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#1891283 Raspberry Pi - Available - Kind of....

Posted by bonestonne on 22 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

I love my Pi, but it is just an educational tool more than anything else. For more powerful ARM units, you'll end up paying a little more (upwards of $100 or so), but they are much more capable with better support through Android, and probably other ARM based OSes, but the hardware support is not very wide. For anyone looking for a really beefy ARM unit, I'd look at the ODROID-U2. I'll probably get one in the summer to use as a full media center, rather than having to turn on the PS3 for youtube videos.

#1890578 G5 // Legacy

Posted by bonestonne on 19 February 2013 - 11:38 PM

It is possible to modify an mSATA SSD to work in the mPCI-e slot. It is likely not possible, or very difficult to use a mPCI-e card in an mSATA port. Physically, the connectors look and are pinned out identically. The electrical and data connections are different between the two. What you're looking to do is the opposite of what people will typically try to modify, and I'm not sure if you would be able to successfully reverse the connections and have everything work.

#1890288 Looking to built a Dual Xeon Hackintosh

Posted by bonestonne on 19 February 2013 - 04:57 AM

Maya has the option of using a third party render application, while I haven't ever had to use something like this myself, I'm sure there are applications that would be able to make full use of the immense power of a graphics card. There are a couple things I would do in your situation: 1) A new Dual Xeon is not going to give you a massive boost in speed alone, so I would save some money and stick with the Xeon E5 6-Core, not the 8 core models. I use a 2620, The 2640 is also a pretty good model. I honestly wouldn't spend more than $1000 per CPU, because you have a trick up your sleeve anyway. Air cool them. Pick a cooler that will fit on the motherboard, pick a case that will fit the coolers. This is the most complicated part to building a really good dual Xeon rig. I see too many that are entirely too loud, and I hate it. I build silent computers for a reason, and in my Dual Xeon rig, my WD Velociraptor is the loudest component. You may want to look into Velocira...

#1890272 G5 // Legacy

Posted by bonestonne on 19 February 2013 - 03:28 AM

The unibody airport express cards connect to the logic board with a ribbon cable, not a standard mPCI-e connector. Also, real quick I want to stress the fact that mSATA and mPCI-e are completely different interfaces. The physical connector is identical, but if you put a mPCI-e wireless card into that mSATA USB adapter, one or both device will fail. On some of the more recent (only the past 22 months about), motherboards which have mPCI-e slots are also compatible with mSATA SSDs, however not all are. This is something to research very carefully to prevent killing gear.

#1890207 G5 // Legacy

Posted by bonestonne on 18 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

Make two 6" antennas. Without a doubt, you want the end of the antenna to be outside the case for the best signal quality. I've seen G5's completely drop the signal with the side panel on, but work great with it open. You figure it out... There are wifi+bluetooth combo miniPCI-e cards, and the bluetooth works using the same antenna as laptop wifi cards. Signal is great, and reduces components for serious modders if you're interested. Logic Supply has the best ones available, and they're pretty cheap as well.

#1889725 G5 // Legacy

Posted by bonestonne on 17 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

Working in radio, I would say it should be straight, clear of obstructions, and not have interfering electronics in close proximity. That said, working in a computer shop, I would keep it straight for as long as you can, with the end of the antenna being outside the case, and shielded by plastic, not metal. Think of a laptop, the antenna go around the LCD edges, which gives it straight lines, and is only surrounded by plastic generally, which gives it less insulation, and in turn, a better signal.

#1888066 PC Graphic cards and OSX...

Posted by bonestonne on 12 February 2013 - 02:17 AM

A standard Mac Pro has a 980W power supply, at least from the information I can muster up. The GTX660Ti has a max TDP of 150W. The rest of the Mac will use a fair amount of wattage, under full load, probably close to 400-450W. Given the source of many parts within the Mac Pro, I wouldn't want to put the PSU under a high load, as I wouldn't be surprised if the PSU failed under a 60% load or higher in prolonged situations. The GTX580 by nVidia's website lists a TDP of 244W, significantly higher than the GTX660Ti. If you're looking to use the card for Adobe hardware rendering with the Mercury Playback engine, despite the higher boost clock of the GTX580, the GTX660TI will be nearly identical in performance, but it will use a significantly lower amount of power. The GTX660Ti also has more CUDA cores, which the Mercury Playback Engine will be able to utilize better.

#1887586 PC Graphic cards and OSX...

Posted by bonestonne on 10 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

The GTX660TI is near identical performance with the GTX580 with much lower power usage, if that's of any concern to anyone. In testing with Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine, the difference between the two cards was 1 second. Offhand, I'm not 100% sure what the Mac Pro power supply is (likely far more than it needs), but being cautious in terms of power usage is always wise.

#1886844 G5 // Legacy

Posted by bonestonne on 07 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

If they share a ground, add a second wire. Alternatively, you could take a pair of two pin connectors, wire the + in it, and then bridge the ground wire between them. Have your ground go to one 2 pin connector, and have it also bridge into the second 2 pin adapter. If you're wiring this all from scratch, you may not be able to fit all the wires in, but it's a trial and error thing. Personally, I would try and split the ground wires, and make sure they both have their own, and it is not bridged. A little more work, but easier to troubleshoot if it doesn't work, and ends up being a simpler setup.

