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by CoolGav
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RAID and SSD's
Replies: 22
Views: 6217

OK, do you know what bad blocks are, and garbage collection, and block erasing, wear levelling, etc. The controller on the SSD has to take all these into consideration, which determine what it's doing, and where the data lives. So without detailed information on how a specific SSD actually works it'...
by CoolGav
Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RAID and SSD's
Replies: 22
Views: 6217

I'm not totally sure what is limiting a SSD, but here I'm guessing it's the actual reading/writing to the memory chips. The big difference between the two is that the SSD is not limited in the way the HDD is: theoretically it can read and write data on mulitple places at the same time. If this is t...
by CoolGav
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power Seedbox/File-Server/NAS?
Replies: 21
Views: 7194

As for G45, I don't think I'm going Intel at all. Intel don't seem to carry desktop CPUs with a TDP lower than 65W. Have you looked at the Celeron's, particularly the slightly older ones based on the Conroe core (420, 430, 440). They're single core, and rated at 35W. Or go with a C2D and fold for S...
by CoolGav
Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:34 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 598413

Yeesh, on the team user list I may pass 2 people in the near furture, and after that I will have to earn another 300,000 points before I pass the one after that. :shock: I'll be passing you by the end of next year! (should the same points difference continue...) :lol: For now I'm #32 for the #32 te...
by CoolGav
Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:39 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Renamed - Alzheimers Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 5847

Well now they know that the plaque wasn't the cause, so they can move onto other things...
by CoolGav
Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Heh...
Replies: 6
Views: 3777

I have recently got a 45nm Quad, and am undervolting to save power while increasing my contribution to SPCR Folding... Of course it's not the only PC at home that folds, and I am concious of getting reasonable PPD/W from any PC on 24/7.
by CoolGav
Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:16 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 598413

I have recently got a Q9300 (45nm 6MB, 2.5GHz Quad), and it's running stock speed (I have no luck overclocking with the Gigabyte P31-DS3L), but at 1.15V (I think) rather than 1.25V stock. Temps are around 58 to 63°C for each core, measured with CoreTemp. I'm running it with 2 SMP clients and the af...
by CoolGav
Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 598413

NeilBlanchard wrote:All attempts in Windows, to no avail.
Do you have an Ethernet connection on the PC? I think that folding@home needs one, and Linux will have the loopback device by default. Windows probably doesn't, so either trick it into having one, or hook up an Ethernet cable to a switch.
by CoolGav
Thu May 29, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: FAH finally coming to NVIDIA
Replies: 11
Views: 5400

So what card are CUDA compatable? I picked up a second hand 7300 GL (or something - I'm not into graphics, just wanted 2xDVI on PCIe) earlier this year - will F@H run on that? Or what cards should I look out for in future???
by CoolGav
Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Atom architecture: Tiny, silent PCs, here we come...
Replies: 17
Views: 5895

The Atom is designed to be more for the embedded market. The fact that the range will cover a range of speeds and power usage is due to the idea that it's scalable. So at the lower end the chip will be aimed at ARM processors that are used in most mobiles, opening up the world of x86 code to run. Sc...
by CoolGav
Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: folding@facebook...
Replies: 2
Views: 3049

Just took a look and I'm #1 (of 8) SPCR folder on facebook! :lol:
by CoolGav
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fusion Max -- ATX version of Antec Fusion is coming
Replies: 156
Views: 108018

Spare Tire wrote:It's freaking ugly if you ask me.
My thoughts are along the same lines. I have an NSK2400, and it's great.
by CoolGav
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need a mATX case that looks like an Audio Amp
Replies: 25
Views: 6849

What about putting one or more of the drives in an external enclosure - eSATA or firewire for better performance than USB.

Otherwise, if it's going to be a server, then get whatever is good and hide it away, plugging the laptop into the TV when HTPC functionality is needed.
by CoolGav
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: shut down RAM or VPU through software/bios?
Replies: 9
Views: 4189

Re: shut down RAM or VPU through software/bios?

