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by Jens Lyn IV
Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware

The replacement arrived a couple of days ago while I was on holiday; it's the updated platinum version with lovely flat ribbon cables and another 2 years added to the warranty. :)
by Jens Lyn IV
Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware

I wrote Seasonic EU an email Sunday afternoon; the reply came within 5 minutes. So far I can't complain.
by Jens Lyn IV
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware

Everything works with Mummy's PSU plugged in. I was initially gutted to find that the damned thing was 2 years and 6 days old when it finally died. However, Seasonic offers a generous 5 years of warranty for this product, so if the dealer won't help me I should be able to obtain a replacement direct...
by Jens Lyn IV
Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware

I'm in the European Union; this gives me 2 years of warranty. As far as I can remember, no component has yet celebrated its 2nd birthday. Oh, and (single phase) AC is 230 V here. The electrician measured the outlet after replacing the cover and found it nominal. I do wonder how it got hot enough for...
by Jens Lyn IV
Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware

The electrician has cleared my wall outlet of any wrongdoing. I am almost certain that the PSU is at fault. What I don't know is whether it has taken anything with it; I've had none of the strange errors I suffered last time, so maybe this motherboard survived the ordeal. I hope to borrow a PSU and ...
by Jens Lyn IV
Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Help Identify Failing Hardware

It would appear that the motherboard was not the culprit. Once again I have been suffering inconsistent cold boot failures. Sometimes it would fire up immediately, sometimes there would be a delay (~10 s) between pressing the power button and the first signs of life, sometimes nothing would happen a...
by Jens Lyn IV
Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25742

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

I'll quote myself from earlier: I bought a Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate, favourably reviewed by SPCR . My experience mirrors that of the reviewer - the card never exceeds 70 degrees C. Interestingly, high CPU loads reduce the GPU temperature thanks to peripheral airflow from my top-down CPU cooler. Thes...
by Jens Lyn IV
Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25742

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

Well, it didn't quite go "poof" out of nowhere, but it was obvious that things were going south. Details here.
by Jens Lyn IV
Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25742

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

The motherboard died, so I took the opportunity to upgrade to a Z-series chipset. Browsing the voltage options I noticed that the Asus board defaults to a significantly lover core voltage - over 100 mV less than the old Intel board. I found that an additional -25 mV offset is stable at a 4 GHz core ...
by Jens Lyn IV
Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Help Identify Failing Hardware

Yes, that must have been it. All was back to normal the first time I fired it up with the new board.
by Jens Lyn IV
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Help Identify Failing Hardware

I'm up and running again on a nice Asus P8Z77-M Pro. Will update gallery thread soon.
by Jens Lyn IV
Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Help Identify Failing Hardware

Update: powering it with a donor PSU (thanks mummy) made no difference. As expected.
by Jens Lyn IV
Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: Help Identify Failing Hardware

Thank you very much for your advice. I don't think I've quite exhausted my list of potential guinea pig PSU donors. I'll keep trying until I find one. Mummy has a compatible PSU in the PC I built her, but she lives an hour away by bus so I'd be depriving her of her PC for several hours. Still, I sho...
by Jens Lyn IV
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Updated: Help Identify Failing Hardware

Greetings. My main pc is increasingly suffering a variety of problems, and I'm looking for advice on how to positively identify the relevant component(s). Symptoms: Power button occasionally unresponsive after normal shutdown; PSU switch must be cycled. First occurred several months ago, then again ...
by Jens Lyn IV
Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler
Replies: 7
Views: 4073

Re: Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler

Looks like my hopes are confirmed: unlike the half-arsed 140 mm Slip Stream, the 140 mm Glide Stream is a decent fan.
by Jens Lyn IV
Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scythe
Replies: 19
Views: 14588

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

Why was the Kaze Maru not tested at ~550 RPM? I have a pair of them on a Noctua NH-C14 and recognise the tonality and the high-speed humming. I can't comment on the buzzing, it's possible my FD Define Mini hides it. Certainly, they're not brilliant-sounding fans, but in my system they do blend in at...
by Jens Lyn IV
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which Scythe is best? 120mm vs 140mm
Replies: 6
Views: 5609

Re: Which Scythe is best? 120mm vs 140mm

My 500 rpm Slip Streams are closer to 600 rpm at full speed (somehow SPCR clocked it at only 440 rpm at 12 V), and slowing the intake fans made my system noticeably quieter until they dipped below 500 rpm, but at 7200 rpm your HDD is probably somewhat noisier than mine...
by Jens Lyn IV
Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Which Scythe is best? 120mm vs 140mm
Replies: 6
Views: 5609

