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by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors
Replies: 16
Views: 10980

Re: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors

Honestly, All of the i5's will use the same amount of power for lower level loads. One thing you can do is go into device manager and turn off devices you aren't using (like the wifi if it's LAN-connected and vice versa).
by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors
Replies: 16
Views: 10980

Re: The idiocy of Intel's T desktop processors

Welcome to SPCR. If you are buying an aftermarket mobo, there should be options to disable turbo, set a lower clock speed, and also under volt the CPU. Note that some of the lowest priced SKUs in the stack may not provide all of this functionality (like under volting). That said, if you are using th...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Time for a new rig

From that same 5600 XT review. AMD's card keep the RAM clock running at rated speed rather than downclocking to the few hundreds of MHz when there's more than one monitor connected. Nvidia's cards do - except for the case Abula mentioned. In your use case, an AMD card would use 18 to 36W for genera...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define 7 & XL - Reviews and Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 1308

Re: Fractal Design Define R7 & XL - Reviews and Discussion

Don't know if it can be removed. The shroud serves two useful purposes: - PSU intakes air from the case bottom and expels it out the back. So, PSU waste heat isn't added to the case ambient to affect CPU/GPU/case fan profiles. - Case ambient doesn't affect PSU fan profile. Net effect is generally a ...
by CA_Steve
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)
Replies: 8
Views: 3032

Re: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)

The bottom 120mm is mostly pushing air into the PSU tunnel where it serves little benefit. If you have to run the case fans at more than 1000rpms, then something is wrong with your configuration. If you do go with 120mm, then follow Abula's advice. In a well designed system, the gfx card fans are th...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Testing my understanding on case/build philosophy
Replies: 23
Views: 2642

Re: Testing my understanding on case/build philosophy

Welcome to SPCR. Yep, starting with quiet components makes the case decision more flexible. The R6 is a well rounded case. Your stressed power load with the 3950X is maybe 410W and probable high load power is closer to 340W. With the 3700X it's 355W and 290W, respectively. The R6 can quietly cool th...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)
Replies: 8
Views: 3032

Re: Silent Wings 3... high speed or normal version? (3950x build)

My suggestion is always to try the stock fans first and see if they meet your needs, rather than buy new before you try. Why 3 120mm's in front instead of 2 140mm? What's your perceived benefit? normal vs high speed: I've never run a case fan above 800rpm. It tends to be very diminished returns at h...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread
Replies: 26
Views: 15922

Re: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread

Without directed airflow from the front fans: 80-90C.

With directed airflow: 60-70C

Give or take 10C :)
by CA_Steve
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page
Replies: 5
Views: 1001

Re: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page

Is there a reason the quick links/new posts link isn't a good option for you?
As for the RSS stuff, idk.
by CA_Steve
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: There is no such thing as silent PC
Replies: 12
Views: 3916

Re: There is no such thing as silent PC

With semi-passive PSUs, mobos with fan stop modes, and gfx cards that only turn on fans with moderate to heavy 3D loads, even a regular case can make for a silent PC for light and 2D loads, and pretty quiet for everything else. If you need it silent for everything, then, yep, HDPlex etx are pretty a...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread
Replies: 26
Views: 15922

Re: GTX 1650 Review compilation thread

Probably won't be a 1650 Super KalmX as the power use would be around 90W. 50-75W is typically the limit for OEM passive designs. I'd expect this 1650 KalmX to need some directed fan airflow (like from frontal case fans) in order to keep temps in line.
by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)
Replies: 9
Views: 10336

Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

<shrug>

Does getting the 1600 AF free up money that you can spend on a gfx card that better suits your needs?
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)
Replies: 9
Views: 10336

Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

got it :)

Yeah, for gaming it's usually the gpu that constrains fps.
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page
Replies: 5
Views: 1001

Re: Current forum posts not appearing on Home page

I see the last post listing for each forum when I look at the index page.

