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by Aard
Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 62106

looks great! I'd buy it, EXCEPT.... even a midrange GPU like the GeForce 460 GTX requires 2x 8-pin PCI-e power... why doesn't seasonic include 2 plugs? 400W could easily power a 460 GTX...maybe seasonic rep can answer this. I can't explain Seasonic's rationale but the 460W model does include an ext...
by Aard
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 62106

Hi, this is something we have been working on but not easy to achieve due to the low power output and the 12V to 3.3 & 5V ratio. To get our 400w to Gold was already a big step. Maybe next year... Good to hear that this is being worked on, I've traditionally been put off by SFX due to the lack of qu...
by Aard
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Google paranoia?
Replies: 4
Views: 1361

Google paranoia?

http://moltenmercury.org/wp-content/plu ... ab2de.jpeg

It seems Google has gone off the deep end and considers itself suspect.
by Aard
Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Problems with QST and Core 2
Replies: 2
Views: 1082

Have you tried a newer BIOS? The one your using currently seems to have poor fan speed profiles, perhaps this has been fixed. http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2456 N.B. That link is for REV 3.3 you may have an older revision of the board in which case use the ...
by Aard
Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: pico PSU
Replies: 1
Views: 1196

Hi So my question is: will a 120W PSU be wasted on a max40W system, and all I'll get will be extra consumption due to the 80W capacity that is not used? or the fact that I'll drain 1/3 of the Watts doesn't count, and I should choose the 120W PSU because is more efficient? A power supply will only su...
by Aard
Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: connecting pc to tv
Replies: 5
Views: 1677

I assume your currently using an S-Video to composite cable? If this is the case find an S-Video to SCART cable, SCART will provide marginally better quality than composite. Other than that bump your font size up, maybe mess around with some different fonts to see whats more readable. As for newer T...
by Aard
Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Asus frustrating to contact
Replies: 3
Views: 5225

Odd, although Asus customer support is terrible (I won't get into my own experiences), I didn't have any trouble getting a response from their online tech support (the value of this response was dubious) although you will have to deal with a tech from China or similar. In regards to phoning them, tr...
by Aard
Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Advice about AC/DC power adapter required
Replies: 1
Views: 1113

Hi A power supply will supply only the power required to power the device. P=IV and the voltage is fixed (in this case at 12 V), so to vary the power we must change the current, which may be anything from around 0 A to potentially above the maximum current specified by the power supply. With this in...
by Aard
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:17 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Heatsink in a tower case - stress from gravity??
Replies: 20
Views: 4693

I don't think that the only concern is "falling off" the motherboard, but maybe if the HS is heavy enough it could cause less than optimum pressure of the HS against the CPU. This might be more prone to happen over time or when the case was jolted. Provided adequate installation force and a decent ...
by Aard
Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:54 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Heatsink in a tower case - stress from gravity??
Replies: 20
Views: 4693

Hi Most of the larger heatsinks have backplates to counteract any adverse effects that there extra height/weight may cause. These backplates spread the load over a larger area hence reducing the stress in the m/b, whether these are really needed or not I cannot say but they certainly can't hurt. OTO...
by Aard
Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Yeeet another out-of-touch help-me-choose post
Replies: 50
Views: 25804

I haven't read this entire thread so I may be contradicting or repeating things. If you plan to compile anything of any size even somewhat regularly more cores is the way to go. I'm currently running gentoo and can attest that a properly set up gcc combined with a quad core speeds up compilation dra...
by Aard
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:08 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Good quality soundcard?
Replies: 10
Views: 2543

I second and an 8788 based card, I have a B-gears b-enspirer and I'm perfectly happy with it. It can be slightly quirky with some games in windows (BSOD at wrong hardware acceleration levels) but its an easily avoided problem (not a problem if its solely for music/movies). N.B. I would NOT however r...
by Aard
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: As of right now, what is the best sound [dampening] product?
Replies: 37
Views: 26090

Elemental Designs sells pretty much the same stuff and they do it by the square foot. In the thicknesses you will actually be able to apply in your case it doesn't do anything significant for low frequency (eg HDD) noises. A non-luxury car has major vibration issues, so mass loading is going to mak...
by Aard
Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: As of right now, what is the best sound [dampening] product?
Replies: 37
Views: 26090

Reading through this thread, I remembered that some cars use composite materials (foam and vinyl layers) in engine bays to deaden the noise of the engine. These materials have to damp a lot of reasonably low frequency noise but also some high frequency noise as well, a situation somewhat similar to ...
by Aard
Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Computer down!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1489

Why? PS-ON is a 5V line which is drawn to ground potential (by say, shorting it to a ground line with a paperclip..) to turn the PSU on. It's not exactly dangerous. I always advise people to be cautious with electricity it prevents the 'argh you gave me an electric shock' debate later, that and peo...
by Aard
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Computer down!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1489

