I'm a lurker, so I don't expect my opinion to hold any weight. But I don't think the OC community ever truly "recovered" from XtremeSystems dying. The sheer level of know-how and experience there was insane... That's where I learned most of what I know to this day about computers and overclocking, even though I was a young teen at the time. The number of industry insiders, legitimate pro or self-taught electrical engineers, HVAC guys doing insane cascade phase-change units, etc that populated XS... It was something special. Nowadays, without any disrespect meant, the baseline level of knowledge on hardware forums is abysmal. Basic stuff (e.g., that high voltage at low current is not the same as high voltage at high current) is misunderstood and has to be re-taught ad nauseam. I miss the days when I felt like I could load up XtremeSystems and actually LEARN something meaningful, from educated people with real experience. Now I find myself mostly reading misinformation and uninformed diatribes justifying anti-consumer products (e.g., the 2080 Ti being ~$1,200, when such a card -- meaning a cut-down, big die -- used to be maybe $450).
Sorry for the rant, and it's not directed at anyone in particular, much less anyone in this thread, but it is what it is.
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