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by Locklear
Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 33
Views: 27857

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

This case is a little gem. Perfect for a little server to be stashed away. I recently buildt one using just a single fan (Noctua NF-A15-PWM) at the back and a Noctua NH-U12P SE2 running passive, and the result is very good. It's tight, but in no way impossible to do a good clean build in this case w...
by Locklear
Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC
Replies: 18
Views: 10552

Re: ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC

I recently switched from an Asus 580 DirectCUII to this cards little brother GTX670-DirectCUII TOP, and while they use a very similar type cooler, the difference in fan-noise is just staggering. For me the upgrade was worth it because of the decrease in fan-noise alone. Add in GTX680 reference card ...
by Locklear
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How powerful is a Sandy Bridge IGP?
Replies: 39
Views: 10311

Re: How powerful is a Sandy Bridge IGP?

That would be the one in my signature: Antec NSK2480B.
Basically an Antec Fusion case.
by Locklear
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How powerful is a Sandy Bridge IGP?
Replies: 39
Views: 10311

Re: How powerful is a Sandy Bridge IGP?

I'm running this system with 2 very slow spinning case-mounted Scythe pwm fans (<450rpm). I have tried running with no active cooling, but to me the southbridge turned uncomfortably hot. Don't have the equipment to check heatsink surface temp and the onboard temp monitor isn't known for exact readin...
by Locklear
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How powerful is a Sandy Bridge IGP?
Replies: 39
Views: 10311

Re: How powerful is a Sandy Bridge IGP?

The HTPC in my signature draws ~30W idle, and running full tilt on the cpu+gpu (4 threads + gpu) it draws 64W on default settings. Undervolting can draw that lower into the high 50's. This is messured at the wall. I also have a small LCD display/ir-monitor combo running from internal usb, and an ext...
by Locklear
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:31 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic X-400FL combo with Antec Fusion
Replies: 1
Views: 855

Re: Seasonic X-400FL combo with Antec Fusion

I'm using the x-400 in an Antec NSK-2480 case which is the same case with a different front. The PSU doesn't even get lukewarm under 100% load (see sig for HTPC setup) so you'll probably be fine :D
by Locklear
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is X-400 fanless suitable for Antec P183
Replies: 14
Views: 3403

Re: Is X-400 fanless suitable for Antec P183

Vicotnik wrote:Every fan has to earn its place, I'd say. Why buy a PSU with a fan? ;)
That's why the Seasonic X series were invented (and their Corsair AX siblings). Best of both worlds. Fanless until the fan is actually turned on and earning it's place :D
by Locklear
Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: X-400 buzz noise
Replies: 31
Views: 9382

Re: X-400 buzz noise

I'm using an x-400 in my HTPC, and it's completely dead silent. No buzz, whine or anything even when i stick my ear 1cm from the psu. Since it's located among my livingroom media equipment it's also behind a Monster surge protector/power conditioner.
by Locklear
Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 23355

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

I have a Asus P8H67M EVO with a i5 2500. Be warned that the latest 1850 firmware fixes a "serious" voltage bug on this motherboard. In previous BIOS versions the CPU would idle at dangerously low voltages after a hard-reboot, and if you had set the undervolting options directly in the bios (not usi...
by Locklear
Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 23355

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

Having finally reached a stable CPU-undervolt on my i3-2100T sample the result was -0.095v. Leaving it idle at ~0.860v and ~1.015v fully loaded. Done on an Asus P8H67M EVO motherboard.

Now to do the same with the GPU :wink:
by Locklear
Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD Elastic Suspension... Show your pics!
Replies: 446
Views: 945248

This machine is built to be a pure fileserver, so i wanted as little as possible noise, while still keeping the hdds nice and cool. The frame is actually some kind of curtain accessories I found at Clas Ohlson (article id: 31-163) for about 4$ a pair, and the drives are suspended with ordinary 2cm c...
by Locklear
Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

By the way, your temps are much lower than mine. At stock speeds, my (0.2 GHz faster) CPU is 22 C hotter at load? I idle around 35 C and ambient here is 19.4C. Something seems wrong. Just curious - what are you using to monitor temps? The Asus utility? If you're not already using it, try Core Temp ...
by Locklear
Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" drive in a NSK2480/Fusion case
Replies: 3
Views: 2016

I have just mounted a 2,5" disk in a NSK2480B case. Picture. Still in version 1, but I plan to change the wood with a Dremel'd Plexiglas bracket instead.
by Locklear
Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

Firetech wrote:Which vendor in Australia, may I ask?
www.ozdirect.com
by Locklear
Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:48 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

Jay_S wrote:Did changing your FSB affect your RAM frequency? Or, once you selected DDR800 is your RAM locked at that frequency? Is the RAM clock independent from the FSB?
RAM and FSB are totally independent. They won't affect eachother.
by Locklear
Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

