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by shadestalker
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What Causes "snappiness" in Performance
Replies: 33
Views: 3129

Re: What Causes "snappiness" in Performance

I'm disappointed people are using the term "snappiness" as if we've all agreed on exactly what it means. Maybe the OP can explain whether this term means a perception of how much work is done over time, immediacy of UI responsiveness, some other factor(s) or a combination thereof. 2. Launching an MS...
by shadestalker
Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 114028

Last night I saw the Top Gear episode where the guys have to create a VW television ad. One of the rules for creating a VW ad goes something like: don't shout at the consumer. Intelligent people prefer to be spoken to. I think if site ads are well-targeted and take this approach, they're far less an...
by shadestalker
Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 114028

NeilBlanchard wrote:Q: How did you make the exception for SPCR? I just looked and could not see how to do this.
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That's how I do it. You can edit rules directly too, but I don't enjoy that method. :)
by shadestalker
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 114028

Most of the people I know who block ads didn't just decide to do it out of the blue. Ad blocking is a backlash against the worst examples of internet advertising. Browser ads carry with them a pretty heavy stigma among the tech community. It's unfortunate that sites like SPCR are lumped in with all ...
by shadestalker
Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:15 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 602331

Wow... another one of those crazy setups http://www.sav-computer.com/les-news-f4/configuration-extreme-a-base-de-gtx260-t646.html I wonder what kind of PPD this person would get... (BTW, intersting one slot GTX260+) Whoa. Estimated survivability of those parts... eh, why waste time with complicated...
by shadestalker
Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 21039

Connectors and sockets increasingly being keyed to prevent the "where's pin 1?" problem is helping a lot. I killed a (speedy at the time) 486 CPU once because I had it rotated in the socket on power up. There are still too many connectors on motherboards that are not keyed in any way and have tiny l...
by shadestalker
Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: power requirements for 8800 series under load?
Replies: 5
Views: 4280

power requirements for 8800 series under load?

Vijay's blog mentions power requirements for 8800 series cards running the GPU client: We've been told that 8800's require 600W power supplies, but we're finding that even a little bigger (eg at least 650W) is important to leave some room for error. We are working to see if there is some way to det...
by shadestalker
Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Core i7 launch
Replies: 47
Views: 36819

An important point to bear in mind here is that this is a new architecture. That's the important part for Intel. This is their answer to hypertransport and the killer lead AMD has had over them in multi-socket bandwidth intensive applications. To review the new platform as a desktop replacement take...
by shadestalker
Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Core i7 launch
Replies: 47
Views: 36819

I see pushpins. :?
by shadestalker
Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 8800GT GV-NX88T512HP
Replies: 13
Views: 10381

I ended up removing the stock fan and hanging a 92mm Panaflo from the stock heatsink's fins using small plastic zip ties. This has the added bonus that the HD that sits on sorbothane strips on the bottom of the case gets better airflow from the 92mm fan suspended a couple of inches above it. Now if ...
by shadestalker
Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Nvidia F@H client download
Replies: 42
Views: 21212

This is a big deal. I know the ATI folks have had GPU2 for a while, but I'm really happy to finally be able to use it myself (I only run NVIDIA.) You'll need CUDA drivers from http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_get.html or the leaked beta 177 driver and a modified INF file ( http://foldingforum.org/v...
by shadestalker
Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planning new build, are floppies relevant any more?
Replies: 26
Views: 6146

I forgot to plug mine in last rebuild, two years ago. Apart from forgetting to blacklist the 'floppy' module in linux, no issues. :) The next (current) rebuild will have no floppy physically in the box.
by shadestalker
Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte 8800GT GV-NX88T512HP
Replies: 13
Views: 10381

FYI, the V1 of this card doesn't change the cooling setup, still no fan control.
by shadestalker
Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green Power - a new quiet 3.5" hdd standard
Replies: 76
Views: 106575

The market should welcome the arrival of the Quantum Bigfoot^W^W WD GP drives. :wink: I've been lamenting the loss of lower power, slower drives since the Bigfoot went away. Slower storage started reappearing as second and third tier storage for datacenters, so it was only a matter of time til we go...
by shadestalker
Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 35W SFF X2 3800+ is available again
Replies: 30
Views: 15564

Mistakes do happen.
by shadestalker
Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: duo vs quad
Replies: 15
Views: 4890

For the specific uses cited, I wouldn't go with either of the processors you're looking at. A midrange C2D should be plenty for gaming IMO, especially if you're pushing 1600x1200 or higher resolution with AA/AF/etc. where the GPU begins to be a limiting factor. I'm pining for a quad core, but only b...
by shadestalker
Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: SILENT FRIDGE: What would you advise?
Replies: 65
Views: 51348

