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by K.Murx
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MoBo with 8+ SATA connectors
Replies: 10
Views: 2064

First, let me press a very important point: RAID is not a backup. And multiple HDD's in the same case are not a proper backup, either. Make sure some of your backups are off-site, and off-line (electricity wise). Otherwise you might lose your images - again. And ten let me clarify my original questi...
by K.Murx
Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MoBo with 8+ SATA connectors
Replies: 10
Views: 2064

I would suggest the Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P. 8 SATA, 8 (back bracket) + 4 (internal) USB.
Only internal serial port header, though (what are you doing with it, anyway?).

Note: If you want to use all HDD's in parallel, bandwidth will be limited by the SATA controller.
by K.Murx
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor releases custom cooled 4770
Replies: 20
Views: 4027

. And we're still talking cards with that crappy cooler - yes, it is crappy. The fan is audible in idle in auto mode, so I'm getting AC S1 Rev. 1 soon and will ditch the revolving/revolting contraption. Yeah, it sucks not to live in US or Japan hardware-wise ;) You might want to consider the "real"...
by K.Murx
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First build- parts list
Replies: 12
Views: 2402

Couple points: Are you sure you want an AM2+ CPU/Board? AM3 would be more future proof. Also, do you really want a Quad Core? On an AM3 platform, you could go with the X3, which consumes "only" 95W and is thus easier to cool quietly. I would invest the saved money into a better case. The Rosewill yo...
by K.Murx
Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Powercolor releases custom cooled 4770
Replies: 20
Views: 4027

The Cooler ist the OEM version of the Accelero L2 Pro. A review of a 4730 with this cooler can be found here . The results were pretty decent, but worse than the stock cooling on a 4770 (4730 draws about twice the power though). As currently, you're more like to find Jimmy Hoffa than HD 4770 on shel...
by K.Murx
Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 50370

I think you are only speaking for yourself here, as there are a lot of people out there that would contest this claim. Computers are more than just glorified gaming consoles. He does have a point :) For almost any task either CPU power (numerical simulations, symbolic calculations, etc.) or user in...
by K.Murx
Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case
Replies: 35
Views: 15641

... heat "leaves" the system either by cold air entering (front intake) or hot air leaving (exhaust). No, you simply can't have either one, you must have both. Otherwise you'd get an ever increasing pressure and thermal gradient between inside and outside. Heat leaves the system by "attaching" itse...
by K.Murx
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for a Disc eraser
Replies: 32
Views: 5335

Couple of things: A format is quite easy to recover because it changes the file system structure, but not the actual contents of the disk. Overwriting the disk with a homogenous signal is not quite safe, because you present a curious investigator with a known final state, so any differences found in...
by K.Murx
Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case
Replies: 35
Views: 15641

"A slightly complicated physical/mathematical argument" is also quite irrelevant because most heat dissipated from high-power system are due to forced convection through the case... not for example by conducting heat from the case to the floor, or by radiating it into environment (like a passive sy...
by K.Murx
Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: quieting MSI 4850
Replies: 1
Views: 744

Re: quieting MSI 4850

1 would be ideal, if possible, as it would leave me with an in-warranty card that can ramp fan speed with temperature. However, it doesn't seem to be practical at the sort of power dissipation of comparable cards. Err... what? 4770? Also, the AC Accelero L2 Pro for 4850/4770/... should (hopefully) ...
by K.Murx
Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please criticize my first attempt at an AM3 build
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

If you do not game at all, it might be advisable to throw out the graphics card, get an IGP and an efficient dual core and invest the saved money into a SSD. Considering all the rave reviews around here it is probably worth it. And modular PSU's have a negligible effect on cooling if you don't leave...
by K.Murx
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case
Replies: 35
Views: 15641

Well, at least that fans are temperature controlled is not theoretical at all. And you do not have to retest this particular case. You just have to turn on the heating for an hour or so during the next case test and redo that test :) The investigation of effects of different ambient temperatures do ...
by K.Murx
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case
Replies: 35
Views: 15641

In general, this is what is done with CPU heatsink testing when the results need to be compared despite varying ambient temps. It's the "rise above ambient temp" that is most often used for comparisons, which forms the basis of "C temp rise per watt" ratios. What Larry has done here is just an appl...
by K.Murx
Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case
Replies: 35
Views: 15641

Regarding the comparisons with the other systems (P183, Sileo, etc.) Are you really, really sure that you can simply subtract a whopping 6 degrees from the internal temperature results of the 902 just because the outside temperature was 6 degrees higher than at the "reference point"? That seems coun...
by K.Murx
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please criticize my first attempt at an AM3 build
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

I own retty much the same system, except I am using 2x the Ram (fond of Ramdisks) and a HD4770. I draw about 230W under load (Fallout 3), so the power supply is more than powerful enough. I bought it to have enough headroom for a second HD4770 - you could easily get by with a Nexus430. The HDT-1283 ...
by K.Murx
Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for advice on platform
Replies: 25
Views: 13091

Re: Looking for advice on platform

(...) I just like the feel of a zippy machine: not waiting ten seconds to launch Excel or Firefox; photos loading instantly in Lightroom; not having time to boil the kettle whilst waiting for Photoshop to load, that sort of thing. You do not want a faster processor, you want a solid state disk. Ser...
by K.Murx
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super Efficient Cars [very large pictures]
Replies: 387
Views: 289776

