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by nightmorph
Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why are you here ( SPCR )? Silence or Low power?
Replies: 21
Views: 4077

After hanging around here for four or five years, I've mostly already got silence, so now I'm here for low power.

I figure if I can get low power, I get the silence as a free bonus. No hot power-hungry chips or spinning disks means less to cool with noisy fans.
by nightmorph
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A proper NAS case: Fractal Design - Array Mini ITX
Replies: 35
Views: 17248

Looks pretty good. Check that, looks freakin' gorgeous . I've been weighing the options for building my own NAS or buying a commodity product with enough bays. The former option will likely be the cheapest, but finding a tiny case for 3 to 5 drives is pretty tough. All other mini-ITX cases seem to b...
by nightmorph
Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ATI Radeon HD 5450 & HD 5570 Graphics Cards
Replies: 24
Views: 12877

I'm rather disappointed in the 5xxx series so far, specifically in the power consumption advancements I thought I'd see compared to the 4xxx cards. While the higher end and midrange 5xxx cards do achieve some remarkable idle numbers, overall it seems like they still run hotter and more power-hungry ...
by nightmorph
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: LF: PICO PSU 80 or 100W
Replies: 7
Views: 1871

It's the standard 102W 12V brick sold at mini-box.com and elsewhere. While it does have a fan, it'll only kick in at about the 75W mark or higher, once you've been pushing the draw that high for awhile, since that'll heat up the brick's interior pretty good. But since you're on a Via system, I doubt...
by nightmorph
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: LF: PICO PSU 80 or 100W
Replies: 7
Views: 1871

I have a spare 102W AC adapter that I was using with my PicoPSU 150. The DC-DC Pico is still in use, sorry, but I can just ship you my AC adapter if you want. At this point, I guess I just want it out of the house. I just bought it in August from mini-box. Was only used a few weeks, as recently I pi...
by nightmorph
Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The Antec NSK1300. Brought to you by AuraAllan.
Replies: 31
Views: 32552

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by nightmorph
Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless 130W ATX PSU with 120W AC adapter *Video.
Replies: 186
Views: 149256

It's much harder to find 12V adapters to go with my 12V Pico. Have you looked at short-circuit.com? This is electrodacus's thread. So, if you would like help in mating the power supplies, please come over to the "Mating Dell DA-2 and PW-200-V" thread. I will be quite glad to help because I am going...
by nightmorph
Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless 130W ATX PSU with 120W AC adapter *Video.
Replies: 186
Views: 149256

Dang, it is a 19V adapter? I was afraid of that . . . if I could handle 19V adapters, I could have used any fanless laptop brick out there. It's much harder to find 12V adapters to go with my 12V Pico. My Pico was fairly expensive, all things considered: $70 - $79 counting brick, Pico, and shipping+...
by nightmorph
Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fanless 130W ATX PSU with 120W AC adapter *Video.
Replies: 186
Views: 149256

I need to buy one of your fanless AC adapters. I have a 150W Pico, and even though my system probably draws about 1/3 of that at max load, I have the usual 102W power brick that everyone else uses. It turns on its tiny, loud, annoying fan at only 50% - 75% of the AC adapter's rated max, since it get...
by nightmorph
Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Cost-effective 7600GT cooling?
Replies: 8
Views: 2212

If you're serious about a fanless 7600GT . . . I could sell you my old passively-cooled 7600GT if you live somewheres in the USA. It's the Gigabyte SilentPipe II model , so it comes with an outstanding fanless heatsink from the manufacturer. Check my old posts elsewhere on the forums; it has excelle...
by nightmorph
Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a NSK1380 system
Replies: 3
Views: 1101

1. That's more than enough PSU for your system. You won't be able to fry the adapter. I have a very similar AM2 system in my NSK1380, powered by the same choice of DC and AC adapters, and I also have a discrete graphics card, a sound card, and an extra HDD. It powers all that just fine. A word of ca...
by nightmorph
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Akasa controller+mobo header=fail [SOLVED]
Replies: 1
Views: 950

I found a solution! I untied the nice out-of-the-way bundle of wires, added a molex Y-splitter between the drives and the Pico, and plugged in my trusty old Silverstone FP-33B fan controller into the spare molex end. Pulled the fan cable from the motherboard header/Akasa controller, ran it to the F...
by nightmorph
Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Akasa controller+mobo header=fail [SOLVED]
Replies: 1
Views: 950

Akasa controller+mobo header=fail [SOLVED]

So I've got my system rebuilt. It's up and running (at least within the BIOS screens) just fine, except for one thing . . . the fan won't turn on! Never had this happen before. I'm not sure if it's a problem with the wiring, the Nexus fan, or the Akasa fan controller. I'm using the fan controller fr...
by nightmorph
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Lowest wattage HDMI+DVI PCIe video card?
Replies: 22
Views: 7692

