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by dougz
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 21280

Re: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)

most games were severly CPU limited to the point of being unplayable. A Geforce 9300 variant stripped down to 8 shaders might be plenty. Reducing the shaders wouldn't effect the HD capabilities. But if nVidia gets the MCP79 below the 9.3W TDP of the 945GSE + ICH7M, I won't complain. I'm not a gamer...
by dougz
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 21280

Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)

NVIDIA's picoITX Atom+GeForce 9400M reference design. Atom is honestly fast enough for many tasks, delivering the performance of a mainstream notebook from 4 years ago. The problem is that there are some applications that are commonplace today that can’t run on Atom. HD video playback isn’t poss...
by dougz
Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:58 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Via's Artigo A2000 Mini Server runs Linux
Replies: 5
Views: 4724

Looks interesting for a low end server. However, I think the price point ($299) is too high. You could put together a similarly configured Shuttle K45 system (with a Celeron 430 & 512M RAM) for around $150. Also, the K45 is only a little bigger dimensionally. Pro -- Better CPU & chipset, along with...
by dougz
Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:42 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter
Replies: 6
Views: 3940

I like the Idea of having a ftp server with just the addonics and a drive! Yeah, that's why I posted it. Silent and it only sips power. No risk of exposing main machine on net. FTP or bittorrent client, or... One thing you can count on when sending MIR's is plenty of xtra spam. Never thought of tha...
by dougz
Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter
Replies: 6
Views: 3940

Dunno, I don't even live in the US so I've never used a MIR. Are they that bad?. Nothing against the ASUS device. As you say, it is quite popular. Mail In Rebates are another matter. MIRs are always chancy. The reputable vendors, like NewEgg, are somewhat less chancy. Others, like TigerDirect, have...
by dougz
Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:01 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter
Replies: 6
Views: 3940

Nice unit. Some common functions, some different functions.

But $60??? You really believe in Mail In Rebates? The Easter Bunny? Father Christmas? ;-)

I love NewEgg, but I'm always dubious about MIRs.
by dougz
Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter
Replies: 6
Views: 3940

Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter

This fanless little US$55 gizmo could replace a server for some folks: - Enables any USB hard drive to be placed onto a network for network access - USB port can be used to power most 2.5" USB hard drives (1.5A@5V) - SMB (Server Message Block) and the open source Samba network protocols - Support Sa...
by dougz
Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Via's Artigo A2000 Mini Server runs Linux
Replies: 5
Views: 4724

Via's Artigo A2000 Mini Server runs Linux

Via announced a "mini-server kit" that targets home media storage. Touted as being the same height as a CD, the Linux-compatible Artigo A2000 includes two 3.5-inch bays for hard drives, a bootable CompactFlash slot, gigabit Ethernet, three USB ports, and a wireless LAN option, says Via.... Availabi...
by dougz
Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: OCZ OCZ2G8004GK DDR2 800MHz 4 GB Gold Edition Kit
Replies: 0
Views: 929

OCZ OCZ2G8004GK DDR2 800MHz 4 GB Gold Edition Kit

As part of OCZ Gold series, the PC2-6400 2GB modules deliver the performance and speed gamers require for today graphic-intensive DirectX 10 PC games. At 800MHz, the 2GB Gold Edition runs at 5-5-5 latency timings and offers unprecedented stability on the latest AMD and Intel platforms. Amazon price...
by dougz
Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [DEAD] Antec NSK3480: $45 + reasonable shipping (~$10)
Replies: 9
Views: 2992

Fry's shipper (DHL) exiting US market

DHL cuts 9,500 U.S. jobs Delivery firm to end U.S.-only operations, will continue shipments to other countries. By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer Last Updated: November 10, 2008: 10:15 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Global delivery company DHL announced Monday that it was cutting 9,500 jo...
by dougz
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [DEAD] Antec NSK3480: $45 + reasonable shipping (~$10)
Replies: 9
Views: 2992

That was quick!

