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About CompFreak(OD)

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  1. Happy Birthday Dave!!!

  2. CompFreak(OD)


    Happy Birthday yourself @Dave(OD)!!! And Thank You! Thank you as well @Townkill(OD) , and yes, the rain held off all the way until about 9pm, so no daylight lost! 😉
  3. Happy birthday COMP hope you have a fantastic day 🙂 

    1. CompFreak(OD)


      Thanks Sassy! I will :thumbsup:

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  6. Happy B-Day Buddy!

  7. Happy Birthday Red!

    1. Redvaine(OD)


      Thank u comp

  8. CompFreak(OD)

    New And Returning Players!

    Been a bit difficult getting people to be active as of late, I mostly contribute to the summer months (past few years it always gets slow in summer, then picks back up in fall..).
  9. CompFreak(OD)

    Computer Purchase - Input Needed..

    Real close to the new budget, but much better components than what you'd find in a pre-built system: Product Description Qty. Total Price Phanteks Eclipse P400 PH-EC416PTG_BW Black/White Tempered Glass/Steel RGB ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Item #: 11-854-049 1 $79.99 WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX Item #: 22-236-339 1 $44.99 ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 PH-GTX1060-6G 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card Item #: 14-126-243 1 $309.99 EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3, 220-G3-0550-Y1, 80+ GOLD, 550W Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode with New HDB Fan, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply Item #: 17-438-095 1 $59.99 G.SKILL FORTIS Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) AMD X370 / B350 / A320 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-2400C15D-16GFT Item #: 20-232-546 1 $154.99 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan Item #: 35-103-099 1 $29.99 SAMSUNG 970 PRO M.2 2280 512GB PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3 64L V-NAND 2-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7P512BW Item #: 20-147-693 1 $229.99 LG 25UM56-P 25" Class 21:9 UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor 2560 x 1080 5ms GTG 60Hz 5,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio with Black Stabilizer and Dynamic Action Link, SRGB Over 99% and 4-Screen Split Item #: 24-025-212 1 $148.61 AMD RYZEN 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Processor, ASUS Prime X470-Pro AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard Item #: COMBO.3835359 1 $373.43 Grand total: $1431.97 This is on Newegg.com, and just an example of the type of system you could get for the money, if you can find someone to help you build it yourself...
  10. CompFreak(OD)

    M.2 Drives... The more you know...

    Proof? When discussing the relevance of one of the newest technologies when it comes to the PC scene, do you not think it prudent to provide evidence using the latest technologies and testing methods? "simulates the actual applications" verses Real time, side-by-side loading times... Which do you think is more accurate? Yeah, that may very well be, but when did it become readily available in the market? the first pci-e 3.0 board, not until 2011, and before it became "mainstream"? My thought is around the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014, Like you said: Seems kind of silly to sell motherboards without compatible processors utilizing the 1150 socket and it's ability to take advantage of the newest technologies, doesn't it? For example, did you know that Pci-e 4.0 was released in October of 2017? No? That's because even though they've released the specs and standards, the PC market isn't ready for it yet. Why do you think Nvidia isn't scheduled to release a new graphics card until summer of 2019? You think it could possibly have to do with the fact that because there is very little competition with their flagship Video Cards and they are waiting for motherboards / chipsets to support the new standards? Just maybe.... But that is all theoretical at the moment. Moore's law still applies (for the most part, only giving way to the marketability of advancements), and providing "evidence" from 4 years ago just isn't exactly relevant in today's cutting edge of technology... Hell, OCZ doesn't even exist anymore, they were purchased by Toshiba for $35 million back at the end of 2013. Anyways, As you have yet to provide any "relevant" evidence, there isn't much point in beating a dead horse here, your argument (which is now the "sillyness" of Nvme?) is invalid, and the only (we'll call it "dated") evidence you can muster, still shows Nvme drives topping 95% of the tests. Keep reading your "evidence" to the final conclusions page: Strange... that looks like every single one of the Nvme Drives in that entire lineup, have at least a 63% better overall score than the closest SATA drives.... Interesting, isn't it? Just gonna leave these here:
  11. CompFreak(OD)

    M.2 Drives... The more you know...

