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by confusion
Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: ..
Replies: 5
Views: 1298

Re: Need a ~500GB HDD

Note that the F4, even that 320GB version, is an Advanced Format Drive, meaning it is a hassle to use in Windows XP. I tried to find this out before buying one but no source I looked at online had the information. The drive I received had a warning printed on the label about it and a link to a progr...
by confusion
Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus
Replies: 58
Views: 71787

Re: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus

First off, an apology for what I know is going to be a somewhat rambling post as I want to bring up several points but don't know how to organize my ideas. All points are about hearing but I'm not sure what is or isn't related to each other. I have tinnitus; I don't remember how long I've had it (I'...
by confusion
Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 50025

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

[quote]If you can assemble a PC from scratch, I don't see why it's any harder to go with a unix distro than Windows home server, as long as the hardware is compatible.[/quote] And I don't see how there's any connection between the two at all. Just because I want to assemble my own PC, does not mean ...
by confusion
Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ECC Support (offshoot of Silent Server Build)
Replies: 62
Views: 30738

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

I find it hard to take anything that's said seriously from the anti-MS anti-Windows Linux zealots. ECC memory may not add much expense in the cost of the memory, but it adds significant cost in other components. I don't know about AMD systems, but with Intel you have to use Xeon CPUs and the server ...
by confusion
Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Using a hardware switch to disable a hard drive
Replies: 17
Views: 3253

BlackWhizz wrote:And why dont you just switch on the black wires. Then you just need one switch?
I wouldn't trust that to work, since the entire computer chassis is grounded and the hard drive housing is connected to that. There may well still be a ground path to the circuitry.
by confusion
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 113513

Here's another article about sites we'd generally trust serving up malware via javascript in ads from 3rd parties:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20000353-245.html

I may be paranoid about it, but this issue is very real. :(
by confusion
Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 113513

dhanson865: Thanks. :) Similarly, I didn't intend for my reply to sound confrontational but rereading it perhaps it does so pleast don't take it that way. Re animated ads: Internet Explorer has an option to disable animations as well; at least on this old IE6 it's under Tools --> Internet Options, A...
by confusion
Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 113513

SPCR Shopping Engine, Google search on the right, and Amazon search at the bottom You consider those Ads? Silly me, I thought they were functional elements. If you look back a page or two you'll see me describing the ads I did or didn't see render properly. I didn't think about search modules as ad...
by confusion
Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 113513

Bakkone wrote:Mike: How popular is SPCR with the producers of cases, fans etc...?

They should pay you for testing.
This portion is a bad idea, as it would give the appearance of favorable reviews being bought.
by confusion
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 113513

I don't and never have used ad-blocking software. However, I don't run most scripts or ActiveX. At the moment I'm still using Windows 2000 which also means I'm running IE6 (have tried Firefox and other alternatives, don't like them). I've had all of IE's scripting set to "prompt" mode for, as far as...
by confusion
Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Noise and build quality of Intel PSU
Replies: 4
Views: 1342

Intel page on the SC5650: http://www.intel.com/products/server/chassis/sc5650/sc5650-overview.htm Under the Support tab you can download the Technical Product Specification, which shows the power supply and describes the connectors it has. In fact, you can learn more about it than you'll want to kno...
by confusion
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SilverStone SG07
Replies: 3
Views: 4031

I guess the 600W PSU is because the case's main selling point seems to be that it fits a large video card. Of course we know even those typically do not need that much power, but the mainstream is still selling them that way.

Personally I find the two-tone front of this case very unattractive.
by confusion
Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30787

I wasn’t clear in that I meant that the GPU die not the GPU core can’t be fully disabled due to it having the memory controller onboard and also the PCIe controller. This is true, and looking at it from a consumer viewpoint it's unfortunate the memory controller isn't on the CPU die as then it'...
by confusion
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30787

The issue is that the GPU can’t be fully disabled as the memory controller for the CPU is on the GPU which seems a bad design feature affecting both performance and power consumption. I do not believe this is correct; do you have any actual reference to back this claim up? One of the design point...
by confusion
Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK1480: The Fusion gets Smaller
Replies: 17
Views: 7470

A potential replacement 80x15mm fan for the PSU is this Sanyo Denki. though some may consider it too expensive: http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/sandenpetace.html It would likely need a resistor to reduce the speed as well if the power supply doesn't speed control the fan. I have no experience wit...
by confusion
Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: TRUE Rev C
Replies: 2
Views: 1187

I think they put the fan on the wrong side of the heatsink, at least as shown in this picture: http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?image=MTI0OTU3NjAwN0VjblRIYnpYZGhfMl84X2wuanBn Thermalright shows it like this: http://www.thermalright.com/new_a_page/product_images/cpu_cooler/u120_1366_rt/ravc-2.jpg Th...
by confusion
Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New build - weird inconsistent BIOS behavior... help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1537

