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by BillyBuerger
Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte H55N-USB3 with i3 540 - has anyone undervolted?
Replies: 17
Views: 8546

AFAIK in case of S1156 boards it depends on motherboard BIOS. If you can set lower voltage than 1.5V, then yes. If no, the no :). I have the G.Skill 1.35V memory. to get it running at a lower voltage, I just had to set the BIOS to XMP profile 1 or something. Then it ran just fine at 1.45V(*). I did...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte H55N-USB3 with i3 540 - has anyone undervolted?
Replies: 17
Views: 8546

Here's what I measured when I first got it with a barebones setup. MB/CPU, PicoPSU 150 (200W brick), and a 2.5" laptop drive... Voltage Idle Load ------- ---- ---- Stock 30 71 -0.15 30 60 -0.1875 30 58 Although I was sure I got more like 27W idle... Maybe that was with a different PSU. The brick for...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte H55N-USB3 with i3 540 - has anyone undervolted?
Replies: 17
Views: 8546

I too picked up the Gigabyte H55. Undervolting for me did nothing at idle power but did cut some off under load. If I were buying again, I'd probably just go for the Intel and save the hassle while getting lower power.
by BillyBuerger
Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any 2 platter 1.5 GB drives yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 822

Well, that wouldn't be possible until they got to 750GB platters which they're only just getting to 667GB I believe. So in theory 1.33TB 2-platter drives could be coming at some point. But probably not until a little while after the bigger 2TB 3-platter drives arrive which sounds like it should be s...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: RMclock alternative?
Replies: 7
Views: 9831

RMClock unfortunately hasn't been updated in a LONG time. It was an awesome tool at it's time with nice graphs and stuff. The Core iX CPUs have a much more advanced clocking/voltage system and seem to run about as cool as possible out of the box at idle at least. I tried undervolting my Core i3 530 ...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F3 2000GB
Replies: 16
Views: 26748

klankymen wrote:Hopefully one more donation and we're good to go. 8)
Donation sent... We should be at the $200 mark now. Wu-hooo!
by BillyBuerger
Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Are there still bios undervolt motherboards?
Replies: 10
Views: 3036

My two most recent motherboards have been gigabyte. An AMD 785G and Intel H55. Both have relative voltage adjustments in the BIOS meaning I could set it to -0.2V or so to undervolt and not lose the C'n'Q or SpeedStep ability. With the AMD, I actually set a modest undervolt in the BIOS and then used ...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T reissued in 45nm 95W TDP edition!
Replies: 15
Views: 7549

45nm was 2 years ago. Not suitable for silent PCs. Yeah, I noticed that when this topic was first posted. All AMD CPUs since the AII/PII are 45nm. The 125W -> 95W version is not from a change in manufacturing process but just a tweak to the existing process... Maybe even just a reduction in voltage...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lenovo C315 Touch Screen All-in-One PC
Replies: 4
Views: 2462

You said multitouch at the beginning of the review then later refered to as touch screen. Multitouch implies it also works with stylus, and i mean the ones that hover, how the dumb piece of plastic kind of stylus. Can you confirm this? I take multi-touch to mean it recognizes you touching the scree...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34204

There was no specific schema for wiring. I believe the Dell wire colors match normal PSU wires. So it's red-red, black-black, orange-orange, etc... As I mentioned, the only "issue" was that the orange wire count didn't match. So I had a couple of cases where two orange wires on one side connected to...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:35 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: LOL Newegg - nice combo!
Replies: 1
Views: 1057

Well, their first comment under the combo deal is... Newegg.com cannot guarantee the compatibility of Combo items. Please contact the manufacturer(s) directly if you have issues or concerns regarding compatibility. I'd like to see someone call Gigabyte and ask why their Intel Core i3 CPU doesn't fit...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK1480 - PSU reliability
Replies: 1
Views: 927

I've been using an NSK1480 for maybe 2 years now as my HTPC. No problems with it yet. Of course being an HTPC means I only turn it on every couple days and usually only for a little bit at a time. I never checked but always thought that the SeaSonic SS-300TFX would fit as a replacement. It looks sim...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 11198

Lastly, SPCR, are you sure the TDP you are quoting is actually TDP? AMD normally works with ACP (average cpu power) which is actually lower than the TDP (thermal design power) I think AMD only uses ACP when they're talking server CPUs like the opterons. And they usually specify both. TDP for engine...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Del Inspiron 1564 - Core i3
Replies: 3
Views: 2682

Undervolting could help keep the CPU cooler and reduce the fan on/off cycle. But I doubt it would be able to completely stop it. RMClock was a great tool, but it's out of date. I did get it working in Win7 x64 once I think but it was a lot of work. And I didn't think it worked with the new ways the ...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 11198

Amazing how in the fast-paced world of consumer electronics, this story hasn't changed in 4 years. Who buys these AMD 'e' chips? The 'e' chips are nice for business and OEM type applications where you don't want to worry about instability or other possible issues from undervolting. Such as if a sof...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: C2D E6400, P45, HD3850 draw 77W idle, need less!
Replies: 10
Views: 2604

Actually the GPU I am running is still very competitive for GFLOPs per Watts, at least according to the figures at Wikipedia's Comparison of AMD graphics processing units (can't link). It also sucks in less power at idle (13-14W) than any comparable HD 4xxx or HD 5xxx. Of course for gaming it is no...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lenovo C315 Touch Screen All-in-One PC
Replies: 4
Views: 2462

Good review. The video was a nice addition. Would K10stat work with the CPU to fix the voltage issues?

