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VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



Pedestrian Xing posted:

Anyone have a rec for a cheap (<$50 USD) USB microphone for general use?

I feel like my snowball mic was around that price and it's perfect.

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teagone
Jun 10, 2003

That was pretty intense, huh?

Pedestrian Xing posted:

Anyone have a rec for a cheap (<$50 USD) USB microphone for general use?

I've had my Samson Go for a little while now and have had no complaints. Everyone says I sound pretty good on Discord. Currently $39.99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Samson-Mic-P...e/dp/B001R76D42

I've heard good things about the Blue Snowball, mentioned above. Currently $49.99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Snowbal...d/dp/B006DIA77E Can get both and return the one you don't like lol.

Pedestrian Xing
Jul 18, 2007



VelociBacon posted:

I feel like my snowball mic was around that price and it's perfect.

teagone posted:

I've heard good things about the Blue Snowball, mentioned above. Currently $49.99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Snowbal...d/dp/B006DIA77E Can get both and return the one you don't like lol.

Ordered, thanks for the rec!

Martian Manfucker
Dec 27, 2012

misandry is real

What are my fancy SSD (non-2.5) options with a B450 Tomahawk Max and a 2600x? I can't make heads or tails of what's compatible with what or if I'm turning off lanes or anything.

VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



Martian Manfucker posted:

What are my fancy SSD (non-2.5) options with a B450 Tomahawk Max and a 2600x? I can't make heads or tails of what's compatible with what or if I'm turning off lanes or anything.

It'll be in your motherboard manual but generally what's going on here is that a limited number of lanes means that using some M.2 spots on a motherboard will essentially lock out a SATA port from being available for a drive. Your motherboard should have a list or a chart showing which motherboard M.2 slot affects which SATA port. You just check and see where you shouldn't plug your drives into, it's not too bad.

If you're looking for actual m.2 drive recs, the Western Digital Blue series is really good value IMO. Otherwise Samsung stuff is the standard but more expensive.

Martian Manfucker
Dec 27, 2012

misandry is real

VelociBacon posted:

It'll be in your motherboard manual but generally what's going on here is that a limited number of lanes means that using some M.2 spots on a motherboard will essentially lock out a SATA port from being available for a drive. Your motherboard should have a list or a chart showing which motherboard M.2 slot affects which SATA port. You just check and see where you shouldn't plug your drives into, it's not too bad.

If you're looking for actual m.2 drive recs, the Western Digital Blue series is really good value IMO. Otherwise Samsung stuff is the standard but more expensive.

Yeah I kinda get that, but what I'm more wondering is if it's worth it to put m.2 drives in this motherboard or if they're going to be held back by the speed of the PCIE slots. The manual says I have one PCIE x16 slot.

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



NVMe typically runs at x4, don't worry about it.

gradenko_2000
Oct 5, 2010



Lipstick Apathy

how much better is NVMe compared to SATA? I want to get like a 1 TB drive to really enjoy the fast loading speeds (I have my OS and a few games on a 240 GB, but obviously that's kinda small), and I'm undecided if I want to go through with picking out and figuring out NVMe drives or if sticking with SATA will be good enough.

gradenko_2000 fucked around with this message at 03:47 on Oct 26, 2020

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007





Grimey Drawer

gradenko_2000 posted:

how much better is NVMe compared to SATA? I want to get like a 1 TB drive to really enjoy the fast loading speeds, but I'm undecided if I want to go through with picking out and figuring out NVMe drives or if sticking with SATA will be good enough.

Itís significantly faster and these days the price difference isnít enough imo to go SSD if you have a slot for NVMe.

I think itís 3x as fast as an SSD at least in my benchmarks when I tested it.

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



NVMes benefits are really only seen at higher queue depths which you aren't likely to encounter in consumer workloads, you need very large transfers to take advantage of them. But there really isn't a price premium so mise.

