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by porkchop
Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Build a very low consumption computer
Replies: 33
Views: 14831

Re: Build a very low consumption computer

llano should undervolt well, the biggest savings would be under load but every little bit helps.

easiest way i think is fusiontweaker, i used the other version on my brazos laptop and it worked well.
by porkchop
Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: has anyone here used a pico-box(chinese picopsu) psu?
Replies: 14
Views: 12097

Re: has anyone here used a pico-box(chinese picopsu) psu?

thanks for replying, my z3-atx came last night! some thoughts: it is quite a bit larger than my picopsu-80 voltages hold steady according to the mb readouts efficiency paired with a level v brick is almost exactly the same as my picopsu-80 and non rated delta brick it has an annoying bright blue led...
by porkchop
Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype
Replies: 185
Views: 108543

Re: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype

thanks for the info jamese. i ask because my pisopsu-80 gives me grief if i start pulling ~70w from the wall on my system, could be the pico or the brick though. xan_user, can't you rotate the heat sink 90 degrees so the fins face the right direction? the difference should be significant, even if yo...
by porkchop
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype
Replies: 185
Views: 108543

Re: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype

if you don't mind having 4 funny nubs at the top you can always flip the case over. as long as you're not using a card then it should work okay, proximity to the fans depends on your mb and heatsink so it could end up better or worse (in any case it's tiny and there's only one exit for the air so th...
by porkchop
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: has anyone here used a pico-box(chinese picopsu) psu?
Replies: 14
Views: 12097

has anyone here used a pico-box(chinese picopsu) psu?

availabe products , also on ebay etc. some info from someone who has used one . -this user had troubles with interference and voltages from his picopsu-150xt (faulty?) -the pico-box z2-atx worked but wouldn't wake from sleep (seems to be an old model) -the pico-box x1 works fine i'm considering get...
by porkchop
Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A10-5800K vs. Phenom X4 965 for non-gaming use?
Replies: 9
Views: 4439

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

the a10 requires a new socket so your old mb won't work, you're stuck with the phenom if you want to upgrade the cpu only. a good cooler is pretty much necessary if you want it to be quiet.
by porkchop
Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A10-5800K undervolting
Replies: 5
Views: 8074

Re: A10-5800K undervolting

i didn't undervolt during the 2.8ghz tests. turbocore was off the whole time. the gpu voltage is adjusted automatically and as far as i can tell, is unrelated to the nb voltage the reason the idle for the undervolted 3.6ghz results are high is because the freq was locked at 3.6ghz for the whole test...
by porkchop
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SPCR Member Builds 2013, post your pics!
Replies: 3
Views: 3723

SPCR Member Builds 2013, post your pics!

like the staff rigs thread, but for members and better :P suggestions: keep pics to a sensible size directly link them so people can just scroll though without having to click on thumbnails/links don't use attachments so guests (and not signed in users) can see them too if you do have your own threa...
by porkchop
Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:28 am
Forum: Test Forum
Topic: SPCR inspired pc gallery, post your pics!
Replies: 4
Views: 7442

Re: SPCR inspired pc gallery, post your pics!

it would be a single thread inside the general gallery forum.

pretty much for people who want to show off their rigs but don't really want to do a write up, each post can/would be like an equivalent to a cut down thread you would usually find in the general gallery.

more pics less text!
by porkchop
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: Test Forum
Topic: SPCR inspired pc gallery, post your pics!
Replies: 4
Views: 7442

SPCR inspired pc gallery, post your pics!

could be useful, definitely a good time waster.

would you post you pics?
by porkchop
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Are there any reusable alternatives to compressed air?
Replies: 10
Views: 16157

Re: Are there any reusable alternatives to compressed air?

i've used an air blower pump thingy before (the ones for cameras) and they work well enough.
they're super weak, but beat trying to blow out the dust yourself, the tip also goes right into psu vents!
by porkchop
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC for my father
Replies: 4
Views: 1385

Re: New PC for my father

if the 5670 is overkill for the games he's playing i would seriously consider dumping it simply to reduce power consumption. if you want better than the lowest rung igp, then grab an i3-3225 for the hd4000 or go with an amd trinity. if you want to keep the old gpu then i completely agree with kuzzia...
by porkchop
Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i think i broke a fan header... maybe more?
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: i think i broke a fan header... maybe more?

haha... fair enough.

i guess i could be viewed as lucky since i've always worked on my pcs while they're on, lesson learned though and i'll be much more careful in the future.
by porkchop
Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i think i broke a fan header... maybe more?
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: i think i broke a fan header... maybe more?

yeah just plugging/unplugging a fan... i think you may be right. it turns out i didn't lose rpm readings, just that the fan lost them, which lines up with the theory of blowing the pwm part of the header by inserting the fan incorrectly. i'm just using the sys fan header now and i had to switch the ...
by porkchop
Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i think i broke a fan header... maybe more?
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

i think i broke a fan header... maybe more?

i was messing with my cpu fan last night (i think i may have plugged it in wrong partially) and suddenly i saw two tiny puffs of smoke directly above the header... and immediately my fan went up to full speed! i tried speedfan to slow it back down which didn't work, but moving to the sys fan header ...
by porkchop
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Alternative to CCC that allows a fan speed of zero?
Replies: 1
Views: 1375

Re: Alternative to CCC that allows a fan speed of zero?

