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by kaotikfunk
Sun May 25, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 95946

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

Wow, I picked up the same MSI card today and just played about an hour of Titanfall with the card at 100% stock settings. I'm already very happy with it for 1080p gaming. Fan min: 32% 880 rpm Fan max: 34% 976 rpm Temp never got above 55C. There's obviously some room to spin those fans down especiall...
by kaotikfunk
Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar NM70I-847 - cheap 17w Celeron 847 + motherboard?
Replies: 2
Views: 3188

Biostar NM70I-847 - cheap 17w Celeron 847 + motherboard?

I was looking into building another no moving part PC for audio use, and came across this cheap board on Newegg. It has a 17w Sandy Bridge Celeron 847 (1.1ghz dual core, HD2000 graphics) soldered on. Has anyone looked into this board before? Pros: - Cheap - CPU should benchmark faster than AMD E350 ...
by kaotikfunk
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build
Replies: 10
Views: 4924

Re: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build

Hello, I would suggest the Zalman CNPS8900 low profile cooler (60mm). You get good cooling performance for its height(temps will drop 6C-10C over stock cooler) That's a good point. I haven't found anyone that has confirmed whether or not it will block PCIe or RAM slots on this board yet. If anyone ...
by kaotikfunk
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build
Replies: 10
Views: 4924

Re: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build

Your pics didn't come through and I would definitely love to see / hear more about how you dealt with the Antec Kuhler and the Q11 case....sounds like a great combo! -Jim Images fixed. Here's recommended install steps, I'll try to get a complete gallery up later. 0. Burn everything in first using s...
by kaotikfunk
Thu May 24, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build
Replies: 10
Views: 4924

Re: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build

I couldn't find the Samuel 17 anywhere, but I'll keep looking. For now I decided to go ahead and install an Antec Kuhler 620.

Here's a teaser showing how it fit, but I'll post a full build thread once its done.
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by kaotikfunk
Thu May 03, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build
Replies: 10
Views: 4924

Re: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build

Thanks for the tip - that looks better. Does it work with the Intel backplate?

Do you happen to have the model # of the fan? I have only found 25mm tall so far @ NewEgg
by kaotikfunk
Thu May 03, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build
Replies: 10
Views: 4924

Coolers for Mini-ITX Intel build

The new Noctua review looks good, but I think it will block the PCI-e slot in the Intel DH77DF ivy bridge mini-itx board. Noctua says it will block the PCI-e slot in the DH67CF, which appears to have the same layout. (list here http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&products_id=46&lng=...
by kaotikfunk
Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini
Replies: 63
Views: 41971

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini

Newegg seems to be out of stock for the last few weeks. Does anyone know where I can find one in the USA?
by kaotikfunk
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini
Replies: 63
Views: 41971

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini

This is the exact case I was looking to buy for a Database Server I need to build for a personal project. For those that have it, any advice on particular HeatSinks, or can you give a better idea of clearance? I am going to attempt to run cooled solely by the exhaust fans (65W CPU, no Video Card) b...
by kaotikfunk
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ECC Support (offshoot of Silent Server Build)
Replies: 62
Views: 30048

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

[quote="HFat"]kaotikfunk writes about ECC: "Intel is using this as a differentiating feature for Xeon processors, which rules out most lower end CPU's. I hope this changes in the future." Hope doesn't do anything. All you need to do is to tune out the Xeon chorus and pay attention. Clarkdales have a...
by kaotikfunk
Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 49052

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

One question: Have you tried power measurements on WHS v1 vs WHS Vail or another OS? Windows Server 2003 (WHS v1) has less power management support than 2008 (WHS Vail). I can't speak to the current Linux or *BSD systems though. When building my last server - I found that the idle was lower after Wi...
by kaotikfunk
Thu May 20, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Test System, 2010
Replies: 89
Views: 31119

MikeC: Are there any plans to control PWM fans properly with PWM instead of reduced voltage? Dropping the voltage on a PWM fan is not running the way it was designed.

I posted the same question on the recent CM Hyper 212+ review, but never received a reply.
by kaotikfunk
Mon May 10, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 24260

Hi Lawrence, Why not use include measurements for sound level vs RPM using PWM instead of reduced voltage? I think it would be a more valid test considering that this review was for a heatsink with a PWM fan. I'm running the CM Hyper 212+ on an AMD Athlon II X3 440, and it's very quiet under my norm...
by kaotikfunk
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar A760G-M2+ - 30W barrier broken
Replies: 119
Views: 102593

Has anyone looked into the Asus M3A76-CM yet? I'm considering it over the Biostar TA760G recommended here because: - it's cheaper than the Biostar at Frys locally or Newegg online. - Kingston already listed DDR-2 800 ECC ram compatible with this board - Same feature set as TA760 (4 dimms, 6 SATA, R...
by kaotikfunk
Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Any hands on with Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler?
Replies: 7
Views: 2152

