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by Sunrise
Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Power Lost - A Better Way to Compare PSU Efficiency
Replies: 15
Views: 15314

Re: Power Lost - A Better Way to Compare PSU Efficiency

Very nice!

If I may make a request; if you use this metric in future reviews, could you pick just a few (3-4) other PSUs for comparison to make the graphs easier to understand?
by Sunrise
Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic SS-350TGM 80 Plus Gold TFX
Replies: 48
Views: 31893

Re: Seasonic SS-350TGM 80 Plus Gold TFX

Page 2, "Physical: 170(L) x 150(W) x 86(H)mm, 5.5 lbs", looks like a copy/paste bug.

Hope PSU and case manufacturers start pushing smaller form factor PSUs. As this shows, most computers (heck, any without CF/SLI) don't need a full-size ATX PSU anymore.
by Sunrise
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best Case for the Inevitable GTX 680
Replies: 32
Views: 10380

Re: Best Case for the Inevitable GTX 680

I was thinking about a good internal non-blower cooler; the 18cm case fan should get rid of any excess heat. Agree that a blower with a near-open case side like that is a bad idea.
by Sunrise
Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best Case for the Inevitable GTX 680
Replies: 32
Views: 10380

Re: Best Case for the Inevitable GTX 680

SPCR reviewed the nearly-identical predecessor SG-07 ( http://www.silentpcreview.com/silverstone-sg07 ), and observed that while it's incredibly compact, the video card gets no airflow other than what its own fan(s) can pull in from the ventilation on the side. This means big video cards will need ...
by Sunrise
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 7770 and 7750 reviews out
Replies: 32
Views: 15603

Re: Radeon 7770 and 7750 reviews out

Does anyone know if the Radeon 7750 can be run in a system with a Pico-PSU? I'm thinking of putting it a http://www.logicsupply.com/products/c292 with a Sandy Bridge itx system. The PicoPSU that I have now is the 120-WI with a 120w FSP Block What CPU? It should be just possible. Its maximum power d...
by Sunrise
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: No low-end 28nm GPUs from AMD?
Replies: 8
Views: 2879

Re: No low-end 28nm GPUs from AMD?

It's hardly low end, but the 7950 is out and the Sapphire HD 7950 OE seems SPCR-worthy. It runs at 1v instead of the usual 1,1v (this is probably due to luck on Anandtech's part or cherrypicking by Sapphire) and has noise under load comparable to other cards at idle. Under Metro 2033 load noise rise...
by Sunrise
Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Design idea for silent mATX case
Replies: 25
Views: 6340

Re: Design idea for silent mATX case

How about basing it on the FT-03 but flipping the PSU on its side so it doesn't block the airflow, then using a single 18cm fan in the bottom, slightly off center to make room for the PSU? You can have a spot for an exhaust fan above the CPU cooler in case it's needed. You'll need an exhaust grill t...
by Sunrise
Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mini-ITX Gaming PC
Replies: 6
Views: 5094

Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC

Don't worry overmuch about CPU cooler height. An i3 2120 shouldn't need a lot of cooling. Any mATX case gives you four slots' worth of space for a GPU cooler which is more of an issue for a quiet gaming PC. I just happened to read a review of the Deepcool Dracula which should work nicely. An Acceler...
by Sunrise
Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [New build] HTPC build, but also my main computer. Advice?
Replies: 11
Views: 1403

Re: [New build] HTPC build, but also my main computer. Advi

You seem to have pretty much the same needs as I do. I also use monitor + TV and have an older GD02. I did get a GTX260 at the time but haven't actually needed it for gaming. A few thoughts: @benius I actually don't game at all right now so if I decide to try a game and it my system can't handle it ...
by Sunrise
Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide
Replies: 35
Views: 18997

Re: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

"The Scythe Slip Stream line performs well, have very smooth acoustics, and is inexpensive and widely." The word "available" missing. I like the fact that you used relatively hot components in this build. If you can get this down to 18 dB, there's no reason in the world to save a few watts by gettin...
by Sunrise
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless PSUs: Kingwin Stryker STR-500 & Silverstone ST50NF
Replies: 20
Views: 9546

Re: Fanless PSUs: Kingwin Stryker STR-500 & Silverstone ST50

Does this mean there's no longer any point in having a PSU with fan even though it would only start up at heavy load and spin slowly enough to be almost inaudible? Only if you need more than 500W?

A recommendation list for which PSU is quietest at what wattage would be nice!
by Sunrise
Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Accelero S1 and 5870 Crossfire?
Replies: 5
Views: 1761

Re: Accelero S1 and 5870 Crossfire?

Could you easily make a duct that covers both cards in the above setup?
by Sunrise
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: PNY Liquid cooled 580
Replies: 1
Views: 801

PNY Liquid cooled 580

http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1354.html This seems like a very interesting development in many ways. High end GPUs would benefit a lot from water cooling as you can put the radiator in a far more convenient place than on the card itself. With the added CPU loop, you can use cases that would ot...
by Sunrise
Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)
Replies: 43
Views: 16376

Re: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)

Lawrence Lee wrote:Hi guys, I've updated the article with DDR-1600 results. Relevant changes on this page:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1211-page4.html
Thanks! Calling those gains "significant" would be an understatement. 28, 37 and 60% boosts in 1440x900!
by Sunrise
Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: KFA2 (Galaxy) GTX580 Anarchy editon - quick review
Replies: 2
Views: 1584

Re: KFA2 (Galaxy) GTX580 Anarchy editon - quick review

Did you leave the default front/rear/top placing of case fans or did you use the side panel slot?

