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by fastturtle
Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i5-6500 / H170 build, reality check
Replies: 8
Views: 3497

Re: i5-6500 / H170 build, reality check

Everyone who's suggesting replace a working Hyper 212 EVO is full of lint. I have one and the stock fan is pretty quiet while it offers sufficient capacity to actually keep an E3-1230 v3 cool passively. The Skylake i5 should be even cooler, so there's little reason to replace a working cooler at thi...
by fastturtle
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planning a new system build
Replies: 18
Views: 4295

Re: Planning a new system build

Looks nice - had worked up a solid post on components as I hadn't caught you'd already bought the hardware. Oh well - win some/loose some.
by fastturtle
Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Semi-passive 12l build with a discrete GPU
Replies: 8
Views: 5266

Re: Semi-passive 12l build with a discrete GPU

Been a while since I've visited but here's my take: For the motherboard, I'd go with the Z series over the H series for many reasons - most of them being the more extensive options in the firmware. Also avoid any board with Asmedia SATA chips as they tend to include features such as USB3 and lots of...
by fastturtle
Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 48
Views: 19146

Windows 10 - Just Say No

Did a clean install of Win7 - needed since it had been over a year with multiple un/installs during that time, so clean the cruft out. Used a nice app to grab the Win10 License Key so I can do a clean install after SP1 is released (Using Win7 Pro) but had to take it out after 2 days. Unstable as hec...
by fastturtle
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm Fan Feedback needed
Replies: 1
Views: 1725

120mm Fan Feedback needed

Had looked at newegg and although I did find one of the Recomended Scythe, it wasn't from Newegg but one of their affiliates, thus not from them and as I've had problems with some of the affiliates in the past, I refuse to deal with any affiliates due to past problems. Noctua NF-S12B (seem to recall...
by fastturtle
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cooler Master Hyper T4 Failure
Replies: 0
Views: 2405

Cooler Master Hyper T4 Failure

I'm thankful that the Haswells are such cool running when under clocked as my Hyper T4 cooler totally failed me. Turns out you can not/shall not/do not ever want to mount them in the vertical position (mounting rails facing up/down) as the problem is vibration. The cooler eventually slid down the br...
by fastturtle
Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24722

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

Washu:

You listed the good/bad Intel Chips as to Raid features and as I have a Q87, I think it's one of the good ones.

What I'm currious about is whether the Intel Fake Raid is compatible with the Linux Raid/LVM software as I'm in the process of building a clean Gentoo Linux with UEFI support.
by fastturtle
Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server
Replies: 22
Views: 14394

Re: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 Rackmount Server

Mike C:

Thankf for the clear and simple explanation on how the 80+ ratings are figured.
by fastturtle
Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler
Replies: 3
Views: 3159

Re: be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler

Mike C: Would it be feasible for them to use the Shadow Rock 2 mounting system with this cooler? If so, you should suggest it. From what I've read on the various reviews with them, they've been fairly responsive and if the change makes it much easier to mount - well, marketing may actually have some...
by fastturtle
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Silverstone RL01B-USB 3.0 Case Build
Replies: 1
Views: 6387

Minor Annoyances

Finally solved a buzzing issue - turns out the Samsung drive was the issue. The problem was a Misconfigured Windows Page File, had it on the wrong drive so moving it to the Seagate 3TB solved the issue. Due to the page file being placed on the drive, it constantly spun up/down due to it's agressive ...
by fastturtle
Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Silverstone RL01B-USB 3.0 Case Build
Replies: 1
Views: 6387

Silverstone RL01B-USB 3.0 Case Build

Just finished assembling the E3-1230V3 Xeon (see sig for details) and I'm very pleased with it. Note that the SST-RL01 case is one of these Mesh Cases, so they don't dampen noise much at all even though they do help provide enough air flow. The case comes with a single 120mm LED fan in the front tha...
by fastturtle
Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for Quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 3
Views: 3241

Re: Looking for Quiet 40mm fans

Thanks for the Boxee discussion Link - have to read it.

Looks as though the only ones even making a quiet 40mm fan is Noctua. Nice thing is they're an SPCR recommended brand in most cases.
by fastturtle
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for Quiet 40mm fans
Replies: 3
Views: 3241

Looking for Quiet 40mm fans

Looking for low RPM - less then 1500 40mm fans for use on Nth/Sth bridges (similar to what used to be needed for a Socket 370 Pentium) so any links would be apreciated. I've already looked at the Scythe Mini Kaze Ultra but at just under 20dB for less then 5cfm it's way to noisy Only thing I've found...
by fastturtle
Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: please kibbitz on my new build...
Replies: 15
Views: 3339

Re: please kibbitz on my new build...

For a M-ATX board, I'd look at an AsRock Z87M-E and go with Kingston KVR16N11/8, should be compatible with the board but check the AsRock compatibility list. Avoids lots of issues and unlike AMD, Intel's really don't take advantage of much faster memory. For dev work, More is Better instead of Faste...
by fastturtle
Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Low Power mini-itx "Workstation"
Replies: 26
Views: 26595

Re: Low Power mini-itx "Workstation"

Since hardware availability is a key issue, I'd suggest that instead of building a completely new system that you reuse as much as possible and move to a smaller setup. If your Xeon is a V2, check out the AsRock Z77E-itx board as you can reusue the current memory and CPU along with your working vide...
by fastturtle
Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Next gaming build
Replies: 79
Views: 106913

Re: Next gaming build

- undervolting in UEFI: reading the manual, it looks like the G45 can set the CPU voltage offset to a negative value. Waiting for feedback. This is what moved me away from the Asrock Z87 Extreme4.... If this is true, then my AsRock board choice is good to great. Just depends on quality. I'm looking...
by fastturtle
Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: R7 260X or HD7790 ?
Replies: 9
Views: 5775

Re: R7 260X or HD7790 ?

