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by SometimesWarrior
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: New SPCR design & management
Replies: 24
Views: 6047

Re: New SPCR design & management

Hi Eric, thanks for dropping by. I hope you and your family are doing well in these uncertain times. I am sad that Mike Chin sold the domain to a link aggregator without first asking the handful of forum regulars to make an offer. And also sad that Mike either no longer felt enough pride in his past...
by SometimesWarrior
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How annoying are the fans on the new mobos?
Replies: 14
Views: 2421

Re: How annoying are the fans on the new mobos?

I think you're right that x470 doesn't suit your needs after all. High-end x470 mobos have overbuilt power stages, so they would have no trouble powering a 3950x. But their BIOS updates are behind schedule compared to x570, so for example AMD's firmware that improves CPU clocks by 50-100MHz is month...
by SometimesWarrior
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How annoying are the fans on the new mobos?
Replies: 14
Views: 2421

Re: How annoying are the fans on the new mobos?

x470 and b450 motherboards work great with the newest Ryzen processors, are fanless, and are less expensive than x570. I have an ASRock Taichi x470 and Ryzen 3600, but you could probably use a b450 board that's half or a third of the price. Just make sure it's "Ryzen 3000 ready" or compatible with "...
by SometimesWarrior
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ninja SNCJ-1000 for socket 1155 with Noctua backplate, now (2020) on Ryzen AM4
Replies: 89
Views: 70178

Re: Ninja SNCJ-1000 for socket 1155 with Noctua backplate, now (2020) on Ryzen AM4

Thanks for sharing. The Ninja is such an iconic cooler. I love seeing it still in use.
by SometimesWarrior
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: There is no such thing as silent PC
Replies: 12
Views: 4492

Re: There is no such thing as silent PC

I often monitored the temps with that exact program. I set all the BeQuiet! fan profiles so that the CPU temp never went above 55C, and the GPU was usually around 70C. GPU was the main noise culprit, and there was no remedy for it. All other components don't matter if the GPU isn't quiet. The case ...
by SometimesWarrior
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Are single fan 2060's worth even considering?
Replies: 6
Views: 4124

Re: Are single fan 2060's worth even considering?

TechPowerUp reviewed a half dozen 1660 Super cards today. The one single fan model, by Asus, was both 18C hotter and 11dB louder than the quietest dual-fan model by MSI. However that single fan model by Asus had a joke of a cooler: just an aluminum block, like an Intel stock heatsink. The single fan...
by SometimesWarrior
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: R6 Define - Improve GPU-Cooling & Use fan-hub
Replies: 19
Views: 8732

Re: R6 Define - Improve GPU-Cooling & Use fan-hub

Techspot: Memory speeds and Ryzen They did a great job designing that set of tests. Isolated comparisons of latency, frequency, and tuning above XMP, all within normal use ranges. And they covered synthetics, applications, and low+average game framerates, with a wide variety of graphics cards. Ever...
by SometimesWarrior
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Hexagonal holes problem and CPU fan recommendation
Replies: 14
Views: 7474

Re: Hexagonal holes problem and CPU fan recommendation

Hi verif, That is an interesting problem. I have a Define R5 as well, and the two supplied 140mm fans are plugged into the case's built-in controller. One is in the front in the middle position, and one at the back. I also have a 120mm fan in the lower front position. I generally run all three fans ...
by SometimesWarrior
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Hardware Scientist CPU Cooler Roundups
Replies: 3
Views: 7355

Re: Hardware Scientist CPU Cooler Roundups

Thanks for the links. I really liked the production and narration of these videos: I think it's more pleasant to hear a calm voice reading from an edited script than some overconfident YouTube personality winging it.
by SometimesWarrior
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler
Replies: 93
Views: 41054

Re: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler

This has been awesome, Abula. And thanks CA_Steve for the graphs. Why do the Scythe coolers all seem to perform so similarly? Maybe it's an illusion from the line graphs, and a clustered bar chart or other visualization would make the differences stand out. Or with a hotter processor, the better hea...
by SometimesWarrior
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler
Replies: 93
Views: 41054

Re: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler

I'd be interested in the 8086k results. That way there's more likely to be some valid result of the low RPM tests and a performance comparison can be made.
by SometimesWarrior
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler
Replies: 93
Views: 41054

Re: Noctua introduces twin NF-A12x25 NH-U12A CPU cooler

Abula, thank you very much for your copious testing. I think your results help explain some of the difference between SPCR's results of the D15/Mugen/Kotetsu and the ones I saw on ComputerBase: the CB tests appear to only cover the 50-100% fan speed range. I'm thinking about how the shape of each co...
by SometimesWarrior
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 100150

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

What are the largest capacity hard drives currently being manufactured? My understanding (source) is that big purchasers like Dropbox, Google, Amazon, etc. have access to 14TB drives, but maybe they're now receiving 16/18TB models?
by SometimesWarrior
Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Wraith: Upgraded Stock Cooler
Replies: 26
Views: 30618

Re: AMD Wraith: Upgraded Stock Cooler

As soon as the major tech sites posted their reviews of this cooler, I hoped that SPCR would come around and show them why they have no business reviewing heatsinks. So, now I finally know: I would probably be satisfied with this stock heatsink The reference fans are sometimes the wrong choice What ...
by SometimesWarrior
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 & Z170N-WIFI
Replies: 5
Views: 7109

Re: Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 & Z170N-WIFI

Thanks for the review/warning, Lawrence. It's disappointing to see Gigabyte shipping nigh-defective hardware. Even the Gaming-5 seems to have a big "asterisk" along with its recommendation. I get the feeling that hardware manufacturers rarely have a culture of software excellence. I used to begrudgi...
by SometimesWarrior
Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:58 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Mike Chin will be a guest on the ASUS Straight Edge podcast
Replies: 18
Views: 38144

