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by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430, 11.88V on +12V?
Replies: 9
Views: 3011

Re: Seasonic S12-430, 11.88V on +12V?

did you ever got a read of 11.88V on the +12V line before? My S12-430 reads 11.91 in this very moment (multimeter not Super I/O) - under load. What I find most surprising in this PSU is the rather low power factor (0.93) compared to my Enermax. can this kind of read be caused by some kind of "volta...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Ultra 120 Vs Scythe Ninja, Hard decision
Replies: 12
Views: 4780

Re: Thermalright Ultra 120 Vs Scythe Ninja, Hard decision

[Rant mode ON] What is happening here? Good question. We have to live with the fact SPCR has two different results for the same heatsinks and they say they don't know why. I advise you to read the forum thread regarding the second article, you should find it interesting. It's worth of noting that on...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: MadShrimps April 2007 Heat Sink Roundup
Replies: 11
Views: 5158

70+ dB Titan? :shock: great :lol:
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Annoying hum after installing Scythe Andy Samurai Master
Replies: 10
Views: 3510

Re: Annoying hum after installing Scythe Andy Samurai Master

Hardtailed wrote:I'm a bit scared of turning the fan off to confirm it is the cause.
Don't worry, just boot your system and ensure it's running idle (~0% CPU usage in Task Manager).

All recent Intel CPUs have throttling but it won't kick in if it's idle and the heatsink is properly installed.
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:38 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Multi-purpose "always on" low power/noise system
Replies: 8
Views: 5249

From a quick search, clamp meters seem to be pretty expensive (75+ €?)
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:46 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Comparison test: 4 x Noctua NF-S12 vs 4 x Scythe S-Flex
Replies: 9
Views: 17337

jhhoffma wrote:Perhaps one of the turbine style fans would be more suitable like the Aerocool turbine-style fans.
I have tried both the original Aerocool Turbine and the Scythe S-Flex at the same speed on my Ultra-120.

Temperature is lower with the Scythe - the Turbine is now used as a case fan in my Solo.
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Multi-purpose "always on" low power/noise system
Replies: 8
Views: 5249

I tried remove the EN7300LE videocard and use the IGP, and power draw was exactly the same as yours. 45W at idle and saw 65W max when running a benchmark in Pc Wizard 2007. 65 nm and much lower VDimm should shave off some watts from the total. Maybe the AC load is the same because of decreased effi...
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Multi-purpose "always on" low power/noise system
Replies: 8
Views: 5249

Re: Multi-purpose "always on" low power/noise syst

- Gfx: EN7300LE TOP/HTD/256M (fanless) IGP was not enough? I'm setting up a similar system with these differences: - CPU is a 90 nm Athlon64 Winchester 2.0 GHz (1.25V) - No discrete graphics - Seagate HDD - DDR1 RAM - S12-430W Power draw is ~45 W at idle (no CnQ) and 65W with SP2004 running, but CP...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases with 1 front/2 rear 120 mm fans
Replies: 10
Views: 3051

Re: Cases with 1 front/2 rear 120 mm fans

gandrusz wrote:A full tower, with 2 rear and one front 120 mm fans. Do you know any such models?
CM Stacker 810
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP Pavilion a1630n + a1640n: AMD/Intel desktop PCs
Replies: 30
Views: 22970

It's irrelevant if you're not obsessed about playing the latest (mostly violent) computer games at the fastest possible speed with the greatest amount of lush, realistic detail.
That sidenote made me wonder 'why didn't they test 3D performance using Frets on Fire ?' :)
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: is it worth changing from Infinity to Ninja?
Replies: 10
Views: 3642

The Ninja is not worth the switch IMO. Maybe 2 degrees at load if pressure is ok. As you have a 775 system, the other two readers are right in pointing out you should rotate your Infinity, though. Performance-wise, a Nexus is not much better than the S-Flex, especially if the latter is undervolted (...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM2 Sempron 3200 or Athlon 3000 ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3747

You can always join a distributed computing project so you won't feel like it's wasted ;) SPCR has a Folding team but there are more out there ;)
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:13 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Motherboard capable of changing fanspeeds?
Replies: 7
Views: 4468

Definitely works, many fan controllers come bundled with a sort-of-Y cable which connects only the RPM signal to the motherboard header. Regarding the 7V trick, the general consensus is that you should not put too much load as you're feeding current back to the PSU. Controllers are much more flexibl...
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Any Opinions About CoolMax?
Replies: 12
Views: 3283

Low end units usually don't deliver up to their specs. Maybe one of the less powerful Seasonic models could be up to it?
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Intake fan necessary?
Replies: 8
Views: 5502

