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by birthdaymonkey
Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 92003

Re: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread

Haven't been on here in years, but just wanted to chime in on the EVGA 1070 FTW. My first video card upgrade in five years and I am really disappointed in it. The quality control in these is atrocious. I've tried THREE brand new cards now and all three have been more or less the same. The fans are ...
by birthdaymonkey
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Arc XL Case
Replies: 2
Views: 4063

Re: Fractal Design Arc XL Case

I have had the Define XL R2 for around a year now and really love it.

It had issues--I had to contact fractal to get longer motherboard standoffs, and the stock "Silent" series fans are crap, even at 5v. But with Noctua P14s all round at 5v, I never hear my computer anymore.
by birthdaymonkey
Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fan to match D12SL-12
Replies: 3
Views: 2301

Re: 140mm fan to match D12SL-12

If the 14cm fans that came with my Define XL R2 are any indication, the Fractal fans are bad at any voltage. So whatever you pick should be an improvement. However, are you sure you really need a side intake? I've never found them to be much use (in my experience -- I've never done SLI/Crossfire). T...
by birthdaymonkey
Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My Seagate HDD is just to loud
Replies: 10
Views: 8976

Re: My Seagate HDD is just to loud

I had a single WD Red 2 TB mounted in elastic suspension, but once everything else in my system was really silenced (I'm down to three 14cm Noctua fans at 5v in a Define XL R2) the drive started to annoy me with its noise. I swapped it out for one of the Samsung F4s that I had been using for backup,...
by birthdaymonkey
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Request to SPCR Plz Review: MSI TriFrozr Lightning gtx 780
Replies: 18
Views: 7049

Re: Request to SPCR Plz Review: MSI TriFrozr Lightning gtx 7

The idle results are brilliant, the fan will even turn itself off when the GPU idles. There are some SPCR forum member that are going for it, maybe one of the could confirm this. I have the MSI Gaming N760 and have yet to see the fans switch off at idle. The min value reported by Hardware Monitor i...
by birthdaymonkey
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Galaxy GTX Hall of Fame?
Replies: 3
Views: 3113

Re: Galaxy GTX Hall of Fame?

I would second the MSI. I recently bought the Gaming series 760, which has the same cooler as the 770. It is inaudible at idle in a Fractal Define XL R2 with two Noctua 140mm fans running at 5v. If I try to hear the GPU under a heavy load, I can just make it out in a silent room with my head close t...
by birthdaymonkey
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?
Replies: 10
Views: 5955

Re: Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?

I've had three Ultrasharps (a 2211 and two 2412s) and never noticed any sound from them. I'm pretty sensitive to coil whine and related high pitch noises too. I'm also in the process of trying to get a good U2713HM. I've been sent four monitor so far and they all have had backlight bleed and pixel d...
by birthdaymonkey
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 780 and Titan
Replies: 8
Views: 7645

Re: GTX 780 and Titan

Thanks for the replies, gents. I've also heard quite a few other positive comments about the cooler on the MSI Gaming lineup, which also comes on other 700-series cards. I used to have a DCII 670, which was wonderfully quiet, but I sold that and added a Sapphire 7950 because I was into mining bitcoi...
by birthdaymonkey
Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 780 and Titan
Replies: 8
Views: 7645

GTX 780 and Titan

Much has been made of the improvement in the quality of the fans/cooler on the GTX 780 and Titan.

Can anyone comment on whether they're up to SPCR standards (for idling at least)?
by birthdaymonkey
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is there a safe bet Z77 board?
Replies: 13
Views: 6646

Re: Is there a safe bet Z77 board?

I'm not sure what it is that's making the remaining electrical noise. It could very well be PSU or graphics card. It's so faint that I can't localize it, and like I said I have to put my ear to the case to notice it. All I can hear now from my seating position is a *very* gentle wooshing from my 7v ...
by birthdaymonkey
Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is there a safe bet Z77 board?
Replies: 13
Views: 6646

Re: Is there a safe bet Z77 board?

I splurged and got the P8Z77-V Pro. I can happily report that it's a lot quieter than the ASRock board. There's still a very quiet electrical noise coming from my machine, but it's so faint I can only hear it with my ear beside the case. This motherboard feels so much more sturdy than the Extreme4. ...
by birthdaymonkey
Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is there a safe bet Z77 board?
Replies: 13
Views: 6646

Re: Is there a safe bet Z77 board?

Sounds like Asus is a good bet then. I guess I should have stuck with them in the first place. I'd just heard so many good things about ASRock lately.

Thanks for the suggestions!
by birthdaymonkey
Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is there a safe bet Z77 board?
Replies: 13
Views: 6646

Is there a safe bet Z77 board?

I just got an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and RMA'd it because of a faint (but quite audible over my 7v Nexus 120s) high pitch coil whine. The replacement board they sent me exhibits the same problem... so it seems the whine is a feature, not a bug. I know it's the board because the system was working very ...
by birthdaymonkey
Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Silent CPU cooler for Intel i3
Replies: 17
Views: 16284

Re: Silent CPU cooler for Intel i3

I have a Sandy Bridge G620 with a Noctua NH-C12P that's running fanless in a Silverstone GD05 with Nexus 120mm case fans at 5v. Last I tested it, it didn't get above the low 50s running Intel Burn Test. Those cases have really good airflow to the CPU area. The NH-C12P is not cheap by any means, but ...
by birthdaymonkey
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 28255

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

I have the Asus 670 DCII and can report that it's quieter at idle than Nexus 120s at 7v. Subjective assessment, of course.
by birthdaymonkey
Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Thermalr
Replies: 84
Views: 37164