Something I noticed earlier on, that may or may not have something to do with this, is that unless the power supply was connected to a hard drive (SATA power cable), the motherboard would power the fans only for a second, then turn them off. That seemed pretty strange - why would booting the BIOS h...
by confusion
Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New build - weird inconsistent BIOS behavior... help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1537

You've got the Intel DQ45CB right? And given what's on Newegg's page for that I assume you got this Corsair memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184 That should be fine; most the Intel boards require 1.8V memory and 5-5-5 timings which this has. On Intel boards, I've b...
by confusion
Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Nexus Value 430 PSU: Affordable Silence
Replies: 149
Views: 76139

Have you also reported the problem to Intel? Reading over the Release Notes for the latest BIOS 0572 I see that they have fixed various issues relating to S3 in this and previous BIOS releases, so it's certainly possible there are more issues not yet addressed. I have an Intel DP43TF, and resume fro...
by confusion
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright TRUE & HR-01 & others on LGA1156
Replies: 6
Views: 3449

I found a picture of the 1156 mounting kit box on some site and on the box it does also state it's for the "High Riser" series so it will indeed work with the HR-01 and HR-01+. The main issue with the multiple Ultra-120s is that Thermalright doesn't take discontinued items off their main site in a t...
by confusion
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright TRUE & HR-01 & others on LGA1156
Replies: 6
Views: 3449

They show a mounting kit now that says it's for the "Ultra Series" so it may not work with the HR-01+: http://www.thermalright.com/new_a_page/product_page/accessories_page/product_accessories_btk.html#1156 There's also the MUX-120 heatsink that was shown in the test here, which now has the bolt-thro...
by confusion
Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX server cases?
Replies: 2
Views: 3521

Supermicro has a micro-ATX tower server chassis:
http://www.supermicro.com/products/chas ... 1i-300.cfm

Last I checked it was available at Provantage, Newegg, and others.

Of course it's still large compared to a mini-ITX case.
by confusion
Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus D12SL-12PWM: Experiences?
Replies: 10
Views: 7145

Xbit tested this with other 120mm fans: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/120-140-fans-roundup_13.html and came to a similar conclusion as wojtek saying that it's noisy when much above 900RPM. I've experimented with one as a CPU fan on a Thermalright HR-01; as I recall it's running un...
by confusion
Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choosing hard drive upgrade, seagate 7200.4 500gb or we
Replies: 5
Views: 1634

The terminology is confusing me making me live up to my name. :oops:

I think you two mean Scorpio and not Caviar? OP asked for laptop drives.
by confusion
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A star is born... and another yet to be unveiled
Replies: 36
Views: 8498

I hate the side vents that are still on far too many cases. The Antec 300 is a nice case except for it having the side vent. Sure it can be covered but that's ugly.
by confusion
Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 44048

I realize I'm certainly not typical in disk usage, but aside from a computer used for gaming, I can't imagine how I'd ever fill an 80GB drive. This machine has an ~18GB drive with only about 10GB used, and it'd be less than that if I cleaned up useless junk.
by confusion
Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: X25-m and Win XP issues
Replies: 9
Views: 2905

Intel has a FAQ page here: http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/sb/CS-029623.htm The wording is vague to me, but about halfway down it says: Is the Intel SSD a drop-in replacement for SATA Hard Disk drives? Yes. The Intel SSD a drop-in replacement provides rugged, reliable performance at lower po...
by confusion
Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: standby power consumption
Replies: 5
Views: 1704

If standby power has been measured in a SPCR PSU review the figures can be found in the lower part of the table "OTHER DATA". Thanks, oops I'm a bit embarassed that I've overlooked that. In the SPCR Antec Signature 650 review that's stated as 0.7W. So either the 850 draws more in standby (unlikely ...
by confusion
Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: standby power consumption
Replies: 5
Views: 1704

Can standby power be added to the reviews that involve power supplies? I'd like to see this too. While I presume it may vary with different motherboards, it certainly is different with different power supplies. Using a Kill-A-Watt, I measured ~2W in standby with an Antec Signature 850. In contrast,...
by confusion
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How are the current batches of the Velociraptors?
Replies: 5
Views: 1519

*I was thinking of going with the 150GB single-platter, but the 300GB is only $20 more. Don't know what prices you've seen, but I just wanted to mention that at ZipZoomFly the 150GB is $170 and the 300GB is $229 so there's a bit more difference. They also list the Icepack-less 300GB one for $169(!)...