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by Jay_S
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LED lighting / mini-review GE Reveal BR30 LED 83574
Replies: 4
Views: 5586

Re: LED lighting / mini-review GE Reveal BR30 LED 83574

In my case, this will be tested in a variety of recessed cans around my house before finding a permanent home in a stairwell, where it is replacing a horrible CFL flood (the warm-up time kills it - I'm usually up/down the stairs before the damn thing has reached full brightness). My other test locat...
by Jay_S
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: LED lighting / mini-review GE Reveal BR30 LED 83574
Replies: 4
Views: 5586

Re: LED lighting / mini-review GE Reveal BR30 LED 83574

Hi Steve, Curious if you have tried other LED lamps since posting above. I never found a good price on those Reveals; always missed some sale or other by a day or two. I am picking up (at least) one of these Philips BR30 floods after work today. Home Depot has them for $6.97 / ea locally. Reviews su...
by Jay_S
Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

Re: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure

Conclusion for now - the problems have not reappeared. I still don't know what the actual problem is/was, but my HTPC has been happily doing its thing again for the past week without issue. I cancelled or returned the Skylake parts I ordered and will continue using my old HTPC for as long as possibl...
by Jay_S
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

Re: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure

So I got the SSD to boot into Windows normally. Took a system image using Windows built-in backup & restore. Scanned through the event logs - no errors other than "unexpected shutdown" (no kidding!). Installed current Speedfan and ran the SMART long test. It found nothing wrong with the SSD; all SMA...
by Jay_S
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

Re: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure

I don't have any critical data on the SSD. I'll image it just to make restoring to a new SSD more convenient (if that's my path forward). All my data is on the mechanical HDD or duplicated elsewhere. I had major issues running Speedfan 4.40 on this machine 5 years ago. I can try a newer version. Thi...
by Jay_S
Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

Re: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure

My guess: failing SSD. I would check the status with SSD Life . I'll look into that, thanks. Also, I misspoke: the SSD in this machine is a Crucial M4 - not a M500. Purchased in 2011 and outside of its 3-year warranty. If I can boot into Windows I'll try to take an image of the drive and then play ...
by Jay_S
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: troubleshooting black screens & boot failure
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

troubleshooting black screens & boot failure

Hi all, After over 5 years of near 24/7 operation, my HTPC has started to exhibit a major problem. Build: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L CPU: Intel Celeron E3300 LGA775 @ stock clocks + Scythe Ninja Mini. RAM: G.Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2-400 (F2-6400CL5-2GBNT) GPU: EVGA Nvidia GT220 SSD: Crucial M500 1...
by Jay_S
Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help: Braswell dual-lan motherboards?
Replies: 5
Views: 4725

Re: Help: Braswell dual-lan motherboards?

the Jetway NF591 is available from Newegg for $189 and it has dual *Intel* NICs. The Jetway NF591 has Realtek NICs according to both Newegg and Jetway: http://www.jetwaycomputer.com/NF591.html There are some other barebones options around $200. The Shuttle DS57U, for example, is $215 from Newegg . ...
by Jay_S
Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help: Braswell dual-lan motherboards?
Replies: 5
Views: 4725

Re: Help: Braswell dual-lan motherboards?

Found your thread searching SPCR for "braswell". I don't have a great answer because this also has Realtek NICs, but Zotac recently released their CI323 fanless barebones mini-system. Newegg has it in stock @ $150. Not bad, considering dual LAN, Intel 802.11ac WLAN, IR, power brick, and fanless. htt...
by Jay_S
Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn
Replies: 43
Views: 50738

Re: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

When does this get to retail? everything ive seen said the last week of june... :/ So here we are, middle of September, and no availability on the Ninja 4 at any of SPCR's North American affiliates. I emailed Scythe USA asking about this and [EDIT - they replied]: Ninja 4 is currently in shortage b...
by Jay_S
Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn
Replies: 43
Views: 50738

Re: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

When does this get to retail?
by Jay_S
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 48
Views: 19249

Re: Windows 10

Although I may move some machines to Windows 10, I am a little disgusted by this promotional stunt. The tray icon and associated GWX process came via Windows update KB3035583. This was tagged an important update and was installed automatically. Nothing about KB3035583 hints that nag-ware will be for...
by Jay_S
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RIP Grooveshark - where to go now?
Replies: 7
Views: 5230

Re: RIP Grooveshark - where to go now?

I'm also sad about this, but they dug their own grave.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140 ... hark.shtml
by Jay_S
Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HDPLEX H1-S and ASRock mini-ITX
Replies: 14
Views: 23454

Re: HDPLEX H1-S and ASRock mini-ITX

Reviving an older thread...

