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Knock-off GTX 960 4GB only $43!!!
 
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While you can import a large number of knock-off Chinese goods that actually work as advertised... there are still some scams out there. But first... What am I drinking?!? I picked up a Bridgeport Brewing (Portland) Deep Cuts Oatmeal Stout. It's a limited edition brew featuring Cascade Hops and a very rich flavor. 6.0% and 35 IBU make it a very easy-drinker, and perfect for really any time of year. Get an ACTUAL deal on a GTX 1050 Ti here: https://amzn.to/2IInk07 As I'm becoming known as "the guy who reviewed knock-off motherboards", you've began to request I start importing other PC parts that seem too good to be true. And today, that's exactly what we received. I jumped onto WISH.com and said goodbye to $56 of my hard earned dollars (including shipping). Six weeks later, I had what was supposed to be a GTX 960 with 4GB of GDDR5. This card actually does POST, shows GTX 960 on the BIOS screen, and even accepts the GTX 960 drivers directly from nVidia. The only problem is this is NOT a GTX 960. Music: Spy Glass Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 495959 Craft Computing
Rescuing a GPU from the Mines.  Good idea???
 
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It is April 27th, and we’re starting to see a break in GPU prices both at retail and on the secondary markets. With crypto values starting to fall, some miners are selling off their cards, but should you buy one? But first... What am I drinking??? This evening it's the Dab Lab Juice Joint from Block 15 (Corvallis, OR). It's a 7.0% IPA, and is far sweeter than I expected, with more of a fruit punch taste taking over the traditional NW IPA, at least while the drink was cold. As it warmed up, more of the grassy hop notes came through. All said, I quite liked this one. Check out the Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Hz4FU7 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X: https://amzn.to/2HyGedt MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard: https://amzn.to/2HBWCWF Enermax Liqtech 280 TR4 AIO cooler for Threadripper: https://amzn.to/2r6Fhz3 Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) kit: https://amzn.to/2HCmOED Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Gaming Sound Card: https://amzn.to/2KmD8qH I started noticing around a month ago, people starting to sell off their entire mining rigs. Now, the video cards being sold were still priced astronomically high, but the fact that they were selling them likely means they’re no longer profitable to mine with. I waited a few more weeks, and finally jumped on a good deal, which was a Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB for $300. It came in the retail box, all accessories included, and even had the port covers still installed. Overall, the condition was quite impressive. While reviewing this card, I paid very close attention to thermals and stability, things that might have been compromised from months on end of whip cracking in the mines. So the first thing I did was plug it in and make it run Furmark…. For 14 hours. How did it make it through? Well, check out the video to find out. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Back me on Patreon if you'd like to financially support the channel. You'll also receive access to my exclusive Discord server. Chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Mining by Moonlight Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 60879 Craft Computing
SteamOS in 2018... Does it work?
 
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Back in December 2013, Steam announced a new operating system that would free us from Microsoft’s grip, so that we might enter gaming Nirvanah. What we got was SteamOS. And it’s kind of still in Beta… But first... What am I drinking? Tonight, Ninkasi's Dawn of the Red (Eugene, OR). It's a 7.0%, 66 IBU Red IPA. Pretty good taste. If you're just a fan of Reds, this is a bit hoppy. But for IPA lovers, this is a great brew. Parts in this video: Stratos PC Case: https://amzn.to/2ufxDGp Intel i7-8700k: https://amzn.to/2INaWN9 Gigabyte Z370XP SLI Motherboard: https://amzn.to/2G7n89G Pick up a Steam Link so you don't have to go through the hassle of SteamOS just to play games on the big screen: https://amzn.to/2Jz8WZe According to the latest Steam Hardware Survey, 98.31% of all machines on Steam are running some variant of Windows. This has been the story really since Windows 95 burst onto the scene with Its slew of DirectX APIs. It's nearly become the industry standard, with most games for both Windows and X-Box taking advantage. Enter Valve… They proclaimed a vision for the future of gaming back in December 2013. One that would be free from Microsoft’s hold on consumers. One where you could build a PC from off the shelf components, and download a free operating system where your entire library of games would await you. Or, you could purchase a SteamBox! A prebuilt gaming computer with Linux preinstalled from your favorite retailer. And Valve said… Let there be SteamOS! But… was it good? Support me on Patreon and get access to my exclusive Discord server. Chat with myself and the other hosts on Talking Heads all week long. https://www.patreon.com/CraftComputing Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Music: Babylon Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Size does matter... Long Term Review of the LG 43UD79-B 4K
 
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It's finally time to review the monitor I've owned for nearly two months, and one I've used professionally for nearly a year. But first... What am I drinking??? Stone IPA (Escondido, CA), 6.9%, 77 IBU A good example of what the West Coast IPA is supposed to be. Not the best IPA I've had, but still very solid. It's good, just not remarkable. It's the LG 43UD79-B... It's a 43" 3840x2160 4K Monitor with factory calibrated color and a 60Hz refresh rate. Its IPS panel provides superb viewing angles, and that thin bezel gives this panel an even more premium feel. What isn’t obvious is how excellent this monitor is for productivity and content creation. So on paper, this thing has everything you need for tons of screen real estate and content creation, but how will that translate into real world use? Check out the LG 43UD79-B Here: https://amzn.to/2JiWorH In Win 303 in White: https://amzn.to/2LaPZvS My favorite air cooler for Threadripper, the Cooler Master MA621P: https://amzn.to/2Ham0lt Cougar Attack X3 RGB Speedy Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Silver: https://amzn.to/2JkA2pO Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Opportunity Walks Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 8927 Craft Computing
FreeNAS Home Server - PLEX Media Server
 
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Welcome to Part Two of the FreeNAS Your House series. In this tutorial, I show you how to get PLEX Media Server running on your FreeNAS Server. But first... What am I drinking? I went for a classic cocktail today, the Godfather. Equal parts Disaronno and Scotch over ice. One of my favorites. You need nothing besides the FreeNAS server you created in the last video to install PLEX. When you're done with this video, you should be able to stream your media library to every screen in your house. I'll teach you how to install the PLEX plugin, create a storage folder for all of your media, set up your library locations, and start streaming to your desktop, laptop, smartphone or Smart TV. I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers, including access to my Discord channel. Everything I make from Patreon is going directly back into content and production for the channel. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing Get a FreeNAS server without building it yourself: https://amzn.to/2IHX5H7 Music: Shades of Spring Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 19527 Craft Computing
What is the average gaming PC on Steam?
 
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This idea started off back when I was rebuilding my studio computer. But first... What am I drinking? Started out with an Ectopia IPA from Santiam Brewing, Salem, OR. It's 6.7% and 72 IBU. All around a fantastic IPA. What does the average PC gamer hardware actually look like? How does it handle modern games? What upgrades should the average gamer be looking at? Do you even need to upgrade? I started by looking at graphics cards only. Now, if you listen to the enthusiast crowd, they’ll tell you that unless you have a 1070 or higher, you might as well stick to playing solitare. But that has never been my experience, and I’ve built plenty of gaming systems, from entry level potato mashers to high-end water-cooled light-dimming machines. After digging through the Steam Hardware Survey, the results were actually a little surprising. The most popular single card, according to Steam hardware survey, is the GTX 1060. The second most popular (you’ll never guess)... The GTX 750ti. The top 32 cards, which I included in my analytics, were just as diverse, ranging from the nVidia 9500GT and GT210, to a GTX 1080. Note, there are actually very few top-tier GPUs in the list. What I found was less than 18% of machines on Steam had a GTX 960/1060 or higher. The rest of you are running on everything from solid, if not older, to downright embarrassing. Using the GPU Benchmark numbers from PassMark, I averaged the GPU power of the top 32 cards, while accounting for the install base of each card. The GTX 1060 accounts for 4.95% of all cards on Steam, while the 1080 has around 1.15%. I also did not include Integrated GPUs in my calculations, as that would have swayed the average down significantly. What I found was the average GPU score was around 4400 points on PassMark, or a card sitting roughly between a GTX 660 and GTX 760. The average PC is also rocking a Quad Core CPU of unknown age and origin, and 4GB of memory. So, that’s exactly what I put together over here. This board was on the back burner for another project, but is another Chinese x79 motherboard. Right now, I’ve got it running an E5-2643 3.33GHz Quad Core, but with hyperthreading disabled. Essentially, this gives me a Sandy Bridge i5-ish. My CPU benchmark numbers confirm this, scoring within 5% of an i5-2500 (non-K). Inside I’ve got 4GB of DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz, an EVGA 430W 80+ power supply, a GTX 760 2GB, a 2TB Western Digital Black, and one of the worst PC cases I’ve ever owned, provided by a gutted Sun Ulta20 Workstation. I think this is a very accurate depiction of the average gamer’s PC based on my breakdown, which I’ll link to in the video description. But that’s just the hardware. How does the thing game, and what are your upgrade options if this just isn’t enough for you? I’m glad you asked. Let’s get onto the benchmarks, and see if we can’t find out… Spy Glass Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 92779 Craft Computing
Chinese x79 Motherboards... Do they even work???
 
