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by CA_Steve
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 3080 review compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: RTX 3080 review compilation

first reviews are up. Some variation between them on Asus and MSI power use and acoustic performance, but all have Asus running cooler.
by CA_Steve
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 3080 review compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: GTX 3080 review compilation

Funny, I based my opinion on the same reviews :). I get annoyed when mfgrs throw extra core voltage at the problem driving up power use. Of course, a sample size of 1 isn't a good place for a judgement call. <shrug> You know I'm the xx60 guy, anyway. :)
by CA_Steve
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 3080 review compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: GTX 3080 review compilation

At first look, I think it's a toss up between the Asus and the MSI Gaming X Trio. The former might be a dB quieter and a better cooler, but the MSI is slightly faster and uses less power for both 2D and 3D tasks.
by CA_Steve
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: RTX 3080 review compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 70

RTX 3080 review compilation

Early look: a step and a half to two steps up from RTX 2080, but at the cost of additional power. Some of the aftermarket cards are pushing the core voltage/ power limit a tad harder than others. more to come. In brief: 2160p performance 35% faster than RTX 2080Ti. 320W TDP, but OEM stock OC'ed card...
by CA_Steve
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Re: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc

heh. scan website wanted me to complete a captcha to look at a webpage. um...nope.
by CA_Steve
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Re: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc

Haven't seen any reviews for Onlogic's cases. HDPlex is a known entity. I've referred lots of people to them. Cases for IGP builds as well as discrete GPU builds. This could push you to a larger form factor/away from the mobile CPU performance limitations. Have you figured out what you actually need...
by CA_Steve
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Re: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc

Here's the NUC homepage.

Given your case's 4th gen compatibility listing, you probably need to stick with 15W CPUs.
by CA_Steve
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Re: Wanting to Upgrade Nuc

I think there are two different NUC chassis sizes. So, you'd want to make sure you pick the same. The chassis dimensions should be listed. 2nd: You've got a 15W CPU. Make sure what the limits of your case are to set the upper limit of what CPU you can pick. 3rd: You've got a 2 core 4 thread processo...
by CA_Steve
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: quiet budget cpu cooler for r3 3100
Replies: 11
Views: 173

Re: quiet budget cpu cooler for r3 3100

more on this...the 3100 is in the 65W TDP marketing bucket, and when stressed is closer to 60W max . My guess is that'll run closer to 40-50W with typical max loads. So, it's not a hot running CPU. The stock cooler may work out well in terms of temps and noise. If it's too noisy at reasonable temps,...
by CA_Steve
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: quiet budget cpu cooler for r3 3100
Replies: 11
Views: 173

Re: quiet budget cpu cooler for r3 3100

Have you considered trying the stock box fan first and see if it meets your needs?
by CA_Steve
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: freezer packs
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: freezer packs

heh
by CA_Steve
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need high CFM fan, one speed
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: Need high CFM fan, one speed

Yeah, I don't know what's up with your fan, but you might check the supply to see if it's a stable 12Vdc source. As far as a specific fan goes...250cfm? really? Anything less than a 200mm fan will be spinning like crazy / really loud for that. Using Noctua fans as an example: NF-A20-FLX is 200mm, ha...
by CA_Steve
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need high CFM fan, one speed
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: Need high CFM fan, one speed

yes to both.
by CA_Steve
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need high CFM fan, one speed
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: Need high CFM fan, one speed

Another thing you can do is find a fan that'll run at a speed/cfm you like when driven by 5Vdc. Then, grab an old USB phone charger (pre USB-PD spec = 5V output) to run it.
by CA_Steve
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need high CFM fan, one speed
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: Need high CFM fan, one speed

Thanks for the reply. So....if I am understanding this, I would be safe with a two pin fan that would run at it's highest rpm constantly? I'm using a converter 110v to 12v. Yes. Make sure the 110V to 12V converter is providing 12Vdc and not 12Vac. :) If you want to manually control the fan speed, y...
by CA_Steve
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need high CFM fan, one speed
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: Need high CFM fan, one speed

Welcome to SPCR.

