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by ST
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5N7A-VM: Geforce 9300 IGP
Replies: 42
Views: 23991

Thanks a lot for doing this. Very enlightening and must have been a lot of work. What are the benefits that this setup would offer over a similar AMD package, using, say, a Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H with a low-power (maybe even Brisbane) CPU? Comparing reviews, the power usage seems pretty similar. ...
by ST
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5N7A-VM: Geforce 9300 IGP
Replies: 42
Views: 23991

Nice review, and I concur with almost everything that was stated. However, having owned this board since the 2nd week of introduction, I have had a few weeks worth of soak time on it and found some issues: - 0404 BIOS and lower can cause system lockups during hard / soft poweron/reboots if the IGP (...
by ST
Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM G45 mATX motherboard
Replies: 62
Views: 35917

One thing not mentioned on review that needs to be added: 24p support. For those folks with nice sets that can support 5:5 pulldown, this is a must. Judder from 2:3 cadence especially on pans is really annoying once you know what you're looking for. Having the ability to do proper 24p playback with ...
by ST
Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Quick Review - Asus P5N7A-VM uATX HTPC Mobo
Replies: 2
Views: 2784

Quick Review - Asus P5N7A-VM uATX HTPC Mobo

I know there's a lot of interest in this board for HTPC enthusiasts (who typically are SPCR folks as well): Pros: + Flawless 24p 108p Blu Ray playback with superb image quality + 8 Channel LPCM support for DTS-HD DD-HD 7.1 support through HDMI + Undervolting and underclocking works great to enable C...
by ST
Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New nvidia 7050 mini-itx board for 775
Replies: 3
Views: 1533

good find....very interesting even if it is outdated chipset. There is an DVI version of this board with the better 7100 chipset:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813500012
by ST
Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Word on Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB?
Replies: 4
Views: 3830

Word on Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB?

I'm running out of room already on my 5TB media server / htpc, and am considering upgrading to these new Seagate 1.5TB HDD. Whats the word on their performance and noise levels? Are these 3 platter drives? TIA
by ST
Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Cool N Quiet Issue. Please help.
Replies: 11
Views: 3394

Re: Cool N Quiet Issue. Please help.

I've recently moved into the dual core realm with an Athlon X2 BE-2400 and Foxconn A7GM-S motherboard. The issue I have is that the processor doesn't seem to throttle down when my system is idle. However, when I go into my system power settings to make sure it's operating under the "Minimal Power M...
by ST
Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is fanless possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 5230

And again, I mean no disrespect. Your system is very nice, just not relevant to this thread. I guess you misunderstand or do not comprehend the relevancy. I've played with a quite a few 45nm Intels now including 3 Yorkfields and 2 Wolfdales. They run very, very cool (especially the wolfdales) and w...
by ST
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Western Digital 1TB HDDs OEM (GP Series) - $110 shipped
Replies: 0
Views: 1178

Western Digital 1TB HDDs OEM (GP Series) - $110 shipped

Western Digital 1TB HDD OEM (GP Series) w/ Sata cable: Had this for about 5-6 months and in excellent condition. Very quiet and fast drive. SOLD
by ST
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is fanless possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 5230

This is Silent PC Review and the OP is talking about fanless systems. The first reply addresses this but the rest does not. A system with three TriCool fans is not a fanless system; it's not even a quiet system by SPCR standards. Many people here have systems with just one or two very quiet fans. Y...
by ST
Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is fanless possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 5230

This is my u-ATX Core 2 Quad system running in a semi-passive configuration with a Ninja Scythe Rev. 1 HSF. By semi-passive, there is no direct CPU fan, however there are 2 adjacent system exhaust fans (as you can see from the pictures). I run my Q9300 undervolted to 1.08V, but at 2.9GHz without a h...
by ST
Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM Mobo quick review..
Replies: 18
Views: 16758

G45 review up at Anandtech: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3417 Compares G35, G45 as well as Asus , GigaByte, SuperMicro, and Intel mobos as well! Now this is a hilarious quote: Nothing conjures up more fright in the labs than watching the fire control system go off with a dozen...
by ST
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM Mobo quick review..
Replies: 18
Views: 16758

Re: responses to comments on my review of the P5Q-EM

....If the fan speed is below 600 RPM at POST, the bios will give a fan speed warning (unless monitoring is disabled). This is normal operations for Q-Fan since it's inception 5-6 years ago. I think you can change the RPM limit via PC Probe II somewhere, if i remember correctly. ....This occurs in ...
by ST
Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM Mobo quick review..
Replies: 18
Views: 16758

Okay, for those that asked for comparative G35 vs. G45 numbers: Asus P5E-VM HDMI Scythe Ninja Rev. A (fanless) OCZ 4GB DDR2-800 Seasonic 600W PSU 3X WD 1TB GP Lite On Blu Ray 3 YL 120mm Fans Intel Wolfdale Core 2 Duo Xeon E3110 (E8400 equivalent) (3.0GHz stock) 3.0GHz (1.072V) -> 75W Idle @ 27C 3.0G...
by ST
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM Mobo quick review..
Replies: 18
Views: 16758

Re: P5Q-EM Thoughts

Thanks for sharing, this is helping me decide whether i want to keep it or wait for the upcoming nvidia 9300/9400 MC7A mobos. BTW> You never mentioned anything on BD playback? How was it for you and what software did you use? See my experiences inline with your comments Asus Q fan seems to work wel...
by ST
Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM Mobo quick review..
Replies: 18
Views: 16758

I can't refute/confirm the reports of pci-e 2.0 video cards working or not, because i use the onboard gpu (seriously, why would you get a g45 mobo if you're going not to use the igp?). However, after much more tinkering around, I will say that there is only a slight incremental upgrade from G35 boar...
by ST
Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus P5Q-EM Mobo quick review..
Replies: 18
Views: 16758

Asus P5Q-EM Mobo quick review..