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I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2 One thing you'll see in each of my videos is a beer on the table or in my hand. In this case, I'm drinking a 2016 Armée Secrète (Belgian Secret Army) from Begian Underground (Silverton, OR). It is a Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale, and at 9.7%, it is indeed strong. Now, on to the video description. I needed a new workstation in my studio for video editing and VR gaming. I had a GTX 1070 already, and didn't want to throw down the cash on a new Ryzen system, especially with DDR4 memory being so expensive right now. The complete parts list and prices are below: Chinese mATX x79 Motherboard v3.5A - $117 - eBay Intel Xeon E5-2667 6-Core 2.9GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) - $55 nVidia GTX 1070 Founder's Edition - $275 - Purchased used. Find GTX 1070s on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2z9R1p4 4x8GB Samsung DDR3 ECC @1,333MHz - $75 - eBay OWC 60GB 6G SSD - $25 - Purchased used 1TB Western Digital Black - $40 - Purchased used ThermalTake Smart 500W 80+ - $35 - http://amzn.to/2z9ul8G CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo - $25 - http://amzn.to/2iQK0nb Swiftech 8-Fan PWM Splitter - $13 - http://amzn.to/2z40Anq 4x AsiaHorse 120MM LED PWM Fans - $39 - http://amzn.to/2xMPtOt CoolerMaster MasterBox Lite 3.1 - $40 - http://amzn.to/2zoTopa Total build cost of $739. Stay tuned to the channel, as I'll be posting full benchmarks from this build, as well as some individual component reviews, with the MasterBox Lite 3.1 at the top of my list. I originally planned on using a Scythe BIG Shuriken 2, purchased new from Amazon, but it was missing the screws to attach the mounting brackets to the cooler. I've contacted Scythe, and they are sending out a replacement set of screws, so you'll be seeing that cooler in this system before too long (possibly with a review). In early benchmarks, the components are performing exactly as they should. As this video mainly focused on the "could you" instead of "should you", I'm leaving the jury out until further benchmarking and long term use are factored in. But the early results are quite good. Upon getting into Windows, I began running checks on the hardware. The RAM is indeed running at 1,333MHz at 9-9-9-24 timings, but only in Dual-Channel mode. I'm unsure if that is due to the memory I purchased (unlikely) or something to do with the board not supporting Quad Channel (much more likely). HWiNFO was unable to determine if ECC was enabled or not. I'll be doing more research on this while running benchmarks. The PCIe slots are v3.0, not v2.0 as I had feared. HWiNFO reported the GTX 1070 at full 16x v3.0 connection. Thanks for watching, let me know what you think in the comments below. Like if you liked it, subscribe if you can.
Views: 177219 Craft Computing
Ryzen 2200G Overclock Guide and Benchmarks
 
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There was quite a bit of discussion in my last video on... why? Why the 2200G instead of a Ryzen 3 1200? Why did I benchmark with the Vega 8 vs a GTX 1050. Those questions, plus an overclock tutorial, in the video. But first... What am I drinking??? Today, it's the Deschutes (Bend, OR) Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale (6.2%, 60 IBU). This one is interesting. A bit cloudy, and bottle conditioned. Lots of citrus and more bitter than I was expecting. But very crisp, and would make an excellent spring or summer beer. Performance numbers on the 2200G are even more impressive after overclocking. Cinebench (forgot to include it in the video) ramped up to 608/159, which beats out an i3-8100 in my testing. And all of this was achieved on the stock Wraith cooler, with CPU temps peaking at 73C, and Vega temps hitting just 68C. I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers, including access to my Discord channel. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing The focus of this build was to go as cheap as possible, without sacrificing future upgrades. Parts are as follows: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU - $100 - http://amzn.to/2EJu5RL MSI B350m Pro Gaming uATX - $80 - http://amzn.to/2sMZxZN G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR4 3000 - $120 - http://amzn.to/2FoH4FA GTX 1050 2GB - $150 - http://amzn.to/2EVSGSL SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SATA SSD - $75 - http://amzn.to/2EXcW6i Western Digital Black m.2 256GB - $100 - http://amzn.to/2CEnAtu Corsair CX550m 80+ Bronze Power Supply - $55 - http://amzn.to/2FpUcdw Cooler Master MasterBox Q300P - $70 - Available 2/28, check out a video review of it over on Modders-Inc - https://youtu.be/BThLkiBSzXU Music: Cold Funk Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 28593 Craft Computing
FreeNAS Home Server Tutorial
 
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Welcome to my first attempt at a tutorial, and we're starting off with FreeNAS. This is part one of a three or four part series on getting a home file server, Plex, Whole-Home ad-blocking, and any other services I think might make your home computing life easier and more enjoyable. For this project, you're going to need: 1 or 2 8GB Flash Drives A computer to run FreeNAS Any hard drives Download FreeNAS from http://www.freenas.org, and follow the media creation instructions for your OS and install method. Thanks for watching everyone! Do let me know if there's something I missed in the tutorial. Stay tuned to the channel for follow-up videos on getting Plex and whole-home ad-blocking up and running. What am I drinking??? 10Barrel Brewing (Bend, OR) - Pray for Snow - Winter Ale - 7.0% Worthy Brewing (Bend, OR) - Lights Out Stout - Vanilla Cream Stout - 7.7% I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers, including access to my Discord channel. Everything I make from Patreon is going directly back into content and production for the channel. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing The Beyang x79 motherboard can be found here: https://amzn.to/2v0j3TF Get a FreeNAS server without building it yourself: https://amzn.to/2IHX5H7 Music: Lobby Time Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 56256 Craft Computing
Who needs 12-Cores?  What's in my personal rig?
 
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2017 Workstation Tour But first... What am I drinking? This time we're heading to Eugene (OR) for a Falling Sky Dreadnut Stout. (I said porter at the end of the video... it was 11pm). A lightweight when it comes to craft dark beers at only 6.2%. It makes up for the lack of ABV with a rich and deep flavor. I could drink this all year. I built this machine in May of 2016. X99 had matured to a point I was happy with, and my x58 system was getting a little long in the tooth. It was time for a new build. On the CPU side, I was ready to take the plunge into high core and thread count CPUs. I ran a 6-Core Xeon in my x58 system, and wasn’t really happy with the 6 or 8-core offerings on x99. That’s when I found an Intel engineering sample on eBay. This is a late sample of the E5-2680 V3 CPU, which has 12-cores, 24-threads, a base clock of 2.4GHz with Turbo up to 3.2GHz. It sports 30MB of L3 cache and a 120W TDP. Here are the full specs as the workstation sits today. I’ll also provide a list of parts in the video description. Again, this is not a recommended build guide. These Intel ES CPUs are fairly hard to get, may not work in your system, and are completely unsupported by Intel. They’re usually given out to hardware manufacturers or reviewers. I took a gamble and won. Your results may vary. By the way, I have not named this system. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments down below. I might pick one. MSI X99A Raider ATX Motherboard Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3 (ES) 2.4GHz 12C/24T 32GB (8x 4GB) Kingston HyperX 2,133MHz DDR4 EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 8GB (OC to 2,113MHz) Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD EVGA 850 GQ 80+ Gold 420mm + 280mm Radiators XSPC D5 Photon 170 Res + D5 Vario Pump Alphacool NexXxos XP3 CPU Block Alphacool NexXxos GPX-N 1080 Block Alphacool Fittings ¾” Flex Tubing The thought on everyone’s mind is probably “I’m sure that 2.4GHz clock is a total bottleneck.” Putting it bluntly… you’re wrong. This isn’t a gaming system. I call it a workstation for a reason. I expect it to do my professional tasks first, while still having some gaming chops. Is a 7700k faster in gaming? Definitely. Do I care? Not in the least, and neither should you. There’s always something better out there. But if your computer does what you want it to do, that’s the only result you should care about. And I think this performs quite well. Multi-core workload enables systems to do much more than just a single task at a time. Do you want to stream and play games at the same time? Done. Want to virtualize a few systems while not losing power on your workstation? Done. Want to game while rendering a video? Done. GTA 5 had some recorded stutters down into the 20s, but I was not seeing that while playing. I tested again with AA disabled, and got far different result. 96FPS on average, 1% of 68FPS and a 0.1% of 62FPS. I doubt AA was causing drops that severe, but didn't have time to retest after shooting. I might investigate this again. Taking a risk on a sketchy Chinese reseller of an Intel ES chip on eBay allowed me to experience what this number of threads can do on a gaming system as well as a workstation nearly 18 months before Threadripper or i9 CPUs were released. And most features that exist on high end enthusiast hardware eventually trickles their way down to consumer systems. Especially when competition is as fierce as it is right now. What with Coffee Lake and Zen 2 CPUs on the horizon, expect the GHz race we saw in the 90s and first half of the 0ts, to evolve into core count and software optimization wars in the years to come. 3rd Party Benchmarks: i7-5960x + i7-5820k Cinebench Scores: https://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/luke-hill/intel-core-i7-5820k-haswell-e-6-core-cpu-review/4/ E5-2680v3 Cinebench: http://www.cpu-monkey.com/en/cpu-intel_xeon_e5_2680_v3-504 Music by: Lobby Time Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) On the Ground Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 5493 Craft Computing
The Chinese X79 Benchmarks... Mission Accomplished?
 
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I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2 Benchmarking of this Chinese x79 build is now complete. TL;DR: I achieved both goals. I have a moderately inexpensive 6-Core system that plays VR while performing live green-screen chroma via OBS, and handles it's own at video editing. But first... What am I drinking? Today, I had Der Couvensteiner from Loowit Brewing Company in Vancouver, WA. A Dunkelweizen weighing in at 5%. If you ever see it on tap, do yourself a favor. Chinese mATX x79 Motherboard v3.5A - $117 - eBay Intel Xeon E5-2667 6-Core 2.9GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) - $55 nVidia GTX 1070 Founder's Edition - $275 - Purchased used. Find GTX 1070s on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2z9R1p4 4x8GB Samsung DDR3 ECC @1,333MHz - $75 - eBay OWC 60GB 6G SSD - $25 - Purchased used 1TB Western Digital Black - $40 - Purchased used ThermalTake Smart 500W 80+ - $35 - http://amzn.to/2z9ul8G Scythe BIG Shuriken n2B - $37 - http://amzn.to/2A6IC3M Swiftech 8-Fan PWM Splitter - $13 - http://amzn.to/2z40Anq 4x AsiaHorse 120MM LED PWM Fans - $39 - http://amzn.to/2xMPtOt CoolerMaster MasterBox Lite 3.1 - $40 - http://amzn.to/2zoTopa Like every PC build, there were a few issues to work around on this one. All in all, the only quality issue I ran into was the USB3 header on the motherboard, but you're likely to run into that on most boards. Internal USB3 is a terrible connector. Benchmarking revealed that this board does not in any way hamper the hardware I installed in it. All components perform as I would expect them to. The GTX 1070 was running a stable boost clock of around 1830-1900MHz (no manual overclocking, just factory boost). Power draw was as expected. The CPU was able to stress-test via AIDA64 for over an hour, peaking at 81C. All this while maintaing a steady 3.2GHz turbo across all cores. Gaming performance was excellent, achieving over 100FPS in some fairly demanding titles. Again, the motherboard was in no way a weak link to this build. If there are any limitations to this board, it is due to the platform it is running (x79/C602 Chipset), not any kind of manufacturing problems. The solder joints are excellent, the build quality is fantastic all around (minus the USB3 header), and aside from looking like a motherboard straight out of 2004, I would highly recommend this to someone on a budget needing as much CPU power as their dollar can buy. Pairing this with an E5-1650 6-Core would get you an unlocked SKU as well, with the motherboard supporting up to a 39x multiplier for a 3.9GHz overclock. Or, if your workload is multithreaded, there are always the tried and true E5-2670 and E5-2690 8-Core chips. Yes, Ryzen and Intel do have chips that will make this system look a bit dated. But with the current cost of DDR4 memory, at $259 for the same 32GB I picked up for $75, that alone almost makes this platform a viable option in the entry workstation market. What do you guys think? Would you buy one of these boards? Would you do anything differently than I did? Let me know. I'd love to put some more configurations to the test. Music: On the Ground Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Twisted Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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RetroPie Setup Tutorial with SNES Case!
 
