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by yakuman
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Help choosing a PSU
Replies: 6
Views: 9463

Re: Help choosing a PSU

I have the SSR-550PX, which I can't imagine being that much of an improvement over the SSR-550FX in terms of noise or efficiency. I also researched using Lambda's reports and I think they're reliable based on user reports of certain other brands and models. Quote myself from earlier this year when I...
by yakuman
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

I discovered a new source of noise: hard drive vibrations. This never occurred prior to me removing the front panel. It took weeks before I narrowed down the root case and remembered some users in the past had the same problem with other Fractal cases: the bottom dust filter. Without the front panel...
by yakuman
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: suggestions for prebuilt desktop
Replies: 23
Views: 16746

Re: suggestions for prebuilt desktop

I don't know. I lost interest in future technology after all the years of researching and finally assembling my PC :mrgreen: . I don't like to upgrade unless the product has become dead or really obsolete. I do like to answer questions about existing tech though, like the fact that 1.35V of course p...
by yakuman
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: suggestions for prebuilt desktop
Replies: 23
Views: 16746

Re: suggestions for prebuilt desktop

You need Z370 to use the higher RAM speeds as Abula stated. In your other thread, you mentioned no overclocking. Therefore just stick with Intel's native 2666 @ 1.2v on H370.
by yakuman
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake
Replies: 27
Views: 14807

Re: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake

The shroud lid is right at the front, so if there's a fan blowing there even with it open, the force of the fan's blowing air will constantly overpower the drive's heat towards the back of the case and I'm not sure how it can escape. Removing the shroud is the only answer I can think of it, but it r...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

SATA SSDs' casing act as a heatsink in a way. They're less prone to heat compared to M.2 SSDs. If you're still concerned look at my other post: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=69991&p=608308#p608308 In my R5 PC I removed all drive cages (same with Define C) and just left my...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

Just watch out for the newer plastic washers for LGA1151 (don't use them, otherwise the CPU contact will lessen and will result in higher temperatures). I presume you are talking about the washers that go under the 'stud nut' spacers on the original Kotetsu, not the plastic spacers on the Kotetsu M...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

btw what can you sat about meshify c ? You're welcome! Gamers Nexus review that I linked earlier should paint a clear picture: Meshify C has better temps due to ventilated front panel (no surprise) vs Define C's solid panel, at a cost of higher noise. However, once the Define C's front panel is rem...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

Like Abula stated, once your reach a certain plateau, lots of coolers are roughly similar in temperatures and noise, so the NH-U14S is still a solid option. I had nearly zero knowledge in PC assembly too, but due to my etailer shutting down in Canada last year (NCIX), and without wanting to compromi...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

You forgot a lot of things :wink:, but with so much info that's not surprising. Define C's max heatsink height is 170mm. U14S = 165mm. Kotetsu = 160mm high, so no problems for both. Scythe Kotetsu model is SCKTT-1000. There's a new model SCKTT-2000 that I haven't looked into that much, but it could ...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

To quote myself earlier: I have the u14s in my R5 with room to spare. I also have the Kotetsu in my newer Define C build. Height difference only makes a difference if your case has limited space, otherwise maybe some performance and weight differences? From memory I believe the NH-D15S is only 1 or ...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

do you have some comment to this? "did someone Experience clicking with the nh-u14s fan? " No clicking or ticking noises with mine on idle (low RPMs), but it's loud at max speeds and quite noticeable even inside the R5. On idle I couldn't perceive any noise even up close with case opened, so I'm im...
by yakuman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

There are always trade offs. BQ = more expensive, larger case in most dimensions + other quirks. Fractal cases just happen to suit my needs more. why should i buy something and have to replace parts on it, or suffer from annoying noise? That is the question of the day. It applies to so many products...
by yakuman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

I left the R5 stock fans in place, but added a 140mm Antec TruQuiet as a front intake as I was very cheap at the time. That PC is now for my mother (light usage), so temperatures are never a problem. Unfortunately, because the two front fans are running concurrently, I can't tell if the ticking is o...
by yakuman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

The ticking noise is actually quite common even dating back to Fractal's earlier models and I've seen many user reports of it. It's just a noise character of the fans, not a defect. It's noticeable, but quiet. Like Steve always suggest, always try the stock fans first to see if you can tolerate nois...
by yakuman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Tips for Installing Fans
Replies: 2
Views: 2496

Re: Tips for Installing Fans

I actually learned from Linus about the fact most fans also have arrows that show the correct orientation to use: https://youtu.be/lHQGjGPK1Jw?t=157
by yakuman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

Height specification count from the heatsink's base where it touches the CPU, not from the bottom of the fins. e.g. Noctua NH-U14S: https://noctua.at/media/catalog/product/t/e/tech_nh_u14s_xl.jpg Stock R5 fans: 1 x 140mm front intake 1 x 140mm back exhaust Stock Define C fans: 1 x 120 front intake 1...
by yakuman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s
Replies: 39
Views: 16467