Just transferred most of my system over from a Asus P5E-VM HDMI (G35) setup to this new G45 based board. Very impressed thus far. Voltage is selectable down to .85V, so great news for undervolters (like me)! Haven't tested whether Speedfan will work with the onboard fan controls yet, but Q-Fan seems...
by ST
Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for matx case with good cooling for a gaming rig.
Replies: 12
Views: 4744

Re: Looking for matx case with good cooling for a gaming rig

Hi, I am new here. Right now, I am in the process of shopping around for the parts for a gaming rig. Considering I will most likely never use SLI, I've decided on getting an matx board. I've decided on getting a fan controller so it could be quiet while I am not playing games. The silverstone SGH-0...
by ST
Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Anyone with E7200?
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Anyone with E7200?

Please give us your thermals and power dissappation from wall...
by ST
Mon May 19, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E8400(E3110) vs Q9300 vs Q9450 Power Consumption, Temps, etc
Replies: 27
Views: 28884

greyskies - I have always a big proponent of Sycthe Ninjas, especially their ability to run passively (no fans). With Intel's new generation of 45nm CPU - it is actually plausible now. Below is synopsis of the case I use: Just want to give some feedback on this case. I've worked on 3 of these now in...
by ST
Mon May 19, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E8400(E3110) vs Q9300 vs Q9450 Power Consumption, Temps, etc
Replies: 27
Views: 28884

Re: E8400(E3110) vs Q9300 vs Q9450 Power Consumption, Temps,

I don't know if it's 75 W from the wall or from the PSU. It's impossible to tell from the article. But I agree with you. His system would probably draw 50-60 Watt from the PSU. I myself is contemplating to ditch my current GPU and motherboard and get a G35/630i chipset motherboard and run the lot o...
by ST
Sat May 17, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E8400(E3110) vs Q9300 vs Q9450 Power Consumption, Temps, etc
Replies: 27
Views: 28884

Re: E8400(E3110) vs Q9300 vs Q9450 Power Consumption, Temps,

Great Comparison! :D I've recently been debating this very subject. If you're running them at 1.072 / 1.088 (vCore?), i'm very impressed. I didn't realise you could undervolt that much! How have you done your stability testing at such low voltages? -Mikey Thanks. I check stability via OCCT utility ...
by ST
Tue May 06, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passively cooling an Intel Wolfdale?
Replies: 12
Views: 3899

After reading the SPCR review on the Ninja Copper I'm leaning back towards the U120E. The lack of fitting security on such a heavy HS is a concern. I suppose there's no better answer than to just test the setup I'm planning in terms of not using a fan on the HS and hopefully leaving the exhaust fan...
by ST
Fri May 02, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Intel Xeon E3110 (E8400) Retail Box w/ full warranty
Replies: 2
Views: 1495

FS: Intel Xeon E3110 (E8400) Retail Box w/ full warranty

I have a 1 month old Xeon E3110 CPU that I don't really need anymore. It was operational at 3.2GHz @ 1.072V (never overclocked + overvolted). It is full retail box with stock unused HSF, thus has full warranty from Intel (and I have receipts for it as well just in case). Asking $180 shipped w/ every...
by ST
Fri May 02, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E8400(E3110) vs Q9300 vs Q9450 Power Consumption, Temps, etc
Replies: 27
Views: 28884

E8400(E3110) vs Q9300 vs Q9450 Power Consumption, Temps, etc

After just acquiring my Q9300, I've now had the chance to review all 3 45nm Wolfdale/Yorkfield CPU in my systems and here are some measurements and observations: System: Asus P5E-VM HDMI Scythe Ninja Rev. A (fanless) OCZ 4GB DDR2-800 Seasonic 600W PSU 3X WD 1TB GP Lite On Blu Ray http://i59.photobuc...
by ST
Fri May 02, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...
Replies: 16
Views: 8785

I notice you didn't stuff the 8600 back in there. Giving the G35 another shot, or just caught in the middle? FWIW I am fighting with my P5E-VM currently. Turns out when you go hdmi-hdmi with the intel chipset the LCD TV can get some obnoxious overscan. Unfortunately the standard tools don't work wi...
by ST
Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help choose between E8200 and Q9300 cpu...
Replies: 11
Views: 5916

See the review of AT review of E8200 vs Q9300 (and AMDs offerings as well as older 65nm CPUs) :

http://www.anandtech.com/printarticle.aspx?i=3272

It will give you a general idea of what to expect from performance and power comsumption standpoint.
by ST
Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...
Replies: 16
Views: 8785

Well, after playing around with my BD setup more, I find out that I am short on storage (3TB isn't enough! :( ), so went back to "upgrade" again... 1) To address the storage shortage, I now have 4 WD 1 TB GP drives and 1 WD 75gb Raptor OS drive: http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g319/stranx44/Comput...
by ST
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM + Phenom 9500 experience report
Replies: 21
Views: 15005

Are you able to undervolt Phenom from the bios? I've never undervolted or overvolted/clocked something. The BIOS has some options for this IIRC. Try to undervolt via RMClock if you can. FWIW - here's my Q9450 power consumption numbers: Asus P5K-VM G33 Mobo Intel Yorkfield Q9450 45nm Core 2 Quad CPU...
by ST
Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...
Replies: 16
Views: 8785

Nice setup. What is with all the motherboards? Your local retailer must just love all of the returns and exchanges :lol: :lol: What bothered you so much about the P5E-VM HDMI? Or was it that you just decided you wanted a stand alone graphics card? I just installed one this weekend and was impressed...