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by KayDat
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:37 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Exclusive Seasonic Promo Deals at Newegg for SPCR
Replies: 3
Views: 7941

Re: Exclusive Seasonic Promo Deals at Newegg for SPCR

Sigh... I wish Newegg shipped to Australia. And I missed out on the Kingwin Stryker going for $140 on Amazon the other day! =[
by KayDat
Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide
Replies: 35
Views: 18982

Re: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

You guys have it good in the US with Newegg and mail in rebates. Cheapest I can get the Seasonic X-460 in Aus is ~$180AUD, and that's before shipping. Can't get the Kingwin anywhere in Aus either.
by KayDat
Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Oiling 3yr old nexus fans... any success stories?
Replies: 1
Views: 773

Re: Oiling 3yr old nexus fans... any success stories?

Won't know till you try. Only takes a few minutes, so why don't you be the guinea pig and let us all know! ;]

BTW for posterity's sake, if anyone is interested in how to oil a fan, here is a good guide.
by KayDat
Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 49839

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

Looks like new WHS is set to drop Drive Extender. Might screw up future plans for home servers.
by KayDat
Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 very silent and not even vapor-x ?
Replies: 80
Views: 36756

Re: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 very silent and not even vapor-x

seems that the card has a strange bios thats messing with the clocks goes up and down during idle http://bildr.no/thumb/757308.jpeg What were you doing at the time? Looks pretty normal to me. Anything that has GPU acceleration would clock the card up one preset power level. I have a 5870 and it hap...
by KayDat
Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Afterburner: fan control does not work automatically
Replies: 3
Views: 2954

Re: Afterburner: fan control does not work automatically

Might have something to do with the order programs are loaded. Maybe Afterburner is being loaded faster than CCC, so Catalyst overrides the Afterburner settings. BTW, how are you starting Afterburner? Via the built in setting, Start menu/startup, or task scheduler?
by KayDat
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU, GPU noise?
Replies: 6
Views: 1176

Re: CPU, GPU noise?

Oh right, so the rubber bungee absorbs the noise of the spinning? Good idea. The elastic doesn't absorb any noise, it just prevents vibrations from transferring to the case. There's a massive thread in the drives section of the forum detailing how people implemented drive suspension in their own co...
by KayDat
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone here have photos of their modified Sonata Elite
Replies: 4
Views: 1011

Re: Anyone here have photos of their modified Sonata Elite

Hard drives are quite hardy, I doubt the drives died due to heat, maybe it was another issue. Anyone else have an opinion on this?
by KayDat
Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Building my new rig : why undervolt? Seems dumb.
Replies: 7
Views: 1682

Re: Building my new rig : why undervolt? Seems dumb.

You can try getting this PWM fan controller . Its supposed to convert four pin PWM fan to three pin. I've had trouble getting it to work with my 5870 though, I think it may have to do with how AMD implemented their fan PWM signalling though. Nvidia cards may be okay though. There are a couple of oth...
by KayDat
Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 very silent and not even vapor-x ?
Replies: 80
Views: 36756

Re: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 very silent and not even vapor-x

Even when set to 0% or any other value below 25%, gpu-z still reports it as if 25% was set (and the fan is indeed spinning even at 0%). So this is definitely a "hardwired" limitation of the fan but I guess 25% should be good enough for almost everyone even here on SPCR if silent idle is what they a...
by KayDat
Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: X-460 or X-650 ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: X-460 or X-650 ?

Just putting it out there, the X-400 has 700-something watt rated parts. So as long as it has decent ventilation, it can be driven fairly hard.
by KayDat
Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 very silent and not even vapor-x ?
Replies: 80
Views: 36756

Re: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 very silent and not even vapor-x

You can set fanspeed down to 0% in Afterburner, but you have to set your own fan speed curves under settings. Most fans are PWM controlled anyway though, so even if you set 0%, the fan will still likely be spinning.
by KayDat
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: case and power supply advice wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 1051

Re: case and power supply advice wanted

If you have a small low-powered system in mind, then I do recommend the Solo. Only issues are space (therefore, a small system with limited drive/expansion space), and heat (so, lower-powered systems are more suitable).
by KayDat
Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 beat up to all hell... Now what?
Replies: 7
Views: 2017

Re: P182 beat up to all hell... Now what?

