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Get some thermal epoxy and get rid of the zipties can be moved to impressive mods then rather than ghetto.

I measured the surface area I have to work with and I have exactly 25x100mm of usable area on both sides of the drive so ordered two 25x100mm aluminum heatsinks and some gunk to stick them with. Even with the current mod it still gets hot to the touch on long transfers like from an hdd, though it does seem to be working the heatsinks warm up nicely and slow the warm up process.

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IF your referring to the system in your system specs, then I'm not sure about the slot placement space those boards have. But on my system, there is good spacing between all 16x slots. That's 1 thing Gigabyte did well with this board.
Well, my slot placement is kind of good, but not ideal. One empty slot below the main x16 is great for GPU clearance, but then I've got one x1 and one x16 (in x4 mode). I suppose I could use the secondary x16 for a sound card (putting it in the x1 would obstruct airflow to the GPU), but it's still not as good as the TUF Gaming B550M-Plus that I sold. It had the main x16 slot one level down, and the x1 above it. Multi-GPU is dead, so I don't know why they can't design every motherboard like that.
 
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Well, my slot placement is kind of good, but not ideal. One empty slot below the main x16 is great for GPU clearance, but then I've got one x1 and one x16 (in x4 mode). I suppose I could use the secondary x16 for a sound card (putting it in the x1 would obstruct airflow to the GPU), but it's still not as good as the TUF Gaming B550M-Plus that I sold. It had the main x16 slot one level down, and the x1 above it. Multi-GPU is dead, so I don't know why they can't design every motherboard like that.
Because we don't all want that if I had a slot above my x16 slot I wouldn't be able to watercool in my sff case and is the main reason I went from b450 to b550, nothing to do with specs or improvements just I needed a top slot for gpu and why buy another b450.
 

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I finally got to sit down with my new Asus Vivobook 90hz OLED 14" 2880x1800 $750.

Heaven. It's the most beautiful screen my eyes have seen. 90hz OLED "feels" like 144hz IPS or VA due to the 0.2 ms latency... it's a shame gpu's are impossible to get at decent prices. I'd buy that Razer Core X egpu enclosure as its on sale for $299 right now... honestly I am struggling to enjoy gaming on my gtx 1070 laptop now... the screen just is lightyears different... FML first high refresh ruined me from console games, and now high refresh high rez OLED has ruined me from legit everything.
 
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For comparison with those hairbrushes posted previously: I did some transfer tests with my Orico enclosures and 960 Evo. First test is as close as I could get to a full drive write without too much hassle: 424GB of game folders, essentially my entire EGS and GOG Galaxy install folders in one go. Screenshots are during one of the more sequential parts of that copy at the hottest temperature reading I saw, and at the end. Average write speed of 268MB/s for a full drive write and 100 000+ files isn't bad IMO. There were some periods with single digit write speeds (folders with a huge number of tiny files), but nothing terrible. Using something other than Windows' file copier would no doubt have been faster.



The second test is a sequential write hammering: I made a folder with four copies of the three biggest files from my Apex Legends install - one 45GB file, one 5.3GB and one 3.3GB. Four copies of those = 218GB. The drive got reasonably toasty at 72 degrees peak, but it took about 4:15 to get there, or ~160GB of writes. That's not bad IMO. Never saw any notable thermal throttling either - write speeds dropped by 10-20MB/s for the last parts of the run, but that's hardly noticeable.


The heatsink part of the caddy got pretty hot, but I would still have been perfectly able to unplug it and stuff it into a bag if I was in a hurry. And the plastic part of the case was no problem at all, of course. All in all, very happy with this enclosure, would definitely recommend it.

Edit: forgot to say that the drive was laying on top of my case, with essentially zero airflow over it during these tests. Yes, the case top is ventilated, but my fans are barely spinning, so airflow across the heatsink was minimal.
 
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I measured the surface area I have to work with and I have exactly 25x100mm of usable area on both sides of the drive so ordered two 25x100mm aluminum heatsinks and some gunk to stick them with. Even with the current mod it still gets hot to the touch on long transfers like from an hdd, though it does seem to be working the heatsinks warm up nicely and slow the warm up process.

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mega! i did this to my nano SSDs in my first expensive motherboard, i had no heatsink plates included. this was born from emergency... but effective af. better than a normal plate cus the air streams thru the grill.
The parts were leftovers from a generic GPU cooler i bought some months before.

