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by AZBrandon
Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: A tale of two GTS 250s
Replies: 13
Views: 7306

Are you running Windows 7 64-bit? The 185.20 drivers are now known to cause one card to run faster than the other in Vista 64 and Windows 7 64, so even if they're equal right now, once you get a new WU on one of the cards, it may pick up speed and run faster than the other. However, 13k PPD sounds m...
by AZBrandon
Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: options for backup/syncing
Replies: 15
Views: 3566

There's tons of ways to back up files, synctoy is probably one of the more popular windows ones, but the drawback is that you still don't have a way to recover a whole system. Entire disk failures are rare, but do happen. As was said, if you want a "bare metal restore" you need to be doing whole-dis...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: A tale of two GTS 250s
Replies: 13
Views: 7306

I've noticed variation, but not quite that extreme. On my single GTX+ (roughly the same card you have) I see 4700-5400 PPD most of the time. I don't think I've seen it get down to 4000 unless I start doing a ton of stuff to take away GPU cycles from FAH. It looks like its been over 12 hours since yo...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Future GPU heads up
Replies: 21
Views: 10574

Two GTS 250s do 10k ppd. Is another 2k to 4k ppd worth an additional 50 watts? That depends. My PSU fan is already running at 1200 RPM. Any higher and it becomes the loudest thing in my system. Do you have a kill-a-watt? I'm curious what your total system power draw is. Back when I ran dual video c...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do suspended hard disks break sooner?
Replies: 19
Views: 5210

Anecdotal evidence only, but my suspended 150G Raptor worked well from when I bought it in early 2006, and was still working when I sold it last week. My three suspended Samsung 500's are still working too. As is my suspended Velocioraptor, and the Samsung 160 which was suspended in my previous PC ...
by AZBrandon
Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: GPU switch heads up
Replies: 5
Views: 4404

The 590X series WU's went public a couple days ago, so even those of us not using -advmethods are getting the 420 and 1680 point WU's now. I'm seeing around 5100ppd on my GTX+.
by AZBrandon
Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Dude, where's my tax refund? Federal that is.
Replies: 13
Views: 2304

Well technically the federal government does pay interest. That is how they run deficit budgets; they sell treasury bonds which pay interest, so people pay money to fund the national debt. That's why something like 15-20% of the budget each year is spent just paying interest on the debt - they have ...
by AZBrandon
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Multiple GPUs with different numbers of SPs
Replies: 14
Views: 6860

The PPD are all over the map. 4700 on the current WU. :) Welcome to the GPU club. I have a Gigabyte GTX+ that I picked up about 6 or 7 weeks ago on closeout for $140 for the 1gb model. I felt pretty smug about it, only to realize Gigabyte (the brand) uses the slowest memory of any GTX+; only 2000mh...
by AZBrandon
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:16 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Dude, where's my tax refund? Federal that is.
Replies: 13
Views: 2304

My accountant told me that they are doing payments on some sort of schedule, like when you file between this date and that date, it should clear by a specific Friday 2-3 weeks later, and so on. Am I the only one who remembers the old days of filing paper forms, back before e-file existed and hoping ...
by AZBrandon
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:10 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Obama Deception
Replies: 82
Views: 14241

I find the whole thing quite depressing, because on one hand a global cooperative society is absolutely what we need, but on the other there are so many different factors, not least of which is the way this global society is being engineered, providing the potential for massive conflict. Are you re...
by AZBrandon
Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD drive OCZ 64GB gives no speed-up?
Replies: 20
Views: 6057

I see no mention of what kind of computer your friend has. It could be a single-core celeron 1.6ghz with 512mb of DDR266 RAM for all we know. Not to be overly harsh, but when somebody measures how fast their computer is based on the boot-up time, it's often a sign of a novice computer user.
by AZBrandon
Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RamDisks... current status?
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

All the manufacturers are definitely going to flash. At the high end, Fusion-io recently announced an SSD with 1500mb/sec sustained read throughput, 1400mb/sec sustained write throughput . That's 5 times faster than the maximum theoretical speed you can do over SATA and requires an 8x PCI-E slot as ...
by AZBrandon
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: 2nd Folding GPU Online for Team SPCR
Replies: 12
Views: 6810

When you have the second card set up, do you click the box to extend the desktop to the second monitor? As for the dummy plugs, there's a couple guides on the folding forum, most of them point back to this site: http://www.overclock.net/overclock-net-folding-home-team/384733-30-second-dummy-plug.html
by AZBrandon
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: 2nd Folding GPU Online for Team SPCR
Replies: 12
Views: 6810

With XP (my only dual GPU pc right now) I keep the plug in all the time. When I reboot I must have a monitor hooked up to both long enough get whatever it needs, then I can disconnect the monitor, otherwise the 2nd GPU will have errors starting. Wait, you're having problems with XP? I never had to ...
by AZBrandon
Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX250: The 8800gt continues to live on, and on....
Replies: 13
Views: 4426

Re: GTX250: The 8800gt continues to live on, and on....

