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by fastturtle
Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?
Replies: 26
Views: 27911

Re: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?

edh, HelldiverUK, others: You've got a strange definition of Idle then because it's clearly defined by the Industry as the CPU being in it's lowest power stage. What happens when the drives spin down? That's the S2 stage. S3 then powers off the monitor and drops the GPU into it's lowest power settin...
by fastturtle
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Energy Efficient Business plans
Replies: 6
Views: 10678

Re: Energy Efficient Business plans

First off, the board you listed isn't even a server board. In fact it's not even a workstation board. It's just an overpriced MATX that supports ECC memory as it supports a celeron. As to a dedicated video card, a bit of a red hearing there as it has IGP (Matrox G200eW). Next is your comment about R...
by fastturtle
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planned Green ITX BUild
Replies: 20
Views: 7585

Planned Green ITX BUild

I've decided to head in a very different direction for my next build AsRock Z77-E ITX Xeon E3-1225 v2 (Ivy Bridge) 2x 4GB Kingston kvr1333 memory (reuse) Hauppauge 1250 Tuner/Capture card (Pcie x1) 1x Seagate 500GB Barracude (reuse) 2x Seagate 1TB Barracuda (7200RPM) Case is the Coolermaster Elite 1...
by fastturtle
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Energy efficient Eyefinity setup
Replies: 10
Views: 12458

Re: Energy efficient Eyefinity setup

I've got a nice Dell 2240S that pretty low power. It's also an IPS display - max rating is 35w - that's at 100 percent back lighting. Got it after New Year from Newegg but Dell still caries them. Decent price to boot for an IPS panel Don't know about eyefinity as I run Linux and support for more the...
by fastturtle
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Energy Efficient Business plans
Replies: 6
Views: 10678

Re: Energy Efficient Business plans

I'll Nit Pick and kick you for some really questionable choices: 1) Drop the Low Power Intel Crap - it's over priced. You could have gone with a 1225 (no hyperthreading) and gotten the same performance with onboard graphics. 2) More RAM (2-4 times) 16-32GB would be better and where's the ECC Memory?...
by fastturtle
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: How toxic is thermal paste and is there a safer version?
Replies: 7
Views: 22178

Re: How toxic is thermal paste and is there a safer version?

For me, I prefer a pure silicone grease (heat sink rated) even though thermal transfer isn't as good as Artic Sliver and others and if you're underclocking/volting, it's as effective without the issues of nano particles and such being in it.
by fastturtle
Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 21090

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

It was someone on the forums here that suggested I look at the E3 Xeon and that's what I've decided goes into my next build. I'm still debating between the 1245 v2 or the 1275 v2 - price jump is high but for the performance difference not that bad. Main reason I'm going intel instead of the AMD FM c...
by fastturtle
Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 44490

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

From what I've heard, SP1 for Win8 is going to restore the desktop - don't know about the start menu. Overall, having time to explore Win8, the main issue is the major changes to the UI that causes problems. For those trying to shutdown the computer, simply hit the power button (brings the menu up r...
by fastturtle
Thu May 23, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 12446

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

Well what's beginning to iritate me the most is the fact the Nexus7 needs a wifi connection to do just about anything. Sure I can read a book (if it's been uploaded to Google drive or Play) or create a doc (if I have a wi-fi connection. I can't even write a damn email w/o being connected with the de...
by fastturtle
Thu May 16, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: New Solar PV Array in Maynard, MA!
Replies: 17
Views: 14356

Re: New Solar PV Array in Maynard, MA!

O'kay Neil: Keep in mind that my example was for a Single 1,000,000 watts output. This is the rated output - think lightbulb at 40w (multiply that figure by how many hours of use - that's your watt hours). Standard PV Design (AFAIK) always uses the peak sun figure to calculate the watt hour output o...
by fastturtle
Thu May 16, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?
Replies: 26
Views: 27911

Re: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?

I've got you all beat with an off the shelf HP system that idles at <1w Of course that's when it's in sleep mode where it goes after 20 minutes of no use If you've got Win7 then you need to set your system to sleep in as short a period as you're comfortable with. For many, forget the screen saver an...
by fastturtle
Thu May 09, 2013 5:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 44490

Re: Windows 8: what do you think about it?

I bought one of the $40 buck upgrade offers from MS and let me tell you. If I had to do it again. I wouldn't be bothered. Win8 is a cluster puck of the worst failure I've seem from MS in a long time. It even beats WinMe and Vista combined and that's some major suckage. Another issue that comes up is...
by fastturtle
Thu May 09, 2013 4:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: New Solar PV Array in Maynard, MA!
Replies: 17
Views: 14356

Re: New Solar PV Array in Maynard, MA!

A Little Education on PV figures for all of you: Peak Sun = 9am to 3pm (During Winter) is used as the basis for total output of a panel. EG 200w Panel produces 1Kwh over this peak sun period. So if they're talking a 1Mwh system - that's the design rating. They'll easily hit this and may get more but...
by fastturtle
Wed May 08, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: My house idles at 75W
Replies: 29
Views: 25175

Re: My house idles at 75W

Neil: Go to http://www.mrsolar.com and look at one of the 1Kw PV Arrays. Pretty reasonable price. For those who don't know how a PV array is sized, it's the Totat watts per Hour (this varies based on the panels). A 1Kw arran will depending on area produce 5KW of power during Peak Sun (winter) produc...
by fastturtle
Wed May 08, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Are there any reusable alternatives to compressed air?
Replies: 10
Views: 16164

Re: Are there any reusable alternatives to compressed air?

