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I thought Gigabyte's Aorus X9 was a super quiet SLI laptop… until we actually turned the fans onI thought Gigabyte's Aorus X9 was a super quiet SLI laptop… until we actually turned the fans on
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90 is still within spec, if it makes it bearable from a noise standpoint on that fan profile, what's the problem?
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The temperatures were creeping up and up and, without the cooling kicking in as it did, the GPUs would have collapsed under the load. The manual step the fans were on essentially meant they remained at a specific speed no matter the temp.


I'm sure there will be a balance you can strike with the amount of fan profiling on offer (as I mention in the piece) but it is going to take a bit of effort on your behalf.

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The Asus Zephyrus sure is a slimline notebook, but it ain't no gaming 'laptop' The Asus Zephyrus sure is a slimline notebook, but it ain't no gaming 'laptop'
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This is interesting. How would you compare the noise levels under full gaming load to other laptops in it's class such as those it's being compared to in the review or something like the GT62VR?
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It's impressively quiet. I believe the Max Q spec is for gaming load to be 40dB or less.

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MSI’s Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is too honest to deliver top Coffee Lake performanceMSI’s Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is too honest to deliver top Coffee Lake performance
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The article indicates that when the i7-8700k is installed in the MSI board it runs at 4.3GHz and 4.7 when in the ASUS board. Is there any difference when an i5-8400? I understand the 8400 is locked but does it run at base clock when installed or operate at the boost from the start? Thanks
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Sadly Asus' all-core enhancement feature is limited to the K-series chips only. I was hoping it would enable us to run the 8400 at its single core 4GHz clockspeed all the time, but unfortunately not :(

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The HyperX Cloud Alpha sets a new gold standard for gaming headsetsThe HyperX Cloud Alpha sets a new gold standard for gaming headsets
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Thank goodness they put in detachable cables. I have the HyperX Cloud Core package, and it wasn't very long before the mic wire broke at the jack inside the cable. I can get it to work sometimes by zip-tying the cable back around itself to try and get the wires to contact, but it's super finicky, and of course I can't just replace the cable. :( It's a pain. At some point I'll probably try cutting it open and putting a new jack on it, but sometimes that doesn't work out so well. If that's the case, I'll maybe spring for the alphas.
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Yeah, they seemed to have spent a long time getting feedback from the industry and their users, and I think it shows.

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AMD’s Vega beats Nvidia’s GTX 1080 by up to 21% in Shadow of War at 4KAMD’s Vega beats Nvidia’s GTX 1080 by up to 21% in Shadow of War at 4K
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The Computer Base 4K benchmarks weren't run at Ultra settings, they were running at High.


But as I mentioned in the piece we cannot currently verify the results as our Vega samples are still being shipped back to us.

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If you are going to post something like this why not back it up?

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AMD’s Vega beats Nvidia’s GTX 1080 by up to 21% in Shadow of War at 4KAMD’s Vega beats Nvidia’s GTX 1080 by up to 21% in Shadow of War at 4K
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That is 2 new games where vega is performing like it should
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Aye, it's only two new games, but it's two of the biggest new titles released since Vega was. They may be the only two games where Vega outperforms its main rival, but only time will tell.


Still, kinda interesting though,eh? :)

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AMD's RX Vega 64 is 23% faster than Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7AMD's RX Vega 64 is 23% faster than Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7
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Interesting. There's the potential that might explain the performance gap, but it seems MS haven't enabled RPM in the X Xbox X One X (X) so I'd guess Turn 10 wouldn't have gone to the trouble of adding it in to the PC version when it wouldn't get used in the console version.

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I had to do a double take for your version of the console name, I enjoyed a hearty chortle afterwards. Thank you for that!


For the game though, Microsoft does seem to be putting more effort into the PC lately, plus since they created the base of the PC engine with Forza Apex, maybe the technical engineers had some spare time to play around with new ideas? Unless Nvidia cards are really experiencing a problem, just being DX12 doesn't seem like it makes sense because there are other DX12 titles and the discrepancy isn't near as large. Do you guys still have your test card? Would be interesting to see some comparison benchmarks of Forza: Apex to see if it's similar, maybe Halo 5: Forge and Halo Wars 2 as well.

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Raptr is dead. No more Gaming Evolved a year after AMD ditch the appRaptr is dead. No more Gaming Evolved a year after AMD ditch the app
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Not wishing to prolong the sadness, but what was it that you liked about Raptr? I'm genuinely intrigued about what it gave you that the Radeon software doesn't.

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Instant messaging, friend lists, profiles?

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The 7 worst PC building crimes and how to avoid themThe 7 worst PC building crimes and how to avoid them
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Haha, that would have been a better idea... I actually just bricked a second old board we didn't need by squeezing thermal paste into it. Felt so wrong doing it...

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I can't...then... no!.....but?....why?

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Last night a force feedback steering wheel saved my lifeLast night a force feedback steering wheel saved my life
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It's a tricky one. The T300RS has got the 1080° rotation (Logitech stops at 900°) and the slightly better force feedback, but it's a bit more expensive. The G29 (the Sony PS version over the Xbox G290) has more buttons, a nicer build quality and super stable pedals. Overall though I just give it to the Thrustmaster wheel, but only just.

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Cheers

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