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by Esben
Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 291906

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Are you using Media Classic Home Cinema with hardware acceleration? Which codec for video/audio decompression?
by Esben
Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 291906

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I'm quite interested in the Gigabyte J1800N board, for use as a HTPC to replace an older Athlon X2 4800 + HD3200 machine. Here it will be available in 2 weeks for a decent price, and I can hopefully reuse two DDR3 RAM-modules I have lying around. These Baytrail boards are mostly interesting if you r...
by Esben
Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: kabini or baytrail with ecc-support
Replies: 5
Views: 4115

Re: kabini or baytrail with ecc-support

I was also looking for a cheap Baytrail (Avoton) board last week. Unfortunately they are all still quite expensive and not readily available. The price of an Supermicro Avoton board was more or less equal to the price of a Supermicro X10SLM-F + Xeon E3-1220v3. The power consumption of a similar Xeon...
by Esben
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard
Replies: 38
Views: 27584

Re: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

Thanks for the actual measurement of the 12 WD drives in your system. If no higher spikes are hidden in this measure, the power draw is not bad at all, and it even includes your CPU, motherboard etc. Probably the power supply also has some capacitors capable of handling intermittent peaks of short d...
by Esben
Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard
Replies: 38
Views: 27584

Re: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

That's a lot of power for start-up. Seems to suggest it's better adapting the external HDD-cases for SATA connection, and using the external brick connected to the external drive. Has anyone tried connecting multiple harddrives to the DQ77KB?
by Esben
Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard
Replies: 38
Views: 27584

Re: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

Thanks for the explanation Bill. I'll check with a power meter how much power Draw is during boot- and spinup. Might have to go down to the i3-3225 to get a little extra power budget for the harddrives.
by Esben
Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard
Replies: 38
Views: 27584

Re: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

Just got rid of the i5-3470. Next attempt will be with the i7-3770S. If I power the board with a 130W Dell power supply, will it be sufficient to power up 2 x HGST 5K4000 4 TB drives and 2 x WD Green 2 TB drives? If it's impossible, I could keep the HGST drives external, or go for the WD Green WD20N...
by Esben
Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard
Replies: 38
Views: 27584

Re: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

Later BIOS will not accept CPU off the compatibility list. Thanks for this interesting tidbit of information! I got this board before Christmas, and paired it with an i5-3470. After Windows was installed, I updated the BIOS to the latest version and afterwards, the board was dead. I suppose this is...
by Esben
Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II
Replies: 24
Views: 13072

Re: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II

Amazingly quiet Graphics Card from Asus, thanks for the excellent review. I think it's a good choice that you're not making benchmarks of the Graphics Cards, since that is so heavily done on all the other sites. With that said there's a raging debate about the performance of the 7970/7970 GHZ Editio...
by Esben
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Efficiency vs load analyzed for 20 PSUs
Replies: 9
Views: 9674

Re: Efficiency vs load analyzed for 20 PSUs

Thanks a lot for taking the time to make this comparison between the power supplies. I like very much your methodology with lost watts vs watts output, as it gives a much clearer comparison of the power supplies of different ratings. It is difficult to compare efficiencies of two power supplies, one...
by Esben
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU Fan minimum speed
Replies: 19
Views: 8233

Re: GPU Fan minimum speed

Google Msi Afterburner and download that. It will allow you to get fan speed to 0%. That doesn't mean that it will turn off. Most fans have a minimum speed so reducing fan speed from 20% to 0% might not do anything at all. Thanks for the tip about MSI Afterburner. Is there anything to do if it does...
by Esben
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU Fan minimum speed
Replies: 19
Views: 8233

Re: GPU Fan minimum speed

I'd definitely love to know also if there is Any way to reduce idle fan speed below the minimum 20 % since I'm looking at a XFX 7970 DD, which is noisy at idle according to reviews.
by Esben
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive Hyper TX3 + G530
Replies: 2
Views: 1791

Passive Hyper TX3 + G530

I tried experimenting with the H61+G530 build, which was recently blessed with a new Hyper TX3 HSF. Since the CPU is frugal, and the heatsink is quite big, I thought this would be a good candidate for trying to cool it passively. The computer was still running after 1 hour, of Prime95 and rthdribl, ...
by Esben
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GT 610 vs HD 6450
Replies: 12
Views: 19917

Re: GT 610 vs HD 6450

I'm using the GT 420 at work with a 2560x1440 monitor, and due to the GT 420's tremendous power saving abilities, it can clock itself almost completely down. This though causes 2D performance of Aero to be reduced so much, that dragging around windows are not smooth. On the Intel HD2000 on a 1920x12...
by Esben
Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Fixing Ivy Bridge high CPU temps: IHS removal video
Replies: 13
Views: 5629

Re: Fixing Ivy Bridge high CPU temps: IHS removal video

Fire-Flare wrote:No, Sandy Bridge caps are soldered to the chip. At best thermal paste reaches 1/15 of that efficiency.
Thank you, that saved me a lot of time and effort!
by Esben
Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:10 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Fixing Ivy Bridge high CPU temps: IHS removal video
Replies: 13
Views: 5629

