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by HFat
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Though these temperatures are higher than they could be considering the load, I wouldn't be concerned about such temps either. But you need to read the relevant mobo documentation (if there even is one!) to know for sure what temps are safe. The CPU temperature isn't the issue. And as long as you ha...
by HFat
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

As far as I can tell, these boards were designed to run in an open case. A heatpipe case would be useless in an environment with reasonable temperatures and no liquid spills or other reasons to rule out an open case. If you run them in a closed case, I'd be concerned about other parts than the CPU. ...
by HFat
Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Building sff PC
Replies: 24
Views: 15222

Re: Building sff PC

With a 1037U board (BSD should have drivers for that I assume), you may be able get everything under $200 by cutting corners.
But I think spending a bit more would indeed be advisable unless you are willing to buy used parts.
by HFat
Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Replacing my server/NAS with something lower power
Replies: 76
Views: 58828

Re: Replacing my server/NAS with something lower power

I've bought two Microservers. FYI, the second one has significantly higher power consumption according to my UPS. So yeah, I suspect the first Microservers had more efficient power supplys. MoJo, waking up a server from standby with WoL is fast as well. If you don't mind waiting for the drives to sp...
by HFat
Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Building sff PC
Replies: 24
Views: 15222

Re: Building sff PC

1. I want my PC to be as small as possible. There are smaller cases than the cheap Apex which come with a power supply. Unfortunately if you want no noise and and unless you can get a good deal on the used market, so far as I know they're either more expensive (ISK110 for instance) or unsuitable fo...
by HFat
Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

The GPU is very small part of the SoC, so I doubt it can add significant part of heat. I finally installed Windows on my ASRock J1800 board and there's a difference of 14C between the CPU temperatures when you run Furmark on top of Prime95. Considering the temperatures I'm talking about, that's not...
by HFat
Thu May 22, 2014 5:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I don't know why you'd want all that but the C60M1I ought not to be too expensive. The fanless Zacates such as the old Zotac used to be more expensive. Not that you should consider any of these boards. They're only an illustration of how difficult it is to cool AMDs passively. If you want more perfo...
by HFat
Thu May 22, 2014 5:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

If you don't put a large heatsink on it, it will heat up quite a bit not only with gaming but with any load. If you're going to underclock to prevent that, you might as well buy something less powerful. There are fanless AMD boards with factory-underclocked CPUs, you know. These are mobile parts to ...
by HFat
Thu May 22, 2014 4:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

The AMD board isn't fanless, is it? Even if it is, it's going to run hotter.
by HFat
Sun May 18, 2014 1:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

ASRock J1800/J1900 boards

I finally got around to trying out one the ASRock boards. I usually don't care about which RAM slot I'm using but I noticed the system only seems to boot when I put the RAM in the slot that lies in the best path for the convective airflow. I've got no video/KB connected so possibly it's something I ...
by HFat
Tue May 13, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: i still use windows xp on the desktop
Replies: 30
Views: 17948

Re: i still use windows xp on the desktop

What's a "bad website"? If you visit sites such as SPCR, you are at risk. Google phpBB vulns or something. No doubt there are more dangerous sites (more popular forums for instance), but are you confident you know enough to tell what's safe from what's not? Security updates are designed to prevent p...
by HFat
Mon May 12, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: i still use windows xp on the desktop
Replies: 30
Views: 17948

Re: i still use windows xp on the desktop

Some OS security updates are more important than a firewall (assuming the computer is NAT'ed, as most are), AVs and so forth. The effectiveness of firewalls, AVs and so forth is generally overrated. Application security updates are much more important. So whatever you do, on XP the most important th...
by HFat
Wed May 07, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build Advice Again - Parental Computers
Replies: 10
Views: 2586

Re: Build Advice Again - Parental Computers

The recommended specs ask for 3.6 GHz, in fact, which is kinda hard to find these days. :roll: So I can't skimp on the CPU in Dad's computer. These specs are nonsense. Ghz doesn't mean much. A mainstream modern CPU with half the GHz would be much faster at most tasks than one of these old P4s. If t...
by HFat
Wed May 07, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build Advice, Please
Replies: 22
Views: 7426

Re: Build Advice, Please

I'm mostly interested in preventing damage to my computer. I save things constantly, much more often than autosave kicks in, so I'm not too worried about losing work. I'm not saying hardware damage isn't a common occurrence in places with crappy electricity but I've never actually witnessed hardwar...
by HFat
Wed May 07, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build Advice, Please
Replies: 22
Views: 7426