Big & heavy != safe, but well designed big & heavy cars are safer than well designed small & light cars. Most government safety ratings are skewed since cars are measured only against crashes against cars of similar size/weight. On the road, on average, larger cars are safer simply because they're ...
by K.Murx
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: quiet room fan?
Replies: 17
Views: 12110

What? Topic moved? We were in such good form and right on topic. Unbelievable. I knew it would happen! Yes, I am shocked and appaled by this entirely unwarranted move! We are forcefully relegated to the fringes of civilized society. Yet, let us not despair and resign to the seemingly inevitable fat...
by K.Murx
Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Optical drive won't premit system to boot?
Replies: 16
Views: 2323

So we have now two guys with the same drive and the same problem?

I guess now would be a good time to contact the manufacturer/look for updated firmware.

*note to self: Do not buy into Blue-Ray before 2011*
by K.Murx
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI twinfrozr GTX 275, as quiet as they say?
Replies: 8
Views: 2894

Does anyone think that aftermarket cooling of video cards is insane ? (...) With graphics cards you have a choice between a couple of 70 dollar coolers that blow hot air all over the place. (...)It can easily ramp up to 100+ to cool a midrange 150 dollar gtx260. Err... What? The Accelero S1 Rev 2 (...
by K.Murx
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet AM3 cooler needed
Replies: 11
Views: 6455

While the Xigmatek is quite lightweight, I would personally nether ship a computer with the heatsink installed, not even the stock heatsink. It takes on AM3 ~1 minute to open the case and remove the heatsink, and maybe 4 minutes to reinstall it - so why risk it? You never know how rough it will be h...
by K.Murx
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Need help picking a power supply
Replies: 6
Views: 1731

You are. Although the Enermax is at $120, while the Corsair 520HX which is only slightly louder will set you back just $90 after MIR (at newegg). If you can deal with a non-modular PSU, there is also the Nexus Value 430, which is the most silent PSU ever reviewed at SPCR and has gathered almost a cu...
by K.Murx
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: quiet room fan?
Replies: 17
Views: 12110

Glad you think so. Which one(s) are you going to employ or have employed? Don't let me down now. Well: Woolen Jumper - nope, allergic to wool. Light coloured clothing - yes, if I am going out into the sun. Wet towel - thankfully, not yet necessary Cover Windows from the outside - unwilling to do th...
by K.Murx
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet AM3 cooler needed
Replies: 11
Views: 6455

Everything except the last one is easily done and there are several good contenders: Scythe Mugen 2, Prolimatech Megahalems (w/ optional AM3 retention kit), etc. (...). However, if you prefer not having 1kg+ of metal hanging from your MB, I strongly suggest the Xigmatek 1283 or 1284EE. The base of ...
by K.Murx
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: quiet room fan?
Replies: 17
Views: 12110

- (...)I even use the windscreen shades themselves. If not, heavy curtains thick enough to block out the sun during the day to keep the inside temperature cooler. If you have blinds, don't open them in the morning as you normally would. Actually, Blocking the sun on the inside of the window has alm...
by K.Murx
Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: File server, download machine and x264 encoder in one
Replies: 4
Views: 1939

Re: File server, download machine and x264 encoder in one

I agree about splitting those tasks but I have to disagree about the CPU usage when downloading from newsgroups. The binaries are yEnc encoded which means they have to be decoded (CPU intensive) before they are unpacked. Currently my download speed is 3,5-4 megabytes/sec and the software (alt.binz)...
by K.Murx
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to keep fan normally off?
Replies: 17
Views: 4208

Re: How to keep fan normally off?

In short: I want my fan to spin only when above a temperature threshold, can anyone tell me how to do this? Hm, kind of difficult to do in software. Use speedfan to control one fan header, hook up a zener diode to that and have this control a fan? Easiest solution I can think of if you don't mind t...
by K.Murx
Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: File server, download machine and x264 encoder in one
Replies: 4
Views: 1939

Re: File server, download machine and x264 encoder in one

Or am I just trying to achieve too many different things with one solution? I could get a NAS for the File Server and Atom 330 system for the other tasks but I'm afraid the current Atom solutions do not have enought sata ports or power for my needs. In my opinion: Yes, you are. Split encoding (a CP...
by K.Murx
Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Mugen-2 CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 25490

Re: Slight error

Speaking about units, I think the commata aren't in the right position for the size specifications in inches. 130 x 100 x 158 mm 51.2 x 39.4 x 62.2 inch Now, if only I could do some 3D-rendering... A 1.5m x 1m x 2m heatsink, with let's say 100 fins which would be about 7 micrometers thick each... -...
by K.Murx
Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: OMG!! What has happened to my pc build - big problems!
Replies: 13
Views: 2459

Soo... let's forget about the graphics card for now. Loading with the integrated graphics card of the mainboard basically works. Bios comes up (could you check the values for temperatures, voltages, timings, etc. in the Bios?), but booting up an OS, either from a HDD or a DVD fails with a reboot. Wh...