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by smilingcrow
Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Sandy Bridge - Here is More on the new Socket 1155/2011 CPU
Replies: 9
Views: 3067

~El~Jefe~ wrote:this e8400 chip and the p3 Tualatin were the only intels i ll ever have again.
Again! You gonna buy another Tualatin in the future?
by smilingcrow
Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Do AM2, AM2+ and AM3 all use the same heatsink mounting?
Replies: 6
Views: 1906

axsnetworks wrote:in short... yes
Thanks. I thought as much but someone told me otherwsie and I doubted them.
by smilingcrow
Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i3/i5 undervolting: how long can we go?
Replies: 7
Views: 12483

So I bumped it back up to about 1.025V or so. But under load it dropped from about 71W to 58W AC. I would say that's worth something. I’m just building a system with a similar combo of CPU/Mobo and that sounds a decent saving. What application did you use to load the CPU when measuring power cons...
by smilingcrow
Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus UL30A & Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 CULV Notebooks
Replies: 21
Views: 18390

Carphonewarehouse have the UL30 for £399 delivered - CPW.
Not sure if they also have it in store which would be handy.
by smilingcrow
Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: S3 sleep state: 12w. Isn't it too much?
Replies: 24
Views: 4016

Most systems I have tested consume around 3 to 4W on Standby (S3 or STR) and about 1W less when powered off; with the power supply switch still on and the socket still powered.
by smilingcrow
Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CULV Processors can you buy them?
Replies: 4
Views: 2022

I compared a CULV C2D in a laptop versus a desktop Pentium Dual Core E6300 that was under-clocked and under-volted to the same speed. The difference between the idle and full CPU load wattage was almost exactly the same for both systems. The choice of other system components would have more of an af...
by smilingcrow
Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Dual boot issue; Win7 backs-up the XP partition!
Replies: 5
Views: 1320

Hi, if you install Windows 7 on a clean disk it creates a small partition for something. Even if you try to partition the disk as one large one taking the whole space it still does it as it needs it. Seb When I install Windows 7 on a clean disk it does not create the hidden partition. In fact it cr...
by smilingcrow
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Dual boot issue; Win7 backs-up the XP partition!
Replies: 5
Views: 1320

Here is my suggestion. Use free versions of Active Killdisk and Easeus Partition Magic. First use Killdisk to blank and initialize the volume. Second use Easeus Partition Master To create and format two primary partitions of the sizes desired and a third logical partition for data.. Next install xp...
by smilingcrow
Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Dual boot issue; Win7 backs-up the XP partition!
Replies: 5
Views: 1320

Dual boot issue; Win7 backs-up the XP partition!

I have a dual boot with XP & Win7 RC1 (XP = partition 0, Win7 = partition 1, Data = partition 2) and when I used the Win7 backup utility it needed to backup the whole of the XP partition as well as Win7 because presumably there are some system files on there that are required. I am now going to inst...
by smilingcrow
Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte Ultradurable 3 ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1267

Re: Better ingredients, Better Pizza

MtnHermit wrote:I ordered a Gigabyte MB because of many favorable reviews and a nice feature set. I've since learned their MB's tend to consume more power.
Asus have a bad reputation for excessive consumption with certain boards but haven’t seen any significant reviews suggesting that GB have issues.
by smilingcrow
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H55 and H57 motherboards
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

qpc wrote:If the money is not the problem, is it P or H then?
H55 doesn't support RAID but H57 does.
by smilingcrow
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H55 and H57 motherboards
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

the chipset part, and cpu partially uses the 24pin as power source and there is no telling exactly what is going to happen if you overclock and use 2x Video cards that also draw power from the 24 pin, wich has only 2pin 12v, is all that supposed to be ok, no by me. According to Xbitlabs only the GP...
by smilingcrow
Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

The IGP has always been ‘free’ in the sense that integrated chipsets have never been expensive so I don’t see having it on the CPU is a positive from a financial point of view. Of course these aren't free, and they have real value. Putting together a headless server, only a few BIOS's will su...
by smilingcrow
Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

The issue is that the GPU can’t be fully disabled as the memory controller for the CPU is on the GPU which seems a bad design feature affecting both performance and power consumption. I do not believe this is correct; do you have any actual reference to back this claim up?. I wasn’t clear in th...
by smilingcrow
Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: H55 and H57 motherboards
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

qpc wrote:
Assuming you can live with the processor choices
They take i7, too.
and the i5-750.
by smilingcrow
Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