My main computer is a server that I use remotely most of the time so if I could just turn off 2 or the 3 RAM sticks I could lower the noise and heat dissipation (and power usage) of the computer by a lot. Can it be done? It would depend on the RAM controller whether it can selectively disable some ...
by CoolGav
Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Silent UPS
Replies: 74
Views: 75900

@CoolGav: could you please tell us if this is the APC Smart UPS that you have? http://www.apcc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=SUA750I According to the specification, audible noise at 1 meter from surface of unit is 55dBA!!! Yes, that's the one - I'm not too worried about it's nois...
by CoolGav
Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: File Server vs external drive 20 ft (6 meters) away
Replies: 21
Views: 6327

you should also keep in mind that using a gigabit ethernet card would nearly starve the (32bit 33Mhz, I assume) PCI bus The older PIII of nomoon's would have 33MHz PCI, so this would be an issue. However more modern motherboards with PCI2.2 and later will be able to run at 66MHz if all PCI cards su...
by CoolGav
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Silent UPS
Replies: 74
Views: 75900

perhaps I'll be able to take a close listen soon... Yes, please :) My server is next to the UPS (APC Smart-UPS 750), and has a few 120mm Antec fans, so not a silent listening area, but I couldn't hear it making any buzz or whines. There isn't any active cooling on it either - I've just set it up an...
by CoolGav
Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hypermiling: A new hobby for gas savers & environmentali
Replies: 95
Views: 22844

klankymen wrote:I guess the Golf is more of a city car, with nice cruising fuel efficiency just above the German speed limit.
I call the Golf a family car, the Lupo (now replaced with the bizarre fox), or Ford Ka, Fiat 500/Panda, original Mini (not BMW's), Smart ForTwo are city cars - to me at least!
by CoolGav
Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hypermiling: A new hobby for gas savers & environmentali
Replies: 95
Views: 22844

Another tip which wasn't immediately obvious to me was to keep the car in gear (high gear) when decelerating and braking until you almost stall. I had naively presumed that coasting in neutral would use less petrol, but it seems that that's wrong. In neutral the engine management system needs to us...
by CoolGav
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Silent UPS
Replies: 74
Views: 75900

I have an APC Smart-UPS 750. I'm not sure if it makes a little noise or not as it's in my loft with my server. I can't recall it being any noisier than the server (which is not too loud) - perhaps I'll be able to take a close listen soon...
by CoolGav
Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: 400,000 point club!!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 24875

Goolgav is now 400,000+. Congrats. Sounds like the next AMD model. 8) Thanks - Got my C2D doing the SMP units a month or so ago and my points have risen dramatically! :lol: For a few years I got into AMD, but now don't run any (that could soon change with a server rebuild as I have some mobile AMDs...
by CoolGav
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Tata "Nano" -- the $2,500 People's Car
Replies: 72
Views: 13808

The Tata Nano is an Indian car, designed for India. It's meant to be cheap and replace scooters where family's all ride together (yes, on a single scooter). In light of that, it's a lot safer than the alternatives. I'm not a fan, but who am I to deny the Indians (or anyone else) their right to a mod...
by CoolGav
Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:08 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Mini Ninja spotted
Replies: 106
Views: 73921

I'm thinking of teaming this up with a new Celeron 440 which is 35W (half a C2D @ 2GHz but less cache) in my wife's NSK2400. Have 1 exhaust fan and PSU fan and that's it...
by CoolGav
Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Whole House Ventilation
Replies: 13
Views: 7124

If you were going to use a standard fixed plastic pipe (not a flexible one), then oversize it and line with rockwool, which shouldn't cost more than £30 for a large pack (which could be used for other quietening/damping/acoustic treatment. The flexible dryer vent should be OK, but with a fan that's...
by CoolGav
Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Whole House Ventilation
Replies: 13
Views: 7124

I don't have any direct experience of this, but the idea is similar in some respects to people building a small music studio and require quiet ventialtion for themselves and gear. You can get all kinds of in-line fans that can be put anywhere in the system, and once enclosed in a suitable box will b...
by CoolGav
Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:57 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Wired Article: How to Soundproof an Apartment
Replies: 5
Views: 3746

Nice to see a link to SOS - I frequently point people over there in this direction...
by CoolGav
Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1 Samsung HD501LJ (500GB) or 2 WD 250 GB? Video editing...
Replies: 23
Views: 9133

An alternative you may not have considered is to use a 2.5" boot drive, which will be lower power, vibration and noise. Then your choice of dedicated larger drive for data.
by CoolGav
Wed May 16, 2007 7:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte mini-DTX motherboard
Replies: 10
Views: 4608

I thought that this was targetting semi-enthuiasts who wanted to use the OEM version of M$s forthcoming homer server OS - the one that you administer remotly. If that's the case then the 6 SATA ports is good, but nowhere to put the drives isn't! :lol:
by CoolGav
Tue May 01, 2007 7:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a good computer desk
Replies: 35
Views: 14316

How about building a desk to your exact requirements?
by CoolGav
Tue May 01, 2007 7:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Amusing computer related names
Replies: 45
Views: 19197

software wise there's:
M$ Lookout!
M$ Turd
both of which are part of M$ orifice