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by Cryoburner
Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ferrite chokes on monitor cables....an informal poll
Replies: 6
Views: 3241

Re: ferrite chokes on monitor cables....an informal poll

I'm sorry if this is entirely off-topic (it is), but I initially read the title of this topic as "ferret chokes on monitor cables....an informal poll". I thought someone might be seeking medical or legal advice related to an accident involving their pet ferret and and a display device. It was only a...
by Cryoburner
Wed May 02, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Piece chipped off hard drive PCB: RMA or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 5661

Re: Piece chipped off hard drive PCB: RMA or not?

I agree. The last time I bought a hard drive I paid only about $60 for a 1.5 TB drive, so I personally would not want to mess around with a drive with missing components. My time and data are too valuable to worry about $60. Except that was probably before the Thailand floods gave drive manufacture...
by Cryoburner
Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Lowest power consumption SSD
Replies: 11
Views: 8234

Re: Lowest power consumption SSD

By the way, Cryoburner, DIPM is only off by default on Windows XP and earlier (including Server 2003). I'm not so sure on that. According to this Optimizing Energy Efficiency document from Microsoft... By default, Windows Vista enables HIPM but does not enable DIPM. The following registry key enabl...
by Cryoburner
Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Lowest power consumption SSD
Replies: 11
Views: 8234

Re: Lowest power consumption SSD

I would think that if a manufacturer were to care about the discrepancy between a reviewer's quoted power consumption figures and their own, they would let them know themselves. They're often providing the reviewers with test samples, after all, so it makes sense that they'd read the reviews and fol...
by Cryoburner
Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Lowest power consumption SSD
Replies: 11
Views: 8234

Re: Lowest power consumption SSD

Surely, if you see that the Postville Intel SSDs quote a power consumption of 75mW idle/150mW active and you are measuring 0.6W, something must be wrong? . No, they never investigate. Of course I have been an annoying user and wrote to most reviewers that made this error, but they either respond wi...
by Cryoburner
Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: R6450: too slow for Aero @ 1600 x 1200?
Replies: 14
Views: 4805

Re: R6450: too slow for Aero @ 1600 x 1200?

Say, your card doesn't happen to have a 32-bit memory bus does it? There are apparently some non-reference 6450s out there using a 32-bit interface, and people have reported performance issues with them. It looks like ASUS offers two silent 6450s, one with 1GB of 64-bit DDR3 memory, and another with...
by Cryoburner
Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate is dropping green line 5900rpm
Replies: 7
Views: 2183

Re: Seagate is dropping green line 5900rpm

Hard drive prices have really gotten out of hand. Upwards of $150 for 1TB drives that cost $50 a few weeks back? I wonder how much of this is price gouging to boost profits and drive long term prices back up though. In any case, industries need to learn that putting all factories for a component in ...
by Cryoburner
Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics card options - Older games
Replies: 5
Views: 1635

Re: Graphics card options - Older games

As was mentioned, installing a PCIe x16 card in an x4 slot should work, though you'll have to cut out the back of the slot for it to fit, unless it happens to use a full-size connector. Be careful not to damage anything though. : P There will be a performance hit, but it probably won't be noticeable...
by Cryoburner
Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: PNY Liquid cooled 580
Replies: 1
Views: 827

Re: PNY Liquid cooled 580

From the sound of the review, the fans on the radiator are rather loud... "In terms of noise, the pump isn't terribly loud but the fans are rather noisy when running full tilt. The graphics card fan hardly ramps up, so it stays quiet. But the fans produce a higher-pitched sound signature, and are mo...
by Cryoburner
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anything quieter than a barracuda 7200, yet just as fast?
Replies: 5
Views: 2008

Re: Anything quieter than a barracuda 7200, yet just as fast

Regardless, if you want fast, don't just look at the marketing and the rpms: you want a high-density drive. Today, that means you want a drive with 1T platters. There aren't a whole lot of them around yet and so far as I know they're all 7200 rpm. Apparently, Hitatchi is shipping their first 1TB pl...
by Cryoburner
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New record power draw for a gfx card
Replies: 4
Views: 2385

