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by shunx
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4951

Striping is only used for performance gain and you don't gain any safety from it, as far as I know. If the array fails to reconstruct part of a striped sequence, all of the striped sequence would be lost. In contrast, any loss in an unstriped array would be limited to data in the failed drives, unle...
by shunx
Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4951

RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?

While RAID5 and similar solutions such as Drobo provide redundancy without wasting space from mirroring as in RAID1 or WHS, the problem is that multiple drive failures will destroy the entire array. I also had experience where a RAID5 array in Linux was apparently taken out after the OS drive failed...
by shunx
Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system with many SATA ports
Replies: 9
Views: 3173

Re: Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2/H?

The Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2/H has six SATA ports, has pretty low power consumption (~58w at the wall) and will take a wide variety of CPUs (inc AM3). I've got a Sempron CPU in mine and 4HDDs connected. I should manage to get that consumption a bit lower with a picoPSU. So are you geting 58w for your ...
by shunx
Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The Monster! (last updated: 25.02.10 - power usage numbers)
Replies: 75
Views: 54220

how many watts is the system in idle or load?
by shunx
Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system with many SATA ports
Replies: 9
Views: 3173

low power system with many SATA ports

Looking to run a file server with minimal power requirements. Ideally should have 6 or more SATA ports for hard drives. Mainly need advice on the motherboard and CPU. Integrated graphics would be ideal.
by shunx
Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 352723

I just received this email response from WD's support after bringing up the discussion here: This information is not accurate. The unit will not reach its designed park lifespan due to the IntelliPark feature. No such DOS program [re: wdidle3.exe] has been created or provided by WD in order to enabl...
by shunx
Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: do some drives have issue with RAID in general?
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

Nothing more fun than losing your controller and HAVING to wait for a back ordered replacement for 3 weeks. You could have tried Linux or something like FreeNAS instead. No hardware to buy, and you could have had the array back and running in no time. I just set up a RAID 5 array in Ubuntu. It's ea...
by shunx
Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: do some drives have issue with RAID in general?
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

do some drives have issue with RAID in general?

I am trying to go software RAID in Linux but read this: "WD is still having the compatibility issue with EVERY non-RAID edition model if used in RAID... and compatibility issue with RAID edition model used in non-RAID." http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=51688 The drive I was consi...
by shunx
Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: quietest PSU under $50?
Replies: 5
Views: 1740

I was just reading the recent review by Anandtech and discovered the same model. One thing I noticed in the review was that the two Seasonic units reviewed, S12-II 330w and SS-400ET, were not quieter than most other models tested.
by shunx
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: quietest PSU under $50?
Replies: 5
Views: 1740

quietest PSU under $50?

What's the quietest PSU that's widely available for under $50 (say USD)?
by shunx
Wed Dec 26, 2007 5:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: chimps beat humans at memory game
Replies: 3
Views: 1329

chimps beat humans at memory game

Something fun I read: "Japanese researchers have found three young chimps that can beat people at a numerical memory task. ...a game that involved touching numbers from 1 to 9 in the correct order. The numbers were randomly scattered across a computer screen [and then hidden]. ...The chimps had to r...
by shunx
Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HDD server case recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 2905

Thanks. Can you fit a standard sized PSU in there too?

Anyone knows other cases with removable hard drive cages?
by shunx
Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HDD server case recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 2905

HDD server case recommendations

Looking for a case that can work with many (6+) harddrives easily. It doesn't need to be too quiet. The cheaper and larger the better. Ideas?
by shunx
Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Enermax RMA - received nothing back after 2 months
Replies: 7
Views: 9107

I emailed Enermax about the situation and received a typically curt suggestion to contact Comtronic. I faxed two notices to Comtronic, the Ontario central office and the local BC office, regarding my displeasure over the delay and my willingness to discuss with those willing to listen. The next morn...
by shunx
Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:11 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Enermax RMA - received nothing back after 2 months
Replies: 7
Views: 9107

It's not Enermax's fault (other than giving the contract to Comtronic). Comtronic is the regional distributor for all of Canada. Your best choice is to contact Enermax USA by toll free and voice your displeasure with the quality, then with the shady service by Comtronic. They can to some extent inf...
by shunx
Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8600gts Vs. 8800GTS
Replies: 10
Views: 6663

Well the 8800 series has worse acceleration compared to the 8500/8600 series and the new ATI cards but it's still better than doing rendering in software mode. If your CPU is fast enough videoplayback should be ok. 8800 is more intended for gaming. For info on noise levels check out the 8800 GTS noi...
by shunx
Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Seagate RMA
Replies: 16
Views: 18273

