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by Cod
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: cleaning Silverstone fan filter
Replies: 6
Views: 2072

Re: cleaning Silverstone fan filter

Its a blower and yes, it has a lot of power. Has almost a full horse power of power and puts out about 70 CFM. The hose ends aren't very large, which means there is a lot of pressure behind the air. It has about 10x-15x the power of compressed air (if I had to guess). I use it for dusting everythin...
by Cod
Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: NF-S12A 120mm fan, third generation.
Replies: 8
Views: 4672

Re: NF-S12A 120mm fan, third generation.

Hum, I wonder just how well it would fare in a restrictive environment i.e. a heatsink or radiator. It may shine best as a case fan. I need to look more into this one. According to Noctua, its designed more for case fans and less restrictive environments: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=which_fa...
by Cod
Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: cleaning Silverstone fan filter
Replies: 6
Views: 2072

Re: cleaning Silverstone fan filter

I just finally got around to cleaning my Silverstone fan filters yesterday. Went very well. I just used running water and a bit of Dawn liquid. Very easy. Drying time was pretty quick too, and no deformation of the screen material at all. I was going to blow the excess dust off first with a canned ...
by Cod
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: cleaning Silverstone fan filter
Replies: 6
Views: 2072

Re: cleaning Silverstone fan filter

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster 120-Volt (http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Vacuum-ED500-500-Watt-Electric/dp/B001J4ZOAW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364628702&sr=8-1&keywords=Electric+Duster) All you need for your dusting needs! I bought one last year and use it for cleaning all my...
by Cod
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How hot will you go...
Replies: 9
Views: 2854

Re: How hot will you go...

kuzzia wrote:As long as it's under 90 C then as silent as possible.
That's the kind of answer I was looking for. I get nervous when my GPU gets above 70C, which is why I let the fans be heard at that point.
by Cod
Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: This may be the Holy Grail of silence
Replies: 37
Views: 27667

Re: This may be the Holy Grail of silence

This month's issue of Maximum PC has a two-page story about the NUC. Much of the same is mentioned, great concept, but runs extremely hot.
by Cod
Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How hot will you go...
Replies: 9
Views: 2854

How hot will you go...

How hot do y'all let your GPU get before letting the GPU's fan(s) be heard? Personally, I keep my GPU's fan speeds below 45% (inaudible) until the GPU reaches 70C. At that point, the GPU fans bump up to 50% and can be slightly heard. From there, I bump up the % by 10 for every 5 degrees above 70C (s...
by Cod
Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua NH-L12-Very quiet, but not as effective as expected
Replies: 5
Views: 3268

Re: Noctua NH-L12-Very quiet, but not as effective as expect

I'm running the NH-L12 on my i5 3570K @ 4.2GHz. My max temps are around 70C after an hour or so of gaming and in the 76-77C range when running IBT. If I downclock to stock, temps never get about 64C under load and 67C under Prime95. I reinstalled the NH-L12 multiple times before being happy. I think...
by Cod
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Furmark: a good load generator?
Replies: 17
Views: 7093

Re: Furmark: a good load generator?

gdr wrote:The Unigine 'Heaven' bench seems more useful for simulating a gaming load than Furmark.

http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/21 ... k_3.0.html
Correct, though the best way to test a new OC is still through a gaming session.
by Cod
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU Fan failed error
Replies: 16
Views: 6360

Re: CPU Fan failed error

Before replacing the fan, did you try lowering the minimum CPU fan speed in the BIOS? Or disabling CPU fan control in the BIOS? I had the same error last week when I installed my NH-L12 and learned that the minimum rotating speed caused the error. The fan was getting down to 200rpm on boot and my mo...
by Cod
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Furmark: a good load generator?
Replies: 17
Views: 7093

Re: Furmark: a good load generator?

Furmark is a waste in my opinion. Its just asking you to fry your card. I've seen water cooled GPUs have trouble keeping temps down when running Furmark. If you're looking to test your GPU for stability before or after an OC, then get 3DMark(http://www.futuremark.com) or Unigine (http://unigine.com/...
by Cod
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: How much current does RAM draw?
Replies: 4
Views: 3683

Re: How much current does RAM draw?

I just got some of the Samsung sticks that are 1.35V. Once I get them installed and OC'd to my liking, I'll let you know what kind of temp differences I'm seeing.
by Cod
Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Cooler
Replies: 65
Views: 76202

Re: Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Cooler

How does the push/pull orientation work? Does the 120mm fan push air down onto the heatsink while the 92mm fan pulls air up from the CPU to the heatsink?

I'm new to dual fan CPU coolers.
by Cod
Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling

On a similar topic, what is the best fan orientation for the NH-L12? Push-pull?
by Cod
Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Where can I find Noiseblocker or Scythe fans in the US?
Replies: 3
Views: 2461

Re: Where can I find Noiseblocker or Scythe fans in the US?