    I'm a bit confused here... Are you literally arguing against your own statements? Your own evidence supports that Nvme drives are at the top of almost every test they ran against competing Nvme's and SATA ssd's.. Which is your position here? As you can attest, it is difficult to find a suitable article to support each of our claims. The articles that you have provided are using an "unrealistic" testbench as well... z97 platform with an intel 4th generation cpu, running windows 8.1 (as per review 2). The Asus z97-pro motherboard used in your "evidence", is representative of the transition period when pci 3.0 first released in spring of 2014, and of a time when the tech was still maturing. You say "real world" differences, and then site articles that use PCMARK 7 & 8 (both synthetic benchmarks) as your "real world" evidence (as per review 1). I can say that I'm not swayed by your "evidence"... How about a side-by-side comparison video between an Nvme, SATA, and HDD (published in 2016, using "current" hardware) loading into the OS, a few games, and compressing some files in 7zip? https://www.techspot.com/news/67222-storage-real-world-performance-nvme-vs-sata-vs-hdd.html If you want to argue that 5 seconds in one load time, or 20 seconds in another, is "very little difference", well maybe to you it is.. It's all in your own perspective. The fact remains that even you have admitted: And nothing you have provided here, has shown otherwise. Now, if you want to argue price per performance, I won't argue that SATA ssd's are at a much lower cost, and the performance gains that an Nvme drive will give you doesn't support making the jump (for the "average user"), but I've never been anything other than impressed with my choice to make that leap, and I'm pretty sure you are too.
  12. CompFreak(OD)

    M.2 Drives... The more you know...

    This statement is false. Having experimented with my own testing / timing with a stopwatch, I can, in fact, testify that with a single standard SSD, booting the same system from BIOS to a fresh install of windows, timed in at 29 seconds. With two SSD's in RAID 0, that dropped to 20 seconds, and with a properly set up NVME m.2 (in pci-e 3.0 4x mode), that time has dropped to 6 seconds. After some research to support why I was witnessing this decrease in loading times, I have found that Nvme SSD's are not only excelling at large file transfers, but their random access times are far superior (compared to a standard ssd), resulting in brute performance when accessing many random files (i.e. loading your OS, games, and the like). This is where the "IOPS" figures come into the scene. IOPS stands for "Input / Output Per Second". A regular ssd typically has a rating of 70,000 IOPS, where as Nvme ssd's typically can sustain upwards of 750,000 IOPS on file sizes of only 4 kilobytes (not exactly a large 4k video now, is it?). You can find much of the information here: https://www.cs.utah.edu/~manua/pubs/systor15.pdf What you are witnessing when you think that Nvme drives aren't realistically "faster", could actually be either a bottleneck that stems from your cpu, or possibly just drivers loading (that are programmed to have a set time to allow for the hardware to initialize before allowing the system to continue to the next thing). Which is why I mentioned the BIOS settings that must be adjusted according to the hardware you have installed. While there have been noticeable thermal issues associated during the early days of m.2 drives, I personally believe it was mostly due to poor motherboard designs putting the m.2 ports directly covered by the graphics card, where there is little to no airflow, no matter what case airflow you have. Many newer designs incorporate the m.2 slot much lower on the board (near where SATA ports are typically located), or have them located under a large heat-sink that looks like a cover. Even some ASUS boards come with a PCI-e adapter card to connect multiple m.2 drives with a single Pci-e card that you can position away from other "hot" components, and in addition, some even aligning the m.2 port so that the drive vertically sticks out from the motherboard, to take better advantage of your case's airflow. Moral of the story, don't install something that gets hot, between your graphics card and motherboard... The throttling is a safety feature so that the drive doesn't damage itself or other components. * I have split the topic stemming from @MelodicRose(OD)'s original plea for assistance in her PC upgrade, so that we don't derail her topic any further.
  13. CompFreak(OD)

    Do you want to be a R&R member

    Current members of the R & R Committee are: @Dave(OD) @CompFreak(OD) - X.O. @TownKill(OD) - Member (currently semi-IA due to RL issues) @ChrisSpeck(OD) - Member