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Comment reply on matogl0396's Completed Build: "Brickless" NFC S4M (Budget Portable VR)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Haha cool man, well maybe it's just a use case thing. I just know my HDD would get 100% throttled all the time, took forever to clear space, bottlenecking Steam downloads -- stuff like that. Perhaps since that's using new space vs. existing files that could leverage the cache, my habits just didn't align well with the Optane functionality. Shrug.

Comment reply on matogl0396's Completed Build: "Brickless" NFC S4M (Budget Portable VR)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Yea, I actually got this build to a point I'm happy with and travel with it almost every week for work. It's even still capable of most AAA gaming -- with a little tweaking, here and there.

To stop the power issues, I reduced the power and thermal settings in MSI Afterburner. I keep it between 60 - 70%, which reduces overall system power draw enough to prevent the shutdowns. This does make the card run at lower clock speeds (1500 ~ 1600 as I recall), but note that after running a variety of benchmarks, it does NOT equate to a 30/40% drop in performance (more like 10 ~ 15%). It still performs far above a 1050 Ti, maybe kind of like a 1060-3gb?

I've been happy with this compromise. I think this is probably the absolute limit of computing power that's possible with a "brickless" build in this case (unless any new PSUs have come out since I did the build, which I haven't kept up with).

P.S. Optane was crap, I should have known. :) I actually upgraded to a 1TB SSD earlier this year -- and 16gb RAM as well.

Comment reply on Callender22's Completed Build: No Holds Barred Mini ITX Entertainment Build (Gaming/Streaming/Photo & Video Editing)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice aesthetic, nice part selection. Want to see the inside! :)

Comment reply on lesabendio's Completed Build: Gaming with faraway friends: first build in 15 years

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, clean, logical part selection. I dig it. :)

Comment reply on matogl0396's Completed Build: Water-Cooled Define Nano S (HTPC Gaming)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice and the kind words. Enjoyed checking out your builds as well!

Comment reply on matogl0396's Completed Build: Water-Cooled Define Nano S (HTPC Gaming)

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Nothing in this life is free, brother. I work hard as **** for what I’ve got.

Comment reply on matogl0396's Completed Build: Water-Cooled NCASE M1, 1080 Ti Mini w/ Vertical GPU Mount

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Your rig is a monster dude, very impressive, puts me to shame. :) I was actually considering a Define Nano S if I couldn't get enough cooling off the 240mm rad in this build. I might still get one anyway just because it seems so much easier to manage water cooling/regular maintenance.

Comment reply on RiZeR187's Completed Build: Tiny OC project --> 8700k @5ghz and 1080 ti stable@2100.5 mhz :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome, thanks for sharing.

Comment reply on matogl0396's Completed Build: Water-Cooled NCASE M1, 1080 Ti Mini w/ Vertical GPU Mount

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. :) So I am trying to write up a (lengthy) build log today as time permits, which will answer your question. But long story short, I put the motherboard on standoffs to make room to run the PSU cables behind it, and with the extra 6mm gone the back panel barely fit in the cutout, and the I/O shield didn't fit at all. On picture #19 you can see how the board is actually raised up so it doesn't really align to the cutout properly (which is why I added that picture).

Comment reply on matogl0396's Completed Build: "Brickless" NFC S4M (Budget Portable VR)

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I just tested this last night with Heaven and 3D Mark (Firestrike). System was pulling anywhere from 190 ~ 215w, so I imagine this is right to the max the power supply is capable of delivering. Keep in mind this includes my portable USB-powered monitor pulling ~ 10w from the same unit.

It got pretty hot to the touch, but no issues, flickering, black screens, shutdowns, nothing like that occurred. I had been told by multiple people to trust that these HDPLEX units can deliver, and at least in limited testing so far that seems true!

Also in general, the advice I’ve seen is that most people massively overestimate power requirements. You should be able to add up the TDP of your CPU and GPU and that is pretty close to your actual wattage need from a quality PSU. I understand that older GPUs had a lot more volatility / power spiking, but that isn’t nearly as much of an issue with Pascal architecture.

Sorry but I don’t have any specific experience directly with those new AMD APUs. Here is a good article with power draw figures though: http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/amd-ryzen-5-2400g-review,6.html. They’re showing the 2200g system maxing out at ~ 100w and the 2400g at 115w, both under full iGPU load.

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