What CPU are you cooling, and are you willing to remove the motherboard if needed to install a backplate?
by kaotikfunk
Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Any hands on with Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler?
Replies: 7
Views: 2152

BTW - this review has plenty of pictures of installing it on Intel. It looks like the Intel mounting may be easier than AMD. http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/19383-cooler-master-hyper-212-plus-cpu-cooler-review.html With the Hyper 212+ on an AMD processor - I had to hold...
by kaotikfunk
Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Any hands on with Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler?
Replies: 7
Views: 2152

I don't have a spl meter, but on my athlon ii x3 440 at idle, its louder than scythe's 120mm pwm fan, and similar to an antec tricool 120 on low. Install was harder than thermalright hr01 or xigmatek hdt-s1283. The backplate requires you to hold parts on top and bottom of the motherboard until tight...
by kaotikfunk
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AM3 CPU cooling recommendations in solo case
Replies: 20
Views: 6328

Windows 7 will drop CPU frequency and voltage by default during idle. Xp required a custom cpu driver and extra apps to do this. I've been looking into this more to see if I could actually measure what states my CPU was in. This whitepaper shows how to track the C-states (C1/3 are idle states used ...
by kaotikfunk
Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AM3 CPU cooling recommendations in solo case
Replies: 20
Views: 6328

Hmm, my stock fan never even left the box. I had room for a CM Hyper 212 in my latest build, so I went for it.
by kaotikfunk
Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AM3 CPU cooling recommendations in solo case
Replies: 20
Views: 6328

32 to 40c is pretty good - you're not going to get much cooler than that since there are other components dumping heat into the case too. Unless you're hitting 70+ under load, the cooling is working right
by kaotikfunk
Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:07 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AM3 CPU cooling recommendations in solo case
Replies: 20
Views: 6328

Windows 7 will drop CPU frequency and voltage by default during idle. Xp required a custom cpu driver and extra apps to do this.
by kaotikfunk
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek SD964 or S1283 for i5?
Replies: 1
Views: 1068

My Q8400 is also a 95w part, and I'm doing exactly that with the 1283. In the main bay, I have only a 120mm rear fan hooked to the CPU header. These parts are dumping heat into the main bay: - Q8400 - 4 sticks DDR2 @ 1.8v - 1 WD Green 3.5" - Passive HD4670 I haven't had a single heat related problem...
by kaotikfunk
Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is an HR-01 over the top for a 65W CPU?
Replies: 7
Views: 2412

I'm cooling a 95w CPU passive on a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 without a fan directly attached, so the HR-01 should definitely be ok. I have a 120mm Scythe PWM fan for exhaust attached to my CPU fan header, and it stays quiet. I tried with and without a duct, and it didn't make any noticable difference in te...
by kaotikfunk
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Searching for mATX Low Power Server Motherboard
Replies: 18
Views: 5804

Be sure to check this thread - there's discussions of boards supporting ECC & undervolting here as well:
viewtopic.php?t=54409
by kaotikfunk
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power motherboard and cpu for vmware ESXI
Replies: 13
Views: 10962

Be sure to read up on this - many motherboards have been discussed for server use here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=54409 There are multiple boards listed with ECC support, but nobody has compiled a list of which ones support undervolting in BIOS. Since you're looking at a v...
by kaotikfunk
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119832

The issue for me is that there are rumors that the F3 has a high failure rate :( Opps, just ordered a Samsung 500GB F3EG :? Well, I continued digging, and the main threads with people complaining are on RAID dropouts. Some were attributed to Intel Matrix drivers, some weren't. I'm probably going to...
by kaotikfunk
Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119832

Sorry if I missed the answer in this long thread but... does anyone know how the power consumption of the F3 compares to the F2? Tom's has some results posted for the 500Gb version: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2tb-hdd-7200,2430-10.html 4.1w idle, 6.8w streaming reads, 5.7w workstation IO be...
by kaotikfunk
Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 119832

Re: One of Four failed

1 out of the 4 of my Samsung F3 HD502HJ's drives has failed within 3 weeks. I bought 4 Samsung F3 HD502HJ's in September in preparation for a new build. In Nov I installed them in a RAID 10 (with the built in MB ICH10R controller) for data (RAID was not for the OS - Win7). After about 3 weeks, I ha...
by kaotikfunk
Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Shootout: Antec 3480 vs. Silverstone TJ08?
Replies: 12
Views: 4716

I have the NSK3480, but wouldn't recommend it. It's a very difficult build! I'm happy with my end result, but curse at it every time I want to change a part. Cons: - top hard drive mount is in a 5.25" bay, and you'll need that for all the extra power supply connectors if you don't have a modular PSU...
by kaotikfunk
Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Capacitors on motherboard hiss/buzz.
Replies: 10
Views: 3160

It sounds similar to the noise coming from the power supply on my Intel DG33BU, although the video compression cut out most of the high frequencies. It's annoying, but I don't have a solution and I don't think it will affect longevity of the board. Here's my timeline: - bought board in 2008, no nois...