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by Mr Spocko
Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: LGA775 quiet heatsink/fan recommendations?
Replies: 3
Views: 1604

Re: LGA775 quiet heatsink/fan recommendations?

The CM range is pretty good as above you are better served replacing the fan though (lots of choices at various prices) I use either the 212 or the TX-3 models for most builds both are good and reasonably well priced. On the other hand if you crave a noisy CPU cooler I can suggest Thermaltake as a g...
by Mr Spocko
Wed May 30, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal paste..
Replies: 17
Views: 5035

Re: Thermal paste..

I've ordered some MX-4 and Gelid GC-2 to try. I've a bit of AS5 left I won't be pulling stuff out to replace it with the newer paste, but it should be interesting to see how they stack up I don't expect a big difference between the top 5-10 products on the market AS5 well only downer really is the c...
by Mr Spocko
Mon May 14, 2012 7:29 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal paste..
Replies: 17
Views: 5035

Thermal paste..

Used to be a die hard AS-5 user I still use it a bit from time to time. Wondering what folks are using for thermal paste any suggestions?
by Mr Spocko
Mon May 14, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Positive and negative air pressure
Replies: 11
Views: 10931

Re: Positive and negative air pressure

I would tend to agree positive pressure is not always the way to go. I remember watching some youtube video with a guy bitterly complaining about an Antec Sonata and the negative pressure. The Sonata isn't the best for airflow only because it has relatively few front air intake areas, not because it...
by Mr Spocko
Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Real silence - move your PC to another room!
Replies: 126
Views: 118420

Re: Real silence - move your PC to another room!

Just a personal view previously lurked here for a number of years, and in various ways I've been experiementing with making quieter computers since before this thread was started. I don't have a problem with the OP's view though in my case I was driven to distraction with an exceptionally loud Dr. c...
by Mr Spocko
Sun May 13, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU stock coolers can be quiet!
Replies: 3
Views: 1817

Re: CPU stock coolers can be quiet!

The AMD coolers are pretty quiet (95w and under ones) if you ramp down the settings in bios etc etc. They're nothing fancy mind but they do the job. I did try a Gelid siberian for a 65w dual core AMD it's inexpensive and you get a decent PWM fan. Playing about a bit in bios on an Asrock budget board...
by Mr Spocko
Sun May 13, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: AM3 CPU cooling recommendations in solo case
Replies: 20
Views: 6867

Re: AM3 CPU cooling recommendations in solo case

I've had good luck with the CM TX-3 coolers I've used I would advise to replace the fan with one of your own choice/use decent thermal paste, it's quite economical and the performance is good. I'm running a Ph II x4 (albeit 95w) and it's no hassle at all keeping it very very quite on that cooler
by Mr Spocko
Sun May 13, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Super silent graphic cards!
Replies: 43
Views: 28621

Re: Super silent graphic cards!

If you don't want to modify a card you're limited in options on this if you demand a high performance card. I'm not a heavy gamer so I stick to passive cooling only and I'm happy enough with that. You can't get more quiet than passive cooling Some of the cards on the market allow some degree of user...
by Mr Spocko
Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best HORIZONTAL mount CPU fan? Benefit of PWM if available?
Replies: 16
Views: 13914

Re: Best HORIZONTAL mount CPU fan? Benefit of PWM if availab

Yup I'll buy into that any maker who is willing to back up their product with a long warranty gets a thumbs up from me One problem is well Nexus give a 3 year warranty, but I suspect if your fan still "works" they probably won't do much even if it's noisy. (if I'm wrong on that I'll stand corrected)...
by Mr Spocko
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best HORIZONTAL mount CPU fan? Benefit of PWM if available?
Replies: 16
Views: 13914

Re: Best HORIZONTAL mount CPU fan? Benefit of PWM if availab

I've had issues with Nexus and worn bearings too. I've replaced all Nexus fans with Gelid ones and have no issues to report currently. IMO and this comes from using various fans for some time. Normal sleeve bearings are not the way to go. Hybrid ones seem to fare better, and I've had ball bearing fa...
by Mr Spocko
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Revolutionary Asus dynamic fan control?
Replies: 31
Views: 19730

Re: Revolutionary Asus dynamic fan control?

It's not hard just at the moment it's limited to the top end Intel boards. Personally until it comes to more mainstream products it's not really something that's worth shelling out a premium for. I doubt the cost is much either probably very little. It should turn up on mid level boards in the futur...
by Mr Spocko
Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:01 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Revolutionary Asus dynamic fan control?
Replies: 31
Views: 19730

Re: Revolutionary Asus dynamic fan control?

Interesting and welcomed though it becomes more useful when it arrives on mid to lower end boards. I can't say (with some good fan selection) that it's been a problem making a quiet pc even without controls like this as I've tended to go for lower speed case fans and just about every board out there...
by Mr Spocko
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU
Replies: 18
Views: 10122

Re: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU

Competition is good I'm FX ready so let's hope piledriver sorts things out for AMD in both performance and power consumption and yes price too. Regardless, I continue to support AMD as I have done for many years now. I simply can't build an Intel PC because we need AMD to be there. Overall despite l...
by Mr Spocko
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus 5570 to Sapphire 6570
Replies: 4
Views: 1951

Re: Asus 5570 to Sapphire 6570

Of course I think over a period of time I might chew over an update in 2-3 years or so. Right now this seems to meet my needs. Like I say I'm not hardcore gaming, and you can always drop down the AA a bit and get quite decent improvements in performance. You have to take things in context too, even ...
by Mr Spocko
Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus 5570 to Sapphire 6570
Replies: 4
Views: 1951

