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Big ffmpeg transcoding project - Whats the best CPU? [closed]

I have about 60TB of miscellaneous footage encoded in various formats and sizes from 2007 through 2016. So low resolution to quite high raw video. I am aiming to do a large transcode of the footage to ...
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Is SD Express more energy efficient than M2 NVMe?

As laptop storage, for example, what would be more energy efficient, the new SD Express class cards or M2 NVMes?
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SAS RAID controller or SATA for typical Windows 10 installation?

I purchased an HP Z620 recently. It came with one Xeon CPU, 32GB of RAM, and an LSI SAS 9212-4i controller. I'm planning to install Windows 10 on a typical SSD drive (non-NVMe). This machine has 6 ...
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Why does Some of my laptop keyboard keys malfunction intermittently? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie here. I was having a problem with my keyboard since a week ago. Some keys (backspace, enter, equal sign, space, semicolon, p, open bracket) started to malfunction intermittently. It's Hp ...
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How to assess if my network card needs replacement?

I have an old Acer Aspire V7 for some eight years now and I am looking to replace a few of its components to give it a couple more years of lifetime. One of its parts that always sucked is the network ...
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What is this type of SSD called?

I have a very old laptop that was state of the art when originally released, back when SSDs were starting to enter the consumer market. When I bought mine, it was advertised as a 500 GB SSD Ultrabook, ...
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Research for SSD hard drive for a cheap slow laptop

Laptop specification: HP 15-db1000AU notebook with 64 bit AMD Ryzen 3 2.6 GHz with Radeon Vega Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500 GB 5600 rpm HDD with Windows 10 Pro The computer is very slow (long bootup time, ...
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RAM Compatibility w/ Motherboard & CPU [duplicate]

This is a followup to the previous question I asked which was closed for having asked stuff that would be irrelevant in the near future. So. I'm a beginner to building my own computer, so sorry if ...
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Standalone testing of proprietary device drivers: seeking advice on h/w setup

I am part of a large scale project which uses proprietary cards. The project had acquired these cards back in 2015 and at the time of acquisition, the drivers supplied (including source code which we ...
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Using the sound card of a DVD player with a surround sound system for my monitor [closed]

I've recently acquired a DVD player with a built-in 5+1 Surround sound system from a family member. I have been using streaming services quite awhile now so I really don't need a DVD player. However I ...
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What's the best affordable high-speed SSD Hard drive if I want to upgrade the laptop? [closed]

What's the best affordable high-speed SSD Hard drive if I want to upgrade the laptop? I am using a laptop (Model: Lenovo Ideapad 700-151SK) and I did replace the original hard drive with Western ...
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Can anyone tell if it is m.2 PCIe gen3x4 port?

Can anyone tell is it PCIe gen3x4 m.2 ssd port? Will it support m.2 nvme ssd? Thanks.
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Does leaving the GPU attached damage it if I never use it?

I've built my own server PC which has been up and running for about 2 weeks now. Since the initial setting-up of the OS, it has not been plugged into a monitor - I instead just access it via SSH from ...
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Server NIC vs PC NIC

Are there any differences between a Server NIC and a personal computer NIC? Can I use Intel X710 NIC (for instance this model: FH-X710DA4FHBLK) on my PC without problem? Specific motherboard needed? ...
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Is disabling GPU reasonable for saving power during non-intensive usage?

Consider having a upper mid-level gaming desktop PC that is (also) being used for casual work like text-editing, browsing, audio playback. Could disabling the GPU (via "Disable device" in ...
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Oldest Intel CPU generation that supports Zoom video conferencing

I am trying to recommend a laptop to someone who will have to use it for a lot of Zoom meetings. I have a personal and work laptop, and my personal laptop is overwhelmed with Zoom conferences (even 1:...
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Multiple drives, multiple OSes with no access between

I want to get a few more hard drives for my PC to install different operating systems on them, but I dont want any of the operating systems to have access to the other drives. For example: OS A, only ...
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Compatibility between motherboard and ssd

I have a motherboard Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1. It's very old and it was prebuilt. I need to put a SSD for it to boost faster and for my work. The problem is that I don't really know which SSD is compatible ...
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Is it worth it to upgrade a Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 laptop given the latest productivity software requirements?

