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by tehfire
Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Any advantage to connecting gigabit ethernet to PCIx16 slot?
Replies: 3
Views: 3670

Any advantage to connecting gigabit ethernet to PCIx16 slot?

I understand from a peak theoretical bandwidth standpoint, they will be the same, so that's not what I'm asking... CPU-----G31 Chipset-----ICH7-----HDDs | | | | | | | | | | PCIe x16 PCIe x1 This is for a Windows Home Server. The PCIe lanes on my motherboard are connected as shown above. What I'm won...
by tehfire
Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Low Power BIOS Settings?
Replies: 6
Views: 5731

While changing voltage settings will help, it doesn't make that much a difference at idle as it used to. For starters, RAM is pretty low on power consumption as-is. Also, with the Nehalem microarchitecture (in this case, Clarkdale), the CPU has very good power gating, meaning that instead of the cor...
by tehfire
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Corporate Greed Will Now Run the US
Replies: 39
Views: 4803

Not making any normative claims, just some points about the decision. The decision was not very clean-cut. It wasn't exactly a 5-4 decision. The official wording is as follows: KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and SCALIA and ALITO, JJ., joined, in which THOMA...
by tehfire
Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Have any of you seen a 5000 series card with D-sub out?
Replies: 13
Views: 2605

TechPowerUp

Looks like AMD will start introducing lower-end variants which should have VGA-out
by tehfire
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Adjusting fan settings with RBE
Replies: 6
Views: 2422

Hysteresis - the actual definition is some kind of "lag in effect". What it means in this instance is that when your card determines that the fan speed needs to be changed, it will ramp it up/down gradually, instead of instantaneously. This helps a lot when you are at a threshold temperature and the...
by tehfire
Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 22892

VRM temps? Are they being cooled by any type of heatsink?
by tehfire
Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Twin Turbo Pro Installed on my 5870 :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 22892

Sorry for the thread hijack, but is there any coil whine noise coming from the 5870/5850 VRMs? I had a few Radeon 4890s, and all of them whined terribly. With the stock cooler on it was hard to detect, but after putting on an aftermarket cooler the coil whine was unbearable, even when I was in a nor...
by tehfire
Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Trying to extend wireless network...
Replies: 5
Views: 4090

That would definitely be best, but I wired the house before the house was completed, and I have the hub only in one spot. Can't move it...
by tehfire
Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Trying to extend wireless network...
Replies: 5
Views: 4090

Thanks, Azn. Will try it soon...
by tehfire
Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Trying to extend wireless network...
Replies: 5
Views: 4090

Trying to extend wireless network...

Hey all, I'm trying to figure out how to extend my existing wireless network. I submit to you for guidance... Currently, I have a Dlink DIR-655 wireless router. I also have a wired network throughout my house. Everything is secured via a WPA2/AES scheme. The wireless router works great, but there ar...
by tehfire
Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: how do you people deal with the extra electricity usage?
Replies: 4
Views: 3596

I only fold in the winter for that reason. I figure that most of the energy going into folding will get turned into heat, and so any energy used in folding would've been used by my heater anyways, so it kinda is 'free' folding...
by tehfire
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What Ever Happened to <insert your product here>?
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

Whatever happened to standard brakes on back wheels? On my last two cars (2001 Mazda Miata & 2006 Pontiac G6), the front calipers are "standard", which is to say to retract the pistons all I do is take a clamp and push them back in. But to retract the rear pistons requires some kind of black magic. ...
by tehfire
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How does the Windows 7 System Builders pack work?
Replies: 3
Views: 1187

A system builder (OEM) license must be purchased along with computer hardware. Usually any computer hardware (e.g. a CPU, a floppy drive, etc.) will be sufficient. The restrictions are as follows: 1. There is no Microsoft support for the product - this is to say that if you're experiencing a problem...
by tehfire
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 21123

I hope you're joking, right? It's not only about TDP but IHS size and cores number and HT for Nehalem for example. Put a HDT heatsink with 4-5 heatpipes on a CPU with a small IHS and put it again on Nehalem and Phenom II which have a larger IHS. On which CPU they'll perform better? Whoa, whoa, whoa...
by tehfire
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair HX-450 enough for this setup?
Replies: 2
Views: 1317

