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    SSD vs mSATA

    G'day Devilsmurf, I got the speed data from the PCCG site: - OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD 120GB: max read up to 280 MB/s max write up to 260 MB/s random write 4k 32,500 IOPS - OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD max read up to 560 MB/s max write up to 430 MB/s random read 4k 90,000 IOPS random write 4k 85,000 IOPS I didn't word my original query very well, I was thinking of using the mSATA as my OS drive and having normal SSD & HDD drives for the rest. Maybe the mSATA is slower because it's SATA II while the lastest SSDs are SATA III?
  2. G'day all, I am in the middle of a new build, and my "Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3" has provision for a mSATA drive. Their read/write speeds are half that of an SSD, but does being attached directly to the MB make a difference? I have also read that they can be used as a cashe for normal HDDs, is this true? Any feedback always welcome. Thanks, Simon.
  3. Thanks ilyria109, glad to be of some help.
  4. G'day atomicans I am in the middle of a new build, and I needed longer 6-32 UNC screws for my motherboard & radiators. Do you think I could find them? Bunnings etc didn't have them, nor did 'trade' hardware stores. Anyway, I finally found them at Thomas Warburton. While they are mainly an industrial supplier they do have counter sales Mon - Fri. 07:30-16:30. I bought 40 6-32 UNC screws, 35mm long, Stainless Steel, for $6.00 Yes, 40 for six dollars!!! The guys behind the counter are really helpful and friendly, and if you're stuck for any hard-to-find screws, give them a try. Their website is at http://www.warburtons.com.au/default.aspx
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    Water Cooling options

    G'day, the pump controller is just a thought, I will get a D5 with manual speed control either way. The bay res & pump is an attempt to keep the case clutter free, the only things being visible are the waterblock & the carefully routed tubing. Also, I can't put the pump/res on the case floor as that is being kept free for a second XSPC RX360 radiator when I get a video card worth watercoling. That's the plan, anyway. Thanks again for your thoughts, Simon.
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    Water Cooling options

    G'day all, I have purchased: 1 x XSPC RX360 Radiator link 3 x Cougar fans link 6 x silicon pads link and I will be purchasing: 1 x Koolance RP-452X2 Bay Reservoir link 1 x Swiftech MCP655 pump link 3 x PrimoChill 1/2" ID 3/4" OD BLUE tubing link 1 x XSPC RayStorm CPU waterblock link 1 x PrimoChill Liquid Utopia additive link Bitspower compression fittings as needed and possibly 1 x Koolance CTR-SPD12X2 Dual 12V Pump Controller link or 1 x Koolance CTR-CD12 pump & fan speed controller and temp monitoring link Any last thoughts??? Thanks again, Simon.
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    Water Cooling options

    G'day, thanks for all the replies. I plan on using Primoflex tubing, 1/2 ID 3/4 OD, with Bitspower compression fittings. I used Koolance fittings recently when I rebuilt my son's PC, and they didn't hold very well. I will check out your recomendations, though. p0is0n, thanks for the pic. Very neat & nicely done, got me thinking. Thanks again everyone, Simon.
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    Water Cooling options

    Thanks Dasa, the XSPC RayStorm D5 kit is a good idea, unfortunately the radiator is just a bit too thick to fit. Simon.
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    Water Cooling options

    Thanks for the quick reply tunksy; 1- I was intending to use Primoflex 1/2 ID 3/4 OD 2 - Black Ice rad it is 3 - pity about the Koolance reservoir, XSPC was my second choice anyway. Thanks again, Simon.
  10. G'day fellow Atomicans, I am building a watercooled PC and I am wondering which is the best choice of waterblock - pump - reservoir. Gear so far: Enermax Fulmo GT case Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Intel i7-3770K Corsair Dominator GT 2133 C9 (4x4GB). I am going to fit a triple-fan radiator, either the "Black Ice GT Stealth 360" or "Koolance Copper Core CU1020V High Flow" in the roof of the case, and I would love some feedback about my various plans for the waterblock-pump-reservoir. 1 - a standard waterblock such as the "XSPC RayStorm" or "Koolance CPU-370" - a standard pump "Swiftech MCP655 ", "Laing DDC" or "EK-DCP 4.0" with matching reservoir-top 2 - the new "Swiftech Apogee Drive II Waterblock with Pump" with either a 5 1/2 inch bay or standalone reservoir 3 - standard waterblock as in #1, with a single or dual bay reservoir/pump combo such as "Koolance RP-401X2 Reservoir/DDC pump", "XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25” Reservoir/D5 pump" As far as option 3 is concerned, I am leaning towards the Koolance reservoir because it can be filled without removing it from the bay. I'm not really interested in the all-in-one solutions such as "Corsair H100" because if one thing fails, you throw the lot away. I am after both reliable cooling, as well as an uncluttered look. I won't be fitting anything to the bottom of the case as that is being saved for a GPU cooling loop in future. Any thoughts, past experience, advice etc will be gratefully received. Simon.
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    SED & FED monitors

