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by ST
Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...
Replies: 16
Views: 9003

Update a few things on the system: Got tired of the crappy G35 and how hot it ran, so "downgraded" to a G33 to run a discrete solution: http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g319/stranx44/Computer/IMG_0059.jpg Running a Asus 8600GT Silent now in the mobo. Much improved graphics and Blu Ray playback! (al...
by ST
Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive CPU cooling for video editing
Replies: 4
Views: 1899

If you're going to attempt to go passive cpu hsf, I'd highly recommend you go to a 45nm CPU (Wolfdale or Yorkfield). This will help more significantly than any other mod you do. On my own rig ( http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=47620 ), I run a passive setup on my 9450 utilizing a...
by ST
Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How much power does your system draw at idle (Poll)
Replies: 70
Views: 48092

Just got myself a Kil-O-Wat and did some measurements with my system below: Asus A8N32-SLI Delxue Opteron 165 CPU Asus 7900GT 1.45V Overvolted 3X Hitachi 500GB SATA2 HDDs (Raid 5) Silverstone 500W Element PSU Here are my readings at various voltage and frequencies: 1.54GHz (.90V) -> 124W Idle 1.79G...
by ST
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Lowest power dual-core
Replies: 41
Views: 16490

You'll be surprised how minute the differences are between AMD's EE (BE) offerings and Intel's more powerful solutions: http://techreport.com/articles.x/10508/1 http://techreport.com/r.x/e6300-vs-sff/power-idle.gif http://techreport.com/r.x/e6300-vs-sff/power-load.gif This is not even accounting for...
by ST
Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...
Replies: 16
Views: 9003

thank ajb - The Asus mobo has a spidf coaxial output from its on board Realtek 8.1 HD chip that i send directly to my receiver. From there, it goes to a 5.1 system (well, more like 5.0 now, since i don't really use my sub that much).
by ST
Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...
Replies: 16
Views: 9003

jipa - i agree with you, I'm not fond of these hard mounts right now. Too much write/seek noise. Problem is, I have no space for a suspension setup (as i wanted to do first), unless i make the BR player external....hmmmm. blackworx - yes, I was thinking of constructing some sort of baffle for the PS...
by ST
Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...
Replies: 16
Views: 9003

HTP2C III - Perseverance pays off...

Okay, after struggling with this build for the past week in which I went through: - 4 Motherboards (XFX 630i/7150, EVGA 7150, Abit F-I90HD, Asus P5E-VM HDMI (dud)) - 4 DIMM Sets (PDP 6400, PDP 8500, OCZ 6400, Corsair 6400) - 3 Power Supplies (Enermax 400W, Seasonic 380W, Corsair 450W) - 2 Video Card...
by ST
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 213690

s939 Opty 165 P-Min State = 800Mhz @ .850V P-Mid State = 2.0GHz @ .995V P-Max State = 2.4GHz @ 1.125V I can overclock to 2.8GHz @ stock 1.35V and even 3.0GHz Dual Prime 95 Stable, but that requires ~ 1.475V. Since I don't play FPS anymore, the above P-States are my typical setups. fyi - i had a wri...
by ST
Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

some good news finally. with some tweaking of the bios, i am able to finally undervolt manually, albeit it sucks I can't control it via RMClock....thus far, I've been able to go down to ~1.00v under load @ 2.7GHz without a glitch (OCCT'd) and this is with the stock crappy heatsink! http://i59.photob...
by ST
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

okay, just some brief updates. Still tinkering with mobo selection, so I picked up the Asus P5E-VM HDMI....been working like a champ right now, save for the fact it can't undervolt worth a dime even with RMClock. Some picks below of all the mobos i've been trying: XFX 6150 setup (worked good, but si...
by ST
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:56 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec NSK4000, Athlon64 X2 4000+, Noctua PSU
Replies: 32
Views: 17752

if you hate fans, why not try a little mod i did:

mount your power supply externally, while utilizing the rear fans like:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g319/ ... G_0848.jpg

works wonders for keeping temps down, since the psu itself radiates heat inside.
by ST
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

welp, I returned the abit f-i90hd board. it was toast from the onset, as confirmed by the Fry's tech who tried to boot it. So it looks like I'm back at square one for the mobo. HOwever through the miracle that is Craigslist, I scored on a Core 2 Quad Q9450 for $250! Now only if i can figure out what...
by ST
Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 213690

fwki wrote:Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz (333x8)

Prime95 stable for 11-1/2 hours at 0.99375 VID (0.960 Vcore idle, 0.944 Vcore load)
that's awesome! what mobo are you using for your Q9450?

edit -nvm, see it in your sig now!
by ST
Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

ran into some major issues tonight trying to install the Abit f-i90hd board....seems my ddr2 800 4-4-4 memory has a too high of a default voltage for the board or something. it just won't post at all, so tomorrow i have to get some "normal" 1.8V ddr2 sdrams. I tried my XFX 630i/7150 board briefly an...
by ST
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

thanks for the feedback and those reviews! The 780g chipset looks phenomenal, now only if AMD get off their buts and move to 45nm Phenoms, as the power requiremetns are way too high compared to 45nm Intels: http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/phenom9850_032708031830/16774.png I'll stop by Fry's again...
by ST
Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

Found out yesterday that my Seasonic 380W PSU didn't have the needed 8 pin ATX connector, so stopped by Fry's this morning to get a converter. While I was browsing around, I saw this interesting board: http://www.virtual-hideout.net/reviews/Abit_%20F-190HD/8.jpg It's basically the older ATI Xpress 1...
by ST
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

HDDs Since I was planning to do a BR setup to compliment my archived DVD libray, I needed some serious storage space (on my last system, i ran a 1.5TB setup and was maxed out already). Being an avid reader of storagereview.com, i was well aware of the offerings out there, and my first choice was to ...
by ST
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

Motherboards Since I was limited to uATX mobos and on Intel uProcessors, the selection was very limited to say the least. Combine with the fact I wanted onboard graphics and 5.1+ sound w/ digital output, the field came down to really 2 choices: - Asus P5E-VM HDMI: G35 base Intel chipset shows promis...
by ST
Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

HTP2C Project Part 3 - 2X faster, 1/2 noise?