Ca_Steve: In looking at the specs, I can see some of the reasoning as the PCI-e 3.0 spec changed the encoding from an 18b data/20b with overhead to 128b data/130b with overhead. As to power, they made no changes there. Just the encoding and bandwidth methods to increase useable bandwidth and it coul...
by fastturtle
Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: To IRST or not?
Replies: 14
Views: 4595

Re: To IRST or not?

Thanks for the clarification on the IRST issue washu but I'll stick with my original "No" with this explanation. The main issue I have with loading the Intel drivers revolves around Windows safe mode. Simply put, if there isn't an absolutely compelling feature in the driver, stick with the MS suppli...
by fastturtle
Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42451

Re: How to silence your car

edh: You'll have to define what you mean by "Luxury Car" as I'm going by what my Insurance and the various Sales Departments define them as being in all of the literature and yes, I did state how I was using the term. Otherwise it's the same argument as to what color is the sky - You say blue and I ...
by fastturtle
Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: looking for a printer that wont screw me over.
Replies: 23
Views: 8035

Re: looking for a printer that wont screw me over.

One advantage of a Laser over inkjet is longevity of toner. Keep that in mind if you don't print much as all inkjets use a small amount of ink every time they turn on to clean the heads and depending on the model, they'll go through a cartridge a month even when not being used. Another issue is that...
by fastturtle
Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to silence your car
Replies: 88
Views: 42451

Re: How to silence your car

Pappnass: Thanks for the info on the Chevy Spark. I'll have to compare it to the Volt. We've actually been considering a Volt based on our normal driving needs. Round trip for grocceries is just under 40 miles with a weekly trip for our sports (bowling) that's about the same distance. Based on that,...
by fastturtle
Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: To IRST or not?
Replies: 14
Views: 4595

Re: To IRST or not?

From what I understand, you need a smaller drive (16-32GB) to take advantage of IRST as it simply improves on the Windows Ready-Boost feature. In other words, if you're using an SSD as the boot drive then don't install the IRST.
by fastturtle
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: R7 260X or HD7790 ?
Replies: 9
Views: 5775

Re: R7 260X or HD7790 ?

Every new card intro'd in the last 5 years or so are PCI-e. The Asus Direct CU versions of the GTX 660 are nice cards and quiet. $230 seems high for the base clocked version, when you can get the ASUS GTX660-DC2 O -2GD5 for $170 in the US . Actually, I've seen some new egg reviews indicating that s...
by fastturtle
Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7030

Re: Planned Green ITX BUild

Thanks for the reminder of why I had a problem with the Haswell boards. AsRock B85M ITX board (haswell) Only brand I've seen that supports the Xeon CPU on most of their boards. Xeon E3-1225 v3 (Haswell) HD/P4600 - Linux Support depends on Kernel Version One thing that I always have to keep in mind i...
by fastturtle
Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7030

Re: Planned Green ITX BUild

Abula: I've looked at the Fractal Design case and didn't like it then or now. Nuff Said On the two Asus boards suggested, no Xeon Support from Either Board. Vicontek: Just double checked the full manual where it does indicate a 65mm max cooler height. Looks like the reply I got from Coolermaster did...
by fastturtle
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7030

Re: Planned Green ITX BUild

Vicotnik: You're arguing the wrong point as to Haswell. The TDP is still higher then the Ivy Bridge even if the overall system demand is reduced by moving the power transistors/control onto the CPU die. I think the 89TDP versus 77TDP says it all and with the planned under clock/volt it wont make muc...
by fastturtle
Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7030

Re: Planned Green ITX BUild

fwki: Thanks for catching the mistake - I'm planning on the Ivy Bridge (v2) as the Sandy Bridge uses the HD3000 GPU Abula: That's one of the cases I'd looked at before selectting the Coolermaster case for these reasons: 1) It's +40 over the Coolermaster 2) No Optical Bay 3) Can't support a monitor o...
by fastturtle
Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7030

Re: Planned Green ITX BUild

I'll answer the 1st question "What's green about it?" (a bit snarky but I'll bite) The Xeon chosen has a slightly lower TDP compared to it's i7 counterpart while having higher benchmarks where I'm interested in. As to buying an SSD, I don't like them - nuff said On the selected drives, those are ten...
by fastturtle
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7030

Re: Planned Green ITX BUild

As I stated, I can easily get an 80+ Seasonic S12-300w unit. Gold would be nice but unless it's down in the 200 - 250 watt range, it's not worth the additional cost. Current build configuration looks to be about 120-150 watts max. As to going with an SSD, I don't like them. For what a 250GB SSD cost...
by fastturtle
Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?
Replies: 26
Views: 26539

Re: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?

edh, HelldiverUK, others: You've got a strange definition of Idle then because it's clearly defined by the Industry as the CPU being in it's lowest power stage. What happens when the drives spin down? That's the S2 stage. S3 then powers off the monitor and drops the GPU into it's lowest power settin...