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by dhanson865
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Speedfan sets max speed even when FAR from 'Warning Temp'
Replies: 28
Views: 14236

Re: Speedfan sets max speed even when FAR from 'Warning Temp

I have my temperatures set a Desired: 50C and Warning: 70C and RPM limits at 40% and 100%. So if the core temperature is 60C, I want the fans to be at 70% PWM. Then your second speed value should be 70%, not 100%. (100% speed happens at the "warning" temperature anyway, regardless of other settings...
by dhanson865
Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19162

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

So look at the list of processors AMD makes the last time they introduced a new FX CPU at 95W or below was December 2012. The most interesting one on that list for me is FX-6300 C0 6/3 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz 4.1 GHz 95 W 2012-10-23 is the A10-7850K the fastest APU they have offered yet? A10-7850K ?? 4 3.7...
by dhanson865
Fri May 30, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19162

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

But exactly this is today's reality: APUs seem to fail for those who game. Assuming that is true with the APU only on the MB is it still true with an APU + dedicated graphics card? If AMD stops making new FX series processors there may come a day when I'll have to buy FM2+ or FM3 socket MB to get a...
by dhanson865
Wed May 28, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19162

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

Lots of games are CPU bound and not well threaded. An Nvidia GTX 750 or AMD R7 250 are within your power range and are still fast enough to be CPU limited in some cases. I'm currently gaming at 1920x1080 but I'll probably step up in resolution when I get my next monitor and I may do that with the e...
by dhanson865
Tue May 27, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard
Replies: 32
Views: 19162

Re: MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

I currently use a FX-6300 on a am3+ MB, what if any FM2+ CPU equals that in performance? My current CPU is 95W TDP and many of the FM2 CPUs are 65W TDP so if one could equal or beat my FX6300 with a lower TDP that would be another possible plus. I find it odd to think of AMD cpus as a limiting facto...
by dhanson865
Mon May 05, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 57565

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Anybody know a source for the Glide Stream fans in the US for a reasonable price?

● 800 rpm: SY1225HB12L
● 1.000 rpm: SY1225HB12LM
● 1.200 rpm: SY1225HB12M

any one of those would be better than the old yate loon 1350 RPM I'm still using.
by dhanson865
Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo....BROKEN POWER and RESET BUTTONS!!
Replies: 41
Views: 33000

Re: Antec Solo....BROKEN POWER and RESET BUTTONS!!

After many years of using my Antec Solo the power button broke. I'm sure that if I spent a bit of effort I could rig a repair. Why bother? I just removed the button and power on the PC by sticking a finger through the button hole to the switch. In my case the plastic square that holds the button in...
by dhanson865
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ceiling fan dimmable light bulb replacement (LED or cCFL)
Replies: 12
Views: 19237

Re: Ceiling fan dimmable light bulb replacement (LED or cCFL

The candelabra base is the tough part, and do you really need a 100W equivalent? No, I'd be fine with a truly dimmable 3w led near 3500K (+- 500K) for $5 a bulb. Wake me when one exists. I've got standard medium base bulbs near those specs (E26 base 3W 3000K bulb by G7 Power on Amazon for $7), just...
by dhanson865
Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo....BROKEN POWER and RESET BUTTONS!!
Replies: 41
Views: 33000

Re: Antec Solo....BROKEN POWER and RESET BUTTONS!!

OK, there have been dozens of threads on this topic but I didn't see a better one to necro so here we are. I bought a Solo in Nov 2006 (7.5 years ago). I got a replacement power switch in May 2009 (when the case was 2.5 years old) and today the power button broke again (after 5 years of use). I supp...
by dhanson865
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Undervolting a HD 7750
Replies: 3
Views: 3617

Re: Undervolting a HD 7750

Many cards come with stock voltages higher than necessary. Yes for other cards that can be more common, but the 7750 is a 7770 that has already been power limited. The odds are stacked against you that there is any headroom on a 7750 that isn't easily controlled by PowerTune. If you live in the art...
by dhanson865
Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Undervolting a HD 7750
Replies: 3
Views: 3617

