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by dougz
Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA EPIA EN12000E fanless mini-ITX
Replies: 64
Views: 50525

The manual clearly shows the CPU voltage as adjustable down or up. So stupid me, I bought the board. Guess what? The board has absolutely no way to adjust the voltage. The problem is in the bios settings program What CPU are you running? Important point -- Changing the Vcore from BIOS is only avail...
by dougz
Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA EPIA EN12000E fanless mini-ITX
Replies: 64
Views: 50525

Underclocking w/ Yate Loon on stock cooler

This is very true. I run my Sempron 3000+ at 1.6Ghz, 1.1V all the time with an 80mm Yate Loon @ 5V on the stock heatsink, it never goes above 35C. Now you really have my interest. I've looked at Via's C7, but I like streaming audio & video too much. Via has inferior price/performance. Underclocking...
by dougz
Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA EPIA EN12000E fanless mini-ITX
Replies: 64
Views: 50525

So close...

First-rate review from Devon and CityK's comments were very useful. To-date the only Mini-ITX solutions that are suitable for multimedia seem to be Intel platforms. I really admire the engineering in the Centaur/Via CPUs, but the products never seem to be quite good enough for general computing. Jus...
by dougz
Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review
Replies: 0
Views: 991

Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review

... we've got one of the very first socket AM2, nVidia GeForce 6100-based motherboards on the market hitting the review bench today. The Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 motherboard packs quite a lot into a microATX platform; top of the line integrated graphics, PCI Express, networking, SATA and IDE hard dr...
by dougz
Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Albatron's mini-ITX Socket 754 motherboard
Replies: 20
Views: 7124

Appealing idea, but Albatron quality?

Great idea. If it came from a first tier mobo maker, I'd buy it. However, I thought Albatron was a second-tier maker, at best. I checked the customer reviews of Albatron's AMD/Nvidia mobos on Newegg and they weren't really too complementary. YMMV, but it concerns me. Cool-n-quiet not in specs. Manua...
by dougz
Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tease: Shuttle SN27P2 at Computex
Replies: 0
Views: 1585

Tease: Shuttle SN27P2 at Computex

the all new SN27P2 featuring amd am2, nvidia nforce 570, 1 ghz hypertransport. up to 8 gb ddr2 800 mhz duak channel. 3 hd support....

Shuttle ad copy quoted on http://www.sfftech.com/index.php?/articles/show/857/2
Don't think I can afford it, but WOW!
by dougz
Fri May 19, 2006 7:02 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle X100 Preview
Replies: 6
Views: 5730

Shuttle X100 Preview

Shuttle is finally competing in the arena of ultra-small portable computing with the X100. The Mac Mini and the AOpen Mini PC fall into this category. This is quite exciting in the sense that not only does the computer have to be extremely portable and quiet but at the same time it must be powerful...
by dougz
Tue May 16, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS T2-AE1 Reviews?
Replies: 13
Views: 7661

Nice system!

scrandman sez Anyway, I kinda lost interest in the thought of going for the budget SFF myself. I decided to spend a bit more and get a nice full sized system which I put together about a week ago. Yeah, you must be a happy camper. Kinda lost the budget part, but first-rate stuff. :) I've learned a l...
by dougz
Tue May 16, 2006 6:25 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS T2-AE1 Reviews?
Replies: 13
Views: 7661

rpsgc said Are you sure you searched.. at all? Well, scrandman did say Other than Shuttle , not really. Or at least that I have found. (emphasis added.) However, my OP did state I'd like to build a small, relatively quiet box that is a bit bigger than the Shuttles (emphasis added.) As far as I can t...
by dougz
Mon May 15, 2006 1:43 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS T2-AE1 Reviews?
Replies: 13
Views: 7661

Reader review of T2-AE1 w/ pictures

http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=55496 http://www.baconsarnie.com/asus_build/build_log.html I'd like to build a small, relatively quiet box that is a bit bigger than the Shuttles. Barebones like the T2-AE1 are appealing because they are cost-effective, small, and relatively quiet. One downs...
by dougz
Thu May 11, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dorm-compatible Socket A
Replies: 26
Views: 7137

