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by whispercat
Sun May 27, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 8
Views: 6913

Re: Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700

Thanks Ollie. That's sort of what I intuitively suspected. From all the reading I've done, it seems overclocking the 2600 or 2700 draws a lot more power than overclocking the 'X' models. https://www.bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/cpus/amd-ryzen-5-2600-review/6/ And most of the reviewers I've read (kitgur...
by whispercat
Sat May 26, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

What is the average RPM range for CPU cooler fans? Would anyone ever need 2000 RPM? What would be too low even for idle?
by whispercat
Fri May 25, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Is it best to have the cooler fan spin according to the CPU temps?

I like to have PWM for all the case fans, but I've usually just let the CPU fan do its thing.
by whispercat
Fri May 25, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Good points, thanks. I notice the NF-A12x25 is available in ULN, PWM, and FLX like most other Noctua fans. For cooling, are any of these configurations better to have than the other?
by whispercat
Thu May 24, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What's the difference between these cards?
Replies: 3
Views: 4125

Re: What's the difference between these cards?

Anything different about the 'X' model? And why are the two X models wildly different prices?

What is the 'armor' version? Why do some cards only have one fan? Are these any quieter?

Would all of these slightly different versions all have the same cooling and/or quietness characteristics?
by whispercat
Thu May 24, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What's the difference between these cards?
Replies: 3
Views: 4125

What's the difference between these cards?

Could someone please explain the difference between these cards to me? https://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=MSI+GeForce+GTX+1060+DirectX+12&N=-1&isNodeId=1 I'm looking at the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 DirectX 12. Newegg has about 6, the top 3 seem i...
by whispercat
Wed May 23, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

I agree, I don't particularly like specs either, since they are just numbers on a promo sheet. Though specs do give us something of a starting point. The real evaluation comes with hands on testing. There hasn't been a SPCR fan round up in years, and it doesn't seem likely they'll be another one any...
by whispercat
Wed May 23, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

The problem with comparing these fans is that the NF-A12x25 is a 2000 rpm fan, the NF-F12 is1500 rpm, and the NF-S12A is 1200 rpm. According to Noctua's spec sheet: https://noctua.at/en/products/fan The NF-A12x25 (4pin PWM) is 22.6 d/BA @2000 rpm.. with 102.1 air flow and 2.34 static pressure The NF...
by whispercat
Wed May 23, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Not sure if I quite understand the graph.

So, the NF-F12 has a higher static pressure but a lower air flow, whereas the NF-S12A has a lower static pressure but a higher air flow? And the NF-A12x25 is somewhere in between?

Wouldn't the NF-F12 be better for coolers?
by whispercat
Tue May 22, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

What is the difference between static pressure and airflow? Which is better for coolers?
by whispercat
Tue May 22, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: History of the MBX (Murder Box) Computer Case
Replies: 1
Views: 3334

History of the MBX (Murder Box) Computer Case

The MBX Mark II designed by Charles Harwood. I remember when they were fundraising for this several years ago. I was on an email list for this case, until I saw the price:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRHG1E42QBE
by whispercat
Tue May 22, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone Mammoth MM01.
Replies: 7
Views: 6722

Re: Silverstone Mammoth MM01.

Linus recently reviewed the Mammoth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Af6bhAkZF0
by whispercat
Fri May 18, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Storage (In The Next 5 Years)
Replies: 17
Views: 14868

Re: Storage (In The Next 5 Years)

Olle P wrote:
whispercat wrote:So, in ten years, the price per GB on a SSD has come down by $2.34. or nearly 80%.
And in the same time the required storage space has also roughly five-folded, resulting in the cost for a useful amount of storage to stay approximately the same.
Required storage space for what?
by whispercat
Fri May 18, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700
Replies: 8
Views: 6913

Re: Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700

I had a related question, regarding overclocking. I'm looking at getting a Ryzen 5, either a 2600 or 2600X. The 2600 has a base clock of 3.4GHz boosting to 3.9GHz with a TDP of 65W The 2600X base is 3.6GHz boosting to 4.2GHz with a TDP of 95W According to Bit-tech, the 2600 is very power efficient: ...
by whispercat
Thu May 17, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
Replies: 19
Views: 50595

Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?

Thanks. Can you boot from a NAS?

Also, can the bays in a NAS be set to different RAIDs?
by whispercat
Thu May 17, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
Replies: 19
Views: 50595

Is a NAS worth it for a single user?

For a single user, are there any advantages to a NAS over an external hard drive? I don't play (or store) games or movies, and I don't expect to have much more than about 4 TB of accumulated data in my lifetime.

Is it worth getting a NAS?
by whispercat
Thu May 17, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Steve, the tl;dr version of that video is....relatively loud at max speed (2000 rpm), but extremely quiet at lower speeds (70% and 50%).

