Project Completed

  So I made a video that basically dived into the possibilities of reducing a high performance graphics card’s price tag, while preserving its performance, or if possible, improve it. I chose to do this topic because I was always interested in computer technology, but more so because I was actually completely stupefied at the crazy amounts of money that a good graphics card would actually charge you to be acquired, and who wouldn’t like it if they can acquire a high performance GPU without throwing away a mini fortune. The main findings I got during this project was that, instead of focusing on gimmicky features such as RGB lighting, those can be removed in order to cut the costs, and in particular, the back plates that’s normally placed on the GPUs typically never function as anything but decorations, and we can remove the RGB lighting decorations and replace them with ones that are copper, and is connected completely to the card itself, this is to increase the surface area in contact with the card in order to use the back plate as a heatsink, this not only gives a nice cut to the overall price and improves cooling, but its a good choice because its extremely energy efficient (uses no energy). Knowledge from the circular motions unit also came to use with the fans,  how instead of having the shape the fans the same as traditional ones, you can make it so that there is more air resistance on the outer edges of the blades, and since the outer edges spin faster than the inner parts, it would generate more wind. The Maglev fans were also something I thought of, using magnets to elevate the fans and spin them without motors, this method would drastically increase fan speeds as well as being silent, but the costs were too much which meant I had to scratch it. As you can tell from above, I only specifically targeted the outer exteriors of the GPU to improve, and this was because I have next to no knowledge of how a graphics card operates (internally) and learning all I need to know would take well over the 2 weeks time period that we were allowed. This really limited my research as there was really little things to improve on the exteriors of the card. I feel that the places that I COULD do, however, I did pretty well, though the video editing was something of a chore because of the limitations of iMovie, like for example I couldn’t put 2 pictures side by side, or really include more than one picture in a frame, which removed a lot of what I wanted to do with the video. My final product: Work cited...

Update on Project

During last week, I came up with several plausible ideas regarding how to improve performance while also coming up with ways on how to cut costs. One of the ideas that I had to scratch was the idea of having maglev fans instead of motorized ones. The idea was that you can use maglev because it allows for much faster fan speeds, while reducing noise at the same time, and it’s plausible because magnets won’t damage any internal parts of the graphics card since the internals don’t have any magnetic parts, and the magnetic force of the maglev will be so small that its negligible. The reason that I had to scratch it though was that it was way too expensive to be included (maglevs are incredibly pricey) and through some research, I found out that in some circumstances the maglev will drain huge amounts of energy, making it non efficient, however, the main reason for scratching the idea was that it was way too costly to produce, and as cutting costs is one of the main goals for this project, this is not an option to include. I have other ideas that I thought of that could be used for this, however, such as changing materials and changing the shape of the fan. I have learned that there are some parts in the graphics card that could be changed to be used as heatsinks instead of just for decorations, such as the backplates in most cards. Materials are also something that I have looked into, and found that most cards uses steel as the primary material in heatsinks, which could be interchangeable for something more efficient and suitable for the job, such as aluminum or copper. The shape of the fans are also something that I have thought about, as during our circular motion unit, we learned that the outer parts in a mechanical force spins faster, and so if the weight of the fans were distributed so that the blades are bigger/thicker of the outer rim, potentially more air/cooling will happen. I will need to do more research on how to maximize this strategy though. One of the biggest challenges was that I had to think find ways to improve the card externally because I have next to no knowledge of the interiors of the card and how each circuit works, which in turn meant that changing the internals of the card such as CUDA cords and such will be impossible since I would have no idea what will happen. How I got around this was, as stated above, instead of focusing on the internals, I focus on the exteriors that mainly relates to cooling and material costs since that area is where I will most likely make the most progress on instead of trying to learn how a graphics card work in just a week or 2. I think that I 97% of the research and all of that done, however, I’m still working on trying to find pictures and working on the script for the video, and I’m going to have to work more quickly to meet the deadlines. I’m going to spend Saturday finding pictures and finishing up, and the rest of the time on working on the video....

