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by ascl
Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Uneven Core Temp(s)?
Replies: 10
Views: 4214

The guy that wrote RealTemp (unclewebb) who has done a bunch of testing, theorised that all quads (intel anyway) had different TJMax on each pair of cores (actually, this was for Core 2, not sure about i7). Hence, he suggested that a Q6600 had a 100 TJmax for Core 0 + 1, and a 105 TJMax for Core 2 +...
by ascl
Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:07 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Inaudible high-end gaming computer..?
Replies: 11
Views: 5139

For the best choice in CPU coolers *right now*, check out the socket 1156 motherboards that have socket 775 mounting holes (EVGA and Asrock and maybe others have them).

Either that, or what for adapter plates which are undoubtedly on the way
by ascl
Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New hardware - System halts/freeze at random - Wall of text!
Replies: 23
Views: 4021

APPLIES TO
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
I am not sure that KB article is relevant here.
by ascl
Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New hardware - System halts/freeze at random - Wall of text!
Replies: 23
Views: 4021

Given you have run memtest for over 24 hours without issues, it seems that RAM is not the problem. Its somewhat suspicious that ubuntu ran without issues, but then, you didn't run it very long. You could try something like this: http://www.stresslinux.org/ Its basically what it sounds like, a small ...
by ascl
Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Why 4 header PWM on motherboards?
Replies: 10
Views: 2312

Re: Why 4 header PWM on motherboards?

mattyc wrote:most motherboards cannot undervolt the 4 pin cpu header for a 3 pin fan
I don't agree with this.... or I have been exceptionally lucky with my motherboard choice. Its the one fan header that 99.9% of the time you can control! ;)
by ascl
Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: #### FAQ for the Silent Storage forum ####
Replies: 10
Views: 45901

I know the above poster asked the question a very long time ago... but given this is a FAQ thread, seems good to have an answer:

Run SpeedFan as administrator if you are using Vista or Win7 to get SMART info.
by ascl
Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: What tubing size should i get
Replies: 6
Views: 3710

The thinner walled stuff seems to kink much easier. I personally went for 1/2inch (as much as I ALWAYS use metric measurements, too much info is in archaic imperial and converting all the time is more confusing than just dealing with inches) ID (3/4" OD) tube over 1/2" fittings. In retrospect I may ...
by ascl
Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: What tubing size should i get
Replies: 6
Views: 3710

The fatter the tube, theoretically, the better the flow. In practice it makes very little difference however. Similarly, the fatter the tube, the harder it is to bend and work with. That said, whatever ID size you choose, I would try and get the thickest walls you can. I found it much easier to work...
by ascl
Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet & Ultra Low Power Router/Firewall/Server on Debian
Replies: 19
Views: 6013

My rev 1.0 WRT54G (which has to be 6 or 7 years old now) supports it... but its running DD-WRT so thats not quite fair! :) My DLink DIR-655 which is 1 or 2 years old doesn't (I think) support it. So yeah, its a crap shoot basically. In the future I will only buy DD-WRT compatible routers I think. La...
by ascl
Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x58 Motherboard fan control
Replies: 8
Views: 4158

Re: Need help

johndavid wrote:Hey guys whats up. Got a problem here. I just bought a new pc.
Please don't hijack someone elses thread. Please start a new thread in the system troubleshooting section.
by ascl
Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: replacing the pump, keeping the blocks and radiator
Replies: 2
Views: 3158

The 2 most common pumps recommended are the MCP655 and MCP355 (they are available under several brands). The MCP355 comes with 3/8 barbs I think, however it is not speed variable, and is probably noisy (although there is a slower MCP350 variant which might be okay). I have the MCP655, which is varia...
by ascl
Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Split System Airconditioning for PCs? Or better...
Replies: 10
Views: 5184

You can run tubes from your PC, into another room/outside/to the shed and have the rads/fans/pumps in the "noisy" location. Several people have done various different implementations of this. The most ambitious I saw included valves to allow a ground loop, bong, outside rads/fans and inside rads/fan...
by ascl
Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: how much heat XSPC RS360 cope with
Replies: 2
Views: 3434

Easy question! EDIT: Doh, RS not RX. Check this review: http://martin.skinneelabs.com/XSPC-RS360-Radiator-Review.html Specifically this graph: http://martin.skinneelabs.com/img/XSPC-RS360-Thermal2.png So, assuming 1000rpm fans, and a pump that can sustain 1.5 GPM (which should be possible given your...
by ascl
Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet & Ultra Low Power Router/Firewall/Server on Debian
Replies: 19
Views: 6013

My point was actually that many WiFi routers support wireless bridging. Its not a cheap alternative if you have to buy an expensive commercial bridge! :) I can't tell you if the linksys can or not. Also, most revisions of the wrt54g can now be dd-wrt'd, only one remains impossible: http://www.dd-wrt...
by ascl
Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet & Ultra Low Power Router/Firewall/Server on Debian
Replies: 19
Views: 6013

EDIT: Errr... forum error-ed on submission. Sorry for double post.
by ascl
Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet & Ultra Low Power Router/Firewall/Server on Debian
Replies: 19
Views: 6013

Rather than get a WiFi card, you might look at using an old WiFi router as a wireless bridge (assuming you have one lying around or can get one super cheap).

