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by AZBrandon
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which Western Digital 640GB is the best?
Replies: 12
Views: 3611

I purchased a 640gb blue model about a month ago. It is without question much quieter than my single-platter 160gb Seagate drive in pretty much every measure I can discern. I'm very pleased with it. I got 3 years out of my 160gb drive before I finally managed to fill it up, so if I can get 3 years o...
by AZBrandon
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do you use backup software? Which?
Replies: 8
Views: 2788

I use Acronis True Image home edition personally. It lets you create a boot CD so you can boot up from the CD and do a "cold backup" of sorts of your whole OS drive. By having the OS down, that's the most certain way to make sure you can restore that backup to recover the whole OS and all data/appli...
by AZBrandon
Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:51 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Newegg renames item to increase sales
Replies: 14
Views: 18027

Newegg renames item to increase sales

NewEgg seems to have at least a few people working there who have some very shady business tactics. They seem to want to skate on things that they have plausible deniability with. The latest is that they recently changed the title of a 9800GTX to a 9800GTX+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...
by AZBrandon
Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 9800GTX+ 1GB and Accelero S1 Rev 2: Will Fit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2380

Generally if it ran fine on a 512mb card, then yeah, you're fine. You'd know it otherwise. From the reviews I've read, once it's really dead on video memory due to too-high AA, you get a non-linear drop, like going from 70-55-40fps to 2fps on each increase of AA. The point when it drops from 40 to 2...
by AZBrandon
Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 120952

You dont exist, prove me wrong dipshit. Andy That's such a dangerous position to be in, but the downside is you can't find out that you're wrong until its too late. I feel sorry for you, and I don't mean that in a bad way, but with an attitude like that, it's obvious that you're hurting inside and ...
by AZBrandon
Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 9800GTX+ 1GB and Accelero S1 Rev 2: Will Fit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2380

Oh, durr, I didn't even look at what country you're in. That explains why the 9800GTX+ was so expensive. I just figured you must have gotten it a year ago, I didn't realize it was a different currency. Anyway, if the card is dead it's worth a try to RMA it and see if they'll cover it. They are suppo...
by AZBrandon
Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where is Core i7 Revision D0?
Replies: 12
Views: 3553

However, I'm not sure what they mean! 'drop shipped direct from Intel' ? Can someone please translate it for me? Considering Intel only ships in batches of 1000 or something, I'm not sure what that means either. I'd think they still have to go through a distributor to get a single chip. I can't pic...
by AZBrandon
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 9800GTX+ 1GB and Accelero S1 Rev 2: Will Fit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2380

Ouch!! Sorry to hear about your loss. In my P180 tower case, my Gigabyte card's heat all goes up, which is of course right into the CPU also. With Folding at Home running on both the CPU and GPU it tops out pretty high; around 68 degrees or so, which caused me to stop running Folding on my CPU. My G...
by AZBrandon
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: No thanks I'm on a diet.
Replies: 2
Views: 2972

Well there's two ways to measure power usage. There's absolute power draw, which is most relevant for systems that spend the overwhelming majority of their time idle. Then there's power per computation. This is where things like teh Core i7 show up, with many reviews showing the power draw of simila...
by AZBrandon
Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 9800GTX+ 1GB and Accelero S1 Rev 2: Will Fit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2380

Good suggestion on removing PCI slot covers, however that case comes with slot covers that have holes in them already so i don't think it'll make any difference. The fan thing I can try, i've got a spare scythe karma 80mm floating round that I can use. I'll try that when i'm at home (at work right ...
by AZBrandon
Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 9800GTX+ 1GB and Accelero S1 Rev 2: Will Fit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2380

Just curious, but did you try removing one or more slot covers on the back? I have a Gigabyte 9800GTX+ too and in a tower case, it helped a bit to remove the slot cover of the slot on the heatsink side of the video card. It's something worth experimenting with since it costs nothing and you'll be ab...
by AZBrandon
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Info about GPU folding safely/accurately.
Replies: 2
Views: 3133

Good info to share, thanks!
by AZBrandon
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD4890 review at Xbitlabs
Replies: 13
Views: 3338

According to the reviews that I've read, most of them showed that the GTX 275 is faster than the 4890 on average. The high power consumption, worries me. It shows that this card will generate a lot more heat than the 4890. From what I've been reading, that often comes down to if they overclocked th...
by AZBrandon
Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD4890 review at Xbitlabs
Replies: 13
Views: 3338

120W in load seems kinda low. Maybe they should try a newer benchmark for that, i.e. furmark. Would be interesting to know the actual maximum power consumption. Kind of - for me ATI Tool is the most relevant since it's roughly equal to what the games I play max out at as well as what the most inten...
by AZBrandon
Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: If I'm getting a Core2 Quad which should it be?
Replies: 26
Views: 6552

We're not all rich enough to be able to afford the latest and greatest in expensive hardware. The Q8200 and Q6600 are roughly the same price in the US currently, but I'm not sure about other markets. :?: Q6600: $185 Q8200: $170 Q8300: $190 It's not so much a money question as one of architecture. T...
by AZBrandon
Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD4890 review at Xbitlabs
Replies: 13
Views: 3338

