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by tehfire
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:21 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: SCYTHE KAZE MARU 140MM
Replies: 25
Views: 17662

Kobayashi Maru? What's that? Wasn't Kobayashi name of the Japanese commander of the Iwo Jima garrison? It's a Star Trek reference. I don't get the name of this fan tho; "The Windy Ship"? Actually, it would be translated "The Ship named 'Wind'". Ship could also be interpreted as vessel, but still......
by tehfire
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Which thermal [goop] to use?
Replies: 4
Views: 1562

As porkchop said, the standard Arctic Cooling paste is actually very effective. If you ever have to take off the heatsink and reattach it, however, I'd use AS5.
by tehfire
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power requirements for dual HD4850
Replies: 3
Views: 1361

I'd recommend the Seasonic S12II-430. I just built a rig (not for myself) with a 9800GX2 (essentially two nVidia 8800GTS's in SLI) and lots of overclocking, the rig took no more than 390W peak. You may be able to get away with the S12II-380, but I was being safe when I made the estimate. Another thi...
by tehfire
Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What is this connector on ASUS 9600GT?
Replies: 7
Views: 2594

By fan connectors, do you mean 4-pin Molex connectors, or something else? If I understand your description, this is a power adapter for the 6-pin power connector on the 9600GT. Some power supplies do not have a 6-pin connector, so that adapter is used to plug in (2) 4-pin Molex connectors into the v...
by tehfire
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: NewEgg coming to Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 3429

I've always found the strength of Newegg to be in its combination of a huge inventory, great customer service, and overall low prices. Sometimes you can get a better deal one place or another, but it's really nice to be able to get pretty much everything you need to build a computer in one place for...
by tehfire
Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: NewEgg coming to Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 3429

The more the merrier but after all this time they'll have a rough go competing with NCIX and TigerDirect. Just curious: How good is TigerDirect up there? I used to use them back in the day, but they were pretty terrible. They'd push bundles with really bad hardware (biostar, etc.) and the like. Is ...
by tehfire
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GFX card for a non-gamer
Replies: 22
Views: 4730

No, your motherboard does not have integrated graphics. On the bright side, we now know that you have PCI-E :) Admittedly, I am a big Intel fan, so I stopped buying ATi when AMD bought them. I'm not very happy with nVidia right now, but I guess I feel like they are the better of the two evils. As su...
by tehfire
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: How are the ASUS P43/P45 boards?
Replies: 38
Views: 15574

I recently built a friend of mine a computer with the ASUS P5Q-E board. Very solid in design and layout, and easy to overclock. Plenty of features. I'm not sure about the power consumption, however. He went all out and the whole machine took 390W (!) peak when playing Crysis, so I'm sure the motherb...
by tehfire
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Platter size, fewer but bigger the quieter right? But..
Replies: 6
Views: 2541

Like Mike said, usually higher areal density goes hand in hand with recording improvements. It is true that all else being equal, data stored in a smaller space is more susceptible to errors, but recording improvements try to mitigate this problem. That was the big reason why so many companies switc...
by tehfire
Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mainboard power supplies
Replies: 1
Views: 818

All else being equal, more phases will give you lower operating temperatures and higher overclocks. Phase power delivery is very analagous to cylinders in a car. With less phases, power delivery to the processor (or whatever is being powered, for that matter) is very peaky, with strong surges and th...
by tehfire
Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Looking for a mainboard with 2x DVI
Replies: 5
Views: 2389

What you could look into is getting an ADD2 card. My board (ASUS P5K-VM) came with a VGA connector, but using an ADD2 card I was able to output into DVI. There are a few things that you'd have to check out first: 1. Can you use the DVI built-in to the motherboard, as well as an ADD2 card? 2. Can an ...
by tehfire
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Need advice on reducing PC Noise
Replies: 3
Views: 1704

Hooray! All hope is not lost! Too many people I see wandering into these forums confuse the terms 'quiet' and 'will not make you deaf'. Welcome. I would recommend Scythe Slipstream fans. How many and what speed will depend on the rest of your setup. Do you care to elaborate a little bit on your inte...
by tehfire
Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Another Massive Writedown From AMD
Replies: 11
Views: 2641

Just as an aside, when the ATi aquisition rumors started I thought ATi would sell themselves over their dead body. Now that we see that AMD overpaid by roughly half, it makes sense why ATi sold themselves so quickly ::smile::
by tehfire
Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Should Microsoft fight back?
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

by tehfire
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Silent (if possible) Core2 Dual & motherboard
Replies: 23
Views: 4062

</segue> I recommendeded the Thermalright heatsinks because they preform well and have a very good mounting system. I chose the HR-01+ over the Ultra 120 eXtreme because the HR-01+ has wider-spaced fins, which means that it could be better used passively or with a slow-spinning fan. The eXtreme will...
by tehfire
Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Should Microsoft fight back?
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Should Microsoft fight back?

