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Comment reply on Forum Topic "windows 10 may update"

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

I ran into the bug where having a drive connected by USB causes the update to fail, but disconnecting the external drive and retrying fixed it.

Other than that, no issues I've noticed.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I Have Enough Fan Headers?"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

From the product page:

*4 x system fan headers

*2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers

You've got enough for six fans without using splitters.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design R6 Bottom Fans and PSU cable management."

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

So, the new PSU arrived, and here's what I found:

There's actually some space between the PSU and the second fan; I'd estimate maybe 20mm or so. Depending on how the back panel of your PSU is arranged, it actually might not block any cables. I couldn't quite make mine fit, but it looks like there's definitely enough room there for a 120mm fan.

I'd test it when you're assembling everything, and see if there's enough clearance: you can always order another fan later to fill that spot if you find that it works.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design R6 Bottom Fans and PSU cable management."

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'm getting my upgraded PSU soon. I'll let you know how much space there is once I can install it and check.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design R6 Bottom Fans and PSU cable management."

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'm wondering if maybe 1x140mm and 1x120mm would leave enough space. I guess it would depend on how stiff the PSU cables are.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design R6 Bottom Fans and PSU cable management."

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I've got a Define R6 that's waiting on some other parts for my upgrade. With two NF-A14 fans installed in the bottom positions, it's got roughly 180mm/7.09" of space for a PSU.

Good thing you prompted me to check that, too, because both of the new PSUs I'm looking at are 180mm in length.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "120mm Slim Fan"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

They're pricey (and beige,) but Noctua has a 120x120x15 fan, in three-pin and four-pin PWM versions.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Compatibility"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

For the Aorus Master, you have three m.2 slots, and six SATA ports on the board you can also use. From top to bottom:

  • M2M is the slot above the first PCIe x16 slot (the one with the "Z390 Aorus Master" text on it.) Installing an m.2 drive in this slot, regardless of type, disables SATA ports 4 and 5.

  • M2A is the slot in the middle of the board, immediately above the second PCIe x16 slot. Installing a SATA SSD in this slot will disable SATA port 1. Note that if you use an NVMe SSD in this slot, you can still use that SATA port.

  • M2P is the bottom slot immediately above the bottom PCIe x4 slot. It is a PCIe-only slot that shares bandwidth with the PCIe x4 slot, and is limited to a maximum rate of PCIe 3.0 x2.

So in the worst case, you'd still have three SATA ports (0, 2, and 3) available for your hard drives.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Find a a tower"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Obligatory Fractal R6 recommendation.

One 5.25" external bay, glass side panels, USB-C front connector, easy to work in. Also available in white or gunmetal. The R5 revision has two external 5.25" bays, but lacks the glass side panels.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2 x m.2-2280 vs 1 x m.2-2280 and 1 x 2.5""

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a little oopsie last summer that required reformatting my boot drive. Getting the OS and associated apps restored was easy; downloading the ~500GB worth of games that were also on the drive was painful. There's something to say for having a dedicated system drive and separating out the games library, media, etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Air Cooling: Please Help"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans themselves are a standard mounting pattern, so all you'd need would be something like this.

(You can probably find a more reasonable quantity, that's just an example.)

The only oddballs are those two front mounts.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Air Cooling: Please Help"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the case to know about the screws, or are you guessing about them being different?

The Define R5 uses the same sort of setup: if you imagine the case from the front, the screws thread all the way through the fan frame into the mount behind it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Air Cooling: Please Help"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Fractal Design Focus G Case which comes with two Fractal Design Silent Series with White LED fans in the front which (as far as I can tell) can NOT be moved because they don't have the correct mounting screws to put anywhere else. The screws mount to the specific setup in the front of the case (please correct me if I am wrong).

I don't have the exact same case, but it looks like it's the same basic setup as my Define R5, and yes, those screws are specific to the front mounting points. If you decide to stick with the Silent Series LL fans, the ones Fractal sells individually do come with a set of standard mounting screws. Most alternatives should as well (probably best to check the description before ordering, just to verify.)

