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by ascl
Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Fan Pile
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

My fan pile is mostly san ace, yate loon and coolermaster...
by ascl
Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quick SSD question
Replies: 8
Views: 2446

Just be careful of running monitoring software which checks HDD temps (including speedfan), as they can, and will, wake the drive from sleep.
by ascl
Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.6, Namoroka, is noticeably faster
Replies: 18
Views: 2895

I did try Iron at one point but didn't like it for some reason. I shall re-visit it tho, cheers :)
by ascl
Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Motherboards with all fans Speedfan controllable
Replies: 9
Views: 2625

One thing, I think there needs to be more information on how reliable controlling is. On my Asus motherboard, it sort of worked, but wasn't 100% reliable. Also, number of controllable headers isn't 100% clear... I listed 2 for PWM and 0 for 3 pin, however, the 4 pin headers can be used as 3 pin (not...
by ascl
Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Wanted: Command line m3u creator
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

Excellent, thanks for posting. One small potential problem is: set /a seconds=!samples!/!rate! I think this doesn't round properly, it just truncates to an 'int', which may mean your song length isn't quite right (ie samples = 3, rate = 2, length will equal 1). Not sure how much it matters (if at al...
by ascl
Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:46 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gigabye vs Asus: Mobo with 3 x PWM fan headers
Replies: 14
Views: 4086

The speedfan website has a partial list, but its a bit outdated. A definitive, up-to-date list would be great.
by ascl
Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Wanted: Command line m3u creator
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

Head to here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/flac/files/flac-win/ And grab the latest flac package. Inside you will find metaflac.exe, using it you can retrieve the sample_rate and total samples in a file. samples / sample_rate will give the length. There may be other methods, but this is one I fou...
by ascl
Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gigabye vs Asus: Mobo with 3 x PWM fan headers
Replies: 14
Views: 4086

Sorry for the late reply. Only 2 headers are controllable. The other two you can monitor but not control.
by ascl
Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.6, Namoroka, is noticeably faster
Replies: 18
Views: 2895

I use chrome, and ad-block is the one thing I *really* miss (and no, javascript hacks to avoid ad's are not really the same thing).
by ascl
Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

heh, this forum seems pretty sparsely populated huh? My system is far from silent... its quiet, but definitely not silent. Given the amount of noise where I live, silent is a pipe dream anyway (Hong Kong). So yeah, its all relative. If you are curious my setup includes: Cosmos 1000 case Q6600 @ 3600...
by ascl
Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:58 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

Ah I didn't see your post about dx11. If you need dx11, ATI is the only show in town!
by ascl
Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

gtx 260 is a decent card, and should be able to be found pretty cheap. 5770 isn't really a great performer (but does bring other things to the table).
by ascl
Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

Graphics cards are nowhere near as reliable as CPUs. At least, not consumer grade ones.... and the majority of GPUs are not even pushed hard. I've had CPUs overclocked by 50% run for years and years without a hiccup. Wish I could say the same for my stock clocked GPUs (I don't bother OCing them any ...
by ascl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

Pull it apart, count the chips etc that need sinks, and put it back together again while you wait. Only takes 5 minutes. Or find a 'naked' picture of it online (I couldn't find one, but didn't look very hard). Voltage Regulator Module (VRM)s are made up of MOSFETs, chokes etc. The terms are often us...
by ascl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

I used about a pack and a half of the ram sink sized ones, and one pack of the little ones. Make sure you have some kind of cleaning fluid (I used ArctiClean), as any oily residue on the chips will stop them sticking. As far as what to put sinks on, this is dependent on your card. I haven't had an A...
by ascl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

I used this guys for mosfets: http://www.enzotechnology.com/images/mos_c1.jpg and these for ram: http://www.enzotechnology.com/images/bmr-c1.jpg The ram sinks are available in two different heights, in case you have clearance issues. EDIT: And here is some random pic I found with some of these sinks...
by ascl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

For true silence you need an SSD! (Actually, an SSD is an amazing upgrade performance-wise too).


