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by Kriz
Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review
Replies: 13
Views: 8915

Re: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review

I just wish this kind of thing were possible in smaller spaced enclosures, as my days of building even MiniITX systems for myself are over now. My main computer these days has a virtual keyboard and my laptop does all the heavy CPU/GPU lifting in a very quiet and unobtrusive way. But, I can recommen...
by Kriz
Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review
Replies: 13
Views: 8915

Re: Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review

Extraordinary stuff!
by Kriz
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 18241

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

Vicotnik wrote:That's what's being done, right? What's the problem? :)
My eyes are so used to seeing:

Seasonic SS-400ET ATX power supply
and
DC (estimated)

That I was sure the PSU was the Seasonic being used again. That'll teach me to read reviews after having a few beers :)
by Kriz
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 18241

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

The one thing that I never expected to be missing from an SPCR review was the noise........ Heh, I was too busy shaking my head at those idle power figures. I really wish there was a better way of comparing ATX power boards with NUC style boards with DC in. Maybe use a picopsu on the boards with AT...
by Kriz
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 17411

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

When the display turned off, the power varied wildly, ranging between 52W and 86W! I have the same experience with my card when I have a window open that isn't static. GPUZ indicates the card is frequently switching from zerocore state (0mhz clocks) and full clocks state so I'm willing to believe t...
by Kriz
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 17411

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

Damn computers. I've worked out why I was seeing 28.5W at idle before. This system will either idle at around 28.5W or 31W from boot with the screen on no matter what I do. More often than not, a cold boot will cause 28.5W idle and a reboot will cause 31W, but every now and then the reverse will eve...
by Kriz
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 17411

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

I've updated to 12.3 and I think the idle behaviour may have changed since the RC driver. These are my quick notes of what I've noticed: GPU-Z indicates the Bus Interface is running at PCI-E x16 2.0 while Windows 7 boots. Once boot has finished and system is at idle, Bus Interface changes to PCI-E x...
by Kriz
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 17411

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

I'm not sure if my card is going into full zerocore power state as the system idles at around 28.5W with the screen on, then with the screen off and all windows minimised it idles at around 24.2-26W, then settles at 25.3-25.5W after a while. The official 12.2 drivers from ATI don't seem to support t...
by Kriz
Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 17411

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

Currently waiting for this card to arrive to put in a 22W idle system.  It's something I'm putting together on the cheap for a family member using an old EA-380 80 PLUS Bronze PSU with a H61M-D2/G530 combo & SSD.  Will be interesting to see if this all gets below 25W during long idle with these chea...
by Kriz
Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seeking Insight on Failed Pico-PSU Build =/
Replies: 11
Views: 3347

Re: Seeking Insight on Failed Pico-PSU Build =/

Are you suggesting it's possibly the 12v P4 Adapter that's at fault? If so, I don't think that's the case, as I was troubleshooting with the same one that's in use in my file server. I'm going to try swapping yet another brick, and try the ATX PSU again. That's right. I was thinking if it was me in...
by Kriz
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seeking Insight on Failed Pico-PSU Build =/
Replies: 11
Views: 3347

Re: Seeking Insight on Failed Pico-PSU Build =/

Edit: The AC Adapter isn't top quality, it was bundled with the PicoPSU and an M350 case. I didn't think much about it considering that it worked just fine on my server, which has an extra drive, and an generation older chipset + higher TDP CPU. Edit: Tried the 20 to 24 pin adapter, it made no diff...
by Kriz
Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seeking Insight on Failed Pico-PSU Build =/
Replies: 11
Views: 3347

Re: Seeking Insight on Failed Pico-PSU Build =/

Did you have anything plugged into the PCIe slot while checking the H61N-USB3 with the PicoPSUs? The only POST related issue I found after a quick search was to do with a PCIe Wireless-N card causing the Gigabyte board to behave like you mentioned, but they were using a Corsair AX850 PSU. Also, make...
by Kriz
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Kingwin LZP-1000: Platinum Efficiency at a KiloWatt
Replies: 7
Views: 4135

Re: Kingwin LZP-1000: Platinum Efficiency at a KiloWatt

Yes, that's doable. OK. That's great to hear :D I dunno.... maybe <30W, but I can't see <25W. The most efficient PSU I measured at 22.5W load (Kingwin LZP550 Platinum) was 77.5% -- it drew 29W AC. If we lower the output, efficiency gets worse quickly. For that PSU to draw <25W AC, the DC output wou...
by Kriz
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Kingwin LZP-1000: Platinum Efficiency at a KiloWatt
Replies: 7
Views: 4135

Re: Kingwin LZP-1000: Platinum Efficiency at a KiloWatt

That's an unusual result, I've never seen anything like it. I have to admit, I've rarely run a full series of load tests at the higher voltage, just a few spot checks, and the rule of thumb (rarely broken) is ~2% lower efficiency at 120VAC. I would be loathe to run such load tests in both input vol...
by Kriz
Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Kingwin LZP-1000: Platinum Efficiency at a KiloWatt
Replies: 7
Views: 4135

