XtremeDS CM 690 II AMD build
Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:49 AM
After some time, I've got news this week.
- TP-link switch with 8 ports
- Ozone mousepad
- One red Led fan for the exhaust
- Intel 330 180GB SSD.
Here is the SSD:
So this is how it looks now:
It was a really nice update for me. I was really needing a switch to connect another PCs, the red led fan changed the look a bit and the mousepad is a bit more confortable than my other ozone GroundLevel S.
However, the update that I like the most is the SSD. It may not be the fastest but it still is really fast.The time it takes to boot or to shutdown is much smaller and I use a login password or it would be even faster.
I am still reinstalling applications I need daily so I still didn't get the chance to benchmark the SSD or the whole CPU with it, not even gaming. So in the next few days I will probably do a few benchmarks and maybe see how it performs recording a gameplay.
Edited by XtremeDS, 11 December 2012 - 03:49 AM.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:22 PM
Here are the benchmarks and I must say: I was surprised by the diference it made .
I know that it isn't a record breaking SSD in terms of speed and that does reflect in the Crystaldiskmark:
It isn't that impressive, I know. However when I run the PCMark Vantage:
That is almost twice than it was on my HDD, which is 320GB, Sata II and 7200 RPM:
In terms of gaming, I still can't tell much about it. I only have GW2 installed in it and just played a little and it felt a bit smooter (maybe It had some stuttering in my HDD) and the loading seems a bit faster.
I can also notice some heavy programs loads faster, so the system seems more responsive.
So it definitely was a nice upgrade and a nice way to give some life to a simple Phenom II X2 with 3 cores unlocked.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:13 PM
After a few days of overclocking, testing and my crosshair V almost doing a year, I finally did beat the 4 GHz barrier and my old record for CPU frequency:
I also did beat a few more old benchmarks I did have, like the superpi. I also used the rog connect which I have never used before. Really nice feature.
I hope to have news in the next weeks.
Edit: A few more photos and turned the PSU upside down.
Edited by XtremeDS, 10 February 2013 - 10:29 AM.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:23 AM
After a busy week, I finally had some time to install it.
Some more photos of the box from the WC:
In terms of noise, it was a bit noisy when I run it for the first time, but I had to change the fan settings and its almost silent now. My GPU does much more noise. :tongue:
In terms of temperature, at idle the temperatures are about the same. Running prime95 I did get about 7-8º degrees of difference and it wasn't running at maximum speed. The room temperature was a bit colder (I think. I don't have any way to measure the room temperature).
Another thing I did like was the look of it and it is much easier to work without a huge cooler in the way.
Now I need to see how much I can improve my OC. I believe not much more, but I am curious any way.
Edited by XtremeDS, 03 March 2013 - 08:24 AM.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:14 AM
Time for another upgrade... again! I really wasn't expecting so much upgrades this year. :tongue:
My father moved to France looking for a job (a month ago) and needed my monitor since he couldn't carry his 21" CRT (too big). So yesterday was time to upgrade.
I looked for the VE278H but I found it a bit too expensive comparing to the 24" equivalent. I was going for a VS248H but then I found this one:
It was a bit less expensive than the VS248H, and even if its like an inch smaller it has more constrast than the VS248H and less response time.
After check that everything was OK with the monitor I took the rest of the scratch protection, that plastics.
It is really slim this monitor and I don't have the ghosting I had with my VE247H while browsing or working. I already played a bit with it and it was really great.
It's a shame my 9600GT 1GB can't do a better job with newer games since I can't crank up the settings because I can see much more details and color with this monitor to make it even more amazing.