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by Erelyes
Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Building your own fan controller.
Replies: 32
Views: 97527

Re: Building your own fan controller.

I have a related question, I'm not very electronics minded, though I can solder, heatshrink etc no problems (used to install car audio). I have an amplifier with a noisy 80mm, 24 volt fan. Was wanting to replace with a 120mm Sycthe 500rpm 12v fan. (current draw 0.07amps). Would just wiring it up to ...
by Erelyes
Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: TJ08-E, going for near silent
Replies: 12
Views: 13377

Re: TJ08-E, going for near silent

Interesting that you found the 180mm air penetrator noisy. I was considering hacking up my cheap case to fit one in the front but since you say it's noisy... I wonder if it's sample variance as the SPCR review indicated it was 'acceptable' at low speed and with 9-10v. If I may make a critical observ...
by Erelyes
Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Lots of PWM fan questions.
Replies: 2
Views: 1561

Lots of PWM fan questions.

My motherboard's fan control (Asus Fan Xpert) only controls fanspeed via PWM, not voltage. I am hence in the market for PWM fans. I have four options here; Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 (300-1350rpm) (~$21 NZD) (FDB) Scythe Slip Stream (0 -1300rpm) (~$25 NZD) (Sleeve) Zaward Golf Fan G2 (300-1300rpm) (~...
by Erelyes
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which tool do you use to measure video card temps?
Replies: 7
Views: 1691

Re: Which tool do you use to measure video card temps?

Furmark will do the stresstesting, display temps (also graph them), display GPU voltage, and also display fanspeed as an RPM and a percentage. In short, one app that will do everything you need for measuring. If you need to actually modify settings - that's when you want to progress to MSI afterburn...
by Erelyes
Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is there a case that gives me everything? Quiet, cool, USB3
Replies: 14
Views: 3704

Re: Is there a case that gives me everything? Quiet, cool,

Where is the case located when you're using it? I have a Phantom (old version), which sits on the floor next to me (on my left). Due to the dual fans in the top of the case there is a direct path from the CPU cooler fan to my ear, so would not recommend any case with top fans (such as either the old...
by Erelyes
Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?
Replies: 8
Views: 2425

Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

There is also a program called http://ssd-life.com/ that does much the same.
by Erelyes
Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H10 Fanless microATX Case
Replies: 26
Views: 8984

Re: HDPLEX H10 Fanless microATX Case

Johnsy wrote:The caption beneath the first photo on page 2 reads:

Like most fanless cases, a series of aluminum fins stick out at the sides to dissipate heat. They are 5.0 cm thick at the base and 3.1 cm at the tip.

I think that should be 0.5cm and 0.31cm
Or rather mm, rather than cm.
by Erelyes
Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: News for 2011-02-15
Replies: 5
Views: 3000

Re: News for 2011-02-15

Easy way around it is to not buy a Sandforce based drive unless you have enough money to buy a 160GB or larger drive. I always thought the "extended capacity" versions were a marketing mistake anyway. OCZ has way to many model numbers in their SSD lines and a few too many SSD lines on top of that. ...
by Erelyes
Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is involved in replacing CPU cooler?
Replies: 9
Views: 1286

Re: What is involved in replacing CPU cooler?

1. Unplug stock CPU fan 2. (for intel) twist all four pushpins anticlockwise, and pull them gently upwards to unseat them 3. pull CPU cooler upwards (may need to gently wiggle/twist to remove it) 4. remove old TIM (the goop) from the CPU by adding a few drops of cleaning solution (I used Articlean h...
by Erelyes
Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i3 530 vs. 550 for silence
Replies: 11
Views: 2618

Re: Core i3 530 vs. 550 for silence

The 550 is really the same processor as the 530. It's just binned higher (better quality), hence why they clock it a little higher.

If you got a 550 and underclocked it to 530 speeds they would be indistinguishable in performance and power usage. The 550 would be marginally more reliable longterm.
by Erelyes
Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How long can a car battery power delivery 500 Watts for[?]
Replies: 4
Views: 2701

Re: How long can a car battery power delivery 500 Watts for

Andy is completely right. Draining a normal car battery more than a few times will kill it. You want a deep cycle. I did some researching and some Exide deep cycle commercial batteries have a 200 minute reserve capacity @ 20A. (about 240w) (http://www.exide.com/portal/server.pt/community/transportat...
by Erelyes
Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:39 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is it possible to get POWER and silence?
Replies: 20
Views: 2327

Re: Is it possible to get POWER and silence?

From whatI've been advised here Intel seems to offer slightly nbbetter performance at pres . They always leap frog though I guess. I think that's an understatement. Pretty much anything AMD offers that isn't a bargain-price part now looks obsolete. Except perhaps the 6-cores, which look agricultura...
by Erelyes
Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Moving a 4k sector drive from XP to 7
Replies: 3
Views: 1049

Re: Moving a 4k sector drive from XP to 7

"Doing the partition align with WD Tool" is the same thing that Windows Vista/7 do on a new (i.e. unpartitioned) drive, so there should be no problem when moving to 7. If you go the jumper way Windows 7 will actually misalign the partition if you try to repartition the drive with it. If you keep yo...
by Erelyes
Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Moving a 4k sector drive from XP to 7
Replies: 3
Views: 1049

