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by dragmor
Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet-ish build with a Shuttle XPC SH67H3
Replies: 15
Views: 8737

Re: Quiet-ish build with a Shuttle XPC SH67H3

The SH67H7 is not officially available in Australia either, however they are still easy to find if you go away from the major retailers. Most computer stores around here seem to be gray importers direct from Asia. I would be seriously surprised if you couldn't source one. You really don't want the S...
by dragmor
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet-ish build with a Shuttle XPC SH67H3
Replies: 15
Views: 8737

Re: Quiet-ish build with a Shuttle XPC SH67H3

Go for the SH67H7 over the H3, its the same internals with a much nicer case and should only be $20 more. http://au.shuttle.com/products/productsDetail?productId=1549 As for components, get a normal 2500 or 2400 (K's will not work on the H67 chipset), 8GB ram, a 120GB+ SSD and a 2TB green drive that...
by dragmor
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate Momentus XT: The Best of Both Worlds?
Replies: 32
Views: 10663

Re: Seagate Momentus XT: The Best of Both Worlds?

Time has moved on, the SSD caching on the Z68 chipset removes the need for hybrid drives. It functions better and removes several of the downsides e.g. you can defrag. There are already a few desktop motherboards shipping with a 20GB SSD installed and a few laptops that contain the prerequisite hard...
by dragmor
Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Atom VS Pentium 4 - IT IS ON!
Replies: 25
Views: 8151

Re: Atom VS Pentium 4 - IT IS ON!

My 2 cents. I run the following 2 PC's at home and a Windows Home Server box. Each has a single Dell 2005FPW (1680x1050) monitor + bluetooth keyboard and mouse. The PC's are literally next to each other which makes comparisons easy. Both are running Kapersky Internet Security Suite 2010 and Windows ...
by dragmor
Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Cost to operate 4870
Replies: 3
Views: 1499

by dragmor
Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A delicate question
Replies: 26
Views: 5128

Re: A delicate question

Being a POW = Not a hero

Being given the opportunity to leave by your captors (due to family status) and CHOOSING to stick to the military's Code of Conduct in regards to the order of prisoner release = close to Hero.
by dragmor
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?
Replies: 10
Views: 3686

Re: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?

mathias wrote:
dragmor wrote: Its better than the 1024x1024 plasma TV's that are being marketed as 720p.
At least that's sort of comparable to 720p.
No its not, its not wide enough to display 720p. So you get squished with bars, you get bars with normal SD formats (pal and ntsc).

Its a bloody useless resolution for a TV.
by dragmor
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Triple Core AMD's ???
Replies: 44
Views: 10068

If your going to run integrated graphics the 780G and 790GX boards seem to get a ~30% boost from a Phenom compared to an X2.
by dragmor
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?
Replies: 10
Views: 3686

Re: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?

I could understand 1366x768 being marketed as "720p", since it's more larger than 1280x720...but this 1080p thing is simply deceptive. Its better than the 1024x1024 plasma TV's that are being marketed as 720p. Just look at all the mess out there. http://advancedvisualdesign.com.au/products/visualdi...
by dragmor
Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Re-using old IDE drives?
Replies: 12
Views: 8810

Spend $10 and get a IDE to USB external case and use the drives as a backup.

I've got 1 case and about 10 drives as backup, some get copied to and left at family members houses in case something really bad happens. Its good for things like wedding photos, etc.
by dragmor
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 230692

pony-tail wrote:that is if one ever gets made
Both Gigabyte and Powercolour have passive versions of the card (2 slots).

Also the reference designs for the 710 (4550?) are both passive (full and half height). The card has 80SP units, 64bit memory full video acceleration with a TDP of <25w.
by dragmor
Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Single slot ATI 3870 (Addition: Or 46xx?)
Replies: 8
Views: 2214

Hexus has some numbers.
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?i ... 93&page=14

Less power usage than a 3650 and about the performance of a 3850.
by dragmor
Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Single slot ATI 3870 (Addition: Or 46xx?)
Replies: 8
Views: 2214

At least wait a week and check out the new ATI mid range cards.

4670 ~= 3850 in performance, and has a max of 75w (probably less, but it has no external power plug to go any higher).
by dragmor
Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What TV to buy
Replies: 28
Views: 4583

Look for something like kogan.com.au in the USA?

They all use the same parts anyway.
by dragmor
Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Disgusting Behaviour from Gigabyte - Fixed
Replies: 12
Views: 17982

You should try being in Oz.