I opened the case and stopped the CPU fan by hand... and suddenly the noise cut by like 70-80%. True for me, too. Noise from el-cheapo Speeze Socket A cooler totally swamped the noise from the Antec stock PSU. Speeze had a fan that looked to be about 60mm and ran at constant high speed. Amazing amo...
by dougz
Thu May 11, 2006 9:56 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle SD365M review by Hot Hardware
Replies: 0
Views: 1711

Shuttle SD365M review by Hot Hardware

P4/D, Socket 775, Intel 945G, 2X1GB, 250 watt PSU, VIIV compatible. Hot Hardware review comments -- Pluses -- Support for Dual-Core CPU's Excellent VFD Display Exceptional fit and finish Stellar performance and stability Convenient XPC Tools and OC Ability Flashy yet understated aesthetic Minuses --...
by dougz
Sun May 07, 2006 8:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AnandTech review - AOpen i975Xa-YDG (Core Duo & Intel 97
Replies: 0
Views: 825

AnandTech review - AOpen i975Xa-YDG (Core Duo & Intel 97

Basic Features This board is designed around Intel's flagship i975X chipset with one purpose in mind, the ability to let your Core Duo or Solo processor reach its maximum potential while still maintaining the low noise and power consumption benefits of this impressive processor series. It is the on...
by dougz
Sun May 07, 2006 3:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ECS RX480-A. Anybody familiar with the board or brand?
Replies: 8
Views: 2509

Three hundred some reviews with over 90% giving a 4 or 5.
Good decision! Asus is generally highly reliable. Worth the $$

Looks like you noticed something I neglected to mention: A product purchased, and praised by, lots of people is a safer bet than one purchased by just a few.
by dougz
Sun May 07, 2006 3:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-review of Asus N4L-VM DH
Replies: 67
Views: 40350

HS/Fan & additional mini-review

Has anyone determined what size the CPU heatsink fan is on this board and whether it can easily be swapped out? That question is (somewhat imprecisely) dealt with in a new mini-review. Lots of great pictures. http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=232 However, the quoted Core Duo prices make the Inte...
by dougz
Sat May 06, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ECS RX480-A. Anybody familiar with the board or brand?
Replies: 8
Views: 2509

Suggestion - check user reviews & Google

I considered an ECS mobo because of the great prices. However, I read lots of negative comments in the Newegg user reviews and in various places on the net. Turned out that the model in question had serious stability issues. I ended up with an Asrock (Asus's cheap line) and have been very pleased wi...
by dougz
Sat May 06, 2006 6:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-review of Asus N4L-VM DH
Replies: 67
Views: 40350

Mini-review of Asus N4L-VM DH

...Overall the N4L-VM DH is an ideal motherboard for Intel ViiV-based HTPCs - it’s ultra-low noise, ultra-low power and can still perform on par with hotter, noisier dual-core desktops. Its power on/off feature is great if you intend to use the motherboard in a MCE setup, and 7.1 Dolby Digital au...
by dougz
Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: BIOS indicates +5V out of tolerance
Replies: 5
Views: 1562

If it were my system, I would get a digital voltmeter and measure it to be sure. Sounds prudent. I wasn't sure how accurate BIOS readings were. The other voltages were so close. Would a power supply load/tester be a good item to have in addition to a DVM? (Not sure about CoolMax, but Antec has load...
by dougz
Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: BIOS indicates +5V out of tolerance
Replies: 5
Views: 1562

BIOS indicates +5V out of tolerance

If BIOS is correct, my +5v is out of tolerance. Should I trust BIOS? Should I care? Measured by BIOS (not settable): Vcore ---- 1.68v (AMD Duron 900, VIA KM266) +3.30 --- 3.28v +5.00 --- 5.5v (should be +/- 5% ) +12.0 --- 11.96v Temps: CPU 42 C, M/B 32 C PSU: Antec SLK 2600AMB case stock PSU BIOS: A...
by dougz
Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression
Replies: 37
Views: 10177

