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by djkest
Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI R6850 Cyclone
Replies: 13
Views: 4720

Re: MSI R6850 Cyclone

Unfortunately a lot of people found the Asus 6850 to be louder than the SPCR sample was.
by djkest
Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Miraculous energy-efficiency of AMD Brazos platform "a myth"
Replies: 16
Views: 5943

Re: Miraculous energy-efficiency of AMD Brazos platform "a m

If we used a Pico PSU and used more efficient boards for each of the chips, is there reason to believe that the AMD energy performance would have improved more than the Intel energy performance would improved... or vice versa? Are there any other testing issues that I am overlooking? Yes, I think i...
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: U. of Bath distributes DC to power library PCs
Replies: 4
Views: 8626

Re: U. of Bath distributes DC to power library PCs

That's cool but... How much did it cost? How efficient is it? How long before the "break even" point? If they really wanted to be green, they should have used photovoltaic solar panels to create DC electricity to feed the computers when they are used most- during the day. They are still doing AC to ...
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: will ninja rev b fit am3 socket?
Replies: 1
Views: 964

Re: will ninja rev b fit am3 socket?

According to Scythe USA website:

Ninja 2 is NOT COMPATIBLE
Ninja 2 rev B IS COMPATIBLE

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/0 ... etail.html
http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/0 ... etail.html
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Miraculous energy-efficiency of AMD Brazos platform "a myth"
Replies: 16
Views: 5943

Re: Miraculous energy-efficiency of AMD Brazos platform "a m

Microcenter actually had the i3-2100 for $99 with a FREE motherboard 2 weeks ago. Last week they had the i3-2100 + motherboard for $119. I almost bought one just to have it. And yes, you can color me a Sandy Bridge "fan boy" as well. Hey, it's like magic on a chip. I do think there is something to t...
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Enermax Modu87+ 500W vs 600W
Replies: 9
Views: 1784

Re: Enermax Modu87+ 500W vs 600W

The 600W would most likely have higher resale value. That's a positive right there.

Plus, if the 600W is actually MORE efficient, than that totally makes up for a couple $$ more in extra initial cost.
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fortron Source Aurum GOLD series 400-700w review
Replies: 6
Views: 9142

Re: Fortron Source Aurum GOLD series 400-700w review

Newegg has the FSP Aurum Gold 400W PSU for $80 with free shipping.

It's tempting but it may be louder than what I currently have- plus with my case it's designed to use rear-blowing PS if needed. It does appear 18A is more than enough for my video card, though.
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Enermax Modu87+ 500W vs 600W
Replies: 9
Views: 1784

Re: Enermax Modu87+ 500W vs 600W

No! You are - more probably that not - "overreacting". :wink: AFAIK lodestar should be fully aware of actual power requirements. Moreover any possible efficiency gap is - more probably that not - marginal (in this case). The fact remains that going for a 600W is - more probably that not - however p...
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: One or two fan for a CPU cooler: does it worth?
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: One or two fan for a CPU cooler: does it worth?

It looks like on average we see a delta T of 3 degrees C between 1 fan and 2 fans. On the other hand, you have 5-6 dB increase in noise output. So essentially a fairly small decrease in temperature for a doubling in noise output. Is it worth it? That depends on a number of factors, but #1 is what CP...
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Miraculous energy-efficiency of AMD Brazos platform "a myth"
Replies: 16
Views: 5943

Re: Miraculous energy-efficiency of AMD Brazos platform "a m

What we know about computers- I think some of this was actually mentioned in the thread you (CES) started- 1) for idle power consumption, the motherboard consumes much more power than the CPU does. 2) Motherboards vary widely in power consumption from one to the next. 3) Power supplies are not effic...
by djkest
Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Enermax Modu87+ 500W vs 600W
Replies: 9
Views: 1784

Re: Enermax Modu87+ 500W vs 600W

there is less than two pounds difference between the price of the 500w and 600w models of the Coolermaster. In that situation the larger capacity model is worth the fairly minor extra investment. No! Why would you need 600W instead of 500W? Most general use machines use less than 200W. Look at the ...
by djkest
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: System overhaul - now noisy -.-
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: System overhaul - now noisy -.-

You need to get rid of that stock Intel CPU cooler ASAP. It's barely adequate now and also too noisy. Almost anything would be better, but check out the Coolermaster Hyper 212 or Xigmatec HDT coolers. They are relatively inexpensive and offer a large upgrade in performance. If you can undervolt the ...
by djkest
Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Puget Serenity inspired build
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: New Puget Serenity inspired build

5770 is a pretty good card, I used to have one. You could also think about a 6850 with an aftermarket cooler such as GeLid Icy Vision. The 6850 is about 25-30% faster in DX10 games and 50% faster in DX11 games than a 5770, while using only 10W more at full load. It's idle power consumption is very r...
by djkest
Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again
Replies: 96
Views: 24843

Re: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again

considering the bottom 40% of americans pay no net INCOME tax. Just curious where this figure came from? Not saying you are wrong, but it seems unbelievable to me. With a standard deduction of <$10k, even if we assume dependents and marital status, would'nt this place the median income at little ov...
by djkest
Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again
Replies: 96
Views: 24843

