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by JJ
Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ??? on CPU & Mobo for a new build.
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: ??? on CPU & Mobo for a new build.

Why are 5.1 or 7.1 soundcards a disadvantage? I've been using a 5.1 channel soundcard for stereo for almost a decade with no problems. I also wouldn't discount onboard audio, but another option to consider is a USB audio adapter. What's the purpose of the little amp if you're feeding powered speaker...
by JJ
Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: system advice: stock intel cooler, P150 vs TJ08-E?
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: system advice: stock intel cooler, P150 vs TJ08-E?

Why in the world would you need an i5-2500k and a 7750 GPU in a home file server??? Many people are using all-in-one Intel Atom or AMD Zacate motherboards for under $100 in their small file servers.
by JJ
Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any advantage to 1.35V memory over 1.5V?
Replies: 9
Views: 5010

Re: Any advantage to 1.35V memory over 1.5V?

Runs cooler, don't have to deal with gnarly tall heatspreaders, more likely to be compatible with Haswell next year. Both of them use the same low-profile heatsink. I get the impression that the silly looking 'gnarly tall heatspreaders' are 90% for show, anyway. Like neon case lighting and glowing ...
by JJ
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any advantage to 1.35V memory over 1.5V?
Replies: 9
Views: 5010

Any advantage to 1.35V memory over 1.5V?

I'm looking at some Mushkin Blackline DDR 1600 for a new build. Mushkin offers two identically spec'd 8GB (2x4GB) kits with the only difference being that one is spec'd at 1.5V (p/n 996995) and one is 1.35V (p/n 996998). Is there any real-world advantage to the 1.35V ram for an extra $5? http://www....
by JJ
Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Noctua at Computex 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2607

Re: Noctua at Computex 2012

Are Noctua coolers and fans reasonably priced in Europe? They're crazy expensive in the US compared to most others.
by JJ
Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 16976

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower

Thanks. So you have the two FD fans in the front and the Noctua in the back as exhaust. That's what I was planning - three fans in those positions. Remove the top drive cage for better airflow, then one SSD and one HDD in the bottom cage with a slow fan in front of them. But I'm still debating getti...
by JJ
Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 16976

Re: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Tower

Case: Define Mini. Parts: Asus P8Z77-M PRO mATX, i5-3750K stock (using iGPU), G.Skill 8GB 1600/CL9 DDR3U, Xonar XD, WD AAKS&EARS, m4 128 GB, RX-5300. Cooling: NH-U12P SE2 push only, Fractal Design 2x120mm in + Noctua NF-P12 ex. Extras: Eaton Protection Station 800VA UPS, Benq G2400W 24", Qpad MK-50...
by JJ
Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:59 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpert?
Replies: 12
Views: 4387

Re: What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpe

In my experience pwm fans can go slow without problems and 3 pin ones have a chance of low speed chatter. Not that I've tried them all of course but my cpu fans (kama flex 120mm 1600rpm) are pwm and work great but my 3 pin thermalrights acted funny at super low speed with my fan controller. I'll ha...
by JJ
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Are unlocked CPUs better for silent computing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2212

Re: Are unlocked CPUs better for silent computing?

Thanks folks. Yeah, I'm not sure the question was answered, but it's good advice and has given me a lot to think about.
by JJ
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: My new Asus M5A99X is slightly bent
Replies: 5
Views: 3002

Re: My new Asus M5A99X is slightly bent

Looking at photos of motherboards on Newegg lately, I've noticed a lot of warping in edgewise shots of the I/O ports. I don't think it's an illusion or distortion in the photo. It seems to be common.
by JJ
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Are unlocked CPUs better for silent computing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2212

Are unlocked CPUs better for silent computing?

I've never underclocked a CPU, but might, toward the goal of a silent PC. Are unlocked processors better suited for this? I also haven't overclocked a CPU in many years. With Windows 7, a Z77 chipset motherboard, and an unlocked CPU, can you over/underclock a CPU on the fly, without rebooting? What ...
by JJ
Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9770

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

Das_Saunamies wrote:It's a triple-GPU setup.
For cooling?

Does a high volume case offer much better cooling than a smaller one with very good airflow?
by JJ
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9770

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

Das_Saunamies wrote:Yikes. At least this'll be a learning experience. I just had someone buy 2-4 XLs for company use, luckily they plan to use SSDs so the vibration shouldn't be an issue.
Why would you buy XL sized cases unless you're going to load them up with hard drives?
by JJ
Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9770

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

Case damping doesn't do any good when a panel is loose enough to vibrate where it attaches to the body of the case. Bending may work, but you might also try a soft tape (such as athletic tape or cloth electrical tape) along the edge if it can be applied and still allow you to attach the panel. BTW, ...
by JJ
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Are variable speed fans annoying in themselves?
Replies: 8
Views: 4394

Are variable speed fans annoying in themselves?

