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My computers in their new Thermaltake Versa H15 Cases

My computers in their new Thermaltake Versa H15 Cases

Hi everyone,

On Thursday, I got my new Thermaltake PC cases which I used to build my 2 main computers. In this post, I’ll share some pictures of the builds:

The box where the cases came is the following:

Thermaltake Versa H15 - 1

Opening the box, we can see the case being protected with a plastic bag:

Thermaltake Versa H15 - 2

After taking the case out of the box, it looks like this:

Thermaltake Versa H15 - 3

And now, let’s see how my AMD Ryzen 7 1700 build looks:

Thermaltake Versa H15 - 4

Now, my Intel i7-3610QM PC:

Thermaltake Versa H15 - 5

And here’s the front look from both PC’s:

Thermaltake Versa H15 - 6

That’s all! Hope you enjoyed these Pics!

When you can’t wait for the PC cases to arrive but you want to use your computers

When you can’t wait for the PC cases to arrive but you want to use your computers

So, yesterday I moved, and I began building my computers. The only thing I didn’t ship was the PC cases as the shipping would be pretty high, and instead, I shipped the parts separately. Then, yesterday I built them and ordered brand-new cases for them.

In the meantime, I’m using them like this:

Computers without case

Here, you can see my AMD Ryzen 7 1700 and Intel i7-3610QM machines with an AMD RX 570 and an Nvidia Geforce 1060 3GB. Both are on top of their respective motherboard boxes.

The cases are expected to arrive on Wednesday. I’ll post when I get them and the motherboards and components inside them 🙂.

Emojis are coming to Windows 10!

Emojis are coming to Windows 10!

In Windows 10 build 16215, available for those who participate in the Windows Insider Program and are in the Fast Ring, Microsoft introduced the ability to use emojis, so you can now easily use them in your posts and comments.

It’s very easy to use them! You just have to press the WIN + . keys, and the emojis will pop up! Then, you select the emoji you would like to use 😜

Windows 10 Emojis - 1

1. Go to Start and press the gear icon (Settings)

Windows 10 Emojis - 2

2. Go to “Update & Security”

Windows 10 Emojis - 3

3. Go to “Windows Insider Program”

Here, you should be able to join the Windows Insider Program. I don’t see the option to join because I’m already part of it, but basically, you accept and then your PC will restart. Then, follow steps 1 and 2 and change the ring to “Fast” so you can receive the latest preview version of Windows 10. Please note that by joining this program, your PC could experience crashes or have issues you didn’t have before. Personally, I’ve never had any major problems testing these preview versions 🙂.

4. Finally, we check for updates by going to “Windows Update”

The latest Windows 10 preview version should show and start downloading. If it doesn’t show, don’t worry, as it can take some time for it to appear.

Windows 10 Emojis - 4

5. Wait for the download to finish and install, then restart the PC

It can take a while depending on your internet and computer speed.

6. Wait for the installation to finish

This can take half and hour or more, especially if your PC has a Hard Disk Drive instead of a Solid State Disk.

7. Once the update finishes and you see the desktop, you can start using the emojis 😃

Personally, I use Microsoft Edge. There, you can test the emojis. I haven’t tested any other browsers.

I hope you all liked this post!

Solving the HP Stream tablets CPU Throttling

Solving the HP Stream tablets CPU Throttling

Hi everyone,

In this post, I’m gonna talk about the HP Stream tablets and how to work around the overheating issues you may have with them.

These tablets works really good most of the time, that is, as long as you are in a well ventilated room, or a room with Air Conditioner. However, on tropical weather, it does not performs good sometimes. This is because the temperature is mostly in the mid 70s to 90s F, and in the summer, it can reach 100 F or more, and this causes the tablet to overheat and therefore, the CPU starts to throttle.

The tablet has a Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3735G clocked at 1.33Ghz. However, the CPU can reach up to 1.57Ghz given the CPU temperature is not extremely hot.

Now, the other issue is that the tablet is mostly plastic, and plastic is not a good heat conductor as compared with metal, but also, it is good that it is plastic as it would not transfer the heat to the battery and it is therefore concentrated in the CPU area, which prevents damage to the battery as the battery is kept cool. If it were metal, the heat could easily transfer to the battery and this could result in the battery getting swollen due to heat. So, each, plastic and metal has its pros and cons.

