controllers including SATA SSDs together would saturate the 8GB/s of available bandwidth offered. There’s 2GB/s of bandwidth per pin (x4.)
Yeah, that sounds like the sort of needless worry that people have been having for quite a while regarding chipset-connected storage. I mean, what's the chance that there's even significant data traffic going through all these controllers at the same time? Let alone the fact that even if they were all under 100% load there'd still be enough bandwidth left over for any real-world storage use case, unless the main use case is running peak bandwidth storage benchmarks? Real world access patterns don't hit those kinds of transfer rates anyhow.
 
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My board, an ASUS X570-P, supports two M.2 sockets, but I'm not sure that I want to use the one that goes through the CPU, since it's almost underneath the GPU, so it could end up heating up more than what I expect. On the other hand, the other socket goes through X570, but the chipset is sort of loaded already with pretty much every drive I have (3 HDDs and 2 SATA SSDs), so I don't think it's optimal... Thoughts, anyone?
It doesn't matter, choose the faster one accroding to your manual. If you're concerned with heat, just slap an M.2 heatsink on it, if your board doesn't have one. I'm running Aorus X470 Ultra paired(treesomed :pimp: ) with SX8200 Pro and SX8200.
With my abysmal airflow inside chassis I never saw my drives break over 60C even when working w/ 500GB server backups or playing games. And that's after I moved my PC off the desk to the floor, and haven't cleaned it since last year (except gently petting it on a head with a duster).
Just like on your board, one M.2 is right above my 2060Super, and another one is right below a toasty AOC STGN-I2S dual SFP+ NIC (equivalent of Intel X520-da2).
 
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Nice!!! That seems quite a bit cheaper than out here where it runs about 500 usd. Basically a 165hz GL850 so it's no wonder you like it better. I didn't care for the GL83A either and went with the GN850 when I compared both in person.
 
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Nice!!! That seems quite a bit cheaper than out here where it runs about 500 usd. Basically a 165hz GL850 so it's no wonder you like it better. I didn't care for the GL83A either and went with the GN850 when I compared both in person.
There was a sale on Dell.co.uk and I had a promotion code for another 15% off from a work voucher. It is a very good price. The design and build quality is much better on the Dell and yes that 165Hz made me go for this. I like the blue light on the back as well.
 
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Recently purchased the Valve Index and w:eek:w is it great! So much easier to set-up than the Oculus Rift, and much more comfortable to wear. And indeed the sound quality is good.
It still shows the screen-door effect but far far less than the Rift, and I can read the text more clearly. edit: One thing that's very bright is white images or letters on black backgrounds.

The VR lenses were for the Rift which I sold.

edit 2: Some control scheme's in-game show the wrong controller and/or don't work correctly (for example Google Earth)
 
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