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by wayner
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Is SPCR Dead?
Replies: 24
Views: 25074

Re: Is SPCR Dead?

That may all be true but it looks like this site is totally dead. Mike posted a short note about a movie but that is the only new content on SPCR in 14 months, at least as far as I can see.
by wayner
Wed May 31, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Is SPCR Dead?
Replies: 24
Views: 25074

Re: Is SPCR Dead?

Almost four months later and still nada. I guess the site really is dead.

C'est dommage!
by wayner
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Is SPCR Dead?
Replies: 24
Views: 25074

Re: Is SPCR Dead?

I posted a similar thread - it sure looks like the site is pretty dead. I know that I need this site less then I did in the past as noise isn't an issue for hard drives anymore as I only use them in servers where I don't care about noise. For any workstations I use SSDs. And recent CPUs have much lo...
by wayner
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Has SPCR gone dormant?
Replies: 6
Views: 7925

Has SPCR gone dormant?

The last article I see comes from over three months ago. Does that mean that this site is now dormant?
by wayner
Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need Video Card Recommendation for Oculus Rift PC
Replies: 3
Views: 2347

Re: Need Video Card Recommendation for Oculus Rift PC

Anyone know how the AMD card compare to the Nvidia? The numbers for AMD are confusing to me as the minim is an R9 290. But there seem to be a lot of different model numbers available.

With Nvidia at the high end it seems to be either 970 or 980 with a few variations on those.
by wayner
Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need a GTX 970 recommendation.
Replies: 7
Views: 4351

Re: Need a GTX 970 recommendation.

There are too many models and too much marketing speak for me. Which ones are the quiet ones? What do you recommend? The reason for this machine is Oculus Rift games. It will be squeezed into a Fractal Design Node 304 (mini-ITX), which can take up to 310mm cards. I'm shopping in the U.S. What did y...
by wayner
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need Video Card Recommendation for Oculus Rift PC
Replies: 3
Views: 2347

Need Video Card Recommendation for Oculus Rift PC

I am not generally a gamer so for PCs that I have built over the last five years or so I have been more than happy to go with the integrated GPUs on Intel CPUs. So I haven't paid attention to video cards. But I am intrigued by VR so I have pre-ordered an Oculus Rift. The minimum specs for the Rift s...
by wayner
Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard
Replies: 13
Views: 10063

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

I agree that M.2 would be good but I don't agree that you shouldn't have IGPUs. A Mini-ITX mobo with an M.2 means that you could have a very small case, and even a passive case like a HD-Plex H1.S or even smaller since you don't need room for a SSD as long as you have the M.2. That makes for a great...
by wayner
Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case
Replies: 26
Views: 45892

Re: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case

Vicotnik wrote:It will of course oxidize over time. That's part of the beauty.
Would that affect the thermal conductive properties of the case?
by wayner
Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case
Replies: 26
Views: 45892

Re: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case

http://www.infomine.com/investment/metal-prices/copper/ looks like copper is at least 3x the cost per pound. and of course copper is much heavier too.. But still how much does that add to the BOM? $10? $20? And I think it would look a lot cooler to have a copper coloured case - assuming it doesn't ...
by wayner
Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case
Replies: 26
Views: 45892

Re: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case

Someone should make a case like this with a copper case rather than an Al case. It shouldn't be that much more expensive, especially in the current low commodity price environment. Not only would this look cooler but it would have better thermal properties and allow you to use higher TDP CPUs - ass...
by wayner
Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case
Replies: 26
Views: 45892

Re: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case

HTPC implies a 1080p TV monitor (ok, implies for most of us, for now..). 95W limit on the GPU implies you could stuff a GTX 950 in there. It'd be interesting to see if the case could effectively cool a gaming PC for the living room environment. The integrated GPU on the Skylake series of CPUs can d...
by wayner
Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K
Replies: 19
Views: 11322

Re: Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K

So USB keyboards will be functional for a USB install of Win8 or 10 but not for a DVD install of Win 7?
by wayner
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K
Replies: 19
Views: 11322

Re: Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K

Windows 7 users should take note that EHCI (Enhanced Host Controller Interface) has been dropped, a feature required for installing the O/S from a USB key. Windows 8 and 10 support USB installation through xHCI, so there are no issues there. If you're not ready to move on to Microsoft's newer opera...
by wayner
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case
Replies: 26
Views: 45892

