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  1. Dear friends.  

    I must take my leave from Avsim.  Avsim does not allow members to speak freely.  Most forums separate the discussion of sensitive topics into a dedicated sub-form (i.e. "politics and religion").  This forum completely disallows discussion.  Specifically, the name J-E-S-U-S is deemed offensive and is placed in the same category as swear words, by replacing letters with *****.  I can not in good conscience participate in a forum that treats the name J-E-S-U-S this way.  I have contacted staff about this issue and was told to expect a response.  That response has not come, and the name J-E-S-U-S is still banned.  I have inquired again several times since the initial contact, and have not received a response.  Until such time as this policy is reversed, I can not return.  

    I have been a member of Avsim since the fsbench days in the late 90s.  I do not say this to indicate some degree of entitlement, but rather, to convey how much this community means to me.  

    I wish you all well.

    God bless.

  2. I don't see the need for a good amount of cooling as a barrier to purchase for this particular PC component release. There's an entire segment of the PC enthusiast community that regularly spends thousands of dollars on cooling. Everyone else in the enthusiast space has long ago acknowledged that the need for adequate component cooling is a necessary part of any PC build, $100-$180 for a good AIO isn't going to break their bank.
  3. You have to calculate the time to derive latency. CAS rating is measured in clock cycles, not nanoseconds. You can apply the simple equation CL/MTR = primary latency The actual equation is more complex, but this simplified equation allows us to compare the latency of different memory products. In this case: 16/3200 = .005 and 18/3600 = .005 so the primary latency of these two RAM modules would be the same, but because the 3600 modules run at a higher clock speed, they provide more bandwidth. If you were to compare say 3200 CL14 RAM with the same 3600 CL18 RAM it might be a more difficult decision, as the 3200 CL14 RAM will have lower latency, while the 3600 CL18 RAM will have higher bandwidth. Some workloads will perform better with the lower latency RAM while others will perform better with the higher bandwidth.
  4. In terms of primary latency (CAS) they are equal, so the RAM with higher bandwidth will be faster in some workloads.
  5. Some platforms allow per-core clock speeds to be set, X299 does, and it looks like Z490 will as well.
  6. Sure. Except this time, the new products have been announced, and are days away from hitting store shelves. In the case of 10 series Core CPUs from Intel, at least. RTX 30 series cards could still be months away, but given the decreasing rate of GPU releases over the past decade or so, I would say it might not be a bad idea to hold off there also. After all, 4-7 months is certainly closer to today than 2+ years is for the launch of the presumptive RTX 40 series.
  7. There's no such thing as a 10990k. Do you mean the 10900k? There was a rumor about a 10990x, but that hasn't turned up yet and if it ever does, it will work in a different socket. Then there's the 10900x, but that's a different chip for a different market that fits in a different socket. Don't buy this if you want to pair it with a Z490 motherboard because it won't fit.
  8. For flight sim, I use a 4k TV with a VA LCD panel and Full Array Local Dimming technology to control backlight bleed. PC monitors, and in particular gaming monitors, are great for games with fast motion. Flight sim doesn't have fast motion in normal use, not even combat sims can approach typical pixel change rates of games like first person shooters, so I find 4k TVs with their large display sizes and affordable prices to be the best fit for my needs. Here is the specific model I chose: https://www.hisense-usa.com/televisions/all-tvs/50H8F_4k-uled-hisense-android-smart-tv-2019 If money is no object then go with OLED. Nothing beats the contrast ratio and black levels of an OLED display. LG's upcoming 48 inch CX OLED display looks like it will be the best gaming monitor on the planet when it's available, though at $1500 it's hard for me to justify for flight sim.
  9. To be fair, it's literally one chip, just every tech site is parroting this info because it's the ONLY overclocking sample we have right now. For me, as a 9900k owner running comfortably at 5.0GHz with low voltage, an extra 2 cores and 8% higher clocks aren't worth the $500 for the chip + $300 or so for a new motherboard. I'm waiting until next generation. Anyone with an older chip though, by all means look at the 10900k.
  10. I have a 9900k system for gaming, and a 3950x system for video editing. In lightly-threaded workloads, the 9900k is faster. In well-threaded workloads, the 3950x is faster. I've even tested video editing workloads on the two systems and while the 3950x comes out ahead, it's not by anywhere close to the 2x factor one would expect, more like 40%. Ryzen 3000 is great (again, I have one) and I highly recommend it for just about any workload, but if you want the fastest chip for gaming/simming, Intel is still the way to go. The difference is smaller than it used to be, and it is commendable that AMD has achieved this condition, but objective benchmarks show Intel still has a small IPC advantage in games, and a non-arguable clock speed advantage.
  11. The 10900k was already announced, and should reach retail shelves before the end of this month. I'm not suggesting waiting indefinitely, only about 3 weeks remain until you can purchase one of these CPUs. The choice is yours, of course, but if I were in your shoes I would wait.
  12. You made the right call on the CPU in choosing Intel, though personally I would've waited for the recently-announced and soon-to-be-released 10900k. I see a lot of confusion in your posts about Intel SKUs: 10900x, 10990x, 10900k, and I get it, Intel could definitely benefit from a new naming scheme, but it is important to get this straight so here's a little primer: X series SKUs are for High-End Desktop (HEDT) markets. These chips tend to have more cores and more PCI-e lanes than mainstream Intel chips. They are intended for production workloads (like video, photo, and sound editing, 3d modeling, etc.) Also, the 10990x is technically just a rumor at this point. K series SKUs are aimed at overclockers. These chips run at higher clock speeds and have fewer cores than X series chips, which makes them better at gaming (and simming). So while the 10900x and the 10900k share a number, and a core count, they are quite dissimilar. 10900k can run up to 5.3GHz right out of the box while the 10900x only hits 4.5GHz. Also, the cache architecture of X series chips differs from that of K series chips and without getting into complex technical details, suffice it to say that on average, K series chips tend to run a bit faster at the same clock speed as X series chips, say 5-10% depending on the workload. Games (and sims) in particular tend to prefer the cache architecture of K series (or simply put: mainstream deskstop) chips over the larger, slower cache of the X series chips. This all adds up to a healthy performance boost in games for the K series. Re: monitors IPS panels are preferred by some, but in my experience they have significant drawbacks. The backlight bleed is too great, to the point that "black levels" are almost non-existant and instead you get grey levels. I've got a 34" ultrawide gaming monitor with GSync, 100Hz refresh rate, 3440x1440 resolution, and an IPS panel. I wish I never bought the thing. Everything about it is great, except the panel type. If it were a VA panel I would be happy but it is hard to drive VA panels at the same rates as TN or IPS panels, so it is what it is. I'm not suggesting you get a TN panel, the image quality on those is notoriously poor compared to all other display technologies, just be careful with IPS. If you plan to use your monitor in a bright room then you may not notice the backlight bleed inherent to IPS panels, or you may even get lucky and end up with a display that has a lower amount of backlight bleed than the average for IPS panels. But if you want to use your display in a dark room (as I do) then you may find the backlight bleed to be intolerable in dark scenes. In the case of simming, this means night flying.
  13. The price difference between 3200 and 3600 is minimal, might as well get the faster RAM. I did. I have 2 systems with 32GB of (2x16) 3600MHz DDR4 and they each run at full speed.
  14. For flight sim, stick with Intel. Intel still has a large clock speed advantage and a small IPC advantage in most workloads, it all adds up to higher FPS in games and sims.
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