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by BillyBuerger
Fri May 21, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Donate for Reviews
Topic: Dell RM112 PSU
Replies: 2
Views: 10025

Dell RM112 PSU

Hey Mike, what about the Dell RM112 PSU I sent you a little while ago, does that fall into the new donation category? Should I start a thread for the review... Well, I guess I just have.
by BillyBuerger
Tue May 18, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Fed up with the hairdryer
Replies: 22
Views: 5934

We have a PowerEdge SC1420 at the office which looks to be based on the same case design as the XPS 600. It's in use right now so I can't crack it open and look, but based on some pictures I've found online, it looks like it doesn't follow the ATX standard for mounting the motherboard. Not sure abou...
by BillyBuerger
Mon May 10, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Avoid Dell PC
Replies: 5
Views: 2435

Dell's are good or bad depending on how you look at it. They actually incorporate some of the same silencing tactics that we at SPCR use. Rubber grommets for hard drives, large tower heat sinks, big fans, efficient PSUs. But they never seem to quite get it all together. I think their biggest downfal...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i3/i5 undervolting: how long can we go?
Replies: 7
Views: 12622

I’m just building a system with a similar combo of CPU/Mobo and that sounds a decent saving. What application did you use to load the CPU when measuring power consumption? I usually use Orthos but when I initially ran it only the first 2 cores in Task Manager were loaded and I’m not clear which...
by BillyBuerger
Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i3/i5 undervolting: how long can we go?
Replies: 7
Views: 12622

I tried undervolting my i3-530 on a Gigabyte H55 MB. I could only get to 1.0V before it refused to POST AND their was NO power savings. I too have an i3-530 on a gigabyte H55 MB. Using the BIOS options, I was able to undervolt by 0.1875 which put it at 1.0V under load. It seemed to be fine under st...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Just received the modded Dell 80+ Gold you sent, BillyBuerger. Larry and I were just marveling at your handiwork. If the casing of the Dell was the same blue/gray of the FSP ATX12V casing you used instead of unpainted aluminum, we might think it's an odd form factor product from FSP! :wink: Hopeful...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:24 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: SeaSonic S12II 330watt 80Plus Bronze $46
Replies: 4
Views: 1406

How silent is it with low load? I believe it uses the low speed ADDA fan that is common in many PSUs. It will be quiet at low to moderate loads as Seasonic generally has a good fan speed controller. But if you're picky enough about noise, it will not be silent. The ADDA fan just isn't smooth enough...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Non-Mobile Builds using Laptop Motherboards and CPUs
Replies: 6
Views: 1768

Where can you get these motherboards and chips? Logic Supply is one place that has a lot of "mini" PC parts which includes MoDT stuff. They actually have an older socket-M motherboard for $99 right now. They also have CPUs for it for about $100. Which is reasonably cheap for MoDT. But then again, f...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Ah yes, I noticed right after I posted that that the plug is male and not female. Oh well. Can you tell me if the mini connector has different gauge wire / pins than a normal ATX connector? I'm hoping I can just get a tool to pull the wires out of the mini one and plug them in to a normal one. Yes,...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Thanks flyingsherpa. The HP mini connector looks like it might be the same thing. But it's going the wrong direction. It would need to be a mini to ATX not ATX to mini. Sure would be nice if if someone would sell that maybe with an adapter plate to let you screw the PSU into a normal case. Although ...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: When it IS moral to copy software
Replies: 56
Views: 5799

I have a list of product keys and serial numbers for software that I actually have legally just in case of any label or media loss. Also is easier to find when reinstalling stuff. I did a similar thing as you recently. My brother had two laptops that were both dead. One was just the hard drive so I ...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Alright, final testing with this thing from me. I put it in my desktop PC which is in a mini-P180 case. It fit fine. The extra length part covered part of the bottom vent. But being that the case is on carpet, I don't think anything gets in that way anyways. I needed an ATX extension previously so n...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Questions about Antec Mini P-180....
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

1. Yes, I've done this with both mini-P180s I've bought. I just cut out a piece of heavy corrugated cardboard in the same shape as the fan. The same screws that hold the fan in place hold the cardboard. Might not be the best for sound deadening or anything but it works. Actually, for my white mini-P...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nas/HTPC 785G PSU Requirements ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1894

I would estimate about 30W AC at idle for everything except for the drives. Around 7W AC for each drive + 3 drives would but you around 50W AC idle. Definitely under 100W max. Any decent 300W PSU would be fine. You can get a 300W Seasonic 80+ bronze PSU for under $50 in the US. Or if you really want...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anyone reading "Twilight?"
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