I'm wondering whether systems that automatically vary case fan speeds might be more annoying than the fan noise they attempt to alleviate. I recall an old CPU fan I had that would ramp up under load and how terribly annoying it was to hear it speed up, cut back down, up again, down again. I'm not su...
by JJ
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpert?
Replies: 12
Views: 4387

Re: What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpe

Thanks for the replies. I'm starting to get it. Actually, you've all mentioned the three fans I was considering. Scythe SY1225SL12L 800 RPM Scythe SY1225SL12M 1200 RPM Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P PWM 1300 RPM I keep reading about PWM fans having "bearing chatter" or somesuch that suggests to me that they ...
by JJ
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpert?
Replies: 12
Views: 4387

What type of case fans to take advantage of ASUS Fan Xpert?

I'm considering an ASUS P8Z77-V motherboard for a new build and am also looking for some quiet case fans. I'm completely lost. The motherboard has three 4-pin chassis fan headers. My understanding is that it uses PWM to control the speed of the fans (is that correct, or can it also do voltage regula...
by JJ
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: #### General FAQ ####
Replies: 2
Views: 29655

Re: #### General FAQ ####

This forum is badly in need of an updated FAQ.

(and this ain't it)
by JJ
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases with 120mm fans
Replies: 272
Views: 430566

Re: Cases with 120mm fans

I think this topic can be retired/unstickied. Most cases have 120mm fans these days.
by JJ
Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: i5-3450S vs i5-3450
Replies: 10
Views: 12374

Re: i5-3450S vs i5-3450

Uh, thanks. Maybe you can help someone else.
by JJ
Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: i5-3450S vs i5-3450
Replies: 10
Views: 12374

Re: i5-3450S vs i5-3450

HFat wrote:Some people would see a difference and others wouldn't. It depends mainly on the work you want to do. Let's put it that way: if you wouldn't experience a real-world difference, why are you buying a non-K quad-core?
Not following what you're saying there. Maybe it's the double negative.
by JJ
Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: i5-3450S vs i5-3450
Replies: 10
Views: 12374

Re: i5-3450S vs i5-3450

When doing lighter things the regular 3450 will downclock itself (per default BIOS power saving settings) quite handily so for that kind of system I wouldn't bother with the 3450S, just in case the little extra oomph comes in handy on a larger video job. With both of them having the same max turbo ...
by JJ
Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 4987

Re: Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?

I see the newer generation boards saying they support DDR3 1600 and have seen the same said about Ivy Bridge. Is the memory speed dependent on the chipset, or just the CPU?
by JJ
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: i5-3450S vs i5-3450
Replies: 10
Views: 12374

i5-3450S vs i5-3450

http://ark.intel.com/compare/65512,65511 The only difference that I'm aware of between these two CPUs is the lower base clock speed and lower TDP of 2.8 GHz vs 3.1 GHz and 65W vs 77W for the i5-3450S vs the i5-3450. The two processors are currently selling for essentially the same price (~ $200). I ...
by JJ
Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 4987

Re: Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?

cruelsister wrote:Specifically ASRock uses the ASMedia ASM1083 bridge chip to implement PCI on the Z77. But to point, JJ didn't think that Legacy PCI and IDE exists on Z77 motherboards. Just wanted to inform him that it does.
Also needs to be microATX.
by JJ
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 4987

Re: Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?

If I did want to use the onboard video, would the older chipset be able to take advantage of the faster HD2500 and HD4000 graphics? It's not clear to me how the graphics are implemented, but I assume it's primarily on the CPU.
by JJ
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 4987

Ivy Bridge on H67 motherboard?

I'm putting together a microATX system and will probably go with an Ivy Bridge CPU over Sandy Bridge. But I haven't found any of the newest generation Z77 and etc. motherboards with the features I'd like. The board that most meets my needs is the ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM, which has both a PCI slot (beco...
by JJ
Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Streacom FC5 OD Fanless HTPC Case
Replies: 10
Views: 8283

Re: Streacom FC5 OD Fanless HTPC Case

Should have gotten another pico-PSU before completing your tests.
by JJ
Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Corsair Obsidian 550D Quiet Mid-Tower Case
Replies: 18
Views: 12229

Re: Corsair Obsidian 550D Quiet Mid-Tower Case

By the looks of it, you might be able to open the door to the right, without bumping into a plugged in USB drive. Probably could if my house keys, car key and remote fob weren't on my keychain along with the USB key. In fact, one of the things I like about cases like the Fractal Design Define R3 or...
by JJ
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DN2800MT hands on...Single digit world?
Replies: 123
Views: 86002

Re: Intel DN2800MT hands on...Single digit world?

Would be OK as a small, low power file server, but until Intel quits their practice of purposely crippling the onboard graphics in Atoms and their chipsets, I'll be sticking with AMD Brazos (E-450, etc.) boards for entry level low powered desktop systems. Comparable computing power, and _much_ bette...