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by amyhughes
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 3770K IHS removal and results
Replies: 66
Views: 117399

Re: 3770K IHS removal and results

How do you clean the old TIM off?

ETA: Never mind. You apparently just wipe it off.
by amyhughes
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 32831

Intel H55 Mobo Shootout - Integrated HD Graphics Showdown http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=6&id=3119 I wonder if the power difference between the Intel and the other boards can be made up undervolting an i3, which you apparently can't do on the intel board. Edit: I found a few post...
by amyhughes
Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:58 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: 2008 SPCR facility/equipment upgrades: hemi-anechoic chamber
Replies: 151
Views: 247078

Can you replace the hollow-core door? Wouldn't a second solid door help?
by amyhughes
Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:43 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe announces "Ninja 2"
Replies: 43
Views: 19516

yamahaSHO wrote:It looks like you could still use the bolt-thru kit to me.
The screw/spring thingy might be too tall to fit under the fins, or be close enough that you wouldn't be able to fit even your right-angle screw driver.
by amyhughes
Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M3N78 Pro: Geforce 8300 & HybridPower Explored
Replies: 33
Views: 18917

Does that mean that the cool &quiet technology is so power efficient that at idle the system consumes less than a undervolted and underclocked CPU with cool and quiet disabled? CnQ drops the CPU to 1 GHz. Underclocking disables CnQ, so the underclocked system is running faster at idle than the the ...
by amyhughes
Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:34 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: 2008 SPCR facility/equipment upgrades: hemi-anechoic chamber
Replies: 151
Views: 247078

I remember the physics lab optics table was a heavy metal thing on inflatable rubber bushings. It measured in the tons range, if I recall.
by amyhughes
Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Post your "Ghetto mods" and other quick/cheap tips
Replies: 13
Views: 6049

I didn't have any soft mounts for a fan, so I cut a broccoli rubber band in two, folded each piece in three, poked a hole through it and used a twist-tie to mount the fan, with the rubber band piece between the fan and case. The twist-tie goes through the hole you poked in the rubber band. One at ea...
by amyhughes
Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:45 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: from push pin to bolt-thru -- how to get pushpins out?
Replies: 9
Views: 3155

I tried for about twelve seconds to get them out without damaging them and then reached for the wire cutters :) The bolt-thru worked so well I don't anticipate ever wishing I'd saved the pins.
by amyhughes
Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: power consumption 8600GT vs 9600GT
Replies: 2
Views: 4763

JVM wrote:The 45C you get at idle with ambient temperature of 82F is quite good!

What rpm speeds are you running the Nexus and Scythe fans?
I think they're both about 800.
by amyhughes
Sat May 31, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 fan mounting
Replies: 5
Views: 2215

P182 fan mounting

There doesn't seem to be an easy way to soft-mount the top fan or a fan near the graphics card in the P182. How have people solved this, or does it not make a lot of difference?

I intend to use the top fan rather than block it.

Thanks,
Amy
by amyhughes
Fri May 30, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 91005

Looks like it's supposed to hover.
by amyhughes
Fri May 30, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: power consumption 8600GT vs 9600GT
Replies: 2
Views: 4763

power consumption 8600GT vs 9600GT

I just replaced a fanless 512M 8600GT (MSI, DDR2 version) with a fanless 512M 9600GT (ECS w/Accelero2). Here's the power usage comparison, as measured full-system at the wall by Kill-a-watt. Idle at Windows desktop: 76W -> 92W Gaming, high poly count, low framerate: 96W -> 125W Gaming, low poly coun...
by amyhughes
Fri May 30, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fans on a P182
Replies: 7
Views: 1917

Just starting my P182 build and I have the following concerns... 1. There's no easy way to soft-mount the top fan (I had planned to use the top rather than block it). 2. There's no easy way to soft-mount a fan close to the graphics card. How are people solving this, or does it make little difference?
by amyhughes
Fri May 30, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Spin down one drive of two?
Replies: 2
Views: 1536

Spin down one drive of two?

Is there a way to spin down one drive (of two or more) in WinXP? Will the "turn off hard disks" power option do this automatically, or does that spin all drives together? I have one drive that I want to spin up only perhaps once per week, so ideally any scheme to spin it down during non-use would be...
by amyhughes
Wed May 28, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: how many watts do I need?
Replies: 12
Views: 2764

Its damn shame that Spakles 250W 80+ PSU is so hard to find... That would have been very good choice. Another good is Fortron Green 300W. The OP is in the US and so has several choices. Last I checked buy.com had the Sparkle 250W, and had the lowest price. I bought mine after reading the spcr revie...
by amyhughes
Tue May 27, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU and mobo considerations... AMD or ?
Replies: 37
Views: 9935

