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by defaultluser
Mon May 08, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: New silent build - dual core + 7900 GT on Sonata II
Replies: 6
Views: 5126

And, are you serious that your AMD retail fan is LOUD with Cool 'n Quiet + Q-fan?

Mine is almost dead silent at 1200 RPM. Are you sure Q-fan is working?

You can also force it to work at a lower speed by raising the Q-fan target temperature in the BIOS.
by defaultluser
Mon May 08, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: New silent build - dual core + 7900 GT on Sonata II
Replies: 6
Views: 5126

What I mean by "tricky" is that it comes with these two metal arms, and has two "tracks" that you install them into. http://img323.imageshack.us/img323/6793/hskzal47j5ip.jpg This is more difficult to install than other Zalman heatsinks because you have to size them to fit your motherboard. Thus, you...
by defaultluser
Sun May 07, 2006 6:56 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: New silent build - dual core + 7900 GT on Sonata II
Replies: 6
Views: 5126

New silent build - dual core + 7900 GT on Sonata II

Got myself a pretty solid upgrade last month: Antec Sonata II (was going to get a P150, until I saw the issues with the powersupply and Asus boards) Asus A8N5X (VERY cheap, but VERY loud) X2 3800+ w/retail cooler 2GB Corsair XMS XFX 7900 GT The system performed perfectly out of the box, and performa...
by defaultluser
Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended Motherboards: From a Silence Perspective 1.1
Replies: 163
Views: 217245

Asus A8N5X

I just recently upgraded to an Asus A8N5X. After some modifications, it is an excellent board for an excellent price (less than 80 bucks!). The good: * VERY cheap nForce 4 board The bad: * 6000 RPM screamer cooling the chipset * Because of the low price, only the CPU fan has Q-fan support. ASUS has ...
by defaultluser
Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboard upgrade options for P150 with 430 NEOHE?
Replies: 3
Views: 1900

All I can tell you is: DO NOT purchase an ASUS motherboard, they do not play nicely with early model NeoHE 430 supplies.
by defaultluser
Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Make Any Motherboard Passive (new system build)!
Replies: 9
Views: 3608

Motherboard makers should make all motherboards passive, it's obviously not impossible (or even very hard), and it means more silence and more reliability. Uh, you think running electrical components at higher operating temps improves reliability? Au contraire. What he means is most cheap high-spee...
by defaultluser
Sun Apr 23, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Make Any Motherboard Passive (new system build)!
Replies: 9
Views: 3608

The Zalman passive northbrige heatsink yields a 41C temperature at full-load (Prime + SuperPI + 3dmark 06), and 25C at idle, given a room temperature of 22C. That's as good as the active cooler with a 6000 RPM fan! It works so well, I'm surprised they're not mentioned more around here. If I search ...
by defaultluser
Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Make Any Motherboard Passive (new system build)!
Replies: 9
Views: 3608

Make Any Motherboard Passive (new system build)!

Howdy folks, just got done installing my new system: Antec Sonata II (was going to get a P150, until I saw the issues with the powersupply + ASUS) Asus A8N5X X2 3800+ w/retail cooler 2GB Corsair XMS XFX 7900 GT The system performed perfectly out of the box, and performance was excellent, but I was d...
by defaultluser
Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD A64 X2 TDP Poll
Replies: 75
Views: 85780

Just did a new system build: CPU Information (CPU #1): Standard CPUID: Family: F, Model: B, Stepping: 1 Extended CPUID: Family: F, Model: 2B, Stepping: 1 CPUID String: 20FB1 Processor APIC: 0 Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Manchester) CPU Speed: 2015.05 (403.01 x 5.0) Revision: BH9-E4 Platform: ...
by defaultluser
Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:00 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting an AMD 939 via software
Replies: 24
Views: 11914

Just warning, new amd core - venice, san diego, manchester, toledo refuse to undervolt less than 1.1V. That's a VERY SERIOUS accusation with huge repercussions for all of us here at SPCR. The least you could do after making such a general sweeping statement is provide us a link. You sure it's not y...
by defaultluser
Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting an AMD 939 via software
Replies: 24
Views: 11914

