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by grant2
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Fanless Miniature PC for parts - $70
Replies: 0
Views: 13

Fanless Miniature PC for parts - $70

Selling the parts from this, hoping another enthusiast will enjoy. $70 shipped in USA from Los Angeles. https://silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=69476 The system won't power on. I believe the motherboard is dead. But it could also be the picoPSU or the power brick gone bad. What's incl...
by grant2
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: New SPCR design & management
Replies: 20
Views: 3364

Re: New SPCR design & management

Hi Eric, best of luck. I don't know if there's money to be made from this site, but if it's a labour of love for you, I'm thrilled you've chosen to commit at some level to SPCR. There's a lot of criticism in this thread. I hope you'll hear the fair criticism with humility, and tune out the unfair cr...
by grant2
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?
Replies: 9
Views: 10075

Re: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?

Foam does absorb lower frequencies, it just doesn't have enough depth to do so. You would need inches to absorb <100 Hz. According to this random chart, you need 3.5 *FEET* of foam to absorb ("trap") 100hz sound. 1" of foam will trap sounds ~3400+hz. https://www.jdbsound.com/art/frequency%20wave%20...
by grant2
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?
Replies: 9
Views: 10075

Re: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?

It's true foam does not absorb low frequencies; however it is typically attached to metal panels which block the low frequency. Perhaps the more massive glass panels would block better than thin metal (tempered vs. non-tempered isn't really an issue). But the tradeoff is not having the absorptive fo...
by grant2
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?
Replies: 9
Views: 10075

Re: Tempered Glass -- Worth It?

Any glass would resist noise better than acrylic, because it is more massive. Tempered vs. Regular glass doesn't affect noise transmission I don't think. Laminated glass would be the best, not just because it's probably more massive but I also believe the transition in the plastic interlayer attenua...
by grant2
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 28641

Re: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

Very late reply, sorry, but I ultimately drilled new holes into the case and used a short heat-pipe ribbon. The pictures kind of hide the CPU but this is what I created: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=69476 it worked very well for the CPU (short ribbon). The GPU not so wel...
by grant2
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Streacom FC8 Alpha Passive, anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 12339

Re: Streacom FC8 Alpha Passive, anyone?

yes, here is my passive build in the gallery: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=69476 If you do not use any external GPU and you pick a processor with integrated graphics, total TDP of 65w or less, you could do the same without modification. Depending on ambient temperature /...
by grant2
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Streacom DB6 - a heatpipe dream?
Replies: 4
Views: 6240

Re: Streacom DB6 - a heatpipe dream?

Streacom tends to start selling cases several years after unveiling them. You could be waiting a very long time.
by grant2
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom
Replies: 8
Views: 7337

Re: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom

well well well, only about 10 months overdue.

I now have hope they'll release the DB2 before 2020 at this rate.
by grant2
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Streacom FC5 Evo, and HDPLEX H5 chassis comparison
Replies: 9
Views: 6232

Re: Streacom FC5 Evo, and HDPLEX H5 chassis comparison

Streacom also has vapor cooling copper pipes, and HDPLEX doesnt, Why do you think this? I saw a picture of a HDPlex heatpipe cut open and it contained the normal wick material inside (basically a copper powder) There's a few specialty stores online which sell heat pipes online, but I'd be surprised...
by grant2
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Streacom FC5 Evo, and HDPLEX H5 chassis comparison
Replies: 9
Views: 6232

Re: Streacom FC5 Evo, and HDPLEX H5 chassis comparison

H5 has hidden optical drive bay. You should also consider do you really need an optical drive..? I haven't used one in literally 5 years, but that's just me. Only advantage I see from the FC5 is it's slimmer, but if you have a graphicss card you need that space anyways ... sounds like you should pic...
by grant2
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom
Replies: 8
Views: 7337

Re: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom

yes anything is possible for a DIY'er with enough time and desire. Even though I've done it with my current computer, I'd rather not spend weeks experimenting with random heat pipes and drilling into my $250 case to get the setup I want. Sell me a $50 kit instead. You make money and I save time + en...
by grant2
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Tempered glass craziness
Replies: 11
Views: 6945

Re: Tempered glass craziness

Single pane tempered glass probably doesn't offer much better or worse noise isolation than single pane metal or single pane acrylic.

if you want a window which blocks noise you probably have to be looking for double or triple pane laminated glass, which is not very realistic in a computer case.
by grant2
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is totally fanless possible with a fanless mini-ITX?
Replies: 11
Views: 6956

Re: Is totally fanless possible with a fanless mini-ITX?

