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by nutball
Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:01 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Used Scythe Quiet Drives available
Replies: 3
Views: 5903

Re: Used Scythe Quiet Drives available

Would he want all of them?

I'd probably send them by UK Royal Mail (www.royalmail.com), I did a quick price-up for shipping 1 within Europe it looked to be <£20. Shipping several in a single parcel probably wouldn't be much more than this.
by nutball
Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Used Scythe Quiet Drives available
Replies: 3
Views: 5903

Used Scythe Quiet Drives available

I some used Scythe Quiet Drive HDD enclosures available. It would be a shame to see them go into the rubbish bin, so I'm willing to give them away free-of-charge, so long as the recepient is willing to pay postage. They are ~1kg when packaged, I am UK based. I have: - 6 x 3.5" enclosures which are c...
by nutball
Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Why mount the hard drive like that?
Replies: 15
Views: 5412

Re: Why mount the hard drive like that?

spcr2u wrote:See? Google supports me.
No it doesn't. You are misinterpreting the words.
by nutball
Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Why mount the hard drive like that?
Replies: 15
Views: 5412

Re: Why mount the hard drive like that?

Read the Google survey of failing hard drives. The top reason for drive failure is variance of temperature. We first look at the correlation between average temperature during the observation period and failure. Figure 4 shows the distribution of drives with average temperature in increments of one...
by nutball
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is x86 harder to develop for than RISC
Replies: 3
Views: 3291

Re: Is x86 harder to develop for than RISC

Sounds like a bunch of mixed up bullshit to me. RISC v CISC died twenty years ago. That was back when people actually knew what the terms meant. These days the argument is basically a thin veneer over the I hate/love Intel thing. That, mixed up with aesthetic arguments about the orthogonality of ins...
by nutball
Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: NUC as desktop replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 8031

Re: NUC as desktop replacement

I've used the Ivy Bridge Celeron and i3 models for HTPC use, and a bit of light desktop. The fan can be audible, the Celeron model seemed a little worse for this for some reason. Performance is ... well they're based on laptop CPUs, so you get similar performance to an SSD-sporting laptop. Decent en...
by nutball
Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is carbon based TIM better than Ceramic based?
Replies: 33
Views: 14138

Re: Is carbon based TIM better than Ceramic based?

Happy Hopping wrote:6 deg. C is not that serious, but if my CPU can drop 6 deg. C, it would still be a very good thing.
Why?
by nutball
Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your thoughts on BeOS from 90s?
Replies: 15
Views: 6797

Re: What is your thoughts on BeOS from 90s?

beos though i thought was far superior to os/2 and win95 and mac os 7 back in the day. It clearly wasn't superior in the ways that actually mattered, because it failed. i know beos had printer problems and was underdeveloped but i thought it was good foundation - that teapot demo was pretty awesome...
by nutball
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your thoughts on BeOS from 90s?
Replies: 15
Views: 6797

Re: What is your thoughts on BeOS from 90s?

I was a big fan of BeOS back then, but in hindsight it didn't stand a chance. I recall trying to port some of my UNIX codes (command-line driven, never mind the GUI) to BeOS and it was a pain compared to porting them to Linux. Linux made rapid advances in the server arena because it was a reasonably...
by nutball
Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are HD motors noisy or am I just used to SSD's ?
Replies: 8
Views: 3789

Re: Are HD motors noisy or am I just used to SSD's ?

Thinking of getting something like this http://quietpc.co.uk/smartdrive-classic Holy ****!! £90??! I've used Smartdrives in the past, but really they are not worth £90. They were about £25 then and that made me cross my legs when I paid that. If you're going to spend that much you'd be better off r...
by nutball
Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why couldn't POWERPC keep up with intel?
Replies: 41
Views: 29545

Re: Why couldn't POWERPC keep up with intel?

so um basically based on this history, how do you think arm vs intel will turn out? RISC may not be able to outperform intel on the high end but on the mobile end, the decode logic penalty creates a power drain. I wouldn't bet against Intel, certainly not if they're on their A game. Their design, e...
by nutball
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor
Replies: 50
Views: 30644

Re: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor

whispercat wrote:
Tephras wrote:It's a BGA chip.
Does that affect it's availability?
It means you'll need to be nifty with a soldering iron.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_grid_array
by nutball
Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+
Replies: 59
Views: 32867

Re: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+

Intel knows what they are doing but their motives are questionable. Their motives aren't questionable at all. They may not be very agreeable, but they are very clear - make as much money as possible for as little outlay - which is what any business should do, including their competitor if they want...
by nutball
Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+
Replies: 59
Views: 32867

Re: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+

If each die shrink raises temperature, then Haswell will be cooler than Broadwell, unless they fix the TIM / IHS. I'm never interested in overclocking anyway. What's unsettling is the reports of higher temperatures even at stock idle. Why are you worried about idle temperatures? Why would you be co...
by nutball
Mon May 13, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+
Replies: 59
Views: 32867

