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by Thomas
Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please advice for mobo choice / Photo Editing PC
Replies: 14
Views: 3136

Re: Please advice for mobo choice / Photo Editing PC

Wow, lots of good advices and suggestions here, thanks :-) A challenge about this build, is that CaptureOne system requirements/recommendations range from a very basic Intel Core 2TM Duo/4GB based system to a Core i7/16GB + GFX R9 290 (Windows) with a minimum of 2Gb RAM. I dont doubt the first is wa...
by Thomas
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please advice for mobo choice / Photo Editing PC
Replies: 14
Views: 3136

Re: Please advice for mobo choise / Photo Editing PC

Thanks for all the replies 8) Regarding ASUS Z170-P D3 and 4 SATA - oups my bad, I overlooked that. Good thing though, it helps narrowing it down, thx. About LGA1150, I prefer LGA1151 because of DDR4. Not that I think I'll notice any difference, but DDR4 will be avaible for longer and for better pri...
by Thomas
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please advice for mobo choice / Photo Editing PC
Replies: 14
Views: 3136

Please advice for mobo choice / Photo Editing PC

Hi there, I've been out of the PC loop for some years now, however it's time for an upgrade, because my Photo edit software crashes / wants more memory. And since I'm on DDR2 etc., it dont make sense to add more memory. Currently, I'm looking at a Intel i5 6600K + 16 GB RAM. I'm however in doubt abo...
by Thomas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Establish how much cpu power you need, specially if you will benefit from hyperthreading, most people dont, but some do into encoding or editing, but in my experience hypertheraded cpus run hotter on load, so something to keep in mind, specially to check if you need it or not. Yup, I believe this i...
by Thomas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

EDIT: The only reason for comparing the Core i7 2760 and FX8320, is that I have access to a laptop with this particular i7, and thus rin my beloved NX2 on that. So the comparision is only for getting an idea of what I can expect with CPU power like the Core i7 2760 ;-) If it's possible, enter the l...
by Thomas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Thanks :-) Fan control: I prefer the BIOS to do the work. If I understand this correct "Integrated Graphics all haswell (none E) will support intels built in iGPU on their chips" - then I have to get a CPU with integrated graphics? I agree on your reliability comment :-) EDIT: The only reason for co...
by Thomas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Thanks for good suggestions here; As far as mobo goes, I'd actually prefer a ATX above mATX - the reason for suggesting the MSI is it got integrated graphics and SATA 6. If I go the AMD route, I'mm willing to add in a graphics card in order to get better mobo choises. However, those money might as w...
by Thomas
Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

I did some testing, and there's no traces of the SSD / disk is related to the CPU usage in NX2 (Photo editor). Digging around in NX2, it appeared that certain operations on large photos, can cause the CPU to max out for 8-10 seconds. And still with this odd behavior, where I apply the change, the pi...
by Thomas
Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

RAM hard fault graph during photo manipulation: zero

Also had an eye on disk que length, and it's very close to zero too. I suspect this program simply is CPU hungry in certain situations. I have access to a Core i7 something laptop. I'll try the program n that one...
by Thomas
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Sorry, but I'm unsure what "ram hard fault graph" is?

EDIT: To answer my own question: http://www.pcworld.com/article/241677/h ... nitor.html

Good suggestion, I'll try that. Probably in the upcoming weekend :-)
by Thomas
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Thanks a lot Luca, I'll read up on this :-) Can you access SMART somehow? I'll check up on SMART. What puzzles me still is the fact you wrote earlier, that you apply a change on an image and it is shown almost instantaneously. Only after a little while the CPU maxes out for a few seconds. Doing what...
by Thomas
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Thanks for the stats, vishcompany, they certainly indicate here's room for improvements. I have 27,9 GB free of 59,5. It's about 3 years and 3 months old. Sometimes I'm using an imaging tool (similar to Ghost), which completely overwrite everything on the SSD. Dont know if that's particularly hard o...
by Thomas
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Hi Luca, I'm not really sure what you mean, except for the part that my write speeds could be better...

But is this due to my (old) SSD or is it due to SATA speeds?
by Thomas
Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

TRIM is on, AHCI is on, SSD firmware is upgraded to the latest, and no swap file. There's one newer mobo firmware, but I dobt it will help, as it's explicitly made for support for a newer CPU line. ANyway, I'll upgrade it soon. I've found that the NX2 software has a slightly strange way of using the...
by Thomas
Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Well, xan_user, it's a bit embarrasing, but my way of thinking was off, and you was spot on. Disk que length is very close to zero. It's Win7, by the way. The odd thing, is that when I do a change to the Picture in NX2, the CPU is on quite low, and the screen show the result. Then, a few seconds lat...
by Thomas
Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Good suggestions here, thanks :-) I've found the MSI board for a great, erhh, very low price. So I'll likely go the MOBO route. RAM disk, good idea too. I might try that out later. One thing at the time... How good are the MSI fan controllers? I mostly care about the CPU fan... Also, as far as I've ...
by Thomas
Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

Re: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

I checked it out, but it was sold out around here in Denmark. Maybe its available elsewhere, I check it.

