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by Elvellon
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 107165

just look at the cooler. A theory at a Russian language forum behind a site that produces part of xbitlabs.com transalted content (so, respectable :)) is that AMD is overcompensating the inadequate 4850 cooler, possibly due to vendors complaining. That's why I don't know what to expect. OK. I don't...
by Elvellon
Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 107165

The 4770... The picture shows a dual slot cooler with at least one heatpipe... I don't know what to expect of the power consumption under load, but I'm pretty sure the idle consumption will drop significantly. They list GFLOPs and GFLOPs/W, so it's 80 W. No gains from 40nm, as predicted. Wonder how...
by Elvellon
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Low-cost PSU bottom-mounted case?
Replies: 6
Views: 2085

Cooler Master Centurion 590 shouldn't cost a lot.
http://www.coolermaster.com/products/pr ... il&id=3927
It has its 'peculiarities' though.
by Elvellon
Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: S-Flex LOUDER than Scythe Ninja STOCK Fan!?
Replies: 5
Views: 1637

This Ninja fan is a Scythe Slipstream 1000 rpm variant. S-Flex E rotates, as you said, at 1200 rpm. People may argue about which fan type is better, but sure 1200 vs 1000 can be heard. You can go for a specific "default" speed (like Scythe 500, 800, 1200, Noctua various adapters), but many people wo...
by Elvellon
Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: News: AMD Phenom II processors for AM3
Replies: 48
Views: 16623

Any of the reviews discussing energy efficiency compared to Intel?
by Elvellon
Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Scythe to launch a line of PSUs
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

830/870 rpm at 400/500 W look nice, though AFAIR not best and I wonder if it's at room temperature. They will also launch a case called Fenris Wolf: http://www.scythe.co.jp/case/fenris-wolf.html It's aluminium, looks rather nice, reduces HDD vibration and comes with 2 800rpm fans that look like they...
by Elvellon
Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Phenom II
Replies: 59
Views: 13712

CallmeRoth wrote:the AM3 socket which Iam kinda confused about because Gigabyte has said their 780G and 790GX are "AM3 Ready".
AFAIK it means "AM3 CPUs ready". AM3 CPUs can work in AM2 (+ or whatever) motherboards using DDR2 but not the other way around.
by Elvellon
Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help: BIOS errors and 3D freezes
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

By the way, according to Nibitor, this GPU is 55nm, but in GPU-Z it's 65 nm. What to believe, did I really upgrade nanometers? :)
by Elvellon
Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help: BIOS errors and 3D freezes
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Got a replacement 9800GT, the old one's in warranty. 2 hours of Left 4 Dead :).
Thanks for the help!
by Elvellon
Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: GTX260 System Opinions
Replies: 30
Views: 5527

Re: GTX260 System Opinions

PSU: BFG 800W Too high wattage, don't know about the brand. Why not any of the SPCR recommended ones that are quiet at about 300W? Motherboad: nForce 750i SLI Pointless IMO. Something on the P35/P45 chipset will do. CPU: Core2Duo E8500 RAM: 4x2GB DDR2 GPU: nVidia GTX260 Good. HD: WD Raptor 150GB If...
by Elvellon
Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 233965

Some additional info about RV740. Looks like it is much hungry for energy than 4670. Compare it to 4830 instead :). Same processing power, low heat/power because of the 55 > 40 nm shrink, same memory bandwidth with a cheaper 128-bit PCB. Another "low-end revolution" (and for me a realization that t...
by Elvellon
Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help: BIOS errors and 3D freezes
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

End of story (apparently). Took it to some repair shop, they say it's the CPU that overheated because of bad contact and they remounted everything (my brother's taking the computer back as I write)... Edit: NOT . They made the source of the problem up and loaded the CPU all night. Now they promise t...
by Elvellon
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD = more silence and less watts? Micron: "No way!&
Replies: 3
Views: 1949

SSD = more silence and less watts? Micron: "No way!&

Micron has a prototype SSD. 800 MB/s read, 540 MB/s write. PCI-e 4x to manage such speed. And the answers to SPCR questions... It uses an extra power connector, so more than 75 W. And it has two whiny fans. Of course it's not for mainstream users, but hopefully mainstream SSDs won't go like CPUs wen...
by Elvellon
Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help: BIOS errors and 3D freezes
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Forgot to add: Counter-Strike 1 runs fine, so low-power usage of the GPU is OK. The CPU obviously can go on with 100% load. If an computer crashes really badly because something is broken, the bios gets corrupted to. That's what I was curious about, I'v never heard of such a thing before. I would lo...
by Elvellon
Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help: BIOS errors and 3D freezes
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Help: BIOS errors and 3D freezes

