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  1. HP Reverb available for preorder on Amazon. Go git it! PoleCat Out
  2. Sliding inside corner brackets that tighten at whatever height along the vertical travel you like. Check the first photo. The longer piece of extrusion has the brackets slid loosely into place before attaching the shorter platform support piece. Photo 5 shows the inside corner brackets installed and tightened into place from below. Two of these inside corners are more then enough to support the weight of the Cougar but I am using 4 of them just to be extra sure.
  3. At almost 300USD for a pair for Monster Tech table mounts for HOTAS Cougar and Warthog Throttle and Stick I decided to make my own (with some variations in design) to save some money. Here is my project in a few pictures. My parts after fabrication and before assembly. The assembled platform from several views. And finally, attached for it's intended purpose......... Out
  4. Good stuff mate. Hope to see you hanging about.... Out
  5. I am very skeptical of this information. I use the Logitech gaming software (currently version 8.81.15). I have been using this software on all of my computers and updating it regularly for a long time. Three different machines all using Asus Z170-A. No issues, no BSOD's.You will find a lot of inaccurate information about hardware out there. Often it is driven by people who are misdiagnosing the issues they are experiencing. Happens all the time. You will not find an excellent piece of hardware out there that is not subject to this type of misinformation. Don't let it dissuade you. Take it from me the Asus Z170-A is an excellent choice. Out
  6. Nice card Aleks. Enjoy it! Funny post Mav, looks like me when I was that age. Got to check with my Mom and ask her how the heck that pic of me got out there.... Out
  7. That system will be "the balls" with a few exceptions. Please read on......... To help alleviate your concerns I am currently using the Z170-A in three separate systems, Two gaming/business and one DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). I am modestly overclocking them and they are all rock solid stable. The CPU I am using in all of them is the 6700k but the i5 6600k that was suggested should be just fine as well. The boards are not wafer thin and they seem every bit as beefy as the previous generation Asus boards I was using (Z97-Pro). Keep the X-fi and use Daniel Ks drivers they work great under Windows 7/8/10. Get rid of those video cards as soon as you can. (for this system these are and will be the bottleneck). In this case SLI is just doubling the agony.......Get a single 970 or better. GSkill is an excellent choice for the memory. I use this brand now exclusively for my and my customer builds and I am never disappointed. I am using the Lepa Excllusion for my CPU cooler. I am also using the Corsair H series in a couple of the other machines. These work very well and require no maintenance. Also the Corsair liquid cooler cpu blocks leave plenty of room and do not interfere with larger memory modules as some after market coolers do. All else looks pretty good to me. I think you are going to be very happy with that system. Please let me know if I can be of any help with advice or opinion. ~Out
  8. This thread is now pinned and featured in our forums. I read the article this afternoon with Janet. Great stuff. I am in process of setting up a slider on the front page to show your interview off and link to it from our home page. I will try to finish it quickly if work allows. I recommend everyone read this article and learn about the man, the myth, the legend that is our very own "Maverick". The embodiment of his namesake and a killer elite! Well done buddy! Out
  9. Happy Birthday to one of my closest friends and our other fearless leader Manawar! Have a great birthday Ed! See you soon! ~Paul
  10. Ok here are the UEFI settings needed for the ASUS Z170-A and NVMe RAID0 for boot. I am using the latest release from Asus Which is UEFI/BIOS Version 1101. Once these settings were configured I used the WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL ([URL="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool"]https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool[/URL]) to create a Windows 10 x64 bootable USB flash drive from my Windows 10 x64 ISO file. (Any UEFI boot disk should work). At this point I rebooted the machine and entered the UEFI/BIOS. In the boot section I selected the UEFI version of my flash drive as the boot override option. On reboot Windows begins the installation; however, the newly created RAID0 volume is not detected. Here you must feed the installation (add) the Intel Rapid Storage Drivers (Browse to the inf file in the X64 folder (iaStorAC.inf)). You can download these at the link below..... [URL="http://station-drivers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1613:intel-rapid-storage-technology-rst-version-14-6-1-1030-whql&catid=16:articles&Itemid=171&lang=fr"]http://station-drivers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1613:intel-rapid-storage-technology-rst-version-14-6-1-1030-whql&catid=16:articles&Itemid=171&lang=fr[/URL] After the RST driver is loaded the RAID0 volume was detected and installation proceeded as normal from there. ~Paul Note: I have since set UEFI/BIOS memory frequency to XMP mode and it is now running at 3200MHz not 2133MHz as the first screenshot indicates.