Re: Kingwin LZP-1000: Platinum Efficiency at a KiloWatt

I'm really liking these Platinum PSUs. Really looking forward to the day where these can be both small and efficient enough to be used as external bricks while allowing 500W+ :D Just wondering if it were possible to include more detail when using 230VAC to test the efficiency of PSUs in general? The...
by Kriz
Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?
Replies: 28
Views: 12624

Re: Asrock H67M-ITX/HT as HTPC board?

josephclemente wrote:I haven't looked into any undervolting. I'm not sure if the options are available or not.
I'm interested to know if this board can undervolt, anyone know?
by Kriz
Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec ISK 100 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 19
Views: 8342

Re: Antec ISK 100 Mini-ITX Case

The fan is held in place in a plastic assembly which is, in turn, screwed to the side panel. The mounting holes for this assembly are nearly, but just not quite , a match for the spacing of mounting holes to fix a 120mm fan. I had a similar thought and tried this myself, but in reality the holes ar...
by Kriz
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec ISK 100 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 19
Views: 8342

Re: Antec ISK 100 Mini-ITX Case

Thank you for reviewing this case. Even though I read the review and how bad this case was, I went out and bought one anyway and I have to agree, this is one lousy first edition. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but if there was ever a hardware equivalent of Windows 1.0, I think this would be it. There's ...
by Kriz
Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 12101

It's surprising to see that the worst possible performing motherboard in idle/load power was chosen for the Intel CPU tests, whereas the AMD CPU tests were performed using a motherboard that's not the worst possible for that platform, as shown by previous reviews on SPCR. I would've thought the Int...
by Kriz
Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 12101

It's surprising to see that the worst possible performing motherboard in idle/load power was chosen for the Intel CPU tests, whereas the AMD CPU tests were performed using a motherboard that's not the worst possible for that platform, as shown by previous reviews on SPCR. I would've thought the Inte...
by Kriz
Mon May 10, 2010 5:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 25664

Titan is based in Taiwan, which has a little known, but incredibly macabre Christmas tradition. Can't leave us dangling there, what is this tradition? My google-fu isn't working this morning - searching for taiwan christmas tradition was unproductive. Based on the blood red and pitch black colour s...
by Kriz
Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ISK 300 available with larger power supply now
Replies: 32
Views: 31801

I don't think the DFI board's problems have anything to do with memory. I didn't even touch any memory related settings. With the i5 750, I believe the max memory speed is limited to 1333 MHz. In order to run the RAM at 1600 MHz, the BCLK has to be increased from 133 to 160 and on many boards the p...
by Kriz
Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ISK 300 available with larger power supply now
Replies: 32
Views: 31801

Just curious, what fan was on your Intel CPU cooler (Foxconn, Delta, Nidec, etc)? I remember reading from one of the posts here that not all Intel stock coolers were created equal. The Nidec was reported as being fairly quiet, I think. It's a Nidec, Part # F90T12MS1Z7-64A01A1 This appears to be a d...
by Kriz
Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:14 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ISK 300 available with larger power supply now
Replies: 32
Views: 31801

I can understand not wanting to go through all that again with the other unit, so thanks for posting the numbers of the Antec FP-150-8. The stock Intel CPU cooler is a real disappointment. I was hoping to use it in a recent build for a friend but the noise was horrible. I had an i5 750 on a Gigabyte...
by Kriz
Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ISK 300 available with larger power supply now
Replies: 32
Views: 31801

Will you be running your tests again? I'm looking at putting together a SFF system using virtually the same parts and was wondering about this new PSU. I've had a go at power consumption testing in the past and thought I would list some tips that helped: 1. Document every step you take so it can be ...
by Kriz
Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 5 best computer games according to you...
Replies: 42
Views: 9110

It's very difficult to narrow down a list to just 5 when you started playing games in the mid 80s... This is my list of most frequently played games over the years: 1) Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (Apple II) 2) Street Rod (C64) 3) Prince of Persia [original 1990] (PC) 4) Alone in the Dark ...
by Kriz
Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: anyone good at batch scripts? (filename renaming)
Replies: 4
Views: 1641

I'd suggest you give ZTreeWin a try if you don't already use it. It's got a powerful renaming function that allows the kind of thing you're asking. This is what I've come up with after a minute of testing, so it might not be the most direct way to do it, but appears to do the job: (Before doing the ...
by Kriz
Tue May 19, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do you know people who love to steal your time ?
Replies: 18
Views: 5018

For about 5 years, I used to travel an hour to and from Melbourne on the train several times a week, and there was this guy I would see every now and then that would have some random passenger held hostage near the end of the carriage listening to whatever this guy felt he needed to talk about for a...
by Kriz
Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 108938

I suspect that what the reviewers are getting are not exactly the same, either a slightly different design or BIOS, or there is an inconsistency with Powerplay in the supplied drivers. It is an absolute requirement that a copy of the BIOS be kept and compared to any further sample that SPCR receives...
by Kriz
Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 2009 Predictions
Replies: 26
Views: 5300

Re: 2009 Predictions

Considering that the pro and enterprise versions will include a virtual environment containing XP Pro , I don't quite think so (at least not in the sense of XP not being on many computers any more). This is very encouraging news, and has me reminiscing of when I first used OS/2 Warp with it's abili...