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by Terje
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Coolest and cheapest fanless card at the moment?
Replies: 6
Views: 1807

Thanks! Guess I will stay with the 5450 then. I do not have a problem with it overheating, but want to keep the cabinet fan to an absolute minimum and the 5450 definitely produces heat! Yes, I have been considering headless as well (tested too), but it is a bit awkward at times when for instance fsc...
by Terje
Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Coolest and cheapest fanless card at the moment?
Replies: 6
Views: 1807

Coolest and cheapest fanless card at the moment?

Anyone got any idea what this would be?

With cool, I mean temperature wise of course... :)

Performance is more or less a non-issue (although it is great if it is linux compatible).

Tested a 5450 passive, but it is definitely a hot card...
by Terje
Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac IONITX-A: An ION / dual-core Atom Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 46
Views: 29674

Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi Asus AT3N7A-I I want to build two machines with identical hardware, but one using Windows 7 and another using Linux with XBMC. Would the ION board be sufficient? I bought the AT3N7A-I last weekend as a test project to replace a broken pentium M motherboard on a HTPC. Ple...
by Terje
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:42 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5870 baseplate not compatible with 3rd party coolers?
Replies: 4
Views: 2005

5870 baseplate not compatible with 3rd party coolers?

Was looking at a sapphire 5870 card. The cooler there is not like the old 48x0 or as in the pictures of the 5850 where the cpu cooler is clearly separated from the baseplate. In the 5870, it seems like they are pretty much very stuck together and not easily separable, so cannot be used to cool vrms ...
by Terje
Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 79905

If nothing else maybe there is a vapor-x version from sapphire soon with some better cooling on the VRMs. Sweet! Just after I posted that, I found http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/09/23/win-a-sapphire-radeon-hd-5870-vapor-x-card/1 Lets hope that one is just around the corner and that it i...
by Terje
Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 79905

Anandtech seems to get very different results: At load, the picture changes entirely. The more powerful the card the louder it tends to get, and the 5870 is no exception. At 64 dB it’s louder than everything other than the GTX 295 and a pair of 5870s. Hopefully this is something that the card man...
by Terje
Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD New Radeon 5870, 5850
Replies: 194
Views: 79905

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/23415-sapphire-radeon-hd-5870-1gb-gddr5-review-20.html ----- The temperatures we saw weren’t exactly earth-shattering but they were particularly good when compared to other ATI cards from the last generation. What was even more impressi...
by Terje
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thoughts on a fan controller I have been tinkering with
Replies: 19
Views: 5115

Just for the note. I did once buy this usb programmable 8 channel controller http://www.velocityreviews.com/reviews/Sunbeam-Theta-USB-Fan-controller.php Software was crappy and while it looks a bit like it might be analogue on the specs, it generated PWM style noise in my fans so out it went again. ...
by Terje
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thoughts on a fan controller I have been tinkering with
Replies: 19
Views: 5115

Just for the note. I did once buy this usb programmable 8 channel controller http://www.velocityreviews.com/reviews/Sunbeam-Theta-USB-Fan-controller.php Software was crappy and while it looks a bit like it might be analogue on the specs, it generated PWM style noise in my fans so out it went again. ...
by Terje
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:31 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thoughts on a fan controller I have been tinkering with
Replies: 19
Views: 5115

Another product similar to the t-balancer would be aquero. http://www.aqua-computer.de/e_content/e_aquaero.htm I have no experience with it, but seems like people are generally happy with it. Cost more than the t-balancer, but you get the display and at first glance it might seem like the software i...
by Terje
Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Anyone read/speak German?
Replies: 10
Views: 2471

Electrical and magnetic noise are suppresed by using special parts and a new motor generation. Yeah, right. :lol: I am shocked! Are you saying that magnetic noise does not disturb you? People with insensitive ears like you have nothing to do here. Hush! Go back and play with your hairdryer! :D
by Terje
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Problem Cooling CrossFired 4870s
Replies: 7
Views: 1650

akromatic wrote:im running GTX260 SLI in my rampage gene and i dont have cooling problems

maybe because of nvidia's design and i used a spacer to push them as far apart is allowed

what sort of case are you using for them
Just curious, how is a SLI 260 in terms of noise?
by Terje
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Problem Cooling CrossFired 4870s
Replies: 7
Views: 1650

Re: Problem Cooling CrossFired 4870s

I have an ASUS Rampage Gene mobo. It has dual PCIex16s slots for crossfire, but they put the damn slots too close together! If you put a second card in the slot, it basically blocks all air inatke in the first. Anyone dealt with this situation? I guess I need a cooling solution that is less than 30...
by Terje
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Sugo SG05 and SG06: Gaming mini-ITX cases?
Replies: 41
Views: 38608

Looking at the geminiII size, the number of ventilation holes in this cabinet and the almost negligible temperature differences on the CPU between 7 and 12 volt (and a bit larger difference for the GPU). I cannot help thinking that this thing might actually run successfully completely passive... Did...
by Terje
Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Kaze Server KS01-BK
Replies: 4
Views: 3032