Re: Which Scythe is best? 120mm vs 140mm

In my experience, the 140 mm Slip Stream fans are not as smooth as the 120 mm versions. I use 120 mm 500 rpm Slip Streams as case fans and a pair of 140 mm PWM Slip Streams on my CPU cooler. Compared at 500 rpm, the larger fan sounds slightly rougher, but both are obviously very quiet at this speed....
by Jens Lyn IV
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Certified Silent Puget Serenity Pro
Replies: 29
Views: 17067

Re: Certified Silent Puget Serenity Pro

They worked with ASUS to create an exclusive firmware for this Bluray burner, which keeps it running at slower than normal speed in most conditions. Now this I like. I find most optical drives hysterical in their response to short read requests, I wouldn't mind them waiting a second or two before s...
by Jens Lyn IV
Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Major upgrade, need heatsink advice.
Replies: 17
Views: 3886

Re: Major upgrade, need heatsink advice.

From my local hardware dealer the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B plus a Slip Stream PWM fan costs more than the NH-L12. The NH-L12 is a much better cooler [...]. The case for the Scythe obviously falls flat on its face if it's not cheaper. Frankly, I can't make sense of the Danish prices. Maybe the ma...
by Jens Lyn IV
Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Major upgrade, need heatsink advice.
Replies: 17
Views: 3886

Re: Major upgrade, need heatsink advice.

Noctua makes decent top-down coolers, but they are rather expensive. The Scythe Big Shuriken suggestion had me sceptical at first, but it probably is a viable choice. It's super quiet at low speed, but I don't know how much it'll have to spin up to cool that 3570. If it proves too noisy, the slim fa...
by Jens Lyn IV
Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Mummy's desktop: Lian Li PC-Q07, G-360, Celeron G550T
Replies: 0
Views: 3525

Mummy's desktop: Lian Li PC-Q07, G-360, Celeron G550T

This system replaces Mummy's old Packard Bell laptop which sucked in every way but one: it was very reliable. This, and extraordinary patience, explains how a computer that worked at a glacial pace the day it was bought managed to celebrate its sixth birthday. Only very recently did the fan develop ...
by Jens Lyn IV
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25742

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

I might give the other inputs a try. I doubt I'd hear much difference, but that speaks as much against my preference for TOSLINK as for your recommendation of USB (and I still haven't been able to place the speakers the way they were designed to be, either, further mudding the waters). The specs ind...
by Jens Lyn IV
Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Update | Mummy wants a new computer
Replies: 33
Views: 7761

Re: Update | Mummy wants a new computer

The case is not the easiest to work with. The PSU obscures most of the space in front of the motherboard, and the board attaches directly to the opposite side panel, so it's difficult to open the case without moving the PSU in relation to the board, complicating cable management. Also, the reset and...
by Jens Lyn IV
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Update | Mummy wants a new computer
Replies: 33
Views: 7761

Re: Update | Mummy wants a new computer

I put this together over the weekend. It's every bit as quiet as my own system, but the noise character is somewhat different. Close up, my system sounds smoother, but its low-frequency whoosh also reaches further; at a distance, Mummy's machine has the edge. With my ear near the PSU vents I hear a ...
by Jens Lyn IV
Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:20 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25742

Re: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD77

The optical connection is electrically isolated from the computer. USB would bypass the on-board sound chip, and I don't want to use the DAC as a sound card.
by Jens Lyn IV
Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25742

Re: Update | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, NH-C14

Edit: new motherboard Pictures of the graphics card: http://imageshack.us/a/img534/7840/imgp1104edits.jpg CPU cooler rotated to fit graphics card. http://imageshack.us/a/img9/669/imgp1105edits.jpg Fanless cooler works very well indeed. http://imageshack.us/a/img707/2627/imgp1106edits.jpg A tightish ...
by Jens Lyn IV
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 100% Fanless midrange system - is this possible?
Replies: 41
Views: 26809

Re: 100% Fanless midrange system - is this possible?

no case fans! I can't stress that enough, i have already a pretty silent PC and i can hear the goddamned fans spinning at 800rpm (some good noctua). 800 rpm is quite high if you're striving for true silence. My intake fans (120 mm Scythe Slip Stream 500) run at 400 rpm behind a closed case door and...
by Jens Lyn IV
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Update 2 | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, HD7750
Replies: 40
Views: 25742

Re: Update | 1st Build: Define Mini, X-400, i7-2700K, NH-C14

The controllers are an integrated part of the CPU fans - "Scythe Slip Stream 140 PWM Adjustable VR". They have a PCI bracket fixed midway down the cable with a switch and a knob. The switch changes the fan between PWM and non-PWM mode. In non-PWM mode, the knob adjusts fan voltage. In PWM mode, the ...