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by HFat
Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Replies: 33
Views: 16880

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

There's a bit more to it than that (see the Intel link above). It's easier for those like the 320 designers who don't need to compete very hard on cost and performance but otherwise, there's a balance to strike: some writes consume a lot more power than others ("amplification") so it would be wastef...
by HFat
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Replies: 33
Views: 16880

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

As much as I like UPS', I have to agree - the parts should be ready for the worst-case scenario if at all possible. And with SSDs, it's apparently really simple, or would be. I don't know about "really simple" but I agree it would be more practical to safeguard the average client SSD against blacko...
by HFat
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Replies: 33
Views: 16880

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

There are a small row of capacitors which should flush all data in transit to the NAND in the event of a power loss, and as the M500 doesn't have a large DRAM cache to flush either, those caps should suffice. I don't know how effective those (Intel, Micron, whatever) strategies are, I merely point ...
by HFat
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Replies: 33
Views: 16880

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

It's not a problem that's supposed to happen all that frequently unless the drive is used intensively. Which is why people use contrived tests to demonstrate the problem.
And it's not only a problem with SSDs. Hard-drive caches have long been a problem (with well-known solutions of course).
by HFat
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Replies: 33
Views: 16880

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

Ever tried one of these? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_search_engine Here's a famous recent test result: http://lkcl.net/reports/ssd_analysis.html I don't agree with the general conclusion (I also buy Samsung and Crucial/Micron) but see how it mentions the 320? Now Intel made a lot of noise about...
by HFat
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Replies: 33
Views: 16880

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

I agree it'd be worth testing because contrary to this post...
quest_for_silence wrote:there are no consumer drive with power loss protections
... there are significant differences in this respect between consumer drives.
by HFat
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: NAS build: part list feedback?
Replies: 16
Views: 10143

Re: NAS build: part list feedback?

I am considering adding a UPS Unless the reliability of your electricity supply is remarkable for a home environment and considering that you're spending 1000 euros on a pico-powered server... yes, it would be prudent to consider it! It would also be prudent to pick a very good brick that can deliv...
by HFat
Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why I can't trust other websites noise evaluations
Replies: 4
Views: 9072

Re: Why I can't trust other websites noise evaluations

I seem to have annoyed some people by posting my opinion of Anandtech a while back. I wouldn't trust them for anything. Obviously I'd trust their noise evaluations a lot less than most of their stuff. Not because of the defensive opinionating of a single reviewer but because they obviously did not h...
by HFat
Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Fanless version of Gigabyte GA-C1037UN
Replies: 3
Views: 4120

Re: Fanless version of Gigabyte GA-C1037UN

I didn't even realize there were versions with fans around at first. Do tell if it would be cheaper (and cheap enough for your purposes) for you to buy the fanless version from a private individual overseas than purchasing it from some shop. There's less VAT here than in the EU. The local price has ...
by HFat
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Backblaze HD reliability survey vs Newegg customer reviews
Replies: 18
Views: 9152

Re: Backblaze HD reliability survey vs Newegg customer revie

I no longer trust the cheap drives of any maker, but for Seagate to advertise 2400 power on hours (all of 100 days) I run away from such hard drives. Dial down the FUD! You've looked at the specs of a desktop drive. All that it means is that they expect them to be used for that many hours per year....
by HFat
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Keep i3 Haswell 35W TDP fanless
Replies: 17
Views: 11362

Re: Keep i3 Haswell 35W TDP fanless

It's probably not a great idea but if you really want to do that, you'd better underclock. And you might as well buy a much cheaper CPU. The official TDP rating is basically irrelevant. Underclock any modern Intel and it'll run cool. Or you might simply buy a cheap board which comes with a factory-u...
by HFat
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: NAS build: part list feedback?
Replies: 16
Views: 10143

Re: NAS build: part list feedback?

I'm a bit late but... Linux software RAID works well. For most applications, it's less trouble than hardware RAID. And you'll have little use for a SSD unless you want very fast (re)boots. You can have several RAID partitions organized differently on the same drives by the way. RAID1 is the way to g...
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need help with windows process
Replies: 11
Views: 2080

Re: Need help with windows process

I'm surprised the power consumption impact is so high. That's what I get for not reading everything before answering. Sorry.
It seems I couldn't even be bothered to type a sentence without skipping words. :-)
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Switch to Intel for heat reasons?
Replies: 19
Views: 5642

Re: Switch to Intel for heat reasons?

I don't think it's so much bad design as AMD trying to push the limits of their technology. Intel has much better tech, a whole lot more money and so forth. It's not equal competition as far as the CPU part of the chips is concerned (I'm not talking about the integrated graphics). Intel cripples mos...
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Switch to Intel for heat reasons?
Replies: 19
Views: 5642

Re: Switch to Intel for heat reasons?

