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by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:41 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What if you have 'too many' fans in the case?
Replies: 19
Views: 10472

jaganath wrote:As what, a footstool? :wink:
No good, not even for that :) I don't have a use for it, but I don't feel like throwing it away.
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Video card annoyance...
Replies: 5
Views: 2428

If the card is fine for you, you could try with an additional fan, or maybe switch to an aftermarket cooler. Unless switching cards is cheaper (which I assume is not, if the shop ain't going to swap it)
by J. Sparrow
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New 19" screen needed - Samsung or NEC?
Replies: 14
Views: 4615

Leaning..? The screen it's a pivot, it can be rotated. Regarding the strength of the spring, the monitor has 3 years warranty, so I'll make it fix and if it breaks again, I will still have time to have it fixed once more :) And anyway, I've found what seems to be a good home-made solution in case on...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Tool of the Trade
Replies: 5
Views: 3500

Maelwys wrote:My hand screwdrivers are magnetic too which some people say you should never use, but I've built countless computers with them and never had a problem.
I'm all for magnetic screwdrivers, they can be lifesavers when you have to deal with screws in recessed locations :)
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: What if you have 'too many' fans in the case?
Replies: 19
Views: 10472

The only actual case fan is a Nexus 120mm exhaust which is the only thing I can hear from where I sit @ 1 meter from the PC. What's the point of having just one fan if you can hear it ? :) better have two and run them both at lower speed. IMO having many fans is OK as long as they're all inaudible....
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Software fan- and cpu speed/voltage control question
Replies: 2
Views: 2619

I don't think you can do that. Those programs were just not designed with a multiuser environment in mind.

You could probably forbid some users from launching them, but I don't think there's a way to prevent 'unauthorized' modification of the configuration.
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New 19" screen needed - Samsung or NEC?
Replies: 14
Views: 4615

Update: I took a quick visit to the aforementioned forum. No news, people keep having troubles, they phone samsung, then get a replacement monitor, and that's all. However, the trhread has more than 210 pages (!!!) so any useful bit of information must be digged up with infinite patience. Regarding ...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What exactly is the ambient temperature of 8800 GTS???????
Replies: 17
Views: 7490

Re: What exactly is the ambient temperature of 8800 GTS?????

Some people on other sites are posting idle temps of 20-22 degrees. What is ambient temp exactly?? I don't know the answer, but please keep in mind that some software will report unadjusted temperatures, which the unaware user may actually take as truthful. SpeedFan is such a software; don't even b...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 10
Views: 4300

One thing worth noting is that DDR2 and AM2 chips have become cheaper than 939 counterparts, just in case you want to upgrade or replace some parts. I ended up buying an Asrock 939NF6G-VSTA for less than 60 €. It's not bad, can do underclocking and undervolting (without CnQ). It doesn't have much ...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:41 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Noiselimit pumpless CPU coolers
Replies: 12
Views: 9760

Looking at the photos, I seem to remember a link to a review was already posted on these forums. The manufacturer was a belgian brand IIRC.
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:39 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Cooling the MCP61
Replies: 3
Views: 1562

That chipset has an IGP, to test for stability it would be necessary to stress both the southbridge and the graphics card, which I haven't done yet. It was scorching hot and it was just autopatching the OS... Is there a better tool than 3DMark to test for video card stability, anyway ? Free? PS: my ...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Ultra 120 +
Replies: 45
Views: 20565

The ultima 90 beats the Tuniq Tower ? :shock:
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Google study: effect of temperature on server hdds
Replies: 37
Views: 21793

Place the other drive under Low utilization, where it spends say 2/3rds of its time idling at 25°, and 1/3rd of its time at 100% use where its temp peaks at over 50°. Yours is an interesting point and really worth of noting. My experience is that a HDD inside a case will operate in a narrower ran...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Have you seen this power meter?
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

The basic functions work ok, but this unit also has some features which require programming. I would also like to know how to reset the peak meter without having to resort resetting the whole unit.
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Cooling the MCP61
Replies: 3
Views: 1562

Cooling the MCP61

MCP61 boards' owners what's your experience?

