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by 1337
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H61 mATX controlled by SpeedFan
Replies: 7
Views: 2297

Re: H61 mATX controlled by SpeedFan

most boards should be able to give you control, no?
by 1337
Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Basic question - Lazy motherboard upgrade?
Replies: 6
Views: 1771

Re: Basic question - Lazy motherboard upgrade?

david25 wrote: Would Vista mange to boot and allow me to install any required MB drivers?
95%, yes. It should not go beyond a few reboots to get your system up and running. Worth a shot, imo.
by 1337
Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14517

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

No it might not be a game changer but B3 will have to be quite a decent revision because if it's not then that will not go down well! If they can tweak it to improve performance (at least a decent bit) but more importantly reduce power consumption a good bit they're in with a shout. It's a bit frus...
by 1337
Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server
Replies: 39
Views: 12630

Re: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server

We need more competition in this segment. I was considering a similar system for myself but when I added up all the components cost. I decided it's not worth it. I believe, we will be seeing quite a lot of reasonably priced products by the end of 2012, though.

ARM making Intel/AMD sweat. GOOOOOOOOD!
by 1337
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server
Replies: 39
Views: 12630

Re: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server

Clearly, this is ARM territory. Maybe next year...
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: STILL looking for suitable motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 1938

Re: STILL looking for suitable motherboard

My current Biostar is also only 4+1 and works fine with my FSB overclocked to 250Mhz with my Athlon II X4 630 at 3.5Ghz, but I guess more powerful CPUs might need 8+2. 8+2 requires less power to achieve the same clocks and also provides cleaner energy. A must, if you are eventually going to get a B...
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: STILL looking for suitable motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 1938

Re: STILL looking for suitable motherboard

doveman wrote:I thought I'd found my ideal board in the Asrock 890FX Deluxe5 until I realised the CMOS battery is in a really stupid (hot) place, under the VRM cooler.
Chances are, the board is going to be replaced sooner than the need for a new battery. I had a good laugh :D
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: LGA1155 mobos & Ivy Bridge (new CPU's and PCIe 3.0)
Replies: 5
Views: 1849

Re: LGA1155 mobos & Ivy Bridge (new CPU's and PCIe 3.0)

What i really want to see is new GPUs... maybe they will come PCIe 3.0. Either way seems its the time that all manufactures will adopt and release their mobos with. New powerful GPUs won't be out before Summer 2012. You still have some time... then ;) Thanks for the headsup, there are rummor of AMD...
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: RAM Temperatures
Replies: 4
Views: 1406

Re: RAM Temperatures

In a few watts range. I'd say not worth it.

DDR3 1.5v is fine. DDR4 will be your next stop :D
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is Athlon II X2 245e a good CPU for HTPC?
Replies: 16
Views: 4075

Re: Is Athlon II X2 245e a good CPU for HTPC?

Short answer. Yes. The energy-efficient Athlons are good undervolters. You can build a cheap system ( 760G /80G based) within 60W power-envelope. Run off the brick, literally. Thanks. My pleasure. I have a similar system with 235e equipped. Does everything you mentioned up above. Certainly media en...
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Home computing upgrade path (Life after Sandy Bridge)
Replies: 8
Views: 2265

Re: Home computing upgrade path (Life after Sandy Bridge)

The general rule is simple: don't fix, what ain't broken. The time that you will spend on building / reinstall / tweaking all those systems will easily outweigh all the benefits that come with modern hardware. Unless of course, new software requires a significantly faster machine. Best upgrades for ...
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop
Replies: 15
Views: 4247

Re: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop

Supposed to be even more power-efficient than the current line-up. They definitely will be more efficient. Even if the new power-saving feature doesn't deliver, the CPUs have been shrunk so a higher efficiency is a given. That's right. Supposedly, the top part is 77W TDP rated (down from 95W). Quit...
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: LGA1155 mobos & Ivy Bridge (new CPU's and PCIe 3.0)
Replies: 5
Views: 1849

Re: LGA1155 mobos & Ivy Bridge (new CPU's and PCIe 3.0)

Abula wrote:What i really want to see is new GPUs... maybe they will come PCIe 3.0. Either way seems its the time that all manufactures will adopt and release their mobos with.
New powerful GPUs won't be out before Summer 2012. You still have some time... then ;)
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop
Replies: 15
Views: 4247

Re: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop

Why would you want to go with mobile SB? There are low TDP parts for desktop. BUT... you can also pick a relatively cheap 65W/95W part and undervolt/clock it. Unless of course, you have very rigid power requirements. 3) I doubt that board is going to be "future-proof". 4) New Intel cpus are due to r...
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14517

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

The new B3 stepping will likely address some of the issues but it won't be a game-changer. Sadly. It's hard to recommend it over SB.
by 1337
Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is Athlon II X2 245e a good CPU for HTPC?
Replies: 16
Views: 4075

Re: Is Athlon II X2 245e a good CPU for HTPC?