Re: Why I won't recommend a Haswell system until August+

The problem that i see, is i feel Intel could have delivered a better CPU much powerful as Sandy Bridge was in its time, but the lack of competition is creating like a slack on intels part where they are focusing on things like iGPU and lower power mobile CPUs, and broadwell and skylake can be very...
by nutball
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: are pci-express ssd worth over sata?
Replies: 17
Views: 5803

Re: are pci-express ssd worth over sata?

how would mapped directly into the virtual address space change things? Because files stop being files and become persistent in-memory data-structures. Mass storage becomes credibly treatable as another level in the memory hierarchy (L1+L2+LLC+DDR, etc), that doesn't need to be treated differently ...
by nutball
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: are pci-express ssd worth over sata?
Replies: 17
Views: 5803

Re: are pci-express ssd worth over sata?

are they worth it? If your time is worth a lot of money, yes they are worth it. i would think maybe in a few years pci express ssd will be more common Possibly. I agree that in the future solid-state mass storage will move closer to the CPU in the future, and may even end up being mapped directly i...
by nutball
Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY
Replies: 36
Views: 22518

Re: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY

wayner wrote:Is Intel going to be selling the mobo/CPU to consumers?
I can't speak for Canada, but in the UK they are already available, eg.

http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-har ... -solutions
by nutball
Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Pc security
Replies: 10
Views: 3908

Re: Pc security

Rather a strange question to ask in a first post on a forum dedicated to silencing computing. Maybe some other new user will pop along shortly and recommend some other product, also in their first post?

Anyway, Norton needs to die in a fire. A fire started by an asteroid strike.
by nutball
Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: +5VSB: a waste of power?
Replies: 4
Views: 2633

Re: +5VSB: a waste of power?

It also powers USB devices that can be used to wake the system, for example keyboards. I have my system set to resume from S3 sleep at the press of a key - I couldn't achieve this without +5VSB. For the sake of 1W I think I can live with this. Each to their own I guess.
by nutball
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Advice on upgrading a self-built PC
Replies: 5
Views: 2230

Re: Advice on upgrading a self-built PC

Haswell: It's coming out in Spring 2013. Well I wouldn't be surprised to see Haswell slip beyond Spring - well what I define as spring anyway. Haswell is Q2'13 as far as I know, and Q2 includes June. So July or August wouldn't be a big slip. Anyway my reasoning is that Intel are slapping their comp...
by nutball
Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What's your ideal Mini-ITX setup survey
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Re: What's your ideal Mini-ITX setup survey

What am I building this ITX system for? I ask because I have several. Obviously the requirements are different depending on what you're building. Main PC/games system (Q08): 1x2.5" SSD + 1x2.5" HDD, expansion slot for a 2.5-slot graphics card (would prefer 3 slot), optical drive (would prefer slim s...
by nutball
Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY
Replies: 36
Views: 22518

Re: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY

Sure it doesn't have anywhere close to the performance of this box, but at $35, it can run XBMC & play H.264 movies at 1080P. Really? That's a fairly rosy summary of what I've read at the XBMC forums about the Pi. My reading is more like: it runs XBMC, struggles with some of the skins, and will pla...
by nutball
Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: access wireless router
Replies: 5
Views: 3054

Re: access wireless router

On the routers I've come across it is possible to administer them wirelessly, but this is disabled by default because it's a potential security hole. There should be an option under settings to enable this.
by nutball
Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for a Mini Gaming Rig
Replies: 20
Views: 5444

Re: Advice for a Mini Gaming Rig

Do you use the PSU fan as the CPU fan? I don't. That's not to say it wouldn't work - I did think about trying it but it's a bit of a faff, and given that the graphics card dominates the noise signature I figured it wasn't likely to gain me much. I have the fan on the AXP mount blowing upwards thoug...
by nutball
Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice for a Mini Gaming Rig
Replies: 20
Views: 5444

Re: Advice for a Mini Gaming Rig

The Q08 can make a quiet gaming system, I'm not sure about silent. I have such a system: Lian Li PC-Q08 Sandybridge Core i7 Thermalright AXP-140 Gainward Phantom GTX570 (which is 2-plus-a-bit slots) Crucial M4 SSD This is very quiet, though not silent. Given the specs I wasn't really aiming for sile...
by nutball
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Streacom Passive HTPC Build
Replies: 10
Views: 6717

Re: Streacom Passive HTPC Build

Very nice. I've been looking at that case myself, albeit more with wistful longing than in any real danger of spending that much money (whilst sober). If I had one, I'd be forced to mod that blue LED to a white one. Blue LEDs are so 2009.
by nutball
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY
Replies: 36
Views: 22518

Re: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY

Thanks for the review of this, it sounds very tempting. I'm a little surprised by the price - in a good way. It's not cheap, but I was expecting it to be closer to £300/$450 for the base unit, given it's Intel and all that. Hopefully it'll prompt the other mini-PC makers into a price war.