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by Lucky Luciano
Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looks like Thermaltake cleaned up their act
Replies: 3
Views: 3012

Looks like Thermaltake cleaned up their act

Gone are the days of flashy and misleading marketing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNtBTcWYVng
by Lucky Luciano
Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacement PSU fan (140mm)
Replies: 11
Views: 4847

Re: Replacement PSU fan (140mm)

I've opened the psu and fan(it was indeed a Globe fan). Noise source turned out to be fan blades somehow rubbing against the struts. I removed a spring that was pushing on the bearings and now the fan hangs lower. It's quieter now, tho there's still a bit of bearing rumble and the higher than desire...
by Lucky Luciano
Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacement PSU fan (140mm)
Replies: 11
Views: 4847

Re: Replacement PSU fan (140mm)

I paid for mine almost 70 euros but it was on sale. Normally it costs 100 euros! I don't see the value in buying a new PSU unless switching to a fanless one which is 150+. The only issue with buying a new fan is renouncing the 4 more years of warranty that I've got but my SPCR credentials say "do it...
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacement PSU fan (140mm)
Replies: 11
Views: 4847

Replacement PSU fan (140mm)

My SuperFlower PSU fan has never been very quiet but now it seems to have some bearing noise as well. According to a review it runs at 1200 rpm and since I never pull even 100 watts I guess a 900 rpm fan should do. Of course there's also the problem of low starting voltage and also whether a PWM fan...
by Lucky Luciano
Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 48
Views: 19929

Re: Windows 10

Even if you opt in it won't install automatically, it just downloads. What I worry at the moment is actually the HDD space the in-place upgrade might take as I only have a 120 GB SSD.
by Lucky Luciano
Wed May 20, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cheapest NAS with Plex media server (DLNA)?
Replies: 17
Views: 14822

Re: Cheapest NAS with Plex media server (DLNA)?

ASRock has a promising new Braswell mobo coming out - N3150DC-ITX. On-board Pentium CPU, 4 Sata ports and integrated DC psu to use with 19V power bricks. http://www.anandtech.com/show/9271/asro ... n-variants
by Lucky Luciano
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: CS550M alternatives
Replies: 11
Views: 6552

Re: CS550M alternatives

The click and tong are caused by the coupling/decoupling of a electromagnetic relay meant to avoid current surges: http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthr ... post109590
I have it too on my Superflower psu.
by Lucky Luciano
Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 3 ram sticks - not possible?
Replies: 4
Views: 1398

Re: 3 ram sticks - not possible?

The MB might not support 2+1 configs. See page 33(2-13) of the manual http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA ... -M_PRO.pdf
by Lucky Luciano
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Braswell motherboards
Replies: 53
Views: 49518

Re: Braswell motherboards

If they could squeeze in 4 SATA ports in instead of 2 that would make them great for home servers, especially for a home made NAS.
by Lucky Luciano
Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu - Is there a better fan?
Replies: 10
Views: 3979

Re: Scythe Kotetsu - Is there a better fan?

My Kotetsu fan vibrated a lot even at minimum speed. What I did was to ditch the lower fan clip and loosen the upper one so the fan hangs of it rather than being strongly pressed against the heatsink. Also, I've added some homemade silicone pads as pictured below. The difference is dramatic. The set...
by Lucky Luciano
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: noobie needs help
Replies: 17
Views: 8976

Re: noobie needs help

Buying a new case is a complete waste of money if all you want is the HDD noise going away. You should consider putting your HDD in that upper cage, above the horizontal fan mount. If you have some sanitary silicone at home you could improvise pads(5 mm thick should do it) that you can seat your HDD...
by Lucky Luciano
Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with 1080p gaming PC shopping list
Replies: 47
Views: 9080

Re: Help with 1080p gaming PC shopping list

If you buy the Silencio 550 you'll have to spend money on new fan(s) because the ones included are absolute $h!t. Very clicky, audible even from the other side of the room(the clicking, not the airflow). Also, the fan grill in the front has round punctured holes which are restrictive and make the fa...
by Lucky Luciano
Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Can't get below 40W idle on Haswell CPU.
Replies: 13
Views: 6486

Re: Can't get below 40W idle on Haswell CPU.

Make sure the settings mentioned in the link below are explicitly set as On or Enabled instead of Auto
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/di ... ing_2.html
by Lucky Luciano
Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASRock Fan Control
Replies: 8
Views: 10685

Re: ASRock Fan Control

EDIT: Tried it, fan always stays at full speed.

Can I control a 3pin fan on a 4pin header?