Order placed Friday evening, ship confirmation emails received Saturday morning and DHL truck delivered Monday at 1:30. (Was really scheduled for delivery tomorrow.) FYI: Fry's/Outpost shipped from Airborne Logistics Services, Wilmington, Ohio 45177. DHL owns Airborne. DHL usually has the USPS deliv...
by dougz
Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [DEAD] Antec NSK3480: $45 + reasonable shipping (~$10)
Replies: 9
Views: 2992

Fry's - worked OK

Being paranoid, I decided to check the order. (Their "real soon now" email hadn't showed in an hour.) By using Fry's Track option, my order number, and email address, I was able to verify the order. Still, Newegg is my favorite. Never any surprises with them. Anandtech did a couple of articles on th...
by dougz
Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [DEAD] Antec NSK3480: $45 + reasonable shipping (~$10)
Replies: 9
Views: 2992

Re: Antec NSK3480: $45 + reasonable shipping (~$10)

Saw this on another forum and thought people here would be interested. Thank you! Your timing was perfect. I needed a budget micro-ATX case and would have gotten something cheaper and nastier if I hadn't seen your post. Ground shipping was only $10.70 to Virginia. Second Day was about $10 more, but...
by dougz
Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Dell mini: fanless, diskless 2-pound 8.9"; $399
Replies: 13
Views: 10655

Flash multimedia with Atom?

Very useful info in your posts. Thank you! Can you comment on how usable the Mini is with common flash-based sites like YouTube and Hulu? Some more info on the machine -- http://tycheent.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/mini-mine/ http://tycheent.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/update-on-mini-mine/ http://jonrob.w...
by dougz
Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How much CPU for online multimedia?
Replies: 7
Views: 1537

Notice that the system requirements call for a 1.8 GHz Core Duo, not a Core 2 Duo. A Core Duo is roughly 30% slower than a Core 2 Duo at the same clock speed. The 2.3 GHz AMD you've selected should do quite nicely; as far as I can tell, Athlon X2 and Core Duo are nearly identical clock-for-clock. T...
by dougz
Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How much CPU for online multimedia?
Replies: 7
Views: 1537

Adobe Flash system requirements

While reading up on Adobe's new Flash 10, I happened to notice the Adobe system requirements page. While Flash 10 claims performance improvements and the page only lists system requirements for Flash 9, they are a useful guide. http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/productinfo/systemreqs/ Adobe'...
by dougz
Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How much CPU for online multimedia?
Replies: 7
Views: 1537

I'm pretty sure you won't even need a 20->24 pin adapter, as such a low-powered system should be perfectly content without the additional juice. You're correct. From the mobo manual -- The main power connector is compatible with power supplies with 2x10 power connectors. When using a 2x12 power sup...
by dougz
Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How much CPU for online multimedia?
Replies: 7
Views: 1537

If you're content with the noise and efficiency of your current power supply, you might as well stick with it. I'm pretty sure you won't even need a 20->24 pin adapter, as such a low-powered system should be perfectly content without the additional juice. The Antec is noisier than I'd like, but I c...
by dougz
Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How much CPU for online multimedia?
Replies: 7
Views: 1537

How much CPU for online multimedia?

Youtube's new "Theater View style" http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=F1xABdzKby4 has convinced me that I need to upgrade a box. My Duron is not up to viewing it. Goals: - Cheap, but reliable AM2 mobo w/ integrated video - CPU adequate for streaming media and light general computing - Doesn't need to...
by dougz
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:46 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS Eee Box: Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked
Replies: 16
Views: 13282

Asus warns of a virus infection in shipping Eee Boxes

Source -- http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/Asus-warns-of-a-virus-infection-in-shipping-Eee-Boxes--/news/111691 The Japanese division of Taiwanese computer and component manufacturer Asus is warning customers that shipping versions of its Eee Box B202 desktop computer are infected with a virus....
by dougz
Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Article: "Ars Ultimate Budget Box"
Replies: 1
Views: 1091

