I can’t fucking believe this shit. Got myself new Firecuda 530 4TB drive as replacement for my old Samsung 850 Pro 2TB. You know, double the size, 12 times the speed, 650€ investment. Not something I do every week.
All excited installed it into mobo, installed Windows 11 on it, all was fine. Updated Windows, installed few usual apps like my music player so I can do something while I copy my stuff over from old 2TB drive to new 4TB drive. Installed all the drivers and copied my documents, my apps folder, my drivers folder and left the big 700GB Games folder for last since it’ll take the longest.
And when I was ready, I started copying it while listening to music and doing other stuff in the same room. And suddenly music stops and my system reboots. What the fuck? System boots and is whining that Winloader.exe or something is missing. Shut down my system, waited 5 minutes and turned it on. Goes to Windows without issues. Run CHKDSK on system partition, no errors. Okay…
Prepare the Games folder again, thank fucking god I was copying and not moving… Half way through, system shits itself again. This time, it’s apparently forever. System whining it can’t find any boot devices. Well fuck me Seagate.
Moved Firecuda to secondary M.2 slot. Nothing. Since I had a bit older mobo BIOS I’ve decided to update it to latest if maybe that’s the problem somehow. Nothing. Stuck Firecuda in my laptop’s M.2. Guess what, NO BOOT DEVICE.
Congratulations Seagate, you’ve created the most unreliable storage drive I’ve used in my entire life, beating even archaic shitty plate spinners. ALL OF THEM. This is also why I have trust issues with brands other than Samsung when it comes to SSD’s, but they just don’t have 4TB M.2 model… Samsung 850 Pro, old SATA drive I’ve had for like 6-7 years and it hasn’t caused me problems even once. System on 24/7 with fuck tons of unexpected system crashes in its life as I was fiddling with overclocks and it’s still working reliably. It’s working fine even now that Firecuda shit itself to death next to it. Seagate Firecuda 530, the pinnacle of Seagate’s R&D, shits itself while copying “a folder of regular game data”, not even a god damn disk benchmark tool or something that would actually torture it. Fucking great. Now I’ll have to deal with stupid ass RMA for a drive I haven’t even had for 1 full day. Fuck off.
What the fuck PayPal? Who the fuck is in charge of security in all these companies that think upper limit of passwords should be something stupid like only 16 or 20 characters? And if it’s some whatever service that people can’t give two fucks about, fine, but these are financial companies that shuffle around people’s actual money as well as very sensitive personal information. Yet this is the shit they keep on pulling. 20 fucking characters as the upper limit for passwords. For real PayPal? This is a fucking joke.
Years ago, when 2TB drives were the biggest one could buy at the time, I got myself Samsung 850 Pro 2TB drive. I’ve wanted M.2 drive, but no one really had them and 1TB just wasn’t enough so I went with SATA. I think I had it for around 6 years now and it has been serving me with excellence. I don’t think I’ll sell it because it’s just not worth it unless I can get a decent price back, but it’s a SATA drive so probably not.
I’ve always wanted to buy another Samsung in M.2 flavor because their NAND and controllers are really top of the line. But I was saddened to hear Samsung is launching 990 Pro drives soon and they’ll once again come up to 2TB capacity only. No 4TB drives. WHY Samsung? WHY? Who needs another even faster 2TB drive in late 2022 ?
Looking at the product stack that does offer 4TB drives and I just instantly avoided all the PNY, ADATA, Kingston and the likes drives because of their constant components swapping shenanigans where they send top spec drives for reviews and then swap components with less capable ones for retail to jack up margins. I hope your sales are going well lol. Samsung is entirely out of option because it has no 4TB at all, leaving me with Sabrent and WD as reliable options. Both of which are for some reason dramatically more expensive than FireCuda 530 4TB. 100-150€ more. I have no clue why. And FireCuda 530 has really been scoring top performance in all reviews and it’s a reputable vendor which I don’t recall has been doing any really bad things with their drives.
Funny enough that these variants with heatsinks are actually cheaper than naked drives which is odd, but I’ll strip it out of the heatsink anyway and might come in handy sometime later.
I’ll have to reinstall Windows clean and migrate all the data, but I’m excited. It’s gonna be a pretty huge upgrade and I’m finally getting on the M.2 train with my desktop.
For some reason designers of Creality Ender 3 V2 3D printer decided to make power supply unit (PSU) for it by slapping together two metal housings that don’t have overlapping holes, instead, the holes almost perfectly align in such a way that they block almost maximum possible amount of airflow into the PSU.
