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by ultrachrome
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: looking fan controller with pwm input and 3 pin output
Replies: 3
Views: 1877

looking fan controller with pwm input and 3 pin output

I want to use an old pair of Nexus D12SL-12 to replace the fans on my EVGA GTX970 but I want to retain the ability for the card to control the fan speed. I previously used these fans on my GTX 560Ti 448 and they did a great job of cooling the card but at 12V they were slightly noisier than I'd like ...
by ultrachrome
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: quiet video for nsk2480 htpc
Replies: 4
Views: 2155

Re: quiet video for nsk2480 htpc

Thanks for the responses.

CA_Steve, thanks for the link. I didn't realize Newegg had a "fanless" search option.
by ultrachrome
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: quiet video for nsk2480 htpc
Replies: 4
Views: 2155

quiet video for nsk2480 htpc

Looking for recommendations for a silent or very quiet solution that will fit in an NSK2480.

No gaming, just Windows Media Center, Netflix, DVD, blu ray.

Thanks.
by ultrachrome
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: flexible SSD/HDD mounting options for up to three 5.25" bays
Replies: 2
Views: 1030

Re: flexible SSD/HDD mounting options for up to three 5.25"

Thanks. The grommets would be nice feature.
by ultrachrome
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Passive airflow w/ modders mesh and foam filter?
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

Re: Passive airflow w/ modders mesh and foam filter?

Probably not well which is why foam is such a great insulator. I'm not familiar with the foam you are referring to but you'd want the thinnest, most porous, open-cell foam you can find. Modder's mesh, or perforated metal, comes in a variety of hole sizes and spacing. mcmaster.com has a really good s...
by ultrachrome
Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: flexible SSD/HDD mounting options for up to three 5.25" bays
Replies: 2
Views: 1030

flexible SSD/HDD mounting options for up to three 5.25" bays

I'm reusing my beloved P150 for my next build which will run primarily off an SSD with a 3.5" HDD that I will use for backup, both local data and data from other machines on my network. To squeeze in my graphics card, I've opted to completely remove the lower HDD cage so I will be mounting all drive...
by ultrachrome
Tue May 03, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Sub $300 M-ATX MB/CPU/MEM/Video Recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Re: Sub $300 M-ATX MB/CPU/MEM/Video Recommendation

CA_Steve, thanks for the offer on the MB but my TV tuner is PCI-1x and it will be too close to the video card to allow installation of a larger heatsink.

And thanks for the video card recommendation. I might just do that.
by ultrachrome
Tue May 03, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Sub $300 M-ATX MB/CPU/MEM/Video Recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Re: Sub $300 M-ATX MB/CPU/MEM/Video Recommendation

Thanks for links. I'll need some time to digest them. ITX is too small as I need room for a TV tuner card that I already have and would like the option of adding a dedicated video card if the need arises. I'd like to keep the cost as low as possible while keeping flexibility high. I tend to repurpos...
by ultrachrome
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Sub $300 M-ATX MB/CPU/MEM/Video Recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Sub $300 M-ATX MB/CPU/MEM/Video Recommendation

For the last two years I've been pretty happy with my PS3 feeding my projector setup until these last few months. I've grown tired of firing up the system only to find I have to do yet another update before we can begin watching a bluray, netflix, or streaming video from my Linux bittorrent server. ...
by ultrachrome
Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P150 mid-tower case w/ Neo HE 430 PSU
Replies: 206
Views: 158422

In order to remove the PSU, the motherboard has to be removed, unless I'm missing something! You're just missing a drill bit. When I had to RMA the PSU due to a fan issue, I drilled out the rivets holding the top on and replaced them will plastic push-in rivets. This made a PSU swap very easy. With...
by ultrachrome
Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: antec p-183 vs. 182- final conclusion/s?
Replies: 24
Views: 5784

Comparing the performance differences between the two would be splitting hairs. If you can find a P182 significantly less expensive than the P183, that would be something to consider. Cases don't make noise. The most you can ask of a case is to have good airflow and dampen (not amplify) vibration. T...
by ultrachrome
Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:00 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Google's Secret Server
Replies: 14
Views: 3530

I don't directly see what else do they save from moving the 12V->5V conversion from the PSU to the mobo than having shorter wires for 5V power. But if the 5V needs to be further converted to some other voltage, surely it is more efficient to do it directly from 12V without the intermediary step? An...
by ultrachrome
Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Google's Secret Server
Replies: 14
Views: 3530

Google's Secret Server

Google uncloaks once-secret server While their overall approach doesn't share much in common with SPCR methodology, perhaps their power supply setup could potentially help lower power consumption in all PCs. For those suffering from short attention span, they use a 12V only PSU. 5V is generated out...
by ultrachrome
Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Building a PSU intake duct/vent
Replies: 64
Views: 138264

Putting the HDD in a chamber with the PSU is basically what the Antec P180 does.