HalloKitty
Sep 30, 2005

Adjust the bass and let the Alpine blast


gradenko_2000 posted:

how much better is NVMe compared to SATA? I want to get like a 1 TB drive to really enjoy the fast loading speeds (I have my OS and a few games on a 240 GB, but obviously that's kinda small), and I'm undecided if I want to go through with picking out and figuring out NVMe drives or if sticking with SATA will be good enough.

It's not appreciably better in most normal workloads, from everything I've seen. Benchmarks though, there you can really compete

repiv
Aug 13, 2009



College Slice

It's hard to tell the difference between SATA and NVMe for now, but DirectStorage will only work with NVMe so that may change down the road.

There's little to no price premium for PCIe3 NVMe drives over SATA now so you may as well get one, but PCIe4 NVMe is a waste of money.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

Hmm, what have we here?

repiv posted:

It's hard to tell the difference between SATA and NVMe for now, but DirectStorage will only work with NVMe so that may change down the road.

There's little to no price premium for PCIe3 NVMe drives over SATA now so you may as well get one, but PCIe4 NVMe is a waste of money.

FutureProofô️

As it stands I couldnít care less even if PCIe4 wasnít a waste, my 970 Evo Plus is drat fast and not going anywhere anytime soon.

Gyshall
Feb 24, 2009

Had a couple of drinks.
Saw a couple of things.


Is this the right place to ask about datacenter networking hardware?

We're building out a small prototype system and have been looking at second hand Dells for our compute, which looks good. Most seem to have 10GB SFP+ networking, which is good because our application needs 10GB SFP networking.

We need two stacks of switches, and I'm trying to find something that can give us redundancy, has all SFP+ ports if possible and can be managed over ssh/Ansible.

Reasoning for SFP+ is because we have access to a bunch of DACs/SFP modules already.

For now we're only concerned about ever having one rack in our Colo.

Actuarial Fables
Jul 29, 2014



Taco Defender

https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=2430375
Ignore that it's called the Cisco Short Questions thread, as it turned into a general enterprise networking thread at some point.

Gyshall
Feb 24, 2009

Had a couple of drinks.
Saw a couple of things.


Actuarial Fables posted:

https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=2430375
Ignore that it's called the Cisco Short Questions thread, as it turned into a general enterprise networking thread at some point.

Thanks!

Good Sphere
Jun 16, 2018

Can't stop the Buddhabrot
But which way is it turning?
zn+1=zn2+c


Lenovo is having a huge Black Friday sale.

Someone I know was deciding between Mac or PC laptop. They are considering this instead: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptop...8-/p/20U9005MUS

of this:

https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro-13/specs/

Is there anything to watch out for with that Lenovo laptop? I think they would be happy getting the ThinkPad over over the MacBook, especially for the price.

FCKGW
May 21, 2006



Good Sphere posted:

Lenovo is having a huge Black Friday sale.

Someone I know was deciding between Mac or PC laptop. They are considering this instead: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptop...8-/p/20U9005MUS

of this:

https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro-13/specs/

Is there anything to watch out for with that Lenovo laptop? I think they would be happy getting the ThinkPad over over the MacBook, especially for the price.

We have a laptop thread here: https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...40&pagenumber=1

But Thinkpads are great, there's a bit of a tradeoff with the X1 carbon due to it's slimness but it's a great deal.

Good Sphere
Jun 16, 2018

Can't stop the Buddhabrot
But which way is it turning?
zn+1=zn2+c


FCKGW posted:

We have a laptop thread here: https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...40&pagenumber=1

But Thinkpads are great, there's a bit of a tradeoff with the X1 carbon due to it's slimness but it's a great deal.

Oops, I will post it there instead. Thanks for your input.

tuyop
Sep 14, 2006

Every second that we're not growing BASIL is a second wasted


Fun Shoe

Good Sphere posted:

Lenovo is having a huge Black Friday sale.

Someone I know was deciding between Mac or PC laptop. They are considering this instead: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptop...8-/p/20U9005MUS

of this:

https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro-13/specs/

Is there anything to watch out for with that Lenovo laptop? I think they would be happy getting the ThinkPad over over the MacBook, especially for the price.