msi afterburner worked for my asus card, it might be a matter of luck?
by porkchop
Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd a6-5400k + msi fm2-a55m-e33 power numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 5718

Re: amd a6-5400k + msi fm2-a55m-e33 power numbers

thanks for the code tip! the nb voltage is adjustable but it seems it isn't linked to the gpu. i did notice the gpu voltage changing though and after checking it i found it to have 3 power states: 304mhz@0.912v, 608mhz@1.199v and 760mhz@1.274v. from the numbers i could tell that the gpu uses a signi...
by porkchop
Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd a6-5400k + msi fm2-a55m-e33 power numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 5718

amd a6-5400k + msi fm2-a55m-e33 power numbers

amd a6-5400k (stock is 3.6ghz@1.35v, turbocore is off) msi fm2-a55m-e33 4gb kingston 1600mhz 1.35v intel g2 80gb antec ar350 350w 80plus / picopsu-80 + delta 84w brick (no efficiency rating) amd athlon ii x3 440 (3ghz@1.12v, 800mhz@0.768v) gigabyte ga-ma785gm-us2h 3gb ddr2 667mhz (4 sticks) intel g2...
by porkchop
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Picking a FM2 matx mobo
Replies: 8
Views: 5128

Re: Picking a FM2 matx mobo

be sure to tell us (just me probably... no trinity love here it seems :() how it goes, especially the bios options though i guess they're probably similar to the spcr asus review. it's probably a long shot but if you have a power meter some numbers would be great too. i've got an a6-5400k on the way...
by porkchop
Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Picking a FM2 matx mobo
Replies: 8
Views: 5128

Re: Picking a FM2 matx mobo

i'm very interersted in this since i'm in the same position. for fan control i think it's easier to rely on software, most of the time the options within the bios are too limiting, if you're using windows then the spcr reviews already point to good speedfan support. if you don't like the idea of run...
by porkchop
Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Budget FM2 Motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 6142

Re: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Budget FM2 Motherboard

nice idle numbers indeed!

can someone confirm no bios undervolting, maybe a newer bios might reintroduce it?
do all gigabyte fm2 mobos lack it?
it seems like a very odd functionality to remove, it might even be deal killer for me at least until it's easily doable in windows.
by porkchop
Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A10-5700 APU: Trinity at 65W
Replies: 7
Views: 9485

Re: AMD A10-5700 APU: Trinity at 65W

^ around 2 watts less or so.

kind of disappointing numbers really, though i guess i was being overly optimistic about what the 65w tdp meant.

thanks for another trinity review!
now how about sharing the voltage numbers or doing some undervolting :)
by porkchop
Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?
Replies: 11
Views: 11502

Re: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?

intel easily wins if you don't need the amd gpu and for some reason the system works out to be similar in price. perhaps even consider a sandy bridge celeron, they're not much slower than an i3 in most tasks and are even cheaper. the only other possible problem is the infamous 24p playback thing, th...
by porkchop
Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?
Replies: 11
Views: 11502

Re: HTPC spec - A6-5400k or i3-3220?

you want at least the a6-5400k or i3-3225 with hd4000 for emulation with dolphin or pcsx2, for older games though it won't matter.
the a6 may require overclocking for decent emulation performance.
the intel hd4000 is a bit hit and miss in terms of emulation performance.
by porkchop
Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 90W laptop adaptor OR Seasonic Bronze PSU for HTPC?
Replies: 6
Views: 4875

Re: 90W laptop adaptor OR Seasonic Bronze PSU for HTPC?

oooh, really appreciate the numbers!
by porkchop
Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 65W TDP A10-5700 review
Replies: 14
Views: 8976

Re: 65W TDP A10-5700 review

good idea! i know tigerdirect sell them, but not newegg. and they're definitely not available in Australia yet. i'm kind of leaning toward the a6-5400k right now, the value is unbelievable for an everyday and light gaming machine. and at least one person has managed to use it for some decent emulati...
by porkchop
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 65W TDP A10-5700 review
Replies: 14
Views: 8976

Re: 65W TDP A10-5700 review

i wish they would've posted some cpuz screens or at least commented on the voltages, i have a feeling that simply undervolting an a10-5800k won't bring it down to similar power levels. if it was that easy you would assume amd would have more stock, especially since they sell for the same price. i'm ...
by porkchop
Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS F2A85-M Pro microATX FM2 Motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 5115

Re: ASUS F2A85-M Pro microATX FM2 Motherboard

yay more trinity reviews! i especially appreciate the chipset and vrm temps, there are some tiny chipset heatsinks out there but that doesn't seem to be a big an issue now. the bare vrms on budget boards though are a little troubling, not so much for the actual temps but their negative impact on eff...
by porkchop
Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ITX HTPC/Gaming build
Replies: 6
Views: 2146

Re: ITX HTPC/Gaming build

the only one that's already available is an asrock one, unfortunately it's on ebay with an inflated price and only hdmi and vga outs, which only support 1920x1200 and 1920x1600 max res respectively. you will need to wait for one that has dual-dvi or displayport in order to make use of 2560x1440/1600...
by porkchop
Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: picopsu-80, what have you managed to run off of it?
Replies: 4
Views: 2015

Re: picopsu-80, what have you managed to run off of it?

measurements are what the motherboard spits out, i have no equipment that could measure it otherwise.

i'm not fussed at all about stability, its fine when restricted to 2.1ghz.