No 8700K but Water Cooling Continues

A lot of reviews and stats came about after I wrote my post about possibly going for a new computer build based around the Intel 8700K back in October. Careful examination of those actually revealed that even though it would present an improvement over my Core i7 4790K, I could not justify the cost. So I decided to ditch that part of my plan for now. I am still set though on doing a custom water cooling loop. Not only for performance, but mostly because it presents a nice challenging project to sink my teeth in. The postponement of the hardware upgrade itself comes with the benefit of spreading some of the cost. I spent over a month deciding on the how and the what, and could’ve still been doing that. On Black Friday however, EK Water Blocks had some pretty good deals, so I decided to bite the bullit, and prepare for a Christmas Holday Build! Continue reading

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Going Intel 8700K?

The old Learjet has been standing in South America for quite a while now, I know. I haven’t been using flightsim for some time now. Work has been busy, I actually changed jobs, and in my free time I played other games that are less suitable for blogging.

Platform-wise I have updated my trusty GTX970 to a GTX 1080Ti (the Strix version by ASUS). Playing around with this got me thinking about the fact that I have been using my current basic set-up for about 4 years already now. I am currently on an ASUS RoG Maximus Hero VI. I started out with a Core i5 4670K on this, which I upgraded to a Core i7 4790K almost 2 year ago. Development in CPUs has been very sluggish over the last couple of years with AMD being unable to hold a candle to Intel performance. This changed with the coming of Ryzen about half a year ago and it appears Intel is finally willing to take strides again. Continue reading

FSEconomy World Tour 72: SBCH-SUPU

After a short rest in Chapeco, I picked up 5 passengers bound for Tydeo Larre Borges Intl, in Paysandu, Uruguay which is 422nm to the south west. There’s about 80,000 people living there, and the city has been around since the 1750s. The weather appears to be clear at Paysandu, and the temperatures are back in the 30s (C).

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Departure from Chapeco. Finally in dry conditions again Continue reading

FSEconomy World Tour 69: SWXV-SWJW

At Nova Xavantina I picked up a good paying load of cargo bound for Londrina. However, since this is a flight of over 500nm and my tanks are only 33% full there’s no way I am going to make it. So I scheduled a stop in Jatai, which is in the right direction and has fuel.  With over 100,000 inhabitants it’s one of the bigger cities I’ve visited in a while.

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Departure from Nova Xavantina Continue reading

FSEconomy World Tour 68: SNKE-SWXV

After arriving at Santana Do Araguaia I was able to pick up some cargo bound for Nova Xavantina, about 350nm south. According to the Portugese wikipedia there were villages there when the Spanish arrived, which were abandoned after “all gold had been poached”. After that the area was only reinhabited in the 1940s. Sounds strange indeed.

Weather at departure is expected to be clear, 35C(!), and almost no wind. Weather at Nova Xavantina is rainy, 31C, with thunderstorms moving in later (hopefully after I’ve left again), and almost no wind.

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Departure from Santana Do Araguaia Continue reading