    G'day, FED (Field-emission display) and SED (semi-conductor, electron-emitter display) monitors were going to change the way we viewed our electronic world. But nothing has appeared yet. Are they still coming? Thanks, Simon.
  12. G’day all, The HD4870X2 has only just hit the market, and already things are hotting up in the quest to lower temperatures with a flood of water-cooling options (as well as bad puns) to choose from. Below are two video tutorials on how to fit the Aqua Cooler and Koolancer waterblocks to an existing card; as well as announcements about a factory-fitted water cooler and other 3rd party coolers. Go here Koolance corrosion to read about possible problems with Koolance waterblocks ================================================== The Radeon HD 4870X2 has been around for only one week and we can already spot some overclocked versions boasting water coolers or non-reference coolers. Diamond is among the first GPU integrators to come with a superclocked version of the fastest graphics card on the market. The new HD 4870 X2 card coming from Diamond is, of course, water-cooled and will be branded as the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 - XOC³ H2O edition. According to the press release, the card will be cooled by a Koolance branded water block. This version comes overclocked to 800MHz for each GPU, while the 2GB of GDDR5 memory are overclocked to 1,100MHz (4.4GHz effective). Although the size of the water block is pretty compact, this card is still a dual slot solution due to its back plate. However, it does look thinner than the reference design. Diamond claims that the card can be further overclocked when connected to a high performance water-cooling system. As with previous Diamond cards, there is a special feature I the BIOS that unlocks the GPU to be overclocked at up to 990MHz and up to 1,200MHz for the memory. ================================================================= CoolIT Systems Unveils Extreme Liquid Cooling Solution for ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 Graphics Cards CoolIT Systems, the leading innovator in liquid cooling technology, announces the Dual Drive Bay VGA Cooler designed to aggressively cool AMD’s new ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 Graphics card. The unique form factor enables extreme computing performance for PC Enthusiasts and Gamers. In recent testing, the liquid cooled cards were stably clocked up to 880MHz (13.5% Increase) core clock speed and the GDDR5 memory pushed to 1GHz (11% increase). "The liquid cooling technology that AMD co-developed with CoolIT provides superior cooling protection for users who want to operate their ATI Radeon graphics processors at high clock speeds for extended periods of time,” said Dr. Gamal Refai-Ahmed, AMD Fellow and Chief Thermal Architect, AMD Graphics Product Group. “By delivering an innovative, compelling solution inside a unique form factor, CoolIT helps enable ATI Radeon graphics processors to perform at high levels.” Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems comments “As the technology continues to evolve in advanced GPU technology, the value of efficient liquid cooling translates directly to the performance gains demonstrated in our lab” He added, “We recently benchmarked this card using 3D Mark Vantage and increased the Graphics score from X7125 at stock settings to X8148 which represents a performance increase of well over 10%” The Dual Drive Bay VGA Cooler for HD 4870 X2 ATI Radeon Graphics cards will be available in September from www.coolitsystems.com. Pricing is TBD. ============================ Asetek cools Radeon HD 4870 X2 with water Asetek takes no prisoners in its venture with the water cooling system LCLC. The system that is designed for OEM usage is constantly updated with new water blocks for new graphics cards and other components, and it comes as no surprise that Asetek has now unveiled a new model for AMD's performance king Radeon HD 4870 X2. With two powerful RV770 GPUs on a single PCB some additional cooling is always welcomed, and according to Asetek its new water block will lower temperatures by up to 28 degrees Celsius, while operating at a much lower noise level. "Tests indicate that Asetek's highly integrated, liquid cooling solution lowers the GPU temperatures found on the 4870 X2 by as much as 28 degrees. This enables the cards to have optimum overclocking potential for the extreme applications, but to also run completely silent. Only the system heat exchanger fan that typically runs at a very quiet 30 dB(A)—equivalent to a loud whisper—can be heard." You can count on OEMs to use these water blocks for water-cooling Radeon HD 4870 X2 in its enthusiast systems. If you want an LCLC system of your own, you will have to turn to one of Asetek's partners, e.g. NorthQ and its Siberian Tiger water cooling kit. ============================ XSPC Razor 4870X2 Full Cover VGA Water-Block Coming soon - CNC machined from one piece of copper - 1mm fins for high performance - CNC Cut Acetal Top - Prepared for Crossfire with 4 G1/4" Ports - Supports ATI 4870X2 cards (ATI Reference Design Only) Supplied with mounting kit, thermal pads and thermal paste link: http://www.xs-pc.co.uk/ ===================================== CoolIt HD 4870X2 ‘Cold Plate’ CoolIt HD4870X2 'Cold Plate' cooler ===================================== Aquagratix water-cooler on a PowerColor HD 4870X2 AquagratiX water-cooler This is the link to aqua-computer, who make the aquagratix waterblock Aqua-computer ===================================== Go here for some independant tests on water-cooling gear ===================================== The new Heatkiller waterblock from Germany - Heatkiller
  13. G'day all, I've read a review about the HD 4870X2, and in it they mentioned that the "CrossFire SidePort" has been disabled. This apparently will allow the two GPUs in the card to talk to each other upto 4x faster than normal. Does anyone know if it's a hardware disable ie. a bit is missing; or just a driver disable which can be fixed in a future driver release? Many thanks in advance, Simon.
  14. I can't see anything either . . . dark green on black, what nunb-nut thought that was a good idea???