Search found 273 matches

by b_rubenstein
Tue May 20, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 18552

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

on linux trusty tahr (14.04), asrock am1h-itx and 5150, the usb 3.0 ports(blue) do work. they aren't as fast as i have as other usb3.0 ports... but that might be the driver. I should have updated my original post; the two asmedia USB 3.0 front panel ports do work. The front ports are a very tight f...
by b_rubenstein
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 18552

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

I was been intending to build a new WHS based on WHS2011 and was collecting parts (2x 2TB WD AV drives & Intel 180 GB SSD), when I saw th $99 kit on Newegg (http://promotions.newegg.com/amd/14-1701/index.html?icid=249125) based on the ASRock AM1B-ITX. I couldn't resist and got the package. The attra...
by b_rubenstein
Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 157738

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

When I saw this supply selling on the egg for around $50, I bought one for my Windows Home Server. The server only draws 50w (kill-a-watt reading) and I run Lights Out, so the server is only awake when a client is awake, so the PS will probably never pay for itself. No matter, it's a well made quiet...
by b_rubenstein
Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: power supply test at anandtech.com
Replies: 22
Views: 7540

Re: power supply test at anandtech.com

I think this test is totally worthless. As i pointed out before to anandtech author, he deliberatly omitted the physical measurements of the tested psus. What is a test worth, when the author refuses to do his homework? What use does such a test have, when i have to look up by myself if this psu wo...
by b_rubenstein
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Where to get installation hardware for SSD to desktop comput
Replies: 23
Views: 5085

Re: Where to get installation hardware for SSD to desktop co

My Intel 330 Series came with all the needed hardware.
by b_rubenstein
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Temps During No Load / Full Load, Good or Bad?
Replies: 9
Views: 2310

Re: Temps During No Load / Full Load, Good or Bad?

A couple of things: the Intel Burn Test loads the CPU much more than and application can, so the temps are worst case, and you had a loose heatsink. With the heat sink now properly seated, the only drawback to the stock heatsink is the noise. FWIW, the Intel cooler comes with a thick layer of therma...
by b_rubenstein
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Are unlocked CPUs better for silent computing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2270

Re: Are unlocked CPUs better for silent computing?

All the Intel CPUs, at least the ones I've had since Core2Duo, dynamically adjust multiplier, # cores and Vcc depending on load. My current build is based on an i5-3570k. at idle the the CPU runs at 1.6Ghz & 0.936Vcc. Under load it goes to 4.1Ghz & 1.15Vcc. (I always set my overclocks to only increa...
by b_rubenstein
Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: NAS that can be woken up/put back to sleep?
Replies: 7
Views: 1853

Re: NAS that can be woken up/put back to sleep?

I use Windows Home Server with the add-in Lights Out. Lights Out detects when a client is awake and wakes the server. In the middle of the night, when all the clients and the server are in standby Lights Out wakes the server, which wakes the clients for the nightly backup. Very reliable and power ef...
by b_rubenstein
Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thinking of finally upgrading: LGA 1155 for about $1000
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Re: Thinking of finally upgrading: LGA 1155 for about $1000

I bought the modular version of the Rosewill PS; I can't hear it. The fan barely has to spin to keep it cooled. Gold is good. I running an i5-3570 oc'd to 4.1 ghz with 16 gig of RAM an SSD & 5400 RPM 2TB HD. It draws 31w at idle and 100w from the wall running the OCCT standard test and the same runn...
by b_rubenstein
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpert?
Replies: 12
Views: 4484

Re: What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpe

I just, as in assembled/stated/went into BIOS, the LK version of this MB. It will control 4 or 3 pin case fans. No need for PWM. Right now I left the fan profiles at "Standard".
by b_rubenstein
Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-7FN
Replies: 7
Views: 4203

Re: Lian Li PC-7FN

A fan really doesn't "blow"/direct air inside a case; it creates a high pressure area in the case The air flows from a high pressure area to a low pressure area. To a certain extent, an exhaust fan is something like pulling a rope, which is easier than pushing it. A fan can be used to force more air...
by b_rubenstein
Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-7FN
Replies: 7
Views: 4203

Re: Lian Li PC-7FN

I've built two very quiet systems using a A-05B and a Lancool K7 cases. I'm about to put together a Ivy Bridge system that's going into a PC-6 case. Since I don't game, I don't need a high powered graphics card. I do have 4670 passively cooled cards in the existing systems and the new one will use o...
by b_rubenstein
Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li Lancool PC-K9B
Replies: 10
Views: 6034

Re: Lian Li Lancool PC-K9B

That looks very much like an update of the PC-K7B that I've had for several years. The very short story is that the Lancool cases can be used for very quiet systems, but they need a bit of work to get there. The side panels tend to resonate depending on the included components. I have some 8 1/2 x 1...
by b_rubenstein
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Should I be worried about OCCT detecting errors?
Replies: 11
Views: 3128

Re: Should I be worried about OCCT detecting errors?

