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by continuum
Wed May 23, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: APC SMX UPS sound levels - 1500RM2U vs 2000LV
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: APC SMX UPS sound levels - 1500RM2U vs 2000LV

I've got an older Smart-UPS 1500 2U in an office and it's completely silent under normal conditions. Only when actively using the battery does the fan spin up.

Can't speak for the larger units.
by continuum
Wed May 23, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 676

Re: Camping / Hiking :

Yar, beats me too-- mainstream tent makers all seem reluctant to embrace silnylon or Dyneema. Boutique makers such as ZPacks, Big Sky, etc. have been much more open to it, tho. Fortunately with Massdrop, Kickstarter, whatever, a lot more boutique options are available these days.
by continuum
Wed May 02, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1474

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

Might be thermal recalibration or something else, as stated. It's not only a 7200rpm disk but a nearline (enterprise) one, so it's not going to be tuned to be particularly quiet.

if you really can't stand the noise, pick up a Seagate Desktop 8TB?
by continuum
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Which colorimeter?
Replies: 3
Views: 2393

Re: Which colorimeter?

Spyder5's go on sale pretty often, they might be the best deal around. ColorMunki Smile is the baseline, budget one that's usually recommended. If you have the budget to go marginally higher-end, i1 Display Pro is generally regarded as the way to go, but I believe the Spyder5 is pretty close in perf...
by continuum
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ever heard of J&W?
Replies: 5
Views: 1005

Re: Ever heard of J&W?

Yar, they've been around a very, very long time. Never did much with their own brand, let alone anything above the baseline if memory serves. That said we never dealt with them (at least not directly) so I have zero first-hand experience with 'em.
by continuum
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 16
Views: 1896

Re: AV1 Video Codec

I'm also curious (and in agreement) that HVEC/x.265's lead is too significant for AV1 to make grounds on, especially if performance is only marginally better. The AV1 guys have also said that AV2 is in the works for a few years down the road, I wonder if they'll aim to do AV2 sooner rather than late...
by continuum
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Cheapish, 280 rad compatible, small ATX compatible cases?
Replies: 5
Views: 1705

Re: Cheapish, 280 rad compatible, small ATX compatible cases?

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/88 ... d-525-bay/

I can't vouch for those guys, but they do have a bunch of suggestions listed. Fractal Design Focus G is mentioned there, and it's under $50 at Newegg, so maybe that one?
by continuum
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 3626

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

Mars, here we come! :D
by continuum
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 14705

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

As others have said, 1.4v does sound high for stock 4.3ghz at 6C/12T... obviously it depends on the chip, but Tom's Hardware above found their example could do 1.28v... and yes, Prime95 in current builds does use AVX.
by continuum
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Cooling Fan problem
Replies: 9
Views: 2536

Re: Cooling Fan problem

Also if you're going to go so far as to disassemble, check the thermal interface material between the heatpipe/heatsink and the CPU/GPU.
by continuum
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 2354

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

Any idea what the difference was/is on the best buy specific models? For the two different models on sale at Best Buy on Black Friday, the -NESN vs. the -NEBB , I honestly have no idea except from the price. Spec page for the latter says it's the "holiday edition" but hardware and softwar...
by continuum
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Can't format partition on HD
Replies: 6
Views: 1531

Re: Can't format partition on HD

Tried a long DST from the Toshiba utilities? That'll probably tell you it's got slow/failing blocks somewhere. But then the slow format is probably bad blocks.

Time to toss the drive. If it's under warranty, RMA it.
by continuum
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 11683

Re: What is your sound set up?

I imagine quite a few of us, me included, ran Promedia's before they died/we upgraded to 2.0's and an external DAC. No shame. Fortunately that's just a work setup. Haven't been able to convince the boss I need a pair of JBL LSR305's for my desk yet. :( :P Of the 3 or 4 sets of Promedia 2'1.s we use...
by continuum
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 11683

Re: What is your sound set up?

Old set of Klipsch Promedia 2.1's at one of them. Works well enough and unlike other Klipsch Promedia 2.1's, it refuses to die...

/me knocks on wood
by continuum
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 22
Views: 2723

Re: IT ticketing software

I've seen Spiceworks and some others, but honestly the slickest I've seen by far is always heavily customized or done in-house. :-/
by continuum
Tue May 09, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago
Replies: 21
Views: 4182

Re: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago

Shame really. Xbitlabs was my favourite tech site back in the day. I especially liked their nerdy GPU power consumption measurements. They also had detailed LCD pixel transition time measurements, among other things. ++; to both those comments. So sad. I'd noticed they had stopped updating and gone...
by continuum
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 4040

Re: Headphones on a Plane

For active noise cancellation, Bose does seem to be best. QC35's or whatnot if you can afford the cost and bulk. I think Sony and Audio-Technica are competitors, Sony's MDR1000X/B I believe is close, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b is a lot cheaper but not as good-- that said I know people with thousan...
by continuum
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 23
Views: 3017

Re: New electric range options?