HP Stream 8 tablet
HP Stream 8

As you may know from the other posts I’ve made, I run the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) in my PCs, and these tablets are no exception, but given the overheating issue, I had to find a solution to keep them cool.

HP Stream 7 and 8 crunching BOINC Tasks

Mainly, when it runs a BOINC CPU project, the throttle will not be severe in most cases, but when you add a GPU project to crunch, then that’s when the tablet will throttle severe enough to make it unresponsive until it cools down and the CPU clock restores to more than 1Ghz.

So, what is a good way to prevent the tablets from overheating and throttling? I got some aluminum heatsink that are designed to keep products like the Raspberry Pi cool. These aluminum heatsink comes with a thermal conductive tape and it is a good way to dissipate heat from the device.

Once the aluminum heatsink arrived, I attached them to the HP Stream 8 tablet, and then to the HP Stream 7. Below, you’ll find the procedure I made:

First, we must take the back panel off and remove some + screws. It is very easy to remove, and once removed, we will see the printed circuit board:

HP Stream 7 and 8 Heatsink Mod 1

The area we need to cool is this:

HP Stream 7 and 8 Heatsink Mod 2

We need to place the Thermal Conductive Tape to the heatsinks:

Now, we just place it in the area we need to keep cool:

HP Stream 7 and 8 Heatsink Mod 5

Of course, one heatsink is not sufficient, so we will be adding more (The item I purchased came with 10, so I installed 5 per tablet):

Now that we have applied the heatsinks, we need to make a cut to the cover so that we can reapply it to the tablet to protect the circuit board:

And that’s basically it! The tablet will not throttle unless the heat is sever enough. Now, a little fan to keep them cool really helps.

Now, I can run SETI@Home in the GPU of the tablet without it throttling.

BOINCTasks HP Tablets
ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Overclock

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Overclock

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m showing you my Overclock settings for the ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO video card I’m using to run some BOINC Workunits.

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO
Seen here is the EXP Beast V8.0 Mini-PCI to PCI-Express adapter, with the ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO attached to it.

Yes, the GPU is old, but it still works, so why not using it to crunch some BOINC workunits and help in some projects? Yes, it may not be power efficient as newer GPUs, but again, it still works. Will I replace it later? Most likely yes. When? I don’t yet know, but possibly when the Vega architecture gets released and if it is better than Nvidia, otherwise I’ll get a more powerful Nvidia GPU.

So, answering those questions I’m certain most of you will ask, I’ll proceed with showing you my Overclock:

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Overclock 1

You can see that the Stock Clock speed is just 525Mhz, and the RAM speed is 500Mhz. I upped those clocks to 800Mhz and 600Mhz.

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Overclock 2

Here you see the GPU Load is 98%. The GPU is running ATI BOINC workunits. I crashed the GPU, and therefore it did a Green Screen of Death (GSOD happens when running a Windows Insider Preview build), if I went higher than 600Mhz for the Memory Clock. Also, at this clock speed, I’m seeing visual artifacts but otherwise doesn’t affects GPU crunching in BOINC, and since I’m not using this GPU to connect to a monitor, I don’t have any issues at all with having screen artifacts. Artifacts starts showing after 760Mhz. Going at more than 800Mhz will make the screen fill up with lots and lots of artifact.

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Overclock 3

I’m using MSI Afterburner to overclock this GPU. I did had to enable the unofficial overclocking and “Extend official overclocking limits” settings in the software to overclock it even higher, as with the default settings I could go only up to 600Mhz. Please note that it shows here 0 Mhz for both the GPU and Memory clock because I don’t have a monitor attached. It has to be noted that in order to modify these overclock settings at first, I had to connect the GPU to a monitor. After overclocking it, you can disconnect the monitor and the overclock settings will still be applied.

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Overclock 4

So, what performance did I gain? Crunching Moo! Wrapper workunits, I was able to get the tasks down from 4 hours and a half to roughly 3 hours and some minutes:

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Overclock 5

So, while the GPU is old, it can still crunch perfectly, although it will not grant a lot of BOINC credits. Overclocking it makes it possible to crunch more workunits per day, making the most of the GPU.

