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by HFat
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

pretty hefty price... are they all in that range? Their older Atom boards seem to have been in that range at one point (here anyway) though some are cheaper now. I guess they're supposed to be server boards which is supposed to justify the price... but I'd rather use a server board with an actual s...
by HFat
Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: interesting MSL (Mars rover) results at AGU press conference
Replies: 0
Views: 2135

interesting MSL (Mars rover) results at AGU press conference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWioNZacjg8 A good presentation suitable for the general public featuring new results. Particularly noteworthy IMO are the numbers proffered for the duration of habitability window. It's wasted on most journalists who ask silly questions. But it might not be wasted on ...
by HFat
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Analog issues are pretty easy to tell from other types of artifacts in my experience. It's not only a problem for obsessives and such. Normal folks would be pissed to have an obviously distorted picture. People have described some of these obvious issues to me as "waves" or "flickering" (different p...
by HFat
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Quality of analog input is also an issue, as are environmental factors and such I guess.
It's certainly possible to display an effectively flawless analog signal. But there are no guarantees.
by HFat
Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Here's what SPCR says about the N2800 Atom which comes on boards with HDMI (as do the more powerful, non-mobile versions): "The quality of HD 720p and 1080p video playback was consistently good"

There is no such thing as "FullHD (mkv and flash) performance". Containers aren't codecs!
by HFat
Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I currently wouldn't recommend an Atom even for a "light desktop" except in special applications. The Celerons not only do a better job all-around but they come with a more modern and compatible IGP. And there are also cheap fanless versions now which are a long way from "normal desktop" in terms of...
by HFat
Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for workstation/photo-editing build
Replies: 5
Views: 1469

Re: Advice for workstation/photo-editing build

I think you may be at risk of overpaying. You can build something quiet and faster than your Thinkpad for a lot less than $1K. You should state how much faster you want it to be, and how quiet. Noise is subjective and even if you were to look at it objectively still depends on ambient noise and how ...
by HFat
Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

So I think only Atom board + ION Nvidia graphics was capable to play such videos till now. SPCR about a 4-year old Atom's integrated gfx: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1010-page4.html And yeah, I do trust SPCR's opinion about specific cases over unsupportable generalization based on your sub...
by HFat
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime
Replies: 11
Views: 2572

Re: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime

ok so let me get this right. Are you saying that a slower CPU such as a Pentium G2010 uses less power in practice? At full load, yes. Except we're comparing an Ivy to an Haswell which needlessly complicates things. If you want an Ivy, there are slower ones (Celerons). If you want an Haswell, the mo...
by HFat
Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime
Replies: 11
Views: 2572

Re: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime

Admittedly that's with a CPU with a 55W TDP (I'm targeting CPU a 35W TDP) Don't take comfort from that! TDP ratings aren't to be used like that. I don't think the actual heat outpit of those CPUs would be all that different. Hopefully the T part packs a more efficient GPU and operates at lower volt...
by HFat
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

It plays 1080p fine, as do older boards. 1080p isn't magic. Whatever the resolution, some files/streams are easier to play than others without compatible, dedicated hardware and matching drivers. CPUs which can consume 10 times more power can reliably brute-force it. Low-power CPUs can't. Not the N2...
by HFat
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: silent Pc for a sound engineer, advice for planned system
Replies: 9
Views: 2963

Re: silent Pc for a sound engineer, advice for planned syste

You may not like my advice but here it is: get someone local to you who's got some experience and some kind of track record to help you. Pay for the help if need be. A hobby can be fun but your professional tool shouldn't be your first project. This is no way to pick a CPU for professional use for i...
by HFat
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime
Replies: 11
Views: 2572

Re: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime

Different components handle high temperatures differently. Read the documentation. Talk to your suppliers. If there's no relevant documentation and your suppliers aren't talking, be wary! This sort of gear is less failure-prone than mobile devices or hard drives of course but there are no easy answe...
by HFat
Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287324

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Intel released decent, cheap fanless Atom boards... nearly 4 years ago! Main disadvantages were: no digital output, only two SATA ports. Within a year, Shuttle was marketing fanless Atom barebones globally. From Asus to Dell, many vendors had fanless Atoms products at the time. How is it you could n...
by HFat
Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:18 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power consumption board with 3eth and 1pci, or with 1pci
Replies: 5
Views: 2407

Re: Low power consumption board with 3eth and 1pci, or with

NM10 is supposed to consume a bit less power than ICH8M. But I don't think it matters. Implementation details and power supply differences will dwarf the difference. We've seen Jetway boards consuming a good bit more than an equivalent Intel for instance. I guess the boards which consume the least p...
by HFat
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Intel NUC as a FreeNAS box?
Replies: 28
Views: 29736

Re: Intel NUC as a FreeNAS box?

