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by Vicotnik
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is WEB losing its value?
Replies: 10
Views: 9546

Re: Is WEB losing its value?

There's a lot of junk out there. But also a vast wealth of information. Just yesterday I marveled at what information is available through YouTube channels for example. I was watching a lecture series on programming micro controllers and was thinking how lucky I am to have this resource available to...
by Vicotnik
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 3.5" HDD dock - recommendation please
Replies: 5
Views: 6389

Re: 3.5" HDD dock - recommendation please

I've never had any problems with spin up, but I think most problems of that kind would be solved by just replacing the power adapter with something more powerful.
by Vicotnik
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 3.5" HDD dock - recommendation please
Replies: 5
Views: 6389

Re: 3.5" HDD dock - recommendation please

I have a generic version with both USB2 and eSATA. Only use eSATA on a regular basis. It has served me well over the years. Power is supplied via a DC jack, so any 12V adapter will work. I use a 1.5A adapter that originally came with another external HDD.

Mine looks a lot like this.
by Vicotnik
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Monitor for $200 or less? (Used OK)
Replies: 4
Views: 6340

Re: Monitor for $200 or less? (Used OK)

I like my Dell U2412M so much I bought a spare. Refurbished, it was less than $200.
by Vicotnik
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is there a heat difference between different 35W T CPUs?
Replies: 1
Views: 4168

Re: Is there a heat difference between different 35W T CPUs?

Number of cores and top clock frequency will tell you more than TDP I think. It's a jungle. Some 54W TDP CPUs will output less heat than some 35W TDP CPUs for example. Now with the latest generations it seems that the motherboard plays a part as well.
by Vicotnik
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Explanation of why this forum doesn't like T series cpus?
Replies: 4
Views: 5402

Re: Explanation of why this forum doesn't like T series cpus

They are good for specific uses. I got a Sandy Bridge i3-2100T once and the reason for that was first that it was on sale and second that I was limited on the PSU side (60W power brick, lots of HDDs) and no ideal way to manually underclock. Performance wise it was overkill anyway for my use case. Wh...
by Vicotnik
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Suggest downloader
Replies: 2
Views: 4895

Re: Suggest downloader

I recommend GOG.COM

https://www.gog.com/

DRM-free and everything. :)
by Vicotnik
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: is Nofan discontinuing the cr-95?
Replies: 8
Views: 7352

Re: is Nofan discontinuing the cr-95?

Lots of things makes an impact on performance. Heatpipes, yes. But also size, fin spacing etc. I have not seen any cooler perform better than the Nofan in a fanless system. http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1349-page5.html My ideal is really the simple, huge aluminium blocks with wide spacing lik...
by Vicotnik
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: is Nofan discontinuing the cr-95?
Replies: 8
Views: 7352

Re: is Nofan discontinuing the cr-95?

Always seemed like a pointless product to me, given that a D14 or D15/D15S without the fan(s) attached will do the same job. I have run both 2500k and 3770k fanless on a D14 for 3 years+ and I do stuff like folding@home, encoding, Plex Optimizations etc all fine. That's with a fan in the box though...
by Vicotnik
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
Replies: 19
Views: 47868

Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?

Placing it in the kitchen on top of a fridge may not be a good idea -- it's usually quite warm there from the fridge's heat exchanger. Secondly kitchens tend to be humid, and humidity is not good for HDDs. I agree with you. But this is actually how my setup is. :) It's a shelf there, above the refr...
by Vicotnik
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?
Replies: 14
Views: 9820

Re: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?

I asked the fellow about this, and he said he estimates a 150 watt PSU would be all I really needed, and also that external power bricks aren't available that can do more than 150 watts (or that the cables couldn't carry more than that safely - not sure of the details). I've used the Dell DA-2 bric...
by Vicotnik
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Media server fanless build
Replies: 8
Views: 7339

Re: Media server fanless build

Is it even possible to go linear if you care for efficiency? I've built a linear power supply myself, for my old headphone amplifier. But for a computer I would never be able to use something that. The thought of all those wasted watts would ruin the whole experience. With a small and also powerful ...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Can't Post
Replies: 16
Views: 15755

Re: Can't Post

You could also boot into another OS, like a Linux live session or something. Go to Linux Mint, download the latest iso, write it to an USB-stick using a program like Rufus. Boot from that stick and try Firefox from within Linux.