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If you’re a fan of retro gaming, you’re no doubt aware of RetroPie for the Raspberry Pi. Today, I’m going to show you my new favorite case, controllers, and general setup so you can build one yourself. But first... What am I drinking??? Founders (Grand Rapids, MI) All Day IPA. It's a ''lighter' IPA at 4.7% ABV, but it doesn't seem to be missing any of that hop flavor. Surprisingly smooth, with plenty of hop and citrus notes. Fantastic example of what a crisp IPA should be. Retro gaming through emulation is nothing new, as playing classic Nintendo and Sega games on your PC has been possible since the Windows 95 days. A word of warning, it was no more legal to download the games then as it is now. I’ll be showing you how to get RetroArch installed and setup using this snazzy SNES case kit, and showing you a couple 100% legit free games during this process. To start out, you’re going to need the following things. A Raspberry Pi 2 or later, in my case, I’ll be using a Raspberry Pi 3. This Super Nintendo themed Raspberry Pi case, an 8GB or larger MicroSD card and card reader, 2A or higher USB power adapter, and my favorite retro controllers, the Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad. Everything you need should be available here: SNES Raspberry PI case for Pi 2/3: https://amzn.to/2rmMECn Raspberry Pi 3 Model B: https://amzn.to/2rotj3b Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad (You'll want 2): https://amzn.to/2HQc2e2 16GB Class 10 MicroSD Card: https://amzn.to/2Iigy4A 2A USB AC Adapter: https://amzn.to/2IfpDuP Optional Heatsinks for Raspberry Pi: https://amzn.to/2rmd736 Download RetroPie: https://retropie.org.uk/download/ Installation instructions for MicroSD Card: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/README.md Where to legally acquire ROMs: https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/10918/where-to-legally-acquire-content-to-play-on-retropie Get updated rosters for TecmoBowl: http://www.tecmobowl.org You can upgrade to the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ if you'd like, but you're not going to see any difference in performance in load times or games. The upgrades were mostly on the wireless and networking side of things: https://amzn.to/2KFnWp1 What you’re left with when finished, is a very polished retro gaming console that looks right at home next to your TV, or on your desk. It’s small, attractive, quiet, and easy to put together. I’m really impressed with this case, aside from the fan, and think the $20 asking price is more than reasonable for the looks it pulls off. Add to that the Buffalo gamepads are as close to the originals in quality and feel that I’ve used yet. All in all, this entire package costs right around $100, and is a great way to consolidate your retro games collection into a single, well built package. Questions about Emulators and ROMs? https://www.howtogeek.com/262758/is-downloading-retro-video-game-roms-ever-legal/ Make sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Bit Quest Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 6557 Craft Computing
$220 i5 Gaming PC w/ nVidia GT 1030!
 
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A few months ago, I suggested putting a GT1030 into an off-lease office PC. These are the results. But first... What am I drinking?!? Today it's the Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO). One of my favorite milk stouts. Not a real heavy hitter at 6.0%, but very smooth and creamy, with notes of chocolate and roasted coffee coming through. Delicious. Have some shopping to do for the holidays? Check out my Amazon Affiliate link and support the channel! http://amzn.to/2gFRgxS Products in this video... EVGA TORQ x3 Gaming Mouse: http://amzn.to/2BnMZrZ Velocifire Mechanical Keyboard w/ Brown Switches: http://amzn.to/2A7IhjU EVGA GT 1030 Low Profile: http://amzn.to/2hU75lf For refurbished and Off-Lease PCs, check out Newegg.com. I picked up an HP Elite 8300 SFF PC off Newegg for $139. In it was an Intel i5-3470 at 3.2GHz, 8GB of DDR3, a 160GB Hard Drive, and a free PCIe x16 slot. This is a low-profile system, so GPU options are limited. So I grabbed an EVGA GT 1030 LP card. Through Turbo Boost 3.0, it clocks all the way to 1974MHz out of the box. I won't be overclocking this card, as this review is aimed at beginners and entry-level PCs. Every game I fired up on this computer ran at an acceptable frame rate (for an entry-level and inexpensive PC). This includes games not in the video, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider (29fps average), CS:Go, Skyrim, Project CARS, DOOM, GTA 5, Dishonored 2, Rocket League, and a few others. Everything ran at roughly 30FPS or better on average.
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Beyang x79 Motherboard - Server Upgrade!
 
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I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers, including access to my Discord channel. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2 It's time to take a look at another Chinese x79 motherboard, this time in an ATX size from Beyond (or is it Huanan? I'm really not sure). But first... What am I drinking??? Bringing back a beer from a live show. It's Lagunitas Aunt Sally, a Dry-Hopped Sour Mash Ale. Not every strong at 5.7%, it is a fantastic sour. Seriously like crewing on SweetTarts as a kid. Parts list for today's video: Beyond ATX X79 Motherboard: http://amzn.to/2Didf7K Arctic Alpine 20 Plus CO: http://amzn.to/2Dm9M8d Xeon E5-2650 8C/16T 2.0GHz 32GB (4x8GB) Samsung DDR3 ECC 1,333MHz: http://amzn.to/2EV7Kw0 (The Amazon link is for 1,066... and better prices can be had on eBay) I began researching these Chinese knock-off boards around April of last year. At the time, building a gaming rig wasn’t my focus… I was actually looking to upgrade my desperately out-of-date home server and NAS. Most recently it’s been rocking a Xeon X3350 Quad Core running at 2.66GHz. This bad boy sports 6M of L2 cache, a 95W power draw at full tilt, and was originally launched in Q1 of 2008. So what’s the plan for today? I’ve got this Beyang x79 motherboard that I actually purchased from Amazon for $130! Unlike the previous MicroATX board, this one came in a retail box, reads as a genuine x79 chipset, and it supports quad channel memory as well as PCIe 3.0. We're pairing it with a Xeon E5-2650 8-Core/16-Thread 2.0GHz CPU and 32GB of DDR3 ECC memory. This should give me the overhead I need to reinstall all of my virtual machines, run Plex, and have plenty leftover for file server duties. Music: "Jazz Brunch " Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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AGPtEK HDMI Capture over USB at 1080p 60FPS. For only $90?!?
 
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Is it possible to capture HDMI at 1080p/60fps over USB? Can you do it for under $100? But first... What am I drinking? This evening I've got the Kamikaze Eagle from ColdFire (Eugene, OR). A 6.9% IPA, it's a little tropical and a little malty, but very crisp. And hopefully it can put out fires, because we have a few of those around right now. Buy the capture card here: http://amzn.to/2FDpGx2 **NOTE - The card in the video is no longer available under the AGPtEK brand name. The same device is being sold by PYLE now.** I was looking for a new HDMI capture card, and this was only $90 on Amazon. As best I can tell, it doesn’t have an official name. Amazon has it listed as the “AGPtEK HDMI Game Capture Card USB 3.0 HD Video 1080P 60FPS Live Streaming Game Recorder Device”. The box says “USB3.0 Game Capture Live Streaming”, and the unit itself has a model sticker on the back with “VG0061” printed on it. Even better... here's the link: http://a.co/1rqDgdv Confusing product name aside, this is a pretty cool little box. It promises 1080p HDMI capture at 60fps over USB 3.0. It also promises lower resolutions such as 480 and 720, at frame rates ranging from 24 to 60FPS. Opening the box reveals the capture card itself, a a USB 3.0 A Cable, and a sparse user manual. After setting the card to 1080p and 60FPS, I fired up the game and hit record on both systems. While OBS Screencap was crisp, clean, and a smooth 60fps, the capture card seemed to have double vision. Every single frame in the video seemed to show either interpolation artifacts, or a mismatch in FPS. As if it were trying to upscale from 60i to 60p. And the image itself was very soft. Text was blurry, and if there was any motion to it, unreadable. The color was exceedingly warm, with almost a Sepia-cast over the image. I set about flicking every setting I could find. Changing color space, buffering, YUV vs MJPG capture, lowering resolution and framerate. Nothing seemed to resolve the issue. I decided to run through one more test, and flipped my computers. This time, DOOM ran on the x79, while my x99 system captured over HDMI. The difference was night and day. This time the image was free of artifacts and delivered a butter smooth and consistent 60FPS. The text is still a little soft, and not nearly as crisp as recording directly off screencap, but the footage is more than usable for game capture and streaming. If you’re looking at using this to plug a camera into and record RAW footage, I’d recommend you look elsewhere. Retesting on the X99 rig saved this review from the depths, and saved me the headache of returning it. I mention it not as an absolute negative, but just something for you to keep in mind. 1080p/60 requires quite a bit of data. If you try to capture on a USB port that doesn’t offer full speed, your image quality may suffer with this card. I recommend this card if you're looking for the cheapest way to record or stream at 1080p/60fps. For any other option, you're looking at nearly double the price, and honestly, this one does a pretty good job, so long as your computer can keep up its end of the deal.
Views: 17979 Craft Computing
$1 WISH.com Video Cards!!!!!
 
