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They're not in hand yet, but if my self-control muscles give out, I my end up with a second new Intel platform in as many years. I don't normally operate like this, but it's so hard to pass this up. Somebody talk me out of it, please:

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Funny thing: If I go through with it, it'd be my third MSI ZXXX-A PRO in a row.

In this economy, if you find a good deal, and you have a use case for it, then you take it.

My 90hz OLED 14" QHD laptop is out for delivery right now... can't wait!!! indie gaming/movies at work and in bed are going to be amazeballs now...
 
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True. Though it doesn't hurt to replace it with a 13 amp one. Or does it? :ohwell: (sorry for my ignorance this time)
It will work but can be deadly , with a 13Amp fuse in it might not blow quickly enough in the event of some catastrophic happening and end up with a fire or someone electrocuted to death.

Or scorched tech.
 

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It's not ignorance. How would you know if you don't live here? :)

Basically, there's one in every UK plug here
Well, it's even worse because i lived long enough in UK, Ireland and Scotland and never noticed or paid attention to it :laugh:

Btw, it has a 5A

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This arrived today from UK ( Xpower A-2 )
It was planned to arrive on Monday but today DLH knocked on my door, the guy told me here it is a package for you, i was scratching my head because i wasn't waiting for any package till Monday + i was waiting for something bigger :laugh:

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I was kinda stupid because i didn't read carefully when i was buying it on Amazon.de and didn't realize that it was doing to be shipped from the UK and so it has the UK power plug:(

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Ordered this today.
Discounted 72%, instead 6,89€ just 1,95€ :D

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Schuko is not the acknowledged euro technically ... but the Swiss 2 pronged T11 (no ground prong) is considered as EU plug by almost every international sellers XD hilarious eh?
mainly because it fit in Schuko socket (some Schuko also have a compatible ground hole for the T12, i noticed it in Spain) and also Italian socket are almost the same, although the T13 (ground) will not fit in grounded Italian socket

Type C is Europlug and not really different than Type J which is the Swiss T11/12/23 (the Swiss T11 is actually similar to a Type C slightly larger tho ) or Type L from Italy :)
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the Schuko Type F and E are often intercompatible even with different grounding, the male plug quite often feature the 2 type of grounding

also yeah UK plug is the most secure of all (well, were i live at least, we technically don't really need fuses in our plug ... nothing ever really happen at the plug... the circuit breaker/fusebox will always shut the current before that ) and all the other are bulky without reasons ... (aside US/ITA/CH/EUP)

edit, in Switzerland if an appliance has a shucko, most retailer/etailer will ship an adapter with them (luckily since they cost around 10chf on average price :laugh: )
 
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It will work but can be deadly , with a 13Amp fuse in it might not blow quickly enough in the event of some catastrophic happening and end up with a fire or someone electrocuted to death.

Or scorched tech.
That's good to know, thanks. :) Though I guess, if you're in other parts of Europe, it doesn't really matter, as appliances aren't fused there anyway.
 
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My Dad and I went half in half on this last week, Was $600 for each of us. Never had a high end washer and dryer before. It will be installed in a few weeks. Was a great deal considering that price includes tax, free delivery and install, and haul away of the old washer and dryer too. Our current washer and dryer is about 15 years old and starting to finally show its age.

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My new usb drive.

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The enclosure not the best, cost less than $30 though, and it is significantly faster than my lexar 256gb usb stick both read and write. 8gb file transfer speeds and graph below.

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My 256gb usb drive with the same file copying from the drive is around 170mb/s, writing to the drive is like 66mb/s.
 
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My new usb drive.

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The enclosure not the best, cost less than $30 though, and it is significantly faster than my lexar 256gb usb stick both read and write. 8gb file transfer speeds and graph below.

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I would have given your post a love instead of a like, but your spider in your signature scared me once like two years ago, and ever since then I vowed to never give you a love. (maybe that was someone elses spider, I don't remember)
 
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True. Though it doesn't hurt to replace it with a 13 amp one. Or does it? :ohwell: (sorry for my ignorance this time)
For a blower like the one he ordered, a 3amp fuse would pop everytime flipped the switch. 13amp fuse is best.

Well, it's even worse because i lived long enough in UK, Ireland and Scotland and never noticed or paid attention to it :laugh:

Btw, it has a 5A

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Really only 5A? Weird. I would have guessed more.
 

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For a blower like the one he ordered, a 3amp fuse would pop everytime flipped the switch. 13amp fuse is best.


Really only 5A? Weird. I would have guessed more.
3 amps at 220 volts? I'd guess that blower pulls 120 watts, peak startup maybe 180
 
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I'm tempted to buy something similar one day just to see if it actually makes a difference with my basic sound setup (a USB-powered small 2.0 speaker, and a pair of AKG Y50 headphones). I just don't want to spend money on something that essentially blocks airflow towards my graphics card.

Yeah, you could go with virtual 7.1 or 5.1 on stereo headphones if you like, but it doesn't cut it for me. My gaming speciality is open world RPG's, so accurate representation of the sound landscape is important imo.
Played a new round of the outer worlds last night & it lifts the game to a whole new level now.... I can hear stuff accurately & realistically in game that wasn't being detected before with clarity 101.
 
