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    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post

    Funny to note how much money Ive spent so far from when I first started carpc'ing trying to get things working because of the stupid cold ><

    makes you appreciate the millions of engine computers out there that virtually NEVER fault in any conditions....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    So it was -25*C today, so i decided to put the OCZ vertex to some benchmarking.
    Here is the result. Not sure how it performs in optimal temperature, but it sure performs pretty good in the cold.

    edit: i ran the test with Centrafuse still running, but that shouldn't affect it too much.
    Thanks! That's the info I was waiting for. I am definitely getting one now. And NCIX has them for 199CND afer MIR

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    No problem, I've been meaning to do it for a while now, but its always difficult to get my butt out in the cold and wait for disk benchmark to finish.

    I'm starting to run out of memory on the 32gb version, and i'm also considering the 60gb version. I did pay nearly 200 for the 30gb version, spending another 200 is starting to hurt my pocket.

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    Has anyone tested any other SSD in the cold lately? I'm looking for more space to add video recording on my system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    Has anyone tested any other SSD in the cold lately? I'm looking for more space to add video recording on my system.
    I'm currently using a 120gb OCZ Summit SSD in mine (in trunk). I haven't notice any difference in performance of my system this winter season (couple of 4-6" snow storms) compared to warmer times. I haven't done any benchmarks on it though. If I can remember, I'll run a CrystalDiskmark test on it tonight when I go out.

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    i have no doubt ocz is awsome in the cold, but they're so expensive. I'm trying to find some sub $100 ssd that will be dedicated to video recording, otherwise i'd probably get a CF card instead.

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    It sounds like a CF may be your only option.

    I purchased a 30gb OCZ vertex. I picked it up for 109$CND from ncix.com, including a mail in rebate that I am to lazy to mail in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    i have no doubt ocz is awsome in the cold, but they're so expensive. I'm trying to find some sub $100 ssd that will be dedicated to video recording, otherwise i'd probably get a CF card instead.
    The ssds from OCZ and a few others are on the lower end of the price range market when you find them at a good deal. Newegg likes to put them in their email-deals once in a while with a promotion code or as a shell shocker. So keep your eye out for them.

    As far as sub-$100 goes... Depending on how much and the quality of your recording and your PCs computational power goes to compress that data, it seems like you're gonna want a good deal of space for video recording. If it were me, I would stick with a rotational 5400rpm disk (160gb~320gb scorpio blues are good) and have it hookup to a e-sata or usb in a way that would allow it to be fairly modular. On really cold nights, just bring it in. There should be any problem with it operating in cold temperatures as long as you do leave it sitting out in the cold long enough for the fluid to freeze in it. While operating, the drive should be able to generate enough heat to prevent it from freezing. Downside is of course, you'll have to remember to bring it in with you whenever it gets too cold.

    Now if you do have fairly decent processing power and can encode your videos as they are written to disk, and don't need much space to store them on, I'd go with a 32gb CF card, which will put you in the ~$100 ballpark.

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    Here in Turkey you can see nearly all climates!

    With my carpc, the first summer trip I made was to Ayvalık then Mersin.
    In Ayvalık I saw 41C, in Mersin I saw 48C. My hdd was ragular 3.5 7200rpm 80gb hdd. Nothing happened. With that hdd the lowest I saw was -12C I think. Carpc could not bootup until hdd got worm. But after, worked flawlessly.

    With my new carpc, I went to Bodrum this summer. I saw 39C (was there near to the end of Summer ) my hdd was 5400rpm ragular 2.5" hdd. Nothing happened everything ok!

    A few weeks ago Ankara (the city I live) was seriously cold for its standards. I saw -10 in morning so I guess it went down around -17 or so; because I left a bottle of water in the car, and when I came back it was ice! That morning also my computer couldn't start. I have a handmade aliminum case and hdd is at the bottom of the case. So I heated the case with my lighter!! Now it works fine!!

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