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  1. VanGoghComplex

    Inexpensive, simple, full mechanical keyboard?

    Hey guys! Thanks for all the feedback. I eventually did go with the GMMK tenkeyless model at home, and so brought my Corsair K65 to work. It's a considerable upgrade from the membrane office keyboard that was there and thankfully has a button to turn off the backlight.
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    Triple passive Mo-Ra3 experiment - advice?

    It's alright. I'll admit my understanding of fluid dynamics is not formally educated, but I am a process controls engineer and I work in a plant where I deal with this kind of thing. Plus I've seen the results of parallelizing flow in my own loop, so we can agree to disagree until OP sets up and...
  3. VanGoghComplex

    Triple passive Mo-Ra3 experiment - advice?

    You're ignoring the huge pressure drop that the MO-RAs induce by just using "pipe."
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    Triple passive Mo-Ra3 experiment - advice?

    Yeah, my analogy isn't great. But my point still stands. It's the same reason why the overall flow in a parallel loop is greater than the overall flow in a serial loop with the same components. By putting three MO-RAs in parallel, you wind up with a flow path with three times the cross...
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    Triple passive Mo-Ra3 experiment - advice?

    You're correct that the portion of total flow through each rad will be about 1/3rd, but the overall restriction posed by the three of them in parallel will also be about 1/3rd the restriction of a single rad. It's the same principle that determines parallel resistance in electrical circuits...
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    Triple passive Mo-Ra3 experiment - advice?

    A single D5 can handle a single MO-RA. I'm actually the guy on the other forum who suggested running the three in parallel! Three in parallel should present 1/3rd the restriction of one, so I believe a single D5 should be able to do this. Of course, two D5s is better than one... 😂 Hi DoubleTap !
  7. VanGoghComplex

    Looking for a gaming chair.

    I've had mine a few months now and I got the softweave fabric. I don't like leather, doesn't breathe enough for me. Thus far the chair still looks new, but it's not very old so that doesn't say much.
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    Looking for a gaming chair.

    Likewise. Steve Shit-On-Everything Burke can kick rocks. My Secretlab Omega is the most comfortable office chair I've ever used.
  9. VanGoghComplex

    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    Finally, four months after Ampere launch, my upgrade is complete and I'm back on water!
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    Who is buying a 3090?

    How does one check for this flaw? I've got a 3090 FTW3 Ultra. Seems to be benching par for the course, but still curious.
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    Is overclocking FINALLY dead?

    It's bittersweet but I see it as a plus. It means the consumer is getting almost everything they paid for, straight out of the box. In other industries and hobbies, when you have something that needs to be tweaked and adjusted after you buy it to perform optimally, it's considered to be a...
  12. VanGoghComplex

    Entertainment cabinet cooling

    https://hardforum.com/threads/cooling-a-closed-entertainment-cabinet.1996506/ Here's my thread (and my solution) on this topic.
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    Alphacool Supernova 1260 ( Or Phobya, same thing ) for external water box project

    I'll get back to you on temps, as right now I'm only cooling a 3900x - waiting on the waterblock for my 3090. The thing that sells the MO-RA for me is the ecosystem of parts and accessories. Feet, res mount, pump mounts, grilles, fan brackets give you options, different finishes... unless I'm...
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    Alphacool Supernova 1260 ( Or Phobya, same thing ) for external water box project

    If you aren't familiar with them yet, Watercool has a whole ecosystem around their MO-RA external radiators. Here's mine: I made some 3D printed feet to pass the tubing and cable concessions from the reservoir side to the back side, but other than that everything you see on there is...
  15. VanGoghComplex

    Looking for a gaming chair.

    I won't claim that isn't a problem in the market overall, I just don't see it in my chair. I'm very well acquainted with the "I spent money so it has to be good or else I did the dumb" phenomenon. I've done it before, and I'm self-aware enough to recognize it - that's not what's happening here...
  16. VanGoghComplex

    Anyway to "clean out" a GPU block?

    No substitute for elbow grease. Don't sweat it, the things are made to be taken apart for cleaning.
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    Looking for a gaming chair.

    I have to wonder if Shit-On-Everything Steve Burke is only including the $150 Amazon chairs in that video. I've had a few months with my Secretlab Omega, and am still 100% happy with it, almost to the point that I'm considering buying a second one to haul to my office. It is so much more...
  18. VanGoghComplex

    Power Conditioning and Overclocking

    You have a power conditioner already. It's called your PSU.
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    Consensus on Vertical Video Card Mount?

