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by Jasper
Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 168
Views: 215224

Re: HP MicroServer

Sure but the sane ones have a relationship with some kind of professional to overlook servers and the like. Outsourcing is not uncommon around here. Small IT service companies provide the services many business needs without the risk involved in relying on a clueless guy. Many of the outsourcing co...
by Jasper
Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which three-platter 2TB for raid?
Replies: 4
Views: 1851

Which three-platter 2TB for raid?

I've been looking into the Samsung F4EG 2TB, versus the newer 3-platter WD20EARS. My current inclination is to go with the latter for my new 5x2 raid set. Drives will be used with linux software-raid5. I've currently got a set of 4 WD10AAKSes, and these work fine. I have not had issues with them dro...
by Jasper
Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help with speed of wd20ears - 00mvwb0 on win xp
Replies: 4
Views: 2406

You might want to look into aligning your partitions properly. The EARS is a 4 kB sectors drive, and WinXP does not by default partition properly for that. With 4 kB read/write, that would lead just about to a halving of the speed plus some overhead, as each 4 kB read or write would require 8 kB of ...
by Jasper
Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low Powering the server
Replies: 1
Views: 851

Low Powering the server

Hi, I'm currently using my old desktop system as my server, but I'm thinking of downsizing. Current components: NSK6000, w/ 120 mm Nexus rear exhaust 92 mm Nexus bottom front intake Zalman ZM400A-APF PSU with stock fan Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Zalman ZM-NB47J AMD Athlon XP 2500+ 'Barton' Zalman 7000Cu w/...
by Jasper
Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Strange... I opened my new 1TB Toshiba External HDD...
Replies: 7
Views: 4799

angelkiller wrote: Does anyone know the differences that warrant a new product name :?: If this drive was identical to its consumer counterparts, why the new name?
I suspect the biggest difference is in the warranty arrangements. ie, the OEM drives don't have any through WD themselves.
by Jasper
Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EACS 00D6B0 at MicroCenter - YMMV
Replies: 16
Views: 16802

I recently purchased a quartet of WD10EACS in .nl and was quite chuffed to find out they actually were the newer 3-platter model. Originally ordered July 9, and they were reported as in stock (but the order was waiting on another component (an AOC-SAT2-MV8) with unknown time) by 22/7. They were ship...
by Jasper
Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47406

Can I ask where you found that these are MLC products rather than SLC? OCZ itself doesn't specify, and their earlier product, with similar but slightly less performance, was pronounced to be SLC by the review sites.
by Jasper
Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need help setting up RAID for video editing system
Replies: 6
Views: 2464

P5Q is a P45 mainboard, which means Intel Matrix Raid. This is a 'fakeraid', which means that the mirroring is done in software by the BIOS on boot and by the driver during running of windows. You set it up initially in the BIOS, then load the device driver (if necessary) during the install (will be...
by Jasper
Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:15 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47406

It would be handy if there were some way to record all the reads and writes over a session in Windows and replay them, so that a card could be artificially aged to determine realistic lifespan. I suppose a simpler alternative would be to just record the average number and size of read/writes in a W...
by Jasper
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEW - WD Caviar Black 1TB
Replies: 2
Views: 1643

Most of the black/blue/green drives appear to be rebadged versions of the current drives, same type number (WD6400AAKS-xxxxxx frex, down to the xes), simply with a new product name because they're dividng into green, black (performance), and blue (basic reliability).
by Jasper
Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K1000.B (second gen) and the "Tera Era" (
Replies: 4
Views: 2189

Seagate 1.5 TB is inevitable... but not necessarily within one month, without prior paper launch. Surely it can happen without prior warning but how reliable is this information about "next month"? They've launched it earlier today, whether it's a paper launch or there will be ones in stores next w...
by Jasper
Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi 7K1000.B (second gen) and the "Tera Era" (
Replies: 4
Views: 2189

Re: Hitachi 7K1000.B (second gen) and the "Tera Era&quo

375GB [platters] So that means (along with the power distributions) that we're getting 2-platter 750s now. Using this technology, it would also be trivial for Hitachi to bring out a 4-platter 1500 gigabyte drive. Is there really that little demand for drives larger than a terabyte that even a simpl...
by Jasper
Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja spotted
Replies: 106
Views: 75013

...just twist to break the glue and pull... Have you personally done this? My experience is that hot glue is awfully good stickum. :oops: Yep, I've done it (and I'm getting a brandnew digicam so I'll finally be able to provide pictorial evidence soon, yay!). There's a big gap between the endcaps an...
by Jasper
Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Sladesurfer's Antec Solo
Replies: 14
Views: 6153

Hmm, yes, if you look closely you can see it's just a little to the left of where the 16x slot starts (which a 1x slot wouldn't be). AFAIK AMR has always been mostly an OEM-only thing, particularly to very cheaply add modems and stuff. In the old days, AMR was a very short AGP-style connector (about...
by Jasper
Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Sladesurfer's Antec Solo
Replies: 14
Views: 6153

What's that pcie 1x card?
by Jasper
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair HX520W & HX620W Modular power supplies
Replies: 79
Views: 74322