Your welcome :)
by whispercat
Wed May 16, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Storage (In The Next 5 Years)
Replies: 17
Views: 14868

Re: Storage (In The Next 5 Years)

I bought the first mainstream Intel SSD (Intel X25-M 168 GB) back in 2009 for ~$500. (CDN). I'm still using it to run my OS. This was considered the top of the line state of the art SSD at the time, because it had just received TRIM support. I think Intel had a 250GB capacity as well, but it was abo...
by whispercat
Mon May 14, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: M.2 SSD under GPU: Bad idea (in a quiet PC)?
Replies: 9
Views: 28997

Re: M.2 SSD under GPU: Bad idea (in a quiet PC)?

Here are a couple of NVMe coolers that are reasonably priced and with good reviews: https://www.amazon.ca/NGFF-PCIe-Adapter-Samsung-XP941/dp/B00RTSFLBY https://www.amazon.ca/EK-3830046991737-EK-M-2-NVMe-Heatsink/dp/B073RHHYCM The famous Angel Wings is much more expensive: https://www.amazon.ca/Angel...
by whispercat
Sun May 13, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: External Drive: WD Gold vs Samsung SSD ?
Replies: 3
Views: 5926

Re: External Drive: WD Gold vs Samsung SSD ?

The WD spec sheet for the 1 TB says 184 mb/s: https://www.wdc.com/content/dam/wdc/website/downloadable_assets/eng/spec_data_sheet/2879-800074.pdf I don't know anything about NAS or servers. It should be possible to schedule backups to an ordinary external HDD enclosure using software, no? My concern...
by whispercat
Sun May 13, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: External Drive: WD Gold vs Samsung SSD ?
Replies: 3
Views: 5926

External Drive: WD Gold vs Samsung SSD ?

I'm trying to decide between a WD Gold HDD and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD for my external backup drives. Price is a factor, but more importantly I'm concerned about data integrity and bit errors over time. Since the WD Gold has extra buffer cache and is designed for data centers, would it be a more relia...
by whispercat
Sun May 13, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD AM4 motherboards and ECC memory
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

Re: AMD AM4 motherboards and ECC memory

Interesting. On the ASRock QVL it lists the part number

http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/AB350%20Pr ... asp#Memory

This part number is dual ranked.

https://www.avadirect.com/8GB-Dual-Rank ... t/10733821
by whispercat
Sat May 12, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD AM4 motherboards and ECC memory
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

Re: AMD AM4 motherboards and ECC memory

It's my understanding that AMD supports ECC memory on all their Ryzen processors by default. (ECC capability is built into the CPU, AMD just doesn't disable it like Intel does for most of their chips). It's up to the motherboard manufacturers if they want to add complementary support for ECC on thei...
by whispercat
Fri May 11, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD AM4 motherboards and ECC memory
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

AMD AM4 motherboards and ECC memory

I'm having problems finding ECC memory for these two motherboards that I have my eye on for a possible build: ASRock AB350 Pro4 QVL memory list: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/AB350%20Pro4/index.us.asp#Memory There's only 3 ECC modules listed (highlighted in red) and I can't find 2 of them anywhere. A...
by whispercat
Fri May 11, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Good to know.

Should the intake fan speeds and the exhaust fan speeds be the same?
by whispercat
Fri May 11, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 93345

Re: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread

Thanks Steve. I think for most 1070s the noise at idle won't matter so much since the fans don't kick in until around 57-60 degrees. I've been reading some good things about the EVGA 1070 SC. (and the black edition). But since I started looking around at general 1070 prices, I think I may have to dr...
by whispercat
Fri May 11, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Thanks lodestar. yeah, I was looking at that Noctua redux as well.

Ideally, should an exhaust fan have any different characteristics from an intake fan? i.e. air flow, static pressure, etc? Or are they pretty much interchangeable?
by whispercat
Fri May 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 93345

Re: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread

Well, according to most of those reviews, the reference GTX 1070 was even quieter than most other 3rd party cards, including the Asus ROG Strix 1070 they tested. https://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/asus-republic-of-gamers-strix-gtx-1070-aura-rgb-oc/27/ The Guru 3D review also sho...
by whispercat
Thu May 10, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 93345

Re: GTX 1070 Review Compilation Thread

I was reading this review from Techpowerup: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_1070/ The power consumption impressed me. I'm not that knowledgeable about nvidia gaming cards. Is this a reference card? If so, would the power consumption levels be any different from other 3rd party...
by whispercat
Thu May 10, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone
Replies: 97
Views: 66481

Re: New noctua 120mm PWM fan, NF-A12x25 the GT Clone

Abula, I have a Fractal R5 case and was wondering if these new Noctua NF-A12x25 fans would be good for intake and/or exhaust?

I was looking at these, as well as the NF-S12A fans.