Inventory is hard to find in the US since Scythe USA was shutdown at the end of 2012. All Scythe goods now are coming from Japan (HQ) until a new Scythe USA or major retailer is found and contracts agreed upon. Check it out here: http://www.scythe-usa.com/
by Cod
Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling

After doing some testing last night, it turns out using a piece of cardboard on each side of the case lowered temps by 2-degrees. Using the left side fan as an exhaust made no difference during the tests. I ran Intel Burn Test for 5 runs on maximum settings. The highest recorded temp before the card...
by Cod
Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling

Is remixing a problem? In your diagram, the upper right corner looks to me like you could be recirculating hot air back from the exhausts into the top fan. How about getting some 2-3" blocks of foam a foot or two long and blocking the flow between the exhausts and intakes to see if that reduces the...
by Cod
Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling

CA_Steve wrote:If you end up adding more fans, there are splitter cables available for 3 and 4 pin headers. You could double up the fans per mobo header.
Would that split the voltage? I don't want to put too much voltage on a header and fry it.
by Cod
Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling

The case is enclosed completely by the TV stand, except in the front. The front is completely open (no doors or anything). Also, the two shelves above the case aren't as long as the bottom shelf, so air can float up in the rear of the stand. I was looking at the Nexus Real Silent Case Fan (http://ww...
by Cod
Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling

There are two problems I will run into trying to cut a hole in the back of the TV stand: even the back is solid wood and my wife. Not sure how we'll she'd take to me cutting a hole in her TV stand (doesn't matter if it won't be seen). Right now, all the exhaust locations in the rear are just grate h...
by Cod
Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Creating the Most Efficient / Quiet Air Cooling

I need some help from the cooling and silence gurus. Here is my current airflow setup: http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/5485/airflowa.jpg The green arrows represent air coming in and yellow arrows is air leaving. The problem is, my PC sits in a TV stand with very little space around the edges. As ...
by Cod
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: AzenX Blitztorm
Replies: 1
Views: 1080

AzenX Blitztorm

Anyone tried the AzenX Blitztorm as a PCI / GPU fan? I'm planning to OC my GPU a little, but it gets a little loud for my liking when it gets above 65C (full load). Any OC is likely to make temps go up, so I need another way to "help" the GPU heatsink and fans do their job. The Blitztorm has some go...
by Cod
Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Cooler
Replies: 65
Views: 76202

Re: Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Cooler

What effect do the low noise adapters have? Noticeably quieter or just barely? Significant decline in cooling ability (CPU runs hotter)? I'm finally about to order this thing and trying to get a better understanding of whether or not I should use the adapters.
by Cod
Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Typical GPU temps at Idle, Half-Load, and Full-Load
Replies: 7
Views: 2456

Re: Typical GPU temps at Idle, Half-Load, and Full-Load

Thanks for all the great information. As soon as the holidays are over, I plan on picking up a NH-L12. Once I do that, I go through the testing to see how quiet I can get my machine while maintaining efficient cooling.
by Cod
Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Need advice for i3770K cpu cooling
Replies: 1
Views: 1591

Re: Need advice for i3770K cpu cooling

Most of the coolers from Noctua will meet your quiet and cool requirements; however, unless you have a wood-grained themed PC, they won't look good. The Dark Rock 2 seems legit; however, it is rather bulky compared to the others. I don't know enough about ThermalRight to type anything of value.
by Cod
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Typical GPU temps at Idle, Half-Load, and Full-Load
Replies: 7
Views: 2456

Typical GPU temps at Idle, Half-Load, and Full-Load

What are the typical temperatures for a single, high-end GPU at different loads? I have a 7850 and I'm trying to keep it a little quieter at half and full loads; however, I'm unsure at what point cooling will become an issue. At idle, the GPU hovers around 35 w/ GPU fans running at 25% and is not au...
by Cod
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?
Replies: 7
Views: 10077

Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

I haven't had any issues with the stock cooler on my i5-3570k. I live in Hawaii and the outside temp rarely gets below 70 and I keep my house at 73 year round. The only time I heard the cooler get loud was when I was running the Intel Burn Tests when I first put together my system. Keep in mind, eve...
by Cod
Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case does matter (GD05 to P183)
Replies: 3
Views: 1540

Re: Case does matter (GD05 to P183)

Great post! I have the GD05 and haven't noticed much vibration at all. I had some vibration problems with the ODD inside the case, but nothing outside. Bottom line, like you stated, the components make up 97% of the silent puzzle.
by Cod
Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Affect of Damping Materials on Cooling
Replies: 1
Views: 885

Affect of Damping Materials on Cooling

My system is pretty quiet as is and I'm just looking for a way to put it "over the top". I was thinking about adding some absorption material (http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=270&area=en), but I'm unsure how the material will affect the overall cooling of the system. My knowledge of ph...
by Cod
Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Upcoming Reviews & Articles
Replies: 193
Views: 319549

Re: Upcoming Reviews & Articles

AckeDman wrote:I have used that on my TJ08B-E. Its thin but easy to apply. I dont really think it makes much of a difference thou. Most important part is to make sure to eliminate all form of vibration first.
Thanks for the information. Maybe I'll pick a pack up when I have some extra money to spare.