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by washu
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Slow wifi speeds
Replies: 12
Views: 9663

Re: Slow wifi speeds

Wired Ethernet does not have the same overhead issue that WiFi does. 100 Mbps Ethernet can do over 11 MBps real world. 3.5 MBps write speed is extremely low for a NAS like your DS112j. A lot of IO Wait is saying that the CPU is waiting on the storage subsystem to complete the writes. Either somethin...
by washu
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:08 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Slow wifi speeds
Replies: 12
Views: 9663

Re: Slow wifi speeds

"300 Mbps" is only the the WiFi link speed. You will only see around 50% of that real world and only if conditions are good. If there is any interference speeds will drop. 40 MHz channels can only be used if there is no overlapping networks, it will automatically drop back to 20 MHz if it sees somet...
by washu
Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Home internet hardships
Replies: 3
Views: 3303

Re: Home internet hardships

First off, your work VPN. Does it route everything or just the subnets required?. Many VPNs route everything so you are at the mercy of whatever connection speed they offer. If you don't know, google "what is my IP" first with the VPN off then with it connected. If the IP changes then it is very lik...
by washu
Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Low consumption hardware RAID card
Replies: 4
Views: 3091

Re: Low consumption hardware RAID card

Give a look here, if it may help: http://www.servethehome.com/lsi-host-bus-adapter-hba-power-consumption-comparison/ That list is only HBAs, not RAID cards. Depending on the firmware type installed some LSI HBAs can do basic RAID, but it is BIOS/driver RAID, ie "FakeRAID". Those cards are great HBA...
by washu
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: intel or amd for htpc upgrade path
Replies: 6
Views: 3653

Re: intel or amd for htpc upgrade path

I think I want it to be a quad core in the future so it wont have issues being a htpc and transferring files simultaneously. Not sure what you are worried about. A file transfer is basically unnoticeable compared to the rest of an HTPCs duties. A dual core won't care at all even during playback. r9...
by washu
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: intel or amd for htpc upgrade path
Replies: 6
Views: 3653

Re: intel or amd for htpc upgrade path

It's not clear, but are you intending to game on this HTPC, or just watch video? If you are not gaming then drop the GTX260, it's not a good card for video decoding as it is missing some full offload for some codecs. It also does not support bitstreaming higher end audio codecs or multi-channel LPCM...
by washu
Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Suggestions for New House Design?
Replies: 4
Views: 10625

Re: Suggestions for New House Design?

Unless you intend to have a bunch of "real" servers with no thought to sound reduction there isn't going to be a need for a dedicated server room if you have another room they can be placed in. I currently have 6 servers in a rack along with one of my A/V setups in my storage/laundry room in the bas...
by washu
Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Home utility usage: how much do you use?
Replies: 6
Views: 3093

Re: Home utility usage: how much do you use?

I won't even try to compete with your numbers as my house is more than 3X the m^2 and has a family of 5 living in it. I'm also assuming where you live has far lower climate extremes. Heat is a requirement when it is -20C in winter and while it is possible to suffer through the summer without AC, hav...
by washu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sign of system failure?
Replies: 4
Views: 1619

Re: Sign of system failure?

Does it only happen on one set of speakers/headphones or any audio device?

This may sound strange, but got any cell phones? They can cause interference in some audio devices when they start a call.
by washu
Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Understanding PCIe lanes
Replies: 4
Views: 1975

Re: Understanding PCIe lanes

While there are exceptions, in most consumer level MBs the slots will be hard wired to either the CPU lanes or the chipset lanes with no way of changing it. On lower end boards it is probably safe to assume the x16 slot is the one connected to the CPU. On higher end boards with multiple physical x16...
by washu
Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Suggestions for wall-mounted computer speakers?
Replies: 2
Views: 6992

Re: Suggestions for wall-mounted computer speakers?

If you already have a decent Yamaha receiver then all you need are speakers and not computer specific ones. For $1000 you can easily do a 5.1 system. There are lots of options. If you don't mind a sub for low frequencies, then the Energy take classic 5.1 would fit the bill for well under $1000, are ...
by washu
Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Overprovisioning - what the hell is it exactly
Replies: 7
Views: 3755

Re: Overprovisioning - what the hell is it exactly

Over-provisioning is allocating less than 100% of the space on a device. For example, only using 900 GB of your 1 TB drive. On mechanical drives this can provide a speed boost as the outside and first used part of the disk is the fastest and it keeps the heads from needing to travel the entire span ...
by washu
Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Interesting review of Intel vs AMD for gaming, Detailed.
Replies: 17
Views: 9078

Re: Interesting review of Intel vs AMD for gaming, Detailed.

Haswell-E is six core right? $1000 and 140W, what's not to like? :) Haswell-E comes in 6 and 8 core versions. The lower end 6 core one (5820K) was just over $400 when I got it, but more now due to CAD being weak. The 8 core one is around the $1K mark. Isn't the GPU taking over much of the heavy wor...
by washu
Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Interesting review of Intel vs AMD for gaming, Detailed.
Replies: 17
Views: 9078

Re: Interesting review of Intel vs AMD for gaming, Detailed.

OK, my 1090T. Slow for a lot of things compared to most benchmarks, but then on things that use Cores vs ht, it all of a sudden is rather competitive in performance even 5 years old. I'm not sure where you get that idea. HT on modern CPUs is far better than the crap found on P4s. It's not a replace...
by washu
Sat Dec 26, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Does it make a rat's ass of a difference at 1440p?
Replies: 11
Views: 6208

Re: Does it make a rat's ass of a difference at 1440p?