Post pics when you are done! :)
by ascl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

While the VRMs need some cooling, they really don't need to be watercooled. Small heat sinks like the ones linked above do a great job. I found with enzotech heatsinks, that they cooled much better than the stock heatsink. Having SOME air movement over them is a good idea however.
by ascl
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

Looks pretty adaptable, you might be fine with it.


Please report if you do get it! :)
by ascl
Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

I don't see a link in your post? Anyway, VGA coolers (air coolers I mean) are so incredibly crappy, that, providing you can make it fit, I would imagine the Zalman would be a HUGE improvement. With a MCW60 (copper I know), my VGA temps went from 50 -> 35 idle temps and 75 -> 40 load temps... and thi...
by ascl
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Anyone know about Aluminum WB's?
Replies: 36
Views: 12859

I think your options are somewhat limited. Products have been moving away from aluminium for a while now, and copper is used in the majority of blocks/rads/etc these days. So, either you switch rads to a copper rad, and get a copper block. Or you run with mixed metals and used anti-freeze to inhibit...
by ascl
Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Do Intel chipsets run hot?
Replies: 13
Views: 5695

I have a GA-EP45-UD3L, and the southbridge sits at about 40c, ambient is 30c, so I don't think it gets very hot. The northbridge has no sensor on it (annoying!), and it does get pretty hot to touch... but hasn't caused any problems.
by ascl
Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: one 240mm fan, or four 120mm fans?
Replies: 1
Views: 1484

I think its impossible to say with certainty without knowing the exact details of the fans. However, I do believe in general the larger sized case fans do not have good static pressure, which is a very important factor when trying to push (or pull) air through a radiator. 120mm fans are a known, and...
by ascl
Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Airflow in case - feedback welcome
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Sounds like a good plan (air in at the bottom, out at the top). Works with heat rising. You may find however, that you don't need many fans sucking air in, definitely something to try out. Another thing, the bigboy fans quite likely have low static pressure, and may not actually help much against a ...
by ascl
Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: First w/c setup - Please help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4049

I still don't really think 2 loops is necessary, but of course its your call. You could also try one big single loop, and if that doesn't perform, get the extra bits you need to separate out the loops. An option is the typhoon III bay res/pump top. It allows parallel loops (which can work well from ...
by ascl
Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:38 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: First w/c setup - Please help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4049

Check out this link: http://www.over-clock.com/ivb/index.php?showtopic=20277 I found it useful, and it links things like PSU calculators, which help figure out a heat load. At a guess, I'd suggest you will want a 120x3 for your CPU, and probably about the same for your GPUs (if you have 2). A dual l...
by ascl
Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reviewed pumps
Replies: 13
Views: 11324

I have a MCP655 vario. Once it is fully suspended, it eliminates a lot of the noise. I have mine running at setting 4, which I can't hear over the powersupply (crappy Coolermaster). I strongly recommend you use some elastic and suspend it if you haven't already! Sounds like a fan, ie just a quiet hu...
by ascl
Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Airflow in case - feedback welcome
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Push vs Pull can make a decent difference (10% ish depending on the fans): http://martin.skinneelabs.com/Radiator-Fan-Orientation-And-Shroud-Testing-Review.html The rule of thumb is pull for < 1500 rpm and push for above that... with a grey area in between where it doesn't make much difference at al...
by ascl
Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: First w/c setup - Please help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4049

A couple of things: -The Cosmos 1100 will take a 120x3 rad internally without mods... its a good WC case, but not such a good 'quiet' case (the Cosmos 1000 should be quieter, but you need to mod to fit a 120x3). Most cases will require some modding. The ones that spring to mind that can mount a 120x...
by ascl
Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case/Enclosures specifically for SSD's?
Replies: 12
Views: 2339

Mine is mounted behind the right hand panel of the case using an unused motherboard mounting hole! Completely out of the way, its brilliant.

I believe that some of the newer SilverStone cases (both Ravens for example) have proper mounting spots for SSDs behind the right panel.