ATI/AMD XFX 6950 crossfire benchmarks – water cooled 2

I recently water cooled my XFX 6950 2gb reference cards. The specific model I am testing is (XFX HD-695A-CNFC AMD Radeon HD 6950 2G). I put on some XSPC water blocks, as with air and unlocked bios, they were hitting 95C + on load, which was worrying me. hardware / test setup : CPU : ...

Dell D620/D630 PCMIA slot stops working

Have you ever run into this issue? We have MANY aircards and ran into this a handful of times. The first time around we went through drivers, different PCMIA cards, etc. So we called Dell, that had no idea, and sent us out a new PCMIA card. I decided to install it myself, instead of ...

IBM Lenovo X220 break down/tear down for mSata SSD (intel 310, Renice X3 (SF1222), etc) 13

After doing some research on the best sandy bridge, ultra portal … I have decided on this awesome new laptop .. the IBM x220. You can view the x220 datasheet (hardware options) : linked here (PDF). I know some people will want to get an mSata SSD installed, this is a break down for that, ...

Corsair 600T – Full Acrylic Side Panel 13

So, after a few cuts of my acrylic piece, Bill, the owner over at MNPCtech.com, came over to my place, and dropped it off! It looks really clean, and it fits perfectly….without further ado : [zp src=”P1000125.JPG” album=”vivi/600T/acrylic” width=”500″] [zp src=”P1000121.JPG” album=”vivi/600T/acrylic” width=”500″] [zp src=”P1000123.JPG” album=”vivi/600T/acrylic” width=”500″]

Water Cooling an Antec 300 – Q9550 2

So, I have decided to water cool my Antec 300 case….which acts as my 24/7 HTPC workhorse. Specs : Antec 300 Q9550 2GBx4 DDR2 3 x 2TB Samsung HDD 2 x 2TB WD Drives (backups) Asus P5N-D I started with an RS240 XSPC kit, but found the pump to be far too loud and not ...

Dell D630 – 8 beeps after post

I had this issue come across my desk, after pulling everything out, found out it was the keyboard. symptom : laptop beeped 8 times after post troubleshooting : pulled optical drive swapped memory – tested memtest pulled PCMIA card swapped keyboard – winner! hopefully this can help someone :).

How to unlock shaders on 6950 5

I recently purchased 2 XFX 6950’s. They are great cards, and doing some research, I found this forum post : http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=137136 It talks on how to unlock the shaders on the reference 6950 cards. I have an XFX so I used this modified bios : http://forums.techpowerup.com/showpost.php?p=2137536&postcount=343 These are my personal numbers : before : [zp ...

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G Benchmarks IDE vs AHCI

I just purchased an OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G for my server, and got rid of my 2x320GB RE3 WD drives. I made sure it had the latest 1.24 firmware on it. These first marks are AHCI [zp src=”agility2-AHCI.jpg” album=”blog/OCZAgility2″ width=”500″] These are IDE [zp src=”agility2-IDE.jpg” album=”blog/OCZAgility2″ width=”500″] you can definitely see an improvement over AHCI. ...

Western Digital Elements 2TB/1TB USB 2.0 speed test 2

I had someone ask me to benchmark my WD 2TB elements drive. It might be useful to someone else, this is running on USB 2.0. [zenphoto src=”1TBexternal.jpg” album=”blog/etc/” width=”500″ /]

ICH9R Fake Raid Failed when Reinstalling OS DISC?

Hello, if you’ve read anything on my blog, you’ll note that I had a 6 x 1 TB HDD SATA raid going through my ICH9R ABIT IP35 motherboard. I recently decided to reformat the ‘server’, and was told by a few that I should be able to reformat the OS drive (separate from the array), ...