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by DAve_M
Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC
Replies: 29
Views: 20233

Re: Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC

I think you need to take it apart more to check if it has the plastic sheet thing still on there:

http://www.01net.com/images/produit/ful ... i540-4.jpg
by DAve_M
Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Raven RV05
Replies: 7
Views: 6227

Re: SilverStone Raven RV05

On the last page, the link to FT02 gives an error "Page not found".
by DAve_M
Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 12
Views: 9072

Re: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard

I'm a bit surprised that its excellent power consumption gets a mention and it can get a "Recommended" award when the loaded power consumption is so high. The CPU socket location is very akward too. I don't think it really deserves the recommendation. The ASRock boards look like they are worth a con...
by DAve_M
Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: GELID GX-7 & Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Coolers
Replies: 8
Views: 4393

Re: GELID GX-7 & Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Coolers

I'm still rocking a Gelid Silent Spirit: http://www.gelidsolutions.com/images/products/thumb/silent-spirit_set_288_207.gif I forcibly unbent it into a tower style after reading SPCR's Single Moving Part PC in Silverstone TJ08 . It's been decent, if unspectacular. And was low cost. But it seems to ha...
by DAve_M
Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Red 3TB & 1TB Hard Drives
Replies: 37
Views: 22731

Re: Western Digital Red 3TB & 1TB Hard Drives

Regarding performance, I can't see why the 1TB is worse. Same density and same platters, right? Just 1 platter for the 1TB and 3 platters for the 3TB? From what I understand about how the SPCR performance testing was done, I think it was a bit limiting. It shows and concludes the 3TB is pretty decen...
by DAve_M
Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case
Replies: 26
Views: 8292

Re: SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case

I'm a bit surprised at that for a green drive. I've never seen drive temperatures go very high. But maybe they did and I didn't notice. My Samsung green drive (single platter 500GB in a scythe quiet drive), seemed to take ages just to get to 30°C. Right now I've got this Maxtor 200GB 7200RPM and tha...
by DAve_M
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case
Replies: 26
Views: 8292

Re: SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case

The Silverstone comment links to the Google study, which is perhaps the most comprehensive and oft-referenced study on HDD temperatures and their link to reliability. The sweetspot seems to be between 37-42 °C (if I'm reading this right). I'm sure that's not the one I was thinking of or saw, but it...
by DAve_M
Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case
Replies: 26
Views: 8292

Re: SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case

What temperature is best for peak HDD reliability? I thought it was quite high like 40*C but I can't find any references. But probably putting a heatsink and/or fan on a hard disk will make it less reliable than just letting it run really warm!
by DAve_M
Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink
Replies: 45
Views: 18965

Re: be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

While we have the greatest respect for both SPCR and their testing methodology, they have, for some inexplicable reason , had problems with this cooler which have not occurred elsewhere. Lol wut. Did you read the review? It's spelled out for you. Bad quality control. You even sent another sample th...
by DAve_M
Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink
Replies: 45
Views: 18965

Re: be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

Just from this picture I knew it wasn't going to be very good . A lot of the airflow must flow out of the top and sides looking at that, with a bulk of the heatsink sitting there with dead air (no airflow through the middle). As for the price, you can get a Thermalright HR-02 Macho for £40 so it's ...
by DAve_M
Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Reeven Kelveros & Arcziel CPU Coolers
Replies: 8
Views: 4209

Re: Reeven Kelveros & Arcziel CPU Coolers

Typo on last page. "thjat". Surely you have a spellchecker?
by DAve_M
Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Quiet Certified Gaming PC by AVADirect Custom Computers
Replies: 35
Views: 45933

Re: SPCR Quiet Certified Gaming PC by AVADirect Custom Compu

@MikeC - I see. But that information is not available in the SPCR Certification report PDF file. Plus people won't want to research and find the information out, otherwise they wouldn't need someone else to assemble their PC for them. I just think if it could be made more clear, you will get a stron...
by DAve_M
Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Quiet Certified Gaming PC by AVADirect Custom Computers
Replies: 35
Views: 45933

Re: SPCR Quiet Certified Gaming PC by AVADirect Custom Compu

"acoustic certification: quiet pc" seems a bit vague. Different people will have different expectations of what a "quiet PC" will be able to deliver in terms of acoustic performance. I thought something like "audible, unobtrusive, low noise" would be better. Which would be the worst acoustic perform...
by DAve_M
Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers
Replies: 32
Views: 19510

Re: Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers

My post got deleted then? I spotted typo...


