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by mczak
Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon II 240 vs. Intel E6300
Replies: 40
Views: 19876

I think you are referring to over-clocking using increased VCore which is not what I was referring to. Well that's true, but considering that this sample used same voltage to reach slightly higher frequency, and lower voltage than others at stock (with a tiny frequency difference), plus stock volta...
by mczak
Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's 785G Chipset Boards: 780G Evolved
Replies: 69
Views: 40029

graphics core performance...

Taking into account our previous results with the 780G chipset and X2 4850e processor, after extrapolation/scaling, we estimate HD 4200 has cut the difference in half, sitting right between HD 3200 and HD 3300. Umm, that's not really true. You can't extrapolate anything if you use a 4850e, that com...
by mczak
Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon II 240 vs. Intel E6300
Replies: 40
Views: 19876

I forget about SSE 4.1. Apart from the DivX encoder does anything else significantly benefit from it? Haven't seen anything but possibly more in the future. The advantage of the E8x00 series is that they will typically over-clock highly at stock voltage whereas the older Pentium Dual Core often str...
by mczak
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon II 240 vs. Intel E6300
Replies: 40
Views: 19876

The differentiation is mainly marketing. The only missing feature from the E6300 is 2MB cache versus 3MB of the E7x00 series but it gains Virtualisation support which is arguably more useful. I’d rather have The Pentium Dual Core in this instance even if the clock speeds were equal. I'd agree the...
by mczak
Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What's up with NVIDIA and AM3?
Replies: 7
Views: 2406

Just saw this: http://www.guru3d.com/news/msi-preps-nforce-980a-sli-am3-motherboard/ So maybe new ddr3 780a/980a boards indeed will show up (or even 8200/8300 based boards, which is the same chip after all anyway and hence still current - well 780a/980a has the companion chip nforce200 and 8200/8300...
by mczak
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel Celeron E3x00
Replies: 17
Views: 5268

Re: Intel Celeron E3x00

Yeah, the derived processor power consumption doesn't seem to be all that accurate. The article specifically mentioned Brisbane so the 5600+ should be a 65W TDP part. No not necessarily. I'm only talking about Brisbane, where the 5600+ existed both as 89W and 65W version. The 5600+ Windsor was inde...
by mczak
Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel Celeron E3x00
Replies: 17
Views: 5268

Re: Intel Celeron E3x00

X-bit labs benchmarked the new Celerons. Display: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/celeron-e3300.html Print: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/print/celeron-e3300.html The new CPUs use 20W at full load. Overclocking at stock voltage pushed the E3300 from 2.5 to 3.3 GHz. Overall very ...
by mczak
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What's up with NVIDIA and AM3?
Replies: 7
Views: 2406

There's no such thing as AM3 DDR3 chipset really, nvidia 8300/8200 should work just fine for this. In fact there's a am3/ddr3 mobo from msi using nvidia 6150 chipset, which doesn't even have HT3... 8300 is getting old though so it's not surprising motherboards using it are am2+/ddr2. Not that 780g i...
by mczak
Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 58012

If you're really interested in short stroking, there was a much better article (with a different emphasis but still) here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sho ... ,2157.html
by mczak
Tue May 05, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI HD 4770: 40 nm, RV740 -- SPCR reviewed
Replies: 285
Views: 112270

Are there any plans for a card with HDMI/VGA/DVI port config.?? I would much prefer it, having a 2xHDMI monitor with no DVI. Plus, it allows for triple displays with just as much (more) flexibility as 2xDVI-I's. No, 2xDVI-I is more flexible. You can't use triple displays with HDMI/VGA/DVI ports sin...
by mczak
Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is GeForce 8400 GS worth anything?
Replies: 14
Views: 4421

mplayer uses FFmpeg (libavcodec really) and it's currently not multithreaded. Sad but true (except if your h.264 content uses slice-based encoding, in this case decoding can indeed be multithreaded). There's ffmpeg-mt, which should fix this. You can integrate this into mplayer, this mostly works th...
by mczak
Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: any fanless cards that can do dual digital 1920x1200?
Replies: 3
Views: 1417

Re: that board can do 1920x1200

They only put 1080 for marketing, to emphasize HD capability. Single link DVI ports can go up to 2048 x 1536 at 75 Hz (QXGA). Umm no they can't - those 2048x1536@75Hz you sometimes see is only for the analog portion of DVI. Single link DVI is limited to 1920x1200@60 Hz, and that's already using red...
by mczak
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best cheap mobo for E5200 oc'ing?
Replies: 9
Views: 4011

Re: Best cheap mobo for E5200 oc'ing?

Careful there. Some boards (like the asus p5ql-em), while supporting FSB333, don't allow to change the fsb straps and memory dividers. Not even by changing the BSEL combination? Well, I didn't do any hardware mods (was just a quick try what it could do when I noticed that), I'm quite sure this woul...
by mczak
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E7200 or E8200
Replies: 6
Views: 2756

You don't need VT for VMWare. I've used VMWare on my T2300E which doesn't have VT. The reason is, and I'm not totally sure about this, that VMWare uses software virtualisation, and VT means hardware virtualisation support. VMWare can use VT, but doesn't need to. Except if you want to run 64bit gues...
by mczak
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best cheap mobo for E5200 oc'ing?
Replies: 9
Views: 4011

Re: Best cheap mobo for E5200 oc'ing?

