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by |Romeo|
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ADATA XPG SX300 128GB & Intel 525 Series 180GB mSATA SSDs
Replies: 3
Views: 2534

Re: ADATA XPG SX300 128GB & Intel 525 Series 180GB mSATA SSD

There's not going to be any more drop in performance than there would be with a poor quality cable. All there is is a power IC on the adapter board and that's most likely there to cope with SATA power connectors that don't supply 3.3v.
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Credit card sized Atom motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 2655

Re: Credit card sized Atom motherboard

WhiteFireDragon wrote:what can this thing be used for if it has no audio, no LAN, no SATA, or no pci?
Anything that doesn't require those interfaces to be permanently connected. I can use any of those through USB adaptors if it were necessary.
by |Romeo|
Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Credit card sized Atom motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 2655

Re: Credit card sized Atom motherboard

No, there's nothing particularly exotic to get the power down, it's an Z530 Atom with US15W (Poulsbo) as the chipset rather than one of the more power hungry chipsets (945, ION etc.). To be sure, quite a few things are turned off (Audio (no codec), LAN (no transformer), SATA (no connector), PCI Expr...
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Credit card sized Atom motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 2655

Re: Credit card sized Atom motherboard

It's a single core. There's no particular reason why it couldn't be made a dual core, but at the moment, it just isn't. What angles do you want pictures of? As for ROHS compliance, yes it is. I won't publish the schematics however, since this is part of a commercial product. I thought people here mi...
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Credit card sized Atom motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 2655

Credit card sized Atom motherboard

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/4193/p1030904copy.th.jpg My handiwork in shrinking computer motherboards has reached a new low. That's a normal sized credit card in the background, not a photoshopped one! Probably needless to say at this size, but it's got no moving parts and is therefore comple...
by |Romeo|
Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Recommend FTP Backup Software
Replies: 9
Views: 3173

Duplicati does have some issues (I would rate its issues with locked files and only copying the main file stream to be the worst) -however most of the commercial (file based) backup software I have examined has had these two as well. It's probably worth looking at the issues tab to see if any of the...
by |Romeo|
Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Recommend FTP Backup Software
Replies: 9
Views: 3173

Wow that was a quick answer, thanks very much. I will look into that software, looks OK on the surface, but no mention (after a very quick read) of it being "Incremental", which is a must when the data set is measured in gigabytes. Andy Duplicati is incremental, only the changed parts of changed fi...
by |Romeo|
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Recommend FTP Backup Software
Replies: 9
Views: 3173

I think Duplicati does at least most of what you want (perhaps all, but I haven't tested everything that you want it to do) http://code.google.com/p/duplicati/
by |Romeo|
Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Blade That Would Make Helicopters Almost Silent
Replies: 3
Views: 1032

aristide1 wrote:Great now how about an anti-idiot Harley owner?
Sorry? I don't follow you. All I was trying to do was point out that the blade really isn't that special, and explain why that is the case.
by |Romeo|
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Blade That Would Make Helicopters Almost Silent
Replies: 3
Views: 1032

I wouldn't read too much into that, the "conventional" blade that they use for comparison would be most unlikely to be used in any current helicopter -the comparison is not dissimilar to comparing the noise from an early 7.2K HD to an SSD because they have roughly similar capacities. Valid; but not ...
by |Romeo|
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Powered hubs
Replies: 3
Views: 1108

From my experience, USB hubs are often of questionable quality (particularly the AC adaptors shipped with them) but I know of no good way to evaluate without taking the adaptor apart. The worst I've seen to date was rather unsafe (false markings on the casing. The wall wart would not have passed a t...
by |Romeo|
Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New Atom + Poulsbo motherboard arrived -no moving parts
Replies: 9
Views: 3633

Re: Specs & prices

It's actually a Toradex Robin (84x55mm). As is usually the case, miniaturization is not cheap -- http://www.toradex.com/En/Products/Robin_Z530_Z510 Certainly not cheap. However, it's not as bad value as it first appears, because it has integrated RAM, flash and PSU. Comparing this to (for example) ...
by |Romeo|
Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New Atom + Poulsbo motherboard arrived -no moving parts
Replies: 9
Views: 3633

What is it? I've been waiting for something exactly like that to come out for my file server. My guess would be Portwell NANO-8044 or Portwell NANO-8045. http://www.portwell.com/products/detail.asp?CUSTCHAR1=NANO-8044 http://www.portwell.com/products/detail.asp?CUSTCHAR1=NANO-8045 It's a good bit s...
by |Romeo|
Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New Atom + Poulsbo motherboard arrived -no moving parts
Replies: 9
Views: 3633

New Atom + Poulsbo motherboard arrived -no moving parts

Some people here may remember my obsession with small to tiny motherboards, even if they're not always silent (or in the case of the Via Pico ITX, really very loud). But I think my new very, very small motherboard might be of interest to people here; it has no moving parts whatsoever; integrated fla...
by |Romeo|
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 124427

Re: If you could ask God one question ...

