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by lodestar
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Current forum posts not appearing on Home page

I see that current forum posts, for example the post by CA_Steve Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018) posted on Sun Feb 02, 2020 are no longer appearing on the Home Page as used to be the case. This gives the impression for people who just look at the Home Page that there is no forum activity ...
by lodestar
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I want to replace my good ol Define r4, what's better?
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: I want to replace my good ol Define r4, what's better?

I just want the one that's black with no windows. The first one on your list https://www.alternate.es/Fractal-Design/Define-R6-USB-C-Midi-ATX-Tower-Negro-Cajas-de-torre/html/product/1458998?event=search is different from the others. Fractal call it the Black which means all black fans rather than t...
by lodestar
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: There is no such thing as silent PC
Replies: 12
Views: 1661

Re: There is no such thing as silent PC

I had a family member who went the 'PC in another room' route using long HDMI, network and USB cables through a hole in the wall to connect the PC to a large screen TV. The USB cable terminated in a USB hub positioned close to the TV set. The network cable plugged into a router that was a short dist...
by lodestar
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: the impossible quest of finding a dead quiet, low-power SFX
Replies: 6
Views: 2044

Re: the impossible quest of finding a dead quiet, low-power

A PSU which you might consider is the Seasonic Focus SGX 450 . From my local supplier it is about the same price as the Corsair 450w. According to this review of the 500w model the fan should not turn on below 150w system power draw. With the 450w this point should be around 135w, which with your ex...
by lodestar
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?
Replies: 35
Views: 24713

Re: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?

My local PC retailer is offering two pre-built systems with the 3900x CPU, and also a 3900X CPU/motherboard/cooler bundle deal. In all cases the cooler that is offered is the Corsair Hydro H100x - which seems to me to suggest that air cooling may not be the best option for this processor.
by lodestar
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Hexagonal holes problem and CPU fan recommendation
Replies: 14
Views: 5932

Re: Hexagonal holes problem and CPU fan recommendation

EDIT: Has anyone here has expiriances with Akasa fans? I remember that one year ago I saw post on other forum from one guy who told very good thing about them, especially for radiator fans. This fan has been out for about ten years, it was one of the first PWM fans available in Europe, but was unkn...
by lodestar
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SilverStone KL07: Perfect case?
Replies: 57
Views: 41259

Re: SilverStone KL07: Perfect case?

SST Guy Can you confirm what the rpm range is of the fan fitted to the KL07.
by lodestar
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SilverStone KL07: Perfect case?
Replies: 57
Views: 41259

Re: SilverStone KL07: Perfect case?

It might be worth adding that Silverstone produce two variants of the KL07 (same chassis). These are the RL07 and the PM02. The RL07's main features are a single 140mm PWM exhaust fan rather than the three three-pin fans of the KL07, a tempered glass side panel and a solid front with side intake ven...
by lodestar
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Big Shuriken 3
Replies: 9
Views: 5385

Scythe Big Shuriken 3

Manufacturer's web page is here . Scythe say that it is fitted with the 17mm Kaze Flex 120 slim PWM fan. This is a review (in German) . The previous Big Shuriken 2 had a 12mm fan. Points to note: Some vendors say it is has a 15mm fan. They are correct, the 17mm dimension quoted by Scythe includes th...
by lodestar
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New AMD Ryzen 3000 chips leaked
Replies: 52
Views: 27209

Re: New AMD Ryzen 3000 chips leaked

There is a noise detection header which needs to be used with the included noise detection cable. The noise detection cable has a mic on the end of it. The decibel values read by the noise detection header/cable can be accessed with Gigabyte's APP Center System Information Viewer software. System In...
by lodestar
Thu May 30, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?
Replies: 35
Views: 24713

Re: Gonna buy a 3900x which is the MOST silent fan for it?

According to Fractal the R4 will take a CPU cooler up to 170mm tall (as long as no side-fan is installed). The Noctua NH-U12A is 158mm tall; the NH-D15 comes in at 165mm.
by lodestar
Fri May 24, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?
Replies: 19
Views: 21443

Re: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?

Yes, I wasn't sure which version of the GA-H110M-DS2 you had. Incidentally, there is a page on the ADATA website which will show compatible memory if you enter your motherboard details where it says 'Search by System/Device'.
by lodestar
Fri May 24, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?
Replies: 19
Views: 21443

Re: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?

How do I find out whether the following one is of a similar spec? https://www.adata.com/us/feature/426 It says nothing about 2Rx8 and 1Rx8. The memory you are referencing is DDR4 whereas the motherboard as I understand it is the Gigabyte GA-H110M-DS2(DDR3) which won't take DDR4 memory, only DDR3. A...
by lodestar
Thu May 23, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?
Replies: 19
Views: 21443

Re: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?

Yes, other memory modules of a similar spec should work perfectly OK.
by lodestar
Wed May 22, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?
Replies: 19
Views: 21443

Re: Is it a UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory module?

