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by FrankL
Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17496

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

I imagine he is using a PicoPSU. That saves him the 10-13W that a big sized PSU is wasting as heat at such load loads. 30W at idle at the power socket is normal for Haswell builds without discrete GPUs as long as no "gaming" or "OC" micro-ATX / mini-ITX motherboards are used, and that includes the ...
by FrankL
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm
Replies: 11
Views: 8767

Re: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm

Whilst this is true on the most part, the Seagate Backup Plus (STDR200020x) drives include the 2TB Samsung M9T with a small USB3 to SATA board attached. I run 4x 2TB M9T in a Synology DS411Slim, all shucked from Seagate external drives bought from Amazon UK over the course of a few months. are you ...
by FrankL
Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: List of fanless laptops
Replies: 156
Views: 238889

Re: List of fanless laptops

Did Intel put restrictions on netbooks with BayTrail?

All the ones I've seen have screens with paltry 1368*768 resolution...

If I'd find a fanless 13" model with high resolution screen I'd likely buy it in a heartbeat...
by FrankL
Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm
Replies: 11
Views: 8767

Re: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm

newegg doesn't sell this drive bare but seagate sells it as an external drive which can be removed and then used. I wouldn't be so sure. Most portable HDD's now have a circuit-board that outputs directly to USB rather than SATA. Whilst this is true on the most part, the Seagate Backup Plus (STDR200...
by FrankL
Sat May 24, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for audiophile use (fanless)
Replies: 9
Views: 3886

Re: Silent PC for audiophile use (fabless)

OT: fabless doesn't mean the thing you think it means (although AMD is indeed fabless these days)
by FrankL
Sat May 17, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 17756

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

It would have been nice to see power and performance comparison with Intel CPUs in the same price range, i.e. an Intel Celeron and a Pentium model from the Haswell generation. 5150/asrock am1h-itx dc in, ssd... idles at 16 watts. (the 5350 should idle at the same amount, but i only have the 5150.) ...
by FrankL
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 17756

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

It would have been nice to see power and performance comparison with Intel CPUs in the same price range, i.e. an Intel Celeron and a Pentium model from the Haswell generation.
by FrankL
Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 286843

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I don't understand why these boards (except for the Supermicro ones) don't come with build-in DC-DC circuitry. The target market for me appears to be the low-cost/low-performance market (between the Core-arch Celerons and boards powered by an ARM SoC). Having to add a mini ITX case with PSU or exte...
by FrankL
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: I need a prebuilt system around 10watts
Replies: 13
Views: 8757

Re: I need a prebuilt system around 10watts

I will use it as a server. If you keep it on 24h/24 after some time it hangs due to memory errors. So, if I can choose, I will choose ECC. Would it be possible to have a cron job that reboots periodically to clear out the RAM? Might be a cheap solution? ECC is only supported with server boards, rig...
by FrankL
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 286843

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I don't understand why these boards (except for the Supermicro ones) don't come with build-in DC-DC circuitry. The target market for me appears to be the low-cost/low-performance market (between the Core-arch Celerons and boards powered by an ARM SoC). Having to add a mini ITX case with PSU or exte...
by FrankL
Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 286843

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I don't understand why these boards (except for the Supermicro ones) don't come with build-in DC-DC circuitry...... These bay trail solutions are very interesting, but all the extra costs easily add up to having a 200-240 euro solution when compared to a 80 euro Raspberry Pi, or up to around 150 eu...
by FrankL
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
Replies: 21
Views: 25329

Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case

this case is awesome.

Is there any possibility of acquiring one of these? If yes, what's the price?
by FrankL
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 286843

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

I don't understand why these boards (except for the Supermicro ones) don't come with build-in DC-DC circuitry. The target market for me appears to be the low-cost/low-performance market (between the Core-arch Celerons and boards powered by an ARM SoC). Having to add a mini ITX case with PSU or exter...
by FrankL
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 286843

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Let's hope you're wrong ;) I have "ASUS Transformer Book T100" which has CPU Bay Trail Z3740 and it does support AES-NI. The Z atoms support everything (also quicksync etc.). I couldn't find a cpuinfo result for pentium n, but celeron n definitely does not seem to support it (/proc/cpuinfo output a...
by FrankL
Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Mediasonic ProBox 4 Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure
Replies: 3
Views: 4091

Re: Mediasonic ProBox 4 Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure

Having myself an external eSATA enclosure with port multiplier (Lian-Li EX-50), I am wondering what the impact is of a single drive's failure on the other drives in the enclosure which uses a port multiplier. There's an article that says this may impact operation of the other drives (while the faile...
by FrankL
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bay-trail motherboards
Replies: 282
Views: 286843

Re: Bay-trail motherboards

Actually with 88% efficiency, the Corsair doesn't do too bad at 10% load , but at 50W load it'll probably have quite a bit lower efficiency, probably somewhere between 82 and 88%. Nevertheless, the Corsair is extremely expensive (for a PSU), and I'm sure there are much, MUCH cheaper and more efficie...
by FrankL
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro-ATX cases - SFF ( <10L)
Replies: 5
Views: 2240