I would like to upgrade a Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 laptop so it can be as useful as it can be nowadays. I haven’t needed to use much software for a few years now, and I’m not able to gauge whether ...
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As of late 2020, is optane still worth considering?

If I want very fast NVMe storage for general usage, is Optane still a good option? In the past, I read that Optane/3D Xpoint was superior in situations that didn't just require raw throughput, mainly ...
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How to pick a laptop suitable for Linux installation? [closed]

Besides Dell I can't find a laptop sold that comes with Linux/Ubuntu installed and Dell is quite expensive comparatively speaking. What should I take into consideration to pick a laptop that I know ...
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Are Intel Xeon E5-4xxx generally compatable if a board supports E5-1xxx and E5-2xxx?

I have an ASUS X99-M WS motherboard that has a LGA2011-3 socket and explicitly supports a number of Xeon processors, including many in the E5-1xxx and E5-2xxx range (v3 and v4). It seems that the ...
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My laptop already has a USB-C port, but it doesn't support display output. Can I upgrade it?

I have a Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop. The laptop has an existing USB-C port, but it is a Gen 1 port and therefore does not support display/video output. I would like to use my USB-C dock to ...
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Can I use any GPU with a given set of hardware (CPU, RAM, etc.)?

I'm thinking of upgrading my GPU (an AMD Radeon R7 200 Series) with something more modern to be able to play videogames and render videos faster. The thing is that I'm not planning on changing my ...
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Can the optiplex 790 be either vertical or horizontal? [duplicate]

Not sure which of these I have: ...the Mini Tower, Desktop, Small Form Factor, or the Ultra Small Form Factor but it's probably either the mini tower or desktop. I can say that the DVD drive ...
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USB3 host controller type for PC purchase (Azure Kinect DK)

Question How can I check that a Windows computer that I want to order will have a USB3 host controller from Intel, Texas Instruments (TI), or Renesas? What spec determines the USB3 host controller? ...
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Can I be certain it is the GPU causing issues with my PC?

Recently my PC has been randomly restarting. Sometimes it just restarts automatically, other times it just sort of dies, leaving a black screen. Nothing I can do seems to be able to restore it other ...
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Can I install USB 3.0 USB bracket and header if my motherboard does not support USB 3.0?

I have Gigabyte GA-H61M-S motherboard and it does not support USB 3.0. My computer case has USB and Audio module but, its not working anymore. So, I am thinking to replace it with a good quality ...
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Bottleneck - PCIe gen 3 x1 device on PCIe gen2 x2 slot

Is there a bottleneck between a device with PCIe gen 3 x1 connection if connected to a PCIe gen2 x2 slot?
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RAID card not detected

I recently picked up an ASUS P8B-E/4L motherboard to replace a S3210SH (8GB RAM limit). My brother donated an old LSI SAS3444e(1068e) RAID controller which is meant to drive the 6SAS 2TB HDD in my ...
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How can I check compatibility between AWUS amplifiers and antennas?

What I would like to do I want to build a powerful combo for pentests using wifi adapter, amplifier and antenna. I don't have bought those components yet because I have a few questions concerning ...
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What factors determine the video quality and audio quality of a laptop's HDMI output signal?