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For comparison with those hairbrushes posted previously: I did some transfer tests with my Orico enclosures and 960 Evo. First test is as close as I could get to a full drive write without too much hassle: 424GB of game folders, essentially my entire EGS and GOG Galaxy install folders in one go. Screenshots are during one of the more sequential parts of that copy at the hottest temperature reading I saw, and at the end. Average write speed of 268MB/s for a full drive write and 100 000+ files isn't bad IMO. There were some periods with single digit write speeds (folders with a huge number of tiny files), but nothing terrible. Using something other than Windows' file copier would no doubt have been faster.



The second test is a sequential write hammering: I made a folder with four copies of the three biggest files from my Apex Legends install - one 45GB file, one 5.3GB and one 3.3GB. Four copies of those = 218GB. The drive got reasonably toasty at 72 degrees peak, but it took about 4:15 to get there, or ~160GB of writes. That's not bad IMO. Never saw any notable thermal throttling either - write speeds dropped by 10-20MB/s for the last parts of the run, but that's hardly noticeable.


The heatsink part of the caddy got pretty hot, but I would still have been perfectly able to unplug it and stuff it into a bag if I was in a hurry. And the plastic part of the case was no problem at all, of course. All in all, very happy with this enclosure, would definitely recommend it.

Edit: forgot to say that the drive was laying on top of my case, with essentially zero airflow over it during these tests. Yes, the case top is ventilated, but my fans are barely spinning, so airflow across the heatsink was minimal.

Yowza that thing gets hot.

I tested 600gb of copying to the drive, I put my gtav installation into a zip file and copied that 6 times in a row, it maxed out at 55 degrees but would quickly drop back to 54 and hover there. Test was conducted with zero airflow on a flat surface (my desk). Not sure how it performs without the heatsink I never checked temps before.

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Yowza that thing gets hot.

I tested 600gb of copying to the drive, I put my gtav installation into a zip file and copied that 6 times in a row, it maxed out at 55 degrees but would quickly drop back to 54 and hover there. Test was conducted with zero airflow on a flat surface (my desk). Not sure how it performs without the heatsink I never checked temps before.

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I think u can make it cooler approx. ~10°-15°C. Depends on the surrounding air. maybe u can place it somewhere, where cold air is going/entering (in)to your case to provoke a sufficent stream that cools additional.
u could use some leftover thermal paste under that "brush" parts (clipped with that red thingis) to test it out.
in general its the exact same thing like a CPU head is touching its cooler-body.

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Yowza that thing gets hot.

I tested 600gb of copying to the drive, I put my gtav installation into a zip file and copied that 6 times in a row, it maxed out at 55 degrees but would quickly drop back to 54 and hover there. Test was conducted with zero airflow on a flat surface (my desk). Not sure how it performs without the heatsink I never checked temps before.

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Perfectly fine temperatures for an SSD controller under heavy load - it's not throttling, and temperatures drop quickly once the load is removed, so there's nothing wrong here. I'm not likely to be doing sequential writes on the scale of several hundred GB with any type of regularity, so it hardly matters if it gets warm while doing so. From your performance, is your enclosure 5Gbps USB 3.1G1? I would expect even an SN550 to be able to deliver more than 330MB/s - and that would also likely explain why it runs so cool, as the controller is likely idling most of the time, waiting for data.
 
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I finally got to sit down with my new Asus Vivobook 90hz OLED 14" 2880x1800 $750.

Heaven. It's the most beautiful screen my eyes have seen. 90hz OLED "feels" like 144hz IPS or VA due to the 0.2 ms latency... it's a shame gpu's are impossible to get at decent prices. I'd buy that Razer Core X egpu enclosure as its on sale for $299 right now... honestly I am struggling to enjoy gaming on my gtx 1070 laptop now... the screen just is lightyears different... FML first high refresh ruined me from console games, and now high refresh high rez OLED has ruined me from legit everything.
Dang, nice laptop Lynx, and sounds like a great price too. Certainly better than the NUC/portable usb screen idea you came up with a couple of weeks ago :)
 

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Dang, nice laptop Lynx, and sounds like a great price too. Certainly better than the NUC/portable usb screen idea you came up with a couple of weeks ago :)

yep. lol

its time for my Brothers to Ascend. ASCEND MY BROTHERS!!!! treat yourself to professionally calibrated high refresh OLED... indie games are going to be glorious!!!! $649 shipped and sold by walmart.

