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by Delta_42
Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:24 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

OK, here's an update... I rebuilt the Euler system with the Xeon again, with better thermal paste. I had been using the cheap stuff that came with the case. Now I'm using Zalman ZM-STG1 which I prefer because with the brush and bottle its very easy to get a nice thin and even layer. With the system ...
by Delta_42
Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

It's the DH61AG and as far as I can hear my system doesn'tmake a sound.
by Delta_42
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

Delta_42: Have you tried the Xeon E3-1265L yet, I really want to know if it works as I want to use the 3770T with the DQ77KB motherboard in this case. I've got the Xeon in there now. Just to clarify, I made an error earlier, its an E3-1260L Sandy Bridge (quad core Xeon, 45W TDP) rather than the Ivy...
by Delta_42
Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:33 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

Unfortunately due to an issue I'm having with discrepancies of temp reporting with the Xeon on a couple of different boards I've not had chance to put it in the Euler. As for efficiency, the brick is made by Great Wall and given the cost of the overall package can't be very expensive, so I doubt its...
by Delta_42
Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:25 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new mac mini... or something else?
Replies: 6
Views: 6395

Re: new mac mini... or something else?

Can I blow my own trumpet... We've just launched a small, silent PC that might be of interest. It has no moving parts (we use a 120Gb SSD as standard) and is completely silent, can be specced with anything from a Pentium through to the dual-core i5 and is available with or without Windows. I'd happi...
by Delta_42
Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:11 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

There may be a chance if you did that but I wouldn't like to say. It's pretty packed in there. Akasa also sell super-slim SATA cables that might help. I guess if there's room for a 12mm thick 2.5" drive, there'd be room for a 9.5mm drive with a naked SSD cable-tied to the back of it somehow. Obvious...
by Delta_42
Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:19 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

Any room in there for a SSD along with a 2.5" HDD. No room for a second 2.5" drive, everything's packed in pretty tight. However, both the Intel boards that the case supports have mSATA capability, so you could couple an mSATA boot disk with a 2.5" drive. From what I've seen from our suppliers 60 a...
by Delta_42
Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?
Replies: 28
Views: 15671

Re: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

I'm a huge fan of Lian-Li, but they do seem to have a fixation with cramming a double-width GPU into cases that don't need it. Whether its the Q25, which is clearly a server case, but sacrifices a potential further two hot-swap bays to take a card, or the Q18, its a shame. We actually had Lian-Li ma...
by Delta_42
Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

OK, initial thoughts... Nice solid case, integrated heatsink as Mike says, one of the design goals of thin-itx is a standardised CPU placement, so all thin-ITX boards should have the socket in the same place. CPU temps are OK, chipset was getting a bit toasty, hit 75deg at one point, but after redoi...
by Delta_42
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge Pentiums and Celerons
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

Re: Ivy Bridge Pentiums and Celerons

The Ivy Bridge CPUs do bring one huge advantage for our servers though... ECC support on the Pentiums and i3s. Now even our most basic systems can use ECC memory without needing to splash for a Xeon. The Sandy Bridge Celerons and Pentiums also support ECC with a server chipset. The i3s are debatabl...
by Delta_42
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge Pentiums and Celerons
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

Re: Ivy Bridge Pentiums and Celerons

We considered using the Celerons, but the low-voltage CPUs proved tricky to source.

The Ivy Bridge CPUs do bring one huge advantage for our servers though... ECC support on the Pentiums and i3s. Now even our most basic systems can use ECC memory without needing to splash for a Xeon.
by Delta_42
Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge Pentiums and Celerons
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

Re: Ivy Bridge Pentiums and Celerons

It all depends what you're trying to do. We use Pentiums in our entry level servers, as for a NAS-type box they're more than enough and the extra $30 would be better spent on RAM, or saved. Again, for an entry-level office PC that's just going to be running Word, Outlook and a browser, why spend the...
by Delta_42
Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboard for E3-1245v2
Replies: 1
Views: 1852

Re: Motherboard for E3-1245v2

I'd go for the Supermicro X9SAE-V or X9SAE (the only difference that I can see is that the -V variant has an extra PCIe x8 slot. As for the case, well that depends on what you're doing with it, there are plenty of big towers around, and that CPU won't need any exotic cooling. If you're using externa...
by Delta_42
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Akasa Euler Fanless case
Replies: 142
Views: 112462

Re: Akasa Euler Fanless case

I've got one of these arriving tomorrow, along with an Intel DH61AG a Core i3 3220T and a 120Gb Intel 330 SSD. I'll let you know how I get on with it. I'll also try it out with a Xeon E3-1265L, just to have a quick look at how strict that 35W TDP limit is on the CPU.
by Delta_42
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 14931

