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by BrianF
Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU
Replies: 42
Views: 16493

Re: Recommendation for 500-600W PSU

I'm somewhat less familiar with SeaSonic (so please excuse if this is a dumb question): is the only difference between the S12II-520W and the M12II-520W the fact that the later is modular cabling and the former is not, or are the electronics and fan different as well?
by BrianF
Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:51 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Whats good in the current Antec lineup?
Replies: 1
Views: 1181

Whats good in the current Antec lineup?

I've had one of the original EA430s for the past 5 years an although not categorically quiet, it has been sufficient for me these many years. I'm doing a new build and started with an EA650 Platinum...and was immediately disappointed with what I heard. The fan has a notable growl/chatter that single...
by BrianF
Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX 8600GT have fan control?
Replies: 0
Views: 1079

XFX 8600GT have fan control?

I've an opportunity to get one of these at a deep discount but I notice in photos it does NOT have the reference cooler. I dont mind them going with a different fan, but it concerns me that it doesnt even use the same 4pin connector as the reference so I'd guess there is no speed control and its pro...
by BrianF
Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 8600GT(s) cards - fan undervolting?
Replies: 4
Views: 2264

Did you use the alternate connector, or simply move over the one which is used by default?

Also, either way can you control the fan speed through the NVidia control panel?
by BrianF
Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 160GB SATA : SG vs WD
Replies: 2
Views: 1738

160GB SATA : SG vs WD

I have limited options. I can either take a SeaGate 7200.10 or order in a WD 1600AAJS. They both have just one platter so I thought it would be odd/even as to which one would be quieter but I'm reading horror stories here about the 7200.10s. Would the WD be any quieter? Does it support AAM (which I ...
by BrianF
Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which 7600GS/GT works with RivaTuner?
Replies: 1
Views: 1410

Which 7600GS/GT works with RivaTuner?

For many years I used RivaTuner with great success to manually control the stock fan on my 6800. "25%" speed for 2D mode was, for my purpose at least, more than quiet enough. I'm putting together a new PC and discovered this doesnt always work. I tried an XFX 7600GT (PV-T73G-UGD3) which seems to be ...
by BrianF
Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: How much (extra) power do UPS's draw?
Replies: 17
Views: 28739

padmewan wrote:I guess the question for me is how much "extra" power is drawn when whatever's plugged into the UPS is off.
I have an older APC UPS, model BE350C. I measured it once a while back and if memory serves, it uses about 6 watts, definetly less than 10, when its on but nothing is plugged into it.
by BrianF
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:51 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 425279

It's powering an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, 2 GB RAM, 2 Samsung HDs and a Samsung optical drive. That 2nd hard drive might be whats ~just~ enough to put you over. Our experiments here show that the P965LT (latest BIOS of couorse) with one HD/one optical/one fan/2 RAM sticks is "boarder line" in that f...
by BrianF
Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 425279

A4 Neo HEs were released at the beginning of the year. You should be safe with anything past January 2006 (S0601...) IIRC. "Safe" is a little relative since the so called incompatibilities apparently persist: Just tried a brand new S06080xxxx on an Intel brand P965LT mainboard and got the same old ...
by BrianF
Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Earth Watts: Green Computing Hits the Big Time
Replies: 22
Views: 26424

I've seen it listed at NewEgg but I still dont see it at any of the distributors in Canada (I'm a retailer)
by BrianF
Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Earth Watts: Green Computing Hits the Big Time
Replies: 22
Views: 26424

@BrianF: Yes, that's why we started testing with no load. I'm not sure the test is foolproof, since some Neo HEs still seem to be having problems, but at least it looks at a potential source of problems. So do the early NEOs "fail" this test? Understood that the test is not foolproof but if the ear...
by BrianF
Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Earth Watts: Green Computing Hits the Big Time
Replies: 22
Views: 26424

The Earth Watts had no issues starting or staying on with no load applied.
Does this relate directly to the now famous issue the NEO HE's had/have with regards to min loads?
by BrianF
Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec EarthWatts
Replies: 12
Views: 8356

Thats just the "opperating environment" (the temp range they can be used in). I was refering to the spec'ing of the units output: Virtually all PSUs, including all of Antec's (except the NEO HEs) are quoted as delivering their rated output at 25deg (with a MTBF of 80,000 hours at that temp). These n...
by BrianF
Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec EarthWatts
Replies: 12
Views: 8356

How is this different from the Neo HE, I wonder?
Going by what is on their site, two 12V rails instead of three, 3 year warranty instead of 5, no detacheable cables. Probably rated to 25deg like all their other stuff (the NeoHEs are the only one rated to 50deg).
by BrianF
Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 425279

Has anyone tried any of the HEs with the MSI P965-Neo mainbaord?
by BrianF
Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need Brand Recommendation for a 7600gs
Replies: 12
Views: 5028

I have two of the XFX "Extreme" cards in my machine. They have been flawless, and I am using 3 out of the four DVI outputs! :twisted: Here's one that looks like the ones I have... I am considering that very card from XFX. It has the exact same heatsink as the EVGA model that performed so well in te...
by BrianF
Thu May 18, 2006 9:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Has anyone gotten an NSK6500 yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 1617

Has anyone gotten an NSK6500 yet?