Haven't been here in a while, but after selling my previous computer (see http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=32410&highlight= ), I am now building my new setup based around either a Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 or a Core 2 Quad Q9300 and wanted to document it in this thread. The choice i...
by ST
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 213690

s939 Opty 165 P-Min State = 800Mhz @ .850V P-Mid State = 2.0GHz @ .995V P-Max State = 2.4GHz @ 1.125V I can overclock to 2.8GHz @ stock 1.35V and even 3.0GHz Dual Prime 95 Stable, but that requires ~ 1.475V. Since I don't play FPS anymore, the above P-States are my typical setups. fyi - i had a writ...
by ST
Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTP2C Part II Buildup
Replies: 2
Views: 4504

HTP2C Part II Buildup

After my first attempt at a quiet(er) Home Theatre Performance PC, I've gone back and made a few changes including: 1) Removed TT Big Typhoon for a Scythe Ninja HSF w/ YL fan. This helps with the airflow from front to rear. 2) Removed the TT iCage HDD mounts for a home made elastic chord HDD suspens...
by ST
Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How much power does your system draw at idle (Poll)
Replies: 70
Views: 48092

Just got myself a Kil-O-Wat and did some measurements with my system below: Asus A8N32-SLI Delxue Opteron 165 CPU Asus 7900GT 1.45V Overvolted 3X Hitachi 500GB SATA2 HDDs (Raid 5) Silverstone 500W Element PSU Here are my readings at various voltage and frequencies: 1.54GHz (.90V) -> 124W Idle 1.79GH...
by ST
Mon May 22, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AMD Warranty FUD
Replies: 8
Views: 3285

all nice and good on the details of your FUDs, but (and there always is a but) there are also cases that AMD will go above and beyond to replace a CPU. Case in point: my friend fried his X2 3800 (likely result of his DFI Expert mobo or his OCing). He called up his vendor (Dell) and got received no s...
by ST
Mon May 22, 2006 10:46 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe ninja passively cool a 3700+?
Replies: 5
Views: 2279

I would doubt you can run it completely passively, but you can run say a nexus fan at very low speeds so that is almost inaudible and cools sufficiently. I found this out playing with my Opteron 165 undervolted to .99V and still found out that dual priming still caused temps to go up considerably (+...
by ST
Wed May 17, 2006 1:03 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone Temjn TJ04 HTP²C Build
Replies: 32
Views: 14668

matt, interesting ideas. i'm not quite sure how much airflow the hdd's need, as they seem to run fine presently, but i am moving to a suspended hdd arrangement soon (once i get the elastic bands). Scythe does offer that Kaminaki (sp?) 120mm bay fan cooler, but I'm not sure I want to go to that again...
by ST
Mon May 15, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone Temjn TJ04 HTP²C Build
Replies: 32
Views: 14668

Kinda slap in the face when Intel owners start referring 90nm Athlon chips as "hot", but hey I'm listening, and here's my latest iteration of everything. Things I have done now: - Eliminated 1 HDD altogether; consolidated storage so there's only 3 - Eliminated front HDD fan; after much testing, temp...
by ST
Sun May 07, 2006 3:19 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone Temjn TJ04 HTP²C Build
Replies: 32
Views: 14668

cleaned up the wires one more time...

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still trying to figure out the best way to cool this puppy though...might have to move to a new case, again. :(
by ST
Fri Apr 28, 2006 5:38 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone Temjn TJ04 HTP²C Build
Replies: 32
Views: 14668

if the P180 didn't look so uglee and cheap with the front black bezel, i would have gone for it ;) I've been a longtime SS LC-17 user, and only upgraded because my it couldn't keep up in terms of cooling. Here's my old setup : http://htpcnews.com/forums/uploads/post-6-1127598679.jpg http://htpcnews....
by ST
Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone Temjn TJ04 HTP²C Build
Replies: 32
Views: 14668

Sorry ST, you must not have done your math homework when you were a child. Let's count your fans: 1) 120mm in front blowing on HDDs * 2) 120mm in bottom front blowing on the GFX card * 3) 72mm AC Silencer fan on the GFX card itself 4) 120mm on the Tt Typhoon 5) 120mm in the PSU 6) 120mm at the back...
by ST
Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silverstone Temjn TJ04 HTP²C Build
Replies: 32
Views: 14668

I actually have 4 fans total and need them all: 1) CPU 2) GPU 3) HDDs 4) Exhaust so, are the PSU fan and the lower intake turned off? the lower intake 120mm fan is the one i considered for the gpu. it's a requirement since the mosfets of the 7900gt can get quite hot. the psu fan, i don't count...bu...