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by matt_garman
Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case Selling Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Re: Case Selling Advice

Cases are one area where upgradeitis can really get you, because they are hard to sell. If you have the original box (or at least an acceptable box), I've had pretty good luck selling on ebay, even with high shipping costs. But you'll probably have to settle for a lower sell price. You can specify "...
by matt_garman
Thu May 19, 2011 7:14 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SFF Case for Sandy Bridge CPU?
Replies: 21
Views: 4991

Re: SFF Case for Sandy Bridge CPU?

I own the m350 case and am using a core i3 2100t inside it with the stock heatsink since it is low profile. I also have an intel x-25m 80gb 2.5" ssd that I have placed right above the heatsink. I can tell you now that this is probably not something you would want to do; rather, place the ssd in the...
by matt_garman
Sun May 15, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sandy Bridge IGP power consumption with dual screen
Replies: 7
Views: 2593

Re: Sandy Bridge IGP power consumption with dual screen

I just did a quick check. With dual screens, my system was holding steady at 33 Watts AC, mostly idle. Using a Kill-A-Watt. I pulled the HDMI cable from the back of the PC. I watched the Kill-A-Watt for about a minute. It stayed on 31 Watts, occasionally dipping down to 30 briefly. I don't have any ...
by matt_garman
Sat May 14, 2011 4:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sandy Bridge IGP power consumption with dual screen
Replies: 7
Views: 2593

Re: Sandy Bridge IGP power consumption with dual screen

xinaes wrote:It's also interesting to read that you are doing this with two digital outputs; I've read some FUD elsewhere that such a setup would require one screen to use VGA.
Last time I checked, that was true for AMD integrated video.
by matt_garman
Thu May 12, 2011 6:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sandy Bridge IGP power consumption with dual screen
Replies: 7
Views: 2593

Re: Sandy Bridge IGP power consumption with dual screen

Does anyone have any experience of how much power H67 uses when driving two displays, or thoughts on how this might be with the new chipset? I just built a system with the following specs: CPU - i5-2600K MB - Intel DH67GD RAM - 2 x 4 GB 1333 HD - Intel 320 series 300 GB SSD I drive dual digital mon...
by matt_garman
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO
Replies: 48
Views: 18922

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO

Hello, I got the DH67BL board and the i5-2300 cpu. I downloaded Speedfan 4.42, however, no matter how I change the 3 speed settings, none of the RPM's change at all. Any help on how you got it working? I have the DH67GD, but am experiencing the same thing---neither Speedfan 4.42 nor 4.43 appear to ...
by matt_garman
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO
Replies: 48
Views: 18922

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO

Hello, I got the DH67BL board and the i5-2300 cpu. I downloaded Speedfan 4.42, however, no matter how I change the 3 speed settings, none of the RPM's change at all. Any help on how you got it working? I have the DH67GD, but am experiencing the same thing---neither Speedfan 4.42 nor 4.43 appear to ...
by matt_garman
Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for Case Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 3654

Re: Looking for Case Recommendations

I've been looking at the In Win IW-PE689 . It's a top-mount PSU, but you seem to have relaxed that requirement. I don't know if you consider its appearance "refined and subdued"; I'd call it "plain and utilitarian" (which is my personal preference). I don't have any personal experience with it, but ...
by matt_garman
Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for Case Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 3654

Re: Looking for Case Recommendations

Bottom-mounted PSU : The cats love hitting the power on the top-mounted PSU of my server. It's annoying. If you relax this requirement, you have a lot more options. Unfortunately, it seems cases with bottom-mounted PSUs are still relatively rare. Have you considered other solutions to your cat prob...
by matt_garman
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New system, new video card: nvidia 210 (also linux)
Replies: 2
Views: 643

Re: New system, new video card: nvidia 210 (also linux)

Other manufacturers offer nvidia 210-based cards with passive heatsinks. I have one made by MSI in my media PC (also running Linux). My previous setup used the ECS N8800GT, which came with a factory-installed Accelero S1... If you wanted even lower temps, you could remove the Accelero S1 from your o...
by matt_garman
Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Antec P182 - Chicago pickup
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

Re: FS: Antec P182 - Chicago pickup

netom80 wrote:Hi Matt,

I'm in the Chicago area. I was wondering if that case was still available. I can pickup on weekends or perhaps this Monday as well.
Yes, it's still available, and weekends are best. Please send me a personal message to work out meeting details.

Thank you!
Matt
by matt_garman
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Antec P182 - Chicago pickup
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

Re: FS: Antec P182 - Chicago pickup

Bump, price reduced.
by matt_garman
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: New high density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD
Replies: 52
Views: 14330

Re: New high density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD

Do you drives have the codes WD20EARS-00S8B1 (4 platter) WD20EARS-00J2GB0 (4 platter) or is it WD20EARS-00MVWB0 (3 platter) or do you have another revision? I have 1, 4, and 1 of those model numbers, respectively. So looks like I have only one 3-platter. I have the 00S8B1 in front of me now, with a...
by matt_garman
Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: New high density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD
Replies: 52
Views: 14330

Re: New high density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD

Anyone happen to know if there is a reliable (and easy) way to determine if a WD20EARS has three platters or four? E.g. via firmware revision or serial number or something along those lines? I'm just curious, as I bought six of these drives about a month ago. The article suggested the informal test ...
by matt_garman
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Low power usage PC
Replies: 29
Views: 25147

