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by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon II 240 vs. Intel E6300
Replies: 40
Views: 19327

Bear in mind that the E6300 is a Pentium Dual Core (not a Core 2 Duo as the 7xxx series. The differentiation is mainly marketing. The only missing feature from the E6300 is 2MB cache versus 3MB of the E7x00 series but it gains Virtualisation support which is arguably more useful. I’d rather have ...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cooling for AMD
Replies: 8
Views: 2371

In a Solo, if you don't want the fan blowing into the power supply, you have to go with the heatsinks the previous posters referred to. Noctua NH-U12P is widely available and includes both AMD (allowing for rotation) and Intel mounting support hardware. The downside of the Noctua heatsinks is their ...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/SB710
Replies: 41
Views: 20587

I've got ET6 loaded but I don't remember any specific options for adjusting things. Only some overclock buttons. Maybe it's hidden in there. I agree, the color scheme looks much nicer on the AM3 boards. I'm down to 41W idle with a 3.5" drive. A 2.5" drive or SSD would bring it below 40W. Possibly a...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any low powered Nvidia cards?
Replies: 4
Views: 1837

The lowest power discrete Nvidia card currently is probably the GeForce 8400 GS, however, this is largely a discontinued line. It idles at between 10-15W. Not the best, especially when compared to ATI's recent offerings like the Radeon HD 4670 you just bought which performs much better in just about...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 44155

Matija wrote:Duh, he's from Oz.
Need I remind you, the only developed country and economy in the world not in recession and with growth forecast in coming years. Glad I am here and not over there.
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/SB710
Replies: 41
Views: 20587

I'm not too worried about the temps, just making an observation. At least the NB heatsink is bigger than the one that came on the original Gigabyte 780G that I have. I replaced that with a Zalman. If the temps are reasonable, it's best not to get too worried about it. Many Gigabyte boards in recent...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon II 240 vs. Intel E6300
Replies: 40
Views: 19327

They both run at 2.8ghz and they both say they run at 65w, which I suspect is more that they actually use. So, my question is, which is the cooler running cpu? Bear in mind that the E6300 is a Pentium Dual Core (not a Core 2 Duo as the 7xxx series) and the II X2 240 is a newer Athlon architecture o...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 44155

Dude, you really need to chill out. I already am. No need to. And to refer to someone as "dude", especially one who is a mature aged adult is shallow minded and un-Australian. Even though I am on the internet, I will refer to a user by their nickname, true name, Sir or mate. Seems like you've got a...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD 785G/SB710
Replies: 41
Views: 20587

PROS: I'm glad to see Gigabyte go the route of getting rid of one of the PS2 connectors and add another 2 USB on the back. Depending on who you speak to, this may be either a plus or minus point. For me, it is a plus as four USB ports on the back panel is usually not enough these days. However, PS/...
by Shamgar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Apple IIGS HTPC
Replies: 13
Views: 4796

:) the good old days? :) Oh god no! :P That DOS like prompt only was the dark ages of computing. I still use DOS from time to time. Many diagnostic and system utilities are DOS based and are very useful even today. Typing commands on a black screen might be tedious and boring compared to mouse clic...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 121380

That's probably the best performance from a 7200RPM drive I have seen so far. But I wonder if it's at the expense of noise. Let's hope not. This looks like a serious competitor to the WD Blue and Black drives. Knowing the problems SPCR has had in the past with obtaining Samsung drives for review, I ...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 44155

SSD owners are deluded? Somewhat. Firefox an evil cult? No, it's (still) a very good browser. Apple an evil cult? Definitely. Mechanical drives noisy junk? Noisy compared to SSD (unfair comparison) but not terribly so. And they are not junk. Is performance the most important thing to everyone? No. ...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Top-Down Coolers: Kabuto vs. Zipang 2
Replies: 18
Views: 8068

Mike , at the end of the day, you review what you want to review -- as you stated earlier. The Orochi was one of those peculiar products that had the potential to cause a stir amongst SPCRians and those who visit the site. Had you reviewed it and given it a strong rating in the recommended charts, ...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a Disc eraser
Replies: 32
Views: 4728

There is a white paper at ActionFront on the subject of data recovery. Read the articles in the links too: some free and helpful information in the Data Emergency Guides and some background information in the Tech Articles . nick705 , this may help answer your and other users' question of Can Overwr...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 164121

Not hardware but ... ... on a software related note, here's a tip for users on dialup or those who can't be bothered downloading Windows 7 RC and/or Vista SP2. All three of the major PC magazine publications in Australia have both these releases on their September 2009 coverdiscs. Look out for it at...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Top-Down Coolers: Kabuto vs. Zipang 2
Replies: 18
Views: 8068

