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  1. A couple of dates to keep for AMD announcements. Zen 3 CPUs October 8 (12PM EDT) RX 6000 GPUs October 28 (12PM EDT) I am hoping for an Intel announcement of Rocket Lake-S desktop CPUs in the same timeframe, but they may have slipped into 1Q2021.
  2. Very good post. I think your comments match the experience of many users.
  3. rickca

    HQ Player

    @Miska the RTX 3070 is supposed to outperform an RTX 2080 Ti. Do you think the RTX 3070 will be enough to satisfy HQPlayer requirements for the next couple of years, or would you recommend spending another $200 for the RTX 3080?
  4. rickca

    HQ Player

    Thanks for reminding me of this. Have you seen any DACs announced that will use this combo?
  5. The follow on to Nenon's motherboard is the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (with or without Wifi). What's wrong with that? Are you trying to avoid the chipset fan? Re networking on the Strix B550-F, one user review states 'No native network driver (you've got to download the drivers elsewhere and install them via USB or CD).
  6. Wow, it sure sounds like their billing system is a mess. Surely a little research on their part would readily confirm your documentation. This is a very disappointing customer service story.
  7. I'm also using an HDPLEX 300W LPS with the 12V rail powering the 8-pin EPS12V and the 19V rail powering a V2.1 400W DC-ATX. Good price/performance. I discovered that the 400W DC-ATX fits perfectly in a 5.25" drive bay in my mid-tower case which is fortunately very close to the motherboard 24-pin. The length of the 400W DC-ATX is exactly the depth of a 5.25" bay. I just leave the 300W LPS powered on all the time. When the computer goes to sleep, the 300W LPS cools off rapidly.
  8. Can you give us an update on when we might see this? You said you were waiting for a special version of alsa. Do you have that yet?
  9. Are you saying HQPlayer embedded SQ is in a different league than desktop HQPlayer even with both running on Linux?
  10. This is a really outstanding post! Thank you! Just this week, I made some changes to my PC and had to Load Optimized Defaults in the BIOS. I thought I'd restored all my preferred settings, but I forgot about the memory XMP profile. So my DDR4 2800 memory was running at the base rate of 2133. I couldn't figure out why everything sounded so different! Your experience with fine tuning voltage is fascinating. PS: This is why we need good quality motherboards. When you're tuning things, the tuning system has to work properly. I once had an expensive TV with an extensive CMS (color management system) for calibration. Problem is the CMS had all the bells and whistles but didn't give consistently accurate results. This is really just as important as all the flashy features that motherboard manufacturers highlight in their marketing material.
  11. Funny I just read an article from a financial analyst predicting that Apple will buy Sonos.
  12. Of course you know that inside it there are Buffalo chips. AKA meadow muffins. 😀
  13. Yes, of course I remember your post and it was very helpful. It's one of the things that got me asking this question. Quite simply, other things being equal, would a 65W i7-10700 sound the same as a 125W i7-10700K or would one of them sound better? In your post, you were using different motherboards with the i7-8700T and i7-8700K. That will make a difference, but probably not as much as the CPU. So the 95W CPU sounds a lot better than the 35W CPU. Does this mean that a 125W CPU is going to be better than a 95W CPU? Not necessarily, right? As you mention, the power supply quality (and wattage) is an effective constraint. A 65W CPU is actually a lot closer to a 95W watt CPU than a 35W CPU ... especially when you put frequency limits on the 95W CPU ... because things like CPU frequency/voltage don't respond in a linear fashion. I suspect that turbo algorithms used to stay within the TDP power budget strongly influence the sound quality. These algorithms have to work a lot more aggressively on a 35W CPU than on a 65W CPU. They certainly affect the load on the power supply. Different operating systems and music players sound different because they do different processing. I'm suggesting something similar is happening with the processor firmware. It's complicated.
  14. Yes, exactly. And if one sounds better than the other, why? I acknowledge @StreamFidelity's point that an i7-10700 may just be a lower binned i9-10900K that didn't test well enough to meet i9-10900K specs. I spent nearly a year in Burlington, VT testing the PS3 chip at an IBM manufacturing facility. The amount of test data collected about each chip is mind boggling, way beyond any published specs.
  15. Correction. The non-custom SR7 does 12V/12A. Apparently Paul has a new configuration that does 12V/16A. https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/?do=findComment&comment=1061805 May I reiterate ... let's also for the moment leave aside whether the 125W CPU would enable more processor intensive HQPlayer filters/modulators than the 65W CPU.
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