Excellent link, Nightmorph. Many thanks! Is there a reason not to use the HD 4350, if one only needs 2D/video decoding acceleration and absolutely no gaming features at all? It draws even less power than HD 4550 and should support full blu-ray support with Avivo HD (UVD2) as well. Well, it's only a...
by nightmorph
Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Lowest wattage HDMI+DVI PCIe video card?
Replies: 22
Views: 7692

The RadeonHD 4550 does idle at 7W, in basically every internet benchmark so far. It's rare for it to top even 9W. I suppose in max 3D usage, not that it would be put to that test, it might hit 11W. Source: The truth about graphics power requirements . This is pretty much the definitive all-in-one to...
by nightmorph
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Downsizing: I need a mini PSU, etc.
Replies: 7
Views: 6252

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by nightmorph
Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Not just "silent" - zero moving parts rig [pics]
Replies: 40
Views: 21614

You're using such a huge, expensive PSU! Why not go with something much smaller, much more efficient, and cooler-running . . . like a PicoPSU and accompanying external power brick? It would free up vast amounts of interior space (possibly improving convection), and it certainly would reduce the amou...
by nightmorph
Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A star is born... and another yet to be unveiled
Replies: 36
Views: 8609

Hideous. Looks like the child of a Transformer and a Chrysler. Antec does gamers a disservice by assuming they have taste as bad as the case designer. And by making it hard to install drives. The only positive things about these cases are the allowances for 120mm fans at the front. Otherwise, I can'...
by nightmorph
Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1617038

Solar Fields - Blue Moon Station Kahvi Collective (an online netlabel) worked with Solar Fields to release a 4-track EP of his stuff. It's a free download , so you may want to check it out. This is where I discovered Solar Fields (and after following a few links, the entire amazing catalog of Ultim...
by nightmorph
Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASRock NetTop ION 330
Replies: 21
Views: 50617

Not that reliable. Their testing methodology has been declining for the last few months -- check out the masses on the forums decrying crap procedures, comparisons, and setups. I'm a regular, and I have to agree that it's grown much worse. This review doesn't cover heat, noise, or power. It also com...
by nightmorph
Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1617038

Alkor - Describe Your Nature EP and Alpha Conspiracy - Aura EP, both extremely phenomenal albums.

Grab 'em; they're freely available under Creative Commons licenses.
by nightmorph
Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fan behind HDDs in Antec Solo
Replies: 7
Views: 1616

I'm not sure you'd have enough room to do that. I've got some pictures of all three elastic bays occupied by drives in my Solo, and it's a really tight fit even with a smaller graphics card. Any cage or anything else extending from the existing hardware would be certain to hit the motherboard or oth...
by nightmorph
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
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Replies: 0
Views: 792

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by nightmorph
Sun May 31, 2009 2:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any suggestion for cooling a X1950 Pro
Replies: 10
Views: 2408

Well, if you have some kinda tool, like a decent screwdriver or pair of pliers. At the time I had to reseat one of the clips, I basically had nothing except a miniscrewdriver and my hands. But, you'd have an easier time removing the whole cooler. I couldn't remove the cooler because I'd already scre...
by nightmorph
Sun May 31, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How are Asus Dvd Writers[?]
Replies: 8
Views: 2237

I have an Asus DRW-2014L1T. I definitely prefer it over the Samsung SH-S182M it replaces. The Samsung was squeaky and a bit noisier at max and at minimum read speeds. Also, the Asus burns fewer coasters.
by nightmorph
Sat May 30, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any suggestion for cooling a X1950 Pro
Replies: 10
Views: 2408

Removal is not a problem. Long as you don't strip the screws when you install it, you can use it again. Just be sure to clean off your thermal paste with some extremely pure alcohol cleanser. Oh, and don't lose the little washers that go on the back of the card -- they're so tiny, so easily lost. :)
by nightmorph
Fri May 29, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja fits on AM2+?
Replies: 10
Views: 3060

Yes, that will work. AM2 = AM2+ = AM3.

Here's some reading homework: the SPCR Ninja+ Rev B. article and the SPCR Ninja 2 review.
by nightmorph
Fri May 29, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja fits on AM2+?
Replies: 10
Views: 3060

But is it a Ninja (not supposed to be AM2 compatible) or Ninja RevB (sold as AM2 compatible)? Rev. B. Meant "an original Ninja rev. B," not any of the 2 or 3 variants released since 2006. The AM2 mounting clip is totally unlike socket 939, so there's no way that you can migrate an original Ninja fo...
by nightmorph
Fri May 29, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any suggestion for cooling a X1950 Pro
Replies: 10
Views: 2408

nightmorph: I've seen your post before and it originally gave me the idea for passive cooling but after more careful reading I got the impression you only used your card for 2D work. Have you ever tried really stressing the card with that cooler? BTW, I did search and didn't find a lot of success s...
by nightmorph
Fri May 29, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja fits on AM2+?
Replies: 10
Views: 3060

Indeed. I also have an original Ninja, and it fits on my AM2+ motherboard just fine. No clearance issues. So far it's been through an AM2 motherboard and an AM2+, maybe it'll go through an AM3. ;)