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by Das_Saunamies
Mon May 19, 2014 6:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Looks good Luka, thanks, even if we don't have the data plots. Good to be back on the actual topic, too.

I recommend Imgur for your image hosting needs. Very lax limits (I haven't run into any), free, reliable as all hell, easy to link to BBCode forums like these here.
by Das_Saunamies
Sun May 18, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Here is a test where it's used different positions for tower CPU cooler. The result is really surprising. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Which-is-The-Best-Position-for-a-Tower-CPU-Cooler/1815/4 (I don't want to make any advertising). Seeing as the case has a gaping hole instead of a top pan...
by Das_Saunamies
Sun May 18, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Hah, no sweat. Abula's eyes were the sharpest in this case... I didn't notice the fan at all (and later didn't realise it was not the R4 I was looking at, geez). Plugging up holes is a good idea, less holes means less dust entry points and more airflow where it's supposed to happen. I think the rear...
by Das_Saunamies
Sun May 18, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

I don't understand what you said. What is R4?! Where I have short electric circuit? :oops: The top and rear are exhaust fans. The bottom and front are intake fans. (I made the circuit in picture below) http://postimg.org/image/p6u7ie7aj/ My bad, I remembered you had the R4; it's a different case ap...
by Das_Saunamies
Sun May 18, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Is it possible to mount the heatsink so that the fan moves the air towards the top of the case rather than towards the rear of the case as displayed in the review? It's possible, but in that position the cooler moves the hot air from video card. Look at the picture. Why always temperature rise up t...
by Das_Saunamies
Sun May 18, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Is it possible to mount the heatsink so that the fan moves the air towards the top of the case rather than towards the rear of the case as displayed in the review? It's possible, but in that position the cooler moves the hot air from video card. Look at the picture. Why always temperature rise up t...
by Das_Saunamies
Sun May 18, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

So, even if you set affinity of Prime95 or Intel Burn Test to a single core, and run one single thread of it, that single core won't max out? Even if you overclock the CPU forcing a 38 multiplier for all cores? And that's a common issue with Ivy Bridge? Weird... personally I never encounterd a simi...
by Das_Saunamies
Sat May 17, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

CA_Steve wrote:FYI - mine will hit 3.8GHz when running 2 cores in WoW.
Different CPU in question tho'.

Even with just a single core loaded by ORTHOS etc., 3.6 is my fate.
by Das_Saunamies
Sat May 17, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

I don't understand: what's the question? I paraphrased what he said, essentially he was wondering if his CPU was faulty or not performing to its full potential since it's not reporting the 3,8 GHz overclock Intel advertises for it. I have the same CPU and mine never reaches 'the promised land' @sto...
by Das_Saunamies
Sat May 17, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Is it possible to mount the heatsink so that the fan moves the air towards the top of the case rather than towards the rear of the case as displayed in the review? Socket 1150 at least should have symmetrical mounting holes, so I don't see why not, as long as there is room to have the mounting bars...
by Das_Saunamies
Sat May 17, 2014 12:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 98105

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

MSI and the 900rpm fan...For grins, b4 you ship it, unplug/turn off the chassis fans and see if the video card is audible. Yeah, that's an awful lot of (generic) fans and HDDs for 'quiet', but that is a relative concept. Thanks for being a card donor, GentleGiant, as only a few people expressed int...
by Das_Saunamies
Thu May 15, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Are these scratches normal, on the base of the cooler? Is the very first look at the base of the cooler (without touching it, I just removed the protection) http://postimg.org/image/vdwxa2lil/ A proper finish on a base looks uniform (machines use and produce patterns). Depending on how rough the fi...
by Das_Saunamies
Tue May 13, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Puget Systems Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit
Replies: 2
Views: 3870

Re: Puget Systems Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit

Looks a bit haphazard. Also brings to mind the Danger Den Torture Racks (or any number of acrylic panel contraptions). If memory serves, the Torture Rack was an exercise in tedium as well with screws, screws everywhere - but it could also hold 3.5" drives. PS. See here: http://www.tomshardware.com/r...
by Das_Saunamies
Sat May 10, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: ALL HAIL THE GTX 750 TI / $150 (CAD)
Replies: 17
Views: 22517

Re: ALL HAIL THE GTX 750 TI / $150 (CAD)

Finally, it's happening. 8)
by Das_Saunamies
Sat May 10, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

I'm confused. In this tests, Kotetsu beats Mugen 4. How?! ... or maybe is just in this review. Because, as has been pointed out numerous times, size isn't everything. For example, the Ashura sported 100+ g AND a 140 mm fan over the Mugen 4, yet failed to beat or even match its performance. The reas...
by Das_Saunamies
Fri May 09, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 98105

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

...incredibly easy to define your own fan profile, you just can't go under 30%. Same story over at MSI Afterburner. It's ridiculous with these low-power cards (hell, even most midrange cards, I'd imagine), as the fan or fans will be spinning at over 1000 RPM while the GPU remains under 40 degrees C...
by Das_Saunamies
Fri May 09, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 98105

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

quest_for_silence wrote:
Vinz wrote:Now wondering what I'll do to it to get it quieter...