Spot the problem? So, I’ve decided to change that. But since my metal work skills are basic, I’d just cut away the middle part of the black shroud. But that would still be blocking large part of the airflow. So I asked my dad for help and with some of his metal working magic, this is the improved PSU fan intake now…
Spot the difference? Look, you can actually see the fan now! Now, the fan is still audible, but at least it’s not beating same air around trying to get it through those narrow gaps in metal that were there originally.
Next step is replacing that 40mm fan on motherboard that’s just 10mm thick with another 40mm fan with 20mm thickness. Should spin much slower while moving a lot of air. But that’s for another time…
The context here was a post where someone posted a door cam video of 3 dogs murdering his cat in a rather brutal way. And people were saying how such violent dogs need to be put down. To which I replied with this…
Oh fuck off Reddit. You’re PERMANENTLY banning me for this? Seriously?
And this is their argument for the permanent ban. THREATS OF VIOLENCE. TO FUCKING WHOM!?!?!??!?? Who am I threatening here? The dumbass who left 3 of his dogs run around murdering other people’s pets? Fuck off. And it’s been 4 fucking days and they’ve done jack shit about the appeal. This is absolute fucking bullshit. Twitter was stupid, but this is even more retarded than all the bullshit I had to deal with on Twitter. What the fuck Reddit? And this is the second time I’m out of the blue permanently suspended over total bullshit. Only difference is, they fixed the last one in just 2 days after appeal, here, they are apparently scratching their balls all this time or something. So god damn stupid. Fix this shit already Reddit. ffs
It’s been one week and no one did anything about the fucking ban or even contact me back what the fuck is even going on. Are these people too busy jerking off or something? What the fuck? They are ultra quick to ban you site wide for some dumbass shit anyone with half a gram of brain and most crude understanding of fucking English could clear out and lift the fucking ban, but no, just nothing. Only contact they even give you is same fucking form that apparently leads to fucking nothing. Dafuck? Last time I got perma banned for equally retarded shit was cleared in 2 days and now fucking nothing is happening. So fucking stupid. People contacting me about apps I make on Reddit and I can’t even reply because some dumbass is sitting on my fucking retarded ban. Fuck me.
Hey, got something for this mod whole month ahead of predicted date. Noice!
I needed these 2 to finish up my mod. Decided to do it in such way that I won’t have to solder a single thing and it went pretty well.
This is as clean as I could get without modifying any cables. Yup, this is fully finalized card now. All the cables neatly tucked inside the card so there is nothing sticking out. Fans are also fully powered and controlled by the card itself. They fire up under load and go into 0 dB mode on desktop. It’s actually cooler in 0 dB too because less plastic crap is covering the fins and when under load, it can push a lot more air with less effort out of those fins. It’s ridiculously quiet now. I can’t believe why manufacturers stick bunch of ugly ass plastic crap on cards instead of going for industrial looks like this.
Just imagine having card identical to this, but with fancier single piece shroud around all 3 fans at exact thickness as the fans and simple text like RTX 3080 on the side of the fans and nothing else. Like, come on. Even ASUS’s official “Noctua Edition” doesn’t look this good with the stupid ugly Noctua’s color scheme.
And here is one when it’s running inside my current system…
Only thing I regret here is that I didn’t get myself a 3D printer 2 years ago and did this mod back then already. I could have enjoyed this RTX 3080 card in absolute silence. But oh well, seeing how RTX 4000 series are already destined to weird shit, I think I’ll just be sticking with this one for a while now. It just got A LOT better now so why not 😀
I guess I can call this a success. Yes, I’m still waiting for the graphic card to 4pin adapter cables, but it’s running fine using motherboard headers and emulating same fan curve via FanControl software with same 0dB operation below 55°C and with very aggressive fan curve with 100% at 75°C and it usually never even hits that. Testing fans at 100% (2000 RPM) and they are audible, but they are like night and day compared to stock fans. Not only they push significantly more air thanks to thicker fans, they aren’t whiny at all. All I can hear is basically just air rushing through heatsink fin stack and it’s really inoffensive noise.
The prototype printed parts didn’t show any change or deformation from heatsink and heatpipes heat so I’ve just gone ahead and printed the full fat parts. The front took me 3 hours to print, rear part good 2 hours and each of four links on top took 10 minutes.
