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by BD Hopkins
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright HR-22 CPU Heatsink
Replies: 21
Views: 38856

Re: Thermalright HR-22 CPU Heatsink

For all the danger of weight and mounting system, and for the high price of 100 dollars, this thing needed to best all air coolers. It didn't, not in any situation or setting. A good cooler, to be sure, but all things considered, it's a sub-optimal purchase.
by BD Hopkins
Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-22 spotted
Replies: 13
Views: 9125

Re: Thermalright HR-22 spotted

I stand corrected. I didn't realize those twin tower coolers were so heavy. edit : The inferior mounting mechanism in the Orochi must be the deciding factor, then, otherwise by their own reasoning they should have opted out of reviewing those twin tower beasts. I find this strange, though, because w...
by BD Hopkins
Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright HR-22 spotted
Replies: 13
Views: 9125

Re: Thermalright HR-22 spotted

This weighs about the same as the Scythe Orochi. Even with better mounting hardware, I can't see SPCR reviewing it for the same reason they refused to review the Orochi: it weights too damn much and is a danger to motherboards when mounted sideways.
by BD Hopkins
Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: NoFan CR-95C Copper Fanless CPU Cooler
Replies: 44
Views: 40853

Re: NoFan CR-95C Copper Fanless CPU Cooler

Think what this thing might do with just one fan strapped to/near it!

Like the last two posters, I'm curious. More than that, actually. :)
by BD Hopkins
Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
Replies: 39
Views: 32396

Re: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

Re: the availability of the reviewed Phantek model:
They will be available to be purchased separately in the near future.
http://phanteks.com/forum/showthread.ph ... anteks-fan
by BD Hopkins
Wed May 29, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scythe
Replies: 19
Views: 14941

Re: Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scy

Thanks for the second 140mm roundup Gotta love when an $11 fan tops the chart. ++ Although with shipping, I can't find it for less than $13. Amazon has it at $12.17, but to get free shipping on it you must spend more than $25. But at least it's available, unlike the Phanteks. Even so, whatever you ...
by BD Hopkins
Sat May 25, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
Replies: 39
Views: 32396

Re: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

oldabelincoln: good catch. The model SPCR reviewed appears to come only with the PH-TC14PE cooler (80+ USD), even outside of the U.S. :(
by BD Hopkins
Fri May 24, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
Replies: 39
Views: 32396

Re: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

In addition to the first three fans I mentioned, there are literally 6 other 140mm fans that come in under 11 USD. Maybe it's a mountain of crap, or maybe there are some real gems in there. I know many will want premium fans like the two 140mm Noiseblocker models tested given their good lineage, but...
by BD Hopkins
Fri May 24, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
Replies: 39
Views: 32396

Re: 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek

140mm reviews are here! Thank you! It's nice to have a clear winner this time. Upcoming 140mm test suggestions (with reasons): Yate Loon D14- XX -12 series. At 9 or 10 USD, they're among the cheapest fans you can buy. They've been around longer than any 140mm fan I know. They come in basic black. I...
by BD Hopkins
Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseblock
Replies: 22
Views: 14375

Re: Fan Roundup #7: Antec, be quiet!, Corsair, GELID, Noiseb

we were tempted to cut away the flow straightener but decided to wait for SilverStone to offer a version without it. Sweet merciful jebus, cut away that straightener! We could have a gem on our hands with some modification! Also, 120mm is helpful and even necessary for some people, but so many othe...
by BD Hopkins
Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Rosewill Silent Night 500 Platinum 80 Plus
Replies: 18
Views: 9607

Re: Rosewill Silent Night 500 Platinum 80 Plus

Rumour has it that all of these minor shortcomings will be addressed in its successor, HolyNight.
by BD Hopkins
Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY
Replies: 36
Views: 23149

Re: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit DC3217BY

New, cheaper Intel NUC (w/ Celeron 847 & lower-clocked GPU) coming next month

And then perhaps an i5, USB 3.0 version after that (heat issues?), followed by an NUC with Haswell after that.
by BD Hopkins
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140 mm case fans
Replies: 1
Views: 9821

