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by AZBrandon
Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Compulsory Voting
Replies: 43
Views: 5885

Compulsory voting brings out the worst in democracy, which is the devolution to mob rule. No longer do policies get made for the greater good, they are simply whatever the mob wants. Global warming is a hot button issue for most members of this board and you can kiss any kind of green policies goodb...
by AZBrandon
Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 121695

I have another question to God. Why did you let this idiot post this video on youtube, in response to the second video linked from Pat Condell. If you God existed, you would have stopped that video being posted, maybe even stopped the video camera from working. I know that "free will" has been post...
by AZBrandon
Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Flight Simulator X hardware recommendation request
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

All DVI ports can output an analog SVGA signal with a converter. Video cards usually include at least one, sometimes two, but you need to check the packaging to be sure. Nowadays its becoming more common to find a DVI to HDMI converter in there, so if you're running two analog monitors you might nee...
by AZBrandon
Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 16382

The Intel N and Z series Atom models cannot run x86-64 code. Hence, if Microsoft wants to continue to compete on nettops, they need to continue to sell a 32-bit operating system. We saw how ferocious Microsoft is when they pulled a 180 on the discontinuation of Windows XP as soon as they saw linux f...
by AZBrandon
Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Flight Simulator X hardware recommendation request
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

I love ATI as much as the next guy, but ATI/AMD's video drivers have left a lot to be desired in stability for non-mainstream games like Flight Sim or OpenGL ones like X-Plane. I'd stick with nVidia for now, at least until we see clear evidence of a major push for driver stability comes from ATI.
by AZBrandon
Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Flight Simulator X hardware recommendation request
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

As a former FSX junkie, you're going down the right road there. FSX was originally designed to be a single-core program. Only with SP1 did it become multi-core aware and with SP2 it makes good usage of at least two cores. It is a CPU hog however, and a 2.8 ghz processor is pretty limited, but I gues...
by AZBrandon
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 16382

How it can be true? See here for details. That's a great article! Excellent piece -- and yet more evidence of Microsoft's rabid capitalist/monopolist core. I like that he pointed out that in theory, a 16-bit processor can only address 64KB of memory and right from the start, DOS was designed to add...
by AZBrandon
Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD and Intel call a truce
Replies: 12
Views: 2647

I liked the Anandtech analysis: http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3675 Bottom line - this is good for AMD, as it gives them the ability to continue to try to compete with Intel and not have to suffer the oppression of Intel's constant market manipulation and hardball tactics specifical...
by AZBrandon
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Kingston 40gb boot drives available finally
Replies: 10
Views: 2927

The Kingston has fantastic performance if you are doing mainly reads, but not writes. It does great in read performance. For most general usage, that's what you spend your time doing - reading from the drive to boot up, load applications, and so on. If you were doing a lot of file conversions, datab...
by AZBrandon
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Grrrrr ... Bing hijacks Firefox smart address bar
Replies: 7
Views: 2440

I like bing search better, but I'll be honest, ever since I switched to Firefox and started using Adblock, the search engine choice makes a lot less difference anyway, since it already blocks all the obnoxious ads.
by AZBrandon
Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Irony of the US Health Care Bill
Replies: 23
Views: 3147

Hi, I hope each and every one of you can watch this Frontline show, called "Sick Around the World" with T.R. Reid: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/view/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=proglist&utm_source=proglist All will be clear after you watch it! Really. That's a mi...
by AZBrandon
Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 16382

It's quite laugable really that you have to spend that much for an OS. Not for all people. All US students (with a college email address) can buy Win 7 Pro x32 or x64 OS's for 30 dollars. Legally. yeah, it's expensive if you're not a student...still worth it IMO. Add me to the list of WinXP users w...
by AZBrandon
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: USA's Annual Military Day
Replies: 15
Views: 1998

Re: USA's Annual Military Day

Does anyone really think there will be a positive outcome for US military presence in Afghanistan? Really? So why are we there? Think about it. We're there because Obama wants to stay there for as long as it takes to win, that's why. He's the best president in the history of the United States and h...
by AZBrandon
Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: TRIM is released...
Replies: 34
Views: 5568

I suspect it will be a few years before SSD's, their firmware, and the OS drivers are as solid as magnetic hard drives. The technology is superior in everything but cost and stability at this point, and the stability is rapidly getting there. EDIT: As for your Intel X25-M boost, it's the firmware it...
by AZBrandon
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 82419

ATI satisfies marketing not longevity, they went the way of silent and hot for idle and cranked and choked for air on load a 2 years ago. Just look at the "shroud" design. One of the choked holes even has a PCI-E power connector in it to further jam it's miniscule ability to pull in air. not a good...
by AZBrandon
Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 68192

Great review, although to me, it highlights the odd state of desktop computers nowadays. Most likely, the migration away from desktop computers towards laptops has saved more electricity than the 80Plus program could have ever hoped to save. I was going to lament that there's no good 80Plus Gold rat...
by AZBrandon
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is it me or have things slowed down considerably?
Replies: 44
Views: 22759