Keelah se'lai.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal R6 SATA cabling"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably just go ahead and pick up some spares anyway; better to have them and not need them, than to tear down my existing system and then find out my current cables won't reach.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal R6 SATA cabling"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll make sure to get some longer ones.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with using a Samsung 970 SSD with my Motherboard"

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

The compatibility warning is just there to notify you that when you use the m.2 slot, one of the SATA ports will be disabled. Since you don't have any SATA drives in that build at all, you don't have to worry about it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Processor changes and OS reinstallations"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent. Thanks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Quesiton about Fractal Design - Meshify C Mini Dark TG MicroATX Mini Tower Case"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds right: the R5 and R6 will only fit 2x140mm in front, and neither has a shroud like that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case with good airflow, space, and cable management?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Also very easy to work with: plenty of parts provided, and the manual explains everything pretty well (except how exactly to get the cover off the top filter for the R6, I had to consult a video for that.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does having a separate SSD for booting, holding the OS, and using core software/games impact performance?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, having them separate makes reloading or upgrading your OS WAY easier if you ever need to do that. :)

This is why I've only got the OS, drivers, and such on my SSD right now; I had to reformat the drive to fix a problem, and it was painful having to reacquire the 500GB or so worth of games that were on there.

Aside from updates, virus scans and the weekly backup will also result in a noticeable performance hit.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Adding/Replacing Fans for Fractal Design R6."

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I was surprised to learn that the airflow rate is 280.4 m³/h for a pair of NF-A14s, vs. 306.3 m³/h for a trio of NF-A12x25s. 8% isn't a huge difference—certainly not enough for me to go replacing my fans—but I guess it's there for someone who's concerned about maximizing air flow.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Adding/Replacing Fans for Fractal Design R6."

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The GP-14 fans that come with the case are actually pretty decent. My current setup is a Define R5 with three GP-14 fans (two front, one bottom) controlled through the case's fan controller, and two NF-A14 fans on a splitter off my mobo's solitary fan header. I tend to leave the fan speed set to maximum since I'm lazy, and the fan noise is barely noticeable (the case's sound dampening helps here.) Even with the front door open, it's a nice low "whoosh" noise—nothing harsh or disturbing.

As luck would have it, I also just picked up a Define R6 for my upgrade, along with four NF-A14 fans (the two from my R5 will also be going in there, for a total of six.) I'm not using it yet (still waiting to pick up the mobo, CPU, and memory,) so I can't comment on the noise and temps, but I did go ahead and install the four fans. Fair warning; the anti-vibration mounts Noctua provides are literally a pain. My fingertips are still a bit sore several days later from pulling those things through the screw holes. In the end, I had to resort to needlenose pliers to do one of the two on the bottom (I was afraid pliers would tear the mount, but it seems to be fine.) They also don't hold the fan to the chassis as tightly as a regular screw, so the rear fan sits at the bottom of the mounting track. Minor problems, and for me having a quiet system is worth the hassle, but it's something to bear in mind while you're thinking about swapping the fans.

My understanding is that a 2x140mm arrangement ought to move approximately the same volume of air as the 3x120mm, and be quieter in the bargain (since the 140mm will move a greater volume of air for the same rpm as the 120mm.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design R6 Optical Drive"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Right, you'd just put it in the enclosure and then connect it with USB. Glad to hear it's working, though.

(I've got an R6 case waiting for some other components, but haven't assembled it yet.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design R6 Optical Drive"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Page 10 of your manual has the instructions. I don't think it'll work in open layout, however; you might want to look into external 5.25" drive enclosures if you want to have the case configured that way.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal R6 question: Can the HDD trays be used as SSD trays?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

They've got a second set of mounting holes for 2.5" drives. I've got my 850 EVO in one.

(I have a Define R5, but it uses the same trays as the R6.)

Edit: The trays aren't the same ones, but they have the same second set of mounting holes.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "SSD’s -Their effect on games"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I've actually run this particular experiment with GTA Online. I'm on a system that's barely adequate to run GTA V: i3-2120, 16GB of RAM, and a 1GB HD 7790 video card. When I originally installed GTA V, I put it on my SSD (a 1TB 850 EVO) in the hope of maybe getting slightly better performance on the theory that the SSD would stream textures faster. So, I recently had a little oopsie that required me to reinstall, and I decided that maybe I should have all my games on the data drive instead on the off chance I have to reinstall again. The end result? GTA performs exactly the same way it did when it was on the SSD (and I'm closing in on 2,800 hours in GTA—mostly played from the SSD—so believe me, I would notice a significant change.)

Maybe synthetic benchmarks could tease out a performance difference, but it's not something that will be apparent to you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I need a battery back up/UPS?"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Or to find out the hard way that you plugged everything into the "surge protection only" sockets rather than the "battery protection" ones because you weren't paying attention.

