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by lutorm
Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 23
Views: 9843

Re: Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard

I read in the reviews on NewEgg that the board actually only supports 6 SATA if you run them with the BIOS RAID. If you want JBOD then you only get 3 drives, and there are apparently serious issues with simultaneously accessing them from Linux, too. Can someone who has this board confirm this? If so...
by lutorm
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EAH5750 Formula Graphics Card
Replies: 18
Views: 8787

I've always been impressed with the thorough way that SPCR performs its tests compared to many other sites, but here I have a small problem with the test methodology: I don't think it's valid to say that just because the CPU was fully stressed with CPUburn, it will consume the same amount of power w...
by lutorm
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Modu82+ 625 Review
Replies: 117
Views: 82788

RMA'd

I finally RMA'd my PSU due to the fan not coming on all the time when starting from cold. Unfortunately the one I got back has a much louder fan, with a low grinding-type noise which is totally noticeable with the case closed even at minimum rpm. Kind of disappointing.
by lutorm
Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Apex MI-008: A Cheap Quiet mini-ITX Case?
Replies: 62
Views: 46822

My hard drive mounting solution

I got the MI-008 and D945GCLF2 for a home file server after reading this review, and I'm quite pleased with it. However, like the review said, a hard-mount drive really makes a racket when seeking. Completely unacceptable, sounds like a tin drum... Thinking about a solution that would muffle the dri...
by lutorm
Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low Power, Fairly Quiet NAS/Router - and reasonably priced
Replies: 22
Views: 8236

But really, that would be my "fun" answer. My more serious answer and my intention to assemble the next time I move would be a hardware router such as the asus WL-500g or Linksys wrtsl54gs with dd-wrt and some USB storage. it should be able to run a number of server-type applications. And it should...
by lutorm
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Tiny, Silent and Efficient: The picoPSU
Replies: 142
Views: 222184

I just got a pico and a 5A brick from mini-box.com and unlike the one reviewed, this one definitely does not have active power factor correction. The PF at 30W is 0.55. This brick is marked "EPS". Anyone else see these poor power factors too?
by lutorm
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Preventing PSU from ramping up in P180?
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

Don't know that it would help, but do you have the rear around the psu covered? I have mine blocked off with electrical tap nice and neat, therefore no heated air can come back in from the back. Doubt it does much at all, but it couldn't hurt. Yeah, I've done that, too. I also took some time to try...
by lutorm
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Preventing PSU from ramping up in P180?
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

Preventing PSU from ramping up in P180?

Hi all, I noticed something funny with my new Enermax Modu82+ 625 PSU in my P180 case. Even though the Enermax plot of fan speed shows the PSU fan to stay at 450rpm up to >300W DC, at 260W DC mine is at 820rpm. However, it only does this when mounted in the case, not when running on the desktop. Rem...
by lutorm
Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Low power system not booting with high efficiency PSU?!
Replies: 84
Views: 124206

I don't think it was mentioned here, but the ATX12v2.3 that the Modu82+ conforms to appears to have lowered the minimum current on the 12V1/2 rail to 0.1A and 0.5A. So maybe those fixes the problem?
by lutorm
Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DG45FC: Loaded LGA775 Mini-ITX Board
Replies: 40
Views: 34303

I thought this thing about the differing power consumptions of the various 775 CPUs was very interesting. Does anyone know of a survey where the idle and load powers of the different models are measured? Like, for example, if the LGA775 Celerons use less power than that Wolfdale? They have lower TDP...
by lutorm
Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Enermax Modu82+ 625 Review
Replies: 117
Views: 82788

I just got a Modu82+ 625W based on the SPCR review. It really is quite quiet... :lol: In fact, the fan doesn't even start up for many minutes when the system is started... it moves a little but doesn't spin up. I wonder if that means it's defective, too much friction? It settles down at 450-500 rpm ...
by lutorm
Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Converted my machine to water cooling
Replies: 2
Views: 1918

Converted my machine to water cooling

Hey all, I just ventured into water cooling. I've had my air cooled P180 box with a Core2Duo and X1900XT for over 2 years, and it's been very quiet (at idle at least). I use this machine for some gaming, so I want it to be reasonably powerful, but I also do a lot of coding, research writing and phot...
by lutorm
Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:49 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: seasonic s12 PSU in a p180 case, how can that work?
Replies: 25
Views: 10506

Has anyone done a P180 mod where they replaced the feet on this case so it is taller and cut a hole out of the bottom of the case and ducting it so the PSU gets room temp air from the bottom and out the back. It doesn't seem that would be an advantage since then you will remove the PSU-driven air f...
by lutorm
Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Very bad experience with an Antec SU-380, suggestions needed
Replies: 12
Views: 4843

