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by Bar81
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Nofan cases - fanless
Replies: 16
Views: 6550

Re: Nofan cases - fanless

That whole setup is a case for a literal system meltdown.
by Bar81
Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet 2-3TB drive
Replies: 5
Views: 2275

Re: Quiet 2-3TB drive

by Bar81
Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Corsair 550D I5 3570K Asus GTX670
Replies: 7
Views: 2369

Re: Corsair 550D I5 3570K Asus GTX670

No PWM but I believe fan xpert2 supports voltage control on 3pin fans so you are getting a similar effect on the CPU fan in that the voltage is adjusted downward at idle and upward upon load. The problem is that you are limited to 750rpm at max while a good PWM fan like the Scythe will idle at an in...
by Bar81
Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 272
Views: 344192

Re: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey

FWIW my HP 2475 is silent only if brightness is at least 80, otherwise it makes electronic noise. Since 80 brightness was murdering my eyes, I had to set desktop brightness to minimum from CCC. Well, my HP LP2475w has developed a very low level buzz above 50% brightness that is only able to be hear...
by Bar81
Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Corsair 550D I5 3570K Asus GTX670
Replies: 7
Views: 2369

Re: Corsair 550D I5 3570K Asus GTX670

Given your choice of motherboard, using a fixed rpm fan makes no sense. You should be using PWM fans with fan xpert2; that way the fans are quiet at idle and can ramp up as necessary under load. From my experience, the Scythe 120mm PWM mid speed fan here works very well with such an arrangement: htt...
by Bar81
Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 670 launched
Replies: 38
Views: 14805

Re: GTX 670 launched

If you are going to watercool, the eVGA 670 FTW also works as it is on a 680 PCB as well while also being a nice black PCB.
by Bar81
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 118580

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

New AI Suite with Fan Xpert2 1.00.18:

http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?S ... shedid=n/a

At work so no idea what the improvements are.
by Bar81
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 118580

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

I know I'm responding to my own post but I wanted to bump this in case people are still interested in Asus Fan Control Software Options. As everyone knows, the problem with the Fan Xpert2 software is that it appears to be limited to controlling fans in relation to CPU temp only. Note that the Sabert...
by Bar81
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:17 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

It's now clear where you lost me, the magic Asus fans. We will just have to agree to disagree. As an aside, I have no idea how anyone can determine dba by ear.
by Bar81
Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:40 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

Yes, it's called listening.. Indeed: but you are able to know how loud a cooler *is* immediately, without having never listen to it, just by reading some data about rpm. First, let's get the facts straight. I know what a pair of 92mm fans rotating at 1,100 rpm sounds like since I have a Sapphire 79...
by Bar81
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Thermalr
Replies: 84
Views: 35629

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

That said which is the best 120mm PWM fan for heatsink for SPCR standards? The 800 rpm Gentle Typhoon looks like a can't lose choice. Just plug it in and run it at a regular 12 volts. It is both quiet... and has good static pressure performance. Also a good selection and it should be able to be vol...
by Bar81
Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

Different thresholds as to what constitutes acceptably quiet. Indeed: there are thresholds you can appreciate on paper, and others which can be appreciated through the air. Yes, it's called listening. What is quiet to the ears of one person is not necessarily quiet to the ears of another person.
by Bar81
Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Thermalr
Replies: 84
Views: 35629

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

That said which is the best 120mm PWM fan for heatsink for SPCR standards? It is hard to say what is the "best", but the Scythe 120mm PWM fan (http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=64339&start=30) works very well with Asus Fan Xpert2 allowing a start up speed south of 400 rpm (3...
by Bar81
Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fan Roundup #6: Scythe, Noiseblocker, Antec, Nexus, Thermalr
Replies: 84
Views: 35629

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

Nice work. It really opened my eyes regarding the Noise Blocker fans which I was curious about. I look forward to the next fan roundup which I hope will involve 120mm and up PWM fans (Scythe, Noise Blockers, Be Quiet!, etc.) with Fan Xpert2.
by Bar81
Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

What rpm are the fans at idle? I have to go by memory right now: IIRC AfterBurner read around 1000rpm. Well then we have different thresholds. My Sapphire 7950 is right around there at idle - GPU-Z reports about 1100 rpm at idle and I find it decent but not quiet enough. Different thresholds as to ...
by Bar81
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

quest_for_silence wrote:
Bar81 wrote:What rpm are the fans at idle?

