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by Bar81
Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1st Intel SSD Review & 4 Way SSD RoundUp
Replies: 68
Views: 56341

Unfortunately, another worthless SSD review. It seems all these sites do is benchmark the drives rather than using them as an OS drive day to day. There is a small comment at the end of the review but the language suggests the author has no first hand experience in that regard.
by Bar81
Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Article: "SSD Lackluster for Laptops, PCs"
Replies: 9
Views: 2971

Just read through it and it's a very good article; essentially, random writes and price are killers for the time being and they won't be resolved for another couple of years. The velociraptor is probably the way to go in the meantime.
by Bar81
Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core Series V2 SSD (250Gb)
Replies: 28
Views: 11988

andyb wrote:
My point is that you should not be pissed of with OCZ at all, and this only makes you look two-faced stating that OCZ are bad because of this but its OK for WD to have done worse things for years.

Andy
I understood your point the first time and my response stands.
by Bar81
Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone Nightjar NJ45NF Passive PSU
Replies: 18
Views: 7429

Seems that the ripple "measurements" are worthless by the author's own admission.
by Bar81
Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core Series V2 SSD (250Gb)
Replies: 28
Views: 11988

That wasn't even a good attempt at trolling. Why would I give up on WD when every product I've bought from them performs as advertised (no hitching, freezing, etc.)
by Bar81
Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: INTEL and SSD
Replies: 22
Views: 6616

Gee, what a shock :lol: MLC on the cheap ones with severely compromised performance and SLC on the real SSDs. At least their pricing is reasonable :lol:
by Bar81
Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone Nightjar NJ45NF Passive PSU
Replies: 18
Views: 7429

Not bad, 85.55% typical efficiency :!:
by Bar81
Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: INTEL and SSD
Replies: 22
Views: 6616

Read it carefully, the slower performing (MLC?) drives will be released in Q3 with unknown speeds. The premiere drives (SLC?) won't be launched until Q4.
by Bar81
Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core Series V2 SSD (250Gb)
Replies: 28
Views: 11988

Well, after years of buying OCZ products, I'm done. Their lame "technology is moving so fast" excuse doesn't cut it; they used their customers to beta test product (with most places offering no return except for "defect") and then when they realized those same customers would let others know that th...
by Bar81
Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI/AMD driver stability
Replies: 14
Views: 3091

To be honest, I have no idea what you and your friends are talking about. I've had multiple ATI cards (Windows) and frankly their drivers in terms of stability have been superior to nvidia for quite some time. In terms of performance, I haven't had any showstoppers and the monthly updates are nice.
by Bar81
Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone Nightjar NJ45NF Passive PSU
Replies: 18
Views: 7429

So runeks, did you get yours yet? Impressions?
by Bar81
Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Abit IP35-Pro fan control question
Replies: 4
Views: 1766

Yup. On my IP35 Pro XE I have my fans on AUX1-4 and uGuru works like a charm to control their rotation; I really like Abit's features.
by Bar81
Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

Well, I tried an interesting experiment yesterday and switched back to my Raptor. Yes, some things were better such as being able to multitask without any freezes during installs of programs but when it comes down to it, the Core has ruined me. The instant access times and insane reads have made me ...
by Bar81
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Considering SSD for my laptop. Help me choose.
Replies: 17
Views: 3067

AuraAllan wrote:
Haven't seen/read any tests of that product.
Have you?

Its carries the same pricetag as the Mtron MOBI 3000 32GB here in Denmark. About 500$.
Then I'd go with the Mtron.
by Bar81
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Considering SSD for my laptop. Help me choose.
Replies: 17
Views: 3067

I would definitely advise against the Core SSDs as MLC seems to have some serious limitations... I read your other posts about the Core SSDs earlier. Doesnt look too good. :( Unfortunately. I don't recommend them unless you *need* the silence and can't (or are unwilling to) open the pocketbook for ...
by Bar81
Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Considering SSD for my laptop. Help me choose.
Replies: 17
Views: 3067

I would definitely advise against the Core SSDs as MLC seems to have some serious limitations (for the price though, it is a real breakthrough as I can't get 64GB at anywhere near $300 with SLC). In terms of SLC, Mobi is fine.
by Bar81
Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

Well, so far so good. Everything is on the system and there doesn't seem to be any need to disable any programs or watch for anything. The issue with freezes is still there for installing programs but once installed I haven't had any issues whether hitches or otherwise. Observations regarding ICH9R ...
by Bar81
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

Okay, gave up on the AMD system. Went down to the local computer center and picked up a C2D 8400, 2x 1GB Corsair PC1066 CL5 and an Abit IP35 Pro XE. It was time to upgrade anyway as my system was getting long in the tooth. WOW, a mind boggling improvement in speed and it runs *so* cool; I had no ide...
by Bar81
Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

I've been playing around with the drive a little more and got some interesting results. Earlier I mentioned that I was having a little hitching issue and that I resolved it by removing write caching. Well, that's not entirely accurate. The issue came back and was driving me crazy as the system would...
by Bar81
Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

Just a small modification to my original post. I was getting random hitching so I disabled write caching and it disappeared, so ocz support is correct in saying that AHCI and write caching should be disabled in XP (apparently Vista SP1 is SSD aware). Also, as recommended to increase life expectancy ...
by Bar81
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone Nightjar NJ45NF Passive PSU
Replies: 18
Views: 7429

bexx wrote:Not yet listed on 80Plus website... I don't think I wanna spend $200 unless it gets a sliver rating.
fwiw, it has a huge 80plus sticker on the front of the box.
by Bar81
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

The Core is a monster; it just puts my Raptor to shame - we're talking full XP install in under thirty minutes, full Office 2003 install in around 8 minutes and programs open instantaneously (Firefox, Word, etc.) I'm using it on my motherboard's JMB port in IDE mode and have left write caching on wi...
by Bar81
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone Nightjar NJ45NF Passive PSU
Replies: 18
Views: 7429

Well, I've had it for a couple of days now and I'm very happy with it. Despite being just $25 more than my old Silverstone 300W fanless, it is substantially heavier (bigger heatsinks for the higher wattage) and more well thought out. All cables except for molex/floppy cables are sleeved and the moth...
by Bar81
Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

8steve8 wrote:I cut off cpu usage because it was misleading.

CPU usage is normal, similar to rotating discs.
Nice updates. Any chance you can test on a non-Intel controller to confirm the findings?
by Bar81
Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone Nightjar NJ45NF Passive PSU
Replies: 18
Views: 7429

Yes, but I haven't had time to install it. I will when I get back from break in a week or so and will definitely update.
by Bar81
Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

Nice. Pretty much confirms the other reviews. For opening apps/reading, this thing is as fast as SLC at a fraction of the price. I don't know what the deal is with Intel southbridges and SSDs in general; there seem to be issues. In any case, I'll update here when I get mine set up on the JMicron 360...
by Bar81
Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

There's actually a very good analysis of the drive here and why it may not be a good idea for some people versus SLC products:

http://www.alternativerecursion.info/?p=106
by Bar81
Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 47412

Thanks for all the info guys; I pulled the trigger as the price and performance was too tempting :) Should be waiting for me when I get back from break in about 10 days.
by Bar81
Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilverStone Nightjar NJ45NF Passive PSU
Replies: 18
Views: 7429

It's definitely out now as I just ordered one which should be here this week for my Antec P180. It will replace my 300W Silverstone fanless which finally gave up the ghost after three years of solid service at heavy load. btw, it's 80+ efficiency between 20-100% load.