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  1. Alright so let me get this straight.

    Your system is a i7-7700K with a ASUS Z170.

    You have 4x 4GB 2400 and now swapped it out for 2x 16GB but now getting BSOD in windows and memtest is showing errors?

    Its been a while since I had a 7700K, but I think 3600 should work. I don't remember what the limit is for that CPU, but dual rank DIMMs take some extra care. You most likely will need to bump up the SA voltage.

    As for Ryzen 3rd gen (3000 series) sometimes it needs a voltage bump on the SOC, though Ive had fairly good luck with the motherboard handling it all on Auto.

  2. Im pretty sure you have to remove the heatspeader. Its how dimms are normally watercooled. I think for a time Corsair dommiator had those hex screws and you could just plop the block on top without taking it apart..

    The ICs are glued to the heatspeader, but it comes apart with a hairdryer.

    Take them part and put these on.


    @Mopeygoth  I just looked at the dimms compared to the G.Skill Ripjaw 5 in the video (which I also have). The PCB is the same height. You should good to go. I highly suggest using a hairdryer to remove the heatspeaders instead of pulling it apart like in the video. Unlike the Ripjaws, these WILL not come part without extreme force or applied heat.

    Footage from the review video I never finished.


  3. Yes I have a few suggestions

    1: I would replace the MB with a B550 or X570. The B450 is iffy on official support for the 4th Gen Ryzen coming out in a few weeks. It will be up to the board partners to support those CPUs which is already a issue with the 3rd Gen. Since you want to upgrade in the future, the 4th gen is the last for the AM4 socket. After that will be a new socket for DDR5 memory planned for late 2021 / early 2022.

    2: I would get a 850 or 1000 Watt PSU if you plan on getting the Radeon 6800XT or RTX 3070 / 3080 at some point. Your looking at 300 watts from the card alone. Its always good to have extra if you ever need it. Total pain to swap power supplies. I just did it myself. Rule of thumb is you want to be at 50% total power of the PSU. That is where the efficiently is the highest. Though it doesn't matter a whole lot with Platinum or Titanium PSUs as its above 88% for everything.

    3: AOC monitors are well, okay. Don't expect great things in picture quality.

    4: To maximize  the CPUs you want to have the Infinity Fabric frequency to match the memory. So the top end for the 3nd gen Ryzen is 3800 memory. If your not into memory overclocking / tuning I would suggest getting memory at CL14. I wrote a article on this. Memory speed doesn't matter much if you are GPU bound. But since you are playing at 1920x1080, memory will still play a role in frame rate. It really depends on the games you play. Anything that is AI heavy and uses a the CPU a lot will benefit the most. Like a good 10 FPS. Others like COD saw no difference.

  4. Hey Everyone!

    Its that time again. Last year I asked the same question and swapped out a few games with your comments and suggestions.

    The question is; What games would you like to see in future video card reviews? Also what games are not worth including anymore and why?

    A bit has changed. Now I have two test computers, one for Intel and AMD. A single card has 166 game benchmarks, 21 Ray-Tracing and 4 Blender for a total of 191. If each game took 3 minutes per run, it comes out to 8.3 hours. But realistically  it is around 11 hours for everything. So if you round everything down it comes to about 183 hours of benchmark data in each review. Though I am still working on finishing the Intel data right now.


    Here is what was removed because either it was outdated or suggested so.

    • Ashes of Singularity
    • Ghost Recon: Wildlands
    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
    • F1 2019

    Here is what is being currently used:

    • Anno 1800
    • Battlefield 5
    • Borderlands 3
    • Call of Duty: MW
    • Far Cry 5
    • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
    • GTA 5
    • Metro Exodus
    • Monster Hunter World
    • Civilization 6
    • Division 2
    • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Total War: Warhammer 2

    I made a list of some popular titles to pick from. You have something not on the list or suggestions for current titles list it below.


  5. No kidding about the 10900K. Mine clocked at 5.1 (All-Core 1.275v) goes to 332 Watts with Prime95. 250 is standard for gaming.

    However if you leave everything on stock and follow Intel guidelines of 55 seconds Turbo 1 core. It will be about 180 watts.

    If you playing at 4K, AMD and Intel preform the same. You can see all the results in the OCC review.

    AMD does greatly benfit from memory running 3800 MT/s to match the Infinity Fabric of 1900Mhz. Intel, not so much. Get a 4000 CL15 kit and your set.

  6. I always had good luck with Triplite. Though it will be hard to find a KVM that supports HDMI or DP that is of quality. If you are just looking to get a picture on a screen (server stuff), brands don't matter much. If you want good image fetidity, it will be a problem.

  7. Okay so it  looks like a few cards are safe from this issue. Some brands will have the MLCC section behind the GPU uncovered so you can take a peak. Zotac covers it completely.


    1. EVGA FTW3 (Retail Only - Review Samples have problems)
    2. MSI Gaming X Trio
    3. ASUS TUF 
    5. NVIDIA Founders


    1. MSI Venus
    2. Zotac - Everything?
    3. Gigabyte - Everything?
    4. EVGA Black Edition - Unconfirmed


  8. I didn't have any issues with the Gaming X Trio. Though two things to consider. One; At stock it rarely went above 2Ghz which is where "supposedly" the problem is with steady voltage. Two; Even overclocked which did swing to 2100Mhz at times did not crash (once the OC was dialed in).

    Now I only have about 40 hours of use between all the benchmarks I ran, but I believe the sample I got, which is the same as retail did not have this crash problem with the beta drivers or launch drivers.

    I also have a Corsair HX 1200 Watt power supply and I have a hunch that people with crashing don't have powers supplies capable of 350 watts sustained with dropping below 11.8v. Just a guess, but I bet it will pan out that steady 12v is necessary unless you have extra MLCC capacitors.

    Edit: I not defending MSI for using less MLCC capacitors in the design, but I also didn't experience any of these desktop crashes.

  9. The RTX 3090 was exactly as I suspected. A new Titan Ampere without the title. Meaning extremely overpriced for what you get it return.

    Not only is classic SLI unsupported but only like 3 games support the internal engine method. Also without DLSS, 8K gaming is still questionable. 

    My guess was that 2000 extra cuda cores would be limit by the board power limit and frankly, games in general. 15% increase over the 3080 is what I expected. $800 more is asking a bit much. I believe this is why SLI was removed from the 3080. Anyone could spend less and get more from supported games over a single card. Plus it would be $100 cheaper.

  10. With @Braegnok help I have been able to reach 4800 CL19 with this 4000 MAX kit. Finishing up validation right now, but it seems to pass with flying colors. Not bad for $125.

    Next stop is 5000. This is where it gets interesting :)

    Edit: Well I didn't realize the SA and IO was like 1.6v. I managed to boot 5000 also but only at 1.6v DRAM. Still the memory control voltage is very high for 24/7 use. I don't want to kill the CPU.

    So I dropped the SA and IO to 1.25v and now seeing how high I can go before it fails to post.

  11. 6 minutes ago, road-runner said:

    Wonder why that is, oh well everyone will know soon enough I guess. What name you use over there I will post that you cant post lol

    Same lol ir_cow

    I used a old passkey, from a few months ago. They never expire and can be used with any username. Not sure if this is a error but it has worked for a number of years now. I'm not sure why passkeys is even a thing since this "bug" exist.

    As for Projects, I thought foldingextreme listed them. I guess not. Also I guess the log clears out when you close the app now. I have no clue what WU was doing before. Its currently working on Project 16918 FahCore 0x22.

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