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by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 19643

Re: Low-power NAS build

Celeron J1900 has TDP of 10W, Celeron G1820 53W. That doesn't say anything about how much power they actually use. Intel ranks pretty much all it's dual core CPUs the same. From the G1820 up to the i3-4370. I have an i3-4150 and with prime95 in max power mode it only uses an additional 25W from the...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 7:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 19643

Re: Low-power NAS build

Are they really that much faster? Yes, they are. A simple passmark puts the fastest Silvermont Celeron J1900 at 1885 and the slowest Haswell Celeron G1820 at 2866. That's not the whole story as the Silvermont has 4 cores and the Haswell only 2. Per core the Haswell chip is 3X as fast. In addition, ...
by washu
Fri May 29, 2015 5:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low-power NAS build
Replies: 41
Views: 19643

Re: Low-power NAS build

As an alternative, there is this boards too : Asrock Q1900M Pro3 but I don't know how Atom perform now... This is not Atom, but Celeron, there's also a similar Pentium board. You are incorrect. A J1900 is an Atom based CPU. More specifically, it is a Silvermont architecture Bay Trail Atom that is b...
by washu
Sun May 24, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: fulltower / nas & genl purpose
Replies: 2
Views: 2238

Re: fulltower / nas & genl purpose

You don't need much CPU power for this. Even a lowly Celeron like a G18X0 will be plenty fast for your stated use case. Linux supports Intel onboard video well so stick with that. Get a MB with all 6 ports available from the chipset as standard SATA ports. You may want to look for a MB with addition...
by washu
Wed May 20, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cheapest NAS with Plex media server (DLNA)?
Replies: 17
Views: 15270

Re: Cheapest NAS with Plex media server (DLNA)?

Maybe they are talking about native SAS drives only and not SATA -> SAS -> SATA. Yes, that is what I thought you were referring to as well. SATA drives work fine in a SAS backplane. SAS drives are expensive and pointless in a home NAS. SATA (drive) -> SAS (backplane) -> SATA (controller) works fine...
by washu
Tue May 19, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cheapest NAS with Plex media server (DLNA)?
Replies: 17
Views: 15270

Re: Cheapest NAS with Plex media server (DLNA)?

. Unfortunately, it has SAS connectors and my motherboard has SATA only. You can plug SATA into a SAS backplane, but not the other way around. Sure you can. It's called a SFF-8087 reverse breakout cable. Norco even makes one: http://www.norcotek.com/item_detail.php?categoryid=6&modelno=c-sff8087-4s
by washu
Tue May 19, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Looking for old PC800 RAMBUS motherboard for XEON CPU
Replies: 2
Views: 2413

Re: Looking for old PC800 RAMBUS motherboard for XEON CPU

Got to go with edh on this one as well. I worked with servers using RAMBUS and then DDR back when they were new. DDR is miles ahead better. RAMBUS may have won a few benchmarks, but real-world it was worse. The first proper DDR Xeon chipset matched the high bandwidth of RAMBUS without the latency pe...
by washu
Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Never trust Micronet broadband routers again :(
Replies: 11
Views: 11028

Re: Never trust Micronet broadband routers again :(

The router I mentioned was like 3 or 4 times as expensive as WRT54G The routing engine in a Cisco 7206VXR cost as much as a small car when new but cannot route 1 Gbps despite linking at that speed. I know this because I worked with a couple for several years. As Vicotnik said, you are confusing lin...
by washu
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Never trust Micronet broadband routers again :(
Replies: 11
Views: 11028

Re: Never trust Micronet broadband routers again :(

I will echo Vicotnik in saying it is completely unrealistic for a a router from 2003 in that price range to route 100 mbit. The extremely popular WRT54G came out in Dec 2002 and can barely do 25 mbit without problems. The CPUs used in low end routers back in 2003 simply were not fast enough to do 10...
by washu
Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: What to do with Latitude D610 s? SSDize?
Replies: 11
Views: 21273

Re: What to do with Latitude D610 s? SSDize?

Thank you for replies and advice Could some SSD-like thing be housed internally but be conNected via USB? No. At least not in any easy way. Using USB connected storage internally is not really feasible. First you would need to find some way of hacking in USB. Even making the assumption that there a...
by washu
Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: What to do with Latitude D610 s? SSDize?
Replies: 11
Views: 21273

Re: What to do with Latitude D610 s? SSDize?

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=64GB+KingSpec+2.5-inch The controller used in that drive (SiliconMotion SM2236) is meant for compact flash. It is no where near the performance of even a low end SATA SSD. From the limited benchmarks I have found it is bar...
by washu
Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: durable laptop on a budget?
Replies: 8
Views: 19231

Re: durable laptop on a budget?

You didn't mention her use cases..assuming it's just the normal tasks and you aren't going to add "...and it'll be used to edit 4k vdeos while playing poorly ported games".. No 4K, her use cases are pretty light. The only "heavy" thing that she does is keep far too many tabs open, which meant the 2...
by washu
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: durable laptop on a budget?
Replies: 8
Views: 19231

Re: durable laptop on a budget?

While I agree with Pappnaas on the business Lenovo/Dell recommendation, I've been very impressed with the durability of the two ASUS latops I have picked up recently. My wife has an ASUS TP300LA, which is a 13" fold over screen laptop. It was about $700 CAD + $100 for an SSD, but there are versions ...
by washu
Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:54 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: What to do with Latitude D610 s? SSDize?
Replies: 11
Views: 21273

Re: What to do with Latitude D610 s? SSDize?

