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    Visiontek Mystery boxes are back

    I normally am not much of a gambler, but I'm in for a $50 and a $20 this year. Last year I think I got a strange looking 3850 video card and 16GB of some DDR4 RAM. Never used any of it. I guess I'm a sucker for random computer parts. Another word for this may be hoarder.
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    Further Big Price Cut on AM5 at Newegg, Amazon, B&H Photo, and probably others 7950x @ $550-$555 and 7900x @ $474

    This is a great deal, and you might be able to make it even better. Over at the SD hot deals forums, someone noticed that you can add another 16GB stick to your cart after you add the bundle and this new stick comes up at $0.01. Now you have the cpu and two 16GB sticks of RAM for the $249 +...
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    Anybody plan on grabbing one of the new RX7xxx Navi cards on launch?

    I do not like the naming. It seems like these should have been the 7900XT and 7800XT. Why not follow the historical patterns we all know and understand. It's almost like they want to confuse buyers. First the dumb naming virus got to Nvidia and now it has infected AMD.
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    HURRY - Micro Center - 12700K + ASUS TUF Z690 Combo - $350

    The main page has a new bundle ad. If you click it there are some other pretty good bundle deals too: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/bundle-and-save.aspx
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    Arc A770 Beats RTX 4090 In Early 8K AV1 Decoding Benchmarks

    I agree, the cpu is the most important thing to do with Solidworks performance. Of course performance does depend a bit on how people view parts or assemblies. Viewing in shaded only is the fastest. Shaded with edges may slow down gaming cards a lot. Hardware accelerated lines is only...
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    Arc A770 Beats RTX 4090 In Early 8K AV1 Decoding Benchmarks

    The Intel cards seem pretty bad at Solidworks. Most gaming cards are at least decent in this one. https://techgage.com/article/intel-arc-a750-a770-workstation-review/2/ For those who don't like to click, the A770 gets 41.2 fps in solidworks and a RTX 3060 gets 195.9. A 6600 XT gets 192.3...
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    Not going to judge or anything, but wanted to post something that may help others: https://www.reddit.com/r/ASRock/comments/y69991/weekly_bios_update_post_week_42_2022/ X670E Motherboard Version Build Date Release Date Download X670E PG Lightning 1.09 10/13/2022 10/17/2022...
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    Microcenter - Free 32GB DDR5 kit with purchase of a Ryzen 4 CPU.

    Well, I was wrong. The deal is still good. I was just at the Chicago Central store today after work to pick up an open box AM5 board. I asked for a 7600X and RAM since I thought that was the cheapest option. The guy helping me said, "How about the 7700X and free RAM?" I couldn't believe it...
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    4090 Reviews are up.

    Techgage has some V-Ray benchmarks and others as well. https://techgage.com/article/nvidia-geforce-rtx-4090-the-new-rendering-champion/ The 4090 seems like a monster for that type of work. It cuts rendering times basically in half compared to a 3090 for the V-Ray tests.
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    4090 Reviews are up.

    Techgage: https://techgage.com/article/nvidia-geforce-rtx-4090-the-new-rendering-champion/ He found something interesting: The 4090 has ECC which can be enabled in the drivers. He checked with Nvidia and they said the 3090 TI also had it. I don't remember anyone else talking about this...
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    Texas Instruments makes it harder to run programs on its calculators

    The 28S had one big weakness which was the battery door area and battery door itself. The pressure the batteries put on the door would make the door itself break sometimes, or if one was really unlucky the housing area could crack or break. If you ever look to get one on ebay look at the...
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    Texas Instruments makes it harder to run programs on its calculators

    I liked the 28 and 48 series calculators too. They had a lot of nice features. I might know of the one guy you mention who used to fix the calculators. Maybe 10 years ago or so I found a 32SII at a thrift store that sort of worked but had display issues. I sent it to a guy who was able to...
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    Texas Instruments makes it harder to run programs on its calculators

    You younguns and your TI calculators.... I may have had a basic calculator in high school and I took pre-calc which was the hardest I could take at my high school. Later in college....mechanical engineering classes...our professor said to get an HP calculator since their better scientific...
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    Microcenter - Free 32GB DDR5 kit with purchase of a Ryzen 4 CPU.

    I think the deal is dead. I don't see the ad on the site anymore.
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    Some Asrock boards may have issues with stickers on the RAM slots. Too much adhesive and the stickers are not coming off cleanly: https://www.techpowerup.com/299450/asrocks-x670-motherboards-have-numerous-issues-with-dram-stickers "This one is likely to go down ASRock's internal history as a...
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