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by JamieG
Thu May 13, 2010 3:03 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X
Replies: 49
Views: 20445

From memory, my 58070 Vapor-X idles at around 1,050rpm at a 21% fan duty cycle according to GPU-Z, although I'm not at home to confirm this at the moment. (...) As for noise, my rig seems just a little noisier on idle (compared to with the 8800GTX with Zalman GV1000 at about 3.5-4V). I also haven't...
by JamieG
Thu May 13, 2010 2:48 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Considering a fan-swap for my Corsair HX520
Replies: 3
Views: 2421

Re: Considering a fan-swap for my Corsair HX520

bozar wrote:S-Flex SFF21F for low starting voltage and max 1600 RPM
I've put this fan in my previously somewhat noisy Zalman 600W PSU in my P182. With rubber mounts, I don't hear it.
by JamieG
Wed May 12, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Fed up with the hairdryer
Replies: 22
Views: 5951

Re: Fed up with the hairdryer

I'm based in the UK and my realistic budget is about £500/600 ($800-900) The minimum spec I would want is: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz CPU (or AMD equivalent) ATI HD 4670 1GB PCI Express Graphics Card 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 Ram 500GB HDD Plus the necessary components to quieten the machine i.e. cooler for...
by JamieG
Tue May 11, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Non-optical USB mouse?
Replies: 78
Views: 93932

Re: Non-optical USB mouse?

NoiseFreeGuy wrote:A non-optical, non-wireless USB mouse. Does it exist?
I don't know if this would be what you're after, but Razer make some mice with infrared sensors instead of the usual optical lasers - I think it is the Death Adder and the Diamondback models from memory.
by JamieG
Sun May 09, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: advise on low power desktop
Replies: 8
Views: 2244

What is the best way to cover up open power supply hole, just tape? Actually, I got some modder's mesh and cut it so it fits in the PSU holding bracket on the Q07 and held it in place with some nuts and bolts. Looks a bit cleaner IMO and allows some venting. NSK3480 is probably my second choice. I ...
by JamieG
Sun May 09, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: advise on low power desktop
Replies: 8
Views: 2244

If you can stretch for the extra cost, why not go for a mini-ITX H55 motherboard and fit it into a Lian Li Q07? Zotac is currently selling a H55 mini-ITX motherboard, and Gigabyte is apparently coming out with one soon. Add a large tower heatsink of your choice and you'll only need one fan, on the C...
by JamieG
Sun May 02, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Water Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 19785

Interesting article - thanks for the review Lawrence & MikeC. Since the pump is run off a standard 3 pin fan header, would it be possible to do some tests with undervolting the pump? I vaguely recall one review site on the web that did this with a H50 when it first came out, but I can't find the rev...
by JamieG
Sun May 02, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: small full ATX desktop case
Replies: 5
Views: 3692

The ATX motherboard specification is 305mm × 244mm (or approximately 12" x 10"). This would leave you at most 6" of depth. Hard drives and/or optical bay drives are typically positioned in front of the motherboard in most cases, which would add more than 6" to the depth of the case. Therefore, with...
by JamieG
Sun May 02, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Nexus D12SL-12 Vs D12SL-12BL (LED version)
Replies: 3
Views: 1142

I bought a blue LED Nexus to experiment with at some stage. I never actually mounted it in a case so I can't speak to any increased vibrations, but I did test it in free air. It seemed more prone to poor airflow and increased noise in a horizontal (blowing up) position than a normal Nexus fan. It ma...
by JamieG
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: noob needs advice on [quieting] a i7 build in Lian Li case
Replies: 28
Views: 3433

As a more expensive alternative, consider the Scythe Kaze Server fan controller. I've installed one in my P182 and I really like its ability to control fan speeds in multiple types of ways based on temperature: - manual mode : dial in a fixed fan speed manually, no temperature-based variation - semi...
by JamieG
Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 300 on its way to silence and performance
Replies: 35
Views: 15293

Re: Updates

coolhand wrote:still hear some turbulance from the rear exhaust(Noctua 120mm at 385RPM)
Try cutting out the rear fan grill with some tin snips. This should reduce the turbulence noise.

If you need some form of fan guard to avoid potential finger injuries, try a simple wire fan guard.
by JamieG
Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Case with 2 or 3 rear facing 120mm fans?
Replies: 13
Views: 7218

My understanding of watercooling is admittedly limited, but isn't it more typical to mount radiators on the top / roof of the case above the motherboard (typically with a bottom mounted PSU)? The only rear-mounted radiators I have seen tend to be externally mounted using adapters to be connected to ...
by JamieG
Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: First post - New system advice, and optical drives question?
Replies: 2
Views: 1322

For CPU temps at 4Ghz, I'm not 100% sure that one or two Nexus fans (even at 12V) will be able to cope. A 44C rise (over 20-21C) ambient with dual Nexus fans at 12V with a 3.6 GHz / 1.4V CPU might translate to temperatures a bit higher at 4Ghz. You might want a bit more headroom for the fans - somet...
by JamieG
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: LIAN-LI PC-Q07 with NO FAN !
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

I love my Q07 - I've done a little bit of modding to fit an undersize G31 mATX motherboard in there with an undervolted and underclocked E5200 and a HR-01+, with a PW200V + 60W brick providing the power. I've got a single Slipstream 800rpm fan at 5V (approx 400rpm I guess) on the HR-01+ which is ina...
by JamieG
Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: $1500-$1800 GAMING build! Quiet!
Replies: 12
Views: 1849

Re: $1500-$1800 GAMING build! Quiet!