This article uses a passive PSU which is then augmented with a fan. The video card is then isolated in its own chamber.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article595-page1.html
by ultrachrome
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone CW03
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Annoying that there seem to be no pics of the case interior available.

If you can find a way to suspend the drives and augment case cooling with a 120mm fan, you should be in pretty good shape.
by ultrachrome
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone CW03
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

It would be very helpful if you could mount a 120mm fan on the side vent like the NSK2400. I don't think quiet 80mm fans will move much air.

Otherwise, it depends on what you're going to put in it. How many drives? What video card? What gpu and cpu coolers?
by ultrachrome
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT list of compatible after market coolers
Replies: 41
Views: 25333

yamahaSHO wrote:I have my Actic Cooling S1 ready to go, but I'm waiting for my RAM sinks to arrive this week so I can install it. I will be using the ones below:

Where did you get those sinks?
by ultrachrome
Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39240

OK, thank you for the help. I am looking through the links posted in this thread at the moment. One thing I notice is that the Projects all require some fairly precision worksmanship (strange - I reflexively typed that word with a 't' at the end) and a good amount of power tools. The first part I c...
by ultrachrome
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT list of compatible after market coolers
Replies: 41
Views: 25333

excellent, so the VF1000 comes with all the ram sinks required? or did you have to get a couple more? ive got an 8800GT on order and i was eyeing off the VF1000, but there doesnt seem to be too much info around on compatibility with the 8800GT :( There's enough for the ram. If you want to treat the...
by ultrachrome
Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock vs. Ultra-120 Extreme Temps
Replies: 4
Views: 2513

My HR-01 had a very warped base. The IHS on the E6600 was not bad.

I did not bother installing it until I had lapped it so I don't know what difference it made.

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by ultrachrome
Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:56 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Zalman people... 8800GT vs. 3870?
Replies: 10
Views: 9946

Re: Zalman people... 8800GT vs. 3870?

Hey there, I was going to purchase the 8800gt and use zalman's custome 8800gts block on it. I thought it would be necessary. Is it? Also, I have been wondering about the new 3870. I think it's a better option for someone like me who plans on watching blu-rays on his pc. (UVD is a win). I currently ...
by ultrachrome
Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT list of compatible after market coolers
Replies: 41
Views: 25333

sorenbro wrote:Ultrachrome, do you need the ram heatsinks like with the other 8800 cards, or is the vf1000 enough?
I use the ram sinks that came with the heatsink. The RHS88 part for the 8800 series doesn't work with the GT.
by ultrachrome
Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:53 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT list of compatible after market coolers
Replies: 41
Views: 25333

I'm using the Zalman VF1000.
by ultrachrome
Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39240

All my speakers are diy designs. I listen to all kinds of stuff but rock is pretty much the main genre. Not that many audiophile recordings but a few. Most movies I watch are dialogue driven, not many blockbuster type movies. To me, if I can describe a speaker as "bright" I'm not going to be that ha...
by ultrachrome
Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39240

Darn. I was worried you'd say that. Bright speakers can be tiring to listen to.

If you think it won't be a problem, go for it.
by ultrachrome
Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT
Replies: 119
Views: 60195

I'm curious.. ultrachrome.. I took a look at the picture here http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/244741-29-aftermarket-8800-cooling-information I can't figure what kinda of heatsink you attached to the mosfets. Did you use BGA ram sinks? If so, do you think these would work on the card? http://www.d...
by ultrachrome
Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:52 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Breaking up soundwaves?
Replies: 11
Views: 8510

Re: Breaking up soundwaves?

N7SC is talking about room acoustics which are obviously important in a lecture hall where you need to hear the lecturer. But what you are asking for is sound attenuation so you don't hear your PCs. Think of ripples in a pond. To stop the ripples you need a wall. Aside from a door, you might need to...
by ultrachrome
Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39240

Well, I just listened to a couple different speakers, amongst others the B&W 685, and the Klipsch RB-51. In my ears the lower priced Klipsch sounded better than the bigger priceyer B&Ws. I also listened to some nice sounding Cantons, and some slightly undersized overpriced KEFs. What did you like a...
by ultrachrome
Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT
Replies: 119
Views: 60195

Hey ultrachrome, did you use only the VF1000? or did you use it with ZM-RHS88? If you didn't use the ZM-RHS88, how are you cooling the mosfets? I looked at the ZM-RHS88 but it doesn't appear compatible with the GT which is more like 7900 series card. I used the included Zalman ram sinks and a coupl...
by ultrachrome
Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT
Replies: 119
Views: 60195

Does any one that owns a 8800 GT find the stock cooler really THAT loud? How does it fair if you let it idle or run 2D tasks? Is the noise generated comparable to a Zalman VF700 @ 5v/7v? I ask because I'm ready to jump on the 8800 GT, but I've heard that the HD 3850 is incredibly quiet by margins. ...