The Sweethome has some decent recommendations. http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-electric-and-gas-ranges/ Thanks. But I'm suspicious that Sweethome's top recommendation is a Samsung, on the basis of price and features only. In the past ten years Samsung has variously been unable to build reliabl...
by continuum
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 23
Views: 3017

Re: New electric range options?

The Sweethome has some decent recommendations.

http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-el ... as-ranges/
by continuum
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having trouble finding new speakers.
Replies: 36
Views: 3349

Re: Having trouble finding new speakers.

Anything from Swan that would work? http://www.swanspeaker.com/products/products.aspx?cid=5 M200MkII's were popular a few years ago, but never super popular. M200MkIII's continued the trend but I think Audioengine A5's and whatnot grabbed more marketshare. Swan does have some lower-end offerings tha...
by continuum
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?
Replies: 31
Views: 7316

Re: Can anyone clear up: 5960x with 128GB RAM?

You should be ok with 128GB, I have an X99 box we just upgraded to 128GB...

edit: crap, I think it's Broadwell-E in that box.
by continuum
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: High wattage PSUs with 0 RPM mode or super low noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 3326

Re: High wattage PSUs with 0 RPM mode or super low noise?

Pretty common among high-end units is a 0rpm or a very low fan speed... eVGA SuperNOVA P2 units in particular are probably also worth a look in addition to the high-end Seasonic's, as well as the Corsair AX units. Jonnyguru, SilentPCReview, and quite a few other quality PSU review sites are pretty g...
by continuum
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Battery for UPS
Replies: 27
Views: 1951

Re: Battery for UPS

There's also http://www.refurbups.com . If anything, check the charging voltage on your UPS-- make sure it's charging them within the specified voltage and not too high. That if anything, combined with some semi-decent SLA's (Odyssey or whoever-- there's a few brands that seem to have better QC than...
by continuum
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Thermal paste lifespan
Replies: 4
Views: 2655

Re: Thermal paste lifespan

The stock stuff Intel uses is pretty good. I wouldn't be too worried about it. Have temps increased lately to make you think something's changed?
by continuum
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: 2.0 computer speakers
Replies: 54
Views: 4782

Re: 2.0 computer speakers

Not sure JBL LSR305 or LSR308's are in the OP's price range, but I would look at those too, given the price of some of the other options being discussed. :P
by continuum
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Why hasn't the 3.5mm jack/port been shrunk?
Replies: 202
Views: 12909

Re: Why hasn't the 3.5mm jack/port been shrunk?

There is a 2.5mm one that a few phones used (waaaay back in the day, I think the old LG env2 flip phone and some others used it) but it was never common, and I don't know of any modern devices with 2.5mm jacks, let alone 2.5mm TRRS or TRRRS...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_connector_(audio)
by continuum
Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SD Card Recovery Help
Replies: 7
Views: 1871

Re: SD Card Recovery Help

I also use Testdisk/PhotoRec for recovery.

If it at least shows up when inserted there's a chance, if not you may be SOL short of $$$ for professional recovery.
by continuum
Sat May 14, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 5.1 (or better) speaker recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 1576

Re: 5.1 (or better) speaker recommendations?

Edifier makes a few but they're all waaay out of the OP's price range, the S550 Encore is $600, the S760D is $900 or something crazy. As others have said... there's not much else out there. At $200, for a 5.1, that's about $33/speaker in materials, and that's just not much to build anything quality ...
by continuum
Fri May 13, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: The usual laser printer question
Replies: 29
Views: 4065

Re: The usual laser printer question

Used tons of Brother HL-2270dw's (I think the HL-2280dw as well, it's the MFP version with wired networking too) and now the HL-L2340dw, if you're only consuming one toner cartridge a year I'd say they're a solid choice. Samsung does have slightly better graphical print quality in the same price ran...
by continuum
Sun May 08, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: TR2-430 A tale of 2 power supplies
Replies: 2
Views: 3167

Re: TR2-430 A tale of 2 power supplies

TR2-430W has been around for a very, very long time. I wonder how many actual different models of it there are... For budget units the Corsair CX430 (frequently on sale for $20AR or $25AR, although not sure how applicable rebates are to you) and the eVGA 430W are both what we've been using around he...
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