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by flemeister
Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: re-using an older case with a new CPU cooler?
Replies: 15
Views: 4697

Re: re-using an older case with a new CPU cooler?

Are there any modern CPU coolers that would fit in an older PC case (circa 2007) that doesn't have a cutout in the MB tray? The CPU cutout is only there to make it easier to install/remove the cooler. The backplate doesn't actually stick out all the way through the motherboard tray. I was using a N...
by flemeister
Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Desktop 4TB, any input?
Replies: 6
Views: 3917

Re: Seagate Desktop 4TB, any input?

They're pretty good drives IMO. Subjectively, they're only a little bit noisier than some WD Green 2TB (EARX) drives I was using before (makes sense, 5900RPM vs. 5400RPM). Vibration is about the same as well. No comment on temps, as I've got mine tucked inside a GUP Smart Drive enclosure (39 celcius...
by flemeister
Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Power consumption for the DH77KC
Replies: 29
Views: 10643

Re: Power consumption for the DH77KC

Don't have the board, so I can't help with exact figures. I highly doubt that being ATX would necessarily make it consume more power than an mATX or mITX board. More "features"/chips/IO on a motherboard generally means higher power consumption. There are very few aftermarket chips on that Intel moth...
by flemeister
Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Keep i3 Haswell 35W TDP fanless
Replies: 17
Views: 11365

Re: Keep i3 Haswell 35W TDP fanless

most people who think they need a fanless system, really do not. how far away will this case be away from the user? will it be vesa mounted? my monitor is 3+ feet from me, with a m350 behind it i cant even hear the stock intel fan. -i do have the fan running @ really low rpms. but the cpu (E2220 TD...
by flemeister
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Where can I buy rubber isolated fan mounts?
Replies: 7
Views: 3797

Re: Where can I buy rubber isolated fan mounts?

Nanoxia fans appear to come with the same soft gooey silicone grommets included with the Nexus Real Silents (just in a different colour -- green). Worth a look if you haven't decided on the fans yet. :)
by flemeister
Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Looking for small footprint Mini-ITX case that holds 6 HDDs
Replies: 17
Views: 7337

Re: Looking for small footprint Mini-ITX case that holds 6 H

plenty of room for 3 more drives in there, you just have to get a bit crafty. Crafty or ghetto? In my mind, im thiinking of zipties. For the Silverstone FT03, perhaps a custom aluminium HDD cage (or even a ready-made one if you can find something suitable) situated where the PCI-e slots are? Should...
by flemeister
Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Blast from the past CPU Cooler
Replies: 7
Views: 3491

Re: Blast from the past CPU Cooler

Actually they do run pretty good without a fan attached. My dad used to have a Thermaltake Blue Orb II in his PC, cooling his Core 2 Duo E4600. Looks like this, but with the fan removed: http://oi50.tinypic.com/4k8y0l.jpg Had it in a TJ08-E, with the front 180mm fan removed (used elsewhere), but wit...
by flemeister
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Best Website for Silent Computing Information
Replies: 16
Views: 8701

Re: Best Website for Silent Computing Information

Hey guys, new to this forum and looking for some direction that I'm hoping someone may be able to assist with. We all probably have our favorite websites we follow for information, but know there are alternate sites that give another view. For example, I'm an apple fan boy so I follow both AppleIns...
by flemeister
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Ecco 250 Micro ATX Case with sound proofing installed
Replies: 24
Views: 12004

Re: Ecco 250 Micro ATX Case with sound proofing installed

Olaf van der Spek wrote:Why do they only include one front USB3 port? Doesn't the mobo header support two ports?
Must be slightly cheaper for them to do that, rather than pay for a 2x USB3 hub. Makes sense from the maker's point of view, considering how much/little they're asking for the case.
by flemeister
Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: the dreaded S chip.
Replies: 8
Views: 3097

Re: the dreaded S chip.

The exception being Asus motherboards that would allow both CPU's to run at 3.6GHz on all four cores (set by default I think). This would probably make change their effective TDP values to be nearly identical. :lol:
by flemeister
Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silent Case: More Airflow, or Controlled Airflow
Replies: 7
Views: 2545

Re: Silent Case: More Airflow, or Controlled Airflow

Abula said it all IMO. :) Either: 1) Open ventilation case (eg. Corsair Air 540), with components carefully chosen for near silent operation with minimal/no imperfections in the character of their noise (eg. fans clicking/tickling/chugging). You'll get the best airflow with this type of case, but th...
by flemeister
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any 7770 or 7790 that can turn fan off at idle?
Replies: 3
Views: 2069

Re: Any 7770 or 7790 that can turn fan off at idle?

Setup a custom fan speed curve in MSI Afterburner. You'll be able to lower the fan/s to something inaudible, or maybe even stop them altogether when the GPU is idling. :)
by flemeister
Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Arctic Cooling heatsinks - how to keep them on?
Replies: 6
Views: 3162

Re: Arctic Cooling heatsinks - how to keep them on?

