ESA Problem Solving

The only limitation to the capabilities of ESA is the imagination of manufacturers, software engineers, and enthusiasts. Perhaps the best way to understand what ESA can potentially do for systems is to look at some current system problems, and how they could be solved using ESA components and tools.


PROBLEM: Airflow in the case is uneven and this affects stability and overclocking capabilities

Causes:
  • Insufficient ventilation
  • Air blockage in the system
  • Poor chassis fan positions/speeds
ESA Solution:
  • Distributed thermal sensors (with 3D position information)
  • Instrumented fans that communicate speed and location
Builders and users can identify and control airflow issues in ESA cases equipped with multiple fans, each controlled individually by ESA.


PROBLEM: Poor cooling performance also affects overclocking

Causes: Water Cooling Effectiveness depends on
  • Flow rate
  • Water temperature
  • Good thermal connection between blocks and devices
ESA Solution:
  • Monitored water temperature and flow rates
  • Controlled fans and pumps
ESA allows identification and correction of water cooling issues before system stability becomes a problem.

We would be remiss if we didn't point out a problem that ESA cannot solve: dust and pet hair buildup. However, ESA could tell us our fans are losing efficiency, and we may now look forward to pop-ups telling us we have clogged fans that need cleaning. Obviously, monitoring and control of cooling components can only go so far, but better monitoring at the very least should allow for easier troubleshooting and correction of certain types of problems.
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  • PeteRoy - Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - link

    BTX was a much cheaper easier solution than this, it's too bad that the hate for intel blinded people with how great BTX is. Reply
  • Bluestealth - Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - link

    Well... it was more of Intel coming along and saying... wouldn't it be nice if you retooled all your factories for us?... I am sure in their mind it made perfect sense... however I don't think anyone else saw profit in it for them.

    What we really need is for Video Cards to start reigning in their power requirements,. It is ridiculous that you can have a nearly silent very high end system, but throw in a video card and the whole thing turns into a mini-cyclone... it makes makes up for all the noise and heat that the rest of the industry has worked on.

    This whole ESA thing is just another gimmick that I don't want or need. I hope this thing fails so I don't have to pay for the additional expense of having it in the hardware I purchase.
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  • Odeen - Monday, November 05, 2007 - link

    I propose that nVidia should not be allowed to release any new chipsets or chipset utilities until they fix ActiveArmor. That piece of networking genius sucked too many hours out of my life. Reply
  • FrankThoughts - Monday, November 05, 2007 - link

    What exactly was the point of this article? Seriously! I about puked when I saw the "industry quotes" - taken, I might add, straight from the NVIDIA slides. That was some quality writing, I tell you what! I'm not at all surprised that Falcon, HP/Voodoo, Dell/Alienware, etc. think this is great, because that's just one more way for them to try and pretend their insanely priced "gamer systems" are worth purchasing.

    I don't know that ESA is going to be a complete waste of time, but it looks more like another way to charge more money for "enthusiast" components. The stupid 1100W and higher power supplies are already making me sick. Do we really need three graphics cards? Oh, wait! There's a huge difference between 4xAA and 8xAA that we MUST HAVE!

    FWIW the GPU fans that start out quiet and then spin up to insanely loud levels are not what I want for the rest of my system. I'm much more interested in a reasonble performing system that stays quiet than uber-monitored hardware that lets me know it's overheating. As if the fans spinning at 10000 RPM weren't a good indication of that already.
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  • Wesley Fink - Monday, November 05, 2007 - link

    Since you have the nVidia slides for ESA you obviously work for another website. What did you post for ESA? Reply
  • emboss - Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - link

    Nice dodge. Actually, not really that nice, too obvious. Reply
  • FrankThoughts - Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - link

    You don't have to write for a website to find slides, or quotes. Like this material http://www.nvidia.com/object/io_1194260551610.html">direct from the NVIDIA press release. That takes care of the Dell and HP quotes. I have written nothing about ESA online, other than these comments. I have, however, seen a couple different PPT files on the subject. Most of those are no longer available, but it's amazing what turns up on the internet now and then. I think I even had a draft version of the ESA presentation before NVIDIA even held their Editor's Day! LOL

    I appreciate that you were somewhat cautious in the conclusion, but that whole section on industry support and ESA problem solving just smacked of marketing rather than reporting. Numerous other sentences were ripped directly from the press release/marketing materials. If this were an English assignment, you'd be in serious jeopardy for plagiarism. Considering you write for a respected (mostly) publication, this might be even worse.

    The truth is that we still know basically nothing about the actual ESA hardware and software. Will it rock my world or will it just add bloat and cost? I can tell you how many times I've used nTune (a couple tries initially, followed by a return to the BIOS as it was more useful). I doubt ESA software is going to be dramatically better. Different, sure, but probably not better.

    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTQ...">[T also has most of the slides, for the interested.
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  • FrankThoughts - Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - link

    That was supposed to be http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTQ...">TardOCP. Seems the comment system doesn't like brackets within links or something. Reply
  • vhx - Monday, November 05, 2007 - link

    I sure they implement and code this better than nTune, which is so buggy in its current state. Reply
  • Ytterbium - Monday, November 05, 2007 - link

    WS-Management has been around for a while and was developed for server for the same sort of purposes. Reply

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