Saturday, June 18, 2016

Silverstone SG13 vs the Core i7 4790K

SG13

Last Thursday before going to bed, I played a game of Crysis 3. Without any particular reason, I ran Realtemp on the background. When I exited the game, I took a look at the maximum temps that were recorded by it.

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It was worrying. This was at an ambient below 25C. And this is just gaming.

I was running the Scythe Gentle Typhoon 3000RPM fan which is cooling the radiator of the Antec Kuhler 620 (first edition) at around 1800RPM. The fan speed was lowered from the fan controlling software built into the UEFI of the Asus Z97i Plus motherboard.

I let the fan run at its rated speed and that made the temps drop by 10C while playing Crysis 3. It was OK, but still too high for gaming.

However, the next morning, I wanted to transcode a video in Handbrake and this sent the CPU temps to a whopping 98C. This was with the fan at full speed!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Internet in Australia

Internet

After securing a lease on an apartment, one of the first things I did was to get an internet connection. It was saddening to find out that I couldn't get NBN because NBN wasn't launched in this area yet. I had to go with ADSL.

After looking at few options, I went with Belong, a subsidiary of Telstra, because the contract was for only 1 year (which is also the lease period of the apartment) and because they gave a free ADSL modem with Wi-Fi with an almost zero initial fee. The monthly charge was $75 which is quite a lot to be honest, and I selected the 1000GB per month plan. TPG offered unlimited plans but I had to pay for the router, pay an initial setup fee and it was for only 6 months which meant that I had to recontract after 6 months, if according to my understanding.

To be honest, the inclusion of the free router with the 1 year Belong contract had quite a pull. Had I known that the router they bundled with the connection was crap and I anyway had to buy a new router, I probably would have gone with someone else.

Anyways, now I'm with Belong and I cannot switch to another provider without paying the early termination fee of like $20 per month for the remainder of the contract, which would be a whopping $180.

What about the speeds? It is only ADSL2+, so it's not fast. Here are my sync stats reported from the router.

Line Stats

They are reasonable for ADSL, probably because I'm lucky to be only about 1km away from the exchange.
Here is my speed test result.

Speedtest

Pathetic, compared to what I got in Japan.

I can saturate the download bandwidth without too much difficulty but the lack of upload bandwidth is such a problem. Uploading photos to Facebook takes forever and uploading videos to YouTube is almost impossible. I think I need to invest some time on finding efficient encoding settings some time. Browsing the web and streaming YouTube videos aren't too bad though. At first, these were also very slow but it probably was the fault of the MacBook Air which I initially had to live with for a whole two months. However, I get constant complaints from Skype callers saying our video isn't clear.

Hey, this is no Japan after all.

Next time I look forward a new apartment, I will pay special attention to the availability of NBN in that area.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Bought a new mouse pad

Mantis

I have not been using a mouse pad because my wife and kid used to spill food on my old QCK Mini mouse pad which had a cloth surface. The current arrangement is such that my wife does not have to sit so close to the PC when feeding my kid, so it was finally time to get a new mouse pad.

The one I bought was a the RAZER Goliathus Mantis SPEED Edition. I bought it from a local eBay seller because I am cheap. I am not even sure if it is legit. That’s a risk I was willing to take. It arrived in about a week’s time so no complaints there.

This mouse pad has a cloth surface as well, but the surface is not as coarse as the QCK either. It also has a seamed border, which I am not sure is a good thing or a bad thing yet. I will soon be able to know. I know something which is not good about it compared to the QCK, that is it does not grip the surface of the desk as well as the QCK used to.

The mouse I am using on it is a Logitech G602. It seems to work OK, but I did not have much time to play any games with it yet.

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