Re: Fixing Ivy Bridge high CPU temps: IHS removal video

Thank you for doing the video and sharing it! It's very generous of you to put such a big effort and time into showing how to fix the Ivy Bridge IHS. I'm amazed by the difference you have recorded, 98 degrees is an extreme temperature at 4 GHz. Do you know if this would also make a difference on San...
by Esben
Thu May 31, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Xeon E3-1230 V2
Replies: 33
Views: 31672

Re: Xeon E3-1230 V2

Thanks for the explanation cruelsister. Do you know if the power consumption of both running discrete graphics are equal? E.g. does it consume electricity having the IGP disabled? I imagine the 8W difference in TDP is only when running the IGP under full load.
by Esben
Fri May 25, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Xeon E3-1230 V2
Replies: 33
Views: 31672

Re: Xeon E3-1230 V2

The Xeon E3 v2 is quite interesting. I've been looking for when Dell's doing a refresh of the PowerEdge R210 II, and during the last week it was updated to the E3 v2. It's the same price, which is nice. Here the price of the E3-1230V2 is equal to the i5-3570K. The former is 100 MHz slower, but featu...
by Esben
Fri May 25, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Nofan CR-95C IcePipe 95W Fanless CPU Cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 5093

Re: Nofan CR-95C IcePipe 95W Fanless CPU Cooler

Sounds impressive!
by Esben
Fri May 25, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DH77EB + I5-3750k Combination Low Power
Replies: 22
Views: 34594

Re: DH77EB + I5-3750k Combination Low Power

Thanks for sharing! That power consumption is amazingly low! I have measured my Linksys E4200 wireless router is using 12W. I'm thinking, could this board also use the mini PCI Express slot for plugging in an Intel Centrino WLAN adapter and act as a router through the Intel My Wifi Hotspot? Looking ...
by Esben
Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:18 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NVidia GPU always runs full speed when using multi screen...
Replies: 46
Views: 16441

Re: NVidia GPU always runs full speed when using multi scree

It's really weird that dual-display should put a bigger load on the graphics card, than running a single high-resolution display. A Dell U3011 is 2560x1600, while two 19" monitors are 2560x1024. I guess if your doing productive work with dual displays, you should just use the onboard Sandy Bridge IG...
by Esben
Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU cooler for i5-2500K
Replies: 37
Views: 21210

Re: Best CPU cooler for i5-2500K

I would definitely recommend the Hyper 212 Evo also, for it's low price and good performance. I built a machine for my collegue, also using the i5-2500K and it's very quiet and the temperatures are very low. It can be controlled by the PWM fan controllers on e.g. Gigabytes motherboards.
by Esben
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 4850e at what speed/voltage can I passively cool this CPU?
Replies: 4
Views: 2662

I've used a normal 4400+ X2 (Brisbane) in a home server, and the lowest voltage it could run was 0.8v. It was stable at both 1.2 GHz and 1.0 GHz, but we chose the latter because power consumption was most important. To cool the CPU the stock heatsink was used, with fan removed. It was never burning ...
by Esben
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Opinions about Hitachi 7K1000.C
Replies: 7
Views: 4497

Often Hitachi drives are some of the best performers, even though they for some reason rarely get reviewed. I've had several DeskStars and no failures. Some people are haunted by past experiences, and if they've lost a lot of data I suppose that could influence the purchasing decision. Hitachi today...
by Esben
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quietest cooling for AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 in home server?
Replies: 12
Views: 3002

Sorry didn't know the FreeNAS was a special embedded install. That complicates matters a bit. Maybe there's some other way to undervolt it, or you could consider running Linux and use Samba for sharing the harddrive. But considering FreeNAS has formatted the drive in some unknown way, it's probably ...
by Esben
Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 82217

Thanks for the reply mkk :)
It sounds like the default configuration with fan speed at 20 % is a bit too noisy for me. But I've seen screenshots of an application that can modify the BIOS, which allows for less than 20 % fanspeed, so there might be a chance for it to quiet down further.
by Esben
Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Athlon II X2 245 vs 240e dissected
Replies: 2
Views: 2250

Thanks for the link. Very weird power consumption figures for the undervolted X2 240. Changing voltage from 1.45v to 1.15v will result in a power decrease much larger than the 1-2W seen in the charts.
by Esben
Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:48 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quietest cooling for AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 in home server?
Replies: 12
Views: 3002

Even if your BIOS doesn't support undervolting, it can be done with software such as RMClock, CrystalCPUID etc. For Linux I don't know what the similar utilities are called.
by Esben
Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Athlon II X3 435 vs. AMD Athlon II X3 405e
Replies: 3
Views: 3363

Often you can do as good as, or even better than the stock settings of the energy efficient CPUs. So if you're using the 2.9 GHz X3, and reduce clock speed to 2.3 GHz, it's very likely that the voltage can also be reduced to 1.1v or below.
by Esben
Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:19 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quietest cooling for AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 in home server?
Replies: 12
Views: 3002

If you don't mind the reduction in CPU performance, you can run your CPU at 1 GHz 0.8v. Then you can just remove the fan from the stock heatsink. That's what I've done with an Athlon X2 4800+, and it's completely stable and temperature is not a problem. You might even be able to run it a bit faster,...