It will handle your new hardware. I have a Core i7 920 @ 3.8GHz and an overclocked Radeon 4890 that takes about 430W AC extreme load (Furmark + Prime95). Taking the PSU efficiency into consideration, the computer's only pulling about 355W DC. Since your computer should pull much less, you'll be more...
by tehfire
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best 120MM fan to use with Prolimatech Megahalems?
Replies: 8
Views: 3396

Anything pushing that amount of air is going to be noisy. Are you sure you need that much airflow? If you drop down to around 1000rpm, a Nexus fan would be pretty good, or even a 1200rpm Slipstream. I still think these would be too noisy, but they would definitely be quieter than an S-Flex at 1600. ...
by tehfire
Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A video of the new super quiet room in Redmond
Replies: 5
Views: 4533

Hmm, so let me pull out my expressions-to-dBA chart...

...turns out it depends on context. SPCR, that means around 13dBA. Under "standard market speak", it says 30dBA
by tehfire
Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal Pad vs. Thermal Grease?
Replies: 10
Views: 3915

As noted above: pads are pretty inefficient. But I'm yet to see a stock CPU cooler come with a pad applied. All AMD (Foxconn) coolers I've used have had a thin layer of grey thermal grease pre-applied, and that's been pretty good. Cheers Olle As an aside, it has been quite a while since I've seen p...
by tehfire
Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: The Milking Machine
Replies: 2
Views: 3196

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjOW5iW7 ... r_embedded

The rig you posted is more efficient, but both of them are pretty crazy.
by tehfire
Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: A video of the new super quiet room in Redmond
Replies: 5
Views: 4533

What's the noise floor? What's the noise floor? I wanna trip to Redmond :oops:

Ya know, that's not too far from Vancouver...
by tehfire
Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:11 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal Pad vs. Thermal Grease?
Replies: 10
Views: 3915

What kind of thermal paste do you have? If it's good stuff like Arctic Silver 5 or MX-2, then the paste is hands-down better than a stock pad. Pads are convenient, but not very efficient in heat transfer. Some pastes are not much better than pads, but as said before if you have good paste then it is...
by tehfire
Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Changing the fans on the Antec P183
Replies: 3
Views: 1621

Not sure, but a medium-sized Philips screwdriver should do the trick...
by tehfire
Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Changing the fans on the Antec P183
Replies: 3
Views: 1621

They are hard-wired to a switch, which then runs to a molex power connector. It's possible (and very easy) to unscrew the switches from the back of the case, so they can be removed with the stock fans.
by tehfire
Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is my 600w PSU overkill for this system...??
Replies: 13
Views: 2491

You don't mention what brand it is...a good-quality 600W PS would definitely be overkill. The only "bad" thing about using a higher-power PSU is that generally speaking, PSUs are not at their peak efficiency at low loads. It isn't very noticable, however, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. There...
by tehfire
Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Microsoft Store Electronic Download Question
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Nevermind, found out the answer. Turns out you have to make your own DVD image. Judging from this page, it doesn't seem too difficult. I'd imagine this will be the same procedure used when I download 7.
by tehfire
Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Microsoft Store Electronic Download Question
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Microsoft Store Electronic Download Question

So Microsoft just started offering a great deal on Windows 7. If you are an eligible University student currently taking classes, you can get Windows 7, Home Premium or Pro, x86 or x64, for $29.99. The order page is here . You can either choose the 'Electronic Download' option, or get a hard copy fo...
by tehfire
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 5 best computer games according to you...
Replies: 42
Views: 8472

Half-Life Two: Episode One (Short game, I know...)
CoD4 Multiplayer
Diablo II
Starcraft
Oblivion
by tehfire
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need admin password for Vista / bluescreen problems
Replies: 11
Views: 2032

By default, Vista has an Administrator account, but it is disabled. This means that in order to use it, it must be enabled either using the Users snap-in or from the command console. Though IIRC, whenever booting into safe mode, any account that has admin rights opens things by default in elevated m...
by tehfire
Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which fan to swap into S12?
Replies: 8
Views: 1626

Alright. Thanks, Mike. If ever I visit Vancouver, I owe you a beer or something :)
by tehfire
Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which fan to swap into S12?
Replies: 8
Views: 1626

I've been running a Slipstream 1200 in my M12II-430 for almost a year and a half now. I'm using a fan header extension cable too, and have the RPM wire connected to my motherboard. Right now it is spinning at 635 RPM. Sorry for the hijack, but I have an S12II-430 powering my Core i7 system, and I'v...