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by JJ
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?
Replies: 21
Views: 9438

Re: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?

Thanks to both of you for those links. I hadn't realized that only the i5 and i7 offer Turbo frequency boost, nor that there were i5 CPUs with just two cores and 35W TDP.

What does the 'T' in the i5-3470T product name indicate?
by JJ
Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?
Replies: 21
Views: 9438

Re: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?

I'm not very familiar with the lower end socket 1155 CPUs. Below the i3, are they all single core?
by JJ
Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherboard
Replies: 54
Views: 55655

Re: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherb

Which card? I've been contemplating a 7750 or 7770.
by JJ
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Passive (well it was suppoed to be), silent I3-3470T in M350
Replies: 12
Views: 13898

Re: Passive (well it was suppoed to be), silent I3-3470T in

I've always liked the M350. Front panel is kinda ugly, but for its size, the fully ventilated case is ideal. It's hard for me to believe that you need to go from the extreme of a rack of servers in the garage to this server mounted under your desk. You have no other place in your entire home where y...
by JJ
Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?
Replies: 21
Views: 9438

Re: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?

On that motherboard, with an mSATA boot drive, are both SATA drive headers usable? I was trying to figure out how to fit an SSD and two 2.5" drives into the M350. Using an mSATA mini card would answer that. Can't you use the Dynatron T459 cooler w/fan? It was mentioned recently in another thread. ht...
by JJ
Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?
Replies: 21
Views: 9438

Re: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?

I'm actually doing a Mini-ITX build right now using an Intel DQ77KB and an i5-3470T. Trying to get it fanless/no-moving-parts into a mini-box M350 (using a "big chunk of copper" 1U Dynatron heatsink). Might not be cool enough, but I'm giving it a shot. Still waiting delivery on a couple of parts. P...
by JJ
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?
Replies: 21
Views: 9438

Re: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?

Thanks. From what I'm reading, the i3-3240T is OEM only. I see that there's an i3-3220T, though.

What exactly does Haswell promise in this arena? They're going to be able to lower TDP from 35W to under 10W for comparable performance???
by JJ
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?
Replies: 21
Views: 9438

Low power draw dual-core socketed CPU w/graphics?

I'm putting together a mini-ITX system and would like something with more processing power than a dual-core Atom or Brazos. What are the CPU candidates?
by JJ
Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: batch scripts for turning off hard drives from windows
Replies: 34
Views: 77770

Re: batch scripts for turning off hard drives from windows

I don't see the point to begin with. Isn't Windows own power management sufficient, spinning down idle hard drives after some configurable number of minutes? Not really, windows power management is pretty disappointing, random drive spin ups (MFT/ tracking.log) and to mention installers and similar...
by JJ
Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 26542

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

I wish I could find the Argon DA2 in the US, but it doesn't appear to have a distributor here. It's the perfect size and configuration for my desktop audio system. I'd use the USB input from the computer and would use the coax S/PDIF or analog input for a Squeezebox Touch in my office. Have you loo...
by JJ
Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 26542

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

The optical connection is electrically isolated from the computer. But jitter on the S/PDIF out from a typical sound card or motherboard is terrible. Asynch USB should be nearly jitter free. USB would bypass the on-board sound chip For music, that's good. Unless you want to apply some kind of EQ wi...
by JJ
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: batch scripts for turning off hard drives from windows
Replies: 34
Views: 77770

Re: batch scripts for turning off hard drives from windows

I don't see the point to begin with. Isn't Windows own power management sufficient, spinning down idle hard drives after some configurable number of minutes?
by JJ
Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM fan controller?
Replies: 8
Views: 8316

Re: PWM fan controller?

A PWM fan splitter Then there's no rpm monitoring is there? The way I've seen most of them work is that one fan on the splitter would still be connected to the PWM monitoring pin of the fan header, so there is monitoring of that fan. To some extent it assumes that all the fans you're using are the ...
by JJ
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM fan controller?
Replies: 8
Views: 8316

Re: PWM fan controller?

