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Time To Leave DDR4

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Adding nVMe Boot Support for 2012-2017 Dells

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iCue Sensor Configuration

By default my systems follow the GPU as it is the hottest running component by far for gamers. Should you encounter a CPU-only workload, you can change the cooling sensor from GPU to CPU.

Click the iCue icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen near the clock as pictured below, then follow the video to change the sensor.

BEWARE: I set the sensor to follow the GPU because the system doesn’t get enough cooling when following the CPU while gaming. Changing the sensor to CPU is only good for non-gaming workloads and will cause overheating in games!

If you are a gamer, you should leave it on GPU!

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macOS Monterey for Unsupported Macs

2012, 2013, and 2014 macs easily run Monterey with OpenCore. I also offer this as service, just submit a ticket.

https://dortania.github.io/OpenCore-Legacy-Patcher/

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PC Gamers: AMD vs. Intel

A Brief History

For PC gamers, Intel was pretty much the only choice up until Ryzen came out.
AMD had tried previously with the Phenom and FX series in the past and failed miserably.

Once Ryzen came out (early 2017), it actually took 3 generations for it to become competitive with Intel.
During those two first generations, choosing AMD was mainly a cost cutting choice.

With the release of the 5000 series (4th gen) in November 2020, AMD finally had the lead position and for all price points. The 5600X was the best value, and the 5950X was the best overall.

Unfortunately this lead was short lived as Intel came out with Alder Lake (12th gen) in November 2021 retaking the lead, not only for ALL price points but also reintroducing viable budget $100 and $150 processor choices with the 12100 i3 and 12400 i5 processors.

Comparisons

The 12100 is faster than a 8700k for about 33% of the money. It’s also faster than the Ryzen 5600.

The 12400 is faster than a 9700k for about 50% of the money. It’s also faster than the Ryzen 5800X.

The 12600k is faster than a 11900k for about 50% of the money. It’s also faster than the Ryzen 5950X or 5800X3D.

There is a big value falloff after the 12600kf. If you’re considering a 12900k,
that’s money better spent another component category such as the GPU.

Which do I choose?

For new builds, no matter your budget, Intel has the best options.
I’d recommend the 12400F or 12600KF, depending on budget.

AMD

For those of you with existing Ryzen builds, despite Intel’s lead, it still makes sense to stay AMD as you can easily upgrade the processor without replacing the motherboard.

I’d recommend the 5600 non-X or the 5800X3D. Another option is switching to Intel and softening the blow by selling your old AMD parts.

Intel

For those of you with existing Intel builds, since you have to replace your motherboard in order to upgrade the processor anyway, it doesn’t make sense to go AMD at any budget.

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PSA: The GPU Shortage Is Over

Do: spend extra money on eVGA brand for superior build quality, thermals, warranty service and warranty extension up to 7 years

Don’t: buy any GPU above RTX 3080 as it’s a ripoff better spent on the upcoming RTX 4000 series.

As a lifetime gamer of over 20 years and high performance and quality graphics card enthusiast, I truly value high end hardware.
However, there comes a point where you are really getting screwed for a difference you might have a hard time noticing and thereby justifying.

RTX 3080 vs. RTX 3080 Ti / 3090 / 3090 Ti

RTX 3080 Ti = 30% price premium (~$320+) over RTX 3080 for only 10% better performance

RTX 3090 = 50% price premium (~$740+) over RTX 3080 for only 15% better performance


RTX 3090 Ti = 60% price premium (~$890+) over RTX 3080 for only 20% better performance


Conclusion: Buying a RTX 3080 then RTX 4080 next gen is better than RTX 3080 Ti/3090/3090 Ti then no money to upgrade next gen.

Newegg
RTX 3060 Ti – $499
RTX 3070 – $549
RTX 3070 Ti – $669
RTX 3080 – $759

In Stock GeForce RTX 3000 Desktop Graphics Cards | Newegg.com

eVGA
RTX 3060 Ti – $509
RTX 3070 – $579
RTX 3070 Ti – $719
RTX 3080 – $809

EVGA – Products – Graphics – GeForce 30 Series Family

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Improved Fan Control for Gamers

One of the oldest issues with gaming computers is that the cooling fans follow the CPU and the CPU doesn’t get hot enough in games so your GPU ends up running way hotter than it should.

For users with NZXT or Corsair CPU Coolers that have utilized the ability to control their case fans as well, this isn’t an issue because they can just set their coolers to follow the GPU using the NZXT Cam or Corsair iCue software. This is how I configure all my builds.

For everyone else, I recommend Fan Control:

https://github.com/Rem0o/FanControl.Releases

Gamers: set up a fan curve that follows your GPU
Creators: set up a fan curve that utilizes the Mix feature so it follows CPU and GPU

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Microsoft Office Lifetime License for $50

Typically $349 for a forever license, this is significantly cheaper at $50. Compared to Office 365 subscription which is for 5 devices is $99/year or $69/year for 1 device, this is a much better deal.

Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows: Lifetime License

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Ryzen Curve Optimizer Tuning

WARNING: This guide does not cover stability or benchmark testing which must be done before and after this process to establish score improvements and stability.

  1. Upgrade motherboard BIOS to latest version
  2. Enable XMP and match FCLK to 1/2 of MCLK
    4000 = 2000 3800 = 1900 3600 = 1800
  3. Enable Precision Boost Overdrive, set limits to Disabled
  4. Enable Clock Override, set to 200MHz
  5. Save and exit BIOS. Boot to Windows.
  6. If your cooling setup follows the GPU, temporarily set it to follow CPU
  7. Download and Run Project Hydra
  8. Click Diagnostic, this will take up to 4 hours or more. Do not use the computer beyond web browsing during this time.
  9. Upon completion, review the final report in the Log, note the values, go back to BIOS Precision Boost menu, then set the Curve Optimizer to Per Core and configure the voltages. Try FAST, if you have any stability issues reduce to MID. If stability issues persist set to SAFE. If the value is negative, use negative on that core. If the value is positive, use positive on that core.

    Below is an example report of my 5600X which is running 4.85GHz on stock voltage.
    Do NOT use these settings, every CPU is different, they are listed for example purposes only:

CURVE OPTIMIZER values for BIOS
(If you do not plan to use HYDRA)
C01 SAFE CO: -5 MID CO: -6 FAST CO: -7
C02 SAFE CO: -9 MID CO: -11 FAST CO: -14
C03 SAFE CO: -17 MID CO: -20 FAST CO: -25
C04 SAFE CO: -18 MID CO: -22 FAST CO: -28
C05 SAFE CO: 0 MID CO: 0 FAST CO: 1
C06 SAFE CO: -13 MID CO: -16 FAST CO: -20

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Blank screen with RTX 3000 Series GPU

RTX 3060 and RTX 3080 Ti are most typically affected by this issue, however it can affect any RTX 3000 series GPU.

The GPU needs to be updated: download and run the NVIDIA GPU Firmware Update Tool for DisplayID

If the GPU is a eVGA product, download, install, and run the eVGA Precision software to update the GPU firmware as well.

Other brands should be checked on their manufacturer website for vBIOS updates as well.

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