OCCT is running Linpack and if it's indicating errors then your computer isn't stable when running that program. It may never throw an error in normal usage, or it may. If all you're doing is playing games, then it may not be an issue. If any of the computers in my house (mine or my kids) can't run ...
by b_rubenstein
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: (silenty) replacement psu
Replies: 15
Views: 3025

Re: (silenty) replacement psu

Your old components are much less power efficient than the new ones, and even though the new system will be faster, it probably doesn't use any more power; possibly less.
by b_rubenstein
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: NZXT Havik 140: NZXT's First CPU Heatsink
Replies: 4
Views: 2836

Re: NZXT Havik 140: NZXT's First CPU Heatsink

When both are placed on the Havik 140, the noise signature acquires an odd pulsing type sound audible at 7V and above. ...the speeds of the two fan samples were very close, within 30~40 RPM of one another.
This is known as a beat tone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_%28acoustics%29
by b_rubenstein
Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replace that PSU fan without voiding your warranty.
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Re: Replace that PSU fan without voiding your warranty.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act links to Wikipedia and not the text of the act itself. There is no language in the Wikipedia article to support your contention. Please supply a link to the actual text of the Act that supports the following: ... a company by law cannot deny an RMA without proving that...
by b_rubenstein
Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Compatibility Issues?
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Re: Seasonic X-400 Compatibility Issues?

So, the question is: do I have a bad unit and should try to swap it for another one, or is this a feature of the whole series? I doubt any one can answer, because it's a Ouija Board question. There are voltage timing specifications at power up for PS's and MB's. So if one or both of your components...
by b_rubenstein
Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: htpc suspend problems
Replies: 9
Views: 2256

Re: htpc suspend problems

This came up numerous times on a Gigabyte forum. Some motherboards will have issues, like you describe, if they are over clocked.
by b_rubenstein
Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Use laptop power supply to power my NAS
Replies: 1
Views: 474

Re: Use laptop power supply to power my NAS

Its called a pico power supply.
by b_rubenstein
Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Static/Crackling Noise in HTPC Set-up (Grounding?)
Replies: 6
Views: 2450

Re: Static/Crackling Noise in HTPC Set-up (Grounding?)

First you need to understand what a ground loop is so you can move on to fixing the actual source of the problem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_loo ... tricity%29
by b_rubenstein
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet 24" monitor
Replies: 42
Views: 12556

Re: Quiet 24" monitor

I recently got a HP ZR24w that is silent even with brightness set to 5. ( I do photo editing and use calibration HW & SW.) I'm not sure what the point is in using a high accuracy monitor and then setting brightness to 100.
by b_rubenstein
Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: fan replacement for my PSU?
Replies: 13
Views: 2341

Re: fan replacement for my PSU?

I believe they actually use the ever-lubricate bearing, but it's been lost in translation because it's based on the sleeve type. It's an oil impregnated sintered bronze sleeve bearing. The simplest, cheapest bearing type used for fans. Not a fluid, dynamic bearing, and certainly not a long life bea...
by b_rubenstein
Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: fan replacement for my PSU?
Replies: 13
Views: 2341

Re: fan replacement for my PSU?

In the US, Newegg is still selling the full S Flex line. The 1400 RPM, Kama Flow 2 is a reasonable alternative. Sleeve bearing fans like the Slip-Stream have no business being used in power supplies. The bearings tend to be short lived when used in a horizontal orientation, and there is much more wo...
by b_rubenstein
Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Huntkey Jumper power supply review at Anandtech
Replies: 5
Views: 1675

Re: Huntkey Jumper power supply review at Anandtech

Understood, I just like to have ripple as low as possible as I might use as a dedicated hifi computer. Low ripple is much less significant than is commonly thought .Almost nothing (fans and hard drives) use the power directly out of the PS. Any decent audio card will have filtering on the DC input....
by b_rubenstein
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Temp01 Overheating - Rising to 100C+
Replies: 44
Views: 5532

Re: Temp01 Overheating - Rising to 100C+

Uh, the CPU core temps are no higher than 33ºC. That high temp is not for the CPU. The CPU is NOT overheating. Try putting your finger on the NB, and/or see if the HS on the NB is loose.
by b_rubenstein
Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-B25S Mid-tower Aluminum Case
Replies: 28
Views: 17472

Re: Lian Li PC-B25S Mid-tower Aluminum Case

The interior panels (and the bottom and back) are not anodized.

They have to be treated to prevent oxidation; they are most probably clear anodized.
by b_rubenstein
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 540 i3 Higher Than Expexted Idle Wattage HTPC Wrong PSU????
Replies: 6
Views: 1226

Re: 540 i3 Higher Than Expexted Idle Wattage HTPC Wrong PSU?

Are you sure Speed Step and EIST are enabled in the BIOS? If not, the CPU speed will never drop and the CPU voltage won't drop at idle. You can check the behavior with CPU-Z, which should show a CPU multiplier of 6 at idle and the voltage should change between idle and load. You won't see a 20w chan...
by b_rubenstein
Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video card for Adobe CS5 - silence please
Replies: 9
Views: 1931

Re: Video card for Adobe CS5 - silence please

So please explain me, what benefit do such powerfull gaming cards like 6850 or 460 bring in 2D environment? There are filters and transformations in PS that are computational intensive that are speed up using open GL commands and having the work done by the video card that has hardware designed to ...
by b_rubenstein
Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent PSU for new Sandy Bridge computer?
Replies: 11
Views: 3692

Re: Silent PSU for new Sandy Bridge computer?

Also, I wonder if the measurement methods have changed for the PSUs reviewed on this site? In the more recent reviews most quiet PSUs have noise levels around 12dbA@1m, where as the most quiet PSUs in some older reviews have noise levels around 20 dbA@1m. Are the newer PSUs really that much quieter...