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by Mr Spocko
Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Nofan cases - fanless
Replies: 16
Views: 7003

Re: Nofan cases - fanless

Didn't Zalman once do a case that was a heatsink with heatpipes coming off the CPU to the entire case body? I can partly get that (I think it was pretty expensive though) This isn't a bad idea but it's not going to be overly practical for most builds. A half decent heatsink with a slow spinning fan ...
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Corsair's new fans
Replies: 20
Views: 11087

Re: Corsair's new fans

They look intersting, I read a review that said the warranty was not that long though (ie 2 years)
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate (Passive) CPU Cooler Clearance
Replies: 5
Views: 2499

Re: Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate (Passive) CPU Cooler Clearance

The HIS iSilence looks quite interesting.
I've got on well with the Sapphire cards in general, but maybe the heatsink it a bit OTT for this card.
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Modern HDDs and modern HDD-vibration dampening techniques
Replies: 15
Views: 5585

Re: Modern HDDs and modern HDD-vibration dampening technique

I used some foam wedged in between drives to dampen vibrations simply cut them to cover the sides and strips to cover between the drives. You have to make sure the breather holes are clear. I have a slow spinning 120mm front fan so temperatures are not a concern. Transportation not a problem either ...
by Mr Spocko
Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Silencio 650
Replies: 7
Views: 4353

Re: Cooler Master Silencio 650

Well it looks ok but for me size was an issue hence I went with the Sileo 500 last year and I'm quite happy with that choice overall. Bar tweaking about on a few bits (rubber feet) and making my own dampening for the HDD area (it was ok as it was but needed some work for vibration measures) Price do...
by Mr Spocko
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define R4 launches
Replies: 108
Views: 433089

Re: Fractal Design Define R4 launches

Doesn't really do much for me bit Meh design wise.
I also think the cooling is OTT for most bar heavy overclockers. I've nowhere to put an internal card reader (I use 2 optical bays)
I'm sure it's decent enough and will do pretty well

Not exactly a major revolution though is it?
by Mr Spocko
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Micron Phase Change Memory for Mobile Devices Now Available
Replies: 5
Views: 1955

Re: Micron Phase Change Memory for Mobile Devices Now Availa

I've lost confidence in Micron after my ram failure rate hit the roof with crucial ram in the last few years both normal and premium memory. Worse, I found their customer support bordering awful they took weeks to replace some modules, rather than apologise they made excuses. The technology looks in...
by Mr Spocko
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Dual Core Ivy Bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 4622

Re: Dual Core Ivy Bridge

Well the Pentium models are def budget ones and BTW quite good actually for what they cost and nice cool processors tiny heatsinks as they put out so little heat. Obviously not for OC types who won't be able to do anything with them, same for i3 not an OC choice. IMO the £30-£70 ish range is budget....
by Mr Spocko
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Dual Core Ivy Bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 4622

Re: Dual Core Ivy Bridge

You know what I would like to see. Just a dual core K version of Ivy Bridge, fabricated with real solder, sold just for the purpose of overclocking Keep dreaming! You are right of course it would be a popular chip, but Intel are very unlikely to do such a move. They are boxing buyers in at the low ...
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Thermalright HR-02 Macho Quiet/Fanless Cooler
Replies: 23
Views: 16343

Re: Thermalright HR-02 Macho Quiet/Fanless Cooler

Interesting. Price well it's not too bad in Europe I've seen worse. As for passive obviously you're not going to want to put a beefy overclocked CPU under it. I see no reason why it could not handle a 95w bulldozer unless you OC it to hell. I've been testing some FX chips today and they undervolt ra...
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low energy, silent home office PC
Replies: 8
Views: 2887

Re: Low energy, silent home office PC

I would tend to agree the super small pc's net tops if you want to call them that will be quite decent enough for office, web and watching a bit of video.
For a normal pc whilst the Intel Core i3 2105 is a nice low energy use CPU, it's overpriced for what you get.
by Mr Spocko
Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Fractal Define R3
Replies: 14
Views: 4820

Re: Fractal Define R3

Noiseblocker are good, though prices are high ish in some places (ie Europe)
Have you tried undervolting the processor? I've found AMD quite good overall for undervolting. In some cases this case lead to quite a notable drop in temps. But it varies from CPU to CPU..some undervolt better than others.
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24
Replies: 44
Views: 15259

Re: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24

Some of the responses in this thread leave me very puzzled in fact I will use the word astonished. Am I the only person to have heard of a motherboard with onboard graphics? A very quick search revealed a number of economical well priced AM3+ boards that had a HD 3000 GPU built into the mobo. Of cou...
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24
Replies: 44
Views: 15259

Re: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24

I don't live in the USA so I can't say if AMD are doing a cashback. I know Amazon UK were selling the FX6100 for £90 the other day so I gave it a shot..take the cashback off that and you have a CPU for £75 On the same site I see an Intel Core i3 2120 for £90 odd so that is why I'd compare it to the ...
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24
Replies: 44
Views: 15259

Re: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24

When someone says please calm down it's usually because of a huge argument. I saw none so remain puzzled as to that response.
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24
Replies: 44
Views: 15259

