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by HammerSandwich
Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: AMD fan control at Techreport
Replies: 15
Views: 14158

Re: AMD fan control at Techreport

MikeC, thanks for blogging this on the front page. That might attract a little attention.
by HammerSandwich
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: AMD fan control at Techreport
Replies: 15
Views: 14158

AMD fan control at Techreport

Techreport has an article about the AMD SB800's internal fan controls. The chip includes some excellent features that motherboards simply are not using. Let's make some noise about this.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 54341

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

[quote="Taxcheat"]...I don't see why it's any harder to go with a unix distro than Windows home server...[/quote] You're probably correct when considering only the server setup, but don't forget that WHS offers simple setup of additional features. Making, e.g., automatic backup of client PCs & remot...
by HammerSandwich
Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 54341

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

spinkman asked, "What happens when your raid controller/P3 mobo/HP Media server/etc dies? what are your options then? "- Can another hp media server rebuild or another WHS device rebuild a drive extender array?" Each HD in a WHS uses a standard NTFS format & has similar folder structure. The server ...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 54341

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

Good article. I've built a couple WHS boxes & installed an HP EX495, and I am a fan of the system. The price comparison with HP's servers is a little unfair, because it omits the cost of the WHS software. HP's boxes include that extra $100 from the factory, so you get a lot of value in the $400ish m...
by HammerSandwich
Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:10 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec Mini P180 $67
Replies: 0
Views: 849

Antec Mini P180 $67

The white version is Newegg's Shellshocker. It won't last long.
by HammerSandwich
Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Definitive Answer Needed: 2 pumps with a Resorator?
Replies: 4
Views: 3665

Simply adding a pump in series should be okay, but I agree that it shouldn't be TOO mismatched (e.g. Reserator + 24V Iwaki). Series pumps boost the pressure ability without increasing open-loop flow, so restrictive systems will see more flow with this approach. You might want to measure your flow be...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:58 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 302-S Project
Replies: 16
Views: 17255

Excellent work!
by HammerSandwich
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cougar GX-700: 80 Plus Gold from a new brand
Replies: 10
Views: 6063

SPCR wrote:...just over 150W, lower than the 20% of rated load...
Please show your work for this problem.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22: At Last a CULV Nettop
Replies: 9
Views: 6437

Lawrence Lee wrote:No controls available in SpeedFan. I'm actually kind of insulted that you think we didn't try it... :lol:
Disappointing; guess we'll have to hope for a good firmware update.

If Speedfan was mentioned in the article, I missed it.
by HammerSandwich
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: 360 rad enough to cool OCed i7 920, 2 GTX 480s and MB?
Replies: 29
Views: 14255

Thank you for posting the update.

What's the Vcore? (Sorry, if I missed it.)

Comments on noise level? This is SPCR... :)
by HammerSandwich
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22: At Last a CULV Nettop
Replies: 9
Views: 6437

Could you guys please try Speedfan on this box? It might allow a quiet idle and acceptable load temperature with the right settings.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 66254

+1 for different cable lengths. I built a system with an X750 and got the wiring pretty clean, but that was in a big case. This is one huge advantage for modular PSUs, so please exploit it.
by HammerSandwich
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 23
Views: 10571

SPCR wrote:Even after undervolting it to the limit, we were still about 0.75V shy of what we felt the Vcore should have been.
Yikes! How many CPUs did you fry for this review? (Yeah, yeah, I know it's a typo...)
by HammerSandwich
Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 66254

mdrumt wrote:E.g. could you run a quad core a single high end gfx card (perhaps not a fermi) and a 2-3 drives with it?
I reported one example here. Remember this is wall power measured with a Kill-a-watt.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 66254

MoJo wrote:...and AMD hex core CPU on an Intel mobo...
How does that work?
by HammerSandwich
Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives
Replies: 28
Views: 11973

Nifty little drive. Thanks for taking it apart for the review.
by HammerSandwich
Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: which radiator fans?
Replies: 7
Views: 4698

If all that hardware's inaudible, you must have a pretty loud ambient. Lucky you!
by HammerSandwich
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Using mass loaded vinyl for PC acoustic damping?
Replies: 4
Views: 1978

I lined my Chenbro Genie with MLV in late 2003. Details here.
by HammerSandwich
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 12856

The correct way to make this measurement is to run a set of various application tasks, measure the total power used and time how long it took to run the test. Average power is total power used divided by total time. A Power Angle or KAW is no good because it measures the total power used by the com...
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 12856

Looking at it a little more changes my opinion. The differences in idle power are so low, there simply won't be big changes. For example, the i5-750's idle is only 1W more than the 610e's. Balancing the benchmark energy would require 6.3 hours' idling. Certain combinations may show more difference, ...
by HammerSandwich
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 12856

If you want some sort of total energy consumption, then just assume some total amount of time the computer running CPU intensive tests, for example that might consume about 10-25% of the time for the (for the slowest PC) and then balance is idle time (the idle time will vary depending on how long e...
by HammerSandwich
Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 12856

Good benchmarks & analysis. However, I missed an important area regarding these low-power CPUs: are they worth the extra money for the tweaker? For example, could SPCR's X4 630 undervolt/clock to match the 610e? Running in spec is essential for a lot of users, but this forum has a lot of hobbyists w...
by HammerSandwich
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a domain server for backup...
Replies: 1
Views: 805

Double the size to MicroATX for a broader supply of products. There's a lot to be said for standard PSUs and so on. My first suggestion for a beefy CPU with low idle wattage is Clarkdale. However, the motherboard situation is a mess, because H55 doesn't do native RAID. Options are H55 with integrate...
by HammerSandwich
Wed May 19, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Test System, 2010
Replies: 89
Views: 34477

Very nice, Mike. I look forward to the next round of results.

Do you intend to do any testing at different airflow impedances? Even 1 review with 3-4 fans would provide useful information for people considering unusually open or restrictive heatsinks.
by HammerSandwich
Fri May 07, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Coolermaster 690-II now Resorated
Replies: 14
Views: 8585

Looking good. I wonder if the Reserator actually reduces the temps, though. The radiator probably does most of the cooling.
by HammerSandwich
Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project: Hush!
Replies: 67
Views: 39264

Wow! That's a ton of work. Good job.
by HammerSandwich
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HIS HD Radeon 5870 iCooler V Turbo
Replies: 16
Views: 8758

+1 for S1 results. The picture of it mounted is a massive tease! I'm guessing that a good 120 at 900rpm will work nicely.
by HammerSandwich
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recco for good Data Drive w/ SSD
Replies: 10
Views: 2426

Mainly I was looking to minimize writes on the intel ssd, thus looking to move the windows temp, IE cache, FireFox Cache, etc... of off the SSD and onto a "data drive" with a small 300 or so GB partition. If you can afford it (and you are buying a 160GB SSD...), consider putting an extra 2-4GB RAM ...
by HammerSandwich
Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Post your power consumption
Replies: 109
Views: 64250

I'm sorry, but I don't think you were measuring idle correctly, your hard drive probably already spun down. The 5870 uses around 40W when idle, while the 5770 uses close to 22 W and the i7 870 uses about 3W more than the i5 750. Perhaps my Kill-a-watt is off, though it shows plausible numbers for 4...