Re: Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Ther

Interesting to hear confirmation of the tonal noise of the higher RPM Gentle Typhoons. I currently have two of these sitting idle in my box o' fans for this very reason. One of these is the 1850 RPM mentioned in the article, but the other is an 1150, which unfortunately exhibits the ringing tone whe...
by birthdaymonkey
Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: beginning to suspect PSU for coil whine
Replies: 6
Views: 2911

Re: beginning to suspect PSU for coil whine

I would listen to the system with the case open and easily accessible in order to try and pinpoint where the noise is coming from. You might want to use a cardboard tube (such as from an empty paper towel roll) up to your ear to help determine the source of the noise. Motherboards also have coils t...
by birthdaymonkey
Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: beginning to suspect PSU for coil whine
Replies: 6
Views: 2911

beginning to suspect PSU for coil whine

I'm experiencing a piercing high pitch noise from my system. As I quiet fans and hard drives better, it becomes more and more annoying. Possible culprits: CPU - loading the CPU with Prime95 or IntelBurnTest has no effect GPU - replaced a 6950 with a 670 and the noise remained exactly the same. I do ...
by birthdaymonkey
Sat May 26, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 15644

Re: GTX 670 launched

I picked up the regular Asus 670 DCII (non-TOP) from Newegg. I'll be posting here with my impressions once it arrives and I get it installed. I'm currently using a 6970 with AC Twin Turbo II (stock fan assembly replaced by two Scythe Kama Flow 92mm fans), so I will be comparing it to a pretty quiet ...
by birthdaymonkey
Thu May 24, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 15644

Re: GTX 670 launched

Looks like major retailers got some stock of the Asus cards today. Newegg.ca and NCIX are both showing availability in Canada, and, I assume, the US.

Oh my poor wallet. This is so tempting.
by birthdaymonkey
Tue May 22, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which GTX560 Ti is the most quiet?
Replies: 27
Views: 15230

Re: Which GTX560 Ti is the most quiet?

Is it hard to flash the BIOS on the Gigabyte card? I have the Gigabyte GTX560 Ti non-OC, and the minimum clock speed isn't low enough for me (I think it's set to 40%). To answer the OP - I have the dual-fan version: it's quiet at idle (barely audible), but I can definitely single out the fan noise ...
by birthdaymonkey
Mon May 21, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 2828

Re: Silent HTPC

I'd say you definitely don't need the quad core if you're only doing 1080p and Office. You could compromise and go with the A6 (tri core), which would give you a bit of extra muscle just in case. The C12P should be compatible with FM1--AFAIK FM1 uses exactly the same mounting system as AM2, AM2+, a...
by birthdaymonkey
Mon May 21, 2012 6:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 2828

Re: Silent HTPC

Which heatsink/cpu fan would you suggest? Because the Noctua NH-C12P isn't compatible with the FM1 socket. I have found some good reviews of the Noctua NH-L12, but I don't know if it the heatsink is better than the one on the Big Shuriken? It works with a fan, a heatsink and another fan. In the rev...
by birthdaymonkey
Sun May 20, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 2828

Re: Silent HTPC

In my GD05 I use a Noctua NH-C12P with no fan and it idles in the mid 30s and gets up to the low 50s under Prime95 torture test. This is with Nexus fans at 5v (more or less identical results and noise levels with the stock fans at 5v). Of course, the Noctua is a much better/beefier HSF than the Big ...
by birthdaymonkey
Sun May 20, 2012 6:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 15644

Re: GTX 670 launched

I switched from a Sapphire HD6950 with TR Shaman ( stock fan, running at ~730 RPM all the time ) to the new ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II and I must say the ASUS is quite close in noise levels to the Shaman. At idle they sound very similar to me, but at heavy load the ASUS is just a bit louder ( I can f...
by birthdaymonkey
Sun May 20, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC
Replies: 16
Views: 2828

Re: Silent HTPC

The fans that come with the GD05 are really quite decent. I replaced mine with Nexuses, and honestly I didn't notice a difference; I wish I'd just saved my money. You can get a cheap PCI slot fan controller ($5) and dial them down to 5v.
by birthdaymonkey
Wed May 16, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Coil Whine with a Seasonic X/Gold 560W
Replies: 6
Views: 3174

Re: Coil Whine with a Seasonic X/Gold 560W

Any update on this? I have an eerily similar system to the OP's and also am getting coil whine whose source is hard to track down. I never noticed it till I put in the current video card, so I'm assuming it's that, but it could be something else too: I have been doing a lot to silence my system late...
by birthdaymonkey
Tue May 15, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden
Replies: 12
Views: 4804

Re: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden

OK, now I know there's something weird going on electrically with my case or with the fan controller. I was monkeying around with the fans, plugging and unplugging them, and accidentally touched some exposed y-splitter pins to the chassis. Sparkles! Computer stable though (of course it was on while ...
by birthdaymonkey
Tue May 15, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden
Replies: 12
Views: 4804

Re: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden

Now it seems that the other P14 is also ticking. Much more quietly but it's there. Maybe they've always ticked but I haven't noticed it? I recently installed aftermarket GPU cooling; perhaps my stock graphics card has been drowning out the ticking of these P14s. Could the fan controller be somehow r...
by birthdaymonkey
Tue May 15, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden
Replies: 12
Views: 4804

Re: Noctua fans ticking all of a sudden

Thank you for the suggestion. I'll try giving my ticking fans a good tapping and see if they get better. In the mean time, I've gone down to one fan (between the heatsinks) on my D14 and it doesn't make much difference in temps. I'm still hovering in the mid-60s under IBT w/AVX (4.5GHz, 1.3v), so I ...