Cheap(er) Graphics Cards with Good Performace? Mind Blowing (and yes this blog isn’t dead)

What I will be researching for this engineering project is how we (or I) can reduce the cost of a graphics card, but meanwhile improving its performance. Of course, there will be some places where performances will not be able to be improved due to cost (as that is the main goal of this, making things cheaper and more affordable), but during this project I will try my best to find ways in which costs can be cut and performances can be boosted. That would be really cool right? Imagine if a GTX 1080 costing about $100 or something less instead of a whopping $750, I mean, that’s already like 50% of the money you’ll be paying for your sweet pc, and most people won’t be able to bring themselves to burning that outrageous sum, and will be stuck with something like a 1050ti or 1060 with substantially less performance. I too, nearly died inside when I saw just how much money will be spent on this 1 item instead of more useful things in life. Therefore, this is the topic I’ll will be researching on to try and make performance more accessible to a wider range of audiences. For the presentation of my project, I have concluded that a video detailing what I have found will be the ideal way to present my research. The structure of the video that I plan is as follows: Introduce the topic List out things that I plan to change Explain how I plan to change these parts Explain how these changes shall cut costs (or boost performance) For conclusion, give the total price of the final, changed card, and compare to original card As for lesson plan, considering how I’ve got about a week and a half or so left (13-15 days or so) I have planned to spend about the next 2-5 days researching, then write out the script (maybe about 1-2 days or so) then start planning out the video, getting pictures, making a little model of the graphics card (if I conclude that I have time) and getting them all together, which might take about 2-3 days at most, and then spend the rest editing....

Physics Final Blog Post

I was researching on how global warming could affect urban architectures, like what would happen to current buildings located in areas/countries that would be affect by sea level rise, and how would they have to adapt to this change. It wasn’t really as important as it was a thing that I was interested in and wanted to do a research on, but I also want to do this because I want to find out what would happen to those places that I visited years ago as well as places that I haven’t been to but plan to, I want to find out what would become of these places, and how different it would be after being affect by the change in sea level. During this project, I was able to find out what they (urban areas that would be affected), which included needing to use more robust building materials as well as reworking infrastructure because of the intensified storms that comes with climate change (with climate change comes more extreme weather changes (more temperature difference would mean more intense storms), however, I was unable to find any sources that indicated how infrastructures would have to change. The main top challenge was having to find how infrastructure would have to change due to climate change, which was something I was unable to find, as several sources only vaguely mentioned infrastructure, and never in full detail. I’ve found that my strength was that once I found the right sources and information, it was easy to just convert that knowledge into things I can put onto my infographic, my weakness was, however, finding sources, I found that was probably the harderst thing for me, because I sometimes struggle to narrow down my search and find what I need, I also struggle a lot on deciding what information I should to my infographic, I didn’t really know what information is the important one that should be added, and what should not so that the infographic didn’t turn out to be too long Final...

Physics Second Blog Post

I’ve managed to find several sources and learn a bit more towards my question, and am now converting that information into facts and info that I can put inside my infographic. I’ve decided that there wouldn’t be enough time for me to carefully create a video since it would take me too much time and I wouldn’t be able to finish it in time, so now I’m going to work on creating a nice looking infographic. I think that my research is going pretty well so far, however, I’m still having trouble finding how buildings are built and what effect we would have on the architectural design of modern day buildings,  mainly because I can’t seem to find a source on how modern day buildings are built, and therefore can’t take the next step to answering how we’d have to change the way we build things. Although I think that my research is going well, it’s still not good enough as I’ve expected to finish my research before the lesson, and start to work on finding the pictures, designing the layout, and work on my infographic, and the fact that I’m unable to finish the research before next lesson would mean that I’d have to push back my timeline, and have to work harder in order to make the due date. My new plan would be that I would preferrably finish my reserach by the end of next class, then I can use the weekend to work on the...

Physics! First blog post!

For our climate change unit, I will be researching on the different ways that climate change will affect the architectural designs in urban areas, and the negative effects of this change. I’m doing this topic because I’m curious about architecture and how they well they can hold out against different kinds of weather. In order to provide an explanation for my research, I’m going to do research on the affects of climate change, and how it affects our current buildings, and search what ways we need to do to prevent these changes from happening to the buildings, so what needs to be added if climate change were to happen. Then I will research on ways we need to do to prevent climate hcange, although its a 50/50 on whether i will add it to my presentation, basing on how relevant it is to the presentation. I plan on doing a video with animations, but I also have a backup on doing an infographic/poster because I’m not sure if i would have enough time for a video.  For my next lesson I want to get at least 30-50% of my research done, then for the next all of it done, and then start on gathering images and try to work on my video, if by that time (when I finished my research) I’m not sure if I could finish the video on time, I will try to do an infographic/poster...

THE HOLY BAGUETTE

  Baguette  video  

Persuasive writing

My Persuasive writing piece: https://docs.google.com/a/ssis.edu.vn/document/d/1x7AyiQSTmDdDM4LxkoyllPMgcFQ8QsR6URDZeAJNJEw/edit?usp=sharing   Published website: http://www.teenink.com/opinion/pop_culture_trends/article/879149/The-Apple-Watch-Not-Worth-It/   Screenshot of an...