What maths will allow me to accurately and completely describe turbulence? Turbulence is described by rather simple equations, a lot of chaotic systems follow rather simple equations. The big thing is they are non-linear--though that isn't the only requirement. Allow me to clarify; to accurately an...
by |Romeo|
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 124427

Re: If you could ask God one question ...

Cov wrote:... what would it be ?
What maths will allow me to accurately and completely describe turbulence?
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anandtech: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ
Replies: 45
Views: 12223

I needed to build a case (not a physical ATX case) to promote SSD vs HDD at work, showing benchmark numbers doesn't mean much for the people I have to present this for, best way to show the difference is just by doing that: showing. http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=923 any and all fee...
by |Romeo|
Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA Artigo: A Pico-ITX System
Replies: 27
Views: 9772

The Wind doesn't look like it is at all targeted at DIY, it looks like a netbox to me. If there's MSI PR documentation stating otherwise, I'd be surprised. It's a bare bones kit, just like Artigo. No RAM, no HDD. So, how's Artigo more DIY? Barebones doesn't mean it's designed for the same applicati...
by |Romeo|
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA Artigo: A Pico-ITX System
Replies: 27
Views: 9772

Very interesting review, not least because it confirms the rumour I got (on Monday) that these boards had changed -although the rumour only mentioned the heatsink, not the battery (by the way, if Lawrence could measure how high the battery is from the board (I suspect it may now be 7mm to match the ...
by |Romeo|
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech - "NVIDIA's Ion Platform: Performance Preview
Replies: 34
Views: 8787

I would ignore the Tomshardware "review" -the author either has very little experience, or hasn't used his brain, or both. My biggest concern would be labelling the connection to the daughterboard as "this port is surely a PCI Express" when it just blatantly isn't. PCperspective have a reasonable an...
by |Romeo|
Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to force CHKDSK fix index on NTFS drive?
Replies: 10
Views: 3401

Let's recap for a minute. You used software known to screw up the MFT on a partition and it screwed it up badly enough that chkdsk can't do anything with it. You've used a number of other tools including a hex editor on the MFT. Fairly unsurprisingly, none of the tools were able to easily deal with ...
by |Romeo|
Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tiny, Silent and Efficient: The picoPSU
Replies: 142
Views: 224482

Re: voltage sag

Has anyone considered the 12V sag at high load may be caused by the fairly small gauge wires used between the brick and the Pico? I think the wire is 14g but I am not sure. 8A is a fair amount of current and 3-4 feet of smallish wire can cause a voltage drop. Assuming 14 gauge (AWG) wire and a wire...
by |Romeo|
Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Remote Desktop options that are Vista 64bit compatable.
Replies: 6
Views: 2730

Re: Remote Desktop options that are Vista 64bit compatable.

I can't use the built in remote desktop because it would show the logon screen on the TV the HTPC is connected to. You might be interested in the terminal services hack that allows multiple concurrent logins using remote dektop (or concurrent local and remote logins) http://www.kood.org/terminal-se...
by |Romeo|
Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 21580

In my oppinion, based on experience with a Via Pico ITX and the size of heatsink shown in the pictures of the Ion, it is going to get hot.

No doubt time will tell if I am correct or not, but I'm still dissapointed by the high power consumption.
by |Romeo|
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 21580

Re: Ars: "3D gaming, HD video coming to netbooks in 200

Jon Stokes compares ION to AMD's Yukon & mobile Radeon, as well as VIA's Trinity platform. Claims ION should draw about 18 watts. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081219-3d-gaming-hd-video-coming-to-netbooks-in-2009.html 18W?!? That is going to be really toasty. And also sadly makes it comple...
by |Romeo|
Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 21580

I see that the Ion has a very similar heatsink, which gives some upper limits on how much power the whole thing can take. Where do you see a heatsink? The pictures in the Anandtech article just show bare chips. I'm sure the Nvidia 9400M will have a heatsink in production versions, but a single-core...
by |Romeo|
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 21580

As an alternative to Atom + 945G, Nvidia's Ion is pure win. I'd be willing to say that this platform can achieve <10W idles. I'll be very disappointed if this isn't substantially less than 10W at full load. My Via Pico ITX is under 11W under load as measured on the PSU input (which incidentally is ...
by |Romeo|
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech: NVIDIA's Ion Platform (Atom+GeForce 9400M)
Replies: 47
Views: 21580

As an alternative to Atom + 945G, Nvidia's Ion is pure win. I'd be willing to say that this platform can achieve <10W idles. I'll be very disappointed if this isn't substantially less than 10W at full load. My Via Pico ITX is under 11W under load as measured on the PSU input (which incidentally is ...
by |Romeo|
Thu May 29, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Using Deans Ultra Plugs on PW-200-V & Dell DA-1 Brick
Replies: 7
Views: 9688

A Deans connector is probably OK, they are rated quite highly, and the failure case is that the connector melts if they don't handle the current
by |Romeo|
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: High current draw from USB
Replies: 1
Views: 1186

I think (it's a long while since I looked at the spec) that you must provide 100mA without negotiation and must be able to provide 500mA if the device requests it, but the spec does not prohibit supplying more, it merely states that a device should (must?) not attempt to draw more than 500mA at any ...