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by lowpowercomputing
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU energy usage increases after suspend/resume
Replies: 6
Views: 2616

As one of my boxes has an Athlon LE and runs Win2K I'm going to check if I also have this issue (have never used standby on that box before). It seems it's more likely to happen with multi-core systems, isn't it?
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Some suggestion to build a low power consumption system
Replies: 2
Views: 1821

Sounds okay. Maybe you can try to undervolt even more but the one you're planning is quite good already. Is the hard drive a 3.5" or a 2.5" one? If 3.5" then a 2.5" one will save a couple of watts, but it'll be slower than a 3.5" drive. About the video card - I understand you may need it as the mobo...
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU energy usage increases after suspend/resume
Replies: 6
Views: 2616

Maybe Cool-n-Quiet is disabled after resuming in Windows. Can you check (using CPU-Z or something along these lines) if the CPU's frequency and voltage still drops after the system has resumed from standby? That's the only thing I can think of right now.
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Do you like small ?
Replies: 31
Views: 24004

Did you check the temps when the CPU was under heavy load and ran passively? Idle temps won't tell anything about the possibility to run passively (that being said, it is possible to run an E8400 passively). When you use a small and crowded case (as you plan to) it's even harder. E.g. my Athlon LE-1...
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Good affordable SSDs?
Replies: 110
Views: 30457

Might have already been said but you can buy a compact flash card or a microdrive and a IDE converter and use it as an IDE hard drive. Compact flash cards are expensive when they get in big capacities and probably slower than true SSDs. Agreed. CF cards are fine for small capacities and when their ...
by lowpowercomputing
Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

vicx wrote:Mac mini for people with too much money. Atom Ion clone for everyone else.
No thanks. The mini's C2D is much faster than the Atom.
by lowpowercomputing
Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I just ordered OCZ Vertex...
Replies: 22
Views: 9561

He bought one if I'm not mistaken.
by lowpowercomputing
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q07 ... Mini ITX
Replies: 82
Views: 130512

There are not many quality ITX cases out there. Besides this, I want a tower this time ... a Mini ITX tower. No problem, go for it if you like it. It's just too big for my taste, that's why I commented. No offense intended. :) See, the Mini ITX motherboard for example. That's what I always thought ...
by lowpowercomputing
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Quick + Safe underclock/undervolt for old AM2 chip
Replies: 4
Views: 2103

My LE-1640 does 2.7GHz at 1.1V.

Suggesting something without zero testing is not that easy but I'd say give 1.1V a try.
by lowpowercomputing
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:14 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

There's still something about using a Hackintosh as a primary machine everyday. It may have come a long way but I'd still not trust a Hackintosh as my main machine I rely on. That's just me though. Me, too. Although I'd like to try running Mac OS X on my Acer Aspire ONE (HD, not flash). It's been d...
by lowpowercomputing
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: VIA C7-D low power rig
Replies: 26
Views: 11103

Looks nice. Have you measured the power consumption yet? And what about the tiny fan on the CPU heatsink? Is it disconnected or throttled - I assume it's quite loud at stock speed?
by lowpowercomputing
Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:55 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Do you like small ?
Replies: 31
Views: 24004

As you have seen, the GeForce 9300 is a better choice than the G45 in terms of gaming performance (assuming this is important to you and you don't want to install a discrete graphics card). As for the small PC, I would be interested in the one next to the cup. What's it? Looks a bit like an eBox. I ...
by lowpowercomputing
Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:46 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q07 ... Mini ITX
Replies: 82
Views: 130512

I have to agree about the case not being well thought-out. Way too big for mini-ITX as well.

Apart from that, why do you want such a monster fan in there? Unless you keep it running very slowly that must be insanely loud. Just asking as most of us are keen on having a silent PC.
by lowpowercomputing
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

I don't particularly like OSX, probably since I actually work with it everyday,but this is not true for Hackintoshes. With the right one (Intel based) there's no more glitches with one than with an Apple supplied machine. For example, the few OSX installs I've done have booted right up when I swapp...
by lowpowercomputing
Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:14 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: fit-PC2
Replies: 3
Views: 5497

fit-PC2

http://compulab.co.il/fitpc2/html/fitpc2-datasheet.htm Even smaller than the original fit-PC, same power consumption (waiting for that one to be confirmed, 5W sounds awesome though), much more performance. Also has an SDIO and a miniPCIe slot. Display connector looks like HDMI but I'm not sure. Pri...
by lowpowercomputing
Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: IDE options for an OS drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

You could also use a very fast CompactFlash card in a CF->IDE adapter. A 266x or 300x card should be sufficient, just make sure you get a good adapter that supports UDMA. The "fixed disk" issue (some cards will always appear as removable drives rather than fixed ones, no matter how they're connected...
by lowpowercomputing
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Do you like small ?
Replies: 31
Views: 24004

