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danofpaco
post Feb 26 2013, 06:20 PM


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Hello Cubers! Haven't visited in a loooong time, but saw this video card and had to post, reminiscing about the days of trying to get the best video possible in ye olde cube.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130899

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post Feb 26 2013, 10:52 PM


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I am glad that after all these years you still have my case for Cube #2!!! The picture of my avatar is from that case...

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post Feb 26 2013, 10:59 PM


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QUOTE(danofpaco @ Feb 26 2013, 02:20 PM) *

Hello Cubers! Haven't visited in a loooong time, but saw this video card and had to post, reminiscing about the days of trying to get the best video possible in ye olde cube.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130899

Be excellent to each other,
:-Dan
Welcome back for the visit!
Yeah, the expensive stuff we tried, yeow!
That time is over and gone.

This is the fastest Cube card we ever came up with.

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post Feb 27 2013, 11:07 AM


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Hey Paris! Yes, still have the case you made - as gorgeous as ever! Although, my Cubes are still in totes after a move over a year ago. Maybe I'll pull them out and fire them up one of these days.

Glad to see the forum is still kicking. Outside of a newer video card, any other major advances in the Cube hot-rodding world? I still have half a mind to stick the guts of a mini into one some day.

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Cube 1:
PL Dual 1.5GHz : 120GB Seagate Barricuda : 1.5GB RAM : Fanned XFX 6200 256MB : DVD-ROM : BlueCube Mod : Dual 19" LCDs : OWC Base Fan : OS 10.4.9

Cube 2:
PL Single 1.5GHz : 30GB : 1.12GB RAM : Radeon 7500 : DVD-ROM : Airport Card : Custom Silver Case (Paris) : 15" Apple Studio Display : PL Base Fan : OS 10.4.9

MacBook Pro:
15" : 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo : 120GB : 4GB RAM : GeForce 8600M GT 128MB : 8x DL SuperDrive : Airport Extreme : Bluetooth : OS 10.5.6
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post Feb 27 2013, 05:54 PM


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QUOTE(danofpaco @ Feb 27 2013, 07:07 AM) *

Glad to see the forum is still kicking. Outside of a newer video card, any other major advances in the Cube hot-rodding world?

Take care,
Dan

Last summer, Dave and I collaborated on testing various SATA/IDE adaptors and mounting schemes for SSDs in the Cube. As a result, my adaptor sled went on sale last August. Cubes with SSDs boot fast and can score 140+ on the XBench hard drive test. This research also led the way to enabling use of SATA optical drives in the Cube: six minutes to burn a full cd-r.


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post Feb 28 2013, 11:12 AM


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Pablo, that is awesome! I assume you'd still need the Hi-Cap Driver to break the 128gb limit? I bet that makes a night and day difference in perceived performance, yes?


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Cube 2:
PL Single 1.5GHz : 30GB : 1.12GB RAM : Radeon 7500 : DVD-ROM : Airport Card : Custom Silver Case (Paris) : 15" Apple Studio Display : PL Base Fan : OS 10.4.9

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post Feb 28 2013, 06:21 PM


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QUOTE(danofpaco @ Feb 28 2013, 07:12 AM) *

Pablo, that is awesome! I assume you'd still need the Hi-Cap Driver to break the 128gb limit? I bet that makes a night and day difference in perceived performance, yes?

Sure, you still need the Hi-Cap Driver, or Pareis' script, but so long as you keep the operating system in a partition under the 128Gb limit the sled will let you use up to a 1.5Tb 2.5" hard drive or 960Gb SSD. The SSD boots my cube to desktop in about 35 seconds, improves handling of video files/big files, speeds up Safari because of instant access to the cache. The difference is easy to feel; everything seems faster.



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Cube: Newer Technology Maxpower Dual 1.6 gHz 7447A with Pablo heatplate and Pablo VRM bypass wiring harness, 1.5 GB PC 133 Cl 2, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro Mac Edition ADC/DVI, Powerlogix Powercube (clear) with VRM relocation kit, Spirica cube VRM heatsink, 120 GB Crucial M500 SSD with Pablo pSled, LG GS31F SATA Super Multi-Drive with Addonics adapter, Giga Designs base fan, Airport card, Airport Express 802.11n as an ethernet bridge, Harman Kardon USB Soundsticks, Dual Apple 23" M8536 Cinema HD displays with Dr Bott DVIator, Elgato EyeTV 500, Apple iSight with Sightflex mount, Original Belkin powered Firewire Hub, Apple Pro keyboard and mouse, OSX Leopard 10.5.8.

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post Mar 1 2013, 06:49 PM


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QUOTE(danofpaco @ Feb 28 2013, 08:12 AM) *

Pablo, that is awesome! I assume you'd still need the Hi-Cap Driver to break the 128gb limit? I bet that makes a night and day difference in perceived performance, yes?


Not sure how breaking the size limit affects performance.
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post Mar 4 2013, 12:55 AM


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QUOTE(CubeIt @ Mar 1 2013, 06:49 PM) *

Not sure how breaking the size limit affects performance.


The SSD, not the size limit.


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Cube 1:
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Cube 2:
PL Single 1.5GHz : 30GB : 1.12GB RAM : Radeon 7500 : DVD-ROM : Airport Card : Custom Silver Case (Paris) : 15" Apple Studio Display : PL Base Fan : OS 10.4.9

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post Mar 4 2013, 05:50 PM


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QUOTE(CubeIt @ Mar 1 2013, 02:49 PM) *

Not sure how breaking the size limit affects performance.

I think he wanted to know if the size limit still applied when using a SATA drive and a SATA to IDE adapter. Yes, but OSX does give you a work-around, where you can do a number of steps to store your home folder on a volume other than the one the system file is on. OWC has a film on that, so if you have an enormous iTunes library, then it could all fit on a two partition drive over the limit. Otherwise, the performance of the SSDs is not in question, and 2.5" SATA hard drives larger than the limit are as fast as the best old IDE/ATA hard drives in terms of seek times, and far better judged by a number of other metrics. They use a fraction of the power, are cooler, quieter, have higher data transfer rates, and are probably far more reliable. Having a new hard drive in a Cube drawing only two to three watts reduces the internal temperature of the Cube, and can make the energy budget for upgrading the cpu and/or video card look better, perhaps reducing or eliminating any need to replace or otherwise modify the existing VRM.




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Cube: Newer Technology Maxpower Dual 1.6 gHz 7447A with Pablo heatplate and Pablo VRM bypass wiring harness, 1.5 GB PC 133 Cl 2, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro Mac Edition ADC/DVI, Powerlogix Powercube (clear) with VRM relocation kit, Spirica cube VRM heatsink, 120 GB Crucial M500 SSD with Pablo pSled, LG GS31F SATA Super Multi-Drive with Addonics adapter, Giga Designs base fan, Airport card, Airport Express 802.11n as an ethernet bridge, Harman Kardon USB Soundsticks, Dual Apple 23" M8536 Cinema HD displays with Dr Bott DVIator, Elgato EyeTV 500, Apple iSight with Sightflex mount, Original Belkin powered Firewire Hub, Apple Pro keyboard and mouse, OSX Leopard 10.5.8.

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