Also came across Sekisui 5760 in a search. I can vouch for Sekisui #5760 as a reliable thermal tape. Used it with my 2x 5770 rig a couple of years ago, and never had any of the RAMsinks fall off. As with any thermal tape, press down firmly for about 30 seconds to ensure good contact. http://oi52.ti...
by flemeister
Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Strange Case Fan Noise
Replies: 3
Views: 1302

Re: Strange Case Fan Noise

Could just be the air hitting the stamped fan grill? Snipping it out would be an option. :)

http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articl ... Noise-107/
by flemeister
Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Image upload space on SPCR forum increased
Replies: 12
Views: 5921

Re: Image upload space on SPCR forum increased

Good point indeed. :) I usually just resign myself in the knowledge that websites may close down, and that I'll lose whatever I had on there. As a minor example, the dota-allstars game forum that closed down, taking with it ~6000 of my posts and a couple of my game character guides (that I worked pr...
by flemeister
Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Image upload space on SPCR forum increased
Replies: 12
Views: 5921

Re: Image upload space on SPCR forum increased

Why not use a third-party image hosting site such as postimg.org? :)
by flemeister
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Haswell comes to NUC
Replies: 34
Views: 20272

Re: Haswell comes to NUC

Here's another Haswell NUC configuration that supports a 2.5" drive. Fanless, and only 35mm thick (but larger in the other two dimensions): http://www.techpowerup.com/195603/giada ... ebone.html
by flemeister
Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How to make a graphics card quieter using sponge
Replies: 7
Views: 5379

Re: How to make a graphics card quieter using sponge

Another possibility if you have extra PCI slots available, using a case fan held on with silicone fan mounts: Accelero S1 rev. 2 and installing Noiseblocker fan Presumably could be done using the card's stock heatsink and an 80mm case fan. :) http://s15.postimg.org/5v91hyeln/PNY_6800_GT_Accelero_S1_...
by flemeister
Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Haswell comes to NUC
Replies: 34
Views: 20272

Re: Haswell comes to NUC

Xyvotha wrote:what's the use of a SATA port if there's no room even for a 2.5" drive?
Some third-party cases will be a bit bigger to allow room for a 2.5" drive. :)
by flemeister
Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any experience with the Haswell T low power CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 6995

Re: Any experience with the Haswell T low power CPUs?

I would still like to see a comparison between the regular and S/T versions of the chips just to see if there is a difference during idle. And, if the regular chips downclocked to the S/T clockspeeds would yield the exact same savings in TDP. Already been done in the past, and no reason to think th...
by flemeister
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any experience with the Haswell T low power CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 6995

Re: Any experience with the Haswell T low power CPUs?

So the general consensus is that the S and T models are for motherboards that don't have downclocking or undervolting capabilities? Agreed. I can make my "65W" Celeron G1610 into a "35W" CPU, by lowering the clock speed from 2.4GHz to 1.6GHz, and undervolting as well (though my Gigabyte H77M-D3H do...
by flemeister
Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How does Antec P182 measure up to current silent cases?
Replies: 4
Views: 1864

Re: How does Antec P182 measure up to current silent cases?

Anyway, I looked into the idea of using the external bay slots for USB3, though I'd rather find a replacement for the current front ports; I looked around, and at least one person who was going to try it seems to have given up and just bought another case. The main reason I don't want to do that is...
by flemeister
Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How does Antec P182 measure up to current silent cases?
Replies: 4
Views: 1864

Re: How does Antec P182 measure up to current silent cases?

I got a Corsair Obsidian 550D for this new build, but when examining it, I find the P182 feels much more solid and well-constructed in comparison. It is a bit old now, of course, and its front-panel only has USB 2.0 on it. I felt the same when I went from my P182 to a P280. They don't make 'em like...
by flemeister
Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How much of an impact on sound would a hotswap bay have?
Replies: 6
Views: 2188

Re: How much of an impact on sound would a hotswap bay have?

How about one of these hotswap bays, where the 3.5" drive is kept flush with the front of the case? :)

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=305
by flemeister
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations
Replies: 6
Views: 2548

Re: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations

roadie wrote:Thanks for the suggestion, but sadly that uses an 8 pin PCIE lead...
It would work, you'd just need a 2x 6-pin to 1x 8-pin PCI-e adapter cable.

6-pin is rated for 75W
8-pin is rated for 150W (also known as 6+2-pin)
by flemeister
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations
Replies: 6
Views: 2548

Re: Stock nvidia 670 cooler observations

If a site outside of SPCR / techpowerup! / Anandtech has a complaint about noise, you know it's serious! :D Are you sure you're limited to a blower design GPU cooler? The GTX670 isn't that hot a card. Asus DirectCU II, Gigabyte WF3 etc. would be very quiet both at idle and under load, especially if ...
by flemeister
Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Antec Solo i5
Replies: 5
Views: 4587

Re: Silent Antec Solo i5

by flemeister
Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell heat-minimisation advice
Replies: 9
Views: 5932

Re: Haswell heat-minimisation advice

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1202-page3.html That's a comparison of the i5 2400, i5 2400S, and an undervolted i5 2400 for idle and load power consumption. As you can see in the graphs, there is little/no difference at idle, but a notable difference under heavy load. Note the clock speed diff...
by flemeister
Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte GA-H77TN Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 7094

Re: Gigabyte GA-H77TN Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

What sorts of cases take this form factor? Are there are lot out there? Akasa Euler Fanless Thin ITX Case [SPCR] Akasa Galileo Ultra-slim Fanless Thin ITX Case [SPCR] Building a Thin Mini-ITX PC: Small and Silent Performance [Techspot] Intel's Thin Mini-ITX platform: nine months later: The do-it-yo...
by flemeister
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?
Replies: 477
Views: 639754

Re: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?

What do you think of the custom laser engraved keycaps you can get? I'm tempted to get some. Just a novelty thing. I love the look of them, but the price (postage cost as well) always keeps me in check. :lol: Now a full set of high quality PBT keycaps? That I could go for, but I prefer my LED backl...