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What if I told you that for just $7 after shipping, you too could get scammed on WISH.com?!? But first... What am I drinking??? A little local flair, we're going with the Portland Brewing MacTarnahan's Amber Ale. Clocking in at 5.1%, it's smooth, but you're going to want to bring it up to temp first. Almost sour straight out of the fridge, I really warmed up to this as the beer did the same. People keep asking about my knife... It is a Kershaw Leek. No longer available with the Rainbow blade, but you can get the all silver here: https://amzn.to/2qf3e6R The monitor behind me is the LG 43UD79-B. 4K, 4:4:4 10-bit color, 4x HDMI + 1x DisplayPort make for an awesome editing and multitasking display. https://amzn.to/2v6eEym After my last knock-off GPU video, I was primed and ready for more punishment. So I jumped back onto WISH.com, and found they were selling Pascal series graphics cards for as little as $1! Knowing full well this was too good to be true, I bought four of them from four different sellers. I ordered one each... a GTX 1050 Ti, a GTX 1060 6GB, a GTX 1070 Ti, and a GTX 1080 Ti for a grand total of $7 after shipping. What I received was a surprise... even to me. Support me on Patreon and get access to my exclusive Discord server. Chat with myself and the other hosts on Talking Heads all week long. https://www.patreon.com/CraftComputing Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Music: Hard Boiled Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Whole Home Ad Blocking! - FreeNAS VM Install Tutorial
 
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Welcome to Part 3/? in my FreeNAS your House series. Today we're going to install Pi-Hole for whole home Ad Blocking! But first... What am I drinking?!? I mixed up a Kahlúa Mudslide. 1.5oz Bailey's, 1.5oz Kahlúa, 1.5oz Vodka, 1.5oz Milk or Heavy Cream. Shake it, and strain it over ice. For flair, you can rim your glass with chocolate, and I highly recommend it. If you've been following my video series, just like the PLEX install, you need nothing other than the FreeNAS box you built in the first video. All of the software is free, and runs alongside your FreeNAS installation. Download Ubuntu Server 16.04.3 LTS here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers, including access to my Discord channel. Everything I make from Patreon is going directly back into content and production for the channel. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing Get a FreeNAS server without building it yourself: https://amzn.to/2IHX5H7 Music: Bass Vibes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Chinese x58 Motherboards.... Do they even work???
 
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One of the most requested reviews on this channel is finally here. It's the Chinese x58 motherboard! But first... What am I drinking??? Tonight we have the Steel Bridge Porter from Widmer Brothers (Portland, OR). Honestly, this is likely the first beer I've had on an episode that I didn't particularly like. The coffee almost had a burnt roast taste, and just wasn't doing it for me this night. I ordered this nameless x58 motherboard on eBay for $103, and delivery took nearly 4 weeks. So I decided to test it with the best CPU available for the platform, so I sourced an x5690 from eBay for $125. 8GB of DDR3 ECC 1866MHz memory finish this out. Rather than testing the board as a standalone option, I wasnted to know if buying this made sense in 2018, so we're testing it against a modern AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, with 8GB of DDR4 3000MHz, and an MSI Gaming Pro B350M motherboard. The results were... surprising. In today's video: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G: https://amzn.to/2GZo04H MSI B350m Gaming Pro: https://amzn.to/2HCRra0 G.SKILL Ripjaws V 8GB 3000MHz kit: https://amzn.to/2HyYhwU DEEPCOOL BARONKASE LIQUID: https://amzn.to/2ELUwBv EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 8GB: https://amzn.to/2EJXvtX Make sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing If you want to finincially support the channel, theck me out at http://www.patreon.com/CraftComputing. Every dollar made goes right back into videos like these. Music: Shades of Spring Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Funkorama Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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WHISKEY COOLED PC!
 
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WHY?!? But first... What am I drinking? Whiskey of course. This is a cocktail of my own creation, and I have yet to name it. 2oz of Bourbon, 1.5oz Amaretto, 1oz of Orange Liqueur, and 2 dashes of Angostura Orange bitters. Stir, and then strain over ice. I recommend going with a rye rather than a bourbon, and I certainly don't recommend McAfee's Benchmark Bourbon go into any of your cocktails. This is a video you've been asking for since I started this channel. Can you cool a PC with nothing but liquor. Today, we answer that, go through the benchmarks, and then explain why you should never ever do this. Are you interested in learning a new skill, or improving on one you already know? Click here to get a free 30-day trial to SkillShare, an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, photography, business, technology, and more. http://skillshare.evyy.net/c/1250596/298081/4650 Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Poppers and Prosecco Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Beat GPU Prices with SLI???
 
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Make sure to watch this one through to the end... Like most of you, I’m getting a bit fed up with the current market for graphics cards. In my ever expanding quest to come up with a solution, I thought back to my average gamer’s PC, with its GTX 760… and thought…. That card on eBay is only around $75 right now. If I had two of them, I could SLI them. That should give me GTX 780 power or better, for considerably less money, right?!? But first... What am I drinking??? Daft Badger Brewing - Blood Orange IPA - 7.3% The orange hits your nose as soon as you crack this beer open. It's a strong citrus, but it's a deep, rich flavor. It is still an IPA, but the hops aren't forward in the taste. I can drink this beer any time, anywhere. If you're shopping on Amazon, please use my affiliate link. It helps me keep the channel going! http://amzn.to/2gFRgxS Today’s test bench is a Gigabyte Z370XP SLI motherboard with an i7-8700k, 16GB of 3200MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR4, and of course ,y 2x EVGA GTX 760 2GB SC cards. All parts are running at their stock speeds. Intel Core i7-8700k: http://amzn.to/2DmXuvg Gigabyte Z370XP-SLI: http://amzn.to/2p9x4YV 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz: http://amzn.to/2tFLzJy Enermax RevoBron 600W 80+ Bronze: http://amzn.to/2Dm5Gfi Stratos Mid-Tower Case: http://amzn.to/2p7pwH1 I reviewed this case here: https://youtu.be/Eb-b997i4Cg Is the performance up to par for modern games? Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing, and back me on Patreon if you'd like to support the channel. http://www.patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: On the Ground Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Cool Vibes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 17934 Craft Computing
Chinese x79 Motherboards!  Which CPU to use???
 
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I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2 The most common question I get about these x79 motherboards is 'What is the best CPU to use?' But first... What am I drinking??? I've got the Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout from Ninkasi (Eugene, OR). A delicious and creamy dark beer, but not too big to enjoy at only 7.0%. Perfect for transitioning from Summer into Fall. Here is today's Chinese x79 Motherboard: http://amzn.to/2hEx542 Today we'll be taking a look at four CPU options for these Chinese x79 motherboards. We've got the E5-2643 3.3GHz 4C/8T, the E5-2650 2.0GHz 8C/16T, the E5-2667 2.9GHz 6C/12T, and the tried and true E5-2670 2.6GHz 8C/16T. In the video, I listed turbo clock speeds that are lower than Intel's product page for each of these chips. The number I gave was the max turbo speed across ALL CORES. Intel lists the max turbo for single threaded tasks. Most benchmarks I ran today take advantage of every thread present, so that's the number I listed. I did not test overclockable chips in this roundup. While these boards are technically capable of it, I'm not sure I trust them. I've had issues with power delivery to the USB controllers on one of these boards. Couple that with sketchy (or missing) heatsinks on the power delivery, and I'm not sure how far I want to push a chip here. So, do these workstation and server Xeon CPUs hold up in modern benchmarks and games? Watch the benchmarks and find out for yourself. Shopping on Amazon? Make sure to use my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2gFRgxS Music: Protofunk Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) That's a Wrap Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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GripGear vs Andoer $150 Camera Slider Smackdown!
 
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You buy cheap, you buy twice... But first, what am I drinking?!? Tonight it's 'The Wood' Lager from Laurelwood. A very light beer at 4.6%. Some of you seem rather concerned with the health of my liver, so I thought I'd give it a break tonight. Shopping on Amazon? Use my affiliate code. It really helps me out: http://amzn.to/2y1XVZw In this episode: Grip Gear’s Movie Maker Set: http://amzn.to/2zzpmuH Andoer 31" Carbon Fiber Motorized Slider: http://amzn.to/2h3h7QU or https://www.ebay.com/itm/80cm-Carbon-Fiber-Motorized-Camera-Track-DV-Slider-Dolly-Video-Stabilizer-USA/253139098819?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Neewer Fluid Drag Head: http://amzn.to/2gziHJF Emart 600W Studio Light Kit: http://amzn.to/2y1ObP1 Up first is the Grip Gear’s Movie Maker Set. A small motorized slider and 360 timelapse camera primarily designed for smartphones and pocket cameras. It features two 12” aluminum tracks via a break-down design, an 8-speed drive with ¼” ball head on board, IR remote, and convenient ¼-20 threads for mounting on tripods. A 550g capacity is the limiting factor on this, and it seemed to move my smartphones just fine. That's all it could move though. Even my Sony NEX-5r with kit lens weighed in at 675g. The slider was able to move it perfectly flat, but struggled quite a bit with even the slightest incline. The entire package feels flimsy, and whenever the motor moves across the center divider, there is a noticeable ‘bump’ in the footage. I’ve tried dozens of times to align the two tracks perfectly, but have never really achieved a clean result. If you’re using an iPhone with optical stabilization, you can’t disable it. Usually that’s not too much of a problem, but when shooting on this slider, there is a noticeable ‘jell-o’ effect to the footage. The Andoer 31” Carbon Fiber motorized track slider with follow focus was a nice follow-up purchase. I was able to pick this up, brand new, on eBay for just $143. And this was not a one-off purchase. The seller was US based, and had plenty in stock. Compared to the Grip Gear, this is, well, incomparable. Aside from the fact that they both hold cameras and are contain aluminum, there is nothing similar about them. For the price, I’m in love. I know there are better solutions out there. There are drawbacks in this kit, such as the DC motor used instead of a stepper. But the ability to move my camera and lens kit (weighing in at 2.5lb!), combined with the smooth panning, follow focus and orbit abilities, make this an absolute winner. Thanks again, and I’ll catch you next time.
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Cheap GBA Flashcarts - Do they suck? - Friday Flights returns to WISH.com
 
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I'm a handheld gaming nut. I love gaming machines that can fit in your pocket, so the concept of carrying every Game Boy game ever with me is enticing. Can it be done for $8? Well, I picked one up from WISH.com and another from eBay. But first... What am I drinking??? A Ninkasi (Eugene, OR) seasonal release... it's the Maiden the Shade Summer IPA. 6.8%, very citrus-y. Not a hop-forward drink, but very smooth and refreshing. A great blend of a NW IPA and... dare I say... a Shandy? Don't buy these Flashcarts... seriously. Get the Security Driver Bit Set instead: https://amzn.to/2LbROJ5 It's cheap, has every weird bit you'll ever need (except pentalobe... sorry), and is on Prime! Add this to your cart if you want pentalobe bits: https://amzn.to/2LfTykr Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Itty Bitty 8 Bit Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 51939 Craft Computing
Why do I build with Xeon CPUs?
 
