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by BrianF
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 2060 review compilation thread
Replies: 9
Views: 9124

Re: RTX 2060 review compilation thread

Picked up a FE from a friend who upgraded. Price was right and the lack of fan-stop didnt worry me (since most axial fan cards I've come across are quiet enough for me at ~1krpm)....BUT... ONE of the two fans has a nasty bearing chatter, easily noted in an otherwise very quiet setup. The other fan i...
by BrianF
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 2060 review compilation thread
Replies: 9
Views: 9124

Re: RTX 2060 review compilation thread

Founders editions sold out within about 3 weeks. I haven't seen any mention of whether there will be any more. The prices in Canada are a little ludicrous right now, quite disproportionate to US (factoring exchange). The MSI Gaming version (which have had a great reputation for quietness in generati...
by BrianF
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected
Replies: 10
Views: 9420

Re: Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected

I wonder how much you can overclock a Core i9-9900K using that cooler? My brother got an i9-9900K with a NH-U14S last week. On worst case P95, without any overclocking it goes north of 200W (according to HWMonitor) and flirts with 90C (Noctua at its 1500rpm max). Real world work load is considerabl...
by BrianF
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 2060 review compilation thread
Replies: 9
Views: 9124

Re: RTX 2060 review compilation thread

~1krpm at idle is ok with me if its anything like the old 2-fan XFX HD7850 I have. That one falls below ambient for me at that speed (the blades are quite slight though).
by BrianF
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU temp: who do I beleive?
Replies: 2
Views: 5432

CPU temp: who do I beleive?

This is my Intel i5-8500 (on an ASUS H370-F) during a quick P95 (Small FFT):

SpeedFan: 55C
ASUS AI: 60C
HWMonitor: >70C

At idle:

SpeedFan: 22C
ASUS AI: 34C
HWMonitor: 38C

Thats quite a variable there. Who is closer to correct?
by BrianF
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 2060 review compilation thread
Replies: 9
Views: 9124

Re: RTX 2060 review compilation thread

Debates about the name not matching the price notwithstanding, this looks fairly promising from a performance vs. noise perspective. Anyone here picked up a Founders Edition yet?
by BrianF
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS has developed a noise of its own
Replies: 1
Views: 7322

UPS has developed a noise of its own

Wasnt sure what forum this belongs in. Please moderate if there is some place better. I have a TrippLite Smart1300lcdt which for the past two years or so has been dead silent (when not running on battery of course). Recently its developed a sound of its own. 60Hz if I had to guess (unsurprisingly). ...
by BrianF
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel's Z390 chipset
Replies: 25
Views: 13404

Re: Intel's Z390 chipset

if anyone have some remarks he is welcome to write it. I recently put together a very very similar outfit (STRIX H370 with an 8500, but same RAM, PS, Case, etc). I do think you will want to plan for at least one additional fan for the top-front position in the Define C. In mine I moved both include...
by BrianF
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel's Z390 chipset
Replies: 25
Views: 13404

Re: Intel's Z390 chipset

* The result is that often one core is working hard while the rest of the cores are used at <10% of their capacity. And that is why you will (almost) never, ever see Intel's published Turbo Boost speed: it is practically impossible for even a perfectly clean install of Windows to NOT load more than...
by BrianF
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel's Z390 chipset
Replies: 25
Views: 13404

Re: Intel's Z390 chipset

Taking the i5 8400 as an example the normal pattern for the turbo mode is 3.8Ghz for all cores or 4.0Ghz for one core. However some H370 boards such as the Asus ROG STRIX H370-F Gaming feature multi-core enhancement that by default will run all six cores at 4.00Ghz. Are you speaking from first-hand...
by BrianF
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel i5-8400 stock cooler vs. ?
Replies: 14
Views: 12676

Re: Intel i5-8400 stock cooler vs. ?

I decided to try the U9S, as much for its compactness as anything else. I've only farted around with it for a few hours but so far its seems a stellar upgrade to the Intel stock. At idle its holding the CPU 15-20C over ambient @ <300rpm. Gaming load the fan is ~400rpm with the CPU ~35C over ambient....
by BrianF
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel i5-8400 stock cooler vs. ?
Replies: 14
Views: 12676

Re: Intel i5-8400 stock cooler vs. ?

I re-read the SPCR reviews for two Noctuas. Although it was a long time ago, seems Lawrence wasn't overjoyed with the sound of the NF-F12 fan whereas Mike sounded pretty impressed with the NF-A9. Looking at these results , it seems the 12cm has only a ~2degree advantage at 17dBA (though that advanta...
by BrianF
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake
Replies: 27
Views: 12882

Re: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake

So long as the case can accomodate it, which the Define C can, 140mm is better than 120mm for airflow and silence. The Define C's "accommodation" is a little screwy though: The max width of the front fan aperture is 120mm. Minor perhaps, but if we are splitting hairs, in order to realize the full p...
by BrianF
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel i5-8400 stock cooler vs. ?
Replies: 14
Views: 12676

Re: Intel i5-8400 stock cooler vs. ?

Bit of a late follow up... I tried the Intel stock cooler. It is the worst Intel stock cooler I have ever encountered, all the way back to the very first LGA775. Horrible, acute growling sound starting somewhere under 1000rpm. Gaming workload drives it to 1300-1600 where it is easily heard over ambi...
by BrianF
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?
Replies: 30
Views: 19224

Re: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?

