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by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD 7000 cards + Virtu = GPU fan off at idle?
Replies: 19
Views: 10754

Re: AMD 7000 cards + Virtu = GPU fan off at idle?

Please let me know your thoughts and help me correct any false info above. My thought is that I'm interested in knowing this also. If the GPU turns off, I could use one system for thinking work AND for gaming -- rather then having two computers. Does anyone have an AMD HD 7970 HD 7950 HD 7770 or HD...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can I fit a passive GPU cooler in my SFF machine?
Replies: 1
Views: 905

Re: Can I fit a passive GPU cooler in my SFF machine?

Hi, I have a trusted fujitsu siemens E5615 that I want to equip with a new graphics card. I have found some Radeon HD 5440 that seem to qualify (half-height, DMS 59 connector). However all available cards seem to be actively cooled. Why do you need a "DMS 59 connector" rather then a dual-link DVI a...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: VESA-mount case for full-sized graphics card?
Replies: 5
Views: 4588

Re: VESA-mount case for full-sized graphics card?

To revive an old thread: Gigabyte GB-AEGT barebone 24" full HD screen, socket 1155 with room for a dual slot graphic card. That Gigabyte barebone computer looks good, but it would need to be at or under $500. I also expect that it will limit the power of the video card to "mainstream" cards that us...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 2600K,GTX570 build feedback
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: 2600K,GTX570 build feedback

Futureproofing for 6 years probably won't work out. However, you can probably get away with a decent build for now and have a CPU/GPU refresh in a few years without replacing the rest of the system. Futureproofing for 6 years is impossible. If you buy at the right time, you should be able to get 3-...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Bored by Lian-li 354 , case recomandation needed
Replies: 1
Views: 996

Re: Bored by Lian-li 354 , case recomandation needed

tedious noise coming from the hard disk cage. Are you in need of a new case (bored), or do you have a drive noise problem? I need to store 4 3,5 sata drive What drives do you have that are making the noise? You might be best served by buying some low-power drives. Two TB Eco/Green/LP drives are sel...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC + Gaming
Replies: 1
Views: 618

Re: HTPC + Gaming

I never understand the desire for a small system. They are not normally as quiet as a large system and have a lot less performance. They cost just as much as a full-sized system, and sometimes they cost more. I think you should get more powerful components, if you plan on using this system to play g...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: supermicro CSE-510T-200B
Replies: 4
Views: 1824

Re: supermicro CSE-510T-200B

And it needs to stay 1U, I don't have space to put a fan on top. Thank you. I don't know what to recommend. All the small fans that I have seen are either quiet or move a noticeable quantity of air. None of them do both. I would install the Atom board and disconnect the front fans and the mid-case ...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Diagnose system not booting with ATI 5770 graphics card
Replies: 7
Views: 1246

Re: Diagnose system not booting with ATI 5770 graphics card

...but the computer powering the graphics card would have to be on whenever you want to use the computer with the 5770. I think that the OP is only going to run this odd power situation for a few hours. Once he has tested everything, and found out if the non-boot is due to his power situation, he w...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Diagnose system not booting with ATI 5770 graphics card
Replies: 7
Views: 1246

Re: Diagnose system not booting with ATI 5770 graphics card

If both PCs are plugged into the same power strip, I don't see why this would not be a useful and (likely) harmless test. The same power strip is important as this means they will share a ground, past any conditioning or protection. To be 100% sure that the test will be complete, you could switch al...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek Loki SD963 (K8), compatible with 939 mobo?
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

Re: Xigmatek Loki SD963 (K8), compatible with 939 mobo?

Sooty wrote:An ASUS A8V Deluxe
I can't find a manual for this board online. You could get a fan speed controller. I use two of the the Zalman Fanmate units in my computer.
Sooty wrote:Can a PWM fan be controlled by voltage, rather than PWM?
Yes, so you can use the normal voltage-reducing fan speed control methods.
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for case advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1356

Re: Looking for case advice

The Antec Solo has much thicker walls then the other two. If you keep your case for a long time you will appreciate that the solo does not bend and dent. Thin steel vibrates and makes noise. You have to add weight to thin walls to deaden the noise. A set of sound dampening mats & blocks will run $25...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for case advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1356

Re: Looking for case advice

My previous pc is five years old and now the mobo has given up on me. So, I want something that will last as long as possible. It is best to have a system last a long time. It is better for the environment, as it causes less "e-waste". Also, building PC's is a skill that has a close-to-zero value. ...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: supermicro CSE-510T-200B
Replies: 4
Views: 1824

Re: supermicro CSE-510T-200B

What parts do you plan on putting in this case? Where is the computer going to live while it is working? Do you still need the case to fit into the U1 slot? (If you do not need the case to be U1, you could cut holes for top-mounted 120mm fans. It is hard to achieve a full-power system that is both c...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A fanless home file server
Replies: 15
Views: 10936

Re: A fanless home file server

Fantastic case! Perhaps I should say fan-less-tastic case. How did you cut the motherboard ports out of 1.5 mm sheets? (Laser?) Why do you need to run Microsoft Windows XP? I ask because you could also run a router on the box, and save the 6-25 watts that a good WiFi router uses contently. You would...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: New BIOS available for Foxconn H67S - Version A41F1P01 07/22
Replies: 3
Views: 2516

Re: New BIOS available for Foxconn H67S - Version A41F1P01 0

That is one of the best ITX boards for silent computer builds. The reason that this Foxconn board is good for silent builds is that a large CPU cooler can be used. It will not hit the video card in the single PCI-E slot. Most ITX LGA1155 boards have the socket too close for a normal 120mm cooler to ...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: which lightweight silent laptop?
Replies: 1
Views: 9382

Re: which lightweight silent laptop?

