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by TheAtomicKid
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU behavior when dying...?
Replies: 6
Views: 3767

PSU Behavior before the big D...

first reply was accurate. It'll either go immediately, with a pop, or else it will slowly die over time.. random reboots, bsod's, etc. If you suspect your PSU is about to be toast due to the second case, REPLACE IT IMMEDIATELY. Test it on another, known good system if you have doubts, but... either ...
by TheAtomicKid
Sun Apr 23, 2006 9:30 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja SCNJ-1000 Copper Base Is Concave!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 6048

Hmmm...

Gonna recheck mine 'soon' after reading that other thread. I used to stock backplate (it's a nice metal one, even bigger than the one that comes with the ninja... the new screws that shipped with the heatsink, appeared to fit just fine, but we're gonna triple check everything. Thanks for the tip. TAK
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Apr 22, 2006 1:52 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Ninja SCNJ-1000 Copper Base Is Concave!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 6048

...

Gah. Please let us know. I just installed a ninja. Oddly enough, I'm getting great temps from it, but after getting the entire system back together, it 'doesnt feel right' for some reason... and when I booted this morning, it failed to boot for some reason, just froze somewhere along the post, with ...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Whee!!!
Replies: 0
Views: 874

Whee!!!

I just posted this to my local mailing list (small group of friends, but wanted to share with you guys too, although no real surprises) minor upgrades, but very much noticeable. replaced the heatsink/fan for the northbridge and cpu, on my msi k8n neo4 platinum motherboard (xxxx has an identical boar...
by TheAtomicKid
Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD raptor 74gb and P180
Replies: 7
Views: 2479

Unless I'm mistaken...

AAM for the raptor series is disabled. It's an enterprise drive, generally intended for workstations, where it'd be handy, and low end servers, where they're generally stuffed in a computer room. I can't remember for absolute _certain_, but I vaguely remember reading it somewhere in western digitals...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Apr 14, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD raptor 74gb and P180
Replies: 7
Views: 2479

re...

I've never used a smartdrive enclosure, so I'm not sure how well it would hold up. I do have two raptors, and I can tell you... as long as they get airflow, theydo just fine... but if you, say, sit them on a piece of foam or something, in a location that doesnt get a breeze, they get warm, fast. Hav...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Apr 14, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Out of curiousity...
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

Re: ...

actually, after realizing it comes with a non-standard size fan (100mm vs 120mm), I've decided to pass on this. Thanks for the help. It comes with a 100mm fan, but you can use any size 25mm thick fan in it. Not much of a limitation in my book. Hmm.. worth thinkin about. Could use the extra fan area...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Out of curiousity...
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

...

actually, after realizing it comes with a non-standard size fan (100mm vs 120mm), I've decided to pass on this. Thanks for the help.

TAK
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Out of curiousity...
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

...

as in, searched, and got hundreds of results back. I read through some of them, but didnt see what I was looking for. Thanks for the link... I think.

TAK
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Out of curiousity...
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

Out of curiousity...

and yes, I did a search first, ... too many hits to decipher... could I get some opinions on the scythe 'mine' cpu cooler... http://www.scytheusa.com/product/cpu/023/scmn1000_detail.html been looking at options to replace my stock cooler. I have no intake to the psu 'above' the cpu socket... most of...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: so, what's the consensus on the Zalman VF-900
Replies: 24
Views: 9973

In answer to the question about the 700...

I have one mounted on my sapphire-bred x800xl card... modded the power to run from the card instead of from the psu, so I can control the speed via ati tray tool, etc. all that notwithstanding... at max speed, the noise is there, but it's not hideous. in 2d mode I run the fan at about 50% power, and...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:00 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Galvanic Corrosion for muppets: Impress your friends!
Replies: 35
Views: 79497

Not to mention which..

Unless I'm mistaken, and I may be, chemistry isn't my strong suit, having managed to somehow bypass it in highschool... All that zinc has to go somewhere... it doesnt just 'disappear into the ether'... my guess is it's gonna get deposited onto your important bits of metal... how is THAT going to aff...
by TheAtomicKid
Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Underpowered USB ports; buy powered USB hub or upgrade PSU?
Replies: 16
Views: 3842

Frankly, you're probably going to have to accept a powered hub for connecting 'high power' devices. I just stuck a usb wireless keyboard/mouse on my mom's machine, and tried to connect it to the built in usb ports on the motherboard. Came back with 'weak signal', and constant dropouts where the kb/m...
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:39 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman VF900 @ CES 2006
Replies: 67
Views: 25665

Just read through the thread again...

Saw the post about wicks... Hmm... Maybe? Dunno.

TAK
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman VF900 @ CES 2006
Replies: 67
Views: 25665

I dunno.....

