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by flinx
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i7 6700K + NOCTUA NH-D9L strange cooling problems
Replies: 11
Views: 5091

Re: i7 6700K + NOCTUA NH-D9L strange cooling problems

Since I now have my system all set up - I haven't experienced any of the issues here. My max CPU temp is 62C, and that's only during extended Prime95 load. I had to update the BIOS to get it to recognize the DDR4 2400 speed of my RAM, but there's no overclocking applied by default. Max speed for the...
by flinx
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 50843

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

Here's an update on this. Everything is up and running now. The feet aren't actually very wobbly once you have the components installed, so I'm going to keep them as is. They isolate vibrations decently too. The quality however is low as the review mentioned, and I did manage to crack off a part of ...
by flinx
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: i7 6700K + NOCTUA NH-D9L strange cooling problems
Replies: 11
Views: 5091

Re: i7 6700K + NOCTUA NH-D9L strange cooling problems

Have you updated the BIOS of the motherboard yet? (And make sure you reset to defaults - sometimes a BIOS update can fubar the settings)

I actually just ordered the same motherboard, so I'm interesting in seeing if I run into the same issues you have. It should arrive sometime next week hopefully.
by flinx
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 50843

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

Any opinion on how the be quiet! 500W CM would perform comparared to the Seasonic? Which series? The Straight Power 10? If so, yeah, it'd be quieter . Very low rpm fan. Yeah, the Straight Power 10. Thanks a lot for the link - I'll swap out the Seasonic. :) Updated build link http://pcpartpicker.com...
by flinx
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 50843

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

Any opinion on how the be quiet! 500W CM would perform comparared to the Seasonic?
by flinx
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 50843

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

Thanks, Luca, for offering your opinion :). In the chart you linked, the Seasonic G 550W is actually not listed, so it's hard to compare. I challenge anyone to tell me they can hear 14dB of fan noise in anything except an anechoic chamber though. The GPU/CPU fans look like they'll provide more of a ...
by flinx
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 50843

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

I'm not personally a fan of the Prodigy as for a MiniITX case it is enormous. If you have a bunch of hard disks it might make sense but otherwise the space is not well utilised. I don't think you'll manage to get it that quiet given that the graphics card, the hottest and loudest of the components ...
by flinx
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 50843

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

Is there anything else I should be thinking of / consider? EDIT: Preliminary Build link http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Kz72xY Pick a better and quieter PSU, if possible. It's the one used in the original article, and from what I gather it pretty much contributes no real noise to the system. Have thin...
by flinx
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Ed.
Replies: 48
Views: 50843

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy E

I'm actually getting close to pulling the trigger on this build. Changes are of course a more modern mobo, a i7-6700K and a GTX 1080. What worries me though is the M.2 SSD placement, as there doesn't seem to be any proper cooling underneath the motherboard, and it might throttle. See https://www.pug...
by flinx
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 55
Views: 60109

Re: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide

By the way, if you're adding a 290X to the setup, it'll be downgraded to a regular 290 so as to match the existing 290 card. Just something to keep in mind.
by flinx
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 55
Views: 60109

Re: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide

Regarding a better reservoir & pump in term of loudness I believe something like this might work better. Mounted vertically this assures that there's always liquid in the pump. That's the reservoir that I have, but with a different pump. You'll notice it comes with a bracket with dampening screws t...
by flinx
Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 55
Views: 60109

Re: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide

Well the most obvious way to do it is to add another radiator like I did. The only issue at that point is space for it. I've not tried using just one radiator for dual 290s, so not sure how well it would handle the extra load. It's possible you'll just hit a higher temperature equilibrium, as the 29...
by flinx
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 55
Views: 60109

Re: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide

Tim, completely agree that there's not much point to water cooling - except if you use multiple hot GPUs in crossfire or SLI. The best silent air coolers sadly aren't very crossfire/SLI friendly, and put a much higher thermal load on the system itself when it comes to airflow etc. Of course there is...
by flinx
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 55
Views: 60109

Re: Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide

This is pretty much exactly my setup, except I use the Laing DDC3.2 PWM pump with reservoir pump top, and a second 290 in crossfire with accompanying triple radiator (different case). The thing to note about the reservoir top is that the materials it's made of is pretty low quality - I've managed to...
by flinx
Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

That's at max speed - I'm running them at 900 RPM. The case is next to my desk, so 50 cm, not 1-2 m. Noise characteristics at that distance is definitely a possible issue, and for that the S12A should be superior. What I hear right now is turbulence noise from the fans blowing on the radiator, not t...
by flinx
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

