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by porkchop
Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 8: what do you think about it?
Replies: 87
Views: 44472

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

i don't like metro. at all.
by porkchop
Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:04 pm
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?

the 12v line definitely droops but is always within spec, the lowest it went was ~11.60v during a stress test. as for rewiring i think i'm too electrically nooby and lazy to even try :) i was really after some feedback regarding a vanilla picopsu-80, some more hope that everything will be fine when ...
by porkchop
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: picopsu-80, what have you managed to run off of it?
Replies: 4
Views: 2015

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

it's recently come to my attention that it only specs 12v at 4A, which makes me think it won't be enough for a barebones 65w trinity based pc. having said that i am currently using it to run a admittedly heavily undervolted and underclocked athlon ii x3 440 @2.1ghz max and -0.275v undervolt, which a...
by porkchop
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Trinity: A10-5800K & A8-5600K 2nd Gen APUs
Replies: 15
Views: 8268

Re: AMD Trinity: A10-5800K & A8-5600K 2nd Gen APUs

thanks for the review, no one tests power consumption like spcr.

i'm thinking about getting my hands on a 65w a8 or a10 once they become available, anyone else?
by porkchop
Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 159121

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

i have absolutely no doubts that the g360 is a better and more versatile psu, all i ever said was that the pico is efficiency king <40-50w, which it is. the points you listed are exactly what i like about it: my pc idles at around 30w, peaks at 70w, most time is spent idling or video watching/intern...
by porkchop
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 159121

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

spcr tests, g360, pico+80w, pico+120w:
~31w input, 69.5%, 79.4%, 77.7%
~50w input, 81.8%, 83.6%, 85.6%

the pico isn't for everyone but it excels at what it is meant for.
by porkchop
Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!
Replies: 169
Views: 159121

Re: Seasonic G360W gold for $60 - Review & Giveaway!

looks like the pico+good brick combo is still efficiency king <40-50w, if i needed a regular power supply though this would be it.
by porkchop
Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's 2012 Graphics Card/Cooler Test System
Replies: 4
Views: 4242

Re: SPCR's 2012 Graphics Card/Cooler Test System

prototype thermalright macho is pure geeky awesomeness.
by porkchop
Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec Isk-110
Replies: 10
Views: 14447

Re: Antec Isk-110

thanks for replying, i'm glad antec seem to have sorted out the initial problems. an external brick is the cheapest way to get up to 92%(from antec website) efficiency in a low powered system. especially during extremely low power idle where even an expensive gold or platinum psu would probably be b...
by porkchop
Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:04 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec Isk-110
Replies: 10
Views: 14447

Re: Antec Isk-110

nice build, you don't see many tiny cases in the gallery. a question regarding the case: the spcr review of the isk100 pointed out that there were quality issues, such as the misaligned motherboard and screws that were too long. did you encounter any problems when installing components? as for the i...
by porkchop
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PicoPSU advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1650

Re: PicoPSU advice

hopefully this info can still be useful. just last night i went from an antec ar350 80plus to picopsu80 and 84w delta power brick (from ebay), my results: idle/load ar350 40w/68w picopsu 32w/68w as you can see the pico is amazing at low load, once it gets higher though the 80plus catches up. the cav...
by porkchop
Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!
Replies: 4
Views: 2072

Re: c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!

there you go! my latest tweak is using windows to turn my 440 into and undervolted 405e. setting the cpu max to 77% in power options tops out my cpu at p1 which is 2.3ghz and 1.01v, load power consumption dropped about 12w to ~68w which was quite nice. idle power was and still is disappointing for m...
by porkchop
Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!
Replies: 4
Views: 2072

Re: c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!

at stock 1.02v, undervolted 0.77v running 800mhz. i've seen another forum member get their x2 250 to 0.67v idle but i think that's the limit, i could probably go lower but i don't want to bother with k10stat, i just use the bios and cnq. one of the positives of most llano reviews was the power consu...
by porkchop
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!
Replies: 4
Views: 2072

c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!

replacing a sempron 140. sempron 140 bios undervolt -0.275v, 0.78v idle 800mhz, 1.07v 2.7ghz. x3 440 bios undervolt -0.25v, 0.77v idle 800mhz, 1.12v 3ghz. other parts: gigabyte ga-ma785gm-us2h 2gb kingston value 667mhz ddr2 intel 80gb g2 antec ar350 350w 80+ glacialtech 120mm @550-600rpm stock sempr...
by porkchop
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control
Replies: 84
Views: 110366

Re: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control

just got myself a 2nd hand kill a watt clone so here'e some numbers! (wifi off, lan plugged in, 50% bright, bt off, wirelss rf mouse plugged in, no battery, camera off) idle, chrome open with one tab no activity no flash, 800mhz: stock v: 11-12w, undervolted (0.8v): 11-12w load, ssf4ae cpu vs cpu, 1...
by porkchop
Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)
Replies: 43
Views: 17871