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I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2 About 18 months ago, I built an x99 workstation with a 12-Core Xeon Engineering Sample rather than the more mainstream 6-Core 5820k. Today, we’re going to find out if that was a good decision for both gaming and content creation. But first... What am I drinking??? Ninkasi (Eugene, OR) returns to the channel, this time with the Tricerahops Double IPA (they really should have saved the awesome name for a triple... but what do I know?). Clocking in at 8.0%... it's... just really freaking good. Have some shopping to do for the holidays, but hate lines (and retail)? Use my Amazon Affiliate link to avoid the headache, and help me out at the same time! http://amzn.to/2gFRgxS Thanks to Threadripper and Core-i9, enthusiasts now have 8-Core and higher CPUs within reach, but that wasn’t the case when I originally built this x99 Xeon-based system. I wanted something faster than just another overclockable 5820k, and with DirectX 12 and Vulkan beginning to utilize multi-core chips more effectively, I thought the time was right to spring for something outside of the mainstream. What I found was this Engineering Sample of a Xeon E5-2680 v3. It's a 12-Core/24-Thread monster, base clock of 2.4GHz and a turbo of 3.2GHz. It's going up against the tried and true i7-5820k 6-Core/12-Thread. I've got this on OC'd to 4.0Ghz, which is not aggressive, but easily attainable with little considerations for cooling or voltage. So, we know single threaded performance wins in games at 1080p. But I game at 1440p. Surely this is going to be a landslide victory for the 5820k… right?!? Well... no. After being dominated in Cinebench in multicore, the 5820k managed to beat the Xeon by 30% in FireStrike! Then only had a 4.1% margin in Superposition, and 5.4% in Time Spy. It tied in Fire Strike Ultra! (Which was expected...) And then only lead by an average of 4.3% in games tested. That average did not include Just Cause 3... where it actually lost by 5.2% to the Xeon. Given the multithreaded prowess of the Xeon E5-2680v3, I would call that a win, especially at the same pricepoint. It just goes to show, not every CPU wins at every task, especially when you take your exact workload into consideration. I would never recommend the 2680 v3 to a high refresh rate 1080p gamer. But at 1440p or 4k, and with some content creation as a primary focus, the Xeon is a clear winner over the 5820k. I bet you didn't call that at the beginning of the video, huh? Music: On the Ground Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Sketchiest. Cooling. Ever. It's the eBay/AliExpress Watercooling Kit!
 
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I bought an entire PC water cooling kit for $81 shipped! You can find these on eBay, Alibaba, WISH, and anywhere crap products are sold. But first... What am I drinking??? I picked up a pint of Fort George (Astoria, OR) Vortex IPA. A fantastic example of a Northwest IPA, but still very drinkable at 7.7%. This is a full water cooling loop, with every part and fitting you need to cool your PC. But should you buy it? CPU Waterblock available here: https://amzn.to/2JRvl2O Or to buy an expandable kit that doesn't suck, click here: https://amzn.to/2uMyg8b Other system specs... Intel i3-8100: https://amzn.to/2A8nWfN Gigabyte B360m DS3H: https://amzn.to/2mEKJGF 2x4GB HyperX 2400MHz DDR4: https://amzn.to/2mEwqBM Cooler Master MasterBox Q300P: https://amzn.to/2Af1Kka EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming: https://amzn.to/2Oes2Gs The kit includes: 2x 'DeepCool' fans (probably not DeepCool) 1x 240mm Aluminum Radiator 1x Copper CPU Waterblock 1x Copper GPU Waterblock Aluminum barbed fittings Reservoir Pump Assorted Screws No Instructions Good luck to you! Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Laser Groove Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Electrodoodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Low budget doesn't always mean low performance
 
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Today we're taking a look at the nVidia GT 1030 Aero ITX card from MSI. But first... what am I drinking??? Earlier today, I picked up a growler of the Master Splinter Barrel Aged IPA from Loowit Brewing (Vancouver, WA). A 7.1% IPA with a lot of oak-y flavor. Very good on a hot day. Get the MSI GT 1030 Aero ITX here: http://amzn.to/2hPbFkn Now, onto the GPU. This class of card has always been marketed at gamers looking for the best bang-for-the-buck, yet they always seem to come up short. Price wise, it is $75 or around ⅔ the price of a GTX 1050. It has 2GB of GDDR5, and sips power, consuming just 30W under load. We hit an average of 73FPS, and a 1% low of just 54FPS in GTA 5 with a mix of low and medium settings, including High textures and 100% distance scaling. This resulted in a very smooth and enjoyable experience. Fallout 4 was very similar, averaging 58FPS (frame capped at 60), with lows hitting 20FPS, although I blame that more on the HDD read speed, less on the GPU. CS-GO and Rocket League were both very playable at max settings. Some of the low framerates could be mitigated by lowering resolution or graphics settings in game. You won't be playing DOOM (2016) with this card. Unplayable at 1080P, low settings. So, is it worth picking up a GT1030 for your gaming PC? Well… as impressed as I am with this card, the price to performance doesn’t quite make sense. The GTX 1050 is sitting right above it at $120, and that is able to crush MOST modern games at 1080p. I certainly would no recommend building a brand new system around this card. That said, there’s no harm in picking up an off-lease Dell i5 from Newegg for ~$140, then throwing one of these in there. For around $200, you could be playing a very good selection of modern games. MSI even has a low-profile version of this card, so it can fit in slimline office PCs. This is a card that certainly redefines the low-end space for nVidia, which traditionally has not been able to do much beyond being an improved 2D card for desktops. To see a card for$75 with some actual gaming chops is very cool indeed. Deadly Roulette Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 8867 Craft Computing
Worst HDMI Capture Card Ever - Friday Flights
 
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This USB HDMI Capture Card has been showing up all over the place lately, but is it any good? No. No it's not. But first... What am I drinking??? A local favorite, it's Bauman's Loganberry Cider (Gervais, OR). It starts good, and just gets better as you get further into the glass. 6.0% ABV No really long description on this one. This thing is just garbage. Don't buy one, and actively make fun of those who did. Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Opportunity Walks Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 5478 Craft Computing
It's the 1050 vs the 1050Ti.  Upgrade your Average experience!
 
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Today we’re looking at two different graphics cards as possible upgrades to my “Average Steam User’s PC”. I took a look at quite a few candidates for this, and wound up with both the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050Ti. But first… What am I drinking? Today, in honor of summer coming to a close, I’m drinking a Pineapple Express cider from Jester & Judge Cidery (Stevenson, WA). Just the right mix of sweetness with the pineapple tang. EVGA GTX 1050Ti FTW: http://amzn.to/2gtFkTz MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X: http://amzn.to/2yxxi1S First is the MSI Gaming X Twin Frozor 6. It features 640 CUDA cores and base clock of 1,442MHz, boosting to 1,556. This card also has 2GB of GDDR5 running at 7,100MHz. The 1050Ti is EVGA’s For The Win edition. Differences from the 1050 include 768 CUDA cores with a 1,379MHz base and 1,493MHz boost. The 1050Ti also sports 4GB of GDDR5 clocked at 7,000MHz. Both of these cards represent the best of each chip you can buy, and they come with a slightly premium price. Typically a 1050 would run you around $120 for a single fan card, vs The MSI is running $145 right now on Amazon, while a 1050Ti comes in closer to $160, while the EVGA is at $180. So why the price hike? These are factory overclocked cards, both featuring dual-fans and over-engineered coolers and PCBs for this class of graphics card, and that translates to better power delivery, as well as very good thermals with none of the noise drawbacks. Unlike most standard 1050 and 1050Tis, these require 6-pin power, and have much higher power ceilings, rather than being limited to the 75W available through PCIe. I was able to overclock the 1050 to 1,875MHz while drawing 83W. The 1050Ti hit 1,979MHz at 91W. These overclocks would not have been possible without the extra power delivery. Something else to keep in mind... these are going up against the GTX 760 SC, which is a 190W TDP card. The heat savings alone could make either of these cards worthwhile. These are both excellent cards at this price point. Check out the benchmarks in the video for an idea of how they perform in games at 1080p and near max settings... Thanks for watching! Like and subscribe to help support the channel. I do appreciate it. Highlight Reel Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Funkorama Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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The $40 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard!  Velocifire KB61WS Review
 
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When shopping for an inexpensive mechanical keyboard, I stumbled upon this little gem. How well does the Velocifire KB61WS work for $40? But first... What am I drinking??? Today's beer is a bit of a special one. It's the Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada(Chico, CA), but this is the 2014 edition. It's been cellar aged for four years, mellowed out, and fantastically smooth. Sorry, you can't have one. Thanks to today's sponsor, Dollar Shave Club! Join the Club for only $5: http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/CraftComputing Thanks to our sponsor Dollar Shave Club, new members get their 1st month of the Daily Essentials Starter Set including trial-sized versions of their Shave Butter, Body Cleanser and One Wipe Charlies’ Butt Wipes along with their Executive Razor for ONLY $5 with FREE shipping! Check out the Velocifire KB61WS: https://amzn.to/2KDVa7s Or their standard 10-keyless option: https://amzn.to/2KClA9n Music: Covert Affair Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Taps v2 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Threadripper Gets Wet - The Water Cooling Begins!
 
