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by ascl
Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Using Speedfan with nVidia cards for fan control!
Replies: 7
Views: 3273

I have a gainward 260 gtx, and speedfan can detect the GPU temp, but not the fan speed, and AFAIK cannot control the GPU fan. Rivatuner can however. (As an aside: I have the alternative cooling model 260... I would not recommend it. It seems they added an extra fan and then cheaped out on the heatpi...
by ascl
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Variable or fixed speed case fans?
Replies: 15
Views: 2862

I prefer variable... but I probably push my system (overclock) more than the average SPCR'r, so I appreciate the extra cooling ability when my system is pushed, and quiet when it doesn't (which is most of the time, ie surfing the web extra). So, my preference is very much automated variable speeds. ...
by ascl
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 5.25" fan controller doohickey recommendation req
Replies: 4
Views: 1762

The sunbeam rheobus extreme (which has no LCD, and hence doesn't meet all your requirements) comes with some splitter cables that allow you to plug the fan into your motherboard but get powered via the controller. In this way you can use your favourite monitoring software to watch the fan speeds and...
by ascl
Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PC in a closet, gets a bit too warm?
Replies: 13
Views: 1800

Agreed, that's a better first test.
by ascl
Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PC in a closet, gets a bit too warm?
Replies: 13
Views: 1800

Something like this doesn't look terrible, and shouldn't be too bad from a noise point of view either:
http://www.chinalouvers.com/Door-Vent-c10.html

Although, before you try this, you should leave the door open a small amount and see if you do actually get circulation and cooler PC temps in there.
by ascl
Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PC in a closet, gets a bit too warm?
Replies: 13
Views: 1800

Can you 'mod' your cupboard? You say there is an exhaust already, so perhaps you just need some vents on the door to allow some airflow?
by ascl
Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for advice on platform
Replies: 25
Views: 12608

Just to add to what the above 2 posters have said. I recently upgraded my hdd to an SSD... and wow. Its like having a new computer. Everything has been amazingly snappy and fast... and my desire to upgrade the CPU has totally gone. It already feels like a new computer! (I have an OCZ Vertex 120). Re...
by ascl
Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gigabye vs Asus: Mobo with 3 x PWM fan headers
Replies: 14
Views: 4216

My experience with an ASUS board wasn't good from a speedfan point of view. It kind of worked, but not reliably. Hopefully they have improved since I owned an ASUS Maximus Formula ROG board.
by ascl
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gigabye vs Asus: Mobo with 3 x PWM fan headers
Replies: 14
Views: 4216

I have an EP45-UD3L so it might not be identical... however, it also has a PWM CPU header, and SYS_FAN2. BOTH are controllable using Speedfan, and do not require PWM fans (ie voltage control works too).

You may need to change the bios setting to use voltage control is all.
by ascl
Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: quiet "mac pro"-like DAW system?
Replies: 10
Views: 2428

Intel have announced (and released but it got pulled due to a software bug) their newer, cheaper SSD's. Definitely worth waiting for them imo, they are slightly faster than the current models, but more importantly, significantly cheaper.
by ascl
Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Fan Cooled radiator, stoping resonation.
Replies: 5
Views: 4886

You are right, push vs pull makes a difference, and possibly the fan thickness. The link is here, its a worthwhile read: http://martinsliquidlab.i4memory.com/Radiator-Fan-Orientation-And-Shroud-Testing-Review.html Ideally you should test it yourself, as your exact parameters may be different... but ...
by ascl
Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Fast question about GA-EP45-UD3 mosfets cooling
Replies: 11
Views: 2639

Interesting.. thats good to know, thanks for the info.
by ascl
Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Fan Cooled radiator, stoping resonation.
Replies: 5
Views: 4886

Martin over at XS did some testing on the optimal shroud size... and you don't want more than about 30mm or it actually reduces the effectiveness of the fan. So if you build a rad box, make sure you are careful about the distance from fan -> rad.
by ascl
Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please nitpick a potential quiet/silent system for me...
Replies: 5
Views: 1489

I suspect you are worrying about it too much. A system like that is going to be running very cool, so almost any case should be fine. Just replace the fans with something decent (in fact one fan will likely do). That said, given you are trying to save money, why not pick up a cheap 2nd hand system? ...
by ascl
Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Fast question about GA-EP45-UD3 mosfets cooling
Replies: 11
Views: 2639

Those temps actually seem reasonable to me. Furmark is a beast, and heats up your card like no real application will, and your other temps do not increase massively while running it. 89c is on the warm side, but not outside what is acceptable for graphics cards. If you are still worried, perhaps you...
by ascl
Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Palit NVidia Geforce 9800GT fan defaults to 40% - help pls
Replies: 7
Views: 2194