Reboot your router. :)
by Vicotnik
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

Interesting. 500mA is just the USB specification. How it works in the real world depends on a lot of stuff. I'm guessing both ports can deliver 500mA just fine but the drive needs a bit more while spinning up. The +5V and ground for both these ports are the same. There's resistance in the traces and...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

It's 500mA per port. And SilverStone make decent stuff. That 300W unit will be more than enough, unless it's ancient with weak +12V rail. Usually it's the other way around when building a low power system; you end up with a overpowered power supply because there simply is no market for very low powe...
by Vicotnik
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

5V × 1.5A + 12V × 2.0A = 31.5 W. That is the highest consumption, which is not very likely in real life. Am I right? What it says about power consumption is indirectly. The power requirements are stated. So we can conclude that the device should not draw more than that. But it says nothing about th...
by Vicotnik
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/rkwAAOSwPsBa~CIS/s-l1600.jpg It says "5 V/12 V = 1.5 A/2.0 A". Should the highest consumption be 12V × 2.0A=24 W? No, the power requirements are 5V 1.5A and 12V 2.0A. That's worst case, with a good margin to be sure, and the drive will not ever draw that much in real l...
by Vicotnik
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

Yes, that's a reasonable figure. A bit high perhaps, the motherboard is not 40W I think, the DVD perhaps not 27W. What's worrying me is the fans. ;) 80mm and 60mm fans will often make noise while moving meaningful amounts of air. What case will you be using?
by Vicotnik
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

I am just wondering about the following and may not take any action. My SilverStone 300W PSU works fine with a dual-core CPU. Does 300W suffice for a quad-core CPU if I want my PC faster? As Abula said, there should be no problems. Try to get hold of a power meter, a cheap Kill-a-Watt type should g...
by Vicotnik
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

What is it you are trying to do? :) Do you want something less power hungry than the G3240? If it gets too hot, or if you want to lower the power consumption (at load) you could try underclocking it. https://outervision.com/b/aKHCZP (With Core i5-4460T, the total is 219 W.) https://outervision.com/b...
by Vicotnik
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?
Replies: 32
Views: 18379

Re: Which is faster, dual-core G3240 or quad-core i5-4460T?

Faster at multi threaded tasks, perhaps a bit slower at single thread stuff. Power consumption would be about the same I think. Cheap dual core vs. T-branded chip usually shows the disparity between stated TDP and power consumption in real life.
by Vicotnik
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Building fanless, but don't understand PSU issues.
Replies: 2
Views: 7207

Re: Building fanless, but don't understand PSU issues.

Hello and welcome to SPCR. :) The picoPSU is not a full PSU in itself really. The brick (ac/dc-adapter) together with the picoPSU is what replaces the "normal" ATX PSU in a computer. That and the connection between the brick and the picoPSU. The brick is the main part, it needs to be powerful enough...
by Vicotnik
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?
Replies: 30
Views: 19327

Re: Long Lasting Thermal Paste?

I enjoy this. No worries. :) I understand what you are saying. Thermal paste for me is thermal paste. The stuff they sell in small expensive packages to the DIY computer person is a subset. ;) I'm not an expert on the premium thermal compounds, they cost too much imo. I was more interested in the st...
by Vicotnik
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?
Replies: 30
Views: 19327

Re: Long Lasting Thermal Paste?

I get your point. But thermal paste is used all over the place, almost everywhere electrical components gets hot and require cooling. Saying that most manufactures of thermal paste say to change the paste every 2 or 3 years is not correct. Some niche manufactures does it, as you point out. There's a...
by Vicotnik
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?
Replies: 30
Views: 19327

Re: Long Lasting Thermal Paste?

Most manufactures say to change the paste every 2 or 3 years Really? Citation needed I'd say. Sure paste can cake and also separate. But needing to change it every few years? I don't think many people does that. I've never observed any (meaningful) degradation of performance over time with any of t...
by Vicotnik
Mon May 28, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w
Replies: 26
Views: 14917

Re: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w

The faster CPU will get hotter at full load, but if the load is momentary and not sustained the heat will even out. The faster CPU will to the task quicker, a hotter but smaller burst. The slower CPU will do the same task over a slightly longer time, a less hot but longer burst. Total power will be ...
by Vicotnik
Mon May 28, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: liquid cooling vs. air cooling
Replies: 20
Views: 9714

Re: liquid cooling vs. air cooling

just to be sure i understood. you mean to prefer one of the air cooling over the W.C ? one thing o don't like about them ( have one of the kind um my current pc) is that they usually block some of the slots and make difficult to reach the ram sticks. Usually not an issue. If you already have very t...
by Vicotnik
Mon May 28, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: liquid cooling vs. air cooling
Replies: 20
Views: 9714

Re: liquid cooling vs. air cooling

Yeah, then I would recommend one of the high performance air coolers that Abula listed above. Check prices and availability in your area.