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by Mr. Perfect
Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard
Replies: 38
Views: 27636

Re: Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

Just out of curiosity, what happens when you open the end of the PCIe slot? Many cards will work with a reduced lane count, so some people just remove the little bit of plastic on the end of the slot and plug in bigger cards. There's plenty of cards that are bigger then x4 that people might want to ...
by Mr. Perfect
Sun May 29, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W Power Supply
Replies: 23
Views: 10454

Re: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W Power Supply

If "most" where Nippon caps, what where the rest of the caps? I'm guessing they're not bad, since there where no complaints, but it does make you wonder what they are. :wink:
by Mr. Perfect
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Gaming System Build Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 32459

Re: Silent Gaming System Build Guide

I happened to think this was an outstanding build, so no outrage or insults here. :) Most sites, even those aimed at enthusiasts and gamers, refuse to do anything more with a MITX board then set it up as an HTPC. The only thing I would bump up would be an i7-870 and the AXP-140 in the hopes that it ...
by Mr. Perfect
Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus
Replies: 58
Views: 73100

Re: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus

I'm always a little cautious about things which haven't made it past the subjective experience category. Fortunately, if these devices are making noise, no hardware review site is better suited to detect them then SPCR. :) Why not put the drives in the anechoic chamber, set the microphones up withou...
by Mr. Perfect
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler
Replies: 46
Views: 18952

Re: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler

The difference in power draw is shocking. At first it looks like it scales with GPU temperature, but if that where the case the stock cooler's draw would be similar to the Gelid at 12volts. It's a real shame there's no way to measure the stock cooler's VRM temperature. To make up that 16 watt power ...
by Mr. Perfect
Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Home Server Build Guide
Replies: 137
Views: 51916

Re: Silent Home Server Build Guide

[quote="matt_garman"]I forget the exact numbers, but say 1 in X bytes. The point is, X hasn't increased proportionally with capacities, so the likelihood of bit errors has gone up. There's a few articles out there suggesting that RAID-5 is no longer sufficient given >1 TB hard drives. The gist is th...
by Mr. Perfect
Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Sugo SG07: The Ultimate Mini-ITX Case?
Replies: 17
Views: 11152

I personally like the case I have now, Lan-Gear's mITX( my build )case, but I was considering the SG-07. In the end, the Lan-Gear is cheaper even if it doesn't come with a PSU. I was about to mention the Lan Gear too. It's got the same general layout as the SG07, but manages to be smaller. Definite...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 23
Views: 10111

The VRM temperatures are a little surprising. Those are easily some of the largest VRM heatsinks I've seen on a mITX board, so being the hottest board is strange. Must be all of that overvolting the board is doing. :?
by Mr. Perfect
Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 63558

You are correct in saying the SFX is mainly for OEM and in this market, mostly 80PLUS Bronze will suffice. That said, low power units with Gold certification does have its markets, ie., servers & IPC but so long as it has multi-outputs, it is a challenge. Difficult to say, as an earlier post pointe...
by Mr. Perfect
Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 63558

I had a similar reaction as SPCR did in their summary. Originally I was thinking that this was a nice bit of engineering, but would rather have a fan just in case. This review has changed my mind, too. :) Kind of OT, but Mike, would you happen to know if Seasonic has any plans to release an 80Plus G...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gelid Slim Silence & Prolimatech Samuel 17 LP CPU Cooler
Replies: 12
Views: 6477

I could have sworn you guys tested the Thermalright AXP-140, but I'm not seeing it now. It would be interesting to see that compered to the Samuel 17 since the current mITX cube cases can handle it.

Actually, all top-down coolers have suddenly become interesting again. :)
by Mr. Perfect
Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Athlon II X4 610e & Phenom II X4 910e: 45W & 65W Qua
Replies: 41
Views: 12084

What are the Athlon II X4 925 and 945 on page 1? I'm not seeing them on the AMD site. Are they the Phenoms 925 and 945? I was under the impression that only Phenoms had L3, so that would make sense.
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel LGA1366 Stock Cooler Performance: Good Enough?
Replies: 12
Views: 6321

Hmm, interesting. If it came with all i7s, a simple $5 fan mod might be enough for some people. At how many RPM does the fan run when set to Q(uiet)? Did I miss that in the article somewhere? It was mentioned briefly on page 6. The built-in speed switch toggles the fan speed between 12V ('P' setting...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon May 17, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung N220 Pine Trail Netbook
Replies: 7
Views: 4050