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3 amps at 220 volts? I'd guess that blower pulls 120 watts, peak startup maybe 180
Oh that's right! I forgot the UK runs on 220V. Nevermind, shutting up...

Does your have a 13A fuse?
We don't have fuses in our plugs stateside. That's a British islands thing. Maybe Australia? Don't know for sure, never been there..
 
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My Dad and I went half in half on this last week, Was $600 for each of us. Never had a high end washer and dryer before. It will be installed in a few weeks. Was a great deal considering that price includes tax, free delivery and install, and haul away of the old washer and dryer too. Our current washer and dryer is about 15 years old and starting to finally show its age.

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Nice one! getting a bit off topic for PC gear but my last washer was a BOSCH & it lasted only 5 yrs. I'd be very surprised if you get more than that out of modern white goods these days. They are designed to "expire" after the warranty runs out. Built in obsolescence is the thing with this still current neo liberal globalism economy.
 
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We don't have fuses in our plugs stateside. That's a British islands thing. Maybe Australia? Don't know for sure, never been there..
it come with the electric network quality/stability (early ceramic plug in switzerland sometime had fuse, around the 50s or 70s but later ... nothing more than fuse box and circuit breaker in each individual house are needed)
i remember seeing a TV reportage mentioning in some country the state of the electric network was hum ... how can i say that ... well ... not optimal... (decrepit, and lacking correct maintenance connection, older type ceramic/lead fuse instead of Stotz et caetera )

but where i live ... even during a thunderstorm i rarely experienced any overload or anything, although i get a hot cable sometime ... i should not be running 2 1500W heater blower at the same time on the same multi adapter :oops::ohwell:, although if they overloaded ... the circuit breaker (“Thermal-electromagnetical circuit breaker” we always called them... Stotz, little did i know it was the name of their inventor :laugh: ) would go down instantaneously.


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fun thing, albeit only one the 4 USB-A is QC 3.0 the PD USB-C also enable quick charge on my Redmi Note 9 Pro (SD720G SOC) and my Huawei Mediapad M5 8.4 (luckily still with full google service) also switch to fast charging using either port (Kirin 960) ~ 30$ not bad not bad ... best buy of the month after ...

50$ Medion ERAZER X89077 Premium 17" notebook bag
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but i will use it as a ... "normal bag :D even with all the "tech oriented" gimmick it came with ... it's a fantastic travel/day-to-day bag, very sturdy well thought (it has a USB passthrough for a powerbank, various compartment and holder for computer gear or whatever fit in them, reinforced handle, comfortable back padding and a rain cover ) and for a "gaming bag" it is not obnoxious... yeah ... no RGB ... although i would have loved a RGB rim around the hardshell ...put on pure red or pure white that would be practical at night :laugh:
 
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Nice one! getting a bit off topic for PC gear but my last washer was a BOSCH & it lasted only 5 yrs. I'd be very surprised if you get more than that out of modern white goods these days. They are designed to "expire" after the warranty runs out.
Sounds like motherboards during the "classic bad caps era", where you will be lucky to get 6 years before a cap starts bulging, and that was with one of the better cap makers in the '00s. I'm glad I usually don't have to worry about that on motherboards now. But for some PC PSUs, still need to be on the lookout and need to do a visual inspection on the caps!
 
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Sounds like motherboards during the "classic bad caps era", where you will be lucky to get 6 years before a cap starts bulging, and that was with one of the better cap makers in the '00s.
That old BOSCH unit turned on ok but there were problems with the water inlet.
 
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That old BOSCH unit turned on ok but there were problems with the water inlet.
Hardest part about fixing my old washing machine was trying to find the service codes online.
Once I worked out it was the inlet valve a new part from eBay got that sorted and quite cheaply too.
It's still running and I did that maybe 5 years ago.
 

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3 amps at 220 volts? I'd guess that blower pulls 120 watts, peak startup maybe 180
I will found out on Tuesday when the adapter arrives.
 
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Hardest part about fixing my old washing machine was trying to find the service codes online.
Once I worked out it was the inlet valve a new part from eBay got that sorted and quite cheaply too.
It's still running and I did that maybe 5 years ago.
I couldn't be stuffed fiddling with that device. They either work or they don't, too busy fiddling with my PCs! :cool:
 
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In the UK, appliances come under a government testing procedure called P.A.T (portable appliance testing) and surprisingly most store bought cheap good fail on the fuse if the blower is 500w or less it should have a 3amp fuse anything more and government regulations claim it's a fire risk.

Anyway back to topic I have a TP-Link edgecore being delivered in a few hours time to set up vlans and my pfsense router
 
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But is it actual spatial sound programmed in games or just conversion of stereo to spatial?

This is actual spatial sound:
To be honest, I have no idea. I'm guessing it's just conversion.

Anyway, it's not good for listening to music, so I'll make do with simple stereo for now. :)

Yeah, you could go with virtual 7.1 or 5.1 on stereo headphones if you like, but it doesn't cut it for me. My gaming speciality is open world RPG's, so accurate representation of the sound landscape is important imo.
Played a new round of the outer worlds last night & it lifts the game to a whole new level now.... I can hear stuff accurately & realistically in game that wasn't being detected before with clarity 101.
My main area is open world RPG as well. Now I'm even more tempted. :ohwell: Just like I said, I'm a bit scared to block airflow towards my GPU with something that may or may not improve my gaming experience.
 
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