I really dont know how nvidia does it. We went from 8800gt, to 9800gt, to a die shrink with 9800gtx+ to now another die shrink with gtx250. All being the exact same card. Sure lower power consumption is great but cmon, can we get a REAL upgrade to the 8800gt sometime this decade? They're the same g...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition
Replies: 37
Views: 5986

Sure, but how many of them gets 25 % alone? Officially defense spending was 21% of the budget, which made it equal to Social Security already at 21% and less than medicare/medicade which together ran 23% of the current budget. That's not counting the fact that military spending is expected to decre...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition
Replies: 37
Views: 5986

I'm sorry, AZ, but I kinda had to butt in. ONLY 25% of budget? Thats freaking huge! Inspired by you I looked at the Swedish 2009 numbers (as you mentioned Sweden) and the Swedish expenditure on military is about 0.5% of budget. The following areas receive more (or the same) spending than the milita...
by AZBrandon
Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition
Replies: 37
Views: 5986

Re: I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition

You are kidding right ? "Commitment" has got nothing to do with the crisis. Don't wage war like every year and economy will be just fine, not to mention that world would be a more peaceful place. Watch the video - the US budget on military is only something like 25% of or current budget and that is...
by AZBrandon
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bush's Legacy Starts to Take Shape.
Replies: 38
Views: 6520

Its interesting you post news about "Denocracy In Iraq", but why didnt he instead work for democracy in Eqypt or Saudi Arabia or any of the gulf nations? That didnt require a war and bombing people? And more important what is a phony democracy in Iraq worth, when the same president did his best to ...
by AZBrandon
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition
Replies: 37
Views: 5986

I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition

I never did see the full-length DVD version, but they now have a 30-minute edition posted on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_TjBNjc9Bo It's a video addressing America's problem with debt. The last time the US was debt-free was 1830, and although our current 64% of GDP is no where near...
by AZBrandon
Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which X58 mobo for 32 nm Westmere?
Replies: 24
Views: 6278

I wouldn't exactly generalize it like that, Penryn worked with P35 boards with updated bios. If Westmere is to Nehalem what Penryn is to Merom, they should work, provided that the manufacturer decides to add the support for Westmere with a bios update and preferably keep updating that while support...
by AZBrandon
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 108842

Rumors were that the 40 (45) nm process at TSMC was in a sorry state, meaning lots of leakage. That's why the next generation GPUs from both AMD and nVidia are delayed. Just curious, but if AMD already has a number of 45nm CPU's out, why didn't they release 45nm GPU's at the same time? Is it becaus...
by AZBrandon
Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Prolima Megahalems: A Mega Nehalem Cooler
Replies: 59
Views: 33332

That's an amazing performance, but comes with an equally amazing pricetag. You can buy a pretty good entry-level processor for just what this heatsink costs, even without a fan! There's got to be a point for most people where getting 90% of the performance for 50% of the money is the better way to g...
by AZBrandon
Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD6400AAKS <- I am getting one!
Replies: 6
Views: 2807

I got one a couple weeks ago as my single platter Seagate 7200.10 160gb was no longer sufficient thanks to having purchased my first 70gb game (X-Plane). It doesn't seem any quieter than the Seagate at idle, but the vibration and seek seems quite a lot better, which were the only real drawbacks of t...
by AZBrandon
Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: God adverts on busses - how to complain
Replies: 76
Views: 11241

Would people in the US tolerate oh, I don't know, muslim clerics preaching on street corners? Depends on what their message is. There's plenty of radical muslims preaching hate and killing the kafir (unbelievers), or preaching that it's ok to lie to non-Muslims or treat them unfairly, and so on. Th...
by AZBrandon
Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which is louder: Stock C2D Fan or ASUS 9800GTX+?
Replies: 8
Views: 2128

Asus has had a couple different coolers. I've owned at least one of them, or at least the 9800GT variant, although they offer a GTX+ with the same exact cooling fan. This one is the one I had, and that same cooler is used on several models. I found it to be exceptionally quiet, but mine had a proble...
by AZBrandon
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Uhhhhhhhhhh, ummmmmmmmm, folder.
Replies: 6
Views: 4539

That's a pretty astounding investment right there. I'm amazed sometimes at how much dedication people can have for volunteer activities that benefit others. Very encouraging, if you asked me!
by AZBrandon
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Does this really stop terrorists?
Replies: 51
Views: 8684

The Swastika is actually a Christian symbol and the Nazi's only started banning many religious groups when they started disagreeing with them. The modern usage is actually of Buddhist origin. I did a quick search and found the following link that claims it actually dates back even further - some 30...
by AZBrandon
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Most efficient GPU settings for 511 point WUs?
Replies: 10
Views: 5887

How about power consumption? Well there's where it's a little weird - I've had 3 9800GT's and they seemed to fall in to two power profiles; a high and low consumption group. The GTX+ draws about 5-10 watts more than the lower power consumption 9800GT's, which means it performs about the same or may...
by AZBrandon
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Does this really stop terrorists?
Replies: 51
Views: 8684

If everyone became irreligious would it solve the problem? http://www.atheistbus.org.uk/busphotos/DSC_0034.JPG Without a moral authority, there is nothing but chaos. You end up in the situation Germany found itself in, where Hitler took advantage of a large, value-less group of people and convinced...