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by angelkiller
Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Most Powerful Video Card for Antec NKS1380
Replies: 1
Views: 1151

I think you should look at these two threads. The first user has a 4670 passively cooled by a AC S1 which is running on a 120W PicoPSU. The second user has a 3870 passively cooled by a AC S1 running from a 200W PicoPSU. So those dimensions are known to work. From a bit of research, the 3870 is 24cm ...
by angelkiller
Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Are Tri-Cools really *that* bad?
Replies: 30
Views: 7150

Are Tri-Cools really *that* bad?

Hi all, The general consensus appears to be that Tri-Cools are not very good fans and should be replaced with quieter models. I see this brought up many times when a user was considering an Antec case. However, I don't understand where this bad reputation has come from and I now question its validit...
by angelkiller
Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: VelociRaptor quiet or not[?]
Replies: 44
Views: 13573

SPCR's Review.

Compared to the 1TB Samsung F1 and without the heatsink thing, the VelociRaptor is quieter at idle and has quieter seeks with AAM. The VelociRaptor is 1dbA louder when AAM is turned off.

Overall it seems like a really quiet drive.
by angelkiller
Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replacement for an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 92mm?
Replies: 13
Views: 3022

No problem about the temperatures. I was just wondering how well a Freezer could cope with a quad core CPU. I agree that you having temperature problems is very unlikely.
by angelkiller
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replacement for an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 92mm?
Replies: 13
Views: 3022

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 would be my first choice followed by the Scythe Ninja 2 . Both have been reviewed by SPCR here and here respectively. (I linked to the Ninja Copper because the SPCR has yet to review the Ninja 2,and performance should be about the same.) Out of porosity, how fast is the Freezer's...
by angelkiller
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question
Replies: 2
Views: 1256

I doubt your system would draw 380W DC. To be honest, I doubt your system would draw 200W DC.

But if you will sleep better knowing your PSU is sufficient for your system. the Corsair VX450 is quiet, efficient, and plenty large enough for your system.
by angelkiller
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Cheap & quiet graphics card to fit the NSK1380?
Replies: 9
Views: 5822

If I had to pick from those three, I'd choose the 3650 with DDR3. However, that model has a fan, and this GPU can easiliy be ran passively. Judging by these two builds, having a large heatsink on the graphics card is possible. So I found a GDDR2 equipped 3650 and a Arctic Cooling S2 for a total of Â...
by angelkiller
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: C'n'Q working backwards?
Replies: 14
Views: 2302

Now I'm down to 9-10c idle. Having a temperature that is cooler than ambient using conventional air cooling (ie heatink/fan) isn't possible. If you use air to cool the CPU, the CPU will never be colder than the air blowing onto it. Somehow CPU sensors get thrown off and report incorrect numbers. I'...
by angelkiller
Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: DriveImage XML VS Acronis True Image
Replies: 2
Views: 1480

I have used DriveImage XML in the past for backup purposes. It was a bit hard to learn and I had to have some help setting it up but in the end I got it to backup my entire hard drive to an external drive automatically using a scheduled task (rather than a background program). I never had to recover...
by angelkiller
Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI Radeon 4550 - 25W - Silent from birth
Replies: 30
Views: 19582

:x Conceded.

(What? nobody makes a passive 4670?)
by angelkiller
Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: E7200 and Zalman CNPS9500 AT passive?
Replies: 2
Views: 3632

I'm fairly certain the CNPS9500 AT can passively cope with a E7200. Unfortunately, I speak only from speculation. Here's my logic. Look at SPCR's review of the CNPS9500 . Its fan on 5v creates 11CFM of airflow. Such little airflow kept the 2.8GHz, 90nm, Pentium 4 at 44C at load. Your CPU is much coo...
by angelkiller
Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Comments on this Intel E8500/Asus P5Q/Radeon 4670 system?
Replies: 16
Views: 3363

Re: Comments on this Intel E8500/Asus P5Q/Radeon 4670 system

Does this seem like a reasonable (and hopefully quiet) config? Are there any changes you would consider? A couple questions I have: * Is DDR-667 fast enough for memory, or should I get something else? * Should I consider additional fans, or do I not need them with this config? * Do I need to order ...
by angelkiller
Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Locating FETs on the motherboard
Replies: 6
Views: 1711

Generally the FETs around the CPU Socket are involved in a complicated circuit that regulates the CPU's voltage. The other FETs on the motherboard generally aren't involved in such complex and high power circuits. So the ones near the CPU socket will get hotter than the other ones on the motherboard...
by angelkiller
Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dellâ„¢ Studio Hybridâ„¢
Replies: 2
Views: 3323

Re: Dellâ„¢ Studio Hybridâ„¢

Some of my concerns with this one would be the inbuilt graphics (how well would it handle HD tv?), lack of option for tv tuner, no e-sata. The GMA 3100 is the graphics chip that is integrated into Intel G965 and G33 motherboards. The Dell Studio Hybrid is most likely using laptop parts which may di...
by angelkiller
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:39 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI Radeon 4550 - 25W - Silent from birth
Replies: 30
Views: 19582

780G ig great, but then ur stuck with AMD cpu, intel gives more room for undervolting and cooler systems. The undervolting thing is debatable. In terms of power consumption, a 4550 + Intel chipset + Intel CPU > 780G motherboard + AMD CPU. And for HTPC tasks, they do the exact same thing, exactly th...
by angelkiller
Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI Radeon 4550 - 25W - Silent from birth
Replies: 30
Views: 19582