Water has a MUCH higher heat capacity than air. So putting a bunch of water bottles in the fridge and freezer (leave the tops open in the freezer so the bottles don't break when it turns to ice) will help keep them cold with less energy (and less frequent compressor cycles). I don't know if anyone ...
by shadestalker
Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 1200 Case
Replies: 4
Views: 2523

I find myself trying to understand if it's a server case or a gamer case. It seems it's trying to be both. Server - EATX, lots of drive bays, lots of cooling Gamer - water cooling ports, front panel I/O, windowed side panel, lots of cooling The only thing both camps are likely to care about is the n...
by shadestalker
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Measuring HDD Temp in Ubuntu
Replies: 2
Views: 1853

I'm running debian etch, works great there too. Nice tip, hddtemp is more simple and direct than dealing with smartmontools just for temps.
by shadestalker
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT
Replies: 119
Views: 60403

A die-shrink and faster clocks with lower power consumption than faster cards? Smells a lot like my 6800GS, which cools nicely with a Zalman VF700-Cu. This should have been called 8800GS. Complaining about a noisy cooler on this card is like not buying your dream house because of the interior paint ...
by shadestalker
Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My MythTV HTPC - Updated Sept. '09
Replies: 32
Views: 28864

1. The Geforce 8000 series doesn't support xvmc according to this thread. Not that it matters a great deal to CPU usage, but I would think you could lessen the heat in the case by going with an older card and get xvmc in the bargain.

Is there any ability to control your fan speeds from linux?
by shadestalker
Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling obsolete?
Replies: 188
Views: 130662

Why mess with water cooling? Because you've wandered from the sweet spot. The sweet spot used to be all about price / performance. Now it includes power consumption, which for SPCR purposes means heat dissipation. Wander too far up the performance ramp, and you leave behind the reasonable prices and...
by shadestalker
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cosmos or P182?
Replies: 14
Views: 7941

The Cosmos 1000 lost me when I saw the non-recessed reset button nestled in the cluster of USB / firewire / audio ports on top of the case. This bespeaks glaring inattention to the kind of details that matter in daily use.
by shadestalker
Thu May 11, 2006 6:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How many watts does the 9700pro use?
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

This post indicates 54w: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewto ... 6372#86372

It looks like the VGA card power dissipation thread was using images hosted by another site, and they've been removed or are denying access to the images based on HTTP_REFERER. Oops.
by shadestalker
Wed May 10, 2006 6:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 250GB Rhythmic Vibrations
Replies: 41
Views: 19392

Anyone know of something I can suspend my entire case with? Maybe put my case on big soft foam blocks or something? I think it's airborne noise and not vibration through the case, but I want to suspend my case to test it out. Augh... shoulda bought a WD2500KS instead... http://acoustiproducts.com/e...
by shadestalker
Wed May 10, 2006 6:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: inadvertent passive 6800GS
Replies: 0
Views: 941

inadvertent passive 6800GS

An SATA cable got pushed against the fan on my VF-700Cu a few days ago, and the system ran that way for almost a day. I finally noticed because nvmonitor showed the GPU at 76c, but I had no problems using the system. I thought this might be a useful data point for anyone looking to passively cool th...
by shadestalker
Wed May 10, 2006 6:13 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: wall mounted pc
Replies: 34
Views: 20764

picture_perfect wrote:thanks, i think the patent office has like a 10 yr wait list. i guess thats why you see "patent pending" so much.
On the other hand, it takes almost no time and feels a lot better to apply a Creative Commons or similarly free license to something.

Very nice work!
by shadestalker
Wed May 10, 2006 6:02 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: CPU fan error with 120mm NEXUS - help?
Replies: 7
Views: 2741

My guess would be that the Nexus spins slowly enough that the motherboard is alarming on a low or no RPM reading from it. Some headers don't register very low RPM.

The A8N SLI Premium has a BIOS menu option to turn off the CPU fan check. I don't know if this is common among other Asus boards.
by shadestalker
Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Another radical cooling idea INPUT needed UPDATE- 1/2 DONE
Replies: 23
Views: 12785

I can't tell if the flaps on this are opened by air pressure, but this would be nice if it worked: http://doityourself.com/store/7890676.htm
by shadestalker
Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 250GB Rhythmic Vibrations
Replies: 41
Views: 19392

The only moving parts in the system are the Samsung, the PSU fan, and a 120mm fan at ~1400rpm, so I don't think the beating is caused by resonance with anything else, just the drive itself. The case panel "above" the motherboard seems to be where the noise is coming from, and can be mostly damped i...