My second rig is currently in a hot, old case, and the thing reaches insane levels of temperature. I do not have a sensor attached, but I was naive enough to touch the puny copper heatsink only to burn my finger (ouch!) :oops:
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New 19" screen needed - Samsung or NEC?
Replies: 14
Views: 4615

Last time I visited the thread the 971 was not released yet, and people were already complaining that the 970 was not to be fixed because of the new model ;) I will take a look whether there is any news, anyway. I prefer the P-MVA panel of the 970 over TN panels which is used in gaming monitors (lik...
by J. Sparrow
Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:21 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Have you seen this power meter?
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

They don't have it online, if nobody else has it (which would be strange, IMO), I will scan the printed instructions and then go through the hassle of an OCR session.
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Have you seen this power meter?
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

Have you seen this power meter?

Comes with instructions in German only. Anybody has it with english instructions?

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(Sorry for wrong orientation)
by J. Sparrow
Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New 19" screen needed - Samsung or NEC?
Replies: 14
Views: 4615

I have the 970, it's a good panel but the arm is weak. On the largest national forum (of my country) there's a thread running where users report their experience; most of them (all?) had problems after 3-4 months of use. Indeed mine developed the same problem. AFAIK Samsung will replace those monito...
by J. Sparrow
Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Heat sink compatibility with MSI NEO4 platinum
Replies: 2
Views: 1597

U120 on a K8N SLI Platinum, here. Fits perfectly, and cools down the VRM heatsink, too 8)
by J. Sparrow
Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Possible motherboards/CPUs for a Linux system
Replies: 40
Views: 22456

My 939-based AMD system works perfectly fine with Knoppix and Trinity live CDs, as far as I can tell. AMD AM2 should work fine under Linux with nVidia-based motherboards such as the 6150SE . 65-nm parts, such as Brisbane dual cores, are energy-efficient and reasonably fast. Of course the C2D is fast...
by J. Sparrow
Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Lian Li EX-34B Aluminum 4 Drive Extension HDD Kit?
Replies: 4
Views: 2534

If you only need to put three drives in, I think you would be better suspending them with some elastic. Those 4-in-3 brackets are only useful if you need to pack 4 drives in. In case more airflow is needed, a Scythe Kama Bay (sp?) will do it; the elastic + the Kama Bay (fan included) is way cheaper ...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 31, 2007 3:56 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic S12-430: Beyond the Super Tornado
Replies: 200
Views: 186932

Power Factor in S12-430

My brand new S12-430 has what seems to be an unusually low power factor. Usually it's around 0.87, much less than the 0.99 reported in the review; the power meter seems ok and reports 0.99 for my Enermax Noisetaker 2.

Total AC power draw is under 80W, but this shouldn't be an issue. Any idea?
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Was David Kelly a Vista Beta Tester?
Replies: 5
Views: 3397

CoolGav wrote:To us Brits, David Kelly was an expert in biological warfare,
Check out Thom Yorke's Harrowdown Hill if you don't have yet :) nice song from Radiohead's frontman on David Kelly.
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chieftec LBX/LCX cases
Replies: 4
Views: 2843

Chieftec IMO is a value brand, most of their products should cost less than a Solo. I've seen at least a couple of them relying on design solutions which are not optimal from a quietness standpoint, as rotated hard disk cages, a number of fan mounts with no clear definition of airflow, 80 mm fan. I ...
by J. Sparrow
Sat Mar 31, 2007 6:35 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal paste for a notebook
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

I've been forced to find a quick solution, as the laptop was shutting itself down when running memtest for more than 10 minutes. I applied a thin layer of Arctic Cooling MX-1 (just because it's advertised to last several years); and when I say thin I mean REALLY THIN, as the paste has become hard to...
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li officially embraces big fan "250"mm
Replies: 5
Views: 2898

The window itself is a Good Thing for silence, I'm told :)
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal paste for a notebook
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

Thermal paste for a notebook

I'm currently servicing my sister's laptop. The thing has a copper cooler with a heatpipe and spring-loaded screws for the mounting. It also has a weird kind of pad as a thermal interface for the CPU. Any experience with these? Is it safe to remove it and replace it with a more mundane thermal paste...
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 92mm Yateloons unavailable? Alternatives?
Replies: 21
Views: 7877

http://www.noiseblocker.de/en/produkt_luefter_nb-blacksilentfan-xe1.php This is good too. I think it came 3rd in 92mm SPCR fan round. I have had one for over a year and its very quiet. With under volting it becomes fast inaudiable over rest system. And it cheaper than Nexus. I've just bought two of...
by J. Sparrow
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:59 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Ultra 120
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

Yes, it's possible. In most AMD motherboards the U120 will be exhausting upwards, while on 775 motherboards, you have the choice. If you have a DFI AMD motherboard, you'll need the S-Clip to allow for rotated mounting.