 
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treat yourself to professionally calibrated high refresh OLED... indie games are going to be glorious!!!!
You should try Ori-Will of the Wisps with HDR turned on. It's just a side scrolling platformer, but the HDR implementation is incredible on an OLED, and it has very fluid animations that look really nice with high fps/refresh. Probably not worth $29 full price, but if you see it on sale cheap for Black Friday/Cyber Monday or if you happen to have Game Pass, it's worth the download to check out on your new screen.
 

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Just dangle your SSD hairbrush by the the back exhaust fan or something

I havent modded mine.... yet ;) but that little bit of air does wonders
 
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I went to Mirco-Center on Monday and pick up a refurbished RTX 2080 TI for $863 with taxes ($799.99) turns out it was EVGA FTW 3 one too!
I like the card but I don't like these 3 fan heat sinks on them. My case will not fir it mounted vertically as it's a three-slot card and my case only fits two-slot cards vertically (Corsair 4000D airflow). My cpu temps have went up from this card.
 
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I went to Mirco-Center on Monday and pick up a refurbished RTX 2080 TI for $863 with taxes ($799.99) turns out it was EVGA FTW 3 one too!
I like the card but I don't like these 3 fan heat sinks on them. My case will not fir it mounted vertically as it's a three-slot card and my case only fits two-slot cards vertically (Corsair 4000D airflow). My cpu temps have went up from this card.
You're not alone with that sentiment. More fans mean more room for failure, especially since graphics card makers tend to stick the cheapest ones possible on their cards. They're not usually replaceable either. I miss the days of single-fan mid-range cards. I know Asus and Palit have single-fan 3060s, but they're not the norm, unfortunately. They're quite rare as well.
 
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Those cost a pretty penny. Worth it?
 

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Yes definitley.
I'd love to hear my recent loved track from those. Sounds good with even my 30EUR Superluxes (these are hella good for their value!)
 
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Bought the Sony XM4 whatever (stupid namingconvention) headphones about a month ago.

Im in Music-heaven atm. They sound pretty good and the noise cancelling is very phenomenal aswell.
I loved the XM3s but had to return them due to lots of plastic creaking noises. Unfortunately, it looks like the XM4s are built in the exact same way. I hope you'll have better luck than I did.

As for me, I think I'll only buy metal headphones from now on. The comfort is not as good but oh well...
 

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I loved the XM3s but had to return them due to lots of plastic creaking noises. Unfortunately, it looks like the XM4s are built in the exact same way. I hope you'll have better luck than I did.

As for me, I think I'll only buy metal headphones from now on. The comfort is not as good but oh well...

I just bought the Roccat Nox headset for some gaming at work. It is all metal hinges and construction, except for a couple places at the top. Comfy earpads, bass is good and female vocals are decent. It does need a proper headphone amp to sound good though, can't just plug it in to back of mobo. Still, not bad for $19.99 and free shipping. I use the $150 Sennheiser HD58X at home, its better than this obviously, but I wouldn't say it is mind-blowingly better, its just different.

You should try Ori-Will of the Wisps with HDR turned on. It's just a side scrolling platformer, but the HDR implementation is incredible on an OLED, and it has very fluid animations that look really nice with high fps/refresh. Probably not worth $29 full price, but if you see it on sale cheap for Black Friday/Cyber Monday or if you happen to have Game Pass, it's worth the download to check out on your new screen.

I bought will o wisps on launch day. I have been a fan of Ori for a long time, and my tpu profile picture used to be of Ori :D I just wish the first Ori game had high refresh... its so much better of a game at high refresh.
 
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I just bought the Roccat Nox headset for some gaming at work. It is all metal hinges and construction, except for a couple places at the top. Comfy earpads, bass is good and female vocals are decent. It does need a proper headphone amp to sound good though, can't just plug it in to back of mobo. Still, not bad for $19.99 and free shipping. I use the $150 Sennheiser HD58X at home, its better than this obviously, but I wouldn't say it is mind-blowingly better, its just different.



I bought will o wisps on launch day. I have been a fan of Ori for a long time, and my tpu profile picture used to be of Ori :D I just wish the first Ori game had high refresh... its so much better of a game at high refresh.
It's a gaming headset man, those things are suppose to work with consoles out of the box:
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You can drive 60 ohm headphones with anything.
 
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