I think wireless networking played a role as well. All 3 of the things Luminair mentioned really come into their own when you consider wireless networking. 1) Laptops - With wireless networks, you can now use your laptop anywhere around the house, or even on the go. Hotels, coffee shops, work sites ...
by AZBrandon
Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which PCI-E socket for video card?
Replies: 2
Views: 875

You should consult the owner's manual. Sometimes certain slots are only capable of 8X or 4X transfer rate rather than the full 16X transfer rate. Especially with it being a P55 chipset motherboard, there is a good chance only one slot is 16x capable - usually the one physically closest the CPU socket.
by AZBrandon
Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: VIA C7-D 1.5ghz vs AMD Athlon XP2400 2ghz
Replies: 4
Views: 2524

There's a bunch of way to quantify "better". Cost Noise General computing FPU performance Motherboard size Power consumption Probably more, if you really wanted to get into it. In general, the Athlon will be faster in every possible measure and a lot cheaper. I mean, you can find them for $10 or som...
by AZBrandon
Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:09 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 82419

what im dieing to find out is if the 5870 can operate semi passively with the S1 ie slap a S1 on it without any cooling fan and have a front intake 120mm fan blowing 1-2mm behind it basically i want to have a pair of 5870 in the SG03 and use its front intake as cooling fan At idle it would obviousl...
by AZBrandon
Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5750 - Holy Poop
Replies: 23
Views: 6607

Hard OCP's site alone hurts my eyes, much less trying to follow their review of the product. Their charts are confusing. The products and in-game specs differ even in evaluating the same game. What the heck.. apples to apples? Actually HardOCP provides the reviews on games that gamers want to know ...
by AZBrandon
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A Trip Down Hard Drive Memory Lane & Other Pathways
Replies: 4
Views: 1325

Well technically my first "computer" was a TI-99/4A, and next after that was a Commodore 64 with a single-side 5 1/4" floppy drive, so I guess my first computer with a storage device was my C-64. The fun fact there was that it only had a single read-write head for the floppy drive, so you could only...
by AZBrandon
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Some info on ATI 57xx series cards...
Replies: 53
Views: 16804

There's a whole ton of reviews on these cards now, and from what I'm seeing, it basically breaks down like this: ATI 5750: Similar performance to 4850, GTS250, but with more features and lower power draw. ATI 5770: Similar performance to 4870, o/c GTX260, but with more features and lower power draw....
by AZBrandon
Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 82419

Re: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850

HD 5850 725 MHz core 1GHz (4Ghz QDR) 1GB GDDR5 memory 1440 SP 72 TMU 32 ROP Expected power consumption 170W load and 27 W idle The chip is one hell of a beast, expected to be 60% faster on average than 4870, sometimes up to 100% 5850 has part of SP turned off to sell faulty chips The story gets eve...
by AZBrandon
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Lowest power CPU for Socket 939?
Replies: 3
Views: 1896

Just about anything single-core will be a good bet, and your 3200+ would be hard to beat. The San Diego core chips were some of the best in terms of undervolting, the slowest of the high quality ones being the Opteron 165, at 1.8ghz. I believe the 3200+ was the Venice core 2.0ghz, which is still a v...
by AZBrandon
Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel's LGA1156 and Lynnfield core
Replies: 53
Views: 17027

That's not good. The P55 chipset has 16 PCIE lanes available, so you can have 2 slots with 8 lanes each. The 1366 board? You can get quad slot boards. Even the X38 chipset for 775 has 32 lanes. This is skimpy for those who want folding farms. Too bad the 920 eats more watts than the 860. I don't th...
by AZBrandon
Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel's LGA1156 and Lynnfield core
Replies: 53
Views: 17027

Ugh, it looks like every review site got sent an i5-750 and an i7-870, but I can't find any benchmarks comparing the i7-920 to the i7-860, which share a price point. Obviously, the 860 will be the winner in power consumption, but I still want to see the performance numbers. HardOCP included an i7-9...
by AZBrandon
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel's LGA1156 and Lynnfield core
Replies: 53
Views: 17027

Back to topic: These processors look like serious trouble for AMD. There are now even less reasons to get a Ph II quad-core, which leaves only the X3 parts and the HPC market where AMD is objectively better. Good for the consumer in the short term, bad for competition in the long term... *crosses f...
by AZBrandon
Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Asus's Buck Naked GTX260
Replies: 6
Views: 4192

For a short while I had an ASUS 9800GT with a similar appearance cooler on it. Considering the 9800GT has a much lower TDP and the ASUS was a notoriously hot card (80+ C under FAH load) I would say the chances of that being a sufficient heatsink for a 260GTX are poor. Either it will be hot or loud, ...
by AZBrandon
Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cool a socket 939 opteron or buy new cpu?
Replies: 1
Views: 1063

I had an Opteron 185, which was the fastest/hottest of all S939 chips. It was so hot I couldn't even run it at the stock voltage of 1.35v without having it overheat using an HDT-S1283 and 800rpm fan. I'm sure with a faster fan it would have worked out, but that defeats the purpose of a silent comput...