Re: micro-ATX cases - SFF ( <10L)

The Sea Sonic SS-300TGW is semi fanless up ~100 the fan will stay off and it's 80+ gold certified. The Chenbro 719 should be tall enough for the Big Shuriken so it's fan can double as the single system fan. That sounds reasonable. However, an external AC-DC brick still has my preference, as it woul...
by FrankL
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro-ATX cases - SFF ( <10L)
Replies: 5
Views: 2240

Re: micro-ATX cases - SFF ( <10L)

First of all, maybe I should clarify that I currently own a mini-tower with plenty of empty drive bays that I could use, but I wish to find something way more compact. There's no set budget, but cheaper = better, unless convincing reasons exist to go with a more expensive option. Chenbro PC719 + Sea...
by FrankL
Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: micro-ATX cases - SFF ( <10L)
Replies: 5
Views: 2240

micro-ATX cases - SFF ( <10L)

I'm looking for a tiny and minimalistic server case which can hold a µATX motherboard. Unfortunately mini-ITX is not an option because of a lack of finding server-grade motherboard which hold 4 DIMM slots on mini-ITX (except for Intel Avoton, which even at 8-core has too low performance for me). PSU...
by FrankL
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17496

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

FrankL, what are the power figures as a torrent box? do you have c6/c7 power states activated? I'm not going to test this, but an educated guess would be that the consumption would be in the 20-25W range with HDMI, WLAN and GB-Lan active and some torrents transferring in the lower single-digit Mega...
by FrankL
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:35 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112457

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

As for those holes: they are too small! you will need to drill them out a tiny bit (a fraction of a millimetre) in order to fit a pair of RP-SMA pigtails as they're called. Of course this will void your warranty (although, what kind of warranty can possibly be useful for a case without PSU?). Since...
by FrankL
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Asus Q87T temperature issues with Akasa Euler case
Replies: 10
Views: 5062

Re: Asus Q87T temperature issues with Akasa Euler case

You haven't really formulated any question that I can answer in your post, but from the cpu and hdd temperature it is very clear that you do not have any temperature issue (as indicated in the thread title). What you do have is a problem with either program(s) reporting the motherboard temperature, ...
by FrankL
Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112457

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

Got my case today. The thing is very heavy. You really wouldn't want to drop it on your foot by accident. The MB I used was an ECS H87H3-TI. Everything fit with the MB face plate, but it was wicked tight. I feel pretty certain that the CPU sits flat because I applied the paste, put the MB in place,...
by FrankL
Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17496

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

FrankL, what are the power figures as a torrent box? do you have c6/c7 power states activated? I'm not going to test this, but an educated guess would be that the consumption would be in the 20-25W range with HDMI, WLAN and GB-Lan active and some torrents transferring in the lower single-digit Mega...
by FrankL
Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17496

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

Asus Q87T 8GB Crucial 1.5v SO-DIMM Intel i3 4130T Samsung EVO 840 120GB SSD Intel 7260 AC + Bluetooth Cooler Master SNA 90 power adapter running Windows 7, with realtek Gb LAN in use, WLAN enabled (in scanning mode, not connected to a SSID), and HDMI hooked up I see the following readings: idle: 16W...
by FrankL
Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112457

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

Rereading your post, I am wondering if you somehow end up with a gray market rip off. That description sounds pretty bad and much worse than we have heard from anyone else. I bought mine off Amazon France, where it was sold directly by Amazon. When I look now, it currently only seems to be sold by ...
by FrankL
Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112457

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

I just assembled a DQ77KB + Akasa Euler system over the weekend (in large part thanks to Mike's review and this forum topic), and I have very mixed feelings about the Euler. On the one hand, it has a nice appearance, feels well made, and it does seem to do the job (the case gets notably warm after ...
by FrankL
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime
Replies: 11
Views: 2564

Re: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime

Admittedly that's with a CPU with a 55W TDP (I'm targeting CPU a 35W TDP) Don't take comfort from that! TDP ratings aren't to be used like that. I don't think the actual heat outpit of those CPUs would be all that different. Hopefully the T part packs a more efficient GPU and operates at lower volt...
by FrankL
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime
Replies: 11
Views: 2564

Re: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime

The Samsung 840 EVO being rated for operating till 70C seems good, but the following temperature observations make me wary: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1321-page4.html under heavy stress, the case temp goes all the way to 62C with 22C ambient temp. Admittedly that's with a CPU with a 55W TD...
by FrankL
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime
Replies: 11
Views: 2564

Re: fanless build - concerned about component lifetime

The machine will be in an environment where the maximum room temp will likely be in the 25-32C range. I think the PC should be build to last 8 to 10 years in this particular case. about the advice to get a more expensive CPU: I've seen people saying you can achieve a similar power envelope with soft...