I have to go by memory right now: IIRC AfterBurner read around 1000rpm.
Well then we have different thresholds. My Sapphire 7950 is right around there at idle - GPU-Z reports about 1100 rpm at idle and I find it decent but not quiet enough.
by Bar81
Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

quest_for_silence wrote:Nevertheless I can confirm TPU's subjective impression: that card at idle is almost inaudible, the SPL should be about in the 10-12dB range (I cannot hear it over a Seagate GoFlex 1Tb at idle).
What rpm are the fans at idle?
by Bar81
Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:43 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

The "quietest" card in those tests is 24dba. That is not quiet. I know I'm beating a dead horse at this point, but there is no getting around the fact that outside of a large heatsink with a large, slow moving fan, none of these performance graphics cards will be quiet. For example, my Sapphire 7950...
by Bar81
Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ultra Quiet, High Performance $2,000 Gaming PC
Replies: 8
Views: 2775

Re: Ultra Quiet, High Performance $2,000 Gaming PC

See my comments in this thread regarding the Scythe PWM fans used with Asus Fan Xpert2:

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=64339&start=30
by Bar81
Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:27 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 27404

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

I want: - my computer to be quiet - to play games on high settings and resolution while: - I'm not interested to modify graphics cards myself anymore And I believe I'm not alone with this. So yes, I think this is relevant. I think you are being a little dramatic. If you buy the Sapphire Radeon 79x0...
by Bar81
Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 118580

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

Finally got my Scythe PWM fans (http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/076/sy1225sl12LMP_detail.html) and was able to play with Fan Xpert2 briefly last night. The tuning was a breeze and required one button press. With these fans the program works very well - the lowest setting of 30% is under 400 rp...
by Bar81
Tue May 29, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II
Replies: 177
Views: 92774

Re: I give you the ANTEC SOLO II

No point in posting again so I will revise with updated thoughts now that the system is up and running: (i) Cable management. This is not as easy as in other cases since you can't just shove everything between the mobo tray and the side panel and be done. As noted in reviews, there is very limited d...
by Bar81
Tue May 29, 2012 3:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li PC-Q16 & airflow
Replies: 3
Views: 4774

Re: Lian-Li PC-Q16 & airflow

That looks like it:

http://static.pcinpact.com/images/bd/ne ... pc-q16.png

The whole design is pretty silly from front to back.
by Bar81
Thu May 24, 2012 3:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What style top vent on my custom case?
Replies: 6
Views: 2256

Re: What style top vent on my custom case?

Nice article. So case manufacturers were always working hard to to give us a quality product and not just trying to be cheap, lol.
by Bar81
Mon May 21, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mulling Puget build, must avoid heat and noise
Replies: 10
Views: 1350

Re: Mulling Puget build, must avoid heat and noise

Pixel Eater wrote:It's not better to just use SpeedFan? I see Scythe makes some controllers.
Assuming the motherboard chip is supported, I don't see why that wouldn't be fine. I just figured you wanted physical control since you were considering the Scythe units with voltage control knobs.
by Bar81
Mon May 21, 2012 5:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD 7000 cards + Virtu = GPU fan off at idle?
Replies: 19
Views: 10863

Re: AMD 7000 cards + Virtu = GPU fan off at idle?

Apparently, Virtu is such a fiasco currently that it doesn't even support AMD 7xxx and Nvidia 6xx cards.
by Bar81
Sun May 20, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mulling Puget build, must avoid heat and noise
Replies: 10
Views: 1350

Re: Mulling Puget build, must avoid heat and noise

Oooh... I didn't know these came out. So there's the adjustable VR with the PCI control and one without, which oddly frozenCPU calls mid speed. So I would want the VR if I have any that won't be connecting to one of 4(?) chassis fan connectors, right? Correct, it will just be regular voltage contro...
by Bar81
Thu May 17, 2012 6:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Replies: 79
Views: 118580

Re: Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

Thanks for the comprehensive report sssttt. I have some Scythe 120mm PWM fans on the way and it will be interesting to see if they will be quiet with the minimum values permitted in Fan Xpert2. If not, I guess it's back to my trusty old fanmated Nexus 120mm fans.
by Bar81
Wed May 16, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ultra Quiet, High Performance $2,000 Gaming PC
Replies: 8
Views: 2775

Re: Ultra Quiet, High Performance $2,000 Gaming PC

@Bar81, Thanks for your comments. That was a good catch with respect to the Scythe fans. Do you find the ones that you have suggested are giving you very quiet operation? Regarding the CPU cooler, the issue with the Corsair Obsidian 550D is (according to various forum posts) that as a practical mat...
by Bar81
Mon May 14, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 7870 OC w/ S1 Plus - Fast, cool, and quiet!!
Replies: 11
Views: 8785

Re: Radeon 7870 OC w/ S1 Plus - Fast, cool, and quiet!!

A nice post, definitely. Experiences like yours is what drives this forum. Is it easy to change the GPU cooler for a person (myself) who has never changed a GPU cooler before? Changing coolers is not difficult usually. You just need patience and to follow the instructions. Also, there are usually g...