One problem with these new dual cores is that if you use them with a P55 board you end up with a 32nm dual core that consumes up to 10W more at idle than a 45nm quad on the same board. I wonder how a H55 board with a discrete graphics card compares when using an i3 versus i5-750? You are making a s...
by smilingcrow
Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

How do you think all those movies being illegally shared are produced? :shock: Aren't most group releases?. Maybe most of the ones that get shared the most are but there are many more being shared that are seemingly produced by individuals. As well as that there are a lot of people that like to RIP...
by smilingcrow
Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

Anyway.. wonder if the h57 chipset can have as low idle watt usage as Intel's motherboard? That would make a great secondary system. No reason why not as the H57 and H55 are so similar in spec and they have the same TDP of 5.2W. The differences between the two are so small as to make it strange as ...
by smilingcrow
Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

MikeC wrote:As for transcoding of movies, I just can't see that many people doing it.
How do you think all those movies being illegally shared are produced? :shock:
by smilingcrow
Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

Most sites used the Asus P7H57DV-EVO which consumes a lot more power than the Intel H55 board that SPCR used – TechReport . It’ll be interesting to see what a decent low power H5x board can achieve when over-clocking or under-volting. The link you provided shows both the Intel H55 and Asus H57 ...
by smilingcrow
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30044

nice review. Yours shows much lower power consumption that on some of the other sites. Thank you for focusing on that aspect of the system. Most sites used the Asus P7H57DV-EVO which consumes a lot more power than the Intel H55 board that SPCR used – TechReport . It’ll be interesting to see wha...
by smilingcrow
Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:47 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 x64, New, £40 inc
Replies: 2
Views: 977

Total cost with various postal rates:

2nd class = £40
1st class = £40.50
Recorded delivery = add 75p to 1st or 2nd class rate
Special Next Day Delivery = £45
by smilingcrow
Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DFI LANParty MI P55-T36 Intel P55 Mini ITX Motherboard
Replies: 30
Views: 21272

Why do you think so? What about one of the current Xeons? Intel® Xeon® Processor L3426 (8M Cache, 1.86 GHz) http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=43233&processor=L3426&spec-codes=SLBN3 It uses the socket LGA1156 and costs ~ $300. I expect that the new L type 32nm Xeons will be similar to it. I'll ...
by smilingcrow
Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 x64, New, £40 inc
Replies: 2
Views: 977

The photo looks a bit fuzzy as Photobucket seem to have reduced the quality:

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by smilingcrow
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:55 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 x64, New, £40 inc
Replies: 2
Views: 977

FS Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 x64, New, £40 inc

Brand new in original packaging with booklet and COA sticker with unused Product Key. This is a 64 bit DVD only and doesn’t come with a 32 bit DVD. This is a Full License and not an Upgrade or Academic License. This is an OEM version and not a retail version. The cost includes 2nd class postage an...
by smilingcrow
Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: DFI LANParty MI P55-T36 Intel P55 Mini ITX Motherboard
Replies: 30
Views: 21272

abrakadabra wrote:I even don't know if it's for the correct socket.
They are for the dual socket LGA1366 platform. It’s the first time I’ve seen 32nm Quad cores mentioned at all and it seems strange if they turn out to be Xeon only.
by smilingcrow
Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Your next HTPC, matx, plus it does crossfire?
Replies: 1
Views: 869

The second x16 slot is only x4 electrically which is the same for many low end LGA1156 boards even the ATX ones. Probably not a big deal as I doubt if many people would run dual high end VGA cards on a mATX board and for lower end cards I’m not sure that x4 is such an issue. You can get mATX board...
by smilingcrow
Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended P55 boards
Replies: 42
Views: 19270

I’ve seen numerous good reviews of the GA-P55-UD3R which put it top of my list of relatively cheap P55 boards. There is also the GA-P55A-UD3R which adds SATA3 and USB3 at a slightly higher price.
by smilingcrow
Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: which memory: faster clock or lower latency?
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

The trade-off between speed and latency varies depending on what applications you are using. In your case the DDR3-1333 CL9 makes more sense as it has a higher bandwidth and the ‘actual’ latency of the two sticks is very similar.