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by MattHelm
Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Replies: 10
Views: 8958

Re: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD

Guys, why don't you pick up one of these:
http://www.adexelec.com/m2.htm
For power measurement. It even comes with a CSR for current measurement. Not sure what it cost though. Them a simple I x V for power.
by MattHelm
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Corsair Strafe RGB Silent keyboard
Replies: 15
Views: 21840

Re: Corsair Strafe RGB Silent keyboard

But why did they put all the special shift keys upside down??? (example, on 99% of keyboards, the "*" is above the "8" key, but on theses, it's "8" above "*". I don't mind most of the time, but keys I don't use much, I use shift at the wrong time!!!
by MattHelm
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Backblaze HD reliability survey vs Newegg customer reviews
Replies: 18
Views: 9225

Re: Backblaze HD reliability survey vs Newegg customer revie

1. Most people don't post positive reviews, but for a bad drive most will post a bad review. Why would you, the drive works, done, but if it doesn't, most want everyone to know. (wish they'd base all % by amounts sold, not number of reviews, so we could see real numbers) 2. Most people don't do any ...
by MattHelm
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for small footprint Mini-ITX case that holds 6 HDDs
Replies: 17
Views: 7453

Re: Looking for small footprint Mini-ITX case that holds 6 H

If you can find one with 4 5.25" bays, you could use 2 (5.25") to 3 (3.5") adapters to get your needed bays.

Or one with 3 3.5 and 2 5.25s (with 1 adapter).
by MattHelm
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green 2TB too slow, is 2.8' 7200RPM the solution?
Replies: 8
Views: 4447

Re: WD Green 2TB too slow, is 2.8' 7200RPM the solution?

.... with sample libraries ... What do you mean by sample libraries??? jpeg libraies, mp3 libraries, code libraries, video libraries??? My input on this. Unless you are talking super fast drives, with large files (>250MB), the drive speed isn't that big of deal. It's when you have lots of small fil...
by MattHelm
Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: USB powered external 3.5 enclosure
Replies: 11
Views: 5654

Re: USB powered external 3.5 enclosure

No, not even with a Y cable. Standard USB ports do not supply the 12V needed to power a standard desktop drive. A Y cable will allow for higher amperage, but still at 5 V. There is, technically a USB-PD (power delivery specification), but I am not aware of that implemented in any desktop computers ...
by MattHelm
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Asus Z87M-Plus stuck in reboot loop[SOLVED, still need help]
Replies: 14
Views: 7507

Re: Asus Z87M-Plus stuck in reboot loop (every few seconds)

If that doesn't help you should remove the mainboard from the cases and put it on a non-concudting surface (the boards anti static bag on top of the carton does fine). Before placing a live mobo on top of an anti-static bag....you might want to take out the ol' ohm meter. That shiny/metallic lookin...
by MattHelm
Fri May 24, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Simple, very quiet water cooling for the following?
Replies: 11
Views: 16123

Re: Simple, very quiet water cooling for the following?

First, if all we are talking about is the CPU, yes, just air cool it, and ignore the message below. I built a H20-320 cooled system just last summer. The pump on this system is suppose to be very load. First, you can't hear the pump running if ANY fan is running, even at <5V (these are very quiet fa...
by MattHelm
Thu May 16, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5433

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

I've seen what people do to crack HDMI encoding, I think you want to avoid that if at all possible. Analog video capture would use way too much disk space. If at all possible use a tuner. You might want to search again, it's MUCH easier/simpler/inexpensive than you think. I was truly shocked at how...
by MattHelm
Fri May 03, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is it possible to build a system w/ all digital VRMs?
Replies: 8
Views: 2426

Re: Is it possible to build a system w/ all digital VRMs?

First, the digital part of VRM is what makes the noise. If you make a analog Voltage regulator module, you would get no noise from the power supply. Of course the furnace squirrel cage fan would be a bit noisy.
by MattHelm
Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5433

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

Thanks for the tips guys, very interested in these options. NUC looks nice I'll look into it when it gets released. The PVR stuff looks nice too. Can that hauppauge stuff be used with some sort of streaming solution that isn't tied to twitch or some other service? For instance a direct VLC stream o...
by MattHelm
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5433

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

I guess a third option is to just use an old laptop. The primary disadvantage is not being able to use normal expansion cards for special purposes... (video import card maybe?) There's USB-based tuner cards. Heck, there's tuner cards with NICs - you can just plug into the router. I wonder if there'...
by MattHelm
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 2 Servers, component arrangement
Replies: 15
Views: 3970

Re: 2 Servers, component arrangement

Could you use this: http://www.hauppauge.com/site/webstore2/webstore_hdpvr2-1512.asp to do you encoding. I know it uses a LOT less power (10W) than any CPU or GPU to encode with. Then use your CPU to transcode the "container"? (I know most of the media servers have this built in, and takes a LOT les...
by MattHelm
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How much power does an idling optical drive use?
Replies: 3
Views: 2512

Re: How much power does an idling optical drive use?

Not sure how much they use at idle. I've stopped adding DVD drives and use thumb drives. They can hold more data than even a Blu-Ray, and are faster.