Re: Mike Chin will be a guest on the ASUS Straight Edge podc

Following up on my last post: I listened to episode one despite the recording issues. Totally worth it! It's so refreshing to hear Asus' technical advocates speak critically of their own marketing, and explain things with more detail and less spin than any of the major review sites. Raja has somehow...
by SometimesWarrior
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Mike Chin will be a guest on the ASUS Straight Edge podcast
Replies: 18
Views: 38144

Re: Mike Chin will be a guest on the ASUS Straight Edge podc

Excellent show! CA_Steve asked some great questions that have puzzled me for a long time, and the answers were really informative. Everyone (except Kermit... :mrgreen: ) had good "radio" voices and suitable microphones, which made it easy for me to listen to the full show. I look forward to Straight...
by SometimesWarrior
Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction
Replies: 29
Views: 28732

Re: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

Thanks for sharing, MikeC--that's a lovely-looking piece of equipment. I've wondered for many years whether I'd get to read some proper articles about your background in audio! I'm eager to read more.
by SometimesWarrior
Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 120mm Fan Roundup: Scythe, 1stPlayer, Reeven, Phanteks
Replies: 9
Views: 20264

Re: 120mm Fan Roundup: Scythe, 1stPlayer, Reeven, Phanteks

Very nice (thanks a lot!) though apparently the images don't load. :cry: Whoops! I think SPCR prevents external linking. I didn't notice any problem when I wrote the tool because, while collecting the image links, they got cached by my browser. Well... Lawrence's fan reviews are all very good, so y...
by SometimesWarrior
Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 120mm Fan Roundup: Scythe, 1stPlayer, Reeven, Phanteks
Replies: 9
Views: 20264

Re: 120mm Fan Roundup: Scythe, 1stPlayer, Reeven, Phanteks

Thank you, Lawrence, for presenting such a well-organized review and keeping the fan manufacturers honest! In your experience, do the "static pressure" fans cope better than typical fans when attached to dense radiators? Also, it would be really neat if the comparison table included a column for you...
by SometimesWarrior
Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anyone try the GA-Z170X-GAMING G1 with a Scythe Ninja 4?
Replies: 8
Views: 5199

Re: Anyone try the GA-Z170X-GAMING G1 with a Scythe Ninja 4?

With that much I/O you may be better off with the X99 platform. It's my understanding that the Z170X G1 uses a PLX bridge to convert 16 PCI-E 3.0 lanes from the CPU to 32 PCI-E 3.0 lanes spread across the four PCI-E slots. I think that means your PCI-E cards will still only have a combined 16 lanes ...
by SometimesWarrior
Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K
Replies: 19
Views: 11322

Re: Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K

Thank you for the review! It's a relief to see some well-defined power measurements, as most reviews do not control for outside factors. The idle power consumption is impressive on the GA-Z170X-UD5, considering its 12-phase power arrangement: I was under the (mistaken?) impression that additional ph...
by SometimesWarrior
Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 30538

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Presumably you can also set the Boost temp target thing to say 65c, lower the fan speed, and force it to not Boost above the stock frequency (not so much underclocking, but rather "not Boost overclocking")? Yes, I believe the GTX 960 is like the GTX 970, in that it will let you set a temperature li...
by SometimesWarrior
Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 30538

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

I'm wondering if you can get your 75c down to nearer 65-70c with fixed 1120rpm fan with a little undervolting? Also, I haven't had an nvidia card in years, so does lowering the GPU Boost Clock reduce the voltage or just frequency? Undervolting may be something that depends on the vendor or specific...
by SometimesWarrior
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970
Replies: 13
Views: 13809

Re: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970

Yes tzeb, that would work better. The card is now inaudible at idle since the large fan is temperature-controlled by SpeedFan, and quiet enough when playing most games with adaptive v-sync which generally keeps the card under 50% TDP. So I will eventually get two new 120 mm fans and arrange them lik...
by SometimesWarrior
Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GPU Idle Power
Replies: 4
Views: 3084

Re: GPU Idle Power

I think you mean to compare TechPowerUp and KitGuru's measurements of the Palit 970? They both directly measured the card, whereas Hexus measured only AC wall power. It is surprising to see 25% difference in both idle and load measurements (KG's 8/139/166 W vs. TPU's 10/182/197 W), especially when t...
by SometimesWarrior
Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970
Replies: 13
Views: 13809

Re: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970

This week I removed the fan shroud and installed replacement fans. I apologize in advance for my imprecise measurements, but I tested over the course of a week and the indoor temperature was not kept consistent. Also I wanted to optimize many things and didn't have the patience to change them indivi...
by SometimesWarrior
Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970
Replies: 13
Views: 13809

Re: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970

Thank you for the feedback, everyone. If you find DC fan replacement doesn't allow you to get a quiet enough idle, you could also try using PWM fans. The card has 2 PWM headers (wierd for 3 fans) and you can get adaptors for NVIDIA PWM headers to a standard PWM header. Furthermore, if the PWM supply...
by SometimesWarrior
Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970
Replies: 13
Views: 13809

Re: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970

Have you looked at whether the Accelero S1 could be transferred onto the GTX 970? No doubt it's not on the official supported list but with a 120mm fan like the Scythe that you've been using strapped to it then it should be able to cool it adequately. You might need to improvise some small heatsink...
by SometimesWarrior
Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970
Replies: 13
Views: 13809

Impressions: GV-N970G1, Gigabyte GTX 970

These are my thoughts on Gigabyte's GTX 970 from a silent computing perspective. Some background information on the card: it was briefly reviewed by Tom's Hardware . It's pre-overclocked to 1178MHz (from a stock 1050MHz) and comes with Gigabyte's Windforce 3X cooler, which is a fewer-finned version ...