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by QuietOC
Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Should I buy an SSD now or hold out for 6GPS
Replies: 74
Views: 11650

Eunos wrote:For some reason I found the Indilinx 64GB were priced somewhat similar to the 80GB G2 Intel, so I opted for the latter.
I paid $130 for a retail 60GB Agility. The cheapest I've seen OEM 80GB G2s is $225.
by QuietOC
Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which is the most quiet of the fast (7200rpm) hard drives?
Replies: 5
Views: 2659

Re: Which is the most quiet of the fast (7200rpm) hard drive

I know the easy option is to get a quiet 5400rpm drive, but that is my last option. I want to see if I can possibly build a quiet setup with fast 7200rpm drives. Not my experience. The 1TB 5400rpm Caviar Green I got was the loudest drive I've had in a long time. Both my 7200rpm Samsung F3s are quie...
by QuietOC
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: do i really need a gigabit router[?]
Replies: 27
Views: 18804

Probably what you want:

PCs -> Gigabit switch -> router -> modem
by QuietOC
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Power usage of typical external enclosure
Replies: 6
Views: 1898

Re: Power usage of typical external enclosure

It'll be connected by esata, thus making this excess power avoidable in principle. There doesn't need to be any active electronics in a eSATA enclosure. Just a eSATA plug and a USB plug for power is all it needs. Both the power and data are just passed-through. There is even a card reader with eSAT...
by QuietOC
Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Should I buy an SSD now or hold out for 6GPS
Replies: 74
Views: 11650

According to an article at Anandtech, the AMD southbridges offer inferior SATA performance when compared with Intel's. This wasn't much of an issue with hard-disks, but with SSDs it's obvious. Link: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3755&p=5 damn. wish I had read that before going...
by QuietOC
Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:05 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: [A] Little help pl[ea]s[e?]
Replies: 13
Views: 2199

I don't believe there are many motherboards, if any, that have more than one PWM fan header. But some will have extra 3 pin headers that will use voltage to control the speed of non PWM fans/ My Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H has 2 PWM headers. Luckily both headers also support DC voltage control since I...
by QuietOC
Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Should I buy an SSD now or hold out for 6GPS
Replies: 74
Views: 11650

The H55/H57 differentiation is analogous to the previous Intel Southbridges ICHx/ICHxR where both had AHCI but the ICHxR additionally supported Intel Matrix RAID. No, before the ICH10 the non-R ICHs didn't have official Intel AHCI support. A few motherboards had unofficial AHCI mode for ICH9. It wa...
by QuietOC
Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Should I buy an SSD now or hold out for 6GPS
Replies: 74
Views: 11650

I broke down and bought the 60GB Agility from NewEgg when it was on sale (with rebate) for $130. I got one of those too, and it works quite well as a boot drive for Windows 7 Professional and my games and apps. It seems to be a good deal slower than the 120GB Agility, but still in the same ballpark...
by QuietOC
Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a Quiet Video card?
Replies: 22
Views: 5233

You could do worse than a Radeon HD 5450. It won't have any problem driving 2 24" LCDs. A $20 Radeon HD 3450 or 4350 wouldn't either. You'll might want a HDMI to DVI-I adapter in addition depending on your 24" monitors. I think you can even run two monitors off integrated motherboard video as long a...
by QuietOC
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus UL30A & Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 CULV Notebooks
Replies: 21
Views: 19388

What's with the glossy screens? :evil: It is increasingly hard to find a matte LCD screen on a laptop. Am I the only one who finds them (the glossy ones) horrible? http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pFrJBr6zX44PDlcgRgJmfkCoVChdGyGo3rysV8QHBKHO5PJ8IunA4H6EbMaslm6bhG1D_68udhbWR0M-7kA-2hg/IMG_0129....
by QuietOC
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: whats the best athlon am2 ? with crossfire
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

so to clarify , could i use the hdmi on the board and the radeon would pass through its power when gaming or would i plug my hdmi cable into the radeon and it will stay low powered untill required eg gaming ? No, there's no pass through from any video card to the built-in HDMI except when using Hyb...
by QuietOC
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: whats the best athlon am2 ? with crossfire
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

Re: whats the best athlon am2 ? with crossfire

That motherboard is nice, you wouldn't be getting anything better with another one. 1080p is not a challenge for video cards--the 5850 is mostly overkill at that resolution. The IGP is not switchable without removing the video card. You can run the IGP with a Radeon card to drive another monitor for...
by QuietOC
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best G41 mobo and e3400, tight budget low-consumption box
Replies: 50
Views: 24550

Desktop LGA775 sucks power. Why not just get a CULV laptop? $400 gets you 5.5W TDP 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo SU3500 GMA 4500MHD ICH10M which supports SATA multipliers up to 8GB of DDR2-800 (using somewhat expensive 4GB SODIMMs) Lower power use than Atom N270 netbooks. I am about ready to sell my G31M-ES2L ...
by QuietOC
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Searching for mATX Low Power Server Motherboard
Replies: 18
Views: 6441

