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by UK_Peter
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Why are people talking about 120mm fans still? curious
Replies: 6
Views: 4005

Re: Why are people talking about 120mm fans still? curious

My very personal opinion is that usually 140mm fans don't sound as smooth as 120mm ones, and when they sound that good, they will not move that much air (I mean, much more than a good 120mm fan). Besides currently there are also very few 140mm fans which can go enough low (more often they bottom at...
by UK_Peter
Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mini-ITX Gamer Build Guide
Replies: 56
Views: 28910

Re: Quiet Mini-ITX Gamer Build Guide

Mike, it's fantastic to see these new build articles on the site - and the noise levels you were able to obtain. Two questions: 1. What was the system power consumption under load? 2. Regarding removing the dust filter from the side panel - would having a larger opening with filter over it make up f...
by UK_Peter
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Real expereinces w/ GTX-750ti -- quiet?
Replies: 4
Views: 4605

Re: Real expereinces w/ GTX-750ti -- quiet?

I've got the low profile Gigabyte 750Ti (GV-N75TOC-2GL) and when surfing the web etc it's inaudible. Under any load however the fan noise is far higher than I want. Connectivity on the card's great, but sadly I am returning it and getting the ASUS STRIX 750Ti, as I can only see this low profile card...
by UK_Peter
Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU for upcoming Broadwell build
Replies: 16
Views: 5242

Re: PSU for upcoming Broadwell build

Reading back through the thread, is there any reason to recommended something other than the Corsair RM450 for the OP? It looks like it'd do everything required.
by UK_Peter
Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU for upcoming Broadwell build
Replies: 16
Views: 5242

Re: PSU for upcoming Broadwell build

One reason for fewer PSU reviews at SPCR recently is that the PSUs themselves have become so consistently quiet (and generally, way better than any computer needs them to be) at low-to-mid loads that the incentive isn't that strong anymore. The other thing is that even though I pioneered the practi...
by UK_Peter
Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU for upcoming Broadwell build
Replies: 16
Views: 5242

Re: PSU for upcoming Broadwell build

Just as an example, the Cooler Master V550S-M 550W at 25W (the power level around any modern Haswell idle) is much more efficient than the Enermax Triathlor ECO 350W ( 81-82% vs 68-69%, while the RM450 is around 73%). That's fascinating! Where do you find this out? This post has been the most helpf...
by UK_Peter
Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

Time for an update. I RMA'd the Silverstone ST30SF on the advice of Silverstone themselves - it was clearly faulty. Which was a shame as it's a nice size, though the fan was surprisingly noisy. Over the summer the computer lived in a cardboard mockup case pending a Lone Industries L2, powered by a 9...
by UK_Peter
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus GTX970 STRIX
Replies: 106
Views: 53556

Re: Asus GTX970 STRIX

but i would love to see manufactures give samples to SPCR specially since they are building semi passive GPUs. If we pester the manufacturers (on Twitter, by email) asking them to donate to SPCR, we have much more chance of SPCR getting samples, because it shows the manufacturers there is demand. I...
by UK_Peter
Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype
Replies: 185
Views: 104418

Re: Lone Industries Mini-ITX prototype

Screw-in standoffs aren't an option, as the threads would protrude into the side panel. They would also require threads. In addition to the standoffs, there are 13 (14 for L2) steel nuts used for threads. I'm curious, how do your steel fasteners work as standoffs? The need for screw-in standoffs ha...
by UK_Peter
Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Slim 80mm fans?
Replies: 2
Views: 1692

Re: Slim 80mm fans?

Thanks - I am hoping that what little it shifts will be better than the 50-54mm fan on the new Gigabyte low profile GTX 750, and the noise also more pleasant.
by UK_Peter
Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The monochrome world of Noctua's redux fans
Replies: 3
Views: 4774

Re: The monochrome world of Noctua's redux fans

Has anyone got a comparison of how these sound and perform compared to the standard Noctua fans? To my eye they have a different blade design which should affect things, so curious how the 140mm fans stack up against http://www.silentpcreview.com/140mm_Fan_Roundup1
by UK_Peter
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Slim 80mm fans?
Replies: 2
Views: 1692

Slim 80mm fans?