I like small! Really small, that is. :) Mini-ITX is nice but I'd love to get even smaller. I've always loved small high-tech things since I was a kid though so it shows. That board has been discussed on SPCR here and here . As for the quads, I'm pretty sure the board also works with the 95W ones (II...
by lowpowercomputing
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:41 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: New Mac mini - <13w at idle?
Replies: 14
Views: 9432

Hardly any desktop software makes use full of multiple cores, so it would be a waste. I was thinking VMware Fusion for starters. Nothing wrong with a bit of virtualisation on the desktop. True, but that runs fine on a dual core as well. :) If you really need a quad core you'll need to look at somet...
by lowpowercomputing
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

the Eee box 206 is probably going to be as good as the mac Mini for all intents and purposes (ie can handle HD), and probably about £200 cheaper. I beg to differ. I use my Mac mini as my main desktop computer and if I get the new one it'll be the same. And for a main desktop machine I want much mo...
by lowpowercomputing
Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Bought a Dell Mini 9 and Highly Recommend It
Replies: 30
Views: 21057

rei wrote:mini 10 has lower resolution than 9, and is hardware limited to 1gb ram.
It's 1024x576 vs. 1024x600, right? The RAM limitation may be an issue for some but the chipset should take care of a better battery life.
by lowpowercomputing
Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

mackworth wrote:In response to Mac versus PC, its personal preference.
You hit the nail on the head. I also use many OSes every day (for fun, primarily) and every single one has its advantages and disadvantages. Not worth fighting over it.
by lowpowercomputing
Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building My Dream Hackintosh in a G5 Case
Replies: 14
Views: 7015

I'd rethink the CPU and motherboard choice. If you want a Hackintosh, Intel is the better route. You can use retail discs, unmodified kernels etc. I also feel strange about the number of hard disks and fans. Sure you'll need that many? As for HDs, I'd narrow it down to maybe 3. One for OS X, one for...
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

Question - how easy would it be to upgrade the internal components (for owners of older Mac Minis)? I don't imagine that Apple really likes users to do this, what with charging $175 to upgrade the HDD to one that costs ~$45 to consumers. PowerPC models: RAM is very easy to upgrade, HDD and optical ...
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

Yep, 19% VAT is included. It was when I bought my last one from the German Apple Store. Hmm, if I add VAT to €477 I'm at €567. So is it really true that $599 is excluding US VAT? There is no national/federal (VAT/sales) tax in the U.S. Individual states have State Sales Taxes. Localities may ad...
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

Fact: You can build an equivalent system for less money. Fact: You can *buy* an equivalent system for less money. Fact: You can install a better OS on either of those two systems, be it Windows or Linux. Those are the facts. I'm sorry if you can't see them, but they honestly are the simple facts. 1...
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

E.g. US price: $599, EU price: €599. Using current course, $599 = €477. I'd be much happier if the entry-level mini were ~€499. VAT included? US Sales Taxes are extra. Possibly avoidable ;-) 599 Euro<-->5148 Yuan vs. 599 USD<--> 4098.05 Yuan. (Disregarding engineering, this is really a Chines...
by lowpowercomputing
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new macs!
Replies: 109
Views: 43791

IMHO it's a nice machine, just the thing I may replace my 1st-gen one with. Idle power consumption is impressive. I just hope it'll still be quiet under load, mine certainly isn't. Sorry if that's been answered before - can the 9400M output two digital signals at once? The price is still a bit high ...
by lowpowercomputing
Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Most PowerEfficient LCD 22" monitor
Replies: 8
Views: 8871

The LG W2252TE is said to only draw 22W (at which brightness?) according to the manufacturer but as usual I'd take this with a grain of salt and have a look at a review including power consumption tests first. According to Energy Star it draws 20.8W. By the way – does anyone know a site that allow...
by lowpowercomputing
Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: low power mATX 8-core (hypothetical system)
Replies: 10
Views: 2650

Nice box, but a small case combined with passive heatsinks may prove to be a problem. And I'd rather go for something like a PW-200-M (is that how it's called?) than a picoPSU. Just would feel safer to me. :)
by lowpowercomputing
Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My low-power HD HTPC... how to go even *lower*?
Replies: 15
Views: 6587

I have the following – LE-1640 2.7 GHz 65nm (Lima) @ 1 GHz 0.76V – Abit AN-M2 (GeForce 7025) – Kingston 1 GB DDR2-667 (1 stick) – Fujitsu 2.5" 40GB SATA HDD (5400 rpm) (one platter) – 3.5" floppy / DVD-RW drive (will retest without them) – Antec EA380 PSU <---- anyone done a fan swap to ...