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Dave James responded to tony_tyger comment in
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MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK review: a high-priced, gaming-focused X-series boardMSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK review: a high-priced, gaming-focused X-series board
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Thinking of getting this mobo but a bit concerned that neither of your Samsung NVMe drives would boot via the two onboard M.2 sockets.

When testing were you using the latest BIOS update? Have you had a chance to use any other brand of NVMe drive to isolate whether this might be an issue with Samsung?

Can you confirm the model of Samsung NVMe drive that you were using for testing
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We retested with the absolute latest BIOS updates and both were the Samsung 960 drives in both EVO and Pro trim. It seems like it was having an issue with the drives having an existing Windows installation on the, but they still didn't show up properly when I booted from a separate boot drive (a SATA SSD with an existing OS booted fine).

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How to install graphics cards - the most fun you can have with your PC turned offHow to install graphics cards - the most fun you can have with your PC turned off
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I just hodgepodged my old, old, pc with my old, old, old,old pc so I could softmod a old xbox. Working with 12 yr old tech is frustrating af.
I dont know whether plugging in a gpu and installing some drivers deserves a article. Besides you forgot to mention, plugging your monitor into the correct port.
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If you're the sort of person that's hodgepodging a couple of ancient PCs together, then yeah, this guide probably isn't worthwhile for you ;)


But if there are peoples out there who haven't gotten into their PC with a screwdriver, worried about this sort of thing being too complex for them to manage, we were hoping it might dispel any fears and provide a handy resource.


And we kinda figured plugging the monitor back in would be pretty self-explanatory...

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Dave James responded to Shadowized comment in
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now optimised for today's mega-core CPUsPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now optimised for today's mega-core CPUs
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you maybe right on the date, though AMD launches are a bit weird and there is a shop within an hour from me where I can buy the 1900x now so I dunno. definitely refreshing to see a 64 PCI-E lane 8 core for pretty cheap, considering that the only comparable Intel has 44 PCI-E lanes and costs double.


this year and next are shaping up to be a great time to upgrade :)

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All launches are a bit weird this year! Normally there's maybe three CPUs in an entire twelve months worth reviewing properly - this year there's frickin' loads!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now optimised for today's mega-core CPUsPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now optimised for today's mega-core CPUs
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My mistake, I genuinely thought the octa-core Threadripper was releasing on August 31, didn't realise they'd decided to launch that yesterday too.

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you maybe right on the date, though AMD launches are a bit weird and there is a shop within an hour from me where I can buy the 1900x now so I dunno. definitely refreshing to see a 64 PCI-E lane 8 core for pretty cheap, considering that the only comparable Intel has 44 PCI-E lanes and costs double.


this year and next are shaping up to be a great time to upgrade :)

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Microsoft’s new wireless pad adapter no longer looks like some '90s wi-fi dongle nightmareMicrosoft’s new wireless pad adapter no longer looks like some '90s wi-fi dongle nightmare
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Good spot, that's a damned shame :(

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Back to the world of constantly reconnecting my device. This is 2017, right?

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Microsoft’s new wireless pad adapter no longer looks like some '90s wi-fi dongle nightmareMicrosoft’s new wireless pad adapter no longer looks like some '90s wi-fi dongle nightmare
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So annoying, isn't it!?

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Hey Dave. Dropping by with a small bit of info. Looks like the adapter may have been delayed. The Microsoft page now shows a release date of January 31st, 2018.


http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/adapters/wireless-adapter-windows

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Dave James responded to hishnash comment in
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The AMD Vega chips might be the last big Radeon GPUs they ever makeThe AMD Vega chips might be the last big Radeon GPUs they ever make
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Creating an MCM style GPU that is transparent to the OS will be much harder than the CPU the reason for this is due to how operating systems have for a long time already been considering the concept of running tasks on the best core (based on the memory and other tasks this task needs)

However, in the GPU world, there is a very weak concept of memory ownership and even less of a concept of communication between threads. Without this "meta data" it would be very hard for the gpu to place tasks on cores that are local to each other.

to hamper this even more, unlike on a CPU, on a GPU when a task is waiting for some data it typically will block that core until it can continue. On a CPU even during the same cycle, those spare operations will be used up by the SMT/MT and on the next cycle, another talk will be set to run until the first is ready.