Those laptops are really too old to do much except retro computing or offline use. I know lots of people do, but I wouldn't use XP on the modern internet as it does not get security updates anymore. With the low RAM and CPU it would be rather slow as well. You could put a Linux distro on them, but t...
by washu
Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Pico PSU and power brick round-up
Replies: 22
Views: 7824

Re: Pico PSU and power brick round-up

I won't claim that my results are scientific, but in the limited tests I have done Pico-PSUs and other DC-DC based power supplies are not more efficient than decent regular power supplies. I have a couple of real Pico-PSUs (an 80 and 150) plus a couple of generic DC-DC boards that came with cases. E...
by washu
Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Can you over-clock RAM with a non K CPU on a Zxx mobo?
Replies: 3
Views: 3367

Re: Can you over-clock RAM with a non K CPU on a Zxx mobo?

Also it seems as if you can over-clock Ivy Bridge non-K by a 4 bins which equates to 4GHz which is a nice bonus on a £75 CPU. :) You won't get 4 GHz on all cores. Yes you can add 4 bins, but only to the existing per-core limits. On your i5-3470 you can only hit 4 GHz with 1 or 2 cores active. With ...
by washu
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Celeron 1037U vs J1900 for ligthtweight server?
Replies: 3
Views: 5800

Re: Celeron 1037U vs J1900 for ligthtweight server?

The cores in the 1037U are quite a bit more powerful than the cores in the J1900. Unless your application scales well to 4 cores the 1037U is the faster CPU despite only having 2 cores and a lower clock speed. That being said, for your stated purpose either is overkill. Neither will have any problem...
by washu
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Minimizing noise from a 5.1 receiver fan.
Replies: 3
Views: 2316

Re: Minimizing noise from a 5.1 receiver fan.

It hard to tell exactly what you need with that tube in place, but I would suggest you look for two or more smaller heatsinks that would do the job. A few PC chipset heatsinks attached with thermal tape may do the job. You may also want to see if you can put a slightly larger but slower fan in place...
by washu
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 3182

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

I won't pretend I'm not confused :? So is the info in that article wrong? I'll admit that I have not used any of the most recent 2-3 generations of Nvidia cards, but I have done exactly as described in Lucky Luciano's linked article and have never encounter those issue before. I've hooked up 1080P ...
by washu
Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 3182

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

It doesn't matter if you're using the monitor's DVI input or not. As long as you use the video card's HDMI output, the colorspace will be limited if(likely) windows/driver decides you've connected a a TV rather than a PC monitor. Since the monitors are identical it should be easy to notice any chan...
by washu
Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 3182

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

I'm not sure why you would think this might not work, nothing in the manual snippet you posted says otherwise. It should be fine. I've done the same with several AMD cards of that vintage and it has never been a problem.
by washu
Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Seeking input on planned router build
Replies: 8
Views: 10000

Re: Seeking input on planned router build

My impression is that some reatek NICs simply do not work at all. I'm not concerned about a few % CPU use or maximum NIC throughput (after all, I'm limited by my 10Mbps WAN). But I want the NICs to 'just work' out of the box. Intel's 82571 (found on the dual-port PCIe NICs I'm watching) is on the F...
by washu
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Seeking input on planned router build
Replies: 8
Views: 10000

Re: Seeking input on planned router build

The problems with realtek NICs are way overblown. Yes, they do use more CPU than better cards but for 99% of uses they are just fine. If you were trying to to DPI at full Gbit then high end NICs are needed. At 10 Mbit not so much, your system probably wont even notice the tiny bit of extra CPU. And ...
by washu
Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Seeking input on planned router build
Replies: 8
Views: 10000

Re: Seeking input on planned router build

I would suggest looking at the new consumer level atoms, something like a Gigabyte J1900N is under $100 new and comes with two NICs built in. Another option if you can find one, is the GA-C1037 which is also under $100 new with two NICs and has a dual core Ivy bridge based CPU. Either of those shoul...
by washu
Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Home Cinema / Theater Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 8321

Re: Home Cinema / Theater Advice

What about using the TV's line or headphones out? As I said above, TVs are spotty at supporting audio output from non over the air sources like HDMI. You would have to test this with your TV. Even if your TV supports this, it is unlikely to support all the audio formats that the receiver does. Regu...
by washu
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Home Cinema / Theater Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 8321

Re: Home Cinema / Theater Advice

Unfortunately, most modern HDMI receivers I have seen do not output analog line-out from digital inputs. They will only output analog audio from analog inputs. A quick read of the manual shows this to be the case with the RX-S600. Yamaha's higher end receivers can get around this by using the "zone ...
by washu
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Home Cinema / Theater Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 8321

Re: Home Cinema / Theater Advice

There isn't an exact 2.1 counterpart to the Energy Take 5.1 system. There is the V-Mini 2.1, but it's not the same speakers. Or you could by a pair of Take Classic bookshelf speakers and add one of their subs to your liking. The headphones cannot be hooked up as you describe on the RX-S600. I don't ...
by washu
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 5 AMD FM2/FM+ within $11
Replies: 5
Views: 4301

Re: 5 AMD FM2/FM+ within $11

If you are not gaming or video editing then none are a good value. A pentium like a G3258 is under $80 and will give you better performance in most cases while using less power.
by washu
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: three DVI monitors, low power?
Replies: 4
Views: 2553

Re: three DVI monitors, low power?

Your motherboard has both a DVI (which solves you problem) and and HDMI port which could easily be converted to DVI. Try enabling it in your BIOS, it will probably work and solve your problem for free. Unless you are running Vista your onboard and GT640 should run fine together That matrox is an inc...
by washu
Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: three DVI monitors, low power?
Replies: 4
Views: 2553

Re: three DVI monitors, low power?

The simplest solution is to make sure you get Active displayport to DVI converters, not passive ones. Most current video cards only have two TDMS channels so they can only output any two DVI/HDMI signals. A passive converter takes one of those channels, an active one does not. HDMI and DVI are elect...