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July 20, 2011, 10:45:33 PM
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Us miners smack the crap out of our hardware, pounding the video cards for weeks at a time. Here are some to
tips to maintain the health and lifespan of your hardware:

1) Take periodic breaks for mining. Perhaps every hour in 12 should be "down time" with no mining.
2) Try and keep the room extra cool, perhaps put a fridge in the mining room with the door open
3) Provide your card with warm up and warm downs, gradually lowering GPU speeds
4) Avoid getting foodstuff, jam etc, in your hardware. Same goes for drinks
5) Cigarette smoke has been shown to damage fan parts - don't smoke fags near your PC if you care!
6) Take the occasional weekend off, only playing minesweeper to calm your video card.

Anyone gots any more tips I'll be glad to add them to the list.

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July 20, 2011, 10:47:57 PM
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2) Try and keep the room extra cool, perhaps put a fridge in the mining room with the door open

Refrigerators are not magical cold-making boxes, they're heat exchangers. Any heat they remove from their contents is expelled through the coils on the back of the fridge. Given that this is also less than 100% efficient, an open-doored refrigerator adds more heat to a room than it removes.

Honestly people, L2Physics

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July 20, 2011, 10:52:22 PM
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Most of these tips are bogus. In fact there are arguments that hardware is happier when it can "settle" into a consistent routine, a single constant(ish) temperature and run speed becomes easier on physical parts than spin-ups and spin-downs. I'd say that not getting food and drinks into your hardware is kind of a no-brainer?

I'm just going to go ahead and assume the fridge was a joke.
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July 20, 2011, 10:52:34 PM
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I think the OP was joking...
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July 20, 2011, 10:53:51 PM
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2) Try and keep the room extra cool, perhaps put a fridge in the mining room with the door open

Refrigerators are not magical cold-making boxes, they're heat exchangers. Any heat they remove from their contents is expelled through the coils on the back of the fridge. Given that this is also less than 100% efficient, an open-doored refrigerator adds more heat to a room than it removes.

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July 20, 2011, 10:55:37 PM
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Us miners smack the crap out of our hardware, pounding the video cards for weeks at a time. Here are some to
tips to maintain the health and lifespan of your hardware:

1) Take periodic breaks for mining. Perhaps every hour in 12 should be "down time" with no mining.
2) Try and keep the room extra cool, perhaps put a fridge in the mining room with the door open
3) Provide your card with warm up and warm downs, gradually lowering GPU speeds
4) Avoid getting foodstuff, jam etc, in your hardware. Same goes for drinks
5) Cigarette smoke has been shown to damage fan parts - don't smoke fags near your PC if you care!
6) Take the occasional weekend off, only playing minesweeper to calm your video card.

Anyone gots any more tips I'll be glad to add them to the list.
1) No, this will shorten the life of your hardware.  Consistent = better.
2) A fridge open in the room will do nothing but ruin the fridge compressor.  They are not made to be cooling 24/7, and all of the heat extracted from the cool air comes off the cooling coils in the back, so it won't make the room any cooler.  In fact, it will make the room hotter, since you are dumping more electricity into it.
3) This will do nothing.
4) Duh.
5) Duh.
6) No - see 1.
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July 20, 2011, 10:56:26 PM
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I think the OP was joking...


I get that, but I hear the "fridge as air conditioner" thing a lot and it admittedly gets me a bit militant at this point  Grin

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July 20, 2011, 10:57:24 PM
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Heating PC components up then cooling them down regularly is worse than leaving them at a constant temperature all the time.

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July 20, 2011, 11:10:41 PM
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Most of these tips are bogus. In fact there are arguments that hardware is happier when it can "settle" into a consistent routine, a single constant(ish) temperature and run speed becomes easier on physical parts than spin-ups and spin-downs.

Where did this theory come from? Dude, resting your hardware is the best thing for its health.
Spin that bitch down and reap the rewards.

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July 20, 2011, 11:27:09 PM
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Could just put the PC in the fridge but then you would need something to prevent the condensation.
Such as a damp rid or de-humidifier.

Or in my case I can just leave my door open since out side its 3C and my rooms not much better at 8C

Mining = my heater.

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July 20, 2011, 11:45:03 PM
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Could just put the PC in the fridge but then you would need something to prevent the condensation.
Such as a damp rid or de-humidifier.

Or in my case I can just leave my door open since out side its 3C and my rooms not much better at 8C

Mining = my heater.

Thats good thinking. Maybe put the PC in a sealed plastic bag and then in the freezer.

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July 20, 2011, 11:53:32 PM
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Thats good thinking. Maybe put the PC in a sealed plastic bag and then in the freezer.

Yea add a bit of condensation to the mix then remove it from freezer and fire it up.

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July 21, 2011, 12:05:53 AM
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Us miners smack the crap out of our hardware, pounding the video cards for weeks at a time. Here are some to
tips to maintain the health and lifespan of your hardware:

1) Take periodic breaks for mining. Perhaps every hour in 12 should be "down time" with no mining.
2) Try and keep the room extra cool, perhaps put a fridge in the mining room with the door open
3) Provide your card with warm up and warm downs, gradually lowering GPU speeds
4) Avoid getting foodstuff, jam etc, in your hardware. Same goes for drinks
5) Cigarette smoke has been shown to damage fan parts - don't smoke fags near your PC if you care!
6) Take the occasional weekend off, only playing minesweeper to calm your video card.

Anyone gots any more tips I'll be glad to add them to the list.

Good joke Cheesy

In line with the kind of "tips", I'd suggest
7) Warm up your PC before starting each new mining run to avoid injuries to the GPU, suggest taking a 5 mile jog with it, keyboard and mouse optional

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July 21, 2011, 12:12:42 AM
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I might recommend some PPE for your miners while they are hard at work.. (PPE - Personal Protection Equipment)

- Since the miners environment is often dusty, the use of a respirator, dust mask or other type of filter media is advisable.

- The miner's environment is also often very dimly lit. To avoid accidents and improve productivity, ample lighting is suggested.

- Finally, the more congested the work environment gets with many miners crammed into small spaces, many find the use of a steady supply of cool water often helps miners stay as productive as possible, despite deplorable work conditions.
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July 21, 2011, 12:14:41 AM
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A lot of these suggestions promote thermal stress.
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July 21, 2011, 12:20:25 AM
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July 21, 2011, 12:36:28 AM
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This made me laugh so much. Thermal stress issues aside #5 is probably the only usefull advice some smokers don't think about what it can do to other things in their enviroment.

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July 21, 2011, 12:44:48 AM
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My cards are my bitches. I run them flat out 24/7. And they know not to complain about it because if they do, I will only crank up the voltage and clocks more, and maybe blow a little smoke through their intakes. So they keep quite and do my bidding. I expect this relationship to last for some time.    Cool
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July 21, 2011, 03:05:47 AM
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2) Try and keep the room extra cool, perhaps put a fridge in the mining room with the door open

Refrigerators are not magical cold-making boxes, they're heat exchangers. Any heat they remove from their contents is expelled through the coils on the back of the fridge. Given that this is also less than 100% efficient, an open-doored refrigerator adds more heat to a room than it removes.

Honestly people, L2Physics

Funny how it keeps my beers cool then smartass!


You are the best troll I've read all week!  Cheesy

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July 21, 2011, 03:12:52 AM
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Most of these tips are bogus. In fact there are arguments that hardware is happier when it can "settle" into a consistent routine, a single constant(ish) temperature and run speed becomes easier on physical parts than spin-ups and spin-downs.

Where did this theory come from? Dude, resting your hardware is the best thing for its health.
Spin that bitch down and reap the rewards.

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