Ask GN 68: Microcenter's Prices, Why CPUs Are Harder to Cool

By Published January 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm

Ask GN returns! We're now on Episode 68, having taken a brief haitus for CES. A lot of questions piled-up in that time, and we dedicated the usual ~25 minutes to address as many as we could in that time window. Of note, a large number of you have been asking about GPU and RAM prices, and we recently had our own encounter with severe price surges at a Microcenter location. We also received questions pertaining to component failure, proper handling of components (ESD, oil/grease, etc.), GPU failure, and must-have tools for our arsenal. 

Oh, and as a bonus, we take a question on "dream testing methods" that are unachievable (presently) due to time/money/practicality limitations. Great questions this week from the community. Find the video and timestamps below:


Timestamps & Questions

00:50 Microcenter’s Insane Prices

06:36 – BillyONeal: “#askgn-questions Regarding the recent GPU prices video ( ) did any of the manufacturers with whom you spoke consider using their position as a board maker to run miners themselves? Thanks!”

08:27 – Yousuf: “I've been mining with my Gigabyte GTX 1080 Waterforce for almost a year now on my main rig, it still runs perfectly.
(It's an AIO card)”

12:39 – Pike: “This has been bugging me to no end. If a 1080 ti puts about 300W OC’d and an i7 8700K puts out less than thata even with a hard OC, then why can a 1080 ti be cooled with a 120mm CLC, but the 8700K needs a 240mm+”

15:15 - NoRYZEN 2000: A New Hope: “What is the most important TOOL, GN uses, that you would recommend for most enthusiast to have.”

16:49 - contractor316: “What are the three biggest/most-wanted areas of test methodology/pieces of equipment that time and money (and practicality, I guess) currently prevent you from persuing?”

20:20 – Soren: “#askgn-questions I was recently told by a teacher that you should never hold hardware by the copper contacts, because you can get oil on them or ESD into them and destroy the entire piece of hardware. If this is true, why do nearly all techtubers hold hardware (such as video cards and ram) with their fingers on the copper contacts?”

25:03 - Timber Meadow 2 days ago Still interested to hear about IT certs from the question in Ask GN 66.”

Host: Steve Burke

Video: Andrew Coleman

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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