Just warning, new amd core - venice, san diego, manchester, toledo refuse to undervolt less than 1.1V. That's a VERY SERIOUS accusation with huge repercussions for all of us here at SPCR. The least you could do after making such a general sweeping statement is provide us a link. You sure it's not y...
by defaultluser
Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: VIA's 21W Mini-ITX motherboard
Replies: 9
Views: 2697

Ahh, but want to see what the C7 1.5 GHz buys you? Have a look here . You can read my post in the thread, but I will repeat it here: The C7 is no silver bullet for Via. It is a new rev of Nehemiah with double the L2 cache, a better bus interface, and SSE2. It doesn't change the fact that Nehemiah, l...
by defaultluser
Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:52 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Nano-ITX mobo reviewed :D
Replies: 13
Views: 4320

jaganath mentioned an AMD Geode. Where do I go about getting one of these?. You don't have to. All 0.09 micron Athlon 64 desktop chips can be cloocked down to 1.0 GHz and 1.1v, it is part of the Cool 'n Quiet spec. In fact, most of them can do 1.2-1.4 GHz at 1.0v, completely stable, see the Athlon ...
by defaultluser
Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: According to Anandtech, Conroe beats FX-60
Replies: 145
Views: 54339

There's nothing fishy about the test with Conroe...Intel has finally built a P6 successor that completely obliterates other x86 processors on the market. Conroe is NOT the same processor as the Pentium M and Yonah (which are very similar). Conroe has a much beefier decoder pipe, with the ability to ...
by defaultluser
Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Thoughts of using Turion 64 in a HTPC build
Replies: 18
Views: 4801

The 0.09 micron desktop Athlon 64 Socket 939 chips use the same power at load as the Turion ML counterparts, they are basically the same chip. In fact, the 512k cache desktop processors will use a bit less power due to half the cache (SRAM cache at 2GHz is fairly power-hungry). Do not confuse these ...
by defaultluser
Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Post your 90nm AMD underclocks here
Replies: 17
Views: 8293

Wow, check this out: I undervolted my Winchester 3200+ to 1.0v, and tested the highest clock I could push it to. I managed to get it up to 1.5 GHz, booting from BIOS at those settings. Finished SuperPI 32M while running Prime Torture. Best of all, I ran it PASSIVE with my Zalman 7000 AlCu, which was...
by defaultluser
Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: turion x2 in may
Replies: 6
Views: 2608

That voltage (1.075) isn't so low, just a sign of the times. Most 0.09 micron AMD desktop parts can run stock voltage at 1.2v, and many can go as low as 1v with a little underclocking. These will just be cherry-picked X2 processors, like the Turion MTs. I'm not surprised at all, this is a necessity....
by defaultluser
Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended Motherboards: From a Silence Perspective 1.1
Replies: 163
Views: 217245

I would consider 0.1V to be significant (for a silencer, at least), as it will increase power consumption / heat output of a processor with default 1.4V by ~12%. Yeah, it doesn't sound much but arguably the supply voltage is the most significant factor in determining how much heat a chip will produ...
by defaultluser
Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Some more info about AM2 processors
Replies: 53
Views: 14459

You can't go wrong with DDR2

DDR2 on AM2 will perform better by the time the platform is ready for retail release. The processor core isn't completely debugged yet, and the motherboard support is almost non-existant. Even if the performance improvement is not incredible, remember what AMD is getting out of DDR2: 1. Higher densi...
by defaultluser
Sun Feb 26, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Post your 90nm AMD underclocks here
Replies: 17
Views: 8293

Yeah, I have to admit, I bought my Winchester core about a year ago just because it was much lower power at stock than anything else out there. But now that I've tinkered around with it, I'm amazed at what it can do in terms of low-voltage operation. From the looks of it, Venice is even better. Sock...
by defaultluser
Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Turion 64 on the Desktop
Replies: 86
Views: 66809

Oh, I plan on sticking around your site. I've been reading and enjoying your reviews for several months. Most of your methods and conclusions are reasonable. I was, however, so disappointed with this review, that I signed up for a forum account. Sure, you compare the Turion to a Pentium M, and that ...
by defaultluser
Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Turion 64 on the Desktop
Replies: 86
Views: 66809

What kind of a review was this, really?

This review doesn't really add anything to what is already common knowledge on the web. 1. The world already knew the Turions are cherry-picked undervolted desktop chips. The "PowerNow" support is simply a microcode change performed when the processors are speedbinned. 2. The world has known for som...