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by Olaf van der Spek
Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What's High End? Apple's 24" iMac
Replies: 27
Views: 19287

A similarly configured Dell system that we looked at was only about US$200 cheaper, and it lacked the integration and style that are Apple's hallmarks.
So how expensive is this iMac?
And which inputs is it missing compared to a 24" Dell or Samsung LCD monitor?
by Olaf van der Spek
Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: mCubed's HFX mini: Fanless HTPC "heatsink case"
Replies: 33
Views: 29109

It'd be interesting to replace the HDDs by NAS. The noise from the HDDs would then be gone and the optical drive is only used sporadically.

Unfortunately booting from NAS doesn't appear to be easy (or even possible) with Windows.
by Olaf van der Spek
Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:50 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: New server & web host: Our own this time.
Replies: 21
Views: 50767

What you could've done to reduce the downtime due to DNS: create a new domain in advance (new.silentpcreview.com) and have it point to the new server. Then you can have the old server redirect to the new domain and there's less downtime due to DNS.
by Olaf van der Spek
Tue May 09, 2006 9:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Newisys NA-1400 NAS Appliance
Replies: 38
Views: 24662

there is dedicated cabling between any two points (remember, USB uses bus) Not completely true, it assumes the network is idle. and it's built to work reliably over distances few orders of magnitude greater than USB (5m vs. 1500m). 1500m? That's optical and most home networks use copper (I guess).
by Olaf van der Spek
Tue May 09, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Newisys NA-1400 NAS Appliance
Replies: 38
Views: 24662

Re: Infrant!

valnar wrote:Well, if you went with software RAID.
Why would you not go with Linux software RAID?
by Olaf van der Spek
Tue May 09, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Newisys NA-1400 NAS Appliance
Replies: 38
Views: 24662

Devonavar wrote:I suppose USB storage is an option, but I don't think - USB 2 = 480 Mbps; GigE = 1000 Mbps (latency is worse though)
Why does/would ethernet have higher latency?
by Olaf van der Spek
Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Desktop CPU Power Survey, April 2006
Replies: 69
Views: 123184

jaganath wrote:It depends what you define as 'small'. For example the Vcore difference between the highest and lowest P-states of my Sempron 3300 is only 0.3V, but at 1Ghz @ 1.1V it can be run passive, whereas at 2Ghz @ 1.4V it cannot.
But you changed more than just vcore.
by Olaf van der Spek
Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Desktop CPU Power Survey, April 2006
Replies: 69
Views: 123184

L1: 16k, L2: 512 kB (Manchester)
L1: 16k , L2: 1MB (Toledo)
Don't the AMD CPUs have much more L1 cache?

And are there any plans to compare the power efficiency/usage of different motherboards (VRMs, but also chipsets)?
by Olaf van der Spek
Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Turion 64 on the Desktop
Replies: 86
Views: 65158

Another factor is dual core. AMD's top processors all feature two cores, but this feature has yet to show up in their Turion 64 lineup. When it does, expect a change in socket to render the dual core Turions incompatible with desktop equipment.
Why should a socket change be expected?