Are you overclocking at all? I don't quite understand the memory divider options in BIOS. From BIOS screen shots around the web, it doesn't look like memory divider options are expressed in "X:Y" notation. Instead, you pick a speed you want your RAM to run at? Is this right? I plan on taking my E21...
by Locklear
Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5E-VM HDMI: A microATX C2D board for gamers?
Replies: 74
Views: 60441

You can always control your Noctua by hooking it up to the CHA_FAN1 fan header instead. In fact, I'd say the positioning of the CPU_FAN header at the front of the board makes it more suitable for front chassis fans. Thanks for the confirmation on my suspicions. I just did exactly that, and it works...
by Locklear
Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5E-VM HDMI: A microATX C2D board for gamers?
Replies: 74
Views: 60441

Btw, can anyone confirm if the P5E-VM HDMI supports USB keyboards out of the box? I just used an USB keyboard when I booted from the WinXP CD to install. Works fine in BIOS too. Only quirk was that I had to use one of the backpanel usb ports. Keyboard worked fine on the initial installation which i...
by Locklear
Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

The passive PSU will have trouble in the enclosed space of the NSK2480. Passive PSUs are not designed for NO airflow situations. They are designed to be fit in standard ATX cases with negative pressure cases were the pressure of the fans blowing out of the case will draw air across the PSU, cooling...
by Locklear
Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote controlling a HTPC
Replies: 19
Views: 6098

derekva wrote:What OS will you be running?
It runs XP Media Center as we speak. It will be doubling as a light gaming system too, so *nix is out of the question at this time. Maybe Vista later on if SP1 delivers the goods.
by Locklear
Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

Had to take care of some personal stuff today, so I didn't get as far as I would have hoped. BUUUUUT, I managed to grab some quick numbers after getting the OS up and running and finishing the driver installations. I haven't quite managed to get the fans under control, so both Noctuas are running fu...
by Locklear
Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote controlling a HTPC
Replies: 19
Views: 6098

Re: Remote controlling a HTPC

How quiet is that Spinpoint M5S drive? I'm thinking about that exact same model # for a laptop, where will be very close to it, with little to block the noise. so far, running suspended, it's dead quiet. Haven't started to tweak the fans and such on the HTPC yet though (finished assembling it only ...
by Locklear
Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:12 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

Updated with some more pictures and info. Silverstone PSU is a bit broken though. Will need to get a replacement for it.
by Locklear
Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:20 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

I imported the case from Australia, which btw. is not a recommended course of action if you value your money. Case cost me about 100USD, express shipping another 250USD. Normal shipping would have been 200USD. The color match is almost perfect. The MFP51 is a tiny bit "blacker" because it is a bit m...
by Locklear
Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My NSK2480B HTPC
Replies: 18
Views: 20468

My NSK2480B HTPC

Just got the case delivered on my door by TNT, so I figured I'd do a little worklog up until the final product is done. Note: The case differs from the NSK2480B pictures floating around on this forum. My version does not have an aluminium front, nor does it have stealthed baycovers or a firewire con...
by Locklear
Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5E-VM HDMI: A microATX C2D board for gamers?
Replies: 74
Views: 60441

This says that the g35 chipset does 7.1 lpcm via hdmi. if that is so i'm a happy hippo :lol:
by Locklear
Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire 3850 SILENT Heatpipe 512MB
Replies: 89
Views: 40613

hard to judge by the pictures, but it kinda looks like the heatpipes are screwd in place ala the Zalman VNF100. If so the heatpipes can probably be pushed a bit closer to the edge of the card. Don't have any exact measurements to back up this theory though.
by Locklear
Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P5E-VM HDMI: A microATX C2D board for gamers?
Replies: 74
Views: 60441

Perfectly timed review as I have this board laying on my desk right now. If I only had the NSK2480B case to put it in... Looks like Asus hit a homerun with this one. Only thing that might ruin it for me is if the HDMI port doesn't transfer audio. The box says 'Superb quality Multi-channel audio' nex...
by Locklear
Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Phantom Users Poll
Replies: 211
Views: 260772

S/N: DO508043xxxx (this series has 2xPCIE + 4xSATA connectors) 21.10.2005 from Santech Microgroup in Norway. and then it was dead. Died silently while I was sleeping. The motherboard power indicator still lights up, but it doesn't respond to the power on button. And then the replacement died as wel...
by Locklear
Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote controlling a HTPC
Replies: 19
Views: 6098

Re: Remote controlling a HTPC

Also, I'd be hesitant about importing something like the 2480B from Australia, since it might become available in Europe in the near future. The last time I couldn't wait for something to become available here, I ordered 2 $30 items from the US and ended up paying $130 for them. There were many del...