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by tutu
Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

i just formated it with windows 7 and leaving it at that as i dont realy know all about this tweaking. would you even get much more performance by doing this and if so why do manufactures not just use it ? what do youu think of the drives so far ? do you have a f3 2tb to compaire to this f4 2tb I o...
by tutu
Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

OK while searching around (I now need to align my boot drive as well now.. argh as its an SSD - which I got really cheap otherwise I wouldn't have bothered). http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?54379-Linux-Tips-tweaks-and-alignment&p=472998 "No, the total size doesn't need to be d...
by tutu
Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

This is how this drive gets partitioned in different utils (all in sectors): Windows 7 2048 - 3907026943 fdisk (DOS compatibility OFF) 2048 - 3907029167 parted - MBR 2048 - 3907029167 parted - GPT 2048 - 3907029134 (the latter is smaller due to the redundant GPT table at the end) What should the end...
by tutu
Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

I have done some further digging as you can imagine. You can either use 64 or 2048 for the first partition (the latter is the Windows7/Mac OS X standard). I have tried both fdisk at 64 and parted at 2048 and have ended up using parted for GPT on 2048 as it makes sense to make sure the drives will wo...
by tutu
Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

I don't speak Japanese: http://marosama.blogspot.com/2010/08/samsung-hd204ui.html 4KB Align 124.507173 IOPS Not Align 63.516927 IOPS Anyone can translate?? :) I take it that write performance is almost double when 4k is aligned. I used linux to align my only partition to start at sector 64 (not sure...
by tutu
Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

Sorry I was asking what this option does on the drive to be able to work better in a nas setup Basically if the drive sectors are aligned properly then you will get better performance. These drives use 4k sectors instead of the usual 512. The drive has some 512 emulation so its "plug and play". But...
by tutu
Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

I had a go yesterday. The initial version of the WD 4k sector drives did report 512 sectors but that was eventually "fixed" with newer drives that report 4k to the OS. The Samsung reports 512. Parted can't align the partition for you automatically as it thinks the drive is 512 as that is what it is ...
by tutu
Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

I received the 2 drives yesterday and put them into my home build atom NAS. No problems detecting them - but in Linux they are coming up as 512 block - how do I go about formatting them as 4k sector drives? The Samsung specs say "4K Sector with Emulation" I am not sure what the jumper does? I ran ou...
by tutu
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommended PSU for Mini-ITX NAS?
Replies: 8
Views: 2599

I've just picked up a GA-D525TUD for my NAS (pictures coming soon in my thread).. runs Linux just fine (running SAMBA and UPNP!!!)

It has 4 SATA ports, 1 IDE and I brought a PCI SATA card (3 SATA)
by tutu
Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126317

SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4

I've been using a Samsung F1 1TB in my PC for a while now and not had any problems but I've been looking to purchase some storage space for my new home "server/nas". I've ordered WD20EARS but I've not been able to source WD20EARS-00MVWB0. Low and behold however, a UK company now has F4EG in stock - ...
by tutu
Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommended PSU for Mini-ITX NAS?
Replies: 8
Views: 2599

Re: Recommended PSU for Mini-ITX NAS?

yzh wrote:Hi all,

think I go for the Zotac H55ITX mainboard
Can't recommend a PSU - but the mobo I would got for the Intel or Gigabyte - both have lower power consumption than the Zotac.
by tutu
Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC vs. MSI H55M-E33 for lowest power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 13908

Did you ever try OC the DH57DD or DH55? You can adjust the BCLK only - but will that OC the GPU as well or will it be OK with an external GPU? I'm not looking for a major OC - a i3 at about 3.5GHz would be nice. I wouldn't mind either the Intel or the MSI - but I would like the lowest idle with OC a...
by tutu
Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Sandy Bridge preview at Anandtech
Replies: 15
Views: 4185

Why is there no idle power consumption improvements? Wonder what i3 is like. There is idle power improvement. Anand compares this part (CPU+GPU) to CPU-only ICs and it's the same. Nice. Think I will wait for the new i3 then for my HTPC build!! The GPU performance will be worth waiting. Assuming the...
by tutu
Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Sandy Bridge preview at Anandtech
Replies: 15
Views: 4185

I would be interested in a quad core 32nm.

