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* '''2022-07-05, 0700:''' i wake up, smoke a cigarette, check my mail, and go back to sleep. as i do every morning, i note that my condo is not full of the smell of burnt electronics.
* '''2022-07-05, 0700:''' i wake up, smoke a cigarette, check my mail, and go back to sleep. as i do every morning, i note that my condo is not full of the smell of burnt electronics.
* '''2022-07-05, 1000:''' i wake up again, and smell a horrible acrid odor suggesting burning plastic. i go to find out who's been smoking crack in my condo. nope, the electric stink is coming from my machine, where the four leftmost power pins of my RTX 2070 Super have melted into the PCIe slot ([https://www.reddit.com/r/watercooling/comments/vset9i/press_f_for_respects/ press 'f' for respects]). it is immediately obvious that the card will never again multiply a matrix. the motherboard, somewhat shockingly, still posts.
* '''2022-07-05, 1000:''' i wake up again, and smell a horrible acrid odor suggesting burning plastic. i go to find out who's been smoking crack in my condo. nope, the electric stink is coming from my machine, where the four leftmost power pins of my RTX 2070 Super have melted into the PCIe slot ([https://www.reddit.com/r/watercooling/comments/vset9i/press_f_for_respects/ press 'f' for respects]). it is immediately obvious that the card will never again multiply a matrix. the motherboard, somewhat shockingly, still posts.
* '''2022-07-05, 1100:''' i look into what's required to replace a motherboard's PCIe slot, shake my head, and order another Gigabyte Aorus Master TRX40 off Ebay. aftermarket TRX40 motherboards are not plentiful. i pay about $450, similar to the cost paid back in 2020-03 when i originally bought it. i order an EVGA Copper Hydro 2080ti for about $750, and marveling at freefalling GPU prices, pick up another 2070 Super for $300. i sell the scorched 2070 Super for $40, unsure why anyone would pay even that. i throw an air-cooled Radeon 6650 XT into another slot, forcing me to pull my Hyperx4 NVMe card, meaning my two SSD-based RAID1s are running in degraded mode.
* '''2022-07-05, 1100:''' i look into what's required to replace a motherboard's PCIe slot, shake my head, and order another Gigabyte Aorus Master TRX40 off Ebay. aftermarket TRX40 motherboards are not plentiful. i pay about $450, similar to the cost paid back in 2020-03 when i originally bought it. i order an EVGA Copper Hydro 2080ti for about $750 and, marveling at freefalling GPU prices, pick up another 2070 Super for $300. i sell the scorched 2070 Super for $40, unsure why anyone would pay even that. i throw an air-cooled Radeon 6650 XT into another slot, forcing me to pull my Hyperx4 NVMe card, meaning my two SSD-based RAID1s are running in degraded mode.
* '''2022-07-05, 1130:''' GPU prices continue to fall like Tom Petty falling off a stage while signing "free fallin'". the 2080ti i paid $750 for is now like $600. goddamnit. i see that the Quantum Momentum TRX40 monoblock i use is on extreme clearance at EKWB, and pick up a second one for $70. my old one had some organic crud in the fins, and who knows, maybe i'll end up using it with the old Aorus Master (minus one slot). and anyway, just $70!
* '''2022-07-05, 1130:''' GPU prices continue to fall like Tom Petty falling off a stage while signing "free fallin'". the 2080ti i paid $750 for is now like $600. goddamnit. i see that the Quantum Momentum TRX40 monoblock i use is on extreme clearance at EKWB, and pick up a second one for $70. my old one had some organic crud in the fins, and who knows, maybe i'll end up using it with the old Aorus Master (minus one slot). and anyway, just $70!
* '''2022-07-06:''' i fix the DRGB cable on my old Quantum Momentum, which had been decapitated a few months back (as in the 3-pin DRGB plug was severed from the cable, still not sure how this happened). doing so required identifying the three stranded wire groups within the cable, and then soldering on a new [https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/molex/0022284033/313893 Molex 0022284033], $0.27 at Digikey. first, i use the ohmmeter functionality of my Amprobe multimeter to verify that no wires were crossed in the plug housing. they weren't, which meant there were only two possible mappings of cable internals. ARGB 3-pin is 5V, Data, no pin, Ground, so the three bunches of stranded wire were either
* '''2022-07-06:''' i fix the DRGB cable on my old Quantum Momentum, which had been decapitated a few months back (as in the 3-pin DRGB plug was severed from the cable, still not sure how this happened). doing so required identifying the three stranded wire groups within the cable, and then soldering on a new [https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/molex/0022284033/313893 Molex 0022284033], $0.27 at Digikey. first, i use the ohmmeter functionality of my Amprobe multimeter to verify that no wires were crossed in the plug housing. they weren't, which meant there were only two possible mappings of cable internals. ARGB 3-pin is 5V, Data, no pin, Ground, so the three bunches of stranded wire were either