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by Mentawl
Sun May 13, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 52
Views: 3213

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

....I'm running an HT Omega Striker 7.1 PCI sound card. I have the most recent driver I can find, from 2011.... Just to chip in, are you sure you were using the latest driver? There's a Windows 10-specific driver at: http://www.htomega.com/drivers---striker.html Which seems to be far newer than the...
by Mentawl
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Iimit voltage and keep "Cool and Quiet" ? 1950X
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Iimit voltage and keep "Cool and Quit" ? 1950X

Instead of setting the CPU voltage to either "AUTO" or a fixed value, select the Offset option and set the offset to (for example) +0.0010v (or however small an amount you can get). This means it won't add tons on at load, which modern motherboards seem to love doing. You could also check ...
by Mentawl
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13678

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Your CPU cooling setup is indeed doing the job it's supposed to do - the CPU isn't melting into a heap under load. Thanks for clarifying your setup, there hasn't been much detail of it. However I stand by my previous comments regarding your heatsink being inappropriate for the load you're putting it...
by Mentawl
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13678

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Leave your RAM voltage on AUTO for now. Experiment with lowering your POWER LIMIT. Thanks. i tried that with no luck. limit the power limit 1 to 65 W, leave ram AUTO, the max TDP is capped to 65w and power liimit hit is reported. whatever power limit I set, it will hit that when running intel extre...
by Mentawl
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13678

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

New cooler installed yesterday, and it is so much better it is a little unreal. Msi Frozr isn't the best cooler out there, but it does manage 63-68C(78C max for a little while) even after working p95 for many hours, instead of the 100C i was getting with the Akasa Nero and stock cooler. I don't kno...
by Mentawl
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone getting hard resets today?
Replies: 15
Views: 1443

Re: Anyone getting hard resets today?

Out of interest, what kinda Anti-Virus are you running? According to MS, some AV software makes unexpected kernel calls that can cause issues with the patch.
by Mentawl
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13678

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

FWIW, that's how the ASUS UEFI works too. There is a dropdown for pre-set values and then an open box that you can type into. It takes a minute or two to get used to, but once you know it's there it can be pretty easy to get things set up properly. https://dlcdnimgs.asus.com/websites/global/product...
by Mentawl
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13678

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

It really threw me too, not seen a BIOS work like that before. Glad it works for you too! If you mouse over each option it should tell you what the "stock" voltage is etc in a little popup on the right, so you can set each one appropriately. MSI, please work on your BIOS to make it a littl...
by Mentawl
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13678

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Lore , 1.15v seems a smidge low, is it stable at that? If so yay :) Did it come with top level load line calibration as stock? If so slightly terrifying! Also, your screenshot looks identical to mine. Did you try just "typing" values into the fields? E.G. for DRAM just type in 1.20. It's ...
by Mentawl
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 13678

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

While I can understand having no control over the multiplier for that CPU, you should still have access to the voltage controls. I found my MSI Z370 Krait Gaming, if left set to "auto" on voltages, raised them a little higher than I'd like, even at stock. Set them all to what the motherboa...
by Mentawl
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives
Replies: 14
Views: 9778

Re: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives

I had the same issue, carrying out peer-to-peer backups from my mum/sister/brother's PC to my little home server, and a backup of my stuff to an old HP MicroServer offsite too. Best option I've found so far is BuddyBackup, which seems to do most of what Crashplan peer-to-peer was doing, with the exc...
by Mentawl
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2125

Re: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations

Do like Supermicro cases for just about any size of server.

Maybe the SuperChassis 743TQ-865B-SQ?

https://www.supermicro.com/products/cha ... TQ-865B-SQ
by Mentawl
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops
Replies: 48
Views: 4897

Re: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops

@kvndoom Have you tried forcing either the Intel or nVidia card to be used when your browser is running? Right click desktop > nVidia Control Panel > Manage 3D settings (I know, but it's not just 3D settings!) > Program Settings tab For step 1, click the "Add" button and pick your browser ...
by Mentawl
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 7003

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

synthtel2 wrote:
Looks like their servers are getting hammered. My download is variable in the 50-200 KB/s range.


The torrent is nice and fast (use the wee drop-down next to the download button) :)
by Mentawl
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Only 2 ports in the Storm.
Replies: 11
Views: 2007

Re: Only 2 ports in the Storm.

Any particular reason you're not using the M.2 slot on the board itself? What's happened is that by forcing PCI-E slot #3 into x4 mode, you've disabled SATA 5 and 6 - take a look at the Asus spec page (https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH-Z170-MARK-1/specifications/) for the board: "...
by Mentawl
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 4823

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

Have a look at the AKG K550s, too. Love mine, especially with the little FIIO DAC I splurged on, too.

