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Old 19-03-2017, 04:56 PM   #5026
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Have. Under Inspiron 3000 series; sic you link. Base model i5 chip with iGPU, AMD dGPU model is +$50. GPGT below

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I've been using the 3146 (Pentium cpu, 11.6" same base chassis) since Q3 2014. It's a pretty solid laptop (though all plastic), fairly lightweight, provided you don't mind the big black bezels. Suggest you top up warranty period cos my keyboard fault surfaced just after 1yr was up.
1366x768 this res still available ?
it's not 2005
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Old 19-03-2017, 04:59 PM   #5027
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1366x768 this res still available ?
it's not 2005
Budget & brand limitation, bo pian lah
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Old 19-03-2017, 05:13 PM   #5028
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Old 19-03-2017, 10:15 PM   #5029
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Anyone checked out the Tesoro chairs at it show? At $269 it seems like quite a good value for money chair.
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Old 20-03-2017, 12:13 AM   #5030
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Attempt 1, Open and check (Uneven)
i delid yesterday - thot there'll be leftover mark on the ihs to use as reference
but after wiping off intel tim, totally clean no mark - cold sweat...
looks like urs is same?
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Old 21-03-2017, 10:00 AM   #5031
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i delid yesterday - thot there'll be leftover mark on the ihs to use as reference
but after wiping off intel tim, totally clean no mark - cold sweat...
looks like urs is same?
Yup! Totally clean.

I actually did 2 application attempts. Cause the first try I overdone the internet advice on spreading a super thin layer (looked almost like a metal plating on die and IHS), ended up poor contact and temperatures got worse. BSOD on prime 95 (quick test) I normally don't get maybe from poor coverage.

When I redo the application, I painted the taped IHS with the brush and left a very small running droplet on the painted region, did the same for CPU die. Heng I didn't lap the surface or else the running droplet will really spill on the anodised IHS surface.

Finished off by using the relid tool (the tripod thing + huge thumbscrew light-moderate hand tightening) for seating the liquid metal properly. In theory the "running droplets" meet and bridge die and IHS properly. Left it in that state for 20 minutes before releasing and putting back into system.

Temps/Voltage:
Final result is 1.351V + 0.25V offset + LLC5 under 60C worse case including prime95, CPU video encode on all threads. But temperature deltas under normal heavy load within 15c from ambient. Peak vcore reading in software (hwinfo64) is barely above 1.4.

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H80i GT + single GT2150 with a silent focused fan profile. With a better cooler you should be able to push further at less noise.

Also took the time to optimise the BIOS settings on maximum allowable turbo timings, raising power limit thresholds and removing more safety around the digivrm settings just for sustained performance.

Soli for making this hard to read

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Old 21-03-2017, 10:05 AM   #5032
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Old 21-03-2017, 10:14 AM   #5033
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Pros: 3GB<4GB VRAM, freesync option, LED, dual fan
Cons: driver cpu draw call driver overhead relative to nvidia, 2 year warranty

Maybe depends on visual eye candy vs. peak framerates uh?
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Old 21-03-2017, 10:16 AM   #5034
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Pros: 3GB<4GB VRAM, freesync option, LED, dual fan
Cons: driver cpu draw call driver overhead relative to nvidia, 2 year warranty

Maybe depends on visual eye candy vs. peak framerates uh?
How about the driver support thus far especially for 4K video? Problem solved?

Didn't monitor much about it lately.
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Old 21-03-2017, 10:24 AM   #5035
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How about the driver support thus far especially for 4K video? Problem solved?

Didn't monitor much about it lately.
According to ferolare AMD fixed driver stability bug with polaris UVD/VCE around january? Its also in the changelog. Of course there are good and bad drivers (depends on individual) but point is there are good recent drivers.

The bug was: Crazy fluctuation from state 0 to max state + potential driver crash if you do video acceleration + 3d acceleration at same time. Especially going on higher resolution and bit rate. Very relevant for windowed mode usage + watching beedio + pcwing at the same time.

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Old 21-03-2017, 10:34 AM   #5036
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Old 21-03-2017, 10:40 AM   #5037
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After switching to 1070, I think the key drivers issue are:
-Before R376 - dpc latency
-R376 (376.19-33) - hardware acceleration bugs, after watching beedio too long there might be video/audio cutouts or the audio becomes a buzzing noise. Some beedios trigger it more than others, some do not at all. Otherwise its ok
-R378 (current) - so far ok
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Old 21-03-2017, 10:49 AM   #5038
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I sticked with 376.19 from december until early march cause I think its the best for long use without turning off pc imo. Updated to 376.33 a week before 378.78 cause of the security flaw fear mongering and itchy hand but its about the same except synthetic benchmarks reduce slightly.

The betas etc between 376.33 and 378.78 also very mixed in feedback heng never touch. Can also find repeated posts on geforce forum bug report thread with people rolling back to 376.33 during those in between betas.

Think neither the state of amd and nvidia drivers are consistently good. But at least both have stable recent releases.

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Old 21-03-2017, 12:08 PM   #5039
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Old 21-03-2017, 12:11 PM   #5040
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I sticked with 376.19 from december until early march cause I think its the best for long use without turning off pc imo. Updated to 376.33 a week before 378.78 cause of the security flaw fear mongering and itchy hand but its about the same except synthetic benchmarks reduce slightly.

The betas etc between 376.33 and 378.78 also very mixed in feedback heng never touch. Can also find repeated posts on geforce forum bug report thread with people rolling back to 376.33 during those in between betas.

Think neither the state of amd and nvidia drivers are consistently good. But at least both have stable recent releases.
Going to roll back too. The latest one sux for me.. Rendering will 70% crash. Display will flicker during login to window for some odd reason after updating to the latest driver.
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