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by Cerb
Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which GTX 460 to choose?
Replies: 52
Views: 12075

Re: Which GTX 460 to choose?

i'd like to try rivatuner, but i can't find any reason to stop using afterburner. if i thought that rivatuner could improve my gtx460 sli setup beyond 1.1v/880/1760/2250, tho, i might give it a shot. It won't. Its handy features, over Afterburner, largely revolve around being able to set hidden com...
by Cerb
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best Blender 3d Fanless GC?
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

Re: Best Blender 3d Fanless GC?

In what way is Blender stressing your current video card? What, if any, near future features are must-haves, as far as Blender/video card go?

Oh, and budget?
by Cerb
Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Seeking Planning Advice (Gaming/Development: Spring 2011)
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Re: Seeking Planning Advice (Gaming/Development: Spring 2011

Does this make it easier to keep the system cool? Does it make it even more important to deliver cool air to the upper part of the motherboard? Does it make tower heatsinks even more dominant as there's even less need to divert air toward components near the socket? It may be that there is nothing ...
by Cerb
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which GTX 460 to choose?
Replies: 52
Views: 12075

Re: Which GTX 460 to choose?

All hail the mighty Unwinder. Apparently, he doesn't have the free time to keep Rivatuner up to speed, these days. Why keep anything up to speed when MSI does it for me? For almost every card I use, I just set the overlock and fan speed once and forget it. Rivatuner has far more features than After...
by Cerb
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Seeking Planning Advice (Gaming/Development: Spring 2011)
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Re: Seeking Planning Advice (Gaming/Development: Spring 2011

CPU: just get an unlocked one and be done with it. Intel is keeping the price differences small, and it look like that will be the norm. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but the difference will likely remain so little that if you think you may want it, just get it as insurance. Case: new mobos aren't...
by Cerb
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which GTX 460 to choose?
Replies: 52
Views: 12075

Re: Which GTX 460 to choose?

All hail the mighty Unwinder.
Apparently, he doesn't have the free time to keep Rivatuner up to speed, these days.
by Cerb
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: I don't know what to do - NAS/Sream/Transcode
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Re: I don't know what to do - NAS/Sream/Transcode

Downloading is no big deal. Well, rather, it's not a big technical deal. On-the-fly video transcoding? Depends on your starting quality and result quality. I would not expect any quiet and inexpensive system to be able to do it, with a file that is indistinguishable from broadcast (unless by, "trans...
by Cerb
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Lots of noise from the cpu cooler
Replies: 4
Views: 907

Re: Lots of noise from the cpu cooler

The AC is good, IMO. Not great, but hassle-free, and does the job well. However, for only a few bucks more, there's the Xigamtek HSFs. If you want to keep the temps down more than that, Coolermaster is a good value (Hyper212, IIRC), but you might want to pick up a different fan (Scythe Slipstream PW...
by Cerb
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which GTX 460 to choose?
Replies: 52
Views: 12075

Re: Which GTX 460 to choose?

According to posts on the Gigabyte forum , there's also problems with the drivers which are preventing booting up. ...which is also affecting other makes, and is not affecting every card (mine has been running fine for almost 3 months...) . I'd bet they either had a manufacturing problem with a bat...
by Cerb
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5450 or HD 5670?
Replies: 2
Views: 1162

Re: HD 5450 or HD 5670?

AFAIK, neither PS nor LR have native uses for CUDA, which would be a reason to go nV (you'd still need to do some work to enable it on a non-Quadro, though) . Just in case, I'd get a 1GB card, not 512MB. I don't know how much VRAM those apps need, but I do know LR can be GPU-heavy, and the added cos...
by Cerb
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which GTX 460 to choose?
Replies: 52
Views: 12075

Re: Which GTX 460 to choose?

Yeah, but I want a 1GB 256-bit model. Besides, doesn't the gigabyte have two 92mm fans, which should surely be capable of running quieter than the one on the MSI? Have, yes (dunno is they're 92 or not). Run slower [at idle]? No. You've got to do BIOS modding to get them running very slow. Also, the...
by Cerb
Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Home office computer w/ internal backup
Replies: 10
Views: 1448

Theory A says : any processor currently available is already too much for office tasks. Theory B says : more than 2 cores will give you a more responsive PC if you multitask, and 2 GB with Windows 7 may be cramped if you plan to open a lot of applications and files at the same time. I've read both,...
by Cerb
Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Poll 3: Do you have an SSD or plan to get one?
Replies: 25
Views: 3573

I've been sold on the technology since using a CF card that could only write at 7MB/s. I can't come near affording larger ones, now, though, and there's no way I could fit multiple OSes on a 30GB. Voted >1 yr.
by Cerb
Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: No Bulldozer for the AM3 socket!
Replies: 17
Views: 4062

Was "AM3r2" too ambiguous, on their roadmaps? They've done a good job at keeping backwards compatibility, so far, but it's not they've stuck with one socket, or anything. We're now on, what, the 5th socket for K8 and newer CPUs? Trying to be future-proof is silly. The last time it was remotely worth...
by Cerb
Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gutting My Computer
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