I had an X1 Carbon for work awhile ago. It was a fine Windows laptop but the trackpad was horrible. At that price I would recommend it to anyone who won't/can't use a MBA, though.

VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



Good Sphere posted:

Lenovo is having a huge Black Friday sale.

Someone I know was deciding between Mac or PC laptop. They are considering this instead: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptop...8-/p/20U9005MUS

of this:

https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro-13/specs/

Is there anything to watch out for with that Lenovo laptop? I think they would be happy getting the ThinkPad over over the MacBook, especially for the price.

Just chiming in that I have a MS surface laptop and it's been beyond fantastic for my needs. Just something else to look at.

Good Sphere
Jun 16, 2018

Can't stop the Buddhabrot
But which way is it turning?
zn+1=zn2+c


VelociBacon posted:

Just chiming in that I have a MS surface laptop and it's been beyond fantastic for my needs. Just something else to look at.

What are your needs? I should have mentioned it, but they want it for video editing, and probably using HD proxies to render 4K.

VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



Good Sphere posted:

What are your needs? I should have mentioned it, but they want it for video editing, and probably using HD proxies to render 4K.

Never mind! The version I have is just for basic non-GPU stuff.

Triikan
Feb 23, 2007
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What's the cheapest way to single cable from a laptop to 4 monitors? My wife's work decided to get rid of the remote desktop scheme they've been using and instead make her lug this 17" monstrosity of a laptop back and forth.

She got this: https://www.zdnet.com/product/hp-zbook-17-g6/

I was thinking maybe an external dock for the video card out of the desktop she had been using (this 4 hdmi port geforce 710 https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1), though they all seem super overbuilt for what I need.

Monitors are two 1440s (display port and hdmi) and two 1080s (only HDMI), and its all spreadsheets and the like stuff, so don't need a ton of performance.

Triikan fucked around with this message at 23:41 on Oct 30, 2020

TITTIEKISSER69
Mar 19, 2005

I'M JUST HERE TO KISS TITTIESS AND WIN FOOTBALL GAMES!
(AND GET EVERYBODY FIRED)


Do the monitor have DisplayLink? You may be able to daisy-chain them.

Triikan
Feb 23, 2007
Most Loved

TITTIEKISSER69 posted:

Do the monitor have DisplayLink? You may be able to daisy-chain them.

Two do, but displayport multistream has to be supported by the monitor itself, which these don't.

Triikan
Feb 23, 2007
Most Loved

Problem solved mostly; she complained and work is ordering her the official dock, so she'll just have to use two cables.

Vegetable
Oct 22, 2010



Is it possible for a SATA or power cable to cause HDDs to start clicking?

I have replaced my brand-new 3TB Toshiba four times. Every time, right after I plug it in, it starts clicking. When I switch it to a different SATA/power cable, it continues clicking nonetheless.

It is the third drive in my desktop (SSD + HDD + HDD). All my other drives are doing perfectly fine ó my Hitachi is at least six years old!

I have to assume Iím having very bad luck, or my cables are busted somehow.

Rexxed
May 1, 2010

Dis is amazing!
I gotta try dis!



Vegetable posted:

Is it possible for a SATA or power cable to cause HDDs to start clicking?

I have replaced my brand-new 3TB Toshiba four times. Every time, right after I plug it in, it starts clicking. When I switch it to a different SATA/power cable, it continues clicking nonetheless.

It is the third drive in my desktop (SSD + HDD + HDD). All my other drives are doing perfectly fine ó my Hitachi is at least six years old!

I have to assume Iím having very bad luck, or my cables are busted somehow.