  11. Here are the benchmarks I just took of my RAID0 NVMe boot partition. I am collecting the UEFI settings and will provide a step by step as to how I got this working very soon. Out
  12. A little update. I believe that I may be the first person to get NVMe raid0 working in a bootable configuration. I spent hours on the phone with Asus support who failed to help me get this configuration bootable. At the end of this fruitless endeavor I was told that my SM-951 500GB NVMe PCI-E SSD's were incompatible and that Asus could help me no further. Searching the web I found a few instances of people getting RAID0 working on many boards but not in a bootable configuration. (They could only boot to a single NVMe drive). Not being one to give up I spent the next 4 hours plus experimenting and in the end finally got it working. I think most of the issues people are having are due to a fundamental lack of understanding of UEFI, what it is, how it works, and how it interacts with operating systems. I will layout the process shortly on how I got this all working here and on a few tech forums that I frequent where many are in search of answers on getting bootable NVME PCI-E Raid0 working with the new Z170 boards. Happy days! Out
  13. Thanks guys that was very thoughtful. Ed, Aleks, thank you for the personal phone calls and the Bday wishes. I had a really nice start to my birthday, but that got interrupted by work It's OK though, Janet says I get a do over. Celebrating a birthday usually means far too much celebration to fit into one day so Janet and I usually make our birthdays into birth-weeks. Even though I have had no time to participate, seeing the 104th doing so well under the very capable hands of the current leadership is a great birthday present. Ed and I could not be more proud of how far the Phoenix has come or of the members who participate every day and support the 104th in every conceivable manner. You guys are the best! ~Paul
  14. Update: I acquired a second Samsung SM951 512GB I am going to run 2 of these in NVMe RAID0 under Windows 10 as my OS and fast apps partition. I will use 2 Samsung 850 EVO 250GB in RAID0 for my slower static data partition. Yes that's right 2x250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD's in RAID0 will be my SLOW partition. I will backup both daily using acronis and an external 2TB WD Black. I am excited to find out how these very fast SSDs (PCI-E 3.0X4) are going to perform in RAID0. I read some where a single one of these is "crack head" fast. In RAID0 it will not double in performance but it will increase well beyond its already stellar single drive performance ratings. Maybe 1.5X crack head fast? In any case this is going to be one hell of a build. I will probably record a full build video and review for this one. Out
  15. I have a nice Cooler Master full tower case with 2x120mm front, 1X120mm rear, and 1x80mm top fans. I think airflow should be good. Just waiting now for the Corsair H50 cpu cooler and I am going to start the build. Out
  16. i7 6700K Asus Z170-A GTX 980 (No Change) 16GB (2 x 8GB) GSkill DDR4 3200 Samsung SM951 512 GB Internal SSD - PCI Express 3.0 x4 (This will be replacing my 2x250GB RAID0 array and will act as my boot and fast apps/games partition). High hopes for this system build. Should be commencing as soon as I receive all the parts. I will post pics of the build as I progress. Out
  17. Hilarious! All carrier qualification candidates in the 104th should use these to fly their final run... Why you ask? Simple......three reasons......... 1. It would be HUGE. 2. You will get so tired of winning. 3. Everyone else is so stupid. (sorry, I can't resist) Out
  18. Installations for the hardware you mentioned have been identical to Windows 7/8. Out
  19. Everything is setup and tested. The LCD panels are working using the on-cpu intel graphics. With UltraMFCD I was able to export the MFD's from the A10-C to the MFD displays. There is an issue that causes poor fps on the exported displays with the latest Nvidia series of drivers. Reverting to an older version is the work around. Just since I installed UltraMFCD the website for the app has disappeared. Not sure what the deal is there but the Cougar "real" MFD MOD project was a complete success. I will post photos soon of the working exported displays during flight. Out
  20. I installed and upgraded all of my Windows 8.1 boxes to Windows 10 on the day of release. No regrets. Out
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