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by Palindroman
Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: minimum hardware requirements for triple 24" monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1946

You may want to find out what resolution you will be running at. If its just a simple flash graphic then high res might be unnecessary. Flash usually looks fine in analog so anything higher than xvga seems like overkill. Have you seen the flash display running yet? The resolution of the 24" screens...
by Palindroman
Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

I made a mistake. The visualisations I spoke about will be 2D only, not 3D. They will be using Flash Player for a visualisation that is maximised and should stretch over all three screens. Anyone has a clue as to whether my proposed combination of 780G/HD3470 will be able to deliver enough performan...
by Palindroman
Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: minimum hardware requirements for triple 24" monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1946

I made a mistake. The visualisations I spoke about will be 2D only, not 3D. They will be using Flash Player for a visualisation that is maximised and should stretch over all three screens. Anyone has a clue as to whether my proposed combination of 780G/HD3470 will be able to deliver enough performan...
by Palindroman
Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

If this is correct then there's a good chance even the HD3650 will fit in my setup. Nope, SurroundView works only with HD3400 if I'm not mistaken. I've chosen to go for the HD3470. It should definitely fit in the picoPSU power envelope but I'll check. I'm still not sure about performance but I've l...
by Palindroman
Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: minimum hardware requirements for triple 24" monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1946

autoboy wrote:Will the videos be in HD?
I have no idea. It's just an audiovisual message board for employees and guests, I guess. One wouldn't think those video's have to be in HD as there will be several of them. :roll:
by Palindroman
Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

Through the VGA subforum I found some power consumption figures for the cards I'm contemplating for this build:

HD 3650 8W-31W
HD 3470 ?W-25W
HD 3450 7W-10W



If this is correct then there's a good chance even the HD3650 will fit in my setup.
by Palindroman
Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: minimum hardware requirements for triple 24" monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1946

minimum hardware requirements for triple 24" monitor

With the advice from several people in the System Advice subforum I've come up with a configuration for a client of mine who wants a low power system that drives three 24" monitors: Antec Minuet 350 picoPSU-120 with 80W AC Adapter or 80+ PSU from Minuet Gigabyte GA-M69GM-S2H or if available GA-M78GM...
by Palindroman
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Energy efficient server
Replies: 26
Views: 8312

Are you planning on running Linux or Windows? I'd recommend nVidia, both for efficiency and better use under Linux. Though I haven't tried the 690V, I just compared the following two Gigabyte boards for a Linux file server I am building: GA-MA69GM-S2H (AMD 690G) GA-M68SM-S2 (nVidia 7025) I second t...
by Palindroman
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Energy efficient server
Replies: 26
Views: 8312

I am building a server too, and am wondering, why don't you people go for a Intel E4400 ? According to the specs it has a 8W idle usage. Especially since someone here recommends a Txxx processor, which is lots of money, while the E4400 is around 60 Euro here. Could somebody enlighten me why to go f...
by Palindroman
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

I really don't know much about this stuff, but it looks to me as though Flash Player on three 24" screens would require more performance than I'm offering. Am I right in this?
by Palindroman
Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

One big red flag that flew up as I was reading this topic... what exactly are these visualizations? If we're talking about anything requiring OpenGL or DirectX support at those resolutions, no IGP or hybrid-IGP will give suitable performance at WUXGA. The nVidia 7300GS I have in my workstation stru...
by Palindroman
Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

Re: pico psu vs. hd3450

will the pico-psu power the hd3450? how much power exactly does the hd3450 draw anyway? If that riser card from Silverstone does the trick I'm leaning towards a passively cooled Sapphire HD3650 because of the fact that low profile isn't a restrictment anymore and thus the two DVI-ports come into pl...
by Palindroman
Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Environmental impact of Kill-A-Watt purchase?
Replies: 20
Views: 11637

Thanks to my eye-opener I save 400 kWh per year at home, and 3000 kWh at my job. That's almost 750 euros over here and around 2200 kg of CO2. It was a major factor on my route to energy enlightenment. 8)
by Palindroman
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

I was hoping someone would bring out one. But the only thing I can find that does what you want is a Leadtek 8500GT (passive, low profile, dvi & hdmi). Maybe go a Nvidia IGP board and that card? http://www.leadtek.com/eng/3d_graphic/overview.asp?lineid=1&pronameid=381 Is it possible to do three mon...
by Palindroman
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: X2 power savings: s. 939 vs. s. AM vs. BE
Replies: 4
Views: 1775