The question has nothing to do with a brand replacing their paste under warranty. But your subject line says "Manufacture Guaranteed Durable...". For me, the word 'guarantee' implies replacement or other restitution if/when the product fails to meet the terms of a written warranty, so discussing ex...
by BrianF
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake
Replies: 27
Views: 12882

Re: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake

Indeed the length of the PSU is a factor here in that a long one with modular connections at the back may limit just how far forward the drive cage can be moved. I didnt move mine back at all (yet) and I found it a fairly tight fit (with an RM650x). Point of clarification: lets call the "shroud" the...
by BrianF
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?
Replies: 30
Views: 19224

Re: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?

I wish i could articulate that without sounding rude as i really don't wish to be. :) No worries. I think most everyone here understood where you are coming from (I do), but I believe the broader picture, and the takeaway from this discussion, is that not only are thermal paste "guarantees" virtual...
by BrianF
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?
Replies: 30
Views: 19224

Re: Long Lasting Thermal Paste?

(...) i wondered if anyone knew of any others that buck the trend like Arctic MX-4 and actually tell people to leave it alone (...) Taking Arcric Silver as one of the more prominent examples, they state of their product "Absolute Stability: Arctic Silver 5 will not separate, run, migrate, or bleed....
by BrianF
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: poor asus website support
Replies: 12
Views: 11726

Re: poor asus website support

the better VRM sounds like something to think about. how can i check this info about some mobo? Very hard to check since manufacturers do NOT provide solid information and very few reviewers take the time to enumerate and examine those components (probably because very few people are interested or ...
by BrianF
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: poor asus website support
Replies: 12
Views: 11726

Re: poor asus website support

what is the meaning for a user of better "better VRM section"? The power components surrounding, and feeding the CPU. The F has more phases (double the chokes and Mosfets) which, in theory, means they will each not work as hard/get as hot and thus (maybe) last longer, but like I said that is anecdo...
by BrianF
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Manufacture Guaranteed Durable Thermal Paste?
Replies: 30
Views: 19224

Re: Long Lasting Thermal Paste?

Arctic Silvers' instructions (which have hardly changed in over a decade) make no mention whatsoever of a shelf life, or of a reapplication interval. They do talk about storage, but ultimately state that separation of the particles from the suspension fluid [quote] "...does not affect the performanc...
by BrianF
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: poor asus website support
Replies: 12
Views: 11726

Re: poor asus website support

the reason you choose the F version is because it's more gaming features? If you mean compared to the TUF H370-Pro, not really. I dont care about lights etc. I went with the F because it has (anecdotally) better VRM section, higher spec audio chip, and I dont use WiFi at all anyway. As far as fan h...
by BrianF
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: poor asus website support
Replies: 12
Views: 11726

Re: poor asus website support

I recently purchased their H370-F and was actually quite impressed with their two QVLs (RAM and Devices). Keep in mind QVLs in general are never comprehensive. Its impossible for a company, even one as enormous as Asus, to test or check every piece of hardware in the world. Still, QVLs are a good st...
by BrianF
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How much "unbalance" is normal these days?
Replies: 3
Views: 3025

How much "unbalance" is normal these days?

Just opened a couple Fractal X2 140mm and holding them I can feel a slight vibration consistent with an unbalanced rotating assembly (and ironically thanks to its white blade color you can see a slight unevenness in its rotation). Is this normal these days for a fan of this level or should I expect ...
by BrianF
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Dynamic X2 vs. Redux vs. Noctua
Replies: 6
Views: 3238

Dynamic X2 vs. Redux vs. Noctua

Looking to add a 140mm to the front of my new Define C. The regular Noctua A14 is running C$33 which feels pretty steep when the Redux P14s is only C$19 right now (and it seems some people actually prefer it to the A14?)... BUT I can get a Dynamic X2 through work for a cool C$13 right now which is p...
by BrianF
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w
Replies: 26
Views: 14894

Re: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w

I'll just add for clarity that a watt is a watt is a watt. If a CPU, or a light bulb for that matter, is giving off 100Watts of heat...then it is also consuming 100watts of electricity. The confusion arises when people look at TDP and think "that is exactly the maximum this CPU will consume" when in...
by BrianF
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w
Replies: 26
Views: 14894

Re: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w

I'm experimenting right now with an 8500 and it WILL, if asked to, go well over its 65W TDP indefinitely . ... TDP is over 100w without any throttling. :) How do you measure the CPU's power consumption? What motherboard do you have? Not power consumption per sé, but TDP as reported by Intel XTU (al...
by BrianF
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake
Replies: 27
Views: 12882

Re: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake

An interesting test was done by Alex Moore while reviewing the NF-A12x25, Noctua NF-A12x25 Case Fan Review Interesting, good thorough reporting. Results I think slightly skewed because he is comparing the standard (in Noctua terms) 140 to their super high-end 120. In the broad context of 2x140 vs 3...
by BrianF
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Current state of fan control with Intel platform!
Replies: 27
Views: 14612

Re: Current state of fan control with Intel platform!

"...Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors..." That would be in reference to the ability for a header to monitor any combination of three sources (hottest one taking precedence) from among the following six: CPU, "Motherboard" (aka Nuovon chip), Tsens...
by BrianF
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w
Replies: 26
Views: 14894

Re: Intel® Core™ i5-8600 65w vs. 95 w

b) The CPU is allowed to draw more than the TDP by using the maximum boost frequency, but only for a few seconds at a time. If the task at hand is not completed in those few seconds the speed will be throttled so that the power consumption is at TDP. With higher TDP the CPU will thus draw more when...