Re: Asus 5570 to Sapphire 6570

Yes the top one sure I could have gone to the 6670..but as ever you have to pick what you want/need It's quite enough for what I do..and has good enough performance for the games and tasks I have at the moment. In about 2-3 years I'm sure the next models will be worth a look :shock: Actually it's th...
by Mr Spocko
Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Asus 5570 to Sapphire 6570
Replies: 4
Views: 1951

Asus 5570 to Sapphire 6570

Last year I built the pc and picked the Asus model, however I overlooked the fact it was using DDR2 memory. I play the odd game though not a hard core gamer. Anyway I was getting quite a big jump in performance v my old Gainward 256Mb Nvidia 7600GS which was also passive. As expected it's quite date...
by Mr Spocko
Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Please don't put another Moron in the White House
Replies: 256
Views: 50602

Re: Please don't put another Moron in the White House

I don't see much choice if I am honest. They are all cut from the same cloth (sadly) Current moron, or new moron pretending to be "different" And you can apply that to just about every nation out there. Lots of promises, mostly brown envelopes and a desire for "power/glory" fuel these people. Not a ...
by Mr Spocko
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Coolermaster vs. Seasonic vs. XFX
Replies: 23
Views: 10256

Re: Coolermaster vs. Seasonic vs. XFX

My coolermaster is very quiet so I'm not sure where this "loud loud loud" comes from.
Not the silent M series thats for sure. I think some folks stick to a list and ignore some good products because it's not on the SPCR recommended list.
This is a useful site but the lists are out of date quite a bit.
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Coolermaster vs. Seasonic vs. XFX
Replies: 23
Views: 10256

Re: Coolermaster vs. Seasonic vs. XFX

There is no worry with a 5 year warranty on the CM PSU :) I would point out that the review on this site..is a bit dated and these units are now rated at 80 plus "bronze" not the normal 80 plus. I'm not sure where the concern is regarding capacitors as most of the Caps are made in Japan. I think fol...
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua goes PWM with new 80mm, 92mm and 120mm models
Replies: 7
Views: 6714

Re: Noctua goes PWM with new 80mm, 92mm and 120mm models

The NF-B9 is a bit of a let down airflow to noise wise. The PWM is just a version of the same one. Really only 2 Notcua fans are worth a look the NF-S12B flex (for options all round) and the ULN 120mm version for a quiet slower speed straight out of the box fan. I can't say I care much for the NF-R8...
by Mr Spocko
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 11015

Re: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan

The package is good with Noctua that is beyond doubt sleeving high quality, and the packaging (but hey do most care?) I think they're going for the "buy the best" buyer so on paper they will get people to buy them. If they make the best fans is open to a lot of debate they make good fans. But I'm no...
by Mr Spocko
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficiency.
Replies: 74
Views: 16204

Re: Bulldozer – a funny review but appalling power efficienc

More odd stuff from AMD This time they're supposed to be working on Phenom II branded CPU's that are cut down FX processors http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20111222231004_AMD_May_Be_Preparing_Phenom_II_X8_Microprocessors.html Unless they have some decent performance improvements and better ...
by Mr Spocko
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Coolermaster vs. Seasonic vs. XFX
Replies: 23
Views: 10256

Re: Coolermaster vs. Seasonic vs. XFX

Well coolermaster can be hit and miss at times overall though I rate them quite decently at least on recent experiences. The coolermaster silent M PSU's are good I've got one in my own build (just to try something different) and I've used some for other builds I've done. So far so good no problems, ...
by Mr Spocko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 11015

Re: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan

Hate to say it but Marketing hype seems to be at work here. I'm sure we appreciate there is an element to fan design such as blade angles, bearing design and well known that rubber mounts help reduce vibration. But not a lot more than that, cutting bits out of the blade and putting moulded dimples o...
by Mr Spocko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:17 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 11015

Re: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan

Hate to say it but Marketing hype seems to be at work here. I'm sure we appreciate there is an element to fan design such as blade angles, bearing design and well known that rubber mounts help reduce vibration. But not a lot more than that, cutting bits out of the blade and putting moulded dimples o...
by Mr Spocko
Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What is the quietest 120mm fan?
Replies: 23
Views: 10821

Re: What is the quietest 120mm fan?

How long the fan bearings last is also a major factor. Because worn bearings can make a quiet fan a lot louder during it's lifespan. Ball bearing fans or double ball bearings do last the distance as I've run many for heavy duty long running machines for years, but they are not the quietest but over ...
by Mr Spocko
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet black and white 120MM fans?
Replies: 10
Views: 3087

Re: Quiet black and white 120MM fans?

I vote for Gelid they have a longer warranty and I've been very pleased with them so far.
by Mr Spocko
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Can't seem to make my computer quiet
Replies: 5
Views: 1934

Re: Can't seem to make my computer quiet

Use the Gigabyte easy tune to adjust the fan speed this will write the setting you make to bios so you don't have to have it auto start to take effect. Personally whilst I like the coolermaster heatsinks and they are priced well, it's worth swapping out the fan for a better one, even so you should s...
by Mr Spocko
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent(ish) PSU advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2857

Re: Silent(ish) PSU advice

Been using the Cooler Master Silent Pro M series for some (better) builds and so far I've no problems and been very pleased with them (yes they are quiet and so far at least reliable)
Main appeal is decent PSU, modular, quiet, long warranty and reasonable price.
by Mr Spocko
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 11015

Re: Noctua NF-F12 "Focused Flow" PWM Fan

Interesting! Quote: "Now onto Noctua's trademark style: the sound of this fan is fairly unimpressive in some regards. Noctua made some bold claims about frequency control and low noise operations of this fan, which just did not pan out. The overall sound signature of this fan was quiet, but not once...