PNY GeForce RTX 3080 10GB XLR8 Gaming UPRISING EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan Edition

When something is itchy scratch it. If you’ve been following the site, you know I have only just recently (October 30, 2020) upgraded to a Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge graphics card. I guess I was done and would call it a day. As luck would have it, I was browsing local selling sites and got a good deal on a relatively unknown RTX 3080 card a PNY GeForce RTX 3080 10GB XLR8 Gaming UPRISING EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan Edition.

I am not new to the brand and have used some of their ram and usb thumbdrives a while back but I was not aware they were in the graphics card business as well. From what I know and remember they are under the same company Palit/Gainward. A few years back I have used either Palit or Gainward graphics card and didn’t have issues with them. So I will take the chance on this PNY card since the price was $800 and comes with 3 years warranty. I know that ain’t cheap but hey where can you get a GPU nowadays.

Let’s go over the specs of this badboy

Product Specifications

  • PNY Part Number VCG308010TFXMPB
  • CUDA Cores 8704
  • Clock Speed 1440 MHz
  • Boost Speed 1710 MHz
  • Memory Speed (Gbps) 19
  • Memory Size 10GB GDDR6X
  • Memory Interface 320-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 760
  • TDP 320 W
  • NVLink Not Supported
  • Outputs DisplayPort 1.4 (x3), HDMI 2.1
  • Multi-Screen 4
  • Resolution 7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
  • Power Input Two 8-Pin
  • Bus Type PCI-Express 4.0 ×16
  • Card Dimensions 12.48” x 4.53” x 2.36”; 3-Slot
  • Box Dimensions 7.48” x 14.96” x 3.54”

This card is heavy and for the price I paid, I would say build quality is really nice. Fan noise is also silent to normal acceptable level when under load.

I’ve been running the card for 2 days now and everything is working as it should. It might not be the fastest card out there but this run close to FE cards. I wouldn’t OC this anyway since most if not all reviewers have mentioned there is no sense overclocking these cards since the difference in performance would be very little to negligible.

Some things I like to point out about the card. Please do take note of my current setup

Ryzen 5 3600
Asrock B450 Gamint ITX/AC
Arctic Freezer 34 Esports Duo
Cooler Master NR200
2x 120mm Arctic P12 Top Exhaust Fan (Running PWM Standard Mode from BIOS)
1x 92mm CoolerMaster Sickleflow Rear Exhaust Fan (Running PWM Standard Mode from BIOS)
I live in a tropical country (There are only 2 seasons Summer and Rainy Season)
Mi Curved Ultrawide Monitor 3440x1440p

  1. The card idles around 30-35C GPU fan is around 1100 to 1350RPM
  2. The card goes up to around 70-80C when doing benchmarks like Heaven Benchmark
  3. I go a maximum of 75-76C during normal gameplay
  4. I can keep temps between 65-71C if I turn on the airconditioning in my room
  5. Fan noise for me is very acceptable except when the card hits 78C and above which doesn’t really happen not unless you are doing heavy synthetic benchmarks
  6. Don’t be fooled with RGB, yes the lights cycles thru the colors but the RGB is not controllable, basically it is fixed.

All in all I would say I am happy with this card. The temps don’t really bother me that much because that is an acceptable fact since I live in a tropical country and the weather here will always be in the warm side of things.

I have also decided to underclock this card with very little to no performance hit at all. If anyone reading this is interested my fan curve is shown below. Basically I set MSI Afterburner with this settings: Core Clock -295 .85v 1800Mhz. After undervolting it still boosts to 1830Mhz from time to time which could indicate that the card is still not too hot.

Ryzen 5 3600 RTX 3070 Mini-ITX

So after getting my new ultrawide, I need to free up some space on my desk and I have decided to move back to a mini-ITX system. I also wanted a nice and quiet system which unfortunately my matx tower casing with AIO cooler can’t provide.

With the release of the new Ryzen 5000 series cpu’s I have also decided to upgrade my motherboard from a A320 chipset to B450 (since I will be buying a new one as well for an ITX build). Reason why I went with a B450 and not a B550/X570 motherboard is because I am trying to keep the cost down. B550/X570 motherboards are still expensive and with the release of the new Ryzen CPU’s prices just went up a bit. I don’t really need PCI-E Gen4 and I have no need for 2xM.2 slots. Yeah I might be limited to ram speed when I do upgrade to a Ryzen 5000 series cpu in the future but I will make another post on that later.