Thanks all! This has been very enlightening. I think smilingcrow has summarized the thread well - Buy a motherboard using the nVidia 6150 IGP which already supports HDV acceleration and should have a PCIe slot as well. By the time you’re interested in Linux HDV support, nVidia might well have ported...
by dougz
Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression
Replies: 37
Views: 10177

smilingcrow said when it comes to video playback QUALITY, you can see noticeable benefits when using technologies such as nVidia’s PureVideo Interesting. Turns out that PureVideo delivers ultra-smooth, high-definition H.264, WMV, and MPEG-2 movies with minimal CPU utilization and low power consumpti...
by dougz
Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression
Replies: 37
Views: 10177

QuietOC asked Are you saying that video acceleration is not supported under Linux for the newer nVidia AGP/PCIe cards, or are you just suggesting the FX5200 because it is AGP and still available? Not to try to speak for shadestalker, but I found this about MPEG-2 acceleration in the nVidia proprieta...
by dougz
Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression
Replies: 37
Views: 10177

"Socket 754 shipments outlast socket 939"

Looks like there is some life in 754 after all, at least for "trailing edge" users like me. This might change the value analysis for some. AMD's existing socket 754 will be outlasting the more complex socket 939.... According to AMD documentation, all socket 939 processors will stop shipping Q2 2007...
by dougz
Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression
Replies: 37
Views: 10177

Re: Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression

Appreciate the help. Turns out that being just a little "trailing edge" is good for Linux driver support. Both the Radeon 9250 (Devonavar's suggestion) and the nVidia 6100 (QuietOC's suggestion) are well supported in current Ubuntu Linux. Especially appreciate the tip to consider the socket 939. I g...
by dougz
Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression
Replies: 37
Views: 10177

Video Card/CPU requirements for decompression

I plan to build a new "quiet" (not "silent") machine later this year. However, I'm really not sure how to spec required CPU & video performance. I'd like to be on the "trailing edge" of technology in order to keep costs and noise down. Usage: Primarily Linux with occasional Windows, streaming video,...
by dougz
Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: "Micro ATX 3-way shootout"
Replies: 0
Views: 1070

"Micro ATX 3-way shootout"

Review of Aspire X-Qpack, Silverstone SG01, and Silverstone SG01 Evolution. Aspire has taken us by surprise with their X-Qpack. The performance is top-notch and beats out the SG01 and SG01-E in temperatures and noise levels. An included power supply rounds out the package and makes it a great value ...
by dougz
Tue Dec 27, 2005 4:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: sub $500 system
Replies: 36
Views: 9533

Great thread - video question

The OP wasn't into gaming so video performance wasn't a priority. For someone interested in playing MPEG [1,2,4], Real Media, and WMV, would on-board or low-end add-on video be adequate? If not, what would be sufficient? In other words, does the performance of the video card make a big difference? (...
by dougz
Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: AOpen Mini-PC
Replies: 20
Views: 9186

HP 7120

...I have heard this while at work, and damn this thing really is quiet. Stopped by Best Buy to have a listen. Inaudible at idle, although typically noisy store environment masks noise. Hugely quieter than the machine I use at home. Special deal -- $389 in-store price. Guess it is not selling. HP h...
by dougz
Wed Dec 07, 2005 4:23 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: AOpen Mini-PC
Replies: 20
Views: 9186

The HP's flaw though - no DVI You're right. Looks like they made provisions in the back panel, but chose not to implement. Disappointing. Perhaps they will revisit that decision in future models. Otherwise, very intriguing design for a popularly priced quiet PC. I do like the design. Better, for my...
by dougz
Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:46 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: AOpen Mini-PC
Replies: 20
Views: 9186

Competition to AOpen

PC Magazine and C|Net/ZDNet have all said nice things about HP's answer to the Mac Mini/Aopen. HP beats both on the price (after rebate) & disk size. Shares the AOpen's graphics limitations. PC Mag says "very quiet." C|Net says "quiet." As the price & feature comparison chart in the PC Mag complete ...