Re: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU

don't suppose we can get some undervolting done too?
providing the mb supports it of course.

with the a8-3800 being only 500mhz slower and having a tdp of 65w, the logical explanation is that there's some pretty hefty undervolting going on.
by porkchop
Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle power
Replies: 22
Views: 4886

Re: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle p

being able accurately and reliably measure the dc power consumption of every separate component would be a godsend... don't think it'll happen though.

as it is we just have to use what we get, and the hopefully forthcoming spcr review would be very useful in this regard.
by porkchop
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle power
Replies: 22
Views: 4886

Re: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle p

zbox review, it was 13w idle not 11w, pretty close for something from memory though! http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMD-Fusion-Hits-Retail-Zotac-and-Gigabyte-E350s-Tested/?page=8 i'm not saying all the reviews are perfect, but i presume that most sites take steps so that comparisons make sense. that...
by porkchop
Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle power
Replies: 22
Views: 4886

Re: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle p

small mistake earlier, it should be 27w idle not 29w, my bad.

and here is the 65w a8 using only 16.2w at idle!
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/di ... html#sect0
by porkchop
Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle power
Replies: 22
Views: 4886

Re: amd llano a8 beats intel i3 2100 in idle power consumpti

cpu power consumption alone is moot, i will put 'system' into the topic title. unfortunately the zacate test system was proved to be more efficient than retail versions. this was disappointing but the engineering sample reviews were marked as such so i can understand that, and nettops such as the zo...
by porkchop
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle power
Replies: 22
Views: 4886

Re: amd llano a8 beats intel i3 2100 in idle power consumpti

looking forward to the spcr review indeed! the spcr test platform has the i3 2100 at 38w idle including a 9400gt and using an asus motherboard. i will make use of the integrated gpu so i'm getting one either way. but it's interesting how a lot of the reviews i have skimmed through have the amd a8 co...
by porkchop
Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: amd llano a8 system beats intel i3 2100 system in idle power
Replies: 22
Views: 4886

Re: amd llano a8 beats intel i3 2100 in idle power consumpti

ah. wasn't paying too much attention to the motherboard models, though i'm aware of the possible differences. list of the test platforms: http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=30964&page=3 looks decent to me, only the motherboards and cpus are different and triple channel ram where available. t...
by porkchop
Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Hows the AMD Sempron 140 HSF??
Replies: 6
Views: 1369

Re: Hows the AMD Sempron 140 HSF??

the little heatsink is tiny, about 40mm tall including the thin 70mm fan. with my 140 undervolted by 0.275v, cnq enabled, gigabyte fan control on auto and an ambient of about 15C, my fan is spinning at about 1250rpm in idle and less then 1500rpm at full load. temperatures don't break 35C full load. ...
by porkchop
Wed May 18, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control
Replies: 84
Views: 110366

Re: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control

it's a long shot, but i don't suppose you skipped over this: This tool can be used to read/write the MSRs on Windows: http://jacky5488.myweb.hinet.net/ It's clean (tested with on http://virustotal.com), run it as admin, select the MSR tab and click the "user defined" button (can't recall the name ex...
by porkchop
Wed May 18, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control
Replies: 84
Views: 110366

Re: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control

mmm... so it doesn't run at all huh? i would guess that the problem lies within when you set the task to run or the location of the program, another unlikely possibility is that the task isn't enabled. i'm using w7 64bit too and i also ran into problems when i first tried it, mine was with the 'acti...
by porkchop
Thu May 12, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control
Replies: 84
Views: 110366

Re: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control

the new bios sounds great, i'm pretty comfortable with 62C. am i correct to presume then that the fan is quieter under constant full load as well? i was going to update last night but i wasn't connected at the outlet. i can confirm that the included hdd (at least in my case) was very unimpressive ac...
by porkchop
Mon May 09, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: linke computer - decent prices and worldwide shipping!
Replies: 2
Views: 1470

linke computer - decent prices and worldwide shipping!

http://www.linkecomputer.com/ they stock scythe, thermalright, noctua and many others as well as ssds and other components. good prices and international shipping is pretty reasonable so it's great for countries where stuff is expensive. for example, i'm looking at the noctua nh-u12p se2 (which inc...
by porkchop
Sun May 08, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control
Replies: 84
Views: 110366

Re: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control

both links worked for me.

i have changed the topic heading to better reflect the thread, now it doesn't sound like it's about some dude whining about his loud laptop :D
by porkchop
Sat May 07, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: hp dm1z undervolting and (limited) fan control
Replies: 84
Views: 110366

Re: hp dm1z w/amd fusion is a screamer!

bsod! guess i was a bit overzealous with my undervolt, 30min of orthos isn't worth much :( i can't be bothered stress testing again so i just increased the voltages by a notch or two, no problems for 1hr+ now. currently 1.125v, 0.975v and 0.8v. i followed the instructions from StApostol and i've got...