    When PCIe 4.0 came out, I gave up on the idea of vertical mounts. The ones being advertised as "4.0" are just barely good enough to allow the PC to boot. Tests show performance losses using a 4.0 riser compared to just running the PCI slot in 3.0 mode. The 4.0 spec is very unforgiving of...
  20. VanGoghComplex

    Ran D5 pump while dry, now case vibrates

    As long as you're not running the dead pump, chances of significant pieces of debris escaping into the loop are lower. You should be fine to run on one pump until you get your GPU block, but plan for a full teardown and hand-cleaning when you get it. As for only one pump dying, that's not too...
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    Ran D5 pump while dry, now case vibrates

    "My car only makes this noise if I let the engine get over 3000rpm, that means I don't have to fix it if I just keep the revs low, right?"
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    Ran D5 pump while dry, now case vibrates

    Turn the dead pump off and order a replacement. It won't hurt your good pump to run it by itself. The non-turning pump will present a little bit of restriction, but not enough to matter. The dead pump likely has a destroyed ceramic bearing. It would be good practice to clean out your loop with...
  23. VanGoghComplex

    Another beautiful product from Optimus

    I think the whole block is missing a cover over the front that frames the waterways and covers the ugly PCB. I'm not griping that they didn't extend the copper specifically, just that the ugly PCB with the thermal blanket poking through the cutouts is visible.
  24. VanGoghComplex

    Another beautiful product from Optimus

    Thanks, perfect photo to express how I feel about those blocks
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    School me on custom loops.

    "Best" is coolant that will never cause any material corrosion or allow growth. Saying that additives reduce cooling capacity is like saying 90° fittings reduce flow - technically true, but inconsequential in practice. Haven't experienced it myself but have read that silver attacks nickel...
  26. VanGoghComplex

    School me on custom loops.

    I'm a fan of Aquacomputer Double Protect Ultra.
  27. VanGoghComplex

    DDC Pump Questions

    The 5LT is outdated - the newer version of what you want is the Quadro. Much smaller, less expensive, richer feature set. Absolutely a better buy than the Corsair Commander.
  28. VanGoghComplex

    Another beautiful product from Optimus

    No thread from me; this was all a Discord discussion over the course of many days.
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    Another beautiful product from Optimus

    Yeah, he did eventually get the card back with block. And he, specifically, was irritated that he didn't get his card back as quickly as they told him he was going to get it, multiple times. In the last couple weeks of their interaction, Optimus promised him a return shipment on four or five...
  30. VanGoghComplex

    Another beautiful product from Optimus

    The acrylic top is transparent. You will see PCB wherever there is not coldplate. I'm on a Discord with the gentleman who sent his 3090 in to Optimus to assist their design of the block, so I've seen a number of pictures of it. No bearing on the quality of the product, but Optimus also jerked...
  31. VanGoghComplex

    Another beautiful product from Optimus

    I may be in the minority here but I do not like the way the GPU block looks at all. It looks to me like they took great pains to make the cold plate (and it is beautiful), then just phoned the rest of it in - big acrylic slab on front, big aluminum slab on back. The exposed PCB and the "thermal...
  32. VanGoghComplex

    School me on custom loops.

    Leak testers are a great tool, but people were making custom loops for a long time without them. I tend to dislike them because I feel like they are likely to encourage sloppy habits, but I also don't have one so my opinion is likely skewed.
  33. VanGoghComplex

    Looking for suggestions/advice on a software controlled PWM hub

    Sure thing! Just re-download Aquasuite on the new machine and it should identify your license once you have the controller connected and are online.
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    Looking for suggestions/advice on a software controlled PWM hub

    You deffo don't need to renew the license on OS change or hardware change. The Aquacomputer hardware all has serial numbers and when you download AS from the website, it goes online to see if the license associated with your device is active or not. My Aquaero has been through a handful of...
  35. VanGoghComplex

    Looking for suggestions/advice on a software controlled PWM hub

    Worth noting on the Aquacomputer stuff - you don't need to update the software when the license runs out, if you don't want to. I ran my Aquaero with an unrenewed license for years because it did what I needed. Only updated when Playground came out.
  36. VanGoghComplex

    Alternatives to Corsair Commander?

    Sounds like there may be some issues here. I wouldn't give up on the unit so quickly. Reach out. Are your splitters wired right? As in, only one fan on each splitter has the tach wire connected? The Quadro defaults to full speed on all headers when no configuration is loaded. It may just be...
  37. VanGoghComplex

    Let's play a game: Explain this to me - (a VC choice and cost discussion)

    If you're looking for high-refresh 4k, you're gonna want Shiny 1. My 3440x1440 @144hz can fully utilize my 3090 on more modern titles with all the eyecandy turned on. I don't like sub-100 framerates, so this was the buy for me. 4K will take an even greater toll.
  38. VanGoghComplex

    Let's play a game: Explain this to me - (a VC choice and cost discussion)

    Better question: why not buy Shiney 1 and a better monitor to go with it? 😁 (I get it tho, and you're right - no sense buying the flagship when the next tier down is sufficient to saturate your display.)
  39. VanGoghComplex

    Looking for suggestions/advice on a software controlled PWM hub

    Really? Fans are in the single-digit ranges for wattage, and the draw difference between an 80% fan and a 100% fan is likely less than a watt. Are you positive the card isn't just clocking lower at 80% because it's getting less cooling? The electrical math on this feels ludicrous to me.
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