LTX 2019 Attendee Info

Dear LTX 2019 featuring DreamHack Attendees! This blog post will be emailed to you all shortly, so no worries if you’re not reading this. :P Below is a list of pretty much everything you’ll need for the show.

General Info

The LTX 2019 expo runs from 11am - 6pm PT on Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th. Our event is taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre East building; address is 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Parking can be found underground and nearby - the closest Skytrain station to the venue is “Waterfront.”

When you arrive at the Vancouver Convention Centre please visit the Registration desks located in the lobby area first.  This is where we will scan your ticket and a wristband specific to your ticket type will be distributed. If you have purchased a ticket for multiple days, please make sure you keep this wristband on for the whole weekend. There will be no replacements, and this is the only way for you to be allowed entry into the event.

Registration will be open BEFORE the event, so if you want to grab your wristband ahead of time, feel free to do so. If you’re a BYOC ticket holder, we strongly encourage you to do this. Please see below for registration times:

Friday, July 26th: 9am - 5pm

Saturday, July 27th: 8am - 6pm

Sunday, July 28th: 9am - 4pm

Even though your ticket says “no re-entry,” as long as you have your wristband on, you’ll be able to enter and leave the event as you please during show hours. We will have security present at the event, so please expect a bag check upon your arrival.

There will be a food kiosk on-site selling things like delicious pulled pork sandwiches, soups, rice bowls, and more, as well as a cafe outside the venue, and TONS of other food options nearby. You have WAY more options than what we had last year.

BYOC TICKET HOLDERS

BYOC ticket holders will be able to head into the venue to start setting up at 8:00am on Saturday, July 27th. However, internet won’tl be turned on until 11am, and you can only be in there to set up.

DESIGNATED DROP OFF AREA IF ARRIVING VIA CAR:

Between 08:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, July 27, 2019, you can drop off your BYOC items at the multiway or vehicle pull in area, located in front of the West Building at 1055 Canada Place Way. From there is it a short 2-minute walk to the East Building where our event is.

BYOC ticket holders will be able to start setting up at 8:00am on Saturday, July 27th.

DESIGNATED PICK-UP AREA IF LEAVING VIA CAR:

Between 6:00pm - 9:00pm on Sunday, July 28, 2019, you can be picked up in the multiway or vehicle pull in area, located in front of the West Building at 1055 Canada Place Way.

Before going to the multiway for pick up, please ensure your BYOC items are packed up as the multiway is a loading zone only.

NOTES:

·         There will not be any pick-ups, drop-offs, or parking available directly outside of the East Building.

·         Please note you cannot leave your vehicles unattended in the multiway at any time. Any unattended vehicles will be subject to towing. Find a friend to help accommodate and work around this! 

·         The multiway is intended for pick up and drops only, not for parking. There are public parking lots available in the immediate area.

·         The multiway will not be available for pick-ups and drop-offs outside of these designated times.

OFFICE TOUR TICKET HOLDERS

Please refer to the time on your ticket for when your tour will take place. We’re only letting people in at the time listed on their ticket, no exceptions, so PLEASE make sure you’re at our office for your selected time. Please park on the street as we will NOT have parking available at our office, and if our park at other units you’ll likely be towed. Please be respectful of others in the building complex. If you’re not, please understand that we may need to ask you to leave.

Linus Media Group HQ Address: 

102-18643 52nd Ave, Surrey, BC, Canada. V3S 8E5

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by our Registration volunteer team, who will scan your Office Tour ticket (You will not receive a wristband right then, you’ll have to go through Registration at LTX with your event ticket to get that). After that, you’ll wait in line until you’re greeted by a Linus Media Group member to take you through the office and give you the grand tour!

Each tour will last about 20 - 25-minutes and you’ll get to walk around, see what we’re up to, ask questions, and chit chat with our tour guide. Thank you so much for your interest, we look forward to having you at our office!

CPU DELIDDING Notes

Thinking of delidding your CPU at LTX?? Well let's go over a couple of things first to make sure that A) you actually want to delid your CPU, and B) your CPU delidding goes as smoothly as possible.

SHOULD YOU ACTUALLY DELID YOUR CPU??

Great question. If you're a sane person, the answer is probably no.  CPUs have lids on them because, well, CPUs are damn fragile, and by taking that lid off you risk damaging the CPU die, which will make your CPU... die.  Delidding can offer somewhere in the neighborhood of 10C cooler temps on your CPU, which sounds pretty awesome but what does that really achieve? Well, low temps = better overclocking = faster computer = cool beans, right? Well even if you can push your 8700K past 5GHz, the real world performance increase is basically unnoticeable - like we're talking a max of maybe a 10% improvement in speed.

All of this is to say, delidding is pretty much a fools errand for people that want to do a dangerous thing so a number on their screen is bigger.  If this describes you, welcome to the club and read on.

CAN YOU DELID YOUR CPU??

So we've established that despite CPU delidding being a mostly bad idea you still want to do it, but can you?  The prime candidates for delidding are Intel 115x CPUs between the 4th Gen and the 8th Gen. 7th Gen Extreme Edition CPUs are also fair game.

DO NOT BRING YOUR CPU TO DELID IF IT IS:

AMD Ryzen - the IHS is soldered and we don't have deliding tools for you. You will be turned away.

6th Gen or earlier Extreme Edition Intel CPUs (i.e. i7-6900K, i7-5960X) - Your IHS is soldered, and delidding will have a high chance of killing your CPU.  We will have the tools to delid these CPUs if you really want to, like say you have one that's dead or just hate having a working computer, but don't expect anything more than a 3C improvement in temps.

THINGS TO DO BEFORE DELIDDING:

Okay you've got a CPU that we're able to delid, now you've got two main options:

1. Delid and reinstall IHS: This is a standard delidding process.  Basically you remove the IHS, apply new TIM, and then stick it back together with some new silicon to hold it together.  The only problem is that you're at a show, sticking the IHS back on takes a fair bit of time, and you need to get your CPU home.  Normally after a delidding operation the CPU is placed in a motherboard, where the socket will hold the lid in place even if the silicon hasn't perfectly hardened yet.  Since you will be going home after the event, there is a small chance that the IHS could come off during transit, bounce around and then potentially destroy your CPU. This is why I would strongly recommend to do option 2:

2. Delid and reassemble at your home: For this method you will come to the delidding booth, use our delidding tools to safely remove the IHS from your CPU, but then stop there and go home with your CPU in two pieces.  At the event, you can pick up some TIM from either our the booth (Liquid Metal or Kryonaut) that you will apply at home and then reassemble. Basically your CPU will be held together using the mounting pressure of the CPU socket, so for installation place your motherboard horizontally, carefully place the CPU in the socket making sure that the IHS is straight and then fully install the CPU.  This does mean that you will have to figure out a way to safely transport your CPU with the die bare, although you should have success by placing it in an ESD safe bag, wrapping that in a bunch of paper towel, and then placing the whole thing in a small box. The box your CPU came in is also a good option.

Also before you arrive please watch the Gamers Nexus video on CPU delidding to help make your CPU delidding experience less likely to become a CPU killing experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYnUfXl0Gdw  

If you have any trouble after the event then create a post on the LTT Forum and tag @AlexTheGreatish

**PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL LIKELY VOID YOUR WARRANTY IF YOU DELID YOUR CPU. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER PRIOR TO PARTAKING.**

GPU Repasting

If your card isn’t throttling, or if you’re happy with your thermals, then you probably don’t need to repaste. 

**PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL LIKELY VOID YOUR WARRANTY IF YOU REPASTE YOUR GPU. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER PRIOR TO PARTAKING.**