Just out of curiosity, how was 7 using the 600MB? Was it Cached or Available? Vista and 7 use a different memory caching method then XP, so comparing them takes some care.
by Mr. Perfect
Fri May 14, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: Donate: Titan Fenrir
Replies: 19
Views: 23016

it's surprising that no one else is wiling to donate for this review. the target is only $50 away. comments? The only way I knew this existed at all was when I read the review today. If I'm any indication of the typical SPCR member you'll have to add an entry to the front page linking to the donati...
by Mr. Perfect
Fri May 14, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Titan Fenrir & CM Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited
Replies: 71
Views: 25639

dev, don't get so hung up on whether the CPU is running at stock or not. It's just a means to an end. It's just a source of heat. A way of producing a specific and exact amount of power to be dumped into the heatsink so that the temperature can then be taken. Makes sense to me. A 130 watt TDP CPU i...
by Mr. Perfect
Sun May 02, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Water Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 20271

Hmm, well it's nice to see some test results for this. It's used all over the M-ITX scene since it actually fits in the cases. The pump noise might be to much for me though. By the way, does the orientation of the radiator make any difference? Changing the maximum height the pump has to move the wat...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT02 ATX Case
Replies: 76
Views: 44255

but its aesthetics seem to target the over 30 crowd, very subdued compared to the conspicuous Raven. Ouch. :( Hey, I'm not 30 yet... I'd just rather have a BMer in the driveway then a Honda Civic with a metric ton of fiberglass bolt-ons. :lol: It would be nice if they'd use some of these new ideas,...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $500 First PC Build
Replies: 9
Views: 2102

You might, first quarter of the year is usually the slowest, so they may have sales then.

Also, do you have anything worth keeping from the old PC? DVD burner? PCIe video card? It could tip the budget in your favor.
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H 785G Motherboard
Replies: 16
Views: 9995

Looks like I'm a day late to the party, but I'll ask anyhow... :? First, you mention; In addition, the vanity nameplate on top looks nice but may actually impede cooling. Have you tried taking these kinds of plates off? I've noticed that just about every manufaturer caps off the tops of their heatsi...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Raven Two
Replies: 31
Views: 18342

I guess it makes sense to not fight convection. :wink: Any idea if they're planning on a mATX or even a mITX case that vents upward like this? I grabbed an SG05 after the review here, and can't help but wonder what a mini-raven would be like. Maybe they wouldnt' have to make their mITX cases out of ...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Twelve Hundred Gaming Case
Replies: 12
Views: 6442

Now that they have the ridiculously large gaming cases covered, can we hope for a Mini ITX(DTX really) to compete with the Silverstone Sugo series? :) There just aren't enough choices in that sector...
by Mr. Perfect
Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Musashi Dual Fan GPU Cooler [updated results]
Replies: 30
Views: 22197

It looks like there is a little bit of room left on the HS with the two 100mm fans on it. Is it possible to get two 120mms on it?
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Luxa2 LM100 Mini: "Exquisite & Desirable" m-IT
Replies: 22
Views: 7802

Sure, you could probably make something like that with a socket from an old PSU and a spare cable, but how do you do it without it looking like it came from ThereIFixedIt.com? :?

Purpose made ones would be so much nicer.
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Luxa2 LM100 Mini: "Exquisite & Desirable" m-IT
Replies: 22
Views: 7802

The one really interesting bit is how they managed to route the PSU hookup from the front of the case to the back. If those adapters could be used in, say, the Sugo cases you could put an ATX in the front fan spot. That would free up room for both taller CPU heatsinks and exhaust fans.
by Mr. Perfect
Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Sugo SG05 and SG06: Gaming mini-ITX cases?
Replies: 41
Views: 39512

Impressive article. Finding a hardware site that even acknowledges the existence of mITX seems to be hard, much less one that dares to install a discreet graphics card in one. Is SFF a direction SPCR is moving in the future? By the way, does anyone know of any other sites that work with mITX size ga...
by Mr. Perfect
Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Decathlon DA700 power supply
Replies: 16
Views: 9421

FYI, a new automated PC-based PSU load tester has been in the works for a year... ...They were supposed to have finished before the summer.... but there were parts supply issues and they're still testing / validating now. Now that sounds interesting. You're going to post a nice write up about it wh...
by Mr. Perfect
Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Please start testing 140mm fans
Replies: 11
Views: 13645

Kind of an old topic, but it's just as relevant today. Finding information on 140mm fans is quite tough , so if SPCR could put them in the lime light I bet they would start carving out a niche in the market. At least a niche in the silencing market anyhow. If Yate Loon's 120mm specs and 140mm specs ...
by Mr. Perfect
Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: System RAM reduced with new GC Installed
Replies: 6
Views: 1906

I haven't fooled around with it myself, but there are a couple of articles about the 32bit ram barrier at Dan's Data.

He has other articles about the issue, including one where he talked about remapping memory holes, if you use the search feature on his site.
by Mr. Perfect
Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:47 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Has anyone tried silencing a GTX260?
Replies: 6
Views: 2945

Oh, I know. ATI and Nvidia are always putting pitiful coolers on their cards. I wish there was an Accelero available for the 260. I bet it would stay in the 40s or 50s with some airflow managment then. :D