I had a pretty limited fan selection, so had to go with the best of what they had. That site you linked, didn't test the Noctua S12A, only the S12B. Considering the S12A actually replaces the B (strange, I know) the results should hopefully be about the same, and in that case the fan is actually qui...
by flinx
Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

I went with an Ek setup, plus Obsidian 900D case. Single EK-DDC 3.2 PWM pump, two XTX 360 radiators (64 mm thick), fans are Noctua NF-S12A FLX at 900 rpm. I was advised to grab a cpu block as well, so added that too (cpu is only a fraction of the thermal load, and the megahalem I had before would ma...
by flinx
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

Got everything setup, and this is definitely noisier than I was hoping for. The radiator fans are the main culprit, as they need to run at a certain rpm to actually push enough air through the radiators. The pump is also quite audible. I'll have to try some tweaking of rpms and voltages to bring the...
by flinx
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:27 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

The Accelero Hybrid is out looks like, as delivery isn't until mid-February. I can't wait that long. There's a local store that sells WC kits and gear, so I'll be stopping by them to get a proper build setup.
by flinx
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a new quiet card
Replies: 6
Views: 2571

Re: Looking for a new quiet card

What exactly is it you want to do? A more powerful video card will mainly be more advanced for gaming, whereas the 2D will be pretty much the same. I think it's better to start with the performance requirement, and then go from there when it comes to cooling.
by flinx
Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

Thanks for your thoughts claes. I got a second cheap 7950 (dual fan) to do some mining and testing with my current setup, and the case can't handle the extra heat properly at default voltage and clock speed. I have to underclock and downvolt slightly to keep the system stable. While I was going to g...
by flinx
Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Arctic Cooling heatsinks - how to keep them on?
Replies: 6
Views: 3112

Re: Arctic Cooling heatsinks - how to keep them on?

In a pinch, you can use regular heatsink compound and put some drops of super at the corners. It also allows you to easily remove the heatsink later by twisting it if you want to use it on another card. Acetone (nail polish remover) can be used to dissolve the glue. Just be careful when twisting so ...
by flinx
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

I'm sure the performance per watt will be good for gaming, but for mining alt coins (litecoin, dogecoin etc.), Nvidia has a huge performance gap compared to AMD. A 780 Ti can achieve 430 kh/s, compared to the 630 kh/s I'm getting on my 7950 - a R9 290 (non-X) should be able to get 800 kh/s. I'm not ...
by flinx
Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

Heh, the mobo is only 2 months old. My requirements just changed a lot faster than I thought they would. Thanks for the advice and perspective - next I'll be researching cases, case fans and PSUs. Hopefully that should help narrow things down, and give me a better overview of the total budget.
by flinx
Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

That would be the Tri-X, so far at least. Problem is the price premium - for what the card costs, I could get a reference board and Accelero.
by flinx
Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

I figure about 1 cm clearing to the actual fan blades - the Accelero has fan guards that stick out slightly to prevent anything adjacent from coming into contact with them. I can't move the card positions due to the slot configuration on the motherboard, at least not without getting a new motherboar...
by flinx
Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Re: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

Water cooling adds pump noise, and turbulence noise from cooling the radiator. The only way it makes sense IMO is if you have radiator with a big enough surface area that you can cool it passively outside the case. Otherwise you're just shifting heat around inside the case. They also don't cool the ...
by flinx
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI
Replies: 24
Views: 7851

Blower vs. Accelero vs OEM for Crossfire/SLI

I pretty much swear by the Accelero Extreme series for quiet cooling of single video cards at this point, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experiences using it for Crossfire/SLI?? The video card and cooler takes up 3 slots, so I'm worried that there won't be enough room for intake air for the fan...
by flinx
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How to make a graphics card quieter using sponge
Replies: 7
Views: 5290

Re: How to make a graphics card quieter using sponge

I usually use thick double-sided tape - it has a foam core and sticky sides. It can also be cut and shaped according to the fan and mounting point. If it's too thin, you can also stack it in layers. The real issue is that over time the glue may not hold as well, so you'll want to check up on the fas...
by flinx
Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?
Replies: 28
Views: 15382

Re: Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

Wouldn't it make sense (for once) to turn the CPU fan upside down when the PSU is that close? Possibly - only experimentation will tell. I'd probably just make a hole in the side panel and flip the PSU so neither interferes with each other, and you essentially get separate air chambers for PSU and ...