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by koitsu
Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:57 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

Chances are Fractal will be able to mail you the screws directly.
by koitsu
Mon May 21, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

I finally got around to doing this today, since I picked up a USB 3.0 PCIe card. I ran into no issues routing the fake eSATA and fat USB 3.0 cables via the front panel and over the top of the top 5.25" drive bay. It did take a little patience and adjusting/fidgeting, but I didn't have to run the cab...
by koitsu
Wed May 09, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

Wanted to follow up on this. My USB 3.0 upgrade kit arrived today from NewEgg. This is NewEgg's fault, not that of FD, but the upgrade kit box was completely smashed in, the cables were hanging out from the end, and the screws were missing. I eventually found the screw bag at the bottom of the packi...
by koitsu
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

Because the kits where produced and awaiting distribution here in Sweden when we found out the problem we recalled everything that was shipped out to local resellers and reworked everything manually. This was done before we shipped anything to Newegg and we still have not heard of any complaints of...
by koitsu
Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

I mailed NewEgg, since the product on their site shows the older (faulty) version with black screws, just to try and find out what exactly they were selling. Their response indicates more or less that as a customer you're playing Russian roulette with your purchase. This is exactly why changing mod...
by koitsu
Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

I mailed NewEgg, since the product on their site shows the older (faulty) version with black screws, just to try and find out what exactly they were selling. Their response indicates more or less that as a customer you're playing Russian roulette with your purchase. This is exactly why changing mode...
by koitsu
Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Livewire Powerline Networking Kit
Replies: 24
Views: 10884

Re: Western Digital Livewire Powerline Networking Kit

Might I recommend SPCR review the Zyxel PLA-407 powerline adapters? Supposedly these things perform amazingly well (way better than the WD product), and the latency is much lower / consistent too (something like 1-2ms), with no packet loss. There's a review of this product over on the DSLR/BBR forum...
by koitsu
Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:56 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Electronic Whining Noise Solutions Research Project
Replies: 19
Views: 747389

Re: Electronic Whining Noise Solutions Research Project

Three things you could investigate: 1) Any Core i7 (possibly i5) with C-state support enabled -- specifically, C-state transitioning between C3/C6. On every Core i7 system I have (one HP laptop (not sure which rev/stepping), and one desktop (i7-2600K, rev D2 / stepping 7)), I have to turn this featu...
by koitsu
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

FD's response here on the forum is the same I just got in Email. Folks here on SPCR who bought the kit in question and had problems should chime in here with feedback, etc.. The screw length issue seems to be addressed (thanks FD!), but the routing hole ordeal needs some further discussion. I urge S...
by koitsu
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

I sent the following message to Fractal Design today via their web form (sent to "Product suggestions"). If I get no response, or a get a half-ass response (excuses, etc.) I will attempt other communications with them to get this rectified. Here's what I sent them: To whom it may concern, Since the ...
by koitsu
Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

Thanks for the info, Haych. I'm going to reach out to Fractal Design and point them to this thread. The fact they haven't addressed this after ~6 months is unacceptable. I'm absolutely certain changes could be made to the upgrade kit to make it fully compatible with the boxes its intended to be used...
by koitsu
Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit
Replies: 31
Views: 15053

Re: Fractal Define R3 USB 3.0 upgrade kit

The last post in this thread was 6 months ago. Questions: 1. Did/had anyone actually taken the time to contact Fractal Design about the design flaw in their USB 3.0 upgrade kit? (Re: cables now have to go through the top 5.25" drive bay rather than through the proper routing hole) 2. Has anyone purc...
by koitsu
Tue May 31, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet DVDRW for HTPC?
Replies: 4
Views: 1840

Re: Quiet DVDRW for HTPC?

The "fan" alexb is referring to isn't actually a fan, but the noise the drive makes during high-speed rotation of the disc (gradually getting louder once you exceed around 8-12x or so). With non-ball-bearing mechanism drives, the drive is extremely quiet up to a certain point (then the drive starts ...
by koitsu
Tue May 31, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?
Replies: 8
Views: 2742

Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Be aware certain SMART attributes on the Intel X25 series, X18 series, 320 series, and 510 series SSDs are clearable via a vendor-specific SMART test command (command 0x40). They reset to value 0x00000000ffff (65535), then after approximately 30-60 seconds, start incrementing again from zero. You ca...
by koitsu
Tue May 31, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Sata DVD-RW recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

Re: Sata DVD-RW recommendations

This drive is almost certainly (~80% sure) a rebranded LiteOn drive, which means it's a rebranded Optiarc drive. Here's some added validation: http://club.myce.com/f43/plextor-px-l890sa-316174/ "So what?" These drives appear to use ball bearing mechanisms, which makes them extremely loud during spin...
by koitsu
Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182, NeoHE, and P5N-E SLI
Replies: 2
Views: 2066

Based on other forum threads and overall advice, I went ahead and bought a Corsair CMPSU-520HX PSU. Upon arrival, I didn't even have to plug it in to determine the length of the 4-pin 12V power cable was too short -- measurements matched that of the NeoHE 550! I then did some more research on these ...
by koitsu
Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182 - LEDs showing through right side of case
Replies: 5
Views: 3334

