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Concerns with the performance of NZXT X62 and X63 AIO coolers

Question by Stephan from Netherlands | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Mar 2, 2020 at 08:08 pm CST


I'm in the market for a double AIO setup (using Kraken G12) and am looking at what NZXT has to offer. I've seen your review about the X62 which seems outstanding. It then baffles me that the X53 (though 40mm smaller) gets such a relatively poor review. Why is that? Is the same to be expected for the X63 (and will there be a review for this?)

Thanks in advance!

Assistance on which case fans, cooler, and memory to buy for new rig

Question by James from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Feb 27, 2020 at 08:14 pm CST

I'm building a new PC and I'm super overwhelmed by a few parts and find a few parts to be really tough to figure out what to buy.

Case fans, AIO cooler, and RAM. The rankings/benchmarks for them seem all over the place and I'm having a hard time figuring out what's "the best" to go with.

I'm buying a 2080 Ti and i9-9900k with an ASUS Maximus XI motherboard, but I can't seem to find any resource as to what I should do as far as the other parts I listed above. Does TweakTown have any dropdown rankings or maybe any recommendations as to these parts?

Upgrading the 256GB SSD in my Dell XPS laptop to a 1TB sized drive

Question by Andrew from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Feb 22, 2020 at 08:28 pm CST

I have an XPS laptop with a PM961 NVMe 256GB drive, but need to replace it with a 1TB size drive. I would like the replacement to not be a regression in performance compared to the original, but most premium PCIe 3.0 SDDs are costly.

Can I replace it with PCIe 4.0 drive and expect to see benchmarks equal or better than the original?

Issues with gaming stability when using my DDR4 RAM's XMP settings

Question by Ati from Romania | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Feb 4, 2020 at 10:22 pm CST

Hi, is there any reason some PC games unexpectedly exit to desktop without any error when I'm using my DDR4 RAM's XMP settings?

The following games are running forever with no overclock, but exits randomly when the RAM is OC-ed to D.O.C.P. settings: GTA 5, all the Battlefield games. I have no issues with Counter Strike, Rocket League, any Far Cry, etc. Also works perfectly with video editing software when it's OC'ed.

Thank you!

Which power supply should I buy for new AMD Ryzen 5 2600X build?

Question by Peter from Romania | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 29, 2020 at 10:47 am CST


I am looking to upgrade my current rig and am trying to future proof it. My first purchase will be the power supply. The new rig will be an AMD build, most likely a Ryzen 5 2600x, 16GB of DDR4 memory and I'm hoping to upgrade the graphics to a 1070 Ti as well.

My question would be regarding the PSU... what should I buy? I'm also kind of on a budget, but I would like a semi or fully modular, budget is about $80 USD.

Kind Regards, Peter

Should I install a heat sink on my SSD to tame the temperatures a bit?

Question by Austin from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Jan 22, 2020 at 11:35 pm CST

I have had a BPX NVMe SSD for some time, but only recently noticed the temperatures. I'm averaging around 66c and reaching 77c maximum, should I worry about keeping it cool? Should I install a heat sink?

The SSD is currently placed between the CPU cooler and the GPU, could temperatures drop down if I place it directly under the GPU?

Do RAM sub timings make much of a difference to system performance?

Question by Ben from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Jan 18, 2020 at 11:20 pm CST

I bought my AMD Ryzen 7 3900x and GIGABYTE x570 Aorus Elite yesterday. Searching for the best memory, I was told that the sweet spot is 3600 CL16. I found a decent deal on a G Skill Trident Z Neo RGB, but found the people saying that the sub timings suck.

So, I'm wondering, how much of a difference do the sub timings make? Does using an XMP harm the memory or CPU?