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

Just to point out that following some recent price changes the Samsung 830 series and Intel 330 series are now amongst the cheapest SSDs around, certainly in the UK at least. There isn't really much need to look any further in my opinion. We used the Samsung drives as OS drives in our small form fac...
by Delta_42
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24
Replies: 44
Views: 14018

Re: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24

I asked my Intel account manager last week about the Ivy Bridge i3s and Pentiums and was told September.
by Delta_42
Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?
Replies: 28
Views: 15671

Re: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

Much like the Q25, this chassis suffers from being compromised. If I'm building a server, I don't need space for a double-width, extra long GPU. If I'm building a gaming PC, I don't need 6 or 7 HDDs Eliminate the GPU space, add more hot-swap drives and make a kick-butt server case. There are plenty ...
by Delta_42
Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SFF Barebones with server hardware?
Replies: 6
Views: 4342

Re: SFF Barebones with server hardware?

It might be a bit naughty for me to post this, but I run a company that specialises in SFF servers, we offer a bespoke service too. We did a custom job for one client who wanted a mobile virtualized deployment system to take round to clients' sites. That used a Supermicro board and Xeon processor in...
by Delta_42
Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: help!-silencing my brand new antec182
Replies: 4
Views: 1387

erm, your power supply doesn't appear to be a Seasonic.

Here is a review of a different Seventeam PSU which might give you an insight into yours.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/401/3
by Delta_42
Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:09 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: P180 fan swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 2503

Thanks for that. To be honest I'm not really too concerned about the temps at the moment. They are a little higher than I'd like, but considering the fact that the CPU is overclocked and overvolted and I have two over-clocked 8800GTs being passively cooled inside the case I think I'm doing quite wel...
by Delta_42
Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC Advice needed: integration with other A/V components
Replies: 12
Views: 3651

I have to disagree with the last post to an extent. I'd avoid 64bit like the plague for a HTPC. Especially for a machine thats also going to be used for gaming. 2Gb is plenty of memory for a pc like that, and sticking with 32 bit means you won't have to worry about finding device drivers, video code...
by Delta_42
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Critique my WHS Build
Replies: 12
Views: 2993

for tech-savvy users with large storage requirements I wouldn't recommend WHS. I had WHS running on a server at home, with around 1Tb of data. Not only does the somewhat limiting drive management system mean you need double the amount of storage, but the storage management cripples performance (not ...
by Delta_42
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build
Replies: 5
Views: 1743

I'd question the Quad Core CPU given the rest of the spec. My HTPC runs fine upscaling DivX with a T7200 mobile C2D What do you plan on doing with it? HTPC covers a wide range of things. Mine is just used for DVD and DivX playback. Some people want to stream stuff to several different devices and re...
by Delta_42
Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:33 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: P180 fan swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 2503

Well, its done, except my temps are causing a little concern now, so I haven't tried adjusting fan speeds. My E6600 is idling at around 50C. I'm not sure whether its the heatsink not being seated quite right (the chipset cooling fouls the CPU heatsink a little, but it should be ok) or the fact that ...
by Delta_42
Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Seeking silent video card for antec fusion
Replies: 23
Views: 7016

Buy a 8800 GT and then an artic cooling S1 cooler for it. It is completely passive no fan hence no sound and it cools better than stock with a fan But it won't fit a Fusion. Just to clarify is the 8800GT the issue or just the S1 cooler? I also have a fusion as well with a 6800 vid card and am looki...
by Delta_42
Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:33 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: P180 fan swaps
Replies: 4
Views: 2503

P180 fan swaps

I'm going to have a play swapping the fans around in my gaming rig. Currently I have the stock tri-cools in the two top/rear outlets, the tri-cool from the bottom chamber is mounted on the middle chamber to blow air over the HR03-GTs cooling my graphics cards. The fan on my heat-sink is a Noctua NF-...
by Delta_42
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an HTPC
Replies: 21
Views: 5959

I'd steer clear of 64bit windows for a HTPC, driver support isn't the best and you really don't need 4Gb of RAM to watch video!
by Delta_42
Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:40 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: searching for a +/- 600w power supply
Replies: 7
Views: 2466

Destroyertje wrote:Maybe the 520w version then? :)
The 520 would be fine.

My gaming rig is based on an Asus Striker Extreme with an over-clocked E6600, 2x72Gb Raptors, 2x8800GTs, 5x120mm fans, Auzentech Prelude, DVD drive and that all runs fine on a Corsair HX520
by Delta_42
Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: searching for a +/- 600w power supply
Replies: 7
Views: 2466

The HX620 is a good bet, although are you sure you need that much power?

What are you going to be running off it?
by Delta_42
Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: dual core GPUs...
Replies: 6
Views: 2260

psiu wrote:
And in a 64 bit OS, they won't be wasting any memory either.
The wasting memory comes from the fact that they are effectively 2 cards on one, so a 1Gb dual-gpu card only has 512Mb of addressable video memory to be used by each GPU.