In S3 sleep mode, the PSU fan turns off, at least it does on the systems I've built that do S3 (SU380 x2 and neoHE 430). My system with the corsair 520 doesn't really do 'off', in any variant, so I've never tried that one, but I suspect that it, too, would completely shut down the fan in S3. And wit...
by Jasper
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 234286

Maybe it's including/excluding the box?
by Jasper
Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja spotted
Replies: 106
Views: 75013

It might be possible with a standard ATX PSU if you take it out of its casing aswell or if you remove/grind down the decorative bolts on the heatpipes of the Minja. I have seen an old thread here on SPCR where someone had done this to a Ninja and had gained several mm's. The decorative bolts on the...
by Jasper
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja spotted
Replies: 106
Views: 75013

How many fins does the mini have, and at what finspacing? I have modded two fullsize Ninjas to fit in NSK2400s, and IIRC from that experience, I reduced them from 23 fins to 15, ie losing just over 1/3d of the fins (and after that you still need to bend the heatpipe stalks out of the way, of course...
by Jasper
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja spotted
Replies: 106
Views: 75013

How many fins does the mini have, and at what finspacing? I have modded two fullsize Ninjas to fit in NSK2400s, and IIRC from that experience, I reduced them from 23 fins to 15, ie losing just over 1/3d of the fins (and after that you still need to bend the heatpipe stalks out of the way, of course)...
by Jasper
Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Family relations between Antec cases
Replies: 7
Views: 3963

Family relations between Antec cases

So, I was hoping to collect information on how closely the various interesting-to-us Antec cases past and present are related and some relevant overview specs. Not intended as a collection of reviews, just as an overview for a pre-selection process. I've made a start here, but I need more informatio...
by Jasper
Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 296302

Oh... And one question: Would these meshed covers provide sufficient airflow for the PSU duct? "Aerocool masstige"? that looks like a coolermaster stacker grill, right down to the plastic supporting the grill material and the shape of the curves. I have a Stacker 5.25->3.5 adapter due to a failed e...
by Jasper
Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD? Intel? Single Core? Dual Core? Gulp!
Replies: 43
Views: 16303

You can simulate a network card in vmware, but if you don't have drivers for the real one, the simulated one isn't going to transfer data to your real network ;) Yes, but it's the Host OS that needs the drivers, not the guest OS. The guest OS -- under traditional VMware software virtualisation that...
by Jasper
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: OK to cut 4-pin connectors on Nexus/YL 120mm fan?
Replies: 9
Views: 3065

My 120mm Yate Loons described above were as your smaller Nexus ( 3 fan wires straight to 3-pin, red & black back out to 4-pins ), so it's a case of dealing with the situation you find. ;) Odd, that, since YL manufactures the Nexus 120 I believe. All the Nexus 120s I've had were as I described above...
by Jasper
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Max safe temp for hard drives?
Replies: 103
Views: 309500

Back when 5400, and then 7200 rpm drives came into being, and 'airflow' was something server manufacturers and overclockers worried about, certainly not regular joe case designer, I lost a lot of drives relatively quickly in unventilated hellholes. As a datapoint, my dad used to have an Inwin someth...
by Jasper
Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: OK to cut 4-pin connectors on Nexus/YL 120mm fan?
Replies: 9
Views: 3065

Personally, I don't isolate cut ends explicitly. On the 80 and 92 nexus, the 3 wires from the fan first go into a 3pin and then two of them continue on to the molex passthrough. Just use a small scissors to snip them right where the stock heatshrink ends on the 3pin. Those cut ends sure aren't going...
by Jasper
Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan speed controller
Replies: 22
Views: 6380

Sounds awesome, will get it to control the 2 heatsink fans, 1 fan blowing over video card and the rear case fan. Or can it control the 2 heatsink fans as one "channel", then 3 other fans independently for case etc? At the bottom of this link, it says 3/8" or 1/2" fittings, what does that mean and w...
by Jasper
Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD? Intel? Single Core? Dual Core? Gulp!
Replies: 43
Views: 16303

Indeed. Hard drives that old significantly increase the risk of losing all your data, which is major pain even if you *do* have proper backups. In addition the parallel ata cables are a major pain airflow-wise, especially when it's more than one. There's also no way that 3x 40GB Cuda IVs are quieter...
by Jasper
Thu May 24, 2007 3:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need quiet micro-ATX case. Antec NSK3300 or Minuet?
Replies: 17
Views: 5608

Like the 2400, the 3400 also has a separate compartment up the top for the power supply and 5.25" bays. Right! I'd missed, or forgotten, that. Was the NSK3400 developed in corroboration with SPCR as well, or did the engineer just pay close attention to what was happening in the 2400? Incidentally, ...
by Jasper
Thu May 24, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC build with NSK2400
Replies: 16
Views: 5659

You guys feel confindent that I can run the E4300 with the SI-128 fanless? There doesn't seem to be enough room for a fan on top of the SI-128, so I'm out of luck, if it doesn't work fanless. I have two NSK2400s, with an A64 3200+ and an A64 X2 4200+ respectively, with modified Ninjas on both, and ...