Re: Build Advice, Please

why should I avoid them? If you have little use for them. Meaning if your electricity supply is reliable (if it's very good, a cheap UPS might even be worse than nothing) and if you're not doing anything very important on the PC. They're mostly for servers and people who have crappy electricity. Yo...
by HFat
Wed May 07, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build Advice Again - Parental Computers
Replies: 10
Views: 2586

Re: Build Advice Again - Parental Computers

There are small fanless barebones you can buy such as the DS437T (new model, but there are older ones in case that one isn't available yet or too expensive). Less waste all around than building yourself though you might be able to save some money by building of you can source a cheap enough case/PSU...
by HFat
Wed May 07, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build Advice, Please
Replies: 22
Views: 7426

Re: Build Advice, Please

ANY PC component is vulnerable when there is sudden power loss - that's why you should always run a desktop PC behind a Uninteruptable power supply. Problem solved. There is a specific data loss issue with drives. There are many SSDs which are (much) more at risk than hard drives. And some safe SSD...
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help for a 450€ budget quiet PC - help to start well
Replies: 61
Views: 21300

Re: Help for a 450€ budget quiet PC - help to start well

Yeah, I think that cooler would very likely be overkill with a Pentium, especially if you also use a chassis fan. There's not much to cool in that build.

Also, there are some nasty prices in there. The 3420 seems the way to go as Quest wrote.
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Well yeah, it seems to me that the case in which this feature of ZFS is most useful is: solid OS, unreliable storage. In other words, expensive servers attached to loads of cheap storage. But if all you've got is a couple of drives attached to a cheap Bay Trail board (meaning your OS is your RAID sy...
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Linking to the scribblings of salesmen isn't an effective way to establish credibility. Sorry, but simple logic proves the CERN report (as reported in the linked article at least) is impossible in the real world. Modern storage does not have a byte error rate of 3 * 10^7. They weren't talking about ...
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I would hope so! But unless it includes an early alert feature, ECC can't work miracles if the RAM is going bad (as opposed to handling the odd error caused by radiation or something). Does SMART report RAM errors? Does it flag a drive with eccessive RAM errors as failing? I don't know which means i...
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Cheap tapes (or optical) as well as cheap controllers account for a lot more than 0.1% of data corruption I think. Controller badness is especially common in USB gear in my experience. But I guess this is ironically where people are least likely to use ZFS... and where people are most likely to use ...
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help for a 450€ budget quiet PC - help to start well
Replies: 61
Views: 21300

Re: Help for a 450€ budget quiet PC - help to start well

450 euros is a lot of money for a dual-core build, even considering the oppressive VAT you have to pay if you don't live near the Swiss border. ;-) I haven't built workstations with room for a 3.5'' drive in a long, long time so I can't help you with specific parts but here are a few things to consi...
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Both versions of the MSI boards are now supposed to be in stock locally. But I don't know if their prices will settle a bit lower than it is right now. How expensive are they in the US?
by HFat
Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

IIRC, washu says Windows software RAID1 is fine but it often makes sense for Windows users to use Intel's fakeraid of they want RAID5. ZFS is not better than Linux software RAID. It's different (combining features of several standard software components) and it's got issues. Linux runs fine on the D...
by HFat
Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

The MSI J1900 board is finally supposed to be in stock here (still no J1800 in sight). Initial pricing is unsurprisingly higher than the ASRock boards.
by HFat
Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: More RAM or better I/O
Replies: 7
Views: 3200

Re: More RAM or better I/O

I think you run Windows. Sysinternals (purchased by Microsoft) has free utilities which can tell you what is accessing your drive. If it's a non-Windows VM that's causing the problem, you'll have to use another tool obviously.
by HFat
Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?
Replies: 11
Views: 5304

Re: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?

When you use money; cash, card or whatever, you have already lost. ;) No ethical way to do it. Do you always deny the facts the of the matter this way? Doesn't Sweden have its own financial system? This sort of credit card? A VISA card is like any other VISA card, right? With my previous card I pay...
by HFat
Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?
Replies: 11
Views: 5304

Re: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?

Vicotnik wrote:They give me money later, I get the 1% bonus, win-win.
Except for the person who sells you the goods (or service). They have to pay for it all.

I'm glad I live in a country where many merchants routinely charge customers extra if they insist on using this sort of credit card.
by HFat
Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Both ASRock boards are finally supposed to be available at a decent price (70CHF shipped for the J1900 version) here. They officially support all versions of Windows 7 and regular RAM. They also have a somewhat unusual assortment of legacy ports. Sill no MSI in stock anywhere so I'll probably be buy...