The motherboard memory support page on the manufacturer's website is the best source of what memory is compatible and the maximum sizes that you can put in an individual slot or slots. For this motherboard it is available from here . As you can see from this PDF it also includes technical details su...
by lodestar
Fri May 17, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler
Replies: 81
Views: 31768

Re: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler

Full details of the Fuma 2 are on the Scythe US web site. One interesting point: the fans rotate in opposite directions. Scythe call it Reverse Jet Flow and claim that "...this generates higher static pressure as well as stable airflow thus pushing (t)he performance to the max...".
by lodestar
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design goes RGB and PWM with Define S2 Vision cases
Replies: 4
Views: 5826

Re: Fractal Design goes RGB and PWM with Define S2 Vision ca

Review by aph networks of the Fractal Design Prisma AL-12 3-pin 1200 rpm fan and the Adjust R1 RGB controller here.
by lodestar
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design goes RGB and PWM with Define S2 Vision cases
Replies: 4
Views: 5826

Re: Fractal Design goes RGB and PWM with Define S2 Vision ca

The available separately Dynamic X2 GP-14 140mm PWM and Dynamic X2 GP-12 120mm PWM fans will both come in all-Black, all-White (Whiteout) and the traditional Fractal Design Black frame/White blades combo.
by lodestar
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design goes RGB and PWM with Define S2 Vision cases
Replies: 4
Views: 5826

Fractal Design goes RGB and PWM with Define S2 Vision cases

Fractal Design has introduced two new cases, the Define S2 Vision RGB and the Define S2 Vision Blackout . Both cases feature four 140mm PWM fans and a PWM fan hub. The RGB features Fractal's first RGB fans, and an Adjust R1 RGB controller. The RGB fan is designated as the Prisma AL-14 and has a diff...
by lodestar
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SPCR Help Requested: 2019 Gaming Rig Design
Replies: 28
Views: 24256

Re: SPCR Help Requested: 2019 Gaming Rig Design

...The Phantek p600 manual (https://bit.ly/2UpDm9e) specifies a fan controller (4-pin), 3 140mm fans (doesn't state 3 vs 4 pin), and an eight fan splitter cable (for 3/4 pin options). The P600 fans are 3-pin, the built-in case fan splitter supports 3 x 3-pin/4 x 4-pin (PWM)/1 x 3-pin or 4-pin (PWM)...
by lodestar
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler
Replies: 81
Views: 31768

Re: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler

Yes, that's correct. But stock U12S vs stock U12A shows a margin of 6 to 7C in favour of the U12A. You also need to take account of noise levels, I'm pretty sure that 2 x A12x25s would be somewhat quieter that 2 x NF-F12s, at any speed.
by lodestar
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler
Replies: 81
Views: 31768

Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler

Full details are here . In brief, the NH-U12A features seven heat pipes over the six of the NH-U12. The single NF-F12 of the old U12 is replaced by two NF-A12x25 PWM fans. Price apparently will be around EUR/USD 99.90/£89.95, so definitely a premium product. Noctua's tag line is "...140mm class perf...
by lodestar
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The state of fans in 2019?
Replies: 8
Views: 7467

Re: The state of fans in 2019?

The stand out 120mm fan, noise wise, is the Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM, provided you have a motherboard BIOS and/or fan software that can get it down it the lowest PWM duty cycle settings.
by lodestar
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Corsair 275Q
Replies: 13
Views: 15679

Re: Corsair 275Q

This case looks good value for money (£75 from my local source here in the UK) considering that it includes 2 PWM fans and a PWM hub (Repeater in Corsair jargon). The hub is a bit of an improvement on any form of PWM splitter cable, given that it can run up to 6 fans and has a separate SATA power co...
by lodestar
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 113909

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

Yes you are correct about there being no CPU_OPT header. Normally it is where the CHA_FAN2 header is, right next to the CPU header. I think you were right in saying that your 2 chassis fan headers may be from the Asus 'fake PWM fan header' era that only ended when the Z97 chipset was introduced. Tha...
by lodestar
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 113909

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

You could run the 3 fans off the CPU_OPT header. This mirrors the CPU settings so any PWM fan, or chain of PWM fans connected to this header will run at the same PWM duty cycle settings as the CPU. I would have expected the 275Q hub to work OK if it had taken its PWM duty cycle signal from CPU_OPT. ...
by lodestar
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ryzen 7 2700x
Replies: 7
Views: 8577

Re: Ryzen 7 2700x

If you're willing to pay Scythe Ninja 5 money then I would suggest the AMD AM4 mount specific Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro TR4. At least a couple of reviews I have seen suggest that it is a better performer than the Ninja 5, particularly with overclocked CPUs. The all-black finish is a bonus. Like the Ni...
by lodestar
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected
Replies: 10
Views: 9407

Re: Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected

No, absolutely not. To take a real world example, the thermal power of a nuclear power plant is usually about three times its electrical power.
by lodestar
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected
Replies: 10
Views: 9407

Re: Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected

Intel's watt ratings are thermal watts (TDP = Thermal Design Power) not electrical watts. They are supposed to be a guideline for OEMs about how much cooling a CPU is likely to need. And incidentally the ratings are calculated at stock clocks, so they don't take account of turbo modes. So Intel Proc...
by lodestar
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to reduce noise in my setup (and 140mm fan choices)
Replies: 25
Views: 13188

Re: How to reduce noise in my setup (and 140mm fan choices)

One of the 140mm Noctua fans I have used successfully is the NF-P14s Redux 1200 PWM. Provided your motherboard BIOS and/or fan control software can set the PWM duty cycle to 16% I was seeing idle speeds in a system of around 200 to 250 rpm with this setting. I know at least some users of this fan pr...