That said, I never look at the index page - I just grab the quick links/new posts.
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)
Replies: 9
Views: 10336

Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

Just wondering why you are opting for Ryzen 2xxx instead of 3xxx (especially if opting for Ryzen 5 series)? Nice bump in performance and at lower power use for the 3xxx.
by CA_Steve
Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Adding a cooling fan to my fanless GPU
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Re: Adding a cooling fan to my fanless GPU

Welcome to SPCR.

This card is 9 years old and low performance when it first came out. Chances are your CPU has better integrated graphics...

What's your CPU? Maybe you can just use that.
by CA_Steve
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Optimization of airflow and sound in very tied place
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Optimization of airflow and sound in very tied place

Here's an additional thing: Is the side of the case sitting directly on the metal drawer? Is it causing any vibration induced noise of it's own (potential to amplify what's coming from the case)? If so, try isolating it with something simple, like a rubber/fabric keyboard and/or mouse mats and see w...
by CA_Steve
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Time for a new rig

.and then things change. Looks like AMD did a bit of tuning with the 5600 XT. Excellent performance / Watt. Too bad they still didn't resolve the multi-monitor RAM clock power issue.
by CA_Steve
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new rig
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Time for a new rig

AMD has certainly gotten back in the game. It's worth considering for your build. Note the marketing smoke and mirrors regarding TDP these days from both Intel and AMD. It's best to look at reviews that compare the processors you are interested in with app loads you use and see the actual power usag...
by CA_Steve
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How annoying are the fans on the new mobos?
Replies: 14
Views: 1764

Re: How annoying are the fans on the new mobos?

570 boards have a fan just to support the power cost of PCIe 4. If you don't think you need PCIe 4 (ie: to support a high end GPU in maybe 2023 where it might make use of the extra bandwidth, or have applications that can make use of SSDs that don't exist yet), then don't go with a 570 board (saving...
by CA_Steve
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best cooling combo
Replies: 3
Views: 897

Re: Best cooling combo

What's your CPU? Will there be overclocking/overvolting?

If it's some stock 65-100W-ish CPU, then going with a top mount AIO will certainly be noisier and maybe not that much cooler than a large air-cooler.
by CA_Steve
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Test Forum
Topic: server response testing
Replies: 20
Views: 56057

Re: server response testing

As far as I can tell, they show up as new notifications..mixed in with any posts you've subscribed to that have new additions.
by CA_Steve
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing a HP Workstation - can it be done?
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Re: Silencing a HP Workstation - can it be done?

Welcome to SPCR. It's a coin toss whether or not HP has chosen to use standardized sizes and connectors for the motherboard and PSU. So, putting the guts into a new case might work, or you might find: - the motherboard standoff holes don't match up - the PSU doesn't fit - the PSU motherboard connect...
by CA_Steve
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Test Forum
Topic: server response testing
Replies: 20
Views: 56057

Re: server response testing

whoa - forum redesign :)
by CA_Steve
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacing Define Mini C fans for quieter operation?
Replies: 9
Views: 2082

Re: Replacing Define Mini C fans for quieter operation?

..and sometimes the PWM fans have a lower starting speed.
by CA_Steve
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6850
Replies: 10
Views: 12989

Re: josephclemente's Lian Li PC-Q11B + Suck hole-cooled HD 6

Bill Owen wrote:I've been rebuilding my website since November 21st. It was hacked and everything was lost.
bleh.
by CA_Steve
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: There is no such thing as silent PC
Replies: 12
Views: 3916

Re: There is no such thing as silent PC

Yep - this is a user induced problem :)

+1 for Someswarrior's suggestions.
by CA_Steve
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: In a quest for a silent/eco/cheap HTPC
Replies: 1
Views: 1670

Re: In a quest for a silent/eco/cheap HTPC

One of the things I found buying a used motherboard through ebay was after the mobo's are no longer sold by retailers, the ebay prices tend to go up (less availability). So, you might consider buying something used that is still available new. Plus, you'd get the benefit of: - newer CPU means less p...