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by OmegaZero
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU Reliability
Replies: 30
Views: 11447

Unfortunately I have to RMA the whole thing, so I don't know if it's the circuit or the brick that's failing. I could understand if there was a problem working it too hard, but my server is an Atom-based Ubuntu system with nothing but samba and sftp running (no GUI, etc.), integrated graphics, one s...
by OmegaZero
Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU Reliability
Replies: 30
Views: 11447

PicoPSU Reliability

What kind of results are folks seeing with the PicoPSU in terms of reliability? I've been using one to run my Atom-based file server and have had two burn out in 9 months. I'm wondering if this is an anomaly or if the 24x7 duty cycle is just too much for it...
by OmegaZero
Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Apple Noise Patent Applications
Replies: 31
Views: 31855

Way to file a patent for something people have already been doing for a decade. The sad part is that it'll probably get approved despite the obvious proof (SPCR, for example) that this is an old idea. These patents are loosely based on characterization of noise and user interaction, but they are qui...
by OmegaZero
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your favorite MP3 encoder?
Replies: 21
Views: 4621

nick705: I found that despite the settings I specified within the EAC GUI, when I look at the LAME window it still said VBR_q=2 and old VBR were being used. Not sure why that happened, but it was easy enough to get around (with the help of a little CLI documnetation). -m s disables joint stereo, wh...
by OmegaZero
Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your favorite MP3 encoder?
Replies: 21
Views: 4621

I mentioned lossless in my original post in an effort to keep the thread focused. I figured if I didn't then half of the replies would be about the differences between lossless and MP3. Clearly it worked... :P Anyway, thank you all for you recommendations. I am working with EAC now and it seems to b...
by OmegaZero
Sat Jun 14, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your favorite MP3 encoder?
Replies: 21
Views: 4621

What is your favorite MP3 encoder?

What I am looking for is the highest quality playback I can get in an MP3 format. I know I really should be using a lossless format, but that is just not an option for me. I've run into serious quality issues with the VBR implementations used by some of the software packages out there these days. I ...
by OmegaZero
Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: To barebones or not to barebones... A build question.
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

I am currently thinking of going with the full build with a SI-128 or SI-128 SE. Perhaps with the fan removed it will be safe to ship? I could probably walk someone through just reattaching the fan...

Any thoughts? Would the non-tower heat sink be safe enough to ship?
by OmegaZero
Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: To barebones or not to barebones... A build question.
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

To barebones or not to barebones... A build question.

I am having a bit of trouble planning my newest build, so I thought I would solicit a few 1337 opinions. Here is the scenario... I am building a new rig for my family. Usage pattern isn't going to be extreme, however it will be used for gaming quite a bit. It was also mentioned to me that they wante...
by OmegaZero
Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrading Sooner than Anticipated - Build Thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 5441

I have a P5W64 WS Pro running TWIN2X2048-8500C5D (see my signature). I know that isn't the same as a P5B, but for what it's worth I haven't had any issues...

What about OCZ?
by OmegaZero
Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrading Sooner than Anticipated - Build Thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 5441

This is really just a personal preference thing, but I would recommend Corsair or OCZ RAM over Crucial. Three years ago I wouldn't buy anything but Crucial RAM. Since then I have had so many issues that I have just stopped buying things from them outright. Lately I have been using mostly Corsair (wi...
by OmegaZero
Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Retarded Mistakes we have all made
Replies: 35
Views: 14793

There's a great older thread along these lines here ... Right before I moved I was trying to decide what to do with all of my spare parts. After selling off what I could I found that I had a machine's worth of spare parts left, so of course I set to putting it together.... "Decent MSI mobo, an old 1...
by OmegaZero
Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Asus BIOS Temperature Bug
Replies: 2
Views: 2607

BIOS version 0402 resolves both of the above reported issues. Though not officially released yet, one of the Asus developers has posted the release candidate here: Asus P5W64 WS Pro Forum

Merry Christmas Iceman!
by OmegaZero
Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Asus BIOS Temperature Bug
Replies: 2
Views: 2607

Asus BIOS Temperature Bug

There is a bug in the latest BIOS (version 0304) for the P5W64 WS Professional motherboard; two reported side effects of which are a 15C increase in CPU temperature readings and a 3-5 second pause in the POST cycle following memory testing. Though this issue has been reported by several users in the...
by OmegaZero
Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Dual Core Temperature Difference
Replies: 3
Views: 2897

Yeah, I was pretty impressed too. I have an Antec SOLO with 2xNexus 92mm @ 12v intakes and a Panaflo 120mmx38mm L1A @ 7v for an exhaust. I was hoping that a huge fan like that for an exhaust would alleviate the need for a heat sink fan (since there is very little space between them). Unfortunately i...
by OmegaZero
Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Dual Core Temperature Difference
Replies: 3
Views: 2897

Dual Core Temperature Difference

I was hoping to solicit some opinions on a temperature matter... I just finished building my new system (look for a system spec & pics in the gallery soon!) which is based on a Conroe E6700. The idle core temps are 30C and 33C at stock speeds with an Ultra-120 running passively. For load testing I w...
by OmegaZero
Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A Humble P4 + SLK3000B Rig
Replies: 14
Views: 6741