Linux+mdadm+good filesystem - so can you recommend a particular combo? I'm not sure I understand your question. My general reco would be Linux/mdadm/LVM/ext4 but I'm not religious about the details. LVM is optional but it provides some of the most useful features of fancier solutions. I use it on m...
by HFat
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: NUC as desktop replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 8032

Re: NUC as desktop replacement

Am I better off building a PC myself if quiet and small is what I'm going for? I figure if I want to keep the cost down I will have to compromise on the "small" part. It's getting easier to build an affordable and silent mITX basic computer. A custom NUC case will deliver but would be expensive com...
by HFat
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Intel NUC as a FreeNAS box?
Replies: 28
Views: 29736

Re: Intel NUC as a FreeNAS box?

MikeC invited me to comment on ZFS. But washu is the local ZFS guru and I can't add or take away from what he said as far as ZFS goes. But there's something obvious which hasn't been mentionned: A simple Linux/mdadm/LVM setup would get you a trustworthy low-cost NAS if you use a mundane and well-tes...
by HFat
Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell heat-minimisation advice
Replies: 9
Views: 5933

Re: Haswell heat-minimisation advice

Manual undervolting can result in instability. Unless you undervolt way too much (instant crash), it's not always easy to tell because it can leads to very infrequent errors and crashes. In principle, it can lead to all sorts of nastiness including data loss. Do you really want to take chances? The ...
by HFat
Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cloning a System Drive for an Upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 2450

Re: Cloning a System Drive for an Upgrade

I use Clonezilla. Even of cloning is successful you might still need a Win-DVD to repair Win start up once the drives are changed. It used to be you didn't need any repairs if you did it right. You only ended up with a problem if you connected your new drive to your PC while the system you were tryi...
by HFat
Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Optimal Haswell CPU for low idle power HTPC/Server
Replies: 8
Views: 39899

Re: Optimal Haswell CPU for low idle power HTPC/Server

None of these. A Pentium or a Celeron instead. "HTPC use" is quite abstract. That doesn't tell me what you actually need (some tinkerers obsess about decoding software and whatnot, causing their requirements to skyrocket). But absent more information, my guess is that the CPU with the least features...
by HFat
Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: There's no racist like a liberal racist
Replies: 25
Views: 13434

Re: There's no racist like a liberal racist

We're not saying Islam is a race.

We're saying you're racists. And liars. Because you are. Nothing to do with Islam but your fantasies about Islam which are something else.

How many times are you going to post your hateful BS on SPCR?
by HFat
Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel Atom E3800
Replies: 7
Views: 4297

Re: Intel Atom E3800

No Intel-branded board offered as a product (as opposed to sold as part of a NUC or something) to retail consumers at least. But Intel's policy may have changed since that announcement. Or may change in the future... I wouldn't think that's likely though. Intel profits are so high where it enjoys a ...
by HFat
Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel Atom E3800
Replies: 7
Views: 4297

Re: Intel Atom E3800

Last I heard, Intel was getting out of the mobo market, Atom or not. The update (Silvermont/Bay Trail) which has obsoleted the 2012 Atoms is so far as I know not yet available to retail motherboard customers even though a few mobo vendors have announced models months ago. The desktop versions which ...
by HFat
Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: K10stat/ps check for intel?
Replies: 2
Views: 2704

Re: K10stat/ps check for intel?

Since no one has replied... In case you haven't figured it out already, there's little need to tweak this stuff manually anymore. I loved rmclock and the Core2 SuperLFM. But I realize there's no real need for that stuff anymore. Mainstream Intel CPUs (as opposed to the recently-obsoleted Atoms) unde...
by HFat
Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel Socket 1155 S1200BTS -- What is to be done with?
Replies: 5
Views: 3252

Re: Intel Socket 1155 S1200BTS -- What is to be done with?

Otherwise priced at ~€160. But it's not worth that much. I assume this was the launch price. I notice it doesn't support SATA 6Gbps. Noticed so too. ...Might via|through an interesting converter&driver though. Are you planning to use this for a workstation? Most small servers would not have much us...
by HFat
Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: My mini itx build
Replies: 2
Views: 2429

Re: My mini itx build

I don't know this case but it definitely has enough power (assuming the rating isn't BS). Considering you're planning to use a hard drive instead of an SSD, I assume you're on a budget and don't need the best performance. So know this: The i3 CPUs are expensive. And the one you picked even more so. ...
by HFat
Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel Socket 1155 S1200BTS -- What is to be done with?
Replies: 5
Views: 3252

Re: Intel Socket 1155 S1200BTS -- What is to be done with?

I'd say a working Intel 1155 server board is worth a lot more than $16.
by HFat
Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HDD configuration advice
Replies: 2
Views: 6020

Re: HDD configuration advice

It's hard to say with the information you've given. What's filling your drives beyond the 600G you've mentionned? I assume your 2T is big enough to store everything except perhaps old data and old backups you might want to archive just in case. Reliability: I don't know if you have remote backups or...
by HFat
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's
Replies: 28
Views: 14203

Re: Suggestions for an (asymetric) set of HDD's

Would you care to elaborate on this? I am not quite sure what you mean. People have had trouble with hardware RAID in general and the poor substitute for hardware RAID that most motherboards pack in particular. If you need good hardware RAID to provide something software RAID can not, fine. But the...