2-pin fans: Vdc, Ground
3-pin fans: Vdc, Ground, sensor (for rpm)
4-pin fans: Vdc, Ground, sensor, PWM signal

Even a 2-pin fan can ramp up and down if the source that it's plugged in to is ramping the Vdc pin voltage up and down.
by CA_Steve
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 168
Views: 215126

Re: HP MicroServer

You could try a voltmeter to see if the board is providing any Vdc...
by CA_Steve
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x570 - unplugging the chipset fan
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: x570 - unplugging the chipset fan

This might help
https://www.amd.com/en/chipsets/b550

Motherboard chipset doesn't have PCIe4.0 lanes, but you get 20 lanes from a gen 3 CPU.
by CA_Steve
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x570 - unplugging the chipset fan
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: x570 - unplugging the chipset fan

a little off topic...B550 boards are out. Have you considered whether or not they meet your needs? More opportunities for passive chipsets, cheaper.
by CA_Steve
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?
Replies: 70
Views: 39726

Re: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?

yeah - I remember when a low rez digital camera was first added to phones and I thought "this'll never pan out"...and I was involved in CCD imaging at the time :)

I'm astounded at the improvements in pixel performance, optics advances and computing power for post picture correction.
by CA_Steve
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My dad thinks I'll fail at building a PC, and it makes me worry
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: My dad thinks I'll fail at building a PC, and it makes me worry

Also, that's a 1st gen Ryzen...current is 3xxx with 4xxx out this fall
by CA_Steve
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My dad thinks I'll fail at building a PC, and it makes me worry
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: My dad thinks I'll fail at building a PC, and it makes me worry

Welcome to SPCR. There are probably lots of "how to build a PC" youtube videos out there that you can watch and learn from. My first suggestion would be to list the things you want to use the PC for: apps, gaming, video editing, etc...and what are the priorities (if budget limited)? That'll determin...
by CA_Steve
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 16
Views: 1725

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

CA_Steve wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:12 pm
for: it's cheaper

against: it's used. That said, my current mobo was bought used. It's a 6 year old platform. Still should work fine w Windows 10. Couldn't say more w/o knowing the model number.

<shrug>

You seem to be torturing the hell out of this decision :)
by CA_Steve
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 16
Views: 1725

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

See above. I don't recommend any more $'s spent on the existing CPU platform. It's obsolete and power hungry. Figure out what your budget really is and then we can go from there. hi what do you think about if i get a 4590 used and and b85 mobo? keep my ram and heatsink psu? I already answered this.
by CA_Steve
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic new 'Connect' PSU design
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Seasonic new 'Connect' PSU design

Techpowerup and Guru3D also reviewed. Looks like Seasonic needs to tweak the fan profile a bit.
by CA_Steve
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 16
Views: 1725

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

for: it's cheaper

against: it's used. That said, my current mobo was bought used. It's a 6 year old platform. Still should work fine w Windows 10. Couldn't say more w/o knowing the model number.

<shrug>

You seem to be torturing the hell out of this decision :)
by CA_Steve
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 16
Views: 1725

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

Here's a cut at it @ pcpartpicker. USD pricing **CPU** | [AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor] | $149.99 @ Best Buy **Motherboard** | [Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard]| $79.99 @ Newegg **Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory] | $63.99 @ N...
by CA_Steve
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 16
Views: 1725

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

See above. I don't recommend any more $'s spent on the existing CPU platform. It's obsolete and power hungry.

Figure out what your budget really is and then we can go from there.
by CA_Steve
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)
Replies: 16
Views: 1725

Re: what should i buy (i dont do 3d stuf. i do a bit of video editing)

I wouldn't spend more money on a 12 year old CPU platform. Here's a couple of benchmark comparisons for your current i7-920 and GTX 260. Passmark CPU score compares your CPU vs the Haswell i5 in the HP SFF and the Ryzen 3 3200G. Passmark GPU score compares your GTX 260 vs the integrated gfx in the s...