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by xen
Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Built pc, too LOUD!
Replies: 23
Views: 7718

Nice thing about metal cases is that is easier I think to tinker with them, although it didn't apply in your case. Like I have a cheap ATX tower from AOpen from 2000 with just a replacement PSU that moves very little air, and a front intake fan, which is enough for me (Sempron 2600+ underclocked to ...
by xen
Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: new HDD for old laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 3597

I'm about to purchase a 5400 laptop IDE drive for my desktop and I'm going to choose between a Samsung HM060HC and a WD Scorpio WD600UE. The difference is that the Samsung has 8MB cache vs. 2MB on the WD, whereas the WD is rated for 20dBA idle whereas the Samsung website states an idle of 22dBA. Do ...
by xen
Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:29 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What to get AMD 690G or Nvidia 7050?
Replies: 71
Views: 30984

That makes sense.. if DVI and HDMI are signal-compatible, then the economical choice is to have both ports be driven by the same circuit... okay so switching by software is not an option. About 690G vs 630a/7050, I still have no clue. In one of the threads mentioned in this thread, the GigaByte MA69...
by xen
Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What to get AMD 690G or Nvidia 7050?
Replies: 71
Views: 30984

Besides, you couldn't output digital signals from DVI & HDMI at the same time on AMD 690G & nVIDIA 7050 boards; that's a chipset limitation, and you could only output D-Sub & one digital signal only. Realistically speaking, it's a tie. Okay, but would you be able to selectively switch from DVI to H...
by xen
Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What to get AMD 690G or Nvidia 7050?
Replies: 71
Views: 30984

I don't see the power consumption of dual cores being so much higher than single cores... According to this image , idle power usage of a X2 3800+ EE (65W) is about 6.14W and that of a Sempron 3600+ is about 5.59W (including voltage regulators). That means a modern single core draws about 3W for sim...