Re: 140 mm case fans

Not bad, but you're missing a bunch. Here are more from my previous post on horizontally-mounted 140 mm candidates: Ball Bearing BGears B-Blaster BG01565 Two Ball Bearing 1800 RPM Koolance FAN-14025HBK Two Ball Bearing 2200 RPM Rifle Bearing (Sleeve Bearing but allegedly lubricated between top of sh...
by BD Hopkins
Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive
Replies: 16
Views: 8270

Re: Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive

For a hi-cap storage drive it's between the WD20EARS and this 5K3000. The Hitachi gives more noise for more speed. If it's within my noise threshold, I'm golden. But I don't think I'll know before buying the drive.
by BD Hopkins
Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fan choices, horizontally mounted
Replies: 52
Views: 22714

Re: 140mm fan choices, horizontally mounted

I've added fans by Apevia, Lian Li, Phobya, Prolimatech, and Thermaltake ... yet none to the ball bearing list. :(
by BD Hopkins
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fan choices, horizontally mounted
Replies: 52
Views: 22714

Re: 140mm fan choices, horizontally mounted

Yeah, I didn't add the Thermalright TY-140 because its dimensions were funky and it is PWM. AFAIK, a rifle bearing is indeed a type of sleeve bearing. I separated it because I read that it has a "spiral groove in it that pumps fluid from a reservoir. This allows them to be safely mounted horizontall...
by BD Hopkins
Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fan choices, horizontally mounted
Replies: 52
Views: 22714

Re: 140mm fan choices, horizontally mounted

Now more than ever is the time for SPCR to do a 140mm fan roundup; the 140mm market is glutted. As I'm also in the market for a horizontally-mounted 140mm fan, I'll list some of what's available by bearing type: Ball Bearing BGears B-Blaster BG01565 Two Ball Bearing 1800 RPM Koolance FAN-14025HBK Tw...
by BD Hopkins
Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: In Win Dragon Rider Enthusiast/Gaming Tower
Replies: 4
Views: 2451

Re: In Win Dragon Rider Enthusiast/Gaming Tower

Ug. I remember when InWin had the classiest case of the Pentium II era: http://www.darkforc.es/images/forums/a500_1.jpg http://www.darkforc.es/images/forums/a500_2.jpg And if you wanted dragon parts, you'd have to settle for 'claw' on the box it shipped in: http://www.darkforc.es/images/forums/a500_...
by BD Hopkins
Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Musashi Dual Fan GPU Cooler [updated results]
Replies: 30
Views: 22156

Is CPU-Z the gold standard for measuring VRM temps on graphics cards under Windows XP?
by BD Hopkins
Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Musashi Dual Fan GPU Cooler [updated results]
Replies: 30
Views: 22156

As a result the VRM temperatures were a lot higher than the stock solution, even if the main heatsink was able to cool the GPU core more efficiently. Even if the more relevant information here is how far you can push the graphics card without crashing it in the pursuit of silence, this review begs ...
by BD Hopkins
Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 68146

I'm considering this PSU, but I'm concerned about SATA 3 compatability. The Seasonic warranty covers an excellent 5 years, but SATA 3 is due out within a year, if not sooner. I couldn't stomach paying $200+ dollars for a PSU to see it become obsolete in such a short time. This new Seasonic is comple...
by BD Hopkins
Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Smallish LGA775 Heatsink Roundup - Part 2
Replies: 14
Views: 8389

Thank for you taking the time to do this review. From a viewpoint that embraces relatively minimalist case dimensions and collateral cooling for the MOSFET and voltage regulators, I appreciate this two-part investigation into top-down coolers. That said, why weren't the Noctua NH-C12P results inclu...
by BD Hopkins
Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Smallish LGA775 Heatsink Roundup - Part 2
Replies: 14
Views: 8389

Thank for you taking the time to do this review. From a viewpoint that embraces relatively minimalist case dimensions and collateral cooling for the MOSFET and voltage regulators, I appreciate this two-part investigation into top-down coolers. That said, why weren't the Noctua NH-C12P results includ...
by BD Hopkins
Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PSU Fundamentals & Recommendations
Replies: 200
Views: 178785

The "Reviewed" link for the Antec CP-850 goes to the Modu82+ 625 review.

And now that I have your attention, I'd like to say thank you for running this site and providing these unique resources. This really is a special place on the internet.