Any motherboard with 333MHz FSB support can run the chip at +4GHz (12.5x320MHz). Careful there. Some boards (like the asus p5ql-em), while supporting FSB333, don't allow to change the fsb straps and memory dividers. Thus, only the original memory dividers intended for FSB200 will be available (whic...
by mczak
Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: When are 4xxx series graphics going to be on-board?
Replies: 11
Views: 3511

Anyway I got a Radeon 4350 recently and it made a big Cod4 much more playable, lots of settings were on and res was up one on the previous setup. Give the specs of the 4350, 3450, 3200 the only real difference is the number of shaders. I've got hope the the 4xxx if they put it in a IGP, if its true...
by mczak
Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel price cut 18 january 2009
Replies: 13
Views: 9178

I was more excited about the $57 e5200 :D Reads like 67$ to me... Still that's indeed quite a nice cpu. You don't even get SSE4 with that though (need E7xxx series at least), nor VT (need E8xxx for that, so triple the price). Those new quads sure come at a high premium. AMD's low voltage parts (for...
by mczak
Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: When are 4xxx series graphics going to be on-board?
Replies: 11
Views: 3511

Agreed, disappointing. I was expecting them to add the 4350, which is much more fitting integrated solution. I've got some doubts about the 4350 being much faster as igp. The hd3200 is already quite bandwidth limited (performance scales more with HT link speed than with core clock...), so adding mo...
by mczak
Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Redefining Budget Gaming Graphics: ATI's HD 4670
Replies: 53
Views: 24022

It is still possible to get a G92-based GeForce 9600 GSO for $50 after rebate. Mine is happy at 680/1700/975 with a fairly quiet 2-slot cooler. It certainly requires more electrical power than the 4670, but it is both faster and (hopefully) cheaper. From all reviews I've read, the 9600GSO isn't rea...
by mczak
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: nVidia to Release 55nm 9800GTX
Replies: 8
Views: 2444

They're comparing it to a "similarly-clocked" EVGA 9800GTX KO. I'd still like to see one underclocked and compared to a standard 9800GTX. You're right though - the difference in power consumption doesn't really look big enough to make a difference. Underclocking + undervolting ftw? If you could get...
by mczak
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EN3650 Silent Graphics Card
Replies: 14
Views: 9471

I find it VERY odd that the 3650 is using more power than the 3850, very odd.... I don't... AFAIK the 3650 doesn't support all the power saving features the 3850 does (this could also be card specific). In particular IIRC 3850 lowers memory clock and both core clock and core voltage. Not sure what ...
by mczak
Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:44 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte MA78GM vs M78SM (780G vs 8200) and video card(?)..
Replies: 6
Views: 4440

Anandtech has a followup to the IGP consumption article, and should have more boards tested monday: http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=462 In short, GF8200 and 780G seem to be about even - depends more on the bios (or board implementation) if a board will draw more or less. The am2+ boa...
by mczak
Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dont understand...hd4850 10w idle @ 68c
Replies: 254
Views: 126490

What were they reporting the idle clock speeds to be? The voltage also needs dropping for a significant reduction in power to be achieved I assume! The current drivers do not seem to lower neither voltage nor clock for the HD4850 by a really significant amount: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Po...
by mczak
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Extreme Gamer 22[dBA] PC by EndPCNoise
Replies: 35
Views: 23951

But it would make it more expensive to build , no? ;) Maybe, but the price difference would be small. The Q9300 might have a slightly higher official price (dunno), the street price is definitely a bit higher now it seems (30 dollars or so), but it would be silly for a box like this to use the olde...
by mczak
Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:10 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Extreme Gamer 22[dBA] PC by EndPCNoise
Replies: 35
Views: 23951

I think graphic card and cpu are really wrong choices for this rig. As others have mentioned, quad-core won't really help for gaming. But even if you'd really want to go quad-core (hey sounds much better than dual-core...), then at this point there's no reason to choose a Q6600, especially not for t...
by mczak
Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 2400 Pro v 7300 LE v G33 IGP - Power consumption
Replies: 39
Views: 26952

I confirmed that the 2400pro does not do mpeg2 acceleration. This is because the ATI card's "universal" decoder only decodes VC-1 and H.264. Mpeg2 is decoded using the shaders for processing. You can confirm this by looking at the GPU load while watching mpeg2 vs h.264. By modding the registry to e...
by mczak
Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green Power - a new quiet 3.5" hdd standard
Replies: 76
Views: 109311

Low rpm idle, which is what the WD Greenpower PR implied, is actually implemented here: The drive slows to 4200rpm! Interesting indeed. The whitepaper seems to imply though it has to fully ramp up to 7200rpm before access is possible again (granted anything else would be very difficult to do). Cert...
by mczak
Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 2400 Pro v 7300 LE v G33 IGP - Power consumption
Replies: 39
Views: 26952

This statement was made in the quite respected german written magazine C't. To proof it, have a look at this test about CPU consumption: ... Maybe I'm missing something. But I thought that the 2400 and 2600 had the on-board decoding processing that the 2900 series didn't. The idea that the poeple b...
by mczak
Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 2400 Pro v 7300 LE v G33 IGP - Power consumption
Replies: 39
Views: 26952

Compared to the HD 2600 the HD 2400 does not have MPEG-2 bitstream processing, frequency transform and pixel prediction or it is not activated. I'm pretty sure this is not true. It has the full UVD block as the HD2600 (the HD2900 OTOH lacks this, but the new rv670-based cards will have it). Also, d...
by mczak
Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Sparta vs Manila
Replies: 12
Views: 7259

Re: Sparta vs Manila

Whenever I have the chance I run PCMark05, although I have to admit that I don't always understand the outcome of the tests. For instance here the LE-1100 has a higher CPU score than the 3200+ (fair enough), but why do the system and especially the memory score of the Sempron 3200+ turn out higher ...