Thanks for the recommendations, guys. Buying replacement LEDs is definitely a good idea (I prefer orange for HDD and green for power), but the electrical tape idea is also good. Once I get the front cover off, I'll peek around in there and see what I come up with. Probably painting something... prim...
by koitsu
Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Nexus 120mm fan corner cutting guide...
Replies: 64
Views: 164414

I need some one to assure me Nexus is good :p Or to be on the safe side to go for the S-Flex fans (but hey are a bit more expensive: 8,- for Nexus - 11,- for S-Flex). I can assure you Nexus makes good fans. I use their fans exclusively because they're quiet -- and I'm one of those people with "supe...
by koitsu
Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Nexus 120mm fan corner cutting guide...
Replies: 64
Views: 164414

My frustration resulted in an Email to numerous addresses at Nexustek. Below is the Email I sent to Nexus. My god, I posted this over a year ago and I never provided Nexus's response?! Forgetful koitsu... Here it is, headers and all (so you can see the Date): From: NEXUSTEK <info@nexustek.nl> To: {...
by koitsu
Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182 - LEDs showing through right side of case
Replies: 5
Views: 3334

Antec P182 - LEDs showing through right side of case

Am I the only one who finds blue LEDs incredibly annoying due to being too bright? :-) The "problem" I'm trying to solve has to do with the hard disk LED showing through the right side of the case, due to the air intake grill/strip along the right front edge. See here: http://www.antec.com/images/40...
by koitsu
Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182 and TriCool Fans
Replies: 8
Views: 3822

Yeah, that's what I suspected... Practically, if I decide to replace the vents I will be left with a hole in the backplate? You got it. You could always leave the switch block mounted in the back, but just cut the wires off from the fans. The size of the switch block/hole in the back is (WxH) 1.5"x...
by koitsu
Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182, NeoHE, and P5N-E SLI
Replies: 2
Views: 2066

Antec P182, NeoHE, and P5N-E SLI

There's a ton of related threads about the P182 and PSU cable lengths, but I think mine's a bit unique. I hope Mike Chin reads this thread since he has some pull with Antec. I bought an Antec P182 case and have an Antec NeoHE 550 PSU. I'll bold this because it's important: Antec makes both of these ...
by koitsu
Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MOUSE whine?!
Replies: 40
Views: 26001

Does anyone have a Logitech G5 and have noticed this problem? I know the G5 is listed on koitsu 's interesting web page, but I just wonder how prevailent it is... According to the page it seems to only affect newer, maybe higher performance mouses. I have an older, basic Logitech optical mouse and ...
by koitsu
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 411906

I'm using a March 2006 430 watt Neo HE and I'm getting pretty bad electrical noise when running Folding @ Home. Is this a common issue or should I try an RMA? Noise seems to depend on power draw. When I undervolted my Core 2 Duo from 1.325v (stock) to 1.2v the noise is not as loud. I can confirm th...
by koitsu
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 411906

I've had a NeoHE psu (EC model) for almost a year now. Came with the P150 case I purchased last autumn. My first PC configuration (P4 2.6GHz Northwood, 1GB DDR 400, Radeon 9800Pro) I had no problems with. Now when I updated my computer to a C2D e6300 with 2GB RAM DDR800 and a 7900GS, I've ran into ...
by koitsu
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 411906

I have two NeoHE 550 units, both bought at different times, and one of which was sent back to Antec for repair (to work with Asus A8N motherboards). Neither PSU work with my new Intel DP965LT. Both work fine with my Gigabyte GA-P965-DS3. Now, about the Intel board... If hooked up to a NeoHE PSU, the...
by koitsu
Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:58 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Logitech MX 510 has a high pitch sound!
Replies: 40
Views: 34378

I've been documenting this problem for years. Logitech has denied it, and they have literally shut me out from speaking to them any longer about it (demanding all communication with them be done via fax for record keeping). http://jdc.parodius.com/ Audio clips are there. The important thing to note ...
by koitsu
Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MOUSE whine?!
Replies: 40
Views: 26001

I've been documenting this problem for years. Logitech has denied it, and they have literally shut me out from speaking to them any longer about it (demanding all communication with them be done via fax for record keeping). http://jdc.parodius.com/ Audio clips are there. The important thing to note ...
by koitsu
Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:40 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: logitech mouse whine partial fix
Replies: 5
Views: 6386

Straker, Is the problem you're fighting with identical to what I've described here (for many years): http://jdc.parodius.com/logitech/ Just curious -- because if so, I don't think it has anything to do with the IR sensor IC cover, it has something to do with the actual transmitter or receptor itself...
by koitsu
Sat Feb 25, 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Nexus 120mm fan corner cutting guide...
Replies: 64
Views: 164414

Amusing. I have never screamed or yelled at PC hardware -- ever -- until earlier this afternoon. I dealt with this exact problem with Nexus case fans, and ended up destroying one of my fans horribly due to their absolutely-100%-worthless cylinder that they run between the front and rear mounting hol...