Have you considered building a file server out of CULV laptop?
by QuietOC
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: s775 chipset with lowest consumption?
Replies: 31
Views: 9787

Foxconn makes a 2 phase VRM G31 motherboard if you are looking for the absolute lowest power LGA775 motherboard. I personally would recommend one of the Gigabyte G31 motherboards, but the G31M-ES2L does overvolts the memory by default, and you can only correct in Windows using their overclocking app...
by QuietOC
Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 125183

Any recommendations for stores that do a better job protecting shipped HDDS? Looking to pick up an HD103SJ. ZZF has it for a good price, any idea if they'd be more reliable? I haven't had problems with drives from Newegg. The Samsung HD502HJ I ordered from them back in August for $54.99 is working ...
by QuietOC
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar Black or Blue? Noise/Heat/Performance?
Replies: 6
Views: 5069

There's a new Caviar Black, model WD1002FAEX, SATA III, 64 MB cache: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=792 500 GB platters? Maybe. There's also a new Caviar Blue, 32 MB cache: WD10EALS: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=793 500 GB platters? I don't know. The Blac...
by QuietOC
Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Caviar Black or Blue? Noise/Heat/Performance?
Replies: 6
Views: 5069

You know 640GB drives are last generation, right? I wouldn't get either version now. I guess if it was really cheap it would be okay--I have a WD6400AAKS I'll be selling soon. :) The tiny caches on hard drives are mostly irrelevant. It would be fun if some company made a hard drive with a SODIMM slo...
by QuietOC
Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's 2010 CPU Heatsink Test Platform
Replies: 123
Views: 43587

HDT 1283: $23 after MIR / 22 Euros The HDT-S1283 has a few issues. I don't like working with it. I have one on a 3.7GHz Athlon II 240, and it will only mount with airflow up into my PS. The stock fan mounting and dismounting is a big pain, and the fan has to be removed first to remove the heatsink....
by QuietOC
Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: SAPPHIRE Launches HD 5670
Replies: 26
Views: 7910

This chip is only exciting for Apple and other OEMs will love these for the $50 or so they will pay for them. It is actually lower on the performance spectrum than the 4670 was when it was launched. It is more like the 3650/2600/etc. It deserves 64-bit memory bus. Even the 5770 is pretty low end, bu...
by QuietOC
Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait
Replies: 50
Views: 19924

I am actually curious if I could have skipped the DP->VGA and tried a DVI->VGA adapter with DVI and HDMI. Theoretically that should work as there are 2 RAMDACS and 2 TMDS on the card. Hmm... Tried it just now, and it doesn't work at all. You do have to use the DP port for the third output. Evidentl...
by QuietOC
Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait
Replies: 50
Views: 19924

Wrong, the $19 active DP->VGA converter works. Clearly, you are wrong as you cannot get it to work properly. You are also wrong as you can't buy an active converter for $19. They are £80 over here so I'm guessing it is $100 or more where you are. Sorry, sure active DVI converters are $$$, and the ...
by QuietOC
Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait
Replies: 50
Views: 19924

Eyefinity probably only works right now if you actually have 3 identical LCDs. Not just 3 displays that can run the same resolution. See my post about 5 posts up. You need to use the display port output if you are using 3 displays. If you don't have a display port monitor, you need to buy an active...
by QuietOC
Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PowerColor Radeon HD 5850: Worth the Wait
Replies: 50
Views: 19924

It seems ironic (if not moronic ) that ATI is boasting about Eyefinity and multi-monitor gaming yet their cards work like arse when using more than one monitor because the lazy (or just stupid) engineers/driver developers/whoever over at ATI didn't do a proper job therefore the card's idle clocks o...
by QuietOC
Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 83985

Is it just me or are the XBIT-Lab idle power consumption numbers once again abnormally low just like in its 4770 review? Could this be due to sample variance as GDDR5 is only in its second generation? Xbit measures power going to the card only. They don't measure extra power consumed by the rest of...
by QuietOC
Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 125183

Would you say the F3 is faster than the WD 320GB unit? Is that WD drive a single platter? And which model is that WD you compare to the F3? If it is the same one that is in my iMac it is a 320GB single platter with 8MB of cache WD3200JS. My 500GB F3 is faster than my WD6400AAKS, not to mention the ...
by QuietOC
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 125183

Talk about bad timing I just got a 500GB F3 for $55 (missed the sale), and it is nice, but Newegg now has the 1TB F3 for $90.

Anyone interested in a lightly used WD10EADS?
by QuietOC
Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 57608

-10 reputation. :oops:
by QuietOC
Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 203878

I haven't seen anything come in the mail yet.