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by edh
Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best silent 9600GT!
Replies: 103
Views: 47769

the new card runs 45°C idle, 56°C load How have you measured this load temperature? I have an S2 on a 9600GT with a slow spinning fan pointing at it which idles at ~36C but load temp (measured with Speedfan during gameplay) is >60C, highest I've seen was 74C. i ordered an Accelero S1 which will h...
by edh
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM to 3-pin adaptor
Replies: 14
Views: 3415

Converting HF PWM to DC is easy enough in hardware, simplest way uses a small capacitor and the fan's inductance as an LC filter, going up-market an op-amp integrator to give digital (or rather, mark:space ratio) -to-analogue conversion and a transistor to boost the current. I had considered buildi...
by edh
Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM to 3-pin adaptor
Replies: 14
Views: 3415

It arrived today and I'm now using it. Takes some time to get it as they're built to order. I've got it hooked up to the CPU fan header on the mobo with a 120mm Akasa fan (18dB@1400rpm). The variable resistor allows me to select the minimum PWM speed up to 950rpm. 300rpm is the lowest I can get a RP...
by edh
Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9800 GTX
Replies: 19
Views: 7846

Mikey wrote:My take is if you want it ''silent'', you'll need to watercool it.
S1 + 2x120 fans running slowly should be enough. Assuming it's about 50% higher power than an 8800GT that would seem plenty.
by edh
Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: An idea for mounting heavy heatsinks?
Replies: 3
Views: 1639

Shuttle's have had this for years, the obvious reason why they can is because they're in control of motherboard, case and cooler. With standard cases this would be a problem because not every system has it's CPU in the same place. Still, you could mod a case to have this. Pop the motherboard in with...
by edh
Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:37 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9600GT noise impressions
Replies: 17
Views: 7457

Was the 9600GT stock cooler quieter than the old NV5 you had? The NV5 could actually be used on a 9600GT and would improve cooling, you'd just need to power the fan somehow.
by edh
Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: [LCDs] make my eyes [hurt]
Replies: 34
Views: 10254

tehcrazybob wrote:And I firmly believe ClearType should always be used.
I use it under Windows and would agree. Some of the criticism of ClearType is not about sub pixel rendering in general. I much prefer the font rendering in KDE which looks so much smoother.
by edh
Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: No multiple clock/voltage modes on modern nVIDIA cards
Replies: 14
Views: 4935

If this BIOS has not already been uploaded on MVKTech, it would be good if you could.
by edh
Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9600GT noise impressions
Replies: 17
Views: 7457

You got fed up with which noise - the at-boot 100%, or the normal idle fan speed? The 100% at boot is what is annoying. It's bad engineering which annoys me, not just the noise the thing makes while doing it. The idle noise was still audible over the rest of my system. Also, can you characterize yo...
by edh
Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Loud 3850 - Looking for a heat-expelling VGA cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

And thermaltake are not known for silence... A colleague of mine has an ND1 and it's surprisingly un-Thermaltake like noise wise. It's not the 16dB they claim but it's much quieter than the stock 8800GT cooler (the revised one) he previously had even when that was running at 35%. You could put an A...
by edh
Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Efficiency at standby, low load test and one watt initiative
Replies: 3
Views: 2809

Just out of curiosity, do you know what the VSB power output is for that rig in soft off (i.e. how much the motherboard/etc. draws at soft off), or have you tried it with some other power supply for a comparison? I haven't tried with another PSU so the 6W is not specific to that PSU, it's just what...
by edh
Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Loud 3850 - Looking for a heat-expelling VGA cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

thejamppa wrote:Vantec IceBerg is only one that now comes into my mind of heatexpelling 3rd party vga coolers.
Vantec Iceberq doesn't expel heat out of the back of the case. If you want to do that, get an Arctic Cooling NV Silencer (not sure which one if any will fit a 3850) or a Thermaltake AT1.
by edh
Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: April Fools' Day and the new Enermax fans
Replies: 17
Views: 7329

Are these the same fans used in the Enermax Pro82+ and Modu82+ PSU's? The 120mm with a top speed of 1000rpm matches the top speed of the fan in my Modu82+, though I can't verify that as I've never seen it break 480rpm.