Re: Undervolting a HD 7750

If your goal is to reduce the highest power draw you don't need to use any special 3rd party tool or app. Just go and turn down the PowerTune slider to -20% as seen in http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-radeon-hd-6950/9 and you'll cut the max power draw by 20%. There really isn't...
by dhanson865
Tue May 14, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 840 Firmware Update Today (5-14)
Replies: 3
Views: 3266

Re: Samsung 840/830 Firmware Update Today (5-14)

Interesting but I just checked and https://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/MZ-7PC128N/AM shows the last firmware update for the 830 SSD as Jan 19, 2012 Also https://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/MZ-7PD256BW shows the last firmware update for the 840 Pro as Dec 13, 2012 The page...
by dhanson865
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 17970

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

Checking the PowerColor Radeon 7xxx line... http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_layer_2.asp?ByBus=PCI-E&ByClass=ByProducts&VGASeries=RADEON%20HD7000%20Series&IsView=0&Series=RADEON%20HD7700 ...and I see a "Go Green" fanless 7750: http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_features.asp?id=413 Any reaso...
by dhanson865
Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best Options for CompTIA Network+ & later CEH certifications
Replies: 2
Views: 1831

Re: Best Options for CompTIA Network+ & later CEH certificat

I went from getting about 70% right without studying to about 95% right after studying on the Security+ and I can't imagine any way after taking the test that real world knowledge would have served me better than studying the Security+ book. I'd sure rather hire someone with real world knowledge to ...
by dhanson865
Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A10-5800K vs. Phenom X4 965 for non-gaming use?
Replies: 9
Views: 4459

Re: A10-5800K vs. Phenom X4 965 for non-gaming use?

I'm seeing what you mean on pricing and availability. Consider this option then

95W E0 Phenom II X6 1045T about $115 (they have it on amazon, superbiiz, tigerdirect, etc)

It's a newer CPU but it's still socket AM3. Just be sure that you have BIOS support for it on your MB.
by dhanson865
Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A10-5800K vs. Phenom X4 965 for non-gaming use?
Replies: 9
Views: 4459

Re: A10-5800K vs. Phenom X4 965 for non-gaming use?

If you are using your old AM2/Am2+ motherboard keep in mind you can use a AM3 cpu but it will draw more power than it would in an AM3/AM3+ motherboard due to they way the power planes and pin control for power states are setup. I didn't know that - thanks. Is it objectionable purely as a heat/noise...
by dhanson865
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A10-5800K vs. Phenom X4 965 for non-gaming use?
Replies: 9
Views: 4459

Re: A10-5800K vs. Phenom X4 965 for non-gaming use?

If you are using your old AM2/Am2+ motherboard keep in mind you can use a AM3 cpu but it will draw more power than it would in an AM3/AM3+ motherboard due to they way the power planes and pin control for power states are setup. With this in mind you should stick with 65W to 95W processors and avoid ...
by dhanson865
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU
Replies: 44
Views: 84722

Re: Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU

BIOS set up to DISABLE Audio Always On" I've never seen that in a BIOS. Can someone please explain what it means? I'm going to guess it's for enabling onboard audio even if a discrete audio card is present. Presumably "disabled" would be to disable onboard audio if a discrete card is present during...
by dhanson865
Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5850/5870 HD 6950/6970 HD 7770 HD 7850 idle noise levels?
Replies: 18
Views: 8305

Re: HD 5850/5870 HD 6950/6970 HD 7770 HD 7850 idle noise lev

Spoon Boy wrote:Would a higher idle temperature result in quicker degradation of the silicon though ?
Technically: Yes, but then again you may never notice the difference as the card is designed for years of high temp use.
by dhanson865
Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5850/5870 HD 6950/6970 HD 7770 HD 7850 idle noise levels?
Replies: 18
Views: 8305