I had a faulty 965-DQ6 and my options where return to the place of purchase which would only give me a swap for another "fixed" RMA board OR post the board to Gigabyte in Taiwan, wait a couple of months and pay the return postage costs.
by dragmor
Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super bright case leds
Replies: 17
Views: 4598

One of the nice features that Shuttle has had for a long time is control of the brightness of the LEDs on the case. Mine has 0% to 100% in 10% increments.
by dragmor
Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Choosing between XFX and Evga
Replies: 8
Views: 1703

think that Evga may have one of the best warranties. unless it's changed, their warranty still stands if you change the stock cooler. I believe this applies to XFX as well. XFX's warranty changes between regions. While North America has a life time warranty, Asia and the Pacific gets 1-2 years depe...
by dragmor
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dont understand...hd4850 10w idle @ 68c
Replies: 254
Views: 120236

But will continued high temps decrease the longevity of the video card. More than likely. Maybe, but there is a usable life cycle as well, which with PC components is short, 5 to 10 years at best. I had a passive 9550 (now running in a relatives PC) since about when they came out (about 5 years ago...
by dragmor
Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quieting my shuttle....
Replies: 7
Views: 1839

Undervolt your CPU, Shuttle motherboards are normally very good at undervolting. I've got my 3500+ at 1.2v load vs 1.35v default and 0.9 idle vs 1.1v default. This drops the case temps by ~20c at load.

btw which Shuttle do you have?
by dragmor
Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super bright LED light bulb
Replies: 33
Views: 8327

Even though CFL's have mercury, the amount of energy you save by replacing an incandescent light bulb with a cfl of equal light intensity, during the lifetime of the bulb, is so much, that producing that amount of energy by coal will release MORE mercury in the air at the power plant (tiny amount o...
by dragmor
Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon 64 X2 3800+ EE SFF 35W finally in retail!
Replies: 2
Views: 1695

My Shuttle really wants one of these for 939...

Its a good move by AMD to finally retail these. High yield chip which is more than good enough for the average desktop.
by dragmor
Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: big sedans!
Replies: 20
Views: 4589

The Jaguar S is about a whopping € 60,000, but the newer model looks really good. The XF for € 68,000. Get the XF over the S, its worth it. Or just buy a proper sports car for the same money. Buy the Lotus Elise, you know you want it. Seriously though if your going to go big sedan then look 2nd...
by dragmor
Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is posting in Forums "Blogging"?
Replies: 6
Views: 1655

Forums are not bogs.
by dragmor
Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Is Going Green Really Golden?
Replies: 30
Views: 14105

QFT, I work for a manufacturing company (coated textiles) and the most recent surge in our little corner of the industry has been for green fabrics. Mind you, no one has any idea what "green fabrics" are, they just want them. Usually, we are pretty honest and say, "there is no such thing, tell me w...
by dragmor
Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 203412

I still think the memory vs CPU voltage is hit and miss. I remember lots of talk about it on socket 939 with the 90nm CPU's and high end memory, but the only people I knew that burnt out CPU's were running memory voltage in the 3.2v+ range. I've been running 0.8v CPU and 2.8v memory for the last 3-4...
by dragmor
Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dont understand...hd4850 10w idle @ 68c
Replies: 254
Views: 120236

The Cat 8.5 drivers (not sure about 8.6) don't have the HD48x0 cards power play activated so the cards voltage and frequency are not throttling down but the fan is.
by dragmor
Thu May 22, 2008 9:16 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: The new Nvidia GTX 280 : 240W TDP. Are silencers doomed?
Replies: 36
Views: 11728

Yeah but if you purchase a new nvidia motherboard with your expensive graphics card it will be, Load = 240W, Idle = 0w. Since the new nvidia boards can turn off the discrete card and use the onboard. But if you have an intel chipset then your out of luck. The next gen AMD/ATI's released in June are ...
by dragmor
Sun May 18, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: AVG Anti-Virus.....New Version.
Replies: 48
Views: 12485

I think that AVG downloads all pages from the google search results and scans them. When that is finished the scan results are inserted in the google page. That would explain the bandwidth, the packets and the functionality. And AVG themselves don't have to pay for the bandwidth. And a very good re...
by dragmor
Thu May 15, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: AVG Anti-Virus.....New Version.
Replies: 48
Views: 12485

I don't see why people use AV software at all. I've been running without any third-party security software on any of my systems for close to two years now, and I haven't had a single problem yet. Keep your windows up to date, don't visit shady websites, and don't open email attachments that you don...
by dragmor
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silence with a X2 4850e or Phenom 9100e?
Replies: 10
Views: 4890

Re: Just to update....

cosmicvibes wrote:Seems the Phenom 9100e was just a paper launch... I believe it suffered from the B2 stepping issue so AMD scrapped it in favour of launching a 9150e sometime in the near future.
All the remaining B2's went to the OEM's really cheap.

Only the 9x50 models should be available retail now.