Thus with most current GPU compute tasks if you were just to run them without any changes on an MCM system you would have lots of cores being blocked waiting to talk to memory associated with other dies and you would get a really poor performance.

however AMD is working to improve this, HBCC brings cpu style memory ownership and management to the GPU. And there are parts of the Linux ROCm kernel (that will soon be mainlined) that bring real threading so that the GPU can be aware of parent kernels and shared memory between kernels.

However given this needs a patch to the Linux kernel and needs code to be recompiled i would not expect this to be as transparent as you say.
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Yeah, HBCC could very well end up being one of those classic AMD 'fine wine' features that gets better with age. Having a large, high-speed memory system able to be used wherever it's needed ought to be a huge boon for an MCM system.


Also, graphics workloads are already incredibly parallel, and GPU silicon super modular, so multiple discrete chips in the same package, connected via the Infinity Fabric, should be capable of being accessed as one large mass of techie graphical goodness.


Well, so long as the schedulers do their jobs, I guess.

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Dave James responded to JMaster299 comment in
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Don't believe the hype, Intel can't release an eight-threaded Ryzen 3 rivalDon't believe the hype, Intel can't release an eight-threaded Ryzen 3 rival
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I hate sites that spread lies. The 8600K does not top out at 3.4GHz like you claim in your article. It's base clock STARTS at 3.6GHz and boosts to 4.3GHz single core and 4.1GHz on all cores. Which means it has higher out of the box clock speeds than the 8300.

And, being a K branded sku, people will be able to clock it higher than that. While that 8300, even with it's higher logical core count, will be locked to just 4Ghz. And as any reviewer worth their paycheck would know, single core performance is still king when it comes to gaming.

It's why the 7600K and even older i5 chips can beat so many of the different Ryzen chips in different gaming benchmarks. With 6 physical cores that both have a higher boost clock out of the box and can be overclocked higher by the user, the 8600K will easily outperform the 8300.

Especially when other factors are taken into account as far as whatever Intel does to the chip to ensure it performs behind the more expensive chips in the stack. Such as smaller L2 and L3 cache sizes. The 8300 will definitely be a step in the right direction, a step they likely never would have taken without Ryzen on the market, but there are numerous sources confirming it's 4c/8t existence, but the 8600K will still outperform it.
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The early rumours pegged the 8600K at just 3.4GHz Boost. It wasn't a case of lying, it was an opinion based on what was expected at the time of writing.


At 4.1GHz all-core though it's six threads may still be slower than an i3 with all eight threads running at 4GHz in multi-threaded tasks.

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g.poubelle responded to Dave James's comment in
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Oh crap... the AMD Vega is “insanely good” at cryptocurrency miningOh crap... the AMD Vega is “insanely good” at cryptocurrency mining
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AMD aren't really that bothered who buys their cards, it all ends up on their bottom line. The same goes for the partner boards manufactures, for the most part, except it does nothing for their brand recognition in the wider market.

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Well announcing their sales numbers, reducing their production cost, and those GPUs ending up on ebay & Co, should increase both their brand recognition and market share, if only with a delayed effect.


I haven't heard so much (positive comments) about AMD for over 5 years...


Thank you for explaining :)

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Logitech G PowerPlay review: perfecting the wireless gaming mouseLogitech G PowerPlay review: perfecting the wireless gaming mouse
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If you're concerned about the ambidextrous nature the G703 uses the same sensor, but it just doesn't have the extra buttons or the gorgeous freewheeling scroll wheel of the G903.


And the wireless charging really is frickin' awesome :)

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Wireless charging is what's making me think about the upgrade now. My G502's been used for so long now that the rubber below the left-side buttons (where the thumb rests) has started to melt/mold into the gap between the rubber and the button. Nothing obtrusive but it leaves a minor residue on the button edge.


Mouse still works like a charm (wouldn't want to change away from logitech anymore thanks to the sensor, and as you say: "the gorgeous freewheeling scroll wheel"). Just a question of when I move on, and this will probably sell it for me :D

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