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by loimlo
Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Case
Replies: 19
Views: 10678

Re: SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Case

Frankly, I think mATX is better suited for high performance HTPC usage.
It's smaller, cheaper to build a mATX HTPC case without sacrificing flexibility of discrete display card.

Just my 2 cents.
by loimlo
Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:35 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal Paste
Replies: 3
Views: 2183

Re: Thermal Paste

Despite antiquated publication date, you can still find many useful thermal paste info from below reviews. Many pastes mentioned in the review are still available in 2015 market. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermal-interface-roundup-1.html http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cooler...
by loimlo
Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:10 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.
Replies: 20
Views: 16624

Re: Graphics Card Coil Whine; An Investigation.

I encountered 3 times of coil whine during past 15 DIY years. :lol: 1. Gigabyte 2600XT whine. Solution : replace it with ASUS 3650 display card. 2. Seasonic S12 430W (1st gen) whine after changing MSI AM2+ board to ASRock AM3 board. Solution : Swap Seasonic with Superflower 350W gold. 3. Powercolor ...
by loimlo
Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung M9T 2TB (2.5-inch) & Seagate SSHD 2TB
Replies: 13
Views: 8936

Re: Samsung M9T 2TB (2.5-inch) & Seagate SSHD 2TB

I've been using Seagate Laptop SSHD 500GB for two months. It took SSHD at least a week to learn what programs I'd frequently used. After a painfully slow week, the SSHD finally managed to flex its muscles. Boot time / Firefox / Outlook etc showed pretty decent loading time boost. For example, Firefo...
by loimlo
Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup
Replies: 10
Views: 7087

Re: Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup

Though too late, I'd like to express my appreciation to both of yours. Btw, a few things for addendum. 1. SilenX Effizio's manufacturer is PCCooler in China. It's VERY popular in china. PCCooler made a HUGE variety of this design of downward air cooler(LED , No LED/Color, No Color/Fast, Slow FAN etc...
by loimlo
Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silverstone ST40F-ES - Noise level ?
Replies: 1
Views: 2087

Re: Silverstone ST40F-ES - Noise level ?

As it's constantly on sale for USD33 here, I purchased one Silverstone ST40F-ES for a friend's modest gaming PC. For noise level, it's as quiet as Seasonic S12 series at light load. I can't hear bearing noise at close proximity. Sorry that I can't comment on high load as the PC can only consume 170 ...
by loimlo
Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 3TB Green (30EZRX) experience
Replies: 3
Views: 2787

Re: WD 3TB Green (30EZRX) experience

Thanks for yours' reply. Since I don't need NAS/Raid specific features of WD Red, I guess Green's quietness should be very similar to Red and can satisfy my need of storage use...... But it's my speculation. I want SPCR approval anyway. :lol:
by loimlo
Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 3TB Green (30EZRX) experience
Replies: 3
Views: 2787

WD 3TB Green (30EZRX) experience

Hi all

Can anybody share his experience with WD 3TB Green (30EZRX) in terms of acoustic sound and vibration?
I'm going to get one, but I'd like to know the experience of SPCR residents.

I trust SPCR more than others. Thanks. :mrgreen:
by loimlo
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can you guys recommend me some case fans?
Replies: 8
Views: 1687

Re: Can you guys recommend me some case fans?

Based on my experience, CM case bundled 120mm fan is average .... You can make it quieter by slowing down RPMs, but you cannot make it quiet enough by SPCR standard due to its clicking sound characteristics. Anyway, you can give it a try before purchasing a new fan. If you are not satisfied, you can...
by loimlo
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: G-Sync article
Replies: 16
Views: 7155

Re: G-Sync article

You still have to have GPU muscles to play demanding games, but the experience/frames will be better/smoother judging by reviews. But I'm skeptical about its success in the near future : 1. Proprietary for nVIDIA GPUs, and no Intel/AMD involvement. It'll certainly slow down the adoption pace. 2. Mon...
by loimlo
Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?
Replies: 29
Views: 8791

Re: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?

I like G-360. To be fair, it's pretty much the only 300W range Gold unit on the shelf. But I just find it ridiculous that I've to purchase Antec 450W unit for friends' budget yet quiet builds. It seems that people think bigger is better in PSU market regardless of their usage. Corsair CX430, which i...
by loimlo
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?
Replies: 29
Views: 8791

Re: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?

It's getting harder and harder to purchase 300~400W range quality PSUs. For example, I bought following 3x0W range for myself & family : Seasonic S12 330W. Discontinued, follow-up also discontinued. Enermax Eco80+ 350W. Discontinued, no follow-up model. Superflower Gold Green 350W. Discontinued, no ...
by loimlo
Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?
Replies: 29
Views: 8791

Re: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?

Antec Eco: I'm an efficiency snob and don't like to recommend 80+ Bronze units when you can go Gold for a few dollars more. :) Sometimes, I need to build computers for family, friends. It doesn't make much sense to purchase high efficiency PSU for their builds. I want a quiet yet economical PSU for...
by loimlo
Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?
Replies: 29
Views: 8791

Re: A new PSU in the 300-400W range?

I've pleasant experience with Superflower 350W, 400W 80Plus Gold. It's very quiet at low/medium load.
Btw, Antec NEO ECO 450C is also a budget alternative. It's made by Seasonic.

