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by Das_Saunamies
Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 950 review compilation thread
Replies: 17
Views: 11842

Re: GTX 950 review compilation thread

I'm not too concerned about 1 wild data point, but these results are odd. Someone more in tune with the processor architecture might pull out a theory on what could be driving the 950 harder than the 750 Ti, but the review site does not explain what the data is or how they got it, so there is no ro...
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

We'll see - the titular 960 never came down much over here (still at or over 250). :?
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Reviews are out for the 950 (not 750 ...this is where I wish there was a strikethru code) . 90W TDP. Most of the cards are clocked faster than stock and end up with 760 performance levels. Many have passive fans with 2D load. I'll start a compilation page later today. Looking forward to it, this ar...
by Das_Saunamies
Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

It's funny that you mentioned the 660 and 750Ti there. I did a sidegrade from 660 to a 750Ti last year, and while my framerates remained the same, I noticed a lot smoother gameplay. Couldn't explain it back then. This is the first time anyone has factually proven that. Nice! Thanks for verifying wi...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

You're right about the prospects, of course; the 750 Ti has me expecting small miracles of the 950, but we're back to hacking bits off instead of introducing major advances (Kepler vs Maxwell being the reason why the 750 Ti turned out so well). I just hope they do 'too good' of a hack job and someho...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Exactly as Steve put it, except that the timetable may not always be so logical: the 660 Ti launched before the 660, for example ( or at least Nvidia chose to announce them in that order , a month apart ), same with the 560 Ti and the 560 (that time four months apart). You get the idea, and for me i...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Ti is just Nvidia for better and a little more expensive , AFAICT. The definition is loose if it exists at all. They mostly use it to differentiate similar models into budget and performance . Regarding grades up and down: next-generation x50 may well match or exceed the old x60 in performance, AND...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Yeah, I couldn't justify that for just midrange gaming and basic desktop use. €160 difference between the STRIX cards over here. We picked the 970 STRIX for one US build last month because over there the price difference is so little. The reason why I did not upgrade to the 960 STRIX (as I said I wo...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Midrange? Go for it. Should handle 1080p/1200p resolutions just fine ('just fine' defined as 60+ FPS in graphically intensive action games) if you don't use (massive) AA and eye candy. The 970 Option If the price difference is negligible and you can get a semipassive card, then another factor to con...
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
Replies: 12
Views: 20754

Re: NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower

This budget case scraping a Recommendation based on its price makes me long for an "It's Okay" badge. Nice review regardless, especially the tips on correcting the issues with the case with DIY.
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?
Replies: 16
Views: 9052

Re: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?

IMO, the consumer PC business really dropped the ball with cabling. If it were part of the case instead of the PSU (as seen with many servers), I would have spent far less time arranging wires over the years. They could've standardized this reasonably when modular PSUs appeared... Yeah, it's all st...
by Das_Saunamies
Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases
Replies: 123
Views: 198717

Re: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases

Looks good! Should the Shopping Links in the case table have an actual hyperlink? They do, but if you use a browser addon like NoScript, it'll block the two or three scripts from Amazon that are required to make the links work. Ah. I have ABP turned off for SPCR but I never turn off NoScript and Bl...
by Das_Saunamies
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases
Replies: 123
Views: 198717

Re: Another SPCR recommended list: Cases

Looks good! Should the Shopping Links in the case table have an actual hyperlink?
by Das_Saunamies
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?
Replies: 16
Views: 9052

Re: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?

Well what do you know. The basic idea of the "slot" (i.e. a ducted vent ) is clearly there in 2006. The earliest case with separate sections and compartments that I can think of is the P180, introduced in CES 2005, according to the 2005 SPCR hands-on Visual Tour . However, a quick browse through SPC...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?
Replies: 16
Views: 9052

Re: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?

A very interesting read, what a monster! Reminds me of the coming of the P180. The quibbles seem like teething problems that can be solved through smarter evolutionary choices. Case sections make sense, and I'm glad someone tried it out to this extent. I was very happy with the isolated HDDs in my P...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:40 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 10
Views: 8509

Re: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

I've got the Z77 version of this board and while the fan control works well, I'm having trouble with the PCH(?) heating up to 52+C which is by no means hot but enough to cause the rear case fan to spin a bit too fast... it also takes ages to get the temp back to low 40s. I wonder if there are any s...
by Das_Saunamies
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thermaltake Suppressor F51
Replies: 19
Views: 13407

