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by Natronomonas
Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Suggestions on mATX board
Replies: 15
Views: 6907

OK I can confirm that I was overly optimistic in my earlier post. I got the e4300/ p5l-vm combo, and there is no pci-e/PCI lock, and setting to 266 does not reset the lock. So the board maxes out about 240fsb (120pci-e). I'm now attempting a pin mod to get the e4300 to boot at 266 default fsb, as th...
by Natronomonas
Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E6700 question
Replies: 5
Views: 2058

Re: E6700 question

temps in the teens? I was trying to figure this out until I realised degrees F, not C : ) As the previous post said, I'd be more worried about theft. Why the e6700 though? e6600 is better value, and if you're going e6700 type price, if you can wait for the q02 price cuts, you get a quad q6600 for a...
by Natronomonas
Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: How (not) to perform a fan swap on a Zalman CNPS-7000A-AlCu
Replies: 6
Views: 3834

That's a decent mod : )

When I accidentally snapped off the fan in my zalman (don't ask) I got around it by zip-tieing a 120mm over the top of the whole thing... works a treat : )
by Natronomonas
Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Suggestions on mATX board
Replies: 15
Views: 6907

Look at maybe the asus p5l-vm or mx. Pair it with a e4300 (which is within a few% of the 6300 at stock) and then up the FSB to 266/1066 (compared to e4300 stock of 200/800) for a 2.4ghz CPU. Then maybe you can clock it up a bit extra - although you'll probably top out at ~300 or so FSB, as no curren...
by Natronomonas
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:12 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Silencing a half height video card
Replies: 5
Views: 2017

Depending on how ghetto/DIY you want, a low-speed 80mm pointed at the heatsink with the h/s fan off should be fine. Depends on your clearance - does the case require half-height? Is the spacing of the mounting holes around the GPU standard? Some of the lighter GPU solutions could be mounted using th...
by Natronomonas
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: OMG, a 2000W power supply
Replies: 45
Views: 15201

Clearly made by and for people compensating for something...
by Natronomonas
Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: a question about undervolting fans
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

You can get some 'basic' controllers that don't need a bay, eg http://www.pccasegear.com.au/prod769.htm http://www.pccasegear.com.au/prod2800.htm and other such devices. Alternatively, you can just wire them up yourself to a fixed voltage from your molex cables or similar. You could use the mobo plu...
by Natronomonas
Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:12 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the best way to remove thermal paste?
Replies: 11
Views: 2755

Don't worry, it's better if other people are providing it : P
by Natronomonas
Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the best way to remove thermal paste?
Replies: 11
Views: 2755

I usually use methylated spirits, or pure/70% ethanol. Plus elbow grease, if it's baked on : P
by Natronomonas
Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce4 Chipset Fan Replacement Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 215063

Used to have nb47J, but ended up swapping it for a HR-05 SLI. Didn't need the SLI version, but it was on special. It's still hot (passive) but not as hot as the NB got to. I'd recommend it if you have room, because the open grill/radiator is much better for cooling with low/diffuse airflow. When I h...
by Natronomonas
Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: All in one motherboard
Replies: 3
Views: 1903

The Asus m2npv-vm might be worth looking at - composite hdtv out to 1080i, 6150 chipset. Throw it with a DC 36/3800+ and it would make a good all-round general pc. There's no really good tv/video out mobos for C2D as far as I know yet, but they might arrive later? Skip Pentium-class processors, they...
by Natronomonas
Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Comic strip on extreme VGA cooling
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

lol. Except with the G80 and RD600, it's so true...
by Natronomonas
Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:05 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Can Microsoft save the world?
Replies: 21
Views: 23623

Maybe Apple could set a good example here! The fact that they produce their own computers means they could standardise on this feature for all their PCs which would be less confusing for the marketplace. They already do - the G5 next to me goes into standby after around 15 mins of inactivity - that...
by Natronomonas
Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: does anyone make really short sata cables?
Replies: 8
Views: 2572

Here in Australia, one of the main PC 'mod' stores (www.pccasegear.com.au) sells 10cm (4" in imperial) cables, so there's definitely some shorter cables around.
by Natronomonas
Thu Sep 21, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: What is a "Silent" Computer?
Replies: 30
Views: 27531

Well, basically most of us in the forums knew most of this already. Or even those not active in the forums : ) It is a useful arcticle for "outsiders" and newcomers. I thought it was actually a well-thought out summary of the outstanding issues; a good refresher for those already familiar with the ...
by Natronomonas
Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Looking for 35watt Athlon
Replies: 15
Views: 4712

Have you considered using RMClock or similar? It takes advantage of the CnQ ability to lower voltage.... used it on my laptop, works a treat. Get 100% load voltage of 1.1v now, instead of 1.35v. Idle is 1.05 or something.... CPU is 10C cooler under load, and the HDD temp reduced as well from the gen...
by Natronomonas
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AMD x2 Stock HSF - how bad is it?
Replies: 4
Views: 1754

All I know is I upgraded to a Scythe Ninja and couldn't be happier.

