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by Tobias
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 101639

I just gotta ask if there is a review incomming on this board and if so, if there is an approximate timeframe for it (which can be revealed)? I'm tempted to build something around this board :)
by Tobias
Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Users of IE are being urged by experts to use alternative..
Replies: 13
Views: 2433

BTW If you want to take a single sentence and concentrate on that whilst ignoring the others it just makes you look silly. Did I? First of all, I'm not a native English speaker, it is an acquired language for me. I'm sorry if my way of expressing myself is a bit quirky or grammatically incorrect. A...
by Tobias
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Users of IE are being urged by experts to use alternative..
Replies: 13
Views: 2433

IE can be perfectly safe to use if you are shrewd, likewise you dont need AV and Firewall software. Me and my colleagues talked about it briefly, everybody laughing about it, shrugged and went back to work developing our application. As soon as any of the salesreps phoned in, they were advised to g...
by Tobias
Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 4850 vs 2x 4670 in crossfire
Replies: 15
Views: 5743

I think there are big differences in power consumption between different 4850 SKU's. This makes no sense! Anandtech : The 4850 system uses 43 W more in idle than the GTX 260 system. Bit-Tech : The 4850 and the GTX 260 system uses the same amount of power in idle. WHY? Edit: Because Bit-Tech uses di...
by Tobias
Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Countdown to Christmas - 189 days to go
Replies: 23
Views: 3702

Presumably then Easter is also a random and innacurate date as well. Andy Yep. It's based on the spring equinox "estros" festival, when all the adolescents in Greece "had a good time"... Oh and do ask the jews why they celebrate easter, they don't accept christ at all, after all. And judaism has be...
by Tobias
Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Countdown to Christmas - 189 days to go
Replies: 23
Views: 3702

Is it really relevant when Jesus was born? X-mas is about celebrating his birth, not his birthday, after all:) Actually celebrating 'birthday' was seen as heathen for the first few hundred years of christianity:) Second, christianity has always incorporated any 'local' customs as it spread through e...
by Tobias
Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 237505

Re: Which brands step down voltage?

I know most are more powerful than I need, but I feel burned by the 3450's performance on full-screen things like Flash or AVC HD stuff, and don't want to risk the 4350/4550 route again, especially when the price difference is minimal, and the power draw might be even higher at idle on those cards ...
by Tobias
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm <30db recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 3476

(I need 16 fans) My biggest question is how you could need 16 fans? I'd wager a coin that your best option to make your box more silent is to rethink your airflow management. And it wouldn't surprise me if it is possible to reduce the number of fans and decrease the speed of the fans yet still have...
by Tobias
Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Gasoline in Greece
Replies: 23
Views: 3494

I can't beleive you managed to have this conversatio without a swede or a dane butting in. I admitt, as of last year I don't live in the highest taxed country in the world anymore, Denmark actually managed to inch ahead. That being said, here is my take on what Aristide1 said. Europe - Perhaps you d...
by Tobias
Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5N7A-VM: Geforce 9300 IGP
Replies: 42
Views: 23746

So would you prefer MikeC turn down the opportunity to review an item just because its made by Asus? As far as i know, he doesnt purchase any of the items reviewed, if Asus is the only manufacturer that sends him samples, how is that his fault? I did not intend to put blame on anyone for anything. ...
by Tobias
Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5N7A-VM: Geforce 9300 IGP
Replies: 42
Views: 23746

Although only reviewing the boards of one manufacture might bring some sort of consistency, I get concerned that spcr might seem to be in bed with Asus. Almost all of the recent mobo-reviews has been on ASUS boards and 2 of the last 3 gfx cards reviewed were Asus (the third a reference card). I do u...
by Tobias
Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Redistributing wealth is communism
Replies: 112
Views: 19412

In democracy you only have the illusion of influencing things. It might feel like you are having an influence when you happen to be in the majority. But in reality you have as much influence over things as you influence the weather. Just because you hope for a sunny day and the sun happens to shine...
by Tobias
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Redistributing wealth is communism
Replies: 112
Views: 19412

And with the worst roads in Europe (I think Albania just passed us), a school system that isn't teaching, police that won't protect you, military that couldn't protect you, and a health care system that'll let you wait months for critical surgery and then die in the hallways -- I think that's a pre...
by Tobias
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fast 256GB SSD on the Horizon
Replies: 9
Views: 2511

Good to see some competition for Intel, though. Might help driving the prices down to the range of us ordinary mortals:D
by Tobias
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Phenom II
Replies: 59
Views: 14054

Quad core CPU:s at 2.3-2.7GHz with a TDP of 55W? Sounds great to me:) Oh, and I found this slightly amusing, though:) Note: The line for Harpertown four DIMMs is dotted in the above graphs because we did not actually run this configuration but speculate this is the power consumption based on idle po...
by Tobias
Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Intake fans...next to useless?
Replies: 29
Views: 15164

