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About Armand_Karlsen

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  • Birthday Jan 20, 1984

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  • Location
    London, UK
  • Gender


  • CPU
    Intel Core i7 920
  • Motherboard
    Asus P6T
  • RAM
    12GB (3x 4GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz
  • GPU
    Geforce GTX 760 2GB
  • Case
    Lian Li PC-71
  • Storage
    LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i, 4x WD Red 1TB in RAID10
  • Display(s)
    Dell E248WFP primary, Dell E771p CRT secondary
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 412S CPU cooler
  • Mouse
    Razer Naga 2014
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  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 b
  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?