Basically I hoped there was a project pack that included Cambridge EQ and Fairchild. Have you looked into the Universal Audio UAD-1 Flexi PAK ? It is the UAD-1 card, but you get to choose the plug-ins. I personally have the Project Pack. I tend to use compression, basic EQ, and/or reverb on just ab...
by OmegaZero
Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A Humble P4 + SLK3000B Rig
Replies: 14
Views: 6741

No comments about the noise level of the cooling fan on your vidcard? Any clicking coming from your fan? Yes, it clicks. Fortunately the clicking is very faint - nowhere near what other PWM fans I've used have sounded like. At the moment I can't hear it when the case is closed up, so I am pleased. ...
by OmegaZero
Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:22 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: If you like SPCR...
Replies: 13
Views: 31591

In the interest of not posting twice again, please see my response here.
by OmegaZero
Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation!
Replies: 16
Views: 5761

Audioman, are you out there?!

I realize this is an old topic, but I was wondering how the Corsair TwinX PC3200 was working with the P4C800-E ?

I have a very similar setup ('POWER" in my signature) and need to replace the RAM...

Oddly enough, my system is a DAW as well. 8)
by OmegaZero
Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: If you like SPCR...
Replies: 13
Views: 31591

The software that Alexa makes/distributes is listed by Ad-Aware, Spybot, Trend Micro, Microsoft, and eTrust as malware (spyware, adware, etc.). I would not recommend anyone to willingly process anything having to do with that company or any of its affiliated sites. Frankly, I am with my peers above;...
by OmegaZero
Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:10 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A Humble P4 + SLK3000B Rig
Replies: 14
Views: 6741

Just one thing, the direction of your KRK monitors aren’t exactly right, they should be toward to your face not parallel by walls. The picture is a little deceptive - they are actually pointed inward slightly, focused on a spot just behind my chair. That way the focal lengths are equidistant (same ...
by OmegaZero
Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:41 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A Humble P4 + SLK3000B Rig
Replies: 14
Views: 6741

I received a private message asking about the white case badge I used....

Here is a close up shot:

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by OmegaZero
Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A Humble P4 + SLK3000B Rig
Replies: 14
Views: 6741

I find it hard to believe that 2 Nexus 120mm's at full speed can be that quiet, but the 3700BQE side panel probably helped. You are certainly correct that those two fans are the loudest component in my system. I suspect that not hearing them is partially due to the side panel and the downward vents...
by OmegaZero
Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A Humble P4 + SLK3000B Rig
Replies: 14
Views: 6741

A Humble P4 + SLK3000B Rig

Recently I decided to upgrade my "power" machine's video card, so I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures... System specs: Intel Pentium 4 Northwood @ 3.4GHz 2x 1GB Crucial Ballistix PC4000, Asus P4C800-E Deluxe 875P + ICH5R HIS Radeon X700 IceQ 128MB GDDR3 AGP 8X M-Audio Audiophile 192 24-bit...
by OmegaZero
Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AGP Video Card Woes
Replies: 20
Views: 6268

Thank you all for you responses. So after debating the situation and reading various references & reviews (guru3d, Tech Report, Toms Hardware, Anandtech, Firing Squad, etc), I decided to buy the HIS Radeon X700 IceQ 128MB GDDR3 for the following reasons: 1.) Price. For $136 shipped I just couldn't t...
by OmegaZero
Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AGP Video Card Woes
Replies: 20
Views: 6268

I found a good comparison on techreport.com . It looks like the 6600 is a little bit faster ("by the slimmest of margins"), but it was this statement that really caught my eye: The X700 XT also has few weaknesses, although its relative performance in Doom 3 could be a little better. Otherwise, it's ...
by OmegaZero
Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:10 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AGP Video Card Woes
Replies: 20
Views: 6268

Mike_p: One of the other factors that is keeping me with the AC instead of the Zalman is that many cards come with the AC installed - hence no voided warranty on the card. Plus, if I buy one with an AC on it, I can always change it for a Zalman later if it is too noisy 8) Thomas: That is a good poi...
by OmegaZero
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:27 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AGP Video Card Woes
Replies: 20
Views: 6268

Thank you so much everyone! Mike_P: The Zalman solutions seem quite respectable, however I really can't ignore the benefits of evacuating the video card's heat directly out of the case - I think my wholemachine will be happier with that. Thomas / Tephras: I have read that the Excalibur 9800Pro is a ...
by OmegaZero
Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AGP Video Card Woes
Replies: 20
Views: 6268

Thank you for the input, guys! The X800 is going to be superior to the 9800 right? Are they close in performance? Has anyone had experience fitting an X800 with an Arctic Cooling Silencer? Tephras: I had read about some noises from the AC Silencers, but I think the fact that the heat is directly exh...
by OmegaZero
Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AGP Video Card Woes
Replies: 20
Views: 6268

AGP Video Card Woes

First off, I have to admit that I have been out of the loop with graphics cards for quite a while. Actually I was never really in the loop to begin with - I don't really play many games, so it was never a big concern... So here's the deal: I need a new video card (I had to give away my 6600 and the ...