Yeah, that was embarrassing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel's response to the Ryzen 7 2700X, the new Core i9-9900K - may cost almost $600"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone asked them about this on Reddit. It's just a placeholder price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Have the rumors of the 8c/16t CL refresh been debunked?"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You've got the burden of proof backwards: never assume a rumor is true, even if the folks reporting swear it comes from 110% trustworthy sources (that they can't divulge.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design S no window optimal airflow config"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Bit-tech has a good article on this. Any of the potential four-fan setups ought to be effective; I'd suggest against putting one on the side panel because it makes it a bit of a pain when you need to get in the case to work on it.

Also, note the finding that there wasn't much of an improvement in cooling ability beyond four fans, so the second option you listed is probably going to be the best compromise between cooling potential and fan noise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Nvidia inventory supposedly overflowing?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The key words from the article:

The report also cites Nvidia aggressively buying GDDR5 as evidence that they now have an excess stock of lower-end GPUs that need to be made into boards as well as other insiders/sources citing an inventory buildup.

(bolded emphasis added)

Note that the mining bubble hit the midrange cards first and hardest, followed by the high-end cards, with the budget models generally passed over because of their combination of lower GPU power and insufficient onboard memory to hold the mining algorithms. Gamers tend to pass them over for similar reasons (with GPU power being more important for gaming than for mining, and at least 4GB of VRAM being important to both,) so I'm raising an eyebrow at the leap from "Nvidia has a glut of unsold budget GPUs" to "Nvidia has overestimated pent-up gaming demand."

This isn't about "keeping prices high;" it's about not eating a big loss on all those unsold budget chips (assuming, that is, that the anonymous sources are accurate.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How much storage does Windows 10 take up?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a 64GB model of the cache drive now, if you didn't already buy the 32GB one.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Samsung 960 Pro vs 970 Pro"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Also more competing products on the high end with performance similar to the 9x0 Pro these days.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Between SSDs for gaming."

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

https://techreport.com/review/33545/samsung-970-evo-1-tb-ssd-reviewed

Check out the gaming benchmarks: the difference in loading times will be a handful of seconds at best, and more likely a few tenths of a second. Going SATA will get you significantly more capacity for the same price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "M.2 Heatsinks"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best ssd M.2 2280 NVMe as boot drive 250Gb~"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Your personal experience matches up pretty well with Tech Report's testing. They found differences of only a few seconds (or in some cases only a few tenths of a second) in real-world application testing - https://techreport.com/review/33545/samsung-970-evo-1-tb-ssd-reviewed

A 15.3 second boot time for the 1TB 970 EVO vs. the 15.5 second score for the 1TB 850 EVO, for instance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "64gb and 128gb of ram?"

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Developers don't code games for the weird edge cases where someone has 128GB of RAM crammed into their system. They aim for the mainstream configuration, which means 8-16GB of RAM these days (back when 32-bit OSes were still the norm and there was a ~3.5GB limit on addressable memory, it was 2GB.)

See here for some tests with different memory configurations -- installing 32GB made no difference whatsoever.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Steam drive"

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Also time. When you're on 3Mbps DSL, it's worth keeping local copies so you don't have to wait a week if you decide you want to play a recent game with a download size in the 60-120GB range.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Would you wish for a cryptocurrency crash for GPU prices to come down?"

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't matter what we wish for; it's a bubble, and bubbles inevitably burst. Having said that, I wouldn't expect a crash to bring any immediate relief, either: in the case of the dotcom crash, it took about two years for all the failures to happen, with some companies managing to linger on even beyond that.

There's no quick fix for this.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTA 5?"

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Not in my opinion. There's some useful things in there, like the office, but nothing you can't get just from regular gameplay.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTA 5?"

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

My thoughts:

Maze Bank West Executive Office

This is the cheapest of the four office locations in the game, and thus is the one most players will start with when they're ready to move up from being someone else's leg-breaker. It's actually a pretty decent location (I use Lombank, which is nearby,) but the fact that it's the cheapest means you'll invariably be in a session with at least one other CEO who uses it as well.

Paleto Forest Gunrunning Bunker

Bunkers are a good cash generator and you'll need one if you want a MOC and the new weapons and weaponized vehicles it unlocks. This one is way the hell up at the north end of the map, however. You'll be wasting a lot of time traveling back and forth across the map to resupply and make deliveries.

Senora Desert Counterfeit Cash Factory

The MC Club businesses all work in a similar fashion to the bunker: you fill them with supplies and the business gradually converts those into a shipment you can sell. With fully-upgraded businesses, this takes somewhere around an hour and a half to two hours. The catch here is that the amount of supplies you get scale with the number of people in your MC Club, and the number of delivery vehicles also tends to scale based on the amount of product you make. If you only have a few people, you'll have to make more supply runs, and you run the risk of running out of time trying to make all your deliveries. So, MC Club businesses can be profitable -- but only if you've got a regular group of people to help you. Meth Lab and Coke Lockup are probably the most profitable of the bunch.