I have a kinda strange problem. One day my PC crashed in a game, after that when I enter a game or ATITool 3D view it goes for several seconds, then hangs with artifacts (game) and lags before it with slow mouse movement and a black field instead of 3D (ATITool). The sound stutters. After rebooting ...
by Elvellon
Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions on a development/encoding/gaming build
Replies: 7
Views: 1974

FartingBob wrote:The ATI 4850 is the GTX260's competitor and they are very close to eachother in most games.
Thought it was 4850 ~ 9800 GTX, 4870 ~ GTX260?
by Elvellon
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: power requirements for 8800 series under load?
Replies: 5
Views: 4284

The GPUs' Thermal Design Power is from 105 W (8800 GT, probably less for 8800 GS) to 185 W (8800 Ultra). NVidia apparently recommends a 450 W power supply for a GeForce 8800 GTX. The blog says that "this core had code optimizations that drove the GPU so hard that it would draw a lot more electricity...
by Elvellon
Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: New Asus iMac-style Eee Monitor Unveiled, SSD Option
Replies: 4
Views: 5018

It's officially announced (sorry, I read Russian sites, lazy to find another link :)):
Eee Top. 15,6" 16:9 sensor screen, Atom N270 (1,6 GHz), a gigabyte of DDR2, 160 GB HDD, webcam, WiFi etc. Intel GMA950 or ATI Mobility Radeon. Mouse/keyboard.
by Elvellon
Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Silencing the BFG 9800 OC+?
Replies: 6
Views: 2091

Sure, it's nVidia's stock cooler and a reference design.
by Elvellon
Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Core i7 launch
Replies: 47
Views: 36834

Core i7 that have been released now are "high-end" varinats like the Athlon FX. 6-12 months from now (AFAIK) Intel will release mainstream quad- and dualcores based on the same architecture which will be interesting, as well as the 32 nm shrink. WE should also remember that + 5-10% numbers over Core...
by Elvellon
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Question about gaming and crossfire
Replies: 17
Views: 3104

You'd be better off with a single faster card, really. Especially if one 3870 gives you unplayable framerates.
by Elvellon
Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for computer graphics and gaming
Replies: 19
Views: 3113

Sorry about my google phobia (the graphics card misinformation)!
by Elvellon
Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for computer graphics and gaming
Replies: 19
Views: 3113

You need new heatsinks for your CPU and graphics card, as well as better and slower case fans. Check out the SPCR recommended lists and shops in your country. For example, the setup in my signature :) with Thermalright HR-01 Plus instead of Scythe Ninja would be good. Since you need much hard drive ...
by Elvellon
Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Determining power usage of a CPU & scaling with voltage
Replies: 2
Views: 1207

1. Some sites list them, can't tell you exactly because I read Russian hardware sites :). At about 3 GHz it shouldn't be more than 60 W though. 2. AFAIK, it's rather complicated but as a rule of thumb it's a square relationship. So over/undervolting has a much greater impact than over/underclocking....
by Elvellon
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green Power - a new quiet 3.5" hdd standard
Replies: 76
Views: 106627

I've been worrying about the same. The wdidle3 utility doesn't disable dead parking on my WD5000AACS, instead it sets the time to 63 (6,3 seconds). I've set it to the maximum value, 255 (25,5 secs), apparently it works.
by Elvellon
Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 35w Intel CPUs in December
Replies: 4
Views: 3062

Everyone sure they're not mobile?
by Elvellon
Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New System for Gaming - will it be quiet?
Replies: 3
Views: 1407

1) Why AMD? :) 2) I assume that the CPU fan will be temperature controlled, but what about case fans? Stock ones aren't the best, and even if they were, their "low" speed is too high. 3) The Radeon 4850 will get loud under load. I wonder if 9800GTX or GTX+ are quiet enough under load. Maybe you can ...
by Elvellon
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9800 GT Passive?
Replies: 15
Views: 6478

I have a card that's really the same. It's a 8800GT, stock passive from Elitegroup, bought for a suspiciously low price.
It has a non-reference and simplified design, but doesn't come near Elitegroup's old reputation.
by Elvellon
Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:20 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: The 8800GS - You're running out of options for high PPW
Replies: 2
Views: 3439

Do you know that nVidia renamed it to 9600 GSO?
by Elvellon
Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modu82+ 625W vs SilverStone STRIDER 700W vs Zalman ZM850-HP
Replies: 6
Views: 2929

SST Guy wrote:the new ST70F is a much quieter (especially at higher loads) unit.
Glad to hear it! More quiet PSUs = nice. :)
lodestar wrote:There are some reports on the web that the Enermax Modu82+ 625W will not boot 4870 x2 systems, so you might care to discount that choice.
Sad to hear that it's not a unique problem :(.