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by hmsrolst
Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC
Replies: 29
Views: 19812

Re: Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC

FYI, the Newegg review doesn't add anything to this thread regarding how widespread the problem is, as it's mine and is about the same unit I complained about here.
by hmsrolst
Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Haswell comes to NUC
Replies: 34
Views: 19841

Re: Haswell comes to NUC

hmsrolst -- All your speculations could be right... but OTOH, Intel is a big company & in such, the various divisions never seem to be perfectly sync'd. Point in fact: I got notice from DHL a few days ago that Intel is sending me something from Colorado. Curious, I asked Dan, my regular PR contact,...
by hmsrolst
Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Haswell comes to NUC
Replies: 34
Views: 19841

Re: Haswell comes to NUC

Now having had some real world experience, I'm providing an update for any of you considering buying an Intel NUC. First, there are ongoing issues, some of which I've worked around, but others may not be able to. Second, I'm deeply suspicious that the NUC that Intel sent Mike was intentionally set d...
by hmsrolst
Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Haswell comes to NUC
Replies: 34
Views: 19841

Re: Haswell comes to NUC

Although this discussion has been quiet for nearly a year, I'm adding a post to reflect my recent (partial) experience with the Haswell NUC which I believe is common. The bottom line is that, having been a member of SPCR since it's beginning, I am sure that Mike's review was accurate, but it may be ...
by hmsrolst
Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC
Replies: 29
Views: 19812

Re: Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC

It's been reported by various owners that this line produces a very annoying high-frequency coil whine noise. Have you guys noticed any unusual noises from the unit or PSU brick? I just booted one for the first time, and mine definitely has an annoying whine that I can hear from across the room (an...
by hmsrolst
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC
Replies: 13
Views: 8631

Re: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

Thanks very much. This is really a nicely designed case.
by hmsrolst
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC
Replies: 13
Views: 8631

Re: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

Mike, I bought the Tesla case and an i3 Haswell, and am about to assemble it. When I removed the stock HSF there is a TIM on the GPU. Did you use the original one or the one that comes with the Tesla? I can't tell from the picture. Thanks, Howard
by hmsrolst
Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC
Replies: 13
Views: 8631

Re: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

Thanks. Wider and shallower work better for me, so the Tesla would be my choice. And I like the two 2.5" drive aspect. The taller Intel one would be good, but fanless is most appealing as it would be on my desk.
by hmsrolst
Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC
Replies: 13
Views: 8631

Re: Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

Thanks for another fine article, Mike. I'm fond of fanless (I still run a Logic Supply test model I bought from SPCR a few years back) and am tempted by this Tesla. I would use the i3 model. Newegg is selling the $2.5" kit for $290 including 4GB of memory, compared to just the mobo from Logic Supply...
by hmsrolst
Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 87246

Re: Mike's final sign-off

Such good news, Mike. Thanks very much.
by hmsrolst
Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:33 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 87246

Re: Mike's final sign-off

It's a wonderful tribute to Mike and the important influence of SPCR to see the many locations all over the world from which messages on this thread are coming.
by hmsrolst
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 87246

Re: Mike's final sign-off

As a nearly nine year member, I just want to say thanks and best wishes on your next adventure, Mike. You've greatly changed my computer experience and those of many others. As I always keep an open tab on SPCR, and occasionally post, I certainly hope that someone with commitment steps into your ver...
by hmsrolst
Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini-ITX case/PS for i3-540, fullsize Optical and 2.5" HDD?
Replies: 6
Views: 1350

Re: mini-ITX case/PS for i3-540, fullsize Optical and 2.5" H

I have the Q07 and this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147133 The Q07 has better build quality than the Rosewill which has a few annoying quirks (including having to fiddle with the door for the optical). Both have their virtues, and I think it depends partly on the sp...
by hmsrolst
Mon May 24, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: any Socket P MotD mobo's out yet?
Replies: 126
Views: 83609

loaky wrote:Ordered it! Think it'll be a tight fit but we'll have to see, not a lot of choices about.
These CPU's need very little cooling. In one of my systems, I had to mount the fan on the back end, so it was pulling instead of pushing. It worked fine, as so little airflow is needed. Good luck.
by hmsrolst
Sat May 22, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: any Socket P MotD mobo's out yet?
Replies: 126
Views: 83609

loaky wrote:EDIT: I assume we are talking about having it as a CPU cooler? and not a chipset cooler, it's designed job.
Right.
by hmsrolst
Sat May 22, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: any Socket P MotD mobo's out yet?
Replies: 126
Views: 83609

I'm interested in what everyones using cooling wise? i've got a Commel LV-679 with a T7500 onboard, with the stock cooler that came with the board, and even with RMClock running with the voltages lowered to stable levels it's still running hot. And my hunt for any coolers in the same fitment has be...
by hmsrolst
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Very Quiet, Low Power Mobile-on-Desktop System
Replies: 2
Views: 1500