Specs for the new build/old build below. I’ve marked parts from the old rig

  • Ryzen 5 3600 (from old rig)
  • Arctic Freezer 34 Esports Duo
  • Asrock B450 Gaming ITX/AC
  • Patriot Viper Steel 16GB Kit 3200Mhz (from old rig)
  • Corsair SF750 Platinum
  • Zotac Twin Edge RTX 3070 (from old rig)
  • XPG SX6000 Lite 512GB Nvme
  • 1TB Silicon Power 2.5” SSD
  • 1TB Western Digial Blue 2.5” HDD
  • Cooler Master NR200 (bought used)
  • 2xArctic P12 PWM PST Fan

Decided not to use the free Arctic MX-4 thermal paste that came with the cooler and got myself a Kryonaut Thermal Grizzly.

Testing the system before puting it inside the Cooler Master NR200 case

Setting up the new motherboard and components was easy and a breeze with the NR200. It might not be the smallest but it is still significantly smaller than my old matx tower. I am also waiting for other A4 sized mini-itx cases to come out and choose which one would fit my need and if I like how it looks. I also wanted more space and more breathing room for my components and probably have the option/space to change to a 3 slot GPU sometime in the future. I had concerns if the Arctic Freezer 34 Esports Duo will fit in the case and if I can close the side panels. For some reason I am able to close the side panel just fine with the cooler installed. I have read feedback that some people had issues closing the side panel with this cooler installed.

If you have read this post up until this point, I will give you a gift and tell you how I was able to close the side panel. Basically with the NR200 the side panels are exchangeable, you can actually close/install the side panel upside down, meaning you can have the “hinge side” from the top and push pin mechanism side at the bottom. If you don’t have the mounting plastics at the bottom you can actually remove them and move them to the bottom, there are actual slots for them at the bottom

Cable management is temporary and will be fixed again as soon as I buy a set of custom cables. I just haven’t really decided where to buy from if you have any suggestions maybe you can leave a comment via disqus.

If you check my previous post after upgrading to RTX 3070 I posted my Heaven Benchmark score for 1920x1080, those scores dipped now because of the new resolution. I would still say the results aren’t as bad as I expected when I was buying the monitor, I know the fps will drop but this is still considered a very good score specially for me who was coming from a GTX 1070TI. As long as the frames go above 80 for most games I can live with that. I can always tone down some settings in game and I wouldn’t really tell the difference from ultra or high settings.

Temps vary with this build depending on ambient temp. Temps for CPU goes anywhere from 60-75 degrees depending on the game and game settings. Temps for the GPU go anywhere between 60-70 degrees again depending on the game and game settings. All in all I am happy with the build. I now have a quiet cpu tower that only gets a tad bid loud when playing games. For the most part, if you are not doing any cpu/gpu extensive tasks on your computer, you won’t really hear the fans spinning.

As an additional side note. I have seen recently how the board performs compared to B550 boards using the new Ryzen 5000 CPUs. I must say, I am glad I went with the cheaper B450 as the performance is not that far off from B550 boards. So if you don’t need the extra features of more expensive boards, B450 chipset might just work for you.

Bonus video for the benchmarks from Dimitri of Hardware Canucks and luckily enough he tested using the exact same motherboard that I have.

Zotac Gaming RTX 3070 Twin Edge

With the launch for Nvidia’s 30 Series GPU, I decided it was time for an upgrade from my aging Zotac GTX 1070ti Mini. I feel like my old card is about to run out of juice for the upcomming AAA games. It’s been 5 years since I bought my 1070ti and I let the 20 series passby since I felt like my card can still handle what I throw at it.

This was my old GTX 1070ti Mini (apologies for the dust, haven’t had time cleaning the rig lately)

With the release of Nvidia’s Ampere cards everything changed specially for gamers all over the world. 4k 60p gaming was now a reality and is actually playable. I on the other hand opted to buy the lowest model which is the 3070 series. I still actually own and use a 1080p monitor because held myself from buying a high refresh rate and high resolution monitor since I felt like the 1070ti was not really meant to be used for 1440p or high refresh rate monitors. I did tell myself that once I buy a new GPU that I would also upgrade my current 24” IPS Panel 1080p monitor.