Ok, does it POST? If you don't know what that means its Power On Self Test, its the series of beeps your computer makes when you turn it on. If not here are the obvious things to check: 1) Is everything plugged in? This sounds really dumb but the number of times computers are 'broken' because someon...
by Aard
Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why a convicted murderer shouldn't die.....
Replies: 120
Views: 34429

Just re-reading this thread and it seems that some people have interpreted my previous comment has supporting corporal/capital punishment. Quite the contrary! There was a large element of sarcasm in the post, I thought it was obvious but perhaps not :oops:
by Aard
Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: 2008 SPCR facility/equipment upgrades: hemi-anechoic chamber
Replies: 151
Views: 243699

Just some idle thoughts. Is the roof of the house steel? If so it might be why your picking up aeroplanes as the roof will just act like the worlds worst (and largest) drum. Although I doubt these rooves are very common in Canada. I wonder if sealing the room with mdf/particleboard/gib (sorry brand ...
by Aard
Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 8800GT artifacting...
Replies: 21
Views: 4086

I have a very similar setup to this, Q6600, 8800GT, VX450, TRUE, HR-03, CPU + single case fan (both Slipstream 800) all in a Solo. I cannot think of a time when I've had my GPU hit 70 degrees (I don't think it even hits 60 but I couldn't say for sure), the main difference is that my TRUE is rotated ...
by Aard
Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me finish my eternity project
Replies: 9
Views: 3166

Case wise I would say (although without any usage to back it up) the Antec NSK1480, the advantage over its sibling the NSK1380 is that it packs a standard ATX PSU rather than the weird proprietary SFX PSU that affects the NSK1380. Although it may (I really don't know here) use low profile pci bracke...
by Aard
Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: High pitched screeching noise coming from computer - Not fan
Replies: 16
Views: 4426

Take a look through this thread viewtopic.php?t=48743, it seems that F@H GPU doesn't play nice with some cards.
by Aard
Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:02 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: High pitched screeching noise coming from computer - Not fan
Replies: 16
Views: 4426

Well its highly unlikely to have anything to with the LEDs and removing fans won't do it (unless of course the noise was always there but now its more noticeable, or its heat induced). What happens if you stop F@H? If the noise stops I'd blame the GPU, my 8800GT whines but only (so far at least) whe...
by Aard
Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:55 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: High pitched screeching noise coming from computer - Not fan
Replies: 16
Views: 4426

Could be your graphics card, 8800's seem to have a problem with the power circuitry.

Is the noise intermittent or constant? If its intermittent when does it occur?
by Aard
Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: LCD monitor buzzing when brightness reduced
Replies: 31
Views: 41443

I have a CMV (hey it was cheap) which makes a whining noise below 66 brightness. Btw thanks I was getting really annoyed with the noise and just bumped my brightness up on the off chance after reading this :) now its near silent. As it has been said previously its probably a transformer, if you want...
by Aard
Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which is quieter. SilverStone TJ06 or Antec P150/Solo?
Replies: 15
Views: 5011

Heh, the 80s didn't fit the front very well. I put the screws through the grille into washers. Much better to use 92mm fans, as the case was designed for them. Would 90mm fans work? They seem easier to come by than 92mm fans... I've ordered the Solo btw. I can't help thinking that 1 fan is just not...
by Aard
Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which is quieter. SilverStone TJ06 or Antec P150/Solo?
Replies: 15
Views: 5011

Computer Lounge have Solos for around $175 which seems to be the cheapest in NZ, I can also testify that their service is on par with Ascent (aka excellent 90% of the time). The other option would be to parallel import from Australia which will save you about $50 but you could possibly pay that in s...
by Aard
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New System and a Graphics Card Question...
Replies: 3
Views: 1226

Are you planning on overclocking? If not the first thing to do would be to ditch the 1066 speed ram and use cheaper and more readily available 800, the speed difference is negligible in real applications (in fact even in synthetic memory benchmarks the difference isn't much to write home about). The...
by Aard
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will this be enough[?]
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

What is quiet 'enough' is rather subjective, I have a friend who swears blind that they had trouble sleeping during a power cut which consequently turned his computer off which happened to sound rather like a vacuum cleaner :lol: As for you personally I would say that rig is a good start. There are ...
by Aard
Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: 8800GT card fit in Antec Solo case
Replies: 4
Views: 2183

I have this card (actually might be a slightly older revision) in my solo, it seems to be a bit longer than some other 8800GT's and the rear power connector can interfere with with hard drive cables. In general you shouldn't have any major problems especially considering you have only one hard drive...
by Aard
Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Infernal Machine~~! Video drivers problem?
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Did you use driver cleaner when uninstalling the driver? If not you may wish to download this and follow their driver uninstallation instructions.

Otherwise I'm not sure at present.