Any case you can find with the most ventilation holes will give you the best cooling performance. But depending on your tastes, you might trade off the aesthetics. Theoretically you could just attach the hardware to a piece of plywood and leave it fully exposed, which is maximum cooling efficiency b...
by grant2
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is totally fanless possible with a fanless mini-ITX?
Replies: 11
Views: 6956

Re: Is totally fanless possible with a fanless mini-ITX?

if your CPU consumes low enough power, absolutely it's possible. Probably you'd want a vented case to permit fresh air to flow in via convection. If your case is sealed, then you have much less tolerance. The only way to know the limits of a custom system is to build it, stress it, and see what happ...
by grant2
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom
Replies: 8
Views: 7337

Re: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom

Their website lists a 240w PS, which provides 168w (12v x 14a) on the 12v rail. This can easily do a ~90w graphics card and more if you use a low power CPU. e.g. the gtx1050ti or the rx460 have a TDP of 75w. If you pair the rx470 (110w) with a 35w cpu you'll be fine. For comparison, I have a 144w pi...
by grant2
Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom
Replies: 8
Views: 7337

Re: A couple of cool fanless cases from Streacom

I emailed Streacom in December about the DB4. I asked about an adapter to connect graphics cards to the side of the case. They told me "it's planned, no firm date, but hoping for March 2017". Obviously that time has come & gone long ago and no sign of the adapter. The DB4 is kind of useless to most ...
by grant2
Tue May 09, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Perfect Computer Chassis: In Win 303C (Forget the KL07)
Replies: 11
Views: 5232

Re: Perfect Computer Chassis: In Win 303C (Forget the KL07)

LEDs? Glass panel? perfect is a matter of taste & priorities, mine don't include those :wink:
by grant2
Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fanless miniature PC
Replies: 0
Views: 7720

Fanless miniature PC

comp36-m s.jpg Streacome FC8 Evo case Zotac GTX 750 low-profile graphics Celeron 35w TDP w/ M-ITX mobo Heatpipes from Newark 2.5" SSD PicoPSU comp16-m s.jpg Hardware is about 2 years old now. It works well enough for my light gaming. Heat pipes only work decently when they're vertical, so the case ...
by grant2
Fri May 20, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless Video card for Windows 10?
Replies: 8
Views: 4534

Re: Fanless Video card for Windows 10?

The recent leap to 14nm process by Nvidia + AMD may result in some significantly better fanless cards.

Or maybe I'm just hoping for vaporware!

If you can wait it out, you may want to wait in case something impressive comes out in the next few months.
by grant2
Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Low profile GPU for Streacom FC9 wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 3988

Re: Low profile GPU for Streacom FC9 wanted

fc9 can't fit even a large heatsink let alone a dual-slot card so that would have required interesting case modification. Because I heatpipe to the case, I was able to discard the large heatsink on my GTX750 so it fits. If you have the patience i think it's worth seeing if any good low-profile cards...
by grant2
Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Low profile GPU for Streacom FC9 wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 3988

Re: Low profile GPU for Streacom FC9 wanted

I am running a GTX 750 in my FC9. I've rigged up heatpipes to connect it to the case. The heatsink still can't handle the full power of this card, I use MSI afterburner utility to throttle the card at 78c (temperature). Probably could get ~30% more performance if the card had active cooling. 150w is...
by grant2
Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes
Replies: 39
Views: 27707

Re: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes

Do u have a picture? U maybe have a faulty pipe. The pipe is fine. The issue is that these heatpipes are *terrible* when used horizontally. They work well when they're vertical. You NEED gravitational assist to make them go. I'm working on the build still, and I'll post pictures once i'm kind of sa...
by grant2
Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Semi-Fanless Build (Streacom FC9 + Pico PSU 300W + GTX 750)
Replies: 15
Views: 8822

Re: Semi-Fanless Build (Streacom FC9 + Pico PSU 300W + GTX 7

I've been working on a very similar setup recently and I wonder why you think 300mm would be better? The length you have seems to be ideal. A longer pipe would only reduce its transport capacity.

Drilling through the pipes so you can mount your fan on top is really clever.
by grant2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes
Replies: 39
Views: 27707

Re: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes

I just installed a 2mm thick x 40mm wide x 400mm long pipe vertically (i.e., the sipes are on top of each other instead of beside each other) and the performance is atrocious. directly over the chip the pipe is scalding hot, but a mere few inches away the pipe is completely cool. (temp sensor says 1...
by grant2
Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes
Replies: 39
Views: 27707

Re: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes

How do you guys bend your pipes? My 2mm thick x 40mm wide pipes and they seem relatively stiff.

Edit: I made a wooden jig to bend to specific dimensions. For freehand bends, I used my thumb to lever the center of a bend.
by grant2
Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 28641

Re: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

my mobo has its socket just an inch from the top of the mobo (http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H81M-ITX/) I was thinking it could still fit in this case if the brackets are relocated and the heat pipes from the FC9 are used (http://www.streacom.com/products/sh2-standard-heatpipe-kit/) assuming I measu...
by grant2
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 28641

Re: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

It appears from the pictures that bolts go through the side of the case and attach to nuts in the heatpipe brackets.

That means it should be possible to position the brackets by drilling new holes into the side of the case.

Does that sound right?
by grant2
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel i3-4330T HTPC
Replies: 22
Views: 18380

Re: Intel i3-4330T HTPC

Checking other motherboard for the cheapest with optical, i found one that seems loaded with connection, not my favorite brand, but seems like a good package, ASRock H81M-ITX , for the price i would pair it Intel Pentium G3220 , for less than $135. I just put this together with a haswell 4130T proc...
by grant2
Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:33 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype
Replies: 185
Views: 101235

Re: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype

Awesome work jamese. Let me know if I can visit and buy you a soda when I'm back in town. I might even be in the market to buy 1 or 2 when I'm there. How about making a mount for the brick that attaches to the underside/back of your desk? I wonder if there's a way to make a mount to attach it to the...