In general, stock HSF are OK but not great, both for heat dissipation and noise. See if you can live with it, but if you can't, upgrade.
by Natronomonas
Mon Dec 26, 2005 5:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NB temp on nForce4 mobo
Replies: 6
Views: 2483

My NB would be hotter than 55C... they're rated for hotter temps than CPUs. I have a zalman passive on mine with a 120mm at 5v kicking around in the middle of the case... perfectly stable at 10x245...
by Natronomonas
Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright V1 cooler?
Replies: 3
Views: 1266

If I remember correctly, Thermalright stated on their website that the V-1 should not be used in cases that have the video card upside down because it hinders the performance of the heatpipes. Since you're using a V1100, that kinda rules it out doesn't it? :) That's right. I've got one of these tho...
by Natronomonas
Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's PSU Test Platform V.3
Replies: 20
Views: 15912

MikeC writes "I suppose the main thing is to try and do it right. By continuing to raise review standards higher" Talk about raising the standard! You're already the gold standard in my book on PSUs, and _the_ standard in regards to noise review of any hardware - and you're still raising the bar hig...
by Natronomonas
Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low Power Desktop System Options...
Replies: 2
Views: 1728

Depending on how low you want to go, you should consider a Venice AMD64. Power consumption only 30-40 watts (http://www.lostcircuits.com/cpu/amd_venice/) which isn't very hard to cool quietly... I have a 3200+ with an CPNS7000AlCu at 5v or less and the CPU is about 35C under load. No performance sac...
by Natronomonas
Thu Jun 30, 2005 5:33 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is my cpu burning up creating a smell?
Replies: 9
Views: 2814

Last time I had an electronics smell the PSU failed about a week or two later, after various "random" lockups of my PC. When I checked the 5v line and it was running at 4.2 or something like that I began to get suspicious, and it was about a day after that it died. I would switch off the PC and take...
by Natronomonas
Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me quiet a PIII system
Replies: 13
Views: 3321

I recently quietened a very similar setup. The main noise sources were the PSU and HSF, as in your case. I swapped the HSF for a socketA that I had lying around and attached a 92mm at 5v. This was a great fan, you can't hear it inside the case. I swapped out the PSU fan for a thermally controlled Co...
by Natronomonas
Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help OVERCLOCK old system
Replies: 10
Views: 3500

Oh really? With Intel, I just raise my FSB. Same with the AthlonXP series... which had the added advantage of no multiplier locks for some time. If you want the added performance of on-die memory controllers etc, one extra bus to worry about isn't too bad. I have not heard of a 630 chip that didn't...
by Natronomonas
Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help OVERCLOCK old system
Replies: 10
Views: 3500

since I don't know a great deal about AMD overclocking, except it's somewhat harder than overclocking Intel. Sorry Hightower, but I'm going to have to take issue with your comment.... you obviously don't know a lot about overclocking in general, because if you did you'd know it's no harder or easie...
by Natronomonas
Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: [QUESTION] Power consumption of the Athlon 64 X2?
Replies: 7
Views: 2859

Don't the 90nm single core processors idle to 10+ W. I remember reading about that somewhere here, maybe someone can confirm that. Xbitlabs and Anandtech had those from memory... xbitlabs being the more comprehensive review from memory. Yes, the wattages were 10-15W depending on core revision. I wo...
by Natronomonas
Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:32 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent Fans in Australia?
Replies: 55
Views: 15946

jermaink wrote:Here's the only source of Papst fans in Australia I think:

http://home.iprimus.com.au/maslovsky/120mm.htm

The 4412FGL is supposed to be very quiet.
www.lownoisepc.com also sell the papst in Australia... $35. Couple of different speeds.
by Natronomonas
Wed Jun 22, 2005 2:16 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent Fans in Australia?
Replies: 55
Views: 15946

re: the glacialtechs. (easily available in Aus).

http://web.aanet.com.au/web/DGBHome/Oth ... 120mm.html
My thoughts on the fan.


Enclosed in a case, I suspect they'd be good for a nearly silent CPU fan mod, but not silent.
by Natronomonas
Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NF4 passive chipset heatsink warning
Replies: 51
Views: 22625

Don't you have air conditioning in Australia? 40c , I cannot imagine that! I guess it is a dry heat? Of course we have air conditioning! Just not in every house... an average summer would probably only have 20 or fewer 40C days. It is pretty dry heat though - I went to Tokyo a while back in summer,...
by Natronomonas
Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 157403

"i'm telling you, they need this thing on PCI-E x16 8) The beauty of this though is as it uses the SATA interface for communication it looks like a regular drive to the OS - whichever flavour you run. Otherwise, you'd need special drivers etc to make it work as a boot/swap drive etc. So while the e...