P182 is nice, but there definitely are improvements in the P183. No fan getting in the way in the bottom chamber, support for CPX power supplies (those two points are arguable though), cut out for CPU backplate, SSD mounting points in the upper drive cage, eSATA instead of Firewire (again, arguable ...
by KayDat
Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: AMD fan control at Techreport
Replies: 15
Views: 13611

Re: AMD fan control at Techreport

I hate relying on physical fan controllers. I want to set up my cooling system to be automated, so I don't have to remember to reach over and turn a knob when I start doing something computationally intensive; or fry my computer if I forget.
by KayDat
Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 49839

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

It's definitely _not_ silent, but it lives in my basement. I can't see much need for a silent server unless you live somewhere where it has to be placed in an office or some other occupied room. Apartment? Or perhaps you live somewhere that doesn't have a basement? Unfortunately, not everyone has t...
by KayDat
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for a USB/SATA/HD Audio front bay
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Looking for a USB/SATA/HD Audio front bay

A quick search on eBay for "sata usb front" came up with this . Description: USB Port: -From MB USB2.0 port or PCI USB2.0 card internal port -3 Ports for USB2.0 connect Audio: -5.1 CH: from MB audio port -Microphone in -Front speaker out -Rear speaker out -Cen/ bass speaker out 1394 (Firewire): -Fro...
by KayDat
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 40mm fans w/auto temperature control
Replies: 6
Views: 2164

Re: 40mm fans w/auto temperature control

Well, I stand corrected. You can always contact AC and ask if you can buy the 40mm fan as a spare part. AC themselves sell a whole range of spare parts already, such as CPU/GPU cooler fans, RAM sinks etc.
by KayDat
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: AMD fan control at Techreport
Replies: 15
Views: 13611

Re: AMD fan control at Techreport

I'd love to be able to control half a dozen fans. Most mobos have at most three controllable fans, with an extra one or two ports that only allow for RPM readings.
by KayDat
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA
Replies: 26
Views: 23374

Re: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA

I suspect companies that have non-reference board for the 6850 are simply going to share the PCB between 6870/6850. I mean, why not? Cut down costs. A plus for us as well, as it means better compatibility.
by KayDat
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA
Replies: 26
Views: 23374

Re: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA

Hm, looks like XFX is sharing the PCB between the 6870/6850, maybe? Power delivery is on the left, just like the 6870, and it's missing things here and there (such as a second PCIe power connector). I'm surprised the VRM's are cooled by such a puny heatsink, maybe the VRM's run cooler on the 6-series?
by KayDat
Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ever drop a CPU and still use it?
Replies: 5
Views: 2762

Re: Ever drop a CPU and still use it?

Intel CPUs are quite resilient these days, since the pins are no longer on the processors themselves.
by KayDat
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 40mm fans w/auto temperature control
Replies: 6
Views: 2164

Re: 40mm fans w/auto temperature control

Arctic cooling have temp controlled fans, but they come in standard PC 80/92/120 sizes. I think you're out of luck in terms of 40mm fans, unfortunately.
by KayDat
Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian PC-B25SB or P183 or Antec Solo or Something else?
Replies: 7
Views: 1392

Re: Lian PC-B25SB or P183 or Antec Solo or Something else?

frenchie wrote:Soon, you'll start noticing your PSU and your video card ;)
Take that warning to heart, UBIK2010. It is very very true. :lol:
by KayDat
Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Puget Serenity SPCR Edition v.2
Replies: 50
Views: 16553

Re: Puget Serenity SPCR Edition v.2

Somewhat OT, but I have a question about video card electrical noise...I own a 5870, and while under normal use I can't really hear any noise coming from the card itself, when I use H264 DXVA decoding along with soft subtitles (that is, not encoded into the video itself), a very distinct squealing n...
by KayDat
Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 49839

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

Do you have VRM temperatures on load? The Gelid review kept the stock cooling plate, so I'm curious as to how well the VRM sink that comes with the Gelid cooler performs. It's possible that when the VRMs hit near the 120C limit, the card begins to throttle itself, and therefore the GPU chip itself r...
by KayDat
Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA
Replies: 26
Views: 23374

Re: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA

Hm, interesting. Only the 6870's power delivery has been moved. I didn't know the 6850 VRMs are still at the back of the card. And bad news; looks like the chip has been moved even further forward towards the connectors, compared to the 5850. If you compare to the 5850: http://www.pcgameshardware.co...
by KayDat
Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: automatic spin-up and spin-down of eSATA
Replies: 1
Views: 1042

Re: automatic spin-up and spin-down of eSATA

If your drive is connected via eSATA, then the drive should spin down according to your system power management settings. If you're running Windows, you can use HDDScan to force the drive to spin down.
by KayDat
Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA
Replies: 26
Views: 23374

Re: AMD 6800 Series + Tech Day in LA

At this point, I'd buy on price. Which one can you get cheaper? While the 6870 is indeed slower than a 5870, it gets pretty damn close, and it has extras like HDMI 1.4, a new tessellation unit etc. Quoting the WSGF review : Radeon HD 6870 offered approximately 95% of the performance of the Radeon HD...
by KayDat
Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Successful phpbb upgrade
Replies: 35
Views: 52365

Re: Successful phpbb upgrade

Hm, you're right. I personally never rely on a site to open a link in a new tab anyway; I'd always either Ctrl-Click, or right click, then select Open in new tab.