Re: Intake fan necessary?

have no stability issues...and temps seem fine...i just don't want to be shooting myself in the foot :( thanks for any input. In my experience you only need intake fan(s) if: 1) You have hot memory. Test your memory with memtest86+ or RAM Probe 2007; tests #5 and #6 are known to heat memory up quit...
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Motherboard capable of changing fanspeeds?
Replies: 7
Views: 4468

To control 3-pin fans on 4-pin connectors, your motherboard must have a switch in the BIOS setup. Otherwise, you might be interested in a fan controller (manual or automatic)
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What if you have 'too many' fans in the case?
Replies: 19
Views: 10456

IsaacKuo wrote:but it's an advanced technique mostly suitable to low power systems which can afford to "reuse" air with airflow passing multiple components in serial.
It might be worth noting that in both the examples you made a duct is used to prevent hot air from being recycled ;)
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Building a "drive cage" for a large case?
Replies: 9
Views: 4752

Are you using the casters or the rubber feet? Also, how many hard drives do you have? I use casters, they made the case so much easier to handle. I have two disk drives and three optical units; I've seen cases that had much more flimsy side panels and made of steel. With my hand, I can feel no vibr...
by J. Sparrow
Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Building a "drive cage" for a large case?
Replies: 9
Views: 4752

all the trimming (i.e. external portions of the case) is aluminum or plastic. Some kind of vibration dampening is definitely needed. You can only have vibration problems if you mount less-than-perfect (or fast) fans directly on aluminum. Otherwise the sides (and the top, if it's aluminum in your sa...
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Planing to buy Antec P150. Updated..
Replies: 28
Views: 11589

I do not feel part of a 'general consensus', rather I've explained why I bought a Solo instead of a P150 :D
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:30 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What if you have 'too many' fans in the case?
Replies: 19
Views: 10456

I've never thought my answer could sound as advocating "quantity vs quality", much more like "there's no easy one-fits-all solution".
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Planing to buy Antec P150. Updated..
Replies: 28
Views: 11589

I've seen the P150 in the 140-150 € range, while Solo is about 75-85 €. With ~70 € you can get yourself a good PSU (S12-430), or you can spare some cash and buy one of the less powerful models, or a Be Quiet! StraightPower. The prices might be different for you, though.
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Planing to buy Antec P150. Updated..
Replies: 28
Views: 11589

I would rather buy the Solo :)
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1675562

Arovane - [Atol Scrap #05] Scapen Te
by J. Sparrow
Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Ahhh! Noisy Arctic Cooling VGA "Silencer"
Replies: 7
Views: 3341

Hmm you might as well feed it no more than 5v. I have a NV Silencer 6 rev 2, it's so quiet I can actually find hard to tell the difference between stopped and full throttle. I've been a critic of the Freezer Pro but the NVS6R2 is actually a great product, quiet and effective. When I bought it, it w...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What exactly is the ambient temperature of 8800 GTS???????
Replies: 17
Views: 7487

is it a good measurement of the ambient temperature in my case? No, it represents the temperature of the card, which is hotter than the air inside the case (otherwise you would experience sort of a thermal runaway) PS: 44 °C for the ambient is not bad at all, especially for passive. My undervolted...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Thermalright HR-09 Mosfet Cooler
Replies: 5
Views: 2691

Depends, if you bought a budget motherboard which doesn't come with heatsinks, you can actually enhance stability, board life and efficiency by using those. However it's probably cheaper to buy a board with good cooling than going aftermarket, but it's ok to know you still have options should you ch...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:57 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What if you have 'too many' fans in the case?
Replies: 19
Views: 10456

I have experimented a bit with ducts, but I feel a nicely laid out case with efficient heatsinks and proper airpaths can do perfectly without them (and sometimes even better than ducted - I tested cmthompson's solutions in my system and it's better left without) IMO ducts are best used in two cases:...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New 19" screen needed - Samsung or NEC?
Replies: 14
Views: 4605

"leaning" - I mean locate the bottom left corner of the screen as you sit facing it. Now pull it down with your fingers. The whole screen would rotate a little because of the pivot. You have to pull it down by putting your fingers on both the lower corners if you want it to stay parallel to the des...
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Google study: effect of temperature on server hdds
Replies: 37
Views: 21791

Would Google want to label Maxtor's brand (now owned by Seagate) as time-bombs? They could have stated ball-bearing disks were less dependable, and leave to the reader the task of connecting the points :) However, it seems pretty 'careless' to discard data from Hitachi drives just because they woul...