Re: New record power draw for a gfx card

So, it gets roughly 14% better performance in their tests than an HD 6990 or GTX 590 on average, yet it costs over twice as much, and they give it an "editor's choice" award? : / Editor's choice for who? Even those cards are arguably overkill for almost anyone. I suppose it might help with stereosco...
by Cryoburner
Wed May 25, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HELP - Best silent graphics card now available?
Replies: 6
Views: 8889

Re: HELP - Best silent graphics card now available?

But if extreme silence is one to go for the 6850 just be careful with your case temperatures if you want to go truly passive that thing is going to kick out a lot of heat. A 6850 draws around 120 watts under load, while a GTX 580 draws around 250 watts. Unless the 580 is pumping its heat directly o...
by Cryoburner
Wed May 04, 2011 3:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Accelero S1 in a slim MATX case
Replies: 5
Views: 2714

Re: Accelero S1 in a slim MATX case

I don't know exactly what is overheating, but that's some pretty impressive bending. : ) It does seem like it might be a bit tight below the card though, potentially creating a pocket of warm air. Have you tried removing one or both of the unused PCI slot covers to improve air circulation down there...
by Cryoburner
Tue May 03, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD6850 + Accelero S1 rev2 What am I doing wrong?
Replies: 12
Views: 3269

Re: HD6850 + Accelero S1 rev2 What am I doing wrong?

I don't think the type of paste will likely make much more than a few degrees difference. If you're using too much though, it could significantly reduce heat transfer. It should just be a very thin layer, enough to fill in the imperfections between the two surfaces. Using the edge of an old credit c...
by Cryoburner
Sun May 01, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: LG IPS236V
Replies: 12
Views: 7686

Re: LG IPS236V

Prad.de recorded an average response time of 30.8 seconds I think they mean milliseconds. : P I find this silver thing close to the power LED ridiculous:! And of course they feel the need to place touch based controls on a piano black surface. That certainly isn't going to attract fingerprints. : /...
by Cryoburner
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Solar Activity and the Safety of your Backups
Replies: 16
Views: 5611

Re: Solar Activity and the Safety of your Backups

I have no idea but I guess that optical disc storage would probably be least affected. I'm sure optical storage would be safer during such an event, but hard drives that aren't in a plugged-in computer would probably be fine as well. The telegraph equipment got affected because electrical current w...
by Cryoburner
Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Why no love for the HD 6790
Replies: 4
Views: 2033

Re: Why no love for the HD 6790

Yeah, I was just checking the Toms review, and the 6790 tested there wasn't looking very promising in terms of power consumption . Higher power requirements than a 6850 while offering lower performance? That may have been partly due to tested card being based on a 6870 board though, and the non-refe...
by Cryoburner
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sound Card: worth the money for me?
Replies: 18
Views: 3255

Re: Sound Card: worth the money for me?

in short - there is no benefit in a fancy sound card when using digital output. I wouldn't say that's entirely true. The sound may be transfered as a digital signal, but in the case of games, a lot of sound processing can be performed by the card prior to getting sent to the speakers. Things like E...
by Cryoburner
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: ..
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

Re: Need a ~500GB HDD

As far as I know, the 640GB WD drives are still dual-platter. Also, the "Black" version of the drives should be geared toward slightly faster performance than the normal "Blue" version, but at the expense of slightly more noise and heat, in addition to a typically higher price. They also come with a...
by Cryoburner
Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: photoshop
Replies: 6
Views: 857

Re: photoshop

Photoshop isn't mentioned anywhere on that page. : P The video editor "Premiere Pro" CS5 uses Nvidia's proprietary CUDA acceleration, but Photoshop CS5 does not. If you don't edit video using Premiere Pro, it shouldn't likely matter much whether you use a Radeon or a GeForce card in Photoshop. Photo...
by Cryoburner
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Lowest spec fanless graphics card????
Replies: 9
Views: 1790

Re: Lowest spec fanless graphics card????