I do have the Y chromosome and I'm on the third book now that my wife's friend finally got them back to us. I find the story quiet interesting... If you can get past the whiny, gag-me me with a spoon aspects of Bella. Which I seem to be fine at ignoring.
by BillyBuerger
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

http://www.billybuerger.com/pub/thumb/DellRM112_07.jpg http://www.billybuerger.com/pub/thumb/DellRM112_08.jpg http://www.billybuerger.com/pub/thumb/DellRM112_09.jpg http://www.billybuerger.com/pub/thumb/DellRM112_10.jpg I was going to ask MikeC if they wanted to run this through their test bench be...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec ISK300-150 - will it be OK with this?
Replies: 25
Views: 5624

I would not use a Celeron D on a 65W PSU. The 150W might be enough but I still would avoid it. All the measurements I've done with our Pentium D PCs at work (2.6-3GHz) seem to idle around 90W and load from 150W+ AC. Although this is with either a HD2400Pro or 6200LE video card. So maybe take off 15-...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is quietest 120mm PWM fan, HORIZONTAL mount? (for CPU)
Replies: 21
Views: 9862

My story is that we had 4 cheap PSUs in some PCs at work and within two years or so, all of the sleeve bearing 120mm fans froze up on them. Although these were definitely cheap fans and all the same brand. Maybe some are better than others. I had an AC 120mm PWM fan in my desktop PC here. But it see...
by BillyBuerger
Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommend a Silent Mouse and Keyboard?
Replies: 476
Views: 638754

Apples Magic Mouse looks like the final solution for mouse noise. Wish I could get one for PC. I just got one myself for my PC. Overall works good but I miss not having a middle button. Maybe they'll eventually update the windows driver to give you more options such as a two finger click for middle...
by BillyBuerger
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Measured the same series of PSUs with a more power-hungry system. Athlon 64 3700+, Biostar TForce 6100-939, nVidia 7900GS, and a 3.5" hard drive. Dell RM112 picoPSU 150 Seasonic SS-300SFD State AC Power PF AC Power PF AC Power PF -------- -------- ---- -------- ---- -------- ---- Idle 87 0.96 92 0.9...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How Do DC Bricks Work
Replies: 10
Views: 2635

I'm wondering if it's even worth it for your system to be messing with picoPSU's and bricks. If your idle is 60W, a good/efficient ATX PSU wouldn't be far behind the pico at that range and would probably be better as you approach the limits of your pico and brick at 150W. For instance, a 300W 80+ br...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Is there a pinout diagram on the case? Or did you just match up the colors on the output wires of the Dell PSU to a standard 24 pin ATX connector? Dell makes quite a few high efficiency, low power PSUs actually, it's just too bad most of them dont follow ATX standards. No pinout but the colors look...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Soldering went well. Only connected one wire wrong and noticed very shortly after. (Grey wire to grey, instead of green. What was I thinking?) Everything seems to be working fine. Only odd thing is then every time I turn it on, it causes a ground fault protected socket to trigger. But it's in a diff...
by BillyBuerger
Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Pic1 Is the bigger one a standard ATX connector? According to specs they should have 1 purple wire but on the picture I can see at least 4 or they are using this color instead of red/orange? Pic2 Those white things are potentiometers for regulating voltages? Pic3 What does that button do? :D Yes, P...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU
Replies: 43
Views: 34201

Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU

So, I was directed by others here about the Dell RM112 235W 80+ Gold PSU that's been showing up on eBay lately. So I grabbed one. Here's a few pictures of it taken apart. http://www.billybuerger.com/pub/thumb/DellRM112_01.jpg http://www.billybuerger.com/pub/thumb/DellRM112_02.jpg http://www.billybue...
by BillyBuerger
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 3 pin fan connectors: where to find out them?
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

You're just looking for the bare connectors? I've picked a bunch of these in the past for putting new connectors on things and custom wiring. I forget where I got them from but here are some I have bookmarked still...

Sidewinder Computers
Jab-tech (pins on a separate page.)
by BillyBuerger
Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 255W power supply in the 80 Plus "Gold" category
Replies: 71
Views: 42885

Oh yeah, I'll definitely be back to post my results. I have a picoPSU 150 + 200W brick from a Shuttle SD11G5 and a seasonic SS-300SFD to compare it to. These two both seem to be pretty even on efficiency. I don't think the brick is as efficient as some others are, at least at lower loads. I'll be te...
by BillyBuerger
Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 255W power supply in the 80 Plus "Gold" category
Replies: 71
Views: 42885

I just picked one of these up for fun. I was wondering what that small connector was. One of the pictures had a closeup that shows it is a mini-sata power connector. This should make a fun project.
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i5-661: A 32nm CPU with Integrated Graphics
Replies: 86
Views: 30627

How/why do you copy commercial DVD movies? I copied one a few years ago just to test my new burners. How naive of me. The movie was "Addicted to Love" Meg Ryan, Mathew Broderick, Warner Bros. It contains a well-known malicious rootkit that disables your OS ability to play any movie. Sony & Warner b...
by BillyBuerger
Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Musings about a fanless PC - will this work?
Replies: 18
Views: 6539

Opps, I really meant to mention the Sparkle SPI120GNF.