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  1. @biosailor, it looks like you don't have any core isolation set, so that is not the problem. If you hit Apply now, you'll see a list of processes that are running at their default allocation. This won't change anything - it's just a display so perfectly safe. It only changes if you actually enter something in the field. Anyway, the only other thing I can think of is that you have roon on-demand analysis set to fast. This may overload the CPU if playing a new file that hasn't been analysed yet. But I'm clutching at straws here - I don't really know.
  2. If you have Roon processes isolated to a single core AND Roon is running a significant database update (like importing several albums), then this may be normal. If these two points do not apply then something is wrong and needs further investigation. What are your Core Isolation settings?
  3. Stylus, in this context, is not "just" the GUI. In steady state music playing, without touching the GUI, the cores running Stylus are generally busier than those running gstp. And the Stylus cores go into overdrive when, say, buffering to RAM or updating the database. Whether Stylus itself is doing this, or kicking of system sub-processes is a moot point. The end result is that cores allocated to Stylus are doing more stuff behind the scenes. I had earlier found that giving up Stylus cores in favour of gstp was beneficial to SQ (but not to system responsiveness). But
  4. I liked the methodical way you came to this - way more patience than I could ever muster. I also tend to get into a muddle when faced with too many variables, which I why I usually go for simple options. Anyway, I copy & pasted the above exactly as is onto my 4 core/8 thread 7i7DN - and I really like the end result, despite our two systems being very different, and also despite this being a completely different configuration to my previous favourite. So I'll be running with this new one for a while.
  5. I suggest you try giving all of stylus over to gstp, i.e. 0-3 gstp 4-19 and then tinker around with variations of CPU speed vs possibly giving even more cores to gstp (but system responsiveness will go down, and temperature will go up, if you go too far) On my 4 core/8 thread NUC, I initially found it hard to tell any difference with any core isolation, but there's a sweet spot combination of CPU speed and core isolation where it all seems to happen - and the differences are now much clearer to me. My previous best combination of core isolaton and CPU speed was
  6. Firstly, let me state that I'm a fuse-believer, and the SR Orange is the end-game fuse for me. I love its sound and I hate its (probably) high mark up price. But more objectively, I'd like to explore the reason why most audiophile fuses do not have any safety certification. I think this is because: 1. No audiophile company has the resources to manufacture fuses with multiple ratings and sizes, which need to go through an expensive certification process. 2. So each company tries out several stock fuses to find the one that sounds best. SR uses a German stock fuse ma
  7. I'm not at expert, but a brief look at the msi spec shows support for DDR4 RAM up to 2666 Mhz, which suggests that the Apacer I bought below will work fine. But it may depend on the exact CPU and and board configuration. So I'm not guaranteeing anything. https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/Apacer/D2323240S004/?qs=GBLSl2AkiruWco00G6Jb1Q== Yes, I make those changes in Expert settings. They are immediately effective as shown on the Temp display screen. However, different motherboards may have different quirks. My 7i7DN allows changes up to it's base frequency of
  8. I've tried really hard going through every BIOS screen 5 times and reading lots of NUC guides, but my NUC7i7DN just doesn't support XMP profiles, doesn't support voltage updates, and only supports speed changes that are less than the default 2400 (the highest multiplier in the drop-down is 16). Therefore I can't get any better than 2400 at 1.2V. So I'm done with trying. Shame because I was half hoping that Z could add some of these parameters in Expert settings as they have the potential to be more important for SQ than most of the existing settings. But I guess that there are just
  9. I've attached a screenshot of my RAM BIOS settings. The values on the left are display-only. I can't seem to change them. One immediate thought: The display shows speed of 2400 despite this model's spec being 2666. What do you suggest the speed and voltage be changed to? I'm looking for one-shot change - I can't easily keep trying things out in BIOS as I don't have a monitor or keyboard.
  10. I've now received the exactly the same new "2666 speed" Apacer to replace my Apacer 2400, after several weeks on back-order. A brief history of my NUC7i7DN RAM journey: 1. 2x8GB stock RAM reduced to 1x8GB stock. Incremental but immediately obvious SQ improvement. 2. 1x8GB stock to 1x4GB Apacer 2400. A significantly bigger across-the-board SQ improvement. 3. 1x4GB Apacer 2400 to 1x8GB Apacer 2666. Short answer: Wow! The longer answer..... With step 3, my start point happened to be a cold system and, as a precaution, ramroot disabled. From the first minute,
  11. I've had difficulty trying to understand what problem you're trying to resolve. I think what you're effectively saying is that, when buffering files into RAM, noise from the network somehow enters and stays inside the RAM alongside the 1's and 0's - thereby permanently corrupting the file in some way. And you can hear the resulting SQ degradation when you later play the buffered file - compared to when you had buffered the files into RAM when the network was disconnected. How did you run this test to compare the SQ of the two different ways of buffering the file? I
  12. I do hope he will provide this as a configurable Expert option - so that we can then spend endless hours trying out and debating which setting sounds best. Stops us from spending money on new hardware 🙂
  13. How big a SQ jump was gained by replacing the p/s? Compared to, say, the improvement of the stock RE650 over one of its rivals? And how easy was it to do the swap? E.g. could the case be opened up by undoing a few screws, or was it molded shut?
  14. Did you consider any component upgrades for the DC3? Such as upgraded capacitors or even the DC4 regulators?
  15. Typical CPUs have a number of physical cores (mine has 4) which spread the workload. Hyperthreading enables a greater number of virtual cores (mine has 8) which further spread the workload across the physical cores, with the CPU balancing the workload across all these virtual and physical cores. In recent published screenshots, you can see the load readings on 8 virtual cores, but there are only 4 temperature readings because only the physical cores have relevance for temperature. With core isolation, you can influence the spread of workload by allocating specific processes to spe
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