Re: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case

Among idiophiles.... Freudian slip? No slip. I am definitely a music lover & audio hobbyist and could be described as an audiophile but imo the vast majority of them have taken leave of their common sense. Hence idio... What do you mean - green major markers really do improve the sound of a CD! A c...
by wayner
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case
Replies: 26
Views: 45892

Re: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case

MikeC wrote: Among idiophiles....
Freudian slip?
by wayner
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case
Replies: 26
Views: 45892

Re: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case

Someone should make a case like this with a copper case rather than an Al case. It shouldn't be that much more expensive, especially in the current low commodity price environment. Not only would this look cooler but it would have better thermal properties and allow you to use higher TDP CPUs - assu...
by wayner
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn
Replies: 43
Views: 52269

Re: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

My understanding of the higher power requirements of Sky Lake is that this is due to the better GPU and that if you aren't using the GPU then you may not see the higher power consumption. But I guess we won't know until these are released and actually tested.
by wayner
Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn
Replies: 43
Views: 52269

Re: Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

Do we really still need such huge heat sinks when the Broadwell line maxes out at a TDP of 65W for the i7-5775? Can't much more modest sized coolers do the job in a virtually silent setup at that power level?

Or do serious overclockers still need something like the Nina 4?
by wayner
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases
Replies: 123
Views: 201753

Re: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases

Here's a story from two months ago that says that we won't see Type C or USB 3.1 on front panels of cases until 2016:
http://www.legitreviews.com/front-panel ... way_163145
by wayner
Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases
Replies: 123
Views: 201753

Re: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases

How many of the cases now have USB Type C connectors on the front? That is something that I am certainly going to want as I am hoping that it will become the new standard very quickly. Oh the joy of never having to endlessly turn around a USB connector.
by wayner
Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE
Replies: 8
Views: 9146

Re: Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

I do back up my SageTV media server (at least videos, photos and music) to my WHS every night but the incremental files added on a daily basis are pretty minimal. This could be useful for the initial multi terabyte data population though as that is limited by the NIC, unless I want to just plug the ...
by wayner
Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Food for thought on hyper threading and using more cores.
Replies: 9
Views: 5700

Re: Food for thought on hyper threading and using more cores

What about video transcoding? Don't tools like Handbrake use up all cores/threads that you have?
by wayner
Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE
Replies: 8
Views: 9146

Re: Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

I am not too worried - I don't know that I ever saturate a 1Gb network so this is more of a rhetorical question than actual right now. To be honest, I am not sure how much a home user would need that fast a network connection, even with 4K video files.
by wayner
Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE
Replies: 8
Views: 9146

Re: Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

I believe the comment towards the 10Gb card and 1Gb devices not allowing "full performance" is based on the usual assumption that the only benefit to higher interface speeds is to achieve higher full saturation on the network. A 10Gb card allows 10x 1Gb saturation....so the typical benefit is that ...
by wayner
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS X200MA: 11.6-inch Bay Trail Notebook
Replies: 5
Views: 6338

Re: ASUS X200MA: 11.6-inch Bay Trail Notebook

she couldn't afford anything more than about $350 (Canadian). ... With this criteria there seemed to be four possible options: an Android tablet, a Windows 8 tablet, a Chromebook, or a full-fledged Windows 8 notebook. Doesn't an iPad Mini meet the criteria as much as a Win 8 tablet (albeit it is sl...
by wayner
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC
Replies: 13
Views: 9304

Re: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

I own two of the HD-Plex cases for HTPC clients - the H1 and H3. I think Larry (the guy from HD-Plex) is also considering a NUC case.
by wayner
Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC
Replies: 13
Views: 9304

Re: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

Am I the only one who thinks that "Tesla H" is a new model of an electric car? Does anyone make a passive case for a NUC that is much smaller - all of my content is on my server so I don't need anything more than a mSATA drive in an HTPC. Assuming that you could make all of the connectors fit you co...
by wayner
Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-D15: Updating an Icon
Replies: 7
Views: 6667

Re: Noctua NH-D15: Updating an Icon

Abula wrote:CPUs at stock or slightly over are not much of a match for the really good cooler/fan combos we have these days.
That's kind of what I was thinking - why do you need this much cooler these days when the highest performing CPUs, like an i7-4770, have a TDP of 84W?
by wayner
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case review request Silverstone ML06
Replies: 4
Views: 2794

Re: Case review request Silverstone ML06

Good point - I didn't see the ML05 review - it looks like the difference is a black vs silver faceplate.

As Emily Litella used to say - Never mind.