I’ll post an update when I get the adapter cables and how I’ll hide that to make it visually appealing. See you in about a month when the cables come from China 😀
Well, after many hours of thinking, measuring and designing 3D models for aesthetic fan retention, this is my first prototype. We’re not doing any ghetto mods here lads, we’re doing it properly!
After considering many options how to attach fans to the card, this is what I came up with. It’s entirely screwless design. On the right side I attached the fan holding frame to the end of heatpipes and on the left side it’s anchored under the metal “armor” that’s above PCB and has two neat notches next to the PCI slot bracket. Fans are held together by those links that are actually T shaped and go in between fans a bit for extra strength. It’s all held together by tension of fans pressuring towards the middle of heatsink which then puts tension on both ends.
Now, this is just basic check how to attach the Noctua fans to the card. There is some more work to do. The ends will be much thicker and shaped to the contour of the card in the corners, but I’m thinking of keeping the sharp lines and edges. I could make them round, but I actually like the sharp lines and corners, gives it more industrial look. And final print will be in black. I’m using white because it’s my prototyping filament as it’s easier to draw on it with marker and you have better visibility. Though Storm Trooper looks aren’t bad either.
Noctua fans conveniently have short cables with extra extension if you need it, which means I won’t have issues with cables and having to cut them or anything. Have already ordered adapters that convert graphic card connector to the motherboard 4pin PWM connector so the fans will run from the card itself and since there is a gap between both heatsink fin stacks, I’ll neatly hide cables in between there. Sucks that they’ll be coming for entire month. AliExpress and all that… So, for now I’ll run the fans from motherboard headers.
My main concern is 3D printed part being attached to the heatpipes end and to the “armor” frame. Which both get very hot during operation and I’m worrying that 3D printed parts will start to melt and expand under weight of fans. Heatpipes are on the absolute far end so I’m suspecting it shouldn’t be hot enough to melt the printed parts, but the “armor” part in which other end is attached may be an issue. Now, printing bed is at 60°C and filament doesn’t melt, it just sticks. In theory, it should be fine since GPU core is usually around 75°C under full load, meaning heatsink shouldn’t ever be that hot, but I’ll just have to stick the card into the case now and test it under heavy heat to see what happens…
That’s a stripped out Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro. Those below are Noctua NF-A9 PWM Chromax 92mm fans. It’s exactly what I’m going to do 😀 The factory fans are tiny little buzzing buggers that drive me nuts under any kind of load because the rest of the system is so quiet. Well, if all goes to plan, this will become a Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition. Similar to what ASUS did officially, just better looking without the silly beige and brown color scheme.
Now I just have to fabricate the platform to hold these fans properly on top of the heatsink and not do it using zip ties. I’ll most likely 3D print the assembly. Which will be fun doing on backup GeForce 8400GS since I need my RTX 3080 in front of me. That thing can’t do 144Hz, can’t do 1440p and Tinkercad runs like poop on it. Fun times ahead!
I keep reading how everyone is saying “Grab RTX 3080/3090 now because they are finally at MSRP or even lower, now is the time to buy!!!!!1111”.
Well, I have an issue with that. Because I think it’s TERRIBLE deal. And you may wonder why the hell I’d say that? Well, the main issue is, the MSRP price for these cards was meant when they were new. And they were new in year 2020! RTX 3080 was released in September 2020. These cards are now almost 2 years old and they are just NOW selling them at price they should’ve been selling them 2 years ago? That’s insane. Imagine buying 2 years old product at price it was sold when it was released? It doesn’t even matter if it’s new in a sealed box. It’s a 2 YEARS OLD product! Why should you be paying this much for it 2 years later? I just don’t get it how some find it a great deal. RTX 3080 should be selling new for 500€ now, not 900€…
And this is coming from someone (me) who grabbed a RTX 3080 back in December 2020 and I already had mildly inflated price back then when I bought it for 990€. But we’ve always had such high prices for high end cards anyways so it wasn’t that far off. Now imagine, I’ve been gaming on my RTX 3080 for almost 2 years and now you’ll be paying basically the same price 2 years later? That’s just asinine. Sure it’s great for me, if I sell it now I’ll hardly lose any money while using it for 2 years, but that’s just not the way. It’s ridiculous and has entirely ruined the gaming market. RTX 3060Ti cards for 600€. Is this a joke!? Where are the days where we could comfortably be gaming on mid range cards for around 300€.
And while everyone is making recommendations and urging everyone to BUY NOW!, I frankly don’t have an answer. I just think it’s a really bad deal at these prices.