Re: Very bad experience with an Antec SU-380, suggestions ne

To make matters worse, the power supply will not fully power down the machine. The computer shuts down, but the fans are still running. Did you mean standby, or do the fans run when the computer is completely off? If it's standby, it usually means the computer has gone to S1 instead of S3 which can...
by lutorm
Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: S12-380 instability?
Replies: 10
Views: 3101

My bad, the system still crashes with the 495W PSU... I don't know why it didn't initially, but it repeatably does now. Same as with the 380, crashes with OB sound, not with SB. And yeah, I have the latest realtek drivers. Might try updating the bios but the changelog doesn't say anything was change...
by lutorm
Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: S12-380 instability?
Replies: 10
Views: 3101

jaganath wrote:
The system was still stable as long as I didn't use the onboard sound.
so don't use the onboard sound then. :wink:
That's what I've been doing, but a) if it's crashing when using that maybe it has other, less obvious, effects, and b) the onboard is 7.1 hidef which sounds fun. :wink:
by lutorm
Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: S12-380 instability?
Replies: 10
Views: 3101

You say it should have a DC power draw of 185W... I'd say it's time to measure it and find out how much power is pulled from AC during game peaks. One thing we don't always know about is short term peaks imposed by games, vidcards and CPUs (we're talking about well under 1s), what impact these peak...
by lutorm
Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:24 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: S12-380 instability?
Replies: 10
Views: 3101

How about this: I have a Seasonic S12-380 powering a system with a DFI Infinity 975x/g mobo, an E6400 and a power-sucking ATI X1900XT video card, plus odds and ends. This system has a DC power draw at full cpu and video usage of about 185W, so this should be plenty margin for this PSU. However, I wa...
by lutorm
Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Fans page
Replies: 146
Views: 143943

Hey, I need a good low-profile 80mm fan (15-20mm) for the dreaded vga duct in my p180. They seem very hard to find and there are none in the recommended list. Does anyone have one they can recommend?
by lutorm
Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P180 Review, Part 2: The Whole Nine Yards
Replies: 173
Views: 120964

P180 experiences

Hi all, I've had the P180 for maybe 6 months now, and right now I'm running it with a Core2Duo E6400 CPU/Scythe Ninja and a "space-heater" ATI X1900XT video card. I'd like to share my experiences with heating and noise levels. (Beware this post ended up being kind of long, but if you want ideas for ...
by lutorm
Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VGA Cooler Roundup: A Thermalright, two Zalmans, and an Arct
Replies: 54
Views: 34001

I have a VF700-AlCu, and I was disappointed with the fan. I even returned it for an exchange, but the new one sounded the same. Especially at low voltage where there was little or no air flow noise, there was a kind of high-pitched grinding sound, clearly audible outside of my Antec P180. /Patrik I...
by lutorm
Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VGA Cooler Roundup: A Thermalright, two Zalmans, and an Arct
Replies: 54
Views: 34001

jmke wrote:don't install in on the X1900 card, unless you want to fry it
Actually, it doesn't seem so bad, lower core temps than the stock cooler automatic fan control:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cooler ... led_6.html
by lutorm
Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VGA Cooler Roundup: A Thermalright, two Zalmans, and an Arct
Replies: 54
Views: 34001

Especially at low voltage where there was little or no air flow noise, there was a kind of high-pitched grinding sound, clearly audible outside of my Antec P180. Did it sound like a hard drive seeking? Yeah, kind of. Except it was constant, rhythmic, and came from the fan hub... :wink: I guess if y...
by lutorm
Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Front panel combogadgets by Cooler Master and Matrix Orbital
Replies: 22
Views: 16799

Yes, all that stuff that the Maxtrix Orbital can do is very nice, and very useful...but the reason that it came off looking badly next to the Cooldrive 6 is the amount of work required to get it to do the sorts of stuff that SilentPCReview readers would want it to do, namely control fan speeds. All...
by lutorm
Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VGA Cooler Roundup: A Thermalright, two Zalmans, and an Arct
Replies: 54
Views: 34001

I have a VF700-AlCu, and I was disappointed with the fan. I even returned it for an exchange, but the new one sounded the same. Especially at low voltage where there was little or no air flow noise, there was a kind of high-pitched grinding sound, clearly audible outside of my Antec P180. I ended up...
by lutorm
Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright Gets Back on Top with the Ultra-120
Replies: 25
Views: 18416

Just thought I'd mention that clicking on this link in the recommended heatsinks list takes me to the old Ninja review, not the Ultra...