This shows that top-down coolers have their (worthy) place despite the ubiquity and popularity of tower coolers in recent times. For those of us who care about motherboard cooling, products like these are always welcome. Now that some top-downers can match or even outperform towers, there need not b...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:47 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Quiet and neat CM690
Replies: 14
Views: 6671

why in gods name are you using a CM 690 for a system that has 1 optical drive, and 2 hard drives? Before the silent computing thing I was planning on having a nice raid card and was going to be looking at a raid 10 setup. Then I realised how much noise annoyed me, and that plan fell by the way side...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A quest for PC speakers...
Replies: 24
Views: 11669

twinbee , I own a Creative T20 (original version). I do not hear any humming, buzzing or whining from these speakers. The last set of (generic) speakers I owned were terrible in this regard. Sample variance and the individual user's setup can play a part in whether the unwanted noise is an issue. O...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Reduce HDD idle noise?
Replies: 11
Views: 2778

Thanks for your feedbacks on my problem. I haven't been keeping an eye on this thread as I didn't expect a significant response. I will have a look at this problem again when I have the time and patience to do so. There may be something particular about the drive I am using. Could the suspension hav...
by Shamgar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a Disc eraser
Replies: 32
Views: 4728

If you haven't already visited the CMRR site I linked to earlier, I suggest you at least give it a browse. While the program (HDDErase) is no longer supported, the documents on their page answer most of the questions brought up in this thread. If you don't want to use the program, download and read ...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU for HTPC use
Replies: 7
Views: 2318

Manufacturing Process 65 nm vs 45 nm No deep sleep mode vs Deep/deeper sleep modes Max. core Voltage 1.5 V vs 1.3625 V Min. power dissipation 8 W same Max. power dissipation 105.15 W vs 98.89 W TDP 65 W same If I remember E5200 is <<5W idle, hard to measure, and about 20W at full load. Definitely w...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a Disc eraser
Replies: 32
Views: 4728

You see, flying mosquito look harmless, but do you know more of mosquito other than it is mosquito? :) YES, I quote myself again, but only because none of the replies answer my question. Also, I need not to bet with someone, however what is sufficient erasing method for YOU does not mean it is to M...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of intel Atom
Replies: 24
Views: 6242

I don't really care what it is as long as I can get it to idle below 30 watts or so. I plan on using a desktop hard drive, so that is 10 watts right there. I wasn't actually referring to your situation in particular. Nevermind. Disregard my previous post. BTW, 10W for a desktop HDD seems to be wors...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a Disc eraser
Replies: 32
Views: 4728

Any linux live cd should be ok for the task. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/something Where something is the disk device in question. Permanent, unrecoverable. Beware of doing it to the wrong drive. Yes I am aware of LINUX and have installation of DEBIAN LINUX for video editing machine. I hear very much s...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a Disc eraser
Replies: 32
Views: 4728

Well, first off my comment was meant in a light-hearted manner. I was aware of that, actually. Your post was merely an opportunity for me to further give my opinions on the matter. My apologies for not using a smiley to indicate that. Smileys are so deceptive little things. Is he smiling, or is he ...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:34 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 164121

Nice list Shamgar! Thanks. It could be better, but it will have to do for now. These days, I never buy anything unless the retailer has it in stock. If it needs to be ordered in, you never know when (or even if!) it will arrive. I have only made one order with MiniBox, a couple of years ago. It too...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of intel Atom
Replies: 24
Views: 6242

It's an Intel. That's why people are interested. No matter what you tell them. No matter what the numbers. Fanboyism still exists. On both sides. Some people are willing to give up a few watts, features, dollars for their platform of preference.
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU for HTPC use
Replies: 7
Views: 2318

Specifications comparison: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 vs Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 On Power: Manufacturing Process 65 nm vs 45 nm No deep sleep mode vs Deep/deeper sleep modes Max. core Voltage 1.5 V vs 1.3625 V Min. power dissipation 8 W same Max. power dissipation 105.15 W vs 98.89 W TDP 65 W same...
by Shamgar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a Disc eraser
Replies: 32
Views: 4728

I hear very much speculation of effectiveness of dd command however, are you sure you will bet your life on it that one can not recover hard disk after dd command? Not even most professional data recovery specialist or FBI? Can be considered TOP SECRET like National Security Agency define? Errr.......
by Shamgar
Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: M-ITX DIY case with 120mm fan / now with HD3450 mod!
Replies: 30
Views: 35284

Re: nice info !

The chair normally costs about 1200€ and it's easily worth it. I got it for 600€ witch was just low enough for my student budget. The chair weights about as much as my sofa. Unfortunately, a bit out of my pricerange. Thanks for the eyeopener though: normally 1200€?! I guess if you treat it as...