Can anyone recommend a slim 80mm fan that will run quietly when undervolted and still shift some CFM? The fans will be mounted horizontally (air blowing bottom to top of case). Normally I'd reach straight for a Noctua, but they don't have anything that thin. The case is similar to the Lone Industrie...
by UK_Peter
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

I have successfully completed a 40 minute run of Prime95 in Blend mode and the fan profile has kept the cores to 71 degrees and below, which is an improvement over earlier on. The motherboard has an excrutiating high-pitched squeal/whine under load - I don't know how to describe it, except like fing...
by UK_Peter
Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

I'm not sure about what you're saying, but that PSU should be dead silent, so, if it makes some odd noises, maybe you should return it. Yes I agree. The noise has settled down to be a steady 50Hz or 60Hz 'clicking' away. I need to wait until I turn off my other computers to see how noisy it is, but...
by UK_Peter
Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

Well the parts have all arrived (sans case) and I've assembled the system on my desk to see what I think of the HD4600. First impressions are how quiet it is; the ST30SF is making odd cracling noises but I hope these will cease as it beds in. The Scythe fan has a tick and runs slightly off-true (loo...
by UK_Peter
Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone RVZ01: Mini Raven Case
Replies: 11
Views: 9757

Re: SilverStone RVZ01: Mini Raven Case

I am curious about the choice of the Scythe Samurai ZZ as the cooler - will a Scythe Big Shuriken 2 rev. b not fit, seeing as in your review this performed better?
by UK_Peter
Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed - reasonably small PC with graphics card
Replies: 62
Views: 21421

Re: Advice needed - reasonably small PC with graphics card

Hi gaidal, how are you getting on with reducing temperatures?
by UK_Peter
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone RVZ01: Mini Raven Case
Replies: 11
Views: 9757

Re: SilverStone RVZ01: Mini Raven Case

I wish they would make a sleek minimalist fortress version. A nice clean aluminum version of this would make a perfect HTPC/Steambox. This one is too gaudy for the wife though. I think this is coming - they showed off the FTZ01 recently, which has an aluminium body. There's also mention of the ML08...
by UK_Peter
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

Any particular reason why you going with the Z97 instead of the H97? feature wise they are very similar, if you are not overclocking i would go with the Asus H97I-PLUS Motherboard . WiFi is the only reason. If I decide I don't want that, I'll get the H97. Apart from saving £10, is there any benefit...
by UK_Peter
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

I don't have any definitive, objective reason (even if I have some doubts about starved airflow and heat build up), but as I can't stand overcrowd environments, personally I would go for a Silverstone 300W SFX unit. Thanks - to address your doubts about airflow and heat build up, that'd be a differ...
by UK_Peter
Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

Well I've been all round the houses with this build! Having seen gaidal's experience and spoken to a scientist friend, who even analysing satellite imagery rarely needs more than 16GB RAM, I've decided a mITX build will be fine for now. I'm going to try the IGP and add a graphics card later if I nee...
by UK_Peter
Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

tim851 is correct - I raised this with Mini-Box and they said: The 12V rail from the picoPSU cannot hold both the CPU and the mentioned video card. Keep in mind that the 12V rail has to power other components too. Your described setup will work well without the video card. Which is understandable, t...
by UK_Peter
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed - reasonably small PC with graphics card
Replies: 62
Views: 21421

Re: Advice needed - reasonably small PC with graphics card

xan_user wrote:agree, that rig would love a pico, tower heatsink and a single 120mm(or larger) fan.
But then comes the million dollar question: would it still love it if he added the GTX 750 Ti later?
by UK_Peter
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 99488

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

Palit have released a passively cooled 750 Ti: http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/721 ... 0ti-cards/

The cooler tall! They don't say how tall in their specification though.
by UK_Peter
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed - reasonably small PC with graphics card
Replies: 62
Views: 21421

Re: Advice needed - reasonably small PC with graphics card

Hi gaidal, I missed you'd posted photos! I'm impressed with the build though not enamoured with where the PSU goes - I'll definitely go for a slightly larger case to make it easier (I was thinking PicoPSU but it seems like I'd be too close to the edge). A question about the On-board graphics: the AS...
by UK_Peter
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 99488

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

Abula wrote:Asus should give a GTX750Ti STRIX to SPCR to be tested, this is probably meant more for us than any other reviewing site =(
If you're on Twitter, please join me in pestering ASUS to donate one to SPCR.
by UK_Peter
Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 55680

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

I have found at least one UK retailer who has the Kotetsu in stock, although only the one. Good find lodestar! I tried Dabs, ebuyer, eBay et al but didn't think to try the smaller retailers. I need to replace the Scythe cooler in an old E6400 computer as the push-fit clips in the mobo no longer hol...
by UK_Peter
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 55680

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Interestingly, the UK importer of Scythe products says they have no plans to stock this cooler. They did have Kotetsu's when it was first released, so I'm not sure what to make of that. Poor sales?
by UK_Peter
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

Hi Abula,
Abula wrote:
UK_Peter wrote:Will depend on the other components, but it should run up to a 4770.
In this case an i5 4590, GTX 750Ti, ITX/mATX motherboard, SSD and a 3.5" HD. Not too much.
by UK_Peter
Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice
Replies: 54
Views: 23707

Re: Power/Quiet PC Build Advice

Hypothetical question: could this build be powered off a PicoPSU?

They have a 160W PicoPSU version available (with a 200W peak, whatever that means).