Can't you simply underclock then?
Game at slightly lower settings until you upgrade that box if need be.
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low Power thin Mini-ITX with 2 x SATA, 2 x mini Pci-e
Replies: 4
Views: 2981

Re: Low Power thin Mini-ITX with 2 x SATA, 2 x mini Pci-e

My advice: ask Logicsupply.

Or simply don't use an SSD for your NAS. It's not necessary.
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Crash course in Intel processors?
Replies: 24
Views: 8171

Re: Crash course in Intel processors?

What Intel is a good value in performance and heat levels, without being the most expensive they sell? Generally: -the cheapest regular quads (non-T, non-S) -the Celerons But there are lots of details which sometimes warrant buying something else (see above). Intel milks their customers by segment ...
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need help with windows process
Replies: 11
Views: 2080

Re: Need help with windows process

I guess it could also be graphics drivers... or any number of things. Settings or software changes might even get rid of the symptoms without curing the problem. But first: do you actually experience problems like excessive power consumption or are you trying to solve a non-issue? Sure, something's ...
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Switch to Intel for heat reasons?
Replies: 19
Views: 5642

Re: Switch to Intel for heat reasons?

Intel runs cooler *when doing the same work*.
Of course Intel sells CPUs which run hot. But they do more work than hot AMDs.
Odds are, you have little or no use for an i7.
by HFat
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?
Replies: 19
Views: 7273

Re: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ide

While I anticipated Windows XP's EOL, I did not expect Microsoft's " Security Essentials will not get updates on XP " nonsense. I agree, that is a poor reason to upgrade. It seems the actual reason in a professional environment tends to be: I don't want to be blamed for any future problems due to u...
by HFat
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Initial power draw picoPSU concern
Replies: 6
Views: 1895

Re: Initial power draw picoPSU concern

Intel's TDP values are marketing-driven and can not generally be used to determine how much a particular CPU model will consume. In many cases, you need to stress the CPU's integrated graphics to get it to consume as much as it can. Some types of loads can also cause more power consumption than othe...
by HFat
Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Initial power draw picoPSU concern
Replies: 6
Views: 1895

Re: Initial power draw picoPSU concern

Your numbers are off. The drives will probably draw at least twice that when spinning up. On the other hand, there's no way the CPU will draw close to 50W and I doubt the board will draw that much either. So if you simply add the watts, it looks like you ought to be OK. I haven't looked at the detai...
by HFat
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: remaining sound sources HDDs and PSU
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Re: remaining sound sources HDDs and PSU

What you're missing is how efficient Intel parts have become. ~250G SSDs aren't all that expensive nowadays, especially if you look at auction sites. But if that's still too expensive, there are HDs which make very little noise (see SPCR reviews). You could buy a new mobo and CPU with that kind of m...
by HFat
Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB copy?
Replies: 7
Views: 4481

Re: does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB c

I'll answer the question in bold, not the title. Like you said, formulation issues (temporary data and cached data are different things). Short answer: In general, no it shouldn't. However you should test this kind of thing if you really care. Doesn't your drive have a usage counter you can check wi...
by HFat
Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

DS47? 2xRS232 (and not just 1 + 1 header) is unusual. With very specific requirements, you sometime have to have to pay through the nose. Maybe ask Logicsupply. This is their kind of thing. Be careful with many boards which are designed for fanless operation: they can overheat depending on your case...
by HFat
Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 287215

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I'm trying to figure out if it makes any (economic) sense to build my own system with a ASRock IMB-151 compared to the Intel NCU? Answer: it won't make sense. All the boards we've seen so far are expensive because they're supposed to be superior to consumer boards in terms of reliability and so for...
by HFat
Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How important are heatsinks on motherboards?
Replies: 4
Views: 1359

Re: How important are heatsinks on motherboards?

Constant high temps is not the only concern. Temp swings are as well. Intel non Z motherboards barely have any heatsinks, if any, and they do fine for years, if you are not introducing more voltage i dont think you should have much of an issue as long as you case has some airflow. Their documentatio...
by HFat
Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Computer crashed, then died -- Help
Replies: 9
Views: 2334

Re: Computer crashed, then died -- Help

No beeps? Because there's no speaker or because your mobo/CPU is failing to beep? I wouldn't rule out RAM failure if you have no speaker connected. Memtest wouldn't have been able to test all the RAM anyway. It doesn't cost anything to use try both of your sticks alone. It also doesn't hurt to hit t...
by HFat
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: underclocking i3-4340
Replies: 3
Views: 2224

Re: underclocking i3-4340

I read that this processor (and the whole i3 series) can't be underclocked / undervolted. Is it true? You can always underclock. Undervolting happens automatically with modern CPUs and I wouldn't recommend tweaking with that even if you can. None of that would make any difference to the idle noise ...
by HFat
Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: kabini or baytrail with ecc-support
Replies: 5
Views: 3982

Re: kabini or baytrail with ecc-support

Don't look for Bay Trail. The server chips are called Avoton. Both types are also called Silvermont, along with other stuff.
Hit the Wikipedia or something.

The previous generation of server chips might also be of interest. It's called Centerton.