Including the fan, it measures 80 x 34 x 98 mm

At 38 mm tall, the Vanxie is incredibly short.
by DAve_M
Tue May 29, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Jetway AMD G-T40E Fanless Barebones Nettop
Replies: 6
Views: 3515

Re: Jetway AMD G-T40E Fanless Barebones Nettop

I had a jetway mini itx motherboard before. Such a piece of crap I wouldn't buy from them again.

You should ask for a review sample of one of those ZOTAC barebone machines with a tiny footprint of 10x10 cm. It's rather impressive looking.
by DAve_M
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU
Replies: 18
Views: 9425

Re: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU

Higher idle power consumption with the integrated graphics than sandy bridge. Other reviews would have missed that.

Meanwhile Intel would have you believe idle power is going down thanks to memory controller power gating. Maybe laptop CPUs will not measure so badly relative to sandy bridge mobiles.
by DAve_M
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-1050 PSU: Gold at Kilowatt+
Replies: 18
Views: 7860

The only better than these Seasonic PSUs is SPCR's review of them :D
by DAve_M
Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 16555

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower

The TJ08-E looses to the Fractal Design Define Mini on HDD temperatures because HDD reliability will be reduced at 25*C compared to 32*C.

I forget what the optimum temperature is but it's probably around 35-40*C.
by DAve_M
Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Alluetia H3-R Fanless Core i5 Media PC
Replies: 10
Views: 6919

Looks to me like the heatsink case is badly designed. Fins are too tightly packed and on the side of the case they are not even pointing the right way. That amount of extruded aluminium looks like it should be able to cool 65W of heat if done properly.
by DAve_M
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Mainstream FM1 Motherboard
Replies: 14
Views: 7335

Re: Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Mainstream FM1 Motherboard

I missed that too. A 100W TDP and yet it is drawing 150W. Is this a mistake?
by DAve_M
Tue May 24, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 23348

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

That might be true if you are a thermal engineer designing for complete precision, I would have to disagree. Considering this is SPCR, what I had in mind would be along the lines on pico PSU and external power brick. It would be helpful to know how many amps you are dealing with as there can be a l...
by DAve_M
Tue May 24, 2011 5:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 23348

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

Lawrence has documented clearly that... Yes, yes. But it is useful to know exactly how much power you are dealing with from the CPU for cooling and PSU requirements. Measured on the 12v line to the CPU. 12W difference under load. Ok but that's system power. Can we just assume that: - A conservative...
by DAve_M
Mon May 23, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 23348

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

So what is the peak power consumption of the 35W CPU? I'd like to compare it to the 65W version and max stable undervolt of maybe a quadcore mainstream part.
by DAve_M
Mon May 23, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 23348

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

Just to clarify then, the 35W T version only saves about 5W under load than the normal 65W version?
by DAve_M
Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:39 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 24350

Re: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

I like the concept a lot. The case needs reworking with some fundamental changes to be considered. It could be made shorter, loose the hole in the front for CDs, better construction, steel case, drop price a bit, fix the buttons, loose the hotswap... did I miss anything?
by DAve_M
Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO
Replies: 48
Views: 19569

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO

The P8H67's BIOS offers more extensive voltage control, though it's not really useful due to the aforementioned inherent overclocking limitations of the H67 chipset. Its only real advantages are a wider range of memory controls and fully customizable control of two of the board's three fan headers....
by DAve_M
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics (Updated)
Replies: 46
Views: 18133

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics

CA_Steve wrote:Looks like the stock Sandy Bridge can be 100% faster in math operations than the Q6600 to me.
Plus effortless overclocking to 4.4GHz or more and it will easily be more than twice as good as a Q6600.
by DAve_M
Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics (Updated)
Replies: 46
Views: 18133

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics

Page 4, the 2500K idles at an impressively low 3.4W. Add a graphics card and the on die GPU gets power gated so should drop power consumption even more but instead it goes up to 4.0W. Why is that?
by DAve_M
Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-C14 Dual Fan Top-down CPU Cooler
Replies: 13
Views: 8740

Nice :) But how much does the heatsink overhang the top of the motherboard, roughly? Needs another photo from a different angle. I imagine this heatsink is the ultimate for those of us that have tried unbending a top down cooler so that the fins are right by the exhaust 120mm case fan. Just like in ...
by DAve_M
Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec NSK1300 with PW-200-V DC-DC and Akasa Evo-120
Replies: 22
Views: 49698

Re: Antec NSK1300 with PW-200-V DC-DC and Akasa Evo-120

mattlach, I've thought about doing something like that. I think you can feed the graphics card with 12v continuously. When the PC is off, the graphics card will not be using any power. The external DELL PSU will be wasting more power that it should this way unless you can make use of that standby sw...