Why is there no idle power consumption improvements? Wonder what i3 is like.
by tutu
Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 5770 Single Slot, ideal for Arctic Cooling S1?
Replies: 29
Views: 11205

I read in a review the HAWK has very high idle wattage (as the mem clock doesn't reduce at idle). Was this ever fixed in a BIOS/driver?
by tutu
Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 5770 Single Slot, ideal for Arctic Cooling S1?
Replies: 29
Views: 11205

flemeister wrote:You can already do this with at least two non-reference HD5770's on the market:

MSI Hawk: SPCR forum thread
Asus CuCore: My Rig
Did you have to mod the S1 in anyway like the MSI? silentplummet had to shave the four plastic standoffs on his MSI S1 install.
by tutu
Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 5770 Single Slot, ideal for Arctic Cooling S1?
Replies: 29
Views: 11205

dhanson865 wrote:I don't see much point in doing a 5770 mod with the MSI Hawk being so quiet and the 5750 fanless cards if you don't want a fan.
Just how quiet is quiet? :D
by tutu
Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:34 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 5770 Single Slot, ideal for Arctic Cooling S1?
Replies: 29
Views: 11205

Just get the better value one :) Getting the more expensive Hawk with its fancy cooler and replacing it with AC S1 is probably not the best option out there. Bot the same price more or less!!! Can you not tripple monitor with the ASUS (due to the VGA port)? Any idea what the power consumption (idle...
by tutu
Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 5770 Single Slot, ideal for Arctic Cooling S1?
Replies: 29
Views: 11205

I don't see much point in doing a 5770 mod with the MSI Hawk being so quiet and the 5750 fanless cards if you don't want a fan. I have a spare Accelero S1 rev 2. I see the MSI has two fans (not sure on the size - 70mm??). I could stick a Accelero S1 + 120mm fan and use my existing fan controller. M...
by tutu
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 5770 Single Slot, ideal for Arctic Cooling S1?
Replies: 29
Views: 11205

flemeister wrote:You can already do this with at least two non-reference HD5770's on the market:

MSI Hawk: SPCR forum thread
Asus CuCore: My Rig
The MSI needs some modification to the Accelero - what about the ASUS?
by tutu
Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI 5770 Single Slot, ideal for Arctic Cooling S1?
Replies: 29
Views: 11205

So did anyone try to mod a 5770 (this one or another) ? The only problem is that everyone seems to be selling this as a "dual package". I don't want crossfire.
by tutu
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX NAS build
Replies: 51
Views: 24228

I don't think VIA is for me (used to own K6 motherboard back in the day tho) Would anyone recommend an Enermax 350W (80 plus) or Seasonic 330W 80 plus for the server? Is the Enermax quieter? I'm still torn between a Atom or Core i3 530 setup. I've been looking into MythTV on linux (to record). So I ...
by tutu
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC vs. MSI H55M-E33 for lowest power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 13908

How is the DH57DD for power consumption in comparison to DH55?

http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/m ... erview.htm
by tutu
Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX NAS build
Replies: 51
Views: 24228

I've narrowed my choices down a bit: Atom route: Gigabyte D510 board (4 x SATA, but no space for a TV Tuner + SATA card) http://www.pointofview-online.com/showroom.php?shop_mode=product_detail&product_id=146 Intel Atom D510 with 2 PCI slots and 1 x PCI-E slot. I am not sure if you can use a PCI-E TV...
by tutu
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte H55N-USB3 with i3 540 - has anyone undervolted?
Replies: 17
Views: 8727

Does anyone know if the Intel H55/57 supports low voltage DDR3? e.g 1.25 of 1.35? What about the MSI? Thinking of shaving off a couple of watts.

Not sure if the Atom mobos support them either.
by tutu
Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC vs. MSI H55M-E33 for lowest power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 13908

Old topic I know - but I read in a review the Intel board was due a BIOS update to add overclocking support. Did they ever do this and does it include undervolt/underclock?

Also, how far can you underclock/undervolt the MSI?
by tutu
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX NAS build
Replies: 51
Views: 24228

So many choices but I think I am going away from my main idea which was a very lower power NAS!!

I haven't built an AMD system in ages, so not upto scratch with latest cpus/chipsets.
by tutu
Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX NAS build
Replies: 51
Views: 24228

Out of interest - I've noticed that the Core i3 530 uses about the same idle wattage but at peak is not competitive with the atom. Would it be possible to run the i3 at "idle" wattage all the time? i.e. in a low power state - which would still outperform a atom probably? The chipset is also part of...
by tutu
Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX NAS build
Replies: 51
Views: 24228

Out of interest - I've noticed that the Core i3 530 uses about the same idle wattage but at peak is not competitive with the atom.

Would it be possible to run the i3 at "idle" wattage all the time? i.e. in a low power state - which would still outperform a atom probably?
by tutu
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX NAS build
Replies: 51
Views: 24228

Seeing as the PQ08 is quite big - is there a mATX case also I should consider of suitable size (assuming it accepts ITX boards) and has sound dampening qualities?

The drives I am using a 3 platter so hopefully less noise and not planning on fitting 6 drives to start off with