A fanless radeon 5450. You can even use a third monitor, granted that it's connected via DisplayPort. Full of features, low power consumption, dirt-cheap, comparable to Sandy Bridge INTEGRATED graphics. good luck trying to play games with that card! : ) You could play lots of older games with an HD...
by Cryoburner
Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Intel Ivy Bridge to have Wireless Display by Q4 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: Intel Ivy Bridge to have Wireless Display by Q4 2010

It's apparently limited to only some specially configured notebooks with complete Intel graphics and chipsets. It transmits the video over a proprietary encoded 2.4 GHz wireless N connection from the notebook to the receiver. From what it sounds like, the existing version isn't particular good, whic...
by Cryoburner
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Display shuts down mid-game
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Re: Display shuts down mid-game

It does sound like something could be overheating. The IGP likely doesn't have a fan on it, so if air circulation isn't good enough in its vicinity, it could overheat after playing for a while. If the game pushes the CPU, the CPU cooler might be blowing warm air on the IGP's heat sink, which might a...
by Cryoburner
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI X1600 Pro (fan or just heatsink?)
Replies: 4
Views: 1556

Re: ATI X1600 Pro (fan or just heatsink?)

It might make more sense to get a new video card than to spend $30 to $40 USD on a replacement cooler for a card that's been out for over four years. There are more recent cards in the same price range that draw significantly less power than an X1600 Pro while offering similar to slightly better per...
by Cryoburner
Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: I'm Upgrading: Overwhelmed By Graphics Choices - Need help
Replies: 10
Views: 2084

Re: I'm Upgrading: Overwhelmed By Graphics Choices - Need he

Eh, I guess it might be a fine enough card. My point was more that there isn't much selection for fanless cards with DisplayPort, and that particular card has just one user review, which isn't exactly a very good sample size. If the monitor in question supports dual-link DVI as well, and you're will...
by Cryoburner
Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: I'm Upgrading: Overwhelmed By Graphics Choices - Need help
Replies: 10
Views: 2084

Re: I'm Upgrading: Overwhelmed By Graphics Choices - Need he

Here's a list , pick one with the outputs you need. That's kind of a small list though. Newegg surprisingly doesn't offer many options for DisplayPort on fanless cards. A 5750 is probably overkill for someone who doesn't do any 3D gaming, so that just leaves the one 4350 there. DisplayPort seems to...
by Cryoburner
Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendation for dual DVI for business use (no gaming)
Replies: 5
Views: 953

Re: Recommendation for dual DVI for business use (no gaming)

One option that might improve your selection of cards would be to get one with HDMI and DVI rather than two DVI connections. You can find an HDMI to DVI-D single link adapter online for a few dollars, and since those cards are more common, it should be easier to shop around for a decent card at a lo...
by Cryoburner
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 6400aaks problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: WD 6400aaks problem

He was in the process of low-level formatting the drive when it failed, so I don't think he's too worried about losing any data on it. I think he just wants to know if it might be possible to get the drive usable again. : )
by Cryoburner
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 6xxx
Replies: 48
Views: 9881

Re: Radeon HD 6xxx

I have to agree that comparing GFLOPS between the HD 5770 and 6850 is rather useless for just about any practical application, due to the other architectural changes not being taken into account. While the GFLOP increase is only around 9%, the actual performance difference in games is upwards of 35%...
by Cryoburner
Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: The purpose of the primary hard drive sleeping?
Replies: 8
Views: 1570

On my WinXP system, my secondary drive remains asleep most of the time. It's primarily used for backups, so I keep it set to spin down after 10 minutes of inactivity, and that works fine. So long as you keep things like the indexing service disabled on a secondary drive, it should only spin back up ...