Re: Low power usage PC

For a low-power gateway/firewall machine, I use an Alix2d3 board from PCEngines . It's based on the AMD Geode processor. The whole machine uses about 5 watts total, and is about the size of two decks of cards laying next to each other. The hard drive is a compact flash card. I don't know where you a...
by matt_garman
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ECC Support (offshoot of Silent Server Build)
Replies: 62
Views: 29573

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

Mike, the mini-ITX vendor said, "Spec’ing ECC RAM on your MB really limits your customer base, so not too many companies do it, especially in small form factors." How does adding additional features limit your customer base? You can offer ECC support, but the end-user (or even OEM) can still use non...
by matt_garman
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ECC Support (offshoot of Silent Server Build)
Replies: 62
Views: 29573

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

I like the build guide. Even if the component choices don't necessarily meet one's requirements (e.g. ECC), it's still an informative article. If you're building a car, you can still learn from someone building a tractor. :) Some random thoughts... I'm in the "you should use ECC" camp. My understand...
by matt_garman
Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Middle Atlantic ERK-1825 Server Rack (Chicago pickup)
Replies: 0
Views: 1040

FS: Middle Atlantic ERK-1825 Server Rack (Chicago pickup)

I'm selling a gently-used Middle Atlantic ERK-1825 Server Rack. It's 18U tall, and 25 inches deep. Comes with the caster kit and rear rails.

See my Craigslist post.

Thanks,
Matt
by matt_garman
Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Antec P182 - Chicago pickup
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

Bump.
by matt_garman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboards with universal PCIe 16x slot for non-GPU cards
Replies: 20
Views: 5387

It is Bios related. From my experience there are manufacturer patterns you can (usually) trust: SuperMicro & Intel always gets this right, you don't even have to ask. The x16 slot(s) will support anything that follows the PCIx specs. Zotac and BioStar seem to consistently get this right too. You mi...
by matt_garman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboards with universal PCIe 16x slot for non-GPU cards
Replies: 20
Views: 5387

Such a list would indeed be a nice thing to have. It would be a lot of work to establish something like that. You'd probably also have to tag the information to BIOS revision as well, since, technically, a motherboard vendor could change the functionality of the PCIe slot with a BIOS update. I would...
by matt_garman
Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Antec P182 - Chicago pickup
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

I'm somewhat interested in this, but I am not in the Chicago area. I'm about one state over in St Louis. Is there no way you can ship this? I wouldn't mind shipping it, but I don't have an appropriately sized box. Anyone know where I can find a box that I could use to ship the P182? Most boxes seem...
by matt_garman
Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:13 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Antec P182 - Chicago pickup
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

Bump.
by matt_garman
Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Project: Hush!
Replies: 67
Views: 35803

That is amazing... It seems to me that silent computing gets easier every year, so we see fewer and fewer of these crazily ambitious projects. So when we do see someone go to these kinds of lengths, it's that much more of a treat! A lot of that work looks quite tedious---may no one ever question you...
by matt_garman
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar A760G-M2+ - 30W barrier broken
Replies: 119
Views: 101648

Re: ECC no go on TA760G

I installed 2 sticks of Kingston 2GB DDR2 ECC http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/PartsInfo.asp?LinkBack=&ktcpartno=KVR800D2E5/2GI&root into the TA760G and flashed to latest BIOS. I then setup basic ECC mode in the BIOS and ran memtest86. However, the "ECC : Detect / Correct - Killchip...
by matt_garman
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Mid-size 1156 cooler / SI-128 bolt-thru kit?
Replies: 3
Views: 1402

MikeC wrote:Looks to me like Socket 1156 Bolt-Thru-Kit should work with the SI-128. You could always email them and find out.
I just emailed Thermalright support... they got back to me in 30 minutes!

They said that both 1156 both-thru-kits work with the SI-128.

Makes my decision easy!

Thanks all.
by matt_garman
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Mid-size 1156 cooler / SI-128 bolt-thru kit?
Replies: 3
Views: 1402

Mid-size 1156 cooler / SI-128 bolt-thru kit?

I'm looking for a "mid-size" 1156 cooler for an Intel Xeon x3440. By "mid-size", I mean less than 5.5 inches / 140mm tall. This requirement unfortunately seems to eliminate most of the 120mm tower coolers. I'm also looking for reasonably low-price, say $35 (US) or less. The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Pl...
by matt_garman
Sun May 30, 2010 7:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Intel 3420 + Xeon L3426 = ultimate low-power NAS?
Replies: 18
Views: 20522

I happened across this Serve The Home site the other day. There's a review of the power consumption of the Supermicro X8SIL-F motherboard with the Xeon X3440 and Core i3-530 CPUs. With a solid state drive, 4 GB of 1333 RAM and a PicoPSU, power consumption at idle was 48 and 40 watts, respectively. I...
by matt_garman
Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Kinda boring basement PC
Replies: 11
Views: 4758

Thanks for the quick reply. I want the ES specifically for its straight-through fan arrangement. Decent & inexpensive 80mm straight-through PSUs are getting hard to find, and it would be nice to know that the SS-XXXES series lives up to SPCR standards for noise. The 3-year warranty doesn't bother m...
by matt_garman
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:39 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Kinda boring basement PC
Replies: 11
Views: 4758

Bringing this one back from the dead.... @ matt_garman - How's the SS-300ES holding up? I'm looking at the 400W version, and am interested in your opinion - any insight is appreciated. So far so good. In fact, all the hardware has been completely problem-free. Note that Seasonic makes E S and E T m...