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by vincentfox
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

Re: 2GB ram

Bios recognizes my 2GB stick of ram. Installing windows right now. So far, so good. Awesome. I'm baffled why these boards support 2 gigs but Intel keeps saying they don't? Weird. Be interested to see if it's stable for you. What kind of RAM was it? Still surprised it's not available at the Egg yet.
by vincentfox
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

Any chance of a photo or two of the heatsink area?
by vincentfox
Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:39 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

2-gig RAM question!

Have any of you who already have this board, had a chance to stick a 2-gig RAM stick in it? I am really thinking to run OpenSolaris on this board, with a pair of ZFS-mirrored drives. ZFS is fantastic, but works best with a fair amount of RAM in which to run it's ARC cache. Wanting to squeeze all the...
by vincentfox
Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

What are the heatsink attachment methods?

Wondering about possibility of replacing factory heatsink with something better. I would think to focus on the NB more so than CPU, are they independently attached?

Also very curious if a 2-gig RAM will work, as reported it did for previous model.
by vincentfox
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

My point about gigabit was this: What kind of drives are you attaching and in what configuration? I mean think about it the most likely configuration is 1 drive or maybe 2 that are mirrored. What's the real throughput of these drives doing something obvious like large sequential reads or writes with...
by vincentfox
Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Efficient network switch?
Replies: 7
Views: 6700

Efficient network switch?

I am looking around for power-efficient network switches for my house and not finding any resources. Ideas? A simple 5-port would be fine although 8 would be better.
by vincentfox
Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Datacenters: Gas-Guzzling Jalopies of the Technology World
Replies: 10
Views: 5683

I work in a campus datacenter. I have to say if people want less power used in a data-center STOP MAKING INSANE DATA DEMANDS! People want their 4-gigabyte mailbox and their campus ITunes server and their this and that........ All in a redundant load-balanced configuration because GOD FORBID anything...
by vincentfox
Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

Hmmm, I could believe it. Standard desktop RAM, and SiS chipset I don't think they've gone all-out on the design as far as power-conservation. I'm actually quite intriqued by the OLPC "give one, get one" thing that's opening up on Monday. I'll probably do it, for the dual-benefit of donating a compu...
by vincentfox
Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Server Dilemma
Replies: 19
Views: 4552

Instead of a "backup hack" you could simply mirror the 2 drives. Any Linux distro will let you setup simple software mirroring during the install. No RAID card required. You haven't really specified much about your application or network needs, but in most cases gigabit ethernet is totally wasted. I...
by vincentfox
Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

I just bid on a lot of 3 dual-NIC cards on EBay, thanks for the idea.
by vincentfox
Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

I have re-thought the gigabit issue. I have come to look around and analyze the issue, and I do not think this board would be capable of pushing gigabit traffic. At which point it's a total waste of time to worry about. If they want to save a buck that's fine. I do wish I could find a cheap-ish 2-po...
by vincentfox
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

One question just occured to me, the PicoPSU won't work with this board will it? It looks like it requires a regular PSU due to needing that extra 4-pin connector.
by vincentfox
Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

Yep the price is quite appealing. Add a WD10EACS 1TB drive or two, and it seems like it'll make a fairly low-power NAS unit. Just waiting for it to show up on NewEgg now.
by vincentfox
Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel D201GLY: cheap, low power mini-ITX
Replies: 183
Views: 155890

I did a search on Ebay for seller cartft, or for d201gly2 and came up with nothing. What might I be doing wrong?
by vincentfox
Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

I'll differ with Mike on Via. The CPU speed I could really care less about. How fast does a device need to be? The Achilles heel of the Via boards has always been their lousy drivers and other built-in components. I've got a couple of old Shuttle SV-24 cubes at the house and I think I'm going to get...
by vincentfox
Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

frank2003 wrote: It's different this time around as this Intel board is available in the US.
Counting chickens a bit early eh? A product pre-listing does not neccessarily equal product in many citizen hands. I agree with previous poster it's darn odd you can't find any substantive reviews of these things.
by vincentfox
Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261380

Some of these Intel products baffle me. I mean they go to all this trouble to give you a 64-bit fairly powerful CPU, then they skimp on ports. Only 2 SATA ports and 1 IDE? A single 100 megabit ethernet? I mean come on. I'd rather they chopped the CPU down a little further and give a few more I/O cap...
by vincentfox
Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A word of warning about booting Windows from 2.5" drive
Replies: 43
Views: 13191

