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by mentawl
Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Wrong cooler shipped - maybe a good thing?
Replies: 7
Views: 1952

Re: Wrong cooler shipped - maybe a good thing?

I'm gonna say that the RAM should fit under the Genesis.

If you want to check, the measurement and last pic on this page may help you: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1191-page3.html

:)
by mentawl
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:24 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is 550W enough for i7 6700K + single GTX980Ti?
Replies: 13
Views: 6249

Re: Is 550W enough for i7 6700K + single GTX980Ti?

Meh. I agree with previous responders, I don't really see the point in pushing a fanless PSU fairly hard in a use case where the loss of the PSU fan won't even be noticed - those 6 HDDs and the GPU are going to completely negate any PSU fan noise anyway. Get a regular PSU that'll be more comfortable...
by mentawl
Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Hold on buying any Nvidia card
Replies: 10
Views: 4003

Re: Hold on buying any Nvidia card

Likewise, I care as much about VR as I do about 3D movies - nada. Plus why is it news that you might need new hardware for VR? Very few of today's GPUs are capable of pushing the kinda framerates a decent VR setup requires anyways, no doubt by the time VR is widespread and mainstream, every modern G...
by mentawl
Sat May 23, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec SOLO II / / Seasonic X-1050 questions
Replies: 20
Views: 4777

Re: Antec SOLO II questions

Yes and yes :) and welcome. Owned the Solo 2 for a few years now, very happy with it. Tons of clearance for the GPU from any of the slots (10.5" GTX 780 shown): 1.jpg 2.jpg Also definitely room to replace the PSU, even with a tower cooler installed: 3.jpg I wouldn't want to replace the PSU every day...
by mentawl
Sun May 03, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quieting a Titan box
Replies: 4
Views: 1540

Re: Quieting a Titan box

I don't see any mention of the fan configuration in the R4. Is there at least one intake fan pushing air to the GPU, and one fan exhausting? :)
by mentawl
Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8
Replies: 16
Views: 22695

Re: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

One wee omission I happened to notice - the door can in fact be latched - the little blue clip on the right side of the HDD (bottom left corner of this pic): http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/images/hp-microserver-gen8/12.jpg ...can be pushed down to hold the HDD bay door shut. Still the problem w...
by mentawl
Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My updated Solo
Replies: 34
Views: 14849

Re: My updated Solo

Looking forward to seeing the mod :).

I got these taller feet for my Solo 2:

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_8955.html

Look good on it :)
by mentawl
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo II questions
Replies: 11
Views: 4178

Re: Antec Solo II questions

Jnzk wrote:I'm looking for a dust filter to place on top of the PSU vent... Would a Demciflex 140mm filter cover the whole opening? Anyone have the exact dimensions?
Hi there :)

Measured the PSU vent opening on my Solo II, it's exactly 142mm x 142mm.

cheers,
Tom
by mentawl
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo II questions
Replies: 11
Views: 4178

Re: Antec Solo II questions

I don't think E-ATX will work in a Solo II, especially if the ATX power connector is along the "front" edge - there's not much clearance between the 3.5" drive cage and the motherboard. It's kinda cozy even with my standard ATX board if you want the ATX cable hidden behind the drive cage.
by mentawl
Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Raven RV05
Replies: 7
Views: 6218

Re: SilverStone Raven RV05

Kinda surprised it wasn't dinged more for the build quality issues - non-fitting side panels, random plastic damage during transit, case not going back together cleanly... I wouldn't buy a case if I knew it was prone to that kinda thing :-/. Thanks for the review though!
by mentawl
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 97339

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

I'd be most interested in a low-profile single slot 750Ti. Fingers crossed :)
by mentawl
Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec P182 -> Silverstone TJ08-e (considering)
Replies: 5
Views: 1245

Re: Antec P182 -> Silverstone TJ08-e (considering)

Welcome :) I've just recently built a second machine (4670k, Z87I-Pro, GTX670) in a Cubitek Mini case, which is a thin-walled aluminium case - but still reasonably well built. Comparing it to my primary machine (2500k @ 4.5ghz, P8Z68-V, GTX780) in a foam-lined Solo 2, it's noticeably louder even whe...
by mentawl
Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM Series intro'd
Replies: 90
Views: 38281

Re: Corsair RM Series intro'd

Recently picked up the 550w model myself, and it really is quiet - I can't hear it when I plug in the AC, nor when I load it up - not even transient noise as the load changes. I've yet to manage to get the fan to spin up, even with my 780 running some heavy 3D! Some of the modular cables were a bit ...
by mentawl
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to help Corsair build the [quietest] case ever?
Replies: 44
Views: 19356

Re: Want to help Corsair build the best silent case ever?