Heat pipes exchange heat by dumping from the high heat source, to the material inside, which gassifies/boils/whatever. With the card installed in a tower case, this unit will be hanging upside down, with the graphics card above, like normal. All this means, all the fluid inside the heatpipe, gravity...
by TheAtomicKid
Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 3d acceleration freezing for anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 3310

3d accel, etc.

Not sure about the temps on the nvidia stuff, but those look 'reasonable'. Might triple check your thermal path from the gpu through the heatsink, etc, but if you installed it yourself, you probably already know it's either good, or needs messing with. A little Holmesian logic leaves us with... driv...
by TheAtomicKid
Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: CASE wise after reading all the reviews ...
Replies: 19
Views: 5433

noise...

might try www.mini-itx.com and see if they have stuff that will satisfy your needs. they have several silent, or nearly silent, solutions, including do-it-yourself. that said, I've never actually ordered anything from then, so no idea on customer service, etc. Looks like a pretty straightforward bus...
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire X800XL Ultimate or other card with Zalman VF700?
Replies: 2
Views: 1679

modding the vf700 power cable...

it's a very easy mod, just did my own a little while back. basically just have to remove the plastic shroud from the vid card (without breaking the pins), and then rearrange the wires in the proper order on the 3pin socket... once you do that, you can just slide the socket down onto the fan header.....
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Geforce 6800GT Running HOT (125c)
Replies: 14
Views: 2847

hmmm...

Oh well :(

But that's good to know about the silencer.

TAK
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Geforce 6800GT Running HOT (125c)
Replies: 14
Views: 2847

cooler

I've had extremely pleasing results with my vf700 from zalman, unless you're needing to exhaust the air from the case. The advantage on the zalman is, they move air around local to the vid card, on the ramsinks (admittedly the flower only blows on the built side of the card, so if yo uhave backside ...
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 26, 2005 6:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Geforce 6800GT Running HOT (125c)
Replies: 14
Views: 2847

It 'should' mount smoothly to the surface if you have it seated correctly. The thermal paste should be quite thin, actually... you want to use as little as possible... it's for filling the tiny pits in the surface, to increase contact between the two surfaces by removing dead air gaps/improve heat t...
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Geforce 6800GT Running HOT (125c)
Replies: 14
Views: 2847

that's pretty hot..

in fact, it's hot enough I'd suspect your reading is somehow swapped to fahrenheit, instead of celsius. If it really is, you're in danger. Assuming you have the tools, associated items like thermal paste, etc, I'd pull the card, disassemble the heatsink/fan, etc, recheck EVERYTHING, clean it with al...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Nov 25, 2005 9:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Difficult MB Upgrade Decision
Replies: 9
Views: 2376

advice...

if you plan to keep that vid card for at least a year or more, I'd say go for it. If you're going to upgrade video sooner than that, say, to something with real gaming performance, I'd go ahead and get the new mboard with pci-e instead (not necessarily ASRock, personally I'm fond of asus, msi, dfi, ...
by TheAtomicKid
Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Soundcard - alternatives to Creative
Replies: 39
Views: 12142

tak means...

*laughs*
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Soundcard - alternatives to Creative
Replies: 39
Views: 12142

point to note...

sitting here looking at the creative website... I don't know which OS you're running, but they're claiming the X-Fi's need WinXP Service pack 2... I have no idea if they'll function on, say, Windows 2000 or not.. (which is what I use)... I have good luck most of the time with drivers, but.. it's ent...
by TheAtomicKid
Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Soundcard - alternatives to Creative
Replies: 39
Views: 12142

Sound Card

After looking over your current solution, I'd say you definitely have the music end of things handled, unless I miss my guess. Is the rack no good for playback? Gaming... Hmm. I'm currently using an m-audio revolution 7.1 myself, and it's pretty decent for gaming sound, though some games recognize t...
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Ati All-in-wonder x800xt with VF700cu thermal setup?
Replies: 2
Views: 1213

Link...

http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewto ... 325643e9e3

TAK

(I would imagine the fanheader is the same for both cards... triple check)
by TheAtomicKid
Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: VF700 on an ATI X800-XL
Replies: 13
Views: 6932

mission successful...

replaced the stock heatsink with the zalman unit, and attached the fan to the onboard fan header. Point of note... the wiring on my zalman, did NOT match the wiring of the stock fan.. I had to pull the wires out of the 3 pin block, and rearrange them in the correct order, before reinserting. Pulling...
by TheAtomicKid
Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: VF700 on an ATI X800-XL
Replies: 13
Views: 6932

Thankyou

for the pictures... I have a 700 coming in the mail, and I was curious myself whether I could attach it directly to the card and control the fan via ATT. My fears are now assuaged, and I'll be making that mod when I install the unit.

Thankyou,

TAK