It looks to have the same overall structure as the 3000 series but with a new bezel and a subordinate version of the HE430 power supply (perhaps only 2 rails instead of 3?). I'm dying to see the front without the bezel, and the bezel itself. Thats the only part of my 3000 that I dont like (bezel fee...
by BrianF
Fri May 12, 2006 8:46 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Panaflow vs. Antec TriCool
Replies: 4
Views: 2472

Panaflow vs. Antec TriCool

Please forgive if this has allready been hashed out but.....

I'm just wondering if a FBA12G12L1A at 5V would be any better than the 12cm Antec "TriCool" thats coming in all their cases (set to "L" of course).

Same noise more air? Same air less noise?
by BrianF
Thu May 11, 2006 3:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 425279

There still seems to be some lingering questions or doubts about Antec’s NeoHE line of power supplies. Let us be clear: (...) You can buy NeoHE with confidence. First, I don't know if people here say it enough, but thanks for participating! I wish more manufacturers were "hands on" in these forum...
by BrianF
Wed May 10, 2006 5:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SLK3000B vs. TX640B
Replies: 0
Views: 949

SLK3000B vs. TX640B

Please delete
by BrianF
Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone got pics of a PSU Duct in SLK3000B?
Replies: 2
Views: 1349

I'm working on one right now. Get you a pic when its done though I must say, the way I'm doing it is DEAD simple. I'm using a peice of sheet styreen (availiable at a hobby shop) though there is lots other you could use. All it takes is mounting an optical drive in the THIRD bay. That puts its top le...
by BrianF
Fri May 06, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the new SeaSonic SS400 ~really~ ATX2.0?
Replies: 10
Views: 3147

Indeed, well said Rusty. Normally I'd steer clear of PSUs with bottom intake, but from testimonies I'm reading, the S12s dont seem to fall prey to the usual scenario of "CPU heat goes in, speeds up fan, PSU gets loud". An S12 430 may just be my next purchase (if only it had a PCIE connector...just i...
by BrianF
Thu May 05, 2005 5:42 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the new SeaSonic SS400 ~really~ ATX2.0?
Replies: 10
Views: 3147

They did. On that VERY page you link to: SEPT 2004: The latest revisions of the 400W and 460W models are now All-in-One: PCI Express ready, with both ATX12V v2.0 and EPS12V compatibility. I beleive if one consults the lable of these latest revision models, you will find there is no 12V2, though as I...
by BrianF
Thu May 05, 2005 5:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the new SeaSonic SS400 ~really~ ATX2.0?
Replies: 10
Views: 3147

Is the new SeaSonic SS400 ~really~ ATX2.0?

I dont think it has 2 12V rails. Looking at the side panel of the latest edition, there is no 12V2 rating (like there is on the new S12s), and looking at the specs acording the NewEgg, it does not have dual 12V rails. According to formfactors.org, if 12V is higher than 18A (in the case of the SS400,...
by BrianF
Thu May 05, 2005 3:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Are the stock fans on the Antec SLK3000B silent?
Replies: 15
Views: 5395

On its "low" setting, I find the included fan sufficiently quiet. So maybe its not the quietest in the world, but its definetly not a throw away. In fact, once I installed rubber mounts for it, it fell completly below the level of the other components.
by BrianF
Thu May 05, 2005 3:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

Frank, looking at the second photo you posted, one gets the impression there is enough room there for them to have use 80x25mm intake fan (looks like there is a gap between the 80x15 and the circuit board/heatsink).

True, or is the angle of the photo deceiving?
by BrianF
Wed May 04, 2005 7:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

Thank you AntecRep. Well, as has allready been said, it all makes a great deal of sense and as Frank has testified, it seems to be very quiet. Makes me wonder though, if this new Push-Pull arrangement is so effective, why do the TP2s not use this same scheme? Would you say the SP2s are quieter than ...
by BrianF
Tue May 03, 2005 3:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

So IMHO you really are hunting ghosts. I admit, much of this is psycological. Truth is, I was all set to order a TruePower2 380 (depsite its bottom mounted 12cm) when, through another thread, I heard some bad things about its fan ramping up quickly and becoming noisy. I impulse-ordered a SmartPower...
by BrianF
Tue May 03, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Any more of the famous Ralph Hunter "OEM" 12cm Pan
Replies: 10
Views: 3315

Any more of the famous Ralph Hunter "OEM" 12cm Pan

After reading through this thread:

http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewto ... highlight=

I now just have to have one of those FBK12G12L fans!

I know I'm late to the party and all, but does anyone know a reliable source I can get one from (preferably within Canada)?

thanks
by BrianF
Tue May 03, 2005 8:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25328

Am I crazy? Yes ;) Indeed. I overanalyse I know. Its just that this purchase is going to have to last. My wife is not going to let me re-buy a PSU for years to come. :) Seriously though, if we could just hear from Antec about their design, I'd feel better about buying one. Why the 15mm fan on intak...