Over that kind of cooler? Any. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130570 There's an eVGA reference, which, for whatever reason, is not applicable for the lifetime warranty. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121391 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp...
by Cerb
Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gutting My Computer
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

That 870 is killer. At only $30 more, and $50 less than Newegg, don't let it pass you by. You won't technically get 15% more performance from it than the 860, but it will run a bit faster at everything, and the added cost is minor, compared to the rest of the build. P.S. I just read that Intel is lo...
by Cerb
Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Hell, Its About Time.
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

If you're going to go SLI, do it now , and get 2GB 460 cards. In a year or so, you can just upgrade to a new 28nm GPU. What resolution is your monitor, anyway? If it's 1080p or lower, you're probably better off ignoring SLI. As you start moving up higher, though, GTX 460 in SLI are pretty good, esp....
by Cerb
Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice with building new system!
Replies: 4
Views: 942

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance,2490-6.html If USB 3 drives are much cheaper, get one, instead--I'm across the pond, so prices and availability can differ quite a bit. Performance-wise, USB 3 uses more CPU for the job, right now. It will be a bit slower with small files, too,...
by Cerb
Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice with building new system!
Replies: 4
Views: 942

Mobo: SATA 6Gbps is not SATA II. We've had SATA II for years, now. You get a controller chip with two 6Gbps ports, and you need a fast SSD to hit 3Gbps, today. :roll: It's fine to have, but don't make your mobo choice because of it. USB 3 saves you using a slot, later on (IMO, USB 3 is a must for hi...
by Cerb
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any non-shimmering LCDs?
Replies: 14
Views: 1982

in that it would lose it's definition, perhaps becoming a bit fainter momentarily, which made me lose focus a bit That would be ghosting. All LCD monitors do it, but modern non-MVA panels, at least that aren't crap, can be fast enough that the human eye cannot detect it. It absolutely is worth retu...
by Cerb
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case on a budget?
Replies: 20
Views: 5325

I've heard many great things about the Antec Solo, I recently read a thread where a guy had to spend a few hours with a dremel to get his GTX 460 to fit into the Solo (...) You're mixing up the GTX 260 and 460, I'm quite sure. The 460 is about 8.25" (210mm), including cooler. The GTX 260 is about 1...
by Cerb
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any non-shimmering LCDs?
Replies: 14
Views: 1982

The monitor refresh rate has nothing to do with it. I've got to go now, but that's not it. However, it would help if you were to describe what exactly you mean by shimmer. I can think if a few different things that could be that.
by Cerb
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case on a budget?
Replies: 20
Views: 5325

Red, the Solo is available from newegg canada but it won't even fit a GTX 460. Are you certain? I thought the Solo had 10" to play with, and then room inside the drive cage. 10" is enough for a ~1" long cable bend (shallow enough not to stress/kink it) coming off the back of the card. If that can f...
by Cerb
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU cooling might not be the most important thing to review
Replies: 24
Views: 4908

I haven't seen any nVidia chipset boards out in the wild, lately. You can still find cheap ones, but then you know you're sacrificing for other reasons, too. If VRM temps concern you, get a board that cools them. They aren't expensive. Without hot NBs, and low-efficiency CPU voltage regulation, any ...
by Cerb
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 460 launched today
Replies: 93
Views: 38470

I ended up getting the GB 1GB OC. While there's hasn't been a really quiet time to check things out (if it's not AC units, it's insects chirping), it's nearly inaudible from where I sit (see bottom). SC2, at highly playable settings (medium overall, high texture, 4xMSAA), can only get it to report ...
by Cerb
Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 460 launched today
Replies: 93
Views: 38470

I ended up getting the GB 1GB OC. While there's hasn't been a really quiet time to check things out (if it's not AC units, it's insects chirping), it's nearly inaudible from where I sit (see bottom). SC2, at highly playable settings (medium overall, high texture, 4xMSAA), can only get it to report a...
by Cerb
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 460 launched today
Replies: 93
Views: 38470

Hmm. Combined with the mini-HDMI->DVI adapter (who has spare mini-HDMI->HDMI cables hanging around?), and the same price as reference ones...at worst, it looks like a good choice to wait for aftermarket coolers with. Well now, do you seriously think they would leave you hanging like that? My Sparkl...
by Cerb
Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gelid Slim Silence & Prolimatech Samuel 17 LP CPU Cooler
Replies: 12
Views: 6206

For 1U, the Gelid is pretty impressive. I was eyeing its Intel brother just yesterday...
by Cerb
Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 460 launched today
Replies: 93
Views: 38470

Hmm. Combined with the mini-HDMI->DVI adapter (who has spare mini-HDMI->HDMI cables hanging around?), and the same price as reference ones...at worst, it looks like a good choice to wait for aftermarket coolers with.
by Cerb
Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 460 launched today
Replies: 93
Views: 38470

The noise level is literally in the floor, and it doesn't rise much at-all under load because the fan at 40% is already enough to keep the temperature below 60C. My fan doesn't even spin-up during normal gaming. See how the fan noise hardly rises at all ? ...for that review. Others have different d...