Re: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again

I'm tired of your blatant and ridiculous stereotyping of conservatives. In particular, "Jonny Reb" folks. I am not from the south. Never have been. I am a Christian and I own guns. I'm also college educated as is my wife. I make sound financial decisions and am responsible. Don't lump all conservati...
by djkest
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: 20% off of case fans at Newegg until 4/17
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: 20% off of case fans at Newegg until 4/17

Thanks! I was seriously considering buying some Nexus case fans, this is probably just what I need to get it done. The 120mm 1000 rpm fans will be a nice replacement to some Antec TriCool fans that I have lingering.
by djkest
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again
Replies: 96
Views: 24843

Re: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again

I would give anything to know what portion of their insurance premiums were paid out to insureds and which were retained for "overhead" & "profit" by the insurance company. Would you really "give anything to know"? Last I heard most health insurance companies have about 2-3% overhead. Not what you ...
by djkest
Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Small fun computer (for web surfing and nothing major)
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: Small fun computer (for web surfing and nothing major)

Google search Pico PSU, there is a good website with lots of products and information on it. I would also look at mini ITX boards, and consider using an i3-2100 instead of the AMD fusion. It's way faster and still very low power consumption. Sounds like a fun project, keep us posted!
by djkest
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: SPCR Favorite Threads -- Hall of Fame?
Replies: 48
Views: 53501

Re: SPCR Favorite Threads -- Hall of Fame?

For some reason the links to all these threads are not working for me... what's going on?
by djkest
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sound Card: worth the money for me?
Replies: 18
Views: 3149

Re: Sound Card: worth the money for me?

Alas, my Reciever is from 2004 and does not have HDMI. It's too expensive for me to think about replacing it right now for something with similar sound quality. I used EAC this weekend and I like it OK. Quality seems good, but seems fairly slow and not too intuitive. It's not super automated, I have...
by djkest
Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Quiet PC Plan
Replies: 57
Views: 12515

Re: Quiet PC Plan

Both are excellent choices. Seems like the Fractal R3 might be slightly better due to power supply location. (on the bottom). I think you would be good with either one. Some people have criticised the Solo for not breathing enough, the fractal might breathe "too much" you might end up blocking off s...
by djkest
Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Quiet PC Plan
Replies: 57
Views: 12515

Re: Quiet PC Plan

Because they are more efficient, you should take a look at the ATI Radeon cards. In particular, the HD 6850 is roughly the same performance as the 460 GTX 1GB. If you step up to the 6870, that is more like a 470 GTX. Both could be fitted with a GeLid Icy Vision and be made silent, even while gaming ...
by djkest
Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sound Card: worth the money for me?
Replies: 18
Views: 3149

Re: Sound Card: worth the money for me?

Thanks for the tips. I really liked Helium Music Manager when I had it. I have a problem in that I have about 60GB of MP3 files right now. I try to keep these files current in 2 places at the same time. It is a pain to sync them both up though. I may get helium also. That godfather program looks pre...
by djkest
Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Mercury + magnet + electric current = Perfection?
Replies: 7
Views: 4400

Re: Mercury + magnet + electric current = Perfection?

Um, mercury is expensive and poisonous. It's a hazardous substance which is a pain in the ass to clean up/dispose of. It's probably not very efficient eitehr. This is a horrible idea.
by djkest
Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey
Replies: 50
Views: 15107

Re: Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey

I also have the problem that MSI afterburner has a message every time I boot up and I have to click to approve the program to Windows. I haven't been able to figure out how to keep this message from popping up all the time.
by djkest
Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sound Card: worth the money for me?
Replies: 18
Views: 3149

Re: Sound Card: worth the money for me?

I'm HIJACKING my own thread! I've been thinking about having a regular "music" directory and a "lossless" directory as well. It would be really nice if I could RIP my SACD and DVD-A discs.. there may be a way, actually. A lot of my "rock" music I don't need lossless. My "chill" or "sound quality" mu...
by djkest
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sound Card: worth the money for me?
Replies: 18
Views: 3149

Re: Sound Card: worth the money for me?

That's what I was thinking, but it's nice to see it discussed. I had heard that Digital Coax is better than Digital Optical, mainly for the reduction in Judder, but that could just be "folk wisdom". I wouldn't be opposed to having a lossless music library, the problem is then you have to have a "los...
by djkest
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sound Card: worth the money for me?
Replies: 18
Views: 3149

Sound Card: worth the money for me?

I know this is not a video card question, but there is no sound card or general component forums, so I figured this is about as good as I can get. Setup: System in signature. Using onboard Realtek audio. Recently I've been wondering: am I missing out? Currently, the onboard audio outputs to a Belkin...
by djkest
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey
Replies: 50
Views: 15107

Re: Radeon 6850 Undervolting Survey

Is Radeon Bios Editor the only way to undervolt your 6850? I'd love to undervolt my card so it produces less heat.

ETA: I have MSI afterburner, and voltage controls are disabled for me for some reason.
by djkest
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 24396

Re: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

Pretty cool, I like the concept here. Too bad you had some quality / vibrational issues with this. I'm a big fan of Silverstone.