Re: Thermaltake Suppressor F51

You're right, Dxun, in that it does make (ruthless) business sense, and that's one reason there is outright hate for Tt: they just want your money and don't much care how they get it. Their marketing has been brazenly false (ludicrous dB claims, incorrect wattage), their original designs less than u...
by Das_Saunamies
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thermaltake Suppressor F51
Replies: 19
Views: 13407

Re: Thermaltake Suppressor F51

Tt aren't even trying anymore. I think they made the power button square just to rub it in: "LOOK, it's not the same, this one shape is different (but the texture and visual style are not)!!1" Having to build around a standard format (ATX, mATX, mini ITX, etc.) does mean the black boxes will resembl...
by Das_Saunamies
Wed May 27, 2015 2:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Mini Tower
Replies: 8
Views: 6511

Re: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Mini Tower

Nice to see more ITX case reviews, even if they don't turn out a winner.

By the way, the H440 link in the Conclusion is busted, it's

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http://www.silentpcreview.com/NZXT_H440
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by Das_Saunamies
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case
Replies: 10
Views: 6067

Re: Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case

Thanks for the review. Looks like someone at CM fell asleep at the wheel - I hope they keep the 550 around so people don't have to buy the new one. :lol: Here's how thin foam helps quiet a case: when it's on the side doors and the tight fit it provides on closure reduces vibration that would occur w...
by Das_Saunamies
Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 & Cryorig H5 Universal Coolers
Replies: 4
Views: 4718

Re: Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 & Cryorig H5 Universal Coolers

Thanks for the review. I was actually waiting to see how the Dark Rock successor would pan out, even if I don't use megacoolers for builds. Looks like it's all quiet on that front still. The non-standard fan designs are just baffling: it's added cost for no benefit, surely, at least size and shape w...
by Das_Saunamies
Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Also, I haven't had an nvidia card in years, so does lowering the GPU Boost Clock reduce the voltage or just frequency? I have no practical experience doing this, but I did find a tidbit suggesting the GPU Boost feature does have something to do with voltage: With a watercooling setup temperatures ...
by Das_Saunamies
Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition
Replies: 58
Views: 29187

Re: Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Welp, time to upgrade. :o I've been wary of 100+ W cards, but according to TPU testing , this one looks like a winner. Average test consumption was just over the 100 W mark, so it shouldn't be a scorcher like a certain previous 144 W card - and thanks to the efficiency, you get a lot more performanc...
by Das_Saunamies
Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB
Replies: 14
Views: 10489

Re: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

The pricing's always a bit of an issue; North America especially is wildly different from European and Nordic pricing, for example. In our neck of the woods the drives are dead even. Fun running cost calculations tho'. 8)
by Das_Saunamies
Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB
Replies: 14
Views: 10489

Re: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

I have the 2 TB version and while I easily got rid of vibration and seek noise with some silicone mounting, the engine noise is quite piercing, in the mid-high frequencies. The case damping doesn't do miracles and enough noise still escapes through the rear exhaust and probably through the front in...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version
Replies: 71
Views: 39335

Re: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

I was wondering, would the Antec P100 be a good case for a quiet ATX gamer? Antec has made good products in the past, and the P100 looks decent. My main gripes would be the leaky grills at the back (questionable cooling enchancement at the cost of increased dust ingress and noise escaping) and the ...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version
Replies: 71
Views: 39335

Re: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

In defense of harder grommets: they don't bleed as much if at all and won't squeeze out. The P180's grommets were a messy bunch and made me nervous as they slipped (lost shape) even with minimal tightening applied. Seemed to be a feature of the material and not a defect. The Define Mini's grommets a...
by Das_Saunamies
Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version
Replies: 71
Views: 39335

Re: Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

As part time owner of STIX 970 I can say it is subject to an outstanding noise as well as other 970 Cards. Here is my sample https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsMXotF33mU Returned it waiting for an exchange with fingers crossed. I've had buzzing components before, but that is so piercing it physicall...
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide
Replies: 76
Views: 34533

Re: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide

FYI, this build was upgraded with a Fractal Design Define R5 -- http://www.silentpcreview.com/Quiet_ATX_Gamer_R5_Version Quick but diligent! The results are very promising indeed, and it's good to see many common issues addressed by Fractal: flush and sealed top, flush ModuVents, open vent slats wi...
by Das_Saunamies
Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide
Replies: 76
Views: 34533

Re: SPCR's Holiday ATX Gaming Build Guide

If we use GPU Tweak (or MSI Afterburner) to create a custom fan profile does the utility have to start with Windows? Or does it store the changes somewhere? My Afterburner profile is persistent on my 650 Ti at least. Past versions of Afterburner would fail to start with Windows after a reboot, but ...