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by widowmaker
Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Gaming Machine (Very large picture warning)
Replies: 4
Views: 4566

Re: Silent Gaming Machine (Very large picture warning)

The ramdisk is really used as a scratch drive for things like temp folders, file unzipping workspace, browser cache, etc. The SSD is for installing the operating system and applications on. In reality, a ramdisk isn't really necessary at all. I just created it for the sake of putting the ram to use....
by widowmaker
Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Gaming Machine (Very large picture warning)
Replies: 4
Views: 4566

Re: Silent Gaming Machine (Very large picture warning)

An update of my new SSD upgrades. Replaced the Intel SSDs for a pair of Samsung 840 250gb in raid 0.

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by widowmaker
Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Gaming Machine (Very large picture warning)
Replies: 4
Views: 4566

Silent Gaming Machine (Very large picture warning)

First off, here are the specs: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Intel Core I5 3570k with Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme with 1155 Bolt through kit 32gb G.Skill DDR3 1600 with half used as a ramdisk Seasonic X-660 80+ gold AMD Radeon 6970 with Accelero Xtreme PLUS II, dual 12cm fan replacement 2x Samsung 840 250g...
by widowmaker
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler
Replies: 46
Views: 19373

Re: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler

Maybe this question is more suited to a graphics card review, but I'm interested in how quiet it is in an idle or desktop situation. I like to leave my computer on at night when I sleep so extreme silence is pretty important. When I game, I have headphones on so system noise under load isn't too big...
by widowmaker
Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: News: Sandybridge, Bulldozer and UEFI
Replies: 8
Views: 9097

I'm more interested in the promised blazing fast boot times of UEFI. Maybe when paired with SSDs I can finally have a machine ready before I'm done scratching my butt. :wink:
by widowmaker
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Turning HDD off in Windows 7 not working
Replies: 8
Views: 1907

Well, I never figured out what's wrong here. I guess my motherboard is just too old. I have an Asus M2N32 SLI motherboard and a 500gb seagate drive. I ended up getting a hard drive dock and putting my hdd in that whenever I need to access my storage. :?
by widowmaker
Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Turning HDD off in Windows 7 not working
Replies: 8
Views: 1907

I've updated windows and searched for new drivers but windows tells me it's up to date and Seagate doesn't have any drivers for download that I can find. Indexing service by default is disabled in windows 7 but I double checked and it indeed is not running. I have absolutely no programs running. I e...
by widowmaker
Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Turning HDD off in Windows 7 not working
Replies: 8
Views: 1907

Turning HDD off in Windows 7 not working

Greetings, I'm currently using an ssd for my primary drive and a 500gb hdd for storage. I recently installed Windows 7 and changed the power plan settings to turn my hdd off after 10 minutes. This however is not working. I have used the resource monitor under the task manager to watch for disk activ...
by widowmaker
Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Active Noise Cancellation For Computers?
Replies: 15
Views: 14659

Re: Active Noise Cancellation For Computers?

phantomferrari wrote:however there system is a few thousand dollars which is way too expensive for my liking.
Or pay me $500 and I'll silence your entire computer for you. :wink:
by widowmaker
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SSD upgrade (fixed images)
Replies: 5
Views: 3171

Running those Intel SSD on RAID, wouldn't that disable the TRIM command on the drives? Unless they are G1 which doesn't support TRIM in the 1st place. That is correct. Trim is not supported but I feel the raid 0 outweighs the lack of trim. For trim to be supported on raid arrays, the raid controlle...
by widowmaker
Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung UN55B7100 55" LED HDTV
Replies: 39
Views: 18082

PIP is listed twice in the first page. :wink:
by widowmaker
Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 21513

Speaking of static, I feel I need to address this. It's commonly stated that touching your computer case frame will ground you and prevent you from damaging your electronics. This is only true when the power supply cable is plugged into the wall socket and installed in the computer. An unplugged pow...
by widowmaker
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 21513

They also left out sabotage. I remember when I was a kid I had a really old 300mhz pentium 2 and my dad was the type of person who would use things till it's broke. I couldn't convince him to replace it so I introduced Mr. cpu with miss 9 volt battery. I think that was the precise moment in my life ...
by widowmaker
Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SSD upgrade (fixed images)
Replies: 5
Views: 3171