Some of my systems still have DVD drives for ripping.
by MattHelm
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Trinity: A10-5800K & A8-5600K 2nd Gen APUs
Replies: 15
Views: 7718

Re: AMD Trinity: A10-5800K & A8-5600K 2nd Gen APUs

If anyone sees a review of using the A85X in RAID 5 mode, please either PM me the link, or post a link. I'm thinking of using one for a simple NAS machine, but can't find ANY review of this function. And yes, I know it'll be a bit slower than a "real" RAID 5 controller.
by MattHelm
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 154829

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

Sound like a nice Power supply for a low end server. Think I'll add it to my wish list, in case I don't win. ;-)
by MattHelm
Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15137

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

(yes you always have issues in the media, but the HD itself corrects this, but not a true failure) I agree with everything else in your post, but I have to pull you up on this one. When you get a "bad sector" beware: there is a very good chance you will get more, if that is the case then statistics...
by MattHelm
Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: 2.5 BackPlane suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 4151

Re: 2.5 BackPlane suggestions

My big question is, can either system use the taller 12.5mm drives?
by MattHelm
Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15137

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

And with the Windows 7 "library" system, you can always use a smaller system drive, then a big rotating one for stuff that doesn't need the speed.
by MattHelm
Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:34 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Pump as quiet as a 12cm fan at 700 RPM?
Replies: 13
Views: 13976

Re: Pump as [quiet] as a 12cm fan at 700 RPM?

Which pump was that? I tried the Corsair H100 and I returned it on the same day as the pump noise was just horrendous (granted, we're talking SPCR standards, but it was absolutely annoying). The pump in this video is also very annoying to my standards: http://youtu.be/i15O2ZF_W-w (most probably he ...
by MattHelm
Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15137

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

Of course they are perfectly silent and super fast but you can't get anywhere without seeing someone commenting on their high-failure rate, defragmentation issues, firmware data loss etc.etc. Is this really the case, is it still untested technology? Because I would rather prefer reliability over si...
by MattHelm
Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Pump as quiet as a 12cm fan at 700 RPM?
Replies: 13
Views: 13976

Re: Pump as [quiet] as a 12cm fan at 700 RPM?

I'm not an expert, only building 2 water cooling systems in my PC building years (~20), but I could not hear the pump on either, even with the fans off! The only time I've ever heard a pump running, was when there was air in the pump! I'd say the only true disadvantage of water cooling, is getting c...
by MattHelm
Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help selecting optical drive
Replies: 5
Views: 2614

Re: Help selecting optical drive

Hello, I’m looking for a DVD+-R/RW burner and CD/DVD player all-in-one optical drive for Windows PC, but I really could use some advice. I really don’t need a blu-ray player capabilities as well, as I can’t think of any reason I would need one. However, if there’s a really good model that happens t...
by MattHelm
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Choosing the correct radiators
Replies: 4
Views: 7394

Re: Choosing the correct radiators

I just got done doing this for the same reason you are doing this. I have almost the same build too. I decided to go with a "kit" and choose the Swiftech H2O-320. Like you I was concerned about the rad size. I am now almost finished. Still trying to get the fan controller to work correctly, so the c...
by MattHelm
Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:50 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best socket 939 cooler that uses the AMD socket connection?
Replies: 11
Views: 4366

Best socket 939 cooler that uses the AMD socket connection?

I have a system that I've already built, so don't want to tear apart, but want a good cooler for. I need something that will cool a A64 x2 4800+ but uses the socket connection that are already there, so I don't have to remove the MB. I have a ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe in a LARGE case, so anything that wil...
by MattHelm
Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a quiet server for personal use
Replies: 8
Views: 2186

[quote="stupid"] Motherboard - If you want integrated video you will have no choice but to go for a m-ATX motherboard which only has the capacity for 2 sticks of RAM. [/quote] Ummm, the 6150 MB base have 4 RAM sockets. see: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186086 or http://www...
by MattHelm
Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent PCI slot / system exhaust?
Replies: 11
Views: 3014

Bluefront wrote:http://www.svc.com/fsc-190-42.html Yate Loon slot fan. Not bad at 5v.
Is it quiet enought for in the living room? I added 3 256M RAM and a PVR-500, and now my whole system seems to be getting a bit too warm.

(Might help it I take the ReplayTV off of it!)
:D
by MattHelm
Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Automatically logged out !?
Replies: 43
Views: 25078

Ha, I quit out of Firefox, restarted, deleted my cookies, quit out again, restarted, and now it seems to be working. Will try to remember to try again tomorrow, and see if it still works.
by MattHelm
Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Automatically logged out !?
Replies: 43
Views: 25078

I've never had this issue too. For the record I'm using Firefox 1.5. I'm using Firefox 1.5, and I AM having this problem. I tried the delete all cookie thing, but that didn't fix it. Also, when I do login, all the areas say I have no unread messages. :( A little later. OK, I was in the forums, logg...
by MattHelm
Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Blue EAR grommets?
Replies: 6
Views: 2424

I would also like to know where I can get something like this, but I live in the US. I think I could cough up the money for the kit, and use the rest of it, but I'd rather just get what I need. (the main computer HDs I need these for, don't have a 5.25" bay free) I noticed Sorbothane also sells bush...