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by fwki
Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: MSI Wind "Nettop"
Replies: 4
Views: 4695

I just built one of these for my mother....spiffy little machine and the dual core is great. And you can dress it our for like $250, XP included. The PSU is an external small brick, so the fan and HDD are the sound sources , but the supplied fan is the tougher problem. My next one, I think I will sp...
by fwki
Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Finally, Micro-ATX Core i7
Replies: 17
Views: 5155

Wait a few weeks and Asus will be launching the Rampage II Gene, one of the new Micro ATX RoG series.
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2 ... e-series/1
by fwki
Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: disappointed: E8400 undervolting
Replies: 12
Views: 11687

@gechu Speedstep P-states are on-chip and can't be changed by BIOS or windows apps. If you manually undervolt your chip in BIOS, it will remain at that VID through all "speedsteps" and Speedstep would only change the multiplier. If your chip can undervolt to a level near or below the P-state minimum...
by fwki
Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent and good PSU for permanent 500W load?
Replies: 18
Views: 5441

Obviously you've never had any experience with Corsair HX520W.... I don't think the fan it that PSU can run higher then 1400-1600rpm. Thank you for that intelligent post of yours I guess everything is obvious from where you sit and you still give bad advice. My Corsair 450VX maxed at 2000 rpm and w...
by fwki
Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent and good PSU for permanent 500W load?
Replies: 18
Views: 5441

From a psu silence perspective, the question is which is quieter, an 850 watt run 24/7 at 50% load or a 520 watt at 80% load. I'm guessing a psu fan at 80% of design is screaming along at 4000 rpm.
by fwki
Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent and good PSU for permanent 500W load?
Replies: 18
Views: 5441

The Antec Signature 850 and Enermax Revolution 85+ have similar performance at high loads, but AFAIK the Seasonic fan speeds are based on temperature rather than load, which is handy in cases with separate compartments. But if you can't restrain the noise from the other four fans in your system, it ...
by fwki
Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Idle vs. Parked Heads vs. Spin Down
Replies: 8
Views: 3693

Hitachi gives an explanation of how their drives cycle through the four stages of readiness under Adaptec Series 5 and Series 2 controllers in this whitepaper: http://www.hitachigst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/5DF05E0FB03F8B4D86257515000384C4/$file/Hitachi_Adaptec_PowerMgmt_WP_final.pdf It's not v...
by fwki
Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MicroATX Socket-P motherboard?
Replies: 81
Views: 33816

Re: clarification

darkbane, ...all the measurements were made with the Raid array in spin-down, since its power requirements are not the point of this research. D. I consider storage as the primary part of the server, so that's why I report system wattage including active storage at idle. You have a very efficient sy...
by fwki
Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MicroATX Socket-P motherboard?
Replies: 81
Views: 33816

I agree. My server was a fun project, but had I gone desktop, a cpu upgrade would make sense for me, but T7400 is $$$, so no way.
by fwki
Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MicroATX Socket-P motherboard?
Replies: 81
Views: 33816

My server MoDT setup (see sig) uses T5500 fanless, idles in the upper 20's C loads to the low 60's C. I run undervolted, filtered case fans for positive pressure (dust control) and to vent heat away from hdd's. Speedstep is enabled in BIOS and undervolts to 0.9 & 6x automatically without RMclock. I ...
by fwki
Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 11502

FWIW, I just purchased the 7K1000.B for $105 shipped. I hope it's quiet without AAM, although that solved my noise problem with the original. WHS will put it to the test right away when I enable duplication on about 500GB of media files.
by fwki
Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 11502

What kind of home server are do you have / intend to build, fwki ? If it's just centralized feeder of video (even if 1080p high-definition) and place to store random documents from every computer in the house, I think even GreenPower can handle that easily. The server in my sig is a WHS with a Tyan...
by fwki
Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 11502

But I'm almost certain I can't find the B revision here. I've been considering adding a 7K1000.B to my home server since paper launch this summer...I have had no problems with my current 7K1000, 5-platter, AAM-enabled, 32MB cache. Now that dot B's are showing up in the channel, any ideas how the 16...
by fwki
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: News on Windows Home Server
Replies: 94
Views: 132252

I agree with wayner, although efficiency is important with 24/7 operations. When I first built my WHS in June07, I opted for a MoDT board (2 SATA ports) for efficiency & silence and Tyan server-quality. One year later I am adding a PCIe SATA card to accomodate 4 more drives, which I am certain I wil...
by fwki
Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Saving power by underclocking the IGP?
Replies: 10
Views: 3170