Just my 2 cents. :mrgreen:
by loimlo
Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright revises TRUE Spirit and Macho
Replies: 8
Views: 3508

Re: Thermalright revises TRUE Spirit and Macho

I wonder whether newer revision can keep up with old version? It looks like the new True Spirit is becoming smaller, so heat conduction surface may also get the axe.
by loimlo
Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Haswell's C6/C7 low power states and PSU compatibility
Replies: 44
Views: 35462

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

Does PicoPsu support Haswell C6/C7 states? Just curious to make sure its existence.
by loimlo
Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblock
Replies: 22
Views: 13708

Re: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseb

johnniecache7 wrote:
GTs are hard to obtain atleast in Canada no one really sells the lower speed models.
I concur. I've spent hours finding a GT-1450 for myself last year. Not to mention 800/1150RPM variant. Btw, GT-1850 seemed to be very popular here. :|

And a good fan roundup! Thanks for SPCR!!
by loimlo
Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847
Replies: 4
Views: 6047

Re: Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847

The 1007u board *is* more expensive than the 847 boards, especially when the 847's are frequently on sale. All of these mobile Celeron boards confuse me - why no DC-in? They're perfect candidates. [edited - wording errors and wrong URL] For DIY market, it's more difficult or expensive to find a qua...
by loimlo
Mon May 06, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblock
Replies: 22
Views: 13708

Re: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseb

Fantastic review!! Thanks for SPRC hard work :)

Silverstone AP123 did impress me with great confidence. I guess my fan collection will add one sooner or later. Corsair indeed let me down ........ That said, I may not need to pay attention to fans for water-cooling radiator to begin with.
by loimlo
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Seasonic G360 bad whining
Replies: 53
Views: 31948

Re: New Seasonic G360 bad whining

Well this article makes it clear that the Corsair Builder series isn't what I'm looking for: http://www.overclock.net/t/654983/on-corsair-psus What about the Antec 520W Neo Eco Modular? It's 80+ Bronze and has a double ball bearing fan. Only 3yr warranty though, like the Corsair Builder. Antec Neo ...
by loimlo
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Seasonic G360 bad whining
Replies: 53
Views: 31948

Re: New Seasonic G360 bad whining

Conclusion : PSU whining may relate to the combination of energy-consuming components especially like MB, VGA? Except mine does it when not connected to anything :shock: Anyway, sounds like I should avoid the S12 430W as well then. As S12-430 was long discontinued at least 5 years ago, it's a moot ...
by loimlo
Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Seasonic G360 bad whining
Replies: 53
Views: 31948

Re: New Seasonic G360 bad whining

I've had similar symptom with my old Seasonic S12 430W. In the past, it unfortunately ran into bad whining coupled with Gigabyte 2600XT. I managed to solve this whining by swapping 2600XT for ASUS 3650. All things remained the same except VGA card. A few years later, it unfortunately ran into bad wh...
by loimlo
Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for storage, torrenting, monitoring, and movies
Replies: 4
Views: 1575

Re: Silent PC for storage, torrenting, monitoring, and movie

How often do you access HDDs? It's almost impossible to silence/absorb 4 HDDs' operating noise and vibration. I can definitely hear/feel 2 WD 1TB Green HDDs' noise/vibration in my P182 during midnight using built-in silicone rubber grommets. Fortunately, I managed to silence HDDs by making it asleep...
by loimlo
Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is this PSU calculator completely wrong?
Replies: 5
Views: 2567

Re: Is this PSU calculator completely wrong?

I recommend MSI power supply calculator and Enermax power supply calculator instead.
They are far more realistic than most exaggerating web calculators ......

http://www.msi.com/service/power-supply-calculator/
http://www.enermax.outervision.com/PSUEngine
by loimlo
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:52 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: TY-141, Thermalright 140mm PWM fan to replace TY-140
Replies: 2
Views: 3486

Re: TY-141, Thermalright 140mm PWM fan to replace TY-140

Thanks for your help, but it's TY-150 being tested instead of TY-140 in the article.....Anyway, it seems the fan isn't popular among SPCR users.

Fortunately, I've enough spare fans for myself. TY-140's extinction won't affect me that much. :lol:
by loimlo
Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: TY-141, Thermalright 140mm PWM fan to replace TY-140
Replies: 2
Views: 3486

TY-141, Thermalright 140mm PWM fan to replace TY-140

Does anyone have experience with TY-141?? I like its predecessor TY-140, but it's discontinued. TY-141 looks like to be a inferior fan in terms of sound characteristic given its two ball bearing.

http://www.thermalright.com/products/in ... =16&id=190
by loimlo
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 2 dead fans, advice for replacements.
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

Re: 2 dead fans, advice for replacements.

Enermax 120mm Magma twister bearing fans has been serving me very well. It's very very quiet without bearing noise (.... or lack of traditional bearing ?), but I can't comment on airflow since I rarely stress my system.
by loimlo
Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Super Flower Golden Green 350W PSU
Replies: 32
Views: 24382

Re: Super Flower Golden Green 350W PSU

This 350W PSU has been discontinued at least half a year ago ...... I got one at 63USD from the last batch. It's very quiet, I didn't experience hum tonality described in SPCR review. Plus, it came with 5yr warranty which is icing on the cake. :mrgreen: Good to hear about no hum... but if it really...
by loimlo
Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Super Flower Golden Green 350W PSU
Replies: 32
Views: 24382

Re: Super Flower Golden Green 350W PSU

This 350W PSU has been discontinued at least half a year ago ...... I got one at 63USD from the last batch.
It's very quiet, I didn't experience hum tonality described in SPCR review. Plus, it came with 5yr warranty which is icing on the cake. :mrgreen:
by loimlo
Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic website listing Platinum 520w, 660w and 760w PSUs
Replies: 25
Views: 16114

Re: Seasonic website listing Platinum 520w, 660w and 760w PS

With the G-series only just being launched I do wonder if there would be a market for a G-250 or G-300 fanless model made using a fanless, downrated design of the G-360. Then there would be a fanless PSU for everyone! If so, they've to cease/discontinue X400/X460 first. Otherwise, G-300? would conf...