Dumb question:

Can we disable AAM or power-saving features to mitigate this risk?
by vincentfox
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sandisk 32GB solid state drive
Replies: 147
Views: 74578

What about ZFS? If JFFS for it's wear-leveling were crossed with ZFS with it's ability to recognize an error via checksums, that seems like the perfect flash filesystem.
by vincentfox
Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sandisk 32GB solid state drive
Replies: 147
Views: 74578

I was looking at buying one of those Samsungs until I noticed they were PATA only. It is absurd that you could produce such a new drive yet fit it with such an old interface. It's like seeing a jet engine on a German Fokker. It won't throttle the drive's throughput at its STR to be sure, but it doe...
by vincentfox
Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: LOW Power (W) Home Server Needed - Update Time.....
Replies: 28
Views: 10943

I would recommend, if you haven't purchased already, look at the DS version of Gigabyte products.

I've had enough experiences with capacitors going bad after a couple of years. When I saw the DS3 with all solid-state capacitors that's what I bought.
by vincentfox
Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The 65Watt Challenge!!!
Replies: 33
Views: 13768

I work in a Data Center with THOUSANDS of drives in all kinds of arrays. I have to tell you I dislike RAID-5 setups, and whenever I get the opportunity I replace them with RAID-1 or RAID-10 setups. RAID 5 is overly complex and many things can and do go wrong with it. Read more here: http://www.baarf...
by vincentfox
Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Multi function (HTPC, PVR..) low power and quiet SFF.Advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 8161

The problem with the Via, is their rather limited CPU and graphics on-board, make them marginal for HTPC usage. Especially if you are thinking to show high-res videos it will probably have trouble with 1080i stuff. A Yonah in the Intel line seems about the best for power-efficiency. Yes there are de...
by vincentfox
Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SATA DVD drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 6439

I have the LiteON LH-20A1S and it's pretty quiet. Of course, I usually burn at the lowest speed for reliability. About the only feature it's missing I suppose is the LightScribe labelling, I'm not sure how useful that is though.
by vincentfox
Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recommended, readily available and IN PRODUCTION hard drive?
Replies: 12
Views: 4332

I have a Western Digital, specifically WD2500KS-00MJB0, and it's the quietest drive currently around IMO. It replaces a Seagate Barracuda IV 40-gig drive the long-reigning quiet-king, to which it compares very well.
by vincentfox
Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: State of SSD's?
Replies: 15
Views: 4759

A lot of press releases, marketing, and buzzwords, is not going to motivate me into plunking down 500 US dollars for 32-gigs of storage. The hype machine for this product for 2007 is simply not justified. Yes it's faster, maybe it's going to shave 5-10% off the power consumption on a laptop. However...
by vincentfox
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sandisk 32GB solid state drive
Replies: 147
Views: 74578

My first CD-burner was an HP 2x unit, cost was an amount that made my chica react let's say. Once upon a time I spent $500 on a Voodoo2-SLI graphics card setup also. Never again.

Maybe at $250 I could talk myself into it, but $488, no way.
by vincentfox
Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:33 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: what is the lowest power laptop?
Replies: 15
Views: 7908

Original poster would benefit by clearly stating what their requirements are as far as applications and personal tastes. What works great for me, may not work great for you. Maybe you bought a big-screen and a hefty CPU because you do AutoCAD or PhotoShop out in the field or something and need a fa...
by vincentfox
Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: what is the lowest power laptop?
Replies: 15
Views: 7908

Your best way is to buy one of the hardware devices for measuring REAL power usage. I have a "Watts Up?" but the Kill-a-Watt is also popular. Simple box that you plug into the wall, then plug devices into it, with a LCD display and a button or two. Mine lets you read instant watts being used, or you...
by vincentfox
Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Careful with how you store your old PSUs
Replies: 14
Views: 4802

Another point I have is long-term storage. People think they have some 10-year old PSU they are going to finally make use of it, might be surprised that it might no longer be good. Electrolytic capacitors are filled with a substance that ages, cracks, and degrades over time even if you aren't using ...