Re: HD 5850/5870 HD 6950/6970 HD 7770 HD 7850 idle noise lev

this used to be a civilized website for adults to discuss computer hardware...
by dhanson865
Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5850/5870 HD 6950/6970 HD 7770 HD 7850 idle noise levels?
Replies: 18
Views: 8305

Re: HD 5850/5870 HD 6950/6970 HD 7770 HD 7850 idle noise lev

I'd look at the 7750 or 7770 cards. As to temp at idle anything below 60c is fine by me if it means quiet. If I have to have a fan running on the graphics card then I slow the fan down if the idle goes below 40c. So I guess 40c to 60c idle and below 80c at full load if I can do it at a reasonable no...
by dhanson865
Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Data on upside down heatpipe performance
Replies: 16
Views: 8000

Re: Data on upside down heatpipe performance

[The notion that GPUs can run hotter than CPUs is bunk. They are all made from silicon, which degrades extremely rapidly above about 115C, and very rapidly above about 100C. The real difference is that CPUs are intended to fail very rarely before 10 years of use, while GPUs are expected to be repla...
by dhanson865
Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: who was assassinated?
Replies: 4
Views: 8404

Re: who was assassinated?

Well, I don't know if this is what the question was going for but:

Martin Luther King died of a heart attack in 1984

Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 4, 1968

So if the question expected you to notice the missing Jr it's awfull tricky for a bot/not bot determination.
by dhanson865
Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Are all posts moderated?
Replies: 9
Views: 10015

Re: Are all posts moderated?

Overpaid?

Mike is a great guy and all but unless he hit the lottery and didn't tell me he isn't overpaying anyone around here. :)
by dhanson865
Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which uses less power Radeon HD 5450, GF GT210, GF 8400 GS?
Replies: 6
Views: 4767

Re: Which uses less power Radeon HD 5450, GF GT210, GF 8400

http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264 hasn't been edited since early/mid 2012 but it's good data and still valid for the most part 5450 is 15w max GT210 is 18w max 8400gs is 20w max but that doesn't address performance, one of those cards could be 5 times faster than the other at th...
by dhanson865
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo II HD suspension bad for drives?
Replies: 2
Views: 1221

Re: Antec Solo II HD suspension bad for drives?

Thanks in part to the great reviews here at SPCR, I just picked up an Antec Solo II. The retail tech tried to talk me out of buying it, claiming that Solo II's HD suspension system increases the risk of HD failure. He claimed that the vibration of the free-floating drive will cause the drive to be ...
by dhanson865
Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: AM3+ inexpensive mainboards
Replies: 14
Views: 2305

Re: AM3+ inexpensive mainboards

I'm looking for a friend for an inexpensive but good AM3+ board. Up to now I've four choices: the ASUS M5A97 EVO , the MSI 970A-G46 , the Asrock 970 Extreme4 , and the Gigabyte 970A-UD3 . Could you give me any somewhat thorough advice about any of them? You can save $20 or so going M5A97 vs M5A97 E...
by dhanson865
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case size comparison chart
Replies: 14
Views: 5744

Re: Case size comparison chart

cases I'd like to see added (if they aren't there already and I missed them) bitfenix beta (HxWxD) 439 x 190 x 490 mm bitfenix raider 500 x 210 x 493 mm http://www.sizeasy.com/page/size_comparison/33673-bitfenix-raider-vs-bitfenix-beta-vs-Antec-SOLO after seeing the sizeasy comparison the beta/alpha...
by dhanson865
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: replace stamped grille with wire guard ??
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Re: replace stamped grille with wire guard ??

On my systems with exhaust fans like that I just cut away the pattern. Intake = you can chop up a finger Exhaust = it'll beat it but it won't cut but if you want more data than that look at http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Effects-of-Grill-Patterns-on-Fan-Performance-Noise-107 Honeycomb cut...
by dhanson865
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 98146

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

For those who want bottom mounted PSU in a case you might look into the the Merc Alpha / Merc Beta twins. The alpha has top fan vents which I'd say are unneeded. http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/merc-beta Pros over the Solo II: Costs 1/3 the price Extra 5.25 external bay 3.5" exter...