I wouldn’t go into the technical details like the specs for the card since most if not all the information about this card can be found online (google). I ordered the card during launch date 29th Octoboer 2020 and got it just today 31st October 2020. Photos below was I was unboxing the gpu. The size of the box is basically the same size as my Zotac GTX 1070TI Mini.

The build quality is what you can expect from Zotac which was not new to me as I have been using a Zotac card for a while now. The size of this 3070 is just a tad bit bigger than my 1070ti (you can see a few photos I took below for comparison). One reason I bought this card is because of the size. I might go back to a mini-ITX system sometime in the futuer so I wanted to have a card that I can use on a mini-ITX case.

Aesthetically this card is perfect for me since it only has white leds for the “Zotac Gaming” logo. I am not really a fan of RGB and most mini-itx people like myself don’t really play with rgb that much. The only reason I have those rgb fan and AIO on my system is because I had no choice as bought that system (used) and those parts came with it. I figured I rather keep it this way and just change things when I move back to mini-ITX, this saves me money and time. This card is very quiet when not under heavy load like gaming. Infact I seldom see/hear the fan spinning. I played a few hours of The Division earlier and set everything to ultra settings with vsync on as I was limited to 1080p and 75Hz and based from MSI Afterburner with riva tuner, I was only hitting less than 100watts at less than 60 degrees celcius. The fan seldom spins and if it does, it would only spin around 800-1100rpm. Ofcourse things change when I turned vsync off it was running less than 70 degrees celcius but I was hitting around 169-180watts with the fans spinning anywhere between 1,700 to 1,900rpm. Even with the fans running at those speeds it was not really loud at all. Your cpu tower/case plays a role with this and I think my Tecware Forge M is doing a great job at it.

I ran 2 benchmarks runs using Unigen Heaven and Results are below

My system is running:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • 16GB Patriot Viper Steel 3200Mhz (2x8GB kit)
  • A320M-HDV R4.0
  • XPG Lite 512GB NVME
  • EVGA 750Watts Supernova G3

All in all I am happy with the performance of this card. I wasn’t really aiming for 4k gaming at this point in time. I only wanted to have a nice 1440p gaming experience and I think the 3070 is just about right and costs much less than it’s bigger brothers the 3080 and 3090. It might not beat the 2080ti or 2080 super in all games but it definitely is on par with those 2 cards plus I will be having the latest technology that is incorporated with the GPU. I know I might not maximize my card with the current CPU and resolution I am using but a new 27” IPS Panel 144hz monitor is in the works.

My one and only gripe about this card is the position of the pci power connectors which really makes connecting 2x8pin connectors hard in a sense that you have to put some effort into it. After installing the card, I guess I figured out why they had to do this design. Since the cards’ height is” taller”, there might not be enough room to fit the cables without the side panels hitting it or getting in the way. As you can see from the photos below, with both 8pin cables connected, I had to bend the cables to make sure my tempered glass panel will close properly. Imagine if they did put those pins near the edge or right at the edge, you won’t be able to close your side panels properly.

So here is how it looks like now with the card install. Hopefully you get a rough idea about those 2x8pin ports and why Zotac had to move it in. Basically they need to make way for the power connector cable and their sockets

Debian Minimal Desktop 01

Been using Linux since 1997 and I have fun using it full time for my home desktop computer. I wasn’t able to enjoy it before when I was younger because yeah computer games so I had to dual boot linux with windows.

Back in the day it video card and game support for linux was zero to none. Back in the day the only way to play computer games if you are running linux was via Wine but it was not really mature enough then that it takes a lot of people time to configure and run games. Not sure now about wine since I have not used it for a long time.

Things changed when nvidia started supporting the operating system by releasing their own drivers. Then came along Steam and linux native games (not that I still play a lot of games).

I posted a screenshot of my current desktop on Reddit and many seem to like it and was asking how I configured my desktop to look this way.

So I am also sharing here the things I used to make the desktop look how it should

I would expect you know how to configure conky so I wouldn’t be giving out instructions on how configured my. There are also a lot of tutorials online about conky. But if you really feel the need to ask me things you can do so by checking the homepage for ways to contact me.

The title of this post includes the number “01” since I change my desktop from time to time which means I might be posting my other desktop configuration in the future.