[quote=XbitLabs]Well, this guide must be intended for deaf computer enthusiasts because if you follow the advice, the card sets the record of producing the highest noise we’ve ever heard in our tests. Over 64dBA at a distance of 1 meter from the system case is too much to be near the computer for ...
by AZBrandon
Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: If I'm getting a Core2 Quad which should it be?
Replies: 26
Views: 6552

The Q6600 has an 8mb cache and a 266mhz FSB, which gave it a high multiplier and thus a lot of overclocking ability if you were willing to put in the time and effort to cool it well. As a 65nm chip, it's always going to draw more power and put out more heat than any of the 45nm chips (Q8/9xxx). Whil...
by AZBrandon
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 65881

I agree that computing is moving away from hot CPUs and ATX sized cases, but miniaturization will mean more 60mm, 40mm and (heaven help us) smaller fans. Unless the designers (and consumers) value silence, they will just be making small, low-power and noisy devices! You won't run out of products to...
by AZBrandon
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sparkle GeForce GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card
Replies: 6
Views: 4789

The Gigabyte is the shortest card too; even my 9800GTX+ is only 8.3" in length. It's still not perfect though; it doesn't exhaust heat out the back of the case, nor do they use full-speed memory on the 1gb model. At least for the GTX+ it's only 2000mhz, as opposed to 2200mhz for the reference design...
by AZBrandon
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sparkle GeForce GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card
Replies: 6
Views: 4789

Seems like a predictable outcome. Sparkle is the cheapest brand on newegg, and their card is the crappier of the two varieties. It's the longer card, needs two power connectors, and has a loud heatsink. My Gigabyte 9800GTX+ with factory Zalman cooling is loud like a tornado at full speed, but peaks ...
by AZBrandon
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Video card crashes when folding.
Replies: 4
Views: 3823

haysdb wrote:Is the ATI client less robust than the NVIDIA client?
That's what I was getting at. Crashes appear far more common when you read the ATI GPU forum. It seems nvidia got the jump on driver reliability.
by AZBrandon
Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition
Replies: 37
Views: 5964

Still scratching my head! How does looking at the past and complaining about a congress and president who are no longer in power fix a problem that's scheduled to hit us in about 30 years? Military spending is being changed even now, and can always easily be changed. Social Security, medicare, medic...
by AZBrandon
Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: A tale of two GTS 250s
Replies: 13
Views: 7280

My points have also gone back to the 4 thousands, sometimes low 5 thousands. I'm still running the 185.20 drivers. My theory? There were and still are some "exceptional" work units. I had one yesterday that drove my GPU temperatures into the 70s and was giving me ~6000 PPD iirc. That same GPU is fo...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I.O.U.S.A - Now available as free 30-minute edition
Replies: 37
Views: 5964

I'm still scratching my head here. Defense spending has nothing to do with this - the real problem is that given current trends, it is Social Security, medicare/medicade, and paying interest on the debt which will dwarf everything else before my generation even gets to pull our first S.S. check at a...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: options for backup/syncing
Replies: 15
Views: 3557

Archives are done to be able to see information from a certain point in time. Archives are best done to write-once media, and are common in situations where SEC regulations govern (i.e. show me how much money that trade was for 3 years ago... no, not what someone might have altered on your disk sin...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anandtech: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ
Replies: 45
Views: 11919

What a great article! It sounds like confirmation that SSD is the future, but it won't overtake magnetic platters for at least a few more years most likely, which is what everyone had figured anyway. Sounds like that "TRIM" command is also the next big thing for SSD performance and extension of life...
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Video card crashes when folding.
Replies: 4
Views: 3823

There's a lot of issues with the GPU client. You should go through the messages in the ATI specific issues forum since crashes are common. Try to find someone with a crash situation that sounds similar to yours and see what they did to fix it.
by AZBrandon
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Unconditional Basic Income
Replies: 124
Views: 29297

It's obvious that this will not be settled by debate, it needs to be settled by a trial. I think Brittan or Germany should take a leadership role here and try it out for at least 10 years, and if its going well, expand to the whole EU for another 20 years. At that point you're just starting to talk ...
by AZBrandon
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The Corsair 650 & NewEgg Reviews - What's the problem he
Replies: 7
Views: 2067

When I was shopping for power supplies, I noticed that almost every single PS has at least 1 out of 10 reviews be an angry customer reporting a total failure. This includes the PC P&C power supplies. Here's the reviews for PC P&C 610 watt power supply . In the first page of 50 reviews, I count 4 tot...
by AZBrandon
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: A tale of two GTS 250s
Replies: 13
Views: 7280

In the days that have passed, it has been brought into question if the 185.20 drivers are producing accurate results or not. Just curious, which version of drivers are you using? Those are really high points from just a pair of cards, wow. My 9800GTX+ has done around 6700 on its best single day in t...