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I've been working off and on again on my Ryzen Threadripper 1900X workstation since December. It's finally time to get started on getting this thing running cool and quiet with a custom water cooling loop. But first... What am I drinking??? This evening, I'm enjoying what is an odd flavor combination in the Rogue (Newport, OR) Cold Brew IPA. As the name implies, it is a northwest style IPA blended with cold brewed coffee, and the flavors complement each other far more than you think they would. 7.5% ABV Check out the In Win 303 on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ko2hEu Threadripper 1900X: https://amzn.to/2tzFMme MSI X399 Gaming PRO Carbon AC: https://amzn.to/2tJj9Lq And the best deal on a 1TB nVME over at Newegg: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAD9Y74H8298&cm_re=960GB_nVME-_-9SIAD9Y74H8298-_-Product I successfully built the start of this loop... after all, this is my video editing workstation, so after each video done on it, it still needs to be running. And I've already found the first few hurdles I need to get over. For starters, the fans are not moving air through the system as well as I'd like, leading to temps just barely better than running an air cooler on an open test bench. I will be demoing a slew of addressable RGB fans in the next few weeks to find out which set gives me both the looks and the performance I'm looking for. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Cool Vibes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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A good mechanical keyboard for $30?!?
 
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Today we’re going to be taking a look at the Velocifire TKL01 Mechanical Keyboard. Get it here: http://amzn.to/2xOV3Pt But first… What am I drinking?!? Well, it was 102F in Oregon today. I don’t care where you live in the world, that’s hot. So, a Summer beer it is, with the Mazama Paradise. It’s a 6.5% tart ale with Pineapple, Pink Guava, Passionfruit and a touch of coconut. Delicious. To start out with first impressions out of the box, this keyboard is on the weighty side, given it's small footprint. It does sport a metal backplate, make it very rigid with little to no "deck flex" while typing or gaming. On the bottom are three rubberized pads and two retractable feet, giving the keyboard some slight incline adjustment. The feel is quite good. Each key has a consistent and tactile bump at its actuation point. Light enough to be pressed, with enough resistance to let you know you're pressing them. Anti-ghosting on this keyboard is very well implemented, with no noticeable drops when bashing keys like a drunken fool. There is a full 104-key board available for $40, but I opted instead for the ten-keyless 87-key option for only $30. The teal backlight will be a love it or hate it affair, and there are no other options on backlight colors (or key switches for that matter. It's brown or nothing in this case). There are the standard backlit keyboard customizations available, like breathing effects, row scrolling, row building, and off. There are only two brightness levels, but honestly, full brightness isn't as obnoxious as it is on other keyboards I've tried. If they included Doubleshot ABS keycaps aren't your style, the Zorro Brown switches do have standard Cherry MX stems, allowing you to swap any standard layout caps you please. In my case, I swapped out the gaming red keycaps from my daily driver Corsair K70. They honestly look better on this board than they did on that one. There are media hotkeys on the top row accessible by using the FN key to the right of the spacebar. The FN key toggles quite a few features on the board, such as backlight brightness, LED effects, and key remapping, more about that in a second. This keyboard may not be everything for everyone though. There is no included USB hub on the back, like is starting to pop up on a number of other mechanical keyboards at this point. There's no included wrist rest, and as this keyboard is thick and does sit quite a bit higher than others, that may be an issue for you. There are a few curious features, such as a built in remap of WASD to the four arrow keys, and an individual key disable feature. All that said, when it comes to keyboards, there is quite a bit of personal preference involved in the look, feel, usability and comfort of a keyboard. That said, I would absolutle recommend this to anyone looking to get into a mechanical keyboard for the first time, or someone in need of a good board on a second computer. If you're new to the ranks, you're going to find this much more responsive and much easier to type on than a standard affair membrane keyboard we all have laying around the house. If you come from the Cherry MX master race, this may not tickle all your fancies, as it does feel slightly mushier and even a bit heavier at times, but is none the less a solid option at only $30.
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$1000 Ryzen 5 Gaming PC Build Guide!
 
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Building a new gaming PC has been beyond frustrating for the past 12 months or so... what with the prices of GPUs and Memory continuing to skyrocket. Luckily ONE of those has come back down to earth. So, let's build a Ryzen 5 gaming PC with an EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC! But first... What am I drinking??? Today I'm enjoying Doubledelic IIPA from Hop Valley Brewing, clocking in a 9.3% an 96 IBUs. Very hop-forward flavor, but it might be a bit much for some people. I thought it was delicious. Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core https://amzn.to/2thuUst $190 G.Skill Ripjaws V 4GB x2 3000MHz https://amzn.to/2K0ufWB $105 MSI B350M Pro-VH Plus https://amzn.to/2lcg82q $67 Corsair Crystal 280X Black https://amzn.to/2t0kuy3 $110 LEDdess 120mm RGB Fans (x6) --- DON'T GET THESE!-- $46 Corsair CX 550M https://amzn.to/2JSK9z6 $55 (The PSU in this video was a CX430M, which is not modular... Step up to the 550M for this build) Western Digital 2TB Blue https://amzn.to/2JUbLnq $60 SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB https://amzn.to/2tbShU0 $67 Raidmax Extensions (8-pin) https://amzn.to/2yifQR1 $6 RaidMax Extension (24-pin) https://amzn.to/2t3nWb6 $8 Raidmax Extension (6+2 pin) https://amzn.to/2t2Kbhy $6 EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC https://amzn.to/2LYq9eT $300 Build total: $1,020 USD Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Eighties Action Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Cool Rock Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Ryzen 2200G + GTX 1050 Budget Build Guide
 
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We're building a budget gaming PC with a focus on expandability. But first... What am I drinking? Two beers in the video, both from Bridgeport Brewing (Portland, OR). First up is the King Pin Double Red Ale (7.5%, 65 IBU). A delicious Red made with Liberty hops from the Willamette Valley. I also gave a pilsner a try with the Tiny Horse (5.6%). For a pilsner, it's not too bad. Crisp and clean, which is what you want in a beer like this. The focus of this build was to go as cheap as possible, without sacrificing future upgrades. Parts are as follows: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU - $100 - http://amzn.to/2EJu5RL MSI B350m Pro Gaming uATX - $80 - http://amzn.to/2sMZxZN G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR4 3000 - $120 - http://amzn.to/2FoH4FA GTX 1050 2GB - $150 - http://amzn.to/2EVSGSL SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SATA SSD - $75 - http://amzn.to/2EXcW6i Western Digital Black m.2 256GB - $100 - http://amzn.to/2CEnAtu Corsair CX550m 80+ Bronze Power Supply - $55 - http://amzn.to/2FpUcdw Cooler Master MasterBox Q300P - $70 - Available 2/28, check out a video review of it over on Modders-Inc - https://youtu.be/BThLkiBSzXU For a full performance comparison between the 2200G, 2400G, i3-8100 and i5-8400, check out this video: https://youtu.be/saaPkCgqJ6I Overall, the build turned out great. Make sure you pay attention to the benchmark numbers. While the GTX 1050 wallops the Vega 8 APU, AMD holds it's own, and every game is acceptably playable. Every game tested managed at least 35 FPS on average, and the lows weren't too bad either. The game footage was all captured via the Vega 8, not the GTX 1050, so what you see is what you get for $500. I'm now on Patreon! Working on putting together projects, merch, rewards and content for Patreon backers, including access to my Discord channel. https://patreon.com/CraftComputing If you're shopping on Amazon, please use my affiliate link. It helps me keep the channel going! http://amzn.to/2gFRgxS Music: Raw Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Mac Pro Upgrade Vlog. 12-Cores, 64GB, and Pascal Graphics!
 
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I found a 2009 8-Core/16-Thread (2x E5520 2.26GHz) Mac Pro Tower on Craigslist for only $340. But first... What am I drinking??? Today's episode is a two-fer. First up is the Laurelwood (Portland, OR) Workhorse IPA. A staple of the Portland craft brewing scene, and clocking in at 7.5%. Followed by one of my favorites, the Ale Smith San Diego Pale Ale .394. 6.0% and 26 IBU, a very smooth drinking Pale. Get the EVGA GTX 1050Ti FTW edition here: http://amzn.to/2gtFkTz The 2009 Mac Pro came standard with either 4C or 8C (2x 4C) CPUs. The 2010 was available with up to 12 Cores, but the 2009 is limited to 8. The hardware on both machines is identical, with Firmware being the only difference between the two. Well, a quick firmware hack, and you can install any 55xx or 56xx series CPU into the 2009 Mac Pro. I've opted for the X5650 2.66GHz 6-Core chips, and I picked up a pair on eBay for $30. You can go all the way up to the X5690 3.46GHz chips if you want, though that will run you about $200 for the set. They're faster, but diminishing returns on performance. I also upgraded the 16GB of DDR3 installed to 64GB (courtesy of my two x79 Chinese systems). This can be had on eBay for around $150 if you shop around. And, nVidia recently released Pascal drivers for MacOS 10.13, so my GTX 1050Ti seemed like a perfect fit. Total build cost was ~$995, although most of these parts I already had on hand. And 64GB of RAM is WAAAAAY overkill for most use cases. Was the project successful? Well, you'll have to watch and find out. Make sure and subscribe, and be on the lookout for my live stream, Talking Heads, relaunching on October 18 at 8PM Pacific. It's a weekly live show where I sit down with a guest, drink craft beer or liquor, and talk tech for an hour. Music: Airport Lounge - Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com) Groove Grove - Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com) Off to Osaka - Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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Budget VR PC!  Skyrim VR on a 1050 Ti!
 