Ahem. Air flow is function of fan performance and pressure [difference between fan sides]. Every fan (at specified RPM) can be characterised with some pressure value, when airflow is exactly zero. Specified airflow is usually given for zero pressure. Airflow and pressure relationship is unfortunate...
by Tobias
Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Intake fans...next to useless?
Replies: 29
Views: 15164

Well... It depends on how and why you use the intake fans. As Great Gig already said, one have to take note of the dynamics involved. First let me ask a question. Which set up will move most air through the case? (in the hypothetical situation that no air enters/exits the case other than through the...
by Tobias
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 1080P, RAID, PCI-E, low power: What mobo/cpu combo?
Replies: 21
Views: 6515

Then you should check out the reviews of the 740G and 780G chipsets. These has been tried by various users as well with similar results. If you are going to run the system 24/7 you really should concider using 2.5" drives as that will lower idle power draw alot, depending on how many drives you use....
by Tobias
Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A low-power, budget consensus?
Replies: 9
Views: 4456

Intel: e5200 + g31 + 4670 gpu [...] Idle draw ~ 35W + 3W general ~ 45W + ??W heavy load ~ 60W + 40W Some thoughts on those numbers... That idle number of +3W you have is actually derived with the CPU at 100%. When the CPU is idle as well, the powerdraw of the card is 6W extra. For general use with ...
by Tobias
Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 1080P, RAID, PCI-E, low power: What mobo/cpu combo?
Replies: 21
Views: 6515

Raiding 2.5" harddrives will shave alot of power consumption. Then again, there is the question of how much space you really need:)
by Tobias
Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 1080P, RAID, PCI-E, low power: What mobo/cpu combo?
Replies: 21
Views: 6515

35w shouldn't be that hard with an AMD system (we are talking idle, anyways), with a good PSU and a 2.5" HD. Just check the mobo-test articles on this site. So it is also easy with DG45FC? The way I understood it the mobo chipset makes sub-50w hard, but maybe I've not found all the references? Any l...
by Tobias
Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Running a PicoPSU on the very edge?
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Thats good info, thanks:)
by Tobias
Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Running a PicoPSU on the very edge?
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

The biggest problem with the 120W brick is that there is a fan in it which defeats some of purpose of getting a pico-psu. As for efficiency: As the PSU is external, the importance of efficiency declines a bit, as that heat will not be let loose in the case anyways (as most of the powerloss occurs in...
by Tobias
Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Running a PicoPSU on the very edge?
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Just 2 thoughts I had when reading your post. In Mikes second test of the 780G chipset he tests M3A78 PRO from ASUS, which proves to draw alot less power than the the Gigabyte board. This might be an option for you to consider. Also, if you fear being on the edge like that, have you considered the 1...
by Tobias
Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Redefining Budget Gaming Graphics: ATI's HD 4670
Replies: 53
Views: 23235

Just one note on the article. Since this is an ATI gfx with UVD2 I feel it would have been interesting to test the powerdraw of this card paired with say a tested 740G mobo to be able to compare the numbers to the 780G mobos playing videos to see if any of the solutions would have an edge in a HTPC ...
by Tobias
Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Has anyone tested AMD 770 chipset for power?
Replies: 8
Views: 3643

Well, my plan is to build a rig that can operate fanless at idle and low load, so every watt count. My plans also includes a fanless external PSU, so every watt saved on parts in the rig will also leave it's mark in the PSU. There is going to be a fan in the computer, but I will use Speedfan to make...
by Tobias
Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Has anyone tested AMD 770 chipset for power?
Replies: 8
Views: 3643

I have thought of using a mobo with IGP, but I can't help thinking that a chipset without the gfx part would be even leaner. I just can't get myself to believe that the gfx unit would be totally unpowered when using a discrete gfx and that there should be some extra watt to save. Maybe it's stupid o...
by Tobias
Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Core i7 launch
Replies: 47
Views: 37265

Interesting Article Mike:) But as I am going for the really low power option, I can't help but being mostly excited about the SSD drive you received in the Intel-package :D
by Tobias
Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe announces "Ninja 2"
Replies: 43
Views: 19109

One question, though. What is the fin spacing on this modell? Is it tighter or wider or the same (3.95mm)?
by Tobias
Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Has anyone tested AMD 770 chipset for power?
Replies: 8
Views: 3643

Has anyone tested AMD 770 chipset for power?

I know that most people here go with the integrated graphics on these boards, but as I want to retain the ability of playing a game or two on the box I am building, I'm planing to go with a 4670. So my question is, has anyone tested powerdraw of the motherboards without integrated graphics?