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by rhuebner
Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control info
Replies: 60
Views: 126478

Re: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control i

Back again, 2 years later (hey, it's my thread, I figure I can necro it if I want). Working on a new Z170 Deluxe build. And I just wanted to say thank you, ASUS, for stepping up and handling this issue so well. I see that every major mobo line you've produced since the Z87 series I posted about has ...
by rhuebner
Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fury X Front Panel Customization?
Replies: 1
Views: 1806

Fury X Front Panel Customization?

OK, this is just a weird thought that struck me today, and now it's bugging me, so I might as well get it out there. You know how the AMD Fury X has that easily removed front panel which they think you might want to mod in order to personalize your card? To the point of releasing 3D model files (for...
by rhuebner
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD Fury X fan looks...
Replies: 10
Views: 4985

Re: AMD Fury X fan looks...

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by rhuebner
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal Paste
Replies: 3
Views: 2508

Re: Thermal Paste

If you want more info: Very good recent TIM comparison and My favorite article on applying TIM But this is a subject that builders tend to obsess over more than it really deserves. You can see from the above that all the TIM choices in the top half of that chart are within a couple of degrees of eac...
by rhuebner
Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD Fury X fan looks...
Replies: 10
Views: 4985

Re: AMD Fury X fan looks...

Would be interesting to see how does the GTX980Ti in terms of noise compared to the FuryX, personally not planning to upgrade, the GTX970 are doing fine, but who knows...... if i ever get away from blizzard/riot games. I want to see a comparison between the Fury X's noise and a good, quiet non-refe...
by rhuebner
Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD Fury X fan looks...
Replies: 10
Views: 4985

Re: AMD Fury X fan looks...

Plus, it's a much better value for gaming than any of the Titan cards ever were... were those flops as well? They weren't, in their time, but they sure would be now. "Only slightly faster than the 980 Ti, but costs 50% more!" would not be a good sales pitch. As one of the reviewers said, the Ti sta...
by rhuebner
Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RMi series PSUs: quiet operation and digital control
Replies: 2
Views: 2507

Re: Corsair RMi series PSUs: quiet operation and digital con

I just hope they've done something to improve their quality control and robustness. Their current top AXi line, while having always gotten rave tech reviews, seems to be plagued with higher than normal early failure rates, to the point that their RMA process has often gotten backed up to a several w...
by rhuebner
Tue May 19, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define S Tower Case
Replies: 41
Views: 27210

Re: Fractal Design Define S Tower Case

Nice review, thanks. I was a little surprised to see SPCR choosing the windowed version instead of the nicely damped solid side panel though. I wonder if that was part of the problem with the hard drive vibration issue? That window looks like a great design for a case vibration amplifier, especially...
by rhuebner
Mon May 18, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Confirmed: LGA 1151 coolers use same mounts as 1150/1155
Replies: 0
Views: 14141

Confirmed: LGA 1151 coolers use same mounts as 1150/1155

Noctua's info sheet for their new NH-D15S cooler , stating it's compatible with LGA 1151 (Skylake), and the installation manual , which shows using the same design of rigid, nonadjustable backplate with fixed posts as for the current 1150/5/6, with no special instructions for 1151, so the mobo holes...
by rhuebner
Mon May 18, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Noctua D14 or 15 with Single fan?
Replies: 13
Views: 3020

Re: Noctua D14 or 15 with Single fan?

SPCR's testing showed the NH-U14S with a consistent 1 degree advantage at all noise levels over a D15 when both use single fans, and the U14S is cheaper, lighter and less obstructive. A single fan apparently can't make full use of the D15's extra fin surface. If you're not set on Noctua, then the S...
by rhuebner
Mon May 11, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define S
Replies: 2
Views: 2616

Re: Fractal Design Define S

Yeah, there's a vent all along the front edge by the 3.5" mounts, which would allow air to exhaust for a positive pressure case, or be intake for negative pressure, but it looks like any airflow past the drives will have to basically ooze around the mobo and/or through those mounting slots where the...
by rhuebner
Sat May 09, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define S
Replies: 2
Views: 2616

Fractal Design Define S

Anyone else checking out this new case ? It's being advertised and reviewed as a flexible water cooling case, but I think it looks like a beautifully free-flowing air cooling case too. It's a somewhat refined R5 with the main feature that they've removed all the drive cages, and instead provided 3x3...
by rhuebner
Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dead silent UPS
Replies: 5
Views: 2974

Re: Dead silent UPS

I have that same model UPS, and also a CP850PFCLCD, and can confirm that they are in fact totally silent except during a blackout. I've used many different UPS models over the years from APC, TrippLite, and MinuteMan, and these CyberPower units are the best I've had, both in terms of features and in...
by rhuebner
Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control info
Replies: 60
Views: 126478

Re: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control i

Yeah, you're probably right about the "voltage controlled" mode actually being implemented by PWMing the +12v line. I was just calling it that to differentiate the "control the motor speed by messing with the voltage supplied to it" style vs "give it 12v and a separate logic signal to tell it what s...
by rhuebner
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control info
Replies: 60
Views: 126478

Re: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control i

I think what amazes (and frustrates) me most about all this fan behavior stuff is that it's still even an issue at all. This isn't rocket science, it's not like PC fans are some bleeding-edge new tech. They're trivially simple, and you'd think that some dirt-cheap totally standardized solution for t...
by rhuebner
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control info
Replies: 60
Views: 126478