This is more or less asking what do I need to do to maximize the quality of an output HDMI signal? What computer/hardware has the best HDMI output? I find my Mac laptop has better video output than a ...
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Make my Raspberry Pi 3 safely accessible from outside my local network

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 at home, and I want to use it to control some devices there. with remote access via the Internet so I can monitor and control those devices when away. What are the best ...
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How can I find out how much BIOS ROM memory a motherboard have (for Ryzen 3rd gen support)

How can I find out how much BIOS ROM memory, a specific motherboard have, when in the specs of most motherboards it isn't listed ? I'm searching to buy Motherboard with 32MB BIOS ROM, but I can't see ...
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Installing PCI Gameport on newer PC for older joysticks

I have an older gameport version of a CH Products joystick that I plan to use on my Windows 10 Pro. I would use a gameport to USB adapter, but they all have very limited "space" for buttons/ hats and ...
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Temporary freezes even on small load

I have the following setup: ASUS B360M-E TUF Aura Sync Intel Core i7-9700K 4.9GHz 16GB DDR4 3000 MHz Dual channel memory NVidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB DDR5 500GB SSD Western Digital Blue Chieftec E85 ...
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What computer specs/ hardware will speed up my Adobe Acrobat OCR speed? [closed]

So, I have a work task where I am Sanitizing the PDF, then watermarking it, OCR-ing it, and password protecting it. Especially the OCR seems to just take forever, and I'm doing this task on ...
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What is the difference between header and connector when it relates to motherboard, especially when it talks about i/o connectors?

What is the difference between a header and a connector? So I have been trying to find the answer to this, but I am unable to get a clear answer. I have read https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/...
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Purchased Used HDD - Error in GSmartControl log interpretation

I purchased some 500GB 2.5in HDD's for use in a homelab I am building. I am in the process of testing the drives since they were bought used. This particular drive has an error that I cannot ...
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Can Intel Optane memory compensate for less RAM?

I currently have a laptop that is about two years old, and has 8 GB of RAM. I use my laptop for internet browsing, productivity applications, and programming, including data science within Spyder or ...
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How to recover data from a faulty hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a HP laptop with windows 10 on it's hard disk. I clicked on a recently obtained file then: # windows explorer got stuck # tried opening task manager to kill windows explorer ; blue screen ...
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Is GA-F2A68HM-S1 motherboard compatible with DDR3 ECC RDIMM?

I want to add memory to my computer. I would like to add 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) 1Rx4 240-Pin 1.5V ECC RDIMM Registered Memory by NEMIX RAM to my computer. Is GA-F2A68HM-S1 motherboard ...
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Do Nvidia's new GPUs support G-Sync monitors?

Nvidia's new Turing GPUs, such as the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 TI are different from their Pascal GPUs, such as the GTX series. On Nvidia's official website, the RTX GPUs are not listed as ...
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Dell Inspirion - are these the 3 pins and the jumper needed to reset CMOS?

And if so, why are there 2 of them?
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What hardware specs are important when looking for a laptop that can quickly switch monitors?

During the day I often connect/disconnect my laptop to external displays, projectors and docking stations through HDMI. After switching the monitor the computer needs time to reorder/redraw the ...
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Laptop charge 126W for a 120W laptop [duplicate]

My laptop specs say :input 19V and 6.3A, That means (120W charger), I hve recently bought a charger because my old charger broke up. So this new charger provides 19.5V with 6.5A (126W) ; That are ...
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How to determine at what speed a router will be able to handle VPN connection?

When reading router description, how do I find at what speed a router will be able to handle VPN connection? They do not write this in description, and do not test this on reviews, so I must guess ...
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GPU - PSU - motherboard problems

First Problem. So I wanted to buy a GPU (MSI GEFORCE GT 1030), but when I started researching my power supply I realized that my power supply (180w) doesn't have enough power output for the GPU (...
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How to correctly replace RAM on my machine

It's time for an update for my laptop. I tried to google some solutions to my problem but lots of different opinions/info out there. I have the following model laptop: ASUS Q552U It currently has ...
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Computer booting problems+burning smell

So yesterday, I was playing a game and my computer suddenly turned off and starts the burning smell. I tried turning on the computer again and it did turn on the light and all but nothing was showing ...
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