One thing that instantly puts me off is the idea of a top mount for a 2x120mm radiator. Most cases are either on a desk or on the floor, so the top fan openings are best placed to let sound out in the user's direction. Plus they're dust magnets if the machine is off or you're using them as an intake...
by mentawl
Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SilverStone SG07 vs CoolerMaster Elite 130
Replies: 4
Views: 4485

Re: SilverStone SG07 vs CoolerMaster Elite 130

The Elite 130 is pretty much designed for use with a 120mm all-in-one watercooler - there's space on the front intake for one, and you don't even have to sacrifice drives to fit one (an improvement over the Elite 120, which required you to remove the drive cage entirely to achieve the same thing). U...
by mentawl
Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's louder? Two 2-platter drives Or One 4-platter drive?
Replies: 6
Views: 3934

Re: What's louder? Two 2-platter drives Or One 4-platter dr

Personally, I notice the combi/destructive noises caused by two HDDs far more than I notice the noise of a single "loud" HDD. HDDs, even of an identical make, rarely spin at *exactly* the same rotational speed, so you can end up with some weird acoustics. More of a problem if you're hard mounting dr...
by mentawl
Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 91491

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

No warping visible on mine, at least. There's a surround that protrudes ever so slightly, but well less than 1mm.
by mentawl
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Help! Efficent powersupply or broken killowatt meter?
Replies: 3
Views: 1567

Re: Help! Efficent powersupply or broken killowatt meter?

That sounds about right, yes. 160w would be with the multiple HDDs spinning up, and without any power saving features active on the CPU. A 360w supply would more than handle that machine.
by mentawl
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:56 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayPort?
Replies: 11
Views: 6037

Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP

Maybe something like this: Zotac ZBOX ZBOXNANO-AD12-PLUS-U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856173046 Has a single Displayport out running from the onboard HD7340, as well as USB3, eSATA and Wifi. Also pretty darn small :). Should have enough oomph for video-related tasks so lon...
by mentawl
Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)
Replies: 7
Views: 4264

Re: External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)

Very nice :) thanks for the interesting build vid.
by mentawl
Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:55 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noise Blocker Eloop resonance...
Replies: 2
Views: 1697

Re: Noise Blocker Eloop resonance...

Yeah, I noticed that too, although only with the fan mounted on my Kuhler 620 radiator, oddly, not with it mounted on the Ninja. I blame the material that the blades are made of, it feels brittle and makes a very strange noise if you tap it with your fingernail.
by mentawl
Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Pretty quiet Antec Solo II gaming PC
Replies: 3
Views: 3231

Re: Pretty quiet Antec Solo II gaming PC

Idle is low 30s for both GPU and CPU, rises to mid 50s/low 60s under gaming load (GW2 at the moment, as probably the most stressful game I have). 20c-ish ambient in the room. All the fans spin at 600rpm at idle, CPU fan spins up to 1000rpm under load, front and rear fans to about 900. I can't tell i...
by mentawl
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:46 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Pretty quiet Antec Solo II gaming PC
Replies: 3
Views: 3231

Pretty quiet Antec Solo II gaming PC

Just thought I'd post up the latest iteration of my main PC. Primary uses are gaming, bit of coding, bit of web dev, bit of virtualisation, and anything else that comes up :). Spec: Intel i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz / 1.3v with a Scythe Ninja Rev.A, modified clips and a Noiseblocker eLoop Bionic B12-PS PWM fa...
by mentawl
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system build: Xeon workstation
Replies: 9
Views: 2780

Re: New system build: Xeon workstation

If you're concerned about noise, and don't intend to move the machine terribly often, I'd try to find something other than an aluminium case. Although Lian Li cases have awesome build quality, they're still lightweight and let a lot more noise out than a well built steel case. ... however, for the l...
by mentawl
Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: NF-S12B FLX still getting resonance
Replies: 1
Views: 1146

Re: NF-S12B FLX still getting resonance

Have you tried running the front two fans at slightly different speeds? IE one at 800rpm, the other at 600rpm or so. The resonance may be due to constructive interference from the two fans close together. Even just try turning one off for a while to see how much of a difference it makes.
by mentawl
Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:28 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: silenced Athlon XP - not a penny spent!
Replies: 6
Views: 4771

Re: silenced Athlon XP - not a penny spent!

Ha, nice :D. Are you doing anything in particular with it? Win9X gaming machine, retro emulator machine, old software, things like that? Which OS did you get onto it?
by mentawl
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec Case 193 or 280 (or 183 maybe)
Replies: 14
Views: 6048

Re: New Antec Case 193 or 280 (or 183 maybe)

you probably want a case with a side intake of some sort to make sure the graphics cards aren't starved for air Not necessarily. A case with good front to back airflow would be better as this provides a better exit path for hot air. A mid mounted fan in one of the P series cases would have this eff...
by mentawl
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec Case 193 or 280 (or 183 maybe)
Replies: 14
Views: 6048

Re: New Antec Case 193 or 280 (or 183 maybe)

The P280 is really nothing special, compared to the majority of the cases on the market - it does away with the divided zones of the P183, does away with support for the CP PSUs, does away with the more solid, removable drive cages and does away with the multi-ply construction of the side panels. In...
by mentawl
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 13
Views: 8606

Re: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case

I can't quite figure it out from the pics, but might there be room to mount an Antec Kuhler 620 or similar on the back of the drive cage for CPU cooling? It'll possibly be too thick, but just thought I'd put the idea out there :).