I've had my share of Seagate HDD failures but their RMA process has been simple and painless each time, if not necessarily fast but the same can be said for other manufacture's RMAs I've done.
by shunx
Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:14 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Enermax RMA - received nothing back after 2 months
Replies: 7
Views: 9107

Enermax RMA - received nothing back after 2 months

My Enermax EG495P-VE Noisetaker 485W PSU broke down after a year. I dropped it off with Enermax's warranty service provider, Comtronic, in BC, Canada on April 11 2007. They took the PSU and gave me an "RMA request form". The rep wrote down a note on the form saying "takes about 6-8 weeks" and said I...
by shunx
Thu May 31, 2007 8:30 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best cooler for overclocked QX6700?
Replies: 14
Views: 5000

No one can claim that getting an Ultra 120 Extreme will necessarily result in poor temperatures, but the probability of defects will matter to some. Over 1/6 of users on Newegg have rated the heatsink 2 out of 5 or less, a non-trivial portion, in conjunction with other reports. To be fair, the recen...
by shunx
Wed May 30, 2007 11:34 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best cooler for overclocked QX6700?
Replies: 14
Views: 5000

I also think it's silly to discount an excellent product because of some initial bad units. Just be sure to buy from a place that has a good return policy in case you get a dud. Quality control will play into consideration of computer system builders. Customers in many industries will avoid product...
by shunx
Wed May 30, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best cooler for overclocked QX6700?
Replies: 14
Views: 5000

No issues here with mine, and the results were fantastic. You can't use online posts as a gauge of the percentage of failures... A huge percentage of people who have problems will post to complain about them. A tiny percentage of people who don't have problems will post to say so. The idea is not r...
by shunx
Wed May 30, 2007 4:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best cooler for overclocked QX6700?
Replies: 14
Views: 5000

There have been some quality control issues with the Ultra 120 Extreme. A fair portion of the units had bases that were not flat, resulting in very poor temperatures: http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/t259086.html Based on Newegg reviews, I assume at least 10% had serious problems such as one si...
by shunx
Mon May 21, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Single 8800GTS vs. Dual 8600GTS
Replies: 12
Views: 6312

There is one benefit of going the 8600 route... it can decode HD DVDs in hardware, while the 8800 does not. Just something to consider if that matters to you. Seems to me all the cards out now have a shortcoming: - 8500/8600 not fast enough for games, and doesn't accelerate VC-1 video. - 8800 doesn...
by shunx
Wed May 16, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Dual-Channel Memory "Real World" Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 4336

It can sometimes make things slower:
http://www.overclockers.com/articles1361/
by shunx
Sat Apr 14, 2007 2:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Silent 8600GTS announced
Replies: 42
Views: 20471

any news on power consumption of any of these cards? From http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=39090 8600GTS: GeForce 8600GTS-based cards still require external PCIe power. NVIDIA estimates total board power consumption at around 71-watts. 8600GT: NVIDIA rates the maximum board powe...
by shunx
Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Silent 8600GTS announced
Replies: 42
Views: 20471

8600 GTS (overclocked) about as fast as 7900GT:
http://www.vr-zone.com/?i=4883&s=2

8600GTS slower than a X1950XT:
http://hardwarezone.com/articles/view.p ... =2231&pg=2

8600GTS faster than a X1950XTX (?):
http://forum.donanimhaber.com/m_13340017/tm.htm
by shunx
Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800 series stock fan noise feedbacks
Replies: 28
Views: 14638

Re: 8800 series stock fan noise feedbacks

yacoub wrote:I don't know that I'd go on one review for each. Maybe if you had like half a dozen opinions of each (which you're approaching now at this point in the thread hehe).
My bad. Next time more hard numbers first. :D Some people reporting GTS cards being loud may have quieter setups, and vice versa.
by shunx
Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Do I need a new PSU for a 8800GTX SLI setp?
Replies: 25
Views: 15806

In any case I'd go for the Corsair HX620W since it was tested to be 29 dBA@1m at 400W which would be borderline quiet.
by shunx
Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Do I need a new PSU for a 8800GTX SLI setp?
Replies: 25
Views: 15806

Your system is quiet now because it's under 300w load so the PSU noise stays under 25 dBA@1m. But after you add the 2nd GTX the power will hit 400w. That will spin the fan up to 9V and the noise will be 36 dBA which is quite loud: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article656-page4.html So as far as the ...
by shunx
Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800 series stock fan noise feedbacks
Replies: 28
Views: 14638

so oneils how loud is the GTS really?