I was looking at the Athlon II X2 245e as a CPU for an HTPC I'm building for my brother, on a motherboard with IGP HD3200. He's quite poor, so I'm thinking that he'll appreciate the low power consumption (45W) and thus cost of this CPU :) Would this be a suitable CPU for HTPC (MediaPortal), video e...
by 1337
Sat May 28, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Confused about P-States
Replies: 7
Views: 1969

Re: Confused about P-States

Petr wrote:There is no reason for BIOS undervolting when you have control of P-States.
PhenomMsrTweaker is software driven. That's not the explanation I was hoping for. But thanks anyway :)
by 1337
Fri May 27, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Fanless AMD systems??
Replies: 16
Views: 4785

Re: Any Fanless AMD systems??

As the processor gets hotter it will needlessly draw additional power. It only makes sense to build such a system if you could limit the load of the processor. 25W is still quite a lot, especially for smaller cases. Nothing has changed in this business. The cooler, the better. Complete fanless would...
by 1337
Fri May 27, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Confused about P-States
Replies: 7
Views: 1969

Re: Confused about P-States

Undervolting the thing in bios usually suffices for me. This can be useful under certain circumstances though. Had anybody made an in-depth research in this field? ;-)
by 1337
Fri May 27, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Phenom II X4 955 and Athlon II X4 640 idle power?
Replies: 8
Views: 3878

Re: Phenom II X4 955 and Athlon II X4 640 idle power?

So I can count on a difference of about 5 W between the 640 and the 955 at idle then? Yes, it's "about" 5W. Speaking of idle/load energy efficiency, 610E & 615E are very good if you can find them. If you are concerned about idle power consumption and don't want to spend a fortune, just get a C3 Ath...
by 1337
Fri May 27, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T + 880G
Replies: 12
Views: 4781

Re: idle power: i760/P55/low end GPU versus p645 or 1090T +

No idea what the idle power consumption is on the GTS 450 but you get the idea. My Palit 450 GTS consumes about 18W at idle (contrary to many reviews that I have found on the net). I have not tested on-die Intel graphics yet but overall power consumption has also to do with specific motherboard des...
by 1337
Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

Re: pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450

what's funny is this.

With CPUs I can force running the lowest P-state easily without any mod. With GPUs, apparently, I can't. Nvidia have the best drivers? Think again.

Wish 3dfx was still around. Oh well.
by 1337
Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

Re: pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450

lodestar wrote:The only way to activate Performance Level 0 is I suspect to edit the BIOS using NiBiTor 6.0.2 or a similar tool.
Yeah but ideally it would be nice to do without flashing bios every time I need it. Thanks.
by 1337
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

Re: pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450

MSI Afterburner wouldn't let me go below 400 Mhz and RivaTuner won't work on W7. Thanks.
by 1337
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

pstates tweaks on geforce gts 450

Hello, I am not happy to play divx in "Low-Power 3D" @ ~400/800/325. Is there a way to force 50/100/135 for such tasks? Another pain is old games like Age of Empires, again... I want this fixed to Standard 2D instead. Card in question. I would like to keep the ability for full throttle but use it on...
by 1337
Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Cuda
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

Cuda

Mostly curious... a question to Geforce 8+ owners. How have you found Cuda technology? Any practical usage and/or thoughts?

Cheers.
by 1337
Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman not giving up on the "flower" heatsinks
Replies: 12
Views: 3301

Re: Zalman not giving up on the "flower" heatsinks

I've accidentally made a crash test. A cheap system case fell off my table on to the floor (about 100cm high), landing on one of its sides with a CM 212 Plus firmly attached to the motherboard. Amazingly, but there has been no damage. Just done testing it all over again. I am sure, a combination of ...
by 1337
Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please comment on my system
Replies: 14
Views: 2243

Re: Please comment on my system

Todays' mid-range graphics cards like to consume about 10 to 15w doing nothing, under load it could go as high as 100w but it depends on the make. High-end cards idle around roughly 20-30w... under load 200w easily. You go crossfire you double it. It's crazy. I suggest you study this first. Performa...
by 1337
Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman not giving up on the "flower" heatsinks
Replies: 12
Views: 3301

Re: Zalman not giving up on the "flower" heatsinks

If I want value... I take CoolerMaster. Zalmans are not on the cheap side, nor the quality side. I had orginal Al-cu 7000 and now CNPS-10X quiet both had very good quality and price worth the performance you were getting (especially if you factor in STG-2 bundled to every CNPS).. I have used Zalman...
by 1337
Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman not giving up on the "flower" heatsinks
Replies: 12
Views: 3301

Re: Zalman not giving up on the "flower" heatsinks

If I want value... I take CoolerMaster. Zalmans are not on the cheap side, nor the quality side.

Noctua 140MM @ 900 RPM is quite audible but at least I like the way it sounds! It's like a good car engine, you hear it but it sounds nice. This is something no textual review can express, nor dB show.