#1886295 [Worklog] Project Gravitas - Sponsored G5 Mod

Posted by bonestonne on 05 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

I would take those two 60mm fans out, and I would test them again on the bench. Your first option is what I would do regardless. I would block off the smaller 60mm fan inlets of course, for focused airflow, and I would not install a rheobus to solve this. You should rely on either volt modding or PWM for your fans, it will be a cleaner install than adding a rheobus (or any other) fan controller to the mix, and much more reliable (one less thing to go wrong). Scythe Slip Stream 800rpm would be perfect for this, lowered down to 7v with a Noctua (or homemade LNA) would be absolutely silent, while still providing adequate airflow for your PSU. I'm about 1000 miles away from you, a whole state over, but if you were closer, I'd totally be game for hopping over for a while when I have downtime. I have had companies get back to me directly about RMAs, so I wouldn't consider that strange at all. I have also had companies screw up the RMA process, and it has costed me a few hun...

#1886120 my new monster machine.

Posted by bonestonne on 04 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

Firewire 800 and Firewire 400 are completely cross compatible. Just use a 9 pin to 6 pin adapter, or 9 pin to 6 pin cable, and everything should work fine. I do this with my ProFire 2626, as the interface has 6 pin, and my MacBook Pro has 9 pin. My biggest use for FW is that I need it for external hard drives when doing HD capture, as I have a thunderbolt capture unit, and found it simpler and cheaper to skip a thunderbolt drive and just use the FW 800 ones that I have available. That said, I will be getting the OWC FW800/USB3.0 drive for use, so I have FW800 for the laptop and USB3.0 for the desktop. Should last years and years. It also helps for me to be able to chain drives together, especially for the drives I have lying around. I also figured that I would use this opportunity having enough funds for the whole machine to take care of it all at once. The software is the biggest thing for me, both work and school has me using Premiere Pro, the Office suite, and a whole slew of ot...

#1885927 [Worklog] Project Gravitas - Sponsored G5 Mod

Posted by bonestonne on 04 February 2013 - 03:58 AM

I'm really liking the attention to detail going into this build. I just have a few questions.. The Enermax fan you have pictured most recently, do you think that the rear fan grill is open enough? It seems very tight compared to the stock grills, and I think it may affect airflow significantly. Secondly, why not add an eyelet to the ground cable in the PSU? Seems like it would be a more reliable, and easier to work with. If the G5 I have at work craps our or gets no use, it'll definitely get hacked to some degree of insanity, though I'm not sure yet.

#1885762 my new monster machine.

Posted by bonestonne on 03 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

It's not often I hear someone saying something good about M-Audio. I did to tech support with them for some time (2.5 years) and the company was doing pretty well as a whole. I started with them after Avid already acquired them, so that did help them out a lot. Now that M-Audio is owned by InMusic, I'm hard pressed to say I would get any legacy products (PCI). The group doing support at InMusic has little experience with any of the interfaces, and when it comes to USB interfaces, they will completely pass the buck over to Avid (who kept all USB products after selling to InMusic). Anyone who is old enough to have MidiMan products, well, that lifetime warranty that the paperwork states may not be in effect anymore. The people over at InMusic only have the two ProFire units supported, and it's tough to say whether there will be many driver updates. InMusic's purchase of M-Audio didn't make much sense to me, it gives them firewire units, but they're mostly provi...

#1885409 my new monster machine.

Posted by bonestonne on 02 February 2013 - 04:27 AM

That review is quite spot on, though I did do some different things in my build than most. You mentioned using screws on the opposite sides for the ODD and HDDs, but I left the ODD with the single tool-less adapter (holds it in place fine, and doesn't rattle for me), and for the HDDs, I took off every other adapter, and moved them to the opposite side. It also helps protect the finish, because I find it to be very delicate. Unlike the NZXT Phantom, this did not have rubber washers for the side panel thumb screws, and that was a let down to me, especially because of the finish. I also found the separate wiring for the front USB ports to be a hassle as well. It could have just as easily been wired to the USB3.0 header to reduce a cable. Additionally, I took out all of the stock fans. The 140mm fan caused a terrible rattle, and I never had plans to keep the rear fan, so I couldn't tell you whether that was problematic. My fans are all soft mounted, so vibrations aren't an...

#1885340 my new monster machine.

Posted by bonestonne on 01 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

It took me a very long time to really settle on which case I wanted to build the machine in. It look a lot of measuring, but I had to really fulfill a few requirements for this to really work out for me. 1) It needs to fit under my desk. My desk has a decent amount of space for a case, but that doesn't mean I want an Antec 1200 to fill it all. 2) I actually really wanted a white case. This narrowed down choices a lot. 3) I wanted a lot of space behind the motherboard tray, along with tool-less mounting choices because my machines tend to be open with me messing around with them. It meant one less tool I need in order to make any changes. Amazing, there is no bulge with the back side cover. It takes a little practice to get it to line up just right, but there's no wrestling it down just to get it on. There is an amazing amount of space behind that motherboard tray. The USB3.0 meant I had to add a USB3.0 card for the front panel header, but I was fine with that. Overall, I...

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