Re: noktua nh-d15s vs nh-u14s

i decided to go for the nh-u14s. i'm a bit worry about it's size inside the case. (which will probably be fractal design r5 or define c). this is it's dimensions: https://noctua.at/en/nh-u14s/specification i saw in this video that there are two different directions you can assemble it. if it's so, ...
by yakuman
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake
Replies: 27
Views: 14807

Re: Define C: 120mm vs 140mm intake

For clarity, here is a quick photoshop job to illustrate what I am thinking. This is depicting 140mm fans: FDminiC_Front.jpg A 140mm in the top position is mostly unobstructed (but its not what I would call perfect). A second one under it definitely starts to have some metal in the way, especially ...
by yakuman
Tue May 22, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini C question
Replies: 19
Views: 11733

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini C question

You're very welcome. I thought about the drive cage a lot and found it technically can hold one 3.5" HDD and two SSDs because of the lowest "slot", but the tiny curved up edges would hinder the cables slightly. Not sure if may be possible. He's a poor quality photo I took: Drive Cage.png The SSD mou...
by yakuman
Tue May 22, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini C question
Replies: 19
Views: 11733

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini C question

Back at home....I was a wrong. For a 2.5" drive that's around 4" long, there's about 1.5" clearance between my mobo components to the drive if it's placed right up to the very edge towards the side panel. Whether your cables coming out from the drive will allow sufficient room is another matter, but...
by yakuman
Tue May 22, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini C question
Replies: 19
Views: 11733

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini C question

The PSU shroud isn't designed to be removed completely because it's riveted to the frame. If you mean just the shroud lid above the drive cage area, then it's possible to place the drive on top of the cage, but there are no mounting holes. If your mobo is ATX size in the Define C (not the Mini), the...
by yakuman
Mon May 14, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: M.2 SSD under GPU: Bad idea (in a quiet PC)?
Replies: 9
Views: 26440

Re: M.2 SSD under GPU: Bad idea (in a quiet PC)?

I researched this before as I had the same concerns before deciding to go with Samsung 850 EVO over the 960 EVO: that specific M.2 heatsink from MSI mobo was one of the few or only one that was detrimental to overall temps of the SSD, but they improved it on the new gen and other heatsinks can reduc...
by yakuman
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini C question
Replies: 19
Views: 11733

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini C question

The power supply shroud worsens noise by giving the fan a hard surface to blow against. I've not noticed any detriment noise-wise due to the shroud. The only drawback for me was drive and PSU cable management - a pain in tight space. The advantage is that it can act as a wind tunnel for air flow in...
by yakuman
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice
Replies: 25
Views: 10317

Re: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice

Yes. With the DC fan connected to CHA_FAN3 where my usual PWM fan is, I semi-forgot to change the mode from PWM to DC and when I booted in Windows HWiNFO64 shows it running constant at full 100% RPM. I rebooted into the BIOS, switched it from PWM to DC mode with all the settings unchanged on this he...
by yakuman
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice
Replies: 25
Views: 10317

Re: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice

You already was helpful. Don't bother with that. I know the pain that is plugging and unplugging stuffs into a built system. Thank you. Well, felipe, I suffered a light scratch injury on my right pinkie through curiosity. It wasn't due to opening my case or the components that I unplugged and replu...
by yakuman
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice
Replies: 25
Views: 10317

Re: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice

I can't confirm that all headers can unless I connect another DC fan to test the remaining 4. I don't want be unhelpful, but it's a bit of a pain to disconnect certain headers after arduous time spent in building my first PC :oops:. Except for my case exhaust and maybe PSU, all my fans are PWM. Luck...
by yakuman
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice
Replies: 25
Views: 10317

Re: Z370 chipset, processor and motherboard choice

...AsRock has very good bios fan control but you need to chose careful the fans as not all headers can control voltage control or pwm like Asus or MSI... Abula, I got you, but I still have a doubt (as I posted on another thread). Even if you can not MANUALLY switch between PWM and DC in Chafan1 and...
by yakuman
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini C question
Replies: 19
Views: 11733

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini C question

I have the regular sized version of this case: the mounting plate is thin. Even being metal and sturdy, I wouldn't be surprised that there'd vibrations. As to how much would depending on position of case, your hearing sensitivity, and so forth.
by yakuman
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet PC build - suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 7999

Re: Quiet PC build - suggestions

My own recent experience is that a QVL will only tell which RAM that are verified to function on that motherboard. Do not expect it to be able to reach the RAM manufacturer's rated max speed! (Although some RAM do, it boils down to many factors.) I recently built my first PC and experienced this to...