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by BillyBuerger
Fri May 11, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 117995

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

Hey Billy - get out the watt meter and fill us with knowledge :D What kind of power savings are you seeing at various loads with your undervolt? My initial tests were with a picoPSU150XT + 60W 12V DC brick. Idle at stock was 24WAC. With the -0.1V offset I saw 22WAC. My lowest power Pentium M system...
by BillyBuerger
Thu May 10, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 117995

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

Are you sure your CPU didn't enter C6 state for first time when you seen 0.78V ? When i was playing with offset voltage with my 2600K, it didn't look like it affected idle voltages at all - they were 0.9-1.0V all the time. I didn't think about C6 at all. But under the same idle scenarios, I saw 0.9...
by BillyBuerger
Wed May 09, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD 7000 cards + Virtu = GPU fan off at idle?
Replies: 19
Views: 10786

Re: AMD 7000 cards + Virtu = GPU fan off at idle?

Ug, I guess I kinda thought this Lucid Virtu stuff was working pretty well by now and assumed that the AMD ZeroCore would work with it. So far I haven't had much luck with it even working let alone powering down the GPU and fan. :( I still have testing to do though. Maybe I'm missing some things.
by BillyBuerger
Tue May 08, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 117995

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

There is no undervolting for idle clocks for any SB/IB CPU. And undervolting for max clocks ? Set your max CPU/Turbo multipliers, set a stable voltage and here is your undervolt/undeclock. ??? I recently purchased an i5-3570K and an ASUS P8H77-MPRO and one of the CPU voltage options is "offset". (A...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU
Replies: 18
Views: 9436

Re: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU

While maybe not "extensive", SPCR always makes note of a motherboards fan control or lack there of. They've touched on the ASUS fan control in articles like Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO H67 Motherboards . I know I've seen people at the Tech Report pushing for more fan contro...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU
Replies: 18
Views: 9436

Re: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU

Since SB and IB can work in the same motherboard, I'd be interested to see if the power consumption differences are still there on the same board? Maybe something with the Intel Z77 board is causing the higher power when the IGP is in use and you would see the same with a SB CPU. And maybe some of t...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories
Replies: 2
Views: 1861

Re: Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories

I think where the 2.5" to 3.5" SATA drive converter fits in is where you need a 3.5" drive but what to use a 2.5" drive. Not just mounting a 2.5" drive but require a 3.5" drive. Such as in a server with hot-swappable 3.5" drives but you want to put in some 2.5" SSDs or something. So more like buying...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion Review
Replies: 10
Views: 11598

Re: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion Review

Oh, didn't notice this thread got revived. :) Idle temps look to be around 47 in Windows. The fans are not silent but since it's in a cabinet across the room, it's not noticeable. It might be safe at idle with no fans. But definitely not under load. When I had the fans turned down or before I strapp...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition
Replies: 31
Views: 16886

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

Thanks for the review. It looks nice! It's too bad about the 7750 and 7770 pricing though. Maybe the new nVidia cards coming out soon(?) will help push the prices down. Either way, I think the benefit of the power efficiency of these over the previous generation cards is worth the price. And actuall...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: homemade server case without fans
Replies: 10
Views: 2371

Re: homemade server case without fans

I would tend to agree with the fan in the middle approach. A fan at the top will maximize the airflow out of the case. But it would pull the air in from wherever is easiest. Which will mostly be from the open top of the case or the open bottom of the case where the hard drives aren't blocking it. Wh...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?
Replies: 26
Views: 26672

Re: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?

I've been tracking power usage of PCs and laptops I come across when I can. We recently picked up a couple of HP ProBook 4320s laptops at work with a Core i3 370 or 380 CPU and standard platter hard drive and I measured one at 9W AC idle. This should have been with the battery removed and the power ...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 280 OMG!
Replies: 40
Views: 20369

Re: Antec 280 OMG!

Is that a spot for a couple of SSDs right above the 3.5" drive cages? That seems to be one thing that hasn't been addressed by many cases. It's not expensive for adapters and many SSDs come with them. But that takes up a good bit more room that could be used for other stuff compared to how little s...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 280 OMG!
Replies: 40
Views: 20369

Re: Antec 280 OMG!

is there anyone else who would rather have two 120mm fans on the rear panel than any fans on the top panel? YES! Although to fit two 120mm fans on the back, it would probably need to be taller. I'm personally fine with one rear case fan. The "gamers" out there would probably freak at a case without...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 280 OMG!
Replies: 40
Views: 20369

Re: Antec 280 OMG!