Great Chaparral Biker Clubhouse

The MC Club equivalent to the office for CEO work. You buy MC Club business properties from here, can launch MC Club work, and it has storage space for 10 motorcycles. This particular one is just about dead center in the middle of the map, and I don't do enough MC Club work to tell you whether that's good or bad (I use the Del Perro Beach clubhouse.) If nothing else, extra garage space is always nice.

1561 San Vitas Street Apartment

One of the things you'll want is a high-end apartment, which lets you launch heists. This is not a high-end apartment -- it's just a mid-range one. If you opt for Maze Bank West as your office, there's a high-end apartment located conveniently across the street from it (specifically, Apt. 7.)

1337 Exceptionalists Way 10 Car Garage

The high-end apartment linked above includes a 10-car garage, making this redundant. (Oh, yeah, and when you add the price tags of these two properties together, it's more than Del Perro Heights and doesn't give you a heist room. Good show, Rockstar.)

Conspicuously absent: the Vehicle Warehouse, which is one of the best money-makers in the game.

As for the other items, well: you'll want the Marksman Rifle, I enjoy driving the Turismo R (that's something, right?) and a million in cash is always useful. The rest? Eh.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Thermal Paste"

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108.html

More than you probably ever wanted to know about thermal compounds. [spoiler] It says what everyone here has already said.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I need to Git Gud?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the things that helped me is to spend some time on the practice range warming up first instead of just jumping right into quickplay. Change up your heroes while you're doing it, too -- I have a whole new respect for good Hanzo players since I tried using him. (And this way, you don't have people yelling at you during a match if you're not doing well with an unfamiliar pick.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is This True?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.techspot.com/news/72854-nvidia-asking-graphics-card-retailers-prioritize-gamers-over.html

Nvidia is not happy about the current Ponzicoin situation. (AMD probably isn't either, but lacks the leverage that comes from owning 75% or so of the dGPU market.) The problem, as the article makes clear, is that they can't realistically do a whole lot about it, either.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hardware Survey - Storage"

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5" (system drive)

WD Black WD2003FZEX 2TB 3.5" (former system drive, now media drive)

Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB 3.5"

WD MyBook 8TB external drive containing WD Red Pro WD80EZZX (backup drive)

Buffalo DriveStation 4TB containing a 4TB WD Green whose model I forget (former backup drive, now attached to router)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will an i3-8100 be good enough to get a stable 60 again in Overwatch?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I can get a steady 60 fps in Overwatch with an i3-2120 (albeit with visual settings turned way down, because my GPU is old and tired,) so yes, you should be able to get 60 fps in it with an 8100.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What happened to the 5775C?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Broadwell-S flopped from a combination of three factors: scarcity, obnoxious expense (caused in part by the scarcity,) and timing. Then, as now, Intel was having trouble with a die shrink -- specifically, the 22nm to 14nm transition -- and their original solution was to make it a mobile-only release, much like how Cannon Lake is only showing up as a low-power mobile part. But people kept asking where desktop Broadwell was, and Intel eventually decided to release a pair of socketed processors: the i5-5675C and the i7-5775C. Unfortunately for Intel, Broadwell-S wasn't widely available (at least here in North America) until right around the same time Skylake-S released and -- well, you can see the results here:

https://techreport.com/review/28751/intel-core-i7-6700k-skylake-processor-reviewed

"Gaming monster" is a bit of an overstatement. The eDRAM allowed Broadwell-S to punch above its weight, considering the anemic clock speeds, but it's only ahead of the 6700K in some of those titles, and behind it in others. The simple fact was that Skylake-S was roughly even in performance (ahead in non-gaming tasks, in fact,) and much easier to find in the wild.

(And that's even taking into account that the 6700K and 6600K were scarce and their prices were correspondingly inflated for months after launch. The 5775C and 5675C were nearly impossible to find -- and if you did, their prices were comparable to the X99 Haswell-E chips.)

Which raises the question: how much are you willing to pay for an eDRAM-equipped CPU? You suggest $50: what if it's closer to $150, or $250? Unfavorable price-to-performance ratio is the most likely reason we've never seen a successor to the 5775C.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "16GB or 32GB of RAM?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

The last I saw, the DRAM drought is expected to persist until 2019 now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Buy 1070 or wait for Volta cards?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Last I saw, the DRAM drought is expected to persist into 2019 now.

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