BTW, that “Validation Inconclusive” task has to do with a crash the PC had due to me tweaking the GPU overclocking settings. As you can see, the rest of the tasks has been validated successfully. It was my fault as I didn’t suspended the project while I was adjusting the settings.

Hope you all liked this article!

Installing Windows 10 Creators Update to the UDOO x86

Installing Windows 10 Creators Update to the UDOO x86

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you a video where I’m installing Windows 10 Creators Update (build 15063) to the UDOO x86. Installing Windows 10 is very easy and while the setup took some time to finish, Windows 10 runs very nice on this board. In fact, I used the UDOO x86 to do the ArduBOINC project you can see by clicking here.

One recommendation is that if you plan on installing big software later, like Visual Studio 2017, I recommend you get an M.2 SSD drive or a 2.5 Hard Disk Drive or SSD, as the 32GB eMMC Storage is not so much and will fill up very fast with the Windows Updates and builds, especially if you participate in the Windows Insider Program as I do. In the video, I’m installing Windows 10 to a 250GB Hard Disk Drive.

MSI RX 570 Armor 4GB OC – AMD Radeon RX 570 Graphics Card

MSI RX 570 Armor 4GB OC – AMD Radeon RX 570 Graphics Card

Hi everyone,

Today, I got the MSI RX 570 Armor 4GB OC Graphics Card which is an AMD Radeon RX 570 GPU. I’m using this GPU in my i7-3610QM Mini ITX PC, crunching BOINC Workunits, particularly, Collatz Conjecture workunits.

This GPU crunches them at 26 minutes per workunit. In comparison, my Nvidia Geforce 1060 3GB can crunch those workunits at just 24 minutes. This makes the RX570 a little slower in that project. It may be faster on other projects but I haven’t tested it.

Anyway, here you’ll see the GPU in its packaging and installed in the PC:

Now, let’s see what AMD has for us when the new Vega-based cards comes out. Will they beat Nvidia? We’ll have to wait and see.

The very old ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO that was installed in this PC was moved to my EXP Beast V8.0 adapter to use as an eGPU on my laptop. Kinda slow, but it still can crunch workunits.

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO

I’ll wait to see the next AMD and maybe Nvidia cards if Nvidia has more cards to show to us, since Vega is coming, Nvidia maybe has something else for us. Then, I’ll replace the 2400 PRO with whatever new GPU comes out.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you a video I recorded setting up this card on this PC. I hope you liked the images!

Received my UDOO x86 Advanced + Starter Kit!

Received my UDOO x86 Advanced + Starter Kit!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I forgot to write a post, because I received, finally, my UDOO x86 Advanced and I started playing with it.

This particular board has an Intel Celeron N3160 clocked at 1.60Ghz and can go up to 2.40Ghz. It has Intel Graphics HD 400 with 12 execution units clocked at 640Mhz, comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage after upgrading it in my Kickstarter Pledge.

This is how the board looks:

UDOO x86 1

It has 3 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI and 2 Mini DisplayPort connectors so you can connect 3 displays, it also has a headset jack, a Gigabit Ethernet Port, a SATA connector, and an Arduino 101. You also have a Front Panel connector so you can plug a button and Power and HDD LEDs.

So the next thing I did was to connect a Power button to it using the Front Panel connector, an old 250GB HDD, an Arctic Breeze USB fan to keep the CPU cool and of course, the HDMI, Ethernet, the Mouse and Keyboard Dongle and the Windows 10 Flash Drive to install Windows 10 to it. This board comes with no OS installed, so you have to download and install an OS:

UDOO x86 2

Once Windows 10 was installed, I installed BOINC and added the World Community Grid, Collatz Conjecture, and WUProp projects to keep the CPU busy and do helpful work. You can see the performance here:

UDOO x86 3

Finally, I started playing with the Arduino and wrote the very basic LED Blinking software:

UDOO x86 4
UDOO x86 5

So far I like this board, and I can recommend it since it is a powerful machine with a small form factor. Perfect for daily work and the Intel Celeron CPU is actually very good! It has the following instruction set:

UDOO x86 6

I will be uploading my unboxing video and the Windows 10 installation video guide I made, so stay tuned for the videos!

Tweets I’ve made:

Below are the tweets I’ve made of this device. Feel free to like them and retweet them!
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854112017485107206
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854123682217766912
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854335337396654080
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854335918802685953