Re: X2 power savings: s. 939 vs. s. AM vs. BE

Palindroman's figures show that the BE-2350 is a little more efficient than the 3600+ but there isn't much in it and, assuming you undervolt (and why wouldn't you!) I think either would be a decent choice. In fact, I've had some trouble with undervolting a BE-2350 and at the RMClock forum there wer...
by Palindroman
Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Critique my WHS Build
Replies: 12
Views: 2898

It looks like a very good configuration. You might opt for a different mobo though: http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/9053/cpucomparison2atf3.jpg As you can see the Gigabyte nVidia 7025 board is already a bit more efficient than the 690V. Asrock has an even more efficient board but I'm not sure if ...
by Palindroman
Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

Maybe this is a silly idea but how about using this Silverstone riser card? In that case I could go for a full-size ATI card with 2 x DVI.
by Palindroman
Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: X2 power savings: s. 939 vs. s. AM vs. BE
Replies: 4
Views: 1775

The differences between Sempron 3200+ and LE-1100: viewtopic.php?t=43945&highlight=manila+sparta

Athlon X2 3600+ (Brisbane) vs BE-2350:

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by Palindroman
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

Don't worry about the VGA port, just use the onboard graphics and find a low profile 3450 with a DVI and HDMI port and then get a HDMI to DVI converter (they look like the DVI to VGA ones that are packaged with most cards). I'm not 100% sure if you can run DVI and HDMI at the same time with the 345...
by Palindroman
Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How much Electricity do you use? How much can you REDUCE it?
Replies: 37
Views: 10453

I have one of these , it clamps around the main power cable before it goes into the meter. Here's another nifty monitoring system with which you can monitor all the appliances in your household. All the info goes to your PC. It's a Dutch patented invention: http://www.plugwise.com/en/ Only thing I ...
by Palindroman
Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

Are those dual core processors? Visualizations, to me, says computing power...I know you said low power, but I would imagine a dual core might be able to work here if you can find the lowest power draw ones. Strangely enough dual cores don't consume much more power than single cores. A few months a...
by Palindroman
Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

The GA-MA69GM-S2H seems like a fine choice. Your second option is a 690V motherboard, which won't be suitable. It has no DVI out. If you can avoid using VGA, I think you should. A VGA -> DVI adapter doesn't exist because that means converting an analog signal to digital. It will simply pass the ana...
by Palindroman
Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

I'll be putting all of it in an Aopen H340, which will be hidden in the casing of the three monitors. I only have about 10 cm to play with, hence the low profile requirement. This case has a height of 9.6 cm. I'll be replacing the PSU with the picoPSU, meaning there will be a large extra venting hol...
by Palindroman
Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

Could I run two monitors with a low profile HD3450 and use one of the remaining PCI slots to run the third monitor? Dragmor and Moogles, I did some more reading and you are 100% on the right track here! I found out I can order a Gigabyte board with the AMD 780G chipset. I don't know how long it wou...
by Palindroman
Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

Thanks for all the advice so far. I'm dropping the ECC RAM, though it did work on similar systems I built, and go for 2 GB. Can you provide more detail on the applications he will be running? What hardware GPU features are required for the 3D visualizations? Will all three monitors be used for 3D at...
by Palindroman
Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How much Electricity do you use? How much can you REDUCE it?
Replies: 37
Views: 10453

175KWH per month That's with two adults and one child in a 75 square meter house (don't know how much that is in square ft). I've taken some new measures which will cut power consumption under 2000 kWh per year. Remember however that every m3 of natural gas stands for 10 kWh. We consume around 1200...
by Palindroman
Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

xan_user wrote:Also I don't see your board supporting ecc memory.....but maybe I missed it?
I thought this was decided by the CPU and AMD processors do support ECC, I believe?
by Palindroman
Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system that drives three 24" monitors
Replies: 34
Views: 9322

low power system that drives three 24" monitors

I hope someone will find this one interesting. A potential client has asked me to come up with a configuration for a low power system that can drive tree 24" monitors. These monitors will show all kinds of different visualisations (2D and 3D) independently. They will not show the same visualisations...
by Palindroman
Sat Feb 09, 2008 5:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power, low noise HD HTPC (hopefully low cost)
Replies: 38
Views: 19164

What are the specs of your system, LBadvance? And do you have any power consumption figures?
by Palindroman
Sat Feb 09, 2008 3:14 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: test: OS power consumption
Replies: 11
Views: 13050

SPCR forum member aaa is helping me to get PHCtool to work on Ubuntu which means I'll hopefully be undervolting my Sempron soon. I'm really curious what the power consumption will be compared to XP and Vista. I'll post here as soon as I find out. Let's suppose I get this to work and everything runs ...