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    I'll admit I don't know much about it....

    I'll admit I don't know much about it. Nevertheless, how does such a distributed web service spanning multiple continents and countless, redundant data centers suddenly "go down" worldwide. It...
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    That thing somehow looks cobbled together, like a...

    That thing somehow looks cobbled together, like a prototype. It doesn't have the fit/finish refinement you might expect from a $400 anything. Ironically, that may mean it actually works pretty well.
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    I don't recall exactly but I want to say it...

    I don't recall exactly but I want to say it pushed 80 or 90c. That was in an Antec P183 case built for silence rather than cooling - a real hot box by today's standards but pretty slick circa 2010. I...
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    Yes...It's a regal block of aluminum but...

    Yes...It's a regal block of aluminum but ultimately not a great design apparently for that very reason. The more modern big heatsinks are very different - pipes and a lot more space for airflow.
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    And that heatsink is actually bigger than it...

    And that heatsink is actually bigger than it looks. I don't believe Intel ever intended for that chip to be cooled with a fan-less heatsink. It probably wasn't until the big coolers with big fans...
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    Definitely. The heat sink looked big enough but...

    Definitely. The heat sink looked big enough but the temps just seemed to remain a little too high.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LZQNLU/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    Not sure why...
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    Yes, in fact, that's the exact video card I'm...

    Yes, in fact, that's the exact video card I'm using right now. Obviously, with that card I don't have much interest in games but the purchase price sure was nice. I can't believe what high end...
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    Small fan noise of varying speed can be VERY...

    Small fan noise of varying speed can be VERY annoying. I put a big fanless heatsink on my first generation i7 once before big fan heatsinks (120mm+) were a thing (or at least before I knew about...
  9. As someone alluded to earlier, since power...

    As someone alluded to earlier, since power supplies are already so efficient, those other technologies may never find their way into consumer-oriented PSUs unless a) power somehow became so much more...
  10. Maybe but the thread might get moved. :) I'm...

    Maybe but the thread might get moved. :)

    I'm curious to know why you think so and I'm being sincere. I would love to know better. My understanding is that man-made fusion will likely be a part of...
  11. More on point ... In terms of PC computing, I...

    More on point ... In terms of PC computing, I think there have been some notable efforts over the years to radically re-think the PC entirely from the ground up. I doubt it's going to happen for any...
  12. I think it's a valid argument that holistic, true...

    I think it's a valid argument that holistic, true costs are often disregarded when considering "green" or alternative energy sources in comparison to traditional ones. The reason for that isn't...
  13. I really hope so. Fusion might somehow be the...

    I really hope so. Fusion might somehow be the answer sometime in the far future. I hope there are some radical breakthroughs but from what I've read, reactors are still enormously expensive, complex...
  14. Nuclear was once seen as the answer to future...

    Nuclear was once seen as the answer to future energy needs. Politics and irrational fears aside, unless I'm missing something, safe nuclear technologies still seem to be the best choice. That is,...
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    I've used conductive grease on auto connectors in...

    I've used conductive grease on auto connectors in the past. There's something about using non-conductive coatings like dielectric grease that seems counterintuitive to me.
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    If I were having problems with removable...

    If I were having problems with removable connectors I'd probably just solder those contacts and be done with it.
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    I understand. Technically inferior formats are...

    I understand. Technically inferior formats are sometimes favored because they can impart a certain stylization to the work - the cassette tape renaissance for instance. :wall:

    I should clarify -...
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    It's true about GPUs. They certainly do seem to...

    It's true about GPUs. They certainly do seem to be going in the opposite direction and that's probably going to get a lot worse before it ever gets better, simply due to the predictability of what...
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    Oh yeah huge topic right there. Just about...

    Oh yeah huge topic right there. Just about everybody seems to have an opinion. I think cryptocurrency is probably the future (somehow - though in theory if something can be encrypted it can be...
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    That's the direction it seems to be going, or at...

    That's the direction it seems to be going, or at least there doesn't seem to be much interest in using power consumption to improve "mainstream" segment performance. Apparently, the industry...
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    I leave my WIFI on 24/7 like most people and it...

    I leave my WIFI on 24/7 like most people and it does put out a fair amount of heat (which is $ of electricity basically). Ironically, I end up power cycling it anyway every 2nd or 3rd day to keep...
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    That's awesome. It's a great skillset to have. I...

    That's awesome. It's a great skillset to have. I occasionally come across like new condition, high-end electronics for VERY low prices. Example - a couple of years ago I found a top of the line Sony...
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    Yes - that's a good thing. They were talking...

    Yes - that's a good thing. They were talking about the whiskers problem in that thread I was referring to. Also, I think PCs and PC components tend to be an exception to the rule when it comes to...
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    Well I tend to agree maybe with the caveat that...

    Well I tend to agree maybe with the caveat that it depends somewhat. Overall autos last longer but some components don't seem to. Do computers really last longer than the early days of PCs and...
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    I don't mean to drag the thread off into the...

    I don't mean to drag the thread off into the hinterlands ... but I suspect power cycling being worse than simply leaving the system on somewhat depends on the temperature differential. I'm assuming...
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