Well, the Fractal Design R3 looks like a P180 clone. :) I also noticed the lack of the CPX PSU support. Maybe CPX isn't really needed with the higher efficiency PSUs out these days. But the straight thru airflow is still nice. Especially in a bottom mounted location without a divider where a top mou...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: More HDD Consolidations
Replies: 25
Views: 16542

Re: More HDD Consolidations

That sucks. But I guess it's expected as the HDD market begins to dwindle. Hopefully if Seagate does buy them, they use them to make a better line of drives. Maybe continue the series for a while at least.
by BillyBuerger
Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 24396

Re: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

read the full product description - you can remove the angled 120mm fan mount and use two 80mm fans instead :) It's designed to accommodate expansion cards up to 13.77" in SLi/Crossfire. There is also an optional 80mm fan mount to use in the upper area above the expansion slots. Dote! Missed that.
by BillyBuerger
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 24396

Re: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

It seems to me though that they were a little too concerned about fitting 120mm fans in there. I know 80mm fans aren't "sexy" these days. But a pair of those in place of the bottom 120mm fan would mean airflow directed at the GPU instead of more towards the CPU. Less airflow at a given noise level b...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: new system not working w/ pico PSU.. despite lower power
Replies: 32
Views: 5633

Re: new system not working w/ pico PSU.. despite lower power

I've been meaning to jump in on this discussion as I've been having similar odd issues with PSUs. I picked up a Zacate system just recently and was powering it with the 160W PSU from the ITX case it was in. Worked fine for a while but then I would get just a short burst of power before it would shut...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565
Replies: 76
Views: 24687

Re: Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565

MikeC, could you be talked into do a supplemental review and add an AMD Phenom II X4 84 to it? There's plenty of performance reviews out there that you should be able to determine how the X2 compares to the X4s and then extrapolate that to the Core i3-2100. It seems a little unnecessary for SPRC to...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion Review
Replies: 10
Views: 11598

Re: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion Review

And nice job on the modding, what temps do you get with the passive heatsink? Well, being an HTPC, it sits in a cabinet that's mostly closed up. So it can cook itself a little bit. CPU was getting into the 50s again even with this setup. So I've actually removed the scythe fan and tried putting an ...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion Review
Replies: 10
Views: 11598

Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion Review

The AMD Zacate boards sounded like they would make a good replacement for my HTPC which was an AMD Athlon II X2 295 and 785G. That meant I could use shift parts around and use this more powerful system for something else and use less power. Plus my Antec NSK-1480 case was a little bigger than I want...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Can a PicoPSU power this PC?
Replies: 21
Views: 2926

Re: Can a PicoPSU power this PC?

I also disagree with the 250W figure. Many PSU calculators out there would give you a number like that. But that's more of a generic "Look for a PSU in this range" kind of recommendation. Not a real world power requirement. I would think the 90W would be enough. But it will be close. Only way to be ...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard
Replies: 84
Views: 27669

Re: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

Oh, another quick question. It sounds like from the earlier discussion that the Seasonic SS-400ET was used for the review. But in the test setup part, it says a PicoPSU 120 + 60W brick was used. So was it the Seasonic or the Pico?
by BillyBuerger
Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard
Replies: 84
Views: 27669

Re: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

Oh yeah, the new CPU-Z is reporting it dropping down to 800MHz. That's good. Gigabytes EasyTune doesn't pick up on this. Unfortunately, it seems to jump up to full speed at times while remaining at the lower voltage. Assuming CPU-Z is reporting correctly. So that might be affecting my attempts to un...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard
Replies: 84
Views: 27669

Re: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

So I'm playing around with my gigabyte board which I'll post on later. But one question I had is did the ASUS clock the CPU down at idle? The gigabyte doesn't and I'm wondering if it's a GB thing or just the nature of the CPU. It drops the voltage but not the clock. Which is the important part but I...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard
Replies: 84
Views: 27669

Re: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

some comments at the tech report e350n-usb3 preview from another owner put the power consumption at 17w idle and 28w load with a 75w brick, pretty much the same as the asus, i wouldn't put my hopes up :( I don't expect it will be much different from the ASUS. Just saying that I'd post my results. I...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard
Replies: 84
Views: 27669

Re: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

(OK, there is a 120mm-fan-modded Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU that BillyBuerger kindly sent to me a long time ago -- which I admittedly never wrote about :oops: but did test quickly. It had ~30.5W input for the same 21.6W output -- ie it was less efficient than we all hoped.) I'm glad to hear it wa...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard
Replies: 84
Views: 27669

Re: Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

Fanboys? But they are in limited supply. AMD Fandoys that is. There is about $100 difference between the Fusion and SB in total system price. That will be dropping to about $30 when the SB dual core chips issue next month. For anyone who actually pays for software, and maintains only one or two com...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting with power saving features (P31)
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Undervolting with power saving features (P31)

From what I've seen, this is dependent on the motherboard. I've used mostly Gigabyte boards as of late and they have an offset voltage you can apply to the CPU. So it will drop the voltage by 0.1V from the normal voltage at both idle and load. But if your board only has a single CPU voltage setting,...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replacement fan for Seasonic Super Tornado?
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Replacement fan for Seasonic Super Tornado?

... But since this stuff is addictive :mrgreen: and there is a chance that I change my mind tomorrow I still have a question: even if I change the fan to one with less RPM, wouldn't the fan control of the PSU regulate it back towards the same RPM that I have now with the SuperRed? So in that case t...