I am not sure you can stop it spinning up to 100% at boot. This happens very early in the process, the only possibility that I can see is to edit the bios, however, I am still not sure that will work anyway (its worth a shot of course, if the alternative is replacing the card). Rivatuner will only a...
by ascl
Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Palit NVidia Geforce 9800GT fan defaults to 40% - help pls
Replies: 7
Views: 2194

If you don't want to flash the bios, you can create a scheduler event in RivaTuner that runs "on resuming from Suspended mode" that sets the fan how you want. I'd suggest you do not try and flash the bios from within windows... use a DOS bootdisk (or USB key) if you are going to try that option. To ...
by ascl
Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Fast question about GA-EP45-UD3 mosfets cooling
Replies: 11
Views: 2639

No, you shouldn't need any cooling there. They are fairly heat tolerant and you are not overclocking... of course, it does depend on your ambient temps and the air flow inside your case. Ideally you should have some airflow over them. Once you get a powerful (read: hot) video card in that case, you ...
by ascl
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Sourcing fans for standard heatsinks
Replies: 3
Views: 946

Low speed is generally < 1350.

I'd suggest Yate Loon's as good quiet cheap fans. Yes they are sleave bearing, but cheap...
by ascl
Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Sourcing fans for standard heatsinks
Replies: 3
Views: 946

Some fans have a higher static pressure, and hence are better suited for heatsinks. Case fans generally have little flow obstruction so do not need as high static pressure. In general, fatter (ie 38mm vs 25 or 20mm) fans have a higher static pressure. You will find this information more on water coo...
by ascl
Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Questions on "Heka" Phenom II X3s
Replies: 20
Views: 4244

I am not 100% sure this is correct for AMD CPUs, but I think it is. "Unlocked" means you can adjust the multiple above the default. Locked means you can adjust down but not up. ie, my Q6600 has a multiplier of 9 and is "locked". I can still adjust this anywhere from 6-9, but not above 9. Of course I...
by ascl
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel (i5) Clarkdale dual core 32nm info?
Replies: 1
Views: 1297

Based on this:http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=18944

You are talking about the upcoming i3 chip, which will be intel's first 32nm chip (well gulftown should be same time).

2 cores, 4 threads, graphics on a separate die but same package.

Details seem very sparse!
by ascl
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU Load Line Calibration?
Replies: 2
Views: 1715

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc.aspx?i=3184&p=6 this article argues against LLC, and goes into nice detail about why its not safe. vdroop is part of the intel spec, so its not inherinentely bad. That said, LLC allows you to have lower idle vcore, which results in a power saving a...
by ascl
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Max temp for i7 920?
Replies: 12
Views: 5260

Definitely your equipment, your call. Was just trying to be helpful, sorry I failed to do that.

Good luck.
by ascl
Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Max temp for i7 920?
Replies: 12
Views: 5260

Regardless of my thoughts on 'too hot' at load, an idle temp of 84 is way too hot. Temps will jump significantly once you put any kind of load on it, and will throttle. People are overclocking to 4 GHz with some pretty good cooling systems, ie with high speed fans. Overclocking and SPCR do not often...
by ascl
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Max temp for i7 920?
Replies: 12
Views: 5260

An idle temp of 84 is *way* too hot. Under load that will jump up by 20-30 degrees. Not to mention, you want some head room for warmer weather. Lastly, running the chip near (or at) its thermal cut off point can reduce its life. Also, just getting to bios does not mean the system is stable. My guess...
by ascl
Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommendations requested: Quiet, single slot Graphics card
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Have a look at Rivatuner. Its possible your graphics cards fan is set at a stupid (read: 100%) level unnecessarily. You may be able to quiet it done a lot while its idle, and only have it ramp up when stressed. EDIT: To answer your actual question: Gigabyte has a passively cooled 4850 which might wo...
by ascl
Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Absolutely inexplicable crashes with my PC.
Replies: 12
Views: 2289

Having it occur only once every few weeks definitely makes it hard to identify. So, just to confirm, you have replaced the motherboard, the PSU and the HDD? When you replaced the HDD did you clone the original OS or do a fresh install? It seems the common thread is software, however it would be unus...
by ascl
Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Where to buy Yate Loon (or similar) in [Asia]
Replies: 4
Views: 1403

Can't believe it... but I found a shop in Hong Kong that sells Yate Loons (D12SL's only).

site is in chinese:
http://shop.ocqq.com/

shop is in new capital plaza in sham shui po.
by ascl
Tue May 26, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan control questions
Replies: 14
Views: 4049

Check the motherboard manual or whatever doco you can find. I remember seeing (on the guru3d gigabyte forums) a claim that the mobo fan header on my board could support up to 1 amp, which worked out to about 3 fans. Obviously your board is going to be different... but try and find out, cause you may...