Moving a 4k sector drive from XP to 7

Hi all. I just bought a 2TB WD20EARS. Currently use WinXP Home. I'll be using it as a secondary drive, i.e. not installing an OS on it. It's a 4k sector drive ("advanced format"). I have the option of installing a jumper or doing the partition align. My problem is- that I'll be only using the drive ...
by Erelyes
Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD20EARS or WD20EADS? What about seagate's 2tb drive?
Replies: 60
Views: 104450

Re: Re:

I'm exactly the market you describe - and this feature is a problem. I would have nothing against it if we talk about shutdown after minutes of inactivity. But 8 seconds is simply idiotic, and there is nothing you can say to change my mind about that. 8 seconds is simply too short timeout for any s...
by Erelyes
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Got an SSD for performance and silence, but what about TRIM?
Replies: 62
Views: 24197

Re: Got an SSD for performance and silence, but what about T

This is probably an idiotic question, but I can't see it mentioned in the thread.
Have you checked BIOS settings to ensure AHCI is enabled?
by Erelyes
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Unofficial way to play the original WoW as a Worgen?
Replies: 5
Views: 1364

Re: Unofficial way to play the original WoW as a Worgen?

Play on a friend's PC that has Cata?
Internet/gaming cafe?
Work for blizzard?

Those are about your only legal options...
by Erelyes
Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD20EARS or WD20EADS? What about seagate's 2tb drive?
Replies: 60
Views: 104450

Re: Re:

Issue with head parking is not that it does many times (i don't care at all). What i care for and why this "feature" is bad is response time. It takes few seconds for a drive to "wake up" from this state. With good OS-side caching and some downloading it can happen to you that you will start the dr...
by Erelyes
Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD20EARS or WD20EADS? What about seagate's 2tb drive?
Replies: 60
Views: 104450

Re:

I've just bought a WD20EARS, because the dollar rules. It's going to just store FLAC backups of my CDs, so if it fails, no biggee. We'll see how it goes. It's like the cam belt in a car. You replace it after so many thousands of miles, even though it isn't broken. To use another automotive analogy -...
by Erelyes
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrade suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Re: Upgrade suggestions

I've been also checking the Corsair H50/H70 liquid coolers. Check the relevant SPCR review: I mean they should be avoided as noisy (and not an exceptional performer the H50). Yep. Unless lack of space and need for speed clash (e.g. ITX gaming build) then avoid. They are great for that purpose but o...
by Erelyes
Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ review)
Replies: 20
Views: 6488

Re: What should SPCR review? (offshoot of Accelero Xtreme+ r

I also wondered Mike, out of the silent PC enthusiasts, what percentage games? It would be an interesting poll. To me, the challenge of building a PC that is effectively silent (e.g. cannot be heard above noise floor) is all but gone. The challenge now lies in building a PC that is effectively silen...
by Erelyes
Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Consumer SSD Battle
Replies: 58
Views: 13531

Re: Consumer SSD Battle: WD vs. OCZ vs. Intel

A lot of people are saying that AMD's Cool'n'Quiet and C1E has a huge impact on speeds. I haven't tried disabling those features, but I do see that HDTune's read speed goes up with each CPU core I load with Prime95. Loading all four cores gives me maximum SSD performance. :O Oh, and specific to the...
by Erelyes
Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Achieving 6 V from serial connection in practice.
Replies: 3
Views: 2895

Re: Achieving 6 V from serial connection in practice.

It's not hard to learn how to make electrical joins. In practice, if you are OK hardwiring the fans, then what you can do is: 1. Cut the Ground wire from one of the fans (let's call it A). Ground is usually black. We'll keep the plug for this fan. http://www.marnscda.com/Guide/3Pin12vMB.jpg 2. Cut a...
by Erelyes
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How many devices can hang on one MOLEX?
Replies: 4
Views: 605

It depends on the wire gauge on your particular molex. The thinner the wire, the less current it can handle.

As a rule of thumb, if you can feel warmth anywhere along the cable, it's being overstressed.
by Erelyes
Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboard controlling fan speed?
Replies: 2
Views: 858

It won't affect the PSU fan speed.

I know it can affect the CPU fan speed; you can do this with Easytune 6.

Dunno if this extends to case fan headers.

http://www.giga-byte.co.uk/products/pro ... l=1#manual (second from bottom for english version)
by Erelyes
Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a 20-23" monitor, any recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1444

LG W2252TQ is what I use. 1680x1050, 22"

Think the W2253TQ is the model after, which has higher resolution (1080p?)

Superb monitors.
by Erelyes
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What size case do you prefer?
Replies: 24
Views: 5004

If I had my way I'd have a wide, very shallow desktop ATX case. Tall enough to house top end graphics cards, and with the optical / HDDs mounted beside the mobo instead of in front. (long box) I like it. The short path from the front fans to the rear would give great airflow to the graphics cards, ...
by Erelyes
Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Scythe Gekkou - a new case from Akihabara
Replies: 9
Views: 4381

I like it. I hope the sound material is of sufficient density, type to make a difference. In terms of layout etc it looks pretty good, although it could have had a separate chamber for the PSU and a bit more cable management space.
by Erelyes
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best fan to Thermalright Venomous-X
Replies: 6
Views: 1618

Depending on the case the Thermalright fan should be inaudible. Aren't they the same Sony FDB used in Scythe S-Flex? If so, the SlipStream would (at least hierarchically) be a step backwards in bearing quality, and perhaps noise.