Mike Tomlinson wrote:
Then again, people tend to forget that a PC left running saves on the
cost of heating the room it's in during the colder months.
Gas is about 1/4 of the price of electricity per kWh, although it does
get interesting if you're only trying to heat one room.
I think the ATX board layout limits the ability to improve the design
much. BTX was an attempt to improve that, but seems to have vanished
without trace. Wonder why? I have a memory that Intel demanded licence
fees for BTX which the case makers didn't want to pay, but may be wrong.
There was just a lack of demand, IIRC. BTX has a problem where you lose
a large chunk of drive-bay space, and needs chipsets flipped to get the
lines the right way around, all for a problem that no longer exists
Dell do use BTX, which makes sense as they always built single-fan
ducted systems, and BTX is better for these if you have a mid-range+
video card. Not sure about anyone else.
> A reduction in temperature of only a few degrees can have
a massive effect on reliability and longevity of hard drives, and can be
achieved with modest airflow
Note that the Google hard drive survey showed the best reliability at
35-40C, with a rapidly escalating failure rate below that range.
Coming back to the original subject of the failed memory, I have
experimented with heat spreaders on the memory fitted in this machine,
and found that it ran much hotter.
What did you use to attach the heatspreaders?