I have both 4450E and E8400 systems and the processors are comparable in power usage. Undervolted they both have about a 30W spread between idle and load. The 45nm Intel chips use far less than their rated TDP. That said, I still love my 4450/780G system. It was cheap, runs on a silent picoPSU, didn...
by amyhughes
Fri May 23, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel D945GCLF - Intel Atom is Here
Replies: 10
Views: 6061

what would be the point of HDMI (or DVI even) with such feeble onboard GFX and no PCI-e slot? Automatic recognition of display resolution? Sounds like not a big deal until a DVI monitor saves you from having to figure out why Ubuntu won't display on a VGA monitor after installing video drivers. In ...
by amyhughes
Wed May 21, 2008 4:45 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 15237

I think a small form factor is worth a price premium. You put $100 into it and got a motherboard and case. Not bad, IMO. If it was mine I'd spring for a pico PSU and a 2.5" drive (to soft mount in place of 3.5"). If you thought this'd be a cheap, quiet computer, cut your losses and shelve it or retu...
by amyhughes
Fri May 16, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Two OS's in one box, or two boxes (for DAW)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3120

As long as your non-audio applications are not running they won't cause any problems. Well, that's the problem. If you've installed Creative Suite and iTunes, there are apps running even when you aren't using those products. Just about everything these days wants to leave a task running, install in...
by amyhughes
Fri May 16, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Two OS's in one box, or two boxes (for DAW)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3120

the Audio Latency is problem if you will use intgrated sound system in Gigabyte boards. However is it still present if you have discrete soundcard? The only people who are likely to notice will all be using sound cards, PCI or external. I don't think there is ASIO support for on-board audio. You wo...
by amyhughes
Thu May 15, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone have a preferred internal HD Enclosure?
Replies: 5
Views: 2374

I'm using the Logisys thingy with a WD GP drive. With that quiet, cool drive it reduces seek noises by perhaps half and reduces whine to about zero, and temperature is reduced 4C. So it seems to work okay with an already silent drive. You'd have better luck isolating vibration, though, by suspending...
by amyhughes
Tue May 13, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Two OS's in one box, or two boxes (for DAW)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3120

Three drives is part of my plan to go triple boot with Kubuntu 8.04 at some point I have Windows and Ubuntu on one disk already. So I'd have three operating systems on two disks. Oh there definitely is an issue with P35 gigabyte boards with low latency audio People have had some success with older ...
by amyhughes
Tue May 13, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Two OS's in one box, or two boxes (for DAW)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3120

Licaon wrote:more machines using http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/ and not KVMs :D
The second and third machine will not have their own monitors. The unmentioned fourth machine (a Mac Mini) uses a 27" LCD TV. The two or three PCs need to share a monitor.
by amyhughes
Tue May 13, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Performance m-ATX system in Lian Li PC-A01B
Replies: 27
Views: 12232

I think the best would to add wto 60mm fans to the back where the cpu is. if I can get some screws or something through the air-holes to stick a fan there it would be perfect. To mount a fan once I used twist ties and rubber bands :) I save the twist ties that come wrapped around cables in electron...
by amyhughes
Tue May 13, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Two OS's in one box, or two boxes (for DAW)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3120

Two OS's in one box, or two boxes (for DAW)?

I can't decide if I want to build one machine with two operating systems (two copies of WinXP) or build two separate machines. Here's the situation... I've never been able to get low-latency audio working on any machine I've built. Part of the current problem may be my motherboard (Gigabyte P35 boar...
by amyhughes
Tue May 13, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Performance m-ATX system in Lian Li PC-A01B
Replies: 27
Views: 12232

Would the PSU be better able to remove case air if it was flipped?
by amyhughes
Tue May 13, 2008 11:05 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Make SPCR Even Better... and Win Great Prizes!
Replies: 209
Views: 347625

blackworx wrote:Oh, and Amy could you please PM me 6 numbers between 1 and 49?! :wink:
Sure, but if that worked for me do you think I'd have time from permanent vacation to be reading spcr?
by amyhughes
Tue May 13, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need comments on components. Project: DEAD SILENT computer.
Replies: 55
Views: 17207

Big SturL wrote:Type 3:
For sound-dampening in speaker cases. With 5 pieces of 40x60x2 cm, this seems as the best option.
I haven't opened any speakers built this century, but at least once upon a time speakers were lined or completely filled with fiberglass batting.
by amyhughes
Mon May 12, 2008 8:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need comments on components. Project: DEAD SILENT computer.
Replies: 55
Views: 17207

E7200 ... still 65W TDP. Too bad its not 45W CPU. Lower TDP is easier its to cool passively without tricks. I am planning to change my 65W X2 into 45W X2 4x50e-series. I wonder when Intel gets fully into 45W CPU's. I've seen graphs that say the E7200 consumes about 21W at load and the E8500 consume...
by amyhughes
Sun May 11, 2008 12:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Buy 780G mobo now, or wait for 790GX (or something else)?
Replies: 11
Views: 5700

That system will work well with a pico PSU and will idle in the low 30's if you undervolt. Full load will be at most mid 60's. How do I know? I built that system without a hard drive. See "undervolted, stock speed" in this post: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=47842 I didn't bot...