I had a Toshiba portege r835-p56x, this laptop is good but the fan noise is annoying, I end up returning it. If it is silent it would be perfect. Any recommendation for laptop with similar size,weight and performance but silent ? Dell makes a Atom (AKA slow) laptop that has no fan. If you buy it wi...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: VESA-mount case for full-sized graphics card?
Replies: 5
Views: 4588

Re: VESA-mount case for full-sized graphics card?

No quite, but I've seen two that allow a full size graphics card and double as a monitor stand. Chieftec BL-01B . Here's a review by overclockersclub . Wow! This case looks amazing. I remember looking at the reviews when it came out. I dismissed the case because some of the reviews said that the ca...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: My new NZXT H2. pics, comments, temps, acoustics etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 9271

Re: My new NZXT H2. pics, comments, temps, acoustics etc.

Nice write-up about your system. What are your idle temps? How many threads are you running in Prime 95? Many people have complained that the front fans on the NZXT H2 are not quiet. Despite the consistently reported problem, many people buy the H2 and NZXT does not update the case with quiet fans. ...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Nvidia Card to fit Coolermaster 534 Centurion
Replies: 4
Views: 1326

Re: Nvidia Card to fit Coolermaster 534 Centurion

fit my Coolermaster Centurion 534 case People say that your case can hold a video card that is about 9.75 inches long -- as long as an ATX board is wide. I do not know anything about the lengths of Nvidia cards. Unless you use CUDA-accelerated applications, there is no reason to buy an Nvidia-based...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: power consumption: Win 7 vs Ubuntu 11.04
Replies: 3
Views: 5054

Re: power consumption: Win 7 vs Ubuntu 11.04

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=windows_ubuntu_pow&num=1 Save yourself the fcing annoying Phoronix layer ads, and nine ad filled pages. (They really need to get their content-to-ad ratio above one.) Conclusion: With similar workloads, for the most part the power consumption is co...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Atom VS Pentium 4 - IT IS ON!
Replies: 25
Views: 8262

Re: Atom VS Pentium 4 - IT IS ON!

A few days ago I was using a old Toshiba gaming laptop. It had a P4 with a 64 megabyte "geforce" video card, and it was noticeably faster then the netbook at general usage while being noticeably louder. Both systems had Microsoft Windows XP. I looked at a few measurements done by Anandtech with the ...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mobo without video ports
Replies: 8
Views: 1866

Re: Mobo without video ports

Hi Jim, I plan on using the two displays I currently own -- a 30-inch display with a native resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, and the 24-incher at 1920 x 1200. Currently, they're connected to the DVI ports of an nvidia gpu installed in a (noisy) six-year old Dell tower. Hi! I understand why you wou...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatek Loki SD963 (K8), compatible with 939 mobo?
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

Re: Xigmatek Loki SD963 (K8), compatible with 939 mobo?

Thanks for the info, Jim :) You are welcome. One other question: is it possible to adjust the coolers fan speed using that mobo's BIOS? It's a 2800rpm fan, believed to be PWM with a start up voltage of 7v, and I want it at 1200rpm. Do you know the model name of your motherboard? BIOS control of fan...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mobo without video ports
Replies: 8
Views: 1866

Re: Mobo without video ports

On[e] thing though. According to the specs for the mobo that's currently selected in my order, it support "supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz". Since that's clearly not enough for the 30" display, does this mean I should look for a mother board that can support dual monitors? Wha...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:36 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Pictured walk-through of assembling quiet SFF gaming system
Replies: 2
Views: 2138

Re: Pictured walk-through of assembling quiet SFF gaming sys

I recently rebuilt my SO's desktop system with new motherboard, cooler and fans. The resulting system is compact, pretty and quiet gaming rig. Nice computer. You should give more details on how you made/found the acrylic "S" and where to find the foam rubber that will not degrade when it gets hot. ...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mobo without video ports
Replies: 8
Views: 1866

Re: Mobo without video ports

Currently deciding on the makeup of a BTO computer, and have a basic question about the mobo. Since I'll be using a 30" monitor and a 24" monitor side-by-side, I guess that means I'll need to install a discrete graphics card. In that case, is there any advantage (in terms of less heat, noise, clutt...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I'm going for an external psu
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Re: I'm going for an external psu

I see the specs for the 10G card - 10 watts The two PCI cards are 8 watts each It isn't as bad as I thought. There is no link to medicine (I was referring to the electrodacus 130 watt pico from ebay), its a security appliance. So roughly: 45w cpu 20w motherboard 16w PCI 24w PCIe 10w disks So 115ish...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fan Control on Sandy Bridge/Fractal R3 system
Replies: 32
Views: 5745

Re: Fan Control on Sandy Bridge/Fractal R3 system

I read up on this drive a lot, and agree that it would fit my needs well (just need to update the firmware on it) I would not want to risk updating the firmware on a hard drive unless the manufacture said that I should. Most non-motherboard parts do not have any way to recover for a incorrect or in...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Antec Solo - maximum size video card
Replies: 2
Views: 2101

Re: Antec Solo - maximum size video card

Does anybody know the maximum length video card the Antec Solo will accommodate without modifying the drive cage? I've run a few searches at this forum with no luck. I am apparently not choosing the right search phrase. SPCR topic here, I am sure that more topics could be found. It appears that 10 ...
by Dr. Jim Pomatter
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I'm going for an external psu
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Re: I'm going for an external psu

Looking for the good oil. That is what we recommend you buy. In this place, people often recommend expensive stuff. I am going to guess that you do not speak English as your native language, and that this idea is a direct translation of your language slang. I'm building: Custom SFF case ATX Z68 boa...