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Everything posted by Armand_Karlsen

  1. It will be home NAS, so gigabit wired, or not-crazy wifi. Budget including drives £500-600 GBP max, or then I might as well just look for a Synology box. The reason I was looking at power consumption is that I want to minimise the power bill.
  2. I'm thinking of putting a small, low-power NAS together for home use, and so far I've been looking at ITX boards with integrated CPUs somewhere in the 10W TDP range (give or take). Would I get anywhere near that if I used a conventional socketed CPU and undervolted and/or underclocked it; would it be worth it in terms of performance?
  3. I have a dual-monitor setup on my PC, primary monitor in the middle and secondary to the right, so I can keep an eye on stuff on the secondary while I'm running the main app or game on the primary. Whenever a fullscreen game runs at a resolution that's different to the desktop resolution of the primary monitor, all the window locations get messed up, and it's no help alt-tabbing out and re-arranging them because they mess up again when I go back to the game. Is there any way to prevent this or am I stuck?
  4. I'm kinda considering dusting off an older motherboard I have lying around to make into a Folding@Home and/or BOINC machine, using whatever GPU(s) I can scrounge up cheaply, but I don't want to violate my wallet too badly with the electric bill. With that said, is there anywhere that has a ranking of different GPUs in terms of compute performance-per-Watt?
  5. I have an LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i hardware RAID card running on an Asus PRIME x399-a motherboard. The RAID card works fine, but I can't access the firmware config utility to make any changes to its setup. I tried a previous suggestion to press Ctrl+H at the RAID card's prompt, then enter the motherboard's boot menu with F8 and select the RAID card, but this didn't work; it skipped straight ahead to load Windows. Is there any other way to get in?
  6. Yeah, that makes good sense, going by reviews instead. That said, do you have any examples of NVMe SSDs that specifically do have a DRAM cache? My usual go-to places for parts don't seem to mention DRAM cache unless I dig right down into details specs for each item.
  7. A lot of what I read says a DRAM-less SSD will perform like a conventional hard drive, but no NVMe SSD I've seen for sale mentions a DRAM cache in the specs. Are they an exception, or am I missing something?
  8. I have an LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i hardware RAID card in my machine and I want to add a backup battery so the cache RAM on the card is properly used. The documentation lists LSIiBBU07 and LSIiBBU08 as compatible; I think one mounts to a separate bracket and connects with a cable and the other goes directly on the RAID card, but which is which? I would much prefer the one that goes straight on the card.
  9. Any ideas? I really hope I don't have to gut this build; it's not much more than a year old
  10. PC was running without problems last night and I put it to sleep mode as usual, but now the PC will not power on, whether by a keyboard press or the front panel power button on the case. I checked inside the PC and the motherboard itself, and there are no unplugged cables, nothing obviously burnt out, etc. In the bottom corner of the motherboard, near the front panel header and SATA connectors, there is an LED marked "SB_PWR", and it is lit a solid, non-blinking orange whenever the PSU is plugged in to the mains. The PC will not turn on at all, whether I use the front panel power button, shorting the power switch pins on the system panel header, or presing the internal power button on the bottom edge of the motherboard near the Q-Code display. None of the 4 POST state LEDs in the top corner of the motherboard light up, and there is nothing on the Q-Code display. What is my next step; is there a way to bring this thing back to life?
  11. If I were to be lazy, OS would probably be Windows 10; if not lazy, Linux. GPU would probably be Radeon; I seem to be seeing more of those on Ebay right now. For this application I don't care about gaming capability, Crossfire/SLI, etc.; this would only be for compute.
  12. As the title, basically... Can you use one of those cards without outputs for other types of compute tasks, such as BOINC, Folding@Home, etc., or are they sufficiently weird/crippled that they can only be used for cryptomining?
  13. I used to use the 9260-8i on an Asus P6T motherboard and I could access the card's firmware config utility just fine, but now that I've moved it to an Asus PRIME X399-A I can no longer access the utility. The card and the RAID array on it still work, I just can't get into the firmware to change or clear any settings. Is there any way to get back access, or am I stuck? Access used to be by pressing Ctrl+H at the RAID card's boot messages which came after the motherboard boot page. The prompt still shows and the keypress seems to be acknowleged, but the config utility fails to come up and the PC goes through to Windows.
  14. I may well not saturate it, but it'd be nice to have the capability of a Gen 2 port at the front of the case. That said, I've never actually seen any accessories that use the internal Gen 2 connector on the motherboard; I've only seen stuff that uses the 3.0/3.1/Gen 1 20-pin header.
  15. I suppose I could just get the bay adapter things I've seen, but I wanted to get the higher speed..
  16. I have one of these on my shiny new motherboard but my existing case does not have any such sockets on it. Are there front drive bay adapters around that actually use the Gen 2 front panel connector on the motherboard to give front panel sockets? All the ones I've found so far use the Gen 1 header instead.
  17. My current setup (Core i7-920, Asus P6T w. triple-channel 1333MHz RAM, GTX 760) seems to run fun at 1080p, but will I bottleneck the GPU if I upgade to GTX 1080 and run at 1440p or 4k?
  18. First graphics card I bought for my own purposes was a 3dfx Voodoo 5 500 AGP, way back in the day.
  19. Does anyone have figures for how long the hoses are for AIO watercooled 980 Ti cards such as the MSI SeaHawk, Gigabyte WaterForce, etc.? Not even the manufacturer websites I've checked seem to have this detail. (I am tentatively putting together a parts list for a rebuild of my PC, including a new case, so I'd like to know what my options are for placing the fan/radiator component.)
  20. I have looked at Rainmeter, but that sits on the desktop and requires that I switch out of whatever window is open to check it; is there anything that sits on the system tray and I just hover my mouse over it? Similarly, Task Manager lets me see current download/upload rates, but I have to click through half a dozen places to see the link speed. The utility that came with my wireless card let me do that with a tray icon but it doesn't seem to play nice since I switched to Windows 10
  21. Is there any app or set of apps available for Windows 10 to monitor things such as system temperatures, network link speed & usage, etc. accessible from a tray icon?