For 80%+ of what you do a newer i3 would be better and a newer i5 would be better at everything. The hex-core phenoms were great for multi-threaded applications in their time, especially considering they don't have any real replacement from AMD. However their single thread performance lags so much n...
by washu
Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Does it make a rat's ass of a difference at 1440p?
Replies: 11
Views: 6208

Re: Does it make a rat's ass of a difference at 1440p?

I have used a celeron like that. Really dont know what the guy was smoking. or what minimal crap he was doing. I cant imagine. I imagine there were more advanced parts of the chip he was accessing as it a more optimized chip for things. It is sandy bridge as I understand. I think i would rather sta...
by washu
Fri Dec 25, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Does it make a rat's ass of a difference at 1440p?
Replies: 11
Views: 6208

Re: Does it make a rat's ass of a difference at 1440p?

It also depends a great deal on what else you do with your PC. Do you do anything else processor intensive with your computer? What kind of CPU will those tasks benefit from? At a previous job the standard issue developer workstation was a 1055T. Due to a lack of spares, I had to temporarily swap on...
by washu
Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 26973

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

Kid's System: - 47" LG LED - Energy PS 5.1 system - Yamaha RX-A820 - Shitty Kenwood sub (kids don't care) Dining: - Energy Take Classic, zone 2 from kid's RX-A820 Adult's System: - 60" Samsung LED - Cerwin Vega CLS-10 Fronts, CLS-6 Rears, CLS-6C Center - Yamaha RX-A1030 - Sub, what sub? See Vegas :-...
by washu
Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Disconnecting fan from AGP graphics card - cause problems?
Replies: 4
Views: 2632

Re: Disconnecting fan from AGP graphics card - cause problem

It really depends on the card. I've had newer cards that work fine with their fans disconnected. I would suspect that such an old and low end card wouldn't care and there were stock fanless versions of the 3450. Try it and see.
by washu
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: MSI Cubi
Replies: 19
Views: 17353

Re: MSI Cubi

The only thing that im a little worried is running mkv movies, do you think the Intel HD Graphics is good enough for H264/MKV? Pretty much all "Intel HD Graphics" can decode h264 natively, including the low end Pentiums/Celerons. As long as you don't do any intensive post processing then anything u...
by washu
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Old (2008-2010?) LGA771 Xeons: any experience with those?
Replies: 9
Views: 3623

Re: Old (2008-2010?) LGA771 Xeons: any experience with those

Well, washu, it's just an extremely low cost (20 bucks a pop), drop-in, last update for a venerable E8500: but from what I see the relevant power draw is really huge (and heat is terrible), particularly if overclocked! IIRC my old 775 Xeon (X3360) wasn't that hot (even at 3.8GHz). If you already ha...
by washu
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Old (2008-2010?) LGA771 Xeons: any experience with those?
Replies: 9
Views: 3623

Re: Old (2008-2010?) LGA771 Xeons: any experience with those

I had lots of those Xeons at a previous workplace. Mostly in IBM X-series, but some Dell and HPs as well. They are pretty much the same as Core 2s of the era, except often placed in height restricted rack cases. Think of the 120W versions as OCed Q6600s and that will give you a good idea of cooling ...
by washu
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Using new old hardware - More on Moore from a Moron
Replies: 10
Views: 3667

Re: Using new old hardware - More on Moore from a Moron

From the photos online, the MB of the TS140 looks to have standard m-ATX mounting holes. You likely could physically mount it in a P182. However that is where the good news ends: - Proprietary power connector. Looks like the board runs entirely off of 12V and does the conversion to lower voltages on...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 17912

Re: Low-power NAS build

Guys :) My server is idling 90% of its time. When he is not, he is just streaming files through the network or updating itself... I really don't need to race to idle and I don't transcode media files. I don't need 30Tb of storage as I delete or move old series/movies to a USB disk. Baytrail-D board...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 17912

Re: Low-power NAS build

My point was "CPU" TDPs now include a GPU's power enveloppe. And it can burn a lot of watts. That number wouldn't be very useful for divining efficency even if Intel didn't use the same one for whole product ranges. Unless you are loading the GPU heavily the total power use will be minimal. Intel i...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 17912

Re: Low-power NAS build

If you only loaded the CPU, yes. But that would make most TDPs grossly... irrelevant. My apologies if this was not clear, but I hope it was implied that we are talking about otherwise identical systems. Only changing the MB/CPU and RAM if needed. Same disks, PSU, etc, no separate GPU. When I tested...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 17912

Re: Low-power NAS build

Let's not rush to conclusions. Some cheap measurement devices are especially bad at charaterizing small loads. I won't disagree that measurement devices are not always accurate. But even a 50% error could not get you 5W from a 20-25W load. My tester is fairly cheap, but it is within 1W on known loa...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 17912

Re: Low-power NAS build

I only mentioned TDP to show that it's a completely different kind of a processor, It's a different processor aimed at the same market and use case. The AMD AM1 and low end APUs are two more different processors aimed at the same market and use case. f you want to compare it to haswell, then compar...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 17912

Re: Low-power NAS build

They are directed to different use cases. No they are aimed at exactly the same use case: Low end desktop. Snapdragon isn't designed for what i7 is, it could be. Sure, and if it was just as fast an i7 it would use just as much power and likely quite a bit more. The snapdragon's poorer node process,...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 17912

Re: Low-power NAS build

In fact, due to PSU inefficiencies it wasn't unusual for a low-power system to consume less at load than a mainstream system at idle! In that case, racing to idle would obviously be a loosing strategy. As usal, the result of any test will largely depend on details. I see the point you are making, a...