@ Vicotnik, how did building in the HD-Plex compare with your older Streacom?
by Jay_S
Wed Apr 08, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review
Replies: 13
Views: 8629

Re: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review

For me, this is the money shot: By default, the fans try to maintain a GPU temperature of 63~64°C which is a fairly aggressive goal in my opinion. Overriding the fan, I found that the minimum speed (which is a bit higher than at idle) is more than acceptable, even with this most taxing test. The GPU...
by Jay_S
Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review
Replies: 13
Views: 8629

Re: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review

Here's Zotac's response when I showed them your post, Jay: Thanks, Mike. At least they confirm it's official firmware. But that quote... It took a few reads, but I think the rep is saying is that there are multiple approved bios revisio ... Nope, I don't understand it! Doesn't really matter since I...
by Jay_S
Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review
Replies: 13
Views: 8629

Re: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review

Hi Lawrence,

Zotac may call it an update, but based on your firmware update screenshot it looks like a downgrade.
The firmware update screenshot wrote: Current - Version:84.04.36.00.11

Replace with - Version:84.04.36.00.00
Is the replacement officially from Zotac or is it older rev (84.04.36.00.00) modded by some 3rd-party?
by Jay_S
Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD boot drive disappears from BIOS; later reappers?
Replies: 1
Views: 3020

Re: SSD boot drive disappears from BIOS; later reappers?

I should add, performance is near enough identical to what I measured when new. My board's mSATA slot is SATA 3.0.

March 2014:
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April 2015:
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by Jay_S
Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD boot drive disappears from BIOS; later reappers?
Replies: 1
Views: 3020

SSD boot drive disappears from BIOS; later reappers?

My desktop boot drive is a LiteOn LMT-256M6M mSATA drive. Technically, it's a HP rebrand of Lite-On's LMT-256M6M. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820326392 It's HP P/N: 738975-001. It was a steal when I bought it a year ago. And it's worked great until today. I used the PC afte...
by Jay_S
Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition
Replies: 36
Views: 23648

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition

Curious: did you attempt air cooling the GPU? The review reads as if you just went straight for the Accelero hybrid cooler. We understand that 1) Blower-type GPU coolers exhaust outside the case, but are often too noisy (for SPCR) or inefficient compared to open multi-fan coolers. 2) Open multi-fan ...
by Jay_S
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!
Replies: 9
Views: 7760

Re: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!

That 5K320 is one of the quietest (top three? Top five?) HDDs of all time, though it's really slow (nowadays). It originally came in a budget Acer laptop that rec'd a SSD upgrade a while ago (an old OCZ Agility 2). The laptop's CPU fan behavior is completely annoying. It cycles between off and (wha...
by Jay_S
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my case)?
Replies: 11
Views: 3057

Re: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my ca

I have a bazillion Yate Loon 120mm fans. It would be easy to enlarge my front intake. Maybe I'll try that first.

I wish I could "demo" a GTX 960. It's supposedly an upgrade to the GTX 760 and rivals the GTX 770. I basically only play borderlands 2 these days, so maybe I don't need a 970...
by Jay_S
Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my case)?
Replies: 11
Views: 3057

Re: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my ca

Here's a side view of my case IMG_20150314_100018.jpg Looking at it again, maybe there's plenty of room and the card is just over taxed. I cut out the 92mm front intake fan grill and taped over the assorted other holes in the front sheet metal. I'm going to remove the 2 remaining PCI slot covers, ma...
by Jay_S
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!
Replies: 9
Views: 7760

Re: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!

I scavenged a 2.5" HDD from an old laptop. Nothing special. It's just space to point user directories at. This PC is going to my mother, who needs more space than the 64GB SSD has remaining, but nothing huge. Hitachi Travelstar 5K320 Model# HTS543216L9A300 160GB, 5400 RPM Noise hasn't increased appr...
by Jay_S
Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my case)?
Replies: 11
Views: 3057

Re: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my ca

I think holes in the bottom of the NSK3480 destroys it. It maybe needs some modifications on the inside, like holes for better cable management, and a bigger fan in the front. But nothing that destroys the aesthetics imo. NSK3480, DH77EB and a Ninja.. Damn, that is beautiful. :) I don't think holes...
by Jay_S
Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my case)?
Replies: 11
Views: 3057

Re: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my ca

quest_for_silence wrote:There are chances the new GTX 970 would run cooler than your GTX 660
True. Maybe I should revisit this after I've upgraded GPUs.
by Jay_S
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my case)?
Replies: 11
Views: 3057

To cut or not to cut (giant holes in the bottom of my case)?

That is the question! My desktop PC is housed in an Antec NSK3480. I love the case for all kinds of reasons. But it's cramped inside. MOBO: Intel DH77EB mATX GPU: MSI GTX 660ti w/Twin Frozr The PC sits about a meter from my face, on my desktop. I've never seen the PSU fan turn on (Seasonic X650). My...
by Jay_S
Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!
Replies: 9
Views: 7760

Re: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!

CA_Steve wrote:ok - how about Hulu?
Hulu in Firefox...

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Fullscreen      34% CPU     10W
by Jay_S
Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:16 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!
Replies: 9
Views: 7760

Re: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!

Alas, we canceled our Netflix account years ago. It was turning us into zombies.
by Jay_S
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!
Replies: 9
Views: 7760

Re: Zotac Zbox BI320 ... it's pretty nice!

Just for giggles... the new system stability benchmark: Win 8.1 w/Bing Disk Cleanup!
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