Isn't the 780G NIC connected to the PCI-E bus, while the 630 NIC is connect to the PCI bus? That may be the reason for the 780G gbit performance then. You can use either. PCI is not a bottleneck for a single gigabit NIC. PCI is a bottleneck according to some thorough testing by Tim Higgins at Small...
by fwki
Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Low power PCI-E DVI video card for 2D only?
Replies: 5
Views: 2157

Matrox is the best, but be prepared to pay:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814106011

Edit: I just noticed the low power consumption...10 watts... :shock:
by fwki
Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 45nm quad core with passive cooling?
Replies: 13
Views: 6200

I'm running a Q9450 "passive" with a Ninja using the TR bolt thru kit, and they undervolt well (I'm P95 stable at just over 1.0v). I do have a Lian Li A05 with a silent rear intake fan blowing across the Ninja though, so passive is more a state of mind.
by fwki
Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:05 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: 6/24 NewEgg newsletter - Sonata+ 550 for $100 w/ shipping
Replies: 1
Views: 1083

Thanks for the heads-up! I totally missed it in the newsletter, but I managed to grab one 15 minutes before expiry. Now let's just hope that the Neo can boot a P45 board.
by fwki
Tue May 27, 2008 7:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: White Noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 4789

I work in a cube farm with white noise pumped in and if you put on a pair of those Bose noise canceling headphones, flip the power switch, the white noise disappears. So white noise is not totally random or the response time of the anti-noise generation system is sufficient to detect and emit before...
by fwki
Fri May 02, 2008 4:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E7200 CPU - GA-P35-DS3
Replies: 24
Views: 10452

The voltage dropped down to 1.168v from 1.152v :? WTF (it actually went up according to CPU-Z). I just tested it again, and can confirm it wasnt a fluke. Andy No it's not a fluke. Because you have manually set VID at 1.1750v, EIST is unable to change it. CPU-z is reporting the Vcore measurement aft...
by fwki
Thu May 01, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E7200 CPU - GA-P35-DS3
Replies: 24
Views: 10452

When you have it back to default settings, could you enable EIST and check idle VID or Vcore? And I am also curious what the idle multiplier drops to. CPU-z should show this data. At load the multiplier would be 9.5x so perhaps the p-states are 8.5, 7.5 etc.
by fwki
Thu May 01, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E7200 available at Newegg
Replies: 5
Views: 2888

I wish there was something interesting to put it into. I'd like to see a budget board with decent onboard graphics with low power requirements in an LGA 775 flavor. See this: http://www.digitimes.com/mobos/a20080424PD213.html and this: http://channel.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=12790&search=fly...
by fwki
Thu May 01, 2008 7:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: any Socket P MotD mobo's out yet?
Replies: 126
Views: 89008

Meanwhile, back on the topic of Socket P MoDT mobo's....I'd be curious if anyone has any comments on the desktop vs mobile CPU question I posed earlier. Lunadesign is asking the key question. The MX965GME MB/cpu combo alone is $500+ and desktop 45nm combos are a fraction of that. And now with Intel...
by fwki
Thu May 01, 2008 7:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E7200 available at Newegg
Replies: 5
Views: 2888

E7200 available at Newegg

Only $139...not too shabby.

Who's gonna be first to post some numbers?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819115052
by fwki
Thu May 01, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 217265

If I may ask, how come the Meroms don't go below a 0.950v (T5600) and 0.975 (T7400) respectively. According to this site it should be able to vary between 0.75 ~1.3V. AFAIK, the motherboard limits the lowest VID setting and and this low level setting can override the range set in cpu registers when...
by fwki
Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need Advice: Antec NSK3480 Build
Replies: 13
Views: 4002

I agree with porkchop. The 3480 is very sturdy, especially compared to the aluminum A05. I own both and the A05 is a HDD echo chamber if HDD suspension is not used. I am not sure where you were planning to put the third HDD, so glad you dropped it. Ditch the 120 tricool and pick a quiet 120mm fan 80...
by fwki
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 217265

As for tha CPU, Even i am puzzled. This system is made is singapore, and was gifted to me. In the specs, it does not mention QUAD, but I mentions TWO Dualcores (Thats 2x2=4) Other thing that might have caught your attention is that it has got TWO nvidia G72 cores in tandem,with 512MB RAM each! What...
by fwki
Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 217265

Hmmm.... 8) Speaking of stability, How does One year of Rock solid performance sound to you? I don't believe Much is synthetic tests as they are far from real scenarios. On the other hand, I Keep encoding Videos and MP3s for my portable player often, and thats the best test I think. Upto full speed...
by fwki
Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 217265

How about testing some of these "stable" UV's at load with a long-term stress test? As overclockers know, many systems appear stable and one could go weeks under normal use before demonstrative errors. Overclocks aren't accepted as legitimate without rigorous testing, nor should undervolts. Anything...