Or is it at least safe for the motherboard to connect one?
by Lucky Luciano
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Down the rabbit hole / PC horror stories
Replies: 8
Views: 5203

Re: Down the rabbit hole / PC horror stories

I mostly sing the harddrive blues. My first piece of misbehavin' was when I put our home hdd into my dad's pc at work and by connecting mine I caused the other hdd to fry. Luckily they had another broken hdd of the same make and by a miracle I managed to get the data back by swapping the electronics...
by Lucky Luciano
Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2942

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

You said "HDMI-DVI" the first time so I assumed your card had 1 DVI output and 1 HDMI output in which case my point stands.
If it has 2 DVI outputs then the cable should help you avoid the color/overscan issues altogether.
by Lucky Luciano
Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2942

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

It doesn't matter if you're using the monitor's DVI input or not. As long as you use the video card's HDMI output, the colorspace will be limited if(likely) windows/driver decides you've connected a a TV rather than a PC monitor. Since the monitors are identical it should be easy to notice any chang...
by Lucky Luciano
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2942

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

You might need to change a few settings like color space or overscan. See this guide https://pcmonitors.info/articles/correc ... -amd-gpus/
by Lucky Luciano
Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 272
Views: 347254

Re: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey

Benq EW2740L - completely silent, including the power brick. Is it common for monitors to make occasional loud "pop" noises after/during use? I've had this issue on most screens that I've had, and it flat-out prevents me from having a PC in the bedroom. Had this with an old CCFL monitor, a Fujitsu S...
by Lucky Luciano
Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Thermaltake Core V1 PSU
Replies: 4
Views: 3705

Re: Thermaltake Core V1 PSU

The core issue is that while I'd like a fanless/silent/semi-fanless PSU, I've bought the case in advance along with an Enermax Triathlor PSU - which turned out to be an ECO version, which does not have the Enermax "twister" fan - which would have been not a problem, if the case did not emit a low-p...
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My updated Solo
Replies: 34
Views: 15426

Re: My updated Solo

I managed to find rubber feet for just 50 cents a piece at an audio equipment store. :D
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Can I use extra olive virgin oil to lubricate a CPU fan?
Replies: 6
Views: 4218

Re: Can I use extra olive virgin oil to lubricate a CPU fan?

Vegetable oils are not good because they gunk up. My favourite is bicycle chain oil.
by Lucky Luciano
Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Alternative to Scythe QuietDrive
Replies: 27
Views: 13376

Re: Alternative to Scythe QuietDrive

Does it decrease engine noise significantly? That's my problem, not seek or vibration noise.

I might try some sort of cardboard enclosure first, if I can find some heatsinks that can stick out and keep the temps ok.
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 960 review compilation thread
Replies: 65
Views: 29846

Re: GTX 960 review compilation thread

Here the Asus Strix 960 is 260-270 euros. FML!
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Is there any fan control inside windows for Gigabyte Brix?
Replies: 7
Views: 4964

Re: Is there any fan control inside windows for Gigabyte Bri

At the risk of sounding patronising - did you change the PWM mode to manual as described here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1275-page2.html ?
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB
Replies: 14
Views: 10663

Re: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

I guess I exaggerated by calling it piercing but it's definitely higher pitched that my CCFL monitor whine. It's more like water flowing through old pipes, heard from another room.
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB
Replies: 14
Views: 10663

Re: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

I have the 2 TB version and while I easily got rid of vibration and seek noise with some silicone mounting, the engine noise is quite piercing, in the mid-high frequencies. The case damping doesn't do miracles and enough noise still escapes through the rear exhaust and probably through the front int...
by Lucky Luciano
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system, when powered down, turns itself back on in a sec
Replies: 5
Views: 1637

Re: New system, when powered down, turns itself back on in a

I have(or had) this problem with my current ASRock mobo. It hasn't appeared since I've disabled "wakeup on pattern match" and everything else wakeup-related except wakeup on magic packet in the Intel network adapter settings but I still can't exclude a motherboard bug. Of course try disabling the se...
by Lucky Luciano
Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need help choosing mATX case for powerful build
Replies: 18
Views: 9481

Re: Need help choosing mATX case for powerful build

Cooler Master Silencio 352 was on my shortlist but the primitive drive cage prevented me to buy it because I knew I was in for a lot of HDD noise. I got the old 550 instead which had plsatic HDD rails which at least I could replace with some silicone on the sides to get rid of seek noise. Otherwise ...
by Lucky Luciano
Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Need help optimizing my NAS/Mediaserver PC for low power.
Replies: 6
Views: 31328

Re: Need help optimizing my NAS/Mediaserver PC for low power

Xbitlabs made an article a while ago which also touched on the EPU feature.

One HDD consumes about 4-5 watts so there's 20-25 watts that you won't reduce unless you use power management.