Particularly good headphones if you have a larger head.
by Mentawl
Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Monitoring kids devices
Replies: 61
Views: 2673

Re: Monitoring kids devices

Cisco's Meraki MDM solution - Systems Manager - can be used to manage upto 100 devices free. One of my colleagues in work uses it for his kid's iOS devices, seems fairly comprehensive. They use it to remotely disable apps if a child is misbehaving, and to monitor what's being done on the devices. ht...
by Mentawl
Sun May 08, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite
Replies: 40
Views: 4042

Re: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite

"It's cool guys, we can cut down on testing time so we can meet the deadline/budget/whatnot." <-- says every project manager ever.

Oh, look what happened.

Not that I'm a bitter test analyst or anything.
by Mentawl
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with Goldmont Cores
Replies: 48
Views: 4261

Re: New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with Goldmont Core

If I could buy one of these systems maybe at the 12"-13" size, decent keyboard and trackpad, 1080p screen, 4gb of RAM and either a 2.5" drive I could replace or failing that an MSATA slot, I'd buy it in an instant. Sadly most seem to be using 32GB integrated storage and 2GB of RAM tha...
by Mentawl
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Disabling a file server's internet connection
Replies: 22
Views: 2290

Re: Disabling a file server's internet connection

Set Windows update to manual, then you can just update it when it suits you. Keeps the box happy, keeps you happy.

Ditto with AV, have it do scheduled scans or put in some exceptions for your media folders.
by Mentawl
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding HDDs to Storage Pool w/SATA card?
Replies: 19
Views: 1963

Re: Adding HDDs to Storage Pool w/SATA card?

MS Storage Pools are pretty much drive-and-controller agnostic - as long as Windows sees the drives, it doesn't matter what controller etc they're on. Should work fine, though as you've said, having a pool with 8 individual disks and no resilience of any kind is rather dangerous, if you use the enti...
by Mentawl
Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overload - 6DOF shooter, original Descent developers
Replies: 7
Views: 1700

Re: Overload - 6DOF shooter, original Descent developers

Thanks for linking :) took me back a long way playing that teaser demo, hopefully the Kickstarter reaches its goal :)
by Mentawl
Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Build systems or VMs?
Replies: 85
Views: 5257

Re: Build systems or VMs?

It's not a bad idea. I bought and scavenged the parts from a 1U server to give me a dual socket 1366 board with a pair of L5630 Xeons (they're the quad 40w ones, versus the 80w E5620s) and 24gb of RAM on a Supermicro X8DTL-i. It pulls around 110w idle (from a 240v supply) with 4 HDDs and 2 SSDs and ...
by Mentawl
Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel is full of crap, or IGPs are not there yet...
Replies: 47
Views: 2875

Re: Intel is full of crap, or IGPs are not there yet...

Meh, if by "mainstream gamers" they mean people who play games that could also be played on your average mobile device, then they're right. Until Intel's onboard GPUs can compete with those in the mainstream consoles (IE provide the same experience performance/quality wise in the majority ...
by Mentawl
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: sql "swirlies" switch configuration
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: sql "swirlies" switch configuration

JBI is probably right about it not beign the networking, but it is a bit of a fundamentally inefficient network setup with the chaining, depending on the number of clients on each switch. What you suggested would almost certainly be better, having 2&1 plug into 3, with the server hanging off 3. ...
by Mentawl
Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2TB storage drive - WD Black vs. Blue or Hitachi/Toshiba?
Replies: 59
Views: 9436

Re: 2TB storage drive - WD Black vs. Blue or Hitachi/Toshiba

For what it's worth, I've had 4x Toshiba DT01ACA300 running in my HP Microserver for over 2 years now without a murmur, and just recently bought a DT01ACA200 for my desktop to replace an ageing pair of Samsung HD204UI 2TB drives (I just don't need 4TB in my desktop any more, so went down to a single...
by Mentawl
Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Upgrading a drive with redirected folders
Replies: 16
Views: 1310

Re: Upgrading a drive with redirected folders

Just clone it with both drives plugged in, shutdown, remove "old" drive, boot up into WinPE from F8 or a Windows bootable disc/USB and use Diskpart to shunt the "new" drive onto the drive letter previously occupied by the "old" drive. Reboot again, Windows should come u...
by Mentawl
Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Work monitors suggestion
Replies: 9
Views: 1234

Re: Work monitors suggestion

Something like the Dell P2314H would be a decent bet - http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/prod ... u=320-9799

$220 with a 3-year fast warranty, matt anti-glare IPS panel and a good stand.
by Mentawl
Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: "Show windows side by side" in Windows 10 behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 763

"Show windows side by side" in Windows 10 behaviour

So, just wondering if I'm going crazy, or if it's some other program interfering with this: Under Windows 7, 8.1 and Server 2012, if I have three (say explorer) windows open, and I right click the task bar and select "Show windows side by side", it arranges them as follows: https://dl.drop...
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