How is the hw fan control on this MSI board?
by Thomas
Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?
Replies: 33
Views: 14524

SSD bottleneck - new mobo, SATA controller or wait?

Hi SPCR readers - I think it's time to try getting more out of my SSD. My most demanding task is photo editing, namely Nikon NX-2. It's not running bad, but in certain situations it feels sluggish. It rarely pushes the CPU to the limit, and when it does, it's for a very short time. It never uses all...
by Thomas
Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting PhenomII in a Win7 system?
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

Re: Undervolting PhenomII in a Win7 system?

Thanks, I'll give it a shot, I've been very satisfied with K10Stat. Unfortunately, I forgot to write down my values, before I installed Win7....
by Thomas
Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting PhenomII in a Win7 system?
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

Undervolting PhenomII in a Win7 system?

I've been out of the PC loop for more than a year now. I've been very satisfied with K10Stat on my XP 32 bit / Phenom II system. Now I've upgraded to Win7 64 bit, and was wondering what people are using nowadays? I can hear my CPU fan speeds up more with default Win7 settings, than it used to with X...
by Thomas
Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SSD to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 7471

Re: Which SSD to buy?

Did some digging:

Some chipset providers do make XP AHCI drivers, at least Intel does. And some people had success changing from IDE to AHCI, after installing XP. But Gigabyte (my board) only make drivers for install during XP installation.
by Thomas
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SSD to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 7471

Re: Which SSD to buy?

Does XP support AHCI mode? I tried changing to ACHI in the BIOS (I dont have IDE drives now, but I had when I installed XP), and XP wouldnt boot...

If XP support AHCI - can it manually be changed from IDE?

Thanks :-)
by Thomas
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SSD to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 7471

Re: Which SSD to buy?

Thanks for the suggestions, and todo list :-) Actually, I came here to ask, if I needed to switch the BIOS to AHCI, but it's already mentioned above + in the links, that I should do that... :-) System restore? Well, personally I hate it. Admitted, it works - sometimes. But about half of the times I'...
by Thomas
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SSD to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 7471

Re: Which SSD to buy?

Nice, thanks :-) BTW, I've just skimmed this guide: http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/ Among several things, it suggest turning off file indexing and system restore points. It sounds reasonably (less wear and disk space used), and I dont like these f...
by Thomas
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SSD to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 7471

Re: Which SSD to buy?

Nice info here, very usefull, thanks. I've just ordered a Crucial Entertainment Crucials RealSSD C300 64 GB. Due to the recent SSD test here on SPCR, I thought I'd buy the Kingston, but I didnt like the comments about longevity, so a Crucial it had to be :-) Anyway, I'm going to use it as a OS (Win7...
by Thomas
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Idea for next update to P18X line - red LEDs
Replies: 61
Views: 5020

I also dislikes blue light, I'm almost hating them... The blue LED's died at some point on my P180... Fortunately... But I missed a power LED, so I swapped it with a green, and an amber for HDD. Later I git a mouse and keyboard with red LED's, so now Im probably swapping the green with a red... But ...
by Thomas
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Micro ATX Vote - Not Many Real Options
Replies: 10
Views: 3067

Re: Micro ATX Vote - Not Many Real Options

Cooler Master 341 If you're lookin' at the CM 341, the AeroCool QS200 might be a better bet (they are first cousins): always a bit crappy/ugly/cheapy as the CM (or the SS TJ08, the smart bro of the previous CM 340), but perhaps with somewhat superior cooling and disk mounting. Regards, Luca That Ae...
by Thomas
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 10673

There's some (only a few?) exceptions - me? I'm running some Nikon software, which is ridicolus CPU consuming. Except for that, I dont need much CPU power - my 4850e was good in all other aspects and sadly, it's now collecting dust... Does that Nikon software make use of more than 2 cores (or even ...
by Thomas
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 10673

That's the current retail price - it might lower, but who knows... When I say retail price, I mean the actual price charged by a retailer such as Newegg. I don't mean what AMD says is the projected retail price. Last time I looked, there was no price listed on NewEgg (chip was not in stock). I susp...
by Thomas
Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 10673

Also, unless one is into high-end gaming or advanced multi-media, I am not sure a quad-core is cost or energy efficient Well if you're not gaming or encoding, why get a quadcore at all? There's some (only a few?) exceptions - me? I'm running some Nikon software, which is ridicolus CPU consuming. Ex...