AFAIK currently it's not possible (it's not possible for any Nvidia since the Kepler launch), but swapping the cooler.
Yep. You could try a fan swap or an in-line resistor if the card uses a 2-pin (analog/voltage adjustment) fan.
by Das_Saunamies
Fri May 09, 2014 3:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 98105

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

The Accelero S1 is not compatible with GTX 750. Are there any passive heatsinks out there which are? I would imagine the Accelero Mono PLUS could be run passively on a 750. There's a good 300 g of heatsink with 5 heatpipes in it, which should suffice. The S1 is more suited for the task thanks to it...
by Das_Saunamies
Mon May 05, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 98105

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

1) No PWM. 2) No control over BIOS limits. Thanks for the research. I can verify that the budget MSI card at least uses a 2-pin fan , but its big brother Gaming uses good old 4-pin for PWM . On TPU, 2 out of the 3 cards reviewed use PWM (Asus and MSI, Palit being the odd one out). The MSI budget ca...
by Das_Saunamies
Sat May 03, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King
Replies: 94
Views: 54844

Re: Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

Oh, my... 500 g, unassuming design yet straight to the top? Even comes with a quality stock fan for $35? I think I'm in love.
by Das_Saunamies
Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 750Ti sips power
Replies: 153
Views: 98105

Re: GTX 750Ti sips power

From what I've seen the MSI's should be the quietest out of the box, but I can't find any comparison between their two models. Can someone comment on which model makes less noise the "twin frozr" or the single fan? http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N750Ti_TF_2GD5OC.html http://www.msi.com/product/vga/...
by Das_Saunamies
Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 48591

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)

And we're glad you're here! Happy 12th!
by Das_Saunamies
Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 46622

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

I recently fitted 16 of the 4GB Green drives into a backup server which runs Linux. I used the WD idle3ctl program to check and turn off idling, which was set to 80 seconds if I remember correctly, definitely much longer than the 8s that was once the factory settings on these drives. Thanks for the...
by Das_Saunamies
Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB
Replies: 14
Views: 10480

Re: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

From specs: Power Management: Standby/Sleep Mode (typical): 0.5 W How does this compares to other models? Welcome to SPCR! You can usually find spec sheets on manufacturer sites, e.g. http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810 (go to Specifications tab, select model #). Do note that as models ...
by Das_Saunamies
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 46622

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

"Endless retries" = can't access data, drive repeating a clear pattern of noises as the heads try and try again. "Consistent waking" = the drive "wakes up" from low power states into operation the same way every time. Worn out or damaged drives may fail to start "cold" (from long power-off), or star...
by Das_Saunamies
Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB
Replies: 14
Views: 10480

Re: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

I just bought a 3 TB Seagate NAS HDD. Seek noise is more pronounced than my Jan-2013 WD Red, but it is very muted and soft compared to the old WD AAKS that I have. Unintrusive but not quiet enough if used in a workstation - good thing it's in a NAS that'll go into a remote corner soon enough. Seagat...
by Das_Saunamies
Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:39 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: First Impressions: Synology DS212j
Replies: 1
Views: 8464

Re: First Impressions: Synology DS212j

Thanks for the impressions - this, among other things, prompted me to go for the 213j (and a 214se for dad)! This is the successor model if I'm not mistaken. The 213j is definitely quiet as well, the fan is smooth and introduces only a whisper of fan noise into the workspace I've deployed the unit i...
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 46622

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

SMART data and drive performance are pretty much the only indicators for your average consumer. If both are okay (no SMART warnings, no endless retrying, consistent waking, no sudden freezes etc.), then the drive is more than likely okay. Diagnostics can be used to detect performance degradation and...
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 46622

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

Well, as you've concluded yourself, the thing to do would be to listen and compare. Maybe find someone who also has the new WD Reds. I have no personal experience with the new batch, so I can't really say if it should be "alarmingly loud" or not, but the word out there seems to be that the noise is ...
by Das_Saunamies
Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 46622

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

also i found a post here saying the new wd red head parking set to 8 seconds or smthn. is that why when seeking it's noisy or did i just get bad drive? it doesn't emit any noise when i just access my SSD though, unlike my wd mybook (green) that emits that fan noise sound even when its not being acc...