Maybe stick dd-wrt on that linksys?
by ascl
Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HELP! Major computer issues
Replies: 13
Views: 1659

It really sounds like an issue with the graphics card. Perhaps a power surge caused some issues (although I'd expect it to affect the PSU?). I think if you have checked all the basic things, you need to start eliminating potential problems, and that means swapping parts if at all possible. Start wit...
by ascl
Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HELP! Major computer issues
Replies: 13
Views: 1659

What are the temps like on the graphics card? Also, make sure the graphics card is seated properly. Might have rattled a bit lose.
by ascl
Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: MY new WC setup
Replies: 11
Views: 6441

Definitely get the pump off the case. I suspended mine (I have a 655, but same principle) using elastic. It looks ugly but eliminates the case vibration that was driving me insane before.
by ascl
Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thoughts on a fan controller I have been tinkering with
Replies: 19
Views: 5358

I am happy with either Type I or Type II. Neither is quite as dumb as SpeedFan, and ramps up the fan in some kind of controlled manner that isn't just on or off. Being the control freak I am, I'd still like to control the curve, but as long as there IS a curve, it should be fine. The difference betw...
by ascl
Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thoughts on a fan controller I have been tinkering with
Replies: 19
Views: 5358

I respectfully disagree. The first priority must always be to keep the CPU cool. If the CPU temperature goes over some value, bad things start to happen (like crashing, blue-screen-of-death, etc). Fan noise is a problem but secondary to keeping the CPU cool. Your description is perfectly correct an...
by ascl
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Thoughts on a fan controller I have been tinkering with
Replies: 19
Views: 5358

I have been toying with a somewhat similar idea, so I have a few comments you may (or may not!) find useful. Firstly, the relationship you are describing between sensor reading (temp) and fan speed... is one that I dislike intensely. Speedfan uses the same model. It means that once temp hits Xc fans...
by ascl
Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent PC? Antec, Raven or something else?
Replies: 45
Views: 13838

Ooh I didn't know that... nice! Make sure you post pics! :)
by ascl
Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent PC? Antec, Raven or something else?
Replies: 45
Views: 13838

FT02 is a nice looking case... its aluminium however, so you may need to weigh down the sides with some padding (for weight more than anything) to stop it vibrating.

Let us know how it goes!
by ascl
Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Silverstone Commander (CMD01) and intel chipset
Replies: 0
Views: 674

Silverstone Commander (CMD01) and intel chipset

I recently got a SilverStone Commander: http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=CMD01-ESA I have a gigabyte EP45-UD3 motherboard (ie intel chipset).... and I am happy to report that both HWMonitor and NVidia System Monitor both read the sensor data from the CMD01, even without an E...
by ascl
Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent PC? Antec, Raven or something else?
Replies: 45
Views: 13838

I definitely like the idea of a rotated layout. Seems like it should offer good air flow, however, I have no idea how well it works in practice.

cordis: Before I added the fan, my HDD's were hitting 50+, which was freaking me out a bit!
by ascl
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent PC? Antec, Raven or something else?
Replies: 45
Views: 13838

To remove the HDD cage on the Cosmos you will need to de-rivet or just cut the whole (half?) thing out. The Cosmos S seems like it fixes the airflow and cable run issues I had with it. That said... there are no perfect cases! I wish there was, I really do, but I am yet to find one that is even close...
by ascl
Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent PC? Antec, Raven or something else?
Replies: 45
Views: 13838

I am using the fan mount on the bottom, as the GPU is hot, and I can't get another fan mount here. Maybe I should screw the bottom fan in (I need to remove the bottom plastic to do that I think?) and use the fan mount above the drives. Suspending the hdd's is a good idea, it should allow a little mo...
by ascl
Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent PC? Antec, Raven or something else?
Replies: 45
Views: 13838

I have a Cosmos 1000 and I really wouldn't recommend it to anybody. It has poor airflow, especially over the HDDs, so they will run warm if you have 5 or 6 crammed in there. Doing wiring neatly in there is very hard, as there is a support column running down the back, which doesn't allow room for ca...
by ascl
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:49 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water cooling graphics
Replies: 2
Views: 2990

A cheaper option might be an after market cooler, T-Rad2 GTX, HR03 GTX and Artic Cooling Accellero EXTREME should all work on that card. Haven't used any myself, but it might be worth considering.