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by josephclemente
Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall
Replies: 34
Views: 22765

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall

EDIT: I'll wait to see what kind of solutions will be available. Knowing that only the four 3Gbps ports are affected isn't horrible. Plus the eSata port on my motherboard is controlled by Marvell.
by josephclemente
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall
Replies: 34
Views: 22765

Sandy Bridge, Part 6: Recall

Press release: http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/01/31/intel-identifies-chipset-design-error-implementing-solution SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011 - As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip...
by josephclemente
Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5

I'm also wondering what you mean by the top fan frame change. Since the video card is now one additonal slot away from the top of the case, I have gutted fan frames (one on each fan) for use as a perfectly sized duct between each fan and the video card. Video card cooling works just as well as befo...
by josephclemente
Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5

I upgraded this system to Sandy Bridge. To my surprise, power consumption is very similar to the original setup. Idle has improved - it is now about 10W lower. Before: Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S RAM: A-DATA 8GB DDR2-800 After: Motherboard: Intel DP67BG CPU: Intel C...
by josephclemente
Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 3: Gigabyte P67A-UD4 & Intel DP67BG
Replies: 22
Views: 7368

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 3: Gigabyte P67A-UD4 & Intel DP67BG

My DP67BG boot times are faster. Power button to "Starting Windows" screen is 19 seconds. With Hyperboot enabled, I get 14 seconds. Also, I am not getting any cold boot "second restart" issue. EDIT: I have updated my BIOS for the motherboard and upgraded the firmware on my Intel SSD. Hyperboot is no...
by josephclemente
Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:12 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Xbit Labs Fan Review - 120mm roundup
Replies: 1
Views: 542

Re: Xbit Labs Fan Review - 120mm roundup

This just made me buy three 900 RPM Scythe Kama Flow 2 fans.
by josephclemente
Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:00 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: "In Forums" new look has negative effect on viewing habits
Replies: 13
Views: 11595

Re: "In Forums" new look has negative effect on viewing habi

I never look at "In Forums". I think it was always a little behind anyway.

I just go to the forums and click "View new posts."
by josephclemente
Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wireless keyboard/mouse combo for HTPC
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: Wireless keyboard/mouse combo for HTPC

Gyration wireless keyboard/mouse combos have worked very well for me. The only thing I don't like about their keyboard is the location of the left "Control" key - it is shifted over for the "fn" key.
by josephclemente
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 48743

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

The number of drives these home server builds can hold is impressive. I just don't get the usefulness of keeping all these drives running in order to have all media files available at once. Do most of the drives spin down when not needed? I like to have all of my uncompressed music available at once...
by josephclemente
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2TB : WD Green EARS vs. Samsung F4 EcoGreen
Replies: 14
Views: 4996

Re: 2TB : WD Green EARS vs. Samsung F4 EcoGreen

Yes, I'll check for any vibration variances. I have 4 on the way to test with.
by josephclemente
Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2TB : WD Green EARS vs. Samsung F4 EcoGreen
Replies: 14
Views: 4996

Re: 2TB : WD Green EARS vs. Samsung F4 EcoGreen

I've got a few of these Samsung F4 drives on the way, thanks to this morning's Newegg $60+free shipping deal. :D
by josephclemente
Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Consumer SSD Battle
Replies: 58
Views: 13511

Re: Consumer SSD Battle: WD vs. OCZ vs. Intel

I notice an AMD system was used for this review. I recently built an AMD system with a SandForce drive and found all sorts of surprises with the AMD south bridge (I am using a SB850). A lot of people are saying that AMD's Cool'n'Quiet and C1E has a huge impact on speeds. I haven't tried disabling th...
by josephclemente
Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD
Replies: 96
Views: 48508

Re: Intel X25-V G2 40GB SSD

What kind of improvement is expected by using an undersized partition on an SSD? My SSD drives have always performed great with a 100% sized partition.
by josephclemente
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 48743

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

For the Gamer portion of the article, it says an AX5570 is used. But in the pictures, it looks more like an AX5750.
by josephclemente
Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

Cable Management

I have the cables managed as follows: Power for SATA and PCI-E devices (except SSD drive) is routed next to the motherboard, straight up to the top. As the cables come down from the top, they plug into the devices. I have these cables together in expandable sleeving. Cable ties would work also. Moth...
by josephclemente
Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: So who likes the new format?
Replies: 18
Views: 3435

Re: So who likes the new format?