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Microsoft claims that all you need is a 1050 Ti to play games on a Windows Mixed Reality headset. Let's find out if that's true. But first... What am I drinking??? This episode is a two-fer. First off was a Rogue Brewing (Newport, OR) Hazelnut Brown Nectar. A very interesting brown ale with a smooth finish. And, what my be my new favorite Gin cocktail, the Gordon's Cup. Featured on @HowToDrink, I decided to give this one a shot, and man am I glad I did. Delicious, crisp, refreshing. Check out their channel if you haven't already. https://youtu.be/3T9rWiXXKs4 Parts list for today's build: Intel i3-8100: https://amzn.to/2I9srdT GIGABYTE B360M DS3H: https://amzn.to/2rEj5LR Patriot Viper Elite Series DDR4 8GB (2 x 4GB) 2800MHz Kit: https://amzn.to/2rEGKMg InWin 301 mATX Case: https://amzn.to/2KVsCan nVidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB: https://amzn.to/2KjJpCH SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SATA: https://amzn.to/2rBNfQ5 EVGA 550 N1: https://amzn.to/2KYSYIm Lenovo Explorer Headset and Controllers: https://amzn.to/2rDdRQQ Required Software (Free): WMR for SteamVR: https://store.steampowered.com/app/719950/Windows_Mixed_Reality_for_SteamVR/ Re-Vive installer: https://github.com/LibreVR/Revive/releases Re-Vive allows you to use your Windows Mixed Reality Headset with any Vive or Oculus game in SteamVR. This build came together very quickly, but can it handle Skyrim VR? Yes. Yes it can. In fact, Skyrim VR, SUPERHOT VR, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, The Lab, and many other games played very well with this setup. If you have been wanting to get into Virtual Reality... now might be the time to do it. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Jazz Brunch Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Bossa Antigua Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Addressable RGB Fan Shootout - More than just a pretty face?
 
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Click here to get a free 30-day trial to SkillShare, an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, photography, business, technology, and more. http://skillshare.evyy.net/c/1250596/298081/4650 High quality fans can be the difference in your system performing up to its potential, and RGB obviously adds 10 FPS to every game you play. But when you buy an RGB fan kit, are you getting higher quality fans, or just some flashing lights? But first... What am I drinking??? Rogue Farms (Oregon) 7 Hop IPA, 7.77%, 76 IBU (come on Rogue, you know there should be 77 IBUs in this...) Ninkasi (Oregon) Maiden the Shade, 6.8%, 72 IBU All of these fan kits can be purchased on Amazon... Arctic F12 (Non-RGB) Fans: https://amzn.to/2zBGDIJ LEDdess RGB Fan Kit: https://amzn.to/2KVma6f XSPC RGB Series Fans: https://amzn.to/2u8oJIa XSPC RGB Hub (3-pin): https://amzn.to/2N6NFqy InWin Aurora Fan Kit: https://amzn.to/2L3DCp1 Corsair LL120 3-Pack (w/ Node Pro): https://amzn.to/2NHFiTO Swiftech PWM Fan Hub: https://amzn.to/2JoGAiU In this video, I test all of these fan kits for performance, looks, installation, software, and overall value in an air cooled system. In part two, I'll be comparing all of these fans again in a water cooled PC. Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Dispersion Relation Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Threadripper Build Update - Friday Flights
 
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A quick update on why you haven't seen progress on my Threadripper 1900x workstation since I first introduced the project in December. But first... What am I drinking??? A delicious juicy IPA from Ninkasi (Eugene, OR)... it's the Prismatic IPA.5.9% and 36 IBU make this an easy drinking IPA that's great for summer. In Win 303 White ATX: https://amzn.to/2JFgKfQ In Win Aurora RGB Fans and Strips: https://amzn.to/2Mwivth LEDdes RGB Fans and Strips: https://amzn.to/2tdjVjB EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G3: https://amzn.to/2tb3tQP EVGA Individually Sleeved Cable Set: https://amzn.to/2t1duB2 Music: Deadly Roulette Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Sound Blaster K3+ from Creative Labs Review
 
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Among the headphones, sound cards and sound bars from Creative at CES 2018, they introduced one piece of kit I could not wait to get my hands on, The Sound Blaster K3+…. And now that I have it… what do I think of it? But first... What am I drinking??? Today it's the Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI). It's a Chocolate and Coffee stout thats been aged for 1 year in Oak Bourbon barrels for a year. Coming in at 12.3%, it's both boozy and incredibly flavorful all at once. One of the best stouts I've had on this show. Learn more about the Sound Blaster K3+ here: https://us.creative.com/p/sound-cards/sound-blaster-k3-plus Or BUY the Creative Labs Sound Blaster K3+ audio interface here: https://amzn.to/2HTjZw1 Pair of Samson C02 Pencil Condenser Microphones: https://amzn.to/2HQXI1C Adjustable Microphone Desk Arm: https://amzn.to/2vBEFGb Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Bundle: https://amzn.to/2HRtLOX Every single in-studio video, and every my first 26 live streams, have been recorded on this, my Behringer Xenyx 1202 FX. But, long story short… as soon as the new SoundBlaster K3+ hit my desk, I haven’t even plugged the Behringer back in. The K3+ requires only a single USB Micro cable for both power and data, saving a spot on my power strip, and making this a truly portable mix board for remote live streams. It also sports a global 2-band EQ, 10 preset reverb FX, a soundboard with 6 built-in sound effects, a stereo RCA in and out, and if you’re a musician, an autotune feature baked right in. Overall, I’ve been really happy with the Sound Blaster K3+ as both a 2-ch mixer and an audio interface. At $129, it’s certainly worth the cost of admission given its fairly unique feature set. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Music: Shades of Spring Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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GamerStorm Castle 240RGB by DeepCool - Unboxing and Review!
 
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Today we're doing an unboxing and live review of a the all new GamerStorm Castle 240RGB by DeepCool. It's an All-In-One liquid cooler with individually addressable RGB lighting, and an infinity mirror to boot. But first... What am I drinking??? I picked up a Hop Valley (Eugene, OR) Doubledelic Imperial IPA. Clocking in at 9.6% and 96 IBU, definitely a heavy hitter, but still very drinkable. And actually a good intro if you're looking at getting into the more complex NW IPA flavors. I do recommend it. Check out the GamerStorm Castle 240RGB by DeepCool: http://www.gamerstorm.com/product/CPULIQUIDCOOLER/2018-04/1286_7898.shtml Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: As I Figure Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 2863 Craft Computing
Welcome to Friday Flights!
 
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A regular feature every Friday from now on is going to be Friday Flights! What do you do at a bar when you want to try more than one beer? You pick up a flight of 4oz tasters. Friday Flights is going to be all of the shorter content that may not deserve a full feature-length video, but I still want to get up on the channel. Be it a vlog, a beer event, an unboxing, or a product review that is just too short for a normal video. What am I drinking? Today is a Superfuzz from Elysian. It's a Blood Orange Pale at 6.4%. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of this one. There is some orange, there are hops, but the flavors seem to be contradicting each other rather than playing off each other. Drinkable, but not great. Check out the Sound Blaster Katana RGB Sound Bar here: https://amzn.to/2s8uSDg InWin 303 ATX Case: https://amzn.to/2J9ekoC Ryzen Threadripper 1900X: https://amzn.to/2IOyy7u Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: As I Figure Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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FIRE!  EVGA GTX 1080 FTW FIRE! Aftermath and Analysis
 
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I experienced a catastrophic failure of my EVGA GTX 1080 FTW card over the weekend. But first... What am I drinking??? Beer is for celebrating. Tonight, I'm drinking Scotch. Specifically, Glenlivet 12 Single Malt. One word... hell yes... well, I guess that's two words... Fine, you want a review, watch through the end of the video. About 10 days ago, I walked downstairs to find my computer shut down. Very odd indeed, as I never turn it off. After some diagnostics, I determine the power supply had failed, so off to RMA land it goes. When it returned, I experienced the same issue as before... that is, pressing the power button results in a 'click' but nothing else. No fans, no power, nothing. I test the power supply in another machine, and find it is working just fine. So I move on to replacing the motherboard. With new board in hand, I fire it up on a test bench, along with the power supply, CPU and RAM from my workstation. Everything works, we boot into Windows, so I can start reassembling my loop. With the water loop refilled, I power on and.... nada. Same result. I remove the GPU from the motherboard, but leave it connected to the power supply 2x8-pin leads. Same result. Next I reseat the GTX 1080 FTW into the PCIe slot, and remove the 8-pin power. And God said... let there be light. And also hellfire. About a year ago, there was a recall on the GTX 1070/80 FTW cards for overheating VRMs and premature failures. There were even a few reported fires similar to mine. My card did not die due to overheating. It has lived the majority of its life under a full-cover waterblock
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Get Ripped - Threadripper 1900X Build Vlog
 
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It's finally time to start digging into Threadripper! But first... What am I drinking?!? Siren's Sound Russian Imperial Stout by Bridgeport Brewing (Portland, OR). 9.0% Have any shopping to do? Use my Amazon Affiliate Link. Get the things you need while supporting the channel! http://amzn.to/2gFRgxS This is going to be a multi-part build, starting here with getting most of the parts to POST. In a few weeks, I should have the build completed with a hardline water cooled loop, Digital RGB lighting all around, a hefty overclock, and lots of footage of the assembly. But, first things first, let's make sure everything actually turns on. Parts list... AMD Threadripper 1900x: http://amzn.to/2ytpR8E MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC x399: http://amzn.to/2ytazkz Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum (4x8GB, 2,666MHz): http://amzn.to/2ytKO3f EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 8GB: http://amzn.to/2AZqbPA EVGA 850 GQ 80+ Gold PSU: http://amzn.to/2AZ9hR2 In Win 303 White ATX Mid Tower Case: http://amzn.to/2ClYsbZ And more to come... Credits: Airport Lounge Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX case review
 
