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by ceraf
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook
Replies: 5
Views: 5363

Re: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook

AMD Jaguar is the Atom competitor right? It has nothing to do with the decently performing APUs called A8 and A10? Their lineup is becoming as confusing as Intel's :) Yeah, you're right =) AMD's performance line of APUs (Trinity, Richland) use the A4, A6, A8, and A10 names. AMD's low power APUs (Ka...
by ceraf
Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:38 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI Radeon HD 5450 & HD 5570 Graphics Cards
Replies: 24
Views: 12865

Man, yesterday was like a Matrix deja-vu moment.

"So that's what they changed!!"
by ceraf
Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI Radeon HD 5450 & HD 5570 Graphics Cards
Replies: 24
Views: 12865

Minor typo on page 7:
Both the 5450 and 5750 passed our video test suite with ease
Informative review though.
by ceraf
Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:13 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Athlon X2 4000 System Build (Antec P150)
Replies: 0
Views: 923

Athlon X2 4000 System Build (Antec P150)

- Athlon X2 4000+ 2.1 GHz (brisbane) + stock hsf - Asus M2A-VM Socket AM2 motherboard - 4GB DDR2-667 Ram: 2 OCZ, 2 Patriot 1GB sticks - Sapphire Radeon X800 512MB DDR3 VIVO (has component out & svideo/composite in/out cables) + Thermalright HR-03 Passive Heatsink - Antec P150 Case (comes with a 120m...
by ceraf
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Finally! Scythe Zipang officially announced with "pieps
Replies: 15
Views: 7757

i don't see any blades coming out of the shuriken. =)

that's quite a thin fan on that though.
by ceraf
Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 29221

Actually, now i'm beginning to think that it's a memory issue. I'm getting crashes with and without a pci-e card. the nortbridge heatsink is quite warm.

I'm currently testing my system with the memory running at DDR667 speeds.
by ceraf
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 29221

Thanks! Before I RMA it...if i add a pci-e video card, should it be causing any problems?
by ceraf
Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CLEAN THAT CASE..OFTEN!
Replies: 21
Views: 5715

would leaf blowers generate enough static to affect the computer components?
by ceraf
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI
Replies: 137
Views: 128665

I have the non-hdmi version of this motherboard. I'm having trouble with the onboard graphics. If i install the drivers from the cd provided, the video would eventually crash randomly on the desktop. I thought it was just a driver issue (garbled display upon crash), but i tried the new ati drivers a...
by ceraf
Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:38 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M2A-VM HDMI: Ideal AM2 mATX motherboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 29221

I have the non-hdmi version of this motherboard. I'm having trouble with the onboard graphics. If i install the drivers from the cd provided, the video would eventually crash randomly on the desktop. I thought it was just a driver issue (garbled display upon crash), but i tried the new ati drivers a...
by ceraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Video Card [Recommendation]
Replies: 7
Views: 2515

i don't play much, but i'd like to be able to run some games at playable framerates....maybe something somewhat better than my current radeon 9700 pro (yes, quite old)

I've also been looking at 6800s, but couldn't find anything passive.
by ceraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Video Card [Recommendation]
Replies: 7
Views: 2515

Video Card [Recommendation]

I'm building up a new system, and I need a recommendation for a video card. I've been looking for something at the performance level of a Geforce 7600gs or 8500gt. I want to avoid buying aftermarket coolers....are there any quiet (or passive, for that matter) video card offerings? also, any ATI perf...
by ceraf
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 380W for $19.99!
Replies: 10
Views: 4352

oh how i wish i was in the states right now...or of newegg shipped to canada.
by ceraf
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Budget System
Replies: 1
Views: 1511

New Budget System

After helping my friend build his system (his Core 2 Duo E6500 system in his Antec P150 case is quite silent), i was hoping to achieve around the same level of noise with a less expensive build: Athlon X2 4000 <- how's the stock fan's noise? Asus M2A-VM <- under/over clocking/volting capabilities? A...
by ceraf
Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer fan noise
Replies: 2
Views: 1500

Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer fan noise

I have one of those old VGA Silencers attached to my radeon 9700 pro. The fan on it is the loudest thing in my system (marginally), and it sounds like it's making a very quiet clicking noise. Would I be able to run my video card passive? or possibly with a fan attached directly on the heatsink? any ...
by ceraf
Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EN8600GT OC GEAR graphics card
Replies: 10
Views: 7208

I agree with Tzupy. I was hoping for a review on the passive 8600GT or GTS card as well.
by ceraf
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Neo HE PSU Users Poll
Replies: 355
Views: 440361

sorry if this was mentioned already, but are there any revision numbers to look out for before buying this power supply?
by ceraf
Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new computer
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

thanks for the recommendations!

I'll be getting a 20" LCD soon (1680x1050), which won't be part of my $500 budget. Gaming probably won't involve anything too GPU intensive.
by ceraf
Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: new computer
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

new computer

I'm thinking of building a new computer soon. Its main purpose is for some light gaming and office use. My budget is about $500 CAD.

So far, I've only thought of:
- Antec P150/Solo/etc + Antec NeoHE 430
- an AM2 system



Any recommendations?
by ceraf
Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Sonata III is out
Replies: 29
Views: 33227

i'm deciding whether i should get this or a p150. any thoughts? The earthwatts power supply is quite enticing.
by ceraf
Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: USB Fan question
Replies: 7
Views: 2424

actually, windows xp on my laptop hard drive is currently dead, so I haven't had the chance to measure temps yet. I'll post temp differences when I can.
by ceraf
Sat Apr 28, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: USB Fan question
Replies: 7
Views: 2424

kay, here's what i came up with...i cheaped out on materials, but at least it's not very noticeable in class...besides the slight fan noise. http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4944/img7583hp0.th.jpg I'd like to be able to swap out fans with different connectors, hence the mass of wires. Could be a l...
by ceraf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: USB Fan question
Replies: 7
Views: 2424

USB Fan question

This is more of an electrical question, but i don't know where to put this...here it goes:


I'm thinking of making a laptop cooler, using the USB port as the source. What's the maximum current I can draw safely from one port?
by ceraf
Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Laptop fan
Replies: 2
Views: 2032

Yup...I've opened it to clean the dust out, but that's all i've done.
by ceraf
Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Laptop fan
Replies: 2
Views: 2032

Laptop fan

I have a very noisy fan in my Toshiba Portege 3500. I've tried cleaning out the dust from the heatsink/fan area, but it still makes those rattling noises. Could my fan need more bearing lubricant, or is there any other solution? Oh yeah, just to note...the fan doesn't have a visible bearing opening,...
by ceraf
Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan resistor
Replies: 2
Views: 1618

cool, thanks for the info!
by ceraf
Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan resistor
Replies: 2
Views: 1618

Fan resistor

I'm trying to get 9V for my Arctic Fan 3 using a resistor. It's rated for 0.16A @12V. I just started learning about circuits and stuff, so I tried some calculations. I assumed that the fan was a resistor (not an inductor, since I haven't learned that yet). I used the specs for Zalman's ZM-F1 fan sin...
by ceraf
Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:55 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PCI slot fan mounting
Replies: 8
Views: 3456

To get some inspiration, check this article . And in this thread there are some photos, like this and this one for instance. However, as you wrote, fan vibration might be a problem. thanks! that was exactly what i was looking for. i think i'll look into trying to dampen the vibration or find some w...
by ceraf
Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PCI slot fan mounting
Replies: 8
Views: 3456

any way to mount a fan in this fashion?

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/ ... No=1784262


I'm thinking of a pci slot cover design, but I can't think of a way to change the orientation of the fan. Also, fan vibration is another concern.