I still need to get used to it. When viewing new posts, I don't like the animated scrolling text icon that appears next to some threads. I just have to train my eyes to ignore that distraction. Also, I had to write this message twice. I hit "Save" which is some sort of "Save Draft" feature. I just a...
by josephclemente
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Caviar Black 2TB & VelociRaptor 600GB
Replies: 17
Views: 6956

2TB hard disk drives are popping up at under $100. A small fast SSD + large slow HDD combo is an easy choice for speed, storage and low noise. SSD is a huge performance boost, immediately noticeable. Well worth the price. I have converted a few systems at work to SSD (mostly 40GB Intel drives), and ...
by josephclemente
Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

I have updated the pictures to show the current configuration with the fanless Seasonic X-460 PSU, custom-made SSD bracket and the fan hubs are now covered with extra Lian Li case metal I had from the blow hole cutouts.
by josephclemente
Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Smart TV will kill HTPCs
Replies: 12
Views: 5217

Whenever I upgrade my main computer, my HTPC is first in line for parts as long as they fit. I like being able to run whatever I want on the best display in the house. I can even use it for work. It handles games very well. It is also a fast file server, handling real gigabit speeds. Other computers...
by josephclemente
Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Mad Men Computer?
Replies: 27
Views: 8493

Beautiful work! I happened to click on your gallery of other projects. You have great skills. :)
by josephclemente
Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

I'm planning to build an A05NB pc soon, and I'll definitely be copying some ideas from here. Great setup, any updates? So far not too many updates. I have been running with the new Seasonic X-460 power supply and have been very pleased with it. I cleaned up the wiring a little more in the process. ...
by josephclemente
Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 59704

I am unpacking my X-460 right now. :D

Looks to have the exact same heatsinks as in the X-400 review and weighs the same 3 pounds, 10 ounces.

I only got the X-460 over the X-400 for the extra PCI-E connector.
by josephclemente
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

I'm also curious on what you did with the fan that is used to cool the hardrives in the front. Did you removed that one too ? Yes, I have removed the front fan. The 120mm hole is currently open - I need to experiment to see if it should be left open, closed or partially closed. I also have a Season...
by josephclemente
Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

RoGuE wrote:this thing's gonna get dusty, fast. ;)

but it's nice in the pictures at least!
I won't let that happen :D

Actually, I haven't had any issues with dust in my house. None of my computers are filtered. I'm not sure if it is because I keep each machine's airflow pretty low or if I'm lucky or what...
by josephclemente
Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

I plugged my computer into my Kill A Watt this evening and took some measurements: Idle: 62W Prime95: 125W FurMark: 224W Prime95 + FurMark: 271W These measurements are taken after each test has run for about an hour so all surrounding component temperatures can balance out. When I first start FurMar...
by josephclemente
Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

Thanks for all of the comments! I`m also curious what the too you used to do the holes looks like. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2398880/nibbler.jpg Hows the temp of the 5850? Especially the VRM's? http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2398880/PC-A05NB_gpu-z.gif Idle GPU-Z 0.4.5 GPU Core Clock: 157.0 MHz GPU Memory Clo...
by josephclemente
Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850
Replies: 41
Views: 25013

josephclemente's Lian Li PC-A05NB + Blow hole-cooled HD5850

Case: Lian Li PC-A05NB Fans: Scythe KAMA-FLEX PWM SA1225FDB12H-P (3), Rosewill PWM splitter cable RCW-FPS-401 PSU: Seasonic X-460 Fanless Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S CPU cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems RAM: A-DATA 8GB PC2-6400 RAM coolers: Thermaltake Spirit RS Heatp...
by josephclemente
Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Another PC-A05NB system
Replies: 6
Views: 6568

Looks nice and clean! The bottom of the internal 3.5" drive cage can be removed, if you drill out the rivets. Then the PSU can be mounted with the fan facing up. I just removed the drive cage altogether in mine since I just have one SSD installed. I've tried so many cooling configurations with my PC...
by josephclemente
Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Backup by internal removable disks
Replies: 19
Views: 2624

I use an "Antec Easy Sata" trayless bay to swap bare 3.5" drives. It is fanless and I haven't had any temperature issues with any drive.
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjA2OQ==

For bare drive storage, I use WiebeTech DriveBox cases:
http://www.wiebetech.com/products/cases.php