Article: "Ars Ultimate Budget Box"

Excellent article explaining component choices and trade-offs . A good starting point for someone creating a budget, if not quite SPCR quiet, system. Hopefully, SPCRs will critique and offer suggestions/alternates. Full article -- http://arstechnica.com/guides/buyer/guide-200810.ars The Ultimate Bud...
by dougz
Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Anybody got the new MSI Wind PC?
Replies: 5
Views: 5472

Windows Vista with 1gb RAM was painfully, painfully slow with this system. XP is quick, although it can still be a bit slow at times when opening up more than 2 web pages and having things like an AVG Anti-Virus Free running in the back ground. I can watch DVDs fine with no slow down, but 720 and 1...
by dougz
Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS Eee Box: Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked
Replies: 16
Views: 13282

Can anyone tell me if the EEE B202 has a BIOS option to turn back on when power is restored after a power failure? The manual doesn't appear to be available online. You might have better luck directing your question to an ASUS support forum at http://vip.asus.com/forum/ The manual is most definitel...
by dougz
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:20 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle X27 "Nettop is 'almost fanless'"
Replies: 6
Views: 5478

Doesn't the Eee Box use an N270 and a mobile chipset (945GSE) instead of the X27's standard 230/945GC combo? That would explain the lower power consumption. Bingo! You're right. http://hothardware.com/Articles/Asus-Eee-Box-B202-Desktop-System/ I still prefer a box with an optical drive, but the rea...
by dougz
Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle X27 "Nettop is 'almost fanless'"
Replies: 6
Views: 5478

Comparing apples & oranges? more like comparing an apple with another apple from the very same tree. I can take or leave the internal optical drive, after all USB optical drive is fine for burning and watching DVDs on the few occasions I would use it for that. of course there's the PCI slot but wha...
by dougz
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle X27 "Nettop is 'almost fanless'"
Replies: 6
Views: 5478

pricing will be key. competition is basically the Eee box. 38W not that good, Eee box is about 20W at load. How so? I thought both used 945GC, so paower should be similar. Comparing apples & oranges? At any rate, the inclusion of a slot for an optical drive will be important. This is one reason why...
by dougz
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle X27 "Nettop is 'almost fanless'"
Replies: 6
Views: 5478

Shuttle X27 "Nettop is 'almost fanless'"

Shuttle Incorporated unveiled a "nettop" computer claimed to offer "almost fanless" operation and use just 38 Watts. The mini-ITX based "X27" includes an Intel Atom 230 processor, a gigabit Ethernet port, DVI video output, a 2.5-inch hard drive bay, and a PCI expansion slot, says Shuttle.... measur...
by dougz
Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS Eee Box: Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked
Replies: 16
Views: 13282

Bicster wrote:Can anyone tell me if the EEE B202 has a BIOS option to turn back on when power is restored after a power failure?
The manual doesn't appear to be available online. You might have better luck directing your question to an ASUS support forum at http://vip.asus.com/forum/
by dougz
Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: New Aopen gm45 mini-PCs
Replies: 6
Views: 5194

shouldn't be that hard to use LGA775 with gm45, but Intel probably doesn't want it. Might heat be a consideration favoring a mobile CPU (as well as mobile GPU) on a densely populated mini-ITX board? It's hard to get great ventilation (or room for a big heatsink) in a mini-ITX box. Gotta give props ...
by dougz
Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:58 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: New Aopen gm45 mini-PCs
Replies: 6
Views: 5194

p5ycho wrote: MSI announced the GM45 based IM-GM45 mini-itx mobo with a standard LGA775 socket
Got a link for that? The only IM-GM45 info I can find says something like
Intel® 45nm Mobile processor with socket P (Penryn)

http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func ... cat_no=388