Re: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24

I can't comment on the USA Prices but UK wise with cashback the 6100 is cheaper than the i3's all of them. It's under half the price of the 2500k which is a great CPU.. But do you get half the performance? This Dutch/review benchmark shows the 6100 outdoing the 2500k for video encoding. http://nl.ha...
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24
Replies: 44
Views: 15259

Re: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24

AMD are doing quite well: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/computers/430515031/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_computers_1_3_last Mistakes were made with FX, mostly becaus they were priced at a point where they were not comfortable at launch. Now they've had some decent price cuts I think FX is a lot more attr...
by Mr Spocko
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24
Replies: 44
Views: 15259

Re: Ivy Bridge i3's coming June 24

Well they are under pressure because whilst the FX got a "meh" reception from review sites, AMD have cut the prices a lot and offering cash back right now. That puts the i-3 processors in competition with the FX4100 and FX6100 processors, actually both are cheaper than the Intel. An FX-6100 will tea...
by Mr Spocko
Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Low End Budget pc that is Silent or Quiet at least
Replies: 26
Views: 6658

Re: Low End Budget pc that is Silent or Quiet at least

Long time since I saw anyone suggest an Intel Celeron for a build ;-) Not that it's a bad CPU good price and likely a better buy than an Athlon II x2 In this case I would think for light gaming it might make more sense to give the AMD A series a look, there are a few to pick. If your not doing any d...
by Mr Spocko
Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate increases warranty period
Replies: 8
Views: 3152

Re: Seagate increases warranty period

I believe the points made about warranties are very valid. I also think that the point I made about SSD costs and capacities are reasonable too. I see no reason to call it a "whine" I've been involved/interested in computers for a long time now since the very first home computers came out. Whilst I'...
by Mr Spocko
Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate increases warranty period
Replies: 8
Views: 3152

Re: Seagate increases warranty period

SSD's are still quite expensive and low capacity. I do not see them taking the mainstream for some time yet..years down the road. Since the floods prices are not down to levels prior to that. But despite all of this I do not feel it is in the customer's interest to have reduce warranty periods. Wake...
by Mr Spocko
Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate increases warranty period
Replies: 8
Views: 3152

Re: Seagate increases warranty period

I have concerns over this.
I did not support the merger or makers such as Samsung and Hitachi into Seagate and WD I think it is bad for competition in the industry.
by Mr Spocko
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Disappointing performances from Scythe
Replies: 11
Views: 3543

Re: Disappointing performances from Scythe

When you run a 120mm fan at 1400 rpm you will hear it. Some more than others of course but it's likely too noisy for most At 1000rpm they in general become fairly quiet, but not silent, rather not that annoying to many folks At around 700-750 rpm I feel you have a very quiet fan and reasonable airfl...
by Mr Spocko
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm fan for Heatsink
Replies: 9
Views: 3039

Re: 120mm fan for Heatsink

We need to know the board maker/model because some boards do support both 3 pin and 4 pin fans for the CPU fan. By 3 pin I mean voltage control of the fan.
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: In need of advice for replacing AMD X4 955 BE stock cooler
Replies: 5
Views: 2292

Re: In need of advice for replacing AMD X4 955 BE stock cool

Interesting I'm using an X4 840, with a TX-3 CM cooler and 92mm Gelid fan And I'm getting temps just over 50c thrashing it with prime 95. I must be better at pc builds than I thought :lol: There isn't a lot of OC potential with this CPU (a bit though) but it was good value and decent enough performa...
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: CoolerMaster Silent Pro M - 600 or 700w? (noise level)
Replies: 7
Views: 2579

Re: CoolerMaster Silent Pro M - 600 or 700w? (noise level)

I've been using the Silent pro M PSU's for recent builds (last 18 months or so), so far I have no problems to report. They are quiet..but hey this is fussy land so that alone might not be enough. The fan is a 135mm one if I am correct, so I would not be sure how viable that is for a fan swap. Maybe ...
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Finally inaudible! (to me at least), decided to share.
Replies: 6
Views: 3571

Re: Finally inaudible! (to me at least), decided to share.

Some would say messy cables hinders airflow. I spent some time making a tidy job on my build, I do think it helps a bit..but then I had mostly flat modular cables which is useful.
As long as most wires are tied back out of the way it's fine.
by Mr Spocko
Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Reeven Kelveros & Arcziel CPU Coolers
Replies: 8
Views: 4582

Re: Reeven Kelveros & Arcziel CPU Coolers

Oh well epic fail but they can't always be winners!
Think I'll stick to the cooler master ones and swap out the fans..they're decent performance and well priced.
by Mr Spocko
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD
Replies: 9
Views: 3516

Re: Fast but quiet 750+ gb 7200 rpm HDD

SSD's are currently a mixed bag prices are falling a bit, capacity is increasing a bit.
IMO I do not find them appealing right now.

With a hefty price cut..maybe
It's not all about speed you know not for every use out there.
I appreciate the silent aspect, though SSD's are not a magic bullet either
by Mr Spocko
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sanity check build I'm about to buy?
Replies: 43
Views: 6208

Re: Sanity check build I'm about to buy?

You can use the easy tune Gigabyte software to fine tune the curve of the fan speed. It remembers this in bios. Granted it would be better to have more control in bios, but the default isn't bad either. The Asrock boards I've used for builds have a 1-9 rating that works pretty well too. With good/qu...