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Today, we're taking a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX case in a Galaxy Silver finish. But first... What am I drinking? My favorite cocktail, an Old Fashioned. A very simple whiskey cocktail, but surprisingly difficult to find a well made one out in the wild where I live. Most of the time if it's even on the menu, they've tried to spruce it up by making it with maple syrup, Sprite, cherries, or any other number of additives. Whiskey... bitters... sugar... orange garnish. That's it, and it's perfect. Get the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX case here: http://amzn.to/2xPyFdL Now, enter the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv. A dual tempered glass panel case with very modern flair. The aluminum is very striking in person, and set against the darker glass panels, it does give a very space-age vibe. All of the modern features are there, 2.5" + 3.5" drive support, RGB controller onboard, support for up to 6 120mm fans or 5 140mm fans. Radiator support abounds, although there are reports of limited air flow when running water cooling in this case, especially populating the front intake with a rad. Your results may vary. The case is stunning in person, and would make a great showpiece for any high-end PC build. Thanks for watching. Like, Subscribe, Comment. Now if you don't mind, I have another old fashioned to make.
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$85 OPTICAL Mechanical Keyboard - Gamdias Hermes P2 RGB Review
 
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Are you interested in picking up a new skill? Check out Skillshare.com. Click the link to get a free 30-day trial and start learning! http://skillshare.evyy.net/c/1250596/298081/4650 Optical mechanical switches, metal backplate, Per key RGB lighting, and a volume rocker? Gamdia just isn't playing fair with the Hermes P2 RGB. But first... What am I drinking??? Today it's a Hoptronix by New Holland Brewing (Michigan), it's a double IPA clocking in at 9.0% and 70 IBU. A Very hop-forward IPA, but with a surprisingly smooth finish. Definitely worth picking up. Gamdias reach out a few weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in trying out the Hermes P2 RGB keyboard, and I'm so glad I took them up on it. This keyboard is fantastic. The blue optical switches are amazing, as is the build quality all around, with absolutely no deck flex on the board, and minimal key wobble, even when compared to top tier brands. The keys are a little heavy, and much more akin to a Cherry MX Clear, although with the clicky sound of a Blue. Check out the Gamdias Hermes P2 Keyboard here: https://amzn.to/2z3LF0u Or: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/gamdias-hermes-p2-rgb-wired-gaming-mechanical-keyboard-with-rgb-back-lighting-black/6229635.p?skuId=6229635 Be sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing Music: Fast Talkin Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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THE Soundbar for your Ultrawide Monitor
 
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So you bought a brand new monitor, but now your desktop speakers have been pushed waaay off to the side. Not only does it add to clutter on your desk, but it may not be ideal placement depending on your speakers. If only someone had a better way… But first... What am I drinking??? Back to Pyramid Brewing (Portland, OR) and their Apricot Ale (5.1%). I'm a fan of apricot, and a fan of sours, but this one just didn't do it for me. The sour notes took away from the flavor instead of adding to it. Meh... Check out the Sound BlasterX Katana here: https://amzn.to/2JtwUc1 LG 43UD79-B 43" 4K Monitor: https://amzn.to/2JBcABf Cougar Attack X3 Speedy Keyboard: https://amzn.to/2y0OnmN So what is this thing, and why is this better than most other computer sound solutions? The Sound Blaster X Katana is a 24” wide bar with three separate amplifiers, one for each of the three channels… left right and sub, with 150W in total. It also supports a wide range of input options, with USB Audio at 24-bit, TOS Optical, 3.5mm Line in, 3.5mm Microphone in, a dedicated TRRS port for your headset, Bluetooth 4.2, and a USB A port for a USB drive to work as a standalone music player. Of course the most important feature in 2018 is the 49 individually addressable RGB LEDs beneath. With a price point of $300, do I recommend the Sound Blaster X Katana from Creative Labs? Wholeheartedly yes. The looks, the features, the sound quality, and of course, the RGB ;-) this is definitely one of those cases where spending a premium can absolutely net you the best results. Follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing
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InWin 301 Tempered Glass.  Form AND Function.
 
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What am I drinking? Tonight it's the Escape to Colorado IPA from Epic Brewing (Denver, CO). If you like hoppy, look no further. Easy drinking, as it clocks in at just 6.2%. Perfect for getting over a cold. Purchase the In Win 301 here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07229QBYM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07229QBYM&linkCode=as2&tag=craftcomputin-20&linkId=473c209afbb7bdee9a29e260bf6199e3 The InWin 301 packs a ton of functionality into a very minimalist box. Support for up to a 240mm AIO or air coolers up to 158mm tall. Full length graphics cards, 160mm for a power supply, and three drive bays make this a little box that can pack a lot of power. Beautiful from any angle, as well as being very easy to work on makes this case a winner in my book. Thanks for watching, and definitely stay tuned next week. I've got a 5960x and TWO AMD RX 580 sitting on my desk just waiting for a home. And I've got a plan for them you likely won't expect. #NotForMining Music: Groove Grove Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Vive Pro and Vive Wireless, First Impressions from CES 2018
 
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I just got to demo the Vive Pro headset at the Intel booth here at CES. The new headset promises a 78% increase in resolution, clocking in at 1440x1600 per eye. it also features the pro audio strap standard, and dual front cameras for stereo pass through view. No word yet on price or release, but I'll keep you posted as I hear more. The Vive wireless adapter was also on display, utilizing Intel WiDi technology. It promises nearly latency free video and sensor transmission thanks to a 60GHz Gigabit signal. Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for more CARS coverage.
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Tronsmart Bluetooth Speakers - Friday Flights
 
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When Tronsmart reached out and asked if I would review a couple of their bluetooth speakers, I just couldn't say no. But which one get's my recommendation was a bit of a surprise. But first... What am I drinking??? Once again, Ninkasi (Eugene, OR) rules the day with their Total Domination IPA. 6.7%, and just a really good beer. Taking a look today at the Tronsmart Mega and Tronsmart Element T4 (Tronsmart Mini). On paper, the Mega has some very appealing features, but how well does that translate into the product? And, how can the T4 (mini) possibly be any good at $15? Check out the Tronsmart Mega here: https://amzn.to/2KmYWpW And go buy the Tronsmart Mini (Element T4) here: https://amzn.to/2N6KjVD Be sure to follow me on Twitter @CraftComputing Consider backing me on Patreon. $1/mo gets you access to my Discord server, where you can chat with myself and the rest of the hosts from Talking Heads live shows. Talk tech, builds, or beer. http://www.Patreon.com/CraftComputing
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MasterBox Lite 3.1 Case Review
 
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Can Cooler Master still make a budget case? Did they try and cram too many modern features and aesthetics into too low a price point? Get the MasterBox Lite 3.1 here: http://amzn.to/2xOpvcE AsiaHorse Solar Eclipse PWM 120mm Fans: http://amzn.to/2xMPtOt Let's find out! But first.. What am I drinking? I'm enjoying the Boo Koo IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co. in California. 6.5% ABV. A really god summer beer, and we do enjoy our IPAs in the summer here. The MasterBox Lite 3.1 is one of the newest editions to the MasterBos series. It sports a MicroATX form-factor and a full window side panel. For cost savings, CM opted for acrylic instead of tempered glass on the side, but that decision is likely a big reason why this case is only $40. One thing they did not skimp on was internal room, with support for 3x 120mm fans and radiators (240mm on the front, 120mm at the rear), 158mm clearance for a CPU air cooler, and 380mm length on graphics cards, this case will fit almost every enthusiast part currently on the market. Overall, I think this case is a great value for $40. It's attractive, has enough features to satisfy most builders, and most hardware should fit without issue. This case was purchased by me from Newegg the first day it was available for $40. This is an honest review of my purchase.
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Oregon Brewer's Festival - 2017 Edition
 
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Welcome to the 30th Annual Oregon Brewer's Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland! This has become one of the largest outdoor beer events in the country, with more than 80,000 people attending the event each year. This year, over 90 craft beers are on tap for the duration of the weekend, with an additional 90 in limited supply (5gal/ea) the specialty tent. Come along as we sample around 20 of the beers available. Some good, some amazing, and some that taste like curry. Beers we tried, plus our ratings, are as follows... New Holland Brewing Company - Dragon's Milk Reserve: Thai Curry, 11.7%, N/A IBU - 4.5/5 Boundary Bay Brewery - Raspberry Radler, 4.5%, 10 IBU - 3.50/5 Caldera Brewing Company - Cousin Rick 20th Anniversary, 11%, 100 IBU - 4.25/5 Boneyard Beer Company - Enzymatic IPA, 7%, 60 IBU - 3.0/5 Heathen Brewing - Mojito Sour Ale, 5%, 23 IBU - 3.5/5 Anderson Valley Brewing Company - G&T Gose, 4.2%, N/A IBA - 3.75/5 Old Town Brewing - Coconut Curryiocity, 5.2%, 15 IBU - 1.25/5 Widmer Brother's Brewing - THRILLHAUS, 4.5%, 22 IBU - 2.5/5 Gigantic Brewing Company - G & T, 5.5%, 17 IBU - 4.0/5 Surly Brewing Company - #MERICA!, 5%, N/A IBU - 2.25/5 Rogue Ales & Spirits - Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout, 11.8%, 55 IBU, 4.75/5 Loowit Brewing Company - Cryptodome, 9.9%, N/A IBU - 4.25/5 Alameda Brewing Co. - Touch of Orange, 6%, 32 IBU - 3.25/5 The Lost Abbey - Avant Garde, 7%, 12 IBU - 3.5/5 Bridgeport Brewing Co. - Mint Julep Ale, 9.5%, 15 IBU - 3.75/5 Fearless Brewing Co. - Balls to the Wall Barleywine, 11%, 44 IBU - 3.75/5 Burnside Brewing Co. - Cannon Ball, 9%, 13 IBU - 4.0/5 Vanguard Brewing - Berry White, 5%, 13 IBU - 2.75/5 Dunedin Brewery - Passionate Disenchantment, 6%, 15 IBU - 2.0/5 Plus a few that we forgot to write down. Thanks for watching. Like and Subscribe if you want to see more content like this. District Four Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Electro Cabello Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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