In a business, corporate image is everything. Apple's recent market growth due to their new "hip" image is proof enough of that. For a long time, the 800lb gorillas of the PC industry (Microsoft and Intel) have been very content fueling a very clean, very professional corporate image. At the same ti...
by tehfire
Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Silent (if possible) Core2 Dual & motherboard
Replies: 23
Views: 4062

As long as you have decent airflow, a silent solution for your CPU should be very possible. I would recommend the Thermalright HR-01 Plus. It is very good passive and has a very good mounting system. You shouldn't have to mount a fan on it either if you have good (read: not insane) airflow, and you ...
by tehfire
Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why is it always a router reset that fixes the problem?
Replies: 13
Views: 3246

I feel your pain. I've noticed the same issues with multiple brands (Linksys, D-link, Netgear). For the record, I've found Netgear to be the best, but they're not without their problems. Everytime I have a problem, I end up returning a router until I get one that works. I probably have a 50% success...
by tehfire
Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Q9300 not throttling
Replies: 4
Views: 1464

Usually the 'Minimal Power Management' option is good for 'set it and forget it'. I wonder why it's not displaying...
by tehfire
Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: large files on FAT32 flash drives
Replies: 12
Views: 2891

I would also suggest exFAT; Unfortunately, XP SP3 doesn't have support for exFAT :(
by tehfire
Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Asus P5K and Zalman 9500
Replies: 4
Views: 1687

I'm not sure if your motherboard can control the fans any better than you described. You may want to try the program Speedfan and see what it can do. For the life of me I've never gotten Speedfan to work on my computers (or I've just not put out enough effort). You should be able to turn off the CPU...
by tehfire
Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU efficiency leader is...Dell?
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

PSU efficiency leader is...Dell?

http://www.techpowerup.com/63936/Dell_First_to_Achieve_80_PLUS_Gold_Energy_Efficiency.html I'm sure some of the SPCR favorites could get that certification, but it's commendable nonetheless that Dell managed to make a very efficient power supply. Seeing that it's a server power supply, however, I wo...
by tehfire
Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:16 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Global climate change *is* a security threat.
Replies: 28
Views: 5440

There are more things we can do, but we have to realize that global warming and cooling is also a natural occurance, not just a human one. As a consequence, even if we revert back to nomadic-style living (something I don't think anyone would want) the climate will still change. The highest spike in ...
by tehfire
Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:13 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What do you do with your dead HDD?
Replies: 42
Views: 23709

If the hard drives spin up, then there are a few programs out on the web that can rewrite all the sectors on the drive, pretty much ensuring no data is left. If the hard drives aren't spinning, however, looks like you're gonna have to break out the hammer and do some hammer time on them :twisted:
by tehfire
Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet DVD/CD - Why?
Replies: 24
Views: 6135

A time I could see it really coming in handy is in an HTPC setup. Granted, many times ambient noise levels will drain out the noise of the DVD player, but at nighttime when I'm watching a movie and don't want to disturb other people, a quiet DVD drive could come in handy.
by tehfire
Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Nehalem Performance Preview @ AnandTech
Replies: 18
Views: 5048

What Anand's referring to is back in the development day Intel always had the motto "if feature x causes a 2% performance increase for no more than a 1% power increase, then we'll put the feature in". They're not saying that it's always the case, but they will (try to) never implement a feature that...
by tehfire
Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:01 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Arctic F12 "Computer Fan"
Replies: 6
Views: 2412

Arctic F12 "Computer Fan"

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=13612

Heh, that would be interesting...

...does anybody have a 2000mm to 120mm adapter? I lost mine...
by tehfire
Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How high a motherboard temp is too high?
Replies: 4
Views: 1349

It depends what that thermometer is measuring. If it is measuring the temperature of your northbridge, most northbridges are good to around 100C, so a 41C temp is really good. In your case, the most likely thing that thermometer is measuring is your ambient case temp. In that case, I usually try to ...
by tehfire
Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:00 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: evga 8800gt or 8800gts ?
Replies: 23
Views: 6881

The latest beta of AtiTool (0.27 beta 3) still cannot overclock nVidia cards, although the artifact scanner and temp monitor work. I ended up using RivaTuner to test which clock speeds were stable, and then I used NiBiTor to flash the BIOS, both with the remapped fan speeds and clock speeds.
by tehfire
Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: evga 8800gt or 8800gts ?
Replies: 23
Views: 6881

Just to give my final impressions on this card. This may be a little late as I'd suspect the GTS 512's EOL will come within the next few months, but it may be useful to somebody nonetheless. The stock fan is decent, but too noisy for me at idle with stock programming. I ended up using NiBiTor a lot ...