4670 doesn't have passive stock cooling and the 4550 could be all that's missing from a complete HTPC if one has a few semi-old components lying around. But if I should build a HTPC from scratch then I'd go with 780G, so on that we agree. Ok, that makes sense. But I'm sure somebody will release a p...
by angelkiller
Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ATI Radeon 4550 - 25W - Silent from birth
Replies: 30
Views: 19582

The 4550 is perfect for HTPC use (which is what I'd use it for - I'm hoping some retailers start carrying the damn thing, though). Gaming, not so much. -D Why? For HTPC purposes, the 780G can do everything the 4550 can except for LPCM support. The card only makes sense if you need LPCM support and ...
by angelkiller
Sun Sep 28, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent HTPC build advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 3645

Hi! and Welcome to SPCR!! [/size] A good platform to play back 1080p is AMD's 780G chipset. Pair that with a 2+GHz AMD X2, 2GB of RAM, a Scythe Mini Ninja, and you're all set to go! The 780G + X2 combination has been tested to play 1080p without a hitch . One thing you did not mention is a hard driv...
by angelkiller
Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking For Hard Drive For This Device
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

I have a WD3200AAKS in the bottom of my P180 with a NeoHE power supply that has a single 80mm fan. Because of the small fan and high-resistance airflow path, there is very little airflow. My drive in idle is currently at 41C. Under stress (defrag, 1GB folder copy, error scan, search) my drive won't ...
by angelkiller
Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking For Hard Drive For This Device
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

Ignoring capacity and only assessing noise, I think a laptop drive like the one Aris suggested would be the best. 2.5in drives have lower vibration levels than 3.5in drives. On the other hand, if you care about capicity at all, I think a 5400rpm 3.5in drive would be the best choice. The WD5000AACS i...
by angelkiller
Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Stretch magic & suspension - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 7
Views: 3126

Getting tight loops is a PITA. You have to stretch the material and then tie it. It's difficult because Strech Magic is hard to grip (it sips in your hands) and tie it. In my experiences it's hard to do, but luckily, you only have to do it once. This is how I did it. It may help. Good luck! http://l...
by angelkiller
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Yeeet another out-of-touch help-me-choose post
Replies: 50
Views: 25526

Finally, the parts are starting to settle down (see the first post in this thread). Only a few questions remain: :idea: Graphics : As stated, the Asus has onboard graphics but it's most likely crummy (reviews are unclear on this point). I spotted the Inno3D Geforce 9600 GT Accelero S1M which comes ...
by angelkiller
Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to quiet my currently noisy SFlex 21E
Replies: 4
Views: 2162

Hi! First, I would like to have a look at SPCR's review of the S-Flex fans. Now I have some S-Flex fans (D model) that I got a year ago. It is naturally a 3 pin fan. That means that with NO adapter I can plug the fan into my motherboard. It's odd that your S-Flex is 4 pin Molex only. Anyways, look a...
by angelkiller
Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:36 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E7200 at 7°C! Can't be right...
Replies: 4
Views: 1908

Achieving temperatures lower than ambient is physically not possible with air cooling. Think about it. If 20C air is cooling your CPU, how can the CPU be lower than 20C? The CPU is releasing heat, adding to the 20C, so there's no way it could get below that. Most than likely the sensor is incorrect.
by angelkiller
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Ahanix MCE701 HTPC Case - Noise & Heat Mod.
Replies: 15
Views: 8755

Do you have to use a special elastic (like a women's hair band elastic) or something? I am thinking elastics that won't get brittle and decay over time. Yes, you do. Many people (myself included) use Stretch Magic , which IIRC is synthetic. It won't break or decay over time. This can usually be fou...
by angelkiller
Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [Finalized] HTPC w/ passively cooled CPU and GPU
Replies: 11
Views: 2558

Your finalized parts list looks great! :) Most of what I have to say is nitpicking, nothing major. First the link to the motherboard points to the graphics card. Second, why not get a E8400 and OC the difference? I can understand being worried about overclocking and such, but this is such a tiny OC ...
by angelkiller
Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I have 2 different 4850's, will mod ONE - help deciding!
Replies: 3
Views: 1081

I don't understand the risk of modding the Sapphire card. If you screw up, can you just re-attach the Zalman and return it?
by angelkiller
Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec Mini P180 with passive CPU and VGA
Replies: 22
Views: 9461

Exactly how tall is the stock Intel heatsink?

What kind of temps are you getting? (I bet that celeron runs cold! :D)

Overall I like it. The black interior looks really nice with the black motherboard.
by angelkiller
Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Turning off PCI power slots
Replies: 2
Views: 980

As for the 3650, it is a low end part. It will be able to run games, but don't expect to play at high settings. I think the OP is referring to a feature currently implemented in Hybrid SLI called HybridPower. The discrete GPU is turned off and integrated graphics is used when the computer is idle (i...
by angelkiller
Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright T-Rad2 GPU cooler review
Replies: 7
Views: 2159

FartingBob wrote:IMO Rad2 = fail.
:lol:

Agreed. What's the selling point? Its size is too big for SLI/CF, it can't be run passively, and it performs within a few degrees of what's already out there. Not impressed here. :?