ASUS Z87-Deluxe fake 4-pin headers & other fan control info

I've just built a new Haswell rig with a Z87-Deluxe motherboard, and wanted to share what I've discovered about its fan control abilities. This is info I wanted when researching the build but couldn't find anywhere, so hopefully it'll be useful to others. I apologize for the epic length, but there's...
by rhuebner
Fri May 10, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Haswell's C6/C7 low power states and PSU compatibility
Replies: 44
Views: 38460

Re: Haswell's C6/C7 low power states and PSU compatibility

Since there isn't really any Seasonic model series precisely named the "P series" in the same way as the X and G series, I'm just reading that as short for Platinum. Correlating that list with the Seasonic product list , it looks to me like the only products that aren't compatible are the M12II mode...
by rhuebner
Fri May 10, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Haswell's C6/C7 low power states and PSU compatibility
Replies: 44
Views: 38460

Re: Haswell's C6/C7 low power states and PSU compatibility

The PSU low power issue has been confirmed elsewhere, but will likely only be a problem with older and/or lower quality units. And it's expected that mobo makers will provide a BIOS setting to disable those ultra-low-power states for those whose gear won't handle them. Just saw this statement from a...
by rhuebner
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Good 140mm ball bearing fans for horizontal mounting?
Replies: 3
Views: 4626

Re: Good 140mm ball bearing fans for horizontal mounting?

Well, if they're not going to be throttled, then watch out for fans with too high of a max speed. Even generally quiet fans are often not so quiet when running flat out. And while 140mm fans are usually considered quieter than 120mm fans, that's because you can run them at lower & quieter RPMs for t...
by rhuebner
Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Good 140mm ball bearing fans for horizontal mounting?
Replies: 3
Views: 4626

Re: Good 140mm ball bearing fans for horizontal mounting?

While ball bearings have some key benefits over sleeve bearings, esp. when horizontal, the various flavors of fluid dynamic bearings are usually even better. Ball bearings are long lasting and don't have the directional lubrication issues of sleeve bearings, but they can often end up noisier because...
by rhuebner
Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: 'Silent' case for a watercooled system
Replies: 1
Views: 1785

Re: 'Silent' case for a watercooled system

Check out the Fractal Design Define XL R2 . Lots of room, lots of flexibility for various ways to mount water cooling gear, thick steel with well-deadened panels, and generally high materials quality, fit & finish well beyond what you'd expect for the price. Just recently bought one myself for my ne...
by rhuebner
Mon May 21, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 16809

Re: GTX 670 launched

Heads up! Found a US seller who claims to have the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP in stock: http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-670D2D5 First one I've found anywhere in the US, and I've been looking pretty hard. I've never heard of SuperBiiz, but their website looks solid and they have really ...
by rhuebner
Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 460 launched today
Replies: 93
Views: 42750

My EVGA 460 has a reference fan setup which is quieter than the leafblower external exhaust version they also make, but was still way too loud due to the card's stupidly high minimum fan speed setting of 40%. But there are two software solutions now, without requiring an aftermarket cooler or a fan ...
by rhuebner
Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:52 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 29090

That MCT-5 stuff is way overpriced, and not really all that great anyway. Don't put too much into the non-conductivity... normal distilled water is equally non-conductive, and both will become slightly conductive anyway once in use, due to absorbing a bit of copper ions. The veteran's favorite liqui...
by rhuebner
Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:07 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: pump and rad question!
Replies: 5
Views: 3244

If you were trying to dump a large amount of heat (TEC, etc.), you'd need a large amount of airflow to do it, and as Hammer pointed out, resistance raises with airflow, so you'd need a lot of fan power to pull that much air through. But dumping a low to normal amount of heat isn't very hard, and doe...
by rhuebner
Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:41 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 29090

Normally an excellent idea, but he says this is a graphics workstation, used mostly for 3D visualization work. You won't get good display performance trying to send all that graphics bandwidth through to a remote desktop (assuming the need to rotate, pan, and zoom, not just static images). On the ot...
by rhuebner
Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SMART Readings behind RAID0 - wich proggie ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2057

Please report here if you find a way. I haven't been able to get the temps from behind my ICH7R RAID 1 no matter what I try. :(
by rhuebner
Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:28 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 29090

Re: I've been told my beast needs water

I've seen that Koolance offer liquid cooling for just about anything from memory to graphics board, but is that primarily to cool OC'ed systems or is there a benefit in quietness as well? It can be for either or both. The coolest possible system (not including exotic subzero stuff) would be waterco...
by rhuebner
Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Ultra Aluminus? Other cases with removable mobo tray?
Replies: 3
Views: 2295

Bluefront: I guess that's a downside for the Aluminus drop-in tray style; it has handles that could block a heatsink that wanted to stick out past the edge of the board. But it appears to allow some extra space around the board, probably as much as most cases would between the board and the power su...
by rhuebner
Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Ultra Aluminus? Other cases with removable mobo tray?
Replies: 3
Views: 2295

Ultra Aluminus? Other cases with removable mobo tray?

Anyone have any experience with the Ultra Aluminus case? For my next system, I want something with good basic design and functional airflow... and a removable motherboard tray! I had a case with a hinged, fold-down motherboard tray once, and it was a joy to work on. I don't know why they went out of...