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Should I have a dedicated SSD for games?

Question by Tim from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Tue, Dec 10 2019 11:04 PM CST


Will installing games on my 2TB SSD slow down Windows and boot times like with old SSDs or is that not an issue anymore with modern drives? Is it worth getting a separate drive for my Windows install?

Are AMD's HEDT processors really better than Intel's offerings?

Question by Tanya from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Fri, Dec 6 2019 11:41 PM CST

I see reviews everywhere about AMD's mainstream CPUs clobbering Intel's latest offerings. What every single one of these reviews fails to qualify is that the HEDT CPUs have more PCIe lanes. That alone often forces enthusiasts to stay with Intel. I badly want to move to Team Red, but AMD is far more expensive in Australia than Intel, unless of course retailers refuse to pass on Intel's price cuts.

So, if you have systems that run with 32GB DDR4-3600, with multiple HDDs, 3x M.2 drives, 1 - 3 Optical drives, with an ASUS XG-C100C 10G NIC, a M.2 Expander card, RAID card, and a discrete graphics card, how the hell is AMD better?

If you have any PCIe devices other than a graphics card, aren't you pretty much stuck with a HEDT CPU? AMD's Threadripper will be 280w. That's a toaster, and in the Australian summer will be impossible to cool, except with LN2. Would appreciate your thoughts.

Samsung 970 EVO SSD not performing as expected, what could be wrong?

Question by George from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Sun, Nov 24 2019 10:30 PM CST

I recently put together a new build with an ASUS TUF X570, 3700X and GeForce 2070 SUPER. I rounded it off with a 970 EVO SSD.

After installing the OS and drivers, I ran through a few benchmarks and I'm only getting 1600 MB/s, when I see reviews and others getting 3500 MB/s.

What could be wrong?

Which cooler should I go with to replace stock AMD cooling?

Question by Jeremy from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Fri, Nov 8 2019 10:46 PM CST

I'm thinking about replacing my stock AMD cooling solution that came with my 3600 with something like a Dark Rock Pro or D15. Out of curiosity, are the single 120mm AIOs crap or can they perform as well as higher-end air coolers?

My current temps are fine as is, but I wouldn't mind temps being a little lower under load and with less noise.

Advice on budget computer build for lightning and rendering work

Question by Devank from India | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Mon, Nov 4 2019 11:28 PM CST


I am going to build this configuration for the Lighting and Rendering work. I am kind of fit within budget build. Can you please look and give me your expert thoughts on this build?

  • CPU - Intel Core i7 9700K 3.6GHz Motherboard - GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS ELITE
  • GPU - Galax GeForce RTX 2070 Super EX (1-Click OC) 8GB GDDR6
  • RAM - Corsair (8 x 2 )16 GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600MHz
  • Primary storage - Intel 660p 512GB
  • Secondary storage - WD or Seagate 1TB HDD
  • Case - either of Antec Dark Avenger DA601 RGB (E-ATX) Mid Tower Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA Phanteks Eclipse P350x Deepcool Matrexx 55 Ant Esports ICE-300TG
  • Monitor - mostly between HP 24F, Dell P2419H, Philips 246E9QJAB, Benq GW2780

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