Very Quiet, Low Power Mobile-on-Desktop System

This is a very quiet (nearly inaudible to my ears), low power system. The motherboard has a PCI-E slot if you need more than onboard video. The case is in excellent condition. Mobo: AOpen i945GTm-VHL CPU: Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz) HSF: Zalman 7000 ALCU (modded with 92mm Nexus Real Silent fan) RAM: 2 ...
by hmsrolst
Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: 130W ATX power supply + 120W AC adapter 54$
Replies: 153
Views: 120445

By the way, anyone with pics of how they mounted this in their case? Sorry I don't have pictures, but I can provide a description of what I did. First, I put in four of the old style plastic, push-through motherboard standoffs in the corner holes to prevent anything on the bottom from shorting out....
by hmsrolst
Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:00 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking to buy a very quiet desktop Mini PC.
Replies: 7
Views: 6325

My experience with the Mac Mini was disappointing. I have the previous generation of Core 2 Duo machines. When I got it, it was very quiet. I put an SSD in it and was very satisfied. Over time (about six months), it got louder and louder, until it was not quiet at all. I thought that the fan was goi...
by hmsrolst
Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power
Replies: 35
Views: 32901

Thanks for linking that thread, which I hadn't seen. Given the small difference at idle between G31 and G45, it seems likely that other differences in motherboards are likely to be more significant.
by hmsrolst
Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power
Replies: 35
Views: 32901

41W idle is great for your system (you can not get much less with an Atom board and Atom is 3 to 4x less powerful) I get about 32W idle with a similar system I just use G31 < G45 same amount of RAM undervolted and undercloked Q8400S 32GB-SSD no wireless and DVD is most of the time disconnected. I n...
by hmsrolst
Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power
Replies: 35
Views: 32901

I purchased the DC-DC converter with a Gateway brick from Electrodacus and just tried it out with a system I'm setting up. The system is pretty basic: MSI G45M Digital, E3200, 4GB RAM, Intel X25-M, SMC PCI-N and a DVD burner. For a PSU, I was using an old Seasonic 300W Super Toronado which is not ve...
by hmsrolst
Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:33 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't walk, run to your nearest store and buy a SSD now.
Replies: 51
Views: 27444

Windows plus a couple of games on a SSD just to save a few seconds here and there? Again, it's not worth the money. I'd rather buy another 1tB harddrive for future needs. Obviously, everyone needs to decide for himself/herself what's "worth the money." However, as someone who has moved to SSD's, it...
by hmsrolst
Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel X25-M
Replies: 29
Views: 6946

Kyocera wrote:I have the Win7 64bit and no inclination to test on my SSD. :)) :)) :))
I have Win 7 32 bit and am tempted. Can you provide links to your analysis RE 64 vs. 32?
by hmsrolst
Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive cooling Core2Duo Mobile socket p
Replies: 8
Views: 5235

stefanello wrote:I chose a Nexus PSM-5000.

http://www.nexustek.nl/psm_full_copper_ ... cooler.htm

;)
Stefanello, please post your experience when you have tried it.
by hmsrolst
Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Microsoft Virtualization/XP Mode system requirements
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Edit: Could you confirm that you do not need a seperate XP license to run XP Mode in Windows 7? That's correct. You just go to the site you linked in your earlier post and download and install Virtual PC and XP Mode. In my case, everything went very smoothly, including when I tried it earlier on an...
by hmsrolst
Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Microsoft Virtualization/XP Mode system requirements
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

It seems that you could have Windows Virtual PC and XP mode on windows 7 (pro, ultimate, or enterprise) on a 32 bit OS version and CPU. I'm not clear on this. That is correct. I'm currently running XP Mode on 32-bit Windows 7 Professional. In my case, I need it to access my firm's intranet, and ema...
by hmsrolst
Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power
Replies: 35
Views: 32901

Very nice review, Mike. I can't help beginning by pointing out an amusing typo--"A low power DC/DC converter is usually quiet [sic] small." I guess you've typed "quiet" just too many times. Coincidentally, just yesterday I was building an E3200 system with an old 300W Seasonic. It idles at 47W, but ...
by hmsrolst
Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Fanless 1.86 GHz Yonah, 945GM systems for $140 ...
Replies: 21
Views: 4750

dawza wrote:I am guessing your goal is to see how low you can get the power draw just for the fun of it.
Excellent guess!

Interesting link, but at this point I'm not thinking the fun is worth the $100. Maybe another time, though.
by hmsrolst
Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Fanless 1.86 GHz Yonah, 945GM systems for $140 ...
Replies: 21
Views: 4750

Thanks for pointing these CPUs out. Since except for the $140 for the AOpen itself and $5 for a pair of antennae , everything else I used was from spare parts, I also find it hard to go for one of the lower voltage CPUs. I'm somewhat tempted by the U1500, but wonder if at idle it would get much lowe...