Guess semi is the way to go then. Each channel can be auto/semi/manual independently yes? On NZXT's it's an all 4 or nothing deal. At least is is much more affordable than T-balancers. Settings independent per channel: - Mode (auto/semi/manual) - Minimum fan speed - Spin up temperature Global setti...
by Terje
Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Kaze Server KS01-BK
Replies: 4
Views: 3032

Asking this to be sure: So you can set a case fan at 500rpm and a min of say 30c exhaust. And if it rises to 31 the intake will ramp up till it drops back to 30c? I have been wondering if that's the case since every review I read so far didn't go into detail about the auto's behaviour and I really ...
by Terje
Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Kaze Server KS01-BK
Replies: 4
Views: 3032

Scythe Kaze Server KS01-BK

Went for a small sightseeing trip through Akihabara yesterday (Tokyo's electronics district) and noticed a fan controller I had not seen before. The Scythe Kaze Server KS01-BK. I see that it is fairly new, but there are a few comments in other forums here on SPCR already. Just to get this into the g...
by Terje
Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4901

It's not the 1+TB drives themselves that cause the issue, it's the fact that we're now building huge, 10+TB arrays out of them, adding another order of magnitude to the size. And in normal, non-RAID use, URE's don't cause major problems like they do in RAID 5's... so "normal" users of large drives ...
by Terje
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4901

Another nice thing about ZFS is it allows you to take snapshots instantly so it's trivial to protect against accidental deletions (at the cost of not being able to reclaim the space of deleted items immediately of course) Out of curiosity, is ZFS still Solaris only? No, its not, but its license is ...
by Terje
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4901

Exactly. RAID 5 can't rebuild an array if it encounters an unrecoverable read error (after replacing a bad drive). This has become a problem in recent years because the unrecoverable read error rate hasn't gotten any better as drives have gotten bigger, and while the error rate used to be two or th...
by Terje
Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4901

You're thinking in terms of traditional RAID systems while the OP is researching less conventional data storage solutions. What you've said is true but they mostly apply only to striped systems. FlexRAID and unRAID work differently. As I mentioned before, all drives in unRAID work independently. It...
by Terje
Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4901

SA premise of RAID5 is that it would be rare for more than one drive to fail at a given time, but I believe this happens more often than one might imagine. The main problem is probably that most people think "disk stops working" when they think failures, but you just need a few blocks failing on an...
by Terje
Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: No AAM on WD10EADS-00M2B0?
Replies: 5
Views: 3957

The disk is already part of a raid 1, so need a suitable time to break that up and run some test separately, but if I get time over the next week, I'll do it.
by Terje
Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55645

Did you just make like 5 massive posts in a row? : ) Indeed. Was bored of other things and storagesystem is like an old fetish for me :) [/quote] Except Wibla's F: partition is for games, not applications. Games generally load all the DLLs and other system files they need at startup, which usually ...
by Terje
Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: No AAM on WD10EADS-00M2B0?
Replies: 5
Views: 3957

No AAM on WD10EADS-00M2B0?

Just happened to try to get/set AAM settings on a new 2 platter 1TB GP I bought a week ago: --- hdparm -M /dev/sdd /dev/sdd: HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: No such device hdparm -M 0 /dev/sdd /dev/sdd: setting acoustic management to 0 HDIO_DRIVE_CMD:ACOUSTIC failed: No such device HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(i...
by Terje
Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet and fast - WD green, Seagate LP or Samsung F2 ?
Replies: 23
Views: 7233

so a GP 1TB 2 platters would be quieter then 3 platter GP 750GB? I have not heard the 3 platter 750GB, but I got several 3 platter 1TB GB and 3 platter 1TB ecogreens and a single 2 platter 1TB GP. To be honest, the difference is really really really small and I have to be within centimeters of the ...
by Terje
Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55645

Yep, short stroking has value. It decreases stroke length and keeps the data on the part of the drive with the highest throughput. It does not really make your drive faster, it just makes sure that it does not get slow. This is an old trick. I was told back in the early 90s that the enormously huge ...
by Terje
Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55645

1. Partitioning is much simpler to do 2. What is up with the Seagate 7200.11 love from this guy? You could do the same short stroking by one or more methods with a Samsung HD502HI or Western Digital WD6400AAKS. There is no magic to buying the specific model or brand he mentioned or magic to buying ...
by Terje
Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55645

Wow....That is impressive. But I don't really get how downsizing the drive increases performance.... :? Wonder if there would be even more of a performance boost if it was downsized more....150gb or even 100gb for example.... :D Or what's the "breakeven" size - Can you get 500 GB and EQUAL a Veloci...
by Terje
Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55645

A related question: If I use the standard partitioning tools in XP/Vista/Win7 am I guaranteed that the first partition is the furtherest out on the drive and the last partition furtherest in? I think all partitioning tools start at sector adress 0, then there are probably some exotic drives where s...