Images fixed now.
by widowmaker
Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SSD upgrade (fixed images)
Replies: 5
Views: 3171

SSD upgrade (fixed images)

About a month ago I finally decided to upgrade my boot drive from a 2.5 inch HDD to a pair of SSDs. The noise difference was not so much the driving force as the performance difference (for once). Here are a pair of Intel G2 80Gb SSDs in raid 0. I put them in a Patriot Convoy so that the SSDs won't ...
by widowmaker
Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Should I use notebook drives (or not)?
Replies: 16
Views: 3592

MikeC wrote:The only slightly nagging issue I have is that laptop drives are not intended for 24/7 use -- laptops stay turned off a lot more than desktops.
Nice to learn something new everyday. This is such an obvious point but I never thought about it.
by widowmaker
Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD for portable storage
Replies: 5
Views: 1563

Interesting. I haven't thought of looking at the smaller less well known SSD makers. I think using anything less than sata would be a waste though, since you can saturate the USB 2.0 bandwidth even with a 5400rpm HDD.
by widowmaker
Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SSD for portable storage
Replies: 5
Views: 1563

SSD for portable storage

I've been thinking of getting an esata enclosure with a cheapo SSD like the Kingston 40 gig SSD. Seeing how a 16 gig flash drive is about $35CAD +tax, I'm wondering if this would be a great idea. An external Kingston 40 gig SSD with enclosure would be about $140CAD +tax This is obviously where high ...
by widowmaker
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 48137

Alrighty. Time to seek the wisdom of the Internet peoples. Here are 3 drives I benchmarked for reference in this order: DDR2 800 ramdisk 80 GB Intel X25-M G2 Raid 0 7200rpm Seagate 3.5 Is it just me or do the readings from Crystal Disk Mark differ from the HD Tune? (most notably in the 4k random rea...
by widowmaker
Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 48137

Haha thanks for all your responses. There's an electronics disposal depot nearby. I might go by and ask if I can go treasure hunting in their garbage. Im, I find it more sad than funny :P . Fortunately if Windows 7 really ends up being the XP replacement, this issue won't be a problem anymore. By th...
by widowmaker
Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: benefit of a second drive?
Replies: 18
Views: 4206

I'm not sure how useful using separate drives would be, but I think you would be better off using separate partitions. It doesn't give you a performance boost, but if you install your applications onto another partition than your OS then you may be able to rerun those apps even after an OS reinstall...
by widowmaker
Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 48137

I just picked up 2 80 gig G2's and I'll be putting them in raid 0. I'll share my results with you all later. The trouble now is, I can find floppy drives for sale, but nobody seems to be selling floppy disks. I can't install XP on the array without floppy disks! I might try slip streaming though.
by widowmaker
Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Weighted Companion Cube HTPC (with pictures)
Replies: 15
Views: 3943

Haha very nice. Might I suggest a thick big red round silicon pad/button for it to rest on?
by widowmaker
Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: The future of air cooling? New radical heatsink design
Replies: 14
Views: 6934

I imagine the base will be refined to include heatpipes. Maybe 2 pipes leading from the base to the top of the heatsink.
by widowmaker
Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 203332

First I'd like to thank Innovation Cooling (and Mike of course!) for supplying me with this sample to test. Here are my summarized results. Full raw data has been uploaded to this link: http://rapidshare.com/files/242310535/Raw_temperature_data.rar.html Ambient: 23C Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual ...
by widowmaker
Sun May 17, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 203332

It's funny to see all these freshly made single post accounts. :lol: I'm sure there's some redundancy going on here lol.
by widowmaker
Sat May 16, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 203332

I agree to test ICD7!!!
by widowmaker
Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: FOR 24 HRS: ZONEALARM FIREWALL DOWNLOAD WITH 1 YEAR LICENCE
Replies: 17
Views: 3426

Because this is in the off topic section. :wink:
by widowmaker
Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: FOR 24 HRS: ZONEALARM FIREWALL DOWNLOAD WITH 1 YEAR LICENCE
Replies: 17
Views: 3426

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by widowmaker
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why don't people write descriptive subject lines? (Rant)
Replies: 31
Views: 5596

I'd have to say that the SPCR forum is way above par of the "bad subject line forums" (if that even makes any sense). Based on observation, it is generally reflected by the age group of the forum members. Look up any music band or MMO forum and you'll find that an astonishing number of topics/thread...