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XFX 5670 512Mb - $80 + shipping each -

Sapphire 4890 1Gb - $175 + shipping -


XFX 5670's were briefly tested and then uninstalled while the 4890 has been in use without incident for the last year.

Let me know if you're interested in any of the items before I resort to ebaying everything.  Can provide pictures.



Peter Hanneman

Great pick.  The only thing holding me back is the high expense, not necessarily just from the card itself which is doable by itself but the $100+ active dp-to-dvi adapters for anything past the first two connections.  The performance is definitely there and if nothing else comes up I might just have to bite the bullet and go with it.  Any other suggestions before breaking the bank?



This passive adapter claims to do 1920x1200 resolution for $22

vs the $100 dual link capable adapter


I was under the impression passive adapters could only handle up to a 1920x1080 resolution.


I've got the DFI Lanparty JR x58 motherboard and I've been using it with an ATI 4890 feeding two 24" screens.  Its been a nice setup and I haven't had any problems but I'm desperately in need of more screen real estate.  As such I would like to add at least one more 24" monitor.  To do so I'll need another graphics card which I'd like to be in a SLI or Crossfire configuration, but my PCI slot is taken by my sound card and I've got a 1x TV tuner card sitting in my other x16 slot.  Long story short in order to fit two graphics cards and keep my sound and tuner cards I need to get rid of my current 4890 card and replace it with two single slot (including cooler) x16 SLI/Crossfire capable graphics cards each with 2x DVI ports.  I'd like to go with the top performing single slot solutions available if possible as I might add a fourth screen if I need to expand again in the future.


It all boils down to the simple question: What is the top performing single slot crossfire/sli card with two DVI ports available at the moment?


The best match to my requirements that I've found thus far is the ATI 5670.  The only thing missing from it is 2x DVI ports and the performance is actually slightly worse than my single 4890 card. :-/


Thanks in advance,

Peter Hanneman

As a follow up, my budget home theater system looks like it will consist of:

  • Yamaha RX-V565 Receiver
  • Optima HD20 Projector
  • nVidia ION based HTPC (Atom 330 dual core processor 1.6GHz, 2GB DDR2-800 4-4-4-10, 750GB Seagate 7200.12, Silverstone SG06-B case)
  • Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Speakers / Sub
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Bluray Player
  • X-Box 360
  • Logitech Harmony 688 Universal Remote
  • Logitech DiNovo Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

Still working out which screen I will use for the projector.  I'm looking for something with a gain between 1.1 to 1.5 or so, fixed or motorized, between 106"-130" diagonal in a 16:9 ratio.  I decided to build my own HTPC because it would allow me to better customize the unit to my needs for less money and so that I could pick out a more stylish case to blend with the decor.  Instead of dealing with the hassle of using pandora / youtube on a [censored]bersome blu-ray / receiver, as number of Samsung models sport, I decided to open up to other internet sources and simply rely on the HTPC to handle online & network HD playback.  The whole system shipped, minus the XB360 should cost just north of $2500 which isn't too bad for a ~120" 1080p 16:9 screen, 7.1 surround, bluray player, display equipped universal remote and a more than capable HTPC serving as a fileshare / ftp / RADIUS server for the house.

Anyone see where I could make improvements or save some cash?


Peter H.

Hey I recently purchased a new house and am putting in a home theatre based around a front projection system.  I've been looking around at parts and am currently having trouble deciding on an appropriate receiver.  The two options I see are buying a small multimedia pc such as the Dell Zino HD and attaching it via HDMI to a pure receiver and buying a separate blu ray player or simply buying a higher quality receiver / blu ray combo.

What I'm looking for is at least a 5.1 if not a 7.1 capable receiver, perhaps with a built in blu ray player with DVD up conversion.  It needs at bare minimum one component input / optical audio input for XB360 and a HDMI input for a blu ray player if it's not built in.  In order to replace the Zino HD it would need to sport Pandora / Youtube playback if not more services.

Any ideas?


- Peter

My initial testing has been completed!  While my graph only shows read performance, write performance displayed identical trends.  I personally ended up going with a 128Kb stripe size on account of slightly lower CPU usage compared with 4Kb.

You can see specific numbers here:



Hopefully these numbers will be useful to someone!

Thanks for the valuable comments frank and dave.  🙂  The price premium for the Vertex II's over the Agilities was still a little steep for me to bare when buying multiple drives for a raid configuration however I did not abandon the Vertex series completely.  My final solution was to use three OCZ Agility 120Gb drives in a raid 0 in my desktop and a single OCZ Vertex 120Gb drive in my Fujitsu T5010 Tablet.  The tablet's boot times with Windows 7 x64 are insane to say the least.  As for the desktop I'm still trying to determine the optimum stripe & cluster size for the raid.  Quite a few combinations and not many resources on SSD raid arrays with three drives - all trial and error for me I suppose.  Perhaps either of you have any resources on determining optimum raid parameters? :D


Edit: Thus far 8Kb stripe with default cluster size is giving me ~3% advantage.  I'll post some graphs of my results tomorrow perhaps and after some more testing.

I'm ordering parts for a new computer first thing Monday morning and I'm

stuck on storage options.  I have two traditional 7200RPM drives planned

to go into a raid 1 for large media storage but my dilemma lies with the boot /

software disks.  I decided I'd bite the bullet and go with an SSD

configuration.  Looking at a bunch of reviews two drives have stood out

which fit well with my budget and offer above average speed.  They are the

Patriot Torqx PFZ128GS25SSDR 128GB and the OCZ Agility Series OCZSSD2-1AGT120G

120GB.  Great individual reviews, however, I have been unable to find a

review comparing the two drives directly, nor two reviews using similar tools

to test them separately.  I may very well end up getting two drives, possibly

a third down the line and using them in a raid 0 configuration since raid

performance appears to scale nearly linearly with these SSD drives.  Does

anyone have any experience with either or any suggestions before I resort to a

coin toss?


Thanks in advance,

- Peter

The title pretty much says it all. I'm in desparate need of a new GPS capable smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard.  Those two have become my top two choices, however if you have any other suggestions by all means let me know! [:)]  The question is: is it worth the wait until late Q2 of this year for the X1?  I think it looks better, comes with WinMobile 6.1, and supports the 1700mhz spectrum, however, other than those features they are almost identicle.  The TyTN II has received many great reviews and is begining to suck me in.  Any last comments or suggestions for other phones before I bite?

 - Peter

Hey, I just was working on someone's computer, just simple virus scans, defrag, clean disk, etc. basic stuff, then after a reboot, it would not get an IP.  I've tried two different NICs and two different routers.  I get nothing.  Windows can see that I am plugging in a network cable, but after that it just stays at the 169.254.... default IP. Manually setting it doesn't change anything.  Any ideas?  Thanks in advance, - Peter