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by smilingcrow
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Highest TDP nVidia GPU be cooled silently with a Accelero TW
Replies: 13
Views: 4597

Re: Highest TDP nVidia GPU be cooled silently with a Acceler

The Gainward Phantom from sources such as this one http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gainward-gtx-560ti-phantom-40nm-4100mhz-gddr5-gpu-835mhz-shader-1670mhz-384-cores-hdmi-plusfree- looks to be slightly cheaper than the Palit. The MSI Twin Frozr seems to me to be more of an out and out gamers card...
by smilingcrow
Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Highest TDP nVidia GPU be cooled silently with a Accelero TW
Replies: 13
Views: 4597

Re: Highest TDP nVidia GPU be cooled silently with a Acceler

Now you can turn the knob up to 300 (W) Yikes, that’s a lot of watts dude! :) After doing some research it seems as if 150W is an achievable figure especially as the only other major heat source will be an over-clocked Ivy Bridge i7 at stock voltage or slightly above. So I’m looking at a GTX 560 TI...
by smilingcrow
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Highest TDP nVidia GPU be cooled silently with a Accelero TW
Replies: 13
Views: 4597

Highest TDP nVidia GPU be cooled silently with a Accelero TW

I want to buy a nVidia card to use with Adobe professional software (Premiere, AE, PS mainly) which currently only support CUDA so nVidia only. The requirement is for silence so I figure I will need to install a 3rd party heatsink/fan(s) such as the Accelero TWIN TURBO II. Three questions: 1. Which ...
by smilingcrow
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Onboard graphics AND expansion card?
Replies: 6
Views: 963

Re: Onboard graphics AND expansion card?

Keep in mind that the desktop versions of graphic switching don’t appear to put the discrete card into a fully powered off state so the power saving is minimal to non existent. Unless newer versions have resolved this? Still waiting to hear if Virtu (in Sandy bridge and IVB) puts the HD7xxx series ...
by smilingcrow
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Onboard graphics AND expansion card?
Replies: 6
Views: 963

Re: Onboard graphics AND expansion card?

Keep in mind that the desktop versions of graphic switching don’t appear to put the discrete card into a fully powered off state so the power saving is minimal to non existent. Unless newer versions have resolved this?
by smilingcrow
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Low power GPU for a little gaming?
Replies: 17
Views: 5377

Re: Low power GPU for a little gaming?

Slaskvlask wrote:Will you consider HD6850? It is a good card and won't cost you a lot.
The OP is using a PicoPSU with a 120W power brick so that's not an option.
by smilingcrow
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent DVD burners
Replies: 17
Views: 8310

Re: Silent DVD burners

I recently bought a Pioneer Blu-ray writer and it's a lot quieter than my previous LG DVD writer so I'd keep an eye on Pioneer.
by smilingcrow
Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel
Replies: 23
Views: 3232

Re: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel

You don't get it: you don't need that much RAM to do what you do. Firefox uses RAM because it's there. If it wasn't there, you could do the exact same thing but it would use less RAM. The 8GB of RAM has been installed for over a year but only fairly recently has Firefox, iTunes etc been so memory h...
by smilingcrow
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel
Replies: 23
Views: 3232

Re: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel

I have noticed recently that my multi-tasking exploits have pushed RAM usage above 5GB for the first time after seemingly being stuck around 3GB for ages. Modern software is more and more RAM hungry. My iTunes is now at 600MB and Firefox at 1.3GB That's the RAM you use, not the RAM you need. I woul...
by smilingcrow
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel
Replies: 23
Views: 3232

Re: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel

What is my budget: for mobo+cpu+ram I would like to stay in the 200+ € region. Can stretch to 300€ if necessary (and only if!) You've been advised by people who buy gear in the Americas. In Europe, you can have a large difference between the cheapest i3 and similar Sandy Bridge CPUs which are brand...
by smilingcrow
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel
Replies: 23
Views: 3232

Re: low idle watt PC for photo edit and intense excel

the weird thing with PCs (and technology) is that by waiting couple months something sensibly better is ALWAYS going to come out! :) and so you could fall in an endless loop; but anyway I will keep that in mind, I am not buying parts tomorrow, and maybe by the time I am gonna fill my shopping cart,...
by smilingcrow
Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Power Distribution in Three PCs (2012)
Replies: 13
Views: 6707

Re: Power Distribution in Three PCs (2012)

While I appreciate what you have tried to do with this article I think it is very misleading. The reason I think so is because while the i5-2500K + HD 6870 is less efficient in power usage it is highly more effiecient in terms of processing power. The article is clearly looking purely at the distri...
by smilingcrow
Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor
Replies: 28
Views: 10066

Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor

I've always felt very high end expensive processors (and we can go back many years on this) were/are very poor value for money I think the situation was worse in the past when the $1,000 CPUs were merely a speed bump whereas at least this offers 50% more cores than the mainstream processors. One fo...
by smilingcrow
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor
Replies: 28
Views: 10066

Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor

The Westmere 6 core is 32 nm but is just a die-shrink of Nehalem (I currently have an i7 920-D0), so it doesn't have higher IPC. I’m sure it does have a slightly higher IPC which is usual even for so called die shrinks. It gains extra instructions over your chip as well. I wanted a Socket 1366 6-co...
by smilingcrow
Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor
Replies: 28
Views: 10066

Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme: Core i7-3960X Processor

the visible extra silicon that's not used in the Sandy Bridge E makes me call it a 'management flop'. I doubt that the Intel 32 nm process is still not mature enough to require 2 out of 8 cores to be disabled, and maybe also some cache disabled. But using all 8 cores would have increased the TDP to...
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

Some people seem to be under the illusion that all AMD’s woes are down to Intel.
Intel screwed them no doubt but AMD’s management and design teams screwed their own company even more.
by smilingcrow
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

I don't know which teams were involved in the development of the FX CPU, but I believe the most obvious mistake was using a design for server processors (heavily multi threaded workload) and expecting it to work well for normal desktops (rather less heavily threaded by some margin). It was a bad ca...
by smilingcrow
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

Bulldozer is a bad joke but I thought the Hitler video was funny - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SArxcnpXStE [General 1] Reviews are pouring in from all over the internet. The usual sites put up huge reviews almost the moment the NDA was lifted. The consensus on Bulldozer has been very clear and de...
by smilingcrow
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

I can see a lot of folks who were waiting for FX simply go ahead and get their 2500k or 2600k CPU and board in the last few days. A difficult call for the true fanboys; if you buy one of the 8 cores at current pricing I think you can ‘proudly‘ stand up and declare yourself one of their rank. AMD sh...
by smilingcrow
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

Power efficiency is worth exactly nothing without accompanied performance. I started this thread and used the term power efficiency and linked to a review that looked at performance per watt; power efficiency doesn’t equal power consumption. The word efficiency relates to how it uses the power not ...
by smilingcrow
Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

quest_for_silence wrote:It isn't just a matter of (bad) absolute figures, IMO.
Agreed, which is why my first link in this topic was looking at performance per watt:
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors ... tion-and-P.
by smilingcrow
Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

FX-8150 v i7-2600K – idle / load 76W / 209W v 64W / 144W (TechReport - Cinebench) 85W / 229W v 78W / 155W (Anandtech – x264 HD) 60W / 174W v 44W / 115W (Xbitlabs - LinX) 130W / 271W v 91W / 172W (Hothardware – ?) Viewed as the absolute difference between the two platforms: idle / load 12W / 65W (TR)...
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1618220

Re: What are you listening to right now?

This thread went quiet all of a sudden!
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1618220

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Plissken wrote:Thin Lizzy - Dedication
I bumped into Phil Lynott in a pub in north London and he looked really ill. Caught Lizzy live and they were a great live band.
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1618220

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Eulogy For Oscar Romero - Jean-Luc Ponty - Live at Chene Park
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

The power consumption of each core is actually pretty good. No doubt this is what AMD meant. But if you need 2 cores to keep up with 1 Intel core... Never mind all this did you watch the video? Anyone that doesn’t find it funny is definitely a fanboy. http://1.2.3.9/bmi/www.xbitlabs.com/images/cpu/...
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

Actual CPU efficiency is even worse than reviews lokking at system power consumption would have you believe. The Xbitlabs review made that very clear: “The “pure” power consumption of the eight-core FX-8150 is about twice as high as that of Sandy Bridge processors. Since all of them are manufacture...
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion
Replies: 120
Views: 24486

Re: Steve Jobs is the Messiah and Apple is a Religion

He will be missed. Why? I see no shortage of bullshit pending. Whilst it is true that there is never a shortage of BS in general, Steve Jobs’s own cesspool was an unusual mix of ingredients that made him and Apple spectacularly compelling to the amoebas in the media. Part low rent tech-shaman, part...
by smilingcrow
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 14512

Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.

The reviews have focussed on the performance which is very disappointing but if you look at the power efficiency it’s truly appalling: see this link - http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors/AMD-FX-Processor-Review-Can-Bulldozer-Unearth-AMD-Victory/Power-Consumption-and-P . The best remedy for bad n...
by smilingcrow
Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1618220

Re: What are you listening to right now?

This little gem was released in 1967 and remains one of their best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eEcJs4nzsg I strongly suggest you listen to it without knowing who recorded it. Knowing who did it will ruin your objectivity, which is unfair to the song and to you. So click the link and then click...