Good work on dissipating half a kW of heat (Depending on your CPU).
by Sunrise
Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)
Replies: 43
Views: 16376

Re: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU

For me in the US looking at prices I see DDR3 2000 and 1866 modules reasonably priced (mixed in with modules that are overpriced). More expensive than DDR3 1600 but not so expensive I wouldn't just go for the 2000 if I were building a system. I know that isn't the case in Europe, Australia, and oth...
by Sunrise
Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)
Replies: 43
Views: 16376

Re: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU

Edit: I just read the Anandtech test and there the 1333 memory lags behind significantly in some games after all. This is the one. Considering that 1333MHz doesn't cost much less than 1600, faster memory costs enough to pay for a discrete GPU and Llano is pointless if you don't need a GPU I think 1...
by Sunrise
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)
Replies: 43
Views: 16376

Re: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU

Why was the memory only tested @ 1333Mhz. This platform is heavily dependent on memory bandwidth. I was hoping to see if the increased bandwidth affected the power consumption. Presumably they wanted to keep the same speeds for every platform. For those who don't know, the GPU is heavily bottleneck...
by Sunrise
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: LanCool PC-K59 Midtower Case
Replies: 7
Views: 2740

Re: LanCool PC-K59 Midtower Case

Do you have the hardware available to test cases with GPU cooling that's less noisy but leaves the heat in the case? I can't help but feel the 4870's you use test very different characteristics of the case from what a pair of hot cards with third party cooling would. Especially as you mentioned that...
by Sunrise
Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Modern video card noise: good enough for SPCR?
Replies: 37
Views: 9581

Re: Modern video card noise: good enough for SPCR?

One fairly significant problem is that no aftermarket coolers blow out of the case. I'd like to see a 4 slot cooler that blows front to back, with a large fan or two at a 90 degree angle to the card. A six slot 2kg monster for crossfire / SLI would be sweet. Case manufacturers seem to put a lot of e...
by Sunrise
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini-ITX with BIG demands?
Replies: 3
Views: 1625

Re: mini-ITX with BIG demands?

Mini-ITX for lengthy VGA: Lian Li PC-Q08, Lian Li PC-Q11, Silverstone SST-SG07 How much room do they have for a 3rd party cooler on the GPU? Any box that size would be loud with stock cooling there. http://www.silentpcreview.com/lianli-pcq08 http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2010/10/08/lian-li...
by Sunrise
Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Prolimatech Genesis CPU Heatsink: Retaking the Crown
Replies: 18
Views: 9630

Re: Prolimatech Genesis CPU Heatsink: Retaking the Crown

Hayate19XX wrote:Wondered if this heatsink would work in the FT-02?
Don't see why not as the height should fit with 5mm to spare. Unless you have a really hot processor, you could experiment with removing some fans.
by Sunrise
Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 24350

Re: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

... the middle fan seems completely unnecessary as it's blowing right onto the CPU fan. Given the bad mounting of it, it seems like it might be better without it. That's my thought too. Any comments on this? Cheers Olle Echoing this. Also, it would be interesting to see a configuration with a hotte...
by Sunrise
Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HTPC or Desktop Case with 120mm Rear Exhaust
Replies: 6
Views: 1415

Re: HTPC or Desktop Case with 120mm Rear Exhaust

Silverstone CW02 has a 12cm exhaust but only one external bay: http://silverstonetek.com/products/p_spec.php?pno=cw02&area=usa Lian Li PC-C32 has dual bays and 2x internal 12cm fans: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=263&cl_index=1&sc_index=26&ss_index=68&g=f The latter mig...
by Sunrise
Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus
Replies: 58
Views: 71786

Re: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus

Since tinnitus is a noise one hears when there is a lack of actual sound, couldn't Richard's problem with SSDs and 3G be be psychosomatic? As in, worry about a new gadget causing the tinnitus to get worse having a real effect. This should be easily testable with a blind test. I'm not meaning to say ...
by Sunrise
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case
Replies: 69
Views: 48925

Our only real complaint is the optical drive that overhangs the CPU socket and interferes with larger CPU coolers, but possible solutions are less than ideal. The obvious fixes include making the case deeper, using a slim optical drive, or putting a slim optical drive on its side, which would displ...
by Sunrise
Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: NEW matx case- Lan Gear Da Box
Replies: 6
Views: 4155

Are there no other cubes with this layout? It seems like the only "correct" place to put the PSU, although it needs an extension cord to work.
by Sunrise
Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone GD04? Release?
Replies: 64
Views: 28290

piaf wrote:In order to have a decent cooling while a "near silent" solution I want to have a large HS. So the stock ones fall a bit short.
A Big Shuriken is probably your best bet.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article964-page7.html

If you don't have an internal DVD drive there are a lot more options.
by Sunrise
Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 21141

So much wrong with this thread... Heat does rise with the square of the voltage and linearly with frequency for the same processor core. Although the stock q6600 g0 might put out roughly the same as the SPCR standard presler, the one tested was overclocked and overvolted giving significantly more he...
by Sunrise
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 21141

Does delta t / watt stay roughly constant with varying wattage? I haven't really given it much thought before, but the real question when considering a cooler is what processor I can keep at a 30-40C temperature rise over ambient at a given SPL, not how cool I can keep the processor. I realize you'd...