Get one of those refillable spray cans (uses compressed air) as they need only s small compressor or even a bicycle tire pump (get a good foot pump). No more expensive then the canned air and certainly just as effective when using a nozzle to direct the air. Nice thing about them is you can buy mult...
by fastturtle
Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Projectors, pico projectors, and quiet
Replies: 1
Views: 4474

Re: Projectors, pico projectors, and quiet

What you may want are called Pico Projectors. Google for them. As they aren't very bright (low power) they wash out pretty easy but should offer what you're looking for.
by fastturtle
Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Crazy? or not...
Replies: 7
Views: 11590

Re: Crazy? or not...

I've been looking into this for a while and the one thing I've found is that isolation is pretty much the key to a quiet system. Using a standard size wood box - ensure that your mobo tray and such has as little contact with the case. This alone will drop 90 percent of the system noise. The next is ...
by fastturtle
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-ITX A10-5700 power numbers, Turbo Core influence
Replies: 7
Views: 4333

Re: Mini-ITX A10-5700 power numbers, Turbo Core influence

From reading the AMD specs, the APU can really put a load on things - TDP quickly goes through the roof. Your correct in your thinking that by turning off the TC, that they chip kicks into a high power state and does absolutely no stepping but and this is a big one, if you underclock/volt things in ...
by fastturtle
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 21090

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

I've actually been looking into this issue quite heavily and have come up with a couple of boards from ASRock First: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294 - MATX 2nd : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157312 - MITX My preferred board is the ITX with ...
by fastturtle
Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 12446

Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

I bought a Nexus 7 Tablet just a couple of weeks ago and although the unit is pretty nice (does what it's supposed to and performs it's designed tasks) it got me thinking. Google, Apple and the latest from MS indicates that everyone is attempting to kill the PC market as quickly as they can. Just lo...
by fastturtle
Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: My house idles at 75W
Replies: 29
Views: 25175

Re: My house idles at 75W

Thanks for this thread as it got me thinking. I've been working up a new build and in looking at things, I have a couple of viable options. The first is a Low Power 45w Intel Option while the other is a 100w AMD APU option. Right now, the Intel option is based on the ASRock Z77-E ITX board that incl...
by fastturtle
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Thoughts about This Combo
Replies: 11
Views: 4188

Re: Any Thoughts about This Combo

Seems that everyone has missed the mark, especially C_A_Steve. When I say Apps have nothing to do with it. It was the 35w TDP that selected this chip You should have understood that saving a few dollars wasn't an issue. Heck checking Newegg before writing this reply shows the cost difference being a...
by fastturtle
Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Have Seagate gone mad.?
Replies: 11
Views: 9180

Re: Have Seagate gone mad.?

They used the Thailand Floods as the excuse to cut warranty periods across the board while raising prices. On the warranty length, check out what Newegg lists as the warranty period for many of the Seagate drives. It has been dropped to 1year in most cases though a few of them are starting to see th...
by fastturtle
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Thoughts about This Combo
Replies: 11
Views: 4188

Re: Any Thoughts about This Combo

Apps have nothing to do with its selection. Instead it's the 35w TDP that selected this chip as there are littlerally nothing lower rated in the 1155 socket space. According http://www.passmark.com/ this chip outperforms my current AMD x2-240 Regor by a noticible margin. Simply put, the usual trade-...
by fastturtle
Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Thoughts about This Combo
Replies: 11
Views: 4188

Any Thoughts about This Combo

I'm looking at an Asus P8Z77-M (m-atx) board and going with the Pentium G630T - 35w CPU and since I use a dedicated video card, the onboard graphics is pretty much a wash (great for emergency).
by fastturtle
Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why you should delay buying a Dual Core CPU
Replies: 30
Views: 10364

Re: Why you should delay buying a Dual Core CPU

Seeing as How I've got a Newegg wish list for my next build based on a dual core Pentium G630T, I'll give you some reasons. The first is I'm using an Athlon x2 240 Regor. The primary reason is TDP. The new build will have a 35w TDP instead of my current 95w TDP. Lots cooler. Other reasons include th...
by fastturtle
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)
Replies: 43
Views: 17878

Re: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)

As a number of other posts relate, the APU is very sensitive to memory speeds and for those questioning why they didnt' check with faster memory, benchmarks have already been done by others. Extreme Tech did an article with benchmarks on the impact memory speed has on the APU's plus there's always o...
by fastturtle
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on Reverse Opening Cases (lefthand)
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: Advice on Reverse Opening Cases (lefthand)

I've got a TJ-O8B that opens from the Left as everyone else does. Looks like they've revised the design to open the other way and reduced the front ports (mine has 4 USB). Not sure about that 180mm fan in front. Just noticed that it's configured with a floppy/memory card bay at the bottom of the cas...
by fastturtle
Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on Reverse Opening Cases (lefthand)
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Advice on Reverse Opening Cases (lefthand)

My current system is an HP Paviliion where the mobo is mounted reverse of most cases. In other words, when looking at the front of the case, it opens from the right instead of the left. The advantages offered by this is that the x16 video card slot places the HSF facing up instead of below the card,...
by fastturtle
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P3 ERA Celeron General Advice Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: P3 ERA Celeron General Advice Needed

Blade47: You didn't catch the 512M and IPv6 issue. I doubt that any $40 dollar consumer router is going to be a match for the performance. In fact, you'd have to be 3-5x the cost and looking at a business class router to even get close to what the repurposed system will provide. Yes it's going to co...