That keyboard looks really nice. Is there a model number for it? Is it available on it's own?
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wife's new box...
Replies: 6
Views: 1420

Re: Wife's new box...

I want to cool this with one fan in back of case, either the Antec 120 Tri-Cool that came with the case or Nexus 120 which I have already. I could slow the Nexus down with a Zalman Fan Mate I've got or, and here's the question, hook it to the CPU fan header and let it's speed be controlled by mothe...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:50 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Does CPU temperature affect power consumtion?
Replies: 11
Views: 3272

I'm guessing he's talking about the fact that there is a measureable change in power consumption between hot and cool VRMs. SPCR did an article about this I think. Can't seem to find it right now. The question posed seems to ask if that extends to the CPU temp as well... My thought is probably not a...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK-4000 II vs NSK-3480
Replies: 4
Views: 4298

The 4000 is a decent case but nothing special. It's just your basic ATX standard case. Nothing specific about it make's it a quiet case. It has rubber grommets for the hard drives. But they're thin and stiff and really don't do anything to dampen the hard drive noise. I would probably do this case b...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Idea for fanless motherboard
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

I think there were some DFI Lanparty boards at one time that used heat pipes and a heatsink right at the back of the board with some vents in the IO plate for cooling. Not going out of the case but along the same idea. My thought is that it's not really needed. Most normal motherboards are fairly lo...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU
Replies: 23
Views: 15928

Thanks for the report RedAE102. I know that my picoPSU setup is not the most efficient. I have a couple of 65W or 90W bricks from old Inspiron laptops and I've been meaning to pick up an 80W or 120W picoPSU to see how good that works. Actually, I have a 17" Acer monitor that runs off of 19V. I want ...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Triple Monitor Low Power PC
Replies: 6
Views: 1849

I've got a triple-monitor setup at work by using an AMD 780G motherboard plus an HD3650 GPU. One DVI on the MB + 2 DVI on the GPU. The 3650 is a fanless model which is nice. But it sits very close to the mini-Ninja CPU cooler which doesn't leave much room for the chipset heatsink to get airflow so i...
by BillyBuerger
Mon May 31, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 255W power supply in the 80 Plus "Gold" category
Replies: 71
Views: 42885

Any news BillyBuerger, would be very interesting to hear your 2 cents on these PSUs. Oh yeah. I posted my results in a separate thread here . I also picked up a Dell H255E and posted the results of that one here . I've sent the modified RM112 to Mike for review. Check out the Donate for Review page...
by BillyBuerger
Thu May 27, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Dell Vostro 430 MT
Replies: 2
Views: 1788

The Vostros are basically just white-boxes except with a shinny black front. There's nothing special about them. Dell does do some things right from a quiet PC perspective, but even on their best PCs they're still not great. And the Vostros are not their best. So if the fans aren't outright loud, th...
by BillyBuerger
Tue May 25, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Drive rails too long in Mini P180?
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

I'm using one for the SSD that's mounted in the lower 5.25" bay and it fits fine. At work, I have a CD drive mounted and don't remember any problems with it. Maybe something changed in the newer ones they're shipping out or something? They got a bad batch of rails from their distributor?
by BillyBuerger
Tue May 25, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Because the D510 and the i5-661 in IDLE consume equal ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2763

The big thing to note here is to look at how they are being measured. The Atom is total system power in AC watts. This includes the entire board plus the efficiency of the power supply. The i5 is DC watts of just the CPU plus the VRM efficiency and doesn't include anything else on the board. Atom CP...
by BillyBuerger
Tue May 25, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: my simple work pc
Replies: 4
Views: 3080

Have you tried the setup without the front fan? There's nothing for it to spot cool really so it seems unnecessary. Possibly if you add a fanless video card. But with the top down CPU cooler, that should help keep the airflow moving around enough. I've never seen/felt a southbridge chip that got ver...
by BillyBuerger
Sun May 23, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU
Replies: 23
Views: 15928

Dell H255E 255W 80+ Silver PSU

I previously posted about my work with a Dell RM112 80+ gold PSU . It was a fun project and an impressive PSU. But it was a lot of work and required a fair bit of hacking to make it usable in a normal PC. Not very accommodating for the average user. Our office at work recently merged with some other...
by BillyBuerger
Sat May 22, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: Dell RM112 PSU
Replies: 2
Views: 10025

Okay, so I posted earlier about the Dell RM112 PSU that I bought and modded as a standard ATX PSU. It's a 235W PSU that is rated 80 plus gold . My own tests showed a noticeable drop in power even at low loads against a PicoPSU and Seasonic SS-300SFD which are both pretty efficient. But my tests aren...