Clicking is usually a mechanical failure where the heads are hitting the platter or failing to move correctly. The heads are controlled by the controller on the disk and it just gets power from the power cable and receives commands and sends data over the sata cable. I'm sure it's not impossible for a bad cable to somehow break the controller and cause it to go haywire, but I'd be surprised if it could somehow mechanically damage the disk. With that many replacements, I'd certainly try some new cables just in case, though. Bad power could cook a disk controller but I'd expect it to just not work instead of going to a clicking failure mode. Weird stuff happens when there's potential bad power issues, though.

Statutory Ape
Sep 12, 2017




i hope its the chair

NotNut
Feb 4, 2020


I need to get more RAM and I'm not sure what kind I need. This is what I got last time

https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb...N82E16820232181

Should I just order more of that? Is there a better brand? What does the CAS latency thing mean? My processor is a Ryzen 5 3600

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



NotNut posted:

I need to get more RAM and I'm not sure what kind I need. This is what I got last time

https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb...N82E16820232181

Should I just order more of that? Is there a better brand? What does the CAS latency thing mean? My processor is a Ryzen 5 3600

If your motherboard isn't a mini-itx board buying more of the same is probably your best option. You could also buy a 2x16 kit and resell what you have but that will most likely be more expensive. CAS latency describes the speed of one of it's internal processes. 3200/16 ram like you have is fine.

Whadaya need it for, if you don't mind me asking?

NotNut
Feb 4, 2020


Some Goon posted:

If your motherboard isn't a mini-itx board buying more of the same is probably your best option. You could also buy a 2x16 kit and resell what you have but that will most likely be more expensive. CAS latency describes the speed of one of it's internal processes. 3200/16 ram like you have is fine.

Whadaya need it for, if you don't mind me asking?

I have a lot of programs open at once including games. 16GB just isn't enough for me. will it work if I buy the same thing but a different brand? this here looks nicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0143UM4TC/

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



NotNut posted:

I have a lot of programs open at once including games. 16GB just isn't enough for me. will it work if I buy the same thing but a different brand? this here looks nicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0143UM4TC/

It's only guaranteed to work if it comes as one kit, but any combination will probably work. Getting more of the same is possibly better on this front but honestly it doesn't come up enough for me to know for sure.

Hipster_Doofus
Dec 20, 2003

Lovin' every minute of it.

More of the same is an extremely safe bet. Anything else is playing the lottery. Granted with pretty good odds, but still...

ladd
Aug 14, 2004


I am looking into buying a new motherboard, I have found a deal on atx board with inbuilt wi-fi. Is their any negatives with on-board Wi-fi over buying a dedicated wi-fi card? I do have issues with signal sometimes but I am not sure if it worth spending $30+ on a card when I can get it with my motherboard for a little extra

VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



ladd posted:

I am looking into buying a new motherboard, I have found a deal on atx board with inbuilt wi-fi. Is their any negatives with on-board Wi-fi over buying a dedicated wi-fi card? I do have issues with signal sometimes but I am not sure if it worth spending $30+ on a card when I can get it with my motherboard for a little extra

If everything else is the same it's not really a concern. If it sucked you can always disable it in the mobo and use an expansion slot wifi card.

Cavauro
Jan 9, 2008



is there or has there ever been any secret billionaire-exclusive pc hardware that does not officially exist like a cpu with gigabytes of cache? or the rtx 3090. Thanks man. Thank you

TheParadigm
Dec 10, 2009



There were those 2000$ like, 3d modeling not-quite-graphics by nvidia a few years ago that got popular for bitcoin mining?

edit: iirc it was for like, corporate/enterprise rendering/modeling, not like, consumer grade graphics.

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VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



Cavauro posted:

is there or has there ever been any secret billionaire-exclusive pc hardware that does not officially exist like a cpu with gigabytes of cache? or the rtx 3090. Thanks man. Thank you

Not as far as I'm aware. By the time you financed and started the development of some uber card the next gen would be out and whatever you were working on would already be outclassed.

The billionare thing to do is basically to just SLI 3 or 4 of the best current card together and even then you end up with a bunch of issues sometimes and have to turn them off. I have to think people with more money than anything else aren't really sitting around playing games anyways.

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