GPU: Which of these 5870s? The Sapphire 5870 Vapor-X would be my choice. There is a thread about this card somewhere around the forums. I seem to have lucked out with my 5870 Vapor-X and got a card with a fan that idles at lower rpm than most. The model number listed at that site indicates that the...
by JamieG
Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li Q08
Replies: 16
Views: 21577

Hope this Q isn't too off-topic, but why does Lian-Li use the removable PSU bracket? I see it on a lot of their cases, and never really got it. What benefit is it? Just so you can flip it 180 deg? Seems like an awfully complex solution to that problem (vs a few extra screw holes). I always assumed ...
by JamieG
Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: custom wood HTPC case, HDD's getting too hot
Replies: 9
Views: 4472

SpeedFan should be able to monitor your HDD temperatures. If you are not getting temps for your HDDs, check if SMART is enabled in your BIOS. I'm curious about your airflow direction - is the side 120mm Noctua acting as an intake or exhaust (I am assuming the latter). Either way, you shouldn't need ...
by JamieG
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 164110

So PCCG has jumped the gun with the Phenom II X6's: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - $269.00 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, 2.8Ghz (3.3GHz Turbo Core), Six Core, 9MB Cache (3MB L2, 6MB L3 cache), 45nm, 125W, Socket AM3 Ready. ETA: 27/04/10 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=345&produc...
by JamieG
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Prolimatech Armageddon & Coolermaster V8 CPU Coolers
Replies: 13
Views: 5538

Other than that, why would someone buy the Prolimatech Armageddon instead of the Prolimatech Megahalems? About the only other reason I could think of is because the Armageddon is compatible with 140mm fans, which could potentially provide higher airflow than a 120mm fan at similar voltages. On that...
by JamieG
Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Corsair CC700D or Silverstone FT02B?
Replies: 5
Views: 1521

The FT-02B looks like a much better prospect for quiet cooling than the Corsair case. I don't see much intakes on the Corsair case, and what intake grills there seem to be appear to involve pushing air through HDD cages. The FT-02B has pretty unobstructed internal airflow. All I would do is remove t...
by JamieG
Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Advice on Antec ISK 300-150, core i3, Zotac H55-ITX build?
Replies: 38
Views: 30926

The Nexus Real Silent 80mm fan is another option, depending on how you orient the case. If the mobo is sitting flat so the fan is on the side, this is fine. If the case will be standing on its side with the fan on the top, I'd go with the Noctua.
by JamieG
Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DAW system that needs upgrade help
Replies: 38
Views: 3819

For fan speed, you need some cable adapters that set fan voltage lower than the default 12V, or if your motherboard is compatible - software called SpeedFan. Your motherboard might also have some software that works. Do what ces suggested and manually stop or disconnect some of your fans to see what...
by JamieG
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: looking for passive heatsink for e7400
Replies: 3
Views: 1575

Thermalright HR-01+ or Scythe Ninja.

FWIW, I don't understand the need to go completely passive. A quality fan undervolted to low rpm (<500) is effectively inaudible and will make a difference in temperatures of your components.

I notice you didn't mention whether you had a passive PSU or not.
by JamieG
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent 300+GB drive for HTPC
Replies: 4
Views: 1104

FWIW, the 500Gb 2.5inch drive in my Seagate FreeAgent USB2 external HDD is pretty quiet. I assume it is a 2 platter Seagate Momentus 5400.x HDD in there.

The F3 you mentioned is another option (assuming you get the 5,400rpm EcoGreen version), but I don't have any experience with that drive.
by JamieG
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Cooling northbridge with case 120mm fan + air conduct?
Replies: 4
Views: 1313

Unfortunately, turns out the Thermalright and Noctua are too high to fit in this compact box :-/ I'll see if find another solution. Thank you. Have you considered one of the Zalman passive Northbridge coolers ? Ive used a ZM-NB47J on the Southbridge of a G31 board with reasonable results. They are ...
by JamieG
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Using a hardware switch to disable a hard drive
Replies: 17
Views: 3257

If what you are trying to accomplish is a switch that determines whether a second HDD (in addition to your primary linux hdd) is allowed to turn on at boot, I've done something similar before. I did this with a SATA drive before switching to an external USB HDD cage with an on/off switch. I used a f...
by JamieG
Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How's this case? Eh? Lian-li little sucker
Replies: 22
Views: 3977

Running them both at 5 volts, is your assessment that the slipstream might be generating substantially more CFM than the GT, perhaps double? Or that the air current for the two fans at 5v is basically the same? Honestly, I haven't done a side by side comparison. I bought the GT to try it, found I l...
by JamieG
Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How's this case? Eh? Lian-li little sucker
Replies: 22
Views: 3977

Admittedly the above is not conclusive, but it does seem to indicate that in free air the Slipstream in comparision to the GT, is the superior fan delivering substantially more CFM at the same noise level. I would submit that under high impedance, the roles would reverse. Well, as I indicated, the ...
by JamieG
Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Coolermaster 690-II Advanced - Part 2 - Final Build
Replies: 14
Views: 8081

Not happy with the added noise of the Zalman fan when I don't have the headphones on though, so looking for either a replacement cooler (Scythe Mushai probably) or a replacement card. What voltage are you running the GV1000's fan on? I had a GV1000 mounted on my old 8800GTX, and the fan started at ...
by JamieG
Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How's this case? Eh? Lian-li little sucker
Replies: 22
Views: 3977

After carefully searching through my browsing history I found the link to the forum post of Martinm210 on XtremeSystems. http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=223391&highlight=fan+testing+part There are graphs a plenty. *snip* I am left wondering why the water cooling crowd has not d...