If they are the same fans, then they will be very quiet.
by edh
Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9600GT noise impressions
Replies: 17
Views: 7457

The 100% fan at boot issue is because whoever wrote the BIOS was seemingly working their notice. It just doesn't make sense to run at 100% when you're not running anything in hardware. It would be possible to mod the BIOS to boot at a more sensible fan speed. I got fed up with the noise within a day...
by edh
Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: No multiple clock/voltage modes on modern nVIDIA cards
Replies: 14
Views: 4935

For anyone interested, you'll need nvflash 5.63 or later for 9600GT cards. I've not yet got a bootable USB DOS pendrive to work from but am getting there. I'm first going to try without extending down the voltage table, just choosing the lowest voltage in the supplied table for 2D (1V).
by edh
Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: No multiple clock/voltage modes on modern nVIDIA cards
Replies: 14
Views: 4935

line wrote:Hmm. I haven't heard of this before. I would very much like to hear about your results.
Here's what I did to my old 5600, some of it is relevant to the 2D/3D modes discussion:
http://techangel.co.uk/forums/showpost. ... stcount=11
by edh
Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Passive or near-silent AT PSU for my old school DOS Box?
Replies: 10
Views: 2991

I would go for the approach of fan modding your existing AT PSU. It seems like many PSU's just get thrown away as the fan wears out which is a waste, I've done it before but wouldn't do now, it's just all of the over the top warnings you see on them about danger of death that stop most people from t...
by edh
Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sparkle 9600GT (passive) buzzes at full load
Replies: 17
Views: 10713

My Leadtek 9600GT has no audible whines or buzzes. With the Accelero S2 that I fitted to it it's inaudible.

I can see it being different samples or brands. They do have some different power circuitry.

Have you tried listening in different temperature conditions? It might vary.
by edh
Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: No multiple clock/voltage modes on modern nVIDIA cards
Replies: 14
Views: 4935

It seems to me that nVidia thinks that the power consumption of the 9600GT is low enough already, and that there's no need bothering with several clockspeeds and voltages. It's like with the 7900 series - 7900GTX was a hot card with different voltages in 2D and 3D, later came the 7950GT which didn'...
by edh
Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Efficiency at standby, low load test and one watt initiative
Replies: 3
Views: 2809

From tests I've done on a number of computers of various ages, the most common power consumption on soft-off has been 3W. Many laptops will consume ~1W from the wall at this stage but some is lost in the mains transformer, how would you count that? Ironically my new Modu82+ powered system (E8200, As...
by edh
Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: No multiple clock/voltage modes on modern nVIDIA cards
Replies: 14
Views: 4935

No multiple clock/voltage modes on modern nVIDIA cards

I've recently got a 9600GT and am disappointed to find that it runs the same 650MHz core at 1.1V all of the time. This seems like a step backwards for me from earlier cards which used separate 2D, 3D (and throttle) clockspeeds and voltages. I can obviously introduce separate 2D, 3D and throttle mode...
by edh
Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM to 3-pin adaptor
Replies: 14
Views: 3415

Glaringly absent is what happens to the fan's RPM monitoring. You're gonna lose it. Mobos with fan control on 3-pin headers have the bios advance the fan voltage to 100% periodically so the "tach" (RPM) signal can be maintained. That's software in the bios. This controller gadget is pure hardware -...
by edh
Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:48 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM to 3-pin adaptor
Replies: 14
Views: 3415

It is odd that the P5E-VM HDMI does not control 3-pin fans on that header as it controls them on the non-PWM chassis fan header fine. As I wasn't allowed to post a link in the first post, here's the link to the controller: http://paqt.co.uk/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=5 Very tiny and look...
by edh
Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 9600GT can't read rpm?
Replies: 2
Views: 1613

In my experience the 9600GT cooler is very loud, not helped by it running at 100% from boot. This could be fixed in NiBiTor. You'd be so much better off replacing the heatsink and fan that I don't think an RPM heading of the standard cooler really matters or not. I've replaced it with an Accelero S2...
by edh
Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Modding HDD trays in a Silverstone SG03
Replies: 2
Views: 1699

Modding HDD trays in a Silverstone SG03

I have just got a Silverstone SG03 and run a 500Gb Samsung HDD in it. At idle it's quiet but the seek noises are noticeable. I know many people do not like the plastic clips and I've been thinking of other ways to mount the disks in the same trays. Taking up the 5.25" drive with an enclosure isn't s...
by edh
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: PWM to 3-pin adaptor
Replies: 14
Views: 3415

PWM to 3-pin adaptor

I've just built a Silverstone SG-03B with a P5E-VM HDMI motherboard and have a set of Akasa 120mm 18dB fans hooked up to the mobo. The one attached to the CPU header can not be controlled by the mobo as this header only controls 4-pin PWM fans. It seems obvious to me that you could convert from PWM ...