I'm surprised that there aren't more card-type controllers so that you have intelligent software control instead of manually diddling knobs to set fan speeds.
by JJ
Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 26542

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

Why aren't you using the USB input on the DAC?
by JJ
Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM fan controller?
Replies: 8
Views: 8316

Re: PWM fan controller?

Why would you NOT want to control PWM fans via PWM?
by JJ
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM fan controller?
Replies: 8
Views: 8316

PWM fan controller?

Does anyone make a PWM fan controller? Preferably one that controls 3-4 fans.
by JJ
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent M350 Chassis with an Intel i3 (or i5). Possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 3956

Re: Silent M350 Chassis with an Intel i3 (or i5). Possible?

Does anyone know:

Would an i3 with a Big Shuriken work in the M350 with two 2.5" drives mounted?
by JJ
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherboard
Replies: 54
Views: 55655

Re: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherb

I have a Scythe Mugen 3, which is 130mm wide (slightly wider than the Big Shuriken), mounted on the P8Z77-M PRO and there's about 10mm of clearance between it and the first PCIe slot.
by JJ
Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Toshiba 1TB 2.5" drive - $85 at Newegg.com
Replies: 0
Views: 2513

Toshiba 1TB 2.5" drive - $85 at Newegg.com

This may be the first time I've seen (or noticed) a 2.5" 1TB drive under $100.

15% off w/ promo code EMCNAJF72, ends 9/16

TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
by JJ
Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives
Replies: 10
Views: 4460

Re: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives

However, if you are loading any case up with hard drives in 5x3 enclosures, the resulting effect will be anything but SILENT, even if they are 5400rpm "Green" drives. You'll need to cool those drives, which requires fans, and you'll need to power them, along with the controllers you'll need/want. O...
by JJ
Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: 2.5 BackPlane suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 4269

Re: 2.5 BackPlane suggestions

kirys wrote:I'm just sad that there is no "consumer" version of those adapter with vertical layout (2x 5 1/4 bays for 6/8 disks) they use large fans but they all need the features of high-end sas controllers.
What features are those, apart from using mini-SAS connectors?
by JJ
Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives
Replies: 10
Views: 4460

Re: Silent ATX case with top-to-bottom 5.25" drives

I have a Cooler Master Centurion 590 that fits the bill for top-to-bottom drive bays. But it's not designed with much thought to being quiet other than having a 120mm exhaust fan. One of the things about the 590 was that it appears to have been designed as a desktop case, so has a lot of unnecessary...
by JJ
Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define R4 launches
Replies: 108
Views: 431188

Re: Fractal Design Define R4 launches

Yep, looks like Amazon and a some additional retailers have picked up the Fractal Design case line.
by JJ
Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: 2.5 BackPlane suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 4269

Re: 2.5 BackPlane suggestions

What size fan is that? Obviously it's going to be a screamer, but if you replace it with a slow fan are you going to have sufficient cooling? Are you sure you wouldn't be better off using 3.5" drives in a 3x5 (five 3.5" drives in three 5.25" bays) backplane? The ones that I use from Super Micro have...
by JJ
Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherboard
Replies: 54
Views: 55655

Re: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherb

Which Asus Xonar card are you using? XD? DX?

I've been hearing some not great things out of the onboard audio (occasional distortion) and am thinking about adding a PCIe Xonar sound card or an external USB DAC. I only need two channels.
by JJ
Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherboard
Replies: 54
Views: 55655

Re: First Impressions: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX LGA1155 motherb

Did you see the 1504 BIOS update that came out on Aug 10 (ten days after the previous one)?

I did the update, even though it's a bit of a pain, since I have to set memory timings and fan configuration every time the BIOS is updated.
by JJ
Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: R4/FT02 Mashup
Replies: 25
Views: 10203

Re: R4/FT02 Mashup

I don't see the potentially better cooling. Not with less internal volume, and you haven't necessarily made the airflow any better. The case you've designed above would be limited both in the size of the PSU it could use and in the size of the video card. You need to get a lot more creative with the...
by JJ
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: R4/FT02 Mashup
Replies: 25
Views: 10203

Re: R4/FT02 Mashup

So is the entire point of this exercise just to reduce the depth of the case? Is there some particular value in that?