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    INNOCN 27" 4K HDR1000 Mini LED Computer Monitor - $489

    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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    max storage for laptop with Intel i5-1250P CPU - why impossible to search out

    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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    how to dissipate an m.2 ssd from the back, on a rog formula z690 motherboard

    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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    RTX 4080: Countdown To Second-Best™

    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 overclocking Pushes well over 60 fps 99th percentile at...
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    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 temps on modern nodes.
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    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 out what they want. The issue is AMD launches...
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    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" machines (the actual ones, with only 8 cores). While...
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    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 needing two computers if you really want to go fast.
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    How do I run two sticks of RAM in an ASUS Z590 Gaming-Plus Wifi?

    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 settings to POST.
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    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 will have a much better IMC. The Unify will serve...
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    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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    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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    Who is still using a Sandy Bridge era chip

    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 entire chip.
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    Trying to understand Relative Performance Between Mobile and Desktop CPU's

    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 CPU is hitting its power limits. The last 20%...
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    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 at it.
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