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    For what it's worth, this is a 384-zone panel, not the 1536 zone stuff you see on higher end mini-LED displays. There are also rumors it never hits 1000 nits, not even with HDR enabled.
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    It should electrically support arbitrarily large drives; your limit will be thermals/drive length/single-sided requirements (a lot of laptops don't support double-sided NVMe drives).
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    The heatsink is on the top side of the SSD so there isn't really a reason to have a backside thermal pad. The backside of high-capacity M.2 drives are usually populated with flash packages which stay pretty cool - it's the controller that overheats.
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    Man, everything is right about this card except the price: 50% faster gen-on-gen 20% faster versus previous generation flagship 25% lower power while delivering more performance 78% of the performance of the flagship, going up to 83% after...
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    bwang replied to the thread Shunt modding 3080 ti. Thoughts..
    Does shunt modding actually tangibly improve performance in day-to-day use? It's certainly necessary to get good benchmark runs under LN2 (let's not forget the Untouchables!) but my impression was that voltage scaling was pretty poor at ambient...
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    bwang replied to the thread AMD Gen 4 Epyc up to 96 cores..
    Right, that's what you're supposed to do, AMD is weird because they segment out workstation Epyc as a different brand with dedicated boards - Intel just lumps them all together as "3rd generation Scalable" and leaves it to the customer to figure...
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    bwang replied to the thread AMD Gen 4 Epyc up to 96 cores..
    Well, obviously. It's a server processor. Also I will have you know one of my gaming machines has 64 cores in it so, there you go (it's not a very good gaming machine but is very fast for work). I've done plenty of serious work on "gaming"...
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    bwang replied to the thread AMD Gen 4 Epyc up to 96 cores..
    A shame these don't have good turbo. The giant 9654 is a whole 2.1 GHz (!!!) below the 7950X and 2.3 GHz below the 13900KS which is an absurd amount of single-threaded performance to give up to get your 96 cores. I guess we're back to the days of...
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    It probably boots with 4 sticks because the BIOS defaults are slower for 2dpc; if the machine is going to a client delivering it with 128GB is probably the way to go since it is a very bad idea to ship a machine which requires non-stock BIOS...
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    bwang replied to the thread Instead of the APEX.
    In the end there's not much point in thinking hard about it, I usually go by a combination of looks and brand loyalty - if you're going for something like crazy memory speeds the boards are only relevant for two years anyway since the next socket...
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    bwang replied to the thread Instead of the APEX.
    The Unify-X seems well received: https://www.igorslab.de/en/the-last-will-be-the-first-msi-meg-z690-unify-x-test-with-adaptive-oc-and-teardown/7/; the Apex seems to be worse in practice because of fairly severe sample variance between boards.
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    bwang replied to the thread Instead of the APEX.
    You only need 300W to run the KS, its not that bad. The Apex class stuff is designed to run 500W+ at subambient temps.
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    Idle power has more to do with platform than anything else. Your board has a chipset, probably a few offboard controllers, etc., so it will never idle well. The embedded boards are built on a SoC so at idle they can power off more or less the...
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    Well, you're looking at 1t short-term performance where the thermal limitations of laptops are less relevant. Furthermore a 15W U-series processor has a PL2 of (at least) 28W, and at 4.2/4.4 GHz you're looking at around 20-30W per core so neither...
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    bwang replied to the thread EVGA Z690 Classified $300.
    Back in stock, and now with free keyboard and mouse! More or less comes out to $200 for the board if you find the bundle useful, I'd say that's pretty hot for a board with more than enough power delivery to support whatever Raptor Lake can throw...
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